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 southalabama.outreach@campkesem.org with questions!

Our website: campkesem.org/southalabama 

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 eahoover.com
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, poweruploud.org.The 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 eberryhill@hoover.k12.al.us 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 www.unitedway.org/myfreetaxes. If the individual does not live close to a tax site at the United Way offices, visit https://www.irs.gov/individuals/free-tax-return-preparation-for-you-by-volunteers 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 www.myschoolfees.com 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, poweruploud.org, 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

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.