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10/18/2017: My Driver, My Safety Hero My School Bus

This week, Troup County School System (TCSS) is joining in with districts across the nation to celebrate the ones who get students to school and home safely – The Transportation Department. This recognition is designed to highlight the many transportation employees across the country as well as bring students, parents, faculty, and others in the community together to learn the importance of school bus safety.

 

This year’s theme is My Driver - My Safety Hero. Dr. Jeffrey Turner, TCSS’s Transportation Director said, “Our transportation men and women work hard all school year and it is good to have this week designated to them. They receive recognition from the schools they serve, and it helps keep them going.”

Read entire article

TCSS on Regular Schedule Wednesday, Sept. 13

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

TCSS Substitute Teacher Training Cancelled Cancelled
Due to the forecasted inclement weather and school closure, the TCSS Substitute Teacher training scheduled for Wednesday, September 13th has been cancelled. We will reschedule this training.
09/09/17: TCSS Closes Schools Monday, Sept. 11 and Tuesday, Sept. 12

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency

09/01/17: September is Attendance Awareness Month Attendance Badge

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

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

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

08/23/17: New Elementary School Groundbreaking Ceremony

 

Invitation

08/23/17: Pre-Bid Meeting

 

Pre-Bid

08/24/17: KIA Provides Pledge to THINC During Youth Workforce Pipeline Event THINC and KIA

On Monday, THINC College & Career Academy hosted Representative Drew Ferguson during the Youth Workforce Pipeline: Make it Happen event. This is the first time the event has been held in Troup County. The main focus of the Youth Workforce Pipeline event was to help businesses and individuals discover how manufacturing companies develop talent. A recent Troup County workforce study predicts 6,000 additional jobs will come to the area over the next five years.

During the event, Kia Motors Manufacturing Group (KMMG) presented THINC with a $100,000 pledge. It is part of the $400,000 pledge earmarked for the Science Lab that was on the campus of THINC in 2016.

07/10/17: Munis Employee Self Service App

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

Munis Employee Self Service App

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

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

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

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

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

06/08/17: Two TCSS Elementary Schools Added to Free Breakfast and Lunch Program CHS Cafeteria Workers

According to the No Kid Hungry organization, one in five kids across America struggles with hunger. For the past three years, Troup County School System (TCSS) has been putting a dent in this statistic through the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) program. This national feeding program makes it easier for high-need schools to serve free breakfast and lunch to all students. In Troup County, Franklin Forest Elementary and Hogansville Elementary are two new schools that were recently approved for CEP beginning August 2017. 

Read entire story here. 

06/07/17: TCSS Bus Drivers Show Their Commitment to the Job Sandra Brown

When Debra Brown made the decision to become a Troup County School System (TCSS) bus driver six years ago, she already had the training and knowledge due to her former employment in New Hampshire. She enjoyed taking her son to school with the other students she transported. For Brown, it was more than a job, it was an opportunity for her to make a difference while also enjoying a flexible schedule.  

Read the entire story here.

LaGrange High School Graduation LaGrange High School

Congratulations to the 2017 LaGrange High School Graduates! 

Troup High School Graduation THS Grads

Congratulations to the 2017 Troup High Graduates! 

Callaway High School Graduation 2017 Graduates

Congratulations to the 2017 Callaway High School Graduates!

Middle School Parent Information Meetings Middle School Parent Meeting
If you are a parent of a rising 7th or 8th grade Troup County School System student, make sure to attend the upcoming parent meetings at your child/ren's school. District representatives will share some new and exciting student opportunities about electives, schedules, and getting them involved in career opportunities early. Dates are listed below. 
 
*Monday, May 8th - LCMS @ 6:00 pm
*Tuesday, May 9th - GNMS @ 6:00 pm
*Thursday, May 11th - CMS @ 6:00 pm
 
 
Pre-K and Kindergarten Registration Available Week of May 8th Registration
Parents of rising PreK and Kindergarten students who did not register their child during the February registration will have an opportunity to do so during the May Registration Make-up Dates: May 8-11 @ 8:30 am - 4:00 pm.
 
Space is available at the following schools. Please download the flyer for additional information:
  • Berta Weathersbee Elementary
  • Franklin Forest Elementary
  • Hillcrest Elementary
  • Hogansville Elementary
  • West Point Elementary
  • Whitesville Road Elementary
Mollie Lukken Scholarship Open for Applicants Mollie Lukken

Mollie Lukken Memorial Scholarship applications are now available. This grant is open to any Troup County School System teacher pursuing graduate studies in special education. Past recipients are eligible to apply again. This scholarship is in honor of the memory of Junior Service League member Mollie Lukken, a League founder and leader in the field of learning disabilities.

All applications are due May 5, 2017. 

Mollie Lukken Scholarship Cover Letter

Mollie Lukken Scholarship Application

Happy Administrative Professional Week

Happy Administrative Professionals Day!

Parents of Early Learners Can Receive Literacy Tips Via Text

Thanks to a collaboration between the Georgia Department of Education and Stanford University, Georgia parents of pre-kindergarteners and kindergarteners have access to a FREE texting program to help prepare 3-, 4- and 5-year-olds for kindergarten.

Ready4K GA provides tips, facts, resources, and regular reminders about how parents can excel in their role as their child’s first and most important teacher by maximizing existing family routines in fun and easy ways. Research shows that these types of texts increase parent involvement at home and school while leading to significant child learning gains.

