A sincere thanks to MES CNP manager and the entire cafeteria staff for serving such a delicious yet nutritious lunch.
Tuscaloosa County School System invites all stakeholders, including parents, employees and community members, to participate in one of three upcoming Community Forums. The purpose of these forums is to gather input to help guide future planning for TCSS in various aspects of student learning.
Each forum will follow the same format. A brief welcome will be provided by TCSS staff. After that, a team of outside education professionals will divide participants into smaller groups and facilitate discussion within those groups. The team will compile responses and report the findings to TCSS.
Those unable to attend one of the forums may provide input through an online survey. The survey will be available September 13 – October 5 at tcss.net. Those able to attend one of the forums may also participate in the online survey.
September is Attendance Awareness Month, and all month long, TCSS is focusing on just how important it is to be in school…every day! Chronic absence is defined by missing 10 percent or more of the school year – that breaks down to about two days per month – for any reason. The impact of this is serious. Here are just a few of the reasons why, according to research provided through the Attendance Works initiative:
But, here’s the good news: research has also shown these trends to reverse, when attendance improves.
Here are a few steps families can take to encourage good school attendance:
Here’s another important reason to start this year with good school attendance: One study showed students who missed two to four days in September were five times more likely than other students to be chronically absent for the year.
We’ll see you at school…every day!
The Tuscaloosa County Schools are attempting to find and identify individuals from birth to 21 years of age who have disabilities or are suspected to have disabilities and are in need of special education services.
Child Find is a program designed by the State Department of Education and the Department of Rehabilitation Services to help those who are in need of special education services.
Parents of disabled children or anyone knowledgeable of disabled children who may need special education services should contact the Child Find Coordinator in the Special Education Department (205) 342-2756 or call 1-800-392-8020 for ages 3 through 21 or 1-800-543-3098 from birth until 2 years of age. For more information you may also contact the Alabama Relay Service at 1-800-548-2547.
A special thank you to MES Community helpers for all that you do.
Special Thank You to UA Gymnastic Coach Dana Duckworth an fellow gymnasts for visiting MES.
Congratulations to Tanisha Strode on receiving the Nick Saban's Excellence in Teaching Award.
ATTENTION PARENTS: IS YOUR CHILD CARRYING 20-30% OF THEIR BODY WEIGHT IN THEIR BACKPACK? According to Change.org (2017), it is medically proven that children carrying more than 10% of their body weight is damaging to their spines. "Just because you can’t see the internal damage, doesn’t mean it isn’t happening" (Sams, 2017).
BECOME AWARE OF THE IMPORTANCE OF ENSURING THAT YOUR CHILD IS CARRYING NO MORE THAN 10% OF THEIR WEIGHT IN THEIR BACKPACK. -VISIT Backpack Support FOR MORE INFORMATION.
ANY STUDENT WITH NOTED HEALTH CONDITIONS ON THE HEALTH PORTION OF INFOSNAP/ HEALTH ASSESSMENT FORMS WILL REQUIRE VERIFICATION/ DOCUMENTATION FROM THEIR PHYSICIAN, PRIOR TO THE DEVELOPMENT OR CONTINUATION OF A HEALTH CARE-PLAN. PLEASE PROVIDE THE LATTER DOCUMENTATION TO YOUR CHILD’S SCHOOL NURSE AS SOON AS POSSIBLE, PREFERABLY PRIOR TO STUDENTS' FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL.
All students prescribed daily and/ or 'as needed' medication, are already required to submit updated Physician orders each school year; therefore, these students will NOT require additional medical documentation
CNP "ROCKS," is a promotion by the TCSS CNP department to advocate an active lifestyle and healthy eating habits. The Tuscaloosa County CNP team work hard on a daily basis and are making a positive difference with our students. Visit TCSS CNP on facebook handle @TCSSCNP to view the video about the CNP "Rocks" promotion and like the page to support for all of the amazing hard work the TCSS CNP staff does on behalf of our children.
MES students put together backpacks for students in the Houston area that lost all due to Hurricane Harvey destruction.
Parent E-Tip!! Policy and Procedures on Student Absenses and Tardies
-All excessive check-ins or check-outs (more than twice per/week or missing more than 2 hours of class time per/week) should be addressed by the teacher. If the student has excessive unexcused check-ins and check-outs, it will their grade since missed classroom work cannot be made up. The teacher should address this with the parent and student.
-If a student is absent 3 or more days in a week, teachers should call the parent/guardian to check on student. Teachers should remind the parents that they have 2-days to return an excuse for the student’s absence(s) or the absence(s) become unexcused and late work cannot be made up or accepted.
1.) After the student receives 6 late check-ins (tardies), administration will assign the student 1-day of in-school intervention (ISI).
2.) After the 8th tardy, the administration will assign the student 1-day of ISI.
3.) After the 10th tardy, the administration will assign the student 1-day of ASD.
4.) After each addition tardy, the administration will assign the student a day of ASD in addition to a mandatory parent conference.
In order to best address the issues of screening/background checks for Volunteers in the Tuscaloosa County School System, we need to clearly define the different levels of volunteer work. Some of our volunteers help with clerical work, assist teachers with bulletin boards, tutor students, provide teachers with duty-free lunch, serve as chaperones on field trips, and assist with extracurricular programs. Some volunteers have minimal contact with students and are always under the supervision of a teacher, while other volunteers have direct contact with students with minimal supervision from a certified school employee. Consequently, the spectrum of volunteer work at the local school can be extremely broad. Three categories of volunteers were identified.
Level 1 (RAPTOR SCREENING)
School Messenger Parent Notification System
Parents wishing to receive SMS TXT Messages from the School Messenger System must opt in.
To receive messages please send a TXT Message with the text of Y to 68453.
If you wish to opt out at any time please send a TXT message with the Text N to 68453.
UA Football players Bo Scarbrough and Rashaan Evans visit MES fifth grade students, offering fantastic mentoring.
Congratulations to Matthews Elementary Educators. Pictured, from right to left, Mr. James Smith, winner of Tuscaloosa County Support Employee Award; Ms. Andra Craig, Nominee for Jacksonville State Hall of Fame Teacher of the Year, and Mrs. Laurie Presley, Nominee for Alabama Teaccher of the Year and winer of the Tuscaloosa County School System Representative for Alabama Teacher of the Year; Principal Dr. Tripp Marshall.
Tuscaloosa Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi mentors school 5th grade students on the art of tying a tie. Pictured mentors are Rev. H.P. Thomas, Rev. Greg Morris, Daboris Lanier, and David Hood.
"Libby Listens" program. This is a motivational and learning activity in which 2 very tame and trained rescue dogs, Libby and Levi, come out and let the children read to them. The children were excited to meet the dogs, learn about the Metro Shelter, discover the difference between a tame dog and a wild dog and READ!
Books and Balls program, directed by William Tunnell, presented each student with a book and a ball. A special visit from Santa Claus was quite a treat for all. Our very own Lathum Cheatum played a soulful rendition of Away in A Manger, with Miss Geralyn Conner at CCA emcee.
Students at Matthews Elementary who exemply the 7 Leader In Me Habits were rewarded with a Positive Behavior Talent Show....
August 2018 Parents Made the Difference Calendars & Newsletters
The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) replaces the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) law and affords states greater flexibility in customizing educational plans. The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) Community Engagement Tour will highlight the benefits to Alabama public schools, students and professionals, as well as detail how ESSA will complement Alabama's Plan 2020. Click here for an ESSA Tour Map.