- Come out to the 2018 Back to School Blitz on Saturday, August 4, 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at the THS Gymnasium.
The Blitz is sponsored each year by the Thomas County Family Connection in partnership with the Thomasville City Schools and Thomas County Schools. The goal of the Blitz is to provide students and parents with necessary tools for a successful school year. This community-wide event offers free, basic school supplies, free health screenings, valuable informational displays, and much more. Let's #REDOUT The Dog House! If you are able to make it and when sharing, let everyone know to wear RED and show everyone why WE ARE THOMASVILLE!
- Open House MacIntyre Park Middle School: Thursday, August 2, 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
*Upcoming 6th and new to MPMS & Scholars Academy
Friday, August 3rd, 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
*MPMS - Grades 7th & 8th and AIMS
- Open House Scholars Academy: Thursday, August 2, 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
*Upcoming 6th and new to MPMS & Scholars Academy
Friday, August 3, 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
*Auditorium Lobby - Grades 7th & 8th
Friday, August 3, 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
*THS Gymnasium - Grades 9th - 12th
- Open House Thomasville High School:
Friday, August 3, 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
*THS Gymnasium - Grades 9th – 12th
- Attention Class of 2019: Please make sure that you got an informational flyer about senior portraits before the last day of school or click HERE to download the flyer. Lifetouch ybpay.com online portal opened in late June.
- 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 CALENDAR for important upcoming concerts, activities, and events and the 2018-19 Thomasville City Schools Calendar.
- FCA meets on Tuesday mornings at 7:20 a.m. in the Multipurpose Room.
- Go to the ATHLETICS INFORMATION page to get current sports schedules.
- 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.
The seasoned Scholars Academy Odyssey of the Mind team wowed the judges during the team’s third trip to World Finals, finishing 3rd in the United States and 6th in the world.
The Scholars Academy OM team including Matthew Cline, Bo Miller, Erin Quick, Alston Stevenson, Jackson Hodge, Ella Millere, and Reid Harbin presented its performance-based problem solution at World Finals at Iowa State University during May 23-26, in Ames, Iowa.
The team’s solution for the problem, “Stellar Hangout,” included a 6.5-foot dragon made entirely out of spoons; a giant, glowing and talking eyeball; and computer programmed puppets that spoke without manual manipulation.
“This team never ceases to amaze me!” Coach Kimsey Hodge said about the team. “The hours and effort that they put into a solution is mind-boggling. It’s like an obsession with them. I even had to limit their requested work time in order to spend time with family this year. They utilized that time very efficiently.”
This experienced team also mentored the MacIntyre Park Middle School team that qualified for and attended World Finals, the school’s first-ever OM World Finals team. Rising senior Erin Quick enjoyed mentoring the newcomers.
“It was so much fun to experience World Finals through the eyes of someone who has never been before. They are such sweet guys,” said Quick.
The MPMS team competed in the Balsa Wood Structure problem, “Animal House.” The team had to build a structure weighing no more that 15 grams but held as much weight as possible. At regional competition, the team held 185 pounds. Members who attended World Finals were Acire Golden, Donovan Brooks, and Dillon Brown.
“I learned a lot about structures, but I also learned about teamwork and commitment,” said Brooks,rising Thomasville High School freshman.
Co-coach Marc Cramer felt the MPMS team grew, as well.
“They really learned a lot this year and it was great to watch them figure out the process of building structures and learning about teamwork,” said Cramer.
After competition in Iowa, both teams and coaches took an educational side trip to Chicago before coming home. They visited the Art Institute of Chicago, the Field Museum, and saw the historically-based musical, Hamilton.
“It was amazing!” stated Harbin, a rising sophomore at Scholars Academy, as he was leaving the theater.
Fellow rising Scholars Academy sophomore, Jax Hodge has been listening to the soundtrack for well over a year and said, “I loved it!”
Class of 2018 senior Cline said, “It was the most incredible experience of my life...I have chill bumps!”
Cline, incidentally, missed his own graduation from Thomasville High School in order to compete at World Finals. Fortunately, a graduation ceremony is held at World Finals for just this type of situation, considering the time of the year in which the competition is held. On Friday, May 25, Cline walked across the stage at Iowa State University with close to 100 graduates from around the world who were also missing their gradations to be at the competition.
