IN THE LOOP

MARCH 24, 2016

*******TRUSSVILLE CITY SCHOOLS******* SPRING BREAK - MARCH 28 - APRIL 1

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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.

TRUSSVILLE SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT GETS NEW CONTRACT

Trussville City Schools

Press Release

March 22, 2016

At the Trussville City Schools Board of Education meeting March 21, 2016, the TCS Board of Education voted to approve a new four year contract for Dr. Pattie Neill as Superintendent of Schools. Dr. Neill’s original contract ended June 30, 2016.

Board President Roberts detailed many of Dr. Neill’s accomplishments during her tenure in Trussville City Schools including a successful ad valorem campaign, the building of the stadium, working with the Mayor and City Council to open Husky Parkway, successfully working with the Federal Court to zone our elementary schools, building two new elementary schools and the addition at the Paine Campus. The AdvancED Accreditation review was very successful with the AdvancED Chair stating Trussville City Schools had some of the highest scores awarded this year. TCS just completed State Department monitoring marking scores in the top 5 in the State of Alabama. All of these accomplishments were completed while Dr. Neill successfully ran the school system on a day to day basis.

Roberts noted, “When other school systems look for a superintendent, I don’t want them to look at ours”.

The only changes in the new contract are the dates which begin July 1, 2016 through June 30, 2020. Dr. Neill’s leadership philosophy was reflected in her request that her salary remain the same with no increase in the new contract. Dr. Neill would only accept a raise if the faculty and staff also receive a raise. “I hope the state

legislature comes through with a raise for all of us this year”, Neill stated.

Board President Roberts stated, “With all the good things going on in the school system, it benefits all of us that we make this commitment to Dr. Neill and that she make this commitment to us to lead us forward into the

future. The Board and I thank Dr. Neill for her hard work and dedication to the faculty, staff, and students of Trussville and the community. We look forward to many more years with Dr. Neill leading Trussville City Schools.”

Superintendent Dr. Pattie Neill thanked the Board of Education for the new contract. Dr. Neill stated, “I look forward to many more years in Trussville serving the faculty, staff, students, and community of Trussville. I appreciate this affirmation of hard work and the vote of confidence by the Board Members. This also affirms the teamwork inside the school system by principals, central office staff and hundreds of outstanding teachers. I promise to continue to lead Trussville onward and upward.”

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IMPORTANT - Information for upcoming 6th grade students!

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PAINE ELEMENTARY (K-2) RESPECTFUL BUS RIDERS FEBRUARY 2016

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Assistant Principals, Mrs. Kristi Stacks and Mrs. Jennifer Abney recruiting at Birmingham Southern College

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Congratulations Hewitt-Trussville High School selected as the 2015 Alabama Attorney General's Safe Schools Initiative Award of Excellence

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PAINE ELEMENTARTY (K-2) BOOK FAIR - GREAT SUCCESS!

2ND GRADE OPEN HOUSE

CALLING ALL VOLUNTEERS ..CAHABA RIVER SHRIMP BOIL

HTHS BAND MARCHES IN ST. PATRICKS DAY PARADE IN NEW YORK CITY

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Congratulations to HTMS Star Students of the Month for February 2016

CONGRATS to Michael Fowler, Tana Smith, Hallie Bender, Matthew Jones, Taniya Horton, Isaac Clayton, Peyton Berry, Olivia Villari, Chris Mauldin, Audrey Smith, Joriann Lee, Chrissy Dillard, Phoebe Greene, Caroline Green, Maddie Maye, Abigail O’Neal, Brianna Plant, Cameron Smith, Victoria Benson, Samuel Baron Washington, Ashley Shepherd, Emma Weyhe, Ella Weissgerber, Elliott Stanley, Austin King, Carson Bean, Abby Levesque, Carly Cook, Jillian Hornsby, Colin Glover, Maggie Beth Plyman, Kate Mullinax, Nic Coffey, Katie Powell, Brody Taylor, Blaine Whitt, Emmilee Cantrell, and Sara Grace Mauldin

Paine Elementary Drama Club Presents Dancing through the Decades

Paine Intermediate Drama Club presented three artistic performances of "Dancin' through the Decades" Thursday. The group is composed of fifth graders who began auditioning and practicing last fall. Paine Intermediate's Drama Club is under the direction of Jennifer Bruno, Chris Byars, Anne Owens, and Ruth Ann Clay. "Dancin' through the Decades" was written and choreographed by Jennifer Bruno.

1st Grade Musical

Great Riding by the HTHS Mountain Bike Team!

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Congratulations to HTHS State Technology Money Grant Winners

Kurt Kristensen - Hero Go Pro to create videos for concepts that cannot be shown easily in the classroom.

Wendy Mann - Set of 10 TI-84 Graphing Calculators for the Special Ed Department

Haleigh Blake - iPad Air Bundle and mounting system for a wheelchair with adjustable touch screen stylus

Katy Robbins - iPad Air to engage her students with classroom instruction

Lacey deShazo - 3 additional chromebooks for the English Department Chromebook Cart

Ryan James - Raspberry Pi and accessories for his computer science class

Chris Bond - 3D Printer and design books for MakerSpaces during Refuel Hour

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE HTHS GOLF TEAM!

2016 Statewide Student Art Exhibit winner

Congratulations to HTHS Senior, Daniel Hernandez. His artwork has been selected for the 2016 Statewide Art Exhibit. Only 53 of the 243 submitted pieces of artwork were chosen. Great Job Daniel!

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HEWITT-TRUSSVILLE MIDDLE SCHOOL ART I FIELD TRIP TO BIRMINGHAM MUSEUM OF ART


Art I Field Trip by Sara and Caroline, grade 7 – Today we went on a field trip to the Birmingham Museum of Art. There were many different types of artwork that we have never heard of before, like a carved marble sculpture. There was also lots of art from many different cultures like Japan, Renaissance Italy, and the US. We went to an art studio to learn about sumi-e, which is a painting from Asian culture. We got our own portfolio to take home! For lunch, we had chicken fingers, green beans, salad, macaroni and cheese, and brownies. It was all amazing! They also taught us how to be respectful and have good manners. Overall, this

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THANK YOU Volunteers at Paine Elementary Library!

Media Specialist Rachel Brockman says, "Thank you to an amazing group of people who each donated 2 hours of their time Sunday afternoon to help Paine elementary split the school library of 25,000 items. More than 50 man-hours work of work was completed."

THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!

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The Alabama State Department of Education is looking for volunteers.

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High School Diplomas to qualifying World War II, Korean War and Vietnam War Veterans

In 2014, the State Superintendent of Education developed a program to grant high school diplomas to qualifying World War II, Korean War and Vietnam War veterans.

The initiative was part of legislation enacted by the Alabama House and Senate to provide a way for those veterans who left high school to serve in the military a chance to receive their diploma.


Trussville City Schools intends to recognize these veterans who served honorably. Any recipient may choose to have the diploma presented at the high school's graduation ceremony, at private ceremony or have the diploma mailed.

The diploma is intended to be presented by the high school at which the veteran attended. For a veteran to qualify for the diploma, they must have been a student who left school before completing graduation to join the military during World War II, the Korean War, or the Vietnam War.


Veterans must also provide appropriate military discharge documentation that indicates an honorable discharge. If the veteran was killed in action, the family must supply verification of death. For more information, click here


The district's student support coordinator, Mrs. Mandi Logan, will be the point of contact for any veteran who qualifies. Mrs. Logan can be reached at mandi.logan@trussvillecityschools.com, or at 205-228-3033.