In the Loop
July 1, 2022
Police, Retirees, Technology, and Maintenance Honored by School Board
School Resource Officers (SROs) were honored at the June 28, 2022, TCS Board of Education Annual Retreat for their service and dedication to TCS students, faculty, and staff. Trussville Police Chief Eric Rush was on hand to speak the officers' training and highlight the officers' collective expertise. TCS has one or more officers on each of its school campuses. The Board of Education also recognized the TCS Technology and Maintenance departments for their above and beyond efforts to assist with the April 2022 move to the school system's new Central Office building on Main Street. The district also thanked seventeen retirees for their service to Trussville City Schools.
Registration Snapcodes Emailed to Parents
Registration for Free or Reduced Meals
For the past two years, the U.S. Congress funded a universal free meal program for all students as part of the federal COVID relief assistance plan. This federal free meal program expired June 30, 2022. Trussville City Schools will resume its original prices for breakfast and lunch beginning August 2022. If a student purchases a school breakfast or lunch, they will be charged according to their eligibility. Prices for school meals beginning August 2022 are as follows: Breakfast (all schools) $1.50; Elementary Lunch $2.50; Middle School Lunch $2.75; High School Lunch $2.75. Reduced-price breakfasts cost $0.30 and reduced-price lunches cost $0.40 (all schools). If families believe they are eligible for free or reduced meals, resources are available on this website. Please register now so your eligibility can be processed before school starts. If you have questions, please email CNP Director Terrie Coggins.
TCS Hosts A+ Education Partnership E3 Conference
Hundreds of educators from across Alabama converged on the Hewitt-Trussville High School campus in June for the A+ Education Partnership's E3 training. The E3 training was the first such statewide training this summer and was differentiated among grade-levels and disciplines. The goal? To raise rigor and expectations in the classroom. See more on A+ Education Partnership and their programs - including A+ College Ready - on the organization's official website. State Representative Danny Garrett also paid a visit to the educators on site at Hewitt-Trussville and produced this video.
2022 Paws for a Cause: Save the Date
The Trussville City Schools Foundation and Trussville City Schools Athletic Foundation have announced Saturday, August 13, 2022, as the date for the annual Paws For a Cause. Tickets go on sale July 13th for this evening event - which will be held at the Trussville Entertainment District. A Trussville-grown band, Dixie Krystal, will open the night. Sponsorships remain available. Anyone interested should email email@example.com
Campus Notes - Summer Edition
New Sensory Path Created at Paine Elementary
Paine Elementary School (PES) Art teachers Angela Santiago and Courtney Holland have completed the much-anticipated Sensory Path in the PES courtyard. The product of a TCSF MUSH Grant, the Sensory Path "...creates an excellent way to improve critical thinking skills while promoting social and emotional learning and growth," according to Mrs. Santiago. Additionally, the Sensory Path playground will offer opportunities to improve gross motor skills, provide brain breaks, and build relationships amongst students. The kit for the artwork came from the company "The Sensory Path." This company worked extensively alongside occupational therapists, physical therapists, and autism experts to create stencil packages such as the one at Paine which provide varied sensory opportunities for neurotypical and neurodivergent children.
"School of Excellence:" Hewitt-Trussville Middle School
Congratulations to Hewitt-Trussville Middle School for being named a 2022 "School of Excellence" by the A+ Education Partnership, which manages the A+ College Ready Program, among others. To earn "School of Excellence" distinction, Hewitt-Trussville Middle School had to demonstrate academic growth in key areas. For the recently concluded 2021-2022 School Year, the school exceeded growth goals related to the PSAT (Preliminary Stanford Achievement Test) for grade 8 and grade 9. The Preliminary SAT, also known as the PSAT/NMSQT® (National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test), is a practice version of the SAT exam.
Paine Elementary Student Named Beneficiary for Trussville Witches Ride
A Paine Elementary student has been named the beneficiary for this year’s Trussville Witches Ride (TWR) on October 22, 2022. According to the TWR Facebook page, Caleb Wilson is currently fighting a type of cancer called Neurofibromatosis Type 1 (NF1), a genetic disease that results in the growth of tumors in the patient’s nervous system. Caleb’s mother, Heather Wilson, explained to TWR that her son’s journey began when he was born. See more from The Trussville Tribune.
TCS Seniors Receive Prestigious Scholarship
Two high school seniors were chosen to receive the Donna Smothers Walker Memorial Scholarship. The 2022 winners, Mary Elizabeth Reeves and Grant Corson, were announced in April at the Hewitt-Trussville High School Senior Award Ceremony. Walker passed away on April 15, 2021, at the age of 57. She left behind a legacy that will live on through the many students she taught during her 33 years as an educator. Former Paine Primary and Hewitt Elementary Principal Betsy Schmitt said that Walker had impacted many people in her years teaching at Paine Primary. Read more on the Donna Smothers Walker Memorial Scholarship from The Tribune.
Save the Date: 2022-2023 Freshmen Orientation
Freshmen Orientation for the Class of 2026 has been scheduled for Thursday, August 4, 2022, from 9:00 AM till 12:00 PM. This is a come-and-go *non-mandatory* event where 9th graders will receive a hard copy of their schedules and be able to follow the schedule throughout the school to locate classes. They will also be able to find/access their lockers. Again, this is not a required event; just a courtesy for incoming freshmen. The first few days of the year school year are all about helping students adjust to their schedules and to the high school environment in general. See the full 2022-2023 School Year Calendar via this link.
Important Resources for TCS Parents & Students
The Mission of Trussville City Schools is to educate all students using high standards in a safe, nurturing environment fostering academic and career competencies that prepare them to be productive citizens.