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No Cell Phones In Testing Area No Cells

This is a friendly reminder that as students begin completing Georgia Milestones testing, 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. 

03/20/17: Kayla Yeargin is Selected as Troup County's Teacher of the Year Sara Procter Rocks Out

Congratulations to Kayla Yeargin, Accelerated Algebra instructor at Troup High School. She was recently named the Troup County School System Teacher of the Year. Later this year, she will go on to compete in the Georgia Teacher of the Year program. Good Luck Kayla! 

Budget Email Questions - Week 1 Questions Answered

This past week, the TCSS Finance Department received three questions about the FY18 budget. The answers to these questions are contained within the below link. The budget email address is still open for additional questions. If you have an inquiry, please submit to them to budgetquestions@troup.org

Budget Email Questions - Week 1

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

Remember to Go RED on February 3, 2017

         Remember to Go RED on February 3, 2017    Why Go Red? 

Cardiovascular disease in the U.S. kills approximately one woman every 80 seconds. The good news is that 80 percent of cardiac events may be prevented with education and lifestyle changes.  Go Red for Women advocates for more research and swifter action for women's heart health. That's why this year we are asking that you wear red on National Wear Red Day. By doing so you help support educational programs to increase women's awareness and critical research to discover scientific knowledge about cardiovascular health.
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. 

01/08/17: West Georgia Technical College Opens @ Noon

The West Georgia Technical College campus will open at noon on Monday, January 9th. TCSS students who attend Move on When Ready courses @ WGTC, please note, the campus will open at noon.

This does not impact courses @ THINC College & Career Academy. THINC is on a regular schedule.

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.  

12/16/16: Savanna Scott Designs Snowflakes for the Holidays Savanna - Snowflake

This year is all about design and engineering for Savanna Scott, a junior at LaGrange High and THINC College & Career Academy. In early December, she was approached about a project to create ornaments using AutoCAD and other state-of-the-art equipment. 

Savanna caught the engineering bug from her father and grandfather. Currently, she is in the Mechatronics and Engineering pathways at THINC and she seeks to study Engineering in college. She says, "In Mechatronics I have built several robots and learned how to program. In Engineering, I draw and design things on the AutoCAD systems like Inventor and Sketchup. I've 3-D printed a lot of things and have built several items in the production lab." Read the entire story here. 

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

Career Focus Takes Students to Sweetland Career Focus

Freshman students across Troup County School System (TCSS) gathered at THINC College & Career Academy to learn about the business world of entrepreneurship and marketing through the Career Focus program offered for high school students. The program is designed to introduce students to various career fields through job visitations, guest speakers and hands-on learning.

Before starting the day, the attendees began with an ice breaker conducted by Ms. Carrie Brkich, Workforce Development Manager for THINC. Ms. Brkich used the ice breaker as an avenue of introduction and soft skill building. Read entire story here.

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.”

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.

LHS Freshman Commit to Graduate

On Monday, August 15th, the entire freshman class of LaGrange High School made a promise to each other and the administration of the school – that they are committed to graduate.

As 383 students gathered in the auditorium, Principal Alton White welcomed them to their first year of high school before five seniors took the microphone to share their real-life experiences in hopes that it would encourage the younger class to do their best and watch out for pitfalls before they signed a graduation robe. The senior representatives were:

  • Alice Ann Carson
  • Gabriel Duckett
  • Andrew Ochsenknecht
  • Sam Cleveland
  • Emily Barnett
West Georgia Ministerial Alliance Gives Donations to Whitesville Road Elementary

Whitesville Road received a surprise in donations from the West Georgia Ministerial Alliance. Last week, Rev. Rodell Poole presented Ariel Warner, school counselor, with a check for $200. It will be used for teachers to purchase needed classroom supplies. In addition, The faith-based partner gave school supplies to the students that totaled $300. Rev Poole, President of the West Georgia Ministerial Alliance, says the partnership helps continue their endeavor to 'Expand the Kingdom and Exalt Our King'.  

 

RE/MAX Makes Back to School Rosey for Franklin Forest Teachers

The students and staff of Franklin Forest Elementary were surprised by their Partners in Education, RE/MAX Results of LaGrange. Representatives from the real estate organization walked the halls to pass out bookbags to students and bouquets of flowers to each teacher. This was a great showing of partnership and encouragement for the teachers as they begin the new school year.

P
ictured here with RE/MAX representatives are: Mrs. Lindsey Lynch (school principal), Ms. Corlis Ransom (1st grade teacher), and three students from Ms. Ransom’s class: Kanasia Bennett, Roy Shin, and Andrew Hagler. Franklin Forest teachers and staff say, “Thank you RE/MAX Results of LaGrange”’.

