In the Loop

October 5, 2020

Trussville City Schools

113 North Chalkville Road, Trussville, AL 35173

(205) 228-3000

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Schools closed for students October 9 - 13 for Fall Break


A Message from the Superintendent

Dear Parents/ Guardians,

I want thank to everyone for their help in completing a successful school reopening. This includes parents, faculty, staff, and students for complying with all of the health precautions we have in place. We are all in this together and by working together we are able to reopen and stay open!

Governor Ivey has extended the mask order through November 8 adding no additional orders that might affect our schools. In the event health orders for schools are changed by Governor Ivey, ADPH, ALSDE or JCHD, we will let you know immediately.

For the last several weeks, Jefferson County Health Officer, Dr. Mark Wilson and metro area superintendents have met by Zoom to collectively discuss reopening plans. Last week, all of us met again to discuss any adjustments needed for the second nine weeks of school.

We are happy to report there are no adjustments to our original reopening plans for Trussville City Schools at this time. We are prepared to continue Options A, B and C through the 2nd nine weeks that ends December 18, 2020.

If there is a need for a family to request an option change, it will be handled on a case by case basis by communicating with your child's principal or counselor.

I am grateful to this wonderful community, all our employees, and our Board of Education for patience, attention, and cooperation as we implemented unprecedented school choices to our families to meet their individual needs. In schools, we are staying safe and healthy by wearing a mask, social distancing and washing our hands. At home, please continue screening your children to ensure they have no COVID19 symptoms before sending them to school.

Thank you so much!


Dr. Pattie Neill




If your child is quarantined, and you would like to receive Curbside Meals, please follow the process listed below...

Process to receive meals the first days/week of quarantine:

During your child’s quarantine from school, parents may choose to receive meals from the lunchroom for their student. Parents should email the CNP Coordinator, Morgan Bean by 4:00 pm to make a reservation to pick up a meal for the next day(s).

Morgan.bean@trussvillecityschools or 205-228-3034. Ms. Bean will provide information on date/time/place and how to pick up your meals each day.

Process to continue to receive meals following the 1st days/week of quarantine:

Each week in In the Loop, there is a TCS Curbside Meal order form (see above). The form is due Thursdays by 8:00 am for meals for the following week. The following Monday, you pick up the full week’s meals for breakfast and lunch.

If you have breakfast or lunch meal questions, please contact or 205-228-3034.


AASB Alabama Education Heroes!

From AASB News, "This school year began differently with teachers and students tackling socially distanced classrooms and/or virtual learning for the first time. Our school systems are working tirelessly to ensure Alabama's students are fully supported and continuing to learn. We want to recognize our state's classroom teachers, superintendents, school board members, principals, nurses, lunchroom and support staff as the heroes they are!"

Trussville City Schools joins AASB in thanking and congratulating ALL SCHOOL STAFF for their tireless work to successfully begin the 2020-21 school year!

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Logos from the ALSDE congratulating education workers as heroes


Congratulations to Laci Gray from Hewitt-Trussville Middle School

Congratulations to 6th grade teacher Laci Gray for receiving the Crystal Apple Award - Birmingham presented by Mark Achuff from Birmingham Mortgage &WAY-FM.

"The Crystal Apple Award is awarded to recognize that teachers have a hard job and to encourage and recognize dedicated teachers. "In today's changing times, our educators are challenged more than ever to find creative ways to connect with students and enhance the learning process."

Congratulations Ms. Gray!

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Congratulations Brianna Plant Nominated for the Congress of Future Medical Leaders

Congratulations to Hewitt-Trussville High School student Brianna Plant for her nomination for the Congress of Future Medical Leaders.

From the National Academy of Future Physicians:

Brianna Plant, a Junior at Hewitt Trussville High School of Alabama is a Delegate to the Congress of Future Medical Leaders on November 21st and November 22nd, 2020.

The Congress is an honors-only program for high school students who want to become physicians or go into medical research fields. The purpose of this event is to honor, inspire, motivate and direct the top students in the country interested in these careers, to stay true to their dream and, after the event, to provide a path, plan and resources to help them reach their goal.

Brianna's nomination was signed by Dr. Mario Capecchi, winner of the Nobel Prize in Medicine and the Science Director of the National Academy of Future Physicians and Medical Scientists to represent Hewitt Trussville High School based on her academic achievement, leadership potential and determination to serve humanity in the field of medicine.

During the two-day Congress, Brianna Plant will join students from across the country and hear Nobel Laureates and National Medal of Science Winners talk about leading medical research; be given advice from Ivy League and top medical school deans on what to expect in medical school; witness stories told by patients who are living medical miracles; be inspired by fellow teen medical science prodigies; and learn about cutting-edge advances and the future in medicine and medical technology.

