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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. 
 

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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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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.”

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

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

 

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

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Special Night for Special Grangers

LaGrange High School is excited to announce that on December 7th @ 7:00pm, we will host A Special Night for Special Grangers! This will be an amazing evening with our students who have Special Needs! These students will be the superstars of the night as they take the basketball court in a game with the Granger basketball team and LHS teachers. The girls will also be cheering the team on! This is a night we celebrate and embrace our students. We invite everyone to come and support our Special Grangers! Come out and enjoy the game, special music and a spectacular half-time free throw challenge. The event will take place in the LHS boys gymnasium. There will be no admission charge, but we would greatly appreciate donations!

LaGrange Has Got Talent

LaGrange Has Talent's Final Live Show will be Thursday November 16 at 7:00 at Troup High Performing Arts center.  Student Tickets are $10 each.  Adults are $15 and children 5 and under are free.  Tickets will be sold Tuesday during lunch in the cafeteria.  
 

Robotics Team Success

The robotics teams participated in a league/region tournament Saturday November 11th.  The MIB Black team came in 1st place and MIB Blue came in 2nd.  Preliminary rankings put our teams in 2nd and 3rd place in league standings.  

Great Job!

robotics

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

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

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

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

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

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

 
 
LHS Sees Rise in CCRPI!

LHS Shows Huge Gains and has the Highest High School College Career Ready Prepared Index Score in the County and above the state average!  

(Click on the Graphic for a larger copy)

CCRPI

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

Senior Night for Fall Sports

Come on out to the Granger Game this week to support all of our Fall Sports as we recognize seniors before the game and at half time.

Kick off is 7:30 at Callaway Stadium.

Ugly Lies the Bone

Show opens Thursday Oct 12th at 7pm. Tickets on sale during lunch, by emailing lagrangehightheatre@gmail.com, or at the box office. Box office opens at 6:30pm. $5 student, $10 Adult

Show dates/times:
Oct 12th @ 7pm
Oct 14th @ 7pm
Oct 15th @ 2pm

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

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

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

Read entire story here. 

Teen Maze

Teen Maze permission forms are due back to your 1st period teacher by Friday, Oct. 6th. If you need a form, you can get one at the teacher's table, during lunch.

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%
Georgia

78.9%

79.2% 80.6%

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. 

09/20/17: TCSS Celebrates Childhood Cancer Awareness Month dOORS

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

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

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

Read entire story here

TCSS on Regular Schedule Wednesday, Sept. 13

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

TCSS Substitute Teacher Training Cancelled Cancelled
Due to the forecasted inclement weather and school closure, the TCSS Substitute Teacher training scheduled for Wednesday, September 13th has been cancelled. We will reschedule this training.
09/01/17: September is Attendance Awareness Month Attendance Badge

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

LHS school council vote

The Georgia Legislature has provided for the creation of school councils "to bring communities and schools closer together in a spirit of cooperation to solve difficult education problems, improve academic achievement, provide support for teachers and administrators, and bring parents into the school-based decision-making process. The establishment of school councils is intended to help local boards of education develop and nurture participation, bring parents and the community together with teachers and school administrators to create a better understanding of and mutual respect for each other's concerns, and share ideas for school improvement."

We accepted nominations for parent representatives during registration and open house. 

Please click on the image below to open a link to vote for this year's nominees for LHS school council.

Link

08/14/17: TCSS Adjusts Afternoon School Release Time for Solar Eclipse Eclipse

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

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


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

 

07/10/17: Munis Employee Self Service App

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

Munis Employee Self Service App

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

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

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

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

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

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

SUBSTITUTE TEACHER TRAINING

Applications Accepted Online

July 14 – August 23, 2017

Workshop Date

September 13, 2017

Time: 8:00 AM – 1:30 PM

    Administrative Services Center (Board Room)     

 

08/03/17: Attendance Matters

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

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

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

Read entire story here. 

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

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

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

Read entire release here. 

