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HNH PreK visits the mobile Dentist

Mobile Dentist

HNH Jump Rope For Heart with Dads

From the American Heart Association, "Through Kids Heart Challenge, kids learn Jump rope skills, how their heart works and raise money to help kids with special hearts. Have fun, learn how to stay healthy and make a difference in the lives of others!" Hand in Hand students and dads participates in this challenge each year with the help of Coach Hanah, we also had some of the T.U. baseball team come and jump with our students.


Jump Rope For Heart with Dads




HNH "100th Day of School"

HNH Students celebrated the 100th day of school in many different ways.  Some chose 100 legos, 100 cookies, 100th day t-shirts, being 100 years old, and the list goes on and on.  Thank you parents for sending all the 100 items that you found around your house.   Having your support makes our job so much easier. There is certainly one thing that we can all agree on "Your child is 100 days smarter than they were before they entered school." You can find more 100th day photos under the quick links "Photo Galleries."

100th day      100 days

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

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

Hand-In-Hand Pre-K/K Registration

Reading For Education Kick Off Day! “If there is one thing educators can agree on, it is this: children do better in school when their parents get involved in their learning.” (William J. Bennett)

“If there is one thing educators can agree on, it is this: children do better in school when their parents get involved in their learning.” (William J. Bennett)

“If there is one thing educators can agree on, it is this: children do better in school when their parents get involved in their learning.” (William J. Bennett)

HNH " Students share their love of Reading"

Students in Ms. Hicks class shared their books with the students in Mrs. Heather's room. It was such a wonderful learning experience! sharing books

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.”

HNH Winter Family Fun

Winter Family Fun Day was a Blast!  It was a great day to spread the Holiday Cheer.  Children of all ages enjoyed our little Winter Wonder Land. See More Photos on the Gallery Section under Quick Links.


HNH "March of the Cans"

HNH students gave back to the community by donating cans to the Food Bank.  Mrs. Catherine's K class collected 301 cans.  Mrs. Shelley's CD class collected 145 and Mrs. Elizabeth J's K class collected 142.  HNH students teamed up  to collect a total of 1,764 cans.  Thanks for all your support in donating these canned foods for such a worthy cause.  See more pictures in the Quick Links- Photo Gallery (March of the Cans)

March of the cansMarch of the Cans

HNH Participates in The Hour of Code

HNH students enjoyed participating in The Hour of Code throughout the school. From the classrooms to P.E. and Music, many different types of 

coding activities were included such as Code.org, Scratch jr. and different unplugged activities.  Our students are actively involved in Computer Science.



Mrs. Stephanie's K class did a coding workout in P.E with Mrs. Hanah that kept them active.


Mrs. Anna's Pre-k class participated in a music coding exercise with Mrs. Risa that involved instruments.

HNH students enjoy a Thanksgiving Feast!



Students actively participated in a Thanksgiving Feast as Pilgrims and Indians.  During class discussions, the students were able to share what they were thankful for in their lives.  This started a great converstation of sharing, working together, and friendship. Happy Thanksgiving from everyone at HNH.

HNH "Halloween Hall Decoration Contest"

Hall Decorations

Hall Decorations

Congratulations to all the Wings!  Every hall was decorated with lots of creative ideas that got their students involved.  Dressing up was an exciting part of the contest.  Wing D "Grease" was voted the favorite by our TCCHS judges with the other wings coming in right behind.  View our quick links on the left under Photo Galleries to see the other awesome wings.

HNH "Say No to Drugs"


Mrs. Stephanie's Class is wearing camo to Hide out drugs.


Super Heros:  Mrs. Mallory's class is "Too Super to do Drugs"!


HNH "Mr. Al Concert"

Mr. Al

Mr. Al visited Hand-In-Hand students to share the love of music with an educational impact of learning skills in a fun and natural way.  

HNH "State Fire Safety Contest Award"

fire safetyfire Safety Contest

Preston VanHeiningen from Mrs. Angie Manning's Kindergarten Class won 2nd place in the State Fire Safety Contest. Fire Prevention Fire Safety Week was held October 7-13.  Congratulations Preston

HNH "Mrs. Angie's and Mrs. Lauren's classes enjoy learning about fall"


Mrs. Angie's Class is having fun picking peanuts.


Mrs. Lauren's classes picked cotton.  It is so much fun learning about harvesting GA crops.

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.  


Mrs. Keri's K class learned all about germs and how they can make you sick.  Thank you Mrs. Rachael and Mrs. Sherri for teaching us the importance of keeping our hands clean and free of germs.


HNH Celebrates Georgia's Pre-K Program

"Georgia Pre-K Week" is a time during the year where we celebrate the development of Pre-K.  We get the local community involved by reading to our Pre-K students.   Georgia's Pre-K was launched in 1992 as a lottery-funded program under the leadership of Gov. Zell Miller.  This program has served over 1.6 million children.


Mrs. Williams, Thomas County School Superintendent, spent time sharing her love of reading to PreK students.  

Georgia PK

Mrs. Erin Rehberg, Thomas County Digital Learning and Media Services Coordinator, read  Click, Clack, Moo to Mrs. Jessie's Pre-K students.

See more Photos under Quick Links within the Photo Gallery section.



HNH Parent Data Night

Come join us for some fun and free resources to use with your child at home.  Our Data Night is Thursday, Sept. 20 from  5:30-6:30.  During this time, your child will participate in some fun activities with Coach Hanah while you visit with your child's teacher.  

Learning what your child is working on and their current understanding will help you to make a significant and positive impact on their education. We want to give you meaningful things to use at home that are free to our students and their families. Their education is a team effort and we are so glad you’re part of this team!

 Come Join the Cheering Team as we all support and encourage your child to reach their goals and celebrate sucesses.

                                              Data Night


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!

HNH "Chillin out with Kona ICE"

Blaze and his family served the HNH staff with a "chilling" surprise!  Kona Ice gave the staff a snow cone after school as a refreshing treat.  Thanks from HNH.

Snow cones

Acting out "Who Sank the Boat?"

Mr. Gary throwing water from "Who Sank the Boat?"

HNH Book Fair

Parents your child visited the Book Fair this week and brought home a wish list of books they would like. Please come by the library and see some of the wonderful new books we have on display. Your child is really excited about the prospect of a new book!              




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.

HNH Grandparents' Day

Hand-In-Hand Primary School would like to invite you to our Grandparents' Day.  Come join your grandchild in his/her classroom with special activities planned at specific times.  The following dates and wings will be celebrating Grandparents' Day.

Wed.,Aug. 29:  Wings C & D

Thurs., Aug. 30:  Wings A & F

Fri., Aug. 31:  Wings B & E


For more information:  Call 229-225-3908


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

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.” 

H-in-H Perfect Attendance Awarded! H-in-H Attendance Awarded

These Hand-in-Hand students had perfect attendance during the 2017 - 2018 school year. Each student was presented with a game and a book in honor of their achievement.

Students pictured are:

Front row (L-R): Ruby McInnis, Parker Grace Howell, Noah Harrison, Elizabeth Garcia-Reyes, Ryleigh Johnson, and Kendall Brumblow.

Middle row (L-R): Payton Barber, Markeith Lamon, Jaidyn Jones, Denise Bryant, Natalie Vidal, Journ'ee Spencer, and De'Marion Newkirk.

Back row (L-R): Aiden Miller, Tyreawn Reed, Tucker Still, Elijah Johnson, Ke'Asia Horne, and Hudson Harper.

Way to go! We're proud of you!

Digital Learning All-Star Teacher Picked! Cox Chosen as Digital Learning All-Star Teacher!

Ms. Christine Cox was recently announced as Hand-in-Hand Primary School's Digital Learning All-Star Teacher. She was chosen for the innovative use of technology in her classroom.  Congratulations, Ms. Chris!  We are proud of you! Pictured from left to right: Erin Rehberg, Principal Dee Gaines, Chris Cox, Toni Odom, Robin Cartright, and Wes Davis.

