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February is CTAE Month

Small engine repair

 

Daffodil experience

Memorial Drive Elementary Helps House of Hope

House of Hope Event

Wacona Elementary Teams Win Sumdog Math Competition

Wacona  Sumdog Competition Team

Ruskin Elementary Students are 100 Days Smarter!

Ruskin Elementary 100 Days Smarter

Wacona Elementary First Graders Study Historical Figures

Jackson as Thomas Jefferson

 

 

Aubrie as Ruby Bridges

 

 

Dakota as Sacajawea

 

 

Collin as Benjamin Franklin

 

 

Ware County Junior Miss 2018 Crowned

Ware County Junior Miss Court

Ruskin Elementary Thanks Coastal Pines for STEM Support with a Unique Gift

CPTC officials stand beneath stingray logo

Wacona Elementary Hosts Career Day Event

Students learn about various career pathways.

 

A students speaks with a fireman.

 

PrimeSouth Bank was on hand for the event.

 

WCHS CTAE students participated in the career day event.

Ware County High School Counselors Pilot CICO Program

CICO Program

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!

 

http://www.nfhsnetwork.com/

 

Playoffs

Homecoming 2017 Spirit Week

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Pocket Change for Hurricane Harvey Relief

 

Hurricane Harvey Relief

 

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

Severe Weather Alert

Center Elementary and Waycross YMCA Partner to Officially Open YMCA Y-Time After School Program

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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!

2017 Tax Digest and 5 Year History

Click on the image below for the 2017 Tax Digest and 5 Year History of Levy

2017 Tax Digest and 5 Year History

Ninth Grade Open House Announced

Ninth Grade Open House

Come join us!

Open House

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.

Waycross Middle School - Summer Bulldog Camp for Upcoming 6th Graders

When: July 25th

Time: 8:30-11:00 a.m.

Where: Waycross Middle School

Information: We want to invite all the upcoming 6th Graders to attend our Bulldog Camp at Waycross Middle School. Bulldog Camp will give students an opportunity to meet staff and get familiar with our building before the first day of school!  Students can fill out a registration form ahead of time or on the morning of.

Volleyball Summer Camp Opportunity

Summer Volleyball Camp

Contact Coach Alesia Gibson at (912) 550-1296 for more info.

WCHS Graduation Available Online!

 

Tonight's graduation ceremony, which will be at 7:00pm at Memorial Stadium, will be streamed live for the convenience of our community and the friends and family of our graduates.

 

Please visit http://www.nfhsnetwork.com/schools/ware-county-high-school-waycross-ga to watch online beginning at 6:30pm.

 

Congratulations to the Class of 2017! Dream big, and then go make it happen!

 

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Gator Mini Cheer Camp Opportunity

cheer camp

Summer Soccer Camp Camp Opportunity

soccer

Summer Basketball Camp Opportunity

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Summer Baseball Camp Opportunity

baseball camp app

Auxiliary Kid Camp Scheduled for June 2

Auxiliary Kid Camp

Football Program Cover Art Contest Open Now through May 26th

Cover Contest

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!

Ware County High School Shoe Drive Continues through May 31st

Shoe Drive

 

The Ware County High School Shoe Drive will continue through May 31 and into the next school year. Please place each matching pair in grocery bags that are tied off to eliminate the need to re-sort shoes into matching pairs. Donations can be dropped off at Ware County High School's main entrance.

Ruskin Elementary Students Get Dirty with STEM

Ruskin Kindergartners planting pecan seeds with Mr Ganas

Summer Feeding Program is Coming Soon

Summer Feeding Program

 

The Ware County School System's School Nutrition staff is gearing up for our summer meal program that will begin on Tuesday, May 30th and conclude on Friday, July 14th. If you have a camp, summer school, church mission project, or VBS that feeds children, we would LOVE to HELP you! We can provide breakfast and/or lunch FREE to children 18 years and younger. For more information regarding the program or site applications, please call the School Nutrition office at 912.287.2304.

A Message from Our Friends at Southeast Health District

SEHD

Kindergarten Transition Event is Coming Soon!

Kindergarten Transition

Ware County High School Holding Shoe Drive

Shoe Drive.