Both teams, as well as the other teams housed at Scholars Academy will begin preparing for next year’s competition as early as this summer.
“That’s the difference between the teams that do well and the teams who struggle,” stated Kimsey Hodge. “Those who find success in OM start early and work many, long hours - which means their coaches do also!”
This incredible trip would not have been possible without the generous support of Thomasville City Schools; The City of Thomasville; Kiwanis; Senior Life; Hong Yip; Quirky Perks; The Gift Shop; TECT Company; Barbarito’s of Tallahassee; JB Crumbs; Diablos; H&H Engraving; Bertschy Construction; Grassroots Coffee; Representative Darlene Taylor; The Gift Shop; Chastain’s BP Service Station; Liam’s; Jonah’s Fish and Grits; Thomasville National Bank, Bobby Dollar’s Appliance Consultants; You’re Maker; Taste of Thomasville; Chick-fil-a of Thomasville; Sweet Grass Dairy; The Bookshelf; Kouncil Klub; Billiard Academy; TOSAC; Small Cakes; Savannah Moon; Cairo Medical Care; Silvis, Ambrose, Lindquist and Coch; Al Dixon Menswear; Courtney’s Couture; Carroll and Company; Full Circle Lawn and Landscaping; Mary Madison Boutique; and many other private donations.
Scholars Academy English teacher Lynn Stowers was honored for 50 years of continuous service at Thomasville High School. Superintendent Dr. Laine Reichert presented her with a letter from Governor Nathan Deal. Stowers was also presented with an autographed copy of a book written by one of her students, a copy of Moby Dick with pages artfully folded into the word "teacher," and a book of over 50 thank you letters from students from the past 50 years. Stowers plans to continue teaching at Scholars Academy!
Click here to view WCTV coverage of the event.
by Kianna Ross
Thomasville City Scholars Academy students showcased their techniques and skills that they acquired over the school year on March 28-30 in the MacIntyre Auditorium under the direction of dance instructors Alison Bundrick and Esmond Pickett.
According to Bundrick’s syllabus, the dance course at Scholars Academy teaches individuals multiple dance forms such as ballet, contemporary, jazz, and hip-hop. The course also offers the lessons of etiquette, vocabulary, history, choreographic principles, and elements of performing.
Dance has been offered at the Scholars Academy for seven years, marking Bundrick’s seventh year directing the Dance Showcase.
“I am always amazed at their performances and so proud to be a part of a wonderful program,” said Bundrick.
The showcase featured 27 dances choreographed by Bundrick, Pickett, and several guest and student choreographers.
“When working with a guest choreographer, you get to explore new movement and learn different techniques that may help you improve,” said Riann Duggan.
The Dance Showcase featured 130 students ranging from 6th to 12th grade, which consists of different levels of technique experience among the students.
“Ensuring that beginners are given material that is within their skill set and at the same time challenging for the advanced dancers can be difficult,” said Bundrick.
The dance number “Put a Praise on It” choreographed by Pickett was a crowd favorite due to its exciting movements and catchy rhythm. The dance consisted of old gospel and new gospel songs which engaged the viewers of all different ages.
Senior Daria Stephens choreographed the dance number, “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun,” which told the story of girls at a sleepover.
The audience left remembering the “Finale,” which featured all of the dancers in one ensemble and music from the High School Musical soundtrack.
The dancers not only put together the show, but many backstage elements put the finishing touches to the show.
“Prior to the performance, there are many production elements that must be completed including costume selection and fittings, getting the program ready for printing, cast meals for the dancers during theatre week, all the music edited and in show order, light cues set, and so much more.
Bundrick explained that parents assisted with cast meals, dressing room supervision, backstage, ticket sales, concessions, ushers, and costume cleaning.
“The time I enjoy the most about the Dance Showcase is theatre week. Even if everyone is stressed and anxious, it’s fun to sit and watch the dances of other classes,” said Muriel Sarabia.
“I enjoy making new memories, performing with my friends, and showing how much the dance program has taught us over the course of the school year,” said Sophi Sampson.
Bundrick explained what she wants her students to take away from the experience.
