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Fourth-Grade Super Dads SD4th

Cross Creek fourth-graders celebrated their dads with our Super Dads breakfast.  We had over 200 joining in our celebration time.  Dads went to the students' homeroom classes and went together to enjoy a hearty breakfast.  Thank you to all of our dads who are Super Dads everyday!


Visit our photo gallery for more pictures.

Georgia Fair Bear Writing Competition winners

Each year the Georgia National Fair sponsors a creative writing competition for fourth-sixth graders.  This year's theme was "Fair Bear's Favorite Holiday Tradition".  Emeline Jefferies's entry won first place.  She is a student on Mrs. Holm and Mrs. Peterson's team.  Entries from Hudson Wynn and Jordan Wallace placed second and third respectively.  They are students from Miss Clifton and Mrs. Milam's team.

Third-Grade Super Dads Super Dads thrid 2019

Cross Creek has had a great day celebrating our third-grade Super Dads.  A hot filling breakfast was served for over 200 guests.  We are so appreciative of all those who take on the role of dad to our students providing support in so many ways.

Visit our photo gallery for more photographs.

Global Day of Play and Creativity Day of Play

Cross Creek students in Mrs. Barrow's, Mrs. Mobley's, Mrs. Fykes's, and Miss Taylor's classes particpated in the Global Day of Play and Creativity.  It was a no technology day as students selected different media and items to build and create using their imaginations.

Visit our Gallery to see more photographs.


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

Honors Assembly Honors

It was an exciting day for Cross Creek students who made Honor Roll the first or second nine-week term.  We also recognized students who had perfect attendance and those who were awarded Terrific Kids.  Thank you for attending and showing your support for our students.

Parent Survey survey image

The Georgia Parent Survey is now open and contains 24 questions. Parents may complete the survey using their personal computer, smartphone, or tablet.  Parents who do not have access to the Internet will be allowed to complete the Georgia Parent Survey at school.  Please contact an administrator or the Parent Involvement Coordinator to make arrangements.  The survey will be open through January 31, 2019.

Data from the survey will be used as part of the calculation of the School Climate Star Rating for schools. 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. Parents may select the Spanish version within the survey. The Georgia Parent Survey link is posted below.  Thank you for participating.

Georgia Parent Survey:


Yearbooks For Sale! Yearbook

It's yearbook time again.  Don't miss out on this deal for $20.  Ordering information has been sent home in student Honeybee Folders.  Deadline for ordering is Friday, March 15.  You may send a check payable to Cross Creek Elementary or pay on line at www.swiphoto.com/yb

This year, we are also selling ad space.  The due date for ad purchasing is March 1st.  Parent ads and business ads are available and range in cost from $5 to $40.  Click here for the ad form.

For more information about our yearbook, contact mgroom@tcjackets.net

Elf Yourself Behavior Celebration Achieving Bee 2018

Cross Creek students who displayed good behavior during the second nine-weeks of school and met the criteria to attend the Achieving Bee event were treated to cookies, cocoa, and were able to spend time with Santa and Mrs. Claus.  They were also able to participate in a dance with DJs to Go.  Congratulations to our Achieving Bee students.

Great Estimations Book tree 2019

Each year, Cross Creek students get to participate in the book Christmas tree estimation contest. Mrs. James, media specialist, constructs a tree made of books and our students estimate how many books are in the tree. This year, Kaleb Colon and Dakota Law, estimated 127 books, which was the exact amount. Kaleb and Dakota each won a goodie bag filled with books and other prizes. Jordan McLaughlin was our teacher winner - she estimated the exact amount also. Congratulations!

Envision Grant Winner Envision grant recipient 2019

Cross Creek Elementary School is the newest recipient of a $2,000 Envision grant that will allow the school to further develop its outdoor classroom. Plans are to build a gazebo, add picnic tables, a podium and a weather station. Teachers and students will have an opportunity to engage in lessons across the curriculum and conduct experiments in an outdoor environment. Thank you Envision Credit Union for helping our teachers to expand our curriculum and engage our students. Congratulations!

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

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.”

Dictionary Give-A-Way Give-a-way

For the 11th year, the Thomas County Certified Literate Community Program has donated dictionaries to third-graders at Cross Creek Elementary School.  Volunteers Rick Horton, Jonathan Cleveland, Andy Semones, Adrian Burns, Rhea Bershear, Nicole Gatlin, and Dr. Bob Dechman, who represented various local community organizations, visited classrooms and presented dictionaries to each third-grader.

Canned Food Drive food donation

Cross Creek students have been in  the spirit of giving as we collected non-perishable food for the Thomas County Food Bank.  Students from Mrs. Fykes and Miss Taylor's classes helped sort and box up our donations.  Cross Creek collected over 2,000 food items for needy families in the community.  Thank you to all of you who were able to donate to this needy cause.

DAR Winners Named DAR local

Several students placed in the local level competition of the Junior American Citizens Contest sponsored by the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR).  This year's theme is:  "The 50th Anniversary of the Lunar Landing -- America's Great Move Forward in Exploration and Technology".  All of our first-place winners will now compete at the state level of competition.

Fourth-Grade Spelling Bee Winners fourth bee

Fourth-grader Maura Beckwith won the fourth-grade Spelling Bee that was held recently.  First runner-up was Anaya Patel and Kinsley Howard was second runner-up.  We are proud of these students and wish them the best at the county competition. 

Third-grade Spelling Bee Winners 3rd grade Bee

Congratulations to our third-graders who placed in the school spelling bee recently.  In the third-grade competition, Maggie Cook was our spelling bee winner.  Brenna Wilson was our first runner-up and Wesley Herring was second runner-up.  We are very proud of all of our contestants.

Vote For Cross Creek! CC

Cross Creek needs your vote.  We are competing for a $2,000 Envision grant that will allow us to further develop our outdoor classroom.  We made the top six, but need to be in the top three!  How do you vote?  Share this link with your family, friends, and coworkers and encourage them to cast their vote too.  You can vote once daily.  Voting ends December 15 - so don't delay - vote today!


Animals and Habitats Hurst

Cross Creek students in Holly Hurst's classes have been studying regions of Georgia and habitats.  They wrapped up their study by discussing camouflage and how this adaptation helps animals survive in their habitats.  They camouflauged animals in their habitats to demonstrate how this adaptation can hide animals.


K-Kids Support Our Veterans Veterans Parade

The Cross Creek K-Kids Club had a great time at the Veterans Parade. They made signs showing their love and appreciation for all who have served our country. Thank you veterans!

