District News

It's Time to Make a Choice! You Decide

Survey results are in, and parents' voices have been heard so now it's time to choose the best learning opportunity for your student! You will be choosing between the Traditional Option, the Remote Classroom Option or the Virtual School Option. Click below to access a flyer that contains more information and the necessary links such as the Superintendent's Letter, the Registration Form, and Frequently Asked Questions. Please complete the registration form by Friday, July 17.

Time to Make a Choice - Registration Form 

Please call our Buzz Helpline at 229-413-1234 for more information.

Thomas County Schools Return-to-School Plan & Survey

6/24/2020

Dear Thomas County Schools Families,

We only have a few weeks before school is scheduled to start back. I realize that this Back to School season is weighing heavily on your minds, as it is ours. Please rest assured that the leadership of our system has been working hard to stay current with agency guidelines related to the safe operation of schools. We are continuing to use the guidelines received from the Georgia Department of Education, Department of Health, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to prepare for the reopening of our schools.  One of the most challenging aspects of this work is that the guidelines and restrictions continue to evolve. We greatly appreciate your patience and understanding during this time as we continue to plan for a safe re-entry for all students and staff.

We are planning for our schools to reopen for in-person instruction for our students as scheduled on August 3rd.

We hope that the majority of our families will feel safe returning to a fairly traditional school setting with health screening and enhanced hygiene measures in place. Thomas County Schools will be implementing additional measures to address COVID-19 concerns and to keep our students and staff as safe as possible within the school environment.

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CONGRATULATIONS CLASS OF 2020!

GRADUATION

End-of-Year Plans

GARRISON-PILCHER

Chromebook Drop-Off
May 26 - 29 - Hall Road side of Cross Creek
Tuesday, May 26 -  9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday, May 27 - 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Thursday, May 28 - 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Friday, May 29 - 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Yearbook Pick-Up
Wednesday, May 13 – 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. on sidewalk outside PLC

*Teachers have already collected needed work packets & dispersed student belongings. Questions concerning packets should be discussed with teachers.

CROSS CREEK

Chromebook/Work Packet Collection
May 26 - May 29 – Clark Road side
Tuesday, May 26 -  9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday, May 27 - 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Thursday, May 28 - 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Friday, May 29 - 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Take Advantage of Emergency Meals-to-You! meals to go

Because we always want the very best for our students, Thomas County Schools has found a way to provide meals during the month of June. The new program will deliver meals to your doorstep for free. This program is called Emergency Meals-to-You, and students who attend Thomas County Schools are eligible to participate in the program. However, you must enroll your student in the Meals-to-You program in order to have meals shipped to your home during the month of June.

All you have to do is fill out and submit an online form.

Please hurry because the enrollment period ends at midnight on May 18.

Even if you enroll in the Emergency Meals-to-You program, please remember that our local meal distribution will still take place every Wednesday through May 27. 

Meal Distribution at TCMS & Community Locations-Wednesday ONLY-7 days worth of meals-Times below Meals on 4-15

Thomas County Schools is distributing meals for the week and the weekend. Pick up breakfast and lunch for seven days! Distribution for meals is ONLY on Wednesday of this week. Students no longer have to be present. Visit TCMS from 11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. or our various community locations from 11:00 - 12 noon. We are still here for you! Please call the Buzz Helpline at 229-413-1234 for questions or information.

meal distribution

MEALS NOW OFFERED DURING SPRING BREAK ON MONDAY (4/6) and WEDNESDAY (4/8) 3:00 - 6:00 p.m. at HAND-IN-HAND Spring Break Meals

SECOND HARVEST PROVIDING MEALS MONDAY & WEDNESDAY

Please don’t forget to stop by Hand-In-Hand tomorrow, Monday, April 6, from 3:00 - 6:00 p.m. to pick up meals. Students do NOT have to be present during the meal pick-up. We are very appreciative of Second Harvest’s willingness to help feed our families during spring break.

Second Harvest Meals

Meals for week of 3/30 - 4/3 meal update

We will be distributing ready-to-eat meals ONLY on Tuesday & Thursday starting this week (Tuesday, March 31 & Thursday, April 2). NO meals will be distributed during spring break (week of April 6 - 10). Please visit our main location at the Thomas County Middle School during the limited times below. The time for community distribution sites will remain the same.

Meal Distribution Schedule Week of March 30 - April 3

MEAL UPDATE: For the week of March 23 - 27 meal changes

For the week of March 23-27: Meal Boxes (10 meals) are available for distribution on MONDAY ONLY.  A snack and a meal provided by Second Harvest will be available on WEDNESDAY. Our meal distribution sites will remain the same.

Meal Updates:  This week we will only be able to provide the meal boxes containing 5 breakfasts and 5 lunches on Monday (3/23). Please plan to pick up a box with your child(ren) on Monday. We want to ensure that all of our students receive a box of food for the entire week. A snack and a meal provided by Second Harvest will be available on Wednesday. Our meal distribution sites will remain the same.  

See schedule below:

Monday & Wednesday
TCMS - 8:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.*
Bus deliveries - 11:00 a.m. - 12 noon
*On Wednesday while supplies last

Please continue to monitor the district’s web page and Facebook daily for important updates. We are here for our families. For assistance, call the Buzz Helpline at 229-413-1234. 

Chromebook Distribution Sites distribution

As a result of the school closures due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19), the Thomas County School System plans to distribute items needed to provide instruction to our students in a variety of formats. Chromebooks will be provided  for any student in grades 2-12 who needs a device to complete digital learning assignments. 

A distribution site will be located at each of our schools during the times below:  

Monday, March 16: 1:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Tuesday, March 17: 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

PLEASE COMPLETE THE NEEDS SURVEY! survey

Parents and Guardians,

The Thomas County School System is working diligently to provide services to your children in order to minimize, as much as possible, disruptions in your child’s education due to the school system closure.

To help us better serve your child, we have developed a short on-line survey.

Please complete the survey at the following link as soon as possible: Thomas County Schools Closure Survey 
Spanish version of survey: Thomas County Schools Encuesta de Necesidades de Cierre

Please continue to check our website and/or Facebook page daily for updates regarding services that will be available to your child during the closure.

School Closed school closed

Thomas County Schools will be closed Thursday, February 6, due to the threat of high winds and inclement weather. The safety of our students, teachers, and staff is very important to us.

Lend Your Voice to Thomas County Schools' Future HnH students

The Thomas County School System is initiating a strategic planning process and invites you to participate! It is vital that we hear from our stakeholders on the future direction of the school district before the plan is developed.

When:  February 20, 2020, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Where:  Thomas County Central High School   

Who:  All Thomas County School System employees, parents, senior citizens, businessmen and women, civic leaders and residents. High school students are also encouraged to attend.

What:  A Community Engagement Session to gather input from parents, citizens, district employees and students. Everyone is invited: parents, all district employees, high school students and community members. No special experience or knowledge is required. We will present information on the district, the strategic planning process and then break into small groups for discussion.

NOTE: Sandwiches and beverages will be served at the event. Please RSVP using the link below to help us plan how much food to prepare.

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

Pre-K and Kindergarten Registration
Governor Kemp names Cross Creek “Gold Award Winner” for ranking among Georgia’s Highest-Performing Schools DrWilliams

Governor Brian Kemp, along with the Governor’s Office of Student Achievement (GOSA), has named Thomas County’s Cross Creek Elementary School as a “Gold Award School” for being a highest performing elementary school for the 2018-2019 school year with a student academic growth rate as measured by standardized tests in the top 97th percentile statewide.

The school awards, developed by GOSA and approved by the State Board of Education, are part of Georgia’s Single Statewide Accountability System.

The “Gold Award” designation indicates that Cross Creek students exhibited high growth in student achievement by earning a three-year average growth score in the 97th percentile in the state, meaning that Cross Creek scored better than 97% of the other elementary schools in the state.

Garrison-Pilcher lands on state’s ‘Reward Schools’ list GP logo

Garrison-Pilcher Elementary School saw its College and Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI) scores increase from 2018 to 2019 and was named a Reward School by the Georgia Department of Education. Garrison-Pilcher teachers recently enjoyed a celebration planned in their honor.

"I am extremely proud of our students, teachers, and staff,” Garrison-Pilcher Principal Sharonda Wilson said. “We are dedicated to providing quality educational experiences and opportunities to all of our students. I appreciate our students, parents, teachers, and staff for their hard work, persistence, and love shown to the students of Garrison-Pilcher and Thomas County Schools."

The CCRPI is the state’s measuring stick for Georgia public schools, and does so by weighing certain metrics such as performance on state-mandated assessments and attendance rate. Reward Schools are among the greatest-improving 5% of Title I Schoolwide schools and Title I Targeted Assistance schools. Reward Schools also have to maintain the performance of their economically disadvantaged students, students with disabilities, and English learners to be recognized.

Anxiety Seminar Offered anxiety seminar

The Thomas County School System is offering an anxiety seminar entitled, "Beyond Survival: Helping Families Cope with Anxiety." The hour-long seminar will be held in the Thomas County School Board Auditorium on Tuesday, January 14, at 6:00 p.m. 

Welcome Back! holiday return

We hope that each of you had a wonderful break and enjoyed special time with friends and family. We look forward to our staff and students returning next week. As a reminder, Monday, January 6, is a teacher workday and a student holiday. Our students are scheduled to return on Tuesday, January 7. Happy New Year!

National Computer Science Education Week

It's National Computer Science Education Week, but in Thomas County, we are proud to have computer science as a part of our curriculum all year long! Cross Creek Elementary School was featured in this video from the Georgia Department of Education about Computational Thinking. Take time to watch this short video!
https://youtu.be/BAxW5vzREr8

Vote for Hand-In-Hand! Vote Now

Hand-In-Hand Primary School is competing for a $2000 Envision grant that will allow the school to further develop their "Beecoming Your Best" program through social and emotional learning. The school made it to the top nine, and we want them to be in the top 3! See details below about voting.

How to Vote:
Share with your family, friends, and coworkers and encourage them to cast their vote. Come back and vote once per day. Voting ends November 11! To vote, visit the link below. Simply click on the video frame or the circular button in the top left corner of the video to select your choice, enter your email at the bottom of the page, then click the "Vote" button.

www.EnvisionCU.com/VOTE   

Rehberg Awarded Flanders Scholarship Erin Rehberg

Erin Rehberg, Digital Learning Coordinator for Thomas County Schools, has been awarded the Flanders Scholarship which is given annually to a member of the Georgia Association of Curriculum and Instructional Supervisors (GACIS) who is pursuing a higher degree in the area of Educational Leadership. Rehberg is in the process of completing her doctoral degree at Valdosta State University and will use the funds to pay expenses incurred for tuition and books.

Rehberg was nominated by Thomas County’s GACIS district and was chosen by the Flanders Scholarship Committee. The award was presented to Rehberg during the recent GACIS fall conference.

Garrison-Pilcher Holds Reading Rally reading rally 19

Garrison-Pilcher Elementary School students recently celebrated their reading victories with a Reading Rally at school.

“This is a tradition that was started before I arrived, and I wanted to keep the tradition going,” said Elexis Griffin, Garrison-Pilcher Media Specialist. “It is such a fun time that promotes reading and literacy for our students and staff.”

Students from Thomas County Central interacted with the younger students in a positive way, the band provided upbeat music, and the athletes and cheerleaders encouraged first and second grade students to read daily, work hard, and take pride in being a Yellow Jacket.

Garrison-Pilcher Elementary Students Meet the President Plains poster contest winners

Three Garrison-Pilcher Elementary students were recently honored to meet President Jimmy Carter in Plains. The students entered the annual Plains Peanut Festival Postcard contest sponsored by the Jimmy Carter National Historic Site Education program. The theme for this year’s contest was “From Peanuts to Peace...Celebrating 95 Years of Excellence." There were 4,323 entries from students all over the state of Georgia. Garrison-Pilcher had three top winners. Abigail Rogers (second grader - 1st place), Sumner Sauls (first grader - 2nd place), and  Preston VanHeiningen (first grader - 3rd place) were recognized at the annual Plains Peanut Festival awards program, had a photo session with President Carter, and were honored to march in the peanut parade. President Carter recently turned 95 years old.

Petrey to serve on State Student Advisory Council Owen Petrey

State School Superintendent Richard Woods has selected 130 Georgia students to serve on his Student Advisory Council. Owen Petrey, an eighth-grader at Thomas County Middle School, was selected from a pool of more than 1,000 students who applied to serve on the council. Students were chosen based on the strength of their essay answers, which focused on their ideas for public education as well as their community service experience. The students selected attend public schools all over the state, in every RESA district in Georgia.

Petrey is a member of the National Junior Honor Society, the 4H shotgun team, science academy and the middle school football team. He is an active participant in several community service activities throughout the year including Hands on Thomas County, Backpack Buddies, Second Harvest, Project Backyard, Salvation Army and the Humane Society. Petrey was also selected as a Duke TIP finalist last year.

Duplantis named health and wellness coordinator Duplantis

Thomas County School Superintendent Dr. Lisa Williams has appointed Dr. Lauren Duplantis to serve as the district’s health and wellness coordinator.

Duplantis will chair the system’s wellness committee and will help market the school-based health center as an option for parents who do not have a primary-care provider.

Join Athletic Booster Club fighting jacket

The 2019-2020 school year is upon us and there is excitement in the air as we embark upon another year of Yellow Jacket athletics! Your Athletic Booster Club is gearing up to provide support to 22 Varsity and Jr. Varsity programs, and we need your help. 

Booster Club membership is our largest source of revenue to be able to provide letterman jackets, pre-game and/or post-game road meals, team banquets, team awards, summer camps, etc. 

Our membership drive is now open. If you are member and are planning to renew your membership for the 2019-20 year, thank you in advance for your support. If you are not a member of the Booster Club, please take this as a personal invitation to jump on board. We need your support! 

Invitation to join the athletic booster club

Strings Program Interest Survey feedback

The Thomas County School System is always seeking ways to meet the needs and interests of our students. Several parents have requested that the school system consider starting a string orchestra program for grades 5 through 12. In order to gauge the level of interest in such a program, the school system is conducting a survey. Please complete the survey found using the link below.

http://bit.ly/tcstringsinterest

The survey will close June 25.

