Spotlight

December 19, 2019

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All-State Board Member!

Congratulations to Madison County Board of Education representative, Mary Louise Stowe, who was named AASB All-State Board Member!


Thank you, Ms. Stowe, for your service to our students, schools, and communities.

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Christmas Showcase

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!

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Gurley Christmas Parade!

Check out some of the MCES students at the Gurley Christmas Parade!

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Teamwork

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!

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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!

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NHS Serves Community

National Honor Society members prepared goody bags for the United Cerebral Palsy Christmas Party.
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Wrestling

Congratulations to MCHS Tiger Wrestling on their 3rd place finish at the Hartselle Invitational Tournament.

Congratulations!

Congratulations to Austin Mills! Austin signed his letter of intent to play baseball at the University of South Alabama.

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Skype Visit to Sea World

Mrs. Susan Francis planned a special treat for her collaborative students. They were able to learn all about dolphin training, thanks to Skype and our friends at Sea World.
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Robotics

Our NHCLC Lego Robotics team scored 505 total points after three rounds of robot games this weekend. They placed 6th out of ten teams. They presented core values, regarding teamwork, inclusion, and commitment. They also presented an innovative project to better our community. These students have been working hard since August for this competition. We're very proud of their accomplishments!
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Charlotte’s Web

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.

Jingle Mingle

Our PTO joined with our after school program, NHCLC, to host a family night event. Students and parents enjoyed an evening of chili, crafts, and a visit with Santa.

1st grade

NHS first graders shared in the spirit of giving. They collected 114 toy items for the children at Huntsville Hospital for Women and Children.
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Congratulations!

Congratulations to Carly Blankenship for being chosen by the Dynetics Corporation for the Better Business Bureau Torch Scholarship
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APUSH Students Prepare for AP Exam

We are very proud of the dedication by our APUSH Students who attended the study session at Buckhorn High School.
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NHHS Band

We are so proud of the NHHS Marching Band as they represented our school at the Alabama Bicentennial Celebration Parade in Montgomery.
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Congratulations!

Congratulations to Janna Beth Parker for signing her Majorette Scholarship to Huntington College.
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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!

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Peer Teachers

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.

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Robotics Team Success

Mr. Merryman and Mrs. McKenzie led our Robotics Club to Hampton Cove Elementary where they attended the Cityshaper First Lego League. Our students demonstrated excellent teamwork to accomplish success. They were the recipients of the Judges Award and 5th place in points.

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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.

Spreading Holiday Cheer

Mrs. McCoy and the Random Opportunities for Kindness Club visited a local nursing facility to spread a little holiday cheer. They sang songs of the season and gave handmade cards to the residents.

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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.

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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

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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

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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.

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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.

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5th Graders Sing Their Way through December

Legacy 5th graders sing carols for senior citizens at Madison Village and at the PTO meeting last Monday night.

SGA Serves

SGA . . . serving others at Legacy and around the community. Legacy’s SGA shared their time, energy, and smiles at House of Harvest dispersing food to needy families in the Monrovia area on Saturday, December 7. SGA collected toys for a Toy Drive to donate to Downtown Rescue Mission. SGA also hosted their first ever Little Shoppers’ Holiday Shoppe, allowing students to shop for their family and friends.
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Running Club

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.

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Let’s Have a Parade . . . a BeeBot Parade!

After reading the story Balloons Over Broadway, which tells how the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade started, Legacy students began creating a parade simulation that culminated in a coding activity for Hour of Code with BeeBots. Students in all grades participated in creating the “character balloons”, colored paper to make the origami box “floats”, and constructed 3D structures representing famous landmarks along the parade route around Central Park. This STREAM activity is an across grade levels and across curriculum activity and used a wide variety of our MakerSpace manipulatives.
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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.

Jaydan Robinson

Krisjon O'Neal

Maci Molt

Amari Clay

Johnathan McAtee

Isabella Romero

Kierstyn Shrum

Allie Sheth

Rebecca Noonan

Serenity Nelson

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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.

Santa's Village

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.

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Special Guest Visitor

Mrs. Woodall’s 1st Grade Class had a special visit from Officer Clark! He shared about helping and protecting people. His favorite part of his job is finding and returning lost cars. It’s a very large game of hide and seek. Thank you Officer Clark for taking the time to talk to our students!
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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!

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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!

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MES Choir

We were treated to a special performance during our December PTA meeting by the MES Choir. Choir members entertained our crowd with some holiday songs and there was even a special appearance by The Grinch!

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Volunteering

5th grade teachers, Mrs. Reasner and Mr. Schmitt, sponsored a volunteer outing to the Downtown Rescue Mission last weekend for all 5th graders. We are so proud of our students and teachers for giving up their time to help others.
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Harvest House Volunteers

Our MMS Lady Hawks helped out at the Harvest House recently.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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Congratulations!

We want to congratulate Mrs. Ashly Johnston on becoming a Nationally Board Certified Teacher!!!

