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11/12/18: Happy Veterans Day from TCSS!

appy Veterans Day to all of the brave men and women who have served our country. Thanks to the staff and students at Berta Weathersbee Elementary for honoring our veterans! 
 

 

SURVEY for Superintendent Search Stakeholder Input is Now Available

If you are unable to attend a Superintendent Search Stakeholder meeting this week, please take a moment to complete this short and anonymous online survey powered through SurveyMonkey. 

Stakeholder Input - SURVEY

11/13/18: Troup County School System Thanks Veterans

Thanks to all of our men and women who have served in the armed forces. 

TCSS Announces Stakeholder Meetings for Superintendent Search

The Troup County School System (TCSS) Board of Education announced a series of superintendent search stakeholder meetings to be held next week. Consultants from McPherson Jacobson, LLC, an executive search firm, will conduct each stakeholder meeting for the purpose of gathering suggestions from TCSS employees and community members on the qualities they desire in the next Superintendent of Schools. 

11/07/18: Rep. Randy Nix Tells His Memory of a Teacher Making a Difference

Rep. Randy Nix and the Georgia House of Representatives are all sharing how teachers make all the difference. He shares his memories of his 3rd grade teacher, Mrs. Avis Tidwell, in this video:

Rep. Nix - Mrs. Avis Tidwell

11/13/18: Cynthia Blackmon Stays Involved with Berta's PTO Blackmon

BWES Grandmother, Cynthia Blackmon, is posing with her grandsons Zycorious Dandy and Marquez Anderson.  Cynthia stays involved as a grandmother by serving as Berta Weathersbee Elementary School's PTO Secretary.  She also comes to as many school events as possible and encourages other families to be involved, too!

11/05/18: Shannon Lawson Uses This Philosophy to Raise Her Son Harrison Lawson

Shannon Lawson is the proud mother of Harrison Lawson, a senior at Troup High School.  Shannon shared that she has followed the words of Proverbs 22:6 when raising her children - "Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old, he will not depart from it."  She feels that these words are her most important job as a parent. She knows that partnering with her children's schools over the years has paid off in great dividends!

11/01/18: TCSS Celebrates Parents PAC

Communication is key when it comes to parent engagement says a group of over 30 parents who rolled out of bed to have their voices heard at an early morning meeting sponsored by Troup County School System (TCSS). Once a month, the Parent Advisory Council (PAC) meets to share ideas and information that helps parents and the school system maintain an open line of communication between the two groups.

Read entire story here. 

10/31/18: Safety Table Top Brings Emergency Teams Together Table Top Exercise

“When a fire alarm is activated in your building, what is the protocol? Do all the students jump up and run outside or do they wait for an all clear from administrators before being escorted out of the building?” That was the question Lt. Eric Lohr with the LaGrange Police Department (LPD) asked over 45 Troup County School System (TCSS) employees at a recent Safety Table Top Exercise.

Read entire story here.

10/31/18: Lunch Bunch Book Club Brings Reading to Life Lunch Bunch

Once a week April Sandford, Media Specialist at Hogansville Elementary, welcomes a group of 6-10 fourth grade students around movable desks so they can read and discuss their chosen book. The group is called ‘The Lunch Bunch’ because they bring lunch to the book club sessions that are held in the media center. Sandford has been hosting the club for the past four years.

Read the entire story here.

10/29/18: CCRPI Scores Released

A few years ago, the Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE) was looking for a tool to measure how well its schools, districts, and the state are helping students succeed. The tool that was chosen is the College and Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI). Today, GaDOE released the 2018 CCRPI scores for Troup County School System (TCSS) and other public education systems around the state.

Read entire article here.

10/30/18: American Home Shield Sponsors AULT Students for Pizza Ault

Congrats to the 18 Ault Academy students that were a part of the October PBIS Celebration. They ate at Your Pie in LaGrange. The event was sponsored by American Home Shield, their Partners in Education. Ault administrators said, "Despite the rain, the students were excited to get off campus. We thank American Home Shield (AHS) and Mrs. Lori Smith from AHS for sponsoring the event for our students."

