Spotlight

August 2019

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JV Volleyball Win

Congratulations to our JV Volleyball team for winning the Juanita Boddie Silver Bracket this past weekend! Way to go girls!! #BuckPride
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BHS Student is Miss Distinguished Young Woman Madison County

This summer, Delaine Tucker, represented BHS in The Distinguished Young Women Program. For the program, she performed a tap solo to “Wait for It”. She was the overall winner receiving the title of Miss DYW Madison County!! Delaine also won the categories of self-expression, essay, interview, & scholastic achievement. Altogether she was awarded $3000 in scholarships to the college of her choosing. Congratulations Delaine!!

Buckhorn B.A.S.S. Fishing

August 17th, Buckhorn B.A.S.S. Fishing had an internal derby fishing out of The Bait Tackle and Grill at Goosepond. This was strictly a team effort. Prepping for that 6 man team when tournaments start! These anglers had a combined weight of 23.8 pounds! #TeamBuckBass

Awesome Mural!

Thank you to BHS Art teacher, Ms. Ashton Huffstetler, and her art students, for all the hard work and time they put into creating the beautiful new mural in our common area. Ms. Huffstetler finished it over the summer and we absolutely love it!
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BMS in the Community

Our administrators, SRO, counselors, and instructional coach delivered ice cream in our community to build excitement for the new school year.

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Team Building Fun!

Our teachers showed off their creative side and worked in collaboration to accomplish beautiful artwork. This was a team building activity before the students arrived on campus.

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Welcome Back!

These are snapshots of classrooms during the first days of school.

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WOW! Way to Go!

Do you know what's better than 17 straight scores of 100 . . . 18 straight score!


Congratulations to this outstanding, hardworking cafeteria staff for their continued dedication to excellence!

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Practicing fine motor skills and making excellent eggs for short vowel “e” in Mrs. Stapleton’s kindergarten class!

D is for D I S C O B A L L! We just so happened to have a disco ball on campus for Mrs. Goodwin’s kiddos to enjoy!

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Ms. Gulledge, our math coach, met with Mrs. Souder’s class today to facilitate math learning activities!

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Mrs. Schwartz sharing her love of reading with all of our kiddos! Mrs. Brandon’s class was admiring one of her favorite books today!
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Off to a Great Start!

It's important to begin a new school year in a positive way with clear expectations. Dr. Headen met with each class on the first day of school to set the tone for the school year. He spoke with them about new procedures and reminded them of old ones, making sure students were clear about our expectations. He asked our seniors to be good leaders and encouraged all students to get involved.


Dr. Headen also addressed freshmen and their parents at Freshman Night, welcoming them to our school. It's going to be a great year!

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Teacher of the Year and Support Professional of the Year!

Congratulations to Mr. Demetrius Miller for being named Hazel Green High School's Teacher of the Year and to Mrs. Lisa Mullins for being named Hazel Green High School's Support Professional of the Year.


Mr. Miller is a math teacher, and Mrs. Mullins is our Child Nutrition Manager. We are happy to see them both recognized for their exceptional work and dedication to our students!

#2 Ranked Lady Trojans Begin Season with Wins

The HGHS volleyball team begins its season ranked #2 in the state in 6A! The Lady Trojans have only been in action for a week and already hold a strong record of 6-1, beating Addison and Hartselle in regular season play and going 4-1 in the Juanita Boddie Tournament in Hoover. The team notched wins over Brentwood Academy, Lenoir City, Spain Park, and Mosely (FL) before falling to Jasper. The JV team also begins the season with a 6-1 record. Way to go, Lady Trojans!! We are excited about the season!

A Glimpse into HGHS Classrooms

Our mission at HGHS is for ALL students to learn at high levels. While these pictures just give you a small glimpse of life inside the classroom, you can see that students are engaged in learning. From hands-on activities like using pennies and different water solutions to learn how to collect and analyze data to using technology to conduct research, students are actively engaged in their learning.

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Welcome Back Greetings!

Our students were welcomed back in a big way with the help of Hazel Green High School. Senior volleyball players, football players, and cheerleaders helped unload cars in the car rider line. Our bus riders were able to walk by as well so everyone got to enjoy a great start to our school year, it’s great to be part of the Trojan Nation!

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Teacher of the Year and Support Professional of the Year!

