Elmore County Schools rack up achievements entering home stretch

Richard Dennis is Elmore County Schools Superintendent.

With the passing of spring break, the end of the school year is in sight. Spring assessments are in progress for our third- through eighth-graders, and high school seniors are anxiously looking forward to graduation day.

Spring sports and activities are in full swing and we have already begun planning for the 2019-20 school year.

I am excited to share some of the wonderful accomplishments of our students and activities going on in Elmore County.

Holtville Middle School has started a feeding program for weekends and school breaks. They have partnered with parents, community members, the PTSO and a feeding organization, and students who were identified as needing support now receive a bag of food weekly.

HMS has also launched a “Mental Wealth Wednesday” campaign for the final grading period. Each Wednesday, information is placed on the morning announcements via closed-circuit TV that deals with mental health and specifically how to have “mental wealth.” The goal is to shift students into a growth mindset rather than a victim mindset.

Holtville High School DECA members recently participated in the state DECA competition. Matthew Crews and Savannah Spain placed second in law and business ethics, and Catie Daniel and Hannah Daniel placed first in international business plan. Tucker Jones won first place in the behavioral and social sciences category as well as the American Psychological Association Award at the Regional GEARSEF Science Fair in Auburn. Tucker won a monetary prize and advances to the state science fair. Congratulations to these students on their accomplishments.

Elmore County High School took seven wrestlers to the AHSAA state championship in Huntsville recently. Four of these students finished in the top six of their weight classes and the team finished eighth in Class 1A-5A. It has been 10 years since ECHS medaled in wrestling, so four medals in one year is a huge accomplishment.

Redland Elementary School is proud to announce Paige Pyles and Julie Knapp became National Board Certified Teachers (NBCT) this school year. The NBCT process is costly and completing it can take from one to five years. Congratulations to these teachers for achieving this advanced certification.

All our schools are doing great things with and for our students every day. Thank you to our administrators, teachers, counselors and the entire staff for your role in making sure that every student is empowered and every student succeeds.

Richard Dennis is superindentent of the Elmore County School System.