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Picture Retakes

Fall Break

Fall Break

Students will return on 10/16/2017.





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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

Cancer Awareness Dress Up Days

Cancer Awareness Dress Up Days

Paw Magnets

Paw Magnet

Title I Meeting

Title I Thank You

Ruskin Elementary Declares Curriculum Night a Success

Curriculum Night

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!

Resources for Families, Caregivers, and Teachers

Student Achievement


The Governor’s Office of Student Achievement has developed Words2Reading, a web-based literacy resource for families, caregivers, and teachers of children ages birth to eight. This website provides resources with easy-to-use learning tips and opportunities. These great tools can help children increase language, literacy development, and school readiness.


Words2Reading also provides an accessible opportunity for parents to subscribe to Ready4KGA. This is an evidence-based text messaging program for families of newborns to 5 years that is provided at no cost. Subscribers will receive fun facts and easy tips that can easily increase your child’s learning. 


These websites are accessible on any device with an internet connection. Please help us increase Georgia’s reading goals by sharing this information with others. Thanks!

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

Ruskin's Curriculum Night Draws a Crowd

Curriculum Night

Thank you for coming out to our Curriculum Night and learning more about classroom expectations, curriculum, and communication between home and school. If you have additional questions and/or concerns, please contact your child's teacher.

Ruskin Elementary is Rolling Into A Great School Year

Bus Safety 1

Penny War

Who will win the Penny War???

Penny War

Class Shirts Information and Order Form

Order your RUSKIN Class Shirt Today!

Order Yours Today 

Click here for more information and the order form.


PBIS Paw Celebration

PBIS Paw Celebration


Click here for more information.

Grandparents Day Luncheon

Grandparents Day Luncheon

Grandparents Day Luncheon

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Atlanta Falcons Kick Off NFL Flag Football Week With 159-County Initiative



Falcons Gear

Mrs. Black Helps Ruskin Elementary Students Take "A Step in the Right Direction"

Mrs. Black

Mrs. Andrea Scotton is the August 2017 Golden Achievement Winner



In her nomination letter, Principal Donna Solomon shared this information with board members:


"To the Ware County board of education, superintendent, members and visitors, it is my absolute pleasure to recommend Andrea Scotton as the Golden Achievement winner for the month of August 2017. Mrs. Scotton is truly one of Ruskin's most valuable assets. She is honest, dependable, and incredibly hard-working. In addition to those impressive qualities, she is an outstanding leader and role model for our faculty, staff, and students. 


Currently, she works within our Special Education department, where her belief is that all students are able to succeed. It is more than empty words. It is the force that drives her to 'Rise Up' and make a difference in their lives. Along with her undeniable love and compassion for our students, she is a true team player with a positive attitude that invokes the best in all of us at Ruskin. Without a doubt, Mrs. Andrea Scotton is honored by her peers and is most deserving of this most esteemed award."


Congratulations, Mrs. Scotton!

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.

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

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

2016-2017 High-Progress School

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