District News

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. 

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.
 

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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. 

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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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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.

 

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. 

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. 

Read entire article here. 

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

TCSS Schools and Offices Closed Friday, January 19th closed

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

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

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

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

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

Noon Wednesday: TCSS Weather Update Weather

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

TCSS Schools Closed Wednesday, January 17th School Closed

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

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

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

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. 

01/26/18: Berta Talks Lexile

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

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

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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. 
 

 

 

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.

Read entire story here.

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. 

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)

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

TCSS Registration Dates

Registration Dates

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.
 

 

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

 

 

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

09/21/18: The HOPE Academy Student 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.”

09/21/18: 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. 

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.
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. 

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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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."

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!

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

 

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!

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.

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
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!

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. 

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
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!

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.

Read entire story here. 

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

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

Read entire story here.

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.

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

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08/01/18: Clearview Elementary Special Viewing

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

08/06/18: 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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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.

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.

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!

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. 

09/20/18: 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

 

 

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.

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.

Read entire article here.

Substitute Teacher Training Wednesday, February 7th

Sub workshop

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. 

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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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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03/13/18: 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.”

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 

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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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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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

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.

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:

08/22/18: 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!

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. 

08/31/18: 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.

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

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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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.”

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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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.
 

03/23/18: 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

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

Judge Michael Key

Educational Talent Search Enrollment

 

ETS

Application Link:   Click Here

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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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

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 

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!

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5 More Reasons to Choose TCSS

Here are five more reasons why TCSS is the best!
 

 

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.

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. 

PreK and Kindergarten Registration March 12 - 16

 

Registration Dates

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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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

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

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.

 
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. 
 

 

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 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!!!
 

 

 

5 Reasons to Choose TCSS

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

 

 

 

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

   

 


 

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

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

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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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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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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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. 

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.
 

 

Read article here. 

Parent Advisory Council Meeting

Parents

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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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. 

 

 

Read article here. 

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)

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.

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.
 
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

 

 

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

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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. 

10/19/2017: 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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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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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
10/06/17: Harlem Wizards Wow Students During Fundraising Basketball Game Harlem Wizards

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

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

Read entire article here. 

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. 

 

 
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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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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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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12/14/17: 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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12/21/17: 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! 

 

 

 

12/11/2017: 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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12/21/17: 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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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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10/04/17: 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.

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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. 

11/29/2017: 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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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.  

11/17/2017: 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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TCSS Partners in Education Make a Difference

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

 

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

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

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

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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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10/11/2017: 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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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. 
 

 

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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11/10/2017: 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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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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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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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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11/01/17: 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!

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.

11/15/2017: 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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11/8/2017: 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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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. 
 

 

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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10/10/2017: 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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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%

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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

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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11/02/17: 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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11/07/2017: 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. 

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.  

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. 

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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. 

11/2/2017: 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. 

11/6/2017: 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! 

 
 
11/13/17: 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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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!

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

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