Worth County Schools - Sylvester, Georgia Volume 2 Issue 2 504 East Price Street - Sylvester, Georgia 31791 September 2009 All Schools and System Make AYP October Dates of Interest By: Amy Chafin, Director of Curriculum 1 WCHS Softball vs Cairo Home 5 pm For the first time since the inception of No Child Left Behind’s (2002) mandate that schools show Adequate Yearly Senior Night 1 JV Rams vs Cairo-Home-5:30 pm Progress toward statewide objectives, all schools in the Worth County School System (WCSS) have met that goal. 1 Middle School Rams vs Cairo-Away In addition, the system, as a whole, met AYP for 2009. Worth County was one of 73 of the 186 Georgia school 2 Rams vs Cairo-Away-7:30 pm systems that had all schools meet AYP. In addition, of the 16 systems in the Southwest Georgia RESA district, 5 9th Grade Rams vs Thomas Co. Home 5:30 pm Worth County was one of only six that had all schools as well as the system meet AYP. This achievement is the 6 TRS Pre-Retirement Workshop direct result of intensive data analysis, job-embedded professional learning, focused curriculum, and rigorous and 3:30 pm Central Ofﬁce 6 WCHS Softball vs Westover Away-5 relevant instruction in classrooms. 7 Pre-Retirement Counseling Session 8 7 Partners in Education Meeting 2 pm Pre-Retirement Counseling Session With 90 percent of all students in grades 1-8 meeting or exceeding state standards on the Reading/ELA 8 JV Rams vs Thomas Co.-Away-5:30 CRCT, the WCSS has shown a 6.3 percentage point gain over the past five years. Students have also demonstrated 8 Middle School Rams vs Thomas Co. a gain in Mathematics, with 80 percent of all students in grades 1-8 meeting or exceeding the state CRCT Home 5:30 pm 9 Rams vs Crisp Co.-Rec. Night-Home Mathematics standard, as compared to 76.6 percent in 2005. 10 WCHS Competition Cheerleaders East Laurens Competition-Dublin 12 End of 1st Nine Weeks Furthermore, over the past seven years, the WCSS has significantly decreased the number of student 12 9th Grade Rams vs Lee Co. Home absences in grades 1-8. In 2003, 33 percent of students in grades 6-8 were absent 15 or more days; in 2009, the 13 Powder Puff Game 7 pm Stadium percentage has decreased to 7.9 percent. Students in grades 3-5 also experienced a significant decrease in student 13-14 WCHS Softball 1st Round Sectionals 15 Community Pep Rally 6:30 pm absences with 16.3 percent of students missing 15 or more days in 2003 to only 4.9 percent in 2009. On average, 16 Homecoming Parade 1:30 pm the WCSS (grades 1-8) has experienced a 12.6 percentage point decrease in students who have been absent 15 or 16 Rams vs Perry-Homecoming 7:30 p 16-17 WCHS Softball 2nd Round of more days. Sectionals 17 WCHS Competition Cheerleaders “The Purple Blast” Fitzgerald, GA For the third year in a row, Worth County High School (WCHS) has increased its graduation rate. 17 Homecoming Dance 8 pm Georgia has defined a graduate as a student who leaves high school with a regular diploma (this does not include 20 Report Cards Certificates of Attendance or Special Education diplomas) in the standard time (i.e., 4 years). WCHS’s graduation 20 Board of Education Meeting-7 pm 22 School Improvement Meeting-9 am rate for 2009 was 71.6% percent. This is a 9.3 percentage point gain from the last year. 22 Parent/Teacher Conference Day Students Released Early 22 JV Rams vs Dougherty-Home-5:30 p In 2009, eleventh grade students scored higher than they have ever scored on the ELA portion of the 22 Middle School Rams Playoff Game Georgia High School Graduation Test for AYP purposes. Ninety four percent of full academic year eleventh TBD at 5:30 pm grade students met or exceeded standard on the ELA test. Although WCHS’s Mathematics GHSGT scores for 22-23 WCHS Softball Semiﬁnals 23 Rams vs Peach Co.-Home-7:30 pm AYP remained static for 2009, there has been a 10.6 percentage point gain in eleventh grade students meeting or 24 WCHS Softball Finals exceeding the state mathematics standard over the past five years. Worth County High School is among the 55 24 WCHS Competition Cheerleaders South GA Cheer Fest-Colquitt Co. percent of high schools in the state of Georgia that made AYP for 2009. 28 SES Blood Drive 11 am-4 pm ELA and Math GHSGT 2005-2009 for All Grade 11 First Time Test Takers (Proficient for AYP) w/summer retesters 30 30 National Wear Red Day Due Date for Payroll 100% Worth County Primary, Sylvester Elementary, and Worth County Middle have been labeled Title-I Distinguished 94.70% 89.50% 85.60% 30 Rams vs Westover-Away-7:30 pm 90% 89.60% 92% 31 WCHS Competition Cheerleaders 80% 80.20% 79.80% Schools for 2009. To become a Title-I Distinguished School, Worth County’s Last Chance Cheer Classic 70% 69.20% 72.40% the school must meet AYP for three or more consecutive 60% 60.50% years. Worth County Primary School has received this honor 50% for nine consecutive years, Sylvester Elementary for four Upcoming Events 1-31 Computer Learning Month 40% ELA (2010 AMO 87.7%) Math (2010 AMO 74.9%) consecutive years, and Worth County Middle School for two www.computerlearning.org 30% consecutive years. 