District News

Superintendent Search Information

Applicants interested in applying for the Troup County School System Superintendent position can find more information about the community in the below brochure and video highlighting A Day in the Life.

TCSS - Brochure

A Day in the Life (thanks to the LaGrange Development Authority for providing)

Additional TCSS Information

Videos - TCSS

 

A Stakeholder Input Report for Troup County School System was compiled by representatives from McPherson & Jacobson, LLC, the firm hired to conduct the Superintedent Search.  Please review the report here.

Stakeholder Input Report

11/17/18: Students and Teachers Slime Principal slimed

Recently, about 30 students and some teachers got together to slime the principal of Hollis Hand Elementary, Jack Morman. The school hosted a Boosterthon for the Parent Teacher Organization in an effort to support student learning activities and events throughout the school year. Morman stated, "this was the combined effort of our entire student body, parents, and staff. It was a joint effort." He said the parents came up with the sliming idea as a way to get students motivated about the fundraiser and he agreed. 

12/17/18: West Point Families Enjoy Art and Reading reading and art show

At West Point Elementary, students, families and staff are keeping literacy and the arts top of mind. They recently enjoyed a Family Reading Night and Art Show at the school. The night included storytelling and sing-a-longs from retired TCSS teacher, Connie Askew. In addition, many of the students were able to see their art work displayed before enjoying a game of BINGO for Books.

Inclement Weather Update

Weather

Currently, school has not been cancelled or delayed for tomorrow, Tuesday, December 11th. At this time, TCSS officials are working diligently with local public safety officials to make a decision based on the potential for black ice. Please check back regularly for updates. Please note that all TCSS weather notices will be made via the TCSS website, One Call Now, and our official Facebook page.

11/28/18: Evelyn Johnson Preparing Documentary for Normandy Sacrifice for Freedom Honor

Congratulations to Evelyn Johnson, Troup High School senior, who is sharing her story of traveling to France with her teacher sponsor, Clinton DeMooney, for the Normandy Sacrifice for Freedom Albert H. Small honor. Recently, Evelyn was a guest speaker at the National Infantry Museum in Columbus, Ga. She looks to complete and premiere a documentary this spring about the award and her travels. Here, she tells how it all got started.



 

11/26/18: F.L.I. Properties Gives Back to TCSS Partners in Education

When Kendall Butler was completing her chemical engineering degree from Auburn University, she knew her education experience was one she would share with others once she had an opportunity. That chance came decades later as an entrepreneur and business owner of F.L.I. Properties, a full service real estate brokerage and property management company with offices in Newnan and LaGrange. They serve property owners between Auburn, Alabama and Atlanta, Georgia.

“It’s our foundation in everything we do through our business. We always think about the families we serve, the lifestyle we want to help people find, and investing in our community, investing in our youth, and investing in people’s future.”

Read entire story here.

11/13/18: Troup County School System Thanks Veterans

Thanks to all of our men and women who have served in the armed forces. 

11/13/18: Cynthia Blackmon Stays Involved with Berta's PTO Blackmon

BWES Grandmother, Cynthia Blackmon, is posing with her grandsons Zycorious Dandy and Marquez Anderson.  Cynthia stays involved as a grandmother by serving as Berta Weathersbee Elementary School's PTO Secretary.  She also comes to as many school events as possible and encourages other families to be involved, too!

11/12/18: Happy Veterans Day from TCSS!

appy Veterans Day to all of the brave men and women who have served our country. Thanks to the staff and students at Berta Weathersbee Elementary for honoring our veterans! 
 

 

SURVEY for Superintendent Search Stakeholder Input is Now Available

If you are unable to attend a Superintendent Search Stakeholder meeting this week, please take a moment to complete this short and anonymous online survey powered through SurveyMonkey. 

Stakeholder Input - SURVEY

11/12/18: Franklin Forest Students Love PBIS Store Facepainting

Students at Franklin Forest Elementary School have many opportunities to be rewarded for their positive behavior through their PBIS model. Students earn Falcon Bucks for making good choices, then, with their Falcon Bucks they are able to make purchases of items in the PBIS store. They can also choose to participate in different school-wide and classroom activities.

Students in Mrs. Sabrina Barintine's Kindergarten class were able to earn the opportunity to get their faces painted as one of their PBIS positive acknowledgements.

TCSS Announces Stakeholder Meetings for Superintendent Search

The Troup County School System (TCSS) Board of Education announced a series of superintendent search stakeholder meetings to be held next week. Consultants from McPherson Jacobson, LLC, an executive search firm, will conduct each stakeholder meeting for the purpose of gathering suggestions from TCSS employees and community members on the qualities they desire in the next Superintendent of Schools. 

11/07/18: Rep. Randy Nix Tells His Memory of a Teacher Making a Difference

Rep. Randy Nix and the Georgia House of Representatives are all sharing how teachers make all the difference. He shares his memories of his 3rd grade teacher, Mrs. Avis Tidwell, in this video:

Rep. Nix - Mrs. Avis Tidwell

11/06/18: LHS Softball Team High Fives Franklin Forest Falcons FFES LHS Softball

High Five Fridays are the best at Franklin Forest Elementary School. Students often find exciting guests in their building as they enter for the day. This past Friday, FFE welcomed the Lagrange High School Softball team. The softball team sat with the FFE students at breakfast, visited their classrooms, and high-five'd many of them as they were walking down the halls. FFE celebrated the success of the LHS softball team and their awesome season. Pictured with some of our FFE students is the LHS softball team. 

11/05/18: THS Takes First Place in Region GHSA One Act Play THS One Act Play

Congratulations to the cast and crew of “The Edge of Peace” on placing first in region GHSA One Act play. Also taking home awards: Henry Veon, Region Best Actor, and Annabelle Maggart, Region All Star Cast. Way to go Mrs. Jordan and THS Thespians! 

11/05/18: Shannon Lawson Uses This Philosophy to Raise Her Son Harrison Lawson

Shannon Lawson is the proud mother of Harrison Lawson, a senior at Troup High School.  Shannon shared that she has followed the words of Proverbs 22:6 when raising her children - "Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old, he will not depart from it."  She feels that these words are her most important job as a parent. She knows that partnering with her children's schools over the years has paid off in great dividends!

11/02/18: LHS FFA Raises 703 Pounds of Canned Goods FFA Food Bank

Through donations, the LHS FFA chapter under Ms. Jessica Bowden took 703 pounds of canned goods for the Feeding America Campaign at the Central Region meeting in Perry last month! This was the largest amount of any chapter. The 703 pounds of canned goods will feed an average of 586 people. 

The LaGrange High School chapter received a $1,000 scholarship designated for a FFA member to attend the National FFA Washington Leadership Conference in Washington D.C. next summer!

11/01/18: TCSS Celebrates Parents PAC

Communication is key when it comes to parent engagement says a group of over 30 parents who rolled out of bed to have their voices heard at an early morning meeting sponsored by Troup County School System (TCSS). Once a month, the Parent Advisory Council (PAC) meets to share ideas and information that helps parents and the school system maintain an open line of communication between the two groups.

Read entire story here. 

10/31/18: Safety Table Top Brings Emergency Teams Together Table Top Exercise

“When a fire alarm is activated in your building, what is the protocol? Do all the students jump up and run outside or do they wait for an all clear from administrators before being escorted out of the building?” That was the question Lt. Eric Lohr with the LaGrange Police Department (LPD) asked over 45 Troup County School System (TCSS) employees at a recent Safety Table Top Exercise.

Read entire story here.

10/31/18: Lunch Bunch Book Club Brings Reading to Life Lunch Bunch

Once a week April Sandford, Media Specialist at Hogansville Elementary, welcomes a group of 6-10 fourth grade students around movable desks so they can read and discuss their chosen book. The group is called ‘The Lunch Bunch’ because they bring lunch to the book club sessions that are held in the media center. Sandford has been hosting the club for the past four years.

Read the entire story here.

Public Notice: DISPOSAL OF RECORDS OF EXCEPTIONAL EDUCATION STUDENTS

The Troup County School System Department of Exceptional Education announces the intent to destroy Exceptional Education records for students who were born prior to 1995.  Records will be destroyed that were collected, maintained, or used in providing a free appropriate public education for disabled and/or exceptional students in the Troup County School System.  This notice is in compliance with records retention requirements as set forth by the State Records Committee. 

 

Exceptional Education records for students who were born prior to 1995 are no longer needed for educational planning purposes.  These records might, however, be needed by the student or parent for Social Security or other reasons.  If the student or parent would like copies of a student’s Exceptional Education records, please contact the Exceptional Education Records Clerk at 706-812-7939.  The school system will continue to maintain a permanent academic record for each student.  The Troup County Archives serves as the official records repository for the school system. 

 

 

10/30/18: American Home Shield Sponsors AULT Students for Pizza Ault

Congrats to the 18 Ault Academy students that were a part of the October PBIS Celebration. They ate at Your Pie in LaGrange. The event was sponsored by American Home Shield, their Partners in Education. Ault administrators said, "Despite the rain, the students were excited to get off campus. We thank American Home Shield (AHS) and Mrs. Lori Smith from AHS for sponsoring the event for our students."

10/30/18: Thanks TCSS Principals

Thank you to all our wonderful TCSS Principals! 
 

 

 

 

10/29/18: CCRPI Scores Released

A few years ago, the Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE) was looking for a tool to measure how well its schools, districts, and the state are helping students succeed. The tool that was chosen is the College and Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI). Today, GaDOE released the 2018 CCRPI scores for Troup County School System (TCSS) and other public education systems around the state.

Read entire article here.

10/24/18: Victoria Martin - Employee Spotlight

Thanks to all of our TCSS Bus Drivers!

 

10/22/18: City of LaGrange and TCSS Students Talk School Bus Safety

Thanks to the City of LaGrange for their partnership of this School Bus Safety Video! 

 

10/17/18: National School Lunch Week - Nutrition Employees Give to Service Men and Women

10/15/18: Shannon Gipson - Long Cane Elementary

Shannon Gipson - Long Cane Elementary

 

 

10/11/18: Chick-fil-A Partners with LHS for Leader Academy Leader Academy

Last week 30 LaGrange High (LHS) students stepped into the media center knowing they would be challenged to become servant leaders. After completing applications for the Chick fil A Leader Academy™ (Leader Academy), they didn’t know what to expect. They didn’t know what would be required. They all jumped at the chance to join because the teens know the organization is known for excellent customer service and all around ‘doing the right thing.’

Read entire story here

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

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

Read full story here

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

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

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

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

 

 

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

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

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

Read entire story here. 

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

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

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

Read entire story here

Benefit Education Sessions Scheduled

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09/24/18: #TCSSFuture

09/21/18: The HOPE Academy Students Map Their Vision

 

 


When Errin Ford, student at The HOPE Academy, was tasked with writing his future life story, he knew his first move was to obtain his high school diploma. He said, “I have to graduate first so I can make something of myself.”

Tiffany Gibson-Pitts, The HOPE Academy’s Guidance Counselor, is the person who helped the students bring their vision to life through a guided hands-on Vision Board lesson. She said, “I wanted to challenge my students to think beyond what they see in front of them so I decided to start a classroom guidance lesson. It is something we typically do as counselors in small group sessions. The purpose of this activity was to help students plan their future and envision their careers.”

 

 

09/20/18: Mando Donates $100,000 to THINC College & Career Academy

 

 


Three THINC College and Career Academy (THINC) students had an opportunity to use their employability skills as they stood in the front of five Mando Corporation (Mando) representatives, including CEO Yong Keol Kim, to verbally share their experiences about attending THINC.

The group was there to present a financial investment gift of $100,000 to THINC. The funds will be disbursed in $20,000 increments over the next five years. The hope is that students will graduate workforce ready and will choose to start their employment with local companies like Mando, who makes and supplies automobile parts to car manufacturing companies.

Read entire article here

 

 

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

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

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

09/19/18: TCSS Graduation Rates Rise

 

 

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

Read entire story here

09/11/18: TCSS Employees Trained on Mindset Mindset Training

Kay Hill, Coordinator of Social Emotional Health for Troup County School System (TCSS) said that training employees for challenging student behaviors is all about keeping everyone safe. When a Mindset Training team came onsite for two days of rigorous training for 16 TCSS employees, the focus for Hill and the training facilitators was on communication skills, crisis prevention, de-escalation of situations, and taking a proactive approach to challenging behaviors.

Read story here. 

09/11/18: TCSS Guides Teachers Into Math Guided Math

Almost one month into the school year and Troup County School System (TCSS) students are not the only ones attending classes. Last week, over 40 teachers came together to learn more about innovative math techniques and instruments to assist in classroom learning.

Elizabeth Doerr, TCSS Elementary Academic Coach said, “Guided Math is a kit based program that teachers can use during small group math to provide effective hands on instruction.  After students have experienced the activities with teacher guidance at the teacher table, they can use them as independent and practice group activities.  The kits are aligned to our Georgia math standards include a teacher guide, and are ready to use activities.”

Read story here. 

09/10/18: Automotive Class Shows Literacy in Action

Literacy in Action: After reading portions of tire manuals, students in Mr. Webb's Automotive Technology class at Troup High School worked together in small groups today to balance and rotate tires. While wearing safety goggles, they were engaged in critical thinking, speaking, and listening after their teacher's interactive hands-on demonstration. #TCSSLiteracy #TCSSFuture

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

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

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

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

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

08/31/18: Former THS Student Shares Memories Over the Trouper

When Linda Henry Coffield opened her high school yearbook, The Trouper, she began reminiscing about her time as a Troup Tiger. Even though her classes took place more than 50 years before in the old Whitesville Road Elementary building, she remembers it like it was yesterday. “Troup High was a place of solace for me. I enjoyed coming to school, seeing my friends, and spending time away from home. For me, Troup High was like a family atmosphere, so it was my family,” she said with a smile.

08/30/18: CHS Student Athletes 'Do the Right Thing' Do the Right Thing

When Derrick Kelley, 1994 graduate of Troup High School (THS) and co-founder of 16 Ways Foundation (16 Ways), walked into the cafeteria of Callaway High School, he was ready to show over 30 student athletes that they can inspire an entire student body through the Do the Right Thing campaign.

The campaign is co-sponsored by 16 Ways and was launched at Callaway High School (CHS) thanks to supporters like Principal Jonathan Laney, CHS coaches, and other school administrators.