 
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

 

 

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

West Point Elementary Added to TCSS Community Eligibility Provision Schools

Troup County School System (TCSS) is adding one elementary school to the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) program – West Point.

According to the No Kid Hungry organization, one in five kids across America struggles with hunger and programs like the CEP help more kids get the healthy meals they need to focus on learning while in school. To assist families in Troup County, in 2015 the system announced a pilot program with three elementary schools, Berta Weathersbee, Ethel Kight and Whitesville Road.

“We are glad to add West Point Elementary to schools participating in CEP. Our goal, when this passed the Board last year, was to have as many students fed so they can focus on learning in the classroom.” said John Radcliffe, Assistant Superintendent of Maintenance and Operations.

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

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

NOTICE OF PROPERTY TAX INCREASE

The Troup County Board of Education has tentatively adopted a 2016 millage rate which will require an increase in property taxes by 1.31 percent.

All concerned citizens are invited to the public hearing on this tax increase to be held at Hogansville Elementary School Auditorium, 611 East Main Street, Hogansville, GA on July 11, 2016 at 10:00 A.M.
 

Times and places of additional public hearings on this tax increase are at West Point Elementary School Auditorium, 1701 East 12th Street, West Point, GA on July 11, 2016 at 6:00 P.M. and Administrative Services Center Board Room, 100 North Davis Road Building C, LaGrange, GA on July 18, 2016 at 6:30 P.M.
 

This tentative increase will result in a millage rate of 18.850 mills, an increase of 0.244 mills. Without this tentative tax increase, the millage rate will be no more than 18.606 mills. The proposed tax increase for a home with a fair market value of $125,000 is approximately $11.71 and the proposed tax increase for non-homestead property with a fair market value of $100,000 is approximately $9.76.

Select 'Read More' to download the Current 2016 Tax Digest and Five Year History of Levy.

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. 

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. 

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! 

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.
04/13/16: Jisu Lee Named Georgia Scholar

Last week, one Troup County student was called into the office for a good reason – to find out she was named to the Georgia Department of Education’s (GaDOE) list of Georgia Scholars. Jisu Lee, a senior at Callaway High, was surprised to find out she made the prestigious listing.

“I filled out the application a few months ago and didn’t hear anything back. I thought I didn’t make it,” Lee said through a wide smile. “Then my counselor called me in the office and I thought I had done something wrong, but then she told me I made the list and I was so happy.”

Read her story here

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! 

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

 

Dr. LaRoyce Sublett Takes Helm at Berta Weathersbee Elementary

Dr. LaRoyce Sublett knew what he wanted to be when he graduated from high school in Longview, Texas – a spy with the United States government. He started off as a parole officer and entered the classroom as a substitute teacher on his days off. After two years, his Inspector Gadget aspirations dissipated as he grew to like teaching more and more. It wasn’t long before he began pursuing a degree in special education and he hasn’t looked back.
 

Sublett’s first teaching assignment was a little over a mile from where he served as a parole officer. He found himself teaching the younger siblings or kids of some of his former parolee’s. He identified a common thread that he was determined to break.
 

“Most people I had on my caseload did not have a high school diploma. They only made it to the 10th or 11th grade and then dropped out,” said Sublett. “I learned that if I can make a difference in the earlier stages (before a child needs a parole officer), I can come in and be an effective teacher. It gives me a greater sense of purpose about what I was put on this earth to do.”

Read the entire story here. 

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.”

 

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

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%

Thanksgiving Break November 21-25 Thanksgiving Break
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

01/05/17: Students Give and Receive the Gift of Reading Books for Honduras

When third-grade teacher, Nicki Freeman had the bright idea of bringing rigor and relevance to her students at West Point Elementary, she knew an interactive project that reached out to others was just the right element to incorporate. That’s when, beginning in October, she asked students to bring new or gently used books to class. The result, around 150 books will be sent to Honduras for the reading enjoyment of students less fortunate.

Freeman stated, “Our new reading curriculum has the class studying how children from other countries access books."

Read entire story here 

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. 

02/08/2017: CHS Student Recognized for Perfect Scores James Wood and mother

 Recently, junior James Wood was recognized for receiving a perfect score on his Biology, Geometry & U.S. History End of Course Assessments. James is a Move on When Ready student who attends the University of West Georgia. He's a member of the marching band & a previous recipient of the Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership Award. Woods is pictured here with his mother, Suzyanti Wood.

03/15/2017: Troup County School System Opens Budget Email Address for Community Member Questions Budget Email Address for  Community Member Questions

Troup County School System (TCSS) is currently preparing Performance Based Budgets for FY2018. 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 FY2018 budget. Responses will be posted on troup.org within 5-7 business days.
 

