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MATHCOUNTS Competition MathCounts

Six Thomas County Middle School students competed against five other schools in the MATHCOUNTS competition series recently held at Albany State University. Briley Chapman, TCMS seventh-grade student, qualified for the state competition to be held on March 18 in Atlanta.

 

GMEA District Honor Band Clinic TC Seal

 

On February 8-9, twenty-five students from Thomas County Middle School participated in the GMEA District 2 Honor Band Clinic. These students competed with hundreds of other students from around the Southwest District for chairs in this prestigious band. TCMS had the highest number of students participating in District Honor Band (DHB) out of the 15 middle schools participating this year.  To read the entire article, click 'Read more' below.

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Baseball Opening Ceremony TC Logo

Pre-game festivities will begin at 3:40 P.M.

BB Opening

TCMS Valentine's Dance TC Seal

Valentine's Dance

A Trip to Motown Drama

All sixth, seventh, and eighth-grade students from Thomas County Middle School recently attended a Motown performance at The Thomasville Center for the Arts. Seventh-grade students began the first phase of comparing a stage production to a written work by attending "A Trip to Motown" performance, and will continue this comparison by reading a short story about Motown.

High school students also presented a song and dance show accompanied by singing by a local artist. Historic information accompanied the musical selection.

Motown

Character Education Students for the Month of January Character Ed

Character Education students are chosen once a month by their teachers for portraying the selected character trait for that month.   Students chosen are treated to lunch with our Parent Involvement Coordinator, Terry Dukes.  This month, students were treated at Whataburger.

For the month of January, students were chosen for their Good Judgement -  students with this trait tend to choose worthy goals and set priorities.  They think through the consequences of their actions, and base decisions on practical wisdom and good sense.   

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Hands-On Science J.Wiggins3

Students in Mr. Wiggins' science class had the opportunity to build their own electromagnets using an iron nail, copper wire, and a battery. Students were able to investigate factors that increase the strength of the magnetic force. There was also a competition to see which group could construct the strongest electromagnet.

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Region Technology Winners Advance to State Tech Fair

Twelve students from Thomas County Middle School and Thomas County Central High School traveled to Bainbridge to participate in the annual Regional Technology Fair on January 26, 2019.  There were over 100 participants in the fair competing in various technology categories and age divisions from Thomas, Grady, Decatur, and Lee Counties. Our students did an outstanding job bringing home 5 first-place medals, 5 second-place medals, and 2 third-place medals.  Every student from Thomas County placed in the top 3 of their category and division. All first place medalists will advance to the state competition held in Macon on March 9.

To read the entire article, click 'Read more' below.

Region Tech Winners 2019

 

Collaborative Science Lab TC Seal

Students from Mrs. Phillips' 8th-grade science class recently joined 7th and 8th-grade students in Mrs. McDonald's class for a science lab. In an effort to provide authentic learning opportunities for all students, the teachers collaborated to create a hands-on lab examining the effects of static electricity. A multitude of skills were tied into the lesson, and most importantly, students thoroughly enjoyed working with one another in such a dynamic and meaningful way.

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System-wide Spelling Bee Winners Buzz holding books

Congratulations to Sara Connell for placing first in the System-wide Spelling Bee! First runner up was Jackson Nestale, and third place was awarded to Jesse Benton. Sara will represent our system in the regional bee held on Saturday, February 23 in Bainbridge.

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Students Work Together to Build and Communicate Using a Telegraph collab3

Fifth and eighth-grade MERIT students recently had the opportunity to collaborate on an electromagnetism lesson in the media center.  To read the entire article, please click "Read more" below.

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SAT Workshop TC Seal

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Hand-In-Hand Pre-K and Kindergarten Registration PreK K Registration

Hand-In-Hand Primary School is holding Pre-K and Kindergarten registration for the 2019-2020 school year on Monday, February 4, and Tuesday, February 5, from 9:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. both days. Registration will take place on the Board of Education campus in the Professional Learning Center. For Pre-K, your child must be 4 or 5 years old ON or BEFORE September 1, 2019. All eligible students signed up for Pre-K on these days will be guaranteed a slot. Click on the link below for more information.

Hand-In-Hand Pre-K/K Registration

Purchase your TCMS Yearbook

Buy a Yearbook

Fifth-grade Bingo for Books Night Buzz holding books

Book Bingo Night -5th grade

Second Nine Weeks Honors Assemblies TC Seal

Honors Assemblies for the second nine weeks will be held Thursday, January 17th, at the following times:
6th grade: 8:15 A.M.
7th grade: 10:00 A.M.
5th grade: 11:30 A.M.
8th grade: 1:30 P.M.

Envision Credit Union Grant Awarded TC Seal

Envision Credit Union recently awarded Kendra Reeves, fifth-grade teacher at Thomas County Middle School, with a $500 classroom grant.  Reeves applied for the grant in August and was notified on January 9th of the decision to name her proposal as the grant winner for Spring 2019.  

Reeves' proposal was for the purchase of the premium version of the program, Splash Math, to cover all 79 of her math students.  Students currently have access to the free version, but the premium version would allow students to access the program as often as they would like from home or school.  Splash Math is aligned to the Georgia Standards of Excellence, so students can work on all standards, striving towards mastery of each.  Reeves stated that "the premium version of the program would allow students to download the app and access the program offline.  For our students that need the extra help in math and have a device but do not have internet access at home, this will provide unlimited access and will help improve their skills tremendously."

Pictured below in the forefront is Megan Lee, Envision Community Development Assistant presenting the grant money along with a gift basket to Kendra Reeves, along with Assistant Principals Deann Garcia and Lisa Clements.

Envision Grant

Students Travel Virtually Using New VR Headsets VR2

Students in Mrs. Sharpe's fifth-grade class went on an in-class virtual field trip using Thomas County Middle School's new VR headsets to explore the Great Barrier Reef, Borneo Rainforest, and get up close and personal with bacteria. Students were able to classify plants and animals encountered along the way and identify adaptations of each. Students also learned about different types of bacteria, how bacteria are transmitted, and how antibiotics are used to treat bacterial infections.
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TCMS Salvation Army Can Drive Yellow Jacket

Students at TCMS donated over 6,722 canned food items to the Salvation Army this Christmas. The TCMS Student Council sponsors this annual event. The top winners for each grade-level are: 
5th grade: Mrs. Ryan's Homeroom (250 cans)
6th grade: Mr. Braswell's Homeroom (257 cans)
7th grade: Mrs. Simmons' Homeroom (365 cans)
8th grade: Mr. Wiggins' Homeroom (407 cans)

Top donating student school-wide: Jordan Bass (204 cans).

During the assembly, a dedication ceremony was also held to honor Earl & Faye Williams, who served many tireless years serving Thomas County Schools. The Thomas County Board of Education Administration Offices was officially renamed the Earl & Faye Williams Administrative Offices, to recognize and remember their hard work and dedication to Thomas County Schools. Mr. Williams started the Salvation Army canned food drive when he served as principal of the middle school. We wanted to honor Mr. Williams during a ceremony that meant so much to him.

During the 5th and 6th grade assembly, Sandra Maroney's name was drawn to win the TCMS Soccer gift basket - congratulations!

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Project Christmas Book Project Christmas Book

All students in Ms. Eaves' fifth-grade class received a book for Christmas, thanks to the generous donations from Ms. Eaves' family members, friends, and co-workers.  Each 'sponsor' received a student (or more than one student) in Ms. Eaves' homeroom to purchase a book for.  On the morning of December 18, 2018, students walked into Ms. Eaves' room and were surprised to see a book on their desks! Each student received a brand new book with an encouraging note personally addressed by the donor inside. Students loved their books and wrote thank you notes to their anonymous sponsors. #thomascountyreads

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Flu Vaccine Given in January flu shot

We are pleased to announce that the Thomas County Health Department will be coming to your child's school during the month of January to offer the flu vaccine. There will be no out-of-pocket cost for your child to receive the vaccine given during the school flu clinics. If you would like for your child to get vaccinated at the school flu clinic, please click on the link below for more information and to access the consent form: 

Flu Packet to return by January 15, 2018

MERIT Ornament Presentation Night MN ornaments

On Tuesday night, December 11th, the 8th-grade MERIT team at Thomas County Middle School gathered to celebrate the students' accomplishments as part of the MERIT family. Most of these students were celebrating their fourth year in the program for gifted and high achieving students.  To read the entire article, click 'Read more' below.

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TCMS Students Help with SWAYJ TC Seal

Eighth-grade MERIT students recently delivered blankets that they had collected for the high school's annual Shop with a Yellow Jacket (SWAY J) event. The middle schoolers called their program WULY J, Warm Up a Little Yellow Jacket, with the goal of helping to provide needed items for the children who would be served through SWAY J. Students collected over 140 blankets and numerous pairs of socks.  Because of the great response, blankets and socks were also donated to Homeless Hookup in Thomasville and Hospice of Southwest Georgia.

Middle school students also donated over 350 books for children served through the SWAY J program. Three members of the Reading Bowl team, Walker Cobb, Addison Weiss, and Meghan Moncrief, helped to pass out books; and eighth-grade grade MERIT student, Kaytlyn Prevatt, helped to pass out blankets during the event.

Pictured below is Meghan Moncrief, Addison Weiss, Buzz, Kaytlyn Prevatt, and Walker Cobb at the SWAYJ event showing some of the great books to be given away in the first picture. 

In the second picture, eighth-grade MERIT students are delivering blankets to the high school administration to be given out at SWAYJ.  To see more, click 'Read more' below.

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Thomas County Schools named Google Reference District Google Reference District

The Thomas County School System has been named a Google Reference District. In order to become a reference district, Google must recognize the work being done by a district with G Suite for Education and send an application to the system.  

Thomas County Schools began using G Suite for Education in 2015. Since that time, the district has adopted Google Chromebooks at a rate of one device per student in grades 2-12.  Students in grades 9-12 are allowed to check out a Chromebook for use both at home and at school.

“Adding G Suite tools and Chromebooks in our district has allowed our teachers to do many things that they have never been able to do in the past,” said Erin Rehberg, Digital Learning and Media Services Coordinator for Thomas County Schools. “Technology truly has the power to transform learning by allowing students to easily collaborate, communicate, and create.  Being named a Google Reference District is confirmation that our teachers are using technology to help prepare Thomas County students for their futures.”

MERIT & Salvation Army Kettle Bell Campaign SA4

Students in fifth through eighth-grade in the MERIT program rang the bell for the Salvation Army for two weeks at the start of December. Each group spread Christmas cheer by playing their instruments, singing carols, and passing out candy canes. Together the students raised over $700 for the Salvation Army.

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Sixth Grade MERIT Social Studies in partnership with Lapham-Patterson House TCMS MERIT

Students in Mrs. West’s social studies class recently completed a study of international winter traditions. Students selected their favorite tradition, wrote a summary, designed an ornament and shared their findings with their classmates. The ornaments are currently on display at the Lapham-Patterson House as part of their annual Christmas displays.

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Whataburger Provides Milk and Cookies for Special Olympics Christmas Party Patty 4

Whataburger recently provided free milk and cookies for students who participate in the Special Olympics at Butler Mason YMCA.  Students were able to participate in various athletic competitions and enjoy these snacks during their party afterward.

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TCMS Science Fair SF2

The Thomas County Middle School Science Fair was held on Wednesday, December 5.  More than 70 projects were entered by 6th, 7th, and 8th-grade students. The overall Science Fair Winner was Bishop Jackson.  Jackson was also named the overall Physical Science Category Winner and Nathan Jarrett was the Overall Life Science Category Winner.  All students who placed in the fair will compete in the Region Science Fair at ABAC held on February 15.   

Pictured below is Bishop Jackson as the overall Science Fair Winner.  Pictured in the upper left is Overall Category Winner for Physical Science, Bishop Jackson, and Overall Category Winner for Life Science, Nathan Jarrett.  In the bottom picture is each grade-level winners; from sixth grade on the upper left, seventh grade on the upper right, and eighth grade on the bottom row.  Click "Read More" to see all winners.

SF1  Science Fair Winners by grade level

  

PAGE Academic Bowl for Middle Grades PAGE Academic Bowl

TCMS Academic Bowl Team took first place in the PAGE Academic Bowl for Middle Grades on Saturday, December 1, held at Thomas County Middle School.  The team, coached by Heather Ward and Gail Trotter, competed against other schools where questions consisted of all academic areas, as well as sports, entertainment, and current events.  Thomas County Middle School was the only undefeated team of the tournament and will be advancing to the State competition held on January 26 in at Georgia College.

Pictured below in the back row from left to right is Coach Gail Trotter, Hayden Groom, Alex Ward, Grayson Jones, Logan Bell, Campbell Smith, Sara Connell, and Coach Heather Ward.  On the front row is Brady Whatley, Makayla Johnson, Logan Griffin, and Ayden Webb as the team received the first place trophy.

Quiz Bowl

DAR Local Winners Announced DAR

TCMS students won many awards in The Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) Junior American Citizens annual competition. There were twenty-six winners from Thomas County Middle School for the Thomasville chapter. Eleven of those winners took first place and will advance to state competition in January. This year’s theme was “The 50th Anniversary of the Lunar Landing—America’s Great Move Forward in Exploration and Technology.”  Students were able to compete in the following categories: poster, stamp design, photo essay, banner, poem, short story, or community service.

To see the full list of winners, click 'Read more' below:

Eighth-grade MERIT (Team Zulu) trip to Andersonville TC Seal

TCMS students on the 8th-grade MERIT team recently visited Andersonville National Historic Site as part of their unit study of the Civil War. Students took a ranger-led tour of the prison site and learned about the life, and causes of death, of the prisoners held there. The camp was originally built to house 10,000 Union soldiers, but when prisoner exchanges broke down between sides and the Confederate capital fell, the prison held as many as 33,000 prisoners at one time. Conditions, including overcrowding, poor diet, and sanitation led to over 13,000 deaths. The ranger had students perform an experiment, simulating the passage of deadly diseases in such close quarters. Students were also able to tour the Prisoner of War museum on site. Cody Johnson, an 8th-grade student said, "Seeing the site helped me better understand what the prisoners went through and their living conditions. I can't believe people actually survived this place."

Pictured below in the first image is Brooke Lancaster and Kristina Bristow Kennedy taking notes as they tour the museum.  In the second image is Daviyon Johnson, Brooke Lancaster, David Harlow, and Park Guide Ryan O'Connell as they perform an experiment using goggles, aprons, and gloves to simulate passing a disease from one to the other using chemicals.

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Students Earn a Seat in the 2018-2019 GMEA District 2 Honor Band Musical Yellow Jacket

 

Students from Thomas County Middle School recently auditioned for the Georgia Music Educators Association District 2 Honor Band.  Out of hundreds of students who auditioned, twenty-four promising young musicians from Thomas County Middle School earned a seat.

Pictured below on the front row from left to right, playing the clarinet is Morgan Loper, Alicia Sholar, Sommerleigh Cromer, Hannabelle Fulgencio, Alyssa Bradshaw, and playing the flute is Jordan Coaker, Savana Manning, Phoebe Esra, Jazmyn Barber, and Janaye Bell.  On the second row from left to right playing the clarinet is Leigha Hunt and Brooke Lancaster, playing the trumpet is Jack Emmett and T.C. Cone, playing the tuba is Ryan Swearingen, playing the trombone is Tyler Laidman, Jenna Coaker, and Maddie Anderson, playing the bass clarinet is Mason Powell, playing the tenor sax is Shelby Bryant, playing the alto sax is Mallory Bustle, playing the french horn is Rebekah Horton and Caleb Kinneer.  Standing in the back from the left is TCMS Band Director Ryan Booth, percussionist Tessa Thomas, and TCMS Band Director William Majors.

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To read about other honors received, click 'Read More' below:

Soccer Tryout Update Yellow Jacket Soccer

This is an UPDATED schedule for middle school soccer tryouts:

-12/6/18 (Thursday): Final player assessments (4:00-5:30 PM) Players will release with the 4th load to the front lobby.

-12/7/18 (Friday): Post the Team

-12/10/18 (Monday): Boys ONLY First Team practice 4:00-5:30 PM/ PARENT MEETING FOR BOYS AND GIRLS @ 6:00 PM in the front lobby.

MERIT Christmas Ornament Presentation Night TCMS MERIT

MERIT Christmas Ornament Night

Dissecting Frogs dissecting frogs

Dr. Scott Sweeting, Thomas County's System Math and Science Curriculum Coordinator, recently visited Thomas County Middle School to help students through the process of dissecting frogs. Students from Alex Hollingsworth's and Yvette Morrell's classes experienced a hands-on approach as they explored the internal organs and body systems that they have learned about in class. According to Dr. Sweeting, hands-on labs like this help cement information previously learned in class. 

REACH Scholarships awarded to five at TCMS REACH Scholars

Five Thomas County Middle School (TCMS) students recently signed to be a part of the Realizing Educational Achievement Can Happen (REACH) Georgia program, a needs-based scholarship designed to promote academic success and expand access to higher education. The TCMS students chosen to join REACH Georgia are Logan Baxter, Keasia Horton, Daviyon Johnson, Selena Diego and Evan Wynn.

As a part of the program, students signed contracts to agree to meet attendance and behavior requirements, maintain a certain grade point average, participate in REACH Georgia related activities, and meet weekly with a mentor. Their parents or guardians also signed contracts to support their student through their education.

TCMS helps with SWAY J Buzz holding books

Book Donations

TCMS Spelling BEE Buzz holding books

Thomas County Middle School held grade level Spelling BEES on Wednesday, November 14. First place winners for each grade level received a $50 Visa gift card.  First, second, and third place winners will advance to the Thomas County Schools Spelling BEE that will be held on Thursday, January 24, 2019.  

Pictured below on the bottom row from left to right:  5th grade 3rd Place Cheyenne McMurphy, 5th grade 2rd Place Kaden Edwards, 5th grade 1st Place Katelyn Bradshaw, 6th grade 1st Place Necholas Reddick, 6th grade 2nd Place Lydia Glass, and 6th Grade 3rd Place Jackson Nestale.  On the back row from left to right:  8th grade 3rd Place Jesse Benton, 8th grade 2nd Place Bishop Jackson, 8th grade 1st Place Keaton Stephens, 7th grade 1st Place Britton Blankenship, 7th grade 2nd Place Kattie Bivins, and 7th grade 3rd Place Sara Connell.  

TCMS Spelling BEE 2018-19

Mission San Luis Field Trip Mission San Luis

Eighth-grade December Company students recently went "back in time" to Mission San Luis in Tallahassee. Students were able to see reconstructed buildings from when the Spanish lived among the Apalachee Indians in North Florida. Students (L-R) Cameron Bates and Shelby Bryant got to help blacksmith Francisco in his shop. Students were also able to visit the Apalachee Council House, the Spanish Fort, and the Catholic church.

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Hands-on Learning frog dissection2

Dr. Scott Sweeting recently visited TCMS to help students from Mrs. Hollingsworth and Mrs. Morrell's classes to dissect frogs. Students experienced a hands-on approach as they explored the internal organs and body systems that they have learned about in class. Hands-on labs like this help cement information previously learned in class. 

Pictured below in the first image is Dr. Scott Sweeting explaining to students how to begin the dissection.  In the second image, Mrs. Hollingsworth demonstrates how to open the frog's mouth.

Dr. Sweeting in Lab  frog dissection

November is Family Engagement Month Thomas County Seal

Thank you

National Infantry Museum Trip Field trip

Eighth-grade MERIT students on Zulu Company recently visited the National Infantry Museum in Columbus, GA to explore the world of the U.S. Infantry and their impact on history in this country. Students had a guided tour of various exhibits within the museum related to different time periods in the US and watched a 3D movie about the D-Day invasion.

Pictured below, students listen as the tour guide explains the air cavalry's role in the Vietnam War as well as the contributions of the air cavalry commander's wife to military families.

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Veterans Day Program Veterans Day

Veterans Day Program

Thomas County Schools Art Exhibit Art

TCS Art Exhibit

Georgia Parent Survey Survey

Parents -

Please take the time to complete The Georgia Parent Survey.  This survey is modeled after the student survey and contains 24 questions. You may complete the survey using your personal computer, smartphone, or tablet. This data will be used as part of the calculation of the School Climate Star Rating. Survey responses are anonymous and will be submitted directly to the Georgia Department of Education for analysis. The Georgia Parent Survey is also available in Spanish, and you may select the Spanish version within the survey. The Georgia Parent Survey link is posted below.

Georgia Parent Survey:

http://gshs.gadoe.org/parents

 

 
 
 
FFA Livestock Show Interest Meeting FFA

TCMS FFA will host a livestock interest meeting on Tuesday, October 23rd, at 5:30 pm in the Ag Room. This meeting is for any FFA member interested in showing a pig this school year. A parent must be in attendance with each student.

From Students to Scientists TC Seal

Students in Mrs. Sharpe's fifth-grade MERIT science class are having fun learning about physical properties of matter in the lab. Traveling to nine stations, students learned about solubility, density, conductivity, and magnetism among other properties. Using the science lab, students use tools and scientific inquiry to investigate and explore, teaching students to become real scientists!

Pictured below, students are making observations about density using a density column.

Lab

Thomas County Literacy Fair to be held October 25 Thomas County Reads

Literacy Fair

Red Ribbon Week is October 22-26 Red Ribbon Week

October 22-26 is Red Ribbon Week at TCMS.  Please join us in dressing up for our theme days as a reminder to say no to drugs!

Monday - "Team up against drugs" - Wear your favorite team colors

Tuesday - "Join the fight against drugs" - Wear your camouflage!

Wednesday - County-wide RED day - Wear red for Red Ribbon Week

Thursday - "Superhero Day - Have the power to stay drug-free" - Dress like a Superhero!

Friday - "Too bright to do drugs" - Wear bright colors!

TCMS Cross Country Meet Cancelled this Saturday, October 20th TCMS Cross Country

The TCMS Cross Country meet is cancelled this Saturday due to several trees and lots of debris still covering the course.

Eighth-grade MERIT students volunteer to distribute supplies following Hurricane Michael

Eighth-grade MERIT students helped distribute ice and water following Hurricane Michael at Thomas County Central High School.  Semi trucks loaded with ice and water were brought in by GEMA (Georgia Emergency Management Agency) to distribute supplies to those in need.  Pictured below from left to right is Gavin Melnick, Whit Finch, Cable Willis, Luke Pierce, Trace Morales, and Jacey Keyton. 

Hurricane Michael Supplies   

Drive-Thru Flu Shot Clinic Flu Shot

A drive-thru flu shot clinic scheduled for Monday, October 15 at Thomas County Central High School has been canceled until further notice.  

Fall Baseball Camp baseball

Fall Baseball Camp

Google Hangout Collaboration Collaboration

Students in Mrs. Holland's 5th-grade MERIT class participate in Google Hangout conversations with Mrs. Neal's 8th grade IB MYP (International Baccalaureate Middle Year's Programme) students. The collaboration between the two classes is designed to promote the understanding of service learning projects. Mrs. Neal's students spend a semester investigating, designing, implementing, and reflecting on an independent project that will meet needs in their community of Bartow, FL. Through the weekly Google Hangout conversations, Mrs. Holland's class has an opportunity to witness the process and ask questions. Both classes are excited to work together as problem solvers.

Pictured below: Dallas Pitts asks a question about the process of designing a service learning project.

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Anti-Bullying Campaign Thomas County Schools logo

Ms. Ferrel's student, Valerie McCall recently made posters to hang around the school in recognition of Anti-Bullying Month in October.   She also asked students and staff to wear a blue shirt on Monday, October 1 to support anti-bullying.

Pictured below is Valerie with Ms. Ferrel displaying her anti-bullying poster.

Valerie

Character Education Students CK1

Character Education students are chosen once a month by their teachers for portraying the selected character trait for that month.   Students chosen were treated to lunch with our Parent Involvement Coordinator, Terry Dukes, and one of our principals at Dairy Queen.  

For the month of September, students were chosen for their Kindness.  Students with this trait have been recognized for showing honor for the feelings and rights of others, being considerate, and always using good manners.  Mrs. Dukes stated that "students demonstrated kindness to each other at lunch, as well.  Everyone was included and the tables were full of awesome students!"

Pictured below on the bottom row from left to right is R.J. Dukes, Madison Dickerson, Wyatt Pritchard, Malachi Gaskins, Ayvah Kelly, Angelina Vazquez, Haven Myrick, Ian Perry, Marx Gaines, and Paige Parkerson.  On the back row from left to right is Parent Involvement Coordinator Terry Dukes, Kiersten Jackson, Chance Davis, Cam'ren Graham, Charley Creager, Ja'Miracle Thompkins, William Morris, Shantel Brown, Kalai Brooks, Kevin Solano, and Clay Croft.

Character Ed - Kindness

MERIT Students Volunteer at Humane Society Dru Jones

Each year, Thomas County MERIT students serve and volunteer throughout the community. This school year, MERIT has formed a partnership with the Thomas County Humane Society. MERIT students are in the process of receiving training in order to volunteer at the Humane Society.  To read the entire article, click 'Read More' below.

 

Bishop Jackson named as a Jack Kent Cooke Young Scholar Bishop Jackson

Congratulations to Bishop Jackson, an eighth-grade student at Thomas County Middle School in the MERIT program, for recently being named as a Jack Kent Cooke Young Scholar.  As a recipient, Bishop is eligible to receive up to $40,000 in scholarship funds upon high school graduation per year of college as well as the opportunity to attend Cooke-sponsored summer programs, internships, and other learning enrichment opportunities.  To read the entire article, click 'Read more' below.

Grandparents' Day Thomas County Schools logo

Attention all grandparents of TCMS 5th and 6th graders:  You are invited to a celebration assembly on Tuesday, October 30, 2018 at 9:00 a.m. in the TCMS gym.  Please see the attached flyer for more information:

Grandparents' Day

 

FFA South Region Leadership Rally FFA

The Thomas County Middle School FFA Officer Team recently attended the 4th Annual South Region Leadership Rally held at the Georgia Museum of Agriculture formally known as the Agrirama in Tifton, GA.  

Pictured below from left to right are TCMS FFA members who attended the Region Rally: RJ Dukes, Gracie Adams, Gracelynn Lima, Caroline Knight, Emma Rae Smith, and Cody Johnson.   

To read the entire article, click 'Read more' below.

FFA Region Rally 2018

TCMS Fall Dance TC Seal

Fall Dance

Students Learn of the Impact of 9/11 9/11

Fifth-grade students in Ms. Eaves' class learned about the events and watched a video of the news on 9/11. Students were then given a piece of construction paper that was red, white, or blue, and given the opportunity to draw pictures or journal about the tragedy. Students displayed their work in the hallway.

The King's Smarties TCMS MERIT

Students in Mrs. Floyd's eighth-grade Georgia Studies classes participated in a simulation where they were taxed on their pay, using Smarties, by the king and his tax collectors. The students discussed the injustice of taxation without representation as an introduction to their unit on the American Revolution.

Pictured below is the king, Fisher Clements, and his tax collector, Bishop Jackson, as he collects taxes from citizens, Ayden Webb and Caden Reagan.

Fisher Clements  Tax Collector & Citizens

 

8th-grade MERIT visit to Valdosta State University VSU Tour

Students on the 8th-grade MERIT team recently visited Valdosta State University library where they received instruction and assistance with their National History Day research. While at the college, students also took a tour of the campus.

Pictured to the left are students as they began their tour of the VSU campus.  Pictured below in the first image are J.J. Potts, Aubrey Eaton, Trace Morales, Reagen Anglin, and Caylee Harrison in the back row.  In the second image below is Charlize Scudder, Haley Anderson, Cadence Allen, Mallory Bustle, and Khia Futch.

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Modeling a comet Deonna Thomas

Students constructed a model of a comet in Mrs. Sturrup's sixth-grade science class. In particular, they were able to illustrate the length and direction of a comet's tail in relation to our Sun.  Using dry ice, students constructed a model of a comet. Pictured below is Jordan Tillman and to the left is Deonna Thomas acting as the Sun's solar winds and blowing back it's tail!

Jordan Tillman

TCMS School Council Buzz holding books

If a parent or business owner is interested in serving on Thomas County Middle School's School Council, please contact Mr. Jamie Thompson, jthompson@tcjackets.net.

Title I Meeting TC Logo

Title I Meeting

Social Media Safety Seminar Social Media Safety
On Tuesday, September 11, Thomas County Schools hosted a Social Media Safety parent workshop. The guest speaker presented topics for parents to be aware of the lasting impacts of social media messages as well as the features of various apps that parents are encouraged to monitor. If you were unable to attend, you may view the recording by clicking the following link https://youtu.be/9qyiQ0B5eAo . 
 
