Tuesday, September 01, 2015



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 School Board Member Beverly Ross Passes Away

The Montgomery Public Schools family was saddened to learn of the death of District 7 School Board Representative Beverly Ross.

Ms. Ross was an outspoken advocate for children. She devoted much of her life to public service and efforts to expand learning and career opportunities for both K-12 students and adult learners. In her roles as school board member and dean of students at Trenholm State Community College, she impacted the lives of countless students across the River Region in a positive, meaningful way.    

Ms. Ross was first elected to the Montgomery County Board of Education in 2004 and was re-elected in 2010. She served as board president from 2008-2010. During her board service the board opened Montgomery Technical Education Center (now MPACT Center); the first-ever Pre-K Center was opened; Loveless, Johnnie Carr Middle and MacMillan International were approved as International Baccalaureate Program schools; pre-Advanced Placement classes were added in all middle schools; four schools were opened or renovated; the district’s Employee Assistance Program was initiated; and the school district received accreditation for the first time in its history.   

A graduate of Alabama State University, she received numerous awards during her lifetime for her community service including the Legacy of Service Award from the Beta Nu Omega Chapter Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority; Girl Scouts Women of Distinction Recipient;  Montgomery Advertiser's Women of Achievement, American Red Cross Irma Bentley Moore Volunteer of the Year and the Distinguished Service Award from the Office of Financial Development and the River Region United Way Alexis de Tocqueville Society Award.

She also gave distinguished service and served in several leadership capacities for many non-profit organizations such as the Montgomery Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., BONDS (Building Our Neighborhoods for Development and Success), Girl Scouts of South Central Alabama; American Red Cross of Central Alabama, Montgomery Symphony Orchestra, Leadership Montgomery, River Region United Way, Montgomery Rotary Club, Cosmopolites, and Empowering Communities and Helping Ourselves (ECHO). 

Condolences can be sent to Benjamin Taylor, 181 South Burbank Drive, Montgomery, AL 36117.  

 

You can watch Superintendent Margaret Allen's welcome back message to teachers by clicking here.

  

       
   

MPS "Be There" Parental Involvement Campaign: There are lots of ways a parent can become more involved in their child's education. Click HERE for some suggestions.

       
       

 Montgomery Public Schools Backpack Food Partnership

MPS is inviting those interested in helping students who have been identified to be at risk for food insufficiency through its Backpack Food Partnership. We know that many families take advantage of MPS' no cost breakfast and lunch programs, but it is also very likely that some children go hungry over the weekend and during extended school breaks because there is little to eat at home. For more information about about becoming a partner or to learn how you can help, click HERE.

 

  MPS Offers No Cost Breakfast and Lunch Meals for Students

Montgomery Public Schools' Child Nutrition Program is participating in the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act for the 2015-2016 school year, which means all MPS students can receive breakfast and lunch at no charge. One breakfast and one lunch meal will be served to all students at no charge regardless of the eligibility status. Additional student meals will be charged the normal price of $1.00 for student breakfast, $1.75 for elementary student lunch, and $2.00 for middle and high school student lunch. A la carte item prices will also remain the same. Faculty meals will remain $1.75 for breakfast and $2.75 for lunch. Adult visitor meals will remain $2.50 for breakfast and $3.75 for lunch.  

 

Board Meetings

Next scheduled meetings – 307 South Decatur Street:

August 25 Regular Meeting 5:00 p.m.

Hours and School Dates

MPS will end our four-day extended day work week on August 6. Beginning August 10, the Central Office and schools will resume Monday through Friday Hours. The first day for teachers is Monday, August 10. Students return to school on Thursday, August 13.

 Algebra Matters!

Algebra I is the first in a series of higher level mathematics courses. Studies have shown that students who take Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II and one additional high-level mathematics course, are much more likely to do well in college mathematics. However, Algebra I is not just for the college-bound student! Research has identified that mathematics skills required to work as an electrician, plumber, or upholsterer were comparable to those needed to succeed in college.

Algebra I is, in short, the gateway to success! As a result, Montgomery Public Schools would like to share with you resources that your child will find beneficial for preparing him/her to be successful in Algebra I during the 2015 - 2016 school year. The resources provided are engaging, interactive, student-centered and FREE!

Click Here for a quick pre-algebra refresher that will help you get ready for Algebra 1. You can even print the workbook or individual lessons.

Click here for more educational links including algebra.

BTW Teacher Receives Prestigious Fellowship

Foster Dickson, a creative writing/English teacher at Booker T. Washington Magnet High School has been awarded an $800 grant from the National Artist Teacher Fellowship’s Community Legacy Project. The National Artist Teacher Fellowship (NATF) program supports the artistic revitalization of arts teachers, offering them the opportunity to immerse themselves in their own creative work, interact with other professional artists and stay current with new practices. Click HERE  to find out more.