The email address will remain open until Friday, April 14. 

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.

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.

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.

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.

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! 

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.

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

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. 

 

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.

Superior Court Judge Visits Current Events Debate Class Judge

When the 18 students of Mr. Giddens’ Current Events Debate class entered the media center, they were thoroughly prepared and full of questions for their special guest, Superior Court Judge Dustin Hightower. Governor Nathan Deal recently appointed him to the position for the Coweta Judicial Circuit.

Superior Court Judge Hightower says of his visit to Troup High School (THS), “In the six years that I was a Georgia representative in the state legislature, I got in the habit of giving back to the community. So, when I was appointed to the judgeship in May, an email was sent to schools in my circuit stating that I would come and talk about the pros and cons of the judicial system, and the great things Georgia is doing with judicial reform. Mr. Giddens was the first one to take me up on the offer so here I am!”

Read more here.

Former NFL Player Visits HOPE Academy HOPE

Former New Orleans Saints and Baltimore Colts football player Howard Stevens, Jr. encouraged the students at HOPE Academy to make changes, work hard, and beat the odds during his visit to the school.

The entire school, over 60 students gathered into the cafeteria before student ambassadors introduced him. When he began speaking at the assembly, he started by stating he wasn’t even supposed to be a football player. As the oldest of eight children, the odds were stacked against him. In the sixth grade, he made up his mind to become a professional football and he worked on it every day from that point on.

He continued, “I went on to become one of the smallest players to play in the NFL during my five years in the league. I believe that neither circumstances nor genetics decide your future. It holds true for each person.” Read the entire story here.

Ethel W. Kight Invites Stakeholders to School EKES Stakeholder

Ethel W. Kight Elementary School (EKES) recently hosted their first stakeholder’s breakfast. Charlotte Flores, counselor and Partner in Education (PIE) liaison for the school welcomed 20 guests as they began the morning with a fun Positive Behavior Interventions and Support (PBIS) video of the students and staff. The video was created by the school’s teacher of the year, Sarah Proctor.

Attending the breakfast were members of EKES’ partnership businesses, community liaisons, parent volunteers, members of the Board of Education, bus drivers and bus monitors. Read the entire story here.

Troup High Alum and Actor Elijah Kelly Visits HOPE Academy E Kelly

Last month, the administrators at HOPE Academy held onto a surprise for over an hour while students were waiting to be called to an assembly. While it was the third assembly in two weeks, HOPE Academy Principal, Karla Fagg, knew the words the guest speaker would impart could leave a positive impact on her students.

So when the student body gathered in the cafeteria, they eagerly welcomed nationally known actor, singer, dancer, and Troup High alum, Elijah Kelley. The level of anticipation was high as they realized he was there for them. To Fagg, it meant an opportunity for students to see and hear from a celebrity that was born in their backyard. Read entire story here.

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.

 
03/06/17: Franklin Forest Students Learn Leadership Skills Servant Leaders

Students at Franklin Forest are learning about being Servant Leaders. The 4th and 5th graders have special guests visiting with them weekly to discuss characteristics that makes one a Servant Leader. 

Recently, The LaGrange College Servant Scholars led team building activities, leadership development skills, and helped students develop a school garden for their college Senior Project.

Attention: BUS ROUTE CHANGES for Bus #06-90 Bus with kids

For students who ride Bus #06-90 from Callaway Elementary, Callaway Middle, and Callaway High School's, we have just been informed that Georgia Department of Transportation will close the bridge located between Leonard Rd. and Hightower Rd. beginning Monday, March 13th. Please note schedule changes in the link below. Some of them are significant

We strive to keep you notified in a timely manner. We appreciate your understanding for any inconvenience these pick-up times may cause. 

Bus #06-90 Pick Up Times

03/13/2017: Troup County Schools Honor School Board Members Troup County Board of Education 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 13-17 as School Board Appreciation Week in Georgia. This weeklong observance calls attention to the contributions of local boards of education.
 

“Our board works together to fulfill its duties and obligations to continuously help improve learning opportunities for students in Troup County,” said Dr. Cole Pugh, Superintendent of TCSS. “They visit schools each month, ask questions of our educators and employees, and provide relevant feedback as they make decisions that impact the students and staff within the system.” 

Read full article here

05/05/16: Troup High School and Student, Elijah Patrick, Named to List by Positive Athlete Georgia

Positive Athlete Georgia recently released the 2015-2016 West Georgia Region Top 10 Most Positive listing. Troup High School was pinned the Most Positive School while senior Elijah Patrick snagged a Top 10 Most Positive Athlete award. 

