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03/22/18: Budget Questions Answered

Each year when TCSS opens the budget email address for employee and community feedback, we post the responses here. Please see the attached list of questions and responses dated Thursday, March 22nd. The budget email address will remain open until Friday, April 13th. 

Budget Questions Answered - 3/22 

3/20/2018: Optimist Oratorical Contest Girls Oratorical

Earlier this month, the Optimist Club of LaGrange hosted a scholarship oratorical contest for Troup County students. The theme of the contest was Where Are My Roots of Optimism. Two Gardner Newman Middle school students were named tops in the competition. 

Ellie Moone and Render McLeod were each awarded first place and received an Optimist Club Medallion, certificate, and a gift after they presented their speech in front of roughly 20 Optimist Club members, family members, and other guests. A total of ten students attended and spoke during the afternoon luncheon. Runner-ups were:  

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03/19/18: Afterschool Activities Cancelled Weather

All afterschool activities are cancelled today due to potential severe weather. Elementary ACE programs will continue as scheduled.

 

March 9th is Inclement Weather Make-Up Day make up day

On Friday, March 9th, Troup County School System schools and offices will be open. This is designated as an inclement weather make-up day. Classes are in session and we will be working a normal school day schedule. 

03/02/18: TCSS Finance Department Passes Audit Review with No Findings

TCSS was recently notified that they received the highest recommendation of ‘unmodified’ once again. In addition, the firm verified there were ‘no findings’ within the reviewed finances. Byron Jones, Chief Financial Officer for TCSS, stated, “This audit period was for the 2017 fiscal year. This now makes two years in a row that TCSS has no findings. Due to both the no findings and unmodified audit opinions, we will now be considered ‘low risk’ going into the next school year."

The external audit report contains three sections:

  • Management Discussion and Analysis (MD&A)
  • Financial Statements
  • Notes to Financial Statements; following this section is the firm’s opinion of the audit and if there were any findings.  

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2/27/2018: New Google Expeditions at Callaway High School Google Expedition

When Callaway High students Beyounce Williams and Elijah Godfrey entered Laura Banks’ Biology class on Friday, they did not know they were going to experience running with an extinct Tyrannosaurus Rex or pollinating a flower with a bee. As members in a class that was test group for the Google Expeditions Augmented Reality Pioneer Program (Expeditions), that is exactly what they did.

 

With Expeditions, teachers and students map the physical classroom and place 3D objects like one of Michelangelo’s statues on the students’ desks so that everyone can examine the statue together at the same time. Anything from a strand of DNA to a whirling tornado can be brought into the classroom. Students can get up close to see detail of the subject or step back to get a sense of scale and point out new discoveries together. Teachers are able to highlight specific points of interest on the object and incorporate it to suit the lesson.

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2/26/2018: Troup County Recognizes STAR Students STAR Students

For the first time in the 59-year history of the Student Teacher Achievement Recognition (STAR) luncheon hosted by Rotary Club, two students walked away with the honor. They are:

 

  • John Hutson Whitlow – LaGrange Academy
  • Anna Leah Davis – Troup High School

 

For the past 59 years, a top academic senior in each participating Georgia high school is named the STAR student for that high school. Created to focus public attention on Georgia’s outstanding students and teachers, this program showcases the academic achievement of students and a chosen educator who was instrumental in their development.

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02/23/18: Callaway High Pioneers Google Augmented Reality Learning

Today, Laura Banks' 10th grade Biology classes explored DNA, chromosomes and extinct animals through the new Google Augmented Realty Pioneer Program. TCSS employees Ginnie Walker and Mary Casey applied to have Callaway High as a beta testing group for the new 3-D learning apps. 

Students took 'tours' inside of hurricanes, chromosomes, and cornea's. In this video, Beyounce Williams, steps inside of a T-Rex.
 

 

02/21/18: Troup High Student Anna Davis Shares STAR Student Distinction Star Student

For the first time in the 59-year history of the Student Teacher Achievement Recognition (STAR) luncheon hosted by Rotary Club, two students walked away with the honor. They are Anna Davis, Troup High and John Whitlow, LaGrange Academy. 

For the past 59 years, a top academic senior in each participating Georgia high school is named the STAR student for that high school. Created to focus public attention on Georgia’s outstanding students and teachers, this program showcases the academic achievement of students and a chosen educator who was instrumental in their development. 

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02/15/18: Troup County School System Reviews Security Measures LCMS Doors

As more details arise of yesterday’s tragic event at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fl., we want to take this time to offer our thoughts and prayers to the students, faculty, families, and entire community that were impacted.

As a school system, we take safety very seriously. We have measures in place at each of our schools to make TCSS a safe learning environment and we want to share some of them with you.

  1. We employ School Resource Officers (SRO) for each of our middle and high schools. If a student feels their safety is being compromised, they can talk to the SRO.
  2. We have placed new or updated camera equipment and glass security doors in several of our buildings using Education SPLOST funds. We will continue the work until all are updated.  
  3. We work directly with the Sheriff’s Office and LaGrange Police Department on security related matters within our buildings.
02/02/18: LHS FBLA Brings Home Honors FBLA Team

When Laura Carroll, LaGrange High School’s Business and Marketing class educator became the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) adviser for students interested in business, she was preparing them for the moment they recently experienced during the FBLA Region competition – to walk away as winners. Three members of her FBLA team attended the event and two walked away with honors: Tiarra Stanley placed 2nd in Hospitality Management and Hassan Stargell placed 1st in Entrepreneurship.

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02/01/18: Students Earn Jobs at Nissan of LaGrange Nuts and Bolts

The nuts and bolts of Steven Webb’s Maintenance Light Repair and Automotive Service pathway at Troup High School is giving students a boost into the workforce. Dustin Downey and Dennis Royster, two students in Webb’s advanced automotive classes, just received noticed they are now part-time Express Technicians at Nissan of LaGrange. As a part of the Troup County School System (TCSS) Work-Based Learning program, the students will attend school during the morning hours of the day and then work in the afternoons.

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1/31/2018: Thank You Circles Troup County PAC Meeting

During the monthly Troup County School System (TCSS) Title I Parent Advisory Council (PAC) meeting, over 40 people gathered at the Mike Daniel Recreation Center in hopes of learning more about poverty in Troup County and how it impacts the school system. Thanks to Circles Troup County (Circles), they not only learned about poverty, but lived it during the simulation.

 

Circles is a long-term approach to end poverty permanently in the Troup County community. 

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01/30/18: LHS Students Win 1st Place in Knowledge Bowl Knowledge Bowl

Students in Mrs. Dana Davis' class at LaGrange High competed in the Knowledge Bowl at the University of West Georgia on FGE (Future Georgia Educators) Day. During the competition, they had to demonstrate their familiarity with and understanding of their education pathway curriculum and Georgia's Code of Ethics for Educators.

Her students Destiny Fitzpatrick, Alaysha Bledsoe and Christyauna Beasley won first place in the competition!

 

TCSS Schools Back to Regular Schedule Monday, January 22nd Chalkboard

We look forward to seeing all TCSS employees and students tomorrow, Monday, January 22nd. All TCSS schools and offices will be open and on a regular schedule. 

 

TCSS Schools and Offices Closed Friday, January 19th closed

Due to continued reports of lingering weather impacts from snow and ice in Troup County, all TCSS schools and offices will be closed Friday, January 19th. There are still many areas that are covered in large patches of ice and the areas that have thawed are expected to re-freeze with the drop in temperatures tonight.

In addition, the Board of Education meeting scheduled for today at 5:30 p.m. has been rescheduled to Monday, January 22nd at 5:30 p.m.

Please refer back to troup.org or our Facebook page for future updates.

TCSS Schools and Offices Closed Thursday, January 18th Snow Day

After reviewing road conditions throughout Troup County and the impending weather forecast, all Troup County School System schools and offices will be closed Thursday, January 18th. We will post updates concerning Friday as we know more.

Noon Wednesday: TCSS Weather Update Weather

Weather Update for TCSS: We are continuing our work with Emergency Cooperations and local law enforcement to monitor road conditions. A determination for school opening or closing tomorrow will be made around 5:00 p.m. today. Please refer back to troup.org or our Facebook page for future updates.

TCSS Schools Closed Wednesday, January 17th School Closed

Due to reported winter weather advisories that are expected to impact Troup County tomorrow, Wednesday, January 17, all Troup County School System schools and offices will be closed. In addition, all afterschool activities for tomorrow are cancelled.

We will observe weather reports before a decision is made for Thursday. Please check back here or on the official Troup County School System Facebook page for updated information. 

Naming of Facilities Request Form WRES Students at New Facility

To submit a request for the New Elementary School located on South Davis Rd., please complete the Naming of Facilities Request Form by Friday, January 12th @ 5:00 pm.  The form must be completed in its entirety and submitted to:

 

Troup County Board of Education

Attention: Naming of Facilities Requests

100 N. Davis Road, Building C

LaGrange, GA 30241

Fax: 706.812.7904

SCHOOLS OPEN TUESDAY, JANUARY 9th School Open

All Troup County School System schools will be open on Tuessday, January 9th. We will be operating on a regular schedule. 

01/26/18: Berta Talks Lexile

One TCSS priority is Literacy. This means the school system wants to increase reading levels for all students. TCSS implemented three reading programs (iRead, Read180, System44) to help achieve this goal. These programs allow students to learn elements of literacy that help increase reading, comprehension, and writing skills. Students who participate in these programs have seen reading gains as shown in this video.

Thanks to Christy Nolan and the students of Berta Weathersbee Elementary for sharing your Lexile (reading) levels! Please 'click' the photo to access the video. 

Reading

2/14/18: West Point Elementary Students Share Why They 'Love' Reading

One of Troup County School System's top three district priorities is to increase the literacy level of our students. This means we want to help them become better readers and increase their vocabulary and comprehnsion skills. In this video, some of our students from West Point Elementary School shares their Lexile Reading Levels and why they 'love' to read. 
 

 

 

03/16/18: Randy Hardigree Named TCSS TOTY Randy

When the Troup County School System (TCSS) Teacher of the Year (TOTY) nominees walked into the Del’Avant Event Center for the afternoon reception in their honor, anticipation filled the room as the program was nearing the moment of naming the winner. That honor was earned by Randy Hardigree, Environmental Science and Biology instructor at LaGrange High School.

Read entire story here.

Friendly Reminder - No Electronic Devices During Testing cell phone in class

This is a friendly reminder that as students begin completing Georgia Milestones testing beginning April 23rd, no electronic devices are allowed in the testing area. This includes; but is not limited to, cell phones, smartphones or watches, electronic recording devices, or any electronic device that provides playback or cameras.

If these items are brought into the testing environment, they will be collected and secured by the employees administering the test until testing is complete. 

01/03/18: Dress for Cold Weather Winter Dress Infographic
This week’s weather forecast is scheduled to be colder than temperatures we are used to. While school is IN SESSION starting Thursday, January 4th, we will continuously monitor the weather throughout the week. The TCSS Operations Dept. has prepared the schools to receive students tomorrow so they will have a comfortable learning environment.

As you prepare your child(ren) for school, please dress them in warmer clothing – jackets hats, scarves, gloves – so they are dressed for the colder weather.
01/18/18: Kim Whaley Builds Relationships in the Classroom Kim Whaley

After 17 years with Troup County School System (TCSS), Kim Whaley, 5th grade English Language Arts and Read 180 teacher at Ethel W. Kight Elementary (EKES) says this is the place for her, “I choose to teach with TCSS because I give back to the community that gave me my foundation.” 

In the classroom, Whaley brings a servant leadership mindset to her teaching. “I teach my students what it looks like to be respectful, responsible, and safe in every aspect of the school day. These are school-wide expectations that we each and the students practice them every day. It is good to see behavior incidents become less and less. The result of the behavior incident decreases is an increase of learning in the classroom.”

