Alert: All Ware County Schools will dismiss early on August 21, 2017 due to the solar eclipse. Students will be served breakfast and a brown bag lunch prior to early dismissal. DAFFODIL Pre-K will release at 10:30am, followed by Center Elementary at 10:40am. All other elementary schools and the Ware County Learning Center will dismiss at 11:00am. Both middle schools will dismiss at 11:45am, and the high school will release at 12:15pm. Staff Members will be released once all students have vacated the building. We anticipate that students, drivers, and staff members will be home no later than 2:00pm. The peak of the eclipse is anticipated to occur at 2:44 PM. Afternoon practices such as band, volleyball, softball, football, etc. at all schools will meet inside until 3:20 PM, after which practice may be moved outside. If you have any questions, please call your child's principal.
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Coastal Pines Partners with Ruskin

Coastal Pines

Ruskin Elementary’s STEM project receives a helping hand from Coastal Pines Technical College. Through this Environmentally Aware STEM partnership, Ruskin students in Kindergarten through 5th grade are learning how to preserve or save their environment. STEM activities and lessons will teach students how to manage a greenhouse and a school-wide recycling program along with designing and building alternative fuel racers.

Early Release on 8/21/2017

Early Release


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!

Atlanta Falcons' Rise Up! 159 Club at Ruskin

Atlanta Falcons

Ruskin has been selected by the Atlanta Falcons as the only school in Ware County to be part of their pilot program, the Rise Up! 159 Club. They have provided our students with the equipment to play flag football during their PE time. Watch the video of the students learning about this exciting opportunity!


Curriculum Night

Curriculum Night

School Picture Day

Picture Day

Grandparent's Day Luncheon

Grandparent's Day Luncheon

Labor Day Holiday

Labor Day Holiday

Can Tabs for Mattie's Mission

Mattie's Mission

We are collecting aluminum can tabs for Mattie's Mission. Please send the tabs you collect to the front office in a bag with your child's name on it . The tabs will be weighed each week to find out who is in the lead. Tabs will be collected until September 29th. The class with the most tabs will win a pizza party. Thanks for supporting this worthy cause.

Box Tops for Education

Box Tops for Education

We are collecting Box Tops again this year. Please send these in a bag with your child's name on it to the media center. The class that collects the most Box Tops will win a pizza party.

Adrian Peterson Visits Ruskin

Adrian Peterson

We are excited that Adrian Peterson is coming to Ruskin on Thursday, August 10th. He is a retired NFL running back. Students will get a chance to meet him and hear his amazing story. Adrian will share his story and book, “Don’t Dis My Abilities” which is inspiring and full of hope. He will share his journey through life with his great message that includes his family, hard work, and faith. He has fought to excel in life despite his speech disability. This challenge motivated him to fight harder to reach his goals.


Your child has the opportunity to pre-order this book. He will also autograph it for them! If your child is interested in purchasing a book, please return the form that was sent home with your child and payment (cash or check made payable to Adrian Peterson). Books will be sold through Wednesday, August 9th. The cost of the book is $20.


Please contact Tonya Dixon at 912-287-2325 for more information.

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


Ruskin Elementary + Coastal Pines Technical College = A Great Place to Learn!


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!

Prayer Around the Flagpole

Prayer Around the Flagpole

We want to thank Donnie Durrance for leading us in a word of prayer around our flagpole.

Friendly Reminders

Friendly Reminders

**Students have end of the day activities in preparation for school departure. No checkouts after 2:00 pm.


**Please keep fidget spinners at home. They are not allowed at school and will be taken up from the student.


**If you have a transportation change, you must send a written transportation note to school. Transportation changes will not be taken over the telephone.


**Parents/Guardians must enter the school to sign in students who are tardy.


We thank you for following these request to help the school day run smoothly.







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

School Bells Will Soon Be Ringing!

Wacona Elementary


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

2017-2018 School Supply List
2017-2018 School Year Quickly Approaching

Back to School


Summer is quickly coming to an end, and school bells will be ringing across the district in a few short weeks. Click through to find out what you need to know to be prepared.

May 24, 2017 Reminders


End of the Year Reminders




Lillian G Fair Bear Winner

Ruskin's Sumdog teams Rise up!

Ruskin's SumDog teams RISE UP!

