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Upcoming Events.October 12

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Best Bus Announced

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Congratulations to Bus 16-05, "Berta's Best Bus" for September! Driver Mr. Charlie and his aide Ms. Audrey each received a $10 Subway gift card and a Berta cup filled with goodies. The winning bus was chosen because they had the least referrals and students followed the Berta Best Bus Expectations. Additionally the bus driver followed Positive Behavioral Interventions and Support (PBIS) strategies for good behavior.  

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

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

Read full story here

Touchdown Berta!

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Ready, set, READ! Berta Weathersbee Elementary School is scoring touchdowns with reading. The Read for the Win reading challenge recently kicked off at BWE with a pep rally complete with music, games, reading cheers, and performances by the Berta Steppers and cheerleaders. During October, students can participate in the Read for the Win challenge and score points for reading books on their Lexile level. One book earns a first down and a bookmark, two books earn a field goal and a football pencil, and three books earn a touchdown and a picture on the Wall of Winners. At the end of the promotion, the class with the highest percentage of points will win their choice of an ice cream or pizza party. There will be one class winner in grades K-2 and one class winner in grades 3-5. 

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

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

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

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

 

 

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

Upcoming Events.October 5

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Guest Reader

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Students at Berta Weathersbee Elementary School are getting a special literary treat! Immediately following the morning announcements each Tuesday, a special guest reader is reading a book live from the broadcast room while students watch from their classrooms. The readers are a mix of faculty, staff and community members. 

09/24/18: #TCSSFuture

09/19/18: TCSS Graduation Rates Rise

 

 

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

Read entire story here

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

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

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

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

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

Upcoming Events.August 31

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08/30/18: BWES Celebrates PBIS with Pep Rally Berta Pep Rally

The students at Berta Weathersbee Elementary soared into the music-filled school auditorium as they were preparing to show their school spirit. The occasion was for the annual kickoff Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports (PBIS) pep rally. Administrators, teachers, and students joined in the celebration with face painting, dancing, cheering, and rewards.

Read entire story here. 

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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TCSS High School Registration

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

08/01/18: Clearview Elementary Special Viewing

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

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

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

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

Read entire article here

Nichole Jones Follows Her Passion to Callaway High Nichole Jones

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

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

Read entire article here.

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

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

Read entire release here 

TCSS Welcomes New Employees

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

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

 

 

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

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

Read entire article here.

TCSS Registration Dates

Registration Dates

Summer Feeding Locations

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

Seamless Summer Feeding Sites

NOTICE OF PROPERTY TAX INCREASE

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

The Troup County Board of Education is not proposing an increase to the current millage rate of 18.85.  The millage rate last year was 18.85, and the millage rate being proposed for this year is also 18.85.  If the assessed value of your existing real property remains the same as the previous year, then you will see no change in taxes for school purposes.  The language used in an advertisement with the Troup County News and on troup.org (below) is a state requirement and can not be altered.  If you have questions, please feel free to email info@troup.org or attend one of the public hearings.

Press Release Link

06/07/18: HB 251 Application

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

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

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

1st, 5th

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

HB 251 Parent Information Letter

HB 251 Transfer Form

HB 251 Availability Listing

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

AdvancED Engagement Review Summary
AdvancED Engagement Review Report (Preliminary)

TCSS Purging Old Gifted Graduate Records

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

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

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

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

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

Berta Introduces School Uniform Policy

Parents and students will see a new look when the doors of Berta Weathersbee Elementary (BWES) opens for the new school year in August. That look will be worn by the students as they don new school uniformed apparel.

 

With the motto Think Like a Scholar. Act Like a Scholar. Look Like a Scholar., BWES is the first school in Troup County that has taken a step to introduce uniforms. As part of the decision making process, the administration started seeking parent input through surveys and discussions back in the fall. 

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Graduation Rain Plan

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

 

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

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Honors Day Schedule

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Educational Talent Search Enrollment

 

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Application Link:   Click Here

School Uniforms

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!

Vowel Surgery

Berta Weathersbee kindergarten students in Mrs. Clark's class recently donned their scrubs to become doctors and perform "Vowel Surgery." During the operations, each student had to replace the missing vowels of simple three-letter words. We are happy to report that the surgeries were all a success and the "patients" are expected to make a full recovery. 

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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)

Mark your Calendars for May!

