In the Loop
February 8, 2019
Thank You Courtesy Buick GMC!
Trussville City Schools thanks Courtesy Buick GMC for their support! Courtesy Buick GMC is a supporting partner of Trussville City Schools. For every car sold at Courtesy, they will give TCS $50.00. The money received will be divided 25% to Athletics, 25% toward a scholarship to be given to deserving Senior student(s), and 50% to the TCS general fund.
Dr. Pattie Neill and Athletics Director Lance Walker visited Courtesy Buick GMC Wednesday for the 1st check presentation from the business/school partnership. Courtesy donated $4700.00 for cars sold in January 2019.
Trussville City Schools thanks Courtesy Owner Josh Gargus and Courtesy General Manager Drew Lolley for their support of our school system. Drew Lolley stated, "Our objective is to invest in the community and the education of our students on a monthly basis."
Dr. Pattie Neill added, “We have many athletic partners, but this is the first district partner where donations go to the entire district, plus athletics. We appreciate their support and generosity and we hope this is the first in a long line of district partnerships in the future.”
Pictured below left to right: Athletics Director Lance Walker, Courtesy Buick GMC Owner Josh Gargus, TCS Superintendent Dr. Pattie Neill, and Courtesy Buick GMC General Manger Drew Lolley
Congratulations to Beth Bruno for being the recipient of The AASCD Outstanding Curriculum Leader Award
AASCD is the Alabama chapter of the Association of Supervision for Supervision and Curriculum Development. This award recognizes curriculum leaders for outstanding contributions to curriculum development, advancement or implementation. (https://www.clasleaders.org/awards/administrator-awards ). The committee recognized Mrs. Bruno’s commitment to leading initiatives that have benefitted Trussville City Schools.
Superintendent Dr. Neill stated, "Using a team approach, Ms. Bruno creates procedures that help all TCS administrators and teachers grow professionally, academically, and personally. She wants everyone in TCS to be successful in their roles and works to make sure all have the tools to be as effective as possible. Ms. Bruno is an outstanding leader that has truly lead our system to the next level of excellence."
Secondary Curriculum Coordinator Dr. Jennifer Cardwell writes, “Mrs. Bruno’s continuous learning practices are infectious and she expects others to be as proactive as she in continuously learning and growing professionally. The quality PD she facilitates ensures our learning organization maintains a growth mindset towards continuous learning.”
Mrs.. Bruno will be recognized at AASCD’s Summer CLAS Conference. We are so proud of Beth Bruno’s recognition for her commitment to teaching and learning and for her dedication to Trussville City Schools.
Mrs.. Bruno will be honored at the February 19, 2019 Trussville Board of Education Meeting.
Congratulations Mrs. Bruno!
Paine Elementary Family Math Night...a great success! Thank you parents for joining us!
On Thursday, January 31st, Paine Elementary held a Family Math Night for grade K-5. Students and parents enjoyed grade level sessions including Investigative Tasks, math games, number talks, and an estimation station. Everyone enjoyed a great evening of learning and fun.
Hewitt-Trussville Middle School....Love Your Neighbor Canned Food Drive
“Love Your Neighbor”
Canned Food Drive
Starting Wednesday, February 6th, we will have a canned food drive in support of TEAM (Trussville Ecumenical Assistive Ministry). Please send all donations to your child’s homeroom teacher before Monday, February 25.
Magnolia Elementary 2nd Graders Explore!
District Technology Specialist, Ashley Waring recently collaborated with Mrs. Gamble’s second graders at Magnolia to explore Google Earth. Students “visited” many places, from their own home to the local Walmart, to the Grand Canyon, and beyond!
It was great fun and lots of learning too!
ATTENTION! Upcoming Freshmen Information Meetings
SAVE THE DATE...HTHS Curriculum Night!
Hewitt-Trussville High School French Students Visit Paris
On February 6th and 7th, the HTHS French 2 classes participated in a VR tour of Paris. They were both given close-up and birds-eye views of some of the famous monuments in Paris, such as la tour Eiffel, l'Arc de Triomphe and la Cathédrale de Notre Dame de Paris.
Cahaba Elementary School....Save those Box Tops for Education!
Congratulations to Hewitt-Trussville Middle School Team Member of the Month.... 8th Grade Math Teacher, Ms. Tamekia Beverly! Congratulations!
Congratulations to the Paine Elementary January 2019 Team Member of the Month....Ms. Christa Campbell! Congratulations!
Congratulations to HTHS Student Anna Virginia Fagan
Recipient of the Bedzzz Express Leadership Scholar-Athlete award. Anna Virginia plans to attend the University of Alabama majoring in Exercise Science. She will then pursue a degree in the medical field. Anna Virginia received the award at the Jefferson County/ St. Clair County Home and Garden show at The Trussville Civic Center on Saturday, February 2.
