October 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!

Dothan-Houston Co. Library Offering Free Homework Help

PARENTS! Need homework help? Homework Alabama offers FREE online tutoring and academic resources from Tutor.com for Alabama residents from kindergarten students through college, plus adult learners. Get FREE help in math, science, English, social studies or writing from a live tutor.

Homework help is available from 10 a.m. – 11 p.m. daily. No appointments needed. For more information, please visit: www.dhcls.org/homework.

Wicksburg Senior Commits to Play Softball At Gulf Coast College

Congratulations to Wicksburg High School’s Morgan Roden 2021 on her commitment to Coach Scot Thomas and the Gulf Coast College Commodores!!!!!  Gulf Coast is getting one of the most versatile and dynamic players in the South to go along with an already star studded 2021 class!  We are proud of you Mo!!!!

Dothan City Schools Asks for Help Naming Peanuts

We think everyone knows we are pretty nuts about our students and staff at Dothan City Schools!

Help us welcome our two newest additions to Dothan City Schools!

Now we need our student’s help naming them! In the coming weeks, we are going to ask our Dothan City School students to help us find the perfect and special names for our littlest Pre-K Peanut and our Graduating Senior Peanut!

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Eufaula High School Senior Car Parade

Parading our seniors through Eufaula! We know not all of our students could make it, but we hope you all know how PROUD we are of ALL OF YOU! Class of 2021, you are almost there! We hope you enjoyed celebrating your last first day of school!

Thank you SO MUCH to all the members of the community who made this happen!

Providence Christian Freshmen Share WWII Projects

The 9th grade Humanities students taught their classmates about WWII – both online and in person.  Students shared their research findings from personal interviews with veterans to bringing food made from recipes that included rationed food substitutions.

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Girls Inc. Virtual Learning Program Begins

Members of Girls Inc. Dothan have started their Virtual learning program at the center. The program allows the girls to do their schoolwork through Dothan City Schools at the center to help keep them in a safe and smaller environment. Girls Inc. also has tutors from the Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine to help students with any material they may be struggling with. Once the girls finish with their schoolwork, they participate in Girls Inc. programming, which helps ensure that our girls are strong, smart, and bold.

Coppinville Jr. High Students Video Chat with Former Astronaut

Mr. Irwin’s Future City class participated in a Google Meet with former astronaut, COL (R) Jim Voss yesterday to discuss plans they are formulating to design and build a city on the moon! This conversation was exciting for all!

Wallace Student Donates Backpacks to Selma St. Elementary

“Thank you” is in order to nineteen year old Jazlyn Snell! Ms. Snell attends Wallace Community College.  With a desire to give back to her community, Jazlyn thought of Selma Street! She saved her money, purchased several book bags, and stuffed them with supplies. Without a doubt, Selma Street is very grateful to Ms. Jazlyn Snell for her generosity and kind spirit!

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Houston Co. 4-H Chick Drive-Thru

We are excited to announce our Youth Council President and Vice President for the 2020-2021 year!

Mary Catherine Howell is a dedicated member and has already shown her commitment by running the social media pages and always being willing to volunteer for a task.

Ashley Morsey has been a member for one year and has always been willing to help and be an advocate for the Youth Council.

We are excited to have these two as the leaders of the Youth Council this year!

Lakeside Faculty Learn to be Leaders

This summer amidst COVID-19 preparations a group of leaders from The Lakeside School took time to participate in Troy University’s Leadership 101 course.

Per Troy: The Leadership 101 course will equip you to thrive in a post-pandemic world, regardless of where you are now in your life and career. This course will explore personal development, leadership styles and actions, cultural diversity and current events, all through the lens of effective leadership. The course will feature some of Troy University’s most outstanding faculty.


Mrs. Karen Johnston-Middle School Lead Teacher/Middle School History

Mrs. Suzann Tibbs-Lower School Lead Teacher/3rd Grade Teacher

Mrs. Susan Hudspeth-Assistant Head of School

Dr. Dee Bennett, Troy University Department of Leadership

Dr. John M. Mehaffey-Head of School

Mr. Josh McConnell– Athletic Director

Mrs. Callie Strickland– Director of Admissions/Upper School English

Mrs. Kelly Robinson-Student Services Director

Dothan Leisure Services Providing After School Meals

The At-Risk Afterschool Meals Program provides a much needed service to the children in the community. It ensures that children continue to receive a nutritious meal and snack during after school hours. When schools are out on break, we provide lunch and snack. The free afterschool meals are available for children who are age 18 and under. Meals will be served, Monday thru Friday from 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm at the Andrew Belle Center, Doug Tew, Walton, Wiregrass Recreation Center, Boys & Girls Club of the Wiregrass, FunZone, curbside & mobile. Meals do not have to be consumed on site.

In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and polices, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, and reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity. https://www.fns.usda.gov/usda-nondiscrimination-statement

If you have any questions concerning the At-Risk Afterschool Feeding Program, please contact Stephanie Wingfield at 334 701-9606 or 334 615-3711.

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Local Church Donates Masks, Sanitizer to Faine Elementary

Faine Elementary School received another amazing community donation! Barbi and Katherine from Covenant Church brought masks in various sizes and tons of hand sanitizer on behalf on the congregation! We are so thankful for this much needed gift! We love you and thank you!

