Worth County School District staff members came together August 7th to Kick-Off the 2018-2019 school year. Staff members gathered at the new Worth County High School enjoying breakfast, fellowship, and inspirational presentations. Special guests were BOE members Billy Oliver, Russ Beard, Melvin Jefferson, County Administrator Carl Rowland, Sheriff Whitaker, Representative Ed Rynders, and the Sylvester-Worth Chamber Education Committee. After breakfast, the meeting began with the presentation of colors by WCHS ROTC and the Pledge of Allegiance. Jason Jones of Isabella Baptist Church delivered the invocation. Teachers were inspired next by the speech of Senior Class President 2019 Jakori Edwards reminding them that the student-teacher connection is powerful. He went on to say that teachers should never minimize the role they play in a student's life. In appreciation for the staff's service and commitment to the students of Worth County, Superintendent Settle, and Ms. Cook, HR Director presented years of service lapel pins.
Next, Mr. Settle inspired staff to think "out of the box" and even throw "the box" away when it comes to teaching and reaching our students. He challenged staff to embrace a mindset that accepts change to make what we already do even better. Inspired by the baseball story of retired coach John Scolinos "Don't Widen The Plate," Settle reminded staff, that as leaders, to "not widen the plate," to hold themselves to a higher standard of what they know is the right thing for students. Closing the meeting, Mrs. Turner, School Social Worker presented an engaging Mandated Reporter training utilizing the software tool, Kahoot. Staff then returned to their respective schools to prepare for student arrivals on Monday, August 13th.
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Thank you to the following sponsors of the breakfast and door prizes.
Coca Cola United
Sylvester-Worth County Chamber of Commerce