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Thursday, August 30, 2007

AYP and Attendance after LABOR DAY

Want to help your child's school make or maintain their AYP status?

For all elementary and junior high schools, attendance plays a key part in schools making Adequate Yearly Progress. Each student's attendance for the first 20 days after Labor Day is reported and used to calculate if the school has at least a 95% attendance rate.

It is crucial to our schools' efforts to make Adequate Yearly Progress that your child be present during this period.

Having your child in school during this period is just one way parents can help. Of course, we advise that your child attend every day!

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Got Spirit?

True team spirit was sighted last Thursday, August 23rd on the campus of Talladega High School. These photos capture how we feel about the district, our high school, and most importantly our children and students!

The Marching Band sounds wonderful!

Our "Dega Darlin's" danceline is definitely in step!
Fans came out to enjoy the jamboree and were even fed, compliments of Pepsi and Piggly Wiggly!

Tiger Pride Booster Club leaders were available to accept new members and enjoy the game.

Team spirit would not be complete without cheerleaders!

The Talladega Tigers are pumped and ready to represent Talladega High School. We feel they are already winners!

Of course, the coaches were there to inspire the players, but couldn't be captured on film due to their constant motion! We welcome new head coach, Bill Granger, who has become a favorite among players and their parents.

Monday, August 27, 2007


The Health Science Program at Talladega High Career Tech Center will be hosting a blood drive on August 28th from 7:30am until 1:00pm in the Gym. Please come out and give the gift of life.
If you have any questions, feel free to call.

Training on Alabama Administrative Code for Special Education Services

Parents are invited to a training on the Alabama Administrative Code (Chapter 290-8-9, Special Education Services). The event will be held Tuesday, September 11 at the Pell City Civic Center from 5:00-7:00 PM.

The same training is being held across the state as follows:

September 11 5:00-7:00 PM
Spain Park High School (Hoover)
Stillman Heights Education Center (Tuscaloosa)
Northview High School Convocations (Dothan)

September 25 5:00-7:00 PM
Colbert County Board of Education (Tuscumbia)
Northeast Community College (Rainsville)
Andalusia Elementary School (Andalusia)
Lakeview Bptist Church (Auburn)

Saturday, August 25, 2007

Help with organization

Does your son or daughter need help with getting organized? This Report to Parents from the National Association of Elementary School Principals can help.

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Tuesday, August 21, 2007

From School into Communities

Talladega High School teachers and staff participated in a unique inservice opportunity before students arrived on campus this year. Normally, one would see students coming into our schools, but on this day, these employees visited various communities of Talladega High students.

Led by Principal Darren Douthitt, THS faculty loaded a district school bus and took a field trip around the city of Talladega to provide an inside view into the lives of THS students.


This activity reminded me of a book by educator and motivational speaker Stephen Peters entitled, "Do You Know Enough About Me to Teach Me?" In this book the author reveals that teachers who really know about the lives of their students tend to have more success reaching even the unreachable.

This creative way of bridging into the communities helped THS employees learn more about the young men and women that enter their high school classrooms every day. Knowing and understanding them leads to better relationships between teachers and students, thus resulting in higher achievement, increased graduation rate, and job satisfaction.

Saturday, August 18, 2007

Back to School Parent Extravaganza

The Talladega City Roundtable Advisory Board is busy planning the 2nd Annual Back to School Parent Extravaganza. The event will have something for everyone including: greetings from our new Superintendent, Dr. Joanne Horton, inf0rmative parent sessions, information tables, and plenty of door prizes.

Make plans now to attend this special event!

Destiny in Talladega City School Libraries

Talladega City School District librarians and additional employees received several days of training to learn how to manage and implement a new media management system. Destiny Media Manager is designed to help districts make sure that students get the learning resources they need. It’s one of the first browser-based solutions that allows teachers to search for, reserve and track all sorts of instructional media, including software, videos, activity kits, manipulatives and more.

