Our Kids Our Future

Rodriquez Thomas, a native of Albany, Georgia and the Founder/President and CEO of Our Kids Our Future, LLC spoke to the 8th grade students on Friday at WCMS. He is a motivational speaker who encourages students to make good choices. He is a graduate of Dougherty High School and a College graduate of Albany Technical College where he was an honor student and that’s where his passion for helping kids grew outside of caring for his own. While attending college, Mr. Thomas was named Mr. Everything in 2010/2011, he was an honor graduate, Vice President of Student Government, Ambassador of Education, Skills USA, Foundation Setters for Future Minds, President of Student Activities, and Ran for Student of the Year. And if that isn’t enough, he was named 2011 Mr. ATC Homecoming King as well as was responsible for naming the streets around the college. His name will always be imbedded on the campus. He is a devoted father, son, uncle and God father. He is also a philanthropist, educator, and mentor and soon to be an author of a children’s activity book. The students and staff enjoyed him on Friday. Please see his visit on the Worth County Middle School Facebook Page.
Source: WCSD Facebook Page

Golden Radish Award: Tift Schools Named Outstanding for Farm to School

The Tift County School System has been given the “Outstanding District” Golden Radish Award, the highest level of recognition in the state for farm-to-school programs. Tift County’s School Nutrition Department’s mission is to expose, educate and elevate the quality of meals served to 7,600 students in the district’s 12 schools.  Its initiative is recognized as one of the state’s most innovative programs focused on agricultural and nutrition education, supporting local farmers and getting students excited to eat healthy and fresh local foods.  Tift County Schools was also recognized at the Platinum level for its accomplishments during the last school year, which include: (1) The School Nutrition Department purchased a cow from a student and had it processed by a local community partner. The meat provided meals for four days to more than 300 students at Omega Elementary, (2) The district supports a 15-acre farm where students learn how to plant, maintain and glean crops on a larger scale. Students also learn how to extend the life of their harvest at the county’s state of the art canning facility maintained by an FFA instructor ns (3) Local farmer Len Lastinger taught students how to harvest eggs from the schools’ laying hens. The corresponding omelet taste test was a big hit. Georgia’s agriculture, education and public health departments, along with University of Georgia Cooperative Extension and Georgia Organics representatives joined at the Georgia Railroad Freight Depot in Atlanta to celebrate more than 40 percent of Georgia school districts with farm to school programs. Pictured is Ga. Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black, from left, Georgia Organics Director Alice Rolls, Tift Superintendent Patrick Atwater, Tift School Nutrition Director Vanessa Hayes, Ga. Health Commissioner J. Patrick O’Neal, UGA Extension Dean Laura Perry Johnson and state School Superintendent Richard Woods at the Atlanta ceremony.
Source: Tifton Grapevine

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

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

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

Worth School News

With the visit from Hurricane Irma, we have school news to catch up on. I’m not sure if there is a time of the year that is busier than any other for school but I can say the fall of the year is a busy time for sure. The students and staff are staying very busy and we hope you join in to keep up with the latest. Be sure to like all the school’s Facebook pages to stay update on the latest news and pictures that each school posts.

WCPS keeps all the students extremely busy from Pre-k through 2nd grade. Mrs. Worthy and Mrs. Moore’s classes got to hear a lesson recently about the life cycle of a butterfly and a frog from Mrs. Shaw. They got to look at them through a magnifying glass and even touch the caterpillar. Children at that age know no fear so I am quite sure they enjoyed it. At the age of 40, I am not touching a caterpillar. Mrs. Tison’s class participated in an ELT STEAM Activity. STEAM stands for Science Technology Engineering And Mathematics. For the last 3 weeks, students in Mrs. Griffis’ class have enjoyed reading Frog and Toad by Arnold Lobel and learning the differences between frogs and toads. Recently they had an exciting day observing a real frog and toad! They ended their study with trying to catch bugs with frog and toad crafts. The book fair that was held a few weeks ago was a great success! WCPS staff states that it would not have been possible without great support from their parents and volunteers. A BIG Thank You goes out to you all. Please be sure to visit the WCPS Facebook page to see all the pictures of the students of the week as well as the monthly lunch menus are posted there.

