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College & Career Academy Concept

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Invitation to Participate

Decatur County Schools annually conducts a Comprehensive Needs Assessment (CNA), reviews and revises our CLIP (Consolidated LEA Implementation Plan) and our Title I Parent and Family Engagement Plan.  The annual review process is discussed at our annual Title I Stakeholder Meetings. Opportunities to attend these meetings will be held on Monday, June 11, 2018, at the Decatur County Schools Support Center located at 507 Martin Street in West Bainbridge. There will be two repeated sessions:  11:00 am until 1:00 pm OR 6:00 pm until 8:00 pm.  All parents and stakeholders are encouraged to attend one of these informational meetings and offer feedback and suggestions.

For more information, please contact:

 Kathy Varner at 229-248-2836 or by email at kvarner@dcboe.com.

Summer iStation & iLearn! Stay Engaged this Summer
Slide Shows 2017-2018

End of the Year Slide Shows 2017-2018

4th Grade Graduation Awards

Congratulations to Brianna Edwards and 4th Grade Teacher Kerri Gardner for being the WBE Kiwanis Club's Outstanding Student and Outstanding Teacher. She also received the Woodman of the World award.

Kerri Gardner, Brianna Edwards. and Amy Eakin Debra Freeman and Brianna Edwards

Attendance Winner

Attendance reward winner: Paul Howard!

Thank you to James Robinson's Taekwondo for donating the bicycle.


Bike Winner Paul Howard

Summer School

West Bainbridge Elementary School

Where: Bainbridge Middle School

Date:  June 4th-June 29th     Time: 8:00 – 12:00

Your child can participate in a Summer Enrichment Program. The program will offer reading, math, and extracurricular activities. Breakfast and Lunch will be served to ALL students.

Transportation will be provided. For more information: Contact Mrs. Amy Barber at 229-248-2821. If you would like for your child to participate, please complete the form below and return by Tuesday, April 30th.

Child Name: ________________________________                     Grade: ________


_____ My child attended after-school program

_____ My child has not attended the after-school program

_____ I want my child to attend Summer Enrichment Program     

_____ My Child will need bus transportation.

                                Car Pick up_________      Walk __________

_____ I do NOT want my child to attend Summer Enrichment Program

Parent/Guardian’s Signature: ________________________________________________________

Field Day t-shirts

Field Day 2018
This year our Field Day will be on May 4th. (We have a back up, rainy day schedule for May 11th if needed.) Each grade level will be assigned a different color t-shirt. The shirt colors are listed below.

Pre-K: Safety Yellow
Kindergarten: Violet
First: Sky Blue/Teal
Second: Carolina Blue
Third: Safety Orange
Fourth: Neon Green

Shirts will be $10 for youth sizes through adult extra large and $12 for adult sizes 2XL and larger. All money orders will be due April 25th. NO EXTRA SHIRTS WILL BE ORDERED!!! Parents are welcome to order shirts as well! If you are unable to purchase a t-shirt please send your child to school in their assigned color shirt on Field Day.

Student Name: ______________________ 
Teacher: _______________________

Youth Small            Adult Small 
Youth Medium        Adult Medium 
Youth Large           Adult Large 
Youth X-Large       Adult x-Large

Adult 2XL              Adult 4 XL 
Adult 3XL              Adult 5 XL

Georgia Milestones Re-Test Information

Decatur County Schools is a Strategic Waiver System, which allows our system to waive specific state board rules. In our current strategic waiver, we chose to waive O.G.C.A 20-2-283 & 20-2-284. This waiver allows us as a system not to retest students for the 2017-2018 school year. The wavier also allows us to be able to use other vital information from your child’s entire school year and not only state assessment scores in the promotion and retention policy for the 2017-2018 school year.


Parents, on Thursday, March 8th from 6:30 to 7:00, Mr. Chip Davis will be at West Bainbridge Elementary to make a presentation regarding the upcoming Georgia Milestones Assessment. This assessment is administered to all third and fourth grade students.This informative meeting is open to all parents, and we especially encourage third and fourth grade parents to attend. The purpose of the meeting will be to inform stakeholders of what students can expect when they begin testing. We hope to see you here for this very important meeting.

