District News

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.

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

Thomas County Students Place at National History Day

Students from Thomas County Central High, Thomas County Middle, and Thomas County Upper Elementary attended the National History Day State Competition April 26, 2014 at Mercer University. National History Day allows students to choose their own topic and presentation style while learning about a specific historical time period and meeting Common Core literacy and GPS social studies standards. This year's theme is "Rights and Responsibilities" - this required students to use balanced research from primary and secondary sources to prove their thesis.  Click More Information below to see results.

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Quiz Bowl Team Wins Competition

Congratulations to the TCMS Quiz Bowl team for winning first place and being undefeated in the Okefenokee Academic Bowl.   Team members include Morgan Ward, Kyle Clark, Kennedy Ward, Sierra Stephens, Joshua Stephens, and Kaleb Ward.

FBLA Sends Four to Nationals

Over 3500 Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) students competed in Atlanta the weekend of March 14-16, 2014. Less than 10% will move on to represent Georgia at the FBLA National Leadership Conference and Competition in Nashville, TN this summer.   Please see More Information below for a list of all winner. Those earning the right to represent TCCHS and Georgia at Nationals are:

  • Lauren Rich--2nd Place in Business Communication
  • Tessa McCorkle--3rd Place in Website Development
  • Savannah Matherly--4th Place in Hospitality Management


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OM Team Qualifies for World Finals

The TCCHS Odyssey of the Mind team that solved the problem “The Driver’s Test” has qualified for World Finals. The team is made up of Alexis Bergozza, Addison Frasch, Bobby Hancock , Mallorie Johnson, Chelcie Nix, Beth Sharpe, and Terrance Smith. See More Information for the full story and Photo Galleries for pictures.

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Rising 5th Grade MERIT Open House

An open house for rising 5th grade students who are interested in the MERIT program will take place on Thursday, April 3 at 6:00 PM in the TCMS cafeteria. 

Click here for a MERIT application

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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.

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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.

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Student Interviews Jackie Robinson's Wife

Nick Herndon, a 7th grade MERIT student, flew to New York over Thanksgiving break for a very special event.  He was granted the request to interview Jackie Robinson's widow, Rachel Robinson, at the Jackie Robinson Foundation as a part of his research for his National History Day project.


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Denton Wins Grand Prize in Poster Contest

Congratulations to Aubree Denton for her Grand Prize drawing in the Fourth Annual "I Want to be Recycled" poster contest. Lyndsae Madden placed second in the 9-12 grade division, and Emily Corbitt placed third. See More Information below for a list of all winners and photos of our winning entries.

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Spelling Bee Winners

Thomas County Upper Elementary and Thomas County Middle School held grade level spelling bees on Tuesday, November 19.  These students were the champion spellers in spelling bees that were held in the school gym in front of their grade level peers. 

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Georgia Author Visits TCMS

Georgia author, William Rawlings, visited Mrs. Deann Garcia’s Georgia History classes to discuss writing, research, and his experience with learning history related to Georgia.

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Dual Enrollment Meeting Held

On Thursday, November 21, Dr. Jim Rehberg, director of gifted and honors programs, along with the TCCHS guidance counselors held an informational meeting for parents and students interested in learning more about dual enrollment. Representatives from ABAC, Bainbridge College, Southwest Georgia Technical College and Thomas University were also on hand to answer questions specific to their programs. Dual enrollment offers students the opportunity to earn high school and college credits simultaneously. Anyone interested in dual enrollment who was unable to attend the meeting may stop by the guidance office to pick up information.

TCCHS Hosts Special Olympic Winter Games

On Thursday, November 14 Thomas County Central was host to the annual Special Olympic Winter Games. More than 150 local students participated in the games which was conducted by the Thomasville YMCA and the Thomas County Olympics. Students also participated in events at Rose City Bowl. Please see more information below.

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Anderson Wins Best of Show at PWAF Junior Art Contest

Artwork in the Plantation Wildlife Festival Junior Art Contest had to be based on the “Game Birds in Flight” theme. A maximum of 50 entries, from grades 7-12 were accepted for exhibition. TCCHS had eight works selected this year. The overall “Best of Show” winner was Central’s Sophomore Sophie Anderson for her “Wild Pheasant” in watercolor, ink, and acrylic. See more information for pictures of the winning pieces of artwork.

