‘Back to the Future’s’ Doc Brown helps with FMS chemistry experimentA Farragut Middle School science class got a chemistry lesson Thursday, Oct. 31, with help from “Back to the Future’s” Doc Brown.
Sam Bielich, who has portrayed Doc Emmitt L. Brown at Universal Studios in Florida and California, stopped by to help an FMS teacher demonstrate a chemistry experiment to make slime out of water, glue and Borax.
The students gathered around Doc and their teacher, Mary Sue Pruitt, to watch the project take shape.
“I set him up a real easy experiment that goes with the chemistry unit, so he’s going to do it; and it’s just going to entertain this one class,” Pruitt said.
Bielich, whose daughter, Alexis Ann Bielich, attends Farragut Middle, recently moved from California to Tennessee with his wife, Robin, and daughter.
“We probably had 10 parents come this year,” the teacher said. “We have a lot of parent volunteers. Pruitt noted she has parents who help on field trips, help get the lab set up, do administrative work.
The teacher said Bielich volunteered to entertain the class, and after learning more about him, she asked her students if they would like Doc Brown to come to class, and they responded, “Oh, cool!” read more
Lacy BOMA teacher of the yearFarragut Board of Mayor and Aldermen Thursday, Oct. 24, acknowledged Farragut High School advanced placement calculus teacher Wanda Lacy as Teacher of the Year.
The Tennessee Department of Education recently named Lacy the 2013-14 Teacher of the Year.
“Not only does the Teacher of the Year Award recognizes some of the best teachers of the state, it also provides an opportunity to learn from their inspired, effective methods of instruction,” Mayor Ralph McGill said as he proclaimed Friday, Oct. 25, Wanda Lacy Day.
Lacy said she didn’t know about the proclamation.
“It was such a nice surprise that the Board honored me in such a special way,” she said. “I did not even realize that my family was there until I stood up and saw them.
Lacy has been teaching at FHS since 1983.
“I have always loved mathematics and helping others to succeed,” she said. “I was inspired to become a teacher by my father, who always made learning fun and exciting.”
Lacy said her goal is to help her students love learning mathematics.
“I want to make a positive difference in the lives of all students who enter my classroom,” she said. read more
FHS has ‘1st’ donorsOn the subject of donating blood, one Farragut High School junior, age 16, spoke about his mother “being a G.I. nurse“ who “has always really pressed me hard to go and do it.”
Many FHS juniors and sophomores, who upon turning 16 were finally old enough to donate blood, rolled up their sleeves for the first time ever as Medic Regional Blood Center set up shop in a section of the school’s Commons all school day Wednesday, Oct. 23.
Scores of FHS students joined teachers and administrators in giving blood, as several Medic phlebotomists were on hand to screen volunteers and administer donations.
Claire Williams, a 16-year-old FHS junior, recalled an inspirational story prompting her to give.
“There’s a 3-year-old girl I know at a church nearby, and she needed a bone marrow transplant, and some random stranger matched her completely,” Williams said. “And it saved her life. I can’t give bone marrow, but I can give blood. They talked about it at a camp I went to, and they had the little girl there. And it was just really sweet.” read more
FHS, HVA bands delight during fall competitionWith “a very difficult show” it attempted to master, 2013 Farragut High School’s Marching Admirals pleased their band director during fall competitions.
It was a similar challenge, with similar results during a “unique and rewarding season,” for Hardin Valley Academy’s Outdoor Performance Ensemble and its program, “The Digital Human.”
“The kids did a great job this season. They had a really positive attitude,” said Keith Clupper, FHS band director, about how his 110 members handled its 2013 fall program “Superstitions.” “Throughout the entire season they worked really hard. They were able to achieve excellence with a very difficult show that we designed for them.”
Among Marching Admirals’ competitive season highlights was Southern State Champions in Chattanooga. “The band swept [first places] in their class,” Clupper said.
In addition to Tennessee, “You had bands from Georgia, Alabama,” Clupper added. “At that entire competition, there were probably around 35 bands there. We weren’t in direct competition with all those groups.”
Overall, “One thing that’s really important to me is the competitiveness of our marching program,” said Clupper, in his third school year at FHS. “Developing all the aspects of the marching program, which includes the color guard program, the percussion program as well as the wind players.
“I think this is the first year we’ve had, from the beginning to the end of the season … where the kids that we have now are starting to grab hold of the vision that Michelle [Clupper, assistant director] and I put forward for the program,” he added. read more