HCS Index

May 31, 2023

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Kevin Pughsley is the 2023 Alternate State Teacher of the Year

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The Hoover City Schools District Secondary Teacher of the Year, Berry Middle School’s Kevin Pughsley, was named the 2023 State Secondary Teacher of the Year and the Alternate State Teacher of the Year. Pughsley attended a special program on May 10 in Montgomery, where the Alabama State Department of Education announced Oak Mountain Middle School’s Jeffrey L. Norris as the State Teacher of the Year and Pughsley as the Alternate State Teacher of the Year.

Pughsley said, “Seventeen years ago, I made the decision to be a teacher following a calling that I felt God had put on my heart. In those years, there have been many joys, tears, laughter, frustrations, successes, and failures in my attempts to build relationships, connect, engage, and challenge my students. I am grateful and humbled to be recognized amongst 55,000 teachers across our state who work to have daily impacts in and outside the classroom. I was told at one point, "I should never be a teacher; I wouldn't be good at it." I learned from that moment the power of words and became determined to make sure every student who walked in my room felt valued and knew they could conquer any dream they wanted to achieve."

Read the District's full story here.

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Hoover High School Senior Highlights

  • Number of Graduates - 631
  • Scholarships Offered - $48,766,628
  • Scholarships Accepted - $15,947,639
  • Military Appointments - 1 to the U.S. Air Force Academy
  • Colleges/Universities Represented -Seniors admitted to 265 colleges
  • 4.0+ GPA - 169
  • Valedictorians - 31
  • National Merit Semi-Finalists - 18
  • National Merit Finalists - 16
  • National Merit Commended - 8
  • National African American Recognition Scholars - 4
  • National Hispanic Recognition Scholars - 1
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Spain Park High School Senior Highlights

  • Number of Graduates - 364
  • Scholarships Offered - $18,615,883
  • Scholarships Accepted - $7,022,835
  • Military Appointments - 3 enlisting, 1 U.S. Naval Academy
  • Colleges/Universities Represented - Seniors were admitted to 143 colleges across 32 states
  • Countries Represented - 3
  • 4.0+ GPA - 67
  • Valedictorians - 13
  • National Merit Finalists - 5
  • National Merit Commended - 5
  • National African American Recognition Scholars - 4
  • U.S. Presidential Scholars Candidates - 2
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Skilled Trades Academy Signing Day at the Riverchase Career Connection Center

2023 Signing Day at Riverchase Career Connection Center

Congratulations to Riverchase Career Connection Center (RC3) students who were signees at the 2023 RC3 Skilled Trades Academy Signing Day held on Thursday, April 27.

Local skilled trades industry companies/partners selected seniors who will begin their careers or apprenticeships after graduation. The students worked hard at RC3 in the Skilled Trades Academy to earn industry-recognized credentials, and were excited to learn which company would hire them. Other RC3 seniors were recognized for being accepted into various colleges.

Shane Nabors, RC3 Skilled Trades Academy director, said, "These kids are on the fast track to success. Some of them have won scholarships with the Hoover Historical Society. They'll leave with over $1,000 worth of tools or $1,000 going to whatever institution they attend."

Watch the highlight video above and click here to learn more about RC3 and its programs!

Bus Driver Shortage May Impact Routes Across the District Next School Year

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School bus routes could look differently next school year if the bus driver shortage in the Hoover City Schools (HCS) District continues. Several bus routes were adjusted this school year in order to manage daily operations and ensure all bus riders have transportation. Jeremy Bradford, HCS director of transportation, says he needs at least 20 additional full-time bus drivers and ten substitute drivers to prevent further changes to school bus routes throughout the District for the 2023-2024 school year.

Steps Being Considered:

  • Allowing interested teachers and certified staff members to serve as bus drivers.

  • Removing stops not used by students who initially registered for bus service but choose not to ride.

  • Creating neighborhood stops instead of house stops.

  • Increasing the number of students assigned to each bus.

  • Transporting different grade levels on the same bus whenever possible.

HCS bus drivers earn $22.00 - $29.30 an hour, and substitutes can earn $45.00 per shift (up to $90.00 per day). Bus drivers can earn more by taking field trip routes at $30.00 an hour.

The HCS transportation department has an on-site trainer who modified the department’s course of study to meet the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration guidelines and trains new prospective bus drivers free of charge. In addition, the transportation department offers reimbursement for an applicant’s Commercial Driver’s License fees.

If you’re interested in applying, please call 205-439-1120. Click here for more information about becoming a bus driver for HCS!

New Hoover Board of Education President and Vice President

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Hoover Board of Education (HBOE) President Amy Tosney, who was recently appointed to a second term on the Board, is passing the gavel.

