- If you are planning to sign out during exam week please bring a note we cannot call into exam rooms or do all calls in case someone is still testing.
- Please remember to clean out your lockers by the end of school and place the same lock back on the cleaned out locker.
- Any current junior who did NOT receive an appointment time in the mail for his or her senior portraits needs to come to the front office to get your envelope. If you did not get one in the mail AND there isn't one for you in the front office, SEE MRS. CELAYA as soon as possible. We want senior portraits to run smoothly and for no one to be left out!
- There are few middle school yearbooks left. See Mrs. Bennett in the computer lab if you would like to purchase a yearbook. They are $25.00.
- Students can pick up prepaid, ordered high school yearbooks or buy limited extras for $60 from Mrs. Celaya after school this week. There are only about 15 left.
- Seniors, please remember to check the Seniors 2019 website frequently for information concerning graduation activities.
- Class of 2020 senior portrait sessions will be in the THS Gymnasium on May 28-31, 2019. Appointment cards should have arrived in the mail. Duplicate appointment cards for those who did't receive one in the mail are available in the THS front office. Families should contact Lifetouch at 706-568-1882 to adjust appointment times. If you go online to confirm your appointment, please be aware that there is NO SITTING FEE associated with the basic senior portrait session.
- Click HERE to read the May 2019 issue of Thomasville City Schools' Champions Chronicle. Past issues are available on this page to the right under District Champions Chronicle. Go to the COMMUNICATIONS page on the district website to access the Champions Chronicle and to submit news items and photos for future publications.
- The 2019-2020 Thomasville City Schools CALENDAR is now available.
- Students & staff's students will now be required to exit all SA buildings by 3:15 p.m. unless they are being directly supervised by a teacher. Any student still here after 3:15 will need to be in the front of the school, and your ride can pick you up from the front circle of the school.
- Check out the NEW student-managed Bulldogs Athletic Website!
- Go to the ATHLETICS page to get current sports schedules for softball, volleyball, football, cross country, basketball, swimming, and baseball.
- Go to the STUDENT LIFE page to get a list of clubs and organizations at THS, SA, and MPMS.
- Fellowship of Christian Athletes meetings will be on Tuesdays at 7:20 a.m. in the Multipurpose Room. Both athletes and non-athletes are welcome to attend. For more information, please see Mrs. Renfroe.
- Go to the "Academic Success" area on the DOCUMENTS page to access information about scholarships and SAT/ACT dates, fees, and locations.
- See Ms. Koch to determine if you have met the required minimum 20 hours per year of attendance at Scholars Academy. Excess hours do not carry over from year-to-year. You must meet this requirement in order to obtain your patch and seal at graduation. All other students should submit hours before the last day of school. Go to the COMMUNITY SERVICE page for more information and print community service logs.
On the second to last day of school, Thomasville City Schools band members, dancers, and majorettes got a chance to meet the incoming middle and high school band directors. Sarah Andah recently earned a Masters Degree from Florida State University and will serve as Middle School Band Director. Samantha Jones recently earned a Masters Degree from University of Georgia and will serve as High School Band Director. Jones told the rapt audience that her goals for the band is for them to become the best musicians that they can be and that whatever is worth doing at all, is worth doing well.
Thomasville City Scholars Academy students captured four Regional Educational Service Agency (RESA) wins in the Young Georgia Authors (YGA) writing competition.
Eleventh grader Emmy Hayes won for “To Cross The Border,” tenth grader Lawson Brinkley won for “The Final Descent,” seventh grader Colin Conner won for “The Giver-Chapter 24,” and sixth grader Mia Young won for “Relationships.”
The purpose of the Young Georgia Authors (YGA) writing competition is to encourage students to develop enthusiasm for and expertise in their writing, to provide a context to celebrate their writing successes, and to recognize student achievement in arts and academics.
