In the Loop

May 21, 2021


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Stan Garrett: Celebrating Three Terms on the TCS Board of Education

Mr. Stan Garrett was celebrated in grand style this week as fellow Board members, Superintendent Dr. Pattie Neill, and a host of community leaders gathered at Central Office for a reception in his honor. The occasion? Garrett has completed three highly-successful terms on the Trussville Board of Education. In fact, he's one of the founding Board members - dating back to 2005 when Trussville separated from Jefferson County Schools. See more photos and Garrett's own view of his tenure on the TCS Board of Education.

7A State Champs: Husky Softball!

Hewitt-Trussville Softball overcame Fairhope 16-4 at the AHSAA 7A State Tournament in Oxford Friday, defending its title and earning another blue map. The girls rose to prominence in 2019 - and no season was held in 2020 due COVID-19. The softball players arrived back in Trussville late Friday night to a crowd of fans awaiting them at Hewitt-Trussville High School. Congratulations to Coach Burt, the players, parents, and all the fans! See championship game coverage from the Trussville Tribune and the Cahaba Sun. See additional photos from last night's return to Trussville.

Library Dedicated in Memory of TCS Educator

Scores of friends, family, and faculty turned out on Friday afternoon (May 21) to see the Paine Elementary School library dedicated to the memory of longtime educator Mrs. Jana LoPresti. LoPresti passed away this past winter after a courageous battle with cancer. Friday's library dedication was the culmination of months of work - thanks to generous donations from people across Trussville and beyond. School supplies were collected and donations of other kinds were made to neighboring schools, schools that held a special place in Jana's life. See photos from the LoPresti Library Dedication.



Paine Elementary: TCS Foundation Grant Brings New Communication Access to Students

Augmentative and alternative communication - or a different way to access communication - has made its way to the playgrounds of Paine Elementary School, thanks to a grant from the TCS Foundation. The signs allow non-verbal students, or other students who may have difficulties formulating their sentences, to express what they may want to do - or what they don't want to do. See an overview of this new project in this video with Speech Language Pathologist Amanda Hatcher.

Kindergarten Registration: 2021-2022

Kindergarten Registration packets have been placed on the website homepage of each TCS elementary school (Magnolia, Cahaba, and Paine). Please visit those sites to view/download the file and please share with any prospective TCS parent.


Hewitt-Trussville Middle School

2021 8th Grade Academic Excellence Awards

HTMS rounded out the week on a high note, celebrating the academic excellence of hundreds of eighth graders. Superintendent Dr. Pattie Neill served as the guest speaker for the event, encouraging the rising freshmen to do all they can to prepare for - and enjoy - their high school experience. Known as the Academic Excellence Awards, the ceremony is led by principal Jennifer Abney and her administrative team. The awards ceremony was recorded this year and HTMS parents will receive a link to view the ceremony. Congratulations to our 8th Graders!

Superior Ratings: HTMS Choir

The following HTMS choir students earned superior ratings as soloists in the 2021 State Solo & Ensemble Performance Assessment: Eli Hollingsworth, Katie Harris, Amberli Santiago, Kelsey Dudley, and Stella Shipman. Additionally, the HTMS Beginning Choir and Men’s Ensemble earned superior ratings in the ensemble category. Congratulations to all!


Hewitt-Trussville High School

Senior Design Teams: Engineering Academy Success

It has been another banner year for the Hewitt-Trussville High School Engineering Academy, especially for three Senior Design teams. Officials from various organizations (Thomas Edison Pitch Contest, International Science Fair, AL State Engineering & Science Fair) have recognized the work of three Senior Design Teams as this school year draws to a close. See more on the successes of the HTHS Engineering Academy.

Anti-Littering Video Lands HTHS 2nd Place

Mrs. Jill Greene's Mass Media students crafted an award-winning video that brought more awareness to the issues caused by littering, placing 2nd in the Litter Quitters annual PSA (public service announcement) annual contest. For their award-winning efforts, the students were presented a check. Kudos to these talented Mass Media students! See their full video on the Litter Quitters website.

