What's Happening at SPARKMAN

May 4-9, 2015

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AP Exams May 4-13: Important Information and Schedule

  • AP Testing will BEGIN at 8 AM starting Monday, May 4 - May 13. College Board allows for a very narrow window of time to begin the exam, so adjustments to meet their time requirement are necessary. Hence, the 8 AM start time. Students' teachers will provide detailed instructions and ALSO they will be serving breakfast for their class at 7:30 on test day. Please check and see if your child's teacher needs assistance with this effort.

  • Any student that is late to school must enter through the cafeteria doors at the courtyard entrance, walk down the foreign-language hallway through the gym 1 lobby doors to the attendance office for checking in or out. The outside doors to gym two will be locked all day.
  • All English classes must walk through the English hall outside doors.
  • All PE classes that are located in gym two will be relocated to gym one for the next two weeks starting Monday.
  • All bells will be turned off during AP testing.
  • Due to testing starting at 8 AM there will be no morning announcements. The moment of silence and Pledge of Allegiance will be conducted in the individual classrooms.

AP Exam Schedule:

May 4- Environmental Science, Chemistry, Psychology

May 5- Calculus AB and BC

May 6- English Literature and Composition 12

May 7- Computer Science

May 8- US History

May 11- Physics C- Mechanics, Biology

May 12- Government and Politics: US

May 13- English Literature and Composition 11, AP Statistics

Monday, May 4

  • Sparkman SHS Writers Club Meeting
  • Sparkman Boys Basketball Tryouts- See flyer below for more information
  • May 4th-9th-Ignite a Spark week at Sparkman 9!
  • Sparkman Takedown Club Meetin- 6 PM- S9 Cafeteria
  • Madison County BOE Working Sessions- 5:15 PM All meetings are open to public.

Tuesday, May 5

  • SHS First Priority- 8 AM Gym 2
  • Sparkman PTO hosts Faculty/Staff Appreciation Luncheon at SHS
  • Sparkman Boys Basketball Tryouts- See flyer below for more information
  • Sparkman Quarterback Club Meeting- 6 PM SHS Gym 1

Wednesday, May 6

  • Sparkman Basketball
  • Sparkman PTO hosts Faculty/Staff Appreciation Luncheon at S9
  • School Nurse Day

Thursday, May 7

  • S9 First Priority/FCA- 7 AM S9 Auditorium
  • Sparkman Band- Spring Concert 6:30 PM SHS Gym 1
  • Sparkman Journalism Banquet- 5:00 PM SHS Cafeteria
  • Sparkman Boys Basketball Tryouts- See flyer below for more information
  • S9 SGA’s final service project will be at Manna House, 4:00 pm to 6:30 pm, in conjunction with Ignite a Spark Week.

Friday, May 8

  • Sparkman Softball- Regional Tournament
  • Sparkman Baseball- Final Four
  • Sparkman Powder Puff Game 2 PM
  • Sparkman Gay-Straight Alliance Meeting- 3:30 PM

Saturday, May 9

  • Sparkman Softball- Regional Tournament
  • Sparkman Baseball- Final Four

S9 Updates

  • All library books and overdue fines are due Monday, May 11th. The library will close for inventory May 11th - 21st. *Students may continue to use the library computers during inventory.

  • Additional copies of the yearbook are on sale for $55 and can be purchased in Mrs. Mathheus's room, room 126.
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  • May 8- Deadline for June 13 ACT
  • May 11- Senior Awards 5:30 PM Gym 1
  • May 11/12- Graduation Cap and Gown Distribution in Gym 1
  • May 11/12- Graduation Ticket distribution
  • May 12- Make-up day for Juniors who missed the April 28 ACT
  • May 12- JROTC Booster Meeting- 6 PM SHS Cafeteria
  • May 13-14- Senior Finals
  • May 14- Cross Country Meeting/Boosters
  • May 14- Color Guard Meeting
  • May 14- Spring Football game vs Austin
  • May 15- Graduation Practice- Mandatory!
  • May 15- Senior Picnic 11 AM- 2 PM at SHS
  • May 16- Sparkman Band F3 Day
  • May 20-21- Final Exams- 1/2 day
  • May 28- Report Cards

Want to see Prom photos? Check it out!!

