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Friday, August 7, 2015

ACADEMICS: Positive CAT Program Reflections

L-Dr. Mack-Foxworth; Top R-Dr. Thomas;
Bottom R-Mr. Chigoba
Educators from S.C. schools offering the Carolina Alliance for Technology (CAT) program met in Columbia this week for the Cat Symposium for training and reflection upon the first year of this S.T.E.M. program. Ridge View is proud to be one of the first schools in the state offering this program. During the symposium, Blazer educators stood before their peers to share their reflections on the success of the program and our students. Here is what they said.
  • "The authentic learning experiences gained through site visits to FN America, IT-ology, etc. will remain with our students for the rest of their lives. Our CAT students are truly discovering the connection between content learned in the classroom and how it relates to actual career options such as Engineering and Information Technology." - Dr. Marlon Thomas, Assistant Principal
  • "The academic knowledge that student learn in computer science and engineering is very important. Yet, I'm most proud of the communication, collaboration, and critical thinking lifelong skills that these students are developing. These skills will help them experience success beyond the walls of Ridge View High." - Dr. Brenda Mack-Foxworth, Principal
  • "I'm glad that the CAT program allows students to become acquainted with possible careers and determine if it's really what they thought it would be. It allows them to save precious time and money by not waiting until college to explore the possibilities." - Ms. Teah Smith, Math teacher
  • "I enjoyed watching the students get so absorbed in what they were doing that they forgot they were learning. It was an awesome sight!" - Ms. Samantha Harter, English teacher
  • Referring to the A+ Summer Computer Certification Program that the students participated in this summer, Mr. Everlast Chigoba, Computer Science teacher, stated "They were enthusiastic about building a computer and then programming what they built."