Year Book Sales


WBE Yearbooks are on sale! Click on Read More for more information.

Blood Mobile

The Blood Mobile will be here TOMORROW, February 15th from 8:30 to 1:30. Please consider donating if you are able. Thanks to Ms. Strickland for organizing.

Candy Grams

Candy Grams are $2. They will be on sale through Feb. 12th. Theywill also be sold at the Valentine Dance. They will be delivered onFebruary 14th.
Valentine Dance Pictures are $5 for a 5 x 7. They must be paid forin advance. No orders or money will be taken at the dance.
Thanks for supporting the WBE Student Council.

Click here for an order form

District Spelling Bee Participants

WBE District Spelling Bee Participants

Spelling Bee Participants

(L to R):  Aubrey Dollar, Brianna Edwards, Elizabet Gomez

Rivers Meeting

We will be making a visit to Rivers Apartments on Thursday,February 8th at 12:30 for the purpose of meeting withstakeholders about the upcoming Georgia Milestones Assessmentand how parents can help their children at home to prepare. Thismeeting will be especially important for parents with students in3rd and 4th grades. We plan to provide a light lunch for those whoare in attendance. We look forward to seeing you there!



Dr. Seuss's Birthday

Save the Date! (Spanish Version Click here)

Grab Your Hat and Read with the Cat! Celebrate NEA's Read Across America Day

Those who are six, sixteen, sixty-four, and more have all kinds of great events in store for the National Education Association's annual observance of NEA's Read Across America. NEA is calling America's children, both young and old, to reward their learning by celebrating the joys of reading on Dr. Seuss's birthday. Readers of all ages are encouraged to celebrate.

Our reading party here at West Bainbridge Elementary will take place on March 2, 2018, from 8:30 to 10:30. Everyone is invited to read to a class, parents, grandparents, community members, one and all! Please click on Read More for more information. 

Click here for the t-shirt order form. 


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. 

No school tomorrow

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. 


Tim Cochran, Superintendent 

Decatur County Schools  

Pre-K Registration February 6th at all Elementary Schools
Christmas Program

To see the WBE Christmas Program, please click on Read More below. Enjoy!

From The Principal

As we approach the midpoint of our school year, I just wanted to send a message to let you know how much we enjoy working with your children here at West Bainbridge Elementary.  Your personal child is what motivates us to get out of bed in the morning and come to work each day.  We want to empower them to go out in the world and thrive.  It is a true blessing and gift to us to know that we can influence tomorrow with what we do today as we work with the children here at West Bainbridge Elementary.  I am thankful to have such a strong and gifted group of teachers and staff members here at West Bainbridge that are willing to go over and above to reach and teach the children in their classrooms.  I am also thankful for the support that we get from our families and from our community as it certainly takes a team working together to educate our children.  It is my sincerest desire that we all realize how blessed we are at this time of year and continue to work together as a team for our students here at West Bainbridge.  Best wishes to you and yours during this special season!


Please help us by completing the Georgia Parent Survey. We value your input.

The Georgia Parent Survey contains 24 questions. Parents maycomplete the survey using their personal computer, smartphone ortablet. For parents that do not have access to the Internet, schooladministrators should consider scheduling dates and times toallow parents to complete the Georgia Parent Survey at school. Allparents should be encouraged to participate in the Georgia ParentSurvey because the data will be used as part of the calculation ofthe School Climate Star Rating. Survey responses are anonymousand will be submitted directly to the Georgia Department ofEducation for analysis. The Georgia Parent Survey is also availablein Spanish. Parents may select the Spanish version within thesurvey. Results from the Georgia Parent Survey will not beavailable to the public and will not be posted online. The GeorgiaParent Survey link is posted below.

Georgia Parent Survey:


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Thank you to First State Bank for making a donation for our Christmas program!


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.


Collaborative Impact for Decatur County
Santa Pictures

WBE Student Council is sponsoring….
Pictures with Santa!!!

WHEN: Thursday, November 30th
DECORATIVE FRAME (Due by Thursday 8AM)


Click here for an order form


WBE Smoked Meat Sale

WBE Smoked Meat Sale!

