TCSS News & Notes - 4.30.21

News for Our Tuscaloosa County School System Community

Welcome to TCSS News & Notes, a publication for our entire Tuscaloosa County School System community! This newsletter is published twice a month and shared through our TCSS notification system and also available at our TCSS web site. TCSS News & Notes is a place where you can learn about some of the exciting activities and accomplishments happening within our schools, as well as important news and reminders. Thanks for taking a few moments to learn about what's happening within TCSS!

The Tuscaloosa County School System has partnered with school safety technology company Gaggle, to provide the SpeakUp for Safety tip line to our TCSS community. The SpeakUp for Safety tip line provides a way to confidentially report threats of violence, bullying, peers in crisis, and other imminent threats through email, phone call, or text message. There is no need to download a mobile app in order to use the tip line.


Email address: speakup@tcss.net

Call or text: (659) 734-2808


Trained Gaggle safety representatives evaluate information that comes into the tip line 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.


Learn more about SpeakUp for Safety at our TCSS web site.

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We welcome next year's kindergarten students and their families to the Tuscaloosa County School System! Children who will be 5 years of age on or before September 2, 2021 are eligible to enroll in kindergarten for the 2021-2022 school year.


The online registration portal for new students is now open. All students must complete online registration.


Also, we invite our incoming kindergarten students and their families to visit their local elementary school on Wednesday, May 5, 2021, anytime between 8 am and 4 pm. This will be an exciting day for our schools to meet their incoming students and families! This will also be a time for families to provide necessary documents to their schools. Please visit tcss.net/kindergarten for more information, including the online registration link and a list of documents to take to your school. Please complete the online registration prior to May 5.

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Immediate Opportunities for Bus Drivers & Bus Aides

The Tuscaloosa County School System is actively seeking bus drivers and bus aides, with immediate positions available for hire! Please share this information with anyone you know who would be a good candidate to join our transportation department. Hands-on training is provided, and bus drivers and aides are eligible for insurance and retirement benefits. These positions can be a great fit for people who have other jobs, or those who want to work part-time.


To help candidates get started with the process, as well as answer additional questions, the TCSS Transportation Department will host orientation meetings on Tuesday, May 11, at 6:30 pm. The same information will be provided at both meeting locations.


Meeting Locations:

Brookwood High School Lecture Hall, 12250 George Richmond Pkwy

Northport Bus Shop, 3700 68th Avenue, Northport


You may also contact (205) 342-2636 for more information, or visit our TCSS web site.

At the April 26 Board of Education meeting, the Board approved the installation of turf for the football field at Tuscaloosa County High School. This project comes alongside several other district-wide improvements, recently approved by the Board.


These projects include:

  • Classroom addition at Vance Elementary
  • Renovations at Myrtlewood Elementary
  • Cafeteria expansion and addition at Northside Middle
  • Cafeteria expansion and career technical education annex at Hillcrest High
  • Facility upgrades for Northside High baseball
  • Activity building for Taylorville Primary


The projects at Vance, Myrtlewood, Northside Middle, Northside High, Hillcrest High, and Taylorville are being funded through a total of approximately $22 million in Alabama Public School and College Authority (APSCA) bond issue money. In order to be funded with this money, projects must be completed within the next two years.


During upcoming Board work sessions, the Board will review the district-wide capital plan. This plan involves academic, athletics, and extra-curricular facilities and projects.

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Flatwoods Elementary Teacher Selected Teacher of the Month in National Publication

Congratulations to Flatwoods Elementary special education teacher Jimmie Ann Daniels, selected as a monthly national winner in the Amazing Teacher Awards! This program is put on by the USA Today Network of publications, and sponsored locally by Shelton State Community College and The Tuscaloosa News.


Ms. Daniels was nominated for the award by a grandmother of a student. “Her daily patience with all her students is enforced by her loving personality and kindness," the nomination letter said.


"Her inspiring determination in helping each student meet their best potential touches my heart.”


Ms. Daniels is pictured above (second from right) with her Flatwoods colleagues Amy Simmons, Mindy McIntosh, and Courtney Hayes.


Congratulations to Ms. Daniels!

TCSS All-County Band Concert Is Saturday, May 1

The TCSS All-County Band Concert is set for Saturday, May 1, at 5:30 p.m. in the Brookwood High School gymnasium. This is a great opportunity to support our talented students and band directors from across our school system!

2021 High School Graduation Dates

We look forward to celebrating the Class of 2021!


Graduation dates, times, and locations are:


Thursday, May 20, 2021 – Hillcrest High School Graduation, HCHS Stadium, 7 p.m.


Thursday, May 20, 2021 – Sipsey Valley High School, SVHS Stadium, 7 p.m.


Friday, May 21, 2021 – Brookwood High School, Brookwood High Stadium, 7 p.m.


Friday, May 21, 2021 – Northside High School, Northside High Stadium, 7:30 p.m.


Saturday, May 22, 2021 – Tuscaloosa County High School, TCHS Stadium, 10 a.m.


Saturday, May 22, 2021 – Holt High School, Church of the Highlands, 7 p.m.


Visit our TCSS web site for more information on graduation ceremonies.

Read Our Latest COVID-19 Data Update

Every two weeks, TCSS publishes new data regarding the impact of COVID-19 on our schools. These updates are published on our TCSS web site. The most recent update is available here.

Teacher Appreciation Week 2021

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Teacher Appreciation Week 2021 is almost here! We are always thankful for our teachers, and throughout the challenges of the past year, we are so grateful for the way they have continued serving our students, schools, and entire community. Let's make this week a time to let everyone in our schools, teachers and all support professionals, know how special they are.
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