Spotlight

January 16, 2020

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MCSS Art Competition Winner

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Congratulations!

Congratulations to Junior Savanna Ginn for her verbal commitment to play for Calhoun Community College. The New Hope Family is so proud of you!
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Law Enforcement Appreciation Day

Students Support Each Other

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AMSTI Lessons

Our First Grade has been hard at work with their AMSTI math lessons! Check out these awesome Comparison Towers they've built!
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Teacher of the Month

Congratulations to Mrs. Ange who was chosen as the December winner of the Teacher of the Month Reward Program at the Sady Zayas Visser Insurance Agency! Mrs. Ange won $300 and a pizza party for her class. Go Mrs. Ange!

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GreenPower Family Paint Night

On Tuesday, January 14th Endeavor’s GreenPower Team hosted a family paint night. Our multi talented teachers ignited the inner artist in our parents and students of all ages. Everyone engaged in designing their own winter fun painting. (5 pictures)

Senator Tom Butler Visits

Senator Tom Butler recently visited Endeavor Elementary. Thank you Senator Butler for your time and support! We appreciate you making a difference for our students.

All About Those Books

Every Endeavor Cub received a book of their choice to take home and keep forever. The excitement filled the room as students looked for the perfect book. After selecting a book, students enjoyed finding a cozy place to read in the Books for All room. Special thanks to Mrs. Epp and her amazing team for placing books in the hands and homes of each of our students. (3 pictures)

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Kindness Matters

Our Random Opportunities for Kindness club started out the new year with a service project for all faculty and staff at EES! They prepared pick-me-up cups filled with encouraging notes and goodies. These students are delightful and show kindness to others in so many ways. (6 pictures)

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National Board Certification

Big shout out to Mrs. Amy Stoker, Reading Specialist at Harvest Elementary School, who received her National Board Certification. We are so very proud of you. Mrs. Stoker works very hard with many students and she has such a love for them. Congratulations to you Mrs. Stoker! We are so very proud of you.

Retirement

Congratulations to Nancy Neyman for the 30+ years she served in the Harvest Elementary Lunchroom Program. We appreciated all the hard work that you put in and the dedication to our staff and students during this time. You will be greatly missed!

NEW SRO AT HARVEST ELEMENTARY

We are so glad to have Deputy Chet Berry with us full time at Harvest Elementary. He is here to keep us safe and watch over us. We are excited to have him join the Harvest Family. Thank you to Madison County schools for always looking to improve the safety of the school system. Welcome to Harvest Deputy Berry!

NEW BOOKS FOR EVERY STUDENT

Our Reading Coach/Instructional Partner, Mrs. Trace Lawrence, wrapped new books for every student in the school for Christmas. This is the second book give-away we have had this school year and we are so grateful to the community partners who helped make this possible The kids were so excited to get these books to be able to take home. We loved seeing all these smiles on these faces.

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Exploring Print and Digital Worlds Beyond Our Borders

Mrs. Shields leads her reading intervention group with Comprehension Toolkit. Currently they are using toolkit to focus on listening to your inner conversation by making connections and asking yourself questions as they read independently. to improve comprehension. Ms. Stinnett’s enrichment group brought the Google logo to life using Scratch to code, program, and design their own logos.
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Practice! Practice! Practice!

Mrs.Carpenter, one of our computer aides, has been walking 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders through the ACAP practice test. Explaining what the test is going to look like and all the tools they will have access to on the test helps reassure students they are prepared for the test. It gave them a chance to see the tools in action and ask questions before they actually got their hands on the practice test. Last week we looked at the reading practice test (as pictured) and this week they are going in and completing the reading test on their own.
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Collaboration at its best! Legacy faculty at space and rocket center developing their guaranteed and viable curriculum with Solution Tree to get our kids ready for their next level of learning.
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Learning About Water

What if you had to walk for water every day? Students kicked off the new year in the library reading The Water Princess by Susan Verde. Through the eyes of “Princess Gie Gie” (real-life model Georgia Bediel) students learned about the hardships of missing school to collect water in third world countries. This week we added a STEM lesson where students have to design their own “water filters” by attempting to filter pond water through a variety of materials they choose to use and then test the pH levels to see how close to neutral they can make the water with coffee filters, dryer sheets, rocks, macaroni, netting, and other paper products.
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Narrative Writing Celebration

Mrs. Caffall and Mrs. Alexander hosted their end of the unit Narrative Writing Celebration. Students shared the final pieces that they selected. Their students worked hard and were excited to share their work.

Thank you!

Thank you Toney Food Mart "Hanks" and Exxon Mobil Education Alliance Program for your partnership in STEM education! We appreciate your support!