Access the Ready4K Ga Link Here

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.”

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. 

Spring Break is April 3-7 Spring Flowers

Troup County School System will be observing Spring Break Monday, April 3 - Friday, April 7. All schools and offices will be closed during this time. 

04/13/2017: The Jungle Bus Will Roll Through Troup County to Help Raise Young Learners Literacy and Reading Levels Reading Bus Winners

Troup County students and parents will be reading in the jungle this summer. ‘The Jungle Bus’ will begin routing through neighborhoods soon thanks to students who attend THINC College & Career Academy who named and designed the exterior wrap for the bus.

 

As a part of the Get Georgia Reading Campaign, the idea for the community bookmobile birthed out of Troup County School System (TCSS) personnel and Gail Gordon, United Way Success by Six Coordinator, wanting to make a larger impact on literacy and reading with students before they reach Pre-K.

read entire article here.

04/26/2017: Stop Arm Cameras Added to TCSS School Buses Representatives from Troup County School System, Georgia State Patrol, and the Sherriff’s Office collaborate on the Gatekeeper Systems, Inc. camera system.

On Friday, representatives from the Sheriff’s Office, Georgia State Patrol, and Troup County School System (TCSS) Transportation department gathered at the bus shop to showcase new security cameras designed to protect students as they enter and exit school buses.

Thanks to Gatekeeper Systems, Inc., and the partnership between local law enforcement and TCSS, cameras were installed free of charge. Currently, 10 school buses are outfitted with the new security cameras.

Read entire article here.

Notice of Public Hearing Public Hearing

The Troup County Board of Education announces the dates of two public hearings to discuss the Fiscal Year 2018 Tentative Budget.

 

All concerned citizens are invited to the public hearing on this tentative budget to be held at the Administrative Services Center Board Room, 100 North Davis Road Building C, LaGrange, GA on May 8, 2017 at 5:30 p.m.

 

The time and place of the additional public hearing on this tentative budget is at the Administrative Services Center Board Room, 100 North Davis Road Building C, LaGrange, GA on May 15, 2017 at 6:30 P.M.

 

The Fiscal Year 2018 Tentative Budget is set to be approved at the regularly scheduled Board of Education Meeting on May 18, 2017. 

05/25/2017: Hollis Hand Raised Garden Funded Through Donor's Choose HHES - Planting Food in Gardens

Fourth grade students at Hollis Hand Elementary are looking forward to picking food from their own garden before the last day of school. Elena Wire, a 4th grade science teacher at Hollis Hand with over 20 years of education experience at the school, wanted to teach her students where fruits and vegetables really come from.

Wire said, “When we study food chains in our science class, the discussion always turns to where do human consumers get their food. My students are always quick to respond ‘from the grocery store!’ or ‘from the refrigerator!’ I wanted them to discover where food comes from through a hands on approach, so that is where the idea of a raised garden came from.”

Read entire article here. 

BWES Stakeholder Meetings - July 11 and July 18 bwes invite

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

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

or

  • Tuesday, July 18
  • 6 pm
  • Troup Co. Baptist Association
08/03/17: Attendance Matters

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

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

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

Read entire story here. 

8/22/17: Academic Success Under Construction

TCSS welcomes the new school year with Academic Success Under Construction
 

09/05/17: Berta Weathersbee Thanks Partners for Backpacks 100 Black Men Shoes

Thank you to 100 Black Men of LaGrange and Emma Hill Manufacturing for their recent donation of shoes to Berta Weathersbee Elementary School. Pictured is Principal Willie Cooks (far left) and Instructional Specialist Christy Nolan (far right) with members of the two organizations. 

 
SUBSTITUTE TEACHER TRAINING

Rescheduled

Rescheduled Workshop Date

Monday, September 25, 2017

Time: 8:00 AM – 1:30 PM

Administrative Services Center (Board Room)

 

Due to the schools being closed for the storm, the previous session was canceled on September 13, 2017.

This workshop is only for the applicants who completed and submitted their application during the time frame of:

July 14 – August 25, 2017

You will receive a reminder email in reference to the rescheduled date of the workshop.

 

Administrative Services Center

100 North Davis Road, Building C

LaGrange, GA 30241

(706) 812-7900

Contact Person: Jeanette Davis

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

no school

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

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

03/31/2017: Kayla Yeargin Named Troup County School System Teacher of the Year Kayla Yeargin and fellow teachers

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 Kayla Yeargin, a ninth grade Accelerated Algebra I and Algebra I teacher at Troup County Comprehensive High School.

 

When entering Yeargin’s classroom, one can feel the warmth and open environment she has built with her students. They freely come to her with questions and enjoy the relevant lessons that she provides to help them learn about advanced mathematical concepts.

 

On the day when out-of-system judges observed Yeargin, students teamed in pairs of two and while using Chromebooks, played each other in pool. The object of the lesson was more than a game, it was for her students to win using mathematical reasoning.


read entire article here.

04/25/2017: Callaway High Student Named 2017 Georgia Scholar Grace poses with Principal Jonathan Laney

Last week at the monthly meeting of the Board of Education, Troup County School System (TCSS) recognized over 50 seniors for various honors such as Valedictorian, Salutatorian, Star Student, and Distinguished Honor graduates. One student was recognized in several of these categories, and was also honored as a 2017 Georgia Scholar – Grace Summers.

