September 26, 2019
MCHS Volleyball Team Honors Teachers
The MCHS Varsity and JV volleyball players honored their favorite teachers during a recent home game match. They presented teachers with special gifts and certificates thanking them for their influence. The team members also spent some time at our feeder schools this week, welcoming students in the car rider lines.
Mini College Fair
MCHS hosted the first of two mini-college fairs that will be held in the library this year. Representatives from Alabama, Auburn, Mississippi State, Troy, Montevallo, West Alabama, and South Alabama were on hand to greet our Juniors and Seniors and answer questions about college admissions. Mrs. Whorton and her event planning class prepared lunch for our visitors.
Finish the Climb- Honoring First Responders on Sept 11
National Arts in Education
PK students enjoyed studying shapes and creating their very own rectangle robots.
Kindergarten artists created their version of Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel art.
Hunger Action Month
NHES is thankful for our partnership with The CARE Center. The CARE Center is a local non-profit organization serving southeastern Madison County. Many of our students at NHES and across the county receive “Bags of Blessings” that are provided by community support through The CARE Center.
Another portion of our partnership is the 21st Century Grant program (New Hope Community Learning Center) that has been on the campus NHES since 2011. Because of this grant, applied for and managed by The CARE Center, our students are afforded wonderful opportunities for extended learning in a fun, safe environment after school.
This STEM based program serves our Kindergarten – 8th Grades. For more information about The CARE Center, visit their website https://thecare-center.org/
Goodies with Grands
On September 6th, NHES celebrated our special Grandparents! Our PTO sponsored the annual “Goodies with Grands” event. We had a great crowd and both students and grandparents enjoyed the morning.
Our Pre-K classes studied farm animals last week. They had surprise visitors at the end of the week! Those expressions are priceless!
On Sept. 17, OCRS hosted their annual Family U-Nite event. This event hosted over 10 sessions presented by our awesome teachers! Parents were able to attend these sessions on various topics related to school. It was well attended and everyone had a great time!
OCRS Elementary Honor Society has big plans!
The OCRS chapter of the National Elementary Honor Society has begun planning their service projects for the year. At their planning meeting, they began working out timelines and presentations for service projects, including drives for an animal shelter, the CARE Center, a nursing home, and a Little Free Library. We are excited to see these plans unfold!
Farm Unit in Pre-K
Pep Rally to support Sparkman Senators!
Book Fair Tissue Box Challenge
Legacy’s first ever Tissue Box Challenge was a hit with students with 85 submissions during the book fair. Students competed within their grade levels for book prizes at the fair by donating a decorated-by-the-student unused tissue box to be viewed and used by all students throughout the year. Honorary winners received a pencil and a bookmark.
Family Read Night- Arctic Adventure is a Snowy Blast!
Over 200 Legacy students and parents came to Family Read NIght on September 19 to shop the book fair, make “snow”, listen to “wintry” stories, play “snow-themed” minute-to-win it games and more! Kona Ice sold snow cones and eight players from Sparkman’s Baseball team helped out with various games and craft rooms. Family Read Night is planned and hosted by Michelle Choate, our Reading Specialist along with a group of teacher and parent volunteers. The night was a “snowy” blast!
Inspired by the story The Dot by Peter Reynolds, Second Grade students expressed their Growth Mindset by making their “dot” on International Dot Day. Peter Reynolds’ charge to celebrate creativity, courage, and collaboration inspired the students’ efforts.
Tailgating at Sparkman’s Homecoming game
Free food, fun times, and Sparkman Family Spirit kicked off the Homecoming game Friday night. Teachers enjoyed seeing students and families from the Legacy family as they stopped by the tent for food and fellowship.
Leaders of the Month
Congratulations to our students who were selected as MXR Leaders of the Month for September! These students were selected by teachers and staff for their leadership and character displayed at school. We are so Proud of You!
Joesman Gomez Diaz
Galley Walk in the 5th grade hallway. Students reading and providing feedback to their peers
Learning to Tie Their Shoes
MES loves the Senators!
We had a great time at the Sparkman Homecoming Tailgate! It's always fun to see former students and hangout with our family of schools!
Arrrr! Mrs. Alexander made Talk Like a Pirate Day lots of fun! She traveled to the classroom helping everyone with their best "Arrrr!" with a read aloud.
Childhood Cancer Awareness Month
We took some time this month to support Trey Hall and his battle with Leukemia. Trey is a third-grader at MES and we love opportunities to recognize his fight! The entire school dressed in orange to show their support.