This prestigious competition has been engaging Georgia students for more than two decades and is open to any student currently enrolled in Georgia public schools, grades K -12. The competition is sponsored by the Georgia Language Arts Supervisors (GLAS) and the Georgia RESA Network with support from the Georgia Department of Education.
These four students’ works have advanced to the state level of the YGA writing competition.
Max White, son of Tim and Sheila White and a junior at Thomasville High School Scholars Academy, earned the highest possible ACT composite score of 36.
Only around two-tenths of 1 percent of students who take the ACT earn a top score. In the U.S. high school graduating class of 2018, only 3,741 out of more than 1.9 million graduates who took the ACT earned a top composite score of 36.
The ACT consists of tests in English, mathematics, reading and science, each scored on a scale of 1–36. A student's composite score is the average of the four test scores. The score for ACT’s optional writing test is reported separately and is not included within the ACT composite score.
In a letter to the student recognizing this exceptional achievement, ACT CEO Marten Roorda stated, “Your achievement on the ACT is significant and rare. Your exceptional scores will provide any college or university with ample evidence of your readiness for the academic rigors that lie ahead.”
The ACT is a curriculum-based achievement exam that measures what students have learned in school. Students who earn a 36 composite score have likely mastered all of the skills and knowledge they will need to succeed in first-year college courses in the core subject areas.
ACT scores are accepted by all major four-year colleges and universities across the US.
Thomasville City Schools is pleased to announce that Thomasville High School and Scholars Academy Class of 2019 senior Claudia White has been selected by the University of Georgia Foundation Fellowship Selection Committee as a Foundation Fellow for the Class of 2023.
The University of Georgia Foundation Fellowship is the most prestigious honor awarded to its incoming first-year students. The Fellowship provides a stipend of $12,300 per year, renewable for a total of four years of full-time undergraduate study at the University. This stipend, combined with the Zell Miller Scholarship (currently worth $9,552 per year), is designed to approximate the typical student’s cost of attendance at the University. White will also receive a $614 housing supplement the first year.
In addition, Foundation Fellows enjoy unique access to generous travel-study grants ($9,000), research/conference grants ($1,750), group travel-study (valued at $18,400), faculty dinner-seminars, book discussions, and other special programs. White is eligible to renew the Fellowship for up to a total of eight semesters/terms of funding from the University of Georgia Foundation Fellowship.
White’s personal, academic, and extracurricular credentials are truly outstanding. The University of Georgia is confident that White will find that the its institution offers exceptional opportunities and challenges to enhance her college education. In addition to the Fellowship, White has also qualified for membership in the University Honors Program. Honors students and faculty have long attested to the unique value of the University Honors Program, which is recognized as one of the best in the country.
MacIntyre Park Middle School and Scholars Academy recognizes 8th graders in the four academic disciplines with a tradition of awards named for outstanding MPMS teachers and given by corporate sponsors. Pictured: Abbey Bennett, Blair-Washington Mathematics Award; Henry McDonald, Marie Briggs English Award; Gus Novak, Woodmen of the World Award for Outstanding Proficiency in American History; and Aiden Lee, Florence Burns Science Award.
Thomasville High School will honor its graduating Class of 2019 at a Baccalaureate Service of interfaith prayer, music from the Scholars Academy String Quartet, and inspirational words from THS Class of 1998 alumna Mary-Cathryn Mooney Kolb.
Kolb is a native of Thomasville and has had the entrepreneurial bug ever since she was a kid. After graduating from THS and studying communications at Southern Methodist University, Kolb was a first hire at TOMS Shoes and later Director of Sales at SPANX. Kolb, intrigued by the idea that thin little yarns that support and shape bodies could also be turned into high-tech performance fabrics, formed the kernel of the idea to revolutionize the cooling fabric industry with brrr°. Last year, Kolb was named Business Person of the Year by the Atlanta Business Chronicle in recognition of brrr° and its sales records with retailers using the brrr° cooling technology including NIKE, Southern Tide, Joseph A. Bank, Bed Bath & Beyond and Gilliz Fishing Apparel.
