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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.

Click on READ MORE to see other options and access survey

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.   

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

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.

Resources for Home Learning

As we experience this temporary closing of our school, we hope you find the resources below helpful.

Literacy Workbook for 1st and 2nd Grade

Useful Websites

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.

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.

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.

The icing on the barbecue RAOK

Having a gymnasium full of students singing “Happy Birthday” to him wasn’t Deputy Donald Franklin’s only surprise Tuesday morning.

The Garrison-Pilcher Elementary school resource officer also was admittedly taken by surprise when he was honored by Sonny’s BBQ as part of the company’s “Random Acts of Barbecue.”

Franklin was nominated by six members of the G-P staff. 

“He didn’t have a clue,” said Garrison-Pilcher Principal Sharonda Wilson. 

The staff lured Franklin to the gym on the pretense that it was a disciplinary assembly. So he got together his notes to speak about safety.

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                                                              

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!

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.

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.

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

Family Dance 80s

Thank you to all our awesome staff and parents for making our family dance a success. Even on a cold rainy night, each of you showed up and danced the night away with us to help raise funds for our needy family. 

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.   

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.

Totally Rad Dance Party Rad

We hope you will make plans to come join us for a night of dancing! Be sure to come dressed in your best 80's attire and ready to have a fun. All money from dance will help us in purchasing Christmas for some of our families. We will have glow necklaces, totally rad shades, slap bracelets, mesh gloves, and more for purchase. 

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   

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.

Fire Safety Firesafety

Students got a special treat today thanks to our Local Thomas County Fire Department. Firefighters came to the school to discuss fire safety with our students and showed them what to do if a fire happens in their home. Parents, be sure to ask you child about what they learned today. Do you have a fire and safety plan in place for your family?

Plains Peanut Festival Winners plains

Three Garrison-Pilcher Elementary students were winners of the Plains Peanut Festival Postcard Contest sponsored by the Jimmy Carter National Historic Site Education Program. These state winners met President Jimmy Carter last Saturday. Left to right are Abigail Rogers (1st Place), Sumner Sauls (2nd Place), and Preston VanHeiningen (3rd Place).

Your thoughts matter! parents

We are always looking for ways to improve our communication with parents, ways to work together for our students, things to change within our classrooms, and so much more. Would you take a minute to complete the survey below (shouldn't take any longer than 5 minutes) so we can better serve you and your family. https://gshs.gadoe.org/Pages/Parent.aspx

Abigail Carlton Takes Home First Place abbie

We are so proud of our very own Abigail Carlton out of Mrs. Vicki Warren's class! She recently won first place in the One Book Art Competition on the second grade level. Keep up the great work Abigail and never let your imagination and creativity disappear.

Tabs for Maddie Maddie1

Mrs. McKenzie's class wants to be a blessing and help a fellow classmate by donating can tabs to the Ronald McDonald House. This cause is close to their hearts because their classmates' sister has been fighting cancer. Her big brother was super excited to give his classmates bracelets to show support for Maddie. If you would like to send in tabs to show your support as well, please put them in a bag and put Mrs. McKenzie's name on bag.

Community Outreach ccoutreach

Garrison-Pilcher Elementary and Hand-In-Hand teamed up to bridge the gap between home and school. The schools have created a Community Outreach team with the mission to ensure all homes have the resources needed to help their child be successful. The committee hopes to help parents that may not be able to attend school events or workshops by visiting local community libraries. We are thankful for Mr. Reynolds at the Thomasville Library for being so open to the idea as well.  Be sure to come visit with us when we come to your local library. Contact Misty Taylor at Garrison-Pilcher or Mary Dennis at Hand-In-Hand for more information.

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.
 

Community Outreach flyer

We love our families and students so much that we are coming to a local library near you. We hope you will join us when we are in your area. We will have resources you can use at home, Chromebooks to show you how to check your child's grades, we will read to your children so you have a chance to ask questions, and so much more.

Fall Book Fair bookfair19

It's that time of year again to stock up on all your reading needs. Garrison-Pilcher's annual Book Fair is coming to town. This year we have the ability to share online shopping with everyone. This helps our school in earning points to get FREE books. Of course with the Book Fair, we also need super volunteers to make it happen. The link below is for you to shop with us and to sign up to volunteer. We hope if you can you will consider helping out. https://bookfairs.scholastic.com/bf/garrisonpilcherelemschool

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

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

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.

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.
 

Back to School Blitz

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

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.  

Connect with us over the summer! Summer

Enjoy your summer break! Be sure to check out all the amazing Summer tips on our Facebook page @garrisonpilcher and use #GPsummerfun to show us what you are doing this summer. Want to keep up with your friends? Check out our "summer" page and post your memories as well. https://padlet.com/mitaylor4/GPsummerfun

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

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

2019 DAR Winners Dar

Congratulations to all of our winners! Continue reading to see more. 

Garrison-Pilcher Elementary Digital Learning All-Star Teacher Named Stone

Marnee Stone, 1st grade Teacher at Garrison-Pilcher - "Mrs. Stone is always looking for innovative ways to teach and accelerate her students.  She often shares with me the new and exciting ways her children are learning. She differentiates beyond expectations using technology as an avenue to differentiate and individualize for her unique learners

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.

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.

Kicking Germs with WoodmenLife woodmen

WoodmenLife of Thomasville recently donated disinfecting wipes to Garrison-Pilcher to help fight germs. These are greatly appreciated this time of year. Teachers supplies begin to run low, so this unexpected surprise meant a lot. Thank you WoodmenLife for your donation. 

Media Festival Media

School systems throughout Southwest Georgia took part in this annual event. This competition allowed students to showcase projects they created using media and digital technology resources. Students shared interactive blogs/posters, digital presentations, websites, documentaries, podcasts and videos they designed this school year. 
 

Let's Get Growing Garden

 

Children at Garrison-Pilcher will not have to wait until summer to begin harvesting fresh vegetables. An indoor tower garden will make it possible to enjoy fresh vegetables all year long. Mary Beth Donaldson of Diversified Benefits Administrators donated the tower garden to the school.

