In the Loop

January 7, 2022

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District News

TCS Celebrates School Resource Officers

National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day falls on January 9th this year. TCS joins in this celebration by paying special tribute to our own law enforcement: School Resource Officers (SROs). Our district is fortunate to have this partnership with the Trussville Police Department, which allows for SROs at each campus. Having SROs on campus provides safety and security - and allows police to establish rapport with students, faculty, and staff. TCS campuses will celebrate SROs in various ways this week and next in conjunction with National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day. To learn more about the role of School Resource Officers, visit nasro.org.

TCS Bus Drivers of the Year

TCS proudly announces its 2021-2022 School Year Bus Drivers of the Year: Marc Lockett and Bob Duncan. Lockett drives bus 15-03 for Hewitt-Trussville Middle School and has been with TCS Transportation since 2019. Duncan drives bus 21-04 for Cahaba Elementary and has been with TCS Transportation since 2014. These honorees were chosen via online vote. Parents, students, colleagues, etc. could nominate and vote for TCS Bus Driver of the Year. This award dates back to 2016 and recognizes drivers who go above and beyond in terms of duties and overall commitment to the safe transport of students. Both Lockett and Duncan will be nominated by TCS for the Transportation South Alabama Bus Driver of the Year. This ceremony is held in February.

Celebrating School Board Appreciation Month

Trussville City Schools joins all the public school systems across the state to celebrate School Board Member Recognition Month (January) and honor our Board of Education members for their commitment to our school system and our students. Kathy Brown (president), Steve Ward (vice-president), Mark Sims, Kim DeShazo, and Sherrye Tolbert all form the current Trussville City Board of Education. The key work of school boards is to raise student achievement through a variety of methods, chief among those methods is setting all policies for the school system. Beyond that, this governing body for the school system performs a number of duties. See more on the TCS Board of Education.

2021-2022 District Spelling Bee Contestants

Hewitt-Trussville Middle Schooler Levi Buckner emerged as the winner of the 2021-2022 TCS District Spelling Bee after 47 rounds. Buckner joined Caitlyn Blake (Paine Elementary); Ridley Nelms (Cahaba Elementary); and Keiran Gorsuch (Magnolia Elementary) to comprise the top four spellers across TCS. Buckner now goes on to represent Trussville City Schools in the upcoming Jefferson County Spelling Bee. See additional photos here.

TCS Technology Wins ALSDE Grant

Trussville City Schools was recently awarded $25,000 of grant funding by Alabama State Legislature through the ALSDE Cybersecurity Grant to support improvements in cybersecurity in schools. This funding will allow TCS to enhance its cybersecurity tools and training. The grant will be administered by April Chamberlain, Technology Supervisor; Dewayne Jackson, IT Manager; and Matt Kinsley, Network Administrator.

TCSF Casino Night 2022

The Third Annual TCSF Casino Night has been scheduled for Saturday, February 12, 2022, at Ferus Artisan Ales in the Trussville Entertainment District/downtown Trussville. Limited tickets will go on sale Wednesday, January 19th. Continue to check TCSF social media pages for details on how to order the hottest ticket in town! Casino Night serves as a major fundraiser for TCSF projects which directly benefit TCS students.

Volunteers Needed: Storm Shelters

Four TCS campuses serve as community storm shelters in the event of severe weather outside of school hours when students are not present. Those campuses include: Cahaba Elementary School, Magnolia Elementary School, Paine Elementary School, and Hewitt-Trussville High School. We are always in need of volunteers to help staff the shelters during severe weather watches and warnings - as issued by NWS Birmingham. If you have interest in this, please contact TCS Public Relations Supervisor Jason Gaston.

Lunchroom Worker Subs Needed

All TCS campuses are now hiring Cafeteria Substitutes! We are in dire need of substitute workers who want to earn some extra pay, cook some great meals, and interact with our great students! If you're interested, please contact Child Nutrition Program (CNP) Coordinator Mrs. Morgan Bean via email for more information.

COVID-19 Protocols

TCS continues to monitor the public health directives at the federal, state, and local levels. As COVID-19 guidance continues to evolve, stay tuned to TCS communications for updates that pertain to day-to-day school operations.

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School News

HTHS Student Leadership Retreat

A select group of 126 junior and senior HTHS students attended the 13th Annual Student Leadership Retreat at Shocco Springs Conference Center on December 3-5. The retreat is an opportunity for students to learn more about themselves and the principles of servant leadership to hopefully make an impact on their school and community. Student selections for this retreat are based on faculty and staff nominations.

HTMS Football Season Opens

Signup for the 2022 HTMS Football season is open: Current 6th & 7th graders interested in playing football this fall, please visit this link to register & signup for Remind notifications.

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HT Athletics

Tracking the Huskies

  • Basketball updates
  • Bowling News
  • New AHSAA classifications announced


See all the latest news in this edition of Tracking the Huskies!

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Important Resources for TCS Parents & Students

Here are a few shortcuts to important resources listed on the TCS District website:


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About Trussville City Schools

Trussville City Schools sits in a high-growth area of Jefferson County/Metropolitan Birmingham. Our award-winning district features motivated students, high-quality educators, and dedicated parents. We consistently rank highly on state and national levels from academics to extracurriculars to athletics. EEOC Notice