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WCHS Students Celebrate High Lexile Growth with Gaming Day

Lexile Progress Winners

Protect Yourself from the Spread of Zika with These Tips



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May 2018 Edition of CTAE Gator Futures Available Now

Gator Futures Newsletter


Click the image to read the May 2018 edition of the Gator Futures newsletter and find out about the exciting things going on in our CTAE program.

Graduation Information

Ware County High School will hold its commencement ceremony on Friday, May 25th at 7pm at Memorial Stadium. We would like to take this opportunity to inform or remind the public that security checks will be conducted at the gates. The following items are not permitted within the stadium: alcohol, drugs, weapons, firearms, explosives, flammables, sharp objects, pepper spray/mace, umbrellas, balloons, and air horns. By leaving these items at home or in your vehicle, you will help the flow at the gates run smoothly and quickly, thereby making this special occasion a more enjoyable event for everyone.


In the event that inclement weather, the ceremony will be rescheduled for Saturday morning, May 26th, at 9:00am.

Swim Team to Hold Fundraiser at Zaxby's

Swim Team

Open House - 2nd Semester


Open house for 2nd semester will be held on Tuesday, January 9 from 11 am - 1 pm

Watch Tonight's Playoff Game Online

Watch tonight’s playoff game from the comfort of your home... or wherever you happen to be! We will bring the game to you LIVE from Memorial Stadium in Waycross, GA as the Gators take on Harris County at The Swamp. The live stream will begin at 7pm. Please join us for the broadcast and support the WCHS Stream Team!





Family Tech Talk Night - WCHS Media Center


Come for an evening of technology as Ware County High School hosts Family Tech Talk Night on November 30th in the media center from 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm. 

One-Act Play


"Throwback" Homecoming Corsages


Homecoming 2017 Spirit Week


Homecoming 2017 Dress Code


WCHS Homecoming Game and Dance is Friday, October 6 . .  The Homecoming Dance is will start immediately following the football game and will end at midnight. Click here for important information about the dance dress code. .

Parent Meeting for 9th, 10th, and 11th Grade


WCHS will host its annual parent meeting for 9th, 10th, and 11th grade students on Tuesday, September 12 at 6:30 pm in the Performing Arts Center. We hope all ECHS 9th, 10th, and 11th grade parents and studenst will be able to attend this informative event.

Pocket Change for Hurricane Harvey Relief


Hurricane Harvey Relief


Annual Title 1 Parent Meeting


Annual Title I Parent Meeting, Monday August 28th at 5:30 PM in the PAC

All parents are invited to attend to review Title I parent/family involvement plans and school compacts. 

2017-2018 Initial School Council Meeting


2017-2018 Initial School Council Meeting, Monday August 28th at 6 PM in the PAC

Parents, students, and community business leaders are invited to attend as WCHS newly elected officers lead the first School Council meeting of the school year.

12th Grade Parent/Student Meeting and Mini College Fair


Senior night and mini-college fair for parents and students on August 22 at 6:30 PM in the Performing Arts Center at WCHS.

Ware County Schools to Dismiss Early Aug. 21

Early Dismissal

August 21st Schedule for Dismissal:


Daffodil Pre-K: 10:30 AM
Elementary/WCLC: 11:00 AM
Middle Schools: 11:45 AM
High School: 12:15 PM


Read more at the link!

Ninth Grade Open House Announced

Ninth Grade Open House

Come join us!

Open House

Ware County vs. Coffee County Football Game Moved to Thursday, August 31 at 7:30pm

Severe Weather Alert

Financial Aid Workshop for Parents


A financial aid workshop to assist parents in completing the FAFSA form will be held on Tuesday, January 23 at 6:00 pm in the PAC at Ware County High School

High School Registration for 8th Grade Students



An Important Safety Update from Superintendent Jim LeBrun


Gators are All In for PBIS!


Skit tours are a huge success as students learn appropriate behaviors through student-led skits during TAA!.

Ware County Schools Student Technology Competition

See Ms. Rice or Ms. Saxon in the media center to pick up a registration form or download here and return completed form to the media center.



Prom 2018


Prom 2018 will be held at 8 pm on Saturday, April 14 at Waycross City Auditorium.  Prom tickets are $25 and will go on sale March 26.

Make sure you are dressed appropriately.  Click here for the prom dress code.


