Trojan Daily

March 11, 2014

5 Things You Don't Know About Ms. Branscomb

1. I climbed Ayers rock in Australia and slid the whole way down on my hiney!

2. On one of my nanny adventures I mustered 100 head of cattle.

3. My 18th birthday was technically 30 hours long as I turned 18 in London and then got on a plane to return to the USA where it was still my birthday date due to time change.

4. One of the items on my bucket list is learning to fence…mostly because I think the little white outfits are cute and I want to say… “Touché!”

5. I keep a journal every day with three sentence story starters and have for many years.

HG Alumni New Vice President at UNA

Hazel Green graduate Clinton Carter has accepted the position of Vice President for Business and Financial Affairs at the University of North Alabama. Good to see our alumni doing great things!

Jr. Optimist Club Donates to Manna House

Jr. Optimist Club collected over 450 rolls of toilet paper to donate to Manna House with the help of many of the teachers and students. Special thanks to Mr. Lopez’s classes who collected over 80 cans of food!

Motlow ACT Prep Class

To better prepare for the ACT, Motlow College is offering the ACT Test-Prep class in Lincoln County, Fayetteville campus.

Dates: Class will meet 4 Tuesdays: March 13, (skip March 20), 27, April 3, and 10, 2014

Time: 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Fee:$60 registration; check made payable to Motlow State Community College.

Textbook: Students will need to purchase a textbook the first night of class. Textbooks will be available for sale ONLY the first night.

Price of textbook:$30.95 -- Please have exact change or check made payable to - Motlow College Bookstore. Each course is limited to 25 students --- registration is not complete until payment and form are received in our office.

Call 931-393-1760 or fax 931-393-1774 to register!!

Fraternal Order of the Eagles Scholarship

Fraternal Order of the Eagles Scholarship - Deadline is April 15. Requires ACT 18 or higher, 2.5 GPA. Applications are in the Guidance Office Scholarship box.

Society of Women Engineers Scholarships

SWE Scholarships support women pursuing ABET-accredited baccalaureate or graduate programs in preparation for careers in engineering, engineering technology and computer science in the United States and Mexico. In 2013, SWE disbursed over 200 new and renewed scholarships valued at $550,000. Applicants complete one application and are considered for all scholarships for which they are eligible. Deadline is May 15, 2014. See eligibility requirements at

This Week's Athletics!

Prom Announcements

Prom money is due March 14th. The cost is $60 per person. You may give your money to Mrs. Daniel or Mrs. Bell.

Prom Attire Guidelines:

Girls Dress Code:

1. Excessive cleavage is not allowed.

2. Dress may be backless as long as it is not cut below the waist.

3. Navel may not be exposed.

4. No pinning will be allowed as an alteration for a dress if, without the pinning, the dress does not meet dress code.

5. Dress should not be excessively short or pulled up when dancing.

Boys Dress Code:

1. Suits or tuxedos should be worn.

2. Shirts must be buttoned up to the second button from the collar.

3. Pants should fit properly on the hip and not sag below the waistline.

Current Announcements

HGHS has a new phone number! Our main phone number has changed to 256-851-3220 and our fax is now 256-851-3221.

The revision to next year’s calendar consists of four half-days for professional development (coded in purple). Please note the dates. Also, notice we will be out for President’s Day next year.

HGHS is so excited about going BYOT school-wide that we want to create a logo for our website to let everyone know! Since we have the most talented kids in Madison County, we're going to let you guys do it. If you can come up with a good design, email it to . Digital copies must be submitted in jpeg or PDF form, and paper copies need to be at least 5x5. Remember, these need to be your own designs! Logos are due by Monday, March 17th.

On Wednesday afternoon at 3:05 ALL athletes who have signed or plan to sign with a college later this spring, please meet in the cafeteria for pictures.
We ask that you bring/wear something representing the college or university you are signing with. The yearbook staff is about to bring the book to a close and send it to the publisher and we would like to cover as many signings as we can before we do.

The band is selling microfiber bed sheets from the Elson Company now through March 12th.
These are very high quality sheets, offered in 11 different colors and all sizes, including XL Twin and California King - perfect for dorm rooms! all sizes are $39. Please see any band student for more information or to order.

MVMS Baseball Craft Show this Saturday from 9:00am-4:00pm. Admission $5. Support the Eagles!

Registration materials for current 8th grade students will be distributed Monday, March 10th and Tuesday, March 11th. Students will receive their recommended core courses, a high school course catalog, and other pertinent information needed to create a four-year plan. Completed forms and plans are due Thursday, March 20th and Friday, March 21st. Please complete this process with your child and provide a parent signature on the final plan. Additional information can be found on the Hazel Green High School registration page.

