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Friday, November 20, 2015

Bob Jones/James Clemens Play Off Rivalry to Raise Money For St. Jude

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Madison City Schools is united for excellence in all of its schools. The district will soon be briefly divided in a friendly "east" Madison schools versus "west" Madison schools marathon relay to raise money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. "East" schools are Team "Patriots" lead by Bob Jones. "West" schools are Team "Jets" led by James Clemens.Here is the fund raising status as of Nov. 20: Team Jets: $16,252 Team Patriots: $16,035Central Office: 18,391Total: $50,678 Principals...

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Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Greenpower Program Shifts Into High Gear in Madison City Schools

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  Madison City Schools is accelerating its involvement in the Greenpower car movement.Tuesday, school leaders and corporate sponsors held an unveiling of Greenpower car kits for Discovery Middle and Bob Jones High School. Students in the school’s STEM programs plan to construct the cars in hopes of competing in them by February, said Discovery STEM coordinator Julia West.The kits were acquired through generous donations from Northrop Grumman and Siemens Corp. Students and engineering...

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Friday, November 13, 2015

College and Career Fair Pays Off for BJ Student in More Ways Than One

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Attending a College and Career Fair to help map out her future paid off for one lucky Bob Jones High School student. Sydnee Jones, a senior, was awarded a generous gift card for her feedback in a College and Career Fair at UAH on Sept. 3. Attendees were asked to write about their experience at the Fair, whether it was helpful, and offer other input. Sydnee, who is in the ROTC program at Bob Jones, plans to serve in the Air Force and attend college for a possible career in the FBI.Pictured in...

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Thursday, November 12, 2015

STEAM Day at Mill Creek Gets Students Fired Up About Learning

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STEAM Programs (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics) are a major emphasis of Madison City Schools. The district values its partnerships in the community to bring hands-on learning opportunities that demonstrate how STEAM-related concepts apply in the workplace. Here are some photos from STEAM Day at Mill Creek Elementary School this week. The students had a blast moving from station to station, trying experiments. The presenters all did too.   ...

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Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Make-A-Wish Foundation Pays Special Visit to Liberty Middle Student

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The Make-A-Wish Foundation made a special visit to Liberty Middle School on Monday to help brighten the spirits of a girl who already beams with radiance.Anna Post got a surprise cupcake reception with classmates. The Foundation is sending Anna and her family on a Disney Cruise.Anna has a condition known as idiopathic multicentric osteolysis with nephropathy, which is arelatively unknown chronic disorder that presents bone deterioration to the point of joint dysfunction.Representatives from the...

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Friday, October 16, 2015

Horizon Elementary Welcomes Congresswoman for Leadership Program

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Horizon Elementary School heard an inspirational talk today from a visiting Congresswoman. U.S. Rep. Terri Sewell, who represents Alabama's 7th Congressional District, visited Horizon as part of the school's Leader in Me program. State Rep. Anthony Daniels, who represents Madison County in the Alabama Legislature, accompanied Rep. Sewell. The congresswoman talked generally about leadership, the importance of education, and gave glimpses of what it's like to ride on Air...

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Thursday, October 15, 2015

Bob Jones High School Welcomes 2015 Hall of Fame Inductees

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           The 2015 honorees are: Dr. Laurie Beth Hazeltine, Ralph H. Keel Sr., Nelda Newell, Dr. Sarah M. Ryan, Wes Stroud. Here are their bios. Dr. Laurie Beth Hazeltine is a 2002 graduate of Bob Jones High School. She works with the Eli Lilly Corporation researching and developing ways to cure diseases based on the groundbreaking research she conducted during her PhD studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Dr. Hazeltine graduated...

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Monday, October 12, 2015

Madison City Schools Unites Behind United Way Fund Drive

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Madison City Schools smashed last year’s totals in support for United Way. Preliminary figures show the school district raised $22,338 through donations, payroll deduction authorizations and T-shirt sales. The 2015-16 campaign ended Oct. 2. All MCS schools, the Central Office and Transportation Department participated.United Way addresses needs in the local community. Donations are tax deductible and can be given undesignated or toward a specific purpose. It also supports the emergency 2-1-1...

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Tuesday, October 06, 2015

Madison City Schools Improving Energy Efficiency

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Work crews over fall break are installing new energy-efficient lighting on Madison City Schools properties. The job is part of a long range project to shave energy costs in the face of rising utility bills and shrinking state budget allocations. “As things get tighter and tighter, we have to look for ways to cut money, and one of the ways we’re looking to cut is with our energy consumption,’’ said Madison City Schools Superintendent Dr. Dee Fowler. The overall $500,000...

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Friday, October 02, 2015

Rachels Challenge Stresses Acceptance, Acts of Kindness to Madison City Students

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Madison City secondary students were challenged this week to replace judgement and bullying of others with acceptance and simple acts of kindness.That was the message from Rachel’s Challenge, a powerful program that grew from the Columbine High School tragedy in 1999. Its namesake, Rachel Joy Scott, was the first fatal victim of the mass school shooting in Colorado that left 13 dead and 27 injured.The organization travels around the country, speaking mainly in schools about the perils of...

