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School News & Announcements

March 12 - 16, 2018 is School Board Appreciation Week

Ware Co. Board of Education Members and Superintendent

Okefenokee RESA Director and Area Superintendents Visit Capitol

Superintendents and RESA Director with Rep. Chad Nimmer


Okefenokee RESA Director Greg Jacobs and Superintendents from the Okefenokee RESA District, including Ware County Superintendent Jim L. LeBrun, visited the Capitol on March 7th to share legislative concerns with and receive updates from key lawmakers recently. The regional leaders are shown here with Representative Chad Nimmer. 

Fair Bear Creative Writing Contest District Winners Announced

District Winners

Parent Workshop



Please make reservations for lunch by Wednesday, March 7th. 



Hawks Give Back!



Tomorrow we are selling Sno-Cones and Pickles! Bring your $1.00!

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!


Ware County Summer STEM Camp Registration is Now Open!

  Dates: June 4th – 7th, 2018

  Location: South Georgia State College, Waycross Campus  

  Time: 8:30am-12:30pm Mon. – Wed. and 8:30am-1:30pm Thurs.

  Fee:  $110 per child   

  For: Students who will complete 1st – 5th grade in a Ware County school May 2018

  Click READ MORE for registration details!



Williams Heights Hawks Compete in Technology Competition

Technology Competitors

Waycross Bank and Trust Makes Generous Donation of Safety Goggles to K-8 Ware Schools

Waycross Bank and Trust Goggle Donation

Ware County School System Announces District Spelling Bee Winners

Spelling Bee Winners


Spelling Bee Finalists

Ware County Schools Personnel Learn to Stop the Bleed

Stop the Bleed Trainees

Ordinary Williams Heights Elementary Students Give in Extraordinary Ways

Students celebrate with community helpers


St. Jude Math-A-Thon Participants

Third Annual Ware County Student Technology Competition Held at Waycross Middle School

Ruskin Elementary Tech Comp Winners

Ware County Schools Hosts Transportation/Professional Development Facility Groundbreaking Ceremony


DAFFODIL Pre-K Registration for School Year 2018-2019 is Now Underway!

Registration Graphic


Click Read More to learn more!

CDC Reporting Rise in Cases of Influenza and Gastrointestinal Virus

Health Alert


An Important Message from Nurse Coordinator Lynn Rivers:

With the return of students and staff from the Christmas and Holiday Break, we are seeing students and staff members in the clinics with flu-like symptoms and the gastrointestinal virus.  Safety precautions, including cleaning desks, light switches, keyboards and other areas the students are touching frequently, are being taken to reduce spread of infection.  The flu season seems to be more severe this season. Please click "Read More" for important safety tips from the CDC to help keep our students healthy. Thank you!


Ware County Schools Recruitment Fair Quickly Approaching

Recruitment Flyer


The Ware County School System is hosting a Teacher Recruitment Fair on Saturday, January 20, 2018 from 9:00 - 11:00am in the Performing Arts Center lobby at Ware County High School. If you know of an education major graduating in December 2017 or May 2018 or a current educator who is looking to relocate to our area, please encourage him or her to come meet our principals and district office administrators during this event.


We are looking for teachers and paraprofessionals who are available for employment beginning in the 2018-2019 school year. Each Ware County school will have a table at the fair, and potential new hires will have an opportunity to speak with administrators regarding job opportunities. Applicants are asked to bring an updated resume. Interested applicants can apply for a position by visiting:


Click on Administrator, Teacher, or Paraprofessional to begin the application process.

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. 

Exciting News for Substitute Teachers!

ESS Logo


Ware County Schools has partnered with ESSISource4Teachers to manage our substitute program. A leader in K-12 staffing, ESSISource4Teachers is now responsible for the hiring, training, and placement of all daily and long-term substitute teachers. Substitutes hired through ESSISource4Teachers will have access to medical, vision/dental, and 401K benefits as well as have the ability to work 40 hours a week and be paid on a weekly basis. 


If you're interested in working as a substitute for our district, please visit www.ESS.jobs to apply or call 877.983.2244 for more information. 

Ware County Schools to Host Teacher Recruitment Fair

Job Fair Announcement


The Ware County School System is hosting a Teacher Recruitment Fair on Saturday, January 20, 2018 from 9:00 - 11:00am in the Performing Arts Center lobby at Ware County High School. If you know of an education major graduating in December 2017 or May 2018 or a current educator who is looking to relocate to our area, please let him or her know about the upcoming fair.


We are looking for teachers and paraprofessionals who are available for employment beginning in the 2018-2019 school year. Each Ware County school will have a table at the fair, and potential new hires will have an opportunity to speak with administrators regarding job opportunities. Applicants are asked to bring an updated resume.


