December 20, 2013

Trojan Daily

Happy Holidays from HGHS

Students return Friday, January 3rd

Positive and Productive Days

Check out Mr. Long's latest blog post - "How I Start Most Monday Mornings"

Lady Trojans Ranked in Top 10 in State!

The Varsity Girls are number nine in the latest Alabama Sports Writers Association basketball rankings. They've had a great season so far with a 10-3 record, their only losses coming from #1 Sparkman, #1 Brewer and #6 Huntsville. The Lady Trojans dominated James Clemens yesterday 49-14, and continue in the Huntsville Times Classic tonight taking on Summertown (TN) at 5:30pm at Bob Jones. For more on the story, visit Go Trojans!

Boys Continue in the Steel City Invitational

The Trojans lost a close one to 7th ranked Ramsay in overtime. They face Hoover today at 2:00pm. For more information, visit

Bullard Closed for Repaving

The county will starting repaving Bullard Dr. at 9:00am this morning. This will reroute some of our dismissal traffic at 11:15am.

Last Day to Participate in SpeakUp Survey

Parents, please take a moment to complete the SpeakUp Survey. Speak Up is the only national education research project that provides stakeholders a voice in national education policy and also gives us valuable feedback that can be used in our local planning and decision-making. The survey can be found at The password is speakup13. All future technology plans for Hazel Green High School are based, in part, on these results.

Current Announcements

Positive and Productive Days - Visit to read Mr. Long's new blog. Look for posts each week!

Join us on January 25, 2014 at 6:30pm for the 20th Annual Softball Supper. Tickets are $35. If you are interested in buying a ticket, please see any softball player.

The Athletic Training Department is in need of crutches, splints and braces. If you have any of these items that you no longer need , please bring them to the attendance office. Your donations are greatly appreciated!

Yearbooks are now on sale!
Visit to order today. Cost is $65. Deadline to order yearbooks online is January 17.

Senior ads are now on sale for the yearbook. They are available on a first come first served basis while they last. Order yours today! Ad prices: Full $175, Half $125, ¼ $90. Please do not send ads in a Word document. If you would like for us to design your ad for you, please let us know. Contact for more information. To purchase your yearbook, visit .

ACT registration Deadline - January 10th for the February 8, 2014 test date.

SAT Deadline -December 27th for the January 25, 2014 test date.

Special Programs

Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge encourages student teams from across the nation to solve environmental problems in their classrooms, schools, communities and beyond. More than $300,000 in prizing is at stake including an adventure trip to Alaska, scholarships, savings bonds, school grants and more! Register today at and start creating your team(s).

The NFIB Young Entrepreneur Awards are non-renewable scholarships created to recognize young people who have demonstrated entrepreneurial spirit and initiative. The scholarships are valued between $1,000 and $10,000. An applicant for the NFIB Young Entrepreneur Awards need to be a graduating high school senior who is entering his or her freshman year at an accredited two-or four-year university, college, or vocational institute in the fall of 2014 and who owns/operates an established business. Additional information is available on or students may contact the scholarship manager at with questions. Deadline to apply is December 18th. Foundation for Individual Rights in Education : Free Speech Essay - $500-$10,000; Open to Juniors and Seniors; Deadline: January 1, 2014. Contact for more info.

National School Counseling Week Art & Essay Contest

Eligibility & General Guidelines:

· Participants should be students in grades K – 12.

· Artwork should be submitted for grades K – 5. Artwork should describe how your counselor has had an impact on you.

· Essays should be submitted for grades 6 – 12. Essays should not exceed 1 page, providing detailed information on the impact your school counselor has had on you.

· ALL artwork and essays must be submitted with a National School Counseling Week Art and Essay Contest Entry Form (located on the back of this form).

· Prizes for each category (K – 2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12): The 1st, 2nd & 3rd place winners from each district should be submitted to Shelly Johnson by the district coordinator or school counselor supervisor.

