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02/22/2017: Rotary Club Luncheon Shines on the 2017 Troup County STAR Students and Teachers STAR Student Winner Seungiu Lee with Parents

Five students and teachers were honored during the 2017 Student Teacher Achievement Recognition (STAR) luncheon hosted by the Rotary Club. Before the event ended, Seungju (Jason) Lee from LaGrange High School was named Troup County STAR Student.
 

For the past 58 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. 
 

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2/17/17: Dr. Pugh Visits Troup High with the Celebration Cart THS Collage Celebration Cart

On Friday, teachers at Troup High School were surprised when the Celebration Cart wheeled through the halls before the President's Day holiday. Dr. Cole Pugh, Supt. of TCSS, along with Cabinet members stopped by to recognize every school employee while giving them bags of snacks and drinks. 

This is one of the awesome ways TCSS shows appreciation to employees while saying, 'Thanks for all you do!'  

02/21/17: TCSS Announces Teacher of the Year Finalists! TOTY Finalists

Last week, TCSS Superintendent Dr. Cole Pugh surprised three teachers during the annual Teacher of the Year Surprise Patrol. During this time, the three Teacher of the Year (TOTY) finalists learned they made it to the next local round of competition.
 

The three division finalists are:

  • Michal Bush: 4th Grade English/Language Arts at Hollis Hand Elementary
  • Marie Curtis: 6th – 8th Exceptional Education at Callaway Middle School
  • Kayla Yeargin: 9th Accelerated Algebra at Troup High School 


Read entire article here

Online Registration Application

Are you ready to register your child in TCSS? You can start by completing the ONLINE APPLICATION. After completion, bring documentation in for verification. If you have any questions, please contact the Office of Student Assignment @ 706.812.7900.

Registration Online Application

02/14/17: Straight Talk Takes Callaway Middle School Students to Atlanta Callaway Middle Aquarium and MLK Trip
Recently, 29 Callaway Middle School students visited The Georgia Aquarium and The Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Nonviolent Change in Atlanta. The students are members of a mentoring group called Straight Talk. This program originated out of a need to provide students with life skills outside of the classroom. They build wood projects, participate in school plays, garden, and travel to various locations throughout the state.

At the Aquarium, students were able to see the largest center in the world, while the visit to the MLK Center opened their eyes to new perspectives. They said it gave them a chance to think about the importance of civil rights and peaceful protests while they reflected on some of the most important issues of their time. 
02/13/2017: Troup County Students Connect with Jobs During Local Job Shadowing Day Kim Mobley and THS student McKenzie Sargent

Earlier this month on Groundhog Day, the groundhog was not the only one to see shadows – businesses throughout Troup County welcomed Troup County School System (TCSS) students as they took interest in their possible career paths by job shadowing at local companies. 

Doors were opened for students to spend a portion of their day receiving firsthand experience in the work place. During this time, TCSS students were seen interacting with children in the classroom, assisting customers in the pharmacy, observing a dental hygienist clean a patient’s teeth, and troubleshooting mechanical issues via computer.

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02/07/2017: National School Counseling Week School Counseling Week

We are proud to give thanks for all our wonderful counselors and what they do for our school system and students during this year’s National School Counseling Week (Feb 6-10). They encourage students to fight for success and to do their best. We are grateful for everything they do.

 
02/07/2017: Parent Workshop: ABLE Act and Guardianship in Georgia Parent Meeting

At the next Exceptional Education seminar, attendees will find out more information about guardianship and obtaining guardianship for a person with a disability. In addition, The Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) will be highlighted. The ABLE Act of Georgia allows families to save a limited amount of money for disability related expenses without impacting Medicaid or SSI. Come and learn how to set up an account.

When:  Monday, February 27, 2017
Time:  6:00pm*
Where:  New Community Church, 1200 South Davis Rd, LaGrange GA**
Presenter:  Kim Harris, Attorney at Law

*Childcare will be provided
*Walmart gift cards will be given to a lucky winner

 
02/06/17: PreK and Kindergarten Registration is Feb 13-17 Crayons for Registration

Pre-K and K Registration is Feb. 13-17 from 8:30 am - 4:00 pm. For faster service, TCSS has implemented an online registration process (link will be available later this week). Parents/Guardians still have to appear in person to submit required documents at one of the registration locations listed on the flyer. 

02/02/2017: Substitute Teacher Training Substitute Teacher Training

Any retired teacher who would like to become substitute teacher can now apply on-line until February 20. 

Substitute Workshop Date

March 1, 2017 @ 8:00 am - 1:30 pm 

Location: Administrative Services Center - Board Room
 

*Before leaving the workshop applicants will schedule a date for fingerprinting. A $45.00 money order is required for fingerprinting.

 

Read Entire Article Here.

02/01/2017: TCSS Students Celebrate 100 Days of School 100th Day outfits

Last week, the students of Troup County School System (TCSS) celebrated 100 days of learning. Many of our elementary schools like Rosemont, Franklin Forest and West Point celebrated by hosting 100 day activities in the classroom. For example, some students dressed up as a 100-year-old, classes read for 100 seconds or recited 100 sight words. Other students created t-shirts and hats with 100 items. The day was a blast for everyone to celebrate a milestone in the school year.

 
01/31/2017: Georgia DOE Releases Climate Ratings Culture

Today, the Georgia Department of Education released the 2016 School Climate Star Ratings and Financial Efficiency Ratings for each public school and district in the state. The ratings are based on the 2015-2016 school year.

Each school received a 1-5 star rating, with five stars representing an excellent school climate and one star representing a school climate most in need of improvement.