The HBOE elected Board member Kermit Kendrick (pictured on the left) as the 2023-2024 president during its May regular Board meeting. Kendrick, appointed to the Board in 2017, thanked Tosney for her service as Board president for the past two years, saying her leadership has been very meaningful.

Kendrick said, “I look forward to serving. There’s a lot going on, so I’m willing and ready to continue the business of the Hoover City Schools District and moving forward. We have excellent teachers, excellent administrators, and great students. I’m looking forward to doing whatever we can as a Board to support our district.”

The Board also elected Alan Paquette, appointed to the Board in 2021, as vice president replacing Amy Mudano. Paquette says working with Mudano has been a gift because he gleaned much information from her years of experience.

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Before the Board meeting, the HBOE held a reception honoring Mudano for her five years of service to the Board, including two years as vice president.

Mudano received a sweet gift and lots of kind words and good wishes from those in attendance. Her term ends June 1, 2023.

Mudano said, “I’m going to miss you all. It really has been a wonderful five years and a great learning experience. I’ve learned so much about the school system and the people who work here -- and that’s what really makes it a great system. Being able to work with the four people up here has also been a great joy. This is a really good group that has worked hard to make the best possible decisions we could for the teachers, staff, and students.”

You will be missed, and thank you for your service to Hoover City Schools!

Hoover Schools Recognized for High Performance and Outstanding Programs

Hoover City Schools (HCS) District leaders are celebrating schools that recently received state recognition for high achievement and striving for excellence.

The Alabama State Department of Education recognized Deer Valley and Greystone Elementary Schools for outstanding performance. Hoover High and Spain Park High Schools received the Council for Leaders in Alabama Schools School of Distinction award. Click here to read the District's full story.

Registration is Underway for the 2023-2024 School Year

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It’s time to register your child/children for the upcoming 2023-2024 school year. We strongly recommend completing the registration process now for staffing reasons and teacher placement for your student(s). In addition, registering early gives high schools adequate time to accommodate and schedule requests related to advanced, standard-level, and specialty course sections. For parents of children going to kindergarten next school year, now is the time to register your little ones for a Hoover elementary school!

For important information about new and returning student registration and instructions on registering your student(s), please click here to be redirected to the Enrollment webpage on our website and scroll down to the PowerSchool Enrollment section.

If you’re registering a NEW student, please click on the link provided on the webpage.

For RETURNING students, parents will receive an email with a link to complete their child's registration. Please visit the enrollment webpage for more details.

Meet Hoover High’s New Athletic Director Dr. Harley Lamey

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Congratulations to Hoover High School’s (HHS) new athletic director, Dr. Harley Lamey!

On Wednesday, May 24, the Hoover Board of Education approved Dr. Lamey, Hoover High’s head wrestling coach for the past two seasons, as athletic director replacing Andy Urban. Urban has accepted a position with Mountain Brook City Schools.

Dr. Lamey said, “I appreciate this opportunity. You start in education and have goals and dreams that you want to reach. I was fortunate enough to fulfill one of those goals, and that was to be the head wrestling coach at Hoover High School. Through that, I got to experience something that many parents don’t get to do - I got to coach my own son. This is like that capstone moment for me. To say I’m the athletic director at Hoover High School is a big deal. I know the gravity of it and the weight of the job, and I know I have a good staff around me that will ensure we’re successful.”

During the Board meeting, HHS Principal John Montgomery said there was a wide search for Urban’s replacement. Montgomery says he’s confident in Dr. Lamey’s leadership ability and looks forward to seeing his accomplishments as a member of the HHS administration. Go BUCS!

May is Better Hearing and Speech Month!

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Thank you to Hoover City Schools Speech-Language Pathologists (SLP) for your therapies and the critical work you do daily to support our students!

May is Better Hearing and Speech Month, which brings awareness to communication disorders and the vital role SLPs play in treating these disorders.

We appreciate our SLPs and love the collage they created for Better Hearing and Speech Month!

Green Valley Elementary Celebrates 10 Years of 100% Health Inspection Scores

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Green Valley Elementary School's Child Nutrition Program (CNP) has received perfect health inspection scores for the past ten years. That equates to a total of 30 inspections!

Sandy Lee (pictured on the right), Green Valley's Child Nutrition Program manager, said, "We are proud to serve our community by providing healthy food in an exceptionally clean environment. It is our pleasure to keep this tradition going here at Green valley elementary."

The Hoover City Schools District CNP strives to provide students with the best possible nutrients each day for breakfast and lunch under the best health and safety conditions. Children who eat breakfast are more likely to meet their nutritional needs and have improved memory and focus.

Hoover Students Participate in SEC Baseball Tournament Youth Camp

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Hoover City Schools students had lots of fun at a youth baseball camp on May 22 that kicked off the SEC Baseball Tournament!

