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Decatur County Canceled, Wednesday January 17th

Out of an abundance of caution for the safety of our students, all schools in Decatur County will be canceled tomorrow, Wednesday January 17th, for students and staff due to the possibility for icy and unsafe road conditions during the morning hours. We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause but the weather conditions tomorrow are too questionable at this time to jeopardize the safety of our students or our staff. 

We will be back to our normal schedule Thursday January 18th. 



Schools Closed November 17th

School Closed

All schools will be closed on November 17th.

Thanksgiving Break is November 20 - 24.

JWE Veteran's Day Program

                     JWE honored our Veterans 


First Graders made cards to honor our veterans.

First Grade made cards for our veterans.


Vitnem Vet

Mr. Ronald Carruthers (father of Coach Blake Carruters and grandfather of Kinsey Carruthers) spoke to Mrs. Deen's 4th grade class after the program about his service in Vietnam.


Us Army Soldier Pearson attended our Veteran's program with his family. 



Jakeelah Cosby's Granfather, Joseph Cosby (retired Army Soldier) was honored today at our program.  He is pictured with Jakeelah (JWE 4th grader), his daughter Anquinette Cosby along with her finace Timothy Thomas. 


Bailee and Jacee Brock's granndfather Timothy Griffin was honored as a Navy Veteran today at the Veteran's Day program.  

Learning About Native Americans

Bainbridge Artifact Collector, Mr. Kevin Dowdy, spoke to second graders at Jones-Wheat Elementary on Thursday. The students were eager and excited to learn about past Native American cultures, tools, clothing, etc. Mr. Dowdy even taught the teachers a few interesting historical facts! Thank you for supporting our students and their education in history. 


Mr. Kevin Dowdy

Show Your JWE Spirit!!

JWE T-Shirt Order Form

JWE Spirit


Click on the link above to print the T-shirt Order Form.

Decatur County Schools Closed Monday 11th & Tuesday 12th

Parents and Community Members,

The uncertainty of the future track of Hurricane Irma and its potential impact on our area has led us to cancel school for all Decatur County Schools on Monday, September 11th and Tuesday, September 12th. We are hopeful that our area sees very little impact but the uncertainty remains too high to take any chances with the safety of our students and staff. Schools will reopen on Wednesday, September 13th unless developments change at which time we will update you all.  Thank you and be safe.



Tim Cochran

Superintendent Decatur County Schools 

GKIDS Readiness Check
Title 1 Parent & Family Engagement Plan



Invitation to Participate

Decatur County Schools annually reviews and revises our Title I Parent and Family Engagement Plan and our CLIP (Consolidated LEA Implementation Plan). The annual review process is discussed at our annual Title I Stakeholder Meeting. Opportunities to attend these meetings will be held on Wednesday, July 19, 2017 at noon and 5:30 pm. at the Decatur County Student Support Center (507 Martin Street in West Bainbridge). All parents and stakeholders are encouraged to attend this informational meeting.

Stakeholders are also invited to visit the Decatur County Parent Resource Center on July 19th between the hours of noon and 5:30 pm to participate in the annual review process. The District CLIP, District Parent and Family Engagement Plan, and Individual Schoolwide and Parent and Family Engagement Plans will be available for review. Parents and stakeholders are encouraged to view these plans and offer feedback and suggestions.

For more information, please contact:

 Kathy Varner at 229-248-2836 or by email at 


2017-2018 Back to School Information

Click here for all Registration Dates and Times

Bearcat Basics - all rising 9th graders are encouraged to sign up for a Bearcat Basic summer orientation. Visit the BHS website for available times and additional information.

Open House for All Schools
Thursday, August 3rd from 5:00-7:00 pm
We invite you to visit the school in which student is enrolled for the 17-18 school year to meet their teacher, visit the classroom, and to receive important school information.
Student schedule/homerooms will be posted at this time.

First Day of School - Friday, August 4, 2017

2017-2018 Back To School Supply Lists

Please visit individual school websites for additional information and parent resources.

Summer School Bus Routes

Click the link below to see the bus routes for Summer School! 


Summer School Bus Routes

Teacher of the Year

Congratulations Mrs. McNelson on being our Teacher of the Year! We appreciate all you do for Jones-Wheat Elementary! We are so proud of you!



