Spotlight

October 21, 2019

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New Superintendent- Allen Perkins

Monday night, the Madison County Board of Education named Mr. Allen Perkins to be our system’s new superintendent. Mr. Perkins is currently the Director of Equity and Innovation at Madison County Schools. He has been with the Madison County School system since 2002, working as a teacher, an assistant principal, a middle school principal, and as the Supervisor of Instruction until being named to his current position.


Mr. Perkins will fill the remaining term of Matt Massey, who resigned earlier this year to become President of the Alabama School for Engineering and Cyber Technology.


Mr. Perkins projected start date is November 4, 2019. Mr. Perkins bio information is available at this link.

Madison County Schools received its state report card results today and we are very proud to report systemwide we received an A. Because of the wonderful things occurring in our schools, we are excited to report that 10 schools increased their scores. We have seen consistent improvement in our system over the past three years and we are looking forward to continuing that trend. Madison County Schools educate more than 19,500 students from Pre-K to grade 12.

#IgniteExcellenceMCSS #WeMadeAnA #ProudOfOurStudentsAndTeachers


View the ALSDE report card at this link:

http://34.221.240.10/Alsde/SelectSchool
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TechConnect

Madison County Schools is proud to announce TechConnect, the phased integration of technology into our classrooms! A major rollout of over 9,000 Chromebooks began this week and the integration of new technology into our schools will continue for the foreseeable future.


Why is TechConnect important? This technology allows MCSS students to do extensive online research, enter the global classroom to actively engage other students and teachers around the world, and complete classwork digitally. #IgniteExcellenceMCSS #TechConnect #TechForStudents

National Principals Month

This month we are honoring the amazing principals leading MCSS schools. We appreciate your dedication, inspiration, and determination on behalf of our students and employees.


Front row: Jeff Malone(Riverton ES), Amy McCutcheon(Buckhorn MS), Sheila Jones (Hazel Green ES), Tracey Wray(Walnut Grove), Keri Smith(New Market), Amy Mason(Madison Co ES), Renee Headen(Monrovia ES), Jenny McAlister(Endeavor), Quinn Headen(Hazel Green HS), Melissa Robertson(Career Tech Administrator), Adam Hampton(Owens Cross Rds)


Second row: Jennifer Whitt(Sparkman MS), Cameron Whitlow(Meridianville MS), Daniel Evans(Moores Mill IS), Jeremy Lowry(Madison Co HS), David Manning(New Hope HS), Travis Schrimsher(Monrovia MS), Jamie Burton(New Hope ES), Alex Hughes(Central), Tammie Burger(Lynn Fanning), Chris Shaw(Sparkman HS), Anthony Thompson(Legacy), Lavell Everett(PACE), Chris Gunnels(Harvest)


Not pictured: Todd Markham(Buckhorn HS), Linda Arredondo(Madison Cross Rds), Martin Hester(Sparkman 9), Rhonda Booth (Mt. Carmel), Michelle Stovall(Riverton IS), Tandy Shumate(Virtual Academy Administrator)

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TechConnect

Chromebooks for our students arrived this week!
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Student Helpers

Several of our NHS seventh graders have the opportunity to be helpers throughout the school each afternoon during WIN time. These students assist teachers by reading with students, helping with projects, and other assigned tasks each day. Not only are they helping teachers, they’re building friendships with our younger students.

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AR Goals !

Congratulations to Mrs. Hill’s second graders who met their AR reading goal

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Fall Festival

We had a fantastic turn out for our fall festival. There were games galore, a petting zoo, a bounce house, goldfish to be won, and more. Students had a great time at this event!
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TechConnect

We're excited about the new Chromebooks and charging carts that arrived for our students this week!
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Battle4Bates!

Our entire student body is supporting the fight for breast cancer in honor of our very own Assistant Principal Carla Bates as she conquers breast cancer! #battle4bates #breastcancerawareness #onetribe
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Cross Country

Congratulations to Coach Forbes and the NHHS Cross Country Team for the great finish at Columbia High School. Four team members placed at the tournament.


Cross Country at Guntersville Tournament

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Thanks, Mr. Manning!

Celebrating National Principals Month! Thank you for all you do at NHHS!
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Owens Cross Roads School is WILD about READING!!!

