Spotlight

November 13, 2019

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Madison County Schools recently held its annual EXCEL Awards for Excellence in Education. At this event, we announced our 2019 Teachers of the Year.


  • Congratulations to Deborah Keller-Mitchell(Sparkman HS), named Secondary Teacher of the Year and Deanna Powers Spencer(Owens Cross Rds) named Elementary Teacher of the Year.


  • Congratulations to 2019 Support Professionals of the Year; Amy Hunter(Meridianville MS) Secondary Support Professional of the Year, and Delnisa Lopez(Monrovia ES), Elementary Support Professional of the Year.

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BUCKHORN SWIMMING - MADISON COUNTY CHAMPS

Congratulations Buckhorn Swimming - Boys & Girls Madison County Champions!!! Results of the Madison County Championship Swim Meet from Redstone's Aquatic Center: The Buckhorn Girls won their 10th championship in a row, scoring 193 points, while Sparkman had 70 points, Hazel Green 60, and Madison County HS had 51 points. Event winners for the Girls were Savannah McDonald in the 200 IM & 100 Fly, Faith Blanshan in the 50 Free & 100 Fly, and Devyn Taylor in the 100 Back. The Buckhorn Boys won their 6th championship in a row scoring 213 points, while Sparkman scored 68, Hazel Green 49, and Madison County HS 13 points. For the Boys, Carson Amos won the 100 Back & 100 Fly, Jack Sentell won the 200 IM & the 500 Free, and Ethan Amos won the 200 Free. Congratulations Swim Team. Go Bucks!
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CROSS COUNTRY 6A SECTION 6 GIRLS: SECTION CHAMPIONS BOYS: 3RD PLACE

BHS Girls XC are your 6A Section 6 Champs! The boys finished 3rd! Both teams qualified for state. Daniel Wilcox finished 3rd and Ben Basta 10th overall. Jeri Abbott, Emily Kimbrell and Holly Blackwood finished 3rd, 7th, and 9th respectively. #BuckPride
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BHS CHEERLEADING - REGIONAL CHAMPIONS

Congratulations to our Buckhorn High School competition cheerleaders for placing 1st in the traditional large varsity division and 1st in super varsity game day division at the North Alabama Regionals! Also, a huge THANK YOU to our students and community for the overwhelming support in our cheer section!!
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MARCHING BAND STATE COMPETITION

Congratulations to Buckhorn Band!! 3rd place Band, 2nd place Percussion, and 3rd place Guard at the 2019 Alabama Marching State Championship in Class 6A!
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Halloween Fun!

Student and faculty participants in Halloween festivities.

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When the AP dissects fish with your class...

Mr. Kennedy (Assistant Principal) participated in a 7th grade science fish dissection!

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Congratulations!

Congratulations to our Teacher of the Year, Teresa McNeeley and Support Person of the Year, Karen Duff. Thank you for all you do for our school, community, and profession!
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Celebrating Student Achievement

Our hallways are decorated with student achievement, learning, and success.
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Veterans Day

Students and teachers of Mt. Carmel Elementary School honored our nation’s veterans with an assembly including student performances and a reception for veterans and their families. Thanks to Buckhorn High School band and color guard for helping us honor veterans for their service!
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Fall Festival

Mt. Carmel's community Fall Festival was a day filled with fun! Adults and children alike enjoyed games, food, pumpkin painting, live music, a costume contest, inflatables, vendors, and so much more.

Magic Show

To celebrate a successful cookie dough fundraiser, Mt. Carmel students enjoyed a riveting magic show, and Coach Wes became a human ice cream sundae! Thanks for being a good sport, Coach!
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Farm to Table Experience

Second graders learned about production and distribution process when teachers divided their classes into shifts like a factory. All the kids participated in the process and learned from the farm to table experience.
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Tech Fun!

Our 2nd graders used Google Sheets to create pixelated drawings while visiting the library this week!

What do you do when creepy carrots are following you?

