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Student Spotlights – May 2024

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Student & School Spotlights May MBP
Every month we compile a list of students and schools doing great things across our community.  We have so many talented students in our area.  Greater Pensacola Parents joins with these families and schools to celebrate their achievements!
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St. Mary's Living Stations Performance

St Mary's Living Stations Performance

St. Mary’s Catholic middle school students performed the annual Living Stations of the Cross during Holy Week. This poignant performance is always the highlight of Holy Week as the students prepare for Easter. Special thanks to St. Mary’s faculty, staff, and parents for helping with practices and costuming for this performance.

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St. Mary's Students Experience the Solar Eclipse!

St Mary's Students Experience the Solar Eclipse!

St. Mary’s Middle School Science Teacher, Juli Reece for prepared the solar eclipse unit for the middle school students, with solar eclipse glasses provided by St. Mary’s Pastor, Father Stephen Vrazel. A brief, cloudy, but really awesome glimpse of the eclipse was enjoyed by St. Mary’s Mustangs and their teachers!

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McGill-Toolen Catholic Drama Club Presented A Mid Summer Night's Dream

– McGill Toolen Catholic Drama Club Presented A Mid Summer Night's Dream

The McGill-Toolen Catholic Drama Club presented Shakespear’s A Mid Summer Night’s Dream last week for two amazing nights to a full Toolen Auditorium. Thanks to all who helped English teacher Anna Stoud and our talented students bring this tale to life.

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Cypress Grove Students Present a C.S. Lewis Classic

Cypress Grove Students Present a C S

Parents of Cypress Grove students enjoyed the Narnia Experience, an immersive retelling of C.S. Lewis’ well-loved story, “The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe.” This story was a wonderful way to experience the allegory of Christ in this unique school event.

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Little Flower Catholic School Teacher Attends Conference at Notre Dame

Little Flower Catholic School Teacher Attends Conference at Notre Dame

Little Flower faculty member, Mr. Nick West, was chosen to attend Notre Dame’s Excellence in Teaching conference in South Bend, Indiana. Each year the Notre Dame Club of Mobile sponsors a local teacher to attend, and we are so proud that Mr. West was chosen for this year’s event, entitled Making Sense of A Mathematical World. Mr. West teaches technology to our middle school students, as well as an advanced math class. He also serves as our IT manager.

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St. Mary's Students Celebrate the Feast of St. Joseph

– St Mary's Students Celebrate the Feast of St

St. Mary’s students celebrated the Feast of St. Joseph on March 19 with Mass and a procession with the statue of St. Joseph and flowers for the St. Joseph’s Altar. Treats were enjoyed from St. Joseph’s Altar during an evening pasta dinner for the entire St. Mary’s Family!

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St. Mary's Sarah Peel wins WKRG Golden Apple Award

St Mary's Sarah Peel wins WKRG Golden Apple Award

Nominated by St. Mary’s parents and fellow teachers, St. Mary’s First Grade Teacher, Sarah Peel was the recipient of The WKRG News 5 Golden Apple Award in March. WKRG along with Mobile county sheriff’s office, Elite Urgent Care, Hembree Heating and Air, and Rich’s Car Wash surprised Ms. Peel with the Golden Apple Award during the school day in her classroom with all of her students. Fellow teacher, Ms. Lacy King who nominated Peel for the award notes, “She really teaches and loves the whole student. She meets their needs spiritually, socially, emotionally, and academically. She’s the whole package!”

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Denton Magnet School Learning Leading Award Recipient

Denton Magnet School Learning Leading Award Recipient

Jeremy Bettis is a standout student at Denton Magnet School. He’s emerged as a leader, always ready to assist others and tackle challenges head-on. Jeremy excels academically and actively participates in school activities and sports. His contributions to DMST-TV and the graphic arts team are noteworthy, showcasing his professionalism and creativity. Additionally, as a member of the National Junior Honor Society, he dedicates time to community service projects, including reading children’s books for elementary schools. Jeremy’s dedication makes him a deserving recipient of the Learning Leading Award.

