Core Notes

Partnering for Student Success

Progress Reports Arrive Friday

Students will receive their first progress report of the 2018-2019 school year on Friday. Included with your student's progress report will be a personal identification numbers to the iNow Home Portal. Families can use this information to keep track of their student's grades, which are an important part of school-to-home communication.

Since September is Attendance Awareness Month, the Tuscaloosa City Schools also encourages parents to use the iNow Home Portal to monitor their student's attendance to ensure students stay on track.

Lydia Edwards, new PWBHS principal

Edwards Hired as PWBHS Principal

The Tuscaloosa City Board of Education named Lydia Edwards principal of Paul W. Bryant High School Tuesday night. Edwards, a veteran of the Tuscaloosa City Schools, has previously served as a high school graduation examination teacher and graduation coach at Central High School before serving as the assistant principal of PWBHS.

Edwards said she is humbled by appointment.

"I feel that this is an opportunity to go to another level and serve in leadership to transform the culture," she said. "

Superintendent Dr. Mike Daria said Edwards is an ideal leader.

"Ms. Edwards brings sound instructional leadership and commitment to the school and the school system," said Daria. "I think parents will appreciate her passion for advancing success of students."

The board approved a two-year probationary contract for Edwards who has also worked in the Hale and Pickens County school systems.

Students to Pioneer Their Own Learning

As the City of Tuscaloosa begins to prepare for bicentennial events to mark the 200th anniversary of the city's founding, students in the Tuscaloosa City Schools will take part in their own learning. Each school has designed unique learning opportunities for all students. In April 2019, all TCS students will participate in Tuscaloosa Through Time, an exposition of the history of Tuscaloosa designed and presented by the students themselves.

Watch for a permission form to come home in the near future and return to the school so that your child can participate in this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. These events will be provided free of charge courtesy of the Tuscaloosa Bicentennial Commission.

Bama Parking

Central High School (CHS) and the Tuscaloosa Magnet Schools-Middle (TMSM) are inviting football fans to take advantage of game day parking for The University of Alabama’s home football games.

Parking lots will open to guests Saturday mornings before the games. TMSM and CHS will charge $20 per vehicle. RV parking is available at Central High for $175 per space.

CHS is located less than a mile from Bryant-Denny Stadium’s south end zone. CHS parking guests may enter the parking lot from 15th or 17th streets. Tickets will also be presented for placement in vehicle windows. CHS is located at 905 15th St., Tuscaloosa, AL 35401. Central’s proceeds benefit the school’s dual enrollment program.

“We are excited and thankful for our Alabama football fans,” said CHS Principal Dr. Clarence Sutton. “Thanks to them, we have about 70 students attending college starting as sophomores, and most of them will graduate from Central with 30 credit hours.”

TMSM offers convenient access to University Blvd. East and Interstate 20/59. Those who plan to park at TMSM should enter the parking lot from Campus Drive. Tickets will be provided to display in vehicle windows. UA’s free shuttle service to the stadium is available near the TMSM campus before and after games. The TMSM campus is located 315 McFarland Blvd. East, Tuscaloosa, AL 35404.

The next home game will be September 22 against Texas A&M.

Child Find

The Tuscaloosa City Schools are attempting to find and identify individuals from birth to 21 years of age who have disabilities or are suspected to have disabilities and are in need of special education services.

Child Find is a program designed by the State Department of Education and the Department of Rehabilitation Services to help those who are in need of special education services.

Parents of disabled children or anyone knowledgeable of disabled children who may need special education services should contact the Child Find Coordinator in the Special Education Department (205) 342-0513 or call 1-800-392-8020 for ages 3 through 21 or 1-800-543-3098 from birth until 2 years of age. For more information you may also contact the Alabama Relay Service at 1-800-548-2547.