Paws-itively Training & Puppy Kindergarten!

Paws-itively Training & Puppy Kindergarten!

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Well-socialized and well-trained pets are happy pets and happy pets mean happy owners! Helping your pet learn proper behaviors and reactions to certain events helps them become a successful member of your family.

Spending time training, exercising and socializing your dog or cat is one of the most important gifts you can give to your furry family member and will help you form a strong bond together. Using positive reinforcement like praising, giving treats and positive attention will help your pet learn the good behavior and discourage undesired behavior. Starting early as a puppy or kitten or soon after you adopt is best, but training can be applied to pets of all ages. You can teach an old dog new tricks!

Valleydale Animal Clinic offers ongoing personal dog training sessions and hosts group classes with our American Behavior College Certified Dog Trainer. Starting Sunday, October 1 through Sunday, October 22, you and your dog (over 5 months) can participate in our Paws-itively Training Course. In this 4-week class, you and your dogs will learn the foundations of basic obedience including “sit/down/stay/come” and proper leash walking, as well as “drop it”, “leave it” and “take it” and other ways to help your dog become a successful member of your family.

Have a puppy? On Thursday, October 5 through Thursday, October 26, bring your dog 5 months and younger to our “Puppy Kindergarten”!  It’s an opportunity for you and your puppy to learn proper socialization with other pets, crate training and house training, how to discourage puppy biting and recommendations on nail trims, baths and an introduction to grooming.

Both courses are $100 each and include materials. They are based on a positive method of training using a clicker and reward system. All dogs must be up to date on age appropriate vaccinations. Registration is required. Call 991-5416.  For more information visit www.valleydaleanimalclinic.com.

Jeff Falone, DVM 

Valleydale Animal Clinic

205-991-5416

www.valleydaleanimalclinic.com

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Serving at OLS

Serving at OLS

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Class officers for the new school year have been elected by the eighth-grade class at Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic School (OLS). The responsibilities for these students include bringing new and creative ideas to school leaders, helping with Catholic Schools Week, leading school prayer at special events, and other class leaderships opportunities throughout the year.

The new class officers at OLS, Pres. Christopher LaRussa; 8G Representative, Ann Louise Chamoun; V.P., Ruby Thornton (L to R front row; Chaplain, Jack Carlisle; 8W Representative, Millie Yerkes; and Secretary/Treasurer, Andrew Turkiewicz (L to R back row).

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Changes on the Diamond: Heritage Christian Academy

Changes on the Diamond: Heritage Christian Academy

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Heritage Christian Academy (HCA) proudly announces the significant achievement of HCA Baseball Coach Derrick Boland on being chosen to coach at the collegiate level. Coach Boland has accepted the position of Assistant Baseball Coach at Huntington College in Montgomery, Ala. HCA Athletic Director Dave Scherbarth commended Boland by saying, “His influence on our student athletes has been significant, not just in the game of baseball, but more importantly in the game of life.” While HCA wishes Coach Boland the very best in his future endeavors, the school welcomes Adam Russell as HCA Varsity Baseball Coach. Coach Russell was a two -year letterman and All-Conference baseball player at Wallace State and played at Auburn University Montgomery. Coach Russell honed his coaching skills over the past few years at Vestavia High School and Briarwood Christian. Sherbarth describes Russell as, “…both a student and a teacher of the game of baseball. He loves the Lord and has committed his coaching style to developing young men with strong characteristics in leadership, humility, and selfless service to their teammates, school and community.”

Coach Russell joins the Heritage Christian Academy team this fall, filling the shoes of Coach Boland who is now coaching baseball at Huntingdon College.

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How Can God Use Our Faith? Find Out at Beeson’s Lay Academy of Theology

How Can God Use Our Faith? Find Out at Beeson’s Lay Academy of Theology

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Without faith it is impossible to please God but how can God use our faith to do the impossible? Moving mountains? The ability to do anything? Are these powerful proclamations too profound or too often overlooked? Beeson’s Lay Academy of Theology invites the community to participate in non-credit classes and other study opportunities this semester to learn how we can believe God in such a way that an unbelieving world sees no other way to be saved except through our Lord Jesus Christ. Each course will be led by Beeson faculty on the campus of Samford University in Homewood.  Here’s a peak at a few of the courses.

Divine Signs: God’s Fingerprints in all of Reality. Scripture tells us that “the heavens and the earth are full of God’s glory.” In leading this class, Dr. Gerald McDermott will draw from details in his soon to be published book Heaven and Earth Are Full of the Glory: Seeing God’s Fingerprints in All of Reality (Brazos Press, 2018).  “The message is that 20th-century Christians were told that we should not presume to know what God is saying about signs of His presence in nature and other dimensions of reality. But most of the history of Christian thought has said that all of reality is full of signs (or ‘types’) of His presence,” explains Dr. McDermott. “I will explore what is evident in the following six dimensions of reality: nature, science, law, history, sports, and love.” Dr. McDermott serves as the Anglican Professor of Divinity at Beeson and teaches in the areas of history and doctrine. His class will be held on six Tuesday nights, 6-8 p.m., beginning September 26.

