Worth School News

School is out this week for the Thanksgiving holidays. We sure hope everyone is enjoying time off from school and enjoying time with family. The Martin News wishes you all a great holiday season. Here is some news form the schools before they left for the holidays.

WCPS has loaded several pictures, including those from the Veteran’s Day program and student of the week pictures, to the Worth County Primary School Facebook page. Be sure to check them out.

WCES has something to be extremely excited about! The statement from the Governor’s Office of Student Achievement web site further demonstrates the commitment of the faculty and staff at WCES and the hard work of our students and parents. Worth County Elementary School’s overall performance is higher than 72% of schools in the state and is higher than its district. Its student’s academic growth is higher than 79% of schools in the state. Way to go WCES.

WCMS Gifted/Accelerated students are selling tickets for their fundraiser. The tickets are for a chance to win a gift basket. There are several different themed baskets and tickets are $5 each. Drawing will be held on December 14th. Please see a Gifted/Accelerated student for a ticket or check on Facebook. Be sure to look on the Worth County Middle School Facebook page for the pictures they recently uploaded of the Beta Club Induction Ceremony and the WCMS “A” Honor Roll Students.

WCHS FCCLA students created dog chew toys out of old T-shirts. Completed chew toys will be donated to the Best Friends Humane Society during the upcoming school-wide donation drive.  What a great idea! Good job, FCCLA students! The Math League is going strong at WCHS. The top scorers for the October Georgia Math league test were: Jessica Lane (winner), Reese Hancock, Shermor Touze, Ashley Whitman, Larry Adams, Kasey Black, and Day Story. The top scorers for the November Georgia Math league test were: Justin Hamilton (winner), Reese Hancock, and Jordan Luster.

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

Ten Tips for Building a Healthy Meal

1. Make half your plate veggies and fruits. Vegetables and fruits are full of nutrients and may help to promote good health. Choose red, orange and dark green vegetables such as tomatoes, sweet potatoes and broccoli.
2. Add lean protein. Choose protein foods such as lean beef and pork, or chicken, turkey, beans or tofu. Twice a week, make seafood the protein on your plate.
3. Include whole grains. Aim to make at least half your grains whole grains. Look for the words “100% whole grain” or “100% whole wheat” on the food label. Whole grains provide more nutrients, like fiber, than refined grains.
4. Don’t forget the dairy. Pair your meal with a cup of fat-free or low-fat mile. They provide the same amount of calcium and other essential nutrients as whole milk, but less fat and calories. Don’t drink milk? Try soymilk (soy beverage) as your beverage or include fat-free or low-fat yogurt in your meal.
5. Avoid extra fat. Using heavy gravies or sauces will add fat and calories to otherwise healthy choices. For example, steamed broccoli is great, but avoid topping it will cheese sauce. Try other options, like a sprinkling of low fat parmesan cheese or a squeeze of lemon.
6. Take your time. Savor your food. Eat slowly, enjoy the taste and textures, and pay attention to how you feel. Be mindful. Easting very quickly may cause you to eat too much.
7. Use a smaller plate. Using a smaller plate at meals will help with portion control. That way you can finish your entire plate and feel satisfied without overeating.
8. Take control of your food. Eat at home more often so you know exactly what you are eating. If you eat out, check and compare the nutrition information. Choose healthier options such as baked instead of fried.
9. Try new foods. Keep it interesting by picking put new foods you’ve never tried before, like mango, lentils or kale. You may find a new favorite. Trade fun and tasty recipes with friends or find them online.
10. Satisfy your sweet tooth in a healthy way. Indulge in a naturally sweet dessert dish…Fruit! Serve a fresh fruit cocktail or a fruit parfait made with yogurt. For a hot dessert, bake apples and top with cinnamon.
These are great ideas and can be beneficial to us all. This information was brought to you by www.choosemyplate.gov.

Bone Healthy

This may look like a skeleton but it will be one that will definitely get the children’s attention. It is made of all the great veggies that our children need for healthy eating. It is simple enough for them to design themselves too. A little bit of cherry tomatoes, broccoli, carrots, mushrooms, bell peppers, cucumbers and even black olives to make a great snack. Try yours today!

