• Look What is Happening in our Classrooms

  • Can You Build the Structure to Support our Government

    Posted by Joani Kay on 11/29/2018

    Instructor: Coach Shane Martin


    Crush Day! Students love this assignment. The assignment is to create a toothpick structure with 3 base points to represent the government our founding fathers created.


    Next student place weights on the structure. Minimum: 35 lbs. Some were so successful, they even held students! So proud of them!



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  • Micro:bit in AP Computer Science Principles

    Posted by Joani Kay on 11/26/2018

    Instructors: Fred Major and Rhonda Guillory


    In AP Computer Science Principles, we have spent several weeks learning the syntax of the programming language Python.  The week of November 12, 2018 we began coding micro:bits using Python.  The small micro:bit has an LED display, an accelerometer, can capture button presses and can output data to speakers and other data collection devices.


    In the labs the students are creating code that is transferred to a computer chip and they have commented that it is interesting to see the results of their coding on an device external to the computer screen.  So far, they have learned how to output to speakers and how to capture input through button presses on the micro:bit.



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  • Technology Tuesday October 2018

    Posted by Joani Kay on 10/3/2018

    Instructors: Ginny Bakken, John Binet, Morgan Chatham, Jackie Hayes, and Michelle Holdbrooks


    Teachers presented for Technology Tuesday modeling a lesson using several easy to use tools. We think they may have had a little fun along the way from the look on their faces. Watch the video below. 


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  • Mountain Brook High School Hour of Code

    Posted by Joani Kay on 3/29/2018
    Instructors: Fred Major, Rhonda Guillory, Shelley Seary, and Suzy Ritter
    In February the MBHS AP Computer Science Principles classes conducted a Code.org Hour of Code with students with multiple disabilities.  The Computer Science students worked in small groups with individual students from these classes.
    The Hour of Code is an attempt to introduce many students to the basics of computer programming by creating games or stories from popular games or movies.  It allows more experienced students the opportunity to lead others in the basics in computer programming. All students are provided the opportunity to work together to create new versions of the popular games or stories they are working on.
    Hour of Code  


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  • Opportunity to Explore a Career Area

    Posted by Joani Kay on 12/5/2017

    Instructor: Jill McGee, Career Tech


    Workforce Development (COOP) 



    There are 59 students currently enrolled in the business department’s COOP program.  For the first nine weeks, these students collectively worked 5585.26 hours and received compensation totaling $46,779.22.  Ten of the 59 students are in internships and do not receive any pay.


    Cooperative Education provides students with the opportunity to explore a career area while earning school credit.  The goal of this program is to expose students to career opportunities, increase knowledge about the world of work and to assist students in making decisions about the future.  Students must work a minimum of 10 hours per week, obtain employment in an approved work environment (paid or unpaid) and complete an application process.  Applications are due at the same time of registration for the 2018-2019 school year.  Applications will be located on the school web site and in the front office.  Students do not need to have a job or internship secure until July, 2018.  Students can COOP 6 – 8th periods, 7 and 8th period, or just 8th period based on their needs.


    Currently, students are placed in an array of jobs/internships including:


    1. Doctors
    2. Lawyers
    3. Orthodontists
    4. Chamber of Commerce
    5. Retail
    6. Distribution Warehouses
    7. Cosmetology
    8. Non-profits
    9. Dance, Gymnastics, Pilates


    The possibilities are endless.  Students are responsible for securing their own job/internship and the employer/mentor must agree to host a COOP student and follow the school guidelines. Senior Farley Morris states, “I enjoy learning work skills that I can use later in my future career.  For two years, I have participated in the COOP program and have loved meeting new people who will help me further my career.”


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  • Students Earning Microsoft Office Specialist Certifications

    Posted by Joani Kay on 11/30/2017

    Instructor: Lori Beasley


    MBHS Business Technology Students have been working hard to obtain their M.O.S. (Microsoft Office Specialist) certifications. M.O.S. certifications are performance-based exams that are conducted in a simulated environment. Students complete business-style projects using the skills they have learned in Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint. By earning these certifications, the business students have gained a professional edge by presenting evidence of skill mastery in a globally recognized industry.


    Congratulations to the students in Ms. Hawkins’ and Mrs.Beasley’s classes who have earned over 140 M.O.S certifications during the fall semester.

