In November CIS year finished up Wireless technologies and has scheduled their finals to be taken prior to Jan 20, 2023. This will be the first of two tests that will get them A+ certified. We will be spending some time this month learning about the basics of networking and learning how to create subnets. CIS 2 students have completed their cabling and switching and are now getting into routers and layer 3. They have scheduled their finals for the CompTIA Network Plus exam. All students will be spending time working on troubleshooting with diagnostic procedures over the next two months. Students also enjoyed the Thanksgiving Feast with other CareerTEC students. Happy Holidays from CIS!
In the month of November, students became proficient with beef, pork and chicken cookery through recipes such as teriyaki meatballs, chicken parmesan, and stuffed burgers. This week, students are learning how to prepare soups, including french onion, chili, chicken noodle, and potato corn chowder. In December, students will learn how to prepare sauces, which is an essential culinary skill. Students will also learn how to utilize fresh and dried herbs and spices.
November has been so very busy. HOYA II celebrated Thanksgiving with all the other CareerTEC classes here at St. John’s. Students and teachers reflected on how blessed we truly are.
As a way to make Thanksgiving a little more joyful for our community, students delivered homemade cards and flowers to many different places around the area. The response from those receiving these little random acts of kindness flowers was overwhelmingly positive; the students were touched by the reactions This small gesture brought smiles and words of appreciation from each recipient. We are still hearing how much this changed the day for so many. Sometimes we forget that holidays are not always a happy time for some.
The ladies will also be ringing the Salvation Army Bells at Sullivan’s and Walmart tomorrow, 11/30. Please stop out and see them if you get a chance.
December promises to be just as busy. The students will be completing their teaching projects. They are going out to their local schools and teaching younger students (up to 5th grade) a healthcare related task; such as handwashing.
In November, students were able to listen to heart and lung sounds during class. We also discussed what a pulse deficit was and why it is important. It is comparing someone’s apical and radial pulse to discern any abnormalities. They then practiced checking for pulse deficits on their classmates. We will be focusing on our own wellness by doing a physical fitness assessment in class. This activity usually brings laughs and really tells us how fit we are.
Before our Christmas break, students will be visiting Hawthorne Inn for some caroling and a craft/food activity with the residents. Even though they think they can’t sing very well, this will bring Christmas joy to the residents at Hawthorne.
Have an amazing month of December and take time for yourself and maybe do a small random act of kindness because it brings happiness to both giver and receiver.
GIVING THANKS, was the highlight of November. Those who live a life with gratitude have a great attitude. Our Thanksgiving feast did not disappoint. The food was plentiful and then the race was on to win the team relay games. Each student was challenged to note something they were thankful for before they could eat and then they were challenged to go home and tell one person something they were thankful for. We in HOYA are beyond thankful this year for our great students!
Students continue to learn what they may or may not want to be when they grow up through our monthly job shadows. We also had a great field trip to Highland Community College. There students learned the many different programs HCC offers in healthcare and many prerequisites a student can take there for things such as veterinarian and doctor degrees. The labs are amazing and of course seeing a real brain and cadaver is always a highlight of our trip. You can learn in a book, but when you get to see the real thing it all makes more sense. We are thankful in healthcare for those who cared enough about science and donate their bodies to science so we can learn.
Coming up in December students will bring Christmas cheer and raise money for the Salvation Army through bell ringing. We also will continue checking off on important skills, because clinicals are coming up fast. We will begin clinicals in February. Skills we will complete this month are teeth brushing, nail care, shaving and checking off on their bed making skills (hope they have been practicing at home :))
At the end of the month we vote for the previous month's student of the month. October’s theme was leadership. Winners for October were Devyn Phillips, Kayleigh Calhoun, Aya Malik, Xzander Bennett, Caitlyn Simpson, and Damien Bell.
Lastly, each month we focus on an essential skill. These are skills that are important in life and to employers. This month our focus was on verbal communication. We discussed ways to communicate, how to assess our audience and how to ask questions to deepen our understanding of a topic. Then each student picks a word in the category of communication that represents them best and adds it to their skill sheet. We will use these later in the year for our job applications.
These last few weeks will fly by. Students must continue to work hard to maintain an 80% or better in this class!
Students from Dakota, Durand, Freeport, Lena, Orangeville, Pearl City & Pecatonica attended the Manufacturing Tours and Expo on Nov. 18th.
They toured Adkins Energy, Anchor Harvey, Danfoss, Protocutter, Star Manufacturing, TriStar Metals and Ultrasonic.
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