Check out the 2015 Sparkman Prom photos on the Sparkman High School Facebook Page!

2015 Prom King and Queen: Roderick Sims & Michaela Alexander
2015 Prom Prince and Princess: Mason Edwards & Cassie Foshee

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SENIOR PARENTS! We Need Your Help!

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Challenge Youth Leadership Program!

The Challenge Youth Leadership Program application deadline has been extended to May 22. This program is offered by Leadership Huntsville/Madison County and open to students entering grades 9-12. Visit the link for more information and for the downloadable application.


North Alabama Youth Leadership

North Alabama Youth Leadership is accepting applications for the Youth Leadership program. This program was formerly known as the Barnes & Noble Youth Advisory Board. We are taking this youth leadership to the next level. Thanks to great partnerships with: YMCA, HudsonAlpha, National Children's Advocacy Center,
Alabama Autism Society

Students chosen for the program will have a Kick Off Team Building afternoon at the YMCA Camp Cha-La-Kee with a follow up meeting once a month on a Sunday from 6:00pm-6:50pm. After our kick off event in August our program will run September - April. The kids will also get an opportunity to tour all the above facilities and learn what it takes to work for these companies one day.

This program is available at NO COST to the kids and/or their parents. Also, their is NO GPA requirement, as it doesn't take money or straight A's to be a leader - just character and a passion!

Deadline for applications is May 31, 2015. For more info visit their Facebook page or email the program director

Maggie Clark
Program Director

May 19- Early Dismissal for Sparkman Cluster schools

Sparkman HS Cluster Schools (Monrovia MS, Sparkman MS, Monrovia ES, Legacy, Harvest, Endeavor, and Madison Cross Roads) will dismiss early on May 19th to provide students and teachers the opportunity to attend graduation.

· High Schools and Middle Schools will dismiss at 12:00 noon

· Elementary Schools will dismiss at 1:00 pm

Seniors: Final Transcript Info!

All final transcripts for seniors will need to be requested on a special form located in Guidance. If requested by May 15, 2015 if will be at no charge, after this date it will be $5.00 and requested through the normal process.

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Madison County Schools Drivers Ed Program at S9

Registration will be Thursday, May 28th @ 8am on Sparkman 9 Campus for the first 90 students
--Fee: $120 for students attending any Madison County School
$145 for out of district students
--The following are required at the time of registration:
1. Copy of driving permit
2. Registration fee in cash, personal check, cashier’s check or money order made payable to Sparkman 9th Grade School
--All classes will be held on the Sparkman 9th Grade Campus in the small auditorium

More information and registration form at this link:

Summer School Info

Madison County School System Credit Recovery 2015 Sparkman 9th Grade School: June 1st -26th (Monday-Friday each week).

Registration: May 26-29 (Tuesday-Friday) @ Sparkman 9th Grade School Out of district students may only register on Friday, May 29th, 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. $300 for first course; $150 for an additional course (due prior to beginning 2nd course). No personal checks.

More information at this link: https://www.madison.k12.al.us/Schools/s9gs/Documents/Credit%20Recovery%202015%20(S9GS).pdf

Registration Form at this link: https://www.madison.k12.al.us/Schools/s9gs/Documents/Credit%20Recovery%20Registration%20Form%202015%20(S9GS).pdf

Madison City Schools also offers summer classes. Information for out of district students can be found at this link: http://data.madisoncity.k12.al.us/documents/Registration/summerschool%202015%20-%20Copy.pdf

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2015 Sparkman Summer Reading Grades 9-12

Click this button to get information about 2015 Summer Reading and Assignments

Sparkman Tutoring

S9 Tutoring: Tuesdays and Thursdays-Room 134

7:50 a.m. - 8:20 a.m.
3:20 p.m. - 3:50 p.m.

Tutoring at SHS! Tutoring for all SHS Math and Science classes begins this week in the Library on Tuesday afternoons from 3:30 to 4:15 pm and Thursday mornings from 7:45 to 8:30 am. Morning students wanting to enter before 8:00 will need to use the glass doors by the front office and arrive by 7:45 am.