Deadline: January 17, 2014 - Deadline for submissions
Questions? Please contact Shelly Johnson at

2014 Alabama American Legion Oratorical Contest
- High school students are eligible. Over $138,000 in scholarships are awarded each year. The American Legion website provides more details : If interested please contact Richard Marquith at 239-340-9856. The contest will be held on January 11, 2014 at the Huntsville area Post 237.

2014 Profiles in Courage Essay Contest
- For contest information Deadline is January 6.

Huntsville Hospital Athlete of the Week – Recognition for students who not only excel as athletes but also excel in the classroom and in the community. Applicants must be seniors with at least a 3.5 GPA and include a photo with the application. Athlete of the Year will be chosen from the Athletes of the Week to receive a $1000 scholarship. Email for an application.

Dates to Remember

December 2 - End-of-Course Tests - English 10 & Algebra I (through December 20th)

December 19-20 – Final Exams

December 23 – Winter Break (through January 1)

January 3 – Students return to school

January 9 – Report Cards

March 6 - Navy Junior ROTC Area Manager's Inspection

Permanent Announcements

Procedure for Riding the Bus with a Friend - Any student who plans to ride home on a bus with a friend or to another address should follow the procedures below. No student will be allowed to ride to a different address without verification of parent/guardian approval by a school official.

1. A parent/guardian note should be turned in before first block to the receptionist desk at the back of school. The note should contain the address and information for the bus driver and should include the date and a correct phone number for verification purposes.

2. Pick up the verified note from the receptionist during lunch.

3. Give the note to the bus driver when entering the bus at the end of the school day.

Juniors Have Free Access to ACT Online Prep - All juniors received a personal user name and password to the ACT Online Prep website. This is a great resource to be used in preparing for the ACT Plus Writing assessment which will be given to all of our juniors students on April 23 during school. All students are strongly encouraged to utilize this service provided to us. For more information, visit

First Priority/FCS
meets every Tuesday morning at 7: 20 in the Choir Room. All students are welcome to attend.

Parenting Assistance Line:
PAL is a service where anyone can call a toll free number 1-866-962-3030 and receive useful, practical information and assistance with developmental and parenting questions and concerns. Available 8:00am – 8:00pm (central time) Monday – Friday.

Going green at “the Green”. The Hazel Green High School Special Education Department needs your old cell phones and ink cartridges. Items to be recycled can be given to a Special Education teacher or left for collection at the office. Your support of our recycling fundraiser is greatly appreciated.

Reward Cards:
Parents/Students/Employees, please remember to use your reward cards when you visit Publix and Hazel Green Pharmacy. Every time you have them swipe your card, HGHS will receive a portion of the sale. If you need a reward card, just stop by the main office to pick one up.

Pay for your child’s meals from the convenience of your home or office 24/7

Click on the following link: .

Driver’s permit:
Students /Parents, remember to pick up the Student Enrollment Form before you go to get your permit. The driver’s license department will not allow you to take the test unless you have this form and it cannot be faxed after you get there. These forms are good for 10 days only.

Loyalty Reward Tags:
(Hazel Green Pharmacy Loyalty Key Tag Program) Parents/Students/Employees, please remember to use your loyalty key tag when you visit Hazel Green Pharmacy. Every time you purchase a Prescription/Gift/OTC have them swipe your tag. HGHS will receive a portion of the sale. If you need a loyalty key tag. Just stop by the main office to pick one up.

The special education department recycles the following items
. They can be working or non-working and can be dropped off at the front office or in room C-115: Cell Phones, Gold jewelry, Ink Jet Printer Cartridges, Laptops & Netbooks, MP3 Players, Digital Cameras, Digital Video Cameras, GPS Devices, Radar Detectors, Kindle & Sony Book Readers

Online Payments
You may now pay fees and purchase tickets to sporting events online. Check out the EZ Ticket Live website. For fees, click here , and to purchase tickets click here .

Final Exams Continue Today

Today is another half-day for Hazel Green High School students due to semester exams. Car riders and drivers will dismiss at 11:15 a.m. and bus riders will leave at 11:45 a.m. All students in all classes must take exams. Semester exams count 20% of your final grade. Good luck to everyone!!!