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  • BRESCO Donates to Central Life Skills Class

    Posted by Marian Humphries on 12/15/2017

    BRESCO (Birmingham Restaurant Supply Company) recently made a very generous donation of kitchen supplies to the Life Skills Class at Central Elementary. This gift included several small appliances, cookware, and cooking utensils. All materials will be used to enhance cooking skills and provide numerous opportunities for our students that will broaden their math, science, and reading knowledge.  Thank you, BRESCO, for giving our students this unique opportunity for real-world application!

    Life Skills students

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  • VHHS Basketball Team Talks Academics with Central 4th Graders

    Posted by Kristen Leonard on 12/4/2017

    Tuesday, October 31st was a very special morning for the 4th graders at Vestavia Hills Elementary Central. The students were surprised by a visit from the Vestavia Hills High School Basketball Head Coach, Patrick Davis, and four of his student athletes: Scott Morrison, Colin Scollard, Cameron Cacace and Rian Shields. As Coach Davis and the student athletes entered the building and the classrooms, the children felt as if they were meeting local celebrities and instantly were enamored by their presence.

    What the students didn’t know, was that the primary purpose of the visit was to talk about the importance of reading and academics. Coach Davis and each student athlete read a book to all of the 4th grade classes and spoke to them about the importance of putting school first. They each explained the reason the word “student” comes before the word “athlete.” Coach Davis and I see this as the beginning of a wonderful relationship between Central and the High School. We look forward to the basketball team coming back at least once a month to read to all of our students.

    The entire Vestavia Hills High School Basketball team was also in our carpool line on the morning of November 8th to encourage students to attend their first game of the season. Go Rebels!

    Coach Davis with students at Central VHHS Basketball with students at Central

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  • VHECH Students Donate Socks to Jimmie Hale Mission

    Posted by Katie Grace on 11/27/2017

    VHECH Sock Drive

    Students at VHECH recently participated in the Kid President challenge.  He asked people everywhere to collect new socks for individuals who are homeless in our area.  VHECH set a goal of collecting 500 pairs of socks that would be donated to the Jimmie Hale Mission in downtown Birmingham. 

    Students at Cahaba Heights blew that goal out of the water by collecting and donating 648 pairs of new socks.  Heights Helpers counted the socks daily and graphed their progress which was shared with the entire school on the morning broadcast.  The Service Action Team initiated this project to help students live out the VHECH promise in their daily lives.  “Our students promise daily to Offer Compassion to those around them.  This activity helped students see how something as small as warm socks, could help someone who does not have any so greatly,” said team chairman Erika Ponder.

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  • Coach Anderson Visits Central Character Club

    Posted by Kellie Knight on 11/22/2017

    Coach Anderson at Central Vestavia Hills Elementary Central was honored to have a very special man of Character and Leadership as their guest speaker for Character Club on Friday, November 3.

    Coach Buddy Anderson is the most winning high school coach in Alabama, with a record of 325-140. He began his 40th season as head coach at Vestavia Hills High School in September 2017.  Coach Anderson spoke to 4th and 5th grade students about the importance of showing Gratitude.

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  • "West's County Fair" Draws Crowds, Donations to VHEW

    Posted by Alice Elmore on 11/20/2017

    West County Fair

    Crowds of kids and parents rounded up their friends for “West’s County Fair” as Vestavia Hills
    Elementary West held its fall carnival on Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017. The weather was great for the school
    fundraiser where everyone played games, won prizes, and enjoyed great food.
    In the parking lot, visitors were greeted by the popular mechanical bull ride, the carnival bake sale, and
    cotton candy being made on the spot. Inside, they could go through the haunted house or visit the
    patios for Italian ice, soft drink floats, and more games. Balloon animals were in high demand, and the
    classic carnival games filled the classrooms.
    The money raised for the school will be used for technology, instructional materials, and equipment.

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  • VHHS Scholars Bowl Team Wins at Univ. of Alabama Tournament

    Posted by Michael Sinnott on 11/13/2017
    Congratulations to the VHHS scholars bowl team for their victory at the William Rufus King Quiz Bowl Tournament hosted at the University of Alabama this weekend. 
     