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

Spring Book Fair Info! Book Fair!

When: May 14 - 18
Time: 7:30 - 3:30 (Friday closing at 1:00)

Thank you for supporting Hand-in-Hand's media center!
Order books online until Wed., May 16th!


H-in-H Science Experiments! Science Experiments!

Ms. Jessie's students made their own boats out of tinfoil and put different size objects in them to see if the boats would sink or stay afloat. 

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


H-in-H Students Study Life Cycle H-in-H Class Studies Life Cycles

Mrs. Jami's class released butterflies today after watching them for 3 weeks as they morphed from caterpillars to butterflies! 

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

Learning about Rainbows at H-in-H! Learning about Rainbows at H-in-H!

Ms. Holli's class enjoyed exploring rainbows as they conducted some experiments with Skittles!

St. Patrick's Day Rainbows St. Patrick's Day Rainbow Fun
Spring Gardening "Cropping Up" at H-in-H! Spring Gardening "Cropping Up" at H-in-H!

Ms. Angie's class recently took part in some springtime gardening!

The Beat Goes On at H-in-H! The Beat Goes On at H-in-H!

Ms. Debbie's class enjoying music with Ms. Risa!

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.

H-in-H Named Y.E.S. School! Y.E.S. School!

Hand-in-Hand was named a Youth Environmental School (Y.E.S.) during Thomas University's Earth Day Fair! 

Kindergartners Visit Chehaw! Zoo Visit!

Kindergartners enjoyed a trip to Chehaw Wild Animal Park in Albany, Georgia!

Fire Safety at H-in-H! Fire Safety!

Mrs. Keri's class enjoyed a visit from Smokey the Bear, who spoke to the students about the importance of fire safety.

Manning's Easter Parade! Manning's Easter Parade!
BEE Partner Named for 3rd Quarter! BEE Partner Named for 3rd Quarter!

Elliano's Coffee was named as Hand-in-Hand's BEE Partner for the third quarter of this school year!  Thanks for all your support, Elliano's!

H-in-H Students Participate in Heritage Run! H-in-H Students Participate in Heritage Run!

Hand-in-Hand's Coach Hanah cheered students on as they ran in the Heritage Run!

Earth Science Fun! Earth Science Fun!

Mrs. Mallory's class enjoyed watching a simulated volcano erupt!

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!

Jump Rope for Heart Winners! Brooke Whittington's class raised the most money during the Jump Rope for Heart fundraiser!

   Recently, Hand-in-Hand held their annual Jump Rope for Heart fundraiser to raise money for the American Heart Association.  Levi Downs was the top fundraiser, raising $825.00. Brooke Whittington's kindergarten class was the top class, raising $850.00.  Way to go! 

H-in-H Names Exemplary Employees! Employees of the year.

Hand-in-Hand Primary School has announced its teacher of the year is Michele Warr, support teacher of the year is Lloyd Graham, and support staff of the year is Charlotte McCann. Congratulations!  Thanks for making Hand-in-Hand a great place to be!

H-in-H Post Office Encourages Writing! Hand-in-Hand Post Office!

Ms. Mallory's class enjoyed checking their mail each day of February for letters from their buddy class!

Winter Experiments! Pretend Snow!

Mrs. Donna Jo's class of 3-year-olds has been experimenting with ice and salt and making pretend snow!

Learning about Measuring! measurement

Ms. Angie's class recently learned about units of measure by measuring different winter-time items.

Encouraging Language! Mitten

Ms. Shelley's class enjoyed acting out Jan Brett's The Mitten.

H-in-H Students Learn About Groundhog Day Groundhog Day!

Ms. Mallory's class enjoyed making their own groundhogs and voting on whether they thought the groundhog would see his shadow or not!

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 



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.

Critical Thinking Skills at Work! Critical Thinking Skills!

Hand-in-Hand students enjoyed working collaboratively on a problem-solving project!

2018-2019 Pre-K & Kindergarten Registration

RegistrationHand-In-Hand Primary School

2018-2019 Pre-K & Kindergarten Registration

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

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

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

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

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

Click Here for Registration Requirements

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

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

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

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

School-based health center flyer

Busy Elves at H-in-H! Busy Elves

Mrs. Angie's kindergarten elves enjoy wrapping gifts for the holiday season!

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

Breakfast With Santa! Breakfast With Santa!

Hand-in-Hand students were excited by a breakfast visit from Santa!  

March of the Cans Shows Giving Spirit at H-in-H H-in-H shows giving spirit

Hand-in-Hand students showed their generosity by donating 2,100 cans of food to the Thomas County Food Bank!  The school held a March of the Cans on Friday, Dec. 1st, in which the entire school marched up to both front lobbies and deposited cans of food they had brought. Mrs. Elizabeth Johnson's class brought in the most cans, with  211 donated.   Way to go!

Recycling Poster Winners! Recycling Winners!

Hand-in-Hand students recently participated in a poster contest promoting recycling.  The contest was sponsored by the TCCHS Environmental Ambassadors.  Pictured is Ms. Keri's kindergarten class (top photo), and individual winners (L to R) Bowen Bennett, Gracie Head, Elaina Rhodes, and Addison McVay.



Thanksgiving Fun! H-in-H Thanksgiving!

Students at Hand-in-Hand enjoyed a Thanksgiving Day feast! 

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

Hand-in-Hand Celebrates Veterans' Day! Veterans' Day Parade at H-in-H!

Hand-in-Hand Primary held their annual Veterans' Day Parade on Friday, November 10th, in the school's front circle. Students dressed in red, white, and blue and held banners, waved flags and marched as part of the TCCHS band played! Veterans signed a thank you banner and Dunkin Donuts provided coffee and doughnuts to our honored guests. TCCHS student Matthew Edmonds sang the anthem as the band played. A fun day was had by all!  Thank you, veterans!

Mr. Al Brings Movement & Music to H-in-H! Mr. Al  Brings Movement & Music to H-in-H!
What Achievement Looks Like



H-in-H Three-Year-Olds Engage in Dramatic Play! H-in-H Three-Year-Olds Engage in Dramatic Play!

Students in Mrs. Donna Jo's 3-year-old class recently enjoyed acting out The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid Of Anything.

Pumpkin Investigations! Pumpkin Investigations

Ms. Brooke's kindergarten class recently participated in several learning activities using pumpkins! They measured and weighed them, then made predictions based on their measurements as to which pumpkin would roll down a hill the quickest!

Kindergartners Celebrate Healthy Habits Day! Kindergartners Celebrate Healthy Habits Day!
H-in-H Celebrates Red Ribbon Week! H-in-H Celebrates Red ribbon Week

Mrs. Elizabeth's class wore sunglasses to show that they are "Too Bright for Drugs!"

H-in-H Celebrates Georgia Pre-K Week! H-in-H Celebrates GA Pre-K Week!

Community members visited children at Hand-In-Hand the week of October 2-6 hosted by Voices for Georgia's Children and its partners to celebrate quality early education and the Georgia Pre-K Program. Guest readers during the week  included Thomas County Schools Superintendent Dusty Kornegay, local attorney Vann Parrott, GA State Representative Darlene Taylor, and Thomasville City Council member Don Sims.  Thanks for your support!

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.

H-in-H Forms Teacher Kickball Team! H-in-H Forms Teacher Kickball Team!
Herring Named as New AP! New AP Named!

Mrs. Alacia Herring will be the new assistant principal at Hand-In-Hand Primary School, replacing Mrs. Dee Gaines who was recently promoted to the position of principal upon Mrs. Mayhall's retirement.

Pre-K Healthy Habits Trip! Healthy Habits Trip!

Hand-in-Hand Pre-K students recently enjoyed a special field trip in which they learned about staying healthy. Classes purchased healthy snack ingredients at Harvey's grocery store, took part in an exercise class at the YMCA, then picnicked at Remington Park in the fresh air!