Veteran Donation Veterans

Cross Creek students honored veterans by raising money that was donated to the VFW to help purchase over 4,000 flags.  These flags will be placed on military graves throughout Thomas County on Memorial Day.  Mr. Lynwood Knight and Mr. Joey Little accepted the donation from Mrs. Lane, Assistant Principal, and a few of our students who participated. 

Character Pumpkins O'Neal

Students in Melissa O'Neal's class created character pumpkins based on characters from a favorite book.  Reports were written about the book and shared in class.  They were very creative and resourceful in making their characters.

Bus Safety bus drivers

Thomas County Schools Transportation Department presented information and skits to explain to our students how to remain safe while waiting for, riding, and disembarking the bus.  Our bus drivers are the first faces that greet many of our students daily.  We appreciate all they do each day for our students.

Academic Parent-Teacher Team Night APTT

Cross Creek is excited to host our APTT night on Thursday, October 25th from 6-7 p.m.  Learn more of what is expected academically, how academics are assessed, and how you can support your student at home.  We hope you are making plans to join us.

Red Ribbon Week CC

Red Ribbon Week will be celebrated October 22nd - 26th.  Click here to see the week's activities. Thank you for your support!

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.  

Yo-Yo Man yoyo with kids

Students who sold 100 or more Cross Creek cards and students who earned our Achieving Bees Behavior Award were entertained by Noel Kunz, aka the Yo-Yo Man.  Noel has been involved in competitive yo-yoing since 2004 and is recognized as one of the world's best.  He has appeared on several shows and venues showcasing his talent and spreading his love of the yo-yo.  Students were able to see traditional yo-yo tricks like walking-the-dog and some new modern tricks too.

Publix Partners Publix Partners

It's easy to help Cross Creek earn money while you shop at Publix.  Become a Publix Partner and you will help out each time you shop.  For more information, please visit www.publix.com/partners

Greek Day Greek Day

Several of our third-grade students have been studying about the lives and culture of the Ancient Greek.  Students recently participated in Greek Day by dressing up in Greek attire, learning the alphabet, enjoying Greek food, dancing, and creating artwork.


Visit our photo gallery for more photographs.

Cross Creek Card Results prize winners

Our Cross Creek cards sales have been counted. We are pleased to announce that our students sold 10,560 cards! Congratulations to our top prize winners:

1st Place- Autum Rich sold 674 cards

2nd Place Tie- Finton Lane and Katie Parkerson both sold 215 cards

3rd Place- Jayden Rodrigues sold 163 cards

4th Place-Julia James sold 156 cards

Thank you to everyone for supporting our school!

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:


Thank you for supporting Thomas County Schools!

Picture Day Say cheese reminder image

Picture Day is coming Wednesday, September 19th.  Order forms were sent home, but you can also place your order online. 

Visit www.swiphoto.com/picture day to place an order before picture day on September 19th.

Learning Appreciation SRO

Our school resource officer, Jeff Brinson, visited Mandy Rice's class and read Matt de la Pena's, Last Stop on Market Street, winner of the 2016 Newbery Award.  This story tells of a grandmother and grandson's Sunday bus rides in which the grandmother teaches her grandson to find and appreciate the beauty in the world around them. 

Officer Brinson is new to Cross Creek this year and is already making connections with our students, staff, and parents.  

Book Fair book fair poster

Cross Creek's Book Fair will be starting soon.  We are excited about all of the new books that we have for students to purchase for home.  If you would like to volunteer, please contact Mrs. James in the media center.  Parent letters and brochures have been sent home with students.  Check out the eWallet option that is now being offered by Scholastic.

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.

Title I Parent Night Parent Night

Cross Creek's annual Title I Parent Night is scheduled for Tuesday, August 28, 2018.  Please make plans to join us in your child's classroom at 5 PM for a video presentation, question and answer time, and Title I information.  Refreshments will be served.

Cross Creek Cards for Sale Card sales

Cross Creek has kicked off its annual Cross Creek Card Sale.  Cards are $5 each and quickly pay for themselves after just a few uses.  Profit from the sale provides many extras for our students and staff.  Our Academic Boosters Club has worked very hard to enroll businesses and select student prizes.  Your child will bring an informational packet home with all of the information that you will need to have a successful fundraiser. Thank you in advance for your support.

Team Building DKing

Cross Creek students in Daphney King's class work on team-building skills in Michele Dechman's coding rotation.  Without using their hands, students had to work collaboratively to stack cups in a specific pattern.

Open House 2018 third-grade media center roll

Cross Creek teachers and staff were ready to greet students today at Open House.  Students were able to meet their new teachers and classmates. We are looking forward to an exciting school year.  Visit our photo gallery to see more photos.

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.  

Open House Dates Announced open house

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




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

Open House Schedule Open House dates

Cross Creek Elementary has set Open House dates for the upcoming school year.  We are offering two sessions on Friday, August 3, 2018.  Please select one session to attend:  12-2 PM or 4-6 PM.  Our teachers and staff look forward to seeing you then.

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.” 

National Math Fest National Math Fest

Congratulations to Cross Creek students who won ribbons at this weekend's National Math Fest competition in Birmingham, Alabama.  We are proud of our students.

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

Coins for Critters Coins for Critters

The K-Kids Club at Cross Creek Elementary School led the school in collecting donations for the Coins for Critters fundraiser for the Thomasville-Thomas County Humane Society.  Altogether, students at Cross Creek raised $1,490.44.  Melissa O'Neal's third-grade class raised the most money.  The check was presented to Gail Roberts, the executive director of the humane society. 

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

Digital Learning All-Star Teacher Simmermaker

 Congratulations to Jocelyn Simmermaker for being named as the Cross Creek Digital Learning All-Star Teacher. 

Rising Third-Grade Orientation Hello third-grade

Join us for our rising third-grade orientation Tuesday, May 8th at 5:30 p.m.  We will offer a tour of the school and an overview of what to expect during third-grade. Hope to see you then.

National DAR Winners DAR national winners

Congratulations to our Cross Creek students who placed at the national level of competition for this year's DAR Junior American Citizens Contest. 

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


Fair Bear Writing Competition 2018 Fair Bear

Cross Creek wishes to congratulate Clover Siddell, a fourth-grade student in Susan Milam's language arts class.  Clover earned third-place in the annual Fair Bear Writing competition sponsored by the Georgia National Fair.

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

Mini-Writing Festival writing festival

Students in Kelly Dorminey's third-grade class recently participated in a mini-writing festival. 

Celebrate Moms Day Moms Day

Please join us as celebrate all of our wonderful moms.  We hope you are able to join us!  Click here for more information.

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.

Thomas County STEM Camps STEM

Thomas County Schools will be offering two different half-day science summer camps during the week of Monday June 4th-Thursday June 7th at Cross Creek Elementary.

