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Madison County: Alleged Rape Inside Middle School

Lawsuit over alleged student rape inside Sparkman Middle School

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By Jack Madison - email
MADISON COUNTY, AL (WAFF)-  A family claims a girl was raped by a student in a Sparkman Middle School bathroom, and is now suing the school board.
The lawsuit claims a Sparkman Middle School teacher, June Simpson, is accused of influencing the 14-year-old girl by telling her to follow a boy into the bathroom, and that the girl would be safe.
According to the lawsuit, the incident happened on January 22nd.
It says that the boy had been propositioning girls to have sex with him at school, but that teachers were aware of it and were watching the boy closely.
The lawsuit also says Simpson coerced the girl into meeting the boy so he could be caught in the act.
In the lawsuit, it states that Simpson told the girl, "Don't do anything. Just get him to meet you and we'll catch him."
It goes on to claim that Simpson watched security cameras, did not see the boy or girl go into the bathroom, and went back to her classroom.
It later states that the girl was raped and sexually assaulted by the defendant in the school's sixth-grade bathroom.
Simpson is one of six defendants named in the lawsuit. The others are the principal, two assistant principals, the boy who allegedly raped the girl and the Madison County School Board. 
A spokesperson from the Madison County School Board said they are just getting the information about the lawsuit, their attorney is looking it over, and it's too early to comment.

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Volleyball

Volleyball

If you know of a volleyball program that is open to all homeschoolers that is not listed below, please let us know at everestacademy1@gmail.com.  All information was correct when posted below; however, things change and people forget to tell us, so if you see any dead links or outdated information, please let us know. 


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Tennis

Tennis

If you know of a tennis program that is open to all homeschoolers that is not listed below, please let us know at everestacademy1@gmail.com.  All information was correct when posted below; however, things change and people forget to tell us, so if you see any dead links or outdated information, please let us know. 

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Swimming

Swimming


If you know of a swimming program that is open to all homeschoolers that is not listed below, please let us know at everestacademy1@gmail.com.  All information was correct when posted below; however, things change and people forget to tell us, so if you see any dead links or outdated information, please let us know. 


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Soccer

Soccer


If you know of a soccer program that is open to all homeschoolers that is not listed below, please let us know at everestacademy1@gmail.com.  All information was correct when posted below; however, things change and people forget to tell us, so if you see any dead links or outdated information, please let us know. 



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Ice Hockey

Ice Hockey

If you know of any resources for playing ice hockey that is not listed below, please let us know at everestacademy1@gmail.com.  All information was correct when posted; however, things change and people forget to tell us, so if you see any dead links or outdated information, please let us know. 

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Football

Football

Football is probably the number one sports that homeschoolers ask me about.  If you know of a football program that is open to all homeschoolers that is not listed below, please let us know at everestacademy1@gmail.com.  All information was correct when posted below; however, things change and people forget to tell us, so if you see any dead links or outdated information, please let us know. 

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Cheerleading

Go Team!!!!  Cheerleading is lots of fun and very physically demanding.  There are community cheerleading squads as well as homeschooling cheerleading squads.  If you know of such a program that is not listed below, please let us know at everestacademy1@gmail.com.  All information was correct when posted below; however, things change and people forget to tell us, so if you see any dead links or outdated information, please let us know. 

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Bowling

Bowling

Bowling is FUN!  FUN!  FUN!, especially with a group.  There are several homeschooling bowling days and even homeschooling bowling leagues.  If you know of such a program that is not listed below, please let us know at everestacademy1@gmail.com.  All information was correct when posted below; however, things change and people forget to tell us, so if you see any dead links or outdated information, please let us know. 

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Archery

Archery
Archery is quickly becoming a popular sport among young and old.  In the past few years, community archery parks and programs have been popping up.  If you know of an archery program or park, please let us know at everestacademy1@gmail.com.  All information was correct when posted; however, things change and sometimes we don't know.  If you find any deadlinks or outdated information, please let us know. 

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Homeschool P.E. Programs

Homeschool P.E. Programs


There are lots of venues that offer great programs to homeschoolers such as P.E. programs, swimming, soccer, track, health classes, etc. without you having to be a member.  If you know of such a program that is not listed below, please let us know at everestacademy1@gmail.com.  All information was correct when posted below; however, things change and people forget to tell us, so if you see any dead links or outdated information, please let us know. 