 

Spring Fling Spring

We are so excited about our Spring Fling Friday, March 22! Get the family and be sure to come join us for cotton candy, Kona Ice, popcorn, games, raffles, and so much more. We have several awesome raffles from Bossman car-wash to family pass at Chehaw Park. You don't want to miss out. Event is from 3:30-6:30 with raffle drawing starting at 5:00. If your business would like to donate, we are still accepting items. Use link below to print out raffle tickets and stop in to pay for them. http://bit.ly/GPspringfling

  • $15.00 Gift Card to Diablo's
  • 2 tickets to Flint River Quarium
  • $200 Voucher to Jumpin' Joe's
  • 2 AMC Passes
  • 4 Zoo Atlanta tickets
  • 2 Georgia Aquarium tickets
  • $50 Gift Certificate to Picaboo
Read Across America Reading

“We are grateful to the many, many community volunteers who helped us make this happen, said Misty Taylor, GP’s Parent Volunteer Coordinator. “It was wonderful to see students and adults reading books; it was totally a win-win situation even if we had not met our 8,000 book goal. When a child is reading, a child is learning.” added Taylor.

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

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.

Teacher of the Year Grimes

Congratulations to Ms. Grimes on being named Teacher of the Year for Garrison-Pilcher. She is a first grade teacher here and always makes learning fun for her students. We wish you the best of luck and are thankful to have you as part of our family.

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

Jump Rope for Heart JR4H

 

"Garrison-Pilcher Elementary School raised $9,661 for the Kids Heart Challenge last week.  Students participated in this event to raise money for The American Heart Association.  Xalen James was the overall top student to raise $1,635.00" (Picutred L-R, Coach Lovejoy, Coach Vann, Coach Guyton, Xalen James)

STEM Night Stem

Mark your calendars and be sure to come out for our STEM Night! Several hands on activities for all your budding Scientists and their friends. 

STEM in the Classroom Maggie

Students in Mrs. Harper's class recently got to participate in a STEM project, while learning all about magnets. Their student teacher Ms. Taylor, from Valdosta State University, had them do a hands on activity to determine what items were magnetic and what ones were not. Student Maggie Hamby said, "She enjoyed the activity and would like to do it again, because it was fun!" The entire class was up moving around, placing magnets all over the room to see what items where magnetic. 

 

Fundraiser Kickoff Prize

We are so excited to kick off our annual cookie dough fundraiser. The prizes for children are super cute and we know there will be several of them around campus. ALL students selling at least 10 items will get a bonus gift

prize

#HunkerDownForHarrison Prayers for Hooks Family

Today all our students and staff #HunkerDownForHarrison our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends. Thank you to everyone in our community that participated in this special occasion. We live in an exceptional area!

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Jump Rope For Heart JR4H

Jump Rope For Heart has kicked off!  Please register your child online following the link so they can start getting donations!  JRFH will be February 15th, 2019 from 12:30-2:30 p.m. in the GP gymnasium. All donations go to the American Heart Association!

 

http://www2.heart.org/site/TR?pg=company&fr_id=3996&company_id=157501

  • Also we need snack donations for our Heart Hero chex mix during JRFH....Any type of snack to go in a chex mix. 

 Be a HEART HERO Today!  

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

Local DAR Winners

Check out our local Garrison Pilcher winners of the recent DAR contest. These students will now advance to the state level.

Archbold Super-Food Tasting arch

Archbold came for their annual visit this year with some yummy super foods for our stduents. Not only did they bring amazing recipes for them to try, they also had prizes that the students could win. We are thankful for this opportunity to expose our students to foods they may never get exposed to. 

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Ar Star Readers Club ar

We are so proud of ALL our students and the hard work they are doing for reading. This year we wanted to find a way to show our students just how proud we are of them, so we started our AR Star Readers club, once a student hits a certain amount of books read; their name is added to our wall. We have a 25, 50, 75, and 100 star club. Continue reading with your child so we can have our walls filled with stars at the end of the year!

1st Grade ITBS Testing Study

Garrison-Pilcher has it's ITBS testing for first grade students from Monday, January 28 through Friday, February 1. This week your child needs some extra positive affirmations. Help them do well on the tests by making sure they get plenty of sleep, eat a healthy breakfast (not one full of sugar), and get them to school by 8:00. We want this week to go smooth for everyone! itbs

Fundraiser Kick Off

Parents, be sure to check your child's book bags tonight. We are sending home a really easy fundraiser, but the catch is it's due back tomorrow! Watch this short video below to see all the cool prizes for both students and teachers. These fundraisers help us with things from attendance incentives to field trips, so we would love to see at least 75-100%

participation

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nKlp5qpdepY&t=9s

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

2018 Donuts for Dads & Dudes d4d

Our annual Donuts for Dads was another huge hit. Thank you to all our staff for the help they offered during this event, we appreciate all you do. Ellianos Coffee and KeySouth Realty were our business sponsors for this event and we are honored to have them as partners. We hope that all our dads and dudes enjoyed themselves. If you attended, please take a minute and fill out the quick survey below. https://goo.gl/forms/rivvddDDxfjzRuMo1

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.”

Nursing Home Love Stone

Every year during the Holidays our teachers and students look forward to making visits to our local nursing homes. They take little gifts and entertain the residents. This morning Mrs. Stone's class took a trip over to Rose City Rehab and shared with music and cards. If you have time, try to make it over to a nursing facility near you. The residents love having visitors.

 

 

Music from SPLOST Music

Ms. Wise's music classes were thrilled to have new equipment to enjoy this week. Thanks to our SPLOST funding, she was able to make this purchase for all children at Garrison-Pilcher to enjoy. 

Junior Deputy Jr. Dep

Jurnee Buck was named Junior Deputy today by our very own Deputy Franklin. Teachers are asked to nominate one student per pod that represents what it means to be a leader and that is always willing to help others. Her teacher said she is always a great example to others, willing to lend a helping hand, well mannered, and just a well rounded student. Congrats sweet girl, continue to be a leader and a great friend to others.

