Spotlight

March 2, 2019

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Congratulations to Dr. Rachel Evans and Dr. Rhonda Booth!

Rachel Evans and Rhonda Booth have successfully defended their dissertation and Samford University awarded these two awesome educators their doctorate degrees.

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Lady Trojans Are Regional Champs!

Your Lady Trojans are the 6A Girls Northeast Regional Champions!! The girls defeated Fort Payne 59-39 in the regional championship. They are STATE BOUND for the sixth year in a row! Congratulations, Lady Trojans!


Farrah Pearson, MaKenzie Hill, and Samiya Steele made the Regional All-Tournament Team, and Samiya was named Regional Tournament MVP. Samiya Steele was also named the AHSAA Female Athlete of the Week after she scored 20 points, swiped six steals, recorded three assists, and pulled down two rebounds in the regional semi-finals against Homewood. The sophomore was also nominated for Statewide High School Basketball Player of the Week. Congratulations to these outstanding student-athletes!


Thanks so much for all the support from the Trojan Nation! The Lady Trojans will play in the state semi-finals at 9 a.m. on February 26th at the BJCC in Birmingham. If the team wins, they will play in the state finals on February 29th at 12:30 p.m. Let's go, Lady Trojans!!!

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JROTC Trojan Rifle Team Qualifies for Regional Championships

The JROTC Trojan Rifle Team has qualified for the Civilian Marksmanship Program Southeast Regional Championships at Anniston, AL April 2-4. A total of only 20 teams from the nine-state region qualified for this prestigious competition. The top nine teams from the Regional Championships will compete in the National Championships at Camp Perry, OH June 25-27. The Trojan cadets who qualified for the Regional Championships are: Garrett Benson, Elias Brady, Corbynn Conway, Jacob Harris, Cameron Hayes, and Colin Kelley. Congratulations!

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Mrs. Thomson Named Alabama's HOSA Advisor of the Year

Congratulations to Medical Academy teacher and HOSA advisor, Tyann Thomson, who was named Alabama's HOSA Advisor of the Year! Mrs. Thomson does such a great job with our HOSA students!

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DECA Students Place at State Competition & Qualify for Nationals

Congratulations to these students who placed at DECA State Competition and are eligible to compete at Nationals (ICDC) in May! Sean Overbey placed 2nd in Retail Merchandising Series. Donovan Larkin placed 2nd in Independent Business Plan. Nathaniel Lopresti placed 2nd in Franchise Business Plan.

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Equally Fun

Mrs. Salazar's third-grade students are learning about fractions. They went on a fun scavenger hunter around our school finding all kinds of fractions while looking for equal parts. They did a great job and realized that fractions really are all around us!

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It's More than Play

Mrs. Edwards kindergarten kids enjoy dramatic play in their classroom. It’s not just playing, it encourages children to put themselves in someone else’s shoes, to think about real-life goals and dreams, as well as learning important social skills. They enjoy this so much!

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Dental Health Month

Our students were visited by Dr. Powell's Hazel Green dental practice and learned all about the importance of proper dental health. No one wants those nasty cavities and we know what we can do to protect our teeth. A big thank you to Sherry Veal and her excellent presentation to our students!

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Lady Liberty

Our second graders got a chance to meet Lady Liberty! They are participating in the Super Citizens program. They will learn about the importance of being a good citizen, the branches of government, our leaders past and present, the immigrants who traveled to Ellis Island looking for a better life, and our national monuments.

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Kindergarten Celebrates Valentine's Day with STEM

Kindergarten students in Mrs. Douglas' class celebrated Valentine's Day with a variety of STEM activities, including stacking candy hearts and a spreading the love activity!

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First Grade Virtual Field Trip

Mrs Colley's First Grade class has been enjoying learning about Presidents. Last week they took a virtual field trip to Mount Vernon to learn about George Washington. They were most excited about the kitchen being detached from the house and about seeing George Washington’s false teeth! Many of the students now want to visit Mount Vernon one day!

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LFES Dances the Night Away!