“The most important lesson I hope the dancers learn is the value of hard work and perseverance. These two skills will enable them to succeed in anything they choose to explore,” said Bundrick.
by Molly Novak
Thomasville City Schools Scholars Academy Latin Club aims to reach elementary students and interest them in studying Latin or Greek in upper grades by bringing back its third annual, all classics-themed Classical Fair.
The Classical Fair was held on February 24 from 9:30-11:00 a.m. in conjunction with the Bulldog Dash 5K Race as it has become the tradition for the last three years.
Latin Club is an extracurricular school program that has grown from twenty-seven members to forty-one members for Latin and Greek students in a year. Charles Gammel’s six-year running Latin Club provides Scholars Academy with profound language study that allows students to excel beyond their normal Latin class coursework
Latin Club co-President Emily Dixon explained that the importance of Classical Fair is to reach out to young students and showcase that Spanish classes aren’t the only foreign language options offered at Scholars Academy.
Latin Club co-President Braxton Sizemore said, “Classical Fair is one of the most important events in the spring at the Scholars Academy, because it allows students who are passionate about the classics to pass on their knowledge to the next generation of Scholars students.”
“Younger kids from Jerger, Scott, and Harper come not only to have a good time, but also to learn a little more about the cultures of the ancient world,” said Sizemore.
Every station was student-planned and student-operated at the event: Greek dancing, flower crowns, pot painting, gladiator training and fighting, candy mummy making, and face painting.
“I think the Greek pottery station best represents the Classical era because everyone is really familiar with the red and black Greek pots. Getting to make and put your own spin on it is really cool,” said Dixon.
“[Classical Fair] provides leadership opportunities to the students who are involved and working. It increases comradery in members of the club as they are achieving a common goal,” stated Gammel.
Gammel expressed that his favorite part is watching students work together to make the whole event happen.
“My favorite station is definitely the marshmallow mummy station! It is so fun, and also really informational about the process of mummification in ancient Egypt,” said Sizemore.
Dixon said, “My favorite station at Classical Fair has to be Greek dancing!”
Sizemore added, “I love seeing all the little kids running around and whacking each other with pool noodles in gladiator combat!”
by Semira Davis
Two Thomasville City Schools Odyssey of the Mind teams bound for World Finals will offer community-wide performances on Saturday, May 12 from 1:00-5:00 p.m. at the Thomasville Amphitheater. The event is free, open to the public, and will include opportunities to help fund their trip to World Finals in May.
A high school and a middle school team from Scholars Academy and MacIntyre Park Middle School will compete at the Odyssey of the Mind (OM) World Finals at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa, from May 23- 26.
The high school Scholars Academy team that includes Matthew Cline, Reid Harbin, Jax Hodge, Bo Miller, Ella Millere, Erin Quick, and Alston Stevenson won first place with “Stellar Hangout” (Performance problem) at State Finals and will be advancing to World Finals. They are currently the reigning 3rd place team in the world in their problem and division for 2017.
The middle school Scholars Academy and MacIntyre Park Middle School team that includes Donovan Brooks, Dillion Brown, Acire Golden, and Will Roberts won second place with “Animal House” (Balsa wood/structure problem) at State Finals and will also be advancing to World Finals.
Three other teams scored high enough at region competition to compete in the State Finals at Columbus State University. A team made up of Jerger Elementary students and one homeschool student included Olivia Barnes, Kyra Clatto, Henry Edge, Audrey Murray, and Lilli Watson; they competed in “Triathlon Trials (Vehicle problem). A high school Scholars Academy team also competed in the “Triathlon Trials” problem; team members included Winston Cornish, Ben Dozier, Fred Drayton, Jack Edge, Ryan Jones, Max White, and Oliver Yant. A high school Scholars Academy and Thomasville High School team that included Semira Davis, Wyndham Drayton, Bre’Yannah Frazier, Tian Green, and Yasmine Lane competed in “Emoji...Speak for Yourself” (Technical problem).
“In the past five years, Odyssey of the Mind has allowed me to come out of my shell and experience new things with amazing people. Also, it has helped me to look at not only people, but the world itself with a new, creative perspective. During the years, OM has taught me that through hard work and determination, you can achieve anything you desire to accomplish,” said Quick, a junior at Scholars Academy who is headed back to World Finals for a second time with her team.