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Murphy High School Wins Hi-Q State Championship

Murphy High School Wins Hi Q State Championship

Murphy High School won the 2024 Hi-Q state championship! The final came down to the last question, with Murphy edging Alma Bryant by one point. Defending state champ Baker was third. This annual academic competition tests students’ study habits as well as their overall academic knowledge.

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Celebrating Council Traditional School’'s Tech Team

Celebrating Council Traditional School’'s Tech Team

Congratulations to our newly formed Tech Team! The Tech Team participated in the First Annual Region 7 Tech Competition that was held at the University of South Alabama on Friday, March 15th. Sponsors, Ms. Claiborne and Ms. Asberry, took on the challenge and guided students in producing amazing outcomes. We are so proud of the team’s accomplishments and look forward to many more adventures to come. Thank you to our parents for pushing our kids to be Courageous and to Be The Best!

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Heartwood Christian Academy’s Student Council “digs” Mobile Botanical Gardens

Heartwood Christian Academy’s Student Council “digs” Mobile Botanical Gardens

Heartwood Christian Academy’s Student Council had the privilege of volunteering at Mobile Botanical Gardens for their annual spring plant sale. The event was impressive and well-planned. Seeing familiar faces and new faces was quite enjoyable. Working with such a fine group of individuals was an honor. The community support for the event was outstanding. It was a lot of hard work and quite a long day that everyone thoroughly enjoyed. We’re already looking forward to MBG’s fall plant sale. Thank you, Mobile Botanical Gardens, for allowing us to serve with you!

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Living Word Christian Center Kingdom Academy Students Serve on the Senate Floor

– Living Word Christian Center Kingdom Academy Students Serve on the Senate Floor

Living Word Christian Center Kingdom Academy’s 8th grade students went out as LWCCKA Ambassadors! They served as pages on the Alabama State Senate floor alongside state senators and public officials, witnessing committee meetings, bills being passed, and history being made. They shared a special time with Senator Vivian Figures and met with Governor Kay Ivey. LWCC Kingdom Academy: where we are Training Tomorrow’s Leaders to be Disciples of Christ!

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McGill-Toolen Catholic Hosts CEO for Women in Leadership Seminar

– McGill Toolen Catholic Hosts CEO for Women in Leadership Seminar

McGill-Toolen Catholic had the pleasure of hosting Adele Hapworth, CEO of The American Equity Underwriters for our Women in Leadership Seminar sponsored by the McGill-Toolen Foundation St. Thecla Society. Mrs. Hapworth shared her personal and professional story and provided tips on improving leadership skills, strategies on building confidence, finding opportunities to assume leadership roles and the importance of networking and mentors. Our students had great questions and were inspired by Mrs. Hapworth’s advice.

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Davidson High School Student Rise to the Top with Writing Skills

Davidson High School Student Rise to the Top in Essay Contest

Congratulations to Keairis Diggs, who placed 3rd in the Better Business Bureau Essay Contest! Students from both public and private schools across the state of Alabama submitted essays on topics like transparency, honesty, and proactivity. Also from Davidson were semifinalists Lauren Robinson, Nyla Britford, Tiyana Walker, and Jarrott Coleman; these students placed in the top 20 in the state! Davidson gathered with Mrs. Price, the teacher who advised them on this project, and Mrs. Monde Donaldson, to celebrate all of the DHS students who participated in the contest and were recognized by the BBB.

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Twenty-one Phillips Preparatory Students Make the MCPSS Film Festival Finals

Twenty one Phillips Preparatory Students Make the MCPSS Film Festival Finals

Exciting announcement alert! We’re thrilled to share that 21 Phillips Preparatory students (not all pictured), including the entire Pirates Unplugged Broadcasting Team, and 6 of their films have made it to the finals of the MCPSS Film Festival competition! They’ll now vie for top honors at the most prestigious awards ceremony in student filmmaking. Our entries span across categories including commercials/PSA, news reporting, short films, and music/performing arts.