Read entire story here.

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

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

Read entire story here. 

08/27/18: GNMS Students Complete Free-Research Projects Free Research Project

Gardner Newman Middle School's Academic Bowl students completed their first free-research projects today and shared what they’d learned with their classmates. They heard a speech about the life of Kobe Bryant, played a board game that taught them about capuchin monkeys, and got to try foods related to holidays around the world (banana beignets from Haiti for Carnival, horchata and homemade salsa from Mexico for Dia de Los Muertos, buñuelos from Mexico for Christmas, and lemon poppyseed cookies for Remembrance Day in the United Kingdom.

08/24/18: THINC Welcomes Students with Fanfare and Get Down to Business THINC Pep Rally

THINC held its fourth annual Welcome Back celebration for students with the THINC Pep Rally; an employer-driven event where business and community leaders have a 'hand' in welcoming students back.

For the staff and students at THINC, they believe it's all about 'getting down to business'. After the fanfare arrival of students, the business leaders head into the classrooms to introduce their company and career opportunities to the students in class.

5 More Reasons to Choose TCSS

Here are five more reasons why TCSS is the best!
 

 

TCSS Sends RFQ for Superintendent Search Firm Services Logo

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

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

Download - RFQ Document

 

 

08/22/18: CMS Students Discover Outer Space with Google Glasses Technology Google Goggles

Mrs. Rachel Monroe enjoys using technology in her classroom at Callaway Middle School. Recently, he took his students on a solar system field trip with Google goggles. They are learning about the history and changing theories of the solar system. The class used the goggles to venture into outer space and discover their place in space!

5 Reasons to Choose TCSS

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

 

 

 

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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TCSS High School Registration

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

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

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

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

Read entire article here

08/01/18: Clearview Elementary Special Viewing

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

Nichole Jones Follows Her Passion to Callaway High Nichole Jones

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

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

Read entire article here.

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

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

Read entire release here 

TCSS Welcomes New Employees

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

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

 

 

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

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

Read entire article here.

TCSS Registration Dates

Registration Dates

Summer Feeding Locations

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

Seamless Summer Feeding Sites

2018 - 2019 School Supply List School Supply List

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

ELEMENTARY SCHOOL SUPPLY LIST
MIDDLE SCHOOL SUPPLY LIST

   

 


 

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

 

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

Press Release Link

NOTICE OF PROPERTY TAX INCREASE

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

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

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

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

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

 

06/07/18: HB 251 Application

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

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

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

1st, 5th

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

HB 251 Parent Information Letter

HB 251 Transfer Form

HB 251 Availability Listing

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

AdvancED Engagement Review Summary
AdvancED Engagement Review Report (Preliminary)

TCSS Purging Old Gifted Graduate Records

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

TCSS's Retirement Reception Retirement

As the 2017-2018 Troup County School System (TCSS) school year ended, the district hosted a retirement celebration for over 40 retiring employees. New Hope Baptist Church was the host site. They provided a welcoming and decorated environment for the district’s retiree’s to enjoy one final goodbye.

 

The purpose of the reception is to thank all staff who committed their career to the organization. Honored guests had multiple years of service that ranged anywhere between 10 years and 43 years. 

Read entire article 

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

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

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

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

Graduation Rain Plan

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

 

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

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Berta Introduces School Uniform Policy

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

 

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

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05/17/18: What Do Students Say About Retirement?

Now that the 2017-2018 school year is ending, we are preparing for employee retirements. We will miss them and we know the students will, too. So, we reached out to the students to get their thoughts on retirement. This is what they had to say!

Educational Talent Search Enrollment

 

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05/15/18: Creative Youth Art League Sponsors Art Exhibit Art League

Thanks to the Creative Youth Art League sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of LaGrange who recently held an exhibit at the LaGrange Art Museum. It featured artwork of area high school, middle school, and elementary school students. Pictured here is Alyssa Freeman, CHS, who won first place for photography and a merit award for mixed media.

05/14/2018: LHS New Car Winner Jennifer Espinoza

Jennifer Espinoza, a Junior at LaGrange High School (LHS), almost missed her chance at winning a brand new Toyota Corolla when school leaders thought she was not in attendance at the pep rally-style drawing to give away the vehicle.  

 

“I thought they called another Jennifer and I got confused. I didn’t want to get my hopes up that I had a chance to win the car,” said Espinoza as she was surrounded by well-wishers on her winning. “This is an amazing feeling. I came to school every day just hoping to win something. When my name was drawn in the top ten, I just wanted to be one of the top five…but I won!”

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05/10/18: Clearview Elementary Construction Continues

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

 

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

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

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05/08/18: Marion Sankey Named Read 180 Teacher of the Year

Congratulations to Marion Sankey, Callaway Elementary School, for being named Read 180 Teacher of the Year.
 

 

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05/08/18: Denise Giddens Named System 44 Teacher of the Year

Congratulations to Denise Giddens, Franklin Forest Elementary, who was named HMH's System 44 Teacher of the Year. 

 

 

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Early Dismissal Dates and Times for Middle and High School Students dismissals

Parents of middle and high school students, you received a One Call Now message with early dismissal days and times for the end of the school year. If you did not receive the message, please ensure that your phone number is updated in the school's system by speaking with the front desk receptionist. 

Early dismissal days and times are as follows:

  • Monday, May 21 @ 12:20 pm 
  • Tuesday, May 22 @ 12:20 pm
     

Buses will be at the middle and high schools to transport students home. All elementary schools will be on a regular schedule.

5/3/2018: LaGrange High Students Win State Wide Presentation High Tech Winners

It may have been a rainy Thursday afternoon, but that didn’t stop family and friends of four high school students from coming out to celebrate four LaGrange High School (LHS) students who were named winners of the Georgia High School/High Tech Program (HSHT) presentation contest.

 

Kitty Crawford, Troup County School System Director of Exceptional Education Services, said, “It is an honor to recognize their hard work and to celebrate the students with their family and friends.”

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04/30/18: TCSS Introduces New Brand - Your Future Begins Today New Logo

Some organizations consider branding as ordering business cards and t-shirts with a new logo and font design, but for Troup County School System (TCSS), branding is more than a logo. It is a visual story that creates conversations about a particular brand’s culture – and in this case Yolanda Stephen said that brand is now Troup County School System.

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NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING - 2019 Budget Proposal Updates

The Troup County Board of Education announces the dates of two public hearings to discuss the Fiscal Year 2019 Tentative Budget.
 

All concerned citizens are invited to the public hearing on this tentative budget to be held at the Administrative Services Center Board Room, 100 North Davis Road Building C, LaGrange, GA on May 7, 2018 at 5:30 p.m.

The time and place of the additional public hearing on this tentative budget is at the Administrative Services Center Board Room, 100 North Davis Road Building C, LaGrange, GA on May 14, 2018 at 6:30 P.M.

 

The Fiscal Year 2019 Tentative Budget is set to be approved at the regularly scheduled Board of Education Meeting on May 17, 2018.

FY 2017-2018 Budget (Current Budget)

FY 2018-2019 Proposed Budget Updates (Tentative Budget)

04/25/18: Mollie Lukken Scholarship Now Available Trissa
The Mollie Lukken Scholarship is now open for any teacher pursuing graduate study in the field of special education. The deadline is June 1. The Mollie Lukken scholarship is in honor of the Junior Service League founder, Mollie Lukken. She was a leader in the field of learning disabilities.
 
If you are, or will soon, begin pursuing graduate studies in any field of special education, you are encouraged to apply. Past recipients are eligible to apply again. Pictured is past recipient, Trissa Nerowski. The application and explanatory information is available below.
 
4/23/2018: Ethel W. Kight Visit THINC Academy For A Bilingual Tour ESOL

When Sue Forrest’s Spanish I and II students at THINC College & Career Academy (THINC) wrote books for the ESOL students at Ethel W. Kight Elementary School (EKES), a teacher asked if the class could one day visit THINC. Earlier this week, her 24 students made that visit a reality as they fulfilled a Project Based Learning (PBL) assignment through the Bilingual Tour Project.  

 

“When we saw the need for this PBL, my students came up with the idea of the Bilingual Tour. They translated the tour dialogue into Spanish. This way, they would be able to conduct the tour in the language that is familiar with the ESOL students at Ethel Kight,” said Forrest.

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4/19/2018: Kayla Yeargin Named A Top 10 Finalist For State Teacher Of The Year Kayla Yeargin

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

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4/19/2018: LaGrange High School Receives Grant From Coca-Cola/Powerade LHS

LHS received a $2000 grant from Coca-Cola/Powerade for submitting a video to the, “Power Your School-Powerade” program.  The video was related to the school’s training room and improvements that could be made utilizing the power your school grant money.  The photo shows Coca-Cola representative Ken Spradlin delivering the check to LHS AD Mike Pauley.  The grant also inlcuded Powerade training products.

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

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

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

Detroit

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

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

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

TCSS & Judge Michael Key invites you to join us for a special presentation, April 24, 2018 at 6:30 PM.

Judge Michael Key

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

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

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

Student Attendance Boundaries Q&A

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

Question and Answer Document - Student Attendance Boundaries

Additional Pre-K and Kindergarten Registration Dates

Next month, TCSS will be taking The Jungle Bus into the community to meet more families and register children for    Pre-K and Kindergarten! Additional dates and registration locations can be found on the below flyer. If you have not registered your child, you can do so on these additional dates. 

PreK Flyer

 

Spanish Translation - Click Here

Korean Translation -  Click Here

 

 

4/9/2018: Frederick Bailey Talks About Poverty Frederick Bailey

When Fredrick Bailey graduated from Callaway High School in 2006, he had no idea his path would lead him to stand before his former teachers and principals as an adult discussing poverty and how it impacts student learning.

 

Yet, during a positively emotional administrator’s meeting with over 40 school leaders, Bailey recounted his personal story of growing up in undesirable conditions but still maintaining the fortitude to attend school – even if it was for the school lunches he received. 

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4/9/2018: Eighth Grade Students Attend Transition Fair Eighth Grade Students

While the transition from middle school to high school can be hard for both students and parents, Troup County School System (TCSS) is making it easier to prepare for the change through an open house transition fair. Earlier this month, students from all three middle schools took a trip to the Callaway Conference Center to experience career options, scholarship and financial aid information, pathway offerings, and high school extracurricular activities.

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4/4/2018: Lagrange High VFW Award Picture

Senior Vice Commander Deborah Clark, VFW Trustee John Piecuch, and Auxiliary President Lisa Cantrell from VFW Post 4629 came to LaGrange High School to surprise Libby Criswell with the Outstanding Spokesperson of Freedom award. Libby participated in the Voice of Democracy audio essay scholarship contest where high school students across America wrote about a patriotic theme for their share of $2.1 million in educational incentives. Her proud parents, Rebecca and Anthony Criswell, were in attendance when Libby received her certificate and check. Congratulations Libby! 

 

Pictured: Post Senior Vice Commander Deborah Clark, Libby Criswell, Trustee John Piecuch 

Student Attendance Boundaries - April 11 Update CVES Front

 

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

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

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

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

Teacher Externship Application

Teacher Externship Flyer

03/22/18: Budget Questions Answered

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

Budget Questions Answered - 3/22 

3/20/2018: Optimist Oratorical Contest Girls Oratorical

Earlier this month, the Optimist Club of LaGrange hosted a scholarship oratorical contest for Troup County students. The theme of the contest was Where Are My Roots of Optimism. Two Gardner Newman Middle school students were named tops in the competition. 

Ellie Moone and Render McLeod were each awarded first place and received an Optimist Club Medallion, certificate, and a gift after they presented their speech in front of roughly 20 Optimist Club members, family members, and other guests. A total of ten students attended and spoke during the afternoon luncheon. Runner-ups were:  

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03/19/18: Afterschool Activities Cancelled Weather

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

 

Budget Email Address Q/A - April 11 Update

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

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

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

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

03/16/18: Randy Hardigree Named TCSS TOTY Randy

When the Troup County School System (TCSS) Teacher of the Year (TOTY) nominees walked into the Del’Avant Event Center for the afternoon reception in their honor, anticipation filled the room as the program was nearing the moment of naming the winner. That honor was earned by Randy Hardigree, Environmental Science and Biology instructor at LaGrange High School.

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03/15/18: Super Bowl Champ Reads to CES Students Reading

When Robyn McCann, Physical Education Specialist at Callaway Elementary School (CES), heard about Malcolm Mitchell’s reading program, she knew he would be a great boost for the young learners at CES. According to McCann and the staff, from the moment he walked through the gymnasium doors and waved to the students, he did not disappoint.

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03/13/18: Alveda King Visits Callaway High Alveda King

Earlier this month, Alveda King was surrounded by a throng of Callaway High students after sharing her connection with the late Martin Luther King, Jr – she is his niece. She was invited to Troup County to be the keynote speaker for the Black History Program at the high school and she gladly accepted.

She embraced the crowd by sharing positive and influential stories about growing up as a King family member and the legacy her well-known civil rights family still carry. King said, “My father is Uncle Martin’s brother. They grew up together and the entire family believed in making a difference in the civil rights movement. As a young girl, I was one of the first children to walk in protest against segregation during the First Children’s Walk.”

3/13/2018: Read Across America Week TCSS Celebrates

Elementary schools across Troup County School System (TCSS) have celebrated Read Across America over the past two weeks. The national celebration is in honor of the late Dr. Seuss’s birthday. It encourages reading motivation and awareness of the importance of literacy for every child in every community to read every day.

 

In TCSS, groups of teachers, teenagers, media specialists, politicians, athletes, parents, grandparents and many more visitors took part in reading their favorite books to young learners. Literacy is a top three initiative for the school system, with Rigor and Relevant Learning and Creating a Culture of Success as the other two initiatives.

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

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

Dernell Stenson Scholarship Applications Now Available

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

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

Elementary and Middle School STEM Achievers Information

High School Scholarship Information

Scholarship Application - 2018

Parental Consent Form

03/07/18: Callaway Elementary Hosts GMAS Lunch and Learn CES Lunch and Learn

Callaway Elementary School recently hosted a "Lunch and Learn" for 4th grade families to learn more about the upcoming Georgia Milestones Assessment System (GMAS) and the many ways they can help their students prepare for the assessment. The families we talked to were grateful for the flexible time of the meeting, for the opportunity to learn how to help their children, and most importantly.....to spend some quality time with their children at school!