A senior at Callaway High, she is planning to major in engineering when she heads to college. As drum major of the school’s marching band, she was also named the school’s Star Student and Valedictorian.

Read entire article here.

05/24/2017: Troup County School System Celebrates Retirees Darden Family

Last week the Troup County School System (TCSS) hosted their annual Retirement Reception at Rosemont Baptist Church. With over 150 friends, family and co-workers in attendance, the church donated the facility, provided the food and set up the venue with decorations. During the event, 44 school employees were honored for their time and expertise in improving the lives of Troup County students. The total years of these individuals in education mounted to more than 1,150 years combined.

Read entire article here.

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

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

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

Beginning Learners

Developing Learners

Proficient Learners

Distinguished Learners

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08/22/17: Fathers and Sons Bond Over Fishing Trip Fishing Trip

Helping build brighter futures for young men attending Whitesville Road Elementary (WRES) in Troup County has become a reality, thanks in part to Jerome Cofield. Cofield, a Troup County School System Paraprofessional at WRES, launched what he likes to call ‘Empowerment Wednesday’.

Each Wednesday, male students who are in the program wear a red or blue tie or bow tie, white buttoned-down shirt, and khaki pants. The expression, according to Cofield, is to help students understand what proper attire is when they leave their home. The red or blue tie they wear has become a symbol throughout the Troup County community, and within their group, as a sign of respect and esteem.

Read entire story here.

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

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

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

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

Read entire story here

08/01/17: School Supply List School Supply List

 
School begins Thursday, 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

   

 


 

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.” 
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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!
03/30/17: Dr. Johnson Discusses Pathway Completions for TCSS Students

As parents and students prepare to register for high school classes, they will begin to see a renewed focus on Career Enhancement Opportunities - or Pathway Completion. In this video, Dr. Penny Johnson shares a little about Pathway Completition, what it means for TCSS, and what it means for students. More videos and information will be available over the coming weeks.

04/20/2017: THINC Robotics Alliance Wins State Championships, Including First All-Female Team THINC Robotics SkillsUSA

Students in the Robotics Alliance at THINC College & Career Academy (THINC) recently won first place in four categories at the SkillsUSA Georgia State Championships in Atlanta, Georgia. With this win, they brought home a total of 12 gold medals. Now they will be going on to represent the state in the National Championships in June.

 

A highlight of the event in Atlanta were two THINC students, Savanna Scott and Grace Ingram. They are the first all-female team to win the SkillsUSA High School Mechatronics State Championship. In addition, they will be the first all-female team to compete in the Mechatronics National Championships. During the competition, the duo was required to design, build and troubleshoot various industrial systems, such as mechanical drive systems, electric motor control circuits, and programmable logic controller automated processes.


Read entire article here.

05/24/2017: Ethel W. Kight Elementary School welcomes ESOL parents for student recognition EKES - ESOL Honors Day

For several weeks, many schools have hosted Honors Day to give kudos to students who excel. This year, Ethel W. Kight Elementary hosted the English Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Honors Day where 41 English learners in Kindergarten through fifth grades were awarded.

During the ceremony, Ethel W. Kight ESOL teachers Mr. Thomas Moat and Mr. Anton Flores presented each student with their certificates. When Mr. Moat was at the podium, he told the parent and staff attendees, “The relationships I have built with the children have established a lifetime of learning. They learn from me and I learn from them.” In addition, he thanked the parents for their encouragement and help as their students learned to master a new language.

Read entire article here.

06/20/17: EKES Hosts Berta Weathersbee Summer Enrichment Camp
Thanks to Ethel W. Kight Elementary for hosting Berta Weathersbee Elementary students during their summer enrichment program. The students receive transportation to Ethel W. Kight Elementary while their home school is being renovated with fresh paint, new kid-friendly furniture, and cleaning up is scheduled to take place outside of the building.
 
Ann George, also a teacher @ BWES, is the program director. She said, “We already have one student who passed his reading goal in the second week of the program." There are three other elementary schools hosting summer enrichment as well -- Ethel W. Kight, West Point, and Whitesville Rd. In this video, Tiffany Martin, Kindergarten teacher at Berta Weathersbee Elementary, helps two students with literacy skills during the summer enrichment program.

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

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

 

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

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

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

09/01/17: West Point Elementary Celebrates Literacy with Book Fair WPE Book Fair
This year, TCSS focus on literacy extends throughout the county. Recently, students at West Point Elementary enjoyed the Scholastic Book Fair. The book fair, which is held once in the fall and again in the spring, allows students to purchase a wide variety of books, educational games, and school supplies.
 
Proceeds from the sale go to the school and are used to purchase books and other equipment.
09/19/17: Nicole Kennedy Talks Attendance

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

 

 

 

10/06/17: Harlem Wizards Wow Students During Fundraising Basketball Game Harlem Wizards

Last night, the World Famous Harlem Wizards added some trick hoops and alley ‘OOPS’ to the evening as Franklin Forest Elementary and Ethel W. Kight Elementary hosted a joint basketball game fundraiser for technology, flexible seating in classrooms, and other student-centered activities against the show team.

Before the big game, players visited the elementary schools to introduce themselves, raise awareness about the community fundraiser, and show the excited students some basketball tricks. 