Books & Donuts Donuts

Mrs. Barrett's class had a special visitor today, Coach Tully Payne stopped by and read the book, The Nutcracker to them. He also surprised the students with donuts. Thank you for taking the time to stop by and make our students feel great!

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."   

Donuts for Dads & Dudes Donuts

Calling all dads and dues, you totally DONUT want to miss our Donuts for Dads and Dudes. Mark your calendar now for December 17 at 8:00 a.m. This year Ellianos and KeySouth have sponsored this event. We are blessed to have so many amazing business partners to help with these events. Can't wait to see each of you there. 

Downtown Visits Warren

Students from Garrison-Pilcher, Ms. Warren's second grade class recently took field trips to Flowers and Marie's Kakes. The students compared and contrasted the adventures and experiences of the two bakeries. We appreciate all our local businesses and their partnership with our school. 

Thanksgiving Break Kent Tribe

We hope each of you enjoy your Thanksgiving Break, we will resume normal school hours on Monday, November 19. Please be safe and stay warm as temperatures begin to drop. The Kent Tribe has the right idea of showering with special love during this season of thankfulness.  

Domino Effect Domino Effect

Students from Ms. Stone's class enjoyed creative time in the Media Center. The students learned about the "domino effect' by using potential energy to topple each domino. Students also determined how momentum and cause and effect are used with the chain reaction of the falling dominos. 

Veterans Day celebrations Veterans Day

We would like to invite all our Veterans to come enjoy lunch with us on Monday, November 12. The menu for the day is chicken and dumplings, steamed broccoli, black-eyed peas, garden salad, and fruit. We appreciate all that have served our country and all those still serving. 

2018 Reading Rally

Students from Garrison-Pilcher Elementary School recently celebrated reading success with a rousing Reading Rally, an annual event that promotes reading and literacy. 

 

 

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.  

Dine With A Deputy Group shot

We are very proud to announce our Dine With A Deputy crew! Teachers watched these students grow in many ways this past nine weeks and decided they deserved the Most Improved Student award. Keep it up guys and we can't wait to see all the changed this school year. A big thank you to Jimmy Johns for donating lunch for our crew, they sure enjoyed eating their subs and chips.

Fall Festival a BIG hit Facepaint

Garrison-Pilcher recently held a Fall Festival in hopes of giving families something they could enjoy together and to help raise funds for attendance incentives, needy familes, and numerous other things. We had over 100 students show up with their families to enjoy themselves and raised over $1700. 

Thank you to Lowe's for all of our cute decorations, Flowers for the buns needed, and Brown Farms for the hay bales to decorate with. Your donations for the Fall Festival helped make it a success.

Thank you to every staff member for all the help in creating unique games, set up, and break down.

A special thanks to our resource officer and lunch staff for staying to help, even when you did not have to, you guys always go above and beyond!!

Kona Ice, thank you for coming out to help us cool off some. If you need anyone for fundraisers or parties, contact them. You will not be disappointed.

Thank you to each of the parents/guardians for coming out in this South GA heat wave to enjoy our festival. You guys are the heart of our school, without your support we couldn't do the things we do.

Lego League Moon Mission Moon Mission

First and Second grade Lego league students recently enjoyed a trip to the Challenger Learning Center where they enjoyed the planetarium, completed two moon missions, enjoyed an IMAX movie about astronauts, along with other activities. 

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!

Jr. Deputy Named Jr. Deputy Bennett

Today was a special day for Braxton Bennett; he was named Jr. Deputy by Deputy Franklin. Deputy Franklin got word that every morning he gets up and plays out directing traffic like our Deputy. The look on his face was priceless and he is wearing his badge with pride. Thank you Deputy Franklin for always going above the job and making each child feel special.

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.

Book Fair Book fair

Raising a reader doesn’t have to be complicated; it can be as easy as dedicating just 20 minutes every day to change habits and get kids excited about reading. For a great selection of books and resources, visit our upcoming BOOKFAIR - September 10- 14. All bookfair profits are used to promote reading right here at Garrison-Pilcher. 

Grandparent's Day Grandparent's Day

Grandparents Day 2018

GP will be welcoming Grandparents for their annual event celebrating the role grandparents play in the lives of their grandchildren. Please join us!

 

First grade - Tuesday, Sept. 11

Second grade - Wednesday, Sept. 12

 

A RSVP form has already been sent home with your child, please return it to the school once completed. 

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.  

2019-2020 Open House Dates Announced open house

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

 

 

 

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

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

 

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.” 

Thank you Woodmen Life

A huge thank you to Mr. Daniel Smith Jr. of Woodmen Life for stopping by today with donuts for all our teachers and staff. We appreciate all that you do for us. It was a nice treat and everyone was very pleased to start their Monday off with such a sweet treat! 

Woodmen

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

Digital Learning All Star Teacher named for Garrison Pilcher Jennifer Braswell
Junior Service League's Movie Night at the Nest - Ferdinand - Saturday, April 28 - Free Admission!

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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

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!

Daughters of the American Revolution State Winners 2017-2018 DAR

State competition for The Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) Junior American Citizens annual competition.  This year’s theme was “100th Anniversary of World War I—Service on the Homefront.” 

 

Four first grade students from Garrison-Pilcher recently won 1st place awards for the DAR-JAC State competition.

Donna Taylor's second grade students from Garrison-Pilcher recently won 1st​ place in the DAR-JAC State Competition for Group 1 Banner. 

Two Garrison-Pilcher teams from Kathy Swearingen's second grade class recently won 1st​ place awards in the DAR-JAC State competition for Group Banners.

Two Garrison-Pilcher teams from Kathy Swearingen's second grade class recently won 1st​ place awards in the DAR-JAC State competition for Group Banners.