Kolb attributes her success to Thomasville’s tight-knit community where people help each other and truly want others to succeed.
“It’s where I learned fundamental values like kindness, respect, hard work, and how to dream big,” said Kolb.
Kolb contends that the kind of accountability and sense of duty in the Thomasville community is something that children raised in the anonymity large cities don’t have the pleasure of experiencing.
As a successful entrepreneur, Kolb wants to impress upon the Class of 2019 her advice which is to think carefully about the sacrifices and the grit that one needs to turn an idea into an actual company with expenses and budgets and employees.
“Then take a deep breath and jump in with both feet and own it and do it,” said Kolb.
With an appreciation that there are various pathways to success, Kolb hopes every student makes the mark on the world that is right for them.
“For some people, that means going to college and starting a professional career. For others, that might mean taking over a family farm or business. Others might want to work for a non-profit, or enter law enforcement or the armed services. Others might have no idea what they want to do, and that’s okay too,” said Kolb.
She hopes to instill the idea that students need to find their ‘thing’ that is inspiring, rewarding and fulfilling.
“You will know it when it happens, and it feels amazing,” said Kolb.
Kolb has stayed connected with Thomasville as her education and career has taken her all over the world.
“Keeping in close touch with my hometown is what led to this invitation to speak at the THS Baccalaureate, which made me incredibly proud,” said Kolb.
Senior Class President Taylor House will give the presiding introduction, followed by the invocation by Valedictorian Claudia White. A scripture reading will be given by Salutatorian Mason Wilson and the responsive reading will be led by National Honor Society Secretary Morgan Savatgy. Special thanks will be offered by Senior Class Vice President LaTatyana Hadley and closing remarks will be given by Scholars Academy Director Jeanene Wallace and Thomasville High School Principal Dr. Shannon Norfleet. House will conclude the ceremony with a benediction.
Baccalaureate will be Sunday, May 19 at 5:00 p.m. at the MacIntyre Park Auditorium.
Thomasville High School's yearbook staff is proud to welcome the delivery of The Pines 101: An Introduction to Thomasville High School. Students gathered for a distribution and signing party in the THS cafeteria to spend those last moments together before students part ways for the summer or beyond in the fall. Jamiya Coleman and Kianna Ross, both two-year members of The Pines Staff enjoyed the party and looking through the fruits of their efforts. The Pines Staff members Kianna Ross, Evan Lovvorn, Ionica Jackson, Carly House, Veruanikka Newsome, Jamiya Coleman, LaTatyana Hadley, Heaven Robinson, Amber Sarabia, and Destini Butler organized the distribution of the yearbooks.
by Destini Butler
Thomasville High School is set to compete in Orlando this summer at the HOSA International Leadership Conference after coming in 3rd place in Public Health against hundreds of schools in Atlanta at the State Leadership Conference.
Sierra Perkins, Renderea Perkins, Brenae McCray, Zaria Meeks, Samantha Althoff, and Camryn Williams make up the award-winning team. The team is advanced to the International Leadership Conference by performing a phenomenal skit about how to prevent school shootings.
“The process of making it to where we are today was fun. Every Wednesday after school and on Sundays we would meet up, work hard to come up with ideas, and improve the skit to make it better,” said Althoff.
“It feels amazing knowing that I’ll be going to ILC this summer after doing Public Health for two years in a row. With all the hard work that we’ve put in to our skit, I honestly felt like we deserved this opportunity,” said Meeks.
HOSA, also referred as “Future Health Professionals,” is an organization that gives students the guidance to become future health professionals and experience and knowledge from interacting with other students around the world.
THS Health Occupations instructor, Barbara Grave de Peralta serves as the advisor of the organization. Peralta expects her students to learn more about the medical field and to learn how to use their social skills to later reflect in their future occupations.
