Trojan Weekly

July 25, 2014

New Online Payments for All HGHS Transactions!

We are excited to announce that all financial transactions at HGHS will now be done online! Visit to purchase class fees, lockers, parking permits and more! It's easy to use. You don't even have to create an account. Just scroll to the bottom and use guest login by selecting Hazel Green High School from the drop down menu. Find your item and check out. You will get a confirmation email, the bookkeeper will get a verification email for the purchase, and the sponsor will get a verification email. No more long lines and special trips to the school! Make sure you use ahead of time for Expo and Freshman Night.
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Parking Permit Applications

Parking Permit Applications are online! They must be signed by a parent. We encourage you to print them ahead of time and bring them to Expo Day! Don't forget to pay ahead of time with!

New School Hours

Our school hours this year will be from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Our doors will open at 8:00 a.m. and this will be when supervision is provided for the high school students.

Our traffic plan will remain the same as last year. All high school traffic can either enter the front of the school from Hwy 231-431 or use Bullard Drive. I encourage parents dropping off students to use the Hwy 231-431 entrance and the student drivers to use Bullard Drive entrance. The traffic on the north side of campus is one-way both directions in the morning. The north side road is two-way traffic in the afternoon. For the safety of our students, we lock the gates on Bullard Drive and behind the football concession stand around 8:45 a.m. each day. All traffic during the school day must enter from Hwy. 231-431. We will unlock the Bullard Drive gate and the gate behind the football concession stand around 2:00 p.m. to allow the elementary traffic to use these entrances.

Morning drop-off

Parents please use the car line drop off area to drop off their student. Dropping students off in front of the school, in the student parking lot in the aisles, Woolley gym area, bus parking lot, and teacher parking lot is not allowed.

Afternoon pick-up

There are only two locations to pick up students in the afternoon. These locations are in the car line or, if you can find a vacant parking space to pull in to. Students are not allowed to be picked up in the front of the school, in the student parking lot in the aisles, Woolley gym area, bus parking lot, and teacher parking lot. Students that are picked up in the incorrect areas will be disciplined.

Dress Code Reminder from Mr. Long

Thank you parents ahead of time for your support of our student dress code. This has helped create a safe and secure environment for our students. I have provided some pictures and examples with the intent to assist parents as they purchase school clothing over the summer. I have included some other items that I have found helpful for parents and students. Our students do an outstanding job meeting these expectations.

HGHS Represented at All Star Week!

We are proud to have several of our students selected for the AHSAA North-South All Star Week! Rayven Pearson represented GIrls Basketball. Ethan Stair had 11 points and three assists to help the Boys Basketball team defeat the South. Breanna Jones recorded six kills in the North's 3-1 victory. Brian Lowman and Kevin Jackson (not pictured) were selected for the North football team. Congratulations to these athletes!
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Wingfest is Tomorrow!

Join us for the 2nd Annual Trojans Wingfest on Saturday, July 26 from 12:00-7:00pm! $10 for admission & 12 wings! Enjoy the Car Show, Kids Zone, NFL Punt, Pass Kick Contest, Corn Hole and Hazel Green Idol or take them to go! "The Springs" featuring Holly Helms will be performing from 2 to 4 pm. Buy your ticket today from any HGHS football player, Hazel Green High School, Meridianville Middle School, HG Pharmacy, or Dempsey's Pawn. Tickets now available online!

We still need volunteers! If you want to get a head start on your service hours, call 256-783-4347.

Baseball Tryouts

We will be holding our baseball tryout for the 2014-2015 season, starting the first week of school. This tryout will start August 5th and run through August 9th. These will be held after school starting at 4pm each day. If you play football and are interested in trying out please let me know and we will make arrangements.

Hazel Green Swim Team

There will be a brief informational meeting before Freshman Night at 5:00pm on July 31st in the cafeteria. Meridianville Middle School students may participate.

Athletic Physicals

Attention all returning student-athletes and all soon-to-be student-athletes.......The sports medicine physicians of TOC Sports, along with the Athletic Trainers from Huntsville Hospital Sports Center are administering city-wide physical exams.