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!

Yearbook Orders yearbook

Cross Creek is selling yearbooks for the 2017-2018 school year.  Each yearbook is $20.  Make your checks payable to Cross Creek Elementary or order online at www.swiphoto.com/yb.  Deadline to order is March 15th for this special item!

Cookie Dough Fundraiser Cherrydale logo

Cross Creek's annual Cherrydale Cookie Dough Fundraiser orders and money are due Monday, March 5th.  We appreciate all of your support.  Profits enable us to provide additional instructional and rewards for our deserving students.

Book Fair Book Fair

Cross Creek is holding its Spring book fair February 26 - March 2.  We will be open from 8:30 until 2:30 p.m. in the media center.  This year's book fair is offering some great new titles at affordable prices. 

Teacher of the Year TOTY

Cross Creek wants to congratulate Mrs. Lacey Howard on being named Teacher of the Year.  Mrs. Howard teaches students with special needs and makes a difference in the lives of her students.  She also serves as the fourth-grade LEA and is very deserving of this recognition.  We appreciate all she does in representing Cross Creek.

Jump Rope for Heart JRFH

Cross Creek Elementary students recently participated in Jump Rope for Heart.  Laylen Hines, Mackenzie Smith, Joh'Nae Wells, and RJ Christopher were our top prize earners.  Students raised money in the community as a donation to this worthy cause.


Make plans to join us for Cross Creek's STEM night, Monday, February 26th from 4-6 PM.  The book fair will also be open.

Georgia Milestones Information Session Milestones Presentation

Did you miss our Georgia Milestones Infomation session?  Please find our presentation below.

Cross Creek GA Milestones Information Presentation

Daraja Children's Choir Daraja

Students and staff of Cross Creek recently enjoyed a performance by the Daraja Children's Choir of Uganda, Africa. The choir shared their language and culture through song and dance.  Visit our photo gallery for more photos.

Super Dads Day Super Dads

What an awesome Super Dads day we had! We are so thankful for our community of dads (300 plus) who came to spend time with their children and enjoy a scrumptious breakfast. Our cafeteria staff did an amazing job cooking and serving our guests.

Unicef Fundraiser Sykes Homeroom

Students in Ms. Sykes's homeroom at Cross Creek Elementary enjoyed a pizza party for being the top class to collect donations for the UNICEF Eliminate project organized by the K-Kids Club (a division of Kiwanis, International).  K-Kids advisors, Mrs. Aracri and Mrs. West, were proud of the donations raised by Cross Creek students which amounted to $700.00. 

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 Dads Day Super Dad image

Make plans to join your student for breakfast on Super Dads Day, Friday, February 2nd, from 8 to 9 a.m. 

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. 

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

Report Cards Report Card

Second nine-week report cards will be send home in Honeybee Folders Thursday, January 11th. Our parent conference night has been rescheduled from January 11th to Thursday, January 18th. Conference night is by appointment only.

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

Winter Dance Cross Creek

Due to a conflict in events, Cross Creek's Winter Wonderland dance scheduled for January 19, 2018 has been cancelled.

Spelling Bee Winners Spelling Bee winners

Cross Creek Elementary recently held the school-wide spelling bee.  Thomas Buwa was first-place in third-grade and Christopher Owens placed second.  Fourth-grade winners were first, Tristan Davis; second-place winner was Taylor Johnson; and third-place winner was Haiden Rehberg.  Our fourth-graders will compete in the county-wide bee in January.

DAR Winners DAR

Many of our DAR entries placed at the local level of competition. All entries that won first-place have been forwarded to the state-level. Congratulations to our indiviual and group winners, and to Mrs. Rigdon's and Mrs. Stewart's classes for placing first in the Community Service category. 

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.

Weather Balloon Weather balloon

Cross Creek students from Mrs. Joy West's STEM lab enjoyed learning about a weather balloon. After a fun lesson, they mailed information back to the National Weather Bureau.

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

Canned Food Drive Food Drive Information

Cross Creek students are collecting non-perishable food items for donation to the Thomas County Food Bank.  We appreciate your help as we try to help those in our community. 

2017 Literacy Fair 2017 Literacy Fair

Thomas County Literacy Fair will be held Thursday, November 7th from 5:30 - 7PM at the Thomas County Public Library on Madison Street.  Fun and literacy resources available for all ages.

What Achievement Looks Like



Solar Ovens Hurst and ONeal

Third-grade students in Holly Hurst's and Melissa O'Neal's classes recently cooked s'mores in solar ovens.  The ovens were made while the classes were studying heat.

Community Reader Mr. Barr reader

Michael Barr, a local State Farm agent, reads to Mitchell Wood and Ashton Baker. Many thanks to Mr. Barr for partnering with our school and supporting our students.

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.

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.

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

Literacy and Math Night Literacy and Math Night

Please make plans to attend Cross Creek's Literacy and Math Night, Monday, September 25 from 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.  There will be two sessions presented by our Interventionist Specialists.  Sessions will be held in Rooms 403 and 404 on Honeycomb Lane.

Dictionary Giveaway Dictionary giveaway

Cross Creek third-grade students have been gifted with a dictionary.  Each year, thanks to community sponsors and grants, our students are able to have an up-to-date dictionary for their use. 

Gaines Named Next Hand-In-Hand Principal On the playground is Dee Gaines (center) surrounded by kindergarten students Xalen James, from left, Sam Stewart, Destiny Hobbs, Rosie Cooper, and Blake Knisely.

Hand-In-Hand Primary School Assistant Principal Dee Gaines has been appointed principal designee to assume the role effective October 1, following Jeanna Mayhall’s retirement.  The Thomas County Board of Education approved the appointment at its meeting on September 12.

Cross Creek T-shirts CC

A special thank you to everyone for supporting our school and ordering our Cross Creek T-shirts. If you have not received your t-shirt order, we sincerely apologize for the delay. Unfortunately, we are sold-out in some sizes and colors. Our next shipment is expected to arrive soon. We apologize for the inconvenience and will take care of your order as soon as we can.


Picture Day Picture Day

Fall picture day is Wednesday, September 20th.  Please return your order form with cash, a check, or money order by Wednesday.  Information for ordering online can be found on the order form.

Go Gold Day! Go Gold


September is Childhood Cancer Awareness month.   On Wednesday September 27th all Thomas County Schools’ staff and students will be showing their support of these brave, beautiful children by GOING GOLD for Childhood Cancer Awareness.  Please allow your child to wear GOLD to school on this day.

Caps for Cure Caps for Cure

Cross Creek Elementary will once again participate in Caps for Cure on Thursday and Friday, September 14th and September 15th.  Please help us by participating in this worthwhile event.

