Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Supportive Parent Education Group

Parent And Guardian Educational Support (PAGES) Group at Children’s of Alabama

Presented by Behavioral Health Ireland Center

Do you need more support as a parent of a child with difficult behavior?
You are not alone!

Children’s Behavioral Health – Ireland Center is presenting a free 10 session supportive parent education group for parents of children with difficult behavior issues (including ADHD symptoms and oppositional behavior) for ages 2 to 16 years. The group provides an opportunity for parents or guardians to learn to manage difficult behaviors and support one another. Certificates are given at the end of each weekly session including a graduation certificate for completing all sessions.

Groups held weekly on Saturdays at Children’s of Alabama, 1600 7thAve South, Birmingham AL (Park in the 7th Ave parking deck. Walk across the street to the entrance on the far right with green tiles not the main entrance. You will be escorted to the classroom). Please arrive at 9:45 am to begin promptly at 10:00 am. If you arrive after group start time, please call 638-6405 to gain entrance. No admittance after 10:15 am.

Dates: January 26, 2019 – March 23, 2018 (Saturdays weekly)
Time: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm (light refreshments included)

For more information and to confirm attendance, please contact parent education program coordinator, Waynette Smith at (205) 638-9193

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

End of the Semester Update from the School Counselors

It has been a great 2018-2019 school year so far, and we cannot believe the first semester is almost over!  Here are a few highlights from the past couple of months:

Mix it Up Day:
During lunch, students and teachers were randomly assigned based on lollipop flavor.  Students (and teachers!) had the opportunity to sit with others they typically do not sit with.  Students ate lunch together and played a fun game.  Mix it Up Day encourages new interactions, kindness and students to look for opportunities to be an encouragement to others.

Red Ribbon Week: October 22-26, 2018
Our theme was Life is a Journey...Travel Drug Free!"

MONDAY – Our Peer Helpers shared the Red Ribbon Week story about Enrique Camarena during homebase.

TUESDAY – All faculty, staff, and students were encouraged to wear RED!

WEDNESDAY – Peer helpers led a Jeapoardy! activity during homebase. All students received a Red Ribbon Week bracelet.

THURSDAY – During PE classes, Hoover High School TNT students led activities encouraging students to make healthy choices.

FRIDAY – Red Ribbon Week door decoration contest winners were announced! Here is a taste of just some of the wonderful door decorations!

Happy New Year from Ms. Webster, Mrs. Winnie, and Mrs. Berryhill!  Here's to a great second semester!

Friday, September 21, 2018

Hoover Police Explorers Open House - Open to 6th, 7th, and 8th Graders


Interested in a career in law enforcement?
Want to serve your community?
Want to learn great leadership skills and build lasting friendships?
September 25, 2018 
7:00pm Hoover Public Safety Center 
2020 Valleydale Road Hoover, AL 35244 

Police Explorers work closely with Hoover Police Officers to get realistic training in scenarios such as:
Arrest and Search
Crime Scene Investigations
Traffic Stops
And much more! 

We participate in competitions based on the training we have received as well as assist in community service events.
We meet Tuesdays at 6:00 p.m. at the Hoover Public Safety Center 6th, 7th, and 8th graders. We always welcome new people!  

For more information or questions, please contact:

Billy Curtis, Exploring Director
Greater Alabama Council, Boy Scouts of America
516 Liberty Parkway
Birmingham, AL 35242
O – (205) 969-4277

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Social Media Resources for Parents from

Scholastic and Instagram have joined forces to create the resource
“Know How to Talk With Your Teen About Instagram: A Parent's Guide.”
It provides discussion topics and tips about using the platform responsibly
and safely. Learn how to:
Manage usage  Set privacy controls  Prevent bullying
Parents Extended Guide for Instagram
Parents Quick Guide for Instagram

Monday, September 17, 2018

Community Service Opportunity

Community service hours? 

We have a game-day event on Saturday, October 6 from Noon to 6PM at the front lawn in Ross Bridge and we are seeking volunteers or even a student club/group/organization/athletic team that can volunteer in two shifts either Noon to 3PM or 3PM to 6PM as game coordinators for our kids. We could use 6 to 8 for each shift. If it's a booster club team we'd be happy to offer a donation.  We will provide vouchers for them to have lunch at one of the food trucks.

This is a fun task as they will be facilitating play for old-fashioned games like sack races, tug of war, hula hoop, corn hole and more. We just need teens that will help keep the games in line and interact with the kids to help them have the best experience.

If interested, please contact: 

Cecilia Pearson
205-440-2229 (BABY)

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Community Service Opportunity: Bluff Park Elementary School

Bluff Park is looking for some volunteers to help with our Fall Outdoor Cleanup on Saturday, September 8.  The event starts at 8 AM. We are looking for incredible middle school/ high school volunteers to do various things such as lead scavenger hunt clean-up groups for the younger kids, work check-in booths, to actually helping us beautify Bluff Park Elementary. We will have someone at the event able to sign-off for community service hours.

For more information and to sign up, please contact:

Katie Collins (

IMPACT Family Counseling Family Strengthening Program

Hoover City Schools will soon be partnering with IMPACT Family Counseling
to provide the Family Strengthening Program. This program will be offered for
free to families with middle or high school students. The program consists of one
session a week for six weeks total and will be offered multiple times throughout
the school year. If you are interested in participating or learning more about this
opportunity, please contact your child’s counselor.

Friday, August 31, 2018

Thursday, August 23, 2018

TopSoccer Fall 2018

TOPSoccer registration is now up and running for Fall 2018 season! Sign up today to participate and pass on the word! We also need “Buddies” for each player to register to help!
TOPSoccer is The Outreach Program for Soccer. “TOPSoccer is designed to foster the physical, mental and emotional growth of kids with special needs through soccer.”
The link is below. Please share this information with your family and friends!

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