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Family Reading Night at LaGrange Mall

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Come join us for this fun family event and support our Media Center at the same time!

Upcoming Events.September 21

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09/24/18: #TCSSFuture

Title I

Our school is a Title I school!  Title I is the largest federal assistance program for our nation’s schools.  An important part of our success is parent participation and support to improve student achievement.  Check with your child’s teacher or our Family Liaison,Vickie Montgomery, if you are looking for ways to get more involved this year!

Touchdown for Reading!

Family Tradition

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When Micheal Lewis joined the West Point Elementary School Broadcast Team, it became a family tradition. His mother Maranda Lewis was on the team when she was a student at West Point Elementary School around twenty years ago. Mrs. Lewis was able to join Micheal recently as a special guest anchor. Mrs. Lewis was a natural, slipping into the role like she did it yesterday, but she did note, however, that the technology has definitely improved since her broadcast days!

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

PAC

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Vickie Montgomery, our Family Liaison, worked with our Parent Advisory Council (PAC) members today to create a play dough representation of their purpose as PAC members. Vickie, Jeb Dunn, LaChelle Jones, and Jennifer Ferrell created these circles to represent the importance of collaborating together with parents, administration, and children for students to be the MOST successful!

Upcoming Events.September 17

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Read for the Win!

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Touchdown Bulldogs! West Point Elementary School is getting in the game with a good book. The Read for the Win reading challenge recently kicked off at WPE with a pep rally complete with music, games, reading cheers, and the Troup High School cheerleaders. During the last  two weeks of September, students can participate in the Read for the Win challenge and score points for reading books on their Lexile level. One book earns a first down and a bookmark, two books earn a field goal and a football pencil, and three books earn a touchdown and a picture on the Wall of Winners. At the end of the two weeks, the class with the highest percentage of points will win their choice of an ice cream or pizza party. There will be one class winner in grades K-2 and one class winner in grades 3-5. 

First Grade Family Lunch

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First graders at West Point Elementary School recently enjoyed a special lunch with their families in the cafeteria. Following lunch the students went back to the classroom while their parents met with the teachers to discuss grade level expectations for the upcoming school year. Teachers reviewed several programs that will be utilized this year including Phonics with a Purpose, guided reading, iRead, sight words, writing, and Symphony Math.

 

To see more pictures from this event, please click here.

September Students of the Month

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West Point Elementary School is pleased to announce their September 2018 Students of the Month. Students of the Month are selected based on their good behavior, good attitude and classroom participation. Congratulations to these exceptional students!

Click here to see the complete album.
 

Book Fair

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Students at West Point Elementary School recently 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. 

Upcoming Events - Week of 9/7/18

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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!

Media Center Statistics

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Cello Lessons

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West Point Elementary School students will soon be making some beautiful music. Thanks to the Strings Attached Project, a collaboration between the Troup County School System and LaGrange Symphony Youth Orchestra, several West Point students will be taking cello lessons this fall. The program utilizes professional instruction on a weekly basis.

Broadcast team Announced

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West Point Elementary School is pleased to announce the members of their 2018-2019 Broadcast Team. Broadcast team members are responsible for delivering the daily school announcements and news. Students serve as anchors, camera people and set technicians. Individuals were selected based on applications, academic performance, public speaking skills, excellent behavior and attendance. 

Upcoming Events - Week of September 3

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Congratulations to our Bus Students of the Month for August!

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Annual Title I Meeting and Open House

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Upcoming Events.August 24

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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.

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

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. 
 

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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).  

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Honors Day Schedule

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Educational Talent Search Enrollment

 

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Application Link:   Click Here

Title I Gold Star

WPE was awarded a "Title I Gold Star" for having excellent parent attendance at the Title I Parent Advisory Council Meetings this school year. Parent and Family Engagement is so important in our schools. Way to go Mrs. Montgomery and everyone who helped make this a success!

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AWIM

West Point Elementary Students recently had a blast using AWIM (A World in Motion) rocket kits sponsored by KIA. The fifth grade students built, tested and modified rockets they made from drinking straws. They tested the straw diameter, length, and weight to try and create the rocket that would travel the farthest.

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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!

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.

Kindergarten Transition Meeting

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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.
 
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 

Long Cane Parent Orientation

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Congratulations!

Way to go first grade! First grade had the most Pawesome Behavior recognitions for the month of March. We are so proud of all of our students and their great character and positive behavior! 

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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!  

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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. 

