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Student Spotlights September 2022

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Every month we compile a list of students and schools doing great things across the Greater Mobile.  We have so many talented students in our area.  Mobile Bay Parents joins with these families and schools to celebrate their achievements!

First Day of School at Council Traditional

It’s our favorite season of the year here at Council Traditional School:  Back to School!  Students in Ms. Black’s 1st grade class are all smiles as they get to know one another on their first day back.

Acton Academy is Ready for the New School Year

Action Academy prepared for the new school year by setting up studio classrooms with new equipment and supplies. The Acton Academy library “Book Nook” also received a renovation with lots of new and donated books to inspire the love of reading in their students.

St. Dominic Catholic School Summer Camp Hosts Harry Potter Day

St. Dominic Catholic School Summer Campers had a blast on their Harry Potter themed day.   Campers enjoyed dressing up, special snacks and making crafts, including their own wand! Popcorn and sweet treats were enjoyed.

Meet the New Specials Teachers of Acton Academy

AAM welcomes Mayssam Iskandar as the Art Instructor and Melanie Robinson as the Bible Study Instructor.

Mr. and Mrs. Zane and Gabrielle Turner Rejoining the Lighthouse Family

Mr. and Mrs. Zane and Gabrielle Turner will be rejoining the Lighthouse Baptist Academy family. Mr. Turner will be the 8th grade homeroom teacher, will be teaching Algebra I, Pre-Calculus, and Physics, and he will assist with school administration. Mr. Turner has 5 years of teaching experience and comes with an Educational degree from Hyles-Anderson College as well as a degree in Computational Mathematics from Liberty University. This past year, the Turners were blessed to officially adopt little Asher into their home, and shortly after, they found out they would be expecting another little boy, Zayden, in October. The Turners have always been a favorite among our student body, and we are very excited to welcome them back to Alabama!!

St. Dominic Catholic School Delivers Welcome Signs

St. Dominic Catholic School has been busy this Summer delivering welcome signs to all of our new families.  It sure is fun when you get to surprise your good friend!  Pictured are Barron Smith-Toro with Caiden and Caleb Hall.

Saint Dominic Catholic School Renews CPR Certifications

Saint Dominic Catholic School teachers and staff spent their first official day back on campus renewing their certification for CPR training. They also practiced with AED Devices and had a session on first aid for choking. We cannot wait to welcome our Eagles back to campus!

St. Luke's Welcomes Mr. Philip Cummings as the Lower School Director

St. Luke’s welcomes Mr. Philip Cummings as the lower school director for the 2022-2023 school year.  Mr. Cummings has been busy preparing for his new role and is excited to get to know all of his K2-5th grade Wildcats on the lower campus.  It’s going to be a great year!

Sunny Side Theater performed Newsies Jr.

Sunny Side Theater performed two sold out shows of Newsies Jr. on July 22nd. The performance took place in Laidlaw Performing Arts at the University of South Alabama. The show was guest directed by Paula Chanda from Lubbock, Texas. She has over 25 years of experience in directing youth theater. The show was choreographed by Deon Ridley. Mr. Ridley has performed on Broadway and toured both nationally and internationally in numerous productions including The Lion King and most recently Chicago the Musical. He was featured as Celine Dions Dance Captain for her Las Vegas residency entitled  A New Day at Caesars Palace and was  featured dancer for Michael Jackson at MSG with Whitney Houston, Usher, Gloria Gaynor, Mya, Jill Scott, Deborah Cox and more. The performance was a huge success.

St. Dominic Catholic School Welcomes New Faces

St. Dominic Catholic School welcomes some new faces to their team!  From left to right; Jacquelyn Greene (PK), Lynn Galvin (Teaching Assistant), Emmy Ruff (Counselor), Jana Taylor (4th grade), Rebecca Ellison (Middle School History/ Religion), Madisen Warren (Middle School English), Lincoln Womack (Middle School Science), John Calametti (P.E.) and Stephanie Holland (PK, not pictured).  We are excited for a great school year!

Little Flower Catholic School Welcomes New Religious Coordinator

Little Flower Catholic School is happy to have Sister Joanne Cozzi join their staff.  Sister Joanne brings a wealth of knowledge to the campus and her warm approach is a gift to those around her.

St. Ignatius Welcomes New Families with Yard Signs

We love seeing our new Impalas with their St. Ignatius yard signs! St. Ignatius Faculty & Staff worked hard over the summer to get ready for school.  We can’t wait to “Bless the Backpacks” and kick off a great year! #TheCatholicDifference #HisPathTheirFuture #ImpalasLeadTheWay

Corpus Christi Catholic School Blessing of the Backpacks

Corpus Christi Catholic School starts each school year with a Backpack Blessing. This Mass is the Sunday before school starts. The blessing is to send our children off with prayers for a safe and successful year of learning.

St. Ignatius Early Learning Center wins Nappie – Best Preschool!