Sports Physicals Have Been Rescheduled

Rescheduled

 

 

Athletic Physicals have been rescheduled for Wednesday, April 12th at Waycross Middle School. Free physicals will be offered to student athletes who have been prescreened at their respective schools.

Parents of Special Education Students Invited to Complete Survey

Parents of Special Education or Early Intervention Program students are invited to take a Georgia Department of Education survey by clicking on the link:

 

http://www.gadoe.org/Curriculum-Instruction-and-Assessment/Special-Education-Services/Pages/Parent-Survey.aspx

 

 

Thank you for your valuable feedback!

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. 

Intradistrict Transfer Application

Click here to download the parent request form for school transfer

Requests will be accepted from the start of business on Feb. 1, 2018 through 4:30pm on Feb. 28, 2018.  Any requests received after close of business, 4:30pm, Feb. 28, 2018 will not be considered.

Wacona Elementary Students Combine Study of Graphing and Habitats during STEM Lesson

 

Project Wild Group 2

 

Project Wild Group 2

 

Williams Heights Holds Parade for Special Olympics Participants

Special Olympics

Swim Team to Hold Fundraiser at Zaxby's

Swim Team

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

Ordinary Williams Heights Elementary Students Give in Extraordinary Ways

Students celebrate with community helpers

 

St. Jude Math-A-Thon Participants

Center Elementary CLASS Students Visit Atlanta

Group Photo

Ware County Schools Personnel Learn to Stop the Bleed

Stop the Bleed Trainees

Ware County Middle School Students Win at Okefenokee Technology Competition

WCMS Students Win at Technology Competition

Ware County Schools Hosts Transportation/Professional Development Facility Groundbreaking Ceremony

Groundbreaking

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

Kindergarten Registration for 2017-2018

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Spanish

Center Elementary Honors Students for Academic Success in First Semester

Bike Giveaway 1

 

 

Bike Giveaway 1

Dr. Alex Perryman Brings the Heat to Waycross Middle School Students

Alex Perryman Visit WXMS

Center Elementary Recognizes Spelling Bee Winner and Runner-Up

Spelling Bee Winner and Runner-Up

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

Registration Graphic

 

Click Read More to learn more!

Ware County Middle School's RoboGators Win Big

RoboGators Win Big

Matthew D. Wins Wacona Elementary Spelling Bee

First Runner Up and Winner of Spelling Bee

 

Spelling Bee Participants

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:

https://www.easyhrweb.com/JC_W…/JobListings/joblistings.aspx

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

Ware County Schools Partnering with SafeBeat to Offer Free Preventative Heart Health Screenings

SafeBeat Flyer

Center Elementary Students Investigate How Seasons Affect Trees

Group 1

 

Group 2

 

Group 3

 

Group 4

 

Group 5

 

Group 6

 

Group 7

Wacona Elementary's Fifth Grade is Baking Up Chemical Changes

Baking Up Chemical Changes

Memorial Drive Elementary Recognizes December PBIS Bus Driver and Student of the Month

December Bus Driver

 

 

December Bus Student

WCMS Holds Spelling Bee

WCMS Spelling Bee Winners

Wacona Elementary Third Graders Get Hot with STEM

STEM Shot 1

 

STEM Shot 2

 

STEM Shot 3

Satilla Rural Electric Membership Corporation Representatives Visit Ruskin Elementary School Students

SREMC Representatives

1st Grade Bookbag Blessing

1st Grade Bookbag Blessing

Notice of Special Education Records Destruction

In compliance with the Individual Disabilities Act (IDEA), The Georgia Records Act, and the Ware County School System local procedure regarding destruction of data collected, maintained or used in the provision of a free and appropriate public education of students with disabilities in the Ware County Schools, the Records Department announces it’s intention to destroy special education records during the month of May 2017.


Records on students who were enrolled in a special education program in the Ware County School System who were born between January 1, 1989 and December 31, 1989 and were twenty-seven (27) years of age as of January 1, 2017 are no longer needed for educational purposes.


