- Middle School baseball tryouts for grades 6, 7, and 8 for MPMS, AIMS, and SA students will be on January 11th and 12th. Student-athletes that make the team will start practice on Tuesday, Jan 17. Students must have a physical turned into Nurse Cone before the 11th.
- Theme days for "Hoopcoming Week" from November 28 to December 2 are : Monday - Jersey day, Tuesday - High tops and head bands day, Wednesday - Long socks and hat day (wear goofy long sock and your favorite hat), Thursday - -headphones/earphones day (wear headphones like the basketball player before warmups), and Friday - Spirit Day!! Let's all get pumped up for BASKETBALL SEASON. Click HERE for the schedule.
- Please join us in the MacIntyre Auditorium on Saturday, December 10 from 9-11 am for music from our strings program, home-baked cakes for sale, a tour through ‘Christmas Around the World,’ crafts with art students, a display of judged Science Fair projects, photo opportunities with sugarplum fairy dancers and reindeer, creating with Lego League members, stories with Mrs. Claus, games with elves, and A VISIT WITH SANTA! Admission is $10 per child and $5 for each additional child. All proceeds benefit the Thomasville City Scholars Academy. All children must be accompanied by an adult.
- Peer leadership is doing a winter clothing drive. Click HERE for more information.
- The 3rd payment for Grad Bash is due by the end of the month on November 30th. Please bring your $40 payment to Ms. Daily or pay Mr. Ricky Duncan at THS. There are only about five spots remaining, so if you are interested in going on the trip, please sign up and pay the first three payments AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. Don't miss out! Once we hit the limit- that's it.... no one else will be allowed to go on the trip! Go to the CLASS OF 2017 page for more information.
- Senior Ornament Night is set for December 7 at 5:30 in the Bulldog Café. Seniors and their families are invited to help decorate the Christmas tree with personalized ornaments. So seniors, start working on those now!
- Boys or girls interested in playing golf should come by the office and sign up or stop and see Coach Rayburn at THS in room E2.
- All parking spots that have a paw print are paid, reserved spots.
- Videos from our September Math Curriculum Night, October English Curriculum Night, and November College Financial Aid Session are available HERE.
- EARTH Club meets on Thursdays after school in Mr. Ariail's room.
- Dr. Graham has set the expectation that each student should sell at least two THANKS tickets to help raise money for the school. This sale will take place through the 7th period classes, so see your 7th period teacher to get information about the businesses included on the discount card.
- Students may bring Box Tops for Education to their 6th period classes as we are starting a competition among the 6th period classes for this simple fund raiser.
- Go to the "Academic Success" area on the DOCUMENTS page to acces information about scholarships and SAT/ACT dates, fees, and locations.
- Go to the ATHLETICS INFORMATION page to get current sports schedules.
- Students can check email for an opportunity to nominate their favorite teacher for Teacher of the Month.
- Students may take part in our attendance incentive for this year. There will be reward parties in the 4th nine weeks for students who meet the following criteria: 3 or fewer absences for the day (and 3 tardies = 1 absence!) and 80% or higher in each class.
- 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.
- Please take a moment and read an important letter about setting up your preferences for Alert Solutions. Click HERE to download the letter and instructions.
- Please remember our PAWS guidelines for Scholars Academy behavior as you go about your day:
- Promote respect, Accept responsibility, Walk with purpose, and Show self-control.
by Parker Zolt
A head to head battle of flag football between Thomasville High School students and faculty on Friday, October 21 at Veterans Memorial Stadium was organized and carried out by the Scholars Academy Peer Leadership class.
The game consisted of two, twenty minute halves with a continuous clock that never stopped except for touchdowns and the two minute warnings. A fifteen minute halftime was allowed to help the players regroup and refocus. The halftime show also housed a competition between teachers and students as they participated in a relay race.
In order to allow equal and fair playing time for both genders, 5 girls and 4 boys had to take a stand on the field. As expected, the game was full of laughs and friendly trash talk between the opposing players. Having girls participate was a game changer since there had to be more girls on the field than boys.
“To be completely honest, I’m a girl and don't know much about football, but, I just love to watch it, so now that I’ve played flag football I now have a better understanding of the individual roles of each player,” said senior Hallie Turner.
The girls were given the opportunity to play a game that is better known as a “man’s sport” and showed them something new. Although adding girls changed the perspective, having teachers relive their glory days also had a major role in this game.
“At the end of the day, win or lose, I just hope to hear my ball players tell me that I still have it,” laughed THS Baseball Head Coach Erik McDougald.
The teachers took the W home, crushing their students’ egos, with the final score of 14-6. Both of the faculty touchdowns were scored by PE teacher and Assistant Baseball Coach Brice Warner and a two point conversion was scored by social studies and Peer Leadership teacher, Farran Burnette.
“I had a lot of fun! Even though we lost, it was still fun to be out there with my teachers and to watch them play,” said junior Jared Smith.
Spectators paid $5 to get into the game helping to raise over $800 to help a greater cause: Christmas toys for kids at Shands Children's Hospital in Gainesville, Florida. Toys bought will depend on the age group of the kids and will be hand-delivered by a few members of the Peer Leadership class during the Christmas season.
The student/faculty game was just a preview to the student-only Powder Puff game, coming later this school year. The Powder Puff game is a roles-reversed football game where the girls get to show off their athletic talent while the boys are on the sidelines cheering them on.
by Johanna Wegner
Scholars Academy students with an appreciation for our earth are taking action by helping the environment and fellow human beings in their creation of E.A.R.T.H. Club.