Hazel Green Elementary is blessed with wonderful teachers and support staff. This year we recognize two outstanding members of our school family. Our Teacher of the Year is Tere Denman. Mrs. Denman works with students in one of our self-contained classrooms servicing students in 2nd-4th grade. In addition, Mrs. Denman is the leader of our Sunshine Committee for our staff making sure that we are taken care of in many thoughtful ways.


Our Support Staff of the Year is Kristin Masterski. Mrs. Masterski is the school social worker for our school as well as the Hazel Green cluster. She helps meet the needs of our students and families in our community and does a phenomenal job. Congratulations to these two ladies and know that we are blessed to have you with us!

Readers are Leaders!

We love when our kids get excited about reading! Several of our classroom teachers have asked friends and family to sponsor their students that will enable them to receive a new book each month. It’s the best thing to hear students say “Can we keep it?” and see their excitement over their new books. We are changing readers and changing lives!

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STEAM Lab

This year we are opening a STEAM Lab for all of our students! Students will come to the lab and explore, create, work on problem solving skills, and use Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math to become innovators, educators, leaders, and learners of the future!

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Kindergarten Is Learning about English-Language Arts

Mrs. Douglas is teaching her new Kindergarten class about English-Language Art through some exciting, hands-on centers. They also learned about their class library and tried out some new math centers. Our Kindergarten students are loving being at school and meeting new friends!

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Third Grade Kindness

Mrs. Hall's third grade classes learned about kindness through a hands-on activity. They discussed using kind words and how you can't take back unkind words. Students compared this to putting toothpaste back in the tube.


Once the toothpaste has been squeezed out, it's like our words, you can't put them back the same way they came out. Third graders are ready to set a good example for others by always using kind words.

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Football Victory

Congratulations to our 8th-grade football team on their victory over Arab 6-0. Way to go Eagles!

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Teacher of the Year and Support Professional of the Year!

Congratulations to Mr. Kyle Franklin, our Teacher of the Year. Mr. Franklin teaches seventh-grade social studies.


Congratulations to Mrs. Amy Hunter, our Support Person of the Year. Mrs. Hunter is our computer aide and assists with many of our technology activities with our students.

Art Club Project

The Art Club worked with the 7th-grade classes on their Summer Reading projects. They studied Ben Franklin’s 13 Virtues and then chose five virtues to focus on for the school year.
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STEM Lessons

Giving students time to create with STEM bins is learning that continues..Jose Perez-Rodriguez shows the bridge he created on his own.

Never Give Up, Encourage Others, Do Your Best

Fourth and Fifth-grade students enjoyed the NED=Never Give up, Encourage others, and Do Your Best presentation

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Meeting the Students

Teachers spend the first few days of school getting to know their students

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Nice to Meet You!

Relationships before rules, teachers at The Mill take time to get to know their students through all about me bags and more!
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Bigs Read to Littles 📖

Mrs. Smith’s AP Literature students greatly enjoyed a trip to Madison County Elementary School to read to the kindergarten and first grade students.

Thanks Yulista!

We are so grateful to Yulista Holding for providing 180 backpacks filled with supplies for our students. These community partnerships make such an impact on our entire school family.

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Alex attended Hudson Alpha's Biotech Academy!

Alex Forsythe was chosen to represent MCHS at Hudson Alpha’s Biotech Academy this summer. Congratulations, Alex!

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Family and Consumer Science Class

Mrs. Whorton's Family classes created Play-Doh sculptures to illustrate and summarize healthy and unhealthy relationships.
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Trickshot Magic! 🏀💫

Coach Brock made a huge impression on our 7th graders and the surrounding community with his #trickshotmagic.


In an effort to promote reading for our Reading Matters campaign, he challenged his students to read as many books as possible this year.


TRIBE MATH!

Congratulations to our first TRIBE MATH winners! Each week our Tribe Math Wall has new math problems to solve. Winners are drawn from the dropbox and receive a prize for correct answers. Way to go Audrey (3rd grade), Ridge (6th grade), Dalton (5th grade), and Olivia (7th grade)!
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Most Reading Spirit Award!

Congratulations to our Kindergarten classes! At our first pep rally they were awarded the "Golden Book Award" for having the most reading spirit.
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Teacher of the Year and Support Professional of the Year!

