Maddox Middle School News

JCS 2014-2015 Orientation Dates and Times

JCS 2014-2015 Orientation Dates and Times


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Maddox Orientation Times/Dates Set

Maddox Middle School

Thursday, August 14th

Gr. 7 & 8 from 9:00-10:30 am

Gr. 6 at 5:00 pm


Jackson Named New JCS Superintendent

Congratulations to our own Dr. Ann Jackson on being named Superintendent of Jasper City Schools. 

 

 


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New Issue of JCS 360

A new issue of JCS 360 is now available. 


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West Jasper Wins Staff Attendance Award

West Jasper Elementary has won the JCS Staff Attendance Award for the April/May, 2014 payroll period.


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MMS Among "Elite Eight" for Alabama Middle Grades Leadership Academy

Maddox Middle School has been named one of the "Elite Eight" middle schools across the state to participate in the new Middle Grades Leadership Academy (MGLA) over the next 3 years.


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Report Card Pickup Thursday May 22

Report cards may be picked up by students on Thursday, May 22 from 8:00-10:00.


Dutton Places VFW Essay Contest

Patrick Dutton, an 8th grader at Maddox, placed 3rd in a recent essay contest sponsored by the Veteran's of Foreign Wars.  His essay, "Why I Appreciate America's Veterans", earned him this recognition.  Congratulations!


Maddox Celebrates Honor Students with NJHS Induction

Maddox celebrated the achievement of many of our 7th and 8th grade students by having an induction ceremony for our chapter of the National Junior Honor Society.  A total of 27 students were added. 


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JCS Schools Closing at Noon, Tues., April 29

Due to inclement weather forecast for later today, all JCS schools will close at noon today, April 29, 2014.  Buses will run at that time.


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CORRECTION: Athletic Banquet to Be Held Thursday April 17

The 2014 MMS All-Sports Athletic Banquet will be held Thursday at the MMS AUDITORIUM.  Male and female students from all of our sports will be honored.  This includes volleyball, football, basketball, baseball, softball, wrestling, track, cheerleading, tennis and cross country.


Staff Attendance Award Announced

Walker High School has won the staff attendance award for the March, 2014 payroll period.


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School Delayed - Friday, 4.4.14

Today, Friday, April 4, 2014, all schools in the Jasper City School District will open at 10AM, with buses running at 9AM.  A delayed opening is planned in response to approaching inclement weather.


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8th Grade Panoramic Photo Orders Due Friday

On Monday, March 17, four panoramic shots were taken by a professional photographer of our 8th grade class.  You now have the opportunity to not only purchase one of these memorable photos but at the same time help the Lane Clark family.  All proceeds made by the school as well as a matching donation by the photographer will be donated to the Clark family.  The four pictures include: 8th grade class, 8th grade class "funny", 8th grade class w/Lane shirts, 8th grade class w/Lane shirts "funny".  You can order 3 ways: pick up an envelope in the school office or from Ms. Hamman, online at PanoPhotoInc.com, or complete the order form below and return w/check or money order to Ms. Hamman.  Deadline is this Friday, April 4.


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Employee Attendance Awards Announced

Employee attendance award winners for second and third nine weeks have been announced.


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Aaron Finishes AASBO Financial Program

Ashley Aaron, bookkeeper at Maddox Middle School, has now joined the ranks  of other JCS school bookkeepers throughout the district who have completed the Alabama Association of School Business Officials (AASBO) Local School Financial Management Certificate Program. 


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Maddox's 1st Annual Pi Day Full of Learning, Fun

Maddox's 1st Annual Pi Day had it all: memorization of pi's numbers, delicious pies, creative t-shirts, pi projects, and even pies to the face of principals!  Click here to see what our students did! VIDEO AND PHOTOGALLERY


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Strategic Plan Status Report

Click here for the fourth-year status report of the Jasper City Schools five-year strategic plan, VISION 2015.


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Book-Fair Coming April 14-18

Maddox's annual Book-Fair is just around the corner April 14-18.  This is a great opportunity for all of our students to purchase books for their own collections; it's also our library's primary fundraiser for new books!

  


MMS Technology Team Shines at District Competition

The MMS Tech Team had an great performance over the weekend.  18 students competed in 4 events: info technology, web design, general applications, and video development.  14 students managed to place in the top 2 and earn a spot at the state level!


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8th Grade "Project Transition" Parent Night: March 6th

Walker High School will hold 8th Grade "Project Transition" Parent Night on Thursday, March 6th, in the Walker High School Auditorium at 6 p.m. This will be a meeting for all Maddox 8th graders and their parents.  They will be given information concerning plans for their 9th grade schedule, high school diploma options, and high school course requirements.  This will be a very important meeting that every MMS 8th grader and parents should plan to attend.


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8th Grade Students Leave for Washington D.C.

MMS students landed safely at the capital on Sunday. The great learning experience (sponsored by the history teachers, Greg Tinker and Karen Hamman) has become an annual tradition that students anticipate for years and cherish for years thereafter. 


