Here is a glimpse into what’s happening in the CTE programs at WMS and WHS:
Joe Bosch’s horticulture class and garden club will be updating the community garden March 23rd. Students will spend the entire day building fences, building a storage shed, rototilling the new garden, planting fruit trees, planting early crops, moving compost, and updating our hydroponic systems. Lowes will be sending seven volunteers to teach students construction. Cowlitz Compost will be delivering 40 yards of compost. Indoor Growing systems will be sent a technician to teach hydroponics, and parents have been invited to come work with the students. The end results will be a new 6200 sq. ft. community garden with year around hydroponics that will provide the food bank with winter vegetables.
Lowe's $5000 grant- 10% discount on all purchases. Seven volunteers for half of a day.
Indoor Growing Systems (Woodland Based) - Over $3000 worth of hydroponic equipment and technical support.
Cowlitz Compost - 40 Yards of compost, delivered. Worth $1600.
Short's nursery - Fruit Trees
Baker Creek Seeds- Over $500 worth of seeds.
Johnny's Seeds - 70 packs of seeds.
Woodland MS Landscape crew - Rototilled our garden.
To date, we have received over $10,000 worth of donations and support from our very generous sponsors.
In Wayne Miller’s classes, there are a lot of different things going on. Students in automotive maintenance have been troubleshooting engine problems and learning about 12 volt electrical systems.
Students in beginning metals have been learning and practicing Braze and ARC welding by welding lap, butt, and t- joints. Some are learning how to run and program the plasma table. Advanced students are doing a wide range of things... making front bumpers, making half doors for a truck, removing and replacing engines in trucks. Rebuilding a V6 and V8 engine. Working on and making two different rat rod frames, making a wire harness for a V8 engine, making pictures on the laser cutter/engraver, designing and making items on the 3D printer.
Nalean Warndahl’s HOSA club had twelve students take tests in various areas to attempt to qualify for state. Three of the students qualified to go to Spokane and represent Woodland High School! They did a great job competing in CPR/First Aid (Michael Dunn and Ole Warndahl) and ended up taking 4th. Unfortunately, only first through third get to go to nationals. Alexandria Walker also went to state and competed in Medical Photography. All 3 left Spokane extremely excited and with all kinds of ideas for next year! We are going to take all of our HOSA students next year whether they qualify to go on or not. We will collect money for hotels and registration in October and then if they don't qualify they still get to go and take classes and get the experience! We have lots of new ideas for meetings and getting the kids to learn their skills!
Britt Jud’s LEGO Robotics has ended for the year. The students are preparing for next year by collecting notes and ideas for the organizing of the next season’s team. Also, with Robotics club coming up after spring break, organizing and brainstorming ideas for organizing the 5-8th grade students that will be showing up to work in an already busy classroom space.
Kim Miller’s SkillsUSA students are busy getting ready for State Competition. Some of the culinary students will be assisting the elementary students in the Young Chef program. Culinary is also working on either a seafood unit or a bread unit.
Early Childhood is preparing for the Easter egg hunt with their preschoolers and birth defect research papers. Ethnic cooking is coming to the end of their study on the foods of Mexico which will culminate in the making of tamales.
Mary Ellen Vetter’s Floriculture Team is going to the state competition on Saturday. The team is made up of 5 members, each taking a knowledge test, plant Id, problem-solving, practicums and a team activity. The will be competing against 20 other schools and 200 individuals from around the state. Also, they are busy preparing for the big plant sale on May 4th and 5th. Things have been very busy in the flower shop because they are supplying flowers for four different weddings.
Here is an update from Rose Ruff’s classes:
FBLA - FBLA members who placed at the SW Regional FBLA Conference will be attending the State Leadership Conference (SBLC on April 4th-April 7th. Students are very excited about hearing this years guest speakers, attending workshops, and being able to represent Woodland at this years SLBC.
Marketing - Students are in the processes of developing an ad campaign to promote the student stores custom apparel business. They will be using media outlets such as district emails, parent newsletters, the schools newspaper, announcements, and even a contest the student body can participate in.
Financial Fitness - Students are currently participating in the Stock Market Game, an online simulation of the current stock exchange. They will be given $100,000 worth of fake money to invest into the simulation, real time. Currently, students are learning what a company is, what stocks are, how to identify symbols and interpret stock quotes, what risk is, as well as what it means to have a diversified portfolio.
Mike Lindsay’s computer science students are working on Boolean operators and loops. They have just started creating their version of the classic video game pong. They are looking forward to attending a computer science fair at Microsoft on April 19th.