December 19, 2019
The Gurley Community Learning Center Christmas Showcase was a delight! All the students got to show off the cool things they are going in clubs! Guests enjoyed a delicious meal, scrumptious cupcakes, crafts, music, science experiments, games and more! The GCLC Christmas Showcase was the place to be!
Gurley Christmas Parade!
Check out some of the MCES students at the Gurley Christmas Parade!
Mrs. MacKenzie presented a lesson to fourth grade about working together to solve a problem! Fourth grade students enjoyed working in teams to put their puzzles together!
MCES Spelling Bee!!
The winner is Josh Clark and the runner-up is Ethan Absher. Congratulations! Josh will represent MCES at the district spelling bee!
NHS Serves Community
Congratulations to Austin Mills! Austin signed his letter of intent to play baseball at the University of South Alabama.
Mrs. Hill’s second graders have done a class read aloud of Charlotte’s Web over the past several weeks. Last Friday, they got to enjoy the movie while sipping hot chocolate.
APUSH Students Prepare for AP Exam
Supporting the Community!
The ACE students at OCRS answered the call to volunteer for the CARE Center thrift store in New Hope. We spent a little over an hour, sorting, stocking, pricing, and changing out inventory in order to help our community!
Our OCRS students are not only great students, but also great teachers! Students in Mrs. West’s class are teaching their peers multi-step math problems.
Santa’s Little Helpers
Mrs. Fletcher and the student council members became Santa’s little helpers for pictures with Santa, EES Santa Shop, and Santa’s Village. These students went out of their way to ignite the joy and hearts of others at Christmas.
We LOVE You Jean Hardiman
The Endeavor faculty and staff declared December 16th as Jean Hardiman Day. Faculty, staff and students wore Team Hardiman shirts to remember her with special thoughts and prayers. We love you Mrs. Hardiman and we are fighting with you.
Blue Ribbon Schools of Excellence
Harvest Elementary was represented well at the Blue Ribbon Conference. Our Sunshine committee presented on positive school culture and community involvement. Thank you to Mrs. Wells (5th grade), Mrs Matthews (1st Grade), Ms. Hall (1st Grade) , Mr. Gunnels (Principal), and Mrs. Cosby (Assistant Principal) for representing Harvest so well. We are extremely grateful for all the stakeholder's support and for MCSS cheering us on. #IgniteExcellenceMCSS
PTO Christmas with Santa Dinner
Our annual PTO dinner with Santa was a huge success. Fun was had for everyone. Thank you PTO for your leadership with this event. Thank you also to our SHS NHS students and to all the teachers and staff who helped make this great. #ThisIsHarvest
Harvest National Honor Society
Our National Honor Society did an awesome job singing Christmas carols to the residents at Madison Village. They look forward to our students coming every year and singing to them. The kids, teachers and residents all had so much fun. Thank you to all who helped organize this event.
Tacky Sweater Day and Crafts
The students and teachers both had a great time wearing tacky sweaters. Some classes even did crafts to go along with the theme. Harvest loves doing this event every year and the students love it! Happy Holidays from the Harvest family to yours.
From co-sponsoring Legacy’s Running Club with Erin Wilson, to hosting a canned food drive with her P.E. classes, Coach Brandy McWhorter encourages students to be active physically as well as socially active in their communities. By the end of last week, Legacy students donated 3,903 canned goods to House of Harvest. On Saturday, 45 members of Legacy’s Running Club participated in the Rocket City marathon.
Let’s Have a Parade . . . a BeeBot Parade!
Leaders of the Month
Congratulations to our students who were selected as MXR Leaders of the Month for December! These students were selected by teachers and staff for their leadership and character displayed at school.
Honor Society Food Drive
MXR’s National Honor Society members are busy collecting canned and dry foods for House of Harvest. A very generous gesture during this season of joy and giving. A very big thank you to all who have donated items.
First graders enjoyed a visit to Santa's Village where they attended Elf University, learned a cheer about elves, cared for and fed reindeer, and navigated a maze to learn how to travel in snowstorms.