Picture Information for Rising Seniors


EOC Testing Schedule

Tuesday, Dec.5:  English 9 & 11
Wednesday, Dec. 6:   English 9 & 11
Thursday, Dec. 7:  Algebra & Geometry
Friday, Dec. 8:  Make-ups
Monday, Dec. 11:  Biology & Physical Science
Tuesday, Dec. 12:   Make-ups
Wednesday, Dec. 13:   U.S. History & Economics
Thursday, Dec. 14:  Make-ups





12th Grade British Literature Students Excel on Beowulf Project


Beowulf project winners (L to R) Jonathan V., 3rd place and Taylor W., 1st place
Not pictured: Victoria C., 2nd place

An Important Message from Superintendent Jim L. LeBrun

A Ware County School System teacher has been placed on administrative leave based on allegations of inappropriate conduct. The school district is fully cooperating with all law enforcement agencies and the Professional Standards Commission. No further information will be available until the police investigation and the district investigation have been completed. 

Ware County Rifle Team Wins Second Consecutive State Championship!

Rifle Team


Rifle Team


Rifle Team

Community Provision Eligibility Surveys Due March 15


All Ware County students have benefited from receiving free breakfast and lunch for the past four years through the Community Eligibility Provision grant. We are in the process of re-certifying for this grant so that we can continue to provide this benefit to the families we serve. 

All Ware County Schools families have received a survey requesting information that is critical in our recertification approval. The surveys are due March 15 and can be returned in the provided pre-paid envelope.

We will not be able to re-certify without your feedback. Please complete and return the survey TODAY!


May is Asthma Awareness Month

Asthma logo

Peach State Tour


The Georgia Institute of Technology, Georgia State University, and the University of Georgia will host a workshop for students and parents on Wednesday, Aug. 30 from 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM in the Performing Arts Center at WCHS. Topics include: early and regular college admission, advanced placement courses, financial aid and much more!

WCHS Student, Maria M., Receives State Recognition


Maria M. receives 3rd place honors from Governor Deal!

Attention Rising Seniors! Junior Board Applications Being Accepted Now




Attention rising seniors! Waycross Bank & Trust and First Southern Bank are now accepting applications for their Junior Boards.  Applications may be picked up from the Class of 2019 Counselor, Ms.Bess Davis.  Completed applications may be returned to Ms. Davis or to the bank.  The application deadline for Waycross Bank & Trust is Thursday, March 8.  The application deadline for First Southern Bank is Friday, March 16.



Coach Mandy Lingenfelter Inducted into BPC Athletic Hall of Fame

Lingenfelter Induction

PSAT is Coming Soon....Register Now


Attention 9th and 11th grade students!  If you are interested in signing up to take the PSAT on October 25, see Ms. Davis now.  Deadline for registration is Thursday, October 5.  The cost of the test is $15.  

WCHS Named AP STEM and AP Humanities School


Ware County Schools Staff Members Take Part in Georgia Leadership Institute for School Improvement Workshops

Cohort 54

The Addams Family - presented by WCHS Gator Productions


Ware CTAE October 2017 Newsletter
Autism Awareness Day is April 14th

Autism Flyer

Ware County Schools Earn Distinction of Being Title I Rewards Schools

Title I Rewards School Principals

WCHS Students Excel at State Technology Competition

State Tech Fair Winners

WCHS Student Hinkley H. Named "Top Gun" Welder

Hinkley with donor and instructor

Ware Co. High School Baseball Team Pays Visit to Waresboro Elementary School

Students with Baseball Team reps


Team members read to students

HOSA Students Share Flu Prevention Tips with Local Elementary and Middle School Students

Ruskin 2nd Grade



icky germs



Mrs. Thompson's students

Ware High Students Reach Out to Parkland, FL Peers





3rd Block



4th Block

February is CTAE Month

Small engine repair


Daffodil experience

Ware County High School Counselors Pilot CICO Program

CICO Program

WCHS Regional Technology Competition Winners


Pictured above - Top row (L to R): Ethan T., Sophia C., Ruby L.,  Bottom row (L to R): Diana E, Kehleh D., Alyssa L.  Not pictured: Maria M.

Ware County High School had an outstanding day at the Okefenokee Regional Technology Competition, winning 7 category divisions! We are so proud of our WCHS "Techsperts"!

