Friday Thoughts

April 26, 2019

Did you know?

  1. I am most grateful for your love and support for our students and colleagues. This month has been full of sadness. However, we serve a mighty God!!! Don't stop believing.
  2. Testing season is over (a few make-ups) Thank you.... thank you.... thank you!!
  3. CHHS and CCHS will be traveling to Disney World for competition and 5-6 graders will be traveling to DC.... prayers for traveling grace and mercy are appreciated!!
  4. Funny..... I have lost 30 lbs simply by walking on my treadmill. I have not had any type of surgery. :) I don't have time...... LOL


2019 Student of the Year Dinner and Presentation

Congratulations to Chelsey Thorne - 2019 "Student of the Year"

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Healthcare Watch

2019 Autism Month

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a broad term used to describe a group of neurodevelopmental disorders.

These disorders are characterized by problems with communication and social interaction. People with ASD often demonstrate restricted, repetitive, and stereotyped interests or patterns of behavior.

ASD is found in individuals around the world, regardless of race, culture, or economic background. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), autism does occur more often in boys than in girls, with a 4 to 1 male-to-female ratio.

The CDC estimated in 2014 that nearly 1 in 59 children have been identified with ASD.

Career/Technical Education Spotlights

Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA)

As of today, we now have 16 CNAs! That is 100% of the CNAs in the Colbert County School System that tested for the certification passed! If you see one of these students in the next couple of days, please let them know how proud you are of them. It was not an easy test! ---Beth Brumly

Colbert County High School:

  • Heather Lansdell,

  • Aleia Kelsey,

  • Caitlin Staggs,

  • Isabella Gonzalez,

  • Angela Juarez

Colbert Heights High School:

  • Paisley Armstrong

  • Joel Rocha

  • Destiny Hairrell

  • Zach Brown

  • Savannah Berryman

  • Timothy Gipson

  • Cameron Davis

  • Isabella Meadows

  • Terah Jackson

  • Lexxi Powell

  • Ashlee Inman

Colbert County Schools' Fine Arts Department

3rd Annual Colbert County Schools Fine Arts Festival

Saturday, May 4th, 10am-3pm

Alabama Music Hall of Fame, Tuscumbia, AL, USA

We are also looking for sponsors for this event, private or business. If you or someone you know would be interested in sponsoring the festival and supporting our fine arts' students, please contact Nicholas Tyler,, or Kayla McKinney,

More information coming soon!

Colbert Heights High School

2019 Earth Day

Cherokee Elementary

"Show Me The Money"

We have a couple of shout-outs in the area of grants!! Congratulations to Mrs. Rutland on being selected by the Colbert County Educational Foundation. Also, congratulations to Mrs. Edgin on being selected by TVA for taking part in a STEM grant program. As Jerry Maguire (Tom Cruise) shouted to Rod Tidwell (Cuba Gooding Jr.) in the movie Jerry Maguire, "SHOOOOW MEEEE THE MONEEEEEEEEEEYYYYYY!!!! Congratulation again to you both. -Mr. Olivis

1st Annual Car Show Cherokee Youth Football

Saturday, May 4th, 8am-1pm

1305 North Pike

Cherokee, AL

Registration starts at 8:00 a.m.

$20 to enter

for more information:

ESL Edge - Ashley Harris Teacher

ESL students and families celebrated their success with learning English at a special event! Students showed family members how to do writing activities at fun stations. It was a great opportunity to build and strengthen relationships with families. I am so proud of my students!!!

Colbert County High School

Shoals Spark

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2019 FBLA Conference and Competition Winners

1st Place Word Processing, Kerigan Mardis

All students have qualified and been invited to the FBLA National Leadership Conference this summer in San Antonio, TX!

2019 Girls Go CyberStart Program

CCHS has a team for the 2019 Girls Go CyberStart Program. The all girl team will showcase their aptitude for cybersecurity and computer science by trying to solve a series challenges. Governor Kay Ivey encouraged young women in Alabama high schools to participate to promote girls in STEM fields.

CCHS team members:

Ashlee Jones

Ashlyn Brown

Kara Johnson

Honesty Stanley

Aubrey McCravy

Betsy Gonzalez

Jaidyn Quillen

Team Captain:

Charnell Reynolds.

Faculty advisor is Juanica Baugh and team sponsor is Sara Kennedy.

2019 FBLA Conference and Competition Winners

2nd Place Hospitality Management, Chelsea Phifer, Ashley Young

All students have qualified and been invited to the FBLA National Leadership Conference this summer in San Antonio, TX!

2019 FBLA Conference and Competition Winners

4th Place Insurance & Risk Management, Jadelyn Trice

- 3rd Place Insurance & Risk Management, Rodnesia Goodloe

All students have qualified and been invited to the FBLA National Leadership Conference this summer in San Antonio, TX!