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Council Traditional School Celebrates Success at the 2024 Statewide Math Festival

Council Traditional School Celebrates Success at the Statewide Math Festival

The 2024 Statewide Math Festival and Middle School Math Olympiad were held at the Alabama School of Math and Science on March 16th. Council’s very own Bernhard Pavelescu came in 1st place in the 5th – 6th grade competition. Congratulations, Bernhard! We are so proud of you!

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Covenant Christian School Highlights the “Peacemaker”

Covenant Christian School Highlights the Peacemaker

The March character trait highlighted at Covenant Christian School was the “Peacemaker”. These students show that peace is proving you care more about each other than winning an argument. #smallschoolbigimpact

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Davidson High School Student Places 3rd in National Shakespeare Competition

Davidson High School Student Places rd in National Shakespeare Competition

Congratulations to Davidson High School’s Sariah Hossain for placing 3rd in the National Shakespeare Competition! Sariah is a pre-IB 10th grader who is actively involved in Davidson’s theater. Just recently she performed in Davidson’s production of “Little Shop of Horror.” Sariah was presented the award by the New Orleans Branch of the English-Speaking Union. Davidson is proud of you, Sariah!

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Saint Dominic Students Participated in Field Day

Saint Dominic Students Participated in Field Day

Students had a wonderful time competing in our field day events. Pastor Father Driscoll was there to participate and cheer.

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Saint Dominic Students Watched the Solar Eclipse

Saint Dominic Students Watched the Solar Eclipse

Students patiently waited to view the solar eclipse with their special glasses.

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Phillips Preparatory I.B. Highlights “Open-Minded” Learner Profile

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Phillips Preparatory I.B. Learner profile highlight for the month was “Open-Minded” Our standout student for this trait was 8th grade student, Victoria Dailey. Our I.B. Teacher of the month was Mrs. Vickers.

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Saint Dominic Students Had a Blast at their Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Saint Dominic Students Had a Blast at their Annual St

Saint Dominic Catholic School has a rich tradition of celebrating St. Patrick’s Day with a parade. It hearkens back to 1960 when the Irish Sisters of Mercy first staffed the school.

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Eighth Grade Saint Dominic Students Presented Live Stations of the Cross

Eighth Grade Saint Dominic Students Presented Live Stations of the Cross

Eighth grade students presented a moving live presentation of the Stations of the Cross for students and parents.

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Heartwood Christian Academy Middle School Choir Makes a Joyful Noise

Heartwood Christian Academy Middle School Choir Makes a Joyful Noise

Heartwood Christian Academy’s Middle School Choir visited Somerby Assisted Living to share some tunes with the residents. Singing is an outreach ministry that provides peace and happiness to the residents, as well as to the performers. It was a delightful visit making a joyful noise, worshiping, and praising the Lord. The students and residents look forward to a return visit in April.

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Saint Dominic Middle School Students Put their Spanish Skills to Test

Saint Dominic Middle School Students Put their Spanish Skills to Test

All students at St. Dominic study Spanish as a part of their curriculum. Middle school students practiced the skills they have learned by ordering at a food truck in Spanish.

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St. Luke’s Forensics Week

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Forensics Week is a highlight for St. Luke’s students each year.
• Day One: The week began with an introduction to crime scene investigation.
• Students were shown various crime scenes, asked questions, and discussed each before learning the importance of critically assessing the entire scene rather than only focusing on the victim.
• Day Two: Corporal Russell Benefield from the Mobile County Sheriff’s Department discussed the assessment of the scene and how to methodically and systematically gather information. He discussed fingerprints, including different aspects and how they are assessed and evaluated. He also explained where prints are likely to be found or not found at a crime scene.
• Day Three: Students learned about evidence collection and correctly preserving it. They did buccal swabs for DNA and packaged it correctly. Next, the students dusted for fingerprints and looked at blood spatters using Blue Star, a blood reagent that illuminates blood in a darkened room
• Day Four: The students worked in groups to investigate the crime scene using the skills they learned. Each group had a lead investigator, a scribe, and a photographer. The students were challenged to observe, collect data, request labs and testing, and formulate their opinions.
• Day Five: The students presented their assessment of the crime scene and conclusion of what happened. At the end of each class, Mr. Garside revealed the true outcome of the case.
Thank you to Mr. Glenn Garside, Corporal Russell Benefield, and Cunningham Bounds for their support of St. Luke’s Biomedical Sciences Program.

