Education Matters: Elmore County School (March 2024)

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March promises to be another eventful month in Elmore County Schools! We have completed our spelling bees and science fairs, and I am proud to share the results of these important events for our students.

Each of our elementary and middle schools held their spelling bees in January and the school winners competed in the county spelling bee in February. Makenna Burton from WMS School placed first, and Landon Hickman from RMS School placed second. Congratulations Makenna and Landon!

Our district science fair was held recently and the following students placed first in their respective categories: Elementary Division (grades 4-5) were Gabriel Ashford, EMS, and Hadley Hatfield, RMS. The Elementary Division had two second place and two third place winners. Junior Division (grades 6-8) winners were Philip Dixon, RMS; Kira LeFevre, WMS; Ella English, RMS; Ryder Ries, HMS; Andrew Whitlock, MMS; Eli Peterson, MMS; Camryn Lee, HMS; and Cole Wise, HMS. The Junior Division had eight second place and five third place winners.

Senior Division (grades 9-12) first place winners in their respective categories were Tristan Davis and Aiye Kioni, SEHS; Dominic Vilardi, WHS; Jessica Patton, SEHS; Jason Bailey, WHS; Jake Cagle, WHS; Lily Vilardi; WHS; Ashley Fulmer, WHS; Joseph LeFevre, WHS; Whitley Shull, WHS; and John Belew, WHS. The Senior Division had eleven second place and twelve third place winners. Participating in science fairs can open doors to career opportunities and help students learn critical thinking and problem-solving skills they can use throughout their lifetime.

In other news, the SEHS Girls’ Bowling Team won the 6A/7A State Bowling Championship, its first in program history. Congratulations, ladies!

Our second graders recently culminated a 10-week Super Citizen Program, utilizing the “Hands on Liberty” DVD series with activities and civics, character, financial literacy, and social studies. The students gathered to celebrate their accomplishments and honor local heroes in a county-wide assembly. We are proud of our students and thank our generous sponsors for making this program possible.

Pre-registration has begun for the First Class Pre-K random selection process for the 2024-2025 school year. Children must be 4 years old on or before September 1, 2024 to be eligible for the drawing. More information is available at

Spring break is March 25-29. Enjoy the warmer weather and take some time to relax, recharge, and return ready to finish the 2023-2024 school year strong!

Every student empowered ~ every student succeeds!

Richard Dennis is the Superintendent of Education for Elmore County Schools. He is a 1983 graduate of Holtville High School. He served 21 years as a high school principal at Holtville High, Wetumpka High and most recently, Prattville High. He and wife, Leslie (also an educator) have three sons and a daughter.


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