1-31 Crime Prevention Month www.ncpc.org 20% The WCSS continues to meet the challenges of 4-10 Fire Prevention Week 10% NCLB, with a determination to meet or exceed all state www.nfpa.org 0% standards. 12-16 National School Lunch Week 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 www.allstarschoollunch.org System Reading/ELA and Math CRCT 2005-2009 (AYP) Graduation Rate (2010 AMO=80%) 19-23 National School Bus Safety Week 100% 80% www.napt.org 87.80% 90% 23-31 Red Ribbon Week 90% 86% 71.6% 81.90% 70% www.nfp.org 83.70% 78.80% 80.20% 80% 63.6% 62.3% 76.60% 78.10% 79.20% 62.3% 60% Open Enrollment 70% 50% 58.5% 60% State Health 50% 40% Reading/ELA Oct. 9th-Nov. 10th 40% Math 30% 30% 20% American Fidelity &SEBA 20% October 12th-November 13th 10% 10% 0% 0% 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 Page 2 “TERRIFIC KIDS” Kim Pritchard Worth County Primary in partnership with our local Kiwanis Club hosted the “Terrific Kids” breakfast on Friday, September 4, 2009 to honor the first five“Terrific Kids” at WCPS for the 2009-2010 school year. WCPS is very proud to announce that the “Terrific Kids” for August are Rachel Boyd of Ms. Raetzel’s class, Chloe Cook of Mrs. Clements’ class, Chloe Jackson of Mrs. Fletcher’s class, Hunter Holton of Ms. Majeski’s class, and Colby Bennett of Mrs. Isert’s class. Congratulations Coach Ward and the Worth County Rams Football Team! Each student was presented with a T-shirt that states “I’m a Terrific Kid at WCPS,” a pin, a The Rams won their season opener against Turner Co. 39-0 bumper sticker, a pencil, and a certificate signed by a Kiwanis Club member and the Co- Principals of WCPS. Go Rams! Each student and their parents received an invitation to attend the breakfast. Also in attendance were Kiwanis Club members Butch Jenkins, Superintendent of Worth County Schools, Jim McMickin, Lester Potts, Greg Sellers, and Jamie Pritchard; Chairpersons of the Terrific Kids Committee Kim Pritchard and Maria Bennett; Members of the Terrific Kids Committee Kim Lavender, Mary Robinson, Cindy Bryan, and Mollie Cooper; and teachers of the Terrific Kids Tammi Isert, Jan Majeski, and Brandi Fletcher. Each month five designated second grade teachers will choose a student that has shown exemplary behavior and citizenship. By the end of the school year, each second grade teacher will have chosen three students. Touchdown Pageant Winners The Touchdown Pageant raised $4100.00 for the football players. A special thank you to all parents and participants. Left to right FRONT row Madison Chapman, Rachael McGee, Josie Roberts, Tamayra Collins, Ashton Ward, and Jadien Thompson BACK Row--- Hannah Bennett, JaiTai Elliott, Morgan Smith, Bristal Thompson, Taylor Dupriest, and Lindsey Milner. The Spotlight’s on You... From Left to Right/Back row: Stacey Rutledge, Tiffany Sevier, Butch Jenkins, Jamie Pritchard, Lester Potts, Jim McMickin, Greg Selllers From Left to Right/Front row: Dawn Doering is now the Parent Involvement Coordinator at Worth y J Colby Bennett, Hunter Holton, Chloe Cook, Rachel Boyd Not Pictured: Chloe Jackson County High School. She has also started The Rampage, Worth County High School’s newsletter. To view the newsletter go to www.worth.k12. ga.us/wchs/. Lester Potts has been named Director of Technology and Stephen Porter is Assistant Technology Director. We would love to put you in the Spotlight. Send your accomplishments to firstname.lastname@example.org. National School Lunch Week October 12-16 You can’t keep innovative ideas for instruction under your hat! Last spring, as part of the Environmental Education Alliance of GA annual meeting, the WCPS Outdoor Classroom areas hosted several visitors and a service learning project. Dr. Deborah Ricks, Assistant Principal at Putnam County Primary came back to Sylvester this month for another look at instructional models for science. “I was very impressed with your idea of the single teacher with science. So, we have taken your idea and used it at our primary location,” said Ricks. The visitors included Dr. Ricks, Fanicia Harris science teacher, and Master Gardner David Evans. They observed science lessons, toured The Lamb’s Yard, and visited various