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Causey Middle School Dance Team Wins 1st Place!

Causey Middle School Dance Team Wins st Place

Congratulations to the Causey Middle School dance team, which won first place in the Middle School Pom & Hip Hop Divisions at the National Dance Alliance competition in Orlando. The team, coached by Kaitlyn McCormick, also won the Showmanship Award.

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Recess at Little Flower Catholic School

Recess at Little Flower Catholic School

Students enjoyed a day of near perfect weather during recess at Little Flower Catholic School. When students are asked their favorite subject at school, many say “Recess”. Fresh air and sunshine shared with friends are good for the body and the soul.

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Davidson High School Seniors Participate in Mock Interviews

Davidson Seniors Participate in Mock Interviews

Davidson recently held mock interviews for our seniors and welcomed the support of our business community to engage our students in a meaningful, experiential learning opportunity. Business partners included Les Barnett and the USA School of Computing, Mrs. Crystal Couch (University of South Alabama), Kirsten Purvis (MCPSS ELL), Jeff Carter (Innovate Alabama), The Cooper Group, The CEO staff at American Equity Underwriters, A.J. Greggs (Bishop State FAME Academy), Amy Campbell (University of South Alabama), Bridgette Young (SAWDC), Tracy Day (Citrin Law), Shelli Boome (Longs Temp Services), Tyleria Reed (The Bridge Center Inc.), and Tara Keith, Krystal Palladino, and William Rooks (Austal USA. Our seniors gained valuable experience about preparing for the workforce!

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16 MCPSS Archery Teams Qualify for National NASP Tournament

Congratulations to the 16 MCPSS schools that shot well enough in the Alabama NASP state archery tournament to qualify for the National NASP tournament in Kentucky next month. MCPSS had the top-ranked elementary (Dawes Intermediate) and high school (Alma Bryant) teams in the state, and the No. 3 middle school (Causey). Individual winners were Lilliana Smith of Dawes Intermediate (elementary school girls), Alaina Percherke of Causey Middle (middle school girls), and Gunnar Couch of Grand Bay Middle (middle school boys).
Teams qualifying for nationals were: Bryant, Baker, Mary G. Montgomery, and Davidson high schools; Causey, Clark-Shaw, Grand Bay, Semmes, Phillips, and Alba middle schools; and Dawes Intermediate, Castlen, Collier, Booth, Dixon and Allentown elementary schools. Seventeen MCPSS students placed in the top 10 archers in their division, qualifying to shoot as individuals at Nationals as well.

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Special Guest Hops Over to St. Pius X Catholic School’s Easter Parade

Special Guest Hops Over to St

The Easter Bunny was a special guest at the St. Pius X Catholic School Easter Parade. He led the students as they paraded around the school wearing their beautiful Easter bonnets, ties, and boutonnieres! Pictured are several of our Kindergarten students with Mrs. McLean and the Easter Bunny!

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Cultivate Studios Mobile Celebrates 2 year school-iversary

Cultivate Studios Mobile Celebrates year school iversary

Cultivate Studios celebrates their 2 year school-iversary of being open in West Mobile! The Spark Studio & Discovery Studio learners and Guides join together for a group photo shoot!

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Phillips Preparatory School’s Learning Leading Award Winner

Phillips Preparatory School’s Learning Leading Award Winner

Phillips Preparatory School would like to congratulate our 2024 Learning Leading Award Winner, Virginia Davis. She is a shining example of a middle school student who consistently goes above and beyond to make a positive impact on her community and our school!

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St. Luke’s Students Bring Magic to the Stage

St Luke’s Students Bring Magic to the Stage

St. Luke’s theater group captivated four large audiences with its brilliant performance of Matilda, Jr., a story about an extraordinary little girl who, armed with a vivid imagination and a sharp mind, dares to take a stand and change her own destiny.
This year’s show was special, with fantastic songs, high-energy dance routines, comedy, and drama. We are proud of the many students who participated in this production, including our band and tech crew. A huge thank you goes out to Hannah Grace Smith, our talented Director, Daniel Driskell, the Musical Director, and Michael Sweard, who choreographed the show. Your dedication and hard work truly helped our students shine and excel on stage!

