WCHS Held It’s College and Career Fair

WCHS students in 11th and 12th grades had the opportunity to talk with multiple colleges and many representatives from different careers at the 2018 WCHS College and Career Fair. Almost 40 different colleges, technical institutes, state and local businesses, and representatives from the United States Armed Forces were present to talk with our students.  WCHS is very thankful to those who came and shared information with the students.  The WCHS Guidance Department organized the event.  Each student was given a Scavenger Hunt created by the Guidance Department that included many different questions to help the students engage with the presenters.  This was helpful as students made their way around the Worth Community Center visiting each presenter’s table.  Presenters shared their knowledge and hand-outs about their college or career.  WCHS greatly appreciates the sponsors for today’s event: City of Sylvester, Coca-Cola Bottling Company, Phoebe Medical Center, Piggly Wiggly, RCI Electric, Sylvester Walmart and Worth County Board of Commissioners. 

Source: WCSD Web Page

Open Building Night Set for WCPS

Worth County Primary School will be hosting an Open Building Night for the public to view the finished, literacy-focused walls, with top-notch artwork by Mr. Chris Rumble. WCPS is very grateful for the businesses that donated to this project and how the Striving Reader grant afforded the opportunity to promote literacy throughout the entire building for all of their students. The words and the drawings are superb, and WCPS would like all residents of Worth County/Sylvester to come tour the building to see the awesome work that has been done.  WCPS has been transformed into a very student friendly atmosphere that focuses on literacy. Literacy is very important, and students must have a strong foundation in this area.  Please set aside some time to come and tour the building with Principal Jared Worthy and staff on Tuesday, February 13, 2018, between 5pm and 7pm. All stakeholders are welcome.

Worth County Middle School FFA Celebrates National FFA Week

News Press Release from Sylvester, Georgia: Worth County Middle School FFA will celebrate National FFA Week February 25 – March 3, 2018. “I Can. We Will.” is the theme this year and more than 653,000 members around the nation will participate in National FFA Week activities at the local and state levels. “I Can. We Will.” represents the positive attitude and leadership abilities of FFA members. It’s also a call to action for others to work in unity. FFA members set a positive example with their leadership, work ethic and community service activities. The focus of National FFA Week is to tell America about the great opportunities available for youth in agriculture. From its beginnings in 1928 as the Future Farmers of America, the National FFA Organization today reaches out to all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. From urban to rural schools, FFA is committed to developing character and leadership skills and preparing members for a lifetime of success in one of the 300 careers in agriculture. As a part of National FFA Week, Worth County Middle School FFA members will participate in the following special events:

Mrs. Sevier, Principal; signing the FFA Week Proclamation
Wear FFA Colors Day (National Blue and Corn Gold)
Agricultural Awareness Facts and Activities
Community Service for Local Ag Businesses
Faculty and Staff Appreciation Day

FFA members are success-oriented students who are driven to achieve their goals and be the leaders of tomorrow. They stand out by recognizing the importance of being active in their schools and in their communities and are urged to step up when volunteers are sought, friendship is needed and leadership is required. Through classroom instruction and hands-on learning, agricultural education and FFA are making a positive difference for members every day. FFA members have opportunities to attend leadership contests, develop a supervised agricultural experience project, learn life skills and serve their communities with civic engagement. FFA members are our future engineers, scientists, teachers and producers. One of every five Americans is employed in the food, fiber and natural resources industries of agriculture, and Worth County Middle School FFA members are the future of these important industries. The Worth County Middle School FFA Chapter has 85 active members. While membership on the national level is over 653,000 strong, Georgia has over 300 Chapters and is currently third in membership with approximately 41,000 members.

Rams Represented in War of the Border All-Star Game

Congratulations to Worth County High School Seniors Malik Dassie, Lance Eldridge, Da’Jun Evans, Cameron Jackson, and Alec McDonald on being selected to play in the annual Georgia/Florida War of the Border All-Star Game.  The War of the Border is an annual game that allows the best seniors from South Georgia and North Florida schools to play football in one final game.  Players represent their region and also perform in front of college scouts.  Thank you to the seniors and coaches for representing Worth County well! Way to go Ram boys.

Source: WCSD Web Page

The Bells of ABAC Chapel’s Chimes Ring After 5 Years of Silence

When the graduates of Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College streamed out of Gressette Gym after the fall commencement ceremony last Thursday, they heard the chimes from the Chapel of All Faiths serenading them on their accomplishments. Silenced for the past five years because of technical problems, the chimes rang out loud and clear on a crisp blue-sky day as the graduates celebrated. ABAC Media Productions Coordinator Matthew Reid said it has been a long process to restore the music from the bell tower.  “It couldn’t have happened without everyone’s commitment and teamwork,” Reid said. Reid said the new digital system features a high-definition speaker that will produce a deeper sound throughout the front of the campus. “There are currently 5,000 song options, and we have the ability to add an additional 1,000 more,” Reid said. “It is truly a new technology to enhance an old system. We plan to ring the chimes on the hour just as they did when the chapel opened.” Reid said Paul Willis, vice president for finance and operations, was instrumental in bringing the project to fruition along with Arts Connection Director Wayne Jones, Fine Arts department head Susan Roe, and Chief Development Officer Deidre Martin.  Martin said restoring the chimes is only one step in a larger improvement plan for the chapel in the coming year. Donations from alumni and friends led by alumnus Tyron Spearman helped to get the project underway.

Source: Tifton Grapevine

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.