What's Happening at SPARKMAN

April 27-May 2, 2015

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Monday, April 27

  • Sparkman Basketball- Girls and Boys Tryouts- Info on Flyer in Athletics Section!
  • Post-Secondary Seminar by Dr. Clanton at 4 PM Choral Room
  • FTA Awards 5PM SHS Library
  • Sparkman Softball vs Section
  • PROM Invitation/Ticket Pick up 11:45- 1:45 SHS Cafeteria
  • Sparkman Color Guard Auditions- Info on Flyer in Organizations Section!

Tuesday, April 28

  • SHS First Priority- 8 AM Gym 2
  • ACT DAY- Go Juniors Go!
  • SHS Girls Basketball Tryouts- Info on Flyer in Athletics Section!
  • Sparkman Golf- VB/VG Sectionals

Wednesday, April 29

  • Sparkman Basketball Tryouts- Boys and Girls- Info on Flyer in Athletics Section!
  • PROM Invitation/Ticket Pick up 11:45- 1:45 SHS Cafeteria. THIS IS THE LAST OPPORTUNITY! Make arrangements for someone to pick up your ticket if you can't do it yourself.

Thursday, April 30

  • S9 First Priority/FCA- 7 AM S9 Auditorium
  • Progress Reports
  • Sparkman Softball- Area Tournament at Sparkman
  • Business Academy Mock Interviews- 8:45 SHS Library
  • Sparkman Track- At State Meet in Gulf Shores!
  • Sparkman Basketball- Boys Tryouts- Info on Flyer in Athletics Section!
  • Sparkman Service Organization- "Stomp the Violence" Program 6 pm in the cafeteria. This year's theme will be "Date Rape Drug." Please come out to learn how to not to become a victim. The club will also be collecting donations during lunch to be given to Crisis Service Center of North Alabama.

Friday, May 1

  • Sparkman Softball- Area Tournament at Sparkman
  • Sparkman Baseball- 2nd Round of Playoffs
  • Sparkman Track- At State Meet in Gulf Shores!
  • Engineering Academy Science Fair- 5 PM Gym 1
  • Sparkman Girls Soccer- Round 2 of Playoffs vs Bob Jones at 7 PM at Senator Stadium

Saturday, May 2

  • Sparkman PROM DAY!!!
  • Sparkman Band Car Show
  • Sparkman Baseball- Playoffs Round 2
  • Sparkman Track- At State Meet in Gulf Shores!

PROM is May 2, 2015

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S9 Updates

  • The last day to check out a library book is Friday, May 1st. All library books and overdue fines are due Monday, May 11th. The library will close for inventory May 11th - 21st. *Students may continue to use the library computers during inventory.

  • Additional copies of the yearbook are on sale for $55 and can be purchased in Mrs. Mathheus's room, room 126.

  • SGA’s final service project will be at Manna House, May 7th from 4:00 pm to 6:30 pm, in conjunction with Ignite a Spark Week.

  • May 4th-9th-Ignite a Spark week! Help the Sparkman 9 community by volunteering at the Harvest Youth Club, Manna House, Miracle League, and the Downtown Rescue Mission. Sign-ups for students are this week during lunch. Students must provide their own transportation when volunteering
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  • May 4- SHS Writers Club Meeting
  • May 5- Sparkman PTO hosts Appreciation Lunch for SHS Faculty and Staff
  • May 6- Sparkman PTO hosts Appreciation Lunch for S9 Faculty and Staff
  • May 7- Sparkman Band Spring Concert
  • May 7- Sparkman Journalism Banquet
  • May 11- Senior Awards 5:30 PM Gym 1
  • May 13-14- Senior Finals
  • May 14- Spring Football game vs Austin
  • May 15- Graduation Practice- Mandatory!
  • May 15- Senior Picnic 11 AM- 2 PM at SHS
  • May 20-21- Final Exams- 1/2 day
  • May 28- Report Cards
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SENIOR PARENTS! We Need Your Help!

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Madison County Schools Drivers Ed Program at S9

Registration will be Thursday, May 28th @ 8am on Sparkman 9 Campus for the first 90 students
--Fee: $120 for students attending any Madison County School
$145 for out of district students
--The following are required at the time of registration:
1. Copy of driving permit
2. Registration fee in cash, personal check, cashier’s check or money order made payable to Sparkman 9th Grade School
--All classes will be held on the Sparkman 9th Grade Campus in the small auditorium

More information and registration form at this link:

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2015 Sparkman Summer Reading Grades 9-12

Click this button to get information about 2015 Summer Reading and Assignments

Sparkman Tutoring

S9 Tutoring: Tuesdays and Thursdays-Room 134

7:50 a.m. - 8:20 a.m.
3:20 p.m. - 3:50 p.m.

