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The Imperative of Achievement Gap Closure in Kentucky Kentucky Department of Education Icon

Kentucky’s public school system is fundamentally different from the system of the 1980s. Kentucky has been noted for reforms leading to greater equity in school funding, increased performance accountability, and higher academic standards. Today, by most accounts, Kentucky now sits ahead of 15 or more states in academic performance.

WCHS Wrestling Team Tenderloin Sale Wayne County High School Mat Cards

Wayne County High School Wrestling Boosters will be having a tenderloin sale on Wednesday, February 13th, 2019. 

Mat Cards Home Meet Honors Seniors and Features Elementary Wrestlers on second mat Mat Cards and Families

The Wayne County Wrestling team hosted Whitley County on Tuesday February 5 at the Rodney Woods Gymnasium for Senior Night. Wayne County defeated Whitley County 78-6.

Thanks to Wayne County School Counselors for their many contributions to students Thanks to Wayne County School Counselors for their many contributions to students
WCHS Students may Compete in the 2019 Public Service Recognition Poster Contest Icon

Students are invited to participate in the 2019 Public Service Recognition Poster Contest. This year's theme, "Making A Difference" should be expressed through the artwork.

Mat Cards improve overall record in Owensboro wrestling

The Wayne County Wrestiling team traveled to Owensboro on Saturday, February 2nd to compete in the Daviess County Duals. the Mat Cards will be back in action on Tuesday, February 5, when they host Whitley County for senior night at the Rodney Woods Gymnasium.

The District Coordinated School Health Council for Wayne County Schools recently met and established goals for the New Year Teacher Brian Jones, Nurse Patty Burton, and Teacher Lois Bradley

The council has been discussing tobacco free schools, the wellness policy, and nutrition and physical activity report. Lake Cumberland District Health Community Educator Shannon Beaty reported on recent state legislation activity concerning all schools being tobacco free by 2020-2021. School Nutritionist Kathryn Tucker shared her department's recent "I Got Milk" campaign at the schools. Monticello Elementary Teacher Brian Jones is conducting a weekly 'boot camp' exercise class for the staff. Most of the schools have walking programs after school to increase exercise. The council encourages a variety of healthy activities and wellness opportunities for students and staff.    

Mat Cards finish fifth overall on Saturday, January 26th at the KYWCA State Dual Tournament at Lindsey Wilson College in Columbia Wrestling

The Mat Cards defeated John Hardin in pool action, then lost to Louisville Desales in a close match to miss the semi finals. Wayne County then defeated Ashland and Larue County to finish fifth overall. Wayne County Wrestling will be back in action on Tuesday, Feb. 5 when they host Whitley County at home for Senior night. The Elementary Team will also be participating on a second mat. Starting time is 7:00 pm at the Rodney Woods Gymnasium.

NTI Days Schedule for Wednesday and Thursday. CLASSES RESUME FRIDAY, FEB. 1 with buses traveling regular scheduled routes. Icon

Wayne County School classes have been cancelled Wednesday, Jan. 30 and
Thursday, Jan. 31, but students will be able to continue their studies on those days through Non-
Traditional Instruction, known as NTI days.Classes resume Friday, Feb. 1st.

Wayne County School District February Parent Teacher Conferences Scheduled Official WC Logo

With the second semester well underway, Wayne County Schools are preparing for the first parent-teacher conferences of 2019. 

Christmas Card Artists Recognized Icon

Special thanks to students from Bell Elementary for their festive artwork. in December. Their artwork was featured on the district's digital holiday card. They received a gift from Cental Office for their winning entry out of hundreds of submissions. 

District Nutrition and Physical Activity Report shared at Public forum and Board of Education Meeting Isabella Dautrich eating veggie pizza

Nutrition service employees focus on optimum health and nutrition for students. They participate in specialized training at the start of each school year, as well as updates. They also participate in promotional activities and education opportunities to help students learn proper nutrition habits. The 2018-19 Nutrition Report shares a wealth of information reflecting the complexities of operating five cafeterias that served 448,184 school lunches and 388,010 school breakfasts in the 2016-17 school year. 

Congratulations to Monticello Elementary Archery Team for placing first in the team competitions at the Boyle County Rebel Classic Boyle County Rebel Classic

On January 12 th The Wayne County Archery Team traveled to Boyle County to participate in The Fifth
Annual Boyle County Rebel Classic.

Board Members sworn in at January Meeting (Left to Right) Whitney Smith and Jarrod Criswell swore to uphold their duties

As Kentucky observes School Board Recognition Month in January, Wayne County is joining in the celebration by expressing appreciation to their board members. During the January meeting the board members were recognized for their service and dedication. In addition, the consolidated district improvement plan was discussed, an architect from Alt 32 shared information about the interior plans for the new career center, the nutrition/activity annual report was shared, along with discussions on instruction and other business. 

Looking for all aged students who are interested in playing with Rubik's Cube WCHS students Ridge Turpin, Shawna Brown, Laurie Abbott assisting Pulaski County students at the workshop

The Wayne County GT Program is searching for K-12 students who are interested in the Rubik's Cube. This opportunity is open to all students. Please submit the online form for referrals by Friday, January 18. You may submit the online form here: https://goo.gl/forms/t7PitEULtFYvKDO62. For more information, please email Jennifer.chaplin@wayne.kyschools.us

Go365/Vitality Biometric Checks Available to Staff Logo

The Biometric Check is a blood screening and biometric assessment that measures body mass index (BMI), blood pressure, blood glucose (sugar), and total cholesterol.

Migrant Family Christmas program held at Historic Wayne Theatre Migrant workers gathered gift boxes which were loaded for the annual holiday party

Over 100  people attended the annual holiday party. There are currently 80 children enrolled in the local migrant program. Special thanks to St. Peters Catholic Church for helping with the gifts, as well as Monticello Banking Company for the refreshments and Rudolph movie at the local theatre. A PAC meeting was held after the movie and gift giving so parents could receive educational information and offer input into the program.

First graders board the Polar Express jessica thrasher

Bell Elementary first graders were thrilled to receive tickets to ride the pretend Polar Express train in their hallway. Conductors admitted them to the train by punching their tickets as they boarded. Teachers shared The Polar Express book as they sipped hot chocolate and marshmallows in their pajamas. It was an exciting day at school just before the holiday break.

Winners of Bell Elementary School Garden Coloring Contest Coloring Contest

Wayne County Agriculture Extension office presented a goodie bag containing an apple piggy bank, 4-H water bottle and Frisbee, pencils and compliments of DQ, a coupon for a free blizzard. These second graders had learned how to plant broccoli in the school garden this past fall. 

Wayne County Schools Participate in Chamber of Commerce Christmas Parade Student Government float included our mascot, the Cardinal during the Christmas Parade

This year's theme was "Hometown Country Christmas." Winner of the Best Academic Float was Wayne County High School Student Government Association. Second place in that division was awarded to the Wayne County High School Lady Cardinal Soccer Team.

Monticello Elementary 21'st Century students to present Elf The Musical JR. Elf

Wayne County’s 21'st Century program at Monticello Elementary is proud to be presenting
another one of their musical hits on Monday, December 17'th at 6:30 p.m. The public is invited to attend.

Bell Elementary Dribblers show off their skills Dribblers

A team of Bell Elementary students have been practicing their dribbling skills under the direction of their school principal. They have been practicing after school and on Saturday mornings for the past three weeks. They did a great job demonstrating what they have learned at a Go Cards Assembly, recently held for first graders. They will also be performing at Bell's next Go Cards Assembly for second graders. In addition, they made their debut on the Rodney Woods court at half time of the Girl's Basketball game on December 11th.  

WCHS JROTC/FCA Team up to prepare and deliver Thanksgiving meals to needy Volunteers help prepare meal

A crew of students and staff members worked tirelesly to provide 850 meals for the less fortunate. Each year this group of volunteers do an awesome job planning, preparing and delivering holiday meals!

University of the Cumberlands Chamber Choir Christmas Concert Chamber CHoir from University of the Cumberlands

The Monticello Woman's Club is pleased to present the Chamber Choir from the University of the Cumberlands. The  Christmas Concert is December 3rd,  at 6:30 pm at the Wayne Historical Theater. The choir is under the direction of Dr. Jeff Smoak.

Relatives Raising Relatives Icon

On Tuesday, November 27, 2018 at 11:30am, all guardians who are responsible for the care of a relative child are welcome to participate in the Relatives Raising Relatives meeting. The focus for this meeting will be Kinship Care. The meeting takes place at the Wayne County Public Library.

Spirit of Giving Tree Light at the Center for Rural Development Poster

The Center for Rural Development presents Spirit of Giving Tree Lighting on Nov. 26th at 5:30 p.m.. Celebrate the magic of the holidays with a visit from Santa, music by the Waynetonian Choir, and more before the holiday performance of "Santa's Enchanted Workshop."

Bell Elementary welcomed special guests to dine with students for Thanksgiving meal Thanksgiving

A group of young men served as greeters to show parents and friends to classrooms. Students were excited to have visitors and enjoy delicious turkey dinners for lunch at school.

Contact High School for Thanksgiving meals Turkey Dinner

The Wayne County High School JROTC and FCA are once again teaming up to feed the
shut-ins and less fortunate of Wayne County on Thanksgiving Day.

Bell Veterans Program features their "Adopt a Soldier" JROTC

Bell Elementary put on a unique program honoring veterans. SGT Aaron Ambrosino is their "Adopt a Soldier" that they have sent cards and gifts to this school year. He has served 11 years in the Navy and this is his fourth year in the Army. He is currently stationed in Kuwait. He watched the program and was very appreciative of the school's patriotic efforts.Students in Rhonda Ward's second grade class were featured in the performance under the direction of Music Teacher Susan Helms. Representatives from the JROTC Cardinal Battalion were there to honor the Veterans.  

Elfin' Around 3k Run/ Walk Relay For Life fundraiser Elfin around

The run will start at the Wayne County Marketplace on Saturday, December 1st, at 11 a.m. All proceeds donated to Relay for Life.

For more information, visit us at https://www.facebook.com/elfinaroundrunwalk

The Lancaster Grand Theatre Offers Performance for Students The Lancaster Grand Theatre

There are several upcoming performances at the restored theater in Lancaster, Kentucky that will enhance the holidays.

Over 250 students and their families attended Bell Elementary’s Family Literacy Night The Morrow Family

Bell Elementary classrooms were filled with 78 excited first and second graders dressed in Halloween costumes at the “Learning is Not So Scary” Family Literacy Night. Students and parents had a great time at this special literacy event.

FBLA Participates in Bell's Literacy Night FBLA Group

Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) provided assistance to Bell Elementary Staff at the Fall Literacy Night. Members of the ATC club read books to first and second graders who attended the "Learning is Not So Scary" event on October 25th. This is one of several service projects the FBLA club is involved in on the Wayne County Schools campus. Mrs. Dana Hurd and Mr. Rob Allen are the advisers of the club, which enhances students' leadership skills. 

Bell Elementary Second Graders Perform Special Nutrition Program cast

Bell Elementary second graders in Jan Lewis’ classroom were cast in an informative nutrition special
program coordinated by health/physical education teacher Lois Bradley.

Author Mike Artell will be speaking at WCMS after school book

Reading Matters! Wayne County Schools’ 21st Century After School program will be hosting a special reading event
Thursday, November 1st at 5:00 p.m. that the community is welcome to attend. Conference speaker Mike Artell will captivate the audience at the Wayne County Middle School with some amazing insights into reading with your child. He is the author of more than 35 books. His talents also include working as an illustrator and cartoonist, as well as being a musician. He has spoken at hundreds of conferences, so don’t miss this interesting special event which is in conjunction with a school literacy grant. Door prizes and refreshments will follow the presentation.

Wayne County Board of Education Receives USDA Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP) Grant usda logo

Wayne County Board of Education is pleased to announce Wayne County Schools are recipients of the federal Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP) funded and regulated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).

Elementary Cross Country Season Underway Cross Country Girls

Elementary Cross Country runners have had a busy season competing at various meets. Girls Elementary Team placed first at the Cave Lake Fall Classic on October 20th.

Bell Elementary receives health/wellness grant Lois Bradley shows off some of the materials purchased through the grant

  First and second graders at Bell Elementary are benefitting from a new program being implemented this school year through the health/physical education classes geared towards child health.

A Look into the Future....ABC Careers Program launched Special Performance Events at Bell Elementary A jockey's career was included in the program

Mindy Bell's second grade class were featured in a wonderful program portraying different careers, under the direction of Music Teacher Susan Helms, who is organizing a series of beneficial kids programs based on their "Community Helpers" and "What I Want to be When I Grow Up" units.  At the first assembly, the students were accompanied by an engaging ABC Career video that played in the background that explored different career options. On Thursday, October 25th, Jan Lewis' second grade classroom will be performing for the second grade classes and parents in the Bell Elementary's gymnasium The program is called "Fantastic 5 Food Stars" and ties in with their C.A.T.C.H. wellness program. Bell Elementary second graders can look forward to a Veteran's Program coming up on November 8th with representatives from the JROTC and local veterans with another special second grade classroom leading the program. 

Bell Elementary students enjoy Science lesson in school garden pumpkin patch Girl holding pumpkin

Wayne County Extension Agriculture Service and FFA provided an outdoor classroom experience for first and second graders, recently. There were 600 pumpkins harvested so every child received their very own pumpkin in conjunction with a lesson on how pumpkins grow. 

Safe School and Red Ribbon Week Seal

This week is KY Safe Schools Week and Red Ribbon Week. Dress up has to meet school dress code and full face and/or body make-up will not be allowed.

National School Lunch Week underway Lots 2 Love

Celebrate national school lunch week in the cafeterias this week. The theme this year is “School Lunch Lots 2 Love”.

October Board of Ed Meeting Features Architect's Drawings for the ATC and Special Recognition of Cadet Sergeant Daniel Ward daniel and family

At the October Board of Education meeting, Architect Mike Sparkman revealed the latest drawings of what the future Area Technology Center will look like and the Board honored Cadet Sergeant Daniel Ward on earning the Distinguished Junior Cadet Leadership Award at Camp Bluegrass JCLC 2018.  

Bell Elementary Special Education Department Receives $2,000 Grant mary wright

The Dollar General Literacy Foundation recently awarded Bell Elementary Special Education Department a $2,000 grant to support youth literacy.

Be Incredible...Reveal Your Superhero! S.T.O.P. Tipline

Take the Be Incredible Pledge through Kentucky Center for School Safety by being strong, understanding, powerful, encouraging, and respectful. Safe schools and Red Ribbon Drug-free observances are being held this month.

Third annual Scarecrow Trail can be seen on Wayne County School Campus Scarecrows representing all the extra-curricular activities lined the front of the WCMS

Go Cards is a familiar theme for fall harvest displays both on and off campus. Many of the decorators participated in the local fundraising event sponsored by the County Homemakers, Women in Agriculture, and Tis the Season Gift Shop. The theme this year is "Support Your Favorite Team/Sports Program." Wayne County Central Office tied with Wayne County Hospital as the winner of the Group/Organization Category. WCMS won the Viewer's Community Choice category. WC School employee Alan Doss and family won the Individual family category. Danny Conley's Monticello Florist Shop won the business category. There were 22 residences, schools and businesses that participated raising $220 for the Imagination Library.

Bus Evacuation Drill Transportation Director assisting students at drill

Wayne County Schools will be conducting their second mandated bus evacuation on October 5th at 2:45 p.m., just prior to fall break set for October 8-12.

Food Service Manager Rebecca Crabtree named 2019 Summer Feeding Champion Kathryn Tucker and Rebecca Crabtree

Wayne County Schools Food Service Department was able to participate regularly with seven sites within the local county during the summer months. They served 2276 breakfasts, 5739 lunches, and 291 suppers during June and July. Past and present local summer feeding program workers have a long standing record of going the extra mile for Wayne County children who needed the meals.

Wayne County School levels show improvement in critical subject areas Cardinal Seal

     The 2017-2018 Assessment and Accountability results have been released by the Kentucky Department of Education with all three local levels – elementary, middle and high school of Wayne County Schools scoring higher in Reading, Math and Writing from the previous year’s results.

Wayne County Schools Celebrate High Attendance Day nice nice pic

The Wayne County School District took part in the statewide High Attendance Day. Congratulations to Monticello Elementary who had the highest attendance figures (98.16%) amongst the local schools for the school district. Wayne County Middle School's 97.78% attendance rate placed them as the regional winner for large middle school category. The large elementary school winner was Liberty Elementary with 98.50% attendance and the large high school winner was Adair County High School 95.96%. Wayne County High School focused on spirit week activities leading up to homecoming during high attendance week and scored 95.19% attendance.  

Vitality Biometric Screenings Scheduled for staff during October

Forms are attatched that must be filled out prior to the screening. Participants will need to have their Humana Vitality card or Go365 card. The first screening will be held October 1 at Walker Early Learning Center.

Flu Shots will be available in mid October Dates of flu shots for each building

Flu vaccines will be available for students and staff through the Healthy Kids Clinic at specified locations during the week of October 15-19.  

Go Cards Award Winners Celebrated MVP Award Winners Valerie Hutchinson and George Snyder

Wayne County Schools recognized outstanding staff members from the 2017-2018 school year through nominations from peers, students and the community. Each year, the staff meets on their opening day and the Go Cards classified and certified winners from each building are announced. Selection is based on a  list of outstanding attributes like: dedication and knowledge in their field, does more than necessary and strives to exceed expectations, understands and demonstrates a commitment to students, determined to make a difference each day, and a desire to continue to grow as a professional. Thanks to the Monticello Bank, each person selected received a $100 check and the two "Most Valuable Player" staff members received an additional $150 gift. The staff fondly nominated two outstanding MVPs -  Valerie Hutchinson, a member of the IT Department and 1 SG George Snyder, a JROTC instructor. School Board Chairperson Donna Blevins and Monticello Bank Senior Executive Officer Jean Hicks presented the certificates and gifts.  

