The Oak Mountain High School Robotics Team will be competing this Saturday, October 4 at the UAB Bartow Arena. Spectator action starts at 10:45 and awards should be given about 6:00 that evening. It is an amazing event. Schools put up extremely creative marketing booths all around the arena. Each booth has an engineering or problem solving game with prizes. Kids and adults will enjoy visiting the game/exhibit booths and watching the robot competition. The robots have to grasp and move a variety of objects to complete their taskthis year. It will be a very impressive display of engineering and driving. Teams will be yelling and cheering all day. We would love to have our OMHS community stop by to help us cheer and see us perform!
The next Key Club meeting is Tuesday, October 7, at 7:10 a.m. in room 135. Check Edmodo for upcoming projects (code m75tmx).
The annual Toys for Tots drive will kick off in October. Sponsored by the OMHS National Honor Society, members collect donations to give a child a Christmas. Local businesses and families are welcome to contribute! Please make checks to OMHS for NHS Toys for Tots fundraiser and deliver to Room 204. Thank you!
Attention Rho Kappa Members—Officer voting will take place Wednesday through Friday of this week. Go to our Edmodo page to access the Google Form. You can vote anytime between Wednesday morning and Friday afternoon at 2:00 p.m. Officers will be announced on Edmodo Friday after school.
CALLING ALL EAGLE FANS: Coach Bell wants to know who the Oak Mountain Fans are in our community. He wants us to let our Briarwood and Spain Park neighbors know that this is Our Mountain. You can show your spirit by purchasing and displaying the new OM Eagle auto decal. They are only $5 and are available in the front office at OMHS and OMMS as well as the Spirit Wear Tent at our home football games.
All students interested in indoor track need to pick up a registration packet from Mr. Sheffield in room 117.
YOUTH IN GOVERNMENT: If you are competing on the Youth in Government Mock Trial teams, please join Remind 101 to get notifications of meetings as we prepare for our competition in November. Please text “@686210” to 417-544-8001. Thank you, and please help by spreading this message to your teammates.
Girls Tennis team evaluations are October 14th – 17th. Sign up with Mrs. Watkins on math hall.
Oak Mtn. Master Applications are available to all sophomores. Pick one up in Mrs. Watkins’ room on math hall.
Senior ads for the yearbook are due by Friday, October 31. All ad information is located on the OMHS website. Please contact adviser Melissa Dixon with questions.
Oak Mountain Swim Team info (grades 7-12) – If interested, please sign up in Ms. Wright’s room (English Hall). In order to participate, you must have an updated physical on file and consent forms. Also, swimmers are required to have qualifying times set forth by AHSAA. This year there is a Sectional Swim Meet in order to qualify for the State Meet. Use link below to get more info and qualifying times – scroll down to bottom for Swimming/Diving around page 107. DEADLINE to sign up Wednesday, October 15th.
Girls basketball tryouts will be held October 14 & 15 from 3:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Please contact Coach McGowan if you are planning on trying out email@example.com. You must have an updated physical to participate in tryouts.
Any freshman or new transfer students must see Coach Love to sign up for basketball tryouts. You must sign up before Oct. 6. You must have a physical on file.
Girls Golf Team tryouts will be the end of October. Anyone interested in trying out for the team should email Coach Susan Schwartz at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Only players, coaches, medical staff, administrators, approved band volunteers, and authorized personnelwill be allowed on the track during home football games. You must present a valid AHSAA coaches card, press pass, or a sideline pass in order to gain access onto the track. If you wish to obtain a sideline pass or have any further questions, please email Dexter LeBlanc at email@example.com or call the school at 682-5200.
All students who are dropped off at Heardmont Park for the varsity football games must be picked up in front of the Senior Citizens Center at Heardmont Park after the game. Vehicles will not be allowed to turn into Heardmont Park by the home stands due to traffic issues. Please enter through the main entrance to Heardmont Park to access the Senior Citizens center.
The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program recognizes top high school youth volunteers from each state. To apply for the program you can go to http://spirit.prudential.com by Tuesday, November 4th.
