November 28, 2018

Spotlight on Madison County Schools

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Virtual Reality Study of Native Americans

Central Kindergarten students celebrated Thanksgiving by studying Native Americans and participating in a Pow-Wow. Mrs. Jennifer Williams utilized the Virtual Reality Lab to bring Native American culture to life for Kindergarten students in all classes.
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Veterans Day

Central School celebrated the annual Veterans Day Program with special music from Mr. Greg Branham and Central students.

Central PTO hosted a special reception for veterans following the program. Mary Scott Hunter was the special guest speaker.

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Energy Transfer and Collisions

Central fourth graders enjoyed learning about energy transfer and collisions through the Project Lead the Way module. Through the example of the bumper cars, students are introduced to energy transfer and conversion in collisions. The students apply new skills and knowledge to solve a design problem where they are asked to design and build a restraint system to protect a passenger in a vehicle collision.
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New Police Chief Visits MCES

Alan Hicks, the new Gurley Police Chief, stopped by MCES today to meet and greet with teachers and staff. We love all the support from The Gurley Police Department!

Heart of a Champion Award

Congratulations to middle school student and basketball player Shana! She received the “Heart of a Champion” reward for the month of October. She was recommended by her coaches and chosen out of the athletes from across Madison County Schools. MCS Athletic Administrator, Mr. Everett, presented the award to Shana on Thursday!

Six Word Memoirs

8th grade students in Mrs. Misterka’s class created six word memoirs. They began with analyzing and inferring meaning of other six word memoirs from . Then they created their own six word memoir.
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Math Skills Practice

Third grade students did some math skills practice on @MobyMax on Friday. MobyMax gives students access to targeted skills practice and helps build computational fluency in math! Students can access MobyMax anytime at home for skills practice in reading and math!
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Dictionary Skills

Third grade is learning about word parts and finding the meaning unfamiliar words using different strategies. They are also working on their dictionary skills.

MCES Tree at Charles Stone Park

Thank you to Mrs. Berry, Ms. Reynolds, Ms. Craig, Carson Craig, Abi Childers, Konner Reynolds, Kaylynn Reynolds, Skylar Joiner and Logan Joiner who came to decorate the MCES tree today! The tree is at Charles Stone Park in Gurley, AL. The trail will be lit up beginning November 30.

Sportsmanship Skills

Fifth grade students had a ton of fun during guidance timr! They had a High Stakes Rock-Paper-Scissor Tournament to help sharpen their sportsmanship skills.
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Honoring Veterans

MCHS Student Council braved the cold to place wreaths on the graves of Veterans buried in Maple Hill Cemetery. This yearly service project is one of our favorites, and we are honored to remember our veterans.
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Learning about Shaken Baby Syndrome

Mrs. Whorton’s classes learned about shaken baby syndrome and strategies to cope with a crying baby. Thank you, Mrs Stephanie Wright from UCP for sharing with our students.
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Music Class Fun!

6th Grade practiced the Ukulele in Mrs. Merrill’s music class
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AP Achievement

Twenty-seven AP students who made a qualifying score on AP exams were recognized recently. Some of those students qualified on more than one exam and a total of $4400 was presented to those students.
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2018 Annual UAH Art Expo competition

Congratulations to these student winners:

Lexie McDonald, third place in 3D/Mixed Media

Rachel Grace Steelman, second place in 3D/Mixed Media

Katie Bendall, special recognition in the Works on Paper category

Perfect Attendance Winners- October

Congratulations to Levi Keefer who received a $25 gift certificate to AMC movie theaters and Emma Hollingsworth who won a 25 gift certificate to Dunkin Donuts.

Super Regionals

Congratulations to the NHHS Competition Cheerleaders- first runner up in the North Super Regionals. They also secured a bid to State competition in December at Wallace State.
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Welcome to Assistant Principal, Franetta Ryans! Ms. Ryans was previously AP at Harvest ES.
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Books for Students

McDaniel Law Firm donated $4,000 to Owens Cross Roads to purchase books for every student to take home and read.
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This year during our first ever Reading Celebration Day, students were able to take home their very own free book! A special thanks to our community who partnered with us to help make this a success.

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Harvest Elementary was presented with a Women in Defense/UAH STEM Tool that was based around the 3rd grade @PLTWorg Forces and Interactions Problem of rescuing a tiger out of a moat.