Date: SATURDAY Aug. 9th
Time: 8-10AM
Location: D1 Sports Training Facility (Jones Valley)
Cost: $10/athlete

Beware of Fraudulent Calls from HGHS

Community, please be aware of someone calling businesses in our area in the name of HGHS. They are asking you to donate money for program ads or advertisements. Some of the people are not associated with the school.

Although this is the time of the year that many of our booster clubs are getting programs ready and doing some fundraising, I want to make sure you are dealing with the correct people. At this time of year, band, football, cheerleaders, and volleyball are the programs most likely doing fundraising activities.

When in doubt please call the school for verification or email the coach to verify.

Summer Reading

If you haven't already, you might want to get started on your summer reading! There are links below where you can purchase the books online but all of them are available in the local book stores and libraries.

9 Pre AP and Regular - The Pearl by John Steinbeck

10 Pre AP and Regular - The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway

11 AP Language/Comp - In Cold Blood by Truman Capote

11 Regular - Shift by Jennifer Bradbury

12 Regular - The Strange Case of Dr.Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson

12 AP Literature - How to Read Lit like a Professor by Thomas C. Foster AND The Stranger by Albert Camus

Expo Day and Freshman Night!

The following are the dates for your child to pick up his or her class schedule, parking space ($20), and lockers ($6) for the 2014-2015 school year:

  • July 29 Expo Day—New Gym: 12th grade - 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., 11th grade - 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., 10th grade - 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
  • July 31 Freshman Night 6:00 p.m. in New Gym
  • Freshman Night will include a short assembly for parents and students orientation and organization purposes. Schedule pick up and locker purchases will be available immediately following. These dates are not required. However, if your child cannot come on his or her assigned grade level date, then these items will be available the first day of school which is August 5th.
  • Students that have debts from the prior year will not be allowed to participate in these days until they are cleared.

Current Announcements

HGHS has a new phone number! Our main phone number has changed to 256-851-3220 and our fax is now 256-851-3221.

The revision to next year’s calendar consists of four half-days for professional development (coded in purple). Please note the dates. Also, notice we will be out for President’s Day next year.

Moores Mill Intermediate School Ribbon Cutting and Open House - The move-in day is getting closer! Save the date for Monday, August 4, at 6:00 p.m. for the ribbon cutting and open house! For the most current information, be sure to follow them at!

Meridianville Middle School will host a parent orientation/walkthrough on July 31st from 4:30 – 6:30. It will be a come and go event. You don’t have to be there at a specific time. They will have informational tables set up for lunch and buses. Teachers will be there for you to meet and briefly talk with. You may get your child’s schedule and go to the classrooms that you desire.

Mrs. Bastin and Mrs. Aguirre-Cantrell will be travelling with students and parents from Hazel Green High School on an EF Educational Tour to Turkey, Greece, and Italy in the Summer of 2016. We are excited to begin planning for this trip. To view the full itinerary, enroll, or take advantage of early pricing, please visit the tour's website at . For any questions or concerns regarding the upcoming trip, please feel free to email Mrs. Aguirre-Cantrell at .

Softball tryouts
are August 11-15 from 6:00-8:00 p.m.. Meet at the softball field.

2014 Football Program Ads
- If you would like to place a personal ad for your student in the program, please contact the Band at Ads are Black and White and the prices are :

1/4 page $60

1/2 page $80

Full page $100

Deadline for placing ads is August 1st.

ACT Results
- Students (juniors for 2013-14) who participated in the State Testing and received college-reportable scores will be able to view their scores and score report on a free ACT Web account they create. Students should wait until after they receive their score report to create an account at If a student has an existing account, he/she should wait 7 to 8 weeks after testing to log in to the account and check to see if the State Testing scores have been posted. Keep in mind that college-reportable scores may take up to 8 weeks after the test date. If you have questions, please encourage e-mail

The Madison County School System will run double bus routes beginning with the 2014-2015 school year.
Hazel Green High and Meridianville Middle will begin school at 8:30 and end at 3:30 each day. All elementary and intermediate schools will begin at 7:45 and end at 2:30 each day. Parents will be allowed to drop students off thirty (30) minutes prior to the beginning of school.

