Melanie Chavaux, Ed.S.
Chief Academic Officer
Phone: 229-225-4380 Ext. 129
Robin Cartright, Ed.S.
Secondary Curriculum Coordinator
Phone: 229-225-4380 Ext. 158
Robin Shaver. Ed.S.
Elementary Curriculum Coordinator
Phone: 229-225-4380 Ext.109
Every Teacher is a Reading Teacher
In grades K-2, our 2 1/2 hour balanced literacy block places a focus on the direct instruction of phonics as well as fluency. Students in grades K-4 are screened three times a year using DIBELS Next to support the foundational skills of becoming fluent readers of not only literary text, but informational text as well.
In the Thomas County School System, content-related literature is embedded into every content course beginning in fifth grade. Students not only read major literary works in English and language arts classes, they also read content related novels or biographies in every class including science and social studies.
Today, we live in a technology and media-driven environment, marked by access to an abundance of information, rapid changes in technology tools and the ability to collaborate. The Thomas County School System has installed a SmartBoard in every classroom and more than 720 Chromebooks were ordered for the elementary and middle schools. An additional 1,128 Chromebooks were ordered for the 2015-2016 school year. The Chromebooks will allow for two grades at the Thomas County Middle School and one grade at Cross Creek Elementary to take the Georgia Milestones test online while also allowing for instruction to continue with the use of the Chromebooks instead of shutting down student access to technology during the week of state mandated testing.
Students in Thomas County have a support system that helps them develop the multi-dimensional abilities that will be required of them as they navigate their future in the globally competitive information age.