In the Loop

September 17, 2021

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District News

Criminal "Challenge" Sweeping TikTok

Parents Please Be Aware: "Devious Licks" is the name of an absurd new challenge that has been trending on the popular social media app TikTok. The "goal" of this latest challenge is for students to either damage school property or steal items and post videos of it online - all in an attempt to go viral. Trussville City Schools has experienced vandalism in connection with this challenge. It's important to note that as with all misconduct, students caught will be met with swift and decisive sanctions according to the TCS Code of Student Conduct. Moreover, any students caught vandalizing TCS Board property could also face criminal charges through the Trussville Police Department. This is a "social media challenge" that TCS does NOT take lightly. Please help us encourage all students to practice common sense, responsibility, and good character. It would be helpful if you would monitor your child's social media activities. Should a person become aware of vandalism/misconduct related to this or any other challenge, we encourage bystanders/witnesses to report the activity to school authorities immediately.


Thank you for your help as a valuable partner in teaching good citizenship to our students.


Dr. Pattie Neill
Superintendent

Grades/Attendance/Schedule/more: Download the PowerSchool APP

The new state-manded Student Information System (SiS) for all Alabama school systems is PowerSchool. It was rolled out for this school year - and TCS parents might be interested to know it comes with a free mobile app. Search "PowerSchool" in your favorite app store to download the app. TCS' district code is WNNJ. Select that you are a parent. Login using your username and password that was created when you first established your parent portal account. The PowerSchool APP proves extremely helpful for parents. It tracks your child's current grades, missing assignments, schedule, attendance, and more.


As a reminder, 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 have been 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.

Weekly Update on COVID19

(TCS) - We are rounding out the first six weeks of the new school year and we want to thank you for your continued patience as we make in-person learning a priority for our students during continued coronavirus uncertainty. The academic, social, and emotional benefits of being in school among peers are unquestioned.


As a reminder, Trussville City Schools (TCS) follows the Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) Toolkit. In particular, the ADPH Toolkit relies on the 6/15 rule to prevent exposure. That means there are times at school when masks are required - such as when students and/or employees are within six (6) feet of each other for fifteen (15) minutes or longer. There are also federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) regulations mandating masks on all school buses.


Our school administrators, faculty, nurses, and staff work tirelessly each school day to enforce the ADPH Toolkit guidelines and keep students safe. This year, many of our employees and students (12 and older) are vaccinated, which adds another layer of protection from exposure that we did not have last year.


Reducing exposure to COVID-19 is paramount in all settings inside and outside of schools, and in the community. We encourage everyone to be careful at all times and understand that masks are an important layer of protection in mitigating COVID-19. Please continue to encourage your students to do the following:


  1. Do not come to school if you have any COVID symptoms

  2. Bring a mask every day

  3. Wear a mask as instructed by your teacher or principal

  4. Masks are required on school buses


Examples of when masks are not worn include the following examples:


  • Outdoor, socially-distanced activities.

  • Eating breakfast or lunch in the cafeterias.

  • 5-minute class changes in the upper grades.

  • Individuals 6 feet or more from others.

  • A photo opp where students are asked to briefly lower/remove masks.


Anyone may access the ADPH Schools K12 COVID Dashboard here.

"SAFE Schools" Graphic - Stay home if sick, Avoid close contact with others, Follow ADPH Toolkit, Eligible persons get vaccine

TCSF Foundation Welcomes New Website

Trussville City Schools Foundation (TCSF) has launched a brand new website: a transition needed in order to stay up-to-date and further brand, publicize, and position the Foundation. It took a little more than 12 hours of intensive work to build the new website and provide updated and relevant content to site visitors. The buildout includes website links to each of our corporate sponsors, an online application for MUSH Grants for our TCS teachers, our yearly community fundraisers, a photo gallery of TCSF events, and ways to contribute financially to the Foundation.

The mission of the Trussville City Schools Foundation is to mobilize community support and secure resources from individuals, corporations, and foundations for the support of the school system that will stimulate each student to reach his or her fullest potential. Join us in this endeavor, as we invest in our future, today, tomorrow, and together! - TCSF Foundation

New Central Office Taking Shape

If you travel Highway 11 (Gadsden Highway/Main Street), you've likely seen the new TCS Central Office/Board of Education rising upward. Construction has accelerated, thanks in part to cooperative weather. Current progress points of construction include: the AC unit curbs have been installed and the unit itself should arrive in October; brickwork is complete and rock work has begun; first-floor sheetrock is nearing completion, and HVAC ductwork installation is now underway on the second floor. Turn lane installation is also underway. This facility will be the first-ever "official" Central Office for TCS since its inception. The new facility brings together a number of district departments currently housed in other locations. The target completion for this new facility is February 2022.

