In the Loop 2019-2020

January 2, 2020

Trussville City Schools

113 North Chalkville Road, Trussville, AL 35173

(205) 228-3000

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Happy New Year! Welcome Back!

Save the Date!

Faculty/Staff Return - January 3, 2020

Students return January 6, 2020

Schools Closed for Dr. Martin Luther King , Jr. Day - January 20, 2020


Hewitt-Trussville Middle School Mini Courses a Favorite of Students!

Mini-Courses 2019 in Review

HTMS students were very active on the last day of school before the Christmas break as they had the opportunity to participate in one of over forty mini-courses. Several community members and business owners donated their time, talents, and resources with our students and we’d like to give them a huge thank you! They are:

  • Scott Canterbury, Professional Fisherman

  • Three Earred Rabbit, cookie decorating

  • Brian Griffin, Birmingham Police Department Helicopter Pilot

  • Trussville Police Department

  • Keisha Limbaugh, 5th year volunteer for mini-courses

  • Andy Jordan, Space One Eleven, dramatic portrait drawing

  • Jordan Lynn, first female football player for HTHS

  • Casie Bailey, Petals of Serenity

  • Alabama Wildlife Center

  • Brandon Tracey, Guitar 101

  • Matt Dickey, 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament

  • Merrill Bettis, Colorguard Prep

  • Addie Hendricks, Dance Team Prep

  • Red Mountain Theater Company

  • Kristen Jones, Interior Design

  • Aaron Daniel, Sports Broadcaster

  • Ellie Bradley, Hannah Muncher, and Hailey McDaniel, Cheer Prep

  • Prissy Anderson, Cupcake Decorating

In addition to these amazing volunteers, many of our teachers led mini-courses. Our teachers created courses of interest to our teachers including Coffee Connections, Mythbusters Science Experiments, Christmas Science, Self-Defense for Girls, Sock Puppet Creations, Babysitting Basics, Cornhole Board Construction and Cornhole Tournament, Paper Football Tournament, Coding, Gingerbread House Creation, Puzzles in Peace, Finger Knitting, 3D Printing, DIY Body Scrub creations, plus many different Christmas Craft courses.

The National Junior Honor Society led a mini-course to make blankets for Fleecing the Flock, a non-profit organization that provides blankets to foster children in Alabama. Twenty-one blankets were made in just 2 hours!

The HTMS MUSH Mentors traveled to the Trussville Fire Department to assist with packing toys and canned goods for families in the Trussville area. This is the second year for our MUSH Mentors to volunteer with the TFD.

The HTMS Honors Choir traveled to several locations to spread Christmas cheer through caroling including Magnolia Elementary School, Trussville Health and Rehab, and the TCS Board of Education.

Mini Course Pictures are:

Students listen intently to Scott Canterbury as he shares some of his favorite fishing moments and strategies with them. Students then went outside to practice some basic skills with their own rods.

Girls listen to Jordan Lynn as she shares her experiences from this past football season as the first female on the HTHS team. After talking, the girls worked on some soccer basics and learned how to kick a field goal.

Students listen as Andy Jordan teaches a different technique for creating dramatic portraits.

Students are ready to create their own coffee drinks after learning about where coffee comes from and how it is made.

The Alabama Wildlife Center brought several rescued animals to share with students and heighten awareness and appreciation of Alabama’s native wildlife.

Ellie Bradley, cheerleader for Auburn University, instructs HTMS cheerleader hopefuls on proper motion technique.

Students learn how to make cornhole boards under the supervision of Coach McCombs and Coach Adamson. These students created boards that can now be used in PE classes.

Students learn from Trussville Police Officers about the SWAT vehicle, our K9 unit, learn about the various buttons on the motorcycle and hear about different law enforcement roles.

Casie Bailey, owner of Petals of Serenity, taught students several techniques for arranging flowers. The students took their creations home in vases they painted for their flowers.

Students get an up close look at a helicopter piloted by Brian Griffin of the Birmingham Police Department.

It was a great day of learning and fun for HTMS students!


Trussville City Schools Celebrates Inclusive Schools Week

Inclusive Schools Week is an annual event which is held each year during December. Since its inception in 2001, Inclusive Schools Week has celebrated the progress that schools have made in providing a supportive and quality education for their student population, including disability, gender, socio-economic status, cultural heritage, language preference, and other factors.

The week provides an important opportunity for educators, students and parents to discuss their schools continued improvement to successfully educate all children.

The 2019-2020 Theme is “Charting the Course".


HTHS Senior Board Winter Blanket and Sock Drive

The Hewitt-Trussville High School Senior Board is having a Winter Blanket and Sock Drive through January 17. Donated items will be taken to Jessie’s Place.

Students will bring items to their 1st period class. The class that brings the most items will get a free breakfast!


Hewitt-Trussville Middle School Dance Team Tryouts....Save the Date!

Calling all dancers! If you are interested in trying out for the HTMS Dance Team, there will be a mandatory parent information meeting on Tuesday, January 28th, at 5:30 pm in the Auditorium. An optional pre-clinic will be held on Monday, February 10th from 3:00-5:00 pm. Mandatory clinic and tryouts will take place during the week of February 24th-28th. A list of tryout requirements can be found on Ms. McIntyre’s website:


Hewitt-Trussville Middle School Cheerleader Tryout Information...Save the Date!