 

According to the website, georgia.positiveathlete.org, the awards are a movement by high-character professional athletes tied to Georgia professional and collegiate sports teams to celebrate young athletes who have overcome difficult circumstances, give back to their communities, or have an infectious attitude that positively affects those around them.

 

Of the award Patrick says, “My counselor nominated me for it and I was selected as a top 10. It humbles you a little bit just knowing you were considered and then chosen as a recipient.” 

Michelle Ashmore Shares What Education SPLOST Gives to 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.

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.

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

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 

Ethel W. Kight Hosts Back to School Bash

School is almost in session, but before the bell rings and the classroom doors open, the families of Ethel W. Kight Elementary brought the kids out for a day of fun and games at the school. But it wasn't an ordinary playground set-up. Partners in Education, and parents alike, manned booths for supplies, clothing swaps, free haircuts, shaved hawaiian ice, photos, games, and food. All activities and events were free.

Partners included:
St. Mark, Piggly Wiggly, Charter Bank, CB&T, Home Depot, Great Clips, Hawaiian Shaved Ice, Walmart Distribution, First Baptist, First Presbyterian and LaGrange Police Department.

 

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.

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. 

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.

TCSS Celebrates National School Lunch Week RES Rocks

This week, Troup County School System (TCSS) celebrates National School Lunch Week with other districts across the nation. The official theme, “School Lunch: Show Your Spirit,” is designed to help remind parents, students and school officials understand that a healthy school lunch helps students power through the day.

While some schools are recognizing the week with games and prizes, others are inviting parents to eat lunch with their child. TCSS’s Nutrition Department is hosting a decorating and spirit contest between all schools to see who can display the most school spirit. 

Interface Beautifies West Point Elementary School Campus 50 States

When students and staff returned to West Point Elementary school this week, they noticed some ground improvements and a new learning space – outside of the walls of a typical classroom. A group of Interface champions dug into the paint, dirt, and cement for this year’s Green Apple Project to support the organization’s partner in education school.

The Green Apple Project is part of Mission Zero Week where employees from Interface spend work hours beautifying the community. For at least the last four years, the organization has tapped West Point Elementary for a variety of projects that help make a more pleasant school environment. Jason Friedman, a Manufacturing Manager at Interface said, “We do this every year to reach out to the community. We usually choose schools where we replace carpet, do landscaping projects, pick up trash, and anything we can do to beautify our community.”   

Read more here

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. 

 

Callaway Middle School Students Create Holiday Cards for Veterans Veterans Day Letters

Students at Callaway Middle School created thank you cards for service men and women who will not be home for the holidays. These cards went to "Bert's Big Thank You," a letter writing drive sponsored by Q100 in Atlanta whose goal is to get a thank you card in the hands of every service member who is serving outside of the US during the holidays. In total, 508 letters were created and sent to be delivered on Thanksgiving.

Long Cane Elementary Collects Canned Foods for Salvation Army Canned Foods

In conjunction with National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week, Long Cane Elementary Student Council hosted a very successful canned food drive earlier this month. Students were encouraged to bring in canned foods to help families in need in our community and they rose to the challenge. Long Cane Elementary students collected seven donation barrels and eight packing boxes full of canned foods to donate to the local Salvation Army. On Friday, November 18th, they celebrated Dreaming of a World Without Hunger Day. Students and staff who brought in a canned food items were also able to wear their pajamas to school! 

Partner in Education Faith Baptist Donates 234 Canned Goods CHS Canned Goods

Callaway High School's Partners in Education have been hard at work collecting cans of food for the food drive at the school. The canned goods will be used to distribute to needy families in the Troup County community. Faith Baptist chose to work directly with Mrs. Dianna Thomaston's first period class to help bring in the most cans. Before the Thanksgiving Holiday break, Dale Prather from Faith Baptist brought 234 collected canned goods to add to the community effort.

Thank you to Faith Baptist, and to all of our Partners in Education, for your continued support of our school and our community!

Attention Parents: No Early Release Days No Early Release

Attention Parents: Due to changes in grading practices, exam exemptions in December have been eliminated.

What this means for you is that regular instruction will be taking place all the way through Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2016

School will operate on a regular schedule, and there will not be any early release days. If a student is absent, the days will be counted as normal absences, and students will be allowed to make up the work missed after the holiday break.  If you have any questions, please contact your school administrator. 

02/01/2017: ESOL Poetry Recitation ESOL Students

Stephanie Rodas Lopez and Malini Patel, both 7th grade English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) students at Gardner Newman Middle School, each received an Award of Excellence after reciting two English language poems at a Poetry Recitation competition in Coweta County.
 