    MOS Certifications

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  • Leadership Mountain Brook introduces Humans of Mountain Brook

    Posted by Joani Kay on 11/29/2017

    Instructor: Amber Benson, Career Tech


    Follow @humansofmb on Instagram and Facebook


    Leadership Mountain Brook introduces Humans of Mountain Brook

    LMB Humans of MB Humans of Mountain Brook is a social media account created by the Leadership Mountain Brook class of 2017-2018. The goal is to educate the general public of several Mountain Brook businesses, city employees, and citizens. Posts are based on subject matter, meaning that the account will feature photos and stories based around the content to be covered during that month. The first series focuses on presenting city leaders, city officials, and the departments that comprise the local government. The students are striving to use their knowledge obtained in class to inform the rest of society on the inner and outer workings of Mountain Brook.



    The image shows LMB students proofing Mayor Welch’s caption and editing his picture for the Humans of MB project. Students are able to collaborate in the mediascape setting by connecting their Chromebooks to the console and project their screens to the tv monitors. Students enjoy being able to show their work and research to their peers which in turn greatly improves project productivity.

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  • Physics – Students Learn How Translational Motion Relates to Angular Motion

    Posted by Joani Kay on 11/14/2017

    Instructor: Dr. Sue Davis, Physics

    Physics – Students Learn How Translational Motion Relates to Angular Motion

    Motion and what causes motion is the foundation of Physics. Objects fall so fast that students cannot accurately use a stopwatch to gather meaningful data.  Scientific companies have developed motion sensors and carts with accelerometers that transmit position, velocity, acceleration, and force to their Chromebooks using a Bluetooth adapter.  Chromebooks can be outfitted with inexpensive Bluetooth adapters that plug into USB ports, allowing students to gather data 100 times per second.


    In this experiment, students are learning how translational motion relates to angular motion. The cart accelerates down the track (translational motion) and pulls a string wrapped around a pulley causing it to spin (rotational motion).  For a given incline, the cart turns a large pulley more slowly than a small one so radius of motion and angular speed are inversely related. Next, the students will answer the question, “How does your location on a carousel affect your speed?” Visually seeing the motion occur and graphing it simultaneously helps student understanding. These sensors have proved invaluable to their learning.



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  • Product Design, Engineering Design Process, 3-D Printing

    Posted by Joani Kay on 11/14/2017

    Instructor: Dr. Bryan Rosenstiel, Engineering Your World


    Students in the Engineering Your World class are designing a balloon-powered car for a competition among their classmates.  The car must perform specific functions such as travelling a specific distance in competition.  Multiple distances will be required on competition day.  Students know the distance range but will not learn the competition distances until competition day.  Therefore, teams will have to conduct performance testing and collect data to determine how to make their car perform specific distant tasks.  There is an overall distance competition category as well.


    Students start by brainstorming ideas on options they can design into their cars.  They must then 3-D model the parts for the cars on the computer.  Once they have the design correct, they print the parts out on a 3-D printer.  Sometimes, the printed model offers design insight as to whether or not a design element will function the way the team desires.  “Back to the drawing board” is not an uncommon saying in this process.  Multiple iterations of changing designs and tweaking design elements are required.


    The students are learning teamwork and brainstorming techniques.   They are honing their modeling skills and learning about product development and design.  The students are implementing the engineering design process and practicing troubleshooting designs.  Competition is approaching and the students are letting their competitive spirit fly and their creativity soar.



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  • Spanish I Students Ofrendas to Commemorate the Ancient Holiday

    Posted by Joani Kay on 11/5/2017

    Instructor: Holley Alexander


    Spanish I students created shoebox ofrendas to commemorate the ancient holiday, Dia de los muertos.   Dia de los muertos are celebrated November 1 and 2 to remember loved ones who have passed.  November 1 is set aside to celebrate the lives of babies and children who have died, while November 2 honors adults.  Students studied the traditions and beliefs related to this holiday and compared them to the American holiday of Halloween.  The class discussed the differences in the perspective towards death in our own culture and in the cultures of Spanish-speaking countries.

    The requirements for the project were that the honoree be a famous person who has died.  Students were asked to include a photo of the honoree as well as items that he or she liked.  Also included were decorations representative of the holiday, such as papel picado (cut paper), velas (candles), cempazuchitl (from the Aztec word for marigolds), and calaveras (skulls).  Students presented their ofrendas to the class in Spanish and were able to explain why they selected their honoree.


    Project 1

    Project 2





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