“I would like for my students to understand that HOSA isn’t all about the medical field. It is all about meeting new people and learning ideas from other schools that could be used at our school,” said Peralta.
HOSA is an open organization that anybody can join; students don’t have to be in Peralta’s class. This helps out students that are interested in a future in the health profession, but not be able to schedule into Peralta’s class.
The organization starts off each year going to conferences such as the Fall Leadership Conference and the State Leadership Conference to learn, compete against other schools, and simply enjoying meeting new people from around Georgia. Students choose an event that they would like to compete in and gain knowledge from of their event. Part of the experience is knowing how competitive these competitions can really get. Events at the State Leadership Conference are: Public Health, HOSA Bowl, and Health Care Display. Throughout the school year, members work hard after school in Peralta’s room to work on their events and practice them in front of their peers for better judgment.
“I participate in HOSA because I love the experience of learning something new every year and getting prepared for the competitions,” said Malaysia Baker.
Odyssey of the Mind would like to thank JB Crumbs for sponsoring their latest fundraiser, a pick-up chicken dinner. OM has also held yard sales at the school and trivia night events at Grassroots in an effort to raise funds for their upcoming trip to Michigan for World Finals. Team members have also enjoyed the use of the facilities at Factor Fitness to test their award-winning structure. The support and generosity of the Thomasville community reflects in the successes of these students!
Thomasville City Schools advanced six teams from the elementary, middle, and high school levels to the Odyssey of the Mind State Finals in Columbus, Georgia on April 13 and brought home a 1st place win, the Ranatra Fusca Award for "extreme creativity," and the status of WORLD FINALISTS for one of the high school teams. Their long-term problem solution of holding 775 pounds with a 15 gram balsa-wood, student-built structure will advance them to compete at the Odyssey of the Mind World Finals in East Lansing, Michigan on May 22-25, 2019.
Scholars Academy students in Karen Daily’s classes study the myths and legends of Aztec culture and ancient civilizations in Spanish III and IV. Daily’s student teacher Jackie King borrowed some authentic Aztec attire from a Moultrie dancer connected to the group "Cosmo Danza." This is authentic Aztec Indian dance realia from Mexico that are used in during "La Danza Azteca" Students got to try to play an official drum, flutes, and a conch shell. They also tried on an owl outfit and an eagle outfit.
Seventeen Scholars Academy students took in outstanding art exhibits in Atlanta with Latin teacher Charlie Gammel and science teacher Jamie Gammel. The group visited the Michael C. Carlos Museum at Emory University, where they saw goddess figurines dating from the 7th millennium, Mummies and Egyptian art from the 3rd millennium, and an excellent collection of Greco-Roman art from throughout the Roman era. After the Carlos, they drove to the High Museum of Art for a taste of modern and contemporary art. Students who participate in Scholars Academy AP Art History classes were able to see the pieces they have studied in real life! Younger students were enthralled with the 3-D art.
Thomasville City Scholars Academy students, under the guidance of Amanda Nelson, participated in the annual Sonia Kovalevsky Days at VSU. Kaitlin Kasper captured 1st place in the SK Days Math Contest. Pictured: Amanda Nelson, Kaitlin Kasper, Molly Novak, Clara Clifton, McKenna Willis, Caroline Hiers, and Kristina Perry.
Sonia Kovalevsky Days (SK Days), an annual event hosted by Valdosta State University's Department of Mathematics in collaboration with the Department of Computer Science, is held in honor of Sonia Kovalevsky, the first woman to ever earn a doctorate in Mathematics.
The purpose of Sonia Kovalevsky Days (SK Days) is to inform female high-school students about the many career opportunities available to them in mathematics and related fields; encourage them to take as many advanced mathematics and sciences courses as possible to better prepare them for college related fields of study; and to encourage them to pursue interests in careers that are still mostly dominated by male students. SK Days offers workshops and discussions focused on STEM related topics - science, technology, engineering, and math - and is an important component of VSU's commitment to help increase the number of women pursuing mathematics and science fields in post-secondary study and beyond.
