Spotlight

September 11, 2019

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HGHS Homecoming Week

Our students are enjoying celebrating Homecoming with Hazel Green High School. Here are some of our students celebrating America and being Tacky Tourists. The Little Trojans are cheering for you Trojan Nation!

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We Make our Point with STEAM

This year we are stretching our minds, our problem solving skills, and our creativity through STEAM activities. It may look like an ordinary pencil to you but to us it can be part of a tall building, a bridge, or many different things when you think creatively- that’s the “point” of STEAM!

Page Turners

Our media specialist, Mrs. Henley, has been busy providing activities that will encourage our readers to have a love for reading that will take them places near and far. What a treat it is for our students to go to the library!

Shoe Design Teams

Our ACE students are enjoying working collaboratively to create new tennis shoes. How cool would it be to have shoes that are air conditioned, automatic air conditioned, rock and sand proof? Great ideas!

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Lady Trojans Rise to #1 & Win Tournament

The Lady Trojans are now the #1 ranked volleyball team in Class 6A after their strong performances over highly ranked teams and second place finish in Huntsville's Ironman Tournament. After that article was published, the Lady Trojans had a huge week, going 11-0 and winning the Mid-Tennessee Classic tournament. Way to go, Lady Trojans!!
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HGHS Homecoming Court

Congratulations to our 2019-2020 Hazel Green High School Homecoming Court! The student body voted and selected these outstanding young ladies to represent their classes. The homecoming game is Friday, September 13, at 7 p.m. Homecoming festivities will take place during halftime of the game.
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Donation for Trojan Trail

HGHS thanks Roger Jones for donating toward the paving of the Trojan Trail! Thanks for your support of HGHS and our community!

School Spirit

We love the school spirit we have been seeing from our students! We had a great pep rally last week and are having fun with Homecoming Spirit Week this week.

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Book Fair

Lynn Fanning is hosting their Fall Book Fair this week. Special events have included daily Grandparent Breakfasts and a surprise visit from Clifford the Big Red Dog! We are thankful for the Flint River Baptist Church volunteers who help park cars and for the many volunteers who have helped with student shopping. Our community is amazing!
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Bicentennial School of Excellence!

Moores Mill was one of the twenty-one schools in Alabama that received the Bicentennial Excellence Award. We are working on a project coming to show 200 random acts of kindness by Alabama's birthday in December.
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Hands-on STEM project

Mrs. Petty's students are designing basketball towers while working in groups using their STEM skills.
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Screenplay Writing Project

Students had fun creating their scripts that included key elements of stories while incorporating their weekly vocabulary that was to be assessed. They had more fun performing their screenplays for classmates in Mrs. Davis' room
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Biography Projects

Many famous faces visited Mrs. Quick's class today with their biography projects
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Top Dogs of the Month!


The Walnut Grove "Top Dogs" for the month of August were selected based on our character education word of the month, respect. The following students have shown kindness to other students and staff, and have treated our belongings with care. They are role models for our school! Congratulations to Alayna, Justice, Emily, Karsyn, Tristan, Emma Jane, Mia, Aiden, Harlie, Mollie, Maggie, Levi, Kylee, James, Wesley, Sutton, Ava, Garrett, and Haleigh!

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Daily 5!

Mrs. Boyett's 1st Grade is excited about Daily 5. They reached their goal for building stamina! Super proud of these hardworking kids!

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GreenPower Team

First Greenpower meeting of the year consisted of team building and getting to know our new members! We are so excited for this race season!

Grandparents Lunch

We had a wonderful lunch with our grandparents! Thanks to all of our parent volunteers, PTO officers, student ambassadors, and our amazing cafeteria and custodial staff who made it happen!
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Art Class

Ms. Owen's Art Class has great things planned for this semester. It all started with pottery pieces this week.

