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Looking Forward 3/21/22

Congratulations

Congratulations to Alex Ivan for qualifying to compete in the National Brain Bee.

Congratulations to Ella Duus for winning the High School Division of the AIAA GHS Aerospace/Aviation Buzzword Challenge! This was an individual academic competition ahead of the academic team competition on Saturday. 

Congratulations Ella Duus, Donal Higgins, Shreyas Puducheri and Alex Ivan! Of the 612 papers submitted in this year’s MathWorks Math Modeling Challenge, their team paper was judged to be a finalist for a technical computing scholarship award. Their paper endured intense scrutiny by professional judges and they are guaranteed one of three technical computing scholarship awards if they fulfill the scholarship requirements. 

Congratulations to these students for placing in the HOSA State Competition in February:

  • Health Science – HOSA State Competition Award Winners 
    • Meredith Pommerenck, Medical Spelling Top 6, NCTS 
    • Shreyas Puducheri, Medical Math Top 6, NCTS 

Rock Your Socks

EVERYONE is encouraged to wear mismatched, fun, and colorful socks on Monday, March 21 in celebration of our peers with Down Syndrome.  Together we can create a single global voice advocating for the rights, inclusion, and well-being of people with Down syndrome in our community and around the world.  March 21 is symbolic because people with Down Syndrome have 3 copies of their 21st chromosome. Socks were chosen because the karyotype of Ds chromosomes truly looks like mismatched socks!

High Schools Adjusting Schedules on Tuesday, March 29

All 9th, 10th, and 12th graders will engage in e-learning on Tuesday, March 29, 2022. All 11th grade students (both traditional and HVA) will be taking the ACT Plus Writing at school campuses. This schedule adjustment will help accommodate all 11th graders who will be taking part in testing. All 9th, 10th, and 12th graders will not report to campuses and instruction will occur virtually. 

Order Your Yearbook

Only 45 copies of the 2021-2022 yearbook remain unpurchased. Pre-order now to reserve your copy by going to the Balfour website. In addition, if you have school-related photographs that you would like to submit for consideration by the yearbook staff, please upload them for review.

Desegregation Advisory Committee Meetings

The Desegregation Advisory Committee will meet with the Lee High School cluster on Tuesday, March 22nd at 6:00 pm in the Lee High School Theatre.  The purpose of this meeting is to keep the community informed about the committee and the implementation of the Consent Order.  The meeting also provides an open forum for community members to ask questions and provide feedback related to the Consent Order. 

A public meeting of the Desegregation Advisory Committee is also scheduled for April 11th at 6:00 pm at Lee High School. 

Come share your thoughts on implementation of the Consent Order!

Desegregation Advisory Committee Seeking Members for Next School Year

Huntsville City Schools and the United States Department of Justice are seeking applications from students and parents/guardians to serve on the 2022-23 Desegregation Advisory Committee (DAC). The DAC consists of 10 parents/guardians and 6 high school students, one from each high school. Students serve a one-year term.

The DAC serves an important role in the desegregation case and in the community. Huntsville City Schools is working with the United States Department of Justice to implement a Consent Order in its school desegregation case.  The Consent Order establishes a pathway for Huntsville City Schools to provide equitable educational opportunities to all of its students, regardless of race, and to eventually reach “Unitary Status.”  Implementation of this Consent Order touches on almost every aspect of Huntsville City Schools.  The DAC provides feedback to the Superintendent about Huntsville City Schools’ implementation of the Consent Order by collecting community comments and other information pertaining to Consent Order implementation.  The DAC also informs the Court of Huntsville City Schools’ progress by completing a report for the Court. In addition, the DAC annually presents its findings to the Huntsville City Schools Board of Education. Complete an application now.

For more information about the DAC, see the DAC webpage. 

Attendance Note

COVID absences do not count against a student’s attendance. If a student is unable to attend class due to COVID concerns (such as exhibiting COVID symptoms or being excluded), please email Ms. Lightfoot to let her know so attendance can be marked appropriately.  All classwork will be posted in Schoology so students can keep up with their schoolwork. Please send all notes for absences and check-outs to Mrs. Lightfoot.

ACT Tip

Reviewing mistakes is extremely important.  Find practice tests that explain in detail how to get the correct answer so that you can learn from your mistakes.  All the practice tests in the world will have limited benefit if you don’t take the time to learn from your mistakes.