Worth School News

October has kicked off to be a busy month in our Worth County Schools. Be sure to like each school’s Facebook page so that you don’t miss out on any upcoming event and so that you can see all the great pictures they post of things happening in their school.

WCPS celebrated and enjoyed Georgia Pre-k Week which was the week of October 2nd through October 6th. The celebrated 25 years of early learning by having some great community leaders come out and read to the Pre-K classes. All the students had fun and enjoyed hearing all the different books. Georgia’s nationally recognized Pre-K Program has put 1.6 million of Georgia’s youth on track to achieve academic excellence and future success since it began in 1992. Homecoming week was an exciting and fun week had by all. The students and staff enjoyed dressing up every day. Please be sure to visit the Worth County Primary School Facebook page for all the many pictures that were shared. WCPS has kicked off its Fall Fundraiser. Be sure to see the fundraiser from your student and help raise money that will go toward purchasing much needed items to refurbish their playground equipment. Be sure to mark your calendars now for the Fall Festival being planned by PTO that will take place on November 16th from 5:30 – 7:30pm. Red Ribbon Week 2017 will be celebrated October 23rd through October 27th. This is a National Celebration of a healthy, life style drug free. On October 23rd is Good Character Day. Students may dress up as their favorite Disney Character and bookmarks will be given out. On October 24th, is Don’t get tied down with drugs day. Students may wear tie dyed clothing and stickers will be given out. On October 25th is The drug free force is with me day. Students may dress up as their favorite Star Wars character and ribbons will be given out. On October 26th is Drugs are despicable day. Students may dress like a minion and stickers will be given out. And to wrap up Red Ribbon Week on Friday, October 27th is Wear Red Day. Students may wear red and pencils will be given out to each student. Pencils will be supplied by Health Plus. Grandparents Day was held this past week. Grandparents enjoyed getting to spend some time at the school with their precious grandbabies. Please be sure to see all the pictures that WCPS has posted to their Facebook Page. Recently WCPS celebrated Worth County School Nutrition. The lunch staff at each school works diligently to prepare healthy and tasty lunches for our students. Kristen Kristen Garland, Director of School Nutrition works closely with each school lunch staff to create healthier lunches using more fruits and vegetables from local growers. National School Lunch Week allows us to recognize the dedication of our school nutrition department and educate parents and students about the benefits of our lunch program. Mrs. Cochran and Mrs. Knox’s classes have been studying Light. Students experimented with “Mystery Beads” to see how light helps us see. Students observed the beads in the classroom, and then outside in the Sun and recorded the changes in their Science Notebooks. How cool is that?

WCES is no different when it comes busy as a bee. They have had so many exciting things going on for the children and the staff. Principal, Dr. Steven Rouse, has been emphasizing the importance of attendance. Mrs. Gloria Graddy was the winner of a $100 Amazon gift card for having perfect attendance for the month of September. All staff members who had perfect attendance were entered into a drawing. Along with staff being recognized, three lucky students were also! They were the grand prize winners from the September Perfect Attendance Incentive. The students were given the choice of a brand new bicycle or a gift card to their favorite store or restaurant. One chose the new bicycle, one chose to go shopping at JC Penny and one chose to take the family out to eat at Golden Corral! How awesome is that? Congratulations to both Mrs. Graddy and these students on a job well done. The administrative staff is asking for your help. Please take the time to fill out the school climate survey. WCES strives daily to give you and your child an educational experience that is not only academically rewarding but also one which will ensure your child will fondly remember their elementary school years. This survey gives valuable data that tells what WCES is doing right and in what areas they can improve. It is also this data, along with a student survey and a teacher survey, that determines our annual School Climate Rating. WCES is currently a 3 star school with a goal of becoming a 4 or 5 star climate rated school. Thank you in advance for taking the time to complete the survey. The link to the survey is http://gshs.gadoe.org/Lists/Parents/NewForm.aspx. Don’t forget that Scholastic’s Fall Book Fair started, Friday, October 13th and goes through Friday, October 20th at noon. To shop online, go to http://www.scholastic.com/bf/worthcountyelementaryschool1.