NHHS Football

The Football team has two big victories heading into the season. We are so proud of our team.
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College and Career Fair

Mrs. Kinstler planned a visit to the College and Career fair for the Juniors and seniors last week. They all gained a great deal of information to plan their futures.
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NHHS Volleyball

Congrats to the Varsity Volleyball Team for the 1st Place trophy at the Douglas Tournament.
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Liberty Legacy

On August 26th, Endeavor Elementary second and third grade students attended the Liberty’s Legacy Kick-Off. Students loved learning about what it takes to be a “Super Citizen” in our community. Students will participate in the program to learn about how to be a good citizen, American Symbols, and select their own “Hero”.


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Patriotic Performance

Second and third grade students performed during our first PTA meeting of the school year. They sang “You in the USA,” “Red White and Blue,” and “God Bless America” to show patriotism and to pay tribute to 9/11. Thanks to Mrs. Trusdail for your help!
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Leader of the Month!

Ansley Centamore was selected as the outstanding 4th grade leader for the month of August. She exemplifies kindness, shows responsibility & remembers to be safe. We are proud of this EES cub!

ROK (Random Opportunities for Kindness) Club

These ROK ( Random Opportunities for Kindness) club members have started the year off with being kind leaders in our recycling program!
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Scoot Review!

Mrs. Lesperance's second grade classroom is enjoying a game of Scoot to review missing addends. Scoot! is a whole-class educational game that the students loved. To play, students moved around the room, from desk to desk, answering questions or solving math problems. Looks like they had lots of fun!
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Magic Milk Experiment

Mrs. McBride's Pre-K class is doing a magic milk experiment. They had so much fun dipping their q-tips into milk, food coloring and then into dish washing liquid. It gave them a wonderful psychedelic look with lots of colors. Looks like it was fun for all included.
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Name that State and its Capital!

Mrs. Well's and Mrs. Lemley's 5th grade classes had a great competition with the game "50 states and Capitals". They learned lots of exciting things about all the states while having fun doing it. Way to go 5th grade!

Teacher and Support Professional of the Year!

Teacher of the year at Harvest is Mrs. Alyssa Matthews (first grade teacher) and Support professional of the year is Mrs. Monica Hill (Registrar). Mrs. Matthews has been teaching for eight years at Harvest. She does an outstanding job with the students and they all love her dearly.


Mrs. Monica Hill has been with Harvest for 5 years. She lights up the front office with her wonderful smile and contagious attitude. Congratulations Ladies.

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A Special Visit from Mrs. Woodall’s Mom Mrs. Woodall’s mom read a story about camping and shared stories about alligators and bears with her First Grade class.
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Magnetic Power in Mrs. Dahl’s Classroom Students test iron ore pellets for iron, cobalt, or nickel to see if they are magnetic.
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Mrs. Stinnett’s 2nd Graders Conquer the First Month of School

Mrs. Stinnett’s 2nd Graders enjoyed MakerSpace Mondays and Tech Tuesdays with SeeSaw and Nearpod throughout the month of August. Flashlight Friday was a great way to end the first month.

Teacher and Support Professional of the Year!

Congratulations to our Teacher of the Year, Thad Looser and Support Personnel of the Year, Lori Daniels! Their hard work and dedication to our kids is evident every day of the year.
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Parent Power Night

Parent Power Night- partnering with families & community! Title 1 Parent Mtg + FUN Family Fitness + PTO + Cub Scouts = FUN for the whole family!
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Lady Liberty Visits

Our Students enjoyed seeing Libby Liberty kick off the Super Citizen Program!
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MXR Welcomes Grandparents!

Teamwork!

Ms. Higgs class learned that working as a team can have it's challenges!
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College Colors Day!

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Using the Scientific Method

Mrs. Reasner's 5th graders practiced the Scientific Method while trying to save "Fred". They had to save Fred and use NO hands and use lots of problem solving!
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Teacher and Support Professional of the Year!

Congratulations to our Teacher of the Year Mrs. Tracey Martin and our Support Staff of the Year Mrs. Dee Lopez!

Thanks!

Commissioner Vandiver and Representative Whitt stopped by MES to drop off a donation last week! We thank them for their continued support!
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Go Hawks!

Our fall sports season is in full swing. We are very proud of all our athletes as well as our awesome band that always shows so much support and school pride. We are looking forward to a great season. #GOHAWKS

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Teamwork Time

Ms. Laue’s students worked in groups to identify connections they all had with each other to help build a positive classroom community.


