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This Just In: March 2 - 7

This Just In... for the Week of March 3 - 7, 2008

Join Montgomery Public Schools as we celebrate Read Across America Week!

  

Way to Go MPS Teachers, Students and Schools!

  

Congratulations go to Crump Elementary sixth grade teacher Debra Taylor who recently received Master Classroom status by Renaissance Learning.  The designation recognizes a teacher's ability to make dramatic improvements in reading achievement and best classroom practices.

Kudos go to Brewbaker Primary media specialist Melissa Bowden, who recently hosted a successful Scholastic Book Fair.

Congratulations go to the following Booker T. Washington Magnet High Center for Advanced Technology students who won nine trophies during the Alabama Council for Technology in Education's technology competition. They are John Nguyen and Phillip Johnson, first-place in the Video and IT test categories; Ciara Deuter, second place in the Web Page and third place in the IT test categories; Hannah Tucker, first  place in the Web Page and third place in the IT test categories; and Morgan Tucker, second  place, Web Page category.

Several Head Elementary students in Stacey Klinkhammer's computer class received awards during the Alabama Council for Technology in Education's technology competition.  Alex Thornton won first place and Amber Boiling, Taylor Betha, and Destiny Lowe tied for second and third place in the PowerPoint category for their project "All about Me." They will go on to compete in the state technology fair on April 22.

Kudos go to Carver Elementary teacher Tamara Card for achieving Model Classroom Status by Renaissance Learning.  Mrs. Card was also named a Model Educator and was recognized for helping students become better readers.

Congratulations go to Tyrone Keels who was recently named Houston Hill Junior High's Student of the Week.  Tyrone will receive a gift card from Wal-Mart, free game day passes and will be allowed to dress out for one day.

Congratulations go to Garrett Elementary teacher Adrian Wright for achieving Master Classroom Status by Renaissance Learning.

Kudos go to Cindy Price's first grade classroom at Vaughn Road Elementary for earning Master Classroom Status by Renaissance Learning.  Every student in her class has met their Accelerated Reading goals for the third nine weeks.

  

Several Booker T. Washington Magnet High piano magnet students earned top awards during the Piano Federation Music Club Competition. They are Timothy Watts, Division 2 Winner ($40); Melissa Bothe and Daniel Mease, Division 3 Honorable Mention; and Wesley Hyde, Division 4 Winner ($200).  The following students received a superior rating: Amber Blackmore, Melissa Bothe, Callie Boyd, Kasie Elston, Wesley Hyde, Steve Kim, Daniel Mease, Bianca Peters, Meghan Prude, Timothy Watts; Melissa Bothe and Kasie Elston (Duet), Katie Doh and Seon Kang (Duet), and Wesley Hyde and  Amanda Nichols (Duet).  The following students received an excellent rating: Roland Austin, Katie Doh, Elizabeth Elmore, Kenora Floyd, Rachel Johnson, Seon Kang, Bashia Long, Amanda Nichols and Isabelle Slagle.

Fitzpatrick Elementary faculty, staff, students, and parents would like to thank the Honorable Charles Price, Presiding Judge 15th Circuit Court, for serving as guest speaker at their black history program. Congratulations go to Fitzpatrick Elementary second grade teachers Linda Thomas and Anita Hudson for achieving Model and Master Classroom Status by Renaissance Learning. The designations recognize a teacher's ability to make dramatic improvements in reading achievement and best classroom practices.

Congratulations go to the Children's Center who was selected to receive a $2,000 Best Buy Teach Award.  They also received a USB drive donated by the Geek Squad and SanDisk.

Congratulations go to T. S. Morris Elementary student Jonkedria Fitts who won the writing contest, "If I Was President for A Day."  The contest was open to fifth grade students in the after-school program. She will travel to Washington, D.C. with the principal Sophia Johnson.

Capitol Heights students Eugene Toles, Justin Smith,  Keshia Knight, Shandiekia Tyes, Shanna Scott and Diangelo Washington recently received certificates of participation in the 2008 South Central Regional ACTE (Alabama Council for Technology in Education) competition at AUM.  Capitol Heights teachers Yolanda Robinson and Valencia Staten served as event sponsors.

