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

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

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

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Jan/Feb 2017 Buzz

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

Math Tutoring at TCCHS Math Help

Need a math tutor? All Thomas County Central High School students have the opportunity to receive free math tutoring Monday through Friday. Tutoring is offered before and after school and will begin on January 9. Take advantage of this valuable resource by choosing a time that's good for you!

CLICK HERE TO VIEW SCHEDULE

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

 

School System Closed

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

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

 

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 Dates

SAVE THE DATE!
Open house dates and times have been set for each school. Please click on the More Information link below to see the full schedule:

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

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

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

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

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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

Please Complete Our Survey!

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

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

Click here to review the implementation plan (CLIP).

Click the link below to complete the survey:

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

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!

Survey Invitation to All Parents of Thomas County Students

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

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

Thomas County 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.  

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  

TCCHS Chromebook Information Buzz Holding Computer

Attention Parents!

If you were unable to attend one of the meetings regarding the Chromebooks that will be issued to students at Thomas County Central High School, you can access the information via the links below.  

TCCHS Chromebook Informational Video - Please watch this video first.  

Parent/Student Chromebook Letter/Contract - Print, sign, and return this letter.  The letter should be returned to the student's second period teacher.  These should be returned as soon as possible.  

Frequently Asked Questions - This document contains a list of frequently asked questions and answers.

If you have any more questions, please contact the school or email Mrs. Lindsay Thompson at lthompson@tcjackets.net.

Fifth Grade Student Qualifies for National Competition

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

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!

Chromebook Mandatory Parent Meetings Buzz Holding Chromebook

TCCHS will soon be providing every student a Chromebook to use at home and school. Before students can receive a Chromebook, a parent or guardian must attend a meeting to receive information on expectations for use and care. Please see the flyer for more information on dates, times, and location of these meetings. Parents/guardians must only attend one of the meetings offered.

Chromebook Parent Meeting Flyer

TCCHS Ag Livestock Team Advances to State Future Farmers of America emblem

Members of Thomas County Central High School’s ​FFA Livestock Evaluation team proved they know their stuff during the South Region Livestock Judging Career Development Event.

The team placed second overall in the event, held in Ocilla on Nov. 15, and advanced to state competition; member Tori Stringer was named the second-highest scorer in the entire event.

Palmer Named AAFCS National Teacher of the Year

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

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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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Williamson named FBLA Region 1 president

Tyler Williamson has been selected as this year’s Georgia Future Business Leaders of America, or FBLA, Region 1 president. The honor was bestowed by Georgia FBLA Executive Director Monty Rhodes and the region consists of 26 counties. “I had the desire to become a Georgia FBLA Region 1 officer through the growing love and passion I have for FBLA,” she said. “I saw it as a unique opportunity to not only serve my chapter but my school and all of Georgia FBLA.”

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.  

Thomas County teacher earns statewide honors

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

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TCCHS students take top honors at IEYS

Five Thomas County Central High School students recently attended the International Environmental Youth Symposium. They competed against high school and college students from four continents, and all five students brought home awards.

In the poster presentation category, junior C’lee Kornegay won first place in “Water Degradation” for her research on the effect of silver nanoparticles on algae growth. In the essay competition, senior Eli Kosciw placed first in the category of “Protecting the Atmosphere.”

Seniors Maggie Martin placed second with her essay in the “Preventing Air and Water Pollution” category, and Vince Wynn placed second in the category of “Promoting Safe Management of Solid and Toxic Wastes.” Junior Hailey Ferrel placed third in the poster presentation category for her research on soil erosion.

Governor Deal names TCCHS recipient of major technology grant Instructional Technology Specialist Lindsay Thompson and TCCHS Principal Trista Jones observe Jackson Groom working on a Chromebook in Ryan Strickland's Physics classroom.

Governor Nathan Deal recently awarded Thomas County Central High School (TCCHS) a technology grant of $699,312 to expand its blended learning program.

Blended learning - - also known as hybrid or mixed-mode courses - - consists of classes in which a portion of the traditional face-to-face instruction is replaced by web-based online learning.

Thomas County’s Bishop Hall Charter School was an early-adopter of blended learning.  Thomas County has utilized Bishop Hall in the classic way that charter schools were intended, as a laboratory to develop new and innovative teaching techniques.  The successful elements of the blended learning model cultivated at Bishop Hall which have resulted in increased academic performance there will be “scaled” or expanded to classes at TCCHS.

In addition to completing Thomas County’s one-to-one computer-to-student initiative, the grant will provide funds for extensive professional learning for staff and will provide after-school tutoring for students who experience academic difficulties.

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Annual “Yellow Jacket Christmas” CD ready to sell Winning students receive gift cards from Assistant Principal Lamar Matthews, art teacher Jocelyn Rivard, and Principal Trista Jones.

Youth artists at Thomas County Central High School had an opportunity to help bedeck the system’s annual Christmas CD with their unique holiday creations. Students participated in the “A Yellow Jacket Christmas” CD Cover Art Contest. “A Yellow Jacket Christmas” CD is a project that gives Thomas County Schools’ talent the chance to shine and helps support the school’s annual Shop with a Yellow Jacket, or SWAYJ event. The initiative brings older students together with younger pupils whose families could use a little help to ensure their Christmas is merry and bright.

Vaccines Required for Rising 7th Graders

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

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!

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.  

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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TCMS Students Qualify for Duke TIP Duke TIP

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

TCCHS named Advanced Placement Honor School

Thomas County Central High School has been recognized by Georgia State School Superintendent Richard Woods as both an Advanced Placement Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Honor School and an Advanced Placement STEM Achievement Honor School.

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TCMS Duke TIP Students Excel

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

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

TCCHS recognizes AP Scholars

This past school year, TCCHS had nine students named as AP Scholars, three students named as AP Scholars with Honor, and seven named as AP Scholars with Distinction. An AP Scholar is a student who scores a three or higher on three or more AP exams; an AP Scholar with Honor is a student who scores a three or higher on four or more AP exams; and, an AP Scholar with Distinction is a student who receives an average score of 3.5 or higher on all AP exams taken and a three or higher on five or more exams.

Drama Classes Offered

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

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Sharpe Selected for Science Honor

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

Cross Creek Card Sales

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