2018 Jump Rope for Heart Top three

Garrison-Pilcher recently participated in the annual Jump Rope For Heart. This event encourages our students to take charge of their own heart health and to reach out to their community to help those whose lives have been affected by heart disease. The students who raised the most money this year were, from the bottom, Carson Morales (Ms. L. Jackson), $1280.00; Karson McKutchen, $550.00 (Ms L. Jackson); and Owen Leblanc, (Ms. J. Rich), $720.00.  The total amount raised by Garrison-Pilcher students was $9,619. 

2018 Teacher of The Year Bass and Wilson

     Stephanie Bass, shown with Principal, Sharonda Wilson, is Garrison-
Pilcher’s Teacher of the Year. Ms. Bass has been a teacher for eleven
years with Thomas County Schools, all of those years employed at
Garrison-Pilcher Elementary.


   

Woodman Life helps kick the flu Daniel Smith Jr

     Daniel Smith, Jr. representing Woodman Life of Thomasville recently donated sanitizing supplies to each classroom at Garrison-Pilcher Elementary.

     Smith, shown with Principal Sharonda Wilson, encouraged teachers and students to use these supplies to clean and disinfect those surfaces and objects that are touched often in an effort to help slow the spread of and prevent the flu this season.

GP Students attend a live symphony GP attends a live symphony

     Garrison-Pilcher Elementary School students recently experienced the sound of music at the Valdosta Symphony Youth Concert. Students from Lynn Burton’s, Marnee Stone’s, Kathy Swearingen’s, and Vicki Warren’s classes attended the concert accompanied by music teacher Kathy Buechner.

    Adeline Finch, left, and Elizabeth Burgess show their excitement before the Valdosta Symphony performs.

Jump Rope for Heart JRFH

JRFH will take place on 2/16/18. Students have been sent home a packet of information. To register online go to heart.org/jump and enter our school name and sign up. It's as simple as that! Money is due Feb. 9. If you have any questions feel free to call or email Coach Reed.

 

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.

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!

 

 

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

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.

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

Garrison-Pilcher Honors Local Veterans Mr. Van Heiningen shares his personal experiences as a Marine

Red, white, and blue decorated the halls at Garrison-Pilcher Elementary  to welcome local Veterans on Veterans Day. Students honored these Veterans with hugs and thank you notes of appreciation for their service. The Veterans talked with students about their time of service and what it means to serve in the military. The students were given opportunity to ask questions and share dialogue with the Veterans. Lunch was also provided for all the Veterans.

“Veterans Day is a special day for our school”, said Sharonda Wilson, GP Principal. “Our teachers, staff and students enjoy welcoming the Veterans of our community to our school.  The activities planned and the lunch provided is only a small token of our appreciation for them and their service.”  "It also teaches our students about the sacrifices these men and women have given”, added Wilson.

 

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.”

What Achievement Looks Like

 

 

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.

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

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.

Go Gold Day! Go Gold

 

September is Childhood Cancer Awareness month.   On Wednesday September 27th all Thomas County Schools’ staff and students will be showing their support of these brave, beautiful children by GOING GOLD for Childhood Cancer Awareness.  Please allow your child to wear GOLD to school on this day.

Here Matters Fulfills Teacher Wish List Here Matters

Employees from Commercial Bank recently made a special delivery to a few of our first grade classrooms at Garrison-Pilcher.  Mrs. Melanie Robinson was selected as a recipient of the Here Matters program. Mrs. Robinson works with three first grade teachers and had her wish list of classroom needs fulfilled by the bank.  

 

A word about the Here Matters program from Commercial Bank:

Here Matters demonstrates our commitment to be the bank that leads and strengthens our communities and serves the needs of our customers through real, personal relationships. We believe in giving back to the communities in which we live and work and will concentrate on three categories of giving: Education, Needs-Based, and Health/Wellness.

Two Bakeries and Sweet Treats Smallcakes

Mrs. Vicki Warren’s 2nd grade class recently used two local businesses to learn to compare and contrast with two sweet field trips.  The class visited both Flowers Foods and Smallcakes Cupcakery.  The class was able to find many differences, but also many similarities between the large bakery and the small bakery.  With all of the fun of learning, they also enjoyed some sweet treats!

 

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!

 
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.

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.  

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

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

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

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.”

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.

 
Buzz Newsletter Buzz Newsletter

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

Jan/Feb 2017 Buzz

Help A Child Smile Help a Child Smile

The Help a Child Smile Dental Program will be visiting our school on March 6 & 7.  This is an exciting time for the students of our school to receive dental care that they may not have access.  The forms are attached below if needed.  Please return these forms by February 12. 

English Form

Spanish Form

All A and A/B Honor Roll Recognized First Grade Honors Assembly

Honors Assemblies were held to recognize students earning All A Honor Roll or A/B Honor Roll for the 1st and 2nd nine week grading periods.  Way to go, Wee Bees!

Parent Night Christmas Concert

Garrison-Pilcher hosted Parent Night on Tuesday, December 13.  Students from Communities C, G and I performed holiday songs and ended the evening with a parent sing-a-long led by the teachers.

Dads and Dudes Dads and Dudes

Garrison-Pilcher welcomed all Dads and Dudes to visit our school on Monday, December 12.  Students were encouraged to invite their fathers, grandfather, uncles or any other important men in their lives to school during this annual event.  

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

 

Garrison-Pilcher Food Drive Garrison-Pilcher Food Drive

Please help us support local families with our annual Food Drive.

A Trip to the St. Marks Lighthouse Mrs. Burton's 2nd Grade Class

Mrs. Burton's 2nd Grade Class recently visited the St. Marks Lighthouse in St. Marks, FL.  The students were able to see animals in their habitat, including a Bald Eagle.  They also saw the migration of Monarch butterflies on their way to Mexico.  Please visit the photo gallery to see more pictures from their field trip.

Red Ribbon Week GP Red Ribbon Week

Garrison-Pilcher observed Red Ribbon Week during the dates of October 24th through October 28th. Red Ribbon Week is a national campaign aimed at drug prevention.  Throughout the week, students participated in theme days such as, “Teaming up Against Drugs”, “Too Bright For Drugs”, Don’t Get “Tied Up” With Drugs and Tell Drugs to “Buzz Off”.  Please visit the photo gallery for all of the fun from the week!