Congratulations go to students Kedrick Surls and Tiffany Williams, and history teacher Bobbie Singleton for recently being named Bellingrath Jr. High School's Believers of Excellence for the week.  The Believers of Excellence Award recognizes students, faculty and staff who exhibit excellence in the areas of academics, character, leadership and/or work ethic.

Kudos go to Dozier Elementary sixth grade students Bhumika Patel, Amber McCall, Destine Jordan and Christopher Hooks who won first place in the Multimedia Level 2 Category during the Alabama Council for Technology in Education competition at AUM. It is the first win for the school and the students will represent Dozier at the state level competition.

Monday, March 3

  

High school students throughout the district will take the science portion of the Alabama High School Graduation Exam.

Students in Melinda Tyler's third grade class at Highland Gardens Elementary will make pink lemonade and will review the book If I Ran the Circus.   The book's protagonist drinks 500 gallons of pink lemonade and shares his ideas about being part of a circus. 

Students in grades K-1 at Harrison Elementary will celebrate Dr. Seuss' birthday and will kick off Read Across America with a Pajama Party.  Students will dress in their pajamas and participate in integrated activities at work stations in the cafeteria from 1:30- 2:30 p.m. 

Crump Elementary will celebrate Read Across America with special guest readers Mark Bullock and Judd Davis from WSFA, Huntingdon College Coach Mike Turk and several Huntingdon football players, members of the Church of the Ascension, and representatives from the U.S. Air Force.  Students will participate in Dr. Seuss-themed games during physical education classes and other fun reading-related activities throughout the week.

Throughout the week, Catoma Elementary will celebrate Read Across America with many activities. Students  will wear "Cat in the Hat" hats, will draw their own Dr. Seuss pet to go along with the book Oh, the Pets You Can Get  , and will be visited by guest readers throughout the week that include Mayor Bobby Bright, WAKA personalities David Baxley ,Dee Jackson and Stefanie Hicks; WSFA anchors Judd Davis, Tonya Terry and Kim Hendrix; Bama Country 98.9 morning crew members Bear O'Brian and C.J.; WLWI personalities Don Day and Andi Scott; Rick Hendrick with FOX Radio; and members of the Montgomery County Sheriff's Department. The school's bilingual teacher will also read Spanish books and translate them for the students. 

Brewbaker Primary will kick-off Read Across America Week with a door decorating contest.

To celebrate Dr. Seuss' birthday and Read Across America Week, Flowers Elementary students will participate in Pajama Day by curling up with a book.  Students will also participate in a poster contest on their favorite Dr. Seuss character or book.  Parents are invited to visit the school and read to students.

First grade students at Highland Gardens Elementary will visit the "Let's Pretend Hospital" at Vaughn Park Church of Christ. 

Garrett Elementary third grade classes will read to kindergarten students in honor of Dr. Seuss' birthday and Read Across America Week.

Booker T. McMillian, principal at King Elementary, will read his favorite Dr. Seuss book to the student body after the morning announcements. The students will also sing "Happy Birthday" to Dr. Seuss.

Throughout the week, students in Rhonda Moorer's fourth grade class at Chisholm Elementary will discover what is inside a light bulb.  They will also learn how the parts of a light bulb fit into a circuit.

T.S. Morris Elementary's library will celebrate Dr. Seuss' birthday by inviting students from McIntyre Middle, representatives from Character at Heart, and members of Alabama State University's football team to read to students.  Students will make hats to wear and will receive free books.

First graders at Fitzpatrick Elementary will continue their social studies unit on George Washington.  They will use maps to locate the original 13 colonies and will make a flag with 13 stars.  Students will also make three-pointed hats like the one worn by the first U.S. president.

This week, Fitzpatrick Elementary kindergarten students will plant flower seeds to learn how they grow. Fitzpatrick third graders will learn about the history of their communities by conducting interviews, making maps, timelines, or diagrams to illustrate what they have learned.