Mrs. Ginger Hughes, the student’s ESOL teacher, has helped the students better understand, read, and speak English. She says, “You always feel good when you see the progress in the students.” 
Read entire article here

02/24/2017: Long Cane Middle School Celebrates Black History Month Long Cane Middle's Black History Program

Recently, the Long Cane Middle School student body, teachers, administrators and community members filled the gymnasium for a student-led celebration of Black History Month. Upon entering the school, guests were met by student greeters in black slacks and white button-down shirts who escorted them to front row seats.

Principal Chip Giles and Assistant Principal Joe Floyd, II could be seen directing participants to their seats and ensuring guest speakers were comfortable and had everything they needed before addressing over 1,000 students and guests.

Read Entire Story Here. 

TCSS Offers Externship Opportunities for Teachers and Counselors Externships

Applications are now available for The LaGrange Industrial Fellowship for Teachers (LIFT) Externship Program for educators. All externships will take place June 5-9, 2017 and is open to 21 teachers and counselors. Participants will be chosen through an application process and they will receive a $1,000 stipend. Applications are due to Dr. Penny Johnson by March 15. 

Click Here for Externship Application - Due by March 15

 

03/03/2017: Rosemont Academic Bowl Takes 2nd Place at Division Finals Rosemont Academic Bowl Team

Congratulations to the Rosemont Elementary Academic Bowl. They had a very successful season. Fourth and fifth grade students were chosen for the team based on responses from a written test. They were then called in for tryouts using the buzzer system that is commonly used in Academic Bowl meets. To start the season, the team placed 4th. At subsequent meets, they placed 1st both times. To round out the Southern Division A area, they came in 2nd place. Thanks to their team of coaches for preparing them for meets; Mrs. Krista Bowen, Mrs. Mary Ann Keck & Mrs. Ashley Strickland.

03/07/17: Georgia Experience Online - Sample Milestone Functionality
Troup County School System students can now experience simulated GaMilestones testing. By using the Georgia Experience Online link below, students can learn the functionality of the online testing platform. The sample tests that are given within the site are not graded, it is to help students understand how to navigate through testing, so have fun while learning!  

Don't forget, the sample tests are not graded, so have fun!
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.

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. 

06/02/16: Gardner Newman Middle School Receives Diverse Power Grant

Recently, ​​Gardner Newman Middle School received an educational grant from Diverse Power to build a greenhouse. For the grant, students and teachers researched, collected data, and discovered resources to build the greenhouse on campus.  With the help of the Troup County Schools Maintenace department, Mrs. Bulloch and Ms. Clayborn's ELT classes have used STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) content and concepts to construct a greenhouse with solar power and hydroponic system.
 

Pictured showing the hydroponic system are Wade Hall of Diverse Power and Karen Clayborn.​

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
 

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

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.

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! 

 

 

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

 

Franklin Forest Elementary Celebrates Students with No Absences

Franklin Forest Elementary School encourages students to have perfect attendance and no tardies. For the month of August, student names that achieved the NBA (Never Been Absent) goal were placed into a drawing. The winners and their parents received a Walmart gift card. Their NBA winners for the month of August were Bre’Anna Hall and Marreydionce Askew. Partners in Education, Fryer’s Tires, sponsored the August NBA winners.  

 

TCSS Seniors Prepare to Find Mentors for Career-Related Capstone Project

Troup County School System (TCSS) seniors across the district are gearing up now for their final portfolio before graduation approaches. The portfolio will be a culmination of work centered on components of the Career-Related Capstone Project.

This project is part of an effort to provide all students with an educational experience that prepares them to be college and career ready. It will allow them to reflect on their career goals, research career-fields they wish to pursue following high school, and compile evidence of career-related experiences. The final project should demonstrate students’ ability to think critically and creatively, communicate effectively and apply their knowledge to real-world issues and scenarios.

Read more about Capstone here
Capstone Project Timeline, Requirements and Manual

Read 180 Program Brings Relevance to Learning with Visit from Troup County Sheriff FFES Kevlar

Making learning relevant is something students in Denise Giddens’ and Lisa Chase’s classrooms experienced when Troup County Sheriff Chaplain Jimmy Pruitt visited their classrooms and brought some bullet proof vests. The 5th grade Franklin Forest Elementary students are improving their reading ability through a new program, Read 180.

Currently, they are learning about Kevlar – the material used in bullet proof vests. During the visit, Chaplain Pruitt let the students see, touch, and feel the Kevlar fibers inside of the vest so they have a better understanding about the materials as they continue their lesson. Making learning relevant is one way the “Read 180” program helps students become better readers.

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. 