Relatives Raising Relatives to Meet September 25th family support flyer

Join us on Tuesday September 25, 2018 at 11:30 a.m. for an organizational meeting to form a support group for families who are responsible for the care of a relative child. 

Grandparents Days celebrated at Bell Elementary Grandparents Day

Grandparents visited their grandchild's classroom and then enjoyed snacks together, as well as shopping at the Book Fair.

Study Down Under trip recognized at September Board of Education meeting Life From Down Under

Students and the study tour coordinator shared their extraordinary experience in Australia and New Zealand

Wayne County District Parent Teacher Conferences for first quarter underway WCHS Parent Teacher Conference

Wayne County Middle School’s first Parent Teacher Conference of the school year will be Tuesday, Sept. 18 th from 4:00 – 7:00 pm.  Parents are invited to come and talk with their child’s teachers and pick up their mid-term grades for the first nine weeks. 

Attendance Today... Achieve Tomorrow Attendance Matters

A child’s attendance record at school is a predictor of academic success. Join the staff at Wayne County Schools in making High Attendance Day on Thursday, September 20 a huge success. The statewide event highlights the importance of regular school attendance and its link to student performance.

The Center for Rural Development Hosts First-Ever Country Brunch Cooking Class Chef Mete Sergin

On Saturday, September 22nd, enjoy the first ever class on Country cooking hosted at the The Center for Rural Development by Chef Mete Sergin. Registrations underway! Call 606-677-6000 or register online for Country Brunch cooking class.

School Garden producing fresh veggies for the school cafeteria serving lines Grant Vallelonga and Nathaniel Tuggle working in the High School garden

Bell Elementary second graders planted broccoli and cauliflower in the four-acre school garden. WCHS agriculture students and the extension service assisted the youngsters. In addition, Wayne County FFA and Extension held a Farm to Fork special event recently. They provided tours of the garden and a meal with the fresh produce at the extension office. The event also served as a fundraiser for the Imagination Library.

Patriotism at its Best.....Student notices need for new flag The American Flag

Bell Elementary received a new American Flag courtesy of a second grader and his family. Grayson Denny noticed the school needed a new flag at parent pick up and took action. 

Recognize alumni who served in the armed forces at Wayne County High School Military Alumni Hallway

Students could not help but notice some alterations to the hallways this school season at the Wayne County High School. Besides the familiar student work, college signage, club advertisements, and ACT All Star student photos displayed on the walls – now something new stands out. Alumni who served in the military are being recognized and the community can help with this project.

Get outside Kentucky! Hiking, Backpacking or Strolling Your Way Across the Bluegrass Go outside Kentucky!
WCHS Students honored for participating in summer learning opportunities Students Nate Helton, Mckenzie Crabtree, Nicole Hesse, and Colton Morrow were all honored for participating in these events

The learning continued on campus over the summer for the fifth through eighth graders enrolled in the 21st Century Summer Camp, as well as a Credit Recovery online program through extended services for high school students. In addition, the summer feeding program helped keep kids fed on and off campus with the help of the mobile Lunchbox Express. For those who chose to travel long distance, the GT trip took students all the way to Australia/New Zealand.

Workforce Training Classes at The Center for Rural Development

The Center for Rural Development's Business & Community Training Center has career and workforce training classes for employees and employers in Southern and Eastern Kentucky. We have our regularly scheduled business classes for August and a new series of no-cost soft skills training workshops in four different locations in the region.

First Day of school exciting for students at Wayne County Schools First graders Navaeh Davis and Jasper Clark were assisted by  teacher Hannah Parmley

First and second graders were happy to come to school and enjoyed all the first day activities underway in their classrooms.

Bus Evacuation Drills provide vaulable training to students who travel on field trips Bell Elementary first graders on bus during drill

Bus evacuations are underway at each school. Buses were brought to the buildings and every student is participating in the bus evacuation procedures. These evacuations are very beneficial since some students are transported by their parents and miss the evacuatons during the remainder of the year. The teachers also participate in this exercise.

Enrollment up first day of classes Cardinal logo

The Wayne County District's enrollment was up on opening day, August 15th, compared to last year's first day of classes. 

Youth League Football Registration Football

First through sixth grade Wayne County students are eligible to play Youth League football. 

Wayne County Schools open doors for students to perform at competitive levels Back to School graphic

With a variety of improvements underway over the summer, Wayne County students can expect to experience a fresh and inviting environment when they return to campus. Robust student services and speciliazed trainings to empower educators will benefit the entire student body.

Wayne County Schools announces Stop! Tipline to report bullying online Bullying tipline

The STOP! Tipline is designed for use as an "online" reporting/prevention tool which is provided free by the Kentucky Center for School Safety.   If students, parents or community members know of an unsafe situation in school (bullying, weapons, drugs or alcohol, etc.), they can anonymously pass on that information to school personnel by using this basic email format.


Transportation update emphasizes safety on Wayne County school buses Mike Cooksey cleans a bus

All Wayne County bus drivers and bus monitors participated in a state-mandated safety and procedure update on August 6. Drivers practiced proper bus evacuation methods and brushed up on their first aid skills.

First graders get acquainted with Bell Elementary during orientation 1st graders Daria Harvey and Brayden Crabtree with teacher Jessica Thrasher

Approximately 400 students and their families were excited to meet their new teachers in their classrooms. Families also had an option to attend a learning fair in the cafeteria for transportation, health, and extracurriculars. Students observed the new Kinetex antibacterial carpeting in the media center.  

Parents are Reminded to Ensure Up to Date Vaccines as the School Year Approaches health flyer

Parents are reminded to make sure that their children are up to date with the new immunizations implemented for the 2018-2019 school year.

Wayne County Board to add another Resource Officer great expectations

It's a need that Wayne County Superintendent Wayne Roberts and the school board plans to meet for the next school year—the addition of another School Resource Officer on campus.

Students Have a Blast at 2018 21st Century Summer Camp shaker village

An Academic Challenge Cap ran simultaneously with a Survivor Camp and Lights Camera Action Camp during the exciting adventures students enjoyed.  The Hazard Challenger Learning Center, EKU Hummel Planetarium, Newton's Attic, Northern Kentucky Aquarium, and Mt. View Campsite were popular Field trips in June and July.

Wayne County Cardinals roll out the red carpet for UK Wildcats Kendall Phillips (left) and David Phillips (right) smiled with Coach John Calipari following the training clinic

Wayne County Schools was proud to host the University of Kentucky Men’s Basketball Satellite Camp on June 30. The gym was filled with 93 students, their parents, and plenty of community members who were eager to be a part of the basketball action.

Wayne County 21st Century Drama Camp Presents 'The Great Middle School Mystery' The Script

The Wayne County 21st Century Drama Camp performed for parents and peers at the Historic Wayne Theater.

Wayne County Board honors retirees at June meeting All the retirees together

Thanks so much to those retiring who contributed an amazing 706.5 total years to the students at WC schools. Many thanks!

DVDs Available from School Special Events dvd boooois

DVD copies of some of Wayne County's special events from the end of the school year are now available at the schools for $10 each.

Children Enjoy Nutritionist Visit to Bell Elementary melinda turner

Melinda Turner, senior manager of School Health and Wellness, shared a lesson on The Dairy Alliance with first and second graders.

School Staff uses summer trainings to continue professional growth Having a good time at the Social Studies training

Wayne County School employees will be attending close to 30 different trainings and workshops this summer to continue the progress already underway in providing the best practices available to help educate and care for students.

Wayne County School District's Wave of Literacy Walker teachers attend Share Fair

While trainings are underway this summer, professional development opportunities have already been in full speed the past year.  In fact, this past spring, a significant culmination for 31 local educators happened in a remarkable setting filled with conscientious teachers and para-educators. Wayne County teachers had participated in a yearlong professional development opportunity offered through the Collaborative Center for Literacy Development (CCLD).

Wayne County High School Added to John Calipari Satellite Camp Tour basketball!

Wayne County High School has been added to the eight locations that the John Calipari Satellite Camp Tour. Those attending the program will be given a chance to work with current UK Men's Basketball players. Prizes will be given away, and every student will be given a special UK camp T-shirt. The program is open to both boys and girls and costs $90.


Register online here!

21st Century's Drama Camp Students Perform at The Historic Wayne Theater memorizing lines

Join 21st Century's Drama Camp students for their performance at The Historic Wayne Theater on Friday, June 15th, at 6:30 p.m.

High School Girl's Basketball Team Hosts Elementary Basketball Camp basketball players

 The WCHS Lady Cards hosted a Basketball Camp for first through eighth grade students.

Kentucky Summer Food Service Program Kicks Off the Lunchbox Express lunchbox express

 Wayne County Schools is once again providing summer meals to kids from the Lunchbox Express mobile kitchen. A food service team travels the city of Monticello to make sure all children of the community have full bellies during the summer months.

Campbellsville University honors 169 teachers from 60 school districts in Excellence in Teaching Ceremony Campbellsvile University honors Wayne County school teachers

At the annual 32nd Excellence in Teaching Ceremony, Campbellsville University recognized 169 teachers from 60 school districts. Teachers honored for the Wayne County School System were Mindy Bell,Maria Miller, and Jared Criswell.

Wayne County Board of Education May Meeting focuses on Teachers who Attended the 'Share Fair Celebration' shannon shelton, moddie miller, william allison, lesley rice, sasha chaplin, principal ballinger

Among other things, such as more discussion on the new ATC, a few of the WC district teachers who had attended the 'Share Fair Celebration...Appreciating Educators and Literacy' spoke about the event.

Wayne County Board of Education April Meeting Recognizes KSNA Art Contest Winners and Discusses Plans for New ATC architect fellow

At the WC Board of Education April meeting, the board members recognized the two winners of the KSNA - SNA Art Contest for National Breakfast Week. Plans for the new Area Technology Center were also reviewed. Ground has now been broken on the project since the school year has concluded.

All students eligible for summer meals program / el Programa de Servicio de Alimentos de Verano Summer Food Program

Summer Kick-Off for the Lunch Box Mobile Express is June 8 at the Aspire Center. The Lunch Box Express brings free meals to kids in the community.

Gifted and Talented Program to host fundraising events Scrap Metal

Wayne County Schools Gifted and Talented Program is sponsoring two big events headed into this weekend.

Senior Walk Through is touching event at Wayne County Schools Middle School students cheered on the upcoming graduates

Students of all ages had fun participating on a sentimental journey during the Senior Walk Through. Graduating seniors toured Wayne County Middle School, Monticello Elementary, Bell Elementary, and Walker Early Learning Center. They were cheered on by young Cardinals and former teachers along the way, not to mention some very proud Moms!

First and Second graders honored at Awards Program Savanna Bates stands with her classmates after receiving her awards

Bell Elementary students received awards for citizenship, AR attendance, mastery in reading/math, site words, hand-writing, and character education.

District Competition Coming Up for Baseball and Softball Teams baseball

Wayne County will be hosting both of these tournaments beginning May 21st.

Wayne County Lady Cardinal Basketball Camp to be Held this Summer girls' basketball camp

Lady Cardinal Basketball Camp will be held May 30th through June 1st.

Wayne County Hosts Regional School Nurse Coordinators Boot Camp Training nursing group

District Health Coordinators from Kentucky gathered for training with KDE school health consultants and veteran health coordinators recently on the Wayne County School campus in the Turner cafeteria. The meeting focused on tips to orientate new health coordinators on their roles in schools. Topics addressed included: new infinite campus reports to help nurses meet the new DPH immunization requirements,coordinating policies and health services with state and federal law, data collection requirements, and end-of-year reporting.  

Board of Education members learn about share fair Teachers representing Share Fair

Wayne County was well represented at the 19th annual ‘Share Fair Celebration…Appreciating Educators and Literacy’ with 48 Wayne County educators participating in a dozen presentations in Louisville on April 21st. The Fair is the culminating event where teachers gather to present and discuss their yearlong Literacy Action Plans they have been working on throughout the school year as part of the Kentucky Reading Project or Adolescent Literacy Project.

Staff, Parents, and Students Encouraged to Nominate Wayne County School District Staff for Go Cards Award go cards awards 2017

It is time to nominate outstanding individuals who are employed by Wayne County Schools for the Go Cards Awards ceremony, which will be held on the opening day for the staff in August.

Honor your teachers and let them know you care on Teacher Appreciation Day May 8th! Teacher Appreciation Day

National Teacher Appreciation Day, also known as National Teacher Day, is observed on the Tuesday of the first full week in May.  In 2018, National Teacher Day will take place on May 8th.  This day is part of Teacher Appreciation Week, which is the first full week in May of each year. Wayne County is celebrating Teachers and Staffs May 7-11th..

The National Education Association describes National Teacher Day  as a day for honoring teachers and recognizing the lasting contributions they make to our lives.”

46 Years Celebrating National School Nurse Day Nurse Appreciation

It is time to celebrate the specialty practice of school nursing! In 1972, the National Association of School Nurses (NASN) created National School Nurse Day to recognize school nurses and acknowledge their role in the educational setting. NASN applauds the contributions school nurses make every day to improve the safety, health, and academic success of all students.

The Center for Rural Development Presents a Children's Musical, "My Mouth is a Volcano" my mouth is a volcano book cover

On May 8th, The Center for Rural Development will be presenting "My Mouth is a Volcano," based on an award-winning book by Julia Cook.

Book Fairs Underway at WCMS and Bell Elementary Book Fair

Students and parents are enjoying purchasing books at both WCMS and Bell Elementary!

Bus Evacuation Drill set for Friday April 27th School Bus Evacuation Drill
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Seeds being Planted in the School Garden Students in the school garden

The four-acre school garden will once again produce fresh produce to be included on the menu in the school cafeterias due to the efforts of the Wayne County Extension Service and the Wayne County High School FFA/Agriculture programs.

American Woodmark Corp. help schools through three charitable donations

The ATC appreciated a donation towards the construction of a new center. The WCMS were grateful for a contribution towards the 21st After School Program and the school store. The gifted and Talented program recevied funding toward their students upcoming study abroad trip expenses.

Dr. Wayne D. Lewis Named Interim Commissioner of Education kde logo

During a special meeting at which newly appointed members were sworn into office, the KBE named Dr. Wayne Lewis, Jr., the interim commissioner of education.

Wayne County School Staff Stand up for Public Education Honk if You Love WELC

Local staff members participated in walk-ins before classes began on Friday, April 13th, while another delegation represented Wayne County in the Frankfort protest at the state capitol building as they supported public education. The staff have been following state government's budgeting process for education and offered input during the process.

“Call for Presentations”: Big South Fork NRRA and Obed Wild & Scenic River 2018 Science Meeting on April 18 Raccoon

Oneida, Tennessee: The National Park Service will be hosting a science meeting on Wednesday, April 18, 2018, at the Historic Rugby Visitor Center in Rugby, Tennessee. Scientists who have been conducting research at the Obed Wild and Scenic River and Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area are invited to present their research. This meeting is free and open to the public and offers an opportunity for all to kearn about the newest scientific developments in two Upper Cumberland Plateau national parks.

Architects and school administrators working together towards New Area Career and Technology Center ATC Principal John Kinnett discusses plans with architects

Architects have been busy fine tuning detailed drawings and following the preliminary process of a school construction project on the Wayne County School campus.

Parent Teacher Conferences or phone discussions held across the District during Fourth Nine Weeks speaking with a parent

As the 2017-2018 school year draws to a close, teachers will be available to discuss student progress at designated times, as well as by appointment as is always the case, during  the fourth nine weeks.

Dinosaur Zoo Live Performance to be Held at Center for Rural Development erth zoo logo

Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo Live takes you on a breathtaking journey that begins in pre-historic Australia.

2018 "Health Rocks" Day Camp for Ages 8-12 logo

The camp will be open to the first 60 students ages 8-12 to turn in a completed application.

Vitality Checks Underway for Employees Paige Armstrong

The staff is in the midst of getting bloodwork done to keep up to speed on their health, which is part of the district's wellness benefit. Don't miss the upcoming vitality checks if you have not participated yet!

Students Submitted Art for the KSNA - SNA Art Contest in Honor of National School Breakfast Week elementary and middle school winners

Potential artists participated and had some great messages to share about school breakfasts. They took part in a contest to "Create an Ad for School Breakfast!" There were two winners; Courtney Church from Monticello Elementary and Danny Joe Condreay from WCMS. The runners up were; William Melton from Bell Elementary and Amanda Harvey from WCMS.

Town Hall Meetings on Graduation Requirements Scheduled kde requirements

 Starting this week, Commissioner of Education Stephen Pruitt will host a series of
Town Hall meetings across Kentucky focused on high school graduation requirements.

Wayne County Food Service is excited about "Let's Move with Summer Food" Summer Food Program

Wayne County Food Service Department is excited about Let’s Move with Summer Food as they begin preparing for the 2018 Summer Food Service Program.  The tentative calendar will be June 4-July 20, 2018 where children and youth 18-years and younger eat free.  


Calling All Schools: Arts Council Wants Your Creativity for Derby Celebration

The Kentucky Arts Council invites Kentucky schools to be part of the fun and excitement of the Kentucky Derby by decorating canvases for the Governor’s Derby Celebration.

Students Enjoyed the "Saddle Up" Theme at Bell's Family Literacy Night barn classroom

On March 15th, the staff at Bell celebrated literacy in a big way. Families of first and second graders attended the evening event with food, stick horse races, and rotating reading events in classrooms beautifully decorated in Western attire, barns, and wagons.

2018 12th Region Hall of Fame Inductees Wayne County Schools Superintendent Wayne Roberts

Wayne County Schools Superintendent Wayne Roberts was recently inducted into the 2018 12th Region Hall of Fame. He and a Monticello School former athlete were amongst a dozen individuals who were reccognized during the KHSAA Boys Basketball Regional Tournament. Roberts was nominated for the award by his home school. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame as a contributor, during a halftime ceremony at the Boys Regional competition hosted by Pulaski County.  

