Summer Days at the Library

The book fair is opened at the Margaret Jones Public Library. How cool is that? Very cool if you ask the children. They love shopping at the book fair no matter if the book fair is at their school or at the library. The proceeds from the book fair will go toward buying books for the summer reading program prizes. Book fair will run through May 27th. A few other events going on this week is story time with Clifford the Big Red Dog on Tuesday and game day on Thursday. Story time with Clifford will be great. We all need to read even during the Summer while there is no school. Now game dame will be great for both children and adults. The adults get to color and the children get to play the Wii or board games. There is so much to do this Summer at our awesome library so be sure to visit them today and get a schedule. We look forward to seeing you there.

WCHS Summer School 2016 Information

Dates: May 31, 2016 to June 27, 2016 
Days: Monday through Thursday 
Hours: 8:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M.
Lunch will be served from 1:00 P.M. to 1:30 P.M. 

Math Credit Repair 
Math Credit Repair will be available to all students who have previously taken a Math course and earned a final grade of 65, 66, 67, 68 or 69. There will be a set number of modules or sections each student will have to repair to improve his or her grade to a 70. All final grades in Math Credit Repair will be a 70, if the work is completed. If the course has an End of Course (EOC) Assessment, the EOC will NOT have to be taken again in order to repair the credit for the Math course. 

Credit Repair in subject(s) excluding Math 
Credit Repair will be available to all students who have previously taken in English, Science, Social Studies, and selected electives. If student earned a final grade of 65, 66, 67, 68, or 69, there will be a set number of modules or sections each student will have to repair to improve his or her grade to a 70. All final grades in the selected subject area(s) will be a 70, if the work is completed. If the course has an EOC Assessment, the EOC will NOT have to be taken again in order to repair the credit for the course. 

Credit Recovery 
Credit Recovery will be offered for those students who previously failed a course with a 64 or below in the subject area of English, Science, and Social Studies (Math courses are not included). Credit Recovery will be the equivalent of repeating the entire course (all modules). If the course being recovered has an EOC Assessment, the student must retake the EOC in Summer School. EOC Assessments that will be given in the subjects of 9th Grade Literature, American Literature, Biology, Physical Science, U.S. History, and Economics. 

Credit Retrieval 
Credit Retrieval is designed for those students who have received an EA (excessive absences). Credit Retrieval is only available to students who have an EA for a class this 2015-2016 academic year. Students who receive a passing grade, but exceeded 8 unexcused absences (U) receive an EA and do not receive credit for that class. Credit Retrieval will allow a student to make up “seat hours,” in order to correct attendance concerns. The make-up time of one hour of summer school equals an absent in one class period absence. Each day from 8:00 to 1:00 equals 5 hours. Each week of seat time Monday through Thursday equals 20 hours. The 30 minutes for lunch is not included in make-up time and Out of School Suspension Days (O) cannot be made up. 

If you plan to attend, an application will need to be completed and return it to the guidance department by Thursday, May 26, 2016. ​Please contact the school should you have any questions.

Rise 7th Grade Students- Get Vaccinated this Summer

Take advantage of flexible summer schedules to get state-required vaccinations for your children now, and avoid the hassles and time-consuming delays that can occur when the back-to-school rush begins. The State of Georgia has specific immunization requirements for children entering schools and childcare facilities. The vaccinations are for the protection of your children, other family members, classmates, staff and the community at large. As of July 1, 2014, all children born on or after Jan. 1, 2002 who are attending 7th grade, and students who are newly enrolled in Georgia schools in grades 8-12, must have received one dose of Tdap vaccine and one dose of adolescent meningococcal (meningitis) disease vaccine. Information on age-specific vaccines is available at the Worth County Health Department or online at the Georgia Department of Public Health’s Immunization website: hhtp://dph.georgia.gov/schools-and-childcare. Low- or no-cost vaccines may be offered by your health department, who may also assist in filing certain insurance. Tdap is a booster vaccine for older children, adolescents and adults that protects against three dangerous diseases which are Tetantus, Diphtheria and Pertussis (Whooping cough). The Tdap booster extends the protection from the DTaP vaccine children get when they are younger. Meningococcal vaccination protects against meningitis, a serious bacterial illness that attacks the covering of the brain and spinal cord. Meningitis can cause shock, coma and death within hours of the first symptoms. Among people who develop meningitis, 10 to 15 percent die, in spite of treatment. Of those who live, permanent brain damage, hearing loss, kidney failure, loss of arms or legs, or chronic nervous system problems can occur. Proof of Tdap immunization and meningitis vaccination must be documented on the Georgia immunization certificate or Form 3231. The health department will be happy to assist you if you have questions and to help ensure your child’s immunization records are up-to-date. We appreciate the Worth County Health Department for taking care of our community. They are located at 1012 West Franklin Street in Sylvester. They can be reached at 229-777-2150. For more information like this, please follow them on Facebook. Remember Don’t Wait…Vaccinate!