Salvation Army Christmas Assistance Cross Creek

The Salvation Army is accepting applications for Christmas Assistance.  If you are need more information, please contact the Salvation Army at 229-226-3772.  They will be able to give you location dates and times to apply.

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!

Scholastic Book Fair Book Fair poster

Our Book Fair is open.  We have many wonderful titles (new and classic favorites) for you.  Please stop by and visit us.  Proceeds help us purchase new items for the media center.  Thank you for all you do.

Hurricane Harvey Relief Hurricane Harveyy relief

Cross Creek Elementary is collecting bathing soap and baby formula for victims of Hurricane Harvey.  If you would like to donate any items, please send them to school by Wednesday, September 6.

Grandparents' Days Grandparents' Days Flyer

Cross Creek is hosting our annual Grandparents' Days celebrations soon.  Please make plans to attend.  We appreciate all of your support.  Make plans to visit the Book Fair while you are here.

DRAMAKIDS! drama kids

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 by clicking on the link below: 


Solar Eclipse solar eclipse

Cross Creek students were able to witness the rare phenomenon of a solar eclipse.  Thomas County Schools provided special glasses for viewing the sun.  Students were amazed at the shape of the sun and the decrease in light as its light was blocked by the moon.

Summer Reading Challenge Summer Reading

Several Cross Creek students participated in the Summer Reading Challenge.  They were treated with an ice cream sundae party.  Keep up the good work.  We are very proud of you.

Parent Night Parent Night

Make plans to join us for our annual parent night, Tuesday, August 22 at 5:30 PM.  Report to your child's classroom.

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.  

Cross Creek Card on Sale Now!  Cross Creek Card 2017

Cross Creek kicked off its annual discount card sale today and are sending order forms home with students.  Our students are very excited about the prizes they can earn.  Proceeds from the sale benefit students and teachers.  At a cost of $5, you will see savings in just a couple of uses.  Contact a Cross Creek student or the school to order yours today. 

You may order on-line by following this link:  https://www2.mypaymentsplus.com/welcome

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 LEGO League logo

FIRST LEGO League Informational Meeting

Thursday, August 10, 2017

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

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

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

Thomas County Elementary Supply Wish List Thomas County Schools Logo

Click the link below to see the supply wish list for Hand-In-Hand Primary School, Garrison Pilcher Elementary School, and Cross Creek Elementary School.


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.



Cross Creek is hosting STEM Camp this week.  Students were challenged to create a prototype using balloons that will lift an egg.  Challenges will be presented daily for students to use problem-solving skills and their creativity.

Coding and Robotics Camp Robotics Camp

Cross Creek's Coding and Robotics Camp started today.  Students used code to create an ozobot obstacle course.  It is exciting for us to see student enthusiasm in using technology skills. 

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. 


DAR Winners DAR National winners

Cross Creek had several students place in this year's DAR contest.  Several students won awards at the local, state, and regional levels of competition.  At the national level of competition, third-graders Drew Jones, Nolen Taylor, and Braden Cray placed 3rd in the banner category and Katelyn Bradshaw placed 3rd in the poetry category.  Fourth-grader Kinsley Rhodes placed third in the stamp design category.  Congratulations to all of our DAR winners.

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

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.  



Art Contest Winners Art Contest

This year's theme of the Georgia School Nutrition Association art contest was "Strong Roots, Strong Future: Georgia Grown". Students were to show Georgia-grown fruits and vegetables that have helped Georgia's students continue to be strong and smart. Laylen Hines placed first at the local and state levels; Lillian Oaksford placed second at the local level; and Abigail Singletary placed third at the local level. Cross Creek's School Nutrition Manager is the local president of Chapter 2 of the Association. Congratulations to all!

New Business Startups Register and McDermond's Projects

Cross Creek third-grade students in Priscilla Register's and Layne McDermond's classes completed a small business project after a unit on the study of money.  Students picked a business they would like to open and created posters, flyers, and business cards for advertisements.

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.”

Teacher of the Year TOTY 20162017

Cross Creek proudly presents our 2016-2017 Teacher of the Year, Kelli Dorminey.  Ms. Dorminey teaches third-grade math, science, and social studies.  She is a wonderful teacher and role model for her students and colleagues.  Congratulations!

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.

Jump Rope for Heart Laylen Hines

Cross Creek says "thank you" to all of our students who participated in Jump Rope for Heart. We raised $5,779.32 for the American Heart Association during this event. Our top fundraiser was Laylen Hines from Miss Taylor's third-grade class, who raised $562.

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.  

Publix Partners Cards Cross Creek

Help Cross Creek by using the FREE Publix Partners Card, which has been given to you.  If you are in need of another card, please contact Mary Dennis, Parent Involvement Coordinator, via email at              mdennis@tcjackets.net or phone (229)225-3900, ext. 118.  If you have forgotten how it works, please go to Cross Creek Elementary's Parent Involvement Web page and click on the Publix Partners Program link.  Thank  you for your continued support. 

Cross Creek Yearbooks on Sale yearbook

Cross Creek yearbook order forms have been sent home with students.  The deadline for ordering the yearbook (payment is necessary for order) is Friday, February 17th.  Don't miss out on this opportunity for 2016-2017 school year memories.  Cost is $20.  Checks may be made out to Cross Creek You may order online at www.swiphoto.com/yb.

Buzz Newsletter Buzz Newsletter

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

Jan/Feb 2017 Buzz

Jump Rope for Heart Jump Rope for Heart

Cross Creek Elementary School is proud to announce that we are once again participating in the Jump Rope for Heart event. This year the event will be held Thursday and Friday, February 2nd and 3rd during students' Health and PE classes.  We will not be having an after school event this year.  Please help your student collect donations for this worthy cause.

Coding Champ Bryson Pannell
Cross Creek Elementary coding teacher, Michele Dechman, presented Bryson Pannell, from Mrs. Stewart's homeroom, with a Star Wars Lego set that he won in a recent contest.  Any student that completed Course 1 using www.code.org was eligible for the drawing that ended December 31st.  Congratulations Bryson!  Way to go and keep on coding!
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


Dad's Game Day Dads' Day
Cross Creek dads had a blast during our Dads' Game Day activities.  We appreciate all of your support.
Estimation Winners Book estimation

Cross Creek says "Congratulations!" to fourth-grader Avery Turnbull and to teacher Wanda Baggett.  These two won the media center estimation game.  Students and staff were to estimate how many books were in the book Christmas tree.  There were 247 books.  Avery's estimate was 248 and Mrs. Baggett's was 250.