Several hundred families packed the gym at Lynn Fanning for the annual Mother-Son/Father-Daughter Dance. The boys and girls dressed up and shared their dance moves during the PTA sponsored event. It was a fun night for everyone!

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National Junior Honor Society

Congratulations to our newest members of the Meridianville Middle School National Junior Honor Society. The induction ceremony was held this week.
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Book Tasting

Mrs. Ferguson’s language arts classes participated in a book tasting in the MVMS library. Students “sampled” different books from the library. They will pick from their top three favorites to share in small groups
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Donuts with Our Dearest!

We hosted over 150 special guests for Donuts with Our Dearest! We appreciate all the friends and family members who came out to enjoy breakfast with our students We were honored to have our adopted veterans, Mr. Neal and Mr. Spruill, join us. After breakfast, they visited every classroom and shared some amazing stories! Mr. Neal talked about a conversation he had with the first astronaut to complete an untethered spacewalk. These men are a blessing to our school! A big thank you to PTO for providing the food and decorations for this event!
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Lady Liberty Visits

We are not able to take our students to New York to see the Statue of Liberty but, thanks to Liberty's Legacy, Libby Liberty made an appearance at Hazel Green High school for all the third-grade students in our area! The Super Citizen Program teaches students to become responsible citizens and makes learning about history and civics fun. The Liberty Learning Foundation is a nonprofit organization that provides this experience to our students free of charge!
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Club Day!

Kindergarteners were super proud of the flower masterpieces they made on club day! Club Day was a success and we appreciate our volunteers from our school community and Flint River Baptist Church.
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Congratulations!!!

Elizabeth Kellerson a fourth grader and Isabella Byrd a third grader! Their art was selected for display at the Huntsville Museum of Art during Youth Art Month!

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Congratulations!!!

Tiffany Berry! Her painting has been chosen to represent our middle school at the Huntsville Museum of Art for Youth Art Month and the Alabama State Council on the Arts Congressional Art Competition.

PE Bowling Field Trip

What a great opportunity for our students! MCES students had a blast bowling!

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Circus Time!!!

Pre-K classes did a great job presenting their own Circus today!

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Model UN Team

The MCHS Model United Nations Team recently competed at ALMUN VII at the University of Alabama. There were over 20 schools represented by approximately 300 students.


Megan Watkins was selected as Best Delegate in her committee.

Bryce Holt and Brady Marsh were each named as Outstanding Delegates in their committees.


In addition, the team won the prestigious Best Small Delegation Award. This is a remarkable achievement for a first-year team.

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JROTC

On February 15, the Tiger Battalion JROTC Drill Team led by Cadet Major Shawn Mallard and the Color Guard led by Cadet Captain Destiny Norman, participated in the annual Redstone Arsenal Sergeants Major Association Drill meet hosted by Hazel Green High School. The following Cadets participated: Cadet Captain Kloie Osmer, Cadet Captain Tuezdie Garcia, Cadet 2nd Lieutenant Katie Pugh, Cadet 2nd Lieutenant Omie Bolton, Cadet Sergeant Major Makayla Long, Cadet Corporal John Hartley, and Cadet Private Tristan Koby.

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Valentine's Day Thoughtfulness

MCHS students certainly spread lots of love on this Valentine’s Day! Student Council members filled 125 bags of candy and created 125 homemade Valentines to share with our friends at Ability Plus. FCCLA members greeted our students at the doors as they arrived on Friday with smiles and candy.

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Chili Cook-Off

Mrs. Whorton's FCCLA members participated in the Alabama Cattlemen's Association Chili Cook-Off at the CTC. The students had chili, appetizer, and dessert entries for the competition.
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Youth in Government

Congratulations to our students who represented NHHS in Montgomery this weekend in the Youth in Government. Ellie Walls was chosen as the Outstanding Delegate at the conference.
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NHHS Artists

Sarah Newberry

Congratulations to Sarah Newberry! Her photography received Honorable Mention in the statewide, juried Double Exposure Competition. Her work was on display at the Bama Theatre's Junior League Gallery in Tuscaloosa.

