Muscle Shoals High

November 4, 2019

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Michael Hovater wows onlookers in Special Olympics softball throw

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Special Olympics delivers sunshine and a whole lot of smiles

Article by Lisa Rickman / Photo by Caroline Oglesby with the TimesDaily

MUSCLE SHOALS — Special Olympians from throughout Colbert, Franklin, and Lauderdale counties shined as brightly as the sun on Friday as they competed in track and field events.

From the parade of schools into James F. Moore Stadium in Muscle Shoals, to the law enforcement torch run entrance and the lighting of the Olympic flame, the excited crowd didn't let the chilly temperatures deter its enthusiasm.

In fact, organizers said the weather brought out the smiles and put a little extra pep in the step of athletes.

To read more of this article, click here.

The local Special Olympics track and field games, as well as earlier events including swimming and bowling, are prerequisites for the State Special Olympics in the spring of 2020.

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Newsweek recognizes MSHS as a top STEM school in the U.S.

An excerpt from an email Dr. Holden received from Nancy Cooper with Newsweek: "Congratulations! Your school made the list of Newsweek’s Top STEM High Schools!

Newsweek, with its long history of reporting on scientific breakthroughs, technological revolutions and societal challenges, partnered with to rank America’s Best STEM High Schools. We found schools in every region of the country that offer skilled teachers who keep up with developments in these fields and who create dynamic learning environments to engage their students."

S.T.E.M. stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math.

Trojan football will host the 1st round of AHSAA playoffs Nov. 8

The Trojans (10-0, 5-0) won their last regular season game on Friday, October 25 on the road against Wetumpka. After a bye week, they now look to a match-up this Friday night, November 8 against Albertville at James F. Moore Stadium in Round 1 of the AHSAA football playoff.

2019 Region Champion T-shirt (deadline to order is TODAY, November 4). Order form is attached below.

6A Standings

Digital Tickets on GoFan are offered for all AHSAA Football Playoff games. We just wanted to provide you a quick note with the online ticket link and ticket redemption instructions to help you prepare.

Online Ticket Link:

Playoffs (weeks 1-4) are November 8, 15, 22, and 29. The Super 7 Championships will be held December 4-6 in Auburn.

2019-2020 Senior Football Players

Photo by Todd Thompson
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2019 Show Entitled "Spheres"

On Saturday, November 2, the defending state champion Trojan Marching Band traveled to Pelham, Alabama, to compete in the 2nd annual Alabama State Marching Band Championships. The inaugural state championship contest began last year right here in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, thanks to the leadership of our directors who worked to make it happen! Placing 2nd overall this year, the band also brought home awards for outstanding percussion and outstanding musical effect. Congratulations to the Trojan Marching Band! (Photo by Jerry Woolfolk)

Help us start an eSports team for 2020-2021!

Are you interested in gaming? Would you like to be a part of an officially recognized MSHS eSports team in 2020-2021?

If you want to learn more about the Alabama High School Athletic Association's efforts to endorse eSports in our state, visit the AHSAA website.

There will be an INTEREST MEETING on Wednesday, November 20 after school. Please make plans to attend.

Veterans Day Program

Veterans are cordially invited to attend the MSHS Veterans Day program on Tuesday, November 5 at 10:00 a.m. in the MSHS Auditorium.

A jazz ensemble from the 313th Army Reserve Band will perform along with the MSHS Trojan band. Also, we will honor three outstanding students Will Conner, Javar Strong, and Maggie Tubbs for their good citizenship. One of them will receive the DAR Good Citizen Award from the Daughters of the American Revolution.

MSHS Feature Video

MSHS feature video presented at the 10.21.19 meeting of the Muscle Shoals Board of Education shows clips from 2018-2019 & 2019-2020!

Trojan Spirit Store ONLINE SALE ends November 5

Check out the ALL NEW Trojan merchandise at the Athletic Boosters online store! Online sale ends November 5.

Mrs. Roberts's students dissecting flowers. She says, "Sometimes they just need a simple hands-on activity..."

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Gummy Government Project

Ms. Mathis says, "I need to brag on my AP Government and Politics students. They were given the job of creating a system of government using gummy bears and the work they created was above and beyond the requirements! I am proud of these kiddos. They really did an amazing job!"

Anchor Club raises money for animal shelter

Anchor Club held its Second Annual Hats for Pets event. Club members volunteered at the Colbert County Animal Shelter and raised money to help the shelter find medical care for homeless animals. The Club will present the shelter with a check for $250 dollars.


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Lady Trojans Claim Area Championship

On Tuesday, October 22, the Lady Trojan volleyball team defeated Athens in an exciting match-up to claim their second straight 6A, Area 15 Championship.

They went on to defeat Shades Valley in the first game of the Super Regional Tournament in Huntsville on Friday, October 25. Later that afternoon, they fell to Albertville, ending their 2019 season. Congratulations to Coach Maggie Finley and the Lady Trojans on another exciting run in volleyball this season.

Swimming Update

Abby Grace Summers and Abby Newton will be competing in the North Sectional Swim Meet on November 22nd in hopes of advancing to the State Swim Meet in Auburn. Good luck to these Trojan Swimmers.

MSHS Cross Country UPDATE

Mary Anna Trimble (MSMS) is the section champion, qualifying for State, along with Ella Anderson, Kristen Collins for the girls team. In addition, the following guys qualified for State: Zach Granger, Harper Branscome (MSMS), Conner McCrary (MSMS), Ethan Buck, and Thomas Bendall.

