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February 2022

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!

Carver School Plants Research Garden

We are excited to present our George Washington Carver Research Garden–named after the famous agricultural scientist and inventor, and our school’s namesake! With the support of the Houston County Alabama Extension Office, our students were able to experience planting a strawberry patch right in our Carver MST backyard! Students will have the opportunity to cultivate and harvest the strawberries and plant new crops during the next growing season! Amazing work, Lions!

Ozark Superintendent Fills in as Sub

Due to circumstances beyond his control, Mixon Intermediate teacher, Bethel Terry, had to be out one Friday in January. When he learned the superintendent would be his sub, he told the kids. Their responses ranged from, “What? The SUPERINTENDENT? Is he a TEACHER?” to “I ain’t coming!”

Terry told his students they had to be there, so they could let him know if the superintendent knew what he was doing.

“After all that was said and done, he received rave reviews from a couple of them!” Terry said. One student said, “He was a very good teacher, but not as good as you.” Another one said, “He did good and was very patient with us.” Thank you, Reeivice L. Girtman, for stepping up and helping us out.”

Highlands Students Honor MLK

Mrs. Bouchard, Highlands Elementary’s principal, challenged students in 3rd-6th grade to write an essay on Martin Luther King, Jr. A class winner was chosen first. A winner for each grade was decided amongst the class winners. The winners for each grade read their essays at a special assembly held January 21st.

 

These students were chosen to read their essays:

6th Grade: Anna Clair W.

5th Grade: Chloe C.

4th Grade: Wade P.

3rd Grade: Leyrianne R.

 

Honorable Mention:
6th Grade: Lilly M. & Matthew N.

5th Grade: Channing T.

4th Grade: Olivia JM.

3rd Grade: Addie Reece H. & Hamlin D.

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Carroll High Student Wins Speech Competition

Congratulations to Riley Jordan! In December, Riley competed in the Wiregrass Preliminary Speech Competition presented by PACE. He was chosen as a finalist. He was tasked with writing a speech answering the question of what his message to society is. Riley’s speech was called “Power in the Blood”. He presented it and WON FIRST PLACE and also a $3,000 scholarship.

Slingluff First Graders are Super Singers

Mrs. Braswell’s first graders love music time with Mrs. Wells. They enjoyed learning the song “I Am a Superhero.”

I’m a superhero zooming high.

Over buildings watch me fly.

High, high, watch me fly.

I’m a superhero zooming high!

I’m a superhero sneaking low.

Where did all those bad guys go?

Low, low, where’d they go?

I’m a superhero sneaking low.

9 Houston County Students Qualify for State HOSA Competition

Give a big congratulations to these students for competing in HOSA competition and qualifying for State! Congratulations:

Tori Freitag– Voting Delegate

Kylie Ann Barnes– Healthy Lifestyles

Sydney Wash & Faith Gates– Emergency Medical Technician (pictured)

Lexi Lovvorn– Veterinary Science

Chelsea Sheppard– Medical Terminology

Taylor Carrol & Jocee Glover– Forensic Science

Jenny Felipe– Physical Therapy

Great job and good luck at State!

Heard Elementary Science Fair Winners

Congratulations to our 4th & 5th Grade Science Fair participants!

1st Place-Which Surface is the Dirtiest? – Jackson G.

2nd Place-Ice Melt Down – Gabby S.

3rd Place- Magnetic Repulsion – Kaylani P.

Honorable Mention

The Easy Brush-Jerian B. & LaCori A.

Best Absorbing Paper-Quinton R.

Best Overall Display-Ice Melt Down-Gabby S.

Most Creative Idea-Unpoppable Bubbles!- Parker G.

Most Practical Use in Real Life-Which Surface is the Dirtiest? Jackson G.

 

Congratulations to the following students, they will represent Heard at the District Science Fair: Jackson G., Gabby S., and Kaylani P. We are so proud of each of you!

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Rucker Boulevard Mixes Music and PE

What a treat to be able to incorporate music into PE! Mrs. Marsh and each student at RBE had the opportunity to use exercise balls and buckets to make music while moving their bodies at the same time. What fun it has been!!

Houston Academy Middle School Spelling Bee

Well done, Middle School spelling bee finalists and winners!!

Winner: Emily Maddox, 8th grade

2nd: Megan Hartman 8th

3rd: Emmett Payne 8th

We are proud of your success!

Rucker Boulevard Combines PE with Literacy

Take a look at RBE’s PE Scramble!

Students must do a specific exercise as they pick up letters from the middle of the floor.  Once all the letters are gone, a timer is set and they begin to form words using the Scramble rules. When time is up, everyone stops working. Whoever has the most words in the correct format wins!

Houston Academy Lower School Spelling Bee

Congratulations to our Lower School Spelling Bee finalists and winners!