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Learning About Planets at Little Flower Catholic School

Learning About Planets at Little Flower Catholic School

Students at Little Flower learned about planets in our solar system. They told their class a bit about a particular planet, and used their three-dimensional displays as part of their explanation. Their projects were on display for the entire school to admire.

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Corpus Christi Catholic School Supports Matim Primary School in Tanzania

Corpus Christi Catholic School Supports Matim Primary School in Tanzania

Corpus Christi Catholic School supports A is for Africa and the Matim Primary School located in Arusha, Tanzania, East Africa. Our students bring in .25 cents on the 25th of each month, if it is a school day. We have supported this program for a few years now and have learned that the school children are so appreciative of the supplies they received.
We are thrilled to continue to support this program, as this creates a wonderful learning opportunity for our students to learn about children in another country and their daily lives, which are so different from our own.
Pictured, Jax McCall, Annabelle Morris and Luke Smith

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Allentown February and March Gator Kids

Congratulations to all of the students who were selected as February and March’s Gator Kids. Students are selected as Gator Kids by their teachers for being on their best behavior and exhibiting good character traits.

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St. Luke's Students Drive Into STEM(M)

St Luke's Students Drive Into STEM(M)

During Science Lab, St. Luke’s lower-campus students had a great time collaborating to build ROVs (remote-operated vehicles) to maneuver underwater. Thank you to the Dauphin Island Sea Lab for providing underwater robotic kits. Our students loved using creative engineering skills to explore the underwater world!

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St. Pius X Student Roll in to Spring

St Pius X Student Roll in to Spring

It’s Roller Skating Week at St. Pius X. Several of our 5th grade girls are enjoying skating during their PE class.

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Heart of Mary Students Create with Special Volunteers

Heart of Mary Students Create with Special Volunteers

Heart of Mary students have been working with volunteer, Mrs. P. Spafford, out of St. Dominic’s parish, and the Crocheting Crew. The students have really been enjoying this experience and their creations.

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St. Pius X Students Present Living Stations of the Cross

St Pius X Students Present Living Stations of the Cross

St. Pius X middle school students present the Living Stations to their classmates during the school day and to the parishioners in the evening.

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Corpus Christi Catholic School Presents Living Stations of the Cross

Corpus Christi Catholic School Presents Living Stations of the Cross

Every year during Holy Week, our 7th grade students present the Living Stations of the Cross. They traced the steps of Jesus from Palm Sunday to Good Friday. The performance was absolutely beautiful!

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Cottage Hill Christian Academy Student Impacting the Community

Cottage Hill Christian Academy Student Impacting the Community

Annie Dinkel a member of our junior class at Cottage Hill Christian Academy. As a dedicated member of Mobile United, she took charge of a service project and created “Taking the Rip Out of Rip Current”. If you visit Dauphin Island beaches, keep an eye out for her impactful initiative in action! Annie’s idea of installing life jacket boxes on public beaches has caught the attention of Mayor Collier, who believes that this project could be the start of something huge in the community!

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Clark- Shaw Students Participate in the 2024 Middle School Showcase

Clark Shaw Students Participate in the Middle School Showcase

We would like to congratulate the following Clark-Shaw Magnet School students on being asked to participate in the 2024 Middle School Showcase! Awesome job, Clark-Shaw Eagles!
(L to R) Harrison Boudreaux, Ryan Crawford-Miles, Landyn Carson-Owens, and Coach Douglas July

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Cottage Hill Christian Academy Student of the Month

Cottage Hill Christian Academy Student of the Month

3rd grade student at Cottage Hill Christian Academy, Maggie Seay, represented CHCA as the March Student of the Month at the Southwest Mobile County Chamber of Commerce luncheon. Maggie is an incredible example of the Warrior way!

