#WeAreACC – News Updates from the Career Center

March 2020

First Robotics Team Wins Rookie Team Awards
Congratulations to ACC’s first First Lego Robotics Team, the Koibots!  On Saturday, February 29, they competed in the Battlefield HS competition in Haymarket, VA and earned two Rookie Team Awards!  Special thanks to coaches, Steve and Christina A, who spent countless hours after school so that students could design and build a robot and practice maneuvers.  Students learned and applied excellent collaboration and problem solving skills.


Digital Photography Students Win Scholastic Art Awards
The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards is the nation’s longest-running and most prestigious scholarship and recognition program for the arts. The students from Arlington Career Center submitted some of their best photographic work and were awarded 8 Gold Key awards, 4 Silver Key awards and over 20 honorable mentions!

February 2020

ACC Celebrates Black History Month
Students and staff from the Arlington Career Center put on the first of three Black History Month programs on Friday, February 21. The program highlighted the contributions of black Americans to the arts, cultural, and social movements throughout history. The program included a beautiful performance of the Black National Anthem by Arlington Tech student Talia and ACC Special Education Teacher Shaniqua Sumby, a rendition of “This Little Light of Mine” by the ACC Preschool students, a fashion show of African attire, headwraps, and style throughout the decades, spoken work performances by students Amanda and Najjiyah, a special performance by students from the ACC Step Team, and a moving personal reflective writing by Academic Academy student Kyla. Thank you to our CTE programs who also supported the program. AF-JROTC cadets presented the colors, ACC Culinary Arts provided a delicious cornbread snack, and ACC TV Production students recorded the event. Thank you to the Black History Month Committee for helping to organize such a fabulous event!

Capstone Student Organizes Django Girls Arlington Workshop
On Saturday, February 22, senior Arlington Tech Student Lena Bolz threw ACC’s first ever Django Girls workshop. Django Girls is an international organization whose mission is to inspire women to fall in love with coding. This workshop was open to the public and helped the 47 attendees build their first websites using the coding language Django. Lena was supported by IT and Programming teacher Jeff Elkner and Office of Equity and Excellence Coordinator Monica Lozano. Congratulations to Lena, and thank you to the Office of Equity and Excellence and the Arlington Tech Advisory Committee for helping to fund the event.

AF-JROTC Cadets Shine in Drill Competition
On February 1, the 26 AFJROTC cadets from the Arlington Career Center’s VA-821 won the Glasgow High School Drill & Colors Classic Overall Championship under the leadership of CMSgt Kim Turner. They were #1 of the 15 schools from the east coast and  it was the third straight overall championship trophy they have earned at Glasgow High School.  In individual Knock Out Competition, out of almost 200 cadets, they placed 3 in the top 10, with a 2nd, 6th, and 7th place finish.  Additionally, they brought home 6 trophies:  First Place in Armed Inspection, First Place in Unarmed Color Guard, Second Place in the Academic Challenge, Second Place in Armed Inspection, Third Place in Armed Regulation Drill and Third Place in Armed Team Exhibition.

Arlington Tech Science Fair Winners Announced
Congratulations to the winners and honorable mention recipients from this year’s science fair!
Overall Fair Winners

  1. The Effect Of Glasses And Age On The Blind Spot Activation Distance by Ellie Modlin-Unger, Isabella Villado, and Andrea Marchase
  2. The Effect of Gender on the Ability to Differentiate Shades of Color by Evan Westergren and Couper Kerns
  3. The Effect of Different Ages on Gender Role Stereotypes by Mercedes Ramirez Graves, Kaya DeMarco, and Adriana Sparks

Honorable Mentions

  • The Effect of Antibiotics on E-coli Bacteria by Sara Maria Arlett Estrada
  • The Effect of Different Types of Dampening Devices on Buildings Affected by Vortex Shedding  by Raphael Sanchez and Liam Brown
  • The Effects of Entertainment Screen Time on High School Students’ Work Completion by Ellie Nix, Maddie Muir, and Stephanie Daget
  • The correlation of the Gender of an Acting Award Winner’s Gender on the Overall Success of the Same Movie in the Academy Awards by Lina Barclay and Amirah Jones

Mock Interview Day for Arlington Tech Juniors
On Friday, February 7, Juniors in Arlington Tech participated in a mock interview day to prepare for their senior year Capstone experience. Volunteers from around the county donated their time and expertise to help students develop and improve their interviewing practice. Students rose to the occasion and demonstrated professional attire, strong soft-skills, and confidence as they spoke with volunteers about their high school experience and technical skills. Thank you to our amazing volunteers for making this event possible!: Ms. Kathleen Donovan, Dr. Rosa Briceño, Mr. Michael Swisher, Ms. Adrien McDonald, Ms. Bageshri Ghate, Ms. Mollie Montague, Ms. Micaela Sanders, Ms. Sylvia O’Neal, Ms. Emily Wasserman, Ms. Jennifer Landis-Santos, and Ms. Kimberly Durand.

January 2020

TV Production Student Wins League of Women Voters Video Contest
Television Production student Liam Norman won the League of Women Voters of Arlington’s- video contest.  Liam created a 30 second animation on the topic, “Why Do I Vote?” His animation creatively explained the importance of voting to his fellow students.  This contest was open to all juniors and seniors in Arlington and Alexandria City. Liam will be awarded with a $50.00 Barnes and Noble gift card. Liam is in Tom O’Day’s Television Production 1 class. Link below https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hlxM9toOT0I

ACC Students Win, Take 3rd Place, in Essay Contest
The Henrietta Lacks Legacy Group has named Arlington Tech sophomore Andrea Marchese as the winner of the 7th Annual Henrietta Lacks Legacy Group Essay contest.  Arlington Tech senior Rayan Rhomari placed third in the essay contest.  Annie and Rayan will be honored at an awards ceremony on March 7 at the Sollers Point Multi-Purpose Center in Dundalk, Maryland. More information on the event can be found here: https://henriettalackslegacygroup.org/essay-and-video-competition/.

