- Class of 2019: Please submit your baby picture to The Pines yearbook by December 19, 2018 to be included in a special yearbook feature. Email it to email@example.com. Late submissions will not be accepted. Please see Mrs. Celaya or a yearbook staff member if you have any questions!
- The Thomasville City School System is in the process of having the ACT administered on a school day! The early spring test date is Wednesday, February 20, 2019. The cost per student is $40.50. (There are no waivers for school day administrations.) Please sign up in Mrs. West's office before Thanksgiving Break if you are interested in taking the ACT on a school day. Thank you!
- Click HERE to read the November issue of Champions Chronicle to find out what's going on throughout the Thomasville City Schools District. Past issues are available to the right under District Champions Chronicle. To access the Champions Chronicle from September and October, please go to the COMMUNICATIONS page on the district website.
- Semester Exams schedule for Scholars Academy:
Monday, December 17 - ELA, Science, and A day electives
Tuesday, December 18 - ELA, Science, and B day electives
Wednesday, December 19 - Math, Social Studies, and A day Foreign Language
Thursday, December 20 - Math, Social Studies, and B day Foreign Language
- Semester Exams for Thomasville High School:
Monday, Dec. 17, 2018: Foreign Language & “A” Day Electives 1st, 3rd, 5th, 7th periods
Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2018: Foreign Language & “B” Day Electives 2nd, 4th, 5th, 6th periods
Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2018 : Lang. Arts, Social Studies, Science, & Math “A” Day 1st, 3rd, 5th, 7th periods
Thursday, Dec 20, 2018: Lang. Arts, Social Studies, Science and Math “B” Day 2nd, 4th, 5th, 6th periods
- If you are a 6th-9th grader who would like to receive peer tutoring, sign ups have started and are available in the guidance office. Tutors are available for every subject. Students can take advantage of this academic resource at no cost and tutoring sessions will be held during lunch. If you have any questions please talk to Braxton Sizemore.
- Go to the CALENDAR for important upcoming concerts, activities, and events and the 2018-19.
- Students interested in signing up for the Governor's Honors Program need to complete the form outside of the guidance office.
- Order your 2018-19 copy of THS yearbook, The Pines, with foil name included:
- Yearbook SECOND CHANCE: $50.00 until February 19, 2019
Yearbook LAST CHANCE: $60.00 until March 11, 2019
- There are two ways to order your HIGH SCHOOL yearbook:
1. Go to www.ybpay.com and enter Yearbook ID Code 12981519.
2. Order in person from Mrs. Celaya (Room B7) at Scholars Academy OR
at THS from Mrs. Hawthorne.
- Senior Recognition Ads are now $100 for a full page and $50 for a half page. The deadline for reserving/purchasing an ad is November 16.
- Check out the NEW student-managed Bulldogs Athletic Website!
- THS baseball team is selling and installing bales of pine straw for a fundraiser. Click for ORDER FORM.
- High School Students All Sports Passes are on sale for $20. Passes are valid for all home contests excluding basketball and football games for the 2018-2019 school year. Please see Mr. Duncan in the THS office to purchase your pass.
- 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 Coach Espy.
- To promote positive behaviors, we use incentives and rewards. Examples of past incentives include a ticket reward system, weekly prize drawings, monthly certificates, and reward parties. We need prizes to reach as many students as possible to reward positive behavior. If you would like to help, please consider donating:
Prizes for students – Popular prizes include gift cards (iTunes, restaurants, gas cars, etc.) in $5-$10 range, earbuds, candy bars, inexpensive jewelry, etc. Anything goes!
Prizes for teachers – We would like to reward our Teacher of the Month with a gift card to a local business in the amount of $20-$25.
Money – Cash donations can be used to purchase supplies for the reward parties or the prizes for drawings. No amount is too small!
- Students may exempt their 2nd semester final exam in a course if they meet the following criteria:
- An overall A average
- 3 or fewer unexcused* absences (3 tardies = 1 absence!)
- No ISS or OSS
*See the student handbook for guides on excused/unexcused absences.
Exemption rules: Only Scholars classes in the following courses may exempt: ELA, math, science, social studies, and foreign language. A student exempting an exam must attend the reward party during the time of the exam. Failure to do so will nullify the exemption.
