Tuscaloosa County School System

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    Once again, the Alabama State Department of Education has purchased ACT Online Prep for high school juniors.  This online prep tool available from the makers of the ACT®test, helps students become more familiar with the format of the ACT. Students will receive a predicted ACT score using practice tests. Strengths and areas where additional review is needed are identified. The platform also includes a game center and flashcards. Students can participate in a structured or adaptive learning path and have ability to access ACT Online Prep via computer or by using the free mobile app.

    Login credentials are available through each high school’s counseling department.


     

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  • Achieve Alabama Scholarship Portal – www.achievealabama.org
    Helping connect students throughout the State of Alabama with the school that best fits their needs and the scholarship opportunities that will enable them to pursue their goals and dreams.

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  • Tuscaloosa County Schools has a new mobile app available in the Itunes app store and the Google app store. Search for Tuscaloosa County Schools to download the app on your phone or tablet.

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  • Click the link below to go to the 2016-17 Child Nutrition Program Online Lunch Application page:

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  • The problem with the sanitary sewer system at Collins-Riverside Middle has been found and now repaired. All systems are back working normally and a professional cleaning company is completing the cleaning and sanitizing of any affected area. Classes will resume as normal beginning on Wednesday, February 21, 2018.


     

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  • Alabama State Report Card

    Message from the Superintendent

    February 1, 2018

    In 2012, the Alabama legislature secured a bi-partisan vote that created the Legislative School Performance Recognition Program Act – Act No. 2012-402, which legally requires a letter grade assessment to be assigned to most Alabama public schools. In accordance with this law, as well as the requirements from the federal Alabama’s Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), Alabama school officials have worked to create the “Alabama State Report Card”.

     

    Today, the Alabama State Department of Education released the “Alabama State Report Card” for each school and school system in Alabama. The purpose of this report card is to provide parents and the community-at-large a look at our schools and to share part of the story about what is happening. In the Tuscaloosa County School System, we welcome accountability and the transparency expected for our schools. Just as no one score or overall grade can truly describe the full measure of effectiveness of a student, school, or any other entity, the “Alabama State Report Card” is a beginning.

     

    The effectiveness of our schools is a shared effort and responsibility – by teachers, staff members, administrators, parents, students, and the community-at-large. Our faculty and staff members work hard each day to provide a positive learning environment where students feel safe, loved, and are motivated to do their best. We are also very proud of the engagement of our families, community leaders, and many partners who are working with us. It is through this dedication and effort that our students will be able to improve, achieve at high levels, and graduate as prepared leaders for our society. 

     

    While the public may hear reports of concerns related to the development and criteria for this particular report card, our schools will continue to concentrate on strategies for improvement. Our conversation and focus will center on learning, a collaborative culture, and results for student achievement, all while attending to the many diverse needs of students who come through our doors each day. As our parents and community review the “Alabama State Report Card”, I strongly invite you to become more engaged in our schools and work with us in a positive manner so that we may continue on a path of success.

     

    Within each report card, information about academic achievement, academic growth, graduation rate, college and career indicators, chronic absenteeism, and student engagement will be found. In addition to these indicators that only begin to share the story, parents and community members may also want to consider the following:

     

    • The graduation rate for each of the six high schools and the school system is increasing each year. The 2017 Alabama State Report Card reports data based on the 2016 cohort of students. While the graduation rate for the 2017 cohort has not been fully certified by the State, all indications are the graduation rate for the school system and all six high schools continues to increase.

    • Over $10,530,000 in scholarships were earned by Tuscaloosa County School System students during the 2016-2017 school year.

    • The Tuscaloosa County School System was added to the “Advanced Placement (AP) District Honor Roll” by the AP College Board due to the expansion of AP course opportunities and improved performance of our advanced placement students

    • Through the partnership with West Alabama Works of the Chamber of Commerce of West Alabama, we have been able to expand the career and technical education programs throughout our school system. As a result, students are now able to access more options that will better prepare them for college or the workforce.

    • Teachers within each school are working collaboratively in professional learning communities to develop learning targets based on standards, align instruction to standards, deepen rigor in instructional practices, intervene early with struggling students, and accelerate learning for more able students. This work is essential in ensuring long-term positive growth for student achievement, engagement, and overall culture.

     

    We encourage all parents and community members to review the “Alabama State Report Card” for our schools and school system. Links to this information may be found on the Alabama State Department website (http://www.alsde.edu) as well as our school system website (http://www.tcss.net). In addition to the report cards, you will find interpretive guides and answers to some of the most common questions. Finally, if you are already involved in your local school, please continue! If not, talk with a teacher, staff member, or administrator and join with us as we prepare this next generation for our future.

     

    Walter W. Davie, Ed.D.

    Superintendent


     Important Links

    Commonly Asked Questions 

    Alabama State Report Card – What You Need to Know

    Prototype Example – Elementary & Middle Schools

    Prototype Example – High Schools

    Prototype Example – School Systems

    Alabama State Report Card for Tuscaloosa County School

    (click on above link to access report from each school & school system)

2018 Graduation Ceremonies

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  • In order to be considered for the TCSS Pre-Kindergarten lottery, prospective students MUST live in the Tuscaloosa County School Zone or have a parent who is an employee of the Tuscaloosa County School System. Priority will be given to prospective students who reside within the local school zone of the Pre-Kindergarten program and to school zones where there is no current Pre-Kindergarten program. The Pre-Kindergarten enrollment lottery will take place on March 6, 2018 at each local school with a current Pre-Kindergarten program. For additional information regarding the Pre-K lottery, please contact the local school.

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  • Academic Calendar for 2018-2019 Approved

    Meeting in regular session on Monday, November 13, 2017, the Tuscaloosa County Board of Education approved the academic calendar for the 2018-2019 school year. You may access the approved calendar by clicking on the link below.

    2018-2019 Academic Calendar


     

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  • Wellness Nurse Click here to see the new Spring 2018 TCSS Wellness Screening Schedule.

     

    Click Here to see the PEEHIP Wellness Screening schedule for Tuscaloosa and surrounding counties.

     


     

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  • IMPORTANT 2017-2018 HEALTH ASSESSMENT DOCUMENTATION CHANGE:

    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.

     

    • A Physician's note will be required in order to confirm students' medical diagnosis.
    • This note will NOT be required on an annual basis; however, any medical updates on a student's condition should be provided to the school nurse annually. 
    • Any student whom we do not receive a medical diagnosis confirmation on from the Physician, will be placed in a 'disabled mode' in INOW. 
    • 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.

     

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  • Child Find

    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.


     

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