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Wednesday, January 08, 2014

Which local school boasts players on each of the last four BCS National Championship teams?

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Which local school has had graduates play on each of the BCS National Championship teams from 2010-2013? That would be Mobile County’s Blount High School. The Leopards boast these graduates, among many others who have made their mark in NCAA football: Jonathan Evans was an Auburn Tiger in 2011. Jarrick Williams played for the Alabama Crimson Tide in 2012 and 2013 (and remains on the team as a graduate student having earned his bachelor’s degree in December). Wilson Bell plays...

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Monday, January 06, 2014

MCPSS schools delayed two hours Tuesday, Wednesday due to cold weather

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Mobile County Public Schools will delay the start of school by two hours on both Tuesday and Wednesday, due to record-breaking temperatures caused by an Arctic blast. Buses will run their regular routes, and students will be picked up at their normal stops exactly two hours later than usual. All school system employees will report to work at their regular time. “We are delaying school by two hours because we don’t want students out waiting for their buses in the cold,” said...

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Friday, January 03, 2014

Magnet school applications now being accepted

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The Mobile County Public School System is now accepting applications for students to enroll in its seven magnet schools. The online application form is available here, or on mcpss.com under the “For Parents” tab. The deadline to apply for the first drawing is Feb. 28. MCPSS invites parents to visit any of the magnet schools during See and Sign Days, which are Friday, January 24, from 1 p.m. – 5 p.m., and Saturday, January 25, from 9 a.m. until noon. Volunteers, faculty and...

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Monday, December 30, 2013

13 great accomplishments of Mobile County schools in 2013

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There’s a reason state schools Superintendent Tommy Bice called Mobile County Public Schools the “epicenter of best practices” for the entire state when he visited the district in August. That’s because great things are happening in our schools every day. In 2013, Mobile County Public Schools decided to take a more proactive approach to applauding those great things through the “It Starts With Us” campaign. So, while 13 may be considered an unlucky number,...

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Thursday, December 19, 2013

Mobile County schools 'Stuff the Bus' with 6,767 toys

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Wow. Mobile County Public Schools students and employees donated a remarkable 6,767 toys as part of our “Stuff the Bus” campaign. That included baby dolls and Barbie dolls, action figures, footballs and basketballs. It included games, books, remote-control cars, stuffed animals, toy kitchens and even seven bicycles. The school system partnered with WKRG on its Great Toy Drive and delivered the toys to the studio this morning. “The ‘Stuff the Bus’ campaign has been...

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Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Toys are rolling in by the hundreds as Mobile County Public Schools 'Stuff the Bus'

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We can’t even begin to estimate how many toys Mobile County Public Schools students have already donated in our first-ever campaign to “Stuff the Bus.” But after two days of visiting schools, our two “It Starts With Us” buses are jam packed with new, unwrapped toys that will be donated Thursday to WKRG as part of the station’s Great Toy Drive. The donated toys are likely in the thousands, as several schools have told us that they have contributed 80 toys,...

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Thursday, December 12, 2013

Somnia movie crew filming at historic Barton Academy

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Downtown Mobile is abuzz as big-name actors have been in and out of town filming three major movies over the past year. Now, it's MCPSS's turn to be in the spotlight as Barton Academy is the site of filming this week for the movie Somnia, a horror film staring Kate Bosworth.  The movie is about an orphan whose dreams and nightmares manifest physically as he sleeps, according to the Internet Movie Database.  Mobile County Public Schools is leasing Barton - which, built in the...

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Vigor students volunteer at Ronald McDonald House

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Vigor's FCCLA club volunteered at the Ronald McDonald House on Springhill Ave. They prepared a dinner for the families who live in the home while their children are in USA Women's and Children's Hospital. The students were able to hear from parents who have a child in the hospital. It was an eye-opening experience for the students. While at the home, the students prepared Cajun chicken pasta, cheddar biscuits, and Southern green beans. Vigor's FCCLA also participated in the Can Do project,...

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Just 4 students donating blankets this holiday for 10 Caring Gifts

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Preschoolers at Just 4 Developmental Laboratory are making sure those in need have a warm holiday season. The students are well on their way to collecting their goal of 300 blankets to be donated to the Volunteers of America as part of its 10 Caring Gifts drive. The children, according to Fox 10’s Sarah Wall “are going way above what you might expect this holiday season to help others. These little students are working very hard to make the holiday season a little warmer and brighter.” Fox...

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Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Davidson robotics team wins 6th place at South's BEST competition

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Davidson High School has placed sixth overall in the South’s BEST Robotics competition. A team of 42 students from Davidson competed against teams from 56 other schools in the competition, held at Auburn University over the weekend. To make it to this competition, teams had to qualify at local competition. Baker High placed 27th. Wetumpka High placed first overall. “The 42 members of Davidson’s robotics teams worked hundreds of hours on a task that many adults could not accomplish,”...

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School board to hold work session, Stuff the Bus on Wednesday

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The Mobile County school board will hold its regular monthly work session on Wednesday, Dec. 11., at 1 p.m. The board will discuss items that will come up for a vote at its regular meeting on Wednesday, Dec. 18, at 6 p.m. Both meetings will be held in the board room at the MCPSS central office on Howells Ferry and Schillinger roads. The agenda is available here. During the work session, the five members of the school board plan to kick-off the collection drive for Mobile County Public Schools'...

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Thursday, December 05, 2013

Council students celebrate their Blue Ribbon Award

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MOBILE, Alabama -- Students at Council Traditional School celebrated winning the National Blue Ribbon during a pep rally at the school today. With the help of Murphy cheerleaders, they learned a new cheer and shouted about how the school is awesome, IB and Blue Ribbon. Students and teachers wore blue ribbons. One class even wore blue masks. Fourth-graders sang a song in English and another in Spanish. Azalea Trail Maids and the Murphy High School pep band were there. And students talked about...

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Third-graders graduate as Super Citizens, nominate their own heroes

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MOBILE, Alabama – More than 300 third-graders graduated from the Liberty Learning Foundation’s Super Citizen program today, with each class nominating their own hero as a Super Citizen. The children recognized 21 grown-ups as Super Citizens. They ranged from Girl Scout troop volunteers to custodians, from their school registrar to Mobile County Public Schools Superintendent Martha Peek. One class nominated a student who hugs teachers when they’re having a bad day and who is...

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Wednesday, December 04, 2013

iPad grant making a big impact on Belsaw-Mt Vernon school

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Belsaw-Mt. Vernon School has 20 new iPads, thanks to an $8,000 grant from the Gulf Coast Resource Conservation and Development Council. Principal Angie Brown said the school in rural northwest Mobile County is already putting those iPads to good use. With 197 students, the school is able to pass the iPads around so that every student gets to use them. In the mornings, elementary students use them to perform class activities. Fifth-graders recently researched art and sculptures from the Renaissance...

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Monday, November 25, 2013

MCPSS students, employees ready to STUFF THE BUS with toys

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The Mobile County Public School System is partnering with WKRG Channel 5 to make the holidays happier for needy children. We are asking students, teachers and other system employees to bring new, unwrapped toys to donate as part of WKRG’s Great Toy Drive. We hope to STUFF THE BUS (actually, two buses) full of toys. How can you help? Please bring a toy to your school between now and Dec. 13. The following week, our two “It Starts With Us” buses will head out to different...

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