Knowing the Signs of Pneumonia

Pneumonia Awareness Month is in November. Pneumonia is an infection that inflames the air sacs in one or both lungs. The air sacs may fill with fluid or pus (purulent material), causing cough with phlegm or pus, fever, chills, and difficulty breathing. A variety of organisms, including bacteria, viruses and fungi, can cause pneumonia. Pneumonia can range in seriousness from mild to life-threatening. It is most serious for infants and young children, people older than age 65, and people with health problems or weakened immune systems. The signs and symptoms of pneumonia vary from mild to severe, depending on factors such as the type of germ causing the infection, and your age and overall health. Mild signs and symptoms often are similar to those of a cold or flu, but they last longer. Signs and symptoms of pneumonia may include:

Fever, sweating and shaking chills
Cough, which may produce phlegm
Chest pain when you breathe or cough
Shortness of breath
Nausea, vomiting or diarrhea

Newborns and infants may not show any sign of the infection. Or they may vomit, have a fever and cough, appear restless or tired and without energy, or have difficulty breathing and eating. People older than age 65 and people in poor health or with a weakened immune system may have a lower than normal body temperature. Older people who have pneumonia sometimes have sudden changes in mental awareness. Many germs can cause pneumonia. The most common are bacteria and viruses in the air we breathe. Your body usually prevents these germs from infecting your lungs. But sometimes these germs can overpower your immune system, even if your health is generally good. Pneumonia is classified according to the types of germs that cause it and where you got the infection. If you have any of these symptoms, be sure to contact your physician.

WCHS Receives Donation from Georgia Peanut Festival Committee

The Georgia Peanut Festival Committee donated $500 to WCHS in appreciation for all of the school’s support during the 2017 Georgia Peanut Pageant. Special thanks to Worth County Superintendent, Mr. Bill Settle, WCHS Principal, Mr. Harley Calhoun, and WCHS Principal’s Secretary, Mrs. Lizzie Jones.  Pictured is Georgia Peanut Pageant Chair, Mrs. Teresa Robison and Georgia Peanut Festival Committee Representative, Mrs. Karen Rackley presenting a check to Mr. Harley Calhoun and Mrs. Lizzie Jones.

Lady Rams Varsity Softball Players Recognized

Congratulations to the following Lady Rams Varsity softball players! These girls were picked out of all Region 1-AAA players based on their performance this season.  We are proud of your dedication and hard work this season!
1st Team All Region 1-AAA
Region 1-AAA Player of the Year:  Caroline Newton
Region 1-AAA Pitcher of the Year:  Taylor Layfield
Region 1-AAA Offensive Player of the Year:  Brinsley Graddy
Kailey Parr – 1st Team Catcher
Abbey Adkins – 1st Team Infield
2nd Team All Region 1-AAA
Taylor White – 2nd Team Infield
Julie Childers – 2nd Team Infield

Source: WCSD Webpage

Thank You BFHS

It is National Animal Shelter Appreciation Week and we are honored to recognize our animal shelter, Best Friends Human Society. The mission of the Best Friends Humane Society in Worth County is ‘Striving to eliminate neglect, abuse and cruelty for all companion animals in Worth County through adoption, advocacy, education and action.’ In addition, the Best Friends Humane Society seeks to incorporate the Best Practices, wherever possible, as noted in the “Guidelines for Standards of Animal Care in Animal Shelters” by the Association of Shelter Veterinarians, 2010. Many often ask how they can help BFHS. There are so many ways that you are able to do so. You can be a sponsor. Listed are the amounts of being a sponsor and what is included in it. For as low as a $100 sponsorship per year, you can help BFHS provide to the animals at the shelter. Website Sponsor Level – $100/yr: Includes one year membership, Business Name/Logo on bfhsworth.com and Business Member Decal. Newsletter Sponsor Level – $200/yr: Includes one year membership, Business Name/Logo on bfhsworth.com, Business Member Decal and Business Name/Logo in Paw Prints newsletters. Shelter Sponsor Level – $300/yr: Includes one year membership, Business Name/Logo on bfhsworth.com, Business Member Decal, Business Name/Logo in Paw Prints newsletters and Sponsor Banner on fence at shelter. Perks Sponsor Level – $750/yr: Includes one year membership, Business Name/Logo on bfhsworth.com, Business Member Decal, Business Name/Logo in Paw Prints newsletters, Sponsor Banner on fence at shelter and 2 T-Shirts. Platinum Sponsor Level – $1,000/yr: Includes one year membership, Business Name/Logo on bfhsworth.com, Business Member Decal, Business Name/Logo in Paw Prints newsletters, Sponsor Banner on fence at shelter, 4 T-Shirts, 2 free tickets for each BFHS fundraiser event, Media blast with recognition as a Platinum Sponsor (worthit2u.net, themartinnews.com, The Sylvester Local, WTTY 97.7) and a Recognition Plaque. They are grateful to the generous partners who support our efforts. By supporting the companies that give to the Best Friends Humane Society in Worth County, you are actively advancing our mission to engage the hearts, hands and minds of the community to help animals. To participate as a sponsor, please fill out the Business Member Application. Another way to volunteer is easy too. First determine what you’d like to help out with: Shelter Tasks or Fundraising/Event Tasks (or both!). Shelter Tasks include walking dogs, washing dogs, playing with dogs, cleaning cat litter, playing with cats, feeding/watering animals and so much more! If you would like to help with Shelter Tasks, drop by the Shelter at 787 Ephesus Church Road or call the Shelter Director at 229-777-7774. Fundraising/Event Tasks include handing out flyers, putting up posters, setting up events, cleaning after events, being a ticket taker, manning a tent table and so much more! If you would like to help with Fundraising/Event Tasks, fill out the form located on their website – www.bfhsworth.com and they’ll start sending you opportunities as they become available and they will also start sending you our Paw Prints Newsletter.

