Tiger Quarterly HHS Career and Technical Newsletter

Term II/ 2018

Upcoming Dates


7: First Day Back

8-16: CTE Tours/Recruitment

11: ACT registration deadline

15-16: Lunch Recruitment in the HHS cafeteria

18: National Technical Honor Society Conference

21: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

22: Report Cards


1: CTE Applications Due

5-7: WorkKeys Testing

6: Senior Deadline to sign up for ASVAB

7: Jumpstart/Progress Reports

9: ACT

13: Senior ASVAB

20: ACT for Juniors

24: College and Career Fair

28: Black History Program


8: ACT Registration Deadline

11-15: Spring Break

20: Third Term Ends

A Note from Mr. Brown

CTE Director

All (students, staff, parents, and stakeholders),

It is hard to believe that 2018 has come to an end, and now half the school year is complete. When you put this time of the year into perspective, it causes reflection, anticipation, anxiety, and so many emotions for all of us. I encourage you to look at this time as a wake up call. Allow this time to be an opportunity to prioritize your life, reevaluate your goals, commit to do your very best, and to be thankful for where you are (mentally and physically). It is common for athletic teams to make adjustments at halftime based on what happened in the 1st half of the game in order to win the contest. Move into the new year and next semester with a positive outlook on what is to come based on the adjustments you make NOW.

Truly Yours,

Jermaine Brown

Hattiesburg High School's CTE Department Hosts the 2018 Pine Belt Partners in Education Summit

Mississippi's current Secretary of State, Delbert Hosemann, and MAPE sponsored the 2018 Pine Belt Partners in Education Summit. Nearly, 100 individuals from the Hattiesburg area attended the event in order to look for ways to collaborate future workforce development based on community opportunities and needs. The summit was made up of individuals from business and industry, political affiliates, Mississippi Construction Education Foundation, career and technical directors and faculty, post secondary representatives, Mississippi Department of Education, students, and teachers.

Roundtable: "Pine Belt Business Needs"

From Left to Right:

Christy Drennan, Representative from Dunn Road Builders

Jermaine Brown, Hattiesburg Public School District CTE Director

Hal Herrington (Moderator), Merit Health Wesley

Mike Barkett, Mississippi Construction Education Foundation

Dr. Tom Wallace, State Career and Technical Director

Delbert Hosemann, Mississippi Secretary of State

Paige Roberts of Pathways 2 Possibilities, shared information on annual skills fair events for eighth grade students. Boyd West, the assistant superintendent of the Pascagoula-Gautier School District, spoke about his district's partnership activities and workforce development efforts.

Photo and Description by Sandi Beason

Katie McCrary, MAPE board member and Safety Coordinator for McCrary West Construction, encouraged employers to partner with schools to prepare students to enter the workforce.

Photo by Sandi Beason

(Left) Mike Barkett, President of the Mississippi Construction Education Foundation, (Middle) State Senator Juan Barnett, and (Right) State Senator John Polk

(Left) Terry Clark, PRCC Dean of Career, Technical & Workforce Education, (Middle) James Collum PRCC Electronic Technology Instructor, and (Right) Daniel Jayroe, Vice President of Community Development at Hattiesburg's Area Development Partnership

James Brownlow involves students and industry partners in a Racco pottery processing demonstration for summit participants during CTE program tours.

Dr. Evans, Hattiesburg High School's Construction Trade instructor, shows summit participants some of his students' work from our new electrical program.

A special shout out to the following HOSA ambassadors for being hosts for the Pine Belt Education Summit: Shamari Hutchinson, Jerykah Allen, Iven Evans, Jaylon Jackson, and Marcel Harris. You were very professional, and you made us proud!

Hattiesburg High School Career and Technical Students Earn their ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certification

Hattiesburg High School's Career and Technical second year students are earning their ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certification. HHS is paying for students after they complete the ACT WorkKeys Curriculum to sit for the exam administered through a partnership with Pearl River Community College. 67 CTE students have already earned their certification. Information from the ADP will be coming out in the future as to what this means for the Hattiesburg area. Way to work!!! Photograph by Jennie Noonkester

United Way Luncheon

Hattiesburg High School's Culinary Arts students hosted the United Way Luncheon in October. Our students were very professional. The menu included the following: salad, chicken with a bacon wrap, mashed potatoes, green beans, bread, and strawberry cheesecake cups. We would like to say a special thanks to the United Way for all that it does to help our community members that are in need. Photographs by Jennie Noonkester

The HHS Polymer Science Team Wins the USM Quiz Bowl

The HHS Polymer Science program participated this year in the University of Southern Mississippi polymer science competition. The Quiz Bowl team walked away with first place this year. The team consisted of the following members: Dillen McCullum, Keirston Paige, Cameron Gordon, and Rodney Phillips. Dillen McCullum (first place) and Rodney Phillips (second place) for Year 2 Online Exam Competition. Tamyra Rice, Gavin Pope, and Addam Li walked away with the First, Second, and Third place awards for First Year Online Exam Competition. Congratulations for your outstanding work! Photographs by Jennie Noonkester