Read entire article here. 

10/17/2017: Reeling in Great Accomplishments Fishing for Greatness

Just one month into the new season and the Callaway High School Fishing Team is establishing themselves as a competitive fishing force. Their most recent accomplishment was winning the West Point Lake Championship sponsored by Ken Bearden Fishing, where they were awarded overall “Best in Weight”. Callaway came out on top as 13 high schools and 54 anglers tested their skills in a qualifier for the State Tournament scheduled for November 18-19, which will launch from LaGrange’s Highland Marina.

 

Callaway’s Matthew Freeman captured first place and won the Big Fish Award which qualified him for that state tournament. 

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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. 
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

03/28/2017: TCSS Awarded for Parental Involvement by Georgia Department of Education Richard Woods and student

Yesterday, Georgia’s State School Superintendent Richard Woods, along with other Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE) representatives, visited Troup County School System (TCSS) to bestow an award for the Title I Parent Engagement Program.

 

The recognition comes from a November 2016 video and written entry into the GaDOE’s Parent Engagement contest. For the video and written submissions, TCSS showcased the theme Parent Engagement Rocks! Both items showcased programs that TCSS has implemented to include and garner support for parental involvement. In late November, the district was named one of the top four in parent engagement within the state.  


read entire article here.

04/10/2017: LaGrange High Students Receive GEICC Scholarships GEICC Scholarship Winners Announced

Earlier this week during the monthly THINC College & Career Academy board meeting, The Georgia Energy and Industrial Construction Consortium (GEICC) awarded two LaGrange High School students who attend THINC $500 scholarships each.

 

Receiving the inaugural scholarships were seniors Karan Lakhwani and Bailey Painter. Lakhwani is involved in school and extracurricular activities such as the Science Bowl, Academic Bowl and tennis team. He has held leadership positions and achieved numerous honors, including being inducted into the National Honor Society with a weighted 4.96 GPA. In addition, he is a Georgia Certificate of Merit Scholar and AP Scholar of Distinction. 


Read entire article here. 

04/19/2017: Six Troup County Educators Headed to Harvard for Project Zero Classroom Experience Harvard Group

Six Troup County School System (TCSS) teachers were excited to learn they were selected to attend the Harvard Graduate School of Education this summer. On July 19, they will spend one week immersed in the Project Zero Classroom experience on the notable campus.

 

For the second year in a row, The Community Foundation of Troup County, an affiliate organization of the Community Foundation of the Chattahoochee Valley, Inc. (CFCV) helped spur funding to send Troup County educators for this significant professional learning opportunity. Other community organizations joined the effort as well: 


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Senior Spotlight - LaGrange High's Te'a Winston Te'a Winston - LaGrange High

Te’a Winston stands out among her peers and it’s clear to see why, with her infectious smile and clear decision on studying Communications while minoring in Biology at Kennesaw State University.

The avid softball player credits the Biology spin to her LaGrange High Anatomy Instructor, Dr. Russell Murphy. Of Murphy, Winston says, “I love learning and he is always there to remind me there is always more to learn. That pushes me to want to learn more. He made me like Science.”

Read more about Te'a Here

05/23/2017: Callaway High School Fishing Team Enters Finals CHS Fishing Team

Earlier this month the Callaway High School Fishing Team qualified for the Georgia Bass National State Classic Championship in Hiawassee, GA. This is the first qualifier tournament the team has participated in. Both students, Matthew Freeman and John Reed Batchelor are coached by Charles Freeman.

Coach Freeman, who is also a teacher at Callaway Elementary, stated, “I am proud of our duo and their accomplishments this first year. We have started off with great momentum. Besides triple qualifying for the State Classic, Matthew Freeman represented the team in the 2016 Georgia State Open High School Bass Championship and the Big Fish contest on West Point Lake. He finished first in both competitions.”

Read entire article here.

6/20/17: TCSS Students SLAM into Summer Learning SLAM Camp

Last week, close to a dozen Troup County School System (TCSS) high school students got to SLAM into summer learning during the week-long Students Learning About Manufacturing camp hosted by local businesses and held at THINC College and Career Academy.

Duracell, Mountville Mills, KIA, and Milliken all stepped up and opened up their doors for SLAM students to learn about the manufacturing field. Each day when students arrived at THINC, they received an introduction to Robotics and had an opportunity to work on their robots, which would be in a friendly week-ending competition.

Read entire article here.  

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

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

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

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

Read entire story here. 

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

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

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

Read entire release here. 

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

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

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

Read entire story here.

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Read entire story here. 

10/16/2017: Recipe For Success National School Lunch Week

When Troup County School System (TCSS) students returned to school after fall break, their cafeteria experience was a little different. Decorations of measuring cups, crepe paper, and decorated pineapples, pumpkins, and skeletons greeted them as they walked through the food service line. This week, October 9-13, highlights National School Lunch Week with a theme of ‘Recipes for Success’.

 

While this week will emphasize the healthy foods that are offered daily within TCSS, the nutrition staff has taken an opportunity to highlight other qualities that make for student success. At Franklin Forest Elementary a chalkboard sits on a skeleton chef’s lap and reads:

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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.

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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.