This is a crucial time in America when we need more doctors and medical scientists who are even better prepared for a future that is changing exponentially. Focused, bright and determined students like Brianna Plant are our future and she deserves all the mentoring and guidance we can give her.

The Academy offers free services and programs to students who want to become physicians or go into medical science. Some of the services and programs the Academy offers are online social networks through which future doctors and medical scientists can communicate; opportunities for students to be guided and mentored by physicians and medical students; and communications for parents and students on college acceptance and finances, skills acquisition, internships, career guidance and much more.

The National Academy of Future Physicians and Medical Scientists was founded on the belief that we must identify prospective medical talent at the earliest possible age and help these students acquire the necessary experience and skills to take them to the doorstep of this vital career. Based in Washington, D.C. and with offices in Boston, MA, the Academy was chartered as a nonpartisan, taxpaying institution to help address this crisis by working to identify, encourage and mentor students who wish to devote their lives to the service of humanity as physicians, medical scientists.

For more information visit or call 617-307-7425.

Congratulations Brianna!

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Congratulations to Maya Viikinsalo.....Named Commended Student in the 2021 National Merit Scholarship Program

Hewitt-Trussville High School Principal Mr. Tim Salem announced that Maya F. Viikinsalo has been named a Commended Student in the 2021 National Merit Scholarship Program. A Letter of Commendation form the school and National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC), which conducts the program, will be presented by the principal to this scholastically talented senior.

About 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise.

Those being named Commended Students have demonstrated outstanding potential for academic success, commented a spokesperson for NMSC.

Congratulations Maya!

Maya Viikansalo


Congratulations to Coach David Dobbs...Recipient of the Making a Difference Award from the AHSAA for 7A Schools. The award was presented to Coach Dobbs at the HT vs Hoover Game October 2, 2020. WELL DESERVED COACH DOBBS!

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TCS System Safety Meeting

The Trussville City Schools Safety Team met Friday, October 2, 2020. The meeting was held in person and by zoom to ensure all members could attend safely. Dr. Pattie Neill, Superintendent of TCS facilitated the meeting. Members in attendance included School Board Vice President Steve Ward, City of Trussville Police Department members, Principals, SRO's, Athletics Director, Assistant Superintendents and communication personnel.

Updated system safety assignments and contact numbers were discussed and information was disseminated. Principals will return to schools and communicate this information to their school emergency teams. Safety Drills are being held at schools to ensure all students are prepared.

Trussville City Schools would like to thank the Mayor and City Council and Trussville Police Department for providing seven SRO's for our five schools. In addition, TCS thanks Trussville Fire and Rescue for their continued support of our schools and their immediate response for all emergency (and non emergency) calls.

TCS is very fortunate to have such wonderful support from our community. We thank you for your service and dedication to the schools in Trussville!

Safety Meeting by Zoom
In person safety meeting


Paine Elementary Celebrates Happy Custodian's Day. Thank you to our wonderful custodians at PES. We appreciate all you do to keep our school shining!

custodians at Paine Elementary



Magnolia Elementary Celebrates Happy Custodian Day! Thank you for all you do to keep our building clean and ready for us each day!

custodians at Magnolia



Welcome to Trussville!

Paine Elementary School would like to welcome 89 brand new Huskies in First Grade through Fifth Grade to our Paine Pack.

We celebrated in several groups and each new little Husky received a goody bag and a Paine Pack bracelet. We got to know each one of our new friends as they met their Paine Administrators. We have new friends from all across our state, our country and the world. Our newest Husky from the farthest away was from Germany!

It was a FUN day and a FUN way to get to know the newest members

of our Paine Pack!

Paine Pride graphics - students on stairs
Paine Pride graphics - students on stairs
Paine Pride graphics - students on stairs
Paine Pride graphics - students on stairs
Paine Pride graphics - students on stairs
Paine Pride graphics - students on stairs
Paine Pride graphics - students on stairs


Cahaba Cares Project

Cahaba Elementary School has a new fourth grade student who relocated from Lake Charles Louisiana. After learning that her elementary school, family and friends had been greatly effected from the recent hurricanes, the Fourth grade teachers and students organized a relief drive. The Sudduth family delivered the goods last week.

Thank you Cahaba for caring!

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class picture on porch
class picture on porch


Cahaba Elementary School....Walk to School Day is Coming!

walk to school flyer - details in paragraph below

October 7

Neighborhoods in the areas listed below will dress in the same colors and coordinate a meeting place amongst their neighbors to walk to school together.