3/07/18: AULT Academy Celebrates National School Choice Week Breakfast Time

AULT Academy recently celebrated National School Choice Week, but they added a twist; recognizing its unique learning opportunities to the students who must attend the school, they celebrated the staff who do have a choice in working there to serve the students.

In conjunction with their Partners in Education, American Home Shield, they highlighted the staff with a week of outings and gifts. Some of the exciting events included a breakfast at Cracker Barrel, a lunch with students who met their Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) goals, and an assembly where gifts and gift card were 

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

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

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

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

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

The external audit report contains three sections:

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

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2/27/2018: New Google Expeditions at Callaway High School Google Expedition

When Callaway High students Beyounce Williams and Elijah Godfrey entered Laura Banks’ Biology class on Friday, they did not know they were going to experience running with an extinct Tyrannosaurus Rex or pollinating a flower with a bee. As members in a class that was test group for the Google Expeditions Augmented Reality Pioneer Program (Expeditions), that is exactly what they did.

 

With Expeditions, teachers and students map the physical classroom and place 3D objects like one of Michelangelo’s statues on the students’ desks so that everyone can examine the statue together at the same time. Anything from a strand of DNA to a whirling tornado can be brought into the classroom. Students can get up close to see detail of the subject or step back to get a sense of scale and point out new discoveries together. Teachers are able to highlight specific points of interest on the object and incorporate it to suit the lesson.

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2/26/2018: Troup County Recognizes STAR Students STAR Students

For the first time in the 59-year history of the Student Teacher Achievement Recognition (STAR) luncheon hosted by Rotary Club, two students walked away with the honor. They are:

 

  • John Hutson Whitlow – LaGrange Academy
  • Anna Leah Davis – Troup High School

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

  1. We employ School Resource Officers (SRO) for each of our middle and high schools. If a student feels their safety is being compromised, they can talk to the SRO.
  2. We have placed new or updated camera equipment and glass security doors in several of our buildings using Education SPLOST funds. We will continue the work until all are updated.  
  3. We work directly with the Sheriff’s Office and LaGrange Police Department on security related matters within our buildings.
2/14/18: West Point Elementary Students Share Why They 'Love' Reading

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

 

 

02/12/18: Principal Candace McGhee on I Heart Literacy Amazing Grace Book

Candace McGhee, Principal of Ethel W. Kight Elementary, couldn't wait to share her favorite children's book for I Heart Literacy Week, a week designed for TCSS educators and students to share their favorite books in support of the Troup County School System's priority on increasing literacy rates for students. Literacy is a larger concept that encompasses skills like reading, comprehension, writing, and vocabulary. McGhee said:

"My favorite children's book is Amazing Grace by Mary Hoffman. The story is about a little girl named Grace who tries out for the role of Peter Pan in the school play, even though her classmates say she cannot play Peter Pan because she is black and a girl. Grace is determined and believes that she can do anything she sets her mind to.

I love this story because it truly has an inspirational message about believing in yourself no matter what other people say, following your dreams to become whatever you want - regardless of what others think - and remembering that you are capable of doing and becoming anything you want no matter your gender or race."

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

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

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

Photo Credit: Harper Grace, Daughter of Angela Dettmering @ GNMS
2/7/2018: Berta's Donuts For Dad Donuts For Dad

Last week the Berta Weathersbee Elementary cafeteria was abuzz as over 100 dads, moms, and family members gathered to learn about upcoming activities and to spend a morning with their child.

 

Principal Willie Cooks says the event has been a staple at Berta for at least the past two years, but this year with the change in administration, they decided to add the element of allowing the students to come and eat with their father. Parents who were present to share a donut with their child were excited about the event and grateful for the time spent.

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02/05/18: District 4 Public Health Flu and Influenza Letter Cold & Flu Symptoms

Over the past week, TCSS has seen an increase in the number of absences due to students experiencing cold and flu-like symptoms. Please select this link to read a letter from District 4 Public Health on guidelines and steps to help prevent the spread of germs. 

02/02/18: LHS FBLA Brings Home Honors FBLA Team

When Laura Carroll, LaGrange High School’s Business and Marketing class educator became the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) adviser for students interested in business, she was preparing them for the moment they recently experienced during the FBLA Region competition – to walk away as winners. Three members of her FBLA team attended the event and two walked away with honors: Tiarra Stanley placed 2nd in Hospitality Management and Hassan Stargell placed 1st in Entrepreneurship.

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

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

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1/31/2018: Thank You Circles Troup County PAC Meeting

During the monthly Troup County School System (TCSS) Title I Parent Advisory Council (PAC) meeting, over 40 people gathered at the Mike Daniel Recreation Center in hopes of learning more about poverty in Troup County and how it impacts the school system. Thanks to Circles Troup County (Circles), they not only learned about poverty, but lived it during the simulation.

 

Circles is a long-term approach to end poverty permanently in the Troup County community. 

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01/30/18: LHS Students Win 1st Place in Knowledge Bowl Knowledge Bowl

Students in Mrs. Dana Davis' class at LaGrange High competed in the Knowledge Bowl at the University of West Georgia on FGE (Future Georgia Educators) Day. During the competition, they had to demonstrate their familiarity with and understanding of their education pathway curriculum and Georgia's Code of Ethics for Educators.

Her students Destiny Fitzpatrick, Alaysha Bledsoe and Christyauna Beasley won first place in the competition!

 

01/26/18: Berta Talks Lexile

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

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

Reading

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

TCSS Schools and Offices Closed Friday, January 19th closed

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

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

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

01/18/18: Kim Whaley Builds Relationships in the Classroom Kim Whaley

After 17 years with Troup County School System (TCSS), Kim Whaley, 5th grade English Language Arts and Read 180 teacher at Ethel W. Kight Elementary (EKES) says this is the place for her, “I choose to teach with TCSS because I give back to the community that gave me my foundation.” 

In the classroom, Whaley brings a servant leadership mindset to her teaching. “I teach my students what it looks like to be respectful, responsible, and safe in every aspect of the school day. These are school-wide expectations that we each and the students practice them every day. It is good to see behavior incidents become less and less. The result of the behavior incident decreases is an increase of learning in the classroom.”

Read entire article here. 

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

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

Noon Wednesday: TCSS Weather Update Weather

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

TCSS Schools Closed Wednesday, January 17th School Closed

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

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

Substitute Teacher Training Wednesday, February 7th

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01/11/18: THINC Welcomes Lt. Governor for Verizon $25,000 Donation THINC Verizon Donation

the students and staff at THINC College and Career Academy (THINC) prepared for the arrival of Georgia’s Lt. Governor Casey Cagle. This is the third visit that Lt. Governor Cagle has walked the halls of THINC which is located on the campus of West Georgia Technical College in Troup County. THINC students certainly found it an honor present in front of him and the supporters of the college and career academy. 

01/11/18: Randy Hardigree Brings Years of Business and Education Experience to the Classroom Randy Hardigree

When talking to Randy Hardigree, you know where his passion lies – family, singing, and showing others that he cares. As a 23-year veteran teacher, his LaGrange High Biology and Environmental Science students know he is there when they need him.Prior to teaching, Hardigree was in the business world and commuted to Atlanta from LaGrange, but his family was here in Troup County. When commuting became too cumbersome, it made sense for him to begin his new career in the same place he and his family had settled down.

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PreK and Kindergarten Registration March 12 - 16

 

Registration Dates

01/09/18: Tiffany Funderburg Impacts Lives of Students and Families Through Reading Tiffany Helps Students

Tiffany Funderburg knows reading, literacy, and writing is important for young learners. As a matter of fact, she teaches it all day long at Ethel W. Kight Elementary School (EKES) to fourth graders. As an English Language Arts and Read 180 instructor, she understands why one of the three priority goals for Troup County School System (TCSS) is Literacy, with the other two being Rigorous and Relevant Learning and Creating a Culture of Success.

Funderburg believes literacy taps into a world of success, especially for young learners, “I am a believer in preparing students for the real world even at a young age. In my classroom, we often discuss being successful beyond the fourth grade. The students and I have weekly quotes that we make relevant in our learning for that week. Our favorite one so far is ‘Someone has to be a champion, it might as well be you’. It is good to have the children still quoting that because they believe it.”

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TCSS Hosting Certified Career Fair on February 3rd Career Fair

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

Parent Advisory Council Meeting

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SCHOOLS OPEN TUESDAY, JANUARY 9th School Open

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

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

As you prepare your child(ren) for school, please dress them in warmer clothing – jackets hats, scarves, gloves – so they are dressed for the colder weather.
12/21/17: THINC's Spanish Students Translate Their Written Books THINC Spanish Books

Students in Dr. Sue Forrest’s Spanish class at THINC College & Career Academy (THINC) took project-based learning to an elementary level when they visited the students at Ethel W. Kight Elementary School last week. Last school year they were challenged to write a book in English and then translate it to Spanish.

Now, they have been able to get young learners involved. As they entered the English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) classroom, they were excited about reading their personal stories to the students. One student, Haley Rippy, a sophomore at LaGrange High and THINC, enthralled them with a book about volleyball. 

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12/19/17: Honour Hendricks Takes CHS One Act Play to Victory Honour Hendricks

Callaway High School’s new Drama Director, Honour Hayes Hendricks loves seeing her student’s excitement as they perform on stage. As the yearbook advisor and a first year educator, she has made Troup County her choice for employment. 

Recently, Hendricks and her One Act Play Drama Team swept the Region competition and were honored at the December Board of Education meeting. When she is not guiding her students in a One Act Play, you can find her and Jeremy enjoying the lake, going to see plays, attending Bible study, or playing with their fur baby, Zuzu. 

Read entire article here.

 

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

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

Have a Fun and Safe Holiday! 

 

 

 

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

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

ESPLOST 5 Updates Summary

12/19/2017: Two Troup County Students Win Handball Championship Handball Championship

When Troup County students Mason McCartney, a Troup High freshman, and Logan Wegienka, a sophomore at LaGrange High, joined the Handball Wheelchair team, they were looking to win. The students, even though they are rivals because one is a Tiger and one is a Granger, came together for the win.

And that is exactly what they did when they joined the West Georgia Wolverines and vied for the state championship in handball.  

McCartney, a member of the Troup High Air Force JROTC and a tenor sax player in the school’s band said, “I am glad I was provided the opportunity to play a challenging sport that would be more difficult with my disability.

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12/14/17: LaGrange High Celebrates Academic Success

– At the November Troup County School System (TCSS) meeting of the Board, there were a group of LaGrange High School (LHS) Varsity soccer players that filled the front of the room for one reason – the entire boys and girls team’s received a 3.25 or higher GPA. While this news received national coverage, the 30 soccer players represented only a small number of the LHS 1,163 student body that has seen an increase in academic scores.

 

Let’s go back to the beginning of the 2016-2017 school year. Principal Alton White, along with student leaders and the entire freshman class gathered in the auditorium to sign their name on a graduation gown as a sign of agreement to graduate.

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12/12/2017: THINC Students Create Exhibit For Veterans THINC Heroes Among US

When Ken White, Social Studies instructor at THINC College and Career Academy (THINC), decided to make a move from corporate training and running his own business into educating high school students, he said he really did not think the difference would be too great. So at the age of 52, he made the big transition, and after two years at THINC, he has found educating teenage students and helping them find their own way makes all the difference.

 

“Well, I know soft skills and I know history. Coming from the business industry, I understand the type of workplace skills the students need to succeed. I am also a history buff. Those two things made me feel like this was the right thing to do…even when everyone said I was crazy,” White laughed.

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12/11/2017: LaGrange High School Teacher Helps Students Chase Their Dreams Chase Wilson

LaGrange High School’s (LHS) Chase Wilson helps students chase success in his Geometry class and on the cross country team where he serves as head coach. As a 2012 graduate of the Granger Nation, he brings his personal experiences and love of sports into his efforts. “I like the opportunity to serve in a position that allows me to influence students and help them develop into better men and women,” said Wilson.

He sees the ultimate goal for each of his students is for them to be equipped with knowledge and experience that helps them make a positive impact on not only society, but the world. He believes they can do this socially, academically, and professionally. 

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12/11/17: Third Grade Students Make a Graduation Pact with Literacy Director

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

 

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

If your child is a member of an athletic team with any scheduled weekend activities, please stay updated through the head coach or communication channel that the team utilizes. We will provide continuous updates as details are determined
12/08/17: Ken White Shares Story of Changing Careers at 52

Ken White, Social Studies teacher at THINC credits his grandfather with instilling in him the passion to teach history. 
 

 

12/7/2017: Dictionaries For Third Graders Thanks To CLCP CLCP Director

Debbie Burdette, Director of Troup County CLCP (Certified Literate Community Program), recently visited each elementary school to present a dictionary to every third grade student. While she is better known to the young audience as Mama Jama the Storytelling Mama, there was no way she could depart from the groups without sharing a story to get them excited about receiving their dictionary.

 

Burdette’s passion is early literacy and she believes a child knowing more words can help build their vocabulary so they are prepared for the future

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

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

 

 
12/01/17: CHS Students Selected for HOBY Leadership Seminar HOBY

Recently, Ayden Brooks and Kelsey Wessinger were selected by CHS faculty and administrators to represent Callaway High School at the Hugh O'Brien Youth  (HOBY) Leadership Seminar at Agnes Scott College in Atlanta this June.

Students are selected based on their leadership potential & their citizenship. HOBY's mission is to motivate and empower individuals to make a positive difference within our global society, through understanding and action, based on effective and compassionate leadership.  

11/29/2017: CFO of Troup County School System Named to GASBO Board Byron Jones

During the annual meeting of the Georgia Association of School Business Officials (GASBO) in Augusta, GA., Troup County School System’s (TCSS) Chief Financial Officer, Byron Jones, was named a Director to the Board. He was selected from over 400 attendees from around the state and will hold a two-year term. 

As a member of the GASBO Board, he hopes to bring insights and views of how the organization can benefit all school districts throughout the state. With over 180 school districts, Jones believes they can build an enhanced information platform that will be valuable for all districts. While GASBO is a state-wide organization, Jones feels he will have the opportunity to share local insights and views that will help other educational systems build upon their successes. 