    The team went 10-0 and qualified for the National Academic Quiz Tournament this May in Atlanta. Walter Zhang was also award top player and scorer at the tournament. The VHHS team bested teams from across Alabama and Mississippi.
     
    Players:
    Elena Chesnokova, Cole McPheeters, Walter Zhang, and Richard Fu
     
    VHHS Scholars Bowl Team
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  • VHHS Mock Trial Team Excels in State Competition

    Posted by Whit McGhee on 11/8/2017

    This weekend at YMCA Youth Judicial, the largest Mock Trial competition in the state, VHHS Mock Trial did extremely well.

    All five teams placed in some fashion.

    Defense Team 351, made up of seniors, placed first team Defense in the state, earned a spot in the final trial, and qualified for the National Judicial Conference this summer in Chicago.

    Two varsity, or “major league teams,” placed in the top ten in prosecution.

    The other major league team finished top 15 in defense.

    Our freshman team, in the junior varsity “premier league,” finished as the second place premier defense team in the state.

    Senior Joey Compton was also awarded Most Outstanding Defense Attorney for the conference.

    VHHS Mock Trial Team VHHS Mock Trial Team

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  • VHEC Library League

    Posted by Elizabeth Hester on 11/7/2017

    With a school of over 800 students, there are bound to be a lot of leaders, and that’s one of the reasons VHEC implemented the Library League. These library helpers, with two students from each class, are able to do anything from checking out books to making signage to helping decorate and re-stock book fairs in addition to other library events.

    So many parents have told us stories about how their child is loving working in the library, says Elizabeth Hester, Librarian, and Brooke Carruthers, Library Assistant. “A lot of positivism has resulted because of students being able to take on leadership roles which we didn’t even realize was missing”, says Hester. One parent said, “My son did not feel that motivated about school and now he talks about his involvement in the library. I’ve been told he’s very efficient.”

    Another parent said, “I had no idea how much my daughter would love working in the library. She loves helping people and being in charge of checking books in and out as well as feeling needed.”

    “We have a lot of talented children that are good at everything from technology to assisting others and those that love to lead. I am excited to give them opportunities to do this, but it wasn’t even my idea. I have to give that credit to my principal, Marian Humphries, who presented it to me,” says Hester.  She has done professional development on the changing landscape of libraries. Libraries should not only be seen as the center of learning that they are, but they need to provide idea-making areas like Makerspaces. Our library includes a 3-D printer where students use Tinkercad, an engineering program, and put together Littlebits that magnetize together to make various fun contraptions. But we also focus on reading and writing. That’s one more place where students can lead and show us what they want to use as well as show other students how to use various equipment.

    Library League at Central

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  • VHECH Students Plant Tulips for Red Ribbon Week

    Posted by Katie Grace on 11/1/2017

    VHECH celebrated Red Ribbon Week with the theme "Plant the Promise." Fourth and fifth grade students were able to plant tulips as a symbol of hope and the promise they have made to make safe and healthy choices. As these tulips bloom in the Springtime, our goal is for students to remember the VHECH Promise they recite each day to "make wise choices" and to strive for success in each facet of their lives.

    Red Ribbon Week at VHECH Red Ribbon Week at VHECH

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  • Serving Without Limits: "Be The Drop That Fills a Bucket" Water Project Update

    Posted by Diane McAliley on 10/26/2017

    The Pizitz eighth grade girls volleyball metro champions challenged the faculty in a volleyball game to raise $1,000 for our well-drilling project in Uganda. Those girls really now how to “serve”! (8th grade girls volleyball pictured below.Coach Beth Ullmann)

    Water Project at Pizitz

    Seventh grade Team 2 have raised $615 and counting in there “Change War for Water” competition.

    Pizitz Water Project

    The Pizitz Concert Band hosted a Water Well Benefit Concert to raise money for the well-digging effort. The band performed water-related songs like "Somewhere Over the Rainbow", "Deep River", "The Water is Wide", “Shenandoah" and the ever-popular "Smoke on the Water.” (Concert Band pictured below under the direction of Leah Seng and Kim Bain)

    Pizitz Water Project

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