Microsoft IT Academy teachers from each high school in the district met for professional development training at Murphy High School on Tuesday, December 10, 2013. Linda Robinson at Murphy had the first Microsoft IT Academy in Mobile County last school year and worked with teachers from the other 11 schools to prepare for implementation of the program in January.
Students taking the Advanced Business Technology Applications course will use the Microsoft IT Academy program to prepare for Microsoft Office Specialists exams. Students passing those exams can gain industry recognized crendentials in one or more of the following areas: Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, or Outlook.
Pictured: Nancy Mills, Baker High School; Latrenda Salter, Rain High School; Deborah Patrick, Theodore High School; Debbie Andress, Davidson High School; Patricia Kennedy, Williamson High School; Suzanne Taylor, Montgomery High School; Michael Talbert, Citronelle High School; Dawn Eaton, Vigor High School; Linda Robinson, Murphy High School; Kelly Hargett, Bryant High School; Gwen Williams, Blount High School. Front: Bridgett Eubanks, LeFlore High School.
The Alabama Farmers Cooperative sponsored the 2013 Farm-City State Multimedia Contest. The theme for this year's Multimedia contest was "Alabama Agriculture: Growing for You and Me." Entries were open to ninth- through 12-graders, with cash prizes awarded to state winners with a matching award to the student's school. The presentation must be in PowerPoint or Keynote and relate to the theme.
This year, Bryant High School Multimedia students competed in the Multimedia Design Contest. This year's school winners are pictured below: Left: 1st Place Tadasha McCorvey; Middle: Teacher-Kim Hatchett; Right: 2nd Place Maria Beech. Congratulations!
Thanks to Ms. Hatchett for encouraging her Business, Management, and Administration students to compete in an inter-disciplinary competition!
The Ag Mechanics Class at the Bryant Career Technical Center has eight high school students who are participating in a Bishop State dual-enrollment Diesel Mechanics class this semester. The students attend classes on Monday and Tuesday nights.
This semester students completed two major projects. The repair and refurbish of a John Deere 650 Diesel Tractor and the Top End overhaul of an 855 Cummins in a Freightliner truck. The truck will be returned back into the Bishop State fleet for the truck driving class.
Many of these students have had great success in gaining employment at local businesses throughout Mobile, such as: The Caterpillar, Saunders Engines, John Deere, Cowin Equipment, Test and Calibrations and Wilson Dismukes, just to name a few.
The Family Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) held their annual Beef, Pork, and Peanut Cook-Off on Wednesday, November 20, 2013 in the South Street Bistro located on the campus of Murphy High School.
A total of 22 student contestants representing Baker, Blount, Evans, Davidson, Citronelle, Murphy, Semmes Middle, Vigor and Williamson prepared a variety of dishes in one of the required categories: Beef, Pork, or Peanut.
The hand-made recipes were judged on presentation of the dish, health and nutrition of the recipe, and taste by local Business and Industry Partners: the Culinard at Virginia College, USA Allied Health, Alabama Power, Alabama Cooperative Extension, Mobile County Chamber of Commerce , Mobile Area Education Foundation, Saucy-Q-Barbecue, Southwest Alabama Workforce Development, MCPSS Child Nutrition Program.
The annual event is supported and sponsored by Mrs. Debbie Freeland, Chairman of the Alabama Farmers Federation's State Women's Leadership Committee. Mrs. Freeland presented first, second, and third place winners of each commodity with a certificate and prize money. There were 8 entries in Beef, 7 in Pork, and 7 in Peanut.
Maya Harris, Baker High School, was the top winner in the Beef category. She will compete in the State Beef Star Event in the spring in Montgomery. The FCCLA event was coordinated by Terria Moore, CTE Specialist, Chef Jeremy Weaver, Murphy High School and Sylvia Ward, Blount High School.
Five area high schools/middle schools placed at the Greater Gulf States Fair Exhibits competitions. The winners were as follows: Montgomery High School Horituculter--1st place, Semmes Middle School CTE--1st place, Faulkner CTC Technical Math--3rd place; Vigor High School FCCLA--3rd place, Bryant High School Aquaculture--4th place, and Bryant High School FBLA--5th place. Congratulations to all winners!