10/30/18: Thanks TCSS Principals

Thank you to all our wonderful TCSS Principals! 
 

 

 

 

10/10/18: Shannon Gipson - Employee Profile Shannon Gipson

Shannon Gipson joined Long Cane Elementary (LCES) seven years ago. Now, as a first grade teacher, she says she still loves the family atmosphere that drew her to Troup County School System. “I previously worked with a small school system that embraced a family atmosphere. I saw that among the staff at Long Cane Elementary when my family and I moved here in 2008,” she said. Coming from a small town in Arkansas, Gipson added, “My own personal children were loved and encouraged. I could see myself as a member of that kind of group which is why I am teaching in Troup County.”

Read full story here

Hurricane Michael Update - Wednesday, October 10 @ 3:45 p.m.

Weather update: At this time, all school related activities are to be complete by 6:00 p.m. this evening. TCSS officials attended a meeting with local emergency management systems at 12:30 pm. Troup County is not under the Governor’s Emergency Declaration. At this time, all Troup County School System offices and schools are on a regular schedule.

If there are any schedule changes, we will send communication via One Call Now, Facebook, and troup.org.

10/09/10: TCSS Tailgate - Thanks to all of Our Partners

 

 

10/08/18: Dale Jackson, Jackson Services, Talks Partnership

10/05/18: TCSS Teams Up with WGTC and Goodwill Deldria Turner

Chanelle Foster never imagined she would learn Forklift Driving skills as a participant in her paid 12-week Career Ready Workshop, but she learned that - and more - thanks to a partnership brought to Troup County School System (TCSS) between Goodwill Industries of the Southern Rivers (GoodwillSR) and West Georgia Technical College (WGTC). “Driving a forklift was fun. I was able to bond with everyone in the class and that was a new experience for me. It was better than I thought it would be,” said Foster.

Read entire story here. 

10/02/18: One-to-One Rollout

10/02/18: Amanda Wilson - Employee Profile Amanda Wilson

When Amanda Wilson walked into her interview at Hogansville Elementary almost three years ago, she was surprised to find two students sitting across the table from her. She knew at that moment Hogansville was the place for her. She says, “I was very moved by the value the school was placing on their students’ opinions. I knew immediately that this was where I belonged.”

Read entire story here

09/24/18: #TCSSFuture

09/19/18: TCSS Graduation Rates Rise

 

 

This year, TCSS saw a lift in graduation rates - over six percentage points from 2017. In addition, we witnessed a rise in student sub-group graduation rates such as economically disadvantaged, students with disabilities, black, and multi-racial students. Altogether, 84.1% of students who entered 9th grade in the fall of 2014 earned their high school diploma in 2018. 

Read entire story here

09/07/08: Two TCSS Teachers Awarded Mollie Lukken Scholarship Lukken

Congratulations to Trissa Nerowski of Clearview Elementary and Beverly “Nikki” Crawford of Hogansville Elementary. Both special education teachers were recently honored at a Junior Service League meeting when they received the 2018 Mollie Lukken Memorial Scholarship.

Nerowski is nearing completion of a doctoral program at Northcentral University and Crawford is pursuing her master’s degree at the University of West Georgia.

09/06/18: TCSS Joins in Attendance Awareness Month Celebrations

This month, TCSS is joining a nationwide force of school districts across the country to celebrate Attendance Awareness Month. It is designed to raise community awareness about the value of regular school attendance in hopes of reducing chronic absenteeism.  The school system recognizes that good attendance is essential to academic success and enhancing learning potential. let’s all work together to make sure all students attend today so they can achieve tomorrow!

08/22/18: CMS Students Discover Outer Space with Google Glasses Technology Google Goggles

Mrs. Rachel Monroe enjoys using technology in her classroom at Callaway Middle School. Recently, he took his students on a solar system field trip with Google goggles. They are learning about the history and changing theories of the solar system. The class used the goggles to venture into outer space and discover their place in space!

5 More Reasons to Choose TCSS

Here are five more reasons why TCSS is the best!
 

