This Week in TCS

2/21 Core Notes

The Investments We Are Making...Are Working.

The Tuscaloosa City Schools have developed a program to ensure that our students are reading to learn by the third grade. This aggressive initiative has changed the way TCS evaluates data and teaches students by implementing strategies to target the individual needs of each child. The results in year one included a 27 percent increase in reading proficiency for kindergarteners from one year to the next. It's called the Reading Before Third Grade initiative, or Rb3 for short.

See what teachers did to help students as part of meeting our mission.

Tuscaloosa City Schools Reading By 3rd Grade
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Celebrating Achievement

The Northridge High School Class of 2020 adds another honor to the list. Five students that have earned the right to be named National Merit Scholarship Finalists (left to right above): Joshua Deck, Caroline Ferry, Jennifer Stroud, Charlotte Farrar and Lauren Barkey.

Over 15,000 of the 16,000 Semifinalists named in September 2019 have met all requirements to advance to Finalist standing in the competition. All Finalists will be considered for National Merit Scholarships to be offered in 2020.

What's Cooking?

As part of the Tuscaloosa City Schools' continuous improvement effort, the system is seeking feedback from families on the school meals program. The system has announced a vacancy in the child nutrition program director's role and will utilize this opportunity to gather feedback to enhance the school meal program. Surveys will also be provided to students in grades 6-12.

The survey closes Monday, March 2 at 3 p.m.

Daria Earns National Certification

TCS Superintendent Mike Daria earned National Superintendent Certification from AASA, The School Superintendents Association last week. Launched in 2013, the program develops real-world skills that new superintendents need, while building a network of mentors, colleagues, critical friends and experts for leaders to call on throughout their careers.

Daria was appointed superintendent of the Tuscaloosa City Schools in 2016.

Bruinton Wins National Honor

Lesley Bruinton, TCS public relations coordinator, was recently honored with the Women in School Leadership Award (School Based Category) from AASA, The School Superintendents Association. The awards honor exceptional female superintendents, district level administrators and principals whose talent, creativity and vision are exemplary. The applicants were measured against the following criteria: leadership for learning; communication, professionalism and community involvement.

Bruinton is also President-Elect of the National School Public Relations Association.

Tuscaloosa Education Foundation Launches New Website!

The Tuscaloosa Education Foundation has new digital home! TEF recently launched their new website which provides pertinent information about the mission and work of the Foundation, programs/partnerships, and ways that you can be a part. The Tuscaloosa Education Foundation supports the Tuscaloosa City and Tuscaloosa County School systems working with us as partners to provide the best education possible for students.

Tuscaloosa City Schools already receives support from the Tuscaloosa Education Foundation for the Scholars Dinner, Apple Awards, New Teacher Orientation, Future Instructional Leaders Academy, and the TCS Teacher Ambassadors. TEF also sponsored a wonderful professional learning opportunity for our school counselors and social workers on Zones of Regulations.

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