Welcome Back

Harvest welcomes Ms. Cosby back as Assistant Principal! Ms. Ryans is now an Assistant Principal at New Hope High School.
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Robotics and Automation

Ms. Scallan’s 5th graders started back strong after the holiday break by working on their @PLTWorg Robotics and Automation module.
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Attendance Celebration

Ice cream sundae party for students who were at school ALL DAY, EVERY DAY for the month of October
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Letters to Veterans

Veterans visit Legacy students after receiving their cards and letters.

Archery Team

Getting in some practice!
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Showing the Love ❤️

This sweet boy brought the Ts @MXRComets car rider duty HOT and WARM Thank u so much! Thank u to all the parents who always express gratitude for being out there in ALL weather We LOVE our Ss & families and welcoming u each morning to our learning community

Who's That Teacher?

When students become the teacher! Leading classmates through skills!
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MES at the Blue Ribbon Conference

The Hawks are well represented at the National Blue Ribbon Conference in Orlando this week.

A big thanks to Dr. Renee Headen, Randy Hollingsworth, Dichelle Turner, Charlotte Morris, Sonya Smith, Michelle Caudle, Kelly Reasner, and Latasha Webster for representing our wonderful school!

5th Graders serve at the Downtown Rescue Mission

MES 5th graders met over the Thanksgiving break at the Downtown Rescue Mission. These students spent some of their holiday serving others. Way to make MES proud!

1st Grade Feast!

Our first grade students got together before Thanksgiving to feast and give thanks for their awesome friendships!

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Bucketeers of the Year!

Congratulations to Kate and Bella for being chosen as our Bucketeers of the Year at MES! There girls are amazing leaders and have been drumming in the program for 3 years. Their musical future is very bright!

3rd Graders & PLTW

3rd graders worked this week on making levers and pulleys as part of the Forces and Interactions module.

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House Attendance Celebration

The Warriors won the attendance challenge for the month of November! They were rewarded this week with a special treat.

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Girls Basketball

Congratulations to our 7th and 8th Grade Girls’ Basketball Teams on their first place wins in the Guntersville Supreme Courts Thanksgiving Tournament!!!

Faculty/Student Basketball Game for Charity

On Nov. 16, the faculty of MMS challenged our students to a basketball game! It was a great success, with Team Gold declared the winners! Our MMS Beta club sold tickets to the game to raise money for charities in the area.
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Visit to Free2Teach and Santa!

The West Wing HAWKS SOARED to serve at Free2Teach on Nov. 15. Then they did a little window scavenger hunt shopping and flew into the path of Santa!
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MMS Step Team

Introducing the MMS Step Team! The MMS Step Team performed for the first time at our Grandparents Day Breakfast. They did an awesome job! The Step Team is coached by Mrs. K. Brown.

Grandparents Visit

On Nov. 14, 2018 we invited Grandparents of our 7th and 8th Graders to visit MMS for breakfast. They had breakfast with their grandchildren, watched a short program of various student clubs and associations, and then shopped the Book Fair! Thanks to all of our parents and PTO members who supported this event!

MMS Donates 20 Bicycles!

Thanks to money donated by our student body, MMS was able to donate 20 bikes to WZYP's Bikes or Bust! Our awesome SCA designed, promoted, and collected the funds. They did a great job!
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November Students of the Month

These students were selected because they exemplify the characteristic of compassion.
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Honors Covocation

Sparkman students on the A and A/B honor roll for 2017-18 were honored recently.

Swim Team

Sparkman Swim Team participated in Bikes or Bust and donated a bike and $193!

Also, congratulations to Jayme Simmer for qualifying for State in the 500 Free Style and 200 Free Style!

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Sparkman Dance Team

The Varsity Dance Team recently competed at the NDA Nashville Regional Classic. They placed 1st place in Medium Varsity Pom and 1st place in Medium Varsity Hip Hop and were named Regional Champs!! Way to go!!
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Retirement Celebration for First Sergeant Walter Jones

First Sgt. Jones has been such an asset and wonderful role model as a JROTC instructor here at Sparkman. He has over 20 years experience as an instructor. We will miss you First Sergeant Jones!
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Your Future, Your Career Conference

‪SHS Engineering students are having a great time and learning a lot today at the Your Future Your Career Conference at Calhoun Community College! ‬
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Veterans Day

The SMS Veterans Day Program was a beautiful tribute to servicemen and women past and present. Thank you Mel Campbell, Jana Bannister, Diana Lindsey, Erin Lohse, and ALL who helped pull this event together. Thank to our special guest, Madison Cross Roads and Sparkman High Alumni, Colonel Eric Noe for sharing your inspirational story with our students, parents, and staffulty.

