Wednesday, February 29, 2012

No Child Left Behind

Here is a link to an article concerning the Alabama Department of Education applying for a waiver for NCLB. Click here for the article.

Monday, February 27, 2012

Alert Now Message February 27th

Hello parents, this is Tommy Hunter, principal at Ardmore High School. Pre-registration is a very important time of the year. Decisions are made during this time that will affect your child’s academic future. We are having a meeting February 28, to answer questions and provide information. We will meet in the school library at 6:30. Please make plans to attend if you have any questions concerning pre-registration.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

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Benefits of AMSTI

We are very fortunate to be an AMSTI school. Our math and science staff have spent a great deal of time in training to provide our students with outstanding math and science instruction. Here is a link to a PDF file from the ALSDE outlining the benefits of AMSTI. Click here for the link.

Creative Thinking

Great article about creative thinking. Click here for the article.

Arts Education

Here are two articles discussing the value of the arts in the school curriculum. We are fortunate to have high school art classes and a great band program. Budget cuts make arts education more difficult, but maybe together we can help our students benefit from the arts. Click Here for one article. Click here for the second article.

Friday, February 17, 2012

State Department of Education Data

Here is a link to educational statistics by the State Department of Education. Click here for the link.

Six Ways to Publish Student Work

Here is a great link to an article explaining some new ways to publish student work. Click here for the link.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

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Alert Now Message Thursday, February 16

Hello parents this is Tommy Hunter, principal at Ardmore High School. I have two announcements for you today. The first is to remind you that the Entry Form deadline for the Beauty Walk is 2pm on Wednesday, February 22, 2012. The beauty walk itself is March 10, but the deadline is Wednesday, February 22. Forms may be picked up in the front office.

Also, we will be in school on Monday, February 20 which is President’s Day. Once again we WILL be in school on Monday, February 20, President’s Day.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Preparing Students for an Uncertain Future

Public education has the daunting task for preparing students for their future. In times past the future was relatively predictable in terms of what the students could expect. Most areas knew the kinds of jobs available to that region and we knew what colleges would expect students to know. Technology has changed all previous ideas and we are faced with the task of preparing students for jobs that do not yet exist.

We are told that technology doubles every two years and we are living in times of exponential change. By the time we are trained on one device or program, it is obsolete. School systems, like any large organization, are sometimes slow to change and this can many times pose a problem. By the time schools are able to purchase the latest technology and get the infrastructure available to adequately use the technology, something new has come along.

Schools must continue to try and be on the leading edge, but must always continue to teach skills that will allow students to be lifelong learners. Most adults will have multiple jobs in their working lives and the better learners will have a huge competitive edge. We must challenge students and help them become thinkers and problem solvers in order to compete in the future. Using the most current technology is great, but having the capacity and desire to continue learning will enable a person to stay up with the latest trends. It is much like the old adage, “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day, teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.”

Many times even our best students want to know exactly what they need to know so they can memorize the answer and get an “A.” We all want our students to make good grades, but we must remember that thinking and problem solving is not easy. We must continue to challenge students to try and reach their full learning potential. Hard work and creative thinking will ensure our students thrive in their future.

Friday, February 10, 2012

Bryant Jordan

Daniel McNeese is a regional winner for the Bryant/Jordan Award. This is a huge honor for Daniel. Watch the video for more information on the Award.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Smithsonian Exhibit

Here is a link to the exhibit our Jr.'s will be visiting next week. Click here for the link.

Using Twitter For School

Twitter is a great way to learn. Twitter is not just a social website, it has great potential for learning. Here is a good link for the basics. Click here for the link.

Want To Be A Teacher

If you are interested in becoming a teacher here is a link for you. Click here for the link.

Thursday, February 2, 2012



Article About Career Education

Here is a link to an article about the Career Technical School. One of Ardmore's students is shown in the picture. Click here for the link.

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