- Stop by the front office to check out the new Scholars Academy T-shirt featuring one-of-a-kind artwork by Class of 2018 senior Grayson Durham. They are $20 each and available in an assortment of sizes.
- Go to the "Academic Success" area on the DOCUMENTS page to access information about scholarships and SAT/ACT dates, fees, and locations.
- Go to COMMUNITY SERVICE to see opportunities offered through Hands on Thomas County for the 2017-18 school year.
- 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.
by Kianna Ross
Thomasville City Schools Drama Program won first place on October 23, 2018 in the 1-AA One Act Region Championship with their adaptation of “Antigone,” a tragedy written by Sophocles in or before 441 BC. In anticipation of their appearance at the GHSA One Act State Championships this weekend, the community is invited to a performance on Thursday, November 8 at 7:00 p.m. in the MacIntyre Park Auditorium.
Awards for Best Supporting Actor and Best Actress were also brought home by sophomore Reid Harbin and freshmen Ellie Griffin, respectfully.
“Antigone” arose through the creative minds of Director Casey Dyksterhouse and Assistant Director Brantley Ivey. Dyksterhouse has earned five region championships and one state championship title during her tenure with Thomasville City Schools.
“I enjoy the relationships that I make with the students and the time that we spend together rehearsing,” said Dyksterhouse.
Similar to Dyksterhouse’s statement, senior Hannah Ouzts explains her love for competing in One Act.
“I love the time spent with the cast. While we do get tired of each other at practice, on competition days, we are a tight knit. We stay close to one another, encourage each other, and we do everything together!” said Ouzts.
Senior Maya Tedford participated in One Act as a crew member last year, but this year she decided to step into the limelight.
“Being in crew is very different from performing because you are behind the scenes and you watch the process of how others prepare for their roles. Even though the crew doesn’t get as much credit as they should, they are also a factor that brings the performance to life,” said Tedford.
One Act success depends on an efficient crew as the placement of the set, progress of the play, and clearing of the stage must occur within the 55 minute limit to avoid deductions.
Ivey was a major help this year with her involvement in choreographing, creating the set, and designing the wardrobe.
“Casey and I wanted to find a piece that plays to the students’ strengths but also challenges them and encourages them to grow,” said Ivey.
When it comes to the costumes, cast members aren’t wearing the traditional robes that are associated with Greek culture; they are instead wearing a more modern wardrobe.
Ivey said that they got the idea for the modern costuming from George Judy’s translation, which incorporated an introduction that lists places like Selma, Saigon, and Jerusalem. All of those places had similar situations that took place in order to maintain order and structure even if humanity was the cost.
“Using Judy’s words and his take on this piece, we wanted to create kind of a timelessness of ‘yes this story is 3,000 years old, but there’s a reason that it survived into contemporary times.’ It can still speak to a contemporary audience; in other words it’s timeless,” said Ivey.
Seniors London Weier and Zach Artz reflected on what they hope to gain from their One Act experience.
“I really hope to gain more knowledge on acting skills that will also in a way help me learn more about myself, ” said Weier.
“I hope that when this is all said and done that everyone comes out with a sense of accomplishment,” said Artz.
Freshman Anna Myhre states that she has enjoyed learning the different styles of theater because she is used to performing in the spring musical productions, which “include more smiling.” This is Myhre’s first year competing in One Act.
Don’t miss the November 8, when the cast of “Antigone” will perform for the community at 7:00 p.m. at the MacIntyre Park Auditorium before they leave for the GHSA One Act State Championship, which is on November 10. Admission is a $5.00 donation at the door.
by Jamiya Coleman
Thomasville High School Peer Leadership class will be hosting a bonfire on Wednesday, November 7 at 6:00 p.m. at THS’ tennis courts and track to send the football team off to Hephzibah, Georgia for the first round of the playoffs. Senior football players, cheerleaders, and band members will also be acknowledged by Head Football Coach Zach Grage, Cheerleading Coach Emma Yale, and Band Director Joe Regina.
With the football team starting the playoffs on on the road, Friday, November 9th, much support will be needed.
Drinks and food, provided by Chad Mascoe Sr.’s “Smoke Sumthin BBQ,” will be available for sale.
The bonfire is free admission and is opened to the entire Bulldog community.