The Household of Faith: What Every Believer Should Know About the Church.  All believers are called to salvation, service, sacrifice, and simplicity. Dr. Doug Webster will lead this exploration into the deep biblical roots for the priesthood of all believers, the integration of faith and work, the shared gifts of the Spirit, the character of Christian leadership, the nature of numerical and spiritual growth, and the priority of true worship and real mission. Dr. Webster serves Beeson as professor of pastoral theology and preaching. His course will be offered on six Thursday afternoons, 1-3 p.m., beginning September 28.

Six of Twelve (Part 2):  Nahum to Malachi. “In this class we will continue a series on the Minor Prophets begun last fall. We will make our way from Micah to Malachi,” shares Dr. Mark Gignilliat who will give special attention to how these books have been interpreted in the history of interpretation as the class engages these ancient, yet youthful voices. Dr. Gignilliat teaches at Beeson in the areas of Hebrew and Old Testament. His Lay Academy class will be held on six Monday nights, 6-8p.m., beginning September 25.

Register early for courses at discounted rate of $89 per class. Learn more and register at www.beesondivinity.com/layacademy or call 205-726-2731. †

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“Mr. Basketball” Returns to Alma Mater, John Carroll

“Mr. Basketball” Returns to Alma Mater, John Carroll

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John Carroll Catholic High School’s new Athletic Director Ronald Steel with JCCHS Principal Dr. Joe O’Toole. “Our vision for John Carroll is to maintain a strong community of excellence, and Coach Steele projects this in the most effective way,” says Dr. Toole.

Mr. Basketball, Player of the Year, Most Valuable Player, All-SEC, All-American, Basketball Professional, and High School Basketball Coach – all are titles that John Carroll Catholic High School (JCCHS) alumnus (2004) Ronald Steele has earned throughout his athletic career. Now, he assumes the title and role of John Carroll Catholic High School Athletic Director. “Coach Steele not only has an exceptional insight into athletics, but an interest in shaping the lives to help our students to succeed in life, and that is the most important part of our mission here at John Carroll,” said JCCHS Pres., Rev. Robert Sullivan.

Steele held the title of “Mr. Basketball” for two consecutive years, one of which he led the Cavaliers to an undefeated season. He also lettered 4 years in football and was named an All-State Football Player. He continued to play basketball at The University of Alabama where he led the Tide to the NCAA Tournament in 2005 and 2006 and is still the school’s all-time free throw percentage leader (88 percent). Following graduation, he played professional basketball overseas before returning home to use his talents in coaching young people at John Carroll and Cornerstone School. When the Athletic Director position became available at his alma mater, he says he knew it was meant to be. “My goal for the Cavalier’s high school and middle school athletic programs is for every student to not only obtain physical athletic success, but to also experience personal and spiritual growth through the character, leadership and discipline philosophies we instill.” †

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Samford & St. Vincent’s Partner in Nursing Education

Samford & St. Vincent’s Partner in Nursing Education

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View of new state of the art classroom at Samford University being used to train new nursing hires.

As students return to Samford University this fall, they have the benefit of the new state-of-the-art Ascension St. Vincent’s Education Center which includes a skills lab, medication room, and classroom, as well as two simulation and debriefing rooms for nurses to receive hands-on training in real-life scenarios. In addition to training St. Vincent’s nurses, Samford College of Health Sciences students have access to the center, as well as the latest in electronic health record system technology. “We are excited to provide this advanced training offering to our new nurses,” said Jason Alexander, Sr. V.P. and Birmingham ministry market executive, Ascension Healthcare; president and CEO, St. Vincent’s Health System. “Providing our patient’s with the highest level of quality care is our top priority, and this new training center only allows us to enhance the skills and knowledge of our new nursing staff. These nurses will have the opportunity from day one to have hands-on training on the standard of care and technology that sets St. Vincent’s and Ascension apart.” The center is Ascension’s third nursing onboarding center to go live across the country, www.stvhs.com.

 

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“Traveling the World in Your Own Backyard”

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7th grader Max McGwin shares his knowledge about United Arab Emirates with other students during the International Fair at Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic School in Homewood.

Students enjoy learning about Kazakhstan as 7th grader Zach Wedlund explains its culture at the International Fair held at Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic School.

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“Christ-Like Students”

“Christ-Like Students”

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Our Lady of Sorrows (OLS) Catholic School students MaryGlynn Barlow and Campbell Farr are seen here with OLS Principal Mary Jan Dorn after being recognized as the 2017 recipients of the Outstanding Christian Award. The award is traditionally given to an eighth-grade boy and girl each year who shows continuous service to others, has an outstanding attitude, and lives each day in a Christ-like manner.

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Local Students Win National & Regional Math Competitions

Local Students Win National & Regional Math Competitions

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As a part of the Catholic Math League national competition, John Carroll Catholic High School students competed in the Honors Algebra 1, Honors Geometry, and Honors Algebra 2 divisions, which included a series of math contests. The top three student scores in a specific subject made up the school’s team score. Sophomore Mike Li won 1st Place in the Catholic Math League national and regional competitions for the Algebra 2 division. In addition, freshman Steven Tang placed 2nd in the Geometry national contest, and won 1st place in the regionals. Overall, John Carroll student teams placed very high not only regionally, but nationally as well. †

John Carroll Catholic High School Students placed in regional and national competitions presented by the Catholic Math League. Pictured here left to right are (front row) Reagan Harris, Nicholas Messina, (back row) Jake Willett, Steven Tang, Benjamin Gerace, and Mike Li.

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