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11/17/17: Franklin Forest Holds Turkey Decorating Contest FFE - Turkeys
In Mrs. Bruce's Pre-K class at Franklin Forest Elementary students participated in a Decorate The Turkey contest. Students were given a turkey and a letter explaining that this would be a family project. They were to be creative in their decorating the turkey but no food items were allowed. All students received a certificate for participation.

There were three awards given out in the following three categories: 

*Most Colorful award went to Trey Farmer
*Most Realistic award went to Jay Bae
*Most Creative award went to Bartolon Perez
11/17/2017: Stake In The Ground For New Elementary School New Elementary School

As students and staff of Whitesville Road Elementary School (WRES) gathered under a large tent to drive stakes in the ground for their replacement facility, parents and community members gathered as well. It was obvious that construction was well underway after an August groundbreaking ceremony was cancelled due to weather. The new Stake in the Ground Ceremony certainly made up for the rescheduling as it was held in the midst of a fresh breeze and sunny skies.

Over 50 community members, Troup County School System (TCSS) students, staff, and administrators filled the area on the grounds of South Davis Rd where the new campus will be housed.

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

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

 

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

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11/13/17: Mike Pauley from LaGrange High School wins 5 AAAA Athletic Director of the Year. Mike Pauley

When the votes were tallied for the Region 5-AAAA’s top athletic director (AD), a Troup County School System (TCSS) honoree was named – Coach Mike Pauley from LaGrange High School (LHS). This is the second year in a row for a TCSS athletic director to win as Troup High’s Robert Schweizer was chosen for the honor last school year.

 

To be named the Region 5-AAAA Athletic Director of the Year, Pauley submitted a biography when the top two AD’s were chosen. After that submission, a group of Pauley’s peers chose him as the winner.

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Naming of Facilities Request Form WRES Students at New Facility

To submit a request for the New Elementary School located on South Davis Rd., please complete the Naming of Facilities Request Form by Friday, January 12th @ 5:00 pm.  The form must be completed in its entirety and submitted to:

 

Troup County Board of Education

Attention: Naming of Facilities Requests

100 N. Davis Road, Building C

LaGrange, GA 30241

Fax: 706.812.7904

11/16/2017: Holocaust Museum at Gardner Newman Holocaust Museum

When Amanda Pack attended the Georgia Council for Social Studies’ annual conference last month, she didn’t expect to bring a museum to Gardner Newman Middle School (GNMS). Just one month later, through her connections and networking at the conference, the Mustangs now have a Holocaust museum living in their media center.

 

Pack, who teaches 6th grade Social Studies and Current Events for 7th and 8th grade students at GNMS, met with the field education team from Kennesaw State University, she found they had traveling exhibits and one of them focused on an area that touched several subjects – The Holocaust Museum.

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11/15/2017: Local Teacher Named State Advisory Teacher Council Christina Cooper

First year HOPE Academy teacher and Troup County School System employee, Christina Cooper, was surprised when she received the announcement that she was one of 90 teachers in the state of Georgia to be named to Georgia’s School Superintendent Teacher Advisory Council. Her work was noticed, and she was subsequently nominated, by Georgia Department of Education’s Gary C. Wenzel, PHD, who is the Operational Support Specialist for the Division of Schools and District Effectiveness.

 

Cooper will visit Atlanta several times throughout the school year to share her expertise on education and issues that are important to teachers. 

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11/15/2017: American Education Week American Education Week

Troup County School System (TCSS) will join the National Education Association, National PTA, and National School Public Relations Association in getting social for American Education Week beginning November 13. 

 

The organizations will highlight education activities through the hashtag #PublicSchoolsForAll. TCSS will go one step further in showcasing school activities and district priorities related to literacy on their social sites such as Facebook and the district website. Literacy is one of the top three priorities for TCSS, along with Rigorous and Relevant Instruction and Creating a Culture of Success. District leaders believe showing literacy initiatives that are taking place in the classroom is a great fit for this week of informing the community about public schools. 

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11/14/17: Krystal McFarland Believes in Online Communication Krystal McFarland

For Krystal McFarland and her son, Christion, at Callaway Elementary, she likes to check all online sources to keep up with classroom and school updates. 

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

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

 

 

11/10/17: Amanda Kelley Loves School and Family Events Amanda Kelley and Family

Parent engagement month continues throughout November. Amanda Kelley loves to get involved by attending school events that are family fun and friendly. She knows having fun at school shows her daughters she cares. 

11/9/2017: THINC Fast Fast (THINC)ING

THINC College & Career Academy students had to “THINC Fast” during a recent speed interviewing event. Volunteers from 30 local businesses conducted nearly 1,000 mock job interviews with THINC students. The workshop gave students, many of whom had never interviewed for a job, the opportunity to practice their skills and receive input from their interviewer.

Similar to a speed dating format, each student spent seven minutes with an interviewer before moving on to the next one. Interviewers were provided a list of 30 behavioral questions to use as a guide, with topics including teamwork, time management, motivation and values.

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11/10/2017: LHS Student Art (Teen Maze) winner. Terry Franklin

When the freshman students of Troup County School System (TCSS) walked into a party at the Callaway Conference Center, they were dancing to the music, laughing at jokes, and enjoying refreshments. Then TiShari McFarland of the Troup County Health Department stepped in to stop the music and introduce the students to Teen Maze.

Each year, TCSS partners with the Health Department to host the interactive event where students participate in a real life ‘maze’ of decisive events that will decide if they will graduate based on the experiences and consequences of their choices throughout the day’s events. 

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

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

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

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11/07/2017: TCSS Parent Involvement Hogansville Elementary Parent Involvement

With twins at Hogansville Elementary, Felicia Sloan makes sure she is present for parent conferences. She makes them a priority and schedules it on her calender. She says it is important to hear from her kid's teacher. 

11/6/2017: LHS Boys and Girls Soccer Teams Academic Performance Award LHS

Last week, the students from LaGrange High School’s boys and girls soccer teams received some outstanding news. They were named one of only six high schools in the state of Georgia – and 47 in the country – to be named as a team/school for exemplary performance in the classroom.

This means that each member of the boys soccer team and each member of the girls soccer team at LaGrange High had a GPA of 3.25 or higher. The High School Team Academic Award winners are announced each year through the United Soccer Coaches Association. This award highlights academic performance during the 2016-2017 school year. Congrats to both teams! 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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11/2/2017: Students Celebrate With Frios Gourmet Popsicles YAY Frios

Students in Mrs. Watts’ 1st grade class at Franklin Forest Elementary recently received a pop of dessert after lunch thanks to a competition the class won from Frios Gourmet Popsicles. The owners, Matthew and Lynsey Oleson, recently held a social media competition that named Mrs. Watts’ class the winners of free Frios. During Matthew’s visit to help the students choose their favorite flavors to enjoy during a playground break, he said that the Frios Gourmet Popsicles have fresh fruit and some have dairy.

 

“This is just one way we give back to the community while letting people know we are here in LaGrange,” said Matthew who is a 2007 Troup High graduate. Thanks to our Partners in Education, Frios Gourmet Popsicles!

 
 
11/2/2017: Kristy Reynolds Says Get Involved by Knowing Your Child's Teacher Callaway High School Parent Involvement

Kristy Reynolds is the mother of two daughters. She likes to get involved in their education by getting to know the teachers and faculty. She loves CHS because she says the staff and administration is eager to form unity with parents and the community. 

11/01/17: Callaway High School's One Act Play Drama Team Wins Region One Act Play

The Callaway High School One Act Play Drama Team recently swept the Region competition. Best Actor went to, Ian Bryan, Best Actress went to Alyssa Freeman, All Star Cast was Gabe Wooldridge and the Callaway team won the Team Region Champions. The next competition will be for state on November 4th. Congrats CHS!

10/31/17: Principal Jonathan Laney Shares Best Practices for Student Success Laney - Student Success

Troup County School System employs the best and brightest. Last week, Principal of Callaway High School, Jonathan Laney, represented Troup County as one of four speakers during the Partnering in Student Success meeting in Macon, Ga.

Mr. Laney traveled with the Exceptional Education team to be a part of the event. He truly has a passion to ensure all students are provided opportunities for success.  

10/24/2017: Jungle Bus Comes To Town Jungle Bus

THE JUNGLE BUS visited a neighborhood after school this week!  Jungle Jama and Reading Ranger shared reading facts with parents, had story time with 30 preschool and elementary students, and sang songs!  To schedule a visit from THE JUNGLE BUS, email Nicole Kennedy at kennedysn@troup.org.

Callaway High Homecoming Parking Parking

LaGrange College and Callaway High School have been wonderful partners in ensuring the best game day experience for fans. This weekend marks homecoming for both the Cavaliers and for LaGrange College as well. In preparation for accommodating both Cavalier and Panther fans, there are some parking modifications that will impact tailgating and the flow of traffic.

Parking will be allowed on the LaGrange College campus in ONLY the following locations (please refer to the maps for visual referencing):

● Parking lot DIRECTLY in front of the Charles Hudson Natatorium (2 rows of parking)

● Parking lot DIRECTLY in front of the Callaway Educational Building (CEB) which is located next to the soccer field

There will be NO PARKING in the lot in front of Callaway Auditorium - the parking lot along Dallis Street.  Additionally, there will be NO TAILGATING allowed in any of the LaGrange College parking lots.

See entire letter here. 

10/18/2017: Callaway Elementary's Art and Music Program Receives Donation Helping Kids Succeed

On Friday, the founders of Jack Straw Entertainment stopped by Callaway Elementary school to present a check for the school’s music and art programs. The donations are a result of the annual Summer Jam fundraiser to benefit Music & Arts in Troup County.

 

The event, hosted by Barron Wood, Zak Knight, and Jason Weldon, is made possible by sponsors like Hughston Clinic and Fuller’s Farmers Insurance Agency. In addition, they accept donations to help benefit the locally chosen school.

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10/19/2017: Walmart Transportation Donates To Berta Weathersbee Donation

The Lagrange transportation office has chosen Berta Weathersbee Elementary School to receive a $2,773.84 donation as part of Walmart’s commitment to education. Private Fleet truck drivers for Walmart – already among the safest drivers in the country – drove extra carefully during the week from July 22 through July 28, 2017.  For every accident-free mile they drove during that week, the Walmart Foundation made a financial contribution to local schools.

The Walmart Foundation is donating one cent for each accident-free mile driven by the drivers at each Walmart transportation office. 

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Rosemont Elementary Air Sample Analysis Executive Summary

Today, the TCSS received the air sample analysis results from our third party vendor, The Culpepper Group. Testing results indicate that following the remediation process of cleaning, using engineering controls, and structural drying inside of Rosemont, there is not an elevation of airborne mold. Later this week, we will be meeting with our mechanical engineer to discuss permanent solutions to keeping the air dry and we will continue monitoring humidity levels within the building.
 

Select this link to read the Executive Summary Report. 

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.”

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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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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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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. 

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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. 

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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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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. 

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

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

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

Read entire story here. 

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

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

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

Read entire story here.

TCSS Benefit Education Sessions

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

TCSS Open Enrollment Benefit Education Sessions List

TCSS Partners in Education Make a Difference

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

 

09/29/17: 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. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

09/19/17: Nicole Kennedy Talks Attendance

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

 

 

 

09/18/17: 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.

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.”

 

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

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

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

Read the entire story here

TCSS on Regular Schedule Wednesday, Sept. 13

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency

09/05/17: 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. 

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

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

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

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

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

2017 Georgia School Bus Safety Poster Contest

2017 National School Bus Safety Poster Contest

Send all submissions to:

turnerjp@troup.org

Dr. Jeffrey Turner, Transportation

100 North Davis Rd., Building B

LaGrange, GA 30240

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

08/23/17: New Elementary School Groundbreaking Ceremony

 

Invitation

08/23/17: Pre-Bid Meeting

 

Pre-Bid

8/22/17: Academic Success Under Construction

TCSS welcomes the new school year with Academic Success Under Construction
 

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Read entire story here.

 

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!

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

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

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


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

 

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

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

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

07/10/17: Munis Employee Self Service App

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

Munis Employee Self Service App

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

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

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

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

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

08/03/17: Attendance Matters

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

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

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

Read entire story here. 

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

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

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

Read entire release here. 

New Employee Self Service Portal Now Available Employee Benefits

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

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

Accessing ESS One Pager
Accessing ESS - PPT

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

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

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

Beginning Learners

Developing Learners

Proficient Learners

Distinguished Learners

Read entire story here

 

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.

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.
 

 

08/02/17: 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)     

 

New Staff Induction

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

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. 

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. 

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.

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.

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
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.
 
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

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

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. 

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.

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.

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.  

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!

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’.

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

06/07/17: 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.

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.

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!

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. 

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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

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 - 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

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

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

 

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.

05/09/2017: 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.

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

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. 

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

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.

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.

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.

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: 


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.
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.

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.​
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.

04/12/17: 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.

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. 

04/10/2017: 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.

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.

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.

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. 

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.

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.

No Cell Phones In Testing Area No Cells

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

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

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

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

Budget Email Questions - Week 1 Questions Answered

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

Budget Email Questions - Week 1

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. 

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

03/13/17: 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

03/08/2017: 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.

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

03/07/2017: 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.

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!
03/06/2017: 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   

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.

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.

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

 

03/02/2017: 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

Dernell Stenson Scholarship Application Now Available

For the 5th consecutive year, the Dernell Renauld Stenson Foundation is providing scholarship opportunities to high school seniors. In addition, for the 4th year in a row, the Foundation also announced it will provide STEM awards to elementary and middle school students.

To apply, students must return completed applications and proper documentation to the Foundation by March 31, 2017. Winners will notified by April 21, 2017. Email all completed applications to: Mrs. Marion Tate at contactusdrsf@gmail.com.

Elementary and Middle School Scholarship Information 

High School Scholarship Information

Scholarship Application

03/01/2017: 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

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. 

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. 

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. 

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!

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.

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

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

For the past 58 years, a top academic senior in each participating Georgia high school is named the STAR student for that high school. Created to focus public attention on Georgia’s outstanding students and teachers, this program showcases the academic achievement of students and a chosen educator who was instrumental in their development. 
 

