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Bush Hills STEAM Academy earns prestigious STEM award

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Jefferson County Commissioner Sheila Tyson, third from right, and BCS Superintendent Dr. Mark Sullivan, far left, with school officials and city leaders as Tyson presents funding for schools in Birmingham's District 8. (PROVIDED PHOTO)

By Haley Wilson

The Birmingham Times

Bush Hills STEAM Academy on Thursday became the first Birmingham City School (BCS) school to earn COGNIA certification which is awarded to schools that have two years of Science Technology Engineering Mathematics (STEM) programs for its students and meet rigorous performance standards.

“This prestigious certification is an honor and a testament to the incredible work the students, leaders and educators have put into this program,” said Superintendent Dr. Mark Sullivan. “We are proud of our educators and our scholars at Bush Hills STEAM Academy.”

Meanwhile, Jefferson County Commissioner Shelia Tyson, District 8 School Board Representative, Sonja Smith and other school leaders were at Bush Hills STEAM Academy as Tyson presented $63,300 to elementary and middle schools in Birmingham’s 8th district.

Those schools include:

  • Bush K-8
  • Bush Hills STEAM Academy
  • Brown elementary
  • Central Park Elementary
  • Minor Elementary
  • Princeton Elementary
  • Green Acres Middle School

“Birmingham City Schools [BCS] have done so much for me,” said Tyson. “I can’t speak for everybody else, but I know what they have done for me in my life… [BCS] have fueled the vision that I have for myself and for my community. “We got to do more than cleanup outside of the schools. We have to clean up in our kids heads, in their heart, and make sure they are learning.”

Tiffani Rocker Stewart, interim principal of Bush Hills STEAM Academy, said the funding will help with scholarships within the academy “and really push our STEAM initiative forward,” she said. “…this is just a steppingstone to the upward trajectory that we are headed in.”