Thank you for your support of our school system and for taking time to complete this quick survey.

TCCHS students earn spots at GHP TCCHS juniors Kaleb Ward and Joshua Stephens have been recognized by the Georgia Governor’s Honors Program

A passion for making memorable music has led two Thomas County Central High School students to final recognition by an esteemed summer workshop, the Georgia Governor’s Honors Program.

School Closed Friday school closed

Due to the threat of high winds and inclement weather, the Thomas County School System will be closed Friday, April 19.

MERIT Meet & Greet MERIT group

All interested parents of rising 5th - 8th graders are invited to a Meet & Greet MERIT Night!

Thursday, April 11
6:00 p.m.
TCMS Cafeteria

Topics include: Introduction to the MERIT program; the application process; experienceing MERIT through a student's viewpoint; and the impact of MERIT beyond middle school. Guided tours of TCMS will follow the meeting!

Important Security and Personal Data Protection Notification security breach

The Thomas County School System's financial system was recently targeted by criminals who sought to steal funds from a school system account. Security procedures that the school system and its banking partner have in place prevented the loss of any funds. Click on the link below for more information. 

IMPORTANT SECURITY AND PERSONAL DATA PROTECTION NOTIFICATION

STEM Nights STEM Logo

Do you have a budding scientist in your family?  Join us for a night filled with fun activities for the whole family.  

Cross Creek Elementary Cafeteria:
Monday, February 25th from 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Garrison-Pilcher Elementary Gymnasium:
Tuesday, February 26th from 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Thomas County Middle School Gymnasium:
Wednesday, February 27th 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM

Thomas County students medal in technology competition Tech Fair winners

 

Twelve students from Thomas County Middle School and Thomas County Central High School recently traveled to Bainbridge to participate in the annual Regional Technology Fair.  There were more than 100 participants in the fair competing in various technology categories and age divisions from Thomas, Grady, Decatur, and Lee Counties. Students from Thomas County brought home five first-place medals, five second-place medals, and two third-place medals. Every student from Thomas County placed in the top three of their category and division.

Wilhelm named TCCHS 2019 STAR Student Wilhelm and Kornegay

To anyone searching for proof that athletics and academics truly can go together, look no further than Benjamin “Ben” Wilhelm.

Wilhelm is the 2019 Thomas County Central High School STAR Student.

The senior is known for his commitment to academics, athletics and school community. Wilhelm is an honor student who has participated in several sports, including football, swim, baseball, cross country and basketball. The youth is active in his school’s Fellowship of Christian Athletes and National Honor Society chapters. He also takes part in the Work-Based Learning Program and works at Hand-In-Hand Primary School a few hours each day.

“Being named STAR student is an honor,” Wilhelm said. “The fact that I am a student-athlete and earned STAR Student means more. It shows that just because you play a sport does not mean you cannot be one of the smartest in your class.”

The STAR designation is given to the student in each graduating class with the highest SAT score. Wilhelm says he set out to attain this title.

“Right after I took my first SAT and scored above the average, my goal was to have the highest score in the school,” he said. “At TCCHS, everyone pushes you to do your best, and the teachers making me a better student helped me achieve STAR Student.”

Laura Kornegay is his chosen STAR Teacher.

Hand-In-Hand Pre-K and Kindergarten Registration PreK K Registration

Hand-In-Hand Primary School is holding Pre-K and Kindergarten registration for the 2019-2020 school year on Monday, February 4, and Tuesday, February 5, from 9:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. both days. Registration will take place on the Board of Education campus in the Professional Learning Center. For Pre-K, your child must be 4 or 5 years old ON or BEFORE September 1, 2019. All eligible students signed up for Pre-K on these days will be guaranteed a slot. Click on the link below for more information.

Hand-In-Hand Pre-K/K Registration

Stewart and Evans to lead Thomas County Board of Education board chair

The Thomas County Board of Education held its first meeting of the new calendar year Tuesday, January 8.  After the devotion, outgoing chair Derwood Hickey declared the positions of chairman and vice chairman vacant and asked for nominations.

Board member Kay Streets made a motion that Dan Stewart be elected chair and that Charles Evans be elected vice chair. Leah Smith seconded Streets’ motion. Hickey called for any additional nominations. There were no additional nominations. Stewart and Evans were elected to their respective roles unanimously.

Flu Vaccine Given in January flu shot

We are pleased to announce that the Thomas County Health Department will be coming to your child's school during the month of January to offer the flu vaccine. There will be no out-of-pocket cost for your child to receive the vaccine given during the school flu clinics. If you would like for your child to get vaccinated at the school flu clinic, please click on the link below for more information and to access the consent form: 

Flu Packet to return by January 15, 2018

Thomas County Schools named Google Reference District Google Reference District

The Thomas County School System has been named a Google Reference District. In order to become a reference district, Google must recognize the work being done by a district with G Suite for Education and send an application to the system.  

Thomas County Schools began using G Suite for Education in 2015. Since that time, the district has adopted Google Chromebooks at a rate of one device per student in grades 2-12.  Students in grades 9-12 are allowed to check out a Chromebook for use both at home and at school.

“Adding G Suite tools and Chromebooks in our district has allowed our teachers to do many things that they have never been able to do in the past,” said Erin Rehberg, Digital Learning and Media Services Coordinator for Thomas County Schools. “Technology truly has the power to transform learning by allowing students to easily collaborate, communicate, and create.  Being named a Google Reference District is confirmation that our teachers are using technology to help prepare Thomas County students for their futures.”

Baking the Difference Bakery field trip

Second graders from Garrison-Pilcher Elementary School recently went on a field trip to Flowers Bakery and Marie's Kakes. Students from Vicki Warren's class compared and contrasted the adventures and experiences from the two bakeries. As they toured Flowers, they saw honey buns, powdered donuts, and bread being made and prepared for distribution. The students experienced making cookies and decorating them at Marie's Kakes. Warren said, "This field trip is always a favorite with the students.  We are thankful to Flowers Bakery and Marie's Kakes for supporting our students and allowing them to visit and participate in their businesses. It is an experience they won't forget."   

Dissecting Frogs dissecting frogs

Dr. Scott Sweeting, Thomas County's System Math and Science Curriculum Coordinator, recently visited Thomas County Middle School to help students through the process of dissecting frogs. Students from Alex Hollingsworth's and Yvette Morrell's classes experienced a hands-on approach as they explored the internal organs and body systems that they have learned about in class. According to Dr. Sweeting, hands-on labs like this help cement information previously learned in class. 

REACH Scholarships awarded to five at TCMS REACH Scholars

Five Thomas County Middle School (TCMS) students recently signed to be a part of the Realizing Educational Achievement Can Happen (REACH) Georgia program, a needs-based scholarship designed to promote academic success and expand access to higher education. The TCMS students chosen to join REACH Georgia are Logan Baxter, Keasia Horton, Daviyon Johnson, Selena Diego and Evan Wynn.

As a part of the program, students signed contracts to agree to meet attendance and behavior requirements, maintain a certain grade point average, participate in REACH Georgia related activities, and meet weekly with a mentor. Their parents or guardians also signed contracts to support their student through their education.

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.  

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

Mayhall retires from Hand-In-Hand Primary after 29 years Jeanna Mayhall and Dr. Dusty Kornegay

From now on when the school bell rings, Jeanna Mayhall won’t know what to do with herself. For the first time in almost 30 years, the retiring Hand-In-Hand Principal won’t be returning to the school campus at the break of dawn every week day. For Mayhall, who has been in the school environment her whole life, says “it will be hard to transition to the ‘normal’ world because my internal rhythm follows the rhythm of the school calendar.”

The beloved veteran educator who just completed her 29th year in education was sent off by an adoring group of family, friends and coworkers during a recent reception held in her honor. Mayhall received many gifts and was honored by coworkers who made signs and a slideshow, performed a humorous skit and entertained her with a song written just for her.

Movie Offered at No Charge! free movie

The Covey Film Festival is offering an opportunity to view the movie, "Hidden Figures," at no charge on Monday, October 2, at 7:00 p.m. The movie will be shown in the Thomas County School System's Auditorium at 200 North Pinetree Boulevard. Click on the link below to see the flyer for details!

Covey Film Festival Hidden Figures

Hurricane Irma Notice hurricane pic

The Thomas County School system is monitoring Hurricane Irma very closely. We are working with Thomas County EMS and the National Weather Service to determine the best plan for school closures. Please stay up-to-date by tuning in to the local news, checking our website, and following us on social media including Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. It is important to ensure that we have your current contact information because we will be sending out alerts through our notification systems. Thank you for your patience and understanding!

County schools plan a “phenomenal” extended day for upcoming solar eclipse Solar eclipse

Plans are underway for a phenomenal day in Thomas County Schools as students, teachers, and staff observe “The Great American Solar Eclipse” on August 21. To allow students to fully appreciate the experience, the school day in Thomas County Schools will be extended by 30 minutes on the day of the eclipse.

While Thomas County will not see a total eclipse, expectations are that the moon will cover approximately 90% of the sun for a brief period, enough to create a dramatic effect and illustrate the phenomena of an eclipse.

Click here to access the Solar Eclipse Opt Out Form.  

Immunization Clinic vaccination

The Thomas County Health Department will be open for a back-to-school immunization clinic on Saturday, August 12, from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Click on the link below for more information!

Don't Be Late... Vaccinate!

Virtual Program Informational Meeting Virtual School Meeting

The Thomas County School System provides on-line learning opportunities for home-school and cyber-school students. Join us for an informational meeting, and choose the time that is best for you!

Welcome Back '17-'18

As we prepare for the new year, we like to reflect on our past accomplishments. This video highlights some of the many successes of our staff members and students who make this school system one of the best. We are looking forward to exciting opportunities and new successes in 2017-2018!

Simply the Best

We have an app for that! TC App

Search for Thomas County Schools in your app store to get our new app. Click the link below for more information.

Thomas County Schools App

Back-to-School Blitz

Join us at the Thomas County Central High School gym for the Back-to-School Blitz this Saturday, July 29!

Back to School Blitz Flyer

We Are Central

Please take time to read the latest issue of Thomas County Central High School's We Are Central Magazine which highlights some of the exciting events from this past school year. Click on the image below to open the publication:

We Are Central

Important Message Thomas County Schools

March 27, 2017: The Thomas County School System became aware early this morning of a very vague threat to an individual student at one of our schools. The student is safe, and the threat is not deemed to be credible. Contrary to social media rumors, no weapons have been found on any of our school campuses nor have there been any incidents of violence on our campuses.  We have determined that it is safe for our schools to continue with a normal day. Out of an abundance of caution, in cooperation with the Thomas County Sheriff’s Office, we have increased security at our schools.

 
State School Superintendent honors Thomas County Central High for AP achievement TCCHS Senior Chris Harry paints "Warhol-style Goldfish" for one of his twelve fish-themed artworks in AP Studio Art.

Georgia State School Superintendent Richard Woods recently named Thomas County Central High School (TCCHS) an Advanced Placement (AP) Honor School.  Woods recognized TCCHS in three areas of distinction including “AP STEM,” “AP STEM Achievement,” and “AP Humanities.”

TCCHS was the only high school in the Southwest Georgia region to be named an “AP Humanities School,” meaning that the school has a robust advanced placement program in language arts, at least two social science courses, at least one fine arts course, and at least one world language course.

Buzz Newsletter Buzz Newsletter

Read all of the latest news in the Buzz newsletter! Click the link below:

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 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 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 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 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.

Click "More Information" to read full story!

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

School System Closed

The Thomas County School System will be closed Wednesday, February 24, due to the threat of inclement weather.

Medical In-service

MEETING POSTPONED 

Medical In-service

Provided for School Staff and Parents
Wednesday, February 24, 2016
4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Thomas County Board of Education
Professional Learning Center
(across from Wendy’s)

Sponsored by Thomas County Schools

 

E-SPLOST Video E-SPLOST Video

See how E-SPLOST funds are used in our schools!

E-SPLOST Video

Cover Jackets by Yellow Jackets Cover Jackets by Yellow Jackets

Sweaters, snowflake wings, mittens, and hats.  These were among the many accouterments that inspired Thomas County Central HS students to compete in a school-wide art contest that placed “Buzz,” the school mascot, in wintry garb or setting.

Veterans Day Activities 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. 

 

Parent Engagement Month Parent Engagement Month
Family STEM Science Night 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 Literacy Fair 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

Thomas County Schools lands 2.7 million dollar grant to boost literacy skills 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.

DRAMAKIDS! Coming to TCMS DRAMAKIDS! Coming to TCMS

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!

DRAMAKIDS! Flyer

TCCHS adds AP classes 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.

Volunteer Orientation 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.

Endless Possibilities 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:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bpva66Rhpg4&feature=youtu.be

Cross Country Jog 2015 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!

Bishop Hall Charter School: Accepting Applications 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.

Parent Involvement 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:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q5T39W27g08&feature=youtu.be

Graduation 2015 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.

 

Attention Parents! We need your input! 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

Class of 2015 Top Honors Named 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.

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

Holocaust Survivor to Speak to the Community 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.

Students Place at Georgia Educational Technology Fair 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.

Bishop Hall Opens New Facility 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.

TCCHS Students Advance to Region After NHD Event 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.”

HOSA Students Advance to State 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.

Holland Named AD 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.

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.

Students Place in Regional Technology Fair 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.

Thomas County Schools Art Show 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.

Pre-K & Kindergarten Registration 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

Volunteer Orientation Meeting 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.

Vacancy Notice - TCCHS Principal's Secretary Vacancy Notice - TCCHS Principal's Secretary

There is a vacancy at Thomas County Central High School for the position of principal's secretary.  If interested, please click the link below for further details and apply online through our job portal at www.thomascountyschools.org.

TCCHS Principal's Secretary Vacancy Notice

Thomas County Students Place at National History Day Thomas County Students Place at National History Day

Students from Thomas County Central High, Thomas County Middle, and Thomas County Upper Elementary attended the National History Day State Competition April 26, 2014 at Mercer University. National History Day allows students to choose their own topic and presentation style while learning about a specific historical time period and meeting Common Core literacy and GPS social studies standards. This year's theme is "Rights and Responsibilities" - this required students to use balanced research from primary and secondary sources to prove their thesis.  Click More Information below to see results.