3rd Annual STEAM EXPO

Our 3rd Annual STEAM EXPO was a huge success. Students showed off their work in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math. The expo also included a constellation and meteorite exhibits and demos of the Green Power Car, Rocket Club, and Virtual Reality technology.

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Cheer Team

Congratulations to the Competition Cheer Team on winning 5th at Substate and getting a bid to the State Competition!
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Greenpower Competition

SMS Green Power competed in their first race of the season on 11/10/18 at Jemison High School.

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Heart of a Champion Award Winners

Congratulations to our October Heart of a Champion Award Winners!

Emma Bannister & Jallyr Stewart.

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HOSA Students visit Hudson Alpha

Thank you @hudsonalpha for hosting our #HOSA students! They had an amazing day and learned SO much! BucksBiomedical | via Twitter
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The BHS Band L.O.O.T.S. (Leading Ourselves & Others Through Service) students unanimously chose Kids to Love as their nonprofit to fundraiser for this year and presented their donations over the break. Kids to Love Foundation | via Facebook

Alex Presnell

Congratulations Alex Pressnell!! Alex signed a Division I scholarship with Samford Volleyball! Picture credit: Robert Owen | via Facebook
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Jake Parr

Congratulations Jake Parr!! Jake signed a Division I scholarship with Purdue Baseball!

Picture credit: Robert Owen | via Facebook

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Trey Wright

Congratulations Trey Wright!! Trey signed a Division I scholarship with Tennessee Tech Baseball!! Picture credit: Robert Owen | via Facebook
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All State Orchestra

Congratulations to David Harris on being selected (for the 2nd year in a row) to the top orchestra at the Alabama All State Orchestra Festival, February at UA. He will get to perform on English horn with the best string, wind, and percussion students from all over the state under the direction of renowned clinicians and conductors. His hard work and dedication is definitely paying off. Way to represent, David! BuckhornHSBand | via Twitter
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All State Choir

Congratulations to the following students who were accepted into the 2019 Alabama All-State Choirs! Being selected for an Alabama All-State Choir is the highest honor a choral student can achieve in the state of Alabama. The students will attend the Alabama All-State Choral Festival at Samford University in Birmingham next March. During the festival, the students will have the opportunity to work with nationally known choral conductors. We are so proud of these students' great achievement!


Congratulations to our Buckhorn Dance Team!! They are the Regional CHAMPIONS in Hip-Hop (Small Varsity) and placed 3rd in Pom (Small Varsity)!!! #BuckPride

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Congratulations to the BHS Varsity Competition Cheerleaders for placing in the top 3 in the Varsity 6A Traditional Division at the North Regional Competition!! They also earned a bid to the state finals which are scheduled to begin at 9AM on Saturday, December 15, 2018, at Wallace State Community College, 801 Main St NW, Hanceville, AL. AHSAAUpdates | via Twitter

Swim Team

Congratulations to Buckhorn Swim Team!! The BHS Girls finished 8th overall (top MCSS team) and the BHS Boys finished 5th overall (top MCSS team) at the 2018 AHSAA North Sectional Swim Meet!! #BuckPride

Individual and relay results can be found at the link below:…/File/2018northsectionalfinal.pdf

Boys Basketball

The Bucks (6-0) are the 3rd Annual Battle at the Beach Thanksgiving Basketball Tournament Champions!! Way to go Bucks!! #BuckPride

Monday, November 19: Buckhorn 88, Selma 61: Nylan Thomas scored a game-high 18 points to lead the Bucks at the Battle at the Beach in Gulf Shores.

Tuesday, November 20: Buckhorn 89, Foley 32: Kuran Garner scored 23 points, and Jalon Chapman added 11 as the Bucks won the Battle at the Beach semifinals in Gulf Shores. All 11 Buckhorn players scored.