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Huntsville Amateur Hockey Association


Vision Statement


  • Develop one of the best hockey programs in the United States. 
  • Integrate into the community. 
  • Provide opportunities for the development of NCAA Collegiate level players from within the youth program. 
  • Maintain an active adult recreational program. 
  • Manage programs that are highly competitive but very affordable

HAHA is a member of USA HOCKEY and its affiliate Southern Amateur Hockey Association. This qualifies our players to participate in USA Hockey programs such as select hockey camps, and district, and regional playoffs. The playoffs lead to the selection of a national champion in the peewee, bantam and midget age groups.





HUNTSVILLE AMATEUR HOCKEY ASSOCIATION

HAHA Offers the Following Ice Hockey Programs:





Getting Started

How can I get my child started in hockey?

The HHDC (Huntsville Hockey Development Center) is here to help your son or daughter get involved in the sport of hockey. For many, hockey seems too complicated to even start getting involved. We are here to help and show you the path for your son or daughter!



First things first! Skating! All players need to have fundamental skating skills in order to begin playing the sport of hockey. The HHDC offers a variety of programs to get your child started and keep them going and having fun through their development years. The following listing of programs shows the general hierarchical stages of development for your child. 

1. Learn to Play Hockey - This is the first step for your child. Here, quality HHDC certified staff members work with players in a small coach to player atmosphere teaching the basics of skating, puck handling, passing, and shooting. This program ranges in age from 3 to 12. The program offers skating school instructors for the absolute, just learning to skate beginners. Please CLICK HERE for more detailed information on this program.

2. House League - The House League is the place for all players after they have developed their fundamental skating and puck handling skills in the Learn to Play Hockey program. This program is mostly recreational where players are drafted onto teams and play against other teams within the program.

3. Development Programs - These programs are designed to offer players development in all areas of the game ranging from power skating, goaltending, shooting, checking, to fun and games. Players of all levels are encouraged to attend including but not limited to those in the house league, on select teams, or travel teams. There is no point when a player is ever "done" with development programs as these will always afford your child with the fundamental skills they need in each stage of their development. Please CLICK HERE for more detailed information on all of our development programs.

4. House Select - This program is a branch of the House League that offers a higher level of play including minimal levels of travel to the player interested in a little higher level of competition.
5. Travel Hockey - These programs are separate from the House League and offer the competitive hockey player an opportunity to play with and against the best competition from the area and often the country. These programs usually have tryouts for player selection, have a heavy travel schedule, and are more expensive.








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Pelham: Ice Hockey

Pelham Ice Hockey - PYHL offers three options for playing ice hockey: House League, House Select Team, and Travel Hockey.      For additional information please contact the Pelham Youth Hockey League at 205-620-6448.


Cullman Archery Park

Cullman Archery Park
http://www.cullmancityarchery.com/archerypark.html




“This skill can take you from target archery to hunting to competitive archery – all the way from a strictly novice situation to professional situation. You can compete in the Olympics and win your own gold medal. Anyone can shoot archery. It gets you away from the computer or TV or Playstations. It gets you in the great outdoors. And it’s family-oriented. A lot of times, the whole family can shoot the same target side-by-side.”


There are eight targets for youths from 8 to 20 yards and an eight-target adult range from 15 to 50 yards. The adult range is for bows above 30 pounds (draw weight). The youth range will be bows 30 pounds and below. You can also shoot crossbows at the adult range. A platform range is available with a 13-foot elevation and four targets from 10 to 40 yards. The youth and adult ranges are wheelchair accessible, and shooters can simulate shooting through a blind from a wheelchair, standing or kneeling.  There’s also a 16-target, walk-through, 3-D range with targets at unknown distances – anything from 20 yards to somewhere around 70 yards, according to Goldsby. Each station has a bench and bow rack. 





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Athens Community Archery Park



Athens Community Archery Park


The Athens Parks and Recreation Department maintains a Community Archery Park. This park is a state of the art archery park that is equipped with four youth targets (5-20 yards), eight adult targets (15-50 yards) and a 12-foot elevated platform with 3-D and Olympic style targets available for bow hunters to simulate hunting or shooting from a tree stand.

The Athens Community Archery Park is located within Swan Creek Park on Hwy 31 next to Athens High School.

