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Drive-Thru Flu Shot Clinic Flu Shot

A drive-thru flu shot clinic scheduled for Monday, October 15 at Thomas County Central High School has been canceled until further notice.  

Social Media Safety Seminar Social Media Safety
On Tuesday, September 11, Thomas County Schools hosted a Social Media Safety parent workshop. The guest speaker presented topics for parents to be aware of the lasting impacts of social media messages as well as the features of various apps that parents are encouraged to monitor. If you were unable to attend, you may view the recording by clicking the following link https://youtu.be/9qyiQ0B5eAo . 
 
After you view the recording, please take a moment to give us feedback on future topics of interest by completing a three-question survey:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/FY19-Cyber-Safety

Thank you for supporting Thomas County Schools!

TCCHS senior chosen as Georgia YA lieutenant governor Langley Wooten

Senior Langley Wooten, 16, has been chosen to serve as this year’s Georgia Youth Assembly’s lieutenant governor. The position is an unexpected honor to Wooten: Jeremy Austin, state program director for Georgia Youth Assembly through Georgia YMCA, contacted her directly and asked she fill the spot.

TCCHS grad earns national AP recognition Bret Hendricks, a 2018 Thomas County Central High School graduate, has been named a National AP Scholar. Math is his passion, and many of the AP courses he took at TCCHS involved some form of math, like AP Statistics.

Bret Hendricks, 17, a member of the Thomas County Central High School Class of 2018, has been named a National AP Scholar.

TCCHS’ Sharpe attends GHP TCCHS senior Zach Sharpe attended GHP this past summer.

Senior Zachary Sharpe, 17, attended this year’s Governor’s Honors Program at Berry College. Sharpe was selected from thousands of students nominated throughout the state. His chosen field was social studies.

First ever Digital Learning All-Star Teacher named for Thomas County Schools DLAST teacher

In order to recognize the teachers who have gone above and beyond with implementing the effective use of technology in classroom instruction, this year the Thomas County School System named the first ever Digital Learning All-Star Teacher at each school and for the district.

“With the help of local E-SPLOST funds as well as several grants received over the past several years, the Thomas County School System has made a significant investment in technology for our students and teachers," said Erin Rehberg, Digital Learning Coordinator for Thomas County Schools. "This year we thought it would be very beneficial to reward those teachers who have used the technology provided to them to effectively transform the learning process in their classrooms. Not only do all of our Digital Learning All-Star Teachers effectively use technology with their students, they are also known for helping their peers with various technology tools.”  

Each school held a nomination process with the winner for each school completing an application in order to compete for the district title. This year, the district winner was awarded a laptop computer courtesy of ByteSpeed Computers and will be able to attend an educational technology conference in the fall.  

Thomas County School System Names Lacey Howard Teacher of the Year Lacey Howard

Thomas County School System officials have named Lacey Howard, fourth grade special education teacher at Cross Creek Elementary School, as the District Teacher of the Year.

“I was very surprised and felt very honored to be named Teacher of the Year,” Howard said. “There are always so many wonderful things happening in the Thomas County School System. To be given the opportunity to represent our amazing system is such a privilege.” 

Junior Service League's Movie Night at the Nest - Ferdinand - Saturday, April 28 - Free Admission!

JSL

Garrison-Pilcher to reopen Friday

Early Thursday morning, the Thomas County School System’s Maintenance Department was notified that employees and students at Garrison-Pilcher Elementary School were complaining about the odor of diesel fuel in some parts of the building.  A few students and teachers complained of headaches that they believed to be associated with the odor.  The maintenance department investigated the odor and found diesel fuel in a ditch near the school.

Spring Break spring break

Spring Break is Monday, April 2, through Friday, April 6. Students will return on Monday, April 9. Wishing everyone a safe and happy holiday and a very Happy Easter!

Free Flu Vaccine Offering for Students and Staff; Vaccine Consent Form due Friday, January 26

Due to the drastic increase in flu cases throughout the nation and state, the Thomas County Health Department has agreed to return to our system to provide flu vaccines to our students. The Health Department will have flu vaccine clinic sites at TCMS and GP on Jan. 31. The school system will transport the participating students to the flu clinic sites on Jan. 31 to obtain their flu shot.

Participating students from HnH, TCMS, TCCHS, and BH will obtain their vaccinations between 7:30–10:00 AM at TCMS on Jan. 31. GP and CC participating students will receive their flu shots at GP between 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM on Jan. 31.