02/14/17: 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. 
Dernell Stenson Scholarship Application Now Available

For the 5th consecutive year, the Dernell Renauld Stenson Foundation is providing scholarship opportunities to high school seniors. In addition, for the 4th 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 31, 2017. Winners will notified by April 21, 2017. Email all completed applications to: Mrs. Marion Tate at contactusdrsf@gmail.com.

Elementary and Middle School Scholarship Information 

High School Scholarship Information

Scholarship Application

03/13/17: Budget Email Address Now Open Budget Email Address

Troup County School System (TCSS) is currently preparing Performance Based Budgets for FY2018. 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 FY2018 budget. Responses will be posted on troup.org within 5-7 business days.

The email address will remain open until Friday, April 14th

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


 

04/12/16: Celebration Cart Shows Up at Callaway High and Hillcrest Elementary

In March, Dr. Pugh and Cabinet Members visited Callaway High School and brought the Celebration Cart along. In April, Hillcrest Elementary School was the chosen school. 

As part of the Rewards and Recognition Program, the group has visited one school per month to tell employees 'We appreciate you' with treats such as chips, cookies, fruit, candy bars, drinks, and a specially-made treat from Chartwells. The surprise visits are truly a surprise because some employees have a puzzled look on their face until they realize the Celebration Cart is for them!

The Celebration Cart will continue to roll through district schools each month until each employee is greeted. 

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. 

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! 

Berta Weathersbee Students Receive Backpacks Filled with Kits for Kidz

A few weeks before the start of the new school year, T.C. Phillips knew she wanted to do something special for every student at Berta Weathersbee to help kick of the year. As the new Assistant Principal, she felt arming each kid with a back pack full of supplies and a grade-level book would bring just the right excitement for both staff and students.

Phillips placed a post on her social media page stating she needed to raise $7,000 for back to school book bags and supplies for her students. Within seven days she raised over $7,000 thanks to a donation from the Troup Baptist Association in the amount of $7,300. The school staff was then able to make all the necessary purchases for close to 400 students.

Troup High Students Selected as State Student Ambassadors
Recently, nine Troup High students were selected by the Georgia Secretary of State to be a participant in the state's Student Ambassador Program.  
 
This is the first ever Student Ambassador Program in Georgia and its purpose is to help students develop into future leaders through civics. During the course of the program, students will promote voter registration and awareness among their peers. This is creating opportunities for them to learn about government while engaging and giving back to their community. They are excited about the civic participation and have created a 'Troup Student Ambassador' following on both Facebook and Instagram - @trouphighambassadors.
 
Pictured left-right are the ambassadors representing THS with Secretary of State Brian Kemp:  
  • Josh Fertig​
  • Emily Schoonover
  • Jordan Butler
  • Emily Walker
  • Caroline Blanks
  • Secretary of State Brian Kemp
  • Evelyn Johnson
  • Cade Shadix
  • Bailey Lawson
  • Whitley Holcomb
 
PSA - Attendance Matters

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

Celebration Cart Makes Pit Stop at Long Cane Elementary School
TCSS Superintendent Dr. Cole Pugh and the Cabinet Members recently surprised all Long Cane Elementary staff when they showed up with The Celebration Cart.

The Celebration Cart travels to schools throughout TCSS to honor the entire staff for the jobs they do every day - from teachers to nutrition staff. The Best are @ TCSS!!!

Cabinet Members are:
  • Karen Cagle, Assistant Superintende of Curriculum, Instruction and Professional Learning
  • John Radcliffe, Assistant Superintendent
  • Sequita Freeman, Chief Human Resource Officer 
  • Byron Jones, Chief Financial Officer
01/31/17: Callaway Students Sit Stage Right with Congressman John Lewis John Lewis and Students

Last week, students at Callaway Middle and Callaway High school were on the stage with Congressman John Lewis as he gave the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration speech in the Callaway Auditorium at LaGrange College. He directed them to, "stay in school and graduate. You can be the next community leader, civic leader, Senator, or President."

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.

Read Entire Article Here

02/23/2017: Gardner Newman Students Take on Technology During World Read Aloud Day Gardner Newman Read ALoud Day

Earlier this month, middle school students from Gardner Newman took a spin on reading aloud. During World Read Aloud Day, they grabbed Chromebook computers, logged into Google Hangouts, and linked to Mrs. Freeman’s third grade readers at West Point Elementary. Over video chat, the elementary students were able to see and hear the story of The Book That Eats People as it was read by the older students.

Read Entire Story Here.

03/02/2017: Troup County School System Third Graders Wowed by Symphony Experience Dr Richard Pryor Conductor and Music Director of LSO Highfives Students

Last week, Troup County School System (TCSS) third grade students experienced “The Thrill of the Orchestra!” for their annual LaGrange Symphony Orchestra field trip.