Girl Scout Donates Supplies to Pinedale Elementary

Thank you Savannah Connor for the supplies you gave our students. Savannah is a Coppinville student. For her Girl Scout Silver Award she collected school supplies and donated them to Pinedale. Thank you again, we really appreciate your generosity.

Hillcrest Beta Club Thanks Nurses, Doctors

A large stack of thank you cards for our nurses and doctors is on its way to the local hospitals.  We thank our doctors and nurses for being on the front lines during this pandemic.

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Lady Liberty Visits Abbeville Christian

We were blessed to be visited by the Liberty Learning Foundation for a kick-off celebration in August! Libby Liberty visited us!  Our 2nd & 3rd grade classes will be learning how to be helping hands this year within their social studies curriculum while our 5th & 6th graders will be learning how to be super citizens along with their social studies curriculum! All of these students will grow up to be our next great Americans!

Coppinville Jr. Cheerleaders Teach Mini Eagles

Our CJHS Cheerleaders hosted a Mini Eagles Cheer Clinic with the Enterprise Recreation Department today at Bates Memorial Stadium! This was a fundraiser for our cheerleaders and a fantastic time for all of the girls! The Mini-Eagles will be cheering along with our cheerleaders this Thursday as the Coppinville Eagles football team takes on Charles Henderson Middle School at Bates beginning at 5:30 p.m. Come join the fun and support the Mini-Eagles!

Northside Methodist Recognizes Top Readers

CONGRATULATIONS to our August 2020 Top AR readers!!

2nd grade:

Breth- Hadley Fretts

Holloway- Caiden Hanna

3rd grade:

Gilley- Victoria Blount

Ethridge- Justice Coachman

4th grade:

Smith- Aiden Byrd

Morris- Carson Seaver

5th grade:

Haywood- Georgia Hinckley

Maddox- Hadley Lawson

6th grade:

Hall- Teegan Robinson

Johnson- Micah Meiji

Grantham- Christian Morris

Alabama School of Math and Science 2021-22 Applications Available

The Alabama School of Mathematics and Science (ASMS) has opened their admissions application for the 2021-2022 school year. ASMS is Alabama’s only fully public and residential high school for sophomores, juniors, and seniors seeking advanced studies in math, science, and the humanities. ASMS draws students from all 67 counties in Alabama and gives students greater access to quality education, academic opportunities, and leadership development. Therefore, applying to ASMS is FREE, and tuition, room, and board are FREE! Current 9th and 10th graders in the state of Alabama are eligible to apply for this admissions cycle. “Being accepted to ASMS is a prestigious honor. We have a competitive application process that considers the whole student. At the same time, any student who is interested should apply. Students enter ASMS with varying levels of academic foundations, but they leave ASMS excelling on every level, inside and outside the classroom,” says Director of ASMS Admissions and Outreach, Mr. Ken Robinson. ASMS is for students who are ready for an accelerated learning environment that challenges them to maximize their potential. ASMS is set apart by its academic rigor, residential learning environment, leadership opportunities, and research focus for students. Through experiential learning in laboratories, innovation spaces, and the community, ASMS students grow to a higher level of knowledge and skill compared to their peers. ASMS has a transformative effect on student success and pushes students to be the very best version of themselves. This fall ASMS is hosting webinar information sessions for interested prospective students and families. More information is available on our website. Apply now or learn more at https://www.asms.net/ and https://www.asms.net/admissions !

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6th Graders Clean ACA Football Equipment Room

Thank you to these 6th graders who helped us clean and straighten the football equipment room area! These boys and girls are some hard workers!

Northside Methodist Seniors Use Chalk to Learn Hebrew

Twelfth graders in Mr. Rutledge’s class had fun learning Hebrew at Northside Methodist Academy. Nothing like learning the original language of the Word of God!

Local Kid Installs Little Free Library at Landmark Park

Special thanks to our good friend Colton Register and his mom and dad, Melanie and Yancey! Colton and his parents built, installed and stocked a Little Free Library at Landmark Park’s playground today. Come check it out!

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Early Co. Middle Receives $200 Donation

Mr. Walter Summerset (representing Harvey’s Supermsrkets) presents Mr. Clifford Lovett and Mrs. Angela Bell two $100 Visa Gift Cards to ECMS.  Thank you Harvey’s!

Carver Students Remember 9/11 Heroes

Our fourth-grade students in Mrs. Smith’s class and fifth-grade students in Mrs. Norris’s class remembered heroes of 9/11 by creating Agamographs today. Students learned about the Fireboat John J. Harvey and the first responders that helped in the New York harbor during the 9/11 attack.  We appreciate our teachers and students taking time to honor the individuals who lost their lives 19 years ago.

Grocery Store Donates Bottled Water to Carver School for Math, Science & Technology

Even though our water fountains closed for drinking, we wanted to be sure all of our students were provided with fresh water if they forget to bring a water bottle to school. We are so thankful for Westgate Winn Dixie 0426 Dothan for donating cases of water bottles to our school to be used by our students! Community support is vital to our school, and we are appreciative of the help from our friends at Westgate Winn Dixie 0426 Dothan!

Ashford Elementary PreK Has First Fire Drill

Our first fire drill for our PreK class.  What an awesome job they did!

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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 October 2020

by Ashton Wright time to read: 16 min