Tutoring at SHS! Tutoring for all SHS Math and Science classes begins this week in the Library on Tuesday afternoons from 3:30 to 4:15 pm and Thursday mornings from 7:45 to 8:30 am. Morning students wanting to enter before 8:00 will need to use the glass doors by the front office and arrive by 7:45 am.

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2015 Sparkman Color Guard Auditions

The Sparkman Band will host color guard clinics and audition for the 2015-2016 school year on April 27 through May 1, 2015 in the Sparkman 9th Grade School Cafeteria.

2015 Guard Auditions Eligibility

The audition is open to any current 8-11 grade student that will attending Sparkman next year. There are no prerequisite to the audition but students must be physically able to perform dance moves and handle various equipment. All students will be taught skills needed during the week of auditions.

Clinics will take place Monday (April 27) through Friday in the Sparkman 9th Grade School Cafeteria from 4 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. each day. The final evaluation will take place on Friday and results will be posted on the Sparkman Band Website.

What to Bring?
All equipment and accessories will be provided for students. Students should wear form fitting clothing and tennis shoes.

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The Crimson Crier- Sparkman's Award Winning Newspaper

Visit The Crimson Crier Website for more information: http://www.crimsoncriernews.com
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2015 ACT Test Dates & Deadlines

Test Date: June 13, 2015

Registration Deadline: May 8, 2015 | Late Fee Required: May 9–22, 2015

ACT Online Registration

ACT Test Prep

ACT Online Test Prep

Please Note: All current eleventh graders (Class of 2016) will take the ACT Plus Writing at Sparkman (free of charge) on Tuesday, April 28, 2015. The make-up date for the ACT Plus Writing assessment is scheduled for Tuesday, May 12, 2015.

2015 SAT Test Dates & Deadlines

Test Date: May 2, 2015

Registration Deadline: April 6, 2015 | Late Registration: April 21, 2015

* Deadlines expire at midnight, EDT (U.S.).

Test Date: June 6, 2015

Registration Deadline: May 8, 2015 | Late Registration: May 27, 2015

* Deadlines expire at midnight, EDT (U.S.).

SAT Online Registration

SAT Website

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Congratulations to Sparkman High School's Brandon C. Martin, National Merit Scholarship Finalist!

Brandon is among "nineteen Alabama students, including nine from Madison County, who are a select group of American high school seniors who won corporate-sponsored National Merit Scholarship awards announced this week." Read all about Brandon's awesome achievement here:

Sparkman Senator is a Gates Millenium Scholar!

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Sparkman Baseball

Congratulations on the first round Playoff win over Buckhorn. 2nd Round Info TBA. Watch for details!

See photos and recap here: http://photos.al.com/4558/gallery/buckhorn_bucks_-_sparkman_sena/index.html#/1

Congratulations to our Sparkman Track and Field's 18 STATE qualifiers!

  • Boys 4X100m Relay Team - 5th Place (Chase Parker; William Otey; Exaiver Long; Charles Lewis)
  • Girls 4X100m Relay Team - 2nd Place (Lauryn Hall; Alessea Rice; Chandler Robinson; Lauryn Hall)
  • Boys 4X400m Relay Teams - 5th Place (Trey Gideon; Khalil Griffin; Shafi Muhammad; Charles Lewis)
  • Boys 4X800m Relay Teams - 2nd Place (Bailey Herfurth; Shafi Muhammad; Jake Russell; Seth Graham)
  • Girls Discus - 1st Place (Ki Perkins)
  • Boys Pole Vault - 1st Place (Robert Russell)
  • Girls Pole Vault - 2nd Place (Gabrielle Griner)
  • Girls 100m Hurdles - 4th Place (Kelsey Johnson)

Also qualified in additional events:

  • Lauryn Hall (200m dash; 100m dash)
  • Alessea Rice (100m Dash)
  • Charles Lewis (200m Dash)
  • Bailey Herfurth (800m Run)
  • Jake Russell (800m Run)
  • Kelsey Johnson (300m Hurdles)

Alumnus Jessie Garrison is Miss Auburn

Miss Auburn University Jessie Garrison and Aubie are in the studio with Jeff this morning. #AUPhoto
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The BYOT Wi-Fi Access is Now LIVE at S9 and SHS!

Please review the Madison County School System Bring Your Own Technology Student User Agreement.


Madison County Code of Conduct

Deliveries to SHS

Students will not receive deliveries during classes. Instruction Time will NOT be interrupted to allow deliveries or for students to report to the office to pick up anything. Students may stop by the office between classes or after school to pick up items.

Principal's Prior Permission Policy

All requests must be submitted to the Principal on the approved request form at least 20 days prior to the date of the requested absence. Students may not exceed five (5) Principal’s Prior Permission (PPP) excuses per school year. The following reasons may be coded using PPP (6X).