Rock Your Socks For World Down Syndrome Day World Down Syndrome Day

Wayne County Schools recognize World Down Syndrome Day. Wayne County Schools are asking the community to join them in wearing mismatched socks to recognize World Down Syndrome Day on Wednesday, March 21st, 2018.

The DO's and DON'Ts of Recycling Recycling

Tim Bell will be speaking on the DOs and DON'Ts of recycling on Monday, March 19th, at five 'o clock p.m. at the Wayne County Extension Office.

Wayne County Elementary Wrestlers Place 4th at the State Tournament Monticello Elementary Wrestlers

On Saturday March 3rd the Wayne County Elementary Little Mat Cards traveled to Paintsville KY for the Kentucky State Wrestling Tournament hosted by Johnson Central Wrestling Boosters. The team placed 4th overall. Huge congratulations to those wrestlers! Go Cards!

Safety training provided by Kentucky State Police beneficial to participants Commander Dalton coordinated the training

         In the wake of an effective school safety-training event, participants have said they appreciated the information provided by the Kentucky State Police. The state police provide the training to schools and other facilities across the state.

Bell Elementary Hosts Guest Readers Rotation gale ogle

The first graders enjoyed meeting volunteers who read books to them during a Go Cards Friday afternoon assembly on March second. The second graders will benefit from guest readers on Friday, March 9th.

GO-365 by Humana Biometric Check vitality check calendar

The Biometric Check is a blood screening and biometirc assessment that measures body mass index (BMI), blood pressure, blood glucose (sugar), and total cholesterol. In order to get accurate results, the Biometric Check is a fasting screening. The lab testing is done by obtaining blood from the finger. We reccomend you do not consume any foods or beverages (except water) 8 hours prior to your morning appointment. Make sure to bring your Humana Vitality ID card with you to the screening and fill out the attached consent form. it only takes approx. 15 minutes and you will receive results the same day.

Employees will earn points for participating in the screening. Once the screening is completed, results could tak eup to 45 days to apprear in your Go-365 account. You can use Go-365 Points to purchas items in the Go-365 Mall.

Rise and Shine for Breakfast Week at Wayne County Schools! flyer

March 5-9th is National Breakfast Week! Start the day off right by ensuring that your kids get a healthy school breakfast! Did you know that students who eat breakfast every morning score high on standardized teats and are more likely to maintain a healthy weight?

Wayne County Project Graduation Tenderloin Lunch Sale!

Please place orders by March 5th, 2018 by 3 p.m. For more information, or to place an order Message, call Diane Davis @ 606-307-4557 or Jennifer Pittman @ 606-307-7639.

FCA Prayer Walk was a Success Prayer Circle

A Fellowship of Christian Athletes Prayer Walk for Wayne County Schools was held Sunday, March 4th at 3:00 p.m. The community was invited to meet at the Wayne County High School Gym Parking Lot.

Students invited to Participate in SNA Art Contest in honor of National School Breakfast Week

Students can create an Ad for School Breakfast Week and prizes will be awarded to local elementary, middle, and high school levels. Two years ago, Brianna Foster was a state and national winner in this art contest. If we have any state winners, they will recieve a $100 prize in each category and will be honored at the KSNA annual conference in June, 2018. National School Breakfast Week is being celebrated on March 5th - 9th at Wayne County Schools.

WCHS Republicans Club holding 5K Freedom Run tars

Wayne County High School’s Teenage Republicans will be raising funds towards a trip to Washington D.C. through the 5K Freedom Run race on April 14, 2018. Forms can be picked up in the front office of the high school. Registration can also be completed online, www.gtraces.com or https://runsignup.com/Race/KY/Monticello/TEENAGEREPUBLICANS5KRUNWALK.

Congratulations to Monticello Elementary Archery Team’s performance at Region 10 Tournament Elementary Archery Team

A first for the Monticello Elementary Team happened recently during a peak team performance at the 2018 KY NASP Region 10 Tournament held at Lincoln County.

Classes to be dismissed two days next week school seal

Classes at Wayne County Schools will be cancelled Monday, February 26, and Tuesday, February 27, in order for the staff to participate in a specialized school security training opportunity. Students will return to classes on Wednesday, February 28th.

PE Teacher Lois Bradley Portrays Tooth Fairy at Bell Elementary the performance

Second graders were chosen to help teach dental hygiene in a cute program led by Lois Bradley.

Wayne County Schools Revisit Safety Plans at Buildings WCS Flag at half-staff

Following the tragic school shootings at Parkland, Florida, local educators have revisited their safety plans and emergency drill schedules to make sure everyone is well educated and up-to-date on the procedures.

Good luck to newly formed Wayne County Cheerleaders who are headed to State Special Olympics cheer team

A local Cheerleading Team placed third at SOKY East Region Cheerleading Competition in Richmond, KY on January 27th. The competition was called "Cheers! For the New Year!" and the local squad performed well. They will be competing in the SOKY State Cheerleading Competition on February 17 at Fern Creek High School in Louisville. Go Girls! 

100 Days of School Celebrated at Bell Elementary ms. kia's second grade class

Bell Elementary students celebrate festivities in honor of the 100th day of school.

Little Cardinal Academy Prepares Students for School logo

Little Cardinal Academy serves to get future students ready to attend Walker Early Learning Center.

Wayne County Schools Teaching Strategies and Curriculum are Anything but Random sara harris

In fact, talented teams of educators have made a science out of perfecting instruction inside the classrooms for students to receive a first class education at Wayne County Schools.

Future Workplaces in Need of Skilled Laborers ethan prince

ATC Student Ethan Prince is a first place Regional winner at last year's Skills USA Job SKills Demo competition and was recently given a presentation to do at the ATC to help him prepare for the future.

Regional Migrant Officials Visited Newly Remodeled WC Migrant Education Center on Local School Campus migrant officials

On February 1st, 2018 Regional Migrant Officials visited the newly remodeled Wayne County Migrant Education Center located on the Wayne County School’s campus.

Wayne County's Archery Teams Perform well at Burnside's 6th Annual Archery Tournament middle school team

Wayne County Schools Archery Teams performed well at Burnside’s 6th Annual Archery Tournament on January 27th, with two of the teams placing and receiving awards. 




Representatives from Passport Health to Attend a Relatives Raising Relatives Meeting flyer

On Wednesday, January 31 at 11:00 a.m. Relatives Raising Relatives will have representatives from Passport Health attend their meeting and participate in health related activities, the sharing of important information, social time, and some light refreshments.

County Judge Executive Visits Good News Club group photo with anderson

In their last meeting the after school Good News Club was visited by the County Judge Executive, Mike Anderson. He brought Bibles to give to them that had been donated by the Gideons.

New Immunization Requirements for Kentucky School Children new immunization requirements

New immunization requirements for Kentucky school children are effective for the 2018-2019 school year. All children agges 18 months to 18 years of age must now get a two dose series of the Hepatitis A vaccine. All children ages 16 and older are required to have a meningitis vaccination, which is considered a booster dose from their 6th-grade vaccinations.

Hundreds Attend Wayne County Unity Breakfast Celebration mlkjr breakfast

The Lions Club provided a pancake breakfast, the Waynetonian Choir performed and several speakers celebrated the holiday in a tribute to Martin Luther King, Jr. The Waynetonian Choir made a huge impact singing, "Make a Diferrence" and "My Country Tis of Thee."

Nominations Open for 2019 Kentucky Teacher Awards kde logo

The Kentucky Department of Education and Valvoline Inc., sponsors of the Kentucky
Teacher Awards, have opened the nomination process for the 2019 awards.

Lowe’s Volunteers graciously assist in remodel efforts for new Migrant Education Center lowes group photo

Volunteers and donations from the Lowe's store in Somerset helped kickstart renovations for the English as a Second Language and Migrant Program facility.

New immunization requirements will take effect during the 2018-2019 school year. Vaccine

Nuevo requisitos de vacunación para el año escolar 2018.

Holiday celebration held for migrant students and families Enjoying Migrant Party

The new Wayne County School Migrant Education program enjoyed a huge turnout for a holiday celebration held at the Wayne Theater on December 12th.  

Several teachers at Walker Early Learning Center and Bell Elementary served as presenters at the fall Kentucky Reading Association Conference DeShay Dishman and Beth Corder present at the conference

The local teachers shared tips and strategies to produce strong readers with teachers from across the state.

Bell Elementary students ride the polar express Students enjoy hot chocolate during a reading of the Polar Express

The children enjoyed getting their ticket punched as they climbed aboard the Polar Express. A day full of make-believe made the holiday season bright for the first and second grade students at Bell Elementary.

Congrats to Wayne County Archery Program on hosting first NASP Tournament locally with 275 shooters competing on December 9th Trophies

Monticello Elementary and Wayne County Middle School archery teams won first place at the tournament. Wayne County High School archery team placed third on the ranks. Congratulations to the numerous individual Wayne County School winners out of approximatly 75 local shooters! In addition to Wayne County Schools, Lincoln County High School, McCreary High School, Boyle County High School, Lynn Camp High School, Pulaski County High School, McCreary Middle School, Lynn Camp Middle School, and Knox Central High School participated in the competition. 

Wayne County State Trooper is a familiar Role Model to Bell Elementary first and second graders State Trooper Matt Parmley

Kentucky State Trooper Matt Parmley, who covers Wayne County, is one of several adults who are part of the Buddy Program at Bell Elementary and enjoy spending time with local students. Tooper Parmley, a 2004 WCHS graduate, has been a frequent visitor at school. He was formerly employed as a fish and wildlife conservation officer. The students and staff appreciate his visits to school.

The Bell Elementary Belles Participated in the Elfin Around 3kRun/Walk in Monticello on Saturday, September 2nd 3k walk

Each school was invited to support this cause with all proceeds going to the Cancer Survivor Network. Several Bell Elementary teachers got together to form a team in order to show their support.

FCA/JROTC Prepared 850 Thanksgiving Meals for Needy Families L-R Students Jasmine Herrera, Avery Perkins, and Madison Smith boxed brownies for the take out meals

Wayne County High School FCA and JROTC spent several hours on Wednesday, Noevember 22nd preparing Thanksgiving meals for the needy.

JROTC coordinated Veteran's Parade Staisha Keith

The Waynetonian Choir, WCHS Band and JROTC cadets participated in the annual event.

Discover Monticello Christmas 2017 Christmas

The Christmas Parade is coming up along with several other Christmas activities! Applications to participate in the parade are due by Thursday, November 30th.

The Center for Rural Development Invites the Community to Several Christmas Events celtic angels

Enjoy the best of Celtic and Irish song and dance in Celtic Angels Christmas on December 7th.

State and Federal Employees can Take Advantage of Discounts on Room Rates at State Parks flyer

Need a quick getaway? Don't forget the unique beauty, history, and dining experiences to be enjoyed just across the river and through the woods! Take advantage of the Kentucky State Parks' Commonwealth Connection program which offers you reduced rates on lodge rooms and cattages at eleven resort parks, plus cottages at John James Audubon State Park.

Bell Elementary Music Students Perform at Veteran's Day Program presentation

Music Teacher Susan Helms welcomed the veterans and guests that attended the patriotic program. The WCHS JROTC presented the US flag and the military flags, Monticello Police Cheif and Veteran Ralph Miniard spoke to the students about the freedons veterans protect for us. The students presented a wonderful musical salute.

The middle school and high school were recognized at the November Board Meeting Student Recognition

The November Board Meeting featured student success stories. The Middle School and High School has recently been very influencial and successful. WCMS reading classes have had the privalege to attend the movie premiere Wonder and then compare and contrast the book to the movie. TTAI video contest winners Tanner Thompson and Bailey Wright were asked to come talk to the board about their trip with TTAI to Louisville and their experiences at the Workforce Readiness Conference.

New Immunization Requirements Effective 2018-19 School Year vaccine

Wayne County Schools will have new immunization requirements for elementary, middle and high school students for the 2018-2019 school year, as a result of a statewide amendment to the Kentucky Administrative Regulation on the immunization schedules for attending school.


Fransisco-Mateo family remembered around school district balloon release

Balloon releases were held at two of the Wayne County schools in honor of the Mateo family. One at Wayne County High School for Emily Mateo, a senior, and one at Monticello Elementary for Ivan Mateo, a 5th grader. The staff and students have raised money for a bank account in the family's name at Monticello Bank to help with funeral and health expenses. The friends of Emily Mateo have created bracelets to honor her memory that are for sale. All proceeds go to the Mateo Memorial Fund and their family. They are $1 each.

Bell Elementary Students Enjoy Participating in the Career Parade career day

Look what we want to be when we grow up....Law enforcement, veteranarians, teachers, and athletes were amongst the most popular costumes.

Town Hall Meeting held at Wayne County Schools panel

Approximately 200 people attended a town hall meeting Tuesday, November 7th at the Wayne County High School gymnasium and more than a dozen addressed comments and questions to State Senator Max Wise and State Representative Ken Upchurch pertaining to Governor Bevin's proposal regarding the pension plan for Kentucky teachers and state employees.

Congrats to Brooke Gregory on being named Home Town Hero! Christmas Parade

Float entry deadline is November 29th! The theme is "The Miracle of Christmas."

Winter is coming. It's time to sign up for Wayne County Schools Text Alert! Cell Phone

If you haven't ever signed up, go to the school website at www.wayne.kyschools.us and look on the left-hand column of the home page. Tap on the link to sign up or look under the parent or student buttons to navigate to the easy text alert sign up!

Wayne County Celebrates National Farm to School Month with Farm to Fork farm to fork

Wayne County Schools celebrate National Farm to School Month.

Employee Vitality Checks will be Completed as Part of the Wayne County Schools Wellness Program health icon

As part of the Wayne County Schools Wellness Program, employee Vitality checks will be completed this year by the Lake Cumberland District Health Department during the months of October and November 2017.

Bell Elementary Offered a Fun-Packed Literacy Night for Families fca booth

Costume contests, dinner, crafts, and book giveaways were enjoyed by students at the fall literacy event. This event was well attended.

FCA and JROTC Thanksgiving Dinner turkey graphic

        The Wayne County High School JROTC and FCA are once again teaming up to feed the shut-ins and less fortunate of Wayne County on Thanksgiving Day. The students will prepare a meal in the high school cafeteria consisting of turkey, mashed potatoes, peas, and dressing. This
year we encourage anyone who has transportation to come to the high school to pick up their meals to carry out. In addition, as in years past, the students will be delivering meals to those who cannot come to the high school.
        If you or anyone you know would benefit from a hot meal and some Thanksgiving cheer, please contact Karen Campbell or Roxanne Stringer at the Wayne County High School by November 17 th . NO NAMES WILL BE TAKEN AFTER 4 p.m. on the FRIDAY the 17th. The phone number is 348-5575. The meals will be served and delivered between the hours of 10 a.m. and noon on Thanksgiving Day. Please call to make reservations before the November 17th.

21st Century Lights on After School Celebrates Harry Potter Experience the Magic harrrry pottterrrr

21st Century has scheduled a Harry Potter-themed event for Thursday, October 26th.


Softball Team Builds Haunted House for Special Fundraising Event haunted house

Head out West Hwy 92, just past the Parnell Baptist Church, turn left on the Earl Smith Road to attend.

New school resource officer joins the staff at Wayne County Schools SRO Meadows

Wayne County Schools would like to welcome the Wayne County Sheriff's Department Deputy Jerry Meadows during Safe Schools week. Meadows recently started serving as the district's school resource officer, commonly referred to as the SRO.

Wayne County Soccer Teams Conclude Their Seasons Wayne County Boys Soccer Team

Wayne County's soccer season has come to an end! Both the Boys and Girls finished as runner-ups in the district and advanced to the Regional tournament. Although they had a rough schedule, both teams came out with quality wins and finished the season strong. We are proud of their hard work and dedication! Go Cards!

Wayne County School District Endorse Kentucky Safe Schools Week Proclamation Signing

On Tuesday, October 17, Judge Executive Mike Anderson officially proclaimed the week as Wayne County Safe Schools Week, joining the Kentucky Center for the School Saftey campaign to be implemented locally.

Football Cards Claim the Title of District Champs Offensive Unit

The Wayne County football team has won 5 in a row, and end district play 4-0. Making them the Champions of District 6! A huge congratulations to the Cards and good luck the rest of the season!

WC Dance Team will hold Cards Dance Clinic WCHS Dance Team

On October 17th and 19th, WC Dance Team will be hosting a dance clinic for students at Monticello and Bell Elementary. Forms are due by October 6th. See link inside..

WC Dance Team Clinic

Join the Wayne County Dance Team at their Cardinal Kids Dance Clinic! Clinic will be held at Monticello Elementary Gymnasium on October the 17th and 19th after school till 5:30. Each student will learn a Pom-Pom routine and a Halloween Routine. they will receive a T-shirt to commemorate the clinic. The t-shirt is included with the registration fee. Registration fee is $20.00! Payment and registration is due October the 6th.

Wayne County Blanks Rockcastle In District Matchup WCHS Wins game!

It was named Lex 18's Sportzone Game of the Week. #2 in 4A vs #5 in 4a. Wayne County versus Rockcastle in a highly anticipated district matchup. The game had all kinds of hype and your Cardinals had all the fight. Wayne County shutout the Rockets with a 27-0 victory! Congrats to the football team!

Wayne County Schools participate in High Attendance contest placing in the top three regionally at each level High Attendance Festivities

Wayne County Schools participate in High Attendance contest placing in the top three regionally at each level. Students participated in a variety of special events and interesting classroom opportunities at Wayne County Schools recently on High Attendance Day. All three levels managed to place in the top three in the region.

