Equipping Everyone for Excellence

Sylacauga City School's Monthly Update

Superintendent’s Message

April 2023

The month of March was spent celebrating the arts throughout our district. We are fortunate to be able to provide both music (vocal and instrumental) and visual arts instruction at each school. State Assessments continue this month. Be sure students are rested and ready to test. The data from these assessments guide our district in making instructional decisions and is used for our state report card score. Thank you for your continued support!

Dr. Michele Eller,


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Sylacauga City District News

Indian Valley Elementary School

IVES students enjoyed learning about Pi Day during math in March. PreK students participated in a Cookie Pie activity, Kindergarten students completed a series of challenges/read-aloud/activities, 1st-grade students completed equal shares activities, and 2nd-grade students read and listened to Albert Einstein books.

Mrs. Chavers added a little competition to the music classes this month with March Madness. Students and teachers enjoyed voting for their favorite song. We can't wait to see which song wins.

Math and Reading groups are still going strong. Students work in small groups and with partners to make sure they understand the concepts being taught. We love to see the engagement and hear the conversations as they explain their thoughts.

Mrs. Cooley's kindergarten students found a creative way to count to 100. Each student was recorded counting to 100. Mrs. Cooley developed a display outside the classroom with each student's picture with a QR code which allows the viewer to hear the student counting. Great job, students and Mrs. Cooley!

We had an excellent turnout for the parent conference day. We hope you enjoyed the student-led conferences as students shared their STAR data from the beginning of the year to the middle of the year. Thank you for taking the time to meet with your child's teachers.

Congratulations to all of the students who were celebrated at the 3rd nine weeks assembly. We are proud of their hard work.

April events:

April 3 - 7: ACAP Summative for 2nd-grade students

April 7: Pre-K Trip to Montgomery Zoo

April 11: Male Mentor Meeting

April 21: 2nd grade Family Engagement Career

April 25: Male Mentor Meeting

April 26: 2nd grade Field Trip to McWane

April 27: 50's sock hop

April 27: Early dismissal

April 28: eLearning day

Dr. Paula Bruno, Principal

Mrs. Cindy Cleveland, Assistant Principal

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Pinecrest School

Congratulations to the Pinecrest Robotics Team Dino invaders, who won first place in Dash thru Dinoland and the best teamwork award at the AMSTI Robotics competition. Team Dinobot won the best teamwork award in the same competition. This is the first robotics competition for Pinecrest! We are proud of your accomplishments!

Congratulations to Mrs. Flora, March Teacher of the Month, and Sylas Gibbs, Student of the Month!

A Mad Scientist Party was held for the students that met their first semester AR goal. They made edible slime, tornadoes, lava lamps, elephant toothpaste and learned to blow up balloons with a chemical reaction.

Student Council members collected donations for the Sylacauga Animal Shelter. Great job, Student Council!

Students continue to work hard in the classroom as well. Fourth graders collaborate to determine the problems and solutions found in a nonfiction drama.

April events

April 3 - 7: ACAP Summative Assessments (3rd, 4th, and 5th grade)

April 21: Fun Pass/Snack Day

April 27: Early Dismissal

April 28: eLearning Day

Mr. Monte Barron, Principal

Mrs. Jodi Shaw, Assistant Principal

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Nichols-Lawson Middle School

Fifty-three students proudly registered their names in the NLMS National Junior Honor Society roll book. Congratulations to these students on your induction into this organization of excellence!

Congratulations to our Math Team for having three teams place in the Perennial Math Spring Cleanup Competition. The students competed against teams from across the nation.

Congratulations to the 2023 Talladega County Champs NLMS Baseball Team. They were undefeated in the tournament.

Excellent Ratings for NLMS's 2022 Music Performance Assessment! Congratulations, NLMS Band, on an outstanding job this year!

Congratulations to NLMS students who achieved all As and all As and Bs for the second 9 weeks.

NLMS celebrated with AMSTI-approved activities during math classes for Pi Day. Students enjoyed learning more about Pi through investigative activities.

April events

April 10 - 13: ACAP Summative Test (6th, 7th, and 8th-grade students)

April 13: Snack Day

April 24: Jazz and Percussion Concert @ SHS 6 pm

Mr. Chad Littleton, Principal

Mrs. Kristin Cox, Assistant Principal

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Sylacauga High School

This year's prom, Mid Summer, was held in Homewood. All the ladies and gentlemen were dressed as classy Aggies and danced the night away. Thank you, junior class and sponsors, for all your work to make the night magical.

Congratulations to Mr. Seth Harris for being voted by the students as the SHS Spotlight Teacher of the Month!