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Donation

The Korean United Methodist Church of LaGrange recently made a donation to Berta Weathersbee Elementary School. The funds will be used for a variety of supplies and activities. Pictured is Pastor King (left) presenting the check to Principal Willie Cooks.

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Save the Date!

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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.

Special Lunch!

Astrid Herrera Quinilla (left) and Devon Wachal (right), first graders in Mrs. George's class at Berta Weathersbee Elementary School, recently enjoyed Happy Meals from McDonald's. The two were treated to the special lunch for being the top Million Minute Readers school-wide. Students at the school were challenged in August to read 1,000,000 minutes by the end of the school year. The Million Minute Reading Challenge helped promote a love of reading while increasing reading stamina in students. 

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04/25/18: Mollie Lukken Scholarship Now Available Trissa
The Mollie Lukken Scholarship is now open for any teacher pursuing graduate study in the field of special education. The deadline is June 1. The Mollie Lukken scholarship is in honor of the Junior Service League founder, Mollie Lukken. She was a leader in the field of learning disabilities.
 
If you are, or will soon, begin pursuing graduate studies in any field of special education, you are encouraged to apply. Past recipients are eligible to apply again. Pictured is past recipient, Trissa Nerowski. The application and explanatory information is available below.
 
4/19/2018: Kayla Yeargin Named A Top 10 Finalist For State Teacher Of The Year Kayla Yeargin

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

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

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

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

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04/13/18: WRES Empowerment Group Interviewed by Michael Strahan in NYC NY WRES

Several members of the Whitesville Road Empowerment Group spent their spring break on a trip to New York City where they spent four days and three nights touring the city. They visited the Statute of Liberty, escorted by the NYPD Harbor Unit, who carried the students out to the island on one of their boats. Other highlights of the trip included a visit to One World Trade Center, a three hour dinner cruise on the Hudson River, and touring the Brooklyn Tabernacle Church.

One of the most memorable highlights of the trip was when the group landed a spot on Good Morning America and were interviewed by Michael Strahan. The bow ties and vests worn by the Empowerment Wednesday students caught the eye of Mr. Strahan who left the set of the show and came out to speak with the group. According to Mr. Jerome Cofield, who sponsors and mentors the group, this trip was life changing for the entire group. 

Student Attendance Boundaries Q&A

On Tuesday, April 10th, TCSS held a Public Hearing for Student Attendance Boundaries. The school system also provided an email address for the community to ask questions. This Question & Answer document contains answers to those comments and questions. The email address info@troup.org is still open and is checked daily. The Board of Education will vote on the recommendation for Student Attendance Boundaries Thursday, April 19th.

Question and Answer Document - Student Attendance Boundaries

NED Show

Students at Berta Weathersbee Elementary School were recently treated to an assembly from NED's Kindness Adventure. This delightful performance inspires students to never give up, encourage others and do your best.

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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

Pre-K and Kindergarten Registration

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

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

Teacher Externship Application

Teacher Externship Flyer

Math and Science Night

Students, family and staff at Berta Weathersbee Elementary School recently enjoyed a Math and Science Game Night. The fun-filled evening kicked off with a performance from Doc Atoms who treated audience members to live, interactive and fun science experiments. Afterward attendees visited a variety of math and science stations including a Pi (Cake) Walk, a STEM focused tower building contest, a Math Shoot-Out, a Science Family Feud and more. Additionally Oxbow Meadows Animals added a "wild" flair to the event with their live-animal program featuring reptiles and amphibians. Click here to see the complete Math and Science Night Album.

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03/22/18: Budget Questions Answered

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

Budget Questions Answered - 3/22 

GMAS Practice Test

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Title I Parent Survey

Title I Parent Survey! Please use the QR Reader on your phone or tablet to scan the code and complete our Title I Parent Survey. Your response makes a difference. If you do not have a QR Reader you can access the survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/BWES2018.

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03/19/18: Afterschool Activities Cancelled Weather

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

 

Budget Email Address Q/A - April 11 Update

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

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

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

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

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.
 

 

Black History Program

 

The red carpet was recently rolled out at Berta Weathersbee Elementary School! In honor of Black History Month, students, families, and staff were treated to a star-studded extravaganza, "The Black History Awards: A Red Carpet Affair." In addition to performances from the Berta Cheerleaders, Berta Steppers and Berta Dance Team, attendees were treated to performances from students portraying a wide variety of famous African Americans. Pictured are students portraying Micheal Jackson and George Washington Carver.

