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Student Spotlights December 2022

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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!

Simulated Workplace at South Baldwin Center for Technology

Students at South Baldwin Center for Technology are learning valuable workplace skills while still in high school. Members of the BCBE Board toured SBCT today to see firsthand this incredible technology, prior to joining the workforce. These simulators allow students real-life workplace scenarios.

Fairhope Middle School Held its Annual Veterans Day celebration

Fairhope Middle School held its annual Veterans Day celebration honoring local veterans and their military service. Each branch of the military was recognized with attending veterans. The honored guests were celebrated with a reception following the event. Students, band members, and the Fairhope High JROTC were on hand to honor our own who sacrificed, served, and protected the United States.

St. Michael Sailing Team Wins First Place

On October 29th, the St. Michael sailing team won first place in the Gulf Coast Fall Brawl! Sailing for St. Michael (pictured below from left to right) were Fisher Key, Nate Hartwell, Anna Christian Moore, and Gavin Byrnes. The sailing team will round out the Fall Season the weekend before Thanksgiving at the Great Oaks Invitational at Southern Yacht Club in New Orleans.

Baldwin County High School Sporting Clays Team Receives Donation

The Fly High Goose Foundation has made a $1,000 donation to the Baldwin County High School Sporting Clays team. Amber and Kelly Johnson presented the donation during the second annual Fly High Goose Foundation Clay Shoot. Coaches Jason Crysell, Gayland Hadley, Billy Roberts, and team member Reed Roberts accepted on behalf of the BCHS team.

Renowned Author Jason Reynolds Visits Bay Minette Middle School

Renowned author Jason Reynolds met with students at Bay Minette Middle School today in a private event as part of the final leg of his “GRAB THE MIC: Tell Your Story” platform. The event was moderated by Lenise Ligon with Fox10 News along with BMMS students Starla Chapman and Jy’Quan Benjamin. Students in the crowd were also permitted to ask questions of the author, who shared about his writing experiences and motivations.
Reynolds is currently the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature through the Library of Congress in Washington D.C. Bay Minette Middle School is one of only nine schools across the country that Reynolds visited in person during this last year of his ambassadorship.
BMMS was chosen out of hundreds of applicants based on a proposal submitted by their librarian, Ronda Campbell. Schools involved with the “GRAB THE MIC” tour each received a Story Cube which is a stand-alone device that allows students to create, edit, and print stories of their own. Story Cubes are specifically designed for classroom use and offer educators a fun, immersive way to inspire creative thinking and analysis. The Cube will allow students to share their stories with select peers participating in the program nationwide.
Simon & Schuster Publishing along with the Dollar General Literacy Foundation donated signed copies of Reynolds’ book, Look Both Ways: A Tale Told in Ten Blocks to all students participating in the event.
Jason Reynolds is the author of 13 books for young people including Look Both Ways: A Tale Told in Ten Blocks, a National Book Award finalist, which was named a Best Book of 2019 by NPR, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and Time.
A native of Washington DC, Reynolds began writing poetry at 9 years old and is the recipient of a Newberry Honor, a Printz honor, an NAACP Image Award, and multiple Coretta Scott King Award honors.

Baldwin County K9 Visits Daphne East Elementary

The Baldwin County K9 Unit visited Daphne East Elementary School Kindergarten – 3rd grade students as a continuation of Red Ribbon Week. Thank you Baldwin County Sheriff’s for visiting.

J. Larry Newton Students Raise Donations to Help Those Impacted by Hurricane Ian

J. Larry Newton students collected monetary donations for the Leroy Nottingham Firefighter Paramedic Benevolent Fund to assist those impacted by Hurricane Ian. Our school raised a total of $2,525! Congratulations to our top 3 classes for receiving the highest donation totals.
1st Place – Mr. Lewis’ Class
2nd Place – Mrs. Powe’s Class
3rd Place – Mrs. Abell’s Class & Ms. Benefield’s Class

Fairhope High School Care Closet Expanded

FHS is happy to announce that our Care Closet has expanded!!
Approximately six years ago, members of FBLA-Future Business Leaders of America-came up with an idea of a service project to create an area that would house free school supplies to any FHS student in need. It did not take long for that little idea to grow into something much larger that also provided things from clothing to personal hygiene products to a food pantry for students.
A few weeks ago, that area grew even larger as it moved from a corner of the school’s book room into a classroom. The area not only grew in size but also grew in what it provides to our students. The Care Closet now has the following items for any student at FHS free of charge: t-shirts, pants, shorts, socks, shoes, backpacks, jackets, coats, a complete collection of personal hygiene products, notebooks, composition books, pens, pencils, highlighters, binders, folders, graph paper, etc, and now men’s dress shirts, dress pants, sport coats, ties, girl’s dresses and business attire to be utilized for job interviews, sports banquets, and/or school dances.
This wonderful resource would not have been possible without contributions from many community members, community organizations, FHS clubs, FHS administration and countless hours spent by members of FBLA. If you have a student in need of any item provided by the Care Closet, please contact your grade level counselor, Mrs. Barrett or Mrs. Lee our social workers, any FHS admin, or our school nurses. Your child’s needs will be handled in a professional and confidential manner.
Pictured are FBLA members Harrison Sparks, Gracie Gardner and Ryleigh Busby sorting and hanging items that were donated to the Care Closet.

Alphabuddies at Daphne East Elementary

Peer Helpers at Daphne East Elementary were trained to be Alphabuddies! Some of them will begin working with kindergarten students who need extra help learning their letters next week. The rest will be ready if needed!

St. Michael's Annual Guys Camping Retreat

30 young men participated in St. Michael’s annual Guys Camping Retreat October 23-24th at Blakeley State Park. The young men enjoyed hiking, food fellowship and Mass in the beautiful outdoor setting.

Foley High School 7A Regional Champs

Congratulations to the Foley High football team on securing the 7A region football title! Go Lions!!

Full STEAM Ahead at W. J. Carroll

Students at W. J. Carroll Intermediate used their imagination, know how, and tools to bring their ideas to life during their STEAM lab today.

Bay Minette Elementary School Kickball Tournament

Sportsmanship. Team spirit. Working together. Cheering for others. Students at Bay Minette Elementary are learning life skills of sportsmanship, team spirit and working together. Physical Education students participated in the BMES “World Series” kickball tournament. Student teams were selected based on their sportsmanship and leadership skills. Students were assigned roles on the team such as team manager, athletic trainers, referees, and scorekeepers, and were in charge of the games. Students cheered for their team members, gave high fives, patted each other on the backs, and excited for everyone. Although two teams were selected as “winners” of the tournament all participants were winners for their character, how they played the game and how incredible they conducted themselves.
#baldwinproud. Photos courtesy BMES

Spanish Fort Elementary School’s New Book Vending Machine

Spanish Fort Elementary School is excited to unveil our new book vending machine! This was made possible with last year’s Boosterthon and our PTA. It is now time to fill it with books!