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  • Photos from Liberty Middle School's Fine Arts Night

    Posted by John Peck on 4/8/2022

    Liberty Middle hosted Fine Arts Night, showcasing programs in band, choir, theater, and art. Here are a few photos from that evening. Lots of talent at LMS:


    jazz band members playing

    jazz band playing on the gym floor

    students by their art workchoir members singing from bleachers

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  • BJ/JC Earn State 'School of Distinction' Honors

    Posted by John Peck on 3/3/2022


    Congratulations to Bob Jones and James Clemens high schools for being named CLAS Banner Schools of Distinction. Bob Jones was recognized for its Building Construction Academy programs. James Clemens was recognized for its Jet Student Leadership program.

    CLAS is the Council of Leadership for Alabama Schools. The School of Distinction recognizes "school programs that serve as outstanding educational models for other schools in Alabama." These exemplary schools/programs will be honored in an awards luncheon in May.

    side by side photos of marquees of Bob Jones High School and James Clemens High School that are in front of the schools

    Bob Jones received the CLAS Banner School of Distinction in 2018 for the implementation of Patriot Path and is now being recognized for the impact the Construction Academy has on the school culture. Led by BJ teacher Steven Lanford, many students now serve as leaders in the Construction Club and becoming known in building circles as "toolbox rockstars," with projects that include many fixtures around the school: tables and swinging benches in the school's courtyard, new ramps, outdoor concrete pads in congregating areas, parking lot striping, community projects like a playhouse for Habitat for Humanity, even a postbox for postcards mailed to space through a program at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center.

    Jets Students Leadership Team was established in 2015. Its creation was out of the school's recognition that Empowering Students For Global Success (the vision statement of Madison City Schools) requires teaching students leadership skills and taking an active role in their schools and community while promoting good citizenship and service. The Student Government Association, under the direction of JC teacher Melanie Turner, partners with the Jet Student Leadership Program in this initiative and their works are readily visible throughout the school and community.

    “Congratulations to these wonderful Alabama public schools. The CLAS Schools of Distinction provide excellent examples of the significant learning opportunities taking place in public education in Alabama. Further, the stakeholders at every School of Distinction are to be commended for striving for excellence daily,” said Dr. Vic Wilson, executive director of the Council for Leaders in Alabama Schools (CLAS).

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  • Patriot Pride A Key Outreach To Incoming BJ Students

    Posted by John Peck on 2/28/2022

    On Thursday, February 24, Bob Jones hosted the rising 9th graders at Patriot Pride. Mrs. Lambert stated, “Patriot Pride was an exciting day for our rising 9th graders to learn more about our Bob Jones culture! Our teachers and students did a fantastic job in sharing a glimpse of ways to get involved at BJ”.

    students around a table asking older students questions about course options

    Patriot Pride exists to ignite a sense of Bob Jones pride in our rising 9th grade as they get a brief glimpse of life as a Patriot. We have a rich culture of  tradition, legacy, and family that we hope they will all grab onto and find where they connect at the Bob.

    Prior to the day, 8th grade DMS students had a choice of which path they wanted to take for Patriot Pride; the RED or BLUE path. This simulated our weekly Patriot Path because students get to choose what path they take to connect student to student, student to faculty, and student to community. The RED path leaned towards getting insight about our Fine Arts programs. The BLUE path allowed the students to explore Career Tech Academies. But when it comes to choosing classes, all paths at BJ are open to the rising 9th graders to explore!

    band students performing on stage

    Current students shared their love and passion for being a Patriot. Senior Jillian Pennell focused on connecting as she welcomed the blue group in the gym. “So my biggest advice to you is to get plugged in somewhere, you don’t have to be a part of everything, but be a part of something. The doors are open, and the possibilities are endless”.

    Senior Bryson Tesseneer reassured the 8th graders in the auditorium not to stress about their courses. “What you take your freshman year does not define what you have to take for the rest of your high school career. If you start a course curriculum, such as health science and decide it’s not for you: no big deal. Find something that feels right to you for the next year. The sky's the limit and I’m confident that every one of you will find something that you can be passionate about”.
    Student in drama costume answering questions from prospective freshmen theater students

    Students were invited to come back that evening to Curriculum Night with their parents so they could hear from the counselors, ask questions to teachers about courses, and learn more about some of the clubs that are offered.

