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

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. 

Parenting Program: Today's Teen Drug Culture


Wednesday, September 27, 2017

GRANDparenting Information Session at Riverchase Elementary School

GRANDparenting Information Session:

All parents fostering, adopting or raising grandchildren, nieces, nephews, siblings or neighbors are invited to join us Thursday, September 28th 9-10 am at Riverchase Elementary Counseling Classroom (1950 Old Montgomery Highway, Hoover 35244) as we discuss "Helping Children Handle Disappointment" with Dr. Rod Marshall, Director of Pathways Counseling Center.

Email ptanner@hoover.k12.al.us for more information or to reserve a seat so we can prepare for your attendance.

Friday, September 22, 2017

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY

TOPSoccer is Fostering Personal Growth for Special Needs & Disabled Children


The TOPSoccer program  is designed to foster the physical, mental, and emotional growth of kids with special needs through soccer. The program is open to children in the  U4-U19 age group  with any  physical or mental disability.  

We are 15 sidekicks short for this upcoming session!  We need YOU!!!
  • Groups  will be formed based on  player needs  and not necessarily by age.
  • Each player  will be paired with a  Sidekick .
    • No fee for sidekicks!
    • Please help us recruit sidekicks!
  • Sidekicks  are needed for  TOPSoccer teams.  Sidekicks must be 12 years of age or older
  • Sidekicks must commit to being at all 4 sessions!   This is to help the player to be more comfortable with their sidekick.
  • TOPSoccer  will be hosted at the  Sicard Hollow Athletic Complex
TOPSoccer  is an excellent opportunity to give back to the community.  Help us help those in need and volunteer today to be a Sidekick or Coach!  Contact us today with any questions or inquiries at  topsoccer@vestaviasoccer.com
Click here for all information :  http://www.vestaviasoccer.com/programs/topsoccer/

Thank you for your support!  Let's do this!

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Peer Helper Applications Now Available!

Are you interested in applying for Shipmates and/or S.A.I.L. Club for the 2017-2018 school year? 




SHIPMATES…these students will welcome and help new to SMS students throughout the year and assist school counselors with classroom activities.




S.A.I.L. Club (Students Assisting ILearning)…these students will work with peers assisting with organization, homework, quiz/test preparation, and study strategies. These students agree to be present at morning sessions as scheduled by team teachers


Pick up an application from the following locations:

6th Grade: 6th Grade Office

7th Grade: 7th Grade Office
8th Grade: 8th Grade Office or The bin outside of Mrs. Berryhill's Office

Applications are due Friday, September 15th, no exceptions!  Please see your school counselor if you have any questions.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Community Service 2017-2018

Students who earn at least 60 community service hours this year will be recognized during our Grade Level Awards Days in May.  Hours are to be documented on an orange community service card which can be found in the Grade Level Offices.  Community Service Cards will be due May 11th in order to be recognized at Awards Day.  For more information or if you have any questions, please see your counselor.

Here are some community service ideas (some do have minimum age requirements)

Bundles of Hope

From the Bundles of Hope organization:
We will be hosting our 3rd Annual Stuff the Bus Diaper Drive September 8th through September 17th on the gravel easement below Target on Highway 280; we are in need of volunteers to help us reach our goal of 150,000 diapers.  The sign up for volunteers can be found at Volunteer Spot (http://signup.com/go/mXMbvoG). 

We are in need of on-site group and individual volunteers to help us at the drive ; we will have three 4-hour shifts each day of the drive and will need both groups and individuals during each of those shifts.  

During the year, we also “bundle” diapers every first Saturday (with a few exceptions) at Christian Service Mission; this is another excellent opportunity for this age group to become involved with. There is no age limit, but Christian Service Mission (address listed below) will have each volunteer complete a waiver online (or when they arrive).