Sarita Bryant

Congratulations to Sarita Bryant on her first place in the statewide visual arts competition!
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Journalism

This is the 2nd year for New Hope Journalism students to attend the Alabama State convention.
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Basketball

Congratulations to our VB Basketball Team for advancing to the Elite 8 at Wallace State. Huge shout out to our two seniors Issac Zandbergen and Caleb Lewis on their All Tournament Honors.
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Mythology

Our 4th Grade classes have been studying world mythology during their Library lessons. On Friday, Feb. 14 they made valentines from characters in the myths. A favorite was from Thor: "Roses are red, violets are blue. if you're an Ice Monster, I'll electrify you!"
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Race to the Moon

On February 18, Mrs. Clay’s class learned about Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson, Katherine Johnson, and Christine Darden and their contributions to math, science, and space research! We are discussing what it means to be a computer (not the machine) and how these women helped open up a world of science. Then, just like these women, we are working on some coding fundamentals as we plan a course to the moon and write out the code to get the astronaut there! #BlackHistoryMonth #STEM
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Alabama Youth Ballet Visit

On February 13 we had special guest visitors from Alabama Youth Ballet as part of our Parade of Readers. They read Cinderella to our 1st Grade classes and we learned all about ballet... including seeing a dance demonstration from a real ballerina!
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Parade of Readers

On February 20, Melissa Riopka from WHNT News 19 visited our school for our 1st Grade Parade of Readers! She read "If You Give A Dog A Donut" and "A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To School". She talked about what it was like to be on TV (she has to get up REALLY early!) and how it's important to be aware of what's going on in your community, especially the weather. Most importantly she told us that there is a book for everyone- no matter what you're interested in, there's a book for that!
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Robotics Competition

The EES Robotics team traveled to Tuscumbia to compete in Mountain Mania VEX Robotics competition, The ElectroGirls (ALL girl robotics group comprised of 4th and 5th graders) and The GalacticEngineers (ALL boy group comprised of 4th and 5th Graders) competed with over 30 teams and 6 rounds of competition.


Our ALL girl group was one of only 2 groups in the entire competition to score points on their autonomous programming challenges! Students competed on skills, programming, and driving. Our boys ranked 19th with an average score of 35 collective points. Our girls ranked 22nd with an average collective score of 33 points and ranked 14th in Skills. This was our first VEX competition!


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Visiting Local Heroes

Endeavor’s Random Opportunities for Kindness club enjoyed visiting with some local heroes recently. Students had the opportunity to see and hear what our volunteer firefighters do to keep our community safe. The goodies and notes were a special way of saying we are thankful for our Monrovia volunteer firefighters!

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Cafeteria Help Needed?

No worries! Jenny McAlister, Julie Parks and Marquetta Carter (not pictured) came to the rescue. They had a blast trying to keep the pizza trays washed before the next stack was upon them. “We thought we were Lucy and Ethel when those pizza trays were coming at us so fast we couldn't keep up!” “And at one point the trays were coming so quickly we accidentally shut down the machine. Whew! Gave us a moment to catch our breath!”

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Celebrating Our Counselor

We are thrilled to celebrate our school counselor YOLANDA FLETCHER! Each day, Mrs. Fletcher serves our school by teaching guidance classes to our students, supporting those with social and emotional needs through individual or small group counseling or check-ins, and being a part of our school leadership team. We could not do what we do for students without Mrs. Fletcher!

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Book Tasting

Our 2nd-5th grade students at Harvest are loving the book tasting lesson this week. They just got a new book order of the very popular "Who Was....series". The library has been transformed into a cafe to "taste" or introduce the new books. Their favorite part was getting a sour gummy.
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Coding

Mrs. Lesperance's 2nd graders had a fun coding lesson and it was so much fun for the teacher and the students. Way to go Mrs. Lesperance!
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Virtual Field Trip

The fifth graders in Mrs. Potter and Mrs. Lemley's class enjoyed being engaged with a virtual field trip for African American History Month and Women's suffrage for the Alabama State Archives.

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Starbucks Menu Math

Starbucks menu math is helping Mrs. Matthew's 4th graders learn how to add decimals with east. Looks like so much fun!

