In the Loop

October 27, 2021


District News

Early Dismissal for All TCS Schools: Friday, November 5

All Trussville City Schools will dismiss two (2) hours early Friday, November 5, 2021.

  • Elementary and Middle Schools will dismiss at 1:00 pm Friday, November 5.
  • HTHS will dismiss at 1:15 pm Friday, November 5.

Buses will run their regular routes two (2) hours early on this date.

Here's why: Early dismissal is necessitated by a lack of charter buses available to transport HTHS student-athletes, band members, cheerleaders, Dog Pound and equipment to the first round of AHSAA football playoffs. This game is located in north Alabama and we typically use charter buses. Since charter buses are not available, we need to use TCS school buses to travel to Bob Jones High School in Madison.

Why aren't charter buses available? We contacted dozens of charter bus companies in Alabama, Tennessee, Mississippi, and Georgia to obtain up to 15 charter buses and there was no availability. The shortage seems to be in bus drivers.

What about after-school care? The YMCA, Pump It Up, and Kid's First are aware of this early dismissal, and they are willing to accommodate the need for after-school care 2 hours early next Friday. If your child attends another child care facility, you may want to communicate your needs to them.

What does this mean for future Fridays? For any potential play-off games outside the Birmingham-Metro area, we will continue to contact charter bus companies to provide transportation. Stay tuned and Go Huskies!

TCS Board Members Dedicate a Day for Long-Range Planning

From strategic planning to capital projects, the five-member TCS Board of Education discussed a number of forward-thinking projects for Trussville City Schools during its annual Board Retreat held on October 25. Board President Mrs. Kathy Brown and Vice President Dr. Steve Ward - along with board members Mrs. Kim DeShazo, Mr. Mark Sims, and Mrs. Sherrye Tolbert - collaborated with Superintendent of Education Dr. Pattie Neill and her cabinet for the Annual Retreat. Susan Salter, a representative from the Alabama Association of School Boards (AASB) conducted Whole Board Training through the lens of SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats) analyses. The Board learned more about diversity initiatives, capital projects, and growth projections. The annual retreat also included a tour of Trussville City Schools' new Central Office on Main Street - as well as new tennis courts under construction behind Hewitt-Trussville Middle School. A Board Work Session/Board Meeting followed the Annual Retreat.

$500.00 Supplemental Pay Approved for all TCS Employees

At the October Board Meeting, the TCS Board of Education approved a $500.00 one-time supplemental payment for all TCS employees. This is for COVID-related duties. As of this publication, this supplemental pay is scheduled to be issued via direct deposit on November 12, 2021. We appreciate all the ways in which employees across Trussville City Schools have gone above and beyond during the pandemic to serve and educate students in safe, stable environments. This is one way to say "thank you" to our dedicated employees in all areas of the school system.

TCS Board Members Reach Level 1 AASB Academy Achievement

TCS Board of Education members Mrs. Kim DeShazo and Mr. Mark Sims were recently recognized for earning Level 1 Academy Achievement from the Alabama Association of School Boards (AASB). AASB's “school” for school board members provides ongoing training on important education, legal, and governance issues. School board members are automatically enrolled in the School Board Member Academy and are encouraged to engage in leadership development opportunities, according to AASB. Academy participants can strive for four achievement levels. Upon completing the academy, school board members who continue to develop their boardsmanship skills annually can attain the distinction of Master School Board Member and ultimately have their names added to AASB's Master Honor Roll. AASB has served school boards across Alabama since its inception in 1949.

P.A.C.E. Character Trait of the Month: Contentment

The P.A.C.E. (Positive Attitudes Change Everything) character trait for November 2021 is "Contentment" - deciding to be happy with what you have. P.A.C.E. serves as Trussville City Schools' official character education program. A new character trait is introduced each month and highlighted in various ways throughout schools. Be on the lookout for these monthly character traits, which showcase the qualities we expect our students to learn, explore, and ultimately exhibit.

U.S. News & World Report Best Schools

Schools across Trussville continue to show admirable rankings in the latest release of America's best schools by U.S. News & World Report. The report, released in early October, ranks schools on a number to arrive at an overall "score." Schools across Trussville scored in the high 80s/90s on a 100 point scale. It's important to note that this is but one ranking from one organization. The rankings also include charter and magnet schools. Students are required to qualify for magnet schools. Assessing a school's overall importance should encompass a number of metrics from a number of entities, chief among those the school district itself. These latest rankings from U.S. News & World Report are based on 2018-2019 School Year data. We are proud of our standings and invite you to explore this report and others that provide insight into the performance of Trussville City Schools.

Crosswalk Safety: Obey Laws and Save Lives

Distracted driving continues to increase - and so does the number of times school personnel spot drivers driving erratically in school zones. As a reminder, school zones have much lower speed limits. These speed limits must be observed. Additionally, crosswalks (striped pavement designated for pedestrian use) help students who walk to school safely arrive at campus. We want to remind the TCS community that school zone laws must be obeyed at all times. Violation of school zone laws by motorists could result in fines or jail time.

Weekly ADPH COVID Reporting on our Website

The number of positive COVID cases reported to TCS for the last reporting period dropped to four (4). This number is posted on Trussville City Schools' district website homepage under "Quicklinks" and you can see the weekly report each Wednesday. If a site visitor clicks on the number, the visitor is taken to the Alabama Department of Public Health's (ADPH) COVID-19 Schools K-12 Dashboard. There, visitors can not only track case counts for Trussville City Schools but all school systems across Alabama. Occasionally, the state dashboard takes a few days to update, but it is also scheduled to update each Wednesday.

