District News

School on Two Hour Delay - Monday, December 10
Abbeville County Bus Accident Occurs South of Ware Shoals
No School Thursday
Meet the Author:  Rick Bragg All Over But the Shoutin'
Incoming Calls: Service is Temporarily Disrupted
Registration Extended for Ware Shoals High School
Registration for 2018-19 Is Today - July 31, 2018
Restroom Renovation Project
Destination...Graduation...May 24th! Class of 2018

Class of 2018 to cross the finish line at WSH!

Graduation ceremony will be in the WSHS auditorium at 7PM. Admission is by ticket only.

Candidate Forum Is Today!

School Board and Town Council Candidates will be on hand to speak and answer questions.

School Board Election May 8th

Polling Places in Abbeville, Laurens, and Greenwood Counties

AdvancED Accreditation Visit

Welcome, AdvancED team members!

You're Invited to TailCATE with us! TailCATE Flyer
Campus and Community Cleanup - Cancelled

Rainy Weather Forecasted for Saturday, April 7

Spring Sports

Come out and support our athletes this spring! Here are the events for the next 2 weeks. (A full schedule is available on the high school web page.)

SafeSchools Alert - Report Safety Concerns
Manufacturing Training Program Launching in 2018-19! Greenwood Edge
Operation Prevention - Opioid Crisis

"Chasing the Dragon" Documentary: Friday, February 16th 

Valentine's Day - No deliveries to schools
Update on District Phone Outage: Phones Are Now Working
Regular Schedule for Friday, January 19th
No School Thursday, January 18
No School Wednesday, January 17
Winter Weather Advisory in Effect
Regular Schedule for Monday, January 8th
Winter Weather Forecast for Monday, January 8
Update: Weather conditions January 4-5



GWD51 Offers Morning Bus Transportation for Student Walkers Jan 3rd - Jan 5th
Operation Prevention - Opioid Crisis Operation Prevention - Opioid Crisis
Veteran's Day Program

Click the article to watch a live stream of the WSHS Veteran's Day Progam!

DHEC Parent Consent Form for Flu Vaccine

DHEC will be coming to our schools to adminster flu vaccines to students whose parents give consent for vaccination.  

District Issues RFP for Architectural and Engineering Services

Our district recently applied for and received funding for school renovations, made possible by our state legislature via the Abbeville Capital Improvement Funds. Our application was approved by the State Board of Education in August, and we are now seeking proposals from firms interested in completing the specified renovations - bathroom facility renovations at all schools and window replacement at the primary school. We are grateful recipients of these funds, and we look forward to continuing to improve the learning environment at our schools!

ACT and SAT - Free for the Taking!

You may already know that some students are eligible to take the ACT or SAT for free through fee waivers.  But did you know that third year high school students have the opportunity to take ACT or SAT for free during a school day through funding provided by our state? This is an incredible opportunity to empower students as they prepare for the "day after" graduation.

                                                            Location:  Ware Shoals High

                                                               February 27, 2018: ACT

                                                                  March 7, 2018:  SAT

Students, with input from their parents, can choose one assessment. For students on an Individualized Education Plan (IEP), teams will meet to determine a student’s eligibility. Parents may elect for their children not to participate. Selection forms have been sent home with students and additional copies are available in the high school office. 

Need more information? Call Ware Shoals High School at 864-456-7923.  


Hurricane Irma - School Opening / Closing Decision Delayed

We will continue to monitor weather conditions during the weekend to determine if our school schedule needs to be altered for Monday and/or Tuesday. 
In his press conference today, Governor McMaster announced his decision to allow each district to make the call about opening or closing based on local weather conditions.
If there is any change in our operations, you will be notified by Sunday at 6PM through the usual channels of communication - phone, Facebook, district website, and TV.
We are keeping all in the path of the storm in our thoughts!

Hurricane Irma

Hurricane Irma continues to be closely monitored by the National Hurricane Center and the South Carolina Emergency Management Division. Governor McMaster has declared a state of emergency and has urged all citizens to begin to prepare for the storm. 

Governor McMaster stated in his press conference today (9/7/17) that his orders for schools will be announced tomorrow. He said he is likely to announce that some or all schools and state government offices will be closed Monday and Tuesday to allow for less traffic on state roads. Roads will be crowded with people evacuating inland from the SC coast and from neighboring states. Also, many schools are designated as Red Cross shelters and may need to be used.

High winds may cause power outages or could prevent us from running school buses. Buses may not be driven if winds are greater than 30 miles per hour. Heavy rains could cause isolated flooding, making travel dangerous. 

In the event of school closings, you will be notified via our phone messenger system. Please be sure we have correct contact information for you. Information will also be shared on this page, our district website, and local TV and radio stations.

