In the Loop

January 29, 2021


District/Board of Education


Annual Evaluation: Superintendent Dr. Pattie Neill Receives Excellent Reviews

(TCS) - In her annual Superintendent’s Evaluation presented by the Board of Education on Monday, January 25, Dr. Pattie Neill received excellent reviews and an overall composite score of 96% across six critical areas of school district leadership.

Trussville City Schools (TCS) Board of Education President Kathy Brown led the annual evaluation of Dr. Neill, who is in her 9th year of serving as superintendent.

The Board evaluated Dr. Neill’s performance across six standards. See the full news release via our January 25, 2021, In The Loop Special Bulletin.

TCS 2020-2021 Bus Drivers of the Year

Trussville City Schools Transportation Coordinator Dale Posey presented the TCS 2020-2021 Bus Drivers of the Year at the January 25, 2021, Trussville Board of Education Meeting. Roger McElroy (Elementary Bus Driver of the Year/Paine ES), Les Beecham (driver)/Sheila Jones (aide) (Secondary/HTHS). Drivers are selected through a vote process that includes the input of students, parents, and community members.

New TCS Public Relations Supervisor: Jason Gaston

Trussville City Schools' new Public Relations Supervisor, Jason Gaston, comes to TCS from Hoover City Schools - where he spent nearly 14 years in a similar PR/Media Relations role. Prior to that, Jason was a TV News Reporter for ABC 33/40, WAFF 48 News (Huntsville), and WBBJ ABC 7 (Jackson, TN). A Birmingham-area native, Jason is excited to be working in K12PR - sharing the many successes of Trussville City Schools and public education in general. He is current president of the Alabama School Public Relations Association (ALSPRA) and a past national board member of the National School Public Relations Association (NSPRA). In Trussville, he will be overseeing web and social platforms, crafting In the Loop newsletters, working with school communication teams, and more. Welcome!

Quick Updates....

  1. Cafeteria Substitutes Needed! Interested? Contact CNP Coordinator Morgan Bean for more information.
  2. TCS Foundation Casino Night: In consideration of current public health guidelines, the TCS Foundation continues to map out alternate plans/dates for its popular "Casino Night." Stay tuned for forthcoming, new information!
  3. We appreciate all of the Fultondale Tornado Relief efforts underway across our school system!




Cahaba Elementary

Cahaba Elementary proudly introduces its 2021 Science Olympiad Team. Members include (some students not depicted): Coach Lisa Rish, James Banks, Jackson Frandsen, Ellie Coffman, Logan Colburn, Harrison Tyus, Ava Woodard, Shepherd Edge, Avery Santiago, Grey Jackson, Kaleb Richardson, Bradleigh Cain, Hayes Flournoy, Aaron Wilkinson, Lily Johnson, JuJu Lawrence, Becca Jenkins, Carter Cobb, Adam Gyan, Ford Rotenberry, Merritt Daniel, Emma Claire Womack, Leon Zeng, and Sadie Brown. #CESproud!

Magnolia Elementary

Magnolia Elementary students have had numerous activities since returning from Winter Break. From art to library to PE, the school stays energized throughout the day! Head over to the official Trussville City Schools Twitter page to see a short video - "A Few Minutes at Magnolia!" More News: Magnolia Tornado Relief Drive February 2-12

Paine Elementary

Students across Trussville City Schools recognized Martin Luther King, Jr. Day in various ways.

Mrs. Moore’s class at Paine Elementary was given a choice board where they could select and complete different activities to learn about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Intertwining art and history proved a fun and meaningful lesson for all students.


Middle School


HTMS Smackdown 2020-2021!

Smackdown is a legendary game in the Hewitt-Trussville Middle School Beginning Band. Check out the finalists and winners and see all of the photos via the school's Facebook page.

Are you interested in HTMS Football? See how to sign up....

Do you have a current 6th or 7th grader interested in playing football this fall?

Registration is now open via this link or the QR code to the right for the upcoming 2021 HTMS Football Season. Registration will also allow you to sign up for Remind notifications related to the HTMS Football Program. Go Huskies!

HTMS Cheerleader Tryouts

There will be a mandatory Parent Meeting on Thursday, February 4 at 6:00 pm in the HTMS gym. All pertinent information regarding tryouts will be distributed at this meeting. It is required that every cheerleader trying out and one parent or guardian be at the meeting in order to be eligible to tryout. Please wear a mask and social distance in the gym. There will be a zoom option for the meeting in case of positive COVID 19 or quarantine.

For more information, please email Head Coach Lesley Muncher. An optional pre-clinic will be held on Thursday, February 18th from 3:00 - 5:00 pm. Mandatory cheer clinic and tryouts will be the week of March 8th - 12th.


