Congratulations to Pizitz Middle School for earning The Bob Barthel All Sports Trophy for the Metro South Conference for 2016-17. The award is given to the middle school or junior high school that has earned the highest number of points based on their teams’ placements in athletic events throughout the year. This is the second time in Pizitz history that the Pirates have won the All Sports Trophy (2007-08). In addition, three Pizitz coaches received Metro South Coach of the Year honors: Bill Mann was named Coach of the Year for softball, Jason Williams was named Coach of the Year for Track, and David McKenzie was named Coach of the Year for 7th grade girls’ basketball.
Congratulations to Vestavia Hills High School senior Riley Holmes, winner of the Fall InvestWrite essay contest with the Alabama Council on Economic Education. The InvestWrite essay contest challenges students to address real-world financial issues and situations by answering a question about long-term saving and investing. Students in grades 4-12 are asked to analyze an investment scenario and recommend portfolio allocations that target short and long term financial goals. The competition is a culminating activity for the 600,000 students who compete nationwide in the Stock Market Game program each year.
The Vestavia Hills High School We the People team once again had an outstanding year that included a top 10 national finish. This year's team was the smallest ever with only 15 students. This meant that three of our students had to "double-up" and compete with 2 units instead of just one. The team finished in first place at their district and state competitions. At national competition in April, the team competed against 56 other teams from across the country. After two strong competition rounds on day one and day two, they made it into the top ten and thus got to compete on day three. The third day of competition took place in a congressional hearing room in the Cannon building. When final scores were tallied, the team finished in 8th place nationally.
Vestavia Hills High School awarded the Seal of Biliteracy to 42 students during the 2016-2017 academic year. Congratulations to these students who have successfully shown proficiency in English and at least one other language. The Seal of Biliteracy was awarded in the four languages taught at VHHS French. German, Latin and Spanish in addition to Chinese. The award is not only given in languages taught at VHHS but also to native and heritage speakers of languages other than English. Students may earn this Seal by showing proficiency in reading, writing and speaking in at least one other language in addition to English. Two students, Wenyun Jiang and Edward Huang earned the Seal in English, Spanish and Chinese.
To celebrate Mother’s Day, the Vestavia Voice reached out to Vestavia Hills elementary schools to find out what students love about their mothers. Students from Vestavia Hills Elementary Cahaba Heights and Vestavia Hills Elementary Liberty Park submitted their artwork and the thing they love most about their mom.
May 10 is National School Nurse Day. In Vestavia Hills City Schools, nurses promote and protect the overall health status of children, provide chronic disease management, and educate students about healthy habits. The ultimate goal is to keep Vestavia Hills students healthy, which directly affects attendance, academic achievement and success. The school nurse is an integral part of the community, working collaboratively for the overall wellbeing of students. Thank you, VHCS nurses, for all you do for our students!
Kimberly Kimbrough - Vestavia Hills High School
Carol Harrelson - Liberty Park Middle School
Sotonia Williams - Louis Pizitz Middle School
Monica Graham - Vestavia Hills Elementary East
Latonya Wilkerson- Vestavia Hills Elementary Central
Julie Corley - Vestavia Hills Elementary Cahaba Heights
Brenda Seale - Vestavia Hills Elementary Liberty Park
Susan Gaydosh - Vestavia Hills Elementary West
Three VHEC students were winners in the Dream Architecture Contest for 2017, sponsored by the American Institute of Architects. Jill Gaylard was first place winner, Chloe McCormick received third place and Zhu Zhu Wang got an Honorable Mention Award, all for Fourth grade. This is the 20th year that art teacher, Susie Caffey, has had students participate in this project. The students and their families were honored at a ceremony at SawWorks Studio at ArchitectureWorks on May 4th.