Wednesday, November 21: Buckhorn 89, Gulf Shores 51: Buckhorn pulled away after a 23-23 first quarter to beat the host team in the championship game of the Battle at the Beach Thanksgiving Basketball Tournament. Kuran Garner scored 21 points, Nylan Thomas added 15 and Brandon Davis contributed 12 for the Bucks!


Buckhorn JROTC volunteered at New Life Worship Center by helping serve Thanksgiving Dinner to the community. Buckhorn Army JROTC | via Facebook

Heart Dissections

Students in #PLTW Human Body Systems performed heart dissections in class.

BucksBiomedical | via Twitter

Mock Trial

Mrs. Brittney Carnell's AP World History students have been working hard to prepare for their upcoming mock trial. BuckhornHighLib | via Twitter


Ms. Huffstetler's Art class Papier-mâché animals on point! Buckhorn High Art | via Instagram
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Samiya Kingston

Congratulations to our newest attendance winner who was recognized during our latest pep rally.

Narrative Writing Projects

Students share their Narrative Writing Projects in 7th grade English.

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Studying Thermal Energy

Show what you know about the effects of thermal energy on liquids. Coach Meeker's 8th grade students designed thermometers and calibrated them using UAH AMSTI materials. Hands-on, Minds-on learning at its finest!

Heart of a Champion Award Winners

Taylor Allen (7th grade, competition cheer)

Wyatt Owen (7th grade, football)

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Mrs. Wendi's class wrote letters to soldiers for Veterans Day. :) It takes letters a long time to travel around the world, but they finally made it this weekend. Thanks, Mrs. Wendi's New Market School Kindergarten!
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Donation to RES

Huge shout out to Mr. Wayne Johnson for his generous donation to help fund our Classroom on the Flint!


Our 4K friends celebrated Friday with A Friendsgiving Feast!

First Grade Thanksgiving Play

Some of our first graders performing a Thanksgiving Play!
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First Thanksgiving Shirts

Mrs. Goodwin’s Kindergarten students making Native American shirt as they learn about The First Thanksgiving!
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Music Performance

Proud of our students for their musical performances tonight! Thank you, Mr. Branham, for organizing this program!
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Using Doubles Plus One in First Grade

Using the doubles plus one strategy for Number Talks in Mrs. Rose’s first grade class!

Doubles Plus One and Minus One

Mrs. Posey’s first grade class had a fun project using doubles, doubles plus one, and doubles minus one in addition!

Multiplication Strategies in 3rd Grade

Exploring multiplication strategies in Mrs. Brandon’s third grade class!

Comparisons in First Grade

Mrs. Painter’s first graders learning how to compare amounts in math stories.

Learning to Count in Kindergarten

“How many do you see? How do you see them?”

Number Talks in Ms. Pruitt’s Kindergarten class!

Inverse Relationships in Third Grade

Making connections in Mrs. Owen’s third grade class with the inverse relationship of multiplication and division!

Compound Machines

Mrs. Maynor’s 3rd graders had a blast today creating compound machines with Project Lead the Way Forces and Interactions!

Ms. Osborn honored as Outstanding Elementary Mentor Teacher

Congratulations to Mrs. Amy Osborn, first grade teacher, for being awarded Outstanding Elementary Mentor Teacher at the The University of Alabama in Huntsville Educator’s Banquet!
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Escape Room Success!

Mrs. Eagerton's students conquered the RIS Escape Room!

Bearded Dragon

Mrs. Eagerton's students get up close and personal while studying the Bearded Dragon!

Puzzle Solving

Fourth graders work on solving themed puzzles.
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ACE Students Help Develop STEM Kits

Engineering students from UAH taught ACE fourth graders a physics lesson that will be part of STEM kits that UAH is developing for elementary students. Everyone learned a lot-we learned physics, they learned what works and what doesn’t for their lesson.
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Turkey Protection Program: Third Graders Disguised Turkeys

Using creativity and ingenuity, third graders disguised turkeys to spare them the oven, or smoker, or fryer during the Thanksgiving holiday.
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Mrs. Franklin’s Thanksgiving Program

Mrs. Franklin’s first graders reenacted the first Thanksgiving in a play for their parents.

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Torch Award Winner

Ashley Bates was one of eight Better Business Bureau of North Alabama, Inc. Torch Awards for Ethics Scholarship winners. Her scholarship was sponsored by Redstore Federal Credit Union. Congratulations, Ashley!