AAA Ambulance and Dispatch Trip

Law and Public Safety and Sports Medicine

Law and Public Safety and Sports Medicine visited our local AAA Ambulance headquarters and the 911 dispatch center. Our students got a first hand opportunity to explore these career fields. It was an eye opener on how technology, medical, and public safety mergers together in this occupation. Photographs by Jennie Noonkester

Information Technology

Information Technology I Students - Disassemble/Reassemble computer project . Photographs by Marcus Jordan

Health Science and HOSA

HOSA holds an annual HOSA Walk for Future Health Care Providers. All proceeds of the Walk go to the Ethel Payton Scholarship Fund. The funds are presented to graduating seniors that are HOSA members and meet the scholarship requirements. Hattiesburg High Health Science Department has been able to assist 5 graduates to pursue their dreams of continuing their education at the post-secondary level. Health Science would like to thank everyone that has invested in our students. Thank You!

Photograph by Mimi Wilson

Trauma Surgeon, Dr. Donald, his staff, and advisory board member Ethel Payton visited Hattiesburg High’s Health Science II Program to teach how to “Stop the Bleed”. "Stop the Bleed" is a national awareness campaign. "Stop the Bleed" is intended to cultivate grassroots efforts that encourage bystanders to become trained, equipped, and empowered to help in a bleeding emergency before EMS arrives at the scene.

Photograph by Mimi Wilson

Health Science/ HOSA held its Christmas celebration at Walk- Ons. The students participated in an UGLY sweater contest as part of the festivities. Eugene Stubbs was the winner.

Photograph by Mimi Wilson

Health Science I student Tamari Smith demonstrates how to do a sterile dressing change to her peers.

Photograph by Mimi Wilson

Early Childhood Education

Happy Halloween

Early Childhood Education students participated in the annual Trunk or Treat festivities at HPSD Early Childhood Center . Also, students learned instrument construction in order to incorporate this skill into preschool music lessons. Photographs provided by DeAnn Anderson and Jennie Noonkester

Digital Media Technology

Check out the kinds of projects that our students are doing in Digital Media Technology. Students were assigned a project in which they had to come up with a product, and then they had to create a commercial. Deno Howard demonstrates his marketing skills, creativity, and humor with his project.

Fall Advisory Meetings

Polymer Science and Engineering

Coach Jordan (Engineering) and James Brownlow (Polymer) met and toured their advisory committee through their programs. Advisory committees are a vital part of Career and Technical Education. These industries, community partners, and post-secondary educators are vital in keeping our programs updated with community needs and resources. Photographs provided by Jennie Noonkester

Culinary Advisors Conduct Job Interviews

Mrs. Gonzalez's Culinary Arts advisory committee conducted mock job interviews for our students. They had to fill out a job application and rotate from table to table practicing their job interview skills. The committee asked common interview questions to offer the students an opportunity to obtain employment. A special thanks to the following local businesses for investing their time into our students: Chef Joshua Cathey and Gene Rapone (Aramark/USM), David Grover (Grover Brothers), Marcus Nause (J & J Produce), Stefanie Howze (PRCC Woodall Center), Kellen Lane and John Munger (Chick-Fil-A), Jessica Jacobs, Joe Suter, Deedee Odom (Town Square Bakery), Sandi Cortez (Panera Bread), Kristi Lewis (USM Child Nutrition), Brian Reils (Puckett Rentals), Ester Sharplin (Sunflower), Rhonda Cunningham (Hotel Indigo), Ed Hargrove (Pyro's Pizza), Sgt. Nelson Haskins (Blue Jazz Cafe), and Mitzi Russell (MMI Dining) . Photographs provided by Jennie Noonkester

Electrical and Construction Trade

Electrical and First Year Construction students are working hard in the shop. Photographs provided by Jennie Noonkester

Sports Medicine

In Sports Medicine, students studied the integumentary system and pharmacology. Students dissected and injected fruit while observing the fruits' layers and absorption routes.

Photographs provided by Brian Maskew

PRCC's Zack Howell Speaks!

A special thanks to Zack Howell from Pearl River Community College for spending time with our Career and Technical second year students and completors. He outlined the college admission process for our students. Thank you PRCC for all that you do to support Career and Technical Education in the Pine Belt Area.

Photographs provided by Jennie Noonkester

The Mississippi Department of Education met on the Hattiesburg High School campus on December 6, 2018 for the Mississippi Succeeds Career and Technical Education Listening Tour. The purpose of the meeting was to gather public feedback for Mississippi’s plan to meet the requirements of the federal Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act. The law reauthorizes the Carl D. Perkins CTE Act of 2006 and is referred to as Perkins V (News Release, November 29, 2018). The tour will continue throughout the state in December and January in order to gather data and input from business and industry, educators, students, parents, and community stakeholders. The Mississippi Department of Education, Mississippi Community College Board, and the Mississippi State University Research and Curriculum Unit will use the data gathered to help build a state plan to implement the law.

Photograph provided by Jennie Noonkester

Hattiesburg High School Career and Technical Education Department does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, or handicapping conditions in accordance with federal and state law.

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Jennie Noonkester, DeAnn Anderson, Mimi Wilson, and Brian Maskew