Scottsboro City Schools

District Newsletter October 2021

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Scottsboro School Board Recognitions for October 2021

Alabama Boys and Girls State is one of the highest honors granted to Alabama students. Students from across the state are chosen based on their demonstration of leadership, hard work, strong morals, and motivation in school and community activities. Boys and Girls State student delegates participate in a mock government, and hear from and meet a diverse array of Alabama leaders such as Congressmen, state elected officials, business leaders, civic leaders, and others. Boys and Girls State is sponsored by the American Legion and the American Legion Auxiliary. Scottsboro High School is allowed to select one outstanding junior boy and one outstanding junior girl to represent the city of Scottsboro. This year Rex Green and Maddie Gossett were our well deserving delegates. Rex Green was also awarded the Citizenship Award at Boys State.
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SBOE Completes Whole Board Training

Scottsboro City School Board Members completed Whole Board Training with Mrs. Jayne Williams, AASB on October 7, 2021. Training topic: Students First Act & Teacher Accountability Act
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Scottsboro City Schools District ESSER Advisory Committee

The purpose of this committee is to provide input into the ESSER funding process. We are seeking certified, classified, full-time and part-time employees of Scottsboro City Schools to serve. If you are interested in joining this committee, please complete the link to the Google form below. Meetings will be held quarterly on scheduled e-learning days.


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Employee Spotlight Mrs. Cindy Wade

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Collins Intermediate Drama Club

Coming SOON.......

Students in grades 5-8 are eligible. Make plans to sign up and audition. Auditions are Oct 23rd and Oct 24th. If you have any questions please contact me at

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SHS Senior Parents ...October 18-22 2021

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Christmas Charities Cleaning Supply Drive

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SJHS Blood Drive

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October Maintenance & Transportation Information

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Mr. Ken Holder, Director


BE SAFE-Know the Danger Zone

Give our School Bus drivers a "Shout Out"!! Safety is a priority when traveling with Scottsboro City Schools.

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October Special Education Department Information

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Mrs. Kristie Shankles, Director

Additional Information

National Bullying Prevention Month-

Parent Information and Resource website

Parent Information- National Bullying Prevention

Dyslexia Awareness Month

Parent Information

national Center on Improving Literacy

Dyslexia Parent Information Meeting

October 19th @ 5p.m. at Scottsboro Board of Education

Special Education Progress Reports

First nine weeks progress reports have been sent home. Please review your child’s progress towards their IEP goal. Contact your child’s case manager with any questions or concerns.

Individualized Platforms for students

The special programs department is utilizing many new learning platforms that are tailored to each individual child’s areas of strengths and growth. Discuss with your child their daily progress on Dreambox Math, Language! Live, Explode the Code, or Take Flight. We are excited to see the progress milestones that each of our students are making with this targeted instruction.

Parent Project Classes

We are still accepting applications for Parent Project, Jr. Classes. Please contact Rachel Cook, District Social Worker for more information. We will begin accepting applications for Parent Project ( 4-12) in the upcoming weeks.

Project Discovery

We are excited to offer Project Discovery career modules for our Life Skills classes at SHS in conjunction with job shadowing opportunities. Students explore, experience, learn and develop real life job skills with actual tasks and job tools.

MTSS ALSDE Pilot site

Scottsboro City Schools was selected as one of five pilot sites for the ALSDE Multi Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) initiative. MTSS is designed to help schools identify students early and intervene quickly focusing on the whole child. The MTSS process supports academic growth, but also behavior, social and emotional needs, absenteeism along with support for parents and adults. It is a schoolwide approach to student support with teachers, counselors, specialists and community partners to assess students and plan interventions and progress monitoring. We are excited to be honored as one of the selected districts to participate in this three year pilot program to expand our supports for our students.

October Federal Programs Information

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Ms. Corky Hood, Director

Department Information

October Information Technology Dept. Information

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Mr. Russ Smith, Director

ALET Conference

IT Department recently went to our yearly ALET conference allows us to interact with other school systems and talk with our counterparts at those systems to see how they are handling the same issues that we have to deal with and come up with better solutions to tackle the problems that IT Departments face throughout the state. The ALET conference was focused on cybersecurity this year and covered a broad spectrum of training, technology, advise and assistance to deal with the ever-increasing cyber threat. Part of the conference was dedicated to our vendors. We get to visit vendors and see what new products they have developed and to actually play with the technology to make suggestion that will help our teachers in getting the best equipment to use in the classroom.

October Career Tech Information

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Mr. Jason Hass, Director

Department Information


We have applied for a $200,000 grant (Expanding CTE in the Middle Grades) in hopes of providing Cyber Security avenues to our 5-8 grades. Keep your fingers crossed!

Our Jackson Launch program is continuing to move forward. This week we coordinated with Johns Manville to arrange for interviews for four engineering-inclined students to begin work in January.

Continue to check in on our CTE Facebook page to see all of the great things happening in the CTE world, a good place to find pictures and info for your Smore.

Mrs. Brandy Whitmire has agreed to partner with community members to provide a Cyber Security club at SJHS. We hope this club will give our students exposure to a growing field...leading to club competitions and more exciting opportunities.

Secondary Curriculum and Instruction -

Principals and Instructional coaches have worked to implement effective remediation periods in ALL of our schools. These periods will allow school personnel to work with small groups of students to close gaps in areas of weakness.

Report Cards go home on Oct. 14th.

We are working with Principals and APs to get them ELEOT Certified. Principals and APs will be focusing on getting into classrooms and providing teachers with feedback for instructional improvement.

Principals are leading routine data meetings with their teachers. These data meetings inform teachers of their students' needs.

All schools (and our system) have completed their annual CIP goals. Elementary principals will be presenting their CIPs to the board on October 21st...secondary principals on November 4th.


October is a busy month for testing in SCS. SHS will be giving the PreACT (10-6), ACT WorkKeys (10-20), and the PSAT. SJHS will be giving the PSAT (10-13) as well.

Additionally, student Spring 2021 ACAP reports will be sent home on October 14th, with report cards.

October Child Nutrition Information

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Ms. Melva Rodgers, Director

October Human Resources Information

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Mr. Kevin Willoughby, Director

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October Finance Dept. Information

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Department Information

The finance department is hard at work getting FY21 closed and FY22 started. Our FY22 budget has been approved by the state, so we can begin spending our state funds. We are still awaiting approval on some of our federal funds, so we cannot spend those funds (especially Title I) until those are approved by the state's federal program department. We hope that will be soon. We have also received approval on our ESSER III budget - this is the third round of federal funds due to the Covid-19 pandemic. It has been quite a challenge getting all of our i's dotted and our t's crossed with this set of funds. It is fantastic to get these funds, but there is a long list of requirements and paperwork that accompany this money. We are working diligently to make sure our system has all required documentation and we meet all required standards that have been set by both the state and federal government for these funds. Please bear with us when we ask you to submit documentation and/or information when these funds are spent. Please let us know if our department can assist you in any way!

Mrs. Sheila Cornelison, CSFO