Have your Kindergarten students build a fence around them just like Jasper Rabbit in Creepy Carrots! Thanks Mrs. Schwartz for the fun activity!

⭐️PERFECT ATTENDANCE ROCKSTARS⭐️

Students who had PERFECT attendance in October received an additional PE class! They are having a B L A S T!

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Student Leaders of the Month

Congratulations to our student leaders of the month for November! These students were nominated by the teachers and staff due to their character and leadership attributes. Their portraits are now proudly displayed in the front lobby on the Leadership Wall!


Elijah Henson

AJ VanderMierden

Jolee Williams

Aiden Bess

Ashlyn Hershbine

Ian Parks

Nia Frazier

Ansley Boyd

Leah Bailey

Layla Garner

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Veterans Day

RIS celebrated Veterans Day with a very moving program thanks to Mrs. Branner who works so hard every year to make this program a success.

Tribal Masks

Ms. Smith's and Mrs. Baker’s classes creating, designing, and painting Native American tribal masks.

How Waves Move

Mrs. Cope’s Special Needs class studies how waves move.

Congratulations!

Congratulations to our Teacher of the Year, Mary Cope, and our Support Professional of the Year, Yvonne McAllister.
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Competition Cheer Wins Regionals

Congratulations to both JV and Varsity Competition Cheer for taking first place at the UCA North Alabama Regional Competition! Both teams earned a bid to compete at the UCA National Competition in February. Way to go, girls!!

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Students of the Month

Congratulations to our Students of the Month! We are proud of these outstanding students!

9th Grade-Madison Wethington and Jesse Kennedy

10th Grade-Kenzie Honaker and Juilian Gaines

11th Grade-Kie Nwosa and Cullen Mills

12th Grade-Victoria Scogin and Dawson Richardson

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Rifle Team Wins Competition / Drill Team Places 3rd Overall

Congratulations to our JROTC Drill Team and Rifle Team! The Drill Team placed 3rd overall, and the Rifle Team placed first at the Jemison JROTC Competition. Cameron Hayes and Corbynn Conley placed 2nd and 3rd respectively in the individual rifle competition.

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HGHS College & Career Fair

The HGHS College & Career Fair was a huge success! We had 228 seniors in attendance, and those seniors submitted 447 college applications. Thirty-five organizations, including universities, community colleges, trade schools, and employers, were on campus to meet with students and help them apply. Some colleges waived their application fee, and HGHS offered free transcripts. Thanks to everyone who made this possible for our students!

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Teacher and Staff Support of the Year

November is National Education Month and what a great time for us to celebrate all of our educators but we especially want to honor these two employees. Mrs. Tere Denman was selected as our Teacher of the Year for Hazel Green Elementary and Mrs. Kristin Masterski was selected as our Staff Profession of the Year. Both of these ladies make such a difference in the lives of our students and our faculty. They are professional, friendly, caring, and serve others with a smile. They are a great representation of the teachers and staff that we have at our school and we are blessed to have them here. Congratulations Mrs. Denman and Mrs. Masterski - you rock!

October Student of the Month

Congratulations to our October Students of the Month. These students were selected by their teachers for their character, their work ethic, their leadership, and being an all around great person. Congratulations!!!


Kane Hutchens - Pre-k

Raylan Kiker - Kindergarten

Amir Binford - First Grade

Luke Muir - Second Grade

Eli Weeks - Third Grade

Greycen Howard - Fourth Grade

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Historically Speaking

Mrs. Salazar's third-grade class researched historical figures and information about the first Thanksgiving. The students used the green screen to create their dramatic presentations and these are being shared in order to our students during the morning broadcasts. Such a great way for our third graders to learn about history while including present-day technology, this makes learning come alive! Wonder what the pilgrims would have thought about all of our technology today?

Harvest Fun

Mrs. Edwards' kindergarten students spent a week studying pumpkins. They labeled the pumpkin parts, they read pumpkin stories, counted seeds, and matched seeds to numbers. What a great way to harvest learning.

