February 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!

Maya Swope Wins Houston Academy Spelling Bee

Congratulations to our MS Spelling Bee winner, Maya Swope (8th Grade)!

Also, congratulations to our 2nd place finalists!

Reina Sturridge (7th grade)

Mary Parker Williams (6th grade)

Ella Smith (8th grade)

Jason Mun (8th grade)

Dothan City Schools Launches App

Dothan City Schools has an official District App!

Download the free Dothan City Schools app today for access to District notifications as well as your school’s notifications, calendars, and much more!

Available on iPhones and Androids.

Ozark 4th Graders Make Homemade Instruments

Each year 4th graders in Mrs. Kristy Barefield’s class study musical instruments and are each challenged with making their own instrument out of common household items! We have to say these handmade musical instruments this year sound as good as they look! Good work Mrs. Barefield’s class!

Enterprise High Class of 1970 Donates Reunion Money to School

EHS would like to say a special thank you to Mrs. Debbie Bracewell and the Enterprise High Class of 1970!  The Class of 1970 raised money for their class reunion which was cancelled.  Instead of giving back refunds they decided to donate a check for $780 to Enterprise High…. once a wildcat, always a wildcat!

Girard Students Snap Up Math Lesson

Learning math facts through games is fun. SNAP IT UP is how these students will master their math facts in no time!

Providence Christian School Spelling Bee

Congratulations to Josiah King for winning the PCS Spelling Bee.

Carroll High to Perform "Anything Goes"

The annual Dale County and Ozark City School Systems’ musical production for the 2020-21 school year is, Anything Goes. Due to COVID 19 guidelines and precautions, only half of the seating at The Flowers Center for the Performing Arts can be utilized at any one time. Therefore, there will be five presentations (February 9, 11, 12, 13) over a four day period; four evening performances and one matinee on Saturday, February 13. Each evening performance (February 9, 11,12, 13) will begin at 7:00 p.m., and the matinee will begin at 1:00 p.m. Admission is $15.00 per ticket and all seats will be reserved. Tickets go on sale at the Flowers Center on Thursday, January 14 (4:30-6:30 p.m.), and sales will continue on each Tuesday and Thursday, until the shows opens. For additional ticket information, please call 334-774-0720.

One year after the then newly renovated Flowers Center opened (19877), Carroll High School presented Anything Goes. All cast, chorus, and crew members from the 1987 production are invited back for a short reunion prior to the evening performance on February 13. The reunion will begin at 6:30 p.m.

This show is an amusing story wrapped around one of Cole Porter’s magical scores. Cole Porter songs include “It’s De-Lovely,” “ Friendship,” “ I Get A Kick Out of You,” “ All Through The Night,” “Anything Goes,” “You’re The Top,” and “Blow, Gabrielle, Blow.” The story is the age-old tale of boy-meets-girl and the complications that ensue; it always intrigues audiences. No musical puts it on stage better than Anything Goes. It’s a wonder that all the romances are sorted out, and disaster is averted aboard the magical ship where anything goes!

Margie Benson is the Director, Michelle Shirley is Director of Music, and Tracy Shilabeer is the Choreographer

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Miss DHS Pageant

The Miss DHS Pageant will be held on Saturday, February 6th, 2021. The pageant is open to all currently enrolled DCS students, and there will be six divisions, for Pre-K through 12th grade.

All pageants will be held in the DHS Convocation Center.

The entry fee for all contestants is $35.

Go to www.dothan.k12.al.us/DHS for more information and to download the registration packet.

Heard Students Hunt for Fractions

What an engaging lesson for Ms. Lawrence’s #CrewMembers!!! Dividing Fractions Scavenger Hunt…Students read each slide, created a model that answered the problem then looked for the slide that had the answer to the previous problem.  It was an intense game to see which student could solve the most problems!!!

Midland City Elementary Spelling Bee

Congrats to our Spelling Bee winners!

3rd Place- Noah Johnson

2nd Place- Sophia Potter

Winner- Micah Battise

Houston Academy Football Player Signs with UAB

Today we held our school science fair. This was an opportunity for our 4th-6th graders. We are very proud of the wonderful work from all of our participants. We would like to recognize our winners.

Elementary Division:

1st Place – Elle Barron, Erin McKinley, and Anna Lee Steltenpohl

2nd Place – Iysa Duddy

3rd Place – Colton Register, Gabriel Price

Middle School Division:

1st Place – Ariel Lumbatis

2nd Place – Taylor Forehand

3rd Place – Maysen Duddy

Congratulations! We know you will represent us well in the City Science Fair!

A huge Thank You to Mrs. Woodham for her incredible work sponsoring our science fair and working with participants.

Enterprise High SGA Giving Away Gift Cards to Classmates

Members of the Student Government Association raised money in December by participating in Downtown Enterprise’s Whoville Celebration manning WhoHair stations and are surprising fellow EHS students with gift cards to local restaurants such as Milky Moos, McDonalds, Chick- Fil-A, and Sonic to start their second semester with a smile.

The only stipulation SGA officers had for giving each gift card was it had to be a student they did not already know. Part of SGA’s mission statement is to be goodwill ambassadors by promoting positive student relationships and what better way to a teenager’s heart than food!

Carroll High Gets Marimba, Donates Old to D.A. Smith Middle School

Our NEW MARIMBA is assembled and ready for students to play it!! Principal Maness tried it, and she thinks it looks and sounds great!! HUGE Thanks to our administration for finding the funds to get this for our program. This purchase is actually benefiting both bands in our system, because our current marimba is now going to move to DA Smith middle school so those percussionists will now have a marimba to play as well!

Heard Elementary Names Rep for Superintendent’s Council

Payden Roberson will represent Heard Elementary School well as our representative on the Superintendent Student Advisory Council! Payden is an amazing fifth grade student in Ms. Owens class!

Jose Mendez to Represent Beverlye Intermediate School in District Bee

Congratulations to our spelling bee winners!

1st place – Jose Mendez

2nd place – Emma Johnson

3rd place – Hunter Kent

Jose will advance to the district spelling bee!!! We are very proud of all our participants who placed 1st in the preliminary classroom bee.

Jayden Ray Wins Slingluff Spelling Bee 2nd Time in a Row

MSE had their annual school Spelling Bee December 11. 1st Place went to Jayden Ray for the 2nd year in a row! Runner up was Kaden Dawson with Jaylen Ray in 3rd. All the participants made an impressive showing.  Jayden will go on to represent MSE in the Houston County Spelling Bee.

Pictured from left to right- Front row: Jeremiah Gray and Emily Bell. Back row: Kaden Dawson, Kesha Anglin, Jaylen Ray, Jayden Ray, and Mrs. Jackson

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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 February 2021

by Ashton Wright time to read: 12 min