Although school bonfires have happened before at THS, Peer Leadership teacher Janet Cable wanted to re-introduce a new experience with a new purpose.
“I just wanted to find a new experience for our students to come together to celebrate our school, football team, and traditions,” said Cable.
With senior Sedrick Robinson being a part of the football team, he admits that the purpose of the bonfire makes him feel confident, knowing that although the team will be traveling on the road for playoffs, he still has a “strong back-at-home.”
“Everyone should come out to enjoy food, get closer with the Bulldog community, and contribute to a new school memory,” said senior Quindarius Thomas.
Thomasville High School Class of 2019 is inspiring a unified spirit among all during the 2018 football season through the school spirit organization: “Paint-Up.”
Paint-Up is a student-led program that invites students to tailgate, paint funny slogans that resemble football jerseys on participants’ chests and provide a proud face of school spirit for the football team. Each year, the senior class members take on organizational features of the group and act as leaders and mentors for underclassmen involved.
However, the current seniors stand out by being especially inclusive and organized in their actions. Led by Louis Carter, a group of senior ‘administrators’ act to recruit younger kids, welcome all, and have a lot of fun along the way. This tradition full of school spirit has evolved into a positive force for inclusion in the 117-year-old school.
Even the administrators recognize the positive influences Paint-Up is having. Scholars Academy Director Jeanene Wallace feels a strong connection to her feelings of school spirit that paint-up embodies by reminiscing on her own school days.
“You’ll say, ‘Wasn’t it fun when we didn’t have as much responsibility as we do now?’” said Wallace.
Although high schoolers are mainly in charge of paint-up, Wallace helps keep them on track in small ways, such as reviewing possible slogans. Wallace considers Paint-Up not only a school tradition, but also a “house tradition” being that her sons and step-sons have participated for years. She states that what she wants kids to remember most about high school is hanging out with their friends and buddies, supporting the team and friends on the field, and just that comradery of high school.
“This is what I want kids to remember, you know, these really fun times,” said Wallace.
Wallace loves the impact older Paint-Up members are having on the underclassmen. She recognizes that continued mentoring and bringing in others is an important aspect of the group.
“They can look at the upperclassmen as models so that they know, ‘Hey we need to carry on the tradition of Paint-Up and the tradition of bringing in younger kids under us as we get older,’” said Wallace.
Because of the encouragement by the current senior class, the underclassmen are more involved with the school and interact more with their fellow classmates.
As an underclassman, Anna Lane Turner discussed the social aspects of younger participation.
“I think it’s a good idea because it helps you meet other students around your school,” said Turner.
Turner claims that the inclusion of the underclassmen allows them to “feel a part of something.”
Paint-Up’s most active leader, Louis Carter, works hard to not only improve organization in an entirely teenage run program, but also to make Paint-Up more than just painting. Carter appreciates the connections the group has given the senior class as they start to drift apart by allowing everyone to come together on Fridays to cheer on the Bulldogs. Furthermore, Carter loves how Paint-Up gives people from different groups the opportunity to hang out on Fridays.
“I hope the underclassmen learn to love Thomasville High as much as I do, make new friends, and gain leadership experience after I leave,” said Carter.
Thirteen students from Thomasville High School, MacIntyre Middle School, and Scholars Academy took part in Fall Forum academic competition among 800 students at North Gwinnett High School on October 13, 2018. Georgia Junior Classical League officially kicked off another year of activities aimed at promoting and supporting the study of Latin and Greek in high schools across the state.
At the conclusion of the opening assembly, students competed in academic testing, Certamen (quiz bowl, but Latin and Greek topics), and some demonstrated their athletic acumen in Ludi, Roman Games. Students also had the opportunity to participate in workshops ranging from studies in medieval manuscripts to Roman graffiti.
The novice certamen team placed 3rd overall, while our advanced team placed 4th. Maggie May scored Summa cum Laude on the Myth Exam.
Most excitingly of all was the addition our second ever state officer from Thomasville City Schools. Last spring, Braxton Sizemore was elected to the position of and is currently serving as 2nd Vice President of the GJCL. Braxton’s role as 2nd VP is community service and coordination of service oriented projects across the state. Anna Myhre was chosen as GJCL Hostess at the Fall Forum. In this position, she will coordinate delegates’ arrival at state convention in the spring and work with individual chapter officers to start chapters and increase chapter enrollment.