Mrs. Braudaway and Mrs. Dean are conducting a fundraiser with MixedBag Designs. The spring catalog is full of new patterns and styles that you really need to see. You can browse the catalog online at . Contact for more information.

Don't forget 2014 Yearbooks are still available but in limited quantities. Please see Mrs. Brady or a staff member today to purchase your yearbook and enjoy yearbook day on May 8. Cost is $65.

Any girl interested in trying out for football competition cheer is invited to attend tumbling classes with us at Huntsville Gymnastics on Thursday evenings.
This is open to any girl in 8th-11th grade. Cost is $12.50 per session with a one-month commitment required. Tryouts will be held March 31-April 4 in the Wooley Gym from 3:30 to 5:00 and are closed to the public. An informational parent meeting will be held at HGHS on Tuesday, March 18 at 6:30pm in Room N-113. For more information, visit the Cheer Website or email

Spring is on the way, and our Learning Community will be spending more time outside. We are in need of used tennis rackets, tee ball equipment, or other sports equipment to use for their activities. To make a donation, contact .

Vocal Ensemble auditions will be held March 12, 2014 after school. All HGHS students are welcome to come audition. The only requirement is that you must be able to read music.There will be a written exam on music theory. You may come to the choir room to sign up for an audition time.

JR Pinder Memorial Golf Tournament and Scholarship Fundraiser - Colonial Golf Course, April 5th, 7:30am start. Teams and individual slots available. Memorial signs and corporate sponsorships also available. Contact 256-508-1440 for more information.

All students are required to have a current athletic physical on file in order to try out for any sport.
Huntsville Hospital Sports Center will be conducting physicals at MVMS on Monday, April 28th from 5:00-7:00pm, and at HGHS on Monday, May 5th from 4:30-6:30 (or whenever finished). The cost at both will be $10, and a copy at HGHS will be provided for parents. Please note that physicals signed by a chiropractor, RN, or LPN will no longer be accepted by AHSAA. All physicals must be signed by a MD or DO (orthopedic doctor).

The ACT Plus Writing assessment will be given to juniors on April 23 during school. Students should be preparing for the test by using the ACT Online Prep website that all juniors received a personal user name and password to. This is a great resource, and students are strongly encouraged to utilize this service provided to us. For more information, visit

Our Navy JROTC offers a free onlinine ACT/SAT study program.
Any Hazel Green student can access it at

Special Programs

Volunteer Opportunities at Burritt on the Mountain - Email, or call 256-533-1365. Shifts may vary, so please call or email for details. Historic costumes are provided.

Student Writers:
Due to misinformation posted on Huntsville Literary Association's website ( about the closing date for the high school writing competition, HLA has decided to extend the deadline for submitting short stories, poem, and artwork to Monday, March 24. HLA sincerely apologizes for any difficulties this may have caused students wishing to enter the contest.

Challenge Leadership Program Class 20
will host two sessions again this Summer:

June 23 - June 25, 2014 - 9th and 10th grade program
July 21 - July 25, 2014 - 11th and 12th grade program

Challenge was designed to create youth ambassadors for the Huntsville/Madison County community. The Challenge program educates our youth on the successes and challenges in education, healthcare, government, public safety, quality of life and human services by participating in hands-on activities and program day speakers. You can download the
To visit the Challenge website page, click here. Deadline is April 1st. They will award one graduate a scholarship to the college or university of their choice in the amount of $1,000.00.

FAFSA March Events -
NACEE - March 15. Call for more information at 256-372-4600. Filing your FAFSA is your opportunity to find money for college. The FAFSA is the FREE application for Federal Student Aid. Completing the FAFSA ( is the first step in applying for federal Pell Grants and student loans. Financial Aid professionals will be available to help you complete the FAFSA and to answer all of your questions. All high school seniors, parents or anyone who is planning to attend college should plan to attend. IT IS FREE! You/your parents will need to bring social security numbers, dates of birth, driver’s license, untaxed income, other benefits and W2s and federal tax returns. Check out for more information.

Toyota Teen Driver Video Challenge
: High school students, create a quick video that promotes safe driving for your chance to win $15,000 and the opportunity to re-shoot their entry video into a TV-ready PSA. Learn more at . Videos must be submitted by March 13, 2014.

Toyota Teen Driver School Sweeps: Enter quickly once a day on behalf of your school for a chance to win $5,000 to put towards safe driving awareness, as well as a Virtual Driving Simulator. Ten Runners-Up Schools will also receive cash prizes. Anyone can enter on behalf of a high school, so spread the word! Enter every day through April 15, 2014. Go to to enter!

West Point's Summer Leaders Experience
(SLE) applications will be open to juniors through April 11th. SLE is a great week of academic, military, and physical excellence. The program consists of daily morning physical training, academic classes, afternoon sports, a day of military training, administration of the Candidate Fitness Assessment (CFA), a West Point tour, and social functions. The academic program features workshops and class samplings from the Academy's curriculum. All participants are housed in the cadet barracks and meals are in the Cadet Mess. Students pay their own travel expenses plus a registration fee of approximately $400. Visit for application instructions.