More information about how Hurricane Irma might affect South Carolina may be found at http://scemd.org/.



WSSD51 and Greenwood Y Partner to Provide After School / Summer Care for Students

Y Achievers

Students Return Thursday, August 17th Ware Shoals School District

We welcome students back to school this Thursday, August 17th. Here is some information from each school about arrival time. Remember, attending school each day and on time is very important

High School: 

Breakfast is served from 7:30 – 7:50 . From 7:15 until 7:30, students must enter the school through the front door and go to breakfast or to the gym. After 7:30, they may enter the back gate and go to breakfast or the gym. The first bell rings at 7:52. On the first day, all students are to report to the gym when the first bell rings.


The instructional day begins at 8:00 a.m. and ends at 3:00 p.m.  Students should be in their seats and ready for instruction to begin at 8:00 a.m. We value the instruction our students receive on a daily basis, as it is the most important area of school life.  


Doors open at 7:15, and free breakfast for all is served between 7:15 and 7:50. Students must arrive by 7:40 in order to eat, and car riders should arrive no later than 7:50 in order to avoid being tardy at 8:00. It takes time for students to make their way into school and walk to their classrooms.

School Registration Information

Registration for the 2017-18 school year will take place August 2, 2017 from 11AM until 7PM. This year we are doing online registration at school, with assistance of school personnel if needed.

Fees:    $5.00 for an agenda - all schools

             $25.00 technology fee at WSE/M and WSHS (students receive a laptop for use at home & school)

Parents of 4 year old students are required to attend an orientation session, which will take place at 1PM on registration day.

Parents of students new to our district should bring their child's birth certificate, social security card, and immunization records.

If you have any questions, please call the school.

We will see you in 2 weeks!

District Goes 1:1!

Our school district is committed to LEARNING, SERVING, and LEADING. We believe in providing our students every opportunity possible to be successful and to be prepared for the DAY AFTER graduation!
We have been gradually moving to implement the 1:1 digital conversion. This coming year, we will meet our goal of issuing devices to each student! 
In order to help defray maintenance costs, a technology fee of $25 will be required for all students at the Elementary / Middle School (5th-8th) and the High School (9th-12th).The fee will be collected on August 2nd, which is registration day. We wanted to let parents know now in order to be be prepared. Some may wish to set aside $5 per week from now until then to cover the fee.
No technology fee will be charged students at the primary school. Each child will receive a computer to use at school, but will not take it home.
We are excited about being able to provide this valuable resource for our students!
As Dr. Mark Edwards, former superintendent of Mooresville Graded Schools in Mooresville, NC, said, "Digital conversion is today's great equalizer because it includes every student, enables individualized learning, and makes extended learning outside school hours possible for all students, not just those fortunate enough to have a computer at home."

Graduation in WSHS Auditorium at 7PM Thursday, May 25

Graduation will be held in the WSHS auditorium tomorrow at 7PM. We have had so much rain that the field will not be dry enough in time for the ceremony. 

Each graduate has 8 tickets for family members and friends. 
We have an elevator for ticketed guests who require assistance. Enter on the side of the high school beside the library. Students from Squad 51 will be on hand to assist. 
No guests are allowed in the cafeteria before or after the ceremony, as we will be assembling the graduates prior to and handing out the graduation packets afterward.
The library will be set up for those who wish to watch the ceremony being live-streamed. 
The ceremony is also being broadcast live via the link that was posted on Facebook Tuesday, May 23.
Thanks for your patience and understanding.
Congratulations, Class of 2017!

LINK TO WATCH LIVE: https://livestream.com/wssd51/2017grad


District Seeks Principal for Ware Shoals Primary School

A letter of interest and a current resume should be sent to:

Dr. Fay Sprouse, Superintendent


Applications will be accesssed via CERRA. Closing date/time for accepting application materials is June 7th at noon. We reserve the right to extend the deadline, if needed.

See our Employment link for additonal information.

Ware Shoals District 51 is committed to equal opportunity. The policy of the district is not to discriminate on the basis of race, sex, national origin, religion, age, handicap or disability.

VOTE today!

The School Board election is today, May 9th.  Please vote if you’re a resident of our district and remind your family and friends to do so as well. 


Registered voters who live in Laurens, Abbeville, or Greenwood County within our district’s attendance zone may vote.  Residency within the town limits of Ware Shoals is not required. 


School board elections are so very important!  Members formulate policy and make tough decisions on complex educational and social issues that impact our community. Their decisions and actions affect the present and future lives of our community’s children.



Invitation for Bids - Riegel Stadium ADA Project

An "Invitation for Bids" for four separate projects at Riegel Stadium has been posted under "Forms and Links."

