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Huntsville City Schools News & Updates: Sept. 10, 2021

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HCS Educator Shares His 9/11 Experience

As the nation marks the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, one Huntsville City Schools teacher is sharing his unique perspective of how the events that day unfolded.

Lieutenant Colonel Eugene Thurmond, senior JROTC instructor at Columbia High School, was in Washington serving in the Army when he learned the nation was under attack. He immediately rushed to the Pentagon in order to provide support and rescue.

Thurman retired from the Army after 23 years of active duty service.

Upcoming Events

View the HCS Calendar for a complete listing of district-level dates and to learn more about each event.

  • Tuesday, Sept. 14: Budget Hearing 2 and Board Meeting
  • Friday, Sept. 17: ETV Game of the Week featuring Jemison vs Lee
  • Thursday, Sept. 30: Work Session
  • Friday, Oct. 1: First 9 Weeks Ends
  • Monday, Oct. 4 - Friday, Oct. 8: Fall Break
  • Monday, Oct. 11: Second Nine Weeks Begins
  • Friday, Oct. 15: Report Cards

Highlands Elementary PTA Wins National Award

Congratulations to the Highlands Elementary PTA on being named a 2020-2022 School of Excellence by National PTA! Highlands is one of only two schools in Alabama and 350 schools nationwide to receive this designation.

HCS Graduate Receives Oprah Winfrey Leaders Scholarship

Congratulations to New Century Technology High School graduate Jaylen Ware on being awarded an Oprah Winfrey Leaders Scholarship! He was one of only 15 students selected to join the four-year program’s inaugural class! View Story.

Job Alert: Now Hiring

HCS is now hiring for a variety of positions including teachers, coaches, child nutrition, special education, and more!. View current job openings by visiting: Standard Application Login (

Additionally, HCS is working with Spur Staffing to hire for campus security, custodial, maintenance, clerical, school nutrition, instructional aides, special education positions, and more. Get started right away by viewing details and applying online at

Spur Staffing will be hosting a job fair at Huntsville West from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. on Sept. 20!

September is Attendance Awareness Month

September is Attendance Awareness Month. Establishing strong attendance habits are vital to student success, especially at the beginning of the school year. Attendance patterns established in September often persist the whole school year. Some tips to promote good attendance and punctuality include:

  • Establish and keep a routine/schedule
  • Wind down and start the bedtime routine earlier
  • Prepare for the morning the night before by laying out outfits, packing backpacks, and pre-packing lunches

Powerschool Parent Portal Now Live

The Huntsville City Schools team has been working hard on setting up and implementing portals for access to Powerschool, which will provide access to grades and other important student information. Hard copy letters have been provided by each school and sent home with instructions for accessing these portals. Additionally, instructions can be seen on the Strategy & Innovation page of the HCS website under the Powerschool Student/Parent Portal heading.

September is National Suicide Prevention Month

September is National Suicide Prevention Month. HCS invites families to view resources from the counseling department (under the Suicide Awareness & Prevention heading) for a variety of information and supports if you or someone you know may be dealing with suicidal ideations.

ETV Game of the Week: Jemison vs Lee

The ETV Department's next Game of the Week broadcast will feature Jemison versus Lee football on Friday, Sept. 17 beginning at 7 p.m.

How to Watch ETV:
  • On Air: Over-the-air channel 25.5, Comcast channel 17, WOW channel 3
  • Online:
  • Social Media:
  • Apple TV or Roku: Download the Livestream app, search by account for "ETV"

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Huntsville City Schools

The mission of Huntsville City Schools is to inspire, engage, and empower all students in becoming creative problem solvers, active citizens, and life long learners through rigorous curriculum and relevant instruction within a supportive environment. Vision: high expectations, character driven, and student centered. Core values: service minded, transparent, resilient, accountable, team focused, equitable, goal oriented, inclusive, and creative.