Friday Thoughts

November 30, 2018

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Did you know?

Brittany Leathers received the Alabama National Board Grant in FULL!!! She is ready to take the next steps!!

Mrs. Leathers is our first grade teacher at New Bethel Elementary School. Congratulations and we look forward to seeing you take NBES to the next level!!


One Team....One Goal....Our Legacy!!

Weather Aware

A warm front will lift northeast through north Alabama and southern middle Tennessee on Saturday morning, followed by a weak cool front Saturday evening. These frontal systems will produce numerous to widespread showers and a few thunderstorms. Given the wind shear profile expected, conditions will be marginally favorable for strong to severe thunderstorms.

2018 Window Painting

All three high schools came together to paint the windows at the central office...... every window looks great!! Thank you art students for sharing your talent!!

Cherokee High School Mrs. Pam Burns

Colbert County High School Mrs. Kim Landers

Colbert Heights High School Miss. Kayla McKinney

Healthcare Watch

Common Walking Mistakes that Lower Your Calorie Burn

Mixing up your speed during a workout not only torches calories, it helps burn fat. One study found walkers who varied their pace burned 20% more calories than those who maintained a constant speed. Additional research showed alternating between a moderate-intensity pace and bursts of high intensity was more effective at reducing belly fat.

The fix: To add intervals to your walk, Leslie Sansone, creator of the Walk at Home Workouts and author of “Walk Away the Pounds” suggests starting slow, walking at a warmup pace for two minutes, a brisk pace for the next two minutes and then jogging for 30 seconds, repeating the pattern for 20 minutes. “Your body has to adjust to different speeds, which requires more energy and leads to a bigger calorie burn,” notes Sansone.

myfitnesspal blog, October 18, 2018

Career Coach

Mrs. Emily Crisler - Your Bridge to the Next Level!!

Please encourage our Seniors to complete their FAFSA forms.

  • Continue to encourage our seniors to complete their college applications
  • At the very least, every senior should have an application on file with NWSCC...
  • More events will be coming your way

Senior Project

  • Seniors are required to complete 5 hours of job shadowing
  • Seniors will present in the class
  • Seniors will set-up their display in the cafeteria at the school

2019 Colbert County Schools College Signing Day

Thursday, March 21st 2019 at 5pm

425 U.S. 72 Alternate

Tuscumbia, AL

We are planning on having a HUGE college signing day on March 21st. This would be county-wide for all seniors that are going to college. Please encourage your students to apply to college. Finally, this grand day is for ALL students accepted into college NOT just students who are receiving scholarships. #teamcolbertcounty

One Team...One Goal...Our Legacy!!

ESL Edge - Ashley Harris Teacher

Holidays are a great time to incorporate your student’s home culture

Invite them to share how they celebrate with their family

Research the home country’s traditions and try at least one in your classroom

This support of home culture breaks down barriers to learning!

Colbert Heights Elementary School

Thank you, thank you, thank you!!

Special thanks to Dr. Shaw and the faculty and staff for hosting the school board meeting on Tuesday afternoon. Everything was perfect!! Your hard work was obvious!!

4-H Poster Contest at the Colbert County Farm-City Banquet

Congratulations to Sara Lindsey for placing 2nd place.

2018 Association for Career and Technical Vision Conference

Mrs. Brumley, teacher at CHHS, had a blast networking with follow teachers from all over the US.

2018 Association for Career and Technical Education Vision Conference

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New Bethel Elementary School


Friday, Nov. 30th, 9:15am

900 New Bethel Road

Tuscumbia, AL

We will have Christmas Parties/Breakfast in Classrooms on December 20th. The Christmas Program will follow at 9:15 AM.

Cherokee High School

Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Scholarship Awards

2 students from CHS to receive Academic Achievement & Leadership recognition from Alpha Pi Chapter & Alpha Delta Beta Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity:

Dawson Dean

Robert Fuqua

Fire Science

Fire Science - Week in Review

First Year students worked on Search/Rescue techniques, as well as restricted openings such as moving through a stud wall. They also worked on raising ladders, and tying knots to equipment in order to be able to hoist equipment.

Second Year students worked on donning Hazardous Materials Ensembles and learned the difference in Level A, B, C, and D hazmat suits. They also learned about decontamination procedures.

Next week, the Alabama Fire College Live Burn Trailer will be at CHS and all Fire Science students will participate in search/rescue, ladders, and live fire extinguishment.

We also still have a few Krispy Kreme BOGO Cards left if anyone wants one - $20 each and that gets you 10 free dozen. Great stocking stuffers or Secret Santa gifts!

Alabama Public Television's Young Heroes of 2019 - Call for Nominations

A student from your school could receive statewide recognition and a scholarship this spring.