grade-level classrooms. Mr. Evans was amazed at the wealth of instructional materials inside and outside of the school. Dr. Ricks summed up the visit, “You have a great idea going on here and we would like to learn more.” For more information visit: www.allstarschoollunch.org Submitted By: Mary Beth Cary Page 3 Social Worker Tracie Turner accepts school supplies that were donated by Character Education Students of the Month at the Youth Department at Isabella Baptist Church, Sylvester Ga. Mrs. Penny Davis delivered the supplies on their behalf. Sylvester Elementary School Each teacher at Sylvester Elementary chose a student that they felt best represented the character education traits that they have been studying this past month. The students that were chosen have shown that they possess one or more of these traits in the classroom. The month of August students learned about courage, patriotism, citizenship and honesty. Front Row: 3rd grade (alphabetical order)-Tyra Jones, Jessica Lane, Abbie McDaniel, Amanda Milner, Cheyenne Neal, Destiny Sellers (not pictured), Brandon Souter, Elizabeth Souter, Travis Webb; Second Row: 4th grade (alphabetical order)- John Fullmer, Austin Haralson, Zach Hobby, Sheronica Jackson, Mikhael Slaughter, Alexis Stephens, India Walker, Jeremy White, Kentavious Wilson; Third Row: 5th grade (alphabetical order)- Cheyenne Arbuckle, Kyle Brooks, Shelby Dobbins, Justin Hope, Jessica Houston, Jamey Medders, Kennedy Rutherford, Catlin Tucker, Wesley Weaver (not pictured), Ashley Wilcher Worth County Primary School Holds Transportation Day In Honor And Remembrance Woodmen of the World sponsored a flag raising ceremony at the Worth County Board of Education on September 11, 2009. “This ceremony honors not only the heroes and victims of September 11, 2001, but those vices Students have been learning about how goods and services are provided to our who have lost their lives-and those currently serving-in the fight against community in their social studies class. A fun day was planed by Mrs. Jane terrorism. We also want to honor the brave men and women who safegaurd our nation and our local communities every day.”- Woodmen of the World Long and Mrs. Ginny Pike in an effort to give students a hands on activity to explore a few of the occupations held by local community members. The Since 1947, Woodmen of the World has promoted pride in our nation highlight of the day was when all students came outside to see the Lifeline through their Patriotic Program. Over the past 60 years, Woodmen of the Helicopter with an Air Evac life team out of Cordele land on the school World members have presented more than 1.8 million U.S. flags to schools, churches and other non-profit organizations. Woodmen of the World grounds. Mrs. Long and Mrs. Pike hope that Transportation Day will be a members have also presented American Patriot Handbooks to schools and huge success every year and continue to grow with community support. We libraries, and newly naturalized citizens, as well as awards to students for their would like to thank everyone involved and give a special thank you to Ginny proficiency in American History. Pike for her hard work in helping make this day a huge success! The Honor Guard raised the flag while the Vocal Ensemble from Worth County High School sang the National Anthem. Boy Scouts Troop 100 saluted while the Alpha Company stood at attention as the flag was raised and then lowered to half staff in honor of the heroes and victims of September 11, 2001. Mary Beth Cary, teacher of Worth County High School Awarded the gifted at Worth County Ready Work Read Grant Primary School, was asked Governor Sonny Perdue announced 56 high schools throughout the state have been to review the first edition of awarded awarded Georgia Work Ready training grants that provide three-year access to skills-gap How the Gifted Brain Works training software, which help students improve their Work Ready Certificate levels. The trainingg p p by David A. Sousa. She was funding was made available through the Amer funding American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and pleasantly surprised to find will provide each school $5,000 of software. her review printed on the p "Earning a Work Ready Certificate tells a potential employer that an individual has back cover of the newly sa the core job skills necessary for success," said Governor Perdue. "The Work Ready published second edition. Mary Beth wrote “Pulls r software helps students improve their work readiness, provides students with a better together many areas of gifted research, knowledge understanding of the skills