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1/25/2017: THINC Students Teach CPR Safety Always

When an emergency happens at home, who do you call? Thanks to students in Ms. Sharell Lewis’ Introduction to Health Science course at THINC College & Career Academy (THINC), the young learners at Berta Weathersbee Elementary now know exactly what to do in the event of an emergency.

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02/12/18: Principal Candace McGhee on I Heart Literacy Amazing Grace Book

Candace McGhee, Principal of Ethel W. Kight Elementary, couldn't wait to share her favorite children's book for I Heart Literacy Week, a week designed for TCSS educators and students to share their favorite books in support of the Troup County School System's priority on increasing literacy rates for students. Literacy is a larger concept that encompasses skills like reading, comprehension, writing, and vocabulary. McGhee said:

"My favorite children's book is Amazing Grace by Mary Hoffman. The story is about a little girl named Grace who tries out for the role of Peter Pan in the school play, even though her classmates say she cannot play Peter Pan because she is black and a girl. Grace is determined and believes that she can do anything she sets her mind to.

I love this story because it truly has an inspirational message about believing in yourself no matter what other people say, following your dreams to become whatever you want - regardless of what others think - and remembering that you are capable of doing and becoming anything you want no matter your gender or race."

12/08/17: All Afterschool Activities Cancelled
Due to the expected deteriorating weather conditions this evening and into tonight, all afterschool activities are cancelled. TCSS buses will resume transportation tomorrow beginning at 10:00 am for areas south of LaGrange. There is one possible trip to Newnan that is still being determined.

If your child is a member of an athletic team with any scheduled weekend activities, please stay updated through the head coach or communication channel that the team utilizes. We will provide continuous updates as details are determined
TCSS Hosting Certified Career Fair on February 3rd Career Fair

Troup County School System is looking for qualified teachers, SLP's, and to fill other certified positions. Areas of immediate interest are in the critical fields of Math, Science, CTAE, and Special Education. There are interviews on the spot for those that qualify!

01/11/18: THINC Welcomes Lt. Governor for Verizon $25,000 Donation THINC Verizon Donation

the students and staff at THINC College and Career Academy (THINC) prepared for the arrival of Georgia’s Lt. Governor Casey Cagle. This is the third visit that Lt. Governor Cagle has walked the halls of THINC which is located on the campus of West Georgia Technical College in Troup County. THINC students certainly found it an honor present in front of him and the supporters of the college and career academy. 

02/09/18: Inclement Weather Make-Up Day Announced Harper Grace
Due to TCSS experiencing six inclement weather days, there will be one student instructional make-up day on March 9th as stated in the school calendar. The last day of school for students is still May 22nd.

TCSS EMPLOYEES will need to make-up two days of work time through documentation or submission of annual leave. More information will be forthcoming from your supervisor about documentation for the make-up days.

In addition, CERTIFIED TEACHERS will have two professional learning days scheduled for May 30th and May 31st. These are PLU days for teachers. More information will be shared in the upcoming months on how the PLU days will work.

Photo Credit: Harper Grace, Daughter of Angela Dettmering @ GNMS
03/07/18: Callaway Elementary Hosts GMAS Lunch and Learn CES Lunch and Learn

Callaway Elementary School recently hosted a "Lunch and Learn" for 4th grade families to learn more about the upcoming Georgia Milestones Assessment System (GMAS) and the many ways they can help their students prepare for the assessment. The families we talked to were grateful for the flexible time of the meeting, for the opportunity to learn how to help their children, and most importantly.....to spend some quality time with their children at school!

03/15/18: Super Bowl Champ Reads to CES Students Reading

When Robyn McCann, Physical Education Specialist at Callaway Elementary School (CES), heard about Malcolm Mitchell’s reading program, she knew he would be a great boost for the young learners at CES. According to McCann and the staff, from the moment he walked through the gymnasium doors and waved to the students, he did not disappoint.

Read entire story here. 

4/19/2018: Kayla Yeargin Named A Top 10 Finalist For State Teacher Of The Year Kayla Yeargin

When Kayla Yeargin, Troup High School Mathematics teacher, was informed of her interview for the 2019 State Teacher of the Year (TOTY) finalist, she was on her way from Iceland back home to Georgia. “I had to just let it sink in. I had this amazing experience in Iceland and then I was on a layover coming back home when I received the message I was selected,” said Yeargin.

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10/24/2017: Jungle Bus Comes To Town Jungle Bus

THE JUNGLE BUS visited a neighborhood after school this week!  Jungle Jama and Reading Ranger shared reading facts with parents, had story time with 30 preschool and elementary students, and sang songs!  To schedule a visit from THE JUNGLE BUS, email Nicole Kennedy at kennedysn@troup.org.

01/11/18: Randy Hardigree Brings Years of Business and Education Experience to the Classroom Randy Hardigree

When talking to Randy Hardigree, you know where his passion lies – family, singing, and showing others that he cares. As a 23-year veteran teacher, his LaGrange High Biology and Environmental Science students know he is there when they need him.Prior to teaching, Hardigree was in the business world and commuted to Atlanta from LaGrange, but his family was here in Troup County. When commuting became too cumbersome, it made sense for him to begin his new career in the same place he and his family had settled down.

Read entire article here.

Substitute Teacher Training Wednesday, February 7th

Sub workshop

02/05/18: District 4 Public Health Flu and Influenza Letter Cold & Flu Symptoms

Over the past week, TCSS has seen an increase in the number of absences due to students experiencing cold and flu-like symptoms. Please select this link to read a letter from District 4 Public Health on guidelines and steps to help prevent the spread of germs. 

2/7/2018: Berta's Donuts For Dad Donuts For Dad

Last week the Berta Weathersbee Elementary cafeteria was abuzz as over 100 dads, moms, and family members gathered to learn about upcoming activities and to spend a morning with their child.

 

Principal Willie Cooks says the event has been a staple at Berta for at least the past two years, but this year with the change in administration, they decided to add the element of allowing the students to come and eat with their father. Parents who were present to share a donut with their child were excited about the event and grateful for the time spent.

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3/07/18: AULT Academy Celebrates National School Choice Week Breakfast Time

AULT Academy recently celebrated National School Choice Week, but they added a twist; recognizing its unique learning opportunities to the students who must attend the school, they celebrated the staff who do have a choice in working there to serve the students.

In conjunction with their Partners in Education, American Home Shield, they highlighted the staff with a week of outings and gifts. Some of the exciting events included a breakfast at Cracker Barrel, a lunch with students who met their Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) goals, and an assembly where gifts and gift card were 

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03/13/18: Alveda King Visits Callaway High Alveda King

Earlier this month, Alveda King was surrounded by a throng of Callaway High students after sharing her connection with the late Martin Luther King, Jr – she is his niece. She was invited to Troup County to be the keynote speaker for the Black History Program at the high school and she gladly accepted.

She embraced the crowd by sharing positive and influential stories about growing up as a King family member and the legacy her well-known civil rights family still carry. King said, “My father is Uncle Martin’s brother. They grew up together and the entire family believed in making a difference in the civil rights movement. As a young girl, I was one of the first children to walk in protest against segregation during the First Children’s Walk.”

4/4/2018: Lagrange High VFW Award Picture

Senior Vice Commander Deborah Clark, VFW Trustee John Piecuch, and Auxiliary President Lisa Cantrell from VFW Post 4629 came to LaGrange High School to surprise Libby Criswell with the Outstanding Spokesperson of Freedom award. Libby participated in the Voice of Democracy audio essay scholarship contest where high school students across America wrote about a patriotic theme for their share of $2.1 million in educational incentives. Her proud parents, Rebecca and Anthony Criswell, were in attendance when Libby received her certificate and check. Congratulations Libby! 

 

Pictured: Post Senior Vice Commander Deborah Clark, Libby Criswell, Trustee John Piecuch 

TCSS & Judge Michael Key invites you to join us for a special presentation, April 24, 2018 at 6:30 PM.

Judge Michael Key

1/24/2018: Kindergarten and Pre-K Registration March 12-16 Registration Soon

Troup County School System (TCSS) is preparing for the upcoming Pre-K and Kindergarten registration scheduled March 12-16. Registering Pre-K students are guaranteed entry into the Pre-K lottery drawing. Parents will be notified of acceptance by the middle of May. Registering Kindergarten students will be assigned to a classroom in their attendance zone.

 

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03/05/18: Diane Pain Talks National School Breakfast Week

To encourage more families to take advantage of the healthy choices available for school breakfast, Troup County School System (TCSS) schools will celebrate National School Breakfast Week.

Diane Pain, Director of School Nutrition for TCSS, said, “School Nutrition is making an effort to increase breakfast participation at all schools. We recognize that a healthy breakfast plays an important part in a student's ability to effectively learn and behave properly.”

3/13/2018: Read Across America Week TCSS Celebrates

Elementary schools across Troup County School System (TCSS) have celebrated Read Across America over the past two weeks. The national celebration is in honor of the late Dr. Seuss’s birthday. It encourages reading motivation and awareness of the importance of literacy for every child in every community to read every day.

 

In TCSS, groups of teachers, teenagers, media specialists, politicians, athletes, parents, grandparents and many more visitors took part in reading their favorite books to young learners. Literacy is a top three initiative for the school system, with Rigor and Relevant Learning and Creating a Culture of Success as the other two initiatives.

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Budget Email Address Q/A - April 11 Update

Please select this link to see the latest responses to budget-related questions. 

Troup County School System (TCSS) is currently preparing Performance Based Budgets for FY2019. For the last few years, the community has given suggestions and asked relevant budget-related questions via email during this process.

Beginning now, community members can send budget inquires and suggestions to budgetquestions@troup.org to inquire about the TCSS FY2019 budget. Responses will be posted on troup.org within 5-7 business days.

The email address will remain open until Friday, April 13th.
 

03/23/18: LIFT Program Accepting Applications Until April 9th LIFT

The LIFT (LaGrange Industrial Fellowship for Teachers) is now accepting applications for a paid business externship that will take place June 4-8. Each of the externships will provide real-world business experience through local companies that partner with the LIFT program. Chosen applicants will learn about Troup County's workforce projections, post-secondary options, and local businesses. To apply, submit your applications by Monday, April 9th. 

Teacher Externship Application

Teacher Externship Flyer

4/19/2018: LaGrange High School Receives Grant From Coca-Cola/Powerade LHS

LHS received a $2000 grant from Coca-Cola/Powerade for submitting a video to the, “Power Your School-Powerade” program.  The video was related to the school’s training room and improvements that could be made utilizing the power your school grant money.  The photo shows Coca-Cola representative Ken Spradlin delivering the check to LHS AD Mike Pauley.  The grant also inlcuded Powerade training products.

 
Callaway High Homecoming Parking Parking

LaGrange College and Callaway High School have been wonderful partners in ensuring the best game day experience for fans. This weekend marks homecoming for both the Cavaliers and for LaGrange College as well. In preparation for accommodating both Cavalier and Panther fans, there are some parking modifications that will impact tailgating and the flow of traffic.

Parking will be allowed on the LaGrange College campus in ONLY the following locations (please refer to the maps for visual referencing):

● Parking lot DIRECTLY in front of the Charles Hudson Natatorium (2 rows of parking)

● Parking lot DIRECTLY in front of the Callaway Educational Building (CEB) which is located next to the soccer field

There will be NO PARKING in the lot in front of Callaway Auditorium - the parking lot along Dallis Street.  Additionally, there will be NO TAILGATING allowed in any of the LaGrange College parking lots.

See entire letter here. 

PreK and Kindergarten Registration March 12 - 16

 

Registration Dates

1/23/2017: Troup's Winter Wonderland Puppy Distress

Earlier this month, the students and staff at Troup High ushered in a day of stress-free learning. Dubbed Winter Wonderland, the fun-filled courses were designed to pique student and teacher interest in hopes of continuing the excitement for learning at the mid-year point of the school calendar.
 