2017-18 Calendar
See Something, Say Something!

On Friday and Monday, our town and our district were faced with threats that were posted to social media. Due to the fast action of citizens who informed law enforcement and the decisive action of our local police department, the subjects responsible have been arrested. Subjects remain incarcerated at this time. If any make bail, we will be notified. Additional updates will be posted to this site and to our Facebook page as needed.

The action we want to reinforce is “See Something, Say Something.” Here’s a message from the US Dept. of Homeland Security:

Across the nation, we're all part of communities. In cities, on farms, and in the suburbs, we share everyday moments with our neighbors, colleagues, family, and friends. It's easy to take for granted the routine moments in our every day—going to work or school, the grocery store or the gas station. But your every day is different than your neighbor’s—filled with the moments that make it uniquely yours. So if you see something you know shouldn't be there—or someone's behavior that doesn't seem quite right—say something. Because only you know what’s supposed to be in your everyday. Informed, alert communities play a critical role in keeping our nation safe. "If You See Something, Say Something™" engages the public in protecting our homeland through awareness–building, partnerships, and other outreach.


Thanks for your support of our district and our students!

Dr. Fay Sprouse, Superintendent

Greenwood Promise - Registration Begins February 1st!

Online Registration for current high school seniors will begin this Wednesday, February 1st

Go to http://www.greenwoodpromise.com and click the Promise Portal Login link in the top right hand corner.   

Our district will host "Greenwood Promise Night" on February 16th at 6PM. The informational meeting will be held at the Ware Shoals Community Library.

This meeting is for all parents and students who reside in our school district. We hope to see you there!


We Appreciate our School Board!

January is School Board Recognition Month. Please join us in thanking Shanon Calvert, Bruce Holland, Scott Horne, Debbie Lake, and Joey Ward for their service to our children and to our community. 
The board meets Monday, January 23 at 6PM in the WS Community Library conference room. All meetings are public and you are welcome to attend.
Stand Up 4 WSSD51!

School Board

Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Observed

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”

                         Martin Luther King, Jr. 

Snow and Ice for Our Area Possible this Weekend

The weather forecast suggests that we may have some slippery weather this weekend, possibly into Monday. So, now is a good time to remind you of our procedures for announcing school closings or delays.

You will receive a call/text/email from our district message system - if you have supplied us with correct contact information. It is very important for you to notify us if your phone number or address changes during the school year.

Information will also be shared on the district website at www.gwd51.org, on Facebook -www.facebook.com/wareshoals51, and local TV stations.  Please DO NOT call the school or district.

The decision to cancel school or to operate on a 1 or 2 hour delay is usually made by 6AM.

Ware Shoals school closings or delays may be shown or announced as Ware Shoals School District 51, Greenwood School District 51, or ALL Greenwood County Schools.

Please be safe!

Homecoming 2016 Highlight: Band Reunion

We were so happy to have alumni band members join current band members on the field during Homecoming 2016. We look forward to a repeat performance next year!

Dropout Data for 2015-16
Varsity to Play Thursday at 7PM at McCormick

The varsity football game at McCormick has been rescheduled for THURSDAY at 7PM.

The C-Team will play here tomorrow evening at 6PM as scheduled.

Hornets Play at Home this Evening
2016 Graduation to be Live Streamed

You can view the live stream of the 2016 WSHS Graduation by clicking the link below:



Class of 2016 Senior Walk

The class of 2016 walked the halls of their previous schools last Friday as a reminder of where it all started and as encouragement to the students who will soon be in their shoes. Click the article to view the video.

School Board Election Is Today

The School Board election is today, May 10th.  Please vote if you’re a resident of our district and remind your family and friends to do so as well. 


Registered voters who live in Laurens, Abbeville, or Greenwood County within our district’s attendance zone may vote.  Residency within the town limits of Ware Shoals is not required. 


School board elections are so very important!  Members formulate policy and make tough decisions on complex educational and social issues that impact our community. Their decisions and actions affect the present and future lives of our community’s children.



10- Pt Grading Scale Approved by State Board of Education

Columbia, SC – State Superintendent of Education Molly M. Spearman announced that the State Board of Education has unanimously approved the recommendation to adopt a 10-point grading scale beginning in the 2016-17 school year for all high school courses. 

Spring Break

Ware Shoals School District is on spring break March 28-April 3.

Have a safe and enjoyable time with family and friends!

We are WSSD 51!

4K and 5K Registration

Registration will be held on February 20-24, 2017.  See article for more information.

Early Dismissal Today

Weather maps show the freezing rain edging closer to our district. In the interest of safety, we will dismiss at 12:30 today. Parents will receive a call by our parent notification system.
Students are eating lunch at this time.

