In the Loop
August 5, 2022
Welcome Back to School!
We are excited to begin another school year in Trussville City Schools! Our school schedule this year is the same as last year with early dismissal on Thursdays beginning August 18. Next week we will welcome almost 5,000 students to school on the following schedule:
Wednesday, August 10 – Students whose last name begins with N-Z.
Thursday, August 11 – Students whose last name begins with A-M.
Friday, August 12 – All students
This staggered start allows us to offer a warm welcome to all of our students and to give special attention to any schedule changes or unique needs they may have.
We are honored to partner with parents in educating and enriching the lives of our precious students as we begin a new school year. WELCOME TO THE 2022-23 SCHOOL YEAR!
Dr. Pattie Neill, Superintendent
Trussville City Schools
What about COVID?
Health guidelines are the same as last year if someone tests positive for COVID. Contact your school nurse immediately. Masks are allowed for anyone who wants to wear a mask.
2022-23 School Nurse Assignments
Cahaba Elementary: Amy Bonner
Magnolia Elementary School: Tresia Mize
Paine Elementary School: Beth Copham, Donna Bryan, Randa Taylor
Hewitt-Trussville Middle School: Lauren Burdette
Hewitt-Trussville High School: Dana Depew
School Safety: 2022-2023 School Year
School safety for the new school year was a topic at the TCS Board of Education meetings in the June and July. Trussville Police Chief Eric Rush and Captain Greg Cardwell addressed the Board of Education at the June meeting promising the Trussville Police Department would always “stand between evil and innocence” in Trussville City Schools and the community. Dr. Neill stated, “We have the finest police force and School Resource Officers (SROs) in the State. The Board and I would like to thank them for keeping us safe both in schools and in the community.” Trussville City Schools is very fortunate to have seven SROs for five schools.
2022-2023 School Year SRO Assignments:
SRO Supervisor: Sgt. Adam Filetti
Cahaba Elementary: Officer Bernie Antonio
Magnolia Elementary School: Officer Brandon Brown
Paine Elementary School: Officer Ron Bowen
Hewitt-Trussville Middle School: Officer Scott Smith and Sgt. Adam Filetti
Hewitt-Trussville High School: Officer Scotty Bates and Officer Jamie Goolsby
On August 3, 2022, Trussville City Schools superintendent, administrators, central office staff, counselors, and SRO’s held the annual school safety meeting to prepare for this school year. Trussville Police Lt. Phil Dillion, Trussville Fire Chief Tim Shotts, City Councilor Lisa Bright and Board of Education Member Sherrye Tolbert also participated in the 1.5 hour System Safety Team Meeting to review and clarify safety plans. Trussville City Schools is committed to providing a safe learning environment for our students, faculty and staff.
P.A.C.E. Survey - We need your input, please!!
Dear Trussville School Community,
In the fall of 2016, TCS launched our character education program known as PACE: Positive Attitude Changes Everything. At this time we are updating and relaunching our existing PACE program for the 2022-2023 school year.
PACE is a unique character education program used only in Trussville City Schools. PACE is taught throughout the year within the schools and across extracurricular activities to expose and instill good character traits in students and the school community.
You are receiving this survey because we want your input regarding the character words to be highlighted in the program each month. The 9 terms with the highest rating on the survey will be used in this unique program. Terms not rated in the top nine will be taught within the program because all of the terms are important!
Thank you for your support of Trussville City Schools and for your input on this important initiative.
Dr. Pattie Neill, Superintendent of Trussville City Schools
Dr. Rachel Poovey, Assistant Superintendent of Student Services
Below are words of choice and definitions to review for P.A.C.E. Please review these terms and click on this PACE Survey to select 9 words you believe should be used in the PACE program this year. Your input is requested by August 12 at 3:00 pm. Results will be published later in August.
Compassion: a feeling of deep sympathy and sorrow for another who is stricken by misfortune, accompanied by a strong desire to alleviate the suffering.
Cooperation: an act or instance of working or acting together for a common purpose or benefit; joint action.
Courage: the quality of mind or spirit that enables a person to face difficulty, danger, pain, etc., without fear; bravery.
Diligence: constant and earnest effort to accomplish what is undertaken; persistent exertion of body or mind.
Empathy: the psychological identification with or vicarious experiencing of the emotions, thoughts, or attitudes of another:
Fairness: the state, condition, or quality of being fair, or free from bias or injustice; evenhandedness
Forgiveness: to grant pardon for or remission of (an offense, debt, etc.); absolve.
Generosity: readiness or liberality in giving.
Good Manners: polite or well-bred social behavior.
Gratitude: the quality or feeling of being grateful or thankful
Happiness: good fortune; pleasure; contentment; joy.
Honesty: truthfulness, sincerity, or frankness.
Hope: a feeling of expectation and desire for a certain thing to happen.
Integrity: adherence to moral and ethical principles; soundness of moral character; honesty.
Kindness: of a good or benevolent nature or disposition, as a person
Love: to have a profoundly tender, passionate affection for (another person).
Loyalty: faithful adherence to a sovereign, government, leader, cause, etc.
Patience: quiet, steady perseverance; even-tempered care; diligence
Patriotism: devotion to and vigorous support for one's country.
Peace: a state of mutual harmony between people or groups, especially in personal relations
Perseverance: steady persistence in a course of action, a purpose, a state, etc., especially in spite of difficulties, obstacles, or discouragement.
Respect: esteem for or a sense of the worth or excellence of a person, a personal quality or ability, or something considered as a manifestation of a personal quality or ability
Responsibility: answerable or accountable, as for something within one's power, control, or management
Self Control: control or restraint of oneself or one's actions, feelings, etc.