Quiz Bowl Team Wins Competition Quiz Bowl Team Wins Competition

Congratulations to the TCMS Quiz Bowl team for winning first place and being undefeated in the Okefenokee Academic Bowl.   Team members include Morgan Ward, Kyle Clark, Kennedy Ward, Sierra Stephens, Joshua Stephens, and Kaleb Ward.

FBLA Sends Four to Nationals

Over 3500 Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) students competed in Atlanta the weekend of March 14-16, 2014. Less than 10% will move on to represent Georgia at the FBLA National Leadership Conference and Competition in Nashville, TN this summer.   Please see More Information below for a list of all winner. Those earning the right to represent TCCHS and Georgia at Nationals are:

  • Lauren Rich--2nd Place in Business Communication
  • Tessa McCorkle--3rd Place in Website Development
  • Savannah Matherly--4th Place in Hospitality Management

     
OM Team Qualifies for World Finals OM Team Qualifies for World Finals

The TCCHS Odyssey of the Mind team that solved the problem “The Driver’s Test” has qualified for World Finals. The team is made up of Alexis Bergozza, Addison Frasch, Bobby Hancock , Mallorie Johnson, Chelcie Nix, Beth Sharpe, and Terrance Smith. See More Information for the full story and Photo Galleries for pictures.

Rising 5th Grade MERIT Open House Rising 5th Grade MERIT Open House

An open house for rising 5th grade students who are interested in the MERIT program will take place on Thursday, April 3 at 6:00 PM in the TCMS cafeteria. 

Click here for a MERIT application

Schools Will Open Thursday, January 30 Schools Will Open Thursday, January 30

Due to potentially hazardous road conditions associated with frozen precipitation, the Thomas County School System was closed Wednesday, January 29, 2014. All schools and offices will open on regular schedule Thursday, January 30, 2014.

Schools Closed Due To Weather Schools Closed Due To Weather

Due to potentially hazardous road conditions associated with frozen precipitation, the Thomas County School System will be closed Wednesday, January 29, 2014. Thomas County Schools will reopen Thursday, January 30, 2014.

Student Interviews Jackie Robinson's Wife Student Interviews Jackie Robinson's Wife

Nick Herndon, a 7th grade MERIT student, flew to New York over Thanksgiving break for a very special event.  He was granted the request to interview Jackie Robinson's widow, Rachel Robinson, at the Jackie Robinson Foundation as a part of his research for his National History Day project.

 

Denton Wins Grand Prize in Poster Contest

Congratulations to Aubree Denton for her Grand Prize drawing in the Fourth Annual "I Want to be Recycled" poster contest. Lyndsae Madden placed second in the 9-12 grade division, and Emily Corbitt placed third. See More Information below for a list of all winners and photos of our winning entries.

Georgia Author Visits TCMS Georgia Author Visits TCMS

Georgia author, William Rawlings, visited Mrs. Deann Garcia’s Georgia History classes to discuss writing, research, and his experience with learning history related to Georgia.

Dual Enrollment Meeting Held Dual Enrollment Meeting Held

On Thursday, November 21, Dr. Jim Rehberg, director of gifted and honors programs, along with the TCCHS guidance counselors held an informational meeting for parents and students interested in learning more about dual enrollment. Representatives from ABAC, Bainbridge College, Southwest Georgia Technical College and Thomas University were also on hand to answer questions specific to their programs. Dual enrollment offers students the opportunity to earn high school and college credits simultaneously. Anyone interested in dual enrollment who was unable to attend the meeting may stop by the guidance office to pick up information.

TCCHS Hosts Special Olympic Winter Games TCCHS Hosts Special Olympic Winter Games

On Thursday, November 14 Thomas County Central was host to the annual Special Olympic Winter Games. More than 150 local students participated in the games which was conducted by the Thomasville YMCA and the Thomas County Olympics. Students also participated in events at Rose City Bowl. Please see more information below.

Anderson Wins Best of Show at PWAF Junior Art Contest

Artwork in the Plantation Wildlife Festival Junior Art Contest had to be based on the “Game Birds in Flight” theme. A maximum of 50 entries, from grades 7-12 were accepted for exhibition. TCCHS had eight works selected this year. The overall “Best of Show” winner was Central’s Sophomore Sophie Anderson for her “Wild Pheasant” in watercolor, ink, and acrylic. See more information for pictures of the winning pieces of artwork.

Students Participate in Hands on Thomas County Day Students Participate in Hands on Thomas County Day
On Saturday, October 19, students from Thomas County Elementary and Thomas County Middle participated in Hands on Thomas County Day.  They worked at over twelve locations throughout the county.
National Honor Society holds Induction National Honor Society holds Induction

On Monday, September 23, 2013, new members of the Thomas County Central High School National Honor Society were inducted.

Chorale Presents Fall Showcase Chorale Presents Fall Showcase

On October 17, 2013 the Thomas County Chorale hosted their first annual Fall Showcase. This event invited guests to enjoy an array of delicious homemade desserts, hot cocoa, coffee, and music performed by the talented members of the Thomas County Chorale. The five choirs of TCCHS and several soloists entertained guests by performing a variety of popular music. The showcase is to be held each year as a fundraiser. The Fall Showcase received a positive response from attending students, faculty, administration, and community members.

TCCHS Wins at Deep South Fair Youth Art Show TCCHS Wins at Deep South Fair Youth Art Show

The Deep South Fair Youth Art Show was recently held in Thomasville. TCCHS had multiple winners in many categories. Congratulations to our 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and Honorable Mention Winners!  See More Information for a list of first place TCCHS winners.

Jack O' Lantern Jog Results Jack O' Lantern Jog Results
On Saturday, October 19 Thomas County Elementary Schools hosted the Jack O'Lantern Jog on the campuses of Thomas County Middle School and Hand in Hand Primary School.

 

The results can be found here:

One Mile Fun Run Results

5K Results

Governor's Honors Program Nominees Named

 

The TCCHS Governor's Honors Program nominees are (front l-r) Emily Kornegay (Academics), Laken Rutland (Fine Arts/Clarinet), Sophie Anderson (Fine Arts/Visual), Christina Sellars (Agriscience);  (back l-r) Noah Harris (Academics), Charles Maggitas (Fine Arts/Trombone), Jacob Hiers (Agriscience); Justin Knapp (Academics), Ryan Trull (Career Technology/Business), Austin Yeomans (Academics) Not pictured: Maggie Bowden (Fine Arts/Percussion)

See More Information below.

Digital Citizenship Initiative

Did you know that 91% of teens post photos of themselves on social media sites and 71% post their school name and where they live?  It is important to stay informed about your teen's social media use.  Click here for more information about our Digital Citizenship Initiative and to see a video of TCCHS students participating in a panel discussion on social media use among teens.

Jack O'Lantern Jog!
Freshman Parent Night Freshman Parent Night

An informative meeting for parents of freshman students with last names beginning with G - L will take place on Thursday, August 29 at 6:00 p.m. in the school cafeteria. CLICK HERE for more information and dates for other meetings.

Back To School Blitz Back To School Blitz

Please join us for the 7th Annual Back to School Blitz on Saturday, August 3, 9:00-11:00am, at Thomas County Central High School Gymnasium (upper level)!  Please click here for more information.

We need your input for improvement! We need your input for improvement!

Your opinion is important to us! 

Please click here to review our Implementation Plan (CLIP) and provide input for improvement! 

GHSGT at TCCHS

The Georgia High School Graduation test will be given at TCCHS as follows:
ELA on July 15 at 8:30 am
Math on July 16 at 8:30 am
Science on July 17 at 8:30 am
Writing on July 17 at 1:00 pm
Social Studies on July 18 at 8:30 am

Anyone interested in testing who is not currently registered at TCCHS should contact Mrs. K. Jones at 229-225-5050.

Back to School Information! Back to School

Click here to get the information you need as you prepare to send your children back to school! Open House dates, supply lists, and dress code information are provided for your convenience.

Construction

Your SPLOST money is at work! If you need to visit Hand-In-Hand or Thomas County Middle School over the next few weeks, it may be necessary to enter from Highway 202 (County Line Road) and come through the back. We are receiving extended entrances and exits off the bypass as well as restructuring and paving.

Choice Commits to Clemson Choice Commits to Clemson

TCCHS quarterback Adam Choice made a verbal commitment on Wednesday, May 22 to officially become a Clemson Tiger on national singing day in February, 2014. See the story from the Thomasville-Times Enterprise by clicking MORE INFORMATION.

5th Annual SWAYJ Event 5th Annual SWAYJ Event
TCCHS will sponsor its 5th Annual Shop With a Yellow Jacket (SWAYJ) event on Saturday, December 15, 2012.
We Love Our Grandparents! We Love Our Grandparents!
The grandparents of our Garrison-Pilcher students were invited to visit our school. 
The Life of a Wee Bee The Life of a Wee Bee
Parent Night was held at Garrison-Pilcher on Thursday, August 23rd. Parents visited classrooms to experience the Life of a Wee Bee. Teachers explained the procedures of the school day and answered questions about instruction. All Garrison-Pilcher students enjoyed a fun time in the gym while the parents attended class.
Watch D.O.G.S Watch D.O.G.S. Launch

Hand-In-Hand launched a new program ... Watch D.O.G.S. - (Dads of Great Students).  The kickoff program was a big hit with over 100 dads attending the meeting.  We are asking our dads, stepdads, granddads, and important males to commit to serving one day in our school.  These men will serve as role models on our campus helping in the classrooms, P.E., computer lab, recess, and lunch.  For more information on Watch D.O.G.S. call the school at 229-225-3908.

TCUE/TCMS GrandParents Day! Grandparents Day 2012
Thomas County Upper Elementary and Thomas County Middle School will hold it's annual Grandparents Day on Monday - September 17th, 2012 at 9:00 A.M.!
Author Lois Ruby to Visit TCUE! Author Lois Ruby
The TCUE/TCMS Media Center is sponsoring a visit from author Lois Ruby on Wednesday, September 26. 
TCCHS Art Students Win Awards TCCHS Art Students Win Awards
Congratulations to Tierra Christian and Peyton Barrett for placing 1st and 3rd in the10th grade Division of the "Plains, Peanuts & a President" postcard contest.
VESPA Staff Donates to Treehouse Advocacy Center VESPA Staff Donates to Treehouse Advocacy Center
The Vespa Staff at TCCHS recently had a stuffed animal drive for the Treehouse Advocacy Center.
Georgia Tech Visits TCCHS Georgia Tech Visits TCCHS
Seniors who are interested in attending Georgia Tech had the opportunity to meet with a representative from their school.
Governor's Commission on Teen Driving Application
Click here to see news clip with TCCHS students

ATTENTION TEENS:
Apply now for the Governor’s Commission on Teen Driving! Applications are being accepted through September 20. See below for more information.

School Council Elections
TCCHS is in need of one parent to serve on our School Council. Please click below to see how you can serve on this committee.
1992 State Championship Team Recognition 1992 State Championship Team Recognition
The 1992 TCCHS State Championship football team will be recognized at the October 5th football game against Bainbridge.  Former football team members should meet in the cafeteria at the Board of Education at 6:30 for a reception.
Fundraiser Begins Monday Fundraiser Begins Monday
Cross Creek students, along with all students at Thomas County Elementary Schools are busy raising money for their schools.
YMCA Hosts After School Program YMCA Hosts After School Program
The YMCA will be hosting the Fit Kids program at Cross Creek.
Gearing Up For Music and Chorus Programs Gearing Up For Music and Chorus Programs
Music and Chorus Programs at Cross Creek are underway.
Student's Work Featured at the Fair
Cross Creek student art is a showstopper at the Deepsouth Fair.
School Council Elections Scheduled
New parent and business representatives needed.
Tax Increase Notice for 2012
Please click More Information below to read the Tax increase Notice for 2012.
Notice of 2012 Tax Digest Summary & Five Year History
Please click More Information to view the 2012 Tax Digest Summary and Five Year History.
We need your input on our CLIP! Feedback
Please take a moment to review our Comprehensive LEA Improvement Plan. Your feedback is important to us.
Back-to-School Blitz Back to School
Join our school system along with multiple community agencies at the annual Back-to-School Blitz held at Southwest Georgia Technology College. 
Flu Vaccine Offered at all System Schools flu vaccine

The Thomas County Health Department and Thomas County Schools are teaming up to fight the influenza (flu) virus again this year by providing immunizations in our schools. 

Flu registration packets are being sent home with students. If you need another copy, the forms and other additional information can be accessed by clicking on the links below. Flu registration packets must be completed and returned to the school on or before Tuesday, October 6, 2020. You can also fax the forms to the health department by dialing 229-379-3521. 

2020 Parent Letter - Flu

2020-2021 Student Consent Form

Adult Vaccine Consent Form

Influenza Inactive VIS 2020-21

Privacy Notice

Thomas County Central offering live stream Sport Scope

Fans of the Thomas County Central Yellow Jackets will be able to watch the action of the 2020 football season live from the comfort of their own home through a new live streaming service that will be offered by the school.

“We felt an obligation to our supporters to offer something for them that would be as close as possible to them being inside the stadiums we play in,” said Central athletic director Sam Holland about the live stream, which will be offered through the Sport Scope company. “We looked at all of the available options out there and felt like this was the best choice of combining quality of service and benefit for our sports programs.”

With Covid-19 social distancing mandates in place in most stadiums across Georgia, it is anticipated that attendance with most games will be limited to 25-30% capacity. That was the key motivating factor in developing the live stream option for fans.

School Based Health Clinic Reopens SBHC sign

The School-Based Health Center on the TCMS campus reopened June 1.  In light of COVID 19, and PCSG’s desire to keep our patients and staff safe, patient appointments will be limited to two per hour.  PSCG is working with the School’s Athletic Director and Archbold Medical Group in providing the community-wide sports physicals (dates to be determined).  If you are unable to make those dates, PCSG will provide sports physicals in the clinic for $10. 

