Students at the Richmond County Technical Career Magnet School use their talent and technical abilities to repair broken or damaged equipment. Ahjoi Apparicio and Caleb Reilly, from Ms. Holton’s electronics class use the skills they have acquired in the classroom to repair and refurbish damaged electronics throughout the school. They recently repaired a Dell Battery Charger with a purchase price of $2,200 along with stereos and televisions. This student engagement allows the equipment to be continuously used by teachers and their peers in the classroom, and allows students to implement the hardware skills they are avidly learning.
Richmond County School System students are now participating in teams and programs focused on robotics. All of the teams will participate in a local competition in the late spring to demonstrate the skills they have learned during the competition season. A few of the schools from each level will also be asked to participate in the 2017 Career, Technical and Agricultural Education Showcase at the Augusta Mall on Saturday, February 25, 2017. The following schools are participating:
- Elementary (First Lego League Jr.): A. Brian Merry, Glenn Hills, Goshen, Hornsby, Lake Forest Hills, Lamar-Milledge, Meadowbrook and Rollins
- Middle (First Lego League): Hephzibah, Hornsby, A.R. Johnson, Sego, Spirit Creek and C.T. Walker
- High (VEX EDR): Butler and Cross Creek High
- High (FRC): Academy of Richmond County, Cross Creek, Hephzibah, A.R. Johnson/Laney (Alliance Team), and RCTCM/Josey (Alliance Team)
The 2016 Skills Challenge was held on November 17 as a workforce development event involving students from 9 high schools. Students competed in masonry, carpentry, plumbing, electrical, and beginner/advanced/fabrication welding. Scott Clark, R.W. Allen’s President and Chief Operating Officer, began this event several years ago after speaking with local construction industry high school teachers. The Skills Challenge is designed as a regional competition between high schools that takes place before the state competition. Five Hephzibah High School students participated in this year’s Skills Challenge competition with their teacher and advisor, Andrew Langham.
Students at Hephzibah High School have recently been introduced to a healthier, updated lunch menu and accommodations. Hephzibah High School celebrated a Cafeteria Grand Re-Opening on Monday, January 30. The Cafeteria renovations include new seating, modernized signage, and professional uniforms for the kitchen staff. Menu options now include healthier choices for students with fresh options including fruit and salad bars. A popular choice among students is the newly added 'Top it Off Station.' This addition allows students to choose a variety of sauces and seasonings to complete their meal choice. This is a great opportunity to see the positive changes throughout the Richmond County School System for our students. Westside High School has also gotten a 'taste' of the updated menu as the cafeteria and accommodations have also been renovated.
Westside High School was selected as one of 200 schools from across the state of Georgia to feature interactive, 3D viewing styles of teen driving. The 3D sessions are fully funded by the Governor's Office of Highway Safety (GOHS). Students attending the sessions will have the opportunity to use the most sophisticated 3D multi-sensory interactive equipment, to experience the effects of safe driving or the affects of non-safe driving here at Westside. Students will get to experience the sessions with a 3D projector, Special 3D screen, surround sound system, interactive remote unit and 3D glasses for each student.
The GOHS covers the screening cost of everything needed. After the viewing, students will be invited to download apps with incentives, which aims to ensure the message the 3D sessions intended.
Lake Forest Hills Elementary School hosted local professionals for their Educator for a Day initiative. Community professionals ranging from the medical to business fields spent time educating students on their daily routine and profession. Participants included Dr. Jedidiah Ballard, a local emergency medicine physician, medical educator, and former U.S. Army Ranger. Dr. Ballard specifically focused his day with the Lake Forest Hills students around physical education, teaching them the benefits of a healthier lifstyle.
"I found it really interesting to visit the kids at Lake Forest Hills Elementary School, they have a refreshing level of energy to learn. Instilling a basic understanding of nutrition is a vital area, as most adults today have difficulties with nutrition in their daily lifestyles."-Dr. Jedidiah Ballard