Floyd Elementary first graders in Karen Jackson, Loretta Latimer, Yolanda Marley and Patricia Williams classes will visit "Let's Pretend Hospital", sponsored by Baptist Medical Center, at 12:40 p.m.  In celebration of Dr. Seuss' birthday author Maxine Erving will visit Norma Bishop's class to sign copies of her books Brown's Farm and The Milking Cow   at 1 p.m. The books describe Ms. Erving's experiences on Brown's farm in Evergreen, Alabama.

Wares Ferry Road Elementary will celebrate "Mixed Up Monday."  In honor of Dr. Seuss' birthday, staff and students will wear their clothing inside out.

Highland Gardens Elementary will celebrate Read Across America Week with a number of fun-filled activities. On Monday, students will participate in "Readers Are Winners Day." Students and teachers will wear their favorite team shirts with uniform pants.  Throughout the week, the library staff will give away Reading is Fundamental (RIF) books to students during library class. Students will have an opportunity to guess the correct number of Skittles in a fish bowl in exchange for reading-related prizes, and each classroom will design a poster on their favorite Dr. Seuss book. The posters will be judged and winners will be announced on Friday, March 7. 

Partners In Education from Hope Hull United Methodist Church will read Dr. Seuss Books to students at Dunbar-Ramer. They will also give students blue chicken eggs and will talk about the type of chickens that laid the eggs.  Students in grades K-3 will visit the Hyundai Plant to take part in a Dr. Seuss Celebration.  Students will also wear Dr. Seuss T-shirts.

Montgomery Public School's Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters Program will hold its annual advisory board meeting at 9 a.m. in the cafeteria at Daisy Lawrence.  Following the meeting, board members will join HIPPY parent educators, parents and students for a Dr. Seuss celebration.  The festivities will include arts and crafts and storytelling. 

Hayneville Road Elementary will kick off Read Across America with a Reading Pep Rally at 2 p.m. in the cafeteria. Students will be challenged to read 15 Accelerated Reader books by Friday. In addition, teachers will read a story during the breakfast and lunch periods throughout the week.

Tuesday, March 4

Throughout the district, high school students will take the math section of the Alabama High School Graduation Exam.

Brewbaker Primary students will participate in D.E.A.R. (Drop Everything And Read) in celebration of Read Across America Week.

Flowers Elementary students in Cecelia Bailey's Primary PALS class will attend an arts and crafts workshop at the Montgomery Therapeutic Recreation Center from 9-10 a.m.

King Elementary fifth grader Brittany Cottrell will read If I Ran to the Zoo to the student body.

T. S. Morris Elementary kindergarten students in Selena Coon, Mamatha Ghorai, Amy Wren, Dorothy Bradley, and Charlotte Watkins' classes will make Cat in the Hat bookmarks.

Michael Stafford's sixth grade class at Fitzpatrick Elementary will compete in a math bowl using addition, subtraction, multiplication, fractions, decimals and math reading problems.

The T. S. Morris Elementary PTA will meet at 5:30 p.m.  Ann Shoemaker, director of training and support for Character at Heart, will serve as guest speaker.

Wares Ferry Road Elementary students will celebrate "Tip Top Hat Tuesday."  In honor of Dr. Seuss' birthday, staff and students will wear their silly hats and volunteers will read The Cat in the Hat at 9 a.m.

Highland Gardens Elementary will celebrate "Reading is Where It's Hat Day." Students may purchase red and white hats from the library or wear their own hats.  Signed papers will also be sent home today. Students in Melinda Tyler's third grade class will make turtles as an art activity to complement their reading of the book Yertle the Turtle.

In celebration of Dr. Seuss' birthday, Dunbar-Ramer will have "Grinch Green Greeny Tuesday."  Retired educators and members of the Montgomery County Sheriff's Department will read to students.

Southlawn Middle's New Century after school program will meet every Tuesday through Thursday leading up to SAT 10 testing.  The tutoring program reinforces math concepts that will be covered on the test. The instructors for the program are Marna Sue Reeves, Chandra McCurdy, Roshal Anglin and Kelvin Sanders.

Students at Hayneville Road Elementary will have "Hat Day".  Students and school staff will wear Dr. Seuss hats and will decorate their classroom doors.

Wednesday, March 5

  

Throughout the day, high school students will take the reading section of the Alabama High School Graduation Exam.

