Each year, a Teacher of the Year and an Employee of the Year are chosen for the Telfair County School System. The Telfair County Teacher of the Year for 2019 is Lisa Pitt. The Telfair County Employee of the Year for 2019 is Roberta McMillian. We are fortunate to have many outstanding teachers and support employees from which to choose. This year’s winners are wonderful examples of the quality staff members that make our schools and system great. Click title link above for more information.
On Thursday, December 13, 2018, Sen. Blake Tillery (R – Vidalia) presented the 2nd Biennial Youth Legislator Scholarship Awards. The Youth Legislator Scholarship is awarded biennially to three middle or high school students who are residents of Senate District 19. Winners are chosen based on their essay on one of two prompts provided by Sen. Tillery. This year, roughly 90 percent of applicants chose the prompt of “providing examples of steps the state could take to encourage young individuals to build a life and career in rural Georgia.” Riley Rothwell, a 9th grade student at Telfair County High School, was awarded the 2nd place prize of $150. Riley is a resident of Alamo and is the daughter of Tammy Turner and Thomas and Stephanie Rothwell. She was encouraged to participate in the scholarship contest by Telfair County High School teacher Ms. Samantha Stanley-Bateson.
REACH provides Georgia’s academically promising students with the academic, social, and financial support needed to graduate from high school, access college, and achieve post-secondary success. The Telfair County School District REACH Scholars selected for 2018-2019 are: Brian Cook, Kamryn Jordan, Maritza Lozana Hernandez, Arthur Mackey, and Angelina Martinez.
Telfair County School District is pleased to offer online access to grades, attendance, teacher assignments and comments. The Parent Portal of PowerSchool is a secure, web-based application which allows you to have real-time information about your child so that you can become more involved in your child’s education. You can monitor grades and attendance at your own pace. Click the title link above for more information.
Telfair County Schools has been awarded funding from the Governor's Office of Student Achievement to implement Tiny Trojans, an early literacy program for three-year-old children, which will be operated by Telfair County High School’s Early Childhood Education (ECE) department. Tiny Trojans will prepare at-risk three-year-old children for pre-kindergarten by providing them with language-rich adult-child interactions. Additionally, high school students will apply their ECE knowledge by assisting teachers in developing lessons and activities and working directly with the children daily.
Telfair County Schools works directly with Telfair County Family Connection to implement the Birth to Books Parent Academy meetings. These meetings are held quarterly and are designed to teach parents of children (ages 0-5) strategies for increasing language nutrition in the home. Parent Academy meetings will be held on January 28 and March 4, 2019, at 6:00 p.m. in the Telfair County Elementary School Gym. Door prizes, free books, and a meal will be available for families attending the event. Parents are also encouraged to register children under age five for Ferst Readers. Ferst Readers will send a children's book each month to the child's home at no cost to the family. This program is made available to Telfair County children under age five by generous donations from local educators, organizations and citizens, as well as grant funds.
Telfair County Schools posted strong district performance on the recently released CCRPI scores. As a district, our CCRPI score increased a solid 3.9 points over the previous year’s score to a score of 70.9. In addition, our individual schools exhibited impressive performances. TCMS posted an outstanding 77.3 CCRPI score, which is the second highest score among the 11 middle schools in the Heart of Georgia RESA. TCES demonstrated very strong improvement on the CCRPI with a 9.3 point increase from 2017 to 2018. Also, TCHS posted a solid 70.7 CCRPI score for 2018. All of our schools finished in the top six in district scores for the Heart of Georgia RESA. We would like to personally thank and congratulate all of our administrators, faculty, staff, and students at each of our schools for this strong performance. This demonstrates that our system’s steadfast Pursuit of Excellence is returning significant dividends.
Following a 2017 campaign that saw the Telfair Trojans baseball team advance to the GHSA Class A-Public semifinals, the expectations were set high for a team that returned the bulk of its starting lineup. The 2018 Trojans were up to the task, making a historic run through the state playoffs and playing for a state championship for the first time in school history. The Trojans enjoyed wins over perennial powers Appling County and Vidalia and also defeated rival Dodge County for the first time in a decade. The Trojans entered the 2018 playoffs as the #5 overall seed and proceeded to defeat Lanier County and Region 1 Champion Baconton Charter before sweeping region rival and semifinal opponent Irwin County in Ocilla. The Trojans eventually fell to Gordon Lee in the state championship at Savannah’s historic Grayson Stadium. Telfair finished with an overall record of 24-10—the second consecutive 20-win season for the Trojans and second-best win total in school history. The pitching staff posted a 2.51 ERA while holding opponents to a .220 batting average and striking out 237 batters—both marks were top-3 in school history. The Telfair offense batted .284 and outscored opponents 217-108. Senior pitcher Ryan Dopson was the first 10-game winner for Telfair County in a decade. Dopson also set the single-season record for singles with 33. Senior Ian Blankenship threw a no-hitter against Echols County—just the 5th in school history. Blankenship struck out only 5 times in 126 plate appearances and was named the Region 2-A Defensive Player of the Year. Sophomore Trey Bess was honored as the Region 2-A Offensive Player of the Year after hitting 9 home runs. Several other Trojans were named all-region. Blankenship, Dopson, and Bess were named 1st Team All-State by the Georgia Dugout Preview Magazine. Seniors Evan Adams, Ian Blankenship, Ryan Dopson, Harrison Wood, and Bryce Yawn finished as the winningest class in Telfair County history. Dopson signed a baseball scholarsh
The Telfair County High School girl’s track team had a very successful 2018 spring season. A strong team performance garnered the Lady Trojans a three-peat area championship (2016-2018) and back-to-back state championships (2017, 2018). Several individual and relay championships were won as well. Brandy Mackey won the long jump for the third time, and NyAsia Howard won the triple jump for the third consecutive year. The 4 X 400 relay team consisting of India Wells, NyAsia Howard, Tymeisha Livingston, and Brandy Mackey closed out the 2018 season with a relay championship. Most of this group of athletes started out running track in the middle school on the first team that was started. They have worked extremely hard and have been very dedicated. The senior members include NyAsia Howard, Tymeisha Livingston, Arneshia Hardee, Jordan Knight, and Tralexia Smith. These girls will be missed, but the team will continue to work to reach the standards that they have set. The wonderful athletic accomplishments of this team will be remembered forever.
Both the boys' and girls' cross country teams completed another successful season and improved on last year’s success. The boys placed 2nd at area to advance to state for the third consecutive year. Grant Cook placed 1st at area, and Hunter Yawn placed 4th. The boys went on to place 8th at state, which is their best finish in the history of the program. Grant Cook also placed 4th at state. The girls continued their outstanding success by winning their second consecutive state title. The girls’ team also won their second straight area title where Shayla Cook placed 2nd and Paige White placed 3rd. The girls won convincingly at state by finishing ahead of the second place team by a 30-point margin. Paige White placed 3rd and Shayla Cook placed 4th at state. This marks the fourth straight year the girls have made it to state and their third consecutive final 4 finish.