Madison County Career Tech Student of the Month

Jaylah Colden, FCCLA President and HGHS junior, was selected as the Career Tech Center's Student of the Month! Congratulations, Jaylah!!

Luke Cantrell

Luke Cantrell will play golf for the Warhawks at Calhoun Community College. He signed his Letter of Intent yesterday. Congratulations, Luke!!
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Marisa Snodgrass

Marisa Snodgrass signed her Letter of Intent yesterday to play basketball at the University of Montevallo. Congratulations, Marisa!!
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Math Fun!

Ms. Kuykendall's math class graphed points and calculated slope using the floor as a giant coordinate plane.

Club 30!

Club 30 gained three new members today! Congratulations to Marisa Snodgrass, Jay Moore, and Alana Cowan for scoring 30 or above on the ACT!
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Cheer Teams

Congratulations to the HGHS Cheerleaders! Gameday varsity and small varsity advanced to the state finals, which take place on December 15th. Small varsity placed runner-up in the 6A division, and the JV squad also placed runner-up in their division. Way to go!!
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Softball Team

The softball team went to First Baptist Church of Huntsville yesterday and helped load gifts for the Samaritan’s Purse Operation Christmas Child. What a great way to serve our community!

Wrestling Team

Congratulations to Gabe Schroeder, Austin Darnell, Jagger Thurman, and Dakota Howard for pinning opponents and earning Hazel Green wins in our first ever wrestling meet last Monday! Come support our wrestlers this weekend as they compete in the Huntsville Invitational at Huntsville High School.


Shooting their highest score of the season, Hazel Green NJROTC upset Summerville NJROTC 966 to 950 last week in the National Air Rifle League. Hazel Green NJROTC was able to win despite averaging 36 points lower than Summerville NJROTC (from Summerville, SC) coming into this game.

They finished the season with a 4 - 3 record. Hazel Green NJROTC was led by Jacob Harris who shot a 257. The remaining contributing members were Alec Manke, Elias Brady, and Cameron Hayes. Congratulations to our team!

Robotics Teams

HGHS Robotics Teams participated in their first competition of the year in Montgomery. Team Z qualified for State! Congratulations to Joseph Lay, Aaron Piland, Paige Bolander, and Thomas Bowman. They won the Excellence Award, which is the highest honor!
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Swim Team

Four members of the HGHS Swim Team are now state qualifiers! Keyshawn Erskine secured himself a spot in the State Swim Meet in the men’s 50 Free! The boys' 200 Freestyle Relay also qualified for State. Members of the relay team are Coleton Bassler, Carson Blankenship, Keyshawn Erskine, and Nathan Giles. The state meet will take place this weekend in Auburn. Good luck, guys!
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MVMS Wrestling

MVMS Wrestling...first tournament we earned 3rd place winner Kaden Mays.
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Math and Art Fun!

Mrs. Perry's Math students create beautiful works of art using Math concepts
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Girls on the Run

Our Girls on the Run group participated in a practice 5K to get ready for the real 5K December 1st
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Learning to Compare & Contrast

Mrs. Quick's students compare and contrast some of their favorite TV stars

FCA Groups Enjoy Time Together

FCA leaders from MMIS and HGHS met up at the annual Iron Bowl breakfast this year. #TrojanFamily
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Group Work for Teachers and Students

Groups work together to identify Essential Area Standards that need improvement
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Walnut Grove's Got Talent

Coach Taylor and Coach Fowler hosted "Walnut Grove's Got Talent" before the break. Students performed for their classmates in the preliminary rounds and twelve acts were selected for the finals. All of the students did a great job. Huge shout out to Bella Neal for winning the competition! Walnut Grove definitely has talent!!

Making Mayflower Ships

Will they sink or float? Mrs. Rudzinski’s class did this awesome STEM activity to see if their Mayflower ship would sink or float.

Studying Scale of the Solar System

Mrs. Young’s 6th graders have been working hard to build a scale of the solar system.
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Math Expressions Scavenger Hunt

Mrs. Keeton’s 6th graders showed a lot of teamwork and order of operations mastery during their math expressions scavenger hunt!
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Greenpower Race Funding

Thank you to Mrs. Boyett for acquiring the funding from Boeing to bring two Greenpower races to Madison County Schools. She is making a positive impact not just for Walnut Grove, but for all Madison County students!