Morgan County Schools

"Connect" November 2018

Welcome to "Connect"

Morgan County Schools is proud to introduce you to our latest communication tool, our system newsletter titled "Connect." We believe that communication between our school system, our parents and our community stakeholders leads to positive gains for our students. This strongly held belief led to creating a newsletter to share information from our system that readers will find both informative and representative of all the accomplishments taking place in our school system. The information shared in each edition of "Connect" is gathered both from the district level and from stories submitted to the Central Office by each local school. We are excited to launch the first edition of "Connect" and trust you will enjoy learning more about the system through this monthly newsletter. We urge you to help us tell others about the great things taking place in Morgan County Schools by sharing this newsletter. Please look for future editions of the newsletter at the end of each month and "Connect" with us to share stories from our system and our outstanding students!

Danville Neel Elementary Hosts Pioneer Day

If you have ever wondered what it was like to live in the Pioneer Days, you should visit Danville-Neel Elementary School for their annual Pioneer Days event. Pioneer Day is a huge event for the Danville community with the elementary school hosting many visitors. Community members and other volunteers provide an unbelievable experience for the elementary students. The students visit close to 30 different exhibits/demonstrations throughout the day. The students have the opportunity to experience different types of music, crocheting, quilting, chair bottoming, candle making, churning, spinning, roping, wood chopping, food canning, square dancing, archery, trapping, horseshoeing, soap making, and antique toys being made. The students also visit Indian exhibits and get to make hoecakes and cracklins. One of the favorite exhibits is the animals. There are cow exhibits, coon dogs and pony rides. This event has grown over the years and now many middle and high school students volunteer to run exhibits to make the day evening more exciting. Guests also enjoy the wonderful Thanksgiving lunch provided by the cafeteria staff and volunteers. This year, the cafeteria fed almost 900 people for the Thanksgiving feast. Please enjoy these photographs from DNE School's 2018 Pioneer Day event.

Morgan County Schools Utilizes Successful "Connected Campus Day"

Morgan County Schools recently utilized "Connected Campus Day", allowing all 9th and 11th-grade students to be excused from school, due to each high school administering ACT WorkKeys to 12th graders, and Pre-ACT to 10th graders, in an environment free of distractions, while providing non-testing students a day of meaningful, online instruction off campus through virtual lessons that were online and standards-based. School administrators shared that the day allowed students to stay "connected" by being immersed in school assignments and allowing the tested students and school faculty to focus on testing without distractions. Placing more accountability on the students through the requirement for an assignment for each class was also a positive result of Connected Campus Day. Due to the overwhelming success of the first "Connected Campus Day", the Morgan County School system plans to utilize this innovative option again in the future to protect instruction time.

Morgan County Schools Honor our Veterans

"To me, Veterans Day is an opportunity to honor service members for their dedication and service to our country. In my opinion, it is extremely important to take the opportunity to recognize people for their service, as it would dishonor those who dedicated their lives to a cause much bigger than themselves, one that affords every American the peace and freedoms we so dearly enjoy, yet often take for granted. There have been times in the history of our country when this honor has not always been extended as it should. My hope is that we never repeat our past mistakes, and recognize the selfless acts of those who volunteer for a responsibility that many choose to avoid, regardless of the cause that calls them to action. Ultimately, Veteran's Day is a day to say thank you."-Mr. Adam Glenn, MCBOE Chairman, and US Military Veteran. Schools across the Morgan County School system paid respect to our Veterans last week with various programs and special recognition. We are pleased to share moments from some of these special programs with you and to again thank our Veterans for their service.

Morgan County Schools Congratulates our Board of Education Members and Superintendent

The Morgan County School system congratulates the following individuals who have been chosen to serve another term in office: Mr. Billy Rhodes, Morgan County Board of Education, District 1, West Morgan; Mr. Jimmy Dobbs, Morgan County Board of Education, District 5, Priceville-Sparkman; Mr. Bill W. Hopkins, Jr. Morgan County Schools Superintendent. In addition, during the annual meeting of the Morgan County Board of Education held on November 13, 2018, Mr. Tom Earwood was elected to serve as the Chairman of the Board for the upcoming year. Mr. John Holley was elected to serve as Vice Chairman of the Board for the upcoming year. Mr. Earwood represents District 6, Brewer and Cotaco. Mr. Holley represents District 7, Union Hill and Lacey's Spring.

Morgan County Board of Education Recognizes Falkville FFA

During their November 13, 2018 meeting, the Morgan County Board of Education paid special recognition to the Falkville FFA Chapter members for several accomplishments: Falkville High School FFA Land Team-State Championship Winning Team 2018-Bryce Bryan, Gavin Lee, Briar Kimbrell and Austin Orr; Briar Kimbrell, Falkville High School FFA Land Team-Individual High Scorer in 2018 State Competition; Falkville High School FFA Forestry Team-State Championship Winning Team 2018-Bryce Bryan, Gavin Lee, Tristin Bynum, Lawson Reynolds; Gavin Lee, Falkville High School FFA Forestry Team-Individual High Scorer in 2018 State Competition; Falkville High School Chapter, Future Farmers of America, 3 Star Chapter at the National Level Highest Rank Awarded to a FFA Chapter Awarded at the National FFA Convention October 2018.