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

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.

H-in-H Keeping Students Active! Pool Noodle Fun!

Led by Coach Hanah, Hand-in-Hand students took part this week in fitness activities that combined music and pool noodles! 

Dee Gaines Named New H-in-H Principal! Gaines Named as H-in-H Principal!

 As of October 1st, Dee Gaines has been named as Hand-in-Hand Primary School's new principal.  A graduate of Thomas County Central High School, the University of Georgia, and Valdosta State University, Mrs. Gaines has worked in the Thomas County School System since 2000.  She has served as a special education teacher, speech/language pathologist, parent involvement coordinator, special education coordinator, and assistant principal.

Mrs. Gaines has deep roots in the system and a wealth of experience.  She will do an outstanding job as Hand-In-Hand's next Super-Principal!

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!

Thomas County Schools' Hurricane Harvey Disaster Relief Drive Texas




Roof Added to H-in-H Front Circle! Roof added to H-in-H Front Circle!
H-in-H Views Eclipse! H-in-H Views Eclipse!
H-in-H Fall Book Fair!

Please Join Us!
When:  Mon., Aug. 28 - Friday, Sept. 1
Time:  7:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Where: H-in-H Media Center

Soaking up Knowledge at H-in-H Soaking up Knowledge at H-in-H!
H-in-H Creative Minds! H-in-H Creative Minds!

When children play they are using imagination and enhancing creative abilities. 

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.  

Summer Readers Celebrated at H-in-H! Summer Readers Celebrated at H-in-H!
Learning Through Play at H-in-H! Learning Through Play at H-in-H!

When your child is playing with markers or crayons, it looks like drawing, coloring, or scribbling. Your child is really learning fine motor skills, hand-eye coordination, writing, and creative expression.

Immunization Clinic vaccination

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

Don't Be Late... Vaccinate!

Fun First Day at H-in-H! Fun First Day at H-in-H!
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

H-in-H Hosts Successful Open House! H-in-H Hosts Successful Open House!



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.


H-in-H Students Bid Farewell to TCCHS Apprentices H-in-H Students Bid Farewell to TCCHS Apprentices

TCCHS apprenticeship students were cheered as they marched down Hand-in-Hand halls lined with students on Friday, May 12th.  The seniors, who worked in classrooms part-time during the entire school year, forged many positive relationships with students.  

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. 


H-in-H Class Wins National DAR Award!

Mrs. Elizabeth Johnson's class won first place in the nation-wide DAR/JAC Banner contest! 

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

H-in-H Kindergartners Learn About Ocean Life Ocean Life at H-in-H!

Hand-in-Hand kindergartners enjoyed the Gulf Specimen Marine Mobile Lab. Students were able to touch the animals and see them up-close. A scientist was also on hand to answer questions about the specimens in the exhibit.

Role-playing & Socializing at H-in-H! Role-playing and Socializing at H-in-H!

Ms. Lauren's Pre-K students are having a tea party!

H-in-H Students Visit Chehaw H-in-H Students Visit Chehaw

Kindergarten classes enjoyed a field trip to Chehaw Animal Park.  They observed many different animals and checked out the play equipment. Ms. Lauren's class wore hand-made t-shirts proclaiming themselves Creature Seekers!

H-in-H Paleontologists! H-in-H Paleontologists!

Ms. Mallory's class is enjoying studying about dinosaurs!

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.”

Farm Day for H-in-H! Farm Day for H-in-H!

Pre-K students recently visited Thomas County Middle School to participate in a Farm Day hosted by the middle school's Future Farmers of America.  Students especially enjoyed petting the farm animals! 

Eagle Scout Project Benefits H-in-H! Eagle Scout Project Benefits H-in-H!

Eagle Scout Harrison Keyton recently built eight raised garden beds for Hand-in-Hand classes to use for spring planting projects. Pictured with Harrison, Ms. Paige, and Principal Jeanna Mayhall  are Jordan, Brandy, Kinsley, Keymya, and Noah, in Ms. Paige's class. They are proud of their newly planted garden!

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.

H-in-H Announces Teachers of the Year Teachers of the Year!

Hand-in-Hand has announced outstanding staff members as voted on by its staff and faculty.  Pictured (L to R) are Principal Jeanna Mayhall, Support Teacher of the Year Lucy Harris, Teacher of the Year Leigh Pollock, Resource Person of the Year Taneisha Gordon, and Assistant Principal Dee Gaines. Way to go, Ladies!

Walk to School Day, H-in-H Style! Walk to School Day, H-in-H Style!

Wednesday, March 8th, was Georgia Walk to School Day. Students at Hand-in-Hand enjoyed walking around the school's front driveway during their PE classes and showing support for walking for exercise.   

H-in-H Celebrates March Moms Day!

March Moms read to students.

Moms read Dr. Seuss books to students.

Moms flooded Hand-in-Hand on March 3rd, reading to small groups throughout the school! Thanks, Moms!

H-in-H Celebrates Seuss Birthday!

Hand-in-Hand celebrated Dr. Seuss's birthday on March 2nd! 

Hand-in-Hand celebrated Dr. Seuss's birthday on March 2nd! 

Hand-in-Hand celebrated Dr. Seuss's birthday on March 2nd! 

Buzz Newsletter Buzz Newsletter

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

Jan/Feb 2017 Buzz

Mr. Al Brings Movement & Music to H-in-H!

Mr. Al

Swimming Lessons for 3-year-olds!



Hand-in-Hand's classes of 3-year-olds enjoyed their two weeks of swimming lessons at the YMCA.

Science Experiments Ignite Curiosity

Blubber Fun

Brooke-Lynn and Hardy, in Mrs. Angie's kindergarten class, learned how blubber keeps animals warm in the winter. 

HNH 5th Annual Lucky Scramble Golf Tournament!

Calling all golfers!
Benefit Hand-in-Hand while having a fun day golfing with friends!

When: 8:30 a.m., Saturday, March 11, 2017

Where: Country Oaks Golf Course. 

Attention Parents: We are currently looking for hole sponsors.  If your business or your family would like to sponsor a hole in your child’s name, please contact any Hand-in-Hand teacher!

Hand-in-Hand Primary School Pre-K and Kindergarten Registration Hand-in-Hand Registration

Attention parents!  Registration for pre-k and kindergarten for the 2017-2018 school year will take place on Monday, February 6 from 9:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. and on Tuesday, February 7 from 9:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m.   Please see the flyer by clicking the link or image below for more information about what to bring to registration.  Registration will take place at the Thomas County Board of Education (200 N. Pinetree Blvd.) in the PLC.  Please park in the big parking lot across the street from Wendy's.  Students currently enrolled in pre-k at Hand-in-Hand DO NOT need to register for kindergarten.

Hand-in-Hand Registration Information

Quality Rated Childcare: 3 stars

Changing Matter!


Students in Mrs. Lin's class enjoy seeing the effects of temperature on water.  Pictured (L to R) are Jermaine, JaLeyiah, Riley, Colin, Markevious, Miyah, and Anisten.

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


Kindergartners Learning Coding!


Hand-in-Hand classes were introduced to computer coding concepts using movement activities in their classrooms and during PE! Pictured is Ms. Lauren's kindergarten class.

H-in-H March of Cans a Huge Success!

LipseyMarchof Cans Winners

Ms. Erin Lipsey's class donated the most cans to Hand-in-Hand's recent canned food drive!  Her students brought 450 cans.  Ms. Elizabeth Johnson's class came in a close second place, contributing 445 cans.  The school donated 2,730 cans in all to the Thomas County Food Bank!

Veterans Day Parade!

H-in-H Election Day!

On Election Day, Hand-in-Hand students participated in a mock election.  Students showed their (lunchroom) ID cards, went into voting booths, and chose their candidate from photos on an iPad.  Hillary Clinton narrowly won at our school.

Number Hunt Fun!