Local Test Scores for 2016-2017 reported by Kentucky Department of Education KDE Logo

The 2016-17 state assessment results have been released for Wayne County Schools, along with test scores from across the state. This is a transitional year for the accountability system since the state is moving to a new model that will be go into effect in 2018-19 school year. Changes to state and national laws have prompted a redesign of the state accountability system that families are used to. Therefore, the public reporting looks different this year without any overall (Distinguished, Proficient, or Needs Improvement) labels, nor an overall score for the schools and district.

Flu Vaccine will be Available on Campus in October flu vaccine logo

Shots will be available at each school building and bus garage during the week of October 16th-20th through the district wellness program.

Wayne County Cross Country Invitational Wayne XC

On Saturday, September 23, Wayne County's Cross Country team participated in the tenth annual Wayne County Invitational at Cave Lake.

Bell Elementary Implements new Positive Discipline/Behavior Program kids flock to meet the mascot

First and second grader screamed with delight as they danced in their seats at the first admission to “Go Cards” Friday events which are becoming increasingly popular amongst students at Bell Elementary School.

The Help Houston Project FFA Emblem

In high hopes to help the victims of Hurricane Harvey that hit Texas, the local Wayne County FFA chapter is hosting a local donation drive. Items need to be sent by October 4th.

Iota Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma Society International brings supplies to new teachers retired teachers

Teachers appreciated a nice gesture from the local chapter of educators from Wayne and neighboring counties who donated bags of teaching supplies. Delta Kappa Gamma Society International promotes professional and personal growth of women educators and excellence in education. New teachers were encouraged by their support.

Bell Elementary Students Planted Broccoli in the School Garden broccoli cover photo

Over four-hundred first and second graders from Bell Elementary got to discover the joy of gardening. They had eaten fresh broccoli in the cafeteria and then learned where it came from at the four-acre School Garden.

High Achieving High School and Middle School Students Honored In September Board Meeting September Recognition

At the September 12th Board of Education meeting an outstanding group of students were honored for their involvemnet and attendance at summer enrichment programs and camps. Also, students of Wayne County benefitted from the summer 21st Century camp. We are proud of our Cards!

Grandparents welcomed to school at Walker Early Learning Center and Bell Elementary Grandparents participate in book fair

Grandparents enjoyed snacks, book fairs, playgrounds, and singing activities with children at both schools.

High Attendance Day set at Wayne County Schools Perfect Attendance

September is Attendance Awareness month across the United States, and High Attendance Day in Kentucky is on Wednesday, September 20. Kentucky’s High Attendance Day is sponsored by the Kentucky Directors of Pupil Personnel (KDPP) organization which gives regional and state prizes with funds that go directly to the winning schools for elementary, middle and high school. All kinds of local events are being planned for this exciting day for students at Wayne County Schools. Be sure and be in attendance at school this Wednesday!  


Wayne County Looks Ahead to the Homecoming Game Against Harlan County Wayne County tacklers

The Cards are hungry after losing a tough one against the Boyle County Rebels. It was the team's first loss of the season. However, they look to redeem themselves as the Harlan County Black Bears roll into town. The homecoming game will take place at 7:30 Friday, September 15th at Jewell Field. Come out and cheer on your Wayne County Cardinals! The crowning of the Homecoming King and Queen will take place at halftime of the game. Also, alumni from Wayne County High School and Monticello High School Class of 1998 will be honored during the game. The Reunion will be held in the Wayne County High School cafeteria from 6 p.m. to halftime of the game.

Huge Turnout for Wayne County Little League Football Program Boys in the lineup

There was a massive turnout for the Wayne County Little League Football Program this year. The program is made up of three teams in the first and second grade range and two teams in the third through sixth grade range. The teams compete during August and September. Cheerleading teams corresponding with the age groups support the teams.

Bell Elementary Purchased Several Books with the RECC People Grant Fund Bell Kids with the New Books

Bell Elementary used the RECC People Fund Grant of $400 to purchase a variety of easy fiction and non-fiction books. Bell Elementary Librarian Nell Boils appreciated the contribution which added to her library.

2017 "Go Cards"All Stars Awards presented to Staff Wayne County Teachers

The annual "Go Cards" All Star Awards for the staff were announced on opening day to the Wayne County School staff. Colleagues and community members nominate the winners each year. Monticello Banking Company provided monetary rewards to the winners.This year, the most valuable players were WCHS Certified Employee Liz McClain and Bell Elementary Classified Employee Elaine Bell. Other employees representing a classified and certified employee winner from each building included: Angela New, Amanda Beck, Nell Boils, Pam Bell, Kristi Morrow, Peggy Burnette, Malissa Atkinson, Stephanie Robinette, and Ronnie Hancock. 

Almost 40 children participate in Wayne County Elementary Cross Country Cross Country

Elementary runners recently participated in the 1-mile Fun Run held at Memorial Park. The young runners mirror part of the middle school and high school's running schedule. Wayne County Elementary XC has started off with record starting numbers!

Fresh corn being served in cafeterias thanks to school garden three boys enjoy the fresh corn

The students are benefiting from the delicious fresh vegetables being served. One of the favorites is buttered corn at Bell Elementary. 

Corn harvested and served in cafeteria Bus driver pitches in with students to help harvest the corn

     Students are enjoying fresh produce in their cafeteria due to the 4-acre school garden harvest. Agriculture students and volunteers shucked the Aspire Sweet Corn, a new genetic variety. Then passed it on to the Family Consumer Science Students to wash and store in the freezer. About 9,000 ears of corn were harvested during a recent 2-day session.

Spots still available in Wrap-around Preschool Program Teaching children

Preschoolers can partcipate in the program before or after their half-day class. The young learners benefit by participating in enrichment activities and close involvement wth the teacher to become kindergarten ready.

KY Race to the Top Bornlearning Academy Workshop Series Born Learning Series

The Bornlearning Academy is a series of family workshops for parents of children not enrolled in school yet. Together, we learn how we can prepare our children for school, starting when they are born. We have dinner with our families, break out into groups and learn how to Turn Everyday Moments into Learning Opportunites.

ELL Migrant Program Center being established with help of Lowes Grant and Volunteers

Lowe’s Somerset Store volunteers graciously assisted in remodel efforts for the new Migrant Education Center, after the school received two Lowe's Toolbox for Education grants. The contributions of labor and funds were greatly appreciated and will help meet the needs of the district’s highly successful ELL/Migrant Program.


Kentucky Board of Education Unanimously Approves Accountability System: Discuss Charters Kentucky Department of Education Logo

At a special meeting in Frankfort on August 23, the Kentucky Board of Education unanimously approved the regulation that will govern Kentucky's new accountability system under the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and Senate Bill 1 (2017).

Students Invited to First Elementary Cross Country Practice Logo

The first cross country practice will be Thursday, August 24th at the high school gym. All you need to do is show up with your running shoes on and a great attitude towards running.

Non-Traditional Instruction Days begin at Wayne County Schools Watching the eclipse

Students participated in a NTI day to observe the National Solar Eclipse Day.The total eclipse provided many teachable moments.

Department of Education participating in kentucky state fair KY Dept. of Ed

Kentuckians attending the 2017 Kentucky State Fair in Louisville Aug. 17-27 are invited to visit the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) booth in the Main Street Kentucky section of the South Wing of the Kentucky Exposition Center.

Opening Day for the staff included a humorous and uplifting motivational speaker motivational speaker

An opening day ceremony was held for the Wayne County School District staff members recently.New employees were introduced to the audience. A motivational speaker inspired the educators through her very energetic speaking style.

Over 3,000 Students were Welcomed Back to School on Opening Day Mrs. Brown's Class doing the Pledge

Students were excited to be back with their classmates and were ready to learn.

First Non-Traditional Instruction Day planned for August 21st solar eclipse

Wayne County Schools will be experiencing the first non-traditional day, known as NTI, which allows students to study at home this Monday, August 21st.

Wayne County Schools cancel classes at school on solar eclipse day school logo

Wayne County Schools will cancel classes Monday, August 21st on the day of the solar eclipse. The district’s administration carefully considered their options in determining whether to stay in school on Monday, especially with such an impressive kick off on the first day of classes, because they did not want to lose any momentum.

Welcome teachers new to Wayne County Schools Teacher Training

Teachers new to the system recently participated in professional development training customized to welcome them into Wayne County Schools. Additional future trainings will be scheduled to assist them in familiarizing themselves with district policies and procedures as a special benefit. This targeted support will help mentor new teachers and the curriculum and instructional coaches will join in the support.

WKU invites teachers to Hilltopper Football game September 23 Hilltopper Football

Discounted tickets will be available to educators and their families

Over 90 Bus drivers participated in Transportation training on August 7th Bus Driver Training

Informative videos on bus behavior and required medical training certifications were part of the 8-hour update.

Congratulations to Wayne County Nutrition Services Director on well earned state recognition award Karen Gibson

Congratulations to Wayne County Nutrition Services Director Karen Gibson on earning the Kentucky School Nutrition Association (KSNA) Director of the Year Award. It comes as no surprise to Wayne County School employees that Gibson received this state award after serving Wayne County students and the staff for 20 years in such a professional manner.

Suspense building towards new school year Back to School

Enthusiasm is high amongst students anticipating the new school year at Wayne County Schools. Especially after families have visited the schools to meet teachers and see the freshly polished classrooms decorated with inviting themes conducive to learning. They have been attending back to school orientations to kick off the 2017-18 school year, which begins August 16th.

First responder employees, special needs student educators, and coaching staffs participated in 2 year CPR and AED training CPR Training

Wayne County Schools has numerous employees participate in this valuable training to perhaps save a life in an emergency situation. The state recommends a minimum of two employees per buidling be trained in these life saving skills, but fortunately Wayne County greatly exceeds this requirement.

Wayne County Nutrition Service employees benefitted from a seminar featuring guest speaker JoAnne Robinette called "Keeping on Track- We can do it!" Training Photo

Food safety and team building were amongst the topics discussed at the one day training event held in Turner Cafeteria.

Special Needs staff members benefit from training before school starts training

Wayne County Schools Health Coordinator Patty Burton led an informative workshop for staff members who work with special needs children.

Wayne County School System Orientation Dates Upcoming Aerial shot

Wayne County School teachers and staff members will be rolling out the red carpet to students at back to school orientations before the first day of classes for students on Wednesday, August 16th.

“Meet the Cardinals” event set for August 17 Go Cards!

Football fans will get a chance to see the 2017 Wayne County team on the field during “Meet the Cardinals,” which is set for Thursday, August 17 at 6 p.m. at Jewell Field. Admission is $3.

Billboards remind drivers to stop for school buses Stop sign billboard

(FRANKFORT, Ky.) – As a new school year approaches, Kentucky drivers will soon see reminders to watch out for stopped school buses.  This week, 51 billboards started going up across the state that warn of the danger of passing a stopped school bus. The billboards feature an extended stop sign arm on the side of a school bus with the words, "It's not JUST a stop sign, it's a child's life."

Wayne County Food Service Program provides another successful summer feeding program Summer feeding program

Wayne County’s Summer Food Service Program has been making sure students’ stomachs are full even when classrooms are empty. Besides just finishing serving the 21st Century Program’s Camp based at Wayne County Middle School, the Lunchbox Express mobile feeding truck has been on the road providing nutritious food to children in the community.  The summer meals program has been serving approximately 300 meals daily.

Wayne County School District Teachers honored by Campbellsville University Award recipients

CAMPBELLSVILLE, Ky. – Kentucky’s 2017 Elementary Teacher of the Year, Kellie Jones of Taylor County’s Intermediate School, urged the teachers to whom she spoke at Campbellsville University to “keep your passion for teaching” and “Students today need passionate and energetic influence in their learning and in their lives.”

Wayne County Board of Education recognizes retirees at reception in their honor Group photo of retirees

This past school year, 22 employees retired with a total of 549 amazing years of service to the students of Wayne County Schools. Thank you for your service!

Wayne County Schools provide information regarding the facility tax proposal Cardinal Seal

The following questions and answers provide information about a proposed facility equivalent tax that is currently being considered to make a significant impact towards enhancing local workforce development. The facility tax would be used to secure additional state funding towards the goal of a new early college and career center to replace and expand the existing Wayne County Area Technology Center.

Wayne County Schools provide a highly skilled workforce to meet jobs of the future Cardinal Logo

 Wayne County Schools are prepared to make a significant investment in community workforce development through the construction of a new early college and career center to replace and expand the existing Wayne County Area Technology Center.  In order to secure additional state funding for this project, the district must levy an additional facilities tax that will open the door for the state legislature to authorize equalization funding and significantly increase the district’s capacity to meet facility needs.

Treetop Adventure to reward teachers June 5-9 Tree Top Adventure Picture

Treetop Adventure at Levi Jackson State Park in London has designated the first full week of June as Teachers Appreciation Week.

Pledge to Read This Summer! Book

The Kentucky Department of Education encourages students to keep reading this summer. Students in Wayne County have access to the new public library to check out books to read. Take the pledge to read this summer.

1st and 2nd graders enjoy their honors day Honors Day logo

Bell Elementary students were recognized in classroom groups at the end of the school year. Families came to support their children at the recognition programs.

New Senior Walkthrough was very special event for all involved Walkthrough

Underclassmen across the campus enjoyed cheering for the out going seniors on the last day of school. There were some tears shed and several hugs along the route by both seniors, staff, and family members as the future graduates dressed in red cap and gowns marched down the hallways of each school.

Wayne County School District is participating in the Summer Food Service Program Wayne County School District is participating in the Summer Food Service Program

Meals will be provided to all children without charge and are the same for all children regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability, and there will be no discrimination in the course of the meal service. Meals will be provided, at a first come, first serve basis, at the sites and times as follows:

Professional Development trainings held for teaching staff to prepare for more rigorous content in the upcoming school year Bell Elementary teachers participate in training

Teachers across the district are working together to take another step in upgrading the curriculum in a series of professional development opportunities on campus. The first part of their training was geared towards exploring a model for instruction inside their content area. They worked through a series of tasks in Converge software to help with a vision for high quality instruction. The second part of the professional development was to look at the content standards  and model them for building a common understanding of what students need to know to master the standards.  

Bell Elementary student parade rings Literacy Bell Principal Derrick Harris starts the parade with the Cardinal Mascot

Kids had fun ringing the literacy bell in the front hallway. They were congratulated by the Cardinal Mascot and the Superintendent of the School System, Wayne Roberts. Students who have met or exceeded benchmark on F&P got to ring the bell (a level J for first grade and a level M for second grade). The first graders had a parade at 9:00 and the second graders had a parade at 10:00. The groups reported to the gymnasium before their parades to receive a message of encouragement from Principal Derrick Harris.

Bell Book Fair concludes Friday, May 5 Book fair information for parents

Families enjoyed attending the book fair after school while students have benefitted from the event during the school day. Thank you to Ms. Nell Boils for accomodating families and offering an evening of reading recently.

Wayne County Tennis concludes their regular season Wayne County Tennis concludes their regular season

The Wayne County Tennis team has recently concluded their regular season. Our boys' team went undefeated at 12-0. Meanwhile, our girls had a very successful season at 8-3. Both teams will attend Regionals at Centre College on May 5, 6, and 8. Congratulations to the following students for making it to Regionals: Morgan Munsey, Macie Weaver, Kaitlyn Garner, Presley Roberts, Cassie Stockton, Grayson Roberts, Corbin Kirksey, Zach Dishman, Cameron East, Alex McFarland, Sam Fairchild, and Brody Weaver. Good luck!

Walker Early Learning Center and Bell Elementary student child abuse prevention poster contest winners Walker Early Learning Center and Bell Elementary student child abuse prevention poster contest winners

The Little Cardinal Family Resource Center coordinated the contest at both schools

Bell Elementary honors two students as Principal of the Day for achieving 300 AR points Gabriella got a hug from a classmate in the cafeteria while she was on duty

Zachary Foster and Gabriella McGinnis know what it is like to work as the principal of Bell

Elementary. They recently joined Rylan Morgan, who was the first student to have over 350 AR points,

forming an elite club of readers, who were rewarded by serving as the principal of the day.

Jason Kennett and fellow musicians played Bluegrass tunes to students at Walker and Bell Jason Kennett and fellow musicians played Bluegrass tunes to students at Walker and Bell

Jason Kennett, Greg Edwards, Trent Lay, and Leroy Lay entertained the students while sharing an informative Appalachian music lesson.

Summer classes at SCC provide new, returning and visiting students a chance to get ahead Photo of two students working together in a class at SCC

Somerset, Ky. – Did you know new, returning and visiting college students can take classes over the

summer at Somerset Community College (SCC)?

Wayne County's Bell Elementary Teacher Lois Bradley provided input to Commissioner Stephen L. Pruitt at town hall meeting Lois Bradley asking a question at the meeting

KY Commissioner of Education Stephen L. Pruitt listened to Bell Elementary Teacher Lois Bradley discuss the importance of Physical Education as Department of Education employees listened to educators respond to a draft school accountability proposal at the SE Ky Town Hall in Laurel County.

WCMS Arts Exhibit coming up May 2 Art Show 2016

The public is invited to take advantage of an upcoming special arts show at Wayne County Middle School, coupled with a school event that will be very special. Admission will be free.

Alumni band concert coming up Alumni band concert coming up

The Wayne County High School Band will be hosting a concert at 6:00 p.m. this Friday night followed by

a dinner and alumni reception at the high school from 7:00-9:30 p.m.

Bell Elementary Second graders receive books by Nila J. Webster Rhonda Ward's class

The second graders were delighted to receive The Magic of Moonlight from the author. Media Specialtist Nell Boils distributed the books during National Library week.

Final Mandated Transportation Evacuation Drill to be held Friday, April 21 Driver Misty Hicks handed her drill sheet to Transportation Coordinator Tim Pyles

Classes will be dismissed at 2:45 p.m. in order for students and bus drivers to participate in timed evacuation drills to practice emergency procedures. Wayne County Schools have an excellent safety record logging an amazing 2,744.8 miles per day. The last drill was held just before Spring Break.