  

Carver Elementary's Parent Liaison and Guidance Departments will sponsor a Parent/Student Safety Workshop from 9-9:40 a.m. for students in grades 1-3.

Throughout the day, volunteers at Brewbaker Primary will read to students as one of school's many activities in celebration of Read Across America.

Technical theatre and theatre arts students at Booker T. Washington Magnet High will attend the Southeastern Theatre Conference and Competition in Chattanooga, Tennessee. 

The Bear Exploration Center Honor Chorus will present their spring concert at 9 a.m.  The chorus is comprised of fourth and fifth grade students who auditioned for the group and is directed by Beverly Fain.

Students at King Elementary will celebrate Read Across America with "Wacky Wednesday" by wearing their wackiest socks.  Green eggs and ham will be served for breakfast.  Reading Coach Betty Reese and librarian Deedee Fairley will read Green Eggs and Ham after the morning announcements.  Custodian Juanita Scott will read Fox in Socks during the afternoon announcements.

Wesley Hyde will represent Booker T. Washington Magnet High at the Junior Federation Club District Honors Recital at 10:30 a.m. at Forbes Music Company.

Angela Johns, Michael Fannin, Cindy Sullivan, and Delray Powell's first grade classes at T. S. Morris Elementary will trace their feet and write their favorite story inside the feet.  This activity will correspond with the Dr. Seuss' book, The Foot Book.

 

Students in Anita Hudson's second grade class at Fitzpatrick Elementary will have a Reading Pajama Party.  Students will wear their pajamas to school and will bring pillows, blankets, and favorite books from home to read to other students.

Floyd Elementary will host its annual Career Day from noon-2 p.m. in the Montgomery Therapeutic Recreation Center. Members of the community will talk to sixth grade students about their careers and what is required to enter into a variety of professions.

The event is coordinated by guidance counselor Synethia Martin.

Wares Ferry Road Elementary will celebrate "Wacky Wig Wednesday."  In honor of Dr. Seuss' birthday, staff and students will wear wacky wigs.

Throughout the day, Manners of the Heart staff and "Wilbur the Reader" will read to Highland Gardens Elementary students in grades K-1, and sixth grade students will read to second grade students.  Student and teachers will wear mixed up clothing and silly socks in celebration of "Wacky Mixed Up Wednesday."  Students in Melinda Tyler's third grade class will make edible hats after they read the  Cat in the Hat.

 

On "Wacky Wednesday" at Dunbar-Ramer, students will wear crazy socks and shoes, Dr. Seuss T-shirts and hats.  Guest readers will include Montgomery County Commissioner Reed Ingram, Montgomery County Board of Education members Melissa Snowden, Charlotte Meadows, and district staff members Anne Spooner and Dr. Gwen Buckingham.

Bear Exploration Center first grade classes will attend "Let's Pretend Hospital" at Vaughn Park Church of Christ from 1-3 p.m.

Students in Lisa Harris' PALS class at Southlawn Middle will volunteer at Goodwill Industries.  They will sort and hang clothes in the thrift shop. 

Hayneville Road Elementary will celebrate "D.E.A.R (Drop Everything and Read) Day."  Guest readers will read stories in the classrooms.

Thursday, March 6

  

High school students will take the language section of the Alabama High School Graduation Exam.

First grade students at Harrison Elementary will visit the Hyundai Plant from 9-noon where the employees and students will participate in Dr. Seuss Day activities.

Students at Brewbaker Primary will celebrate Dr. Seuss Day.

Highland Gardens Elementary will host "Rip the Runway: The Battle of the Fashions" at 5:30 p.m. in the cafeteria.  Students, faculty, staff, and parents will participate in the show. The public is invited to attend. For more information, contact Yvette Bartee, Behavior Interventionist, at (334) 269-3685.

The Bear Exploration Center Honor Chorus will perform at Waterford Place Assisted Living at 1:30 p.m., and John Knox Nursing Home at 2:15 p.m.

Garrett Elementary kindergarten students will visit the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts from 10 a.m.-1 p.m.  They will see a puppet show and will tour the art galleries on Peek-a-Boo Street.