 

5 Reasons to Choose TCSS

Troup County School System has tons of different reasons why our school system is the best. Here are five:

 

 

 

08/09/18: TCSS Welcomes Students Back to School

Was anyone else anxious about Day 1 of school? Our employees, students, parents, and community members were full of hope, smiles, laughter, and hugs as the doors opened. Here is what that looked like around our district!

08/10/18: TCSS Educators Prepare for One-to-One Rollout During TCSS Summit

This week while preparing classrooms and lessons for students, teachers had the chance to sit in some of the same seats that will be occupied when school is back in session as all Troup County School System (TCSS) educators gathered at LaGrange High for the technology-driven TCSS Custom Summit led by EdTechTeam.
 

 

08/06/18: Welcome Back All TCSS Employees!

We are so happy to have our staff back prepping the classrooms for students, hosting transportation and nutrition employee meetings, learning about incorporating technology into lessons, and having an all around good time!

Select the photo to see the video of B2S for TCSS Employees.

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TCSS High School Registration

It's registration time in Troup County School System. Elementary registration is Friday, August 3rd and Middle School Registration is Tuesday, August 7. Click through for a video of High School Registration:

08/01/18: Clearview Elementary Special Viewing

Clearview Elementary School is ready to welcome staff tomorrow and students on August 9th. Click through to view a video of the new facility!

08/02/18: TCSS Partner in Education, Caterpillar, Gives Back to Schools Caterpillar Supply Drive and Pugh

Thanks to the Caterpillar ESAT Team (Employee Satisfaction Action Team). They are a plant-wide group composed of employees from all support areas who look for opportunities to plan fun events that encourage teamwork and allow employees the chance to give back to the community.

During the month of July, they hosted a School Supply Drive. The employee's children decorated the boxes that held the many supplies. TCSS appreciates our business partners!

Read entire article here

Nichole Jones Follows Her Passion to Callaway High Nichole Jones

It was not too long ago that Nichole Jones was seen in the hallways of LaGrange High School as a member of the cheerleading team, step team, and Grangerettes. Now, she has put up those blue and white pom-poms in exchange for a whiteboard and badge to teach at Callaway High School.

Nichole said her future starts today because, “You always have to build forward and take the next step. It can be in your career, in your personal life, in your family choices; no matter what, you have to find that place and build upon for your future. Troup County School System is doing that for me.” 

Read entire article here.

07/27/18: GaDOE Releases Georgia Milestone Assessment Scores

When the Georgia Department of Education released assessment scores for school systems throughout the state today, Troup County School System (TCSS) leaders were already in discussions about improving student achievement.  TCSS uses the summer months to review Georgia Milestones Assessment System (GMAS) results and make instructional adjustments.

Read entire release here 

TCSS Welcomes New Employees

This week, over 120 teachers and staff descended upon Troup County School System (TCSS) to begin New Staff Orientation (NSO). The purpose of NSO is to acclimate new employees to the TCSS mission, goals, culture, and rules and procedures. For new teachers, two out of the four days were focused on Rigor, Relevance, and Relationships. The remaining days covered items such as benefits, curriculum, new teacher induction, evaluation instruments, and an overview of the school system.

Welcome to all new TCSS Employees. We are glad you are here to help provide educational opportunities that inspire learners to be Independent, Successful, and Happy!!!
 

 

 

07/11/18: TCSS Teachers Bring Outdoor Educational Experience Into Classroom Outward Bound

When eight teachers from across Troup County School System (TCSS) trekked into the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina to participate as members of Outward Bound, they had no idea how their backpacking experience would impact their physical strength, emotional fortitude, or classroom teachings.
 

Read entire article here.

Registration Information & Forms

Early Registration: July 10-12 & July 16 -19, 8:00-4:30 (closed for  lunch 12:30-1:30) in front office

Regular Registration: July 26-12th-8:30-11:30; 10th & 11th-12:30-4:30; 9th-5:30-8:30 in large gym

Complete registration forms (below) & bring them with proof of residency (property tax record, property deed, mortgage document, security deed, lease document, rent receipt or current electricity bill) to registration. Parents must be present for students to register. Bring $10 activity fee & any other money needed for fees or fines.

