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New Principal named for Skyland Elementary
Lydia Avant


Keonta Melton, the current assistant principal at Skyland Elementary School, has been named the new principal of the school for the 2024-25 school year. The Tuscaloosa City Board of Education voted on the hire May 28. Melton said she is honored to be named to the principal position.

"I am honored and thrilled to continue serving at Skyland Elementary," Melton said. "Having served as the assistant principal, I've witnessed firsthand the dedication of our staff, the enthusiasm of our students, and the unwavering support of our parents. My vision is to foster a nurturing environment where every child feels valued, inspired, and equipped to excel academically and personally. Together with our incredible team, I am committed to ensuring that remains a place where every child's potential is realized and celebrated."

Summer learning students enjoy visit with "The Science Lady"
Mallory Cook

Jan Mattingly, also known as "The Science Lady", visited Skyland's summer learning students. Students were able to get an up-close look at various animals, including a ball python, a bearded dragon and a red-footed tortoise. 


Students attend first book club meeting
Mallory Cook

Skyland Elementary School students attended their first after-school book club with Tuscaloosa Reads. Students read the first chapter of Jayla Jumps In, discussed what they read, and made bookmarks. 

Book Character Parade
Mallory Cook

Skyland Elementary students dressed as their favorite book characters for a parade around the school to finish off Read Across America Week. Click here to view a video of the parade! 

February Perfect Attendance
Mallory Cook

Skyland Elementary students celebrated their perfect attendance for the month of February with an ice cream celebration!