    Rising 9th and new student building tours will take place in the summer.

    More information about Course Registration may be found on our Bob Jones website. 


    Patriot Pride Highlights from Patriot Pages:

    Patriot Pride Highlight Video:

    Curriculum Night Highlight from Patriot Pages: https://bjhspatriotpages.com/showcase/2022/02/24/sampling-the-curriculum-at-the-curriculum-fair/

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  • Madison Walking Tour App Designed By JCHS Student

    Posted by John Peck on 11/12/2021 12:00:00 PM
    A Madison student has developed an app that guides users on a historic walk through downtown Madison.
    Finley Koswoski, a sophomore at James Clemens High School, joined Madison historic leaders and the 4th grade classes of Madison Elementary to formally announce the Walking Tour of Madison Smart Phone App.
    The app is available through this link https://www.facebook.com/WalkingTourofHistoricMadison.
    students on walking tour

    Finley said the app creation was for credit in a Girl Scouts project and she learned a lot from it about her hometown.
    James Clemens Principal Dr. Brian Clayton accompanied Finley to the app kickoff today on the steps of Madison Elementary - one of 40 stops on the app in the downtown Madison area.
    The app enables users to take a self-guided tour while reading or listening to interesting tales about Madison's past. Some of the narratives came from interviews Finley conducted, including one from a 97 year old resident.
    The historic association worked with Madison City School leaders to align content of the app tour with curriculum. Dr. Clayton noted the Finley has attended MCS schools since her beginning at Heritage Elementary, then Liberty Middle, and now JCHS.
    Assisting Finley in the app development include the Rotary Club of Madison, (Sunset), Madison Visionary Partners, Madison Station Historical Preservation Society, Madison Chamber of Commerce, and the Girl Scouts of America.
    Here are photos from a brief walking tour today with Madison Elementary students.
    students outside historic house getting a briefing on its history
    students listening to historical association members talk about the history of a house
    Finley Koswoski standing with her James Clemens High principal Brian Clayton on steps of Madison Elementary
    Students on walking tour by Roundhouse Railroad Depot in downtown Madison
    Finley Koswoski in period dress standing outside historic home with a class of students
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  • Welding Sparks Interest In Madison City Schools

    Posted by John Peck on 11/5/2021 12:00:00 PM

    A parent-student information meeting was held here Nov. 4 on a plan to bring welding instruction to Madison City Schools.
    Turnout on the new dual enrollment Craft Academy Welding course was amazing, with nearly 60 in attendance.

    crowd shot of audience

    Overflow Crowd at the Welding Meet at BJHS

    MCS administrators are excited to offer this addition to our Career Tech programs.
    A few weeks ago, we shared that Ed Castile from AIDT plans to partner with MCS to begin offering a dual enrollment welding program starting January 2022.
    Through this welding program, students will have the opportunity to pursue several industry welding certifications.
    Thank you to Mr. Ernest Collier from AIDT for meeting with our families. Students who are interested should contact their school counselor.

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  • MCS Partners In Dyslexia Teacher Training

    Posted by John Peck on 10/1/2021


    October is Dyslexia Awareness Month and Madison City Schools is partnering with neighboring school systems and Greengate School at Randoph School in a $50,000 grant for dyslexia teacher training.

    A dozen leaders, including Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle and local school superintendents, in front of a $50,000 check

    The local Women's Philanthropy Society donation will help train teachers at Randolph, Madison City Schools, Madison County Schools and Huntsville City Schools to help the approximately one in five children across the community who are dyslexic or have reading difficulties.

    "We are grateful for the Women's Philanthropy Society and their generosity and leadership," said Adam Dube', Randolph's head of school. "This grant establishes a partnership between Greengate School and our area public schools in the service to children. We are excited to work together to train educators in delivering research-based Orton-Gillingham instruction to students with dyslexia so that all students have the opportunity to reach their potential, which has been the mission of Greengate School for nearly 20 years."

