Traverse Bay Area Intermediate School District
December 2018
News from the
Traverse Bay Area ISD
Career-Tech Center
Attention students, parents, and community members!
Welcome to the new electronic newsletter from TBAISD Career-Tech Center! Please share this newsletter with others to create awareness about the great things happening in career and technical education in the Traverse Bay region. We're excited about the great work of our students and staff and invite you to learn more about our programs!
Message From Principal Pat Lamb
As the school year continues into the holiday season, we have much to be thankful for at the TBAISD Career-Tech Center. Topping the list is the beautiful building addition and renovations for the Manufacturing Technology Academy, Precision Machining Technology, Mechatronics and Welding programs. Construction began over a year ago and was completed for the start of the school year. The renovation has enabled us to locate all of our programs on the same campus, allowing for multiple programs to share curriculum, ideas, and project-based learning opportunities. Such collaboration broadens student learning experiences and ties those experiences to real life scenarios. The added space also creates better access for sharing classroom resources, materials, equipment, and physical lab space. In October, we celebrated with a community-wide ribbon cutting ceremony attended by students, parents, alumni, local districts, as well as business and industry partners. I would like to thank all of our stakeholders who have generously supported the Career-Tech Center in providing state-of-the-art career and technical education programming to students who live in our five-county service area.
Staff Share Expertise to Build Culture
CTC launched a building-wide effort to reinforce and support the center's core values through monthly lunch break meetings where staff members gather to learn about each other's work and programs. In September, staff met in the Electrical Occupations classroom to learn about voltage and circuits in a demonstration led by instructor Tim VanderMeulen. October's spotlight was on the Front Street Writers program where instructor Teresa Scollon and writer-in-residence Sam Collier showcased students' investigative journalism projects. As part of getting to know each program, staff are also becoming more fully aware of one another's areas of expertise and experiences --- even in areas outside of what they teach. For example, Film and New Media instructor Tom Mills shared his talents as a children's book illustrator with early childhood students as part of their early literacy initiative. Tom is the illustrator of the popular Buck Wilder children's book series and the What Am I? flap book series.
The examples above reflect Tom Mills' work with the What Am I? and the Buck Wilder picture book series.
Many staff members gathered for lunch in the Front Street Writers studio to hear about student journalism, poetry, and playwriting projects.
Public Safety Students Assist with Honor Flight
Students in the Public Safety/Protective Services program attended the fall Mid-Michigan Honor Flight send-off at Cherry Capital Airport in September. Twice a year, the Honor Flight program pairs veterans with escorts and flies them to Washington, DC to tour the war memorials at the National Mall. Program instructor Tom Lennox encouraged students to join community members, active military personnel, family, friends, and local dignitaries to create a tunnel of flags and celebrate the service and sacrifices of veterans from 52 mid-Michigan and Upper Peninsula counties. Pictured (R-L): Donnovan Stone and Ethan Davenport (Traverse City Central); Henry Brown and Trevor Castillo (Elk Rapids); CTC Curriculum Supervisor Stephanie Long.

To see a full photo gallery of the event, click here.
Geometry Adds Dimension in Construction Trades
Geometry instruction in the Construction Trades program is led by math teacher Karen Shoskey and program instructor Tom Sensabaugh. This fall, the lessons took on new meaning as students practiced taking transit measurements from scissor lifts. Each student was hoisted to the top of the CTC building to measure the distance from the roof to the ground in order to calculate pitch and elevation. Mathew Lamie (Kingsley High School) explained, "We were checking to see if the measurement was accurate. Once we know that, we can tell if the foundation is level." Students used the principles of geometry to learn how to build exterior walls with precise measurements and angles.
Students then progressed to determine exact angles in several shapes, including octagons, hexagons, and quadrilaterals in order to build picture frames of various designs. Tyler Bunker (Traverse City West Senior High) acknowledged that he learned simple measurements last year, but said, "I learned how to measure and cut more complex angles and put them together." Students then used a variety of tools, including the sliding compound miter saw (pictured) to design and build their frames.
Allied Health Welcomes Sports Medicine Guest Presenter
Michael Hower, a certified athletic trainer with a Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training from Aquinas College, lent his expertise in the Allied Health I program. Hower spent time at Holland Hospital and Saugatuck High School where he worked with athletes. While visiting CTC, Hower demonstrated the skill of ankle taping to help students prepare for an upcoming sports medicine competition at HOSA Future Health Professionals skill competition in early January. Pictured: Hower, Elizabeth Corcoran-Edwards (Mancelona High School) and D'layna VanderMerwe, (homeschool).
Early Childhood and Allied Health Students Team Up
Students in Allied Health II, led by program instructor Gwen Tafelsky, teamed up with students from Melanie Zinger's Early Childhood Education program to teach them about anatomy and bones. Early childhood students then created age-appropriate activities to teach the human skeleton to preschool-aged children.
Principal Pat Lamb (foreground) and Career Preparation Specialist Dana Venhuizen compete to see who could match names to the appropriate bones in the skeleton under the watchful eyes of instructor Gwen Tafelsky.
(L-R) Haley Howes (Mancelona), Taylor Hood and Brianna Hardin (Traverse City Central), and Brittany Bradley (Mancelona) teamed up to create an identification activity to help preschool-aged children learn the major bones in the human body.

 Flu Shots Available
Now is the time to protect your family from the flu, before it begins spreading in the community. It takes about two weeks after vaccination for the body to build up its protection against the influenza virus, so don’t wait! YHWC has flu shots available for youth ages 10 – 21 years. Our center can bill your insurance or Medicaid, and we offer a sliding fee for those without insurance. It’s also a good time to start or continue your child’s Hepatitis A or HPV series at the same visit. Appointments are available during and after school, so please call (231) 922-6416 to schedule an appointment soon.

Walk-in adult flu shots are available at the Grand Traverse County Health Department. Children can also be seen there but require an appointment in advance. Call (231) 995-6131 for more information.

Wet, Lather, Scrub, Rinse, Dry
 These are five simple, yet very effective steps that EVERYONE can take to help reduce the spread of diarrhea and respiratory illnesses like the flu! December 2 – 8 is Hand Washing Awareness Week, a time to stop and think about how the simple action of regular hand washing can help you prevent the spread of common illnesses. 

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Upcoming Events
Holiday Break - December 24, 2018 - January 4, 2019
First Semester Ends - January 18, 2019
CTC Exam Week - January 14-18, 2019
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