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Thursday, October 10, 2013

Semmes Middle raises money for Skye, who has cancer

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Semmes Middle School faculty, staff and students donated more than $2,500 for the Loustalot family during our school-wide fundraiser in September. Skye Loustalot, a 7th grader at Semmes Middle School, was diagnosed in June with osteosarcomal, a type of bone cancer. "It is amazing how young children can be so supportive and giving to a fellow student in need. It was so wonderful to watch a group of young people donate so generously for Skye," said teacher Kim Wakefield. School officials say...

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Students recognized as Red Ribbon leaders

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MOBILE, Alabama -- Leaders from each of Mobile County's public schools were recognized Wednesday by the Drug Education Council.  The Council held its 14th Annual Superintendent's Red Ribbon Leadership Awards at the Mobile Convention Center. These students were selected to represent their schools:  Alba Middle: Allyson Cornelius Allentown Elementary: Ethan Barker Baker High: Robbie Cronk B.C. Rain High: Normandi Williams Belsaw/Mt. Vernon: Gabby Marks Booker T. Washington: Veronica...

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5 Questions Every Parent Should Ask the Teacher

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October is Statewide Parent Visitation Month. So, if you’re a parent, we hope that you’ve already scheduled a conference with your child’s teachers to discuss his or her progress. (If not, please call your child’s school and schedule one now). Mobile County schools are embracing the month’s theme, “Better Together,” because children do perform better in school if their parents and teachers are on the same page and are working together. Here are five...

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Monday, October 07, 2013

Mobile County schools working to STOMP Out Bullying this week

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MOBILE, Alabama -- It’s Stomp Out Bullying week in Mobile County’s public schools. Various schools are hosting events throughout the week. Here’s a schedule of some of the events: Monday: Burroughs Elementary: AT&T Alabama Pioneers is presenting its Decision Tree for Bullying Prevention book to students at 9 a.m. Mobile County District Attorney Ashley Rich’s office is holding a news conference to kick off the week and showing displays of anti-bullying drawings...

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300 people pack gymnasium for Taylor-White dedication, including the namesakes

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WEST MOBILE, Alabama -- About 300 people packed a gymnasium on a rainy Sunday for the dedication of the new Taylor-White Elementary in West Mobile. But the most special guests were the school's namesakes: Dr. Lemuel Taylor and Dr. Edward White, both of whom retired as assistant superintendents of the Mobile County Public School System in 1987. "It's a joyous pleasure I never thought I'd experience," Taylor said of the dedication. Rain stopped just in time for the crowd to step out front to...

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Davidson, Baker BEST Robotics teams advance to regional competition

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MOBILE, Alabama -- Robotics teams from Davidson and Baker high schools will advance to the South’s BEST Regional Competition at Auburn University, following stellar performances in the local competition Saturday. Davidson received the first place overall BEST Award and had the third-place robot, while Baker had the first-place robot. Every year, there’s a new challenge for the BEST robotics teams from across the country. This year’s competition is called “Gatekeeper...

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Friday, October 04, 2013

Mobile County dedicating new elementary named for longtime educators Taylor and White

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WEST MOBILE, Alabama – Mobile County school officials will hold a dedication and ribbon cutting for the new Taylor-White Elementary School in west Mobile on Sunday. The dedication will be at 2 p.m. in the school’s gymnasium and will be followed immediately by the ribbon cutting out front. Taylor-White Elementary opened to its approximately 500 students on Aug. 19. It was built on Eliza Jordan Road with $11 million in federal stimulus funds. The school is one of the first built in...

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Mobile County officials watching Tropical Storm Karen; planning to open schools Monday

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MOBILE, Alabama -- Mobile County public school officials are monitoring the track of Tropical Storm Karen as models have the storm making landfall in either Alabama or Florida over the weekend. The plan, as of Friday afternoon, is to open all 90 schools on Monday. "As always with severe weather, the situation is being monitored and decisions are being made with the best interest of our students and employees in mind," said Mobile County schools Superintendent Martha Peek. Executive Manager...

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Thursday, October 03, 2013

'It is very cool to read,' students realize while participating in Read for the Record

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MOBILE, Alabama -- Thousands of Mobile County students celebrated reading and learned about friendship today as part of the national “Read for the Record.” The children read – or listened to special guests at their schools as they read – the book “Otis” by Loren Long.  Read for the Record is when millions of children across the country promote childhood literacy by reading the same book, which is selected by Jumpstart and the Pearson Foundation.  “Otis”...

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Tuesday, October 01, 2013

Old Shell Road students planting, maintaining edible garden

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MOBILE, Alabama -- Students at Old Shell Road Magnet School are growing their own food to eat. The school has planted cabbage and rosemary in large planters in front of the school. There are plans to plant fruit trees. And this spring, the school will grow tomatoes and other vegetables. Why cabbage and rosemary? “We were trying to pick something that grows fast so the kids will see results,” said Principal Karen Hilsee. Old Shell Road, which has about 400 students and focusing...

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Students participate in the Vigor Feeder Walk-a-thon

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Schools in the Vigor High School feeder pattern came together this weekend to walk for a good cause.  Parents and the community were invited to come out to learn about the schools serving their neighborhood and the programs offered.  Students, athletes, bands and club members came out to greet and display their talents.  Approximately 150 parents, teachers and students joined community representatives, Captain Ferrell and Ossia Edwards for the walk-a-thon. 

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Environmental Studies Center's 2013-14 art poster contest

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Students enter today! Environmental Studies Center 2013-2014 Art Contest Open to all Mobile County Public Schools K-12   Winners will be selected from each of the following groups Grades K-3; Grades 4-5; Grades 6-8; Grades 9-12   The Theme: “Wildlife of Mobile” Art must be received at the ESC by October 18, 2013   Winners will receive: Ø Recognition at ESC Open House featuring 12 winning posters Ø Artwork displayed during 2013-2014 school...

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MGM students' senior project involves Nursing certification

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The excitement didn’t end for Mary G. Montgomery High School juniors Trenise Edwards and Dominique Jones when they each completed the Health Science program at Faulkner Technical last May.  They received a bonus package-earning their Alabama Certified Nurse Aide credential as part of the curriculum.    Both Edwards and Jones were thrilled to be offered the chance of jump starting their post-secondary goals while in high school-that they decided to come back!  The two...

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Faulkner instructor recognized by American Welding Society

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Faulkner Career Technical Center's welding instructor, Mr. Tim Devargas, was recently named as the Mobile Sector Educator of the Year by the Mobile Sector of the American Welding Society. Mr. Devargas was awarded this high recognition at the sector meeting held in September at the Original Oyster House. He was accompanied by former and current students also members of the American Welding Society and extremely proud of their instructor who they consider a mentor and meaningful part of their...

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Murphy's JROTC places 1st in overall drill competition

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Murphy High School's JROTC competed against nine other schools from Alabama and surrounding states such as Mississippi and Louisiana in the Gulfport High School Drill Meet on September 28, 2013 in Gulfport, Mississippi. The Color Guards were commanded by students, Terial Malone and Josh Sneed each winning an impressive third place.  The female drill teams placed an exceptional 1st in inspection and armed regulation drill.  The all girl team was led by students Tarial Malone, Starann...

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