03/28/2017: TCSS Students Prepare Jackie Robinson Writing Prompts for Scholastic Publishing Contest Entries students in class

Recently, students in Troup County School System (TCSS) received some encouraging news when asked to write essays about overcoming obstacles – their writings would be entered into a contest with Scholastic Publishing. The completed works would be shared with Sharon Robinson, the daughter of Jackie Robinson, before a winner was named.

 

Teachers and students focused on the book Promises to Keep; a story chronicling Jackie Robinson’s rise to prominence in Major League Baseball amid breaking the color barrier for the popular sport. The prompt asked students to show how they use Jackie Robinson’s values to face their own barriers, making the writing relevant to their personal lives. While the essay was a perfect addition to the TCSS curriculum, it was also a rigorous lesson that made students think beyond the classroom. 


read entire article here.

04/10/2017: Annual School Bus Road-e-o Competition Showcases Bus Drivers Skills Bus Road-e-o Winners

This past Saturday, 31 of Troup County School Systems (TCSS) bus drivers and transportation employees gathered at the bus shop for some friendly competition as the annual School Bus Road-e-o started early in the morning.

 

After all scores were tallied, Mark Siersma was named the first place winner. With nine years of experience, he has qualified to attend the state competition each year he has been on the job. He has also competed in the Special Needs Road-e-o for two years. Last year, he was first place in the state of Georgia and he went on to compete in the National School Bus Road-e-o where he placed 6th in the nation.

Read entire article here.

4/19/17: Callaway Middle School Students Learn on the Lake CMS - Riverkeepers
The students in Mrs. Major and Mrs. Hanner's 6th grade classes attended a field trip at Highland Marina led by the Chattahoochee River Keepers. Students learned about the history of the lake, wildlife, pollution and uses of our water at West Point Lake. 

Shown here, students are  testing the PH level of the water.
Senior Spotlight - Troup High's Joshua Wreyford Joshua Wreyford

Named Troup High School’s Star Student, Joshua Wreyford has been focused on his goals for a while. He challenged himself early on to be a full-time dually enrolled student during his senior year. And he’s taken on the challenge with no hesitation.

Of the decision to take advantage of courses on the campus of Columbus State University, he says, “I wanted a head start (of going to college) because it is a lot of money and dual enrollment is a free program offered by the state of Georgia.” He is currently enrolled in five college courses and last semester, he was enrolled in four. The workload does not bother him because he knows the more he gets done now, the less he will have to pay for later. 

Read more of Joshua's story here.

05/16/17: Norma Fannin Named Nurse of the Year Nurse of the Year Norma Fannin

When looking at Norma Fannin’s petite stature, one would never guess she was a former truck driver, but when the 18-wheeler she was driving broke down in the middle of nowhere, she knew it was time to get back to nursing. Of the experience she says, “I always loved big trucks, so I took a break from nursing to do something different. When that truck broke down, I knew it was time to start back practicing nursing again.”

Read Norma's Story Here

Senior Spotlight - Troup High's Edwina Basilio Troup High - Edwina Basilio

“I’m driven and I’m determined to be the best me I can be despite my difficulties,” said ROTC’s Major, Freshman Flight Commander, Expected General, and Executive Officer; Edwina Basilio. As a member of Troup High School’s JROTC, Edwina knows that pushing through will get you through. As a young girl, she began having medical complications. Later, she was diagnosed as having two bone marrow issues, Aplastic Anemia and PNH. These are rare disorders that causes red blood cells to break down sooner than they should. The person she credits as helping her through these difficult health times is her mother, Yolonda Basilio Smith.

She credits Ms. Nichelle Wimbush for being a good mentor, “Both women play a huge role in my life. Ms. Wimbush is always there for me. When I was in the hospital, she came to see me. When I’m at school she makes sure I’m eating right and not slacking in my classes. That is important to me, because she shows she cares.”

Read Edwina's story here

6/19/17: TCSS Educators Prepare to Teach Medical Detectives Middle School Class Option Medical Detectives Training

Who said teachers didn't work summers??? Well, some of the Troup County School System (TCSS) Science and Social Studies teachers are getting prepared to teach new elective courses and state standard changes. Starting in August, middle school students will have student choice class options that are geared to their interest. Classes like Medical Detectives, Chess, and SAT Prep will be offered. In TCSS's high schools, a renewed focus on career pathways like Robotics, Fine Arts, Engineering, and Healthcare will be offered as well. 

Here, middle school teachers Lisa O'Neal, Courtney Agurs, and Tiffany Graham are participating in a "Testing the Senses" lab during training at Auburn University for the new TCSS elective class, Medical Detectives. This is just one of the exciting new programs that will be offered in TCSS schools in the fall!

NOTICE OF PROPERTY TAX INCREASE

The Troup County Board of Education has tentatively adopted a 2017 millage rate which will require an increase in property taxes by 1.90 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 10, 2017 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 10, 2017 at 6:00 P.M. and Administrative Services Center Board Room, 100 North Davis Road Building C, LaGrange, GA on July 17, 2017 at 6:30 P.M.

 

This tentative increase will result in a millage rate of 18.850 mills, an increase of 0.351 mills. Without this tentative tax increase, the millage rate will be no more than 18.499 mills. The proposed tax increase for a home with a fair market value of $125,000 is approximately $16.84 and the proposed tax increase for non-homestead property with a fair market value of $100,000 is approximately $14.04.
 