Troup High Principal Chip Medders said, “As we come back to school after the Christmas break there is a little bit of a slump in academics and attendance. At the beginning of the year everyone is excited to start school and at the end of the year everyone is excited about prom and graduation. We needed something to give our students a little boost in the middle of the school year. That is how the teachers came up with the idea of Winter Wonderland.”

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Student Attendance Boundaries - April 11 Update CVES Front

 

In August 2018, Troup County School System (TCSS) will open the new, state-of-the-art Clearview Elementary School (CVES). Thanks to Education SPLOST, this new facility will replace Whitesville Road Elementary School.

Click here to download the Public Hearing presentation
Click here for more information on Clearview Elementary and Attendance Boundary Maps

04/16/18: FFES AWIM Team Takes Detroit AWIM

Franklin Forest Elementary was proud to represent Troup County Schools at the 12th Annual International Jet Toy Competition in Detroit, Michigan! Kia (KMMG) provides resources for this lesson in all TCSS elementary and middle schools. It focuses on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math principles.

The students had great results in the three areas that they competed in; jet toy accuracy, distance, and time. They also received a medal for good sportsmanship. These students represented our county well at the competition and during their time traveling and touring the city!  

Detroit

TCSS on Regular Schedule Wednesday, Sept. 13

Troup County School System will be open tomorrow, Wednesday, September 13th. All schools will be on a regular schedule. 

Student Attendance Boundaries Q&A

On Tuesday, April 10th, TCSS held a Public Hearing for Student Attendance Boundaries. The school system also provided an email address for the community to ask questions. This Question & Answer document contains answers to those comments and questions. The email address info@troup.org is still open and is checked daily. The Board of Education will vote on the recommendation for Student Attendance Boundaries Thursday, April 19th.

Question and Answer Document - Student Attendance Boundaries

TCSS Substitute Teacher Training Cancelled Cancelled
Due to the forecasted inclement weather and school closure, the TCSS Substitute Teacher training scheduled for Wednesday, September 13th has been cancelled. We will reschedule this training.
01/09/18: Tiffany Funderburg Impacts Lives of Students and Families Through Reading Tiffany Helps Students

Tiffany Funderburg knows reading, literacy, and writing is important for young learners. As a matter of fact, she teaches it all day long at Ethel W. Kight Elementary School (EKES) to fourth graders. As an English Language Arts and Read 180 instructor, she understands why one of the three priority goals for Troup County School System (TCSS) is Literacy, with the other two being Rigorous and Relevant Learning and Creating a Culture of Success.

Funderburg believes literacy taps into a world of success, especially for young learners, “I am a believer in preparing students for the real world even at a young age. In my classroom, we often discuss being successful beyond the fourth grade. The students and I have weekly quotes that we make relevant in our learning for that week. Our favorite one so far is ‘Someone has to be a champion, it might as well be you’. It is good to have the children still quoting that because they believe it.”

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4/9/2018: Frederick Bailey Talks About Poverty Frederick Bailey

When Fredrick Bailey graduated from Callaway High School in 2006, he had no idea his path would lead him to stand before his former teachers and principals as an adult discussing poverty and how it impacts student learning.

 

Yet, during a positively emotional administrator’s meeting with over 40 school leaders, Bailey recounted his personal story of growing up in undesirable conditions but still maintaining the fortitude to attend school – even if it was for the school lunches he received. 

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04/13/18: WRES Empowerment Group Interviewed by Michael Strahan in NYC NY WRES

Several members of the Whitesville Road Empowerment Group spent their spring break on a trip to New York City where they spent four days and three nights touring the city. They visited the Statute of Liberty, escorted by the NYPD Harbor Unit, who carried the students out to the island on one of their boats. Other highlights of the trip included a visit to One World Trade Center, a three hour dinner cruise on the Hudson River, and touring the Brooklyn Tabernacle Church.

One of the most memorable highlights of the trip was when the group landed a spot on Good Morning America and were interviewed by Michael Strahan. The bow ties and vests worn by the Empowerment Wednesday students caught the eye of Mr. Strahan who left the set of the show and came out to speak with the group. According to Mr. Jerome Cofield, who sponsors and mentors the group, this trip was life changing for the entire group. 

09/09/17: TCSS Closes Schools Monday, Sept. 11 and Tuesday, Sept. 12

Due to the expected weather impact from Hurricane Irma, Troup County School System will close schools on Monday, September 11th and Tuesday, September 12th.

The Maintenance and Custodial staff will report both days to assist with clean-up efforts at the schools. You should expect a call from your supervisor with further details.

Please refer to the Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency website for weather preparedness and safety information.

If you have a power outage or gas leak, please call the City of LaGrange utilities department at 706.883.2130. If you experience flooding or a fallen tree on your property, please call the City of LaGrange public works department at 706.883.2100. If anyone is hurt or in danger, please call 911.  

Parent Advisory Council Meeting

Parents

Dernell Stenson Scholarship Applications Now Available

For the sixth consecutive year, the Dernell Renauld Stenson Foundation is providing scholarship opportunities to high school seniors. In addition, for the fifth year in a row, The Foundation also announced it will provide STEM awards to elementary and middle school students.

To apply, students must return completed applications and proper documentation to The Foundation by April 30, 2018. Email all completed applications to: Mrs. Marion Tate at contactusdrsf@gmail.com.

Elementary and Middle School STEM Achievers Information

High School Scholarship Information

Scholarship Application - 2018

Parental Consent Form

4/9/2018: Eighth Grade Students Attend Transition Fair Eighth Grade Students

While the transition from middle school to high school can be hard for both students and parents, Troup County School System (TCSS) is making it easier to prepare for the change through an open house transition fair. Earlier this month, students from all three middle schools took a trip to the Callaway Conference Center to experience career options, scholarship and financial aid information, pathway offerings, and high school extracurricular activities.

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09/08/17: Troup County School System Hurricane Irma Communication

Troup County School System (TCSS) is carefully monitoring the potential weather impact from Hurricane Irma with local emergency operation divisions. We are alert to possible changing weather conditions over the weekend and are working with our state and local emergency management systems.

As more information becomes available, we will make a decision about school closures to ensure the safety of our students, staff, and their families. Our course of action through the weekend is dependent on the track of the storm.

When a final decision has been made, we will notify the community through a One Call Now phone call, update the district and school websites, and update the TCSS Facebook social media channel. In addition, we will notify the local media through a news alert. 

Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency

Additional Pre-K and Kindergarten Registration Dates

Next month, TCSS will be taking The Jungle Bus into the community to meet more families and register children for    Pre-K and Kindergarten! Additional dates and registration locations can be found on the below flyer. If you have not registered your child, you can do so on these additional dates. 

PreK Flyer

 

Spanish Translation - Click Here

Korean Translation -  Click Here

 

 

09/01/17: September is Attendance Awareness Month Attendance Badge

Everyone plays a role in reducing student absences. September is Attendance Awareness Month and TCSS is encouraging schools and the entire community to remember that engagement matters for attendance. We are working hard to create a welcoming and engaging school environment that motivates students and families to come to #schooleveryday.

08/29/17: Cancelled - New Elementary School Groundbreaking Ceremony Cancelled

The Groundbreaking Ceremony for the New TCSS Elementary School has been postponed due to tomorrow's anticipated inclement weather. We are currently discussing an alternative date and time and will send a new invite when a decision has been made.

08/23/17: New Elementary School Groundbreaking Ceremony

 

Invitation

08/23/17: Pre-Bid Meeting

 

Pre-Bid

08/24/17: KIA Provides Pledge to THINC During Youth Workforce Pipeline Event THINC and KIA

On Monday, THINC College & Career Academy hosted Representative Drew Ferguson during the Youth Workforce Pipeline: Make it Happen event. This is the first time the event has been held in Troup County. The main focus of the Youth Workforce Pipeline event was to help businesses and individuals discover how manufacturing companies develop talent. A recent Troup County workforce study predicts 6,000 additional jobs will come to the area over the next five years.

During the event, Kia Motors Manufacturing Group (KMMG) presented THINC with a $100,000 pledge. It is part of the $400,000 pledge earmarked for the Science Lab that was on the campus of THINC in 2016.

07/10/17: Munis Employee Self Service App

Troup County School System recently rolled out a new Employee Self Service (ESS) system. With the new ESS, employees can now view information on their mobile phone through the Munis ESS App. Directions for downloading the app onto your cell phone is below:

Munis Employee Self Service App

Welcome Back to School! Welcome Back
08/07/17: Attendance Matters - Curb Chronic Absenteeism Curb Absenteeism

Improving student attendance will be one area of focus for the Troup County School System for the 2017-2018 school year. Last month, the Board of Education voted to revise policies relating to student absences, excuses, promotion, and retention.

These revisions in policies enable high school administrators to hold students accountable for school attendance. The two policies are IHE and JBD. Parents should go to Board Policies and read the new policies. A summary states:

When a student has five (5) unexcused absences from first period, the school will notify the parents and juvenile authorities. When a student in grades 9-12 has more than seven (7) absences in a specific class in a semester course, whether excused or unexcused, the student is in danger of losing credit for the specified class unless approved by the waiver committee.

For any student with more than seven (7) unexcused absences, a waiver will not be granted. Ignorance of the rule shall not be considered sufficient cause for setting aside its effects.

06/08/17: Two TCSS Elementary Schools Added to Free Breakfast and Lunch Program CHS Cafeteria Workers

According to the No Kid Hungry organization, one in five kids across America struggles with hunger. For the past three years, Troup County School System (TCSS) has been putting a dent in this statistic through the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) program. This national feeding program makes it easier for high-need schools to serve free breakfast and lunch to all students. In Troup County, Franklin Forest Elementary and Hogansville Elementary are two new schools that were recently approved for CEP beginning August 2017. 

Read entire story here. 

06/07/17: TCSS Bus Drivers Show Their Commitment to the Job Sandra Brown

When Debra Brown made the decision to become a Troup County School System (TCSS) bus driver six years ago, she already had the training and knowledge due to her former employment in New Hampshire. She enjoyed taking her son to school with the other students she transported. For Brown, it was more than a job, it was an opportunity for her to make a difference while also enjoying a flexible schedule.  

Read the entire story here.

LaGrange High School Graduation LaGrange High School

Congratulations to the 2017 LaGrange High School Graduates! 

Troup High School Graduation THS Grads

Congratulations to the 2017 Troup High Graduates! 

Callaway High School Graduation 2017 Graduates

Congratulations to the 2017 Callaway High School Graduates!

Middle School Parent Information Meetings Middle School Parent Meeting
If you are a parent of a rising 7th or 8th grade Troup County School System student, make sure to attend the upcoming parent meetings at your child/ren's school. District representatives will share some new and exciting student opportunities about electives, schedules, and getting them involved in career opportunities early. Dates are listed below. 
 
*Monday, May 8th - LCMS @ 6:00 pm
*Tuesday, May 9th - GNMS @ 6:00 pm
*Thursday, May 11th - CMS @ 6:00 pm
 
 
Pre-K and Kindergarten Registration Available Week of May 8th Registration
Parents of rising PreK and Kindergarten students who did not register their child during the February registration will have an opportunity to do so during the May Registration Make-up Dates: May 8-11 @ 8:30 am - 4:00 pm.
 
Space is available at the following schools. Please download the flyer for additional information:
  • Berta Weathersbee Elementary
  • Franklin Forest Elementary
  • Hillcrest Elementary
  • Hogansville Elementary
  • West Point Elementary
  • Whitesville Road Elementary
Mollie Lukken Scholarship Open for Applicants Mollie Lukken

Mollie Lukken Memorial Scholarship applications are now available. This grant is open to any Troup County School System teacher pursuing graduate studies in special education. Past recipients are eligible to apply again. This scholarship is in honor of the memory of Junior Service League member Mollie Lukken, a League founder and leader in the field of learning disabilities.