Seniors Malyce Collins and Cherie Pace, with the help of Advanced Placement Environmental Science teacher Jonathan Ariail, are the two students who felt that the school and community were in need of such type of club.
“I felt that maybe starting a club would be able to raise awareness that the environment and other people need help,” said Collins.
E.A.R.T.H. stands for Environmental Awareness and Relief Touching Humanity.
The E.A.R.T.H. Club is planning ways to put their ideas into practice with involvement in projects that are environmentally focused and one focused on more humanitarian issues.
For now, their main focus is a project called “Operation Christmas Child.” Members of E.A.R.T.H Club and Rotary Interact Club have partnered with each other to bring, fill and wrap boxes with toys for children in Africa, who don't have the privilege to get Christmas presents. To raise money for the shipping, the E.A.R.T.H Club members will host a bake sale.
Another project is called “Hands and Hearts for Horses.” This is a therapeutic riding program aimed at helping people with mental and physical disabilities through horseback riding. E.A.R.T.H Club has decided to volunteer there. On October 29, they attended a training session, where they learned how to properly lead horses, help the riders get on and off the horse, as well as how to stabilize the rider.
In addition to participating in existing charitable organizations, the E.A.R.T.H. Club will initiate some of their own projects to advance their cause. They are planning on doing one special activity each day of the week of Earth Day in April dedicated to helping the environment. At the end of the week, the club would like to host an entire fair to highlight Earth Day.
To help the environment, the club is planning also to plant at least one tree Thomasville City Schools campuses, but they are still searching for a fundraiser in order to purchase the trees.
Pace stated that the major goal of the E.A.R.T.H. Club is to look beyond the present and to see how actions today affect everyone on Earth in the future.
“So by participating in these projects and helping out, we are raising that awareness and creating a legacy that will continue hopefully after we are gone,” said Cherie Pace.
Collins and Pace also learned that creating a club, getting people together, and planning things to do is not easy.
“This is a lot of work, but it is worth it,” said Collins.
To participate in the E.A.R.T.H. Club it is important to have dedication to people and to the environment and to be motivated to help.
Collins added, “It is important to not just do things for getting a reward for it, but doing it to be able to help people and make a difference in the lives of others.”
Students interested in participating in the E.A.R.T.H. Club should go to an E.A.R.T.H. Club meeting on Thursdays after school in Ariail’s classroom.
by Emma Bosman - Student Wtriter
Thomasville City Schools Drama Program students have been named One Act Play Region 1-AA Champions for the fourth time in six years under the direction of Scholars Academy drama teacher Casey Dyksterhouse. After a community performance on November 10 at 7:00 p.m in the MacIntyre Auditorium, they will return to Milledgeville, Georgia where they aim to capture back-to-back State Champion titles at the GHSA One Act Play Competition.
The cast of “Peter/Wendy” produced an amazing ensemble performance and also racked up individual acting awards. Morgan Savatgy won Best Actress, Matthew Cline won Best Actor. And Mathew Whetsell won Best Actor in a Supporting Role.
“Peter/Wendy is a part of your childhood in that we all read or were read the story of Peter Pan when we were little. So it's a touch of childhood with a modern twist,” said Dyksterhouse.
When most people hear the names Peter or Wendy, they think of Disney's version of it: happy endings, fun, and adventure. Author Jeremy Bloom’s amazing and exciting version of the story is different. This show for starters is modeled more from the character originally created by Scottish playwright and novelist J.M. Barrie instead of Disney's. It’s darker and more abstract. It shows another side of Peter Pan and how it is unsettling that a person can't or even won't grow up.
Dyksterhouse was inspired to choose the play by Scholars Academy graduate India Jane Grimsley who now goes to Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee and is pursuing a degree in theatre. Grimsley did the show at Northwestern University over the summer at a camp, and she thought it would be perfect for the drama program. Dyksterhouse read it and saw all the potential in it. Grimsley even found the time to come back to teach them “how to fly” and do big stunts.
The lead roles are be played by sophomores Zack Artz (Peter Pan) and Morgan Savatgy (Wendy). Both agree that being in a lead role in the 10th grade can be scary at times, but they're excited to try to go and get another win for their school. Peter and Wendy’s characters are required to simulate flying and “walking the plank” only with the assistance of their fellow cast members’ lifts and movement. Savatgy knows that the success of the show depends on her overcoming her fears of being dropped by her fellow cast members.
“There are things you have to do in theater even if you don't want to, but you do it because of the love of theater,” said Savatgy.
Aside from their obvious goal to win, there are many small goals that they hope to accomplish for themselves and each other.
“My goal for the cast is for each and every one of them to learn to truly work as an ensemble, to learn how to trust one another, and to learn how to put differences aside to feel like one,” said Dyksterhouse.
The group has been in full swing with practices every weekend and most school days since the first few weeks of the school year. They have been constantly working on teamwork and trust. They do teamwork games and exercises before rehearsal to help with that.
There are a few big stunts that involve everyone being one and working together.
In addition to goals for themselves, they also have intentions for their audience. They hope that it will bring them joy and laughter but also make them think. They hope to make their school proud and to show them what they can do and how much work they put into the show.
Some seniors have taken on leadership roles. On the account of this show being a very physical one, Meredith Pearce helps with warm ups to make sure they don't get hurt.
”I try to help everyone be active and focus on what they need to be doing,” said Pearce.