Registration Forms:

Affidavit of Residency

Attendence Protocol

Checkout Policy

Health Form

Occupational Survey (English & Korean)

Occupational Survey (English & Spanish)

Media Release & Consent

Parent Portal (page 1)

Parent Portal (page 2)

 

 

 

 

 

TCSS Registration Dates

Registration Dates

Summer Feeding Locations

Troup County School System is offering the Seamless Summer Option (SSO) as an extension of the School Breakfast Program and the National School Lunch Program. It allows for school districts to continue to feed students while they are out of school during the summer. 

Seamless Summer Feeding Sites

NOTICE OF PROPERTY TAX INCREASE

The Troup County Board of Education has tentatively adopted a 2018 millage rate which will require an increase in property taxes by 0.95 percent.
 

All concerned citizens are invited to the public hearing on this tax increase to be held at  Administrative Services Center Board Room, 100 North Davis Road Building C, LaGrange, GA on June 18, 2018 at 10:00 A.M.
 

Times and places of additional public hearings on this tax increase are at Administrative Services Center Board Room, 100 North Davis Road Building C, LaGrange, GA on June 18, 2018 at 6:00 P.M. and June 28, 2018 at 6:00 P.M.
 

This tentative increase will result in a millage rate of 18.850 mills, an increase of 0.178 mills. Without this tentative tax increase, the millage rate will be no more than 18.672 mills. The proposed tax increase for a home with a fair market value of $125,000 is approximately $8.54 and the proposed tax increase for non-homestead property with a fair market value of $125,000 is approximately $8.90.
 

Current 2018 Tax Digest and Five Year History of Levy
Press Release Announcing a Proposed Property Tax Increase

 

Notice of Millage Rate Hearings - TCSS is NOT requesting an increase in 2018 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.

Press Release Link

Summer Transition Program for Freshmen

In an effort to make the transition from middle school to high school easier for our freshmen, we are offering a summer transition opportunity called High School 101.  This program will allow students to become familiar with the campus, get to know their schedule, meet some of our teachers, and get a head start on some academics.  To sign up for High School 101 click here.

High School 101

           

 

06/07/18: HB 251 Application

Troup County School System parents and legal guardians of kindergarten through twelfth grade students may request a transfer to another school in the district under House Bill 251. If granted, the transfer will be in effect for the 2018-2019 school year. 

All applications and supporting documentation must be received by July 6, 2018. All mailed applications and supporting documentation must be postmarked by July 6, 2018. 
 

School Available Grade Level w/Available Space
Hogansville Elementary 5th
Ethel W. Kight Elementary 

1st, 5th

Hillcrest Elementary  1st, 4th, 5th
Hollis Hand Elementary 4th, 5th
Berta Weathersbee Elementary 1st, 3rd, 4th
West Point Elementary 1st, 3rd, 4th, 5th
Gardner Newman Middle 8th

HB 251 Parent Information Letter

HB 251 Transfer Form

HB 251 Availability Listing

The Office of Student Assignment is open for registration all summer Monday-Thursday 7:00 am - 5:30 pm. 
 

OSA

06/06/18: AdvancED Engagement Review Report (Preliminary) AdvancED Snagit

In February 2018, the TCSS was visited by an external AdvancED team consisting of professional educators trained in conducting organizational reviews of educational institutions on an international level. The team’s visit to TCSS was a culminating review of the district’s improvement process and compliance with legal and ethical policies and standards.

 

During their visit, the AdvancED team interviewed 421 individuals including board members, administrators, teachers, other school personnel, students, parents, and business representatives. District and school administrators spent nearly a year preparing for the AdvancED visit. This work included engaging stakeholders in reflecting on performance and processes as well as providing compliance documents through a digital portal according to an established timeline.

 

AdvancED recently provided their findings in a preliminary Engagement Review Report.  An AdvancED committee will finalize the report later this month; however, we do not anticipate significant changes.  Commendations and recommendations for improvement can be found in the below documents.   

AdvancED Engagement Review Summary
AdvancED Engagement Review Report (Preliminary)

TCSS Purging Old Gifted Graduate Records

The Troup County School System will purge records of gifted students who graduated in May, 2017.
 