The clinic will be open daily from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday – Friday. In addition to offering in-clinic appointments, PCSG offers telehealth visits.   

To help maintain physical distancing rules, all appointments must be scheduled in advance.  To schedule your appointment, please call  229-227-2936.

For the safety of our patients and staff:

1.      Before entering the clinic everyone must be screened.
2.      Only one person may accompany a minor for a visit.
3.      All patients and accompanying adult must wear a mask.
4.      PCSG staff will be wearing a mask as well as other protective equipment.
5.      PCSG will limit the number of individuals in the clinic at any one time.   

TCCHS proudly announces the Commencement Ceremony for the Class of 2020 graduation

An in-person graduation ceremony for the Thomas County Central High School Class of 2020 will be held on Saturday, June 6, at 9:00 a.m. at the Jackets’ Nest Stadium.  As with all decisions made during this challenging time, we are working diligently to honor and celebrate the Class of 2020 while also ensuring the safety of everyone involved.

We are extremely pleased to provide our 2020 graduates with a traditional type of graduation ceremony which they have earned and so greatly deserve. Finding a way to celebrate their accomplishments in-person and in the company of their family, despite the necessary restrictions that are in place as the result of the pandemic, has been a focus of our work over the past few weeks.

To ensure the health and safety of the graduates, school personnel, and guests, the following measures are in effect for this year’s graduation ceremony:

Meal Distribution on Wednesdays until End of May please read

Thomas County Schools will be offering meal distribution every Wednesday starting April 22 through May 27. Each box will contain breakfast and lunch for seven days. Thomas County Middle School will be the main location, and we will continue to deliver to the outlying areas. Times will also remain the same with it being from 11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. at TCMS and from 11:00 a.m. - 12 noon at the other sites. We are happy to still be here for you! Please call 229-413-1234 if you have any questions.

meal distribution

Take this Survey to Lend Your Voice! Community Engagement

The Thomas County School System is in the initial phase of the system's strategic planning process. We value the input of our stakeholders and want to take into consideration the thoughts, ideas, wishes, and dreams of those who are invested in our system. Your input will help establish the system's goals and priorities, which will guide the system over the next five years. If you were unable to attend the Community Engagement Session on Thursday, February 20, to provide your input, please complete the short survey below by 11:45 p.m. on March 5. Thank you for your time, and we greatly appreciate your feedback. 

English survey:    https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/CE20-Thomas

Spanish survey:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/CE20-Thomas-Spanish

Those who need translation may email Emily Ross eross@tcjackets.net for assistance.

Garrison-Pilcher builds for the future GP builds for the future

After celebrating its 50th birthday last year, Garrison-Pilcher Elementary School is about to receive a top-to-bottom modernization which will position it to serve Thomas County students for another half-century.

The Thomas County Board of Education has awarded a contract for $7.5 million to CCH Construction, Inc. of Thomasville for the renovation and modernization of Garrison-Pilcher Elementary School.

The project has been in the planning stages for the last five years and is funded through a combination of proceeds from the 2016 ESPLOST program and State Capital Outlay Funds.

Plans and specifications for the project were prepared by SRJ Architects of Albany, Georgia. A request for bids was advertised for four weeks, and bids were received from three contractors as follows: CCH Construction, Inc. of Thomasville, $7,570,136; Quillian Powell Construction of Valdosta, $8,262,000; and SRS, Inc. of Griffin, $8,021,500. The Board of Education awarded the project to the low bidder.

Writing workshops offer MERIT students one-on-one support Nancy Rogers

The Thomas County School System’s MERIT program is providing daily afternoon writing workshops to prepare MERIT students at Thomas County Middle School (TCMS) for the rigors of Advanced Placement (AP) classes and to support MERIT students at Thomas County Central High School (TCCHS) who are enrolled in AP classes.

Thomas County’s MERIT program spans grades 5 through 12 and includes students from both Thomas County Middle School and Thomas County Central High School. The workshop is part of an initiative to bridge the MERIT program between the two schools.

Thomas County School System launches string orchestra program Bonev

The Thomas County School System is pleased to announce the introduction of a string orchestra program for the 2019-2020 school year serving students in grades 4 -12.

Dr. Boyan Bonev has joined the faculty of Thomas County Schools and will lead the formation of the string orchestra program with classes held during both the school day and after school.

Digital Learning All-Star Teacher Named for Thomas County Schools Daphney King

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 second annual Digital Learning All-Star Teacher at each school and for the district. Daphney King, a fourth grade teacher Cross Creek Elementary School, was selected as the district winner.

“The Thomas County School System has made a significant investment in technology for our students and teachers as a result of having E-SPLOST funds and receiving other grants," said Erin Rehberg, Digital Learning Coordinator for Thomas County Schools. "It is important 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 Google Chromebook courtesy of Firefly Computers and will be able to attend an educational technology conference in the fall.  

TCCHS forms esports team esports

Thomas County Central High School is promoting teamwork and school involvement through embracing the world of competitive virtual gaming.

Computer science teacher Mark Thompson and Athletics Director Samuel Holland have joined forces to form the school’s first-ever esports team.

Superintendent of Thomas County Schools Dr. Lisa Williams approached Holland about checking into starting an esports program.

“After doing the research on esports from the high school to professional levels, I knew this was something we needed here,” Holland said. “Not only does this reach out to all students, but it also gives us another way to get athletes in college.”

Thompson says esports is the fastest-growing spectator sport in the world and is more than its name might suggest.

Internet Safety internet safety

In light of the recent news stories concerning hacking on YouTube and other websites that provide children's programming, we urge parents to monitor what their children are viewing by way of Internet connections. The Internet can be a wonderful educational tool, but the online world can also be dangerous. Please protect your children by supervising their Internet exposure.

The Thomas County School System has services that monitor all student web searches, email messages and storage of files for inappropriate or dangerous content. We are diligent in protecting students while they are using accounts and devices provided by the district whether they are at school or off-campus. We urge parents to monitor their students’ use of all Internet connections, especially those that occur outside of the school system’s monitored network.

Please feel free to contact your child’s school or the school district if you ever have concerns about Internet content that your child accesses by way of a school system owned device or connection.

TCCHS graduate Odom wins national FFA award The Odom family and TCCHS FFA Advisor Glen Gosier celebrate Brentley Odom’s win at the 91st National FFA Convention & Expo in Indianapolis, Indiana.

A Thomas County Central High School Class of 2018 graduate is already building upon the agricultural knowledge foundation he gained from his time as a Career Technical Agricultural Education student.

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. 

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.

2019 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!

2019 Parent Survey

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.

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

Gaines Named Next Hand-In-Hand Principal On the playground is Dee Gaines (center) surrounded by kindergarten students Xalen James, from left, Sam Stewart, Destiny Hobbs, Rosie Cooper, and Blake Knisely.

Hand-In-Hand Primary School Assistant Principal Dee Gaines has been appointed principal designee to assume the role effective October 1, following Jeanna Mayhall’s retirement.  The Thomas County Board of Education approved the appointment at its meeting on September 12.

Schools Open Wednesday hurricane pic

Thomas County Schools will welcome staff and students back for a normal day tomorrow, September 13. We do not expect any significant changes to bus routes, and all of our schools will be open for the regular schedule.

Williams to succeed Kornegay as County School Chief in 2018 Dr. Lisa Williams

The Thomas County Board of Education has named Associate Superintendent Dr. Lisa Williams as its sole candidate to succeed Dr. Dusty Kornegay as superintendent of the county school system upon his retirement which will be effective June 1, 2018.

Kornegay informed the school board in January that he plans to retire at the end of the 2017-2018 school year, and he provided official notice of his retirement in a letter to the board in June.

Click "More" to read entire press release

BOE Schedules Hearing on Proposed $63.5 Million 2017-2018 budget budget

The Thomas County Board of Education has given tentative approval to a $63.5 million budget for the 2017-2018 school year. The board has scheduled two public hearings prior to final adoption of the budget in compliance with a law passed by the general assembly in 2016 which requires public hearings for school board budgets even if no local property tax increase is anticipated.

The first public hearing will be held in conjunction with a 7:00 p.m., May 23, called board meeting at the Board of Education Meeting Room located at 200 North Pinetree Boulevard, Thomasville. The second hearing will be held in conjunction with the June 13, 2017, board meeting, also at 7:00 p.m. in the Board Meeting Room.

Click here to see FY18 Budget

Kornegay earns GHP slot TCCHS student C’lee Kornegay has been chosen to attend this summer’s Governor’s Honors Program in the field of science. Here, Kornegay monitors the growth of algae for her experiment on how diversity affects algal response to ocean acidification.

Junior Celia “C’lee” Kornegay, 16, has earned a slot in this year’s Georgia Governor’s Honors Program.

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.

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.

Parent Portal Access - Please verify your contact information and phone numbers. 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  

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.  

Survey Invitation to All Parents of Thomas County Students 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

Virtual Program Informational Meeting 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!

TCCHS dominates region science fair TCCHS dominates region science fair

The Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College Region Science & Engineering Fair was held Friday, Feb. 12. Ten projects advanced to state competition and one project was selected as an alternate. Students advancing to state competition are: Faythe Choate and Hailey Newman, Sierra Stephens and Kennedy Ward, Desiree Hough, Emily Mitchell and Emily Owens, Jordan Bush and Hannah Dixon, C’lee Kornegay, Anna Jense and Tyler Williamson, Hailey Ferrel, Kealie Bennett, and Katelyn Hancock. Alternate is Caroline Pope.

Thompson to Become Next Thomas County Middle School Principal Thompson to Become Next Thomas County Middle School Principal

Thomas County Middle School (TCMS) Associate Principal Jamie Thompson has been appointed principal designee to assume the role effective June 1, following Dr. Kathy Keown’s retirement.  The Thomas County Board of Education approved the appointment at its meeting on January 12.

Click "More Information" to read full article.

New technology prepares students to meet higher academic standards New technology prepares students to meet higher academic standards

Every classroom in every school in the county has a Smartboard, an interactive whiteboard, and Thomas County Schools has recently deployed more than 1,400 new Chromebooks and plans to add at least 1,100 more over the next year.

Please Complete Our Survey! 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

It's a Yellow Jacket Christmas CDs 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.

School Bus Safety Week 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.

Junior First Lego League

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

Attention Parents! We need your input! 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

2014-15 Back to School Information 2014-15 Back to School Information

Click here to get the information you need as you prepare to send your children back to school. Open House dates, supply lists, and dress code information are provided for your convenience.

You're Invited to the TCMS Career Science Open House!

Join us Sunday, March 30, at 2:30 p.m. for the Open House for the new Career Science building at Thomas County Middle School. Click the link below for more information.

TCMS Career Science Open House Invitation

NHD Winners Announced NHD Winners Announced

The TCCHS Social Studies Department would like to announce the winners of our 1st National History Day competition. These students will advance to the state competition at Mercer University at the end of April. Please see More Information below for a list of winners.

Pre-k Registration 2014-2015 School Year:

Calling All Preschoolers!

February 3rd & 5th

Click here for more information

TCCHS Holds Blood Drive TCCHS Holds Blood Drive

On Wednesday, August 21, 2013 TCCHS held the first blood drive of the school year. See More Information for story and pictures.

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

Parent Survey Parent Survey

Attention parents!  Please take a moment to complete our Parent Survey which will provide us with valuable information about our schools and will help with future improvement strategies.  Your feedback makes a difference!

Peter Pan and Wendy Presentation

A special 45 minute one-act version of the play was presented by the TCCHS Theatre Dept at the 2013 AASU One-Act Play Festival and won an Honorable Mention for Special Effects.  An imaginative production, this play appeals to the childlike wonder in all of us.   One performance only!  Tuesday, April 30th at @ 7:00 PM.  Cost is $3.00 for general admission and tickets will be sold at the door.  Don’t miss it!

Community Engagement Survey -- Participate in Our Plan! Community Engagement Survey -- Participate in Our Plan!

Participate in the development of our school system's New Strategic Plan by viewing the Community Engagement Meeting presentation and taking the Community Engagement Survey.    Your opinion matters!

Kindergarten Registration Kindergarten Registration

Mark your calendar for Kindergarten Registration on Monday, April 29!

Baseball Alumni Game Set for March 2 Baseball Alumni Game Set for March 2

We would love for you to join us in our 1st annual Alumni Baseball Game on March 2nd.  Click More Information below for more details and the registration form.

Pre-K Registration at Hand-in-Hand Primary School Pre-K Registration at Hand-in-Hand Primary School

Mark your calendar and make sure you have all documentation ready to register your child for Pre-Kindergarten at Hand-in-Hand Primary School!  Click the link to the flyer below for all details including dates, times, and a list of documents needed.

Pre-K Registration Information

Storybook Character Day Storybook Character Day
Garrison-Pilcher students dressed as storybook characters to celebrate their love of reading.  Be sure to check out the photo gallery to see all of the fun!
PROBE Fair PROBE Fair
On October 25th from 6:00-7:30 p.m., representatives from over fifty post-secondary institutions and the military will be in our cafeteria to meet with parents and students at the PROBE fair. Click below to receive bar code registration information.
County Schools Launch Comprehensive Instructional Technology Initiative County Schools Launch Comprehensive Instructional Technology Initiative
Over the next twelve months, the Thomas County School System will deploy the most comprehensive technology integration program since the Internet came to the classroom two decades ago.
Summer Reading Challenge! Buzz 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 and a list of eBook resources.  If you need more information, please talk to the media specialist at your school.  The guidelines are for the school the students will be attending in the 2020-2021 school year.

Summer Reading Challenge Website

Free WiFi Access Buzz holding computer

We have 18 free WiFi hotspots available at various locations throughout the county to help those without internet access at home. Please email us at techsupport@tcjackets.net or call 229-413-1234 for assistance or if you are having any trouble accessing the free WiFi.

*NOTE - We request that people don't park directly in front of the garage doors at the fire department locations. There should be plenty of space to park at these sites without blocking the doors. Thank you!

Thomas County WiFi Map

Coronavirus Information Coronavirus

The Thomas County School System remains in close contact with local and state agencies to assure that we are all doing what we can to protect the health and welfare of our students and school system employees. 