Board Approves 2016-17 Calendar

The Ware Shoals School Board of Trustees approved the school calendar for 2016-17. Click below to view:

2016-17 Calendar

Basketball Camp

The Ware Shoals Athletic Association is sponsoring a Basketball Camp for students in grade 1 - 6 at the Larry Traynham Center Sat. Jan. 16. Times are 9 am - 10:30 for grades 1 - 3 and 11 - 12:30 for grades 4-6. Registration is $20 which includes a camp t-shirt. Deadline for registration to receive t-shirt at camp is Monday Jan 11, but walk ups will be accepted. Registration Forms are available at Ware Shoals Primary, Ware Shoals Middle School or Larry Traynham Center. Contact Josh Hallman at 803-236-7227 or Tommy Wooten at 864-684-7726 for questions.

HS Spanish Teacher Wins Golden Apple Award

Romy Diaz, Spanish teacher at Ware Shoals High School, was awarded the Golden Apple Award from WYFF News Channel 4. To see the news clip, click the link below:

WYFF Golden Apple Award Winner Romy Diaz

Schools to Dismiss Early Thursday, December 17th

All schools will dismiss early Thursday, December 17th at the following times:

WS Primary                    11:35 AM
WS Middle/Elementary     12:00 noon
Ware Shoals High            12:00 noon

Students will return to class Monday, January 4th.

Livestream Links for WSPS Christmas Program

K5 Christmas Program



1st Grade Christmas Program



2nd Grade Christmas Program

3rd Grade Christmas Program


Veterans Day Ceremony Veteran's Day

A Veterans Day Ceremony honoring all veterans will be held in the auditorium of Ware Shoals High School Wednesday, November 11th at 11:00. We hope you will join us for this special event.

Learning Leaders Award Program

The Learning Academy's Learning Leaders Award Program was created by its Director, Dr. Tim Murph, to celebrate student achievement by encouraging a culture of learning that values academic success, as well as elevates awareness of student contributions to the Ware Shoals community.

Make Up Day Scheduled

Tomorrow, October 6th, we will be on regular schedule. According to the Emergency Operations director, no problems currently exist with our roads and bridges. October 30th will be our make-up day, with early release at 12 noon.

WSMS Supply Lists

Please click the link below to see the supplies list for the 2015-16 School Year!

Supplies List

O'Dell Corporation Provides School Supplies

Ware Shoals School District announced today that The O’Dell Corporation will provide all ‘back to school’ supplies for Ware Shoals Primary students in grades 5K – 4th for the upcoming school year. 

WSHS earns national distinction

WSHS earns distinction by being deemed one of the “2015 Best High Schools” by US News and World Report. 


Paula Taylor Named Interim Principal of WSPS

Last night the Board of Trustees named Mrs. Paula Taylor interim principal of Ware Shoals Primary, beginning July 1. She succeeds Dr. Daniel Crockett who was recently named Director of College and Career Readiness for the district.

Baseball defeats 3-time State Champ St. Joes

The Ware Shoals High Varsity baseball team defeated St. Joseph's Thursday night 4-3.

Teacher of the Year

Mrs. Amanda Dunlap

2014-15 Teacher of the Year 

Congratulations to Mrs. Amanda Dunlap for being selected as the 2014-15 Teacher of the Year for our district!  Mrs. Dunlap teaches 5K at Ware Shoals Primary School.  

Mrs. Dunlap says, "The students that walk into my room feel loved, cared for, and safe. In my classroom, differences are valued and we all learn from each other.  I teach my students about life, how to treat others, how to persevere even when the odds are against us, and yes, I teach them our 
current standards, too.  We each have a special purpose on this Earth, and I want all of my students to know they can make this world a better place."

We are honored that Mrs. Dunlap has chosen to LEARN, SERVE, and LEAD in our district!

District Test Results

To view the district's state and national assessment results and current or past state report cards, go to http://ed.sc.gov and click on "Research Portal."

Greenwood Promise Scholarship Program Launches!

Happy First Day of School!



Business and Industry Showcase Coming Soon!


Freshmen and Sophomores Will Attend


2nd Annual Catfish Feastival 5k Run/Walk

The 2nd Annual Catfish Feastival 5k Run/Walk will be on Saturday May 28th, starting at 8:00am. 

Click article to learn more!

Football and Volleyball Schedules

Click the link above to access the schedules

Ware Shoals
School District 51
56 S. Greenwood Ave   |   Ware Shoals, SC 29692
Phone: 864-456-7496   |  Fax: 864-626-4565

Ware Shoals School District is committed to the principle of equal opportunity. It is the policy of the District not to discriminate on the basis of race, sex, color, national origin, religion, age, disability, or any other classification protected by applicable federal, state, or local laws.