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Here's what happened in Career and Technical Education in Fayetteville Public Schools this week - September 11, 2020

Welcome to the first edition of the CTE Friday Flash for the 2020-2021 school year! Each Friday you'll receive a lively newsletter highlighting a few of the outstanding activities of career and technical education in Fayetteville Public Schools.

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Kevin Liu, a senior at Fayetteville High School, placed second in the Economics event at the 2020 Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) National Leadership Experience this summer.  He received a plaque and a check for $350.

The FBLA National Leadership Experience was held virtually June 29–July 1. Participants from across the United States and abroad attended the online conference to enhance their business skills, expand their networks, and participate in more than 70 business and business-related competitive events.

The award was part of a comprehensive national competitive events program sponsored by FBLA-PBL that recognizes and rewards excellence in a broad range of business and career-related areas. Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda, Inc., the premier student business organization, is a nonprofit education association with a quarter million members and advisers in over 6,500 active middle school, high school, and college chapters worldwide. FBLA-PBL’s mission is to inspire and prepare students to become community-minded business leaders in a global society through relevant career preparation and leadership experiences.  Mrs. Clarke is the FBLA adviser at Fayetteville High School.

Congratulations to Christina Lim, Anna Katherine Riggs, and Kara Watson (2020 Fayetteville High School graduates) for becoming Certified Veterinary Assistants through the Texas Veterinary Medical Association this summer. These students completed 200 hours of hands-on laboratory instruction, demonstrations, and other interactive learning activities, as well as a 300-hour apprenticeship in a vet clinic in the Fayetteville area.

The Veterinary Science Apprenticeship program at FHS educates veterinary assistant students in the essential skills and knowledge needed to become an effective contributor as a veterinary assistant to the veterinary medical care team.  FHS is one of the few high schools in the state to offer this rigorous certification. Ms. Wood is the Veterinary Science Apprenticeship teacher at FHS.

Mrs. Strayhorn's Food Safety and Nutrition classes at Fayetteville High School utilized new microscopes from a Fayetteville Public Education Foundation grant.  Students compared Salmonella and other pathogens to probiotics in yogurt.  

Each Friday at McNair Middle School is "Fast Friday" and students in Mrs. Young's Project Lead The Way Robotics and Medical Detectives classes enjoy the Friday Choice Board.  Students chose an activity or article to read and play the associated games to help enrich their knowledge in these STEM-based classes. The students then complete a Google form explaining what they learned. Some of the online platforms students use for the Friday Choice Board include Flocabulary, ReadWorks, Wonderopolis, Hour of Code, and BrainPop.

Outstanding career and technical education teachers from across the state were chosen to contribute to the CTE Playbook, organized by the Arkansas Division of Elementary and Secondary Education and the Division of Career and Technical Education.  These subject matter expert teachers created essential program indicators and resources for CTE courses to support the re-engagement of all students in Fall 2020.  Teddi Wood, FHS Agriculture teacher (below left), contributed to the Veterinary Science course, and Magan Randall, FHS Family and Consumer Sciences/Internship teacher (below right), contributed to the Methods of Teacher Instruction course.

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