March 8, 2019
2019 Special Olympics
Barbecue with Teachers
Friday, March 22nd, 11am-1pm
480 Howell Heflin Lane
11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Colbert County Schools’ Bus Garage
(Behind Tuscumbia Post Office)
If 10 plates are ordered from one location,
we will deliver!
CALL (256) 386-8565 TO PLACE YOUR ORDER.
All proceeds will go to faculty and staff
in the Colbert County School System
who have experienced damage from
the recent floods.
Did you know?
Nurse Vickie Hunter, CHHS, is a germ - buster!!! Vickie has worked with our healthcare team for the last 7-10 years. Not only that, Mrs. Hunter has served as the Varsity Cheerleader sponsor.
Mrs. Hunter has 3 children. She is married to Scott Hunter, science teacher at CHHS.
Vickie is a prime example of a team player........
One Team....One Goal....Our Legacy!!
2019 Save Your Vision Month
Save Your Vision Month is observed every March and sponsored by the American
Optometric Association. Save Your Vision Month aims to increase awareness about
good eye care and encourages people to get regular eye exams. With computers and
cell phones becoming an everyday part of people’s lives, the risk of eye strain and
damage is higher than ever.
Tips for Keeping the Eyes Healthy
Have a comprehensive dilated eye
Know your family’s eye health
Eat right to protect your sight.
Maintain a healthy weight.
Wear protective eyewear.
Quit smoking or never start.
Be cool and wear your sunglasses.
Give your eyes a rest.
Clean your hands and your contact
Practice eye safety.
Vision & Core Beliefs Survey Results
Values Survey /Vision Statement Survey Results
Values Survey Results:
Please rank, in order, with 1 being the best, which Core Belief you consider to be the most important to Colbert County Schools:
Students are our utmost priority; game changers of today and tomorrow.
Vision Statement Survey Results:
Choose the Statement below you consider the best option that describes the vision of Colbert County Schools:
"Every Student...Everyday...Our Legacy."
2019 Colbert County Schools College Signing Day
Wednesday, March 20th, 5pm
425 U.S. 72 Alternate
We are planning on having a HUGE college signing day on March 21st. This would be county-wide for all seniors that are going to college. Please encourage your students to apply to college. Finally, this grand day is for ALL students accepted into college NOT just students who are receiving scholarships. #teamcolbertcounty
One Team...One Goal...Our Legacy!!
Colbert County Schools' Fine Arts Department
3rd Annual Colbert County Schools Fine Arts Festival
Saturday, May 4th, 8:30am-4pm
alabama music hall of fame, Tuscumbia, AL, USA
We are also looking for sponsors for this event, private or business. If you or someone you know would be interested in sponsoring the festival and supporting our fine arts' students, please contact Nicholas Tyler, email@example.com, or Kayla McKinney, firstname.lastname@example.org.
More information coming soon!
Colbert County First Class Pre-K Programs
Yesterday, the pre-k registration went great!! With the exception of two classes, we are full!!!! Our teachers and Brooke Cunningham are ready to educate our youngest learners.
We have 8 openings at CES......that's it!!!! Please help me get the word out!!
ESL Edge - Ashley Harris Teacher
ALL students have completed their ACCESS test!
There are 4 sessions that require a total of approximately 3 hours to take per student.
Testing was administered online for the first time this year.
Please congratulate these boys and girls when you see them!
In other news, the ESL program has 4 new students!
Colbert County High School
2019 Mr. and Mrs. CCHS
2019 CCHS Student of th Year - MJ Satchel
2019 CCHS Black History Play (Date Change)
March 17th @ 5pm. Students will present the play to the community
@ 8:15 am we will present for the elementary students (5th & 6th graders)
@ 1:18 pm (beginning of 4th) we will present for CCHS students
2019 Student of the Year for CHHS
Google Certified Educator Level 1 Exam
Google Level I - Adam Herring
The Google for Education team would like to take this opportunity to celebrate one of your
educators; Adam Herring, who recently passed the Google Certified Educator Level 1
Exam on 04 March 2019. The GCE Level 1 exam is the capstone certification for Google's
ISTE-inspired Professional Development training courses for teachers. The program's goal
is to help educators master the technological skills needed to integrate Google tools into
the classroom, helping improve teacher efficiency, communication, and student outcomes.