Ms. Mallory's students used Post It notes to record all the numbers they found as they roamed the room during their Number Hunt.

Fall Art!

Students in Ms. Heather's class loved using items found on their Fall nature walk to create artwork!

Kindergarten Celebrates Healthy Habits Day!

Hand-in-Hand kindergartners recently enjoyed a morning of activities that supported getting everyone healthy and moving! Athletes from TCCHS led students at various stations and served as healthy role models for our students. Some TCCHS band members also demonstrated that learning to play a musical instrument is a healthy brain-stretcher!


Bus Safety Success!

Hand-in-Hand students recently participated in fun training about bus safety. Each student learned procedures for being safe on the bus. Students also rode on the bus around the circle, and then were each given a model of a bus to take home!

Pumpkin Patch Visit!

Ms. DonnaJo's class visited a pumpkin patch!

Acting Out Fairy Tales!

Mrs. Mallory's class acting out The Three Little Pigs!

Pre-K Teaches Healthy Habits!

Ms. Debbie's class enjoyed their behind-the-scenes tour of Harvey's grocery store. 

Ms. Jessie's class exercised at the YMCA as part of Hand-in-Hand's Healthy Habits Day!

Jump Rope for Heart Awards Given

 Hand-in-Hand recently received a trophy for participating in the American Heart Association's Jump Rope for Heart.  We were awarded 3rd place in our county and raised over $4,200!

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:


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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H-in-H Nursery Rhymes in Action!

H-in-H Reading Fun

Some of Mrs. Mallory's students looking at picture books with their reading glasses. Could they be any cuter?

H-in-H Counselor Celebrates Diversity

Mrs. Whitney, Hand-in-Hand school counselor, teaching our friends about respecting each others' differences. "I am special. I am important. I am me."  
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.  

Animal Show!


First School Days

Three-year-olds testing out Hand-in-Hand's new play equipment!

Red Day in Mrs. Donna Jo's classroom!

H-in-H Readers Rewarded!

Thirty-five Hand-in-Hand students who read at least 20 books this summer recently were rewarded with an ice cream party in the media center.  Students' names were posted on a bulletin board in the front lobby and they received certificates, "Star Reader" pencils, and stickers. Avid reader Olivia Bass was the winner of a drawing for a gift certificate to be used at the school's upcoming book fair!

New School Friends!

JL and Cooper are new friends in Ms. Donna Jo's class!

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.

Open House a Big Success!

Hand-In-Hand Quality Rating

Quality Rated Logo

Hand-In-Hand is very proud to announce that our program is Quality Rated with 3 stars through Bright from the Start: Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning. The 3-star rating is the highest rating awarded. This distinction demonstrates Hand-In-Hand's dedication to providing a high-quality, engaging learning environment for our students.

Hand-In-Hand Orientation and Open House Information

Orientation Meetings:   For your convenience, we provide two separate orientation times. You will only need to attend one session. Both sessions address both Pre-K and kindergarten.  This meeting is very informative about our policies, procedures, and curriculum.

Please note that this is an adult only meeting.  You will find out your child’s teacher at this orientation meeting.  You may arrive 30 minutes early to work out transportation needs. The meetings will begin promptly at 4:00 and 6:30. Transportation tags will be distributed at the meeting.

Orientation times (choose one):

Monday, July 25,  @ 4:00 p.m.   OR      6:30 p.m.

Open House: Friday, July 29th, 8:00 a.m.- 10:00 a.m.

(Please bring your child to open house to meet his/her teacher. You may drop in anytime on Friday, July 29th, from 8:00 until 10:00).

First Day of School: Monday, August 1st

Perfect Attendance Recognized!

Thirty-six students have been recognized for having perfect attendance for the entire year at Hand-in-Hand. We are very proud of these students for establishing good attendance habits early!  The students are: Berenise Jacob-Vega, Areli Jimenez-Godinez, Raniyah Jones, Aareona Cutler, Jimmy Williams, K'Nyziah Cooper, Raul Gaspar-Baltazar, Lolynn Jones, Alivia Williams, Lauryn Walden, Elijah Brefford, Zachariah Myrick, Yair Martinez, Ruby Rivas-Fuentes, Wynter Sessions, Trinity Smith, Jordan Thomas, Jayden Rodrigues, Riley Slocumb, Amya Bee, Jenna Murphy, Ashton Beach, Colin Scoggins, Dezmon Booker, Ashanti Anderson, Jake Jones, Charles Thornhill, Kassie White, Terrance Haywood, Roderick Lee, Ava Daniels, Cullen Marsh, Emilyn Willis, Deontez Coston, Ethan Curry, and Caleb Conner.

DAR Winners Announced!

Mrs. Leigh's class (above) won several awards in this year's JAC/DAR banner contest!  The theme was Celebrate America
Their banner won at the district, state, and Southeast levels, and received an honorable mention at the national level.

Mrs. Elizabeth's kindergarten class won third place in the district for their DAR banner.

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.


It Really is Rocket Science!

Ms. Mallory's class enjoyed watching TCMS students launch their rockets!

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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Hands-on Science!

Hand-in-Hand classes enjoyed seeing sea creatures up close during a visit from the mobile Gulf Specimen Marine Lab.


Free eBooks Available from Get Georgia Reading

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

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

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

Free eBook Resource!

MyOn.com is a free resource for accessing eBooks. To log in, type 'Get Georgia Reading' in the school name blank.  The user name and password are both 'read.'

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!

Learning the Pledge

Kollin holds the flag while Ms. Donna Jo's class says the pledge.

Rose Bud Parade Fun!

Ms. Lin's students enjoyed riding on Hand-in-Hand's Rosebud Parade float!
Pictured (back to front) are: Isabella, Heidi, Tyson, Trent, and My'Ajah.

Arissa, Prince, Gabriel, and Ashton with their Reading Rocks t-shirts before the parade.

Imaginary Play

Landon, in Ms. Lauren's class, building a dog house with blocks.

Keep Earth Clean!

 Students in Ms. Lauren's class, Raniya, Rayanna, Arissa and Dakota, clean out "polluted" water during their class study on the environment.

Life Cycle Study

Ms. Keri's class is astounded as they watch their chrysalis hatch!

Anslee looking happy with Painted Lady Butterfly.

Chehaw Park Visit!

Students in Ms. Stephanie's class pose in their newly-made zoo t-shirts.  They are ready for their zoo visit!

Ms. Ivey's students are interested in the rhinoceros!

Community Helpers of the Future

Lauren and Emma Kate, in Ms. Bevis' class, create their own fire truck!

Friend Break!

Stella, Natalie, and Keriyanna, students in Ms. Brooke's class, take a break from their school activities to show some love!

Diorama Time!

Brody, in Ms. Bevis' class, is concentrating on putting finishing touches on his shoebox scene.

Good Things Growing at H-in-H!

Ms. Mallory's class is enjoying watching their vegetables grow!

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

Junior Actors!

Ms. Mallory's class enjoyed acting out Five Little Dinosaurs Jumping on the Bed! What a fun way to learn subtraction!

Teachers of the Year Announced!

Pictured (L to R) are: Principal Jeanna Mayhall, Resource Staff of the Year Donna Collins, Teacher of the Year Stephanie White, Support Teacher of the Year Susanne Brown, and Assistant Principal Dee Gaines. Way to go, ladies!

H-in-H Hosts Moms

Quite a few mothers (and grandmothers) visited Hand-in-Hand for Wednesday's March Moms Day. Our honored guests read to classes and small groups throughout the day!

Studying Nature!

Ms. Holli's class recently found a spider, which inspired a nature study and nature walk on the trail behind our school!  They found many interesting natural objects to take back to their class. What a great way to tie in learning to children's interests!