Read entire article here

01/19/16: Hollis Hand Students Connect Current Events to Learning If I were President

After reading the book, If I Were President by Catherine Stier, students at Hollis Hand Elementary discussed things they would do if they became President of the United States. Students shared their ideas with their peers through words and graphics on paper. For instance, 5th grader, Mayley Hester wrote, "I would give food and water to the homeless," while her classmate Kristiyounna Sims wrote, "I would be fair and make sure the country was good."

The ideas continued to flow as 3rd grader, Hugh Kersey, wrote, "I would build an indoor golf course in the White House," and Amelia Rockwell, also in the 3rd grade, wrote, "I would care for the poor." Third grade student Daniels Durand wrote, "I would improve our parks." Connecting current events to classroom activities makes learning relevant for TCSS students. 

01/18/17: CHS Volleyball Team Wins POWERADE Scholarship Cheyenne

Recently, athletic teams throughout the southeast clamored to fill out essays and complete videos for POWERADE’s ‘Power Through’ contest. One of those essays, submitted by Callaway High School sophomore, Cheyenne Booker, was chosen as tops. Now, the school’s volleyball team has been awarded a $2,000 scholarship to use so they can ‘power through’ the season. 

Teams can use the $2,000 award for any number of options to enhance their program including transportation costs, improving facilities, etc. According to Booker’s essay, the volleyball team wishes to use the funds to purchase new team jerseys, new training equipment, and pay for training sessions with the local college’s volleyball coach. She also said this scholarship is a great opportunity for the team to be rewarded for doing a good job. 

01/06/17: All Extra-Curricula Activities Cancelled for the Weekend

For the safety of our students and personnel, all extra-curricula activities (academics, the arts, & athletics) including but not limited to conditioning, practices, and workouts are canceled at school and at other community locations for Friday 1/6 - Sunday 1/8.  If this extends into Monday, we will notify you via our website and Facebook page.

UPDATE - School is in Session - NO After School Enrichment; Updated on Thursday, 9 pm

Currently, all TCSS schools are still on a regular schedule for Friday, January 6th. Parents of elementary students, please be advised that After School Enrichment (ASE) is cancelled and you must be prepared to provide transportation for your child/ren.

School officials are still working with local officials as they monitor road conditions throughout the evening. If the status changes, we will update you via the website, Facebook and/or One Call Now.

01/05/17: After School Activities; Updated on Thursday, 4:30 pm
Middle Schools
CMS - Awaiting confirmation
GNMS - No events scheduled
LCMS - No athletic events scheduled; band audition in Perry, Ga on Saturday is undetermined
 
High Schools
CHS - Friday and Saturday events cancelled
LHS - Friday's game against Cedartown will be played today; Saturday's game canceled
THS - Friday's game against Sandy Creek is undetermined; Saturday's game canceled
01/05/17: Weather Watch - Updated on Thursday, 3:30 pm Weather Channel Pic

School officials are monitoring weather reports from the National Weather Service and Georgia Emergency Management Agency concerning winter storm Helena. In addition, we will be attending a weather briefing at 4:00 pm for more information about Helena's possible impact on Troup County. 

Currently, TCSS schools are on a regularly scheduled program for Friday. If there are any changes, we will keep you updated via our website, Facebook page, and/or One Call Now. We will issue posts about after school activities as they become available.

12/20/16: Troup County School System Breaks for Christmas Holiday Jingle Bells

There will be no school due to the Christmas Holiday Break.
Staff returns to school on Tuesday, January 3rd.
Students return to school Wednesday, January 4th.  

12/14/16: TCSS Board of Education Named Quality Board Board

Earlier this month, Troup County School System’s (TCSS) School Board received the designation of 2016 Quality School Board according to the Georgia School Board Association (GSBA).

The recognition program was designed to showcase best practices in school governance and leadership. GSBA recognizes good school board governance to foster educational community cultures in order to advance student learning and achievement. TCSS School Board met and or exceeded the criteria set forth by GSBA to earn this honor. The criteria may be reviewed by clicking here for more information. Read the entire press release here

2016 CCRPI Scores Released

Today, the Georgia Department of Education released the state-wide College and Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI) scores. Troup County School System (TCSS) once again outpaced the state.

Out of 100 possible points and based on data from the 2015-2016 school year, over 70% of TCSS elementary schools scored above the state on CCRPI and each TCSS middle school increased their achievement scores. In addition, TCSS elementary schools outpaced state elementary schools by 5.8 points. Read the full release here

 

 

TCSS

Georgia

Elementary

77.5

71.7

Middle

71.6

71.5

High

70.2

75.7

Combined Scores

74.8

73.6

Thanksgiving Break November 21-25 Thanksgiving Break
LaFayette Christian School Donates Weekend Back Packs to TCSS LCS

Last week, two classes of first grade students from Lafayette Christian School (LCS) started their morning by praying over back packs. These were not any regular back packs; they were filled with food and snacks for students in Troup County School System (TCSS) who were in need of weekend food items.

According to LCS Business Manager Wanda Peterson, each year the school hosts a community work day service project. “We work with the teachers, students, parents and community to arrange designated service projects. This year, the first graders decided to give food items to others in Troup County. The items were donated by families of students that attend Lafayette Christian. We want them (the students) to see and understand the importance of giving back to the community.”

TCSS 2016 Graduation Rates Leap Over Prior Year LHS Graduation Affirmation

Recently, the Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE) released its 2016 Four-Year Cohort Graduation Rates. The outlook for Troup County School System (TCSS) is promising with a 5.5 percentage point increase over 2015. Read entire story here.
 

