In the Loop
May 6, 2021
District/Board of Education
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!
New Central Office Takes Shape
Courtesy Buick GMC Inc Donations Top $100,000.00 Mark
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).
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.
Hewitt-Trussville High School
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
Tracking the Huskies - Highlights
City Shout Outs...
Summer Reading Classes
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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