Thomasville High School and Scholars Academy students joined in the annual One Book Thomas County community read that follows three generations of one family during the harrowing years of the Holocaust. As the students’ hearts and minds were captivated by We Were the Lucky Ones, some lucky ones were treated to a visit by author Georgia Hunter.
Students in Frances Thrower and Jennifer Williams’s English classes were assigned the novel based on Hunter’s own family members that were described as, “Driven by an unwavering will to survive and by the fear that they may never see one another again, the Kurcs must rely on hope, ingenuity, and inner strength to persevere” (onebookthomascounty.org).
Hunter described the process behind the nine-year “labor of love” that became her debut novel. Hunter was originally inspired to write about her family when she was given an assignment in her junior year of high school to interview a family member. Ironically, Thrower’s students are working on a similar project that involves her students interviewing a person from another generation as a culminating extension after their reading of the book. Williams said that her students were excited to have the best-selling author come and speak about her writing interest that was sparked in high school.
Hunter then shared how she discovered her grandfather’s Polish and Jewish heritage when she interviewed her grandmother for the assignment. She later moved forward with her project in her later years of college when her mother planned a gathering of cousins from all over the world who began exchanging shared memories of their own as well as of their ancestors.
Hunter explained to the students the extent of her research which involved global travel as well as the search for primary sources that would help to fill in the blanks beyond her interviews with family members. She also went on to explain the difference between historical fiction and non-fiction and her reason for going with historical fiction.
“Most of the people I interviewed were 2nd generation survivors; so I felt like I couldn’t give a first-hand account of the thoughts and feelings of the characters if I made the book non-fiction,” said Hunter.
Hunter read a special scene that described the escape of one character from the walls of a Polish ghetto with her daughter hidden beneath a coat that she had crafted from a wool blanket to match those that would be worn by a German wife.
The introductory pages of the novel explain, “By the end of the Holocaust, 90 percent of Poland’s three million Jews were annihilated; of the more than thirty thousand Jews who lived in Radom, fewer than three hundred survived.”
Hunter explained to the students that she felt as though she had to “time travel” as she imagined people being shot in the street for target practice. She wanted to honor and reflect what was going on with many Jews even though members of her family ended up being “the lucky ones.”
Freshman Ashley McKay said that We Were the Lucky Ones is now one of her favorite novels. It made her want to keep turning the pages to find out what happened next.
“While she [Hunter] was talking to the class and showing pictures of the characters, it dawned on me that this really happened to real people,” said McKay.
“Getting to ask her personal questions about her travels and discoveries and experience writing the book was so cool,” said freshman Laine Oldham.
Thrower said that her students enjoyed reading the novel, and meeting the author was a special treat. They learned about the dedication that goes into writing.
“Students saw that following your dreams can be a lot of work, but that great rewards are possible,” said Thrower.
“Georgia Hunter’s visit was an inspirational and motivating to my students,” said Williams.
Congratulations to THS Marching Band's SUPERIOR performance Saturday at the 14th Annual Battle on the Border at in Valdosta, Georgia. They have worked very hard this season and have so many reasons to be proud!
Drum Major: Superior
Dance Line: Superior (Best in Class)
Color Guard: Superior
Best in Class AA (4 bands): Second Place
Silver Division (13 bands): 2nd Runner Up
Out of the 18 bands that participated, only one other band scored Superior in all six categories the entire day!
THS Varsity Volleyball defeated Lamar County in the First Round of the GHSA State Playoffs and then came from behind to defeat Westside Augusta in the Second Round of the Playoffs. In only their third year of existence and their second year playing a varsity schedule, the Lady Dogs have won the Area Championship and have advanced to the Elite Eight. The team will play the winner of Coosa and Oglethorpe County on Saturday October 27, with the time and location to be determined later in the week.