College Visits the Week of September 29:
October 1 – Transylvania U, 9:45 am- Guidance Center
October 1 – Agnes Scott College (ALL GIRL), 1 pm- Guidance Center
October 2 – High Point University, 9 am – Guidance Center
October 2 – U of Tennessee, 10 am – Guidance Center
October 2 – Auburn University College of Engineering, 1:30 pm – Guidance Center
Sign up in the Guidance Center with Mrs. Huff if interested!
Police Explorer Program (Helena)
The Helena Police Department is hosting their “First Nighter” Open House at their explorer post on Monday, October 6, 2014 from 5:30 pm to 7 pm at their training facility on Cunningham Drive–directions available at 663-6499). There will be refreshments and demonstrations for anyone interested in joining. The Law Enforcement Explorer Program is open to young men and women ages 14-21 interested in learning the ins and outs of law enforcement. For questions contact Officer Joshua Lindsey or visit them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/Helena-Police-Explorers . If you would like more information on other Explorer Programs, visit www.learning-for-life.org
The Linly Heflin Scholarship grants four-year scholarships in the amount of $3,000 to a limited number of Alabama women who have both significant economic need and sound academic records. Requirements that must be met:
1) Must be attending a four-year Alabama SACS accredited colleges
2) Minimum ACT 23
3) Alabama resident and US citizen
4) Financial need
5) Academic proficiency
Applications are located in the Guidance Center and must be postmarked by January 9, 2015
HOBY’s (The Hugh O’Brien Youth Leadership Seminar) flagship program, the State Leadership Seminar (LS), is designed to help high school sophomores recognize their leadership talents and apply them to become effective, ethical leaders in their home, school, workplace, and community Selected students attend a three-day seminar and participate in hands-on leadership activities, meet leaders from the state, and explore their own personal leadership skills, all while learning how to lead others and make a positive impact in their community. The seminar curriculum is based on the Social Change Model of Leadership and develops leadership from three perspectives: Personal Leadership, Group Leadership, and Leadership for Society. The leadership seminar will be May 29-31 at Troy University in Troy, AL. To be considered as OMHS’ nominee, please submit your resume and a paragraph describing the most rewarding and challenging aspect of being a leader in your school and community to the Guidance Center. Deadline for submission is October 17th.
Thomas E. Huey, Jr. Memorial Scholarship
BLSA, a Chapter of NALS, Inc, the association of legal professionals, will award its Thomas E. Huey, Jr. Memorial Scholarship in the amount of $1,000 to a high school senior in February 2015. Scholarship applications will be accepted based upon 50% financial need, 40% GPA (must be at least a “B”), and 10% achievements and accomplishments. The application must be postmarked no later than December 31, 2014 and received by the Chairman no later than January 5, 2015. Applications are available in the OMHS Counseling Center. See Mrs. Huff.
9th, 10th and 11th grade students interested in taking the PSAT/NMQT on Wednesday, October 15th should come by the Guidance Center and register by paying $14 by October 8th. You can also pick up a study booklet that explains the test and its merits. You may also recognize this test as the pre-SAT.
U.S. Department of State – Scholarships for American High School Students to Study Abroad: The National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y) offers merit-based scholarships to study one of seven critical foreign languages: Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), Hindi, Korean, Persian (Tajiki), Russian and Turkish. The NSLI-Y program is designed to immerse participants in the cultural life of the host country, provide formal and informal language practice, and spark a lifetime interest in foreign languages and cultures. The application deadline for summer 2015 and academic 2015-2016 programs is October 30, 2014. Visit www.nsliforyouth.org for more information.
The Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES) Abroad Program offers merit-based scholarships to spend an academic year in countries that may include Bosnia & Hezegovina, Egypt, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Macedonia, Malaysia, Mali, Morocco, Oman, Phillipines, South Africa, Thailand, Tunisia, and Turkey. This program increases understanding between people in the United States and people in countries with significant Muslim populations. Students live in host families, attend local high school, do community service, and complete a capstone project. Applications for academic year 2015-2016 programs are due January 7, 2015. Visit www.yes-abroad.org for more information.
The Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange Program (CBYX) offers merit-based scholarships to spend an academic year in Germany. The program was established in 1983 to celebrate German-American friendship based on common values of democracy. Students live with host families, attend local schools, and participate in community life in Germany. For more information and application deadlines, visit the organization in charge of recruitment for your state at http://www.usagermanyscholarhsip.org/.
For more information on exchanges sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, visit www.exhanges.state.gov
Voice of Democracy Scholarship
The VFW established the Voice of Democracy program to provide students in grades 9-12 the opportunity to express themselves in regards to democratic ideas and principles. The national first-place winner receives a $30,000 scholarship paid directly to the recipient’s American university, college or vocational/technical school. Other national scholarships range from $1,000-$16,000 and the first-place winner from each state wins an all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C.
The deadline for submissions for the 2014-15 program is November 1, 2014. For more information and to download an application, go to www.vfw.org/Community/Voice-of-Democracy/
Hunter Street Baptist Church is hosting a College Preview Night for all high school students and their parents Wednesday, October 15th, from 5:30 pm – 8:20 pm in the Hunter Street Baptist Church Student Building. The following colleges will be in attendance: Samford University, Mississippi College, Union University, William Carey University, Leavell College, Judson College, Blue Mountain College, University of Mobile & Boyce-The College at Southern; other programs will be attendance. Go to www.hunterstreet.org for more information.
The Lois Pickard Scholarship Competition is open to serious and gifted young musicians ages 12-senior in high school. Students of string, brass, winds, percussion and piano are eligible to enter in one category only. Entrants must be legal U.S. residents. The winners must be available to perform for the Lois Pickard Scholarship Award Luncheon on Thursday, February 19, 2015 as this is the time that scholarships are awarded. OMHS has had 2 winners in the last 3 years. The date of the competition is Saturday, January 31, 2015. It will be held at the Birmingham-Southern College Concert Hall: 900 Arkadelphia Road, Birmingham, AL. The entry fee is $35 with checks made payable to Symphony Volunteer Council. The entry deadline is January 12, 2015. Application forms are available in the OMHS Band Room. For more information, please contact Debbie Reid at 205-991-2712 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are now accepting applications for Youth Leadership Shelby County for Juniors Only. YLSC is a program designed to encourage young people to be conscientious leaders of the future by providing them with the experience, vision, and opportunity to lead. The 6 month program meets on the first Wednesday of each month. On each class day, students have the opportunity to meet community decision makers and to engage them in frank, off the record discussions on current issues. A wide range of topics exposes participants to the decisions facing our communities today. Emphasis is on active, hands-on experience that makes the learning meaningful and interesting. Deadline for application submittal is October 10 and applications are located in the guidance center from Mrs. Huff.
ATTENTION ALL AP STUDENTS AND PARENTS: We have begun collecting money for AP exams that will be given in the spring. All students must pay $91 for each exam. This is a $2 increase over last year. The deadline for payment will be December 19th which is much earlier than in years past. If there are problems with payment, please contact Patton Barrett or Mrs. Huff and we will work out a payment plan.
U of Montevallo College Ahead Program is a way for juniors and seniors to take college courses while still in high school. A three hour course will cost a flat rate fee of $525.00. For more information, please contact Audrey Crawford at email@example.com
Seniors and senior parents: Please be aware that you must send your ACT/SAT score to the university or college to which you are applying from the testing agency!
Also, if you are having questions about college admissions process or financial aid, you may have your questions answered by going to the Counseling Blog on the OMHS website, clicking on SENIORS and opening the link to the OMHS College Handbook.
GIVE ME FIVE OPPORTUNITIES
There has been some minor changes to the Give Me Five requirements this year. School hours can only be counted if it is working for an outside NPO or if it is for a community-wide fundraiser. If you have any questions, please ask your Social Studies teacher or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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