All applications are due May 5, 2017. 

Mollie Lukken Scholarship Cover Letter

Mollie Lukken Scholarship Application

Happy Administrative Professional Week

Happy Administrative Professionals Day!

Parents of Early Learners Can Receive Literacy Tips Via Text

Thanks to a collaboration between the Georgia Department of Education and Stanford University, Georgia parents of pre-kindergarteners and kindergarteners have access to a FREE texting program to help prepare 3-, 4- and 5-year-olds for kindergarten.

Ready4K GA provides tips, facts, resources, and regular reminders about how parents can excel in their role as their child’s first and most important teacher by maximizing existing family routines in fun and easy ways. Research shows that these types of texts increase parent involvement at home and school while leading to significant child learning gains.

Access the Ready4K Ga Link Here

Notice of Public Hearing Public Hearing

The Troup County Board of Education announces the dates of two public hearings to discuss the Fiscal Year 2018 Tentative Budget.

 

All concerned citizens are invited to the public hearing on this tentative budget to be held at the Administrative Services Center Board Room, 100 North Davis Road Building C, LaGrange, GA on May 8, 2017 at 5:30 p.m.

 

The time and place of the additional public hearing on this tentative budget is at the Administrative Services Center Board Room, 100 North Davis Road Building C, LaGrange, GA on May 15, 2017 at 6:30 P.M.

 

The Fiscal Year 2018 Tentative Budget is set to be approved at the regularly scheduled Board of Education Meeting on May 18, 2017. 

04/26/2017: Stop Arm Cameras Added to TCSS School Buses Representatives from Troup County School System, Georgia State Patrol, and the Sherriff’s Office collaborate on the Gatekeeper Systems, Inc. camera system.

On Friday, representatives from the Sheriff’s Office, Georgia State Patrol, and Troup County School System (TCSS) Transportation department gathered at the bus shop to showcase new security cameras designed to protect students as they enter and exit school buses.

Thanks to Gatekeeper Systems, Inc., and the partnership between local law enforcement and TCSS, cameras were installed free of charge. Currently, 10 school buses are outfitted with the new security cameras.

Read entire article here.

05/25/2017: Hollis Hand Raised Garden Funded Through Donor's Choose HHES - Planting Food in Gardens

Fourth grade students at Hollis Hand Elementary are looking forward to picking food from their own garden before the last day of school. Elena Wire, a 4th grade science teacher at Hollis Hand with over 20 years of education experience at the school, wanted to teach her students where fruits and vegetables really come from.

Wire said, “When we study food chains in our science class, the discussion always turns to where do human consumers get their food. My students are always quick to respond ‘from the grocery store!’ or ‘from the refrigerator!’ I wanted them to discover where food comes from through a hands on approach, so that is where the idea of a raised garden came from.”

Read entire article here. 

BWES Stakeholder Meetings - July 11 and July 18 bwes invite

Berta Weathersbee is hosting two Stakeholder Gatherings for families and community members. This will be a great opportunity to share strengths and opportunities for growth for Berta. 

  • Tuesday, July 11 
  • 6 pm
  • LaGrange Memorial Library

or

  • Tuesday, July 18
  • 6 pm
  • Troup Co. Baptist Association
08/03/17: Attendance Matters

Before students walk through the halls for the first time this school year, Troup County School System (TCSS) wants all students, parents, businesses, and community members to know that Attendance Matters – and here’s why.

During the summer planning months, district leaders took a hard look at root causes for student test scores. One of the underlying factors was student attendance. When local high schools were polled about the percentage of students missing seven or more days unexcused, the numbers were staggering:

  • 31 percent of LaGrange High students missed seven or more days unexcused.
  • 36 percent of Troup High students missed seven or more days unexcused.
  • 40 percent of Callaway High students missed seven or more days unexcused.

Read entire story here. 

8/22/17: Academic Success Under Construction

TCSS welcomes the new school year with Academic Success Under Construction
 

09/05/17: Berta Weathersbee Thanks Partners for Backpacks 100 Black Men Shoes

Thank you to 100 Black Men of LaGrange and Emma Hill Manufacturing for their recent donation of shoes to Berta Weathersbee Elementary School. Pictured is Principal Willie Cooks (far left) and Instructional Specialist Christy Nolan (far right) with members of the two organizations. 

 
SUBSTITUTE TEACHER TRAINING

Rescheduled

Rescheduled Workshop Date

Monday, September 25, 2017

Time: 8:00 AM – 1:30 PM

Administrative Services Center (Board Room)

 

Due to the schools being closed for the storm, the previous session was canceled on September 13, 2017.

This workshop is only for the applicants who completed and submitted their application during the time frame of:

July 14 – August 25, 2017

You will receive a reminder email in reference to the rescheduled date of the workshop.

 

Administrative Services Center

100 North Davis Road, Building C

LaGrange, GA 30241

(706) 812-7900

Contact Person: Jeanette Davis

Fall Break on Monday, Oct. 9 and Tuesday, Oct. 10

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Rosemont Elementary Air Sample Analysis Executive Summary

Today, the TCSS received the air sample analysis results from our third party vendor, The Culpepper Group. Testing results indicate that following the remediation process of cleaning, using engineering controls, and structural drying inside of Rosemont, there is not an elevation of airborne mold. Later this week, we will be meeting with our mechanical engineer to discuss permanent solutions to keeping the air dry and we will continue monitoring humidity levels within the building.
 

Select this link to read the Executive Summary Report. 

10/19/2017: Walmart Transportation Donates To Berta Weathersbee Donation

The Lagrange transportation office has chosen Berta Weathersbee Elementary School to receive a $2,773.84 donation as part of Walmart’s commitment to education. Private Fleet truck drivers for Walmart – already among the safest drivers in the country – drove extra carefully during the week from July 22 through July 28, 2017.  For every accident-free mile they drove during that week, the Walmart Foundation made a financial contribution to local schools.

The Walmart Foundation is donating one cent for each accident-free mile driven by the drivers at each Walmart transportation office. 

Read entire article

12/7/2017: Dictionaries For Third Graders Thanks To CLCP CLCP Director

Debbie Burdette, Director of Troup County CLCP (Certified Literate Community Program), recently visited each elementary school to present a dictionary to every third grade student. While she is better known to the young audience as Mama Jama the Storytelling Mama, there was no way she could depart from the groups without sharing a story to get them excited about receiving their dictionary.

 

Burdette’s passion is early literacy and she believes a child knowing more words can help build their vocabulary so they are prepared for the future

Read entire article

11/17/17: Franklin Forest Holds Turkey Decorating Contest FFE - Turkeys
In Mrs. Bruce's Pre-K class at Franklin Forest Elementary students participated in a Decorate The Turkey contest. Students were given a turkey and a letter explaining that this would be a family project. They were to be creative in their decorating the turkey but no food items were allowed. All students received a certificate for participation.

There were three awards given out in the following three categories: 

*Most Colorful award went to Trey Farmer
*Most Realistic award went to Jay Bae
*Most Creative award went to Bartolon Perez
09/20/17: TCSS Celebrates Childhood Cancer Awareness Month dOORS

September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month and Troup County School System (TCSS) nurses decided to ‘Go Gold’ to tackle awareness. Christy Mason, RN Health Care Coordinator for TCSS said a door decorating contest would be a powerful conversation starter to help bring childhood cancer awareness to student and adults.

According to Mason, cancer is the third most common cause of death among children between the ages of 1 and 19. In addition:

  • TCSS currently has ten students that are battling cancer.
  • The most common form of childhood cancer is leukemia.
  • Cancer accounted for seven percent of all childhood deaths in Georgia from 2001-2011.

Read entire story here

08/22/17: Fathers and Sons Bond Over Fishing Trip Fishing Trip

Helping build brighter futures for young men attending Whitesville Road Elementary (WRES) in Troup County has become a reality, thanks in part to Jerome Cofield. Cofield, a Troup County School System Paraprofessional at WRES, launched what he likes to call ‘Empowerment Wednesday’.

Each Wednesday, male students who are in the program wear a red or blue tie or bow tie, white buttoned-down shirt, and khaki pants. The expression, according to Cofield, is to help students understand what proper attire is when they leave their home. The red or blue tie they wear has become a symbol throughout the Troup County community, and within their group, as a sign of respect and esteem.

Read entire story here.

07/24/17: Georgia Milestone Assessment Scores Released Test Scores Released

the Georgia Department of Education released assessment scores for school systems throughout the state. The Georgia Milestones (GMAS) is a more rigorous assessment than the previous CRCT evaluation system. GMAS End of Grades was administered in grades 3-8 and GMAS End of Course was given in grades 9-12. GMAS results are not comparable to CRCT results.

GMAS assesses student learning on four performance levels, compared to three on CRCT. These designations aim to shift the focus away from just test scores, instead capturing the progression of students’ learning:

Beginning Learners

Developing Learners

Proficient Learners

Distinguished Learners

Read entire story here

 

05/24/2017: Troup County School System Celebrates Retirees Darden Family

Last week the Troup County School System (TCSS) hosted their annual Retirement Reception at Rosemont Baptist Church. With over 150 friends, family and co-workers in attendance, the church donated the facility, provided the food and set up the venue with decorations. During the event, 44 school employees were honored for their time and expertise in improving the lives of Troup County students. The total years of these individuals in education mounted to more than 1,150 years combined.

Read entire article here.

04/25/2017: Callaway High Student Named 2017 Georgia Scholar Grace poses with Principal Jonathan Laney

Last week at the monthly meeting of the Board of Education, Troup County School System (TCSS) recognized over 50 seniors for various honors such as Valedictorian, Salutatorian, Star Student, and Distinguished Honor graduates. One student was recognized in several of these categories, and was also honored as a 2017 Georgia Scholar – Grace Summers.

A senior at Callaway High, she is planning to major in engineering when she heads to college. As drum major of the school’s marching band, she was also named the school’s Star Student and Valedictorian.

Read entire article here.

05/24/2017: Ethel W. Kight Elementary School welcomes ESOL parents for student recognition EKES - ESOL Honors Day

For several weeks, many schools have hosted Honors Day to give kudos to students who excel. This year, Ethel W. Kight Elementary hosted the English Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Honors Day where 41 English learners in Kindergarten through fifth grades were awarded.

During the ceremony, Ethel W. Kight ESOL teachers Mr. Thomas Moat and Mr. Anton Flores presented each student with their certificates. When Mr. Moat was at the podium, he told the parent and staff attendees, “The relationships I have built with the children have established a lifetime of learning. They learn from me and I learn from them.” In addition, he thanked the parents for their encouragement and help as their students learned to master a new language.

Read entire article here.

07/20/17: Troup County Tapped for Innovative Best Practices

The Bringing Innovative Best Practices to Scale project recently tapped Troup County School System (TCSS) as a district to study as part of their country-wide project initiative. TCSS is the first district in the nation to be selected for this honor based on the district’s system-wide dedication to innovative practices focused on student learning and achievement.
 

 

08/01/17: School Supply List School Supply List

 
School begins Thursday, August 10 and Troup County schools are preparing for students. If you are ready to shop for your child(ren) school supplies, here is the list:   

ELEMENTARY SCHOOL SUPPLY LIST
MIDDLE SCHOOL SUPPLY LIST

   

 


 

06/20/17: EKES Hosts Berta Weathersbee Summer Enrichment Camp
Thanks to Ethel W. Kight Elementary for hosting Berta Weathersbee Elementary students during their summer enrichment program. The students receive transportation to Ethel W. Kight Elementary while their home school is being renovated with fresh paint, new kid-friendly furniture, and cleaning up is scheduled to take place outside of the building.
 
Ann George, also a teacher @ BWES, is the program director. She said, “We already have one student who passed his reading goal in the second week of the program." There are three other elementary schools hosting summer enrichment as well -- Ethel W. Kight, West Point, and Whitesville Rd. In this video, Tiffany Martin, Kindergarten teacher at Berta Weathersbee Elementary, helps two students with literacy skills during the summer enrichment program.