School System Closed

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

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


Thomas County farmer directs donation to Hand-In-Hand Primary

Hand-In-Hand Primary School received a $2,500 donation from America’s Farmers Grow Communities, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund and directed by local farmer Trey Griffin of Thomas County. The donation will help the organization purchase new all-terrain trikes for gross motor play. Currently, the trikes are more than five years old. Students participate in gross motor play through riding trikes once or twice weekly.

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Jump Rope Winners Named

Hand-in-Hand recently held a healthy fundraiser to raise money for the American Heart Association.  Mrs. Leigh's class raised the largest amount ($921).  The three students who raised the most are (L to R) Aiden Wright, Karson McCutchen, and Evelyn Wright. The grand total collected was $4070.92. We are proud to help others!

H-in-H Recognized as Safe School

Coach Hanah spoke on February 17th at the Georgia Safe Routes conference about ways we keep students safe at Hand-in-Hand. 

Hand-in-Hand Post Office!

Ms. Blair's class is mailing a letter to their buddy class through Hand-in-Hand's school post office!  The students love to check their class mailbox each day.  Sending and receiving mail is an authentic task that motivates students to read and write.

Jump Rope for Your Heart!

Hand-in-Hand students are being active this month by jumping rope in PE!  This is an activity promoted by the American Heart Association annually in February. Even our assistant principal, Ms. Dee, (pictured above in red vest) is getting active!

February Fit for Fathers!

During February, Dads are invited to participate in Coach Taylor's PE class.  Ms. Mallory's class (pictured above) had quite a few active fathers during their class! The teens in blue are high school apprenticeship students.


Scouts Help Hand-in-Hand!

Douglas Klocko's Eagle Scout project involved making five child-sized picnic tables for the child development program at our school! Hand-In-Hand is very appreciative of the tables and we use them daily for outside learning activities.  Thanks, Douglas!

Scouts pictured with Mrs. Shelley's class are (L to R) Carson Mediate, Douglas Klocko, and Braden Hawkins.

Community Helpers!

Ms. Mallory's students, Zachariah and Memory Rose, are enjoying taking part in a Community Helpers study.

Hand-in-Hand Hero

As part of their hero study, students in Mrs. Linda McClune's kindergarten class each dressed as their hero.  Trent dressed as Deputy Colvin, whom he sees each morning directing traffic in front of the high school.  Deputy Colvin stopped by to see Trent on Friday morning and to present him with a deputy's badge. The hero theme tied in with the kindergartners studying community helpers and other heroes such as Martin Luther King, Jr., and leads up to Presidents' Day.

Snow Day!

We enjoyed playing in man-made snow on Monday, January 25th!  We warmed up afterwards drinking hot cocoa and eating cookies. Most of us had never experienced snow!

CANCELLED! Author Visit!

Due to a family emergency, our visit with Dave Sargent has been cancelled.

We are so excited to meet a real author!  Author Dave Sargent and his trick dogs will be performing at Hand-in-Hand on Friday, January 29th!  Book order forms will be sent home on Monday, Jan. 25th. Please return the order form along with $7 if you would like your child to purchase a book from him after his performance. (This is optional.)

Threes are Swimming!

Three year-olds Sam, Josh, and Micah (and the rest of their class) are learning to swim at the YMCA this month!

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.

Pre-K and Kindergarten Registration

Hand-In-Hand Primary School


Pre-K and Kindergarten Registration

Monday, February 1, 2016

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

(Click here for more information)

Elves & the Shoemaker

Ms. Mallory's class enjoys acting out The Elves and the Shoemaker in the media center with Ms. Lucy!

Pre-K Classes Enjoy Coding Activities

Ms. Mallory's Pre-K class took part in the international Hour of Code by learning the basics of computer coding.  They performed activities by using the symbols on their class Smartboard. 

Principal's Big Day!

Our principal, Mrs. Jeanna, had a special birthday!

March of the Cans!

Mrs. Elizabeth Johnson's class brought the most canned food in to donate to the Thomas County Food Bank.  The students brought in 327 cans! The entire school brought in 3,358 cans.  Linda Ivey's class came in 2nd, with 230 cans.

Perfect Attendance Winner

Ava & Lillian are two of the many students at Hand-in-Hand who had perfect attendance for the entire first nine-weeks of school! All perfect attendees' names were placed in a bowl and these two lucky girls' names were drawn. They each received a free meal at International House of Pancakes! Ava is in Mrs. Laura Ann Davis's class, and Lillian's teacher is Mrs. Paige Nix. IHOP manager Scott Stazone came to our school to make the presentation to the winners.

Learning Through Art!

Sam works intently on graduated order in Mrs. Donna Jo's class of three-year-olds.

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.


Coach Hanah built mini-golf stations for our students to use!  Future golfers pictured with Coach are Sophie, Aubrey Kate, and Brooklyn.

Hand-in-Hand Thanksgiving

Ms. Amy's class in their Thanksgiving outfits!

Wing D enjoying their feast!

Hand-in-Hand Honors Veterans

Claire Pitts, above,listens with her grandfather, Gary Pitts, as the National Anthem is sung.  Students marched around the front circle for our very own Veterans' Day parade!  Everyone waved flags and wore red, white, and blue.  We had many veterans who attended. Thank you, veterans!

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. 


Farm Visit at TCMS!

Hand-in-Hand Pre-K students recently visited Thomas County Middle School and learned about farm life.  Members of the Future Farmers of America hosted petting booths and helped the younger students make butter and plant sunflower seeds.  The students also viewed cows being milked in a mobile dairy and felt real cotton seeds.  Pictured above are Ms. Holli's students taking in the whole experience!

Parent Engagement Month
Community Helpers!

Ms. Laura Ann's kindergarten class has been studying community helpers.  Recently, they were excited when a fireman from Valdosta, members of the drug squad, two EMTs and an ambulance visited their class! What a day! Carson is pictured wearing the sheriff's vest. Pictured with the fireman are Makayla, Drayden, Omari, and Mason.

Jack O'Lantern Jog a Success!

We are Safe!

Recently, Hand-in-Hand was evaluated on the safety of the procedures we use when getting students off and on school buses and cars, and around campus.  We passed with flying colors!  Ms. Angie Manning's kindergarten class is pictured holding our new banner.

Literacy Fair a Success!

Sophie & JP, Hand-in-Hand students, enjoyed attending the public library's recent literacy fair.  They are pictured above with Buzz, Thomas County Central's new mascot!

Healthy Habits Day!

Mrs. Leigh's class enjoyed exercising by using the colorful parachute above during Healthy Habits Day. Pictured above are Rayiana Gibson, Caroline Lattay, Terrance Bostick, and Emma Bass.  On Healthy Habits Day, kindergarten students moved from station to station taking part in activities that reinforced healthy habits.

My'Ajah and Ashton, in Ms. Lin McClune's kindergarten class, enjoyed the Hippity Hop station during Healthy Habits Day!
Click More Information (below) for more photos of Healthy Habits Day.


Learning Parts of a Plant!

Kindergartners in Ms. Angie Manning's class recently had a hands-on experience learning about plant life.  Eli's father brought peanut plants to the class and the students found the peanuts on the bushes, picked them, and then ate them after Ms. Angie boiled them.  What a great authentic learning experience!

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

Readers Engage Pre-K Students!

Students from Thomas County MIddle School recently read to Pre-K classes.  Both age groups enjoyed and benefitted from the interaction!

Healthy Habits Field Trip!

Pre-K classes enjoyed an educational field trip celebrating wellness.  They toured Harvey's and picked out nutritious items for a snack recipe.  Afterwards, they took a fitness class at the Butler-Mason YMCA, then picnicked at Remington Park.  Pictured above is Mrs. Mallory's class.

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.

Counting Ducks!

Davis, Bennie, and Anna enjoyed singing and using the duck finger puppets while reading Five Little Ducks in Ms. Shelly's class! The class counted the ducks as they sang along.

Class Experiments!

Miracle, Brianni, and Joshua, in Ms. Holli's Pre-K class, learned about experiments and states of matter in their class.They predicted what would happen if they put Ivory soap in the microwave, noticed how it changed, then enjoyed using cookie cutters and food coloring to make it back into soap again!