Kovalevsky attended classes and lectures whenever permitted, and in 1874, earned her degree in absentia from the University of Gottingen, after writing three complete dissertations. Sonia won the prestigious Prix Bordin prize in 1888 for her memoir, On the Problem of the Rotation of a Solid Body about a Fixed Point. Awarded a lifetime chair in mathematics appointment at Stockholm University, as well as membership in the Russian Academy, Sonia still was not offered coveted teaching positions at Russian universities nor was she allowed to attend Russian Academy meetings.
Interventional Cardiologist Clay Sizemore, M.D. hosted Jamie Gammel’s Scholars Academy Biomedical Science class for an awesome experience in the Cardiology Department at Archbold Memorial Hospital. Various members of Dr. Sizemore's team talked the students about their training and education as well as current responsibilities in their careers. Students toured the Cardiology Department where they were able to watch a cardio catheterization procedure and an echocardiogram. At the end of the field trip, Dr. Sizemore created three fictional patients, and students volunteered to portray the characters complaining of different types of chest pain. Students then had to guess the diagnosis of each character.
Thomasville City Scholars Academy celebrated all things related to Advanced Placement on April 8 & 9, 2019, to recognize Thomasville High School’s recent designation as an AP Honor School by the College Board in four categories: AP Challenge, AP STEM, AP STEM Achievement, and AP Humanities.
AP Challenge Schools (44 named) are schools with enrollments of 900 or fewer students and students testing in four of the core areas (English, math, science, and social studies). AP Humanities Schools (142 named) are schools with students testing in the following AP courses: at least one English course, two history/social science courses, one fine arts course and one world language course. AP STEM Schools (200 named) are schools with students testing in at least two AP math courses and two AP science courses. AP STEM Achievement Schools (128 named) are schools with students testing in at least two AP math courses and two AP science courses and at least 40% of AP math and AP science exams earning scores of 3 or higher.
State School Superintendent Richard Woods named 230 Advanced Placement (AP) Honor Schools in Georgia for 2019.
“It’s essential that we offer a robust set of opportunities to Georgia students, and Advanced Placement is an important part of that,” said State School Superintendent Richard Woods. “I congratulate the educators and leaders who worked to create strong AP programs in these 230 Georgia schools, ultimately connecting students with high-level coursework and the opportunity to gain college credit.”
To celebrate and to continue to promote Thomasville City Schools’ AP program, Advanced Placement teachers received bags full of treats to share with their AP students and also an AP Trivia Quiz for them to fill out and return in class.
AP U.S. History, AP European History, and AP Psychology teacher Erin White created and then scanned the quizzes to determine the highest scoring from over 400 quizzes scored. The overall winner was Max White with a score of 11/15. Some interesting national and local facts about AP appeared on the quiz, and answers were later shared with students.
“Whether they teach AP classes or not, all of our teachers are an important part of preparing our students for success on these exams,” said White.
AP exams are administered by the College Board, which also administers the SAT. AP courses are one of several ways Georgia students can access college-level learning at the high-school level; students who receive a 3, 4, or 5 on an AP exam may receive college credit. The Georgia Department of Education began recognizing AP Honor Schools in 2008. This recognition began with three categories: AP Access and Support Schools; AP Challenge Schools; and AP Merit Schools. AP STEM and AP STEM Achievement categories were added in 2011, and the AP Humanities category was added in 2015.
Georgia’s public-school class of 2018 is ranked 16th in the nation for the percentage of students scoring 3, 4, or 5 on at least one AP exam during high school, and 13th in the nation for AP participation.
