In the Loop

September 3, 2021

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District News

TCS Grows for 2021-2022 School Year

Initial enrollment/attendance snapshots indicate growth across Trussville City Schools for the start of the 2021-2022 School Year. As of the week of August 30-Sept 3, there are 4,947 students in PreK-12. This represents a 15% growth in enrollment since 2010 - and falls in line with new Census data that shows brisk growth for the City of Trussville. Trussville is now positioned among the state's fastest growing cities with a 31% growth rate from the 2010 Census to the 2020 Census. We are working in step with the city council and the mayor to be sure Trussville City Schools attributes to the growth and the needs of this outstanding city!

Alabama K12 COVID-19 Dashboard

Alabama school systems, including TCS, are reporting positive COVID-19 cases to the Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH). These numbers will be available statewide beginning September 8 on the K12 COVID Dashboard (some numbers are now live on the dashboard). The numbers on the dashboard represent weekly reports from all Alabama school systems based on information from parents. TCS does not test for COVID-19. Our school nurses upload numbers to the ADPH School Dashboard every Tuesday by 3:00 p.m.


See links to this dashboard and other resources on this ADPH webpage. On this webpage click "View Alabama's K-12 COVID-19 School Dashboard."

New Information: TCS Advanced COVID Response Plan

In conjunction with the above ADPH K12 COVID Dashboard, TCS monitors COVID numbers daily. Our current COVID Response Plan includes Quarantine Facilitators (QFs). These are teachers who have signed up for extra duty to assist students per grade level who may be out of school up to 14 days. Now that we are getting deeper into the school year, we have an Advanced COVID Response Plan:


ADVANCED COVID RESPONSE PLAN:
If we have an outbreak of several positive cases in one contained group, the following scenarios could occur:

1) An entire class may need to change from face to face to remote learning at home through the Schoology platform for two weeks,

2) An entire school may need to change from face-to-face to remote learning for two weeks using the same Schoology platform.


How would we manage that?

In the case of a whole class or school closure, teachers would access archived lessons in Schoology for 2 weeks, or teachers can upload new lessons into Schoology. Students would need their Chromebooks at home for the delivery of information, homework, grades, and contact with their teacher. This would be similar to the work of virtual teachers last year.


How do we keep face-to-face learning and avoid remote learning?
Follow the ADPH Toolkit and understand that the best way to stay in school is to socially distance as much as possible, wear a mask according to the 6/15 rule, continue cleaning and hand sanitizing protocols, and get vaccinated if eligible.


We know many employees and many students are vaccinated. School operations are back to normal as much as possible. Vaccinations, masks and social distancing are key components in helping TCS stay in a normal routine.

Masks

As a specific reminder about masks, students must bring a mask each school day. There are times throughout the school day where masks will be necessary, including - but not limited to - times when students are within six (6) feet of each other for 15 minutes or more. This is known as the 6/15 rule. Additionally, all school systems with bus service are under a federal mask mandate from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This means all drivers and students must wear masks during school bus transport, per CDC guidelines.


It is important to enforce proper mask-wearing in our schools according to the ADPH guidelines. We appreciate the cooperation of our students, parents and employees in all of our COVID mitigation efforts.


Masks join other preventative measures, including social distancing, enhanced personal hygiene, plexiglass, and more. Moreover, we always ask that sick students (and employees) stay home and that these measures are followed outside of school hours when families take part in community activities. Our mitigation success within school hours is highly dependent on activities external to the school day.

Capital Projects Update

A new elementary school and a new wing for Hewitt-Trussville High School are among the two headlining items in the FY22 Capital Plan, brought before the Trussville City Board of Education at its August Regular Meeting. Though it's unlikely construction on either of those two projects will begin any time soon, any project *must* be listed on a school system's capital plan in order for a system to have the legal authority to begin construction. A new elementary school is needed in northeast Trussville in order to accommodate growth surrounding the current Paine Elementary School zone. The footprint for a third wing at HTHS is already in place and has been a part of that campus' master plan since its construction in the mid 2000s. Among other items on the district's capital plan: new Central Office, new tennis courts at Hewitt-Trussville Middle School, new LED stage lighting for the auditoriums at HTMS/HTHS, and more.

PowerSchool Parent Portal Access Information

PowerSchool allows parents to create a single sign on account where they can add and then view all their student’s information in their single login account (even if the students attend different schools). When a parent’s single sign on account is created, an access code and password for each student must be entered. These codes will be provided to you from each school where you have a child enrolled. Please follow these instructions carefully to create and link your students to your account. Access the Parent Portal via this link, which is also linked on the District and school websites.

