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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

LHS Knows Powerade

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

10/11/18: Chick-fil-A Partners with LHS for Leader Academy Leader Academy

Last week 30 LaGrange High (LHS) students stepped into the media center knowing they would be challenged to become servant leaders. After completing applications for the Chick fil A Leader Academy™ (Leader Academy), they didn’t know what to expect. They didn’t know what would be required. They all jumped at the chance to join because the teens know the organization is known for excellent customer service and all around ‘doing the right thing.’

Read entire story here

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!

I.D. Letter

A Letter was sent home with all students today concerning updates to the Student I.D. Policy.  A copy of that letter is available here as well.

ID Letter

5 Reasons to Choose TCSS

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

 

 

 

08/01/18: 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!

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

Pre-Registration Information

Registration for the 2018-2019 school year will be Thursday, July 26th. In an effort to ease the registration process, we are providing an opportunity for parents to complete a vital step in the registration process before “Registration”.

Beginning Monday, July 16th, and ending July 19th, parents can come to Lagrange High School and complete Pre-Registration. The Pre-Registration process does not complete all “Registration” requirements, thus parents are still required to attend on July 26th.

You will receive, by mail, an Affidavit and Student Census/Data Sheet. These two documents along with a valid identification and proof of residency are required for Pre-Registration. Please make all changes to the Census/Data Sheet prior to attending Pre-Registration.

Affidavit and Student Data Sheet will be mailed out July 9th.

Parents who complete this process will be given a Registration Pass. Parents/Students will need to bring this Pass to registration in order to bypass several steps during the registration process.

There will be signs directing you where to go during the week of Pre-Registration.

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

Spring Football

LaGrange High School will host Manchester High School in a spring football scrimmage this Friday, May 18 at Callaway Stadium.

The game will begin at 6:00 pm and the cost is $5.00.

See you there Granger fans!

Educational Talent Search Enrollment

 

ETS

Application Link:   Click Here

Track Team Success!
Car Give Away!

Car Giveaway

Congratulations to Jennifer Espinoza on winning a new Toyota Corolla today! A huge thank you to LaGrange Toyota and Mr. Stogner!

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!

Important Information About AP Testing

1. All exams are administered at West GA Technical College.
2. Students should arrive 20 minutes before testing starts and quietly wait in the Student Center.
3. Students can bring a jacket ( No blankets) and money for snack machines during break. ( No one is permitted to go to their vehicle.)
4. Students should NOT bring electronics, phones, hats, textbooks/ study materials,highlighters, sunglasses, food or drinks in the testing room.
5. It is the student's responsibility to ask their teacher which type of calculator can be used on their exam.
6. Mrs. Stodghill will send an email to teachers excusing students from classes for the exam. Afternoon testers should leave school after 2nd period to eat lunch and get to WGTC. Morning testers will return to LHS for 6th and 7th periods.
7. Students who arrive after testing has started will not be allowed to take the test.
8. Please call Mrs. Stodghill at 706- 883-1590 ext. 1305 if you have questions.

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)

5/3/2018: LaGrange High Students Win State Wide Presentation High Tech Winners

It may have been a rainy Thursday afternoon, but that didn’t stop family and friends of four high school students from coming out to celebrate four LaGrange High School (LHS) students who were named winners of the Georgia High School/High Tech Program (HSHT) presentation contest.

 

Kitty Crawford, Troup County School System Director of Exceptional Education Services, said, “It is an honor to recognize their hard work and to celebrate the students with their family and friends.”

Read entire article 

 

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.

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

Valedictorian and Salutatorian Named

LaGrange High School has officially recognized Elizabeth Kaplan as the Valedictorian and Hanna Lee as the Salutatorian for the Class of 2018.

 

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

03/19/18: Afterschool Activities Cancelled Weather

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

 

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

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

Cheerleading Tryouts

There will be a mandatory Parent and student meeting for all girls interested in trying out for the 2018 LHS Football Cheerleading Team and LHS Competition Cheerleading Team on March 13th @ 6:30.

The meeting will be held in the team room located in the boy’s gymnasium.

Any students interested in trying out for the 2018-2019 LHS Basketball Cheerleading Team, please see Mrs. Becca Davis in room A-204

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. 
 

 

 

Educators Career Focus

Attention any 9th or 10th grader interested in the education field - There will be an Educators Career Focus on Wednesday, February 14th. Students will spend the day learning about education and career opportunities. There are only 15 spots available. Please sign up with Ms. Kantarjian in the CTAE office if you are interested. The deadline to sign up is Monday, Feb. 12.

02/02/18: LHS FBLA Brings Home Honors FBLA Team

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

Read entire article 

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.

 

Read entire article 

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. 

