AP English Summer 2012 Reading Assignments
AP Language and Composition:
As teachers of the English Language and Composition course, we like to think that summer vacation can offer learning opportunities that are less stressful and yet still valuable. Reading a good book is such an opportunity. Because the course focuses on analysis of argument and voice in a variety of genres of literature, the summer reading encourages you to begin thinking in a new way about what you read.
Click here for the AP Language and Composition Summer Reading Assignment
AP Literature and Composition:
We are happy that you have taken on the rigor of an AP English class and applaud the commitment you have made. Because our focus is on helping prepare students for the AP English exam, we require that AP English: Literature and Composition students begin their AP study during the summer to address the following objectives:
2012 Carnival and Go Green Go-Kart Competition was a Big Success
The Alternative Fuels - Environmental Club at Career Center hosted an alternative fuels Go Green Go-Kart Competition on May 23, 2012 as part of the Career Center's annual Carnival Day. Again this year, the karts were powered by electricity, ethanol, biodiesel, and WVO (waste vegetable oil.) These go-Karts were designed by teams from several area high schools including Atkins, Career Center, East Forsyth, Glenn, Mount Tabor, North Forsyth, and Parkland. The number of entries this year once again surpassed 20 teams.
The learning behind the event is one of the major benefits of student participation. We had a full range of participants, volunteers, sponsors, and organizers which make this fourth-year event a TREMENDOUS SUCCESS!
Click here to learn more about the event.
Below are links and videos and photos of the Go Green Go-Kart competition.
Click one of the following links for more information:
This Year (2012):
Jobana Trujillo wins 12th Congressional District's annual art competition
Jobana Trujillo, a student of Mrs. Graves at Career Center, was chosen as the winner of the 12th Congressional District's annual art competition. Jobana won a scholarship, a round-trip ticket for two to Washington DC to attend a reception for winners from across the nation, $100 for art supplies, $100 for anything she wishes, and several other odds and ends from Charlotte area museums. Mrs. Graves and Jobana attended a very nice reception in Charlotte on Friday, May 4th when the winner and runners up were announced and honored by Congressman Watt.
Congratulations to Jobana for a job well done!!
2012 SkillsUSA State Winners
Career Center recently competed in the North Carolina state SkillsUSA Championships. Students from all over the state showed off their technical skills and knowledge in over 80 different contests.
Career Center took home 34 medals in all, with 6 students winning first place in contests that are also held at the national level. These 6 students have the opportunity to represent Career Center and North Carolina at the National SkillsUSA Championships in late June in Kansas City, MO. (These 6 students are highlighted in the awards listing with an *asterick next to their underlined name.) Click here for the list of winners.
SkillsUSA is a national student organization serving students enrolled in career and technical education (CTE) training programs at our nation's public high schools and colleges. SkillsUSA's mission is to help its members become world-class workers and responsible American citizens.
Career Center AP Computer Science students win UNCG Programming Contest
Eleven AP Computer Science students from Career Center participated in a High School Programming contest at UNCG on Saturday, April 21st. These students were placed on teams of 2-3 students. Each team was given six problems, in a variety of difficulty levels, and they were given 3 hours to solve the problems. The teams could use Java or C++ to solve the problems. When they thought they had programmed the solution, they submitted their code to a contest server, which tested the solution against different test cases to determine if it was correct.
Career Center teams won the first three places in the contest:
1st place: Alex Little and William Cole (solved all 6 problems)
2nd place: Joseph Hudgens, Michael Perret, and Changwook Hwang (solved all 6 problems)
3rd place: Kevin Chen and Kevin Anderson (solved 5 of 6 problems)
Congratulations to these teams and to all the students who participated!!!
Family Career and Community Leaders of America 2012 Winners
Early Childhood Education FCCLA members returned to Career Center on March 29th after a job well done at the NC Family Career and Community Leaders of America State Conference. Six out of the 7 members who attended the conference brought home a GOLD award and will be representing the state of NC at the national level in Orlando, Florida this summer. One of our submissions recieved a bronze award.
