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Monday, January 22nd, 2019


Character Education Word of the Week:

  • Tolerance: 1) A sympathy or indulgence for beliefs or practices differeing from or conflicting with one's own. 2) The allowable deviation from a standard.

"It is not for me to judge another man's life. I must judge, I must choose, I must spurn, purely for myself. For myself, alone."

  • Herman Hesse, Siddhartha
"Think for yourself and let others enjoy the privilege of doing so too."
  • Voltaire, Traite' sur la tole'rance
HP Loaner Chromebooks not returned by 1st Period of the day after checkout will be subject to a $1 late fee per day.


Students should check e-mail daily. Checking your Tift County School G-mail account and your Remind 101 App every day helps you stay informed of events and all changes at TCHS!


This is a reminder regarding school meals.  Students are allowed one breakfast and one lunch free each day.  Students may purchase a second breakfast at a cost of $2.00 or lunch at a cost of $3.50.  For example, if a student gets a chicken strip meal and wants to also get a hot plate meal from the other food line, the student must pay $3.50 for the second lunch.  


Parking permits are sold in the media center AFTER school only.


Remember during this time before exams that the TCHS Peer-Tutoring Program is still available to all students. 

  • Peer tutoring sessions are conducted Monday - Thursday from 3:15 - 3:45 PM in teh Career Center (TCHS Counseling Office). 
  • Please contact your school counselor if you are interested in setting up peer tutoring sessions or becoming a peer tutor.

STUDENTS: The Georgia Student Health Survery 2.0 is an anonymous statewide survey instrument developed by many divisions within the Georgia Department of Education in collaboration with the Georgia Department of Public Health and Georgia State University. This survey helps to identify safety and health issues that may have a negative impact on student achievement and school climate.

  • TCHS students will be taking this online survey throughout the months of January and February.
  • Each student received a Passive Parental Permission Form during Blue Devil Block.
  • Student DO NOT need to return this form if participating.
  • Students WILL return the form to OPT OUT of participating in the survey and must be signed by a parent and/or guardian to the student's Blue Devil Block Adviser by Friday, January 18th.
  • English and Spanish versions of the survey are available for parents to review in the TCHS counseling office.

SENIORS: Class of 2019 - Please check your TCHS Gmail account as Guidance is constantly e-mailing out Scholarship opportunities for you.

  • If you want more ino on particulars or need help filling out applicatiosn, please direct your questions to your assigned Guidance Counselor.
  • If you would like the e-mail sent to you again, please see Mrs. Cheshire in the guidance office.

SENIORS: A.C.E. award  program recognizes students who have made a dramatic change in their attitude and/or performance during their high school years.  These changes have enabled the student to overcome adversities and prepare for graduation.  An application is attached to the e-mail sent to all seniors from Mrs. Hill  to apply if interested. (Section 2 on application and parents signature is required.)  There will be a local winner, a state winner, and a national winner chosen for a monetary prize. 

  • The deadline to have applications turned in to Mrs. Traci Hill in guidance is Thursday Feb. 21, 2019.
  • Please see Mrs. Hill in the Counseling Office with any questions.


SENIORS: The National Wild Turkey Federation is offering a $500 scholarship to a graduating senior who is a member of the NWTF or has an interest in hunting and wildlife conservation. The applications are available, starting now, in this email and in the counseling office, if interested. You may also contact Mr. Guzman directly for a copy of the application, if needed. Please let me know if you have any questions.


Deadline is February 25th

  • Must have a 3.0
  • College-bound
  • Involved in a school-sponsored activity (Ex. FFA, Beta Club, Student Council, etc.).
  • Leadership skills and involvement (clubs, 4-H, Scouts, volunteer work, etc.)
  • Interest in hunting and wildlife preservation.
  • Must be or must become a member of the NWTF prior to Feb. 1st.


Juniors: Applications have been sent to all Juniors for the TCHS Freshman Ambassador program!