Our Owens Cross Roads 1st grade students ended their Unit 1 in Reading by taking a Safari at our school! The students were able to rotate through the other 1st grade classrooms for special experiences in art, music and games!

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Give-A-Hand

The Give-A-Hand club put in some hard work and really enhanced Endeavor’s outdoor classroom. They weeded the area and cleaned the environment of trash and debris.

Fourth Grade Cub Leader

Endeavor cub Bella Carrasquel got a surprise visit at the beginning of her fall break!! Congrats Bella on being chosen as the outstanding leader for the month of September in the 4th grade! EES is very proud of you!

Grandparents Day

The Endeavor Cubs celebrated our grandparents with lunch, conversation, and hugs for all!

First Grade Fun

First grade students had a blast at Lyon’s Family Farms. They enjoyed a day of climbing, rolling, playing in corn and harvesting pumpkins.

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HES/SPARKMAN HOMECOMING CELEBRATION

Harvest Elementary School had a wonderful time celebrating homecoming dress-up days with Sparkman High School. They also had a tailgating party at the HES tent. Great food, great company, and a great game to follow. Everybody had a great time!

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FOOTBALL ROOM TRANSFORMATION

The 2nd Grade Classrooms had Football Room Transformation! They had a ball designing and building a goal post, designing and drawing their own jersey, doing math fact speed drills, engaging in “Game On” football problem solving, and enjoying football snacks! #ThisIsHarvest #WritingOurStory #ClassroomTransformation

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Celebrating National Principals Month

We are so proud to have Mr. Gunnels as our principal at Harvest. He always goes that extra mile to make sure that all of our students and the staff are taken care of. He is a loving man with a big heart and a love for education.

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ROCK YOUR SCHOOL DAY

Teachers had a great time wearing their “Rock Your School” t-shirts. They were even glowing in the dark. It was a great day to celebrate learning at Harvest School! #WeAreHarvest

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Leaders of the Month

Congratulations to our students who were selected as MXR Leaders of the Month for October! These students were selected by teachers and staff for their leadership and character displayed at school.

Harper Cobb

Jadius Sales

Ella Cecil

Novalee Apodaca

Aliyah Hann

Ruby Hernandez

Kayden Henson

Cara Driggers

Jeremy Davion Troupe

Caroline Lohse

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SHOUT OUT to the BEST CUSTODIANS EVER!

Happy National Custodians Day

Plant Manager - Mike Buchanan
Custodians:
Greg Curtis
Sharron Schrimsher
Bill Walsh
Jason Henry

Construction Zone!!!!!

5th grade constructed Summaries using informational text.

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Congratulations to our October Students of the Month!

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PE Fun

Our PE department got some new equipment in the past few weeks. Our students have really enjoyed playing the new games.

Sparkman Senators Visit

We got a visit from the Sparkman Senators! The cheerleaders, football team, and band members stopped by to "pep" up our students. It was so great to see some former Hawks!

Johnny Appleseed Day

Mrs. Davidson's 1st grade class got to enjoy apple tasting on Johnny Appleseed Day. Parents sent in various types of apple treats and students were able to pick their favorites.
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World Smile Day

Our lunch ladies went all out to celebrate World Smile Day!

Helping out at Free to Teach

Students from Monrovia volunteered at Free to Teach recently. They sorted and bundled thousands of bandaids!

How a Bill Becomes a Law

Students in Mrs. Daniel and Coach Cotton’s classes created their own bills, sent them through congressional committees, and through the house and senate as they learned “How a Bill Becomes a Law.”

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Volleyball

Congratulations to these two talented young ladies who were the All County Volleyball Tournament recipients for MMS:


Katie Word- 8th grade (left) and Megan Wilbanks- 7th grade (right)! Way to go ladies!!!

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Baseball

The Sparkman baseball team had an amazing experience helping the Miracle League finish out their fall season!!! They wait until they can do it again in the Spring!
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Cross Country

Congratulations to the Sparkman Cross Country Varsity Boys team for their 1st place finish at the HSV Metro/Madison County Championships!!!
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CTE Student of the Month

Congratulations to Horacio Hernandez, a Sparkman High School and Career Tech Welding student, for being selected as the CTE October Student Of The Month. Horacio is a second year Dual Enrollment Welding student and currently holds the position of president of his CTSO.