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New Hope HS Staff

Looking forward to a great school year with a lot of new faces and the same awesome team of administrators.
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Teacher of the Year and Support Professional of the Year!

Mr. Manning Meets Students

Mr Manning providing helpful information to our students as we begin the school year.

Annual Wingfest a Success

Wingfest was very successful this year with great food and fun for everyone in attendance.
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Back 2 School Bash

Our PTA sponsored Back 2 School Bash was a hit! The day was filled with teachers meeting their new students, water slide fun, vendors, Kona Ice to keep everyone cool and food for all.

Welcoming Students

Mrs. McAlister welcomed everyone back to school with a photo booth for first day pictures. Mr. Trawick, Pupil Services Supervisor, was also on site welcoming our students into the building.

VEX Grants

Tina McKenzie(5th grade teacher) and Amy Bender (4th grade teacher) scored robotics grants for Endeavor from Auburn University's SCORE program. We will receive two VEX-IQ kits and one VEX playing field and game pieces. We are so excited about this opportunity for our students.


Buckets of Kindness

Endeavor teachers are the best! Cubs share buckets of kindness with these dedicated teachers during the month of August. Congratulations to Mrs. Allen, Mrs. Thomas, Mrs. Wagoner and Mrs. Hardiman.
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Donation for Literacy!

Mrs. Lawrence, Mr. Gunnels, and Harvest Elementary would like to thank Corvid Technologies and Regina Lynn for supporting our Literacy Outreach Program by donating books for our students. Thank you for helping Harvest Elementary!
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GimKit Fund

Mrs. Laura Lemley’s classroom is using GimKit to review classroom rules and procedures as a group. The live learning game your students will beg to play.


Gimkit is a game show for the classroom that requires knowledge, collaboration, and strategy to win. These kids are having a lot of fun!

Community Service!

Harvest Elementary hosted a Mobile Food Pantry Event on August 10th. Harvest along with Refuge Church, One Generation Away, Wilson Garage Door, Publix Super Market, Jack's, Harvest PTO, and Harvest staff gave away 20,000 pounds of food. They served almost 400 people with groceries, free haircuts, clothes, and a mobile care unit was provided to give them health exams. It was a great success with many volunteers coming out to help the community. Thank you Refuge Church and One Generation Away for organizing the event

Fun Treats!

Kono Ice truck visited Harvest Elementary School on August 21st. The kids got to visit the truck and buy a kono ice slushy during their PE times. We appreciate Kono Ice for taking the time to come and give our students some much needed refreshments in this hot weather. They loved it!

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Chicka-Chicka-Boom-Boom!

Identifying the letters of the alphabet in Ms. Morris’ Kindergarten class with Chicka-Chicka-Boom-Boom!

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Lunchtime Funtime!

Specials teachers and Admins join the students for music and positive messages for lunch while teachers’ enjoyed duty free lunch on Friday, August 23. The music was loud and lively and the students had a great time!

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Creative Writing

Creative Writing in Second Grade Creating characters with Play-doh and designing the setting for their own stories provided Mrs. Shields’ Second Grade class with fun and creative practice while learning about the parts of a story.
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Mapping Skills!

Mapping Our World in 5th Grade Collaborating and sharing mapping skills in 5th Grade
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Setting the Stage for Success!

So proud of Ms. Courtney Scallan class setting the stage for success!
Why are Listening Bodies important? So we can learn!

Nice to Meet You!

Getting to know one another is vital in the process of building relationships

We Have A Vision...

Look what’s happening this morning out side our back door! So excited! The vision will soon come to fruition because of the service of caring individuals such as Charlie Terrell, husband of K teacher Shelley Seaver Terrell. Together we are better! Ground work today, sod next week! #MakeItHappen
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Teamwork!

Students working together to build the Tallest Tower in Mrs. Sears 4th grade classroom this week
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Happy New *School* Year!

We kicked off the 2019-20 school year with a lot of fun!

Plant Cells never tasted so good!

Mr. Hollingsworth's 4th grade science class made edible plant cells. It was a tasty way to start their science curriculum.

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Hawk Hangout

Our first ever Hawk Hangout was a huge success! Our PTA held their first meeting of the year and then everyone gathered on the playground for some fun. A big thank you to all of our community partners!

August Students of the Month

Congratulations to our August Students of the Month.