Representing us were Honors Early Childhood Year 2 students- Katlyn Swanson, Leanna Kincaid, and Katie Koller in the category of Entrepreneurship and Kayla Sadler in Focus on Children. Early Childhood year 1 students were Susannah Burton, Lindsay Craddock, and Sarah Doyle in Chapter Service Display.
We are VERY VERY proud of all 7 of these young ladies!
Career Center Dedication Ceremony
The Career Center Dedication Ceremony was held on May 6, 2012. See the photo gallery below of pictures from the event.
Cooking Up Change 2012 Winners
In Cooking Up Change, culinary art students show the world just how delicious and healthy a school lunch or breakfast can be.
The contest challenges students to create a great-tasting lunch or breakfast that meets nutrition standards on a tight budget, using only ingredients commonly available and local produce for school food service. Students must create recipes that include no more than ten ingredients and six steps so the they can be easily replicated on a large scale in real school kitchens. Six teams consist of 2-3 students.
Winners received trophies and gift cards.
Menu: Apple chicken quesadilla with homemade salsa & creamy cucumber garden slaw and a special K parfait.
2nd place winners: D'Shan Beasely, Nyree Thompson & Jimon Crawford
Menu: Marinated grilled chicken skewer with cheesy broccoli and sunset orange.
1st place winners: Maria Joe Gorjon, Brianda Cisnenos Hernadez & Jarion Southerland
Menu: El taco loco with black beans & veggies and home style apple pie gorilla. This team also received a set of cookware along with other items listed above. In addition, this team will be traveling on May 20-22 to Washington, DC with Chef Owens to compete with other culinary arts students from around the USA in the national finals.
Team 1: Arthur Silver, Sierra Anderson & Jakia Myers
Menu: Asian lettuce warp with apple & cucumber salad and pan fried rice with green peppers.
Team 2: Allen Linsday,Nikki Brookman & Katie Stone
Menu: Riquisimo quesadilla with garlic cajun style dirty rice and banana boat jumballo.
Team 5: Ashleigh Lane
Menu: Asian chicken & broccoli served whole wheat pasta with spinach corn tomato salad and an apple berry parfait
See photos of the event below:
Clean Out Your Medicine Cabinet (PSA by HOSA)
Cleaning out your medicine cabinet can help reduce the risk of taking expired medicines. View the Public Service Announcement video below created by Allied Health students.
Career Center Students Make Their Own Biodiesel
Career Center students are making biodiesel through a partnership with Wake Forest University and the Career Center. The students are using everything from pure oil to vegetable and cooking oil to make their fuel. The fuel will be used to power go karts used later this year in the Go Green Go-Kart Contest.
Click here to view a FOX 8 video highlighting this partnership.
Safe and Sober T-shirt Contest Winner 2012
Kayla Stimpson, a student in Ms. Messer's Commercial Art class at Career Center, was the recent winner of a t-shirt design contest to kick off the "Safe Sober Prom Night" campaign sponsored by Daggett Shuler Attorneys at Law. It is the third year in a row that a Career Center student has won this contest. The Safe and Sober Prom Night campaign was founded in 1991 by attorney David Daggett and it promotes the idea of kids taking a pledge to remain safe and sober on prom night in order to reduce the growing number of accidents and deaths resulting when underage young people drink and drive.
The law firm pays for and distributes more than 10,000 T-shirts to high-schools across the region. Congratulations to Kayla for a job well done!
NEW Course Offerings for 2012-2013 School Year
Career Center is offering several new and exciting courses during the 2012-2013 school year. Please click on one of the links below to learn more about the new course:
Career Technical Education:
Geospatial Technology (Honors)
All Career Center Courses:
11th Habitat For Humanity House Started This School Year
The Career Center, Forsyth County Homebuilders Association, and Habitat for Humanity of Forsyth County are working together on their 11th home. It is being constructed beside the Career CenterNorth Building by the Construction Technology second year class taught by Mr. Stewart. The students are currently at the point of roofing the house.
Click here to see current photos of different construction phases of this house or photos of houses from previous years.
Below is a slide show which shows current status of the house.