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Thank you!

Thank you Representative Andy Whitt for your steadfast support of our school and community!

Overheard in the Learning Commons...

In the Learning Commons students were overheard sharing newfound information , “You can write to the President! Look! Right here!”
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MMS Honor Band Participants

Monrovia Middle had 49 students audition and qualify for the Madison County Honor Band (MCHB) last week. Students rehearsed both Thursday and Friday along with students from New Hope, Owens Crossroads, Buckhorn, Central, Madison County, Meridianville, and Sparkman to present a concert Friday evening, featuring Sandy Bay March, The Invincible Warrior, Daydreaming, A Tribute to Ray Charles, God Bless the U.S.A, The Incredibles, along with The Star-Spangled Banner. The concert was a great success, with CDs and DVDs made available to the students and parents.

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Moon Buggy Fun

Just before the holidays we had two senior engineer majors/UAH moon buggy competition team members come speak to Mrs. Echols’ students & Science Olympiad members. They discussed the many facets of design engineering. Students were introduced to design concepts, teamwork pointers, divisions of the moon rover team & competition insight. Students will be able to apply this knowledge & skills in future Science projects & competitions.

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Professional Development

MMS teachers and staff kicked off the new year with great Professional Development Sessions: Myths of PLC and Mental Health First Aid

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Scholars’ Bowl Success

The Monrovia Scholars' Bowl Teams participated in the Opelika Middle School Braindawg Bowl Invitational in a 30 team tournament. All three teams made it to the playoffs.


Grant Remnet won 2nd place individually in the 6th grade division to make it to the All-star team. Tate Osborne won 1st place individually in the 7th and 8th grade division to make it to the All-Star team. Monrovia A won second place in the 7th and 8th grade division. Congratulations to all of the players on their accomplishments.

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Liberty Learning

Our seventh grade students partnered with the Liberty Learning Foundation and civics teachers Corey Evans and Seth Hamilton to create and present a variety of service learning projects. "Fuzzy Wuzzys" for sock donations and "The Bright Side" for struggling peers are just two examples of projects students worked on to give back to their community.


The project culminated in a showcase, which was attended by students, parents, and community members, including the Madison County Sheriff's Department, Huntsville Police Department, and a K-9 Unit.

Congratulations!

Mrs. Jessica Barlow was recently named the CLAS District 8 Secretary of the Year! Mrs. Barlow has been a registrar for seven years and we are grateful she is with us. Congratulations on a well-deserved honor!
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Blue Ribbon Conference

At the Blue Ribbon Schools Conference in Orlando, Florida, SMS was renewed as a Blue Ribbon Lighthouse School! Principal Jennifer Whitt traveled to the conference to accept the award.
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Spelling Bee

Erina Mayes, 7th grade (pictured center), was named the SMS Spelling Bee winner! Zachary Thompson (8th) and Julia McGraw (7th) tied for second. The third place winner was 6th grade student Kai Ickes. Erina will move on in the competition to the district-wide spelling bee to be held this spring. Congratulations to these spectacular spellers!
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Habitat for Humanity Playhouse

Coach Willoughby's Agriscience students were one of three local high school groups who built a Habitat for Humanity Playhouse. H4H provided the materials and our students supplied the labor and ingenuity for this cute playhouse!! Coach Willoughby and his students were also featured in a news segment on WZDX about the planning and work that went into building the playhouse!

HudsonAlpha's Bicentennial Barcoding Project

HudsonAlpha's Bicentennial Barcoding project was a citizen science project designed to engage high school students in identifying, collecting and documenting Alabama’s exceptional botanical diversity using an approach called “DNA barcoding.” Thank you to Mrs. Theresa Durboraw and the students of Buckhorn High School, and Bill Finch their community partner from The Nature Conservancy, for collecting 25 plants. These contributed to a total of 1,491 plant samples collected statewide! Students from Buckhorn High School were the first to submit samples identified by barcodes for 3 native plants. Statewide, 183 native plants were identified with their barcodes. Some of these plants were rare within the state and around the globe!


Please take a moment to view the video at https://vimeo.com/375770634 in order to get an overview of the Bicentennial barcode project; experience its impact on the students, teachers, and community partners in the words of those who participated.

HudsonAlpha Bicentennial Barcoding Project

National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day.


National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day was earlier this month! We are thankful for SRO Jonas Wilson and the entire Madison County Sheriff's Department for ALL they do to support & protect our students and staff at BHS!!!

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Everybody SMILE!

Students pose with their homeroom teachers for the Buckhorn Middle Holiday card.
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Learning Community

The Learning Community showcased their creative side and decorated hallways for the holidays.

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Check Out the New Floor!