Horacio shows great passion for his profession and is always willing to help others. He assists others by welding broken items brought into the shop. Congratulations, Horacio! You are well-deserving and represent MCCTC well.

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2019 Blue Ribbon 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 and staff. This our third time to earn the designation and the only one in the country so far this year!

Supporting Learning

As we work to ensure every student has the time and support to learn essential skills and concepts, SMS has recently implemented tutorial time twice weekly. During this 30 minute period, students are required to attend either a mandatory tutorial based on their current needs or have the option to attend an open tutorial of their choice. Recent tutorials have included a graphic novel "book tasting" in the library with Mrs. Smith and Mrs. Epps, grammar review of the parts of speech with Mrs. Brewer, and fractions practice with Mrs. Davis.

Pep Rally Club Rolls out the Red Carpet

The pep rally club recently rolled out the red carpet for our teachers and students as they brought Hollywood home for our first pep rally of the year! For their first major event, the club planned, prepared, and executed a fun morning of school spirit, celebrations, and friendly competition. Students enjoyed a red carpet experience, complete with a velvet rope, red carpet, photographers and sparkling decor. Students enjoyed dressing up as their favorite celebrities or in the Hollywood style. We are proud of this student planned and led event, and look forward to what else the Pep Rally Club has in store for us in the future!

Thank you!

We are grateful for our custodians every day, but especially on Custodian Appreciation Day! They always go above and beyond to make our school sparkle!
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Three Levels of Reading Lesson

Coach Standeffer’s students have been working on the LTF lesson "Three Levels of Reading" with To Kill a Mockingbird. This collaborative project allows students to practice their analytical reading skills. The threelevels are reading on the line, reading between the lines, and reading beyond the lines.

Congratulations!

Congratulations to these teachers for receiving their Google Educator Certification!

1st row, left to right: Trey Standeffer, Shannon McGee, Ronnie Watson

2nd row, left to right: Tim Williams, Erica Rodriguez

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2019 Homecoming Court


Whitney Brooks (9), Amiya Moore (10), Jada Dixon (11), Alexis Smith (12), Delaine Tucker (12), Tamara Garner (Queen), Anna Grace Johnson (12), Lauren Woodard (12), Autumn Calloway (11), Rachel Jordan (10), and Cormariah Alexander (9)

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Female Outstanding Choral Student Award Winner- Andrea Mastin

Buckhorn High School Concert & Chamber Choir senior Andrea Mastin was awarded Female Outstanding Choral Student Award for Madison County Choral Directors Association!


Andrea had to prepare a solo vocal piece, interview with a large panel, and present a resume highlighting her choral leadership, honor choirs, and All-State participation. Andrea will compete on the district level in November! Congratulations Andrea!

Volleyball

Congratulations to Varsity Volleyball - 2019 Madison County Runner-up!


Congratulations to JV Volleyball - 2019 Madison County Champions!
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Huntsville Hospital/D1 Sports/TOC Sports Athlete of the Week

Congratulations to Nathan Kirby for being chosen as the Huntsville Hospital/D1 Sports/TOC Sports Athlete of the Week for week 2 in September



Nathan Kirby
Buckhorn High School, 3.5 GPA

Varsity Soccer & Cross Country
Varsity Starter – Soccer & Cross Country / Lettered as Freshman / Secured multiple defensive blocks throughout the season
A/B Honor Roll / ACT Score: 28
Mission Trip Volunteer – Dominican Republic / English Tutor for children / Church Volunteer

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Spirit Week

Our band, cheerleaders, and students cheered on the football team with a special Spirit Week pep rally.


We celebrated Spirit Week in style. (Left Photo: Mr. Kennedy, Mrs. McNeeley, and Mrs. McCutcheon) (Right Photo: student and Mrs. McCutcheon)

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What's your boiling point?

Mrs. Kennedy-Meeker's 8th grade science class explored boiling points for items such as nickel and lead in science lab.
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Book Talk

7th grade students in Mrs. Huffman's English class presented their book talks.

