In the Loop

March 19, 2021


District/Board of Education

Meet Sherrye Tolbert: New TCS Board of Education Member

Mrs. Sherrye Tolbert was appointed to a five-year term on the Trussville City Board of Education by the Trussville City Council in early March 2021. Once officially on board this June, Mrs. Tolbert will fill the vacancy of Mr. Stan Garrett, who will be completing an incredible three-term run on the TCS Board of Education. A longtime Trussville parent and resident, Mrs. Tolbert shares some of her journey with us in this Q&A.

2021/2022 Board-Approved School Year Calendar

The TCS Board of Education approved the 2021-2022 School Year Calendar at its March meeting. The calendar features a staggered start for students across K12 with last names A-M beginning school on August 11 and students whose last names begin with N-Z beginning school on August 12. Friday, August 13, 2021, will be the first day of school for all students.

The calendar also includes these highlights:

  • Sept. 6 (Labor Day)
  • Nov. 11 (Veterans Day)
  • Nov. 24-26 (Thanksgiving)
  • Dec. 20-Jan 2 (Winter Break)
  • Jan. 5 (1st day for students, 2nd semester)
  • Jan. 17 (MLK., Jr. Holiday)
  • Feb. 21 (Presidents Day)
  • March 21-25 (Spring Break)
  • May 24 (Graduation)

See the full 2021-2022 TCS School Year Calendar.

2021-2022 Board of Education Meetings

The dates and times have been scheduled for the June 2021-June 2022 Trussville Board of Education Meetings and Work Sessions. All Board Meetings are held at the Central Office/Board of Education located at 113 North Chalkville Road, unless otherwise noted. Meetings/Work Sessions are generally held the third Monday of each month (subject to change with proper notification). Work sessions are generally held at 5:00 p.m. before the Board Meetings, which typically begin at 6:00 p.m. See the upcoming year's list of dates on the Trussville City Schools website.

March P.A.C.E. Character Trait of the Month

The P.A.C.E. (Positive Attitudes Change Everything) Character Trait of the Month is "Patience." Patience is "...waiting until later for what you want now." The TCS Character Education Initiative is a major component of the district's Anti-Bullying Program. Defining the skills of character that are universally accepted as being good is a complex task. As part of our diversity plan, we also wanted to ensure the character education program reflects those skills of character that transcend cultural differences and are widely accepted by our community.

Superintendent, Board, Others Honored With Acts of Kindness

Superintendent Dr. Patti Neill and the Trussville Board of Education members helped spread random acts of kindness during February - with the help of Cahaba Elementary School students.

Students collected items and made donations to various entities on behalf of the Superintendent and Board of Education.

  • Kindergarten: Brookwood Baptist Burn Center (Mrs. Kathy Brown)
  • 1st Grade: A.G. Gaston Boys & Girls Club (Mr. Stan Garrett)
  • 2nd Grade: City of Trussville Fire & Rescue (Mr. Mark Sims)
  • 3rd Grade: Greater Birmingham Humane Society (Mrs. Kim DeShazo)
  • 4th Grade: First United Methodist Church New Horizons Class (Dr. Steve Ward)
  • 5th Grade: Trussville Police Department (Superintendent Dr. Pattie Neill)

State's List of "Best Young Artists" Includes Three TCS Students

The Alabama State Department of Education (ALSDE) has officially recognized talented young artists from across Alabama school systems as part of the 2021 State Superintendent's K12 Visual Arts Exhibit." Three Trussville City Schools students earned honors for this year: Taylor McLaughlin (HTMS) for her work titled "Yayoi Kusama Cosmic Pumpkins;" Emma Haynes (HTMS) for her work titled "Mosaic;" and Kyla Cherry (HTHS) for her work titled "Stripes." Mrs. Kristin Meriam-Bloodworth serves as art teacher for HTMS and Mrs. Layken Rubin teaches art at HTHS. See the full list of ALSDE winners across Alabama by school system.

Buy a Brick: TCS Foundation Fundraiser

Each brick in front of the HT Football Stadium represents a student, family, or business and together these bricks represent a community of Hewitt-Trussville Huskies! Bricks make a great graduation gift, or end of the year school gift for only $50 each. See more at:

Of Note...

  1. Alabama Literacy Act - FAQs for Parents
  2. Gross Out Camp on the Cahaba - Trussville/Registration Now Open
  3. TCS Foundation Casino Night: May 1, 2021 (tentative new date).
  4. Cafeteria Substitutes Needed at all TCS schools! $11.00/hour, 7:30-2:00 (typical schedule), qualifications- food handler’s card/no experience needed. Interested? Contact CNP Coordinator Morgan Bean for more information.
  5. CNP: Pandemic EBT Disbursements will be sent to eligible households Spring 2021. Please see the English and Spanish versions of this announcement from ALSDE.



