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Making Fossils

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Students in Mrs. Bryan's 2nd grade Discovery class recently read Magic Tree House: Dinosaurs Before Dark Afterward they created their own fossils and wrote a story about discovering them!  

 

10/22/20: Sheila McCord Builds Relationship with Her Students on the Bus Sheila McCord

Sheila McCord, Troup County School System (TCSS) transportation employee, knew working with kids and helping people was for her. That’s why she considers being a bus monitor a calling, not a job, “I volunteer at Hospice and the local nursing homes, but it’s something about being around kids. I love young people and children. I work with them at my church with youth bible study and the choir. It’s a calling.”

She joined the school system after her previous employer moved their headquarters to Texas. She was in the job market and a friend recommended the school system’s transportation department. McCord applied and has been a bus monitor for eight years. 

“Working with special needs students has given me a new perspective of what children need. I get to understand their character and learn to communicate with them one-on-one each day. Each child is different so each need is different. You really have to have that calling to look past the visual and look deeper into their needs and what they want,” stated McCord.

Read entire story here. 

10/20/20: Jameel Dixon Steps Into the Drivers Seat Jameel - School Bus Driver

Four years ago while Jameel Dixon was an Assistant Manager at Buddy Home Furniture, he decided to do something to help lead kids on the right path. He was already a scout leader with Boy Scouts of America, but he wanted to do more. “I do a lot of camps during the summer time and I’m active with children throughout the year. I was riding around Troup County and I saw an advertisement for bus drivers so I applied. The next day, I got a phone call. I’ve been here ever since.”

“The best part about what I do every day is the joy in seeing the kids grow over time,” he laughed as he remembered when, “they were younger, some of them were trying to jump over the seats and you had to teach them how to behave on a school bus. It’s different from riding in a car. Now, we have meaningful conversations that we won’t forget. It stays with us and we help each other.”

Read entire story here.

10/20/20: National School Bus Safety Week School Bus

The Troup County School System (TCSS) Transportation department has been keeping safety at the forefront even before school started. October 19-23, 2020 is National School Bus Safety Week, and with # students transported to and from school each day, TCSS understand this as a week to publicly promote school bus safety, recognize transportation staff members, and highlight the work they do all year.

Chip Giles, Transportation Director said, “Our employees take safety seriously. We have safety checks at the beginning of routes, we disinfect school buses after each route, and we offer masks and hand sanitizer to our students. Our main job is to transport kids safely to and from school, but you gotta love kids to do the job effectively. We work hard to do our part.”

Read entire story here.

Krispy Kreme Fundraiser

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Soap Sculpting

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Students in Ms. Bryan's gifted class at West Point Elementary School are trying their hands at soap sculpting. The students are reading From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, by E.L. Konigsburg, which takes place in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. After reading about some of the sculptures in the book, students are working hard at creating works of art of their own.

 

TCSS Writing Contest for Grades K-12 on Family Engagement Writing Contest Graphic

The Troup County School System is hosting an OPTIONAL writing contest for Kindergarten thru 12th Graders. The topics for elementary, middle, and high school students are listed on this flyer.  Each topic focuses on FAMILY!

Contest Due Date: Friday, October 30 @ at the end of the school day. Virtual learners may email their teachers their entries. In school learners may take their entries to the front desk.

  • Elementary Student Writing Topic: A favorite memory I have with my family is...
  • Middle School Student Writing Topic: My family influences me in many ways. Here's how. 
  • High School Student Writing Topic: Describe an unusual family tradition of yours that continues today. Why is it important to your family? 


Contest Entry Details are available: HERE

September Readers of the Month

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West Point Elementary School recently announced their Readers of the Month for September. Readers of the Month are selected by both traditional and virtual homeroom teachers and are chosen based on their attitude, commitment to reading and effort. 

Please click here to see the complete album. 

 

Bus Students of the Month for September

Congratulations to our Bus Students of the Month for September!

