Student Spotlights October ’22

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

Ozark City Schools Career Academies

The Alabama Power Business Academy offers students industry recognized credentials in Microsoft Office. The following students are the first group of 2022-2023 business students to receive their Microsoft Office Specialist Certification: Solon Rodgers, Aiden Bartley, Amelia Bundy, Mika De Ridder, and Ameyah Gray.

Houston Academy Cheer Squad Shines

Congratulations to our HA cheer squad for earning WDHN cheer team of the week and also being selected to help kick off the United Way Kick Off at the Chamber of Commerce! Go Raiders!

Highlands Elementary School Hosts Annual Pinwheels for Peace

In today’s world, peace needs to become more than just a word. On September 21, 2022, the students at Highlands Elementary School took part in an International art and literacy project, Pinwheels for Peace by “planting” pinwheels with messages of peace at the school entrance area.

Pinwheels for Peace is an art installation project started in 2005 by two Art teachers, Ann Ayers and Ellen McMillan, of Coconut Creek, Florida, as a way for students to express their feelings about what’s going on in the world and in their lives. In the first year, groups in over 1,325 locations throughout the world were spinning pinwheels on September 21st – there were approximately 500,000 pinwheels spinning throughout the world. At last count, in 2019, over 4.5 million pinwheels were spinning in over 3,500 locations, including the United States, Europe, Asia, Australia, Canada, the Middle East, Africa, and South America.

This project is non-political – peace doesn’t necessarily have to be associated with the conflict of war, it can be related to violence/intolerance in our daily lives, to peace of mind. To each of us, peace can take on a different meaning, but, in the end, it all comes down to a simple definition: “a state of calm and serenity, with no anxiety, the absence of violence, freedom from conflict or disagreement among people or groups of people.”

Highlands Elementary students created pinwheels, pinwheels of all shapes and sizes. As part of the creation process, the students wrote their thoughts about “war and peace/tolerance/ living in harmony with others” on one side. On the other side, they drew, painted, etc. to visually express their feelings. The students assembled these pinwheels and on International Day of Peace, they “planted” their pinwheels at the school entrance area as a public statement and art exhibit/installation.

Masonry Students Excel at Ozark Career Academies

If you build it, they will come! So proud that our kids are taking advantage of their Dual Enrollment opportunities. They are earning college credit, job skills, and high school credit. Masonry students in our MAS 111 dual enrollment course started their first week of college classes recently, and we are excited to announce that we will be adding additional dual enrollment options for the spring.

D.A. Smith Learning Walks

Student engagement was the name of the game during recent Learning Walks at D.A. Smith Middle School. Learning is fun at DAS!

Northside Methodist Academy Top Readers

Congratulations to our August 2022 top readers!
2nd grade
Overall: Hudson Braswell
Ezell: Archer Engelhard
Holloway: Bryntley Miller
3rd grade
Overall: Corbin Woodham
Gilley: Benjamin Blackmon
Otto: Gracie Wells
4th grade
Overall: Cooper Seaver
Lawson: Parker Thompson
Morris: John Duke
5th grade
Overall: Alena Engelhard
Haywood: Stanton Woodham
Maddox: Nina Green
6th grade
Overall: Logan Holland
Grantham: Carson Seaver
Hall: Esayas Halubka

Providence Christian Inducts New House Members

In 2015, Providence implemented a House System as a means to promote opportunities for student leadership, mentorship, community, and service. We recently had House inductions for our seventh graders. Spirits were high as students were welcomed into their new houses.
Providence Houses include Lewis House, The House of King Alfred, The House of Saint Augustine, The House of Saint George, Schaeffer House, Tolkien House, Wilberforce House, and Wycliffe House.

Houston Academy Students Create Neurons Models

Mrs. Sanera’s AP Psychology students applied their understanding of neurons by creating candy models and labeling the parts and functions.

Emmanuel Christian Volleyball

Trojan Classic 2022 Silver Division Champions! Go Lady Warriors!

Big Knight / Little Knight at Northside Methodist Academy

Our Seniors got to meet their Kindergarten Little Knight this morning!! Such a sweet, fun time!

Providence Christian Honor Childhood Cancer

The nest was packed and full of spirit as the Eagles defeated New Brockton 27-6. September is childhood cancer month. PCS had 102 mini cheerleaders who performed at halftime to honor childhood cancer.

Highlands Elementary Grandparents Day

Highlands Elementary School held its 2nd Annual Grandparents’ Day Drive Through Parade on Friday, September 9th. The students made posters and signs to say thank you and show their appreciation for grandparents. The students lined the street around the school and waved and cheered as the grandparents drove through. Many grandparents decorated their cars with signs for their grandchildren, balloons, streamers, and more. There were lots of smiles on the faces of the children and the grandparents!

Highlands Elementary’s September Good Citizens

Congratulations to Highlands Elementary School’s September Good Citizens! We are proud of the respectful and responsible behavior you have shown your peers and teachers. We would like to extend our gratitude to Things and Wings for partnering with our school to celebrate these students!

Congratulations to Highlands Elementary 2022-2023 SGA Members

Our officers are: President- Layla P., 6th grade
Vice President- Gannon G., 5th grade
Secretary- Brody Smith,, 4th grade
Historian- Mary Gaines Carter, 3rd grade

Our classroom representatives are:
3rd Grade:
Addilyn C.
Charles B.
Barrett B.
Hope P.
Emma S.
Sadie S.

4th Grade:
Ellie Grace P.
Hamlin D.
Gracie H.
Sue Ellen C.
Addie-Reece H.
Lily E.

5th Grade:
Emmalyn S.
Martin Ellis B.
Noah C.
Lily L.
Mac S.
Avery A.

6th Grade:
Sailor T.
Carter K.
Andre S.
June H.
Chloe F.
Kim W.

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Student Spotlights October ’22

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