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National Honor Society holds Induction

On Monday, September 23, 2013, new members of the Thomas County Central High School National Honor Society were inducted.

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Chorale Presents Fall Showcase

On October 17, 2013 the Thomas County Chorale hosted their first annual Fall Showcase. This event invited guests to enjoy an array of delicious homemade desserts, hot cocoa, coffee, and music performed by the talented members of the Thomas County Chorale. The five choirs of TCCHS and several soloists entertained guests by performing a variety of popular music. The showcase is to be held each year as a fundraiser. The Fall Showcase received a positive response from attending students, faculty, administration, and community members.

TCCHS Wins at Deep South Fair Youth Art Show

The Deep South Fair Youth Art Show was recently held in Thomasville. TCCHS had multiple winners in many categories. Congratulations to our 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and Honorable Mention Winners!  See More Information for a list of first place TCCHS winners.
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School-Based Flu Clinic

The Thomas County School System is happy to partner with the Thomas County Health Department in offering flu vaccines to our students at no cost this fall.  Information packets were sent home regarding the vaccines with students.  Click here to find out more and download the information sheets and permission form.

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Pre-k Registration 2014-2015 School Year:

Calling All Preschoolers!

February 3rd & 5th

Click here for more information

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

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NHD Winners Announced

The TCCHS Social Studies Department would like to announce the winners of our 1st National History Day competition. These students will advance to the state competition at Mercer University at the end of April. Please see More Information below for a list of winners.

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Vacancy Announcement for Bishop Hall Charter School

The founding principal/headmaster of Bishop Hall Charter School is retiring after 15 years of service.  The Board of Bishop Hall Charter School is seeking a new leader to serve as principal of the grades 8-12 non-traditional charter school. The new principal also serves as the CEO of Bishop Hall Charter School, Inc.  Please click the links below to view the Vacancy Announcement and Supplemental Application for further details concerning the application requirements. 

Vacancy Announcement

Supplemental Application

Parent Survey Now Available! We Need Your Input!

We would like all parents of Thomas County Schools students to participate in an online survey. We need your feedback and suggestions to revise our School Improvement Plans.  The survey is available now through Friday, May 30, 2014.  Please click the link below to complete the parent survey.

Parent Survey

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.

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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

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.

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Author David Sargent is Visiting Garrison-Pilcher!

Author David Sargent will be visiting Garrison-Pilcher as our special guest during our Reading Rally.  Mr. Sargent's books may be purchased and autographed during the morning visit.  A flyer with more information will be sent home with students.



CCRPI Index Report Card

Thomas County Central High School (TCCHS) earned the highest score among high schools in Southwest Georgia on the College and Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI), based on data released by the Georgia Department of Education. The CCRPI Index is regarded as a state report card for schools in Georgia. TCCHS scored an 83 on the 100-point scale, which is in the top tier of high schools statewide.

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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.

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OM Advances Three Teams to State

Three teams at TCCHS have qualified for Odyssey of the Mind (OM) State Finals to take place on March 29, 2014 at Columbus State University. See More Information below for details.

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"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

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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

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

Eight Advance to State Science Fair

(l-r): Ally Sealy, Ellen Ponder, Emily Kornegay, Richard Rountree, Rhonda Brown, Kaitlyn Douglas and Mason Lawing

Congratulations to our Region Science Fair Winners!  The following students placed first and will advance to state competition next month: Rhonda Brown, Kaitlyn Douglas, Emily Kornegay, Mason Lawing, Ellen Ponder, Richard Rountree and Ally Sealy. Emily Kornegay won the trophy for Second Overall in the Senior Division.  Ally Sealy won the American Chemical Society Award. These students will advance to the Georgia State Science and Engineering fair in March.

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Robotics Team Wins Connect Award

Pictured left to right:  Emily Kornegay, Garrett Castleman, William McCray, and Kacy Jones.

Thomas County robotics teams competed at the RoBugs FTC qualifier this past weekend.  The CyberStinger Blue team brought home the Connect Award.  This award was given to the team for its involvement in helping the community understand FIRST® and FTC.  The team conducted several outreach events during the year, volunteered during science camp, and participated in the Thomasville Christmas parade.

A Magical Night at Garrison-Pilcher!

