Spotlight

September 26, 2019

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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.

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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.

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AgriScience Students Earn Credentials



100% of MCHS 1st Semester AgriScience students received their Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) Credential. MCHS AgriScience students received their Alabama Hunter Education Certification, which is a stackable credential.

Finish the Climb- Honoring First Responders on Sept 11

The Madison County JROTC Raiders Team honored 9/11 first responders by completing the 110 story climb.
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National Arts in Education

Fourth graders enjoyed a STEAM lesson with Mrs. Loyd. They constructed Alabama land regions clay maps during art class.

PK students enjoyed studying shapes and creating their very own rectangle robots.


Kindergarten artists created their version of Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel art.

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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/

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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.

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Farm Day

Our Pre-K classes studied farm animals last week. They had surprise visitors at the end of the week! Those expressions are priceless!

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Pride of Madison County Marching Band

Congratulations on being chosen to represent the 5th Congressional District in the Bicentennial parade in Montgomery in December.

Professional Development to Support Student Learning

NHHS team attends RTI Conference in Jacksonville, Florida to gain information on creating a culture focused on student learning at the highest level possible

NH Football

The Indians beat Pisgah 33 to 32 for a BIG region win!
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Family U-Nite

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!

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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!

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Farm Unit in Pre-K

Ashley Ford's class had a great week with lots of fun activities. Favorites were putting on puppet shows, learning how to match upper case letters with "tractors', farm sensory table, learning how to retell a story with Mrs. Wishy Washy's farm, graphing our favorite farm animal, and "shucking corn".

Pep Rally to support Sparkman Senators!

Harvest Elementary enjoyed a wonderful pep rally with Sparkman High School. They brought the football team, cheerleaders, and the band. The students enjoyed getting involved and cheering Sparkman on. They loved all of the interactions that they had and got to high five the football players. Go Sparkman!
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Crime Solvers

Mrs. Nicole Well's 5th grade class had a great time entering the crime scene and investigating cases by using what they learned about conclusions/inferencing. Friday the 13th full effect. Lots of fun was had for these 5th graders.

Book Study

Mrs. Stults's 2nd grade class has been reading "When I Was Young in the Mountains ". They focused on the setting of the story, making connections to real life events, and nouns. They went on a Noun hunt also and they made their own butter. Yum!
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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.


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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!


Dot Day!

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.


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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!



Avery Sanders

Hunter Cox

Ben Hovermale

Joesman Gomez Diaz

Brenlee Clark

Ayden Steen

Sabrina Wyatt

Demontrez Sales

Bayleah Wilbanks

Walter Pruitt

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Gallery Walk

Galley Walk in the 5th grade hallway. Students reading and providing feedback to their peers

Celebrating SHS Homecoming with the Senators

Learning to Tie Their Shoes

Students in Mrs. Edwards 1st grade class are learning to tie their shoes !
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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!

MES Mateys!

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.

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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!

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P.A.C.K. Week

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

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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!

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Congratulations!!

Congratulations to these MMS teachers and staff for receiving Google Educator Level 1 Certification! Thank you for the hard work you invest in MMS every day. We have several more that are not pictured: Deanna Miles, Lynn Davis, Dylan Cotton, and Erin McKee.

Parent Academy

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.

Science Cakes

Sixth grade science classes used cakes to model lines of longitude, latitude, and many other map features. The students had a blast and loved decorating (and eating) their cakes!
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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

Many thanks to WZDX for covering Mr. Stevenson’s history lesson on the events of September 11th.

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!

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Students of the Month

We honored our September Students of the Month that exemplify the characteristic of Diligence. #IgniteExcellenceMCSS

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SMS Celebrates 20th Anniversary

13 young ladies were selected by their peers to represent SMS for Homecoming 2019.


This year, we were honored to have Ronnie Blair, the first principal of SMS, join Mrs. Whitt to crown our 20th anniversary Homecoming Queen, Treva Powers!

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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.

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SMS Volleyball

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!

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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.

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Homecoming Attendants

Congratulations to the 2019 Sparkman 9 Homecoming Attendants!

From left to right: Emma Bannister, Trinity Davis, Alyssa Miller, Saige Elkins

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FCA Officers

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

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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

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Player of the Week- Lyric Gurley

Congratulations to Lyric Gurley - Tyler Mann Player of the Week.

WHNT's Ben Smith Visits BHS Learning Community.

Thank you to Ben Smith WHNT News 19 for talking to our Learning Community students about the weather and Hurricane Dorian!