Heritage Harvest at the Village Community Garden…. Janya’s Journey

Saturday was a very spiritual as well as very educational day for Janya at the Village Community Garden in Sylvester stated Janya. She learned things that she didn’t know actually existed. She was so interested in what everyone had to say that attended the event. “Everything that was said was very helpful to me as well as to all the people of the community” stated Janya. Janya loved all the activities that went on at the event but she explained that her favorite part of the day was the Spiritual Ceremony at sunset. While doing this ceremony, she learned many things about her culture’s history. I asked Janya about the Village Community Garden and its benefits to the community. She explained that the garden benefits the community by not only providing fresh vegetables, but by also providing the people in the community with an educational experience throughout the year even when there is no event taking place. If you or your group would like Janya to speak about the garden or need us to help with any events, please contact The Martin News at info@themartinnews.com and we will do our best to help. The Martin News and Janya’s Journey wants to help our community as much as we can in what ever is needed. Thank you all for your support to The Martin News and most of to the support of Janya’s Journey.

WCES Hears from President Trump

Recently, WCES 5th grader, Kyla Barney, wrote a letter to President Donald Trump in class during a writing center. She asked her teacher, Mrs. April Rogers, if she could mail it, so they looked up the White House’s address and did just that.  To everyone’s surprise, she received a letter from the President Trump.  Kyla and her teacher were very excited to receive this letter.  Great job, Kyla!

Source: WCSD Facebook Page

Worth School News

Can you believe that it is already November? Time is flying by. The Worth County Schools have been busy so far this school year and will continue to be extremely busy through the holidays. Please follow each schools Facebook page and the “Dates to Remember” page here in The Martin News to stay up to day on all of the upcoming events. The schools are getting ready to help the community in different ways for Thanksgiving and Christmas. Thank you for all of your support to our Worth County Schools.

WCPS just completed Red Ribbon Week and from the pictures I saw, they had a blast. Be sure to check out Worth County Primary School Facebook page to enjoy all the pictures. Ms. Hatcher’s class learned about pumpkins last week. They got to explore the inside and outside of a pumpkin. They also got to try pumpkin pudding. How cool is this? I bet it may have been a little messy to begin with but ended up yummy with the pudding. The WCPS Hungry at Home Food Drive began on Wednesday, November 1st, and ends Friday, December 1st. The following types of items are suggested as donations: Canned meats with pop tops, Milk boxes, Juice boxes, Smaller boxed cereal, Fruit cups, Chips or pretzels , Small boxes of raisins, Cheese or peanut butter crackers, Applesauce cups, Cereal and granola bars, Pop-tarts and Fruit gummy snacks. Thank you in advance for helping with this project that will directly affect Worth County students. Parents/guardians are invited to attend the upcoming Infinite Campus Parent Portal Workshop that is scheduled for Tuesday, November 7th, at 5:30.  It will be presented by Donita Hinckley, SLDS Trainer from the Office of Technology Services with the Georgia Department of Education, and Christy Haskins, Worth County School District Instructional Technology Specialist. Infinite Campus Parent Portal is an easy-to-use, secure communication tool that allows parents of students to have access to class schedules, attendance records, grades, school/class announcements, and online resources directly aligned to course standards. This event is open to all parents of students in Worth County School District.  Join them to learn how to fully utilize this tool. If you plan to attend the Infinite Campus Parent Work, please visit worthschools.net and get registered today.