Allison Wheeler helps with warming up their voices with small vocal exercises and doing tongue twisters. Kelly Long is the stage manager in the show and is always ready to help with what is needed. She does the Lost Boys’ hair, helps the crew, and times the show every run through. Finally they help with setting a good example backstage and in life being by someone the others can look up to.
After their big win as 2015 GHSA One Act State Champions with their performance of “Into the Woods,” they are under an immense amount of pressure to win again.
“After achieving something that great, it is almost expected from everyone which can be scary,” said Dyksterhouse.
Even if they don't win Dyksterhouse says as long as they have a lot of energy and have a thrilling performance she will still be proud of them. They want to prove that they are continuing the tradition of theatrical excellence even though some extremely talented actors graduated last year. This year they will be stepping into that same competition, and they want to leave with a State Championship trophy.
Drama Assistant Jessica Lewis hopes that the actors learn to take constructive criticism and turn it into a positive thing. Lewis shares Dyksterhouse’s positive priority that surpasses any trophy or title.
“No matter what I hope they have a good time and enjoy it; this is the time for them to have the time of their lives,”said Lewis.
There are some students who set the bar. They work harder, show more passion and lead by example—in the classroom, on the field and within the community. Today, Wendy’s High School Heisman recognizes Maggie Davis and Ryan Owens from Thomasville City Scholars Academy and their dedication to never cutting corners by naming them School Winners.
“These students are known by their teachers and friends for their commitment to excellence. We are excited and honored that a program like Wendy’s High School Heisman is also recognizing their hard work,” said Dr. Dale Graham, Scholars Academy Director.
Since 1994, Wendy’s and the Heisman Trophy Trust have been running the same play to perfection: honoring more than 600,000 of the nation’s most esteemed students. This year, Wendy’s will celebrate the accomplishments of thousands of the best high school seniors, awarding winners in five phases.
School Winners will receive a School Winner certificate and a Wendy’s High School Heisman Patch.
For more information or to track a student’s progress through the competition, please visit www.WendysHeisman.com.
The Wendy's High School Heisman was created by Wendy's founder Dave Thomas in 1994. Dave Thomas dropped out of high school when he was 15 years old in order to work full-time and went on to become one of the most successful entrepreneurs in history. While this nontraditional path led to his prosperity, it always worried Dave that others would follow in his footsteps and expect to achieve similar fame and wealth by not finishing high school or attending college.
Faced with this dilemma, at 61 years old, Dave enrolled at Coconut Creek High School in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., and received his General Equivalency Diploma (GED). Inspired by this moment and with a desire to celebrate the outstanding achievements of youth in America, he launched the Wendy's High School Heisman program.
Twenty-two years later, Wendy's High School Heisman has honored more than 600,000 of the nation's most esteemed high school seniors who share Wendy's values of giving back to their communities, treating people with respect, continuing education and excelling on the athletic field.
The Wendy's High School Heisman is a joint program between Wendy's and the Heisman Trophy Trust, host and custodians of the Heisman Memorial Trophy®.
Thomasville City Schools and the City of Thomasville will host a tailgate in MacIntyre Park to give community members a chance to experience the park and express their ideas for the park’s redesign. A tailgate dinner and activities will take place from 5:30-7 pm on Friday, Oct. 28, just before the Bulldogs play Brooks County at the adjacent Thomasville High School Stadium.
Students have designed fun and educational activities for the kids, such as Plant Identification Bingo, boat races in the creek, and a challenge course around the playground. A $5 per plate hotdog dinner will support Scholars Academy Peer Leadership program and the Odyssey of the Mind teams.
Over 170 students in the schools have participated in a comprehensive park study and park awareness campaign. An exhibit called “The Park Is Our Classroom” will feature student work on a big yellow school bus in the park during the tailgate. Professional designers from the Citizens’ Institute for Rural Design team will also display their preliminary sketches and ideas for a redesign of the park.
Scholars Academy science teacher Jamie Gammel and English teacher Dawn Hunnewell have been involved in the MacIntyre Park project for the past three years. This year, their fifth grade Enriching Gifted and Talented Students (EGATS) have researched the history and studied the ecology of the park in preparation for naming the creeks running through the park.
“Fascinated during the presentation of Amelia Gallo of the Thomasville Historical Society, the students learned about the history of Bruce’s Branch-- the only named creek in the park-- and the tragic death of Dr. Bruce as he crossed the creek,” said Jamie Gammel. “They used that history as an impetus to research other aspects of Thomas County history and propose names for the creek.”
One group proposed the name “Hero’s Creek” after researching the deaths of some of our city’s war heroes, including Thomasville natives US Navy Senior Chief David McLendon and US Army Spc. Shannon Chihuahua who died combat in Afghanistan in 2010. The class also proposed a memorial for local fallen soldiers.
Georgia History teacher Djuana Rinehart’s class have also taken up the challenge to name the creeks. Her classes have made videos to promote their proposed creek names.
“We now have the largest collection of information on the MacIntyre family in the city. We dug deep and went just about everywhere-- from the genealogical library, the Thomas County Historical Society, the Internet-- to get a full history of our city and the park,” Rinehart said.
The public will have a chance to vote on students’ proposed creek names at the Tailgate, as well as the wrap-up event on Saturday, Oct. 29.
“We are fortunate to have the park right next door to us. Both history and science classes, along with some of our arts classes, use it and this project showed how we can all come together to improve the places we love,” Rinehart said.
