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Ed White Middle School is a public 6th through 8th grade middle school in Huntsville, Alabamamarker. It is located at 4800 Sparkman Drive in northwest Huntsville.

The school is named for astronaut Edward H. White II, killed in the Apollo 1 fire at Cape Kennedy on January 27, 1967. Huntsville is home to NASAmarker's Marshall Space Flight Centermarker and has strong community ties to the space program. At the same time, the Huntsville City Schools named Roger B. Chaffee Elementary and Virgil I.marker Grissom High Schoolmarker for White's fallen Apollo 1 crewmates. The school was originally to be named Northwest Jr. High.

Recognized faculty

Ed White Middle School teacher Marcus Taylor was one of just 60 teachers honored by the Parker Griffith Family Foundation for "dedication and desire to succeed in the classroom" with a 2006/2007 Classroom Grant award. Teacher Dennis Kimery was one of just 42 recipients of a 2005/2006 Classroom Grant award from the same organization.

Science teacher Bonnie Garrett won one of 80 Milken Family Foundation National Educator Awards in 2007. The $25,000 check was presented during a November 2007 school assembly. Garrett, who teaches biology and aerospace science, was Alabama's only Milken Educator Award recipient for 2007.

Engineering outreach

In April 2001, teacher Doreen Forsythe and a group of students from Ed White Middle School visited NASAmarker's Marshall Space Flight Center to help produce some of the mirrors for Starshine 3, an Earth-orbiting satellite that resembles "a high-tech disco ball" and was designed to help study the effect of solar activity on Earth's atmosphere. Ed White was one of 500 schools around the world whose students helped grind and polish mirrors for the Starshine project.

In 2002, students from Ed White Middle School participated in NASA's Earth-to-Orbit Engineering Design Challenge. Under the guidance of a mentor from the Marshall Space Flight Centermarker, students built a scale model of a propeller designed by the Wright brothers.

Teacher Roberta Freeman and engineering mentor Gregory Miley will lead a team of students in the 2008 National Engineers Week Future City Competition. The Alabama Future City Competition will be held on Saturday, January 19, 2008, at the University of Alabama in Huntsvillemarker.

Facilities and structure

The school gymnasium is a Huntsville-Madison County Permitted Fallout Shelter as designated by the Madison County Emergency Management Agency. The rated capacity is 295 persons.

Controversy

In late 2000, during a movement to ban corporal punishment across the state of Alabama, Ed White Middle School was one of just ten public schools in Huntsville that still used corporal punishment. Paddling incidents in 2003 again made headlines but the policy of the Huntsville City Schools leaves corporal punishment as an allowable but discouraged practice.

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