Alabama Public Television is accepting nominations for the 2019 Young Heroes of Alabama. Students in grades 9-12 are eligible for the honor. Each of the five Young Heroes selected will receive a scholarship in the amount of $5,000, a tablet computer and other prizes. The selected students and their nominators will also be hosted for an all-expense paid visit to the legislature in Montgomery, as well as a tour of various attractions.

In brief, the Young Heroes are selected on the basis of scholarship, community/school service, and having excelled despite some sort of extreme difficulty or adversity. Such adversity could range from an unstable home environment to physical or mental challenges to personal tragedy.

The cutoff date for nominations is February 8, 2019. For more information about the Young Heroes program or to take a look at past winners, visit Please share this information with your colleagues and interested members of the community.

The first step in recognizing a young hero in your school is nominating him or her. The winners are selected by a panel of judges consisting of business, civic and education leaders from throughout the state. If you have questions or need additional information, please do not hesitate to give me a call at 1-800-239-5233, ext. 152.

Family Engagement/Communication

  • Parents’ engagement in young children’s learning is associated with improvements in children’s literacy, behavior, and social-emotional well-being (Committee on Supporting the Parents of Young Children et al. 2016).
  • Offer learning experiences for families, such as connecting families to online classes and resources, and family nights where guest speakers and families share their insights on topics of interest and need.
  • The National Center on Parent, Family, and Community Engagement reminds professionals, “Learning can also deeply influence families’ feelings about themselves, their abilities, and their future goals and actions.”

Human Resources & Business Office

PTO / School Related Organizations

This is just a reminder of the guidelines for school board employees in regards to school related organizations such as PTO’s. School Board employees cannot be involved with these organizations if they are an outside agency such as the school's PTO.

We have to make sure that these organizations truly operate on their own without employees of the District being involved. Please refrain from conducting any operational procedures, managerial decisions or discussions pertaining to the PTO.

Please let Mr. Brumley know if you have any questions.

Off-Site Counseling Appointments

Are you thinking of retiring? If you are within three years of retirement, an individual counseling appointment will provide many important answers to your retirement questions. Please view the 2019 appointment schedule to see when a counselor will be in your area.

Alabama Success Stories

Did you miss the November Advisor? If so, please read "Alabama Black Belt Adventures Celebrates Long, Successful Relationship with Raycom Media." This article is the second in a series of articles about Alabama Success Stories. Please let us know if you have a similar success story you would like to share with the RSA membership. You may contact us at

Air Evac Insurance Renewal and New Membership Information

Application for New Members (if signing up new, fill out the application and take to your school secretary and place in the RED Air Evac folder)

Chris Willis

Membership Sales Manager

AIR EVAC/AirMedCare Network

AEL-16 Tuscumbia, AL


Colbert County Reporter

  • Every Friday, our students and staff are the paper..doing something awesome!! Check them out!!..
  • Please, please, please check out your local hometown paper…..
  • May I encourage you to renew your subscription because students from our district will be writing and editing for each distribution

Another great partnership!!

Alabama Department of Education and Scantron

STUDENT INFORMATION SYSTEM On Tuesday and Wednesday of this week, the State Department of Education assembled a team of 45+ to learn more about the two companies chosen as finalists for providing the next student information system for Alabama schools. The group consisted of superintendents, principals, technology coordinators and other technical team members, select members of the SDE, and others.The two companies each had three and a half hours to present their product followed by a one-hour lunch break. After each lunch break, the review team had an opportunity to ask questions about what they had seen and heard nd how it would address some of the problems they have experienced. No decision was made today but watch for additional information from the SDE.


"The role model effect seems to show that having one teacher of the same race is enough to give a student the ambition to achieve, for example, to take a college entrance exam," said Nicholas Papageorge, assistant professor at Johns Hopkins University and one of the co-authors of the research paper. "But if going to college is the goal, having two teachers of the same race helps even more." To read more, click here. (U.S. News & World Report, Nov. 23)

Assistant Principals Conference

Wednesday, Jan. 23rd 2019 at 8:15am to Thursday, Jan. 24th 2019 at 5pm

Orange Beach, AL, USA

Orange Beach, AL

Iron Bowl Celebration---Giving Back to Our Community

  • Alabama won the mac & cheese drive and the game!! Congratulations to the Alabama fans!!

  • Good luck to Alabama as they face the Georgia Bulldogs on tomorrow!!

  • Donations will go to Sydney Safe & Salvation Army.

