Friday, December 21, 2012

Freshmen Cheerleading Squad Leads Service Project

The freshmen cheer squad wanted to do a special service project that would make an impact for the holidays. They wanted it to be something that would truly be a blessing to someone who needed holiday "cheer" this year. Lana Wakefield, the cheer spnosor, has a younger brother who is currently serving in the U.S. Navy, and he and his shipmates will not be coming home this Christmas. She proposed the idea of sending a care package to her brother and his mates. These servicemen need to be encouraged and uplifted, especially this time of year! The freshmen cheerleaders loved the idea and decided to get the entire freshmen class involved. Each of the cheerleaders became responsible for "cheering on" an advisory class by encouraging their classmates to bring in items that would both help the servicemen and women, but also remind them of Christmas back home. The cheerleaders and students collected items like toothbrushes, Chap Stick, and snacks, as well as Christmas CD's, holiday treats, and homemade Christmas cards. When the week came to an end, the cheerleaders had over 15 boxes worth of goodies!! It weighed well over 65 pounds!!

The freshmen and JV cheerleading squads spent an afternoon with markers, crayons, construction paper, glitter, etc. to make beautiful cards to send with the packages. The freshmen cheerleaders also encouraged their classmates in the advisory classes to write a small note of thanks, encouragement, or just “Merry Christmas!”

With this great success, came an unexpected dilemma: the cheerleaders did not have enough money to ship everything they had collected, even after looking into the military rate on a flat rate box. Thanks to FOX 6, CBS 42, and the Birmingham Newspaper, the word got out about their disappointment. People from all over the Birmingham area and a couple from Mississippi have emailed, called, and sent very generous donations. They have now collected more than enough money to send every last box.

Way to go Freshmen Cheerleaders!

Monday, December 17, 2012

HHS Hosting Metro Basketball Tournament During the Holidays

Homewood High School will host the Metro Independent Tournament from December 27 - 31, 2012. Both the boys Varsity and Jr. Varsity will compete against Mountain Brook, Vestavia, Pelham, and many other local high school teams.

 The JV will compete Thu., Dec. 27 - Sat., Dec. 29, with their first game at 6:45p on Thursday. The Varsity competes from Fri., Dec. 28 - Mon., Dec. 31, with their first game at 7:30p on Friday. 

 Please come out and support our Patriots in our holiday tournament!

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Library Christmas Tree

The Homewood High School Library is now lit up for Christmas with the construction of this year's Christmas "Tree". Librarian Annalisa Keuler, along with some helpful students, built the "tree" using several hundred books from the HHS collection. She added "snow" and lights to create a joyful sight for the students during the holiday season. The Christmas "Tree" will be on display until the first of January.

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BeardStrong 2012


During the month of November, several faculty members participated in BeardStrong 2012 in order to raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. They accepted donations throughout the month and were able to raise $555 to donate to the LLS on behalf of John Finlay, former Vice Principal of HHS. Mrs. McBride and the Anatomy/Physiology classes provided cancer facts on the morning announcements, and Mr. Brad Keim created posters that were displayed around the school. He also created before and after shots of all the participants. The winner of the "Stache for Cash" competition based on student donation was Coach Tom Esslinger. Congratulations on a successful BeardStrong 2012!


Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Homewood High School's Heritage Panel Prepares to Make HHS Even Better

The YWCA trained the new HHS Heritage Panel members with a day of fun activities at the HHS Pathways where they talked about discrimination and bullying in school. By the end of the day, the students had discussed the serious topics of  racism, sexism, ageism, ableism and religious beliefs.  They learned how to organize heritage panels to help combat these problems. This group will be ready to speak to classes at the beginning of 2013. The Unity Club sponsors this group with the support of the PTO.


The students who trained included Ian Shackleford, Katie Ly, Victoria Reyes, Camille Ponseti, Gabby McCloskey, Jake Fuqua, Hallie Tarpley, Grace Kyle, Linnet Kabachia, Khang Vo, JP McLeod, Julio Martinez, Erin Blankenship, Genesis Barco, Joy Korley, Alex Harris, Katrina Holmberg, Frieda Mendez, Judith Paz, Sarah Grace Malone, Jordan Ochoa,  and Kailyn  Gibbs. Three returning members came to the training as well: Alexys Smiley, Trina  Mampuya and Samantha Hollis-White.


Homewood High School Students Selected for Samford University’s Turning Points Program

Congratulations to Homewood High School students Antonio Kelly, Michelle George, Malone Morgan, and Jessica Nevins for being selected to participate in Samford’s Turning Points Program!  These students gained admission to the program through their excellent applications and interviews.  The Turning Points Program, specifically designed for graduation certificate students between the ages of 18-21, meets every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday on Samford’s campus.

Staff from the Mountain Brook school system developed the program which was implemented in the fall of 2011. This transition program concentrates on the development of life, social, communication and employability skills through instruction and job-training opportunities and direct hands-on activities and classroom instruction.  While much time has been spent on learning and practicing important skills, students have also enjoyed activities such as baking cookies in Anna’s dorm, listening to the Reid Chapel pipe organ, a picnic lunch on the quad and exercising in the gym.

Kudos to these amazing students!

Homewood High School student takes the BeardStrong 2012 fundraiser outside of HHS

HHS junior, Nashawan Mahyoub, wanted to make a real difference in the BeardStrong 2012 fundraiser for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society in November. He spent the Thanksgiving holiday week raising money at Hello Market where he works. Nashawan's donation of $36.38 was the largest single contribution to the HHS BeardStrong 2012 fundraiser. Hello Market is owned by Nashawan's father, and located at 2729 12th Avenue North in Bessemer, AL.

A native of Yemen, Nashawan is in his third year at HHS, where he has learned to speak, read and write the English language with much teaching, help and support of the HHS faculty. He now assists another student who arrived in Homewood back in July. Knowing the road ahead for Nader Mohsin, Nashawan has become a mentor and friend to help Nader in his adjustment to Homewood. Nashawan's eagerness to make a positive impact on the school and community is inspirational to the Homewood community.


The Homewood High School Administration, Faculty and Staff are very proud of the leadership the Nashawan shows everyday, and the smile he brings to everything he does.