Our system is committed to providing our staff and students with a safe and healthy learning environment. We are working hard to ensure that our schools and buses are being cleaned and sanitized daily. 

Families are encouraged to frequently check the Georgia Department of Public Health (GaDPH), the Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE), and the Center for Disease Control (CDC) websites for the most current, reliable information about this issue. These websites are listed below. 

Thomas County students announced winners of statewide Fire Safety Contest fire safety winners

Eleven Thomas County students were announced winners of the statewide Fire Safety Contest. They were recognized at the 27th Annual Life, Fire, and Safety Awards luncheon sponsored by the Georgia Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner at the Monroe Conference Center in Forsyth, Georgia.

With 72 schools participating from all over the state, Thomas County Schools had four first place winners, three second place winners, and four third place winners. First place winners received a $50 cash prize, a variety of other prizes, and a visit from the fire safety house to his or her school.

Students from Hand-In-Hand Primary, Garrison-Pilcher, Cross Creek, and Thomas County Middle School brought home awards.   

This year’s poster theme was, “Not Every Hero Wears a Cape. Plan and Practice Your Escape.” The Poster Contest is open to grades K through 5 and must focus on fire prevention in the home and reflect the National Fire Protection Association theme.

The essay contest theme titled, “What I Want to Learn and Know About the Fire Safety House,” is broken down into two age groups. The Fire Safety Tips Calendar Contest is designed for grades K through 5, and each essay should consist of at least 75 words. Students in grades 6 through 12 must write an essay of at least 500 words.

Thomas County Schools serve up fresh fruits and vegetables Nutrition

A federal grant is providing fresh fruits and vegetables to Thomas County students.

The Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP) is a federally assisted program that provides all children in participating schools with a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables throughout the school day. It is an effective and creative way of introducing fresh fruits and vegetables as healthy snack options. The FFVP also encourages schools to develop partnerships at the state and local levels for support in implementing and operating the program.
 

Williams announces leadership changes for new school year LEADERSHIP

The Thomas County School Board has approved administrative personnel changes for the 2019-2020 school year upon the recommendation of Superintendent Dr. Lisa Williams.

Richard Potter has been named principal of the Renaissance Center for Academic and Career Development. The Renaissance Center is Thomas County’s alternative school, serving students in grades 5-12 whose home schools are Thomas County Middle School, Thomas County Central High School, or Bishop Hall Charter School.

TCMS students become published authors published authors

Students from Rhonda Smith's eighth-grade class at Thomas County Middle School recently became published authors through a national student publishing program. As part of the publishing process, students planned, wrote and illustrated their own books using a free publishing kit provided by Studentreasures Publishing. 

Each class created their own book with each student contributing a page that he/she wrote and illustrated.  Students brainstormed topics for their books and then held a class vote to make the final decision on the topic which may vary from holidays to music. Publishing a book in the classroom engaged the students through hands-on learning and inspired a love of reading and writing.

TC Masquers leave region stage with honors TC Masquers Stephen Sykes and Molly Grace White celebrate their inclusion in the Region 5A One Act All Star Cast.

The curtain fell on Thomas County Central High School’s TC Masquers region performance with several accolades waiting in the wings. The group placed third at Region 5A One Act Competition Oct. 22. TC Masquers performed “Digging up the Boys” by Laura Lundgren Smith. The story is about three men trapped in a collapsed mine and the women aboveground who love them and are trying to rescue them.

TC Masquers to present One Act selection The dream sequence is a favorite among the show’s cast.

TC Masquers will debut their One Act production of “Digging Up the Boys” Tuesday, Oct. 23. The show is 6:30 p.m. at the Thomas County Board of Education Auditorium, located at 200 N. Pinetree Blvd.

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

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.

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.

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.”

TCCHS’ Moore earns second year on state advisory council Caleb Moore

One Thomas County Central High School student is continuing his quest to become an educator and to help positively impact the state education system. Junior Caleb Moore will spend his second consecutive year on State School Superintendent Richard Woods’ Student Advisory Council.

According to the Georgia Department of Education website, the council is comprised of students in grades 7-12 “who discuss how decisions made at the state level are affecting students throughout Georgia.” According to the Sept. 13 GaDOE press release, more than 1,500 students applied to serve this year.

Garrison-Pilcher Grandparents Day Rescheduled

Due to our schools being closed for Hurricane Irma, we have rescheduled our 1st grade Grandparents Day activities for Thursday, September 14. We will continue with our 2nd grade Grandparents Day activities as planned for tomorrow morning, September 13. The times for both days are 8:30-10:00 AM. Please remember our Bookfair will be open both days! We apologize for any inconvenience and look forward to seeing all of our Wee Bee Grandparents this week!

 
Two TCMS teachers to attend National Sustainability Teachers’ Academy Stacie Dunn (left) and Melissa Artz will attend the National Sustainability Teacher's Academy in Arizona.

Thomas County Middle School teachers Melissa Artz and Stacie Dunn have been selected to participate in the National Sustainability Teacher’s Academy at Arizona State University in June. The prestigious program will equip them with the knowledge and tools needed to inspire and educate their students about sustainability issues.

Pertaining to environmental science, the definition of sustainability is the avoidance of the depletion of natural resources in order to maintain an ecological balance. Artz and Dunn will participate in a weeklong, hands-on professional development where they will work directly with sustainability scientists and education experts, as well as community sustainability leaders.

Rising 5th Grade MERIT Program Interest Meeting MERIT Program Seal

Who: Current 4th grade students

What: An interest meeting for the TCMS MERIT program

When: Tuesday, April 11 at 5:30 p.m.

Where: TCMS Cafeteria

Please contact Mrs. Terry Dukes at tdukes@tcjackets.net for any additional information.  

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.

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

Summer Reading Challenge 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!

Fifth Grade Student Qualifies for National Competition 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.  

Pre-K and Kindergarten Registration

Hand-In-Hand Primary School

2016-2017

Pre-K and Kindergarten Registration

Monday, February 1, 2016

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

(Click here for more information)

Rogers inducted into VSU Educator Hall of Fame Rogers inducted into VSU Educator Hall of Fame

Thomas County Middle School MERIT Teacher Nancy Rogers was recently inducted into the Valdosta State University Educator Hall of Fame.  Rogers has been teaching for 16 years, serving 10 of those years in Thomas County Schools.  

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!

 

Open House Dates Announced open house

Open house dates have been announced for all of the schools. With school beginning on Friday, August 4, every school will hold open house on Thursday, August 3. Please call the school office for more information.  

Hand-In-Hand Primary School
8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

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

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

Thomas County Upper Elementary/
Thomas County Middle School
5-6 Grades: 4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

7-8 Grades:  5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

All Grades: 9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. 
5th Grade MERIT: 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Thomas County Central High School
5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

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

 

 Hand-In-Hand Primary School

2015-2016

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:

 

TCCHS Prepares for SWAYJ 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.”

Johns joins "Best of the Nest" Johns joins "Best of the Nest"

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

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.

 

 

CCRPI Index Report Card

Thomas County Central High School (TCCHS) earned the highest score among high schools in Southwest Georgia on the College and Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI), based on data released by the Georgia Department of Education. The CCRPI Index is regarded as a state report card for schools in Georgia. TCCHS scored an 83 on the 100-point scale, which is in the top tier of high schools statewide.

"Color Me with Cheer" Color Run "Color Me with Cheer" Color Run

Support the Thomas County Middle School Cheerleading Squad by participating in the "Color Me with Cheer" Color Run!  The 5K run/walk is Saturday, May 17, at 8:30am.  Register by May 3.  See the flyer and registration links below for more information.

Color Run Flyer

Color Run Registration

OM Advances Three Teams to State

Three teams at TCCHS have qualified for Odyssey of the Mind (OM) State Finals to take place on March 29, 2014 at Columbus State University. See More Information below for details.

Join Our Team! View 2014-15 Vacancy Notices Below Join Our Team!  View 2014-15 Vacancy Notices Below

Please click the link below to view vacancies for the 2014-15 school year. Instructions for applying are included in the document.

2014-15 Vacancy Notices

Eight Advance to State Science Fair


(l-r): Ally Sealy, Ellen Ponder, Emily Kornegay, Richard Rountree, Rhonda Brown, Kaitlyn Douglas and Mason Lawing

Congratulations to our Region Science Fair Winners!  The following students placed first and will advance to state competition next month: Rhonda Brown, Kaitlyn Douglas, Emily Kornegay, Mason Lawing, Ellen Ponder, Richard Rountree and Ally Sealy. Emily Kornegay won the trophy for Second Overall in the Senior Division.  Ally Sealy won the American Chemical Society Award. These students will advance to the Georgia State Science and Engineering fair in March.

Thomas County Schools Strategic Planning Report Thomas County Schools Strategic Planning Report

Be A Part!  Please begin reviewing the Strategic Plan Report found at the first link below. After you have read and reviewed the report, please complete the related survey questions found on the second link below before Friday February 21. We appreciate your input on our Strategic Planning Process.

Strategic Planning Report 


Strategic Plan Survey

Robotics Team Wins Connect Award


Pictured left to right:  Emily Kornegay, Garrett Castleman, William McCray, and Kacy Jones.

Thomas County robotics teams competed at the RoBugs FTC qualifier this past weekend.  The CyberStinger Blue team brought home the Connect Award.  This award was given to the team for its involvement in helping the community understand FIRST® and FTC.  The team conducted several outreach events during the year, volunteered during science camp, and participated in the Thomasville Christmas parade.

A Magical Night at Garrison-Pilcher! A Magical Night at Garrison-Pilcher!

Please make plans to attend our Family Reading Night on Friday, January 24th.  Magician Ken Scott will provide entertainment and laughs for the whole family.  The show will begin at 6:00 with free admission for everyone!  For more information on Mr. Scott, please check out his website at www.kenscottmagic.com.  This event is sponsored by the Wee Bee Boosters.

Spelling Bee Winners 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. 

Harvey's Rewards Help Cross Creek Harvey's Rewards Help Cross Creek

We are participating in the Harveys Hometown Educational Rewards Program.  This program is designed to help us earn much needed educational equipment for Cross Creek!

TCUE/TCMS Offers Two New Exploratory Options TCUE/TCMS Offers Two New Exploratory Options

Students at Thomas County Upper Elementary and Thomas County Middle School now have two new options for exploratory courses.  The new courses being offered are Family and Consumer Science and Dance.

National History Day State Winners NHD State Winners

Several students from Thomas County Middle School were winners at the state level for National History Day in the Junior Division.  Kennedy Ward and Katelyn Hobbs will move on to compete at the National level.

Dr. Seuss Day a Success!

Fall Canned Food Drive Underway
Cross Creek students are collecting canned foods and jackets to donate to local Food Bank.
Rep. Darlene Taylor visits Hand-in-Hand Pre-k students Ga Pre-K
Rep. Darlene Taylor reads to Pre-K students at Hand-In-Hand.  Georgia celebrates 20th Anniversary of Pre-K program.

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Thomas County Schools Introduces Area’s Most Comprehensive and Flexible Program for Gifted, Talented, and High Achieving Students

The Thomas County School System has introduced a new program for gifted and high achieving students in grades 5-12. Dr. James Rehberg, the Thomas County School System’s director of gifted and talented instruction, will direct the MERIT program in conjunction with middle school and high school building administrators.

Sharing and serving within their community Loxley

TCCHS Chick-fil-A Leader Academy completes digital impact project

Coronavirus and quarantine couldn’t deter a group of Thomas County Central High School youth from serving their community.

TCCHS Chick-fil-A Leader Academy members had planned a special Impact Project, a dodgeball tournament to benefit the Middle Georgia Honor Flight program, as its big service event. With the outbreak of COVID-19 and “sheltering in place,” this idea had to be canceled. But a new opportunity soon presented itself.

The Chick-fil-A Leader Academy organization offered the “Share & Serve Digital Impact Project” in place of the in-person event. TCCHS members found a way to make a difference while obeying state mandates: sewing masks for healthcare workers and sharing encouragement through social media.

“Sewing masks was selected as the ‘Serve’ portion of the project after I spoke to Mr. Vann Middleton, president of the Archbold Foundation, who had established a process for volunteers to help support the Archbold healthcare workers,” TCCHS Service Learning Coordinator Stann McLeod said. “He was excited that I had students who wanted to make a difference during this critical time, so we partnered with the foundation in this effort. It allows these servant leaders still to go through the process of organizing and participating in a project that will have a significant impact on the community.”

Sewing masks is a worthy project on multiple fronts, McLeod adds.

“These masks help protect nurses and doctors who are directly treating and caring for local COVID-19 patients, but they also provide encouragement to these battle warriors who daily place themselves in harm’s way so that our community can remain safe,” he said.

Ten TCCHS chapter members jumped at the chance to create masks.

MESSAGE

April 17, 2020

Dear Parents and Guardians,

The Thomas County School System family has made me very proud as we have worked together to help keep our families safe and connected through the COVID-19 pandemic. While it is common to hear that “the schools are closed,” your school system has remained open and has continued to serve its students and the community in a number of ways.

Our food service workers have already prepared more than 212,000 meals that have been delivered by our transportation department or made available for pick-up at Thomas County Middle School. We will continue to provide weekly meal packages each Wednesday through the end of May. Dozens of school employees and community volunteers make this meal program possible, and I thank them for their service. The Backpack Buddies Program has made generous donations of food to provide weekend meals that are packaged with the weekly food deliveries.

Our technology department has partnered with our public library system and other entities to create free Wifi zones in various locations across the county to support our distance learning efforts.

Click READ MORE for the remainder of the letter

Thomas County Schools Clever Page Clever icon

Many of the digital resources for our school system can be found on our Clever page.  

The Clever page address is clever.com/in/tcjackets

Evans and Streets to Lead Thomas County Board of Education charles evans

The Thomas County Board of Education held its first meeting of the new calendar year Tuesday night. After the invocation, outgoing chair Dan Stewart declared the positions of chair and vice chair vacant and asked for nominations.