Mr. Lambert's classes worked in groups learn about the Neolithic Era.

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Google Certification for Teachers

Congratulations to these MMS teachers and administrators for receiving Google Educator Level 1 Certification! Thank you for the hard work you invest in MMS every day. We had two more that are not pictured: Laurie Lindsay and Chris Foster.
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Icee Pop Fun Fridays

We kicked off Icee Pop Fun Fridays last week. It was a hit!!

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Sparkman Photography

Sparkman Photography had a great time in Nashville last week taking photos at the Zoo, of the Nashville landscape and working with David Dobson at West Light Studios.
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Sparkman Track

Congratulations to Omar Myers (3rd -16:30.57) for his outstanding performance at the Black & Gold Classic!!!
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Cyber Patriots Teams

Sparkman Middle's Cyber Patriots teams presented security tips to teachers during recent technology meetings. The presentations covered everything from how security breaches happen and how compromised data can be used against organizations, to the best ways for individuals to protect their personal information. Teachers left with a renewed commitment to maintaining proper security practices to better protect themselves and the district.

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Motivating Students

SMS students have been receiving weekly instruction in Social-Emotional Learning while teachers meet for collaborative planning.


Last week, Mr. Paschall and Dr. Southern challenged students to go “One More Round” in life even when it hurts. Students shared about family struggles and even participated in a plank challenge to see who could go the distance.


Other topics have included resilience and common language for positive interactions.

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Student Celebration

On occasion, students enjoy treats from Kona Ice for positive behavior! It's a cool way to celebrate positive behaviors and decision-making.
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Renovated Library Excitement!

Students and Teachers at Sparkman Middle School were surprised by what was waiting for them in their school library when they returned to school this year!


New flooring, paint, and technology have truly enhanced our centralized learning space. The furniture, however, is the icing on the cake! Modular complimentary pieces allow for smooth and easy transformations between and during classes to ensure optimal student learning and teacher facilitation.


Having access to lightweight and modern furnishings has created even more active library users. The cafe style tables in the back are a favorite among middle schoolers, and are perfect for small group work or just enjoying a good book.


This state of the art setup now allows for convenient multi-use, as well the ability to accommodate several classes or groups at once. A 72 inch ClearTouch panel compliments an additional flat screen and a high quality LCD projector complete with Apple TV.


The Cougar Nation is proud of this 21st Century Learning Space, which has turned our library into a REAL Media Center!

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Great Support for AP US History Students!

They may not have hair, but they sure do have big hearts! Coach Reese and Coach Cornell shaved their heads in response to their students' amazing AP US History scores!


"Shout out to both groups of AP kids for crushing their exams in May. A bet is a bet and like men of our word we paid up. Fingers crossed it all grows back!" ~ via Instagram @coachcornell313


"We told the students that if they reached a certain pass rate we would shave our heads. We set the pass rate pretty high. The students blew us away by meeting and far exceeding our expectations, beating the state and global means on every portion of the exam collectively." ~Patrick Cornell


"It was incredible to watch these students, many who came into the class scared to death, who struggled through the first potions of the year, persevere and rise above to get themselves college credit. The head-shaving promise didn't get them there. It was really more of the dynamics of the class makeup. I always try to build a class around the concept of "family." Where everyone supports and helps one another. And to be honest, that's really what we have at Buckhorn as a whole. A staff of teachers, whether or not they teach AP subjects, on-level, electives, or work in the cafeteria. It's like a family here. We're all just trying to do our part in whatever we do to help students succeed." ~Jamie Reese

Tools for Teachers Winner!

Congratulations to Sergeant Keith Lewis, this week's Tools for Teachers winner!! #BuckPride

State Champs Recognized!

We recognized our 2019 6A Softball State Champions with a special ring ceremony last week. Congratulations to all the players and coaches. We love the big bling! #BuckPride
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Pep Rally of the Week!