Attention all girls interested in trying out for HTMS Cheerleader:

There will be a MANDATORY Parent Meeting on Thursday, February 6th at 6:00 p.m. in the HTMS auditorium. All pertinent information regarding tryouts will be distributed at this meeting. An optional pre-clinic will be held on Thursday February 20th from 3 – 5 p.m. Mandatory cheer clinic and tryouts will be the week of March 9th-13th.

The scoring rubric for tryouts will be posted on Mrs. Bowman’s website.


Children's of Alabama Flu Information

Information Below provided by Children's of Alabama

1600 7th Avenue S

Birmingham, AL 35233


Sometimes mistaken for the common cold, the flu (influenza) causes more symptoms and can sometimes cause serious illness. Fortunately, most kids who get the flu can get over the infection without any problems. The flu occurs most often in the winter months.

Signs and Symptoms:

  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Loss of appetite
  • Sore throat
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Dizziness
  • Chills
  • Muscle aches
  • Cough
  • Runny nose
  • Diarrhea
  • Tiredness.

What to Do:

  • Call the child's doctor
  • Encourage rest
  • Keep the child hydrated with plenty of fluids - breast milk or formula for babies, water, juice, ice pops, and cool drinks for older kids but no caffeinated drinks
  • Relieve symptoms with: A warm bath, a cool-mist humidifier, saline or saltwater) nose drops, acetaminophen or ibuprofen (check package for correct dosage)

Never give aspirin to a child with the flu. Do not give cough or cold medicine to children under 6 years old (call the doctor first for older kids).

Seek medical care if the child has:

  • Symptoms that get worse
  • Trouble breathing
  • A stiff neck
  • A severe cough
  • A fever and is 3 months or younger
  • A headache that doesn't go away after taking acetaminophen or ibuprofen

Seek Emergency Medical Care if the child:

  • is working to breathe (using chest muscles to get air in and out
  • is lethargic (hard to wake up your child
  • child is confused and unsteady
  • physician recommends coming to the ED

Think Prevention!

  • Get the flu vaccine each year
  • Try to avoid large crowds during flu season
  • Wash hands well and often

For educational purposes only. For specific medical advice, diagnosis and treatment, consult your doctor. Information copyright of the Children's of Alabama Patient Health and Safety Information. 8/19


Children's of Alabama Flu Testing and Treatment

Information provided by Children's of Alabama:

Testing for the Flu

  • Getting a flu shot each year is the best way to protect your child from the flu.
  • Most of the time, doctors will use the symptoms your child has to diagnose your child with the flu.
  • Occasionally, a rapid flu test is used to see if your child has the flu. But, many children with the flu have a negative test and children without the flu will sometimes have a positive test so your medical provider today will decide whether or not a flu test is needed.
  • If a flu test is done, a nasal swab is needed for the test and it will take about an hour to get results.

Treatment for the Flu

  • The gest treatement of the flu involves rest and lots of fluids.
  • Give acetaminophen (Tylenol) or ibuprofen (Motrin) for fever. NEVER give aspirin to a child with the flu.
  • The flu is a virus and cannot be treated with antibiotics.


  • Tamilflu is a medicine that may be given after a positive flu test.
  • Some side effects of Tamiflu are nausea and vomiting.

Who should get Tamiflu?

  • Not every patient with the flu will get a prescription for Tamiflu. Only children with a higher than average risk for complications of flu will be treated with the medication.

If your child has the flu but is not given Tamiflu, the best treatment is still to get plenty of rest, drink plenty of fluids, and take acetaminophen (Tylenol) or ibuprofen (Motrin) as needed for fever or pain.

When should I call the doctor?

  • Symptoms that get worse
  • Trouble breathing
  • Stiff neck
  • Severe cough
  • Fever in a child that is 3 months or younger
  • Headache that doesn't go away after acetaminophen or ibuprofen

All information provided by Children's of Alabama.


Trussville Public Library to Host ACT Prep Class

The Trussville Library will be hosting an ACT prep class. This two-day ACT Prep session will feature extensive math and grammar review, essay, story problem strategies, and more. Students will need to bring a notebook, pencil, and calculator. The event will be on January 4th from 10:00 to 4:00 and on January 5th from 1:00 to 5:00.

The class will be $43.50 (fees included) per student and it includes a pizza lunch on Saturday.
No refunds or transfers will be issued for cancellations.

Please follow the link to register for the event.


Trussville Public Library Events! SAVE THE DATES!

STEAM Club - Teen - 1/21/20, 2/18/20, 3/17/20, 4/21/20, and 5/19/20

Teen Video Games - January 8th and 22nd, February 12th and 26th, March 11th and 25th, April 8th and 22nd

Dungeons and Dragons - January 6th and 13th, February 3rd and 10th, March 2nd and 9th, April 6th and 13th

Teen Advisory Board - January 30th


Spring 2020 Park & Rec Baseball - Registration is now open!

Flyer - information is printed below the flyer

Spring 2020 Baseball - Registration is Now Open

Early Registration December - January 5, 2020 = $140.00

Regular Registration January 6 - February 7, 2020 = $150.00

Late Registration February 8-13, 2020 = $200.00

Age Control Date = April 30, 2020

Register at

Evaluations: February 17-22

Practice: March 2-28

Games: March 30 - May 9

All-Star Regional June 4-6

All Star State June 18-20

All Star: 1st watch list = April 7th

2nd watch list = April 21st

All Star Vote = May 5th

3 Weeks of All Star Practice

Contact: Jerard Baker

All Skill Levels!

Opening Week March 30 - April 3

April 4th - Day in the Park