US Naval Academy Summer Programs
- Summer STEM program is designed for rising 8th-11th graders who are interested in pursuing education in the science, technology, engineering and math fields. The Summer Seminar program, designed for rising 12th graders, gives students the opportunity to find out if they have what it takes to be a midshipmen. For more information, visit

Huntsville Hospital Athlete of the Week – Recognition for students who not only excel as athletes but also excel in the classroom and in the community. Applicants must be seniors with at least a 3.5 GPA and include a photo with the application. Athlete of the Year will be chosen from the Athletes of the Week to receive a $1000 scholarship. Email for an application.

Dates to Remember

March 20 - Senior Follies Night Production (7 p.m. HGHS Gymnasium)

March 21 - Senior Follies Day Production

March 20 - Report Cards

March 24-28 - Spring Break

April 15 - Three Week Progress Reports

April 25 - Prom (tentative) VBC

April 28 - Athletic Physicals at MVMS (5:00-7:00pm)

May 1 - Six Week Progress Reports

May 5 - Athletic Physicals at HGHS (4:30-6:30pm)

May 5-21 - AP Test Dates HGHS

May 14 - Senior Awards Day (9:00 - 11:30am)

May 15 -Senior Exams (1st and 2nd)
May 16 - Senior Exams (3rd and 4th)

May 15 - Junior Awards (8:30-9:00am)

May 15 - Sophomore Awards (10:00 - 10:30am)

May 16 - Freshman Awards (8:00 - 8:30am)

May 20 - Graduation Practice (10 a.m.-12 p.m. VBC Arena)
May 20 - Graduation (7:00 p.m. VBC Arena)
May 29 - Last Report Card

Permanent Announcements

Positive and Productive Days - Visit to read Mr. Long's blog. Look for posts each week!

Procedure for Riding the Bus with a Friend
- Any student who plans to ride home on a bus with a friend or to another address should follow the procedures below. No student will be allowed to ride to a different address without verification of parent/guardian approval by a school official.

1. A parent/guardian note should be turned in before first block to the receptionist desk at the back of school. The note should contain the address and information for the bus driver and should include the date and a correct phone number for verification purposes.

2. Pick up the verified note from the receptionist during lunch.

3. Give the note to the bus driver when entering the bus at the end of the school day.

Juniors Have Free Access to ACT Online Prep - All juniors received a personal user name and password to the ACT Online Prep website. This is a great resource to be used in preparing for the ACT Plus Writing assessment which will be given to all of our juniors students on April 23 during school. All students are strongly encouraged to utilize this service provided to us. For more information, visit

First Priority/FCS
meets every Tuesday morning at 7: 20 in the Choir Room. All students are welcome to attend.

Parenting Assistance Line:
PAL is a service where anyone can call a toll free number 1-866-962-3030 and receive useful, practical information and assistance with developmental and parenting questions and concerns. Available 8:00am – 8:00pm (central time) Monday – Friday.

Going green at “the Green”. The Hazel Green High School Special Education Department needs your old cell phones and ink cartridges. Items to be recycled can be given to a Special Education teacher or left for collection at the office. Your support of our recycling fundraiser is greatly appreciated.

Reward Cards:
Parents/Students/Employees, please remember to use your reward cards when you visit Publix and Hazel Green Pharmacy. Every time you have them swipe your card, HGHS will receive a portion of the sale. If you need a reward card, just stop by the main office to pick one up.

Pay for your child’s meals from the convenience of your home or office 24/7

Click on the following link: .

Driver’s permit:
Students /Parents, remember to pick up the Student Enrollment Form before you go to get your permit. The driver’s license department will not allow you to take the test unless you have this form and it cannot be faxed after you get there. These forms are good for 10 days only.

Loyalty Reward Tags:
(Hazel Green Pharmacy Loyalty Key Tag Program) Parents/Students/Employees, please remember to use your loyalty key tag when you visit Hazel Green Pharmacy. Every time you purchase a Prescription/Gift/OTC have them swipe your tag. HGHS will receive a portion of the sale. If you need a loyalty key tag. Just stop by the main office to pick one up.

The special education department recycles the following items
. They can be working or non-working and can be dropped off at the front office or in room C-115: Cell Phones, Gold jewelry, Ink Jet Printer Cartridges, Laptops & Netbooks, MP3 Players, Digital Cameras, Digital Video Cameras, GPS Devices, Radar Detectors, Kindle & Sony Book Readers

Online Payments
You may now pay fees and purchase tickets to sporting events online. Check out the EZ Ticket Live website. For fees, click here , and to purchase tickets click here .