Board member Nancy Hiers made a motion that Charles Evans be elected chair and that Kay Streets be elected vice chair. Leah Smith seconded Hiers’ motion. Stewart called for any additional nominations. There were no additional nominations, so Evans and Streets were elected to their respective roles with no dissenting votes.

Evans has been a member of the board since 2007. He served as vice-chair during 2014 and 2019.  He retired from the Department of Natural Resources as a Conservation Ranger after 30 years.  He currently serves part-time as a bailiff for the court system.

“I am humbled and honored to serve as chair alongside a great group of board members,” said Evans.  “I feel that my position as chair is dignified by the fact that we have the best school system, administration, teachers, and superintendent that I could ask for.  I also appreciate Mr. Stewart’s guidance and leadership during his term as chair.  I’m looking forward to working closely with Mrs. Streets, the rest of the board and Dr. Lisa Williams for a successful year.”

Streets began her service on the board in 2004.

She said, “I am excited to continue serving Thomas county and district seven with Chairman Charles Evans and the other board members. Serving alongside the faculty and student body that we have been blessed with is an honor. I am looking forward to the year ahead.”

TCCHS holds annual science fair science fair winners

Inquisitive youth minds have put forth and been evaluated on the fruits of their scientific labors.

The annual Thomas County Central High School Science Fair occurred Thursday, Dec. 12. It featured approximately 75 projects encompassing students from grades 9-11.

“We had another wonderful science fair,” TCCHS Science Department Chair Meagan Bradshaw said. “I am always excited to see the students’ hard work across so many different aspects of science.”

There are nine first-place projects, seven second-place entries and six third-place experiments.

BEE Partners of the Quarter Recognized BEE

The Thomas County School System's BEE Partners of the Quarter were recognized for the first nine weeks. These businesses and industries support the school system in so many ways, and their support is very appreciated.
Hand-In-Hand -Dawson Street Baptist Church WMU
Garrison-Pilcher - Barnett's Creek Baptist Church
Cross Creek - Dog World
Thomas County Middle School - McDonalds
Thomas County Central High School - Thomasville Dental Center (Dr. Sanders)
Bishop Hall - Donathan Photography
If a business or industry is interested in partnering with Thomas County Schools, please contact Erin Rehberg for more information. See pictures of our Partners of the Quarter by clicking the link below.

Art After School Art After School

Art After School is a studio class where students get hands-on art making instruction. Students will use various materials such as watercolor, ceramics and mixed media. Classes are offered for elementary students Tuesdays (grades K - 2 ONLY) and Thursdays (grades 3 - 4 ONLY). Monthly tuition is $35 and limited to 20 students per day.

Art classes will begin September 3. Due to fall and spring breaks, two free makeup days will be offered in December and one in May. All materials for the class are provided. Please be aware that some days students will be working with paint, oil pastels, and clay.

Tuition must be paid at time of registration and at the last class of each month for the following month for students to continue classes. Should your student have an unpaid balance, they will not be able to continue classes. If you have questions, please contact Ms. Young at (229) 225-5050 ext. 126 or cyoung@tcjackets.net.

The deadline to register is August 27. Click on link below for more information!
Art After School flyer

Graham renews vision for county MERIT Program Dr. Dale Graham

Dr. Dale Graham who returned to the Thomas County School System in 2018 as the district’s math coordinator was named District-wide Director for the MERIT Program last fall and is rolling out several initiatives for the new school year.

MERIT, short for Maximizing Education to Realize Intellectual Transformation, provides a rigorous curriculum and enrichment opportunities for gifted and academically high-achieving students in grades 5-12. The program spans both Thomas County Middle School and Thomas County Central High School. 

Under the new structure, the program has a middle grades coordinator, Dana Studdard, and a high school coordinator, Erin White.

Band Scholars band scholars

Three Thomas County Central High School musicians are Thomasville Performing Arts Concert scholarship recipients: Michelle Cumbest (euphonium), Caleb Moore (tuba) and Eric Webb (bassoon). Each of these musicians spent hours in preparation and first round auditioning to gain an opportunity to perform in the final scholarship round. Cumbest and Moore received $500 each. Webb won $1,000.

TCMS science fair winners announced science fair

Forty-eight Thomas County Middle School students attended the regional science fair competition on Friday, February 15, at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College in Tifton, Georgia. Of those forty-eight students, eleven will be moving on to state competition with two alternates in place. Of the remaining students, fourteen either placed second or third in each of their respective categories.

TCCHS donates for Hurricane Michael Relief Members of TCCHS Athletic Boosters pose with Hurricane Michael donations.

  Thomas County Central High School Athletic Boosters held a special drive to raise donations for Bainbridge families affected by Hurricane Michael. Bainbridge took a direct hit. The boosters expanded the drive to Thomas County Central High School students, faculty and staff. The school responded and brought in numerous items. These included deodorant, ramen noodles, bleach, space heaters, clothing and canned goods. The boxed items, along with a check from the boosters, were presented to Bainbridge High School personnel on Wednesday, Oct. 31. The Yellow Jackets’ final game of the season was against the Bainbridge Bearcats Friday, Nov. 2.

Google Hangout Collaboration Collaboration

Students in Mrs. Holland's 5th-grade MERIT class participate in Google Hangout conversations with Mrs. Neal's 8th grade IB MYP (International Baccalaureate Middle Year's Programme) students. The collaboration between the two classes is designed to promote the understanding of service learning projects. Mrs. Neal's students spend a semester investigating, designing, implementing, and reflecting on an independent project that will meet needs in their community of Bartow, FL. Through the weekly Google Hangout conversations, Mrs. Holland's class has an opportunity to witness the process and ask questions. Both classes are excited to work together as problem solvers.

Pictured below: Dallas Pitts asks a question about the process of designing a service learning project.

Collaboration2

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.

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

 

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

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!

 

 

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.

DRAMAKIDS! drama kids

DRAMAKIDS! theatre classes will begin on September 5 as part of the Fine Arts Program at Thomas County Middle School for grades 3 & 4 and 5-8. The cost is $35 and will be held on Tuesdays from 3:30-5:00 for Grades 3-4 and on Thursdays for Grades 5-8 from 3:30-5:00. For more information and a registration form, please see the flyer by clicking on the link below: 

DRAMAKIDS! Flyer

Thomas County Central’s Johns published in national journal Paul Johns

Having an article published in a national journal is an accomplishment Paul Johns, Thomas County Central High School’s Assistant Band Director, can now add to his list of achievements.

Johns co-authored an article that was published in The Journal of Research in Music Education by the National Association for Music Education. Titled “The Development of a Secondary-Level Solo Wind Instrument Performance Rubric Using the Multifaceted Rasch Partial Credit Measurement Model,” the article is a study on the use of a rubric to grade middle and high school band members. The “Multifaceted Rasch Partial Credit Measurement Model” refers to the specific type of statistics used to develop the rubric.

Parent Survey parent survey

Your participation matters! Please click on the link below to complete our annual parent survey. The survey will be open until Saturday, May 20. 

PARENT SURVEY

Scholarship recipient Jordan makes school history Mikayla Jordan, scholarship winner.

TCCHS received word Thursday that Lindsey “MiKayla” Jordan has earned the Coca-Cola First Generation Scholarship for the University of Georgia. She is the first TCCHS student to receive this award.

TCMS Students Excel in Academic Competitions Yellow Jacket

Thomas County Middle School students have been busy collecting awards at various academic competitions in the past few weeks.  Recent competitions include the Regional Science Fair, The Daughters of the American Revolution competition, and The National HIstory Bee.  Please click Read More to see winners and pictures.  

 

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.

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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TCCHS students take top honors at IEYS 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.

Thomas County teacher earns statewide honors 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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Thomas County Schools Volunteer Orientation 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.  

Williamson named FBLA Region 1 president 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 Elementary Supply Wish List Thomas County Schools Logo

Click the link below to see the supply wish list for Hand-In-Hand Primary School, Garrison Pilcher Elementary School, and Cross Creek Elementary School.

SUPPLY WISH LIST

Thomas County School System Names Erin Hall Teacher of the Year 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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Palmer Named AAFCS National Teacher of the Year 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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History Bee Students Advance to National Competition History Bee Students Advance to National Competition

Nine students from Thomas County Middle School have qualified for the National History Bee. The competition will take place June 9-12 in Chicago, Illinois.

Students Place in Regional Technology Fair Students Place in Regional Technology Fair

Forty-five students from Cross Creek Elementary School, Thomas County Middle School and Thomas County Central High School traveled to Moultrie to participate in Colquitt County's 10th Annual Regional Technology Fair on January 23, 2016. Thomas County Schools students brought home 15 first place medals, 21 second place medals, and 3 third place medals.

Thomas County Schools Art Show 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.   

 

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

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.

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.

Students Volunteer with Hands on Thomas County 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.

 

 

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. 

We need your input for improvement! Please complete survey by Friday, August 29. 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)

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Future Jacket Cheer Camp Future Jacket Cheer Camp

The Thomas County Central cheerleaders will host the 2014 Future Jacket Cheer Camp on August 23, 2014 from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. The camp is open to girls ages K-4th grade and cost $50.00 per participant. Each girl will receive a t-shirt, a water bottle, and a ticket to the opening home football game on September 5, 2014 where they will perform a pregame dance and cheer. Registration forms should be returned to Carrie Lasseter at TCCHS no later than August 11, 2014. CLICK HERE for registration information.

Geometry Town Competition Winners Geometry Town Competition Winners

We are so proud of the top four winners of TCUE’s Geometry Town Project.  The sixth grade math teachers decided to have a grade level competition with each student building a three dimensional geometry town. 

Carver Wins State History Award Carver Wins State History Award

TCCHS teacher, Teresa Carver, has been named the Outstanding American History Teacher of the Year for the State of Georgia for 2014. This prestigious award, which is sponsored by the Georgia Society Colonial Dames 17th Century, was presented at their Spring Conference  in Marietta, Ga. Please see More Information below.

National History Day Winners National History Day Winners

 

Thomas County Schools recently hosted the Regional National History Day competition for the Junior Division at Thomas County Middle School. Students competed in the categories of performances, exhibits, and websites – both individual and group.  After researching their topics, students connected the historical event or figure to the theme “Rights and Responsibilities.”  Winners will advance to the state competition in April at Mercer University.  Students were led by Amanda West, Heather Ward and Deann Garcia in the Thomas County MERIT program.  Thomas County Central High School will host the Senior Division March 11th

Kindergarten Registration 2014-15 School Year

Kindergarten Rodeo for New Students

When:  Monday, March 31, 2014 

Where:   Thomas County Board of Education, PLC

Time:  9:00-6:00                           

Click here for more Information        

                                       

Jackets Sign Seven on National Signing Day

Seven Thomas County Central Yellow Jackets signed letters of intent to play football on the college level on National Signing Day. See More Information below for a list of players and colleges and see Photo Galleries for pictures from the signing event.

TCMS Wins Quiz Bowl Competition TCMS Wins Quiz Bowl Competition

Congratuations to the TCMS Quiz Bowl team!  They placed first in their region competition that took place on Saturday, January 11.

Garrison-Pilcher Honors Day Garrison-Pilcher Honors Day

Honors day for the first school semester will be Friday, January 10th.  The first grade assembly will be held at 8:30.  The second grade assembly will be held at 1:00.  Teachers will be notifying parents of students receiving honors this week!

Junior Class Receives Rings Junior Class Receives Rings

On August 22, 2013 members of the Class of 2015 received their class rings in a ring ceremony held in the gymnasium. See More Information for story and Photo Galleries for pictures.

TCMS-TCUE Dress Code Expectations…. TCMS-TCUE Dress Code Expectations….

The next school year is approaching fast! If you have a son or daughter attending TCMS or TCUE and you are unsure about what types of school clothing to purchase or wear. We have included some guidelines to consider for purchasing school clothes.

OM Team Headed to World Finals OM Team Headed to World Finals

On Saturday, April 6, 2013, a group of students from Thomas County Central High School traveled to Odyssey of the Mind State Competition at Columbus State University in Columbus, Georgia. They placed 2nd in the State in their division, which means they will advance to compete at World Finals May 22-May25, 2013, at Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan. The group will compete with the top teams from across the United States and 25 other countries.

Governor's Honor Program Selections Governor's Honor Program Selections

Four Thomas County School System students received impressive news recently when the state released the list of 690 names chosen as finalists for the Georgia Governor’s Honors Program.

FBLA State Convention Results FBLA State Convention Results

Congratulations to the TCCHS Chapter of the Future Business Leaders of America for a great showing at the State Convention on March 15 and 16. Lauren Daniel placed first in Website Design and Ngan Tran, Brij Delada, and Miranda Sanders placed second in Digital Video Production. All four will advance to the National competition. Jane Guo and Max Carter also placed 8th and 5th. Please see Photo Galleries for more pictures.

TCCHS to Host AP Night TCCHS to Host AP Night

TCCHS will host an informational meeting for parents, guardians and students interested in learning about Advanced Placement (AP) classes for the 2013-2014 school year on Thursday, February 21 at 6:00 pm in the school cafeteria.

Donuts for Dads and Dudes Donuts for Dads and Dudes
All Dads and Dudes were invited out to Garrison-Pilcher to spend time with the students on Monday, December 11th.  The event focuses on having positive male role models in the lives of children.  Dads and Dudes spent time enjoying donuts and reading with Garrison-Pilcher students.  Please visit the Photo Gallery for more pictures from this event!
TCCHS Announces Governor's Honors Nominees

On behalf of Dr. Dusty Kornegay and Mr. Ken Harper, Thomas County Central High School is pleased to announce their 2013 Governor’s Honors nominees.
2020-2021 School Calendar Revision calendar update

Due to the delay in the start of this school year, our 20-21 school calendar had to be revised. Please make note of the changes. Fall break has been eliminated, Thanksgiving break was shortened, and the end of the school year has been extended one week with the last day of school on Friday, May 28. We are looking forward to our students starting back to school on Tuesday, September 8, either traditionally, through our remote classrooms, or our virtual school option. We are greatly missing our students and are counting down the days until we are able to see them again soon. Please continue to monitor the system and school websites and social media pages for continued updates.

