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BCS News & Notes

A newsletter for parents, students, staff and community

Nov. 9, 2012
In This Issue
Carol Clarke is new board member
BPD plans anti-bullying conference
Carver tops in Marching Band Festival
Arrington has mock election
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Join us for district-wide open house 

Do you really know what's happening in the Birmingham City Schools? If you haven't been in them lately, you may not. That's why we are giving members of the public the opportunity to find out for themselves by participating in our annual district-wide open house, which is set for 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14.

All schools will welcome visitors during those hours. Just pick a school and go. There's no need to call ahead unless you want to eat lunch.

This year, we have asked the schools to have something special happening on open house day -- anything from an interesting experiment in science classes to a student performance or assembly.

Some of them have big plans. Bush Hills Academy, for example, will have a dedication and ribbon cutting ceremony at 10 a.m. Former students, faculty, staff and administrators, as well as community members, are being encouraged to attend.

If you go to Jackson-Olin High School, they'll give you refreshments -- and then something to do. Visitors will be offered an opportunity to volunteer while they are there.
On the other hand, anyone who goes to Huffman Middle School at 9 a.m. will find the students and faculty aren't there. That's because they will be at the nearby The Worship Center Christian Church for an assembly. Jefferson County Commissioner George Bowman, who also is a retired major general, will be the motivational speaker.

The open house is part of the district's observation of American Education Week, which is Nov. 11-17. Come celebrate with us!

Craig Witherspoon

Birmingham City Schools


Board selects Carol Clarke to fill vacant seat
She will serve remainder of term in District 4


Carol Clarke is the new Birmingham Board of Education member for District 4.


Carol Clarke

The Board of Education selected Clarke after interviewing her and two other candidates Nov. 8. She will fill the seat for the remainder of the term.


A Norwood resident, Clarke served as director of economic development for the city of Birmingham from 2000 to 2008. Since 2008, she has been vice president of corporate procurement and supplier diversity manager for Regions Financial Corp.


Clarke is a product of the Birmingham City Schools, having attended schools including Wilkerson, Scott and Ramsay High School, from which she graduated. She earned a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology.



Parents learn at information seminar at Glen Iris 
Speakers present information, take questions


It's natural for parents to have questions about their children's schools

Glen Iris parents participate in informational seminar.

and the school system. The faculty at Glen Iris Elementary School decided to hold a parent information seminar Nov. 9 to see if they could help. Counselor Twila Sanford coordinated the event.


Speakers included Cheryl Hilliard, a behavior intervention specialist, Michael Hicks, an attendance officer, Donna Hill, an ESL teacher at Glen Iris and Marixa Gillie, an ESL instruction assistant.


Parents were allowed to ask questions as well.


The response from the parents was so positive that plans are being made for additional informational meetings in the future.



Birmingham Police to host anti-bullying conference
Parents of students 9 to 18 are target audience

The Community Service Division of the Birmingham Police Department is hosting an anti-bullying conference  from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday, Nov.15, at the Birmingham Crossplex.


Quanda Watson-Stevenson, founder and president of C.A.P.E. (Crime Awareness Prevention Education), which promotes education and awareness, will be keynote speaker for this event. A number of representatives of the government  will participate on the conference panel.


This event, which is free and open to the public, is designed to raise awareness to the severity of bullying, its methods and solutions through a series of interventions. The target audience for is parents of students from 9 to 18 years of age.


Contact Lt. Cathy Peoples via email at cathy.kennedy@birminghamal.gov or via telephone at (205) 329-0237 for more information.


Carver takes top honors in All City Marching Band Festival 
Ramsay and Woodlawn win best in their classes

Carver High School took top honors at the All City Marching Band Festival held Nov. 4. Carver earned superiors for its band, drum major, dance line, color guard and drum line, plus Best Band in Class AA. It won the Frank E. Adams Award for earning the highest score in the marching band evaluation.


Woodlawn High School received an excellent rating for its band, Best Band in Class A, and a superior rating for its color guard.


Ramsay High School earned superior ratings for its band sand color guard and Best Band in Class AAA.


Huffman High School received an excellent rating for its band and a superior for its color guard.


Parker High School received a fair rating for its band and a superior for its color guard.


Wenonah High School received superior ratings for its band, featured twirler and color guard.


Jackson-Olin High School received superior ratings for its band, drum major, dance line and color guard was runner-up for Best Band in Class AAA.


McMullen elected president of national group 
Purchasing director heads National Procurement Institute

Edward McMullen, director of purchasing for the Birmingham City Schools was elected president of the National Procurement Institute (NPI) at its 44th annual conference held in October in Houston.


McMullen has been with BCS since 1990 and has served on the National Procurement Institute Board of Directors for five consecutive terms as director, second vice president and first vice president.


As president, he serves as chairman of the executive board and exercises general supervision and shall have authority for the overall day-to-day operations of the association.



Carver students loving new technology
Education and training classes using iPads

Carver High School students are taking full advantage of new technology at the school.

Carver teacher Menyorn Beachem uses iPads in her class.


Menyorn Beachem's education and training classes are using iPads in class and loving it.


"My current students are a part of the "net" generation because of their early introductions to computers and technology. Research suggests that the way they receive and process information is vastly different from the generations before them," Beachem said. "I believe incorporating iPads as an instructional tool further validates their interest in teaching as they can experience first-hand how technology is an integral part of the teaching process."


Arrington holds mock election
Students vote for Obama hands down

While adults were voting on Election Day, students at Arrington Middle School were participating in a mock election sponsored by the school's social studies department.


The election process was designed to to teach the students about the process of electing a president. They learned how to fill out a voter registration application and how to sign in to vote. Students were required to have their valid student ID cards in order to vote, just as adults had to show identification at the polls.


There were 297 votes cast. Barack Obama received 292 votes, and Mitt Romney got five.


The students had to breakdown what states were won by each candidate. The students had followed the candidates from their party conventions throughout their debate process and concluded with summarizing and evaluating each candidate's positions on issues.


Police officers teach economics and finance lesson 
Junior Achievement program featured at Bush

More than 150 students at Bush Middle School had some unusual teachers Nov. 5. Seventeen officers from the Birmingham Police Department were in classrooms to teach about personal finance and the economic benefits of staying in school in a program called JA Economics for Success.


A police officer teaches a lesson at Bush Middle.

 Economics for Success is one of four Junior Achievement programs targeted to middle school students. It provides practical information about personal finance and the importance of identifying education and career goals based on a student's skills, interests, and values.


"Birmingham police officers have partnered with Junior Achievement to inspire children to be forward thinkers and goal oriented," said Officer La'Quaylin Parhm, community project coordinator with the Birmingham Police Department. "This is an opportunity for us to provide knowledge and teach life skills that may be absent in their homes, or at a minimum, a chance for us to reiterate the knowledge and skills."


Parker alumni needed to speak
Alumni Breakfast Club started in October
Yancy Williams Sr., assistant principal at Parker High School, is looking for Parker High School alumni who would like to speak to the school's new Alumni Breakfast Club . The club began Oct. 31 and will meet two Wednesdays a month.


Interested alumni may call Williams at (205) 222-4854 or email him at ywilliams@bhm.k12.al.us.


Coming events 
Schools and offices will be closed Monday, Nov. 12, for Veterans Day.

The Birmingham Board of Education will have a regularly scheduled meeting at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13, in the auditorium of the Administration Building, 2015 Park Place.
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