Thomasville City Schools advanced six teams from the elementary, middle, and high school levels to the Odyssey of the Mind State Finals in Columbus, Georgia on April 13 and brought home a 1st place win, the Ranatra Fusca Award for "extreme creativity," and the status of WORLD FINALISTS for one of the high school teams. Their long-term problem solution of holding 775 pounds with a 15 gram balsa-wood, student-built structure will advance them to compete at the Odyssey of the Mind World Finals in East Lansing, Michigan on May 22-25, 2019. Pictured: Erin Quick (12th), Bo Miller (12th), Jax Hodge (10th), OM Coach Kimsey Hodge, Rosalie Millere (10th), Alston Stevenson (12th), Ella Millere (10th), and Reid Harbin (10th).
THS Scholars Academy students are known to shoot for the stars academically. Mason Wilson has been named the Class of 2019 STAR Student with the highest College Board Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) score in the 12th grade in the Thomasville City School System.
To obtain the STAR nomination, high school seniors must have the highest score on any single test date of the SAT taken through the November test date of their senior year and be in the top 10 percent of top 10 student of their class based on grade point average. Nominees SAT scores must be equal or higher than the latest available average of the Evidence Based Reading & Writing and Math sections.
Wilson faced the tough responsibility of choosing a specific STAR teacher that has played a significant role in her academic achievement. Wilson chose Erin White, with whom Wilson took AP World History, AP U. S. History, AP Psychology, and AP European History.
“What sets Mason apart from many of her classmates is her genuine love for learning and her outstanding work ethic,” said White.
“Mrs. White always pushes me to go beyond what I think I am capable of which really has helped me gain so much confidence over the past few years,” said Wilson.
Georgia Rotary Laws of LIfe Essay Contest Winners are pictured: 12th grade, Haley Bennett, 11th grade, Meta Ughetto, 10th grade Rosalie Millere, and School Wide Winner and 9th grade, Carson Cochran. Grade-level winners will receive a $50 cash award, and school-level winner will receive a total of $100.
Over 44,400 Georgia high school students wrote a Laws of Life essay at 69 participating schools this year! Fifteen of the 69 schools are participating for the first time. Their essays engaged over 110 Rotarian Essay Readers and Judges; thousands more will hear the winning essays read aloud at their clubs. The following students received Honorable Mention for their essays: 9th Grade - Austin Chastain, Sydney Deutsch, Mason Beckham, and Sam Carter;10th Grade - Tian Green, Reid Harbin, Maggie May, and Madeline Gainous; 11th Grade - Shayna Welch, Kathleen Geyer, Felicity Tipton, and Zadiah Hobbs; 12th Grade - Morgan Savatgy, Christian Pyle, Maya Tedford, Caroline Anthony, and Margo Rainey.
Thomasville City Schools' system-level winners' entries will advance to the RESA level for the Young Georgia Authors Writing Competition 2018-2019: (front) 9th grade, Madisen Cox - untitled; 10th grade, Lawson Brinkley - "The Final Descent"; 11th grade, Emmy Hayes - "To Cross the Border"; 12th grade, Brayton Hanna - "The Boy in the Salt Flats"; (back) 6th grade, Mia Young - "Relationships"; 7th grade, Colin Connery - "Creative Narrative Chapter 24 for The Giver"; and 8th grade, Aidan Lee - "In the Mind of Someone Trying To Be."
Thomasville High School Region 1-AA Literary Champs competed in the GHSA State Literary Meet on Saturday, March 16, 2019, at Veterans High School in Warner Robins, Georgia. First place winners from the regional competition advanced to the state level meet. Pictured: Oral Interpretation Humorous Monologue and Duo, Ellie Griffin; Oral Interpretation Duo, Carson Cochran; Girls Trio, Tyla Joseph, Julianna Watson (Girls Solo), and Christina Kato; Literary Team Advisor, Rebecca Ramsey; International Extemporaneous Speaking, Max White; and Rhetorical Essay, Jack Edge. Watson won 3rd place in Girls Solo and White won 2nd place in International Extemporaneous Speaking.