Cherokee High School
2019 Student of the Year for CHS
CHS Car Show
Saturday, March 16th, 10am-2:30pm
850 High School Drive
Colbert Heights Elementary School
Hatton Elementary School
Black History Program - We had great vistors!!
Leighton Elementary School
3rd Grade TVBB Basketball Champions (Students from Hatton and Leighton)
Cherokee Elementary School
Monday, March 11th, 9am to Friday, March 15th, 11pm
1305 North Pike
New Bethel Elementary School
2019 Spring Clean Day was a huge success!!!!
Grading Policy Reminder
It is important to remember that board policy states that graded assignments should be entered into the grade book and returned to students within 5 days of the assignment. Also, 6 grades per 9 weeks are required in each subject.
Please stay occur with your grades..... parents are more active and they want to see current grades. Thank you for our help in this next level of communication!!
Attendance - -Everyday is a day of Learning!!
Please continue to encourage attendance of all students everyday. I assure you that Ms. Cagle is doing all she can to get them here. When you consider the State School Report Card, nothing is more important than attendance. Yes, chronic absenteeism only counts for 15% of our score, but absenteeism is likely the largest factor in academic growth and achievement.
- Miss Cagle has been scheduling and holding early warning attendance meetings at all the schools to start off this semester as quickly as possible. If there is a student concern with excessive absences, check-ins, or check-outs, please let her know.
Child Nutrition Program (CNP)
WE HAD A GREAT WEEK!! THANK YOU FOR SUPPORTING OUR CNP PROGRAM.
Technology Professional Development
Casie Barksdale - Dirctor of Technology & Integration Specialist
We have completed Google Productivity. I know the digital transition is new for the majority of faculty but they have embraced it well. The several teachers show stronger confidence in their Google knowledge and could be ready for the Level 1 Google Certification if they are willing.
If you were recommended for additional Google Level Certification, please do not hesitate to speak with your principal regarding next steps.
Thank you.......Sheffield Kiwanis'
Human Resources & Business Office
Family Medical Leave Act
PEEHIP Communication Survey
PEEHIP is committed to offering the highest quality benefit at the least possible cost to our members. As part of this mission, we strive to tailor the services we provide so that your interactions with PEEHIP and the services provided are as convenient and helpful as possible. In an effort to reach this goal, PEEHIP wants to continuously partner with our members so that together we achieve the best level of service both in quality and in form.
To assist us in customizing our services to meet you where you are, we have developed a short survey to learn more about the communication preferences of our members. Please help us shape the PEEHIP plan so that it is most suited to our members’ needs by sharing this survey with all your PEEHIP-eligible employees and asking them to complete it by March 11, 2019. If any of your employees do not have access to the internet and need to take the survey by mail, please call PEEHIP at 877.517.0020 to request a paper copy and we will be happy to mail a paper version with a return envelope.
Vist www.rsa-al.gov/about-rsa/surveys/ to access the survey today!
March 8, 2019
Lisa A. Woodard
Governmental Affairs Director
Thanks to all of our members and business partners who attended and participated in the SSA Legislative Conference earlier this week!
As expected, the Alabama Legislature returned to the State House on Tuesday night after the Governor's State of the State address; went to the appropriate chamber; and, adjourned until March 19 when they will reconvene in the 2019 Regular Session. On Wednesday, the first day of the Special Session began. Three bills were introduced in each chamber with four of them addressing items in the Governor’s call. The Governor’s proclamation is attached and the bills addressing the items in the call are summarized below.