Now Open: TCS MUSH Grants

Trussville City Schools Foundation proudly announces this year’s MUSH grant application is open. TCSF has also increased the Grants award to up to $1500 per classroom, because of community support through our newest fundraising campaign, Join the Pack as well as successful fundraising events in 2021. The MUSH Grant program was developed to jump-start INNOVATIVE teaching ideas throughout TCS. Submission is open to any teacher throughout the Trussville City School System. Grants will not be awarded to athletic programs. Physical Education and Health requests will be accepted. See more details via the TCS Foundation website.

Meet Rachel Brockman: Technology Integration Specialist

Rachel Brockman has reinvented herself several times. From outdoor educator to stay-at-home mom to librarian, this Trussville City Schools employee has held a number of roles. All of that experience has led up to her current post, Technology Integration Specialist. This role allows her to work with teachers to integrate the Digital Literacy/Computer Science (DLCS) standards into teaching, helping teachers troubleshoot technology integration issues, assisting in training and facilitation of the district's Lead Technology Teacher Trainers - and that's just the beginning of her duties. Read more about Rachel Brockman in this Q&A.


School News

HTHS Marching Husky Band Earns Superior Ratings

A huge congratulations to the Hewitt-Trussville High School Marching Husky Band on a standing ovation at the Covered Bridge Marching Festival! Winning straight superior ratings in all areas, Best in Class Dance Line, Sunny Tolbert Excellence Award, highest scoring dance line, and winner of the Amanda Marks Memorial Award with a score of 99.5, and second place in division second division class AAA/AAAA.

Magnolia Elementary Recognizes Down Syndrome Day

Students and staff at Magnolia Elementary wore blue and yellow attire earlier this month in honor of Trussville Down Syndrome Day, which was proclaimed a few weeks ago by the Trussville City Council and Trussville Mayor Buddy Choat. Magnolia Elementary Principal Dr. Phyllis Faust discussed the proclamation to the entire school over morning announcements. The Mayor and Council proclaimed October 1 as Down Syndrome Day and October as National Down Syndrome Awareness Month. Down syndrome is the most frequently occurring chromosomal disorder and is the leading cause of intellectual and developmental delay in the United States, according to the City's proclamation.

Paine Combines Learning & Fun in Fairytale Unit

During the past six weeks, Kindergartners at Paine Elementary learned about the elements of fairytales. They studied the settings, characters, titles, authors, beginnings, and endings of various stories. Students identified characteristics of fairytales, such as good versus evil, and the moral of each story. Throughout this unit, Kindergarteners had visits from various fairytale characters (thanks to many PES staff members for pulling together to create these memorable moments for students!). Students retold The Three Billy Goats Gruff and The Three Little Pigs followed by an interactive experience with live animals. Students retold several other fairytales and folktales, resulting in visits from Goldilocks, Little Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel, and Cinderella. At the end of their unit, students were able to participate in a “Fairytale Ball” to celebrate their learning.

Cahaba Kindergartners Receive Special Visit

Trussville Fire and Rescue recently visited Cahaba Kindergarteners to teach them about fire safety as part of Fire Prevention Month (October). Students loved listening to the firefighters teach them important aspects of fire safety; all enjoyed getting a closer look at the fire truck. Trussville Fire and Rescue even gifted students with a special firefighter hat. Thank you Trussville Fire and Rescue for teaching our students fire safety!

HTMS Golf Team Members Announced

Congratulations to the 2021/2022 HTMS Boys Golf Team members: Charlie Crowson; Cayden Hawthorne; Jake Kendrick; Jackson Pontarelli; Tyler Prickett; Colson Rush; Jackson Sims; Colten Sutton; and Hudson Yeager.

Hewitt-Trussville High School Helps Turn Trussville Pink

Hewitt-Trussville High School's Service Association enjoyed turning the high school pink to promote breast cancer awareness on Turn Trussville Pink Day (October 16). The annual event began in 2006 when Hewitt-Trussville High School turned pink to honor three teachers undergoing treatment for breast cancer. Ever since, TTP has grown to envelop the entire City of Trussville, in the process raising money for breast cancer research at the UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center, according to its website.


HT Athletics

Important School-Level Reminders

HTMS: HTMS is pleased to announce auditions for this year's spring musical, High School Musical Jr! Visit this link for all audition information.

: AP students should pay exam fees before November 15. Each AP exam costs $96. Anyone who pays after this date will incur a late fee of $40.00

HTHS: Husky Challenge Elementary Mile! Come join the Huskies at the 30th Annual Husky Challenge Cross Country Meet! The Husky Challenge Elementary Mile is a FREE ONE MILE RUN for any 3rd-6th grade TCS student. Register by completing this form.

Date: Saturday, October 16th

Check-In Time: 10:15 am

Race Time: 10:30 am

Join us at 8:00 am to watch the Varsity Huskies compete!

Tracking the Huskies

  • Girls Flag Football remains undefeated.
  • Huskies head to Playoffs.
  • Girls Basketball Season Opener scheduled.
  • Wrestling, Bowling, begin soon.

See all the latest news in this edition of Tracking the Huskies!


Community Notes

Indian Trail Trees/Historical Places

The Trussville Historical Society is sponsoring a presentation about Indian Trail Trees and Sacred Places. See all information on the Trussville Historical Society's Facebook page.

Trick-or-Treat: Trussville Public Library

Visit the Trussville Public Library for a special Trick-or-Treat event on Friday October 29th from 4:00-6:00pm! Stations will be set up around the library for children to collect candy and prizes and each child will also receive a free book! Dress up and bring a bag to join the fun!


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