Hello Eagle Families,
Thank you for helping make our first week a success! It was great to see our students returning to school. Our goal has always been to provide face to face instruction in a safe environment with social distancing. Beginning Monday, August 31, 2020 we will be providing face to face instruction 5 days a week for families that have chosen face to face as their option. At this time, we are not offering this option to families that have selected the all remote option. Please be aware after 4 weeks we may have to return to a split schedule depending on the number of students that select the face to face option. Also, if our numbers change we may have to return to a different schedule. We are making decisions to keep our school safe and to maximize learning opportunities for our students.
Please contact me with any questions or concerns.
George Ward, Principal
Hello Eagle Families,
We are excited to begin the new school year with you. It was great to see everyone who could join us for Orientation last week. Please read below for important updates.
Chromebook distribution: Thomas Academy is providing Chromebooks to students to utilize for their learning. Please make sure you complete the computer agreement form so your student can take it home. We have received Chromebooks for high school students. Currently we are waiting on delivery on the remaining computers for middle school students. Once they arrive and configured families will be notified. Please be patient as there is a national shortage on chromebooks.
First week orientation: Teachers will be spending time this week getting to know your student, ensuring students know how to access learning materials, submit assignments, and understand remote learning expectations this week. We realize all students may not be able to join the full time remotely until they get the necessary technology. We will work with your student to ensure they are not behind while they wait on resources.
School day hours: For students attending on campus, 8am-2:30pm. Teachers will have time from 2:30pm-3:30pm to follow up with remote students.
COVID-19 updates: Please remember your student is required to wear a face mask at school. Your student will be provided with 5 washable masks to use. Passing temperature checks are also required for boarding school transportation and entering the school building.
We know this will be a great year! Please contact me with any questions or concerns.
George Ward, Principal
A special system of grading has been put in place for the COVID-19 impacted spring semester by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. The system is explained in the documents below:
Family/teacher virtual conferences will take place this afternoon at 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. Please come prepared with any specific questions you have regarding the grading or the current instructional processes.
Seniors and their families have to make a specific decision regarding grading. A special virtual meeting will take place on Friday, May 8. Please be prepared to discuss your decision during that meeting. As always if you have questions contact Dr. Bradshaw at 910-874-1456 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
According to Governor Cooper’s recent briefing, schools in North Carolina will continue with remote learning until the end of the school year. Thomas Academy teachers and admin staff will continue to support our students through ZOOM, GOOGLE Classroom and Paper and Pencil. As always please feel free to reach out to Dr. Simmons and or Dr. Bradshaw for any assistance we may provide to support our families. Please stay safe!
Good morning Thomas Academy Families! We are going full GOOGLE CLASSROOM today! All ZOOM classes have been cancelled and students should refer to Google Classroom. Mr. Wilson will be the only instructor with ZOOM classes.
Please not that your student will need a gmail account to participate in Google classroom. The account is free. You can sign up at https://accounts.google.com/signup/v2/webcreateaccount?flowName=GlifWebSignIn&flowEntry=SignUp
Please call 910-874-1456 with any questions!
Yours in kind,
Google Classroom for Thomas Academy students will begin on Wednesday, April 22, 2020.
Google Classroom is an online learning environment in which all Thomas Academy students will have access.
Thomas Academy Faculty and Staff would like to wish you and your family well. Please be safe!
Here are the step-by-step instructions on how to use Google Classroom.
Here is a sheet that contains your student classes and their Google Classroom codes.
Please contact Dr. Bradshaw with any questions.
We are learning, you are learning, let's learn together!
A series of REMIND messages have been distributed to families regarding the ZOOM class schedule. A listing can be found here, but does not include the specific links. If your student is enrolled in a class and did not receive the links, please contact Dr. Bradshaw.
The Thomas Academy coursework packet pickup schedule for tomorrow, Friday March 27:
Mr. Harrington's Bolton bus riders can pick up their packets at the Bolton stop at 11:45.
Mr. Harrington's Delco bus riders can pick up their packets at the Delco stop at 12:15.