CURRENT 2017 TAX DIGEST AND 5 YEAR HISTORY OF LEVY

School Registration Dates are Now Available! Grad Hat
High School Registration: 
Wednesday, July 26th  from 12:00 - 6:00 p.m. (9th and 12th grades)
Thursday, July 27th from 12:00 - 6:00 p.m.  (10th and 11th grades)
 
Middle School "Early" Registration:
Monday, July 17th - Thursday, July 20th from 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
 
Middle School Registration:
Tuesday, August 8th from 10:00 a. to 6:00 p.m.
 
Elementary Registration and Meet the Teacher Day:
Thursday, August 3rd 12:00-6:00 p.m.
 
07/10/17: THINC Robotics Students Tops at National Competition THINC SKills USA

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

Read entire story here.

New Staff Induction

New Staff InductionTCSS welcomes new teachers Monday, July 17th at 7:30am for New Staff Induction.

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

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

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


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

 

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

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

09/18/17: CHS Student Ambassadors Encourage Voting CHS Student Ambassadors

Dressing up as the Statue of Liberty is one of the perks of being a Secretary of State Student Ambassador. Layten Robinson, a Callaway High senior, knew it would draw attention to the groups polling tent during a recent Friday night football game. Robinson, along with eight other Callaway High (CHS) students, were named Ambassadors by their teachers. This is a great honor according to Ranise Hobbs, a senior, “our teachers nominated us based on our grades and as future leaders.”

The purpose of the Ambassador program is to engage students and the community in registering to vote. Lewis says, “It is also about the importance of people understanding why they should register and why they should vote.” Robinson shared the same sentiments and added, “We increase political efficacy and political involvement within our community.”

Read entire story here.

TCSS Partners in Education Make a Difference

Thank you to our Partners in Education! Your support of the Troup County School System help us reach our goals and students reach success. Some partner activities include mentorship, providing funding for literacy initiatives and positive behavior initiatives, allowing students to tour work facilities, and providing externship opportunities for our teachers. We appreciate you! 

 

10/03/17: TCSS Celebrates Georgia Pre-K Week news

This week, Troup County School System (TCSS) joins Voices for Georgia’s Children in celebrating the 25th anniversary of Georgia’s Pre-K Week.

This program was the brainchild of Governor Zell Miller in 1992 and has grown from serving 750 children in its first year to approximately 81,000 annually. Launched seven years ago, Pre-K Week draws attention to Georgia’s Pre-K Program by giving hundreds of state, business and community leaders a chance to visit Pre-K centers and witness quality early learning in action.

Read entire story here.

10/10/2017: Young CMS Ladies Engage in Self-Awareness and Empowerment Classes Imagine, Believe, and Achieve

For a number of years, Communities in Schools (CIS) has been a part of providing programs and success outcomes to Troup County School System (TCSS) students. The main goal of CIS is to surround students with a community of support and empower them to stay in school and succeed in their future. Last week, at a Callaway Middle School CIS meeting, June Nelson stepped in to mentor 20 young ladies about their future.

 

Callaway Middle School’s CIS Site Coordinator, Stephanie Williams, recognized the need to have young ladies engage in self-esteem and empowerment classes. 

Read entire article

10/11/2017: Jungle Bus Helps Impact Early Literacy In Troup County Reading Ranger Reads To Kids

Jungle Jama and her friend Reading Ranger pulled up in apartment complexes and school parking lots driving a jungle-themed school bus. Their purpose, you ask, was to put a book in children’s hands in hopes of impacting early learning. Starting in Hogansville, the mobile bookmobile also came to LaGrange and will soon travel to West Point.

 

The Jungle Bus, a design concept created by THINC College & Career Academy students, has been seen rolling to community events like Rotary Club, Law Enforcement Night Out, Partners in Education Appreciation Breakfast, and planned visits to local apartments during the school day. 

Read entire article

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. 
 

Read Entire Article Here

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.”
 

Read Entire Story Here. 

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. 


Read Entire Article Here.

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. 

04/18/17: She's D.O.P.E Honors Eight THS Seniors Who Received Over $2.8 Million in Scholarships She's D.O.P.E. Elite Eight

A group of eight young women showed just how dope they were in Troup High School’s media center last week as they announced their acceptance to various colleges across the U.S. All young ladies are seniors at Troup High School and are the first graduating class of the nonprofit organization, She’s D.O.P.E. (Determined Overachiever Public servant who Empowers women).

 

The seniors honored on this day, dubbed ‘The Elite 8’, were front and center as they shared their selected colleges with family and friends. Combined, these eight seniors have an average 3.8 GPA, over 1000 hours of community service, were accepted to 70 colleges, and were offered over $2.8M in institutional scholarships. 


Read entire article here.

Senior Spotlight - Callaway High's Iyanla Mosley Iyanla Mosley - Callaway High

When Iyanla Mosley is in Mr. David Curtis’ Callaway High School science class, she feels at home. “Mr. Curtis has helped me to understand and really like science. He is a good teacher and he cares for his students.” 

She has been playing the trumpet since she was in the 6th grade, but plans to hold off her first year of college when she will be yelling ‘Roll Tide’ in the fall as she heads to the University of Alabama where she will major in Biology. 

She plans to continue into the medical field as she hopes to one day become an optometrist and open her own practice.

