Message from our Principal

New Hope Families,

This past week our teachers had various trainings and data meetings with a "Tailgate and Celebrate" theme. Thanks to parent volunteers, they also enjoyed a duty free lunch on Thursday while the students wrapped up the week with a Hat Day on Friday. We also don't want to forget our substitute teachers. We couldn't do what we do without you!

This week is Homecoming Week at the high school. As always, we want to invite our students to join in the fun. Elementary school dress up days are listed on the flyer below.

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Important MCSS News

The Madison County School System (MCSS) provides mental health services ranging from awareness and prevention to intervention and support. A new law in Alabama requires that parents or custodians of students under the age of 14 give written consent for their child to receive mental health services at school.

For your children under 14 to receive these services, the parent/custodian must complete the Mental Health Opt-In Form inside the PowerSchool Parent Portal. This can done two ways...through your web browser or the PowerSchool Parent Portal App. For assistance, contact our registrar (tshaneyfelt@mcssk12.org) or our counselor (aclay@mcssk12.org).

Step By Step Instructions - Web Browser

  1. Access the PowerSchool Parent Portal from your web browser and log into your account.
  2. Click on the Forms icon on the left side of the screen.
  3. Click on the Madison County Schools Parental Opt-In Form for Mental Health Services.
  4. Read through the information carefully.
  5. Check the box beside the mental health services you would like to “opt-in” for your child to participate in the counseling services listed.
  6. Type your name in the “Signature of Parent/Guardian” box.
  7. Click submit to finalize the form, which will attach your preferences to your child’s school account for access by counselors and administrators.
  8. OR Save for later to revise and make changes before submitting to the school.

PowerSchool Parent Portal App: Log into the app, look for “More” in the bottom right-hand corner of the page, then click on Forms.

  • You may change your preferences for Mental Health Services at any time, however, you may only submit your choices in PowerSchool once. If you wish to make changes to your preferences after you have already submitted the form, please contact the school.
  • If you do not opt-in, your child may still be provided mental health services if there is an imminent threat to their health or others. MCSS employees may use their discretion to determine whether such an imminent threat exists and provide any mental health services they deem necessary under such circumstances.

First Semester Dates

It's Homecoming Week. Students are welcome to dress up and join in the fun.

  • September 26-30 - Homecoming Week!
  • October 3 through 7 - Fall Break (schools closed)
  • November 2 - E-Learning Day (students at home)
  • November 11 - Veterans Day (schools closed) & Bingo Bash (6:00PM)
  • November 21- 25 - Thanksgiving Break (schools closed)
  • December 10 - Winter Wonderland Dance for Grades 5 & 6 (6:00PM)
  • December 21 - January 2 - Winter Break (schools closed)

For additional dates, you can access this link for the 2021-2022 district calendar.

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Breakfast & Lunch News

The state is no longer providing free meals to all students...only those that qualify. Please apply using the PayPams website even if you aren't certain that you'll qualify.

Breakfast Menu

Click this link to view the Breakfast Menu...

Lunch Menu

Click this link to view the Lunch Menu...

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Tailgate & Celebrate Data Meetings

On Friday, our teachers not only took time to celebrate last year's academic growth, they also looked at data for this year. Our Reading Specialist and Math Coach did a fantastic job facilitating discussions around data and our "game plan" to support students for the rest of this school year.
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Our Growing New Hope Family

This past Monday, three wonderful teachers joined our school family.

  • Mrs. Sarah Busken comes to us from Monrovia Elementary to serve as our new Reading Specialist. She comes with a Masters in Differentiated Instruction as well as Reading Specialist Certification. Along with 7 years of teaching experience, she also has degrees in Early Childhood and Elementary Education.
  • Mrs. Courtney Wilkinson comes to us from Riverton Intermediate School. She will be taking over Mrs. Scarano's homeroom. In addition to 9 years of experience, including experience teaching second grade, her degree is in Elementary Education. After teaching upper elementary grades at RIS, she is excited to be returning to second grade.
  • Mrs. Heather Neighbors comes to us from New Market Elementary and will be joining our fourth grade team as a science and social studies teacher. She has taught 22 years and served as a classroom teacher, interventionist, and instructional coach. Her degrees allow her to teach both Early Childhood and Elementary Education.

Library News

Questions about the library or overdue books can be emailed to amouton@madison.k12.al.us.

  • Students check out books for a two week period.
  • Due to the number of lost or damaged books, it is necessary for students that lose or damage a book to be charged a fee. Students that lose a book will be fined the cost of the book. Students that return a damaged book will be fined based on the damage.
  • Overdue notices will be sent home with report cards each quarter.
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The New Hope Recreation Center is an amazing community partner. Online Basketball Registration (K-9) and Online Cheer (K-9) Registration opens on Monday, September 26 and runs through October 28. Check out the flyers below for more details.

New Hope Children's Clinic is now open on Friday mornings! They will have appointments available until noon each Friday. To make an appointment, please call 256-723-4673.

The CARE Center is one of the reasons our school is so special. Families can apply for their child or children to receive Bags of Blessings (weekend food support) and/or participate in our 21st Century Learning Center clubs program. For information on one or both of these programs:

The City of New Hope is planning a Trunk or Treat event at the gazebo on 5484 Main Drive. Although the event is for children, if anyone is part of a special group that might be interested in setting up a car trunk or table, contact Lacy Smith at 256-723-9225.

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Tribe System News

Our mission is to "empower students to LEARN, LEAD, and LOVE through partnerships with families and community." One way we promote academic excellence, leadership skills, and compassion for others is through our Tribe System.

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Other Random Reminders


Each Tuesday, attendance letters will be emailed to families that have a child with an unexcused absence. These letters are auto generated and serve a reminder when a student does not return to school with a note. If you receive one of these letters, email our registrar (tshaneyfelt@mcssk12.org) letting us know why the student was out.


Each of our buses now has an animal magnet to help our younger students remember which bus they ride.

  • 14-80 Mike Carpenter - LION
  • 09-15 Johnna Mann - BIRD
  • 22-09 Julia Stapler - BEAR
  • 18-09 - Bobby Cheyne - PUPPY
  • 21-09 Misty Quick - COW
  • 11-67 Daniel Spears - TIGER
  • 19-15 Edwin Childers - CHICKEN
  • 10-36 Vicki Tolliver - HORSE

In addition to the buses identified above, we also have three drivers (Mr. Elders, Mr. Carr, and Mrs. Carr) that help transport our fifth and sixth grade students that live in the Owens Cross Roads community. If your children ride the transfer bus, please help them remember the importance of appropriate behavior on the bus. This past week, many warnings and phones calls home were made. Continued misbehavior may result in temporary removal from the bus.