After you view the recording, please take a moment to give us feedback on future topics of interest by completing a three-question survey:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/FY19-Cyber-Safety

Thank you for supporting Thomas County Schools!

Students are 'Blasting off into Outer Space' TC Seal

Students in Ms. Marcinski's sixth-grade science classes are 'Blasting off into Outer Space!' Students were recently involved in a hands-on learning experience where they created models as they learned about the different sizes of the planets in our solar system. During this demonstration the students had the opportunity to experience a fun, tangible illustration where they created and compared models of each planet.  

In a follow-up lesson, students were able to 'visit space' and interact with the planets and even a comet or two. The students were able to build a comet, known as the 'dirty snowballs' of space. They  used dry ice, glitter (representing dust), and soil to build the comets. After the comets were built, students applied heat which simulates what a comet looks like when it is near our sun. 

Pictured below is 'Dr. Gatlin Majors' as she is comparing the size of each planet.

Dr. Majors

Video from Social Media Safety: How to Keep Your Kids Safe in a Digital World Cyber Security

If you were not able to attend the Social Media Safety Seminar entitled Social Media Safety:  How to Keep Your Kids Safe in a Digital World, please watch the video below to learn more about how to protect your child in a digital world.

https://youtu.be/9qyiQ0B5eAo

 

Students Participate in Tutus and Tennis Shoes Fun Run Tutus and Tennis Shoes

Thomas County Middle School students from Kathy Payne's class recently participated in the Tutus and Tennis Shoes Fun Run sponsored by South Georgia Ballet on Saturday, September 8 held in Thomasville. Runners began at the Thomasville Center for the Arts and followed part of the course for the Rose City Walk.

This event helps to fund the Special Steps program that provides dance classes to special needs students once a week at The Thomasville Center for the Arts. Each Tuesday, students from Kathy Payne and Patty McDonald's classes benefit from this program. Students enjoy learning different types of dance from hip-hop to ballet along with essential skills such as hand-eye coordination, balance, teamwork, and following simple directions.

Pictured from left to right is Kaylee Collier, Gavin Weier, Christain Jones, and Christianna Bender following the Tutus and Tennis Shoes Fun Run.

 

Homecoming Week Thomas County Schools

Monday – Generation Swap

Tuesday – Villians vs Superheroes

Wednesday – Color (Grade) Wars

5th Blue      6th Gold

7th Blue      8th Gold

Thursday – Dress for Success

Friday – Jacket Pride

MERIT Field trip to Kolomoki Mounds Kolomoki2

Students on the 8th grade MERIT Zulu team at Thomas County Middle School recently visited Kolomoki Mounds State Park in Blakey, Georgia. The site is the oldest and largest Woodland Indian site in the Southeastern United States. The students are studying the prehistoric cultures of Georgia, as well as early European contact with the natives in the region. Students climbed 57 feet to the top of Georgia’s oldest temple mound, visited the museum, and toured the inside of an excavated mound. Rangers shared information about the history of the site, and demonstrated tools and weapons used by the Woodland Indians.

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Writing a Bibliography CH3

Students in Mrs. Holland's 5th grade ELA class analyze a title page to find information that is included in a bibliography. Mrs. Craven lead the lesson and students learned the importance of giving credit where credit is due.

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Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) FCA2

The first Fellowship of Christian Athletes meeting was held on Wednesday, August 29th at TCMS where eighty-five students were in attendance.  Four students from the high school FCA Leadership Team came (Caleb Clark, Landon Trotter, Abigail Witcher, & Langley Wooten) and talked about FCA and the charge for student leadership. Students played a game and finished the meeting with prayer. There is an upcoming student leadership training in September at Wild Adventures and an FCA Game Day opportunity coming up soon.  Students may join us Wednesday mornings anytime after 7:30 A.M.  Listen for morning announcements for more information and remember, you don't have to be an athlete to attend!

FCA

Character Education Students Character Education

Character Education students are chosen once a month by their teachers for portraying the selected character trait for that month.   Students chosen were treated to lunch with our Parent Involvement Coordinator, Terry Dukes, and one of our principals at Dairy Queen.  

For the month of August, students were chosen for being Respectful.  Students with this trait have been recognized for treating others with honor and dignity, treating others the way that they want to be treated.  

Pictured below in the first row from left to right is Jhordan Taylor, Tristen Rudolph, Mackenzie Joiner, Peyton Thurman, Jocelyn Love, Terry Sullivan, Karen Kraft, Nora Mitchell, and D'Mayas Williams.  On the second row from left to right is Jailen Davis, Madison Neville, Jake Jamison, Audrey Joiner, Nayeli Badillo, Caden Reagan, D'Andre Frazier, Joseph McKinney, Darquez Lee, Christian Stockholm, Paris Murry, and Parent Involvement Coordinator, Terry Dukes.

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Summer Reading Challenge Ice Cream Celebration Thomas County Reads

Twenty-seven students from Thomas County Middle School completed the requirements for the Summer Reading Challenge.  These students were treated to an ice cream party in the media center on Friday, August 24.  One student, Alyssa Bradshaw, won the drawing for $50.00 to spend at the first book fair of the year.  To read the entire article, click 'Read more' below.

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Osmosis Lab Osmosis

Students in Mrs. Coffee's seventh-grade science class completed a lab comparing the size of gummy bears in plain water, salt water, and no water. This demonstrated the phenomenon of osmosis & allowed students to develop background knowledge and a deeper understanding before learning about it more in depth.

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Parent Night for 'How to Avoid MERIT Mania' MERIT Mania

Thomas County Middle School MERIT parents gathered recently to learn "How to Avoid MERIT Mania", in order to become educated about the MERIT program and how to encourage and support their children as they learn to excel in a rigorous and accelerated learning environment. Parents were given information and attended break-out sessions, lead by MERIT teachers and geared toward parental involvement in the success of their child. "MERIT is a family commitment and our Thomas County MERIT parents are very supportive of this program," says Dana Studdard, MERIT Coordinator. There were over two hundred parents in attendance at this event.

TCMS MERIT VISIONS Speaker VISIONS Speaker

Recently, TCMS MERIT students traveled to the Thomas County Board of Education Auditorium to meet their first VISIONS speaker of the 2018-2019 school year, Dr. Kevin Shirley. Dr. Shirley is a professor of History at LaGrange College and Co-Coordinator of National History Day in Georgia. His research has been published internationally.  To read the entire article, click 'Read More' below.

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TCMS Cross Country Team competes in Cougar Challenge Cross Country

The TCMS Cross Country Teams recently traveled to Tallahassee, Florida, to compete at the Cougar Cross Country Challenge at  Elinor Klapp-Phipps Park.  This popular trail in Tallahassee is considered a moderately challenging course.  Runners Grace Adams and Evan Kelley lead the Yellow Jackets, with Evan finishing 3rd overall and Grace taking the 25th overall spot in the competition.

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Cyber-Safety Seminar Social Media flyer

Parents...Are you familiar with vault apps? Do you have questions about cyberbullying and dangerous social media trends? Thomas County Schools is sponsoring a FREE Cyber-Safety Seminar with nationally recognized speaker, Sgt. Jesse Hambrick of the Douglas County Sheriff's Office.  Please make plans to attend on September 11 at 6:00 PM at the Thomas County Board of Education.

Sixth-graders follow steps of the scientific method TCMS MERIT

Students in Mrs. Sturrup's sixth grade science class recently completed experiments to begin their scientific method lessons. Students had to determine if an orange could pop a balloon without touching it directly! Small groups stated their claims, found evidence to support their claim, and used reasoning to prove their claim.

Pictured below in the first image are Sam Stewart and Ty Palmer following the steps in the scientific method to conduct their experiment.

In the second image is Alison Miller and Rhi'Anna Mitchell completing the experiment to see if the orange would pop the balloon.

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Cyber-Safety Seminar to be held on September 11 Social Media Safety Flyer

Parents….Are you familiar with vault apps?  Do you have questions about cyberbullying and dangerous social media challenge trends?  

Thomas County Schools is sponsoring a FREE Cyber-Safety Seminar with nationally recognized speaker, Sgt. Jesse Hambrick of the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office.

Please make plans to attend on September 11 at 6:00 PM at the Thomas County Board of Education.

 

Thomas County Public Library Card Registration Available During Open House Events Thomas County Public Library Logo

 

The Thomas County Public Library will be on hand at the following open house events to register you and your children for library cards:

Garrison-Pilcher, August 3, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon
Cross Creek, August 3, 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Thomas County Upper Elementary, August 2, 2:30 - 4:00 p.m.

To make this process move quickly, feel free to download and complete the forms ahead of time.  Click here to access the form.  

Thank you for your support of Thomas County Schools and the Thomas County Public Library.  

Create your own Thomas County Spirit Wear Spirit Wear

Visit The Sports Hut to create your own Thomas County spirit wear. You select your item of clothing and then add a design (type in Thomas). You place the order and the item ships directly to your door. 

https://tcspiritwear.com/

They will have free shipping during the weeks of August 6 and August 13. 

Open House Dates Announced open house

Please click "...Read More" for all open house dates and times.  

 

 

 

TCMS Dress Code Expectations 2018-2019 School Year Back to School

The next school year is approaching fast! If you have a son or daughter attending TCMS, please view the 2018-2019 school dress code.

Dress Code 2018-2019

Elementary School Supplies backpack

The Thomas County Elementary Schools supplies/wish list is now available. The Thomas County School System has not made any changes to the bookbag/backpack policy. For questions, please contact the Thomas County Board of Education at 229-225-4380.

Thomas County Elementary Schools Supplies/Wish List

Back to School Blitz

Save the date for the annual Back to School Blitz! This year's event will take place in the gym at Thomasville High School on Saturday, August 4, from 9:00 AM until 11:00 AM.

Back to School Blitz

 

First ever Digital Learning All-Star Teacher named for Thomas County Schools DLAST teacher

In order to recognize the teachers who have gone above and beyond with implementing the effective use of technology in classroom instruction, this year the Thomas County School System named the first ever Digital Learning All-Star Teacher at each school and for the district.

“With the help of local E-SPLOST funds as well as several grants received over the past several years, the Thomas County School System has made a significant investment in technology for our students and teachers," said Erin Rehberg, Digital Learning Coordinator for Thomas County Schools. "This year we thought it would be very beneficial to reward those teachers who have used the technology provided to them to effectively transform the learning process in their classrooms. Not only do all of our Digital Learning All-Star Teachers effectively use technology with their students, they are also known for helping their peers with various technology tools.”  

Each school held a nomination process with the winner for each school completing an application in order to compete for the district title. This year, the district winner was awarded a laptop computer courtesy of ByteSpeed Computers and will be able to attend an educational technology conference in the fall.  

Thomas County School System Names Lacey Howard Teacher of the Year Lacey Howard

Thomas County School System officials have named Lacey Howard, fourth grade special education teacher at Cross Creek Elementary School, as the District Teacher of the Year.

“I was very surprised and felt very honored to be named Teacher of the Year,” Howard said. “There are always so many wonderful things happening in the Thomas County School System. To be given the opportunity to represent our amazing system is such a privilege.” 

TCMS Young Authors ESOL

Three Thomas County Middle School ESOL students recently presented their published books before a candid audience. ESOL (English to Speakers of Other Languages) students have worked diligently on their books for several months along with the help of their instructor, Ms. Argen Loaisiga. Students have learned to identify story elements as part of the Georgia Standards of Excellence and applied those elements when writing a story of their own.

To read the entire article, click 'Read more' below.

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Fifth Grade Virtual Tour TC Seal
Character Education DQ 3

Thomas County Middle School Character Education students were recently treated to lunch at Dairy Queen.  Each team selects one student that has best displayed the Character Education quality of the month.             

The character quality for the month of May was SUCCESSFUL.  Students were selected because their teachers recognized them as always giving their best in order to achieve success. Lisa Gilligan, Parent Involvement Coordinator and manager of the Character Education program says, "These students always work hard and go above and beyond what is expected to achieve success."  Students were treated to lunch at Dairy Queen by TCMS Principal, Jamie Thompson.

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National Mathfest Competition TCMS MERIT

Fifteen Thomas County Middle School MERIT Math scholars worked their way to the National Mathfest Competition along with 300 other middle school students from across the country. The competition was recently held in Birmingham, Alabama where students were asked to work rigorous math problems with a tight time constraint. Two TCMS students earned the distinction of placing in the top 20; 5th grader Charlie Dunbar and 6th grader Hayden Groom. Another 6th grader, Cam Jones, made it all of the way to the top ten! All three students received special recognition and a National Championship t-shirt for this honor.

Pictured below in the first image is Cam Jones, who placed in the top ten in the nation, along with Hayden Groom and Charlie Dunbar who both placed in the top  twenty in the nation at the National Mathfest Competition.

Pictured below in the second image are all fifteen Thomas County Middle School MERIT students who participated in the National Mathfest Competition. In the back row from left to right is Caroline Knight, Hailey Atkinson, Carina Johnson, Bishop Jackson, Cam Jones, Charlie Dunbar, and Hayden Groom. On the front row is Cody Wolfe,  Connor Reagan,  Jackson Nestale, Amerys Lewis, Natalie Carlisle, and Kinsley Rhodes.

3 top qualifiers  National Mathfest 2018

Student Accounts Disabled in the Summer

Student Google accounts will be disabled from June 15 - August 3, 2018. If a student needs account access during this time, he or she should complete the form below.   Please allow 24 hours for access to be granted. Student accounts will continue to be monitored for inappropriate usage during the summer months.  Questions should be directed to Erin Rehberg at erehberg@tcjackets.net.

Student Account Request Form

Summer Reading Challenge Yellow Jacket Holding a Book

The Thomas County School System wants students to READ this summer!  Did you know that students can have up to a 2-3 month loss in reading ability over the summer?  It's important for students to spend time sharpening their reading skills!

Each school has developed a summer reading challenge for students.  We would like for students to read for 15-30 minutes everyday this summer. The guidelines and requirements vary by school.  Please click the link below for more information about each school's guidelines.  If you need more information, please talk to the media specialist at each school.  The guidelines are for the school the students will be attending in the 2017-2018 school year.

Guidelines for all schools

Click here for information about programs at the Thomas County Public Library this summer!

Free eBooks are provided for all students this summer -- Click here for more information

Other free learning resources for the summer

FCCLA Field Trips FCCLA

Students from Thomas County Middle School FCCLA (Family, Career and Community Leaders of America) recently had the opportunity to tour Flowers Bakery and Pebble Hill Plantation. Eighth-grade members further had the opportunity to participate in the Taste of Thomasville Tour the following day. Students were able to see Family and Consumer Sciences at work in the community through this fieldtrip experience. 

Pictured below in front of Jonah's during the Taste of Thomasville Tour from left to right in the front row is Alexis Taylor, Emma Mitchell, Julia Horne, and Loxley Slocumb.  On the back row is Mackenzie Dollar, Lacey Halley, Bailey Bush, Fred Diggs, owner of Jonah's Caleb Brown, Laurianna Waddell, Grace Parkerson, Claire Pope, Mrs. Megan Palmer, and Kendall Alligood.

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Pictured below are students in front of Flowers Bakery on the front row from left to right is Meghan Moncrief, Sarah Stolarik, Elizabeth Stolarik, Maggie Wilson, Paige Parkerson, Caroline Pierce, Ella Coffee, and Mrs. Lindsey Coffee.  On the back row is Mr. Aaron Stolarik, D'Kijah Brown, Katelyn Doughty, Jacey Keyton, Lilly Stone, Julia Horne, Claire Pope, Kendall Alligood, Loxley Slocumb, Lacey Halley, Mackenzie Dollar, and Mrs. Megan Palmer.

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FFA State Convention FFA State Convention

Students in the Thomas County Middle FFA recently attended the 90th Georgia State FFA Convention in Macon. Over 6,000 members from across the state were in attendance. The convention featured seven general sessions full of award presentations, motivational speakers, FFA talent, and delegate business. The Convention kickoff speaker was Mr. Alex Sheen, founder of Because I Said I Would, encouraging FFA students to “make a difference and make a commitment to follow through.”

Other speakers on the convention docket included National FFA Vice President, Ian Bennett, the Honorable Sonny Perdue, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, and the Honorable Governor Nathan Deal to sign the Georgia Agriculture Education Act into law.

Students attending the convention were TJ Saunders, Bryan Williams, and Katie Sylvain.

Freshman Parent Night at TCCHS TC Seal

Freshman Parent Night

Junior Service League's Movie Night at the Nest - Ferdinand - Saturday, April 28 - Free Admission!

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Hands on Thomas County Award Nominees HOTC Award

Two Thomas County Middle School sixth-grade students were nominated for the Hands on Thomas County Award. Ethan Mainprize was nominated for his extensive work with Backpack Buddies this school year as well as his volunteer hours completed through HOTC, totaling over 30 hours. Jordan Bass was also nominated for the 50 hours of service completed for our community. Jordan completed most of those hours through HOTC.

 

STEM Challenges TC Seal

Zulu students recently participated in a series of challenges. During Language Arts, they had to complete challenges related to the works of Edgar Allen Poe. In Spanish, they had to complete a song lyric translation challenge. In Math, they solved a number of math riddles and Real-World Math problems. In Science, they had to build a straw tower that held a tennis ball a minimum height for one minute. As students completed one room's challenge, they moved to the next, earning points towards the prize of a waffle breakfast cooked and provided by the teachers.

In addition to the Classroom Challenges, students also participated in STEM activities to build problem-solving skills. They used trash bags to explore how the design of a parachute can affect the amount of mass it can safely land in a target area, Styrofoam plates and straws to build a balloon-powered car that would travel a certain distance, and completed a NASA designed "Moon Lander" activity using a zip line to carry and drop a marble on target similar to the way the Lunar Landing Vehicles worked. Students found the challenges to be "really frustrating but fun."

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You're invited to help revise the TCMS Parent and Family Engagement Policy Thomas County Schools

TCMS Parent and Family Engagement Policy

FFA Teams Qualify for State FFA

Thomas County Middle FFA recently competed in the Wildlife Management and Forestry Career Development Events. Both teams won first place at the area level and qualified for the state competition.

Pictured below in the first image is the Forestry Team standing from left to right is Ms. Audrey Davis, Bryan Williams, Austin Clark, Gavin Ryals, Roy Smith, Cody Johnson, Samantha Johnson, and Rayne Gipson.  On the front row from left to right is Ashley Brannen, Caleb Harrell, Katie Sylvain, and Taylor Stegall. 

Pictured in the second image is the Wildlife ManagementTeam from left to right is Ashley Brannen, R.J. Dukes, Caleb Harrell, Taylor Stegall, and Ms. Audrey Davis.

Forestry Team  Wildlife Management Team

2018 Parent Survey parent survey

The Thomas County School System is conducting a Parent Survey.  We value your opinion and ask that you take the time to complete this survey. Please be assured that your responses to this survey will be anonymous. Thank you for your time and valuable feedback!

2018 Parent Survey

Serving Others Victor 3

The sixth-grade MERIT Victor Company recently spent the morning helping students at Hand-In-Hand Primary School. Sixth-grade students worked with Pre-K and Kindergarten students in small groups with reading and vocabulary, and spent time with students playing at recess. The Victor students then volunteered with Hands on Thomas County at five different locations: Second Harvest Food Bank, the Humane Society, Scott Senior Center, the Butterfly Garden, and collecting trash at Paradise Park. It was a wonderful day spent in serving others.

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Garrison-Pilcher to reopen Friday

Early Thursday morning, the Thomas County School System’s Maintenance Department was notified that employees and students at Garrison-Pilcher Elementary School were complaining about the odor of diesel fuel in some parts of the building.  A few students and teachers complained of headaches that they believed to be associated with the odor.  The maintenance department investigated the odor and found diesel fuel in a ditch near the school.

Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) National Competition Winners DAR

 

Seven Thomas County Middle School students recently placed in the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) Junior American Citizens  National Competition.  Out of the fourteen first place state winners from Thomas County Middle School, ten students moved on to win first place in the Southeast US Competition, and seven of those entrants placed at the National level.  The following students placed at the DAR National Competition:

5th Grade, Group 1 for Banner:   Walker Cobb, Charlie Emmett, and Trip Wilson - 1st Place

5th Grade, Group 2 for Banner:   Hannah Bernard, Bridgett Cook, and Avery Turnbull - 3rd Place

6th Grade, Group 1 for Poster:  Libby Stewart - 3rd Place

Pictured below seated in the front row from left to right is Hannah Bernard, Bridgett Cook, and Avery Turnbull.  On the back row is Walker Cobb, Trip Wilson, Libby Stewart, and Charlie Emmett.

DAR National Winners 2018

TCMS MERIT Meet and Greet MERIT Meet and Greet

Interested parents of students to the TCMS MERIT program were recently invited to a MERIT Meet and Greet held at Thomas County Middle School. Parents and students were greeted by MERIT teachers, TCMS Counselors, and Administrators.  Presenters, Mrs. Dana Studdard, TCMS MERIT Coordinator,  Mr. Harold Singletary, a fifth-grade MERIT teacher, and Campbell Smith, a 7th-grade MERIT student, introduced parents and students to the MERIT program through a presentation. The night concluded with guided tours of TCMS by MERIT teachers. A copy of the presentation can be found on the TCMS MERIT webpage. "We are very proud of our MERIT program. Both our teachers and students work very hard to maximize education so that students can transform intellectually. We are always excited to share information about this program to rising middle school parents," said Dana Studdard, TCMS MERIT Coordinator.

Pictured below is TCMS Principal Jamie Thompson speaking to prospective MERIT parents and students.  In the second image, TCMS MERIT teachers are prepared to give tours and answer questions about the MERIT program.

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MERIT Movie Night MERIT Movie Night

TCMS MERIT families recently gathered for a night of circus fun at the TCCHS Stadium. MERIT students dressed as clowns and 'circus-goers'. Students and parents alike could take selfies with a clown, walk the tightrope, and play circus games. Concessions were filled with cotton candy and peanuts for the event. Families culminated the night by gathering on the football field to watch the movie "The Greatest Showman". Fiber optic wands and clown noses were purchased as souvenirs as the night wore on! "This was a MERIT-sponsored night to celebrate and show appreciation for the dedication and support of our MERIT families. It's been a great year!", says Dana Studdard, TCMS MERIT Coordinator.

Pictured below, Mrs. Studdard poses with a few clowns, while TCMS Administrators got into the circus spirit by donning clown noses!  To see more pictures, click 'Read More' below.

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FFA Pre-K Farm Day FFA Farm Day 3

Thomas County Middle FFA students recently hosted the third annual Farm Day for Pre-K students at Hand-N-Hand. Students were able to interact with some friendly farm animals, including goats, chickens, baby ducks, rabbits, and horses provided by TCMS FFA students. Farm Day is a project of TCMS FFA to promote agricultural literacy in the community.

In the first picture is Cheyenne Hill and Colby Brown petting a pony. In the second picture, JB Lattay and Skyler Jade Covington are petting a duck.

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TCMS Duke TIP Students Excel Duke TIP

The Thomas County School System recently announced that four of its middle school students were recognized as a part of the 2018 Duke University Talent Identification (TIP) Program.

Campbell Smith, Caleb Kinneer, Gavin Melnick, and Bishop Jackson, seventh graders at Thomas County Middle School, were among a select group of students statewide to meet the criteria to be Duke TIP students.

Duke TIP 2018

To read the entire article, click 'Read More' below:

Science and Social Studies Textbook Adoption TC Seal

The TCMS science and social studies departments are in the process of reviewing textbook series for possible adoption for the 2018-2019 school year. Samples of these series are on display in the office of Lisa Gilligan, Parent Involvement Coordinator at TCMS. Parents are invited to stop by during normal school hours (during the weeks of April 11-13 and April 23-27) to review these materials and leave any desired feedback (please sign-in at the front office). Materials will also be available for review during the Milestones Parent Meetings on April 10 (9:00 AM and 5:30 PM). 

Materials will NOT be available during the week of April 16-20 due to Milestones testing.

Please contact Robin Cartright, Curriculum Director, if you have any questions (rcartright@tcjackets.net or 229-584-9158).

TCMS Women's Fitness Class Celebrates Women's History Month Women's History Month

TCMS Women's Fitness Class recently celebrated Women's History Month by inviting female teachers, parents, and other important role models to attend a class where students prepared a special program. Following the program, participants competed in a race where they were tied together and had to use teamwork to win. Winners were recognized and all attended a party to celebrate women's health.

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Kiwanis District Art and Music Showcase Winners Announced Art

Congratulations to the following Thomas County Middle School students for placing at the Kiwanis Art and Music Showcase! All first place winners will go on to compete in the Kiwanis District Art and Music Showcase on April 28 in Leesburg, Georgia.

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6th Grade:

1st Place - Alex Poppell

2nd Place - Andrea Webb

7th Grade:

1st Place - Trista Weeks

2nd Place - Michael Scully

8th Grade:

1st Place - Karianna Colon

2nd Place - Melonie Smith

3rd Place - Emily Bishop

Pictured below in the back is Mrs. Emily Holton. In the middle from left to right is Michael Scully, Emily Bishop, Kariana Colon, Melonie Smith, and Trista Weeks. Seated in the front is Alex Poppell and Andrea Webb.

Kiwanis Art & Music Showcase Winners

Spring Break spring break

Spring Break is Monday, April 2, through Friday, April 6. Students will return on Monday, April 9. Wishing everyone a safe and happy holiday and a very Happy Easter!

Character Education Students for Character education

The State of Georgia has a Character Education program. In compliance with the state mandate, the administration and faculty of Thomas County Middle School have instituted a Character Education program. As part of this program, each team selects one student that has best displayed the Character Education quality of the month. The character quality for the month of March was TRUSTWORTHY. Students were treated by Mr. Thompson to lunch at Whataburger on March 28, 2018. Students reported that they really enjoyed the meal and thanked Mr. Thompson for providing this reward.

Pictured below in the first picture clockwise from the left are Savannah Knisely, Aamiya Thornton, Olivia Upton, and Avery Turnbull.  In the second image is Curtis Donaldson and Bryson Bennett.

Character Ed March 2018   Character Ed 2 - March 2018

Milestones Review Parent Meeting TC Seal

Milestones Review Parent Meeting

To view this flyer in Spanish, click here.

Escape Room TC Seal

Mrs. Floyd's classes participated in a US Constitution Escape Room activity today as an introduction to the government unit they will be starting next week.  Students deciphered clues about the Constitution and used them to determine a 4-digit code that would open the "treasure".  

Pictured below in the first picture is Matt Peterson, Laura Hiers, and Samantha Bustle.  In the second picture is William McCorkle, Molly Grace White, Mrs. Charla Floyd, Kirsten Williams, and Roy Smith.  In the third picture on the back row is Matt Peterson, Jada Rhames, Karsyn Bush, and Alyssa Barlow.  On the front row is Michael Cavin and Ashleigh Dodge.

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Young Georgia Authors School-Wide Winners Young Georgia Authors

Congratulations to Annalia Small (5th grade), Brady Whatley (6th grade), and Elizabeth Stolarik (7th grade) for winning 1st place in their grade level for the Young Georgia Authors Competition.  These students will move on to compete at the regional level.  

Pictured below is Annalia Small, Brady Whatley, and Elizabeth Stolarik.

Young GA Authors 2018

TCMS Eighth Graders Visit Challenger Learning Center TCMS

Thomas County Middle School eighth graders recently took a trip to the Challenger Learning Center in Tallahassee. The trip, sponsored by Flowers Industries, included an IMAX movie, science demonstrations, and a simulated Mars mission.  Several students shared their experience about the trip. "It's great that Flowers Industries paid for the field trips to the Challenger Learning Center because the trip was AMAZING! If Flowers Industries hadn't sponsored the trip not everyone in the 8th grade could have gone and they would have missed out on a great learning experience,” said India Thomas.

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To read the entire article, click 'Read more' below.

 

Meet & Greet MERIT Night TCMS MERIT

Meet & Greet MERIT Night

Georgia Farm Bureau Foundation For Agriculture  TCMS MERIT

Thomas County Middle School students in Mrs. Amanda West's sixth-grade MERIT social studies class recently entered a writing contest sponsored by the Georgia Farm Bureau Foundation For Agriculture. The writing competition encouraged students to increase their level of agricultural literacy through research. The writing and research activity was designed to match middle grades literacy in the content area standards. The topic for this year's contest was: "What are the benefits of school gardens?"