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02/22/2017: 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.
02/21/17: 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

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

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

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

02/14/17: 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. 
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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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02/08/2017: 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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

 
02/06/17: 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

 

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

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

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

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

Substitute Workshop Date

March 1, 2017 @ 8:00 am - 1:30 pm 

Location: Administrative Services Center - Board Room
 

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

 

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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.
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.

 
02/01/2017: ESOL Poetry Recitation ESOL Students

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

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

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."

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

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

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

Read entire article here

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

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

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

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

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

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

01/12/17: 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

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.

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 

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

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.

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

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. 

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.

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!

Thanksgiving Break November 21-25 Thanksgiving Break
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! 

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.

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.”

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.

TCSS 2016 Graduation Rates Leap Over Prior Year LHS Graduation Affirmation

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

 

2015 Graduation Rate

2016 Graduation Rate

Callaway High School

67.2 %

74.9%

LaGrange High School

70.7%

74.7%

Troup High School

75.8%

80.9%

Troup County School System

71.4%

76.9%

Georgia Department of Education

78.9%

79.2%

Partners in Education Slide Presentation PIE

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

 

Superior Court Judge Visits Current Events Debate Class Judge

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

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

Read more here.

Interface Beautifies West Point Elementary School Campus 50 States

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

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

Read more here

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

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

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

Opportunity School District Resources - Stay Informed Girl writing

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

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

OSD Resource Link

 

TCSS Celebrates National School Lunch Week RES Rocks

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

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

Students Focus on Manufacturing and Mechantronics Careers Sumner -Career Focus

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

 

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

Read Press Release Here

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

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

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

Read Press Release Here

Educators Continue Rigor, Relevance and Relationship Professional Learning Rigor relevace

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

LaGrange Mall READS Spirit Night

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

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

Move on When Ready Informational Meeting Move on Ready

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

  • Monday, October 17
  • 6:00 pm
  • Callaway Conference Center
Employee Benefit Education Sessions Underway Byron Jones and Don Miller Benefits Education Session

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

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

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

OSD - What Will Be on the Ballot

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

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

Stay informed - OSD Resource Links Available Here

Barbara McCain Takes Students on a Higher Order Thinking Journey

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

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

Read more here.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Cabinet Members are:
  • Karen Cagle, Assistant Superintende of Curriculum, Instruction and Professional Learning
  • John Radcliffe, Assistant Superintendent
  • Sequita Freeman, Chief Human Resource Officer 
  • Byron Jones, Chief Financial Officer
PSA - Attendance Matters

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

West Point Students Clamor to New Makerspace

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

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

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

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

Pictured is Governor Deal at the podium during the event. 
TCSS Students Duke and Vito Evans Win at Boxing

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

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

Read more of their story HERE.

Kristen Carter Believes in School Attendance

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

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

Franklin Forest Elementary Celebrates Students with No Absences

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

 

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

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

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

Attendance Matters: September is Attendance Awareness Month

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

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

Read the entire press release here

Christina Grace Takes the Helm at Rosemont Elementary

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

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

Read her story here

Troup County DA's Office Donates Backpacks 4 Kids

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

Student/Staff Holiday

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

Troup High Teacher Inspires Through Social Media Post

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

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

New Mentor Orientation

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

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

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

Rockin' Back to School

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

 

 

Berta Weathersbee Students Receive Backpacks Filled with Kits for Kidz

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

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

LHS Freshman Commit to Graduate

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

 
Joe Franklin Sworn in to Board of Education

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

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

 

 

Substitute Teacher's Workshop

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

WORKSHOP DATE

September 28, 2016

8:00 am - 1:30 pm

Administrative Services Center (Board Room)

 

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

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

CLICK HERE FOR TO VIEW THE FLYER

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

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

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

Read the press release here

West Point Elementary Added to TCSS Community Eligibility Provision Schools

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

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

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

Dr. LaRoyce Sublett Takes Helm at Berta Weathersbee Elementary

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

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

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

Read the entire story here. 

Teachers Return for School and Rigor/Relevance Coaching

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

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

 

Ethel W. Kight Hosts Back to School Bash

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

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

 

Tax Free Weekends Coming for Back to School Shopping

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

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

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

2014-2015 Annual Report Now Available

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

2014-2015 Annual Report to the Community

Special Registration Dates for English Second Language Families

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

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

Registration Flyer - Spanish

Registration Flyer - Korean

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

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

PROPERTY TAX INCREASE PRESS RELEASE

NOTICE OF PROPERTY TAX INCREASE

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

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

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

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

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

Registration Dates 2016

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

 

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

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


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

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

Tuesday, June 21

10:00 AM or 4:00 PM

Wednesday, June 22

10:00 AM or 4:00 PM

Thursday, June 23

10:00 AM or 4:00 PM



Training will take place at:

Administrative Services Center 

100 North Davis Rd. Bldg C

LaGrange, GA 30241

 

06/13/2016: Summer Slide

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

Summer Slide Pamphlet 

Troup County School System is Hiring Teachers

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

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

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

TCSS Administrative Services Building

100 North Davis Road

Building C

LaGrange, GA 30240
 

Summer Safety Flyers

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

Playground Safety

Summer Skin Safety

LaGrange High School Graduates 235 Seniors

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

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

Troup High School Graduates 271 Seniors!

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

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

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

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

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

Congratulations CHS Graduates!

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

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

Troup County School System Prepares for Graduations

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

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

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

All graduations will be held at Callaway Stadium.

Thank You Troup County!

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

05/18/16: Callaway Elementary Celebrates AR Goals

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

 

TCSS Elementary Schools – 79.8

Georgia Elementary Schools – 76

TCSS Middle Schools – 75

Georgia Middle Schools – 71.2

TCSS High Schools – 77

Georgia High Schools – 75.8

TCSS Combined Scores – 78.3

Georgia Combined Scores – 75.5

           

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

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

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

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

Setting Misconceptions Straight

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

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

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

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

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

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

Application and parent information forms are available HERE.

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

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

 

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

TCSS Announces Informational Education SPLOST Meeting Dates and Times

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

 

Tuesday, April 19 @ 7:00 pm                                    

Rosemont Baptist Church

3794 Hamilton Rd., LaGrange, GA 30241

 

Wednesday, April 20 @ 12:00 pm

Troup County School System Administrative Services Center

100 North Davis Rd., LaGrange, GA 30241

 

Tuesday, April 26 @ 6:00 pm

Boys and Girls Club of LaGrange

115 East Cannon St., LaGrange, GA 30241

 

Tuesday, May 3 @ 5:30 pm

Boys and Girls Club of Hogansville (Hogansville Elementary)

611 East Main St., Hogansville, GA 30230

 

Thursday, May 5 @ 6:00 pm

West Point Elementary School

1706 East 12th St.

West Point, GA 31833

Kim Skiff Provides Insight on What Education SPLOST Gives

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

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

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

04/13/16: Jisu Lee Named Georgia Scholar

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

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

Read her story here

04/12/16: Proposed Athletic Facilities Foster Relationships and Team Building

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

PHONE LINES DOWN @ SCHOOLS
Good Morning - Phone lines to all elementary schools, Gardner Newman Middle and Callaway High are all down at this time. Our IT department is working to restore telephone communication. We will remove this message when they are restored. 
 
All system email communication is working.
04/05/16: Miss Troup County Visits Hollis Hand 3rd Graders

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

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

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

VIDEO - What ESPLOST Does for Students!

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

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

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

Family-Friendly Websites and Apps

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

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

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

Congratulations to all three high schools on these outstanding accomplishments!

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

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

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

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

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

Download the ESPLOST Brochure

Learn About ESPLOST 

Check Out ESPLOST Videos

Find a List of FAQ 

Find a List of Proposed Projects

Find Did You Know Information

Download the ESPLOST Audit Report

Download the Employee and Board Ethics Brochure

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

For the 4th consecutive year, the Dernell Renauld Stenson Foundation is providing scholarship opportunities to high school seniors. In addition, for the 3rd year in a row, the Foundation also announced it will provide STEM awards to elementary and middle school students.

To apply, students must return completed applications and proper documentation to the Foundation by March 25, 2016. Winners will be announced in May. 

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

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

03/14/16: Celebrating Our School Board Members

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

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

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

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

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

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

03/09/16: EKES Teacher Brack Hassell Advocates for Education in Washington
In an effort to ensure that school health and physical education are appropriately funded and addressed in the new federal education law, Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), a group of 190 physical and health educators met with their Congressional representatives in Washington, DC for SHAPE America’s—Society of Health and Physical Educators—8th annual SPEAK Out! Day.
03/09/16: Future ESPLOST Projects

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

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

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

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

 

You must bring:

- Employee ID that includes a photo

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

03/07/16: Callaway High Students Have Hands-On Engineering Experience at Auburn University

Students from Callaway High School recently learned about Engineering school from Auburn University students enrolled in the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering. The students traveled to Auburn where they participated in projects and experiments with the college students and professors.   

During the visit, the group toured the civil engineering building to learn more about the different concentrations of engineering so they can be more informed in making decisions about their future college and work aspirations. 

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

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

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

03/01/16: End of Course 'Testing Out' Request Form

As provided for in the State Board of Education Rules, the opportunity exists for students to 'test-out' of any course for which there is an associated End of Course test. There are various laws and requirements to determine student eligibility for testing out. 

It is important that parents/guardians contact the high school registrar where their child/ren attend to determine if testing out is appropriate for them.

The Testing Out Request for End of Course Test form is due to high school registrars by Monday, March 7. Testing will take place the week of March 14. 

Tuesday, March 1st is Georgia's Primary Election date. Many of our schools will be used for polling so there will be no school for students.




 

 

02/24/16: GRE Foundation Scholarship Application

Teachers!!! The Georgia Retired Educators Foundation will be awarding fourteen $500.00 grants/scholarships to fourteen educators. You can use the funds in a manner most suited to your individual need in pursing advanced certification or while adding a field.

Any educator who is certified and employed in Georgia, Pre-K through 12, is eligible to apply for the scholarship. 

Please submit applications by April 23

GRE Foundation Scholarship Application

02/24/16: Former Ethel W. Kight Educator Shares History of School

During today's Arbor Day Celebration on the grounds of Ethel W. Kight Elementary School, former educator, Mr. Oliver N. Greene Sr., shared some history behind the naming of the school and what it meant to be an educator at Ethel W. Kight Elementary.

In attendance for the ceremony were current students, School Superintendent Dr. Cole Pugh, Mayor of LaGrange Jim Thornton, Principal and Administrators of Ethel W. Kight, and community members. 

02/19/16: City Celebrates Arbor Day @ Ethel W. Kight Elementary School

Today, Mayor Jim Thornton joined Dr. Cole Pugh and The Sierra Club to plant Nuttall Oak trees on the grounds of Ethel W. Kight Elementary. During the brief ceremony, Mayor Thornton gave a proclamation to the school and former educator under Ms. Ethel W. Kight shared the history of the woman behind the naming of the building.  

Arbor Day has been recognized in LaGrange for 14 years. After the initial ceremony, 2nd grade students planted over 100 Dogwood and Long Leaf Pine trees behind the school. 

02/17/16: Troup County STAR Student and Teacher Named

Today, five students and teachers were honored during the 2016 Student Teacher Achievement Recognition (STAR) luncheon hosted by the Rotary Club. Before the event ended, one student was named Troup County STAR Student: Marshall Hoke Todd from LaGrange High School.

Each year, 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, the STAR student program showcases the academic achievement of students and one chosen educator who was instrumental in their development. 

02/16/16: Budget Email Address

Troup County School System (TCSS) is currently preparing Performance Based Budgets for FY2017. 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 FY2017 budget. Responses will be posted on troup.org within 5-7 business days.

The email address will remain open until Friday, March 25. 

02/11/16: School Council Hears Proposed ESPLOST Projects

Today, during the 2016 Annual School Council Meeting, Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Cole Pugh, shared past and proposed projects for ESPLOST V.

Click here to see the presentation of past and proposed projects.

Elementary Early Release and President's Day Holidays
02/04/16: Dr. Pugh Surprises Teacher of the Year Finalists

On Wednesday morning, Dr. Pugh surprised the system Teacher of the Year Finalists. See their reactions in the video!

02/03/16: TCSS Hosts Career Fair

Last Saturday, job seekers from Troup County and surrounding areas gathered in the halls of the Troup County School System (TCSS) administrative services building before the doors opened to the first ever TCSS Job Fair.

Overall, 60 employees greeted and screened 79 applicants. Forty-seven interviews were conducted on-site. 

Sequita Freeman, TCSS chief human resource officer, said, “As we enter our recruiting season, it’s important to be in front of potential candidates. Showing them what the school system, and the county, has to offer as they consider future employment or relocation opportunities is key in getting the right people for the jobs we have available.” 

02/03/16: TCSS Announces Finalists for System Teacher of the Year

Dr. Cole Pugh, Superintendent of Troup County School System (TCSS), surprised three teachers this morning when he delivered the surprise announcement that they were named TCSS Teacher of the Year Finalists.

With a bouquet of flowers in hand, and a balloon with the written statement ‘It’s Your Day’, Dr. Pugh visited each finalist’s classroom and said, “Today is one of the days I enjoy the most about being superintendent of schools because we are announcing the three finalists for Teacher of the Year.” Their students listened intently as he continued, “Out of over 700 teachers, we were able to narrow it down to the top three, and one of them is your teacher, so that is a big honor.” 

02/03/16: Dr. Pugh Speaks at Rotary

During last Wednesday’s weekly Rotary meeting at Highland Country Club, Dr. Cole Pugh, Superintendent of Troup County School System, gave a 20-minute presentation on projects related to past, present, and future Education Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (ESPLOST) items.

The 45-slide presentation highlighted photos and figures showing previously voter approved ESPLOST projects and the respective costs, such as:

  • LaGrange High School addition
  • Callaway Elementary construction
  • Ethel W. Kight Elementary construction
  • Franklin Forest and Callaway elementary school classroom additions
  • Technology upgrades throughout the school system
  • Re-roofing and HVAC projects

Click here for a complete list of projects. 

