Trojan Daily

March 5, 2014

Congratulations to Mrs. Sharp and Mr. Jeffries

Congratulations to John Jeffries, Hazel Green High School Teacher of the Year and Donna Sharp, Support Person of the Year for all of Madison County!!

Mr. Jeffries is a favorite among students for making physics fun and for his willingness to help them any time.

Mrs. Sharp keeps our school running! Parents, teachers, students and subs count on her every day.

We are so blessed to have them both!

5 Things You Don't Know About Mr. Merritt

In honor of the spring production of Dearly Departed, premiering Thursday night, Mr. Merritt is our featured teacher this week. He shared a few things we may not know about him.

1. I’m an introvert (this is VERY true, despite my content area).

2. I am my daughter’s (6 and under) AYSO Soccer Coach.

3. I never planned on being a teacher, but was offered a teaching job as soon as I finished my Master of Fine Arts. I went to work at a charter high school (for film, TV & theatre) and both of the other theatre teachers that help to get me hired, have since left the field of education. There were 3 theatre teachers at my first high school job in West Palm Beach, FL.

4. I am training for my first ½ marathon in April with my little brother. It will probably be my last as well, but who knows.

5. I have been cooking Thai food since I was 21 years old and I worked as a server at Surin West in 5 points (Birmingham, AL).

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Coach Miller Advances to the National Round for Coach of the Year!

USA TODAY High School Sports is one week from naming the top high school girls basketball coach in the country, and guess who made the top ten??? Our own Coach Miller! Voting for the national round begins today at 11:00am and ends March 12. Get ready to vote, Hazel Green!
Coach Miller in National Round for USA Today Coach of the Year

Volunteer Opportunities at Burritt on the Mountain

Email, or call 256-533-1365. Shifts may vary, so please call or email for details. Historic costumes are provided.

The Floyd Hughes Memorial Scholarship

The Floyd Hughes Memorial Scholarship offers a $1000 renewable, 4-year scholarship to male students who display academic achievement, a commitment to serving others (in school, in the community or at home), a strong work ethic, and leadership qualities. Requires a 3.5 GPA and an essay. Email for an application. Deadline is April 15th.

Diamond Book Scholarship

The Huntsville Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. is sponsoring one (1) $500.00 scholarship to deserving male from a traditionally disenfranchised ethnicity. Student must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher. Must be enrolled in Madison City, Madison County, Huntsville City Schools, including area parochial and private institutions. The scholarship is for use during the Fall 2014 semester. The funds will be provided to the student once enrollment (full-time) has been verified for the semester. Email for an application. Deadline is April 15th.

Dream Scholarship

The Huntsville Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. is sponsoring one (1) $1000.00 scholarship to deserving male of a traditionally disenfranchised ethnicity. Student must have a cumulative GPA of 3.3 or higher. Must be enrolled in Madison City, Madison County, Huntsville City Schools, or area parochial and private institutions. The scholarship is for use during the Fall 2014 semester. The funds will be provided to the student once enrollment (full-time) has been verified for the semester. Email for an application. Deadline is April 15th.

Premiering Thursday!

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This Week's Athletics!

Prom Announcements

Prom money is due March 14th. The cost is $60 per person. You may give your money to Mrs. Daniel or Mrs. Bell.

Prom Attire Guidelines:

Girls Dress Code:

1. Excessive cleavage is not allowed.

2. Dress may be backless as long as it is not cut below the waist.

3. Navel may not be exposed.

4. No pinning will be allowed as an alteration for a dress if, without the pinning, the dress does not meet dress code.

5. Dress should not be excessively short or pulled up when dancing.

Boys Dress Code:

1. Suits or tuxedos should be worn.

2. Shirts must be buttoned up to the second button from the collar.

3. Pants should fit properly on the hip and not sag below the waistline.

Current Announcements

HGHS has a new phone number! Our main phone number has changed to 256-851-3220 and our fax is now 256-851-3221.

The band is selling microfiber bed sheets from the Elson Company now through March 12th. These are very high quality sheets, offered in 11 different colors and all sizes, including XL Twin and California King - perfect for dorm rooms! all sizes are $39. Please see any band student for more information or to order.

Registration materials for current 8th grade students will be distributed Monday, March 10th and Tuesday, March 11th.
Students will receive their recommended core courses, a high school course catalog, and other pertinent information needed to create a four-year plan. Completed forms and plans are due Thursday, March 20th and Friday, March 21st. Please complete this process with your child and provide a parent signature on the final plan. Additional information can be found on the Hazel Green High School registration page.

The Junior Optimist Club is sponsoring a Roll in the New Year toilet paper drive for Manna House. We We will be taking toilet paper through Friday March 7

Mrs. Braudaway and Mrs. Dean are conducting a fundraiser with MixedBag Designs
. The spring catalog is full of new patterns and styles that you really need to see. You can browse the catalog online at . Contact for more information.

