In the Loop

May 6, 2021

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District/Board of Education

Trussville teachers and administrators pictured with certified therapy dogs one brown one tan - both with leashes and facing the camera

Therapy Dogs Coming to Trussville Schools

Our Certified Therapy Dogs have (almost) arrived in TRUSSVILLE!


Several years ago, before the pandemic, TCS applied to receive and home Certified Therapy Dogs from the ALSDE-sponsored program. The pandemic hit and the program was put on hold.


Late last week, HTHS and HTMS were notified the program opened back up and they were next in line for the certified therapy dogs. Both of these dogs are Labradors.


Krista DeMent (main) and Erin Piper (back up) will be the trainers from HTMS for their dog (BULLET) and Laura Stalls (main) and Amy Cane (back up) will be the trainers from the high school for their dog (SKYE). The trainers are in “training” with the dogs and graduation from the program will be Saturday, May 8, 2021.


There are multiple qualifications to receive and home the dogs and our schools met those guidelines. The schools are both thrilled they have been awarded the therapy dogs for use in their counseling/small group areas!


Head over to Instagram to follow @bullet_htms and @Skyehths

New Central Office Takes Shape

The new Trussville City Schools Central Office/Board of Education continues to make progress, despite the relentless rain. The concrete slab was poured the last week of April and vertical construction could soon begin. Most TCS departments will be under one roof once the new facility is built - the first "official" Central Office for Trussville City Schools since its inception in 2005. Funding for this project was made available through the Public School & College Authority (PSCA). See more in this construction update video.
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Courtesy Buick GMC Inc Donations Top $100,000.00 Mark

Courtesy Buick GMC Inc. delivered a another check to Trussville City Schools this week - marking an important milestone in this longstanding partnership: $100,000.00! Courtesy sets aside $50.00 for every vehicle sold, contributing that money to Trussville City Schools. The money is allocated for various academic, athletic, and extracurricular programs. We are very grateful to General Manager Drew Lolley and his team at Courtesy for their strong support of education!

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Elementary

Virtual Library Unveiled at Cahaba

The recently-completed CES Virtual Student Authors' Library contains some of the written works completed by CES virtual students. The library allows students to share their stories, read others' stories, and offer feedback to peers. There is also a read aloud feature which allows readers to have the stories read to them.


The majority of our CES Virtual Student Authors’ Library comes from our Fantasy Fiction Writing Project. See more on Cahaba Elementary School's website.

Student Input: Magnolia Marquis

Mr. Thomas will be the first to admit that keeping the marquee current is a bit of a chore, for many reasons. After testing, it was time to change the sign. Again. I loved the response I received from the students who sent me numerous quotes when I asked for them during the morning announcements. Thank you to the teachers who participated as well! I knew I couldn't select the quote, so I asked a top-secret committee to decide. Many thanks to Kim Blain, Chris Byars, Jill Christopher, Porshia Franklin, and Callie Ward for serving on this most important committee. I asked the committee to select their top five favorite quotes out of the many we received. I am proud to announce that Maggie Bell, in Mrs. Walker's homeroom, turned in the top selected quote. Maggie was able to help Mr. Thomas put her quote on the marquee. We love our Maggie! -Adapted from Dr. Faust's weekly blog.

Paine Precepts: A School Tradition

Over the past three years, Paine Elementary has established a tradition of reading a "precept" or famous quote each morning during announcements. These quotes are words by which we can all live. This year our school decided to have its 5th grade students, the leaders of the school, write their own precepts to be read over morning announcements the last half of the year. Paine counselors had a Precept Writing Party in December for each 5th grade class. Students followed the writing process to develop their precepts. The following are examples of some of the words to live by as written by Paine 5th grade students: (See the examples on Paine Elementary School's website).

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Hewitt-Trussville Middle School

2021 All-State Choral Festival

Thirteen HTMS choir students were selected from a statewide audition to participate in the 2021 All-State Choral Festival. Students selected to participate in this festival are considered to be among the best choral students in the state. This year, they traveled to the Von Braun Center in Huntsville on April 27, where they spent the day in rehearsal with nationally-renowned clinicians. The festival culminated in a livestreamed concert. See the full list of students on the HTMS website.

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Hewitt-Trussville High School

Perfect ACT Score

Congrats to #HewittTrussville Junior Christopher Mauldin who made a perfect 36 on his ACT Exam! He secured this outstanding score on the national test date of April 17. Well-done! ⚡️

Band Debuts "Latin Flavor" for Fall Program

The Hewitt-Trussville Band Programs (middle and high) stay in continuous planning mode; 2021 proves no different. To energize its members and fan base, the Hewitt-Trussville High School Band Program has released a tease video for its Fall 2021 Band Program. The goal for Friday Nights? The Marching Huskies plan to bring some "Latin flavor" to the field! See the Fall 2021 Band Preview here.

HTHS Junior Kicks Off LLS Fundraiser

A junior at Hewitt-Trussville High School is working to make a difference by participating in a fundraising competition to support the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS).


Hannah O’Kelley was nominated by the LLS board to participate in the Students of the Year program. She said the cause is dear to her heart because of her own personal experiences.


“It’s important to be because I’ve been directly impacted by the effects of cancer with my dad passing away when I was in fifth grade,” said O’Kelley. See more from The Trussville Tribune.

Superior Ratings, Perfect Scores: HTHS Bands Bring it Home

The HTHS Brands participated in the Alabama Bandmasters Association Music Performance assessment and received all superior ratings (the highest possible rating). Not only did they receive straight superior ratings, but they also had perfect scores. The Bands that participated were the Concert Band (40 students), Symphonic Band (80 students) and Wind Ensemble (60 students). This is an annual event (though this year’s event was conducted virtually). The HTHS Band Program encompasses 250 students total. See more photos here.

Mountain Bikers Take Top Spot

The Hewitt Mountain Bike Team based out of Hewitt-Trussville High School recently came in First Place at a competition at Chewacla State Park in Auburn. The course had a combination of tight and twisty single track, wide dirt roads, lots of ‘texture’ with roots, rocks and tight turns that required strong bike skills as well as a powerful set of legs. See more on the HTHS website.

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Tracking the Huskies - Highlights

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City Shout Outs...

Summer Reading Classes

The library is excited to offer in-person, drop-in, take-home kits, and virtual programming this Summer! On the TPL website is a preview of highlighted programs each department will be offering in June. Sign-up and registration for June Summer Reading programs will begin May 17th and July programming registration will begin June 14th! A complete list of Summer Reading programming happening in June and July will be available for previewing and browsing on the library's website at www.trussvillelibrary.com and through the library's social media platforms on May 17th.

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.

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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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