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December 2021

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!

ECS Shooter Places in Fall Competition

Landon Hayes, member of the Emmanuel Christian School Skeet Club, won 3rd place in trap in the Intermediate/Advanced division and 1st place in skeet in the Intermediate/Advanced division at the Enterprise NSSA/SCTP Fall Shoot. Congratulations, Landon!

Book Tasting at Selma Street Elementary

Our Sixth Grade Crew started their day by being invited to the Reading Cafe for a book tasting within their classrooms. There were eight genres on the menu. After reading through their book selection, our scholars completed their menu and placemat templates to share about the reading! Excellent work, Wildcats!

Highlands Student Wins Red Ribbon Week Poster Contest

Congratulations to Kinsley Ward. She was the overall Red Ribbon Week poster contest winner! Lieutenant Eggleston, along with Mrs. Bonney and Mrs. Dobbs from 334 Prevention, presented the certificate and ribbon to Kinsley. Her poster will be enlarged and displayed in the office of 334 Prevention for a year.

Carver Harvest Fest

We had so much fun at our First Annual Carver Harvest Fest! We got to…

-Learn about snakes and hawks and even pet them!

-Learn about the Dothan Police Department’s Bomb Squad and their helpful robot, Sheila, who is one of only 3 bomb squad robots in the whole state!

-Learn about fire safety from the Dothan Fire Department and visit the inside of a fire truck!

-Play fun games with our friends from Dothan High School’s SADD chapter!

It was an amazing day filled with fun and learning! We appreciate all of our volunteers, and the time and effort it took to make this day special for our students!

Dothan Students Discuss Youth Support with Mayor

Thank you to Mayor Mark Saliba for sitting down with a few of our students from Dothan Preparatory Academy and Dothan High School to discuss how to support our youth in the City of Dothan. We appreciate the continued support of our students and their well-being from the City of Dothan Government.

We are very proud of our scholars for meeting with Mayor Saliba to offer opinions and strategies to help make our community a safer place for all citizens. We hope today sparks many more conversations and perspectives from our students to influential leaders in the Wiregrass.

These students, just as many others, are the future leaders of our city and want to begin using their voices now to offer support! That’s the Wolves Way!!! Great job, students!!

Goldilocks on Trial with Slingluff 5th Graders

Students in Mrs. Pippin’s fifth grade class participated in a mock trial. Who is on trial you ask? A certain blonde storybook character with a penchant for breaking and entering.

For this activity, students were assigned roles such as Gold E. Locks, Mrs. Locks, Babe E. Bear, Mom A. Bear, Pop A. Bear, judge, and attorneys for both sides. After students read aloud their parts, the jury deliberated and had to deliver their verdict. Not only were students challenged to decode difficult words as they read aloud but they also learned about the following: prosecution, defense/defendants, witnesses, telling the truth, understanding different perspectives, the role of people in courts and more!

Houston Academy Singers Rank High at Festival

The Houston Academy Choir and HARmonix performed in the Cultural Arts Festival at the Dothan Opera House, and both groups received Superior ratings!

The following students also received Superiors and Excellents in the musical theatre solo and dramatic scenes categories:

Ella Smith

Kaleb Dukes

Erin Potter

Presley Parrish

Kayanna Frank

Lanie Riley

Megan Hartman

Ella Baron

Keria Stulginski

Trevor Bolling

Ian Pich

Maddy Greenwalt

Anna Watkins

Abbie Grace Renshaw

Bella Yaeger

Caitlin Gawne-Mark

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Carroll High Hosts Senior Parent Picnic

WOW! Senior Parent Picnic was amazing! Our seniors were able to socialize with their guardians and also visit with college reps to map out future plans!

Coppinville BETA Socktober Drive a Success

Awesome job, Coppinville Junior High School! More than 1,300 pairs of socks were donated to Family Services for the BETA Socktober sock drive!

Families Beautify Highlands Elementary School

Thank you to our Highlands Family that came out to help with Highlands Beautification Day. Limbs were cut, picnic tables were put together, sidewalks were pressure washed, and more to improve our school.

Heard Elementary SGA, Crew Council Announced

Congratulations to our 2021-2022 Student Government Association Members and Crew Council!!!

President-Emily B.

Vice President-Chasity K.

Secretary-Kaylie B.

Treasurer-Jackson G.

Crew Council

Sarah B.

Emory G.

Christiana B.

Madilynn C.

Evan N. (Not pictured)

Jaden I.

Somaya T.

Alyssa M.

Gabriella S.

Cheyenne C.

Kaylani P.

Akayla P.

Kadence M.

Za’Liyah B.

We look forward to the amazing things you will get accomplished this year!!!

Northside Methodist Rewards Good Character

Congratulations to our Good Character winners for the 1st 9 weeks!! They had a blast at Action Air!

