District News

Vaccine Required for Rising 7th Graders

All students entering the 7th grade in the 2015-16 school year 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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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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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

Parents Guide to the Georgia Milestone Assessment

The Georgia Milestones Assessment System is designed to provide information about how well students are mastering the state-adopted content standards in the core content areas of language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies.  Importantly, Georgia Milestones is designed to provide students with critical information about their own achievement and their readiness for their next level of learning – be it the next grade, the next course, or endeavor (college or career).  Informing parents, educators, and the public about how well students are learning important content is an essential aspect of any educational assessment and accountability system. 

Click here for the PDF......... Georgia's New Test

Click here for the presentation from the parent meeting

Click here for the handout from the parent meeting

Click here for more information about the Georgia Online Assessment System

Some students will be taking online tests.  Click on More Information for links to helpful websites for typing instruction.



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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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Spelling Bee Winners

Thomas County Upper Elementary and Thomas County Middle School held grade level spelling bees on Tuesday, November 18.  Each grade level winner competed against the other grade level winners in a final championship spelling round on Friday, November 21. 

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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. 

Competition Cheer team competes

Thomas County Central High School Competition Cheerleaders are in the midst of their season. The team already has several competitions and placements under its pompoms and more opportunities to show off their skills and compete against other teams are scheduled, including a region showdown in November.

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Students Volunteer with Hands on Thomas County

Many students and several teachers from Thomas County Upper Elementary and Thomas County Middle School spent Saturday morning working to make their community a better place with Hands on Thomas County.  The students worked at the Boys and Girls Club, Hands and Hearts for Horses, Laurel Hill Cemetary, the Ochlocknee River, and the Dog Park/City of Thomasville.  Two of the groups even put out over 1,000 bales of pinestraw!

Click "More Information" to see pictures from this event.



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Johns joins "Best of the Nest"

The new TCCHS assistant band director, Paul Johns, has a passion for teaching music.

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Junior First Lego League

Garrison-Pilcher students are learning more about science and engineering by participating in the Junior First Lego League.

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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.



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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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

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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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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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


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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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

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.