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

Family Night

 

Students, family and staff at West Point Elementary School recently enjoyed a Family Night. The fun-filled evening kicked off with an art show featuring student work displayed around the school. Parents had the opportunity to attend informative meetings including a GMAS Parent Session and a School Improvement Forum while students enjoyed participating in math games and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) activities.   

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Meet Dash and Dot

Fourth graders are learning to code using the WPE's new Dash and Dot robots. The robots, which support 21st century skills, help foster communication, creativity, and collaboration through engaging play. Two sets of robots were purchased using Scholastic funds from recent book fairs.

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School Improvement Forum

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Family Night

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Pre-K and Kindergarten Registration

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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 

GMAS Meeting

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Title I Parent Survey

Title I Parent Survey! Please use the QR Reader on your phone or tablet to scan the code and complete our Title I Parent Survey. Your response makes a difference. If you do not have a QR Reader you can access the survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/WPES2018.

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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.

 

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.
 

Baby Chicks!

Students in Mrs. Freeman's classes at West Point Elementary School have been learning a lot about baby chicks and the chick hatching process. For the past few weeks, students have waited eagerly for fertilized chicken eggs, which were kept in an artificial incubator, to hatch. Recently 19 chicks made their appearance. In addition to watching the chicks hatch, students earned chick naming privileges based on their own positive behavior. 

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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.”

Read Across America

Students at West Point Elementary School recently celebrated Read Across America Day and Dr. Seuss' birthday with a special visitor. In the morning, Mama Jama surprised students in kindergarten, first and second grades with a special singing and storytelling performance. In the afternoon, the festivities continued with a school-wide Bingo for Books game. Principal Jan Franks called the game live from the broadcast room so students could watch and play from their classrooms. 

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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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Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!

We are looking forward to a "Seuss-tastic" Read Across America Week! Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!

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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.
 

 

Real Men Read

Students in Mrs. Moosman's kindergarten class were recently treated to a special guest reader. Steve Trammell, the Mayor of West Point, and three City of West Point firemen joined more than twenty community volunteers for the school's second annual Real Men Read event, an initiative to help instill a love a reading in students. Each volunteer was assigned to a classroom where they read a story and shared with the children their own personal reading history. The men also told the students how reading impacts them now and how they utilize reading in their careers. A special thank you goes out to all the West Point men who supported this event! Click here to see pictures from the event

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NED's Kindness Adventure

Recently students at West Point Elementary School were treated to an assembly from NED's Kindness Adventure. This delightful performance inspires students to be kind-hearted and caring through storytelling, music and even an interactive video of NED's trip to Kenya. Afterwards, students had the opportunity to purchase a variety of hand-crafted items from artisans in Kenya. A portion from each item sold provides over 100 gallons of clean water for kids in Kenya. Pictured is Jaquan holding some of the hand-crafted items.

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Lexile Levels

Keep reading with your student to help them make their Lexile goal!

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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.
02/05/18: 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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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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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. 

Substitute Teacher Training Wednesday, February 7th

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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.
Parent Advisory Council Meeting

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5th Grade Holiday Program

Early Christmas Surprise

Christmas came early for two lucky students at West Point Elementary School! West Point Vision donated two brand new bicycles and helmets to the school and school administrators drew the names of two winners at random. Congratulations to these two smiling students and thank you West Point Vision.

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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!

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

Donut Decorating Celebration

WPE celebrated the great gains students are making in Read 180 and System 44. Students who met their mid-year Lexile goal were invited to a donut decorating party. They also enjoyed a warm cup of hot chocolate with their donut. WE are so proud of the students’ hard work and dedication to being awesome readers!!

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iREAD Superstars!

Congratulations to these iREAD superstars!

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Thank You Kona Ice

Mrs. Hutchins’ and Mr. Beasley’s classes enjoyed a free sweet treat from Kona Ice. All classes who donated money to the pantry were put in a drawing to win a free Kona Ice. These two classes were the winners! Kona Ice also recently partnered with WPE to raise money for the local West Point Food Closet. A big thank you goes to Mr. Calvin for rewarding our students for their dedication to serving others by raising money for the food pantry.

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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
iREAD Super Stars

Congratulations to these iREAD Super Stars from Mrs. Moosman's Kindergarten class!

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Yum! Learning Math Is Fun!

Yum! Fourth graders in Mr. Beasley's class used cookies (and milk) to demonstrate how improper fractions and mixed numbers are related.