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Valentine's Dance

February 13 found our Specials teachers hosting the annual Father/Daughter, Mother/Son Dance fundraiser in the school gym. Dressed in their best, dancers enjoyed the evening’s festivities of food and fun.
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Wax Museum

Curators of this year’s wax museum, Gifted teachers Beth Garner and Laura Hall, assembled a fantastic selection of 60 current and historical people. Featured here are just a few famous African Americans, Women in History, and presidents.

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Digital Learning Day PD at the Appy Days Cafe

Hosted by our LES DLP, Shemika Stinnett, teachers offered up an array of technological delicacies to our four judges, Mr. Anthony Thompson, LES Principal; Ms. Michelle Choate, LES Reading Coach; Mr. Tim Hall, MCSS Public Relations Director, and Mr. Keith George, MCSS STEM Specialist. Texas Roadhouse provided salad and bread for this cafe experience. Teachers also voted on their favorite grade-level technology integration presentation.


The winners, Second Grade teachers, Debbie Arnsparger, Mitzi Owen, Deanne Shields, Shemika Stinnett, Shannon Talley, and Mary Beth Woodall served up the winning app-smashing combo of Epic! And Flipgrid AR. The winners will be served Texas Roadhouse for lunch this week.

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Engineering Week with STEAMWorks

Thanks to Karl Liggen from STEAMWorks in Huntsville, all grades were able to participate in age-appropriate engineering challenges. From building structures to coding, students were highly engaged

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Family Night

Thank you to all of our parents, teachers and community partners for joining us at our Parent Power, PTO, and Family Night at the Book Fair!

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Sight Word Superheroes

We are so proud of our newest Sight Word Superheroes from Mrs.Travis classroom! Congratulations Haven Carter, Austin Steen & Austin Garrett! Way to go! Readers Are Leaders!

SNOW FUN!

What do you do when it starts to snow at school? Go play! Ms. Scallan's class learned that building a community of friendships is just as important as learning .
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Supporting the Community

Our school has joined efforts with the House of Harvest. House of Harvest is a community food pantry for those in need. Every month there is a featured food item. And the featured food item for this month is mac and cheese. So to get a little competition going we divided the boxes by houses which is an acronym of our mascot H.A.W.K ( Heroes, Ambassadors, Warriors and Knights). Whichever house you belong to you then place your food items in that box. Every week we announce the winning House. At the end of the month the winner with the most donated boxes gets 100 points attached to their monthly running tally to earn a House celebration.


As of now, Monrovia collectively donated 444 boxes of mac and cheese. So proud of our Hawks engaging in service for our community.

Is that snow?

Some of our first and second graders got to bundle up and try to catch some of those snow flurries. We had some try to catch them with their hands. And we also had students try to catch them with their mouth. The smiles and giggles from our kiddos was a delight just in itself.

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Art With Heart

The Art with Heart Kindness Club came to school on Presidents Day ( also Random Acts of Kindness Day) to paint messages of Kindness in one of our school hallways.


We celebrated kindness week recently. Students showed kindness all week in many different ways. Some used post it notes to write someone a compliment. Others wrote letters to a friend, parent, or staff member. We had many random acts of kindness and lots of high five and fist bumps as well.

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Scholars’ Bowl Success

Scholars’ bowl competed last weekend in the ASCA State Elementary Finals at Hoover High School. The Monrovia C team won 2 out of their three games against Austin and Smiths Station and fell short to East Lawrence by 5 points. Still, a great showing for our 6th grade team and Monrovia in general.Our Monrovia A team ( 7th and 8th grade ) won 4th. This is the second time that Monrovia has cracked the top 4 ever.


Tate Osborne won an individual award as the number one player in the state, ASCA's 2020 MVP award, in the 7th and 8th grade Middle School division.


Congratulations to each and every one of the Monrovia Scholars' bowl players that participated. They will soon be headed to Wallace State Community College for an invitational on March 27th.

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Go Sci-Hawks!

Science Olympiad competed in Regionals at UAH. They finished 6th out of 21 teams and qualified for the State competition in Auburn! Way to go Hawks! They also got to take a field trip recently to Southern Research in Birmingham. They learned about green engineering & technologies using solar and wind sources.

