• MES students put together backpacks for students in the Houston area that lost all due to Hurricane Harvey destruction.

    backpack   backpack


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  • Parent E-Tip!!  Policy and Procedures on Student Absenses and Tardies

    PBIS Procedures:

    -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.

    Tardy Procedures:

    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.


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  • Parent Volunteer Registration (click here)

     Volunteer Programs

    Background Screening

    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.

    1. Volunteer/visitors (level 1)who enter a school or one-time event of the school and have little or no direct unsupervised contact with children.  Examples might include non-classroom assistants, PTA/Booster Club functions, guest speakers, Grandparent lunch day, etc.
    2. Volunteers with classroom exposure (level 2)who work with children as room parents, lunchroom monitors, classroom tutors and are always under the direct supervision of certified personnel.
    3. Volunteers with restricted exposure (level 3)to children and may be indirectly supervised by school staff. This may include student volunteers, interns, one-on-one tutors, overnight chaperones and extracurricular program volunteers.

    Level 1            (RAPTOR SCREENING)       

    1. Be sponsored or approved by a school or district employee.
    2. Provide some form of current government issued photo ID.
    3. Sign in on a “Volunteer/Visitor sign-in Program” at the school office
    4. Required to display a volunteer/visitor ID badge provided by the school

    Level 2 

    1. All level one requirements 
    2. Complete a volunteer orientation program with the building Principal/designee (at most schools, will be the teacher/club sponsor/coach coordinating the activity).
    3. If required, extracurricular program volunteers must comply with any applicable rules and/or regulations for that particular program (ie. AHSAA).

    Level 3

    1. All level one and two requirements
    2. A complete background check through Employment Screening Services ($15.00 and completed online). Each school should have a link to the online program on its homepage. A completed background check is emailed to the principal/designee at the school. Volunteers may receive a TCSS volunteer badge with a principal’s approval.
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  • School Messenger Parent Notification System

    The Tuscaloosa County School System is continuing its partnership with School Messenger to provide communications to our students, parents and employees.

    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.


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  • UA Football players Bo Scarbrough and Rashaan Evans visit MES fifth grade students, offering fantastic mentoring.

      UA Football Players    UA Football Players


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  •     Award           Award 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. 



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  • 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.

    Ties Ties Ties Ties Ties Ties

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  • Libby Listens   Libby Listens  

    "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. Libby Listens 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! Libby Listens


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  •  Books and Balls    Books and Balls      Books and Balls    Books and Balls    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.

    Books and Balls   Books and Balls    Books and Balls   Books and Balls    Books and Balls   Books and Balls   Books and Balls    Books and Balls   Books and Balls  Books and Balls   Books and Balls


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  •     Students at Matthews Elementary who exemply the 7 Leader In Me Habits were rewarded with a Positive Behavior Talent Show....

    Talent Show  

        Talent Show    Talent Show

     Talent Show   

    Talent Show     Talent Show

     Talent Show     Talent Show  

     Talent Show


            Talent Show


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  • Miss Alabama 2017           Miss Alabama 2017  

    Matthews Elementary was honored to have Miss Alabama Baylee Smith and talk to the students, faculty and staff about bullying.  B.R.A.V.E.  Building Responsibility Acceptance Voice Empowerment, her message was well received by all.

      Miss Alabama 2017     Miss Alabama 2017


    Miss Alabama 2017    

    Miss Alabama 2017


     Miss Alabama 2017


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  • Homework Help - Spanish Flyer


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  • Adventure is Calling!  Join the Cub Scouts!Boy Scouts  

    Boy Scouts

    Boy Scouts of America      Sign-Up Night for The Cub Scouts- Thursday, August 25, 2016, 6:00pm Matthews Elementary Gym.  Annual Registration - $10.00  Boys Life Magazine - $5.00

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  • Northport First United Methodist Church donated funds and books to Matthews Elementary School Library.  Expressing much gratitude are Mrs. Carson, Librarian, Ms. Craig  and Mrs. Lewis, 5th grade teachers, and the 5th Grade Student Council Students.