4H Communications night to be held on April 20 4H Clover
The 4-H Talent Show is coming up The 4-H Talent Show is coming up

Participants must pre-register by April 14, 2017.

Commissioner Pruitt: Charter application process won't be simple, contracts between districts, charters critical Commissioner Pruitt: Charter application process won't be simple, contracts between districts, charters critical; KDE setting up special charter school unit

Education Commissioner Stephen Pruitt says the new law allowing charter schools in Kentucky can be a boost to ensuring all children have an excellent education. But he also says the success of charter schools can’t happen without a collaborative relationship between charters and local public school districts.

SCC and Watershed Arts Alliance welcome Afrikania Cultural Troupe to campus; free community performance scheduled April 10 Afrikana Cultural Troupe

Somerset, Ky. – Gideon Alorwoyie and the Afrikania Cultural Troupe of Ghana, a unique, authentic and

artistic group of performers, will be at Somerset Community College (SCC) on Monday, April 10 at 6 p.m.

for a free, public event.

Dale Ann Bradley to perform at The Center for Rural Development Dale Ann Bradley to perform at The Center for Rural Development

Grammy-nominated bluegrass artist Dale Ann Bradley will be performing at The Center for Rural Development on April 14.


Somerset, Ky. – Somerset, Ky. – Artists and tinkerers of all ages have the chance to compete in

the Somerset Community College (SCC) PRIDE Club’s smART art show, a sustainable media and

recyclable technology competition. The contest, which requires entrants to use at least half recycled

material, will be part of the upcoming Earth Day Celebration at SCC. Earth Day Celebration festivities will

be held April 23, 2017 from 1 to 4:30 p.m. at the SCC Somerset Campus, 808 Monticello Street,


Second grader reaches 350 AR points setting a school record Principal Derrick Harris and Rylan Morgan

Bell Elementary School second grader Rylan Morgan switched roles from being a kid in his classroom to becoming principal for a day, recently. It was a special treat for him for breaking all school reading records. He racked up an amazing 350 Accelerated Reading points for reading tons of books this school year and passing computerized comprehension quizzes to validate his efforts. Not only did he pass the 350 mark, but is still going strong, adding on more and more points.

Bus evacuation will be held Friday, March 31st Tim Pyles

Wayne County Schools will have their third bus evacuation of the school year on Friday, March 31st at 2:45 p.m. The mandated evacuation drills teach students’ safety tips in case of an emergency situation.  Transportation is not only provided to students on daily routes, but also for field trips and extra-curricular activities. The bus garage mechanics keep the fleet in good running order on a daily basis. 

"Crazy Sock Day" sheds light on World Down Syndrome Day Thank you to everyone that participated!

Preschooler Kayley Baker, her mom Trish Baker, and teacher Pam Brown brought a box of donuts to the Central Office staff for recognizing World Down Syndrome Day in support of children with Down Syndrome and their families. March 21st is chosen because individuals with a diagnosis of Down Syndrome have a third copy of the 21st chromosome, hence 3/21.

Wear your "crazy" socks on World Down Syndrome Day Tuesday, Mar 21st Logo for World Down Syndrome Day

The Lake Cumberland Special Blessings Support Group would like to invite the school district and community to participate in World Down Syndrome Day March 21st. This day is set aside worldwide to promote awareness and support for individuals with Down Syndrome. March 21 is chosen because individuals with a diagnosis of Down Syndrome have a third copy of the 21st chromosome, hence 3/21.

Bell Elementary to elect school council members for the 2017-2018 school year Bell Elementary to elect school council members for the 2017-2018 school year

Next week, we will be electing school council members to serve for the 2017-2018 school year

at Bell Elementary.  Nominations should be made in writing to the principal, at Bell Elementary

by March 20th.  You may pick up a form in the front office.

Baseball Team tenderloin sale this Friday, March 17 Baseball Team tenderloin sale this Friday, March 17

Orders must be given on Thursday, March 16. Proceeds go to the WC Baseball Home Run club.

To place an order, please contact either:

 Josh Bartley at joshua.bartley@wayne.kyschools.us or (606)348-5575

 Stacey at (606)307-4237

Humana Vitality go 365 Biometric Checks for the Living Well Promise underway this month Humana Vitality go 365 Biometric Checks for the Living Well Promise underway this month

The Lake Cumberland District Health Department are providing vitality checks for the school district employees.


(FRANKFORT, Ky.) – Kentucky Education Commissioner Stephen Pruitt will be hosting a series of regional

Town Hall Meetings across the Commonwealth to gather feedback from Kentuckians on a new accountability system

that has been under development for the past year.

Kids love Cake Walks and books at Bell's Family Literacy Night Teachers ready to greet families

Bell Elementary famiies enjoyed attending the recent Family Literacy Night dinner and literacy evening event. Students played educational games, completed a craft and especially enjoyed practiced their addition sums during a cake walk. A photo booth was featured in the library, while every student received a free book as they entered the building. 

Cat in the Hat books celebrated at Bell Elementary Bell students do a skit on morning school news show

Bell Elementary surpassed their goal to read 1,000 books by reading 1,924 books. The students were very enthusiastic about their accomplishment. They received never-ending support from the staff.

Wayne County student chosen to perform at Boys Basketball Sweet Sixteen Jessie Allison

Congratulations to Wayne County student Jessie Allison for being chosen to perform to National Anthem at the Boys Sweet 16 on Friday, March 17.

Biometric checks for Wayne County School District staff scheduled for March Biometric checks for Wayne County School District staff scheduled for March

The biometric check is a blood screening and biometric assessment that measures body mass index (BMI), blood pressure, blood glucose (sugar), and total cholesterol.

It's time to consider nominating Wayne County School staff for Go Cards Award Go Cards MVP's

The deadline for receiving nominations is by the end of the day on June 1, 2017. A committee will be reviewing all the nominees and determine the school level winners and the districtwide recipient.

Second graders enjoy seeing their Reading Street common core "Fire Fighter!" story come to life Ava Atkinson with her teacher Jennifer Sexton and her Dad Asst. Fire Chief Justin Atkinson

The children learned a lot about fire safety from Monticello Firefighters that visited Bell Elementary. Their presentation was tied to a literacy lesson from the classroom.

Enjoy dinner and a show at the next Center Stage performance of Neil Simon’s “Barefoot in the Park” on March 16 at The Center for Rural Development Lake Cumberland Performing Arts, in partnership with The Center for Rural Development, presents Neil Simon’s romantic comedy, “Barefoot in the Park,” on Thursday, March 16, at 7:30 p.m. at The Center in Somerset.

A catered dinner and a Broadway-style show combine to create one spectacular night of entertainment on Thursday, March 16, at The Center for Rural Development in Somerset.  

PRUITT ISSUES STATE OF P-12 PUBLIC EDUCATION REPORT Commissioner of Education Stephen Pruitt

(FRANKFORT, Ky.) – Kentucky must do more to ensure all students receive the same educational opportunities and access to rigorous coursework, Commissioner of Education Stephen Pruitt said during his State of Education news conference yesterday.

February Board of Education meeting recognizes High School Academic Team Team Photo

Wayne County Schools Governor’s Cup Academic Team Competition is currently underway. This is a good year for all three levels (elementary, middle and high school). All of the teams have participated in league play with neighboring school districts this fall. The final phase of competition is during the Kentucky Association for Academic Competition Governor’s Cup meets which are held separately for each level.

Wayne County High School Wrestler Cagen Wallace wins state title Cagen Wallace

The Wayne County Wrestling team traveled to Alltech Arena at the Kentucky Horse Park on February 17 and 18 for the KHSAA State Tournament. The Mat Cards finished the state tournament with their 10th state champion in the wrestling programs history. Cagen Wallace 113 lb. weight class won his first state title and finished 57-0 on the season. The team also had two other state placers. 220 lb. Jonathan Gregory placed 8th, and 275 lb. Christian Denney placed 5th. 126 lb. Jacob Dodd and 138 lb. LD Criswell both lost in the blood round of the touranment and fell one match short of the top eight. Wayne County as a team palced 9th overall in the State Tournament.

Coach Danny Upchurch featured in Progress Edition of Outlook 1

 Thirty-five years ago, Danny Upchurch thought he could build a successful wrestling program at Wayne County High School.

    With a few students who had expressed an interest in the sport—which was relatively unknown in any high schools in this area at the time— Upchurch took the idea to then-Superintendent Clarence Bates.

Stay current with school menus using Mealviewer cell phone app Stay current with school menus using Mealviewer cell phone app

The new menu tool has several features including nutritional and allergen information. You can access this on your desktop by using the following direct link: http://schools.mealviewer.com/search/wayne%20county.

At the bottom of the screen, you will find "switch to mobile" and this will allow other features such as rating the foods and selecting your favorite menus. If you desire, you can download MEalviewer from your cell phone by accessing from your app store. Just enter the zip code and you should find the school.

Even though we're moving into the digital age, a hardcopy can still be provided as needed. Just alert your food service manager of this need. If you have any questions, contact the Nutrition Services office at 606-340-8684.

Check out the #loveKYschools page for KEDC and see local success stories like Colton Morrow's nomination for the Congress of Future Medical Leaders Colton Morrow attends the Congress of Future Medical Leaders

Everything from The Lion King musical to Project Launch to graduate Morgan Sexton's selection as a Begley Scholar to Wayne County Schools making headlines in public education can be found at the state education support group Facebook page.

WC Archery Team competed at Boyle County High School on Friday, February 3 Brayleigh Butcher with her trophy

Brayleigh Butcher won First Place in the Elementary Female Division. She has either won or placed in the four tournaments the team has participated in this year. Elliott Cross placed fourth in the High School Male Division. He made the highest score on the team with 288 points, followed by Taylor Bell with 284 points.

Five ways to celebrate Kentucky Heart Month and National wear Red Day on Friday the 3rd at Wayne County Schools #gored

February is Kentucky Heart Month! Let’s build awareness around the healthy behaviors we can all engage in to prevent heart disease and connect people with the community resources to help. Our colleagues in the Kentucky Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Program are inviting everyone to celebrate National Wear Red Day on February 3, 2017 by wearing something red to show your support for women with heart disease and stroke.

Silent Auction to be held at Bell Silent Auction to be held at Bell

   Special gift baskets will be on display in the foyer of Walker Early Learning Center which are a part of a silent auction to raise funds for the Imagination Library program. The public is welcome to visit the school and participate in the auction during the school day or during the Parent Teacher Conferences scheduled from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. on February 7th and 9th.

Vitality checks (Living Will Promise) will be completed this year by the Lake Cumberland District Health Department Vitality checks (Living Will Promise) will be completed this year by the Lake Cumberland District Health Department

Wayne County School Employees may see their school nurse to sign-up if they plan on participating. Sign-up sheets will be located in the work room at the bus garage for bus drivers and monitors.

Parent Teacher Conferences to be held at WCMS Parent Teacher Conferences to be held at WCMS

Wayne County Middle School is having a Parent Teacher Conference on January 26 from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m.. The other schools have released their upcoming Parent Teacher Conference dates.

American Heart Association's Go Red for Women upcoming red

Go Red for Women Day is quickly approaching. On February 3rd, everyone is encouraged to wear red in support of women's heart health.

Student Instruction, nutrition, and wellness discussed at Wayne County Board of Education meeting Student Instruction, nutrition, and wellness discussed at Wayne County Board of Education meeting

The Wayne County Board of Education discussed a variety of programs and policies that will

especially benefit students on the Wayne County Schools campus during their monthly meeting on January 12. Several Monticello Elementary students from The Lion King Kids production shared a few scenes from their show.

CALL FOR FILMS: SOMERSET COMMUNITY COLLEGE THEATRE DIRECTOR REVIEWING SUBMISSIONS FOR UPCOMING FILM FESTIVAL  Somerset Community College (SCC) Theatre & Film is now accepting submissions to the ninth annual Autumn Shorts Film Festival. Films should be less than fifteen minutes in length.

Somerset, Ky. – Somerset Community College (SCC) Theatre & Film is now accepting submissions to the ninth annual Autumn Shorts Film Festival. Films should be less than fifteen minutes in length.

Staff Training is ongoing at Wayne County Schools Middle School training opportunity

Just because you have completed a grade level, received a diploma, earned a degree or updated a certification – there is always more to be learned daily on the Wayne County School campus. So, fortunately learning never stops and there are always a variety of educational means being offered to move forward on an individual basis, no matter what your station in life.

Wayne County School District board of education members saluted this month School Board Attorney Gordon Germain administers the oath of office to incoming board members Donna Blevins, Melissa Upchurch, and Larry Muse. Whitney Smith and Nancy Duncan are already serving terms on the board.

Across the state this month, local school board members, including those in the Wayne County school district, will be saluted by their administrators, faculty, staff, students and community members during Kentucky’s observation of School Board Recognition Month.

Wayne County Board of Ed approves annual school nutrition report card Lunch Meal

A public hearing was held prior to the board meeting so that the public could offer input into the report. The report card provides information and data regarding everything from the district's physical activity environment to the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) to the farm to school program.

Literacy Bell Ringing Parade held at Bell Elementary First graders in Autumn Bertram and Megan McCutchen's room

First and second grade students marked their success in reading with a ceremonial ringing of the Literacy Bell at Bell Elementary recently. Students who exceeded the set reading levels for their grade were privileged with the honor of ringing the bell. Each student who rang the bell is considered a proficient reader. Every Bell Elementary student has been assessed with the Fountas and Pinell Benchmark Reading Assessment at the beginning and middle of the school year. The assessment gives the educators a "cutting edge" instructional reading level for each child. They read actual books on various levels until they finally reach a stopping point and they get to a "hard" based on running record of the text. The first graders should be reading a level F or higher and second grade whould be at a level L. So, numerous students reached these levels or higher and had fun ringing the bell.

Congratulations to WCHS Basketball Alumni Hall of Fame recipients Congratulations to WCHS Basketball Alumni Hall of Fame recipients

The Basketball Hall of Fame was held on Saturday, December 10th. The event is sponsored by Monticello Banking Company in association with the Cardinal Club. There were 7 inductees who were recognized at the Hall of Fame event that is held every two years.

Wayne County Schools Cardinal Football program highlighted during recent board of education meeting Congratulations to the Cardinal Football program

The Wayne County High School 78-member Cardinal Football program was honored for their outstanding season at the Wayne County Board of Education monthly meeting on Monday, December 19th. The senior class was honored for experiencing the most wins (41 wins) of any senior class in the school’s history, during their high school career.

Bell Elementary students visit Santa at Bell Elementary Family Resource Center Bell Elementary students visit Santa at Bell Elementary Family Resource Center

Students received four Disney Infinity action figures donated to the school as presents during their visit. Each child got to tell Santa what they wanted for Christmas.

Ugly Sweater Contest and Box Top Store event at Bell Elementary Jacob Denny won the Boys Ugly Sweater Contest

Bell Elementary recently held their Ugly Christmas Sweater Contest and Box Top Store event. Congratulations to the winners!

Planning session for free life skills classes held at the Wayne County Extension Office Extension Office staff, ESL staff, and WCHS FCCLA students

Wayne County High School students attended the session on December 8 to prepare for the free life skills classes to be held next year. The first will be on January 12, and the next will be on February 9. A meal and child care will be provided. For more information, contact the Extension Office at 348-8453 or Brian Ford at 348-8484 or Freya Munsee at 348-4251.

Somerset Community College chosen as site for Lake Cumberland Slaves Memorial Somerset Community College chosen as site for Lake Cumberland Slaves Memorial

Somerset, Ky. – Somerset Community College (SCC) has been chosen as the site for a new memorial designed to honor the many unmarked slave graves throughout Pulaski and surrounding counties. The memorial, called the Lake Cumberland Slaves Memorial, came about after a group of concerned citizens brought attention to unmarked slave graves. A non-profit grass roots organization, the Lake Cumberland Slaves Memorial (LCSM) Board, was then created to bring dignity and respect to the final resting place for enslaved Americans in the region.

Bell Elementary staff wish Wanda Gregory a well-deserved retirement Wanda Gregory

The Bell Elementary staff enjoyed their annual Christmas party recently, with much merriment, mixed with sentimental feelings since they will be losing a key member of their staff at the conclusion of this semester.

KY School Nutrition Association features Wayne County Schools in the Fall 2016 "The Challenger" Newsletter Veggie

The Challenger highlighted the school's success thanks to the hard work of our nutrition staff.

WC Students participate in Monticello Chamber of Commerce Christmas Parade FFA Float

WCHS Band, Dance Team, JROTC, and many more organizations built floats to ride on and be a part of the annual event.

Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea offers state employee discount All state employees an enjoy a 20% discount on gifts purchased December 5 - December 15.

All state employees an enjoy a 20% discount on gifts purchased December 5 - December 15.

Archery Teams make a good showing at Taylor County Shoot Out WCHS Archery Team

Archers from all three levels of Wayne County Schools performed well at the Taylor County Winter Shoot Out held Saturday, December 3. Several individual archers placed high, with Monticello Elementary archer Brayleigh Butcher making school history with a first place.

UK Women's Basketball Coach Matthew Mitchell calls addition of Wayne County High School graduate Jessica Hardin a 'godsend' UK Women's Basketball Coach Matthew Mitchell calls addition of Wayne County High School graduate Jessica Hardin a 'godsend'

The following article on Wayne County School Lady Cardinal graduate Jessica Hardin appeared in the Lexington Herald-Leader newspaper on November 19, 2016, on the front page of the sports section. The article is being republished with permission from the Herald-Leader Reporter Jennifer Smith.