Thomasville City Schools Fellowship of Christian Athletes meet annually before school at the flagpole to pray for their school, community, and nation. See You at the Pole™, the global day of student prayer, began in 1990 as a grass roots movement with ten students praying at their school. Twenty years later, millions pray on their campuses on the fourth Wednesday in September. See You at the Pole™ is simply a prayer rally where students meet at the school flagpole before school to lift up their friends, families, teachers, school, and nation to God. It is a student-initiated, student-organized, and student-led event. However, parents, churches and families are encouraged to participate but to learn more, and to get involved, visit www.syatp.com
Thomasville City Schools Strings Program students in grades 6th-12th attended a Valdosta Symphony Orchestra concert entitled, “Brilliance.” The program featured concert pianist Orion Weiss playing the Ravel Piano Concert in G Major. The VSO also played Sibelius Symphony No. 2 in D Major, Op. 43. One of Dr. Hernandez and Dr. Manseau’s goals is to have students attend one professional performance each year. The Strings Fall Concert is scheduled for Thursday, November 1, 2018, at 7:00 p.m. in the MacIntyre Park Auditorium.
Scholars Academy 6th graders in Dr. Sims and Mr. Peterson’s classes used Starburst candies to conduct a “Rock Cycle” lab by cutting the candies and pressing them together by hand to mimic sedimentary rock formation. Intense pressure using textbooks mimicked the formation of metamorphic rocks before Starbursts were placed on hotplates to form a molten material similar to magma which was then cooled to subsequently form igneous rock.
On September 11, 2018, in accordance with Governor Nathan Deal's executive order, Thomasville High School Air Force ROTC raised, and then lowered to half-staff, our nation's colors in recognition of Patriot Day and in memory of those lives lost on September 11, 2001.
THS AFJROTC Corps Commander Cadet Lt. Col. Cameron Johnson led the ceremony, while Cadets Azaria Bell, Shemekia Clark, and Jackson Mims made up the color guard. THS band member, Samuel Watts played “To the Colors” as the flag was raised and “Taps” as it was lowered to half-staff. THS was honored to have in attendance Troy Rich, Thomasville Chief of Police and Tim Connell, Thomasville Fire Marshal.
But what about the other 179 days of the school year? Diligent groups of students and the teachers that lead them are responsible for the proper raising and lowering of the flags at several Thomasville City Schools.
Five fifth graders at Scott Elementary were organized by teacher Adrienne Angry: Tyler Carr, Eddie Coleman, Isaiah Jones, Chanel Mascoe, and Jaylen Thurman.
Carr says that it’s important to be a part of the flag team because it shows respect for the flag and respect for the United States of America.
“You have to be really responsible to be a part of the flag team,” added Mascoe.
Students not only practice discipline in these groups but also learn proper etiquette for handling and displaying the U.S flag.
“I learned that a flag should not be left out in the rain, and that it should not be allowed to touch the ground,” said Jones.
Jerger Elementary’s flag team, organized by Allison Dewell and Debbie Griner, is made up of four rotating teams of four: Team 1- Mac Hunt, Rudra Patel, Ethan Griffin, Cazyah Dyson; Team 2 - Sellers Newman, Adanya Smith, Emma Gebel, Bryce Rieck; Team 3 - Connor Pringle, Nick May, Bella Kitchens, Izzy Ward; and Team 4 - Madison Clark, Ella Parker, Clair Jones, Brando Baggett.
Hunt explained that he now knows that if the flag is hung upside-down that it means ‘distress’ and that it must be lowered to half-staff to honor those who have died.
For others, they decided to participate for simple reasons.
“I joined the team because I wanted to learn something new, and I like helping my school,” said Patel.
“I just like trying new things, and it’s really cool to handle the U.S. flag,” said Dyson.
Alan Maples takes pride in his flag team at MacIntyre Park Middle School: Cameron Criswell, Nyriannah Forbes, Aidan Hunt, Kaneija Russ, Brekya McCray, Alyssa Morabito, Noah Snipes, Kemyah Tucker, and Shakyra Walker.
Russ is the student-leader of the group, and aspires to join AFJROTC when she reaches high school.
“I love the marching part of it,” said Russ.
Russ also recalls that she, at one time, was the only girl on the team and thought if she enjoyed it, maybe some other girls would enjoy it, too.
“Kaneija inspired me to join and then I inspired Kemyah [Tucker] to join,” said Walker.
Several students reported using the skills that they have learned on flag team in settings beyond school.
“We raise the flag at home, and my dad was really proud when I found the group and learned even more about it,” said Morabito.
A small group of students have taken on the Scholars Academy daily flag duty according to Gina Bennett: Whit Fennell, Rhys Garland, and Brayton Hanna.
