Friday, August 10, 2018

Thursday, July 26, 2018

Community Service Opportunity: Bundles of Hope Diaper Bank

Bundles of Hope Diaper Bank will be hosting our 4th Annual Stuff the Bus Diaper Drive September 21st through September 30th. The drive will be held on the gravel easement below Target on Highway 280, and we would love your participation with either or both of the following needs:

We will have designated 4-hour shifts each day of the drive and will need both groups and individuals during each of those shifts. This is a great community service and outreach opportunity for businesses, churches, and school groups/clubs! The sign up for volunteers can be found at Volunteer Spot ( 

Your support will help us to distribute our One Millionth diaper to those in need in our local community! 

Thank you!

Heather E. Parrish 
Bundles of Hope Diaper Bank
Volunteer Coordinator

Physical Address:
Christian Service Mission c/o Bundles of Hope
3600 3rd Avenue South
Birmingham, Alabama 35222

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Alabama Summer Learning Challenge from the State of Alabama Department of Education

State of Alabama
Department of EducationEd Richardson
Interim State Superintendent
of Education

State Board
of Education

Kay Ivey

Jackie Zeigler
District I

Betty Peters
District II

Stephanie Bell
District III
Vice President

Yvette M. Richardson, Ed.D.
District IV

Ella B. Bell
District V

Cynthia McCarty, Ph.D.
District VI
President Pro Tem

Jeff Newman
District VII

Mary Scott Hunter, J.D.
District VIII

Ed Richardson
Secretary and
Executive Officer

News Release:
Contact: Communication
Alabama State Department of Education Kicks Off Sixth Year of Free Resources
Montgomery, Ala - For Alabama’s students, the months away from school can result in a large loss of knowledge in reading, math, science, and other core subject matter. “For the sixth year, The Alabama State Department of Education is committed to minimizing the summer slide by providing resources that encourage continuous learning opportunities,” says Dr. Barbara Cooper, Deputy Superintendent.

The Alabama Summer Learning Challenge offered by the Alabama State Department of Education (ALSDE), Lexile, and LTS Education Systems, raises awareness of the summer loss epidemic, shares research on the importance of personalized activities, and provides access to a variety of free resources to target summer learning.

The Lexile-based “Find a Book, Alabama” tool offers students over 260,000 books from which to choose. This book-search tool enables individuals to build custom reading lists based on their Lexile range and/or personal interests and checks the availability of books at the local library. The search tool includes a growing collection of English literary and informational books

Children, parents, and educators can also pledge to read using the “Find a Book, Alabama” tool starting May 1. We encourage all students to pledge to read.

The Alabama Summer Learning Challenge also includes a FREE email-based math skills program for children who have completed 1st through 8th grades.

Parents and other summer care-givers can begin registering for the program today. Starting Monday, June 18, parents will begin receiving daily emails with fun activities and resources to help their children retain math skills acquired during the previous school year. After the program ends on Friday, July 27, parents can print an award certificate to celebrate their child's summer accomplishment!

This summer, Stride by LTS Education Systems   is FREE to all students in the state from May 1 to July 30. Prevent “Summer Slide” with a cool blend of online math, reading, language arts, and science skills practice, spectacular video games for every student interest, and peer competitions to pass the lazy summer days. Students may access the Stride learning platform online anytime on tablets, PCs, or Macs.
Register and login at

LTS will provide a dedicated Parent Support Line for the Summer Learning Challenge. Parents can call in to 1-844-274-7474 for help with Stride (

ALSDE encourages students to take advantage of reading opportunities and technology at Alabama’s public libraries. Locations and information can be found at

See the other Available Resources for Alabama Summer Learning Challenge 2018 here:

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Below you will find the schedule of our Awards Days:

Thursday, May 17th                 

8:30 - 6th Grade                     

1:00 - 8th Grade

Friday, May 18th   

8:30 - 7th Grade  

During our Awards Day programs, the following groups will be recognized or presented an award by the counselors:

  • Finley Award winners
  • Duke TiP participants (7th grade only)
  • Hoover Service Club winners  (8th grade only)
  • Shipmates
  • SAIL Club
  • Sunshine Helpers
  • Community Service participants (Remember forms are due no later than Wednesday, May 9th)
  • A & A/B Honor Roll (Students who made all A's or all A's/B's 1st, 2nd, and 3rd 9 weeks)
  • Perfect Attendance 

We would love to have you join us if you can. 