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Red Ribbon Week

Lynn Fanning celebrated Red Ribbon Week with a week of dress up days! Each day had a theme, like "Follow your dreams and stay away from drugs" and we all wore our pajamas! One day was "I have better things to do than drugs, like read a book!" We dressed as our favorite book character and had a parade throughout the school. It was a fun week of learning how to say "NO" to drugs!

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Array Bakery

Mrs. Carpenter's third grade class learned about arrays in a delicious way when they had an Array Bakery!

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Special Olympics Send Off

Lynn Fanning had students participate in the Special Olympics this year! Ms. Christine's class was treated to a special send off on their way to the Olympics. Several of our classes cheered on the students as they headed to the buses. We're very proud of our Olympians!!

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Cheerleaders

Congratulations to our MVMS cheerleaders for placing 6th in the Large Junior High Division at the North Alabama Regional Cheer competition!

Veterans Day

MVMS honored our Veterans with an outstanding program. The colors were presented by the HGHS Color Guard, and Sergeant Nicholas Damron was our guest speaker. We appreciate the men and women who have serve and protect this great nation!
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Special Olympics

Our learning community participated in the Special Olympics. They had fun and represented our school well. They were sent off by the entire student body. We are so very proud of their hard work.
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Congratulations!

Congratulations to Mrs. Amy Hunter! She was recognized as the Madison County Schools Secondary Support Professional of the Year. She goes above and beyond as our computer aide by helping teachers with their classes in her lab as well as assisting students with school work. She is an integral part of our student and teacher success at MVMS!
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Red Ribbon Week

Red Ribbon Week Fun! Students and staff participated in a variety of dress-up days.

Clubs

After School clubs bring learning to life at The Mill. Students participate in a variety of learning experiences from 4H, Basketball, and Drama just to name a few.

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Veterans Day

We were honored to host local Veterans for the 2019 Veterans Day Program. Ms. Baxter, our music teacher, along with the 5th-grade students and teachers worked hard to put the program together.

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Roaring 20's

6th grade Social Studies teachers provided a learning experience for the Roaring 20's that brought to life the time period the students had been studying.
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Veterans Day 🇺🇸

We had a wonderful time celebrating our veterans! We were honored to have special guests from every branch of the military. Thank you to Ms. Baxter for planning such a beautiful program!

Fall Fest

We had a great turn out for Fall Fest! Thanks to Mrs. Boles, Mrs. Willett and Mrs. Rudzinski for their hard work in planning this community event! We also thank the Hazel Green High School Baseball team for giving up their Friday night to help us! What great role models for our students!
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Book Character Parade

Thanks to all the parents and grandparents who joined us for the Book Character Parade! What a great way to bring learning to life for our kids... not to mention how cute their costumes were! Congratulations to Mrs. Young's team for winning the Mummy Wrapping Contest and to Ethan for guessing the number of candy corn in our jar!
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50th Day Sock Hop!

PreK celebrated the 50th day of school with a sock hop! Check out these cuties!
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Voice of Democracy Essay Winner

Megan Watkins was the first place winner in the Voice of Democracy Essay for post 5162. She will represent MCHS in the district competition.

Veterans Day

The MCHS JROTC honored our local veterans at our annual Veterans Day salute. The veterans were treated to a special lunch provided by the JROTC and Mrs. Shirley Whorton’s event planning class.

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Heisman High School Scholarship Winner

Sarah Wright was named as a Heisman High School Scholarship Winner.The Heisman High School Scholarship program honors the nation’s most accomplished, community-minded high school senior athletes. By inviting students from schools across the country to share their stories of leadership and impact, the program aims to inspire all students to harness their potential, push their limits, and use their talents not only to advance their own futures, but to improve the communities and world around them.

Congratulations!

