We are busy preparing for the reopening of school. You’ve had to consider whether your child will return to school on a hybrid schedule or participate in virtual learning. The hybrid model is an A day / B day schedule. If the COVID statistics are favorable for a safe return, students will have face-to-face instruction 2 or 3 days a week. If not, students will eLearn under the direction of their teachers. Our goal is to get students back to school 5 days a week as soon as possible, and we hope the virus will subside soon so we can do that. If you want your child in the Distance Learning Academy, the all-virtual option, the deadline to enroll is today. If you need additional information, please check our district website, and give us a call if you have any questions. Cleaning equipment and supplies are arriving weekly, and we’re rearranging classrooms for social distancing. All staff will receive training on our new district cleaning protocols. Our School Board meets today to approve final reopening details including a new start date, We will share the details Friday. We will release more updates in the coming days. Please understand that all plans are subject to change as we ensure the safety of our students. Thanks for your patience, your support, and for choosing our district. We will achieve our goal….DESTINATION GRADUATION…for the class of 2021 and all those to follow!
VACANCIES: We are in need of Special Education (SPED) instructional assistants at Ware Shoals Primary. SPED programs are structured to meet the unique needs of students. Experience in Applied Behavior Analysis is preferred. An application and interview is required. Please contact Jason Morrison, Principal, if interested. 864-456-7496, Extension 4300.
Yesterday, the school board approved a flexible Hybrid Model for reopening school. This model will allow the district to make adjustments to instructional delivery based upon current health conditions. Within the hybrid model are 2 options: A/B Schedule: Students will be placed in cohorts and will receive some face to face instruction and some virtual assignments each week. This allows our district to more effectively implement social distancing and new safety protocols. eLearning: If the risk is too high for students to receive face to face instruction, learning will take place virtually until conditions improve. Parents have the option of enrolling child(ren) in a 100% virtual program for the semester or for the year. We will provide information and an application this week. The board will hold another meeting soon to decide the start date, which will be delayed from August 17th. Alternate start dates to be considered are August 24, 31 or September 8. Five LEAP days for students in 4K-8th grade will be scheduled prior to the start date. Students will report to school in small groups for orientation and assessments. The dates for LEAP will be announced after the start date is determined.
VOTE TOMORROW...Tuesday, July 14th...in the Board of Trustees election. Two seats must be filled. The candidates are: Genie McDill, Cody Quinn, Joey Ward, and Andy Wood. All registered voters who live in WSSD51, whether in Abbeville, Laurens, or Greenwood Counties may vote for school board! You don't have to live in the Town of Ware Shoals. Please remind your friends and family members. Show your support of education in our district by voting to elect our leaders!
VOTE in the election to select two school board members for WSSD51 school board. Two of four candidates will be chosen for three-year terms. All registered voters of WSS51 in all three counties we serve need to come out in support of our students and our district. Precautionary measures will be in place for your protection from COVID-19! Pictured is the list of precincts for this election.
Please remember to vote next Tuesday, July 14th! Four candidates are vying for two seats on the Board of Trustees. Genie McDill, Cody Quinn, Joey Ward, and Andy Wood are the candidates. All registered voters who live in WSSD51, whether in Abbeville, Laurens, or Greenwood Counties may vote for school board! You don't have to live in the Town of Ware Shoals. We will post the voting locations soon. Please help us spread the word. We need a good turnout next Tuesday. Show our students you care enough about them to get out and vote!!!
A free three-day golf clinic for ages 9-18 will be offered the weeks of July 20 and 27 at the Ware Shoals Golf Course. The first session of the Phil Balentine Youth Golf Clinic, sponsored by the Ware Shoals Community Foundation, is scheduled for 5-7:30 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday of the first week, then repeat for other registrants during the same hours the second week. Several local college and high school golfers will be leading the instruction, which will be offered in a fun atmosphere to make the clinic enjoyable for all. Tentative plans call for a par three tournament to be held at the end of each week. Call 456-2623 to pre-register your youth.
DHEC data shows Greenwood and Laurens Counties at a HIGH level of COVID-19. For our students” and staff safety, we are postponing summer school for K-3 and athletics conditioning until further notice. We will continue to monitor the data and to keep you informed. Please help stop the spread by taking all recommended precautions! Here is a link to view each county’s data. https://www.scdhec.gov/sites/default/files/media/document/COVID-19-Dz-Activity-Assessment-by-County-for-Dept-of-Ed_6.22.20.pdf
VACANCY: We are in need of a Part-Time Food Service Operator at Ware Shoals Primary (20 hours per week). Job duties include food prep and service, maintaining cleanliness of kitchen and cafeteria, and other related duties. Anyone interested should contact Elaine Edens at 864-861-3453 or Jason Morrison at 864-861-2261. Applications should be submitted by Tuesday, July 7th.