Your Change Makes Big Changes in TCSS

Today, Troup County School System (TCSS) announced plans to unveil an initiative that seeks to educate the community about Education Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (ESPLOST). The initiative, Your Change Makes Big Changes in Troup County Schools, is designed to help the community:

  1. Differentiate ESPLOST funding versus general operating expenses
  2. Distinguish previously funded projects such as additions at LaGrange High and the new Ethel W. Kight Elementary School.
  3. Identify future capital outlay projects like a new elementary school and state-of-the-art athletic facility
02/01/16: Verizon Donates to THINC

The Mechatronics and Engineering students at THINC College & Career Academy participating in SkillsUSA have a big supporter in Verizon. The large communications provider donated $10,000 to the career academy during a check presentation ceremony.

Joe Sumner, Mechatronics Instructor for THINC, said, “There are multiple opportunities for students to participate in an organization, like SkillsUSA, that provides good leadership and professional business etiquette. In SkillsUSA, the students will be learning about mobile robotics and consumer robotics.” According to Sumner, these are the careers of the future that his students will most likely be interested in pursuing. 

TCSS ESPLOST Video - Thanks Troup County!!!

Below are some items that show how your change makes a big change for Troup County students.

01/27/15: FFES Students Rock to School House Rock

Franklin Forest students and teachers “rocked” with Columbus State Theatrical Department when they presented their version of School House Rock. The cast of the production is pictured here with second grade students: Christian Neville, Kaliyah Snellings, Laila Martin, Dakota Mason, Cori Owens, and Ayden Engelmohr.

 
TODAY: THS Rumors Are Untrue
PLEASE SHARE -- Any rumors that are circulating about Troup High School are UNTRUE. As part of our safety plan, sometimes law enforcement is seen on campus. Rumors of any safety related issues, or a school lockdown, are not true.
1/22/16: Students Celebrate 100th Day of School

It has been 100 days since the first day of school and classrooms around the district are celebrating in different ways. Some students dressed up as 100-year-olds while others made T-shirts with 100 items on them. 

Only 80 more days left! 

01/21/16: Celebration Cart Rolls Through Hollis Hand

Recently, Hollis Hand Elementary staff received treats and goodies from the Superintendent and Cabinet as they visited with the Celebration Cart. As part of the district's Rewards and Recognitions Program, TCSS leadership randomly selects one school per month to surprise, pass out goodies, and say, 'We appreciate you'!

Thanks to Coca-Cola for providing the drinks and Chartwells for providing the muffins.

Substitute Teacher Training on February 10

Troup County School System is hosting a substitute teacher workshop. 

Any retired teacher wanting to become a substitute teacher must apply on-line during this time frame. 

Applications accepted online January 11 - February 2

Workshop Date: February 10
Workshop Flyer 

 

TCSS Closed for MLK Holiday
High School Students Can Earn Free College Credit
EARN FREE COLLEGE CREDIT AS A HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT
 
Move On When Ready Parent Information Night
Thursday, January 21, 2016  6:00pm
Callaway Conference Center
220 Fort Drive, LaGrange GA
 
Hosted by CHS, LHS and THS Guidance Departments
Tips for Parents Engaging in Student Learning

All TCSS schools promote parent involvement through various activities, newsletters, Remind 101's and other communication. Here are some quick tips to keep parental involvement in student learning top-of-mind. 
 

Student Engagement - English

Student Engagement - Spanish

THINC College & Career Academy Student Testimonials

THINC College & Career Academy has completed its first semester. In the video, students give their recount of entering THINC and how they plan to use the skills learned from their educational experiences there. 

Pre-K and Kindergarten Registration Is Open

Pre-K and Kindergarten Registration will be open February 1-5 at locations throughout TCSS. Please see this flyer and click through the story link for more information. 

Troup County Schools Office of Student Assignment
100 North Davis Road, Building C, LaGrange, Georgia
February 1-5, 2016 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM

Hogansville Elementary
611 East Main Street, Hogansville, Georgia
February 1-5, 2016 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM

West Point Elementary
1701 East 12th Street, West Point, Georgia
February 1-5, 2016 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM

Extended hours at all sites:
Thursday, February 4, 2016 from 8:30 AM – 5:30 PM

Pre-K Registration Forms
 
01/07/15: State School Superintendent Richard Woods Visits Rosemont Elementary

Earlier today, Rosemont Elementary opened its doors to welcome State School Supt. Richard Woods and State Board Chair Helen Rice. The students and staff greeted them with smiles, waves and thanks for all they do to support education.

Here, Supt. Woods presents Principal Natalie Givins with a certificate for being named a National Blue Ribbon School

01/06/16: Callaway High School Wins Scholarship

Thanks to Kendall Butler of F.L.I. Properties for supporting Troup County School System teachers. Recently, Callaway High School Engineering teacher Marilyn Huberdeau received a $250 scholarship from F.L.I. Properties to assist with a class trip to Auburn University's E-Day. 

01/05/16: Hollis Hand Students Visit Fernbank Museum

Discovery students from Hollis Hand Elementary School visited Fernbank Museum of Natural History in Atlanta. During their trip, they toured hands-on exhibits, observed live animals, explored archaeological artifacts and experienced an IMAX movie.

TCSS Job Fair on January 30, 2016

Troup County School System is currently seeking applicants for all teaching positions, including those in the critical fields of CTAE, Math, Science, and Special Education. See the flyer for additional details. 

TCSS Job Fair Flyer

12/17/15: Exceptional Education Benefits for Private/Home and Preschool Schooled Students

If your child is home schooled, in private school, or is in preschool, there are potential services TCSS's Exceptional Education department can offer. Please see THIS FLYER for more details. 

Happy Holidays from Troup County School System

This month, students and employees throughout the district have been preparing for the holiday season - and having fun doing so! We were able to capture some of those times in photos. Click the video to see! And we wish everyone a safe and happy holiday break!

12/16/15: Hollis Hand Sings Carols

Yesterday, students from Hollis Hand Elementary School, along with music teacher Callie Hammond and guitarist Randy Underwood, serenaded the staff at Administrative Services Center with several Christmas carols including Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree, and We Wish You a Merry Christmas. 

Christmas Holiday Schedule

12/11/15: Batson Cook Donates to Franklin Forest's PBIS Fund

Earlier this week Batson-Cook, a Troup County School System Partner in Education, presented the students and staff at Franklin Forest Elementary School with a check to help purchase items for the school's Positive Behavioral Intervention Supports (PBIS) store.

This is the first year the school has implemented the program that provides Falcon Bucks to students showcasing attributes and behaviors that promote a positive school climate and culture.

12/10/15: Optimist Club Honors Troup County School System Students

Six high school students were recently named an Outstanding Student by the Optimist Club. Each year, the club selects two students from each high school to bestow the honor. This year the winners are:

Shania Denea Reeves - Callaway High

Garrett McCartney - Callaway High

Marshall Todd - LaGrange High

Shelby Warren - LaGrange High

Libby Wheeler - Troup High

Colby Bridwell - Troup High

12/09/15: Parent Advisory Council Visits KMMG

Recently, Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia (KMMG) welcomed a group of Troup County School System (TCSS) parents and staff to tour their facility. The visit, coordinated by Nicole Stewart, Title I Parental Involvement Coordinator for TCSS, showcased the large automotive manufacturing plant.

Each month, the Parent Advisory Council (PAC) meets to discuss ways to keep parents involved in their child’s education. The group consists of Title I Family Liaisons and parents. The group was most impressed with KMMG's advanced automotive manufacturing processes and all the wonderful things the organization does to partner with the Troup County School System, like sponsoring Robotics team and hosting A World in Motion for elementary and middle school students

12/07/15: Parents - Benchmark Hold Harmless Year

The 2015-2016 school year has seen several changes.  We worked over the summer to make changes to the district Benchmarks. These changes were made to more closely resemble the Georgia Milestones Assessment in rigor, length and content. Students recently took the first of these benchmarks.  A district analysis from the fall administration indicates that additional modifications are needed.

For this reason, we have decided to use the fall benchmark tests as a hold harmless administration. That means we will not use these scores as a grade for this semester. 

Click here to read entire letter to parents.

12/04/15: THINC Welcomes Korean Exchange Students

For the next two weeks, THINC College & Career Academy (THINC) will play host to 20 Korean exchange students. During the morning hours, the students will visit local businesses like KIA and Caterpillar while following the Mechatronics pathway during afternoon class times. 

12/02/15: Chartwells Hosts Cafe Showcase

Last month, Chartwells and Troup County School System (TCSS) opened the Troup High School cafeteria to the public for the Showcase Celebration. During the two-hour café showcase, parents and community members learned about student-focused dining experiences. The showcase also featured nutrition and food education, along with catering options.

12/01/15: Dates for Georgia Milestone Meetings Released

Troup County School System continues to work and share Georgia Milestone score information with parents over the upcoming weeks. During the first week of December, individual scores will be sent home. Georgia Milestone Zone Meetings will be held to help parents read individual score reports and answer questions. Parents and guardians can attend any meeting to learn more. 


Monday, December 7 @ 6 pm - Callaway High School

Tuesday, December 8 @ noon - Administrative Services Center (this is a lunch and learn session so feel free to bring your lunch)

Thursday, December 10 @ 6 pm - LaGrange High School

Monday, December 14 @ 6 pm - Troup High School
 

Zone Meeting Flyer - English

Zone Meeting Flyer - Spanish

Zone Meeting Flyer - Korean

 

11/19/15: THINC in the Running for $2 Million Technology Grant

Yesterday, THINC College & Career Academy was named a state finalists in the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Contest. This contest has a grant potential of over $2M in technology products.

More than 250 schools across the nation were named finalists, with five being from Georgia. The state winner will receive $20,000 in technology for their school and compete against 50 other finalists for the national prize.  

The purpose of the contest is to ‘excite students about the possibilities of STEM education,’ according to the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow website. In addition, the program encourages teachers and students to solve real-world issues in their community while using classroom STEM skills. 

11/19/15: Sam's Club and Walmart Foundation Honor Ethel W. Kight Teachers

Earlier this week, Ethel W. Kight Elementary School teachers were recognized and rewarded by the Sam’s Club Teacher Rewards Program. Sam’s Club is a Partner in Education with Troup County School System (TCSS).

Barbara Jeffreys, Membership/Marketing Representative for Sam’s Club, arrived at the school with cake, gift cards and goodies. Twenty teachers each won a $50 gift card provided through the Walmart Foundation Community Grant Funds. The remaining teachers were each given a coffee mug full of goodies. 

 

11/18/15: West Point Elementary School Veteran's Day Program
Thanksgiving Holiday Week
11/17/15: John Asbell Receives Naming Recognition

THINC College & Career Academy (THINC), in conjunction with Georgia Power, surprised John Asbell during the unveiling of the academy’s newest Engineering/Energy Career Pathway HAAS Machine – ‘The ASBELL’.

Asbell is the Georgia Power Local Manager for Troup County and THINC Chairman of the Board. His namesake machine is housed in the Engineering and Energy lab, which also bears the Georgia Power name and logo. The well-known organization is a huge supporter of the pathway and the academy.

11/16/15: TCSS Receives System-Wide GMAS Results

After a long-anticipated month, Troup County School System (TCSS) received scores from the 2014-2015 administration of the Georgia Milestones Assessment System (GMAS). Georgia Milestones was administered in grades 3-8 and Georgia Milestones End of Course was given in grades 9-12.

In September, after receiving state-wide scores, State School Superintendent Richard Woods released several statements warning the public that students may do poorly on the test. The scores showed that in language arts and science, no grade or course had more than 10 percent of students scoring in the top category of distinguished learner. 

GMAS results are not comparable to CRCT results. All individual student reports have not been received. 

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11/13/15: TCSS Hosts Celebration for Rosemont Elementary School

Today, TCSS hosted a National Blue Ribbon Celebration for over 650 students and staff at Rosemont Elementary School. Earlier this week, Principal Natalie Givins and Carla Cook traveled to Washington, D.C. to receive the official honors. After their return to the school, the celebrations began. Teachers were met with Blueberry muffins and coffee, students will receive a Blue Ribbon lunch followed by a Blue Ribbon Fudgescicle for dessert. Before going home, all students and staff will receive a Blue wristband and Blue lollipop to help remind them how special an honor this is for the school and Troup County.  

11/11/15: Kimberly Clark Donates Bulbs to TCSS


Last week, Kimberly Clark, a Partner in Education for Troup County School System (TCSS), donated over 10,000 florescent light bulbs. This is equivalent to $5,000 that will be saved by TCSS using the donated bulbs as opposed to purchasing bulbs. Kimberly Clark’s plant is switching from florescent lighting to LED and the organization thought it would be a great idea to donate to their school system partners to use as needed throughout the campuses.  

It's Official! Congratulations Rosemont - 2015 National Blue Ribbon School!
Principal Chip Giles - Long Cane Middle School

When Principal Chip Giles walks down the hallways of Long Cane Middle School, students and teachers greet him with a smile. He likes to instill values of leadership into his staff and students; many of the values he learned in a different field – the military.

At the age of 18, he enlisted into the Army as a mortar man. Early in his infantry career, he went to Officer Candidate school and graduated as a 2nd Lieutenant. Giles went on deployments in Europe, South America, Ecuador, and served in combat in Iraq. 

11/10/17: 4th Graders Visit Nature Trail

Some 4th grade students from around the district toured through nature during a morning field trip to the Marvin Jones Outdoor Education Center. This center is located behind Troup High School.

During their time there, they visited several stations where volunteers provided some hands-on learning about soil, nature preservation, planting, making paper from recycled materials and preserving wildlife. Before boarding the bus back to their schools, students were able to plant seeds and see the process of recycled particles churned into brown recycled paper that is for paper products. 

11/09/15: TCSS Receives 2015 Graduation Rates

Georgia’s public high school graduation rate has increased for the fourth consecutive year, rising from 72.5 percent in 2014 to 78.74 percent in 2015. Troup County School System (TCSS) rates witnessed a slight gain, going 71.0 percent in 2014 to 71.4 percent in 2015.

In an effort to move the local graduation rate up, TCSS has:

  • Boosted employee professional learning opportunities
  • Incorporated technology-friendly learning to increase student engagement
  • Revamped curriculum during a two-week summer curriculum writing workshop
  • Opened THINC College & Career Academy that offers career pathways and certifications


Troup High School had the highest showing, with 75.8 percent of students graduating. This is a 3.4 percent lift above the previous year. Both LaGrange and Callaway high schools took a dip, with 70.7 percent and 67.2 percent respectively. 

