In the Loop

July 31, 2021

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Health Information as of July 31, 2021

This coming Tuesday, August 3, the top health officer for Jefferson County meets with all area Superintendents to discuss health considerations for the reopening of schools. It will be on that day where we hope to have answers to the critical questions you have regarding sending your children back to our campuses for the start of the 2021-2022 School Year.


We had originally indicated to you that we would have a TCS Reopening Plan to you by August 2. In light of this newly-scheduled Jefferson County meeting, we hope to have school reopening details to you by the end of the day August 3.

As we reopen, it is our intent to follow health guidelines for the safety and well-being of all students and staff. It is important to understand the interpretation of recommendations verses requirements.


There are distinctions between recommended and required in the synonyms and examples outlined in this special edition of In the Loop distributed on July 27, 2021. For a list of nearby vaccine clinics, please visit this page on the Jefferson County Department of Health.

CNP Shifts to MySchoolBucks

We want to let you know that Trussville City Schools’ CNP (Child Nutrition Program) has transitioned its online cafeteria account payment system from PayPams to MySchoolBucks.


Balances in PayPams have automatically rolled over to MySchoolBucks. As a reminder, school lunches are currently free for all students under a waiver from the USDA in Washington, D.C. MySchoolBucks accounts will need money deposited for any students looking to buy cafeteria a la carte items (ex., protein bars, ice cream, sports drinks, etc.) and/or extra meals.


Please visit/bookmark the CNP section of our District website for additional information, including soon-to-be-posted cafeteria menus for breakfast/lunches.

Barry Davis: Years of Service to TCS

Longtime TCS Facilities Coordinator Barry Davis retired from Trussville City Schools in June 2021. Originally a Jefferson County Schools employee who transitioned to Trussville City Schools upon its formation in 2005, Davis has managed a continuous cycle of construction to keep up with the growth related to Trussville schools. Davis follows another big retirement, Dr. Mandi Logan, as well as a big arrival, Dr. Rachel Poovey.

Foundation

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Whether you are a new or returning family, welcome to a new school year! We are excited to have you in the Trussville City Schools family and are proud of our students, teachers, administrators, and families as our school system continues to grow and strive for excellence each year.


The Trussville City Schools Foundation ("TCSF") is a nonprofit organization that raises money to support our schools through three annual events, corporate sponsorships, and community donations. These funds cover supplies and programs - beyond the minimum requirements set by the state - requested by our parents and educators to support the development of our students and schools. In the past, these funds have been used to purchase:


Computers & iPads

Elmo projectors

Library books

Special needs-accessible playground equipment

Professional development programs for faculty

Foreign language class supplies

Sensory rooms

Braille books

An environmental education center

Exercise equipment for P.E. classes

Robotics equipment

NOVA science probes

Supplies to aid in schools' COVID response


This year, we are introducing a new fundraising opportunity for Trussville City Schools families called Join the Pack. We are asking families to consider giving $1 per school day, or $180 total, to Join the Pack and support TCSF. 100% of your donation will go to TCSF to support our schools. Families who Join the Pack this school year will receive a yard sign to show their support of TCSF.

12th Annual Paws for a Cause Gala

The TCS Foundation and the TCS Athletic Foundation will be hosting our 12th Annual 2021 Paws for a Cause Gala sponsored by the Sargent McDonald Team, Hemphill Services, and M3 Performance and Physical Therapy on Saturday, August 14th, 2021 at the Trussville Entertainment District. We are encouraging everyone to eat at Ferus, Pinchgut Pies, or Mexicali Blues, or any restaurant in downtown Trussville before the event takes place at 6:30pm. At 6:30 pm, the Hewitt-Trussville Jazz Band will be performing for us on stage, followed by games and exciting drawing. As we kick off the school year this August, it is imperative that we show the community the importance of giving back to our classrooms and athletes!

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Elementary

No Paine, No Gain: 20 Years of Paine Elementary

It’s been 20 years since the dirt that forever changed the trajectory of what became Trussville City Schools was first turned.


Amerex Corporation founder Ned Paine broke the first bit of ground in August 2001 for what became Paine Primary and Paine Intermediate schools. Paine and his wife, Goldie, founded Amerex Corporation in 1971, a Trussville-based manufacturer of hand-portable and wheeled fire extinguishers. In 1999, the founding couple donated 38 acres of land across from Amerex Corporation on U.S. 11 to the Jefferson County Board of Education on the condition it be used for a new elementary school. See more on the incredible history of Paine Elementary School.

