District bi-weekly newsletter | April 28, 2022 | Volume 2, Issue 20
Dr. Kim Miller's Blog
Wind Beneath Our Wings
There is a verse in Bette Midler’s 1988 hit, Wind Beneath My Wings, that goes:

It might have appeared to go unnoticed
But I've got it all here in my heart
I want you to know I know the truth, of course I know it
I would be nothing without you.

As we near the end of another school year, I can’t help but reflect on the many educators in my life who made a difference for me, who along with my parents and family, have made me who I am.
A partnership to develop professionals

We are inspired by students that wish to become teachers, otherwise known as "impact-makers". Teachers of all sorts have the ability to change lives and lead people of all ages toward a successful future. The Eastland-Fairfield Teaching Professions satellite program, located at Gahanna Lincoln High School, is a fantastic example of a partnership that benefits a collection of our communities. Hand-in-hand, Eastland-Fairfield and Gahanna Jefferson Public Schools have joined to prepare high school students for their next steps on a career pathway toward the world of education. They are gaining real experience in active classrooms inside our communities. One day a child, young adult, or adult may be impacted positively by a future teacher from this program. Learn more about the program from instructor Robyn Hilderbrand and EFCTS alumna and Gahanna sixth grade teacher, Haylee Perry!
Opening the hood on Automotive at FCC
Students in Mr. Chance's Automotive lab are inspecting the insides of this SUV to identify parts and map out how to remove them safely.
Eastland-Fairfield has two Automotive labs and this week we spent some time at Fairfield Career Center to see what was happening in Mr. Chance's junior class. Right now, students have five assignments to complete this week including lessons on tire repair, alternator identification, blower motor circuit, steering and suspension upgrades, and brake assembly and lines. In this self=paced lab, students have the ability to work on lessons in their desired order and time, so long as quality work is completed. When the work is done, select Fridays are made available for students to work on their personal vehicles in the way that they wish, so there is an incentive to have their assignments turned in on time.

Students were working in groups as well as individuals on different assignments, so we chose a few to catch up with.
Jared Rivera (Pickerington North) checks the tire pressure on this Lexus to ensure its safe for operating.
What does it say? This student is getting a digital reading on the vehicle he is working on.
This student is shining a little light on what happens under the hood.
One such project students are working on is making upgrades to a vehicle of their choice. Logan Ross (Fairfield Union) is modifying a Scion with various new parts to increase its performance, while classmate Justin Burgoon (Teays Valley) chose to upgrade the vehicle he drives, a Mazda 3 series. Johnathon Fleury (Liberty Union) chose a Honda Civic because of the number of options available. All three scoured the internet to gather information on those upgrades: prices, installation processes, and the steps they'll take to make their dream upgrades. They will then put all of that information into a presentation that will be delivered to Mr. Chance and the class to showcase their next dream project. All three students are working on building portfolios and relationships with aspirations of breaking in as technicians at prominent dealerships and working their way up the ladder to lucrative automotive careers!
(L-R) Johnathan Fleury, Logan Ross, and Justin Burgoon break from their presentations to pose for their "before" photo. Coming next, the "after", where they are working at the dealerships of their choice.
To States they go!
Reynoldsburg Culinary students highlighted in ThisWeek
Reynoldsburg High School’s Olivia Scheick (middle) and Debora Kawogo (left) are among the 14 Eastland-Fairfield Career and Technical Schools students who will compete at the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America state contest this month. Kawogo, with Groveport Madison junior Marisca De Jesus (right), and Scheick in a solo competition all won gold at February's FCCLA regional competition and will present in their respective events at the State competition that will take place between April 23-28 in Columbus.