School Cancelled Wednesday January 17

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.

Report Cards

Parents due to ELA benchmark exams we will not distribute report cards today. We will distribute them on Tuesday, January 16th at 2:55 in Home Room.

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

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

Read entire article here.

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

Parents

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

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

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

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

 

Spring Band Concert

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As the year winds down make plans to come out on Tuesday, May 1st at 6:00 p.m. for our Spring Band Concert at Sweetland Amphitheater.

Our annual outdoor Spring Concert combines the greatest artistry of our students with the energy of our fall marching band performances for a great program.

The concert starts at 6:00 p.m. and lasts about 30 minutes.

Selections will range from Marches by Fillmore, Modern Pop, Music from The Lion King, and a few old favorites.

Admission is free and everyone is welcome!

Come on out and enjoy the Sound of Champions one last time this year!

Spring Choir Concert

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The Annual LHS Spring Choral Concert will be April 26, 27, and 28 in the LHS Auditorium.

Thursday April 26 the show starts at 8:00 p.m.

Friday April 27 and Saturday April 28  the show starts at 7:30 p.m.

All tickets are $12. Seats are going fast! Reserve yours today!
Call: 706-883-1590
Email: lagrangehightickets@gmail.com
Or: See any chorus member

Homecoming Week

Homecoming Week
October 29 - November 2

Thursday, Nov 1st 6:45 is the Parade/Stage Presentation/Bonfire. This will be followed by a Dance at the school.

The Homecoming game is against Shaw on Friday November 2 at 7:30 p.m.

Dress-Up Days, the themes are:

Monday: Decade Day

Tuesday: Act Your Age
Freshmen: Baby/Child. Sophomores: College.
Juniors: Parents. Seniors: Grandparents

Wednesday: Halloween(No masks)

Thursday: Country vs. Country Club

Friday: Granger Spirit

Grangers Welcome New Head Football Coach
Coach Gibbs Chuck Gibbs hails from a legendary football family. His father, Alex Gibbs is a 30 year NFL veteran, the architect of the zone blocking scheme and is currently on staff with the New Orleans Saints. Chuck’s brother, David has 8 years of NFL experience, was the former Defensive Coordinator at Auburn University and is now the Assistant HC/DC for Texas Tech.

 

 

A.P. Exam Information

Advanced Placement Exams will be administered May 7 – 18, 2018 on the campus of West Georgia Technical College. TCSS does not require students to take AP Exams. However, college credit can be earned with qualifying AP Exam scores. Follow the link below to a list of information which may be helpful as you plan for AP Exams. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Julie Stodghill at stodghillja@troup.org or 706-883-1590 ext. 1305.

Colorguard & Majorette Tryouts

Try Outs for Colorguard and Majorettes will take place March 26-30 from 4:00 - 5:30 in the L.H.S. Band Room.

Students should wear a T-Shirt, Shorts, and Tennis Shoes (No Flip Flops or Sandals) and bring water.

May Scholarship News Posted

The May Scholarship Newsletter has been posted on the website.

Document Visit the Scholarship News Page


 

2019-2020 Class Registration

Counselors will go to selected classrooms for advisement between October 30th – November 16th. Students will register for classes online, during classroom advisement. Parents will be sent a copy of student selections, for their approval, the week of November 26th. Counselors will be available for parent conferences November 26th – 30th. Please call to schedule an appointment.

Please visit the "Counseling" tab on the menu to the left to learn more about Registration and view grade level specific videos with more information.

Band Students Earn Seats in Honor Band Try Outs

Congratulations to the 20 LHS Band Students who auditioned and were selected to the GMEA All-District Honor Band.  Students performed prepared material and sight read for judges with the resulting scores used to seat the band.

These students will be part of the Honor Band in February:

Jina Shin (She is also the first chair Flute Player in the Band), Jane Lee, Seeyun Lee, Youngsun Lee, Wesley Martinez, Lauryn Pearce, Keylei Moss, Azure DeLeon, Ryan Boyd, Alexa Morrissette, Sierra Wyble, Henry Craig, Brayden Pearce, Alex Ingram, Leagan Smith, Tristan Zeigler, Kenly Rodas, Max Hunt, Noah Smith, and Matthew Moneypenny

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

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

Read entire story here.

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

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.

11/06/18: LHS Softball Team High Fives Franklin Forest Falcons FFES LHS Softball

High Five Fridays are the best at Franklin Forest Elementary School. Students often find exciting guests in their building as they enter for the day. This past Friday, FFE welcomed the Lagrange High School Softball team. The softball team sat with the FFE students at breakfast, visited their classrooms, and high-five'd many of them as they were walking down the halls. FFE celebrated the success of the LHS softball team and their awesome season. Pictured with some of our FFE students is the LHS softball team. 

