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November 17, 2020

Trussville City Schools

113 North Chalkville Road, Trussville, AL 35173

(205) 228-3000

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Congratulations to Hewitt-Trussville High School Awarded the 2020 National Blue Ribbon Award in a Virtual Ceremony November 13, 2020...CONGRATULATIONS HTHS!

Hewitt-Trussville High School with 2020 National Blue Ribbon logo
Picture with Dr. Ward, Dr. Neill and Mr. Salem sitting in front of virtual ceremony on screen

Attending the Blue Ribbon virtual ceremony and pictured from left to right are: Dr. Steve Ward, Board Vice President; Dr. Pattie Neill, Superintendent; Mr. Tim Salem, HTHS Principal

Hewitt-Trussville High School Honored at the TCS Board Meeting

Dr. Pattie Neill and the Trussville Board of Education recognized Principal Tim Salem and the faculty and staff of Hewitt-Trussville High School for their National Blue Ribbon Award.

Dr. Neill presented the following letter to Mr. Salem:

Dear Mr. Salem,

With great pleasure, the school board and I recognize you and Hewitt-Trussville High School for earning the National Blue-Ribbon Schools Award. HTHS is the only school in Trussville City Schools to be awarded this honor since Trussville City Schools was established 15 years ago. This is a sensational moment of which we are extremely proud.

This year, HTHS is one of only 3 high schools in the state of Alabama to achieve national recognition. This award affirms the innovative strategies and achievements at HTHS that set us apart from all the others. High school achievement and rankings represent our end game in this K-12 environment, and those results don’t happen overnight. The National Blue-Ribbon program has hereby affirmed an accumulation of excellence and hard work of students, educators, and families at HTHS that begins in the K-8 program.

The Hewitt-Trussville High School teachers and administrators embrace each ninth grader at the onset of one of the best 4-year high school programs in the State of Alabama. HTHS immediately and deliberately sets the course toward college and career readiness, successful post-secondary experiences, leadership, scholarship, good character, and citizenship.

“Learning today, leading tomorrow” is our TCS motto, and all aspects of Hewitt-Trussville High School under your leadership exemplify this meaning. Teaching for citizenship and scholarship are instilled in the students and modeled by the staff. Thank you for your hard work, your attention to the details that matter most, and for leading one of the best high schools in the state of Alabama.

On behalf of the Trussville City School Board and the Office of the Superintendent, we congratulate HTHS on your recognition as a National Blue-Ribbon School! We are so proud of you! Working together means winning together.


Dr. Pattie Neill, Superintendent

Trussville City Schools

Dr. Neill and Mr. Salem at board meeting


Thank Alabama Teachers Week November 16 - 22, 2020. THANK YOU EDUCATORS!

The Alabama State Department of Education is honoring educators across Alabama with a special Thank Alabama Teachers Week beginning Nov. 16 and concluding on Nov. 22.
Alabama teachers have faced unprecedented challenges this year, from ensuring classrooms are safe for in-person learning to adjusting to the new realities of online teaching.
Individuals are encouraged to say thank you on social media by posting a story, photo or video of a teacher in their life, and using the hashtag #ThankALTeachers.
To learn more about the Thank Alabama Teachers initiative, visit

Trussville City Schools Sends a BIG Thank You to our Educators for ALL you do!


Big News from the TCS Board Meeting November 16, 2020

At the November 16, 2020 Board Meeting, State Senator Shay Shelnutt, State Senator Dan Roberts, and Jefferson County Commissioner Joe Knight presented a check to Dr. Pattie Neill and Mr. Jim Kirkland (CSFO) for the TCS portion of the 1 penny sales tax. Trussville City Schools received $805,471.29. Great news for TCS!

Trussville City Schools is very thankful to be blessed with outstanding legislators and commissioners who support our schools.

Thank you!

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Pictured from left to right: Dr. Pattie Neill, Board Member Mark Sims, Senator Dan Roberts, Board President Kathy Brown, Jefferson County Commissioner Joe Knight, Senator Shay Shelnutt, Board Member Kim DeShazo, Board Member Stan Garrett, Board Vice President Steve Ward and CSFO Jim Kirkland


Congratulations Coaches David and Anita Dobbs! We will miss you!