    The specialized training will cover approximately 90 teachers split evenly between the three districts. The Orton-Gillingham method is scientifically proven to improve the struggling readers' ability to read, write, spell and comprehend.

    Madison City Superintendent Dr. Ed Nichols said, "A teacher trained in how to recognize dyslexia and provide strategies to students can be the one person who helps a child and his/her family from years of anxiety and frustration. That's why this initiative with Greengate can be such a game changer for dyslexic learners. MCS is pleased to partner with Greengate along with Huntsville and Madison County Schools for training that will help students through this challenge. I want to especially thank the Community Foundation for its support in this effort."



    Mayor Tommy Battle and superintendents from Huntsville, Madison County and Madison City seated in front row

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  • COVID Supply Packs, BJ Band, Get River of Hope Grants

    Posted by John Peck on 9/29/2020

    Madison City Schools is the recipient of two grants from the River of Hope project launched by Madison Visionary Partners.
    The funds will go to the Bob Jones Band and also pay for hip packs for teachers that will make masks, sanitizers and other PPE easily accessible.

    Dr. Nichols standing in rock bed accepting check on behalf of Madison City Schools
    Dr. Ed Nichols, foreground, at River of Hope Grant Awards

    Superintendent Dr. Ed Nichols and BJHS Assistant Band Director Kevin Smart accepted the checks on behalf of MCS in a ceremony at Dublin Park.
    That is where the River of Hope is located, featuring rocks painted with inspiring messages. Funds came from pledges, donations and sponsorships of the rocks.
    "This is about the community coming together in a time of crisis to help each other and meet needs on the ground," said Liz Brinton, executive director of Madison Visionary Partners.

    Assistant Bob Jones Band Director Kevin Smart accepting check
    Bob Jones HS Assistant Band Director Kevin Smart
    Other recipients of River of Hope grants include the AUM Foundation, American Legion, Madison Public Library, Madison CEO and Fantasy Playhouse.

    The COVID packs were sorted and stuffed by students at James Clemens High School. If not for COVID-19 restrictions, such skills could be learned in community based instruction at work sites.

    James Clemens student packing supplies under supervision of a teacher James Clemens High School student sorting and packing COVID hip packs for teachers

    Group photo of River of Hope reps by colored rocks

    Student and teacher stuffing packs with COVID-19 sanitizer supplies

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  • Bob Jones Seniors Cheered In Drive By School Bus Tour; JC Via Billboard Shoutout

    Posted by John Peck on 5/4/2020

    Seniors at Madison City Schools had their final year cut short in more ways than just time in class.
    Senior prom; final athletic, theater and musical performances; memorable goodbyes to favorite teachers and friends, and other special moments.

    Administrators and teachers from both high schools are trying hard to give seniors a memorable sendoff.
    James Clemens High School leased billboards that rotate the names of every graduating senior with their photo. The displays will be up through the month of May.

    Bob Jones High School distributed yard signs to seniors to display in their yard along with a declaration of their future plans, whether that be college, the military or the workforce.

    Teachers and adminstrators spent the day on a schoolbus May 1, honking, cheering and waving shakers through the bus windows.

    It was an emotional moment for some teachers and students, who were deprived of closure by schools abruptly closing due to COVID-19.

    All in all a great day to reminisce their wonderful experience in school and to celebrate the next chapter in their lives.