Fennell said that he wanted to do something for his school and independently learned about flag protocol and practiced folding the flag. He soon discovered that it wasn’t a “one-man” job to keep the flag from touching the ground, so he asked Garland and Hanna to join in the responsibility.
“I really have to be at school or else I have to let someone know that I won’t be here, or it might not happen,” said Fennell.
In addition to rotating the flag duty throughout their organization, THS AFJROTC cadets teach flag protocol to younger cadets and at local churches and elementary schools.
Jarrett Daniel said that he has taught freshmen cadets the symbolism of raising and lowering our nation's flag.
“To me it's all about being a symbol of guidance. Many people look at our school's flag when they drive by, and I get to be privileged enough to know I am a part of their experience,” said Daniel.
Jack Wood explained that he raises and lowers the flag because he believes in representing his country to the best of his ability.
“I've taught the freshmen because I believe in passing that on,” said Wood.
Jordan Bonar contends that he raises and lowers the flag to start his day productively.
“Raising the flag is one of the first tasks completed signifying the start of the day and the hope that many more tasks will be completed. Raising the flag is like raising the spirits of my peers for that day and many more to come,” said Bonar.
Shemekia Clark, who served on the color guard at the THS Patriot Day ceremony, reiterated the basic purpose of her position.
“Raising and lowering the flag means respecting our country,” said Clark.
Sixth graders in Djuana Rinehart’s social studies class reinforce their learning of economics and the four factors of economic growth that make up a country’s GDP (gross domestic product). The students create hats that represent natural resources, capital goods, entrepreneurs, and human capital. The culminating event includes a red-carpet and fashion show celebration with prizes for design in each area of economic growth and, of course, “Best Strut!”
Three new middle and high school leaders are energized by their goals for the future and encouraged by a warm welcome from a “district full of caring people.” A relationship among the administrators, faculty, support staff, and students was the common attraction for these three administrators when they chose to join the “District of Champions.”
Dr. Laine Reichert begins her second year as Thomasville City Schools Superintendent.
“We are so excited to welcome three high-caliber administrators to continue the good work at our middle and high schools,” said Dr. Reichert.
A champion is a person who has surpassed all rivals in a competition, but a champion is also a person who fights for a cause or on behalf of someone else.
MacIntyre Park Middle School Principal Dr. Tret Witherspoon plans to build on the strengths of the school district to achieve his goals.
“The strengths of the Thomasville City School District include a strong faculty, support staff, and stakeholders who place the needs of our students as priority,” said Dr. Witherspoon.
Thomasville High School Principal Dr. Shannon Norfleet notes that when most people think of champions, they would naturally think about all of the successful athletes that have been a part of the Thomasville City School System, but there is so much more.
“TCS is a part of and a reflection of the Thomasville community. This community is a strong and tight-knit community of people who are proud to live and work here,” said Dr. Norfleet.
He added that since moving here, usually the first thing people say is that they graduated from THS and the year that they graduated.
“This is a community of successful people who are proud to have gone to THS. These are champions,” said Dr. Norfleet.
Scholars Academy Director Jeanene Wallace is proud that her students earn awards in areas from academics to athletics to fine arts, but knows that a champion doesn’t always receive public accolades.
“I want to be a part of helping students see that they are champions because they have reached their goals and have succeeded in a way, which may not win a trophy, but will prepare them to graduate high school and to succeed in whatever their next steps are in life,” said Wallace.
Dr. Witherspoon hopes to close, what he calls, “the attitude gap.” He refers to this as the gap between those students who have the will to strive for academic excellence and those who do not. When the attitude gap closes, so will the achievement gap. He aims for the transformation of student attitudes through intentional reflection of teachers’ and administrators’ own attitudes toward the students, their practice, and their development.
"I plan to close the attitude gap by creating an environment for learning, having a positive attitude toward students, building relationships with students, showing compassion for students, and creating relevance in instruction,” said Dr. Witherspoon.
Dr. Norfleet’s goals for THS involve a focus on the current students as well as the schools’ heritage.
“I hope to build a strong culture at the school that ensures a quality learning environment for every student and that honors the great legacy of Thomasville High School,” said Dr. Norfleet.
Wallace will focus on the unique nature of her students at the 6-12 accelerated magnet program and will continue to focus on positive connections with students as the foundation to further increase academic success.