09/19/17: Nicole Kennedy Talks Attendance

September is Attendance Awareness Month and Nicole Kennedy, TCSS Parent Engagement Coordinator talks about why attendance is important; especially in the lower grades. 

 

 

 

10/06/17: Harlem Wizards Wow Students During Fundraising Basketball Game Harlem Wizards

Last night, the World Famous Harlem Wizards added some trick hoops and alley ‘OOPS’ to the evening as Franklin Forest Elementary and Ethel W. Kight Elementary hosted a joint basketball game fundraiser for technology, flexible seating in classrooms, and other student-centered activities against the show team.

Before the big game, players visited the elementary schools to introduce themselves, raise awareness about the community fundraiser, and show the excited students some basketball tricks. 

Read entire article here. 

09/01/17: West Point Elementary Celebrates Literacy with Book Fair WPE Book Fair
This year, TCSS focus on literacy extends throughout the county. Recently, students at West Point Elementary enjoyed the Scholastic Book Fair. The book fair, which is held once in the fall and again in the spring, allows students to purchase a wide variety of books, educational games, and school supplies.
 
Proceeds from the sale go to the school and are used to purchase books and other equipment.
08/21/17: TCSS Prepares for New Elementary School on South Davis Road New ES

On Thursday, the Board of Education voted to accept the Guaranteed Maximum Price (GMP) Package from Carroll Daniel Construction Company for site work at the New Elementary School to be located on South Davis Road. This package includes site work in preparation for roadways, foundation work, electrical, water and sewer, and site improvements for the new school.

The New Elementary School, which has not been named, is scheduled to open August 2018. The construction and building of the facility was approved in the Education SPLOST 5 which was approved by Troup County residents in May 2016. 
 

12/06/17: CNN Photojournalist Visits Middle School AV/Film Class News

CNN Photojournalist, Rich Brooks, recently gave the students at Gardner Newman Middle School a lesson in camera operation and videography. While visiting Mrs. Abbott's Audio Visual and Film class, he brought his professional equipment he uses to capture news stories and documentaries from around the world. As a 36-year-veteran Photojournalist, he was able to give the students some up-close and personal anecdotes to camera operation and career experiences. 

 

 
11/17/2017: Stake In The Ground For New Elementary School New Elementary School

As students and staff of Whitesville Road Elementary School (WRES) gathered under a large tent to drive stakes in the ground for their replacement facility, parents and community members gathered as well. It was obvious that construction was well underway after an August groundbreaking ceremony was cancelled due to weather. The new Stake in the Ground Ceremony certainly made up for the rescheduling as it was held in the midst of a fresh breeze and sunny skies.

Over 50 community members, Troup County School System (TCSS) students, staff, and administrators filled the area on the grounds of South Davis Rd where the new campus will be housed.

Read entire article 

10/18/2017: My Driver, My Safety Hero My School Bus

This week, Troup County School System (TCSS) is joining in with districts across the nation to celebrate the ones who get students to school and home safely – The Transportation Department. This recognition is designed to highlight the many transportation employees across the country as well as bring students, parents, faculty, and others in the community together to learn the importance of school bus safety.

 

This year’s theme is My Driver - My Safety Hero. Dr. Jeffrey Turner, TCSS’s Transportation Director said, “Our transportation men and women work hard all school year and it is good to have this week designated to them. They receive recognition from the schools they serve, and it helps keep them going.”

Read entire article

12/12/2017: THINC Students Create Exhibit For Veterans THINC Heroes Among US

When Ken White, Social Studies instructor at THINC College and Career Academy (THINC), decided to make a move from corporate training and running his own business into educating high school students, he said he really did not think the difference would be too great. So at the age of 52, he made the big transition, and after two years at THINC, he has found educating teenage students and helping them find their own way makes all the difference.

 

“Well, I know soft skills and I know history. Coming from the business industry, I understand the type of workplace skills the students need to succeed. I am also a history buff. Those two things made me feel like this was the right thing to do…even when everyone said I was crazy,” White laughed.

Read entire article 

12/14/17: LaGrange High Celebrates Academic Success

– At the November Troup County School System (TCSS) meeting of the Board, there were a group of LaGrange High School (LHS) Varsity soccer players that filled the front of the room for one reason – the entire boys and girls team’s received a 3.25 or higher GPA. While this news received national coverage, the 30 soccer players represented only a small number of the LHS 1,163 student body that has seen an increase in academic scores.

 

Let’s go back to the beginning of the 2016-2017 school year. Principal Alton White, along with student leaders and the entire freshman class gathered in the auditorium to sign their name on a graduation gown as a sign of agreement to graduate.

Read entire article 

12/21/17: TCSS on Winter Break Until the New Year

Troup County School System offices and schools will be closed for the winter break on Thursday, Dec. 21st. There will be a professional learning day on Wednesday, Jan. 3rd. Students will return on Thursday, Jan. 4th. 

Have a Fun and Safe Holiday! 

 

 

 

12/11/2017: LaGrange High School Teacher Helps Students Chase Their Dreams Chase Wilson

LaGrange High School’s (LHS) Chase Wilson helps students chase success in his Geometry class and on the cross country team where he serves as head coach. As a 2012 graduate of the Granger Nation, he brings his personal experiences and love of sports into his efforts. “I like the opportunity to serve in a position that allows me to influence students and help them develop into better men and women,” said Wilson.

He sees the ultimate goal for each of his students is for them to be equipped with knowledge and experience that helps them make a positive impact on not only society, but the world. He believes they can do this socially, academically, and professionally. 

Read entire article 

12/21/17: THINC's Spanish Students Translate Their Written Books THINC Spanish Books

Students in Dr. Sue Forrest’s Spanish class at THINC College & Career Academy (THINC) took project-based learning to an elementary level when they visited the students at Ethel W. Kight Elementary School last week. Last school year they were challenged to write a book in English and then translate it to Spanish.

Now, they have been able to get young learners involved. As they entered the English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) classroom, they were excited about reading their personal stories to the students. One student, Haley Rippy, a sophomore at LaGrange High and THINC, enthralled them with a book about volleyball. 

Read entire article here.

10/18/2017: Callaway Elementary's Art and Music Program Receives Donation Helping Kids Succeed

On Friday, the founders of Jack Straw Entertainment stopped by Callaway Elementary school to present a check for the school’s music and art programs. The donations are a result of the annual Summer Jam fundraiser to benefit Music & Arts in Troup County.

 

The event, hosted by Barron Wood, Zak Knight, and Jason Weldon, is made possible by sponsors like Hughston Clinic and Fuller’s Farmers Insurance Agency. In addition, they accept donations to help benefit the locally chosen school.

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10/04/17: Students Focus on Careers in Manufacturing and Mechatronics Career Focus

Choosing a career path can be a difficult decision for students who are still in high school; however, THINC College & Career Academy gives freshman and sophomore students in the Troup County School System (TCSS) the opportunity to explore various educational fields that may help make that decision easier. Each year, THINC hosts students and businesses that focus on a particular industry. The purpose of the meet-up is to introduce students to local career opportunities.

Read entire story here. 

11/10/17: Amanda Kelley Loves School and Family Events Amanda Kelley and Family

Parent engagement month continues throughout November. Amanda Kelley loves to get involved by attending school events that are family fun and friendly. She knows having fun at school shows her daughters she cares. 

11/29/2017: CFO of Troup County School System Named to GASBO Board Byron Jones

During the annual meeting of the Georgia Association of School Business Officials (GASBO) in Augusta, GA., Troup County School System’s (TCSS) Chief Financial Officer, Byron Jones, was named a Director to the Board. He was selected from over 400 attendees from around the state and will hold a two-year term. 

As a member of the GASBO Board, he hopes to bring insights and views of how the organization can benefit all school districts throughout the state. With over 180 school districts, Jones believes they can build an enhanced information platform that will be valuable for all districts. While GASBO is a state-wide organization, Jones feels he will have the opportunity to share local insights and views that will help other educational systems build upon their successes. 

Read entire article 

12/01/17: CHS Students Selected for HOBY Leadership Seminar HOBY

Recently, Ayden Brooks and Kelsey Wessinger were selected by CHS faculty and administrators to represent Callaway High School at the Hugh O'Brien Youth  (HOBY) Leadership Seminar at Agnes Scott College in Atlanta this June.

Students are selected based on their leadership potential & their citizenship. HOBY's mission is to motivate and empower individuals to make a positive difference within our global society, through understanding and action, based on effective and compassionate leadership.  

11/17/2017: Troup High Teacher Caitlyn Snyder Caitlyn Snyder

Caitlyn Snyder believes in teaching her Exceptional Education students at Troup High School (THS) self-advocacy skills and life lessons that provide them independence beyond the classroom. “It is important for my students to advocate for themselves. They need to communicate their needs and wants, so that is what I teach in my class,” she says. 

 

As an Exceptional Education instructor and first year teacher at her Troup High alma mater, she teaches a small class of six to eight students who may need additional assistance with everyday activities. She doesn’t view her students as special needs, “I know they have the ability to learn, and they do. 

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8/21/17: Troup High Students Can Win a Car for Good Behavior, Attendance and Grades THS Car

As Troup County School System (TCSS) new attendance policy builds momentum, some schools and community partners have found a ‘vehicle’ to encourage students to be on time, in attendance, and have positive behavior.

Today, Troup County Comprehensive High School (THS) announced a partnership with KIA of LaGrange to give away a car at the end of the school year. The winning student must have good grades, good attendance, and good behavior.

Read entire story here.

 

08/30/17: No School Monday, Sept. 4th Labor Day

Happy Labor Day! No school on Monday, September 4th. 

09/19/17: Harrison Lawson Selected as Senate Page

U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., has selected Harrison Lawson, a high school junior at Troup High School, to serve in the U.S. Senate Page Program in Washington, D.C. “I’m glad to welcome Harrison for this unique experience in Washington,” said Isakson. “As a U.S. Senate Page, he will have a front-row seat to see how our government works, and I hope that it will serve him well as he plans for his future.”

As Georgia’s senior senator, Isakson is allowed to appoint one Senate page from Georgia per session and there are typically four sessions per year – fall, spring and two shorter sessions over the summer. 

Senate page duties include preparing the Senate chamber for sessions, delivering legislation and correspondence inside the Congressional compound and distributing statutes and amendments on the Senate floor. Senate pages who serve in the fall and spring also must attend academic classes each morning at the fully-accredited U.S. Senate Page School before reporting for duty on the Senate floor.

Lawson maintains a 4.28 grade point average. Over the summer, he attended Georgia Teen Institute at Oxford College of Emory University in Oxford, Ga. Lawson served as president of his sophomore class and is a leader in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) program. He is also a member of the Academic Bowl team, the History Club, the Student Advisory Club and earned a region championship as part of the school’s One Act Play Competition. He is the son of Shannon and Jonathan Lawson.

6/20/17: TCSS Students SLAM into Summer Learning SLAM Camp

Last week, close to a dozen Troup County School System (TCSS) high school students got to SLAM into summer learning during the week-long Students Learning About Manufacturing camp hosted by local businesses and held at THINC College and Career Academy.

Duracell, Mountville Mills, KIA, and Milliken all stepped up and opened up their doors for SLAM students to learn about the manufacturing field. Each day when students arrived at THINC, they received an introduction to Robotics and had an opportunity to work on their robots, which would be in a friendly week-ending competition.

Read entire article here.  

07/11/17: TCSS Wins Several Innovation Fund Tiny Grants Reading Bus Winners

Earlier this month, Governor Nathan Deal announced 39 awardees for the Innovation Fund Tiny Grant program. Troup County School System’s (TCSS) Jungle Bus, headed by the Parent Engagement department, along with Long Cane Middle School have received three of those grants amounting close to $30,000.