Just in time for the holidays!!

Get your choice of: Smoked - Turkey breast ($25) or Boston Butt ($25)

Place your order at WBE from Nov. 27th - Dec. 15th 

Click here for an order form

Canned food drive

Congratulations everyone and thank you for supporting the Student Council Food Drive and Port City Bank. We collected 824.08 pounds all together. Mrs. Lyle's class was the winning class.  They brought in 127.4 pounds of food.

 SC  Lyle


Schools Closed November 17th

School Closed

All schools will be closed on November 17th.

Thanksgiving Break is November 20 - 24.

No School Friday 11-17-17


As you know, our Bearcats will be all over the place this week. The band will be traveling to Chicago.  Our football, basketball, and swim teams will all be traveling to the metro Atlanta area on Friday.  As a result, school will be cancelled. 

We hope that you all can get out and support some of our Bearcats as they represent Decatur County, and I hope you all have a very safe and happy Thanksgiving break. 

Family Engagement Month

November is Family Engagement Month in Georgia, and districts and schools across the state will be highlighting the important role parents play in their children’s education. In addition, November 16 is National Parent Involvement Day, a time for all schools and parents to reflect on the vital partnership needed for Georgia’s students and schools to be successful. I invite you to access the following opportunities to strengthen those partnerships with your students’ parents and families: (please click on Read More for the rest of the article)



Parent Letters


Several letters have gone home recently and I just wanted to give you a break down of forms and money that is needed to be turned in.

1. Fall Carnival: $5
2. Christmas Production Costume: $10
3. Money or pictures that you do not want. (I need these ASAP).
4. Dress up as a storybook character for $1 on Halloween, Tuesday, October 31, 2017 (nothing scary or gruesome).

Mr. Ard

Red Ribbon Week Contest Winners


Coloring Contest:

K- Diana Reyna- Watt's class

1st - Jorayah Handsford - Jordan's class


Writing Contest:

2nd -  KIley Williams - Hall's class

4th - Ivey Godby - Black's class

3rd - Kourtlynn Bryant - Atkinson's class

Red Ribbon Week

Red Ribbon Week will be observered at WBE this year during the week of October 23rd-27th. During Red Ribbon Week, students will participat in a variety of fun activities to help reinforce the importance of leading a drug-free life. October is also Bullying Prevention Month, so we will tie this in with our Red Ribbon Week Celebrations. Our Weekly theme for this year is: "Your Future is Key, So Stay Drug Free!: Keep an eye on this page and our Facebook page for pictures. 


Fundraiser Time!

We are excited to announce that we are beginning an exciting fundraiser to support our school! We would greatly appreciate your support. You will receive a catalog filled with a variety of items that we hope that you will consider purchasing and/or selling to friends and family to support West Bainbridge Elementary. These items are all great gift ideas for family and friends! This fundraiser will run from Monday, October 23rd toFriday, November 10th. Please simply complete the order form andreturn it to school with your child with payment for any items that are ordered. Checks should be made payable to “FamilyCelebrations”. You may prefer to place orders online at the following link: forfundsonline.com. Be SURE to register with the access code 53289 to place orders. Thank you in advance for your consideration.




Community Conversations

We would like to invite you to our first Community Conversation of the year on Thursday, October 5th at 8:15 A.M. in the West Bainbridge Elementary Media Center. We will discuss the importance of early literacy, and we will offer tips to promote literacy at home. Light refreshments will be served to those in attendance. 
Please let Mr. Ard know if he can count on having you in attendance on October 5th so that we may plan accordingly. We certainly hope to host a large crowd!

Wildcat Teachers Club

Orientation was held 9-8-17 for the first ever Wildcat Teachers Club. It includes 10 participants from 3rd and 4th grade. The purpose of the club is to support families by training these students to build language skills at home with their younger siblings not yet enrolled in school. 

WTC wtc wtc 


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 


We had planned to have a Positive Parenting workshop and Homework Help workshop on Thursday, August 31st.  However, due to circumstances beyond our control, we are going to have to postpone and reschedule these workshops.  We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience that this may cause.  Please look for a new date for these workshops in the near future.  Thank you in advance for understanding.