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02/15/18: Troup County School System Reviews Security Measures LCMS Doors

As more details arise of yesterday’s tragic event at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fl., we want to take this time to offer our thoughts and prayers to the students, faculty, families, and entire community that were impacted.

As a school system, we take safety very seriously. We have measures in place at each of our schools to make TCSS a safe learning environment and we want to share some of them with you.

  1. We employ School Resource Officers (SRO) for each of our middle and high schools. If a student feels their safety is being compromised, they can talk to the SRO.
  2. We have placed new or updated camera equipment and glass security doors in several of our buildings using Education SPLOST funds. We will continue the work until all are updated.  
  3. We work directly with the Sheriff’s Office and LaGrange Police Department on security related matters within our buildings.
02/12/18: 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
Mama Jama Visits!

To kick off their spring book fair, students at Berta Weathersbee Elementary School recently enjoyed being entertained by beloved LaGrange storyteller Mama Jama. Mama Jama, who was welcomed with a performance by the Berta cheerleaders, entertained the students and reminded them of the importance of reading.

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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. 
 

 

 

Real Men Read

"We are all connected by our love of books and the children who read them. And our profound belief in the power of stories to shape lives." Sophie Blackall, author

 

Almost twenty community and school volunteers recently attended Berta Weathersbee Elementary School's second annual Real Men Read event, an initiative to help instill a love a reading in students. Each volunteer was assigned to a classroom where they read a story and shared with the children their own personal reading history. The men also told the students how reading impacts them now and how they utilize reading in their careers. A special thank you goes out to all the LaGrange men who supported this event!

 

To see all the pictures from this event, click here.

 

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Flaming Hot!

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Our Flaming Hot Reading promotion is officially over but we really did heat things up! We had close to 200 readers make our Wall of Flame! Check out everybody that made it.

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. 

Book Donation

Thank you so much First Presbyterian Church of LaGrange for your kind donation! Mrs. George’s class is showing off all the great new books we were able to purchase for the Media Center. We cannot wait to start reading them! 

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

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

 

TCSS Schools and Offices Closed Friday, January 19th closed

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

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

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

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

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

Noon Wednesday: TCSS Weather Update Weather

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

TCSS Schools Closed Wednesday, January 17th School Closed

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

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

SCHOOLS OPEN TUESDAY, JANUARY 9th School Open

All Troup County School System schools will be open on Tuessday, January 9th. We will be operating on a regular schedule. 

01/03/18: Dress for Cold Weather Winter Dress Infographic
This week’s weather forecast is scheduled to be colder than temperatures we are used to. While school is IN SESSION starting Thursday, January 4th, we will continuously monitor the weather throughout the week. The TCSS Operations Dept. has prepared the schools to receive students tomorrow so they will have a comfortable learning environment.

As you prepare your child(ren) for school, please dress them in warmer clothing – jackets hats, scarves, gloves – so they are dressed for the colder weather.
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12/21/17: 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

Students Helpers Come to Berta

Troup High School students taking an early childhood development class recently came to Berta Weathersbee Elementary School to work with kindergartners on a holiday project. The volunteers helped students create a festive snowman out of paper plates and construction paper.

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12/08/17: All Afterschool Activities Cancelled
Due to the expected deteriorating weather conditions this evening and into tonight, all afterschool activities are cancelled. TCSS buses will resume transportation tomorrow beginning at 10:00 am for areas south of LaGrange. There is one possible trip to Newnan that is still being determined.

If your child is a member of an athletic team with any scheduled weekend activities, please stay updated through the head coach or communication channel that the team utilizes. We will provide continuous updates as details are determined
12/11/17: Third Grade Students Make a Graduation Pact with Literacy Director

Earlier this month, each third grade student in Troup County made a graduation pact with Debbie Burdette, Troup County CLCP Executive Director, before she handed each one of them a free dictionary. Better known to the young learners as 'Mama Jama the Storytelling Mama', they enjoyed the story of how the individual dictionaries made it to their school. 
 

 

Chick-fil-A Spirit Night

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Million Minute Goal

Students at Berta Weathersbee Elementary School recently celebrated making their first goal in the Million Minute Reading Challenge. As a school, students have logged more than 250,000 minutes of reading. To celebrate, grade level dance parties were held in the gym. Congratulations to these hard-working students.