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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. 
 

 

Second Grade Family Lunch

Second graders at West Point Elementary school recently enjoyed hosting their families at lunch in the cafeteria!  Afterward, strategies to help families reinforce learning at home were introduced. Students also used the Chromebook computers to share several learning websites with their families.

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November Students of the Month

West Point Elementary School is pleased to announce their November 2017 Students of the Month. Students of the Month are selected based on their good behavior, good attitude and classroom participation. Congratulations to these exceptional students!

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Wonder Fever!

Wonder fever has struck at West Point Elementary School! In anticipation of the movie Wonder, based on the book by RJ Palacio, students are enjoying a book club to read and discuss the bestselling book about acceptance and kindness. 

 

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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

Heard Reads to Pre-K

WPE Pre-K students received a special treat yesterday. Ms. Zsa Zsa Heard, director of the housing authority, joined our Pre-K students to read a story and deliver the powerful message that our students are great! She opened up her visit by welcoming the class of 2031 to her story reading. Ms. Heard engaged the students in an interesting story and shared how important reading is for them now and for their future. She then presented the classes with a class book as well as each individual students with their own book to take home. WPE would like to thank Ms. Heard for coming to read to our Pre-K students and for partnering with the school to share the importance of early literacy! We would also like to thank the Rotary Club and United Way's Success by 6 program for donating books for our classes and individual students!‚Äč

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Thankful Soup

We have a lot to be thankful for at West Point Elementary School and our kindergartners recently made "Thankful Soup" to prove it! To celebrate the Thansgiving holidays, students brought in vegetables for the soup and plastic knives to chop them. When the soup was done they sat around the table as a class and enjoyed their meal. Each student told something they were thankful for while they ate.

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DAR Essay Contest

Congratulations to Breanna Crawford! She was recently awarded an honorable mention in the 2017 Daughters of the American Revolution Essay Contest.

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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! 

 

 

Free Throw Champs!

Congraulations to all our Free Throw Champs! These students did great in the Elks National "Hoop Shoot!"

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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. 

Read entire article 

We Love Our Parents!

November is National Parent Engagement Month! We love our parents and we appreciate everything you do to support WPE. 

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AWIM

Our students had a great time in Atlanta competeing in the AWIM (A World in Motion) JetToy Challenge. Congratulations on a job well done!

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"Hoop Shoot"

At WPE we are both scholars and athletes! Congratulations to this crew for being selected to compete in the Elks National Hoop Shoot Free Throw Contest. Good Luck!

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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. 

Read entire story here

Character Council Members Named Character Council

West Point Elementary School recently named the new members of the 2017-2018 Character Council. Character Council members are leaders at the school and are chosen based on teacher recommendation, attendance, responsible behavior and good attitude. Dennis Medders, principal at Troup High School, was the special guest speaker at the induction. Congratulations to these outstanding students!

WE Parent Survey

Please help our school by taking a few minutes to complete our WE Parent Survey. Thank you!

www.wesurvey.org

password: C17GATCWPE

Making Learning Relevant Sales Ad Math

Fifth grade student recently used weekly sale ads from Kroger to make purchases within a budget and practice adding and subtracting decimals. Thank you to Kroger in Lagrange for donating these weekly ads for us to use.

Coach Wallace Named 2017-2018 Teacher of the Year Coach Named Teacher of the Year

Congratulations to Coach Bryan Wallace, the 2017-2018 Teacher of the Year. Coach Wallace, who is in his 18th year of teaching, has been coaching at West Point Elementary for his entire career. He grew up in a family of eduactors and always knew that teaching was what he wanted to do. He earned both his undergraduate and graduate degrees from Jacksonville State University. His first field day is one of his favorite teaching memories. He states, "When I saw all the smiles on the student's faces, that is when I knew I was in the right profession." Thank you Coach for your years of service!

WPE Family Dedication and Ownership: 3rd Grade Family Lunch 3rd Grade Family Lunch

West Point Elementary School was teeming with excited 3rd grade students this past week as they eagerly awaited to meet their family members in the cafeteria for 3rd grade family lunch. Family participation in the family lunch sessions has been excellent this year. Families and students in kindergarten, fourth grade, and third grade have all had the opportunity to eat lunch together and learn great tips on how to support students at home. It is this strong connection between home and school that bridges the two environments. We are very grateful to have such wonderful families who support the learning of our students here at WPE. Without the dedication and support of families, our students will not be able to fully reach academic and social goals. WPE is honored to serve the students and families in our community. We look forward to the upcoming first, second, and fifth grade family lunch sessions. If you are a family member of a student in one of these grade levels, please join us for family lunch on the grade level’s designated day. WPE would like to thank all of our families for their continuous dedication and ownership in the success of our students!

