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2014 Federal Aid Impact surveys distributed

Federal Impact Aid surveys are available and should be returned to your child's school as soon as possible.

For more information or to download the forms and letters to parents, please click here (for Huntsville City, Madison City, Madison County, and Arab City Schools).

 
Huntsville Greenpower team featured globally at Siemens

The Huntsville Greenpower team is being featured on the Siemens global web site at www.siemens.com.

The video was produced by Siemens's corporate media team and features Sean Webb and the impact the Huntsville Greenpower program had on the students.

 

From Huntsville City Schools:

Huntsville Students Win "Best Newcomer" in Greenpower Car Race in England

Huntsville City Schools’ students proved they have the “right stuff” in engineering, as the team earned very impressive results in their first effort at a Greenpower Competition on Sunday at the Goodwood Motor Circuit in West Sussex England. Huntsville’s Team USA place 7th out of 14 teams in the ninety minute race, and finished with an impressive 13th out of 50 in the four hour long second race. The group was awarded “Best Newcomer”, and the “Siemens Innovator Award” following the competition. The Huntsville team earned a spot to the National finals that will be held in October of this year. Team USA becomes one of the few teams ever to qualify for the finals after just their first time to compete in a Greenpower Race.

Jeremy Way, CEO with the Greenpower Education Trust, said this was the best showing ever of a first time competitor in the history of the race. Mike Brown, the director of academic relations with Siemens, was very impressed with the Huntsville students, stating that “the depth of engineering knowledge that these kids are getting from building and racing in the Greenpower Car Competition is phenomenal”. One of the goals of the Greenpower Education Trust is to inspire the next generation of engineers. Siemens is a major supporter of the education initiative.

The Huntsville Team will have an opportunity to tour the nearby Rolls Royce Plant in West Sussex on Monday, and will finish their trip on Tuesday, getting to tour an 11th century historical structure, Arundel Castle. The group will return to Huntsville on Wednesday.

Read the  original Huntsville City School press release here.

Check out the video directly at: http://www.siemens.com/entry/cc/en/#/greencar-hd

 
55 percent of Madison's Class of 2014 graduated with scholarship offers

al.com | By Crystal Bonvillian | This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
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on June 18, 2014 at 5:00 PM

MADISON, Alabama -- Graduating seniors at Madison's two high schools topped themselves last month when about 55 percent of those graduates walked across the stage with scholarships in hand.

Between the schools, graduates received offers of more than $35 million in scholarships, said John Peck, public relations manager for the school system. They accepted about $16 million of the funds, or an average of about $35,000 per student.

A total of 454 out of 830 graduates at Bob Jones and James Clemens high schools got offers, Peck said. The percentage of students earning scholarships sets a new record for the district, which last year saw about 50 percent of its graduates earn scholarships.

"At Bob Jones alone, we had 983 scholarships for a total of $28.67 million offered, but only $12.2 (million) accepted," Peck said.

Bob Jones reported 338 out of its 578 graduates, or almost 59 percent, getting offers, Peck said. That is a fairly steep jump from 51 percent in 2013.

In just its second year of existence, James Clemens saw 116 (46 percent) of its 252 graduates receive scholarship offers, up from 36 percent in 2013. James Clemens also had more than three times the students this year than it had in its inaugural year.

"It is important to note that the numbers at James Clemens were impacted by the final year of a high school zoning waiver," Peck said. "Students who were attending Bob Jones when James Clemens opened were given the option of staying there through their senior year. Some of this year's scholarship recipients at Bob Jones actually reside in the James Clemens school zone."

Superintendent Dee Fowler said the new scholarship record reflects the students' hard work and the commitment by the school district to provide them with rigorous academic and career preparatory curriculum.

"The courses we offer and the instruction we deliver are intentionally crafted as part of our strategic plan to ensure that every student will graduate successfully prepared for college and careers," Fowler said in a statement.

Article originally posted at al.com: http://www.al.com/news/huntsville/index.ssf/2014/06/55_percent_of_madisons_class_o.html

 
Shelby County Schools To Implement "Blended Learning"
My FOX Memphis | Posted: Jun 11, 2014 10:55 PM CDT | Updated: Jun 18, 2014 10:55 PM CDT
 
More than 100 North Alabama students taking on college rigor in program at UAH

al.com | By Crystal Bonvillian | This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
on June 12, 2014 at 3:15 PM, updated June 12, 2014 at 3:43 PM

HUNTSVILLE, Alabama -- The University of Alabama in Huntsville is hosting more than 100 high school students this summer for a three-week enrichment program designed to help get them ready for the rigor of college.

The students from Huntsville, Madison, Madison County and Marshall County schools are participating in CollegeFirst, a joint venture of Impact Alabama and A+ College Ready. The program, the only one of its kind in the nation, is being sponsored by Wells Fargo and AmeriCorps.

[Click here to learn more about CollegeFirst.]

The goal of CollegeFirst is to prepare students for the difficulty of college-level Advanced Placement courses in English, math and science, according to a news release about the program.

And their teachers? Twenty-six college students from UAH and The University of Alabama.

The college students, guided by an AP instructor, will lead the high-schoolers through the three weeks of advanced math, biology, chemistry and literary curriculum.

"All high-school students deserve an opportunity to succeed in rigorous, college-level experiences," Stephen Black, director of the Center for Ethics & Social Responsibility and president of Impact Alabama, said in the news release. "This initiative recruits successful college students to serve as mentors, helping increase the number of area high school students who will be ready not only to attend college, but to excel in college."

Almost 300 high school students from North Alabama, as well as Birmingham and Tuscaloosa, are participating in CollegeFirst statewide, the news release said. About 80 college students are serving as mentors.

The mentors are participating as part of a service-learning initiative sponsored by Impact Alabama, a nonprofit housed at the Center for Ethics & Social Responsibility at The University of Alabama.

The participating high school students were selected through A+ College Ready, a statewide initiative that works to increase AP success in math, science, and English. Participating students are enrolled in AP courses in an A+ College Ready program school.

Click here to learn more about A+ College Ready. To learn more about Impact Alabama, visit its website here.

Article originally posted on al.com: http://www.al.com/news/huntsville/index.ssf/2014/06/more_than_100_north_alabama_st.html

 
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