Bham Fencing Club

Birmingham Fencing Club


The Birmingham Fencing Club provides a chance to try fencing at no cost for one day every month. It is held on the second Saturday of each month, from 10:30am to 11:30am, unless otherwise noted. All equipment is provided, so just dress comfortably... shorts, t-shirt and athletic shoes. Loose fitting clothes are best. Be prepared for an exciting afternoon. You'll learn a little about the history of fencing, the weapons we use, and the equipment we wear. Then you'll learn the basic actions used in fencing. Best of all, you'll get to fence with other visitors to Free Fencing and our coaches. Free Fencing is open to adults, and children ages 7 and up. Parents must accompany children under the age of 18. No need to contact us ahead of time, but it would help with planning. If you have any questions, you can contact David Arias at 824-6635 or by email arias@fencingclub.org

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Bham: Swim Lessons & Swim Team

Birmingham Swim Lessons and Swim Team
There are 17 pools located throughout the Birmingham area. Swim lessons are $2 for a two-week session. Each session has 8 classes. I asked if this was just for beginners, and they said it went from beginners to advanced swimmers. Each pool has its own swim team, which you can be part of for free. http://www.birminghamal.gov/swimming-pools.aspx Also, the BPR has its own swim team that you can check out at http://www.bprswimteam.50megs.com/index.html .





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State Wide: FREE Golf Lessons

FREE Golf Lessons 
for ages 8 - 18

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 * What is the purpose of The First Tee?   
The First Tee is an initiative of the World Golf Foundation.The focus is to give young people of all backgrounds an opportunity to develop, through golf and character education, life-enhancing values such as honesty, integrity and sportsmanship.

The mission of The First Tee is: 
To impact the lives of young people by providing learning facilities and educational programs that promote character-development and life-enhancing values through the game of golf.

 * How to become a participant of The First Tee:  

The Life Skills Experience is one of the unique features that separates The First Tee from many other junior golf programs.  The First Tee Life Skills Experience is used to further enhance and instill the inherent values of the game of golf, and show participants how these values transfer into other aspects of their lives.  Students are taught about responsibility, courtesy, how to make decisions by thinking about the possible consequences, how to set goals, how to define those goals, the importance of maintaining a positive attitude as well as the importance of showing respect for others. To become a participant or get your child involved today, click here to find a Chapter in your area.





 * At what age can a child participate in The First Tee?   
 
The First Tee Life Skills Experience is designed for young people ages 8-18; however, several of The First Tee Chapters offer modified programs for younger participants. All of The First Tee facilities are public facilities and have open times for participants of all ages.  To become a participant or get your child involved today, click here to find a Chapter in your area.



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Bham: Rugby Team

Birmingham Vulcans Rugby Club www.birminghamrugby.org 1-205-933-MAUL.  "Wanted! Dedicated individuals with a desire to compete in a true team sport. All sizes, shapes, and skill level welcome. No experience required. We will teach you all you ever needed to know. Practice held every Tuesday and Thursday from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm at Erskin Ramsey Park. Park Located on corner of Country Club Road and Montclair Road. See you there"

There are youth, women's, and men's teams. 

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Bham: LETT Tennis Lessons

Birmingham LETT
Tennis Lessons
http://www.bhamtennis.com/about.php  Since 1998, the Birmingham Area Tennis Association (BATA) has provided tennis and academic opportunities to youth while improving their health and keeping them productive when out of school. BATA’s mission is to improve children's lives through tennis and education so that they can learn discipline and positive social skills, increase their self-esteem,   and improve their physical fitness. This program teaches children life skills such as personal responsibility, cultural awareness, nutrition, and conflict resolution, and also measures and works toward improving the fitness level of the participants. Tennis provides a way to exercise, learn sportsmanship, and teamwork; it is the hook that motivates children to participate in other program activities. One goal is to keep the same children involved for three years so there is a better chance of having a positive impact on their lives.  Currently the LETT programs offer year round instruction reaching over 10,000 youth a year. We offer beginner-level tennis instruction all the way to USTA Youth Team Tennis competition. LETT has all the equipment necessary to introduce the game of tennis to any youth wanting to play. To get involved in LETT please email or contact us for participating locations in your community.   Monthly fees are $25.  




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Statewide: Upward Sports

 Upward Sports


Basketball, Soccer, Flag Football and Cheerleading - Upward is an evangelistic sports ministry specifically designed for K5 through sixth grade boys and girls that promotes salvation, character, and self-esteem in every child.