UPDATE: JCS Schools Will Be OPEN, February 14th

UPDATE:  JASPER CITY SCHOOLS will be open at the regular school hours on Friday, February 14th, 2014.


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JCS Schools Will Re-open Thursday

All schools in the Jasper City School District will be Open Thursday, 1/30/2014, at regular school hours.

 


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AdvancED Team Gives District Positive Report

After a thorough examination of the Jasper City Schools on February 2-5, 2014, a five-person AdvancED district accreditation review team presented a positive report to the Jasper City Board of Education at a 2PM meeting of the Jasper City Board of Education on February 5.  Lead evaluator Mary Anne Hipp of Lake Charles, Louisiana, told the Board, "You have done extremely well."    Click here to read the article in the Daily Mountain Eagle.

 

 

Questions about SACS and ADVANCED Accreditation

 

What is Accreditation?

Accreditation is a voluntary method of quality assurance developed more than 100 years ago by American universities and secondary schools. Today, to demonstrate educational quality, accreditation is used by education providers of all types from traditional schools to distance learning providers to tutoring centers serving all ages of students from toddlers to adults.

Accreditation engages the school community in meeting high quality standards, implementing a continuous improvement, and engaging in quality assurance through internal and external review.


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7th Graders Create Movie Trailers

Mr. Lincoln Moody's 7th grade civics classes recently created iMovie trailers that helped them review Article 1 of the Constitution.  The information learned making the trailers helped build student knowledge for a test coming up later this week!  It's just another example of how Maddox is using technology to increase student achievement!


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5 Questions with Teacher of the Year: Lisa Mellott

We asked Maddox Teacher of the Year Lisa Mellott a few questions about her job and what it means to her.  Click on the link to find out what she said.


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Maddox 7th Grade Wins Briarwood Christmas Tourney

The Maddox Panthers 7th Grade baskletball team recently was crowned champions of the Briarwood Christmas Tournament.  The tourney champions completed a sweep of the round robin tourney beating Briarwood Christian, Chelsea, and Anniston!  Congratulations!


Schools to Open Late on Tuesday, 1.7.14 and Wednesday, 1.8.14

All schools in the Jasper City School District will open at 10:00 AM on Tuesday, January 7, 2014, and Wednesday, January 8, 2014.  Buses will run at 9:00 AM each day.


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Maddox Continuous Improvement Plan

Want to see how Maddox is devoting itself to improving?  Click the article for a link to the Prezi.


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Exam Schedule and Exemption Policy

Semester Exams are coming up next week.  Click on the article for details about the exams and exemptions.


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Math Club to Meet Wednesday January 15

Maddox's Math Club will have a meeting in Mrs. Callaway's room on Wednesday January 15 at 7:45!


Maddox Yearbook Sale Begins: Online Purchase Available

Maddox's annual yearbook sale has officially begun! Don't miss out on your opportunity to save the memories of the 2013-2014 school year! Click on the link to order your yearbook today! <http://shop.balfour.com/smi695/catalog/product/view/id/23039/s/yearbook/category/312623/>

 


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Maddox Spelling Bee

After spelling some tough words and competition, Anna Wells was crowned the winner and Mady Urbanski was runner-up of the Maddox Middle School Spelling Bee. The winning word was "prognosticate". Thanks to Mrs. Jaye for being the sponsor!


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8th Grade Drama: Disney's Aladdin Jr.

CHECK OUT THE PHOTOGALLERY HERE! The Maddox Middle School 8th grade drama class presented Disney's Aladdin Jr. on Monday to a thrilled audience.  Attendees were treated to an elaborate musical production that was as close to professional as it comes!  Read on for notes on the cast.


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Students/Teachers Wear Jeans for Troops Students get patriotic for troops On November 6, Maddox's students and teachers participated in a veteran's fundraiser sponsored by NJHS and student council.  Students and teachers wore jeans and patriotic apparel and donated at least $1 to .  http://gigofund.org/ .  Students have spent the week learning about the sacrifices that veteran's have made. 
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Chick-fil-A Team Lane Night Scheduled for November 12 Chick-fil-A will have Team Lane Night Tuesday, November 12.  From 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. 25% of the proceeds from sales will be donated to the Clark family to help Lane in his battle against cancer! Please come eat! 
Updated with Video: Maddox Cheerleaders Cheer at Auburn Football Game

Maddox Middle School Cheer Squad, alongside approximately 1,100 other student athletes, rocked halftime at Jordan Hare Stadium in the Auburn vs. Florida Atlantic game on Saturday night.  CLICK HERE FOR ACCESS TO THE PHOTOGALLERY AND VIDEO!