Read Iyanla's Entire Story Here

05/17/17: TCSS and HMH Celebrates Read 180 Educator Lynn and 4th Grade Students

Today, the fourth and fifth grade students at Rosemont Elementary gathered in the gymnasium, along with the family and friends of Lynn Thrailkill, Rosemont Elementary fourth grade teacher. They were there to celebrate Mrs. Thrailkill’s win for the Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 180 Educator Award.

Earlier this month, Troup County School System (TCSS) received the news that Mrs. Thrailkill was one of five teachers across the country being recognized for this award. What made this honor so outstanding is that the school system implemented Read 180 only nine months ago. 

Read the full story here

06/12/17: House Bill 251 - Transfers

Under House Bill 251, a state law enacted in 2009, a parent or legal guardian of student in Troup County Schools may request to transfer the child to another Troup County  Public School for the upcoming school year. Before the transfer is allowed, the school district must determine that classroom space is available, that teacher allocations at the school are appropriate and all assigned students have been enrolled and scheduled. Please see the attachments below for details. 

Applications are due by Friday, July 7, 2017. 

TCSS Space Availability

House Bill 251 Parent/Guardian Information

House Bill 251 Application

06/21/17: TCSS Employment Trends Data Presentation @ Board Meeting Retention

Earlier this month, Chief Human Resource Officer Sequita Freeman, provided an update on Troup County School System Employee Trends. Within the report, it was noted that:
 

  • In Georgia, 47% of teachers leave the profession within five years. 
  • TCSS exit survey results noted retirement was the number one reason for leaving the district (41%).
  • TCSS exit survey results noted 87% of employees were satisfied with their position.
  • There is no significant difference between TCSS and GA retention rates. 
  • Some schools showed an increase in attrition more than others.
     

Read the entire report here.

Notice of Millage Rate Hearings - TCSS is NOT requesting an increase in 2017 Millage Rates

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

PROPERTY TAX INCREASE PRESS RELEASE

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

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

Read entire story here.

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

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

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

Read entire story here. 

Pre-K Forms Due Prior to August 3, 2017

Pre-K Forms Required

The following documents must be on file in the Pre-K office prior to; "Meet the Teacher” on August 3, 2017. 
• Immunizations Form 3231
• Eye, Ear, Dental and Nutrition Form 3300
• Social Security Card (if not turned in at registration)
If you have not turned in these documents to the Pre-K office, please call 706-812-7900, ext. 1151.

LaGrange International Festival

LaGrange International Festival

Visit beautiful downtown LaGrange on Saturday, September 9 from 3 pm to 7 pm for the LaGrange International Festival.  Music, Food and Fun for the whole family!

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

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

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

09/18/17: BWES Principal Willie Cooks Shares Discipline Stats

During last weeks 'Tearing of the Tape' ceremony, new Berta Weathersbee Elementary principal, Willie Cooks, cited some glowing statistics experienced within his first month at the helm of BWES, “Suspensions have decreased by 99.4 percent compared to last year…and student referrals have decreased by 50 percent since this time last year.” Cooks noted the students want to learn and any behavior issues that may happen are handled quickly. Another Berta student agreed by saying, “I don’t have to worry about bully’s because I can tell my teacher and she will handle it.”

 

09/29/17: TCSS Career Opportunities Page Under Construction Under Construction

The Troup County School System Human Resources Department is implementing a new HR Management system called Munis. While this system is being implemented, our HR specialists are working to improve the Career Opportunities webpage. It will be available on October 23rd. 

09/27/17: TCSS Graduation Rate Moves Up

The Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE) released its 2017 Four-Year Cohort Graduation Rates today. Overall, Troup County School System (TCSS) saw a 1.1 percent increase from 2016. The system rate showed a greater rate of increase, at 6.6 percent in three years, while the state of Georgia has a 1.7 percent increase in the same amount of time. There were a total of 898 TCSS graduates.

The TCSS graduation rates are as follows:

  2015 Graduation Rates 2016 Graduation Rates 2017 Graduation Rates
Callaway High 67.2% 74.9% 78.5%
LaGrange High 70.7% 74.7% 79.9%
Troup High  75.8% 80.9% 78.0%
TCSS 71.4% 76.9% 78.0%
Georgia

78.9%

79.2% 80.6%

Read the entire story here. 

10/10/2017: Representative Randy Nix Entertains Franklin Forest Elementary Students By Reading Randy Nix Reads To Franklin Forest Elementary Classroom

Today, Georgia House of Representatives member Randy Nix elated over 60 Pre-K students at Franklin Forest Elementary in Troup County School System (TCSS) as he took time to read books and sing songs with several classes in honor of the 25th Anniversary of Georgia’s Pre-K Week. This is a time where hundreds of local and state leaders have a chance to visit Pre-K centers, witness early learning, and invite literacy into learning.
 

The Chairman of the Ethics Committee stated, “I have volunteered to do this for eleven years. I have read to many classes and schools throughout Troup County because this is one my favorite things to do.

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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

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.

Read Entire Story Here. 

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.

Read Article Here

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

04/14/17: STEM Learning Continues with Donation of 3-D Printer at Rosemont Elementary RES 3D Printer

The STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Technology) curriculum is an important part of all levels of education. To provide hands on learning and to better prepare all students, the Makerspace has become an important addition to schools and public libraries. According to Makerspace.com, it  is a "collaborative workspace that uses high tech materials (3-D printers, sewing machines) to low tech materials (Legos, cardboard) for making, learning, exploring and sharing."  