“At Scholars Academy we have high achievers who are willing to put in the work to achieve at the highest level. The Scholars Academy team will continue to provide incredible instruction to support our students’ successes and are willing to spend the extra hours it takes before and after school and on weekends to make that happen,” said Wallace.
Dr. Witherspoon joins Thomasville City Schools again at MacIntyre Park Middle School. Witherspoon began his professional career as an 8th grade teacher at Cook Middle School in Adel. After two years at Cook Middle School, he spent the next three years teaching English and Employability Skills at Moultrie Technical College and then two years as teacher/administrator at Valdosta Technical College Cook County Campus. Witherspoon went on to serve as assistant principal of Cook Elementary School and principal at Taliaferro County School, before he accepted the principal’s position at Scott Elementary in July of 2007 where he served for next six years. His next assignment was at Stringfellow Elementary in Moultrie where he served as principal for four years. After serving as an elementary principal the last 11 years, he is extremely excited to begin his tenure as principal of MacIntyre Park Middle School.
Dr. Norfleet comes to Thomasville High School as a public educator for the past 24 years, including 13 years of classroom experience teaching chemistry in Houston, Putnam, and Bleckley Counties. For the past 10 years, he has served the Bibb County School District in several administrative positions, including successful tenures as principal at the middle and high school levels.
Wallace is following up 21 years as the director of Pathways Educational Program where she lead a vital part of local school systems' continuum of services for students in Pre-K through 12th grade with severe emotional disorders or autism from all socio-economic backgrounds and range of academic abilities
Dr. Witherspoon said that he has grown personally and professionally and believes that his educational preparation and professional experiences have prepared him for this position.
“My successful track record and experience in successfully executing strategic plans and deploying necessary supports for continuous improvements have prepared me to lead at the next level,” said Dr. Witherspoon.
Dr. Norfleet said that he has never been welcomed so nicely to any job or community.
“Thomasville is a wonderful place and I am thankful for having been given the opportunity to serve here,” said Dr. Norfleet.
Wallace entered education with the goal to help every student reach his or her potential. One of the most important things she wants students to know is that she’s interested in them— who they are.
“Just recently a student walked up to me and said, ‘Mrs. Wallace, I am one of your students, and I wanted to introduce myself.’ They know I want to know them— not just their names and faces but what they enjoy, what their goals are, or even where they may struggle,” said Wallace.
Wallace added that TCS understands the importance of relationships in education. It is one of the many reasons joining the district was so appealing.
“Superintendent Reichert is working to continue to show that this is a district that cares— not just about test scores and numbers, but where administrators, faculty, and support staff at and among the schools are working to continue to make the district even better for every student,” said Wallace.
All are invited to a Meet and Greet for the new administrators on Tuesday, August 28 from 4:30-5:00 p.m. at Thomasville City Schools Board Meeting Room (404 N. Broad Street, 3rd Floor). TCS scheduled Board Meeting will follow at 5:00 p.m.
Djuana Rinehart's sixth grade World Geography students began the year with an introduction to research by investigating the most important dates of all, their birthdays! Wren Spivey shares a birthday with the day that the first ice cream cone was sold at the 1904 Louisiana Purchase Exposition, popularly known as the St. Louis World’s Fair, and she brought everyone a cone. Savannah Stanley's birthday is the same as the day Mother's Day was officially put on the calendar, and she brought flowers for each of her classmates to give to their mothers.
Thomasville High School and Scholars Academy students’ persistent achievement as Advanced Placement Scholars continues with 47 named AP Scholars in recognition of their exceptional achievement on the College Board’s Advanced Placement exams.
Class of 2018 graduates Christopher Carpenter, Anne Clifton, Grayson Durham, Lilith Edwards, Ian Penix, and Jackson Singletary; current seniors Louis Carter, Emily Dixon, Spencer Harbin, Mason West, Claudia-Michele White, Seth Wier, and Mason Wilson; and current junior Braxton Sizemore qualify for the AP Scholar with Distinction Award by earning an average score of at least 3.5 on all AP Exams taken and scores of 3 or higher on five or more exams.
