Satsuma High School
Grades 7 through 12
Satsuma High School provides relevant content and skills in reading,
writing, mathematics, social studies, science, physical activities, fine arts,
wellness, technology, library media and daily life lessons. We provide
extracurricular activities that enhance the learning of students and
provide differentiated instruction daily. Satsuma High School places a
strong emphasis on preparing students to become productive citizens
through academics, community service, and career preparedness. The
implementation of College and Career Ready Standards and more rigorous
expectations have allowed students to become leaders. Mr. Josh Verkouille has been an
educator for over 15 years and has served as the principal at Satsuma High School since
2015. As an Alumni, he is excited to return to his roots and become a member of the Satsuma
City School System. Mr. Verkouille’s goal is to ensure students are given every opportunity
to reach his or her full potential and become college and career ready. Mr. Verkouille
states, “I am committed to making sure that our school offers a comprehensive school
experience for every student that combines rigorous academics, a dedication to athletics
and fine arts, and extracurricular opportunities to enable students to develop a sense of
belonging within themselves, this school, and the community.”
ADVANCED PLACEMENT COURSE OFFERINGS
The AP course offerings at SHS include World History, US History, Government
& Politics-US, English Language Composition, English Literature Composition,
Chemistry, Biology, Calculus AB, and Computer Science. These AP courses
provide students with an opportunity to obtain college credit while meeting their
diploma requirements. During the 2015-2016 school year, 248 students were
enrolled in AP courses. The implementation of an A+ College Ready grant has
helped to provide these opportunities. Students receive $100 for each test they
successfully pass. Teachers also receive training each summer in their respective
courses to assure that students have the latest course information.
PROJECT LEAD THE WAY AND STEM MEET.
Satsuma’s 8th grade students benefit from a varity of hands-on, project-based
PTLW courses. Students engage in hands-on collaborative problem solving
focused on real-world challenges. PLTW courses are outlined below.
DESIGN AND MODELING
Design and Modeling is a new course for 8th
grade students which allows them to learn what
engineers do and how to use the engineering design
process to solve problems. Students also learn
how to draw engineering diagrams using 3D CAD
software and print their designs using a 3D printer.
AUTOMATION AND ROBOTICS
In the Automation and Robotics class, students trace the history,
development, and influence of automation and robotics as
they learn about mechanical systems, energy transfer, machine
automation, and computer control systems. Students use the
VEX Robotics® platform to design, build, and program real-
world objects such as traffic lights, toll booths, and robotic arms.
Students play the role of real-life medical detectives
as they analyze genetic testing results to diagnose
disease and study DNA evidence found at a “crime
scene.” They solve medical mysteries through
hands-on projects and labs, investigate how
to measure and interpret vital signs, and learn
how the systems of the human body work together to maintain health.
INTRODUCTION TO COMPUTER SCIENCE
The Introduction to Computer Science is a hands-on, project-
based class that allows students to learn how to use MIT App
Inventor to design and build different apps. For their end
of the class project, students will design and create an app.
Many of these apps will then be used by elementary students.
CAREER TECHNICAL EDUCATION
To meet the challenges of a competitive world, students in grades 7 through 12
are given opportunities to prepare for the workforce by exposure to life skills
while assessing interests, aptitudes, and learning career paths. Career Technical
Education activities and programs provided through the Satsuma City Schools
promote entry level skills necessary to enter the workforce and prepare students
for additional technical training. Our career prep departments include Welding,
Government and Public Administration, Health Science, Business Management
and Administration, and Hospitality and Tourism.
Our CTE department also administers the ACT WorkKeys assessment annually.
WorkKeys is a skills assessment that helps employers select, hire, train, develop, and retain a quality workforce. The assessment measures foundational
and soft skills. SHS students ranked
3rd overall in the state of Alabama with
its senior ACT WorkKeys scores and
certifications in 2016.
The Gator Battalion JROTC is a leadership program
at Satsuma High School. JROTC students learn
how to become leaders, team players, and learn
values that will help them later in life. JROTC
cadets are taught the meaning of dedication
and responsibility, and that they should lead
by example. The students enjoy many activities
including rappelling, canoeing, drill competitions,
color guard missions, rifle team competitions, physical training and competitions,
orienteering, scholars bowl competitions, community service and a number of
Satsuma High School offers students an
opportunity to explore the world of Welding
through a Dual Enrollment Program. Students
also have the opportunity to receive additional
certification through OSHA (Occupational
Safety and Health Administration). Students
completing this course in high school are well on their way toward a lucrative
career. This course is provided on campus with a state of the art welding trailer
provided by AIDT. Support from local businesses (Mitternight & Axis Welding and
Machine Works, Inc.) for welding materials help to make this program successful.
Satsuma High School offers a variety of Health Science courses including
Foundations of Health, Medical Terminology, and the Nurse Assistant Program.
These courses are for any students curious about the Healthcare field in any
FOUNDATIONS OF HEALTH SCIENCE
The Foundations of Health Science class introduces
students to a wide range of health careers. The class is
designed to focus on basic medical terminology, body
structure and function, legal and ethical implications,
health and wellness, communication, and hard and soft
skills for the workplace. This class is recommended for
students who want to prepare for further study in health-
related fields or just want to find out if Healthcare would be a fit for them.