Learning with Movement!

Ms. Leigh's class enjoyed learning their sight words while playing a lively, modified game of Twister.  Students identified sight words as they stepped on them while playing the game.

Fun Measurement!

Laderrick and Arriona are enjoying learning about measurement using worms and Unifix cubes in Ms. Mallory's class!

$500 Attendance Booster Giveaway

Miss less than 10 days of school during the 2015-2016 school year and your family could WIN $500.00 from Battery Source!

Other Attendance Incentives:

    *Monthly rewards from Mrs. Jeanna

    * Perfect attendance for the 9 weeks enter drawings for IHOP dinners

"If children aren't in school, they don't learn.  Improving school attendance improves success in school." - Bruner, Discher, and Chang

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.

Interactive Story Time!

Saniya puts a fly in the little old lady's mouth during a lively story time at Hand-in-Hand.

Small Scientists!

Pre-K scientists Aubrey & Ze'Charius study cicadas in Ms. Mallory's class.

Nursery Rhymes Come to Life!

Ms. Mallory's Pre-K class prepares to present nursery rhymes for Grandparents' Day!

Planting Pumpkin Seeds!

Ms. Keri's kindergarten class planted pumpkin seeds in their garden!  They are in high hopes that they will be able to grow their own pumpkin for Halloween!

Daily Creative Play!

Ian, Andrew, and Jasper, in Ms. Mallory's class, are trying to huff and puff the blocks down like the Big Bad Wolf!

Sorting Fun!

Anna and Charlotte sort the counting bears by color for small group in Ms. Shelley's class.

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!


Learning our Colors!

Ms. Valerie's Pre-K class enjoyed learning about colors by dissolving Skittles in cups!  Pictured are Ja'Leyiah, Malorie, and Demetrius.

Hand-in-Hand in Full Swing!

Hand-in-Hand students are back in full swing!  Every class is happily engaged in interesting activities and learning in a hands-on way.


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.

Hand-in-Hand Open House Held

Hand-in-Hand Primary School's annual Open House was held on Friday, July 31st.  A huge and happy crowd met their new teachers and explored the school!

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:


Get Ready! Get Set! It's time to start SCHOOL!

Starting school each year is such an exciting part of your child's life.  Meeting your teachers, meeting new friends and getting your new school supplies.

Click here for the  Thomas County Elementary Schools Supply Wish List. 

We are so looking forward to a great year.

Orientation Meeting Times: Tuesday, July 28, @ 4:00 p.m. or 6:30 p.m.

Open House:  Friday, July 31st, 8:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Perfect Attendees Honored

These students came to school every single day during the 2014-2015 school year.  They were honored with gift bags, medals, and perfect attendance certificates. Way to go, students!

Class Garden

Ms. Angie Manning's kindergarten class harvested green beans and squash from their class garden!  Pictured are (L to R) Dillon, Peyton, and Zy'Jordan.

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

Summer Reading Ideas!

Students entering first grade at Garrison-Pilcher may click here to print off and fill out this reading log over the summer.  Students may return it to the Garrison-Pilcher media center during the first week of school to receive a prize!

Students entering Kindergarten at Hand-in-Hand may click here to print off and fill out this reading log over the summer.  Students may return it to the Hand-in-Hand media center during the first week of school to receive a prize!  Students may read the book or an adult may read it to them.

Also, click here to find fun summer reading activities at the Georgia Department of Education website!

Gulf Specimen Lab Visits!

Liana holds up a mollusk as Kennedy looks on. All the kindergartners loved exploring the touch tank in the Gulf Specimen Lab's travelling exhibit.  A scientist taught everyone about common animals in the Gulf of Mexico, and about the fragile ecosystem there.

Free Summer E-Book Reading!

The Georgia Department of Education has partnered with a children's eBook provider to give free digital book access to all Georgia students this summer. The effort to encourage reading is called the
Get Georgia Reading campaign.  Click here to try it! We encourage all Hand-in-Hand parents to try out eBooks this summer with your young reader!

Watchdog Dads, Students in Rosebud Parade

Several classes represented Hand-in-Hand on the school system's float, and Watchdog Dads proudly marched in the 2015 Rosebud Parade. Our Watchdog Dads volunteer their time at Hand-in-Hand throughout the school year. Thanks, Dads!

Principal Rose City Walk Women's Winner!

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

2nd Annual TCMS Cheerleading COLOR Run/Walk

Come join the fun and participate in the 2015 Color Me With Cheer 5K Fun Run/Walk on Saturday, May 16th at the Thomas County Middle School.  Click here for more information and registration form.

Mrs. Marnee's Kindergarten Class Receives 1st Place


Mrs. Marnee Stone’s Kindergarten Technology Team competed in the Media Festival in Camilla on March the 19th.  The team won first place in the K– 2 division.  The students created a webpage using web 2.0 tools entitled “Mrs. Marnee’s Class Shapes the World”.   This project incorporated a stem activity that allowed the students to create a 3D shape that would support the most weight.  Students built 3D shapes out of spaghetti and marshmallows.  They also created animals using different kinds of shapes. (From Left to Right:  Calen Wallace, Xavier Glenn, EmmaJean Reeves, Carter Weiss, Back Row:  Reese Wright, Donovan Brinson, Mrs. Marnee Stone, Clay Johnson, not shown Allie Boyett)

Hand-in-Hand Names Teachers of the Year

Hand-In-Hand Primary School officials have named Staff of the Year for 2015.  (From left to right) Named are Teacher of the Year Keri Johnson, Support Staff of the Year Wade Banks, and Support Teacher of the Year Renee Davis.

Promoting Literacy Every Day!

Hand-In-Hand Primary School celebrated Dr. Seuss’ birthday with many fun activities throughout the week; Staff members presented the play The Cat in the Hat on stage for all students. The lunchroom served “green eggs and ham” and learning fun was had by everyone. (Staff pictured left to right): Julie Swann, Megan Lewis, Hanah Taylor, Valerie Boban, Lucy Thompson, and Elizabeth Maxwell.

Big Thanks to Teacher Harvest!

Hand-In-Hand Primary received a special delivery on Monday from Teacher Harvest in Valdosta. Each teacher in the school received a free YOOBI box of supplies to be used in the classroom for instruction. The YOOBI boxes included folders, markers, pencils, erasers, and pencil bags. The teachers and students were excited about their surprise delivery.

Pictured left to right are kindergarten teachers: Stephanie White, Carole Bevis, Keri Johnson, and Linda Ivey. Teachers are pictured with Danny Dukes, director of our local Second Harvest and Hannah Peverill from Teacher Harvest in Valdosta.

Dad's Day at Hand-in-Hand!

Bryson and his father, Brian Ross enjoy PE together on Hand-in-Hand's annual Dad's Day.  Michael Green is joining in the fun also!

Community Helpers Visit!

Mrs. Jessica Vicks’ PreK class at Hand-In-Hand Primary School are learning about community helpers. Deputy Buddy Rhoden shared with the boys and girls about his job. They enjoyed getting to see his car and learning about safety.


Science Lab Fun!

Students in Mrs. Keri Johnson’s kindergarten class at Hand-In-Hand Primary are learning about machines and pulleys in our Science Lab.

Pictured are Railey and Noah.

Subtraction Bowling!

Hand-In-Hand Primary School students in Mrs. Keri Johnson’s kindergarten class are having fun with “Subtraction Bowling!" What a fun learning activity for a cold, winter day!
Students pictured with Ms. Taylor Fallaw (Valdosta State University student teacher) are Railey, Jaylen, Noah, Kota and Amelia.

 Hand-In-Hand Primary School


Pre-K and Kindergarten Registration

For Pre-K:

Register at Hand-In-Hand Primary School

Address: 4687 U. S. Hwy. 84 Bypass, (229) 225-3908

For Kindergarten:

Register at the Thomas County Board of Education

Address: 200 N. Pinetree Blvd., (229) 225-4380

Click Here For Registration Details:


Learning about Careers!

