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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.

Senior Portraits - August Dates senior portrait

If you are a Senior, please click below to read important time-sensitive information regarding your portraits and yearbook photos. 

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

SAT School Day

October 10, 2018

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).  

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Educational Talent Search Enrollment

 

ETS

Application Link:   Click Here

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!

05/10/18: Clearview Elementary Construction Continues

Clearview Elementary is set to welcome students into the new facility August 2018. Below is a video of the construction progress. 
 

 

5/09/18: Nurse Of The Year Tracey Stribling Tracey Stribling

When Tracey Stribling was playing tennis with some of her teammates, she didn’t know it would lead to a revitalization in her nursing career. Having graduated from LaGrange College as a recipient of the George E. Sims, Jr. Nursing Scholarship, she had a nursing job lined up at West Georgia Health. After 32 years, she retired as an Operating Room Nurse (OR).

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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)

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.

Shrek the Musical Shrek

Based on the Oscar-winning Dreamworks animation film, Shrek the Musical is a Tony Award-winning fairy tale adventure that brings all the beloved characters you know from the film to life on stage. 

Bring your family and friends to the Fine Arts Auditorium to see the THS Theater Department perform Shrek The Musical on Thursday, May 17 through Saturday, May 19 at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are $5 for children, students, and seniors and $8 for adults. 

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.

EOC Testing in May

EOC testing begins April 30th and continues through May.  Below are a couple of resources that you might find helpful in preparation for your upcoming tests. 

  • Test Schedule - click HERE
  • Link to DRC Test Site - click HERE (Please look over this site to learn your way around as well as view the types of questions you might see on the test.) 
04/25/18: Mollie Lukken Scholarship Now Available Trissa
The Mollie Lukken Scholarship is now open for any teacher pursuing graduate study in the field of special education. The deadline is June 1. The Mollie Lukken scholarship is in honor of the Junior Service League founder, Mollie Lukken. She was a leader in the field of learning disabilities.
 
If you are, or will soon, begin pursuing graduate studies in any field of special education, you are encouraged to apply. Past recipients are eligible to apply again. Pictured is past recipient, Trissa Nerowski. The application and explanatory information is available below.
 
4/19/2018: Kayla Yeargin Named A Top 10 Finalist For State Teacher Of The Year Kayla Yeargin

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

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

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

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

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

Troup High Adidas Apparel THS_shirt

Troup High fan gear is available for purchase from now through April 30th. Click HERE for the catalogue.

 

The store is open now and will close on April 30th.  Orders will be delivered two to three weeks after the closing date to THS for pickup.  A notification will be posted on our facebook for pickup dates. Click HERE to view the THS video ad. 

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

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

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

Student Attendance Boundaries - April 11 Update CVES Front

 

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

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

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

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

Teacher Externship Application

Teacher Externship Flyer

Troup High Theater Department presents Charlotte's Webb THS Theater

Thursday, March 29 at 7:00 p.m.

Admission $5

03/22/18: Budget Questions Answered

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

Budget Questions Answered - 3/22 

03/19/18: Afterschool Activities Cancelled Weather

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

 

Budget Email Address Q/A - April 11 Update

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

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

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

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

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

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

Dernell Stenson Scholarship Applications Now Available

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

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

Elementary and Middle School STEM Achievers Information

High School Scholarship Information

Scholarship Application - 2018

Parental Consent Form

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

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

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

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

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

The external audit report contains three sections:

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

Read entire article here

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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."

Community Panel Discussion With Local Leaders

On Thursday, February 15, 2018 beginning at 5:30, come hear our community leaders discuss local issues and take questions from Troup High Students.  We are looking forward to hosting Mayor Thornton, Mayor Tramell, County Commissioner Mr. Cadenhead, District 4 Public Health Director Dr. Obasanjo, Vice Principal Dunn and a representative from the LaGrange Police Department.

 

This event is open to the public and has been organized by S.H.A.R.P. the THS boys mentoring organization.

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

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

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

Photo Credit: Harper Grace, Daughter of Angela Dettmering @ GNMS
2/14/18: West Point Elementary Students Share Why They 'Love' Reading

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

 

 

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

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

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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. 

The Sock Hops in Concert on February 24th The Sock Hops

Come to the Fine Arts Auditorium to see the Sock Hops and hear some great oldies, but goodies! See Ms. West for tickets.

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

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

 

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

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

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

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01/26/18: Berta Talks Lexile

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

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

Reading

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

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

 

TCSS Schools and Offices Closed Friday, January 19th closed

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

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

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

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

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

Noon Wednesday: TCSS Weather Update Weather

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

TCSS Schools Closed Wednesday, January 17th School Closed

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

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

Substitute Teacher Training Wednesday, February 7th

Sub workshop

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. 

PreK and Kindergarten Registration March 12 - 16

 

Registration Dates

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

TCSS Hosting Certified Career Fair on February 3rd Career Fair

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

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

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

Have a Fun and Safe Holiday! 

 

 

 

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

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

ESPLOST 5 Updates Summary

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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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

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

THS Theater Presents James and the Giant Peach James and the Giant Peach

Come to the Fine Arts Hall on Thursday, November 9th at 7:00 p.m. to see the THS Theater's Production of James and the Giant Peach.  Tickets are only $5!  

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. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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. 

 

 

 

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

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

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

Read the entire story here

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.
09/09/17: 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.  

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

09/01/17: 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.

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

 

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.  

8/22/17: Academic Success Under Construction

TCSS welcomes the new school year with Academic Success Under Construction
 

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. 
 

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

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

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

Read entire story here.

 

2017 Football Schedule 2017 Football Schedule
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. 

 

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:

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.