Buckhorn wins WHNT/Jack's Pep Rally of the Week! The Buckhorn Bucks were fired up Friday for this week's Cotton Classic Pep Rally. The dance team, cheerleaders and band got the students in the game-day spirit and the Bucks carried it through the night with a 36-35 win over Hazel Green! #BuckPride

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BMS Football

This season, the football team had wins over Discovery Middle (pictured) and Monrovia Middle.
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7th Grade Students Hard at Work

7th graders are practicing theme through pre-assessments, key term introductions, and a carousel story practice.


7th grade history students are using innovative technology for review groups and activities.


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8th Grade Students Using Time Graphs to study Distance vs. Time

8th grade math students used CBRs to create and recreate Distance vs. Time graphs as we prepare for their upcoming Average Rate of Change unit.

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Google Certification for Students!

Our Librarian is helping prepare students for the Google for Education Certification if they desire. They are beginning a series of challenges to prepare them if they want to certify and help them be proficient in the use of Google for Education tools.
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Engineering Design Process

5th graders started learning about the Engineering Design Process with their Engineering is Elementary Kit, A Long Way Down. They are learning how surface area affects drag and how engineers use a cyclical process to perfect their designs.
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Construction Update!

NMS updates to the outside of the school are almost finished! Currently under construction is the covering over the car rider line.
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Google Certified Teacher

Congratulations to Ashleigh Salvo!
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Chicka Chicka Boom Boom!

Our 4K students worked on their fine motor skills by tearing paper to create the coconut tree!

Then, they worked on letter recognition by arranging the letters in their name going to the top of the coconut tree.

Scarecrow Contest

WOW!! The first grade team decided to enter the scarecrow contest at the Huntsville Botanical Garden. They went ALL OUT on their project. Mr. Doug made the crayon box and cut the PVC pipe. District 1 County Commissioner, Roger Jones, and the Madison County Water Department donated the PVC pipes. Teachers’ husbands even got in on the action! Way to go, first grade team

Balancing Act!

Mrs. Brandon’s 3rd graders kicked off their first PLTW - Project Lead The Way module of the year by exploring balanced and unbalanced forces!
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Makerspace Monday!

Our 3rd graders are loving Makerspace Monday’s! Our first unit is focusing on engineering and math. Our students must design an arcade game out of recycled materials using mathematical standards. Loved seeing their creativity and enthusiasm! Thank you Mrs. Schwartz and Ms. Edwards for teaming up on this! #MakerMondays
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RIS Glow Run

A big THANK YOU to all of our participants in this year's Glow Run! Everyone had loads of fun. We exceeded our goal, so we had a SUPERHERO visit!! The funds are for our new playground!!
Mrs. Branner’s class was the top class overall in raising money with the Glow Run. They enjoyed their celebration!!
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Math Practice

Mrs. Hughes’ class is having fun and practicing multiplication fluency using fidget spinners.

Scientific Experiment

In Mrs. Miller’s class, they are learning to use the Scientific Method to conduct an experiment using Skittles. Testing the hypothesis - will a Skittle dissolve faster in hot or cold water.
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Scarecrow Contest

Both the Elementary and 7-12 Virtual Academy built scarecrows to compete in the Botanical Gardens Scarecrow Trail competition this year! It was great fun to watch our astronauts come together. Both Hayleez Comet and Marshall are on display until the end of October- be sure to visit the Botanical Gardens and snap a picture with them!

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Parent Involvement

It takes a village and that is exactly why we try to involve our parents and students in making decisions and improving the MCVA! Thank you to all of our parents and students who participated in our first Advisory Group for the 19-20 school year.

Exploring Cathedral Caverns!

Sometimes you have to get into nature! That is exactly what the Elementary MCVA did with a field trip to Cathedral Caverns! Students enjoyed a tour of the Cave and mining for gems while working in some science, math and history!

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Building Bonds Over Games!

Nothing brings people together like board games! Our first ever MCVA Board Game Night was a great success! Students, parents and teachers all enjoyed getting to play games and eat popcorn while growing our relationships with each other. We all came out winners!

Madison County Schools Communication Department

Aleta Stender
Community Involvement Coordinator


Tim Hall
Director of Public Relations