Student Support Services

Resources for Suicide Prevention

Crisis Services of North Alabama (Huntsville) Phone: (256) 716-1000 Toll Free: (800) 691-8426 Hours of Operation: 24/7

Lifelines/Family Counseling Center of Mobile Phone: (251) 431-5111 Toll Free: (800) 293-1117 Hours of Operation: 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. (CST) Monday-Friday

Academic Competitions

Junior High Scholar’s Bowl

Thursday, March 14th 2019 at 8:30pm

850 High School Drive

Cherokee, AL

High School Scholar’s Bowl

Thursday, April 11th 2019 at 8:30pm

2200 High School Street

Leighton, AL

Valedictorian/Salutatorian Luncheon

Monday, May 13th 2019 at 11:30am

312 North Montgomery Avenue

Sheffield, AL

Colbert County Honor’s Night

Thursday, May 16th 2019 at 6pm

503 South Wilson Dam Road

Muscle Shoals, AL

Pre-K Completion Ceremony

Sunday, May 19th 2019 at 2pm

503 South Wilson Dam Road

Muscle Shoals, AL

Saturday School

Saturday, Jan. 12th 2019 at 8am

909 George Wallace Boulevard

Tuscumbia, AL

Please bring to academic with you to work on and parents are welcome to come with their child.

Saturday, Jan. 26th 2019 at 8am

425 U.S. 72 Alternate

Tuscumbia, AL

Please bring to academic with you to work on and parents are welcome to come with their child.

School Board Members: Work Session

Monday, Dec. 17th, 5pm

425 U.S. 72 Alternate

Tuscumbia, AL

Education Foundation

Fall 2018 Payroll Deduction Fundraiser

  • For every person who donates to the education foundation through payroll deduction, before December 1st, 2018, will be entered into a random drawing for a one-time $500.00 Classroom Grant.
  • We are continuing with 100 for 100 fundraiser (we have collected approximately $2,500 thus far)
  • Allstate fundraiser - social media and flyers to teachers

Let's do this..... Please!!

Education Foundation Inserts - Sheffield Utilities

I am happy to say that we have completed a full cycle of the Colbert County Board of Education mailers and are getting some response. Special thanks to CCEF members for setting this up.

Education Update 200 Alabama Bicentennial

Stay up to date on statewide educational news, discover diverse resources for teachers and administrators, and request an AL200 flag for your school to participate in the Alabama Bicentennial celebration.

Alabama Bicentennial Summer Institutes are part of the state’s ongoing bicentennial celebration. “Since our summer institute program began in 2017, we have equipped more than one thousand educators with an array of new ideas and techniques to enhance their students’ understanding of Alabama history,” said Dr. Susan DuBose, bicentennial education coordinator. The programs are facilitated by master teachers and content specialists and focus on topics ranging from early statehood to voting rights to agriculture and industry and beyond. To register and for more information, visit or contact Susan DuBose at or (334) 353-4692.

Grants for Art Supplies for 2019

The Kennedy-Douglass Center for the Arts announces that applications are now being accepted for grants for art supplies for 2019. The program is designed to assist art teachers with special programs that require items not included in their existing budgets. The program is intended for art instructors for elementary and middle school students.

Teachers are encouraged to apply for projects that include multi-disciplinary topics, as well as joint initiatives such as artists-in-residence with other organizations such as the Alabama Arts Council. All participating schools will be invited to display their art work at Arts Alive 2019.

To apply, copies can be obtained from the Kennedy-Douglass Art Center web page (, under Art Education Grants. The completed application should be submitted by email or paper copy by December 15.

This grant is made possible by the Kennedy-Douglass Art Center Volunteers, a non-profit organization using proceeds from Arts Alive and other fund raising events.

University of North Alabama

Office of Alumni Relations for UNA

Good afternoon! Mark your calendars for the UNA Alumni Leadership Summit 2019 conference next year. The conference will be on April 12-13th in Florence, Alabama. I want to personally invite you to attend the conference.

*Friday, April 12th: Kickoff Meet/Greet Social | 6-7PM | Venue (TBA)

*Saturday, April 13th: Alumni Leadership Summit 2019 | 9AM-1PM | Venue (TBA)

If you have any ideas on presenters and session topics that would interest alumni please let me know. Feel free to forward the SAVE THE DATE information to other fellow Lion Alumni leaders. Our goal is to make sure we host the best leadership development and networking conference that will engage our alumni conference attendees.

Thank you for your leadership, dedication, and continued service to the University of North Alabama. Let Bishop Alexander know if you have any questions.



2018 UNA Commencement Ceremonies

If you are not aware, there will be three commencement ceremonies next month in Flowers Hall. Friday, December 14th at 7:00 pm and Saturday, December 15th at 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.

Next Level of Instruction:

Environmental Scans AND OBSERVATIONS

We only have four full weeks of school before the end of the first semester. Let’s make sure these four weeks are full of learning at high levels. We owe it to our students to engage them for the full semester. Certainly, we have finals and maybe a party of some sort before the end of the semester, but let’s also make sure we work hard until the end.