SMS Counselors

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Community Service Hours

The deadline to turn in your community service card (60 hours of community service) is Wednesday, May 9th!  Please see your school counselor if you have any questions!

Friday, February 16, 2018

Camp Kesem

   Have cancer? Have kids?
Or know someone that does?
Camp Kesem is here for you!
(Oh, and it’s FREE, too.)
Who are we?
We are the University of South Alabama chapter of a national nonprofit organization that recognizes and embraces the often-overlooked population of children affected by a parent’s cancer by providing a FREE weeklong, overnight camp every summer.
Why do we do it?
There are over 5 million children affected by a parent’s cancer in the USA. Because they don’t appear sick, their needs are often not addressed—they suffer quietly, which can have long-lasting negative effects. Camp Kesem is the only national nonprofit that supports their unique needs. We create a peer support network for these kids and give them the chance to just be kids again!
Who is eligible to attend camp?
Camp Kesem is for all children ages 6-16 with a parent of primary caregiver who has or has had cancer. Camp Kesem does not discriminate based on race, religion, or socioeconomic status.
What are the details?
Location: Camp Alamisco; 1771 Camp Alamisco rd, Dadeville, AL 36853
Dates: July 15-20, 2018
How can I send my child to camp?
Camper applications are open January 1, 2018 until camp, and campers are placed on a first come, first serve basis. Camp Kesem is 100% free of cost for eligible families. Please email with questions!

Our website: 

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Safe and Healthy Homewood Coalition Parent Program

The Safe and Healthy Homewood Coalition is hosting an educational program for parents on helping their tween/teens deal with stress and anxiety in a healthy manner. 

Friday, February 23, 2018
8;30-9:30 am 
Homewood Board of Education 
Click here for more information

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Engineering Design Night at Hoover High School

Engineering Design Night at Hoover High School: Design, Build, Test

Eat Pizza, See the Engineering Labs, Talk with EA Students, and Design Buildings to Survive Earthquakes

Girls' Night for 7th & 8th Grades
Monday, February 19th
6:30-8 pm @ HHS

Guys' Night for 8th grade
Tuesday, February 20th
6:30-8 pm @ HHS

Go to
Register for Engineering Design Night by February 16th.
8th graders, apply for the Engineering Academy by March 2nd.

Friday, February 2, 2018

3rd annual Power UP: It's a Mother-Daughter Thing! Deadline Extended!

3rd annual Power UP: It's a Mother-Daughter Thing! 

Use the link below to register online or download the Participant Application at the Power UP Loud website, deadline has been extended to February 15, 2018.

Who: 6th-12th Young Women and Their Mothers

What: Hands-on construction activities, dialogue with successful women in construction, and interaction with construction employers and training providers
WhenMarch 6, 2018 from 5:30-8:30pm
Where: Alabama Workforce Training Center (AWTC) located at 3500 Sixth Avenue South Birmingham, AL 35222
Why: Women can be the talent supply to fill the labor shortage in the construction industry

Monday, January 22, 2018

8th Grade Transition to HHS Important Dates

8th Grade Transition Dates

Tuesday, February 6th:  8th Graders Visit Hoover High School (8:30 am - 12:00 pm)
Students learn about various high school programs including academies, advanced classes, fine arts, athletics, extracurricular activities and student life at HHS.  A tour of the high school will be included.  We will leave SMS promptly at 8:15 am. 

Friday, February 9th Hoover High School Counselors Come to SMS
HHS Counselors will provide an overview of 9th grade course selection and 4-year plans during math classes.

Wednesday, February 14th
9th grade course selection sheets/4-year plans (with teacher recommendations) go home with students to discuss with parents. For questions about a teacher recommendation, please contact that specific teacher.  

Thursday, February 15th: HHS Course Selection and Curriculum Information Night at Hoover High School

Hoover High School is proud to offer a diverse curriculum, and we want parents to be fully aware of the academic opportunities available. All parents of rising freshmen are encouraged to attend!

5:45 - 6:15: Families interested in HHS’s International Baccalaureate Program are invited to attend an informational session in the competition gym.