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Hewitt-Trussville Middle School

Cheer Team's Summer Success

Congratulations to the Hewitt-Trussville Middle School Cheer Team for bringing home FIRST PLACE in camp routine, sideline chant, cheer, and overall game day routine at the recent UCA Huntsville event! The cheer team has spent many hours of practice this summer and has some amazing new stunts to unveil as team members cheer on other athletes at upcoming TCS sporting events!

HTMS Makes Splash at UDA Auburn

The HTMS Dance Team made an appearance at the UDA (Universal Dance Association) Camp at Auburn University this summer. Team members had fun - and enjoyed much success. They brought home 1st Place in home routine, a superior trophy for camp performances, three Pin It Forward recipients for sportsmanship, 2nd Place overall drill down winner, six All-American Dancers, and six special recognition recipients. HTMS dancers also received the spirit stick and super spirit stick! Their new moves will be showcased at TCS sporting events this fall.


All-American Dancers: Carlton Kirk, Haley Calvin, Keyarrah Story, Sara Jones, Ava Godfrey, Allie Chappell.

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Hewitt-Trussville High School

Hewitt Band Invited to Perform at Prestigious Showcases

The Hewitt-Trussville High School Wind Ensemble has been invited to perform at two upcoming showcases: the Music for All Southeastern Regional Concert Festival hosted by Georgia State Bands in Atlanta (March 2022) and the Alabama Music Educators Association (AMEA) in Birmingham (January 2022). For the Atlanta appearance, the HTHS Wind Ensemble is one of twelve high school bands selected from across the region and the only program from the state of Alabama. For AMEA, the HTHS Wind Ensemble was hand-selected by a committee comprised of statewide music educators. To be selected for both of these prestigious events in the same year is quite the honor and a testament to the caliber of this program.

HTHS Students: World Fishing Champions

They were knocked off of the hot seat in yesterday’s National Championship finale. Today, they became world champions. That’s how a weeklong saga ends on Lake Hartwell for young Andrew Jones and Carson Underwood. With a cavalcade of scholarship offers, a pair of 6-foot trophies and a story of resilience that the high school fishing friends will never forget.


Putting three for 10 pounds, 9 ounces on the scale on Day 4 of the High School Fishing World Finals, the Hewitt-Trussville High School Huskies team of Jones and Underwood earned the win. With weights zeroed on the final day, the team edged out the Madison County Red Raiders team of Will Hart and Logan Fisher—the same duo that knocked them off of the hot seat yesterday—who weighed an even 10 pounds. See more from Major League Fishing.

Track & Field Summer Highlights

The HTHS Track and Field program had three athletes compete at the Nike High School Nationals at the University of Oregon’s Hayward Field. Julian Collins, an Alabama signee, won the National Championship and earned All-American honors in the long jump with a jump of 24-1! Tanveer Raza placed 15th in the shot put with a throw 56-7.25, and Ethan Womack placed 16th in the decathlon with a score of 5980.

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City Shout-Outs

Back-to-School Bash at Trussville Public Library

Mark your calendars for the Back-to-School Bash Friday, August 6th, at Trussville Public Library! A full day of fun to get you ready for the start of a new school year. Join us at 10:00am for a special storytime on a school bus! We will read, sing, and learn about school bus safety with the Trussville City Schools Transportation Department. Beginning at 2:00 p.m. we invite all students to enjoy a free treat from Turner's Shaved Ice and create a personalized notebook. Make sure to stop by the information tent to sign up for a library card and discover helpful library resources to use this school year!

Trussville United Soccer Club - Fall Registration Now Open

Ages 3 – 19 (birth year 2019 – 2003). Registration window: 7/1/2021 – 7/31/2021 Questions?

info@trussvilleunitedsoccer.com or https://bit.ly/TrussvilleUnitedFall2021

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About Trussville City Schools

Trussville City Schools sits in a high-growth area of Jefferson County/Metropolitan Birmingham. Our award-winning district features motivated students, high-quality educators, and dedicated parents. We consistently rank highly on state and national levels from academics to extracurriculars to athletics.


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