District News

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.

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Parent Engagement Month

November is Parent Engagement Month!  Please click here to view a calendar that includes ways you can become more involved with your child's learning this month!

Thomas County Schools Art Show

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


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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. 


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


Family STEM Science Night

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

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

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

Thomas County 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!


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

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.

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

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

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TCCHS wins All Sports title, Directors Cup

TCCHS has been awarded the All Sports trophy from Region 1AAAA and the Regions Director’s Cup from the Georgia Athletic Directors Association for its exemplary achievements in sports programs last school year. “The All Sports trophy is awarded to the best overall athletic program in Region 1 AAAA,” TCCHS Athletic Director Sam Holland said. “We had five region champions last year: boys and girls golf, girls soccer, softball, and girls swimming.”

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TCCHS adds AP classes

Thomas County Central High School is continuing its efforts to provide rigorous courses for students seeking challenging content. This year, the school has added two more Advanced Placement, or AP, classes to its roster: AP Latin, taught by Cary Riggs, and AP Environmental Science, taught by Laura Kornegay. “Our AP program continues to expand and grow to meet the needs of our student population,” TCCHS Assistant Principal James T. Rehberg, who coordinates gifted and accelerated instruction, said.

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Vaccine Required for Rising 7th Graders

All 7th grade students are required to have one dose of the Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis) vaccine and one dose of the meningococcal conjugate vaccine by September 1, 2015.  Click "More Information" below for further information.

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Volunteer Orientation

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

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

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

Thomas County Schools featured as one of state’s “Fabulous Four” Systems

The Thomas County School System was highlighted as one of the four top school systems in the state at the Summer Georgia Association of Educational Leaders (GAEL) conference held this week at Jekyll Island.

Thomas County Schools Assistant Superintendent Lisa Williams led the presentation on behalf of the district. In her presentation, Williams highlighted four unique programs offered in the Thomas County School District.

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Please Complete Our Survey!

We need your input for improvement! Please complete survey by Friday, August 21.

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:


Cross Country Jog 2015

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

Click here for the registration form!

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:


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 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:


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!

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Open House Dates Announced

Hand-In-Hand Primary School
July 31
8:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Garrison-Pilcher Elementary School
July 31
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon

Cross Creek Elementary School
July 31
12:00 noon - 2:00 p.m.
4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Thomas County Upper Elementary/Thomas County Middle School
July 30
TCUE: 3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
TCMS: 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
5th Grade MERIT: 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

July 31
TCUE/TCMS: 12:30 noon - 2:30 p.m.

Thomas County Central High School
July 30
6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Bishop Hall Charter School
July 31
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.


Parent Involvement

State School Superintendent Dr. John Barge named 36 parents from all over Georgia to serve on his 2014-15 Parent Advisory Council (PAC).  Leah Smith, a Cross Creek Elementary representative on the Thomas County School District’s Parent Advisory Council, was chosen as one of the members.  Each representative was asked to design and implement a project to increase family engagement in their school districts. In her video project, Smith shares ways people can volunteer and the benefits of doing so.  To see the video, please click on the link below:


Graduation 2015

Congratulations to our Thomas County Central High School Class of 2015!  Endless possibilities await the 286 graduates who will be looking toward a future full of new challenges.  Valedictorian Emily Kornegay and Salutatorian Noah Harris both shared words of wisdom with their fellow classmates.  Click below to read their speeches.


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Bishop Hall Charter School: Accepting Applications

Bishop Hall Charter School student enrollment applications are now being accepted at the Thomas County Schools Student Enrollment Office located at 200 North Pinetree Boulevard, Thomasville, Georgia. All applications will go into a pool for the annual lottery drawing which will occur on Thursday, June 11, 2015. Status letters will be mailed out upon completion of the lottery.

For more information, please call the Thomas County Schools Student Enrollment Office at 229-225-4380.

Class of 2015 Top Honors Named

Thomas County Central High School has announced top honors for the Class of 2015: its valedictorian, salutatorian, and honor graduates. Emily Kornegay, 16, is valedictorian and Noah Harris, 17, is salutatorian. Also, 32 seniors are honor graduates.

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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

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

Watson Selected for GHP

The Governor’s Honors Program, known as GHP, has announced its honorees for the 2015 event, and TCCHS student Chandler Watson has been selected in the Science field.

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Students Place at Georgia Educational Technology Fair

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

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Holocaust Survivor to Speak to the Community

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

Click 'More Information' below for more details.

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Thomas County Schools Art Show

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

Students Place in Regional Technology Fair

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

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TCCHS Students Advance to Region After NHD Event

Forty Thomas County Central High School students have advanced to the next phase of competition in an annual event that promotes interest in history. National History Day was held Feb. 10 at TCCHS, with numerous students participating in the event, which is like a social studies fair and gives students the chance to show their history knowledge and research skills. NHD has five categories: Documentary, Exhibit, Paper, Performance, and Web Site.  This year’s theme is “Leadership and Legacy.”

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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.

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Bishop Hall Opens New Facility

The New Year brought many new things to students enrolled at Bishop Hall Charter School. Students arrived at the new school location after the holidays to have breakfast for the first time in the school’s new cafeteria.  Students then moved to the recently renovated gymnasium next door for a brief assembly program before going out in front of the new building for the ceremonial raising of the first flags to fly over the new school.

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HOSA Students Advance to State

Several members of TCCHS’s Healthcare Science program have placed in HOSA region events and moved on to the HOSA State Leadership Conference, which will be held on the University of Georgia campus this March.

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9th Grade Open House

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

Monday, February 9
6:00 p.m.

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

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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

Science Fair Winners

The Thomas County Middle School Science Fair was held recently. There were more than 200 projects entered by 6th, 7th and 8th graders. Judges came from Florida State University, Thomas University, Thomas County Central High School, Scholars Academy, and Law Enforcement as well as retired teachers.  Click "More Information" for details. 

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Lego League Champions!

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

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FBLA attends Fall Leadership conference

The Thomas County Central High School Future Business Leaders of America leadership team participated in the Fall Leadership conference Nov. 18-19 in Athens.

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Robotics Teams Compete

The TCCHS robotics team, CyberStingers Gold, members are Jameson Smith, A.J. Rowell, Austin Ridley, Chris Geer, and Steven Tran. The team won the Finalist Alliance trophy at the FTC qualifier sponsored by L.E.D. Robotics at Southern Polytechnic State University the weekend of December 6.

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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.”

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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.

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