 

MPS Awarded $78,000 Grant from DISCOVER Card/International Academy of Science to Assist Students with Disabilities

Discover Card and the International Academy of Science have awarded Montgomery Public Schools more than $78,000 to fund a program to help high school students with disabilities transition to independent living. The funds will be used to provide computer based training for disabled students to help them master personal financial skills.  Click HERE to learn more.

 

BTW Magnet High and Bear Exploration Center Schools Named Among Top Schools in the State By CLAS 

Booker T. Washington Magnet High School and Bear Exploration Center have been selected as 2014-2015 CLAS Banner Schools by the Council of Leaders of Alabama Schools.  The award recognizes schools or programs that serve as outstanding educational models for schools in Alabama. Of the 152 public schools that were nominated for this award, only 15 public schools received the distinction. Click HERE to find out more. 

 

MPS Announces Names of 13 National Achievement Semifinalists 

A commitment to high academic achievement, leadership and community service are three characteristics that aptly describe 13 MPS students who have been included on a distinguished list of the nation’s top African-American high school students. The students were named National Achievement Semifinalists by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC). Of the 49 Alabama students to be named, the 13 from MPS students make up the highest number of Achievement Semifinalists from public or private schools in the state.

Booker T. Washington Magnet High student Edward J. Taylor and Loveless Academic Magnet Program High students Shazzia Alexander, John Bailey, Jaida Bannister, Matalia Conner, Noah Keary Foster, Shayla Glover, Brandon James, Kindred Obas, Jaylen Pittman, Sheila Willis, Anthony Wilson, and Grum Woldemichael are now among 1,600 students selected from a pool of 160,000 who applied for the program nationwide. The will go on to compete for scholarships worth $2.5 million in the spring. CLICK HERE to read more!  

The Montgomery Public Schools Career Tech Department offers career and technical education programs for all students in grades 7-12 regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, or age, including students with limited English proficiency. Click Here to find out more.

 

15 MPS Students Named Merit Semifinalists

Congratulations go to 15 Montgomery Public Schools students who have joined the ranks of the nation’s top high school scholars by being named 2014-2015 National Merit Semifinalists by the National Merit Scholarship Program.  The news coincided with the National Merit Scholarship Corporation’s release of the names of semifinalists nationwide. Loveless Academic Magnet Program (LAMP) students Minh Chung, Haley Davis, Corey Janson, Emily Jantz, Emily Kravec, Joshua Lambert, Venkata Macha, Krishna Patel, Jaylen Pittman, Ruchir Rastogi, Isaac Sours, John Swan, Vijay Vobbilisetty, Amy Wang and Grum Woldenmichael are among 16,000 students who were selected from a pool of 1.4 million juniors from more than 22,000 high schools who applied for the program.  These students will now advance in the competition and will have the opportunity to compete for some 7,600 National Merit Scholarships, worth $33 million, that will be offered next spring. Click HERE to read more.

Four MPS Schools Named Among America's Best!

US News and World Report annually ranks more than 19,000 high schools in the United States. FOUR Montgomery Public Schools were recognized as among the best of the best. Three were ranked in the top five high schools in the state of Alabama. Loveless Academic Magnet School was ranked as the best high school in Alabama, the 18th best high school in America overall and the seventh best magnet high school in the country. Booker T. Washington Magnet High School is ranked the third best in Alabama, 477th nationally and recognized as a Gold Medal High School. Brewbaker Technology Magnet High School is ranked as the fifth best in the state and was awarded Silver Medal Status nationally. And Carver Senior High School was awarded a Bronze Medal nationally. Over 31,000 high schools were analyzed for this report. Five hundred were awarded gold medals, 1,519 were given silver and 2,688 were awarded bronze. Schools ranked as bronze or above represent the top 15% of high schools. Medals were based on a school’s performance on state tests and how well they prepare students for college. For more information on the rankings, visit www.usnews.com.

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STI Home

The INow Parent Portal (STI HOME) is available to any parent. This tool allows parents to view information on their child's progress, grades, attendance, etc.

To ensure the security of the information, parents must obtain a password from their child's school in person. A state-issued photo ID will be necessary to receive a user name and password.

 ONCE YOU HAVE YOUR NEW USER NAME AND PASSWORD ACCESS IT THROUGH THE "FOR PARENTS" BUTTON ABOVE, CHOOSE "STI HOME", THEN THE WORDS "CLICK HERE".