New Employee Self Service Portal Now Available Employee Benefits

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

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

Accessing ESS One Pager
Accessing ESS - PPT

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

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

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

Beginning Learners

Developing Learners

Proficient Learners

Distinguished Learners

Read entire story here

 

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

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

 

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

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

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

Read entire story here. 

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

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

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

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

Read entire story here. 

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

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

Read entire story here.

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

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

Read entire story here.

BWES Stakeholder Meetings - July 11 and July 18 bwes invite

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

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

or

  • Tuesday, July 18
  • 6 pm
  • Troup Co. Baptist Association
School Registration Dates are Now Available! Grad Hat
High School Registration: 
Wednesday, July 26th  from 12:00 - 6:00 p.m. (9th and 12th grades)
Thursday, July 27th from 12:00 - 6:00 p.m.  (10th and 11th grades)
 
Middle School "Early" Registration:
Monday, July 17th - Thursday, July 20th from 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
 
Middle School Registration:
Tuesday, August 8th from 10:00 a. to 6:00 p.m.
 
Elementary Registration and Meet the Teacher Day:
Thursday, August 3rd 12:00-6:00 p.m.
 
Lunch Deliveries & Cars

Students and Parents are reminded no outside lunch deliveries will be accepted at the school.  Students must eat in the lunch room or bring their lunch with them to school.  

Also, a reminder to students who drive; when you leave your car in the morning you need to have all of your supplies for the day, including your lunch.  Students do not need to ask to be excused to go to their cars for any reason.

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

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

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

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

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

LHS Homecoming Week!

The homecoming parade and community pep rally will take on a new exciting look this year and will begin with groups gathering down at the Blue Barn at the end of the track at 6:30.

The processional will begin at 7:00 pm with the Granger Band leading us up Hunnicut Place to North Greenwood, we will turn right and right again into the senior parking lot for the community pep rally and bonfire.

Upon the completion of the pep rally, there will be a dance held in gym D from 8-10. Don.t miss it.

Please have family and friends line up and down the park to support and join in the spirit-filled time.

 

Parent Survey

Parents & Community Members - We need your help!

Please click the link to take a brief survey about our school. The survey is anonymous and will help LHS in our ongoing effort to improve student achievement!

THANKS IN ADVANCE!

http://www.wesurvey.org/C17GATCLGH

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

PTO Open House

P.T.O. Open House will be Tuesday August 22nd beginning at 6:00 p.m.  Please make your plans to attend.

Chik-fil-a Spirit Night!

Thursday, September 21st is LHS Spirit Night at Chickfila from 4:30 to 8:30 so please plan on joining in and telling them you are there for LHS! LHS gets a percentage of all sales during those hours if the customer tells the workers "I am here for LHS spirit night"

Granger Band Finishes Great Season

The LHS Band finished out a great season of performances.  Congratulations to the band for a phenomenal marching season!

Their final home show at the LaGrange vs. Troup game can be seen here: http://www.grangerband.com/index.php/2013-08-20-04-20-39/video-files/2017/game-8

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


 

8/22/17: Academic Success Under Construction

TCSS welcomes the new school year with Academic Success Under Construction
 

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

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

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

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

Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency

09/19/17: Nicole Kennedy Talks Attendance

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

 

 

 

World History Rap Battle

LHS Teachers continue to innovate in the classroom....Students in Mrs. Turner' s World History classes recently had a "rap battle" between the east and the west. While learning about the Great Schism, which is where the Christian Church split into the Roman Catholic church (west) and the Eastern Orthodox Church (east) students used facts and information from class to have a rap battle. It was awesome!!!

Rap1rap

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

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.

08/21/17: TCSS Prepares for New Elementary School on South Davis Road New ES

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

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

PSAT

The PSAT will be administered at LaGrange High School on Wednesday, October 11, 2017.  This test measures critical reading, math problem-solving and writing skills.  This test is the screening instrument for students who wish to enter the National Merit Scholarship Competition or National Achievement Scholarship competition.  The PSAT is also good practice for the SAT Reasoning Test.  All 10th graders will take the PSAT on October 11.   Any 9th or 11th grader who wishes to take the PSAT will need to sign up in the Vocational Office and pay the $15 registration fee.  The fee must be paid in cash or check at the time the student signs up for the test.  The deadline for signing up is Friday, September 22, 2017.  You will receive the Official Student Guide to Taking the PSAT/NMSQT when you sign-up. 