-Written with reporting assistance by Hallie Turner, a senior at Scholars Academy
The THS Marching Bulldogs CLEANED HOUSE on Saturday, October 15 at the Battle on the Border competition in Valdosta, GA. Not only did they receive Best in Class, but also Best in Division (over 8 other bands from across 3 different states). They also earned Superior ratings and Best in Class for percussion, the THS Twirlers, and the Red Hots dance line.
Thomasville High School Marching Band is combining five years’ philosophies to perform in various settings as Director Joe Regina adds a pregame show to the traditional halftime show agenda as well as more exhibitions, competitions, and parade appearances.
Regina and band members intend to positively influence the entire crowd and football team with their pregame performances of “2001: A Space Odyssey” and “The Star-Spangled Banner.”
“We are playing more pregame music to get the audience pumped prior to kickoff, which also helps get the football team pumped up,” said Regina.
Five years of experience and relationships with Regina and band members account for expansion and diversity in every performance the band plans to execute this year. Regina commented that one benefit of his five year tenure as the band’s director is that he has developed great relationships with students.
In previous years, the band has chosen an “either/or” path when referring to a focus on exhibition or parade performances. Instead, this year the band relies on experience to dominate on field performances so that they can participate in both parades and exhibition events to a balanced extent.
Exhibitions and competitions in Cairo and Valdosta along with THS Homecoming, Thomasville Christmas, and Cairo Christmas parades are just some of their engagements beyond weekly football games.
The traditional football halftime show excites the crowd this year as “The Sound of the Pound” plays “A Tribute to Stevie Wonder” and adds a unique twist with a bass guitar player.
Stevie Wonder songs including “Sir Duke,” “Signed, Sealed, Delivered,” “Superstition,” and “Higher Ground” are followed up by the THS fight song “Battle Hymn of the Republic.”
Since 2012 Regina and the marching band have featured current hits from Rhianna and Lady Gaga, a tribute to Motown, the music of jazz greats like Nina Simone and Cab Calloway, and the Broadway hit The Lion King. He feels confident about his annual choices.
“As time goes on they begin to know the composer or music I choose … they always love the music I choose,” commented Regina on the band’s interest in the halftime show theme.
In addition to the music and movement from the band, twirlers and dance line members finish out the action-packed performance.
Twirling Captain LaTatyna Hadley emphasized the importance of the fire-twirling during halftime shows to retain the audience’s attention. Hadley added that the Red Hots dance line helps motivate the twirlers to perform to the best of their abilities. The two groups combine their talents on some of the numbers to create a synchronized extravaganza.
The dance line has also evolved over the past five years by adding a younger “Dance Dawgs” team as they build on the experienced dancers in leadership positions.
“I try to look back on the past years and see what the leaders have done right or maybe not so well, trying to make changes and focus on the team being a family rather than merely the dance aspect,” reflected senior Sydney Ellen Rawlings, one of the Red Hots Captains.
Rawlings added that after learning the fundamentals of a particular craft, experience and relationships push the entire unit beyond its potential.
“It’s been really fun and I’m sad to see that it’s almost over,” added Rawlings.
Senior Band Co-Captain Robert Gloster has also enjoyed his leadership role, “I learned some valuable leadership skills from certain students and learned to lead by example.”
Thomasville High School Scholars Academy senior Asa Harbin has been named as a Semifinalist in the 62nd, 2017 National Merit Scholarship Program presenting him with an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth about $33 million that will be offered next spring.
Harbin has spent the last six years of his life working hard in the rigorous Scholars Academy curriculum and likes being successful in anything that he attempts. He attributes that success to his peer group.
“I tend to surround myself with people who try their hardest at all of the things that they do, so being successful is just a by-product of that,” said Harbin.
The nationwide pool of 16,000 Semifinalists, representing less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors, includes the highest-scoring entrants on the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) in each state. About 1.6 million juniors in more than 22,000 high schools entered the 2017 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the PSAT/NMSQT. The number of Semifinalists in a state is proportional to the state’s percentage of the national total of graduating seniors.
Harbin also acknowledged that he is fortunate to enjoy learning.
“I know everyone doesn’t. Sitting in class isn’t always fun, but adding to the things that you know because of what you learned in those classes is a neat process,” said Harbin.
Harbin has also learned some things about the value of hard work and that a little preparation goes a long way.
“You reach a point when success can’t just stem from your natural abilities. A hard worker goes past those abilities that they have been given,” said Harbin.
To become a Finalist, the Semifinalist and his or her high school must submit a detailed scholarship application, in which they provide information about the Semifinalist’s academic record, participation in school and community activities, demonstrated leadership abilities, employment, and honors and awards received. A Semifinalist must have an outstanding academic record throughout high school, be endorsed and recommended by a high school official, write an essay, and earn SAT scores that confirm the student’s earlier performance on the qualifying test.
With the majority of Harbin’s high school resume-building experiences behind him, he offered advice to younger students just entering the formative years of middle and high school.
“Pick a few things that matter and focus on those. Even though you’re supposed to try lots of things when you are in middle and high school, you might end up with not much to show for it,” added Harbin.
From the approximately 16,000 Semifinalists, about 15,000 are expected to advance to the Finalist level, and in February they will be notified of this designation. National Merit Scholarship winners of 2017 will be announced in nationwide news releases beginning in April and concluding in July. The scholarship recipients will join more than 323,000 other distinguished young people who have earned the Merit Scholar title.
