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2017-2018 Year in Review
Meadow View Elementary has had many accomplishments and events to celebrate during the 2017-2018 school year. The dedicated and highly-qualified staff of MVES continues to provide exceptional activities focused on student engagement and enriched learning. We were able to celebrate our success with a 4% increase in reading, a 3% increase in Mathematics, and a 5% increase in Science. MVES has celebrated gains in all academic areas over the past three years.
During the 2017-2018 school year, MVES was recognized as a CLAS (Council for Leaders in Alabama Schools) Banner School of Distinction. This award was given for outstanding educational programs which serve as models for schools across Alabama. The application for this recognition showcased programs such as our annual “Have a Ball with Learning” event, our new grant-funded Outdoor Classroom , and our participation as a primary site for the ACS Summer Feeding Program.
Local school events also serve to build good relationships with our parents and community. Our PTO-sponsored Fall Festival and Spring Fling are always a big hit! Other events such as Grandparents’ Breakfast and Donuts with Dudes provided an excellent backdrop for our fall and spring book fair opportunities. Author, Mike Artell visited our school and shared his joy of illustrating and writing books. Student artwork from all grade levels was displayed at the MVES Art Show, organized by Mrs. Melissa McMurray, during the Spring Fling event. In addition to school and district winners, third-grader, Olivia Bogart, won first place for her flag design entry in the Alabama Art Education Association Contest. We also emphasize supporting our community through participation in events such as the ACS Covering Our Community Event by sponsoring Shelby Ridge Nursing Home, Family Connection, “Kapes for Kids!” (Children’s Hospital of Birmingham’s Cancer Center), and Sanctuary Animal Rescue. We also participated in a food drive for Manna Charities during the month of November. These types of events place an emphasis on giving back to our community and caring for others.
MVES second graders participated in the YMCA water safety program again this year. They also were a part of the Liberty Learning Program which encourages civic responsibility and good citizenship. This year our second grade students chose Lt. Susan Peavy (Alabaster Police Department), Mrs. Erika Zoebelien (PTO President), Mr. Eddie Jackson (parent), and Lando Aldridge (MVES first-grader) as Alabaster Heroes. Each of these heroes were chosen for their dedication our students, our school, and/or our community.
MVES teachers wrote grants totaling over $10,000. Over $6400 of this amount was funded by our local PTO in honor of Mrs. Linda McCormick. These grants were used for purchasing additional Chromebooks, OSMO Kits, STEM materials, adaptive and flexible seating, a stop-motion animation kit, adaptive art materials and supplies, an optical computer mouse, physical education equipment, and math manipulatives. Other grants included a CBS 42 One-Class-at-a-Time Grant of $1000 for Mrs. Jenny Thrasher to purchase Chromebooks, and $1000 from the Alabama Association for Gifted Children for Mrs. Lindsey Thigpen to purchase virtual reality goggles. An additional grant from the Alabama Bicentennial project of $2000 will be awarded to Mrs. Heather Reeves, Mrs. Christina Tomlin and Mrs. Kayla Harris to fund their grant project titled, “Building Community, Sparking Creativity, and Inspiring Readers.” This grant is accompanied by eligibility for recognition as an Alabama Bicentennial School of Excellence during the fall of 2019. Only 21 schools will be chosen for this honor.
This year MVES shared a grant from the Alabama Arts Education Initiative with CVES to introduce the basic violin instruction including playing posture, technique, and theory/note reading to third grade students. The grant, administered by Dr. Keri Johnson (Coordinator of Secondary Education) was used to purchase violins, music, and necessary equipment. Instructors were provided through the program.
Our major fund raising project for 2017-2018, The Warrior Run, brought in over $27,000 for our school. We thank our parents and community for supporting this event each year. Our third graders were given an opportunity to determine a project to be funded with part of this money. Since this event is organized by the our Health and Wellness Committee with the help of the PTO, MVES will keep 100% of this money to fund multiple projects.
MVES third graders and community came together in May for the 4th Annual Bird Feeder Project Day, sponsored by Home Depot and MVES PTO. They learned about the rare yellow cardinal and the 10 most common birds found in Alabaster, Alabama. Mrs. Joy Gould, teacher and math coach, organized this project to enrich skills in the areas of math and science to “literally learn in the world around them and not just in a classroom or a book.” We also congratulate Mrs. Gould for representing MVES as the Greater Shelby County Chamber of Commerce Educator of the Year.
Our most recent student-centered events were organized by our physical education department, Mrs. Carol Spain, Mrs. Tracy Edwards, and Mr. Michael Montgomery. These events include organizing and preparing students for the Mercedes Marathon, the 6th Annual Fishing Rodeo, and finally our annual field day event. A huge thanks to our PTO, student-volunteers from TMS and THS, and our special area teachers for making our field day event a success. Our PE department has a heart for encouraging our students to have fun and stay physically fit.
This summer we look forward to a time of rest and fun! But our school will continue to be open to the community for several events such as being an ACS Summer Feeding Site (since 2014), English Second Language Learners Camp, ACS Champion Camps (special activities) and Summer Camp, Summer Brain Feeding Program (computer-based reading practice), and the Power Scholars Academy (YMCA) for 2nd through 4th grade students.This summer MVES will also host Workshops Inc., through the Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services and the City of Alabaster. These workshops provide skill training for jobs, transportation, and other services for families with older children with special needs.
Meadow View Elementary has received the following awards:
- Official Bicentennial School of Excellence - 2018
- CLAS Banner School of Distinction Award - 2017
- Outstanding School Award (Outstanding service and dedication to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault) for 2003 by Safe House
- School Culture Award for 2007 and 2008 from Shelby County Schools
- Gold Award of Distinction in the Healthier U. S. School Challenge for May 2010-May 2014 from United States Department of Agriculture
- Pasta for Pennies – Overall Top Fundraising School – 1st Place: Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
- Safe Schools Initiative Award for 2007 and 2014 (Received a nomination in 2012 by the State Department of Alabama)
- MVES has been awarded the WAY Grant from The Institute for America's Health 2014
- Summer Feeding Program for Alabaster City Schools – Summer 2014 - 2018 (Free breakfast and lunch for children under the age of 18; low cost for adults)
Meadow View Elementary School
2800 Smokey Road
Alabaster, Alabama 35007
Phone: 205-685-4300 Fax: 205-621-4943