Thursday, October 20, 2016

Parent Resources for Red Ribbon Week


Red Ribbon Week is October 24th-October 28th!  Our theme this year is "Happy to be Drug Free!" We have several activities planned next week.

Monday, October 24th: Introduction to Red Ribbon Week by SMS Shipmates
Tuesday, October 25th: Red Ribbon Week Activity led by SMS Shipmates
Wednesday, October 26th: Hoover High School Peer Helpers in PE Classes
Thursday, October 27th: Wear Red!
Friday, October 28th: 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.  Please click below for parent resources provided by the Alabama State Department of Education.

How to Talk to Your Kids about Drugs

For additional resources, click here and select the "Resources" tab.

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Community Service Program 2016-2017

Students who earn at least 60 hours of verified community service this year will earn a Community Service Plaque at the end of the year.  Hours should be documented on the SMS orange community service program card.  For more information and to pick up a community service card, please see your grade level counselor.  Community service cards should be turned in to your grade level counselor upon completion of hours.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

TOPSoccer of Central Alabama: Participation and Community Service Opportunity!

For more information or if you are interested in playing or becoming a volunteer (sidekick), please complete the online registration at  Volunteers must be 12 years of age or older.

Prudential Spirit of Community Award: Open to All Middle School Students

For more information and to apply, go to or to access the online application.  Deadline to complete the application and the student/parent agreement is November 8, 2016.

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Peer Helper Applications Now Available!

Are you interested in applying for Shipmates and/or S.A.I.L. Club for the 2016-2017 school year? 

SHIPMATES…these students will welcome and orient new enrollees to SMS throughout the year, facilitate Red Ribbon Week activities , and assist with Character Ed materials and lessons.

S.A.I.L. Club (Students Assisting In Learning)…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

Application are due Friday, September 16th, no exceptions!  Please see your school counselor if you have any questions! 

Friday, August 26, 2016

2016-2017 School Year and Needs Survey

(L-R) Ms. Ashlee Webster, 6th Grade Counselor
Mrs. Winnie Davis, 7th Grade Counselor
Mrs. Erika Berryhill, 8th Grade Counselor

Here's to a Wonderful 2016-2017 School Year!

Our counseling team will use this Blog to post announcements, articles, and resources for students and parents. Please check this Blog regularly so you will not miss out on important opportunities! 

Parents, please take our 2016-2017 Parents Needs Survey to assist us in better supporting your students!

6th- 6th Grade Parent Needs Survey
7th- 7th Grade Parent Needs Survey
8th- 8th Grade Parent Needs Survey

Students, please take our 2016-2017 Students Needs Survey to assist us in planning classroom guidance topics this year!

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

Monday, August 1, 2016

Access from AT&T

Access from AT&T
 is designed to help bridge the homework gap for students and families by bringing low-cost home Internet service to qualifying households. 
The program offers discounted wireline home Internet service to qualifying households with at least one resident who participates in the U.S.D.A. Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP). 

There is NO term commitment, NO deposit, and NO installation fee. 

Other eligibility requirements apply.
Visit for complete information and to apply.
Or call 1-855-220-5211.

Friday, May 13, 2016

2016-2017 Math Camp Opportunity

Click here to sign up for Math Camp!  Please contact Brennan Hall at for more information. 

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

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)

·        Shipmates

·        SAIL Club

·        Sunshine Helpers

·        Community Service participants (Remember forms are due no later than Friday, May 13th)

Below you will find the schedule of our Awards Days:

Thursday, May 19th                 Friday, May 20th

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

1:00-8th grade

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

SMS Counselors

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Mad Scientist Day Jr. is a free event that will take place on May 7th, 2016. The event will be held in the UAB Chemistry Building from 9:00 am to 3:30 pm. Elementary and middle school age children accompanied by an adult will be able to do up to 30 hands on experiments that explain science concepts in simple ways. Snacks will also be provided at the event.

 All participants must register on the Mad Scientist Day Jr. website at the link provided below. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

  For event registration, general event information, and to see some of the exciting things that can be seen at the event please visit our website at the link below.

If there are any questions, we can be contacted at

We hope to see you at the event!


Monday, April 18, 2016

Community Service Hours

Community Service Hours with signature verifications are due to your grade level counselor by Friday, May 13th.

Tuesday, March 8, 2016


We are partnering with Hoover Helps, Homewood Church of Christ, and Prince of Peace to offer a supply of nutritious, nonperishable meals and snacks for children to have at home over the weekend. The bags will be given out Friday of each week, free of charge starting this Friday, March 11. If your family could benefit from this program, please call your grade level counselor.

6th- Erika Berryhill 205-439-2122
7th- Winnie Davis 205-439-2124
8th- Madeline Thomas 205-439-2123

Once your child is signed up, they will receive a bag of food each Friday through May. We'll fill them on a first come, first serve basis. Please call your counselor by this Thursday, the 10th at 11:00 

Los padres,
Nos hemos asociado con Hoover Help, Hoover Church of Christ, y Prince of Peace para ofrecer un suministro de comidas, no perecederos nutritivas para los niños para tener en casa el fin de semana. 