    Student in front of Bob Jones Senior Class of 2020 Sign in Her front Yard

    girl with Alabama Roll Tide shirt with school bus filled with teachers in background

    student with WestPoint Military Academy banner in yard

    Student holding UNA Lions pennant

    Student with arms raised in triumph in front of door with "Going to BAMA" sign

    Student in front yard with dog and signs

    Student standing in front yard with Class of 2020 Game On sign Student in front of Yale University sign in her front yard

    Student giving thumbs up with Sanford University Sign in background on his front door

    Girl waving at schoolbus from front yard

    Student waving at schoolbus from front yard

    Family surrounding student on front doorstep with Mississippi State banner on door behind them

    Student in front yard with balloons and Class of 2020 sign behind him

    Senior in front yard waving with blowup photo of him as a wrestler for Bob Jones High in background

    Student raising arms in victory as bus passes by his house

    James Clemens HIgh School congratulations 2020 seniors billboard

    Billboard showing four seniors pictures from James Clemens High School that will rotate through all 470 seniors

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  • Children's Book Author/Illustrator Wows Madison Students

    Posted by John Peck on 3/6/2020

    Madison City 2nd and 3rd graders heard a talk from best selling author Jarrett Krosoczka, whose works include the Lunch Lady series, Star Wars Jedi Academy, Platypus Police Squad and more.

    Author standing on stage by a blown up poster of a comic illustration
    He informed the kids about the world of writing, illustrating, and publishing. He also offered tips on what makes a good story/illustration. Also, life lessons like never giving up on your passion. He was rejected multiple times by publishers but kept pushing past all the rejections.
    Madison City 6th graders attended a later session with Mr. Krosoczka.
    The program was sponsored jointly with Madison Public Libary and held in the Bob Jones High School auditorium.
    Winners of a bookmark contest were also announced.

    The 2nd grade winner (left side in the photo) was Kassidy Kemp in Mrs. Elzagha's class at Rainbow Elementary.
    The 1st place winner (right in photo) for 3rd grade was Allison Kim in Mrs. Austin's class at Heritage Elementary


    Author on stage with book props behind him


    Author on stage with story diagram behind him


    Photo of audience fanned out in auditorium

    Two bookmarks, both showing caricatures of a lunch lady at school

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  • Madison City Construction Students Get Insiders Tour of Stadium Site

    Posted by John Peck on 9/25/2019

    Students in the construction academies at Bob Jones and James Clemens high schools got an inside look at the new Trash Pandas stadium Sept. 25.

    Students fanned out on terrace of stadium under construction.

    Stadium job site tour by JC and BJ students

    Construction managers with Turner Construction, the general contractor, were gracious with their time leading students on a tour, pointing out various construction features, and offering insights into construction-related jobs.

    What a great opportunity for students to learn career opportunities in the skilled trades industry and make the connection between classroom curriculum and tangible careers in the workforce.

    Superintendent Robby Parker, Chief Academic Officer Dr. Heather Donaldson and district Career Coach Kaleb Owens joined students on the tour, along with their instructors, Steven Lanford at Bob Jones and Austin Burke at James Clemens.
    Several media were in attendance as well.

    Costruction manager explaining stadium design to students in hard hats

    Turner official explaining construction design

    Students in hard hats listening to construction manager

    JC, BJ students on job site tour in Madison

    Group of students observing design of concrete terrace

    Learning about construction design

    Students in unfinished bleachers overlooking infield in hardhats

    Unfinished seating area overlooking ball field

    Instructors being interviewed by reporter

    Construction academy instructors Austin Burke (L) of JC; and Steven Lanford, center, of BJ, interviewed by reporter

    Construction officials with Superintendent Robby Parker

    (L-R) JC instructor Austin Burke, Supt. Robby Parker,
    MCS Career Coach Kaleb Owens and a Turner  official.

    Superintendent Robby Parker with BJ construction instructor Steven Lanford

    BJ construction academy instructor Steven Lanford, left,
    with Supt. Robby Parker. 

    Students underneath unfinished upper deck

    BJ and JC students on walk through of the new
    Trash Pandas stadium in Madison.

    Superintendent Parker with Team Owner Ralph Nelson and a Turner Universal official inside unfinished stadium

    Supt. Robby Parker greeted by team owner Ralph Nelson
    (left) as Turner Construction official looks on.

    Students walking perimeter of stadium

    Students walking through seating area of stadium

    Students at table inside construction trailer getting a briefing from Turner Universal contractors

    Students getting a briefing from Turner Construction

    Students walking by entrance wall of stadium

    A walk by of some of the concrete features

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