 

2015 Graduation Rate

2016 Graduation Rate

Callaway High School

67.2 %

74.9%

LaGrange High School

70.7%

74.7%

Troup High School

75.8%

80.9%

Troup County School System

71.4%

76.9%

Georgia Department of Education

78.9%

79.2%

Partners in Education Slide Presentation PIE

Yesterday, TCSS hosted close to 130 attendees at the annual Partnership in Education Appreciation breakfast. The LaGrange High School Bandits opened the meeting with a number of songs to get the guests rockin' before the event began. Students from each high school spoke about the importance of business partners, what they mean to learning and student activities, and how business can become more involved. Superintendent Dr. Cole Pugh gave an update on rigor and relevance, Opportunity School District, and partner activities. 

 

Community Survey QR Survey

It's important to seek input from members of the community.   

Red Ribbon Week Callaway Elementary- Red Ribbon Week

Callaway Elementary has a lot planned for  Red Ribbon Week. Click to learn more about it!

 

TCSS Partners with Local Pediatricians for Early Literacy with Grant from United Way's Women's Leadership Council Nurse Reads to Liam

Developing lifelong readers starts early. The United Way Women’s Leadership Council understands this, which is why the organization recently approved a grant for Troup County School System (TCSS) to purchase early learning books for the Pediatric Community Collaborative program.

This outreach targets local pediatricians because they see children for immunizations before children even start their first day of school. Nicole Kennedy, Parental Engagement Coordinator for TCSS said, “We see where students starting Kindergarten are not reading at the level they should. We had to be strategic and think of a way to reach students who have not yet made it to Troup County Schools. That is how the collaborative was born between the school system, Success by Six, and local pediatricians.”

Read Press Release Here

Educators Continue Rigor, Relevance and Relationship Professional Learning Rigor relevace

It may be a day off for students, but elementary teachers throughout the district are continuing their education about rigor, relevance, relationships and higher order thinking. Today, across the district, media centers and parent contact centers were abuzz with Troup County School System (TCSS) educators participating in group work, hands-on learning and professional coaching from the International Center for Leadership Excellence. They spent the day sharing information and helping educators complete hands-on exercises that can be used in lesson planning and classroom learning to make classroom learning more engaging and relevant for students. 

Employee Benefit Education Sessions Underway Byron Jones and Don Miller Benefits Education Session

Troup County School System Benefits Education Sessions are now underway at various TCSS locations between today and Wednesday. Discussions will cover the 2017 SHBP plan designs, rates, selecting proper coverage, wellness, etc.
 

For more information visit: http://www.houze.org/index.php/troupboe. Benefit Education Session dates and times are: 
 

Oct. 3 @ CES @ 3:30 pm
Oct. 3 @ CMS @ 5:15 pm
Oct. 3 @ ASC @ 7:00 pm
Oct. 4 @ RES @ 3:30 pm
Oct. 5 @ FFES @ 3:30 pm
Oct. 5 @ LHS @ 5:15 pm
Oct. 5 @ ASC @ 7:00 pm
Oct. 12 @ ASC @ 9:00 am
Oct. 12 @ LCMS @ 3:30 pm
Oct. 12 @ THS @ 5:30 pm

B.O.W. Tie and Big B.O.W.

Gentlemen wear your bowties and Ladies wear your big bows as we celebrate being BOLD, OPTIMISTIC,  WORLDCHANGERS every Thursday at Callaway! #wearecallaway #btt

Student/Staff Holiday

Troup County School System will be closed Monday, September 5, 2016 for Labor Day Holiday. This holiday includes all students and staff.

Troup High Teacher Inspires Through Social Media Post

Troup High Biology teacher and former Troup County School System Teacher of the Year, Nichelle Wimbush, posted a video on her social media page to show how she starts the beginning of all her classes. Little did she know, that one post would go viral and thrust her into the national spotlight - in a positive way. From Troup County to California, her post of students affirming who they are in her classroom has been broadcast on news media and talk radio. 

Recently, she sat down with producers from public radio station NPR's Closer Look series to discuss her career as a teacher and mentor. You can listen to her interview by CLICKING HERE. Her interview starts at 0:56.

New Mentor Orientation

Last week, Troup County School System employees showed up in numbers when it came time to start the new teacher mentorship program. Close to 40 TCSS staff gathered in the board room as district employees went through the mentorship agenda and answered questions.

The purpose of the orientation was to introduce the mentorship program to the attendees. On the agenda, they discussed team roles of a mentor/teacher, presented the induction website, forms needed as a mentor and the Google classroom training. When asked how many were already logged on to the Google classroom platform, almost ten were set up within the system used to track their mentorship.

In addition to the Google classroom training, mentors can use the virtual classroom to share ideas and encourage each other as they prepare to start the journey of a mentor/teacher.

Rockin' Back to School

Troup County School System is rockin' into the new school year! Students and staff around the district help celebrate by giving us their best 'Rock and Roll' sounds! 

 

 

Joe Franklin Sworn in to Board of Education

Last night at the monthly Troup County Board of Education meeting, Mr. Joe Franklin was sworn into the District 6 post after winning the election this past May. Probate Judge Donald Boyd recited the oath of office before Franklin's family, current board members, and guests at the meeting. 

Mr. Franklin has been involved in the current rigor and relevance training to learn more about how the district is moving forward. You can read more about Mr. Franklin from this article in the LaGrange Daily News

 

 

Title I Parent Night: A Plan for Success

Please join us on Monday, August 15, from 5:30 - 6:30 P.M. for our first Title I night of the 2016-17 school year. Parents will have an opportunity to ask their child's teacher question or concerns they may have at this time.

Put on the Brakes - School Starts Wednesday, August 10!

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 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 the press release here

Teachers Return for School and Rigor/Relevance Coaching

Today, the staff at Gardner Newman Middle School prepared for the second day of professional learning in the school cafeteria. Each staff member gathered at a table, or in groups, to continue their executive coaching on making learning rigorous and relevant for students this coming fall and beyond. Gardner Newman was one of three middle schools throughout the district who is on day two of the training headed by representatives from the International Center for Leadership in Education (ICLE). 