Spelling Bee Winners Spelling Bee winners

Cross Creek Elementary is proud to announce its 2016-2017 Spelling Bee winners.  Fourth-grade winner is Jackson Nestale (left) and our third-grade winner is Cedrick Davis (right). Congratulations to all of our classroom representatives and alternates.

Food Drive Food Drive

Cross Creek recently held its canned food drive to benefit the Thomas County Food Bank.  Students brought in more than 1200 food items.  We appreciate the generosity of our Cross Creek families.

Influential Women in History Tillman Students

Students in Mrs. Tillman's third-grade classes have been studying influential women in history and created posters or wrote essays on their topics. 

Grant Awarded Dechman Grant

Mrs. Michele Dechman, Cross Creek's coding instructor, was the recipient of a grant that she applied for from the Community Public Education Fund Grants.  With the grant money, the coding class will be able to purchase three Xylophone kits for the Dash robots currently used, two Osmo Genius kits, and two Osmo Coding kits for hands on coding activities.  A purchase of a set of Melissa and Doug Cardboard blocks for designing a maze/obstacle for the Dash to be coded to move through will also be made.

Computer Science Week at Cross Creek WALB newscast
Dad's Game Day Cross Creek Dad's Game Day

Cross Creek Elementary will be hosting its Dad's Game Day event Saturday, December 10th from 10 a.m. until 12 p.m. in the Cross Creek gymnasium.  All dads/acting dads of Cross Creek students are invited to join us for game day activities with your child(ren).  Door prizes will be given away.

4-H Cloverleaf Project Achievement Winners Anderson and Glass

Cross Creek congratulates Kristen Anderson and Lydia Glass on placing in the recent 4-H Cloverleaf Project held recently.  Over 300 competitors participated in the event.

Native American Studies Summer Perry project

Cross Creek students in Mrs. Summer Perry and Ms. Cara Camp's fourth-grade class completed a group project at the conclusion of their Native American unit.  They created a Pawnee village that depicted homes, crops, and hunting that the Pawnees used to survive.



Art Show Winners Art Show Winners

Several Cross Creek students were winners at the Deep South Fair Art Show.  Congratulations to our students, and we appreciate the dedication and hard work of Ms. Burke, our art teacher.

Veteran's Day Veteran's Day

Cross Creek hosted several veterans today.  Students heard stories of experiences and sacrifices.  Thank you to all of our veterans.  We appreciate your service.

Canned Food Drive Cross Creek

Cross Creek's canned food drive to benefit the Thomas County Food Bank is underway.  We appreciate any donations of nonperishable food items.  We will be collecting items through Monday, December 5.  Thank you for your support

The Titanic Milam Titanic

Fourth-grade students at Cross Creek have been studying the Titanic.  Students read fiction and non-fiction texts to learn more about this ocean disaster and then completed different projects.  Mrs. Milam's students created cabin replicas and placed them in the shape of the Titanic.

Time Change Daylight Savings Time Ends

Daylight Savings Time ends this weekend so don't forget to set your clocks back one hour.  It's a great time to replace batteries in your smoke detectors too!

ITBS Testing Cross Creek Elementary

Third-grade students at Cross Creek Elementary will be taking the ITBS and CogAT beginning Monday, November 7.  Please make sure your students get plenty of rest each night and arrive at school on time. 

Election Process Whigham and Voting Booth

Cross Creek students in Jamie Whigham's third-grade social studies class have been studying the election process.  Students campaigned and were voted on by classmates.

Red Ribbon Week Red Ribbon/Halloween Info

Cross Creek is looking forward to everyone participating in our Red Ribbon Week activities.  Here is a reminder of our schedule and information for Halloween.

Government Projects Dallas Pitts

Cross Creek third-graders are studying the three branches of government.  Dallas Pitts, a student in Mrs. Fykes's class, displays his project showing the branches of government and the key roles of each one.

Mom's Brunch Mom's Brunch info

Cross Creek is planning a special day for our students' moms.  If you are a mom with a student at Cross Creek Elementary, we hope you can make plans to attend our Moms' Brunch.  RSVP flyers have been sent home in our weekly folders.  Please contact our Parent Involvement Coordinator, Mary Dennis, for more information.


Caps for CURE

Cross Creek is proud to participate in Caps for Cure. Don't forget to bring $1 and wear your cap Friday, September 23rd. All of the money donated will be given to CURE Childhood Cancer Organization. We are also collecting change for Alex's Lemonade Stand as we continue to support the fight against childhood cancer. Thank you for your support.

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:


Picture Day

Wednesday, September 21, is picture day.  You may send in your order form along with payment to school with your child or pay online at swiphoto.com/pictureday


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.

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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

Cross Creek Card Orders Due

Cross Creek Card Sales orders are due Tuesday morning, September 6.  Please balance the number of cards sold to the money you are turning in to make sure we order the cards needed.  Students who turn in late orders are not eligible for the grand prizes, but are eligible for the wonderful leveled prizes.  Thank you for all of your support of this fundraisier.

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).

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.


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.  

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.  

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.  

Parent Night Cookout

Cross Creek is hosting its annual Parent Night Cookout Tuesday, August 16, 2016 from 5-7 p.m.  Please go to your child's classroom first.  Afterwards, please join us in the cafeteria for a hotdog dinner.  Hope to see you then!

Cross Creek Card Sales

Cross Creek Cards are on sale now!  Ask your student for his/her packet.  Our Academic Boosters have worked hard to meet with businesses to get great deals for the card.  At only $5 per card, using it just once or twice allows the card to pay for itself.  Proceeds from the sale help enhance the instructional and recreational times of the school day, and students are eligible for great prizes.  We appreciate your support in this fundraiser.


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.

First Day of School

The first day of school for the 2016-2017 school year is Monday, August 1st.  The school day begins at 8 AM.  Please make sure students arrive in time to enjoy a nutritious breakfast that we begin serving at 7:35.  We look forward to a great first day of school.  Our teachers enjoyed meeting this year's students at Open House.  Thank you for the wonderful attendance!

Open House Schedule

Save the date!  Open House for Cross Creek Elementary School has been scheduled for Friday, July 29. We are offering two opportunities for parents and students to attend, 12-2 PM and 4-6 PM.  Please select the one that works best for you.  Don't forget the first day of school is Monday, August 1, 2016.  We look forward to seeing you!

Governor Deal recognizes Cross Creek as among Georgia’s Highest-Performing Schools

Governor Nathan Deal along with the Governor’s Office of Student Achievement (GOSA) recently named Thomas County’s Cross Creek Elementary School as being one of the highest performing elementary schools in the state with an achievement rate in the top 93rd percentile statewide. 