  • Please check your TCHS G-mail account for more information on the program and the application.
  • Please note that the e-mail was sent by AP Mrs. Jennifer Johnson
  • Application Deadline: February 1st

Juniors & Seniors, if you are interested in Veterinary Science then take a look at UGA's Vet CAMP (Veterinary Career Aptitude and Mentoring Program)! This program will house up to 52 high school students on UGA's campus for a week where you will be involved in various activities aimed at evaluating your skills and competitiveness as future vets while providing mentorship and helping you with experience in vet medicine!

Local Scholarship Packages will soon be available to TCHS SENIORS! 

  • From January 29th - March 1st the local scholarship packet will be available in the TCHS Counseling Office and online on the counseling website.
  • An e-mail will also be sent out to your TCHS G-mail account containing the packet on January 29th.
  • Please don't squander this opportunity for any needed college money!

PROJECT YELLOW LIGHT: Hunter Garner Scholarship

Make a Statement. Win a Scholarship. Save a life!

  • Project Yellow Light is a scholarship competition designed to bring about change.
  • People know texting and driving is dangerous, but they do it anyway. As an applicant you have one clear mission: create a PSA to encourage your friends to avoid distracted driving, specifically texting while driving. Together, we can spread the message that texting and driving is unacceptable for all of us. No one is special enough to text and drive.

January 23rd - An ASPIRE Parent Meeting for information on the initiative will be held in the Media Center at TCHS starting at 4:00 PM. Refreshments will be served and door prizes will be given out at the meeting! 


Teachers are welcome and encouraged to attend.


January 24th - Tift County Schools is presenting a K-12 Parent Workshop at the Hospital Community Events Center, located at 1657 Carpenter Rd. S., Tifton, at 6:00 PM.

  • Speakers will include:
    • Dr. Vickie King on the topic of Bullying and Stress
    • Jonathan Judy on the topic of Cyber-bullying
    • Dr. Saxena on the topic of Depression
  • Daycare is available for the workshop at Annie Belle Clark Elementary located at 1464 Carpenter Rd, Tifton.  


January 25th - FAFSA Friday: TCHS Counseling Department invites parents and students for a work session with a representative from the Georgia Student Finance Commission to help with completing the students FAFSA application.

  • Please sign up for a time in the Counseling and Career Center!
  • Also, pick up the list of needed items to complete the FAFSA Application
  • Parents will have to enter the school through the front entrance and instructions for parking will be handled by the security personnel at the gate upon arrival.

February 5th - TCHS Graduation Requirements and AP Course Offerings meeting will be held at the TCHS PAC for parents of students currently in 8th through 11th grades starting at 5:30 PM.


February 8th - Registration Deadline for SAT Test date of March 9th, 2018.


February 25th- Special Olympics meeting for volunteers during ELT in the Commons.


March 8th - Deadline for registration for the ACT test date of April 13th.


Friday, March 22nd - Special Olympics will be held at the E.B. Hamilton Complex.

  • ALL Students who would like to participate as volunteers must fill out an application form.
  • The forms may be picked up outside of Mrs. Fresh's room (Room 119).
    • All applications are due by TODAY, January 18th! No exceptions
  • For more information, please see Mrs. Fresh in Room 119 (outside of class hours).



FFA: Important dates to remember are as follows:

  • January 31st: Greenhand / Success Money Due
  • January 31st: Camp Money Deposit Due

Upcoming Practice Dates:

  • Livestock Judging: January 29th
  • Parli Pro:  January 24th, January 31st
  • Floriculture: January 25th, January 28th, January 30th

REMEMBER to pick up state officer applications TODAY!


Leadership & Scholarship CotillionThe date for the LSC Bi-Annual Debutante Program has been extended to January 30th, 2019.

  • All activities for the LSC will begin in February.
  • If you have any questions or would like to pick up an application packet, please see Mrs. Cassandra Thomas in Room 318.


FBLA dues of $15 may still be paid to Mrs. Thompson in Room 312.


FBLA had an awesome day in Moultrie with the Tift County FBLA students on Friday January 18th. We even received a Membership award for having the 2nd Largest Local Chapter in Region 1 ending with 39 individual winners  in 24 total events.


Please congratulate the following students for their hard work and achievements.