Peer Leadership has been working on designing a shirt for our "Pink Out" football game on Friday, October 7. Since raising awareness for breast cancer is something the students feel strongly about, they have also scheduled a "Pink Out" day for October 21. This way there is an opportunity to wear the shirt to the game next Friday and to work/school on the 21st. The design is simple with the idea that purchasers can wear it every year. A percentage of the proceeds will go to those fighting breast cancer. The cost of the shirt is $10.
There are limited quantities, so please email Mrs. Burnette (email@example.com) to tell her that you would like one and what size. Checks should be made payable to Scholars Academy PL. The shirts will arrive during Fall Break, so Mrs. Burnette and some Peer Leadership students will set up in front of the fieldhouse from 6:00-8:00 p.m. on Friday, October 7 for those who would like their t-shirt for the game that night. If you are not buying the shirt specifically for the game, then your shirt will be available when we return from Fall Break. You can pay before the game, the Monday after Fall Break, or you can go ahead and pay Mrs. Burnette now. Either way is fine. Anyone is welcome to purchase a shirt! These are not just for students and staff.
Thomasville City Scholars Academy students learned the value of exercising their right to vote in a school-wide mock election called “Your Voice = Your Vote” hosted by the social studies department and the Peer Leadership seniors on Friday, September 23.
Scholars Academy Director Dr. Dale Graham kicked off the events of the day at the morning assembly for seventh through twelfth grader and introduced Farran Burnette Scholars Academy Advanced Placement American Government teacher who stressed the importance of voting and explained the format of the mock election. In addition to casting a Republican, Democrat, or Independent ballot on an actual voting machine with their social studies classes in the Multipurpose Room; students traveled through educational stations that explained the Secretary of State’s website and the steps necessary to register to vote.
Dr. Graham introduced the three speakers and wisely added, “If you don’t vote, you can’t complain!”
The variety of speakers included: Jacob Cone, Scholars Academy senior and Secretary of State Student Ambassador; Michael Bryan, representative from Congressman Sanford Bishop’s office; and Frank Scoggins, Thomas County Elections Supervisor.
Cone began his address by expressing his excitement about the school-wide event and his own impending ability as an 18-year-old to vote in the general election this year. He mentioned the times before he turned 18 that people asked him why he cares because he couldn’t vote anyway. He reiterated that he cares deeply and that he has looked forward to his 18th birthday to exercise his right to vote.
Cone quoted Lyndon B. Johnson when he said, “The vote is the most powerful instrument ever devised by man for breaking down injustice and destroying the terrible walls which imprison men because they are different from other men.”
Cone listed several reasons why one should exercise his or her right to vote such as: voting in honor of those who do not have the right, voting to prove wrong those who may think that the youth of today are lazy and apathetic, and voting so that other people are not making choices for them.
Lastly, Cone asked the students to imagine what our forefathers would think about ignoring the right to vote after they fought the control of a monarchy, what Susan B. Anthony or Elizabeth Cady Stanton would think if they saw millennial women staying home on election day, or what African American leaders of the 1940’s would think of eligible citizens missing their opportunity to have a voice.
Bryant started his speech by conveying the importance of voting to the youth by saying, “We need you! We want you!”
Bryant gave the students a memorable way to think about the importance of voting: Victory Of The Election. Candidates or referendums will lose and others will win, but there is still victory in the process of election. He also charged students to respond to those who came before us whose “blood, sweat, and tears” were shed to gain the right to vote.
The importance of electing officials at various levels of government was highlighted by Bryant through his discussion of practical outcomes like which roads get paved, or which companies are restricted from forming monopolies, or which projects will clean up polluted water or prevent the spread of the Zika virus.
Scoggins followed up by explaining that there are 15 different ways to register to vote, the ease of Early Voting, and the number of precincts in Thomas County. He explained Absentee Ballot voting for overseas military personnel and for college students living temporarily in a college town.
Scoggins ended his address by reinforcing the “Your Voice = Your Vote” theme as he told the students a story about an election in a northeastern Georgia county where the winner of a probate court judge position was decided by one vote.
Monday - C day for review
Tuesday - B day English, science, and electives
Wednesday - A day English, science, and electives
Thursday - B day math, social studies, and foreign language
Friday - A day math, social studies, and foreign language
Thomasville High Scholars Academy students are taking the reins when it comes to planning school events and boosting student awareness through Peer Leadership, an elective offered by new social studies teacher, Farran Burnette.
“This workshop class stems from the belief that there is a need to provide high school students with training in becoming proficient in human relations and leadership skills,” said Burnette.
The skills include but are not limited to interpersonal and intrapersonal communication, conflict resolution, decision-making, group facilitation, and understanding diversity.
The purpose of this class is to provide a variety of school and community services which will increase students’ self-awareness, improve their ability to communicate effectively, and encourage exploration of their leadership potential.
“I enjoy giving the kids freedom. They can express what they think and how things should be changed with either the outside world or the school while embracing their confidence and creativity,” said Burnette.
Senior Jacob Cone is inspired by the workshop environment in the classroom.
“Mrs. Burnette leaves it very open and expects projects to be done by the deadline which builds leadership in class every day to see who pushes everyone to get the job done,” said Cone.
The three components of the class significantly enhance the students’ role as school leaders and citizens of their community: school involvement, community involvement, and individual growth.
Senior Aubrey Brinkley sees the sense of unity that results from school involvement.
