Ware County Middle School is a public
middle school that is situated on eighty-two acres of land and is located
on Cherokee Street
across from the Waycross-Ware airport. Original construction of the
school began in 1972 and continued until 1985. These facilities
were the home of Ware County High School
until June 1994; after which time, Ware
School was established as the larger of two middle
schools located in Ware
facilities consist of eight permanent structures, ten tennis courts, a
track, a football field, a baseball field, and a greenhouse. A
major renovation of the school began the summer of 2000 and will be
completed in the fall of 2001.
Elementary schools that feed in to Ware Middle are Ruskin Elementary School,
Elementary School, and Waresboro
Ware Middle has an enrollment of approximately 740 sixth, seventh, and
eighth grade students. Ware Middle employs one principal, three
assistant principals, one counselor, one media specialist, fifty-seven
teachers, ten paraprofessionals, four secretaries, one bookkeeper, one
full-time nurse, and one full-time Security Resource Officer.
The middle school program at Ware Middle is designed
to accommodate the academic, emotional, and social needs of our students
as they make the transition from elementary to middle school and then to
The basic academic curriculum includes the areas of
Math, Science, and Social Studies. Connection classes are also
vital parts of the curriculum. They include: Art, Band, Career
Connection, Chorus, Fine Arts, Health and Safety, Keyboarding, Physical
Education, and Technology.
Students are scheduled into an interdisciplinary team
that allows a core of teachers to frequently discuss instruction, student
progress, curricula, and behavioral problems in order to improve student
productivity. Students benefit from greater academic support and an
mission of Ware
School is to meet the intellectual,
emotional, physical and social development of all students. With
the support of parents and the community, we will prepare our students to
be lifelong learners and responsible citizens.
Students’ learning needs should be the primary
focus of all decisions impacting the work of this school.
Students need to not only demonstrate their
understanding of an essential knowledge and skills, but also need to be
actively involved in solving problems and producing quality work.
Students need to apply their learning in
Students learn in different ways and should be
provided with a variety of instructional approaches to support their
Students learn best when they are actively engaged in the learning
Curriculum and instructional practices should
incorporate a variety of learning activities to accommodate differences
in learning styles.
Each student is a valued individual with unique physical, social,
emotional, and intellectual needs.
Exceptional students require special services
A safe and physically comfortable environment
promotes student learning.
Students learn to make appropriate decisions
given a supportive and challenging learning environment.
Teachers, administrators, parents and the community share the
responsibility for advancing the school’s missions.
The school needs to function as a learning
organization and promote opportunities for all those who have a stake in
the success of the school to work together as a community of learners.
The commitment to continuous improvement is imperative if our
school is going to enable students to become confident, self-directed,
A Message from our Principal
child wants to believe that he or she is a successful person. Being
liked and respected, having physical freedom and choices, and seeing life
as just is very important to middle school
students. Meeting and supporting these needs through a sound
curriculum and extracurricular activities characterizes my purpose for Ware County Middle School.
Learning experiences must include academic stimulation and challenge, as
well as moral and physical development to promote healthy self-images and
motto for Ware
School is “Respect and Responsibility
will get you where you want to be.” Responsibility is
established when students accomplish meaningful tasks through academic
assignments, membership in clubs, and participation in athletics.
Respect is stressed through daily activities by cultivating meaningful
relationships between students and staff. Students are reminded
daily of the importance of practicing respect and responsibility.
staff members at Ware
School are dedicated to making sure that
students receive the best possible environment for learning. School
nutritionists, custodians, clerical staff, teachers, and administrators
work diligently to create a caring and nurturing climate for students.
Students and staff all know that Ware County
Middle School is a
great place to be.
School Improvement Goals
1: To improve academic achievement in reading, mathematics, and
Use a variety of computer programs for remedial
and enrichment in reading and math.
Individual Student and Class Improvement Plans
for all students.
All students participate in the Accelerated
Daily skill drills for basic computation and
Additional instruction in the areas of
estimation and geometry at each grade level.
Every student will be provided a student
Teachers will utilize technology in implementing
Teachers will receive staff development in the
Student support team process
Strategies for the slow learner
Content area instruction
The use of rubrics for assessment
2: To improve student attendance school-wide
Continue established attendance policy.
Recognize students who have perfect attendance.
Establish rewards for perfect attendance.
Call students who are absent.
3: To improve parental involvement
Postcard mailed to each parent inviting them to
Mail a monthly parent newsletter.
Mail a student newsletter 3 times during the
Use a flexible schedule for early release parent
Continue the Principal’s Advisory Committee.
Science Parent Nights
Spotlight on Ware Middle
4: To create an environment that enhances teaching and learning
Continue Character Education Program.
Implement action plan for classroom management.
Achievement Test (SAT)
norm-referenced test that is administered in grades 6, 7, & 8 in the
areas of Language Arts, Math, Science, and Social Studies during the
Middle Grades Writing Assessment
in January to eighth grade students to compare their writing skills with
other eighth grade students in Georgia.
Reference Competency Test (CRCT)
curriculum-based assessment administered to 6th and 8th
graders in the areas of reading, language arts, and math during the
Spring of 2001.
curriculum-based assessment administered to 6, 7, & 8 grades in the areas
of reading, language arts, math, science, and social studies during the
Spring of 2002.
Aptitude Test (DAT)
to 7th grade students in the spring.
two levels that collectively measure aptitudes of adolescents
Career Interest Inventory (CII) helps students explore their interests in
the DAT and CII provide an integrated program that can help individuals
make wise, realistic decisions about their future.
Literacy Test (BLT)
phonetic and reading comprehension skills in grades 6, 7, & 8.
are tested at the beginning, middle, and end of the year to determine
progress and mastery in these areas.
Media Center is open to students each
day from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Students may visit the Media Center anytime during the day with
a signed agenda from their teacher.
the Media Center students may checkout books
and videotapes. They also have access to:
SIRS Discoverer and Researcher (computer
Media Center sponsors the following
Accelerated Reader bookstore
Book Week in November
Book Fair once a year
Recognition of top readers
Library Week in April
Highlights of student achievement
Ware County Middle School currently
has three computer labs. Each classroom has at least two computers
for students and every classroom has Internet access with E-mail
capabilities. Additionally, the media center is equipped with an
electronic circulation system and computer research tools.
Technology Lab consists of ten learning modules. These computer
modules teach students a range of techniques that include electronic lathe,
robotics, and video production. The keyboarding lab is a connection class
that enables students to learn or improve word processing skills.
Our newest lab funded through the Technology Literacy Challenge Grant
provides us with a 25-station computer learning center. This
learning center features Middle School InTech
software. This learning center will allow teachers to integrate
technology into the Quality Core Curriculum taught at WCMS.
at Ware County Middle School
have many choices for extracurricular activities.
Academic Bowl Competition
Georgia Quiz Bowl
Miss Ware Middle Contest
National Junior Honor Society
Social Science Fair
Georgia Math League