As more schools are adding gardens to their landscape as teaching laboratories across the curriculum, students wrote a persuasive essay on why their school should have a garden and how the crops would be used in the school. The district winner of the competition is Addison Weiss, and honorable mentions were given to Lee McCorkle, DeAndria Daniels, and Garrett Landing. Each of the students are in the sixth grade MERIT program at Thomas County Middle.

GA Farm Bureau writing contest

Pictured from left to right is Garrett Landing, Lee McCorkle, DeAndria Daniels, and Addison Weiss.

Daughters of the American Revolution State Winners 2017-18 DAR

Thomas County Middle School students recently competed in the state competition for The Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) Junior American Citizens annual competition.  This year’s theme was “100th Anniversary of World War I—Service on the Homefront.” TCMS had sixteen first place winners from the regional competition who advanced to state. Of those sixteen who entered, fourteen entrants won first place at the state level and will advance to the Southeastern United States Competition to be held later this month.

Pictured below are first place state DAR winners seated on the front row from left to right:  Charlie Emmett, Walker Cobb, Trip Wilson, and Skipper Lippert.  On the second row from left to right is Gatlyn Majors, Ki’Mya Malcolm, Ashlyn Ingram, Dolan Cleveland, Libby Stewart, Ken Williams, and Daisy Smith.  On the back row is Bailey maroney, Mikayla Voyles, Garrett Landing, and Austin Bass. Not pictured is Harrison Johnson, Hannah Bernard, Bridgett Cook, and Avery Turnbull.

To see the full article, click 'Read more' below:

Olympic Torch Runner Speaks to TCMS Students TCMS MERIT

Eighth-grade MERIT students have been learning about the impact that the 1996 Olympic games have had on the state of Georgia.  As a part of this learning experience, students had a guest speaker who was an Olympic torch runner in Thomas County during the 1996 Olympics tell of his involvement.  Steve Lasseter, retired teacher at Thomas County Middle School, told students of his experience of being selected as one of seven torch carriers in Thomas County nominated as a Community Hero.  More than 44,000 nominations were made for having the honor of carrying a torch leading up to the opening ceremonies as a Community Hero, and only 5,500 were chosen throughout the nation.  Lasseter carried the torch from The Plaza restaurant along Broad Street to the Thomas County Court House where he passed the torch to Rick Ivey.  

Lasseter was nominated by the YMCA for all of his community involvement and volunteer work throughout Thomas County.  Lasseter continues to volunteer as a coach for basketball, baseball, and football through the YMCA, just finishing his season with his undefeated 11-12 yr. old basketball team.   

Pictured below from left to right are Grace Parkerson, Roy Smith, Aryan Patel, Emily Hobbs, Fred Diggs, Jace Knapp, Michael Cavin, Bani Braswell, Javerius Franklin, Kaylee Barrett, Mike Jacob, and Steve Lasseter holding his Olympic torch.

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Seventh-grade Published Authors Thomas County Schools

Thomas County Middle School seventh-grade students in Mrs. Rhonda Smith and Mrs. Retha Lee's classes have recently become published authors through a national student publishing program.  As part of the publishing process, students planned, wrote, and illustrated their own books using a free publishing kit provided by Studentreasures Publishing. 

Pictured below are published authors along with their teachers.  Seated in the front is Hailey Adams.  Seated from left to right is Daviyon Johnson, Celeste Evans, Savannah Beasley, Mikayla Graham, and  Myrajo  Williams.  Standing from left to right is Mrs. Rhonda Smith, Caleb Kinneer,  Johneishia Williams, Samuel Gonzalez, and Mrs. Retha Lee.

7th grade authors

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Hands on Learning animal cells 3

After learning about the various parts of animal and plants cells, students in Ms. Walden and Mrs. Tanner's science class created animal cells by decorating and labeling a cake.

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February Character Education Students Recognized for being Compassionate Character education

The State of Georgia has a Character Education program. In compliance with the state mandate, the administration and faculty of Thomas County Middle School have instituted a Character Education program. As part of this program, each team selects one student that has best displayed the Character Education quality of the month. The character quality for the month of February was COMPASSIONATE. These students were selected by their teachers as showing compassion. Mrs. Gilligan, staff member in charge of the trip, said, "These students were a joy to take to lunch. One young man even took care of trash for an elderly man who was dining at the restaurant."

Students who were chosen pictured from left to right on the front row are:

Logan Baxter, Cristian Rivas-Fuentes, Jabarri James, Wyatt Pritchard, Kylee Bays, Claire Keiser, Emma Upton, and Aniyah Davis. On the second row is Matthew Huff, Gracelynn Lima, Ny'Jeria Hopkins, Addison Garcia, Claire Pope, Robyn Singletary, Madison Beckwith, Gabrielle Ford, Ayanna Span, Layonnie Brinson, and Austin Stocker. In the second picture, Gabrielle Ford and Ayanna Span enjoy their Chick fil A lunch.

Chick fil A group Feb.   Chick fil A 2

Technology Competition Region Winners Advance to State Tech Fair

Students from Thomas County Middle School and Thomas County Central High School put their technological skills to the test and earned numerous medals and a special recognition in a variety of areas at a recent competition.

Sixteen students entered ten projects in the 2nd annual Southwest Georgia Technology Competition held February 3 in Bainbridge.  All Thomas County students were winners at the event and brought home 8 first place medals and 2 second place medals.

Technology Fair Region Competition

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2017-18 TCMS Teacher of the Year Fannetta Powell TOTY 2017-18

Thomas County Middle School (TCMS) has recently named Fannetta Powell, eighth grade math teacher, as its 2017-18 Teacher of the Year.  Powell has taught at TCMS for 14 years and currently teaches eighth grade mathematics on Alpha Company.

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Science Olympiad Team Finishes Third Overall at Region Competition Science Olympiad

The Science Olympiad Team competed at the region competition at South Georgia College on Friday, February 23, 2018, in Douglas. The team came away with a 3rd Place finish overall.

Pictured below from left to right is Ayden Webb, Trace Morales,  Kenneth Baggett, BillieAn Roberts, Hailey Atkinson, Savannah Taylor, Caleb Kinneer, Spencer Webb, Haley Anderson, Fred Diggs, Hayden Morales, Ethan Mainprize, Reagan Anglin, Fiona McGuire, Kariana Colon, Karsyn Bush, and Molly Grace White.

Science Olympiad

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National History Day Winners NHD

Students from Thomas County Middle School have been working diligently throughout the school year to complete National History Day projects.  The theme for this year was "Conflict and Compromise in History".  “National History Day is a year-long academic program focused on historical research, interpretation and creative expression for 6th- to 12th-grade students. By participating in NHD, students become writers, filmmakers, web designers, playwrights, and artists as they create unique contemporary expressions of history,” explains the National History Day website (www.nhd.org).

Students compete in various categories including documentaries, exhibits, historical papers, performances, and websites.  Students listed below placed in the competition and will move on to the state competition held at Mercer University in Macon on Saturday, April 21, 2018.

NHD Winners 2017-18

To see a list of all winners by category, click "Read more" below.

 

Jimmy Carter Academic Bowl Competition TCMS MERIT

 

Thomas County Middle School 8th grade MERIT students participated in the Jimmy Carter Academic Bowl competition sponsored by the Jimmy Carter National Historic Site in Plains, Georgia on February 21st.  Students competed against eleven other teams where they answered various questions about Georgia history.  TCMS students placed 3rd in the competition out of twelve teams competing.  

Pictured below from left to right is Jack Cantrell, Kariana Colon, Alyssa Barlow, Karsyn Bush, Ethan Nicoll, Jenaya Coleman, John Adam Singleton, and seated is Mrs. Charla Floyd, eighth-grade MERIT Georgia History teacher.

The second picture was taken during a competition round and includes Kariana Colon,  Karsyn Bush, John Adam Singleton, and Ethan Nicoll from left to right.

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Winners Named at Regional Science Fair Competition Region Science Fair

Thomas County Middle School students recently attended the Regional Science Fair held on February 16 at ABAC (Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College) in Tifton.  Thirty-three out of the thirty-seven projects entered into the competition placed at the regional level, and seven of those will move on to the Georgia Science and Engineering Fair (state competition) held at the University of Georgia on March 22-24, 2018 in Athens.  Click "Read more" below to read the entire article.

FFA Members Attend Discovery Conference FFA

Members of the Thomas County Middle School FFA chapter attended the Georgia FFA Association’s Discovery Conference on January 26-27, 2018, at the Georgia FFA-FCCLA Camp in Covington. The Discovery Conference is for middle school students and allows them to meet other members and get excited about the opportunities that FFA has to offer.

At the conference, FFA members were challenged to expand their comfort zones, set goals, and realize the importance of agriculture in today’s world. The conference theme this year was, “Be Incredible: Unlocking Your Superpowers!” Members engaged in a personality test to determine their strengths and weaknesses, took part in an FFA quiz competition, and met with nearly 400 members from across the state of Georgia.

Members attending the conference (pictured left to right) included: Samantha Bustle, Samantha Johnson, Katie Sylvain, and Bryan Williams. 

FFA-FCCLA CAMP

FFA Horse Evaluation Career Development Event FFA

Thomas County Middle School FFA members recently competed in the FFA Horse Evaluation Career Development Event at the area and state level. The first round of competition was on January 9th, and students placed second, missing first place by just one point. This qualified the team for the state competition at Fort Valley State University, where they placed 8th overall.

Students had to evaluate two classes of horses based on conformation and two classes of performance in western pleasure and reining. In addition, they had to provide two sets of oral reasons from the classes and complete a knowledge exam over horse breeds and tack.

Students competing on this team pictured from left to right are Alicia Sholar, Cody Johnson, Gracelynn Lima, Taylor Stegall, and Ashley Brannen. Taylor was the highest scoring individual at the area level competition.

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Math Counts TCMS Merit

Six students recently competed in the MathCounts regional competition at Albany State University and placed 3rd. The students who competed on the team and received trophies were Grayson Jones, Logan Griffin, Charity Madison, and Savana Manning. Two students also competed as individuals: Brayden Vickers and Ra Shandria Lovett. Savana Manning was also in the top eight finishers.

Pictured below on the bottom row from left to right is Logan Griffin, Mrs. Miles, and Brayden Vickers.  On the back row from left to right is Charity Madison, Grayson Jones, Savana Manning, and Ra Shandria Lovett.

Math Counts

 

Fair Bear Writing Competition Winners Announced TC Logo

Each year, Thomas County students in fourth, fifth, and sixth grade participate in the Georgia National Fair's Fair Bear Writing Competition.  Students compete at the school level, and first place winners from each grade compete at the state level.    

This year’s topic was “Fair Bear's Family Reunion” where students were asked to write a story describing Fair Bear's family traditions that he looks forward to each year, and new memories that he looks forward to making at the annual family reunion.  

Nathan Jarrett from fifth grade and Alana Musselwhite from sixth grade will compete at the state competition.  State-level winners will be announced on April 15, 2018.    Click "Read More" Below to see all winners.

MERIT Visions Speaker MERIT

Scott and Katie Chastain, owners of the company Everfan, recently came to speak to MERIT students as the second VISIONS speaker about the importance of entrepreneurship. They shared a powerful message that failure is sometimes necessary, risk-taking can bring rewards, and they gave away some amazing superhero capes. Students participated by generating ideas for new products and then pitched their ideas to the Chastains. Eighth graders presented Mr. Thompson with his very own "Mr. T" superhero cape! VISIONS is a brand new MERIT program this year that brings visionary people into the school to share and interact with our MERIT students as they are working to create their own vision.

Pictured below are recipients of the superhero capes along with Scott and Katie Chastain. Pictured from left to right is Scott Chastain, Cameron Wilbourn, Owen Petrey, Principal Jamie Thompson, Cadence Allen, Carson Creech, and Katie Chastain.

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John Adam Singleton presents Principal Jamie Thompson with his own 'Mr. T' superhero cape as Scott Chastain looks on.

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Katie and Scott Chastain are showing off Cadence Allen in her new Georgia superhero costume.

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Green Team Robotics Presenting to 5th Grade MERIT Science Class Green Team1

The Green Team Robotics, an award-winning team of engineers from Thomas County Central High School, recently presented their robot and information about coding to Mrs. Tammy Sharpe's 5th Grade MERIT science class. The high school engineers reached out to 5th-grade science students to show them what engineering is and encouraged them to participate in STEM opportunities available to them through the Thomas County School System.

Fifth-grade students completed a coding exercise where they used cups to build a tower and "coded" instructions on how it was built. Students with the most detailed code had the opportunity to control the robot.

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January Character Education Students Character education

Character Education students from Thomas County Middle School were treated to lunch today at Dairy Queen along with Mrs. Lisa Gilligan, Parent Involvement Coordinator, and Mr. Kevin Keve, 5th and 6th-grade Guidance Counselor. Students chosen for the month of January were chosen for being 'Determined' students. Students are unwilling to let anything prevent the best possible outcome and they approach tasks with a diligent attitude. One student who received this honor, Lucy Clark, said, "I wanted to have a good grade in math, and I never gave up. I worked hard and eventually I got the grade I wanted."

Pictured below on the top row from left to right are Marshadron Hollis, Anthony Outlaw, Christian Hightower, Talia Esther, Gavin Melnick, Dayton Hurst, Hannah Griffin, and Kahlil Herbert. On the front row from left to right are Brayden Vickers, Kentavious Samuel, James Gravbelle, Rodney Edwards, Heali Patel, Lucy Clark, and Javion Bradwell.

Jan.2018 Character Ed Students

Reading Rewards Yellow Jacket Reading

Thomas County Middle School students on 7th grade Echo Company who gained at least 40 points on the SRI (Scholastic Reading Inventory) Assessment were recently rewarded with the option to choose a "class" to attend organized by Mrs. Kristi Keve.

Mrs. Artz group was 'Paint with Me' where students were able to paint a beach scene, Mrs. Dunn's group decorated cupcakes and completed a bead art project, in Mr. Hunt's group, students were able to cook with Mr. Hunt and Ms.Virginia Beachum as guest chef as they made oreo balls and ice cream cake, and in Ms. Holder's Science Experiment Room, students were able to complete an experiment where they incinerated sand soaked in a flammable liquid with sugar and baking soda to create amazing results. Students had a great time receiving their reward!

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Free Flu Vaccine Offering for Students and Staff; Vaccine Consent Form due Friday, January 26

Due to the drastic increase in flu cases throughout the nation and state, the Thomas County Health Department has agreed to return to our system to provide flu vaccines to our students. The Health Department will have flu vaccine clinic sites at TCMS and GP on Jan. 31. The school system will transport the participating students to the flu clinic sites on Jan. 31 to obtain their flu shot.

Participating students from HnH, TCMS, TCCHS, and BH will obtain their vaccinations between 7:30–10:00 AM at TCMS on Jan. 31. GP and CC participating students will receive their flu shots at GP between 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM on Jan. 31.

If you would like to sign your child up to receive a flu vaccine on Jan. 31, you will need to complete the Parental Vaccine Consent Form linked below and return the form to your child’s school by Friday, Jan. 26. If the vaccine consent form is not signed and returned by Friday, Jan. 26, your child will not be able to participate in the flu vaccine clinic on Jan. 31.

Flu Vaccine Consent Form - Students

Flu Vaccine Sign-up Form - Staff 

Flu Vaccine Administration RecordFlu Vaccine Info, Privacy Notice 

 

 

Super Region First LEGO League Competition First Lego League

Thomas County Middle School's Aqua Avengers won several awards at the Super Regionals in Columbus, Georgia held on January 20, 2018. Out of thirty-eight teams, the Aqua Avengers won the "Champions Award" which advances them to state competition at Georgia Gwinnett College in Lawrenceville, Georgia. The team designed a product called the "Pet-a-Pottie" to address contamination in the water system in Tallahassee, Florida. Students suited up as the "Avengers" and presented their unique product to a panel of judges in Columbus, taking 1st Place. Students also built, designed, and programmed a LEGO Mindstorm Robot that took top awards based on a series of performance tasks.

The team is made up of fifth through eighth graders and is led by coaches Kim Simmons and Samantha Sturrup.  The team also brought home team awards for working together as a concise team.  The Aqua Avengers will compete in the state competition on February 3, 2018.

Pictured below on the back row from left to right:  Keaton Stephens, Bishop Jackson, Ashleigh Dodge, Joshua Williamson, and Brady Whatley.  On the front row from left to right:   Charlie Emmett, Morgan Loper, Pheobe Esra, and Allison Miller.  Not pictured is Ethan Nicoll and Kylie Anglin. 

Aqua Avengers

Georgia Power In-Class Field Trip TC Seal

Thomas County Middle School fifth grade students recently attended an in-class field trip facilitated by Georgia Power. Students were able to explore electricity, conductors, and insulators with Ms. James from Georgia Power, and completed many hands-on activities that helped students understand how electricity flows through a circuit.

Pictured below in the first picture is Mrs. Sharpe's class holding hands with Ms. James from Georgia Power to create a closed circuit with an energy stick. When the circuit is complete (creating a closed circuit) the energy stick would flash.

Pictured below in the second picture from left to right are Spencer Watson, Amerys Lewis, and Hannah Brown testing various materials to determine if the object was a conductor or an insulator.

GA Power field trip  GA Power field trip2

Winter Weather winter weather

Thomas County School System officials have been closely monitoring the weather forecast for tomorrow and have been in communications with Thomas County Emergency Managment Services. Unless there is a change in the forecast, Thomas County Schools will be open tomorrow, Wednesday, January 17. If there is a change in conditions, announcements will be made on our website, social media pages, and by way of our phone messaging system and local media outlets. 

Winter Cheer Clinic Cheer

Winter Cheer Clinic

Hosted by the TCMS Cheerleaders

Coach Holton and Coach Reeves

Saturday, February 3rd for Grades K-5th at TCMS Gym from 9:00-noon, Parent Showcase at 11:45 a.m. 

Cost: $50

Registration Form

For printable form and more information, click 'Read more' below.

Ashley Henderson Named New TCCHS Head Coach Ashley Henderson

The Thomas County Board of Education has approved the hiring of Ashley Henderson as Thomas County Central High School’s head football coach. Henderson will officially begin work on Thursday, February 1.

Henderson comes to the Thomas County School System from Valwood School in Hahira, Georgia, where he served as head coach for six years. While a coach at Valwood, he led the team to state championships three times, and celebrated being region champs five times.

2018-2019 Pre-K & Kindergarten Registration

RegistrationHand-In-Hand Primary School

2018-2019 Pre-K & Kindergarten Registration

Students currently enrolled in Pre-K at Hand-In-Hand DO NOT need to register for Kindergarten.

Monday, February 5 9:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m.

Tuesday, February 6 9:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m.

Registration Place: Thomas County Board of Education, PLC 200 N. Pinetree Blvd.

(Park in the big parking lot across the street from Wendy’s.)

Click Here for Registration Requirements

School-Based Health Center: Serving All Students and Staff SBHC

Thomas County Schools is pleased to announce the opening of a School-Based Health Center on Friday, January 12, 2018. The School-Based Health Center is located on the campus of Thomas County Middle School. The health center will be open to all Thomas County School System students, regardless of which school they attend. The school system will provide transportation from other Thomas County Schools to the health clinic for students who need to be seen there.

Please click on the link below to access the consent form and the health information packet for your child. The completed forms may be returned to your child's school or to the School-Based Health Center. There will be prize drawings held to encourage the return of the consent forms and health packets. The prizes include free pizza coupons, movie passes, Wild Adventure passes, and many more. 

Link: School-Based Health Center Registration Packets for Students and Staff

School-based health center flyer

TCMS Student Council visits Camellia Gardens TC Seal

The TCMS Student Council recently visited residents at Camellia Gardens Nursing Home in Thomasville. Students and teachers sang Christmas carols and students read various Christmas books for the residents. 


Students pictured below from left to right are Taylor Bracewell, Natalie Carlisle, Bridgett Cook, Emily Proctor, Cam Jones, Je'Niece Manning, and Osmarie Tolentino-DeLeon along with a Camellia Gardens resident. Other students and staff who attended the visit were Valeria Hidrogo, Rachel Singletary, Quinnton Finn, and Tungelia Nixon.

TCMS Student Council

Character Education Luncheon Character Education

The State of Georgia has a Character Education program, so in order to be in compliance with the state mandate, the administration and faculty of Thomas County Middle School have instituted a Character Education program.  As part of this program, each team selects one student that has best displayed the Character Education quality of the month.             

The character quality for the month of December was CHEERFUL. The students were selected because their teachers recognized them as behaving in a happy and friendly way, and always being noticeably optimistic and positive. Lisa Gilligan, Parent Involvement Coordinator and manager of the Character Education program says, "These students work hard to stay positive and cheerful, even when they don't feel cheerful or positive.  I am so glad that we can recognize their efforts in this way."  Students enjoyed lunch at Diablo's Southwest Grill on December 20, 2017.  Principal Jamie Thompson provides the meal for the students each month.  

Pictured below from left to right on the front row: Malachi Thomas, Za'Mari Wilson, Totianna McNair, Bre'Anna Brefford, Valeria Hidrogo, Gabby Treadon, Abigail Singletary, and Sarah Stolarik. On the back row: Craig Crimley, Akilah Edwards, Koda Copeland, Kevin Solano, Fred Diggs, Caden Reagan, Naskyia Jenkins, De'Andria Daniels, Andreaya Reddick, and Kyra Miley. Not pictured are Gavin Weier and Elias Rodriguez.

Dec Character Ed

GREAT Graduation GREAT

Thomas County Middle School fifth graders participated in a GREAT graduation today.  Sergeant Leila Spires, Resource Officer at Thomas County Middle School, collaborates with health teachers, Jill Russell and Lee Taylor, to teach fifth graders once or twice a week throughout each nine weeks about the GREAT Program.  GREAT stands for Gang Resistance Education and Training.  Sergeant Spires teaches students to resist not only drugs and alcohol, but warns students of the dangers of becoming involved with gangs and gang-related activity.

Pictured below is Sergeant Spires addressing fifth grade students at the GREAT graduation.

GREAT

Wood Working Projects in Ag TCMS

Students in 7th Grade Exploratory Agriculture had the opportunity to practice basic wood working skills in class this nine weeks. Students had the choice of creating a birdhouse, keepsake box, or wood cut-out. They were to able to get experience using a hammer, drill, sander, jigsaw, miter saw, and other tools throughout their project. They also had the opportunity to paint or stain the project before taking it home.

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Melinda   Kyra

TCMS help with SWAY J TC Seal

8th grade MERIT students visited Thomas County Central High School on Thursday afternoon, December 14th, to deliver blankets and socks they had collected for the high school's annual Shop with a Yellow Jacket (SWAY J) event. The middle schoolers called their program WULY J, Warm Up a Little Yellow Jacket, with the goal of helping provide needed items for the children who would be served through SWAY J. While there, the students toured the high school, and heard the student body president encourage participation in SWAY J next year.

Middle school students also donated over 500 books for children served through the SWAY J program. Two members of the Reading Bowl team, Grayson Jones and Timothy Watson, helped to pass out books; and an eighth grade MERIT student, Jenaya Coleman, helped to pass out blankets and socks during the event.

Pictured below is Huntley Rodgers encouraging 8th grade MERIT students to participate with SWAY J next year.

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FIRST Lego League Regional Competition First Lego League

Thomas County Middle School’s FIRST Lego League team, the Aqua Avengers, won 2 top awards at Regional competition in Albany this past Saturday. The theme for this year’s competition was Hydro Dynamics, in which students were required to identify a problem within the human water cycle and come up with a solution to that problem. The competition consisted of 3 parts: robot game, project, and core values.

 

The Aqua Avengers won the top awards in both the Robot Game and Core Values. The Robot Game award was for scoring the most points out of three robot rounds.The Core Values award, which the team is especially proud of, embodies the true meaning of Lego League. The core values include working hard to find a solution, teamwork, team spirit, “coopertition”, and “Gracious Professionalism”. The team will advance to Super Regionals which will be held at Columbus State in January.

 

Pictured below is the Lego League Aqua Avengers. On the front row from left to right are: Joshua Williamson, Charlie Emmett, Kyleigh Murphy, Morgan Loper, and Keaton Stephens. On the second row is Mrs. Sturrup, Phoebe Estra, Ashley Dodge, Brady Whatley, and Mrs. Simmons. On the back row is Allison Miller and Bishop Jackson.

Lego League

Makerstations in the Media Center STREAM Stations

 

Thomas County Middle School students have recently had the opportunity to participate in STREAM-based makerspaces in the Media Center during library rotations.  Makerspaces promote exploration and creativity amongst students through tinkering, experimenting, and collaboration.  STREAM stations integrate learning through exploration and teach students to think and problem-solve like inventors, scientists, and mathematicians.  STREAM stands for Science, Technology, Reading, Engineering, Art, and Math.  

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8th grade MERIT Christmas Ornament Presentation TCMS Merit

MERIT teachers, parents, and 8th grade MERIT seniors gathered around the TCMS Christmas tree recently for a very meaningful occasion. 8th grade MERIT students at Thomas County Middle School created individual ornaments commemorating their journey through the program. Students designed ornaments that were representative of their favorite MERIT memory or their greatest accomplishment throughout their four years at TCMS. Students presented their ornaments at the very first MERIT Christmas Ornament Presentation Night and hung their ornament on the tree. The night was packed full of memorable happenings. The TCMS band played their Christmas Parade Sequence. A TCMS chorus member, Dawson Carver, sang “O Holy Night.” Parents, students, and MERIT teachers alike were adorned with Christmas attire. A great time was had by all! “Nothing makes us happier, as a MERIT family, than to celebrate the MERIT journey with our students.” stated Dana Studdard, MERIT coordinator. The presentations were followed by Christmas cookies and punch! The ornaments will remain on the tree to be observed by all, until Christmas break.

Pictured below is John Adam Singleton presenting his ornament and telling of his favorite MERIT moment while at TCMS.

John Adam Singleton

Daughters of the American Revolution Junior American Citizens Competition Winners DAR

TCMS students won many awards in The Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) Junior American Citizens annual competition.  There were thirty-three winners from Thomas County Middle School for the Thomasville chapter.  Sixteen of those winners took first place and will advance to state competition in January. This year’s theme was “100th Anniversary of World War I—Service on the Homefront.”  Students were able to compete in the following categories:  poster, stamp design, photo essay, banner, poem, short story, or community service.

To see the full list of winners, click 'Read more' below:

Christmas tree book reports Yellow Jacket Reading

Fifth grade students from Mrs. Clapper's class analyzed story elements of fiction books they read and created a Christmas tree based on that book. 
Pictured below are students with their Christmas tree.  To see more pictures, click 'Read More' below.

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TCMS Science Fair Winners Science Fair

 

The Thomas County Middle School Science Fair was held on December 6. More than 70 projects were entered by 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students. Winners will compete in the Region Science Fair at ABAC on February 16. Click "Read More" for details.  

Science Fair 2017  Molly Grace

It's Computer Science Education Week! Computer Science Education Logo

December 4-10 is Computer Science Education Week in America.  According to csedweek.org, there are currently 486,686 open computing jobs nationwide.  Last year, only 42,969 computer science students graduated into the workforce.  Students in the Thomas County School System are participating in a variety of coding and computer science activities this week in order to foster an interest in computer science and expand upon computational thinking practices. In addition to the activities this week, students in our system have the opportunity to be a part of a comprehensive computer science education program that spans from grades K-12.  Check out this video from Mrs. Michele Dechman's coding class at Cross Creek Elementary School!

 

 

Community Listening Session on Head Football Coach Search TC Logo

A community listening session will be held Monday evening, December 11, at 6:00 p.m. in the Thomas County Central High School cafeteria.

Community Listening Session on Head Football Coach Search - Monday, December 11 at 6 PM in the TCCHS Cafeteria

Support Shop with a Yellow Jacket by Purchasing a Yellow Jacket Christmas CD

Yellow Jacket Christmas CD - $10.00

Students and faculty members in Thomas County Schools sing and play their favorite Christmas songs on "A Yellow Jacket Christmas 4," on sale in the TCCHS front office and school store and at most Thomas County Schools for only $10. 

All proceeds are donated to fund Shop With A Yellow Jacket teams! 

All selections are recorded & produced in Yellow Jacket Studios within the TCCHS Broadcasting/Video/Audio Production department!

Click on the picture above to hear previews of the songs.

Academic Bowl TU Gear Up

TCMS 8th graders, Jenaya Coleman, Travinia Jenkins, and Joshua Glass recently attended Savannah State University with Thomas University Pre-College Programs for the Regional Academic Bowl. All three won 1st place Overall Team for Academic Bowl, Jenaya took 1st place in Spelling Bee and 2nd place in written exam. Students will attend the State Competition in March, 2018.