“We are trying to get everyone on the same page, making things like big poster-sized calendars to show everyone what is going on,” said Brinkley.
When the school played Pelham in a pre-season scrimmage, students hashtagged postings “#poundpelham” on social media to create a trend to make it easier for users to find messages with a specific theme or content.
The class conducted a school-wide survey and found out that students are craving more school-sponsored events like “powder-puff” football, weekend bonfires, movie nights, faculty vs. student sporting events, and exciting pep rallies.
Sophomore Christian Pyle said, “We plan to have a fun, healthy, and encouraging atmosphere at these events.”
Other activities to help unify the campuses of THS and Scholars Academy are month-long themes such as College Awareness Month featuring college information on teachers’ doors to show the requirements like admissions rates, application deadlines, and average GPA/ACT/SAT scores. Themes for later months include bullying, breast cancer awareness, and gratitude.
“We learned that students want more school unity,” said junior John West.
They are learning that qualities essential to being a great leader are listening to others and building relationships to accomplish the best outcome.
“Being organized is important, and working together is also a big thing,” said senior Morgan Dance.
Senior Logan Metcalf reported that Peer Leadership students are going to nursing homes and engaging in activities like reading books and just spending time with Thomasville City elementary-age students.
Other community activities will involve law enforcement awareness, veterans affairs, and local volunteer organizations.
Cone has learned that it takes someone to go to the back of the line, serve, and do the dirty work in order for people to see what they’re doing and follow them.
“You have to show what it takes to get the job done in order to lead people to do the right thing,” said Cone.
Sophomore Louis Carter has learned about perseverance, determination, and kindness.
“Even if everything doesn't always work out, a good leader has to keep going,” said Carter.
“I see how effective students are with creating plans and ideas and actually going through the process to get it approved to see their idea come to life,” said Burnette.
The Class of 2017 wanted to assert their “seniority” with a parking lot design concept. Seniors will be able to reserve a numbered parking spot in the stadium parking until they graduate, and they will be allowed to personalize their spots at a “parking lot party” on the Monday after Fall Break.
Burnette loves building a relationship with each student and watching a transformation that comes from each student after they have completed this course.
“I have seen kids go from being completely insecure about themselves to being able to give a speech and talk confidently in front of a big crowd of people,” said Burnette.
Burnette recalls a former student who never said a word at the beginning of of the year and was terrified to voice her opinion on anything. At the end of the year, she took a four-week service trip to South Africa to help with the orphans.
For more information on what is happening with THS Peer Leadership, check out their Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram sites.
Thomasville City Schools Math Department and Thomas University's Project Excel held an evening informational session for parents about an often elusive mathematical concept: transformations. Transformations is a topic in geometry that was not taught in any great detail until the State of Georgia changed to the Georgia Performance Standards and Common Core Georgia Performance Standards curriculum. This means that many parents of school-aged children have never had any instruction in it. Without having that knowledge, it makes helping students with homework or studying for tests difficult. Parents had expressed an interest in learning something about transformations, so it was decided to do a “Math Night” in the Scholars Academy Bulldog Café. Board Member Dr. Hazel Jones was hostess with presenters Dr. Dale Graham, Deborah O'Neal, and Christa Graham. Assisting the presenters were Neil Ford, Amanda Wood, and Dee Renfroe. Approximately 40 participants, including students and parents, were involved in hands-on activities that taught them about translation, rotation, reflection, and dilation. There were three main activities beginning with plotting human points on a giant 20' by 20' coordinate plane, then interacting with each other in table top manipulations, and finally using peg boards to enlarge shapes. Parents were excited to close the gap of missing information. Click the button below to view a video of the lesson.
Middle school and high school students can participate in dress-up days during Homecoming Week:
Monday - Sports Center Jersey
Tuesday - Super Hero
Wednesday - Day at the Zoo
Thursday - Retro (Throw Back Thursday)
Friday - Red and Gold
Homecoming Dance tickets are for sale in Scholars Academy front office OR The Dog Pen store at THS for $5.00. NO TICKETS will be sold at the door.
Homecoming Dance guest forms are available in the front office and are due by Wednesday, September 21 at 3:00 p.m.
Homecoming Parade is Thursday at 6:00 p.m.
High School Homecoming Pep Rally is Friday at 2:00 p.m.
Homecoming Game is Friday at 8:00 p.m.
HIGH SCHOOL Homecoming Dance is Friday starting at 9:30 until midnight in the MPMS Cafeteria.
Thomasville City Scholars Academy Class of 2017 senior, Jacob Cone, has been selected to serve on the 2016-2017 Student Advisory Council by State School Superintendent Richard Woods. Only 108 Georgia were named to the council.
Throughout the school year, these middle and high school students will meet with Superintendent Woods to discuss the impact of state policies in the classroom. Members of the Student Advisory Council will also discuss other issues related to education, serve as the Superintendent’s ambassadors to their respective schools, and participate in service projects to benefit schools and students
“Meeting with my Student Advisory Council has been, and will continue to be, an invaluable part of my decision-making process,” Superintendent Woods said. “To develop child-focused, classroom-centered policies, we have to hear directly from students. We can only improve their educational experience by bringing them to the table.”
"I'm looking forward to serving alongside some of Georgia's most impressive high school students to try and leave the educational society better than we found it,” said Cone. “The Georgia DOE serves such a vital role in forming and molding the state's future leaders with education being that cornerstone needed.”