Las bolsas serán entregados viernes de cada semana, de forma gratuita a partir de este viernes 11 de marzo Si su familia podría beneficiarse de este programa , por favor llame a su consejero de nivel de grado .

6to Erika Berryhill 205-439-2122
De 7to Winnie Davis 205-439-2124
8º Madeline Thomas 205-439-2123

Una vez que su hijo se ha registrado, recibirán una bolsa de comida cada viernes a mayo. Vamos a llenarlos en un primer llegado, primer servido base. Por favor llame a su consejero de este jueves , el día 10 a las 11:00.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Attention 8th Graders:

If students are interested in joining the HHS EDUCATION ACADEMY in 9th Grade please have them sign up for education academy 1 on their course selection sheet AND fill out the on-line application: Here is the link for your reference.
Please let me know if you have any additional questions

Jennifer A. Paradise M.Ed.The HHS Education Academy DirectorFuture Teachers Club AdviserFTA & FCCLARoom A206

Monday, February 8, 2016

Thank You for Your Support of National School Counseling Week!

A big thank you to Simmons' wonderful students, teachers, faculty/staff, administrators, families, and community for making us feel so appreciated this past week.  We could not do our jobs without your support!  It is a PRIVILEGE to be your school counselor!

-Mrs. Berryhill, Mrs. Winnie, and Mrs. Thomas Boles
That's Better :)

Monday, February 1, 2016

Parent University: March 22, 2016 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM at Berry Middle School

Hoover Middle/Intermediate Schools Partner to Host "Parent University"

Raising adolescents in our current world can be a very challenging - and oftentimes - confusing journey.  On March 22 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Berry Middle School will partner with Simmons Middle School, R.F. Bumpus Middle School and Brock's Gap Intermediate School to host a middle school-specific "Parent University."

"Parent University" will: 
  • provide important, relevant information to Hoover parents regarding a range of timely topics
  • engage Hoover parents in valuable and respectful dialogue
  • provide a forum in which Hoover parents can ask questions and receive answers relating to parenting adolescents
  • allow Hoover parents with opportunities to seek support and resources for current struggles related to adolescents
Based on feedback from our community surveying, specific topics and session titles will include:
Parenting in the Age of Social Media
Adolescent Stress and Anxiety Management
Apps to NEVER Allow My Child to Use
Teaching Study Skills to Adolescents
Creating Appropriate Parenting Boundaries for Adolescents at Home
Dealing with Bullying and Adolescent Peer Aggression
Navigating the Transition to High School
Current Drug Trends in Adolescents - What to Look For

Additionally, there will be a special presentation for all parents from the Addiction Prevention Coalition, which will present on adolescent-specific drug prevention.  Our schools look forward to providing this very worthwhile and rewarding event!

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Information for Students and Parents of Rising 9th Graders

February 9- 8th graders go to HHS for a tour and an introduction to the academies. (11:30-2:05)
-      Students will learn about the IB Program, Broadcasting, Law Academy, Engineering Academy, Education Academy, Health Sciences Academy, Finance Academy, I. T. Academy, Fine Arts, and Family and Consumer Sciences. 

February 12- HHS Counselors come to Simmons
-      HHS Counselors will go over the 9th grade course selection sheets and the four year plans 
-      Students will turn in their course selection sheets to their teachers for recommendations. After the teacher completes the recommendations, the sheet will be returned to the student to take home to discuss with parents. 
-      If a Parent has a question about a recommendation, they should contact that particular teacher. 

February 18- HHS Curriculum Night
-      Please make plans to attend these informational sessions in order to help guide your student to make the appropriate course selections for their individual interests and abilities. Hoover High School offers a diverse curriculum, and we want students and parents to be fully aware of the academic opportunities available. Detailed session information will be sent home by mail soon.

March 1- Course Selection Sheets and Four Year Plans due to their team's Math teacher.

Mid April (date TBD)- Home Base teachers will send home course verification sheets for students and parents to review.
-      Requested changes should be emailed to Patty Phillips,

April 29- Last day to make a course change free of charge.

May 2-27- Changes may be made for a charge of $20. No changes will be made after May 27th.

Please contact Mrs. Thomas if you have any questions about the transition. Please contact Mrs. Phillips with specific questions about HHS. 

Friday, January 15, 2016

Attention all students who earned all “A’s” on their 2nd 9 Weeks report card:
Students who would like to attend the all “A” Honor Roll Field Trip to the Galleria should pick up a field trip permission form from their grade level school counselor. The 8th Grade will go on Wednesday, January 20th and the 6th & 7th grades will go on Friday, January 22nd.  There is no cost for the student to attend the trip. However, the parent is responsible for providing the student the amount of money required to cover the cost of lunch. This amount will depend on what the student decides to purchase in the Galleria food court. Students will be responsible for keeping up with their own lunch money. A big congratulations to all of our students who earned all “A’s” for the 2nd 9 weeks!

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

2016 Engineering Event for 7th and 8th Grade Girls

 This is a great opportunity for 7th and 8th grade girls to learn more about the field of engineering. Register by going to