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2019 Scholastic Read-a-Palooza Summer Reading Challenge

Mt. Carmel Elementary has been named "BEST IN STATE" in the 2019 Scholastic Read-a-Palooza Summer Reading Challenge for the second year in a row. Mt. Carmel students read and logged more minutes than students in any other school in Alabama. Mt. Carmel will be recognized along with the other Best in State schools nationwide in the 2020 Scholastic Book of World Records to be released on November 5, 2019. This nationwide program helps students develop a love of reading and keeps kids' minds active by encouraging summer reading and preparing them for a successful school year ahead
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Artnasium

Mrs. Hazen and Mrs. Haithcock’s first grade students use their creativity and imagination at the Artnasium! Students had a great time painting pumpkins, having dramatic play, playing games, and more!

Farm Week

Mrs. Smith, Mrs. Rowland, and Ms. Shockley’s classes got to wrap up “Farm Week” with real goats. A big thanks to Mr. Rick Lemons for bringing Ally and Princess to the classroom. The kids got to make a real world connection between what they’ve been learning and the real thing. They got to feed them, brush them, and learn more about what it takes to raise goats.
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WeDo Robotics Coding

A group of students in kindergarten through third grade stay after school each Tuesday to investigate the world of coding through WeDo Robotics. Mr. Pete from Huntsville Steamworks guides the students as they use Chromebooks and Legos to build a variety of robots. The students will then program these robots to follow a variety of commands!
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Design and Engineering Fun!

Mrs. Cromer’s first grade class made bird houses! The students each came up with their own ideas and then broke into groups where they collaborated coming up with a plan for their bird house, taking aspects from each of their designs. During our AR party, they got to see their designs come to life! The kiddos will add them to our outdoor classroom area!
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AR Party

Mrs. Osborn’s first grade class camped out today at their AR party, because they all met their reading goals! Proud of these kiddos and their love of reading and learning!

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Thanks, Mr. Malone!

October is National Principals Month! Help us thank our fearless leader, Mr. Jeff Malone, for all he does for our students, school, staff, and community! He is the glue that holds our school together!

Outdoor Classroom

RES partnered with the Alabama Wildlife Federation to build an outdoor classroom filled with STEM learning stations for our kiddos. We had a workday where parents, students, teachers, and Buckhorn students helped us prepare our learning stations. We now have a weather station, measurement wall, cardinal directions sign, pollinator garden, sensory garden, box turtle habitat, worm bin, bog garden, vegetable garden, and a songbird sanctuary!
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National Principals Month

We are so thankful for Dr. Jones! She is a leader, a teacher, an encourager, and a friend. Thank you, Dr. Jones, for ALL you do every day, in so many ways, and always with a smile!

Science is Stem-Ulating!

Our 2nd-4th graders got to explore real-world science this morning with the UAH STEM Lab. Students worked with college professors and students to learn more about virtual reality and 3D printing. One student exclaimed, “Science is fun now!” Yes, it is.

House Day and Club Day!

At HGE we have four houses - Argos, Athens, Sparta, and Troy. Every student belongs to a House and within those Houses we have families. On House Day all the families get together for some special time. This allows our students to belong to a group other than their classroom, gives students a chance to make friends with students in other grades, and gives all of us a sense of camaraderie as we grow together. On Club Day all of our students participate in clubs with different topics that include art, games, technology, STEM, dance, and many other activities. It's one of our favorite days!

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Attendance Counts!

We celebrated Attendance Awareness Month today at The Green with a little parade featuring some of our kiddos, safety patrol, the high school band and cheerleaders! Attendance matters, attendance counts!

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Students Participate in Madison County Honor Choir

Congratulations to these students for participating in the Madison County Honor Choir! They rehearsed with community directors and guest clinicians from Vanderbilt University. They participated in a beautiful concert at Randolph Upper School.


Congratulations to Cody Brooks who was named Male Outstanding Choral Student for Madison County!


9th Grade- Violette Sanders


10th Grade- Isaniris Cavo, Ava Cook, Bo Fergusen, James Hannum, Will Makamson, Mallory Manglona


11th Grade- Aly Bates, Sasha Brant, Alyson Brown, Francisco Cavo, Corbynn Conway, Bailey, Grace Flynn, Caleb Gatlin, Ally Gentry, Adam Paseur


12th Grade- Krystal Adams, Chloe Bishop, Skyler Bradford, Cody Brooks, Laurel Carter, Cerynn Conway, Julie Gann, Dayne Long, Jay Moore, Blake Williams, Claire Zimmerman

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HGHS Students of the Month

Congratulations to our outstanding students of the month! We're proud of you for your hard work and leadership in the classroom. Keep up the great work!