Wayne County Schools FCA and JROTC teamed up to serve 750 Thanksgiving dinners Thank you to all of this year's volunteers

Students and teachers worked together cooking a traditional Thanksgiving menu in the high school kitchen prior to the holiday on Wednesday, November 23. The annual event takes time, manpower, and organization to accomodate so may local folks in need. Special thanks to those that contributed to the event by working in the prep stages, donating food, and delivering the meals. Special thanks to the FCA sponsors and JROTC staff who coordinate the event each year.

Waynetonian Choir and WCHS Woodwind Ensemble perform together at Center for Rural Development Tree Lighting Waynetonian

Two Wayne County School District music programs collaborated to create a wonderful holiday evening at the Rural Center in Somerset on November 28th.

Wayne County Schools supports Veteran's Day parade Cadets stand at attention

Waynetonian Choir, WCHS Band, and JROTC participated in the parade which was held on Main Street and the ceremony held on Public Square.

Bell Elementary students show respect to Veterans as WC JROTC provide special program Bell Elementary students show respect to Veterans as WC JROTC provide special program

Students enjoyed celebrating Veterans at a recent assembly coordinated by Teacher Susan Helms which featured Wayne County's JROTC Color Guard and a speech by 1SG George Snyder. The program was part of the Arts and Humanities program at Bell where they study a patriotic unit covering a variety of things pertaining to the nation, with an emphasis on Veterans. The younger students especially appreciated the collaboration by the JROTC. In addition, the elementary students made over 424 cards for the Thomas-Hood Veterans Facility in Wilmore, Kentucky.

Wayne County JROTC and FCA host a charity event for Thanksgiving Wayne County JROTC and FCA host a charity event for Thanksgiving

The Wayne County High School JROTC and FCA are once again teaming up to feed the shut-ins and less fortunate of Wayne County on Thanksgiving Day.

Career Parade fun for students at Bell Elementary Career Parade fun for students at Bell Elementary

Students chose future careers which included scientists, farmers, teachers, and more.

Bell Elementary School promoting healthier school environment Pumpkins

First and second graders had fun eating fruit in a unique way to celebrate Halloween. The event is a result of a USDA-FNS Fresh Fruit and Vegetable grant. Students get to snack on specially prepared fresh fruits and vegetables each afternoon, Monday through Thursday, in their classrooms, while learning nutritional facts.



Author and illustrator is a big hit at Bell Elementary The students show him their drawings

Mike Artell shares his wonderful children's stories and a lesson on drawing with421 first and second graders.

Group Rates available with discounted pricing for Mill Springs Battlefield Association's Annual Ghostwalk: a Living History Event ghost

Step back in time and revisit the Civil War as Mill Springs Battlefield Association presents a living history event portraying scenes from the Battle of Mill Springs and life during the Civil War. Be guided by lantern light back through time on the “trail of history.”  

The Wayne County Gifted and Talented program is accepting donations of used athletic shoes shoes

The Wayne County Gifted & Talented program is collecting used athletic shoes as a fundraiser for their upcoming New York and Washington, D.C. Inauguration Educational Tour in January.

6,400 toilet paper rolls collected in anti-drug drive toilet paper drive

Five local groups will be receiving the donations as a result of UNITE and DAAD with the help of Wayne County High School's Family Resource Youth Center's coordination of the event. Wayne County joined Rockcastle County in the service project which culminated at the UNITE football game when the two schools met. 

Boys Cross Country Team finish second overall at recent Cave Lake Fall Classic WCHS Boys Cross Country runners

Congratulations to Zachary Tucker for placing first individually in the men's competition. Wayne County was represented at all three levels of competition.Support Cross Country this Saturday, October 29, as Wayne County hosts Region 5 Classic AA Championship at Cave Lake.

Fitness Walkers share wellness habits with Board of Education during monthly meeting Fitness Walkers share wellness habits with Board of Education during monthly meeting

Literacy and fitness are a common theme on the Wayne County School campus. Bell Elementary has tied these two important missions together through a book character walk that was held Monday, October 17th, after school.

Bell Elementary Receives Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Grant Award Fruit and Veggie

Wayne County School District announces participation in the USDA-FNS Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program. Bell Elementary School has been awarded the $24,250 grant during the 2016-2017 school year.   

Bell Elementary students pick a pumpkin with help from the FFA students Bell students selected pumpkins

Over 400 Bell Elementary students enjoyed the school garden pumpkin patch on a bright autumn day. Each child received a pumpkin grown just the right size for them to carry and take home on their school bus. 

Dollar General Literacy Foundation provides helpful grants to Wayne County Schools
Character Fitness Walk at Bell Elementary helps launch Family Reading Night walk

A fitness walk was held after students and parents attended Bell Elementary's Family Reading Night, which was extra fun since they dressed in book character costumes to emphasize literacy. The Monday night Family Reading Nights will be held weekly through March 27th from 3:45 to 5:30 p.m. Families can see their students take Accelerated Reader tests and learn more about the Renaissance Connect Program. Students can also visit the computer lab and enjoy Lexia and Dreambox software programs.

Wayne County places in top three at two levels in State High Attendance Day competiton attendance

Wayne County Schools placed in the top three at two levels in the Region 14 State High Attendance Contest recently. Each of the five local schools held special events or promotions in regard to the event that stresses the importance of attendance.

Commissioner proclaims Safe Schools Week Oct. 16-22 pruitt

Commissioner of Education Stephen Pruitt signs a proclamation declaring Oct. 16-22 as Safe Schools Week in Kentucky. Safe Schools Week is designed to raise public awareness and improve the safety of our schools by educating students, staff and community members about bullying prevention, conflict resolution and relationship building.

Wayne County School District announces participation in afterschool meal services Veggies from the school garden

After school supper meals are available without charge to students at the following participating schools:

Wayne Co. Middle School /95 Champion Dr.  Monticello, KY 42633 (Mon. - Thurs.); 3:15 p.m.-4:00 p.m. 

Bell Elementary, 278 Kenny Davis Blvd., Monticello, KY  42633 (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday) 3:15 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. 

Walker Early Learning Center 1080 South Main St. Monticello, KY  42633 (Mon. & Thurs.); 5:30 – 6:15 p.m. 

Retired Food Service Employee Betty Rains shows off quilt she created from Wayne County School shirts Quilt

Guild member Betty Rains served the school system for 19 years in the Nutrition Services department and her full size quilt includes 30 blocks of schoool tops she wore while serving local students. Thanks for being Cardinal Proud with this lovely heirloom career quilt!

First Responders Appreciation Night was held October 14 when Wayne County defeated Russell County 59-30 First Responders Appreciation Night was held October 14 when Wayne County defeated Russell County 59-30

Local First Responders were highlighted during the football game Friday night. First Responders and their spouses were admitted free of charge to the game where they were honored before the game.

Wayne County Schools Health Services begin preparation for flu season shot

With flu season approaching the appropriate measures will be administered to prevent illness in the school system. Employees will begin receiving flu shots one week after the return from fall break.

Bus Evacuation will be held on Friday, October 7 Bus Evac

Wayne County Schools will be dismissing classes at 2:45 p.m. this Friday, October 7th, in order to conduct their second mandated bus evacuation drill.

Kentucky Safe Schools Week will be Oct. 16–22; Center for School Safety puts the focus of observation on stopping bullying no bullying

Kentucky schools, led by the Kentucky Center for School Safety (KCSS), will observe Oct. 16–22 as Safe Schools Week. This observance coincides with the national campaign. America’s Safe Schools Week is sponsored by the National School Safety Center.

Last spring’s KPREP accountability scores released education

The Wayne County School District has received the 2015-16 Unbridled Learning Accountability data from last spring, which is currently being reviewed by the staff. The report showed Wayne County High School earning the best ranking amongst the local schools being named Proficient, while the elementary grades tested were pleased that they met their annual measurable objective goal.

WCMS Football fundraiser will be held at our local Pizza Hut pizza

The fundraiser will be held today at 4:30 p.m. 20% of all orders will be donated to the WCMS football team.

Malachi Coffey shares homemade molasses with his teachers Second grade student Malachi Coffey made homemade molasses during the weekend to share with his teachers on September 26

Second grade student Malachi Coffey made homemade molasses during the weekend to share with his teachers on September 26. He learned how to use sugar cane to make molassis with his grandfather on their farm, and he is very educated about the process of making it.

Extension helps with consumer science project at Bell Elementary zzz

First and second graders worked on a pinch pot project for a consecutive two weeks in Melinda Burnett's art classes. The Wayne County Extension specialists helped with instruction and supplies for the four consumer sessions that will occur this school year.

"See You at the Pole"

The Wayne County High School FCA students invite everyone to their "See You at the Pole" event on September 28 at 7:45 a.m. This is an optional event, and the FCA students encourage those that would be interested in it to attend.

Thanks to Wayne County Schools supporter McCreary County Hardwoods for gift to Imagination Library

Special thanks to Master Gardener Vannie Hatfield for contributing to the Imagination Library after learning about the program at a recent KY Proud dinner featuring veggies from the school graden.

Students enjoy High Attendance Day activities at the elementary level

Students had a blast on inflatables at Monticello and Bell Elementary Schools. Monticello Elementary students also were allowed to use all kinds of electronic devices (cell phones, tablets, ipads, and ipods) during the last hour of the school day. A free fall festival was held after school at Bell Elementary until 5:00 p.m. for their student body, as well.  

Wayne County School Employees Get Fit, Strong, & Healthy!

Malcon & Peggy's Fitness Center is offering this special deal for all Wayne County School Employees!

Bell Elementary remember 9/11

Bell Elementary recognized first responders who visted their school recently. Everyone appreciates their efforts in keeping our community safe.

Wipe Out Drugs service project being held in school district

Operation Unite is hosting a toilet paper drive in the school system. Donations will be received at WCHS and will be used to benefit numerous treatment centers in the area. The deadline to donate is September 30.

Groundbreaking ceremony kicks off construction project Groundbreaking ceremony kicks off construction project

Wayne County School athletes will be benefitting from a new multi-purpose sports facility to practice in during inclement weather conditions in the near future, located near the baseball field adjacent to the school garden.

Big South Fork hosting Reading Ranger Program book

In celebration on National Public Lands Day a park ranger will be reading a children's book and then leading a hike at Blue Heron Interpretive Center on Saturday, September 24. The event is free and open to anyone.

Obed Wild & Scenic River offering Children's Know Your Fish Program wc

The National Park Service will host a class at Obed Visitor Center allowing children to learn about wildlife in the river and interesting facts about them. There will be several activities and games for children to participate in. The event is welcome to all ages.

Upcoming event to support district Gifted and Talented

The Wayne County District Gifted and Talented will host a scrapmetal recycling drive to raise money for the activities the groups will participate in this school year. The fundraiser will be held on October 15 at the Wayne County Maintenance Garage.

Grandparents and volunteers enjoy breakfast with Bell Elementary students

Grandparents and volunteers enjoyed eating breakfast with Bell Elementary students during Grandparent Week. Visitors also attended the Book Fair in the gymnasium.

High Attendance Day fast approaching on September 20th

Wayne County Schools are once again participating in High Attendance Day to promote the importance of being at school in order to learn. The state contest sponsored by the Kentucky Directors of Pupil Personnel has been in existence for the last eight years. Wayne County has been very well represented on High Attendance Day at region in all three levels – elementary, middle and high school.

Employees benefit from vitality checks Employees benefit from vitality checks

Lake Cumberland District Health Department is providing health screenings for employees of the Wayne County School District. The next screening will be held at Bell Elementary on September 22.

Parent Teacher Conferences Coming Up

Wayne County High School will have Parent Teacher Conferences on Tuesday, September 13th from 4:00 – 7:00 pm. Wayne County Area Technology Center will also have Parent Teacher Conferences next Tuesday, September 13th from 3:30 – 6:00 pm.

Extension Service KY Proud Showcase Dinner features school garden veggies

Over 100 people attended the event after the school garden tour was held. Walker Early Learning Center Principal Angella Ballinger shared the Imagination Library program with the audience. An after dinner auction raised $847, plus an additional $836 in donations. Folks like teacher Micah Hicks provided artistic audtion items to support the cause.

The garden peas grown at Walker provided $31, bringing the overall total to $1,717. It cost $26 a year to sponser a local child so they can have books mailed to their home. The 'Reading Matters' campaign stresses the importance of putting books in the hands of children before they even start school and then continuing the habit throughout their public education.

Somerset Community College to celebrate Constitution Day with Kentucky's Secretary of State and Chief Justice

Somerset, Ky. (September 6, 2016) – Constitution Day, also known as Citizenship Day, will be celebrated

at Somerset Community College (SCC) with two guest speakers this year:  Kentucky Secretary of State

Alison Lundergan Grimes on September 14, 2016 and Kentucky Supreme Court Chief Justice John D.

Minton, Jr. on September 19, 2016.  Both events will be held on the SCC Somerset Campus at 808

Monticello Street in Somerset and both are free and open to the public.

Grandparents' celebrations scheduled for Walker and Bell

Walker Early Learning Center and Bell Elementary invites students and grandparents to join them at their school. We look forward to seeing you next week!

Parent Teacher Conferences Coming Up

The Wayne County Middle School will conduct their first Midterm Parent Teacher Conference on Thursday, September 8th from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Wayne County Schools participating in First Annual Scarecrow Trail

It’s harvest time in Monticello! Three middle school teachers, who combined have logged 89 years of service to local students, are hosting the event.

Bell Elementary students work on a clever, colorful wall display

Over 400 first and second graders participated in an opening "Get to Know You" project in Melinda Burnett's reading lab/art classes recently. Each child created a colorful paper crayon illustrating what was unique about themselves and then they were combined to show "When we get together the picture is COMPLETE."

FFA/Extension office host annual field day in school garden FFA/Extension office host annual field day in school garden

Visitors took advantage of the opportunity to tour the garden. A wagon pulled by a tractor took guests to each station manned by FFA members who offered explanations on harvesting the vegetables in their areas. A dinner was served afterwards at the Extension Office featuring the fresh produce. An auction raised about $1,300 for the Imagination Library thanks to those attending.

Wayne County Transportation Mechanics keep bus fleet running smoothly with the help of technology

Behind the scenes at the bus garage, buses are worked on daily to maintain the safety of their passengers. Each bus undergoes a monthly inspection.

State mandated bus evacuations held recently State mandated bus evacuations held recently

There will be three more bus evacuation drills this school year to inspire student safety.

Students and volunteers recently harvested 4,128 ears of corn at the school garden

Family Consumer Science classes introduced to nutrition and wellness unit through practical experience silking corn in the school production kitchen. FFA/ Agriculture students take a lot of pride in harvesting the produce from the garden which feeds the entire student body in the school cafeterias.

Lady Cards Volleyball Team face Corbin tonight (Aug.29); gained experience at Bluegrass Invitational over weekend

The Varsity Teams' Record is 3-7 on the season; the young team went up against the best in Lexington and finished the tournament 1-5 gaining valuable experience.The program includes Freshmen, JV, and Varsity Team competitors at the meets.. On Tuesday, Aug. 30th, the Lady Cards face Clinton away.On Sept. 6th, the team faces Southwestern in their first district game of the season. GO CARDS!

Wayne County Youth Football prepares youngest athletes for the future Wayne County Youth Football prepares youngest athletes for the future

Wayne County Schools offers an extensive afterschool football program that begins for students at Bell Elementary in first and second grade.The Feeder program continues all the way through middle school before reaching the freshmen, junior and varsity level. There are 152 students participating in the elementary football program (first-sixth grades), which is coordinated by Adam Chaplin. Games begin August 29 with first and second grade teams playing Tuesday and Thursday nights at the High School practice field, while third-sixth graders play on Monday nights at the Hwy 90 soccer field. In addition, the middle school level includes both a JV and Varsity Team program.

Little League Football Program prepares youngest athletes for the future

Wayne County Schools offers an extensive afterschool football program that begins for Bell Elementary first and second graders. The Feeder program continues all the way through middle school before reaching the junior and varsity level.

Local community can support Wayne County Schools through Community Rewards Program

Sign up in August to benefit your student's school.

Festivities in connection with Opening Day celebrate the Staff's many Contributions

Staff enjoyed a back to school reception held in their honor before attending the opening day meeting. The Wayne County High School JROTC Color Guard presented the flags and Superintendent Wayne Roberts addressed the crowd kicking the school year off. 

The 2016 Go Cards Award Winners

Eleven classified and certified staff members were recognized on opening day for the staff, recently. Extraordinary individuals who work in the Wayne County School System were recognized in fornt of their peers through a nomination process by colleagues, students, and or parents. One cerified and one classified member from each school and one classified person from the district staff were recognized with a $100 award from the Monticello Banking Company. Two MVP nominees - Randy Foster and Lindsey Aguilar - were recognized amongst the group with an additional $150 recognition, courtesy of Monticello Banking Company.

Bell Elementary students enjoyed planting broccoli in the school garden

WCHS FFA students prepared the plot in the garden and the agriculture students assisted the children plant the vegetables.

Students will participate in bus evacuations during school hours

Wayne County Schools’ first state mandated bus evacuation drills will begin Wednesday (August 17) morning at Monticello Elementary. All students in third, fourth and fifth grades will be participating beginning at 9:00 a.m. during the school day.

Wayne County Schools care about kids

Wayne County Schools got off to a great opening day for students in kindergarten through 12th grade on Wednesday, August 10th.

First and Second Graders started their day at Bell Elementary

Bell Elementray students were excited to tour their classrooms and to see all the recources made avalible to them on opening day.

Nutrition Department previews the harvest in school garden after Nutrition Bootcamp Training Workshop

The school garden partnership with the local Extension Office has grown to four acres and is providing fresh produce to benefit the meals of each school. All employees participated in the Wayne County School Nutrition Bootcamp Training Workshop receiving 10 hours of professional continuing education in fulfillment of the annual requirements. Employees maintain professional standards, requirements in school nutrition.

Wayne County School administration hosts back to school training for teaching staff!