2011-2012 SkillsUSA Regional Competition Winners
The following is a list of the SkillsUSA regional competition winners from Career Center. This competition was held on Thursday, February 16, 2012 at Forsyth Tech's new transportation building.
Darrell Blue - 3rd Place - Job Interview
Leslie Arreaza - 1st Place - Prepared Speech
Automotive Technology Students
Commercial Art Students
Kristina Sedlak - 2nd place - Poster
Deja Prince - 1st place - Poster
Colin Cumbo - 2nd place - Extemporaneous Poster
Brandon Shipp-Evans - 1st place - Extemporaneous Poster
Top 2 NC AP Scholars Attended Career Center
The top two NC students to score the best on their AP exams over their high school careers were Raisa Chowdhury and Jacob Feldman, both who took AP classes ar Career Center. Click here to view a Winston-Salem Journal article and learn more about this accomplishment.
Career Center is part of 2011 Chinese Bridge for American Schools
Ms. Valoris, Career Center's Mandarin Chinese teacher, and Dr. Moser, principal from Career Center, along with Mrs. Jill Tackabery, recently visited China as part of the 2011 Chinese Bridge for American Schools. Member of the Bridge Dedication are dedicated to forming educational and cultural partnerships between American and Chinese schools.
During this trip, seven administrators and teachers from Forsyth County, along with over 400 other educators from across the United States, met for 8 days in China, hosted through a collaboration of the Hanban (Confucious Institute Headquarters) and The College Board.
Most impactful for the group from Career Center was the meeting with and forming relationships with Suzhou No. 5 Middle School, Career Center's sister school in Suzhou, located in Jiangsu province, southeast China.
"We could not have been more warmly and more graciously received by Headmaster Yu and his staff. What an incredible experience and what an opportunity for our students and staff," commented Dr. Moser. "And when I got back to Career Center, I noticed in environmental science classes that our students were studying world-wide temperate zones. North Carolina and Jiangsu province share the same temperate zones---thus all the similar weather and plants. This very simple connection helped me to see commonalities between us and our new friends across the globe. Our world is getting smaller; our students' future brighter with such connections."
Click on one of the following links to go to the Chinese websites that document the visit to China:
Classes began at our new Kennedy Campus facility on Tuesday, January 3, 2012
Special message from Dr. Moser to all students attending Career Center this school year: I want to thank you for choosing classes at Career Center this year. I am excited to let you know that our program has continued to grow, and our current student body is larger than last year's student body. We are pleased to announce that we are moving to our new Kennedy Campus facility over the holiday break. The first day of classes at the new site was Tuesday, January 3rd.
Click on one of the following links for more information:
AP Physics Students Design Mousetrap Cars
AP Physics recently held their mousetrap car competition involving students designing and building their own vehicle powered solely by a mousetrap. The winning design had to travel the furthest distance. Competitors were creative in their designs, recycling household materials and reasearching concepts involving torque, mechanical advantage, gear ratios, friction, energy transfer ad efficiency. Students had fun competing against their classmates while evaluating each others designs.
Congratulations to Kelsie Cummings who won the overall competition with a distance of 33 meters.
NEW Career Center Robotics Club
CC Cyborg is the name of the new Career Center Robotics Club. The purpose of the club is to get students familiar with the mechanics and usage of robots. Please see Mr. Lingard if you are interested in joining this club.
Our goal is to participate in the FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) this year. This is a national event and involves competing against other teams in a game named "Bowled Over". Click here to learn more about FTC.
The Robotics Club meets regularly on Wednesdays from 4:15-5:15pm in Mr. Lingard's room (1012).
Career Center Raises Money for American Cancer Society
This year the Career Center will once again put together a Relay for Life team to raise money for the American Cancer Society. Last school year, the team raised approximately $2000 for the American Cancer Society. Be on the lookout for flyers and notices for our yearlong fundraisers.
Below is a photo of the Career Center Cancer Crushers from last school year. We are actively forming this year's team right now.
Click here for more information about Relay For Life.
Career Center Scheduling Options
Do you have questions regarding scheduling procedures/options for next school year? Are you confused with the myriad of available course options?
Click here to see what a Career Center and Home School schedule might look like next year.