Congratulations to Jasmine Wilson for signing a volleyball scholarship with Martin Methodist College.
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Veterans Day

The Madison County Elementary School Ambassadors led a Veterans Day assembly on Friday, December 8, to honor all of our community Veterans! In addition to the Ambassador presentations, the assembly included posting of the colors by the MCHS Color Guard, first grade students singing You’re a Grand Ole Flag, Assistant Principal Dr. Joseph Spann and fourth grade teacher Danielle Hutcheson singing the National Anthem, and a baton routine by Kit Heard. The Ambassadors hosted a reception for the Veterans and their families after the assembly.
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Red Ribbon Week

At MCES bullying gives us the BLUES! One of our Red Ribbon Week special days was wearing a blue shirt to raise awareness about the impact of bullying!

Math Face Off!

Mrs. Bailey’s first grade class faced off with Mrs. Sanders’ first grade class in a game of Doubles Knock Out!
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Chinese painting

Students in the Chinese Culture enrichment class work on traditional Chinese painting! This class is led me Mr. Kou from the Confucius Institute At AAMU!

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Read for the Record

Students in Mrs. Kirsopp’s room enjoyed having guest readers to help celebrate “Read for the Record Day.”

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Art Class

Mrs. Loyd’s students have been hard at work during art class. Look at their clay sculptures and their beautiful paintings!

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Community Helpers

Our Pre-K students recently learned all about our community helpers. Many thanks to all those who volunteered their time to speak to our students.

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Hero Parade

NHS honored our Veterans during our Veterans Day Program and Hero Parade.
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Band

STATE CHAMPIONS!! Our band earned superior ratings at the state band Competition last week.
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Medieval Reenactment

Mr. Dexter Forbes had an engaging lesson for NHHS students with a medieval reenactment.
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Congratulations!

We are proud to work with Stacey Burgess NHHS Support person of the Year and Mack Malone our Teacher of the Year.
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Oobleck

What’s that oozing into Mrs. West’s 4th grade class? That’s Oobleck, teaching us about science!

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OCR Honor Society

The OCR Honor Society ran a pet supply drive during the month of October. Thanks to the generous donations of OCR students and faculty, the Honor Society was able to donate three carloads of supplies to the Hunter Stephenson Felines and Canines Rescue Center!

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Turtles!

Ms. Mann’s Kindergarten class learned to collect data about our resident box turtles, Grouchy, Bashful, and Happy! Thanks to the Alabama Wildlife Foundation, they were able to measure and weigh the turtles using official equipment.

(see pictures: turtles 1 and turtles 2)

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Veterans Day Celebration

The Endeavor Cubs celebrated the valiant service of our Veterans on November 8th. Our building was arrayed with red, white, and blue to celebrate this momentous occasion. Students in preschool through 5th grades prepared gifts of art, sang patriotic songs and gave loving hugs for our heroic friends. Special thanks to Mrs. Tamara Riley and her ACE team who planned the day and provided a special lunch for our Veterans. Special thanks to Mrs. Viktoria Truesdail for the songs of honor.

Pathfinder Grant Awarded

Congratulations to Mrs. Tina McKenzie and Mr. Bradley Merryman for being awarded a Pathfinder grant. This award with allow them to purchase a robot expansion kit and other competition materials for their Lego team. Mrs. McKenzie is pictured receiving the award


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Bucketing Blue Thunder

Tuesday, November 5th the Bucketing Blue Thunder performed at Endeavor's PTA meeting. The students performed two songs, Starships on cardio balls in celebration of 50 years of the moon landing and Restaurant Ruckus, written by Mrs. Viktoria Truesdail, on the buckets. During the program Josiah Byrd (pictured) was named the Bucket Drummer of the Year! We are so proud of this amazing group. They are true Rock Stars!

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Teacher & Support Persons of the Year

We are honored to celebrate Mrs. Marlo Freeman (Endeavor Teacher of the Year) and Mrs. Tara Rogers (Endeavor Support Professional of the Year). Mrs. Freeman is in her 26th year of teaching 4th grade. She has been teaching at Endeavor from the time it opened its doors. Mrs. Rogers has been an aide at Endeavor for four years. She began her career as a floating aide in preschool. She found her love in special education and has worked with one classroom for the past two year.

