In the Loop

August 27, 2021


District News

Alabama K12 COVID-19 Dashboard

Alabama school systems, including TCS, are reporting positive COVID-19 cases to the Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH). These numbers will be available statewide beginning September 8 on the K12 COVID Dashboard. A soft launch of the dashboard took place today (08/27/2021). The numbers on the dashboard represent weekly reports from all Alabama school systems, including TCS, based on information from parents. TCS does not test for COVID-19.

COVID-19 numbers reported to Trussville City Schools so far this school year are as follows:

After summer vacation, the first week of school August 11-17:

44 students and 4 staff members.

August 18-24:
14 students and 1 staff member

See links to this dashboard and other resources on this ADPH webpage. On this webpage click "View Alabama's K-12 COVID-19 School Dashboard."

Mask Reminders

As a specific reminder about masks, students must bring a mask each school day. There are times throughout the school day where masks will be necessary, including - but not limited to - times when students are within six (6) feet of each other for 15 minutes or more. This is known as the 6/15 rule. Additionally, all school systems with bus service are under a federal mask mandate from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This means all drivers and students must wear masks during school bus transport, per CDC guidelines.

Masks join other preventative measures, including social distancing, enhanced personal hygiene, plexiglass, and more. Moreover, we always ask that sick students (and employees) stay home and that these measures are followed outside of school hours when families take part in community activities.

PowerSchool Parent Portal Access Information

PowerSchool allows parents to create a single sign on account where they can add and then view all their student’s information in their single login account (even if the students attend different schools). When a parent’s single sign on account is created, an access code and password for each student must be entered. These codes will be provided to you from each school where you have a child enrolled. Please follow these instructions carefully to create and link your students to your account. Access the Parent Portal via this link, which is also linked on the District and school websites.

"Attendance Matters Beyond the Classroom" - Attendance Awareness Month

"Attendance Matters Beyond the Classroom" will be the theme for this year's Attendance Awareness Campaign by the Alabama State Department of Education (ALSDE). The annual campaign highlights the importance of students being in school - and the pitfalls of chronic absenteeism in terms of instructional loss. Chronic absenteeism is defined as missing 15-18 days of school for any reason. Attendance issues can begin as early as kindergarten and continue to impact achievement throughout a student's K12 experience. ALSDE supports and encourages the use of positive behavior supports, prevention and support services and innovative pathways to address attendance as the major contributor for facilitating academic and behavioral success of our students.

P.A.C.E. Character Education Program

P.A.C.E. - or Positive Attitudes Change Everything - has and will continue to serve as Trussville City Schools' official character education program. A new character trait is introduced each month (e.g., "Wisdom" for August 2021) and highlighted in various ways throughout Trussville schools. Be on the lookout for these monthly character traits, which showcase the qualities we expect our students to learn, explore, and ultimately exhibit.


Paws for a Cause Raises Big Money for TCS Students

The TCS Foundation and TCS Athletic Foundation proudly announce that this year's Paws for a Cause Gala raised more than $35,000.00 for TCS students. The successful night of games, live entertainment, and food at the outdoor Trussville Entertainment District drew hundreds of community supporters. Funds raised come from ticket sales, sponsorships, and a silent auction. See more on the success of this year's Paws for a Cause.


School News

Cahaba Back-to-School Reading Challenge

Cahaba Elementary School students have been engaged in a Back to School Challenge. Students were challenged in the areas of Reading, STEM, and Acts of Kindness. Students are asked to complete the following activities:

1. Create a reading space and read to a family member or pet.

2. Discover the inventor of electronics around your house.

3. Write and deliver letters of appreciation.

4. Create a habitat for a backyard creature. Observe and journal.

5. Use items around the house to create the tallest tower.

6. Complete an unexpected chore for a family member or neighbor.

Parents have been taking pictures of students as they complete challenges and posting them to a digital platform. Students will have until today (August 27) to complete all of the tasks. Students who complete all the activities will receive recognition and participate in a popsicle party.

Magnolia Elementary Implements P.A.W.S.

Magnolia Elementary School has implemented school-wide Practice Application Workshops (PAWS). PAWS give students opportunities to build pertinent foundational skills such as spelling one’s full name, knowing one’s mailing address and phone number, using a ruler to measure objects, practicing organizational skills, tying one’s shoes, counting money, and making change. Following the completion of a teacher survey sent out on the first day of PAWs, even more foundational skills will be incorporated into these workshops. All students at Magnolia participate in PAWs, held every Monday morning. Specialists and teachers collaborate to prepare/teach lessons designed to strengthen practical life skills. On the first day of PAWs, when students practiced labeling and organizing, cutting, and writing their full name, mailing address, and phone number(s), positive comments were heard from teachers, specialists, and students: “This really helped!” “I never knew my full address before.” “This has probably been one of the most beneficial uses of thirty minutes.” “I can’t wait for PAWS, again!”


Tracking the Huskies

In this week's Tracking the Huskies, the HT -vs- Saraland game was previewed along with:

  • Updates on Student Athletic Passes
  • HT Gear - online stores
  • Various tryout deadlines

See more in this week's Tracking the Huskies!


HUSKY HOOPS Fall Events (Wednesday Nights) September 15th thru October 27th:

• Skill Sessions 6-7 PM : $10 per session

• 3 on 3 League 7-8:30 PM : $20 total to be in the league (3 on 3 League is only in October)

2nd-6th Grade Boys; Bryant Bank Arena; free for Husky Hoops Members with Annual Pass. Register here if you haven't attended any previous Husky Hoops events. Questions? Contact: Coach Jeff Baker


City Events

Trussville City Fest - September 11, 2021

The festival will be set up all throughout the city. Starting near the new entertainment district (101 Beech Street) and ending at Veteran's Park (90 Parkway Drive, Trussville). See more info on the Trussville Chamber of Commerce website.


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