Summer Reading
School Choice Week April 24th - 28th

The Decatur County Board of Education requires that all students attend the school in the zone in which they reside unless they are in a specialized program that contains students across school zones.  Any exceptions to this policy must be made through the “School Choice Plan.”

Autumn Wiggins -SWGA RESA Young GA Authors 2nd grade winner!

JWE would like to congratulate Autumn Wiggins 

SWGA RESA Young GA Authors 2nd grade winner! 

Autumn Wiggins

Mrs. Theresa Newsome, JWE Parent Volunteer of the Year

Congratulations to Mrs. Theresa Newsome for being chosen as the JWE Parent Volunteer of the Year

Parent Volunteer of the Year


PB&J and Milk Day

National Peanut Day Celebrated At Jones-Wheat Elementary


          March 15, 2017, declared as National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day, was celebrated by the students at Jones-Wheat Elementary School.  Georgia Department of Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black encouraged all schools in the state to educate their students on the importance of one of Georgia’s top commodities- peanuts.  Local Farmer Kevin Rentz along with Eric Floyd, a Rentz Family Farms employee and JWE parent, visited the school to share information about the peanut with the students.  Students watched a video on peanut production and harvesting as well as a video on the making of peanut butter. Mr. Rentz then answered questions asked by the students.  After the program, the students went outside to view a peanut picker and a peanut wagon belonging to the Rentz Family Farms.                

          As a part of the day’s celebration, the Kevin Rentz Family presented the Jones-Wheat Elementary library with copies of three books in memory of the late Mitchell May, former Decatur County Extension Agent who, before losing his battle with cancer, was a very vital part of the agriculture community in Decatur County. Mr. May’s sister-in-law, Mrs. Karen May accepted the books for the library on behalf of the May family.  The Georgia Peanut Commission presented the book “PB and J Hooray” to the school.  Mr. Martin Bius, Decatur County Young Farmers Teacher and Decatur County School Nutrition Director Mrs. Debbie Purcell also participated in the program.


PB&J Day

Get Georgia Reading (2017 Summer Reading Opportunity)

Exciting news, everyone!

Underway now, Get Georgia Reading Campaign partner myON is delivering thousands of free books to computer and mobile devices that you can access 24 hours a day—every day—through Aug. 31.

Last summer, kids throughout the state read 248,901 books and spent 55,831 hours reading. This year, we are challenging Georgia to top last year’s numbers by reading more than 250,000 books and spending over 60,000 hours reading.

Please help spread the word — including simple instructions for logging on — by sharing this news story with your networks: http://getgeorgiareading.org/2017/05/03/summer-for-georgia-readers-begins-today/


Summer Reading Tips for Parents

Georgia Parent Survey

Georgia Parent Survey

The Georgia Parent Survey is also modeled after the student survey and contains 24 questions. Parents may complete the survey using their personal computer, smartphone or tablet. For parents that do not have access to the Internet, school administrators should consider scheduling dates and times to allow parents to complete the Georgia Parent Survey at school. All parents should be encouraged to participate in the Georgia Parent Survey because the data will be used as part of the calculation of the School Climate Star Rating. Survey responses are anonymous and will be submitted directly to the Georgia Department of Education for analysis. The Georgia Parent Survey is also available in Spanish. Parents may select the Spanish version within the survey. Results from the Georgia Parent Survey will not be available to the public and will not be posted online. The Georgia Parent Survey link is posted below.


Technology Competition Participants

Tech Winners

Technology Competition Winners: Abram McLendon and Gambler Dollar, First Place Multi Media, Sydni Avery, Third Place Multi Media

Tech Comp. Participants

Technology Competiton Participants: Back Row: Xeronte Brown, Daylen Green, Emma Dollar, Anna Huynh, Autumn Oliver, Callie Jones, Kinsey Carruthers, Donovan Webb, Middle Row:  George Morris, Bailee Brock, Jacee Brock, Jermaine Jones, Riggs Rentz, Abram McLendon, Gambler Dollar, Front Row: Laekyn Enfinger, Madison Scott, Sydni Avery, Hannah Wilcher, and Ja'Kharia Howard

Pre-K Registration February 6th at all Elementary Schools
Collaborative Impact for Decatur County
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