Pictured below from left to right are Jenaya Coleman, Joshua Glass, and Travinia Jenkins.

TU Pre-College Program

FFA Brings Home the Gold... Twice! FFA

TCMS FFA recently competed in the Livestock Evaluation and Environmental Natural Resources Career Development Events on the area level. Both teams placed first in their respective competitions and will advance to the state contests.

The Environmental Natural Resources team had to complete a GPS course, translate scientific names of trees, and identify 50 wildlife and natural resource specimens. The Environmental Natural Resources team included Samantha Bustle, R. J. Dukes (7th High Individual), Ashley Brannen (3rd High Individual), and Taylor Stegall (2nd High Individual). These students will compete for the state title in this month.

The Livestock Evaluation team included Rayne Gipson, Cody Johnson, EmmaRae Smith, and Bryan Williams (5th High Individual). These students evaluated six classes of livestock to determine the rank of quality for breeding and market characteristics based on the species. In addition, they had to present a set of oral reasons for a selected class. The Livestock Evaluation team will compete on the state level in March.

Pictured below from left to right are: Rayne Gipson, EmmaRae Smith, Bryan Williams, Cody Johnson, Ashley Brannen, R.J. Dukes, Samantha Bustle, and Taylor Stegall.

FFA pic

Technology Parent Workshop Technology Parent Workshop

 

A technology workshop will be held for parents on Dec. 7, 2017 from 5:30-6:30 p.m. at TCMS. Topics to be covered are Digital Citizenship, Infinite Campus, Coding, and Google Classroom. The workshop will be held in the TCMS Business Education Lab and will be a hands-on experience for parents. Fliers will be sent home and parents are asked to complete and return the bottom of the flier so that we can plan accordingly.

Visions MERIT Program TCMS Merit

Brand new to the Thomas County MERIT program this year is a program called VISIONS. VISIONS brings in community leaders who are visionaries and have unique careers or accomplishments that have had a positive impact on the Thomas County community. Speakers come in to share their experience and vision with MERIT students in order to encourage students to start defining their own vision for the future.

The first VISIONS speaker was Colonel Stan McLeod of Thomasville. He spoke to fifth through eighth grade MERIT students about his lifetime vision of serving others through his 30-year career as an Air Force Colonel, as well as his time serving as the ROTC Coordinator at Thomasville High School. Colonel McLeod is currently continuing his lifetime dedication to service as the TCCHS Service Learning Coordinator. "Service is such an integral part of our MERIT program; therefore, Colonel McLeod's vision of service was the perfect inaugural message for this program," stated MERIT coordinator Dana Studdard.

Pictured is Col. McLeod speaking to seventh grade MERIT students about the importance of service.

Col. McLeod

National Fire Prevention Poster and Essay Contest TCMS Merit

Several TCMS students recently entered the 2017 National Fire Prevention Week Poster and Essay contest sponsored by the Office of Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner. Below is a list of the winners from our school:

5th Grade Second Place

Becca Holder

6th Grade Second Place

Garrett Landing

6th Grade Third Place

Ashley Parparian

Each winner was invited to an awards luncheon where they received certificates and a gift bag filled with small prizes. Pictured below from left are Mrs. Carrie Holland, 5th grade MERIT Language Arts Teacher, Becca Holder, Garrett Landing, and Mrs. Laurel Johnson, 6th grade MERIT Language Arts Teacher. Not pictured is Ashley Parparian.

National Fire Prevention Contest

Old South Day Art Show Winners TC Seal

Several Thomas County Middle School students recently placed in the Old South Day Art Show.

Pictured below in front from left to right:  Marshadron Hollis - 3rd Place, Trista Weeks - 1st Place, Jenaya Coleman - 2nd Place, Laci Owens - Honorable Mention, and Melonie Smith - Honorable Mention.  In the back row from left to right:  Abby Billingsley - Honorable Mention, Trish Rosario - First Place, Emily Bishop - Honorable Mention, Audrey VanLandingham - Honorable Mention, Fayeshunna Rivers - Honorable Mention, and Mrs. Emily Holton - Art Teacher at TCMS.

Old South Day Art Show Winners

Spelling BEE Winners Spelling BEE

Thomas County Middle School held grade level Spelling BEES on Tuesday, November 14. First place winners for each grade level received a $50 Mastercard gift card.  First, second, and third place winners will advance to the Thomas County Schools Spelling BEE that will be held on Thursday, January 25, 2018.  

Pictured below on the bottom row from left to right:  5th grade 1st Place Annalia Small, 5th grade 3rd Place Jackson Nestale, 6th grade 1st Place Alicia Scholar, 6th grade 2nd Place Hannabelle Fulgencio, and 6th grade 3rd Place Kaylee Champion.  On the back row from left to right:  7th grade 1st Place Campbell Smith, 7th grade 2nd Place Carina Johnson, 7th grade 3rd Place Aubrey Eaton, 8th grade 1st Place Bryce Shroats, 8th grade 2nd Place Allie Clark, and 8th grade 3rd Place Yameriah Baety.  Not pictured:  5th grade 2nd Place Zachary Mischel.

Spelling BEE Winners

Thomas County Recycles Poster Contest America Recycles Day

America Recycles Day is Wednesday, November 15. To help promote recycling among our community in Thomas County Schools, the TCCHS Environmental Ambassadors recently sponsored a poster contest at each school.  Students were encouraged to incorporate recycled or recyclable materials into their creations.  

Pictured below from left to right are:  TCMS Principal Jamie Thompson, first place winner Garrett Morrell, second place winner Robert Powe, and the third place winner Ryan McDowell. 

Recycle Winners

 

 

Red Nose Run Red Nose Run

The Red Nose Run is being held on Saturday, December 16, at Thomas University. The half marathon and 5K run/walk will begin at 8:00 a.m., and the fun run (12 & under) will begin at 9:00 a.m. The event is sponsored by Thomasville Junior Service League and Thomasville National Bank. Proceeds from the event will benefit Thomas County's children's charities. Register before December 1 to ensure t-shirt availability! Click on the link below for the registration form:

JSL/TNB Red Nose Run Registration Form

Family Engagement Month Family Engagement Month

November is Family Engagement Month in Georgia, and districts and schools across the state will be highlighting the important role parents play in their children’s education. In addition, November 16 is National Parent Involvement Day, a time for all schools and parents to reflect on the vital partnership needed for Georgia’s students and schools to be successful. I invite you to access the following opportunities to strengthen those partnerships with your students’ parents and families. On behalf of all schools in Georgia, State School Superintendent Richard Woods, wrote a Thank You Letter to Georgia’s Families to show our appreciation to the parents and the family members who support student success.

Thank You Letter to Georgia's Families 

Georgia Parent Survey TC Seal

Parents, please complete the Georgia Parent Survey attached in the link below.  This survey contains 24 questions and the responses are anonymous.  The results are submitted directly to the Georgia Department of Education for analysis. The Georgia Parent Survey is also available in Spanish; you may select the Spanish version within the survey. Thank you in advance for taking the time to complete this short questionnaire.

Georgia Parent Survey:

http://gshs.gadoe.org/parents

Thomas County Historical Society TC Seal

Amelia Gallo, with the Thomas County Historical Society, presented lessons to sixth grade social studies classes on the transition between World War I and World War II. Using primary sources based on the Treaty of Versailles and the Russian Revolution, students wrote an article as if they were witnesses to an historical event.

Pictured below are Ryan Swearingen and Tocarra Coleman using primary sources to write their article.

   Ryan S   Tocarra C

Fashion & Textiles in Family & Consumer Sciences FACS

Students in Mrs. Megan Palmer's first nine weeks Family and Consumer Science classes studied fashion and textiles. Students worked on projects that focused on hand sewing; they created monkeys and monsters, made no-sew pillows and blankets, and used sewing machines to make pillows and pillow cases.

Pictured below in the first image are Addison Tuten and Fiona McGuire sewing pillow cases.

In the second image listed clockwise are: Riley Scoggins, Campbell Smith, Janice Soares, and Klara Lane making monsters.

FCS Pic  FCS

Harrison Johnson receives Honorary Ranger Award from the Jimmy Carter National Historic Site Postcard Contest Harrison J

Harrison Johnson, a sixth grade MERIT student at Thomas County Middle School, recently received an Honorary Ranger Award from the Jimmy Carter National Historic Site Postcard Contest. Harrison was recognized during an honors assembly where he received his award.  Harrison was one of thirty-three students in grades kindergarten through twelve to receive recognition through this state-wide competition.  The theme this year was  “It’s been a nutty 30 years”.

Character Education Students Character Education

Character Education students are chosen once a month by their teachers for portraying the selected character trait for that month.   Students chosen are treated to lunch with our Parent Involvement Coordinator, Lisa Gilligan, and one of our principals.  

For the month of October, students were chosen for being Industrious -  students with this trait tend to be hardworking and dedicated students who exhibit good problem-solving skills.  

Pictured in the front row, from left to right:  Maria Aldridge, Kaitlyn Helms, Madison Washington, Austen Long, Cypress Baldwin, Jaylen Tillman, Eeman Dangi, Melia Saunders, Taden Shroats, and Tyler Robinson.  Pictured in second row are:  Lyndsey Gray, Maurice Graham,  Vincent Wiseman, Zoey Griffin, Naima Battle, Heaven Thomas, Austin Singleton, Brooklyn Cohen, Zachary Mischel, Matthew Payne, and Jacob Troyer.

Character Ed October 2017

What Achievement Looks Like

 

 

Jack O Lantern Jog JackOLantern pumpkin

Our annual Jack-O-Lantern Jog is Friday, October 27th ~ Fun Run begins at 6:00 and the 5K will begin at 6:30. If you would like more information, email Al Whatley (awhatley@tcjackets.net) or Carly Trammel (ctrammel@tcjackets.net).  They are also selling raffle tickets.  Items in the raffle include:
Big Green Egg
YMCA--3 month family membership
Yeti cooler
Hubbard's meat basket
Meta Spa gift card($80)
Spence oil change
Garmin Vivosport(has GPS)

Registration form 

First Lego League First Lego League

Michael Clapper, teacher from TCCHS, visited Mrs. Michelle Brinn and Mr. Ashley Palmer's First Lego League Team at Thomas County Middle School to teach them about water potability, transportation of water, and usage ideas.  Students brainstormed ideas for this years FLL challenge using the information they gained. He challenged students to think of ways that their project could help others, and to think of ways to modify their idea to make it less cumbersome.

These students also visited the Wastewater Treatment Plant and the City of Thomasville Water Plant. Students learned how water is cleaned and then discharged back into the river. They also learned how the city residents receive water and how it is turned back on during a power outage.

Pictured below in the first image were students visiting the City of Thomasville Water Plant.  On the back row from left to right: Carson Barwick, Ben Castillo, Gavin Melnick, along with two City of Thomasville Utility employees. On the front row from left to right are Andy Barrentine, Cody Barrentine, Lindsey Norman, Cody Johnson, and Caden Reagan.

In the second image, Mr. Clapper is teaching students about water potability and transportation.

FLL - Palmer/Brinn  FLL - Brinn/Palmer

Service Learning Raffle for Victor Students TCMS Merit

All MERIT students are required to complete 20 hours of community service time throughout the year. Victor students were rewarded with raffle tickets for service learning hours completed during the first nine weeks. We were excited to reward the students who have already shown effort in completing this goal. Through the raffle, students won books, cups, candy, t-shirts and other fun prizes.

Pictured below in the first image from left to right are: Alex Ward, Cam Jones, and Kristopher Wilhelm.  Pictured in the second image are Ragan Barrett and Megan Barnes.

​Alex Ward, Cam Jones, Kristopher Wilhelm​   ​Ragan Barrett, Megan Barnes

Honors Day Assemblies TC Seal

Honors Assemblies for the first nine weeks will be held on Thursday, October 26, 2017 at the following times:
6th grade: 8:15 A.M.
7th grade: 9:45 A.M.
5th grade: 11:30 A.M.
8th grade: 1:45 P.M.

Hands on Thomas County Day Hands on Thomas County

Many students and teachers from Thomas County Middle School spent Saturday, October 21 working to make their community a better place with Hands on Thomas County. Students worked at various sites throughout Thomas County, ending with a picnic lunch at Cherokee Lake.

To see more pictures, view the photo gallery on our school website:https://goo.gl/3oiZnV

HOTC

Art Contest Winners TC Seal

Students from Thomas County Middle School recently placed in the Deep South Art Fair.  

6th Grade Drawing:  1st Place: Alex Chappell, 2nd Place: Ethan Peterson

6th Grade Watercolor:   2nd Place: Owen Braswell

6th Grade Mixed Media: 1st Place: Andrea Webb

7th-8th Grade Ink: 1st Place: Jenaya Coleman, 3rd Place: John Adam Singleton

7th-8th Grade Color Pencil: 2nd Place: Bree Carter,  HM: Melonie Smith

7th-8th Grade Pastel: 1st Place: Autumn Augustine, 2nd Place: David Harlow, 3rd Place: Michael Scully

8th Grade Student, Melonie Smith, also received an Honorable Mention for the One Book Thomas County Art Contest.

Pictured below in front from left to right:  Alex Chappell, Ethan Peterson, Owen Braswell, Jenaya Coleman, John Adam Singleton, Bree Carter, and Melonie Smith.  Standing in back from left to right:  Autumn Augustine, David Harlow, and Michael Scully.

Deep South Art Fair

Pictured below is Melonie Smith.

One Book Thomas County

TCMS Cross Country Girls Place 3rd in Championship TC Logo

Congratulations to TCMS Girls Cross Country Team for placing third in the Middle School Cross Country Championship on Saturday.

Cross Country Girls

Florida Museum of Natural History Field Trip TC Logo

Sixth grade MERIT students recently traveled to the Florida Museum of Natural History. Acting as curators, students worked in small groups to determine the most beneficial artifact in each exhibit. Using historical information from the past 12,000 years, all academic content areas had lessons enhanced by the trip. Highlights include listening to FDR address Congress on an authentic radio, steering a steamboat and seeing the canoe recently unearthed by Hurricane Irma.

Pictured below: Lee McCorkle, Evan Kelly, and Bronson Gates.

Florida Museum of Natural History

Pictured below is Owen Petrey:

Florida Museum of Natural History

Red Ribbon Week Red Ribbon Week

Red Ribbon Week is Monday, October 23-Friday, October 27.   Our theme is: Your Future is Key, So Stay Drug Free. Students can dress each day to show their support in the fight against drugs.

Monday: Join the Fight Against Drugs/Wear Camouflage
Tuesday: Sock it to Drugs/Wear Crazy Colored Socks
Wednesday: County Wide Wear Red Day/Wear Red
**Thursday: Career Day/Dress as a worker in an aspiring career (Prizes will be awarded)***
Friday: Team up Against Drugs/Wear your favorite Team Logo

Fire Prevention Poster and Essay Contest Fire Safety

Congratulations to the winners of the 2017 Fire Prevention Week Poster and Essay contest sponsored by the Office of Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner. Below is a list of the winners from our school:

5th Grade Second Place:  Becca Holder

6th Grade Second Place:  Garrett Landing

6th Grade Third Place:  Ashley Parparian

National Fire Prevention Poster and Essay Contest Winners

GMEA All-State Orchestra Round 1 Audition TC Seal

Two of our TCMS students passed the first round audition for the GMEA All-State Middle School Orchestra. The audition was held on October 14, 2017 in Columbus, GA. Everett Sanzo (violin) and Jaden Sanzo (cello) both passed the first round audition. This is the first time in the history of TCMS that we've had string players pass the audition. Everett and Jaden will complete the second and final audition for All-State Orchestra on January 6, 2018 at The Westminster Schools in Atlanta, GA. Congratulations to Everett and Jaden!

Pictured below in the first image is Jaden Sanzo with his cello, and in the second picture is Everett with his violin.

Jaden Sanzo   Everett Sanzo

Character Education Students Character Education

Students who were chosen by their teacher as being conscientious were recently treated to lunch at Dairy Queen.

Pictured in the front row, from left to right: Iziah Butler, Nathaniel Hurtado, Carina Johnson, Austin Dyrcz, Khia Hammonds, Nicholas Whigham, Heaven Richards, and Lorelai Payson. Pictured in second row are: Je'Niece Manning, Christen Horne, Lisa Nicolas, Breeanna Cade, Anilya Golson, Lauren Nix, William Holland, Kevin Turner, Precious Williams, and Bryce Roberts.

Character Education - Conscientious

Thomas County Historical Society visits TCMS Yellow Jacket

Amelia Gallo, from the Thomas County Historical Society, recently visited TCMS to discuss developing thesis statements with sixth grade MERIT students. While using research information on the Berlin Wall, students discussed aspects of thesis statements to determine a stance on this historical topic. Students will take this knowledge and apply it to their National History Day presentations as well as other argumentative writings.

Pictured below are Cody Barrentine & Autumn Bracewell working with Amelia Gallo on the top and Wyatt Petrey on the bottom.

NHD

NHD

 

FFA Members Attend FFA Day at the Fair FFA Emblem

TCMS FFA members were a part of the more than 3,000 FFA members that recently attended the 2017 FFA Day at the Georgia National Fair. The event was held on October 10 at the Georgia National Fairgrounds in Perry, Georgia.

The FFA Day at the Fair program is designed for any students enrolled in an agriculture education course in grades 6-12. The purpose of the event is to help students learn more and get excited about FFA and agricultural education. Throughout the day’s events, students interacted with Georgia FFA Area Officers while discovering the opportunities that FFA has to offer. Students heard from supporters of the agricultural education program, listened to a motivational speaker, and enjoyed the Georgia National Fair’s midway in the afternoon.

Pictured below are students who attended this exciting event:

FFA Day at the Fair

Pope takes on new role at Thomas County Schools As part of Thomas County School System's succession planning, Mrs. Brecca Pope (far right) is assuming the duties of Dr. Lisa Williams who will become superintendent of Thomas County Schools effective June 1.

The Thomas County Board of Education has approved the appointment of Brecca Pope to the position of Director of Administrative Services at the Board of Education. Pope comes to the board office from Cross Creek Elementary School where she served as assistant principal for the past six years.

"I am very thankful for the opportunity to serve the students and staff of Thomas County Schools in this capacity,” Pope said.  “As an educator, I recognize the benefits of lifelong learning and look forward to my new role as Director of Administrative Services.”

In her new role, Pope will assume many of the duties currently assigned to Dr. Lisa Williams as Dr. Williams prepares to transition into her new role as superintendent designee.

Anti-Bullying Event to be held at TCMS on Oct. 21 at 6:00 p.m. TC Logo

Anti-Bullying Event to be held at TCMS on Oct. 21 at 6:00 p.m.  Tickets are $8.00 and can be purchased at school this week or at the door on the night of the event.  Please see the flyer below for more information.

Anti-bullying Event

Grandparents' Day for 5th and 6th grade students will be held on October 24, 2017 at 8:30 a.m. TC Seal

Attention all grandparents of TCMS 5th and 6th graders:  You are invited to a celebration assembly on Tuesday, October 24, 2017 at 8:30 a.m. in the TCMS gym.  You are also invited to visit the book fair following this event.

Grandparents' Day

Mayhall retires from Hand-In-Hand Primary after 29 years Jeanna Mayhall and Dr. Dusty Kornegay

From now on when the school bell rings, Jeanna Mayhall won’t know what to do with herself. For the first time in almost 30 years, the retiring Hand-In-Hand Principal won’t be returning to the school campus at the break of dawn every week day. For Mayhall, who has been in the school environment her whole life, says “it will be hard to transition to the ‘normal’ world because my internal rhythm follows the rhythm of the school calendar.”

The beloved veteran educator who just completed her 29th year in education was sent off by an adoring group of family, friends and coworkers during a recent reception held in her honor. Mayhall received many gifts and was honored by coworkers who made signs and a slideshow, performed a humorous skit and entertained her with a song written just for her.

FFA Career Development Events FFA

Thomas County Middle FFA members recently competed in Career Development Events (CDE) to test their knowledge and skills in a variety of areas. The competitions were held on September 28, 2017 at Pelham High School.  To read more about this event, click 'Read more' below.

Pictured on top from left to right:  R.J. Dukes, Caleb Harrell, T.J. Saunders, and Austin Clark.  Pictured on bottom from left to right:  Elizabeth Hall, Ashley Brannen, Taylor Stegall, Rayne Gipson, and Zoey Griffin.

FFA

Football Practice on Monday, October 16th TCMS Football

7th and 8th grade Football “WILL” Practice on Monday October 16th at 3:00.  

7th Grade MERIT Duke Tip Students DUKE Tip

​7th grade MERIT Duke Tip students recently worked on problem solving and teamwork skills during an after-school activity. Students were challenged to think outside of the box and come up with creative ways to overcome obstacles and solve problems. 

Seventh grade MERIT teachers, Tonya Frare and Retha Lee, are sponsors for the Duke Tip program which meets each Wednesday after school to research college information including searching for specific majors and tuition costs, completing practice tests for the ACT and SAT, and working on problem-solving and teamwork skills.

Pictured below in forefront from left to right:  Jackson Emmett, Riley Scoggins, Campbell Smith, Maddie Anderson and Caden Reagan.  In the back from left to right is Gavin Melnick, Ayden Webb, Caleb Kinner, and Bishop Jackson.

DUKE Tip Students

 

 

State Wide MathFest Competition MathFest

Forty-six MERIT math students from fifth through eighth grade recently competed in the State-Wide MathFest Competition. Students competed in three types of rounds: a written test portion, individual ciphering, and a team round called "Mathbating". Congratulations to all forty-six students for scoring high enough to advance to the regional competition in Atlanta!  To view the names of all participants, click the link below to 'Read More'.

MathFest

Vocabulary.com/ Pizza Hut's BOOK IT Program Yellow Jacket Reading

On October 1, 2017, Thomas County Middle School students began two national events, Vocabulary.com and Pizza Hut’s BOOK IT! To read the entire article, click 'Read more' below the picture.

Students are eager to get started on these two exciting programs.  Pictured below from left to right are:  Nevan Wickham, Jayden Brooks, Terrance Davis, Jahmai Greene, Emma Nicoll, and Ka'Mya Garland.

Vocabulary.com and BOOK IT

FFA South Region Rally FFA

The Thomas County Middle School FFA Officer Team recently attended the 3rd Annual South Region Leadership Rally held at the Georgia Museum of Agriculture formally known as the Agrirama in Tifton, GA. The South Region FFA Leadership Rally’s intention is to spark the interest of FFA members in the South Region and motivate member involvement in their local FFA Chapter for the upcoming school year. By preparing for competition in Career Development Events, participating in local Community Service projects, and attending leadership conferences and conventions, FFA members get an edge on other students by starting the transition into becoming a servant leader.

Bryan Williams was named the Junior Animal Science Identification Champion and received a plaque for his accomplishment (pictured below left).  Pictured below right on Front row: Austin Clark, Cody Johnson, Katie Sylvain, and Samantha Bustle.  Back row: TJ Saunders, Bryan Williams, and Rayne Gipson

 Bryan Williams     Region Rally Group

National Youth Leadership Forum: Explore STEM Thomas County Schools logo

Sixth grade student, Tommy Hires, was nominated by Mrs. Tiffanie Harris during the 2016-17 school year to participate in the National Youth Leadership Forum:  Explore STEM, during his sixth grade year. Mrs. Harris was recently notified that Tommy was selected to participate in this program. Students selected are able to choose from 10 locations to attend the forum, with the closest being held at Emory University. Along with various venues, there are several six-day sessions to choose from as well. Tommy was very excited to hear about his nomination and selection.  Congratulations Tommy!

Pictured below is Tommy Hires.

Tommy Hires

Extreme Couponing! TC logo

Students in Ms. McDonald and Ms. Henley's class worked together as a team to search through newspaper inserts and locate money saving coupons. Students cut, sorted, and organized the coupons in an effort to strengthen adaptive living and independent functional skills. Not only will the students use the coupons in shopping for their cooking lessons, faculty and staff will have access to them as well for their use. The students will maintain the coupon container by monitoring expiration dates as well as keeping stock.

Pictured below are students cutting and sorting coupons:

   Extreme Couponing  Extreme Couponing

Jack Hadley Museum visits Fifth Grade Students at TCMS TC Seal

 

JaMarcus Underwood, Museum Educator from Jack Hadley Black History Museum, visited with fifth grade students this week to discuss the resources available through the Jack Hadley Museum.  He also shared information about Ltd. Henry O. Flipper, originally from Thomasville, who graduated from West Point and was the first African American officer in the U.S. Army to lead a group of African-American troops, known as the Buffalo Soldiers.  Students had an opportunity to participate during the discussion and ask questions during the visit.

Pictured below is Mr. Underwood showing one of the portraits that he brought to share with students.

Jack Hadley Museum visit

Volunteer Orientation and Title I Parent Meeting TC Seal

A Volunteer Orientation for Thomas County Schools will be held on Tuesday, September 26.  A Title I Meeting for Thomas County Middle School will also be held on Thursday, September 28. Please see the attached flyers for time and locations of these events.

Volunteer Orientation Flyer  Title I Meeting

Thomas County Schools Supports Childhood Cancer Awareness by Going for the Gold! Keep Calm and Go Gold for a Cure

Go Gold

Movie Offered at No Charge! free movie

The Covey Film Festival is offering an opportunity to view the movie, "Hidden Figures," at no charge on Monday, October 2, at 7:00 p.m. The movie will be shown in the Thomas County School System's Auditorium at 200 North Pinetree Boulevard. Click on the link below to see the flyer for details!

Covey Film Festival Hidden Figures

FFA Alumni Meeting FFA

An FFA Alumni Meeting will be held on Tuesday, September 26th at 5:30 pm in the agriculture classroom.The FFA Alumni is for any adult who would like to support the local FFA chapters with their time and resources. Refreshments will be provided. Please RSVP to Ms. Davis at davisa@tcjackets.net. Students are welcome to attend with the adults.

REACH Georgia REACH Georgia

Twenty 8th grade students were initially selected through teacher nomination for the application process to participate in the REACH Georgia Program.  Eleven students were then selected to move forward to the interview process.  From those eleven, five will be chosen to participate in the program.  As part of the REACH Program, students will be assigned a mentor who they will meet with twice a month until graduation to discuss academic goals and encourage continued academic success.   Students were selected because they maintain good grades, actively participate in class and have good behavior, as well as excellent school attendance.

Pictured below are the eleven students prior to the interview process.   From left to right on the front row is Janiyah Christopher, Osmarie Tolentino-Deleon, Francisco Hernandez-Mendoza, Patricia Diego, Lisa Nicolas.  Back row from left to right:  Xavier Scott, Yadira Perdomo-Badillo, Levi McClelland, Zamiah Hart, Sania' Virgil, and Matthew Payne.

REACH Georgia

 

 

5th Grade Parent Night TC Seal

Attention 5th Grade Parents:  5th Grade will have Parents' Night on September 28th from 5-6 pm. 'Technology in the Classroom' will be the theme!

Benchmark Testing Thursday September 28-October 6 Yellow Jacket

Students have Benchmark testing beginning Thursday, September 28 through Friday, October 6.  Please make sure that all students arrive at school on time each day and have a nutritious breakfast, either at school or at home prior to testing.  Please encourage your student to study for their Benchmark tests and get a good night's sleep.  We look forward to seeing great results from your students!

8th grade Science Academy Kick-off Session Science Academy

Forty-two 8th grade TCMS Students recently attended the kick-off session for Science Academy to study the physics behind roller coaster design and operation. The students will have the opportunity to design and build their own roller coaster this year. They will also travel to Universal Studios to participate in their physics program in October!

Pictured below in the forefront are John Adam Singleton and Will Wilder discussing their initial designs for their roller coaster.

Science Academy

TCCHS Baseball Team Hosting Baseball Camp for Grades 5-8 baseball

The TCCHS Baseball team is hosting a camp for grades 5-8. The camp will run on the following Saturdays: October 21, 28, November 4, and 11 from 10 am to 3 pm.

Each camper will be provided lunch and receive a camp t-shirt and shorts. The cost to attend the camp (all 4 Saturdays) will be $60. The cost for siblings will be $50 each.

Please see the attached flyer for more information and link to registration on the school's website. 

If you have any questions, please contact Coach Ryan Strickland at rstrickland@tcjackets.net

Thank You in advance for your support!

 

GEAR Up with Thomas University GEAR UP

All 6th - 8th Grade TCMS students recently toured Thomas University where they learned more about the GEAR UP program.  GEAR UP stands for Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs, and was designed to prepare middle and high school students for college. 