At the TCS Board Meeting, Superintendent Dr. Pattie Neill, the Board of Education members and Athletics Director Lance Walker congratulated Coaches David and Anita Dobbs for their outstanding coaching careers and best wishes for their upcoming retirement.


Coach David Dobbs - 31 years coaching all in Trussville and a volunteer assistant coach in many different city schools before that.

Coach Anita Dobbs - 17 track seasons and 30 cross country seasons all in Trussville.

At the State 7A Cross Country Meet Saturday, the HT Girls Team finished 3rd in 7A and the HT guys finished 4th in 7A. This is the best finish for Hewitt girls in their 30 year career.

4th place was the boys best finish since 2010/2011.

Top 5 Finishes for both Boys and Girls teams again this year! Congratulations HT Cross Country and Coach David and Anita Dobbs!

In addition, Coach David Dobbs was congratulated for received the Alabama High School Athletic Associations, "Making a Difference" Award.

Athletics Director Lance Walker said, “Stats are important, and coaches teams have won many championships, but the positive influence the Dobbs had on so many lives is most important."

Dr. Neill and Board Members thanked David and Anita Dobbs for their many years of teaching and coaching. You will be missed!

Pictured from left to right: Dr. Pattie Neill, Coach Anita Dobbs, Coach David Dobbs and Athletics Director Lance Walker

picture of Dr. Neill, Anita Dobbs, David Dobbs and Lance Walker


At the November 16, 2020 Board Meeting, Dr. Pattie Neill introduced Trussville City Councilor Lisa Bright as the TCS School Liaison. Welcome to the TCS Family!

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Pictured from left to right: Board President Kathy Brown, Councilor Lisa Bright and Dr. Pattie Neill


More BIG News from the November Board Meeting!

Athletics Director Lance Walker introduced new (2020-21) Head Coach Tom Esslinger. Coach Esslinger will be leading the Huskies Track and Field Team.
picture of Coach Esslinger addressing the board


Athletics Director Lance Walker introduced new (2020-21) Head Coach Chris Pike. Coach Pike is an alumni of Hewitt-Trussville High School and will be leading the Huskies Wrestling Team.
Coach Pike addressing the board of education



We Need Your Help!

As a result of COVID-19, many of our families are struggling financially due to job layoffs, furloughs, terminations and job changes. We know that many families have difficulty purchasing items outside of their weekly or monthly grocery budget. That's where you can help!

We want to provide an opportunity for the community to come together and make Thanksgiving special for our families. You can help by providing gift cards to local grocery stores. Directions for drop off will be included on your confirmation email when you sign up to donate.

Please visit this link to donate:

We are so thankful of the way this community loves their neighbor!


November P.A.C.E. Character Skill is Gratitude: Letting others know you see how they've helped you.



TCS Celebrates White Cane Day

October 15, 2020 TCS Students celebrated White Cane Day

The United States Congress adopted a joint resolution in 1964 designating October 15 of each year as White Cane Safety Day and recognizing that white canes enable blind people to travel safely and independently.

While the white cane does keep blind people safe (because drivers and other pedestrians can easily see it), it is also a tool that blind people use to explore and navigate our environment. For this reason, the emphasis of White Cane Safety Day has shifted over time away from safety, and toward independence and equality. We believe that it's important to celebrate this history and recognize the white cane as the tool that allows the blind to "come and go on [our] own" as President Lyndon Johnson said back in 1964.

Pictured in large group from Paine: Henrietta Murray- 2nd Grade; Sarah Thomas- 5th Grade; Jenny Wicks; Alayna Tippen; Christy Leslie

Pictured in small group from HTMS: Hailey Leslie-7th; Jenny Wicks; Melissa Herring

Tshirts drawn by Brandy Parker

group picture of students holding canes
students holding cane


Congratulations to Hewitt-Trussville High School Awarded the Global Education Excellence Award! Congratulations!

Mr. Salem with parent and representative holding award

Pictured: HTHS Parent Pamela Loudon, Mr. Salem, and Dale Higgins, International Exchange Coordinator


Celebrating World Kindness Day at Magnolia Elementary School


Paine Elementary Celebrates October 2020 Paine Pride and PACE Awards...Congratulations Students!