Christmas Program for Kindergartners

We loved treating all of the Kindergarten students from all our cluster schools to a Christmas program today! All our Future Senators had a great time!

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

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Blue Ribbon School of Excellence- Lighthouse Renewal

We are pleased to announce that Sparkman Middle School has been named a 2019 Blue Ribbon Lighthouse Renewal School! Based on the Blueprint for Excellence assessment process, our school has met the criteria for all nine categories. It is an honor to be recognized and we are incredibly proud of our faculty, staff, students, and parents. This our third time to earn the designation and the only one in the country so far this year!
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Good Characters!

Very proud of our 7th grade Civics classes and the service projects they presented this morning to our guests from law enforcement & the community.
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Drama Club Performance

Congratulations to our Drama Club on two outstanding performances. Thank you Amber Saunders and all the others involved for pulling this together for our students.
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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.

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Congratulations, Ms. West!

Ms. Jennifer West has been selected as the Alabama High School Assistant Principal of the Year! We are so proud of Ms. West, and equally honored to have her as one of the leaders of our team! We appreciate everything she does for BHS. She is very deserving of this prestigious award!

Expert Marksmanship Badge

CONGRATULATIONS to four of our Buckhorn ARMY JROTC cadets who earned the JROTC Expert Marksmanship Badge. JROTC cadets who participate in rifle marksmanship training are eligible to earn a JROTC Rifle Qualification Badge with Expert being the highest level of qualification possible. This is a HUGE honor and we are extremely proud of them. Congrats again to Cadet CPT Jade Trujillo, Cadet CPT Mason Wilson, Cadet SSG Jordan Crowell, and Cadet 1SG Brooke Faginkrantz!!

Culinary Academy

Dr. Chumbley & the BHS Culinary students catered "Kick-Off Santa's Village" on Friday, November 22, 2019. Picture credits, Haylee Morman, BHS Yearbook Staff.

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State Champs!

STATE CHAMPIONS!!!! Congratulations to our BHS Varsity Cheerleaders for WINNING state this past weekend at the AHSAA state cheer competition in the 6A/7A Game Day Division!!!
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Scholars' Bowl

BMS Scholars' Bowl hanging out at the ELMS Invitational. These kids and parents got up very early on a Saturday to travel and compete.
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Jazz Band

Congratulations to 8th grader Bailey Terkeurst (tenor saxophone) for being selected to play in the Alabama All State Middle School Jazz Band.

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Honor Band

Congratulations to these students! They were selected to represent Buckhorn Middle at the Madison County Honor Band in January.
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BMS Athletics

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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!

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Extended Adventures

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!

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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.

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Kindness Countdown

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!

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Student Attendance

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

Perfect Attendance Drawing Winner

Congratulations to Jayce Dupree for winning the November Perfect Attendance Bike Drawing! He was at school every minute of every school day in the month of November!

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!


Mason McGrady

Julia Kate Taylor

Jonah Barch

Sharisia Upchurch

Olivia Santiago

Evan Marshall

Georgia Williams

Connor Wiginton

Kane Fisher

Joseph Fearn

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LEGO Club

G R E A T first day of Bricks 4 Kidz LEGO Club!
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Thank you!

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!"

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Band Concert

Christmas Breakfast 2019!! Good food, music by the RIS Band, door prizes - lots of fun for our students and their parents!
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Spelling Bee

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

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It's Electrifying!

Mrs. Orbison’s class made electric circuits and learned how to make a bulb light using a battery and wire

Pumpkin Pie? YAY!

Mrs. Jones class had fun making pumpkin pie!

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Blue Ribbon Beacon School

Hazel Green Elementary was recognized as a Blue Ribbon Beacon School. Great things are happening at The Green!
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Pre-K Christmas

Aren’t they cute?! Our Pre-K students put on a Christmas performance for their parents. They were awesome!

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Mad Scientists on Campus!

Kindergarten teacher, Mrs. Miller’s mad scientists made snow in science this week.
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Congratulations!

Congratulations to Jaylen Curry for being one of only two tuba players in the state of Alabama to make Alabama All-State Orchestra! We are so proud of Jaylen!

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!

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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!

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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!

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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!!!

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Spelling Bee

Congratulations to our Spelling Bee participants and winners. 1st Place – Sailor Priest, 2nd Place – Adam Wixtrom, and 3rd Place – Andrew Zurinsky.
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Band Concerts

Our 7th and 8th grade bands provided wonderful performances for parents and students through two shows. We have some very talented musicians and are proud of their hard work.
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Alabama's Bicentennial Celebration

Moores Mill Students were able to participate in the AL 200 Bicentennial celebration
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Kindness Challenge

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!

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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!

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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.

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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

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RoBo Rangers

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.

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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!

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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!

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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.

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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!

Madison County Schools Communication Department

Aleta Stender
Community Involvement Coordinator


Tim Hall
Director of Public Relations