Students toured the campus and listened to a speaker from GEARUP. The Magnolia Campus was next on the tour where students listened to motivational speaker Brooks Harper. Each student was given an autographed copy of his book, 7 Skills to Makes Mill$.

Pictured below on the left are Shane Sellers and Joshua Samuel playing an ice breaker game.  On the right is Zakeya Frazier and Tia Floyd who had a special part in the presentation and received an extra book for their answers.

Shane Sellers and Joshua Samuel   Zakeya Frazier and Tia Floyd  

Homecoming Week Sept. 18-22 TC Logo

During Homecoming Week we show our school spirit by dressing up. Here are the Dress Up Days:

Monday- Disney Character and Superhero Day

Tuesday- Throw Back Tuesday - through the decades/vintage

Wednesday- College Day

Thursday- Dress for Success

Friday- Blue/Gold + Caps for a Cure

 

TCCHS will play Lee County on Friday night!!!

GA Wake Series State Champions

Thomas County Middle School students, Cason Dennard (8th grade) and Bowen Dennard (5th grade) recently competed at GA Wake Series State Championship Competition in Acworth, Georgia where they both were named State Champions in their respective division!  Congratulations to both of these outstanding young men.

 Bowen Dennard  Cason Dennard

No School Monday & Tuesday Hurricane

Thomas County Schools will be closed Monday, September 11, and Tuesday, September 12, due to the danger of Hurricane Irma. The safety of our students, teachers, and staff is very important to us. Please stay safe!

Shopping for the Better Buy TC Logo

Students in Mrs. Miles class are shopping for the Better Buy by comparing unit prices!

Shopping for the better buy

Preparing Students for College MERIT

Kendrick Duncan from Thomas University Pre-College Program (Trio) speaks to 7th grade Delta, MERIT, students about college. This program is a federally funded program designed to provide academic, cultural, and social enrichment activities to middle and high school students. The goal is to prepare students before they go to college. The workshops provide test-taking/study skills, choices, time management, communication/listening skills, and critical thinking skills. This program follows students through middle and high school (as well as college). Mrs. Retha Lee is super excited to once again work with Kendrick Duncan.

Thomas University Guest Speaker

Pictured below from left to right:  Jazzy Hollis, Bishop Jackson, Whitt Finch, Kendrick Duncan, Fiona McGuire, Maya Rodriguez, Kaytlyn Prevatt, Brooke Lancaster, and Gavin Coffee.

Schools Open Wednesday hurricane pic

Thomas County Schools will welcome staff and students back for a normal day tomorrow, September 13. We do not expect any significant changes to bus routes, and all of our schools will be open for the regular schedule.

Hurricane Irma Notice hurricane pic

The Thomas County School system is monitoring Hurricane Irma very closely. We are working with Thomas County EMS and the National Weather Service to determine the best plan for school closures. Please stay up-to-date by tuning in to the local news, checking our website, and following us on social media including Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. It is important to ensure that we have your current contact information because we will be sending out alerts through our notification systems. Thank you for your patience and understanding!

Teacher Spotlight with Mr. Buechner Chorus

 

 

Students Immersed in Cultural Experience TC Logo

6th and 7th grade students at TCMS recently participated in a historical experience at the Thomasville Center of the Arts. First, students viewed an original production about the immigration experience at Ellis Island at the turn of the century. Following the show, seventh grade students participated in two of four workshops which exposed them to various cultures of those who immigrated during the time period. Dance, drama, and art were all included in the immigration experience.

Center for the Arts - Ellis Island Experience  Ellis Island Experience

 

Character Education Lunch Character Education

Students who were chosen by their teacher as being respectful were recently treated to lunch at Wendy's.

Pictured in the front row, left to right: Bryana McLendon, Kendal Young, Shantel Brown, Jakayla Harrison, Marisa Echols, Enrique Lopez, Amber Collier, Debrale Smiley, Ian Thompson, & Brett Brown. Pictured in second row are: Jayden Zavala, Lydia Glass, Alyria James, Kirsten Guyton, Darquez Lee, Charity Madison, Adam Lane, Andy Barrentine, & Edward Coleman.

Character Education Students - August

TCMS Rocks! TCMS

Students in Patty McDonald, Kathy Payne, and Gerri Ferrel's classes at TCMS joined the rest of the community in the rock painting excitement on 8/28/17. Reading, Math, Science and Social Studies curriculum centered around rock painting activities and community involvement. After completing academic activities involving rock painting, the classes went to work creating their own unique designs on rocks to hide in the community for others.

TCMS Rocks!  TCMS Rocks!

TCMS Rocks!  TCMS Rocks!

TCMS Students Compete at Cougar Classic Cross Country Meet in Tallahassee TC Logo

Thomas County Middle School Cross Country Team competed in the Cougar Classic in Tallahassee, Florida.  The girls took 3rd place out of 11 teams, with over 100 runners.  Three of these girls made it to the top 25 finishers.  The boys finished 5th, with one runner making the top 25 finishers.

Cross Country Cougar Classic  Cross Country Cougar Classic

Cross Country Cougar Classic  

New Course Being Offered at TCMS Girls' Conditioning Class

Girls' Conditioning Class is now being offered at TCMS.  To find out more about Coach Anderson and this exciting course offering, click the 'Read more' link below:

Summer Reading Challenge Celebration TCMS Media Center

Twenty-six students from fifth through eighth grade at Thomas County Middle School were treated to an ice cream celebration on Friday, August 18th, for completing the Summer Reading Challenge.  Each student read at least eight books and wrote a short summary for each over the summer.   Each student received a fifty percent off coupon to use at the upcoming book fair.   One student, Walker Cobb, was the winner of the grand drawing.  Walker received a $50 gift certificate to spend at the school book fair as well.

Summer Reading Challenge   Summer Reading Challenge

To see more pictures, click 'read more' below:

Students experience Solar Eclipse Solar eclipse

Students and staff were treated to a Moon Pie, Sun Chips, and a juice before heading outside to view the solar eclipse with their special solar viewing glasses.  Pictured below from top to bottom:  Students receiving their snack, 6th grade Victor Company posing in their solar eclipse shirts preparing to go outside, and 8th grade December Company viewing the Solar Eclipse.

Solar Eclipse   Solar Eclipse   Solar Eclipse  

To see all of the images, click the link below:

Solar Eclipse Pictures

Students Prepare for Solar Eclipse Solar eclipse

Miss Beck's class is preparing for the solar eclipse by using comparisons. The students are ordering percent totality from greatest to least of the major cities in the path of totality. They are also ranking the population of the 12 major cities in the path of totality.

Solar Eclipse Preparation  Solar Eclipse Preparation

Solar Eclipse on Monday, August 21 Solar eclipse
The Thomas County School System strives to find unique opportunities to make learning interesting and relevant for its students.

 

We are making plans to utilize the solar eclipse that will occur on Monday, August 21st as a unique teaching and learning opportunity.

 

The solar eclipse will reach its peak around 2:35 p.m. on Monday afternoon.

 

To allow students to fully appreciate the event, the school day will be extended on Monday by 30 minutes.  All dismissals and all bus loads will be pushed back approximately 30 minutes on Monday, August 21st only.

 

Weather permitting, students will go outside to view the eclipse.  Each student will be provided safety glasses to use when viewing the eclipse.

 

Because most students will be dismissed to go outside around 2:00, any student who needs to be signed out before the end of the extended day on Monday, August 21st should be signed out by 1:45 p.m.  Once students go outside, calling them to the office to sign out will be difficult.

 

Once again, any student who needs to be signed out early on Monday, August 21st should be signed out by 1:45 p.m.

County schools plan a “phenomenal” extended day for upcoming solar eclipse Solar eclipse

Plans are underway for a phenomenal day in Thomas County Schools as students, teachers, and staff observe “The Great American Solar Eclipse” on August 21. To allow students to fully appreciate the experience, the school day in Thomas County Schools will be extended by 30 minutes on the day of the eclipse.

While Thomas County will not see a total eclipse, expectations are that the moon will cover approximately 90% of the sun for a brief period, enough to create a dramatic effect and illustrate the phenomena of an eclipse.

Click here to access the Solar Eclipse Opt Out Form.  

Students Master Adaptive Skills TC Logo

Students in Patty McDonald's class at TCMS worked collaboratively and efficiently as a team to prepare class breakfast on the morning of Aug. 11. Students had to measure ingredients, select appropriate materials, practice kitchen safety, and communicate effectively to ensure the task was completed in a timely manner.  Life, adaptive, and functional skills enable individuals to deal effectively with the demands and challenges of everyday life.

Mrs. McDonald's students  Mrs. McDonald's students  Mrs. McDonald's class  Mrs. McDonald's class

Immunization Clinic vaccination

The Thomas County Health Department will be open for a back-to-school immunization clinic on Saturday, August 12, from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Click on the link below for more information!

Don't Be Late... Vaccinate!

DRAMAKIDS DRAMAKIDS

DRAMAKIDS! theatre classes will begin on September 5 as part of the Fine Arts
Program at Thomas County Middle School for grades 3 & 4 and 5-8.

The cost is $35 and will be held on Tuesdays from 3:30-5:00 for Grades 3-4 and on Thursdays for Grades 5-8 from 3:30-5:00.

For more information and a registration form, please see the flyer below:

DRAMAKIDS Information

FFA Parent Information Night FFA

FFA Parent Information Night

Thursday, August 17, 2017

5:30 pm

TCMS Agriculture Room

For more information, email Ms. Davis at davisa@tcjackets.net

Fantastic First Day of School First Day of School

Students and staff at TCMS are off to a great start!

First Day o f School   First Day of School   First Day of School

Welcome Back '17-'18

As we prepare for the new year, we like to reflect on our past accomplishments. This video highlights some of the many successes of our staff members and students who make this school system one of the best. We are looking forward to exciting opportunities and new successes in 2017-2018!

Simply the Best

FIRST LEGO League Informational Meeting First Lego League

 

 

FIRST LEGO League Informational Meeting

Thursday, August 10

6:00 PM

Cross Creek Media Center

This meeting is for all students in grades 4-8 who are interested in participating in LEGO League and their parents.  Program goals, team expectations and the application process will be discussed.  

We have an app for that! TC App

Search for Thomas County Schools in your app store to get our new app. Click the link below for more information.

Thomas County Schools App

Thomas County Middle School Free Athletic Physical Day Sports Physical

Thomas County Middle School will hold 'Free Athletic Physical Day' on Tuesday, August 8 at 5:00 p.m.  A Parent/Guardian MUST be present with student to receive the physical.

Physical forms can be picked up at TCMS or by clicking on the following link:     Physical Form

The completed form should be presented with the student on August 8 at 5:00 p.m. at Thomas County Middle School. 

Back-to-School Blitz

Join us at the Thomas County Central High School gym for the Back-to-School Blitz this Saturday, July 29!

Back to School Blitz Flyer

Basic School Supply List School supplies

Below is a list of basic school supplies needed this school year:

Loose leaf paper

One subject spiral bound notebook

Blue/Black Pens

Pencils

1.5 or 2 inch binders

Dividers

 

***Team-specific supply lists will be provided at Open House. 

Williams to succeed Kornegay as County School Chief in 2018 Dr. Lisa Williams

The Thomas County Board of Education has named Associate Superintendent Dr. Lisa Williams as its sole candidate to succeed Dr. Dusty Kornegay as superintendent of the county school system upon his retirement which will be effective June 1, 2018.

Kornegay informed the school board in January that he plans to retire at the end of the 2017-2018 school year, and he provided official notice of his retirement in a letter to the board in June.

Click "More" to read entire press release

Open House Dates Announced open house

Open house dates have been announced for all of the schools. With school beginning on Friday, August 4, every school will hold open house on Thursday, August 3. Please call the school office for more information.  

Hand-In-Hand Primary School
8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

Garrison-Pilcher Elementary School
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon

Cross Creek Elementary School
12:00 noon - 2:00 p.m.
4:00 - 6:00 p.m.

Thomas County Upper Elementary/
Thomas County Middle School
5-6 Grades: 4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

7-8 Grades:  5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

All Grades: 9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. 
5th Grade MERIT: 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Thomas County Central High School
5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Bishop Hall Charter School
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

 

TCMS Dress Code Thomas County Schools

As you are preparing for the new school year, please review the TCMS Dress Code.   

TCMS Dress Code

Two TCMS teachers to attend National Sustainability Teachers’ Academy Stacie Dunn (left) and Melissa Artz will attend the National Sustainability Teacher's Academy in Arizona.

Thomas County Middle School teachers Melissa Artz and Stacie Dunn have been selected to participate in the National Sustainability Teacher’s Academy at Arizona State University in June. The prestigious program will equip them with the knowledge and tools needed to inspire and educate their students about sustainability issues.

Pertaining to environmental science, the definition of sustainability is the avoidance of the depletion of natural resources in order to maintain an ecological balance. Artz and Dunn will participate in a weeklong, hands-on professional development where they will work directly with sustainability scientists and education experts, as well as community sustainability leaders.

Remediation for Georgia Milestones

For students retaking the Reading or Math portion of the Georgia Milestone, please review the following information.  The Reading retest will be given on June 7th, and Math will be retested on June 8th. 

For remediation for Reading, please go to Study Island (be sure to choose Reading standards, not Language Arts).

For Math remediation, please go to Moby Max.

Please click the following link to go to the Clever Page to sign in to these sites:

https://clever.com/in/tcjackets

Honors Day Honors Day 2017

Congratulations to all students receiving awards at Honors Day! 

 

Student Accounts During the Summer Buzz Holding Computer

Student Google accounts will be disabled from June 16-August 1, 2017. If a student needs account access during this time, he or she should complete the form below.   Please allow 24 hours for access to be granted. Student accounts will continue to be monitored for inappropriate usage during the summer months.  

Student Account Request Form

Introduction To Digital Technology at TCCHS Computer Science

Are you a rising 9th grade student who is interested in Computer Science?  Please consider registering for the Introduction to Digital Technology Course at Thomas County Central High School for next school year.  Please see the information below.   

Intro to Digital Technology Information

Please click here for more information about the Computer Science Pathway at TCCHS.

BOE Schedules Hearing on Proposed $63.5 Million 2017-2018 budget budget

The Thomas County Board of Education has given tentative approval to a $63.5 million budget for the 2017-2018 school year. The board has scheduled two public hearings prior to final adoption of the budget in compliance with a law passed by the general assembly in 2016 which requires public hearings for school board budgets even if no local property tax increase is anticipated.

The first public hearing will be held in conjunction with a 7:00 p.m., May 23, called board meeting at the Board of Education Meeting Room located at 200 North Pinetree Boulevard, Thomasville. The second hearing will be held in conjunction with the June 13, 2017, board meeting, also at 7:00 p.m. in the Board Meeting Room.

Click here to see FY18 Budget

Parent Survey parent survey

Your participation matters! Please click on the link below to complete our annual parent survey. The survey will be open until Saturday, May 20. 

PARENT SURVEY

2017 Summer Reading Challenge Information Buzz Holding Book Facing Right

The Thomas County School System wants students to READ this summer!  Did you know that students can have up to a 2-3 month loss in reading ability over the summer?  It's important for students to spend time sharpening their reading skills!

Each school has developed a summer reading challenge for students.  We would like for students to read for 15-30 minutes everyday this summer.  The guidelines and requirements vary by school.  Please click the link below for more information about each school's guidelines.  If you need more information, please talk to the media specialist at each school.  The guidelines are for the school the students will be attending in the 2017-2018 school year.

Guidelines for all schools

Click here for information about programs at the Thomas County Public Library this summer!

Free eBooks are provided for all students this summer -- Click here for more information

New Math Textbook Parent Input Mathematics Image

The TCMS math department is in the process of reviewing two math textbook series for possible adoption for the 2017-2018 school year. Samples of both MyMath/Glencoe Math and enVision Math are on display in the office of Lisa Gilligan, Parent Involvement Coordinator at TCMS. Parents are invited to stop by during normal school hours to review these materials and leave any desired feedback (please sign-in at the front office). Materials will be on display until 3:30 Friday, May 12.

Please contact Robin Cartright, Coordinator of Secondary Instruction, if you have any questions (rcartright@tcjackets.net or 229-584-9158).

Computer Science Camp: June 5-8 Computer Science Logo

Computer Science Summer Camp Information

Rising 5th Grade Orientation Thomas County Schools Logo

Please click Read More to view the presentation from the rising 5th grade orientation meeting that was held =on May 16.  

 

 

Informational Meeting for Rising 9th - 12th Student Athletes and Parents: Mon., May 8 at TCCHS 5:30 P.M. - 7:00 P.M. Yellow Jacket

Smart Start

Students Qualify for National NHD Competition National Qualifiers for NHD 2017

Students from Thomas County Middle School and Thomas County Central High School recently attended the National History Day State Competition at Mercer University. Seven students from Thomas County Schools qualified for the NHD National Contest and will attend the competition in June at the University of Maryland.

Jackie Robinson Essay Contest Winners Jackie Robinson Essay Contest

Congratulations to sixth grade student  Brentson Moncrief for winning first place in the 14th annual Jackie Robinson Essay Contest and receiving a $100 prize. Honorable mentions were awarded to Kaleigh Fender, Bhumin Patel, Joshua Williamson, Reid Harvey, and Brennan Hart.

Seventh Grade Science Academy Science Academy Logo

Our seventh grade Science Academy students are enjoying a fun learning experience this week in Florida! Click Read More to see pictures from their trip! 

TCMS Dress Code Survey Dress code

Attention parents!

Please click the link below to fill out information regarding the Thomas County Middle School dress code.

TCMS Dress Code Survey 

Vocabulary.com Superstar! Brent Fuentes

Out of hundreds of elementary, middle, and high school students from around the world, Brent Fuentes, a sixth grade student at Thomas County Middle School, ranked #1 in the state of Georgia and #8 worldwide on vocabulary.com during the week of April 10-14. Vocabulary.com combines an interactive dictionary with an adaptive learning game that allows students to master new vocabulary words.

TCMS Duke TIP Students Receive Recognition Duke TIP Students

The Thomas County School System recently announced that four of its middle school students were recognized as a part of the 2017 Duke University Talent Identification (TIP) Program.

Jenaya Coleman, Laura Hiers, Georgia Rose Patton, and Molly Grace White, seventh graders at Thomas County Middle School, were among a select group of students statewide to meet the criteria to be Duke TIP students.

MERIT Students Marching into Spring MERIT

Thomas County MERIT students have marched into Spring by helping others.

 

 

FFA Plant Sale FFA

FFA Plant Sale
Friday, March 31st
12:30-1:30 and 3:00-5:00
TCMS Greenhouse
$1/plant or $15/flat
Begonias, Coleus, Dusty Miller, Geraniums, Impatiens, Marigolds, Pansies, Snapdragons

Dooley deems Thomas County Schools a leader in computer science education Dr. Caitlin Dooley (center), Georgia Department of Education Deputy Superintendent of Teaching and Learning, observes fourth graders Haley Gonzalez, from left, and Enrique Lopez as they program robots in the coding classroom at Cross Creek Elementary.

Dr. Caitlin Dooley, Georgia Department of Education (DOE) Deputy Superintendent of Teaching and Learning, recently visited Thomas County Schools to learn more about what is needed to ensure all students in Georgia – in rural, suburban, and urban schools – have access to high quality Science Technology Engineering Arts and Mathematics (STEAM) education including computer science across all grades in K12.

Dr. Dooley’s visit started at the Thomas County Board of Education where she met with school principals and administrators. The group interacted as Dr. Dooley asked questions about Thomas County’s intensive computer science program that starts in Pre-K and continues through twelfth grade.

“Last week, I had the pleasure of seeing students in Thomas County while visiting several school districts in South Georgia,” Dr. Dooley said. “The county is a leader and innovator as it incorporates computer science education throughout elementary, middle, and high school.”

Important Message Thomas County Schools

March 27, 2017: The Thomas County School System became aware early this morning of a very vague threat to an individual student at one of our schools. The student is safe, and the threat is not deemed to be credible. Contrary to social media rumors, no weapons have been found on any of our school campuses nor have there been any incidents of violence on our campuses.  We have determined that it is safe for our schools to continue with a normal day. Out of an abundance of caution, in cooperation with the Thomas County Sheriff’s Office, we have increased security at our schools.

 
Parent Survey Parent Involvement

Parents/ Guardians,
As partners in your child's education, your input is valued.  Please take a few minutes to respond to this brief parent survey.  This information will be used to help evaluate and strengthen parental involvement within our school.

Milestones Review Ed-Camp Yellow Jackets

Join us for a Milestone review experience on Monday, March 27th at either 9:00 AM or 5:30 PM at Thomas County Board of Education PLC Building.

Please click on the link below for more information:

Milestone Review Experience

 

 

Spring Football Parent Meetings Football helmet

Parents of students planning to participate in spring football should plan to attend an informational meeting.

6th grade: Wednesday, March 22 at 6:00 PM

7th grade: Thursday, March 23 at 6:00 PM

Both meetings will take place in the school cafeteria.

Georgia Student Growth Model Explanation

 

 

TCMS Teacher of the Year Teacher of the Year

Congratulations to TCMS Teacher of the Year, Mrs. Nancy Rogers!  

Nancy Rogers Teacher of the Year

TCMS Students Achieve Success in Regional Spelling Bee, National History Day, Bridge Building Contest, and Science Olympiad TC Seal

In recent weeks, students from Thomas County Middle School have continued to be successful in a variety of academic competitions.  These events include the District 9 regional spelling bee, National History Day, the Southwest Georgia Bridge Building Contest, and the regional Science Olympiad competition.  

Click Read More to see pictures and more details about the winners and competitions.  

TCMS Students Excel in Academic Competitions Yellow Jacket

Thomas County Middle School students have been busy collecting awards at various academic competitions in the past few weeks.  Recent competitions include the Regional Science Fair, The Daughters of the American Revolution competition, and The National HIstory Bee.  Please click Read More to see winners and pictures.  

 

Grant to boost Advanced Computer Science and Statistics Programs Computer Science class at the middle school

The Governor’s Office of Student Achievement (GOSA) selected Thomas County Central High School as one of only five high schools in the entire state to receive a $30,000 Advanced Placement (AP) Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM)  grant and the only high school in the state to be awarded the grant in two fields, computer science and statistics.

This grant will allow the high school to build upon its already successful Advanced Placement Computer Science and Statistics programs by developing rigorous feeder courses and building faculty capacity in both the AP and pre-AP programs.

Rising 5th Grade MERIT Program Interest Meeting MERIT Program Seal

Who: Current 4th grade students

What: An interest meeting for the TCMS MERIT program

When: Tuesday, April 11 at 5:30 p.m.

Where: TCMS Cafeteria

Please contact Mrs. Terry Dukes at tdukes@tcjackets.net for any additional information.  

Rising 9th Grade Orientation Thomas County Schools Seal

Attention Thomas County Central High School Class of 2021!

You and your parents are invited to attend an orientation meeting for current 8th grade/rising 9th grade students at Thomas County Central High School on Monday, February 20. The meeting will take place from 6:00-7:00 PM in the TCCHS gym.  

 

Thomas County Spelling Bee Winners Sneed and Smith - Spelling Bee Winners

Thomas County 8th grade student Za'Miriya Sneed survived many rounds of competition to win this year's spelling bee for the county schools.  To narrow down the competition, prior spelling bees were held at Cross Creek Elementary and Thomas County Middle School for students in fourth through eighth grades.

Za'Miriya Sneed walked away a winner after defeating a fifth grade student from the middle school, Brian Smith, who was runner up.

Sneed spelled "hypotenuse" correctly to win the competition consisting of 13 students.  She will compete in the Georgia Association of Educators (GAE) District Spelling Bee on February 25 in Bainbridge.

27 TCS musicians selected for GMEA All South Region Honor Bands Thomas County Central High School had 22 students named to the GMEA All South Region Honor Bands. Not pictured are Logan Leik and Gabriel Nieves.

Twenty-seven young musicians within the Thomas County Schools system outplayed the majority to earn seats in a program that honors the region’s most promising talent.

Thomas County Central High School Bands program had 22 musicians and Thomas County Middle School Bands program had five musicians accepted into Georgia Music Educators Association All South Region Honor Bands.

Buzz Newsletter Buzz Newsletter

Read all of the latest news in the Buzz newsletter! Click the link below:

Jan/Feb 2017 Buzz

Lego League Winners First Lego League Team 2017

Thomas County Middle School's LEGO League team, Animal Avengers, won the overall project award at the Albany Tech Regional Competition. They placed 5th for Robot performance. This qualified them for Super Regionals at Columbus State University. The team's project was the design of a turtle barricade for sea turtle nest to be placed at St. George Island Florida. They constructed a prototype and presented it to the Thomas University Science department. They wrote and performed a skit in order to present their project for competition.  They were invited to present their project at the January meeting of the Kiwanis Club! Team coaches are Kim Simmons and Dana Studdard.

Georgia Parent Survey: Please complete. Your input matters! Parent survey

All parents are encouraged to participate in the Georgia Parent Survey. Parents may complete the short 24 question survey using their personal computer, smartphones or tablet. For parents that do not have access to the Internet, please contact your child’s school to make arrangements to complete the survey.

The data from the survey will be used to calculate the School Climate Star Rating for our schools. Survey responses are anonymous and will be submitted directly to the Georgia Department of Education for analysis. Individual data results from the Georgia Parent Survey will not be available to the public and will not be posted online. 

To access the Georgia Parent Survey, please click on the image below. Your participation in this survey is very important to our system and our schools.

Georgia Parent Survey

 

TCMS Students Give Back Giving at TCMS

Students at TCMS donated over 7,900 canned food items to the Salvation Army this Christmas.  The TCMS Student Council sponsors this annual event.

Over 1,000 books were also donated to the TCMS Media Center to share with the children at Shop With a Yellow Jacket.  Each child will receive at least 10 books to take home.

Click "More Information" to see pictures from the can drive assembly.

TCMS Science Fair Winners Science Fair

The Thomas County Middle School Science Fair was held on December 2. More than 200 projects were entered by 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students. Winners will compete in the Region Science Fair at ABAC on February 10, 2017. Click "Read More" for details. 

TCMS Parent Survey survey

Parents.

Thomas County Middle School has been chose to participate in a survey about the social, emotional, and behavioral needs of students in our school.  If you have a moment, please click here to complete a short survey.
 
The survey includes questions about perceptions regarding the purpose and value of social, emotional, and behavioral screening; the usability of a particular approach to identifying and supporting the social, emotional, and behavioral needs of students; and your demographics. Total time should take approximately 10-15 minutes, and you will not be contacted further. 

TCMS Students Learn Through Primary Sources Georgia Historical Society Visit

Two social studies classes at TCMS recently enjoyed visits from special guest speakers.  

Eighth grade students in Rhonda Grim’s Georgia History class at Thomas County Middle School  recently had a visit from Sophia Sineath, the educational coordinator for the Georgia Historical Society (GHS).  Mrs. Sineath brought copies of maps from the GHS collection that illustrated how Georgia’s landholdings changed from early statehood through the time of the Cherokee Removal, better known as the Trail of Tears.  Students used a primary source observation sheet to record their observations, questions, and conclusions about the material they reviewed in stations around the room.  

Mrs. Mandy West's sixth grade social studies class had a visit from William Carver who works as a curator with the National Archives in Denver, Colorado.  Mr. Carver, a 2004 graduate from Thomas County Central High School, explained his job to the students and showed them the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) website, how to use it search for primary sources, and how to navigate the Library of Congress website.  

 

TCMS Veterans Day Veterans Day

 On Friday, November 11, students at Thomas County Middle School hosted special Veterans Day assemblies to recognize and celebrate veterans in our community.

Yellow Jacket Cardboard Boat Race TCMS Swim Team

Think you can float your boat?  Want to have a seriously good time?  Thomas County Middle School is calling all amateur boaters, boat makers, designers and students looking to have a blast!  The Thomas County Middle School Swim Team is planning the Inaugural Yellow Jacket Cardboard Boat Race on Saturday, November 19 at the Butler-Mason YMCA.  The race will start at 11:00 AM.  Please contact Mrs. Katie Buechner at kabuechner@tcjackets.net for more information or click this link for information and registration forms.  

Red Ribbon Week Red Ribbon Week

On Monday, students dressed in camouflage as a reminder to join the fight against drugs.  Tuesday was dress alike day because friends don’t let friends do drugs.  Wednesday was county-wide red day in honor of Red Ribbon Week.  On Thursday, students dressed from the 60’s, 70’s, or 80’s for Throwback Thursday in order to remind students to not throw their lives away with drugs.  Friday, students were asked to “team up” against drugs by dressing in clothes to support their favorite team.  Red Ribbon Week activities were coordinated by school counselors Patricia Barron and Kevin Keve.

