Julie English. Director
205 Civic Center Drive
Thomaston, Georgia 30286
Federal Programs Webpage
Welcome to the Federal Programs web page for the Thomaston-Upson School System. The Department of Federal Programs provides the leadership, information, and resources necessary to align state and federal program requirements with the district's strategic plan. We ensure that all students have a fair, equal, and significant opportunity to obtain a high-quality education.
Comprehensive LEA Improvement Plan (CLIP)
Thomaston-Upson School System cordially invites parents, community partners, and stakeholders to provide input on the FY17 Comprehensive LEA Improvement Plan (CLIP). Under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), Title I regulations for federal compliance, parents are encouraged to provide input on the revisions of the district’s Comprehensive LEA Improvement Plan (CLIP) and the district’s Parental Involvement Policy. Below you will find a copy of the CLIP and the Parental Involvement Policy for your review. Please use the feedback form to provide any suggestions and/or comments. You may email Mrs. Julie English at firstname.lastname@example.org or send comments via mail to Mrs. Julie English, Thomaston-Upson School System, 205 Civic Center Drive, Thomaston, GA 30286 by June 1, 2017.
Parent Involvement Coordinator
The district has a parent involvement coordinator (PIC) who schedules parent activities. For more information, contact your child’s school. If you have any comments or suggestions, always feel free to contact the PIC. The PIC will take your feedback to the leadership team of the school and will provide helpful tips to school staff.
The school district has a district parental involvement policy. It is revised every year, and a copy of this document is also distributed to parents in multiple ways. Click here for the district’s parent involvement policy.
At the beginning and end of the school year, schools distribute a parent questionnaire. The results of this survey are used to review the effectiveness of parent activities. Feedback from these surveys is very important. The school parental involvement policy and school activities are developed from feedback parents give on these surveys.
Parent Involvement Coordinator Contact Information
DeAnn Hopkins, Parent Involvement Coordinator
The Parent Involvement Room is located at Upson-Lee South Elementary behind the kindergarten side.
Parent Involvement Information
Parent Involvement is the participation of parents in regular, two-way, and meaningful communication involving student academic learning and other school activities. The purpose is to ensure that parents play an integral role in their child’s learning and are active in their child’s education at school.
Opportunities for Parental Involvement
Opportunities for parental involvement include parent workshops, parent advisory committees, school council, PTO, parent volunteers, school planning meetings, and parent-teacher conferences.
Parental Involvement Policy
The purpose of the school parental involvement policy is to ensure that strong strategies are in place to build the capacity to involve parents in an effective partnership with the school and share and support high student academic achievement. The school and parents must jointly develop and agree on the policy. It is revised every year to meet the changing needs of parents. The policy is distributed to parents in multiple ways.
Every year, students, parents, and school staff sign a compact or agreement. This compact outlines how parents, the entire school staff, and students will share the responsibility for improved student achievement and the means by which the school and parents will build and develop a partnership to help children achieve the State’s high standards. This compact is revised with parent input at the end of each school year and then distributed to all parents to be signed at the beginning of the next school year.
Title III ESOL
The purpose of Title III, ESOL is to prepare students for success in school and in society through the development of cultural awareness and English language proficiency in listening, speaking, reading, and writing.
Title III / ESOL Resources
School Designation Status
The Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE) received waivers from ten requirements of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) of 1965, as amended by No Child Left Behind (NCLB) of 2001. ESEA/NCLB requires that parents or guardians who have children attending a Title I school be notified of the school’s academic achievement as well as the school’s designation under Georgia’s ESEA Flexibility Waiver. The designation status of each school in the Thomaston-Upson School System is as follows:
Upson-Lee South Elementary - No Designation
Upson-Lee North Elementary - Reward School
Upson-Lee Middle School - No Designation
Upson-Lee High School - Focus School
Flexible Learning Program (FLP)
Under Georgia’s new ESEA Flexibility Waiver, schools that have been identified as a Focus or Priority School due to having an achievement gap between the lowest performing quartile and the state average are required to develop a school turnaround plan in order to close this achievement gap. Schools identified as a Focus or Priority School will create a Flexible Learning Program (FLP). The school identified as a Focus School for the 2016-2017 school year is Upson-Lee High School.
Parent’s Right to Know
In compliance with the requirements of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), the Thomaston-Upson School District informs parents that you may request information and TUCS will provide the parents on request (and in a timely manner), information regarding the professional qualifications of the student’s classroom teacher(s), including at a minimum, the following:
- Whether the student’s teacher has met State qualification and licensing criteria for the grade levels and subject areas in which the teacher provides instruction;
- Whether the student’s teacher is teaching under emergency or other provisional status through which State qualification or licensing criteria have been waived; and
- Whether the student’s teacher is teaching in the field of discipline of the certification of the teacher.
- Qualifications of the paraprofessional, if paraprofessional services are provided.
If you wish to request information concerning your child’s teacher’s qualifications, please contact the school’s principal.
Upson-Lee South Elementary 706-647-7516
Upson-Lee North Elementary 706-647-3676
Upson-Lee Middle School 706-647-6256
Upson-Lee High School 706-647-8171
Intradistrict Transfer Option
The Intradistrict Transfer option allows a parent/guardian the option to request a transfer from the child’s assigned school, to a school of the parent’s choice within the school district in which the child resides. However, since there is only one school for each grade span in our district, the Thomaston-Upson School System is exempt from having to offer an Intradistrict Transfer Option. For more information about Intradistrict Transfer, visit: http://www.gadoe.org/School-Improvement/Federal-Programs/Pages/Intra-District-Transfers.aspx.