Thursday, February 11, 2016

In the Spotlight


Black History Month Events


MPS schools are participating in a number of events and educational activities in   

             recognition of February as Black History Month 

Feb. 8 

Fitzpatrick Elementary will host several members of the community throughout the month who will talk to students about careers and the importance of making right choices in honor of Black History Month. Guest include: Montgomery Police Chief Ernest Finley (Feb. 3); Alabama News Network reporter Darryl Forges (Feb. 9); Deputy District Attorney Azzie Taylor (Feb. 11); Montgomery County Sheriff Sergeant Fred Johnson (Feb. 17); musician Ron Handy (Feb. 19); and storyteller Wanda Howard Ballard (Feb. 22). 

Brewbaker Technology Magnet High will celebrate Black History Month with a variety of activities centered on the Harlem Renaissance. Music from the Harlem Renaissance will be played at the school entrance each day and a related PowerPoint will be displayed on monitors throughout the school. The Graphic Design Academy will display a Harlem Renaissance themed banner, and student-created poster board projects will be exhibited throughout the school. Throughout the month, each day will begin with a black history fact of the day read by a student over the speaker system, and will end with a Black History question of the day. A prize will be awarded for the homeroom with the most correct answers. The Building Science and Art departments will collaborate to create a Harlem Renaissance photo booth. Students will be allowed to take selfies with their favorite artists from the Harlem Renaissance. 

Feb. 10-11 

The Montgomery Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated will host the “I Love Voting” voter registration drive for eligible high school students at the following schools: 

Carver High School at 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.          

 Lanier High School at 11:15- 1 p.m.                        

 Park Crossing at 11:20- 1 p.m.                                    

 (Feb. 11) Fews Acceleration Academy @ 9 a.m.


Feb. 12 

Brew Tech students will attend the Alabama Shakespeare Festival’s production of “Ain’t Misbehavin’” at 10 a.m.

 Feb. 17 

Author and artist Michael Edey, godson of the late civil rights leader E.D. Nixon Jr., will read his book on the Montgomery Bus Boycott and will display original paintings from the book for E.D. Nixon students in grades 3-5 at 9 a.m. in the school library. 

Feb. 18 

Brew Tech students will participate in “Harlem Renaissance Costume Day.” Students have been studying this creative period in classes. Prizes will be awarded for the top three costumes. 

Feb. 19 

Carver High School will present "The Sounds of Blackness...A Musical Timeline” at     9 a.m. and 10:30 am for the student body. The show will feature the Carver High band, choral, dance and art students. 

Feb. 24 

The Johnnie Carr Middle School Choir and Arts Department will present “ An Evening of the Arts” in honor of Black History Month at the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts Museum at 6 p.m. Tickets for the event are $5 at the door. 

Feb. 25 

Dozier Elementary’s third, fourth and fifth graderswill present "We Have a Dream" directed by school music specialist Vicky Robinson at 1:45 p.m. 

Johnnie Carr Middle will host and interactive Black History Month Program from 4-6 p.m. Attendees will be able to walk through a self-directed exhibit and view art displays depicting pivotal moments in Black American History. 

Davis Elementary  will hold a Black History Month program at 5:30 p.m. 

T.S. Morris Elementary will hold itsBlack History Program at 6 p.m. 

Feb. 26 

Floyd Elementary will present the program, “A Moment in Black History” at 9 a.m. in the school gym. 

MacMillan International Academy third graders will participate in a play on important black personalities in American history at 9:30 a.m. 

Students at Wares Ferry Road Elementary will hold a school-wide Black History Month Celebration at 1:30 p.m. 

Dozier Elementary’s third, fourth and fifth graderswill present "We Have a Dream" directed by school music specialist Vicky Robinson at 1:45 p.m. 

Feb. 28 

George Washington Carver High Concert Choir will present its Annual Black History Month Tribute “Celebration of the Negro Spiritual” featuring a special salute to African-American composers at 4 p.m. at the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts. Admission is $10. 

Feb. 29 

Fitzpatrick Elementary will hold its Cultural Arts Day where students will explore African culture and customs. Students will dress in African attire and will participate in a parade. 

Floyd Middle Magnet will hold its Black History Month program at 10 a.m. Students will also participate in a door decorating contest and essay contest. Winners will be announced during the program. 

Wilson Elementary students will celebrate Black History with a "Motown Review" at 1:30 p.m. in the school cafeteria. Third, fourth and fifth grade students will perform hits from popular groups that were featured on Berry Gordy's Motown record label. Music teacher Timothy Ellis and fifth grade social science teacher Jackie Jones will lead students through this important period in music history through songs, dynamic performances and historical facts.