Staff were paired together as three coaches took turns providing feedback and  offering tools and techniques to advance learning for all students. The sessions will continue in high schools and elementary schools later this week. In addition, throughout the year, ICLE coaches will return to observe the implementation of the rigor/relevance training as each teacher adds the techniques to their current classroom model. 

 

GMAS Test Scores

Student GMAS test scores can be picked up on registration day at the school where the student is attending this year (2016-17.)

Registration Dates

High School, Middle School and Elementary Registration Dates for Enrolled Students

 

Tax Free Weekends Coming for Back to School Shopping

For those parents waiting to purchase back to school supplies, the state of Georgia and Alabama are both offering free tax weekends before school starts. The dates are:
 

  • Georgia: Saturday, July 30 - Sunday, July 31
  • Alabama: Friday, August 5 - Sunday, August 7
     

There will be no sales tax on clothing, electronics, school supplies and other back-to-school items.

2016-17 School Registration Information

Thursday, August 4, from 12:00 - 6:00 P.M.

CES 2nd Annual Back-to-School Bash

August 5, 2016 from 10:00 A.M. - 2:00 P.M. at Harris Baseball Complex

01/12/17: TCSS Hosts Job Fair on February 4 Math Teacher

On Saturday, February 4th, Troup County School System is looking to hire teachers and other individuals for certified positions. This includes the critical fields of Math, Science, CTAE and Special Education. Chief Human Resources Officer Sequita Freeman, says, "It is important to start the hiring process for these critical fields earlier so we can have the best of the best in Troup County schools."

If you, or anyone you know, meets the qualifications for a certified position, please apply online through the APPLITRACKS portal. Click here for the Job Fair Flyer

2014-2015 Annual Report Now Available

The Troup County School System 2014-2015 Annual Report to the Community is now available by clicking the link below:

2014-2015 Annual Report to the Community

Special Registration Dates for English Second Language Families

Troup County School System is offering two special registration dates for Korean and Hispanic families. The flyer is attached below:

  • 100 North Davis Road, Building C
  • July 20 @ 8:00am - 12:00 noon
  • July 21 @ 12:00 noon - 4:00 pm

Registration Flyer - Spanish

Registration Flyer - Korean

Make-up Training Dates for CURRENT Substitue Teachers
Aesop Orientation Training /Make-Up Dates
Administrative Services Center
100 N Davis Road, Building C
LaGrange, Georgia 30241
 
Select ONE of the following dates and times to attend:
July 11 at 10:00 am
July 11 at 3:30 pm
July 12 at 10:00 am
July 12 at 3:30 pm
 
Please note that this is the final offering of the orientation for the summer If you do not attend one of these sessions, you will no longer be able to access the available jobs, and will therefore not be an active substitute within our system.  
 
Thank you for your attention to this matter.  
 
If you have questions or concerns, you may contact Jeanette Davis at (706)812-7900 or davisej@troup.org  
Notice of Millage Rate Hearings - TCSS is NOT requesting an increase in 2016 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 LaGrange Daily 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.

PROPERTY TAX INCREASE PRESS RELEASE

06/15/16: Attention All CURRENT Substitute Teachers - Training on New System

TCSS is using a new automated service that greatly simplifies and streamlines the process of finding and managing substitute jobs in the district. This service, called Aesop, utilizes both the telephone and the Internet to assist you in locating jobs in this school district. The Aesop system is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  


To use the program, training is required. Please choose one of the following dates to attend training:

Training Dates Below - Please select one session to attend (THESE SESSIONS ARE FOR CURRENT SUBSTITUTE TEACHERS ONLY)

Tuesday, June 21

10:00 AM or 4:00 PM

Wednesday, June 22

10:00 AM or 4:00 PM

Thursday, June 23

10:00 AM or 4:00 PM



Training will take place at:

Administrative Services Center 

100 North Davis Rd. Bldg C

LaGrange, GA 30241

 

Troup County School System is Hiring Teachers

Are you interested in becoming a part of a dynamic team of education professionals who know that rigor, relevance and relationships help student achievement? Then Troup County School System is the place for you. We are currently hiring for teaching positions. Go to teachgeorgia.org to see available positions and to apply.

06/13/2016: Summer Slide

The “Summer Slide” is NOT a good slide!  It refers to the fact that children will often LOSE much of their academic gains made during the school year because they are not as busy, active, and involved during the summer, especially in reading! You can go to the Georgia Department of Education for additional resources and a summer reading program!
 

Summer Slide Pamphlet 

06/09/16: Parents Can Now Submit Applications for School Choice (HB 251)

From now until Friday, July 8th, parents can submit HB 251 transfer requests for their child/ren to schools with space available. All applications must have proof of current addres. Applications can be returned to:
 

TCSS Administrative Services Building

100 North Davis Road

Building C

LaGrange, GA 30240
 

Summer Safety Flyers

Summer is a great time for kids to learn and play outdoors. Here are some summer safety tips to make sure kids have fun and stay safe while playing!

Playground Safety

Summer Skin Safety

LaGrange High School Graduates 235 Seniors

LaGrange High conferred over 235 diplomas on Saturday. Christine Yin, class Valedictorian says, "I'd like to thank my family friends and teachers that I have had throughout my years in Troup County schools. I feel like they really prepared me for the future and I am really excited to go to Georgia Tech and move on to the next part of my life." 
 

Best of luck to each one of you in your future endeavors! 

Troup High School Graduates 271 Seniors!

Congratulations to Troup High and all graduates. Elizabeth Wheeler, class Valedictorian says, "The most amazing thing about Troup High School is how many great teachers there are. Every single year I have gone through school I have had great teachers. They are great people and they actually care about the students. That's one of the biggest things that helped me throughout my high school career." 
 

