DNA Day 2017
Satsuma High School 7th and 8th Grade students will be participating in DNA Day on Tuesday, April 25th. This day commemorates the completion of the Human Genome Project in 2003, and the discovery of the double helix in 1953. To celebrate, Mrs. Brandi Anderson’s classes will be completing a genetic testing lab from Hudson Alpha.In the first part of this lab, the student will take on the role of a genetic counselor working in a hospital or clinic, known as HNPCC. It will be the student’s job to advise patients of the risk for an inherited disorder and to advise them of the consequences of the nature of the disorder. In order to complete the second part of this lab, students will take on the role of a laboratory technician as a DNA-based diagnostic test is carried out to identify which family members have inherited the cancer-causing mutation. In the lab’s conclusion, the students will return to their roles as genetic counselors and advise one of the family members on their test results.This lab provides students experience in drawing and interpreting a family pedigree in regards to a specific form of inherited colorectal cancer. The students then complete a DNA-based diagnostic test, using gel electrophoresis, of samples from the fictitious family to identify which members have inherited the cancer-causing mutation. This lab will help students see the benefits of genetic testing and how it can be used to influence medical decisions.
Satsuma High School 2017 Prom King & Queen
Satsuma High School held their 2017 Prom, Midnight Masquerade, at the History Museum of Mobile. We would like to congratulate our 2017 Prom King and Queen, Landon M. and Katlin D.
Robert E. Lee Elementary School Celebrates Grandparents Day
Robert E. Lee Elementary School celebrated their annual Grandparents Day with their largest crowd ever. “GrandGators” were treated to an assembly to begin the day, and then students took their grandparents on a tour of the hallways where ‘special’ writings from students decorated the walls. GrandGators were then invited to visit their grandchild’s classroom where their student’s enjoyed introducing them to their teacher and classmates.
Satsuma High School CNA Students Earn College Credit
Satsuma High School’s Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) students were honored at Reid State Technical College for their dedication and hard work. These students earn college credit for their CNA class and will sit for the CNA State Exam in May.
Robert E. Lee Elementary School Receives $1,000 Grant from BASF
Robert E. Lee Elementary School received a $1,000 donation from BASF Corporation to use towards the construction of their outdoor classroom. Mrs. Cathy Boyett (pictured in the center), Sustainability Coordinator with BASF, presented the check to Mrs. Brenda Sharp (pictured on the left), Principal of Robert E. Lee Elementary, and Dr. Joe Walters (pictured on the right), Superintendent of Satsuma City Schools.
Satsuma High School awarded $35,000 grant for Project Lead the Way
We're excited to announce that Satsuma High School was selected to receive a Project Lead the Way (PLTW) grant for the 2017-18 school year. This grant was made possible by PTLW partner, ArcelorMittal and will provide $35,000 to be used to expand the Engineering program at Satsuma High School. The grant, written by Jana Hoggle, the Curriculum Director of Satsuma City Schools, will provide professional development
for teachers and materials and supplies for the course. PLTW is a non-profit organization that develops courses in Engineering, Computer Science, and Biomedical Science. These courses empower students to develop and apply in-demand, transportable skills by exploring real-world challenges. Satsuma High School currently offers 5 separate PLTW courses for students in grades 7-12 including Design and Modeling, Automation and Robotics, Medical Detectives, Introduction to Computer Science, and AP Computer Science. (March 3, 2017)
Satsuma City Schools Technology Leader Earns CTO Certification
On February 22nd in Montgomery, 32 school system technology leaders became the first graduates of the Alabama Chief Technology Officer certification program, including Mrs. Jana Hoggle, Director of Technology for Satsuma City Schools. The year-long program was established by the Alabama Educational Technology Association in 2016. The credential is the first of its kind in the state and was designed for those who manage the technology programs in Alabama’s school systems.
Our program is similar in structure and complexity to that of the school Chief Financial Officer Program developed by the Alabama School Business Officers organization,” said Mrs. Kelli Lane, the Association’s Vice-President for Professional Learning.
Today’s school systems rely heavily on technology for enhancing educational opportunities for students. In addition, like any other employer with multiple campuses, they depend on technology for their communications, business functions, and operations, including safety. Being in charge of a school system’s technology program requires extensive knowledge in many different areas from networking and data management to instructional design and privacy concerns.
Unlike school system finance directors, who nearly all have degrees in accounting, school system technology directors come from several different backgrounds. Some have teaching and administrative certifications, some have IT and technical backgrounds, and others have business degrees or experience. Our program was designed knowing this. It ensures school systems that no matter what area of expertise their technology director came with, they will graduate from the CTO program with a good command of all the different areas it takes to do the job well. “Candidates for the AL-CTO program must have several years' experience in the field in order to be accepted. The year-long program includes eight courses.