WCES is on the move staying busy and learning but having so much fun as they do it. I love to look each week to see who the weekly winners are from the Character Ed Rocks program because Character Ed. Rocks at WCES! This past week’s word was Respect for Authority. Congratulations to the following people who found the Character Ed. Rock for the week of September 4th: Teacher: Kathy King and Students: Kedarius Brown, Zoa Roddy, and Julie Rainey. Congratulations to you all and good luck to everyone next week! Homeroom teachers have started collecting the order forms from the PTO Fall Fundraiser. Monday, September 18th is the last day to submit orders. Thank you again for your support! Picture proof and order forms have been sent home. You will be able to purchase online at www.bpiphotography.net or you may return your order form to WCES by Tuesday, October 3, 2017. This company allows you to chose/upgrade your background and provides you with a download of your child’s picture with the purchase of any package! Picture retakes for eyes closed, etc. or absent students will be October 5th. Please be sure to visit the WCES Facebook page to see all the pictures and news posted as well as the monthly lunch menus are posted there.

WCMS is getting ready for Homecoming 2017. Please be sure to follow their Facebook page. They have the dress days and themes listed out. I know everyone is getting excited. Mrs. Jaki Johnson conducted the Annual Title One Parent and Family Engagement Meeting for the 2017-2018 school year. Thanks to everyone who attended. Be sure to come out n Wednesday’s and support the WCMS Football Team.

WCHS is getting ready for some upcoming events and celebrating some recent events. September is Attendance Awareness Month and WCHS wants to keep their families educated on attendance. Excused and unexcused absences quickly add up to too much time lost in the classroom. If you are not present in class you are not getting the instruction you need. Remember, absences add up! The first Intervention Day will be on Monday, September 25th from 8am-1pm. Students may repair 1st 9 week’s attendance ONLY. Remember that attendance may only be repaired hour for hour. Students will have the opportunity to complete 5 hours of intervention time which would equal 5 individual period absences. Any student needing to use this time to repair low grades, MUST get that information from their teachers before intervention day. Teachers, all makeup and repair assignments should be given to the student prior to the intervention day. The WCHS Dress Code is enforced during intervention and students must meet dress code requirements in order to stay. Also, students are responsible for providing their own transportation to and from WCHS. DECA Club sign up is going on now. This year the yearly dues are $22 which will include a T-shirt. See Mrs. Kelly for more information. DECA Members who are going to attend the FALL Rally at the Perry Fair and/or the FALL Leadership Conference in Atlanta this year need to start signing up with Mrs. Kelly. Fall Rally is $35 which includes the rally and an armband. Fall Rally is due by September 20th. The Fall Leadership Conference is $130 which includes their registration, tshirt, and hotel stay for one night. The deadline to register and make a deposit of $70 is September 20th. See Mrs. Kelly to reserve your spot. Congratulations to the Cross Country teams! The Lady Rams won first place tonight at the meet in Pelham! Two WCHS ladies also earned individual medals.  Brianna Zupko came in 2nd, and Alexis Kelly 4th!  Also finishing in the top ten were: Shanice Thompson (6th) and Chassidy Odom (7th).  Way to go, ladies! The Rams Cross Country team finished 4th out of 10 teams and continues to improve on their times each meet. The annual Worth County Goat and Lamb Show was held September 9 at the Worth County Ag Pavilion. The show allowed Worth County 4-H and FFA members the opportunity to exhibit their show animals on a local level. Mr. Jon-Paul Martin of Albany was the judge. Taylor Layfield, Luke Gwines, Ragen Bozeman and Adam Ivey exhibited their animals as Worth County High School FFA Members. Worth County Middle School was represented by Rylan Bozeman and Parker Weaver. Brady Weaver and Peyton Gwines exhibited their animals as members of  Worth County 4-H. During the showmanship portion of the show Brady Weaver was selected as the Junior Division Showmanship Champion, Rylan Bozeman was the Intermediate Division Champion and Ragen Bozeman won the Senior Division. The Grand Champion wether goat was exhibited by Rylan Bozeman and the Reserve Champion wether goat was shown by Taylor Layfield. Ragen Bozeman exhibited the Grand Champion Doe as her sister, Rylan showed the Reserve Champion Doe. These students will continue to exhibit their sheep and goats throughout Georgia until the State 4-H and FFA Market Sheep and Goat show which will be held in Perry, Ga. during the Georgia National Fair.

