Trojan Weekly

July 31, 2014

Freshman Night Tonight!

Freshman Night is at 6:00 p.m. in New Gym. It will include a short assembly for parents and students orientation and organization purposes. Schedule pick up and locker purchases will be available immediately following. Avoid the long lines, and pay ahead of time at Scroll to the bottom and log in as a guest. You can show your receipt on your phone. No printed receipted needed!

Freshman Night is not required. However, if your child cannot come, then these items will be available the first day of school which is August 5th.

FAQ for August 5th

What time do I have to be there?

Our school hours this year will be from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Our doors will open at 8:00 a.m. and this will be when supervision is provided for the high school students.

What time will the buses run?

Approximate high school bus pick up times will be 7:15 a.m. to 7:50 a.m. Please be patient the first few days as everyone is learning our new routine. After everything gets established, the bus ride should be positive for our students with less ride time and less crowded buses. If you have a bus question, direct it to assistant principal David Manning at

How do car riders enter the school?

Our traffic plan will remain the same this year as the one we used last year. All high school traffic can either enter the front of the school from Hwy 231-431 or use Bullard Drive. I encourage parents dropping off students to use the Hwy 231-431 entrance and the student drivers to use Bullard Drive entrance. The traffic on the north side of campus is one-way both directions in the morning. The north side road is two-way traffic in the afternoon. For the safety of our students, we lock the gates on Bullard Drive and behind the football concession stand around 8:45 a.m. each day. All traffic during the school day must enter from Hwy. 231-431. We will unlock the Bullard Drive gate and the gate behind the football concession stand around 2:00 p.m. to allow the elementary traffic to use these entrances.

Morning drop-off

Parents please use the car line drop off area to drop off their student. Dropping students off in front of the school, in the student parking lot in the aisles, Woolley gym area, bus parking lot, and teacher parking lot is not allowed.

Afternoon pick-up

There are only two locations to pick up students in the afternoon. These locations are in the car line or, if you can find a vacant parking space to pull into. Students are not allowed to be picked up in the front of the school, in the student parking lot in the aisles, Woolley gym area, bus parking lot, and teacher parking lot. Students that are picked up in the incorrect areas will be disciplined.If any student is unsure, all they have to do is ask.

Keep in mind we have some students that walk home, football practice and we have cheerleader practice going on at the Woolley gym at the end of the school day. Parents often ask me why they have to pick up in the car line when they see students walking toward the Woolley gym or off campus.

How do I get a parking space?

Parking Permit Applications are online! They must be signed by a parent. Pay ahead of time with and show your receipt to Mrs. Weir.

How do I pay school fees?

We are excited to announce that all financial transactions at HGHS will now be done online! Visit to purchase class fees, lockers, parking permits and more! It's easy to use. You don't even have to create an account. Just scroll to the bottom and use guest login by selecting Hazel Green High School from the drop down menu. Find your item and check out. You will get a confirmation email, the bookkeeper will get a verification email for the purchase, and the sponsor will get a verification email. No more long lines and special trips to the school! Make sure you use ahead of time for Expo and Freshman Night. Having trouble? Watch our tutorial.

What is the dress code?

Here are some pictures and examples with the intent to assist parents as they purchase school clothing over the summer. I have included some other items that I have found helpful for parents and students. Our students do an outstanding job meeting these expectations.

What book was I supposed to read?

If you haven't already, you might want to get started on your summer reading! There are links below where you can purchase the books online but all of them are available in the local book stores and libraries.

9 Pre AP and Regular - The Pearl by John Steinbeck

10 Pre AP and Regular - The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway

11 AP Language/Comp - In Cold Blood by Truman Capote

11 Regular - Shift by Jennifer Bradbury

12 Regular - The Strange Case of Dr.Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson

12 AP Literature - How to Read Lit like a Professor by Thomas C. Foster AND The Stranger by Albert Camus

Welcome Wes Minor, New Athletic Trainer

We would like welcome Wes Minor, our new athletic trainer. An athletic trainer since 1998, Wes earned a Bachelor of Science in Human Performance and an Master of Art degree in Health Studies from University of Alabama. His experience includes athletic training positions at Madison County High School, Samford University, Alabama A&M University and The University of Alabama. In his position as a certified athletic trainer at Hazel Green High School and Meridianville Middle School, Wes provides athletic training and clinical oversight with a goal of injury prevention. His professional services are provided at no cost to the schools or their athletic programs by Huntsville Hospital Sports Center.

Ethan Stair Getting Lots of Attention!

Ethan Stair was recently featured on He holds 26 basketball offers, including one from the 2013 Final Four squad Wichita St., as well as Lehigh and Navy. Can't wait to watch the Trojans this fall!

