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This Just In…is a weekly publication of the MPS Communication Office. Events are submitted to the Communication Office by schools and are subject to change. Media are advised to confirm the date and time of an event and must call the Communication Office at (334) 223-6848 or 223-6873 for authorization to visit a school or photograph and interview students or staff.

THIS JUST IN… March 19-23, 2018

A team of Brewbaker Technology Magnet High robotics students has qualified for the VEX Robotics World Championship after competing in the VEX State Championship. The qualifying team of William Sumlin, Trevor Taylor, Will Percival and Yomi Adagunodo has been named the State Robot Skills Challenge Champion. They were among the 25 Brew Tech students along with eight robots competing in the state championship in Gadsden. They competed against 46 middle and high school robots from around the state. The VEX World Championship will be April 25 to 28 in Louisville, Ky. There will be more than 15,000 middle and high school students from 37 countries bringing more than 590 robots to compete in this event. The Brew Tech robotics team is one of seven Alabama robotics teams that will compete in Kentucky in April. This is the fifth year Brew Tech students have qualified for the World Championship. 

Schools will be closed for Spring Break March 12 through 16. Central Office locations will be open Monday and Tuesday, March 12 and 13, before closing for the rest of the week. Monday, March 19, will be a professional development day, and students will return Tuesday, March 20. 

The Wilson Elementary Autism Awareness Team is gearing up for its annual event April 2. The team is currently looking for sponsors for the event and items for the silent auction. 

Kudos to Park Crossing High students Cason Williams, Channing Evans, Noah Todd, Jaylen Hosea, Rachella Sharp and Keavius Smith for being selected for the 2018 Alabama State University Honor Band Festival. Kudos also to Park Crossing students Adrianna Cline, Allatia Rollins and Joseph Thomas for placing at the 2018 DECA State Career Development Conference in Birmingham. They earned exceptional ratings in entrepreneurship and will advance to the International Career Development Conference in Atlanta in April. 

Tuesday, March 20 

The Sidney Lanier High Poets Parents Center will play host to “The Importance of Saving,” a Gear Up presentation by Regions Bank Western Branch Manager Lashenna Clayton at 6 p.m. in the auditorium. At 6:30 p.m.. the Poet Nation PTSA will present Culture and Community in the Castle. There will be babysitting services, refreshments and door prizes available. 

Garrett Elementary will welcome parents for a Parent Meeting at 6 p.m. 

Wednesday, March 21 

Garrett Elementary will promote a healthy lifestyle with its Wellness Wednesday. 

Park Crossing High will have ACT pre-registration for juniors. 

Thursday, March 22 

Flowers Elementary first-graders will embellish their artistic educations with a trip to the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, where they will see paintings by artists they have studied in art class this year. 

Bear Exploration Center students will take a trip to the McWane Science Center in Birmingham, where they will see the display “The Big Backyard” and watch the IMAX movie “Dream Big.” 

Wilson Elementary’s Language Unit classrooms will take a trip to Huntingdon College for a morning of interaction and activity with aspiring teachers. 

Bear Exploration Center students who are members of the National Elementary Honor Society will meet after school. 

Lee High students will give back to the community with a blood drive. 

Friday, March 23 

Garrett Elementary’s Boys Into Gentlemen (B.I.G.) club is selling popcorn and pickles to raise money.