March 14, 2018

Spotlight on Madison County Schools!

Madison County Schools Communications


Aleta Stender, Community Involvement Coordinator

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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

Congratulations to Gabriella Stovall, Grace Collins, Madeleine Glass, Austin Mayfield, Taylor Hughes, Weston Stiles, Shelby Hudson, Andrea Mastin, and Elicia Freeman for participating in the All-State Choir 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.
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!

Congratulations to BHS/BMS Choral Director, Ms. Meg Jones, she was recently named the new Alabama Vocal Association President, the first ever from Madison County Schools! Alabama Vocal Association is the organization that governs choral programs in the state. The AVA membership is made up of over 400 choral teachers in public and private high schools, junior high schools, middle schools, colleges, and universities in Alabama. AVA offers adjudicated performance evaluations, All-State festival venues, and in-service opportunities for Alabama choral teachers and their students each year.

Buckhorn Archery

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.

HS Boys:

Alex Coons - 2018 Regional Champion

Clay Thomas - 3rd Place Regional Championships

HS Girls:

Paige Gray- 2018 Regional Champion

Riley Foster- 3rd Place Regional Championships

BHS Archery Team

Buckhorn Learning Community

Congratulations to the Buckhorn Learning Community Basketball team! They finished 2nd in their division in the state basketball tournament in Montgomery last week!!!

JOI Club

The Buckhorn JOI Club, a community service organization, kicked off their Leukemia and Lymphoma donation drive ​last week.

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.

Pork Piccata, anyone?

Dr. Chumbley's Culinary Academy students cooked Pork Piccata with sautéed asparagus or sautéed green beans and smashed potatoes or black rice last week!

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

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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!

Thanks, Ms. Payne!

Riverton Elementary would like to give a HUGE shout out to our social worker, Mrs. Karen Payne. She serves the Buckhorn cluster and goes above and beyond to assist students in need. We appreciate her so much!

Free 2 Teach

Mrs. Eula Battle visited Riverton Elementary and shared about her organization, Free 2 Teach, with some of our teachers. This organization provides free school supplies for teachers’ classrooms. As a former teacher, Mrs. Battle knows how much money teachers spend on their students every year. We are grateful for her dedication to our students and their education!

Bony Fingers!

Jessica Williamson, Project Lead the Way STEM Coach for Madison County Schools, engaged Mrs. Betancourt’s and Miss Shields’s Kindergarten students in a hands-on, interactive lesson where they made their very own x-rays of the bones in their hand!

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

Mrs. Hall’s second grade students celebrated Women’s History Month by creating research projects on women who have made a positive impact in the world! She also inspired the students in her classroom to aspire to make a difference and to become role models for others!
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Destination Imagination

Hazel Green Elementary has been very fortunate for several years to have Mrs. Darleen Carter start-up and manage our Destination Imagination groups. These students meet after school and practice completing creative challenges during their time together as well as competing in local challenges. DI is a volunteer-led, educational program that teaches 21st century skills and STEM. Team members work together to solve their challenges by using creative processes to develop solutions. These challenges promote working together, team building, communicating, perseverance, critical thinking skills, and self-confidence. Hazel Green Elementary’s Destination Imagination team recently tied for first place at the regional tournament Saturday, March 3. They will compete at the state tournament on April 7 at Bob Jones High School. A huge thank you to Mrs. Carter for working with these students! We are proud of all of you!

Front row: Wren Guffey, Eleanor Traylor

Back row: Evan Jones, Connor Power, Lakelyn Atchley, Aisley Carter

Blast Off!

Mrs. Libby Edwards’ Pre-K students enjoyed a unit about space. The students are learning all about the solar system. They are getting a hands-on experience about the elements of space. It’s a family affair in Mrs. Edwards classroom - her husband created the backdrop, the rocket, the control board, and Moonrock Inspection area. This dramatic play area is created for students to develop literacy and math skills along with science. These kids are getting an out of this world experience!
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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!!
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Green Power race team received a grant from the Optimist club in Huntsville to help modify and improve their car. Sponsor is Wendie Hammond. Featured in the picture are Aiden, Ariella, Cameron, Makayla, Devin, James, Mrs. Hammond, Drew, Kevin, Tre, Kyle , Karli, and Paige.
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Meridianville MS participated in their first Track Meet of the year at Bob Jones High School on March 8.

  • 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

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Students from Mrs. Reid and Mrs. Rudzinski’s third grade classes completed research projects on Famous Americans. Each student created a biography bottle to represent the person they were learning about. The students did a fabulous job with presentations!

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Don't be a Tardy Tater!!

Pictured here is Mrs. Reynolds and her third grade class with their Tardy Tater. MCES students are not Tardy Taters.

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.

Mrs. Carter's second grade class enjoyed listening to books created by MCHS students. We would like to thank Mrs. Cry's class for demonstrating creativity, and sharing your knowledge with our students.