11/06/15: Callaway Middle School Opens PBIS Bank

With the help of CB&T and Jackson Heating and Air, some Callaway Middle School students banked their Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) Cavalier Cash to help them save towards better prizes.

With PBIS, students earn ‘Cav Cash’ bucks through exhibiting school behaviors that are Cooperative, Mindful and Successful. These three behaviors help positively change school culture and climate. Yesterday, with the help of CB&T representatives and Dale Jackson, vice president of Jackson Heating and Air, ‘First Cavalier Bank’ opened as students gathered to learn about checking and savings. 

11/06/15: TCSS Students Compete in AWIM Challenge

Yesterday, 132 Troup County fifth graders filled the Atlanta Convention Center at the AmericasMart in celebration of STEM learning. They joined close to 350 other students from surrounding counties thanks to Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia (KMMG) and SAE International as they hosted the A World in Motion (AWIM) JetToy Challenge. 

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New To Troup County? Find Out More About TCSS! Parents Reading with Kids

Troup County is a great place to work, live and raise a family. Our school system has a long-standing history of partnership within the community and learning within the walls of each school. If you are here to learn more of what Troup County School System (TCSS) has to offer for your family or employees, you've started in the right place! 

Here is a quick overview of our district highlights and Points of Pride. After reading through this short document, learn more about your new school system by clicking here 

11/04/15: First Lady Deal Visits Hillcrest

First Lady Sandra Deal recently made a stop at Hillcrest Elementary. In support of her Read Across Georgia initiative, she read to both Pre-K classes. The purpose of the initiative is to help children become proficient readers, starting at an early age. During her visit, she read from the popular Pete the Cat series.

As she opened up Pete the Cat and the New Guy, all 44 students prepared to listen intently because her broad hand gestures and animated expressions held the young student’s attention. While there, she engaged them in hand games and read a poem about education, Learning to Read, that was penned by Governor Nathan Deal, her husband. 

11/02/15: THS Alumni Honor Rosemont Elementary School

On October 20, Rosemont Elementary School’s gym was transformed into an afternoon reception venue when Troup High School (THS) Alumni Association and Troup County School System (TCSS) saluted the entire staff for the 2015 National Blue Ribbon School designation. Earlier in the month, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan named 335 public and private schools throughout the country with the title. Nine of those schools were form Georgia and seven were elementary schools.

Students from Troup High School’s Choral Department, many who were once students at Rosemont, recognized familiar faces and hugged their elementary school teachers before serenading them with their rendition of Eye of the Tiger. It was like a reunion as over 100 guests gathered to pay honor for a job well done. 

Get Involved for Parent Engagement Month

Involvement in a child’s education is important, especially for parents, grandparents, and guardians. That’s why during the month of November, Troup County School System (TCSS) is recognizing the month of November as Parent Engagement Month.

In November 2012, Governor Nathan Deal declared the month’s theme in a proclamation from the State of Georgia. To celebrate, TCSS will highlight the role parents, grandparents and guardians play in a student’s education. For example, a list of quick tips and various local success stories will be shared on the district’s website and Facebook page. Also, the Department of Education is hosting a parent video contest as a way to increase awareness of involvement in education.  

Parent Engagement Calendar
Parent Engagement Video Contest Information



 

TCSS Announces Georgia Milestones Communication Campaign

Recently, Georgia received state scores from the 2014-15 Georgia Milestones Assessment System (GMAS). Local school districts have not received individual scores, yet. Troup County School System (TCSS) is expected to receive results later this fall.

Troup County School System is launching a series of videos and social messages to help educate staff, students, parents and the community about GMAS and soon-to-be-released individual student scores.

S
ince this is the first administration of GMAS, as expected, the statewide results show a steep drop in student achievement levels. According to State School Superintendent Richard Woods, “These results show a lower level of student proficiency than Georgians are used to seeing, but that does not mean Georgia students know less or that teachers are not doing a great job – it means they’ve been asked to clear a higher bar.” 

10/27/15: Jonathan Laney - It Was Meant to Be

When meeting Jonathan Laney, you can tell he is a proud product of Troup County schools. A graduate of LaGrange High, Laney continued his education at LaGrange College before he stumbled upon teaching. At first, his sights were on being a stone mason.

“I was working on a construction site as a 12-year-old. I stayed on the construction site throughout college, and by the time I graduated I was working for Wes Cochran, an art collector and stone mason. I wanted to be Wesley Cochran.”

Read More of Jonathan Laney's Story Here

10/27/15: TCSS Names Teacher of the Year Nominees

Recently, schools in Troup County surprised teachers with flowers and other gifts when they announced the 2016-2017 Teacher of the Year for each school. Twenty-five teachers will now move on to the essay portion of the nomination process.

Each year, this program recognizes teachers who display excellence and high standards for the teaching profession. Each elementary school, HOPE Academy and THINC College & Career Academy designate one teacher for the honor while all other secondary schools designate two teachers each.  

Read More About the Nominees Here

10/26/15: Amy Thornton - A Bulldog Within

Graduating from University of Georgia with a major in English, Amy Thornton traded one bulldog for another when she joined Callaway Elementary School five years ago.

As an education professional for the past 18 years, the two qualities that make a good principal according to Thornton are, “flexibility and you have to love people…not just children, but people.” 

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10/24/15: Philip Robinson - TCSS Bus Driver Spotlight
10/22/15: Gary Evans - TCSS Bus Driver Highlight
10/21/15: Tips for School Bus Safety

In honor of National School Bus Safety Week, here are some tips to help parents and community members take part in keeping students and staff safe. 

10/20/15: Amerigroup's Mobile Teacher Closet Rolls Through Troup County

When the large Amerigroup RV rolled to the front entrance of Callaway and Ethel W. Kight elementary schools earlier this week, the administrators and staff were expecting a typical presentation. While they knew the community care group was supplying the teachers with much-needed school supplies, they did not know a surprise was in store – a check for $500 for each school.

Excitement filled the air as attendees gathered closer to ensure they heard Lauren Chambers, Central Region Marketing Account Manager for Amerigroup, correctly. As she pulled out a huge check for all to see, the crowd erupted in cheers of thanks for the donation.

“We know you all need school supplies, but we also know you can use a little bit more to help towards whatever is needed for your school. As a Partner in Education, we are proud to present you with this check from Amerigroup’s Mobile Teacher Closet. We know it will benefit you and the students,” said Chambers as she smiled looking out into the crowd of teachers and administrators. 

10/19/15: Be Smart - Be Seen, I Wait in a Safe Place!

This week is National School Bus Safety Week. The students and staff are celebrating with the theme: Be Smart - Be Seen, I Wait in a Safe Place! Throughout the week, bus drivers will be recognized for the great job they do in keeping Troup County School System students safe. 

Earlier this year, bus drivers were commended for having zero school bus stop fatalities. In addition, TCSS has one of the highest safety records in the state. During the annual inspection of the Department of Driver Services, TCSS school buses yielded an impressive 98.7% first-time passing rate. 

10 Things You Need to Know About Georgia Milestones

The state results of the first year (2014-2015) of the Georgia Milestones test are here. The Georgia Department of Education will release all district and school level results later this fall.  

 

As expected, the statewide results show a drop in student achievement levels. There are four achievement levels with Georgia Milestones: Beginning Learner, Developing Learner, Proficient Learner and Distinguished Learner.

Click here to read the Top 10 List

10/15/15: We've Saved $5.2M Thanks to Energy Conservation

October is Energy Awareness Month and wise decisions and planning has helped Troup County School System save over $5.2 million through use of its Energy Conservation Program over the past five years. 

The slogan known throughout the system is, If it Glows, It Goes! This program includes energy conservation tips for employees, regular energy saving checks where employees receive a thumbs up or thumbs down for following protocol, and email blasts that share easy-to-use energy tips. 

10/14/15: Middle School Students Stepping Up and Stepping In for Bullying

Last week, a gym full of Callaway Middle School students clamored to grab bright green t-shirts and sunglasses after the pep rally where they were pumped up to defeat Gardner Newman Middle School. Even though the neon color didn’t represent the schools well known red and black, they were supportive of the cause – the Step Up. Step In. (SUSI) bullying awareness campaign.

Over 150 students heard the messages loud and clear about the grant funded program sponsored by the Georgia Department of Public Health, District 4. Other entities are also involved in implementing the campaign in a fun, innovative way throughout the three Troup County middle schools to help ensure the message spreads through the district. In doing so, they have activated a SUSI team that consists of school representatives, district administrators and public health employees.

10/13/15: Interface's Mission Zero Helps Teach Sustainability

On Monday, a beautification project at West Point Elementary School just started with the help of their Partner in Education, Interface. A group of Interface Champions are working with the school through the Mission Zero Project.

This project is the highlight of Mission Zero Week, October 11-17. Mission Zero Week seeks to create opportunities for Interface to connect to the community through hosting sustainability projects, supporting the local community, and teaching their partners about environmental impacts.

10/12/15: Libby Wheeler, THS Student, Receives Commendation

Elizabeth "Libby" Wheeler, a Senior at Troup High School, received a Letter of Commendation by the 2016 National Merit Scholarship Program earlier this month. Commended students are those that placed among the top five percent of more than 1.5 million students who entered the 2016 competition by taking the 2014 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. According to the scholarship program, these students represent a valuable national resource that is vital to the academic excellence of our nation. 

Congratulations Libby! 

10/12/15: TCSS Celebrates National School Lunch Week

This week, school nutrition workers and Chartwells will be going around the district taking a ‘snapshot’ of how school lunch has changed. In recognition of the National School Lunch Program and the 30 million children it serves every day throughout the country, Troup County School System schools will recognize National School Lunch Week this week. The theme, School Lunch Snapshot, is all about sharing the best images of today’s school lunches.  

Professional Learning Day Monday, October 12
Elementary Early Release on October 9


Elementary early release is on October 9 @ noon. 

10/06/15: THINC Welcomes Region 4 State Meeting

Last week, THINC College & Career Academy hosted the Partners Educating Georgia's Future Workforce Region 4 meeting. Over 130 people from around the state were in attendance. During the meeting, representatives from the Georgia Department of Education, Georgia Department of Economic Development, Georgia Department of Labor and LaGrange-Troup County Chamber of Commerce  discussed national, state, regional and local workforce needs - shedding light on how Troup County can play a huge role in that.
 

In addition, almost 40 business students attended the morning and afternoon sessions

10/02/15: Substitute Teacher Workshop Applications

SUBSTITUTE TEACHER TRAINING

Applications** Accepted On Line

     October 2 – October 16, 2015

**Applications will be screened

 

Workshop Date

October 28, 2015

   Time: 8:00 AM – 1:30 PM

    Administrative Services Center (Board Room)

Applicants are asked to provide a copy of their highest earned educational information, electronically, with their application or bring at the time of their appointment. (i.e. diplomas or transcripts or teaching certificates).

To find out how apply, click here. 

9/30/15: LaGrange High School Athletes Receive Sportsmanship Award

Today, the Georgia High School Association (GHSA) and Diverse Power, one of Georgia’s Electric Membership Corporations, awarded LaGrange High School with the AAAAA 2015 Cooperative Spirit Sportsmanship Award. The award honors schools that demonstrated exemplary sportsmanship during the 2014-2015 school year.
 

Only 48 GHSA-member high schools received this recognition. LaGrange received it for the 5-A Division and Callaway High School will receive it for the 3-A Division in October.

“Through part of the GHSA and their desire to improve education, sports and sportsmanship, we are glad to accept this award. It’s nice to be affirmed with each team and individual leadership. Who you are in the community speaks volumes and we are glad to be nominated,” said Coach Pauley to his students during the acceptance ceremony.

9/29/15: Rosemont Elementary Named a 2015 Blue Ribbon School

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan recognized Rosemont Elementary as a National Blue Ribbon School for 2015 based on their overall academic excellence or their progress in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups. Dr. Cole Pugh joined Rosemont Principal, Natalie Givins, to make the announcement to staff while they celebrated with ice cream sundaes and cake.

 

Nine schools from Georgia were recognized, with seven of those being elementary schools. A total of 335 public and private schools throughout the country received the 2015 National Blue Ribbon School designation. “This honor recognizes your students’ accomplishments and the hard work and dedication that went into their success,” Duncan said in a video message (hyperlink video message) to the awardees.  

9/28/15: Parents Get the Royal Treatment at Ethel W. Kight Elementary School

Recently, family members of Ethel W. Kight Elementary School (EKES) students received the royal treatment by earning 'Royal Bucks' after a Positive Behavior Interventions & Supports (PBIS) meeting.

The PBIS framework is used in several TCSS schools this year to enhance positive school cultures and to share social expectations while in school and at home. During the meeting, EKES Counselor, Charlotte Flores, shared common vocabulary with families so that the very same goals can be set at school and at home. 

Students earn "Royal Riches" - paper money- for making good choices.  They can then use the money at the PBIS Store.  One mother shared, "My daughter has earned $62 already," while another mother said, "My daughter's money burns a hole in her pocket. Can your daughter teach my daughter to save?"  Attendees in the picture earned "Royal Riches" during the information session and were able to spend them on prizes before they left the school.  

9/25/15: Callaway High Photography Students Work in the Dark

Selfies are overrated for the students in Clint Robinson’s Photography class. Last Friday, the Callaway High students learned a lesson in the dark as they made photograms of items representing their personalities without using a camera. To begin the project, they had to start in the darkroom.

In the world of cell phone cameras, Robinson knows this project is more hands-on than what his students are accustomed to. “Once the students complete their work, then they digitally photograph their images and upload them to a blog where they explain the process of what they did and how successful they were,” said Robinson. 

 

ICLE Study: We Need Business and Community Input

Troup County School System is conducting an International Center for Strategic Leadership (ICLE) study. This study is an assessment of the school system. One component of the assessment is a Lexile study of reading demands in Troup County. 

There are two categories of requested reading materials: Entry-level Occupational Reading Materials and Personal Use/Adult-level Reading Materials.

1. Partner in Education Lexile Study Information Sheet

2. Simple Personal Use Collection Sheet

3. Entry-Level Occupation Submission Sheet

4. TCSS Lexile Study Information Sheet

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9/22/15: Mobile Technology Learning Lab Teaches Teachers

For two weeks, Evie, the mobile technology bus, will be rolling to middle and high school campus' throughout Troup County. The bus is for teachers - not students - as they continue learning ways to actively engage students in lessons by utilizing technology. 