Members were selected from a pool of more than 800 students who applied to serve on the council. Students were chosen based on the strength of their essay answers, which focused on their ideas for public education and the ways their own educational experience could be improved. The students selected attend public schools all over the state.
“I'm honored Superintendent Woods chose me and look forward to making a difference on behalf of teachers and students in the Thomasville City System," said Cone.
“It was refreshing and valuable to hear these students’ feedback and ideas,” Superintendent Woods said. “This is a fantastic group of students with great ideas for the future of our educational system, and I can’t wait to work with them. I’d like to thank every student who took the time to apply and share their thoughts.”
Meetings of the Student Advisory Council will be held September 12, November 7, February 13, and April 10 for middle school students, and September 13, November 8, February 14, and April 11 for high school students at the Georgia Department of Education’s offices in Atlanta.
Thomasville City Schools’ Superintendent Sabrina Boykins-Everett has signed a proclamation kicking off Attendance Awareness Month for the month September to draw attention to this critical ingredient in student achievement.
Attendance is essential to school success, but too often students, parents, and schools do not realize how quickly absences — excused and unexcused — can add up to academic trouble. Chronic absence — missing 10 percent of the school year, or just 2-3 days every month—can translate into third-graders unable to master reading, sixth-graders failing courses, and ninth-graders dropping out of high school. Low-income students, who most depend on school for opportunities to learn, are especially harmed when they miss too much instruction.
Chronic absence is an alarming, largely overlooked problem that is preventing too many children from having an opportunity to learn and succeed. It affects 5 million to 7.5 million students— more than one in 10 — nationwide. This is not just a problem in middle and high school: It starts in kindergarten and preschool. It is a problem in districts of every size, urban, suburban and rural.
“Our goal during September is to keep school attendance at the forefront of all our conversations with students, parents, teachers, and the community,” said Bill Settle, Assistant Superintendent.
Attendance is the component of student achievement that often operates under the radar because schools often feel helpless in bringing about changes in students’ and parents’ attendance beliefs and behaviors. However, Thomasville City Schools is going to use multifaceted methods to communicate the importance of attendance throughout the month to bring much needed attention to the importance of daily school attendance.
Schools within the district will utilize their parent involvement coordinators to spearhead the campaign. Parent involvement coordinators will be working with the principals and teachers to ensure activities are orchestrated for both the students and the parents. Flyers will be sent home with students, information will be emailed to parents, and the district’s parent page on the tcitys.org website will host videos and other information resources. Some schools will conduct poster contests to engage students in the campaign, while each school principal will make daily announcements sharing facts about the impact of chronic absenteeism. In addition, schools hosting parent engagement activities during the month will utilize part of their program’s agenda to attendance related activities.
The month-long awareness campaign is part of Attendance Works’ national campaign. Attendance Works is a national and state initiative that promotes better policy and practice around school attendance. More information can be found at attendanceworks.org.
For more information on Attendance Awareness Month, stakeholders are encouraged to visit attendancworks.org and tcitys.org/parents.
Thomasville City Scholars Academy students’ persistent achievement as Advanced Placement Scholars continues with 42 named AP Scholars, as well as outstanding growth with 4 National AP Scholars, in recognition of their exceptional achievement on the College Board’s Advanced Placement exams.
Class of 2016 graduates Sharon Autry, Aaron Bellamy, Jacob Rieber, and Rebecca Jane White have been named National AP Scholars, 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 four advanced to the National AP Scholar level of status to join three previous Thomasville City Schools graduates. Milo St. Ives, Class of 2015, went on to study at University of Georgia. Felix Edwards, Class of 2014, went on to study at Amherst College in Amherst, Massachusetts; and Shradha Patel, Class of 2012, went on to study at the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland.
This fall, Autry will enter University of Georgia, Bellamy will enter Georgia College and State University, Rieber will enter University of Pennsylvania, and White will enter the United States Naval Academy.
Class of 2016 graduates Sharon Autry, Aaron Bellamy, Mason Hodge, Jacob Rieber, Cameren Rogers, Rebekah Smith, Karson Stone, Walt Tucker, and Rebecca Jane White along with current seniors Mackenzie Brown, Madeline Bruhn, Jeremy Cooper, Grace Fletcher, Asa Harbin, and Ryan Owens 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.
Dalanie Nix Class of 2016 graduate along with current seniors Ben Pyle and Isaac Welch 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.
Christine Barber, Amelia DuBose, Alex Grave de Peralta, Matthew Green, Jade Maltese, and Ethan Wier, Class of 2016 graduates; Aubrey Brinkley, Aubrey Brumblow, Lizzie Butler, Malyce Collins, Jacob Cone, Maggie Davis, Durant Fullington, Virginia Jackson, Sarah Myhre, Cherie Pace, Sterling Page, Meredith Pearce, Logan St. Ives, Allison Wheeler, and Hunter Yarbrough, current seniors; and Christopher Carpenter, Alexa Hernandez, and Aaron Miller, current juniors all qualify for the AP Scholar Award by completing three or more AP Exams with scores of 3 or higher.
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 as early as possible, in the 9th grade, so that they can take advantage of the school’s wide offerings of 16 Advanced Placement courses.
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.
Advanced Placement English Literature teacher Lynn Stowers has observed that the attitudes and work ethic of her junior and senior students has improved beyond measure since Scholars Academy began teaching AP classes in the ninth and tenth grades.
Guidance counselor Karen Bryan attributes the Scholars Academy’s number of AP Scholars to the rigor of the course content and the varied ways the teachers present advanced material and reach so many learners.