Gifted students/their parent or guardian may claim their gifted records by calling the Exceptional Education Center at 706-812-7939 by June 30, 2018.  Unclaimed records will be destroyed after July 1, 2018.
 
Records will be released to former students or their parent/guardian only.  A photo ID is required.

Troup High School Graduation Time Moved to 6:30 P.M. THS Graduation

Due to forecasted evening weather conditions, TCSS is moving the Troup High School graduation time to 6:30 p.m. at Callaway Stadium. Graduates will need to report to the stadium by 5:45 p.m. to line up for the ceremony.

If it is lightly raining, we will move forward with the ceremony at 6:30 p.m. If the weather is inclement at that time, we will delay the ceremony until it clears.

We will be updating the Troup County School System Facebook page with details as they become available. 

Graduation Rain Plan

As TCSS continues to monitor weather conditions as it relates to holding graduation at Callaway Stadium, every attempt will be made to host the ceremonies in the stadium. We understand this is an important milestone in the student’s life so moving the ceremony to an indoor location is a last resort. This will limit the number of family members who will be able to attend.

 

At graduation practice, each senior will receive a limited number of tickets in the event the location is moved indoors due to weather conditions. The decision to move or delay the ceremony will be made at the last minute (appx. 2 hours before ceremony).  

Read entire article

Inclement Weather Statement regarding Graduation

Every effort will be made to host Callaway High School’s graduation ceremony at Callaway Stadium. However, if the weather does not allow for graduation to be held at the stadium, graduation will be moved to Faith Baptist Church. In the event graduation is moved to Faith Baptist Church, each senior will receive 4 tickets. No one will be admitted without a ticket. If the ceremony is held at Faith Baptist Church, it will be livestreamed via CTV Live Events website at http://www.esenetworks.com/live-events.aspx?id=116438

On Thursday, a decision that is best for everyone concerned will be made as soon as possible. If the ceremony is moved to Faith Baptist Church due to weather, notifications will be made via the school system’s One Call, Callaway High School’s Remind, the Callaway High School website & Callaway High School’s Facebook page. To join Remind, text the message @chsc2018 to the number 81010. #beCallaway

Yearbook Distribution

May 16th is Yearbook Distribution Day. If you ordered a yearbook, please pick it up during your lunch on that day. If you did not purchase before the deadline, there will be a few extras that can be purchased for $70 during lunch only. This is on a first, come first serve basis. No pre-payment will be accepted. 

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING - 2019 Budget Proposal Updates

The Troup County Board of Education announces the dates of two public hearings to discuss the Fiscal Year 2019 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 7, 2018 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 14, 2018 at 6:30 P.M.

 

The Fiscal Year 2019 Tentative Budget is set to be approved at the regularly scheduled Board of Education Meeting on May 17, 2018.

FY 2017-2018 Budget (Current Budget)

FY 2018-2019 Proposed Budget Updates (Tentative Budget)

04/30/18: TCSS Introduces New Brand - Your Future Begins Today New Logo

Some organizations consider branding as ordering business cards and t-shirts with a new logo and font design, but for Troup County School System (TCSS), branding is more than a logo. It is a visual story that creates conversations about a particular brand’s culture – and in this case Yolanda Stephen said that brand is now Troup County School System.

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.

Read entire article 

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

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. 

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

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. 

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

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

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 

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.

 

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.
 

03/13/18: 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.”

Statement on School Walkout Planned for March 14, 2018

Because of the horrible events that occurred in Florida last month many students across the country have been discussing, through social media, ways to effect change and have their voices heard. I understand and respect students' desire to be a part of the solution and their desire to help heal the wounds of these horrific events. My understanding is that many students around the country have discussed different forms of peaceful protests and other actions to gain the attention of lawmakers. I would like to urge those at Callaway High School who wish to be a part of this movement to do so in a way which brings honor to our school and resist the temptation to participate in activities which may send the wrong message to our community.