 

Wee Bee Artists Wee Bee Artist

Garrison-Pilcher students show off their prize-winning art work from the Deep South Fair.  Students from Garrison-Pilcher received honors ranging from first place to honorable mention.

 

Bus Safety Bus Safety

All students participated in a Bus Safety presentation on Friday, October 21.  Students loaded the buses and took a short ride while learning how to stay safe as a passenger.  The bus drivers discussed how to respond in emergency situations and why it is important to obey all bus rules.

 

Reading Rally Garrison-Pilcher Reading Rally

The Garrison-Pilcher annual Reading Rally was held Thursday, October 13th.  The Reading Rally is held each year to encourage students to become excited about reading.  Many visitors including the high school football players, cheerleaders, band and dance line come out each year for the event.  The Thomas University Basketball team also visited this year.  Students enjoy listening to the band, eating popcorn and listening to a guest reader share a favorite book.  Please visit our photo gallery for all of the fun from the event.

 

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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Grandparents & Grandfriends Day

Please make plans to join us for Grandparents and Grandfriends Days at Garrison-Pilcher!   

First Grade- Tuesday, September 13th 8:30 AM -10:00 AM

Second Grade- Wednesday, September 14th 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM

Please click here for more information.

 

 

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.

 

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.  

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.  

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.

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!

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

Cookie Dough Sales Cookie Dough Sales

It's time to support our Thomas County Elementary Schools with our annual cookie dough "and more" sales.  Whether you want cookies, cheesecake, pretzels, or another treat, we have it for you.  Contact your favorite student or the school.  Sales end March 11.

 

 

Science Night

Teachers, parents and students gathered on Thursday, February 18th for Science Night.  Mr. Love showed the crowd cool ways to turn items around the home into cool science projects.

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

 

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.

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.

Pioneer Day

Garrison-Pilcher students took a trip back in time on Friday, November 13th. Pioneer Day, an annual event at the school, allowed students to participate in activies and traditions from the past.  To see all of the fun from the day, please visit the photogallery here.

Square1Art Fundrasier

Don’t miss out on the opportunity to create timeless keepsakes and great personalized holidays gifts with your child’s art work throughout our new Square1Art fundrasier!  Go to https://shop.square1art.com/shop/ to order online using your child’s personalized access code found on his/her catalog.

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.

Reading Rally!

The Wee Bee Reading Rally was held on Thursday, October 15th. Students celebrated their love of reading with band members, cheerleaders and members of the football team from the high school.  Please click here to see more pictures from the event!

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

Yellow for Neveah!

September is Childhood Cancer Awareness month.  To honor their fellow classmate and friend, cancer survivor Neveah Sloan, students in Community C wore their yellow on Wednesday, September 30th.

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.

Character Kids!

Garrison-Pilcher Character Kids were honored in an assembly on Friday, September 25th for the months of August and September.  Character Kids are chosen by classroom teachers for displaying the character trait for the month. Character Kids chosen for the month of August displayed School Pride. Character Kids chosen for the month of September displayed Respect.  Please visit the photo gallery here for more pictures.

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.   

 

Grandparents Day

Wee Bee Grandparents are the best! Please visit the photo gallery here to see all of the fun from our two days of celebrating grandparents!

 

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. 

School Fundraiser

Our school fundraiser is happening now through September 18th.  There is even a way to shop online!  Please click here to visit the online catalog.  We appreciate your support!

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.

A Day in the Life of a Wee Bee

Garrison-Pilcher welcomed all Wee Bee parents to come out and learn more about a Day in the Life of a Wee Bee on Tuesday, August 25.  Parents gathered in the gym for a brief meeting of the Wee Bee Boosters.  President of Wee Bee Boosters, Anna Griffis, spoke to parents about an upcoming fund raiser that will allow parents to purchase items displaying their child’s art.  After the meeting, everyone moved to the classrooms where teachers discussed daily schedules and happenings in the classroom.  Please visit the photo gallery here for more of this event!

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!

 

Check It Out!

Students love visiting the Media Center to check out their favorite books.  All first grade students have participated in a Media Center orientation class with Mrs. Cook during the first weeks of school.  Students are encouraged to visit the Media Center daily.  Wee Bees love reading!

Wee Bees Love Science!

Wee Bees love to share all things science while in Mr. Love’s classroom.  Check out what Mrs. Harper’s first grade students shared today!

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

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.

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

2nd GRADE OLYMPIC DAY RESCHEDULED!!

Due to the inclement weather that is expected on Wednesday, the 2nd grade Olympic Day has been rescheduled for Friday, May 1st.  Olympic Day for 1st grade will remain on Thursday, April 30th.  The Character Kid assembly originally scheduled for Friday will be held Monday.  We apologize for any inconvenience.

 

Students Participate in Media Festival

Students from Ms. Burton’s (3rd place), Swearingen (2nd place), and Warren, participated in the recent RESA Media Festival. Students produced original media projects using various means of technology connected to aligned classroom learning.

Garrison-Pilcher Teacher of the Year

Congratulations to Mrs. Janet Lambert on being named our Garrison-Pilcher Teacher of the Year!

Scoot Book Boogie!

We're going to celebrate all of the books that we have read this 9 weeks!  Students are encouraged to wear their western attire.  Break out the boots, cowboy hats and bandanas.  It's time to boogie!

 

Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss!

We will celebrate Dr. Seuss' Birthday next week.  Please see the list for the activity for each day of the week.

Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!!! March 2nd - 6th


Monday – Wear Green for Green Eggs and Ham

Tuesday – Wear Red or Blue – Red fish, Blue fish Wear Red or Blue –

Wednesday – Dress for picture day 1stgrade

                       2nd grade wear a hat

Thursday –Dress for picture day 2nd grade

                   1st grade wear a hat

Friday – Fox in Socks – wear silly socks

Tips From Our Parent Involvement Coordinator

7 Tips for Maintaining a Positive Attitude

 

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.”

