December 2020

Student Spotlights & Schoolbits!

Every month we compile a list of students doing great things across the Wiregrass.  We have so many talented students in our area.  Wiregrass Parents joins with their families and schools to celebrate their achievements!

Emmanuel Christian Collects 2600+ Items for Food Bank

Congratulations and job well done to Emmanuel Christian students who sponsored a Food Drive, which collected over 2600 items for a local food bank. Pictured are SGA members and officers who help organize this food drive. Thanks to every student and parent who made this possible.

Highlands 5th Grade Gardeners

The 5th Graders at Highlands Elementary School have partnered with Alabama 4-H to learn more about planting a vegetable garden and learning what plants need to grow and survive.  They have been completing hands-on lessons in the school’s garden. This project will be a part of the EL Expedition they have planned for the year.

Carroll HS Principal Named District 2 Principal of the Year

We are thrilled to announce that our very own Principal, Mrs. Andrea Maness, is District 2 Principal of the Year! She has progressed on to the next round of the interview process and is TOP THREE IN THE STATE. Please give Mrs. Maness a big congratulations and your best wishes for her next interview!

Highlands Elementary Congratulates September Good Citizens

1st Row (L to R):  Marlon Page, Ty Dougherty, Hampton Campbell, Sam Anderson, Grace Galloway, Zoey Meadows, Margaret Gay, Hadley Brooks

2nd Row (L to R):  Islynn Henderson, Jonah Carter, Dawson DeLoney, Conner Evans, Adyson Green, Lily Donop, Jase Ebarb

3rd Row (L to R):  Lily Ernest, Jack Galloway, Kinsley Ward, Erin McKinley, Ella Stephens, Ava Green, Maysen Duddy, Raeley Summerlin

Southwest Georgia Academy One Act Play Wins State

Congratulations to our One Act Play Cast and Crew and their director, Brianna Smith for coming in 1st place in the state competition! We also took home best Tech Crew and Jaycie Johnson won the Best Actress Award! We are so proud of all of you!!

State Lawmakers Donate to Wicksburg High School

A huge thank you to Mr. Donny Chasteen, Alabama State Senator and Mr. Jeff Sorrells , Alabama State Representative for their generous donation to Wicksburg School. This donation was used to help transport our football, band, and cheer to the play off games and for needed technology.

Northside Methodist Recognizes Top Readers

Top AR readers October 2020

Good Job!!!

1st Grade:

Adair- Sarah Holloway

Jackson-  Khloe Boozer

Hawkins- Olivia Outlaw

2nd Grade

Breth- Mollie Newman

Holloway- Hailey Williams & Britton Watford

3rd Grade

Gilley- Victoria Blount

Etheridge- Chloe Breth

4th Grade

Smith- Mason Carden

Morris- Carson Seaver

5th Grade

Haywood- Georgia Hinckley

Maddox- Sophia Pybus

6th Grade

Grantham- Sophie Oswald

Johnson- Sean Cool

Hall- Allyson Holland

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Lakeside School Cheerleaders Runners Up in Virtual Competition

Covid wrecked so many of our plans this year including the AISA state cheer competition at Garrett Coliseum. Thankfully, we were given the opportunity to compete virtually and after battling illnesses, quarantines, and volleyball playoffs, we got our routines together at the very last minute and were just notified that we are runner-up State Champions, and all 3 of our senior girls made AISA ALL STAR: Betsy Bennett, Mary Jensen Bailey and Brooke Mitchell. We could not be more proud of these girls.

Dothan High Students Recognized for AP Course Success

117 Dothan High School students were recognized for their achievement in A+ College Ready supported AP (Advanced Placement) courses and their passing scores on their exams, earning them possible college credit.

The AP program at DHS offers college-level courses in Language Arts, Literature, US History, Statistics, Calculus, Government/Econ, Chemistry, Biology, Environmental Sciences, and Physics.

Students who pass the AP exams with scores of 3, 4, or 5 can receive college credits for the courses.

A+ College Ready, a program of the A+ Education Partnership, delivered $100 gift cards to each student at DHS. A+ College Ready is a non-profit that works to boost the college readiness of Alabama students.