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iREAD

Congratulations to  Aalayshia and Andrevious for completely finishing iRead this week! These 2nd graders are ROCK STARS!

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11/13/17: Children's Book Author Visits WPES

Thanks to Patrice McLaurin for sharing about young inventors with our West Point and Berta Weathersbee students! 

 

 

11/8/2017: Childhood Author Visits Local Schools Reading and Learning

When well-known children’s author Patrice McLaurin entered West Point Elementary, her bouncing personality and hair grabbed the third and fourth grade student’s attention before she even began to speak. As the morning’s guest speaker at West Point Elementary and Berta Weathersbee, she pulled out her rolling cart that housed everyday inventions and greeted the students before she even brought up her bestselling book Have You Thanked an Inventor Today?

While the bubbling students thought she was there to read, she came with a larger purpose – to share inventions. 

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We Love Our Parents!

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

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11/02/17: TCSS Sees Rise in Climate Score Ratings ccrpi

Moving the needle on student achievement may seem like an easy feat, but if you ask Debra Brock, Principal of Whitesville Road Elementary, she can tell you that it takes an entire community for a school to show gains.

Just two years ago, the school received a score of 55.8 out of 100 on the College and Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI). This score placed them on a Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE) watch list. Today, after the GaDOE released the 2017 CCRPI scores and climate star ratings, the students and staff of WRES can celebrate because they are now the second highest scoring school within Troup County School System (TCSS) with a total of 80 out of 100 points. 

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11/06/17: Troup County Natives Speak to Berta Weathersbee Students Berta Speakers

It was great Red Ribbon Week at Berta Weathersbee. Community guest speakers encouraged the 3rd-5th grade students. Troup County natives David Kelton and Dr. Ralston Major, M.D. also entertained the students with stories.

Kelton, who played major league baseball, spoke to the students about the importance of hard work and a good attitude and Major, a surgeon at Clark-Holder Clinic, spoke to them about studying hard and pursuing their dreams. Red Ribbon Week is a drug prevention program held annually at the school.

Special Guest Speakers Wrap-Up Red Ribbon Week

Wrapping up a week of guest speakers for Red Ribbon Week, third, fourth and fifth grade students at Berta Weathersbee Elementary School recently enjoyed hearing from Troup County natives David Kelton and Dr. Ralston Major, M.D. Kelton, who played major league baseball, spoke to the students about the importance of hard work and a good attitude and Major, a surgeon at Clark-Holder Clinic, spoke to them about studying hard and pursuing their dreams. Red Ribbon Week is a drug prevention program held annually at the school. 

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Chick-fil-A Spirit Night Chick-fil-A

Chick-fil-A Spirit Night! Thursday, November 28 from 5 until 7 p.m. Join us for good food, good friends and great fun. A percentage of the profits benefits our school.

PTO T-Shirts

The PTO is taking orders for BWES Spirit t-shirts. The shirts are $10 for regular sizes and $12 for 2XL and larger. All order forms and money are due by Friday, October 27

For a copy of the order form, please click here

Dual Enrollment Information Sessions Offered
We Support Community Survey

The We Support Survey is designed to provide districts/schools with an understanding of expectations and perceptions the community has about the district/school and student learning.  Results, which are anonymous, are tabulated by the Successful Practices Network and reported back to you.

Taking the Survey:

  • Visit www.wesurvey.org
  • Enter the case sensitive password - C17GATCBWE
  • Answer each question honestly. This survey is completely anonymous.
  • When all questions have been answered click Submit for your voice to be counted.

Thank you in advance for completing this survey by November 3, 2017.  The insight you provide will be valuable in our ongoing efforts to improve student achievement.

Community members should remember these key points when taking this survey:

  • The We Support survey takes 10-15 minutes to complete.
  • Your answers will be anonymous.  Do not put your name on the survey.
  • Please answer all questions honestly.
  • This survey asks community members what they think about the schools in the district. Your district is interested in your opinions in order to improve teaching and learning in the schools. Survey results will be shared with you at a later date.
  • You should think about your perceptions and expectations of the school district overall.
  • Your input is important to us as we continually strive to make this district better for our students.
  • On behalf of all the teachers and administrators in your school…thank you!
Teacher of the Year Ms. Welch

Congratulations to Nyshunda Welch, our 2017-2018 Teacher of the Year! Ms. Welch has been teaching four years, all of them at Berta Weathersbee. She earned her undergraduate degree at the University of Georgia and earned her Master's from Columbus State University. Her motto for teaching is, "They don't care what you know until they know that you care." Congratulations Ms. Welch!

