Friday Thoughts

March 8, 2019

https://youtu.be/04854XqcfCY

2019 Special Olympics

Barbecue with Teachers

Friday, March 22nd, 11am-1pm

480 Howell Heflin Lane

Tuscumbia, AL

Pick-up/Serving

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.




#shoalsstrong

#teamcolbertcounty


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........


#teamcolbertcounty

One Team....One Goal....Our Legacy!!

Healthcare Watch

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

exam

 Know your family’s eye health

history.

 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

lenses-properly.

 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

Tuscumbia, AL

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

Tuscumbia, AL

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, ntyler@colbert.k12.al.us, or Kayla McKinney, kmckinney@colbert.k12.al.us.

More information coming soon!

Colbert County First Class Pre-K Programs

2019 Registration

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

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2019 CCHS Student of th Year - MJ Satchel

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2019 CCHS Black History Play (Date Change)

March 17th @ 5pm. Students will present the play to the community

March 18th

@ 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

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2019 Student of the Year for CHHS

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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

Mrs. Chelsey Thorne
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CHS Car Show

Saturday, March 16th, 10am-2:30pm

850 High School Drive

Cherokee, AL

Please come out and support the Marching Pride of the Tribe....

Colbert Heights Elementary School

Hatton Elementary School

Black History Program - We had great vistors!!

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Leighton Elementary School

3rd Grade TVBB Basketball Champions (Students from Hatton and Leighton)

Cherokee Elementary School

Dino-Mite Readers

Dino-Mite Readers

Monday, March 11th, 9am to Friday, March 15th, 11pm

1305 North Pike

Cherokee, AL

Come to the Library and see what Mrs. Nelson has going on with the Dino-mite Reads book-fair. Don't forget that Tuesday, March 12th is when we are having a "Breakfast for Books" and inviting our parents/guardians.

SEESAW-Kindergarten

Click the link so that you can hear a small report on Grizzly Bears. Great work!

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.

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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'

Special thanks to the Sheffield Kiwanis' for donating "Buddy Benches" to all our elementary schools.
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Human Resources & Business Office

Family Medical Leave Act

If you plan to take FMLA, please speak with Mrs. O'Connor, we have a new form that is required to be completed prior to being submitted to the board for approval.

PEEHIP Communication Survey

Good afternoon,

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!

Legislative Update


Legislative Update


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.

House Bills:

  • 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.

Senate Bill:

  • 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!!

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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

The scholarship is a one-time, $2,000 education scholarship awarded to a deserving public school student whose parent/guardian is an active pupil transportation employee for the past three years.

Alabama School Transportation Association (ASTA) Conference Charles "Chuck" Poland Memorial Education Scholarship

The Scholarship is a one-time, $1,000 education scholarship awarded to a deserving public school student whose parent/guardian is an active pupil transportation employee for the past three years.

Character in Action

Please nominate your best student for this award. If you need additional information, Kaci Cagle will have the answers for you. You can reach her at kcagle@Colbert.k12.al.us or 256-386-8565.

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

Florence, AL

Tickets:

$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

Academic Competitions

High School Scholar’s Bowl

Thursday, April 11th, 8:30pm

2200 High School Street

Leighton, AL

Valedictorian/Salutatorian Luncheon

Monday, May 13th, 11:30am

312 North Montgomery Avenue

Sheffield, AL

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!!!


#teamcolbertcounty

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

Florence, AL

HC Alumni Awards banquet will be on Friday, September 27, 2019, at 6:00 p.m. in the GUC banquet halls. More detailed info.

Northwest Shoals Community College

Next Level of Instruction:

National Board Certification

4 and counting.......

Hooray for these educators:

  1. Laura James (CHHS)
  2. Brittany Leathers (NBES)
  3. Amy Michael (CHES)
  4. Ashley Harris (ESL)
  5. Breanna Owens (NBES)
  6. 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

Business Highlight

Corporate Sponsors

Special thanks to our community partners for supporting professional development and for believing in our school system:

Gold Partner:

Mr. & Mrs. Charles Anderson

Medical Associates of the Shoals

Silver Partner:

First Metro Bank

Bronze Partner:

J.T.Ray Company

Terminix

North Alabama Gas District

Lanier Ford Shaver & Payne, P.C.

Valley Credit Union

Legal Shield

Community Sponsor:

Cherokee Auto Part

Wittichen Supply Company

Lewis Electric Supply Company

Greg Flint - Alfa Insurance


103 W. 6th Street

Tuscumbia, AL 35674

Office: (256) 978-6732 Cell: (256) 810-2109

GFlint@alfains.com

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)

Master Tax Advisor

Muscle Shoals

256-353-8211

Simply Healthy

Now Open 7:00 a m - 4:00 p.m.

We specialize in all things healthy!! We have fresh juices, smoothies, detox tea, healthy food, and more!!

Important Dates

Graduation Dates and Times

Colbert County High School

Thursday, May 23rd, 6pm

2200 High School Street

Leighton, AL

Sam E. Sherrod Gymnasium

Cherokee High School

Friday, May 24th, 6pm

850 High School Drive

Cherokee, AL

Colbert Heights High School

Friday, May 24th, 7:30pm

6825 Woodmont Drive

Tuscumbia, AL

Love Notes

  • 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!!

Dr. Gale Denise Story-Satchel

Every Student...Every Day....Our Legacy!!

#teamcolbertcounty


"See through your hearts"