Our Gym got an upgrade! We now have a new floor to show off our school pride.
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Welcome School Resource Offices, Bomagat!

Mt. Carmel Elementary welcomes our very own School Resource Officer, Deputy Eddie Bomagat. He will be serving our school and Riverton Intermediate School full time. We thank Madison County Schools and Madison County Sheriff's Office for their commitment to our students’ safety!

Third Grade Events!

All of our third graders visited Madison County High School to attend the Super Citizen presentation. This program is sponsored by Liberty's Legacy and teaches students the importance of history, civics, character, financial literacy, and career readiness.


Our 3rd graders started 2020 off on the hunt! Mrs. Malires’s third grade students team up to complete text feature scavenger hunts with various nonfiction texts.


Mrs. Justice's 3rd grade class was recognized as hard-working, kind, and respectful by WAY-FM. They treated the class with balloons and a special treat!

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Spelling Bee

Mt. Carmel hosted its 1st ever Spelling Bee last week! Second grader, Jacob Hines, won first place and will now move on to the County Spelling Bee. Skyler Bailey, also a second grader, won 2nd place.
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Perfect Attendance Bike Drawing

Congratulations to third grader Leah Bailey for winning the December Perfect Attendance Bike Drawing! She was at school every minute of every day in December!


All students with perfect attendance in January will be entered into a drawing for a brand new bike!

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STEAM Works Survivor!

The Huntsville STEAM Works Survivor! Club members are creating a water filtration system in preparation for running out of clean water in the wilderness.

I sure hope one of these nature lovers is with me if I ever need to use survival tactics!

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Blue Ribbon Schools Conference

Riverton Elementary represented well at the Blue Ribbon Schools of Excellence Conference in Orlando, FL. This team presented to a full house on the importance of meeting students’ most basic needs to ensure they are ready and able to learn. Mrs. Betancourt shared, “You must reach their heart before you can reach their head.”

Thank You, Mrs. Bates!

January is National School Board Appreciation Month, and we are grateful for our Madison County Schools Board member, Mrs. Angie Bates! ‬


‪Thank you for representing us and advocating for us, Mrs. Bates! We appreciate all you do! #IgniteExcellenceMCSS ‬

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Welcome School Resource Officer, Bomagat!

RIS has a School Resource Officer!! Welcome, Deputy Eddie Bomagat! We are so glad you are here!

Excavating Fossils

Excavating fossils in Ms. Powell's Class.

Paleontologists at Work

Mr. Bradford's 6th grade Paleontologists at work
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HGES STAR Students

What an honor to be chosen as Students for the Month from all of the students at Hazel Green Elementary School. These students are chosen based on their attitude, leadership, respectfulness, and work ethic. Way to go students! We are proud of you!


Jay Reynolds - Kindergarten
Jaxon Montgomery - First Grade
Rylee Overcast - Second Grade
Karter Washington - Third Grade
Ethan Gill - Fourth Grade



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Canned Food Drive

The House of Athens collected canned foods from our students for our Pop Up Shop. These opportunities are a great way for us to give to those in need and it gives us the opportunity to share what the idea of giving is all about. Being kind is a pretty simple rule but such an important one!

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House and Club Day

We ended our first semester with House and Club Day! These have become some of our favorite days as we meet with our House families and then participate in a fun activity with our club. Mixing and mingling with other kids in other classes is a great way for us to meet new friends as well as meet other staff members. Our first semester was so exciting and we can't wait for the next semester!

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Styling and Profiling with a Bit of Cheer

We spent a week dressing up each day in a holiday style! We saw lots of elves, pajamas, and even some grinches as we wore our favorite holiday gear.

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LFES Students Caught Being Good

These first grade students gather in the hallway to see whose name will be drawn to spin the wheel of prizes. Students in all grade levels are “Caught Being Good” by showing kindness, responsibility, respect, and safety during the school day. Any adult in the building can ‘catch’ a student and then give them a card. Cards are placed in a box and names are drawn out to spin. Winners may win to be the teacher's helper for the day, bring a fuzzy friend to class, or eat lunch with Mrs. Pogue, our counselor!

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Brandon Spinner Makes a Surprise Visit

Last week, Channel 48 Meteorologist Brandon Spinner made a surprise visit to meet one of our LFES students. Paisley DeWeese, a second grader in Mrs. Davis' class, loves waking up early to watch Mr. Spinner give the weather forecast each morning. She told her mom that she was going to wear a bow in her hair every day at school in case she was ever able to meet him at school. When he heard this, he just had to come out and meet his young fan!

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Serving the Community

MMIS students collected over 100 items for the House of the Harvest to help with their Christmas dinner boxes.
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Cathedral Caverns Trip

Warriors with perfect attendance were treated with a field trip to Cathedral Caverns before the break.