Sparkman Engineering

Three of Sparkman's Engineering students: Senior, Meagen Reiner; Junior, George Yuan; and Sophomore, Brandon Moore were asked to participate in an "intern day" at MITRE for take your child to work day. The company was very impressed with our students and enjoyed hosting them for the day!
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Coach Coggins' Off the Bench Basketball Camp

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Coach Delay's Camp of Champions

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Sparkman Soccer Camp

SHS Senator Soccer is hosting the Senator Soccer Camp May 15, 16 & 18 at Senator Stadium for kids ages 8-14. For more information and to sign up, visit www.sparkmansoccer.org/camp.html

Sparkman Baseball

Sparkman baseball beats Huntsville to advance to the FINAL FOUR. Watch for more info here!

Great photos and a recap of the game here!

Sparkman Softball

Sparkman Softball won the Area Tournament and advances to Regional Tournament to be held at the Huntsville Sportsplex. Watch for more information here!

Sparkman Golf

Stephanie Whitman advances to Sub-state play on May 5!

Sparkman Track

Sparkman had several athletes move on to State Competition. Freshman Lauryn Hall medals in the 200 dash, taking third place in the State!! Go Lauryn!
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2015 Sparkman Color Guard New Members- Congratulations!

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2015 ACT Test Dates & Deadlines

Test Date: June 13, 2015

Registration Deadline: May 8, 2015 | Late Fee Required: May 9–22, 2015

ACT Online Registration

ACT Test Prep

ACT Online Test Prep

Please Note: All current eleventh graders (Class of 2016) will take the ACT Plus Writing at Sparkman (free of charge) on Tuesday, April 28, 2015. The make-up date for the ACT Plus Writing assessment is scheduled for Tuesday, May 12, 2015.

2015 SAT Test Dates & Deadlines

Test Date: June 6, 2015

Registration Deadline: May 8, 2015 | Late Registration: May 27, 2015

* Deadlines expire at midnight, EDT (U.S.).

SAT Online Registration

SAT Website

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Congratulations to Sparkman High School's Brandon C. Martin, National Merit Scholarship Finalist!

Brandon is among "nineteen Alabama students, including nine from Madison County, who are a select group of American high school seniors who won corporate-sponsored National Merit Scholarship awards announced this week." Read all about Brandon's awesome achievement here:

Sparkman Senator is a Gates Millenium Scholar!

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Congratulations to Sparkman's Cody Kirkland who attends Precision Machining at the Madison County Career Technical Center. He placed 1st in the Alabama SkillsUSA State Computer Numerical Controlled Programming Milling Contest and will have the opportunity to represent Madison County Schools and Alabama at the National SkillsUSA Contest in June. Way to go Cody!
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The BYOT Wi-Fi Access is Now LIVE at S9 and SHS!

Please review the Madison County School System Bring Your Own Technology Student User Agreement.


Madison County Code of Conduct

Deliveries to SHS

Students will not receive deliveries during classes. Instruction Time will NOT be interrupted to allow deliveries or for students to report to the office to pick up anything. Students may stop by the office between classes or after school to pick up items.

Principal's Prior Permission Policy

All requests must be submitted to the Principal on the approved request form at least 20 days prior to the date of the requested absence. Students may not exceed five (5) Principal’s Prior Permission (PPP) excuses per school year. The following reasons may be coded using PPP (6X).

  • Military circumstances related to the deployment or return of a parent/custodian
  • Accompany parent/custodian on an overnight school trip that involves a sibling (i.e. cheer competition, band trip, etc.)
  • Visit to college/university campus
    • Limit of 2
    • A third visit may be approved for an exceptional circumstance (i.e. athletic scholarship, academic scholarship, etc.)
  • Obtaining a driver’s permit or license
  • Legislative Page or other opportunity to participate in an operation of one of the three branches of government
  • Parent or sibling graduation from college or a military ceremony
  • If bus fails to run or pick child up and parent has no means of transportation (must verify with bus driver or transportation department)
  • Military Entrance Processing Station (MEPS) scheduled by recruiter
  • Catastrophic event (fire, flood (not weather-related), eviction) that results in loss of housing or a temporary change of housing
  • Extenuating Safety Threat (escaped prisoner, threat of school shooting, etc.)

Any absence not identified in the above list should be decided on a consistent case by case basis by the Principal. Principals in feeder patterns should consult with one another before a decision is made when siblings are involved.