 
Rosemont Elementary has taken the initial steps to provide Makerspace opportunities for the students. The school began slowly with a Lego board and legos for the students to come in and design their own creations and  using old microscopes to view slides, With the donation of a 3-D printer, Rosemont can start the next phase of the Makerspace area.  The 3-D printer was donated to the school by Mr. Greg & Mrs. Mary Ann Keck.​
Senior Spotlight - LaGrange High's Jadarius 'JD' Young Jadarius Young

When Jadarius ‘JD’ Young talks, you can tell he is grateful for his family and friends. He thanks them for where he is today. 

After four years of playing linebacker for the Grangers, he received a scholarship to Point and will continue to play football and major in Criminal Justice. When he is not on the field, he volunteers with youth groups at church and Camp Viola.

Coach Dialeo Burkes is a standout mentor for him. “I have a lot of teachers that stand out to me, but Coach Burkes has been there for me. His mindset is to always keep going, always push yourself. I can go and talk to him about anything. He has been a good role model to me and I can talk to him about anything.”

Read Jadarius' Entire Story Here

 

05/17/17: Seamless Summer Option Feeding Program Tackles Kids Eating Lunch

In April, the TCSS Board of Education approved The Seamless Summer Option program, which is a partnership between the Troup County Parks and Recreation and TCSS. This program will allow for an extension of the School Breakfast Program and the National School Lunch Program. With this, students will be able to receive breakfast and lunch in selecct locations during the summer months. Locations and times vary throughout the county.

Seamless Summer Option Feeding Location and Times

6/21/17: Junior University Students Attend Enrichment Camp Junior University

Over the past two weeks, close to 200 rising 6th thru 8th grade Troup County School System (TCSS) students roamed the halls of THINC College & Career Academy as they participated in the Junior University Summer Enrichment Program (Junior University). The purpose of Junior University was to enhance middle school student learning through advanced studies and hands-on experiments.

The enrichment experience, led by TCSS employees, fostered collegial support for students who are pursuing a more rigorous course of study throughout the regular school year. The curriculum focused on science, technology and robotics, engineering, math and foreign language. In addition, a new course in Technical Theatre was offered. The students designed a set, set up a stage, and placed lighting for a play. 

Read entire story here. 

New Employee Self Service Portal Now Available Employee Benefits

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

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

Accessing ESS One Pager
Accessing ESS - PPT

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

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

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

Read the entire story here

TCSS Benefit Education Sessions

Troup County School System's Finance Department will host Open Enrollment Benefit Sessions for all interested TCSS employees. Discussions will cover the 2018 SHBP plan designs, rates, how to select the proper coverage, wellness, telemedicine, and a general overview of Troup County Schools’ benefits and plan updates on other benefits. The full list of dates, times, and sessions are below.
 

TCSS Open Enrollment Benefit Education Sessions List

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

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. 

Read Article Here   

04/12/17: Exceptional Education Public School Choice Options

As the parent/guardian of a student who receives exceptional education services in the Troup County School System, we wanted to inform you about your options regarding public and private school choice. Under the state law passed by the Georgia State Legislature in 2007, parents/guardians of students who receive exceptional education service may choose to transfer their child to another public school or private school in Georgia.  

Letter to Parents

Celebrating Military Children in April

April is Month of the Military Child

This awareness month was established to underscore the important role children play in the Armed Forces community.

05/09/2017: Local Teacher Receives National Read 180 Educator Award for Improving Student Literacy Mrs. Lynn Thrailkill reading with students

Today Lynn Thrailkill, Rosemont Elementary fourth grade teacher, learned she was named a recipient of the 180 Educator Award.

This award recognizes five teachers across the United States for helping struggling students build their literacy, vocabulary and word recognition. The 180 Educator Awards, now in its eleventh year, honors educators who help children overcome personal and academic obstacles to achieve reading literacy. The chosen teachers also demonstrate an unwavering commitment to improving the lives of struggling learners.

Read entire article here.

06/14/17: Troup County School System Backs Berta

Late last week, an article highlighting Top 10 Schools for fighting listed one Troup County School – Berta Weathersbee Elementary. While the listing highlighted 2016 data, the Troup County School System (TCSS) is responding in a resounding way through ‘We Back Berta’.

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

SUBSTITUTE TEACHER TRAINING

Applications Accepted Online

July 14 – August 23, 2017

Workshop Date

September 13, 2017

Time: 8:00 AM – 1:30 PM

    Administrative Services Center (Board Room)     

 

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

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

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

2017 Georgia School Bus Safety Poster Contest

2017 National School Bus Safety Poster Contest

Send all submissions to:

turnerjp@troup.org

Dr. Jeffrey Turner, Transportation

100 North Davis Rd., Building B

LaGrange, GA 30240

 

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!'  

School System to Purge Old Gifted Records

The Troup County School System will purge records of gifted students who graduated in May, 2016.
 
Gifted students/their parent or guardian may claim their gifted records by calling the Exceptional Education Center at 706-812-7939 by June 30, 2017.  Unclaimed records will be destroyed after July 1, 2017.
 
Records will be released to former students or their parent/guardian only.  A photo ID is required.

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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