“We’ve already recognized the (girl’s high school) volleyball team (which made it to the area championship for the first time ever) and the accomplishments of the band and the JROTC. All those trophies are on display here (in the Talladega High School cafeteria). Also, Talladega High School has had a lot of success with their college and career readiness program, which a lot of high schools our size or even bigger do not have. We have cutting edge technology in all our classrooms, and we have a new administration in place at Zora Ellis Junior High School.
“We also have a ticket system there, which offers behavioral support for both academic and conduct improvement. The Career Vocational program, with Director Trisha Turner, got a grant for $25,000 for an access learning lab, which should be in place in about four weeks.”
She also touted the success of the recently implemented summer reading program at Talladega High School, the cosmetology program at Career Tech in partnership with Central Alabama Community College, as well success by the football, baseball, basketball, soccer and archery teams in recent years.
Teachers got to start off the year with the “motivational, dynamic speaker Harvey Ossman” at the year’s first in-service, and there are new bulletin boards in each school to keep students and staff informed. Interactive tables are available at all elementary schools, and further upgrades will be done thanks to a $1,000 per school donation by Sen. Jerry Fielding.
Congressman Mike Rogers’ visit to Zora Ellis Elementary School was cited as an inspirational and motivational moment for students there.
Grandparents and parents across the system joined students for lunch on their respective days, with the latter corresponding with National School Lunch week.
Students at the elementary and junior high school level participated in Dot Day, “an opportunity to recommit and reconnect to their creativity. We can’t forget creativity.”
The Pre-K program is now considered a model for the state, and red ribbon week continued to be an annual, systemwide occasion to make the students aware of the dangers of drug abuse. Boss’ day was celebrated at the various schools and the central office, Baker said.
The football team, dance line and homecoming court visited the other campuses and celebrated at home with a “Welcome to the Jungle” theme.
Jake Montgomery was honored as alumni of the year, and the students also paid special tribute to the school’s oldest living graduate.
In addition to the previously mentioned interactive tables, the system has also begun using Nooks and iPads in class.
Baker was particularly proud of Houston Elementary’s CNP staff winning national certification last year, and showed off the renovations to most of the cafeterias within the system. Last week’s professional development classes also dealt with CNP issues.
The system has new technical director, a new assistant principal at the high school and a new administration at Ellis. Heritage Hall and the Talladega College Lady Tornadoes have both developed partnerships with Salter Elementary students, and sixth-graders there carried on the tradition of leaving a “legacy” banner.
At Houston, the school was visited by children’s author Chester Drawer; there was a fire safety week program and honor roll recognition program.
At Graham Elementary, Baker mentioned arts presentations, Dot Day and Awards Day and a visit from the high school football team to the school.
At R.L. Young, the school also had an awards day, recognized good citizens and “stars” and continued to emphasize character, particularly integrity. A data board has been put up to recognize accomplishments and keep students informed.
Students at Ellis celebrated Cowboy Day among other homecoming events and will be sending a group to Washington, D.C. for a field trip later this year.
Talladega High School has a new band director, librarian and special education teacher this year, Baker said.
The career technical program offers numerous professional certifications.
Baker closed by citing recent graduate Erin Stockdale, who received numerous scholarship offers and is currently attending the U.S. Naval Academy. Other highly sought after graduates included Tyler Haynes (now at Auburn) and Regan Gaskin (Now at UAB).
Also Monday night, the board:
O Recognized the volleyball team for their recent success.
O Saw Hugh Morris present a certificate of appreciation for their work and representation of local youth at a recent NAACP veterans luncheon attended by Gov. Robert Bentley.
O Approved field trip requests to Atlanta for students from Graham and Zora Ellis.
O Approved a field trip request for the high school’s FCCLA to Charlotte, N.C.
O Approved a field trip request for Ellis Students to Washington, D.C.
O Approved participation in the district agreement for the Medicaid Administrative claim program.
O Approved the retirement of kindergarten teacher Laura Hendrix; the transfer of Chris Elliot from Talladega High School to Ellis; and the retirement of third-grade teacher Pam Akers.
O Approved the resignation of truancy officer Wilby Wallace Jr.; the retirements of school bus mechanic Henry Ashley, CNP worker Barbara Tanner and maintenance worker Harold Fowler; and the employment of custodian Teresa Mellon and bus driver Larry Stephens. Board member Bonnie Miller said she objected to some of the personnel actions as recommended but voted for them anyway. She declined to elaborate after the meeting.
O Approved the continuous improvement plan for the system as submitted.
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