MCBOE Approved: 08/04/2014

Principal's Prior Permission Form

Check-In/Check-Out Procedures

  • Students who plan to check out should bring a written permission note to the Attendance Office the morning they plan to check out. Notes should have parents signature and a telephone number for verification.

  • Students checking in should enter the building at Gym 2 and proceed to the Attendance Office. DO NOT ENTER THE MAIN ENTRANCE!

  • Absence notes for S9 students should be turned in to the Attendance Office(across from the Library) or put in the black box on the concession stand counter(across from Cafeteria). At SHS, students should turn in absence notes to the Attendance Office(Across from Gym 2).
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Update on Brittany Eakin, the Sparkman Jr who was recently diagnosed with cancer:

She is being released from the hospital and moving to her home away from home. It may be months before she is back in the Harvest area. Can we rally some support for her? Her address is: Brittany Eakin, room 2005, c/o Tri Delta Place 350 North Third St. Memphis, TN 38105. Can we send her some mail to encourage her? This is a simple way to let her know we are thinking about her and praying for her. When she starts her radiation, she will be moving to the Ronald McDonald House.

Sparkman Family, please keep Sparkman junior, Brittany Eakin and her family in your thoughts and prayers. Tuesday night a baseball-sized, cancerous tumor was discovered on her brain & she was immediately taken to LeBonheur Children's Hospital in Memphis where doctors were able to remove the mass. Brittany has a long road to recovery ahead of her. Please share & ask everyone to continue to pray for this family.

If you can assist the family financially, please do so at Brittany's "Go Fund Me" Page(link below). All funds will be used to help pay for daily expenses, medical bills, and trips to St Jude's for follow up treatment. Go Fund Me Link: http://www.gofundme.com/pfbvr8

Dear Sparkman Family,

On April 9, 2015, two of our Sparkman Middle School students lost their home and all of their belongings to fire. They are also now in the custody of their 19 year old sister. A Go fund Me account has been set up to raise money to help these students replace some of the items that they lost in the fire. http://www.gofundme.com/rk7p8s

If you would like to donate clothing, food, or other items in lieu of money, or if you would like to help in some other way, please message me and I will send you the specifics on sizes and items needed. Thank you so much!

Please forward this information to anyone who may want to help.

Jennifer H. Whitt
Sparkman Middle School

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Contact Sparkman PTO

Publix Partners Cards

Publix Partners Cards! Please don't forget to let the clerk scan your Publix card every time you check out at Publix! SHS/S9 receives a percentage of the quarterly total!! You can get your card at either SHS and S9 school offices or we can make arrangements to get cards to you. We need every Sparkman HS/S9 parent, student, grandparent to use their cards at Publix. This is EASY money for our school!

Note- There is no S9 card, the Sparkman High School card is for SHS and S9. PTO uses the funds for events and activities at both schools.

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Legacy Elementary School

Legacy Newsletter:

Please don't forget about the PTO meeting scheduled for Monday, May, 4th at 6:30<x-apple-data-detectors://0> in the Cub Cafe. You don't want to miss the special performance by Legacy's Choir Club!

Also, everything is coming together nicely for teacher appreciation week. The PTO will have a catered lunch for the teachers and staff on Tuesday and Thursday. Friday's lunch is also being provided by Millar Chiropractic. Make sure to check out the PTO website www.legacypto.com<http://www.legacypto.com/> to see the schedule of daily events as well as teacher and staff favorites forms. I will continue to add the favorites forms as they come in.

Thank you ALL for your support of Legacy teachers and staff. We are really looking forward to a great Teacher Appreciation week!

If you have any questions, please contact me at volunteers@legacypto.com<mailto:volunteers@legacypto.com>.

Joy Reed
V.P. of Volunteers
Legacy PTO

Harvest Elementary School

Endeavor Elementary School

Monrovia Elementary School

Madison Cross Roads

Monrovia Middle School

  • May 7th is the last day students may charge into the negative in their lunch accounts. They must have money in their account or cash/check with them.
  • Any 6th or 7th grade boy interested in trying out for the Monrovia Middle basketball team needs to pick up a packet from either Coach Herrera (6th grade) or Coach Martin (7th grade). Tryouts are May 11th, 13th and 15th.
  • 8th grade graduation is May 20th

Sparkman Middle School