Before the symphony played a note, students were given activity books in their classrooms that contained information about various composers, Concert Host Carol Cain, and Dr. Richard Prior, Music Director and Conductor. In the LaGrange Symphony Orchestra Moments of Music booklet, eight pages of age-appropriate activities engaged student learning about instruments, words associated with music, a crossword puzzle, and even a writing section entitled ‘Critic’s Corner’. 

Read Article Here

03/08/2017: THINC College and Career Academy Students Prepare for Career by Using a Little Heart Dissection

When Roncee Bush, Troup High senior who is enrolled at THINC College and Career Academy, signed up for the Students in the Essentials of Healthcare course, she might not have known she was going to get to the heart of the matter through dissecting the heart of a pig.
 

While studying the Cardiovascular System in the second course of the Allied Health and Sports Medicine pathway, one of the culminating student hands-on learning activities is the dissection of the pig’s heart. 


Read Entire Article Here.

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. 

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."

4/14/2016: Troup County Schools to Purge Old Records of Gifted Students

The Troup County School System will purge records of gifted students who graduated in May 2015.
   
Gifted students/their parent or guardian may claim their gifted records by calling the Exceptional Education Center at 706-812-7939 by May 16, 2016.  Unclaimed records will be destroyed after May 31, 2016.
 
Records will be released to former students or their parent/guardian only.  A photo ID is required.

Setting Misconceptions Straight

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

Registration Dates

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

 

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.”

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. 

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. 

Students Focus on Manufacturing and Mechantronics Careers Sumner -Career Focus

Last week, THINC College & Career Academy (THINC) hosted a hands-on learning session focused on careers in manufacturing and mechatronics. The day-long event brought these industries to the forefront for high school students across Troup County. Students attending have shown an interest in pursuing these career fields in the future.  

 

During the session, facilitators shared ways for the ninth-through-twelfth graders to prepare for successful careers while still in high school. Making the time shared relevant to the students, the facilitators showed a continuum of paths from high school to college and then into the workforce of the future. In addition, a diverse group of speakers from Hyundai MOBIS, West Georgia Technical College, THINC, and the LaGrange Troup County Chamber of Commerce related their experiences before the group of 45 students gathered for a guided tour of the THINC and West Georgia Technical College campuses. 

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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.

 
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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02/28/2017: TCSS Supt. Dr. Cole Pugh Reads to Kindergarten Students Real Men Read

Last week, close to 20 male community volunteers arrived at Berta Weathersbee Elementary to start their work day off differently – by reading. They gathered in the media center where biscuits, coffee and morning refreshments greeted them before they were escorted to a classroom by a student ambassador.
 

In an effort to encourage reading, Berta’s Media Specialist, Molly Allen, took the ‘Real Men Read’ idea to her principal, Dr. LaRoyce Sublett. Allen says, “This is a joint effort between the community and the school. I emailed people I knew, made phone calls, talked to our community partners, and they truly showed up to be a part of this event.”
 

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03/07/2017: Storytelling Helps Troup County School System Students Connect With Reading Read Across America Week

Last week was a week of fun, learning and reading for Troup County School System students as they marked Dr. Seuss’s Birthday and Read Across

America Day with fun-filled festivities.
 

Community volunteers became storytellers in classrooms across the county as adults read their favorite books to students in hopes of encouraging literacy and reading. Some of those guests included Mayor Jim Thornton, Sheriff James Woodruff, and LaGrange High Athletic Director Mike Pauley. Students from LaGrange High also took time to read to elementary students at Franklin Forest. 


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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.

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. 

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.”

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09/22/16: Siemens Donates $100,000 Worth of Equipment and Training to THINC Students and Teachers THINC
At a community and industry event held yesterday at the Kia Georgia Training Center in West Point, Georgia, Siemens Digital Factory, U.S. President, Raj Batra, announced the donation of $100,000 in automation hardware and expert training to support career pathways in manufacturing and engineering at THINC College & Career Academy.

To kick off the event, Governor Nathan Deal emphasized Georgia’s commitment to further fostering public-private-academic partnerships to train the workforce of the future.  “We value the continued investments from Kia and Siemens in Georgia and we respect the vision of the companies’ leadership,” said Deal. “The strong relationships between the company, the community and the state are a model for the kind of partnerships we strive for, as we cultivate the next generation workforce”

Pictured is Governor Deal at the podium during the event. 
Move on When Ready Informational Meeting Move on Ready

All parents and students interested in earning free college credit through Move on When Ready, plan to attend the upcoming informational session:
 

  • Monday, October 17
  • 6:00 pm
  • Callaway Conference Center
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.