FFA Degree Awarded

Congratulations to former Granger & current ABAC student, Catherine Emery for receiving her American Degree this past Saturday at the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, Indiana.

The American FFA Degree is the highest honor awarded to FFA members who have demonstrated the highest level of commitment to FFA and made significant accomplishments in their Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE).

Less than 1% of FFA members receive their American degree each year!!!!

Catherine was one of 132 Georgia FFA members receiving their American Degree this past Saturday.

 

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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

Dress Code Reminder

The Troup County Schools Dress Code Policy states that students should not wear clothing of abbreviated style and/or revealing nature.  This includes midriff tops, tank tops, halter tops, tube tops, off the shoulder dresses/tops and blouses with revealing necklines.  Should straps on blouses, shirts, and dresses must be a minimum width of 2 inches.  Shirts and dresses must have both shoulder straps.  Cold shoulder shirts and dresses do not meet dress code requirements.  

All pants, shorts and other clothing with holes above the knee are unacceptable.

All dresses/skirts/shorts should not be shorter than the tip of your middle finger when arms are extended by the side.

LaGrange Has Talent

Applications are now open for LaGrange Has Talent!!! Enter your video now for a chance to win $2,000 cash prize! A $500 People's Choice Award will also be given in November. Record a video of your talent, not to exceed 3 minutes and submit to lagrangehastalent.com

LHT

Fall Chorus Concert

LHS Chorus Fall Concert

Tuesday, November 7 @ 7:30pm

Seating begins @ 7:00pm

First Baptist Church on the Square

No tickets; Donations are encouraged to offset production costs

Chorus

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.
 
School Council

LaGrange High School is now accepting nominations for parents who are willing to serve the school as a member of the School Council. School Councils were established by the Georgia General Assembly and the Troup County Board of Education to enhance community support for our local schools. Parent and community support is critical to the success of our students. We encourage all parents to get involved by nominating worthy parent representatives and serving as a member of the council if you are elected to do so. Councils play an important role in supporting our schools.   Complete and return the attached form to the LHS front office to nominate a representative.  LHS will contact that representative.  Elections will be held at open house 8/22/17.

Harlem Wizards at the Lagrange High

 

Come out on October 3rd to support Franklin Forest and Ethel Kight in their joint fundraiser! They are hosting the Harlem Wizards at the Lagrange High Gym on October 3rd @ 7:00 (doors open at 6)! Some of our very own are playing in this fun event. Coach Veal, Coach Brooks, and Coach Bozeman along with FFE and EKE teachers will play against the Harlem Wizards.  Get your tickets at FFE, online (students $8, adults $10), or at the door (student $10, adults $12). Let's show our support for our feeder schools! 

www.harlemwizards.com

Congrats to Soccer Teams

Our Boys and Girls soccer teams were 1 of 6 schools in Ga and 47 around the country that qualified for the double for all Varsity team members carrying above a 3.25 for the year.

https://unitedsoccercoaches.org/web/Awards/Recipients/2016-17_High_School_Team_Academic_Award_Winners.aspx

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.

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

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

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

"I Am Holden On" Art Walk Contest

Congratulations to Maggie Blakely for placing 1st at the Holden On Art Walk!

Maggie Blakely

Substitute Teacher Training Wednesday, February 7th

Sub workshop

LHS Attendance Recovery

Attendance Recovery

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

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

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

2017 Georgia School Bus Safety Poster Contest

2017 National School Bus Safety Poster Contest

Send all submissions to:

turnerjp@troup.org

Dr. Jeffrey Turner, Transportation

100 North Davis Rd., Building B

LaGrange, GA 30240

 

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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.

Year Book Reminder

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