This year, Operations placed Promethean Boards in 6th, 7th, 9th, and 10th grade classrooms to continue the trend for students of learning while using technology. Future plans are to add boards to the remaining classrooms in Troup County. Elementary classrooms are already outfitted with the latest Promethean technology. 

09/18/15: Teacher Talks Lines and Colors During National Arts in Education Week

Students in Ms. Elena Thomas’ 6th grade art class at Long Cane Middle School are studying two major elements of art colors and lines. During National Arts in Education Week, which was September 13-19, they talked about the five line types, which are curved, zigzag, vertical, horizontal, and diagonal. They also discussed elements of warm versus cool colors.

 

Thomas knows art makes a difference in student’s lives, “Art is important in schools because it helps teach critical thinking and problem solving skills.  It also helps the student learn creativity and to think outside the box.”

9/15/15: THINC College & Career Academy - West Point Development Authority

THINC College and Career Academy (THINC) Board of Directors recognized the West Point Development Authority Board this week for their contribution to the academy of $100,000.  Three students Montannah Avery, Adeja Dawson, and Chazaray Brown, currently living in West Point, shared their thoughts about the academy and the benefits of smaller classes, hands on experience, mentoring, development of soft skills for the workplace, and the opportunity to earn college credit while still in high school through dual enrollments. 

9/17/15: 4th Grade Students Receive Constitutions

In recognition of Constitution Week, September 14-18, all fourth grade students throughout Troup County now have their own personal copy of the United States Constitution. Today, many of them received the pocket copies that also included the Declaration of Independence, the lyrics of the national anthem, and the Pledge of Allegiance. 
 

In an effort to increase civic awareness, the Georgia Department of Education sponsored the project and all funding was donated so no taxpayer funds were used to purchase or distribute the pocket copies of these founding documents. 

09/17/15: Erin Lee Named to State Student Advisory Council

Earlier this week, Erin Lee was surprised to learn that she was selected as a member of the 2015-2016 state Student Advisory Council. The 11th grade LaGrange High Student noted she is eager to use this opportunity to make a positive statement about education in Troup County and throughout Georgia.

 

“I am interested to see how things are going to work and about the opportunity to be heard as a young adult. We have ideas and suggestions that can help better education,” said Lee. One of the areas she and her fellow classmates often discuss is the amount of testing. “Last year, there were a lot of changes all over the district and more testing. That is something I want to talk about more.” She will get that chance starting October 1 during the first of three council meetings.

09/16/15: Employees Participate in Leadership Training

Today, 24 Troup County School System employees participated in a leadership training course to help them reach the next level in their career.
 

Earlier this summer, staff filled out applications to participate in the Education Planners workshop. During sessions, they will have hands on training that helps them understand personalities, manage conflict, and set personal and professional goals.
 

The training will consist of four days face-to-face throughout the school year interspersed with interactive online modules. 

09/16/15: Students Talk About Forensics

On Tuesday, September 3, 2015, Troup County Sheriff's Detective Pat Tunnell visited Mary Helen Terrell's Forensics classes at Callaway High School to discuss crime lab procedures and give a tour of the sheriff department's crime lab truck.  

 
Tunnell is pictured here with Terrell as he speaks to her class about processing evidence. 
09/15/15: Career Focus: Manufacturing and Mechatronics

THINC College & Career Academy (THINC) hosted their first Career Focus based on Manufacturing and Mechatronics career pathways. The day was attended by high school students from across Troup County who has shown an interest in pursuing a career in these fields.

Superintendent's Message - Strategic Waivers School System Application

Superintedent Cole Pugh shared information regarding the Troup County School System choice to be a Strategic Waivers School System at tonight's Caucus Meeting of the Troup County Board of Education.  The public is invited to review the full application and provide input via email to fowleraj@troup.org.  Please see the complete application and information located under the Superintendent's Message section of this website.

09/14/15: English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)

Thomas Moat, ESOL teacher at Ethel W. Kight Elementary was awarded the Project/Professional Development Grant I: PK-12 from the Georgia Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages. The amount of this grant was $1,000.  His accomplishment was recently showcased and published in the GATESOL News.   

Statement on Social Media Rumor

The Troup County School System (TCSS) increased security today in response to social media rumors aimed at the anniversary of September 11, 2001.

Upon the notice of the rampant rumors late yesterday afternoon, District officials consulted local and state law enforcement officials, including the LaGrange Police Department, Sherriff’s Office, and Joint Terrorism Task Force, regarding these nationwide rumors.


All of the agencies confirmed that they received no credible evidence to warrant these threats regarding Troup County School System, our students, or staff.  


As a heightened precaution, there is an increase in security at each school, administrators and staff are aware of the non-substantiated threats and are prepared to handle if necessary, and police officers will continuously monitor school activity throughout the day.


TCSS takes security and student/staff safety very seriously. We work to obtain all details and consult necessary parties before issuing a statement as not to cause unnecessary confusion. Thanks for your support as we continue providing a safe and secure learning environment for the students and staff of TCSS. 

09/10/15: Nominate a Teacher for Innovation

Do you know an innovative teacher who advances student achievement every day? If so, then nominate a teacher for the Governor's Office of Student Achievement's Innovation in Teaching Competition! The winning teacher will receive: 
 

  • $3,000 stipend for serving as a model educator,
  • $4,000 grant to support innovative practices in his/her school, and
  • Georgia Public Broadcasting (GPB) will film his/her classroom and make this video, along with his/her unit plan and supplementary materials, available online for other teachers.
     

Nominations end September 15, 2015.  Teachers must be nominated by a principal, assistant principal, instructional coach, district staff member, GOSA language and literacy specialist, or GaDOE staff (Teacher and Leader Effectiveness, School Improvement or Curriculum).  Based on these nominations, GOSA will invite select teachers to apply.  

08/26/15: Fire Safety and Prevention Contest for Students

National Fire Prevention Week is October 4 - 10. This year, Georgia's Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner is hosting several statewide fire safety contests for students. The contests are designed to help bring awareness to fire safety and prevention. The theme for this year is: Hear The Beep Where You Sleep; Every Bedroom Needs A Working Smoke Alarm".

Click through story for contest details and entry forms..

08/20/15: TCSS Job Fair

On Wednesday, August 26, Troup County School System will be hosting a job fair. Some of the positions include bus drivers, custodial workers, nutrition workers. 

Date: Wednesday, August 26

Time: 10:00am - 2:00pm

Place: 100 North Davis Rd., Building A

08/19/15: THINC Thanks Students with an Employer Pep Rally

This week when students showed up at THINC College & Career Academy, they had no idea they were in for a surprise. Twice during the day, over 20 employer representatives from around the county joined in and welcomed students with cheers and handshakes to thank them for being a part of THINC.

Synovus, LaGrange -Troup County Chamber, West Georgia Tech, Troup County School System, and KIA were some of the businesses on hand. Later in the day, some of those same employers spoke in various classes to give students a true depiction of what their chosen pathway means for their future and how they can make it count.

08/19/15: Glovis Gives to Long Cane Elementary

The Troup County School System Partners in Education (PIE) continue to give, helping teachers, staff, administrators and students.

Long Cane Elementary just received some great support from Glovis Georgia, LLC, their PIE. HongKee Rhee, CEO for Glovis, presented Principal, Dr. Linda Wood, and Instructional Specialist, Brittany Tanner, a check for $800 to help purchase school supplies and other materials needed to start the school year. THANKS GLOVIS FOR SUPPORTING TCSS!

08/17/15: Dr. Pugh Tapped for Senior Lead Auditor Position

Recently, Curriculum Management Solutions, Inc., a nationally recognized curriculum auditing corporation, promoted Cole Pugh, Ed.D., Superintendent of Troup County School System, to Senior Lead Auditor.

In this position, he will lead teams of educators to conduct thorough examinations of school systems. After the examination, the team presents findings and recommendations for improvement. This is a useful process for school systems seeking improvement in the design and delivery of curriculum that ultimately pushes student progress and achievement. 

Ethel W. Kight Dedication Invitation

TCSS invites you to attend the Ethel W. Kight Elementary School Dedication on Sunday, August 30, 2015 at 3:00 pm.

 

Please RSVP by August 21st to Jamie Haines at hainesjl@troup.org or (706) 812-7943.

 

08/14/15: Hogansville Elementary Teachers and Admin Host Planning Session at THINC

TCSS employees were in full pre-planning swing. Recently, a group of Hogansville Elementary teachers and admins. enjoyed a
tour of THINC College & Career Academy before their planning session.

Dr. Chris Williams, Principal of THINC, gave an excellent tour before the work session commenced. Using some principles discussed in Dr. Daggett's workshop, they discussed ways to prepare elementary students for college and career. GO GREENWAVES!

08/14/15: Joe Sumner - Building a Better Future

Walking into the new Mechatronics lab at THINC College & Career Academy will blow your mind. New work stations are lined to simulate a business environment and equipment is being built by the new Mechatronics instructor, Joe Sumner...  

08/13/15: Stuff the Bus Campaign Provides School Supplies for TCSS Students and Teachers

Representatives from Kia of LaGrange, Jackson Heating and Air and Loy’s Office Supplies gathered with Troup County School System (TCSS) employees to unload a bus and van full of school supplies donated by community members and partners.

Parked under the awning of the TCSS Administrative Services Center, the bus was soon unloaded as pencils, paper, notebooks, backpacks, posterboards, mats, crayons, glue, and hand sanitizer spilled over onto the sidewalk. The supplies, worth over $5,000 will be given to teachers and students throughout the system.

08/13/15: Dr. Cole Pugh Named to State Superintendent Advisory Task Force

This week, the Georgia State School Superintendent, Richard Woods, selected 19 local superintendents to serve on his newly created Superintendent’s Advisory Council. One of those members tapped as an advisor was Dr. Cole Pugh, Troup County School System Superintendent.
 

“It is an honor to be named to the State Superintendent’s Advisory Council. I will be working with colleagues across Georgia, bringing concerns of Troup County to the forefront and continuing to provide solutions that positively impact student achievement at the local and state level.”  

08/12/15: Six TCSS Schools Implement Positive Behavioral Intervention and Supports

Now more than ever before, school employees are requesting proactive school-wide systems of support for behavior intervention. Troup County School System (TCSS) has answered the call by introducing Positive Behavioral Intervention and Supports (PBIS) at six TCSS schools.

This summer, principals, teachers, team coordinators and district employees gathered in the TCSS boardroom for an interactive three-day training session led by Mark Fynewever, Georgia Department of Education. He says that more than 19,000 schools throughout the United States are implementing PBIS and many Georgia schools are already on board...

08/10/15: Derek Pitts - Building Relationships

Derek Pitts knows building relationships, creating an environment for positive communications, and parental involvement will be key as he ventures into the role of principal at Gardner Newman Middle School this fall... 

08/07/15: Thanks to Our Partners in Education

Throughout the school year our Partners in Education (PIE) give graciously of their time, knowledge and finances to support the school system. They work directly with the school they partner with to provide needed items that support student's reading goals, teacher appreciation, and overall student achievement. Now, we have many of our PIE who are gearing back up for school by giving school supplies...

 

08/07/15: CES Hosted Back to School Bash

Back to school bashes are happening all around the city. Last week, Callaway Elementary School students, parents, staff and the entire community joined in on the celebrations at Shuford Fields Softball Complex. They hosted their annual back to school celebration where students and families got to enjoy the last sunrays of summer vacation... 

08/06/15: State Student Advisory Council Applications

State School Superintendent Richard Woods is seeking middle and high school students to serve on his fall 2015 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 2015-16 school year. To apply:

 

·       Click here to download an application.

·       Send applications by August 31, 2015 at 5 p.m. to Ron Culver at rculver@doe.k12.ga.us.  

·       Selected students will be contacted via email. All students can check gadoe.org, under News & Announcements, on September 11 to see if they have been selected.

08/03/15: Chartwells Prepares TCSS Students for Fresh, Healthy Meals

Troup County School System (TCSS) nutrition managers and Chartwells Food Service Group (Chartwells) are busy making sure that when students return to school on August 10 that they will be welcomed with healthy and nutritional meals.

Last week, over 25 nutrition employees filled LaGrange High, Gardner Newman Middle School and the Administrative Services Center for an intense hands-on training designed to acclimate staff with new systems and processes. The group covered a variety of topics such as creative menus, healthy recipes, school safety, managing food allergies, diversity, anti-bullying, inventory tracking, computer training, production records and customer service.

07/31/15: Byron Jones - Good Customer Service Is Key

On any given day, you can walk into the finance office and see Byron Jones talking with his staff, reading through financial material or going over budget items that help keep Troup County School System (TCSS) operating in the black.
 

A graduate of Troup High, LaGrange College and University of West Georgia, Jones majored in Business Administration and received his Masters of Professional Accounting. For ten years, he has used his financial skills and business acumen in education, first in Meriwether County before returning to Troup County as Chief Financial Officer...

07/29/15: THINC Instructors Participate in Leadership Training

This week, THINC College & Career Academy instructors and administrators participated in their first Leadership Orientation. During the four-day event, representatives from the Fanning Institute at University of Georgia shared about leadership goals and qualities that help staff and students 'think outside of the box'. 

07/28/15: TCSS Welcomes New Staff

Troup County School System welcomed close to 120 new certified staff members last week at the New Staff Induction Orientation. During this week-long event, new staff were introduced to the culture of TCSS through diversity training, curriculum overview, grade level and content specifics, evaluation overview, ethics training and much more. In addition, there was a New Leader Induction for incoming administrators and principals. 
 

07/22/15: School Bus Drivers Celebrate Perfect Record

On Monday, close to 125 Troup County School System (TCSS) bus drivers and 40 bus monitors gathered at Troup High School to take part in the mandatory yearly State Bus Driver Safety Training. At this meeting, they learned the system excelled in student safety by having zero school bus stop fatalities. This is not an anomaly in the state, as the entire state of Georgia was recently recognized as having no school bus stop fatalities.

TCSS has one of the highest safety records in the state. During the annual inspection of the Department of Driver Services, buses yielded an impressive 98.7% first-time passing rate.