“As we move further into rigor and relevant learning this school year, these funding opportunities will help us provide a greater school choice experience for middle school students and it will impact a community of future students through literacy,” said Dr. Cole Pugh, TCSS Superintendent.

The Innovation Fund Tiny Grant program is a competitive grant opportunity that provides funding to traditional public schools, charter schools and school districts to help implement small-scale programs that directly engage student.

Read entire story here. 

08/01/17: School Starts August 10th School Starts Slow Down

As students return to school, the Georgia Department of Education and State School Superintendent Richard Woods are urging motorists to use caution when approaching a school bus and to brush up on the law regarding passing a school bus.

According to Georgia law, vehicles traveling in BOTH directions must stop when a school bus activates its stop-arm on a two-lane road or a multi-lane road with no median or barrier. Vehicles traveling in the same direction as a school bus must always stop, but motorists traveling in the opposite direction can proceed (with caution) when there is an unpaved median or concrete barrier separating the opposing lanes.

Read entire release here. 

05/23/2017: Callaway High School Fishing Team Enters Finals CHS Fishing Team

Earlier this month the Callaway High School Fishing Team qualified for the Georgia Bass National State Classic Championship in Hiawassee, GA. This is the first qualifier tournament the team has participated in. Both students, Matthew Freeman and John Reed Batchelor are coached by Charles Freeman.

Coach Freeman, who is also a teacher at Callaway Elementary, stated, “I am proud of our duo and their accomplishments this first year. We have started off with great momentum. Besides triple qualifying for the State Classic, Matthew Freeman represented the team in the 2016 Georgia State Open High School Bass Championship and the Big Fish contest on West Point Lake. He finished first in both competitions.”

Read entire article here.

Senior Spotlight - LaGrange High's Te'a Winston Te'a Winston - LaGrange High

Te’a Winston stands out among her peers and it’s clear to see why, with her infectious smile and clear decision on studying Communications while minoring in Biology at Kennesaw State University.

The avid softball player credits the Biology spin to her LaGrange High Anatomy Instructor, Dr. Russell Murphy. Of Murphy, Winston says, “I love learning and he is always there to remind me there is always more to learn. That pushes me to want to learn more. He made me like Science.”

Read more about Te'a Here

Senior Spotlight - Troup High's Joshua Wreyford Joshua Wreyford

Named Troup High School’s Star Student, Joshua Wreyford has been focused on his goals for a while. He challenged himself early on to be a full-time dually enrolled student during his senior year. And he’s taken on the challenge with no hesitation.

Of the decision to take advantage of courses on the campus of Columbus State University, he says, “I wanted a head start (of going to college) because it is a lot of money and dual enrollment is a free program offered by the state of Georgia.” He is currently enrolled in five college courses and last semester, he was enrolled in four. The workload does not bother him because he knows the more he gets done now, the less he will have to pay for later. 

Read more of Joshua's story here.

05/16/17: Norma Fannin Named Nurse of the Year Nurse of the Year Norma Fannin

When looking at Norma Fannin’s petite stature, one would never guess she was a former truck driver, but when the 18-wheeler she was driving broke down in the middle of nowhere, she knew it was time to get back to nursing. Of the experience she says, “I always loved big trucks, so I took a break from nursing to do something different. When that truck broke down, I knew it was time to start back practicing nursing again.”

Read Norma's Story Here

Senior Spotlight - Troup High's Edwina Basilio Troup High - Edwina Basilio

“I’m driven and I’m determined to be the best me I can be despite my difficulties,” said ROTC’s Major, Freshman Flight Commander, Expected General, and Executive Officer; Edwina Basilio. As a member of Troup High School’s JROTC, Edwina knows that pushing through will get you through. As a young girl, she began having medical complications. Later, she was diagnosed as having two bone marrow issues, Aplastic Anemia and PNH. These are rare disorders that causes red blood cells to break down sooner than they should. The person she credits as helping her through these difficult health times is her mother, Yolonda Basilio Smith.

She credits Ms. Nichelle Wimbush for being a good mentor, “Both women play a huge role in my life. Ms. Wimbush is always there for me. When I was in the hospital, she came to see me. When I’m at school she makes sure I’m eating right and not slacking in my classes. That is important to me, because she shows she cares.”

Read Edwina's story here

6/19/17: TCSS Educators Prepare to Teach Medical Detectives Middle School Class Option Medical Detectives Training

Who said teachers didn't work summers??? Well, some of the Troup County School System (TCSS) Science and Social Studies teachers are getting prepared to teach new elective courses and state standard changes. Starting in August, middle school students will have student choice class options that are geared to their interest. Classes like Medical Detectives, Chess, and SAT Prep will be offered. In TCSS's high schools, a renewed focus on career pathways like Robotics, Fine Arts, Engineering, and Healthcare will be offered as well. 

Here, middle school teachers Lisa O'Neal, Courtney Agurs, and Tiffany Graham are participating in a "Testing the Senses" lab during training at Auburn University for the new TCSS elective class, Medical Detectives. This is just one of the exciting new programs that will be offered in TCSS schools in the fall!

School Registration Dates are Now Available! Grad Hat
High School Registration: 
Wednesday, July 26th  from 12:00 - 6:00 p.m. (9th and 12th grades)
Thursday, July 27th from 12:00 - 6:00 p.m.  (10th and 11th grades)
 
Middle School "Early" Registration:
Monday, July 17th - Thursday, July 20th from 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
 
Middle School Registration:
Tuesday, August 8th from 10:00 a. to 6:00 p.m.
 
Elementary Registration and Meet the Teacher Day:
Thursday, August 3rd 12:00-6:00 p.m.
 
08/14/17: TCSS Adjusts Afternoon School Release Time for Solar Eclipse Eclipse

In order to bring clarity to the Troup County School System (TCSS) community members, the district is listing August 21st dismissal times. After TCSS reviewed a solar eclipse simulation, it indicates the event is scheduled to have the most impact in Troup County between 2:30 pm - 2:40 pm. That time frame overlaps TCSS elementary school release times; therefore, the district has adjusted schedules to reflect optimal student safety. For the safety of students and staff, TCSS is providing age-appropriate and relevant indoor educational resources and activities to optimize this historic event.
 

August 21st Release Schedule
Elementary Schools 3:00 pm
Middle Schools 4:15 pm
High Schools 4:00 pm
The HOPE Academy 3:00 pm
THINC College & Career Academy 3:30 pm 


If a student is absent or receives early check-out to witness this rare occurrence with family, an excused absence will be granted upon a written consent from the parent or guardian. Parents should follow their child’s school procedures for early check-out times. 

 

07/10/17: THINC Robotics Students Tops at National Competition THINC SKills USA

Recently, robotics students from THINC College & Career Academy were ranked among the top in the nation after competing against thousands of teams in the SkillsUSA National Championships in Lexington, Kentucky. The THINC team of Devin Joyce and Shay Griffin earned second place in the Humanoid Robotics category. And the team of Grace Ingram and Savanna Scott – the first all-female Mechatronics competition team in history – took 5th place in Mechatronics. 

Read entire story here.

New Staff Induction

New Staff InductionTCSS welcomes new teachers Monday, July 17th at 7:30am for New Staff Induction.

NOTICE OF PROPERTY TAX INCREASE

The Troup County Board of Education has tentatively adopted a 2017 millage rate which will require an increase in property taxes by 1.90 percent.

 

All concerned citizens are invited to the public hearing on this tax increase to be held at Hogansville Elementary School Auditorium, 611 East Main Street, Hogansville, GA on July 10, 2017 at 10:00 A.M.

 

Times and places of additional public hearings on this tax increase are at West Point Elementary School Auditorium, 1701 East 12th Street, West Point, GA on July 10, 2017 at 6:00 P.M. and Administrative Services Center Board Room, 100 North Davis Road Building C, LaGrange, GA on July 17, 2017 at 6:30 P.M.

 

This tentative increase will result in a millage rate of 18.850 mills, an increase of 0.351 mills. Without this tentative tax increase, the millage rate will be no more than 18.499 mills. The proposed tax increase for a home with a fair market value of $125,000 is approximately $16.84 and the proposed tax increase for non-homestead property with a fair market value of $100,000 is approximately $14.04.
 

CURRENT 2017 TAX DIGEST AND 5 YEAR HISTORY OF LEVY

09/18/17: CHS Student Ambassadors Encourage Voting CHS Student Ambassadors

Dressing up as the Statue of Liberty is one of the perks of being a Secretary of State Student Ambassador. Layten Robinson, a Callaway High senior, knew it would draw attention to the groups polling tent during a recent Friday night football game. Robinson, along with eight other Callaway High (CHS) students, were named Ambassadors by their teachers. This is a great honor according to Ranise Hobbs, a senior, “our teachers nominated us based on our grades and as future leaders.”

The purpose of the Ambassador program is to engage students and the community in registering to vote. Lewis says, “It is also about the importance of people understanding why they should register and why they should vote.” Robinson shared the same sentiments and added, “We increase political efficacy and political involvement within our community.”

Read entire story here.

TCSS Partners in Education Make a Difference

Thank you to our Partners in Education! Your support of the Troup County School System help us reach our goals and students reach success. Some partner activities include mentorship, providing funding for literacy initiatives and positive behavior initiatives, allowing students to tour work facilities, and providing externship opportunities for our teachers. We appreciate you! 

 

10/03/17: TCSS Celebrates Georgia Pre-K Week news

This week, Troup County School System (TCSS) joins Voices for Georgia’s Children in celebrating the 25th anniversary of Georgia’s Pre-K Week.

This program was the brainchild of Governor Zell Miller in 1992 and has grown from serving 750 children in its first year to approximately 81,000 annually. Launched seven years ago, Pre-K Week draws attention to Georgia’s Pre-K Program by giving hundreds of state, business and community leaders a chance to visit Pre-K centers and witness quality early learning in action.

Read entire story here.

10/10/2017: Young CMS Ladies Engage in Self-Awareness and Empowerment Classes Imagine, Believe, and Achieve

For a number of years, Communities in Schools (CIS) has been a part of providing programs and success outcomes to Troup County School System (TCSS) students. The main goal of CIS is to surround students with a community of support and empower them to stay in school and succeed in their future. Last week, at a Callaway Middle School CIS meeting, June Nelson stepped in to mentor 20 young ladies about their future.

 

Callaway Middle School’s CIS Site Coordinator, Stephanie Williams, recognized the need to have young ladies engage in self-esteem and empowerment classes. 

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10/11/2017: Jungle Bus Helps Impact Early Literacy In Troup County Reading Ranger Reads To Kids

Jungle Jama and her friend Reading Ranger pulled up in apartment complexes and school parking lots driving a jungle-themed school bus. Their purpose, you ask, was to put a book in children’s hands in hopes of impacting early learning. Starting in Hogansville, the mobile bookmobile also came to LaGrange and will soon travel to West Point.

 

The Jungle Bus, a design concept created by THINC College & Career Academy students, has been seen rolling to community events like Rotary Club, Law Enforcement Night Out, Partners in Education Appreciation Breakfast, and planned visits to local apartments during the school day. 

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08/29/17: THINC College & Career Academy Business Partners Welcome Students Pep Rally

Last week, THINC College & Career Academy business partners welcomed students into the school with claps, cheers, and a pep rally. This is the the third annual business partner pep rally. Following the pep rally, many of the partners were invited guests into classrooms where they talked about their profession.  

12/11/17: Third Grade Students Make a Graduation Pact with Literacy Director

Earlier this month, each third grade student in Troup County made a graduation pact with Debbie Burdette, Troup County CLCP Executive Director, before she handed each one of them a free dictionary. Better known to the young learners as 'Mama Jama the Storytelling Mama', they enjoyed the story of how the individual dictionaries made it to their school. 
 