Third Grade Makes Pollution Catchers Pollution Catchers

Third graders at West Point Elementary School have been busy! Recently they have been studying conservation and different types of pollution. To increase their understanding of pollutants, they created "pollution catchers" out of paper plates and petroleum jelly. They used the petroleum jelly because it is sticky and clear. They placed their catchers in various spots throughout the school, including the gym, media center and cafeteria, so they can compare and contrast the different things they catch. 

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

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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.

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

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! 

 

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%
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Read the entire story here. 

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. 

09/21/18: 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. 

2018 - 2019 School Supply List School Supply List

 
School begins Thursday, August 9 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

   

 


 

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. 
 

 

 

K5 Family Lunch

West Point Elementary School kindergartners recently enjoyed hosting their families at lunch in the cafeteria. Following lunch the students went back to the classroom while their parents met with the teachers to discuss kindergarten academic expectations for the year and how families can support student learning at home.

Click here to see the complete photo album.

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Gold Medal Readers

We are reading for the win! The Gold Medal Readers promotion recently kicked off with a torch relay, complete with music and cheering crowds. During the two weeks of the winter games, students can participate in the Gold Medal Readers promotion and earn medals for reading books on their Lexile level. One book earns a bronze medal, two earn a silver medal, and three earn a gold medal and a bag of potato chips. Once a student earns their first medal, their picture is placed on the "Wall of Winners!" At the end of the two weeks, the class with the highest percentage of medals will win their choice of an ice cream or pizza party. There will be one class winner in grades K-2 and one class winner in grades 3-5. 

 

Click here to see who has made the "Wall of Winners!"

 

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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

 

 

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."

Chicka Chicka Boom!

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"Chicka Chicka Boom Boom!" Kindergartners at West Point Elementary School have been hard at work learning their letters. Recently, after reading the book Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr., students made the first letter of their name to hang on the kindergarten "Chicka Boom" tree. 

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
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January Students of the Month

West Point Elementary School is pleased to announce their January 2018 Students of the Month. Students of the Month are selected based on their good behavior, good attitude and classroom participation. Congratulations to these exceptional students!

 

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Kindergarten Family Lunch

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Reading is SNOW Much Fun!

Students, families and staff recently enjoyed a Family Reading Night at West Point Elementary  School. Families that attended participated in a variety of reading activities. In addition to make-your-own bookmarks and BINGO for Books, students and families were treated to a visit and a free book from the Jungle Bus.

 

Click here to see all the Family Reading Night photos!

 

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5 More Reasons to Choose TCSS

Here are five more reasons why TCSS is the best!
 

 

Flag Pole Etiquette

Steven Chandler from the George H. Lanier District of the Boy Scouts of America recently came to West Point Elementary School to teach students proper flag pole etiquette and the correct way to fold an American flag. 

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5 Reasons to Choose TCSS

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

 

 

 

PreK and Kindergarten Registration March 12 - 16

 

Registration Dates

We Have SWAG!

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West Point Elementary students have SWAG! Recently, WPE Principal Jan Franks and Instructional Specialist Shannah Mabry introduced all third through fifth graders to Students with Achievement Goals (SWAG), a school-wide improvement initiative to encourage student participation in data and setting personal goals in both math and reading. In addition to SWAG folders, where student data and goals will be recorded, each student received a bookmark where their personal goals can also be noted.

Upcoming Events

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Kona Ice Donation

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Bryan Wallace, P.E. teacher at West Point Elementary School, recently won a Facebook contest sponsored by Kona Ice of LaGrange. The contest asked Kona Ice followers to vote for their favorite gym coach. Congratulations to Coach Wallace who won three new Kona Ice soccer balls for the school.

Camp Bulldog!

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Students at West Point Elementary School recently kicked off the new school year with Camp Bulldog. Camp Bulldog, a three-day event, focused on school rules and student expectations. As students learned the rules and expectations, which centered around responsibility, respect and readiness to learn in all areas of the building, they earned badges. Camp Bulldog wrapped up with an school-wide assembly celebrating the new year and everything that was learned during the three days.

2018 Meet the Teacher

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2018-2019 School Supply List

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