Sportsmanship: exhibiting qualities especially esteemed in those who engage in sports, as fairness, courtesy, good temper, etc.
Tolerance: a fair, objective, and permissive attitude toward opinions, beliefs, and practices that differ from one's own:
Trust: reliance on the integrity, strength, ability, surety, etc., of a person or thing; confidence.
New Teacher Orientation 2022
More than 30 new-to-TCS educators gathered at the Trussville Board of Education office on August 4-5 for New Teacher Orientation. This annual orientation allows educators who are new to Trussville City Schools to soak in the culture, climate an expectations of their new school system. The educators take deep dives on everything from curriculum and instruction to technology. They also learn about policies and procedures specific to Trussville City Schools and its overall educational delivery model. We are excited to welcome these educators to our campuses as we prepare for the start of the new school year.
Community Partnerships Donate Supplies for 2022-2023 School Year
Trussville's own Amerex Corporation dropped off hundreds of bright red backpacks this week at the Trussville Board of Education/Central Office. Jacy Whitaker, Director of Human Resources, and Susan Ray, Marketing Manager, were on hand to present the backpack donation on behalf of Amerex. First Baptist Church of Trussville donated school supplies to fill the backpacks. TCS principals will work to deliver to these donations to students in need.
Registration for Free or Reduced Meals
For the past two years, the U.S. Congress funded a universal free meal program for all students as part of the federal COVID relief assistance plan. This federal free meal program expired June 30, 2022. Trussville City Schools will resume its original prices for breakfast and lunch beginning August 2022. If a student purchases a school breakfast or lunch, they will be charged according to their eligibility. Prices for school meals beginning August 2022 are as follows: Breakfast (all schools) $1.50; Elementary Lunch $2.50; Middle School Lunch $2.75; High School Lunch $2.75. Reduced-price breakfasts cost $0.30 and reduced-price lunches cost $0.40 (all schools). If families believe they are eligible for free or reduced meals, resources are available on this website. Please register now so your eligibility can be processed before school starts. If you have questions, please email CNP Director Terrie Coggins. See menus for August at https://www.trussvillecityschools.com/Menus
Campus Notes - Summer Edition
HTHS Students: Distinguished Young Women of Jefferson County
Congratulations to Anne Stewart Rogers of Hewitt-Trussville High School - Distinguished Young Woman of Jefferson County 2023! Anne was also selected as a Preliminary Talent Winner and the Overall Winner in the categories of Scholastics, Interview and Self-Expression. We want to also congratulate another HTHS student, Ella Grace Young. Ella Grace was named a First Alternate for Distinguished Young Woman of Jefferson County 2023.
Band Previews Fall Show
Hundreds of band fans converged on the Hewitt-Trussville High School campus Thursday, August 4, for the 2022 edition of the Hewitt-Trussville High School Marching Band Preview Performance. As the name implies, the annual show gives a glimpse into the program's upcoming performances and also represents culmination of the band's hard work during band camp. Mike Guzman serves as the HTHS Director of Bands, assisted by two associate directors: A.J. Adair and Shannon Moore.
HTHS Wind Ensemble Selected for Prestigious National Festival
The Hewitt-Trussville High School Wind Ensemble has been selected to perform at the 2023 Music for All National Festival, presented by Yamaha, in Indianapolis, March 31-April 2, 2023. The HTHS Wind Ensemble, under the direction of Mike Guzman, Jerry Adair and Shannon Moore, was selected following a rigorous application and audition process. The Music for All National Festival will host more than 55 high school and middle school ensembles from across the country at the 30th Annual Music for All National Festival, considered the nation’s premier non-competitive festival for scholastic instrumental music ensembles. See more on Music For All on the HTHS website.
Winn-Dixie Joins as TCS Community Partner
HTHS and HTMS have been chosen by the Winn-Dixie located at 465 Main Street in Trussville for Winn-Dixie's annual School Partnership Program. This program allows the Trussville Winn-Dixie to raise funds in support of TCS' two secondary schools. Beginning Wednesday, August 10, through Tuesday, August 30, Winn-Dixie invites our teachers, staff, students, families and community members to come shop and round up their purchases to benefit HTMS and HTHS. During this time, customers can also support your school or school district by purchasing a Community Bag with a Giving Tag. Each reusable bag comes with a $1 community giving tag, and our partnering schools will be the designated recipients of the donation for the month of August. Southeastern Grocers, parent company of the Winn-Dixie brand, is proud to partner with local schools to support the future leaders of our communities.
Tracking the Huskies: Everything HT Athletics!
- Girls Flag Football tryout information
- Husky Night
- Paws for a Cause
- Student Athletic Passes
2022 Paws for a Cause: August 13
Paws for a Cause will be here SOON! This annual fundraiser, a joint effort by the Trussville City Schools Foundation and Trussville City Schools Athletic Foundation, raises thousands of dollars for TCS. This year's event will once again be held at the Trussville Entertainment District. A Trussville-grown band, Dixie Krystal, will open the night. Tickets? Visit: Paws For A Cause - Trussville City Schools Foundation (tcsf.org)
TYCA SR2 Squad 2022 Fundraiser
The Trussville Youth Cheerleading Association (TCYA) will soon hold its 2022 fundraiser. The Little Huskies Clinic will be held on September 18 from 1-3 pm, location to be determined. The cost is $65. Little Huskies will cheer at a game the following week. Register for the TYCA Little Huskies Clinic on the Trussville Youth Cheerleading Facebook page. Don't wait - spots are limited!
Important Resources for TCS Parents & Students
The Mission of Trussville City Schools is to educate all students using high standards in a safe, nurturing environment fostering academic and career competencies that prepare them to be productive citizens.