Don't forget 2014 Yearbooks are still available but in limited quantities. Please see Mrs. Brady or a staff member today to purchase your yearbook and enjoy yearbook day on May 8. Cost is $65.

Musical Theatre auditions will be after school on March 7th in the black box. Students need to have a musical theatre song memorized and blocked and all students must provide their own music. The music should be instrumental.

Would you like to be featured in a Papa John’s ad in your school yearbook? The yearbook staff is looking to feature Trojans enjoying a Papa John’s feast. All you have to do is send us shots of you and your friends enjoying your pizza. Send pics to Pictures due by March 8.

Any girl interested in trying out for football competition cheer is invited to attend tumbling classes with us at Huntsville Gymnastics on Thursday evenings.
This is open to any girl in 8th-11th grade. Cost is $12.50 per session with a one-month commitment required. Contact for more information.

Spring is on the way, and our Learning Community will be spending more time outside. We are in need of used tennis rackets, tee ball equipment, or other sports equipment to use for their activities. To make a donation, contact .

Vocal Ensemble auditions will be held March 12, 2014 after school. All HGHS students are welcome to come audition. The only requirement is that you must be able to read music.There will be a written exam on music theory. You may come to the choir room to sign up for an audition time.

JR Pinder Memorial Golf Tournament and Scholarship Fundraiser - Colonial Golf Course, April 5th, 7:30am start. Teams and individual slots available. Memorial signs and corporate sponsorships also available. Contact 256-508-1440 for more information.

All students are required to have a current athletic physical on file in order to try out for any sport.
Huntsville Hospital Sports Center will be conducting physicals at MVMS on Monday, April 28th from 5:00-7:00pm, and at HGHS on Monday, May 5th from 4:30-6:30 (or whenever finished). The cost at both will be $10, and a copy at HGHS will be provided for parents. Please note that physicals signed by a chiropractor, RN, or LPN will no longer be accepted by AHSAA. All physicals must be signed by a MD or DO (orthopedic doctor).

The ACT Plus Writing assessment will be given to juniors on April 23 during school. Students should be preparing for the test by using the ACT Online Prep website that all juniors received a personal user name and password to. This is a great resource, and students are strongly encouraged to utilize this service provided to us. For more information, visit

Our Navy JROTC offers a free onlinine ACT/SAT study program.
Any Hazel Green student can access it at

Next available test date: April 12, 2014. Registration deadline: March 7, 2014. Visit to register.

Special Programs

Student Writers: Due to misinformation posted on Huntsville Literary Association's website ( about the closing date for the high school writing competition, HLA has decided to extend the deadline for submitting short stories, poem, and artwork to Monday, March 24. HLA sincerely apologizes for any difficulties this may have caused students wishing to enter the contest.

Challenge Leadership Program Class 20
will host two sessions again this Summer:

June 23 - June 25, 2014 - 9th and 10th grade program
July 21 - July 25, 2014 - 11th and 12th grade program

Challenge was designed to create youth ambassadors for the Huntsville/Madison County community. The Challenge program educates our youth on the successes and challenges in education, healthcare, government, public safety, quality of life and human services by participating in hands-on activities and program day speakers. You can download the
To visit the Challenge website page, click here. Deadline is April 1st. They will award one graduate a scholarship to the college or university of their choice in the amount of $1,000.00.

FAFSA March Events -
NACEE - March 8, 15. Call for more information at 256-372-4600. Filing your FAFSA is your opportunity to find money for college. The FAFSA is the FREE application for Federal Student Aid. Completing the FAFSA ( is the first step in applying for federal Pell Grants and student loans. Financial Aid professionals will be available to help you complete the FAFSA and to answer all of your questions. All high school seniors, parents or anyone who is planning to attend college should plan to attend. IT IS FREE! You/your parents will need to bring social security numbers, dates of birth, driver’s license, untaxed income, other benefits and W2s and federal tax returns. Check out for more information.

Toyota Teen Driver Video Challenge
: High school students, create a quick video that promotes safe driving for your chance to win $15,000 and the opportunity to re-shoot their entry video into a TV-ready PSA. Learn more at . Videos must be submitted by March 13, 2014.

Toyota Teen Driver School Sweeps: Enter quickly once a day on behalf of your school for a chance to win $5,000 to put towards safe driving awareness, as well as a Virtual Driving Simulator. Ten Runners-Up Schools will also receive cash prizes. Anyone can enter on behalf of a high school, so spread the word! Enter every day through April 15, 2014. Go to to enter!

West Point's Summer Leaders Experience
(SLE) applications will be open to juniors through April 11th. SLE is a great week of academic, military, and physical excellence. The program consists of daily morning physical training, academic classes, afternoon sports, a day of military training, administration of the Candidate Fitness Assessment (CFA), a West Point tour, and social functions. The academic program features workshops and class samplings from the Academy's curriculum. All participants are housed in the cadet barracks and meals are in the Cadet Mess. Students pay their own travel expenses plus a registration fee of approximately $400. Visit for application instructions.