Congratulations to St. Ignatius Early Learning Center for winning a Nappie for BEST PRESCHOOL! Dr. Kathy-Wilkins Jones, Director has implemented an incredible curriculum and assessment system to ensure all our Impalas are developing across all five domains: social, emotional, cognitive, physical and language development. Our Early Learning Center focuses mainly on phonemic awareness. If you don’t learn to read properly, you can’t learn properly. We are thankful for our amazing teachers, director, principal, pastor and parents who all work together to prioritize a happy, progressive and successful learning environment. #TheCatholicDifference #HisPathTheirFuture

Back to School In-service at Little Flower Catholic School

Teachers and staff gathered at Little Flower School to prepare for the new school year.  The program, led by Ms. Weiskopf, principal, included procedures and schedules as well as tributes to those new to the school.  The focus was on making the upcoming school year a productive and positive experience for all the students and their families.

Davidson High School Teachers Continue Learning During the Summer

Many of Davidson’s teachers were busy with learning this summer! Teachers in our International Baccalaureate program joined educators from around the world in St. Pete’s to learn about approaches to teaching and learning. Some attended the Alabama Education Technology Conference here in Mobile, while others learned more about their Advanced Placement classes through online training. Science teachers landed in Huntsville for the Space Academy for Educators and in Montana for the DIG Field School. These Warrior educators are lifelong learners!

McGill-Toolen Alum Debuts in the Major Leagues

McT Class of 2017 Alum Bubba Thompson made his debut in the Major Leagues with the Texas Rangers and coaches Ryan Hall and Tim Becker drove out to see it in person!

Davidson’s AP Scholars

Davidson High School was thrilled to have 84 AP Scholars, who represented over half of the 160 AP Scholars in Mobile County Public School System this year! The College Board recognizes students in these three areas:

AP Scholar: students who receive scores of 3 or higher on three or more AP Exams

AP Scholar with Honors: students who receive an average score of at least 3.25 on all AP Exams taken, and scores of 3 or higher on four or more of these exams

AP Scholar with Distinction: students who receive an average score of at least 3.5 on all AP Exams taken, and scores of 3 or higher on five or more of these exams

Davidson showcased these AP Scholars in a ceremony on August 10. In addition to these scholars, students who made a 5 on an AP exam were also recognized.

Cottage Hill Christian Academy Welcomes Back Warriors

On August 10th, Cottage Hill Christian Academy was excited to celebrate the first day of school with the highest enrollment of school history for the second year in a row. Faculty, staff, and students are looking forward to a great year!

Cottage Hill Christian Academy Adds New Warrior Mascot

This year, CHCA added the addition of a Warrior Mascot to the team. Faculty, staff, students, and stakeholders were given the opportunity to submit ideas for names. After narrowing down the most popular names, the Warrior Family was able to vote on their favorite name. After close to 1,500 votes were submitted, the mascot was named HILLY!

St. Ignatius Impalas on Holiday

St. Ignatius is excited to kick off the school year in style with a mom’s shopping night at The Holiday in Spring Hill! We hope to see all our Impala moms and friends of St. Ignatius on September 8th for bites, bubbles and baubles all under lights and live music courtesy of The Holiday! Proceeds from this event will support Impala Gala. Come sip, see & shop with your Impala friends!

McGill-Toolen Welcomes the Class of 2026

McGill-Toolen Catholic welcomed the class of 2026 to campus for Freshman Orientation.  We are so excited for the start of the new school year and to see what our newest Jackets will accomplish.

First Day at St. Luke’s

St. Luke’s faculty & staff had a GREAT first day back beginning with reuniting on the Japonica Campus for a group breakfast and annual chapel service. We couldn’t have asked for a better start to the 2022-2023 school year. We’re so thankful to have this wonderful group of people at St. Luke’s!

Cottage Hill Christian Academy Represented in AHSAA All Star Tournament

This summer three Cottage Hill had three student-athletes represent the Warrior Nation in the AHSAA All-Star Games. Tyler Thomas and Trent Thomas represented CHCA in basketball and Becca Steedley represented the school in soccer. We are proud of our student-athletes and look forward to what the 2022-2023 sports season will hold!

St. Luke’s “Opening of the Gates”

St. Luke’s 9th graders participated in “Opening of the Gates.” The students enter the front gates of the school as a symbol of entering high school. They will not use these gates again until their graduation day in 2026! Welcome to high school!

St. Luke’s 6th Grade Welcome Walk

St. Luke’s University Campus students lined the walkways on the first day of school for their traditional “6th Grade Welcome Walk.”  Parents, teachers and students in grades 7-12 cheered and welcomed the 6th grade to the upper campus!

St. Mary Catholic School Welcomes New Faculty Members for the 2022-2023 Year!

St. Mary Catholic School Faculty and Staff came back together to begin their new year with a Mass and Breakfast sponsored by St. Mary’s PTO on August 10.  St. Mary is thrilled to welcome new faculty members to include:

Front row: Emily Montague, MS Religion, Lacy King, MS Resource, Camellia Neely, Gr.4/5 Social Studies/Science, Catherine Repoll, Gr. 4/5 Literature, Aimee Gueret, Gr. 4 & 5 English, Tatiana Kiker, PreK3 Asst.,  Back row: Robin Gardner, Gr. 1, Sarah Peel, Gr. 1, Colby McDuffie, MS Social Studies, Collin Lowery, K-8 Music

Submitted by Marcelle Naman

St. Mary Middle and High School Summer Camps in Georgia

Summer Youth Camps are a fun tradition at St. Mary Parish for our middle and high school students offering spiritual growth and lots of fellowship and fun. T