~ Dates to Remember ~

May

23rd—27th ~ Book Fair at the Margaret Jones Public Library
24th ~ Election Day… Please Vote!
24th ~ Family Connection Meeting
24th ~ Books & Bubbles at Margaret Jones Public Library 10:30am
24th ~ Clifford at the Margaret Jones Public Library 2pm
25th ~ Wing Shop Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting at 11am
26th ~ Game Day at Margaret Jones Public Library 2pm-4pm
28th ~ Downtown Sylvester Farmer’s Market 9am-1pm
30th ~ Happy Memorial Day
31st ~ Books & Bubbles at Margaret Jones Public Library 10:30am

June

4th ~ Downtown Sylvester Farmer’s Market 9am-1pm
4th ~ Band Aid 5K Run & Walk along with yard sale
5th thru 9th ~ VBS at Unity Baptist Church
5th thru 9th ~ VBS at First Baptist Church
11th ~ Downtown Sylvester Farmer’s Market 9am-1pm
18th ~Downtown Sylvester Farmer’s Market 9am-1pm
19th ~ Happy Father’s Day
19th thru 24th ~ VBS at Gordy New Bethel Baptist Church
20th ~ Sylvester City Council Meeting
21st ~ Warwick City Council Meeting
25th ~ Downtown Sylvester Farmer’s Market 9am-1pm

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Wherever I Go…. Congratulations to the Class of 2016!

Here we are now. Everything is about to change. We face tomorrow as so we say goodbye to yesterday. A chapter ending but the stories only just begun. The page is turning for everyone. So I’m moving on, Letting go, Holding on to tomorrow. I’ve always got the memories while I’m finding out who I’m gonna be. We might be apart but I hope you always know, you’ll be with me wherever I go, wherever I go. So excited I can barely even catch my breath. We have each other to lean on for the road ahead. This happy ending is the start of all our dreams. And I know your heart is with me. So I’m moving on, Letting go, Holding on to tomorrow. I’ve always got the memories while I’m finding out who I’m gonna be. We might be apart but I hope you always know, you’ll be with me wherever I go. It’s time to show the world we’ve got something to say. A song to sing out loud we’ll never fade away. I know I’ll miss you but we’ll meet again someday. We’ll never fade away. So I’m moving on, Letting go, Holding on to tomorrow. I’ve always got the memories while I’m finding out who I’m gonna be. We might be apart but I hope you always know, you’ll be with me. So I’m moving on, Letting go, Holding on to tomorrow. I’ve always got the memories while I’m finding out who I’m gonna be. We might be apart but I hope you always know, you’ll be with me wherever I go. Wherever I, wherever I go.

Small Town Life… The Absolute Best!

Last week as The Martin News participated in as much as possible for Georgia Cities Week, I was simply amazed! There were so many people that came together to be a part of a small town festivities. We have a small town but what a great Small Town Life it is. We simply have some of the best people in Sylvester. From our City Officials that oversee the town, to our employees and business owners that support the events that take place in our town down to the children/students that participate in events that take place here as well as their parents that support them to the fullest. I was able to see the schools represented multiple times this week and that it just awesome. When I was younger, I wanted to live in a “BIG” town however as I am getting older, I came back home and home is where I will stay. I love Sylvester and the people here. I just want to let Jana Dyke and the entire staff and volunteers that made Georgia Cities Week happen know that you did an amazing job. I know it was a very, very long week but at the close of Saturday, you can rest assured to know it was a JOB WELL DONE!

Adopt A Shelter Pet

Not too many days away, on April 30th many Pet Shelters celebrate Adopt A Shelter Pet Day. I’ve always said that I thought it was so cool and amazing at the many days that is recognized and celebrated every day, week and month. This has got to be another favorite of mine. Adopting animals is precious and makes a pet have the happiest day in their little lives. I have a furry nephew that was adopted from a Shelter, the Best Friends Humane Society. If you have ever read The Martin News, you have heard of my furry nephew, Samson. He was a God send to our family. He is spoiled rotten by my sister and her family but that would not be possible if we had not had BFHS and their loyal service to this community. So be sure to thank the staff at BFHS for a wonderful job they do and be sure to go adopt a shelter pet! You will not regret it at all and hey you may even take more than one home, everyone needs a playmate.

Georgia Cities Week in Sylvester

Georgia Cities Week was a wonderful week in Sylvester. Many activities took place that week including this event, The Mock City Council Meeting. Students from the Worth County Middle School 8th grade participated and did a great job! Pictured from left to right is Jaki Johnson – WCMS Parent Engagement Coordinator, Kathy Wise – City Clerk, Alyssa Craft Ambassdador, Greta Hunt – WCMS Counselor, Robyn Rhames – 8th Grade Student, Councilman Melvin Powell, Harleigh VanMatre – Ambassador, Councilman Randy Hill, Lora Coxwell – Ambassador, Mayor William Yearta, Debbie Bridges – City Manager, Councilman Charles Jones, Joydan Smith – Ambassador, Luke Cooper – 8th Grade Student, Councilman Lary Johnson, Grogory Williams – Ambassador, and Deirdere Smith – WCMS Counselor. Thank you to everyone who participated. You all did a great job!

The Letters of Your License Plate

License plate day is celebrated in April. I would have never thought they had a day to celebrate this but they do. This is a cool day to me. Lately when Larry and I are around town, he will read the letters off the tag and come up with something it stands for. We have so many laughs doing this and Larry has realized that you will see the same letters often. It puts our brain to work to have to come up with different words it stands for. What does your tag stand for??

WCPS Clean Up For Earth Day 2016

Look at these students working hard at Worth County Primary School on Friday, April 22nd for Earth Day. These students along with WCPS are very proud of their school and want to keep it looking great! In 1970, the year of the first Earth Day, the movement gave voice to an emerging consciousness, channeling human energy toward environmental issues. Forty-six years later, we continue to lead with groundbreaking ideas and by the power of our example. From this most recent Earth Day and beyond, let’s make big stuff happen. Let’s plant 7.8 billion trees for the Earth. Let’s divest from fossil fuels and make cities 100% renewable. Let’s take the momentum from the Paris Climate Summit and build on it. Let’s start now. And let’s not stop. For more information, visit earthday.org and let’s keep Sylvester and Worth County looking GREAT!