LaGrange High Celebrates Academic Gains

LaGrange High Celebrates Academic Gains

 

LaGrange, Ga., December 8, 2017 – At the November Troup County School System (TCSS) meeting of the Board, there were a group of LaGrange High School (LHS) Varsity soccer players that filled the front of the room for one reason – the entire boys and girls team’s received a 3.25 or higher GPA. While this news received national coverage, the 30 soccer players represented only a small number of the LHS 1,163 student body that has seen an increase in academic scores.

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.
 

 

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 

EOC Testing Schedule

EOC Testing

EOC testing will be Monday, April 30th through Tuesday, May 15th. It is very important that all students are present and take the test. You cannot receive credit for any class that requires an EOC if you do not take the test, even if you have a passing grade in the course. Seniors, if you miss taking an EOC you will not be allowed to walk at graduation since you will not have earned the course credit. The EOC is 20% of your final grade in the course.

Tests will be given in the morning and are all online. Makeups will begin on Friday, May 4th and will continue through May 17th.

thINC students will take tests in the morning with all other students. A list is being sent to thINC so that they will not mark you absent. If you attend thINC in the AM – do not drive or ride the bus to that location. You may report to the cafeteria and wait to be called.

Students will report directly to their testing locations on the morning of the test. Your teacher will provide the location to you.

The Schedule for Testing by Subject

April 30th/May 1st - American Literature
May 2nd/3rd - 9th Grade Literature
May 7th - Algebra
May 8th - Geometry
May 9th - US History
May 10th - Economics
May 14th - Physical Science
May 15th - Biology

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!

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

 

 

11/02/18: LHS FFA Raises 703 Pounds of Canned Goods FFA Food Bank

Through donations, the LHS FFA chapter under Ms. Jessica Bowden took 703 pounds of canned goods for the Feeding America Campaign at the Central Region meeting in Perry last month! This was the largest amount of any chapter. The 703 pounds of canned goods will feed an average of 586 people. 

The LaGrange High School chapter received a $1,000 scholarship designated for a FFA member to attend the National FFA Washington Leadership Conference in Washington D.C. next summer!

PreK and Kindergarten Registration March 12 - 16

 

Registration Dates

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.
 

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

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

 
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.
 
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.
 

 

5 More Reasons to Choose TCSS

Here are five more reasons why TCSS is the best!
 

 

10/24/18: Victoria Martin - Employee Spotlight

Thanks to all of our TCSS Bus Drivers!

 

Homecoming Representatives

2018 Homecoming Representatives

Following a student vote the 2018 Homecoming Representatives have been named.  They are:

9th Grade Representatives
Takaiha Kennedy and Da’nasha Lewis

10th Grade Representatives
Aaliyah Brewer and Myah Kuhn

11th Grade Representatives
Mikayla Canty and Lizzie Doerr

12th Grade Representatives
Emily Bakarich
WaWa Benn
Jackelin Castaneda
Destiny Fitzpatrick
Maddie Hamer
Blair Herrod
Tiara Towns
Emma Ward

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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Rising 9th Graders Visit

Today the 8th graders from GNMS visited LaGrange High School for their first official day as GRANGERS!

2022 Selfie

Dr. Farrell, Mr. Bozeman and the Class of 2022!

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. 

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 

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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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! 

 

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!

Substitute Teacher Training Wednesday, February 7th

Sub workshop

LHS Attendance Recovery

Attendance Recovery

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:

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!

STEM Summer Camp

Attention Rising 10th and 11th Graders

Students with a desire to learn more about STEM ( Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math ) and/or Manufacturing, Leadership, & Creativity can apply for:

STEM SUMMER CAMP
JUNE 11-15, 2018

Applications are due March 30 and are available in the Guidance Office.

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. 

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!

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

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.

10/29/18: 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.

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. 

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! 
 

 

 

 

Chick-fil-A Leader Academy Comes to LaGrange High School

LaGrange, Ga., October 9, 2018 – Last week 30 LaGrange High (LHS) students stepped into the media center knowing they would be challenged to become servant leaders. After completing applications for the Chick fil A Leader Academy™ (Leader Academy), they didn’t know what to expect. They didn’t know what would be required. They all jumped at the chance to join because the teens know the organization is known for excellent customer service and all around ‘doing the right thing.’

Follow LHS on Twitter

Follow our official Twitter account @Granger_Nation

News, Scores, Updates, and more are tweeted regularly!

Connect with LHS on Facebook

Parents and Students can connect with LHS through social media on Facebook.  Daily Announcements will be posted as well as breaking news.

Visit us at: https://www.facebook.com/lagrangehighschool/