It was a nice day and we felt like getting out of the classroom so we decided to put the book work on hold for a little bit and get outside. A special thank you to Troop F and our SRO for giving us some practice with speed lasers at the Troop F barracks on I-95. Gave us some practice on our motor vehicle law too!
We are very proud of our students for volunteering to help out at the Iwo Jima Memorial for the Spring clean up of the National Memorial. Students helped place 100 flags to honor those killed from Connecticut, picked up branches, raked leaves, picked up trash, and weeded. Excellent job. See them in action on NBC30, WTNH, & the Middletown Press.
Took a day visiting our friends at the New England Disaster Training Center. Disaster responders train much more than the public realizes and is constantly working to understand how to better respond to horrible incidents to save lives. It is a very cool facility despite the seriousness of it's mission and we got to play a little.
CJPS is incredibly thankful to have Major Holmes of the National Guard as a close shop friend. He recently invited us to observe a full-scale exercise of the team in action at Rentschler Field and then tour their support facility at Camp Hartell. Students were able to see all of the ICS and HAZMAT skills they've learned put to real use. Lots of great questions!
CJPS has yet to compete in SkillsUSA as we still get our feet on the ground. That didn't sit right with Asera, one of our talented freshman. She worked with Ms. Vaughn and decided to enter the Freshman Skills Demonstration portion of the competition. She worked with Mr. Linskey on refining one of the favorite skills she's learned so far (Stop-the-Bleed) and then practiced daily. On the day of the competition, she took home THIRD PLACE!!!! We are so proud of her and love her determination to keep moving forward even if the door isn't open yet!
The National Save A Life Tour came to Vinal Tech and our seniors (terrors behind the wheel) got the chance to see just how quickly things can go bad when you take your eyes off the road. The statistics are staggering and students saw the consequences of not paying attention behind the wheel.
CJPS Seniors and Freshman attended the memorial service marking the 77th anniversary of the Battle of Iwo Jima. Students got to speak with numerous veterans and learn about the conflict. The day was full of emotion as students watched a veteran salute the memorial, another resting his hand on the monument with his head down, the names of all the soldiers lost being read aloud, taps, and a gun salute. Thank you to our veterans for all you have done, and continue to do for us. Your service is not lost.
Today we had the extra special honor of hosting CJPS senior Liv's official SIGNING with the Mass Maritime Academy Buccaneers softball team. Liv will be continuing her studies in emergency management in their impressive and high-tech emergency operations center. Because of Liv, Vinal CJPS and Mass Maritime now have a standing agreement for in-state tuition for any of our graduates! Keep knockin it out of the park Liv :)