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.

Meet Mrs. Elexis Griffin

Meet Mrs. Rebecca Kent

Meet Mrs. Jennie Rich

Keep Thomas County Beautiful Poster Contest Winner

Natalie Carlisle placed 3rd in the K-2nd grade division for the Keep Thomas County Beautiful poster contest.

Go Jackets, Go! Read Jackets, Read!

The Wee Bees had a great time at the annual Reading Rally!  We especially enjoyed our visitors from the high school!  Thank you to everyone that encouraged the younger students to read!

Please visit the Photo Gallery for more pictures from the event.

A Trip to the Bakery

Mrs. Vicki Warren's 2nd Grade Class recently visited The Bread Wagon for a tasty learning experience. 

Join us for STEM Night At Garrison-Pilcher

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.

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.

 

 

Junior First Lego League

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

Meet Ms. Christy Parker-Priest

Meet Miss Erin Hall

Miss Erin Hall

Meet Mrs. Dorthy Bush

A Message from your Parent Involvement Coordinator

Parents read to your child at least 3 times a week or have them to read to you.  Ask questions about the story to make sure they are comprehending what is read.  If you need books to read, please come by the Parent Resource Room.  We have books and other activities you can check out.

Nancy Rogers

Parent Involvement Coordinator

Grandparent's Day at Garrison-Pilcher!

We can't wait for our Wee Bee Grandparents to join us at school!  Grandparents of 1st grade students are invited to visit on Monday, September 8th.  Our grandparents of 2nd graders are welcome to come out on Tuesday, September 9th.  Grandparents will participate in activities in the classroom, attend a presentation by our students and receive breakfast treats.  Grandparents may also take their grandchild to the Book Fair that will be located in our Media Center.  We will begin activities each day at 8:30 AM and end by 10:00 AM. Please refer to the detailed schedules that were sent home with our students for specific times in each community.

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.

Wee Bees Love Reading!

Over 50 of our rising 1st and 2nd graders participated in the Summer Reading Challenge. 

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.

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

Olympic Days Rescheduled Olympic Days Rescheduled

Due to the inclement weather in the forecast for the remainder of the week, Olympic Days have been rescheduled.  2nd Grade Olympic Day will be held on Monday, May 5th and 1st grade Olympic Day will be held on Tuesday, May 6th.

Attendance for Success

A message from our Parent Involvement Coordinator

One of the most important things your child can do to achieve academic success is attend school everyday.  Students who attend school regularly are more likely to keep up with daily lessons and assignments and make higher scores on test. 

"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

Science Night!

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

Make Math a Family Activity!

Parents practice addition and subtraction facts nightly with your child. 

A message from our Parent Involvement Coordinator

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.

100th Day of School 100th Day of School

Gray hair, walkers, and canes!  Garrison-Pilcher students are looking a little older these days.  January 27th marks the 100th day of the 2013-2014 school year.  Several of our teachers encouraged students to dress as they would look if they were 100 years old.  Please visit the photo gallery for more pictures of our old-timers!

A Note from our Parent Involvement Coordinator, Nancy Rogers

Parents make sure your child’s homework is complete everyday.  Learning does not end in the classroom.  Children need help and support at home to succeed in school.  Try to sit down with your child at least once or twice a week while he or she is doing homework.  This will keep you informed about what your child is learning and you will be aware if they are having problems with a specific topic.  By taking these small steps, you will be helping your child become successful both in and outside the classroom.

(National PTA everychild.onevoice.)

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!

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.

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.

Meet Jenny Holt Meet Jenny Holt
ITBS Testing Schedule

 

Iowa   Test   of   Basic   Skills

1st Grade Only

Monday, November 4th – Friday, November 15th

**Get plenty of sleep

**Arrive to school by 8:00

**Eat a healthy breakfast

7th Annual Literacy Fair 7th Annual Literacy Fair
Wee Bees Love to Read! Wee Bees Love to Read!
Garrison-Pilcher students attended a pep rally for reading on Thursday, October 17th.
Meet Dara Creech Meet Dara Creech
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!
A Grand Time for Grandparents! A Grand Time for Grandparents!

Garrison-Pilcher welcomed all grandparents to visit the school and spend time with grandchildren.  Students enjoyed showing their guests around and sharing classroom classroom activities.  Please visit the photo gallery to see all of the fun!

Meet Pam Griffin Meet Pam Griffin

Mrs. Pam Griffin teaches first grade at Garrison-Pilcher.

Garrison-Pilcher Welcomes Brandy Majors! Garrison-Pilcher Welcomes Brandy Majors!

Brandy Majors has joined our staff as the new school nurse.

Wee Bees Love to Read! Wee Bees Love to Read!

Mrs. Cook and Mrs. Wendy are getting ready for students to begin checking out books.  Classes will visit the Media Center during the first week of school to hear a story read by Mrs. Cook and to discuss check out procedures.

Welcome Back to School! Welcome Back to School!

Students were excited to see their friends at Open House. We would like to thank all of the parents and students for a wonderful start to a brand new school year!

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! 

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.

System B.E.E. Partner of the Year! System B.E.E. Partner of the Year!

Mr. Jay Patel of Coolidge Food Champ was selected as the Thomas County School System's B.E.E. Partner of the Year.  Mr. Patel was nominated by Garrison-Pilcher and was also awarded Partner of the Quarter earlier in the school year.

It's Magic! It's Magic!

Garrison-Pilcher students meeting their AR goal for the 4th nine weeks were treated to a magic show performed by Ken Scott.  Scott is an Atlanta based magician with a list of notable performances and television apperances.

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!

Olympic Days Olympic Days

Garrison Pilcher students participated in the annual Olympic Days on April 24th and 25th.  Please see the photo gallery for pictures from these fun times!

Ms. Jennifer Braswell, Teacher of the Year! Ms. Jennifer Braswell, Teacher of the Year!