Medical Terminology teaches students the language of
medicine. The instructor uses an integrated approach for
teaching medical terminology by incorporating medical
terms with anatomy and physiology and the disease
processes. Students will learn medical terms for all human
systems, body organization and terms, function and
diseases of body systems, related tests and abbreviations.
This course is recommended for students who think they
may go into any health related field in the future.
NURSE ASSISTANT PROGRAM
The Nurse Assistant Program course focuses specifically on
preparing students to take the Certified Nursing Assistant
State Exam (CNA). This is a rigorous yet rewarding program
as the students will receive certification that could allow
them to immediately enter the medical workforce upon
graduation. Students direct patient care in a lab setting
practicing skills which include taking vital signs, bathing,
bed making, dressing, changing, and feeding residents.
Students complete 50 hours of clinical work in a local
nursing home during this course. In addition, students will
learn CPR for Healthcare Providers (BLS), confidentiality,
legal and ethical principles, infection control, patient
safety and rights, communication, documentation, and
BUSINESS EDUCATION CLASSES
The Business Education Department at Satsuma
High School offers courses to prepare students for
today’s technological world. The Business Education
Classes offered include Career Preparedness,
Business Technology Applications (BTA), Advanced
BTA, Multimedia Design, Business Finance, and
Work-Based Learning (Co-op). The variety of classes
offered will help prepare students for jobs in finance,
computers, and management. Students have an opportunity to experience work-
based learning through our Cooperative Education program that will give them
not only valuable work experience but help improve those soft skills that are vital
to all employees.
This course focuses on three major areas of instruction:
academic planning, career development, financial
literacy, and technology skill applications. Students
learn teamwork and how to prepare themselves for the
business world. This course uses the Smart Works Ethic
curriculum to assure that students have the soft skills
that are necessary to be college and career ready.
Microsoft Office Specialist Certifiation
Students have a chance to earn their certification to be an
Microsoft Office Specialist through Business Education classes
offered at Satsuma High School. Students may test in all areas of
Microsoft Office including Word, PowerPoint, and Excel. Since
the commencement of Satsuma’s certification, 17 students have
earned their MOS (Microsoft Office Specialist) certification.
This course is designed to prepare students for entry level
employment in events planning and or meeting management.
The content includes the principles and practices of sound
public relations, planning and organizing events, meetings,
conferences, and conventions. Integrated throughout this
course are career preparation standards, which include
communication, interpersonal skills, and problem solving.
We offer Fine Arts education to students grades 7
through 12. Middle School Art, Art I, and Art II are
available for students to take as an elective course.
The goal is for every student to discover their
potential as a creative individual and to h develop
creativity. Mrs. Finley, Art Teacher, hopes that while
in her class, students realize that they do not have
to be the best artist to create beautiful works of
art, but instead, with a little effort, can accomplish
more than they imagined.
Gator Nation News
Our school’s source for broadcast news is GNN - Gator Nation
News! In its 2016 inaugural year, GNN won “Best Videography”
and “Most Improved Broadcasting Team” at Seymour Broadcasting
Camp, and one participant was awarded with a Seymour summer
internship to cover the news for local fall sports programs. At
present, GNN’s emerging broadcasting program offers students
experience in news anchoring and production, starting in 7th
grade with a 9-week “Intro to Broadcast Journalism” class. Future
plans include sports broadcasting, and live school news coverage.
Gator Gazette is the official student news source for
Satsuma High School. . The students not only investigate
and write stories, but also take their own pictures.
This year Satsuma High School began a peer counseling program called Peer
Leaders. The idea behind the group is that students are many times more likely to
come to a peer with a problem or a concern than they are to come to an adult, so the
goal of this program is to equip students with the necessary skills to communicate
with their peers and to serve as a beacon of hope of empathy within the school.
Satsuma is modeling the program off of other successful programs throughout
Baldwin County sponsored by the Jennifer Claire Moore Foundation, but they
are the first group of its kind in any Mobile County public school. The group is
composed of 10-12 grade students selected by their teachers for their ability to
show empathy, compassion, and leadership abilities in and out of the classroom.
The students also have the opportunity to participate in a year-round class to
hone their peer-relational skills. In the class they cover communication skills and
how to handle difficult situations they might be contacted about, everything from
peer pressure and bullying to suicide prevention.
The mission of the Athletic Department is to
enrich the character of our student athletes
through discipline, teamwork, competition,
sportsmanship, and personal and social
development. We further believe that athletics
promotes character traits desirable to industry
such as work ethic, communication, and the
spirit of fairness and equity.
Clubs & Organizations
Satsuma High School offers a wide variety of clubs and organizations. We encourage
our students to be involved in extracurricular activities, and strive to offer as many
activities as possible in order to help our students succeed, both intellectually and
The Spirit of Satsuma
The Spirit of Satsuma Band is a group of dedicated and exceptionally talented
students at Satsuma High School.
Project Outreach is a new service club at Satsuma High School that connects
student with disabilities with their typical peers for the benefit of both groups.