Students were surprised with a visit from Mrs. Claus and Jingle the Elf; they read books and enjoyed candy canes during their visit.
Special Guest Visitor
We sure do love our Sparkman High family!
The SHS boys basketball team had a special guest, MES student Trey Hall! Trey is battling leukemia and he wanted to watch the Senators practice! He will also be an honorary team member on the bench Tuesday night! Thank you Sparkman High School Athletics for reaching out to our students!
Blue Ribbon School of Excellence- Lighthouse School
A few of our staff members attended the National Blue Ribbon Conference in Orlando, Florida last week. MES is proud to be a Blue Ribbon School!
Harvest House Volunteers
Our MMS Lady Hawks helped out at the Harvest House recently.
Supporting Kids to Love
Our baseball and softball teams collected donations for the Kids to Love program. We had many generous donations and were able to donate three 30 gallon bags of toys and over $100 in monetary donations.
West Wing Volunteers at Free 2 Teach
Our West Wing students volunteered at Free 2 Teach last week. They sorted, counted, and bundled more than 1,000 pencils! Then they retreated to Park Place Mall to eat lunch and catch a glimpse of Santa!
Pie the Principal!
We hosted a pep rally last week to celebrate our winter sports teams and to pie our principal as well as the top teacher in each grade level whose homerooms collected the most money for Bucks for Bikes. Thanks to our SCA for organizing this event and thanks to everyone who participated, especially Dr. Schrimsher, Coach Smith, Mr. Lambert, and Mrs. Anderson who were the lucky pie in the face (and hair) recipients.
Christmas Program for Kindergartners
Congratulations to our State Trumbauer winners
Narci Hardin and Ryan Jacobs - 3rd place Readers Theatre
Kamaryn Robinson and Jade Taylor - 1st place Readers Theatre
Narci Hardin, Ryan Jacobs, D’Asia Betts, Jessica Fischle, Damien Fletcher, and Jeremiah Conley - 3rd place Group Acting
Darwin Benson and Emily Hammer - 3rd place Duet Acting
Jeremiah Conley and Destiny Cade - 1st place Duet Acting
Megan Stewart - 3rd place Scene Design Novice
Blue Ribbon School of Excellence- Lighthouse Renewal
Drama Club Performance
Your Money, Your Life Simulation
Sparkman Ninth Grade School Career Prep. students participated in the “Your Money, Your Life” simulation. Students learned how to manage their budgets based on an entry level salary in their chosen career field.
Free Lunch Friday
Sparkman 9th Grade School staff members were the recipients of Free Lunch Friday, sponsored by Way-FM and Crye-Leike realtors. Thank you to Mrs. Kelly Deiss for the nomination.
Congratulations, Ms. West!
Expert Marksmanship Badge
Dr. Chumbley & the BHS Culinary students catered "Kick-Off Santa's Village" on Friday, November 22, 2019. Picture credits, Haylee Morman, BHS Yearbook Staff.
Congratulations to 8th grader Bailey Terkeurst (tenor saxophone) for being selected to play in the Alabama All State Middle School Jazz Band.
Shop with a Hero
Middle School Cheering on the students at Shop With A Hero.
Had a fun team Christmas party with our 7th and 8th boys basketball team.
Both 7th & 8th grade basketball teams beat Meridianville Middle. Our 8th grade team is undefeated!
Art We There Yet?
Ms. Cora and Mr. Jose with Art We There Yet volunteered over 60 hours at NMS during the first week of December. They worked tirelessly at NMS to paint murals, teach art and music classes, teach Spanish club, and work with our Extended Adventures club. Check out their Facebook page and website to learn more about their mission to bring art to underserved populations in North, Central, and South America!
Extended Adventures kicked off the first week of December. Extended Adventures is an afterschool program provided by a collaboration of Heart of the Valley YMCA, Friends of New Market, New Market School, and 21st Century Clubs. Students are provided a snack, homework help, physical activity time, and a special club each day from 2:45-5:45. This week the special clubs were coding, art, dance, cooking, and STEM. Dance classes are coordinated through Rythms of Grace and cooking club is through the Alabama 4H Extension. Extended Adventures is a true community of learners!