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UAH STEM Grant Presentation

Students from Mrs. Bodine's 4th Grade ACE Class got to join us for our Big reveal of our newest STEM tool, our marble roller coaster. We are very thankful for our Amazing STEM Marble Roller Coaster built by UAH Engineering Students and funded by Women in Defense. It truly is a quality built product, and we are looking forward to using it every week for our Maker Space STEM Fridays! Our students are thrilled about it, too!


Thanks so much UAH Engineering Students, Mrs. Fraley, and Dr. Carmen!

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Red Ribbon Week in October

Students had a great time showing off their mustaches, dressing like a tourist, dressing in orange, wearing their team shirts, and turning our back on drugs. Fun was had for the teachers and students as we stomp out drugs!

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Mad Scientist Day

It was a fun day filled with all types of experiments and exploring. The kids and teachers had fun learning about all kinds of things and dressing up like scientists.

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Harvest 4th Grade visits Huntsville Utilities

All of our 4th grade classes enjoyed a trip to Huntsville utilities to learn all about electricity and how Huntsville Utilities works to manage our city. During October Huntsville Utilities will host 1,400 students from 14 schools. Fourth grade classes from Madison City, Madison County, Huntsville City and local private schools are invited to participate in the full-day learning experience held each year. Students are challenged to think of creative ways to save energy as they progress through demonstrations from the Electric, Water and Natural Gas departments throughout the day. The energy-saving techniques they learn, and even create, are taken home and shared with parents and other family members.

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Veterans Day

MXR hosted Veterans for breakfast and students thanked them for their service!

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Seeing Clearly Now

HEALS Vision delivered new glasses to students

Constructing American Indian Dwellings

5th Grade has been hard at work constructing their American Indian Dwellings.

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MES in the news!

The purchase of our new virtual reality cart was featured on two local news stations.

Students of the Month

Congratulations to our November Students of the Month!

4K-Amari Turner, K- Jour'Nise Edmonds, 1st Grade- Sophie Medlen, 2nd Grade- Annalie Kastning, 3rd Grade- Kaylee Murray, 4th Grade- Megan Zaremba, 5th Grade- Graham Wincey

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Book Character Parade

We had such a great time at our annual Book Character Parade. It's always fun to finish out our book fair and see our students dressed like their favorite characters!

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Congratulations!

We were so happy to celebrate Mrs. Tracey Martin and Mrs. Dee Lopez at the Madison County EXCEL Awards. Congratulations to Mrs. Lopez for winning Madison County Support Staff of the Year!
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EXCEL Awards

Two of our awesome staff members were recognized at the EXCEL Awards for Excellence in Education! Congratulations to Jala Echols who is our Teacher of the Year and Amy Reaves who is our Support Professional of the Year. We appreciate all you do for our students and for our school!!!

Grandparents Day Fun!

We had a great turnout for the Grandparent's Day Reception recently. We hold this reception in combination with our book fair each Fall for 7th/8th grade and each Spring for 6th grade. Many grandparents showed up to have a nice breakfast with their grandchildren. The program featured entertainment from many of our students, including some of our awesome advanced band members, non-competition cheerleaders, some of our Student Council Members, several of our Student Library Committee Members, etc. Many grandparents even stopped by the book fair to shop before leaving MMS. This is a special day for all involved.

MMS Competition Cheer gets a bid for Nationals

The competition cheerleaders placed 4th at Regionals and earned their bid to Nationals. Great job girls!

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Veterans Day Program

We had a wonderful Veterans Day Program. We were excited and honored to be able to celebrate our veterans during this special program.

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Cheerleaders

Congratulations to the Sparkman JV Cheerleaders in their Regional Championship win!! Go Senators!