Best of luck to each one of you in your future endeavors! 

Congratulations CHS Graduates!

Last night, we honored 161 Callaway High School graduates. Chaehee Kim, class Valedictorian says, "One of the best things I learned in Troup County School System is how to open my eyes to new opportunities and try out new things. My friends and teachers have pushed me to do that and I have created great relationships here." 
 

Best of luck to each one of you in your future endeavors! 

Troup County School System Prepares for Graduations

Thursday, May 26 - Callaway High School @ 8:00 pm

Friday, May 27 - Troup High School @ 8:00 pm

Saturday, May 28 - LaGrange High School @ 8:30 am

All graduations will be held at Callaway Stadium.

Thank You Troup County!

Last night, over 63% of Troup County citizens voted to support the continuation of Education SPLOST for 2017-2022. This is an exciting time because it solidifies education as a priority for the community. Our stakeholders have placed their confidence in us to provide a quality education with each dollar received, and for that, we are proud. This is a win for the students, staff and the entire community as we move forward with preparing the children we serve to be college and career ready. On behalf of the Troup County Board of Education, thank you for believing in the future of our students.

FIELD DAY HAS BEEN CANCELLED FOR TODAY!
GMAS Information for 3rd and 5th Grade Parents

Please read the information about GMAS retesting for 3rd and 5th grade students.

05/18/16: Callaway Elementary Celebrates AR Goals

Davis Moncus, a first grade student in Lisa Rogers class at Callaway Elementary School, recently earned 200 Accelerated Reader points. He was rewarded by choosing to be the P.E. Specialist and Media Specialist for a day. He enjoyed helping the second graders do their stretches, playing butterball with the students, and blowing the whistle in P.E. In the media center, Davis helped check library books in and out and read to a group of kindergarten and first grade students.

Pictured with Davis is Ms. Kim Sharkey, Media Specialist, Davis Moncus, and Ms. Robyn McCann, P.E. Specialist.

Athletic Director @ LHS, Michael Pauley, Talks About Proposed Athletic Facilities

LaGrange High's Athletic Director, Coach Michael Pauley, talks about the spirit of excellence and how the proposed athletic facilities can help provide that for students and the community.

Michelle Ashmore Shares What Education SPLOST Gives to Students
05/11/16: Amy Crites Named 2016 TCSS School Nurse of the Year

Amy Crites has a background in psychology and a degree in music therapy that she puts to good use as a school nurse for Troup County School System (TCSS). Just being named 2016 TCSS Nurse of the Year is only going to help her touch more lives through the work she does.

 

Originally from St. Louis, Crites migrated to Georgia when she had to complete a six month music therapy internship in Milledgeville. She has served in therapy or nursing roles throughout this region ever since. As a four-year employee of the school system, she splits time between Berta Weathersbee Elementary and Gardner Newman Middle School. Serving vastly different age groups keeps her engaged and excited about her craft.

 

“I love the diversity and being able to go from one school to the other. You can have different conversations at each level. In middle school, the students ask deeper questions and become more involved in maintaining their health. For example, I can have more in-depth conversations - especially with the girls - at the middle school level because their bodies are going through so many changes,” she noted. 

05/05/16: VIDEO - Mr. Radcliffe Discusses Moving to Troup County and Education SPLOST

Mr. John Radcliffe, Assistant Superintendent of Operations, takes a minute to explain how he and his family came to Troup County. He also discusses proposed Education SPLOST projects.

05/03/16: Troup County Edges Out State in CCRPI Scores

Troup County School System (TCSS) received some positive news from the Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE) when the College and Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI) scores were released earlier today – the county outscored the state by 2.8 points.

 

Based on data from the 2014-15 school year, and out of 100 possible points, TCSS notched above the state in all divisions. 

 

TCSS Elementary Schools – 79.8

Georgia Elementary Schools – 76

TCSS Middle Schools – 75

Georgia Middle Schools – 71.2

TCSS High Schools – 77

Georgia High Schools – 75.8

TCSS Combined Scores – 78.3

Georgia Combined Scores – 75.5

           

Because of changes to the way CCRPI is calculated – including but not limited to a new assessment system, changes in weights, and recalculated performance targets – a direct comparison between 2014 and 2015 CCRPI scores is not possible.

04/29/16: Georgia DOE Chooses Ashmore as a Teacher of the Year Finalist

Monday morning, immediately before a classroom observation, Michelle Ashmore received a phone call from State Superintendent Richard Woods. While she wasn’t sure what the phone call was about, it became clear that it was some news she had been waiting to hear for months: she has been named a 2017 State Teacher of the Year Finalist in Georgia.

Full of tears, she thanked Superintendent Woods for the great news…but there was a catch. She had to wait a full day to share it because all of the finalists had not been notified. Clearing up her face and bottling the excitement, she carried on throughout the day as if everything was normal. 

Setting Misconceptions Straight

This document explains the misconceptions of Education SPLOST in bullet point format.

Bret Bryant, Hogansville Elementary Principal, Talks About School Climate Professional Learning

Professional Learning is important to our growth as an organization and to student learning. In this video, Bret Bryant, Principal of Hogansville Elementary, talks about professional learning opportunities, how the findings impact students and staff, and the upcoming Model Schools Conference in Orlando. 

Troup County School System Non-Resident Student Applications Available for Submission

Eligible students who live outside of Troup County can now pay tuition to attend the Troup County school closest to their home address. Troup County School System (TCSS) is now accepting applications for non-resident students. The application and parent information sheet are now available on troup.org.

Students living in Georgia, but outside of Troup County, will be assessed a $300 yearly tuition fee and students residing outside the state of Georgia will be assessed a $5,500 yearly tuition fee. 