1st Place Introduction to Information Technology - Lleyton Callison, State Qualifier

1st Place Spreadsheet Applications - Reed McPherson, State Qualifier

1st Place Business Ethics - Lizzie Connell and Julia Ryland, State Qualifiers

1st Place Client Service - Sydney Pridgon, State Qualifier

1st Place Introduction to Business Presentation - Sharia Williams and Akosua Owusu,

1st Place Banking and Financial Systems - Alexandria Whitacre 

1st Place Entrepreneurship - Sharia Williams, State Qualifier

1st Place Marketing - Henry Huang

1st Network Design - James Kemerait

1st Place Parliamentary Procedure - Liam Young, Lizzie Connell, William Goodman, Chrishawn Chappell, Aubrey Gay

2nd Place Political Science - James Applewhite, State Qualifier

2nd Place Web Design - Liam Young and Aubrey Gay

2nd Place Introduction to Public Speaking - Chrishawn Chappelle, State Qualifier

3rd Place Graphic Design - Yaretzi Cordova

3rd Place Banking and Financial Systems - Evalynn Rosales

4th Place Emerging Business Issues - Julio Del Toro, Giselle Chavez, and Rebecca Tello

4th Place Management Decision Making - Brianna Biggers and Rylea Madison Taylor

5th Place Accounting I - Chayla Lopez, State Qualifier

5th Place Business Communications - Hayley Burns, State Qualifier

5th Place Impromptu Speaking - Sergio Perez

State Qualifier

5th Place Public Speaking - Chelsea Ryan

6th Place Introduction to Information Technology - Dillon Turner, State Qualifier

6th Place Personal Finance - Katie Lovering, State Qualifier 

8th Place Economics - Jalessa Williams, State Qualifier

8th Place Introduction to Financial Math - Phillip Spader, State Qualifier

9th Place Introduction to Business - Taylor Slater, State Qualifier

9th Place Introduction to Information Technology - Phillip Spader, State Qualifier

10th Place Economics - Pashen Barthell, State QualifierA T-Shirts are currently being 


Every Monday and Wednesday - Upward Bound will meet in Room 310 after school.


Every Monday - Chess Club will meet every Monday after school in Room A 214. Please see Mr. Tanner for details.


Every Tuesday - Writing Club will meet every Tuesday after school in Room A 214. If you have any questions, please see Mr. Tanner.


Every Tuesday - FCA will meet in the ROTC Room (924) in the gym before school at 7:30 AM. You do not have to be an athlete to participate.


Every Tuesday - Mock Trial meetings are being held each Tuesday at 6:30 PM at the courthouse located at 300 Morgan Drive. Improve your resume, have fun, and compete at the same time. E-mail <john.tanner@tiftschools.com> with any questions.


Every Wednesday - Debate meetings are held after school in Room A 214. Please contact Mr. Tanner for more details.


Every Wednesday - Game Development Club will meet after school in Mr. Holmes room (306).




Gym Devils: Congrats to the following ladies for making the 2019 TCHS Gymnastics team!


Senior: Elyssa Roberts

Junior: Riley Watson

Sophomores: Kenslee Ann Webb

                    Brooke Spurlin

                    Gabby Tucker

Freshman: Lauren May


Tuesday, January 22nd:

TCHS Wrestling (JV / Varsity) will compete against Lee County and Southland away starting at 5:00 PM.


Wednesday, January 23rd:   

TCHS Basketball (9th Grade) will compete against Lowndes in the TCHS Gym at 4:30 PM.


Friday, January 25th:  

Blue Devil Wrestling will compete in the Sweet Onion Memorial in Toombs County starting at 8:00 AM.  


Friday, January 25th: 

TCHS Basketball will compete in Colquitt County at the following times:

JV Girls : 4:00 PM

JV Boys : 5:30 PM

Varsity Girls : 7:00 PM

Varsity Boys : 8:30 PM


Saturday, January 26th: 

Blue Devil Wrestling will compete in the Syrupmaker Invitational in Cairo.


Saturday, January 26th: 

Blue Devil Wrestling will compete in the Sweet Onion Memorial in Toombs County starting at 8:00 AM.