This Just In

This Just In…is a weekly publication of the MPS Communication Office. Events are submitted to the Communication Office by schools and are subject to change. Media are advised to confirm the date and time of an event and must call the Communication Office at (334) 223-6848 or 223-6873 for authorization to visit a school or photograph and interview students or staff.

THIS JUST IN… Jan. 16-19, 2018

The Brewbaker Technology Magnet High robotics program continues to reach new heights. Students in the program brought home several awards recently from the Gulf Shores Middle School “Bots on the Beach” VEX Robotics Competition. The team of William Sumlin, Trevor Taylor and Will Percival scored 147 points on their combined skills run, and that score places them at currently 22nd in the world! The world’s top 50 teams will receive automatic bids to the VEX Worlds Competition. That same team also won a Tournament Champion Award, as did the team of Ashton Taylor, Blake Deaton and Ty Hooks. The Judges’ Award, which goes to a team the judges decide is deserving of special recognition, was given to the team of Collin Lawlor, Elijah Weston, Landon Thompson and Adam Luckie.

At Carver High, the 14 members of the new robotics team are on the clock and racing toward a showdown against more than 40 other schools from as far away as Brazil. The Carver squad, titled Wolverine 1, will compete in the Rocket City Regional in Huntsville on March 14 as part of the FIRST Robotics Competition program. Students have received the robot components, and leading up to the match must assemble and program the robots to perform a number of challenging tasks. But that’s not the team’s only challenge. The students also are tasked with raising funds, developing their brand, honing teamwork skills and performing community outreach. The competitors have the opportunity to apply for more than $50 million in scholarships through this competition. Carver is the only school from Montgomery taking part in this competition, and with some help from the community, this team could take everyone by surprise.

During the month of January, third-graders at Wilson Elementary will step into the wild world of research when they combine their skills for a project on animals. They will learn the ins and outs of research and how to present the information they have gathered in a coherent and cohesive essay. These projects will be on display in the hallway all throughout the month of February.

Tuesday, Jan. 16

At Chisholm Elementary, it is Parent-Teacher Conference Week. Teachers will be scheduling conferences to discuss and share student achievements and possible concerns.

Garrett Elementary will hold auditions this week for the school’s Black History Program.

Carver Elementary and Arts Magnet will hold its Honor Day Program starting at 9:30 a.m.

Garrett Elementary students will be honored Tuesday through Thursday for their accomplishments during the second nine weeks.

Bear Exploration Center fourth-graders will go on a tour of Old Alabama Town and Grange Hall. Another group will go on the tour Thursday.

Garrett Elementary will have a Parent Meeting at 6 p.m.

Wilson Elementary will welcome Vision Research, which will perform vision screens on all kindergarten, second- and fourth-grade students.

Wednesday, Jan. 17

Goodwyn Middle will hold its Honor Assembly at 9 a.m. with guest speaker Dr. Andrew Clayton of the Air War College at Maxwell Air Force Base.

Chisholm Elementary Principal Lolita Osborne will hold a Parent Chat and Chew from 11 a.m. to noon to discuss events and news at the school.

Bear Exploration Center fifth-graders will attend the Liberty's Legacy Kickoff.

Thursday, Jan. 18

Wilson Elementary will take in the Hans Christian Andersen tale that inspired Disney’s “Frozen” when they visit the Alabama Shakespeare Festival for a performance of “The Snow Queen.”

Bear Exploration Center students who are in the National Elementary Honor Society will have a meeting for 3:45 to 4:30 p.m.

Park Crossing High will hold its Parent Involvement Meeting in the gym at 6:30 p.m.

Carver Elementary and Arts Magnet will hold Extended Day Registration between the hours of 4 and 6 p.m.

Baldwin Arts and Academics Magnet will hold a parent meeting at 6 p.m.

Wilson Elementary will launch a Lego drive that will last through the end of February to collect materials for a Makerspace Lego Wall. The school will accept new and used Duplo and Classic Legos, figurines and accessories.

Friday, Jan. 19

Chisholm Elementary will hold its schoolwide Honors Programs to award students for their academic and behavioral achievements during the second nine weeks of school.

Park Crossing will have a Spirit Friday celebration. Students with no discipline referrals, bus referrals or tardiness will be allowed to wear a Park Crossing spirit shirt.