Please make plans to attend our Family Reading Night on Friday, January 24th.  Magician Ken Scott will provide entertainment and laughs for the whole family.  The show will begin at 6:00 with free admission for everyone!  For more information on Mr. Scott, please check out his website at www.kenscottmagic.com.  This event is sponsored by the Wee Bee Boosters.

Garrison-Pilcher Honors Day

Honors day for the first school semester will be Friday, January 10th.  The first grade assembly will be held at 8:30.  The second grade assembly will be held at 1:00.  Teachers will be notifying parents of students receiving honors this week!

TCMS Wins Quiz Bowl Competition

Congratuations to the TCMS Quiz Bowl team!  They placed first in their region competition that took place on Saturday, January 11.

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National History Day Winners


Thomas County Schools recently hosted the Regional National History Day competition for the Junior Division at Thomas County Middle School. Students competed in the categories of performances, exhibits, and websites – both individual and group.  After researching their topics, students connected the historical event or figure to the theme “Rights and Responsibilities.”  Winners will advance to the state competition in April at Mercer University.  Students were led by Amanda West, Heather Ward and Deann Garcia in the Thomas County MERIT program.  Thomas County Central High School will host the Senior Division March 11th

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Jackets Sign Seven on National Signing Day

Seven Thomas County Central Yellow Jackets signed letters of intent to play football on the college level on National Signing Day. See More Information below for a list of players and colleges and see Photo Galleries for pictures from the signing event.

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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        


Carver Wins State History Award

TCCHS teacher, Teresa Carver, has been named the Outstanding American History Teacher of the Year for the State of Georgia for 2014. This prestigious award, which is sponsored by the Georgia Society Colonial Dames 17th Century, was presented at their Spring Conference  in Marietta, Ga. Please see More Information below.

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Future Jacket Cheer Camp

The Thomas County Central cheerleaders will host the 2014 Future Jacket Cheer Camp on August 23, 2014 from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. The camp is open to girls ages K-4th grade and cost $50.00 per participant. Each girl will receive a t-shirt, a water bottle, and a ticket to the opening home football game on September 5, 2014 where they will perform a pregame dance and cheer. Registration forms should be returned to Carrie Lasseter at TCCHS no later than August 11, 2014. CLICK HERE for registration information.

Geometry Town Competition Winners

We are so proud of the top four winners of TCUE’s Geometry Town Project.  The sixth grade math teachers decided to have a grade level competition with each student building a three dimensional geometry town. 

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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. 

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

Parents Guide To New Test In Georgia

For the 2014-15 school year, Georgia will begin rolling out new assessments aligned to the CCGPS.The new assessments will be used to gauge how well students are mastering the standards and, ultimately, how ready students are to succeed in college and careers.Click Here for PDF regarding Georgia's New Testing:  Georgia's New Test

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

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

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


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Thomas County Schools Virtual Learning Meeting

Join us for an informational meeting about our Virtual Learning Program on Tuesday, July 31, at 10am or 6pm.  Please click the link below for more details.

Virtual Learning Meeting

TCCHS Youth Baseball Camp

TCCHS will host a youth baseball camp for boys ages 7-14 on May 27 and 28, 2014 from 8:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. each day. This camp will cover all aspects of the game and the goal is to improve the players’ basic fundamentals of the game while having fun. Instruction will include the proper techniques of hitting, pitching, catching, infield, outfield, base running and team defense. We will use a positive coaching approach to help each ballplayer raise his confidence and level of play. The camp will be run by members of the TCCHS coaching staff as well as current and former Yellow Jackets. CLICK HERE for registration form and waiver. Please read, fill out and bring signed forms to the field no later than the first day of camp. *In order to guarantee a t-shirt please turn in completed forms by May 15, 2014. 

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IT'S POPPIN! Student Art Exhibition

Monday, April 14, 2014 was the opening reception for the Thomas County School System student art exhibition at the Thomasville Center for the Arts lower level gallery. The student artwork exhibited was a collection of over 100 works from Garrison-Pilcher, Cross Creek, and Thomas County Upper Elementary and Middle School. Everything was organized by the school’s art teachers, Christy Parker-Priest, Annie Burke and Emily Holton.

Click "More Information" to see pictures from the opening reception.