9th Grade: Alivia Burwell and Luke Johnson

10th Grade: Delainey Harris and Leo Zimmerman

11th Grade: Preslee Esslinger and Rodridguez Stuckey

12th Grade: Skyler Bradford and Gavin Broadley

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Lady Trojans Reign as Madison County Champs

Congratulations to our varsity volleyball team for winning the Madison County Tournament held at HGHS! This is the seventh year in a row that the Lady Trojans have claimed the title. Gracie Lynn Butler (MVP), Hannah Hampel, and Catherine Smith were named to the All-Tournament Team. Way to go, Lady Trojans!

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Trojan Football Hosts First Flush Cancer Pink Game

On October 11th, HGHS hosted its first "Flush Cancer" PINK Game to benefit St. Jude's Children's Hospital. We asked the Trojan Nation to pink out the stadium, and they did! Even the logos on the field were painted pink! Players wore special pink jerseys with names on the back of loved ones who have been affected by cancer. Thanks to everyone who supported this worthy cause!

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Farm Week

Lynn Fanning celebrated Farm Week with students learning all about different areas of farming. Students learned about farm animals, equipment, honey bees and much more!


First grade classes were able to see a tractor up close! Thank you to all our special guests who helped share their knowledge about farming with us!

Thanks, Mr. Walker

Mr. Steve Walker, Plant Manager, goes to any height to make sure LFES is in tip top shape.
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Thanks, Mrs. Wray!

Walnut Grove would like to recognize our principal, Tracey Wray. Mrs. Wray takes responsibility for our school's success to heart. She is leading teaching and learning and works to build a strong school community. She is dedicated to the work that has the most impact on student learning and that build a positive culture at the school. We appreciate her dedication and passion for our community. Happy National Principals Month, Mrs. Wray
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Moms Night of Fun

The PBIS Committee hosted Moms Night of Fun for MCES families!
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Watch Dogs

MCES had our first WATCH DOG of the year! Watch Dogs are Dads of Great Students! We love our Watch Dog volunteers!
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MCES Ambassadors

MCES Ambassadors worked in the morning carline to welcome all our students back from Fall Break!
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Cowabunga!

MCES students enjoyed Cowabunga, our first nine weeks behavior celebration! The ice cream was “moo”velous!
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MCVA Represented at UAB Day!

The Virtual Academy was well represented by Bethany Martin at UAB day. We are so proud of the hard work this lady has invested in her education. At this event Bethany was able to preview what life on the UAB campus might be like. Everyone at MCVA is wishing Bethany much success and we look forward to seeing which college she chooses.

Are you ready for College Night? MCVA students and parents are!

Jamie Kubik hosted a packed house at the MCCTC lab as parents and students came out shared questions and concerns with Mrs. Kubik and a panel of representatives from various colleges. Students learned more about different colleges about the process of applying to colleges. Students left with a network of advisors and lots of resources to help them make the right decision for them.

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MCVA Students Know how to Rock!

Check out these MCVA students who are members of the New Hope Band! Did you know that Virtual Academy students can still participate in band and other electives at their zoned schools? Our students enjoy being able to enhance their education by participating in these electives and sports programs while taking advantage of the flexibility of the Virtual Academy program! New Hope Band is outstanding!

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MCVA Service Project!

Being part of the Virtual Academy means helping our community. Students were beyond supportive as they brought in toothpaste to be delivered to a local charity. Thank you to Mrs. Kubik who delivered the toothpaste. We have such an amazing family at the Virtual Academy- thank you to everyone who helped!

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CTE Student of the Month

Congratulations to Horacio Hernandez, a Sparkman High School and Career Tech Welding student, for being selected as the CTE October Student Of The Month. Horacio is a second year Dual Enrollment Welding student and currently holds the position of president of his CTSO.



Horacio shows great passion for his profession and is always willing to help others. He assists others by welding broken items brought into the shop. Congratulations, Horacio! You are well-deserving and represent MCCTC well.

Madison County Schools Communication Department

Aleta Stender
Community Involvement Coordinator


Tim Hall
Director of Public Relations