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MCPSS Students Win Awards at Alabama State History Day Competition

Cottage Hill Christian Academy Student Named National Merit Finalist

CHCA is proud to announce that Emily Newton has been named a National Merit Finalist! This prestigious honor recognizes students for their high academic achievement and qualifies them for a host of merit-based scholarships. Emily’s academic record is a tribute to her hard work as well as the dedication of our faculty over the course of her 14 years as a student at CHCA.

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St. Ignatius 7th Grade Girls Lead Children of Mary Group

St Ignatius th Grade Girls Lead Children of Mary Group

St. Ignatius is a special place. Notably, one special thing is the amount of social activities that center on the faith. Each week, a group of parishioners meet called the Daughters of Mary. They pray the rosary, go through the upcoming Sunday Gospel and pray for anyone in need. 7th Graders at St. Ignatius wanted in on the fun. 7th grade students created their own group called Children of Mary This year the Children of Mary organized a special Lent campaign: FROG. FROG stands for Fully Rely on God. Children of Mary members wrote their favorite bible verses about trusting in God on the bottom of 400 small plastic frogs and hid them all over campus. St. Ignatius students loved the excitement of finding frogs all over campus. The student who collected the most frogs won a prize. Halfway through the campaign, the Children of Mary hid one extra special frog with a smiley face on the back. The student who found that frog won an adorable stuffed frog. This was a fun, interactive and spirit forward activity. Great job, Children of Mary! Special thanks to the Daughters of Mary for setting a great example of strong Catholic leadership. #TheCatholicDifference #HisPathTheirFuture #HisPathStartsHere #impalapride

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Heart of Mary Students Visit Top Golf

Heart of Mary Students Visit Top Golf

Some Heart of Mary students were selected to attend an all expense paid field trip to Top Golf with Mr. Ronald Davis. They were surprised with visits from golfers Cameron Riley and David Augustus.

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St. Ignatius 3rd Grade Presents “Pirates the Musical”!

St Ignatius rd Grade Presents “Pirates the Musical”!

Each grade level at St. Ignatius (2K and above) has a public speaking performance every year. These performances are a fun way to practice public speaking and leadership skills. This year third grade chose “Pirates the Musical” for their class play. They rocked it! Special thanks to Mrs. Bailey, our talented music teacher and the third grade parents for all the pirate booty. Way to go, third grade!

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St. Ignatius SGA Visits Mobile City Council

St Ignatius SGA Visits Mobile City Council

St. Ignatius SGA representatives recently attended a Mobile City Council meeting. Students got to personally meet each council member, hear all about how our political system works, view the day to day duties of a city council member and ask questions. It was a great experience. St. Ignatius student leaders got to see what a lifetime of leadership could lead to in our local community. Thank you to the Mobile City Council for all you do for our home. St. Ignatius focuses on forming leaders in mind, body and spirit.

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Cultivate Studios Mobile Hosts Easter EGGstravaganza

Cultivate Studios Mobile Hosts Easter EGGstravaganza

Cultivate Studios Mobile hosts their 2nd annual Easter EGGstravaganza! Students had egg hunts, egg relay races and games, and even made their own sock bunnies!

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Gilliard Elementary Teacher Receives National Science Teaching Association Award!

Gilliard Elementary Teacher Receives National Science Teaching Association Award

Congratulations to Angel Jackson, a STEM teacher at Gilliard Elementary, who has received the National Science Teaching Association Award! The NSTA Awards program honors K-12 teachers, principals, professors, and other science education professionals for outstanding work and achievement in science education. Jackson was recognized at the NSTA National Conference on Science Education in Denver in March.

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Old Shell Road School Teacher Named Elementary Art Educator of the Year

Old Shell Road School Teacher Named Elementary Art Educator of the Year

Congratulations to Monica Beasley of Old Shell Road School of Creative & Performing Arts, who was recently named the Alabama Elementary Art Educator of the Year by the Alabama Art Education Association.

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Barton Art Students Continue to Shine!