The following sessions will be available in the lunchroom:

6:30: Rising Freshman Information Session (rising 9th grade)

7:00: Academy Overview (rising 9th grade)

7:30: Earning  College Credit while in High School (open to all grades)

8:00: AFJROTC (open to all grades)

Wednesday, February February 21st: 
9th grade course selection sheets/4-year plans due to team's math teacher.

Please click here for a detailed timeline of important transition/course selection dates.  Please do not hesitate to contact Mrs. Berryhill, 8th Grade Counselor, at or 439-2122, if you have any questions.  

United Way: No Cost Tax Resources

RS-certified tax preparation service is offered at no cost at the United Way.  Please see below for more information.

Individuals can visit the United Way building or complete taxes online at If the individual does not live close to a tax site at the United Way offices, visit to find other free, IRS certified tax preparers near them.

Friday, January 12, 2018

Kindness Week/#PinkShirtDAY

Kindness Week/#PinkShirtDAY
February 26th - March 2nd

Simmons is turning PINK!

Beginning February 26, SMS kicks off Kindness Week in order to stand up against bullying. All Hoover City Schools and departments will have site-specific activities designed to cultivate a culture of caring and kindness.

On Wednesday, February 28, 2018 (National Pink Shirt Day) we would like EVERY STUDENT at SMS to wear a pink shirt or something pink to stand up against bullying.  SMS has designed a t-shirt that will be available to purchase on for $5.00 (please see below).  

We truly hope this will eventually become a community-led effort that will be in place for years to come.  For #PinkShirtDay to be a success and accomplish its goal of eradicating bullying - we need YOU! 

We look forward to using
PINK to stand up against bullying, so that everyone knows in Hoover City Schools, WE choose to #BeKind! 

Thank you,
Ms. Webster, Mrs. Winnie, and Mrs. Berryhill

SMS Counselors

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Dec/Jan Parent Bulletin Stress and Anxiety

Please click here for important parent information from our District Intervention Counselors regarding Stress & Anxiety. 

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

HHS Youth Drama Camp Opportunity

Hoover Theatre is hosting a Youth Drama Camp on January 27th for 1st thru 8th grades.  If you have a child or pre-teen that would like to participate, please read the attached info and register. Or, share with a parent who might be interested.  It's open to ALL kids, whether they are in the Hoover School System or not!

Registration deadline is January 24th.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Power UP: It’s a Mother Daughter Thing!

Power UP, Central Six AlabamaWorks!, Girls Inc. of Central Alabama, AIDT/AWTC, Wood Group PLC and the Academy of Craft Training present the 3rd annual “Power UP: It’s a Mother Daughter Thing!” The first two years have been tremendously successful with over 600 attendees, employer partners and training providers. Our third annual event promises to educate, engage and encourage more mothers and daughters to explore career opportunities in the construction industry. 
Who: 6th-12th young women and their mothers
What: Hands-on construction activities, dialogue with successful women in construction, and interaction with construction employers and training providers
WhenMarch 6, 2018 from 5:30-8:30pm
Where: Alabama Workforce Training Center (AWTC) located at 3500 Sixth Avenue South Birmingham, AL 35222
Why: Women can be the talent supply to fill the labor shortage in the construction industry

Please help us by encouraging the young women in your schools to register online or download the participant application at the Power UP Loud website,, or by using the link below. The deadline to apply is January 31, 2018:

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Parent Awareness Breakfast

The Hoover City Schools Foundation presents a Parent Awareness Breakfast at each Hoover middle school in November. Parenting is hard and you may have a lot of questions so we've assembled a team of experts to help prevent substance abuse and establish help for those already struggling. All Hoover parents are invited. See invitation here.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Red Ribbon Week 2017-2018!


Red Ribbon Week is October 23-27.  Our theme this year is Watch Out, Drugs Will Come Back to Haunt You!  We have several activities planned next week.

Monday, October 23rd: Introduction to Red Ribbon Week by SMS Shipmates

Tuesday, October 24th: Red Ribbon Week Activity led by SMS Shipmates

Wednesday, October 25th: Hoover High School Peer Helpers in PE Classes

Thursday, October 26th: Wear Red!

Friday, October 27th: Team Door Decoration Contest

Parents, please partner with us for Red Ribbon Week by encouraging your child to make safe, healthy, and drug-free choices.