Class of 2018 graduates Roderick Elzy, Liam Foster, Brittany Hawkins, and Garrett Poole; current seniors John Carpenter, Brayton Hanna, Tyla Joseph, Christian Pyle, and Maura Shiner; and current juniors Jack Edge, Elijah Humphries, Emma Humphries, Kaitlyn Kasper, and Maxwell White qualify for the AP Scholar with Honor Award by earning an average score of at least 3.25 on all AP Exams taken and scores of 3 or higher on four or more of these exams.
Class of 2018 graduates Carl Blackmore, Madison Cook, Anna Cooper, Victoria Cordista, Yolanda Hadley, Alexa Hernandez, Morgan Matthews, Anna Kate Pomeroy, Jessica Shores, and John West; current seniors Ben Dozier, LaTatyana Hadley, Sydney McKay, Keisha Patel, Heaven Robinson, Amber Sarabia, and London Weier; and current juniors Winston Cornish and Kathleen Geyer all qualify for the AP Scholar Award by completing three or more AP Exams with scores of 3 or higher.
Ashley Ivey-Jackson, who teaches AP Studio Art and AP Art History, notices a common work ethic in students who succeed in AP classes and on AP exams.
“These students realize that it takes effort on their part with research and reading beyond the notes given in class to do well in an Advanced Placement class,” said Ivey-Jackson.
Betty Elkins currently has 42 enthusiastic sophomores in her AP English Language class.
“Our students are not afraid to tackle rigorous coursework, and it is amazing to watch their progress from August to May each year,” said Elkins.
Scholars Academy Director Jeanene Wallace agrees that the Advanced Placement courses are rigorous, but teachers provide the level of instruction and support to give students the skills and confidence to score well.
“At Scholars Academy, we encourage every child to take the exams in their AP classes; we don't select or handpick those to test. The preparation we provide along with the expectation and culture of success consistently produces a large number of AP Scholars,” said Wallace.
“If you expect a lot out of your students and believe in their ability to produce on a higher level, they generally will rise to meet your expectations,” said Ivey-Jackson.
Guidance counselor Marcie West explains that Advanced Placement courses serve a dual purpose for students: the opportunity to experience the rigor of college classes and to select courses that are necessary to gain acceptance into competitive colleges.
“Because of the national acceptance of AP, we encourage all students to take the AP tests at the end of the year. Ninety-five percent of our students earn an AP score that awards them college credit. In many cases Scholars Academy students earn up to eight hours of college credit per AP course and test,” added West.
Students achieving AP Scholar Awards have the remaining time in high school to complete additional AP exams to increase their standings as AP Scholars. Academy students begin taking AP classes in the 9th grade so that they can take full advantage of the school’s wide offerings of twenty-one AP courses which go beyond the typical four academic subject areas. AP courses in music theory, foreign languages, and visual arts expand the choices for students.
AP Environmental Science teacher Robert Peterson notes that these students have learned to manage their workload to be able to complete the work and hold a busy extracurricular schedule.
“All of them have a drive to be successful and it shows in their work ethic,” said Peterson.
AP Literature teacher Lynn Stowers defines a skill that sets apart the best AP students.
“One thing which is very helpful in AP Literature is the ability to understand the nuance of what the author is saying. Well-written literature always gives the reader hints of a deeper level of meaning. The ability to sense that deeper level can make the difference between just barely passing and doing really well,” said Stowers.
Scholars Academy has accumulated 8 National AP Scholars, an award which is granted to students in the United States who receive an average score of at least 4 or higher on all AP Exams taken, and scores of 4 or higher on 8 or more exams. These National AP Scholar Thomasville City Schools graduates continued their studies at a variety of institutions: Shradha Patel (United States Naval Academy), Felix Edwards (Amherst College), Milo St. Ives (University of Georgia), Sharon Autry (University of Georgia), Aaron Bellamy (Georgia College and State University), Jacob Rieber (University of Pennsylvania), Rebecca Jane White (United States Naval Academy); and Asa Harbin (Georgia Institute of Technology).
Through 34 different college-level courses and exams, the College Board’s AP Program provides willing and academically prepared students with the opportunity to earn college credit or advanced placement and stand out in the college admission process. Each exam is developed by a committee of college and university faculty and AP teachers, ensuring that AP Exams are aligned with the same high standards expected by college faculty at some of the nation’s leading liberal arts and research institutions.