No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted. Students and faculty at Scott Elementary School joined thousands of schools, and millions of students across the United States, in celebrating National Kindness Week. They started off the week with a Kindness Pep Rally that the 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade student council and the school counseling department hosted. Students were then given a Kindness Checklist to complete throughout the week. Some of the tasks included: compliment 5 people, tell a joke and make someone laugh, give a KIND handshake to greet a classmate, do a happy dance, and bring a flower to your office staff. The 3rd- 5th grade students have 50 challenges to complete and the k-2nd grade students have 12 challenges to complete in ONE week. Students could also purchase KINDNESS Grams to give to a student or staff member at Scott with a positive message. Along with all of the kindness activities, students had kindness dress up days with different themes, dress up days are always a favorite at Scott. Classes across the school will also be showing kindness to the community by making Valentine’s Day cards for local nursing homes in Thomasville. Scott students and faculty are very excited, to not only join in on this initiative with other schools across the nation, but also to be the first school in the district to take part in this Great Kindness Challenge!
THS and MPMS Floor Hockey Team won the Special Olympics State Championship in Marietta on January 13, 2019. In the first round, the Dogs went into double overtime and a shootout. The Dogs would eventually go onto win the final game against Colquitt County to take claim to the state championship for the second year in a row.
Thomasville City Schools 2017-18 Teacher of the Year Neal Ford was awarded the use of a Jeep Wrangler, provided courtesy of Stallings Motors and Big Oak Advisors, for the second semester of the school year. Ford, MacIntyre Park Middle School math teacher, parks in his reserved spot.
Teachers of the Year by school are: Martha Murray, Jerger Elementary; Emma Yale Peirce, Harper Elementary; Samantha Greene, Scott Elementary; Neal Ford, MacIntyre Park Middle School; Dr. Artez Sims, Scholars Academy; and Dale Hicks, Thomasville High School.
The Daughters of the American Revolution, Junior American Citizens contest theme for 2018 is: “The 50th Anniversary of the Lunar Landing – America’s Great Move Forward in Exploration and Technology." The National Society Daughters of the American Revolution created the Junior American Citizens (JAC) Committee to promote good citizenship and appreciation of American heritage and history among every school-age child in the United States. The 1st place local winners have advanced to the state level contest.
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
Scott Elementary students in Mrs. Spence and Mrs. Young's Class won 1st place for their Community Service Project, Jayda Smith won Honorable Mention in the Poster category, and DeMario Sawyer won 2nd place in the Poster category.
Jerger Elementary student winners from various grade levels are pictured:
Thomasville City Schools continues its third year of partnership between Scott Elementary School and IBM by giving students hands-on interaction with programming with a team of 8 IBM volunteers.
The group of students, which included Faith Shiver’s 4th and 5th grade gifted and Jennifer Lester’s 3rd grade, began by discussing how robots are used in everyday life and then advanced their thought-process by drawing up plans for a robot of their own that they could invent to complete an unfavorable chore.
Students then split into groups to progress through the building blocks of programming. Each group had a robot with particular attributes and weaknesses as well as a problem to be solved with the robot. Students defined the requirements to solve the problem, determined the instructions to meet the requirements, and then tested the solution.
“Pablo” was a robot whose challenge was to draw squares and triangles with its specific attributes of creativity. “Herbie,” known for its reliability, was a robot whose challenge was to move forwards and backwards along a prescribed path. “Pupper” was a robot whose dexterity was an attribute that would be used to lift and move small tires within a time limit.
Trisha Atchley, IBM volunteer, reminded the students to think about “each tiny little step” as they considered how they might get the robot to do their bidding.
Shiver looks forward to each visit from the IBM team with her students because the students quickly realize that the computer or robot will only do what they tell it to do. If it doesn’t work, the kids have to figure it out.
“The one thing that I love is all of the problem solving,” said Shiver.
With the launch of IBM Volunteers in November 2003, IBM reinvented its support of employees and retirees whose volunteer work enriches the communities where we live and work. This innovative global program reflects IBM's strategy to help the world work better, making a wide range of knowledge and expertise available to volunteers online.
Scott Elementary students look forward to a return visit from the IBM team in the spring of 2019.
Jennifer Lester’s 3rd grade class at Scott Elementary is participating in "The Flat Stanley Project." The project is based on "Flat Stanley," a whimsical short story that follows the adventures of a young boy who finds himself to be only a half inch thick after a bulletin board falls on him in his sleep. For many years, classes around the world have participated in the project by sharing information about their schools and communities. Scott Elementary's Flat Stanley’s were mailed out to schools around the United States and as far away as Europe in hopes that the class receiving the package will take Flat Stanley on adventures and return the package sharing information about his visit. The project helps students learn about different schools, communities, and cultures.