Barton Art Students Continue to Shine

Our art students continue to earn awards and recognition locally and at the state-level. Recently, Sophia Pouliot was recognized at the State Superintendent’s Art Exhibit, earning a 2nd place award in her category. She is photographed above with her art teacher, Mrs. Christy LeGros We had numerous art pieces on display in Montgomery. In addition, we have had students recognized this quarter by the Mobile Arts Council, and we have student work on display at The University of South Alabama Library!

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Hankins Middle School Soccer Player Receives a Big Honor

Hankins Middle School Soccer Player Receives a Big Honor

After attending a Real Madrid soccer camp in New Orleans earlier this year, Hankins Middle School eighth-grader Alexander Lopez earned a big honor — an invitation to Madrid, Spain, to train with other kids from around the world and play for a team representing the U.S. in a tournament.

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Barton Academy Play Court Upgrade

Barton Academy Play Court Upgrade

The Barton Academy turf project was completed just in time for spring! Here are some action shots of our students running in excitement to use it for the first time on March 4, 2024. A special thanks to MCPSS facilities and executive staff and our school board commissioner, Mrs. Dillihay-McDade, for supporting this much-needed project! Our Explorers will enjoy it for years to come!

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Cottage Hill Christian Academy Student Named National Merit Finalist

MCPSS students from five schools won awards at the Alabama State History Day competition in Montgomery. The first- and second-place winners listed here have qualified to compete at the National History Day Contest in June:
• Clark-Shaw Magnet School: Madelyn Shoots, first place, Individual Exhibit; Ryan Crawford-Miles, second place, Individual Documentary; Ashton Dunklin, third place, Individual Documentary
• Davidson High School: Tyler Macon, first place, Wayne Smith Memorial Award, and second place in the National Maritime Historical Award; Lauryn Robertson, third place, Website; Zander Snyman, first place, Documentary, and winner of the National Maritime Historical Award
• Denton Magnet School of Technology: Lucas Stacy, first place, Junior Individual Website; Molly Dukes and Eunice Salonga, first place, Junior Group Documentary; Kamari Goss, Marshall Thigpen, Lillian Gilmore and Mariah Horton, second place, Junior Group Website; Miley Jones and Blakely Campbell, first place, Junior Group Website
• Murphy High School: Nakeria Woods, first place, Paper; Ddwayne Lockett-James and Ethan Gwinn, first place, Group Documentary; Tori Brown and Lamar Perkins, second place, Group Documentary; Demiya Alexander, Ella Davis, Kayla Graves, Loren Pollard and Raegan Tucker, second place, Group Website; Adiya Im and Madison Quinnie, third place, Group Website.
• Phillips Preparatory School: Kenton Moss, first place, Individual Documentary; Kaiya Rippie and Valerie Pugh, first place, Group Exhibit; Calla Tate and Ava Millwood, second place, Group Documentary; Aritra Biswas, second place, Individual Exhibit; Ava Wendt, third place, Individual Exhibit.

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Clark-Shaw Students Participate in ACTE Annual Tech Fair

Clark Shaw Students Participate in ACTE Annual Tech Fair

Congratulations to Clark- Shaw Eagles! Clark-Shaw Magnet School had many students who participated and placed in various tech divisions at the first ever Region 7 Tech Fair hosted by MCPSS in Partnership with the University of South Alabama

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Murphy High School JROTC Cadets Emerge Victorious in Challenge

Murphy High School JROTC Cadets Emerge Victorious in Challenge

Murphy High School JROTC cadets Shaun Abrams and Christia Abel emerged victorious over 20 other teams in the third annual Jaguar Challenge at the University of South Alabama. Murphy JROTC has won the prestigious Jaguar Trophy in each of the three years the competitive, “Ranger-style” challenge has been held.

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Hutchens Elementary Teacher Recognized for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching

Hutchens Elementary Teacher Recognized for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching

Congratulations to Maegan Gayle of Hutchens Elementary, who is an Alabama State/Jurisdiction-level finalist for the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science teaching (PAEMST). This award is the top honor for K-12 math and science teachers in the U.S., recognizing exceptional dedication. Gayle was also a finalist for Alabama Teacher of the Year in 2023.

