Shades Mountain Christian Becomes Heritage Christian Academy

Shades Mountain Christian Becomes Heritage Christian Academy

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As classes start this fall, Shades Mountain Christian School staff and faculty will welcome students back under the school’s new name, Heritage Christian Academy (HCA). In addition to the name change, a location change was also anticipated but instead students will remain at the school’s original home, Shades Mountain Community Church (formerly Shades Mountain Independent), for the 2017-2018 school year. HCA planned to purchase the Riverchase Middle School campus from the City of Pelham but a delay in the closing this summer opened the door for Hoover City Schools to purchase the property instead. In a written statement to the community, HCA leadership shared, “We are disappointed but not disheartened. Heritage Christian Academy has the same great faculty, same great students, and same great families as we had in the past. We look forward to what God has in store for HCA for this year and for the future.”

Established in 1974 as Shades Mountain Christian School, Heritage Christian Academy has a rich heritage in Christian education. The “Heritage” name plays tribute to the legacy and history reflective of the school founder, the late Richard “Dick” Vignuelle. Pastor Vignuelle had a vision to start a Christian community school in Birmingham. Since its inception, the school has served students and families for over 40 years, and has graduated over 1,000 alumni. The independent, community, Christian school serves grades K-4 through 12 and is accredited by AdvancED, formerly the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) and is a member of the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI). †

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OLS Inventors!

OLS Inventors!

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Fourth-graders Adam Grimes and Nicole McKie explain their original inventions to students during the OLS Invention Convention.

Some fourth-grade students at Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic School (OLS) can now call themselves inventors! During their final month of school in May, the students created original inventions and displayed them at their own Invention Convention in the OLS Parish Hall. The fun event was a major part of their science curriculum. As a part of a month-long project, the fourth-graders had to think of an original idea or develop a new method of doing something. The students then worked through a systematic process to make their invention a reality. The class project was structured to help the students learn about inventors and develop their own product. It also taught them how to create their own concept through research and development and how to design a blueprint as well as create a convincing advertisement for their new device. A summary report and writing a tribute letter to another inventor were also a part of the assignment which culminated with the Invention Convention. †

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Best Books: Rev. Michael Spurlock & Jeanette Windle

Best Books: Rev. Michael Spurlock & Jeanette Windle

All Saints

Written by Rev. Michael Spurlock and Jeanette Windle, the book, All Saints, will be available in September at Sanctuary Christian Books and Gifts, Alabaster. A movie based upon the true story will release at the end of August.

Rev. Michael Spurlock’s first assignment as a new pastor was about as bad as it gets. All Saints Episcopal Church was down to 25 members and in financial stress. Debt. Division. Despair. These are toxic words for a church, and All Saints was dying. Then, nine months later, three travelers from the east showed up to worship Jesus, and everything changed. Hope was born. A holy family was created. New life began to stir.

All Saints (Bethany House, $14.99) is the true story of how three Sunday visitors were used by God to bring new life to a struggling Episcopalian church in Smyrna, Tenn. By welcoming the immigrants from war-torn Myanmar into their church, the congregation found a new mission in God’s Kingdom. With the influx of seventy-five Burmese refugees, All Saints became diverse rather than divided, a community of faith mirroring the multi-cultural kingdom of God. There were struggles, but there was also one blessing after another as God worked among them in wondrous ways.

All Saints reflects God’s design to break down ever wall and division which violates the unity of his kingdom. Jesus is our peace, and he has made all groups into one by reconciling us not only to God, but also to one another. In Jesus we become fellow citizens, brothers and sisters in God’s family, one body united in our faith. All Saints reminds us that when we see our neighbor as God sees them, God will do incredible things among us.