· CTO Roles and Responsibilities
· Law, Ethics and Policies
· Data Management and Governance
· Teaching and Learning
· Models of Professional Learning
· IT Management
· Technology Planning
· Finance and Budgeting
With over 20 years’ experience in the federal E-rate program and school system technology management, Mrs. Hoggle was also the instructor for the Finance and Budgeting Course. (March 3, 2017)
6th Grade Wax Museum
Robert E. Lee Elementary School Sixth Graders hosted the 3rd annual Wax Museum on Friday, February 24th. Students transformed into famous Americans from past to present. (February 24, 2017)
OOG – Order of Gators Pre-K Parade
Robert E. Lee Elementary School held the first ever OOG - Order of Gators Pre-K Parade at the Satsuma City Schools Board office. The Pre-K students paraded through the parking lot of the board office for their fellow peers. The Pre-K students were be led by Satsuma High School's Spirit of Satsuma Marching Band. (February 24, 2017)
Miss Satsuma High School 2017
Congratulations to the newly crowned Miss Satsuma High School, Rileigh Hawkins (pictured on left), and first Runner-up, Courtney Weaver (pictured on right). Satsuma High School recently held the first ever Miss Satsuma High School pageant, the newest preliminary in the Miss Alabama pageant. Contestants in Miss Satsuma High School competed in talent, interview, evening wear, and an on-stage question. Miss Satsuma High School will be a part of the Miss America Organization, with the winner, Rileigh Hawkins advancing to Miss Alabama. Currently, there are only a few high schools that have been given an opportunity to send a representative. There are over 40 college/university and local preliminary winners that Miss Satsuma High School will join at the Miss Alabama pageant. Rileigh Hawkins will represent Satsuma High School at the Miss Alabama pageant in June of 2017. Rileigh is currently working to raise money, awareness, and advocacy for the United Cerebral Palsy organization and the Children's Miracle Network. (February 20, 2017)
Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for New Playground
Robert E. Lee Elementary School held a ribbon cutting ceremony for their brand new playground. The students had a key role in designing the playground of their choice, all the way down to the color pattern and equipment purchased. The playground was purchased as a result of the outstanding fundraising efforts of the Parent-Teacher Organization (PTO), students, community, and Shell Chemical, LLP. (January 27, 2017)
Satsuma City Schools’ Students place Top 5 at Future City Leaders Alabama Regional Competition
Robert E. Lee Elementary School 6th grade and Satsuma High School 7th grade STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) students spent the semester researching, designing, and building a city of the future. Using the SimCity software, the students developed and showcased an innovative citywide system of public spaces following this year’s theme of “The Power of Public Spaces”. Of the 39 schools who entered the competition, only 24 were named finalist and invited to compete at the Alabama Regional Competition. Teams Madelodian, which consisted of 10 students, and Amaranthine, which consisted of 9 students, presented their ideas before judges at the competition which was hosted at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama on January 14th. This was Robert E. Lee’s second year participating in the Future City Leader program. The Madelodian team placed 4th and received the “Best Use of System Safety” presented by the International System Safety Society (ISSS)-Tenessee Valley Chapter. (January 14, 2017)
Satsuma High HOSA Students Host Shoe Drive
Satsuma High School HOSA (Future Health Professional) students are currently collecting used shoes in hopes to fill a 18-wheeler in exchange for $10,000 to benefit the construction of a school in Olvidado “Fogoten” Honduras . Satsuma City Schools is partnering with Alabaster City Schools to make this fundraiser a huge success. If you would like to make a donation of any used shoes, please drop them off at Satsuma High School located at 1 Gator Circle Satsuma, AL 36572. (January 9, 2017)
HOSA Annual Toy Drive
Satsuma High School HOSA (Future Health Professional) students delivered over 400 toys to USA Women’s and Children’s Hospital. The toys were collected during a month long toy drive at Satsuma High School. (December 16, 2016)
Satsuma City Schools to Participate in Hour of Code Event
The Satsuma City Schools will host an Hour of Code Event on Wednesday, December 14th beginning at 9:15 AM at Satsuma High School and beginning at 12:45 PM at Robert E. Lee Elementary School. The Hour of Code is a global movement reaching tens of millions of students in 180+countries, according to HourofCode.com. According to the Alabama State Department of Education more than 600 Hour of Code events are planned across the State of Alabama in observation of Computer Science Education Week. The goal of this event is to expose even more students to computer science career opportunities. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 71 percent of all new jobs in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) during the next decade will be in computer science. Technology Coordinator, Jana Hoggle stated that, “Coding is quickly becoming the new foreign language course for 21st century students. With the prevalence of technology in our society, it is important that students understand the ‘how’ of the technology that they use every day.”
As a sophomore in the Computer Science Advanced Placement (AP) course, Ashley L. is excited about sharing her knowledge of coding with other students. “Lankford says, “AP Computer Science teaches us not only how to code but how we change the world through computers.
Lia W., a Sophomore in AP Computer Science says, “Computer Science has given me a new sense of confidence knowing that I am able to program on my own.”
Furthermore, high school student mentors who are already familiar with the coding programs will serve as mentors for the rest of the student body participating this event, even at the elementary school. Students will be completing the activities on their smartphones, tablets, Chromebooks, computers, and even paper. (December 9, 2016)