Cross Creek was the only school in the Southwest Georgia RESA District to be recognized. The school awards, developed by GOSA and approved by the State Board of Education, are part of Georgia’s Single Statewide Accountability System.

The “Silver Award” designation indicates that Cross Creek students exhibited high growth in student achievement by earning a three-year average CCRPI Progress Score in at least the 93rd percentile in the state.  The Governor’s awards help parents, students, educators and communities have clear and concise information about school performance to better understand the strengths and challenges of their local schools.

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Highest Performing School Recognition

Cross Creek has been recognized by Governor Nathan Deal as a Highest Performing School.

We are so proud of the diligence and hard work of our students and staff.

Summer Contact

Cross Creek Elementary School will not be open during the summer break due to school-wide renovations.  If you need to contact Cross Creek, please contact Clay Stanaland, principal, at 229-225-4395 or via email at cstanaland@tcjackets.net.  We apologize for any inconvenience.

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.


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.

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Manufacturing Art Award

Railey Ramhofer from Mrs. Milam's homeroom, participated in the Manufacturing Appreciation Week poster contest through the Technical College System of Georgia. Ms. Burke, art teacher at Cross Creek, submitted 5 artworks to Southern Regional Technical College, and Railey's art work was sent to Atlanta to win 2nd place in the state in her category, K-5th grade!   A big congratulations to Railey for representing Thomas County and winning!  She attended the governor's award luncheon and received a certificate and a monetary scholarship of $300.00.  

Career Day

Students in Jamie Whigham’s and Kelli Dorminey's social studies classes participated in Career Day as part of their study on Economics.  The classes learned about different services around our community when several parents and grandparents came in to teach them about their career. Students received great insight on why certain jobs are important, what services are provided within that job, and how other people benefit.  

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!

Georgia Milestones Assessment

Cross Creek students will be participating in the Georgia Milestones Assessment the week of April 18-April 22.  Please make sure that students arrive at school on time and are present each day for testing.  Please visit our information page (link on left) if you would like for information about the test, or contact a school administrator.

Special Delivery!

Our Cookie Dough Fundraiser pick up will be Wednesday, April 20th from 12:30 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. at the Thomas County Board of Education Multi Purpose Gym next to Bishop Hall Charter School at 200 N. Pinetree Blvd.  Please make arrangements to pick up your order on that day.


Reminder: Please check your order for accuracy and report any discrepancies within 5 days!


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

DAR Winners

This year’s theme for the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) Junior Citizens Contest was “Celebrate America”. Cross Creek students participated in this year’s DAR competition, and several students placed at the local, state, and regional levels. First Place entries at the regional level will be eligible for national level competition. Congratulations to all of our winners.

Yearbook Orders Due

Don't miss out on this keepsake.  There is still time to order our school yearbook.

Teacher of the Year

Cross Creek is thrilled to congratulate Mrs. Stephanie Morris as our Teacher of the Year. We know you will represent Cross Creek well. You are an asset to our school and our system.

Georgia Milestones Assessment

Need more information on the Georgia Milestones Assessment?  Visit our informational page linked to your left at the very bottom.  We will be testing April 18-22.

Cookie Dough Sales

It's time to support our Thomas County Elementary Schools with our annual cookie dough "and more" sales.  Whether you want cookies, cheesecake, pretzels, or another treat, we have it for you.  Contact your favorite student or the school.  Sales end March 11.



Eagle Eyes

Ms. Dorminey and Mrs. Hutchings’ homerooms at Cross Creek Elementary started observing the Eaglecam through Berry College as a kick off to their unit on Georgia Habitats. Throughout the last several weeks, students observed, participated in lesson plan activities through the Berry College Eagles website, and even wrote letters to the eagles. As students awaited the arrival of the two eggs that are currently being watched by both Mom and Dad eagle, they were able to learn about the Mountain region of Georgia, eagle habitats, diet, and how eagles nest.

Students mailed letters and artwork to the Public Relations Department at Berry College and are eagerly awaiting a response from the eagles as well as a glimpse of the soon to hatch baby eagles.

Jumping for a Cause

Once again, Cross Creek students did an amazing job with our fundraising for the American Heart Association with Jump Rope for Heart. Fourth-grader Quincey Hart was our top fund raiser with a collection of $525. As a school, we raised $7,083. WOW! Thank you to all of you who participated and to those who donated.

School System Closed

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

Technology Fair Winners

Two of our students recently placed at the Technology Fair held in Colquitt County.  Ethan Mainprize (left) placed second in Technology Literacy, and Alex Ward (right) placed third in Internet Applications in their division.  Congratulations for a job well done!

Medical In-service


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


Math-a-Thon Fundraiser

Cross Creek students are once again raising money for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.  Donations are due Friday, February 19.  Our school-wide goal is to raise $2,000 for this worthy cause.  

Using Google

Mrs. Laurie Dawson taught students in Mrs. Michele Dechman's and Mrs. Jen Mobley's classes how to create presentations in Google Slides using our classroom Chromebooks. Thank you Striving Readers Grant! We love our new technology!

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.

Georgia Parent Survey

The Georgia Parent Survey is modeled after the student survey and contains 24 questions. Parents may complete the survey using their personal computer, smartphones or tablet.  For parents that do not have access to the Internet, please contact the school to make arrangements to complete the survey. All parents are encouraged to participate in the Georgia Parent Survey because the 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.  Individual data results from the Georgia Parent Survey will not be available to the public and will not be posted online. 

The deadline for completing the survey is April 1, 2016.  The URL address for the Georgia Parent Survey is posted below.





Celebrating our Honors Students

Congratulations to all of our students who received awards during our assembliesThursday and Friday for the second nine-week grading period.  We are so proud of you.


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.

KKids Fight Tetanus

Cross Creek K-Kids Club led Cross Creek Elementary in collecting donations for UNICEF’s Eliminate Project. Students raised over $1,100!!!! These donations will help end childhood deaths around the world caused by Tetanus.  Mrs. Susan Milam’s fourth-grade class won the prize for the most money collected! They were treated to a pizza party.

Mrs. Aracri, the K-Kids advisor, is so proud of the club as well as all of Cross Creek for giving to others in need. Part of the mission of the K-Kids club is to find ways to make the world a better place in which to live, and this is a shining example of this mission put into action.

Sharing the Christmas Spirit

Students in Lasaundra Cohen’s and Jocelyn Simmermaker’s classes at Cross Creek Elementary made Christmas cards for the residents of Camellia Gardens Nursing Home.  Students were invited to come to the nursing home to pass out the cards and some ornaments to the residents.  Students enjoyed walking around passing out the cards and wishing all the residents a "Merry Christmas"!