If you would like to sign your child up to receive a flu vaccine on Jan. 31, you will need to complete the Parental Vaccine Consent Form linked below and return the form to your child’s school by Friday, Jan. 26. If the vaccine consent form is not signed and returned by Friday, Jan. 26, your child will not be able to participate in the flu vaccine clinic on Jan. 31.

Flu Vaccine Consent Form - Students

Flu Vaccine Sign-up Form - Staff 

Flu Vaccine Administration RecordFlu Vaccine Info, Privacy Notice 

 

 

Winter Weather winter weather

Thomas County School System officials have been closely monitoring the weather forecast for tomorrow and have been in communications with Thomas County Emergency Managment Services. Unless there is a change in the forecast, Thomas County Schools will be open tomorrow, Wednesday, January 17. If there is a change in conditions, announcements will be made on our website, social media pages, and by way of our phone messaging system and local media outlets. 

Ashley Henderson Named New TCCHS Head Coach Ashley Henderson

The Thomas County Board of Education has approved the hiring of Ashley Henderson as Thomas County Central High School’s head football coach. Henderson will officially begin work on Thursday, February 1.

Henderson comes to the Thomas County School System from Valwood School in Hahira, Georgia, where he served as head coach for six years. While a coach at Valwood, he led the team to state championships three times, and celebrated being region champs five times.

2018-2019 Pre-K & Kindergarten Registration

RegistrationHand-In-Hand Primary School

2018-2019 Pre-K & Kindergarten Registration

Students currently enrolled in Pre-K at Hand-In-Hand DO NOT need to register for Kindergarten.

Monday, February 5 9:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m.

Tuesday, February 6 9:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m.

Registration Place: Thomas County Board of Education, PLC 200 N. Pinetree Blvd.

(Park in the big parking lot across the street from Wendy’s.)

Click Here for Registration Requirements

Community Listening Session on Head Football Coach Search TC Logo

A community listening session will be held Monday evening, December 11, at 6:00 p.m. in the Thomas County Central High School cafeteria.

Community Listening Session on Head Football Coach Search - Monday, December 11 at 6 PM in the TCCHS Cafeteria

TCCHS announces GHP nominees TCCHS GHP nominees.

Thomas County Central High School has taken the first step toward a select group of its students being included in a prominent summer education program. The school held a special reception to recognize its 2018 Governor’s Honors Program nominees Monday, Dec. 11.

2018 Parent Survey parent survey

The Thomas County School System is conducting a Parent Survey.  We value your opinion and ask that you take the time to complete this survey. Please be assured that your responses to this survey will be anonymous. Thank you for your time and valuable feedback!

2018 Parent Survey

Open House Dates Announced open house

Please click "...Read More" for all open house dates and times.  

 

 

 

Cyber-Safety Seminar Social Media flyer

Parents...Are you familiar with vault apps? Do you have questions about cyberbullying and dangerous social media trends? Thomas County Schools is sponsoring a FREE Cyber-Safety Seminar with nationally recognized speaker, Sgt. Jesse Hambrick of the Douglas County Sheriff's Office.  Please make plans to attend on September 11 at 6:00 PM at the Thomas County Board of Education.

TCCHS musicians selected for showcase Moore, Schminky, and Ward

Three Thomas County Central High School musicians have been invited to audition for a prestigious international showcase. (left to right) Caleb Moore, Megan Schminky and Kaleb Ward each received a letter from Honors Performance Series congratulating them upon being automatically nominated to apply for the High School Honors Performance Series. Moore was selected for his inclusion in the 2018 Georgia All-State Symphonic Band; Schminky and Ward were nominated for their participation in the 2018 Georgia All-State Chorus. 

Garrison-Pilcher holds Reading Rally Special Love

 

It was all blue and gold for the students at Garrison-Pilcher Elementary School as students celebrated the end of their first nine-week term with a pep rally for reading and literacy.

“This has become an annual event,” said Darlene Cook, Garrison-Pilcher media specialist. “We have such a wonderful morning full of activities that support reading. Volunteers from the community come to read to our students and Thomas County Central High School students are on campus to help create that pep rally atmosphere.”

Thomas County Central’s band members, cheerleaders, and football players come to interact with the younger ones getting them excited about reading and literacy as well as being a Yellow Jacket. Thomas University basketball players were also on campus cheering on the kids and encouraging them to read.