Indian Education Robotics Field Trip
6th grade Indian Education students participated in a NASA Robotics field trip on December 6th with students from Central School. The students learned and applied coding skills to block-based computer programming with the LEGO Mindstorms to complete Mars missions.
We have a “Kindness Countdown” in our 3K room! Each day they take off a link to countdown the days until Christmas break, and each chain link has an act of kindness on it. Recently, they made a hand print wreath card for Mrs. Donna Stricklin Campbell and Mrs. Denise, our office staff, to say thanks for all they do for us!
Check out these classes who had the B E S T student attendance in their grade levels for the month of November! Proud of these students for modeling excellent attendance habits! We have proudly displayed an attendance rockstar award outside of each of their classrooms for all to see!
Pre-K - Mrs. Mayhall
K - Mrs. Betancourt
1 - Mrs. Eimer
2 - Ms. Sterling
3 - Mrs. Brandon
Student Leaders of the Month
Congratulations to our December Student Leaders of the Month! These students were nominated by the faculty and staff due to their leadership qualities and their excellent character. Their portraits are now proudly displayed on the Leadership Wall in the front lobby!
Julia Kate Taylor
Congratulations to Mrs. Allison Schwartz, our Library Media Specialist, for being nominated by her colleagues as our December Employee of the Month! Below are some of the comments that her colleagues wrote on the nomination form.
"Mrs. Schwartz - has worked hard to get our library up and going!"
"Mrs. Schwartz- holy moly there’s not enough room here. She’s just the BEST."
"I nominate Mrs. Schwartz, because I have never seen so much positivity come from one person!"
"Mrs. Schwartz- the kids love her, the adults love her, the volunteers love her, everyone loves her!!!"
"Please recognize Mrs. Schwartz for all that she has done for our students, teachers, library, etc. From MakerMonday with third grade each week to ordering hundreds of new books for the kiddos and even asking teachers which books they want in the library. Not only that, but we need more people like her who are always happy and positive and saying good things about our students, our school, and everything about RES!"
HUGE CONGRATULATIONS to our RIS spelling bee winner and runner up!! ALL participants represented their classrooms so well! We are proud of all of them!
Runner up - Sophia Hoffman
Winner - Gavin Pierce
Pumpkin Pie? YAY!
Mrs. Jones class had fun making pumpkin pie!
Aren’t they cute?! Our Pre-K students put on a Christmas performance for their parents. They were awesome!
Mad Scientists on Campus!
Teachers Reign as Dodgeball Champions
They call themselves the "Staff Infection" and somehow find a way to win the HGHS Dodgeball Tournament every year! Congratulations to this year's team of teachers who bravely took on the students in a game of dodgeball. Way to go, Trojans!
Lady Trojans Ranked #1
The Lady Trojans are ranked #1 in the first Alabama Sports Writers Association girls basketball rankings of the season. Our defending 6A state champions are 11-0. Let's go, Lady Trojans!
HGHS Students Compete at State Level
Congratulations to Alexandria Hayes and Grace Maddox for placing 5th in competition at the State Trumbauer Festival with their comedic duet! They represented HG Theatre at the festival held at Troy University.
Congratulations to Keyshawn Erskine! He finished in the top 10 in two events at the AHSAA State Swim Meet in Auburn. He placed 9th in the state in the 100 free and 10th in the 50 free.
Lynn Fanning receives Optimist Club STEM Grant
On December 12, Mrs. Burger (Principal), Mrs. Kralovec (Librarian), and second grade student Abby Grace Braudaway attended the Huntsville Optimist Club STEM Committee Annual Award Presentation at Optimist Park. Lynn Fanning received a check to help purchase Chromebooks that will be used in the Library so students can learn computer coding skills. We appreciate the Optimist Club of Huntsville for their support!
Learning About Forces
Mrs. Beaman's third grade class recently experimented with balanced and unbalanced forces. This was part of their Project Lead the Way studies.
LFES PTA Rocks!