Pavithra Nallamothu (4th grade) 1st place

Ellie Alexander (3rd grade) 2nd place

Ann Louise Huskey (4th grade) 3rd place

Great job to all of our spellers!

Heard Elementary Library Turns into Book Cafe

Mrs. Tucker transformed our Media Center into a fine dining restaurant and experience!!! The mood was set with table settings and the ambiance included soft playing music. This experience was all about taste testing books.

The students were seated at different tables with different topics (Non-Fiction, Biographies, Not Normal Books and books by Patricia Polacco). Students were engaged in testing/reading books to see if they would enjoy reading them.

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Slingluff 6th Grade Engineering Challenge

Here are Mr. Forrester’s sixth graders working on an engineering challenge. They had to design and build a structure between 14-18 inches high using nothing but 4 sheets of newspaper, an 18 inch piece of masking tape, and a 12×12 inch piece of cardboard. This structure also had to be able to support a math textbook for 30 seconds. All of this within a 30 minute window!

Houston Academy Girls Basketball Area Champs

The Houston Academy girls basketball team improved to 6-0 in Class 3A, Area 3 play with a 56-36 win over Wicksburg Friday, January 21. HA clinched the area regular-season title and the area tournament host spot with the win. Sara Bourkard led HA with 19 points and Camille Reeves and Mary Helen Mendheim both had 11.

Dothan PD Spend Day with Dothan Prep Students

Rainy Day Friday equals “Fun-day” at the office as our officers got the chance to lace up the Ol’ Converses and do some “student-faculty” building at Dothan Preparatory Academy.

Thanks for the awesome atmosphere to end a great Dothan week!

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Highlands Elementary Science Fair Winners

Congratulations to all the Science Fair Winners at Highlands Elementary School! They competed at the District Science Fair January 28th.

Girard Primary Student Leads Pledge at School Board Meeting

At the January Dothan City Board of Education meeting, we had the pleasure of having Liam Jackson from Girard Primary School present the Pledge of Allegiance.

We are so proud to have students in our district like Liam and look forward to involving our students in future Board of Education meetings.

Rucker Boulevard 3rd Graders Experience Oregon Trail

Third graders spent the week reading a diary entry from a pioneer family on The Oregon Trail. They learned many facts about the times the families faced while traveling west. They had the opportunity to complete a STEM activity, creating their own covered wagons.

Rucker Boulevard 2nd Graders Celebrate New Year

Mrs. Manis’ Second Graders learned about Chinese New Year and compared it to our New Year. They also folded their own fortune cookies. Then they decorated dragons and had a parade around the classroom with them! The students wrote about their fortunes and then enjoyed a fortune cookie from Panda Express!

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D.A. Smith Class Project Fully Funded

Ms. Bloodworth’s  Donors Choose project “Show Me the World” was fully funded for globes and atlases! They received materials on January 6 and began using them immediately!  What a difference having the right visual aids makes!

Houston Academy Teacher Holds Book Cafe

Students had the chance to sample books from different genres in Mrs. David’s Starbooks Cafe. They sipped hot chocolate while browsing titles and reading recommendations from their peers to help them choose a book for independent reading.

Selma Street 3rd Graders Make Fossils

After studying the types of fossils, Mrs. Battle’s Third Grade Paleontologists made and studied their own fossils.

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Bright Key Brings STEM to Selma Street

Career Connections welcomed one of its partners,  Dothan Houston County Library System, in teaching our students about building IPads/tablets. They had an amazing experience and loved programming the operating system.

Rucker Boulevard Benefits from Fruit & Veggie Grant

Rucker Boulevard Elementary students are fortunate to receive fresh fruits and vegetables twice each week through the USDA Fresh Fruits and Vegetables Grant. These fresh and fast items include popular fruits and vegetables as well as exposes the students to others that they may not have tried before. What a treat!

Holly Hill Elementary Spelling Bee Champs

Congratulations to our spelling bee winner and runner up!

Winner- Simba Liu

Runner Up- Anson Zou

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Rucker Boulevard Benefits from Fruit & Veggie Grant

Rucker Boulevard Elementary students are fortunate to receive fresh fruits and vegetables twice each week through the USDA Fresh Fruits and Vegetables Grant. These fresh and fast items include popular fruits and vegetables as well as exposes the students to others that they may not have tried before. What a treat!

Bright Key Brings STEM to Selma Street

Career Connections welcomed one of its partners,  Dothan Houston County Library System, in teaching our students about building IPads/tablets. They had an amazing experience and loved programming the operating system.

Holly Hill Elementary Spelling Bee Champs

Congratulations to our spelling bee winner and runner up!

Winner- Simba Liu

Runner Up- Anson Zou