Weather Notice

Huntsville City Schools will operate on a 2-hour delay on Tuesday, November 12, 2019.  The two-hour delay will also apply to all HCS employees, unless otherwise directed by your supervisor.  The current forecast does not call for accumulations of winter-like precipitation, but does include a significant wind chill.  The delay will allow time for conditional improvements to ensure safe travel and improved conditions for our buses, students, and staff. 


All elementary, middle, and junior high classes will begin at 10:00am.  All high school classes will begin at 10:30am.  Buses will also run on a two-hour delayed schedule. 


The HCS Weather Safety Team will work in conjunction with the EMA and other local agencies to monitor conditions and send out updates should any additional changes be necessary.  For more information about the weather safety decision process, please select the more information link below.

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Laura Dowdy

I am originally from the Shoals. I moved to the Huntsville area where I live with my family after residing in Southern California for more than a decade. I am happy to be home in North Alabama and excited about teaching my kindergarten students at Ridgecrest this year!
Master of Science in Education, Concentration: Elementary Curriculum and Instruction, Emphasis: Early Childhood Education (California State University, Fullerton)
Cross Cultural Language and Academic Development Certificate (University of San Diego)
Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education (University of North Alabama)
Bachelor of Science in English, Minor in History (University of North Alabama)
Alabama: Class B, Early Childhood Education, Grades P-3, Highly Qualified Teacher
Alabama: Class B, Elementary Education, Grades K-6, Highly Qualified Teacher
California: Clear Multiple Subject Teaching Certificate, General Subjects
California: Clear Cross Cultural Language and Academic Development Certificate
I have primarily taught grades K-3 throughout my career, though I do have experience in upper grades as well. I taught kindergarten, first grade, and second grade for many years in Orange County, California. In Alabama, I was a teacher in Madison City and Florence City before relocating to Huntsville. This is my third year as a kindergarten teacher at Ridgecrest Elementary.