2020-2021 School Calendar

Students Scheduled to Return September 8 start date

Dear Thomas County Schools Families,

After many recent discussions with the local and regional health departments regarding Thomas County's current COVID-19 data, along with Archbold's announcements of rising COVID-19 case numbers, and the Governor's announced recommendation for systems to reopen after Labor Day, the start date for pre-planning has been moved to August 17 with students scheduled to return on September 8. The changes in dates will cause some changes to our 20-21 school calendar, which will be shared once it has been revised.

The postponement of school reopening will allow further development of our remote learning plans, computing device deployment for our digital learners, teacher preparation, continued discussions with health and local officials, and to ensure that our families and employees are fully prepared to start school in a successful manner.

We realize that the delay may not be the ideal solution for everyone, but please know that we did not make this decision lightly. The health and wellbeing of all of our students, staff, and families are vitally important to us. We are all eager to get back to traditional learning in our schools because that is where the majority of our students and staff thrive.

Our remote classroom and virtual school options will continue to be available for families who are not ready to have their child return to traditional learning.

Open house dates will be communicated to families through their child's school.

Thank you for your continued patience and understanding as we work to provide the safest learning environment for our students and staff.

Please continue to monitor our district website and social media pages for system updates.

School Closure for Remainder of 19-20 School closure extended

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Dear Thomas County Schools Community,

Today, April 1, Governor Brian Kemp announced an executive order closing all public schools in Georgia for in-person instruction for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year. It is very hard to believe that our students will not be physically returning to our schools and classrooms again this school year. We are truly heartbroken for our seniors and all students impacted by this pandemic.

Distance learning will continue for our students. We will provide alternatives to online instruction for those who do not have access to the internet. Our teachers, administrators, and county office will remain in contact with you through this challenging process. We will abide by the Governor's order and follow the guidance of the Georgia Department of Education and the Governor's Office of Student Achievement in completing the remainder of the school year. 

Spring break is April 6-10, and we encourage you to relax, rejuvenate and enjoy time with your family. Distance learning will resume Monday, April 13.

Sharpe receives Georgia STEM Award Sharpe receives STEM award

Georgia Youth Science & Technology Centers (GYSTC) recently awarded Tammy Sharpe, Engineering and Coding Instructor at Thomas County Middle School, with the Georgia STEM Scholar Award.  The Georgia STEM Scholar Award recognizes outstanding certified teachers in grades K-8 who are working to integrate effective STEM education in their classrooms. Georgia STEM Scholars demonstrate a passion and determination to provide students with innovative and challenging STEM experiences along with creating an atmosphere of exploration that excites, energizes, and equips students to pursue enhanced educational opportunities in science, technology, engineering, and math.  

Tammy Sharpe believes that Thomas County Middle School is on the cutting edge of STEM education.

“Students today will enter a workforce that demands they have coding skills," Sharpe said. "Small businesses in our community, like South Life Supply Co., require coding skills of their employees."

Thomas University recognizes TCMS’s Coffee as exceptional mentor Coffee wins mentor award

Nine exceptional mentor teachers were recently recognized for their work in coaching future teachers. Jenna Coffee, seventh grade life science teacher at Thomas County Middle School, received the Georgia Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (GACTE) Mentor Award during the biannual GACTE meeting.

“I was so surprised and thankful when TU contacted me initially to inform me I was nominated,” Coffee said. “Just being nominated was an honor, and I thought the actual award would likely go to someone who has mentored for 30+ years with a lot more experience.”

Each of Georgia’s nine P-20 Regional Collaboratives selected one mentor teacher who, in addition to fulfilling his/her primary obligation as an educator, has also served as a mentor to the upcoming generation of Georgia teachers. These mentor teachers model, instruct, encourage, and invest in the development of future teachers, and others have noticed their extraordinary work.  

Envision Classroom Grant Awarded to GP's Barnhart Tanishia Barnhart

Tanisha Barnhart, first grade teacher at Garrison Pilcher Elementary, was recently awarded a classroom grant from Envision Credit Union. Barnhart said she initially thought of applying for the grant while working on a project for her leadership degree. Barnhart plans to use the grant funds for STEM and mathematics projects within her classroom and to increase awareness to all of her students about opportunities provided through engineering and mathematics.   

Dechman named instructional coordinator at Bishop Hall Michele Dechman

Thomas County School Superintendent Dr. Lisa Williams has appointed Michele Dechman instructional coordinator of Bishop Hall Charter School.

Dechman joined the faculty of Thomas County Schools in 1999 where she has taught elementary education, special education, gifted education, and computer coding.  She earned both bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Florida State University and an educational specialist degree from Valdosta State University.
 

'Rocket Day' a blast for TCMS 8th graders rocket day

Thomas County Middle School eighth graders recently held “Rocket Day,” an annual tradition at the middle school. Not only do the eighth- graders look forward to the tradition, but also younger students anticipate being a part of this interactive science lesson.

Throughout the school year, students learn about numerous topics within physical science and develop an understanding of the engineering process.

“Rocket Day was a blast... literally," student Dayton Hurst, December Company, said. "It was really cool putting a lot of the things we learned about in class, like force and motion, into action."

TCCHS Possible Textbook Adoptions books

The TCCHS CTAE department is in the process of reviewing a textbook for possible adoption for the 2019-2020 school year for the Allied Health course/pathway. Samples of this text will be on display in the TCCHS Media Center. Parents are invited to stop by during normal school hours (from May 9-May 17) to review these materials and leave any desired feedback.

Please contact Robin Cartright, Curriculum Director, if you have any questions (rcartright@tcjackets.net or 229-584-9158).

Eighth-grade MERIT students volunteer to distribute supplies following Hurricane Michael

Eighth-grade MERIT students helped distribute ice and water following Hurricane Michael at Thomas County Central High School.  Semi trucks loaded with ice and water were brought in by GEMA (Georgia Emergency Management Agency) to distribute supplies to those in need.  Pictured below from left to right is Gavin Melnick, Whit Finch, Cable Willis, Luke Pierce, Trace Morales, and Jacey Keyton. 

Hurricane Michael Supplies   

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 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.

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.

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 public library cards:

Thursday, August 1 - Thomas County Middle School
2:30-4:00 PM - 5th and 6th grade
3:30-4:30 PM - 5th grade MERIT

 

Friday, August 2 - Hand in Hand 
8:00-10:00 AM - PreK and Kindergarten

Garrison-Pilcher Elementary School - 10:00 AM -12:00 PM - 1st and 2nd grade

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

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

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

2017 Summer Reading Challenge Information Buzz Holding Book Facing Right

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

TCMS Duke TIP Students Receive Recognition Duke TIP Students

The Thomas County School System recently announced that four of its middle school students were recognized as a part of the 2017 Duke University Talent Identification (TIP) Program.

Jenaya Coleman, Laura Hiers, Georgia Rose Patton, and Molly Grace White, seventh graders at Thomas County Middle School, were among a select group of students statewide to meet the criteria to be Duke TIP students.

Dooley deems Thomas County Schools a leader in computer science education Dr. Caitlin Dooley (center), Georgia Department of Education Deputy Superintendent of Teaching and Learning, observes fourth graders Haley Gonzalez, from left, and Enrique Lopez as they program robots in the coding classroom at Cross Creek Elementary.

Dr. Caitlin Dooley, Georgia Department of Education (DOE) Deputy Superintendent of Teaching and Learning, recently visited Thomas County Schools to learn more about what is needed to ensure all students in Georgia – in rural, suburban, and urban schools – have access to high quality Science Technology Engineering Arts and Mathematics (STEAM) education including computer science across all grades in K12.

Dr. Dooley’s visit started at the Thomas County Board of Education where she met with school principals and administrators. The group interacted as Dr. Dooley asked questions about Thomas County’s intensive computer science program that starts in Pre-K and continues through twelfth grade.

“Last week, I had the pleasure of seeing students in Thomas County while visiting several school districts in South Georgia,” Dr. Dooley said. “The county is a leader and innovator as it incorporates computer science education throughout elementary, middle, and high school.”

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.

Thomas County’s Thornhill appointed to state post 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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Stay Connected to Thomas County Schools 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.  

Free eBooks Available from Get Georgia Reading 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!

TCMS Students Prepare for State Science Fair TCMS Students Prepare for State Science Fair

Thomas County Middle School students recently had a chance to compete at the Regional Science Fair held at ABAC.  Eight students from TCMS have advanced to the State Science Fair competition.  

TCMS students explore AP classes TCMS students explore AP classes

Students from Thomas County Middle School visited Thomas County Central High School in honor of AP Day. AP stands for Advanced Placement. The day, declared by the Georgia General Assembly, recognizes AP classes taught in Georgia public high schools. TCMS students audited AP classes taught at TCCHS. TCCHS Assistant Principal and AP Coordinator Jim Rehberg said AP Day is “a great opportunity” for the school to promote its Advanced Placement program and share what happens within its AP classrooms. “These students are the future of our program so it’s never too early to pique their interests,” he said.

Thomas County teachers learn at third annual Techno Expo Thomas County teachers learn at third annual Techno Expo

On January 4, Thomas County Upper Elementary and Thomas County Middle School held its third annual “Techno Expo.” On this professional learning day, teachers attended sessions to learn how to integrate technology into their classrooms.  Click "More Information" for details.

TCCHS wins All Sports title, Directors Cup 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.”

FBLA attends Fall Leadership conference 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.

Competition Cheer team competes 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.

Parents Guide to the Georgia Milestone Assessment 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.

 

 

TCMS Launches TCMS TV TCMS Launches TCMS TV

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.

 

TCCHS Youth Baseball Camp TCCHS Youth Baseball Camp

TCCHS will host a youth baseball camp for boys ages 7-14 on May 27 and 28, 2014 from 8:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. each day. This camp will cover all aspects of the game and the goal is to improve the players’ basic fundamentals of the game while having fun. Instruction will include the proper techniques of hitting, pitching, catching, infield, outfield, base running and team defense. We will use a positive coaching approach to help each ballplayer raise his confidence and level of play. The camp will be run by members of the TCCHS coaching staff as well as current and former Yellow Jackets. CLICK HERE for registration form and waiver. Please read, fill out and bring signed forms to the field no later than the first day of camp. *In order to guarantee a t-shirt please turn in completed forms by May 15, 2014. 

Vaccines Required for Rising 7th Graders 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.

IT'S POPPIN! Student Art Exhibition IT'S POPPIN! Student Art Exhibition

Monday, April 14, 2014 was the opening reception for the Thomas County School System student art exhibition at the Thomasville Center for the Arts lower level gallery. The student artwork exhibited was a collection of over 100 works from Garrison-Pilcher, Cross Creek, and Thomas County Upper Elementary and Middle School. Everything was organized by the school’s art teachers, Christy Parker-Priest, Annie Burke and Emily Holton.

Click "More Information" to see pictures from the opening reception.

IT'S POPPIN! Student Art Exhibition

Students Win Bridge Building Contest Students Win Bridge Building Contest

Chandler Fiveash, Ryland Ramhofer, and Aiden Carruth competed in the annual Southwest Georgia Regional Bridge Contest hosted by Albany State University on February 22nd.  Fiveash and Ramhofer won First Place in the middle school division for their 27.9 gram bridge which held 14653.7 grams before breaking for an efficiency of 525.22%.  Their bridge proved to be the most efficient of all the bridges at the competition including those in the high school division.

Students Accepted to Georgia All State Chorus

 
Melody Hagan             Logan Leik

Thomas County Chorale congratulates fellow students, Melody Hagan and Logan Leik upon being accepted into the Georgia All State Chorus. In February, these two students will have the opportunity to travel to Athens, GA to work with world-renowned conductors and participate in concerts with other students who have achieved the same honor. This is always a very exciting and rewarding experience for our students. We are proud of them.

Harper Announces Retirement

On Wednesday, December 11, TCCHS principal Ken Harper announced that he will be retiring effective June 30, 2014. Assistant principal Trista Jones has been named as principal-designee and will assume the principalship effective July 1, 2014. See More Information below for details.

Mobile Marine Lab Visits!

TCMS Science Fair Winners Head to State Competition TCMS State Science Fair

Six students from Thomas County Middle School have advanced to the state science fair competition.  The competition will take place March 21-23.  The students include Gretchen Turnbull, Kaitlyn Hancock, Mary Beth Wise, Abby Mitchell, Tyler Williamson, and Brentley Odom. 

Sneed Signs with Albany State University

Senior Jalen Sneed signed a letter of intent and a full scholarship offer to play football at Albany State University on February 6.

Financial Aid Workshop Financial Aid Workshop
TCCHS will host a financial aid workshop for all seniors and their parents on January 22 at 6:00 p.m. in the school's cafeteria. A representative from the Georgia Student Finance Commission will be on hand to give a short presentation and answer questions. Parents and students are encouraged to attend.
2012 Homecoming Court


Congratulations to senior Kelli Johnson for being crowned the 2012 Homecoming Queen.
October is Fire Safety Month October is Fire Safety Month
Local firefighters visit to teach Garrison-Pilcher students about fire safety.
SCHOOL CLOSURE EXTENDED UNTIL MONDAY, APRIL 27 closure extended

Following a recent executive order from Governor Brian Kemp, the Thomas County School System will remain closed until Friday, April 24, with students returning on Monday, April 27. According to the Governor, the closure could be extended if the pandemic crisis worsens.

Tras una reciente orden ejecutiva del gobernador Brian Kemp, el Sistema Escolar del Condado de Thomas permanecerá cerrado hasta el viernes 24 de abril, y los estudiantes regresarán el lunes 27 de abril. Según el Gobernador, el cierre podría extenderse si la crisis pandémica empeora. 

DAR winners announced at TCMS DAR winners

Thomas County Middle School students won many awards in The Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) Junior American Citizens annual competition.  There were 38 winners from Thomas County Middle School for the Thomasville chapter with several of those students placing in multiple categories. Thirteen of the 34 winners took first place and will advance to state competition in January. This year’s theme was “100th Anniversary of World War I - Service on the Homefront.”  Students were able to compete in the following categories: poster, stamp design, photo essay, banner, poem, short story, or community service.

