Student Spotlights– January 2022

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!

SFHS Volleyball Team Wins Academic Award AGAIN

Congratulations to Volleyball Coach Gretchen Boykin for winning the ACVA Team Academic Award. She has actually won this award several years in a row for having a team GPA above 3.5.

Most measure the success of a coach in win and losses, but when you win, you make a difference in the lives of your players, AND you hold them to a high academic standard, that is truly what all desire from those who coach our children. Congratulations Coach Boykin! So thankful to have you there to get the best out of our students! GO TOROS!

St. James Episcopal School Christmas Program

Merry Christmas and happy holidays from St. James Episcopal School! Our Christmas program was presented in the Church for family and friends. Pictured are some of our first and second graders in the nativity scene.

Toys for Tots at Renaissance School

Renaissance School student’s third Toys for Tots drive is a success! Great job, Adam!

Christ the King Catholic School Hosts November Chess Match

CTKCS was the host for the November chess match. The CTKCS teams won 3, lost 5, and drew 2. The middle school team is in contention for first place in the league, and our elementary school team is in contention for third place in the league! Go Saints!

Hour of Code at J. Larry Newton

Larry Newton students recently celebrated Hour of Code, a one-hour introduction to computer science that promotes critical thinking, problem solving and collaboration. Olivia Speer, a second grader in Mrs. Bowman’s class is pictured walking Avery Bishop, a first grader in Mrs. Vivar’s class, through her first coding challenge.

Reno’s Reptiles Visits Cub Scout Pack

Cub Scout Pack 177 of Spanish Fort had special guest Reno’s Reptiles visit. Dad and den leader, Tim Dozier, with son, Oliver Dozier, of Tiger scouts got to learn about and hold a skink.

Health Science Classes Offer Hands-on Practice at NBCT

Health Science students at North Baldwin Center for Technology are participating in hands-on practice in order to perfect their phlebotomy skills, under the guidance of teacher Jessica Stanford.  NBCT serves students from Baldwin County High, Daphne High and Spanish Fort High Schools as well as the Baldwin County Virtual School Program. Applications are available now for those interested in taking Health Science courses at NBTech for the 2022-23 school year. To apply visit and then scroll down to ‘NBCT School News’ and choose the appropriate tab.

SFHS Students Attend Baldwin County Model UN Conference

Students from Spanish Fort High school had a great experience at the Baldwin County Model United Nations Conference.

Ashleigh Bock chaired ECOFIN (Economic and Financial Committee) and won best chair; Eren Kacar chaired SOCHUM (Social and Humanitarian); Carolyn Lippold-Vice President of the General Assembly; Krista Hull (not pictured) won Premiere Speaker delegating for Russia on the Security Council.

BMMS Spelling Bee Winners

Congratulations to Damien Langham on winning first place at the Bay Minette Middle School Spelling Bee! Noelani Raybon was the runner-up. Damien will now represent BMMS at the county-wide spelling bee early next year!

UWA Seeking Non-Education Candidates with Passion for Teaching

The University of West Alabama is launching Project REACh, a program ideal for those with a bachelor’s degree without teaching certification, but who are interested in improving children’s futures through education. Project REACh is a teacher residency program that aims to improve the critical teacher shortage in high-need schools in Alabama. The program was developed to address challenges such as increasing teacher turnover, teaching outside of qualified content areas and low student achievement in three Alabama counties. Qualifying teacher residents will receive a $45,000 stipend during the residency, which funds the cost of living in one of three school districts as they take part in an immersive learning experience. Learn more about the Project REACh program from UWA by clicking this link

Project REACh not only provides a $45,000 stipend to teacher residents, it also incorporates an M.Ed. degree, a rigorous professional development training component and an induction program thereafter, which supports teachers in their new roles. Based on content areas of interest, the Master of Science in Education degree can include an emphasis in one of the following areas: • Early Childhood Education • Elementary Education • English Language Arts Education • History Education • Mathematics Education • Science Education • Special Education • Teaching residents will gain content knowledge and teaching experience coupled with inquiry-based instruction methods.

St. Michael Catholic HS Receives Car Donation for Drivers Ed

St. Michael has a new drivers ed car! Thanks to our friends John & Jen Blanchard at Gulf Chrysler Dodge Jeep – we now have our very own car (Jeep Patriot – Cardinal red in color) for students for years to come! Very thankful for this gift that will be used multiple times to educate our students. Many thanks to Terry Thompson Chevrolet for loaning us Drivers Ed cars for the last 5 years and for outfitting this one with a brake! Pictured are sophomores Mary Hart Watson, Jenna Thompson & Molly Helton.

Foley HS Students Participate in Mock Interviews

Foley High School’s Hospitality and Tourism students participated in Mock Interviews with outside community business partners. The students were critiqued on hand shakes, eye contact, body language, posture, content of answers, their resume, and more. What a great opportunity for these students to get real interview experience! A huge thanks goes to A&R Group, Waterville, Spectrum Resorts, Perdido Beach Resort, Cobalt and Cosmos, and Career Coaches for partnerships and interviewers.

Foley ES Students “Travel” to England

At Foley Elementary School Miss Bishop’s class traveled to England today for the holidays! We got our passports checked, learned about their traditions for Christmas, what the UK flag stands for. We landed safely back in the USA.