Another Sumner County School is officially STEM certified! Congratulations to Station Camp Elementary School on the announcement of being a STEM Designation School for Tennessee. Becoming STEM certified is a multiple year process that includes extensive work and evaluation on behalf of the teachers and administrators. Education Commissioner Penny Schwinn announced Wednesday, May 15th that only 11 schools received the Tennessee STEM School Designation this year, bringing the total number of STEM designated schools to 26. Out of the 26 schools state-wide that have STEM designation, Sumner County Schools has five! (Station Camp Elementary, Dr. William Burrus Elementary, Jack Anderson Elementary, Union Elementary and Oakmont Elementary.)
All K-12 schools serving students in Tennessee, both public and private, were eligible to apply. Each school was evaluated through a stringent application process including self evaluations, interviews and host site visits with the TN STEM Designation review team. The designation rubric included five focus areas: Infrastructure, Curriculum and Instruction, Professional Development, Achievement and Community Partnerships.
Station Camp Elementary Principal, Dr. Phillip Holt, accepted the honor at the Tennessee STEM Innovation Summit awards ceremony in Nashville. Dr. Holt said, "We are excited for our students because we believe it prepares them for a successful future. Our teachers have worked extremely hard to achieve this accomplishment, but it's all about benefiting the students."
Congratulations to our teachers and administrators on a job well done!
Pictured L-R: Jesse Mendiola, Camila Gomez, Logan Gilbreath, Bill Kemp, Pam Ogden, Rolando Rangel, Wendy Vincent (GHS HOSA Advisor) Kyven Doss, Brooklynn White and Judyann Sims
(Not pictured): Amy Flowers (GHS HOSA Advisor) and Thomas Vance
A member of the Gallatin community is making a significant donation to Gallatin High School and in return students are paying it forward.
Gallatin High School's HOSA club (Health Occupations Students of America) has eight students attending HOSA Internationals in Orlando, Florida this June. Pam Ogden, owner of Business Credit Reports in Gallatin, donated $5,000 to help cover the costs of travel, hotel and registration for the event.
In return, students will be volunteering at local nursing homes and the food bank to pay it forward. Brooklynn White, the outgoing HOSA President, presented Pam Ogden with a HOSA pin, thank you card and a calendar of the service hours.
GHS's HOSA club is very appreciative and thankful for the community support!
The following students placed in the top three in their event at HOSA State and will be competing at Internationals: Jesse Mendiola- 1st Pathophysiology, Camila Gomez and Logan Gilbreath- Existing Medical Innovation, Rolando Rangel, Kyven Doss, Brooklynn White, and Thomas Vance- 3rd HOSA Bowl (Academic Team), and Judyann Sims-Interviewing Skills.
Union Elementary STEM and Demonstration School has been awarded the Governor’s Seal of Approval by the Volunteer Tennessee Board of Commissioners for their commitment to service! This is the second year in a row Union Elementary has been presented with the prestigious honor. The Volunteer Tennessee Board of Commissioners said they were impressed with the continued outstanding work UES is doing in the area of service, service learning and volunteerism. In February, Union Elementary was recognized at the annual Tennessee Conference on Volunteerism and Service-Learning.
Here are some of the ways students have been helping others:
In August, they raised more than $1,600 for a current student courageously and victoriously battling cystic fibrosis.
In September, they raised $800 for Autism Awareness. The school has several students affected by Autism and they wanted to support their students by raising not only money, but awareness too.
In October, they held SOCKtober, collecting more than 2,400 new socks that were sent to the Nashville Union Rescue Mission where children live. This endeavor served several purposes including building students awareness of children who live without simple necessities such as new and clean socks.
They also collected over 6,000 cans/food items for Second Harvest Food.
In November, they held a coat drive collecting more than 660 coats to children in the Gallatin community who otherwise may go without a winter coat. They also participated in a Stuffed Animal Drive providing free stuffed animals to children who do not have one. Approximately, 400 stuffed animals were donated.
In December, they collected Play-Doh for children residing at the Monroe Carroll Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt. More than 2,000 Play-Doh items were collected as well as 575 new toys for Toys for Tots.
In January, they held a shoe drive that collected more than 500 gently used shoes.
In February, they raised money for the American Heart Association. Annually, they have raised more than $10,000.
In March, they honored kidney cancer awareness month, raising funds via a “Clover Sale” for the American Cancer Society in honor of a current students victorious battle with kidney cancer.
In April and May they are collecting new and gently-used books to give away to children in need. In 2018, they collected more than 6,000 books for children living in poverty to promote literacy.
All year long endeavors include: collecting beverage can tabs for the GHS Key Club, which sends the tabs to the Ronald McDonald House. As of February 6th, approximately 200 pounds of can tabs have been collected.
Also, they are collecting clothes for families struggling to make ends meet and have a Crayola ColorCycle program. An idea from one of their students where they take used magic markers/permanent markers to send to Crayola for recycling. This saves space in landfills and helps to protect our environment. As of February 6, over 100 pounds of markers have been repurposed and recycled.
Congratulations to all of our students who are working hard to make a difference!
Beech High School Teacher, Scott Wietecha, made history again this year in the St. Jude Rock ’n’ Roll Nashville Marathon, winning Saturday’s race for the seventh straight time. Wietecha finished the 26.2 mile race in 2 hours and 35 minutes beating more than 30,000 racers. Last year, he became the first person to win the race six times in a row.
He teaches physical education and coaches track and cross country at Beech. He wanted to prove to his students, that with practice and hard work anything is possible. Wietecha ran track and cross country in high school and college. He runs twice a day during the off season averaging 100 miles per week. He is married to Mary Wietecha, a teacher at Jack Anderson Elementary who greeted him, along with their two children at the finish line.
Congratulations Scott Wietecha!