(Sci Hawks 1)(Sci Hawks 2)(Sci Hawks 3) (Field Trip 1) (Field Trip 2)

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National Merit Finalist

Congratulations to Sungmin Kim as being named as a National Merit Finalist!
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Presidential Scholar Candidates

Congratulations to Sungmin Kim and Elizabeth Horton as being named as Presidential Scholar candidates!!
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Writing Skills

Mrs. Sontag's 7th Grade Language Arts classes have been working on analysis and writing skills for the past month and a half. They have been journeying through writing packets in order to build their writing skills and writing confidence. Students are now taking their notes compiled from their packets and transforming them in to a typed essay that compares and contrasts a poem to an excerpt, all in relation to character analysis.

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Math Mission

Mrs. Stewart's 6th grade classes have completed mathematical missions. For extra excitement, once their mission is complete, students place their names in a mystery bag and names are drawn at the end of class to see who won the mystery bag prize!

Softball

Our softball team has been working hard in preparing for the spring season, including inspiring our car rider line during Random Acts of Kindness Week! Team members are Desiree Bailey, Katherine Barrett, Lynleigh Bromley, Taylor Gilreath, Savannah Grimes, Valerie Knight, Victoria Knight, Maya Large, Samara Meecham, Crystal Smith, Ealiza Taylor, Karmen Washington, and Carly White. The head coach is Amy Sontag and the assistant coach is Brendan Sontag.

Honor Band

Congratulations to Tyree Davis! This year he placed 2nd chair in Madison County Honor Band, 2nd chair in the Alabama Bandmasters Association (ABA) District 1 Honor Band, and he was selected as the alternate for the ABA All-State Honor Band. Great work, Tyree and band director, Mr. Ryan Flowers!
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Oreo Cell Activity

Mrs. Kiel’s Biology students create edible cells with Oreo cookies and other edible decorations.

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Learning about the Skeleton

Mrs. Machen’s students get in touch with their artistic sides in preparation for a quiz on the oral skeleton. Students create colorful skeletal models to prepare for the quiz.

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Investigating Geometry

Mrs. Wheeler’s Geometry class participates in a geometric investigation with Patty Paper- discovery through paper folding.
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Archery

Buckhorn Archery swept the Legacy Tournament

Boys:

1st Alex Coons - 290

2nd Niko Menzel - 288

3rd Tyler Jacks - 287


Girls:

1st Riley Foster - 284 (18 Tens)

2nd Alyssa Lane - 284 (15 Tens)

3rd Abigail Turner - 281

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Buckhorn in the Community

Buckhorn High Army JROTC cadets helped put up and tear down the dog show.

It was a great experience for all of the cadets.

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Biomedical

Buckhorn Biomedical students had an awesome #virtualtalk on #GenomicMedicine with Dr. Kevin Bowling, a HudsonAlpha senior scientist! Special thank you to Rania Shelby for setting up the guest speaker through her LABS program at HusdonAlpha.
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Black History Month

Señora White's Spanish II classes created a tribute to Kobe Bryant in honor of Black History month!

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Baseball

Baseball has a good start to the season!
They played Discovery over the weekend.

Math Collaboration

Collaboration in Mr. Ashby's 7th grade math class!

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Attendance Winners

Congratulations to the December and January perfect attendance winners! Proud of these girls!

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Great Leaders Help Others!

What happens when you have a friend in need? You just jump in to help out where needed. Thank you Ms. McCutcheon, Mr. Kennedy, and Mrs. Mullins for helping in the lunchroom by serving students!

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Courtyard Club

Courtyard Club met for the first time this month. The kids learned all about Alabama birds, what they eat, and they made Suet pine cones to take home and start bird sighting.

Valentine's Dance

We had a great time spreading the love on Valentine's Day! We also had our first Valentine's Day Family Dance was a huge success! A big thank you to our PTA for putting it together!

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Card Shuffle Math

PE incorporated some math last week by playing Card Shuffle in the gym. Each card suite has a different physical activity. Students work with a partner to complete the activity depending on what card and number they draw. At the end of the game they have to add up their cards to see which group has the highest number.

