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Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Auditions for the Missoula Children's Theater

Open auditions will be held on Monday, November 27 for the Missoula Children's Theater production of "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs." Auditions will be held at the Ritz beginning at 5:00 P.M. Any student in grades K-7 may audition.

Approximately 60 roles will be cast, all with local students. No advanced preparation is required. After a week of focused rehearsals, there will be two public performances of "Snow White" at the Ritz. These performances will be December 2 at 3:00 P.M. and 7:00 P.M.

The productions include professional lighting, sets, costumes, and music. Most importantly, it is a wonderful opportunity for local students to perform in a theater production and have a wonderful education experience.

Thanks to George Culver and the Historic Ritz Theater for providing our students with one more opportunity to excel!

Saturday, November 18, 2006

Just one more reason to have this blog

This past Wednesday presented a real challenge to our school system. Anytime we must close unexpectedly, communicating that message completed and accurately to all parents is tough. The radio and TV stations help by announcing our closing, but that means a parent must sit by the radio or TV waiting for that announcement. In addition, the message that needs to be announced (separate times for elementary, junior high, and high school) is more than we can really expect.

Within minutes of when the decision to dismiss early was made, that decision was posted on this blog. It is the announcement which appears just below this post.

In the months ahead, our school day may again be disrupted. Snow, heavy thunderstorms, or tornado warnings are all possible. Getting that word to you quickly, accurately, and completely is important to us. This blog provides that opportunity, and you can rest assured that if you come here, you will get the information you need.

There is another way in which you can help us. If you are reading this blog, please make it a point to tell about the resources here. Whether it's good news about something happening in your child's school or crucial information about an emergency, this blog is a place all who have a vested interest in our school system can come for accurate and timely news.

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Early Dismissal Due to Predicted Bad Weather

Talladega City School will dismiss early today due to predicted bad weather. Dismissal will be as follows:

Elementary Schools will dismiss at 11:30
Talladega High School will dismiss at 12:05
Ellis Jr. High will dismiss at 12:15

Monday, November 13, 2006

Hal Henderson participates in Talladega County Farm-City Poster Contest by Alfa

The theme for this year's contest was "Farm-City: Partners in Progress." Fourth grade students in Ms. Williams' and Mr. Smith's classes presented some very creative art work. The winners are from left to right:

Bottom row: Monquise Lawson-First Place; Ashley Cameron-2nd Place; Ward Perry-not shown-3rd Place; Back row: Theo Miller-Honorable Mention; and Kendalin Brown-Honorable Mention.

Congratulations to our winners and to all of the participants.

American Education Week and "The Blueberry Story"

Jamie Vollmer used to be one of public education's biggest critics. Propelled to fame when People magazine proclaimed his blueberry ice cream to be "the best in America," Vollmer was fond of telling everyone that "schools should be run like a business." The Blueberry Story is all about the day one of public education's biggest critics became one of its biggest supporters. I invite you to read that story by clicking here.

Vollmer's message today is that of the incredible responsibility placed upon our schools, and that educators cannot do it alone. During American Education Week, there is perhaps no more appropriate message than this need for each of us doing what we can to help American public education.

"There is a place in America to take a stand: it is public education. It is the underpinning of our cultural and political system. It is the great common ground. Public education after all is the engine that moves us as a society toward a common destiny... It is in public education that the American dream begins to take shape."
—Tom Brokaw

Friday, November 03, 2006

A2Z Colleges.com

A2Z Colleges.com is an outstanding website for students as they begin planning for college. Information about admission requirements, which colleges offer a specific major, and financial information are a few examples of what can be found at this website