Muscle Shoals High

December 17, 2019

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Christmas Break begins Thursday

The Muscle Shoals City Schools will be closed December 19 through January 3. Classes will resume on Monday, January 6. Students will report directly to homeroom on January 6 to receive a copy of their spring class schedule and receive report cards from the fall semester.

MSHS leads annual Santa Bus initiative

The Interclub Council, a group made up of officers from the various clubs and organizations at Muscle Shoals High School, and sponsor Maria Kennedy worked to provide gifts to 14 children in need. Student leaders Braden Hall, Aliee Reed, Dawson Pierce, and Emma Leigh Borden joined Mrs. Kennedy and Dr. Danyelle Hillman in delivering the gifts on December 6th.

Basketball News

Trojans anxious for re-match with Hartselle Tuesday

On Tuesday, December 17, the Trojans will travel to Hartselle for a much anticipated re-match. On Tuesday, December 5, the Trojans fell short, 58-52, against the Tigers in a close home match-up. The varsity boys are anxious for the re-match.

At the December 5th game, the Lady Trojans came out on top with a winning score of 46-37. Sara Puckett had 26 points, 16 rebounds, four assists and two blocks. Makiyah Horrison added 10 points and six rebounds for the Trojans, who outscored Hartselle 14-8 in the second period and 15-8 in the third to turn a deficit into a solid lead.


Find the 2019-2020 basketball schedules at the MSHS Trojan Athletics website!
Photo by Matt McKean of TimesDaily

Muscle Shoals 68, Florence 64: Acklin, Trojans clutch at foul line in win over Florence last Friday


By Michael Hebert, Sports Writer for the TimesDaily

FLORENCE — In a game that went down the stretch with both teams battling and fouling often, it came down to free throws.

Muscle Shoals senior guard Jamal Acklin made nine of nine in the fourth quarter to seal a 68-64 win over Florence (6-3) on Friday.

Acklin, who led the Trojans (6-1) with 21 points, credited his coach, Neal Barker, for the everyday focus after practice on shots at the charity stripe.

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Character In Action

Matthew James selected for "Character in Action" award

On Tuesday, December 3rd, students from across Colbert County assembled in the courtroom of Judge Chad Coker to be recognized for demonstrating the traits of good character. Matthew James served as the MSHS nominee for the character he demonstrates in our hallways each day. He was nominated for the award by custodian Rickie Cole and teacher Holly Moody.

At the ceremony, Matthew received a certificate, a t-shirt, and $25 cash. When asked what he planned to do with the money, he said, "After I buy myself a game, I'm going to buy something for the school. Y'all are so nice to me. I want to do something nice for you." Congratulations, Matthew! Thank you for being an example of good character for all of us.

Math Teams Compute

Geometry team places 2nd at Vestavia

The MSHS Geometry team won 2nd place at the Vestavia Hills math tournament on December 7th.

9th grader Josh Banister received the 8th place overall individual award.

Trumbauer Superiors Announced

CONGRATULATIONS TO STATE TRUMBAUER SUPERIORS REPRESENTING MSHS!

Lyric Malone (Solo Musical)
Alex Minor (Solo Acting)
Kenzie Fowler (Solo Musical)
Heather Medlin (Solo Musical)
Marleigh McCullar (Solo Musical)
Marianna Warner (Solo Musical)
Conner Simmons (Solo Musical)
Lauren Keeton and Carly Harrelson (Duet Acting)
Garyson Campbell (Solo Musical)
Garyson Campbell and Riley Grace Inman (Duet Musical)

2020-2021 School Calendar

AHSAA announces new football region alignment

By Todd Thompson

Muscle Shoals will face some traditional rivals and some new foes in the new football realignment announced this morning by the Alabama High School Athletic Association.

The Trojans will be joined in the new Region 8 alignment by Athens, Buckhorn, Columbia, Cullman, Hartselle, Decatur and Hazel Green. The region has six teams – including Muscle Shoals – that played in Region 7 last season.

Buckhorn and Hazel Green were moved into the new Region 8 lineup.

“The region really stays the same for us with the exception of the two new teams,” said Muscle Shoals head football coach Scott Basden. “The biggest change for us with the adding of two teams to the region is the fact that we don’t have to schedule too many non-region games now that we have an eight team region.”

For the last two classification periods, Region 8 was a six team region.

Muscle Shoals has a 4-0 all-time record against Buckhorn with the last meeting coming in 2015 when the Trojans beat the Bucks 28-0.

The Trojans have not faced Hazel Green since 2017 when Muscle Shoals beat the Trojans 33-16. Muscle Shoals has a 6-0 all-time record against Hazel Green.

The new alignment will take effect next fall and will be used for the next two seasons.

As expected, Muscle Shoals will remain in Class 6A for the next two school years – 2020-21 and 2021-22 – despite being one of the smallest 6A programs in the state.

Region alignments for other sports will be announced over the next several days by the AHSAA.


For information on other sports, visit the AHSAA website.

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Congratulations, Mrs. Brooks!

Science teacher Holly Brooks has completed National Geographic Educator Certification! National Geographic Certified Educators are committed to teaching their students about the world and how it works, empowering them to succeed and to make it a better place. There is a three-step process involved in earning certification, and it typically takes educators about 20 hours to complete. We appreciate Mrs. Brooks's willingness to go above and beyond.

Braden Hall selected to serve on statewide committee

Student Council President Braden Hall (Senior) has been selected to serve as ONE OF ONLY TWELVE students on the 2019-2020 A+ Student VOICES Team, a selective statewide student-led advocacy group. This unique learning opportunity is a partnership between trusted statewide advocacy organizations, A+ Education Partnership and VOICES for Alabama's Children. The main purpose of this program is to encourage Alabama students to be civically engaged leaders among their peers.
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Pre-Registration for 2020-2021 COMING SOON!

An upcoming special edition of the Trojans Newsletter will contain information regarding pre-registration of courses for the 2020-2021 school year. Be on the lookout! Parents and students should use the Christmas break and early January to review this information and have meaningful discussions about class selections. Toward the end of January, guidance counselors will begin meeting with students individually for advisement and course selection.

Future ACT deadlines

February 8 Test
Registration Deadline, January 10

Late Registration, January 17


April 4 Test

Registration Deadline, February 28

Late Registration, March 13

Remember that all 11th graders across Alabama will take the ACT (paid for by the state) on March 10. Individual registration for this test is not necessary. MSHS will take care of registering all juniors for the March 10 test.

Dr. Chad Holden, Principal

Common Sense Media Certified Educator

Muscle Shoals City Schools ranked #8 Best School District in Alabama by 2020 Niche Rankings!

A for Academics

A+ for Teachers

A for Clubs and Activities

B+ for Diversity

A for College Prep

A for Health and Safety