Students at King Elementary will celebrate Read Across America Week by wearing their favorite hats.  Counselor Virgill Powell will read The Cat in the Hat to the student body.

T. S. Morris Elementary's second grade classes will eat green eggs and ham prepared by their teachers Dandrea Evans, Yolanda Hall, Shelly Farrior, Bebe Campbell, and Cynthia Curtis, in honor of Dr. Seuss' birthday.

Wares Ferry Road Elementary will celebrate "Think Thursday."  In honor of Dr. Seuss' birthday, students will think of book titles for a new Dr. Seuss book.  The students with the most creative title will win a Dr. Seuss book.

Students and teachers will wear green for "Grinch Green Day" at Highland Gardens Elementary. Students in Melinda Tyler's third grade class will eat fish crackers as they read McElligot's Pool and One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish.

 

Sherry Johnson's kindergarten class at Dunbar-Ramer will visit the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts.

On "Slippin' Thursday" students at Dunbar-Ramer will slip into reading by wearing pajamas to school.  Parents, public library workers, Pauline George from the Montgomery County Education Association and members of the Montgomery County Sheriff's Department will read to students.

Flowers Elementary first grade students in Donna Stone and B.J. Shepherd's classes will attend Let's Pretend Hospital from 12:50-2:15 p.m. at Vaughn Park Church of Christ.

Teachers and school staff at Hayneville Road Elementary will dress as book characters during "Character Dress-up Day."  In addition, each classroom will receive a special visit from the "Cat in the Hat."

Friday, March 7 

  

High school students will take the science (biology) section of the Alabama High School Graduation Exam.

Brewbaker Primary will have a Character Parade to conclude its Read Across America Week activities.

Fifth grade students from Davis, Highland Gardens, Johnson, King, MacMillan, McKee, Morningview, Nixon, Paterson, Southlawn, Vaughn Road, T.S. Morris and Wares Ferry Road schools will attend the Freedom Forum at Faulkner University's Tine-Davis Gymnasium from 8:30-11:45 a.m.

Several community leaders will read their favorite Dr. Seuss book to students at King Elementary at 9 a.m. They will also talk to students about the importance of reading.

T. S. Morris Elementary third grade students in Jacqueline Jackson, Alicia Harris, Reginald Coats, Letitia Strickland and Parrie Rogers' classes will read The Cat in the Hat and will write a sequel to the story. Representatives from the Montgomery Area Transit System will visit students to talk about Montgomery's history and provide a tour of a replica of a bus from the 1950s.

Throughout the day, Wares Ferry Road Elementary will celebrate "Funky Foot Friday" by wearing silly socks and mix-matched shoes.

Highland Gardens Elementary students and teachers will wear their Read Across America T-shirts or school shirts for "T-shirt Day."  Students in Melinda Tyler's third grade class will read The Sneetches.

Southlawn Middle will have "Family First Friday" from 7:45 a.m.-2:45 p.m.  Parents/ guardians, family, and friends are invited to visit their child's classroom and eat lunch with them.  A parent advisory meeting will also be held from 9-10:30 a.m. in the Parenting Center.

Dunbar-Ramer will hold "Funky Friday".  Students will wear their clothes inside out and will dress as "reading rock stars."  Students will eat green eggs and ham for breakfast as the school reading coach reads Green Eggs and Ham. Students who have met their Accelerated Reading goals for the week will be recognized at a Dr. Seuss birthday party.

True Divine Baptist Church will present "High School Joy Night" featuring Montgomery Public School students at 7 p.m. at 4525 Virginia Loop Road.  The community-based event will feature performances by choral students from Sidney Lanier High School, George Washington Carver High School, Jefferson Davis High School, and Robert E. Lee High School. True Divine will recognize the accomplishments of these students by presenting scholarships to the participating groups.  This event is free to the public.  For more information, call the church office at 286-4008 or Sonya Satterfield, Publicity Coordinator, at 324-3633.

Hayneville Road Elementary will have a Read Across America Parade and Skit from 2- 2:30 p.m. in the gym.  Teachers will participate in a skit based on the story The True Story of the Three Little Pigs

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