May 2018
Greetings!

We hope everyone's summer is off to a great start. Students may be gone, but it is far from quiet throughout the system. We are wrapping up 2017-2018 and working on 2018-2019. We look forward to having everyone back in August.
Reconfiguration Update
The grade realignment is in full swing! Right now, every day is Moving Day as trucks are up and down the roads taking supplies and furniture to their new homes.
The Best Mom Ever
For May, we set out to honor some of our moms. It took lots of undercover work with the help of some students who genuinely love their moms. But we think the final product was totally worth it. Even if you have already seen it, check it out again. We all could use a little more love in our day.
Congratulations to the Class of 2018
The bad weather held off long enough for our seniors to cross the stage at Brodie Field on May 19. While more offers are still coming in and decisions are being made, what the Class of 2018 has already accomplished is impressive. Of the 459 graduates, 139 were honor students. Of the 139, 41 were superior honor graduates. T o see more photos from Graduation, click here.
Special Hearts Graduation
Special Hearts Graduation at TCHS is one of the best days of the year! These students have completed their time at the high school and have earned a big "Congratulations!"
Pictured are Barron Jackson, Stephen Kendrick, Jessie Osby and Jarvis Robertson.
Superintendent Search Survey
We are in the very early stages of the search for a new superintendent to assume responsibility when Patrick Atwater retires next summer.

We are asking for feedback about what our students, parents and community members would like to see considered during the search. The link below will take you to a six-question survey that the members of the Tift County Board of Education invite you to complete.

This survey is COMPLETELY anonymous and the responses will be compiled by Georgia School Boards Association (GSBA). The survey will be open until 5 p.m., Friday, June 8.

Dancing Drums
The arts are an important part of school, no matter what grade you are in! Primary school students throughout the system worked with Dancing Drum, a group focused on music education using interactive, percussion-based programming.
Standout Students
The Class of 2018 was outstanding, and we would like to especially recognize these three graduates who worked diligently for years to land these top honors. Their hard work paid off!
Valedictorian
Catherine Kemeness
Salutatorian
Jack Lambert
STAR Student
Calvin Chee
Board Meeting Highlights
  • The Langdale Foundation was recognized for its commitment to the CTAE program, especially the forestry pathway. The foundation donated trees that have been planted for students to study real-world applications of what they learn in the classroom. 

  • Chief Technology and Information Officer Jonathan Judy informed the Board that Tift County Schools was one of the top ten medium sized schools in the nation to win the 2017-2018 Digital School Districts Survey. This distinctive award recognizes that our school district is taking the initiative towards innovation.  

  • Board Members Melanie Roberson and Marilyn Burks were approved to serve on the GSBA Self-Assessment Committee. The final two spots will be filled by volunteers from our Local School Governance Teams. This committee will assess the Board and recommend improvements in areas where concerns may exist.

  • The new Director of Student Services Michael Norman, finalized changes to the Code of Conduct. Changes included updates in regulation and language. Additionally, gray bottoms were added to the dress code for K-5 uniforms.

Program Provides Double Graduation Opportunity
High school graduation is a time of celebration in young people’s lives. It shows they are one step closer to adulthood and comes with the decision of whether to continue their education or join the work force or military. One Tift County High School senior is already way ahead in this milestone moment. Mackenzie O’Berry not only received her high school diploma this month, but also graduated with an Associates in Criminal Justice from Southern Regional Technical College at the same time.

ESMS Students Complete Leadership Program
The Tifton-Tift County Chamber of Commerce’s Youth Leadership Program TAL:K (Tomorrow’s Aspiring Leaders: Kids) held its graduation ceremony earlier this month, wrapping up the year-long program. The group is comprised of eighth grade students from Eighth Street Middle School and Tiftarea Academy. ABAC’s Mike Chason delivered the keynote address and entertained the crowd of students and parents with his message about leadership. The program is sponsored by Tift Regional Medical Center, Heatcraft, Georgia Power, Colquitt EMC, Synovus and South Georgia Banking Company.
Summer Feeding Program Continues
We are proud to be able to continue serving our students even when they are out of school.
It Takes a Village
Operating a school system of nearly 8,000 students takes a lot of work, and we couldn't do it without the amazing contributions of our community.

We would like to thank the Howard Center and its employees for their ongoing support of our staff and students. From grants to doughnuts during Teacher Appreciation Week, they are incredibly active in our system.

We appreciate all that you do!

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please email us at info@tiftschools.com .
Tift County Schools
207 N. Ridge Avenue
Tifton, Georgia 31794  
(229) 387-2400