Drawing Club

Students in Mrs. Misterka’s afterschool drawing club with the Gurley community Learning Center (GCLC) enjoyed completing a step by step drawing of a lucky leprechaun. After the drawing was complete, they painted with watercolors. A touch of fun was added when each student named his/her leprechaun.

Great Books!

MCES staff enjoyed a Book Tasting to decide what professional book they would like to read. The book teams will be getting together to creatively present their take-aways at a later date.
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Bryant-Jordan Student Athlete Scholarship Winner

Jasmine Baker was named a region winner in the Bryant-Jordan Student Athlete Scholarship Program. Congratulations on this honor, Jasmine!

All-State Choir

Noah Gipson recently represented MCHS in the Alabama All-State SATB choir at Samford University. Pictured with Noah is Trudy Prestridge, theatre and music director at MCHS.
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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.

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Parade of Readers

The first grade continues to read for their Parade of Readers program. Last week, student had a special guest reader, Mike Chappell, who also dressed up as the Lorax in the kickoff parade. The book fairy also made a special visit, leaving a Dr. Seuss book for EVERY first grade student.

Garden is Sprouting!

Kindergarten and 1st graders were excited to see their seeds begin to sprout! We are helping Mr. John grow tomatoes, cabbages and bell peppers for our school garden.

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.

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Ms. Turner named Farmers Insurance Teacher of the Month!

Congratulations to our Second Grade teacher, Mrs. Christina Turner! She was honored as Teacher of the Month by Farmers Insurance. Mrs. Turner was given a $100 Amazon gift card to purchase items for her classroom. Way to go!

This past Thursday the ROK Club (Random Acts of Kindness) journeyed to Valley View Nursing Home.

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HES Running Club

A big shout out to Mrs. Chelsea Carter, Ms. Katherine Baugh, Mrs. Sydney Knight, and “Coach J” Jared Paschall for joining the HES Running Club for our 5k training!

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!

Archery Team

Our archery team did an amazing job Friday, March 9 at the Buckhorn Middle School Regional Archery Competition. They have been practicing since October, and they were able to show off their skills.

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!

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🍀Congratulations to our students who were selected as Leaders of the Month for the month of March! 🍀

Congratulations to our students who were selected by teachers and staff school-wide for leadership qualities and excellent character they display daily. Their photos are displayed on the Leadership Wall in the main hallway at MXR.

Kallie Howell

Arabella Johnson

Bryant Coombe

Jayden Roper

Kaeli Houston

Javen Gomez-Diaz

Derrien Wright

Jeremy Griffin

Logan Hocken

Caden Gardunia

Students in kindergarten are studying weather this week.

HUGE THANK YOU to WAFF 48 News Brandon Spinner WAFF 48 Meteorologist for visiting Madison Cross Roads Elementary Kindergarten classes today and teaching about how he studies and predicts the weather, why thunder is loud and can be scary, and how tornadoes and hurricanes form. He's going to do a shoutout for us in the morning! Look out for this tomorrow morning on WAFF news between 6 and 6:15! #MakeItHappen #WAFF #BeBOLDMCSS
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Our students are having tons of fun in Makerspace lately! New items were purchased with money raised from our Scholastic Book Fair.

Makerspace Fun!

Our students are having tons of fun in Makerspace lately! New items were purchased with money raised from our Scholastic Book Fair.

Properties of Matter

Mrs. White’s science classes were excited to make observations about different white powders in a Properties of Matter unit. Students added water and white vinegar to the various substances to observe what reactions occurred.

Music in our Schools Month!

Our music teacher, Mrs. Truesdail, is helping us celebrate Music in our Schools Month! We are sharing a music fact each day on our school news show, Hawk News Network.

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.

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Pennies for Patients Fundraiser

On March 7, the MMS Beta Club hosted a Hat Day fundraiser for the nonprofit Pennies for Patients. Students brought in a dollar for the privilege of wearing a hat during the school day. Over $200 was raised for Pennies for Patients, and we saw some amazing hats!

Learning to play Chess

On March 8, Ms. Swearingen's classes played chess to better understand the theme and role the game of chess plays in the novel they're studying: The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin.

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.

Greenpower Racing!

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!

Advanced Band gets Superior Ratings

Congratulations to the MMS Advanced Band who got all Superiors at the Music Performance Assessment on March 7. They also got a Superior rating on their sight-reading skills. This is a huge honor and we are so proud of you guys and all your hard work!!!

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!

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National Merit Scholar Finalist!

Congratulate Emily Nguyen for advancing to become a National Merit Scholar Finalist!

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

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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).

Our Senator Learning Community basketball team fought a hard battle at the Special Olympics State Tournament. Proud of this first year team coming in second though at State!! GO SENATORS!
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Sparkman Medical Academy

Sparkman Medical academy internship students learned how to sterilize, glove, scrub and suture in a simulated laparoscopic surgery. They also were able to test blood type and blood glucose and learned about Calhoun Community College surgical tech and med lab tech programs.‬

Sparkman JV softball wins Buckhorn JV Bash!

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