Application and parent information forms are available HERE.

Bus Drivers Show Their Stuff During Annual Bus Road-e-o

On a cool windy Saturday morning bus drivers showed up on their day off to demonstrate their safe driving skills during the annual School Bus Road-e-o Competition. Thirty-one Troup County School System (TCSS) bus drivers gathered to compete on a complex driving obstacle course. During the course, they were judged on proficiency, accuracy, attention to details and other elements that emphasize their skill set.

 

Bus drivers maneuvered through the 11-course trail as if they drove the same route every day. For them, the number one daily priority is safety and this competition gave them another platform to showcase their expertise and to also learn areas of improvement. 

TCSS Announces Informational Education SPLOST Meeting Dates and Times

Today, Troup County School System (TCSS) announced town hall meeting dates for information on Education SPLOST. These meetings are open to the public. In conjunction with the grassroots Your Change Makes Big Changes in Troup County Schools efforts announced in February, the following dates and times have been established:

 

Tuesday, April 19 @ 7:00 pm                                    

Rosemont Baptist Church

3794 Hamilton Rd., LaGrange, GA 30241

 

Wednesday, April 20 @ 12:00 pm

Troup County School System Administrative Services Center

100 North Davis Rd., LaGrange, GA 30241

 

Tuesday, April 26 @ 6:00 pm

Boys and Girls Club of LaGrange

115 East Cannon St., LaGrange, GA 30241

 

Tuesday, May 3 @ 5:30 pm

Boys and Girls Club of Hogansville (Hogansville Elementary)

611 East Main St., Hogansville, GA 30230

 

Thursday, May 5 @ 6:00 pm

West Point Elementary School

1706 East 12th St.

West Point, GA 31833

Kim Skiff Provides Insight on What Education SPLOST Gives

Kim Skiff says making our schools safe and providing enough space for our children to learn is what Education SPLOST gives to TCSS. 

PHONE LINES DOWN @ SCHOOLS
Good Morning - Phone lines to all elementary schools, Gardner Newman Middle and Callaway High are all down at this time. Our IT department is working to restore telephone communication. We will remove this message when they are restored. 
 
All system email communication is working.
04/12/16: Proposed Athletic Facilities Foster Relationships and Team Building

Did You Know...Over half of the student body population at Troup High School participate in athletic extracurricular activities - that's around 600 students! During these valuable times, students build relationships and work together as a team.

On the proposed Education SPLOST project list, state of the art athletic facilities will be constructed at both Troup and LaGrange high schools. This photo is a depiction of the proposed THS Athletic Facility.

04/11/16: Sabrina Hayes Says Education SPLOST Provides New Technology

According to Sabrina Hayes, Owner of two early learning academies in LaGrange, "Education SPLOST gives kids a chance to learn using new technology and teachers a chance to teach in a positive learning environment."

Kindergarten Cap & Gown Pictures

Kindergarten students will be having their cap & gown picture made on Wednesday, May 4.

Accelerated Reader and Library Book Deadline Dates

The last day for students to take AR tests is Wednesday, May 11.

All library books are due on Thursday, May 12.
 

End-of-the-Year Celebrations

The Pre-K through 4th grade classes will be having their end-of-the-year celebrations in their classrooms. The 5th grade classes will be having their celebration in the cafetorium.

 

04/05/16: Education SPLOST V is a Continuation

Every five years, TCSS asks Troup County registered voters to help us extend the one-cent Education SPLOST sales tax. It provides funding for operational expenses such as technology, facility upgrades, and new buildings. 

VIDEO - What ESPLOST Does for Students!

Some TCSS parents and students joined in to learn more about ESPLOST. Here are some of the things they know this one-cent tax helps fund. Thanks Troup County for supporting TCSS through this educational tax! 

03/24/16: Educational Websites and Apps for Families

This Spring Break, while on the road or hanging out at the beach, here are some family-friendly websites and apps to keep the kids engaged in learning while having some fun. They range in interests from math games to CIA science-inspired sites. There is also an App building website for the inventor inspired child. 

Family-Friendly Websites and Apps

03/23/16: Three Troup County High Schools Receive AP Designations from GaDOE

The Georgia Department of Education recently named the Advanced Placement (AP) Honor Schools and all three Troup County School System high schools received this distinguished honor! 

  • Callaway High School received the AP Challenge Schools Award
  • Troup High School received the AP Humanities Schools Award
  • Callaway, LaGrange and Troup High Schools all received the AP STEM School Award
  • Callaway, LaGrange and Troup High Schools all received the AP STEM Achievement Schools

Congratulations to all three high schools on these outstanding accomplishments!

Spring Break is Upon Us!
03/17/16: Teacher of the Year Winner

Anticipation filled the room as Troup County School System employees and friends gathered for the annual Teacher of the Year reception at Del’Avant Event Center. In the end, the honor was given to Jill Gay, 2nd grade teacher at Hollis Hand Elementary.

Gay holds a Masters of Arts in Early Childhood Education and has been an educator for 23 years. Ten of those years have been with Hollis Hand Elementary in Troup County. During the event honoring all 25 nominees, the Troy University graduate was elated as she accepted the award from Superintendent of Troup County School System, Dr. Cole Pugh. 

TCSS ESPLOST: Your Change Makes Changes in Troup County Schools!

Through Education SPLOST, your change makes changes for Troup County schools! This one-cent sales tax is a continuation of a current Education SPLOST 5 sales tax. It is paid by all who shop, live, work, and play in Troup County - even visitors who are passing through. You can:

Download the ESPLOST Brochure

Learn About ESPLOST 

Check Out ESPLOST Videos

Find a List of FAQ 

Find a List of Proposed Projects

Find Did You Know Information

Download the ESPLOST Audit Report

Download the Employee and Board Ethics Brochure

03/14/16: Scholarship Opportunity - Dernell Stenson Foundation

For the 4th consecutive year, the Dernell Renauld Stenson Foundation is providing scholarship opportunities to high school seniors. In addition, for the 3rd 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 March 25, 2016. Winners will be announced in May. 