IT'S POPPIN! Student Art Exhibition

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Students Accepted to Georgia All State Chorus

Melody Hagan             Logan Leik

Thomas County Chorale congratulates fellow students, Melody Hagan and Logan Leik upon being accepted into the Georgia All State Chorus. In February, these two students will have the opportunity to travel to Athens, GA to work with world-renowned conductors and participate in concerts with other students who have achieved the same honor. This is always a very exciting and rewarding experience for our students. We are proud of them.

Students Win Bridge Building Contest

Chandler Fiveash, Ryland Ramhofer, and Aiden Carruth competed in the annual Southwest Georgia Regional Bridge Contest hosted by Albany State University on February 22nd.  Fiveash and Ramhofer won First Place in the middle school division for their 27.9 gram bridge which held 14653.7 grams before breaking for an efficiency of 525.22%.  Their bridge proved to be the most efficient of all the bridges at the competition including those in the high school division.

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Harper Announces Retirement

On Wednesday, December 11, TCCHS principal Ken Harper announced that he will be retiring effective June 30, 2014. Assistant principal Trista Jones has been named as principal-designee and will assume the principalship effective July 1, 2014. See More Information below for details.

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Donuts for Dads & Dudes

Garrison-Pilcher hosted "Donuts for Dads and & Dudes" on December 16th.  Fathers, grandfathers, uncles and friends were encouraged to visit the school to enjoy donuts and read to the children.  Thank you to all of our guests!   Please visit the Photo Gallery for more pictures from the event.

TCCHS Holds 6th Annual SWAYJ

Thomas County Central High School held the 6th Annual Shop with a Yellow Jacket (SWAYJ) event on December 14. Students from TCCHS formed teams and raised money to take a student from one of our lower schools shopping at Walmart. 85 teams participated this year involving approximately 350 high school students. Please see More Information below and Pgoto Galleries to the left for more informaiton and pictures.

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FBLA "Three Peats" Region Sweepstakes Trophy

TCCHS is proud to announce that our Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) team has retained the Region I Sweepstakes Trophy, completing a "Three-Peat" in winning all 3 years since the award has been created.  Please see More Information below.

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TCMS Students Participate in All-State Chorus

TCMS 8th grade students Joseph Riglioni, Marion Rose Young, and Caleb Giddens recently participated in the 2014 GA All-State Chorus festivities.  These students were chosen out of approximately 4,500 7th and 8th grade students from across the state of Georgia.  The students completed two days of rehearsals which culminated with a concert on Saturday, March 22, at the Classic Center in Athens.

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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

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 2014-2015 school year.

Click More Information for links to all guidelines

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New Vaccine Required for Rising 7th Graders & New 8th-12th Graders

Beginning in the 2014-2015 school year, all 7th graders and newly enrolled 8th-12th graders will be required to have one dose of the Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis) vaccine and one dose of the meningococcal conjugate vaccine prior to entering school.  Click "More Information" below for further information.

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Students Excel at Odyssey of the Mind Competition

Thomas County Middle School recently participated in the Odyssey of the Mind Competition in Cordele, Georgia.  OM is an international educational program that provides creative problem-solving opportunities for students from kindergarten through college. Team members apply their creativity to solve problems that range from building mechanical devices to presenting their own interpretation of literary classics. They then bring their solutions to competition on the local, state, and World level. Thousands of teams from throughout the U.S. and from about 25 other countries participate in the program.  Two of TCMS’s teams will advance to the state competition in Columbus, Georgia on March 29, 2014.

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Artists Win at Center for the Arts Youth Art Show

Congratulations to Thomas County Central art students who earned awards at the recent Thomasville Center for the Arts Annual High School Youth Arts Show. Senior Lyndsae Madden received the Artists' Guild Scholarship Award of $1,000.00. See More Information for a list of all winners.

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Cross Creek Students Excel in DAR Contest

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

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TCMS Regional Science Fair Winners

Thomas County Middle School students recently participated in the Regional Science Fair held at ABAC in Tifton.  All 24 students that competed came home with a ribbon.  Seventh grader Emily Mitchell came home with the First Place award and eighth grader C’Lee Kornegay brought home Second Place for a sweep of the Junior Division trophies.  Emily Mitchell and C’Lee Kornegay will compete at the Georgia State Science & Engineering Fair at the University of Georgia on March 27-29 in Athens.

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