March 14, 2018
Spotlight on Madison County Schools!
2018 State Outstanding Choral student
Congratulations to Grace Collins, the 2018 State Outstanding Choral student, the first ever from any Madison County School. The title of State Outstanding Choral Student is the highest honor a choral student can achieve in Alabama. State-level contestants first had to win at the district level. At both the state level and district level, contestants had to prepare a resume, write an essay, obtain letters of recommendation, perform a vocal solo, and be interviewed by a panel of judges.
Along with being given the title of OCS, which is esteemed among choral students and directors, Grace will also receive a $1000 scholarship to the university of her choice.
All-State Choir Participants
Buckhorn MS students participate in All-State Choir
Congratulations to the first ever middle school students from Madison County to make All-State choirs!! Reid Whitehead, Gabriana Robinson, and Katelyn McAllister participated in the All-State Festival this past weekend. It is a huge honor to be accepted, as these students had to audition on 6-7 songs against students from all across the state for spots in the choirs.
Ms. Jones named Alabama Vocal Association President!
2018 High School Archery Regional Champions!
Congratulations to BHS Archery, the 2018 High School Archery Regional Champions. This is their 6th straight Regional Title! The team has qualified for the State Championships in Montgomery on April 6th. Congratulations to the following archers for placing in the top three in the high school division.
Alex Coons - 2018 Regional Champion
Clay Thomas - 3rd Place Regional Championships
Paige Gray- 2018 Regional Champion
Riley Foster- 3rd Place Regional Championships
Buckhorn Learning Community
Foil Boat Contest
Students in Mrs. Jenifer McClendon's Physical Science class competed to design a foil boat that would not only float, but would also hold weight. The winning team, Nick Rorex and Austin Benson, designed a boat that held 209 pennies before sinking.
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Honors Convocation
Congratulations to the 129 Buckhorn students who were recently honored at the 39th annual Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Honors Convocation. 14 Buckhorn High School honorees were recognized as four year scholars and received a book stipend scholarship.
Brynn Abbott, Chloe Adams, Kyla Arellano, Brandon Barnes, Nelson Barnes, Kelli Bethune, Holly Blackwood, Amari Blake, Brianna Bolen, Jeremiah Bone, Zachary Bone
Nyah Brack, Abigail Brown, Hayden Buchanan, Jade Bustos, Savannah Campbell
Kaylee Cantrell, Asher Cook, Chyah Cousins, Michael Craven, Jeremy Dawson
Bryson Drake, Jaylen Dupree, Montana Edwards, Brianna Emperley, Emily Evans
Taylor Fitzsimmons, Kendall Ford, Madilyn Ford, Riley Foster, Elicia Freeman
Matthus Freeman, Tamara Garner, Madeleine Glass, Gracey Goldsby, Brian Goss
Juliana Gray, Raven Griffin, Joyce Guo, Riley Gwaltney, Justin Hambrick
Zayvier Hambrick, Samuel Hammons, David Hargrave, Matthew Hartley
Dylan Hartwig-Whitaker, Erroll Headen, Grant Hershbine, Catherine Hooper
Kendall Humphrey, Allison Humphries, Tyia Hunt, Erin Johnson
Sydney Jones, Mary Keel, Emily Kimbrell, Michal Lesesne, Emma Long, Lauryn Malone,
Dayton Malone, Benjamin Marshall, Abigail McCord, Abbey McGovern, Riley Mclain
Lauren Miller, Alyssa Monroe, Jaden Moore, Hampton Morgan,
Cade Moring, Easton Moring, Haylee Morman, Javier Morris, Autumn Nelson
Jack Nguyen, Sherrel Nyochembeng, Vanessa Nyochembeng, Hannah O'Barr, Clayton Onwere, Kimberly Ortiz, Kristina Oshiro, Jaden Page, Robert Panagos, Sean Parish, Bailey Parker, Lakin Persell, McKenna Phillips, Austtin Poindexter, Greta Porter, Ean Poteete, Kailee Poteete, Charles Rice, Tatayana Rice, Collin Richey, De'Navion Riley, Zachary Roberts, Billy Rutledge-Nunley, Hayden Schrimsher, Emerson Schwanke, Catherine Seymour, Lydia Sharp, Stephanie Sharp, Jayden Shockley, Edward Smith, Frances Smith, Jamie Solano, Mya Spencer, Carson Spires, Mya Sterling, Dennis Stewart, Garrett Taylor, Gavin Taylor, Allauna Theophilus, Nena Thomas, Nylan Thomas, Sarah Tucker, Shawn Tucker, Kaitlyn Warner, Riley Watkins, David White, Kenan White, Mackenzie White, Robert White, Kenneth Wilbanks, Marc Williams, Preston Williams, Shania Williams, Marc Williams, Haley Woodard, Frances Yother
Read Across America
The students of Miss Shields’s Kindergarten class were excited to have Mr. Rich McAdams read to them for Read Across America Week! Mr. Rich McAdams served on the Madison County Board of Education for several years representing the Hazel Green cluster. Thank you, Mr. McAdams, for joining us and sharing your love for reading with our students!