Congratulations to the Sparkman Co-Ed team. They had a great start to the ‘19-‘20 cheer competition season! Two UCA Regional championships, one in Traditional division and the other in Game Day division! Go Senators!

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Sparkman Band

Congratulations to the Band for winning Runner Up and best percussion at the class 7A Alabama State Marching Band Championships. @ Hoover Metropolitan Stadium


Congratulations to the band for their accomplishments at the Tennessee Valley Invitational Marching Competition. Best in Class Drum Major, Guard, Percussion, Band, Soloist (Tannen Trees), Large Band Grand Champion, Challenge Cup, and Most Entertaining.

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Volleyball

Congratulations Lady Senators! 2019 Class 7A Area 7 VOLLEYBALL CHAMPIONS!!!

CAFY – Rocket City Broadcasting Young Citizen of the Month Awardee

Mr. Kenny Anderson (City of Huntsville Multicultural Affairs Officer; CAFY Director) welcomes and introduces Ms. Sierra Garner (CAFY – Rocket City Broadcasting Young Citizen of the Month Awardee) to the City Council Meeting attendees, Council Members, the CAFY Team Presenters, and City of Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle.
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Cyber Patriots

Cyber Patriots ended up 3rd, 4th, 7th, & 13th in the state on round 1 out of 37 middle schools in their most recent competition! They also placed 99th, 100th, 134th, & 201st out of 783 in the world on round one. CyberPatriot is the National Youth Cyber Education Program created by the Air Force Association to inspire K-12 students toward careers in cybersecurity or other science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines critical to our nation's future. At the core of the program is the National Youth Cyber Defense Competition, the nation's largest cyber defense competition that puts high school and middle school students in charge of securing virtual networks.
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Cheerleaders

The Sparkman Middle School Competition Cheerleaders placed third and received a bid to Nationals at the North Alabama Cheer Regional Competition at Sparkman High on November 2. This was the first time in over 10 years for Sparkman Middle to compete in the traditional routine category. Go Cougars!

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Basketball

Tournament Champions! Both our 8th grade boys and 8th grade girls basketball teams are deserving of congratulations on their championship wins at the Alabama/Tennessee Border Classic!

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Congratulations!

Congratulations to our counselor, Mrs. Amy DeWeese, for being named the alternate Secondary Teacher of the Year at Madison County School's Excel Awards! To advance to this level of recognition, Mrs. DeWeese completed a written application and interview with community members.


Mrs. DeWeese has been an educator for 16 years, all of which have been spent at Sparkman Middle School as a social studies teacher and counselor. She received her Bachelor's Degree from Athens State University and her Master's Degree from the University of West Alabama. We are so proud of Mrs. DeWeese's contributions to our school and for representing SMS so well!

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Natika Paschal: “Heartbeat of Light”!

The Virtual Academy would like to honor one of our students who is an outstanding artist! Natika Paschal entered the Huntsville Hospital Foundation art contest. The abilities of this young artist are amazing and we are so proud of her for taking on that challenge!

“Soctober” Success!

Each month we commit to a service project to help our MCVA students understand the importance of giving back. “Soctober” is not new, but our students really took it to heart! They brought in socks all month long and these socks will go to help local families in need this winter. Students from all 4 labs brought in socks!

Bowling for a win!

Brooks Raby, one of our seniors at the MCVA bowls for Sparkman High School in an area game against Westminster Academy. Go Brooks and Go SHS! All of the MCVA cheers along with our students who are doing sports with their base schools! It is always fun to go out and watch our athletes compete!

The Pride of Madison County!

The MCVA wants to give a warm shout out to the New Hope High School Marching Indian Band for winning first place in the Alabama State Marching Championship Class 3A! Go INDIANS! This is Lily Brown- Drum Major and MCVA student! We couldn’t be more proud of our Virtual Academy students who participate in band with their base schools. You guys are working hard and we are honored to have you as students!

Madison County Schools Communication Department

Aleta Stender
Community Involvement Coordinator


Tim Hall
Director of Public Relations