Millions of Kids Live with Grandparents


Millions of Kids Live with Grandparents

More than 10 percent of children under age 18 live in homes where the head of household is a grandparent or other relative. Learn more on

Ruskin 1st Graders Get “Eggs-cited” About Problem-Solving

Ruskin 1st Graders Get “Eggs-cited” About Problem-Solving


Teacher Appreciation Week

Teacher Appreciation Week

We want to thank these businesses for making Ruskin's Teacher Appreciation Week amazing!

Ruskin Elementary Student Shows His True Colors at Art Show

Ruskin Student Portrait

FREE Summer Reading Program

It's time to get your summer reading on. See the info in the graphic to learn how to access thousands of books - Summer Readingfor FREE!

School Lunch Hero Day

School Lunch Hero Day  Lunchroom Ladies

May 5th is School Lunch Hero Day. We acknowledge our nutrition staff heroes as they prepare healthy meals for students, faculty and staff, adhere to strict nutrition standards, navigate student food allergies, and always offer service with a smile. Ruskin's school nutrition professionals are true heroes and we appreciate all that they do for us!

Ruskin Elementary Inducts New NEHS Members

Ruskin Inducts New NEHS Members

Building Readers Newsletter

Building Readers

Click on the School News tab above for our monthly Parent Involvement Building Readers Newletter. The newsletter provides resources to help families help their children become better readers. 



Field Trips

Field Trip


Kindergarten Ag Day

Ag Day

All Ware County Kindergarten students will participate in Ag Day on May 17th.

Ganas Farms Helps Stemify Ruskin

Ganas Farms

Thank you for partnering with us to Stemify Ruskin!


Water Day Celebration

Water Day CelebrationStudents scoring proficient or above on their End of Grade Assessments will participate in a Water Day Celebration. Work hard and do your best!

Congratulations Lillian Gregory!

Lillian GregoryWe want to congratulate Lillian Gregory for placing 3rd at State in the Fifth Grade Fair Bear Writing Competition! Way to go!

ELITE Primary Care of Waycross

ELITE Primary Care of Waycross

We thank ELITE Primary Care of Waycross for their support of Ruskin Elementary.

Republic Services Lends a Hand to Ruskin Elementary's STEM Project

Republic Services

Ruskin Elementary NEHS Gives to Waycross House of Hope

House of Hope 1


House of Hope 2

Ware County School System Announces Young Georgia Author System Winners

YGA Winners

Ware County Schools Earn State Awards of Distinction

State Awards of Distinction

Family Reading Night Draws a Crowd

Family Reading Night Draws a Crowd

Ware County School District Honors Fair Bear Writing Contest Winners

Fair Bear Winners

Ruskin Elementary Hosts Community Parent Event

Community Night

Ruskin Elementary Kindergartners are Math Superstars

Ruskin Math Superstars

Special Week Honors Georgia's School Board Members

School Board Members

Dental Care Assembly

Dental Assembly




2016-2017 High-Progress School

Georgia Milestone Assessment Information

Georgia Milestone Assessment

Ware County School System Holds Teacher Recruitment Fair

Job Fair

WCHS HOSA Students Visit Local Schools to Provide Preventative Education


HOSA Visit 1


HOSA Visit 2

Ruskin Elementary's School-Wide STEM Project Gains Momentum

STEM Project Gains Momentum

Family Night with Adrian Peterson Hailed a Success

Adrian Peterson

Ruskin Elementary Jaguars Roar at Regional Tech Fair

tech fair

Ruskin Elementary School Earns Governor Deal's Gold Award for Greatest Gains


Ruskin Elementary's Nutrition Department is Headed to State!

We Are Going to State!!

Ware School District Achieves 2016 GSBA Distinguished School Board Status

Distinguished BoardWare School District Achieves 2016 GSBA Distinguished School Board Status

Ware County School District Holds 2nd Annual Student Technology Fair



Ware County Schools Receives Golden Radish Award for Farm to School Accomplishments

Ware BOE Board Members Sworn In

NEWS FLASH... Ruskin Elementary's Principal is Missing!

Students are on the hunt to solve the mystery of, "Who Kidnapped our Principal?"

Native American Heritage Comes Alive at Ruskin

Ruskin Elementary Hosts Grand Event

Ruskin hosts Grandparents Day event for special guests

Prayers for our Raylee Metts

Prayers for our Raylee Metts

Ruskin Elementary Students are Having a BLAST Learning New Skills

Ruskin Elementary Parent Night Draws a Crowd

Ready, Respectful, Responsible Gators Score Free Football Tickets

Ruskin Elementary celebrates PBIS

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