“We wanted to represent MacIntyre Park Middle School because they didn’t have a team, and I had fun doing something I’ve never done before,” said Brooks, one of the students advancing to World Finals.
All eight of the teams that competed regionally this year were overseen and coached by Kimsey Hodge. A Primary team (K-2nd grade) made up of students from Scott and Jerger Elementary Schools was primarily coached after school by former Scholars Academy OM teacher, Katie Chastain. Tracey Edge, a parent volunteer, helped Hodge coach the Elementary team (3rd-5th grade). Theater Tech teacher at Scholars Academy, Marc Cramer, assisted Hodge with the middle and high school teams.
OM students agree that the class, preparation sessions, and competitions deliver great personal, soft skills such as communication and problem solving.
“I think that OM has made me a better person. I’ve learned about teamwork and working with people for a long period of time,” said Lane who has been in Odyssey of the Mind since 7th grade.
“You don’t have to be good at everything. Our entire team brought different things to the table to help us succeed,” said Wyndham Drayton, who has been in the OM community for three years.
Contact Kimsey Hodge for questions about the community-wide event at the Thomasville Amphitheater on May 12 or how to contribute to other fundraising efforts (firstname.lastname@example.org).
by Amber Sarabia
Thomasville High School students traveled to the Atlanta National College Fair on Sunday, March 25 to explore their options on over 200 colleges, in-state, nationwide, and abroad.
The students were accompanied by THS Dean of Students Stacy Reese, HOSA Advisor Barbara Peralta, and Scholars Academy Latin teacher Charles Gammel.
“The purpose of the college fair is to show students the vast number of opportunities available to them. In addition, the college counseling and financial information sessions are very valuable to families who have not gone through college applications before,” said Gammel.
The college fair was very helpful to the students that attended by giving them some insight on their future college choices.
“It gave me opportunities to look at what certain colleges had. Some colleges had my interest and some didn’t,” said Taylor House.
“After going to the college fair in Atlanta, I’m pretty sure that I know which college I want to go to,” said Jasmine Cone.
“The college fair helped me by giving me the opportunity to meet with and talk to various college representatives, and I got to ask any questions I would like answered about the college,” said Ionica Jackson.
The college fair allowed students to socialize while being productive with their time on a weekend.
“Getting to know other people and being in a different environment isn’t always a bad thing,” said House.
“It was nice taking a trip with my friends and getting some help choosing my college at the same time,” said Jackson.
The National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC), founded in 1937, is an organization of nearly 16,000 professionals from around the world dedicated to serving students as they make choices about pursuing postsecondary education. The college fair exposes institutions to more than 20,000 students and parents annually who are interested in undergraduate or graduate studies in music, dance, theater, visual arts, graphic design, and related disciplines. It’s an opportunity to discuss with students how their institutions can be part of the students’ future.
by Rachel Brewer
Thomasville High School Band journeyed to Chicago for three days to march in the nation’s largest Saint Patrick’s Day parade and explore all that the city has to offer.
Many of the members admit that performing in a televised parade was slightly nerve-racking, but for some the excitement just emphasized the fun.
“It was the biggest parade I had ever been in, but it was really fun to see everyone out in the crowd and knowing people were watching on TV, too,” said Red Hots dance line performer Brennan Rae.
“Everyone was really nice even though they didn’t know us and they were still cheering for us and encouraging us and it made me feel special,” said band member Jackson Mims.
Band Director Joe Regina takes an average of 100 marching band students every other spring on a trip that he knows his students will enjoy. In 2014, the band represented South Georgia in Washington, D.C. at the National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade. In 2016, they marched at Disney where they performed songs from The Lion King such as “Circle of Life,” “The Lion Sleeps Tonight,” “Can You Feel the Love Tonight,” “Just Can’t Wait to be King,” and “Hakuna Matata.”
“I think Chicago was the most fun trip yet. We had a really good time and we had a really great experience. It just seems like every time we go somewhere it gets better and better,” said Regina.
The purpose of the trips is not only to perform, but also to view and tour different places in that city. This year, in Chicago, they ventured to the top floor of the Willis Tower where they peered out over the city.
“It was my favorite part of the trip. I had never been that high up before, so it was really special for me,” said Mims.
