Our auto mechanics program is in full swing! Mr. Cardenas and his students have worked on several vehicles of community members as well as ZCSD staff. These services have ranged from a simple oil change to installing a motor or servicing an air-conditioning system into a vehicle. The program chooses not to set prices for services but asks its patrons to make a donation to the program. Recently, a community member asked for an oil change to be performed on his vehicle and noticed that the students were completing this without some of the basic machines used in other auto mechanic shops so, he donated a brand new Oil Drainer Device valued at $200.00. This device is used to drain fluids up to 18 gallons at a time using an extendable funnel of up to 76 inches to reach almost any height. Now, student no longer have to hold a pan to drain oil! The program would like to thank community members and ZCSD staff for their support.
Mr. Duhe’s Basic Wood Technology program received a design request from a customer. From that design, students created three wonderful works of art! The items are bedroom set. Congratulations students!
Ms. Desiree Alexander won the 2015 School Library Media Specialist (of the Year) Award from the Louisiana Association of School Librarians! Congratulations on being the top librarian in the state!
Mr. Vonrosenberg’s 1st hour chemistry class won the Zachary High School Black History Trivia contest sponsored by Mrs. Littles. Congratulations!
Mr. Vonrosenberg and his class celebrated Pi Day of the century. In addition, today is international science day and Albert Einstein’s birthday! Our chemistry class used donuts to learn how Pi was derived using calculations, mathematical formulas.
In 2014, Mr. Joshua Concienne formed the Chess Club. The club convenes during lunch to strengthen critical thinking and chess execution skills. This year, the club hosted a 4-day tournament where over 15 students competed for the covenant role of Chess Champion. Congratulations to Jordan Gage Hutchinson for winning this year’s tournament!
Mr. Glynn provided his expertise to the Louisiana Native Guard
Emmitt Glynn is a ZCTC teacher, university adjunct instructor and is considered by most to be an expert in the area of history. Mr. Glynn recently aided in assembling the Louisiana Native Guard exhibit. The exhibit showcases artifacts from the Civil War and the Battle at Port Hudson. In observance of Black History month, the West Baton Rouge Museum remembered the courageous efforts of African American soldiers during the war. The West Baton Rouge Museum will showcase the exhibit until March 22nd. For more information, call 225-336-2422.
ZCTC’s 2nd Annual College and Career Week
Zachary Career and Technical Center hosted its annual college and career week which started off with the Men’s Wearhouse company hosting a presentation on “Dress for Success”! Students also participated in a job fair and three college tours. This event is an integral part of our program because it teaches students the importance of preparing for job interviews and for postsecondary education.
The president of our local chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma rewarded Mrs. Jennifer Norwood with an annual $100 reward given each year to a new Zachary Community School System teacher. Mrs. Norwood is a veteran of East Baton Rouge Parish School system and will be presented this reward at the next school board meeting on February 3rd. Congratulations Mrs. Norwood!
Congratulations to Austin Blackshear for creating a beautifully hand crafted coat rack. Austin is a student in Advanced Wood Technology with Mr. Duhe. Austin is an asset to our program and has created various pieces. In fact, Austin has contributed to many of the projects produced by both our NCCER Carpentry and Wood Technology classes. Thanks Austin!
Zachary Career and Technical Center’s Girlz, Inc. Club hosted its annual Girlz, Inc. Day of Pampering. Girls were immersed in learning beauty secrets and cosmetic sampling. A special thanks to Mary Kay Beauty Consultant Donna Burks and MAC Cosmetics Expert Reshonda Crocket for providing a full facial presentation as well as a professional eyebrow demonstration. Girlz, Inc. members ended the event with a raffle of hundreds of dollars in products donated by club sponsors and our business partner, Walgreens. The grand prize was a MAC Cosmetics Gift Card! What a day to remember!
ZCTC Civic students created a student opinion survey after learning about Public Opinion Polling and Surveying in an American Government lecture. The students polled our ZCTC student body to gather data on the opinions of programs, activities, and services delivered at Zachary Career and Technical Center.
Ryan Wilkinson is a 2014 ZCTC/ZHS graduate. He came to visit and speak with students about his new venture. Ryan was enrolled in the Auto Technology certification program now being offered at ZCTC. He is now employed at Unique Autos, a new business in Zachary! Additionally, Ryan is studying to be a firefighter for the state of Louisiana. Ryan attributes his success to distinct nurturing and the world class learning experience received while attending Zachary Career and Technical Center. Congratulations Ryan!
The ZCTC Carpentry class donated 2 benches and 2 folding tables to the LSU Rural Life Museum Foundation. Donations are provided to help raise funds for the museum. The generous ZCTC donation earned the museum $450! Thank you Carpentry students!
The ZCTC Carpentry class donated 2 benches and 2 folding tables to the LSU Rural Life Museum Foundation. Donations are provided to help raise funds for the museum. The ZCTC donations earned the museum $450!
Congratulations to Tiarra Smith and Breanna Kent! These two students were rewarded with a gift card, goodie bag and lunch from Lina’s Kitchen. Tiarra earned all A’s and B’s and Breanna earned all A’s on the recent progress report! Keep up the fantastic work!
Girlz, Inc. has adopted a class! Mrs. Carter’s 1st grade class was adopted by Girlz, Inc. The club had the opportunity to visit Rollins Place Elementary School last week. While on their visit, members and sponsors read to the class. First grade students enjoyed “Poultrygeist”, a book about farm animals dressing up and scaring each other for Halloween! The students enjoyed the book and Girlz, Inc. members interacted with the class by passing out treats, discussing Halloween costume ideas and reminding all students to be safe while trick-or-treating.