Choral Department says "Save the Date"

November 17 (2:00PM) & November 18 (7:00PM) - iMpulse Show Choir Presents Disney Spectacular

December 9 (7:00PM): Muscle Shoals Chorus and Drama Department presents Miracle on 34th Street:The Play

March 9 (7:00PM): Muscle Shoals Chorus presents Newsies: The Concert Series

May 1-2 (7:00PM), May 3 (2:00PM): High School Musical

Trumbaur (Theater) Competition Results

Superior Monologue, State Qualifier
Krimsyn Jones

Danielle Cain

Alex Minor

Superior Dialogue, State Qualifiers

Carly Harrelson and Lauren Keeton

Musical Superior, State Qualifier

Kenzie Fowler

Rebecca Schafer

JaLyric Malone

Musical Superior, State Qualifier

Marianna Warner

Marleigh McCullar

Heather Medlin

Conner Simmons

Garyson Campbell

Musical Superior

Riley Grace Inman

Kaylee Hooper

Duet Musical Superior, State Qualifiers

Garyson Campbell and Riley Grace Inman

Superior Monologue

Lauren Keeton

Excellent Musical

Danielle Cain

Excellent Lighting Design

Austin Hall

Excellent Set Design

Austin Hall

Excellent Dialogue

Savannah Hall and JaLyric Malone

Excellent Monologue

Carly Harrelson

Marleigh McCullar

Ever Yerena

Kaylee Hooper

Excellent Dialogue

Hannah Loften and Morgan Wallace

Excellent Monologue

Andria Peeples

Excellent Musical Duet

Ellie Saylor and Rebecca Schafer

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Thanks to all MSC schools for participating in College Application Week activities!

Here are a few photos from around the district.
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Dates to Remember from Guidance Office

Nov. 8--ACT deadline for the Dec. 14 test

Seniors will be meeting on Nov. 19 to receive information about caps and gowns. Please let the counselors know if you or someone you know needs help finding graduation clothes.

Seniors--there will be a FAFSA help session on Thursday, Nov. 21, at NWSCC from 4:00 - 6:30 in Building 127, Room 113.

Student of the Year Information IS HERE!!

Students interested in being considered for Muscle Shoals High School "Student of the Year" for 2019-2020 may pickup an application in the guidance office. A copy of the application will also be emailed to students.

DEADLINE TO APPLY IS FRIDAY, DECEMBER 6. Applications may be turned in to Mrs. Wagnon in the main office or Mrs. Veal in the guidance office.

Applications will be reviewed in December. The school's selection committee will hold interviews in January to choose our nominee. That MSHS Student of the Year will be nominated to the Shoals Scholar Dollars committee by January 31.

The Student of the Year program is sponsored by Shoals Scholar Dollars. The program is designed to recognize outstanding students from each Shoals area high school. All students in grades 9-12 are eligible. All local school nominees will be honored at an April 23 banquet at the Marriott Shoals Conference Center, and the Shoals Area Student of the Year will be named.

For a list of past MSHS nominees, click here.

Kids love YouTube. How much time are they spending on it?

Survey says: For kids today, there's nothing quite as cool as watching videos on their phones. Half of kids in the U.S. own smartphones by age 11, and phone use is on the rise for kids as young as 8. A new Common Sense original report reveals that kids age 8 and older prefer watching online videos more than most other forms of entertainment. For families, this signals a shift from four years ago, when network TV and streaming services far outpaced other platforms.

The Common Sense Census: Media Use by Tweens and Teens, 2019 is a big-picture look at how young people in the U.S. find entertainment and use devices. Beyond screen time, the report explores other critical challenges for families managing media use, from internet access for homework to unregulated, unrated online videos.

The results of this study show that our mission to ensure kids' digital well-being is more important than ever. Together with our partners and supporters, we will continue to research new ways to help kids and families thrive.

Many thanks,

Jim Steyer
Founder and CEO
Common Sense

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Message from the AHSAA


TO: All Principals and Head Football Coaches

FROM: Jamie Lee, Director, Alabama High School Athletic Directors & Coaches’ Association

Alvin Briggs, Associate Executive Director, Alabama High School Athletic Association

RE: College Recruiting Scam

It has been brought to our attention that there is potential for some of your student-athletes to be taken advantage of through a recruiting scam. While some of you may have already seen this, we wanted to bring your attention to the article, in the link below, about a recruiting scam involving an individual posing as a Division I assistant football coach that is attempting to lure high school prospects to pay for phony recruiting services. While we know you do a great job informing your students, it is very important to always be aware of what is out there so you can educate your coaches, student-athletes, and their families. They need to be very cautious, especially before expending any funds in the recruiting process.

We hope you have a great rest of the 2019-2020 school year. If you have any questions or need assistance, please feel free to contact our office.

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MSCS will be closed for Thanksgiving the entire week of Nov. 25-29

Lady Trojans Basketball will host "Breakfast with Santa"

SAVE THE DATE: December 7th

Coach Blair Woods says, "A flyer will go out when tickets go on sale. The event will include breakfast, writing a letter to Santa, a craft, and a photo with Santa. There will also be special Lady Trojan elves to help with the activities. We hope your children will participate."

1st Semester Exam Schedule

Monday, December 16
Review Day

Tuesday, December 17
1st Block Exam - 8:00 until 9:15
2nd Block Exam - 9:30 until 10:45

Wednesday, December 18
3rd Block Exam - 8:00 until 9:15
4th Block Exam - 9:30 until 10:45

Monday, December 16 is the last day attendance will be recorded. Students may check-out of school WITH A PARENT NOTE. On Tuesday & Wednesday, students report only to the blocks of time where an exam is to be taken.
GoFan Event Tickets

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MSHS Announcements

Dr. Chad Holden, Principal

Common Sense Media Certified Educator

Muscle Shoals City Schools ranked #8 Best School District in Alabama by 2020 Niche Rankings!

A for Academics

A+ for Teachers

A for Clubs and Activities

B+ for Diversity

A for College Prep

A for Health and Safety