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Maddox Homecoming CLICK HERE FOR ACCESS TO THE PHOTOGALLERIES! Although the mighty Maddox Panthers lost their two matchups against the Hueytown Golden Gophers, everyone had a good time at homecoming 2013.
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MONEY DROP: 6th Grade Wins, Over $28,000 Raised for Maddox! Students try to #winfor10, Lane Clark Click here for access to the photogallery! The red team proved victorious in their quest for Money Drop victory.  The real winners here are all the students however, who will see the $28,000 they raised put to good use in their own school.  
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MONEY DROP: 8th Grade Leads after Day 2- Hillbilly/Duck Dynasty Day CHECK OUT THE PHOTO GALLERY HERE!  On hillbilly/Duck Dynasty Day the 8th grade was the daily winner of Money Drop.  The 6th grade was second and the 7th grade was third.   
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7th Grade Leads after Day 1 of Money Drop The yellow team (7th Grade) leads in our annual money drop competition after day 1.  The red team (6th Grade) comes in right behind them, while the blue team (8th Grade) lags behind in third.  Tomorrow is double negative points for silver change day!  Come ready to defeat the 7th Grade tomorrow with all your quarters, dimes, and nickels.
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Teacher vs. Student Volleyball Game Click on this article for access to the photogallery.The female faculty played the 8th grade volleyball team last Friday for a fun way to keep off Money Drop week. The female faculty (and special guest, Phyless Williams) won the game in two sets but fun was had by all participants and fans! 
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Math Team Meeting October 2 The MMS Math Team will meet in Mrs. Calloway’s room (206) on Wednesday, October 2 at 7:40 am.  If you have already turned in your application, please make sure you have paid your $10 dues.  If you have not paid, please bring your money to the meeting. 
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Maddox Money Drop Week Set for October 7-10 Money drop week, Maddox's most exciting school week, has been set for October 7-10.  Money drop is a fundraiser for our school that includes fun activities and pep rallies each day for our students.  Each day, students will bring in various forms of money and compete in crazy games to earn points for their grade-level team.  The teams are the red team (6th grade), the yellow team (7th grade), and the blue team (8th grade).  This is our school's biggest fundraiser; it provides money for a variety of uses specifically for our school!
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VOTE HERE: Student Council Elections

Student council elections will be done online this year.  Students: click here to vote when voting opens on Thursday, September 26.

 


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United Way Giving Up 22% in Jasper City Schools

Employees in the Jasper City School District increased 2013 United Way giving by 22% over 2012 pledges. Collectively, employees pledged $8,355 for 2013; in 2012 JCS employees pledged $6,847.

 


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Parents Encouraged to Visit JCS Schools

October is Alabama’s Statewide Parent Visitation Month.  Parents are invited to join teachers, administrators, and other parents at all JCS schools for Better Together:  Home and School Partnership events. 


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Teachers Learn About New Apps and Reading Strategies

The students aren't the only ones who learn at Maddox.  The Maddox Middle School teachers got a taste of what it's like for their students on Wednesday afternoon.  Teachers had an opportunity to learn about three iPad apps for daily use in their classroom; teachers also learned a few reading strategies to help students become better at close reading.


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Maddox Splits Jamboree Game with Pleasant Grove

The Maddox Panthers came up a little short in one half of play against Pleasant Grove on Thursday night.  However, the 7th Grade team played a strong half--winning 6-0.


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*UPDATED with directions for parents/students 2013 Orientation Dates/Times Set

It's almost time to go back to school! Maddox Middle will hold their annual orientation meetings for 6th through 8th grade students on August 15, 2013.  


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Early Release Day Wednesday Sept. 18

Students will have an early release day on Wednesday Sept. 18.  Parents, please make sure that you make arrangements as buses will run at 1:00.  Early release days give our faculty an opportunity for professional development.    


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Orientations Scheduled for JCS Schools

JCS personnel will welcome students back for the first full day of the 2013-2014 year on Monday, August 19.  Orientations are scheduled at each of the district's schools as listed below.

 

 

 


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School Attendance Matters!

School attendance matters!  The Alabama State Board of Education has designated September as "Attendance Awareness Month" in Alabama schools.


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Maddox 7th Grade Volleyball Wins Over the Mountain Tourney

The Maddox 7th Grade Lady Panthers persevered over a long, grueling day to win the Hoover Over the Mountain Tourney on Saturday.  Their wins came against Bragg, Simmons, Bumpus, Riverchase, and Meridianville Middle Schools.


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Get to Know New 7th Grade Math Teacher Heather Babb

We asked 7th Grade math teacher Heather Babb about her new job, other teaching experiences, her background, and her goals.  Here's what she had to say:


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Math Team Competes in AMC National Mathematics Contest The Maddox 7th and 8th grade math team members recently competed in the AMC National Mathematics Contest.  Class winners, a MMS overall winner and national winners will be announced later this year.
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Maddox 8th Grade Volleyball Wins West Morgan Tourney

The Maddox Middle School 8th Grade Lady Panthers won the West Morgan Tournament this weekend!  They played hard and defeated Falkville, Cotaco, Brookhaven, Addison, and Danville to claim the crown. 


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Get to Know New 8th Grade Science Teacher Whitney Todd

By: Philip Williams

We asked new 8th grade science teacher Whitney Todd 10 questions about her life, experiences, and expectations for her new career at Maddox.  Here's what she had to say:

 


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Maddox Football Game Schedule *Updated

The Maddox Middle School Panthers are set to begin their season next week in a jamboree game against Pleasant Grove at home a week from today.  The rest of their schedule can be found here. 


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