Nonprofit Rise 2 Greatness Foundation (formerly Perfect Game Cares) and other partners hosted the free "Grow the Game Youth Baseball Camp" for about 500 Hoover and Birmingham elementary school students in conjunction with the SEC Baseball Tournament.

Former Major Leaguers and local baseball and softball players led various training sessions and drills with the students at the Hoover Met Complex baseball/softball fields. Alan Paquette, vice president of the Hoover Board of Education, was thrilled to be one of the coaches teaching kids how to play the sport he loves!

Paquette said, "Youth sports, in general, teach life lessons that pay off for a lifetime. Baseball challenged me mentally, physically, and emotionally and gave me confidence in other areas of my life. Baseball gave me purpose and direction when I needed it most as an at-risk kid. I hope our time and energy invested in these children inspires many of them to find a sport they love and allow it to be part of their story. It felt great to pay forward a little of what I have received."

All the kids got a free baseball glove, a wiffle ball and bat, an autographed baseball, and other free stuff. Thank you to all of the organizers for providing this exciting experience for our students.

Hoover City Schools Multilingual Parent Advisory Breakfast

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The Hoover City Schools (HCS) District Multilingual Parent Advisory Breakfast was held on May 8 at the Farr Administration Building/central office. English as a Second Language (ESL) Program teachers facilitated discussions with our multilingual families, along with interpreters, to get input about how we can better serve their students.

Natasha Flowers, HCS coordinator of federal programs, testing, and English language services, said, "Hoover City Schools demonstrates its commitment to all students and all families in various ways every day. This meeting was just one such example of this commitment. It shows how much we value parental input and collaboration."

Through this meeting, parents were able to express the successes and concerns they have for their students. Some of the topics include feedback about registration, understanding curriculum and instruction, school sports, and accessing extra-curricular activities and scholarships.

Rebecca Hartley, an ESL teacher at Trace Crossings Elementary School, said, "This event was successful because parents were given unencumbered time to talk. They were able to tell us the things that HCS does well to serve our multilingual community and the things that need improvement. We were able to take notes and reconvene as a team to address some of the areas of concern. It was community and problem-solving at its best."

2023 Cultural Expo at R. F. Bumpus Middle School

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On Thursday, May 4, students and staff at Bumpus Middle School had a unique opportunity to learn about different cultures, cultural traditions, languages, and customs at its Cultural Expo.

The cultural demonstrations included a bagpiper performance, the sport of cricket, and a step show by Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity members from the University of Montevallo. Others in the community volunteered for performances that included African dancing, Mexican Folkloric dancing, Chinese Calligraphy, martial arts, food demonstrations, and so much more.

Marva Raby, a Spanish and French teacher at Bumpus Middle, says being an English as a second language teacher inspired her to begin the Cultural Expo at Bumpus more than 20 years ago.

"The Multicultural Expo was successful because of the awesome team that helped to organize it and because it is completely reliant on voluntary student participation," said Raby. "It is never possible to do an event like this without all Bumpus stakeholders: students, parents, teachers, and the business community. It is an amazing feeling to watch this event get better year after year with everyone learning and appreciating each other for what they bring to the table culturally."

More than 75 countries were represented, and many of the exhibits were presented by students alongside their parents.

Outdoor Learning Initiative at Hoover High School

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On Friday, May 19, Hoover High School (HHS) held a ribbon cutting and dedication for its Outdoor Classroom. The Outdoor Classroom project creates a space that fosters students’ appreciation for nature while improving mental health and academic performance. Phase 1 has eight different stations for learning about environmental sustainability and conservation.

The Learning Stations include the following:

  • Butterfly Garden
  • Frog/Toad Habitat
  • Native Pollinator Station
  • Songbird Station
  • Decomposition Station
  • Solar Panel Station
  • Sensory Garden for Special Education
  • Mindscape Station

Senior Lucy Wills is the co-president of Hoover High’s BioBucs, which led efforts to create the Outdoor Classroom. She hopes it’ll help students with their mental health and says the space provides students with an area to relax and forget about their daily pressures and problems.

Wills said, “In my own life, I often struggle with anxiety and sometimes struggle with my mental health. When I go outside, being in nature is a relief. There are so many people, like my friends, people in the STEM class, principals, and community leaders, who have been so passionate about this project and devoted their time and energy, and have been so encouraging. It’s cool to see how many people have gathered around this project and how it has grown. I’m proud that, even though I won’t be here to use it, it will continue.”

HHS was recognized by the National Wildlife Federation’s Eco-Schools USA program for exceptional achievement in educating for sustainability and improving the environmental footprint of the school grounds, facility, and curriculum. Read more here.

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