4K- Leyton Rideout, K- Emily Foreman, 1st- Savannah Perkins, 2nd- Jayce Bush, 3rd- Dorian Hogue, 4th- Phoebe Crawford, 5th- Christopher Hamm

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Yearbook Staff

Our yearbook staff attended a workshop at Hartselle High School. They are preparing to put together an awesome yearbook this school year.
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Pep Rally

Our MMS Fall and Winter Sports Pep Rally was a great success! So many people came out to help us celebrate our wonderful athletes as well as our talented MMS Band! What a great way to kick off the Hawks Sports year!
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Thanks to these Awesome Bus Drivers!

Thanks to all our awesome bus drivers for getting our kids safely to and from school every day! We appreciate you! Thanks also to Dr. Ledbetter for all your hard work with buses!!
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Veggies are for....Math and Reading...and Eating!

Our West Wing students applied math and reading skills by learning how to hull peas, snap beans, and slice tomatoes. They finished their lessons by making a delicious tomato salad and cooked green beans.
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SHS Hosts Elementary Students for Lady Liberty Visit

We were very excited about having the Liberty Learning Foundation here at Sparkman High School this morning! Our feeder elementary students were here to celebrate!
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Great Performance Omar!

Omar Myer’s 16:32.69 performance is currently ranked as the second best Sparkman Cross Country 5K time in school history!

Learning About the Scientific Method

Mrs. Velez’s Senator Learning Community Science class is having a great day conducting experiments using the scientific method!
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Student-Focused, Even During Summer Break!

This summer, Mrs. Alexander and Mrs. McQueen attended the Josten's Renaissance National Conference in Orlando. This conference is for peppy teachers who are looking to improve school culture and make school a fun, inclusive, exciting place. One of the best quotes from JRNC was from former principal Steve Bollar, who said "Kids are never more excited for school than the first day. Don't spoil it with boring rules!"


So, Mrs. McQueen and Mrs. Alexander decided to throw a neon glow-themed pep rally on the first day. There were black lights, glow sticks, a special glow-in-the-dark dance by the cheerleaders, relay games, and several teachers even got up and got down to "Old Town Road"!


Recently, Mrs. McQueen and Mrs. Alexander have started the Sparkman Pep Rally Club, where students are in charge of future house rallies and fun school culture activities. Our mission is to spread kindness, excitement, and positive attitudes throughout Sparkman Middle!

SMS Fall Sports Pep Rally

Fall sports were recognized and celebrated at the SMS Community Pep Rally! With engaging cheers and exciting stunts, the cheerleaders led the crowd in getting pumped for our student athletes!

Digital Citizenship

During a lesson on digital citizenship, Ms. Wildes' 7th grade students raise their hand when asked if they have a social media account. As part of their STEM Enrichment program, students are learning to navigate an increasingly digital world and understand their role in constructing positive, responsible online identities.
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Teacher of the Year and Support Professional of the Year!

Mrs. DeWeese has been at SMS for 16 years. She taught eighth grade Social Studies for 12 of those years and has spent the past 4 years as a counselor.


Mr. Armstead has served SMS for seven years in student support.

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Sparkman 9 Welcomes New Staff Members

Audrey Crutcher, Assistant Principal

Teacher of the Year and Support Professional of the Year!

Congratulations to these S9 teachers for receiving Google Educator Level 1 Certification!

1st Row, left to right: Amanda Gilbreath, Taylor Peters, Kellye Lyon

2nd Row, left to right: Kelly Mathheus, Kelly Deis, Beth Knight, Alison Madison

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Donation for Hands-On Training

Jimmy Roberts (adjunct instructor) and the students in the Construction Academy at MCCTC received a $10,000 donation from Southern Comfort Heating and Cooling last week. David Smart, owner of Southern Comfort, along with a representative from Carrier, spoke with the class about the shortage in the HVAC field. After speaking with the class, and seeing the enthusiasm these students exhibited, he arranged for two units to be donated. Additionally, Southern Comfort gave a 2nd year student a job and is providing another 2nd year student with a 9-week internship!
Madison County tech students receive new HVAC units

Students Lead Instruction

Great examples of student led instruction in the History Dept!

Madison County Schools Communication Department

Aleta Stender
Community Involvement Coordinator


Tim Hall
Director of Public Relations