Our dual enrollment and advanced courses should not be the only courses that are completed to fidelity. Everyone deserves the same learning opportunity. Next Level Learning!!!


Stem Website

TVA has launched a STEM website with information for students to explore various careers, and. resources for teachers as well.

Happy Computer Science Week

December 3rd-December 7th

Grant/Scholarship Opportunities

The Junior League is offering grants of up to $6,500 to organizations such as ours. The grants are intended to improve the lives of women and children. Applications are due by December 31, 2018. Projects funded by the grant must be implemented between April 2, 2019 and November 1, 2019. Complete information about the grant is available on the Junior League website at

As stipulated in the grant announcement, projects must be well defined and not fully funded by other sources. If any of the CCS organization have projects that are eligible for funding through this grant, Matt D. will be glad to compile and submit an application or assist in any way. Because the grant deadline is fast approaching during a busy holiday period, time is of the essence.

Scholarship Information for Students

November is National Scholarship Month.

National Scholarship Month is the perfect time to remind your students about how they can get free money for college. According to How America Pays for College 2018, scholarships and grants covered 28 percent of college costs, scholarships alone paying 17 percent. More than half of families (57%) surveyed used a scholarship to help pay for college in 2017-18. Let’s make sure your students don’t miss out.

During November, in honor of National Scholarship Month, students who register for Scholarship Search can enter Sallie Mae’s $5,000 Sweepstakes.* Registering for Sallie Mae’s Scholarship search tool, with over 5 million scholarships, is fast, easy, and free – and there’s no essay required!

As the nation’s saving, planning, and paying for college company, we’re committed to helping your students achieve their dreams. If you have questions about Scholarship Search or any of our college planning tools, please let me know.

America’s Farmers Grow Ag Leaders

America’s Farmers Grow Ag Leaders, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund, a philanthropic arm of Bayer, is offering more than $500,000 in scholarships to high school seniors and college students pursuing an ag-related field of study. Students can apply for a $1,500 scholarship now through February 6.

Educators and administrators like you can help spread the word about this great scholarship opportunity by:

  • Promoting this opportunity to students in your school (open to non-FFA members too!)
  • Following the America’s Farmers Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages and sharing our posts about Grow Ag Leaders
  • Encouraging farmers in your community to support – each application needs two farmer endorsements.

FBLA Foundation District Scholarship Application

The Alabama FBLA-PBL Foundation is a NON-PROFIT Corporation, incorporated in 1995 and serves middle schools, high schools, technical, community, junior colleges, and universities. The Foundation raises funds to promote quality business/marketing education through various initiatives one of which is scholarships. The scholarships provide opportunities for students to further their career goals and dreams through attending postsecondary programs, participating in career-related activities, and experiencing the positive results of cooperative efforts. The Foundation will award a $1,000 scholarship per district for FBLA students.

Applicant must be a PAID member (graduating senior) of Alabama FBLA and must attend the Alabama FBLA State Conference on April 11-12, 2019.

2019 Web Team American Internship

2019 Web Team American Internship is open to students who have currently enrolled Junior/senior standing or Graduate student with a degree focus in Computer Science.

Internship Deadline: Ongoing

Award Amount: paid

Internship Type: Fulltime

Applicants can get more information through the given link: Web Team American Internship


Internships and Financial Aid Adviser

Helping Schools Tags

What a great way for the community to support our schools. For every tag that is purchased, $16.50 goes directly to the schools (not the central office).


















Math Course of Study Changes

Please take time to read through it. Even though most of the changes will occur at the middle-high school level, we have to do our part to make this possible in order to have the kids ready for these math courses.

Business Highlight

State Farm Insurance with Will Britt

Phone: 256-383-1188

Phone: 256-383-1188

Fax: 256-978-5923

Office Hours

M-F 8:30 am to 5:00 pm

Weekends / Evenings by Appt.


Conveniently located between Fred's and O'Reilly Auto Parts close to Hwy 72


License: AL-765846


NMLS ID#: 1624777

MLO License#: 1624777

Christmas Dinner

Christmas dinner

at The Oaks Plantation located on Ricks Lane, Tuscumbia

December 1, 2018 6pm

Bring a covered dish; your friends and/or family.

Thanks to Debra & Harold Kimbrough for use of their Carriage House at the Oaks.

Addition information: 256-446-9324 or 256-702-6753

Love Notes

  • Happy Birthday and Happy Anniversary to all those who are celebrating in the month of November!!
  • Unspoken prayer request for students, faculty, and staff.
  • Please continue to keep the following staff members lifted:
  • Larena Harrell, Louis Delbert, Susan Haley, Joshua & Jade Balta, Angie Willis, Aubrey Kimbrough, Lynne Wilson and Katie Dalrymple.

Dr. Gale Denise Story-Satchel

One Team...One Goal....Our Legacy!!