Sunday, May 01, 2016



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Report: LAMP, BTW are best schools in state 

Montgomery Public Schools  has the two best high schools in Alabama and three of the top 15 in the state, according to the 2016 U.S. News Best High Schools rankings. Loveless Academic Magnet Program was once again named the best high school in Alabama, and Booker T. Washington Magnet High School is ranked second. Brewbaker Technology Magnet High School was ranked at 15 on the state list. LAMP and BTW were the state's only high schools to be recognized as national Gold Medal Schools. Brew Tech was one of 27 high schools in Alabama awarded Silver Medal status. 

LAMP has a national rank of 34, BTW is at 393 nationally, and Brew Tech has a rank of 1,530. The U.S. News rankings examined data from more 21,000 public high schools across the country. The schools were ranked by state assessments, graduation rates and preparation for college. 

You can find the U.S. News Best High Schools rankings for Alabama at The U.S. News website.

Kindergarten Exploration Week

Montgomery Public Schools will hold Kindergarten Exploration Week from April 18 to 22, 2016, for parents of students entering kindergarten in fall 2016 at all traditional elementary schools. The week will kick off with a districtwide Kindergarten Open House on April 18 from 6 to 7 p.m. Registration will take place in the schools through April 22. At the open house event, parents will have an opportunity to meet kindergarten teachers, tour classrooms, learn more about registration procedures, kindergarten curriculum and instructional practices.

Parents may register their child for kindergarten at their zoned school. To find out what school your child is zoned for, call the Transportation Office at (334) 284-2085 or MPS Operations at (334) 223-6750. For more information about Kindergarten Exploration Week, call the MPS Instructional Support Services Office at (334) 223-6830.

 

 

Board meeting schedule change

The Montgomery County Board of Education has changed its meeting schedule for April. Rather than two scheduled meetings, there will be one combined meeting at 5 p.m. April 19 in the Central Office Auditorium at 307 S. Decatur St.

MPS makes mark in state ACT score comparison

Montgomery Public Schools has three of the top 25 high schools in the state when it comes to composite ACT scores, including the state's No. 1 school.

Loveless Academic Magnet Program is best in the state with a composite score of 28, two points higher than the number two school. Meanwhile, Booker T. Washington Magnet and Brewbaker Technology Magnet are tied for 11th in the state with a composite score of 22. The Public Affairs Research Council of Alabama compiled the list from the 2015 ACT test, and the news website al.com published the results.

Project SEARCH

 

Project SEARCH Montgomery is accepting applications for the 2016-2017 school year. Students between 18 and 21 who receive special education education services are eligible for the school-to-work program. Find more information on the program HERE. 

 

School transfers

 

To request a transfer from a failing school as defined in the Alabama Accountability Act, fill out one of the following forms:

 

Elementary school transfer form HERE

Middle school transfer form HERE

High school transfer form HERE

 

2016-2017 Calendar

You can review the new 2016-2017 school calendar by clicking here.

Three BrewTech robotics teams going to world championship

Three robots designed and built by Brewbaker Technology Magnet High robotics students will be among the seven representing the state in the 2016 VEX Robotics World Championship. BrewTech teams won each of the three Tournament Champion awards at the state championship at Jacksonville State University. 

BrewTech students competing in the world championship: The team of William Sumlin, Will Percival, Trevor Taylor and Yomi Adagunodo; the team of Landon Thompson, Elijah Weston, Adam Luckie, Nick Lambert and Andrew Parker; and the team of Leo Hall and Dustin Smith.

Bear Exploration Center named National Blue Ribbon School

Bear Exploration Center is one of only 285 public schools in the nation to be named a 2015 Blue Ribbon School. Bear is one of five Alabama schools to receive the honor this year. It was designated an Exemplary High Performing School, which means it was one of the state’s highest performing schools based on state and national assessments. The U.S. Department of Education chooses the Blue Ribbon Schools each year based on overall academic excellence or progress in closing achievement gaps. 

 You can watch Superintendent Margaret Allen's welcome back message to teachers by clicking here.

  

       
   

MPS "Be There" Parental Involvement Campaign: There are lots of ways a parent can become more involved in their child's education. Click HERE for some suggestions.