WCMS stays busy in academics as well as sports and extracurricular activities such as clubs and music. 6th Grade Choral students competed to be part of the annual Georgia Music Educators Association Statewide Sixth Grade Honor Chorus to be held February 23-24, 2018 in Athens. Five students passed the audition process of singing scales in solfege, their use of Koldaly Hand signs, classroom enthusiasm, and academic excellence. These students are: Karley Barnes, Aleisha Mosely, Sadie Holt, Olivia Frankovich, and Abigail Perrin. Congratulations to these young ladies for their hard work and good luck in Athens! Title One Parent and Family Engagement Meeting has been scheduled. All parents and guardians are invited to a meeting on October 18th to revise the school-parent compact and the School and Parent Family Engagement Policy. Do you watch You Tube often? WCMS now has a YouTube Channel. Please like their videos and subscribe. The link is https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJe650jpckqblaKonax8r8A. WCMS values your opinion. They are asking that you please complete the following short survey: http://gshs.gadoe.org/Lists/Parents/NewForm.aspx WCMS is getting ready for Red Ribbon and Bullying Prevention Week. On October 23rd is Be a buddy, not a bully day. Students may wear blue shirts to show their support for no bullying. The class who has the most number of students to wear blue shirts will win a pizza party. On October 24th, is Don’t get tied down with drugs day. Students may wear tie dyed clothing and will receive a “cool” treat during lunch. On Wednesday, October 25th is My future matters, I’m drug and bully free. Student may wear their favorite college/university shirt/jersey and a book mark will be given to each student. October 26th is Be all you can be, drug and bully free. Students may wear camo clothing. A pencil will be given to each student. To wrap up the week, on October 27th is “Red”y to live a drug free life. Students may wear red to show their support for saying no to drugs. A special treat will be given to each student. WCMS is planning a good behavior break gathering. Students will have a Good Behavior/All Star Break on December 19, 2017. They will provide a DJ/music, food, and drinks for all eligible students. To attend, students must have: No Discipline Referrals – from 10/5/17 until 12/15/17, No Unexcused Absences and All Academic Averages Must be 74 or higher. Sounds like fun! You can do this WCMS students. Junior Beta Club is selling Krispy Kreme doughnuts. Glazed are $6 per dozen and chocolate are $7 per dozen. Orders are due October 31st. Doughnuts will be delivered on November 2nd. Please send all orders to Mrs. Rachels. They appreciate your support! The WCMS FFA members are selling poinsettias again this year. The poinsettias come in three sizes and 4 colors. Please see a WCMS FFA member or contact Alan West at WCMS to order. They appreciate your support as well! 6.5″ – Red, White,Pink, Marble – $15 each, 8″ – Red, White – $20 each and 12″ – Red, White – $25 each. There will be a kickball challenge on October 20th during Connection Classes. Students which are known as New Kicks on the Block will play again the Staff which is known as Kicking it Old School. This event is hosted by the WCMS Physical Education Department and will cost $1 to watch and play. WCMS invites you to be their guest for Pasta with A Purpose. This Spaghetti Dinner fundraiser is sponsored by the TIE and GEMS Clubs. The menu is Spaghetti, green beans, bread, dessert and beverage. It will be held on October 24th from noon until 4pm. You can eat in or carry out. Cost is $7 a plate. Please don’t forget the book fair is being held from October 16th thru the 20th.

WCHS is an understatement for busy. Whether it is in the classroom, on a sports field or with an organization, you will find plenty to do. The WCHS Career Closet would like to send out a big THANK YOU to the WCHS welding students and their instructor Mr. Cory Miller.  The welding classes have been working hard to construct clothing racks for the WCHS Career Closet.  Thank you all so much!  They really appreciate your hard work. The Ram Band participated in the Spirit of the South Invitational recently receiving scores of Excellent for Band and Color Guard as well as Superiors for Drum Major and Percussion.  The drumline also received Best in Class! Congratulations to these student athletes!  We are very proud of your hard work! Girl’s basketball tryouts will start Monday, October 30th.  In order to tryout you must have a current physical turned into the athletic department (Coach Popham or Athletic Trainer, Kayla Jones) PRIOR to the start date (October 30th).  You will also need to be academically eligible to make the team.  The sign-up sheet will be located on Coach Popham’s office door in the WCHS Gym. Congratulations to the 2017 Homecoming King and Queen, Austin Jackson and Rebecca Hughes!  And Congratulations to Mr. Jim Houston for winning the Employee of the Week for the week of September 22nd!  This award is sponsored by the WCHS Spirit Club.  Thank you for all you do for the students at WCHS! Go Rams!

Source: WCSD Web Page/Facebook Page & The Martin News