Six fifth graders will represent Tuscaloosa City Schools at the national level in the “Amazing Shake” competition to develop communication skills, teamwork, and professional behavior.

The Alabama State Department of Education recently announced that 50 schools statewide would share $1 million to recognize their efforts in showing the most improvement in last year’s 3rd grade reading results. Two Tuscaloosa City Schools, Tuscaloosa Magnet School – Elementary and Verner Elementary, are among them.

Governor Kay Ivey and the Alabama Department of Early Childhood Education announced on Monday that the state’s First Class Pre-K program will add 107 classrooms to 33 counties this fall. Among them: nearly 50 new classrooms in Tuscaloosa’s city and county school systems.

Shelton State Community College will partner with Tuscaloosa City Schools and Tuscaloosa County Schools to host a county-wide dual enrollment interest meeting at Tuscaloosa Career and Technology Academy (TCTA) this Tuesday, July 19 at 6:00 p.m. Students in grades 10-12 interested in earning academic and technical credit are invited to attend.

By David Miller

Jamaica Cooper had a negative attitude and was doing anything to try and fit in.

Cooper, who has cerebral palsy and uses a wheelchair, struggled to accept whatever physical limitations she had. She was different, and that was OK. But it wasn’t until she enrolled in CrossingPoints at the University of Alabama that she was able to become a confident and happy young woman.

Thursday, at the Ferguson Center ballroom on the UA campus, Cooper, along with six others, graduated from CrossingPoints, a transition program for young adults ages 18-21.

“What I learned in CrossingPoints are not things that are taught every day – self-determination and who I am,” said Cooper, 21. “I found myself here. I grew up here. I matured in such a way that the world and other teachers couldn’t teach me.”

CrossingPoints is a partnership among UA, the Tuscaloosa City, and Tuscaloosa County School Systems that helps students with significant disabilities develop skills necessary for successful adult functioning.

The search is on for a new Tuscaloosa City Schools superintendent after this week’s resignation of Dr. Paul McKendrick. The resignation came just one week after McKendrick was placed on medical leave. His tenure will end on August 5.

The Alabama State Department of Education has narrowed down the list of potential Teacher of the Year candidates to 16, and one of Tuscaloosa’s finest is among them.

Mikki Powell, a fifth grade teacher at Rock Quarry Elementary School in Tuscaloosa, was named as one of the finalists.

In December, the Tuscaloosa City School Board approved the The Tuscaloosa City Schools will host a series of community meetings to inform parents about the implementation of the system's Integrated Curriculum, Facilities and Demographics Strategic Plan. The plan, which was passed in December, focuses on three areas: curriculum and instruction, investment in staff and capital projects.
Simultaneous community-wide meetings will be held at each of the system's three high schools Feb.18 at 6 p.m. The meetings, to be held in the auditoriums of Central, Northridge and Paul W. Bryant high schools, will outline the scope of the project for parents and how it will unfold in the months to follow.

By Shane Dorrill

Seniors at Paul W. Bryant High School are still four months away from graduation, yet they’ve already been awarded more than $731,000 in scholarships for college.

Dr. Andrew Hugine, Jr., president of Alabama A&M University, presented the scholarships to almost 40 Bryant students during a ceremony on February 3.

Druid City Living (DCL) is Tuscaloosa, Alabama's premier community newspaper, covering the great people, places and activities of the area.



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