In the Loop

November 19, 2021

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District News

Calendar Alert: Thanksgiving Holiday

A reminder that all Trussville City Schools will have a 12:00 p.m. noon dismissal next Tuesday, November 23, 2021, to begin the Thanksgiving holiday. Following Tuesday's dismissal, students will not return to school for the rest of that week. We hope everyone enjoys a safe and happy Thanksgiving and we look forward to resuming school on Monday, November 29, 2021. See the entire school year calendar on the TCS District website.

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

Hewitt-Trussville High School Director of Bands Mr. Mike Guzman was the featured speaker at the November 17, 2021, meeting of the Trussville Daybreak Rotary Club. Guzman updated the group of Trussville leaders on recent successes of the band, including superior ratings at various Central Alabama band competitions this fall. Additionally, Guzman informed the group about the band's upcoming revamp of uniforms for all musicians. Mr. Guzman completed his bachelor’s degree in Music Performance/Education from the University of Miami, and a Master's in Conducting from Florida International University (FIU). It was at FIU that Guzman served as the graduate assistant for the FIU Golden Panther Marching Band.


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

Matt Kinsley joined the Trussville City Schools Technology Department during the summer of 2021. His responsibilities are vast and vital; without his expertise, day-to-day teaching and learning would look very different. Maintaining a large network in this high-tech era requires a wide array of skills and talents - including a dynamic personality with sharp interpersonal communication skills. See more on Matt Kinsley.

Weekly ADPH COVID Reporting on our Website

The number of positive COVID cases reported to TCS for the last reporting period is two (2). This number is posted on Trussville City Schools' district website homepage under "Quicklinks" and you can see the weekly report each Wednesday. If a site visitor clicks on the number, the visitor is taken to the Alabama Department of Public Health's (ADPH) COVID-19 Schools K-12 Dashboard. There, visitors can not only track case counts for Trussville City Schools but all school systems across Alabama. Occasionally, the state dashboard takes a few days to update, though Wednesday is the official reporting day.

Magnolia Administrator Presents on Dyslexia at State Conference

Magnolia Elementary School Principal Dr. Phyllis Faust presented on Dyslexia Learning Labs (DLL) at the recent CLAS (Council for Leaders in Alabama Schools) Conference. Faust shared TCS experiences in order to support others' implementation of this specific type of intervention program. Faust's presentation centered on how DLLs form part of a structured intervention curriculum designed to increase student achievement.

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School News

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

Trussville Police Department School Resource Officer (SRO) Adam Anderson said his farewells to students, faculty, staff, and administrators at Magnolia Elementary School on Friday, November 15th. Officer Anderson will soon be taking on a new role with another agency. During his tenure at Magnolia Elementary School, Officer Anderson became a campus star - building critical rapport and relationships with students and employees. Trussville City Schools greatly appreciates the important partnership with the Trussville Police Department and its SRO Division. See more photos of Officer Anderson's farewell in Magnolia's weekly newsletter.

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

Cahaba students honored local Veterans with a school parade on November 10th. Veterans drove around the flagpole loop in front of the school while they were celebrated by students who wore red, white, and blue while waving American flags. In addition, members of the school choir, Shine, entertained the Veterans with patriotic songs. Veterans were gifted with appreciation bags at the end of the parade. Cahaba joins other TCS campuses in developing unique ways to honor Veterans each November.

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

Nationally-renowned music clinicians Richard and Cheryl Floyd paid visits to Hewitt-Trussville band programs on November 18th. The Floyds observed and advised members of both the Hewitt-Trussville Middle School Band and the Hewitt-Trussville High School Band. Based out of Texas, the Floyds are renowned for being national authorities on conducting, wind band rehearsing, concert band repertoire, and overall music advocacy. Hewitt-Trussville Director of Bands Mike Guzman arranged the visit, which he and his colleagues believe will pay huge dividends to the already-talented student musicians across TCS. See more on the remarkable careers of Richard and Cheryl Floyd.

Progress Continues: Tennis Courts at HTMS

Construction progress continues to gain momentum at Hewitt-Trussville Middle School on the new tennis courts. The courts, located behind the school building, have been under construction for several weeks. Director of Facilities Brian Pharris updated the Board of Education at its November meeting regarding the courts, noting the courts' new retaining walls. According to Pharris, the site has made significant progress thanks to cooperative weather. The estimated completion is 2022.

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HT Athletics

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!

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Community Notes

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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