Callaway High has always been a very safe place. Dangerous incidents at Callaway High School, such as fighting, are as low as or lower than any school in the district and we should all be very proud of that fact. Are there opportunities for improvement? Sure there are. And I would love to work as a partner with the student leadership to discuss any ideas they may have to ensure their voices are heard. It is my hope that the teachers, administration, and I have earned the trust of our students and they know that we will always listen and stand up for them.

Apparently,  a 17-minute long school walk out has been organized by CHS students for tomorrow, March 14, 2018, in order to honor the victims of the Florida school shooting and to bring attention to their desire for change. This walk out is not sanctioned by Callaway High School. However, disciplinary action will not be taken against students who participate if their protest is peaceful, orderly, and short in duration. Students who are disruptive, disrespectful, or uncooperative will be disciplined accordingly. If you have any questions, please feel free to give us a call.

Jonathan Laney, Principal

 

 

Last Chance to Order your Yearbook

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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. 

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

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.”

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.  

Read entire article here

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.
02/12/18: 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."

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
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. 
 

 

 

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. 

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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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. 

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. 

01/03/18: 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.
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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. 

Read entire article here.

 

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! 

 

 

 

12/20/17: 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

Basketball at Troup Cancelled

Due to the possibility of threatening weather, tonight’s basketball games at Troup High School have been cancelled. If you purchased a ticket and would like a refund, see Ms. Allen at her office in the gym today before you leave school. If you would like to keep your ticket, it will be honored when the game is rescheduled. This game will be rescheduled. In the event of hazardous weather tomorrow, a decision will be made at 10am about tomorrow’s games with LaGrange. Presale tickets for LaGrange will be honored if that game is moved due to weather. Refunds for those presale tickets will be given on Monday if the game is cancelled.

Girls basketball players should report to the gym at this time to meet with Coach Martin.

Boys basketball players will receive updates from Coach Hayes.

Please check the CHS facebook pages for updates.

 

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
Schedule Change for Saturday Intersession

Saturday School Change

Due to inclement weather, Saturday School (Attendance Recovery/Intersession) that was scheduled for tomorrow (12/9) has been moved to Saturday, December 16th from 8-12. 

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. 

 

 
Important Information for Upcoming Basketball Games

Attention Cavalier Basketball Fans: The Callaway basketball teams are playing at Troup on Friday, and at home against LaGrange on Saturday. We are selling 250 tickets for each game on Thursday and Friday during lunch for both the away game at Troup on Friday and the home game against LaGrange on Saturday. These pre-sale tickets are $5. When they are sold out, there will be no more released. Tickets at the gate for Friday and Saturday will be $8. When the gym is deemed sold out, no more tickets for the game will be sold until someone leaves. For our home game on Saturday, the JV Girls will play at 1:30, the JV boys at 3:00, the varsity girls at 4:30, and the varsity boys at 6:00. Please remember that when parking, do not block in vehicles or park on the curb in the parking lot or the entrance road. 

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.  

Brooks & Wessinger selected as HOBY Representatives

Brooks & Wessinger selected HOBY reps

 Congratulations to Ayden Brooks and Kelsey Wessinger who were selected by CHS faculty and administrators to represent our 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.

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

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.
 

 

Important Senior Information

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Graduation is fast approaching!  Seniors & parents: Please be aware graduation contracts are due to Mrs. Lawrance in Student Services by Thursday, May 17th.  Please click here for  information regarding graduation dress code, graduation expectations & graduation practice dates & times. 

08/30/18: CHS Student Athletes 'Do the Right Thing' Do the Right Thing

When Derrick Kelley, 1994 graduate of Troup High School (THS) and co-founder of 16 Ways Foundation (16 Ways), walked into the cafeteria of Callaway High School, he was ready to show over 30 student athletes that they can inspire an entire student body through the Do the Right Thing campaign.

The campaign is co-sponsored by 16 Ways and was launched at Callaway High School (CHS) thanks to supporters like Principal Jonathan Laney, CHS coaches, and other school administrators.

Read entire story here.

10/17/18: National School Lunch Week - Nutrition Employees Give to Service Men and Women

Wood named Star Student

Wood named Star Student

Congratulations to our 2018 Star Student, James Wood. Star students are those who have the highest SAT score & are ranked in at least the top 10% of their senior class. James selected CHS Band Director, Adam Wamsley as his Star Teacher. James is pictured here with his mother, Suzyanti Wood & Mr. Wamsley. 