Erin White teaches AP courses in U.S. History, World History, and Psychology and is adamant about the carryover that AP courses offer across the curriculum.
“Nurturing talents in a variety of areas causes students who perform well in an AP English class to excel in the sciences and social studies because of the movement beyond memorization into broad analysis and interpretation of texts,” said White.
White added that AP students are expected to gain a deeper knowledge of subject-area content so that they can successfully generate ideas and apply knowledge on major assessments like AP exams.
Thomasville City Scholars Academy will kick off its 2016-17 academic year with the addition of three sets of teachers who add experience and depth to the highly respected force of faculty.
Middle school math is an incredibly important area for strong teaching. Since the subject builds from year to year, an excellent foundation is essential for students who plan to tackle advanced course offerings like AP Calculus and AP Chemistry in their junior and senior years of high school.
Darla Harbin and Dee Renfroe will provide that base. Harbin will teach 6th grade Honors Math as well as an accelerated group of 6th graders. Renfroe will teach 7th and 8th grade Honors Math as well as an accelerated group of 8th graders. Students who are able to perform in the accelerated classes have the opportunity to complete two years of calculus before graduation.
Ninth grade social studies requires top-notch teaching as the freshmen complete Economics and American Government in two consecutive semesters. Economics students must perform well on a rigorous Georgia Milestones End-of-Course test, and half of the American Government students will take the Advanced Placement level of the class.
Farran Burnette and Katie Chastain are rising to the challenge. Burnette will teach Honors American Government and Advanced Placement American Government. Chastain, who also teaches in the Design Lab/Odyssey of the Mind program, will teach the Honors Economics classes.
As a part of the Scholars Academy designation, students are enrolled in a foreign language course every year. In addition to fulfilling the high school requirement of two years of a foreign language, students can take up to 6 years of a single language or they can study other languages in addition to the Spanish and Latin that are initially offered in the middle school years.
John Jimenez and Kathryn Godinez will guide middle school students through their first years of exploring the Spanish language. Jimenez will teach Spanish I as well as the Spanish IA that is for 6th graders. Godinez will teach Spanish IB, for 7th graders, and Spanish II which is typically 8th grade students at Scholars Academy.
The community is invited a dessert reception to congratulate our World Champion Odyssey of the Mind team this Thursday, June 2 at 7:00 p.m. in the Multipurpose Room. Thomasville City Schools' 4-time Odyssey of the Mind World Tournament team won 1st place and the World Championship on Saturday, May 28 in Ames, Iowa. After placing progressively higher each year, the group of five 2016 graduates and two rising seniors are now WORLD CHAMPIONS!!! Singapore placed 2nd and Poland placed 3rd. They were also awarded the Ranatra Fusca Award for Creativity. This is an amazing, unprecedented feat. Our congratulations go out to their coach, Sharon Cernogorsky and the team: Jacob Rieber, Sharon Autry, Carlyn Autry, Mason Hodge, Shivani Patel, Cameren Rogers, and Asa Harbin.
Thomasville City Schools' 4-time Odyssey of the Mind World Tournament team won 1st place and the World Championship on Saturday, May 28 in Ames, Iowa. After placing progressively higher each year, the group of five 2016 graduates and two rising seniors are now WORLD CHAMPIONS!!! Singapore placed 2nd and Poland placed 3rd. They were also awarded the Ranatra Fusca Award for Creativity. This is an amazing, unprecedented feat. Our congratulations go out to their coach, Sharon Cernogorsky and the team: Jacob Rieber, Sharon Autry, Carlyn Autry, Mason Hodge, Shivani Patel, Cameren Rogers, and Asa Harbin.
Here is one last chance this school year to see our super-talented Thomasville City Schools Drama Program students in action! From the guys who won the GHSA One Act State Championship for "Into the Woods" to the ones who wowed audiences this spring with South Pacific, you will not be disappointed as the students in Casey Dyksterhouse's theater classes present their choice pieces from a variety of classic, as well as, not-so-known musicals. Doors open at 6:00 p.m.
Our annual Scholars Showcase magazine, produced by the Journalism classes, highlights the well-known and sometimes unsung achievements of our students from the 2015-16 school year. With this being the 10th year of the Scholars Academy, there is a nostalgic element to the publication this year. Our students write the articles and complete all of the graphic design associated with the magazine-- without a template! We are proud of the magazine and proud of all of the achievements depicted in the features. Contact Mrs. Celaya or Mrs. Bennett to purchase yours for $10.00.
Don't miss your chance to see the WORLD FINALS bound Thomasville City Scholars Academy Odyssey of the Mind team at Thomasville Center for the Arts on Monday, May 16, at 6:00 p.m. The team will present their Long-Term Problem solution, "Aesop's Gone Viral" for which they won top honors at region and state Odyssey of the Mind tournaments. This is the fourth year that this group has qualified to compete at the World Finals level. Tickets are $5 which includes a chance to win a gift basket and a reception following the presentation.
.Thomasvile High School Boys Soccer will open the state playoffs with a first round match against Bleckley County on Thursday, April 28 at 5:30 p.m. at Veterans Memorial Stadium. Tickets are $7 at the gate for everyone. THS Girls Soccer will be hosting Monticello in the first round of the state playoffs this Friday, April 29 at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $7 at the gate for everyone. Please come out and cheer on our Region Champions and thanks for supporting Bulldog Soccer!!
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