 

11/16/2017: Holocaust Museum at Gardner Newman Holocaust Museum

When Amanda Pack attended the Georgia Council for Social Studies’ annual conference last month, she didn’t expect to bring a museum to Gardner Newman Middle School (GNMS). Just one month later, through her connections and networking at the conference, the Mustangs now have a Holocaust museum living in their media center.

 

Pack, who teaches 6th grade Social Studies and Current Events for 7th and 8th grade students at GNMS, met with the field education team from Kennesaw State University, she found they had traveling exhibits and one of them focused on an area that touched several subjects – The Holocaust Museum.

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11/10/2017: LHS Student Art (Teen Maze) winner. Terry Franklin

When the freshman students of Troup County School System (TCSS) walked into a party at the Callaway Conference Center, they were dancing to the music, laughing at jokes, and enjoying refreshments. Then TiShari McFarland of the Troup County Health Department stepped in to stop the music and introduce the students to Teen Maze.

Each year, TCSS partners with the Health Department to host the interactive event where students participate in a real life ‘maze’ of decisive events that will decide if they will graduate based on the experiences and consequences of their choices throughout the day’s events. 

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10/17/2017: Reeling in Great Accomplishments Fishing for Greatness

Just one month into the new season and the Callaway High School Fishing Team is establishing themselves as a competitive fishing force. Their most recent accomplishment was winning the West Point Lake Championship sponsored by Ken Bearden Fishing, where they were awarded overall “Best in Weight”. Callaway came out on top as 13 high schools and 54 anglers tested their skills in a qualifier for the State Tournament scheduled for November 18-19, which will launch from LaGrange’s Highland Marina.

 

Callaway’s Matthew Freeman captured first place and won the Big Fish Award which qualified him for that state tournament. 

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12/20/17: Education SPLOST 5 Updates Troup High Athletic Facility

Thank you to Troup County for your support of Education SPLOST (ESPLOST) 5. This is a summary of current ESPLOST updates and future projects. 

ESPLOST 5 Updates Summary

12/19/2017: Two Troup County Students Win Handball Championship Handball Championship

When Troup County students Mason McCartney, a Troup High freshman, and Logan Wegienka, a sophomore at LaGrange High, joined the Handball Wheelchair team, they were looking to win. The students, even though they are rivals because one is a Tiger and one is a Granger, came together for the win.

And that is exactly what they did when they joined the West Georgia Wolverines and vied for the state championship in handball.  

McCartney, a member of the Troup High Air Force JROTC and a tenor sax player in the school’s band said, “I am glad I was provided the opportunity to play a challenging sport that would be more difficult with my disability.

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11/9/2017: THINC Fast Fast (THINC)ING

THINC College & Career Academy students had to “THINC Fast” during a recent speed interviewing event. Volunteers from 30 local businesses conducted nearly 1,000 mock job interviews with THINC students. The workshop gave students, many of whom had never interviewed for a job, the opportunity to practice their skills and receive input from their interviewer.

Similar to a speed dating format, each student spent seven minutes with an interviewer before moving on to the next one. Interviewers were provided a list of 30 behavioral questions to use as a guide, with topics including teamwork, time management, motivation and values.

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11/01/17: Callaway High School's One Act Play Drama Team Wins Region One Act Play

The Callaway High School One Act Play Drama Team recently swept the Region competition. Best Actor went to, Ian Bryan, Best Actress went to Alyssa Freeman, All Star Cast was Gabe Wooldridge and the Callaway team won the Team Region Champions. The next competition will be for state on November 4th. Congrats CHS!

11/06/17: Troup County Natives Speak to Berta Weathersbee Students Berta Speakers

It was great Red Ribbon Week at Berta Weathersbee. Community guest speakers encouraged the 3rd-5th grade students. Troup County natives David Kelton and Dr. Ralston Major, M.D. also entertained the students with stories.

Kelton, who played major league baseball, spoke to the students about the importance of hard work and a good attitude and Major, a surgeon at Clark-Holder Clinic, spoke to them about studying hard and pursuing their dreams. Red Ribbon Week is a drug prevention program held annually at the school.

11/15/2017: Local Teacher Named State Advisory Teacher Council Christina Cooper

First year HOPE Academy teacher and Troup County School System employee, Christina Cooper, was surprised when she received the announcement that she was one of 90 teachers in the state of Georgia to be named to Georgia’s School Superintendent Teacher Advisory Council. Her work was noticed, and she was subsequently nominated, by Georgia Department of Education’s Gary C. Wenzel, PHD, who is the Operational Support Specialist for the Division of Schools and District Effectiveness.

 

Cooper will visit Atlanta several times throughout the school year to share her expertise on education and issues that are important to teachers. 

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11/8/2017: Childhood Author Visits Local Schools Reading and Learning

When well-known children’s author Patrice McLaurin entered West Point Elementary, her bouncing personality and hair grabbed the third and fourth grade student’s attention before she even began to speak. As the morning’s guest speaker at West Point Elementary and Berta Weathersbee, she pulled out her rolling cart that housed everyday inventions and greeted the students before she even brought up her bestselling book Have You Thanked an Inventor Today?

While the bubbling students thought she was there to read, she came with a larger purpose – to share inventions. 

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12/08/17: Ken White Shares Story of Changing Careers at 52

Ken White, Social Studies teacher at THINC credits his grandfather with instilling in him the passion to teach history. 
 

 

LaGrange International Festival

LaGrange International Festival

Visit beautiful downtown LaGrange on Saturday, September 9 from 3 pm to 7 pm for the LaGrange International Festival.  Music, Food and Fun for the whole family!

09/18/17: BWES Principal Willie Cooks Shares Discipline Stats

During last weeks 'Tearing of the Tape' ceremony, new Berta Weathersbee Elementary principal, Willie Cooks, cited some glowing statistics experienced within his first month at the helm of BWES, “Suspensions have decreased by 99.4 percent compared to last year…and student referrals have decreased by 50 percent since this time last year.” Cooks noted the students want to learn and any behavior issues that may happen are handled quickly. Another Berta student agreed by saying, “I don’t have to worry about bully’s because I can tell my teacher and she will handle it.”

 

10/16/2017: Recipe For Success National School Lunch Week

When Troup County School System (TCSS) students returned to school after fall break, their cafeteria experience was a little different. Decorations of measuring cups, crepe paper, and decorated pineapples, pumpkins, and skeletons greeted them as they walked through the food service line. This week, October 9-13, highlights National School Lunch Week with a theme of ‘Recipes for Success’.

 

While this week will emphasize the healthy foods that are offered daily within TCSS, the nutrition staff has taken an opportunity to highlight other qualities that make for student success. At Franklin Forest Elementary a chalkboard sits on a skeleton chef’s lap and reads:

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10/10/2017: Representative Randy Nix Entertains Franklin Forest Elementary Students By Reading Randy Nix Reads To Franklin Forest Elementary Classroom

Today, Georgia House of Representatives member Randy Nix elated over 60 Pre-K students at Franklin Forest Elementary in Troup County School System (TCSS) as he took time to read books and sing songs with several classes in honor of the 25th Anniversary of Georgia’s Pre-K Week. This is a time where hundreds of local and state leaders have a chance to visit Pre-K centers, witness early learning, and invite literacy into learning.
 

The Chairman of the Ethics Committee stated, “I have volunteered to do this for eleven years. I have read to many classes and schools throughout Troup County because this is one my favorite things to do.

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09/29/17: TCSS Career Opportunities Page Under Construction Under Construction

The Troup County School System Human Resources Department is implementing a new HR Management system called Munis. While this system is being implemented, our HR specialists are working to improve the Career Opportunities webpage. It will be available on October 23rd. 

09/27/17: TCSS Graduation Rate Moves Up

The Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE) released its 2017 Four-Year Cohort Graduation Rates today. Overall, Troup County School System (TCSS) saw a 1.1 percent increase from 2016. The system rate showed a greater rate of increase, at 6.6 percent in three years, while the state of Georgia has a 1.7 percent increase in the same amount of time. There were a total of 898 TCSS graduates.

The TCSS graduation rates are as follows:

  2015 Graduation Rates 2016 Graduation Rates 2017 Graduation Rates
Callaway High 67.2% 74.9% 78.5%
LaGrange High 70.7% 74.7% 79.9%
Troup High  75.8% 80.9% 78.0%
TCSS 71.4% 76.9% 78.0%
Georgia

78.9%

79.2% 80.6%

Read the entire story here. 

07/12/17: EKES Receives Kudos from GaDOE on PBIS EKES PBIS at Board

Recently, Ethel W. Kight elementary school in Troup County was given kudos as a Georgia Positive Behavioral Intervention and Supports (PBIS) operational school from the Georgia Department of Education.

PBIS is a school wide approach to creating a positive and safe climate in which all students can learn and grow. This is the second full year of implementation of PBIS at Ethel W. Kight and the tiered system of support for discipline and positive behavior reinforcement is making headway. 

Read entire story here. 

Notice of Millage Rate Hearings - TCSS is NOT requesting an increase in 2017 Millage Rates

The Troup County Board of Education is not proposing an increase to the current millage rate of 18.85. The millage rate last year was 18.85, and the millage rate being proposed for this year is also 18.85. If the assessed value of your existing real property remains the same as the previous year, then you will see no change in taxes for school purposes. The language used in an advertisement with the Troup County News and on troup.org (below) is a state requirement and can not be altered. If you have questions, please feel free to email info@troup.org or attend one of the public hearings.

PROPERTY TAX INCREASE PRESS RELEASE

07/07/17: ESOL Students Attend Summer Learning Enrichment esol students

This summer, Troup County School System (TCSS) hosted the English Language Learners Summer Academy for over 50 English Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) students within the county. Within TCSS, 18 languages are spoken so it is important to provide a learning environment where students of other languages can learn together in various settings while using engaging methods to help them connect to the English language. 

Read entire story here.

06/21/17: TCSS Employment Trends Data Presentation @ Board Meeting Retention

Earlier this month, Chief Human Resource Officer Sequita Freeman, provided an update on Troup County School System Employee Trends. Within the report, it was noted that:
 

  • In Georgia, 47% of teachers leave the profession within five years. 
  • TCSS exit survey results noted retirement was the number one reason for leaving the district (41%).
  • TCSS exit survey results noted 87% of employees were satisfied with their position.
  • There is no significant difference between TCSS and GA retention rates. 
  • Some schools showed an increase in attrition more than others.
     

Read the entire report here.

06/12/17: House Bill 251 - Transfers

Under House Bill 251, a state law enacted in 2009, a parent or legal guardian of student in Troup County Schools may request to transfer the child to another Troup County  Public School for the upcoming school year. Before the transfer is allowed, the school district must determine that classroom space is available, that teacher allocations at the school are appropriate and all assigned students have been enrolled and scheduled. Please see the attachments below for details. 

Applications are due by Friday, July 7, 2017. 

TCSS Space Availability

House Bill 251 Parent/Guardian Information

House Bill 251 Application

8/14/17: State School Superintendent Advisory Task Force Call for Applicants

State School Superintendent Richard Woods is seeking middle and high school students to serve on his 2017-2018 Student Advisory Council. These students will meet with Superintendent Woods to discuss the impact of state policies in the classroom, along with other issues related to education, and will serve as the Superintendent’s ambassadors to their respective schools.

Applicants must be enrolled in a Georgia public middle or high school for the 2017-18 school year. To apply:

Pre-K Forms Due Prior to August 3, 2017

Pre-K Forms Required

The following documents must be on file in the Pre-K office prior to; "Meet the Teacher” on August 3, 2017. 
• Immunizations Form 3231
• Eye, Ear, Dental and Nutrition Form 3300
• Social Security Card (if not turned in at registration)
If you have not turned in these documents to the Pre-K office, please call 706-812-7900, ext. 1151.

05/17/17: TCSS and HMH Celebrates Read 180 Educator Lynn and 4th Grade Students

Today, the fourth and fifth grade students at Rosemont Elementary gathered in the gymnasium, along with the family and friends of Lynn Thrailkill, Rosemont Elementary fourth grade teacher. They were there to celebrate Mrs. Thrailkill’s win for the Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 180 Educator Award.

