Cold Springs High

December Edition

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Important Dates

Band Christmas Concert - December 12th @ 6 p.m.

Semester Exams - December 17th and 18th

Christmas Break - Dec. 20th-Jan. 6th

We survived!

The first semester of the 2019-2020 school year is soon coming to an end. What a successful first semester! We have had academic success, athletic success, club success, teacher success, the list just keeps going on and on. We can't wait to see what the next semester holds for our students and teachers. We hope your student has enjoyed this first semester as much as we have.

As we promised.....

In the last edition of the Cold Springs High News we gave a hint of great things that have been happening. We have fresh paint on classroom walls and hallways and new wall art. Additionally, we have added a new bell and intercom system. With this system, we are able to play music in the hallways, and the students LOVE it! It seems to put a little pep in everyone's step. Enjoy the pictures we are sharing with you all. Also, come on out to a basketball game and see what the tip-off club has done in the gym. We are all so very proud and excited about our new look.

Student of the Month Spotlight

Kailey Chilcoat is our recent student of the month. Kailey is a junior and is a member of the band. She plans to attend Auburn University to become a speech pathologist. When asked what her favorite thing about school is she said it was the band. She loves the band, loves playing music and loves the people that are in the band with her. Thank you Kailey for being such a sweet and good student at Cold Springs.

Teacher Spotlight

This month our teacher spotlight belongs to Coach Rod Elliott. Coach Elliott has been a teacher for 26 years. He has spent 12 of those years coaching football, and is the longest-tenured football coach at Cold Springs. Coach Elliott has taught Algebra 1 and 2, Pre Cal, Career Prep and Driver's Ed.

Coach Elliott brings a little bit of joy to Cold Springs. He will soon be retiring, and we will miss him. He has been a great mentor, teacher, coach, and friend to many.

Counselors Corner

The counseling program has really been pushing to improve our Free Application for Student Aid completions. At this time, 50.7% of Cold Springs seniors has completed their FAFSA applications. This is the highest in the county school system. Our goal is to have 75% of our seniors complete their FAFSA. Cold Springs will be receiving the "Best Hustle" award by Alabama Possible, a statewide nonprofit that breaks down barriers to prosperity. This is given to schools that have increased their FAFSA completions by at least 10% from the previous school year. It's very important that students along with parents complete their FAFSA applications as early as possible in order to maximize their potential college financial aid. If any senior has not completed his or her FAFSA, please get this completed ASAP. If assistance is needed, call Mrs. Burgess.

College Campaign Week was a great success. During this week many colleges waived their application fee. This is the week that our counseling program encourages seniors to apply for colleges and promotes what different college institutions have to offer. Our faculty decorated classroom doors according to the college they attended or their favorite college. Included in the decorations were facts and information pertaining to that college. Although all the doors looked amazing, Mrs. Lori Oden's door decorations won first prize!

Fun Christmas Facts

“Jingle Bells” was written for Thanksgiving, not Christmas. The song was written in 1857 by James Lord Pierpont and published under the title “One Horse Open Sleigh”. It was supposed to be played in the composer’s Sunday school class during Thanksgiving as a way to commemorate the famed Medford sleigh races. “Jingle Bells” was also the first song to be broadcast from space.

FCCLA Students attend Joint Leadership Development Conference.

Cold Springs FCCLA students attended the Joint Leadership Development Conference in Birmingham, AL. With more than 5,000 students, educators, industry leaders, administrators, and counselors attending, Alabama’s Joint Leadership Development Conference is the largest non-athletic joint gathering of students in the Southeastern United States for an educational purpose. The goal of JLDC is to build Alabama’s College+CareerReady workforce with employability skills, leadership training, exposure to Alabama’s career opportunities, and increased knowledge of CTE+CTSO opportunities. STUDENTS ATTENDING JLDC WILL: • Learn about the opportunities available to them through Alabama’s CTE+CTSO organizations. • Develop employability skills essential to success in college and careers. • Strengthen their CTSO+CTE program involvement through specialized programming. • Network with 5,000 of their peers with similar goals and aspirations. • Connect with CTSO+CTE state officers and student leaders. • Be inspired by internationally acclaimed speakers. • Have fun preparing for an awesome and bright future! The FCCLA Advisor is Stephanie Blair.

Anchor Club donates to local nursing home and gives out candy canes.

The Cold Springs Anchor Club collected items for a local nursing home. Items included blankets, socks, pajamas and candy. They collected numerous items that will be enjoyed by the patients. They also brought in candy canes and handed them out to students and teachers for Christmas.

Special Needs Rodeo

Cold Springs had several volunteers at the rodeo this week. Senior Anchor Club members volunteered their time to help with children at the rodeo. Two of our students, Alexis Tidwell and Klay Fowler, performed at the rodeo. We are so proud of our students and their caring hearts.

A note from our Assistant Principal

Can you believe we are almost at Christmas break? What a great first semester it has been!

As Mr. Dickerson alluded to in the last newsletter, we depend on our partnerships with parents to make sure our students come to school ready to learn and ready to do their very best. Every minute counts! Because our students have set a high bar of achievement, we all have to continue to work hard to maintain the “A” that we achieved on our state report card this past year. It is important for our students to be at school every day, on time, and prepared, so that we can continue to achieve at high levels.

Our mission and our vision are now painted in the hallway to remind us each day why we are here: To inspire students, challenge learners, and prepare leaders so that Every graduate is prepared for college, career, and life as a productive citizen. While that goal looks different for each graduate depending on their dreams and aspirations, there is one common thread--each student must graduate with a high school diploma and a skill to be ready for the world that lies ahead.

We are blessed with great students, great teachers, great parents, and a great school. Thank you for the part you play in continuing to make our school great!

-Susan Patrick, Assistant Principal

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