Mrs. Angie Bates was a guest reader during Read Across America Week! She read to our kindergarten classes and inspired our students to never stop learning!
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The Banner is in the House!
The award was given to RES because of the benefits we have seen since initiating the Walking Club. Student attendance has increased, student discipline has decreased, and test scores have improved because students are so excited to come to school and participate in the Walking Club every morning. With only 8 schools in the state of Alabama receiving this award, we are extremely grateful and proud to be a recipient. Thank you to our community members, teachers, and parents for making this club an inspiration for our students!
Pictured: Rachel Evans, Assistant Principal and Jeff Malone, Principal
Mrs. Rose to attend Guided Math Program!
Mrs. Rose wrote this grant for the purpose of attending training on a Guided Math Program, as well as obtaining the manipulatives and reproducibles for this program.
Since 2016, Mrs. Rose has received $3,993.00 in grant funds to purchase instructional materials for her classroom.
Women's History Month Studies
Front row: Wren Guffey, Eleanor Traylor
Back row: Evan Jones, Connor Power, Lakelyn Atchley, Aisley Carter
Peyton Perry was named a 2018 Horatio Alger National Scholar. He was one of only two seniors from Alabama selected. Only 106 seniors are recognized nationwide as Horatio Alger Scholars. He will receive a $25,000 college scholarship and an all-expense-paid trip to the 2018 National Scholars Conference in Washington D.C. Peyton also placed in the top six in the state in Medical Law and Ethics at the State HOSA Conference. Congratulations, Peyton!
Jacob Hudson was selected as a semifinalist for admission to the Early Medical School Acceptance Program (EMSAP) at the University of Alabama in Birmingham. He was one of 36 selected for an on-campus interview to select 10 spots. There were 284 highly qualified applicants from every state in America. Jacob was also recently named the Madison County Scholar's Bowl Season MVP. Congratulations, Jacob!
Erin Ussery and Rebekah Dike were each awarded a $500 Alabama HOSA Scholarship. Only seven HOSA Scholarships were awarded in the state, and these girls received two of them! Congratulations, Erin and Rebekah!
Carly Ray was selected for an interview to the University of South Alabama Early Medical School Acceptance Program. There are approximately 1500 applicants, 50 interviews, and 15 spots. Congratulations, Carly!
Jessica Heard received the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Incorporated College of Choice Scholarship Award in the amount of $3,000 at the 39th Annual Huntsville Alumnae Chapter Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Incorporated Honors Convocation. The event was held on Sunday, March 4, 2018, at Progressive Union Missionary Baptist Church in Huntsville, Alabama. Congratulations, Jessica!
Charles Payton received the Naval ROTC Scholarship for approximately $110,000 plus room and board. He was also awarded stipends for books and spending allowances. Congratulations, Charles!
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc Honors Convocation
Congratulations to Jessica Heard, John Washington, Brandi Gray, Raven Washington, McKenzie Gordon, and Lauryn Townsend who were recognized for A or A/B Honor Roll at the 39th Annual Huntsville Alumnae Chapter Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Incorporated Honors Convocation. The event was held on Sunday, March 4, 2018, at Progressive Union Missionary Baptist Church in Huntsville, Alabama.
Jessica Heard, John Washington, Raven Washington, and McKenzie Gordon also received the Four-Year Academic Scholar Award and the DELTA Book Stipend Award in the amount of $200. Congratulations to these outstanding students!
Young Hero Award Winner
Aidan Mills was one of five nominees from Alabama up for the Young Heroes Award. She not only won the Young Heroes Award, but also received the Marissa Feigelson Award. She received two scholarships, one for each award. Aidan has used hardships that she has faced to better our community. Read more about her outstanding work in the article linked above. Congratulations, Aidan!!
- Girls' 4x100m relay with the 2nd place finish overall with a time of 54 seconds
Girls' 4x400m relay finished 2nd
Boys' 4x400m finished 3rd
- Ijah placed 2nd overall in the girls' 100 m hurtles
- Logan, David, and Jayln placed 1st, 2nd, and 3rd overall in boys' hurdles
Don't be a Tardy Tater!!
MCES is working hard to reduce tardiness with their Tardy Tater program. Every class has a Mr. Potato Head. When 90% of the students are in class on time, they add a piece to their potato head. When they have added all ten pieces, they receive a certificate and picture on the Tardy Tater board. At the end of a nine week period, the class with the most certificates enjoys a celebration at our outdoor classroom.
Nick Miller competed this past Summer as New Hope’s first wrestler to compete in The Freestyle Wrestling High School National Championships in Fargo, North Dakota. He finished in 1st place in the AHSAA North Section Championships in the 152 lbs weight class and was New Hope’s first Section Champ. He placed 6th in the AHSAA State Wrestling Tournament.
Parade of Readers
Owens Cross Roads held the Little Folks Ballgame where students and families had a “ball” playing against each other. The fun tradition led by PTO lives on and everyone looks forward to the family event each year.
This past Thursday the ROK Club (Random Acts of Kindness) journeyed to Valley View Nursing Home.
