Goodman Named ICHS STAR Student

Goodman, SpellIrwin County High School senior Montana Goodman has been named the school’s 2019 PAGE STAR Student. David Martin, Energy Services Adviser of Irwin EMC in Ocilla, and Cathy Stott, President/CEO of the Ocilla/Irwin Chamber of Commerce, the local STAR program sponsors, announced the honor on Wednesday, January 30, 2019. Goodman selected Terry Spell, English teacher at Irwin County High School, as her STAR Teacher.

Montana, the daughter of Michael and Pam Goodman, earned the recognition for academic achievement and performance on the SAT. Montana has been in the Top 10 every school year and excels academically, being the top in her class. In addition to academics, Montana is a valued member of the ICHS tennis team. Montana chose Mrs. Spell as her STAR Teacher because “she has always been more than just a teacher to me. She pushed me to my limits and showed me that I’m capable of a lot more than I thought I was able to achieve.” Even after Montana stopped being in her classes, Mrs. Spell continued to be a mentor and supporter and Montana knew exactly who she wanted to choose as her STAR Teacher when given the opportunity.

Nate Phillips Wins System Spelling Bee

spell1 2     Congratulations to the system spelling bee champion Nate Phillips and runner-up Shelby Barbee. Both are 7th grade students.  Nate will represent Irwin County in the upcoming district spelling bee to be held in Bainbridge on February 23. 
     Participants to the 2018-2019 system-wide spelling bee were: ICES--Hunter Holcombe, Jeremiah Smith, Keon Slacks, Olicia Peacock, Ellie Willingham, Peyton Reeves, Rhiana Escobar, Brooklyn Gordon, Laci Smitgh Henry Purvis, and Alternates Cemorra Gaskins and Laila Martin. ICMS--Blake Blanchett, Louis Christie, Mona Eady Reid Houston, Darius Lake, Leslie Merritt, Runner-up Shelby Barbee, Ben Cook, Champion Nate Phillips, Sonny Terrell, and alternates Ziaya Robinson and Hannah Lake. 
     Coordinators of the annual spelling bee are Maria Johnson and Christie Copeland.

Lockett Retires from Board of Education

Board of Education(L to R) Kurt Wilmot, Lamar Purvis, Mrs. Lockett, Dr. Thad Clayton, Paige Wynn, Gary Paulk

On Monday, December 17, during the regular meeting of the Irwin County Board of Education, Mrs. Sylvia Lockett officially retired from the board after 24 years' service. She was presented a plaque by her fellow board members and board staff with the quote, "By word and deed, your presence has enriched the lives of many and served as an example for all." We thank Mrs. Lockett for her faithful service to the citizens of Irwin County.

lockettfamilyMrs. Sylvia Lockett and family

2019-20 Pre-K Registration Opens on March 5

Irwin County Pre-K Registration
for the 2019-20 School Year

Tuesday, March 5, 2019 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Wednesday, March 6, 2019 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Irwin County BOE Conference Center
(across from the Board of Education Building)

Documents Needed:

  1. Child’s Certified Birth Certificate
  2. Immunization From #3231
  3. Child’s Social Security Card
  4. Medicaid/PEACH State/Insurance Card
  5. Eye, Ear, Dental, Nutrition Form #3300 (Cannot get until 4 yr. old check-up)
  6. Parent/Legal Guardian Photo ID (Proof of custody/legal guardianship if not birth parent)(7) 
    Current Proof of Irwin County Residency or Out of County if applicable
  • Your child must be 4 years old on or before September 1, 2019
  • 88 Available Slots
  • Children will be accepted on first-come basis
  • Applications will be accepted from out of county BUT Irwin County students will have first priority

For more information contact:

Irwin County Elementary School at (229) 468-7485

Mrs. Rachel Pace, Pre-K Site Director/Assistant Principal at Extension 2305 or
Dr. Emethel Mizell, Pre-K Project Director, at Extension 2389

System Teacher of the Year Named

IMG 9745Jami Willis, Irwin County High School Science teacher and teacher of the year, was named as the Irwin County School System teacher of the year at the regular Board of Education meeting on Monday, November 12.

Ms. Willis is a 1993 graduate of Tift Co. High School and 1997 graduate of Georgia Southern (Bachelor's degree in Middle Grades Ed: Science and Math).  She has a Master of Science in Post Secondary Education from Troy University and is currently working on her EdS in Curriculum and Instruction at Kennesaw State University to graduate in May 2019. She holds certifications to teach PK-5; 4-8 Math, Science, and Reading; and 6-12 Science. She also has a Gifted Certification and is Google Educator Certified. She has been teaching for 22 years--8 years in Newton County Schools, 9 years in Cook County Schools, 2 years in Tift County Schools, and this is her third year in Irwin County.

Congratulations, Ms. Willis! 


Toll-Free School Safety Hotline

The 1-877-SAY-STOP toll-free hotline was created by the Georgia Department of Education. Students can anonymously report anyone who has a weapon, has threatened to bring a weapon to school, or has violated any other school safety rules. The hotline hours are Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; after 5 p.m. all calls will be forwarded to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. Callers will not be asked to reveal their identities. Make the call; you can make a difference!