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Wednesday, March 12, 2014

New training video underway for locally developed Talents Unlimited

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Last weekend, nationally certified trainers for Talents Unlimited gathered in Mobile to film an online training course that will be available in April 2014. This is the latest addition to the resources provide by the research-based model for teaching critical and creative thinking skills to students within their daily curriculum. In a partnership with Virtual Village Classroom, Lynn Huey, coordinator of this internationally recognized model, was joined by trainers Cathy Cink, Jessica Dennis,...

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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Like to 'dig in the dirt' and explore? Then apply for a magnet school

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To learn about chromatography, third-graders at the MCPSS Magnet School of Math and Science headed to their daily lab. Each student held a green marker on a coffee filter and counted out three seconds, watching as the mark grew bigger. They then used a dropper and counted out four drops of water to see what would happen to their original mark. Like true scientists, they wrote out their observations. “The color spread to the end of the coffee filter. The colors are: black, green, purple,...

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2014-2015 Calendar Approved

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The Mobile County Board of School Commissioners approved the 2014-2015 school calendar during its regularly scheduled meeting February 25. The calendar committee presented three options. Two public hearings were held and input was given to the board. Option one was approved. It includes the following important dates: Students will start the year on Aug 7 and end it on June 1. They will be out one week for Thanksgiving and Mardi Gras; Dec 19-Jan 5 for winter break; and April 6-10 for spring...

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Monday, February 24, 2014

A Golden win for the Davidson Culinary Warriors

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The secret ingredient was satsuma but the secret to winning was salmon with warm lentil salad made by the Davidson High School culinary team.   On Saturday, February 22, six high schools met at Culinard to participate in the 2nd annual Golden Spoon competition.  The competition is sponsored by MCPSS Career-Technical Education Division, Golden Corral restaurants and the Culinary Institute of Virginia.   Similar to the popular food competition shows, each school - represented by...

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Astronaut Kay Hire visits Murphy, her alma mater; inspires students

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If you collect all the right tools in school – as astronaut Kay Hire did at Murphy High – you can go anywhere you want in this world. Or even out of it. That’s the message Hire gave to students at her alma mater today as she visited. Hire, a 1977 graduate, was the first female pilot in combat. She has been to space twice – aboard the shuttles Columbia and Endeavour – and she installed the cupola on the International Space Station. “When I graduated, I had...

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Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Grand Bay reading intervention teacher wins prestigious Milken award

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GRAND BAY, Alabama – Minutes after being named one of the nation’s top teachers, and receiving a surprise check for $25,000 in a gymnasium crowded with her Grand Bay Middle School students, reading intervention teacher Jennifer Olewnik called her husband on her cell phone to share the news. He said he knew she was a great teacher, but he didn’t quite believe the part about the $25,000. “Honey, you don’t know me,” state schools Superintendent Tommy Bice said...

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Thursday, February 13, 2014

Hankins student places 3rd in County Spelling Bee

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  Congratulations to Hankins Middle 6th grade student, Zoe Blanton, 3rd place winner of The 87th Annual Mobile County Spelling Bee! Almost 60 elementary and middle school students from public, private, and parochial schools participated in the contest. The bee was sponsored by New Horizons Credit Union and the GoDaddy.com Bowl, and was held Friday, Feb. 1, at Bishop State's Baker-Gaines Central Campus Auditorium.  Schools held a school-wide bee and the winner participated...

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Monday, February 10, 2014

Young Authors' Conference

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CLICK TO VIEW VIDEO Young Authors’ Conference West Regional Branch Library, 5555 Grelot Road Saturday, March 15, 2014, 9:00 – 12:00   Guest Author:  Sheila Booth-Alberstadt (http://sbabooks.com), Her books include:  Maggie McNair Has Spiders in Her Hair, Maggie McNair Wears Stinky Underwear, Under the Crybaby Tree, and An Angel in the Sky.   Students in Grades 3-6 are invited to participate in the 2014 Mobile Young Authors’...

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Friday, February 07, 2014

MCPSS Magnet School moving to Eichold-Mertz on Government Boulevard

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MCPSS Magnet School of Mathematics and Science will be moving to Eichold-Mertz Elementary School on Government Boulevard in time for the 2014-15 school year. Superintendent Martha Peek made a recommendation to the school board to that effect during a special-called meeting today. The board voted 4-1 in favor of doing so. Board member Tracie Roberson, whose district includes Eichold-Mertz, opposed. Prior to that vote, the board unanimously rescinded a vote taken last year to move the magnet school...

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Tuesday, February 04, 2014

Eichold-Mertz students ride away with AR rewards

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Eichold-Mertz decided to reward its top AR students with a gift that soars!  Thanks to Partners, Academy sports & Outdoors and Walmart the students were entered into a drawing for bicycles at Eichold-Mertz Elementary School. Students had to be proficient on the Reading and Math EQTs, have good attendance, and have shown excellent behavior during the school year in order to get their names entered into the drawing. Mr. Torbert from Academy Sports was on campus to help with the presentation...

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Dunbar student organizes school to furnish needy homes

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Sara Baldwin is an eighth grader at Dunbar Magnet School for the Creative and Performing Arts, and was unanimously chosen to represent the school as 2013 Red Ribbon Week Leadership Award Recipient. Sara developed and organized her service project with very little assistance of the adults in her family or school staff; she knew what she wanted to accomplish, and and stayed focused on her goal.  Sara pulled her school and church family together, and under her leadership, was able to completely furnish two apartments...

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Theodore student represents county in state

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Congratulations to Theodore High School senior, Marissa Horstman. Marissa won Mobile County's Distinguished Young Woman for 2014. She recently competed in the State Competition and finished 2nd runner-up out of 48 contestants. She represented her county and school very well, taking home the following scholarship awards: 2nd alt..............$2,000 cash scholarship Self Expression...$700 cash scholarship Fitness..............$700 cash scholarship Talent...............$800...

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Two MCPSS educators win JMG Mini grants

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Congratulations to the 2014 Junior Master Gardener (JMG) Teacher/Leader mini-grant winners for Mobile County Public School-Troy McHenry, Baker and Deanna Stevens, Dawes Intermediate! The teachers will use the grant which includes tools and educational packets to teach students gardening. JMG is a program through Alabama 4-H that teaches youth gardening and yields a host of benefits. University research shows that groups of students taking part in the Junior Master Gardener program...

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Arkema award day for McDavid-Jones students

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On January 15th Arkema held their annual Award Day for students at McDavid-Jones. Arkema employees; Judy Smith-Human Resources, Bruce Weaver-Purchasing and Dwayne Christian presented the awards.  Students were recognized for A/AB Honor Roll, Most Improved and Perfect Attendance.  Students were given tickets to redeem for snacks.  Students were also recognized for meeting their Accelerated Reader Goal and given bonus cards for extra privileges in the library.  A special thank...

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Hankins celebrates top AR students

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Hankins Middle School is proudly  announces its top Accelerated Reader students for the first semester: 1st Place- Aspen Demanis (read 3.8 million words) 2nd Place- Austin Strong (read 3.5 million words) 3rd Place- Mica Adam (read 2.5 million words) Brandon Sellers, Olivia Woods, Kendall Martinez, Chloe Nguyen, Savanna Gray, Anna Hardy, Jessica Black, and Monica Vega were also among the top students reading more than a million words each.

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