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Seven MCPSS Students Named National Merit Finalists

All seven MCPSS seniors who were recognized as National Merit Scholarship semifinalists have now been named as finalists! Congratulations to Shahir Latif, Stan Blejwas, Graham West and Linden Berte from Davidson; Henry Bylinowski and Reagan Baggett of Baker; and Marc Leyk of Murphy.

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Alma Bryant Senior Earns Flag Football Scholarship

Alma Bryant Senior Earns Flag Football Scholarship

This year, Mobile County Public Schools offered flag football for the first time as a competitive sport. In March, Alma Bryant High senior Brooklyn Delgado became the first student-athlete in the county to earn a scholarship in the sport, as she signed with Fort Scott Community College in Kansas.

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Author Liesl Shurtliff Visits UMS-Wright

Author Liesl Shurtliff Visits UMS Wright

We had an amazing time with author Liesl Shurtliff during her visit in March! Grades 4th-8th were treated to an unforgettable visit filled with inspiration and creativity. Grades 4th-6th enjoyed captivating presentations and students in 7th and 8th grades honed their writing skills in a workshop led by Liesl Shurtliff. Our bookmark design contest winners enjoyed a delightful lunch with the author adding additional fun to the visit. Thank you, Liesl Shurtliff, for an incredible experience!

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MCPSS Teachers Recognized for National Board Certification

MCPSS Teachers Recognized for National Board Certification

Mobile County Public Schools held a ceremony recently to honor teachers who achieved or maintained National Board Certification, the most respected professional certification available in education. The program was designed to develop, retain and recognize accomplished teachers and to generate ongoing improvement in schools nationwide. MCPSS has 94 National Board Certified Teachers. The new National Board Certified Teachers are Kristen Burnett of Griggs Elementary; Mary Elizabeth Curl and Annie Emmertson of Gilliard Elementary; Dr. Susan Henderson of MCPSS Teaching, Learning and Assessment; Robin Hinson and Daleigh Weaver of J.E. Turner Elementary; Michelle Holloway of Mobile County Training School; Brooke Inman of Davidson High; and Michael Koppersmith of Alma Bryant High. Congratulations to these dedicated educators!

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Ants, Plants, and More at Barton Academy

Ants Plants and More at Barton Academy

Barton Academy had a beautiful blooming display at the recent “Festival of Flowers.” We participated in this community event as part of an exciting 7th grade Project Based Learning, or PBL, unit that involves considering ways to answer the essential question, “How can we address the issue of hunger in our community?” The students have grown food while learning their science standards, applied math concepts while measuring, estimating, and collecting and comparing data, and written about the issues after researching the topic. Here you can see a display that combined the math shapes and concepts with art while including the tie in with Barton and E.O. Wilson. It involves art, flowers, and a student created exhibit featuring E.O. Wilson, a famous Barton alum who studied insects but focused primarily on ants. You can see the ants crawling on the Barton Dome in the structure that won the “People’s Choice” award. Congratulations to our art instructor, Mrs. Christy LeGros, and her art students who helped to bring this creation to the public. op

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Three MCPSS Schools Participated in SeaPerch Underwater Robot Competition

Three MCPSS Schools Participated in SeaPerch Underwater Robot Competition

Students from Barton Academy for Advanced World Studies, Clark-Shaw Magnet and LeFlore Magnet recently participated in the Alabama Regional SeaPerch underwater robotics competition. Two teams from Clark-Shaw finished first and second in the middle school pool course competition, a team from Barton Academy won the middle school top technical report, and LeFlore won the Teamwork Award.

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UMS-Wright Robotics Team Places in Regional SeaPerch Competition

UMS Wright Robotics Team Places in Regional SeaPerch Competition

Dive deep into innovation! The Regional SeaPerch ROV Competition, hosted by the Dauphin Island Sea Lab, was held on the UMS-Wright campus at the Lubel Pool in March. The competition showcased student talents in underwater robotics! Our Upper School team received 1st place for their Engineering Technical Report and our Middle School team received 3rd place in the overall competition for the Middle School division.

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