West Awarded Envision Classroom Grant Mandy West

Envision Credit Union recently awarded Amanda West, sixth-grade teacher at Thomas County Middle School, with a $500 classroom grant.  She was awarded the grant based on her community impact.

West is in charge of organizing service learning for TCMS MERIT students and coordinates activities where students are able to access volunteer opportunities within the community.  The award was actually presented to West while she was volunteering at Second Harvest through Hands on Thomas County. 

West plans to use the money from the grant to help deter the cost of student field trips, as well as to obtain literacy resources including novels and primary sources for students to use in the classroom.  

Thomas County School System Names Jill Grimes Teacher of the Year Jill Grimes TOTY

Thomas County School System officials have named Jill Grimes, first grade teacher at Garrison-Pilcher Elementary School, as the District Teacher of the Year.

“Being named Teacher of the Year for the Thomas County School System is such an honor,” Mrs. Grimes said. “I am incredibly grateful to work with the most amazing and supportive colleagues. Our system is composed of phenomenal people on every level. The support of my coworkers, family, and friends is what has shaped me into the educator I am today. To represent our system at state will be a privilege.” 

Grimes has been a teacher for three years with Thomas County Schools. She began her teaching career in Mitchell County in 2008 first as a fifth grade teacher in math, science and social studies, and then as a Pre-K teacher at Mitchell County Elementary School where she taught for eight years.

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.  

 

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.

 

2019-2020 Open House Dates Announced open house

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

 

 

 

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

What Achievement Looks Like

 

 

Student Accounts During the Summer Buzz Holding Computer

Student Google accounts will be disabled from June 16-August 1, 2017. 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.  

Student Account Request Form

Drama Classes Offered 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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TCCHS recognizes AP Scholars 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.

TCMS Duke TIP Students Excel 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 named Advanced Placement Honor School 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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Fine Arts Opportunities 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.

TCMS Science Fair Winners TCMS Science Fair Winners

The Thomas County Middle School Science Fair was held on December 9. More than 200 projects were entered by 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students. Winners will compete in the Region Science Fair at ABAC on February 12. Click "More Information" for details. 

Register Now for the Jack O'Lantern Jog! 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

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TCMS Students Participate in All-State Chorus TCMS Students Participate in All-State Chorus

TCMS 8th grade students Joseph Riglioni, Marion Rose Young, and Caleb Giddens recently participated in the 2014 GA All-State Chorus festivities.  These students were chosen out of approximately 4,500 7th and 8th grade students from across the state of Georgia.  The students completed two days of rehearsals which culminated with a concert on Saturday, March 22, at the Classic Center in Athens.

FBLA "Three Peats" Region Sweepstakes Trophy FBLA "Three Peats" Region Sweepstakes Trophy

TCCHS is proud to announce that our Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) team has retained the Region I Sweepstakes Trophy, completing a "Three-Peat" in winning all 3 years since the award has been created.  Please see More Information below.

TCCHS Holds 6th Annual SWAYJ TCCHS Holds 6th Annual SWAYJ

Thomas County Central High School held the 6th Annual Shop with a Yellow Jacket (SWAYJ) event on December 14. Students from TCCHS formed teams and raised money to take a student from one of our lower schools shopping at Walmart. 85 teams participated this year involving approximately 350 high school students. Please see More Information below and Pgoto Galleries to the left for more informaiton and pictures.

Donuts for Dads & Dudes

Garrison-Pilcher hosted "Donuts for Dads and & Dudes" on December 16th.  Fathers, grandfathers, uncles and friends were encouraged to visit the school to enjoy donuts and read to the children.  Thank you to all of our guests!   Please visit the Photo Gallery for more pictures from the event.

Cross Creek Art Will Beautify The Community

    We are excited about all our upcoming art events this fall at Cross Creek!

Future Jacket Cheer Camp Future Jacket Cheer Camp

The Future Jacket Cheer Camp is just around the corner! Camp will be August 17 from 9:00 am - 3:00 pm in the TCCHS gymnasium. CLICK HERE for registration form and more camp information. Applications should be received by August 9. Please contact Carrie Lasseter at classeter@thomas.k12.ga.us for more information.

Hagan Earns All-State Chorus Honors Hagan Earns All-State Chorus Honors

TCCHS Freshman Melody Hagan auditioned for All-State Chorus in October. During the competition she had to sing a classical song, three scales, sight-read three examples of music, and take a tonal memory test. She competed against choral students from all over Georgia and passed the first-round audition. She then passed a second audition and received a gold seal on her certificate for a superior score. Melody also performed in the 2013 Georgia All-State Senior Women's Chorus in Savannah, GA at the end of February. Congratulations Melody!

Science Night Science Night

Garrison-Pilcher's very own Mr. Love treated students and parents to a night of wonderful science learning on Feb. 21st.  Please visit the picture gallery to see more of our Science Night event.

MERIT Informational Meeting for 4th Grade Parents MERIT Informational Meeting for 4th Grade Parents
Students Enjoy Mag Lab Samantha Morrison participates in Mag Lab
Student in Mrs. Sharpe’s science class (5th Grade) were visited by Mr. Carlos Villa from the Florida State University Magnet Lab.  They learned about current electricity and static electricity through hands-on demonstrations and activities that were fun and en”light”ening.
Coats for Cash Drive is Success

The Vespa Staff and The Nest collected over 200 coats for the annual “Coats for Cash” drive.  All of the coats were donated by students of Thomas County Central and then given to the food bank.
Eight Grade Team Wins Championship, Seventh Grade Places Second Eight Grade Team Wins Championship, Seventh Grade Places Second
Thomas County Middle School's 8th grade football team defeated Bainbridge  34-14 to become the middle school champions. 
REACH Scholarship Awarded to TCMS Students REACH

Five Thomas County Middle School (TCMS) students recently signed to be a part of the Realizing Educational Achievement Can Happen (REACH) Georgia program, a needs-based scholarship designed to promote academic success and expand access to higher education. The TCMS students chosen to join REACH Georgia are Jesus Altamirano, Mariyha Davis, Jenyla Johnson, Malachi Thomas, and Nicholas Whigham.

As a part of the program, students signed contracts to agree to meet attendance and behavior requirements, maintain a certain grade point average, participate in REACH Georgia related activities, and meet weekly with a mentor. Their parents or guardians also signed contracts to support their student through their education.

Thompson Awarded Envision Classroom Grant Mark Thompson

TCCHS digital technology teacher Mark Thompson received a $500 Envision Classroom Grant from Envision Credit Union. Thompson used the funds to purchase and equip two workbenches for students to repair small electronics like tablets, cell phones, and laptops. He was also able to purchase the tools they needed. Students use the workbenches when caught up on work or as a supplement to the regular curriculum. Envision continues to support education through their commitment to local educators and students.   

Back to School Blitz

Back to School Blitz - Thomas County Central High School Gym - Saturday, August 3 - 9:00-11:00 AM

TCMS Teacher Nominated for National MacGregor Teaching Award Mandy West

Mrs. Amanda West , sixth-grade social studies teacher at Thomas County Middle School,was recently nominated for the Hannah E. (Liz) MacGregor Teacher of the Year History Teacher Award. The MacGregor Teacher of the Year award is sponsored by James F. Harris in honor of his sister and is awarded to one middle and one high school teacher annually.

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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

Garrison-Pilcher WeeBees Save the Honey Bees Honeybees

What began as a project topic for a grant turned into a full-blown extension of learning about the conservation of honey bees at Garrison-Pilcher Elementary School. 

Students Qualify for National NHD Competition National Qualifiers for NHD 2017

Students from Thomas County Middle School and Thomas County Central High School recently attended the National History Day State Competition at Mercer University. Seven students from Thomas County Schools qualified for the NHD National Contest and will attend the competition in June at the University of Maryland.

Sharpe Selected for Science Honor 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.

Lego League Champions! 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. 

Thomas County Schools Summer Reading Challenge 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!

Artists Win at Center for the Arts Youth Art Show Artists Win at Center for the Arts Youth Art Show

Congratulations to Thomas County Central art students who earned awards at the recent Thomasville Center for the Arts Annual High School Youth Arts Show. Senior Lyndsae Madden received the Artists' Guild Scholarship Award of $1,000.00. See More Information for a list of all winners.

Students Excel at Odyssey of the Mind Competition Students Excel at Odyssey of the Mind Competition

Thomas County Middle School recently participated in the Odyssey of the Mind Competition in Cordele, Georgia.  OM is an international educational program that provides creative problem-solving opportunities for students from kindergarten through college. Team members apply their creativity to solve problems that range from building mechanical devices to presenting their own interpretation of literary classics. They then bring their solutions to competition on the local, state, and World level. Thousands of teams from throughout the U.S. and from about 25 other countries participate in the program.  Two of TCMS’s teams will advance to the state competition in Columbus, Georgia on March 29, 2014.

TCMS Students Visit FSU TCMS Students Visit FSU

Thomas County Middle School eighth grade MERIT team recently made a visit to the FSU campus.  Students were given a tour of the Chemistry labs, shown some exciting demonstrations and treated to a talk from Nobel Laureate, Dr. Kroto.

Drama Presents Spring Show Drama Presents Spring Show

 

 

 

 

“Fiddler on the Roof”
Thurs. March 21 -  Sat. March 23
7:00 PM  Thomas County Board of Education Auditorium
$5 for students, $10 for adults

Cybertechnic Stingers Bring Home Win

 

Thomas County Central’s robotics team, the Cybertechnic Stingers brought home the “Winning Alliance” trophy after winning the final round in the FIRST® Tech Challenge (FTC) state qualifier sponsored by RoBugs of McDonough, Saturday February 2.  This win qualified the team to advance to state competition to be held next month. Click below for more on this story.

5th Annual SWAYJ Brings Joy
On Saturday, December 15 students from Thomas County Central shared a little Christmas joy by taking shopping buddies from Hand in Hand, Garrison-Pilcher and Cross Creek schools to Wal-Mart in our 5th annual Shop with a Yellow Jacket (SWAYJ) event. Sixty-nine teams participated in this year’s event. 
 
New Curriculum & Instruction Blog Thomas County Logo
It's Great to be a Wee Bee Character Kid! It's Great to be a Wee Bee Character Kid!
Wee Bee Character Kids are respectful and show school pride!
Miranda a Top Coordinator Brandi Miranda

Thomas County Central High School Work-Based Learning and Youth Apprenticeship Coordinator Brandi Miranda’s expertise and skills have won her distinctive region recognition.

Miranda earned Top Gun status during the Career Technical Agricultural Education Work-Based Learning & Youth Apprenticeship Conference in Hall County Oct. 28-30. Only three coordinators from each region receive Top Gun class status.

Summer Reading Challenge Buzz 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 2019-2020 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

Tips to avoid the summer reading slump

Region Honor Band Region Honor Band

On April fourth through sixth, three Thomas County Middle School band students participated in the GMEA All-South Region Honor Band Clinic which took place in Perry, GA.  Tyler Laidman (trombone), Caleb Kinneer (French horn), and Rebekah Horton (French horn) were selected after competing in both district and state-wide auditions. At the clinic, these students rehearsed music conducted by Cecilia Fraschillo.  The clinic culminated in a concert which took place at Houston County High School on Saturday, April 6. Congratulations to these students!

Computer Science Camp: June 5-8 Computer Science Logo

Computer Science Summer Camp Information

Cross Creek Card Sales 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.

 

Cross Creek Students Excel in DAR Contest Cross Creek Students Excel in DAR Contest

Congratulations are in order for many third and fourth grade students from Cross Creek who competed in the 2014 DAR Contest.  The contest was county-wide and included students from Thomas County Schools, Thomasville City Schools, and Brookwood School.  All first place entries are currently competing at the state level. Follow the link below to find the list of Cross Creek winners.

Student Art Showcased in Rosebud Parade!

K Kids Pay It Forward K Kids Pay It Forward
March of the Cans!
VESPA Staff Donates to Treehouse Advocacy Center
Thomas County Central’s yearbook staff and the students of Thomas County Central in collaboration with the Junior Service League collected over 500 children’s books for the Treehouse Advocacy Center.
Student Accounts Disabled in the Summer Buzz With a Computer

Student Google accounts will be disabled from June 17 - August 2, 2019. 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

TCMS Regional Science Fair Winners TCMS Regional Science Fair Winners

Thomas County Middle School students recently participated in the Regional Science Fair held at ABAC in Tifton.  All 24 students that competed came home with a ribbon.  Seventh grader Emily Mitchell came home with the First Place award and eighth grader C’Lee Kornegay brought home Second Place for a sweep of the Junior Division trophies.  Emily Mitchell and C’Lee Kornegay will compete at the Georgia State Science & Engineering Fair at the University of Georgia on March 27-29 in Athens.

Mrs. Bush's Class Explodes with Learning! Mrs. Bush's Class Explodes with Learning!

Mrs. Bush's class learns about landforms with an exciting performance! 

Classes Visit the Gulf Specimen Marine Lab Classes Visit the Gulf Specimen Marine Lab
Mrs. Burton, Mrs. Swearingen and Mrs. Warren’s classes took a field trip on November 7th to the Panacea, FL Gulf Specimen Marine Lab. The students were able to visit the Touch Tanks and experience holding some of the sea life. They were also able to see a wounded sea turtle that they were nursing back to health.  Please visit the Photo Gallery to see more from this visit!
Art Show Winners
Congratulations to this year’s North Georgia Youth and Deep South Fair Youth Art Show winners! 
Science Fair Winners Science Fair Winners
Thomas County Middle School held its annual Science Fair on January 16th. Over 80 projects were entered into the fair by 6th, 7th & 8th graders.
Danae Jester, 2nd Place Winner in KTCB Poster Contest Danae Jester, 2nd Place Winner in KTCB Poster Contest
Danae Jester won 2nd place in the 3rd Annual Keep Thomas County Beautiful America Recycles Day Poster Contest in the K-2 Grades Level.  Danae is 7 years old and is a student in Mrs. Lynn Burton's 2nd grade class.
Cross Creek Named High Progress Reward School Cross Creek Named High Progress Reward School
The Georgia Department of Education names Cross Creek Elementary School one of Georgia's High Progress Reward School.