Minor High cosmotology students study hair styles from 1820-present
Cosmetology classes at Minor High has a special project recently. They studied female African American hair styles from 1820 to 2013. They researched their historical characters along with special hair techniques of those earlier times.Teacher Wanda Henry and Tracy Gantt assigned each student an African American person to research and style a mannequin head with the appropriate hair style for that particular time in history. Students did research on the computer to decide on style and to gather information about the person. Then students established a linear timeline of hairstyles. Pictured from the bottom of the stairs to the top, from left are Maya Patterson and Isis Harris, front row. Second row, Carlotta Williams, Sikeya Wimbley, Amber Carlia. Third row, Wanda Henry, teacher and Shantrice Fraizer and at the top teacher Tracy Gantt.
Corner first graders dress up as 100-year-olds
Corner first grader Elliott Powell celebrated the 100th day of school by dressing up the way someone would look who was 100 years old. Elliott donned a pork pie hat, a cane, some goggles, and a handlebar mustache. Several area schools brought attention to the 100th school day with this dress-up project. Angela Burtram is Elliott's first-grade teacher.
Eight Minor High School band students offered college scholarships
Alabama A & M University, Tennessee State University, and Alabama State University have offered college scholarships to these eight Minor High School band students. From left, students and instruments they play are Kiara Gaston, Keyana Cole, both clarinet; Jade Nieves, tenor saxophone; and Adia Hunt, euphonium. Back row, from left are Dr. James Oliver, director of bands, ASU; Joshua Chaney, euphonium; Gregory Voner, trombone; Christian Jackson, percussion; Aaron Moore, euphonium; and assistant band director for ASU Ernest Harris. Carlton Wright is the Minor High School band director.
Pinson Valley High School hosts midyear instructional review
Midyear reviews help a school determine where they are and assessing change that may be needed for instructional improvement. On January 8, Pinson Valley invited central office personnel in instructional areas, area principals for its feeder pattern, and local students and teachers to be interviewed for this midyear review. Lillian Hunsinger asked questions of Pinson Valley students during a 20-minute session while Dr. Jennifer Maye took notes. The students' answers helped assess the quality of instruction, bellringers and homework, and how teachers provide remediation or re-teaching for students who made need catch-up help. The same procedure was applied to a panel of Pinson Valley High teachers through a question/answer process which provided helpful information about quality instruction and use of technology in the classroom.
Shades Valley basketball player scores 1,000th point
Shades Valley basketball star Morgan William scored her 1000th point again Mountain Brook High School January 8, 2013.
JeffCoEd employee Janette Gray retires after 31 years
Exceptional Education's Janette Gray is retiring after 31 years of service and her colleagues threw a dual-themed party ofMardi Gras and retirement to send her off February 8, her last working day. Left, Vernita Lovett and honoree Janette don both glasses and beads for the celebration.
Minor High School students go through Reality Check class
Wanda Henry's classes always deal with reality. She designed a special class which had a reality check including
financial role playing in which students experienced life as a young independent adult with financial and family responsibilities.
Clara Christopher from the central office collaborated with Ms. Henry and the students. They planned budgets, had peers teaching peers, and had spirited discussions about the real-life,real-time expenses of family responsibilities. Topics of discussion included a place to live, food, insurance, child care, education, entertainment, and saving for a rainy day and unexpected expenses. Seated from left are: Bria Kindall, Abimbola Agbaje, and Carlita Williams. Standing
from left are Wanda Henry, Jade DelMar, Taylor Walker, Isis Harris, Mojisola Agbaje, Sikeya Wimbley, Destiny Gano, Eboni Smith, Jahlia Craig, Brasia Johnson,
Clara Christopher, Timmeshia Smith, and Maya Patterson.
Rudd student Kenzie Cross wins contest, trip to NYC
Kenzie Cross's artwork won against 300 entries. Her artwork was made into a flag that will be flt at the national convention for National Art Educators Conference in Fort Worth, TX. next summer. The state contest, Alabama Youth Art flag design was coordinated by volunteer and Shades Cahaba Elementary art teacher Mary Jane Coker. Pictured are from left, contest coordinator Mary Jane Coker, Rudd art teacher Casey Williamson, and student winner Kenzie Cross. In addition to art supplies, Kenzie won a free trip to NYC with her mother Beth Cross this summer. Kenzie's teacher was named the Alabama Middle School Art Teacher of the Year in October.
Fultondale students read 'The One and Only Ivan'
When Newsline visited the fifth grader classroom in Julie Ramsay's room at Fultondale Elementary they discussed the Newbery winning book about Ivan the silverbacked gorilla which was entitled The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate. Students took a field trip to the Atlanta zoo but Ivan had died just shortly before. Students pictured from left are C.J. Austin, Carson Knight, Aryan Patel, and Lauren Howell.
Irondale Middle sixth grader wins Area 2 spelling bee
Nine contestants sought to win January 25 at Area 2 Spelling Bee and Irondale Middle School sixth grader Andrea McNeal will represent Area 2 in the next level of competition for the Jefferson County Spelling Bee. Spellers pictured from left are Jeffrey Youngson, Creative Montessori School, first runner-up; Andrea McNeal, the winner; and Hannah Lloyd, SouthMinster Day School, second runner-up. The next level of the bee will be held at Lincoln Center for Professional Development at 9th Avenue North, 35204. Dr. Sandra C. Harrell is coordinator of the contest.
McAdory Middle students raise $3K for March of Dimes
They were busy at McAdory Middle School in the March of Dimes' March for Babies and McAdory's Junior Honor Society raised $3,074. Pictured are from left Michelle Brown of the March of Times, presenting teacher/sponsor and advisor Tracy Reed the plaque honoring the feat. At right is Kayla Bates who personally raised over $1,000 for her club's project.
Recent news and events from several Jefferson County Schools.