Email all completed applications to: Mrs. Marion Tate at mstate63@att.net or call the Dernell Renauld Stenson Foundation, Inc at 770.337.4414.

Elementary and Middle School Scholarship Information
High School Scholarship Information 
SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION FORM

03/14/16: Celebrating Our School Board Members

Troup County School System (TCSS) is joining a statewide celebration saluting the efforts of local school board members. Governor Nathan Deal has proclaimed March 14-18 as School Board Appreciation Week in Georgia. This weeklong observance calls attention to the contributions of local boards of education.

As constitutional officers of Georgia, school board members are responsible for setting educational policies, employing school personnel, providing buildings and equipment, operating a transportation system and disbursing school funds. As community leaders, school board members serve as advocates for the children in local public schools and must study, evaluate and decide what actions are in the best interest of those students.

Did You Know That ESPLOST is Only Used for Operational Funding
Did you know that ESPLOST can not be used to pay any employee salaries?
 
That's right, ESPLOST funds are used for operational expenses like new buildings, adding classrooms, adding safety and security measures, technology additions and upgrades, purchasing buses, etc.
 
To find a complete list of proposed projects, click here.
03/09/16: Answers to Questions From Budget Email Address

Troup County School System (TCSS) has received several questions from the budget email address. Responses to those questions can be downloaded by clicking here. They are also located under the Finance Department's webpages

For the last few years, the community has given suggestions and asked relevant budget-related questions via email during the budget process. The email address budgetquestions@troup.org is still currently open.

Responses will be posted on troup.org within 5-7 business days.The email address will remain open until Friday, March 25. 

03/09/16: Future ESPLOST Projects

Each student throughout the TCSS benefits from ESPLOST. While there are a number of proposed projects in ESPLOST V, a short list of some of the projects include renovation and expansion of facilities, safety and security related projects, equipment and software upgrades, etc. A complete list is available by clicking this link.

ESPLOST voting day is May 24th. Early voting begins May 2nd.

03/04/16: Callaway Elementary Celebrates Read Across America

Callaway Elementary School recently celebrated  Read Across America Week April 29 - March 4.

During the celebrations, a different Dr. Seuss book was featured each day, and on Dr. Seuss' birthday (March 2nd), the book The Cat in the Hat was the feature story. Everyone even wore a crazy hat! 

03/08/16: Educator Appreciation Day @ Atlanta Zoo

Zoo Atlanta welcomes educators and administrative support staff with FREE admission at Educator Appreciation Day presented by PNC Bank on Saturday, March 19Accompanying guests will receive $2 off general admission. Have fun exploring the Zoo and finding out what we can do for you and your classroom this year. Kids will enjoy animal encounters, face-painting and more.

 

You must bring:

- Employee ID that includes a photo

- Pay stub or name badge imprinted with school name or county AND a state-issued photo ID

Annual Title 1 Meeting & PTO Open House/Tailgate

Please join us and learn more about CES Parent-Teacher Organization. Please wear your favorite team shirt. The Title I meeting will be held Monday, September 12th from 5:30 - 6:30 PM. Open House immediately following.

Picture Day

Picture Day will be Thursday, September 29, 2016. Click Here to find out more information...

Free Movie Night

   FREE Family Movie Night

Teacher of the Year!! 2017-2018 Teacher of the Year

Congratulations to 3rd Grade teacher, Mrs. Patton!!!

 

School Supply List

 
School begins Wednesday, August 10 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


 

Crane Book Fair

Visiting the Book Fair is like going to a bookstore set up in our school! Your child will have time during the school day to select books to buy with the help of parent volunteers. Please encourage your children to stop by after school and during their lunch periods.  We will also be open during our Annual Title l Meeting & PTO Open House night on Monday, September 12th. Come check it out!!!

Barbara McCain Takes Students on a Higher Order Thinking Journey

Indian in the Cupboard is more than a book to Barbara McCain and the students in her West Point Elementary classroom. It’s an avenue to a higher order of thinking.

This summer, McCain, along with each teacher and school administrator in Troup County, received professional learning from an executive coach connected to the International Center for Leadership in Education. She believes this training provided resources to aid her and other educators in preparing students for the future by encouraging them to move past what they already know. Two areas of training stuck with McCain: The Rigor Relevance Framework and The Thinking Continuum. 

Read more here.

CES Family Tailgate Night CES Family Tailgate Night

Fall is in the air, our Cavs are on the field, Let’s join together to tailgate and cheer for the Cavaliers!

 

 

 

Elementary Principals Play With Lego's

Last week, elementary principals walked into a room full of lego’s. During the Lego We Do 2.0 meeting, the administrators switched roles and were actually the students. The meeting, facilitated by John Garrett of Lego 2.0, was a walk into the robotics world for elementary students. The purpose of the session was to introduce ways to ignite a young learners desire to enhance their science, engineering, technology and coding skills. Simply put, it’s an introduction to robotics for kids.

During the two hour class principals worked in groups or by themselves while using Milo, a coded lego car, for demonstration purposes. They learned how to navigate his direction from going to stopping and turning. They enjoyed the car sound effects that came equipped with the program. Bret Bryant, Hogansville Elementary Principal said, “This goes right in line with what we want to teach our students, and what some of them are already learning.”

PSA - Attendance Matters

Students and staff at TCSS become a part of September's Attendance Awareness Month in this PSA video. 

A Big Thank You A Generous Donation

Many, Many thanks to Walmart Transportation #6854 for their generous donation!