Mr. Jonathan's van riders, he will deliver your packages betwen 12 and 1 p.m.
Packets will be available for car riders between 1 and 3 p.m. Please call the school at 910-646-2237 when you arrive so that we may bring your packets to the gate.
For those who may not have seen this, ATMC has partnered with Columbus County Schools to create five wi-fi hotspots to support virtual learning.
The sits are Columbus Career and College Academy, Acme Delco Elementary School, East Columbus High School, Williams Township School and West Columbus High School.
The hotspots allow for people to connect from a vehicle in the parking lot and are available from 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. seven days a week.
Thomas Academy will add "Google Classroom" to our learning support options beginning April 1. We will roll out a pilot program, working out the kinks as we go along.
We will continue sending out and picking up packets on Friday, March 27. We will announce times as soon as we have them finalized. Packages will be dropped off at designated bus stops. Please have your students' packets ready to return as they will receive a grade for the work completed. As a suggestion, you can designate one person in your area to drop off/pick up for several families. We will also be at the school Monday - Friday between the hours of 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.
We truly believe in the philosophy that every child deserves the opportunity to receive instruction. We are still figuring out the best ways to assist our students. We will offer several venues to service our students including ZOOM, Google Classroom and Hard Copies.
For those families that do not have access to computers or internet teachers, we will make phone calls. Please, reach out and let us know that you need that service.
We will have a parent teacher conference via ZOOM on Thursday, March 26 at 3 p.m. All staff will be available to answer questions.
To learn more about how to join ZOOM meeting visit https://youtu.be/fGbpwZNW3oI
To learn more about Google Classroom, visit https://youtu.be/xfgqtCi7hdo
Dr. Bradshaw needs email addresses from all Thomas Academy families in order to connect with you in a virtual conference. Please send her your email at email@example.com.
The governor announced today at 1 p.m. that all schools will remain in the current status of closed for instructional purposes until at least May 15.
Thomas Academy will provide our students with packets on Friday, March 27, 2020. We will swap out already completed packets for new packets.
Our online forum should be up and running by March 30, 2020.
Thank you and if you have questions please call!
We have received your text messages and phone calls with concerns about being able to help our students. The TA Team will meet today to get a support plan in place. Keep the calls and texts coming as this tis the only way we know what the concerns are!
Thomas Academy faculty and staff met together on Monday, March 16 in response to North Carolina's mandate to close ALL public schools through March 30. As a result of that meeting, teachers plan to support students over the next 2 weeks in the following ways:
1. A packet for each student was available for pick up on Wednesday, March 18. This packet included students' REPORT CARDS as well as printed COURSEWORK for each class that student is currently enrolled in at Thomas Academy. All work is expected to be completed and returned when school resumes. Access to the internet is beneficial, but not required for this classwork.
2. Teachers are available through REMIND as well as Thomas Academy email for assistance with assignments.
3. Hot meals will be provided to ANY student at the following locations during the following times:
All Columbus County schools will serve breakfast from 8 - 10 a.m. and lunch from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. to ANY student - students do not have to attend that school. Breakfast and lunch will be provided outside as a pickup only - no dining in the schools. The schools are Columbus County Schools. Whiteville City Schools will distribute carry-out meals from Central Middle School 8 - 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
4. At this time, Columbus County libraries have not limited their hours. Computers with internet access are available for students taking online courses.
5. Please refer to www.ncdhhs.gov for updates and your regular physician for any concerns related to COVID-19.
6. Southeastern Community College Campus will be closed March 16 - 22.
7. Charter Communications, Spectrum's parent company announced that beginning March 16, it will make its services available for free for 60 days to households with K-12 and/or college students who don't already have internet through the company. To enroll in the program, call 1-844-488-8395. Installation fees will be waived for new student households.
8. ATMC has reached out to Brunswick County Schools and Columbus County Schools to inform them of this opportunity for students to have free high-speed internet access. To find out if ATMC services are available in your area, call ATMC at 910-574-4311 Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.