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Thursday, April 30, 2009

Tickets to THS Graduation

As one would image, interest in the THS Graduation Ceremony and our speaker Dr. Condoleezza Rice is high. Due to the seating capacity of Harwell Auditorium, we must limit the number of people who may may be seated in that facility. First preference is given to the invited guests of our students, employees of the Talladega City Board of Education, and local dignitaries. Remaining tickets will be given on a first-come, first-served basis. A plan will be formulated to handle the overflow that we are not able to seat in Harwell Auditorium.

As people ask you how they can obtain tickets, please direct them to TalladegaCitySchools.blogspot.com. There, they will find a link on the right-hand side of the screen through which they can put their name on the list. There is no cost for the tickets, but there is a limit of two per party.

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Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Save the Date--Foundation Dinner

The Talladega City Schools Foundation Dinner for next year will be Tuesday, April 13, 2010. The event will be held at Shocco Springs.

We hope that by publicizing the date this early, we will avoid conflicts with other school-sponsored activities.

Please mark your calendars!


Condoleezza Rice to Speak

We are excited that the Daily Home is the first newspaper in the nation to have this story!



Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Pandemic Flu

Pandemic Influenza is a topic that is very much on the minds of the Alabama Department of Public Health. Operational plans that they have at this point are posted here. During the coming year, we anticipate plans being created extended down to the school level as to exactly what we would do in the case of an outbreak. A good plan is like the insurance we carry on our automobiles or homes. We hope we will never have to use it. Having a plan gives us that piece of mind in knowing that it is there if we need it.

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Saturday, April 25, 2009

THS Jazz Band Entertains at Hall of Fame Induction

The Talladega High School Jazz Band provided the entertainment for this year's International Motor Sports Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. The band provided 45 minutes of music without ever repeating a selection. For the many who came from far away to attend this prestigious event, the only impression they have of the Talladega City School System is the one these young people gave them.

The jazz band represented us well, as does every facet of this band program wherever it goes. A great deal of preparation went into what turned out to be a stellar performance. They also had a great deal of fun along the way. Click on the presentation below to see what we mean.


Thursday, April 16, 2009

Two Roads

Two roads diverged in a wood, and I--

I took the one less traveled by,

And that has made all the difference.

At the close of my senior year thirty-two years ago, my closest classmates were preparing to enter the University of Alabama as Computer Science majors. To the surprise of many, I took a different road—education. It was a choice that has served me well and a field that has allowed me to use a variety of talents. It is a profession to which I have given much. It is a profession which has given back in return.

Two roads diverge again for me now. One path is familiar and comfortable. The other offers both a challenge and a chance to affect change on a larger scale, and it is that road I am choosing to take.

I will be retiring at the end of June.

If I had it all to do again, I would do very little any differently. Four school systems and 28 years brings one in contact with a wide variety of people. Along the road, I have been privileged to work with some incredible talent, and a fair share of it has been during this last 12 years here in this place.

Over a year ago, our school system revisited its vision and found that the words “moving forward” encapsulated how this system sees itself. The slightly longer “Moving forward to meet the demands of a changing world” recognizes that the world we must prepare for tomorrow will be different than the one in which we live in today. New tools and new practices will replace the old, and my desire is to be a part of the process for making that journey easier for others.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I--
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

Moving forward,

Frank Buck

Monday, April 13, 2009

Digital Whiteboard Demonstrations

personalized greetings

Interwrite has developed a series of instructional videos on using EasiTeach, software which comes with your Interwrite digital whiteboard. You can view these at any time by going to this address.

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Talladega City Library Media Guide

Several years ago, our library media specialists composed a guide to help standardize practice throughout the system and serve as a tool to help new library media specialists. The guide however, was spread across two dozen Word files and was not accessible to teachers as a whole.

I have combines all of the multiple files into one single document. It is posted where everyone can access it.

You can also get to the document by going to: TeachTalladega>Downloadable Documents>Curriculum>Library>Library Media.


Friday, April 10, 2009

Goldilocks and the Three Bears

Goldilocks is a lively girl who has one big problem: she can't keep her hands off Other People's Things! Join us as Goldilocks gets into trouble with everything from a jewelry box to a bird's nest and see what happens in that little cottage in the woods while the bears are out for a walk. In a new twist Goldilocks is caught on tape and is taught a lesson by the bears and the audience. She learns that unless she is invited she won't touch Other People's Things!

This adaptation is being performed by the Birmingham Children's Theatre at the the Historic Ritz Theatre. Students in grades K, 1, and 2 from all Talladega City Schools will attend a performance of this work on April 14. Thanks to Tom Wofford, Executive Director, for bringing this performance to our students.


Tuesday, April 07, 2009

Energy Action Workshop

The Alabama Dept. of Economic & Community Affairs Energy Division and National Energy Foundation is offering a half-day workshop for those interested in starting an "Energy Action Patrol" student conservation group at their school.

The workshop will be held Wednesday, April 15 at the Jefferson County School Central Office from 11:30 to 3:30 P.M. Lunch is provided.

This workshop is open to teachers in grades 5-8. Dr. Horton is interested in sending one teacher from either 5th or 6th grade and one teacher from either 7th or 8th grade.

The sponsoring organization will pay $50 towards the substitute, you will receive 4 hours of professional development credit, and you will be provided with a full complement of materials.

Additional information is provided is located here.

If you are interested in attending, you may contact Dr. Buck directly.


Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Interwrite Resources

Teachers at each of our schools have Interwrite boards (digital white boards) and/or SchoolPads. This post contains information on resources that are available. While this time of year gets busy for many of us, this post and links to its resources will always be available to you.