Ms. Jennifer Braswell was selected as the Teacher of the Year at Garrison-Pilcher Elementary for the 2012-2013 school year.  Congratulations, Ms. Braswell!

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!

Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss! Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!

Garrison-Pilcher students celebrated the birthday of Dr. Seuss on Friday, March 1st. Students participated in wearing silly socks and hats.  The celebration kicked off early when students were encouraged to wear something crazy for a Wacky Wendesday!

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.

The 100th Day of School The 100th Day of School

Garrison-Pilcher students may be 100 days smarter in the school year, but some of our students are starting to look a little older!  Please visit the Photo Gallery to see what happens on the 100th day of school!

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! 

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

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.
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!
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!
Coach Brooks Coach Brooks
After 37 years and 4 months of teaching children in the Thomas County School System, Coach Eugene Brooks is retiring.  The students and staff of Garrison-Pilcher will miss Coach Brooks.  We wish him the best in his retirement!
Parent Workshop Survey
A survey has been designed for parents to complete in order to solicit input and target interests. Copies of the survey will be distributed to the schools on December 11 and should be returned by December 14. A link to the survey is also available here. Thank you for your input!
New Curriculum & Instruction Blog Thomas County Logo
Pioneer Day Pioneer Day
Garrison-Pilcher students learn about the life of a pioneer with a visit from the chuck wagon.
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!
October is Fire Safety Month October is Fire Safety Month
Local firefighters visit to teach Garrison-Pilcher students about fire safety.
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!
We Love Our Grandparents! We Love Our Grandparents!
The grandparents of our Garrison-Pilcher students were invited to visit our school. 
School Council Elections
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.
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.

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

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

Watch Us Grow! Warren's Class

Second graders in Mrs. Vicki Warren's class are starting off the new school year by planting a class garden.  Students observed the different seeds and took turns planting each one in the soil.  The class will use their garden to learn about the life cycle of plants.

Dancing Drums Dancing Drums

Garrison-Pilcher students recently drummed along to the beat with professional musician and performer Steve Campbell. Campbell’s visit was provided by the Thomasville Center for the Arts and Visiting Artist workshops. Students rotated through a variety of drum and percussion instruments as they experienced the importance of working together as a team to make music sound great!  

Photo Gallery

 

In The Life of A Wee Bee

Please join us to to learn more about the Life of a Wee Bee!

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

CANCELLED! Reading Night with Dave Sargent

FAMILY READING NIGHT CANCELLED!

Due to a family emergency with our guest speaker, David Sargent, the Garrison-Pilcher Reading Night on Thursday, January 28th has been cancelled.  We hope to schedule again for a later date.

 

 

 

Jump! Jump!

Over 200 Garrison-Pilcher students participated in Jump Rope for Heart on Friday, February 20th.  The event is a celebration held for students raising money for the American Heart Association.  Garrison-Pilcher students raised over $11,400 this year!

 

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

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

The Book Fair is Here! The Book Fair is Here!

The Book Fair has taken over our Media Center and is ready welcome students!  The book fair will run from Monday, September 9th through Friday, September 13th.

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.
GP Open House GP Open House

 

 

 

Open House:

Friday, July 29

10:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M. 

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

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

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

Off to a Great Start! Open House

We're excited to see all of the new and returning faces here at Garrison-Pilcher!  We hope this will be the best year ever for our Wee Bees!

Author's Tea Author's Tea

Winners of the annual Garrison-Pilcher Book Awards recently celebrated their achievement with an Author’s Tea. Each year, classes create a classroom book for the event. Judges select a 1st and an Honorable Mention winner from each grade level. Classes are encouraged to take on the project as a whole class and the books should demonstrate student work.    

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.  

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!

100th Day of School

Garrison-Pilcher students celebrated the 100th day of school on Thursday, January 21st.  Classes participated by dressing as if they were 100 years old, by counting items to 100 or by imagining what the world would be like 100 years into the future.  Please visit the photo gallery here for more pictures of the day.

Science Night Fun!

Students and parents enjoyed another amazing science night.  Mr. Love showed us ways that we can use science to learn and have fun!

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)

Click here to complete the survey

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!

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

Red, White & Blue Red, White & Blue

Woodmen of the World Lodge Presented a Flag to Garrison-Pilcher Elementary School, Thomasville, GA. In the photo are Richard Potter, Assistant Principal of Garrison-Pilcher, and Elliott Kirby, Field Representative for Woodmen of the World.

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.

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

Spring Fling Spring Fling

Join us for an afternoon of family fun. Our annual Spring Fling will take place on March 20 from 3:30-6:30. There will be unlimited games, vendors, Kona Ice, popcorn, cotton candy, hot dog combos, raffle tickets, and more. Check the link below to see what items are up for grabs on the raffle tickets. More is being added daily. We hope to see you there. http://bit.ly/2020Raffle

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Donuts for Dads and Dudes Donuts for dads

In an effort to support fathers and male role models in the lives of young children, Garrison-Pilcher Elementary recently held their annual Donuts for Dads and Dudes. Almost 600 fathers and community volunteers visited the school and spent time with students doing various activities. These men shared breakfast with students, read books, toured the school, and participated in classroom learning.

Garrison-Pilcher's Parent Involvement Coordinator Misty Taylor said, “Family involvement has always been a key theme in early education and academic achievement. We want mothers and fathers to come to our school and be involved in our school activities.”

 “We also know that the male role model is a powerful factor in children’s success," added Taylor.

Along with parents of students who attend Garrison-Pilcher, men from Thomas County and Thomasville City Police Departments, EMT, and fire departments, Thomasville Utilities, and Thomas County School Board Office personnel, were on hand to engage with students and to show the value of supporting education, particularly reading.

Student Tonia Coffee, pictured with her father Brandon Coffee, stated that her favorite part about Donuts for Dads and Dudes was getting to show her daddy around the whole school after reading a book. Giggling, Tonia said “I liked drinking his coffee too”.