The student or parent may need these records for Social Security or other reasons. If you, as a former special education student or a parent of a former special education student, wish to obtain these records prior to destruction, you should contact the Special Education Records Department, Ware County Board of Education, 1301 Bailey Street, Waycross, Georgia. Positive identification will be required before the records can be released to the individual.


For more information, contact the Special Education Records Department at 287-2306 between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. You may also visit our website at www.ware.k12.ga.us to view this notice.

Santa Claus Visits Daffodil PreK

Santa and student

Williams Heights Hawks Compete in Technology Competition

Technology Competitors

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

Ruskin Elementary Tech Comp Winners

Waresboro Elementary 5th graders Learn about Density through STEM Lesson

Students conduct density experiment

 

 

Students conduct density experiment

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. 

Ruskin Elementary Students Visit Coastal Pines Technical College

Ruskin students visit Mark Deal, Horticulture teacher, at CPTC.

Ruskin Elementary Students Learn Accounting to Support STEM Initiative

Kimberly Rogers of CPTC visits Ruskin Elementary

Memorial Drive Elementary Recognizes November Bus Driver and Bus Student of the Month

November Bus Driver

 

November Bus Student

WCHS DECA Students Win at Region Competition

WCHS DECA Winners

Ware County Future Farmers of America Very Successful at Winter Events

FFA ATE Team

 

 

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

Ruskin Elementary Showcases Efforts at STEM Night

STEM Night 1

 

 

STEM Night 2

WCMS Student Competes at State FFA Event

State FFA Competition

Waycross Middle School Students Spread Christmas Cheer around the World through Operation Christmas Child Project

C Williams Class

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. 

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

Band and Board

 

Band Members

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. 

Waresboro Elementary Invited to Speak at State PBIS Conference

PBIS Presentation

STEM in Action at Daffodil Pre-K

Lincoln Logs

 

Saving Jack

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

Writing Winners

FIRST Lego Robotics Competition Coming Soon!

Flyer

Wacona Elementary Wins First Place in Georgia Quiz Bowl Competition

Wacona Quiz Bowl Team

Ruskin Elementary School Honors Veterans

Ruskin Veteran's Day Celebration

Waycross Middle Students Excel at Junior State Legislative Conference

WXMS Junior State Legislative Conference

Ruskin Elementary Hosts Successful Family Reading Night

Family Reading Night

Waresboro Elementary School Celebrates Thanksgiving with Scrumptious Luncheon

Family Eating Together

 

Jack Rabbit

 

Principal with Students

Ruskin Elementary Teachers Attend Garden Symposium to Support STEM Education

Ruskin Elementary Teachers

Memorial Drive Elementary Partners with Local Rack Room Shoes Store to Provide Shoes for Students

Warren and Der

Coastal Pines Technical College's Thomas Wesley Visits Ruskin Elementary School's 5th Graders

Wedley Addresses Students

 

Wesley Demonstrates Robot

Williams Heights Elementary Honors Veterans with Veterans Day Lunch

Veterans Day 4

 

Veterans Day 1

 

Veterans Day 2

 

Veterans Day 5

 

Veterans Day 3

 

 

Wacona Elementary Students Enjoy Fall STEM Day Activities

Two STEM Students

 

STEM Project

Ware County Learning Center Holds First Progress Encouragement Day

Chief Carl James

 

Sonya Mixon

 

Capt Dee Meadows

 

Bruce Tison

Wacona Elementary Kindergarten Students Honor Veterans

Walker Class

Five Local Educators Nominated for LifeChanger of the Year Award

LifeChanger of the Year

 

LifeChanger of the Year is an annual program that recognizes and rewards K-12 educators and school employees across the country by celebrating those who are making a significant difference in the lives of students through exemplifying excellence, positive influence and leadership. Five Ware County educators have been nominated for this prestigious award. Click Read More!

