In the Loop

April 2, 2021

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District/Board of Education

TCS Student Artists: Artwork Heads to State Competition

Two TCS students have been honored for their outstanding artwork through the 2021 District 4A Visual Arts Achievement Program (VAAP)/BHM Museum of Art.


Hewitt-Trussville Middle School 8th grader Sydney Boggess has been recognized for her mixed-media drawing, Pomegranate (Free Choice, Group 1). Hewitt-Trussville High School senior Kyla Cherry has been recognized for her photograph, Stripes (Photography, Group 2). The Visual Arts Achievement Program invites student artists to submit artwork representing a variety of genres. District 4A winners advance to state-level recognition, organized by the Alabama State Council on the Arts. This year's program awarded 17 students out of 237 total submissions.


See all VAAP District 4A 2021 winners.

Storm Shelters: Volunteers Needed

Four Trussville City Schools campuses (Cahaba, Magnolia, Paine, and HTMS) all serve as community-wide storm shelters when severe weather strikes outside of school hours. Currently TCS employees staff the shelters, yet we welcome community volunteers to help us open, staff, and close the shelters when severe weather threatens Trussville. If you are interested in training to become a TCS Storm Shelter Volunteer, please contact TCS Public Relations Supervisor Jason Gaston at the TCS Board of Education: 205-228-3000.

Coach of the Year: Tonya Hunter

The Alabama Sports Writers Association (ASWA) has named Coach Tonya Hunter as the Class 7A 2021 Alabama Coach of the Year. Hunter, head coach for the Hewitt-Trussville High School Girls Basketball Team, was notified in late March of this prestigious honor. ASWA also named Amiya Payne and Jordan Hunter as part of its Class 7A Girls All-State Teams. Hunter and her student-athletes capped off an amazing 2020-2021 basketball season with a strong showing at the 2021 7A AHSAA State Championship Game in February. Follow Coach Hunter on Twitter.

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Elementary

Math Skills Camp: Paine Elementary

Dr. Lothspeich & Dr. Brumlow (who are both former math coaches) will be facilitating math skills camps in the Paine Elementary Media Center on Monday, 4/5 and Tuesday, 4/6. This is for students in grades 3-5 who would benefit from extra practice or support in specific skill areas. Each session will last 45 minutes. Participation will be determined by math classroom teachers based on formative assessments completed in the classroom. There will be heavy focus on multiplication, division, fractions, decimals, measurement, and geometry. Please contact the school for additional information.

Youth Art Month: Magnolia Elementary

More than 150 Magnolia Elementary School students jazzed up yams this March in the "Decorate a Yam" contest. Kindergarten through Fifth grade participated in this artsy endeavor as part of Youth Art Month. Six grade-level winners emerged as overall "Decorate a Yam" victors following a vote of the student-body. Congratulations!

Cahaba Math Team Places Among Top 5 in National Competition

Cahaba Elementary School's 5th Grade Math Team fielded three (virtual) math teams in the recent Perennial Math Competition. Cahaba's teams competed with 5th and 6th grade teams from around the country and one Cahaba team finished in 4th Place. In online competitions, the first team to enter the correct answer gets to choose the next question category such as Computation, Ratios, and Money from a Jeopardy-style board, and teams with correct answers receive points based on how quickly they were able to solve the problems. Cahaba's Math Teams practice each Wednesday and compete again this coming May.

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Hewitt-Trussville Middle School

Golf Season in Full Swing

The Middle School Boys Golf team finished 3rd at the recent Homewood Invitational. The match was played at Highlands Golf Club. Colten Sutton finished tied for 8th with a 3-Over 39. Miles Darnell & Charlie Crowson finished tied for 14th, shooting 4-Over 40. Jacob Carmichael finished tied for 21st with a 5-Over 41. The Huskies made another appearance this week at the Simmons Invitational at Frank House Golf Course.

Middle School Bands Power Through Most Unusual School Year

For Brandon Peters (Director of Bands for Hewitt-Trussville Middle School) and Corinth Lewis (Assistant Director of Bands), teaching band students during the 2020-2021 School Year has been anything but normal. Even so, the duo has powered through this year like none other, attempting to normalize the band experience for the 350 young musicians they teach each day. Look for a video soon that profiles this robust TCS performing arts program.

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Hewitt-Trussville High School

"Beehive: The '60s Musical" - Live Theatre Returns to HTHS

High school thespians will stage "Beehive: The ‘60s Musical" next week! This production matches big voices with big hairdos. From Aretha Franklin to Janis Joplin, Beehive is a wailing musical tribute to the ladies who unmistakably left their mark on ‘60s music. Rock out with "Respect," "Natural Woman," "My Boyfriend's Back," "One Fine Day," "Me and Bobby McGee" and more!


See all details related to Hewitt-Trussville High School Theatre's upcoming BEEHIVE: The '60s Musical.

Senior Engineering Students Showcase Innovation

Senior HTHS Engineering Academy students crafted some incredibly innovative inventions that were recently showcased at the (virtual) 2021 UAB Central AL Science & Engineering Fair. Students began the school year by brainstorming hundreds of problems in order to create life-improving solutions. The students did an incredible job this year of creating their final working prototypes. When you read through these design descriptions, you may wonder why these solutions have not already been invented. These students have worked extremely hard, spending countless hours researching, designing, 3D modeling, programming, building, and troubleshooting their solutions. This group of students exhibited hard work, dedication, and exceptional problem-solving skills.

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Tracking the Huskies - Highlights

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City Shout Outs...

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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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