 

Jeanette Windle

Rev. Michael Spurlock

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Darrel Holcombe, Owner
Sanctuary Christian Books and Gifts
Colonial Promenade, Alabaster

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“Youth Group of the Year”

“Youth Group of the Year”

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Ronald McDonald Charities of Alabama named Prince of Peace Catholic School students “Youth Group of the Year.” The middle schoolers volunteered at Ronald McDonald (RM) House in Birmingham for the past two school years and raised almost $8,000 for the charity through bake sales, car washes, jewelry sales and other fundraisers. “I’ve never seen a school do this before. We think it is just incredible,” said RM’s Kathy Robson. The group hand delivered a check that will sponsor a family room at RM House in Birmingham for one year.

 

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Student Recognition at Prince of Peace

Student Recognition at Prince of Peace

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Prince of Peace Catholic School’s National Junior Honor Society recently inducted 35 new members from grades six through eight. To be eligible for induction, students maintain a 3.5 GPA, be of excellent character, service-oriented, possess leadership skills and be recommended by their teachers.  NJHS members are responsible for the school’s weekly recycling program, serving at the school fall festival and during Catholic Schools Week.  This past year they collected over 400 books and donated them to diocesan schools to expand their libraries.

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The Right to Write: Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic School

The Right to Write: Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic School

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Retired Judge Sonny Ferguson was one of the many professionals who spoke with students at Ultimate Author Day. He is seen her with granddaughter, Peyton Bradford, reading with her the book she wrote and illustrated.

More than 400 Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic School (OLS) students experienced “America -The Right to Write” with an entire day filled with exciting patriotic and educational activities presented by professionals and volunteers. The event was a part of the school’s annual Ultimate Author Day (UAD). “We want our students to continue to be proud of our country and to never forget how precious our freedoms are,” said OLS Principal Mary Jane Dorn. “Since the children are our future, we felt the importance to rejuvenate their enthusiasm about patriotism through their writing and have the opportunity to learn from other professionals and volunteers in the community.” Throughout the school year, each OLS student in grades Wee-K3 through eighth grade enjoyed writing and illustrating their very own book that was published. On UAD they celebrated their accomplishments and learned more about various forms of language expression, while their books were on display in the school library for everyone to enjoy, www.olsschool.com.

 

 

 

 

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Outstanding Shelby Co Students & Educators Recognized

Outstanding Shelby Co Students & Educators Recognized

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The Greater Shelby County Chamber recently recognized Shelby County’s leading students and educators for the 2016-17 school year at its Fourth Annual “Student & Educator of the Year” Luncheon. Each school in Shelby County was invited to submit a “college ready” and “career ready” Student of the Year to represent their school. The nominees were evaluated on GPA, extra-curricular activities and awards, a written response (essay) on their proposed occupation/ course of study and a letter of recommendation. The Educator of the Year candidates were nominated in two categories — elementary and secondary — by their school principals and evaluated on their philosophy of teaching, community involvement and recommendations from colleagues and school administrators. “Given that our 1,000+ investor organizations are the future employers of these students, we think it’s an important step to recognize the excellence that is taking place throughout our Shelby County classrooms at both the student and educator level,” said Chamber President & CEO Kirk Mancer. Recipients included College Ready Student of the Year Armeen Barghi from Oak Mountain High School, Career Ready Student of the Year Ben Jones from the Shelby County College and Career Center, Elementary Educator of the Year Amy Miller from Oak Mountain Intermediate and Secondary Educator of the Year Gary Griffith from the Shelby County College and Career Center. The two students each received a $1,000 cash award to continue their education and career development and the two educators each received a $750 cash award for use in their classrooms.

(L-R) Keith Brown, Chamber Chair; Gary Griffith Secondary Educator of the Year; Armeen Barghi College Ready Student of the Year; Ben Jones Career Ready Student of the Year; Elementary Educator of the Year Amy Miller and Kevin Morris, America’s First Federal Credit Union.

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GODSPELL at John Carroll

GODSPELL at John Carroll

“GODSPELL”

John Carroll Catholic High School Theater recently presented the famous musical GODSPELL!  Senior and first-time actor David Payne played the leading role as Jesus.

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