“I really liked the football players autographing my book the best,” said second-grader Dakota Law. “I loved all those books that people read to us, too.”

The event begins with students choosing a free book that was provided by proceeds from the recently held book fairs. The students then proceed to the track where they have the pep rally, popcorn, photos, autographs by the athletes, and of course reading books. Community volunteers help with all these activities.

“This is just an awesome event,” said Richard Potter, assistant principal of Garrison-Pilcher. “We appreciate the collaboration between our school and Thomas County Central High School. The interaction between our students and the high school students is very important. They see the rewards of being a good student and definitely want to be a Yellow Jacket.”

Support Shop with a Yellow Jacket by Purchasing a Yellow Jacket Christmas CD

Yellow Jacket Christmas CD - $10.00

Students and faculty members in Thomas County Schools sing and play their favorite Christmas songs on "A Yellow Jacket Christmas 4," on sale in the TCCHS front office and school store and at most Thomas County Schools for only $10. 

All proceeds are donated to fund Shop With A Yellow Jacket teams! 

All selections are recorded & produced in Yellow Jacket Studios within the TCCHS Broadcasting/Video/Audio Production department!

Click on the picture above to hear previews of the songs.

TCCHS earns 47 GEMA District 2 Honor Band seats Thomas County Central High School has 47 youth musicians who earned seats on the GEMA District 2 Honor Band. Pictured are most of these honorees.

Georgia Music Educators Association District 2 Honor Band auditions have been held and numerous youth musicians from Thomas County Central High School made the cut.

Elementary School Supplies backpack

The Thomas County Elementary Schools supplies/wish list is now available. The Thomas County School System has not made any changes to the bookbag/backpack policy. For questions, please contact the Thomas County Board of Education at 229-225-4380.

Thomas County Elementary Schools Supplies/Wish List

Students Participate in Tutus and Tennis Shoes Fun Run Tutus and Tennis Shoes

Thomas County Middle School students from Kathy Payne's class recently participated in the Tutus and Tennis Shoes Fun Run sponsored by South Georgia Ballet on Saturday, September 8 held in Thomasville. Runners began at the Thomasville Center for the Arts and followed part of the course for the Rose City Walk.

This event helps to fund the Special Steps program that provides dance classes to special needs students once a week at The Thomasville Center for the Arts. Each Tuesday, students from Kathy Payne and Patty McDonald's classes benefit from this program. Students enjoy learning different types of dance from hip-hop to ballet along with essential skills such as hand-eye coordination, balance, teamwork, and following simple directions.

Pictured from left to right is Kaylee Collier, Gavin Weier, Christain Jones, and Christianna Bender following the Tutus and Tennis Shoes Fun Run.

 

Pope takes on new role at Thomas County Schools As part of Thomas County School System's succession planning, Mrs. Brecca Pope (far right) is assuming the duties of Dr. Lisa Williams who will become superintendent of Thomas County Schools effective June 1.

The Thomas County Board of Education has approved the appointment of Brecca Pope to the position of Director of Administrative Services at the Board of Education. Pope comes to the board office from Cross Creek Elementary School where she served as assistant principal for the past six years.

"I am very thankful for the opportunity to serve the students and staff of Thomas County Schools in this capacity,” Pope said.  “As an educator, I recognize the benefits of lifelong learning and look forward to my new role as Director of Administrative Services.”

In her new role, Pope will assume many of the duties currently assigned to Dr. Lisa Williams as Dr. Williams prepares to transition into her new role as superintendent designee.

It's Computer Science Education Week! Computer Science Education Logo

December 4-10 is Computer Science Education Week in America.  According to csedweek.org, there are currently 486,686 open computing jobs nationwide.  Last year, only 42,969 computer science students graduated into the workforce.  Students in the Thomas County School System are participating in a variety of coding and computer science activities this week in order to foster an interest in computer science and expand upon computational thinking practices. In addition to the activities this week, students in our system have the opportunity to be a part of a comprehensive computer science education program that spans from grades K-12.  Check out this video from Mrs. Michele Dechman's coding class at Cross Creek Elementary School!

 

 

TCMS Science Fair Winners Science Fair

 

The Thomas County Middle School Science Fair was held on December 6. More than 70 projects were entered by 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students. Winners will compete in the Region Science Fair at ABAC on February 16. Click "Read More" for details.  

