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TCSS Summer Edition
Dates to Remember:
Monday, July 15: TCSS Board Work Session
Thursday, July 18: TCSS Board Meeting
Friday, August 2 - Friday, August 9: Teacher Professional Learning
Monday, August 12: FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL!!!
Congratulations to the 755 TCSS Graduates!
Clinton Hunter Participates in STEM Youth Leadership Forum
Recently, Clinton Hunter’s mother dropped him off at Agnes Scott College in Atlanta for a National Youth Leadership Forum. While he was waving goodbye to take part in this academic and career development experience, she was fighting back nerves as she watched him start to participate in the group sessions.
Hunter joins outstanding elementary school students from across the state for this week-long forum entitled Pathways to STEM. It enables students to explore their interests and experience learning beyond the classroom. When he grows up, Hunter says he wants to be an electrical engineer. “I am looking forward to gaining hands-on engineering experience from the forum,” he said.
Nominated by his fifth grade Discovery/Gifted teacher at Rosemont, he is a member of the art club and is passionate about drawing and writing.
ESOL Summer Learning Academy Slows Summer Slide
Some K-5 English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) students are already preparing for the next school year. TCSS hosted an ESOL summer enrichment camp for close to 85 students. The young learners spent their time in between the classroom and the playground at Ethel W. Kight Elementary where the camp was held.
TCSS instructors provided learning from curriculum-driven programs to teach fluency, build reading comprehension, and develop language proficiency. In addition, school and bus safety was taught so students are aware of evacuations and safety procedures. Transportation, breakfast and lunch were provided.
Graduates Head from School 2 Work
Kamren Stargill, recent LaGrange High School graduate, walked into a meeting a few weeks ago that changed the trajectory of his post graduate plans. “I didn’t know anything about School 2 Work. I just walked into the room at school and heard somebody talking about job interviews. It sounded like a good opportunity so I asked about it.”
Dommonique Macklin, Section Manager of Assembly Building at Caterpillar, interviewed over 20 students for positions with the organization. Some of the qualities she said stood out for her were attendance, work ethic, safety knowledge, and responding under pressure.
Stargill and other TCSS graduates were offered jobs straight out of high school thanks to this partnership with the LaGrange Development Authority. Some participating companies included Caterpillar, Mauser and Trinidad Benham.
Mark Siersma Takes Home First Place in Bus Road-e-o
Sixty-one school bus drivers from across the state recently gathered to see who was going to be tops in the School Bus Road-e-o. Mark Siersma, TCSS bus driver, had been to the state level competition on several occasions; winning once in 2016. Now he is able to add two-time winner to his resume.
The 41st Annual Georgia State School Bus Road-e-o was sponsored by the Georgia Association for Pupil Transportation. The participants competed in a driving competition by navigating eleven difficult driving events in a 72-passenger school bus. Additionally, contestants were required to take a thorough 50-question test.
Siersma said, “I like being a professional bus driver because of the relationships and bonds that are formed with parents and students.” He scored 630 out of a possible 650 points in the state competition.
Students SLAM into Summer Learning
Thyeasha Joseph normally spends her day as a Process Engineer for Kimberly Clark, but she recently took some personal time to volunteer as a mentor for TCSS students participating in Students Learning About Manufacturing (SLAM).
“One day I was at work and one of our electrical engineers mentioned this camp. On another occasion, my boss mentioned the camp. I thought it would be a great idea to mentor the students because I used to do robotics in school and adult mentors made a difference,” said Joseph.
SLAM is a one week summer learning opportunity housed on the campus of THINC College & Career Academy. There, students were immersed into the life of robotics and advanced manufacturing organizations within Troup County.
TCSS Bids Farewell to Retirees
Retirement is a special occasion for anyone who has dedicated their time and talents to a career. Recently, TCSS celebrated its retirees in a big way with help from First Baptist Church on Broad Street in LaGrange. The church hosted the retirement reception in their family life center.
Dr. Roy Nichols, TCSS interim superintendent said, “Today we recognized those who demonstrated years of commitment and service to the students and families of this community. It is certainly a celebratory time for many because they gave willingly of their knowledge and expertise for many years.”
TCSS Educators Headed to Harvard
What started off as one teacher and a community donation has now turned into ten educators and a group of community donors supporting the professional learning of TCSS teachers through the Harvard Project Zero Classroom (PZC). For the fourth year in a row, local educators will descend upon the storied university and join about 400 other PZC learners from around the world beginning July 22nd.
What is different about the learning that takes place at Harvard is that the one week experience teaches research-based practices through experiential workshops and small study groups. These sessions help deepen the participants understanding of how impactful and effective learning happens in the classroom.
Teachers Get a LIFT Through Externship Program
The LaGrange Industrial Fellowship for Teachers (LIFT) externship program got another boost as close to 20 TCSS educators filled the halls of area businesses to learn more about advanced manufacturing in Troup County. To date, 61 teachers have been through the program.
This collaborative partnership was introduced by the Development Authority of LaGrange and includes LaGrange Troup County Chamber of Commerce, West Point Development Authority, THINC College & Career Academy, and TCSS.
During the one-week program, educators were expected to:
- Gain exposure, connections, and new ideas about manufacturing
- Have industry information to share with students
- Involve new business knowledge in their lesson plans
THINC Expeditions Sees Increase in Student Participation
On the last day of school when some students were celebrating thoughts of a summer vacation filled with television, video games, and no homework, close to 25 TCSS students were signing papers because they earned a year-long apprenticeship through the THINC Expeditions initiative. This is the second year of the program and there was a 41-percent increase in participants.
LaGrange High and THINC Academy student, Annazier Chelcy, is currently in the Mechatronics pathway offered at THINC. He is excited to spend his second year of apprenticeship with Duracell. “This allows me to get more experience, meet people in the field I want to be in, build relationships, and help get me to where I want to go. I really love engineering but am unsure of what part of engineering I want to focus. This opportunity will help me figure that out.”
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June 27, 2019