Chorus Concert

What a great performance by the Cross Creek Chorus! The chorus presented Five Golden Rings to parents, student body, and staff this week.  Kudos to Mrs. Salveter, her assistants, and our talented students.

Spelling Bee Winners

We are so proud of all of our spellers.  Triston Mitchell from Mrs. Reed's class was our third-grade winner.  Fourth-grade winner was Sara Connell from Mrs. Thompson's homeroom.  Hannah Fulgencio from Mrs. Cohen's homeroom was runner-up in the fourth-grade competition.  Congratulations to you and good luck in the county-wide bee.

Visit our photo gallery for pictures of the winners.


Fair Bear Writing State Winner

We are all abuzz for Cayla Martin, a former Cross Creek student.  She was the fourth-grade winner for the Fair Bear Writing Competition last school year. 

Cross Creek Chorus Concert

Please make plans to join us for our Cross Creek Christmas Concert Tuesday, December 8, at 7 p.m.  Our students have been working hard in preparing an outstanding performance for you.  We will also have performances Wednesday morning (December 8) at 8:45 and 9:30.

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.

Give Thanks for Mom Day

Attention Moms!! 

Please join us for "Give Thanks for Mom" Day

Tuesday, November 17

7:45 - 8:45

Cross Creek Cafeteria

Have your child pick up breakfast from his/her hallway and join you in the cafeteria.  We will also be selling Cross Creek t-shirts.


Cross Creek Card Sale

Cross Creek Discount Card sales were once again a big success.  Cards have arrived and have been delivered for use at participating businesses.  Profits from the card sales are used for student awards and incentives, playground equipment, and to support students academically.  Students were eligible for leveled prizes based on card sales with the top four card-selling students winning grand prizes.  If you would like to purchase a Cross Creek card, please call 225-3900 for more information. 

Grand prize winners and their awards were first place Kristopher Wilhelm, who won an iPad mini; second place winner was Paige Parkerson, who won an iPad touch; Mac Mobley won a Kindle for third place, and Meredith Knight won a bike for fourth-place.  Congratulations to all of our winners.

Student Grand Prize winners (L-R):  Mac Mobley, Meredith Knight, Kristopher Wilhelm, and Paige Parkerson.

Veterans Day Celebrations

Cross Creek Elementary School classes hosted several veterans to share their experiences with students.  Representing each branch of our armed forces, community veterans shared from their hearts their pride in having served our country.  Some of our guest speakers are still serving and making a difference today. 

In making connections to how their service has impacted American lives, our veterans reminded students that, “Freedom is not free.”  Veterans compared our freedoms with those of the countries in which they have been to and fought so that we and others may enjoy democracy.   Being sent away from home, serving during conflict and war, and returning to changes in America were not easy. 

We appreciate all members of the armed forces.  Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

Veterans Day Activities

The Thomas County School System has announced the schedule of patriotic events honoring veterans for Veterans Day. Every campus will be participating. Click below for details. 


Parent Engagement Month
K-Kids and The Eliminate Project KKids

The Cross Creek K-Kids Club is leading the charge to end preventable childhood deaths from tetanus.  The K-Kids are joining up with UNICEF to raise donations for the Eliminate Project. Each K-Kid made a donation collection container for their classroom.  All students of Cross Creek are being asked to make donations for this worthy cause by putting donations in their classroom's container. The class with the most donations will win a pizza party!  ast year, Cross Creek was able to raise $1,065 for the Eliminate Project.  Mrs. Aracri, the K-Kids faculty advisor is hoping to raise even more this year. 

Family STEM Science Night

Come to one of our STEM Family Science Nights on Monday or Tuesday and enjoy awesome experiments in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics with your family. Learn together and have fun at the same time!

Cross Creek Elementary
Monday, October 26
4:00 - 6:00 p.m.

Garrison-Pilcher Elementary
Tuesday, October 27
4:00 - 6:00 p.m.

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

Family STEM Science Night Family STEM Science Night
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.


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!


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.   


Picture Day

Wednesday, September 23 is Fall Picture Day. All students will be photographed. You can send your money or pay on-line and send the form to school.

Constitution Day Celebration

On this day in 1787, The Constitution of the United States was signed. Benjamin Franklin and George Washington (also known as Mr. Stanaland and Mrs. Pope) met Cross Creek students today to sign the Constitution.

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. 

Sea World News

We are so excited that we have filled the last bus! We are already planning a great trip for students and chaperones. If you and/or your child have already signed up, stay up-to-date with all the information by signing up for a Remind message -  Text @seaworld to 81010 or to 229-588-2701

Letters Written to Heroes' Families

Students in Jocelyn Simmermaker's class watched a video about 9/11. They wrote letters to the families of some of the heroes of the day - the first responders and the people on Flight 93. The letters were mailed to the 9/11 museum in New York City for distribution to family members.

Book Fair

It's Book Fair time!  We have lots of new interesting titles for every reader.  Make sure to stop by during Grandparents' Day.

Grandparents' Day

Please make sure to join us for Grandparents' Day.  Breakfast will begin at 7:20.

*Wednesday, September 9th: 
Jacket Junction and Bee Boulevard
*Thursday, September 10th: 
Honeycomb Lane
*Friday, September 11th: 
Stinger Street

Don't forget to shop at the Book Fair too!


Cross Creek Discount Cards

Cross Creek Discount Cards are on sale now!  Cards are only $5 and will pay for themselves very quickly.  Buy one for every member of the family.  Proceeds from the sale of the cards are used to benefit students with awards and enrichment activities.  Orders must be turned in by 9 a.m. on September 8 to be eligible for grand prizes.

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.

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!


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.

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:


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

Parent Input Needed

Each year, Thomas County parents, students, and teachers sign a compact to establish the partnership and how the three will work together for that student's maximum achievment.  As we look to the upcoming year, your input about how we can improve this doucment is very important to us.  We would appreciate it if you would please click here to access a short questionnaire that can be printed out and returned to your child's school.  

Rising 3rd Grader Parent Orientation

Parents of all current 2nd grade students are invited to join us on Thursday, May 14, 2015, for a Rising 3rd Grader Parent Orientation.  Please click here for more information.

Bake Sale for Nepal

In light of the recent tragedy in Nepal, the students in Mrs. Hutchings and Ms. Dorminey’s class felt compelled to learn more about the events and also find a way to help the families in Nepal. They began organizing a bake sale with the help of family members, and local businesses. The money the classes raise will be donated to The American Red Cross. The Red Cross has committed an initial $1 million to the relief operation and is working closely with the Nepal Red Cross and the global Red Cross network to coordinate additional support. 