F.C.C. Launches Temporary Internet Assistance Program

The Federal Communications Commission has launched a temporary program to help families and households struggling to afford Internet service during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Emergency Broadband Benefit provides a discount of up to $50 per month toward broadband service for eligible households and up to $75 per month for households on qualifying Tribal lands. Eligible households can also receive a one-time discount of up to $100 to purchase a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet from participating providers. Eligible households can enroll through a participating broadband provider or directly with the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) using an online or mail in application. You can learn more about the benefit, including eligibility and enrollment information, by visiting www.fcc.gov/broadbandbenefit, or by calling 833-511-0311

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School News

Country Roads Take Me Home: Homecoming 2021

"Country Roads Take Me Home" is the theme for the 2021 Homecoming at Hewitt-Trussville High School (HTHS). The week culminates with a Homecoming parade on September 23, 2021, at 4:00 p.m. The route takes the parade along Parkway Drive, Highway 11, and North Chalkville Road. Please make plans to join us for this great annual event!

Bass Fishing World Champions Net $400,000.00+ in Scholarship Offers

The World Champions of Bass Fishing are docked right here in Trussville...Hewitt-Trussville High School, to be exact. Expert anglers Andrew Jones and Carson Underwood captured this coveted title at a summer competition in South Carolina. For their skilled casting, the boys have netted nearly a half-million dollars in college scholarship offers. Jones and Underwood were recognized by the TCS Board of Education at the August Regular Meeting of the Board. The duo is part of the Hewitt-Trussville High School Fishing Team. See coverage of these top anglers in The Tribune.

Kindergarten "Handwriting Boot Camp" Graduates at Magnolia Elementary

Magnolia Elementary School recently celebrated its kindergartners as they graduated from "Handwriting Boot Camp." According to school leaders, "...(1st-5th grade) students were so excited to cheer on our kindergarten students as they showed off their best handwriting skills." The Boot Camp has become an annual tradition at Magnolia Elementary School and as evidenced by its name, showcases the achievements and accomplishments of students as they master the all-important, fundamental skill of handwriting. Check out photos and videos of the Handwriting Boot Camp on Magnolia Elementary School's Facebook page.

Leadership HTHS Visits TCS Central Office

Leadership HTHS recently visited the TCS Central Office as part of its Education Day. This is a student leadership group comprised of seniors at Hewitt-Trussville High School. Similar to adult-level Leadership Classes (i.e., Leadership Birmingham, Leadership Shelby), Leadership HTHS seeks to better understand all the facets of the Trussville community - including business, government, healthcare, and education. For Education Day, the group made a number of visits. At Trussville City Schools Central Office/Board of Education, the group was welcomed by Superintendent Dr. Pattie Neill. Dr. Neill introduced her cabinet-level staff which included representatives from Curriculum & Instruction, Student Services, Finance, Athletics, and Communications. Students were able to hear from each of these representatives and asked questions about the different operational areas of the school system. HTHS business teacher Mrs. Amber Benson serves as the faculty sponsor for Leadership HTHS.

Middle School Notes of Interest

HTMS Theatre Spring Show Interest Meeting: Sept. 24
  • HTMS Auditorium during HT time
  • Students need to bring their phone to capture a QR code OR go to Mrs. Bruno's TCS website for a direct link to the audition website. The spring show is open to all 6th, 7th, and 8th graders!


Middle School Boys Golf Team Tryouts:

  • Any 7th/8th-grade boys interested in signing up for the Middle School Boys Golf Team may do via this link.
  • Tryouts will be October 18-21. Golfers must be 100% in DragonFly in order to tryout.
  • Please contact Mr. Eric McGuyer with questions about tryouts

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HT Athletics

Tracking the Huskies

In this week's Tracking the Huskies:


  • Football Goes on the Road to Face Top-Ranked Thompson
  • Volleyball Ramps Up Season
  • HT Gear Online Stores
  • Cross Country: Meet Recap


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 Notices

JOIN THE GIRL SCOUTS

Come experience an afternoon at Camp Coleman and all it has to offer!

For more information contact:

Anne Smith / 205-453-9511 / tsmith@girlscoutsnca.org

Sunday September 19, 2021

1p-4p at 7717 Northlake Drive, Trussville 35173


JOIN THE 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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