It was no occasion of frippery, as Carlisle Bilbo correctly spelled "frippery" in the final round to win the MacIntyre Park Middle School Spelling Bee on December 14, 2018. Pictured: Runner-up Evan Ariail and Champion Carlisle Bilbo out-spelled over 50 other class-level winners and will advance to the Thomasville City Schools District Spelling Bee on February 1, 2019 at 9:00 a.m at the Thomasville City Schools Board of Education.
Thomasville City Scholars Academy middle schoolers in Djuana Rinehart and Dana Rainey's classes won numerous awards in the Daughters of the American Revolution Junior American Citizens Contest: (6th Grade, Group 1) Poster - 1st Ella Kate Carroll, 2nd Nicholas Connell, and 3rd Madelyn Beaty; Stamp - 1st Sage Butler and 2nd Mia Young; Poem: 1st Ciny Martinez and 2nd Laramie Stokes (6th Grade, Group 2) Poster - 1st Avery Long; Poem - 1st Kate von Hellens and 3rd Jenna Collins; Short Story - 2nd Grace Cleveland (7th Grade, Group 1) Poster - 1st Kylie Holt, 2nd Evan Ariail, and 3rd Talmadge Vinson (not pictured); Stamp - 1st Gracie Glaccum, 2nd Janice Dong, 3rd Colin Connery, and HM Brianna June; Short Story - 1st Rowan Garland (7th Grade, Group 2) Stamp - 1st Maggie Richardson (not pictured), 2nd Seth Rome, 3rd Keely Walden, and HM Parker Levitt (8th Grade, Group 1) Poster - 1st Jacob Jordan; Stamp - 1st Gus Novak and 2nd Sarah Grace Young; Poem - 1st Aiden Lee, 2nd Ella Williams, and 3rd Sydney Jones (not pictured); Short Story - 1st Simon Harper (8th Grade, Group 2) Poster - 1st Colin Szwarc; Stamp - 1st Disha Patel, 2nd Ashlyn Donalson, 3rd Macy Taylor, and HM Sophie Wright (not pictured); Poem - 1st Timothy Cordista; and Short Story - 1st Myla Still
Thomasville City Scholars Academy Class of 2019 gathered for the annual tradition called Senior Ornament Night. Students presented creative hand-crafted ornaments that represent themselves and their memories of Thomasville City Schools. After placing their ornaments on the tree, students also shared their predictions about where they see themselves in 10 years.
by Kianna Ross
Thomasville High School and Scholars Academy students receive training in technology through Computer Science Principles, a course that introduces the foundations of computer science with a focus on how computing powers the world.
Along with the fundamentals of computing, students learn to analyze data, create technology that has a practical impact, and gain a broader understanding of how computer science impacts people and society. Computer applications classes have been taught on campus for many years, but those classes focused on typing skills and being able to use basic computer applications.
Students can now dive into more explicit and deeper study of computer science with Patricia Beach, a newcomer to the Thomasville City Schools staff.
“The thing that I enjoy most about teaching this course is that I really like to watch the students acquire knowledge and learn how to create ideas,” said Beach.
Sophomore Jackson Coppedge compared his previous computer science courses from the course that he is taking now.
“Other classes that I have taken have not gone into full detail as to what is going on inside the computer compared to my current computer class,” said Coppedge.
Sophomore Mauri Leroux explained why she enjoys the course.
“I enjoy the course because it’s easy to understand the concepts of the lessons,” said Leroux.
Beach explained that the students learn about the hardware, the history of computers, and then they learn programming.
“The course is also built on seven big ideas: creativity, data and information, algorithms, programming, abstraction, the internet, and the impact of data on the world,” said Beach.
“I’ve learned, so far, how to code things. I also want to get better at coding because I am still at the beginner level,” said Bella Pozo.
“I have learned the binary number system, how different circuits use the number binary system, and how computers get access to RAM,” said Coppedge.
Beach explained that there is not a career that doesn’t consist of some type of computer science skill.
“I really challenge my students to think of any career where you couldn’t use any computer science skills. Farmers, artists, fishermen, hunters, and land managers all interact with computers in some way,” said Beach.
Coppedge plans to invent his own computer one day in the future.
“I am fascinated about how computers work and hope that one day I can invent a special type of computer that can benefit people more than computers do today,” said Coppedge.
Beach encourages students to join her class because of its promising enjoyment.
“Come take my class. I teach a full range of classes, through middle school and high school, so it doesn’t matter what grade you’re in. You’re welcome!” said Beach.