Waresboro Elementary Pays Tribute to Veterans

Veterans

Georgia Power Supports System STEM Initiative

STEM Partner

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

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

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Williams Heights Elementary Wins First Place at Academic Quiz Bowl Competition

Winners

Barn Hill Preserve Visits Williams Heights Elementary

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Waresboro Elementary Celebrates Red Ribbon Week

Red Ribbon Week

DAFFODIL Pre-K Student Visit the Fire Department

DAFFODIL Students with fire hats

DAFFODIL'S Little Gators Learn Through STEM

STEM 1

 

STEM 2

 

STEM 3

 

STEM 4

Wacona Elementary Collects Can Tabs for Mattie's Mission

Wacona students collect can tabs

Center Elementary Report Card Conferences Are a Huge Success, Thanks to Community Turnout

Center Report Card Conferences

DAFFODIL Students Donate to Okefenokee Humane Society

OHS donation

Kate G. is Waycross Middle School Homecoming Queen

Kate G is Homecoming Queen

Parents Learn About Digital Citizenship and STEM at Waycross Middle's Lunch and Learn Program

WXMS Lunch and Learn

Memorial Drive Elementary Inducts 32 New Members into NEHS

NEHS Inductees

Rylee M. Places 6th in Nationwide Sumdog Math Competition

Rylee M. Sumdog Math Contestant

Lydia Hester Recognized as October Golden Achievement Winner

Hester October Winner

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.

Police Partners Visit Wacona Elementary's Third Grade

Police Partners

Wacona Elementary Robotics Starting Strong

Wacona Robotics TRam

Ware County Middle School Showcases Artwork in the Community

November Artwork

Wacona Elementary 4th Graders Learn To Use a Green Screen

Wacona Green Screen

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.

Retired Teacher Sees Fruits from Class Project Twenty Years Later

Davidson and Students

WCHS Holds Report Card Conferences

Report Card Conference Participants

Ruskin Elementary Student Shows His True Colors at Art Show

Ruskin Student Portrait

DAFFODIL Pre-K Celebrates 25 Years of Pre-K Services

Mayor Knox and Students

Waycross Bank and Trust Provides Breakfast to Ware Middle Staff

Waycross Bank and Trust

Published Author Nancy Fowler Rivers Visits Center Elementary First Grade

Fowler and Students

Wacona Elementary Students Plant Flowers at Lowes

Flowers Lowes

Williams Heights Students Celebrate International Walk to School Day

Walk to School

Murray and Thigpens Offer Unique Learning Experiences to Williams Heights Students

Thigpen

 

Murray

Ruskin Elementary NEHS Gives to Waycross House of Hope

House of Hope 1

 

House of Hope 2

Waresboro Elementary PBIS Tailgate Celebration

Tailgate

Entrepreneur Jim Lastinger Presents to Center Elementary Students

Lastinger

Perfect Attendance Wins at DAFFODIL Pre-K

Bike Wins

Daffodil Pre-K's Julian "J.J." King Recognized as April Golden Achievement Winner

Daffodil Golden Achievement

Wacona Elementary 2nd Graders Launch an Astronaut

2nd graders Launch an Astronaut

Wacona Elementary Wins First Place in Georgia Quiz Bowl Competition

Wacona Quiz  Bowl

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.  

Ware County School System Announces Young Georgia Author System Winners

YGA Winners

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

Center Elementary Students Participate in First-Ever Econ Games

4th Grade

 

5th Grade

Wacona Elementary Kindergartners Get Fired Up

Fired Up

Wacona Elementary 3rd Graders are Learning Electrifying Concepts

Georgia Power

 

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Ruskin Elementary Declares Curriculum Night a Success

Curriculum Night

Community and School System Leaders Participate in Report Card Conferences at Center Elementary

Report Card Conference

Center Elementary Students Create Circuits and Robots in STEM Learning Experience

STEM Centers

Ware County School System Honors School Psychologists during National Appreciation Week

School Psychs

Wacona STEM Scientists Investigate Salt Crystals

Salt

Waycross Middle Students Excel at FSU Band Camp

Band Students

Seven Ware County Students Place at Georgia Educational Technology Fair

Tech Winners

 

Tech Winners

 

Tech Winners

 

Tech Winner

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

 

 

 

Accelerated Reader Program Getting Results at Williams Heights Elementary School

AR Readers

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!

