In the Loop

February 23, 2021


District/Board of Education

Honoring Black History

Schools and classrooms across Trussville City Schools find various ways throughout the year to study and celebrate African American History - particularly during the month of February, which is designated in the United States as Black History Month.

Discover Black History Month educational resources from various organizations including National Geographic Kids, Department of Defense EA, and the U.S. Department of Education.

In this edition of In the Loop, we explore a Black History Class Quilt project at Paine Elementary School. The 1st Grade Team collaborated on a student project whereby students chose world-changing African Americans, weaving biographical details of the figures into the students' art projects.

"Never be limited by other people's limited imaginations." - Dr. Mae Jemison (Alabama native/ astronaut, engineer, and physician)

David Dobbs: 2020 Ned & Goldie Paine Gatekeeper of the Year

Longtime Hewitt-Trussville High School Cross Country/Track Coach David Dobbs has been named the 2020 Ned & Goldie Paine Gatekeeper of the Year by the Trussville Area Chamber of Commerce.

Dobbs, who led student athletes for 30 years, still serves as an assistant coach for HTHS. He was nominated for this prestigious civic award by TCS Athletics Director Lance Walker.

The Trussville Public Library took home the Group Winner award this year.

The award's namesake, Ned and Goldie Paine, were well-known Trussville residents. The award began in 1966 and is given annually to one individual and one organization for outstanding civic service to Trussville.

ALERT: Vehicles Passing School Buses

Parents/Employees: Please share with your neighbors and friends who might not see our posts. This is a REMINDER about vehicles running past a flashing red stop sign on the side of school buses - buses that may be loading or unloading children. When this occurs, the Trussville Police Department is notified and a ticket is mailed to the vehicle’s owner. Please be aware that when a bus begins flashing yellow and then flashes red, there are either students on the ground waiting to load or will soon be on the ground unloading. Saving a few minutes by not stopping is simply not worth the risk of hurting a child. Please stop for our students!


Recurring Reminders:

  1. CNP Curbside Meals sign-up form - Week of March 1, 2021
  2. 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.
  3. TCS Foundation Casino Night tentative new date: Saturday, May 1, 2021.



Cahaba Elementary

Cahaba Elementary students had the privilege of creating Valentine Cards for some of the front-line workers at UAB. Mrs. Ellis guided students on this outreach project. It was an instructional effort which intertwined art, medicine, and student collaboration. See more photos.

Magnolia Elementary

Magnolia Elementary, as part of the school's focus on the P.A.C.E. (Positive Attitudes Change Everything) monthly character skill of kindness, held a schoolwide Tornado Relief Drive February 1-12, 2021. This was to collect and provide much needed items for the victims of the January tornado that struck nearby Fultondale. Fifth-grade students sorted the donations and boxed them for pick up. Magnolia students showed great "kindness," generosity, and love for helping others through this community service project.

Paine Elementary

Paine Elementary School faculty and staff members have a new in-house retreat during this most unusual school year - the "Wellness Room." The welcoming, calming space features massage chairs, ambient music, dim lighting, and more. The effort is a collaboration between school leaders and the PTO. See more on the Wellness Room.


Middle School

Statewide Accolade: Award-Winning Student Art

HTMS student Emery Edge has won the Alabama Youth Art Month Flag Contest, middle school division. Edge, a 6th-grader, skillfully executed this year's theme - "Art Connects Us." The Alabama Art Education Association sponsors the annual contest.

Kristin Bloodworth serves as art teacher at Hewitt-Trussville Middle School and oversees submission to this annual contest and other art-based student opportunities.


High School

2021 Valentine's Auction Raises Thousands for Charity

The highly-anticipated annual Valentine’s Auction at Hewitt-Trussville High School once again proved highly successful - raising nearly $8,500.00 for charity.

The event, held February 12, raised money through a bid process that results in school-based “dates” held during Husky Hour. The bid process generates money for operating expenses and charities, with the 2021 charitable beneficiaries being Dancers Against Cancer and The WellHouse.

The gymnasium serves as the Valentine’s Auction date-site, with food prepared by the school’s Culinary Arts Academy. See more photos.

NMSC Scholars Earn College Money

Seniors John Patrick Campbell, Jacob Copham, and Zachary Stutsman have all been designated National Merit Scholars by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC).

These students were among the 16,000 Semifinalists named in September 2020 who met all requirements to advance to Finalist standing in the competition. All Finalists will be considered for National Merit Scholarship awards to be offered later this year. Read more about NMSC.

Parent/Student Alert: ACT Exam - March 9, 2021

  • HTHS will administer the ACT exam in person on the HTHS campus
  • Reminders: No food/drink allowed, no smartphones, no watch (of any sort).
  • Students must have some form of ID to enter the testing room (ex., driver's license)
  • Students will need an appropriate calculator for assessment


Tracking the Huskies


City Shout Outs...

Trussville Parks & Recreation Presents...


Registration: December 15 – March 7

Practice: Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday

Price: $75.00 includes uniforms & 1 meet entry fee

Practice Starts: March 9th

Partnering with Trussville High School Track & Field Coaches

High School Coaches will host training clinics for our runners bi-weekly

Meet at the finish line …or be the first one there.


The most competitive Adult Flag Football League in the State of Alabama. “Bring you’re a-Game”

League Types: Competitive to Recreational

Registration is February 1 – May 3rd

Price: $400 Per Team

Team: 15 Player Max

For any questions, contact Chevelle Lee at or (205) 508-0359

Follow us on Facebook @TrussvilleParksandRecreation

Trussville Park & Recreation Presents:

Adult 7 on 7 Women’s Flag Football

Price: $400

Registration: February 15 – May 3

Team: 15 Player Max

Online Registration:

Co-Ed Adult Volleyball

Online Registration begins January 4, 2021 – March 9, 2021

Games are on Tuesday nights beginning March 16, 2021

$150.00 a team

601 Parkway Drive Trussville 35173

Contact Donna Newton at



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