Congratulations to Deontre’ Goodie for being named ZCTC’s Student of the Year! Deontre’ is the epitome of what ZCTC teachers and administrators expect in all students. Deontre’ is a well-rounded student who continues to exceed our expectations by going above and beyond in the classroom, being kind to all students, and working towards graduating on-time. Congratulations again Deontre’!
Congratulations to Mr. Joshua Concienne for being named Teacher of the Year. Mr. Concienne is the epitome of what it means to be an outstanding teacher. He is well liked by students and his peers. He is very knowledgeable of his content area and his goes above and beyond what is expected. Thank you for all you do Mr. Concienne and congratulations again on being named ZCTC’s Teacher of the Year!
Our very own Kim C. Germany successfully defended her dissertation at Southeastern University! Dr. Germany has dedicated the last 5 years to conducting research that may be beneficial to all Louisiana Educators. Her research consisted of determining whether there is a correlation between the student growth index and professional practice index when evaluating teachers using Compass. Her findings suggest there is no correlation. Congratulations Dr. Germany! This study may be useful in future studies pertaining teacher evaluations in the state of Louisiana.
This week was full of health awareness activities! First, we launched ZCTC’s 2nd Annual Health Awareness Week by encouraged students to make good healthy eating choices and to exercise more. Students began the week with information on staying healthy. Our business partner, Walgreens, donated hundreds of health supplies for students to use on the go. The supplies included deodorant, toothpaste and even toothbrushes. Girlz, Inc. and PBIS donated frozen yogurt treats and sherbet for the entire student body! We ended the week with a “Hats Off (on!) to Good Health Walk where students were able to wear hats and encouraged to walk during lunch. Ice cold water was donated by Girlz, Inc. This week could not have been a success without the generous donations from PBIS, Girlz, Inc. and Walgreens.
Congratulations to Ms. Alexander for being named the Leader of the Year for the Louisiana Association of Computer Using Educators! Ms. Alexander will be honored on December 3rd during a ceremony in New Olreans. This distinctive honor is bestowed upon individuals who demonstrate excellence in the area of education and technology.
ZCTC students celebrated Mole Day with a lab activity of measuring a “mole’s worth” of different substances and setting up an educational display of a “Mole” of Aluminum, Hydrogen Peroxide, Iron, Sulphur, Isopropyl Alcohol, Sodium Chloride, Sucrose, Dihydrogen Monoxide (a.k.a. water), and a 22.4 Liter cube of gas. A sign read “Happy Mole Day!” and “What do all these things have in common?” A little known tid-bit of trivia is that October 23rd (the 10th month and the 23rd day) from 6:02 AM until 6:02 PM has special significance in the science world, Chemistry in particular. It is internationally recognized as “Mole Day”! We count eggs by the dozen just like we count atoms or molecules by the Mole. An 18th century chemist by the name of Avagadro calculated the number of particles of a Mole to be equal to 6.02 x 1023 particles of whatever you were counting, atoms for elements, molecules for compounds, or eggs, if you had a whole bunch of eggs. The Mole is called “Avagadro’s Number” and is extremely useful in Chemistry to do stoichiometric calculations with chemical equations. What all the various amounts of substances had in common was there was a Mole of particles of each substance whether it was a liquid, solid, or a gas.
ZCTC students and staff embraced the 2014 Homecoming Festivities. During the week, students participated in spirit days, class competitions, building a float, attended the pep rally, parade, and ended the week with a night to remember by attending the Homecoming Dance.
The Girlz, Inc. Induction Ceremony was held on October 2nd. The event set the stage for the upcoming school year. Girlz, Inc. President, Kieara Bradley welcomed the Superintendent and his staff the event. Other officers participated in the ceremony by identifying sponsors and the vision and mission of Girlz, Inc. Members were inducted into the organization by being pinned by Girlz, Inc. sponsors. The ceremony ended with photographs and light refreshments.
The student votes are in. Congratulations to Mr. Concienne for being named the PBIS Teacher of the Month! We really appreciate all the effort every teacher puts forth to help ZCTC students be successful. Congratulations again Mr. Concienne!
Congratulations to Zachary Career and Technical Center for securing an important partnership with Cajun Construction Company! ZCTC anticipates this partnership to bring opportunities such as internships, job/career placement, and skills training.
PBIS is off to a great beginning at ZCTC! Students receive daily, weekly, monthly and yearly incentives. Last week, several ZCTC students were invited to Hard Work Café. Hard Work Cafe’ rewards students by serving catered food from local restaurants such as Lina’s Kitchen in Zachary. Twice a month, students who excel or demonstrate good behavior are eligible to receive a free gift card to businesses like Walmart, Smoothie King, and Canes. Bryce Ruffin was our first gift card recipient!
ZCTC recently implemented a Principal’s Student Advisory Council. The Student Advisory Council will meet occasionally with faculty and staff to discuss how decisions are made at the school level and directly impact students. The administration will select four individuals to representative the student body. These students will also meet with Student Council members at Zachary High School. These students will represent the student body during meetings and events: Keiara Bradley, Joseph White, Victoria Gordon, and Keemichael Comena.
Girlz, Inc. is an exclusive organization for young ladies to who attend ZCTC. The organization’s mission is to educate, motivate, empower and inspire young ladies to achieve anything. The organization also promotes serving their communities. We are currently seeking new members because the organization is an integral piece of what we do at Zachary Career and Technical Center.