Attapulgus Community Center


Eclipse Information

Parents and community members, as you may know on August 21st we will be experiencing a rare solar eclipse. In our area, the eclipse will begin around 1:09 p.m. and end around 4:06 p.m. with an expected peak around 2:41 p.m.  with an approximate blockage of 87% of the sun at the peak of the eclipse. It will be a very interesting phenomenon for our area to experience. Our teachers will be using this event as a teachable moment across our district as we have various activities planned.

On any given day it is never safe to stare directly into the sun without proper safety glasses, and this is no different during an eclipse. Please help us remind your students of these facts so that everyone can have a safe and enjoyable experience during the eclipse. 

Decatur County Schools will be on a regular schedule on August 21st and sees no need to shift our release times and cause any undue stress on our parents and their schedules.

Thank you for your support. We are all hopeful that the experience of the eclipse in our area will be a memorable one.

Decatur County Schools 

GKIDS Readiness Check

Life Changer of the Year Nominations for WBE

LifeChanger of the Year is an annual program recognizing K-12 educators and school employees across the country. Our program celebrates those who are making a significant difference in the lives of students by exemplifying excellence, positive influence and leadership. Nominations for the 2017-2018 LifeChanger of the Year Program are now open.

Please click on the names below and leave a positive comment to vote!

  Brandy Atkinson      Mary Jo Boutwell      Bill Dixon   Lisa Peacock

Red Ribbon Week

Red Ribbon Week will begin next Monday, Oct. 23 - To help youget a jump start on planning for the week's activities, they arelisted below. A parent letter will be sent home this week.

Monday, Oct. 23 – Wear Red Day! Wear RED to kick off the week-long celebration.

Theme: “Your Future is Key, So Stay Drug Free!” Students willreceive a ribbon with this slogan.

Tuesday, Oct. 24- Theme: “Wild About Being Bully and Drug Free!”Dress like an animal.

Wednesday, Oct. 25 - Theme: “Too Smart to Start!” Dress like aNERD.

Thursday, Oct. 26 - Theme: “UNITED We Stand Against Bullying &Drugs!!” Dress in Red, White and Blue.

Friday, Oct. 27 - Theme: “Our Futures Are Bright - Drug and BullyFree!” Dress in Neon colors.

Early Learner Workshop

Early Learner Workshop
October 17th @ 6 P.M.
John Johnson Elementary

Parents of students that are in PK and K are invited andencouraged to attend this workshop. Students will have funlearning, and parents will, too! Please go learn how to helpincrease academic achievement at home. Door prizes and bookswill be given!

Good Behavior Celebration

Thank you to the dance line, football players, Coach Littleton, and Mr. Ward for the outstanding advice that you gave our students this morning at WBE's Good Behavior Celebration. You are making a difference in their lives and we appreciate it so much. You will always be "superstars" to them. 


Alzheimer's Walk


 Donate today to help end Alzheimers on our team page, or click on one of the members!

WBE Team Page

Brandy AtkinsonMary Jo BoutwellRenee HandVera MathewsNikki MartinCathy McDonaldChristy Ward



We need your input! Please go to the following link and complete the survey that is provided.


Constitution Day

PTO Information

PTO is seeking volunteers to help with the events on the attachment below.You may contact Heather Murguia if you are willing to help.       hm0617.hm@gmail.com 

Click here for the event schedule

3rd Grade Oil Presentation

Jason Andrews from Sharber Oil talked with WBE 3rd graders about production, distribution, and consumption. Not only did the students and teachers learn a lot, they also had a great time. Thank you Mr. Andrews and Sharber Oil!

3rd grade oil 


Thank you to our Community Sponsors

WBE has had several community sponsors since the beginning of school. We want to thank each one of them for their contributions. 


Thank you April at Aaron's Rentals for donating items to our Parent Resource Room!

Farm Credit

Thank you Southwest Georgia Farm Credit and Brenda Brookins. They donated treats for good behavior rewards.

Mt. Zion

Sandra Moore and Mt. Zion Baptist church brought school supplies! Thank you so much!