Math Fun!

Mrs. Arnold's 1st grade class had a fun time in math! They got to graph Froot Loops, answer questions, and enjoy a yummy treat!
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Prime Time Challenge

During Prime Time last week 4th and 5th graders extended their learning of Quadrant I on the Coordinate Plane by creating an Ozobot path that passed through all four quadrants. They did an excellent job collaborating on this challenge!

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Pre-K Students Learn about Dental Health

NMS 3K classes got a special visit from Alabama Pediatric Dental Association's Ms. Tatum. She showed the students all about how fun it can be to go to the dentist and how to brush their teeth very well.

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Ace Performance

Our 4th and 5th grade ACE students performed Lava on Valentine's Day. They made the props, learned the chords on the ukulele, and practiced for weeks. Check out the video!
NMS ACE LAVA performance, Feb. 2020

National Breakfast Week

National Breakfast Week is in just a few short weeks and our AWESOME NMS cafeteria ladies are READY! Are you?! We challenged the cool lunchroom staff at Mt. Carmel Elementary School and they accepted. Check out our video below and their video on the MCES Facebook page.
NMS lunchroom Ladies, Breakfast week
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Thank you to the Epworth Mother’s Day Out program for all of our amazing donations! And special thank you to our very own Shelly Aultman for keeping our Care Closet stocked and organized!
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4K Journal Writing

Our 4K students are learning about how Eric Carle illustrates using collage techniques. After reading The Very Busy Spider & learning how Eric Carle creates his illustrations, our class applied the special tissue paper technique to their daily journal writing!

Kindergarten

We’ve got the best teachers! Going out of their way to locate and utilize new, research-based best practices to increase reading and writing skills!


Mrs. Souder’s kindergarten class been working hard on their writing! Lucy Calkins’ Writers Workshop introduces students to differing types of writing and most importantly at this age, how to simply get started putting a thought onto paper! For non-fiction writing, they visited the library, explored the components of a book meant to teach us about a particular topic, and then each chose their own topic to write about. These students continue to surprise their teacher with their creativity and ability to express themselves!

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4K

Our 4K students are having fun with shaving cream and letter writing this morning!
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Honoring Maxton

Fourth Grade wears red in honor of RES student, Maxton, who we lost this year.

Studying Poetry Rhythm

Mrs. Baker’s class studied about the beat rhythm in poems and celebrated Valentine’s Day.

Black History Month

Mrs. Branner’s and Mrs. Walker’s homerooms working on Black History Month biographies.
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Mountain Bike Team

RIS students competed in the first "race" of the mountain bike season this past weekend. The time trials were at Black Creek Trails in Noccolula Falls in Gadsen. Kylie Allegood and Cassidy Wright came in 17th and 18th respectively. Congratulations!
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Winning Doubles and Singles

What an amazing night for Julia Conwell! Julia is a MCVA student who is an outstanding tennis player. She works hard to be the best at whatever she does, that includes both school and sports. Friday night Julia won both doubles and singles and we just could not be more proud of her!! Way to go Julia!

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Thank you Mrs. Kubik

We want to give a HUGE shout out to our MCVA counselor Jamie Kubik. She not only supports all of our students and helps them with decisions about which classes to take, which colleges to apply to and the paperwork that goes along with it, but she also supports the students at PACE Academy. On top of all of that, she is there for the teachers and staff when we need her. Mrs. Kubik is such a hard worker and has helped to build the Virtual Academy and make it a success-- thank you for all you do and for always being there for our family. We love you and appreciate you Mrs. Kubik!!

Way to go Ensley!

Congratulations to our 4th Grader, Ensley Parker on helping her volleyball team to start their season off to a great start. She plays hard and tries to keep her teammates motivated. Ensley’s team has fought back from being down to come back and win. She plays for Blue Water in Toney and works hard at home to practice as well. We are all proud of you Ensley and hope you have a great rest of the season!

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Madison County Schools Communication Department

Aleta Stender
Community Involvement Coordinator


Tim Hall
Director of Public Relations