Ware County High School to Participate in the College Board AP Capstone Diploma

AP Capstone Image


The Capstone Diploma Program Focuses on College-Level Independent Research, Collaborative Teamwork, and Communication and Writing Skills Crucial for College and Career Success

Ware County Schools 2018-2019 School Year Calendar Now Available


Block Calendar


List Calendar


Board Members approved the 2018-2019 School Year calendar at the December 2017 board meeting. 

WCHS DECA Students Win at Region Competition


Ware County Future Farmers of America Very Successful at Winter Events




FFA Ag Sales Team

Ware County High School FBLA Members Attend Fall Conference

FBLA Fall Conferfence

WCHS Students Excel at Skills Events

Skills Event 1



Skills Event 2

WCHS Band Members Invited to Play for Georgia Schools Boards Association and State School Superintendents

Band and Board


Band Members

Chase M. Wins District First Lego Robotics Competition Publicity Design Contest


Retired Teacher Sees Fruits from Class Project Twenty Years Later

Davidson and Students

Waycross Police Department K9 Unit Performs Safety Sweep

On Monday morning, November 6, 2017, Ware County High School was on lockdown for around 45 minutes. The school has partnered with the Waycross Police Department to bring drug dogs on campus to deter contraband substances from being brought onsite. This resource is one way to ensure a safe learning environment. After the campus sweep, Principal Bert Smith proudly announced that no drugs were found on campus. The Ware County School System remains committed to the safety of all students and staff and will continue to do all that is possible to make our schools safe. We thank the men and women of the police department who work to keep our community safe as well.

Our November/December 2017 Newsletter is Out!

November/December Newsletter


This month, we are talking about what it takes to have a winning game plan: ask questions and listen thoughtfully! November is Family Engagement Month, and we have 5 tips you can add to your play book to get the ball rolling in talking with your child. Engaging children in conversations about school can be tricky, but the Internet is a great resource to find creative ideas to start a conversation. Check out http://tinyurl.com/25conversationstarters for ideas.

WCHS Holds Report Card Conferences

Report Card Conference Participants

WCHS Highlights Digital Citizenship



WCHS recognizes the importance of teaching students to use digital media safely and responsibly.  We are accomplishing this by partnering with Common Sense Media’s digital curriculum to provide lessons to students and by highlighting the week of October 16 -20 with activities to promote digital citizenship awareness.  During the week, students will have the opportunity to take a digital citizenship pledge and be recognized as Gator Digital Citizens. 

Nationally recognized digital safety speaker, Jesse Hambrick will provide a free seminar to the public on Thursday, October 19 at 5:30 pm at Ware Middle School auditorium.  Mr. Hambrick will speak to the students at WCHS on Friday, October 20.   For more information and resources on digital citizenship, visit commonsensemedia.org or click on the digital citizenship page under the Parent Resource tab.

Abby G. is 2018 National Merit Scholarship Semifinalist!

rCongratulations to WCHS Senior, Abby G., for qualifying as a National Merit Scholarship Semifinalist!

WCHS Leadership Class Volunteers at Ruskin


Ms. Stalvey's leadership class volunteered at Ruskin's PBIS Celebration on October 6.

Fans to See Increased Security at Memorial Stadium

The Ware County School System confirmed plans to implement enhanced security measures at Memorial Stadium for home football games beginning Friday, October 6.


A statement issued Wednesday calling for a greater law enforcement presence was met with approval by the Ware County Board of Education, Waycross Chief Police Tony Tanner, and Sgt. Chris Tatum. The Waycross City Police Department will station an additional officer at each entry gate to provide additional security and wand patrons for weapons. 


The measure comes in response to recent events that have occurred in other locations across the country. Superintendent of Schools Jim L. LeBrun stated, "Waycross/Ware County is not immune to the types of crimes we see happening in other metropolitan areas. On any given Friday night at Memorial Stadium, we have the highest concentration of our community population gathered. We need to do all we can to ensure their safety. I am firmly committed to preventing disaster if at all possible."


Signs will be posted around the stadium identifying contraband such as weapons, guns, knives, and informing patrons that they are subject to being searched by law enforcement.  

Our October 2017 Newsletter is out!

Ware County Schools has unveiled a new slogan this school year: We Are Team Ware!


