Tuscaloosa County School System

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  • Academic Scholars Offered in Middle Schools

    As part of our mission to educate and empower all students to be college and career ready graduates, a strengthened and highly rigorous program for our high-achieving students has been implemented at the middle school level. This program, known as the Academic Scholars Program, began in the 2014-2015 school year. Academic Scholars Program provides a framework of learning which encourages students to become creative, critical, and reflective thinkers.

    Offered in all four academic classes in the 6th and 7th grades for the 2015-2016 school year, and adding 8th grade in the 2016-2017 school year, the Academic Scholars Program provides intellectual and creative challenges to help students become skilled problem solvers and critical thinkers. In addition, the program incorporates project-based learning to give hands-on opportunities for students to learn, fostering the development of skills for communication, understanding, and team building, qualities that are essential for life in the 21st century.                                                                                                                                                    

    Overview

    • Provided at the Middle School level, beginning with rising 6th grade students in 2014-2015; 7th grade students in 2015-2016; 8th grade students in 2016-2017
    • Offers courses for all four core disciplines: English, mathematics, science, and social studies
    • Emphasis on project-based learning and “Science and Technology interpreted through Engineering and the Arts, all based in Mathematical elements” (STEAM)
    • Goal of producing students who are problem-solvers and have high critical thinking skills

        Rising 6th Graders (for 2015-2016)

      Entrance Criteria

      • 80% or higher in each of the four core subjects (math, reading, science, social studies) 1st, 2nd, 3rd nine weeks.
      • 70 or higher National Percentile Ranking (NPR) in mathematics and/or in reading

      NOTE: If the entrance criteria are met in math, the rising 6th grade student will qualify for the Math/Science Academic Scholars program. If criteria are met in reading, the rising 6th grade student will qualify for the English/Science/Social Studies program.

       

      Option for Parent Override

      • If a student does not meet the 70 NPR, but has met the grading criteria and an NPR of at least a 60, a parent override will be accepted through the first four days of the school year. An override request must be made to the school principal no later than August 18,2015.
      • In order to continue in the Academic Scholars Program for the 7th grade year, a current 6th grade academic scholar must maintain an 80% or higher grade in each of the core subjects for each nine week period. There will be no parent override for 7th grade.


      Contact your local school principal if you have questions about the Academic Scholars Program.

     

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  • FFN Reminder to all Employees the Family Fun Night presented by Lance Hocutt will be August 10th at the Tuscaloosa Amphitheater starting at 4:30pm. RSVP are due on July 31st by Emailing: ffntuscaloosa@gmail.com for your tickets. 

     

     

    This event is for Tuscaloosa County School System Employees and their family members, It is not open to the general public.

     

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  • IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT ABOUT BACK PACKS 
     
    Dear Parents and Legal Guardians,
     

    Back Pack

    Please be advised that as a result of the action taken by our TCSS Board of Education clear and/or mesh back packs are not required for the 2015-2016 school year. We do prefer that you invest in this item but we understand that they are difficult to find at times and they are not as resistant and durable as other back packs.
     
    Also, as you go shopping for school supplies please remember that we have a very specific dress code. We have posted our Dress Code policy on our website in the Parent Info section (see the menu at the top of this page) under Important Information for you to easily print when you take your child shopping for school clothes.
     
    Thank you for your assistance and diligence and we hope you enjoy the remainder of your summer with your children.  
     
    Doc.


     

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  • Back to School Immunization Schedule Announced

    Immunization  

    Parents: All children must have current immunization certificates on file in your local school office before starting school. Check with your school office if you have any questions about your child’s certificate. Children who need immunizations may receive them at the Tuscaloosa County Health Department on Thursdays throughout the summer. However, an appointment is required and may be made by calling (205) 562-6900. 

     
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  • calendar clip art The Academic Calendar for the 2015-2016 school year has been approved.  2015-2016 Academic Calendar approved by the Board of Education
     
     
     
     
     
     
     

     
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Announcements

  • Substitute Bus Drivers are needed   

    New Bus Driver Orientation Class on Tuesday, August 18, 2015 from 9:00 - 12:00 at the Tuscaloosa County School Bus Shop. If interested, please call the office @ 342-2636   


     
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  • Free/Reduced Meal Online Application
    You are now able to apply online for free and reduced meals online at https://tcss.rocketscanapps.com  If you apply online, you DO NOT need to send in an application to your child’s school.  We look forward to serving you this school year.
     

     
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