Harper Elementary 5th graders toured Thomas University as a part of the AVID program. Tour guides from Admissions, Clarissa Gibbs and Daphne Forehand, gave the students a brief introduction and then proceeded to the auditorium where they received a presentation on Geocach by Elizabeth Harrell and Leslie Cooper. Students learned how to use GPS systems to locate items/locations in an exciting and adrenaline-pumping scavenger hunt around the entire campus. Students and staff learned more about a local institute for higher learning while having fun.
Harper Elementary 4th grade students engaged in Forensic Science hands-on learning activities at Southern Regional Technical College. One of the mandatory career pathway lessons is STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math), which has an emphasis on Forensic Science and the types of careers for Forensic Scientists. Students connected their learning to a "mock crime scene." SRTC Criminal Justice Instructor Karen Murray graciously opened her doors to allow students to come in and put their skills to the test, as they entered a "crime scene" to try to find evidence to solve the crime. Students were provided a glimpse of how criminal investigators view the crime scene to look for clues and evidence. Murray was knowledgeable and related the task to the students’ career pathway. SRTC Assistant High School Coordinator/ Recruiter Laura Kelly spoke with the students about programs available at SRTC and the Dual Enrollment program to encourage them to aim for college courses while in high school. Harper has a growing relationship with community partners to give students exposure to using academic skills in everyday life.
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.
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 attended 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. Right above: Karley Jenkins, Madison Beasley, and Sydney Deutsch handle the actual equipment that would be used an angioplasty and stent insertion. This catheter would be inserted in the artery of a patient and a balloon inflated on the end to open up a blocked vessel. A stent would then be inserted to keep the vessel open. Left above: Andrew Geyer, Carson Cochran, and Colin Refroe wear costumes as they take part in diagnosis scenarios.
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.
• What are the most frequently forgotten items? A snack was #1 most forgotten item with 39% of students not bringing one. Not only was it the item students regretted forgetting most, but of the students who brought snacks, many commented that they did not have enough. Out of the students who remembered snacks, 15% wish they had brought more.
• When were the first AP exams given? The first exams were given in 1956.
• What are the most popular AP exams nationwide? #1 AP English Language and #2 AP US History (both over half million exams), #3 AP English Literature, #4 US Government and Politics, and #5 Calculus AB.
• Which exams have the highest pass rate nationwide? Top 6 in order are Chinese, Spanish Language, AP Seminar, Studio Art, AP Calculus BC, and Macroeconomics.
• Which exams have the lowest pass rate nationwide? Top 5 in order are AP Physics, US Government, AP Human Geography, AP Environmental Science, and AP U.S. History.
• What is the highest number of AP classes a THS student has taken? Two seniors at THS have each taken 15 AP classes.
• What was the mean score on all nationwide AP exams in 2018? 2.89.
• What portion of students in Georgia public high schools are enrolled in AP courses? Just over 1/3 are in AP classes.
• How many College Board AP courses exist? There are currently 38 AP courses that high schools in the US may choose to offer.
• How many exams did Thomasville City Schools order for 2019? THS has ordered 347 exams this year.
• What are the most popular exams at THS for 2019? AP Psychology - 44, AP U.S. History - 41, AP World History - 37, and AP English Language - 36.
• How many Thomasville City School students are taking AP exams in 2019? 159 students at THS are taking AP Exams.
White thanked her fellow teachers for everything all that they do.
“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).
Fourth and fifth grade students of Thomasville City Schools’ GATES (Gifted and Talented Education Services) Program have been engaged in an invention unit that included creating "thingamajigs," researching inventors, creating their own inventions, and learning about patents. Brian Bellamy of Clark and Bellamy, P.C. visited the students to impart his knowledge of patent law. During the culminating activity which included Mr. Bellamy’s visit, students learned information about the three types of patents, the paperwork needed to complete an actual patent, and sample inventions that had been invented by people who have patents.