Rising 5th Grader Parent Orientation

All parents of current 4th grade students are invited to attend a Parent Orientation at Thomas County Middle School on Thursday, May 7, 2015.  Please click here for more information.

3rd Nine Weeks Partners of the Quarter Named

Cross Creek is so fortunate to have support from many local businesses.  Please see our 2014-2015 BEE Partners of the Quarter by clicking here!

Multi-Family Garage Sale Fundraiser

Click here for more information.

It's Math-a-Thon Time at Cross Creek

Cross Creek hosts its 21st Math-a-Thon to benefit St. Jude’s Children

Students Travel to the Center of the Earth
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

Cross Creek Students Focus on the Future

Students from Cross Creek Elementary participated in the 2014-2015 DAR Junior American Citizens Contest.

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.

Thomas County Schools Art Show

The Thomasville Center for the Arts is currently featuring artists from Garrison Pilcher, Cross Creek, and Thomas County Middle School.  The theme of the show is "Yishu Art of the Far East".   The exhibit will be on display until March 13, 2015.

Lego League Wins Big

Most people would see the building bricks known as Legos as toys for children, but students and coaches from Thomas County see them as way more than that. 

Home and School Connections

Click here to view the January 2015 edition of Cross Creek's Home and School Connections newsletter.  Please visit our Counselor's Corner to read our previous issues.

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.

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.”

New Dictionaries For Third Graders

We would like to thank Flowers Foods, Golden Kiwanis, Thomasville Kiwanis, CLCP, Thomasville Rotary, and Wal-Mart for providing each of our 3rd graders with a new dictionary today!

Family STEM Night

Cross Creek will host a Family STEM Night on Monday, October 27, 2014.  We hope to see you there!

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.

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

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.

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

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

Cross Creek Students Take Top Prizes in State Competition

Cross Creek was honored at the State DAR Competition.  Many third and fourth graders were awarded top honors for their entries.  See a compete list of winners here.

"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

3rd Graders Experience the Iditarod

Miss Taylor's and Miss Clifton's students experienced the first ever Cross Creek I-Kid-Arod.

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

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

Cross Creek Halls Display 750 Artworks!

The hallways at Cross Creek Elementary have been transformed into a garden art gallery for all to enjoy!  Art students have just completed an in-depth study of the life and paintings of Claude Monet (1840-1926).  He is considered the “father of Impressionism” and is remembered by his beautiful water lily paintings.

  Cross Creek students experienced a virtual tour of Monet’s actual garden near Paris, France and even learned a little French.  They painted in the style of Monet to reproduce his beautiful Japanese bridge over the lily pond.

Mrs. Barrow Named Teacher of the Year

Fourth grade teacher, Delisa Barrow, was named Cross Creek Teacher of the Year!

Recorder Club Members Make Beautiful Music

The Cross Creek Recorder Club has begun!  This special group is comprised of fourth grade students who enjoy playing recorder in music class and want to learn more. Students learn new recorder pieces and add our Orff xylophones and drums as we make beautiful music together!



Beat It (Revolutionary Style)

This nine weeks, fourth grade students have been studying the American Revolution.  As a culminating activity, students in Mrs. Lanie West's social studies classes created projects demonstrating what they learned on the topic.   Please follow this link to Mrs. West's 4th grade page.

Jumping Rope for Healthier Hearts

On Thursday, February 27th, Cross Creek participated in the 35th annual American Heart Association’s Jump Rope for Heart. We had 97 students to participate who raised a total of $2993. These funds support the American Heart Association’s efforts to create healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke.

Congratulations to our top money raisers:

1st Emily Hobbs-$300

2nd Shelby Bryan-$250

3rd Chris Salveter-$120

Cross Creek Students Excel in DAR Contest

Congratulations are in order for many third and fourth grade students from Cross Creek who competed in the 2014 DAR Contest.  The contest was county-wide and included students from Thomas County Schools, Thomasville City Schools, and Brookwood School.  All first place entries are currently competing at the state level. Follow the link below to find the list of Cross Creek 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

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.

Georgia Parent Survey Now Online!
Annual Canned Food Drive
The Cross Creek Music Program Rocks!
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.

Jack O'Lantern Jog!
Cross Creek Art Will Beautify The Community

    We are excited about all our upcoming art events this fall at Cross Creek!

September is Attendance Awareness Month!

School Council Election Set

The Cross Creek School Council will hold elections on Friday, September 13.

Harvey's Rewards Help Cross Creek

We are participating in the Harveys Hometown Educational Rewards Program.  This program is designed to help us earn much needed educational equipment for Cross Creek!

Cross Creek Cards Sales Begin!

It’s Cross Creek card time!  Those valuable, year-long cards will go on sale on August 9, 2013.  Buying a Cross Creek card has three great benefits—you save money, you help Cross Creek students, and you support our generous local merchants.

Parent Portal Gives Parents Knowledge

We are now offering you the opportunity to sign up for Parent Portal online.

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.

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! 

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.

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!

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!

MERIT Informational Meeting for 4th Grade Parents
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

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!
K Kids Pay It Forward
New Curriculum & Instruction Blog Thomas County Logo
It's Not Too Late
Cross Creek cards are still on sale!
Fall Canned Food Drive Underway
Cross Creek students are collecting canned foods and jackets to donate to local Food Bank.
Cross Creek Named High Progress Reward School
The Georgia Department of Education names Cross Creek Elementary School one of Georgia's High Progress Reward School.
Congratulations Art Show Winners!
Several Cross Creek students won awards at this year's Deep South Art Show.
Pebble Hill Scarecrow Contest Winner Announced
Mrs. Dechman's and Mrs. Mobley's third grade classes named winner of 2012 Pebble Hill Scarecrow Contest.
National Wild Turkey Federation hosts Youth Day
The National Wild Turkey Federation is hosting a youth day on Saturday, October 6, 2012, from 9 AM to 2 PM.  This is not a school sponsored event, but could be a fun activity for you and your child.  Registration cost is $10, to be paid at the event site (1188 Bustle Rd., Coolidge, GA) on October 6.  If you need more information, please see the informational flyer in our photo gallery.
Student's Work Featured at the Fair
Cross Creek student art is a showstopper at the Deepsouth Fair.
Fundraiser Begins Monday
Cross Creek students, along with all students at Thomas County Elementary Schools are busy raising money for their schools.
YMCA Hosts After School Program
The YMCA will be hosting the Fit Kids program at Cross Creek.
Gearing Up For Music and Chorus Programs
Music and Chorus Programs at Cross Creek are underway.
Growing Up With Art

Cross Creek students prepare for upcoming spotlight on artists.