OSD - What Will Be on the Ballot

In November, the language on the OSD referendum will read:

Shall the Constitution of Georgia be amended to allow the state to intervene in chronically failing public schools in order to improve student performance?

Stay informed - OSD Resource Links Available Here

West Point Students Clamor to New Makerspace

The students at West Point Elementary are all clamoring to the new makerspace located in the media center. After the International Center for Leadership in Education summer conference and when all teachers received training on the rigor/relevance/relationships framework, the employees decided to create a makerspace community center for students. 

Makerspaces are creative station for students to gather, invent, create, and learn in an alternative environment. The leaders at West Point Elementary chose to start the space with a Boggle Board. At the Boggle Board, students come together, collaborate, and are challenged to create words out of letters placed on the board. Letters are changed monthly to keep the space fresh and inviting while maintaining a rigorous learning environment for the students. 

Long Cane Middle School Teacher, Matthew Graham, Named to State Committee

Congratulations to Matthew Graham, Long Cane Middle School 8th Grade Georgia Studies Teacher because earlier this summer he was named to Governor Nathan Deal's State Teacher Advisory Committee. As a member of the committee, he will review recommendations from the 2015 Education Reform Commission, will provide feedback and guidance to the governor, legislators, and policy makers.

 

Graham looks forward to giving our region a voice at the state level, “After being named to the committee, I received a notebook from the state about Education Reform. I am studying it now to make sure our concerns are heard,” he said. “This is a high honor and I am happy to represent TCSS.”

 

Opportunity School District Resources - Stay Informed Girl writing

Recently, the Troup County Board of Education passed a resolution to oppose Amendment One - Opportunity School District (OSD). We are one of many Georgia school boards that has taken this stance. There are several reasons for opposition to this legislation. Some of our employees and community members may not be familiar with OSD, and as a vehicle of information between the school system and public, TCSS has posted resources to help keep you informed

Amendment One (Opportunity School District or OSD) is a proposal that will be on the ballot November 8. It allows the state to take over schools that have scored 60 or below on the CCRPI for three consecutive years. This new proposed takeover would institute a state plan for those selected schools on the OSD list. TCSS urges you to take a moment and learn what this proposal means to you and the community at large. 

OSD Resource Link

 

A BIG THANKS TO H & H BUILDERS

Thank you H & H Builders for donating book bags for students at CES!!!

Kristen Carter Believes in School Attendance

Kristen Carter, 8th Grader at Gardner Newman Middle School says she loves reading, playing in the band and science. She knows when she attends school she will see all of her friends and get to learn more about anatomy and biology.

Kristen hasn't missed a day of school since she was in the first grade at Franklin Forest. She says her mom encourages her to attend school every day because she would have to go to work every day and be on time. 

Attendance Matters: September is Attendance Awareness Month

For school districts across the country, September marks a nationwide effort to highlight the importance of student attendance. Aptly titled Attendance Awareness Month, it is designed to raise community awareness about the value of regular school attendance in hopes of reducing chronic absenteeism. 

Troup County School System (TCSS) recognizes that good attendance is essential to academic success and enhancing learning potential. “We have made great strides in improving our curriculum,” said Dr. Cole Pugh, Superintendent of TCSS. “Our teachers work diligently to incorporate rigorous instruction, provide relevant learning, and build relationships with each student. Having students in school on time every day matters to make the connection between these three elements.”

Read the entire press release here

Attention 5th Graders & Families

5th graders and their families will soon make the exciting transition to MIDDLE SCHOOL!  Helpful information is attached below to make this transition easier for everyone!

Click here for English Version

 

Click here for Spanish Version

Christina Grace Takes the Helm at Rosemont Elementary

Growing up in a small town in Alabama, football was the highlight of this former band majorette’s high school days. They took football seriously. Naturally, the football pride transferred to her days as an Auburn Tiger where Christina Grace went to pursue a degree in pharmacy. While her allegiance to the sport didn’t waver, her devotion to pharmacy eventually did.

“When I got ready to go to pharmacy school – the professional component of it – I had a little break so I substituted in a Kindergarten classroom. And I fell in love,” said Grace. She soon told her husband and family that she was changing her major, even though she had a pharmacy job awaiting her after she completed school. Reflecting on this decision, she said, “Even though I changed my major, I have not ever regretted it…Seeing these kids bright faces everyday makes me a better person.”  
 

Read her story here

Is your child getting ready for KINDERGARTEN?

You will find this helpful if your child is getting ready for KINDERGARTEN!

Troup County DA's Office Donates Backpacks 4 Kids

Recently, the District Attorney's Office employees showed up at the school system's Administrative Services Center with four carloads full of backpacks and school supplies for students. The first ever Backpacks 4 Kids drive was a success as a total of 700 full back packs were donated. 

Assistant DA’s Brett Adams and Drew Case headed up the project back in July. Hundreds of the bags were handed out during a community event on the square before the first day of school. Troup County School System is appreciative of the DA’s office, Partners in Education, and community members that have been generously donating items for back to school. 

Substitute Teacher's Workshop

Anyone interested in becoming a substitute teacher with TCSS can now apply online by September 9, 2016. Retired teachers are encouraged to apply. 
 

WORKSHOP DATE

September 28, 2016

8:00 am - 1:30 pm

Administrative Services Center (Board Room)

 

After the workshop, applicants will be contacted to schedule an appointment for fingerprinting (need a $45 Money Order) and to complete paperwork. Applicants are asked to provide an electronic copy of their highest earned educational information with their application, or bring it during the fingerprint appointment. (i.e. diplomas or transcripts, or teaching certificates).

Please apply on this website under: Employment Opportunities < Non-Certified Employment < Select the 'Substitute Teacher' link

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