Muscle Shoals High

October 21, 2019

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MSHS Achieves an "A" on State Report Card

If you missed our big announcement on Friday, we are excited to announce that Muscle Shoals High School scored an "A" on the latest state report card. We acknowledge the hard work and dedication of the students, faculty, and staff. It takes all of us! Congratulations to the entire faMily.
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Volleyball Area Tournament & Super Regional Information

Congratulations to the Lady Trojans volleyball team for winning the Colbert County championship on 10/12/19.

The Lady Trojans will host the Area Volleyball Tournament on Tuesday, October 22 at the MSHS Gymnasium!

Schedule for Tues, 10/22:

5PM (Game 1), Columbia vs. Athens

6PM (Championship), Winner of Game 1 vs. Muscle Shoals

SUPER REGIONAL INFORMATION:

Class 6A, Region 15 participants will play on Friday, October 25 at the VBC in Huntsville.
Area Champion will play at 10:15 a.m. on 10/25

Area Runner-up will play at 11:30 a.m. on 10/25

If either team advances from the morning matches on 10/25, they will play again Friday afternoon at 3:30 p.m.

Students will be excused from class on Friday to attend the super-regional tournament in Huntsville IF THEY HAVE A SIGNED PERMISSION FROM FROM A PARENT/GUARDIAN. THE PERMISSION FORM WILL BE AVAILABLE WEDNESDAY AND THURSDAY OF THIS WEEK AND MUST BE GIVEN TO A SCHOOL ADMINISTRATOR AT THE VOLLEYBALL MATCHES ON FRIDAY.

Mrs. Gourgeot's Class Experiment on Cell Phones

By Terri Gourgeot, English teacher at MSHS

We conducted an experiment in class during the first nine weeks of school; students voluntarily put their cell phones in a specified pouch for the entire length of the block. This was not mandatory. This started as a classroom management strategy, but I think it has turned out to be much more. We have started the experiment over for the second nine weeks, and almost every student has chosen to participate.

Students were asked to reflect at the end of the experiment, and these are some snippets of the responses I received. Their responses have even made me think about my own relationship with technology:

"Withdrawing from my phone was like withdrawing from an addiction: it made me sad, angry, and restless the first couple of times."

"I have even started putting my phone in the other room while trying to study or do homework because I've realized how much it distracts me."

"My grade in English is actually higher than in previous years."

"I have learned to appreciate the world a little more and pay attention to my surroundings."

"I am not only more focused on my work, but I also feel alleviated in a way."

"Without my cellphone, I am more independent in finding solutions to questions. . . . The phone restriction forces me to think on my own."

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Eldridge Named MSHS Teacher of the Year

Muscle Shoals High School congratulates science teacher Kathy Eldridge for being selected by the high school faculty as the 2019-2020 Teacher of the Year. This is the second time Mrs. Eldridge has been awarded this honor.

"Mrs. Eldridge demonstrates a passion for teaching and learning that is refreshing," said Principal Chad Holden. "It's not surprising that her peers recognize her as a teacher-leader who works hard every day putting her students first."

Mrs. Eldridge just returned from a National Geographic voyage to the Galapagos Islands where she studied alongside other Grosvenor Teacher Alumni Fellows.

Trojan Football REGION CHAMPS Class 6A, Region 7

The most recent game scores:

Muscle Shoals 45, Cullman 0

Muscle Shoals 49, Athens 21 (Read More)


The Trojans, (9-0, 5-0) have secured their #1 ranking in Class 6A, Region 7.

Go to AHSAA Scores and Standings for more information.

The Trojans will travel to Wetumpka on 10/25 for the last regular season game. Game time is 7:00 p.m. Playoffs (weeks 1-4) are November 8, 15, 22, and 29. The Super 7 Championships will be held December 4-6 in Auburn.

Swim team off to a great start!

The Muscle Shoals Trojan swim team is off to a great season! Abby Grace Summers and Abby Newton have qualified for the State Sectional Meet in November. These two will also be swimming in Huntsville October 26th and 27th.

MSHS Cross Country UPDATE

From Coach Schafer: "We had two top finishers at the 7th & 8th grade championship cross country meet: In the girls race, Mary Anna Trimble finished 2nd and Harper Branscome came in 8th for the boys. Both earned All-State medals and will continue to run with the varsity as we compete in our county championship on 10/24 and our sectional meet on 10/31."
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Fine Arts Showcase

The chorus, show choir, and drama will collaborate for a dinner theater and musical experience on October 24. Dinner will be served at 6pm with the concert following at 7pm. Tickets can be bought on the high school website under online payments.

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

Athletic Booster Club to Meet Monday, October 21st

The next meeting of the Muscle Shoals Athletic Booster Club will be Monday, October 21 at 6:00pm across from the MSHS Library.

Also, the Trojan Spirit Store will be open THURSDAY, OCT. 24 from 5:00-7:00 PM.

Calling All Who May Be Interested in Speech/Debate

Mrs. Montgomery is organizing an MSHS Speech and Debate team if anyone is interested. See her for more information. Mrs. Montgomery is located in Room 311 on the Blue Hall.
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Counselor comments on recent ACT changes

As you may have heard, ACT has introduced a few changes beginning in September, 2020. These changes include allowing students to take one subtest instead of the entire assessment, taking the test online instead of on paper, and providing students with a “superscore” on their score reports. (A “superscore” is the average of the highest scores a student has made on each subtest.)

While these changes appear to be exciting, please keep in mind that decisions made by ACT may have no bearing on college admissions procedures or the awarding of scholarship money. In other words, many colleges and universities will still not accept a superscore for admissions or scholarship purposes, regardless of what ACT provides on a score report. Colleges and universities also may not accept scores from subtests administered separately.

Until we have further information from postsecondary institutions about how they will be addressing these changes, we encourage our students to continue preparing for all sections of the ACT in the ways we have always suggested: through study and practice. We also encourage students and parents to exercise caution when reading about these changes and to visit the web sites of each college’s admissions office for the school’s official ACT policy.

Robyn Garrett
Guidance Counselor

Student of the Year Information COMING SOON!

Students should begin considering if they wish to apply to be the Muscle Shoals High School "Student of the Year" for 2019-2020! Applications will be available in November.

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. A local committee will review applications and an outside interview panel will select the MSHS nominee in January. All school nominees will be honored at an April banquet, and the Shoals Area Student of the Year will be named. More information to come.

For a list of past MSHS nominees, click here.
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Apps That Act Like Math and Science Tutors

Sometimes when your kid needs helps with homework, it's easy to lend a hand. Other times, not so much. When research or reading is involved, it might be a little easier to figure things out, but more advanced math and science -- especially if it's done differently than when we were in school -- can be tricky. If a live tutor is more of a commitment than you're looking for, consider trying one of the apps on this list to get your kid that extra assist on demand. Since some of these tools give up the answer to problems pretty easily, it's a good idea to supervise to prevent copying and promote actual learning.

To learn more, visit Common Sense Media.
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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."

Three U.S. school districts sue JUUL


By Alexa Lardieri, U.S. News & World Report

THREE SCHOOL DISTRICTS
are suing the popular e-cigarette company Juul, accusing the manufacturer of endangering students.

The Olathe Public Schools in Johnson County Kansas, the Francis Howell School District in St. Charles County Missouri and the Three Village Central School District in New York filed suit alleging that Juul Labs intentionally markets its products to teens as "trend-setting and relatively harmless," forcing educators to divert time and resources to fight an e-cigarette "epidemic."

To read more of this story, click here.

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.

October is National Principals Month

The MSHS faMily thanks our school leadership for their service and commitment to making our school the best it can be.
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