Five SHS Choral students represented SHS in the All-State competition in March. Thank you for your hard work and dedication to the music program.

Congratulations to Tavarious (Quan) Beckham on his recent letter of intent to play football at Fountain City Prep. We are proud of all your accomplishments as an Aggie and look forward to seeing what the future holds for you!

On March 14th, 167 Juniors completed the spring ACT assessment. The students were attentive and worked hard. We appreciate your dedication to learning and look forward to celebrating your success.

Students with perfect attendance, honor roll, and positive behaviors have enjoyed a Nacho Party and Indoor Field Events. Keep up the good work, students! We are planning a BIG end of the year event you won't want to miss.

SHS Marble Blues Jazz Band performed live on Mix 106.5 this month and did an outstanding job. If you missed the live performance, check it out on their Facebook page.

The fine arts department hosted a Fine Arts Day and invited students from Indian Valley, Pinecrest, and Nichols-Lawson Middle Schools to attend. Students listened to performances from each school's choir and band. Thank you to all the groups who performed.

Two SHS Students earned a bid for National Leadership Conference at the annual FCCLA State Leadership Conference in Montgomery. Audrey Bell, a senior at SHS, received a gold medal for her portfolio and performance in Job Interviews. Emma Dean, a sophomore, earned a silver medal for her Hospitality, Tourism, and Recreation project. Leilani Banuelos and Hunter Harris also earned silver medals for their Interior Design presentation. Kimora Dejarnette earned a bronze medal and the highest score in her category for the Chapter in Review portfolio. Congratulations students!

Congratulations to SHS Aggie Baseball Lane Hardin, who has signed up to play for Central Alabama Community College. We look forward to watching you grow in your collegiate career!

Thirteen students competed in the annual HOSA State Leadership Conference in Montgomery. They represented Sylacauga High School well.

SHS Library Club students visited the elementary schools for Read Across America Day. The younger students enjoyed meeting the high school students.

April Events

April 4: Dual Enrollment Parent Meeting 6 pm

April 11: ACT Make-up Assessment (Juniors)

April 19: WorkKeys Retake (Seniors)

April 25: CERT Assessment (9th, 10th, and 11th grade students)

April 25: Senior Picnic

April 27: Early Release

April 28: eLearning Day

Mr. Gary Rivers, Principal

Mr. Bennie Lewis, Assistant Principal

Mrs. Rhonda Courson, Assistant Principal

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Workforce Development

Parents & Students: Join us for a Dual Enrollment and Advanced Placement Meeting on Tuesday, April 4 at 6:00 pm in the auditorium at Sylacauga High School. Representatives from Auburn University, The University of Alabama, Jacksonville State University, and Central Alabama Community College (CACC) will be in attendance. You may arrive early at 5:30 to visit with representatives. They will also be available at the conclusion of the meeting. For more information, contact Deana Goodwine, Director of Workforce Development at deana.goodwine@scsboe.org or Missy Middlebrooks, Career Coach at missy.middlebrooks@scsboe.org.

Representatives from IKO, Imerys, & Bue Bell assisted with mock interviews in Mr. Mosley's Career Math class. Two of our students were able to follow up with actual job interviews!

Nichols-Lawson Middle School students attended the Worlds of Work (WOW) event at the Oxford Civic Center on March 7. Students visited with regional business and industry partners at hands-on interactive booths relating to numerous careers.

Sylacauga High School junior students attended the World of Works Career Expo in Oxford on March 9. Inclement weather caused the event to be shut down shortly after we arrived. However, a few exhibits were visited by students.

We are excited to announce the grand re-opening of Heritage South Credit Union at Sylacauga High School! Students are being trained on banking procedures and are operating the school branch. We are fortunate to have such a wonderful partnership. The students loved spinning the wheel to see what prize they would win. They are learning so much!! Congrats to the grand prize winner, Jaden Jackson!

Alabama Power Workforce Development representative, Jason Watters, spoke to interested students regarding the Lineworker Training Program on March 15. The Lineworker program is conducted through a partnership with several community colleges across the state.

Mrs. Deana Goodwine,

Director of Workforce Development

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Sylacauga City Schools Foundation

Thank you once again to our fabulous partner, Toyota Of Sylacauga, for sharing the love of Sylacauga and our students with their amazing partnership. They presented the February sales check in the amount of $1,170 which represents 39 new cars sold last month. Toyota donates $30 per new car to our local school Foundation. Our teachers submit grants each year for funds to supplement their classrooms. Let's all support Toyota of Sylacauga. It's a Win-Win!!
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