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Morgan County Schools-April 2019

Morgan County Schools Robotics Team Mech Tech 3959 Wraps Up Successful Season

Morgan County Mech Tech, FIRST robotics team 3959 competed in the Rocket City Regional in Huntsville, AL and the Smoky Mountain Regional in Knoxville, TN during the 2019 competition season. After qualification rounds at Rocket City, Mech Tech was ranked 21 with a 6-3-1 record. They were selected in the first round of the elimination draft by the 8th seeded team. In two hard-fought playoff matches, they lost in the quarterfinals to the #1 seeded alliance by 2 points and 3 points respectively. In Knoxville at the Smoky Mountains Regional, Mech Tech finished the qualification rounds ranked 5 with a record of 9-1. They were selected first overall by the number 1 ranked team in the playoff draft. After a quarterfinal victory in the first round of the playoffs, Mech Tech was defeated by the eventual champions in the semifinals. Mech Tech ended the season with a 17-8-1 record in official play. They made two playoff appearances, including a #1 seeded alliance, and were very competitive in their events. Congratulations to Mech Tech 3959. The 2020 competition season, FIRST RISE, will kick off in January 2020.
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Morgan County Schools Hosts Middle School Scholars' Bowl Tournament

The Spring 2019 MCS Middle School Scholars' Bowl Tournament was recently held at Cotaco Junior High School. A total of sixteen teams from all nine middle schools took part in this year's competition event with many schools having two teams competing. Congratulations to this year's winners: 1st place: Cotaco Junior High School Team A (Top Picture); Left to Right: 2nd place: Union Hill Junior High School Team A; 3rd place: Danville Middle School Team A; 4th place: Priceville Junior High School.
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Morgan County School Students Place in ACEE Poster Contest

Congratulations to our students who were recently honored as top ten winners in the Alabama Council on Economic Education's "Color the Concepts!" poster contest. These students were recognized during a special awards luncheon hosted by the ACEE. The Council's "Color the Concepts!" contest provides students with an opportunity to learn and demonstrate their knowledge of economic concepts in a creative and fun way. 2018 Color the Concept Top Ten winners: Melissa Russell, Danville Neel Elementary School, and Chandler Terry, West Morgan Middle School. 2019 Color the Concepts Top Ten winner: Taylor Smith, Falkville. The winners will be recognized by the Morgan County Board of Education during an upcoming business meeting.

Kindergarten Registration Now Open!

Morgan County Alabama Schools are excited to announce that Kindergarten Registration for 2019 is now open. If you have a child or know of someone with a child that is going into kindergarten for the next school year, please visit your local school to register.

Go to www.morgank12.org for registration forms. Early registration will help prevent waiting in long lines to register at the beginning of the school year and allows for schools to effectively plan for next school year. Items needed to register are a birth certificate, immunization card, and proof of residency. For more information contact your local school.

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Daikin Field of Dreams Project Underway

A collaboration between Morgan County Schools, the Morgan County Commission, and Daikin America has led to the "Daikin Field of Dreams" project, a whole county endeavor to develop a softball field for special needs students. The Sparkman Junior High School campus was chosen as the project site, as it is already used by the Home Runs and Family Fun softball league for special needs children and adults between the ages of four and forty. These softball players and teams, referred to as the "Special Forces" are representative of the entire county and may participate as long as they live within Morgan County's boundaries. The Field of Dreams project will take place in three phases: handicap-accessible turf field; dugouts, concession stand, and restrooms; surrounding parking lot and fan area. Completion of phase one, the handicap accessible turf field, is expected by August 1, 2019. Currently, the Morgan County School system is paying for any funds that exceed the $100,000 donated by Daikin America. The Morgan County Commission is providing services such as leveling and moving of dirt. Donations from businesses and community members will be used to complete all three phases of the project, as well as proceeds from our "WiFi On the Go" partnership with Leanstream.

West Morgan High School Takes First Place in Cook Around the World Competition

Five West Morgan students won 1st place for signature dish at Cook Around the World at Epcot in Orlando. The students competed against over fifty schools. Allie Bice (10th grade), Aston Coviak (9th grade), Mallory Hampton (11th grade), Michaela Henson (10th grade), and Hannah Owens (10th grade) worked together as a team to create a signature dish from Asia. The dish they prepared was Orange Chicken with Lo'Mein. Congratulations to these students!

Albert P. Brewer JROTC Recognized for Volunteer Service

The Albert P. Brewer High School JROTC program was recognized as an Outstanding Volunteer Group Nominee during the Volunteer Center of Morgan County's 2019 Volunteers of the Year Awards Luncheon. The mission of the Albert P. Brewer High School JROTC is to motivate young people to be better citizens. This year one hundred and eight BHS cadets have performed over 3,100 community service hours in support of their community. Accepting the award on behalf of the program (pictured left to right): Jason Hoopaugh and Christian Stadterman
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Falkville High School Hosts Autism Awareness Benefit Game

The Falkville High School softball team recently raised awareness and funding for the Autism Society of Alabama. They hosted a softball game to complete these tasks. All of the gate money from this game was donated to the Autism Society. Special jerseys were made for this game, and they were also sold to raise money for the Autism Society. The game took place at Falkville High School, and the opposition was Cold Springs. Falkville High's girls won the game 7-4.

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Falkville High School Students Receive S.A.L.S.A. Scholarships

Three Falkville High School students have received Space Academy for Leading Students in Alabama (S.A.L.S.A) scholarships for this year's Space Academy. S.A.L.S.A. is a scholarship program funded by the Alabama Legislature. During their weeklong experience at Space Academy, the students will work together as a team to solve complex problems using STEM concepts and 21st-century learning skills. The S.A.L.S.A. program will take place on May 26-31, 2019 at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center. Receiving scholarships this year: Amelia Lopez (pictured), Ella Kyker (not pictured), and Emma Kyker (not pictured).
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Special Recognition Ceremonies-April 11, 2019 meeting of the MCBOE

Serval special recognition ceremonies took place during the April 11, 2019 business meeting of the MCBOE. Union Hill Junior High School was highlighted during the Student Leadership Showcase. Students shared information from their book fair and school play, "Decades". Special recognition was given to the following students that evening: Miss Abby Speegle, Cotaco School, 2019 Alabama Junior BETA State Math Champion; Miss Kathleen Wheeler, Priceville High School, AHSAA 4A Girls Basketball Player of the Year; Miss Makenzie Hill, Brewer Chapter of Family, Career and Community Leaders of America; Morgan County Schools District Art Winners in the State Superintendent's Annual Art Contest. The MCBOE was also presented with a resolution from the State of Alabama in honor of their efforts to celebrate the State's Bicentennial.
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