Character Education Program and a message from the Superintendent

To Trussville Families,


Thank you for helping Trussville City Schools be resilient as a community of excellence. During times of uncertainty and unknown, I want to commend all of our students, teachers and parents as we work together to navigate an unexpected round of COVID-19 this year.


During the first year of the pandemic, many of us experienced loss in a variety of ways; loss of jobs, loss of income; loss of loved ones, loss of face-to-face connections, loss of predictable routines, to name a few. Our character is truly tested in times such as these.


Let’s join our counselors and students each month in becoming more resilient than we ever imagined by taking the initiative to practice good character in all we say and do. It is more important than ever to be kind, respectful and understanding as we endure unexpected disruptions in this global pandemic. Working together means winning together!


We are Trussville strong, and we can emerge from this better and wiser than when it all started in March 2020. Let’s consider our character program as a way to support each other, lift one another up and stay confident and courageous in our quest to have a happy, healthy, productive school year.


Sincerely,

Dr. Pattie Neill


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The P.A.C.E. (Positive Attitudes Change Everything) character trait for September 2021 is "Initiative" - or seeing what needs to be done and doing it. P.A.C.E. has been - and will continue to serve as Trussville City Schools' official character education program. A new character trait is introduced each month and highlighted in various ways throughout Trussville schools. Be on the lookout for these monthly character traits, which showcase the qualities we expect our students to learn, explore, and ultimately exhibit.


August - Wisdom: Finding out what you should do and doing it

September - Initiative: Seeing what needs to be done and doing it

October - Individuality: Discovering who you are meant to be so you can make a difference

November - Contentment: Deciding to be happy with what you have

December - Service: Lending a hand to help someone else

January - Self-Control: Choosing to do what you should do even when you don’t want to

February - Compassion: Caring enough to do something about someone else’s need

March - Cooperation: Working together to do more than you can do alone

April - Hope: Believing that something good can come out of something bad

May - Perseverance: Refusing to give up when life gets hard

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School News

Magnolia Elementary: Morning Meetings & Building Relationships

Rise and shine takes on a whole new meaning at Magnolia this school year! Principal Dr. Phyllis Faust, who conducted her research dissertation on the topic of student belonging, championed the implementation of school-wide morning meetings to begin each school day on a bright, optimistic note. “Class meetings could be held for anything - discussing the day, discussing student work, discussing a new classroom procedure, discussing a problem, etc.” explained Dr. Faust. “As you can see, classroom meetings can be about anything and everything.” Dancing, singing, written and oral communication, and most of all, meaningful relationship building can be observed in classrooms during Morning Meetings.


Each teacher at Magnolia puts a unique and personalized spin on Morning Meetings. Kindergarten Teacher Rebecca Waylander ends each of her meetings with a hand-written letter that she reads to her students. The letter contains special parts of the upcoming day and incorporates important skills the students will find interesting and applicable to their lives. Second Grade Teacher, Emily Wolfe, always includes a question of the day and the choral reading of poetry in her meetings. Fourth Grade Teacher, Anna Walker, enjoys leading her students in a game of “Would You Rather?” to learn more about the students in her class. During this game, students vote on two scenarios by holding up either a “thumbs up” or a “thumbs down” and share information important to them.


Magnolia Elementary School’s Morning Meetings, held the first 15 minutes of each day, set the stage for learning by building community and truly put into reality the following quote by Dr. Faust: “It doesn't matter what the grade level is—relationships matter.”

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Tracking the Huskies

In this week's Tracking the Huskies:


  • Huskies Host Spain Park - Region Play Begins
  • Cross Country Season-Opening Event
  • Annual "Come Cheer With Us" Date Announced


See more in this week's Tracking the Huskies!

Husky Hoops: Fall Events

HUSKY HOOPS Fall Events (Wednesday Nights) September 15th thru October 27th:

• Skill Sessions 6-7 PM : $10 per session

• 3 on 3 League 7-8:30 PM : $20 total to be in the league (3 on 3 League is only in October)

2nd-6th Grade Boys; Bryant Bank Arena; free for Husky Hoops Members with Annual Pass. Register here if you haven't attended any previous Husky Hoops events. Questions? Contact: Coach Jeff Baker jeff.baker@trussvillecityschools.com

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Community Events

TRUSSVILLE CITY FEST - September 11, 2021

The festival will be set up all throughout the city. Starting near the new entertainment district (101 Beech Street) and ending at Veteran's Park (90 Parkway Drive, Trussville). See more info on the Trussville Chamber of Commerce website.


JOIN CUB SCOUTS TODAY at pack216.org

or SIGN-UP IN PERSON on September 9th between 6:30pm - 7:30pm

at 601 Parkway Drive (Next to the Red Gym)

Email questions to packleadership216@gmail.com

Pack 216 has been chartered through Trussville Parks and Recreation since 1955.

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