  • Military circumstances related to the deployment or return of a parent/custodian
  • Accompany parent/custodian on an overnight school trip that involves a sibling (i.e. cheer competition, band trip, etc.)
  • Visit to college/university campus
    • Limit of 2
    • A third visit may be approved for an exceptional circumstance (i.e. athletic scholarship, academic scholarship, etc.)
  • Obtaining a driver’s permit or license
  • Legislative Page or other opportunity to participate in an operation of one of the three branches of government
  • Parent or sibling graduation from college or a military ceremony
  • If bus fails to run or pick child up and parent has no means of transportation (must verify with bus driver or transportation department)
  • Military Entrance Processing Station (MEPS) scheduled by recruiter
  • Catastrophic event (fire, flood (not weather-related), eviction) that results in loss of housing or a temporary change of housing
  • Extenuating Safety Threat (escaped prisoner, threat of school shooting, etc.)

Any absence not identified in the above list should be decided on a consistent case by case basis by the Principal. Principals in feeder patterns should consult with one another before a decision is made when siblings are involved.

MCBOE Approved: 08/04/2014

Principal's Prior Permission Form

Check-In/Check-Out Procedures

  • Students who plan to check out should bring a written permission note to the Attendance Office the morning they plan to check out. Notes should have parents signature and a telephone number for verification.

  • Students checking in should enter the building at Gym 2 and proceed to the Attendance Office. DO NOT ENTER THE MAIN ENTRANCE!

  • Absence notes for S9 students should be turned in to the Attendance Office(across from the Library) or put in the black box on the concession stand counter(across from Cafeteria). At SHS, students should turn in absence notes to the Attendance Office(Across from Gym 2).
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Update on Brittany Eakin, the Sparkman Jr who was recently diagnosed with cancer:

She is being released from the hospital and moving to her home away from home. It may be months before she is back in the Harvest area. Can we rally some support for her? Her address is: Brittany Eakin, room 2005, c/o Tri Delta Place 350 North Third St. Memphis, TN 38105. Can we send her some mail to encourage her? This is a simple way to let her know we are thinking about her and praying for her. When she starts her radiation, she will be moving to the Ronald McDonald House.

Sparkman Family, please keep Sparkman junior, Brittany Eakin and her family in your thoughts and prayers. Tuesday night a baseball-sized, cancerous tumor was discovered on her brain & she was immediately taken to LeBonheur Children's Hospital in Memphis where doctors were able to remove the mass. Brittany has a long road to recovery ahead of her. Please share & ask everyone to continue to pray for this family.

If you can assist the family financially, please do so at Brittany's "Go Fund Me" Page(link below). All funds will be used to help pay for daily expenses, medical bills, and trips to St Jude's for follow up treatment. Go Fund Me Link: http://www.gofundme.com/pfbvr8

Dear Sparkman Family,

On April 9, 2015, two of our Sparkman Middle School students lost their home and all of their belongings to fire. They are also now in the custody of their 19 year old sister. A Go fund Me account has been set up to raise money to help these students replace some of the items that they lost in the fire. http://www.gofundme.com/rk7p8s

If you would like to donate clothing, food, or other items in lieu of money, or if you would like to help in some other way, please message me and I will send you the specifics on sizes and items needed. Thank you so much!

Please forward this information to anyone who may want to help.

Jennifer H. Whitt
Sparkman Middle School

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Contact Sparkman PTO

Big Shout Out to PTO!

Thanks to Sparkman PTO for the snacks and water for the Junior class taking ACT on Tuesday, April 28. It will be much appreciated!

Also, thank you for supplying breakfast for the 60 admins, proctors, monitors required to make this day a success!

Publix Partners Cards

Publix Partners Cards! Please don't forget to let the clerk scan your Publix card every time you check out at Publix! SHS/S9 receives a percentage of the quarterly total!! You can get your card at either SHS and S9 school offices or we can make arrangements to get cards to you. We need every Sparkman HS/S9 parent, student, grandparent to use their cards at Publix. This is EASY money for our school!

Note- There is no S9 card, the Sparkman High School card is for SHS and S9. PTO uses the funds for events and activities at both schools.

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Legacy Elementary School

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Harvest Elementary School

Harvest Newsletter

Endeavor Elementary School

Monrovia Elementary School

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Monrovia Middle School

  • Algebra I students will be assessed on May 5th and 6th as part of their end of course exam.
  • Volleyball tryouts begin April 27th. Any 6th or 7th grade girl interested needs to pick up a tryout packet from Coach Kelli during their P.E. time. All forms must be completed and turned in no later than April 17th.
  • 8th grade graduation is May 20th

Sparkman Middle School

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