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Creating Art

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Students at West Point Elementary School have been busy creating art! Recently they studied Wassily Kandinsky and discussed his use of color, line, and shape as strings of musical instruments. The students used oil pastels and let instrumental music guide their mark-making and color choices. Pictured is second-grader Kelis Marbury with her creation.

 

For the complete album, please click here.

Constitution Day

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In honor of Constitution Day, students at West Point Elementary School have been learning about citizenship. Alesia Lyles, the school counselor, has been meeting with classes to talk about ways students can be good citizens including washing hands, wearing masks and maintaining a safe distance.

R.O.B.O.T. Challenge

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Our students are really getting into "gear" during the new R.O.B.O.T. (Return Our Books on Time) Challenge. The challenge, which kicked off recently, encourages students to return their library books each week so they can get new titles. When 85% of a class returns their books on time they earn a gear. Once a class gets five gears, they earn a reward. 100% of students in Mrs. Bush's third-grade class returned their books this week!

10/20/20: TCSS Dashboard - Tuesday, October 20, 2020 @ 9:00 am

TCSS will provide a weekly dashboard update. This Covid-19 Dashboard update is effective as of Tuesday, October 20, 2020 @ 9:00 am.

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Printable Covid-19 Dashboard

Virtual Open House

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Readers of the Month

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West Point Elementary School is pleased to announce their Readers of the Month for August. Readers of the Month are selected by both traditional and virtual homeroom teachers and are chosen based on their attitude, commitment to reading and effort. 

To see the complete album, please click here.

Camp Bulldog

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Students at West Point Elementary School recently kicked off the new school year with Camp Bulldog. Camp Bulldog is a school-wide initiative focused on school rules and student expectations. As students learned the rules and expectations, which centered around responsibility, respect and readiness to learn in all areas of the building, they earned badges. All students who successfully completed Camp Bulldog earned a special popsicle treat.

Annual Title I Parent Meeting

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$500 Donation

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Woodman Life Insurance Co. recently made a generous donation to West Point Elementary School. The $500 donation will be used to purchase masks for the students, sanitizing products and supplies. The students and staff at WPE appreciate the gift and look forward to continuing to learn in a safe and secure environment.

 

Library Curbside Pick-up for Virtual Students

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The media center is open and we want our virtual students to check-out books! Curbside pick-up will be at the front of the school every Thursday from 11:00 am - 12:30 pm. Holds for books must be placed by 9:00 am on Thursdays.It is easy to place holds. Just follow the these directions. Not sure what book to choose? See the directions on how to search for books in Destiny, our online library management system, under the Learn tab on the media center Canvas page.

Meet the Teacher

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Excitement is in the air at West Point Elementary as teachers and students prepare to head back to school soon. Meet the Teacher sessions have been happening all week at the school for both traditional and virtual students. Pictured is PreK student Remington Webb with his father Justin Webb. 

Meet the Teacher

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2020-2021 School Supply List

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Got Milk?

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Got milk? Thanks to a lot of community support, the students at West Point Elementary School do! Recently, numerous gallons of milk were donated from Bordens to the Salvation Army who distributed it to WPE families. Numerous community volunteers, including members of the West Point Fire Department, the West Point Police Department, members of AKA sorority, West Point Mayor Steve Trammell and several Salvation Army board members, were on hand to help with the distribution. The Salvation Army will continue to give out the milk during the upcoming weeks.

Museum Donates Art Kits

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Students at West Point Elementary School are spending some time this summer getting creative. Recently, LaGrange Art Museum donated the first at-home art-making activity and supply kit to students at the school. The hands-on kits were delivered through West Point Elementary School's summer lunch program. The initiative is supported by funds provided through the Community Foundation of the Chattahoochee Valley. This summer there will be a series of four kits, each inspired by artworks from the Museum’s permanent collection, ranging from 3-D model magic creatures, gesture drawings, animal motion wire sculptures, and superhero creations.

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