Hands on Thomas County Day Hands on Thomas County

Many students and several teachers from Thomas County Middle School spent Saturday, October 22 working to make their community a better place with Hands on Thomas County. Students worked at various sites throughout Thomas County, ending with a picnic lunch at Cherokee Lake.

 

Save the Date! 1st Annual TCMS Stinger Youth Football Camp Football Helmet

Who: TCMS 5th Grade Students

What: Youth Football Camp

Where: Thomas County Middle School

When: 3:30 PM - 5:30 PM, March 14-17, 2017

Click here for more information

TCMS Picture Day

Don't forget that tomorrow, October 21, is picture day at TCMS!

Click here to order your pictures online.

TCMS Students Qualify for Duke TIP Duke TIP

Thomas County Middle School is very proud to recognize 38 seventh-grade students who have qualified for participation in the Duke TIP program this year.

TCMS FFA Alumni Invitation

What: FFA Alumni Information Night

Who: Parents and Supporters of FFA Members

When: Thursday, September 29, 2016 @ 5:30 pm

Where: TCMS Agriculture Classroom

Whether you are a former FFA member or not, anybody that is interested in supporting the local FFA chapter can become an FFA Alumni member. Similar to a booster club, an FFA Alumni chapter supports the local FFA members and advisor with their time and resources. FFA Alumni members help garner support from the local community, promote agricultural education, and invest in the development of FFA members. Thank you for supporting the growth of TCMS FFA!

Please Complete Our Survey!

We need your input for improvement! Please complete survey by Friday, September 30.

We would like your input on our system-wide Comprehensive Local Education Agency’s Implementation Plan (CLIP).  Below are two links where you can view the plan and complete a brief survey.  Thank you for your input and suggestions.

Click here to review the implementation plan (CLIP).

Click the link below to complete the survey:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/16-17-CLIP

Thomas County teacher earns statewide honors

A Thomas County School System teacher recently earned statewide honors from the Georgia Art Education Association (GAEA). Emily Holton, art teacher at Thomas County Middle School, received the GAEA’s Middle Level Art Educator of the Year Award for 2016. GAEA is a growing organization with more than 650 art educators throughout Georgia. She will receive her award at this year’s fall conference in October.

Click More Information to Read Full Story

Thomas County’s Thornhill appointed to state post

State School Superintendent Richard Woods has appointed sixteen new parents to serve on his 2016-2017 Superintendent’s Parent Advisory Council (PAC). Allen Thornhill, a Hand-In-Hand Primary School representative on the Thomas County School District’s Parent Advisory Council, was chosen as one of the members. 

Thornhill, who is one of only 24 parents serving on the State PAC, was nominated by the Thomas County School District at the beginning of this school year. New members are selected each year by representatives of the Georgia Department of Education based on the applicants’ responses to questions on engaging parents to ensure their children’s success at school and the local school superintendent’s recommendation. Thornhill will serve a two-year term on the council.

Click More Information to Read Full Story

TCCHS Youth Baseball Camp

Boys Ages: 5th - 8th graders
Location: Thomas County Central High School
November 7th-10th 2016 and January 3rd - 5th, 2017
Starts: 3:45 pm / Ends: 5:45 pm
Camp Cost: $50.00

Please click here for more information and forms.

Drama Classes Offered

Are you a drama queen? A comedy king? Looking for ways to express yourself? Have fun with friends? Have a great time after school? DRAMAKIDS! may be for you!

Click here for more information

School System Closed

The Thomas County School System will be closed Friday, September 2, due to the threat of inclement weather. The schools will have normal dismissal today (Thursday).

CANCELLED
Also, the Parent Volunteer Orientation meeting that was scheduled for today (9/1) at 5:30 p.m. has been cancelled. Please contact the parent involvement coordinator at your child's school about ways to volunteer. He or she will be able provide you with volunteer opportunities.

 

TCMS After School Activities Cancelled

All TCMS after school activities are cancelled today. This includes, but is not limited to, sports/clubs/tutoring/after school detention/21st Century. 

Parent Portal Access - Please verify your contact information and phone numbers.

Please help to ensure that we have current contact information and phone numbers on file for your child(ren) at all times. You can access and update this information through your Parent Portal account.  If you do not have a Parent Portal account, please sign-up for one today. The process only takes a few minutes of your time and you will also gain access to your child(ren)'s grades, attendance, and schedule(s).  Please click on the link below to access the Parent Portal Instruction Guide and the Parent Portal Registration Link. 

Parent Portal Instruction Guide and Registration Link  

Thomas County Elementary Schools Jack O'Lantern Trail Run Jack o'Lantern Jog

Thomas County Elementary Schools will host the Jack O'Lantern Trail Run on Saturday, October 22.  The trail run will take place at 5:00 PM and will be followed by the fun run at 6:00 PM.  There will also be a raffle for some great prizes!  Please click here to print the registration form and find out more information.

Click here to sign up for the event.  

TCMS Title I Meeting Review

TCMS held the Annual Parent Title I Meeting August 24 and 25.  Anyone who was unable to attend either meeting may view the presentation by clicking on the video below.

 

Thomas County Schools Volunteer Orientation

The volunteer orientation scheduled for 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, September 1 has been cancelled due to the weather.  

TCMS School Picture Day

School pictures will be taken on Friday, September 2.  Parents can order school pictures online by clicking here.  For more information, contact Mrs. Holton.  

TCMS Dress Code Survey

Attention parents! 

Please click the link below to fill out information regarding the Thomas County Middle School dress code.  

TCMS Dress Code Survey

Stay Connected to Thomas County Schools

There are two new ways to stay connected to what is going on in the Thomas County School System.  

Thomas County Schools now has an app! In the App Store or Google Play, search for "School Pointe" and then locate the Thomas County School System the first time you open the app. The app allows you to find contact information for schools and staff, as well as see current news articles and information.  

We are also on Instagram!  Follow us by searching for @thomascountyschools.  

Summer Reading Challenge Rewards

Thirty-one students at TCMS completed the Summer Reading Challenge requirements. Each student read at least eight books and wrote a journal entry about each book. One student, Tanvee Patel, was the winner of the drawing for a $50.00 gift certificate to the school book fair.

TCMS Title I Meeting

Attention all parents!

The annual Title I meeting for Thomas County Middle School will be held on Wednesday, August 24, 2016 at half-time (approximately 5:30 PM) of the 7th grade football game at the Thomas County Jackets' Nest stadium on East Jackson Street.  For more information, contact TCMS at 225-4394.  

An alternate meeting will be held Thursday, August 25 at 9:00 AM in the TCMS Media Center.

 

Sharpe Selected for Science Honor

While many teachers spent their summers on vacations or relaxing at home, one Thomas County Middle School teacher spent her summer as a scientist.  Tammy Sharpe, 5th grade MERIT science teacher, was selected to participate in the Research Experiences for Teachers summer program at the FSU Magnetic Research Lab in Tallahassee.

TCMS FFA Information Night

An FFA Information Night will be held Thursday, August 11th, from 5:30-6:30 pm in the Agriculture classroom. The meeting is for parents and students who would like more information about how to join and what opportunities are available. The FFA organization is for any student in grades 5-8 with an interest in agriculture. For more information, email Ms. Davis at davisa@tcjackets.net.

School Re-Opens for Students Monday, August 1

This is a reminder that ALL Thomas County Schools will re-open for students Monday morning.

It is normal for traffic to be heavy around our schools the first few days of the school year, so please allow a little extra time on your morning commute this week.

Children throughout the county will gather at bus stops, so please watch out for the children and exercise caution around bus stops. Please keep a safe distance from all school buses, especially while they are loading and unloading students.     

Best wishes for a great school year.

As always, thank you for supporting Thomas County Schools.

TCMS Football Meeting and Practice Information

There will be an information meeting for parents/guardians of 7th and 8th grade football players on Tuesday, August 9 at 5:30 p.m. in the TCMS cafeteria.  

Thomas County Middle School 7th and 8th Grade Football
Daily Practice Schedule

 

Monday through Thursday
Practice resumes Monday, August 1st
4:00 - 6:00 p.m.


Football schedule:
7th grade  games on Wednesday
8th grade games on Thursday

Click here to see the schedule

TCMS Drop Off and Pick Up Information

Buses unload on the TCMS bus line. Parents of 5th and 6th grade students bringing children to school are to use the driveways between Hand-in-Hand and TCMS. Parents of 5th and 6th grade students picking up students in the afternoon should use the circle located at the front of TCMS. Student pickup begins at 3:00. Parents of 7th and 8th grade children need to drop off and pick up on the tennis court side of school.

2016-2017 TCMS Dress Code

As you are preparing for the new school year, please review the TCMS Dress Code.   

Dress Code

TCMS Open House Dates

Thursday, July 28

5th/6th         3:30-5:30 PM

5th MERIT   5:30-6:30 PM

7th/8th         5:30-7:00 PM

 

Friday, July 29

5th-8th         9:30-11:00 AM

TCMS Summer Football Practice Information

Practice will be three days weekly Monday – Wednesday

Dates:
July 11, 12, 13
July 18, 19, 20
July 25, 26, 27

Times:
5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Click "More Information" to read a letter from Coach Larry Green

TCUE Facebook Page

The TCUE Facebook page has served as a great tool for us to share events and updates with parents and students over the last several years. As we begin to prepare for the 2016-17 school year, we have to decided to move all TCUE  updates and information to the TCMS Facebook Page. Please "like" the TCMS Facebook page to keep up with all of the events at Thomas County Middle School! We appreciate your support and we look forward to sharing information with you as we approach the 2016-17 school year.

Young Georgia Authors State Winner

Thomas County Middle School is home to the STATE winner for the Young Georgia Authors competition for 8th grade. Congratulations to Mackenzie Sellers for achieving this prestigious honor for her poem "Where I Am From."

Georgia Student Media Festival Winners

Students at Thomas County Middle School were recently awarded high scores at the Georgia Student Media Festival.  Sixth grade student Georgia Rose Patton received a perfect score and award for "Best in Show" for website design.  Awards of excellence were given to Parker Harris (8th grade) for TCMS TV production and Kaleb Ward (8th grade). Morgan Ward (7th grade), and Jenaya Tyler (7th grade) for website design. The competition is sponsored by the Georgia Association for Instructional Technology, Georgia Library Association, and Georgia Public Broadcasting.

8th Grade Georgia Milestone Retest

The Georgia Milestone 8th Grade Retest will take place on May 25th, 26th, and 27th. We will retest the ELA and Math Sections. Testing will take place at TCMS, students should report to the cafeteria. We will begin testing at 8:00 A.M. We are mailing letters to the parents of the students who need to retest. If you have any questions regarding the restest, please contact Mr. Melvin Hugans @mhugans@tcjackets.net or 225 -4394. 

Kiwanis Art Show Winners

We are proud of our art students! Kariana Colon, Katie Christie, and Edjenee Corbin (left to right) won first place for 6th, 7th, and 8th grade at the 2016 Thomasville Kiwanis Art Showcase. Their artwork was sent to Albany for the Kiwanis District Showcase where Colon won 3rd place and Corbin won 2nd place. Congratulations!

TCCHS Youth Baseball Camp

Age: Rising 4th through 8th grade boys

Location: Thomas County Central High School

Monday May 23, 2016 through Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Starts: 8:30 AM   Ends: 12:00 PM

Camp Cost $75.00

Click here for more information

Summer Reading Challenge

The Thomas County School System wants students to READ this summer!  Did you know that students can have up to a 2-3 month loss in reading ability over the summer?  It's important for students to spend time sharpening their reading skills!

Each school has developed a summer reading challenge for students.  We would like for students to read for 15-30 minutes everyday this summer.  The guidelines and requirements vary by school.  Please click the link below for more information about each school's guidelines.  If you need more information, please talk to the media specialist at each school.  The guidelines are for the school the students will be attending in the 2016-2017 school year.

Guidelines for all schools

Click here for information about programs at the Thomas County Public Library this summer!

Survey Invitation to All Parents of Thomas County Students

Please participate in this important online survey! We need your feedback and suggestions to revise our School Improvement Plans. This survey is available now through Saturday, May 21, 2016.  Click on the link below.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/parentsurveyFY16

Thomas County School System Names Erin Hall Teacher of the Year

Thomas County School System officials have named Erin Hall, second grade interventionist at Garrison-Pilcher Elementary, as the District Teacher of the Year.

“Words cannot express how incredibly honored and grateful I am to represent the Thomas County School System as Teacher of the Year,” Hall said. “My family, friends, coworkers, and administration support me in my passion for children and education. Without their support, I would not be able to make such an impact on the students I serve.” 

Hall has been a teacher for five years with Thomas County Schools. She taught PreK for two years at Hand-In-Hand and three years at Garrison-Pilcher, with one year in a second grade classroom and the past two years as the Second Grade Interventionist.

Click "More Information" for complete story

TCMS Students Lead Hand-in-Hand STEM Activities

Students from Thomas County Middle School's Zulu team spent a morning at Hand-in-Hand Primary School creating shapes with the preschool and kindergarten students. The STEM activity engaged the students and increased their knowledge of two and three-dimensional shapes by constructing designs using marshmallows and spaghetti noodles. In another activity, the students built catapults out of balloons and plastic cups. They used marshmallows to learn how far objects could be projected.   

Author and Historian Visits TCMS

Thomas County Middle School sixth grade students welcomed author and historian Dr. Annette Laing to their media center on Tuesday, April 26.  These students have studied World War II as a part of their curriculum for the past two years.  Laing’s presentation was called “Could You Be a World War II Kid?”

Free eBooks Available from Get Georgia Reading

Get Georgia Reading partner myON is delivering more than 10,400 free books to your computer and mobile devices that you can access 24 hours a day—every day—through Aug. 31.

You can search from more than 50 different categories and genres, fiction and nonfiction, picture books, graphic novels, chapter books, titles for struggling and reluctant readers, and Spanish and bilingual titles. It’s like having your own personal library right at your fingertips.

Click "More Information" for details on how to access these free books!

Virtual Program Informational Meeting

The Thomas County School System provides on-line learning opportunities for home-school and cyber-school students. Please join us for an informational meeting. Two sessions will be offered to provide more opportunities for parents to attend.

Tuesday, May 3
10:00 a.m. & 6:00 p.m.
Professional Learning Center
Thomas County Board of Education
Call 229-225-4380 for more information!

Student Wins Third in Essay Contest

Thomas County Middle School sixth grade student Emma Jones is the third place state winner in the 2016 Georgia National Fair Bear essay contest.

MERIT Program Accepting Applications

The TCUE/TCMS MERIT Program is now accepting applications for the 2016-2017 school year.  Applications are available from the counselors or can be printed from the MERIT website. You can also click here to download an application. Please contact Mrs.Terry Dukes at 225-4394 or tdukes@tcjackets.net for more information. The deadline for submission is Friday, May 20, 2016.  Applications should be returned to the front office, a counselor, or to Mrs. Dukes.

TCMS Duke TIP Students Excel

The Thomas County School System recently announced that three of its middle school students were recognized as a part of the 2016 Duke University Talent Identification (TIP) Program.

Sarah Carnes, Anna James and Danielle Sauls, seventh graders at Thomas County Middle School, were among a select group of students statewide to meet the criteria to be Duke TIP students.

Georgia Milestones Test

Our Georgia Milestones Assessment Testing window begins on Monday, April 18. We will test from April 18-22. Testing will begin each day at 8:00 AM. Please be sure kids are at school on time each day.

 

Click "More Information" for more details.

  

Palmer Named AAFCS National Teacher of the Year

A Thomas County Middle School teacher has been named 2016 National Teacher of the Year by the American Association of Family and Consumer Science (AAFCS).  Megan Palmer, who was the 2015 Georgia Family and Consumer Sciences Teacher of the Year, competed against other teachers from all over the nation for the top spot. 

Click "More Information" for complete story

Spring Break Travel and the Zika Virus

Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald, the Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Public Health and the State Health Officer, has requested that we share important information with our school families about protecting against mosquito bites and preventing the spread of Zika virus in Georgia.

Please click on the link below to view the information. 

Zika Virus Information

Spring Football Information

Attention parents/guardians of TCMS 6th grade students who want to participate in spring football practice:

Spring practice is scheduled for April 11 - April 22

Information is being sent home by your student!  Look for it... it includes three items:

An information letter from Coach Larry Green

A permission form allowing your student to participate

 A school physical/medical form that is required for participation

We will start issuing equipment on April 11 after school.  There will be a parent meeting on April 11 at 5:30 PM in the TCMS gym.  

Teacher of the Year Announced

Congratulations to Mrs. Lindsay Thompson for being selected as Thomas County Middle School's Teacher of the Year.  Mrs. Thompson teaches 8th grade math.  

Thomas County Students Place in State Technology Fair

Three students from Thomas County Schools recently brought home medals from the Georgia Educational Technology Fair state competition.  The event was held on Saturday, March 5, at Middle Georgia State University in Macon. 

Vaccines Required for Rising 7th Graders

All 7th grade students are required to have one dose of the Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis) vaccine and one dose of the meningococcal vaccine by August 30, 2016.  Click "More Information" below for further information.

Science Olympiad Wins Third in the Region

On Saturday, March 5, 2016, students from Thomas County Middle School participated in the Science Olympiad Regional competition held at South Georgia College in Douglas, Georgia.  This young group of first-time competitors won 18 medals, five of which were first place.  Overall, the team won third place.  

Fifth Grade Student Qualifies for National Competition

Campbell Smith, a fifth grade student in the Thomas County Middle School MERIT program, has qualified for finals with MathCON. Smith scored in the 99th percentile on the first round exam and is the only fifth grade student from the state of Georgia to qualify for finals.  Thomas County Middle School had sixty-six other students receive honorable mention on the first round exam.  

National History Day Winners Announced

On Friday, February 26, Thomas County Middle School hosted the regional competition for National History Day.  Thirty-seven students from TCMS qualified for the state competition based on the results of the regional competition.

Duke TIP Club Prepares Students for National Exams

Thomas County Middle School’s Duke TIP Club members recently had the opportunity to take the PSAT 8/9. 

TCMS Students Prepare for State Science Fair

Thomas County Middle School students recently had a chance to compete at the Regional Science Fair held at ABAC.  Eight students from TCMS have advanced to the State Science Fair competition.  

History Bee Students Advance to National Competition

Nine students from Thomas County Middle School have qualified for the National History Bee. The competition will take place June 9-12 in Chicago, Illinois.

PSAT 8/9 Parent Meeting

We will host a meeting to discuss the results of the PSAT 8/9 assessment for 8th Grade Students. The meeting will be held in the TCMS Media Center on March 1st at 5:30 P.M.  Students will recieve their PSAT 8/9 score reports on Monday, February 29th. Please bring your score reports to to the meeting if you would like for us to explain or clarify the results.

School System Closed

The Thomas County School System will be closed Wednesday, February 24, due to the threat of inclement weather.

Medical In-service

MEETING POSTPONED 

Medical In-service

Provided for School Staff and Parents
Wednesday, February 24, 2016
4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Thomas County Board of Education
Professional Learning Center
(across from Wendy’s)

Sponsored by Thomas County Schools

 

Study Island

Are you looking for a way to help your child prepare for the upcoming Georgia Milestones assessments? Use Study Island!  All students have log-ins on Study Island at www.studyisland.com. The log-in and password is the same as the computer log-in and password at school.    

Parent Involvement Newsletter
Students Progress to Next Round of History Bee Competition
 
Fifteen students from Thomas County Middle School have qualified for the third round of the National History Bee competition.  The next round is the Atlanta South Regional Finals and will take place Saturday, February 20 in Jackson, Georgia.
Students Place in Regional Technology Fair

Forty-five students from Cross Creek Elementary School, Thomas County Middle School and Thomas County Central High School traveled to Moultrie to participate in Colquitt County's 10th Annual Regional Technology Fair on January 23, 2016. Thomas County Schools students brought home 15 first place medals, 21 second place medals, and 3 third place medals.

Thompson to Become Next Thomas County Middle School Principal

Thomas County Middle School (TCMS) Associate Principal Jamie Thompson has been appointed principal designee to assume the role effective June 1, following Dr. Kathy Keown’s retirement.  The Thomas County Board of Education approved the appointment at its meeting on January 12.

Click "More Information" to read full article.

Students Selected for All State Band and Chorus

Four students were recently selected to participate in All State Chorus and one student has been selected for All State Band.  Click "More Information" for pictures and details.

Academic Bowl Team Wins First Place

On Saturday, January 9, the Thomas County Middle School team won first place by earning the most points at the PAGE regional quiz bowl competition held at TCMS.  Middle school teams from across South Georgia participated in this event.  Questions were composed from topics in all academic areas as well as current events, sports, and entertainment.  The TCMS team qualified for the state competition that will be held on January 26 at Georgia College and State University.  

 
 
Thomas County teachers learn at third annual Techno Expo

On January 4, Thomas County Upper Elementary and Thomas County Middle School held its third annual “Techno Expo.” On this professional learning day, teachers attended sessions to learn how to integrate technology into their classrooms.  Click "More Information" for details.

New TCUE Afternoon Pickup Schedule for 5th and 6th grade Students

The responsibility of keeping students safe due to bus and car transitions is extremely challenging. When school resumes in January, we have slightly adjusted the times and pickup location.

Students Give Back for the Holidays

Teachers and students from Thomas County Middle School found many ways to give back this holiday season.

TCMS Science Fair Winners

The Thomas County Middle School Science Fair was held on December 9. More than 200 projects were entered by 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students. Winners will compete in the Region Science Fair at ABAC on February 12. Click "More Information" for details. 

Cover Jackets by Yellow Jackets

Sweaters, snowflake wings, mittens, and hats.  These were among the many accouterments that inspired Thomas County Central HS students to compete in a school-wide art contest that placed “Buzz,” the school mascot, in wintry garb or setting.

Rogers inducted into VSU Educator Hall of Fame

Thomas County Middle School MERIT Teacher Nancy Rogers was recently inducted into the Valdosta State University Educator Hall of Fame.  Rogers has been teaching for 16 years, serving 10 of those years in Thomas County Schools.  

New technology prepares students to meet higher academic standards

Every classroom in every school in the county has a Smartboard, an interactive whiteboard, and Thomas County Schools has recently deployed more than 1,400 new Chromebooks and plans to add at least 1,100 more over the next year.

8th Grade Students Prepare For PSAT 8/9 Assessment

TCMS will adminster the PSAT 8/9 Assessment to 8th Grade students on December 8th.The PSAT 8/9 is an assessment given to eighth and ninth-graders that is closely aligned to the PSAT/NMSQT™ and PSAT™ 10. The test consists of questions in Evidence-Based Reading and Writing and in Math. 

STEMtastic Learning at Thomas County

Students at Thomas County Upper Elementary and Thomas County Middle School have recently been learning a lot about Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) through special projects with their classes.

Spelling Bee Winners

Thomas County Upper Elementary and Thomas County Middle School held grade level spelling bees on Monday, November 16. First, second, and third place winners will advance to the Thomas County Schools spelling bee that will be held on Tuesday, January 26, 2016.  

Click "More Information" for pictures of our winners.

Parent Survey

Attention parents!  Please click the link below to complete the Georgia parent survey.  This survey will be used to calculate the school's School Climate Star Rating.  

Click here to complete the survey

Veterans Day Celebration

On Wednesday, November 11, students at Thomas County Upper Elementary and Thomas County Middle School hosted special Veterans Day assemblies to recognize and celebrate veterans in our community.

Click below for more information

TCMS Georgia Milestone Assessment Informational Meeting

On  November 17th  we will host a parent informational meeting. The meeting will be directed towards the Georgia Milestone Student Summary Reports. We will also share an update on our CCRPI Score and how the GMAS results impact the score. The meeting will be held on November 17th at 6:00 P.M. in the Thomas County MIddle School Cafeteria. If you  have any quesetions please e-mail mhugans@tcjackets.net .

Spooktacular Donation Drive

The Thomas County Middle School National Junior Honor Society hosted its second annual Spooktacular donation drive during the month of October.  All grade levels collected items for different organizations throughout Thomas County.  

STEM Science Days Scheduled for Fifth Grade
Our 5th grade Science Department has scheduled STEM Science Days with GA Power on Wednesday, November 18 and Thursday, November 19. 
 
To help connect learning with the real world, students will be using what they have learned in the classroom (Unit 3~Electricity, standard S5P3) with hands on activities provided by GA Power.
Red Ribbon Week Reminds Students to Say No to Drugs

Students and teachers at Thomas County Upper Elementary and Thomas County Middle School recognized National Red Ribbon Week during the week of October 26-30.  Red Ribbon week activities encouraged students to respect themselves and their families by choosing to stay drug-free.  

Parent Engagement Month
Thomas County Elementary Schools Presents The Jack O Lantern Jog!

Come out and join the fun at the Hand-In-Hand and Thomas County Upper Elementary Campus on October 24, 2015. Costumes are encouraged. Awards and prizes will be given.  Click here for more information and the registration form.

Families registered by October 2 will be entered to win a one year
membership to the YMCA!

1st Nine Weeks Honor Roll Assembly

We will be celebrating our 1st Nine Weeks Honor Roll Assembly on Friday October 23, 2015. The Scholastic Book Fair is also open after each assembly! Please take time to come and support our school and our students. Honor Roll Assembly times are as follows:

5th Grade - 11:30

6th Grade - 8:00

7th Grade - 9:30

8th Grade - 1:30

Cross Country Girls Take First Place

The Thomas County Middle School girls cross country team finished 1st overall at the Yellow Jacket Invitational on Saturday, October 17. Four members of the team finished in the top 10 with Anna James winning first overall. 

Thomas County Literacy Fair

Please join us at this community event for children of all ages. Click on the link below for more information:

Thomas County Literacy Fair Flyer

Book Fair Time!

It's time for our book fair! It will start on Monday, October 19 and last until Friday, October 30.  

You can also shop our book fair online.  Click here to visit our online book fair and be sure to send the link to your grandparents!

 

 

Fundraiser Delivery

Fundraiser orders will be delivered Tuesday, October 13. Parents, please be prepared to help your child pick up and deliver the fund raiser items

 

Thomas County Schools lands 2.7 million dollar grant to boost literacy skills

Last Friday, the Georgia Department of Education awarded the Thomas County School System a 2.7 million dollar grant to assist the district in implementing a comprehensive literacy plan for children in Thomas County from birth through eighth grade.

The Striving Reader competitive grant was awarded based on the quality of the proposal and the capacity of the system to implement the plan. Thomas County’s plan places a heavy focus on reading and writing in all content areas and on vocabulary development.

DRAMAKIDS! Coming to TCMS

Looking for a way to express yourself?  Have fun with friends? Have a great time after school?  DRAMAKIDS! may be for you!  Starting October 13, the Fine Arts After School Program at Thomas County Middle School will add theatre classes for grades 3 - 5 and 6 - 8.  Please click on the link below to learn more about the class!

DRAMAKIDS! Flyer

Thomas County Schools Art Show

Thomas County Schools present an art show: Celebrating Hispanic Arts and Culture.  Make plans to view the art show at the Thomasville Center for the Arts from October 19 - November 13, 2015.  An Opening Reception will be held on October 19 at 5:30 PM.   

 

TCMS Commemorates Constitution Day

Constitution Day is celebrated on September 17 across the United States as a way to commemorate the signing of the U.S. Constitution on September 17, 1787.  Students and teachers at Thomas County Middle School recognized Constitution Day by completing assignments in order to help them better understand the importance of this document.  Mrs. Rachel Singletary’s sixth grade social studies students completed an interactive quiz from The Washington Post’s website.  Students in Mrs. Deann Garcia’s classes watched Stan Deaton's "Top 10 Reasons to study the U.S. Constitution," and studied the meaning of the Preamble.

What a GRAND day at TCMS!

Students at Thomas County Middle School celebrated Grandparents Day on Tuesday, September 22.  Some students shared breakfast or lunch with their grandparents, while other grandparents were treated to performances from our band, chorus, and dance students. Over 600 grandparents visited our school! This event was organized by Mrs. Karen Paulino, Parent Involvement Coordinator for TCMS. Please visit the Photo Galleries section of our website for pictures from this day.