Ware County School District Honors Fair Bear Writing Contest Winners

Fair Bear Winners

Wacona Elementary Kindergartners are Learning with STEM

STEM

 

 

Mrs. Guess and Mrs. Corbitt’s class had fun performing a STEM activity after reading the book Chicka Chicka Boom Boom. The students were placed into cooperative learning groups and built a coconut tree with Legos and craft sticks. Next, they were given magnetic letters and had to predict how many letters they could put on top of the coconut tree before those letters fell off. They learned about prediction, weight, and balance while having lots of fun. Picture L-R:  Jasiyah Y. and Colton D.

Ruskin Elementary Hosts Community Parent Event

Community Night

Waycross Middle School Teacher Hannah Bennett Selected as GaTAPP Ambassador

GATAPP Ambassador

Ruskin Elementary Kindergartners are Math Superstars

Ruskin Math Superstars

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

Top 10

Congratulations Ware County High School STAR Student Lewis A. and STAR Teacher Mary Alice Aldridge

STAR Student and Teacher

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

Hambrick

 

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.

Ware BOE Recognizes Ms. Ava Gill as March Golden Achievement Winner

March 2017 Golden Achievement Winner

Three Ware County Students Selected to State Student Advisory Council

Congrats

Waycross-Ware County Community Members Invited to Visit Teen Maze

Teen Maze Event

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.

Special Week Honors Georgia's School Board Members

School Board Members

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! 

GOOOOO GATORS!

Congratulations to the WCHS JROTC Drill Team Region Champs!

JROTC Drill Team Region Champs

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.

Waycross Middle School Tech Fair Results Announced

WXMS Tech Fair Participants

 

WXMS Tech Fair Participants

Ware County Schools to Close for Hurricane Irma

 

Early Release

 

School Closed

 

Click "READ MORE" for details.

 

 

Molly S. Named 4th Grade District Fair Bear Winner

Fair Bear Winner

Waresboro Elementary Kindergartners are Learning to Read

readers

Wacona Elementary's Warebotics Team Steadily Rising

Robotics Team Members

 

Robotics Team Members

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.

Wacona Elementary Wins 2nd Place in Georgia Quiz Bowl Competition

Wacona Quiz Bowl

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

Memorial Drive Elementary Partners with Mayo to Promote Healthy Living

Mayo Program

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

Ware County Learning Center Partners with Community Members to Inspire Students

Jeffrey Parker

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

 

Top Ten

 

 

Ruskin Elementary is Rolling Into A Great School Year

Bus Safety 1

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

Ruskin

 

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

Scotton

 

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!

WCHS HOSA Students Visit Local Schools to Provide Preventative Education

 

HOSA Visit 1

 

HOSA Visit 2

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

GaDOE STEM Visit

Ruskin Elementary's School-Wide STEM Project Gains Momentum

STEM Project Gains Momentum

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

RUS and CPTC

Five Ware County Schools Earn 5-Star Climate Rating

5-Star

PBIS Rocks at Memorial Drive Elementary

PBIS Rocks

Waresboro Elementary Hold NEHS Induction

NEHS Induction

Center Elementary Students Break the Ice with STEM

Winners

Wacona Elementary WINGS Students Develop Waterworks STEM Project

Waterworks STEM Project

NFL Football Star Adrian Peterson Visits Ware County Students

Peterson and Student

"Dawg Band" Members Selected for All-Region Band

All-Region BandAll-Region Band

Additional Safety Warning for August 21st's Solar Eclipse

Safety

 

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.

Family Night with Adrian Peterson Hailed a Success

Adrian Peterson

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!

 

http://www.ware.k12.ga.us/docs/district/News%20Files/FS110_SolarEclipse.pdf

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!

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

Republic Services

Ware County Schools Earn State Awards of Distinction

State Awards of Distinction

Ware County High School Band Students Earn District Honors

Honor Band

Ware County School System Holds Teacher Recruitment Fair

Job Fair

Waycross Middle School Students Selected for All-State Chorus

All-State

Williams Heights Students Honor Black History Month

Black History Month

Wacona Elementary WINGS Students Collaborate with African Counterparts

Wacona STEM Partners

 

Wacona STEM Partners

Williams Heights holds Kindness Adventure Assembly for PBIS

Kindness Adventure Assembly

Williams Heights Students Headed to State Technology Fair

State Tech Fair Reps