Staff members across the district prepared for the upcoming school year by hosting professional development sessions towards creating a safe and welcoming enviornment for students. The district presentations focused on "Keys to Student and Teacher Success" in order to promote quality instruction at Wayne County Schools.


Wayne County Schools welcome students back to campus

Wayne County Schools are preparing to kick off the 2016-17 school year for close to 3200 students in kindergarten through high school on the first full day of classes August 10th.

Representatives from each school were trained in CPR/First Aid

Kentucky Employees Mutual Insurance Company consultants shared information on CPR and emergency situations.

WCHS Orientation Open House benefits new students

The Wayne County High School orientation open house date is set for Monday, August 8th. New students and incoming freshmen will benefit the most from this event scheduled from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. Student mentors will be on hand to accompany students who need directions to various locations inside the building, as they learn where their classes will be held.

21st Century Program receives special recognition at July District Board Meeting

Wayne County Schools 21st Century Coordinator Katherine Kidd shared highlights of the seventh local summer camp she directed which has continually proven to boost student learning.

Wayne County High School continues to expand college options through “Cardinal University”

The Wayne County Board of Education approved the “Cardinal University” initiative in a move to continue to customize each students’ high school education at their monthly meeting, July 14th.

Converge training offers informative update

Teachers participated in hands on workshops to move toward the digital world.

School clerical staff benefits from training

The Wayne County School District Clerical Staff recently had a training session at the local Area Technology Center. A variety of trainings and professional development are offered during the summer to teachers and staff members.

Retirement Reception 2015-2016 held to honor employees

A celebration was held for the Wayne County School District employees retiring after the 2015-2016 school year, prior to June's monthly board of education meeting. Each of the retirees were presented with a plaque for their years of service totaling 475 years to the students of Wayne County Schools and Monticello Independent.

Delta Dental of Kentucky's Making Smiles Happen Program launches a Statewide Children's Oral Health Surveillance Initiative

The Making Smiles Happen Surveillance Initiative will screen the oral health of 6,000 students in Kentucky over an 18 month period.

Bell Elementary wraps up school year with award ceremonies, field day and trip to Wayne Theater for all the students

Bell Elementary students received their awards at the end of the 2015-2016 school year. Classes were divided up into numerous award ceremonies. Bell Elementary was a busy place with the Math Bee, a luau in the lunchroom, field day, and getting to see "The Good Dinosaur" at the Wayne Theater at the end of the school year. 

Annual Summer Reading Program to begin registration at Public Library

The Wayne County Public Library will be hosting a series of activities in their annual Summer Reading program. The program will boast several exciting activities this year where participants are eligible to win contests and prizes. Registration will begin on June 4th.

Bell Elementary students win Math Bee

The second grade math bee produced four winners.

Free Meals provided to youth during summer

Check out the schedule and sites for the summer lunches. Look for the Lunchbox Express bus coming to these neighborhoods. Free meals for children 18 and younger.

Nominate Wayne County School staff for Go Cards Award

It is time to nominate outstanding individuals who are employed by Wayne County Schools for the Go Cards Awards ceremony which will be held on the opening day for the staff in August.

Bell Elementary Mother/Daughter Fun Run held on campus

Bell Elementary P.E. Teacher Lois Bradley was pleased to have a fun run mini-grant she wrote funded to allow her school to further their wellness efforts.

WCHS students create texting and driving PSAs for Bluegrass Cellular

Local students created public service announcements in their English 2 class to discourage the practice of texting while driving. The commercials have been entered in a statewide contest and two created by WCHS students have been selected in the top three. Click on links included in the story to watch and vote for the videos. Voting deadline is Friday, May 20.

Father/daughter event at the Aspire Center

The Apire Center's "A Night in Paris" event is for girls in grades 3, 4, and 5. The event will be held on May 13 at 6:00 p.m.

Wayne County Schools celebrate National School Nurse Day

National School Nurse Day, May 11th, is a time to celebrate the specialty practice of school nursing. The National Association of School Nurses (NASN) applauds the contributions school nurses make every day to improve the safety, health, and academic success of all students.

Bell Elementary Book Fair was successful with 92 parents/grandparents visiting with students

First grader Landan Abner was the book winner at this event.

Second grader saves pop tops for childhood cancer

Bell Elementary second grader Misty Molnar has a unique collection that she hopes to use towards a good cause.

Education Commissioner recognizes teachers, calls on Kentuckians to share educator stories

Kentucky Education Commissioner Stephen Pruitt called on all Kentuckians to join him in recognizing and celebrating teachers who have impacted their lives as part of national Teacher Appreciation Week, May 2-6. 

Teacher Appreciation Events being held across district

Special thanks to all the Wayne County School District Teachers for your caring service to the student body. A variety of acknowledgements are being made thanking teachers this week. For example, the WCMS Cafeteria hosted a wonderful complimentary breakfast for teachers on Tuesday, May 3. They are also participating in National School Lunch Hero Day on Friday.    

60's Feelin Groovy Book Fair fun underway at Bell Elementary

Parents and students shopped at the book fair on Family Reading Night Monday, May 2nd. Media Specialist Nell Boils opened the library after school until 5:30 p.m. to enable parents and families to be able to attend the book fair. Book fair profits are funneled back into the library to help increase their resources.

Thanks to 21st Century Cooking Class for their recipe which will be featured on Thursday's (May 5th) Lunch menu

Their strawberry cream cheese tarts will be on the dessert menu at each school, except at Wayne County Middle School.

Sage Knoll Band entertains Bell Elementary Students

Students learned about different instruments and had fun exploring Bluegrass tunes, as well as a sing along to "Old MacDonald Had a Farm."

Wayne County Schools' summer feeding program participation deadline extended

 Summer break is almost here and it’s time to begin planning Wayne County Schools’ summer feeding program designed for youth.  The school nutrition services department extend this opportunity to become a partner with your school and community events or activities. 

Wayne Theater April events

We appreciate your interest in Monticello Banking Company's Historic Wayne Theater.
In furthering our efforts to help support our community, we are utilizing the Historic Wayne Theater for community events and fundraisers for local schools, civic groups and other organizations. All proceeds go to the group holding the fundraiser with the bank furnishing popcorn and beverages free of charge. We thank you for helping support our community and hope to see you soon!

Berea Artist-In-Residence inspires Bell Elementary students Berea Artist-In-Residence inspires Bell Elementary students

Artist Alfredo Escobar recently spent a week sharing his talent with the young learners who were delighted with a colorful mural project they got to participate in, along one of the school’s hallways. Each student had the opportunity to leave a little history behind in two fun murals inspired by their study of world languages, which had been on-going during their Arts and Humanities classes this school year.

Districtwide Arts Showcase well attended Visual Arts

Student Musicians, vocalists, visual artists and dance enthusiasts shaped their talents at the recent event held in the WCHS Auditorium.

Districtwide Arts Showcase well attended Musical Arts

Student Musicians, vocalists, visual artists and dance enthusiasts shaped their talents at the recent event held in the WCHS Auditorium.

Bell Elementary students had fun at "Camp out with S'more reading" on March 22nd

Participants were decked out in camo and enjoyed cheeseburgers in the cafeteria, a photo booth in the library, reading time together, and a camping book story and activities in the classrooms. Camping door prizes concluded the event attended by 147 people.

Bell Elementary students had fun at "Camp Out with S'more Reading" on March 22nd

Participants were decked out in camo and enjoyed cheeseburgers in the cafeteria, a photo booth in th elibrary, reading time together, and a camping book story activities in the classrooms. Camping door prizes concluded the event attended by 147 people.

Bell Elementary students participate in a mock cultural experience

Elementary students learned about the famous "Running of the Bulls" that takes place in Spain. Classes mimicked the activity through the creation of colorful bull art pieces used in physical activities outside.

Wayne County Schools Arts Showcase to be held on March 24

The community is encouraged to attend a new cultural event on the Wayne County School campus. The Wayne County Schools Arts Showcase will be held Thursday, March 24th at 6:00 p.m. at the Wayne County High School. The event will showcase the many talented local students who excel in the arts and humanities field.

Kentucky Shakespeare Company brings Romeo and Juliet play to Bell Elementary

First and second graders enjoyed a terrific marionette puppet program through part of a World Language Arts Integration Grant totalling $3,733. The program was Romeo and Juliet presented by the Kentucky Shakespeare Company. Students were exposed to a classic play and enjoyed the ooportunity to learn more about one of the world's greatest playwrights during the live interaction performance with the audience. The children at Bell really enjoyed the performance, according to Music Teacher Susan Helms.

Wayne County recognized for meeting college- and career-readiness goal

Congratulations to Wayne CountySchools for being  among 111 public school districts statewide that delivered on a pledge made five years ago to improve the college- and career-readiness of its high school graduates by 2015.

Thank you Cardinal Basketball Boys on a great season

Thanks for your competitive spirit and exciting games during the season. Congratulations on the season's achievements, including Trey Blevins and Corey Stearns who are respectively 2nd and 3rd in All-time Scoring at Wayne County. Appreciated our seniors -Trey Blevins, Corey Stearns, Nick Gillespie, and Daniel Coldiron - who will be missed next year. 

Bell Elementary exceeds reading goal

Congratulations to the students at Bell Elementary who surpassed their goal by reading and quizzing on 1,152 books. Way to go Young Cards at Bell Elementary!

Getting more students to begin their day with breakfast improves academic performance

“Wake Up to School Breakfast” encourages Wayne County students to choose breakfast at school. Help celebrate National School Breakfast Week at Wayne County Schools by getting a nutritous meal in the cafeterias or grab n' go to start the school day.

Good Luck to the WCHS basketball team Thursday in Region

Thursday Night will be the opening round for our boys in the 12th Region Tournament. The boys will be facing the Rebels from Boyle County who knocked our boys off a year ago in the semi-finals. The game starts at 6:00 at the Pulaski County High School. The theme for the pep section will be camo night. Come out and support our boys in their road to the tourney.

Latest 4-H opportunities for students

Check out spring calendar regarding 4-H deadlines for camp, shooting sports, talent shows, speech/demonstration contest, and spring carnival.

Senture is hiring

Come see for yourself why Senture is the People's Choice 2015 Best Place to Work.

Ballet Magnificat "Hiding Place" Hope in the Midst of Suffering coming soon

For dance enthusiasts, don't miss an up upcoming ballet performance to be presented at the Center for Rural Development on Thursday, March 3 at 7:00 p.m. They will be hosting the Internationally Acclaimed Christian Ballet Company portraying an incredible true story of Corrie Ten Boom as she fought back from the atrocities and found forgiveness in the midst of the Holocaust.

Mr. Molar visits the youngest learners at Wayne County Schools

Preschoolers, kindergartners and first and second graders got a chance to see Mr. Molar as he visited individual classrooms to teach good dental hygiene tips during National Children's Dental Health month. He was courtesy of Cumberland Family Medical who provide a nurse practitioner and nurse that rotate around campus as a convenience for students and staff throughout the school year. The prevention program helps improve attendance and educate youngsters.  

School Calendar amended due to excessive snow days

Due to the excessive number of school days recently missed at Wayne County Schools due to the snow, the calendar will be amended.

Community involvement helps build paths to success for Wayne County School students

The Wayne County community has a tradition of generously supporting the Wayne County School system. In fact, this valuable community engagement resource may hold the future key to unlocking each student’s future potential in the work force.

100 Day Celebration Learning Events are popular at local elementary schools

There is fashion week in New York City and then there is the 100th day of school style of dress at local elementary schools. While models were not sashaying down a runway in designer’s best, kids were super delighted and energized over their handmade customized outfits they were wearing to school.   

Bell Elementary hosts Sweetheart Breakfast for students and family members

Families enjoyed attending the start of the Bell Elementary Sweetheart Breakfast in the cafeteria. The food service department adjusts the number of breakfast entrees they serve during this special event. Families also get to visit their students in their classrooms.

Wrestling team competed at home on Feburary 4 honoring Senior Cameron Nevels

Senior night was exciting with elementary, middle and high school wrestlers competing on dual mats for the competition with Whitley County. The Cards beat Whitley 56-24 at the varsity level.The younger wrestlers enjoyed the opportunity to look up to the older wrestlers at the meet and compete at their level. The Mat Cards will compete at Region on Feb. 12th and 13th in Danville. State competition will be held at the Lexington Alltech Arena on Feb. 19th and 20th.

Wear Red Day Friday, Feb 5 to help raise awareness for heart healthy habits

The attached flyers provide helpful tips to become a better role model for our students.

Kentucky Governer's Office of Early Childhood Monthly Message

Parents, families and caregivers can help their children arrive at kindergarten ready to grow, ready to learn and ready to succeed by doing simple, every-day tasks and activities. The KYGOEC's Monthly Message series provides information and ideas on how to help children develop in their earliest years.

"Give Me a Reason" drug prevention initiative program provides free drug test kits

Kits are now available at the Youth Services Resource Centers at WCMS and WCHS.

Pruitt releases K-12 Public Education Report

 The state of K-12 public education in Kentucky is strong according to Commissioner of Education Stephen Pruitt, though he did say there is room for improvement. Pruitt released The State of K-12 Public Education in the Commonwealth of Kentucky, a report that highlights statewide educational successes and challenges. With the report as a starting point, Pruitt called on Kentuckians to work together to improve education for all children.

Walk the Talk: Employee Wellness Newsletter for January 2016

As a new year begins, employees are encouraged to take the best possible care of their health. The Employee Wellness Newsletter provides insightful advice and tips towards achieving the healthiest year yet.

Professional Learning Communitites meetings for Walker and Bell
State of K-12 Public Education in Kentucky news conference Jan. 21

Education Commissioner Stephen Pruitt will present the 2016 State of K-12 Public Education in Kentucky during a news conference on Thursday, January 21 at 10 a.m. ET in the State Board Room on the first floor of the Capital Plaza Tower, 500 Mero St., Frankfort.

Historic Wayne Theater will be showing War Room on Thursday, January 21st

On January 21st, the Historic Wayne Theater will be showing the movie War Room at 6:00 pm. All donations will go the Wayne County Middle School Dance Team.

21st Century After School Programs recognized at monthly board of education meeting

During the state School Board Recognition Month, not only are board members being recognized by the Kentucky School Board Association, but Wayne County’s very own 21st Century Program showed their appreciation by sharing some of the cooking class favorite recipes and samples of freshly made cupcakes.

WCHS Pathways to Readiness Initiative Moves Forward

  Wayne County High School’s new Pathways to Readiness initiative moved another step forward as the Board of Education approved a work ethic seal program designed to improve student graduation and proficiency rates, strengthen ties between the school system and business community, and provide a way for students to demonstrate their personal commitment to college, career and citizenship readiness.

Students appreciate Bell Elementary's Dojo Store

Students were happy to cash in their Dojo points with small gift items recently. The first and second graders earn random points during the school day based on a variety of criteria that are part of the positive reinforcement behavior program. Once the students accumulate points they are given the opportunity to visit the Dojo store.

Wayne County School board saluted this month

Throughout this month of January, administrators, faculty, staff, students and community members of the Wayne County school district are publicly thanking the system’s elected board of education members during Kentucky’s observation of School Board Recognition Month.

Author Wes Moore to speak at Somerset Community College

Acclaimed author and community activist Wes Moore will be on the campus of Somerset Community College (SCC) on January 15, 2016 as the featured speaker for the 2016 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Unity Breakfast. The event, which begins at 8:30 a.m., will be held in the SCC Citizens National Bank Community Room in the Harold Rogers Student Commons on the Somerset Campus at 808 Monticello Street in Somerset.

Bell Elementary students listened to and reenacted The Polar Express

Bell Elementary staff members allowed the students to pretend that they were on the Polar Express train while they read the book to them.

Local educator's column featured in Kentucky Teacher

An editorial column written by Middle School Teacher Leah Wheat was featured in Kentucky Teacher, a statewide online publication for Kentucky educators earlier this month.

Somerset Community College now enrolling for natural gas service technician certificate program

Somerset, Ky. (December 11, 2015) – The Shaping Our Appalachian Region (SOAR) initiative that was created in 2014 by Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear and U.S. Representative Hal Rogers has generated much buzz in the area regarding the creation of new jobs and growth in industry. Along with the move to improve high-speed Internet service in Kentucky, the initiative has also pushed the creation of new and different jobs, as well as education to prepare the workforce for those positions.

Educators and health care workers update district's wellness policy

The District's Coordinated School Health meeting was held on December 15 to ensure that our district and the schools have a fully functioning Coordinated School Health Committee and current plan in place.

Life Change Diabetes Prevention Program offered to employees

Do you have Pre-diabetes? A history of gestgestational diabetes? Are you at risk for pre-diabetes or diabetes? Join the program!

Audience enjoys watching Polar Express movie on a big screen at Pickrell Auditorium

WCHS Band offered a holiday movie and popcorn as a fundraising project on Friday evening, December 11th in Pickrell Auditorium.

Custodians help make things festive for the students

Custodians set up Christmas decorations at Monticello Elementary to celebrate the holidays. All the schools have been decorating for the holiday and making their schools very inviting for students.

zSpace is being offered to benefit Wayne County Schools
Bell Elementary class enjoys trip to Double J Stables

A Bell Elementary class was offered a unique opportunity to explore local Double J Stables, owned by Jeff and Jo Ann Humble. Students were invited to take a field trip to learn how to care for horses from experienced horse owners. Becky York's students enjoyed a riding demonstration and introduction to Equine Science.

Wayne County Schools appreciate grant funding from Dollar General Literacy Foundation Youth Literacy Grant

Wayne County Schools are pleased to receive a total of $9,500 worth of grants through the Dollar General Literacy Foundation Youth Literacy Grant. Wayne County Schools District Grant Writer Brian Ford recently congratulated schools in the district that received contributions to help improve literacy, after going through a detailed and competitive application process.