New Office Squad Video a Career Center Collaboration
AETV Intern and Arlington Tech senior, Alice Buckley, worked with the PEP Office Squad to produce a new promotional video. Check out the video here:

You can find more information on Office Squad and how to submit your work orders on their webpage: https://careercenter.apsva.us/programs/pep/office-squad/.

Brown Box now Serving Fleet ES
Students in the Program for Employment Preparedness Brown Box lunch program were back serving many long-time customers at Fleet Elementary School this week. The Brown Box lunch program is an internship site for PEP where students prepare made-to-order sandwiches, wraps, and salads for staff on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Many staff at the new Fleet Elementary School were formerly customers at Patrick Henry Elementary School. Everyone was excited to have PEP students and staff back taking orders on campus this Tuesday. You can learn more about the Brown Box lunch program and PEP by visiting their page on the Career Center website: https://careercenter.apsva.us/brown-box-lunch/.

Arlington Tech Capstone Featured on WERA Program
On Tuesday, January 7, Paula Lazor highlighted the Arlington Tech Capstone experience on her WERA radio program: Education Innovations. From the WERA website, Education Innovations is “a show that explores hands-on, project-based learning and how it prepares students to succeed in college and careers.”  Ms. Lazor interviewed two Arlington Tech students, Mac Allen & Phillip Wince, about their experiences with Project-Based Learning and Career & Technical education courses through Arlington Tech. The episode will be streamed this Saturday (1/11) as well as the following Saturday (1/18) from 2:30 – 3:00 pm on WERA 96.7 FM and is available @RadioArlington and streaming on the WERA website.

December 2019

Author Elizabeth Acevedo Visits ACC

On Wednesday, December 4th, author Elizabeth Acevedo visited the Arlington Career Center to talk about her book “With the Fire On High”. This was the culminating event for a book club organized by APS Librarians, Chef Renee Randolph, and English Teacher Antares Leask. Ms. Acevedo had the opportunity to visit with students form the Culinary Arts program for a special treat after the book discussion. You can hear more about Ms. Acevedo’s visit and book on this week’s episodes of the Arlington Career Center Podcast! https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/id1481229813

Teen Voices on Vaping & Substance Abuse Gallery Walk

On Thursday, December 5th Students in HPE 10 presented their final products from PBL around vaping and substance abuse. Using a gallery walk format, students shared their work with parents and informed them on how they can talk with students about these issues. Students delivered their information through podcasts, Jeopardy! style games, artwork and other modalities and parents had the opportunity to visit in depth with each table. Students from the Culinary Arts program were also on site selling delicious tacos, salads, and drinks out of their new food truck. Thank you to the ACC Substance Abuse Counselor, Ms. Vanessa Zuniga, members of the Arlington Teen Network Board, ACC HPE Teachers Ms. Ronnie Goff and Mr. Casey Layne, and Chef Randolph for their collaboration around this PBL.

November 2019

Academic Academy Poetry Slam
On Friday, November 22nd Academic Academy students participated in a poetry slam event to share their stories with students and staff. The program was joined by Interim Superintendent Cintia Johnson, Assistant Superintendent Janette Allen, and Julia Burgos who judged the poetry slam and awarded prizes. This yearly event was a celebration of students successes and concluded with a shared Thanksgiving luncheon.

Culinary Arts Thanksgiving Pie Fundraiser
Students in the ACC Culinary Arts and Sciences program have officially sold out of pies during their annual Thanksgiving pie fundraiser. Students baked 500 delicious pies for staff and students to enjoy during their holiday celebrations. All funds generated from the pie sales go toward the cost of student culinary uniforms.

ACC Inducts 1st NHS Class
On Monday, November 11, the Arlington Career Center inducted its first National Honor Society class. A huge thank you to Ms. Antares Leask for sponsoring this organization and helping highlight the academic successes of these students.

Padres Comprometidos Graduation
Participants in the Padres Comprometidos program celebrated their final meeting and graduation on Tuesday, November 19th. From the NCLR website:
“Padres Comprometidos is a parent engagement program whose primary goal is the fostering of a strong connection between schools and parents.  The program builds the capacity of Latino parents to acquire the skills they need to effectively engage with schools and play a leading role in preparing their children for college. The program addresses language and culture as assets—rather than obstacles—upon which skills, confidence, and, ultimately, empowerment, are built.”
The ACC chapter for Padres Comprometidos was co-sponsored by the Office of Equity and Excellence and EduFuturo.

ACPD Latino Role Models Mentor EL Institute Students
On November 19th, Latino members of the Arlington County Police Department visited with students in the English Learners Institute to provide mentorship. Students had an opportunity to sit and talk with officers in small groups and learn about their role in the community.

Latino Youth Leadership Conference
On Friday November 22nd, students from the English Learners Institute attended the Latino Youth Leadership Conference at George Mason University. This event was an opportunity for students to attend panel discussions about school and careers, as well as an opportunity for them to share their stories. Thank you to Ms. Claudia Vasquez, Professional School Counselor, for supporting our ACC students at this event.

VSBA Video Wins Gold
Congratulations to Television Production & Multimedia students Khulan Erdenedalai, Emilio Tognelli and Peter Collins and teacher Tom O’Day on placing first in the 8th annual student video challenge sponsored by the Virginia School Boards Association.