Core Notes

Three-Day Weekend Ahead!

Reminder: It's Progress Report Day!

Veterans Day Holiday Observed Monday

The Tuscaloosa City Schools will close Monday in observance of Veterans Day. Classes resume Tuesday for students and staff. Thanksgiving Break will begin next Friday at the close of business.

Systemwide Holiday Book Drive

TCS middle school librarians went on a book shopping spree at Barnes & Noble last week as part of a $25,000 donation from Read BAMA Read, a nonprofit founded by University of Alabama gymnastics' coach Dana Duckworth and Donna Benjamin. The donation is in response to the system's effort to make every library "exemplary" through the "Strong Libraries Strong Schools" initiative.

Join the effort, too, this holiday season between now and December 24 as part of a systemwide holiday book drive at Barnes & Noble in Midtown Village. Check out the Top 100 books requested by students available to purchase for placement on a TCS library bookshelf!
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TCS Students Live United!

Tuscaloosa City Schools students raised $14,916.69 for the annual fund drive for the United Way of West Alabama. Those numbers were revealed at a ceremony on Monday, Nov. 5 at the Tuscaloosa Career & Technology Academy. Students from each school presented TCS Superintendent Dr. Mike Daria and United Way President & CEO Jackie Wuska with "big checks" as they talked about all the creative ways that their schools raised money to go to this worthy charity. Some of the school events that produced these funds included boys vs. girls competitions, grade level competitions, selling snacks, paying a dollar to wear hats, pajamas or Halloween costumes and even taping a P.E. coach to the wall.

It All Adds Up

Students at University Place Elementary are going green. School leaders started a recycling and composting initiative at school this year. The Green Team's aim is to reduce the environmental impact of the school and raise awareness about environmental concerns.

Their efforts led to local news coverage this week, which detailed their jaw-dropping number of plastic bottles recycled.