SkillsUSA State Competition Scoring - FIREFIGHTING

Scorecard from the Firefighting competition. His final score was a 965 out of 1000 points, which was good for 8th in the State. Out of all competitors, he scored the HIGHEST on the NFPA written test.

SkillsUSA State Competition Scoring - PREPARED SPEECH - Kelly Kenney

Kelly Kenney's scorecard from Prepared Speech. She placed 6th in the state with 819 points out of 1000 possible.

Grading Policy Reminder

It is important to remember that board policy states that graded assignments should be entered into the grade book and returned to students within 5 days of the assignment. Also, 6 grades per 9 weeks are required in each subject.

Please stay current with your grades..... parents are more active and they want to see current grades. Thank you for our help in this next level of communication!!

Attendance - -Everyday is a day of Learning!!

Please continue to encourage attendance of all students everyday. I assure you that Ms. Cagle is doing all she can to get them here. When you consider the State School Report Card, nothing is more important than attendance. Yes, chronic absenteeism only counts for 15% of our score, but absenteeism is likely the largest factor in academic growth and achievement.

Technology Professional Development

Casie Barksdale - Dirctor of Technology & Integration Specialist

We have completed Google Productivity. I know the digital transition is new for the majority of faculty but they have embraced it well. The several teachers show stronger confidence in their Google knowledge and could be ready for the Level 1 Google Certification if they are willing.

If you were recommended for additional Google Level Certification, please do not hesitate to speak with your principal regarding next steps.

Human Resources & Business Office

Family Medical Leave Act

If you plan to take FMLA, please speak with Mrs. O'Connor, we have a new form that is required to be completed prior to being submitted to the board for approval.

PEEHIP members and covered spouses enrolled in PEEHIP’s Hospital Medical Group #14000 Plan have access to a 24-hour nurse line provided by ActiveHealth. Members can speak with a registered nurse 24 hours per day, 7 days per week. To reach the nurse line, call ActiveHealth at 855.294.6580.

PEEHIP Premium Assistance Program

 PEEHIP can provide some assistance to its members by giving a discount on Hospital Medical premiums based on (1) family size and (2) total combined household income. To apply for this discount, PEEHIP members must submit the Premium Assistance Application and provide a copy of your current year filed Federal Income Tax Return Transcript when you send the application to PEEHIP. Find complete information on our Premium Assistance page.

Legislative Update Local/National

Legislative Update


PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE (HB339 by Ledbetter) This bill passed the House and has been assigned to the Senate Education Policy Committee. It proposes to amend existing state law that requires schools to give students in grades K-12 the opportunity to voluntarily recite the pledge every day. The bill would change the law to say the pledge “shall be conducted” at the beginning of each school day. Sen. Steve Livingston has the Senate companion of this bill (SB258)

TEACHER RECRUITMENT AND RETENTION (HB77 by Baker) This bill received a favorable report with ALL committee members voting for it. Rep. Poole and Rep. Baker did a great job in framing the issue on why the bill was needed and solid financial data to demonstrate that the current and future ETF costs would not be excessive. As substituted and reported by the Committee on Ways and Means Education, this bill would enact the Tier III Teacher Recruitment and Retention Act by establishing a new defined benefit retirement plan for any public employee who is first hired on or after October 1, 2020, by an employer who participates in the Teachers’ Retirement System (TRS) or for any Tier II Plan member of the TRS who became employed on or after January 1, 2013, and prior to October 1, 2020. The bill allows Tier II members to opt out of Tier III membership on or before June 1, 2021. In addition, the bill provides that for pay dates beginning on or after October 1, 2020, Tier III plan members shall have 7.5% deducted from their salary. According to the actuary for the Retirement Systems of Alabama (RSA), this bill could increase the total TRS employer contributions by an estimated $16.7 million for FY 2021 (based on current payroll data), with approximately $9.8 million being paid from the Education Trust Fund appropriations to agencies/entities; and the respective estimates would fluctuate (increase/decrease) annually thereafter. This bill would increase the employer contribution rate for Tier II members by 0.64%, with the conversion of Tier II members to Tier III increasing the unfunded liability rate, for both Tier I and Tier II) by 0.07%.

Alabama State Department of Education

Colbert County Reporter

  • There's a sale going on...... everyone likes a sale!!
  • May I encourage you to renew your subscription because students from our district will be writing and editing for each distribution?
  • Please support our kids and our local paper!!!

Another great partnership!!

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Student Support Services

Character in Action

  • Elijah Brown - 5th Grade (CES)
  • Alanna Dickson - 6th Grade (CHES)
  • MJ Satchel - 12th Grade (CCHS)
  • 56 nominations from our teachers and administration! All 56 students will receive a certificate for great character from the CPC on their awards day.

