Puma News

Week of September 11-15, 2023

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September marks Suicide Awareness Month, and we are committed to raising awareness throughout this week with a series of engaging dress-up themes:

  1. Mellow Monday (P.J. Day): Kick off the week by wearing your coziest pajamas.
  2. Thankful Tuesday (Dress like your Favorite Teacher or Mentor): Show gratitude by dressing up as someone who has made a positive impact on your life.
  3. Wellness Wednesday: Get your awareness ribbon during lunch to show your support.
  4. Treat Yourself Thursday: For a small donation of $1 (cash only), you can wear a hat and indulge in some delicious snacks.
  5. Feel and Chill Friday (Wear your Hawaiian gear): Wrap up the week in style by donning your Hawaiian attire.

In addition, please note that this Friday will be an Early Release day, with dismissal at 10:45 am. This adjustment is made in light of the DHS Homecoming Parade, in which TDA will proudly have a float participating. The parade is scheduled to commence at 3:30 pm in front of the First Baptist Church on Waugh Street.

We kindly encourage you to take a moment to review your child's Canvas courses and ensure that you are registered as a parent observer. Should you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact our front office or your child's teacher at 706-876-4700. Your active involvement is greatly appreciated.

We have the best students!

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Canvas Parent Observer

  • If you haven't yet become a Parent Observer for your child on Canvas, we encourage you to follow the outlined steps below to gain access. This tool proves highly effective in staying well-informed about your child's educational journey.
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Lady Volleyball

Our Lady Puma Volleyball team has had a great season.

4 wins so far!

You have several more opportunities to see the Lady Pumas in action.

- Thursday, September 14, Dade County* & Christian Heritage *, Dade County, 6:00/7:00

- Tuesday, September 19, Georgia-Cumberland Academy, GCA, 6:00

- Thursday, September 21, Trion*, Armuchee*, Trion, 5:00/6:00

- Tuesday, September 26, Chattooga*, Unity Christian, Chattooga, 5:00/6:00

- Thursday, September 28, Pepperell*, Chattooga*, Pepperell, 5:00/6:00

Reminders :)

  • All student drivers are required to have a parking pass. $30. In the front office
  • All beginning of the year forms (manila folder) should be turned in ASAP to FLT teachers
  • If your child is interested in playing sports for TDA, have them contact Coach P.

Who Do You Call If You Have An Issue?

You can always call the main phone number if you have a question, and it will be routed to the correct person if the Data Clerk Specialist, Kim Smyth, cannot answer the question.

Main Office Phone Number: (706)876-4700

(you can be transferred to anyone from this number)


Dr. Matthew Mederios: (706) 876- 4716

Assistant Principal:

Virginia Ruiz: (706) 876-4714

Nurse: (706) 876-4717

Athletic Director, Debra Pourquoi: (706) 278-3903

Attendance Office: (706) 876-4700 -Report tardies, absences, and medication needs.

Business Office: (706) 876-4700 Administrative questions and school business.

Bus/immunization and address questions: (706) 876-4700

Counseling Office: Questions concerning records or schedules, and personal issues.

Last Name A-L: Jay Ashlock (706)876-4698

Last Name M-Z: Dolores Carrillo (706) 876-4710

School Social Worker

Clemencia Ixcoy: 706-876-4698


Cynthia Hoeng: 706-876-4678