Phenix City Homeschooling Sports Teams


Phenix City - GACS  provides competitive sports opportunities for home educated students and Private School Students if that school does not offer a particular sport. We are members of the Alabama Christian Sports Conference . Participation is open to all 6th-12th grade students in the Columbus, GA - Phenix City, AL and surrounding Areas. Our Gym and Fields are located at 1 Layfield Drive in Phenix City, AL. We offer athletics teams for Football, Volleyball, Girls JV/Varsity Basketball, Boys JV/Varsity Basketball, Boys/Girls and Co-Ed Soccer, Cross Country, and Cheerleading. For more information, visit our website at www.GACSLions.net or check us out on Facebook at - https://www.facebook.com/GACSLions












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Birmingham Independent Flag Football League

Birmingham Independent Flag Football League Football leauge plays Sunday afternoons at the UAB campus, seven-man, noncontact.  Spring and Fall leagues.  Details:  790-1404 or http://www.eteamz.com/biffl/


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Huntsville Wildcat Youth Football & Cheer

Huntsville Wildcat Youth Football and Cheer Westminster Christian Academy invites area homeschoolers ages 5-12 to participate in their Wildcat Youth Football and Cheer program. Westminster emphasizes sportsmanship and Christian character development. All the coaches are Christian men and women. Wildcat Youth Football is a member of the Tennessee Valley Youth Football League (TVYFL).  For more information contact Don Singles via email (admin@wildcat-youth.org). http://www.wca-hsv.org/


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2009-2011 Teen Ambassador: Alex McAnnally

Alex McAnnally

Hi, my name is Alex McAnnally. I'm 18 years old, and I'm a senior in high school.  I've been homeschooling for 6 years now, and this is sadly my last year homeschooling.  It's been quite a journey, I must say. I plan to attend Beville State Community College when I graduate to study for my 4yr. Nursing Degree and then transfer to UAB to work towards a Master's Degree and studying to be a Nurse Practitioner. I'll probobaly be a traveling Nurse for a few years; although, I just don't know when yet. 

I've been playing the piano for 2yrs, and I play in the Youth Group at my church; Victory Christian Fellowship.  I've recently included playing the Keytar in my range of musical playingness. I took Yoshukai Karate, of which I'm currently on hiatus, but I made it to 4 Kyu rank. I have also earned the rank of Eagle Scout in Boy Scouting. 

The one thing I love about homeschooling, especially this year, is I can go back on what I've already done, like Algebra 2 or AP Biology for example, and re-take the course without a lot of hassle and go through it at my own pace or go over the parts I didn't quite understand or just sped through too fast.


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2009 - 2011 Teen Ambassador: Dalton Spradlin

Dalton Spradlin

My name is Dalton Spradlin, and I am 17.  I've been homeschooling since my sixth grade year.  I am now a Senior, and am looking into what college I wish to go to in the near future to get a degree in nursing.  Something that I love about homeschooling is that I have been able to school at my own pace instead of having to wait on curriculum.  I love the educational freedom of homeschooling.  For example, maybe one day I don't want to work out of a history book, so instead I may go to an exhibit at the museum.  Another thing I love about homeschooling is that whenever I'm hanging out with friends, there really aren't any cliques, and anyone who wants to hang out is welcome to.  I love my mom who made it possible for me to homeschool in the first place.  Thanks Mom!  

I am a 1st Dan black belt in U.S. Yoshukai karate.  My Sensei is also the Pastor of my church, Victory Christian Fellowship.  I love running, swimming, fighting in karate tournaments, playing football with friends, and playing guitar.   


P.S. ROLL TIDE!!


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Art

Art!
  • Bham:  Art Classes at Birmingham Museum of Art – 
    Come to the Museum to join in the fun as we explore the art works and then create our own in the studio. We’ll use lots of cool materials and explore new ways to use ordinary objects to create some amazing art.  For more information, please call
    205.254.2964.  http://www.artsbma.org/events/studio-classes/kids
  • Adamsville:  Art Classes –Ages 10 and up (including parents).  These classes will be offered in her home at 2517 Hillcrest Circle in Adamsville.  Lessons are $6 per lesson.  Contact information: 791-2953 or cor13v3@charter.net .
  • Nation Wide:  Free Loan of Famous Artist Videos and DVDs -  www.nga.gov education resources You only have to pay for return shipping cost.
  • Moody:  Pottery Classes - The cost is $10.00 per 2 week session. The first week, the children make their piece and the second week they paint or glaze it. It is then fired in a kiln. There are limited openings in these classes. If you are interested, you can contact Cherie at hspurplemom@windstream.net .


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