For more information, please call (912) 283-8656. 

Williams Heights Students Honored at 4th Annual Okefenokee Heritage Writing Contest

Writing Winners

Williams Heights Elementary Honors Veterans with Veterans Day Lunch

Veterans Day 4


Veterans Day 1


Veterans Day 2


Veterans Day 5


Veterans Day 3



FIRST Lego Robotics Competition Coming Soon!


Veterans Day Video

Williams Heights Elementary Inducts 27 Students into the National Elementary Honor Society



Williams Heights Elementary Wins First Place at Academic Quiz Bowl Competition


Barn Hill Preserve Visits Williams Heights Elementary

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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.

Williams Heights Students Celebrate International Walk to School Day

Walk to School

Murray and Thigpens Offer Unique Learning Experiences to Williams Heights Students




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

Flu Shots Coming in October

Flu Fighter


The Ware County Health Department will be offering flu shots to students and staff in October. Flu forms are due October 5th. Please contact the health department for more information. Forms will be sent home with students, but English and Spanish versions are also available at the link below.

English Newsletter

Spanish Newsletter




Students and Staff to Return to School September 18th

Reopen Monday


All schools in the Ware County School District will resume a regular operating schedule on Monday, September 18th. Students will not be required to make up the lost days resulting from Hurricane Irma; however, all staff members will be required to make up the missed days to meet the terms of their contracts. All scheduled holidays will remain intact for students and staff members at this time. We look forward to seeing  all students and staff members on Monday, September 18th. 


We would like to take a moment to thank the community for their support during this difficult week. The hospitality you showed to evacuees and the unified spirit we felt as everyone pulled together is proof that we live in a fine community. Thank you!

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.

All Ware County Schools Remain Closed for Students

Schools Closed for Students


All Ware County Schools will be closed for students the remainder of the week. Staff members who are able should report to school at 9:00am both days.

Ware County vs Northside Game Rescheduled

Game Rescheduled



‪The Ware Co. vs Northside football game scheduled for Friday, Sept. 15 has been moved to Friday, Sept. 22, 2017 at 7:30pm‬. Additional information will be released once power has been restored. Please help us spread the word, and stay safe! 


American Red Cross Shelter Information

ARC Shelter


The American Red Cross will open a shelter at Ware County High School on Friday, September 8th at 5:00pm for families and individuals seeking relief from Hurricane Irma. The school, which is located at 700 Victory Drive in Waycross, GA, will have 500 cots available for use.


Evacuees must bring medications, bedding (pillow and blanket), towels, hygiene items, and clothing. Service animals are permitted within the shelter, but evacuees should make other arrangements for pets. We anticipate that the Okefenokee Fair Grounds will open as a shelter for pets and will post more information on Facebook and our website when it becomes available.

Ware County Schools to Close for Hurricane Irma


Early Release


School Closed


Click "READ MORE" for details.



Hurricane Irma - Ware County Schools Update: 9/5/17

Hurricane Irma


Ware County School System officials are working closely with Emergency Management Agency officials to monitor the status of Hurricane Irma. We are studying forecast track models as they are released several times daily to determine what effect the storm may have on our area so that any decisions affecting Ware County students and employees, as well as the greater community, can be made as soon as possible with the most accurate information available.


We will advise all stakeholders via One Call, social media, school/system websites, radio, and television should a decision be made to cancel or alter school services.


The latest briefing from the National Weather Service for the Jacksonville, FL area can be found at this link: http://www.weather.gov/media/jax/briefings/nws-jax-briefing.pdf.

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

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


Top Ten



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

Additional Safety Warning for August 21st's Solar Eclipse



Dr. Michael Schecter, an optometrist in the Columbus, OH area, urges all spectators to enjoy the coming eclipse from the safety of the television rather than viewing it live. Click "Read More" to hear what he has to say.

Safety Information About the Upcoming Solar Eclipse Event

safety tips



Our friends at Prevent Blindness have created a helpful fact sheet about the upcoming total solar eclipse event. Click on the link to check it out!



School Bells Will Soon Be Ringing!

Wacona Elementary


Ware County teachers are "gearing" up for a great school year! See you on August 3rd!

Williams Heights Elementary Named 2017 Highest Performing Reward School
 Ribbon Title 1


The Georgia Department of Education released its 2016-2017 list of Title I Reward Schools. We are so pleased to announce that Williams Heights was named a 2017 Highest Performing Reward School (based on 2013-2015 data). A Highest-Performing School is among the five percent of the state’s Title I schools with the absolute highest performance, over three years, for the “all students” group on the statewide assessments.

Six Williams Heights' Students Win Georgia Cities Week Art Contest


Ware County Schools Earn State Awards of Distinction

State Awards of Distinction

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