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Go Gold!

Last week, our Buckhorn Family joined other MCSS schools to #GOGOLD for Childhood Cancer Awareness in honor of Avery Richey along with many others in our BHS family who may have been impacted by childhood cancer. #brAvery #CCAM
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Homecoming Week Dress Up Days

BMS students and teachers dress up for "Generation Day" for Spirit Week. Our theme was the "Next Generation."


BMS celebrates "Classy Day" in style!


Every Tuesday is "Bow Tie Tuesday." Coach Bell and 7th grader students show off their bow ties.
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Analyzing Hammurabi's Law Codes!

Fair? Harsh? You be the judge! 8th grade history students practice analyzing primary sources.

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“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.

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Grandparents Day

Hundreds of grandparents came to Mt. Carmel to celebrate Grandparents Day at a special breakfast celebration.

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Meet The Book Characters!

Second graders at Mt. Carmel brought book characters to life in a performance for their family members.

Childhood Cancer Awareness

Mrs. Arnold's class is going Gold for childhood cancer awareness and to support the super brave Avery Richey!
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Grant Winner!

Amber Moore, 5th grade teacher at NMS, received a Daughters of the American Revolution $500 Classroom Grant to support her "Coding for All" initiative.


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.

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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.

Pen Pals!

NMS 5th graders have started communicating with Aspaen Gimnasio Cantillana in Piedecuesta, Colombia. The Colombian students are learning English and wrote letters to practice.
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Grant Winners!

We won $25,000 through America’s Farmers Monsanto Grow Rural Education Program!
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When your ACE teacher teaches her 3rd graders how to play the ukulele. . .

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When the library is SO BUSY with checking out books every day that you have to train junior librarians to help. . .

Penny Wars!

Mrs. Rose’s first grade class used their pennies from the Penny Wars for a counting collections lesson this morning!

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Integer People Project

Didi Sutherland’s 6th graders were engaged while working on their Integer People Project.
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Be Bold & Go Gold Day

Paula Branner’s class supports Be Bold & Go Gold Day and enjoys Phase 1 of our new playground.

Enjoying the New Playground

Shaterra Miller’s students had fun playing on our new playground equipment and dancing and singing to the Skip-Counting songs that help with learning multiples!

AMSTI Training

Ms. Christina Powell spent part of her summer at UAH AMSTI training She was learning new ways to teach about plate tectonics.
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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.

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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!

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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!

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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.

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HGHS Homecoming

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!

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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!!

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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!

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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.

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Grant Winners!

Congratulations to Teresa Ferguson and Sandra Mayer for receiving their second Dollar General Literacy Foundation grant. They plan to continue to focus on improving comprehension levels in reading through the use teaching tools along with purchasing informational texts for the library that will help readers with comprehension skills.

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.

Iron WOMAN!

Congratulations to our own Stephanie Carr. Mrs. Carr competed in an Ironman race in Madison, Wisconsin. She swam 2.4 miles, biked 112 miles, and ran 26.2 miles for a total of 140.6. She is amazing!

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Learning about Meteorology

Students in the Learning Community enjoyed a visit from WHNT meteorologist Ben Smith. They enjoyed learning about the weather and what a meteorologist does.

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.

Immigration Simulation

6th grade Social Studies teachers created an amazing simulation experience for their students. Students have spent the last two weeks learning about what immigrants went through and endured as they made their way to the U.S. Thank you to Mrs. Nelson, Mrs. Sticker, Mrs. Dean, and Mrs. Boles for helping history to come alive for your students
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We had a GREAT Open House!

Thanks to all the families who came out to learn more about the grade-level curriculum and goals! #LittleSchoolBigHeart
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Kinder is getting a little Fast ForWord demo to review directions and concepts. Mrs. Olson is an awesome facilitator!
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S’moreFun in second grade!!

Mrs. Willett and Mrs. Boles enjoyed an extension/writing activity following Henry and Muge and the Starry Night. They had a campout and made s’ mores. They included this fun experience in their Journal writing and used time order words to write a "how-to" using picture cards as cues.
Walnut Grove's Guiding Coalition was learning from the best at PLC Model School @FieldElementary! It was great to participate in planning and observe WIN groups. Seeing is believing! #IgniteExcellenceMCSS
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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!

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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!

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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!

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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!

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Madison County Schools Communication Department

Aleta Stender
Community Involvement Coordinator


Tim Hall
Director of Public Relations