Spotlight

  • West Broadway Elementary School students Ranger and Alexander Posey were Ranger and Alexander Posey pose with educators and board members.
    honored with the #LionChaser / #GiantSlayer Award during the Oct. 14 Board of Education meeting. They were walking home from school on Sept. 9 when they saw a car accident on Seminary Street. They stopped to check on the driver, Cindy Orten Watts. Ranger tapped on her window and asked if she was OK, then he gave her a snack bag of Oreos he received at school. He said she needed them more than he did. Ms. Watts was so impressed with their caring hearts and the concern they showed her that she brought them a certificate and gift card to school to show her appreciation.

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  • Ka’Marion Turner, a 4th-grade student at Pride Elementary, received the #LionChaser / Ka'Marion Turner with Superintendent Ashby, board President J.W. Durst, and Shannon Bowles.
    #GiantSlayer Award during the Monday, Sept. 16, Board of Education meeting. Ka’Marion wrote an article that was published in The Stuttering Foundation’s magazine this summer. The issue featured kids’ letters. In the article, he told about strategies he uses to overcome stuttering. What an awesome accomplishment!

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  • Hopkins County Board of Education honored the finalists in James Madison Middle School’s Amazing Three student finalists in the Amazing Shake hold certificates and pose with board members, administrators and educators Shake competition during the Aug. 19 board meeting. Students honored were Jordan Owens, Josie Morris, Adelyn Boswell, Katelyn Rodgers, and overall champion Aiden Lutz. (Boswell and Lutz were not able to attend.) The program focuses on soft skills, such as shaking hands, making eye contact and thinking on their feet. These students told district staff about the program during #TeamHopkins Day. The Amazing Shake is co-sponsored by Kia Zieba and Sara Lutz. The activity will go school-wide at JMMS this year, and organizers are challenging other middle schools to participate.

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  • Gaige Osborne, a rising 8th-grade student at James Madison Middle School, was
    honored Gaige Osborne with family and school representatives  with the #LionChaser / #GiantSlayer Award at the June 17 Board of Education meeting. Gaige wrote a poem discussing his view of the world and the challenges he faces due to his disability. This poem was read on the steps of the old courthouse during the celebration of Inclusivity Day on May 21. Gaige’s poem is a powerful statement encouraging everyone to include students with disabilities in their daily activities.

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