Congratulations to these students for all of their hard work and achievements.

Coppinville Jr. High Robotics Team Kicks Off Season

Our first Robotics Team practice is in the books! We are excited about this new team, and it looks like we are going to have a great year! Team members assembled our new and improved game board that is bigger than last year’s board by several feet!

Daleville First Responders Visit Elementary Students

Members of the Daleville Department of Public Safety went and spent time with the students in Pre-K through 4th grade at Windham Elementary on October 30. Chief Medley, Assistant Fire Chief Grubbs, and SRO Kiley spoke to the students about fire safety and how to call 911 in the event of an emergency. All important things to be informed about! We sure are glad we got to spend the morning with these kids!

Chief Medley said to remind everyone to smile because it’s free!

Highlands Elementary School Holds Mock Election

Highlands Elementary had a schoolwide election on Tuesday, November 4t.  Student Government Association representatives and upper grade classmates helped the younger students with the process. Voting booths were set up with iPads for the students to choose their nominee. Teachers did mini lessons prior to the election to teach the students about voting and voting etiquette. Students received an “I Voted” sticker after completing their ballot. (Pictured: SGA representatives for the 2020-2021 school year)

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Highlands LinC Class Honors Veterans

Check out this great project tribute to Veterans from the 3rd Grade LinC class at Highlands Elementary School Dothan!

This was a collaborative project where each student colored a piece of the agamograph according to a code, cut it out and finally glued them all together in columns and folded the pieces. Check out the art from different angles!

DCS Welcomes Penelope & Ed the Peanuts

We had a fun-filled morning (10/23) revealing our Dothan City School Peanuts and their new names to the City of Dothan!

Everyone meet Penelope the Pre-K Peanut (named by The Carver School for Mathematics, Science, and Technology) and “Ed”ucation the Senior Peanut (named by Heard Elementary School)!

Thank you again to the Dothan Area Chamber of Commerce, Replica Plastics -Aftermarket Panels & Fillers, Mayor Mark Saliba, and everyone else for coming out to help us celebrate.

Mixon School Names Peer Helpers

Our Mixon School Peer Helper selection process has been completed, students who were selected are receiving their acceptance letters this week. Thank you to all students who applied! Our new Peer Helpers have a big responsibility here at school and we can’t wait to watch you all grow into positive role models who can display kindness and a helping hand to your peers! Mixon School is an official ThriveWay Peer Helper school!

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Houston Academy Football Player Signs with UAB

BIG congrats to Matthew Streitman for signing his NLI with the UAB Blazers! We are all so proud!

Merritt Named Slocomb Elementary Teacher of the Year

Congratulations to Mrs. Ashlee Merritt! She is the 2020-21 Slocomb Elementary Teacher of the Year! Her positivity, hard work, and dedication to our school and students does not go unnoticed! Thank you, Mrs. Merritt for all that you do!

Girls Inc. Donates Hygiene Bags to Homeless

Our girls made hygiene bags for the homeless community! At Girls Inc. we want to ensure that our girls understand the value of helping others and understand that we are stronger together.

Slocomb Senior Signs Softball Scholarship

Congratulations to Gracen Hodges on signing an athletic scholarship to play softball and continue her education at Coastal Alabama today.

Ozark 3rd Graders Celebrate Liberty

Liberty Learning Foundation celebration at Mixon today! 3rd grade celebrated inside their classrooms today! Local Veterans/Heroes will be giving their statues via mail this year due to Covid precautions.

Geneva High School Names Assistant Principal

GHS is pleased to announce the hiring of Brent Johnson as our new assistant principal. We are excited to have Coach Johnson on board the administration team!

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Ashton Wright
Author: Ashton Wright

Ashton is the publisher of Wiregrass Parents magazine. A lifelong resident of the Wiregrass, she grew up in Blakely, Ga. Her love of journalism began on her high school newspaper and continued at Troy University where she received her print journalism degree. After graduating, she worked with WTVY-TV for nearly a decade. She and her husband, Chris, have been married since 2012. They have one daughter, Alexis, as well as a dog, Jackson, and a cat, Cooper.

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Student Spotlights December 2020

by Ashton Wright time to read: 12 min