Special Programs

Calhoun Community College and the Alabama Center for the Arts will be hosting an art camp over the summer. The camps will be for ages 4-15 through the months of June and July. All supplies for the camp will be included in the price. All classes will be held in Room 113 at the Alabama Center for the Arts in downtown Decatur, AL

  • Tiki Tribe (Ages 12-15) ~ July 7-10, 2014 from 9:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M. The price for this group is $69.00. This group will participate in photography, computer graphics, print making, and painting.

Call 256.260.2462 to register today! Classes are limited to 15 students, on a first come, first serve basis.

The Joint Science Technology Institute (JSTI) will be held July 19 - Aug. 1

2014 in Aberdeen, Md. JSTI for Students is a two-week, all expenses paid, residential science, technology engineering & math (STEM) program for current high school students in the United States. The purpose of the program is to expose students to scientific research through hands-on projects, to enable students to work with real-world scientists, and to increase students' awareness of STEM career opportunities. 36 participants will be selected for JSTI 2014.

Eligibility for students:

*Student must be 16 by July 19, 2014

*Student must be a U.S. citizen

*Student must be a high school student in the 2014-2015 school year *Student

must have a teacher recommendation *Student must be willing to work

cooperatively in a group and follow instructions

Students should apply at

Dates to Remember

August 5 - First day of School

May 20 - Graduation (3:00pm at VBC Arena)

Permanent Announcements

Positive and Productive Days - Visit to read Mr. Long's blog. Look for posts each week!

Procedure for Riding the Bus with a Friend
- Any student who plans to ride home on a bus with a friend or to another address should follow the procedures below. No student will be allowed to ride to a different address without verification of parent/guardian approval by a school official.

1. A parent/guardian note should be turned in before first block to the receptionist desk at the back of school. The note should contain the address and information for the bus driver and should include the date and a correct phone number for verification purposes.

2. Pick up the verified note from the receptionist during lunch.

3. Give the note to the bus driver when entering the bus at the end of the school day.

Juniors Have Free Access to ACT Online Prep - All juniors received a personal user name and password to the ACT Online Prep website. This is a great resource to be used in preparing for the ACT Plus Writing assessment which will be given to all of our juniors students on April 23 during school. All students are strongly encouraged to utilize this service provided to us. For more information, visit

First Priority/FCS
meets every Tuesday morning at 7: 20 in the Choir Room. All students are welcome to attend.

Parenting Assistance Line:
PAL is a service where anyone can call a toll free number 1-866-962-3030 and receive useful, practical information and assistance with developmental and parenting questions and concerns. Available 8:00am – 8:00pm (central time) Monday – Friday.

Going green at “the Green”. The Hazel Green High School Special Education Department needs your old cell phones and ink cartridges. Items to be recycled can be given to a Special Education teacher or left for collection at the office. Your support of our recycling fundraiser is greatly appreciated.

Reward Cards:
Parents/Students/Employees, please remember to use your reward cards when you visit Publix and Hazel Green Pharmacy. Every time you have them swipe your card, HGHS will receive a portion of the sale. If you need a reward card, just stop by the main office to pick one up.

Pay for your child’s meals from the convenience of your home or office 24/7

Click on the following link: .

Driver’s permit:
Students /Parents, remember to pick up the Student Enrollment Form before you go to get your permit. The driver’s license department will not allow you to take the test unless you have this form and it cannot be faxed after you get there. These forms are good for 10 days only.

Loyalty Reward Tags:
(Hazel Green Pharmacy Loyalty Key Tag Program) Parents/Students/Employees, please remember to use your loyalty key tag when you visit Hazel Green Pharmacy. Every time you purchase a Prescription/Gift/OTC have them swipe your tag. HGHS will receive a portion of the sale. If you need a loyalty key tag. Just stop by the main office to pick one up.

The special education department recycles the following items
. They can be working or non-working and can be dropped off at the front office or in room C-115: Cell Phones, Gold jewelry, Ink Jet Printer Cartridges, Laptops & Netbooks, MP3 Players, Digital Cameras, Digital Video Cameras, GPS Devices, Radar Detectors, Kindle & Sony Book Readers

Online Payments
You may now pay fees and purchase tickets to sporting events online. Check out the EZ Ticket Live website. For fees, click here , and to purchase tickets click here .