      Donated Books


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  • A special THANK YOU to Matthews Elementary Faculty, Staff, Students, and Parents, for your cooperation and participation with the Blessing Bag project!! We will deliver 75 bags and along with bags made at RQE, all bags will be delivered over spring break to the Jesus Way Shelter and also to Love Inc where they will be taken to tent villages and identified homeless in Tuscaloosa. 

    Bless Up   Bless Up   Bless Up   Bless Up  


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  •  Visitation Policy

    Visitation Policy SPANISH


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  • A special congratulations to our 2016 MLK Bowl Competitors:

     4th Grade:  Zamoria Prewitt, Caleb Jackson, William McClain, Gabriella Jefferson

     5th Grade: Rachell Reed, Kameron Bender, Kailyn Deloatch, Markia Jones, & Jean De Alva Rodriguez

     MLK MLK mlk mlk



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  • ARTS     The Arts Renaissance in Tuscaloosa Schools visited Matthews Elementary 4th graders.  Led by Melinda Mann, the students were treated to creating their own gingerbread houses using icing, graham crackers, and candy.


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  • Stillman College Students visit Matthews Elementary. Reading to first grade classes are: Brittany Hollins - Miss Stillman College, who read to Mrs. Galloway's first grade class; Amber Webster - Miss Tiger Pride, who read to Ms. Conway's first grade class; Onika Abrams- Miss Junior, who read to Ms. Romero's first grade class; Velvet Vester - Mr. Sophistication Unlimited, who read to to Mr. Bowden's first grade class. Seated reading to Mrs. Morales' first grade class is J'Lyrice Miller, Miss Krimson and Kreme.

     Stillman College Students Mystery Readers       J'Lyrice Miller, Miss Krimson and Kreme


    Stillman College Students Mystery Readers      Stillman College Students Mystery Readers



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  • Happy Thanksgiving!

    Thanksgiving Lunch Thanksgiving Lunch

    Thanksgiving Lunch Thanksgiving Lunch

    Thanksgiving Lunch Thanksgiving Lunch

    Thanksgiving Lunch Thanksgiving Lunch Thanksgiving Lunch

    Thanksgiving Lunch Thanksgiving Lunch Thanksgiving Lunch Thanksgiving Lunch Thanksgiving Lunch



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  • Fifth grade students visited the WVUA Newsroom, Moody Music Hall, and the McClure Library on the University of Alabama campus. 

        5th Grade Visiting UA

    5th Grade Visiting UA     5th Grade Visiting UA



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  • Friendly Reminder:  Invention Convention is today, Thursday, Oct. 29th, on your child's regular G.A.T.E. day.  Items Due:  Invention Planning Sheet, Invention and/or picture (snapshot, video, etc.), and a brief oral presentation (with demonstration, if applicable).  Excitement and anticipation of imaginations shared is in the air!  

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  • Grandparents Day grandparents day grandparents

    Grandparents Day Grandparents Day Luncheon

    Friday, September 25 - Kindergarten, Second & Fourth Grade

    Friday, October 2 - Third, First & Fifth Grade

    Lunch is during class regulary scheduled lunch time

    grandparents day


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  • Mrs. Cameron Thomas

    Hello!  My name is Cameron Thomas and I am from Montgomery, AL.  I attended the University of Alabama where I received my B.S. in Early Childhood Education.  Knowing I wanted to teach elementary school and further my education, I went on to achieve my M.A. in Elementary Education from Faulkner University in Montgomery.  I married my college sweetheart in March 2014, and we were just blessed with our first baby girl, Lakyn Grace.  I love to travel, shop, spend time with my family and friends, go to the beach, rock my baby girl, and try new places to eat.  I attend Church of the Highlands.  I love living here in "Tide Country"... Roll Tide Roll!!!  I taught kindergarten at Faucett-Vestavia last year, so this will be my second year teaching.  I am very excited to join the Matthews Elementary faculty and look forward to teaching 4th grade this year!




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  • Kayla Carpenter

     Hello! My name is Kayla Carpenter. I am from Bloomington, IN. I am a Multiple Abilities Program graduate (MAP) and I recently graduated from the University of Alabama with a B.S. in Special Education K-6th and Elementary Education K-6th. I love to read, travel, and take pictures. I am an avid Alabama fan and I enjoy cheering on the Crimson Tide. This will be my first year teaching and I’m excited to get started at Matthews Elementary School!