Outstanding School Bus Inspection Recognition
Congratulations to Transportation Coordinator Dale Posey and his department for receiving the Inspection Program Recognitions Certificate by Alabama State Department of Education, Pupil Transportation section. These certificate is awarded annually to school systems with exemplary school bus inspections and to recognize the excellent local school system employees who work to diligently to achieve this level of performance.
The certificate is awarded to systems having less than 10% major deficiencies in the school bus fleet. As a note, Trussville City Schools had zero (0) deficiencies.
The Transportation Team will be recognized at the February 19, 2019 Board Meeting.
Pictured below from left to right: Claude Massey, Tim Unger, Prissy Anderson, and Brian Hoover. Not pictured: Transportation Coordinator Dale Posey
Helen Keller Art Show of Alabama 2019
Trussville City School’s Winning Participants
The Birmingham Civil Rights Institute was the setting for the opening reception and announcement of winning tour artists on Sunday, January 27. The grand prize winner, selected by the Helen Keller Festival Board, was announced as Ava Claire Brakefield, a first grade student at Paine Elementary with Trussville City Schools. As the grand prize winner, she will participate in the Helen Keller Festival Parade and Festival Weekend June 27, 2019, in Tuscumbia, Alabama. Of 60+ entries, the other winning artists from the Trussville City
Schools selected for the Top 35 Tour were:
Henrietta Murray – K-5, Sarah Thomas- 3, Hailey Leslie-5, Owen Hemrick-5
Paine Elementary Art Teacher Courtney Holland, TCS TVI Jennifer Johnston, Paine Paraprofessional Aides Alayna Tippen and Brandy Parker collaborated to help students produce their individual pieces. The students used box lids to roll marbles in paint, Do-A-Dot sponge paint, Hot Glue and Shaped Craft Scissors to make their individual pieces.
The Helen Keller Art Show of Alabama began in 1983 through the Alabama Deafblind Project, UAB Vision Science Research Center, UAB School of Education and UAB School of Optometry. Thirty-five winning pieces of artwork, solicited from all students with visual impairments in the Alabama public and residential schools, were selected for this year’s show and will be on tour. The public is invited to view the art at the following sites:
January 27, 2019 - February 28, 2019
Birmingham Civil Rights Institute , 520 16th St. N. Birmingham, AL 35203
March 5, 2019 – March 29, 2019
Heritage Hall Museum 200 South Street East Talladega, AL 35160
April 8, 2019 – May 18, 2019
Wiregrass Museum of Art 126 Museum Ave. Dothan, AL 36303
June 1, 2019 – June 30, 2019
Tennessee Valley Museum 511 North Water Street Tuscumbia, Alabama
July 15, 2019– August 30, 2019
The Edge of Chaos Gallery UAB Lister Hills Library 1720 2nd Ave S - 300 LHL,
Birmingham AL 35294-0013
October 3, 2019 – October 24, 2019
Comer Museum & Arts Center 711 N Broadway Ave Sylacauga, AL 35150
November 1, 2019 – December 30, 2019
University South Alabama Marx Library 5901 USA Drive North, Mobile, AL 36688
Calling ALL Cahaba Elementary Dads and Granddads...
Paine’s Non-Fiction February Book Challenge…
Fall in LOVE with Non-Fiction!!!
Students are encouraged to read as many non-fiction books as they can for the month of February. Please fill out the Non-Fiction February Reading Log and return it to the Library for a chance to win a Book Fair Gift Certificate! Students will bring their completed logs to Mrs. Ramer in the Library during their FLEX check-out time or Library lesson days. The completed logs will all be placed in a bucket for their grade levels and winners will be drawn for a Scholastic Book Fair Gift Certificate on February 28th. Students are encouraged to fill out as many logs as needed… I will have extra copies in the Library. When they turn one in I will give them another copy if they want to keep reading for more chances to win.
We want our students to Fall in LOVE with Non-Fiction!!!
Cahaba Elementary School Team Member of the Month - Ms. Jami Bamberg! CONGRATULATIONS!
HTMS Competition Cheer Wins Title!
The HTMS competition cheer team had a wonderful competition season. On December 15, 2018, the team competed at Wallace State and won the state title. The team placed 2nd at Regionals and 2nd at the Southern School Championships, as well.
TCS Administrators Learn Together
TCS Administrators met together at Magnolia Wednesday to practice and hone their skills of observation, to collect data without interpreting or judging the information, and to collaborate with colleagues to provide meaningful, useful feedback to teachers.
The Administrator Collaborative is planned professional learning for TCS district and school administrators. The group meets five times per year to learn together. This year walkthroughs were intentionally added at schools for the goal of learning what to look for during walkthroughs and observations and how to provide effective, helpful feedback to the teachers. We wanted to calibrate our own understanding of the expectations in the TCS Nine Educator Effectiveness Indicators Rubric and begin to develop shared instructional leadership practices. The process is new and different for us all. We are trying to provide evidence of the Nine Educator Effectiveness Indicators and to leave off our opinions. We are finding that it is hard to do, but that it really is the best way to provide feedback.
