Morgan County Schools

Connect January 2019

Morgan County Schools Technology Park Receives State Recognition as a Model School

We are proud to announce that The Morgan County Schools Technology Park has been selected as a 2018 CLAS School of Distinction. This award from the Council for Leaders in Alabama Schools (CLAS) recognizes schools that serve as outstanding educational models for other schools in Alabama. CLAS will announce their list of 2018 Banner Schools in February.
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Morgan County Schools Central Office Staff Donates to Children's Hospital

Staff members of the Morgan County Schools Central Office Special Education Department chose to forgo exchanging gifts this past holiday season. They instead bought new books to be shared with children who would be spending their Christmas at Children's Hospital in Birmingham. The books will be used in long term care unit libraries throughout the hospital.
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Morgan County Board of Education Approves 2019-2020 School Calendar

During their January 10, 2019 business meeting, the Morgan County Board of Education approved a recommendation from the Superintendent regarding approval of the system's 2019-2020 school year calendar. We are pleased to provide a link you can use to access the official MCS 2019-2020 calendar. We hope this information is beneficial to you for planning purposes. https://www.morgank12.org/site/handlers/filedownload.ashx?moduleinstanceid=2389&dataid=8710&FileName=MCS%202019-20%20School%20Calendar%20approved%201-10-19.pdf

Priceville Elementary School Recognized as a Leader In Me Lighthouse School

Priceville Elementary Schools has been recognized for recertification as a Leader in Me Lighthouse School. Congratulations to the students and staff of PES on this accomplishment! Representing PES at the recognition ceremony: Teachers Molly Justice, Kali Woodall, Bonnie Ozbolt, Susie Bagwell, Amy White, Julie Weatherby, Brandy Quattlebaum, and Principal Dr. Tanya McCain.
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Morgan County Schools Award Winning FIRST Robotics Team Mech Tech 3959 Kicks off 2019 Competition Season



At Kickoff on January 5, FIRST Robotics Competition teams worldwide simultaneously found out the competition season game. Local teams from North Alabama gathered at the US Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, AL, to watch the live broadcast from New Hampshire and the reveal video that explains the mission for the season. DESTINATION: DEEP SPACE is FIRST’s thirtieth season game where “two competing alliances will combat unpredictable terrain and weather patterns, making remote robot operation essential to their mission on the planet. With only two minutes and thirty seconds until liftoff, the alliances must gather as many cargo pods as possible and prepare their spaceships for departure before the next sandstorm arrives.”


https://youtu.be/Mew6G_og-PI

Students and mentors work under strict rules, limited resources, and time constraints to design, build, program, and test their robot to meet the challenge of the game. It’s as close to “real world” engineering that students can experience. Teams then can participate in one or more of the global 173 District or Regional competition events.

For more information on FIRST programs, visit www.firstinspires.org. To follow the team's competition season, please "like" their Facebook page, Morgan County Mech Tech #3959

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Morgan County Board of Education Meeting Schedule and Information

All business meetings of the Morgan County Board of Education are open to the public. The Morgan County School system understands that partnerships with our parents, community members, and stakeholders are vital to the success of our students. We encourage you to visit the MCBOE at any of their public meetings, and we are pleased to provide you with a link to the Board's current meeting schedule, meeting agendas and meeting minutes: https://www.morgank12.org/domain/63
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Morgan County Schools Hosts E-Sports Learning Event

Morgan County schools recently hosted an E-Sports learning event for school administrators from across the state. Over forty administrators attended the event from as far as Elmore County and all over North Alabama. E-Sports is the newest varsity sport sponsored by the Alabama High School Athletic Association. The sport involves competitive video gaming with teams of five or more players. The games are not your normal household games. The games currently sponsored by the Athletic Association, such as League of Legends, is a strategy based game where players must work as a team and compete against other teams from across the state. Already over 200 colleges and universities offer E-Sports scholarships. At the Morgan County schools event, a representative of Montevallo University spoke of the schools plan to offer scholarships beginning in the 2019 Fall enrollment through their athletic department. E-Sports provides students with more opportunities to develop teamwork skills, be held accountable for grades and behavior, while providing an avenue to be productive with other students. There are two seasons for E-Sports, October to January and February to May. E-Sports does not set any limits on the number of teams that can be formed, so students from a variety of skills can participate.

January 2019 Student Leadership Showcase-Eva Junior High School

During the January 10, 2019 meeting of the Morgan County Board of Education, student leaders from Eva Junior High School, assisted by their teacher Ms. Lori Baggett, shared information with the Board members concerning their experiences using Flipgrid, a video discussion platform for student engagement and formative assessment. Students reporting on the program to the Board, and leading the Board on an interactive experience with the program, were Sarah Brown, Kaden Cobbs, Micah Edwards, Austyn Holmes, Izzy Kanaday, Walker Latham, Des’Ray Stokes, and Alaina Smith.

Morgan County Schools Announces Teachers and Support Person of the Year

The Morgan County School system is proud to announce our Teachers and Support Person of the Year. Pictured left to right: Brandy Quattlebaum, Priceville Elementary School, Elementary Teacher of the Year; Elizabeth Denard, West Morgan Elementary School, Support Person of the Year; Melanie Holiday, West Morgan High School, Secondary Teacher of the Year. Superintendent Bill W. Hopkins, Jr. made a surprise visit to each school on January 25th and notified the winners of their selection. The Morgan County Board of Education will give special recognition to the winners during their February 21, 2019 business meeting.
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