HG Student Participates in HudsonAlpha Biotechnology Academy

The 2014 HudsonAlpha Biotechnology Academy is well underway, and we are excited to have Jessica Hunter from Hazel Green High School enrolled! The students are learning the foundations of molecular genetics, DNA Barcoding, genetic engineering and synthetic biology. This four-week, intensive experience is allowing students to work closely with scientists and educators in a hands-on, technique-based environment.

Jessica was nominated by her teachers to attend the Academy. We are so proud of her scholastic achievement and desire to learn more about the biotechnology field!

Red Cross Youth Leadership Committee

The American Red Cross of North Central Alabama is now accepting applications for the 2014-2015 Youth Leadership Committee. The committee is made up of select high school students living in Madison County and Limestone County who engage in leadership development through the planning and implementation of community service activities and events to further the mission of the American Red Cross. The Youth Leadership Committee is open to high school students (14-18) living in Madison County and Limestone County who are passionate about helping others and developing leadership skills. Members must complete an online application and have parental/guardian permission to participate. To join, complete an application online by visiting
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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 revision to next year’s calendar consists of four half-days for professional development (coded in purple). Please note the dates. Also, notice we will be out for President’s Day next year.

Moores Mill Intermediate School Ribbon Cutting and Open House - The move-in day is getting closer! Save the date for Monday, August 4, at 6:00 p.m. for the ribbon cutting and open house! For the most current information, be sure to follow them at!

Meridianville Middle School will host a parent orientation/walkthrough on July 31st from 4:30 – 6:30. It will be a come and go event. You don’t have to be there at a specific time. They will have informational tables set up for lunch and buses. Teachers will be there for you to meet and briefly talk with. You may get your child’s schedule and go to the classrooms that you desire.

Swim Team - There will be a brief informational meeting before Freshman Night at 5:00pm on July 31st in the cafeteria. Meridianville Middle School students may participate.

Mrs. Bastin and Mrs. Aguirre-Cantrell will be travelling with students and parents from Hazel Green High School on an EF Educational Tour to Turkey, Greece, and Italy in the Summer of 2016. We are excited to begin planning for this trip. To view the full itinerary, enroll, or take advantage of early pricing, please visit the tour's website at . For any questions or concerns regarding the upcoming trip, please feel free to email Mrs. Aguirre-Cantrell at .

Athletic Physicals - The sports medicine physicians of TOC Sports, along with the Athletic Trainers from Huntsville Hospital Sports Center are administering city-wide physical exams.
Date: SATURDAY Aug. 9th
Time: 8-10AM
Location: D1 Sports Training Facility (Jones Valley)
Cost: $10/athlete

We will be holding our baseball tryout
for the 2014-2015 season, starting the first week of school. This tryout will start August 5th and run through August 9th. These will be held after school starting at 4pm each day. If you play football and are interested in trying out please let me know and we will make arrangements.

Softball tryouts
are August 11-15 from 6:00-8:00 p.m.. Meet at the softball field.

2014 Football Program Ads
- If you would like to place a personal ad for your student in the program, please contact the Band at Ads are Black and White and the prices are :

1/4 page $60

1/2 page $80

Full page $100

Deadline for placing ads is August 1st.

ACT Results
- Students (juniors for 2013-14) who participated in the State Testing and received college-reportable scores will be able to view their scores and score report on a free ACT Web account they create. Students should wait until after they receive their score report to create an account at If a student has an existing account, he/she should wait 7 to 8 weeks after testing to log in to the account and check to see if the State Testing scores have been posted. Keep in mind that college-reportable scores may take up to 8 weeks after the test date. If you have questions, please encourage e-mail

The Madison County School System will run double bus routes beginning with the 2014-2015 school year.
Hazel Green High and Meridianville Middle will begin school at 8:30 and end at 3:30 each day. All elementary and intermediate schools will begin at 7:45 and end at 2:30 each day. Parents will be allowed to drop students off thirty (30) minutes prior to the beginning of school.

Special Programs

Dates to Remember

August 5 - First day of School
August 21 - Three Week Progress Report
September 11 - Six Week Progress Report
September 26 - Teacher Staff Development (1/2 Day for Students)
October 6-10 - Fall Break
October 16 - ACT PLAN Test (10th Grade)
October 16 - Report Cards

October 31 - Teacher Staff Development (1/2 Day for Students)

November 18 - December 18 - ACT End of Course Tests (English 10 & Algebra I)
November 26-28 - Thanksgiving Break
December 19-January 4 - Winter Break
February 13 - Teacher Staff Development (1/2 Day for Students)
April 17 - Teacher Staff Development (1/2 Day for Students)
April 28 - ACT Plus Writing (11th Grade)

May 20 - Graduation (3:00pm at VBC Arena)

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 .