- HB1 (Poole) provides for amendments to the roles and responsibilities of the Joint Transportation Committee of the Alabama Legislature. It will increase the membership of the committee by an additional ten members which would increase the obligations of the Legislature, paid from the State General Fund, by a minimum of $3,900 annually to cover the costs of travel and mileage for each member to meet at least four times a year, one of which may fall within the time allotted for a regular legislative session. Additionally, this bill will allow the Joint Transportation Committee to review and make recommendations regarding the long-range plans and budgets of the Alabama Department of Transportation. (Source: LSA Fiscal Note)
- HB2 (Poole) provides for the Rebuild Alabama Act which levies an additional excise tax on gasoline and diesel fuel at the rate of $0.06 per gallon beginning in tax periods after August 31, 2019, which will increase by an additional $0.02 per gallon effective October 1, 2020, and then an additional $0.02 effective October 1, 2022. This bill provides for an adjustment index after October 1, 2023 and every other year after that utilizing the percentage change in the National Highway Construction Cost Index. Additionally, this bill also levies an additional license and registration fee of $200 for electric vehicles and $100 for plug-in hybrid electric vehicles effective January 1, 2020. The bill provides that all net new revenues will be deposited into the Rebuild Alabama Fund and be distributed as follows: (1) Alabama Department of Transportation, 66.67%; counties, 25%; and municipalities, 8.33%.
The additional gasoline and diesel fuel taxes could generate estimated gross receipts of $194 million in FY 2020, $259 million in FY 2021, and $323 million in FY 2022 and each fiscal year thereafter.
Additionally, this bill provides that $11,760,000 of the revenues resulting from the additional motor fuel excise taxes levied will be distributed to the Alabama Highway Finance Corporation for the payment of principle and interest of bonds to be used for the improvement of the Mobile Ship Channel. (Source: LSA Fiscal Note)
- HB3 (Poole) provides additional authority to the Alabama Highway Finance Corporation (AHFC) to borrow money and issue bonds not to exceed $150,000,000 with maturity date of no more than 20 years for the purpose of financing improvements to the Mobile Ship Channel and authorizes the State Treasurer to pay principal and interest on such bonds out of revenues pledged and appropriated for such purpose. House Bill 2 of the 2019 1st Special Session, the Rebuild Alabama Act, distributes a total of $11.8 million annually from additional excise taxes to the AHFC for such purpose. (Source: LSA Fiscal Note)
On Thursday the House Transportation, Utilities and Infrastructure Committee approved all of the three-bill package after a public hearing. The committee approved the bills on a voice vote with no opposition.
The committee approval sets the bills up for a vote in the House on Friday.
- SB2 (Chambliss) as introduced provides for amendments to the roles and responsibilities of the Joint Transportation Committee of the Alabama Legislature. This bill will increase the membership of the committee by an additional ten members which would increase the obligations of the Legislature, paid from the State General Fund, by a minimum of $3,900 annually to cover the costs of travel and mileage for each member to meet at least four times a year, one of which may fall within the time allotted for a regular legislative session. Additionally, this bill will allow the Joint Transportation Committee to review and make recommendations regarding the long-range plans and budgets of the Alabama Department of Transportation. (Source: LSA Fiscal Note)
On Thursday, the bill was amended and reported by the Senate Committee on Transportation and Energy. It will require an annual report to be provided to the Joint Transportation Committee regarding the total amount of local motor fuel excise tax revenues collected and the total amount of revenues expended on road and bridge maintenance and improvement for the immediately preceding fiscal year.
The committee approval sets the bills up for a vote in the Senate on Friday.
On Friday, the House will convene at 10:30 a.m. and the Senate will convene at 1:00.
Alabama State Department of Education
12th Annual Shoals Earth Day Fest
The 12th Annual Shoals Earth Day Fest will be held on Saturday, April 6, 2019, from 11 am until 5 pm in Wilson Park, Florence.
Attached is the information and form for the 12th Annual Shoals Earth Day Fest Official T Shirt Design Contest.
All Colbert County School students in grades 4-12 are eligible. FYI: A NBES student won last year!! :)
For more information about our group please visit:
Colbert County Reporter
- There's a sale going on...... everyone likes a sale!!
- May I encourage you to renew your subscription because students from our district will be writing and editing for each distribution?
- Please support our kids and our local paper!!!
Another great partnership!!
Student Support Services
Alabama School Transportation Association (ASTA) Conference Mike Cox Memorial Education Scholarship
Deadline April 26,2019
The scholarship is a one-time, $1,000 education scholarship awarded to two (2)deserving public school students whose parent/guardian is an active pupil transportation employee for the past years.