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02/22/2017: LaGrange High Future Farmers of America Make and Give Blankets to Needy LHS FFA
In honor of National Future Farmers of America (FFA) Week, the LaGrange High FFA Chapter collected pieces of fleece to make no-sew blankets to donate to the Troup County Sheriff's department. Overall the 127-member chapter collected enough fleece to make 38 blankets. 

The purpose in making the blankets is to place a blanket in each patrol car for children the officers may come in contact with that have no heat in their homes or need to be comforted. FFA is a youth organization within agriculture education that prepares students for premier leadership, personal growth and career success.
02/28/2017: First Grade Students in Troup County are Making Music First Grade Making Music

Troup County School System (TCSS) first graders are learning and making music thanks to a generous contribution from KMMG via SAE International. While upper elementary and middle school students are familiar with the A World in Motion (AWIM) competitions, the Making Music arm of AWIM extends Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) learning into lower grades.

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03/01/2017: Troup County High Schools Named to Advanced Placement Honors Listing Advanced Placement listings

This week, State School Superintendent Richard Woods named all three Troup County high schools as Advanced Placement (AP) Honor Schools. Callaway High, LaGrange High and Troup High were named to both the AP Stem Schools and AP Stem Achievement Schools listing, while Callaway High received two additional honors – AP Challenge Schools and AP Humanities Schools.

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04/05/16: Miss Troup County Visits Hollis Hand 3rd Graders

Last month Miss Troup County, Paula Smith, shared her love of art with the 3rd grade classes at Hollis Hand Elementary. Her platform, ARTS, uses Art Therapy as a way to overcome tragedies in life. 

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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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.”  
 

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TCSS Students Duke and Vito Evans Win at Boxing

Nine-year-old Duke Evans and his older brother, Vito, know that boxing is all about discipline and technique. While many view the sport as intense, they have used the platform to master and win. Between the two of them, they have amassed over seven championship belts. And they continue to keep their grades high. Duke enjoys Math while Vito, 17, cites Science and Spanish as his subjects of choice.

Duke, a Whitesville Road 4th grader is ranked 8th in the world, 3rd in the country, and 1st in the state of Georgia. Vito, a junior at LaGrange High is 5th in the country and 13th as an Elitesmen. He looks to go to the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo as a boxer.

Read more of their story HERE.

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.”

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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 


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2/24/17: TCSS Middle School Students Participate in AWIM Challenge CMS Awim Challenge

Recently, Troup Count School System students participated in the "A World in Motion" challenge hosted by KIA Motors Manufacturing. Ms. Courtney Agurs and Ms. Jacqueline McGraw's 7th grade science class from Callaway Middle School participated. Starting in the first semester science class, the students explored the ins and outs of developing motorized cars in order to compete in the Motorized Toy Car Challenge.

Students started the design process by setting group building goals, developing prototypes for distance and climb, and testing those prototypes for speed. The ultimate goals were for students to learn how to work together in groups and produce the fastest motorized car. Those students did just that, and were able to walk away with first and third place medals in two categories!

03/06/2017: Six Troup County Schools Tout Reward Schools Listing Six Troup County Schools Tout Reward Schools Listing

Today, Troup County School System (TCSS) received some great news when the Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE) released the Reward Schools listing – six local elementary schools were named as 2016-2017 Title I Reward Schools. This number is up four from last year.

“To see our schools making progress and being recognized is an honor. This year, we have six schools on the list. This shows the tremendous work our staff and students are doing to make Troup County a stand-out district,” said Dr. Cole Pugh, Superintendent of TCSS. 

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LaGrange Mall READS Spirit Night

The LaGrange Mall READS Program encourages reading through events that inspire student readers as well as public recognition for reading achievements. This year LaGrange Mall, sponsored by the Hull Property Group, is partnering with elementary schools in Troup County to involve students and families to come out and participate in the reading initiative.

Ms. Kim Sharkey, media specialist at Callaway Elementary stated that she loves the idea of more reading programs for students and families and the spirit night was a great event. Ms. Donna Powell, property manager of the LaGrange Mall stated that for every student attending spirit night, they will donate $1 to the school’s library to invest in books and supplies.

02/06/17: Georgia Positive Athlete Scholarships and Awards Now Available

For the fourth consecutive year, Positive Athlete Georgia, an organization started by former UGA Football star and Super Bowl XL MVP Hines Ward, will be awarding $22,000 in college scholarships to Georgia high school student-athletes based more on their character than their athletic performance. Winning athletes have a chance to win up to $22,000 in college scholarships. Deadline is March 31.

Positive Athlete Nomination Form

College Scholarship Information

 

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!'  

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

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

 
02/02/2017: 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.

 

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