 
Grandparents' Day

Please contact Mrs. Paulino for more information.  

kpaulino@tcjackets.net

School-Based Flu Clinic: DEADLINE EXTENDED - forms are due back on Monday, September 28

The Thomas County School System is happy to partner with the Thomas County Health Department in offering flu vaccines to our students at no cost this fall.  An information packet was sent home with Garrison-Pilcher, Cross Creek, Thomas County Middle, and Thomas County Central High School students regarding the vaccine. For these students, the HIPPA acknowledgement and vaccine consent forms are due back on Monday, September 28Click here to find out more and download the information sheets and the acknowledgement and consent forms. 

Buy Your Yearbook Now!

Buy your TCMS yearbook today!

Information about how to buy a yearbook, buy an ad for the yearbook, or upload your photos to be used in the yearbook can be found by clicking on the image above.  

Students Explore at Burton Center

Sixty fifth grade MERIT students of Thomas County Upper Elementary participated in the Burton Center Environmental Education Experience September 2-4, 2015.  Located on six acres of Tybee Island, the Burton Center utilizes the entire 3 mile x .5 mile barrier island near Savannah for day and evening classes.   Students were surrounded by biologically diverse tidal marshes and were within a short distance of the Atlantic Ocean.

 

Click "More Information" for details and pictures.

New Technology for Students

Thomas County Middle School students are now using more technology to assist in their learning.  Each team of teachers now has a cart of Chromebooks.  Students and teachers are excited about the many ways that increased technology use will enhance student performance at TCMS!  Click “More Information” to see the Chromebooks in action.

NJHS Members Plan Service Projects

For the first meeting on the 2015-2016 school year, the members of the National Junior Honor Society brought children's and young adult books to donate to Thomas County Central's Shop with a Yellow Jacket!  Members are preparing to coordinate four service projects for this year and thought it appropriate to start off the year with a spirit of giving. Click "more information" for pictures.

Volunteer Orientation

If you are interested in volunteering at Hand-In-Hand, Garrison-Pilcher, Cross Creek, Thomas County Middle, Thomas County Central, The Renaissance Center, or Bishop Hall, please attend one of the volunteer orientation sessions listed below:

Tuesday, September 1
9:00 a.m. OR 5:30 p.m.

Orientation sessions will be hosted at the Bishop Hall Charter School.

New Email Addresses for Teachers

Teachers at Thomas County Middle School will now receive emails using the domain @tcjackets.net. For example, Mrs. Rehberg's former email address was erehberg@thomas.k12.ga.us.  Her new email address is erehberg@tcjackets.net.  

Thomas County Elementary Schools present the Jack O'Lantern Jog

Come out and join the fun at the Hand-In-Hand and Thomas County Upper Elementary Campus on October 24, 2015. Costumes are encouraged. Awards and prizes will be given.  Click here for more information and the registration form.

Families registered by October 2 will be entered to win a one year
membership to the YMCA!

 

New TCUE Afternoon Pickup Schedule for 5th and 6th grade students

The responsibility of keeping students safe due to bus and car transitions is extremely challenging. Over the years our 5th and 6th grade parents have picked up students during the 3:00 to 3:30 P.M. time slot in the 5th and 6th grade bus area. As this school year begins we have adjusted the times and pickup location slightly.

          

Fine Arts Opportunities

The Thomas County School System is pleased to offer several afternoon fine arts opportunities for our students through partnerships with the Dance Academy, Versa Music Conservatory (formerly Thomasville Music Academy), and members of our own faculty.  Please click on "More Information" to learn more about these programs and to view the informational flyers.

FFA Kick-off and Information Night

The Thomas County Middle FFA Chapter will kick off the new school year with an information night for interested students and their parents on Monday, August 10th, at 5:30 p.m. in the cafeteria. Information will be provided on the benefits of joining and the opportunities available throughout the school year.

 

The FFA strives to make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth, and career success through agricultural education.

Endless Possibilities

Endless possibilities await students at Thomas County Schools for the 2015-2016 school year.  Thomas County Schools offer academic excellence, career preparation, and unmatched opportunity.  Please click on the link below to imagine the possibilities:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bpva66Rhpg4&feature=youtu.be

TCUE/TCMS Dress Code 2015-16

The next school year is approaching fast! If you have a son or daughter attending TCMS or TCUE and you are unsure about what types of school clothing to purchase or wear. We have included some guidelines to consider for purchasing school clothes.

Free Middle School Sports Physicals
Free sports physicals will be offered to students entering 6th-8th grade
 
When: Wednesday, July 29, 2015
 
Where: Thomas County Middle School Gymnasium
 
Time: 5:00 PM
 
Click "More Information" for additional details
 
Cross Country Jog 2015

The TCMS/TCCHS Cross Country teams are holding a 5K/Fun Run event on Saturday, August 15th. The 5K will begin at 8:00 AM followed by the Fun Run at 9:00 AM. This event will benefit the cross country teams when purchasing uniforms, attending cross country meets, and meeting other monetary demands during the season. The runs will take place at the Hand-in-Hand and TCMS campuses. We look forward to your support and hope to see you on the 15th!

Click here for the registration form!

Text Message Updates!

Once again TCUE/TCMS teachers we will be using Remind 101 to share information regarding upcoming events and important reminders for parents. Remind 101 allows teachers to send text messages updates to registered users. This is a great way to keep up and to be aware of events at TCMS! We can also send e-mail reminders if you prefer. Use your cell phone or computer to sign up below.

Football Information

Parents of football players,

Please visit Coach Taylor's teacher webpage for information about football including the summer calendar.  Go Jackets!

Link to Coach Taylor's teacher webpage

Thomas County Schools Summer Reading Challenge

The Thomas County School System wants students to READ this summer!  Did you know that students can have up to a 2-3 month loss in reading ability over the summer?  It's important for students to spend time sharpening their reading skills!

Each school has developed a summer reading challenge for students.  We would like for students to read for 15-30 minutes everyday this summer.  The guidelines and requirements vary by school.  Please click the links below for more information about each school's guidelines.  If you need more information, please talk to the media specialist at each school.  The guidelines are for the school the students will be attending in the 2015-2016 school year.

Click More Information for links to all guidelines

Cick here for information about programs at the Thomas County Public Library this summer!

Attention Parents! We need your input!

Parents, please participate in our online survey. We need your feedback and suggestions to help revise our School Improvement Plans.  The survey is available now through Friday, May 22, 2015.  Please click the link below to complete the parent survey.

Parent Survey

Upcoming 5th Grade Parents!

Thomas County Upper Elementary School

 Upcoming 5th Grade Parent Orientation

Who:   Upcoming 5th Grade Parents

When: Thursday, May 7th 2015

Time:  5:30 P.M.

Where:  TCUE/TCMS Cafeteria

E-mail Dr. Scott James - sjames@rose.net  or Mr. Melvin Hugans:mhugans@rose.net if you have any questions.

Color Me With Cheer

The 2nd Annual Color Me With Cheer 5K Fun Run/Walk is scheduled for Saturday, May 16.  Hosted by the TCMS cheerleading squad, the event is great for all ages!  For more information, click on the link below:

Color Me With Cheer Flyer

Register before May 4 to ensure a t-shirt!  To access the registration form, please click on link below:

Color Me With Cheer Registration Form

2014 -15 TCMS Teacher of The Year!

The 2014-15 Thomas County Middle School Teacher of The Year is Mrs. Deann Garcia! Mrs. Garcia graduated from Port St. Joe High school in 1996. She attended Brenau University afterwards and received her undergraduate degree in History/Political Science.  Mrs. Garcia received her Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership in 2009. Mrs. Garcia has 11 years of classroom experience, she has taught at Thomas County Middle School for 7 years. She teaches 8th Grade Georgia History to accelerated and gifted students....

Holocaust Survivor to Speak to the Community

On Tuesday, March 24, at 7:30 p.m., George Rishfeld will tell his story of survival at the Thomas County Board of Education Auditorium.  Sponsored by the Thomas County Board of Education in conjunction with the Georgia Commission on the Holocaust, the event is free and open to the public. 

Click 'More Information' below for more details.

Students Place at Georgia Educational Technology Fair

Students from Thomas County Middle School and Thomas County Central High School along with Ms. Danna Cooper and Ms. Selina Bell traveled to Macon to compete at the state level in the Georgia Educational Technology Fair last Saturday.  All of these students placed first in the regional level fair in January to earn their spot in the state level competition.  There are numerous technology categories in which students may compete including, but not limited to, 3D Modeling, Web 2.0 Applications, Digital Photography, Digital Video Production, and Programming.  Click 'More Information' below for more details.

TCMS Students Qualify for NHD State Competition

On Friday, February 27, Thomas County Middle School hosted the regional competition for National History Day.  Forty students from TCMS qualified for the state competition based on the results of the regional competition. 

Click "More Information" for details and pictures.

TCMS Wins Bridge Building Contest

On Saturday, February 28, TCMS won the Best in Middle School Division trophy at the 13th annual Southwest Georgia Regional Bridge Building Contest at Albany State University.  Seventh grade students Chandler Fiveash and Ryland Ramhofer placed first in the middle school division with  fifth grade student Nathaniel Barber placing second.

Click "More Information" for more details and pictures!

Cheerleading Tryouts Meeting

A meeting will be held in the library on Thursday, March 5 at 6:00 PM for rising 7th and 8th graders interested in trying out for cheerleading for the 2015-2016 school year. Students must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

8th Grade Science Students Explore AP Chemistry

On February 17, students from Mr. Clayton Woodfin's 8th grade MERIT Honors Science were able to experience what learning is like in AP Chemistry in a visit to TCCHS.

Please click More Information to read more about this learning experience and see pictures.

Holland Named AD

Sam Holland will be the new athletic director at Thomas County Central, the school announced Wednesday. He’ll work with current athletic director Mike Singletary, who announced his resignation in December, until the end of the school year when Singletary’s contract runs out. “I’ve been athletic director before and when the opportunity came up I was extremely excited to do it again,” Holland said during a phone interview Wednesday.

MATHCOUNTS Students Win First Place

On February 7, Thomas County Middle School students won first place in the MATHCOUNTS Region competition at Darton College.

9th Grade Open House

Attention Class of 2019!
You're invited to
Thomas County Central High School's
9th Grade Open House!

Monday, February 9
6:00 p.m.

Open to all rising 9th graders... you do not have to be enrolled in Thomas County Schools.  For more information, call 229-225-5050.

Free Falcons Clinic!

The Atlanta Falcons are hosting a free football clinic for students between the ages of 6 and 14.  Click the PDF below for more information.

Date: Tuesday, February 10

Place: TCCHS Football Stadium

Time: 6:00

 

Atlanta Falcons Football Clinic PDF

School Attendance is Important!

5th Grade Field Trip

We will be taking our 5th graders on an exciting adventure they don’t want to miss!!  We will travel to Atlanta, GA to visit the following attractions:  The Georgia Aquarium and the Atlanta Cyclorama.  The cost includes tickets for entrance to both attractions as well as a meal voucher to the CNN Center’s Food Court. The cost is $85.00 for students and $100.00 for parents/chaperones.  This trip is extended to parents/guardians on a first come basis.  For more details contact Mrs. Valarie Williams by email (vwilliams@thomas.k12.ga.us) or phone (229-225-4394).

Students Place in Regional Technology Fair

Fourteen students from Thomas County Middle School and Thomas County Central High School traveled to Moultrie to participate in Colquitt County's 9th Annual Regional Technology Fair on January 24.  There were over 340 participants in the fair competing in various technology categories and age divisions.  Our students did an outstanding job bringing home 11 first place medals, 3 second place medals, and 1 third place medal.  Every student from Thomas County placed in the top 3 of their category and division.  All first place medalists will advance to the state competition held in Macon on March 7.  Click "More Information" below for details.

Zulu Students Explore Museum

Recently the 8th Grade MERIT team traveled to the Tallahassee Museum of History to learn a little about the early Spanish settlements in the area. Students were guided through the exhibits and presented with information relevant to the Spanish standards taught in class.

Thomas County Schools Art Show

Thomas County Schools present Yishu: Art of the Far East!  Make plans to view the art show at the Thomasville Center for the Arts from January 12 through March 13.  An Opening Reception will be held on February 19 at 5:30pm.  Click here to view the flyer.

Georgia Milestone Test Video

The Georgia Milestones Assessment System is designed to provide information about how well students are mastering the state-adopted content standards in the core content areas of language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies.  Importantly, Georgia Milestones is designed to provide students with critical information about their own achievement and their readiness for their next level of learning – be it the next grade, the next course, or endeavor (college or career).  Informing parents, educators, and the public about how well students are learning important content is an essential aspect of any educational assessment and accountability system.

 See the video for more details........Georgia Milestone Video

Math-a-Thon Raises Money for St. Jude

During the week of November 3, Thomas County Middle School sixth grade students participated in the St. Jude Math-A-Thon.  The Math-A-Thon is a school-based fundraiser that benefits St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.  Participating students collect fundraising support as they complete math worksheets.  Students were able to improve their math skills while helping kids just like them.  The sixth grade raised a total of $1,183.45 for St. Jude.

 

TCMS Techo Expo

On January 5, 2015, Thomas County Upper Elementary and Thomas County Middle School held its second annual “Techno Expo.” On this professional learning day, teachers attended sessions in order to learn how to integrate technology into their classrooms. Click "More Information" to read more.

TCMS Students Give Back

Students at TCMS donated over 6,000 canned food items to the Salvation Army this Christmas.  The TCMS Student Council sponsors this annual event.

Over 300 books were also donated to the TCMS Media Center to share with the children at Shop With a Yellow Jacket.  Each child received five books to take home.

Click "More Information" to see pictures from these events. 

TCMS Students Selected for All State Chorus

Thomas County Middle School 7th graders Caleb Ward, Megan Schminky, and Joshua Stephens have been named finalists in the 2015 Georgia Music Educators Middle School ALL-STATE CHORUS.     Approximately 4,500 middle school students auditioned from across the state of Georgia.

Bringing History to Life

The Honors Georgia History students at Thomas County Middle School are creating a project for our school wide National History Day competition.  To assist students with completing this project and to reinforce standards being taught in Georgia History, Mrs. Garcia’s 8th grade  students visited the Thomas County Museum of History, the Jack Hadley Black History Museum, the library at Thomas University, and the Thomas County Public Library on Wednesday, November 12.

Lego League Champions!

All four teams from Thomas County participating in the regional Lego League competition came home winners!  One team, coached by Dana Studdard and Kim Simmons, won first place out of thirty one teams and has advanced to the Super Regionals competition.  This team, called "The Block Busters", created products for the blind and have been endorsed by Industries for the Blind.  Click "More Information" below to see pictures and details from the event. 

It's a Yellow Jacket Christmas CDs

This Christmas season at TCCHS teachers are lending a helping hand in a unique way: by sharing their voices. A group of teachers came together to record a CD in order to raise funds for the annual Shop with a Yellow Jacket (SWAYJ) project. The CD is titled “It’s a Yellow Jacket Christmas 2014” and CDs are $10 apiece.

TCCHS Prepares for SWAYJ

The most wonderful day of the year is currently in the works at Thomas County Central High School. Shop with a Yellow Jacket, also known as SWAYJ, is being prepared for community kids this Christmas. “Students and teachers come together to help the less fortunate,” Renae Moore, TCCHS teacher and a SWAYJ coordinator, said. “It’s a time where we come together and show what it means to be a true Yellow Jacket.”

Spelling Bee Winners

Thomas County Upper Elementary and Thomas County Middle School held grade level spelling bees on Tuesday, November 18.  Each grade level winner competed against the other grade level winners in a final championship spelling round on Friday, November 21. 

Parents Guide to the Georgia Milestone Assessment

The Georgia Milestones Assessment System is designed to provide information about how well students are mastering the state-adopted content standards in the core content areas of language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies.  Importantly, Georgia Milestones is designed to provide students with critical information about their own achievement and their readiness for their next level of learning – be it the next grade, the next course, or endeavor (college or career).  Informing parents, educators, and the public about how well students are learning important content is an essential aspect of any educational assessment and accountability system. 

Click here for the PDF......... Georgia's New Test

Click here for the presentation from the parent meeting

Click here for the handout from the parent meeting

Click here for more information about the Georgia Online Assessment System

Some students will be taking online tests.  Click on More Information for links to helpful websites for typing instruction.

 

 

Veterans Day Celebration

On Tuesday, November 11, students at Thomas County Upper Elementary and Thomas County Middle School hosted special Veterans Day assemblies to recognize and celebrate veterans in our community.

STEM in Action

Recently the students in Mrs. Thompson’s and Mr. Woodfin’s classes completed a STEM lesson. STEM lessons incorporate Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics concepts into a single lesson to enrich student learning and skills development. The students collected and analyzed data after engineering ways to make accurate measurements of a moving golf ball. The analysis included graphing and development of a mathematical model to help explain what was happening with the ball as it dropped from different heights.

Cross Country Teams Race to the Finish

On October 25, the Thomas County Middle School Cross-Country team participated in the Yellow Jacket Invitational at Greenwood Plantation. There were teams from North Florida and South Georgia competing for the top honors. The Yellow Jackets were led by Anna James who was the middle school girl’s overall winner with a time of 13:55. This was her 4th top ten finish of the season. The middle school girls also finished 2nd overall against some good competition. The girls’ team consisted of Kasey Melton, Mary Alyssa Willis, Emma Goff, and Nalene Martinez. This was the first year the middle school competed as a team. In the past, there were individual runners from TCMS that competed but not as a complete team. Overall, for the boys and girls, it was a great season.

Jack o'Lantern Jog Results

On Saturday, October 18, Thomas County Elementary Schools hosted the 2nd annual Jack-o-Lantern Jog.  Particpants completed a one mile fun run and/or a 5K around the campuses of Hand-in-Hand Primary School and Thomas County Upper Elementary/Thomas County Middle School.  Click on the links below to see results and click "more information" to see pictures from this "spooktacular" event!

One Mile Results

5K results

Hands on Thomas County Volunteer Opportunity

Students and families interested in volunteering with Hands on Thomas County should see the attached flier for more information!

Hands on Thomas County Family Volunteer Day

Baseball Camps: 5th/6th grade and 7th/8th grade

When: November 10-13 (5th/6th grade)

            November 17-20 (7th/8th grade)

 

Where: TCCHS Baseball FIeld

Time: 3:30-5:30 PM

Cost: Free

Click "More Information" below for additional details.

NJHS Serves the Community

During the month of October, the Thomas County Middle School National Junior Honor Society sponsored a “Spooktacular Donation” competition.  Fifth grade students donated canned foods for the Thomas County Food Bank,  sixth grade students donated paper towels for Miss Kitty’s Feline Sanctuary,  seventh grade students donated paper towels and toilet paper for Hands and Hearts for Horses, and eighth grade students brought dog and cat food for the Thomas County Humane Society.  The fifth grade students brought the most donations.

Click "More Information" for pictures

Red Ribbon Week Pictures

Twin Day

 

Red Ribbon Day

Throwback Thursday

 

Team Day Pictures

 

 

Click "More Information" below to see more pictures!

Red Ribbon Week

October 27-31 is Red Ribbon Week at TCUE and TCMS.  Please join us in dressing up for our theme days as a reminder to say no to drugs!

Monday - Join the fight against drugs - Wear your camouflage!

Tuesday - Friends don't let friends do drugs - Wear matching clothes with a friend!

Wednesday - County-wide RED day - Wear red for Red Ribbon Week

Thursday - Throwback Thursday, Don't throw your life away with drugs - Wear your favorite 60's, 70's, or 80's fashion

Friday - Team up against drugs - Wear your favorite team logo

Prizes for the best dressed will be awarded on Monday and Thursday!

Students Volunteer with Hands on Thomas County

Many students and several teachers from Thomas County Upper Elementary and Thomas County Middle School spent Saturday morning working to make their community a better place with Hands on Thomas County.  The students worked at the Boys and Girls Club, Hands and Hearts for Horses, Laurel Hill Cemetary, the Ochlocknee River, and the Dog Park/City of Thomasville.  Two of the groups even put out over 1,000 bales of pinestraw!

Click "More Information" to see pictures from this event.

 

 

8th Grade Football Championship

The 8th Grade Championship Game vs. Bainbridge will be played on Thursday, October 23 at 5:00 in Bainbridge. 

School Bus Safety Week

School Bus Safety Week reminds students, parents and
motorists of their important role in school bus safety

Georgia celebrates National School Bus Safety Week on October 20 - 24, 2014, and Georgia School Bus Driver Appreciation Day on Monday, October 20.  Schools and safety advocates throughout the Peach State are using the week as an opportunity to highlight the importance of school bus safety.  The 2014 theme for the week, Be Smart - Be Seen, I wait in a safe place, reminds students, parents and motorists of the important role each plays in ensuring student safety at the school bus stop.  One key factor in protecting Georgia’s students rests with motorists obeying the law and stopping for Georgia’s school buses as they board and exit. But, drivers should also be reminded that obeying the law is just not enough.  Children are unpredictable… motorists must have an overall heightened safety awareness and expect the unexpected as children wait at bus stops and as they get on and off their school bus.

Media Center to Hold Book Fair

The TCUE/TCMS Media Center will host a Scholastic Book Fair.  The book fair will begin on October 20 and will last until October 31.  Please come by and support literacy as well as our school media center!

 

Click this link to shop the book fair online:

http://bookfairs.scholastic.com/homepage/thomascountymiddle

Thomas County Literacy Fair

Please plan to attend the Thomas County Literacy Fair on October 16, 2014 from 5:30-7:00.There will be 20 vendors at the fair to help educated people on financial and medical literacy. The Literacy Fair will begin at 5:30 p.m. in front of the Thomas County Library and will include games, contests, and performances. the schedule is as follows:

  1. 5:30-6:00 = Story Teller, Andy Offutt
  2. 6:05-6:25 =  Story Book Character Costume Contest
  3. 6:30-7:00 = Story Teller, Andy Offutt
Zulu Students Explore the Kolomoki Mounds

Zulu Company at Thomas County Middle School visited the Kolomoki Mounds on September 23rd.  We learned more about the Woodland and Mississippian Native Americans living in Georgia.  This trip reinforced our learning of these prehistoric Indian cultures living in Georgia prior to European contact

Stock Market Game Begins

Ali McKay, Financial Advisor with Edward Jones Investments, spoke to students participating in The Stock Market Game at Thomas County Middle School.  MERIT teachers, Tonya Frare and Lindsay Thompson, are advising 20 teams that are competing internationally.  Each team has $100,000 to invest in The Stock Market Game from October 6 until December 12.  All money is simulated (not real). Any gains or losses will also represent simulated money. No actual funds will be exchanged before, during , or after the game.

Author Visits with Students

Thomas County Upper Elementary students welcomed author Lois Ruby to their media center on Friday, September 29.  Fifth grade students have been reading Ruby’s novel Steal Away Home during their first unit of study in Language Arts this school year.  For the third consecutive year, students were able to meet with Mrs. Ruby in the school media center in an event hosted by Erin Rehberg, Library Media Specialist at TCUE/TCMS.

Students Celebrate Constitution Day

Students celebrated Constitution Day at Thomas County Middle School September 17, 2014.  The social studies department did a variety activities centered around the Constitution. Students in all grades were able to participate in the Constitution Day poster contest sponsored by the Gov Doc Kids Group or write a letter to Congressman Austin Scott about how the Constitution impacts their daily lives.

Click "More Information" to see pictures.

TCUE Teachers Use Instructional Videos to Support Instruction

Thomas County Upper Elementary teachers have been asked to begin using the video recording abilities of Smart Boards to develop instructional videos. The instructional videos are designed to remediate and accelerate standards based instruction.  (Click "More Information" below to continue reading.)

 

Teacher Feature - Meet Mrs. Holton!

History Comes Alive at TCUE/TCMS

Thomas County Schools and The Thomasville Historical Society are partnering to ensure that all students have a deeper understanding of historical texts.  Students in grades 6th – 12th are being exposed to primary and secondary sources in a variety of ways.  (Click 'More Information' to keep reading and see pictures.)

Click Here to Shop and Support our School

Students Enjoy Guest Speaker

On Friday, August 29 Amelia Gallo from the Thomas County Historical Society visited with Mrs. Rhonda Grim's 8th grade Georgia History classes.  She discussed the importance of primary source documents and their use in examining and researching history. 

 

Afterschool Fine Arts Lessons -- Sign Your Child Up Today!

The Thomas County School System is launching an initiative to make a variety of fine arts opportunities more easily accessible to our students.

In addition to offering bus transportation for students who choose to take advantage of the programs available at the Thomasville Center for the Arts, the Thomas County School System is partnering with the Thomasville Music Academy, the Dance Academy, and our own faculty to offer a variety of lessons in the afternoons on our own campuses.  Click 'More Information' below to view flyers and learn how to register for each program.

We need your input for improvement! Please complete survey by Friday, August 29.

We would like your input on our system-wide Comprehensive Local Education Agency’s Improvement Plan (CLIP).  Below are two links where you can view the plan and complete a brief survey.   Thank you for your input and suggestions.

Click here to review the improvement plan (CLIP)

Click here to complete the survey

TCMS Launches TCMS TV

The Thomas County Middle School eighth grade technology class has begun a new endeavor this year.  Twenty-five students were selected for a year long broadcasting class.  The students work together as a team to produce a news show that is shown throughout the school each day.  The students in the class have a specific job to complete during the filming of each show.  So far they have shown great teamwork and have produced a great product.

Click more information to see pictures of these students in action.

Click here to see a WCTV news broadcast about TCMS TV.

 

Summer Reading Challenge Celebration

Twenty-six students from Thomas County Upper Elementary and Thomas County Middle completed the requirements for the Summer Reading Challenge.  These students were treated to an ice cream party in the media center on Thursday, August 21. Click "more information" to continue reading.

TCMS Students Use Technology to Learn

Students in Mrs. Heather Ward's 7th grade Social Studies class enjoyed using satellite imaging to study how physical features would impact daily life and the economy in Southwest Asia.  Students even looked at historic sites like the Western Wall in Jerusalem and were amazed at the wealth in Dubai.

Attention Football Parents: We need your help!

We are looking for 7th and 8th grade parents to help with the chain gang, run the clock, and provide after game drinks for your child's team.  If you have any questions or if you would like to sign up, please contact Coach Taylor at ltaylor@thomas.k12.ga.us or call 229-225-4394.

Attention Parents! We need your input!

Parents, we need your feedback and suggestions.  Please take a moment to complete our online survey by clicking the link below.  The survey is available now through Friday, September 5, 2014.  We value your feedback and appreciate you taking the time share it with us!

Parent Survey

Volunteer Orientation Meeting

Please join us Wednesday, August 13, at 5:30 p.m. for the Volunteer Orientation Meeting at the Thomas County Board of Education Auditorium.  Click here for further details.

TCMS School Council Letter

Parents interested in joining the TCMS School Council should read the letter included at the link below.

 

TCMS School Council Parent Letter

Please contact the school for more information,

Register Now for the Jack O'Lantern Jog!

Support the Thomas County Elementary Schools by signing up for the Jack O'Lantern Jog!

When: Saturday, October 18, 2014

Where: TCMS and Hand-in-Hand Campuses

Click here to download the Registration Form

Click here to see the T-Shirt Design

Click here to register online

What is the Student Growth Model?

The Georgia Student Growth Model (GSGM) is an exciting initiative designed to provide students, parents, educators, and the public with important inform??ation on student progress. Academic achievement only tells part of the story. The addition of student growth tells a more complete story about the academic performance of students. Now we not only know where students ended up, but we also know how much progress they made to get there.?

Click The Link To See The Video:

Student Growth Model

TCUE Pick-Up and Dismissal Procedures

The attached video previews the TCUE Morning Drop Off and Student Pickup Procedures for students attending the 5th or 6th Grade.If you are a first time parent at TCUE this video may be helpful. Students are considered Tardy after 8:00 A.M. All students should be picked up by parents or a guardian from school no later than 4:00 P.M.

If you have any questions please contact (mhugans@rose.net or 225-4395) Mr. Melvin Hugans, Assistant Principal TCMS/TCUE

TCMS Physicals

Middle School Physicals

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

3:30 PM

TCMS Gym

All sports

2014-15 Back to School Information

Click here to get the information you need as you prepare to send your children back to school. Open House dates, supply lists, and dress code information are provided for your convenience.

Vacancy Notice - TCCHS Principal's Secretary

There is a vacancy at Thomas County Central High School for the position of principal's secretary.  If interested, please click the link below for further details and apply online through our job portal at www.thomascountyschools.org.