Cahaba Elementary Earns $5,000.00 Through Performance Program

Cahaba Elementary School (CES) has been recognized by the Legislative School Performance Program (LSPP). CES has been ranked among the state's top 25% of public schools through the LSPP metrics. The LSPP rewards public schools, based on the school grading system, that demonstrate high performance by being ranked in the top 25% of public schools or that demonstrate exemplary progress by improving their overall annual ranking by at least one letter grade. CES received a letter of recognition and a $5,000.00 check this week.

Magnolia Elementary Showcases Celebration of Words

To fully celebrate “Oh, the Places You Will Go” Day during Read Across America Week, students at Magnolia Elementary dressed like their future career. Second Graders in Mrs. Gamble’s class have high aspirations, as this slideshow depicts. From precious babies… to an inspirational future! See the young readers "through the years" in this musical slideshow.

Paine Elementary (Virtually) Welcomes Chief Meteorologist James Spann

Paine Elementary Kindergarten kicked off its weather unit with a virtual visit from ABC 33/430 Chief Meteorologist James Spann - otherwise known as "Alabama's Meteorologist." Mr. Spann explained the art and science of forecasting to Paine Kindergartners. He also discussed the different types of weather, and what to do if there is bad weather. With Wednesday, March 17, 2021, being a severe weather day, Mr. Spann's talk with the students could not have been more timely.


Hewitt-Trussville Middle School

A+College Ready

It was officially announced this month that Hewitt-Trussville Middle School (HTMS) has been chosen to be part of the A+ College Ready Cohort 14. This exciting opportunity came about thanks to collaborative work from school and district personnel and included a virtual site visit with the staff from A+ College Ready. So, what does this mean? HTMS will embark on a three-year relationship with A+ College Ready that will involve school-wide implementation involving comprehensive professional development and support for our staff throughout this process. HTMS will have a very focused approach on how to provide rigor and support for ALL students to prepare them to take higher level courses in high school.

See more on this new academic partnership.


Hewitt-Trussville High School

Scholars Bowl Captures Top Spot in District Tournament Pool

The Hewitt-Trussville High School Varsity Scholars Bowl team competed in the 2021 ASCA Virtual District Tournament on Friday March 5, 2021. The team, led by seniors J.P. Campbell and Evan Moore, defeated Vestavia Hills High School and Spain Park high school en route to winning its pool. The team earned an automatic bid into the 2021 ASCA State Championship as well as the 2021 NAQT National Championship and the 2021 National Academic Challenge. The Scholars Bowl team looks forward competing in the upcoming ASCA State Championship Tournament on May 15, 2021.


Tracking the Huskies - Highlights

  • Softball Goes 2-0-1 at Weekend Event
  • Boys Tennis Finishes 2nd in Mobile
  • Boys Golf 3rd at Saturday Tournament
  • Amiya Payne and Team Alabama Win All-Star Game
  • See more from this week's Tracking the Huskies!


City Shout Outs...

Trussville Youth Cheerleading Association (TYCA) Registration

2021-2022 1st – 6th Grade / Registration will be ONLINE this year....DEADLINE: April 15, 2021

Please visit this link to register. You will need:

  • Copy of Birth Certificate
  • Proof of Trussville residency (two utility bills with same address or deed)
  • Registration fee of $300.00 (SR 2 registration is $350.00)
  • This registration fee covers most of your daughter’s needs for the season including uniform, camp clothes, shoes, pom poms, bag and ribbons!
  • Debit and credit card payments only
  • Your daughter must be eligible to enroll in 1st – 6th grades through Trussville City Schools

Uniform fittings will be IN PERSON

  • Fittings will be held at the Trussville Civic Center
  • April 25th from 2:30pm-5:30pm
  • May 3rd from 5:00pm-7:00pm
  • You only need to attend one fitting. Specific times for each squad will be announced after the close of online registration.
  • At this time, masks are required

Sorry, no late registration. LIKE us on FACEBOOK…Trussville Youth Cheerleading Association (direct link to register is posted on the FB page). Direct questions to:

Trussville Archery Club: Registration Open

The Trussville Archery Club (TAC) season will be April 17-June 16, 2021. Registration begins today (Friday, March 5) via The cost: $75.00 (all equipment provided; includes an Original Genesis Compound Bow). We are excited to have instructor Kristy Montgomery conduct this course. Montgomery is NASP, USA, and S3DA certified. She currently instructs the Home School co-op group SCOPE located in Moody. Practices will be Saturdays from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. This program is sponsored by the Trussville Parks and Recreative Division. For additional information, please contact Donna Newton at”


About Trussville City Schools

Trussville City Schools sits in a high-growth area of Jefferson County/Metropolitan Birmingham. Our award-winning district features motivated students, high-quality educators, and dedicated parents. We consistently rank highly on state and national levels from academics to extracurriculars to athletics.

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