Read more about their experience competing in the FCCLA competition to this point and their excitement to represent EFCTS and their homeschools at the state level!
JR Debora Kawogo L Olivia Scheick M and Marisca De Jesus R pose. Credit to Lorrie Cecil of ThisWeek
Around Eastland-Fairfield
Annual Diversity Festival Held at FCC
For the second year in a row, a student-led Cultural Festival was held at Fairfield Career Center, celebrating the many cultures that make up the student body. The festival welcomed displays from countries all over the world with colorful clothing, tasty treats from those places, and a side of history and information sharing to educate those that passed by about those places represented. Beyond countries, different ways of life and cultures were also represented such as the LGTBQ community, Bohemian practices, and the differences between urban and rural living, just to name a few, Our students enjoyed proudly showcasing those places and groups that represent them, and we learned a lot about the many cultures our students identify with, as well. Thank you to Ms. Megan Jones for assisting in this student-led event, and to all of our students for sharing a part of them with us.
Bioscience students have strong showing at HOSA state conference
For two days in March, students from the Eastland-Fairfield Career & Technical Schools Bioscience satellite program competed at its HOSA-Future Health Professionals state conference held at the Columbus Convention Center. All students proudly represented their lab and EFCTS while three earned state titles and 12 will advance to the HOSA international competition to be held in late June.

Congratulations to state champions (name, class, home school, event category)
Stella Brofford (Jr., Gahanna Lincoln, Clinical Specialty)
Morgan Albert (Jr., Gahanna Lincoln, Healthy Lifestyle)
Reagan Reetz (Sr., Gahanna Lincoln, Medical Art)

We are very proud of all of our students that competed and those that will move on to compete at the international conference. For a complete list of top placements and international qualifiers, click the link below.
Bobby Carpenter Brings Biz to FCC
It is not every day that your school gets visited by an All-American, National Champion, NFL first-round draft pick, and sports radio personality. It may be even rarer to find a person with those credentials that supports the trades and recently opened his own business in the heating, cooling, plumbing, and electrical field.

Buckeye football great and Lancaster native Bobby Carpenter visited Fairfield Career Center on Friday, April 22. Carpenter, most notably known for being a key part of the Ohio State Football 2002 national championship football team, officially opened the doors to Carpenter Heating, Cooling, Plumbing, and Electric in Columbus earlier this month. Now, he is looking for members to join his new team!

Carpenter introduced students in the Construction and HVAC programs to his company, their apprenticeship programs, and also the vast opportunities that they are setting themselves up for after they graduate. He talked about the importance of culture and producing high-quality work because after all, that is your professional portfolio and word-of-mouth advertising has great strength. He wrapped up his time with students by talking about how the choices they make today are important, as is how they choose to spend their time as they near professional crossroads. Of course, we also talked a little football, too. Thank you, Mr. Carpenter, for investing your time with our students and their futures.
Upcoming Events
MAY
May 3-4: SkillsUSA State Competition
May 3: New Student Celebration - Cyber Security and Sports Medicine at New Albany
May 4-8: BPA National Conference
May 5: New Student Celebration - new FCC/ECC students at your program's respective campus)
May 5: New Student Celebration - Marketing & Logistics Management at Groveport Madison
May 5: New Student Celebration - Employability Prep (Franklin Co.) at ECC
May 5: New Student Celebration - Project SEARCH at FCC
May 9: New Student Celebration - Bioscience, Architecture/Construction Management, Teaching Professions, Sports Medicine at Gahanna Lincoln High School/Clark Hall
May 11: Inauguration Alumni Recognition event (5:30pm at ECC's Engineering Technology Building)
May 11: New Student Celebration - Multimedia at Pickerington North
May 18: Senior Recognition (Fairfield Career Center)
May 19: Senior Recognition (Eastland Career Center)
May 19: Senior Recognition, Satellites (Eastland Career Center)
May 24: Last day of classes

Poll Question
Your preferred vacation will take you to the:
beach
woods
another country
mountains
stay-cation at home!
Check out the results plus a new poll question in the next edition of the District Newsletter!
Last week's results
Last week: When you "read", do you prefer:
Reading a physical book: 44%
Reading on an electronic device: 16%
Listening to an audiobook: 24%
I'd rather WRITE a book or story: 16%