In the Loop
November 19, 2021
Calendar Alert: Thanksgiving Holiday
Superintendent Addresses Community Group
TCS Superintendent Dr. Pattie Neill served as the keynote speaker on November 14th for the Trussville First United Methodist Men’s Group. Dr. Neill highlighted various aspects of Trussville City Schools for the group, including information on the TCS Character Program (P.A.C.E. - Positive Attitudes Change Everything) and recently released standardized assessments rankings. Dr. Neill shared that TCS is #3 in Alabama for English Language Arts in grades 3-8; #7 in Alabama for Math in grades 3-8; and #4 in Alabama for Science in grades 4, 6, and 8. Guests were also updated on capital projects, Hewitt-Trussville Athletics, district extracurricular programs, new service dogs, and various community partnerships. Dr. Neill speaks regularly to groups across Trussville and is a regular speaker for this Men's Group.
Daybreak Rotary Club Receives Band Update
Aside from his teaching experience, the Florida native has vast and diverse playing experience serving as a freelance musician playing with such groups as the Miami Symphony Orchestra, Symphony of the Americas, Walenstine Symphony, Miami’s Top Brass, North Mississippi Symphony Orchestra, and various brass groups in Florida, Alabama, and Mississippi.
Meet Matt Kinsley: New Network Administrator
Weekly ADPH COVID Reporting on our Website
Magnolia Administrator Presents on Dyslexia at State Conference
Husky Woodwind Quintet Selected for AMEA
Hewitt-Trussville High School's “Husky Woodwind Quintet” has been selected to perform at the 2022 Alabama Music Educators Association (AMEA) Conference to be held in January in Birmingham. The Husky Woodwind Quintet is a student-led ensemble consisting of some of the top Woodwind musicians at HTHS. The group is led by junior Jones Preg (Clarinet) and includes Emma Coley (Flute), Elizabeth Allison (Bassoon), Maddy Mann (Oboe), and Ben Crawford (Horn).
Each year a committee of music educators evaluates submitted recordings and selects ensembles to perform in a limited number of concert slots. This level of success is not possible without the dedication of band directors, teachers, students, and parents, past and present, and serves as a testament to the hard work of everyone involved in the HTMS and HTHS band programs.
HTHS Cheer Team Accepts Bid to Nationals
Congrats to our HTHS Competition Team! The girls recently competed at the Birmingham Crossplex - qualifying for state and receiving bids for nationals. The team placed 2nd and 3rd both days in two very tough divisions with lots of talented competitors. We are SO proud of all of their hard work and how they have represented their school, school system, and entire community so very well!
Officer Anderson Bids Farewell to Magnolia
Magnolia Families Convene for Annual "Boo at the School"
The Magnolia Elementary School bus loop transformed into a whimsical array of booths during its annual Boo at the School family event held prior to Halloween. Some of the booth themes included football, children’s literature, popcorn and movies, M&Ms, science, LEGO blocks, Charlie Brown, and even a gigantic pirate ship. More than 1,000 attendees enjoyed visiting each booth and receiving candy from Magnolia staff. Chick-Fil-A and Steel City Pops were on campus to provide dinner and dessert to those families who desired to purchase a picnic dinner to eat together. A highlight of the Boo at the School event was a pumpkin patch filled with unique pumpkins decorated by Magnolia students. The first-place winner of the most creative pumpkin in each grade level received a special medal from Magnolia principal Dr. Phyllis Faust. Winners included: K: Stella Williams; 1st: Noah Garner; 2nd: Hank Swale; 3rd: Vanessa Bruce; 4th: Rylee Firesheets; 5th: Reese Rollin.
Cahaba Honors Local Veterans
SCA Collects Nearly 5,000 Canned Food Items
Hewitt-Trussville High School's SCA collected thousands of canned food items for its annual “Just One Can” Canned Food Drive. Items will go to Trussville Fire & Rescue's Food Bank.
Collections began on November 1st and ended on November 12th. First-period classes held a specific competition amongst each other. We are proud of our students and their community-service-minded efforts. See more photos on the HTHS website.
Spusta: Scholars Bowl Standout
Hewitt-Trussville High School senior Katherina Spusta was a standout scholar at the recent Varsity division of the Northern Georgia Fall Tournament of the National History Bee and Bowl. Competing in the History Bowl as a team of one, Katherine had an average score of 280 points with a record of 4-1, qualifying her for Nationals, which will be held in Washington D.C. in late April, according to Scholars Bowl sponsor Josh Haynes.
“This was an incredible achievement,” Haynes said. “Especially since she did it all by herself.”
Katherine was ultimately a Semifinalist in the Bowl and proceeded to take the U.S. History and Political Science qualifying exams during lunch. Katherine also qualified for the National U.S. History Bee with a score of 94 and may qualify for the National Political Science Bee with a score of 78. Katherine competed in the History Bee, an individual competition, later that day and was a finalist, thus qualifying for Nationals. The HTHS Scholars Bowl Team has a bevy of upcoming events which will be previewed in an upcoming edition of In the Loop.
Middle, High School Band Students Welcome Expert Musicians
Progress Continues: Tennis Courts at HTMS
Tracking the Huskies
- Girls Flag Football Hosts State Semifinals
- Wrestling Season Begins
- Cheerleaders Accept Bid to Nationals
See all the latest news in this edition of Tracking the Huskies!
Trussville Public Library:
Rosa Parks Traveling Exhibit: The library will be hosting the traveling exhibit, "Tired of Giving in: Rosa Parks and the Montgomery Bus Boycott" this month! The exhibit will be available for viewing at the library from November 15th-November 29th during regular business hours. This exhibit is provided by Troy University's Rosa Parks Museum.
Trussville Parks & Rec:
It’s a fun, fast-paced game of soccer played indoors on a hard court. Futsal is a great way to build foot skills because it is played using out-of-bounds lines instead of walls. Futsal also uses a weighted ball that doesn’t bounce as much as a soccer ball so the ball stays close to the ground and feet of each player. The rules create an emphasis on improvisation, creativity and technique as well as ball control and passing in small spaces. It is also a great introduction to help build goalkeeping skills because teams consist of 4 field players and a goalkeeper. Rosters contain a maximum of 8 players with unlimited, on-the-fly substitutions. See registration details here.
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