Earlier this month, Troup County School System (TCSS) received the news that Mrs. Thrailkill was one of five teachers across the country being recognized for this award. What made this honor so outstanding is that the school system implemented Read 180 only nine months ago. 

Read the full story here

Senior Spotlight - Callaway High's Iyanla Mosley Iyanla Mosley - Callaway High

When Iyanla Mosley is in Mr. David Curtis’ Callaway High School science class, she feels at home. “Mr. Curtis has helped me to understand and really like science. He is a good teacher and he cares for his students.” 

She has been playing the trumpet since she was in the 6th grade, but plans to hold off her first year of college when she will be yelling ‘Roll Tide’ in the fall as she heads to the University of Alabama where she will major in Biology. 

She plans to continue into the medical field as she hopes to one day become an optometrist and open her own practice.

Read Iyanla's Entire Story Here

Senior Spotlight - LaGrange High's Jadarius 'JD' Young Jadarius Young

When Jadarius ‘JD’ Young talks, you can tell he is grateful for his family and friends. He thanks them for where he is today. 

After four years of playing linebacker for the Grangers, he received a scholarship to Point and will continue to play football and major in Criminal Justice. When he is not on the field, he volunteers with youth groups at church and Camp Viola.

Coach Dialeo Burkes is a standout mentor for him. “I have a lot of teachers that stand out to me, but Coach Burkes has been there for me. His mindset is to always keep going, always push yourself. I can go and talk to him about anything. He has been a good role model to me and I can talk to him about anything.”

Read Jadarius' Entire Story Here

 

05/17/17: Seamless Summer Option Feeding Program Tackles Kids Eating Lunch

In April, the TCSS Board of Education approved The Seamless Summer Option program, which is a partnership between the Troup County Parks and Recreation and TCSS. This program will allow for an extension of the School Breakfast Program and the National School Lunch Program. With this, students will be able to receive breakfast and lunch in selecct locations during the summer months. Locations and times vary throughout the county.

Seamless Summer Option Feeding Location and Times

New Employee Self Service Portal Now Available Employee Benefits

Troup County School System is proud to offer a new employee self service portal (ESS) through a Tyler Technologies program called Munis. Within the ESS portal, employess will be able to view and print paystubs, change information on W-4 or G-4 forms, and view leave information. Employees must access the new Munis ESS portal for information after July 1, 2017.

The link for the new ESS is above, but will be accessible from the 'Quick Links' under 'Employees' after August 10, 2017. As we transition from the old benefits system portal, there will be more access to different features in the new ESS. We will communicate those options as they become available. The previous benefits systems portal will be available until October 1, 2017. 

Accessing ESS One Pager
Accessing ESS - PPT

6/21/17: Junior University Students Attend Enrichment Camp Junior University

Over the past two weeks, close to 200 rising 6th thru 8th grade Troup County School System (TCSS) students roamed the halls of THINC College & Career Academy as they participated in the Junior University Summer Enrichment Program (Junior University). The purpose of Junior University was to enhance middle school student learning through advanced studies and hands-on experiments.

The enrichment experience, led by TCSS employees, fostered collegial support for students who are pursuing a more rigorous course of study throughout the regular school year. The curriculum focused on science, technology and robotics, engineering, math and foreign language. In addition, a new course in Technical Theatre was offered. The students designed a set, set up a stage, and placed lighting for a play. 

Read entire story here. 

TCSS Benefit Education Sessions

Troup County School System's Finance Department will host Open Enrollment Benefit Sessions for all interested TCSS employees. Discussions will cover the 2018 SHBP plan designs, rates, how to select the proper coverage, wellness, telemedicine, and a general overview of Troup County Schools’ benefits and plan updates on other benefits. The full list of dates, times, and sessions are below.
 

TCSS Open Enrollment Benefit Education Sessions List

09/15/17: Berta Weathersbee Tears the Tape BWES Collage

Recently, the faculty and staff at Berta Weathersbee Elementary (BWES) welcomed over 50 parents, students, and community members, as they ‘tore the tape’ and welcomed everyone in to witness the new renovations that have taken place at the school campus.

The makeover started in the spring as new security doors were installed and a new entrance to the building was assembled. Throughout the summer months a complete overhaul ensued which included new paint and carpet throughout the facility, worn carpet was removed from the gym floor and new flooring was inserted. One student commented that, “we no longer have to worry about carpet burns on our knees. We like playing and learning in the new gym.” There is also a new mural in the gymnasium that was painted by the physical education instructor. 

Read the entire story here

11/15/2017: American Education Week American Education Week

Troup County School System (TCSS) will join the National Education Association, National PTA, and National School Public Relations Association in getting social for American Education Week beginning November 13. 

 

The organizations will highlight education activities through the hashtag #PublicSchoolsForAll. TCSS will go one step further in showcasing school activities and district priorities related to literacy on their social sites such as Facebook and the district website. Literacy is one of the top three priorities for TCSS, along with Rigorous and Relevant Instruction and Creating a Culture of Success. District leaders believe showing literacy initiatives that are taking place in the classroom is a great fit for this week of informing the community about public schools. 

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11/02/17: TCSS Sees Rise in Climate Score Ratings ccrpi

Moving the needle on student achievement may seem like an easy feat, but if you ask Debra Brock, Principal of Whitesville Road Elementary, she can tell you that it takes an entire community for a school to show gains.

Just two years ago, the school received a score of 55.8 out of 100 on the College and Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI). This score placed them on a Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE) watch list. Today, after the GaDOE released the 2017 CCRPI scores and climate star ratings, the students and staff of WRES can celebrate because they are now the second highest scoring school within Troup County School System (TCSS) with a total of 80 out of 100 points. 

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11/07/2017: TCSS Parent Involvement Hogansville Elementary Parent Involvement

With twins at Hogansville Elementary, Felicia Sloan makes sure she is present for parent conferences. She makes them a priority and schedules it on her calender. She says it is important to hear from her kid's teacher. 

10/31/17: Principal Jonathan Laney Shares Best Practices for Student Success Laney - Student Success

Troup County School System employs the best and brightest. Last week, Principal of Callaway High School, Jonathan Laney, represented Troup County as one of four speakers during the Partnering in Student Success meeting in Macon, Ga.

Mr. Laney traveled with the Exceptional Education team to be a part of the event. He truly has a passion to ensure all students are provided opportunities for success.  

12/19/17: Honour Hendricks Takes CHS One Act Play to Victory Honour Hendricks

Callaway High School’s new Drama Director, Honour Hayes Hendricks loves seeing her student’s excitement as they perform on stage. As the yearbook advisor and a first year educator, she has made Troup County her choice for employment. 

Recently, Hendricks and her One Act Play Drama Team swept the Region competition and were honored at the December Board of Education meeting. When she is not guiding her students in a One Act Play, you can find her and Jeremy enjoying the lake, going to see plays, attending Bible study, or playing with their fur baby, Zuzu. 

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11/14/17: Krystal McFarland Believes in Online Communication Krystal McFarland

For Krystal McFarland and her son, Christion, at Callaway Elementary, she likes to check all online sources to keep up with classroom and school updates. 

11/2/2017: Kristy Reynolds Says Get Involved by Knowing Your Child's Teacher Callaway High School Parent Involvement

Kristy Reynolds is the mother of two daughters. She likes to get involved in their education by getting to know the teachers and faculty. She loves CHS because she says the staff and administration is eager to form unity with parents and the community. 

11/6/2017: LHS Boys and Girls Soccer Teams Academic Performance Award LHS

Last week, the students from LaGrange High School’s boys and girls soccer teams received some outstanding news. They were named one of only six high schools in the state of Georgia – and 47 in the country – to be named as a team/school for exemplary performance in the classroom.

This means that each member of the boys soccer team and each member of the girls soccer team at LaGrange High had a GPA of 3.25 or higher. The High School Team Academic Award winners are announced each year through the United Soccer Coaches Association. This award highlights academic performance during the 2016-2017 school year. Congrats to both teams! 

 
 
09/01/17: School Bus Safety Poster Contest School bus Safety

Do you know a student in grades K-8 who loves art? Here is a chance for them to do something creative, fun, and possibly win! The Georgia Association for Pupil Transportation (GAPT) is hosting a School Bus Safety Poster Contest. The theme is: My Driver – My Safety Hero!

The purpose is to help students learn about school bus safety through art. Submissions must be received by Friday, Sept. 22nd so they can be sent to Ga Dept. of Education. Rules and submission information is below. 

2017 Georgia School Bus Safety Poster Contest

2017 National School Bus Safety Poster Contest

Send all submissions to:

turnerjp@troup.org

Dr. Jeffrey Turner, Transportation

100 North Davis Rd., Building B

LaGrange, GA 30240

 

06/14/17: Troup County School System Backs Berta

Late last week, an article highlighting Top 10 Schools for fighting listed one Troup County School – Berta Weathersbee Elementary. While the listing highlighted 2016 data, the Troup County School System (TCSS) is responding in a resounding way through ‘We Back Berta’.

08/02/17: Substitute Teacher Training - Applications Accepted Online

SUBSTITUTE TEACHER TRAINING

Applications Accepted Online

July 14 – August 23, 2017

Workshop Date

September 13, 2017

Time: 8:00 AM – 1:30 PM

    Administrative Services Center (Board Room)     

 

05/09/2017: Local Teacher Receives National Read 180 Educator Award for Improving Student Literacy Mrs. Lynn Thrailkill reading with students

Today Lynn Thrailkill, Rosemont Elementary fourth grade teacher, learned she was named a recipient of the 180 Educator Award.

This award recognizes five teachers across the United States for helping struggling students build their literacy, vocabulary and word recognition. The 180 Educator Awards, now in its eleventh year, honors educators who help children overcome personal and academic obstacles to achieve reading literacy. The chosen teachers also demonstrate an unwavering commitment to improving the lives of struggling learners.

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School System to Purge Old Gifted Records

The Troup County School System will purge records of gifted students who graduated in May, 2016.
 
Gifted students/their parent or guardian may claim their gifted records by calling the Exceptional Education Center at 706-812-7939 by June 30, 2017.  Unclaimed records will be destroyed after July 1, 2017.
 
Records will be released to former students or their parent/guardian only.  A photo ID is required.

11/13/17: Mike Pauley from LaGrange High School wins 5 AAAA Athletic Director of the Year. Mike Pauley

When the votes were tallied for the Region 5-AAAA’s top athletic director (AD), a Troup County School System (TCSS) honoree was named – Coach Mike Pauley from LaGrange High School (LHS). This is the second year in a row for a TCSS athletic director to win as Troup High’s Robert Schweizer was chosen for the honor last school year.

 

To be named the Region 5-AAAA Athletic Director of the Year, Pauley submitted a biography when the top two AD’s were chosen. After that submission, a group of Pauley’s peers chose him as the winner.

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11/2/2017: Students Celebrate With Frios Gourmet Popsicles YAY Frios

Students in Mrs. Watts’ 1st grade class at Franklin Forest Elementary recently received a pop of dessert after lunch thanks to a competition the class won from Frios Gourmet Popsicles. The owners, Matthew and Lynsey Oleson, recently held a social media competition that named Mrs. Watts’ class the winners of free Frios. During Matthew’s visit to help the students choose their favorite flavors to enjoy during a playground break, he said that the Frios Gourmet Popsicles have fresh fruit and some have dairy.

 

“This is just one way we give back to the community while letting people know we are here in LaGrange,” said Matthew who is a 2007 Troup High graduate. Thanks to our Partners in Education, Frios Gourmet Popsicles!

 
 
11/13/17: Children's Book Author Visits WPES

Thanks to Patrice McLaurin for sharing about young inventors with our West Point and Berta Weathersbee students!