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  • Dr. Marshall

    Good Day Matthews Elementary School-


    My name is Tripp Marshall and I could not be any more excited about being selected as the new Principal of Matthews Elementary. Go Tornadoes! I am originally from New Brockton, Alabama (small town in Coffee County) where I graduated from New Brockton High School in 1990. As a collegiate undergraduate student, I attended the University of Alabama (UA) where I obtained a B.A. (English) with a comprehensive Social Science certification. I also attended graduate school at UA where I received a M.Ed. in Educational Leadership, an Ed.S.in Educational Leadership, and a Ph.D. in Educational Administration. I began my teaching career at Hillcrest Middle School as a 7th Grade Social Studies teacher in January of 2000. In June of 2008, I was selected as the Assistant Principal at Brookwood Middle School which is where I have remained until now. I have been married to my beautiful wife Emily Kilgore Marshall for 11 years. Emily is employed at Maxwell Elementary as the school’s Speech/Language Pathologist. We currently reside in the Big Sandy community located a few miles south of Taylorville. My official starting date at Matthews is slated for Thursday, July 2nd. Again, I am extremely proud to become a part of this magnificent school and I look forward to meeting everyone. Have a great summer and I’ll see you soon.

    Dr. Tripp Marshall-


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  • Watch D.O.G.S. (Dads of Great Students) is an innovative father involvement, educational initiative of the National Center for Fathering.  There are two primary goals of the Watch D.O.G.S. program:
    1. To provide positive male role models for students, demonstrating by their presence that education is important. 
    2. Provide extra sets of eyes and ears to enhance school security and reduce bullying.  The presence of a father or father figure provides an additional deterrent to bullying, enhance a sense of security in the building, and help to create an environment conducive to learning.
    See photo gallery at the bottom of this page for more Watch D.O.G.S. pictures.
    Watch D.O.G.S.      Watch D.O.G.S.    Watch D.O.G.S.      Watch D.O.G.S.     Watch D.O.G.S.    Watch D.O.G.S.     Watch D.O.G.S.    Watch D.O.G.S.      Watch D.O.G.S.     Watch D.O.G.S.
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  • Our Adopt-A-School Partners, Kappa Alpha Psi, held their annual Guide Right Program. They recognized several of our students for outstanding academic achievements. 

    They also presented our principal, Dr. David Scott, with a $1000 donation
    Guide Right  
    Guide RIght  
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  • PTA Meeting PTA Meeting
    Thursday, October 15th 
     Matthews Elementary School Cafeteria
    Come and meet Matthews Elementary 2015-2016 PTA President Ms. Brandi Prewitt and Vice-Presient Mr. Amos Davis
    PTA     PTA

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  • Congratulations to Mrs. Laurie Presley, 2nd grade teacher.  Mrs. Presley is the Alabama State Teacher of the Year Nominee, and is the recipient of the Jacksonville State University Teacher Hall of fame award.
     Presley Award Presley Award Presley Award

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  • TECH BROCHURE MINI 2  Online Resources for Students and Parents

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  • Matthews Elementary student, faculty, and staff raised $323.14 for Toys for Tots.  Toys For Tots representative Master Sergeant  Ryan Leach, Marine Corp Reserve accepts the donation poses with Matthews students in the new Activity Building.
     Toys For Tots

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  • The Special Areas Department is doing an amazing job in engaging students with science experiments.  Instructors Ms. Matthews and Mrs. Johnson help students explore together how to make ExploraGoo and how to make Balloons Blowup.  Using regular household kitchen items, students learn that they can learn science stuff and have fun at the same time. 
     Special Areas     Special Areas   Special Areas     Special Areas

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  • Alabama Action visited Matthews Elementary and did an outstanding jobs beautifying the school.
    Alabama Action Alabama Action Alabama Action Alabama Action

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  • Important Websites:
    To sign up to receive email or text messages about school events and activities, click on this link:  School Information Reminder.
    You can also complete your free/reduced lunch application online by clicking on the link:  Lunch Application.
    To find our your child's bus number and pick up/drop/off times, click on this link:  Transportation Information
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  • GoToSchool
    We look forward to seeing you on the first day, every day, all day!
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