Seventeen Scholars Academy students took in outstanding art exhibits in Atlanta with Latin teacher Charlie Gammel and science teacher Jamie Gammel. The group visited the Michael C. Carlos Museum at Emory University, where they saw goddess figurines dating from the 7th millennium, Mummies and Egyptian art from the 3rd millennium, and an excellent collection of Greco-Roman art from throughout the Roman era. After the Carlos, they drove to the High Museum of Art for a taste of modern and contemporary art. Students who participate in Scholars Academy AP Art History classes were able to see the pieces they have studied in real life! Younger students were enthralled with the 3-D art.
Thomasville City Scholars Academy students, under the guidance of Amanda Nelson, participated in the annual Sonia Kovalevsky Days at VSU. Kaitlin Kasper captured 1st place in the SK Days Math Contest. Pictured: Amanda Nelson, Kaitlin Kasper, Molly Novak, Clara Clifton, McKenna Willis, Caroline Hiers, and Kristina Perry.
Sonia Kovalevsky Days (SK Days), an annual event hosted by Valdosta State University's Department of Mathematics in collaboration with the Department of Computer Science, is held in honor of Sonia Kovalevsky, the first woman to ever earn a doctorate in Mathematics.
The purpose of Sonia Kovalevsky Days (SK Days) is to inform female high-school students about the many career opportunities available to them in mathematics and related fields; encourage them to take as many advanced mathematics and sciences courses as possible to better prepare them for college related fields of study; and to encourage them to pursue interests in careers that are still mostly dominated by male students. SK Days offers workshops and discussions focused on STEM related topics - science, technology, engineering, and math - and is an important component of VSU's commitment to help increase the number of women pursuing mathematics and science fields in post-secondary study and beyond.
Kovalevsky attended classes and lectures whenever permitted, and in 1874, earned her degree in absentia from the University of Gottingen, after writing three complete dissertations. Sonia won the prestigious Prix Bordin prize in 1888 for her memoir, On the Problem of the Rotation of a Solid Body about a Fixed Point. Awarded a lifetime chair in mathematics appointment at Stockholm University, as well as membership in the Russian Academy, Sonia still was not offered coveted teaching positions at Russian universities nor was she allowed to attend Russian Academy meetings.
Interventional Cardiologist Clay Sizemore, M.D. hosted Jamie Gammel’s Scholars Academy Biomedical Science class for an awesome experience in the Cardiology Department at Archbold Memorial Hospital. Various members of Dr. Sizemore's team talked the students about their training and education as well as current responsibilities in their careers. Students toured the Cardiology Department where they were able to watch a cardio catheterization procedure and an echocardiogram. At the end of the field trip, Dr. Sizemore created three fictional patients, and students volunteered to portray the characters complaining of different types of chest pain. Students then had to guess the diagnosis of each character.
Thomasville City Scholars Academy celebrated all things related to Advanced Placement on April 8 & 9, 2019, to recognize Thomasville High School’s recent designation as an AP Honor School by the College Board in four categories: AP Challenge, AP STEM, AP STEM Achievement, and AP Humanities.
AP Challenge Schools (44 named) are schools with enrollments of 900 or fewer students and students testing in four of the core areas (English, math, science, and social studies). AP Humanities Schools (142 named) are schools with students testing in the following AP courses: at least one English course, two history/social science courses, one fine arts course and one world language course. AP STEM Schools (200 named) are schools with students testing in at least two AP math courses and two AP science courses. AP STEM Achievement Schools (128 named) are schools with students testing in at least two AP math courses and two AP science courses and at least 40% of AP math and AP science exams earning scores of 3 or higher.
State School Superintendent Richard Woods named 230 Advanced Placement (AP) Honor Schools in Georgia for 2019.
“It’s essential that we offer a robust set of opportunities to Georgia students, and Advanced Placement is an important part of that,” said State School Superintendent Richard Woods. “I congratulate the educators and leaders who worked to create strong AP programs in these 230 Georgia schools, ultimately connecting students with high-level coursework and the opportunity to gain college credit.”
To celebrate and to continue to promote Thomasville City Schools’ AP program, Advanced Placement teachers received bags full of treats to share with their AP students and also an AP Trivia Quiz for them to fill out and return in class.
AP U.S. History, AP European History, and AP Psychology teacher Erin White created and then scanned the quizzes to determine the highest scoring from over 400 quizzes scored. The overall winner was Max White with a score of 11/15. Some interesting national and local facts about AP appeared on the quiz, and answers were later shared with students.
“Whether they teach AP classes or not, all of our teachers are an important part of preparing our students for success on these exams,” said White.
AP exams are administered by the College Board, which also administers the SAT. AP courses are one of several ways Georgia students can access college-level learning at the high-school level; students who receive a 3, 4, or 5 on an AP exam may receive college credit. The Georgia Department of Education began recognizing AP Honor Schools in 2008. This recognition began with three categories: AP Access and Support Schools; AP Challenge Schools; and AP Merit Schools. AP STEM and AP STEM Achievement categories were added in 2011, and the AP Humanities category was added in 2015.
Georgia’s public-school class of 2018 is ranked 16th in the nation for the percentage of students scoring 3, 4, or 5 on at least one AP exam during high school, and 13th in the nation for AP participation.
Thomasville City Schools advanced six teams from the elementary, middle, and high school levels to the Odyssey of the Mind State Finals in Columbus, Georgia on April 13 and brought home a 1st place win, the Ranatra Fusca Award for "extreme creativity," and the status of WORLD FINALISTS for one of the high school teams. Their long-term problem solution of holding 775 pounds with a 15 gram balsa-wood, student-built structure will advance them to compete at the Odyssey of the Mind World Finals in East Lansing, Michigan on May 22-25, 2019. Pictured: Erin Quick (12th), Bo Miller (12th), Jax Hodge (10th), OM Coach Kimsey Hodge, Rosalie Millere (10th), Alston Stevenson (12th), Ella Millere (10th), and Reid Harbin (10th).
THS Scholars Academy students are known to shoot for the stars academically. Mason Wilson has been named the Class of 2019 STAR Student with the highest College Board Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) score in the 12th grade in the Thomasville City School System.
To obtain the STAR nomination, high school seniors must have the highest score on any single test date of the SAT taken through the November test date of their senior year and be in the top 10 percent of top 10 student of their class based on grade point average. Nominees SAT scores must be equal or higher than the latest available average of the Evidence Based Reading & Writing and Math sections.
Wilson faced the tough responsibility of choosing a specific STAR teacher that has played a significant role in her academic achievement. Wilson chose Erin White, with whom Wilson took AP World History, AP U. S. History, AP Psychology, and AP European History.
“What sets Mason apart from many of her classmates is her genuine love for learning and her outstanding work ethic,” said White.
“Mrs. White always pushes me to go beyond what I think I am capable of which really has helped me gain so much confidence over the past few years,” said Wilson.