       
       

 Montgomery Public Schools Backpack Food Partnership

MPS is inviting those interested in helping students who have been identified to be at risk for food insufficiency through its Backpack Food Partnership. We know that many families take advantage of MPS' no cost breakfast and lunch programs, but it is also very likely that some children go hungry over the weekend and during extended school breaks because there is little to eat at home. For more information about becoming a partner or to learn how you can help, click HERE.

 

  MPS Offers No Cost Breakfast and Lunch Meals for Students

Montgomery Public Schools' Child Nutrition Program is participating in the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act for the 2015-2016 school year, which means all MPS students can receive breakfast and lunch at no charge. One breakfast and one lunch meal will be served to all students at no charge regardless of the eligibility status. Additional student meals will be charged the normal price of $1.00 for student breakfast, $1.75 for elementary student lunch, and $2.00 for middle and high school student lunch. A la carte item prices will also remain the same. Faculty meals will remain $1.75 for breakfast and $2.75 for lunch. Adult visitor meals will remain $2.50 for breakfast and $3.75 for lunch.  

 

 Algebra Matters!

Algebra I is the first in a series of higher level mathematics courses. Studies have shown that students who take Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II and one additional high-level mathematics course, are much more likely to do well in college mathematics. However, Algebra I is not just for the college-bound student! Research has identified that mathematics skills required to work as an electrician, plumber, or upholsterer were comparable to those needed to succeed in college.

Algebra I is, in short, the gateway to success! As a result, Montgomery Public Schools would like to share with you resources that your child will find beneficial for preparing him/her to be successful in Algebra I during the 2015 - 2016 school year. The resources provided are engaging, interactive, student-centered and FREE!

Click Here for a quick pre-algebra refresher that will help you get ready for Algebra 1. You can even print the workbook or individual lessons.

Click here for more educational links including algebra.

MPS Awarded $78,000 Grant from DISCOVER Card/International Academy of Science to Assist Students with Disabilities

Discover Card and the International Academy of Science have awarded Montgomery Public Schools more than $78,000 to fund a program to help high school students with disabilities transition to independent living. The funds will be used to provide computer based training for disabled students to help them master personal financial skills.  Click HERE to learn more.

 

BTW Magnet High and Bear Exploration Center Schools Named Among Top Schools in the State By CLAS 

Booker T. Washington Magnet High School and Bear Exploration Center have been selected as 2014-2015 CLAS Banner Schools by the Council of Leaders of Alabama Schools.  The award recognizes schools or programs that serve as outstanding educational models for schools in Alabama. Of the 152 public schools that were nominated for this award, only 15 public schools received the distinction. Click HERE to find out more. 

 

Four MPS Schools Named Among America's Best!

US News and World Report annually ranks more than 19,000 high schools in the United States. FOUR Montgomery Public Schools were recognized as among the best of the best. Three were ranked in the top five high schools in the state of Alabama. Loveless Academic Magnet School was ranked as the best high school in Alabama, the 18th best high school in America overall and the seventh best magnet high school in the country. Booker T. Washington Magnet High School is ranked the third best in Alabama, 477th nationally and recognized as a Gold Medal High School. Brewbaker Technology Magnet High School is ranked as the fifth best in the state and was awarded Silver Medal Status nationally. And Carver Senior High School was awarded a Bronze Medal nationally. Over 31,000 high schools were analyzed for this report. Five hundred were awarded gold medals, 1,519 were given silver and 2,688 were awarded bronze. Schools ranked as bronze or above represent the top 15% of high schools. Medals were based on a school’s performance on state tests and how well they prepare students for college. For more information on the rankings, visit www.usnews.com.

Past school board meetings are now posted to our Youtube Channel. Click the Youtube icon on our homepage or subscribe to our channel at the link below.

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Help Our Schools!
Join with your friends, members of your civic group, or those you worship with to help our schools! There are dozen of projects at schools throughout the county that can use your help. It is a great way to help our schools and bond with your friends and family. Click here to see the projects and to find out how you can get involved.
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STI Home

The INow Parent Portal (STI HOME) is available to any parent. This tool allows parents to view information on their child's progress, grades, attendance, etc.

To ensure the security of the information, parents must obtain a password from their child's school in person. A state-issued photo ID will be necessary to receive a user name and password.

 ONCE YOU HAVE YOUR NEW USER NAME AND PASSWORD ACCESS IT THROUGH THE "FOR PARENTS" BUTTON ABOVE, CHOOSE "STI HOME", THEN THE WORDS "CLICK HERE".