Science Fair 2017  Molly Grace

Back to School Blitz

Save the date for the annual Back to School Blitz! This year's event will take place in the gym at Thomasville High School on Saturday, August 4, from 9:00 AM until 11:00 AM.

Back to School Blitz

 

TCCHS’ Reese tours WWI sites in France Brooklyn Reese, her family, teacher, and Georgia National Guard members share a photo opportunity during the WWI Centennial Commemoration ceremony.

Senior Brooklyn Reese, her parents, and her chosen history teacher were treated to a once in a lifetime guided tour to some of France’s World War I historic battlefields and locations. Reese won the trip as part of the Georgia World War I Centennial Commission special award she earned during National History Day Georgia competition in April.

Bottle Caps to Benches Bottle Caps to Benches Logo

We are collecting plastic caps that can be turned into benches for our school campuses! 

We invite you to send plastic caps to any of our schools.  Please click here for more information.  

 

Red Nose Run Red Nose Run

The Red Nose Run is being held on Saturday, December 16, at Thomas University. The half marathon and 5K run/walk will begin at 8:00 a.m., and the fun run (12 & under) will begin at 9:00 a.m. The event is sponsored by Thomasville Junior Service League and Thomasville National Bank. Proceeds from the event will benefit Thomas County's children's charities. Register before December 1 to ensure t-shirt availability! Click on the link below for the registration form:

JSL/TNB Red Nose Run Registration Form

School-Based Health Center: Serving All Students and Staff SBHC

Thomas County Schools is pleased to announce the opening of a School-Based Health Center on Friday, January 12, 2018. The School-Based Health Center is located on the campus of Thomas County Middle School. The health center will be open to all Thomas County School System students, regardless of which school they attend. The school system will provide transportation from other Thomas County Schools to the health clinic for students who need to be seen there.

Please click on the link below to access the consent form and the health information packet for your child. The completed forms may be returned to your child's school or to the School-Based Health Center. There will be prize drawings held to encourage the return of the consent forms and health packets. The prizes include free pizza coupons, movie passes, Wild Adventure passes, and many more. 

Link: School-Based Health Center Registration Packets for Students and Staff

School-based health center flyer

Thomas County Public Library Card Registration Available During Open House Events Thomas County Public Library Logo

 

The Thomas County Public Library will be on hand at the following open house events to register you and your children for library cards:

Garrison-Pilcher, August 3, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon
Cross Creek, August 3, 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Thomas County Upper Elementary, August 2, 2:30 - 4:00 p.m.

To make this process move quickly, feel free to download and complete the forms ahead of time.  Click here to access the form.  

Thank you for your support of Thomas County Schools and the Thomas County Public Library.  

TCCHS continues to post AP program growth, success Students look at the plaque where their names will be recorded as AP Scholars.

For the 2017-2018 school year, according to data compiled by AP program officials, 80 percent of TCCHS AP students who took AP exams earned a score of 3 or higher on each exam taken. This is an increase of one percent from last year; however, it is also 19 percent higher than both the state and global average of 61 percent.

TCCHS hosts PROBE College Fair TCCHS English teacher Renae Moore and senior James Jones interact with a college representative to obtain more information about Albany State University.

Thomas County Central High School held its annual PROBE Fair Tuesday, Sept. 4. The event took place in the school’s cafeteria. Representatives from more than 40 colleges and universities were in attendance. Students from TCCHS and neighboring schools were invited to attend. Students and their families could peruse the various booths and ask questions about topics important to college acceptance, including applications and financial aid options. The fair is an important tool to aid students in determining which colleges and universities in the state and region might best suit their post-secondary plans. The TCCHS Guidance Department is in charge of the yearly event.  The hope is that students will leave the fair with a clearer understanding of what they need and the colleges to which they may wish to apply.

What Achievement Looks Like

 

 

Student Accounts Disabled in the Summer

Student Google accounts will be disabled from June 15 - August 3, 2018. If a student needs account access during this time, he or she should complete the form below.   Please allow 24 hours for access to be granted. Student accounts will continue to be monitored for inappropriate usage during the summer months.  Questions should be directed to Erin Rehberg at erehberg@tcjackets.net.

Student Account Request Form

Summer Reading Challenge Yellow Jacket Holding a Book

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 2017-2018 school year.

Guidelines for all schools

Click here for information about programs at the Thomas County Public Library this summer!

Free eBooks are provided for all students this summer -- Click here for more information

Other free learning resources for the summer