APRIL 19, 2016

Positive Attitudes Change Everything (P.A.C.E.) ..... The April Character Trait is HONESTY

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Honesty is the best policy. ~Benjamin Franklin~


Cahaba River Shrimp Boil

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~~~~April 30 Trussville Springs 4:00 - 9:30 pm~~~~~

We need volunteers too!


Come out and join the fun!

Earth Day in Trussville - April 16

Thanks to everyone who came out to make Trussville's Earth Day a Success! Trussville City Schools had 17 teams participate cleaning up Trussville throughout the city. Thank you Trussville Utilities for the hotdog lunches and prize money!

Participating Teams were:

Paine Elementary School


Ms. Walker, Ms. Enoch, Ms. Finkley, Ms. Giangrosso, Ms. Gamble, Ms. D. Jones,

Ms. Lackey, Ms. Odom, Ms. Reed, and Ms. Rish


Ms. Kuhn, Ms. McKinley, and s. Brandon

Hewitt-Trussville Middle School

Ms. Green and Ms. Troncale (Ambassadors)

Hewitt-Trussville High School

Ms. Gerhart (Environmental Science) and Ms. Ezell (Color Guard and High Steppers)

Keep Trussville Clean!



Below are some "frequently asked" questions TCS received this week:

Question: Are the new schools going to open on time?

Completion dates received from the architects/construction managers on April 14 are for both schools to open August 2016.

Question: Will all elementary school colors and mascots be the same?

Yes, all schools will start out as the Huskies with the same colors (red, gray, and white).

Question: Will there be buses for the new schools?

Yes, buses will run for all schools and all students may ride the bus.

Question: Can a school staff list to be published for each school after the finalization at the April 18 board meeting?

Yes, our plans are to highlight the new staff for each school in In the Loop in future additions.

Question: Will all grades be grouped together instead of having separate halls and restrooms?

The principal of the school will make the classroom assignments dependent on what works for their school.

Look for more Q& A in future editions.



Hewitt-Trussville Mountain Bike Teams! Go Huskies!

After 4 races so far in the series, we are currently 2nd in the state! The state championship race is in Auburn on May 15.

Our team placed 2nd overall at the Space Race in Huntsville on Sunday, April 3rd with the following athletes on the podium.

Middle School Boys 7th grade

Luke Curtis: 1st place

Grayson Davis: 5th place

High School Boys

Jackson Davis: 3rd in Varsity

Justin Wilson: 1st in JV

Josh White: 4th in JV

High School Girls

Christen Deason : 3rd in JV

Our team placed 3rd overall at Oak Mountain State Park on Sunday, April 17.

Middle School Boys 7th grade

Grayson Davis: 2nd place

Luke Curtis: 4th place

High School Boys

Jackson Davis: 3rd in Varsity

Josh White: 3rd in JV

Justin Wilson: 4th in JV

Brandon Weir: 3rd in Sophomore

High School Girls

Christen Deason : 3rd in JV


Nine classrooms in grades K-2 published classroom books through Student Treasures. One copy of each book was purchased for the school library so students make check them out and read the books they wrote. What a great memory for years to come for our students!
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The HTHS AP Physics and AP Calculus students attended a fun-filled day of accelerating through roller-coaster loops and free-falling from harrowing heights at Six Flags over Georgia on Thursday, April 7th. The best and brightest minds from Mrs. Thomas’, Mrs. Dimler’s, and Mr. James’ classes spent an entire day physically experiencing many of the concepts learned in class, such as centripetal force, centripetal acceleration, gravitational potential energy, kinetic energy, and free-fall acceleration. Physics really is FUN!

Civil War Wax Museum at Paine Elementary

Fifth graders have been learning about important Civil War figures. Students dressed up and presented information about their characters to an audience of parents, grandparents, teachers, and peers.

HTHS Art Winners!! Way to go students!

Jessica Gagliano won first place in the district Visual Art Achievement Program for 2D Design, progressed to the state level and has been accepted to show at the state exhibit in Montgomery!


Noemi Vogel won First place in the Eastern Women’s Committee of 50 district show last night, taking home a $150 cash prize!!


Three HTHS student’s artwork was selected to participate in the Statewide Art Exhibition, sponsored by the Shelby County Arts Council with UAB Department of Art and Art History.

Seniors: Braily Busbey, Andrew Cusimano, and Daniel Hernandez

Categories were, 3D Design, Drawing, Mixed Media, Painting, Photography, and Best in Show.

HTHS Senior, DANIEL HERNANDEZ, won 1st Place, Mixed Media!

Daniel won a$250.00 CASH PRIZE!


Outstanding Performance by HTMS Choirs!