Harper Elementary School is putting effort into building positive relationships through restorative practices. This year, Harper staff implemented a check-in system for students with social and emotional needs.
A brief meeting every morning and afternoon with a mentor adult who is not the child’s teacher gives that student a chance to review their social and emotional goals and get their day started on a positive note. Students who have a perfect day get their names placed on the "Wall of Fame" board in Mrs. Flanders’ restorative room.
What began as a small incentive system for 18 students grew quickly within the first quarter of school to over 30 students and mentors. Students are now asking for a mentor of their own!
Roosevelt Holland, 5th grade student, realizes that his behavior has changed since the implementation of the check-in check-out system.
"This year I feel good when I come in the morning. I feel so good because I do the right things and I get to see my mentor Mrs. Stone. She teaches me how to be a good person and not to focus on the bad stuff," said Holland.
Holly Allan, Harper CICO Coordinator, stated, ”Our students feel supported through positive relationships every single day, which builds their capacity to be successful students.”
Thomasville City Schools GATES (Gifted and Talents Education Services) students travel from Harper, Jerger, and Scott Elementaries to Thomasville Center for the Arts on a weekly, rotational basis by grade level for gifted education activities. Elementary Gifted Education Coordinator Faith Shiver and gifted education teachers Kedist Chen-Black, Tracy House, and Lori McCabe plan enriching activities for GATES students.
GATES Fall Open House was at the Thomasville Center for the Arts on Thursday, November 29, 2018. Crowds of parents and students gathered to get a glimpse of what types of activities the students engage in on a weekly basis.
Second through fifth grade gifted students from opened the meeting by singing “Los Dias de la Semana” (“The Days of the Week” in Spanish) on stage for their families (left). Groups of students then shared their “Thingamajig” inventions and advertising commercials (middle). The evening concluded with tours of the three GATES classrooms at Thomasville Center for the Arts where students excitedly shared various projects and computer science modules they had completed (right).
Thomasville High School's welding students competed in the South GA and Southwest GA Skills Challenge in Moultrie on November 29, 2018. Approximately twenty schools participated in the challenge, with over 200 students competing in various events including blueprint reading, carpentry, electrical, masonry, plumbing and welding.
The welding class at THS is taught by Southern Regional Technical College instructor John Kemper. Kemper stated that even though his five students have only been studying welding for four months, they've learned a lot.
“This competition was a great experience. They got to see what it's all about," said Kemper.
CTAE Director Shamane Taylor is very excited about the return of the welding program to THS.
"We have a number of different Career Technical Agricultural Education (CTAE) pathways in our system, but we moved away from the traditional skilled trade programs that were once so prevalent."
Taylor went on to say that the United States is facing a nationwide skills gap, and too many good-paying jobs can't be filled.
“That's why I'm so pleased to be working with SRTC to provide this option to our students," said Taylor.
Students will be able to earn two welding certificates in two years, which will qualify them for entry-level welding jobs wherever they wish to work.
"Welding is hard and hot, but the pay makes it a worthwhile career," said Kemper.
Junior Leondre' Cliett competed in the challenge and didn't really know what to expect this year. After his first experience at the Skills Challenge, he aims to be ready for next year's competition.
Cliett said, "We're going to be in the top ten!"
Skills Challenge is hosted by the South Georgia and Southwest Georgia Workforce Development Alliances, in conjunction with AGC Georgia, JCI Contractors, and Tulsa Welding School in Jacksonville, Florida.
A crowd in excess of 200 citizens turned out on November 5, 2018, at Harper Elementary for the first of two meetings to hear information about the Thomasville City Schools Strategic Facilities Plan that is mandated by the Georgia Department of Education. Board of Education Chairman, Chris Rodd opened the meeting by telling the group that no decisions have been made and that the process will begin in January. Rodd expressed that he hopes participation is this strong as the board goes through the process going into 2020 and invited solutions through letters, emails, and calls in addition to welcoming presence at meetings that are open to the public. Dr. Reichert explained the current state of district expenditures, the different sources that provide funds for the district, and considerations like comparing ‘new construction’ or ‘modernization’ of existing buildings. Multiple speakers in the audience were allowed to express their concerns and opinions on the district’s use of facilities and structure of the schools. The second meeting will be on Tuesday, November 27, 2018 at the Thomasville HIgh School cafeteria