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Hands-on Learning

Hands-on learning happening in all content areas around The Mill. These are snapshots from Mrs. Sticker's Social Studies class.

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Fun Field Trip

Art at the Mill took a field trip to Print 2 Impress before the break and were able to design and make their own T-shirts. We love community partnerships and how they provide unique experiences for our students.
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Movie Trivia Fun with the Admins!

The staff surprised Mrs. Wray and Mr. Blair with a Christmas Movie Trivia game with prizes. The students really helped out Mrs. Wray as "phone-a-friends" but in the end, Mr. Blair won out. The administration is thankful to have a staff that goes to so much trouble to make them feel appreciated. Walnut Grove is a wonderful place to be!
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Dogs for December

Congratulations to our Top Dogs for December! These students are being recognized for consistently demonstrating flexibility, our character trait for December. Thank you for showing a willingness to change to meet the needs of others! Congratulations to: Avery, Maddie, Khloe, Dawson, Lilly, Johnny , Savannah, Kloe, Kadyn, Natalie, Marissa, Eric, Noah, Yoseline, Peyton, Olivia, Hunter
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Staff vs. Students Basketball!

The annual Faculty-Student Basketball game took place before the break, and the teachers kept the winning streak alive with a 43-37 victory! This was a great way to end the semester. The players and the fans showed good sportsmanship and everyone had a great time! Thanks to the staff members and students who participated: Coach Swaim, Mrs, Batchelor, Nurse Fitch, Mrs. Young, Mrs. Wray, Mrs. Reid, Mrs. Hall, Mrs. Sutton, Garrett Reid, Taylor Cowan, Dalton Campbell, Hayden Anderson, Brandon Seagroves, Nautia Parsons, McKenzie Hunt, Chelsea Johnson, Alex Brown, and Landen Holmes.

The Attendance Camp Out was a Blast!

189 students participated in our Camp Out Attendance Party for the second nine-weeks. Thanks to our awesome PTO for planning this event. The students enjoyed drinking "Lake Water," snacking on trail mix and playing games like Camp Out Charades and Stick Tac Toe. Our next party will be a carnival theme in March to celebrate attendance for the third nine-weeks!
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Mindful Movement

Mrs. Hutcheson’s fourth grade class participated in Mindful Movement this week for mindfulness and body awareness!

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MCES Little Free Library

The MCES Little Free Library is restocked for the second semester! Students and come and pick a book anytime! The Little Free Library is located at the front entrance.

Super Citizen

MCES third graders along with Mt. Carmel’s third graders are learning about being a Super Citizen with Lady Liberty!

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MCES Library

Did you think the library was JUST for reading? Mrs. Berry is teaching the sixth grade students to program with Ozobot robots!

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Spelling Bee

Central School Spelling Bee Winner, Rowan Abello. Over thirty students participated in the school-wide Spelling Bee.
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Central School welcomes Deputy Chuck Duncan to Central School as a School Resource Officer. Deputy Duncan will also be serving Madison County Elementary. The students and teachers are very happy to have Deputy Duncan as a part of the Central School family.


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Growing the Elementary Side of the MCVA!

We would like to welcome back our Elementary MCVA students and extend a big welcome to our new students who have just joined this semester! We are excited that you are coming to our program and hope you have a great experience with the Virtual Academy. The Virtual Academy allows students to work at their own pace. Students have enjoyed the flexibility of the program as well as the opportunities for socializing. When students are finished with their work, or when they are on a break, they love to play games, watch videos together or just hang out and talk. I love that this program gives them that opportunity. As word spreads about our program we are excited to see it grow and develop into a great option for some of our MCSS students. Welcome again to our new students and we look forward to another great semester!

Way to Win!

Major Cuffie played hard to defeat Brindlee Mountain. The MCVA would like to recognize this well rounded young man for his hard work and dedication to his team. Major works hard at both his education and athletics and it has shown in how well he performs both in Odysseyware and on the court. You can see how proud his Grandfather is too! Thank you for your hard work Major, we appreciate you and all you do for our community!

Everyone pitches in to help when tornadoes hit Alabama!

The MCVA has pledged to do our best to help Brindlee Mountain Primary School continue classes in other locations until they can get back on their feet. We are collecting any supplies they might need that were lost in the classrooms destroyed by the tornado that hit on Saturday, January 11th. MCVA students have already started bringing supplies and notes of encouragement for these young learners. We are so proud of the big hearts and helping hands our students have.

Madison County Schools Communication Department

Aleta Stender
Community Involvement Coordinator


Tim Hall
Director of Public Relations