Leah Solley supported fellow MES 3rd grader, Trey, at the St. Jude's walk this month. We are all Team Trey!
Thank you to Nurse Gayle who made P.A.C.K. week a success! We encouraged students to pack different colored fruits and vegetables and served them in the cafeteria to promote healthy eating. We also had "color days" to bring attention to all the colorful foods we should be eating
Hudson Alpha Learning and Fun
Science Olympiad got to take a field trip to Hudson Alpha recently to extend their knowledge. They got to make armpit cheese and strawberry DNA. They had a great time and learned a lot!
We had a great turnout at our first MMS Parent Academy of the school year. Parents were able to hear from our principal, Dr. Travis Schrimsher regarding MMS Academics and Resources. They were then able to go to different breakout sessions to learn more about Athletics, the Library/Technology, Canvas/INOW, as well as a PTO session on how to get more involved in the school.
SHS Baseball at Legacy's Family Reading Night
Sparkman baseball had a great night partnering with Legacy and helping with their Family Reading Night!!
Remembering September 11
Therapeutic services wanted to participate in the stair challenge in honor of the first responders on 9/11! All total they did 771 flights!
Homecoming Queen and King
Congratulations to our Homecoming Queen Saylor Cuzzort and our Homecoming King Damien Fletcher!
Students of the Month
We honored our September Students of the Month that exemplify the characteristic of Diligence. #IgniteExcellenceMCSS
3D Engineering and Printing Project
Student engineering at its best! Teachers requested useful items and student engineers designed and 3D printed them with our new Polar 3D printer. Landon, Bryson, and Logan designed and printed a doorstop for the library and were excited to deliver it to Mrs. Epps! Other items have included a flash card holder, a fisher spinner, and a cord organizer.
Our seventh and eighth grade volleyball teams are wrapping up successful season under coach Kayla Jefferson. Pictured here, seventh graders celebrate as the champions of the Holly Pond Tournament and eighth graders are recognized with balloons and flowers for their contributions to the team!
Cougar Character Award Winners
We would like to congratulate Graham Pack (6th grade), Adaishia Rhodie (7th grade), & Michael Harbin (8th grade) on receiving the Cougar Character Awards for the month of August. These students were nominated by their teachers for exemplary behavior. Keep up the great work!
We would like to thank Debra Sims at Alfa Insurance in Northport for sponsoring this award for our students.
Congratulations to the 2019 Sparkman 9 Homecoming Attendants!
From left to right: Emma Bannister, Trinity Davis, Alyssa Miller, Saige Elkins
Congratulations to the 2019 First Priority and Fellowship of Christian Athletes Officers. From left to right: President- Eli Loo, Vice President- Kendall Lance, Secretary- Steve Page
Congratulations to Mrs. Loryn Leigh Barron
Buckhorn High School Educator named Claes Nobel Educator of Distinction. Loryn Leigh Barron, a mathematics teacher at Buckhorn High School in New Market, Alabama was recently selected as a Claes Nobel Educator of Distinction by The National Society of High School Scholars (NSHSS). A role model to pupils, Loryn Leigh was nominated by a student for outstanding dedication and commitment to excellence in the profession. #BuckPride
Player of the Week- Lyric Gurley
Homecoming Week Dress Up Days
Analyzing Hammurabi's Law Codes!
Fair? Harsh? You be the judge! 8th grade history students practice analyzing primary sources.
“Defenders of the Wildcat Way”
Mt. Carmel's “Defenders of the Wildcat Way” were honored for upholding the ROAR character traits of Respectful, Orderly, Attentive, and Responsible. These Wildcats really ROAR!
The Defenders are Fiona Erwin, Connor Warren, Ryce Lewis, Hunter Lanford, Emma Christian, and Dylan McComb.
Hundreds of grandparents came to Mt. Carmel to celebrate Grandparents Day at a special breakfast celebration.
Childhood Cancer Awareness
The goal of the “Coding for All” project is to teach students the basics of programming and coding. The Ozobot Bit robots purchased for this project will assist our school’s 3 rd – 5 th grade teachers in implementing our state’s new 2019 Digital Literacy and Computer Science Course of Study.
Learning About Energy and Electric Circuits
The 4th graders at NMS have been working on their AMSTI kit focusing on energy and electric circuits. In this kit, they are learning to think like scientists by using scientific tools and designing experiments.
When your ACE teacher teaches her 3rd graders how to play the ukulele. . .
When the library is SO BUSY with checking out books every day that you have to train junior librarians to help. . .
Mrs. Rose’s first grade class used their pennies from the Penny Wars for a counting collections lesson this morning!