HES Running Club
Mrs. Holly Keeton, 4th grade teacher, leads our Running Club, and she has encouraged teachers to participate in a 10 week Couch to 5k plan along with the students. Students are training for the "Outrun Hunger" House of Harvest 5k on Saturday, May 5, 2018.
Harvest Classroom Happenings!
Students in Mrs. Knight’s 3rd grade class loved researching different species of penguins! They really enjoyed drawing life sizes versions!
Second and third grade teachers looked at and discussed essential standards led by Mrs. Wendy Burns and Mrs. Julie Vandiver. It is always more fun with friends! They had a good time and learned a lot!
Fourth grade students from Ms. Hampton's class studied about presidents and black history on President’s Day by having a scavenger hunt. In the pic, you can see they used QR codes.
Ms. Hampton’s fourth graders viewed Civil War artifacts as they learned about the Civil War.
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Fourth grade students from Mrs. Looney’s class love science! Ms. Stout, student from Athens State University, engaged the students with science by having them make circuits.
Our top 5 archers at the competition were Shane Junkins, Aiden Sharp, Allison Hoggard, Olivia Whited, and Kennedi Fortson. We are so proud of all our archery team members!
🍀Congratulations to our students who were selected as Leaders of the Month for the month of March! 🍀
Students in kindergarten are studying weather this week.
Our students are having tons of fun in Makerspace lately! New items were purchased with money raised from our Scholastic Book Fair.
Fifth grade student, Hudson Alexander, stepped in to teach his fellow classmates about Google Sites. The students will be using the information for a science lesson next week.
A Wrinkle in Time
On March 9, the entire MMS 7th grade visited Cineplanet movie theaters to view the movie A Wrinkle In Time. This was the culmination of a study unit that incorporated all ELA and science classes for several weeks! When they returned to school, students discussed the differences between the movies and books using teacher created idea organizers.
On March 10, the MMS Greenpower Racing Team participated in the cold and rainy Toyota Classic at Jemison/McNair High School. This race was hosted by Huntsville City Greenpower. It was the first time our team has competed with their student built car! MMS came in 4th in their race. We look forward to learning from this race and improving our times in the future. Congrats MMS Greenpower!
Congratulations to one of our young artists who was chosen for the Youth Art Month at the Huntsville Museum of Art! We have really enjoyed having an Art Teacher at MMS this year. Ms. Marrs is the reason MMS was able to participate in Youth Art Month for the first time!
The Sparkman Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band for earning all superior ratings at the Alabama State Music Assessment!
Sparkman Key Club
The Sparkman High School Key Club was represented at the 66th Annual Alabama District Convention this weekend by the following members:
Emma Rourk, Olivia Batchelor, Karson Knoll, Lindsay Pritchard, Kaitlyn Holland
Zach Brooks, Whitney Cardo
The club was presented with two awards:
Most Outstanding Faculty Advisor for the Great Alabama Key Club District
Most Outstanding Key Club for Division 1 in the Great Alabama Key Club District
The SHS Varsity Dance Team competed at the NDA National Championship in Orlando, FL this past weekend. They placed 10th in the Nation out of 30 teams in Medium Varsity Hip Hop
Sparkman Track Updates!
Redcoat Invitational at Bob Jones High School
Saturday at the Redcoat Invitational at Bob Jones High School, the Girls team finished in 8th place and the Boys in 14th.
Earning First Place Gold for the team and new Personal Records (PRs) were Sophomores Kaylyn Hardrick in the Girl’s Discus and Jon Keiser in the Boy’s Pole Vault. Kaylyn continued to make her way to the podium earning a silver medal in the Shot Put. Senior April Johnson was awarded two medals for her performance finishing 2nd in the Discus and 3rd in the Shot Put. MMS 8th grader Timothy Spurlock showed the talent coming to the team from our middle schools. He finished with a silver medal in the Boy’s 400m race.
Other Girls earning points for the team were Kaylee Stewart (Sr) with an 8th in the 1600m, Raven Hall (Jr) 6th in the discus and April Johnson 6th in the Javelin. Jon Keiser 6th in Javelin and Freshman Brody Wallace 7th in the Pole Vault scored additional points for the Boys team.
10th Annual Huntsville Panther Invitational
The Senators Outdoor Track and Field team competed at the 10th Annual Huntsville Panther Invitational where the Girls team finished in 3rd place and the Boys in 11th.
Earning Gold at the event was the Girl’s 4x100 Relay team consisting of Seniors Chandler Robinson, Lexie Rice and Sophomores India Smith and Ajana Toney. Placing in the top three in individual events were India Smith (3rd- 100m), Seniors Emani Smith-Jordan (3rd – high jump), April Johnson (2ndDiscus) and Jake Maier (3rd in 400m and 800m) who set new Personal Records (PR) at both distances.
Girls earning points for the team were Amani Blair (6th in the 100), India Smith (4th in the 200), Senior Kaylee Stewart (4th in the 1600), Sophomore Kaylah Hardrick (4th in the discus and shot put), April Johnson (5th in the Shot Put) and Senior Deanna Anthony (8th in the Javelin). Earning additional points for the Boys team were Junior Kyler Waters (4th High Jump) and Freshman Brody Wallace (8thin the Pole Vault).