Ms. Holli's class has been studying community helpers. She turned their house area into a doctor’s office and the children have enjoyed acting out the roles of a doctor, nurse, and a patient!  Pictured are Charity and Emma.

Hand-In-Hand LUCKY Golf Tournament

Join us for our annual LUCKY Scramble Golf Tournament on Saturday, March 21st at the Country Oaks Golf Course.  This exciting event is a fundraiser for our school.  We need teams and hole sponsors so come out and try your luck.  Call the school at 229-225-3908 for more information.  Click here for the registration form. 


Jump Rope for Heart!

Hand-In-Hand Primary students are pictured with American Heart Association youth market director, Bridgett Rex after participating in the Jump Rope for Heart assembly held at the school. Students and family members have been participating in Jump Rope for Heart during P.E. this week as a part of “February FIT Fathers” Week.

Students pictured with Ms. Rex are: Isaiah and Isaac, Kennedy, Kota, and Emily.

Ms. Mallory's Pre-K class raised the most money during the Jump Rope for Heart fundraiser. Way to go! 

Exercise Fun!

What better way to have some fun than with a colorful parachute on a cold WINTER Day!  Students at Hand-In-Hand Primary spend their recess indoors on these cold mornings.  Pictured are students in Mrs. Erin Wright’s PreK class.

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.

We are Learning!

Mrs. Mallory's class learns about changing states of matter as they melt ice cubes.

Snow Day!

Hand-In-Hand Primary students recently had a fun day playing in the snow. A snow machine created snow so that our students could experience it! Students got to use their senses to explore and have fun learning.

Pictured are PreK students: Karson McCutchen, Caroline Eidson, and Lois Brogren making snowballs.

Class Receives Letter from President!

Mrs. Angie Manning's Kindergarten class recently sent a gingerbread man to President Obama. President Obama replied with a letter to the class, photos of his family, and a personal letter to Mrs. Manning! Students' families have also sent gingerbread men to far-away friends and relatives so that the class can read about the adventures the gingerbread men have had and to also map out the different states each one has visited.


We are Learning About Hibernation!

Miguel rolls the dice and puts the correct number of bears in the cave!

Icicles Intrigue!

Ms. Shelley's class of three year olds touches an icicle created on a recent freezing night.  They are learning about states of matter in a hands-on way!

Pre-K & Kindergarten Registration

Registration for Pre-K and Kindergarten for the 2015-16 school year will soon take place on February 2, 3, and 4, at the Thomas County Board of Education PLC.  Please click the link below for more details concerning times and requirements.

Registration Flyer

Christmas Science!

Ms. Holli Rossi's class made Christmas trees out of baking soda and water. They put the trees in the freezer overnight, and then used vinegar to squirt on the trees and watched it melt! What a great way to learn about states of matter!

H-in-H Helps Needy

Hand-In-Hand Primary School provided Christmas presents to 100 needy children through our local Salvation Army's Angel Tree program.  Pictured with Scott Reardon from the Salvation Army are: (left to right) Ashley Sellers, Hand-in-Hand counselor, and students Colton, Kenneth, Ty’Niria, Christopher, Kaylen, and Laney, with Hand-in-Hand's principal, Jeanna Mayhall.

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.

Winter Festival Fun!

Marques receives a Christmas tattoo at Hand-in-Hand's Winter Family Fun Day held on December 6th. Students also enjoyed taking a hay ride, having breakfast with Santa, reading with an elf, sipping hot chocolate, riding tricycles, and playing in the bouncy houses.

Hand-in-Hand students flocked to make fun crafts at the Winter Family Fun Day!  Pictured above are Alexander and Jasper creating an ornament. 

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.”

Student-Led Conferences Held

Timmy is pictured above reading to his mother at Hand-in-Hand's recent
student-led conference night.  His kindergarten teacher (shown at left) is Ms. Angie Manning. Student-led conferences are held twice a year at Hand-in-Hand and allow students to showcase their budding talents to their parents.

March of the Cans!

Drake, Tucker, and Armonei were among the many, many children who donated 1,941 cans today during our annual March of the Cans.  The whole student body marched to the front lobby carrying cans they had brought to donate to the Thomas County Food Bank. 

Angie Manning’s class was the top collection winner, donating 158 cans.

Elizabeth Johnson’s class was the 2nd place collection winner. The class donated 151 cans.  Way to go!

Veterans' Day Parade at Hand-in-Hand!

Hand-in-Hand held its annual Veterans' Day Parade!  Students made banners, hats, and flags, and marched in front of scores of veterans invited for the parade.  TCCHS band members added the beat as we marched around the front circle.  Shown above is Ms. Valerie Filer with her Pre-K class.  Pictured below are Ariel, Danielle, Ramiro, and Jenna.They are all kindergartners in Linda Ivey’s class.  Preparing for the parade met the kindergarten state standard "I know what Veterans' Day is and why we celebrate it."

Halloween at Hand-in-Hand

Journie, Javin, Christian, and Payton are dressed for Halloween fun!  Princesses and superheroes were everywhere on Halloween at Hand-in-Hand!


Math with Pumpkins!

Mrs. Paige Nix’s Pre-K class is learning about graduated order, height, weight, and the circumference of  pumpkins.
Pictured: (left to right) Aiden, D.J., Isabella, Collins, and Makayla.

Pumpkin Patch Visit!

  The two 3-year old classes at Hand-in-Hand recently visited a pumpkin patch in Coolidge.  In addition to picking their own tiny pumpkins, the students were able to pet bunnies, see a donkey, take a hayride, and do some pumpkin bowling. 

Learning About Bus Safety

Bus drivers taught Hand-in-Hand's Pre-K classes about bus safety during Bus Safety Awareness Week.   Ms. Tammy (top photo) showed students her bus and passed out coloring and info sheets.  Another bus driver, Ms. Connie (bottom photo, right), is pictured with Ms. Chris Cox and some of her Pre-K students after their safety demonstration.

Jack O'Lantern Jog a Success!

Hand-in-Hand student Clay participated in our school system's Jack O'Lantern Jog along with his mom, Hand-in-Hand kindergarten teacher Ms. Keri.

Carly Ramhoffer and her mom Haley Haskins Ramhoffer dressed in Halloween costumes for the Jack O'Lantern Jog.

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.

Governor's Wife Reads to Us!

Governor Deal’s wife recently read a story to Hand-in-Hand students.  She is travelling around the state reading aloud to selected Pre-K schools, and Hand-in-Hand was one of those schools chosen. 

Fire Safety Clowns Visit

The Thomas County and Thomasville City Fire Clowns visited the students at Hand-In-Hand Primary this week to teach the students about Fire Safety.
They performed skits, demonstrated safe exits, and fire drills for the home. The students also got to see the big fire trucks.

Pumpkin Fun!

Londyn, Dillon, Zumarion, Malkijah, and Angel enjoyed decorating a pumpkin in the art area of Mrs. Angie Manning's kindergarten classroom.  They entered their pumpkin at the fair and won a ribbon!

Engaging Experiments!

Hand-in-Hand future scientists Lauren, Colbee, and  Eli, in Mallory Glass's Pre-K class experiment with watching colors erupt and mix together.

Kindergarten Astronomy!

Students in Brooke Whittington’s kindergarten class enjoyed eating their way through the moon phases!  Pictured are Ty’Niria, Ali, and Kaylen.

Movement Fun!

PE Coach Hanah Taylor introduces students to a new game with over-sized dice involving LOTS of healthy movement! Pictured at top with Coach Taylor are Joni  and Lilli. Bottom picture is Lilli, Timmy, and Aaliyah attempting the crab walk with Coach Taylor.

Ballet Program Launches at Hand-in-Hand!