Basketball Try-Outs Basketball Try-Outs

Berta families with 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students : Our Soaring Eagles Co-Ed basketball team is hosting tryouts, this upcoming WEDNESDAY (Oct. 18th). Tryouts will be after school and students should be picked up out front at 3:30 pm. Bring your basketball shoes! 

Important- Students *must* have a signed parent permission slip to stay after school & participate in tryouts. Forms were sent home with students last week and are due this Tuesday, October 17th.

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01/26/18: Berta Talks Lexile

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

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

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Johnny Appleseed

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Students in Mrs. Porter's first grade class recently studied Johnny Appleseed, whose real name was John Chapman. In honor of his birthday on September 26, the students read various pieces of literature about him, discussed the definition of tall tales and then discussed which elements of the tall tale of Johnny Appleseed were true and which ones were exaggerated. Additionally, they learned a song about him, enjoyed a story about "a little red house with no windows and no doors and a star inside," and conducted an apple tasting and created a graph of their favorite apple.

Star Students

Berta Weathersbee Elementary School is pleased to announce their Star Students of the Month for October and November. Star Students are selected based on their good behavior, good attitude and classroom participation. Congratulations to these exceptional students!

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STAR Students of the Month - December

Berta Weathersbee Elementary School is pleased to announce their Star Students of the Month for December. Star Students are selected based on their good behavior, good attitude and classroom participation. Congratulations to these exceptional students!

 

Pictured are (left to right) Marquez Anderson, Devon Wachal, Jordan Johnson, Willie Cooks, principal, Lorenzo Earl, and Dakota Gardner. Not pictured: Aaliyah Cook

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TCSS Sends RFQ for Superintendent Search Firm Services Logo

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

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

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

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

Read entire story here. 

Fall Book Fair Fall Book Fair

Students at Berta Weathersbee Elementary School recently enjoyed the Scholastic Book Fair. The book fair, which is held once in the fall and again in the spring, allows students to purchase a wide variety of books, educational games, and school supplies. Proceeds from the sale go to the school and are used to purchase books and other equipment.

DAR Award Winner

TerNeidra Dunlap recently won best overall for 5th grade students in Troup County in the the Lagrange Daughters of American Revolution annual American History Essay Contest. Students were graded mainly on originality, but also spelling and grammar. TerNeidra was recognized at the TCSS board meeting on November 16th and will be honored by the Lagrange Daughters of American Revolution in February 2018. Congratulations to this outstanding student!

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Flaming Hot Readers

Things are really heating up at Berta Weathersbee Elementary School! Students recently began participating in a flaming hot reading challenge. For every three picture books or one chapter book they read and write a summary on, they earn a bag of individual size hot potato chips. They can earn up to two bags per week. Each time they earn an individual bag, they are entered into a weekly drawing to win a large bag of hot chips. Participants in the incentive also get their picture on the Berta Wall of Flame. 

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5 More Reasons to Choose TCSS

Here are five more reasons why TCSS is the best!
 

 

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

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Huge thank you to our local Walmart’s Transportation and Safety department for their donation to BWES!
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

Soaring Eagles Named

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Berta Weathersbee Elementary School recently inducted new members as Soaring Eagles for the 2017-2018 school year. Soaring Eagles are students that are recognized for their character. They must possess qualities such as respect for themselves, peers, and teachers, as well as take pride in their self, school, and community. Soaring Eagles are honest, responsible, patient, and practice self control. Congratulations to these outstanding students!

 

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5 Reasons to Choose TCSS

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

 

 

 

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

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

Read entire story here

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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Upcoming Events

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September Media Center Statistics

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2018 - 2019 School Supply List School Supply List

 
School begins Thursday, August 9 and Troup County schools are preparing for students. If you are ready to shop for your child(ren) school supplies, here is the list:   

ELEMENTARY SCHOOL SUPPLY LIST
MIDDLE SCHOOL SUPPLY LIST

   

 


 

Donuts for Dads T-Shirts

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Upcoming Events.September 28

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Substitute Teacher Training Wednesday, February 7th

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Family Reading Night at LaGrange Mall

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Join us for this fun family event and support our Media Center at the sale time!