“With the growing emphasis on visual and hands-on learning, districts need to stock all sorts of instructional materials,” said Follett Software President Tom Schenck. “But to get the most out of this expensive investment, teachers need to be able to find the materials they need and get them quickly. Destiny Media Manager helps make that happen. “Destiny Media Manager makes it easy for teachers to find and schedule instructional media, 24/7,” said Bob Gehle, program administrator for media services at the School District of Manatee County, Fla., one of the districts that beta-tested the product.

“Administrators can better manage the collection, from anywhere.” “Plus, integrating Media Manager with Library Manager and Textbook Manager streamlines our administration functions, saving us time and money,” Gehle added.

Using barcode technology, Destiny keeps track of all relevant information for every media item -- a detailed description, where it is now, when it’s due back and who needs it next. Teachers can search for curriculum-related materials from anywhere and reserve the items. Some of the best features of the Destiny program include:

  • Administrators can look at usage statistics and inventory reports to make the most informed, efficient purchasing decisions.

  • Enhance instruction, student achievement and motivation: Encourages the incorporation of media into classroom instruction, so students learn more.

  • Share resources: Destiny’s centralized system lets districts share expensive instructional materials across the district, helping stretch the media budget.

  • Easy, fast and inexpensive to implement: Destiny’s web-based technology installs at the district and is available through browser-based computers. No dedicated terminals or site-based clients to buy and install.

  • Order more efficiently: Destiny’s usage reports let business managers plan purchases and budgets more accurately, eliminating over- and under-ordering and redundant orders.

John Locklin, the Technology Coordinator for the district, has been working diligently to get this system in place in every library for the new school year. Our librarians, additional employees, and Technology Coordinator are to be commended for their willingness to learn about and implement a program that will increase the efficiency of our media centers and change things for the better.
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Friday, August 17, 2007

Card catalog right in your own home

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Would you like to find out if your child's library has a particular book, and if so, whether or not it is current checked out? Would you like to find out if another school in the school system has that book? Would you like to be able to tell at a glance such information as the reading level of the book and whether or not there is an Accelerated Reader test available for it?

How would you like to be able to access all of this information from your own home?

All of this is possible through a newly-installed program available in each of our school libraries. Too access the program, click the link on the right-hand side of the screen marked "School Libraries."

Wednesday, August 15, 2007


Thanks to the wonderful leadership & organizational skills that our great principal, Mrs. Laros, instilled in her faculty before the 1st day of school, the 1st day and every day thereafter (so far) has run smoothly. Mrs. Laros asked for the faculty's input on what they thought would make the 1st week of school better, some offered their suggestions (while others slept.)

On the first day, all teachers were busy reviewing classroom procedures and giving students the opportunity to be part of setting the rules.

Mrs.Gooden showing her precious Kindergarten how to stand in a straight line.

Ms.Gaskin showing her Kindergarten how "The Magic Fairy" keeps them quiet.

Mrs.Capers explains procedures to her 1st grade "angels."

Mr.Smith discussing 4th grade expectations.

Mr.Goodwin explains to his 5th grade students that "ATTITUDE IS EVERYTHING!"

Mr.Berry reminds his 6th grade students, "There will be NO SLACKING!"

We are all such a happy family here at Henderson because of our "GREAT LEADER." We care & appreciate all Mrs. Laros does. This makes us the "circle" that we are.

Posted by Mrs. Cristy Davis

School Uniforms- A Safety Issue

Click below to discover a great reason for students in Junior High and High School to wear uniforms.

Scroll to the bottom to access a short video clip.


The safety of Talladega City School students is of utmost importance to all of our employees.

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Monday, August 13, 2007

Get involved in child's school

Practically everyone has some way in which they can become involved in their child's school. This Report to Parents from the National Association of Elementary Principals provides some tips. Clicking on the link will take you there.

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Wednesday, August 08, 2007

Salter Faculty Earning Degrees

Congratulations to the following faculty members for earning advanced degrees.

