In the Loop

April 23, 2021


District/Board of Education

State of the System: Trussville Area Chamber April 2021 Luncheon

Trussville City Schools (TCS) Superintendent Dr. Pattie Neill delivered the annual "State of the Schools" address to the Trussville Area Chamber of Commerce at its April luncheon, sponsored by the Trussville City Schools Foundation.

From operating schools during a pandemic to academic and athletic successes, Dr. Neill addressed approximately sixty Chamber members at Ferus’ large, outdoor pavilion in downtown Trussville.

The overview provided attendees a view of how Trussville City Schools provided K-12 families multiple learning options as the 2020-2021 School Year began back in August. Read more.

P.A.C.E. Word of the Month: "Peace"

The P.A.C.E. (Positive Attitudes Change Everything) Character Trait of the Month is "PEACE." Peace is "...proving you care more about each other than winning an argument." The TCS Character Education Initiative is a major component of the district's Anti-Bullying Program. Defining the skills of character that are universally accepted as being good is a complex task. As part of our diversity plan, we also wanted to ensure the character education program reflects those skills of character that transcend cultural differences and are widely accepted by our community.

Buy a Brick: TCS Foundation Fundraiser

Each brick in front of the HT Football Stadium represents a student, family, or business and together these bricks represent a community of Hewitt-Trussville Huskies! Bricks make a great graduation gift, or end of the year school gift for only $50 each. Deadline? April 30th - with a May/June 2021 install. See more at:

School Superintendents of Alabama Recognizes TCS Senior

Senior Kirsten Walls has been awarded a SSA (School Superintendents of Alabama) scholarship. Walls plans to attend Jeff State/UAB and major in education. Walls and other SSA Scholarship winners were selected by the Superintendents who were chosen for the SSA/Schneider Electric Superintendent of the Year Award (which includes Dr. Pattie Neill, TCS Superintendent and District V Superintendent of the Year). See the full press release here.

Student-Athletes Recognized by City Leaders

Hewitt-Trussville High School Lady Huskies Basketball players were recognized April 13 before the Trussville City Council with an official proclamation. Proclamation 2021-05 proclaimed the highlights of an incredible season for the Lady Huskies, which saw a school best record of 29-5. Additionally, the Council highlighted Coach Tonya Hunter's Alabama Sports Writers Association (ASWA) Coach of the Year Award as well as senior guard Amiya Payne's ASWA 1st Team All-State Honors.



Auburn 2021: Cahaba Elementary Science Olympiad Team

Auburn University's 2021 Science Olympiad Competition saw two virtual teams from Cahaba Elementary this month - teams that delved deep in order to expand their knowledge of science. Students showcased their work in the school cafeteria and tests have been sent to Auburn for judging. What all did they learn? From flora/fauna in the Gulf of Mexico to digestive systems, the list was long! Learn more about Cahaba Elementary's Science Olympiad here.

ACAP 2021: Paine Elementary "Lets it Go" and "Gets Back Up Again"

The Alabama Comprehensive Assessment Program (ACAP) Summative is in the rearview mirror for Trussville students. With that, comes celebration! Paine Elementary School Faculty & Staff released two videos ahead of ACAP testing to boost morale and raise awareness. The ACAP Summative is administered statewide each spring, assessing various content areas. TCS educators instruct according to the Alabama Course of Study and integrate their own innovative curricular practices. Throughout the year, they always keep standardized tests in mind, such as the ACAP summative. These exams capture important snapshots of student achievement. Watch "Let it Go" and "Get Back Up Again."

Magnolia Plants Poetry Tree for K-5

Leafing through poetry takes on a whole new meaning at Magnolia. In recognition of National Poetry Month, students participated in a collaborative poetry writing opportunity: a Poetry Tree. First-grade teacher Tiffany Reed's stunning Poetry Tree silhouette and fifth-grade teacher Mary Catherine Galloway's hand-calligraphed leaves set the stage to let students' creativity truly shine. Students in all grade levels and staff members enjoy stopping by the Poetry Tree to read and discuss original poems - and write on the colorful leaves. A love and appreciation of writing and verse is celebrated as the Poetry Tree spreads its vibrant branches across the walls. See more on the Poetry Tree.


Hewitt-Trussville Middle School

HTMS Theatre Presents: "School House Rock Live! (Jr.)!"

HTMS Theatre Department presents Schoolhouse Rock Live Jr.

Shows are Friday, April 23, 7:00; Saturday, April 24, 10:00 and 7:00, and Sunday April 25, 2:00. Limited tickets will be available at the door for $5 each. Masks are required.

HTMS winners of Homewood Library Student Art Contest

Three Hewitt-Trussville Middle School students recently placed in the annual Homewood K-12 Student Art Contest. Ivanna Martinez Carranza (8th grade), Claire Chen (7th grade), and Anna Boutwell (8th grade) were all noted for their exceptional work. For the first time ever, the competition was virtual. Judges selected various entries from dozens of metro Birmingham art students. See the winners and artwork.


Hewitt-Trussville High School

HTHS Student Wows Judges in Business Plan Challenge

Junior Barrett Willingham placed among the state's top students in the 2021 Business Plan Challenge, held this week (virtually). The annual event allows students to showcase real business plans (financials, slides, videos, etc.) before a panel of community business leaders. Willingham's entry, trashCAN, landed him 5th Place overall, earning him a $700.00 scholarship.

Scholars Bowl Wins District Tournament Pool

The HTHS Varsity Scholars Bowl Team earned an automatic bid into the 2021 ASCA State Championship as well as the 2021 NAQT National Championship and the 2021 National Academic Challenge. The Scholars Bowl team looks forward competing in the upcoming ASCA State Championship Tournament on May 15, 2021. The team, led by Josh Haynes, competed in the 2021 ASCA Virtual District Tournament in early March - a successful showing that earned the team spots in the upcoming tournaments. The team, led by seniors J.P. Campbell and Evan Moore, defeated Vestavia Hills High School and Spain Park High School en route to winning its pool.


Tracking the Huskies - Highlights


City Shout Outs...

Trussville Public Library: Free ACT Prep Class

Free ACT Prep class on Saturday, May 22nd from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. The class will be held online and conducted via ZOOM. Please follow the link for more information and to sign-up:

Community Shred Day

Free secure document shredding from the convenience of your car.

Friday, April 30, 2021

Trussville Civic Center

5381 Trussville Clay Road, Trussville, Alabama


Shredding is limited to two container/bags per vehicle. Paper only. No electronics, please.

For everyone’s safely social distancing will be enforced. Info? Trussville Chamber office at 205-655-7535

Taste of Trussville

Sample signature dishes from area restaurants and bakeries.

Thursday, May 6, 2021

Trussville Civic Center


Tickets are $15 in advance and $25 at the door.

Tickets can be purchased online at or at the chamber office (400 Main Street)

Presenting sponsor: TurnerBatson


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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