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Thursday, September 24, 2015

United Way Drive Part of Give-Back Focus of Madison City Schools

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Madison City School leaders took a moment from a training session Thursday to promote the district’s United Way Fund drive, which ends Oct. 2.All schools, the Central Office and Transportation Division are waging friendly competitions to drum up participation. The District set a $25,000 fund-raising goal this year.Luther Tiggs (Bob Jones); Robby Parker (assistant superintendent); Brian Givens (Bob Jones); Carmen Buchanan (Mill Creek), Dr. Dee Fowler (superintendent), Eric Terrell (Discovery...

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Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Liberty Middle Student at Forefront of PTHS Disorder Awareness Campaign

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Gov. Robert Bentley, in honor of a Madison City student, has proclaimed Sept. 18 as Pitt Hopkins Syndrome Awareness Day. The designation came by request of Teresa Smith on behalf Lakely Stapler and others stricken by this rare disorder. Teresa is the mother of Lakely Stapler (both pictured here). Teresa works for Aegis Technologies and Lakely attends Liberty Middle School in Madison. Co-workers at Aegis recent held a Paint for Pitt Hopkins fundraiser and have organized a “Love for...

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Thursday, September 10, 2015

Madison City Students Win Big at Regional Chess Tourney

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Madison chess team members won 1st place in every section they competed at the Central Alabama Scholastic Team tournament at Samford University. The accomplishment is more significant in that members of each team were “playing up” in the next oldest age group.In the K-12 section designed for high school competitors, Discovery Middle School won 1st by beating teams from Hoover High and Mobile. Liberty Middle School came in 3rd place in the K-12 section. DMS team members were: ...

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Wednesday, September 09, 2015

Madison City School System Shines Big In National Merit Scholar Report

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MADISON, Ala. _ Madison City Schools is one of America’s top producers of national merit semifinalists, according to new data released today by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation.Madison City has an impressive 35 national merit semifinalists this year. That’s a 59 percent increase over last year and continues Madison’s rank as the District with the most merit scholars in Alabama regardless of size. The phenomenal performance by Madison City students – on top...

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Friday, September 04, 2015

Liberty Middle School Celebrates Opening of Makers Space

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Liberty Middle School was buzzing with excitement Sept. 3 with the opening of the Makers Space addition to its library-media center. Liberty Principal Nelson Brown, LMS Media Center Director Sandy Brand, Mayor Troy Trulock, and Madison City Board of Education members Connie Spears, Terri Johnson, Tim Holtcamp and Ranae Bartlett were on hand to celebrate the opening with students and media center reps from other Madison City Schools.Makers Space is an area set aside in the Liberty Media Center...

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Northrop Grumman, Siemens, Help Bring Greenpower Initiative to Discovery STEM Academy

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Discovery Middle School is adding a Greenpower Car initiative to its STEM Academy, thanks to a generous donation from Northrop Grumman. Northrop officials joined Mayor Troy Trulock, Julia West with DMS’s STEM Academy, DMS Assistant Principal Kim Stewart and other school leaders at a check presentation Thursday in the STEM Academy. Northrop Grumman’s $8,000 donation will be used to purchase a Greenpower kit for a formula 24 car that will be built by a DMS Race Car Team and used in...

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Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Madison City Principals Get Shout-out for District Accreditation

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The Madison City Board of Education applauded its schools and employees for leading the district into an impressive accreditation evaluation. Madison City Schools not only achieved accreditation, it did so with flying colors. Principals were awarded accreditation certificates at the Aug. 11 BOE meeting to place in their schools. After nearly a year of prep to ensure that the district was meeting the rigorous standards of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), Madison City welcomed...

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Thursday, June 25, 2015

MC2 Academy Challenges Teachers To Use More Creative Learning Approaches

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In today’s rapidly changing environment, students need instruction that better prepares them how to apply that knowledge.That was one premise of a recent MC2 conference for Madison City educators.MC2 is short for the Madison Core and Career Academy for Educators, organized by the Madison Career Tech Advisory Council. Participants in the two-day event included teachers, instructional leaders, and local career tech reps from Madison City. They discussed cross curricular collaboration, application...

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Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Admin Retreat for Madison City Focuses on Instruction, Technology, Global Learning Targets

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School’s out for students.For principals, school administrators, and instructional specialists at Madison City Schools, it’s a busy time for professional development. The District held an administrators retreat focused on ways to better prepare students for college and careers.The “Unifying our Vision for the Future” conference began with a deep discussion on the district’s REACH approach to global learning. It concluded with a collaborative exercise to refine priorities...

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Monday, June 08, 2015

End In Sight: Bob Jones Renovations Reaching the Home Stretch:

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Extensive renovations to Bob Jones High School have entered the home stretch, with the bulk of the total job expected to be done when school resumes Aug. 5.“Everything should be finished before students return except the auditorium,” said Patrick Conner, Director of Operations for Madison City Schools. “We’re anticipating that to be done by the end of August.”Completion will mark the end of an extreme school makeover that touched every sector of the building:...

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