Ware Shoals Elementary/Middle seeks a School Nurse who, under the supervision of the Principal and District Nurse, promotes the health and well-being of all students by providing services such as assessments, first aid, counseling and emergency care. Apply online or in person. If you have questions, contact Principal Nancy Brown, firstname.lastname@example.org or 864-456-7496.
VACANCY: Ware Shoals High School - English. Apply on CERRA, and notify Principal Paul Anderson at email@example.com if you would like to join our team!
Re: Laptop/book return and locker clean out. T-W-Th 8-12 by last name (see website). Students only! NO VISITORS. Enter through glass door at library IF necessary to access the building. Exit through end door nearest Darby Building. No entry or exit through front door.
Today, Gov. McMaster announced that schools will not reopen this year. We understand the need to safeguard the health of our students and families. We will continue instruction through eLearning and learning packets. Let's work hard so we won't be behind when school resumes!
Today the O'Dell Corporation donated masks they made for our staff and volunteers - purple and gold ones to show our school pride! Join us in thanking them for supporting our school district and our community. (Shown, L to R: Eric Cox, WSSD Safety Coordinator, Mark Lowe, O'Dell Corporation, Dr. Fay Sprouse, WSSD Superintendent)
Everyone can look forward to a break from eLearning and Learning Packets next week. SPRING BREAK is almost here! Learning packets for students in K-3rd grades should be picked up at WSPS the Monday after spring break - (April 13th) from 8-12. Those who have been working on learning packets may drop off completed work at that time as well. Meal deliveries and pick-up will continue during spring break - Monday through Wednesday. On Wednesday, three days of food will be distributed. If you have any questions, call the district or the school at 864-456-7496, tech support at 864-456-7500, or email us. Stay healthy and safe!
Census data ensures our schools receive their fair share of resources. Ensuring every resident in South Carolina is counted during the 2020 census will help our schools for the next 10 years. Please go to www.my2020census.gov and complete your census today. Share this post and tag three friends challenging them to complete their census! #CountMeInSC #SCCounts2020
Today Gov. McMaster announced that SC schools will be closed through April 30. Our state superintendent will be providing guidance on student work soon, relaxing course and time requirements. We want students to continue learning but not be overwhelmed. More info coming soon!
The Early Release Day, scheduled for March 25, has been moved to next Wednesday, March 18 to allow time for teachers to do emergency lesson plans. The State Dept. is requiring 2 weeks of plans in case DHEC orders schools closed due to the Coronavirus. We want to be prepared!
#CountMeinSC The U.S. Census, which is conducted every 10 years, directly impacts federal funding every year for schools and communities in South Carolina. This funding impacts special education, teacher training, technology, school lunch assistance, Head Start and after-school programs. According to the Count All Kids Campaign, more than two million young children nationally were missed in the 2010 census. If we undercount children in the 2020 census, South Carolina could miss out on funding for the programs our students depend on. By April 1, 2020, every home will receive an invitation to participate in the 2020 Census. You will have three options for responding: Online. By phone. By mail. For more information, visit https://www.uwasc.org/census-2020-0 .
Ware Shoals School District will be on a 2 hour delay tomorrow (Friday, February 21) due to a forecast of possible black ice on the roadways. Temperatures are predicted to drop below freezing around 4am and continue to hover at or below freezing for several hours. We will further assess weather conditions in the morning. If we need to delay further or cancel school we will be back in touch around 7am. Safety is our number one priority!
Individual Graduation Plan Meetings: Parents, please schedule your child’s Individual Graduation Plan (IGP) appointment with the School Counselor at: https://calendly.com/campbell-igp/spring2020
Noon Dismissal for Students Wednesday, February 5th: On Wednesday, students will be released at 12 to provide time for professional development for our staff. It's time for us to "go to school" to LEARN more about how to better SERVE our students. LEARNING, SERVING, LEADING the way to DESTINATION...GRADUATION!
Power Outage: WSSD 51 experienced a power outage today at 2:45 pm. Power will be restored by 6:45 pm tonight. The WSMS basketball game scheduled for 5:00 pm tonight has been cancelled. School will start on a regular schedule tomorrow morning, December 19th. Thank you!
FCA starts back today! We will meet at 7:30 in room 207 of the Darby building. There will be food, Faith and fun!
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As a National Life Group "LifeChanger of the Year" top five finalist, Rev. Davis received a cash prize and the district received a cash prize. The district's prize money was used to purchase two mellophones and two baritones for the band program. Thank you, Rev. Davis, for your support of all of our students!