High School Scholars Bowl

  • Overall Winner - Cherokee High School
  • Science Winner - Dalton Myrick (CHHS)
  • Math Winner - Thomas Roden (CHHS)
  • Language Arts - Mark Jones (CHS)
  • Social Studies - Allen Haley (CHS)
  • All- Star - Allen Haley (CHS)

Pre-K Completion Ceremony

Sunday, May 19th, 2pm

503 South Wilson Dam Road

Muscle Shoals, AL

Academic Competitions

Valedictorian/Salutatorian Luncheon

Tuesday, May 14th, 11:30am

312 North Montgomery Avenue

Sheffield, AL

Colbert County Honor’s Night

Thursday, May 16th, 6pm

503 South Wilson Dam Road

Muscle Shoals, AL

The Bicentennial Recall LaGrange

Friday, May 3rd, 10am to Sunday, May 5th, 11pm

Lagrange College Road

Leighton, AL

Friday, May 3 will be School Day for educational tours, hay rides.

The park will open at 9 am on Friday for School Day.

Reservations: 256-702-9799 or call Colbert County Tourism 256-383-0783

Education Foundation/Grant Opportunities

Belk Charity Sale

25% off rarely discounted designer brands....the education foundation will earn $5 for every ticket sold. We get 100% of the profit....

Do the math:

If every student sold/purchased a $5 ticket, $13,000 would be earned.

If every employee sold/purchased one $5 ticket, $2,000 would be earned.

Let's do this....

Belk Charity Sale

Saturday, May 4th, 7am-9pm

301 Cox Creek Parkway

Florence, AL

First time ever!!! Shop All Day & Save!!


"Show Me The Love" Payroll deduction is still available. Did you know if EVERY employee donated $5 per month, the foundation would earn $25,000 per year? Guess what? the funds go directly into the exceptions!!!

Names of new and current payroll deductions will be put into a drawing for $500 classroom drawing...The drawing will be held at Honor's Night, May 16th at CCHS.

Please contact Nancy O'Connor for payroll deduction. :)


University of North Alabama

UNA Homecoming 2019

Saturday, Sep. 28th, 3pm

1 Harrison Plaza

Florence, AL

HC Alumni Awards banquet will be on Friday, September 27, 2019, at 6:00 p.m. in the GUC banquet halls. More detailed info.

Next Level of Instruction:

Financial Literacy

Business Highlight

2019 Corporate Sponsors

Special thanks to our community partners for supporting professional development and for believing in our school system:

Gold Partner:

Mr. & Mrs. Charles Anderson

Medical Associates of the Shoals

Silver Partner:

First Metro Bank

Bronze Partner:

J.T.Ray Company


North Alabama Gas District

Lanier Ford Shaver & Payne, P.C.

Valley Credit Union

Legal Shield

Community Sponsor:

Cherokee Auto Part

Wittichen Supply Company

Lewis Electric Supply Company

Non-Profit Support with H & R Block

It's easy..... Just tell your tax preparer at H & R Block which school you would like to support!!

In order to be awarded the additional grant funds, the top schools must reach $500, LES and CCHS you got it!!

1st place an additional $2000

2nd place an additional $1000

3rd place an additional $500

Please contact Lydina South Bennett (CCHS Alumni)

Master Tax Advisor

Muscle Shoals


Important Dates

Graduation Dates and Times

Colbert County High School

Thursday, May 23rd, 6pm

2200 High School Street

Leighton, AL

Sam E. Sherrod Gymnasium

Cherokee High School

Friday, May 24th, 6pm

850 High School Drive

Cherokee, AL

Colbert Heights High School

Friday, May 24th, 7:30pm

6825 Woodmont Drive

Tuscumbia, AL

Love Notes

  • Happy Birthday and Happy Anniversary to all those who are celebrating in the month of April!!
  • Unspoken prayer request for students, faculty, and staff.
  • Please continue to keep the following staff members lifted: If your heart desires, please send a card. Invite your students to send a card...
  • Aubrey Kimbrough.... please him and wife family in your thoughts and prayers.
  • Louis Delbert.... fighting hard every day with a smile!!
  • Sandra Cooper (CCHS)...... at home and gaining strength
  • Beth Brickner (HES).......Please send prayers her way!!
  • Mrs. Meade (LES)..... is recovering from surgery.
  • Laura Peden - (CES) and her husband are expecting their baby boy!!
  • Karly Herring (LES) & Adam Herring (CHES) are expecting their second boy!!
  • Ashley Isbell - (HES) and her husband are expecting their second boy!!
  • Natalie Abrams - (LES) and her husband are expecting a baby boy!!

Dr. Gale Denise Story-Satchel

One Team...One Goal....Our Legacy!!


"Let's walk by faith and not by sight."