News and Announcements

Thomson-McDuffie County Library Summer Reading Program

At last week's library board meeting, it was announced that the Thomson-McDuffie County Library's summer reading program will be virtual. The library staff is also working with the performers to make their acts available online at btrl.net.

Flyers will be included with report cards.

Starting May 18, the library plans to begin curbside book pickup for patrons and will look to continue this for several weeks in keeping with the guidance from the state and national agencies.
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Promotion/Retention Criteria for the 2019-2020 School Year

Promotion/Retention Update for 2019-2020
At its April 23, 2020, meeting, the McDuffie County Board of Education approved the waiver and modification of several instructional policies, including the promotion and retention criteria for the 2019-2020 school year, due to the public health emergency. A list of the modified 2019-2020 promotion criteria is found on the system website at www.mcduffie.k12.ga.us. Within the next month, school officials will be contacting parents regarding their children's promotion status. Pre-K teachers will also contact parents in the coming weeks to review Narrative Summaries outlining student strengths and areas of improvement as children progress into kindergarten.

There will be no final exams, End-of-Pathway Assessments, or spring and summer Georgia Milestones End-of-Grade or End-of-Course tests. Likewise, the Georgia Kindergarten Inventory of Developing Skills, which was in progress, has been suspended for the remainder of the year. AP exams, which are under the direction of the College Board, will be administered electronically; information about these exams is available on the system's Digital Learning Page in the Grades 9-12 section.

In addition, in order for high school pupils to remain on track for graduation in this and subsequent years, the district has developed plans for students in grades 9-12 to be awarded credit for work completed this semester. There are also opportunities for mandatory credit repair for students who are failing and optional grade improvement for those who are passing.

Questions about the promotion criteria and the awarding of high school credit may be directed to your student's principal; email addresses are located on the school webpages.
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R.L. Norris Elementary's PTO and Spring Musical

Please come to the March 17, 2020
Norris Elementary School PTO Meeting!

**Book Fair will be open from 5:30 p.m. until 6:15 p.m.

PTO Meeting Topics, 6:30 PM:
• Title I Parent Input/Revisions on the following documents:
-The Parent and Family Engagement Policy
-The School-Parent Compact
-The use of the required 1% parent and family
engagement set-aside
--Suggested topics/workshops for training staff in
building Parent Capacity


• The choir performance of The Beatle Songs
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Annual Town Hall Meeting January 21, 2020

Please join us tonight at Thomson High School at 6:00 pm for our Annual Town Hall Meeting. All stakeholders are cordially invited to the annual input meeting to discuss revisions to the following Title I documents for 2020-2021:
• School-Level Parent and Family Engagement Plan for 2020-2021
• Parent Compact for 2020-2021
• Use of Parent Engagement Funds for 2020-2021
• Suggestions for Training for School Staff to Work with Parents for 2020-2021 The meeting will be held at the location below: JANUARY 21, 2020 6:00 P.M. THOMSON HIGH SCHOOL
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January 16, 2020 @ 12:30-Parent Engagement-Lunch and Learn

While you enjoy a sub sandwich, chips, and a cookie, teachers will review the Reading and Math Standards that your child is currently learning and provide you with resources that you can use at home to help your child be prepared for the Georgia Milestones Assessment in April. Invitations for this event will be sent home with students on January 7, 2020. Please RSVP by January 13, 2020 that you will be attending so that we can make sure to have enough food for everyone. We look forward to seeing you at our "Lunch and Learn!"
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