employers look for in a successful employee, and help high understanding fo and applications in a clear and concise manner. This schools improve their graduation rates." is a one-stop book for teachers who have high- Georgia's Work Ready program is based on a skills assessment and certification for ability or gifted students in a classroom and need job seekers and a job profiling system for businesses. By identifying both the needs of job bus to understand how these students’ brains work and businesses and the available skills of Georgia's workforce, the state can more effectively businesses Georgia' how to plan effective instruction.” ri ensure that it is providing the right talent for the right jobs. Submitted By: Diane Shaw Each school will provide the Work Ready asse Each assessment to at least 50 percent of its senior class each year for three years and will incorporate the training tools in its curriculum to class incorpo ll i t t d t d ensure all interested students have access to it. pl Schools submitted applications for the grants and included plans on how they would implement the training. The school must ensure that 50 percent of the senior class has implement percen t access to the training and has a plan for using the training in their curriculum to give other grade levels access. Th The schools awarded the Work Ready training grants include: Th aw rde th W s awarded the Work g Appling County High School, Baldwin High School, Barrow County Schools, Woodland High School, Berrien County High School, Brantley County High School, Bryan County High School, Portal Middle High School, Southeast Bulloch High School, Statesboro High School, Burke County High School, Ringgold High School, Woodville Tompkins Tech & Career Institute, Chattahoochee County High School, Cherokee High School, Cedar Shoals High School, Clarke Central High School, Soar Academy High School, Colquitt County High School, Monroe High School, Westover Pictured Left to Right: Janet Hudson-Quality/Safety Coordinator at Phoebe High School, Sough Georgia Regional Achievement School, Dougherty High School, Albany Worth, Suzanne Moree-Orthapedic Impairment Teacher at Worth County Schools, High School, Early County High School, South Effingham High School, Effingham County High Jim McMickin-Superintendent for Worth County Schools, Suzanne Lasseter-Nurse School, Langston Hughes High School, Independence High School, Gilmer County High School, at Worth County High School, Kim Gilman-Director of Nursing & EMS at Cairo High School, Lanier Charter Career Academy, Gainesville High School, Jackson County Phoebe Worth, and Stacey Bell-Principal of Worth County High School Comprehensive High School, Commerce High School, Jeff Davis High School, Jones County High Phoebe Worth donated 150 Medical Kits to Worth School, Liberty High School, Bradwell Institute, Valdosta High School, Lumpkin County High County High School and Worth County Middle School, Eastside High School, Newton High School, Oconee County High School. The medical kits will be given to each School, Pike County High School, Putnam County High School, Randolph High School, Rockdale Career Academy, Americus-Sumter High School, teacher at the schools. We would like to say Tift County High School, Treutlen High School, Turner County High Thank You for their generous donation. This will School, Ridgeland High School, Ware County High School, Whitfield help keep children in the classroom and limit the County Career Academy, Worth County High School. For more information amount of instructional time missed for minor To learn more about the Georgia Work Ready certification process and view test schedules in cuts and scrapes. your area, visit www.gaworkready.org WOODMEN OF THE WORLD PRESENT DONATION TO WCMS Members of Woodmen of the World Lodge 172 Field Representatives Virginia Evans and Matt Barnes, President Margaret Giddens, Greeter Beckie Nelms, Secretary Kay Baker and Trustee Jimmy Baker presented a donation to Worth CountyMiddle School Principal Paul Zimmer and student Ambassadors Kyle Evans and Joann Padgett and their advisor Monabeth Parkman last Friday afternoon. Proceeds from this donation will benefit the service the ambassador’s school store for supplies to students. Worth County Your input is greatly appreciated. If there are items you would like to see in future editions, please contact Heather Faircloth at 229-776-8600 Schools or by e-mail at email@example.com Visit the Worth County School System web site www.worth.k12.ga.us. The Worth County Board of Education does not discriminate in any educational programs or activities or in employment policies.