1st: Bryntley Miller (Adair)

1st: Brooklyn McNelley (Jackson)

2nd: Claire Smith (Ezell)

2nd: Benjamin Blackmon (Holloway)

3rd: Britton Watford (Gilley)

3rd: Aubree Cutts (Otto)

4th: Brady Buchanan (Lawson)

4th: Ava Isbell (Morris)

5th: Kennadie Newman (Maddox)

5th: Caydee Smith (Haywood)

6th: Hadley Lawson (Hall)

6th: Ava Duncan (Grantham)

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Rucker Boulevard Elementary Running Club in Full Force

Students in Running Club meet outside on Tuesday and Thursday mornings. These students are running for distance, at their own pace, and are working towards getting the most miles for this school year. Students scan their QR code at the iPad station to keep up with distance.

We are so proud of all these students for committing to a healthy lifestyle. If your child is not involved in Running Club and would like to be, please see Coach McNeal or Coach Hulsey for a permission form. Running Club is open to all RBE students!

Heard Elementary Names Peer Helpers

We would like to introduce our 2021-2022 Peer Helpers!!! Peer Helpers is a program where a group of peers are trained to help and support each other.  The goal is to provide students a boost so they will do better academically, socially, and emotionally.  Peer Helpers help to maintain a peaceful environment within the school.  They uphold the standards of the school and serve as role models. Overall, this is a quality program that will be a great asset for years to come.

Peer Helpers for 2021-2022 are:  Itzy G., Penelope D., Brett R., Amiya F., Lilian H., Crimson M., Lily F., Eriana S., Kalie B., Haley J., Evan N., and Skylar P.  Peer Helper Coordinators are:  Mrs. Jordan, Mr. Sparks, and Mrs. Oppert.

We look forward to the work our Peer Helpers will do this year!

Aspiring Ozark Teachers Get Hands-On Experience

The Teaching 2 class at the Career Center joined Lisenby’s Kindergarten classes on their field trip to Paradise Pumpkin Patch on October 27th. Each of Mrs. Traylor’s students were assigned to a class and had a blast helping with everything from tying shoes to riding on the cow train! We appreciate our Lisenby Primary School friends for giving our students hands on and real world experience!

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Rucker Boulevard Peer Helper Training

On Monday, November 3, a group of 4th, 5th, and 6th Graders were trained to be Rucker Boulevard Elementary’s PEER Helpers for this school year. PEER Helpers is a peer-to-peer prevention and support program. The mission of this program is to empower students to be academically, socially, and emotionally successful; to recognize and resolve conflict; to value diversity; and to be advocates for positive change and healthy choices. What a great group of students we have to serve in this role!

Emmanuel Christian Students Go Leaf Hunting

Mrs. Wadas’ 4th graders went on an adventure and gathered leaves from the school grounds.  Then they returned to the classroom and classified the leaves by identifying similar characteristics such as color, size, and texture in their collection of leaves.

Providence Christian Students Pack Christmas Shoeboxes

Our grammar students enjoyed packing a shoebox for Operation Christmas Child. We are thankful for the opportunity to be part of this hands-on ministry. Thank you to all our families for sending in supplies to support this effort.

Dothan Prep Students Add Pops of Color

Dothan Preparatory Academy art students did a great job using bright colors and popular images to create individual “Pop Art” pieces. Students then collaborated to display their amazing work. DPA halls are “POPing” with color.

Pop art is an art movement that emerged in the United Kingdom and the United States during the mid- to late-1950s. The movement presented a challenge to traditions of fine art by including imagery from popular and mass culture, such as advertising, comic books and mundane mass-produced objects.

Highlands Elementary Chili Cook-Off

Highlands Elementary hosted its first annual chili cook off and silent auction on November 4th. Baskets were put together by the homeroom classes. There was also a football signed by Nick Saban and autographed Troy Trojan baseball hats. Each teacher made a cake of their choice. We had a great turn out! Even Elvis made a guest appearance! Thank you community for coming to support our school!

Troy University AMSTI Teach Friction to Harrand Creek Students

Third grade students at Harrand Creek Elementary School explored friction by adapting their standard vehicles today. Thanks for inviting us to be a part of your science classes today Miss Turner and Miss Moore.

Houston Academy Cross Country Finish 2nd in State

Lady Raiders finish STATE Runner-Up!!!

Congratulations to our XC team!!

Beverlye Intermediate School Elects SGA

Congratulations to our newly elected SGA officers:

President: Haleigh Copeland; Vice-President: Alexia Wilson; and Secretary: Mariah Harris.

Emmanuel Christian 5th Graders Learn About Matter

Mrs. Miller’s 5th grade students made coke floats to explain solids, liquids, and gases as they learned about the three states of matter.

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Girard Students Benefit from Book Donations

Each month students are able to enjoy a new Scholastic book thanks to donors who sponsored our classroom. This is Ms. Morris’s class’s third book. “The Cool Bean” was a great book about kindness. Students read the story, discussed, and then wrote about ways to show kindness. Then they participated in a directed drawing “Being Kind is Cool Beans” activity. Reading is so much fun!

Hidden Lake Paper Pumpkin Contest Winners

With over 40 entries, the library’s PAPER Great Pumpkin Contest winners are announced: 3rd place-Ava for Jack and Zero from The Nightmare before Christmas; 2nd place-Keziyah for Papa Berenstain from The Berenstain Bears series; 1st place-Victor for Fly Guy from Tess Arnold’s Fly Guy series.