The HTMS Mixed and Show Choirs participated in the State Choral Performance Assessment sponsored by the Alabama Vocal Association. Both Choirs were awarded the Distinguished Musicianship Award for earning all Superior ratings for their stage performances and for their skills in sightreading. A Superior rating is the highest score given at the assessment.

Members of the HTMS Mixed and Show Choirs recently travelled to Nashville, Tennessee where they performed at the Country Music Hall of Fame. The students and parent chaperones also had an opportunity to tour the Hall of Fame to learn more about the roots and history of country music. After lunch at the Hard Rock Café, the students toured the historic RCA Studio B where both choirs participated in recording sessions. Thanks, HTMS Choirs, for representing Trussville City Schools so well in Music City U.S.A. !

Do you know? Augmented vs Virtual Reality? Paine Students Do!

On a recent trip to the K-2 Library, Paine students were introduced to the differences between augmented reality and virtual reality. After the lesson, students used augmented reality with the app, Quiver.

HTHS Assembly for Juniors

During an assembly today, test taking information for the upcoming ACT was presented to HTHS juniors. Dr. Cardwell, Mr. Salem, Mrs. McGehee and Mrs.Young shared test-taking strategies and encouraged students to do their best. Information was shared about potential changes for an extended lunch hour next year. The students were attentive and the information was well received.

HTHS Band students! Way to go!

HTHS Band students played at Brookwood Village in the Alabama Youth Symphony Orchestra.

Students are:

Anthony Knighton

Tyler Dowling

Daniel Nix

Stewart Brockman

Charlie Jones

Great Job students!

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HTHS Track at Spain Park Classic! Congrats on a job well done! Way to go HTHS Lady's 4X4 Team - Gold Medal Finish! GO HUSKIES!

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HTHS Boys Win Mountain Brook Invitational! Noah Igbinoghene wins his 2nd MVP of the Season! GO HUSKIES!!!

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Hewitt-Trussville's Bailey Murphy makes contact during a softball game in the Tournament of Champions at Curry High School in Jasper, Ala., Saturday, April 2, 2016 (Dennis Victory/


Great Tennis Season for HTMS! Both Girls and Boys teams' had a great season finish 7 and 2 and placing third in both divisions of the Metro Tournament. GO HUSKIES! Great Job!

Congratulations to the HTHS Students of the Month!

Freshman - Kelsey Hutchens and Marcus Bellew

Sophomores - Abbie Self and Noah Graham

Juniors - Amy Gilbert and Noah Igbinoghene

Seniors - Olivia Pidcock and J.B.Curlee


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Thank you HTHS Lunch Team for "yummy" lunches!


Congratulations to the HTHS Theater Department on outstanding performances of Music Man! Over 150 incredibly talented students in the cast and tech crew for this fun, upbeat musical. Job well done!

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HTHS FBLA Competition!

On Thursday, April 7 and Friday, April 8, the FBLA members listed below attended the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) State Leadership Conference and participated in a wide range of competitive events. We are proud to announce that 12 of the students finished in the top 4 in their events and have qualified for nationals, which will be held this summer in Atlanta, GA.

Alex French - Intro to Information Technology - 2nd place

Seth Hollingsworth - Marketing - 2nd place

Jillian Rager - Marketing - 2nd place

Anthony Temple - Business Financial Plan - 4th place

Matthew Hicks - Business Financial Plan - 4th place

Micah Grey - Job Interview - 1st place

Andie Gamble - Publication Design - 2nd place

Myles Dawson - Business Ethics - 3rd place

Meagan Zeitvogel - Business Ethics - 3rd place

Nicole Copeland - Public Service announcement - 4th place

Kate Heinzman - Public Service Announcement - 4th place

Lauran Bautista - Public Service Announcement - 4th place

FBLA Advisors - Tracey Jackson, Mark Snider, April Howell

iCan! Girls in Engineering Program

The iCan! Girls in Engineering Program is sponsored by Alabama Power Company female engineers who want to encourage middle school girls to consider engineering as a future career. The overall purpose of the program is to help middle school girls understand what engineering is, what engineers do, and learn about the many career possibilities in engineering. Program members are selected based on their math and science scores and their interest in learning about engineering. The iCan! girls participate in a series of five events throughout the school year including two field trips and three school-based events centered around the various engineering disciplines.

Kids on the Block visit Paine Elementary

James Spann visits Paine Elementary

Congratulations to HTHS Girls Basketball Player Gabby Hill as she signs with Wallace State. GO HUSKIES!

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HTHS Students at Alabama Bandmasters Association All-State Band Festival in Mobile, AL

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Registration packets for the kindergarten class of 2016-2017 are now available in both elementary school offices, the Board of Education and on the Trussville City Schools website.


IMPORTANT - Information for upcoming 6th grade students!

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9th grade baseball gets to play at historic Rickwood Field.

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Fun speaking/listening activity with poetry in Mrs. Dooley's classroom at HTHS!


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