Integer People Project
Be Bold & Go Gold Day
Enjoying the New Playground
Hunger Action Month
Hazel Green Elementary along with our cluster schools were able to share food to our community. The Food Bank of North Alabama partnered with Fellowship of Faith Church and brought thousands of pounds of free food to families in our area. Hundreds of families were able to take food home and they were all so grateful. One parent said “Our refrigerator and our freezer is empty at the moment, this food will feed our family at a time when we had no other food.” September is Hunger Action Month and we can think of no better way than providing our families with free food.
Life is Grand
We were able to invite our grandparents or special friends to come and eat breakfast with us in celebration of Grandparents’ Day. What a special time we had showing some of our favorite people all the great things we do at HGES! There were so many smiles from our kids and lots of proud grandparents as they shared a special morning together. Life truly is GRAND!
Broadcast Team, We See You!
At HGES we start every morning with a taped video from our Broadcast Team. This group of third and fourth graders research topics to discuss on-air, write the script, and record the video every single morning. They are a dedicated group of students who lead by example and we are so thankful they are willing to serve on our team. Who knows, maybe we will see these kids on-air one day sharing with us news from around the world!
Go Gold, Be Bold
Our school celebrated Childhood Cancer Awareness month by wearing gold. Every two minutes a child is diagnosed with cancer - that is a staggering fact. Cancer has touched so many families throughout our communities and we wanted to take a day to honor them. Logan, Avery, Coach Dodd ~ these are just a few of the names that we know personally that have been on this journey.
Congratulations to Mikayla McCoy! She was crowned HGHS Homecoming Queen. She is pictured with Dr. Headen and 2018-2019 HGHS Homecoming Queen, Lauryn Sisk.
Congratulations to the Trojan football team and coaches for their 36-8 win over Lee High School. The victory was a great way to end homecoming week! Thanks to the Trojan Nation for supporting HGHS during all of our homecoming festivities. It's great to be a Trojan!
JROTC Drill Team Wins 4 of 5 Events
The HGHS JROTC Drill Team had a good start to this school year at the Lee High School JROTC Drill Meet. The team entered five events. They placed 1st in four of those events (Armed Squad, Armed Platoon, Unarmed Squad, and Fitness) and 2nd in one (Unarmed Platoon). We are so proud of this team! Way to go, Trojans!!
HGHS Freshman Thanks First Responders
Taylor Moore, a freshman at HGHS, wrote a letter to first responders thanking them for everything they do. Her story was featured on WHNT News 19. Check out this great story at the link below. We are proud of Taylor!
Culinary & World Languages Celebrate Mexican Independence Day
Culinary classes and World Language classes held an interdisciplinary unit to celebrate Mexican Independence Day. Thanks to Mrs. Bowling’s and Mrs. Bell’s students for the sopapillas and tres leches cake.
8th Grade Sentence Sorting
Eighth-graders had fun working with partners in a sentence sorting activity. They had to group fragments, run-ons, and true sentences to prep for their first essays.
Class Tournament Teaches Rules and Skills
PE students competed in class tournaments following completion of their volleyball unit in which they studied rules, practiced their skills, and took quizzes on Canvas about procedures. They wrapped up the unit with a little friendly competition.
Childhood Cancer Awareness
Going Gold for Cancer Awareness at The Mill: Students and staff dressed in gold/yellow in honor of Avery Richey and all of the children fighting childhood cancer. #brAvery
Author Visit- India Hill Brown
Author India Hill Brown, came to share her new book, The Forgotten Girl, which will be released in November. Students in 4th and 5th grade enjoyed the visit and learning more about the writing process. Thanks to Mrs. Witte for arranging this experience for our students.
S’moreFun in second grade!!
MCVA Goes to the Space and Rocket Center
The 3-6 Virtual Academy students enjoyed beautiful weather at the Space and Rocket Center while learning about rocket propulsion and what the future holds for the Space Program. Students made and launched rockets as well as explored the museum!
MCVA Hands on Science Night
Students explored the question "Why does the wind blow?" using smoke to see air move. As students discovered how air masses move, they began to question what happens when these air masses collide which lead to come pretty cool discoveries!
MCVA students enjoy the sun!
When you are finished with your work, what else do you do on a gorgeous day besides play in the sun! Our students love the HUGE playground at MES!
MCVA is learning to take notes!
The note doctor is in! If you are still struggling to get your notes taken, please come see the note doctor so you can get organized and make sure you have the information you need to do well on your tests and quizzes!