Rising Junior Selected for Prestigious NSF Legacy Program

Congratulations to Jia Jones, a rising Junior at #HewittTrussville for being selected to be a part of this year’s LEGACY program! This program is sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF) to provide preparatory experiences for African American young women who are enrolled in the AP (Advanced Placement) Computer Science Principles course. She will participate in two, week-long virtual workshops this summer. See more on the Legacy Program through the National Science Foundation.

Trussville Daybreak Rotary Club Awards $5K Scholarship

The Trussville Rotary Daybreak Club has announced its Hewitt-Trussville scholarship recipient for this year: Senior Alex Jones! Jones earned a $5K scholarship for his many accomplishments at HTHS: President of the Peer Partner Program; member of the Chick-fil-A Leadership Academy; National Honor Society member; and an outdoor and indoor Men’s Track and Field athlete. Alex has been accepted into the Shackouls Honor College at Mississippi State University (MSU) and will also serve as an AFROTC Cadet at MSU. See more on the HTHS website.

Junior Earns Composite 36 on ACT Exam

Junior Chris Mauldin scored a coveted 36 on his most recent ACT exam, a composite score reflecting perfect answers in almost every test section. He estimates that he has taken the ACT at least five times since his freshman year. Mauldin used resources to help him prepare for the ACT (, paid for by school). Mauldin's advice: "Practice is the key to the ACT. If you don't get the score you hoped for on your first try, don't let it get you down."

HTHS Senior Video Update

We greatly appreciate all of the submissions for senior photos, in response to a recent all-call. Despite receiving a good number of submissions, the number did not meet the threshold that would be representative of the senior class. We are fortunate this year to be able to hold an on-time graduation ceremony (Tuesday, May 24). Thank you all for your support of the Class of 2021 Seniors!

Mountain Bike Team Takes Top Honors

The Hewitt Mountain Bike Team had another successful season for 2021, claiming the State Championship title for the third time in six race seasons. The season began with a time trial at the end of February and concluded the first weekend in May at the State Championship race. The Huskies swept all five races, securing their lead for the title with each race. The Alabama Interscholastic Cycling League began in 2015. The Hewitt team has grown from 12 riders in 2015 to 55 riders this year, including middle school and high school riders. See more statistics on the Mountain Bike Team's incredible year.


Tracking the Huskies - Highlights

  • Softball Plays for State Championship!
  • Boys Soccer Players Named to All-Metro Team
  • Basketball, Baseball Camps
  • Football Passing Academy
  • More in this week's Tracking the Huskies


City Shout Outs...

Trussville Area Chamber of Commerce Happenings

Free Movie on the Mall

Friday, June 18

Movie -“Tom and Jerry” - starts at dusk

Presented by: Trussville to Go

Register your team today for the 14th Annual Trussville Chamber Golf Tournament

Presented by: M3 Performance and Physical Therapy See all details on this webpage.

For more information on any of the above, call 205-655-7535 or visit

Trussville Parks and Recreation Youth Volleyball Program

We want you to learn to love this game!!!

Play Dates: August 16 – October 21

Play Days: Monday and Thursday

Location: HTHS Gym

Registration dates: May 12 – August 4

Registration cost: $75.00 per player

Age groups: 1st – 2nd grade, 3rd – 4th grade, 5th – 6th grade, and 7th – 8th grade

Register on-line

More info: Contact Drew Peterson:

Summer Reading Classes

The library is excited to offer in-person, drop-in, take-home kits, and virtual programming this Summer! On the TPL website is a preview of highlighted programs each department will be offering in June. Sign-up and registration for June Summer Reading programs will begin May 17th and July programming registration will begin June 14th! A complete list of Summer Reading programming happening in June and July will be available for previewing and browsing on the library's website at


About Trussville City Schools

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