TCCHS Principal's Secretary Vacancy Notice

2014-2015 TCMS Football Information

Please click the documents below for more information about TCMS Football during the 2014-2015 school year

2014 Football Parent Letter

TCMS Football Calendar

TCMS Football Games Schedule

Students Enjoy Trip to Kennedy Space Center

Recently students from Thomas County Upper Elementary participated in an overnight adventure to Kennedy Space Center.  Thirty-six 5th grade MERIT students had the opportunity to spend the night under the historic Atlantis Space Shuttle.

Geometry Town Competition Winners

We are so proud of the top four winners of TCUE’s Geometry Town Project.  The sixth grade math teachers decided to have a grade level competition with each student building a three dimensional geometry town. 

Mrs. Thompson and Mr. Woodfin are STEM Certified

Recently Mrs. Lindsay Thompson and Mr. Clayton Woodfin, teachers at Thomas County Middle School, completed STEM certification.

Thomas County Students Place at National History Day

Students from Thomas County Central High, Thomas County Middle, and Thomas County Upper Elementary attended the National History Day State Competition April 26, 2014 at Mercer University. National History Day allows students to choose their own topic and presentation style while learning about a specific historical time period and meeting Common Core literacy and GPS social studies standards. This year's theme is "Rights and Responsibilities" - this required students to use balanced research from primary and secondary sources to prove their thesis.  Click More Information below to see results.

TCMS Recognized by Hands on Thomas County

Students in the MERIT program were nominated for a HOTC Hands On Heroes Award and invited to a Cheers for Volunteers reception.  While the program was nominated, students accepting the certificate have gone beyond the 20 hours required by the MERIT program.  More information here – www.handsonthomascounty.org

Quiz Bowl Team Wins Competition

Congratulations to the TCMS Quiz Bowl team for winning first place and being undefeated in the Okefenokee Academic Bowl.   Team members include Morgan Ward, Kyle Clark, Kennedy Ward, Sierra Stephens, Joshua Stephens, and Kaleb Ward.

This Week: CRCT!

C.R.C.T. Testing will take place this week – April 21st – 25th. We will begin testing at 8:00 A.M. We are also encouraging every student to be in attendance during the week. Study guides are avaliable.

Students Selected for Camp STEMtastic

Fifteen students from Thomas County Upper Elementary School were selected to attend Camp STEMtastic this summer. The camp is planned and presented by the Division of Education at Thomas University as part of a science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) emphasis.

 

Rising 5th Grade MERIT Open House

An open house for rising 5th grade students who are interested in the MERIT program will take place on Thursday, April 3 at 6:00 PM in the TCMS cafeteria. 

Click here for a MERIT application

"Color Me with Cheer" Color Run

Support the Thomas County Middle School Cheerleading Squad by participating in the "Color Me with Cheer" Color Run!  The 5K run/walk is Saturday, May 17, at 8:30am.  Register by May 3.  See the flyer and registration links below for more information.

Color Run Flyer

Color Run Registration

Meet our Teacher of the Year!

Congratulations to Mrs. Carrie Holland, TCUE/TCMS Teacher of the Year!

IT'S POPPIN! Student Art Exhibition

Monday, April 14, 2014 was the opening reception for the Thomas County School System student art exhibition at the Thomasville Center for the Arts lower level gallery. The student artwork exhibited was a collection of over 100 works from Garrison-Pilcher, Cross Creek, and Thomas County Upper Elementary and Middle School. Everything was organized by the school’s art teachers, Christy Parker-Priest, Annie Burke and Emily Holton.

Click "More Information" to see pictures from the opening reception.

IT'S POPPIN! Student Art Exhibition

You're Invited to the TCMS Career Science Open House!

Join us Sunday, March 30, at 2:30 p.m. for the Open House for the new Career Science building at Thomas County Middle School. Click the link below for more information.

TCMS Career Science Open House Invitation

Students Earn Perfect Scores

Each January, eighth graders across the state of Georgia are required to take the Grade Eight Writing Assessment, a writing test which measures their ability to complete the writing process on a topic they have never seen during a specified time limit. Thomas County Middle School Students Marion Rose Young, Riley Jones, Faythe Choate, and Ansley Alligood scored a perfect score of 350 on this year’s Grade Eight Writing Assessment.

Teacher Feature - Meet Mrs. Thompson!

Join Our Team! View 2014-15 Vacancy Notices Below

Please click the link below to view vacancies for the 2014-15 school year. Instructions for applying are included in the document.

2014-15 Vacancy Notices

TCMS Regional Science Fair Winners

Thomas County Middle School students recently participated in the Regional Science Fair held at ABAC in Tifton.  All 24 students that competed came home with a ribbon.  Seventh grader Emily Mitchell came home with the First Place award and eighth grader C’Lee Kornegay brought home Second Place for a sweep of the Junior Division trophies.  Emily Mitchell and C’Lee Kornegay will compete at the Georgia State Science & Engineering Fair at the University of Georgia on March 27-29 in Athens.

5th Grade Writing Test 2014

TCUE will administer the 5th Grade Writing Test on March 5th. Students have been working very hard for this moment. Please make sure your child receives adequate rest and is prepared for testing. We will begin testing at 8:00 A.M. Below is a brief description of the 5th Grade Writing Test expectations.....

Grade 5 Writing Assessment

The writing assessment for grade five consists of an evaluation of each student response to an assigned prompt. Students are assigned a topic from a prompt bank representing three genres: narrative, informational, and persuasive. Students are allowed approximately 120 minutes to write their essays. The writing assessment must be administered in one day. A make-up is also given the following day.

Type of Writing

The Georgia Grade 5 Writing Assessment is a test of narrative, informational and persuasive writing. Students will be given either an informational, persuasive, or narrative writing topic. Because topics will be spiraled, students may receive any one of the three writing topics thus requiring them to be prepared to write in informational, narrative, and persuasive genres.

Fifth Grade Students Enjoy Trip to Plains

Students from the Thomas County Upper Elementary Fifth Grade MERIT team recently traveled to Plains, Georgia to attend the performance of ELEANOR ROOSEVELT:  GODMOTHER TO THE WORLD.

Students Excel at Odyssey of the Mind Competition

Thomas County Middle School recently participated in the Odyssey of the Mind Competition in Cordele, Georgia.  OM is an international educational program that provides creative problem-solving opportunities for students from kindergarten through college. Team members apply their creativity to solve problems that range from building mechanical devices to presenting their own interpretation of literary classics. They then bring their solutions to competition on the local, state, and World level. Thousands of teams from throughout the U.S. and from about 25 other countries participate in the program.  Two of TCMS’s teams will advance to the state competition in Columbus, Georgia on March 29, 2014.

TCMS Students Participate in All-State Chorus

TCMS 8th grade students Joseph Riglioni, Marion Rose Young, and Caleb Giddens recently participated in the 2014 GA All-State Chorus festivities.  These students were chosen out of approximately 4,500 7th and 8th grade students from across the state of Georgia.  The students completed two days of rehearsals which culminated with a concert on Saturday, March 22, at the Classic Center in Athens.

Students Win Bridge Building Contest

Chandler Fiveash, Ryland Ramhofer, and Aiden Carruth competed in the annual Southwest Georgia Regional Bridge Contest hosted by Albany State University on February 22nd.  Fiveash and Ramhofer won First Place in the middle school division for their 27.9 gram bridge which held 14653.7 grams before breaking for an efficiency of 525.22%.  Their bridge proved to be the most efficient of all the bridges at the competition including those in the high school division.

National History Day Winners

 

Thomas County Schools recently hosted the Regional National History Day competition for the Junior Division at Thomas County Middle School. Students competed in the categories of performances, exhibits, and websites – both individual and group.  After researching their topics, students connected the historical event or figure to the theme “Rights and Responsibilities.”  Winners will advance to the state competition in April at Mercer University.  Students were led by Amanda West, Heather Ward and Deann Garcia in the Thomas County MERIT program.  Thomas County Central High School will host the Senior Division March 11th

Teacher Feature - Meet Mr. Woodfin

Mr. Woodfin - 8th Grade Science Teacher

 

National History Day Open House

The National History Day competition at TCMS will take place this Friday, February 21.

If anyone would like to view these projects, an open house will take place from 2:30-4:00. 

All visitors should check in at the front office.

New Science Labs – will have group exhibits
Media Center – will have individual exhibits
8th grade Computer Lab – will have all websites
Teacher Feature - Meet Dr. Larkins

 

Teacher Feature - Meet Mrs. Lee!
Student Growth Model Reports

 TCMS students will bring home a new report home with 3rd Nine weeks progress reports. The Georgia Student Growth Model (GSGM) is an exciting new initiative designed to provide students, parents, educators, and the public with additional information on student progress. Historically, Georgia’s assessment system has only enabled educators and other stakeholders to ask questions such as “What percentage of students met the state standard?” Or, “Did more students meet the state standard this year compared to last year?” The GSGM will allow Georgia to move beyond questions about status to ask critical growth-related questions such as:

TCMS Science Fair Winners

TCMS held its annual science fair on January 15, 2014.  Winners will compete February 14 at ABAC Regional Science Fair in Tifton.

The overall winner and recipient of the Jackie Winchester Memorial Award was C'Lee Kornegay.

Other overall category winners included Nick Herndon and Haley Newman.

 

Click "More Information" to see the complete list of winners.

Thomas County Schools Strategic Planning Report

Be A Part!  Please begin reviewing the Strategic Plan Report found at the first link below. After you have read and reviewed the report, please complete the related survey questions found on the second link below before Friday February 21. We appreciate your input on our Strategic Planning Process.

Strategic Planning Report 


Strategic Plan Survey

Attention TCCHS Class of 2018!

Thomas County Central's Ninth Grade Open House (for current 8th grade students) will be held in the TCCHS Gymnasium on February 10, 2014, at 6:00 PM.

 

 

TCUE/TCMS to Offer "Lunch and Learn" Opportunities for Parents

Attention Parents!  You are invited to attend our Lunch and Learn sessions.  Topics will include: Parent Portal/Remind 101, Math, Reading/Language Arts, and Science/Social Studies. 

Please click here for more information.  You can also contact Dr. Cheryl Larkins at 229-225-4394. 

Schools Will Open Thursday, January 30

Due to potentially hazardous road conditions associated with frozen precipitation, the Thomas County School System was closed Wednesday, January 29, 2014. All schools and offices will open on regular schedule Thursday, January 30, 2014.

Schools Closed Due To Weather

Due to potentially hazardous road conditions associated with frozen precipitation, the Thomas County School System will be closed Wednesday, January 29, 2014. Thomas County Schools will reopen Thursday, January 30, 2014.

6th Grade Boys Visit Albany State

With the help of the Junior Service League, Mr. Jamie Thompson, Mr. Corey King, and Dr. Scott James were able to take 54 students to Albany State University to attend the 2014 Winter Youth Summit.

TCMS Techno Expert!

7th Grade L.A. Teacher Kristi Keve recently allowed her students to use electronic and mobile devices during a classroom reading comprehension activity. “Several days before the lesson I sent home a Remind 101 message so that parents would know that we would be using mobile devices for this particular lesson.  I also asked students to download a Q.R. Code Scanning app, so that wouldn’t have to be done in class.”  Keve also explained to students that if they brought a device, they were responsible for it and that she would be glad to lock it up in her closet if they didn’t feel comfortable carrying it around all day. 

TCMS Wins Quiz Bowl Competition

Congratuations to the TCMS Quiz Bowl team!  They placed first in their region competition that took place on Saturday, January 11.

Honor Roll Assemblies

Honor Roll Assemblies for the second nine weeks will take place on Friday, January 18 at the following times:

5th Grade: 11:15

6th Grade: 8:00

7th Grade: 10:00

8th Grade: 1:20

Students Enjoy New Science Lab

TCMS 8th grade MERIT students kicked off use of the school’s new laboratory space recently.  The students identified an unknown chemical substance after first testing a set of known materials.

NHD Research Field Trip

The Honors Georgia History students at Thomas County Middle School are creating a project for our school wide National History Day competition.  To assist students with completing this project, Mrs. Garcia’s 8th grade Honors students visited the Thomas County Museum of History on Tuesday, December 3rd.

8th Grade Readi-Step Results Are Back!

 8th Grade Readi-Step resutls have returned. Students will have a copy of their Readi-Step Score Sheet and an "Understanding ReadiStep™Results" explanation in there report cards on January 10th. The link below will allow you to see  the "Understanding ReadiStep Results" document  If you have have any questions please e-mail Mr. Hugans at mhugans@rose.net

Understanding Readi-Step Results

Canned Food Drive

Students at TCUE/TCMS collected over 7,000 cans during its annual holiday canned food drive.  The canned food drive was celebrated with music provided by the band and chorus.

 

Spelling Bee Results

Hayden Pike, 6th grade, and Sarah Fulgum, 7th grade, tied as the runners-up in the county-wide spelling bee that was held on December 5, 2013.  Congratulations and thank you for representing our school so well!

Students Ring Salvation Army Bell

6th - 8th grade MERIT students rang the bell at 6 different locations throughout Thomasville.  Students pictured are Gabby Melnick, Brianna Doughty, and Kristin Benton from the 6th grade MERIT team.

Student Interviews Jackie Robinson's Wife

Nick Herndon, a 7th grade MERIT student, flew to New York over Thanksgiving break for a very special event.  He was granted the request to interview Jackie Robinson's widow, Rachel Robinson, at the Jackie Robinson Foundation as a part of his research for his National History Day project.

 

Veteran's Day Holiday
Please remember that the school system will be closed next Monday, November 11, in observance of Veteran’s Day.
Georgia Parent Survey
The time to administer the Georgia Parent Survey for the 2013-2014 school year has arrived. 
Zulu Company Enjoys Field Trips
The 8th grade MERIT team, Zulu Company, at Thomas County Middle School attended the annual “School Days” event with the Lower Muskogee Creek tribe in Whigham, GA on Thursday, October 17.  They also visited the Farley Nuclear Plant on Monday, October 21.

 

 

 

 

Students Participate in Hands on Thomas County Day
On Saturday, October 19, students from Thomas County Elementary and Thomas County Middle participated in Hands on Thomas County Day.  They worked at over twelve locations throughout the county.
Jack O' Lantern Jog Results
On Saturday, October 19 Thomas County Elementary Schools hosted the Jack O'Lantern Jog on the campuses of Thomas County Middle School and Hand in Hand Primary School.

 

The results can be found here:

One Mile Fun Run Results

5K Results

8th Grade Readistep Testing - October 18, 2013
On October 18, 8th grade students will participate in ReadiStep Testing.  A brief explanation of student expectations regarding the Readistep assessment is listed below….
5th Grade MERIT Students Learn on Field Trips
Students on the Bravo MERIT Team in 5th grade recently enjoyed a field trip to Andersonville and a learning experience at the MAG lab in Tallahassee.
Students Meet Author
Thomas County Upper Elementary students welcomed author Lois Ruby to their media center on Wednesday, September 25.  The fifth grade students have been reading Ruby’s novel Steal Away Home during their first unit of study in Language Arts this school year.
Digital Citizenship Initiative

Did you know that 91% of teens post photos of themselves on social media sites and 71% post their school name and where they live?  It is important to stay informed about your teen's social media use.  Click here for more information about our Digital Citizenship Initiative and to see a video of TCCHS students participating in a panel discussion on social media use among teens.

LEGO League Enjoys Field Trip

The FIRST® Lego League competition teams visited the National Weather Center at the FSU campus to learn more about natural disasters. 

TCUE Students Use Technology

Students and teachers at TCUE have recently been expanding their use of technology!

7th Grade Students Read at Hand-in-Hand

Mrs. Thompson, Mrs. Keve, and Mrs. Childs recently took forty 7th grade students from their classes to Hand in Hand to read to the children.  The trip was a reward for students who have exhibited good behavior.

Benchmark Exams

Students will take 1st nine weeks benchmark exams September 27 - October 3.

Reading - Friday, September 27

Language Arts - Monday, September 30

Math - Tuesday, October 1

Science - Wednesday, October 2

Social Studies - Thursday, October 3

 

Jack O'Lantern Jog!
Progress Reports Coming Home!!!!

 TCUE/TCMS Progress reports will be sent  home Today!!!! Please sign and return the progress reports to teachers.

School Pictures Date Change

The date for school pictures has changed.  Student pictures will be made on Wednesday, September 25.

Faculty pictures will be made Friday, September 6 from 7-9 AM.

TCMS LEGO League Informational Meeting

An informational meeting for students and parents interested in LEGO League will be held in the TCMS Media Center at 7:00 PM on Tuesday, August 13.  Click the headline to read more information about LEGO League.

TCMS Football Calendar

Click here to view or print the TCMS Football game and practice calendar.

TCUE/TCMS Offers Two New Exploratory Options

Students at Thomas County Upper Elementary and Thomas County Middle School now have two new options for exploratory courses.  The new courses being offered are Family and Consumer Science and Dance.

Back To School Blitz

Please join us for the 7th Annual Back to School Blitz on Saturday, August 3, 9:00-11:00am, at Thomas County Central High School Gymnasium (upper level)!  Please click here for more information.

TCMS -TCUE Open House Dates

Open House Dates are as Follows:

August 1st - 5th and 6th Grade Open House

Time: 3:30 P.M.-5:30P.M.

August 1st - 5th Grade MERIT Open House

Time: 5:30-7:30

August 1st - 7th Grade and 8th Grade

Time: 5:30P.M. -7:30P.M.

August 2nd - Open House All Grades

Time: -  12:00 P.M -2:00 P.M.

 

We need your input for improvement!

Your opinion is important to us! 

Please click here to review our Implementation Plan (CLIP) and provide input for improvement! 

Parent Input Needed for School Improvment Planning at TCMS TCMS/TCUE School Improvment Planning

TCMS/TCUE is looking for parents who are interested in providing suggestions and feedback for the TCMS/TCUE School Improvement Plan. The meeting details are below. Please contact Dr. Scott James (sjames@rose.net or 225-4395) if you have any questions

TCMS/TCUE School Improvement Plan Review:

Date: Wednesday, July 17

Time: 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Location: TCMS/TCUE Media Center

Our school improvement plan (SIP) is in the draft stage and we need parents to provide feedback and suggestions regarding the plan. The proposed plan will be presented and parents will have the opportunity to review the SIP and provide valuable input on the plan.

Back to School Information! Back to School

Click here to get the information you need as you prepare to send your children back to school! Open House dates, supply lists, and dress code information are provided for your convenience.

TCMS-TCUE Dress Code Expectations….

The next school year is approaching fast! If you have a son or daughter attending TCMS or TCUE and you are unsure about what types of school clothing to purchase or wear. We have included some guidelines to consider for purchasing school clothes.

Summer Football Voluntary Workout Schedule

July 9 - 5:30 to 7:00 PM

July 11 - 5:30 to 7:00 PM

July 16 - 5:30 to 7:00 PM

July 18 - 5:30 to 7:00 PM

July 23 - 5:30 to 7:00 PM

July 25 - 5:30 to 7:00 PM

Construction

Your SPLOST money is at work! If you need to visit Hand-In-Hand or Thomas County Middle School over the next few weeks, it may be necessary to enter from Highway 202 (County Line Road) and come through the back. We are receiving extended entrances and exits off the bypass as well as restructuring and paving.

TCMS Exploratory Pre-Registration Forms

The TCMS exploratory department sent home Exploratory Choice Forms for the 2013-2014 school year with students recently.   If you did not recieve a form we have linked the foms below. Please sign and have your child to return to their homeroom teacher. These forms allow students to choose exploratory classes for the coming school year. The forms were due on the 17th of May, but we have extended the deadline to  Monday, May 20th. Click the links below to print. If you have any questions please e-mail Coach Hankinson: cahankinson@thomas.k12.ga.us

TCMS Pre- Registration Form

  TCMS 7th Grade  Pre-Registration Form - AG Option

Students and Teachers Enjoy Driftwood Trip Driftwood

Students from the 6th grade MERIT team attended Driftwood Education Center on Jekyll Island, Georgia from May 1-3. At Driftwood, teachers and students alike stepped out of their normal roles and saw each other in a different perspective.

MERIT Students Donate Supplies MERIT supplies

MERIT students recently donated over 500 school supplies to various summer children's programs.  This service opportunity was provided by Hands On Thomas County

National History Day State Winners NHD State Winners

Several students from Thomas County Middle School were winners at the state level for National History Day in the Junior Division.  Kennedy Ward and Katelyn Hobbs will move on to compete at the National level.

5th Grade Students Visit Atlanta Georgia Aquarium

Many of our 5th grade students traveled to Atlanta on April 25, 2013 for a day of learning and fun. 

Parent Survey

Attention parents!  Please take a moment to complete our Parent Survey which will provide us with valuable information about our schools and will help with future improvement strategies.  Your feedback makes a difference!

CRCT Dates

TCUE/TCMS CRCT Schedule

Monday, April 15, 2013 Reading
Tuesday, April 16, 2013 English/Language Arts
Wednesday, April 17, 2013 Math
Thursday, April 18, 2013 Science
Friday, April 19, 2013 Social Studies
Monday, April 22, 2013 Make-up
Tuesday, April 23, 2013 Make-up
Wednesday, April 24, 2013 Make-up
Thursday, April 25, 2013 Make-up

             

Upcoming 5th Grade Orientation!

Thomas County Upper Elementary School

4th Grade Parents’ Orientation

Who:  Cross Creek 4th Grade Parents

When: Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Time:  5:30 P.M.

Where:  TCUE/TCMS Cafeteria

 

Community Engagement Survey -- Participate in Our Plan!

Participate in the development of our school system's New Strategic Plan by viewing the Community Engagement Meeting presentation and taking the Community Engagement Survey.    Your opinion matters!

TCMS Students Visit FSU

Thomas County Middle School eighth grade MERIT team recently made a visit to the FSU campus.  Students were given a tour of the Chemistry labs, shown some exciting demonstrations and treated to a talk from Nobel Laureate, Dr. Kroto.

Student Science Experiment Selected

Thomas County Middle School MERIT student Joshua Stephens entered a contest to send a science experiment into space.  His proposal was selected by Science World magazine to occupy a top position on the JP Aerospace Pongsat launch to take place in April.  The launch will take Joshua’s science experiment into the Stratosphere after which it will be sent back to him to analyze the effects of low temperatures, weightlessness, and reduced air pressure. 

Bridge Building Competition

TCMS students competed this past Saturday in the Southwest Georgia Regional Bridge Building Contest held at Albany State University.  Students learned the basics of bridge design and then built a bridge using only balsa wood and glue.  The design must match certain specifications.

TCMS Science Fair Winners Head to State Competition TCMS State Science Fair

Six students from Thomas County Middle School have advanced to the state science fair competition.  The competition will take place March 21-23.  The students include Gretchen Turnbull, Kaitlyn Hancock, Mary Beth Wise, Abby Mitchell, Tyler Williamson, and Brentley Odom. 

Rising 9th Grade Orientation

The parent meeting for rising 9th grade students will take place on Tuesday, March 5 in the TCCHS gym at 5:30 PM.

 

Alpha Company Celebrates Georgia Day

On Tues. Feb. 12, 2013, Alpha Company at TCMS celebrated GA Day at School. The Alpha Team Teachers dressed up like key people who are taught in the 8th Grade Standards.

National History Day Winners National History Day Winners

Students in the Thomas County Schools MERIT program recently competed in a regional National History Day competition. Thomas County Middle and Upper Elementary Schools are piloting the competition for South Georgia.

MERIT Informational Meeting

Students and parents who are interested in Thomas County Schools’ MERIT program (Maximizing Education to Realize Intellectual Transformation) are invited to an informational meeting on February 19th at 6:00 PM in the Thomas County Middle School cafeteria

Science Olympiad Results Science Olympiad Team

The Thomas County Middle School Science Olympiad Team traveled to South Georgia College in Douglas, Georgia on Saturday, February 9 to compete in a region tournament. 

Science Fair Winners Science Fair Winners
Thomas County Middle School held its annual Science Fair on January 16th. Over 80 projects were entered into the fair by 6th, 7th & 8th graders.
Pre-K Registration at Hand-in-Hand Primary School

Mark your calendar and make sure you have all documentation ready to register your child for Pre-Kindergarten at Hand-in-Hand Primary School!  Click the link to the flyer below for all details including dates, times, and a list of documents needed.

Pre-K Registration Information

2013 C.R.C.T. Study Guides

If you are looking for a way to review for the C.R.C.T., we have several resources for parents and students to use at home to help prepare for the 2013 C.R.C.T.

2nd Nine Weeks Report Card and Honor Roll Assembly Dates
TCUE/TCMS will send home Report Cards on January 11th. Please sign and return the cards after reviewing. Students will receive 4 report cards during the school year.  The  Second nine weeks report card is a reflection of the student’s academic performance during the 2nd Nine weeks Grading period.
Students Enjoy Mag Lab Samantha Morrison participates in Mag Lab
Student in Mrs. Sharpe’s science class (5th Grade) were visited by Mr. Carlos Villa from the Florida State University Magnet Lab.  They learned about current electricity and static electricity through hands-on demonstrations and activities that were fun and en”light”ening.
Parent Workshop Survey
A survey has been designed for parents to complete in order to solicit input and target interests.  Copies of the survey will be distributed to the schools on December 11 and should be returned by December 14.   A link to the survey is also available here.  Thank you for your input!
Spelling Bee Winners Spelling Bee Winners
De’Markus Presley, a 6th grade student at Thomas County Upper Elementary, defeated students in grades 5-8 to become the winner of the TCUE/TCMS spelling bee. Alex Thornton, 5th grade student, was named the runner-up. 
New Curriculum & Instruction Blog Thomas County Logo
TCUE 5th Grade Field Trip
Thomas County Upper Elementary 5th Grade students will have the opportunity travel to the Georgia Aquarium on April 25th!

 

TCUE/TCMS Progress Reports Progress Reports
TCUE/TCMS will be sending home Progress Reports on Tuesday December 4th. Please sign the reports and return to teachers by Friday, December 10th.
TCMS and TCUE Place Emphasis on Reading! TCMS and TCUE Places Emphasis On Reading
The Thomas County School System will under take new instructional programs beginning this fall.

 

FSU Chemistry Outreach Program Visits TCMS
Thursday, October 18, the Florida State University (FSU) Chemistry Outreach
Program paid a visit to the Thomas County Middle School 8th grade MERIT
Science classes.
21st Century Classrooms!
The 21st Century Classroom is here! SMART Boards were purchased and installed in TCMS/TCUE classrooms with SPLOST funds recently.Teachers and students will have the benefit of having first-hand experience using SMART Technology to enhance instruction.
Eight Grade Team Wins Championship, Seventh Grade Places Second
Thomas County Middle School's 8th grade football team defeated Bainbridge  34-14 to become the middle school champions. 
TCUE Students Visit With Author
Thomas County Upper Elementary students welcomed author Lois Ruby to their media center on Wednesday, September 26. All fifth grade students were able to meet with Mrs. Ruby in the school media center in an event hosted by Erin Rehberg, Library Media Specialist at TCUE/TCMS. 
 
Back Pack Buddies!

At least 3,254 students in Thomasville and Thomas County schools participate in the free/reduced lunch program. But what happens to the children who are hungry on the weekends?

Student Safety!

Law enforcement vehicles are traveling behind some Thomas County school buses to ensure safety of students getting on and off buses in the city.

 

 

 

School Council Parent Representative
TCMS and TCUE will be holding elections to select one parent to serve on the joint school council. If you would like to nominate someone to be a parent representative on our council, please submit the name by calling the school or emailing Dr. Keown or Dr. James. Deadline for submitting nominations is August 22, 2012. Voting will take place at the upcoming Title I Parent Meetings on August 23, 2012 and August 28, 2012.
 
Thomas County Middle School Softball Alumni!  Erica Greek TCMS Alumni!
 A strong offense powered with a talented pitching staff could make for a successful season for the Thomas County Central Lady Yellow Jackets.
Highlighted by the return of first baseman Jenna Reeves and sophomore pitcher Erika Greek, Central has the talent to improve upon last year’s 18-9 season.




 

 

We need your input on our CLIP! Feedback
Please take a moment to review our Comprehensive LEA Improvement Plan. Your feedback is important to us.
Back-to-School Blitz Back to School
Join our school system along with multiple community agencies at the annual Back-to-School Blitz held at Southwest Georgia Technology College. 
Open House! TCMS and TCUE Open House!
 Please plan to attend the TCMS and TCUE Open House on August 2nd and 3rd.  We are looking forward to a great school year! We are also looking forward to meeting our new students and parents!
Rebranding Effort! Thomas County Middle School Rebranding Effort

    

Thomas County Middle School will undergo changes ranging from school administrators and technology to programs in agriculture and broadcast video.