In the Loop

April 30, 2021

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District/Board of Education

America's Best High Schools: Hewitt-Trussville

Based on its admirable college-readiness factors, rigorous curricula, math/reading proficiency rankings, graduation rate, and other factors, Hewitt-Trussville High School has placed among U.S. News & World Report’s Best High Schools for 2021.


“We are very proud of the continued accomplishments of our students, faculty, and staff,” Hewitt-Trussville High School Principal, Mr. Tim Salem, said. “We establish clear expectations for learning outcomes through engaging and relevant learning experiences and effective, student-centered instructional strategies.” Read more on America's Best High Schools.

Bill & Liz Roberts Scholarship Awards

Four Hewitt-Trussville High School seniors have earned a Bill and Liz Roberts Character Scholarship. Winners this year are: Hallie Bender, Sadie Logan, Alexander Jones, and James Naylor. In addition to good academic and social standings, the students had to write an essay to be considered for the Bill and Liz Roberts Character Scholarship.


The scholarship began last year. According to its criteria, it awards one male and one female $2,500.00 each. This year (and last year), a total of four students secured the scholarship money. Bill Roberts is a past Board Member and Board President of the Trussville City Board of Education.

Last Day (April 30th) for TCS Foundation Bricks!

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: https://polarengraving.com/TCSF

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Elementary

Oregon Teacher Connects with Magnolia Students

In response to an invitation to participate in Magnolia's month-long Celebration of Words, highly skilled author, illustrator, and science teacher, Taylor Morrison, who trained at the Rhode Island School of Design, gave a personalized video message to Magnolia students. After reading his book, Civil War Artist, Magnolia fifth graders viewed Mr. Morrison's video message. In this message, Mr. Morrison showed students artifacts such as Turkish boxwood, newspapers from the 1800s, and an electrotype plate used in the research for his book. Finally, students learned facts about the process of electrotyping, valuable in the printing of newspapers in the past. After hearing his message, Magnolia fifth graders wrote letters to Mr. Morrison and to the students in his science classes at Five Oaks Middle School in Oregon. Magnolia students look forward to reading the responses in the days to come.

Bee-Bots in Motion at Cahaba

Bee-Bots have received full charges and can be seen zig-zagging the floors of select Cahaba Elementary classrooms, thanks to a grant from the Trussville City Schools Foundation. According to Terrapin's website, Bee-Bot is a simplified Logo turtle for the youngest students. Designed for students in kindergarten through second grade, Bee-Bot may be programmed to move forward and back and turn left and right by pressing the corresponding arrow keys on its back. The goal? Bee-Bots help students learn to code and program, employing various STEM skills. See a brief video clip of Cahaba Bee-Bots on the TCS Instagram page. The TCS Foundation will unveil a video this summer highlighting grants across the district.

ACAP is Over: Breakfast at Paine

First Baptist Church Trussville treated Paine Elementary School Faculty and Staff to a delicious breakfast after the completion of 2021 ACAP testing (Alabama Comprehensive Assessment Program/Summative). It represented a great community partnership and an excellent pick-me-up event following the strenuousness of testing! See all photos from this event.

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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 students who were selected to perform.

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Hewitt-Trussville High School

Success at Shocco Springs: '21 Leadership Retreat

HTHS held its annual Student Leadership Retreat at Shocco Springs this past weekend. Sixty-three junior and senior students were selected to attend the retreat based on faculty nominations. The retreat is led by the Student Leadership Team, a group of senior students who attended the retreat last year and train to serve as group leaders. Students participate in team building activities, leadership lessons, and fun competitions. This year's retreat was led by the following faculty mentors: Dana DePew, Carrie Jones, April Howell, Tim Meacham, Tommy Abney, and Christian DePew. See more retreat photos.

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 team's Facebook page.

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Tracking the Huskies - Highlights

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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 from 9a-1p.

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

5:30-8pm

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

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

Presenting sponsor: TurnerBatson

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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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