Band members say that the weather was freezing and very windy, but it was still a fun-filled weekend and worth the trip.
“If there was one thing I could change, it would be to go in the summertime so the weather wouldn’t be as cold,” said Thomas Butler.
“Everything was fun, but my favorite part of the trip had to be the dinner cruise we went on because we got to dance around and have a fun time,” said Rae.
The trip came to a close on Sunday afternoon when they had done everything they planned to do.
“If there was one thing I wished we had gotten the chance to do, it would’ve been to go to the art museum one of the days we were there,” said Eli Humphries.
“Overall I would definitely recommend the trip to anyone who wants to go. It was for sure a success,” said Rae.
Not only did the band impress all who enjoyed the parade, but they also excelled at their festival evaluations with straight superior ratings the day before they left for their 18 hour trip to Chicago.
“Everywhere we went they got compliments on their behavior. I’m so proud of all my students; they just really did a great job. It’s been a great year and I’m really happy for all of them,” said Regina.
by Veruanikka Newsome
Thomasville High School girls will kick off their second annual Power Puff game at Veterans Memorial Stadium on Thursday, April 19 at 7:00 p.m.
The game will be between the 10th and 11th graders vs the 9th and 12th graders.
Peer Leadership will be hosting the event to raise proceeds that will fund the Peer Leadership class so that they can fund other events and awareness projects. They chose this type of event to promote the girls-only sport, and it also gets the students involved in intramural sports.
The game will consist of two, twenty minute halves with a continuous clock, in addition to a fifteen minute half-time break.
“I like the fact that the halves are only 20 minutes each so that the game isn’t long and dragged out because we’re are playing for fun” said senior Elli Stone.
There will also be a halftime event consisting of “A Minute to Win It” competition and also a relay race with a prize for the winners.
People will also be able to purchase t-shirts during the game and enjoy food and drinks from a concession stand, hosted by HOSA.
“I feel like playing the 11th graders would be a good competition for the seniors,” said senior Morgan Matthews.
The buzz around the school comes with a majority vote that the seniors will beat the juniors, but that doesn’t deter the juniors.
Claudia White is ready to “kick some senior butt,” and Latatyana Hadley knows you “can't keep real ones down.”
Senior Jenna Long really enjoys football and always wished she could play.
“I want to show off my quarterback skills and show that not only boys can play football,” said Long.
Thomasville High School and Scholars Academy National Honor Society members served proudly at the Great American Cleanup Project Day on Saturday, March 24th, 2018. The event was hosted by Keep Thomas County Beautiful, an affiliate of Keep America Beautiful. Forty Thomasville City Schools students were part of the 300 plus volunteers that gave their time to help reduce litter and beautify the Thomasville community and roadways! 2017 Great American Cleanup yielded some 20,000 participating communities across the country comprised of over 5,000,000 volunteers.
Thomasville City Scholars Academy student Ellie Griffin, an 8th grader in Joy Tinney's Broadcast Video class, was notified by The National Road Safety Foundation that her entry in the Drive 2 Life Public Service Announcement contest, co-sponsored by Scholastic, was selected in the top 20 PSA's out of 1,434 entries nationwide. Griffin was congratulated on her thought-provoking concept, commended for her interest in helping teens become conscious about the dangers on the road, and challenged to continue spreading the message to her peers.
FIVE Odyssey of the Mind teams qualified at regional competition to advance to the Georgia Odyssey of the Mind Finals at Columbus State University on April 7, 2018.
Three other students were awarded for their creativity.
After a meeting of MacIntyre Park Middle School, Scholars Academy, and Thomasville High School English teachers, seven students were named as the 6th - 12th grade winners of the Young Georgia Authors Writing Competition for the Thomasville City Schools district. Pictured: 6th: Maggie Claire Richardson "What My Family Means to Me," 7th: Sarah Grace Young "The Fire Inside," 8th: Madisen Cox "The Assignment," 9th: Rosalie Millere "A Blood Cell's Journey," 10th: Braxton Sizemore "Saxophone," 11th: Emily K Dukes "Dad and Me," and 12th: Lilith R. Edwards "An Explication of 'The Signature of All Things." The district's winning entries will be sent to the regional level of competition at Southwest Georgia RESA District 14.
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