WCES just like WCPS is getting ready of a celebration of their own. They have been working hard on their Veteran’s Day project. With Veterans Day approaching on November 11th, WCES has decided to build gift bags to donate to our local American Legion Post to distribute to the veterans that they come in contact with at the VA hospital, nursing homes, etc. They are asking for donations of the following items from our students: 3rd grade students – Tooth Brush, Lap/throw blanket, Reading material (books, magazines or activity books), 4th grade students – Tooth Paste, Deodorant, Socks and 5th grade students – Shaving Cream, Shaving Razors, Candy/Gum. All students – bedroom slippers, underwear, t-shirts, pajamas (we will donate these items outside of the bags to be distributed based upon sizes). The deadline to donate items will be November 10th. Thank you for your support of this project. Congratulations to these students for being the top 3 sellers for our fall fundraiser: 1st Place: Sher’Miah Donaldson, 2nd Place: Karson Odom and 3rd Place: Joseph Morris. Thank you to all who made this fundraiser a huge success!

WCMS has been out and about lately staying very busy in the community and with hands on experience toward learning. The WCMS Environmental Club are participating in the Adopt-a-Street program as a beautification partnership between the City of Sylvester and its citizens to remove litter from the streets. The goal is to keep our city cleaner and safer. The Environmental Club, lead by Mrs. Brent Joyner and Mrs. Jennifer Easom, have adopted Isabella street from the corner Bryant Drive to the CVS parking lot. Friday, October 27th participating members of the Environmental Club helped the environment and appearance of our city by picking up trash off their adopted portion of Isabella Street. These students are to be commended in their efforts to help keep our community safe and clean for everyone. Mark your calendars now to come meet with ABAC, ASU, and SRTC representatives as well as the WCHS Dual Enrollment Coordinator on Tuesday, November 14th at 5:30 p.m. in the WCHS Media Center. This is an informational meeting for parents of students in grades 8 – 11. Parents can learn how their child can earn college credit in high school. Sixth grade gifted/accelerated students in Mrs. Parten’s and Mrs. Weaver’s classes traveled to the Museum of Aviation in Warner Robins. Students were able to explore the history museums and completed scavenger hunts. The Chamber would like to thank Emily Castleberry, member of the WCMS GEMS Club, and Johnathan Barry, member of the WCMS TIE Club, for speaking at the Chambers recent Board of Directors meeting. Thwy would also like to thank Angie Rachels and Shavonne Williams for attending as well. The Chamber enjoys being involved with the school systems to engage in the education of the students so they may learn more about what the students of the Worth County Schools are doing. On November 1st, three of Worth County Middle School students were given the opportunity of observing a Kiwanis Club meeting, enjoying lunch with them and speaking to them on a selected subject matter. Marlee Gray, a 6th grader at WCMS, opened up with speech on “Why I Decided to Join the G.E.M.S. – Growing and Empowering Myself Successfully.” Afterwards, Kiondria Haggins and Ke’unta Jackson respectively, both 7th Graders, spoke on the topic: “Success is 90% Perspiration and 10% Inspiration”. Mr. Thomas, Leader of the GEMS and TIE club stated that he was very proud to say that all three of the students represented WCMS, the school district, their families and themselves in an awesome and outstanding manner. Several Kiwanis’ members commented on how professional and confident the students did in presenting their speeches. And our Superintendent, Mr. Bill Settle was in attendance and very excited about the future of this district and the students who attend. Great job!

WCHS has been busy both academically and athletically and we couldn’t be more proud. Congratulations to Mr. Cristopher Houston for winning the Employee of the Week for the week of October 30th!  This award is sponsored by the WCHS Spirit Club.  Thank you for all you do for the students at WCHS! Go Rams! Mark your calendars now to come meet with ABAC, ASU, and SRTC representatives as well as the WCHS Dual Enrollment Coordinator on Tuesday, November 14th at 5:30 p.m. in the WCHS Media Center. This is an informational meeting for parents of students in grades 8 – 11. Parents can learn how their child can earn college credit in high school. A big thank you to the WCHS HOSA teachers and students for providing pink themed cookies and cupcakes along with information about breast cancer awareness for faculty and staff on October 31st! Representative Austin Scott paid a visit to students at WCHS to share his insight about the governmental process and talk about his experiences in Washington, DC as a state representative.  He talked about his work on the Agriculture and Armed Services committees and answered questions from students and teachers regarding current and proposed legislation.  He provided students a glimpse into the life of his role as an elected official by sharing personal anecdotes about the challenges and rewards of being a state representative.  We sincerely thank Representative Scott for taking time out of his schedule to visit with our students! As part of the “No Place for Hate” campaign, students at WCHS participated in their first ever “International Lunch”! “International Lunch” is a concept where students are encouraged to mix and mingle with new groups and meet new people. This encourages students to build new relationships and fosters positive interactions with new and different peer groups. The purpose behind No Place for Hate is teaching students tolerance and appreciation for all people, cultures, ethnicities, and backgrounds.

Source: WCSD Facebook & Web page and The Martin News