Educational Talent Search Enrollment

 

ETS

Application Link:   Click Here

Submit Photos for the Yearbook

The yearbook staff isn't just making their yearbook...they're making YOURS!  To submit photos download the free eSHARE app to your phone or go online to www.hjeshare.com.  If you have any questions about the eSHARE app or site, go to room 400 for details.

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Order your Yearbook today!

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Order your yearbook using the following steps:

1. Go to yearbookordercenter.com

2. Enter the school code  15356

3. Click buy a yearbook

4. Select by these items

5. Enter Student info

    a. Select student information

    b. If student information does not show, enter manually

6. Click next

7. Click Checkout 

8. Fill out billing information and submit

 

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. 

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05/15/18: Creative Youth Art League Sponsors Art Exhibit Art League

Thanks to the Creative Youth Art League sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of LaGrange who recently held an exhibit at the LaGrange Art Museum. It featured artwork of area high school, middle school, and elementary school students. Pictured here is Alyssa Freeman, CHS, who won first place for photography and a merit award for mixed media.

Daily Announcements brought to you by CTV News

This year our daily announcements are brought to you by our CHS Audio/Video program. To view the announcements daily, click on the CTV News tab in the Quick Links of this website, or visit our CHS Facebook page. See a sample announcement below!

 

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Substitute Teacher Training Wednesday, February 7th

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05/17/18: What Do Students Say About Retirement?

Now that the 2017-2018 school year is ending, we are preparing for employee retirements. We will miss them and we know the students will, too. So, we reached out to the students to get their thoughts on retirement. This is what they had to say!

Book Your Senior Portrait Today!

Senior Portrait Information

10/24/18: Victoria Martin - Employee Spotlight

Thanks to all of our TCSS Bus Drivers!

 

PreK and Kindergarten Registration March 12 - 16

 

Registration Dates

Early Dismissal Dates and Times for Middle and High School Students dismissals

Parents of middle and high school students, you received a One Call Now message with early dismissal days and times for the end of the school year. If you did not receive the message, please ensure that your phone number is updated in the school's system by speaking with the front desk receptionist. 

Early dismissal days and times are as follows:

  • Monday, May 21 @ 12:20 pm 
  • Tuesday, May 22 @ 12:20 pm
     

Buses will be at the middle and high schools to transport students home. All elementary schools will be on a regular schedule.

TCSS Sends RFQ for Superintendent Search Firm Services Logo

The Troup County School System is conducting an analysis for a Superintendent Search Firm to facilitate the Board of Education in their interviewing and employing of a dynamic Superintendent who will manage the school district of approximately 2,000 employees, 12,000 students, and a progressive community. 

Qualified firms should download the Request for Qualifications document here. Responses must be submitted no later than September 5, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. to be considered.

Download - RFQ Document

 

 

AWIM Win for CMS

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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!

04/25/18: Mollie Lukken Scholarship Now Available Trissa
The Mollie Lukken Scholarship is now open for any teacher pursuing graduate study in the field of special education. The deadline is June 1. The Mollie Lukken scholarship is in honor of the Junior Service League founder, Mollie Lukken. She was a leader in the field of learning disabilities.
 
If you are, or will soon, begin pursuing graduate studies in any field of special education, you are encouraged to apply. Past recipients are eligible to apply again. Pictured is past recipient, Trissa Nerowski. The application and explanatory information is available below.
 
10/22/18: City of LaGrange and TCSS Students Talk School Bus Safety

Thanks to the City of LaGrange for their partnership of this School Bus Safety Video! 

 

09/21/18: The Flu - A Guide For Parents washyourhands

Flu season is upon us and there are a number of ways to protect students and staff from passing this virus to others. The easiest and most under-used protection is through hand washing. The flu can be very dangerous for children. Each year about 20,000 children younger than five are hospitalized from flu complications, like pneumonia. 

In this GUIDE FOR PARENTS, there is some valuable information that can help you recognize symptoms and learn how to protect yourself and your child.