Source: WCSD Facebook/Web Page & The Martin News

Worth County School News

WCPS is fired up about reading and for their book fair that started on Friday. Be sure to stop by with your child and enjoy browsing the book fair. Family shopping night and open house will be held on Thursday evening, August 31st. The staff looks forward to seeing everyone. Be sure to visit the Worth County Primary School Facebook page to see the pictures each week of the Students of the Week along with other pictures and announcements that they post.

Character Rocks at WCES! As part of the Worth County Elementary School Character Education program, students now have the opportunity to participate in the Character Rocks at WCES program. Each week, a new character trait is announced during morning announcements. Starting this past Monday, August 21st, three student Character Rocks were hidden throughout the Worth County Elementary School campus. A student who finds a rock will report to the school counselor to claim a prize and have their picture taken. Each Character Rock will have a picture or inspirational message focusing on that week’s character trait. After claiming their prize, students will be allowed to keep their Character Rock and are encouraged to hide it again in the community. Character is developed and demonstrated throughout a lifetime. WCES doesn’t want to leave the grownups out of the fun! There will also be a rock for Worth County School System employees on the WCES campus. Each week, one rock will be hidden in places where employees are most likely to find it. After finding a rock, staff will report to the school counselor to claim their prize. They will also be allowed to keep their rock and use it for inspiration or hide it in the community to inspire others. Congratulations to the following people who found the Character Ed. Rock for this week, August 21st – 25th: Teacher: Mrs. Sara Terry, Students: Tukker Lee found The Lorax on the 3rd grade hall, Davontae McGuire found the Earth on the 4th grade hall and Denyriah Jackson found the Eclipse on the 5th grade hall. Congratulations to you all and good luck to everyone next week! It’s that time of year again at WCES! Their annual Fall PTO Fundraiser started this past week and will run through September 11th. Once again this year students will be selling resealable bags of popcorn as well an assortment of candy and other delicious snacks. Students have been sent home with their brochure and other information about the fundraiser. All money earned goes right back to the students of WCES by funding their family fun events, purchasing student incentives, student technology, etc. Thank you in advance for your continued support of WCES!

Join the WCMS Spirit Cheerleaders on September 5th-6th and learn some RAM cheers!  Participants will cheer during halftime on September 13th.  Cheer Clinic is for students 3rd through 8th grade. Dates are September 5th and 6th from 3:30-5:30 which is after school. Location is the WCMS Gym and attire is RAM black & gold. The cost is $30.00 and funds raised will help defer the cost for the cheerleader’s participation in the Georgia Tech Halftime Extravaganza. Registration is due by August 31, 2017. If you have any questions, please contact Coach Bodiford 912.246.3137. Mrs. Rachels Gifted/Accelerated Physical Science class has been hard at work designing roller coasters to investigate the use of potential and kinetic energy. They completed their projects, and demonstrated them for the class using a marble. The Scream Machine project was a fun way to learn about energy. Students in Mrs. Parten and Weaver’s classes built moon rovers and pinhole viewers to take home to celebrate the Eclipse. Just a reminder that on home football games for the Worth County Rams, WCMS will be selling tickets for the Friday night game and you can get yours at their front office.

WCHS is staying super busy with school and sports. Please be sure to check out their Worth County High School Facebook page in order to see the event listings and the pictures from the sporting events on their Facebook page. You do not want to miss the chance to see your student in action.