1/25/2017: THINC Students Teach CPR Safety Always

When an emergency happens at home, who do you call? Thanks to students in Ms. Sharell Lewis’ Introduction to Health Science course at THINC College & Career Academy (THINC), the young learners at Berta Weathersbee Elementary now know exactly what to do in the event of an emergency.

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School Supply List for 2018-2019

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Upcoming Events.September 21

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PreK and Kindergarten Registration March 12 - 16

 

Registration Dates

Meet the Teacher

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Title I

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

Berta Talks Lexile

Setting Goals

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Students in Mrs. Hardnett's fourth-grade class are well on the way to making their academic dreams a reality. Recently she had each of her students write down their goals for the year and the steps that they need to take to achieve them. Goal setting is a great way to get students to take ownership of learning and academic success.

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!

Thank You!

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Thank you to Trackmobile for supporting our school and sending our students on field trips!

Holiday Program and Family Reading Night

Students, families and staff recently enjoyed a Family Reading Night and Holiday Program at Berta Weathersbee Elementary School. After enjoying a holiday performance from the school chorus, kindergarten students, Berta Steppers and cheerleaders, families participated in a variety of reading activities. In addition to make-your-own bookmarks in the art room and BINGO for Books in the Media Center, students and families were treated to a visit and a free book from the Jungle Bus.

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IMPACT!

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IMPACT, an new organization at Berta Weathersbee Elementary School, is making a difference this school year by providing support and encouragement to teachers and staff through positive notes and small tokens of appreciation. IMPACT is also tasked with planning special events and staff get-togethers. IMPACT was inspired by a similar program at Troup High School that Berta Weathersbee teachers learned about this summer at the ICLE Model Schools Conference in Orlando, Fl.

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Students at Berta Weathersbee Elementary School recently celebrated International Dot Day with a STEAM activity. Students were divided into teams of four and challenged  to create the tallest structure using 50 pieces of DOTS candy and toothpicks. The activity encouraged teamwork and thinking outside the box. International Dot Day is a celebration of the book, The Dot by Peter J. Reynolds. Started in 2009 by teacher Terry Shay Dot encourages creativity, collaboration, and making your mark.  

Upcoming Events.September 17

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PBIS Rewards

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Berta Weathersbee Elementary School students are enjoying shopping at the Positive Behavior Intervention and Support (PBIS) store. The students are able to use "Eagle Cash" to make purchases of items ranging from candy to large toys and balls. PBIS is a system utilized by the school to promote positive behavior through school-wide expectations and culture. With PBIS students that follow the expectations get acknowledged and rewarded. 

Book Donations!

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Students in Mrs. Clark's first-grade class are all smiles as they proudly show off some brand new books that they can keep. Mrs. Clark has secured donations by asking friends, family and community members to sponsor one student in her class for $9 per year. The money she raised enables her to purchase one Scholastic $1 book per student each month.

Upcoming Events.September 7

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Media Center Statistics - August

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Freedom Friday

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Students at Berta Weathersbee Elementary school recently celebrated their first Freedom Friday. Freedom Fridays are held the last Friday of each month and allow students to wear regular clothing instead of uniforms for the day. To participate in the uniform-free day students can either have perfect attendance for the month or purchase a ticket in the PBIS store. PBIS is a behavior management program where student earn rewards for making good behavior decisions.

Broadcast Team Announced

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

Title I Meeting/Open House

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Berta Weathersbee Elementary School recently held their Annual Title I Meeting and Open House. During the meeting information about Title I and the importance of parental involvement in student success was shared. Afterward families visited their student's classrooms to provide input into grade level compacts and learn more about the expectations for the year. The PTO was on hand providing a delicious hot dog dinner to attendees.

 

Click here to see more pictures from the Title I Meeting/Open House. 

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Members of the Berta Weathersbee Elementary School Broadcast Team, are preparing for the daily announcements. Each morning members of the Broadcast Team deliver the school news and upcoming events. Students serve as anchors, camera crew and set technicians. 

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

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

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

Title 1 Meeting and Open House

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Focus on Literacy

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Students at Berta Weathersbee Elementary School are enjoying the new school year and the chance to visit the media center and check out books. This year Berta Weathersbee has a school-wide focus on literacy and we are excited to see students with their books.

Official Uniform Policy

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