High School


Top 10 Ranking: Best High Schools For Athletes

Hail the Huskies! Hewitt-Trussville High School has been named among Alabama's 2021 Top 10 Best High Schools for Athletes by The Best High Schools for Athletes ranking is based on data from the U.S. Department of Education along with millions of reviews from students and parents. Niche's methodology comes from a variety of data streams including parent/student surveys, National Center for Education Statistics, K12 Sports Champions, athletic programs offered, quality of facilities, and more. To see more on this ranking and the full list of Alabama honorees, please visit the 2021 Best High Schools for Athletes Niche landing page.

Use Tracking the Huskies to stay on top of all-things-Huskies!

State-Bound: Hewitt-Trussville Boys Bowling

The Huskies won the opening match Thursday at the AHSAA North Regional to qualify. HT topped Spain Park by the score of 1386-1245. Brodie Payne led the team with a 207. Kyle Wright also had a strong game as he bowled a 198.

HT led by 49 pins after the traditional games. The Huskies and Jaguars tied the first Baker game, so HT maintained a 49 pin lead. Coach Tommy Abney's team then recorded a 225 Baker game to put the match out of reach.

Next week, the team will travel to Oak Mountain Lanes for the AHSAA State Championship. Eight teams will be on site to compete for the 6A-7A title. The State bracket will be released on the AHSAA website soon.

See the latest Tracking the Huskies stay tuned to for all news and notes leading up to State.

A Few Days Away: 2021 Miss Hewitt Husky Pageant

The15th Annual Miss Hewitt Husky Pageant, benefiting the Hewitt-Trussville Band Program, will be held February 6. This year, the pageant will be held in the Hewitt-Trussville High School Performing Arts Center. The registration deadline is January 30, 2021. For all registration details on this important HTHS tradition, please visit the official website.

Auditions: HTHS Color Guard and Highsteppers

There is a mandatory parent meeting on February 2, 2021 at 6:30 pm at the HTHS Performing Arts Center Theatre for anyone interested in auditioning for Color Guard or Highstepper at HTHS. For more information, please visit this link.

Virtual Meeting: Hewitt Auxiliary Parent Meeting - February 2nd

The Hewitt Auxiliary Parent Meeting will be taking place virtually on Tuesday, February 2. Please see below for access to the virtual meeting. Links will not be available until 3:15 pm on February 2nd. INSTAGRAM: @HEWITTAUXILIARY --> LINK AVAILABLE IN BIO FACEBOOK: HEWITT-TRUSSVILLE HIGH SCHOOL HUSKY BAND DIRECT LINK: HEWITT AUXILIARY VIRTUAL MEETING HEWITT AUXILIARY

Questions? Contact Sara Barriault and/or Chaney Bowers


City of Trussville Parks and Recreation


2021 Youth T-Ball League

Registration is January 1 - March 17, 2021

  • Registration Fee: $60.00 (does not include uniforms).
  • Uniforms will be purchased directly from the uniform company. More details will be sent when teams are divided.
  • Players must turn 3 years old by December 31, 2021.
  • No evaluations for this league.
  • Teams are divided by TPR Staff.
  • Coaches umpire, no scores kept.
  • Each player needs fielding glove, t-ball bat, rubber cleats or tennis shoes.
  • Practices begin in April. Games Begin in May.
  • Games will be during the week (days depend on number of teams)

Questions? Email Jerard Baker

Parks & Rec Spring Baseball Leagues

  • Ages 5-15
  • Practices will be in March/Games will start in April/Evaluations will be in February
  • Season will end in May
  • Games will be during the week with only three (3) Saturday games (days will depend on the number of teams)
  • Teams will have scheduled practices during the season
  • Evaluation days will be announced by February 11th
Registration is open
  • Early Registration until January 14th: $100
  • Regular Registration: January 15 -27: $110
  • Late Registration January 28 - February 9: $200
  • Register:
  • Uniforms will be purchased online after teams are formed. More info will be given closer to evaluations
  • Registration price DOES NOT include uniform cost.
  • For any questions, please email Jerard Baker

Youth Flag Football Registration Underway

  • January 11 - March1 via or in person at the Civic Center.
  • Cost $55 (does not include jerseys).
  • Jerseys must be purchased by the parent in person or over the phone from Hometown Sporting Goods. The deadline to order jerseys is March 19th.
  • Evaluations: March 8th 6:00 pm 6U and 7:30 pm 12U
  • March 9 6:00 pm 8U and 7:30 pm 10U
  • Age cut off date is March 1, 2021
  • Evaluations will take place inside the red gym (601 Parkway Drive)
  • Practice will start March 15th and games start March 27th

Rec Runners 2021

Trussville Presents REC RUNNERS 2021! Registration began in December and runs through March 7. Practices take place Tuesdays, Thursdays, & Saturdays. Price: $75.00 (includes uniform and one (1) meet entry fee. Practice starts March 9, 2021. This is a partnership with Hewitt-Trussville HS Track & Field Coaches and Trussville Parks and Recreation.


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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