The LFES PTA has been very busy this month. They hosted a Breakfast with Santa on December 7 where students were treated to a delicious breakfast and some time with Santa Claus! Students even got reindeer food to help the reindeer stay energized on Christmas Eve! The PTA also treated the LFES staff to a delicious breakfast on December 16. A huge thank you to our amazing PTA for all they do for LFES!
Generosity is in the Air at LFES
The LFES family has been very generous in two recent collection drives. Students brought in stuffed animals for the Pals 4 Pals organization. The organization was started by a former Lynn Fanning student, so everyone was happy to help!
The Kaboom Club, founded by students Kiptyn Patterson and Avery Minskey has been in action for the second year in a row! Kiptyn and Avery challenged the whole school to bring in canned goods for Lunches of Love and other local food banks. The school more than doubled their donations last year, reaching over 1,000 cans donated!!!
Alabama's Bicentennial Celebration
Students also participated in a schoolwide Kindness Challenge and were able to pie administrators at the end during their celebration. Thank you to Mrs. Perry and Mrs. Caldwell for leading our school in this kindness celebration and helping to celebrate Alabama turning 200!
Congratulations to our Top Dogs for November!
These students are being recognized for consistently demonstrating generosity, our character trait for November. Thank you for being a role model for others!
Congratulations to: Gabby, Lily, Brandon, Koltyn, Riley, Jayden, Lilly, Shaelyn, Karlei, Dixie, Aydan, Emily, Emma, Aubrey, Natalie, Anna, Zachary, Catherine, and Ari!
Blue Ribbon Schools of Excellence Lighthouse Renewal
Walnut Grove is honored to receive the Blue Ribbon Lighthouse Renewal Award! Our dedicated teachers and staff members have worked to establish and sustain a culture of continuous improvement. They are committed to the success of all students.
Santa Breakfast at Walnut Grove
Santa is headed back to the North Pole after a very successful "Breakfast with Santa" event! Thanks to all the families who came out. It was such a sweet and happy day for our children. Many of our teachers worked hard to make it happen: preparing food, providing entertainment, taking pictures, wrapping gifts, decorating, and cleanup. Our WGS teachers go above and beyond for our students
Robo-Rangers are going to state! They won the robot performance and project award. They also wrote a beautiful essay to win the coach’s award for their grateful coach.
Way to Give Back!
Dominique Watson knows how to give back in a big way! This Virtual Academy student makes time in her busy life to serve our community by working with and inspiring young dancers to perfect their art and dream big. We couldn’t be more proud of this young lady and we thank her for working so hard and helping so many young people! You inspire us all, way to give back Dominique!
The New Hope Show Choir Did it Again!
The Virtual Academy would like to join New Hope High School in congratulating the NHHS Show Choir on another outstanding Christmas Dinner Theatre! As the Virtual Academy grows we are seeing more and more of our MCVA students in this wonderful production each year. This year were excited to see six MCVA students take the stage. For one of our seniors- Jordan Lasater- we celebrate her last Christmas Dinner Theatre performance and thank her for being with the Virtual Academy for the past four years. Jordan is near and dear to our hearts and we will miss her greatly as she and our other seniors embark on the next part of their journey. Thank you to all of our NHHS Show Choir students for a great show and for all you do for us!
MCVA Makes Christmas Dreams Come True!
The spirit of giving is alive and well with the MCVA students as they brought in items to donate for our December service project. Students donated books, toys, clothes and diapers for baby/young child to help make some Christmas wishes come true for a local family in need this season. We never cease to be amazed at the generosity of some of our students who strive to do everything they can to help others.
Saran Wrap Ball Success!
This was a ton of fun to make and play in the classroom for our Christmas Party. Students had to wear oven mitts and they could work on unwrapping the ball and keeping anything they unwrapped until the next person rolled doubles. Sometimes they just got started when they had to pass it on-- other times they got to unwrap for quite a while. Students loved the excitement of this game and others like bobbing for candy canes. What a great party. Lots of food and fun and a great way to close out our first semester in the 3-6 MCVA! Merry Christmas to everyone!