In addition to practicing walkthroughs with feedback, group members are all involved in one of four book studies. The groups discuss their books each time they meet. The books include:
Extreme Ownership - How Navy Seals Lead and Win (Willink and Babin)
How to Differentiate Instruction in Academically Diverse Classrooms, 3rd Edition (Tomlinson)
Leading for Instructional Improvement: How Successful Leaders Develop Teaching and Learning Expertise
(Fink and Markholt)
Peer Coaching to Enrich Professional Practice, School Culture, and Student Learning (Robbins)
HTHS Get Your Tickets Now...Dance the Night Away at the Sadie Hawkins Dance!
Magnolia Elementary Celebrates Reading Week! Save the dates!
Student Support Services Informational Card (below)
The TCS Family Resource Center supports students, families, and staff by connecting them to services and resources. Please contact your child's school counselor or school nurse for a family referral. For more information, you may contact Dr. Mandi Logan, Asst. Superintendent for Student Support. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please contact your child's school counselor or school nurse for more information.
In Case of Emergency....do you know what a Code Green, Orange or Red Is?
The chart pictured below is from Governor Ivey's Task Force that details the type of alert issued in an emergency by the school system. The Trussville School System and the Trussville Police Department both use the same alert codes in unusual situations as needed.
Trussville City Schools operates everyday on Code Yellow. Code Blue is used in case we need to isolate one area of the school. Parents who have children in a school placed under the alert of Orange, Green, or Red will be notified via email, text, and by TCS app.
SAVE THE DATE! HTMS Cheerleader Tryouts
Attention all girls interested in trying out for HTMS Cheerleader
There will be a MANDATORY Parent Meeting on Thursday, February 21 at 6:00 p.m. in the auditorium. All pertinent information regarding tryouts will be distributed at this meeting. An optional pre-clinic will be held on March 7 from 3 – 5. Mandatory cheer clinic and tryouts will be the week of March 11 – March 15. Cheer requirements can be found on Jamie O’Brien’s website at https://al50000063.schoolwires.net/Domain/423.
For UPCOMING 2019-2020 6th Graders
Our PACE Character Skill for the month of February is Service.... lending a hand to help someone else
From Trussville Chamber of Commerce
TRUSSVILLE CHAMBER ANNOUNCES 10TH ANNUAL FOOD DRIVE TO BENEFIT T.E.A.M.
For immediate release
TRUSSVILLE, AL – The Trussville Area Chamber of Commerce (TACC) is pleased to announce T.E.A.M.’s annual community-wide food drive to be held in February. The 10th annual “Love Your Neighbor” food drive will be held in conjunction with Valentine’s Day. Collection points will be manned at various locations and times during the week of February 14.
A kick-off will be held on Saturday, February 9, from 8 – 11 a.m. at Great Harvest Bread (218 Main Street) in Trussville. Volunteers are expected to be on-hand at the kickoff to greet contributors.
T.E.A.M. volunteer Melissa Williamson says, “For the past nine years, we’ve used the Valentine’s Day theme of love to remind people to ‘love their neighbor’ and to help those in need.” T.E.A.M., or Trussville Ecumenical Assistive Ministry, assists those in the immediate Trussville area who are in need of food, clothing, and other necessities during difficult financial times. Melissa also says, “Many people think of helping others during the holidays but they sometimes forget that some people need help all during the year. We hope this food drive will bring an awareness to donate these items all year long.”
Volunteers hope to capitalize on the success of previous years’ food drives. Area schools have been instrumental in the food drive. Several companies also sent monetary donations to T.E.A.M. This year’s goal is to collect enough non-perishable items to help T.E.A.M. provide food until the fall.
Specific items which are particularly needed include canned meat and fish, canned fruit, pasta, cooking oil, flour, corn meal, sugar, dried beans, cereal, breakfast food, peanut butter, jelly, saltines, and mac & cheese.
Area churches which participate as T.E.A.M. members include Clear Branch United Methodist Church, Deerfoot Baptist Church, First Baptist Church Trussville, First Methodist Church of Trussville, Holy Cross Episcopal Church, Faith Lutheran Church, and Cahaba Springs Presbyterian Church, and Holy Infant of Prague Catholic Church.
Drop-off locations include participating T.E.A.M. churches (listed above), the Trussville Area Chamber of Commerce, many Trussville area businesses, and T.E.A.M. Most of the participating churches will also conduct drives on Sunday, February 10, and Sunday, February 17. You may also leave donations at the T.E.A.M. location any time.
T.E.A.M. is located at 147 Chalkville Road in Trussville. (Please drive to the rear of the building to drop off donations.) Their hours of operation are Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from noon to 2 p.m. and Thursday from 5 to 7 p.m. You may leave a message for T.E.A.M. at (205) 661-5039. Member churches share the expenses of T.E.A.M., supplemented with donations from individuals and community and civic organizations.
For more information on the chamber, please visit www.trussvillechamber.com, call 655-7535, ‘like’ us on Facebook, or follow us on Instagram.
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