This month, we are talking about keeping team players cyber-safe. Research shows that over 50% of all students have been bullied using some source of social media. Cyber-bullying can lead to anxiety, depression and even suicide, as children and teens will rarely volunteer to tell their parents about being a victim of cyber-bullying. But you can help protect your child from becoming a statistic!


Parents are their child's most important teacher. Role-modeling responsible use of technology will go a long way toward teaching your child to adopt safe online practices. Check out our 5 tips and then talk to your child about this important topic today! Need more support? Don't forget to come join us as we host Sgt. Jesse Hambrick with the Douglas County Sheriff's office on Thursday, October 19th at 5:30pm in the Ware Middle School auditorium. Sgt. Hambrick will tell us what we need to know to keep children safe in a digital world. Mark your calendar!  #teamware #getinthegame#teamworkmakesthedreamwork


Oct 2017

Homecoming Court 2017


Ware County High School is proud to announce the 2017 Homecoming Court.  

Top Left: 9th Grade (L to R) - Emma M., Ronasche' F., Trinity N. 
Top Right: 10th Grade (L to R) - Kimbron C., Naomi G., Mabry R.
Bottom Left: 11th Grade (L to R) - Tyra H., Tytianna W., Taylor G.
Bottom Right: 12th Grade (L to R) - Trinity J., Madison W., Waynisha C., Morgan P.,
Hannah S., Payton M., Markeah G. (Not Pictured), Zibrya B. (Not Pictured)


Two More Ware County Schools Rank in the Top Ten 2018 Niche Standout Schools in Georgia

Top 10

Sgt. Jesse Hambrick to provide FREE Seminar - "How to Stay Safe in a Digital World"



Nationally recognized speaker Sgt. Jesse Hambrick of the Douglas Co. Georgia's Sheriff's Office will provide a FREE seminar at Ware County Middle School's auditorium on October 19, 2017 at 5:30pm. Sgt. Hambrick will share what every adult and student needs to know to stay safe in a digital world during the 90-minute event. Seminar content will include helping adults learn to recognize vault apps and other dangerous online/social media practices common to students, such as cyberbullying, sexting (audience appropriate), and making good choices with digital footprints. Please share this message with anyone in the southeast Georgia area who you think would be interested in attending. The public is invited to attend.

Strike Out Cancer with the Lady Gators!

The WCHS Softball Team is partnering with Campground Clothing Company and Mattie's Mission to help strike out cancer. Come support the Lady Gators as they take on Appling Co. and enjoy the festivities during the game on September 5th. JV game starts at 4:00pm, and the Varsity game begins at 6:00pm, with Opening Ceremony scheduled for 5:40pm.


There will be activities for the whole family, including Camp Rock painting, a raffle, "In Memory Of" balloons, Butterfly Release, and the opportunity to purchase Campground Clothing shirts or Mattie's Mission shirts. Please like and share to help us get the word out. #gogold #CampgroundClothing #MattiesMission #strikeoutcancer


Strike Out Cancer

Parents Have the Home Field Advantage

Ware County Schools has unveiled a new slogan this school year: We are Team Ware!


Team Ware members believe that involved parents make a substantial difference in the academic life of their children and in our school and community. Every staff member, parent, and community stakeholder plays an important role in supporting parental engagement in our schools. No one can do it alone. Team Ware is in the game to win, and the reward is our children's success!


Parents set the foundation for a child's success in school. So, use your home for the home field advantage! Check out these four tips to get in the game. #teamware #getinthegame


September 2017 Newletter

CTAE Gator Futures August 2017 Newsletter

Aug 2017 Newsletter


Click the image to read the inaugural edition of the CTAE Gator Futures newsletter!

Ware School District Launches STEM Initiative To Prepare Students For A Global Economy


NFL Football Star Adrian Peterson Visits Ware County Students

Peterson and Student

We are Team Ware! Are you?

Ware County Schools is unveiling a new slogan this school year: We are Team Ware!


We believe our children succeed when we work together as a team - staff, parents, and the community. We're all in the game to win, and the reward is our children's success. We need YOU on the team! The big game kicks off Tuesday, August 1st at Open House. Come meet your child's teachers and get to know the other players on the team.


Team Ware starts with Team meetings! Meeting and communicating with teachers and administrators can have an enormous impact on your child's attitude toward school, learning, and success in the classroom. Check out these 5 tips to get in the game!



August 2017