Downtown Project Area - Red

Sherman Oaks, Maplewood, Rock Creek - Blue

Tutwiler, Brookes Crossing - Orange

Calumet, Tiffany Estates, Linden St - Green

Lancashrie, Charnwood, North Chalkville - Yellow

Riverbend, Cherokee, Happy Hollow, Tville/Clay - Purple


Cahaba Elementary P.A.C.E. Students Honored for September 2020

Cahaba Elementary honored their P.A.C.E students for the month of September. The P.A.C.E. characteristic was Friendship. We honor these students who are excellent examples of Friendship.

Congratulations Students!

Kindergarten: Mae Rutland, Amelia Piper, Michael Shultz and Layla Smith

First Grade: Emmett Cain, Barrett Bone, Vinny Amari, Sully Moore and Wesley Lamp

Second Grade: Jacob Gravlee, Cason Wood, Harper Ellis and Paris Ramadan

Third Grade: Cardin Swoager, Aliyah Haque James Banks and Emme Bethune

Fourth Grade: Margaret Franklin, Gavin Oliver, Courtney Vincent and Abbey Allen

Fifth Grade: Cade Crowson, Maddie Coffman, Tenley Santiago, Sarah Kate Clark and Haynes Callighan


Congratulations to the HTMS Honors Choir for being selected to perform at the Alabama Music Educators Association Conference January 21, 2021!

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HTMS Band Celebrates Homecoming Week!


Mrs. Galloway's Class at Magnolia Elementary School reading a good book on a beautiful day! It's a great day!

students outside reading books


Magnolia Elementary Schools 1st graders design and create musical instruments....and then have a parade!

student with a drum made of cans


HTHS Pack House shirts


Alabama....Light Up Friday Nights - October Celebration to Honor All Healthcare Professionals! Thank you for all you do!

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HTMS Husky Wrestling Registration

wrestling flyer - details below
Join the HTMS Wrestling Team

Come join our family...just scan the link above and fill out the information

If you want to become better at football - wrestling isyour answer for the off-season!

Everyone gets matches and no one sits on the bench.

Too small? Not in wrestling! Everyone competes!


Please do not send your child to school sick or if someone in your family has tested positive or has symptoms.

COVID 19 Symptoms

Chart with major symptoms graphics listed in article above


3 W's Poster

Be Kind to Others by Practicing the 3 W's

1. Wash your hands

2. Watch your distance

3.Wear a mask


HTHS Men's Soccer Tryouts!

Soccer tryout information
HTHS Men's Soccer Tryouts

November 9th, 10th, 12th, 16th, and 18th

7:00 - 8:30 pm at the Game Field

All players must complete forms on DragonFly prior to tryouts

All players must have appropriate equipment - cleats, shin guards, soccer socks

All players must be on the tryout roster google form:

Scan QR code to access google form

Questons? Contact:

Shane Ashcraft -

Tyler Marlow -

Amy Cane -


Trussville Park & Recreation

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Huskies Lacrosse


Sunday, November 8, 2020

Spradling Field

2:00 - 3:30 pm

Boys and girls ages 6-14

Program fee is $45 and includes:

lacrosse stick; lacrosse ball; tshirt

No experience or equipment is necessary

Activities are no contact and performed in small groups.

Registration opens online at on 10/2/20

For more information contact Kristi Miller at


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Trussville Parks and Recreation Youth Basketball

Cost:$115 per player - multiple player discount $10.00 per player for household


Ages: 5 - 18

Age Groups: 6U, 8U, 10U, 12U 14U, 18U

Evaluation Dates by age groups:

Thursday, November 9 - Thursday, November 12

Practices start: November 16 week

Games Start: December 3

Registration Deadline: November 2


Trussville Park & Rec Presents....

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Trussville Park & Rec Presents

Halloween Zombie 5K and FunRun

First 100 to sign up get goody bags

Register online at

Annual Candy Drop will follow the Race

Saturday, October 24, 2020

Race Starts at 5:00

Starting Line: Spradling Field / Finish Line: Sports Complex

5K Price $25 Adults/$15 (HS and under)

Fun Run: Free

For questions contact Chevelle Lee at or 205-508-0359


Trussville Park & Rec Youth Wrestling

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Youth Wrestling is Back!

Powered by Iron Clad

November 2 February 6, 2021

Age Groups: 5 - 12 years of age

Price: $425.00 per wrestler

Practice at Hewitt-High School Wrestling Room

Practice Days: Tuesday and Thursday

Registration Dates: August 1 - October 26

Register on-line: Trussville Parks and Recreation Website

Information: Zach Manning;