Alabama School Transportation Association (ASTA) Conference Greg Ray Memorial Education Scholarship
Alabama School Transportation Association (ASTA) Conference Charles "Chuck" Poland Memorial Education Scholarship
Character in Action
Bullying & Suicide Prevention Workshop
The Salvation Army Women's Auxiliary of the Shoals Presents The 16th Annual Empty Bowl Luncheon
Wednesday, April 17th, 11am-1pm
10 Hightower Place
$15 In Advance
$20 At the Door
Our student ambassadors will participate and yours' truly will be a model, supporting the fundraising goal.
Pre-K Completion Ceremony
Sunday, May 19th, 2pm
503 South Wilson Dam Road
Muscle Shoals, AL
High School Scholar’s Bowl
Thursday, April 11th, 8:30pm
2200 High School Street
Monday, May 13th, 11:30am
312 North Montgomery Avenue
Colbert County Honor’s Night
Thursday, May 16th, 6pm
503 South Wilson Dam Road
Muscle Shoals, AL
Education Foundation/Grant Opportunities
EDUCATION FOUNDATION NEXT-STEPS:
"Show Me The Love" Payroll deduction is still available. Did you know if EVERY employee donated $5 per month, the foundation would earn $25,000 per year? Guess what? the funds go directly into the classrooms.....no exceptions!!!
Please take the month of February to show your love for our students!!!
Education Foundation Inserts - Sheffield Utilities
I am happy to say that we have completed a full cycle of the Colbert County Board of Education mailers and are getting some response. Special thanks to CCEF members for setting this up.
University of North Alabama
UNA Homecoming 2019
Saturday, Sep. 28th, 3pm
1 Harrison Plaza
Northwest Shoals Community College
Working with the staff of NWSCC to bring better choices to our students.
Dr. Colagross is all in with the Colbert County Schools' System.
#teamcolbertcounty hard at work
Next Level of Instruction:
National Board Certification
4 and counting.......
Hooray for these educators:
- Laura James (CHHS)
- Brittany Leathers (NBES)
- Amy Michael (CHES)
- Ashley Harris (ESL)
- Breanna Owens (NBES)
- Lori South (CHES)
"Champions keep going when they don't have anything left in their tanks.... that's the difference between the greats." unknown author
Be Healthy School Grant 2019 - 2020
Special thanks to our community partners for supporting professional development and for believing in our school system:
Mr. & Mrs. Charles Anderson
Medical Associates of the Shoals
First Metro Bank
North Alabama Gas District
Lanier Ford Shaver & Payne, P.C.
Valley Credit Union
Cherokee Auto Part
Wittichen Supply Company
Lewis Electric Supply Company
Non-Profit Support with H & R Block
Cherokee Elem $ 60
Cherokee High $160
Colbert County High $300 *
Colbert Heights Elem $160
Colbert Heights High $ 80
Hatton Elem $140
New Bethel Elem $ 40
Leighton Elem $560
It's easy..... Just tell your tax preparer at H & R Block which school you would like to support!!
Since we have the competition this year for the additional grant awards, I thought I would pass this along to you.
In order to be awarded the additional grant funds, the top schools must reach $500, LES has and CCHS is close!
1st place an additional $2000
2nd place an additional $1000
3rd place an additional $500
Please contact Lydina South Bennett (CCHS Alumni)
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Graduation Dates and Times
Colbert County High School
Thursday, May 23rd, 6pm
2200 High School Street
Colbert Heights High School
Friday, May 24th, 7:30pm
6825 Woodmont Drive
- Happy Birthday and Happy Anniversary to all those who are celebrating in the month of March!!
- Unspoken prayer request for students, faculty, and staff.
- Please continue to keep the following staff members lifted: If your heart desires, please send a card. Invite your students to send a card...
- Wilma Crosswhite -she is at Northwest Alabama Medical Center
- Aubrey Kimbrough.... please him and wife family in your thoughts and prayers.
- Joyce Clements.... still fighting the fight!!
- Kayla Thorne-(HES) and her husband are expecting a baby boy!!
- Christy Wilcoxson - (CES) and her husband are expecting their baby boy!!
- Laura Peden - (CES) and her husband are expecting their baby boy!!
- Karly Herring (LES) & Adam Herring (CHES) are expecting their second boy!!
- Ashley Isbell - (HES) and her husband are expecting their second boy!!
- Natalie Abrams - (LES) and her husband are expecting a baby boy!!