US Naval Academy Summer Programs
- Summer STEM program is designed for rising 8th-11th graders who are interested in pursuing education in the science, technology, engineering and math fields. The Summer Seminar program, designed for rising 12th graders, gives students the opportunity to find out if they have what it takes to be a midshipmen. For more information, visit summer programs informational pamphlet

Huntsville Hospital Athlete of the Week – Recognition for students who not only excel as athletes but also excel in the classroom and in the community. Applicants must be seniors with at least a 3.5 GPA and include a photo with the application. Athlete of the Year will be chosen from the Athletes of the Week to receive a $1000 scholarship. Email for an application.

The Calhoun Warhawks are a 15-25 member group of students selected each year to serve Calhoun Community College as student hosts and hostesses. Members are chosen through an interview/tryout process. Students need at least a 3.0 GPA and plan to enroll in at least 12 semster hours at Calhoun. Deadline to apply is June 1st. For more information, visit

Dates to Remember

March 6 - Navy Junior ROTC Area Manager's Inspection

March 9 - Daylight Savings Time begins

March 20 - Senior Follies Night Production (7 p.m. HGHS Gymnasium)

March 21 - Senior Follies Day Production

March 20 - Report Cards

March 24-28 - Spring Break

April 15 - Three Week Progress Reports

April 25 - Prom (tentative) VBC

April 28 - Athletic Physicals at MVMS (5:00-7:00pm)

May 1 - Six Week Progress Reports

May 5 - Athletic Physicals at HGHS (4:30-6:30pm)

May 5-21 - AP Test Dates HGHS

May 14 - Senior Awards Day (9:00 - 11:30am)

May 15 -Senior Exams (1st and 2nd)
May 16 - Senior Exams (3rd and 4th)

May 15 - Junior Awards (8:30-9:00am)

May 15 - Sophomore Awards (10:00 - 10:30am)

May 16 - Freshman Awards (8:00 - 8:30am)

May 20 - Graduation Practice (10 a.m.-12 p.m. VBC Arena)
May 20 - Graduation (7:00 p.m. VBC Arena)
May 29 - Last Report Card

Permanent Announcements

Positive and Productive Days - Visit to read Mr. Long's blog. Look for posts each week!

Procedure for Riding the Bus with a Friend
- Any student who plans to ride home on a bus with a friend or to another address should follow the procedures below. No student will be allowed to ride to a different address without verification of parent/guardian approval by a school official.

1. A parent/guardian note should be turned in before first block to the receptionist desk at the back of school. The note should contain the address and information for the bus driver and should include the date and a correct phone number for verification purposes.

2. Pick up the verified note from the receptionist during lunch.

3. Give the note to the bus driver when entering the bus at the end of the school day.

Juniors Have Free Access to ACT Online Prep - All juniors received a personal user name and password to the ACT Online Prep website. This is a great resource to be used in preparing for the ACT Plus Writing assessment which will be given to all of our juniors students on April 23 during school. All students are strongly encouraged to utilize this service provided to us. For more information, visit

First Priority/FCS
meets every Tuesday morning at 7: 20 in the Choir Room. All students are welcome to attend.

Parenting Assistance Line:
PAL is a service where anyone can call a toll free number 1-866-962-3030 and receive useful, practical information and assistance with developmental and parenting questions and concerns. Available 8:00am – 8:00pm (central time) Monday – Friday.

Going green at “the Green”. The Hazel Green High School Special Education Department needs your old cell phones and ink cartridges. Items to be recycled can be given to a Special Education teacher or left for collection at the office. Your support of our recycling fundraiser is greatly appreciated.

Reward Cards:
Parents/Students/Employees, please remember to use your reward cards when you visit Publix and Hazel Green Pharmacy. Every time you have them swipe your card, HGHS will receive a portion of the sale. If you need a reward card, just stop by the main office to pick one up.

Pay for your child’s meals from the convenience of your home or office 24/7

Click on the following link: .

Driver’s permit:
Students /Parents, remember to pick up the Student Enrollment Form before you go to get your permit. The driver’s license department will not allow you to take the test unless you have this form and it cannot be faxed after you get there. These forms are good for 10 days only.

Loyalty Reward Tags:
(Hazel Green Pharmacy Loyalty Key Tag Program) Parents/Students/Employees, please remember to use your loyalty key tag when you visit Hazel Green Pharmacy. Every time you purchase a Prescription/Gift/OTC have them swipe your tag. HGHS will receive a portion of the sale. If you need a loyalty key tag. Just stop by the main office to pick one up.

The special education department recycles the following items
. They can be working or non-working and can be dropped off at the front office or in room C-115: Cell Phones, Gold jewelry, Ink Jet Printer Cartridges, Laptops & Netbooks, MP3 Players, Digital Cameras, Digital Video Cameras, GPS Devices, Radar Detectors, Kindle & Sony Book Readers

Online Payments
You may now pay fees and purchase tickets to sporting events online. Check out the EZ Ticket Live website. For fees, click here , and to purchase tickets click here .