For more information contact:
Heather E. Parrish 
Bundles of Hope Diaper Bank
Diaper Drive & Volunteer Coordinator
Website: www.bundlesdiaperbank.org 
Phone: 205.834.2316

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

Red Mountain Park

Hoover Public Library

Greater Birmingham Humane Society

Birmingham Botanical Gardens 

Aldridge Gardens

The Birmingham Zoo

Middle Schoolers Unite of Birmingham

More Ideas: 
Picking up trash, other church/community projects.
Keep the nursery at church.
Help an elderly neighbor with yard work or moving things.
Prepare a meal for someone who is sick and take it to their house.
Help raise money, food, or clothing for a community or church organization.
Read to children at the hospital or elderly at the nursing home.
Help a teacher before of after school.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Free Film Screening-"She Started It", the journey of 5 women who founded tech startups in Silicon Valley

You're invited to a free film screening of She Started It, a film that explores the journey of 5 women who founded tech startups in Silicon Valley.  The film is presented by GirlSpring and Girls Rock Birmingham, in conjunction with Birmingham Innovation Week.  Hosted by Velocity, Alabama's first technology startup accelerator.

Join GirlSpring on August 18th at Innovation Depot. Doors open at 6 pm, followed by Girls Rock Birmingham performance, film screening, and a panel with some of Birmingham's best women in tech! Click below for the full schedule and to save your spot!

This is a FREE event, but registration is required,
so make sure to save your spot, by following the link at the bottom of the page.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Free Summer Meals

For free summer meals for kids, text “food” to 877-877 (or “comida” for a reply in Spanish) to receive a message with the closest location(s) of free summer meals. 

No Kid Hungry organization developed this system with the USDA. 

Monday, May 22, 2017

Kids Summer Lunch Program: Free!

June 5th-July 28th: Greater Birmingham Ministries will be making lunches available this summer at two different locations:
· Monday, Wednesday and Fridays
Adelante Alabama Worker Center
2104 Chapel Hill Road
11am-12:30pm

·  Tuesdays and Thursdays
Gwin Elementary School
1580 Patton Chapel Road
11am-12:30pm

The Community Foodbank of Central Alabama will be offering boxes that will include a substantial amount of food to 100 families (includes fresh produce).  Volunteers will help place boxes into cars.
· June 8th and June 29th
Gwin Elementary School
1580 Patton Chapel Road
11am-12:30pm

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Awards Day 2017

Dear Parents/Guardians,
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 Friday, May 12th)

Below you will find the schedule of our Awards Days:

Thursday, May 18th                 Friday, May 19th

8:30-7th grade                          8:30-6th grade

1:00-8th grade

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

Sincerely,
SMS Counselors

Friday, April 28, 2017

HHS Course Verifications for Rising 9th Graders (Current 8th Graders)

2017-2018 Hoover High School course selections need to be verified by May 5th. Please log in to INow as a student or parent to verify requests. On the top right hand corner, pull down SCHOOL/ACADEMIC SESSION to Hoover High School 2017-18. Under STUDENT INFORMATION, click REQUESTS. Requested courses for the 2017-2018 school year will appear. If all courses are correct, no other action is necessary. If courses need to be changed, see instructions for making changes here. All changes requested after May 5th will require a $20 fee. No changes will be made after May 26, 2017. See 2017-2018 HHS Course fees here. Fees can be paid online in July or at summer registration.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Friday, April 21, 2017

Summer Camps: University of Montevallo

The University of Montevallo is offering several camps for middle and high school students over the summer.  Please click here for additional information and a list of opportunities. 

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Summer Opportunities & Community Service

The Over the Mountain Journal has a fantastic, comprehensive listing of summer camps that will be offered this summer throughout the Birmingham area. The camp listings are divided up by category and include grade levels each camp is geared towards. Please click here for the link to the summer camp issue.  The camp listings begin on page 23.

Also, summer is a great time to pick up Community Service hours!  Below are some ideas (some do have age requirements):

Red Mountain Park

Hoover Public Library

Greater Birmingham Humane Society

Birmingham Botanical Gardens 

Aldridge Gardens

The Birmingham Zoo

Middle Schoolers Unite of Birmingham
https://www.facebook.com/Middle-Schoolers-Unite-of-Birmingham-1636819523199660/

More Ideas: Picking up trash, other church/community projects
Keep the nursery at church (as long as not getting paid), 
Help an elderly neighbor with yard work or moving things.
Prepare a meal for someone who is sick and take it to their house.
Help raise money, food, or clothing for a community or church organization.
Read to children at the hospital or elderly at the nursing home.
Help a teacher before of after school.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Friday, February 24, 2017

Civic Air Patrol Open House Monday, February 27th @ 6:30 PM

For more information, contact Lt. Valerie Sawyer at (205) 259-6762 or go to the website listed on the flyer below. Please view the flyer for more details.