Hand-In-Hand Primary students enjoy ballet at school through the Dance Academy.  This enrichment is offered every Monday as an afterschool exploration for our Pre-K and kindergarten students.

Pictured above are Emily, Kinsley, Kendall, and Emma.

Also having fun while they learn dance are Julia and Sereniti (in foreground).

Pictured above areTa'Lor, Ziara, and Baylin learning how to mix colors to make new colors in the Science Lab. They are also in Ms. Catherine Thompson's kindergarten class.

Color Mixing Fun!

Catherine Thompson's kindergarten class had a great time reading the story Mouse Paint and learning about primary colors. Pictured are Edjen, Lilah, and Tyler sorting by color.

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

Hand-in-Hand Teacher Receives State-wide Recognition!

Hand-in-Hand Pre-K teacher Erin Wright has been chosen as Georgia's Pre-K Teacher of the Year by the Georgia Association for the Education of Young Children (GAEYC).  We are very proud of our colleague!

Successful Open House Held!


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

Summer Reading Challenge!

Kindergartners can read twenty books this summer and receive a prize from Garrison-Pilcher next Fall!  Click here to see the Reading Log.

Hand-In-Hand End of the Year Celebration

Hand-In-Hand will be taking all of the students to the YMCA for a  pool celebration.  We are inviting parents to assist us with this special event.  No younger or older siblings will be allowed due to the number of students that we have swimming per life guards. To keep this a family-friendly event, we ask that all adults refrain from wearing bikini bathing suits.

Celebration Times:

Pre-k:  Monday, May 19th  (see more information)

Kindergarten:  Tuesday, May 20th  (see more information)

Child Development Classes:  Friday, May 23rd  (see more information)

Happy Nurse's Day

Happy Nurse's Day to Ms. Charlotte.

Ms. Charlotte has been keeping us well for over 9 years at HNH.  We appreciate all that you do to keep us safe and healthy.

Hand-In-Hand receives a treat from the DQ

The Dairy Queen donated $1,200 to Hand-In-Hand.  This money will go towards field trips and other student activites.  We appreciate your support!

"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

2014 Media Festival

Mrs. Marnee's Kindergarten team won 1st place at the Media Festival in Camilla.  They created a webpage through Glogster depicting how they are 100 days smarter.  They used technology to demonstrate mastery of their counting skills such as counting to 100, counting by 10's, and counting by 5's.  The students also wrote sentences describing their 100 animal creations.


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

2014 Staff of the Year

Congratulations to Hand-In-Hand Prmary Staff of the Year for 2014.  (Pictured from left to right)  Support Staff Member of the Year- Toni Odom, Principal -Jeanna Mayhall, Teacher of the Year - Meredith Powell, Support Teacher of the Year- Brenda McNeil

Hand-In-Hand's Lucky Scramble

Hand-In-Hand Primary School is sponsoring a Lucky Scramble at the Country Oaks Golf Course in Thomasville on Saturday, March 8th.  Come out and join the fun.  Prizes will be awarded. (Format: 4-person Scramble)

Click here for more information

Kindergarten Registration 2014-15 School Year

Kindergarten Rodeo for New Students

When:  Monday, March 31, 2014 

Where:   Thomas County Board of Education, PLC

Time:  9:00-6:00                           

Click here for more Information        


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.

NOTICE: Snow Day Postponed

We regret to inform you that Snow Day has been postponed indefinitely due to severe cold weather predicted for next week. I know that this sounds funny, but it does get too cold for our little ones to enjoy the snow. Please know that most of our children do not have cold weather gear to stay outside for any length of time. Blowing in the snow is a big expense that simply is not worth it if our children cannot bear the cold. We may be able to reschedule it the last week of February. This is all tentative right now. Again, this has not been an easy decision because we all love sharing this wonderful learning experience with our students.



Pre-k Registration 2014-2015 School Year:

Calling All Preschoolers!

February 3rd & 5th

Click here for more information

Family Fun Day

Family Fun Day was a blast.  Check out more pictures in the photo gallery section.

Breakfast with Santa

Everyone enjoyed breakfast with Santa.  The grits, eggs, sausage, and biscuit were delicious.

Hand-In-Hand Veterans' Day Parade

TCCHS Honor Students Give Goodies!
Author Eric Litwin Visits H-in-H!
Jack O'Lantern Jog School Winners!
Jack O'Lantern Jog Fun!



Literature Fair 2013
Wonderful WatchDOG Dad!
Measuring Earthworms!
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.

Thank You, Zaxby's!

Jack O'Lantern Jog!
Young Scientists

Learning Through Play

Yellow Jacket Spirit Starts Young!

Book Fair Jam-packed!

Grandparents' Day a Success!

Loving our TCCHS Helpers!

Body Shapes!

Loving Books!

Let the Learning Begin!

Parents Pour in to Open House!

Getting Active Our First Week!

First Day Smiles!

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.


Your SPLOST money is at work! If you need to visit Hand-In-Hand or Thomas County Middle School over the next few weeks, it may be necessary to enter from Highway 202 (County Line Road) and come through the back. We are receiving extended entrances and exits off the bypass as well as restructuring and paving.

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!

Student Art Showcased in Rosebud Parade!

Mobile Marine Lab Visits!

Georgia's First Lady Visits!

Chehaw Wild Animal Park a Learning Experience!

Dairy Queen Donation!

Hand-in-Hand Authors!

Hand-in-Hand Recognizes World Down Syndrome Day!

Transportation Day Fun!

Media Festival!

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!

Kindergarten Registration Kindergarten Registration

Mark your calendar for Kindergarten Registration on Monday, April 29!

H-in-H Staffmembers of the Year Named!

Dr. Seuss Day a Success!

February Father's Day!

Learning about Wind!

Learning about Winter!

Snow Day!

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

Free Pre-K Books!
Eggs Hatch in Class!
March of the Cans!
New Curriculum & Instruction Blog Thomas County Logo
Veterans' Day Celebrated!

Retired Teachers Visit
Election Day


Junior Voters!

Perfect Attendance Winners!

Student Wins Fire Award!

Rep. Darlene Taylor visits Hand-in-Hand Pre-k students Ga Pre-K
Rep. Darlene Taylor reads to Pre-K students at Hand-In-Hand.  Georgia celebrates 20th Anniversary of Pre-K program.

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Cooking Playdough Cooking Playdough
Pre-K Student writes the word principal Pre-K student Jayla Davis
 Jayla Davis in Mrs. Lakeisha Coleman’s Pre-K class at Hand-in-Hand has written the word ‘principal’ and is holding a picture of our principal, Jeanna Mayhall.
Chick-Fil-A Night Chick-fil-A Night
Watch D.O.G.S. Watch D.O.G.S. Event
Hand-In-Hand launched a new program . . .Watch D.O.G.S. - (Dads of Great Students). The kickoff program was a big hit with over 100 dads attending the meeting. We are asking our dads, stepdads, granddads, and important males to commit to serving one day in our school. These men will serve as role models on our campus helping in the classrooms, P.E., computer lab, recess, and lunch. For more information on Watch D.O.G.S. call the school - 229-225-3908.
Watch D.O.G.S Watch D.O.G.S. Launch

Hand-In-Hand launched a new program ... Watch D.O.G.S. - (Dads of Great Students).  The kickoff program was a big hit with over 100 dads attending the meeting.  We are asking our dads, stepdads, granddads, and important males to commit to serving one day in our school.  These men will serve as role models on our campus helping in the classrooms, P.E., computer lab, recess, and lunch.  For more information on Watch D.O.G.S. call the school at 229-225-3908.

Mother Goose/ Grandparent's Day Mother Goose
We need your input on our CLIP! Feedback
Please take a moment to review our Comprehensive LEA Improvement Plan. Your feedback is important to us.
Back-to-School Blitz Back to School
Join our school system along with multiple community agencies at the annual Back-to-School Blitz held at Southwest Georgia Technology College.