Mrs. Griffin: M.S. Add-on in Education Administration, University of Alabama

Mrs. Sims: M.S. in Elementary Education, University of Montevallo

Mrs. G. Smith: M.S. in Library Media, Jacksonville State University

Mr. Cobb: Ed.S. in Educational Leadership, University of Alabama

Congratulations! The faculty at Salter strives to provide the best education possible for our students through continuous learning. Several faculty members are pursuing other advanced degrees at this time to ensure that the children at Salter have the best education possible.

Friday, August 03, 2007

Parents of Hal Henderson:

Welcome! It is time to celebrate the beginning of a new school year. School will begin on Thursday, August 9th.

We hope our “Meet the Teacher” orientation will be helpful to you and your child in getting the school year started. Please join us!!!!

Orientation Times:

Kindergarten - August 7th - 4:00 p.m.

1st and 2nd Grade - August 7th - 4:30 p.m.

3rd and 4th Grade - August 7th - 5:00 p.m.

5th and 6th Grade - August 7th - 5:30 p.m.

School Supplies: If possible, please bring your child’s school supplies to orientation. The teacher would appreciate it if you would bring the supplies in a bag that has your child’s name on it. A supply list for all grade levels is available at Wal-Mart.

I hope you had a wonderful summer and I look forward to working with you during the 07-08 school year.

Back-to-school plans

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Northside-Hal Henderson Elementary is sponsoring a “Meet the Teacher” orientation on August 7th. Orientation for kindergartens will begin at 4:00, 1st and 2nd grades at 4:30, 3rd and 4th grades at 5:00 and, and 5th and 6th grades at 5:30. During this time, parents will hear about plans for the year from their children’s teachers. Parents are invited to meet the teacher and hear about plans for the year. Class lists will be posted outside each room.

Salter Elementary will hold its Open House on August 7th. The event will begin with 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th graders at 4:00. Kindergarten, 1st grade, and 2nd grade will follow at 5:00. Each activity will last for approximately 45 minutes. Parents will meet the teachers for the coming year and, as a group, hear about plans and other valuable information.

Open House for Raymond L. Young parents will be Tuesday, August 7th from 5 until 7 pm AND on Wednesday, August 8th from 1:30-3:30 pm. Come show your support, take a look at the new painted halls and classrooms, the additional building, and meet the dedicated teachers who make Young a great place to learn and grow!

Houston Elementary will hold a combined PTO and Open House on August 7th beginning at 5:00. All parents are encouraged to attend and hear how they can help their children have a great school year.

At Ellis Jr. High, orientation for 7th graders will be held on August 6th. The orientation will begin at 6:00 pm in the lunchroom. The following day, August 7th, 8th graders may pick up their schedules between the hours of 8:30 and 11:00. Schedules will be available in the lunchroom.

Talladega High School welcomed incoming 9th graders with their “Success Abound Program.” During this half-day session, students received their schedules and lockers as well as an orientation of the building and grounds. All of these components were designed to help their first day of high school go smoothly. Students received information on the academic program, excellent tips on study skills, and valuable information which will help them as they prepare to take the Alabama High School Graduation Exam in future years.

The first day of school for all students will be August 9th. Buses will run, following the same routes as in the spring. Lunch will be served, and the first day will be a full day for all students. Talladega City Schools is moving forward and invites all stakeholders to help make this a great school year for our students.

Thursday, August 02, 2007

August Lunch Menu

Welcome back! We are looking forward to serving our students delicious, nutritious meals for the lowest price in town!

To view the August lunch menu, click here.

Wednesday, August 01, 2007

Open House at Raymond L. Young

Open House for Raymond L. Young parents will be Tuesday, August 7th from 5 until 7 pm AND on Wednesday, August 8th from 1:30-3:30 pm.

Come show your support, take a look at the new painted halls and classrooms, the additional building, and meet the dedicated teachers who make Young a great place to learn and grow!