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

Summer Reading Information Summer Reading
Book Scoot Boogie Book Scoot Boogie

Students at Garrison-Pilcher enjoyed an afternoon of dancing after meeting their reading goals for the third nine-week grading period.  Students and staff were encouraged to dress in their western wear for the Book Scoot Boogie.  Wee Bees love to read!

Summer Reading Challenge

Wee Bees love to read!  Students that participated in the Summer Reading Challenge were treated to an ice cream treat on Friday, August 5th. Each student turned in their reading log with all of the wonderful books they read over the summer break.

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.

Click "More Information" for complete story

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!

Measuring the Distance

Students in Mrs. Jennie Rich's 2nd grade class recently built catapults.  The students tested their tools out using ping pong balls. The students then used measuring tools to find how far the ping pong balls traveled.  

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.

Class Celebrates Earth Day

Ms. Bush's class celebrated Earth Day on April 22nd by sharing their home recycling projects. 

 

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.

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

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

Meet Dee Gaines Meet Dee Gaines

Dee Gaines serves Garrison-Pilcher as a Speech Language Pathologist.

School Closure for Remainder of 19-20 School closure extended

Versión en Español

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.

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. 

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

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. 

Chihuly Inspired Art Work Art Work

Students from Mrs. Warren's 2nd grade class show off their Chihuly inspired art work that was made during their Art Specials time.

Students Participate in Georgia Student Media Festival

Students from Mrs. Vicki Warren and Mrs. Kathy Swearingen’s 2nd grade classes participated in the Georgia Student Media Festival.  Project were sent off to the state level for judging.  Both projects were recognized for Outstanding Media Production with high scores for Merit.

Students pictured from Mrs. Warren’s class are (L-R) Blade Trawick, Drew Jones, Laylen Hines, Katelyn Bradshaw and Sophia Stewart.

Students pictured from Mrs. Swearingen’s class are (L-R) Makenzie Smith, Elizabeth Ralston, Jazmine Burgess and Logan Webb.

Jump Rope for Heart

Garrison-Pilcher students participated in the annual Jump Rope for Heart event on Friday, February 19th.  The event is held in an effort to raise money and awareness for the American Heart Association.

Hour of Code

During the week of December 7th-11th Garrison-Pilcher students participated in Hour of Code activities.  Hour of Code is a world-wide event held in schools to promote computer science. Below, 2nd grade student Trey Guyton helps 1st grade student Dontavious Pickett on kodable.com. For more information and activity resources for coding, please click here..

Parent Compact Input Survey

Each year, Thomas County parents, students, and teachers sign a compact to establish the partnership and how the three will work together for that student's maximum achievment.  As we look to the upcoming year, your input about how we can improve this document is very important to us.  We would appreciate it if you would please click here to access a short questionnaire that can be printed out and returned to your child's school.  

Career Day

Mrs. Cindy Carnes speaks with first grade students about careers in Early Childhood Education.

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

Click here to download the Registration Form

Click here to see the T-Shirt Design

Click here to register online

Teacher of the Year Announced

Congratulations to Mrs. Dara Creech on being named Garrison-Pilcher's Teacher of the Year!  Mrs. Creech (right) is pictured with Garrison-Pilcher Principal, Mrs. Sharonda O'Neal.

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. 
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. 

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

Students Participate in SWRESA Media Festival

Classes recently presented technology projects in Camilla at the SWRESA Student Media Festival. Congratulations to Mrs. Marnee Stone's class for placing 1st in the K-2 group with their project: Oil Spills are Bad for the Environment.

Garrison-Pilcher's BEE Partner of the Quarter

Garrison-Pilcher's BEE Partner of the Quarter is Jones Septic Tank.  Thanks for supporting our school!

Please visit our district BEE Partner page here.

Showing our Patriotism!

William Hester and Lafabian Paytee are showing off their patriotism in Mrs. Bennett's 2nd grade class!

Jump Rope for Heart

 

The students of Garrison-Pilcher raised $9,200.00 to donate to the American Heart Association at the annual Jump Rope for Heart event that was held on February 21st.  Thanks to all of the students and parents that participated and helped make this a successful event!

 

Teacher of the Year Teacher of the Year

Kylene Van Heiningen (right), shown with Principal Sharonda Wilson, is Garrison-Pilcher Elementary School's Teacher of the Year. 

 
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

Book Winners Announced

Each year classes at Garrison-Pilcher take their turn at being authors and illustrators.  There were so many wonderful books that our guest judges had a difficult time choosing just one class to be recognized from each grade. The classes earning 1st place honors and Honorable Mention were treated to an Author's Tea to celebrate their great work. 

 

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

Meet Ms. Katy Pineda

From your parent involvement coordinator:

Dedicate a time and place at home to do homework.  Each child is different.  Finding the best time and place for your child's homework may involve trial and error.  Begin by picking a time and stick with it for 2 weeks.  If this time does not work, try another time for 2 weeks.  When choosing a place to do homework, it does not need to be completely isolated, but also does not need alot of distractions.  You may want to try the dining room or kitchen table.  Once you establish a time and place in  your home to do homework, you must be consistent everyday.

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

Multicultural Day Multicultural Day

Our Wee Bees became world travelers as they explored different countries and lands represented in each of our communities. Each community has spent time learning about their specific country and were able to share with the rest of the school. Our tourist marked their passport by collecting an interesting fact from each country.  Please visit the photo gallery here to see more of the fun day.

Teacher of the Year!

Erin Hall, shown with Principal, Sharonda O’Neal, is Garrison-Pilcher’s Teacher of the Year.

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.

Science Night

Mr. Love entertained both students and parents at Science Night.  Please visit the Photo Gallery to see the highlights from the event.

DAR Winners Announced

The Thomasville Chapter of the DAR has announced the winners of the Community Service Division of the Junior American Citizenship Contest for 2015. Please click on "More Information" below for a complete list of winners.

Mrs. Swearingen's 2nd Graders

Miss Taylor's 2nd Graders

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.