Student group picture of award winners in library
Student group picture of award winners in library
Student group picture of award winners in library
Student group picture of award winners in library
Student group picture of award winners in library
Student receiving award from counselor
Student receiving award from principal
students receiving awards in library


THANK YOU Magnolia Elementary School for raising $310.00 on Hat Day for United Way! Thank you for your generosity!


MES Family Member of the Month Porshia Franklin
James Le with millionaire reading certificate
pictures of P.A.C.E. Kindergarten - 2nd grade award winners
pictures of P.A.C.E. 3rd grade - 5th grade award winners
Kindergarten - 2nd grade students of the month
3rd grade - 5th grade students of the month



Paine Elementary Celebrates Veteran's Day...Thank a Veteran!

Thank you to all Paine students who wore red, white, or blue today in recognition of Veteran’s Day! In addition to wearing patriotic colors, Paine students have been working on Thank You cards to show their gratitude as part of their counseling lesson in specials this week. Students had the choice to keep the card they made for a veteran that they know personally, or they could turn it in and we will deliver the extra cards to the VA on behalf of our Paine Elementary students.

Many of our Paine families responded to our Veteran’s Day survey sent out last week - thank you to those who participated! We’d like to share the video we created with you. Although our Veteran’s Day Celebration looks different due to the pandemic, it is our hope that our veterans feel honored through this video. Please click on this link if you’d like to watch -

Thank you to all who have served and have a Happy Veteran’s Day!

Thank you coloring sheets of flags and fireworks


Congratulations to the Winners of the Annual Veterans Day Essay contest at Cahaba! GREAT JOB!

Congratulations to the winners of the Cahaba Elementary Annual Veterans Day Essay contest. The winners are:

Henry Parkman

Shaw Deal

Cardin Swoager

Mattox Burton

Zach Tillman

Molly Gibson

Sophia Shaw

Great Job Students!

Principal with students standing in front of flag
principal with student standing in front of flag


Cahaba Elementary School is so thankful for beautiful weather and our lovely front porch. Our Kindergarten friends had the most spectacular Fairy Tale Ball.

group picture of students in front of fairy tail ball decorations on front porch of Cahaba Elementary


shirts that are sale at the Pack House


IMPORTANT: Information on Annual Food Drive for ALL Elementary Schools....Benefitting T.E.A.M.

Elementary School Food Drive Flyer - details in paragraph below
Annual Food Drive for any TCS Elementary School

November 9 - 20, 2020

*Canned vegetables are a big need this year!

Bring your canned/non-perishable, unexpired items to any TCS elementary school.

Benefits our local food bank at T.E.A.M. (Trussville Ecumenical Assistance Ministry)


The Jefferson County Health Department, City of Trussville and UAB Offer COVID-19 Testing in Trussville

COVID 19 flyer - details in paragraph below

COVID-19 Testing for Trussville

Where - Trussville Civic Center

Monday, Nov. 16 - Thursday, Nov. 19

10:00 am - 3:30 pm

Call 205-975-2819 (CV19)

Do you need a COVID-19 Test?

It's easy-just a quick swab in each nostril ad you're done!

Visit to see testing sites in your community


Navigating at home learning has proven to be difficult for some families. This is a great article on some strategies that can be employed to help.


TCS Substitute Application Process is Open!

As we do each December/January, TCS will open the Substitute Teacher application process for a limited time. If you would like to substitute in our schools, please review the requirements below:

  • You must have a four year degree or teaching certificate to apply.
  • If you have a current Alabama teaching certificate, you do not need a substitute license.
  • The paperwork for a substitute license is contained in the application packet found on the website.

For more information and the substitute application packet, please CLICK HERE

If you have questions, please contact Becky Aydelette or 205-228-3067


The Trussville Area Chamber of Commerce Presents....

SAVE THE DATE for the Community Caroling & Tree Lighting

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Community Caroling and Tree Lighting Ceremony

On the Mall

Fun for the Whole Family

Tree Lighting at 5:30 pm

Sunday, November 29, 4:30 - 6:00 pm

A great way to start the Christmas Season in Trussville! Plus, Santa will be there!


SAVE THE DATE for the Trussville Christmas Parade

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Trussville Christmas Parade

Saturday, December 12 at 3:00 pm

"Christmas Traditions"