Somerset Community College and Lindsey Wilson College partner to offer online bachelor's degree

Somerset, Ky. (December 1, 2015) –Students in the Visual Communication Program at Somerset Community College (SCC) now have a new direct path to a bachelor’s degree from Lindsey Wilson College.

Monticello Elementary Waynetonian Choir to perform at The Center for Rural Development's Spirit of Giving Tree Lighting and Holiday Celebration

The Monticello Elementary Waynetonian Choir is returning again this season to perform a selection of holiday music and carols at the Spirit of Giving Tree Lighting and Holiday Celebration on Monday, Nov. 30, at The Center for Rural Development in Somerset.

Students enjoy turkey day activities

All kinds of Thanksgiving activities have been underway at the schools. The FCA/JROTC will actually be preparing Thanksgiving meals in the high school kitchen for those needing a warm delicious meal on the holiday, as well as distributing the dinners. Students across the district already enjoyed a Thanksgiving feast last week. The district food service department worked for weeks planning for the turkey day and were only 28 lbs. short from serving 1000 lbs. of turkey for the Thanksgiving holiday meal, while also serving 285 lbs. spiral ham. Student Average Daily Participation was at a high of 90% (last month ADP 84%). The nutrition department was happy to see several extra adults and parents join the students for the feast. In addition the elementary schools celebrated the season with arts and crafts and instruction tied to cooking opportunities.

Bell Elementary honors veterans with Veterans Day program

On November 6, Bell Elementary honored local veterans with a wonderful musical program, complete with patriotic decorations from the classrooms. The music classes starred in an assembly featuring guest speaker SGT Josh Meadors, and a tribute to veterans performed by the WCHS Dance Team. JROTC presented the colors and service flags.

Help celebrate 75 years of Wayne County Basketball (T-Shirt Order Deadline Extended)

To commemorate 75 years of Wayne County Basketball, the 2016 Boys Basketball Team is selling t-shirts that may be ordered at each school building to December 3rd. Season passes for boys and girls basketball will be available at all schools starting Tuesday, Nov. 17. Passes are $10 for students and $30 for adults. They are for all boys and girls regular season home games.

Wayne County Schools participate in Veterans Parade in downtown Monticello

Wayne County JROTC, Marching Band, Waynetonian Choir, and Carol Ford represented our school district well at the 2015 Veterans Parade.

Children's Village to be held at the Monticello National Guard Armory

Children are invited to the Monticello National Guard Armory to purchase homemade gifts, win door prizes, take pictures with Santa, and more!

WCMS Academic Team vs. Meece
Veterans Day Ceremony to be held in downtown Monticello

Wayne County Schools is actively involved in the Veterans Day Parade/Ceremony, which will be held in downtown Monticello on Wednesday, Nov 11. In case of inclement weather, the event will be moved to the WCHS gym. The line-up begins at 10:00 to 10:30 at the new Family Dollar Store on North Main Street.



Wayne County Schools proactive in honoring veterans

Wayne County Schools will play an integral part of the salute to veterans this Wednesday, both in downtown Monticello and on the local school campus.  In fact, Wayne County students have been so proactive in providing all kinds of programs on the subject, they have participated in a couple of very memorable events already.

Big South Fork welcomes Michael W. Nagle for a book signing at the Stearns Train Depot.

Learn how Justus S. Stearns shaped McCreary County and the local Region and listen to Mr. Nagle talk about his new biography and the history of Justus S. Stearns. Visitors will have the opportunity to purchase signed copies of Michael Nagle's new book.

Teachers and staff took advantage of a professional development day on Nov. 2

A variety of training classes were held on the latest software programs while teachers analyzed test results. The Converge program is being implemented in classrooms. Teachers are creating online courses for the future with their curriculum.

"On the Move" is coming to Wayne County Schools

“On The Move!” is Operation UNITE’s newest drug education and prevention initiative. The five-component program is provided FREE to schools – through a partnership with Appalachia High-Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) and the Kentucky Army National Guard – targeting students in 7th and 10th grades. Program instruction meets standards of the Kentucky Core Content areas of Practical Living and Health.

Wayne County named Runner Up of 12th Region Volleyball Tournament

Wayne County Girls Volleyball finished up the 2015 season as 12th Region Runner-Up.  Last week the Lady Cards traveled to rivalry Southwestern High School to compete in the 12th Region Tournament.  The Cards came in as 48th District Runner-Up having fell short to the Southwestern Warriors 1-3 in the District Championship game over at McCreary Central High School the week prior by scores of 23-25, 25-17, 25-15, and 28-26. 

Healthy Kids Clinic provides flu shots to students across the district

Students at each building received a record number of flu shots to prevent future illness. The Healthy Kids Clinic visited each school to provide a convenient way to provide the vaccine and fight the flu.

Quilt shop visit interesting to Jessica Phillips' class

Children were captivated by the variety of quilts displayed inside the downtown shop. They enjoyed everything from double wedding ring to Jacob's ladder to Dresden Plate to a chicken and eggs pattern. The quilt shop volunteers showed them how they use math skills in designing the lay out of their quilt squares.  

Teachers at Bell Elementary created a night for Super Heroes to celebrate reading

The Family Resource Center coordinated the special literacy night which drew a crowd of 360 people. Families of first and second graders enjoyed a pizza dinner, a free book, door prizes, two different reading sessions using super hero books, and fun activities.

Bell Elementary students benefit from literacy tools during successful Family Reading Nights

Family Reading Nights are held each Monday afternoon with families working on everything from Accelerated Reader projects to learning about the Renaissance Connect Program to the joy of selecting books off the shelves. Students also benefit from using Dreambox and Lexia in the nearby computer lab. Media Specialist Nell Boils said they average 25 to 40 visitors to the library after school on Mondays. She is anxious to welcome even more students to stop by on Mondays from 4 to 5:30 PM.

Somerset Community College to host internationally known William Blake Scholar to speak on Blake's printing methods

Somerset, Ky.– Dr. Michael Phillips, an internationally known William Blake scholar, will be at Somerset Community College Monday, November 2, 2015 to informally demonstrate Blake’s printing method during the day and give a lecture that evening.

Farm to Fork meal featured on lunch menu on October 29th

October is National Farm to School Month. Wayne County Schools are fortunate to have a three acre school garden to help provide fresh vegetables at student place settings.

21st Century's Lights on After School was a big success

21st Century's Lights on After School Through the Looking Glass: Imagining the Impossible included a great magician act, performance by the WCMS choir, refreshments from the Mad Hatter's Tea Party and special learning events. Special thanks to the 21st Century Coordinator Katherine Kidd.

Healthy Kids Clinic scheduled to administer the flu vaccine

The Healthy Kids Clinic will be conducting a flu clinic for students beginning Monday, October 26th through Friday, October 30th. 

Don't Miss Lights on After School this Afternoon

Wayne County Middle School would like to invite the community to their Lights on After School Celebration Thursday, October 22nd from 4:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. This year’s local theme is “Looking through the 21st Century Looking Glass Imagining the Impossible.”

45th Annual Chamber of Commerce Christmas Parade to be held

Student organizations and community members are encouraged to participate in the 45th Annual Chamber of Commerce Christmas Parade. The parade will be held December 4th at 6 o'clock. Parade float entries are now being accepted. For more information contact the Chamber of Commerce and "Let Your Light Shine" this year in the parade.

Kentucky School Safety Week


October 18-24, 2015, is designated Safe Schools Week. Wayne County High School will be celebrating the event by having an assembly on Friday, October 23 during sixth period to recognize students who have participated in extra-curricular and athletic teams during the fall.  

Wayne County Marching Band wins 1st Place at Barren County

Congratulations to the Wayne County Marching Band on their first place Class 4A competition finish at Barren County High School on Saturday, October 17th.

Wayne County School Resource Officer position becomes reality

Wayne County School students are benefiting from a full time school resource officer as a result of a joint effort between the sheriff’s department, county government and the local school district. Parents and students may contact Deputy Adam Dodson on his facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/wcschoolresourceofficer?ref=hl.

Family Reading Night for Bell Elementary

Come and read with your child at Family Reading Night at the Bell Elementary Library Media Center!

Superhero Family Night at Bell Elementary

Come and join us for a night of family fun filled READING activities at our school. Families will have an opportunity to visit with one another and participate in several fun Family Literacy activities. All students that attend will receive a FREE book! Feel free to dress as a superhero! Don't miss out on Family Reading Night activities, too.

Graduate Peyton Woods featured on UT Chattanooga Website

Jim Horten wrote a story on 10/14/2015 entitled Woods' Triple Threat is in His DNA. The article was the third of a sixth part series featuring newcomers to the Chattanooga Mocs men's basketball program's 2015-16 active roster. Former Cardinal basketball player Peyton Woods graduated from Wayne County High School in May 2015.

Born Learning Event kicked off in September to welcome future school families

The next Born Learning Event will welcome families on this Thurdsay, October 15th where parents can learn tips on building relationships.

Bell Elementary students enjoy pumpkins grown in the school agriculture garden

FFA/Agriculture students and extension specialists assisted elementary students in the pumpkin patch so they could take home their very own pumpkin to decorate. Each year students receive a pumpkin from the three-acre garden at harvest time.

Born Learning Event kicked off in September to welcome future school families

The next Born Learning Event will welcome families on October 15 where parent can learn tips on building relationships.

Kentucky Employee’s Health Plan is pleased to announce that all health plan members can receive a free flu vaccine

Flu vaccines will be available at your school on October 13, 2015. Please have a copy of your insurance card or your ID number available that day. A sign up sheet will be posted outside each school nurse’s office.   

Wayne County Schools flu clinic will be held during the week of October 19-23

  Healthy Kids Clinic is pleased to announce that we will be holding the Wayne County Schools flu clinic during the week of October 19-23. Forms are going home in elementary students’ backpacks on Monday, October 12th.

Wayne Public Library has several fall break events for local students on M,T,Th, F, Sat at 1:00 each day

Students can take advantage of all kinds of special activities at the Wayne County Public Library during fall break.

Wayne County Schools Basketball Coach Rodney Woods returns to coaching post

Wayne County Schools are pleased to announce that Rodney Woods, the leading coach of 12th Region Basketball Championships, will be returning to campus after 29 years of local service to the Cardinals followed by a brief retirement.

Accountability test scores improve at Wayne County Schools….WCHS reaches “Distinguished” level

Wayne County School District’s Unbridled Learning Assessments and Accountability results have been released for the 2014-15 school year and the news is good, locally. Wayne County High School performed exceptionally well earning the highest level of performance, known as Distinguished, which is the second time in the past three years.

High Attendance Day celebrated across the district

Thank you to everyone for helping our High Attendance Day become a huge success! Monticello Elementary was the school district winner with an attendance rate of 98.34. Students were excited about inflatables at Monticello Elementary and Bell Elementary during recess. Bell Elementary teachers with perfect attendance classes got a pie in the face along with multiple pies to the principal.

Up, up, and away! Check out the campus from the clouds

Retired Wayne County educator Carolyn Davis shared photos from the sky as her husband Ralph piloted the plane. Thanks for sharing the view!

Wayne County Band Booster tenderloin lunch sale

Wayne County Band Boosters are hosting a tenderloin lunch sale on Thursday, October 1st from 10:30 - 2:30 p.m. in the WCHS Band Room. Proceeds from the sale will go to support the Wayne County Band Program.

Homecoming Carnival coming up Thursday, October 1st

The Wayne County Band will host its annual homecoming carnival following the comecoming parade. Featuring food, games, and fun for the whole family with admission at $1.

Kentucky joins Career Readiness Initiative

Kentucky took another step forward in its efforts to raise the rigor and relevance of career and technical education to better prepare high school graduates for postsecondary success.

South Kentucky RECC to celebrate Member Appreciation Day

     October is recognized nationally as National Cooperative Month, and South Kentucky RECC is proud to be a part of the celebration of cooperatives. The co-op has been honored to serve the 66,000 member-owners that receive electricity from South Kentucky RECC for more than 75 years.

Vitality checks help monitor health of employees

The Lake Cumberland Health Department assisted the schools with wellness screenings and checks for the staff. The staff received feedback on their cholesterol, blood glucose, blood pressure, and BMI levels.

Support Wayne County Cross County program as it hosts the WC XC Invitational Saturday, September 26

       Wayne County Cross Country will be hosting the Wayne County XC Invitational tomorrow, on Saturday, September 26th and the public is encouraged to attend. It will be the largest local meet to date with 19 schools attending at Cave Lake, where the home team runs on a regular basis.

Students lead service at Meet You at the Pole on Jewel Field

WCMS and WCHS FCA lead a service before school recently.

Pruitt Offered Education Statewide Commissioner Post

FRANKFORT, Ky.) – Today the Kentucky Board of Education voted to extend an offer of employment to Stephen L. Pruitt to become Kentucky’s sixth commissioner of education. Pruitt is currently senior vice president at Achieve, Inc., an independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit education reform organization based in Washington, D.C.


Wayne County Schools' Equestrian students share information at Saddle Chick Horse Meeting

Kenzie Crabtree, Cassandra Crabtree, and Shelby Martin gave presentations on equine education, while sharing their competition experience at the Southern Regionals in Perry, GA. The Saddle Chicks welcomed them and hope to serve as mentors to the younger riders who attend Wayne County Schools.

Media Specialists appreciate bus drivers' efforts to retrieve library books

Librarians get many books back each year because of bus drivers who care about their passengers each day. So the librarians honored bus drivers recently with cards and lifesaver candy. Drivers find library books left on board and routinely deliver them back to school libraries. The librarians are more than happy to receive books at the closest building and then they deliver them to the appropriate library.

High Attendance Day for Wayne County Schools

Wayne County Schools will be participating in high attendance day on Thursday, September 24, hoping to once again be recognized in Region 14. The Wayne County High School was a winner last year in the large high school category having a 95.79 percent attendance rate. Other elementary schools in the district have also been winners in the past.

Grandparents Breakfast at Bell Elementary lots of fun

Students at Bell Elementary got the privilege to bring their grandparents to school for breakfast on Sept 9-16. They also enjoyed spending time in their classroom and the media center with their grandparents.


Cardinal Golf Team wins Eagle Trace Championship

The Wayne County golf team captured the Eagle Trace Invitational over the Labor Day weekend, giving the golf cards three invitational championships on the season.  Wayne County posted a score of 303 to win the event by 13 shots.

Parent Teacher Conferences coming up

Parent Teacher Conferences continue to be coming up at Wayne County Schools.

School to Garden Event held recently by FFA and U.K. Extension

FFA students participated in a special event know as field day sponsored by Wayne County Extension Service. Visitors got a first hand look at the huge variety of produce being harvested in the three acre garden that is then served in the school cafeterias.

Wayne County School Garden teaches students the value of a ‘green thumb’

If you walk by your local FFA garden you will see a variety of colorful vegetables ranging from tomatoes to corn to cabbage. It is not uncommon to see high school students working in the garden during the school day as part of their family consumer science block or agriculture class or a Kentucky social studies period.

Secretaries and Receptionists recognized for being the glue that holds the district together at a customer service training

Local First Southern Branch Manager Martha Neal and Carla Carr, Vice President, Marketing and Retail Delivery for First Southern, provided an informative and captivating training that was appreciated by the school district clerical staff at the start of the school year. The clerical staff discussed the complexity of their positions and how best to meet the needs of students, teachers, staff members, parents, and the public at the luncheon meeting. 

School time prompts safety reminders

With the start of another school year, drivers are reminded to be on the lookout for students who may be walking or bicycling to or from school, waiting for the school bus or who have just exited the bus. The National Transportation Safety Administration offers these reminders for drivers.

Wayne County Preschool prepare children to be kindergarten ready….Professional educators use state-of-the-art curriculum

Let’s start at the beginning. Wayne County Schools are working to reach the youngest children in the community and are anxious to provide preschoolers with a rich curriculum to help them become kindergarten ready.

State mandated bus evacuation drill held first full week of school during the day

Small groups of students participated in safety training at each school building to prepare them for emergency procedures should they ever become necessary on field trips, extra-curricular activities, and regular bus routes.

Go Cards Awards announced at opening day kick off for staff

Go Cards Award winners' professionalism was celebrated on the opening day for the staff. Superintendent Wayne Roberts told the educators it is the professionalism of each individual staff person blended together that makes the team work, that in turn allows the student to blossom into a successful graduate.

Attendance levels off with 3,200 students

At the beginning of the first full week of school, attendance data has revealed that the enrollment leveled out from the start of school and there were just 15 fewer students present, compared to the fourth day of classes last year.

Over 3,000 students present for opening day of school

Wayne County Schools got off to a great start today (August 5th) for 3,145 students.

Bell Elementary amongst 137 schools across state participating in fresh fruit and vegetable program

Bell Elementary students know how to eat dinosaur eggs at school. That’s right. That is what a plum-like fresh fruit is called that was served to students in addition to the meals dined on in the Bell Café this past school year and will likely be back this year, by popular demand.

Wayne County Schools partner with Healthy Kids Clinic to enhance health care inside school system

This new system of expanded health care will keep students healthier, ready to learn, and achieving at their highest level.

Wayne County Schools welcome students back to campus

Wayne County Schools are preparing to kick off the 2015-16 school year for close to 3200 students in kindergarten through high school on the first full day of classes August 5th

Preschoolers will begin attending on August 17th, after having the benefit of participating in phase-in sessions on August 12-13th for the youngest students to transition into school.

Teachers at Bell Elementary are gearing up for the upcoming school year

Staff at Bell Elementary visited the Team Leadership Center to discuss curriculum and make plans for this fall. 

Wayne County Promotes 21st century technology with e-Meeting

The Wayne County Board of Education is now using an electronic program for meeting agendas and minutes. At July’s board meeting, Garrett Thurman of the Kentucky School Boards Association (KSBA) introduced e-Meeting, a convenient paper-saving program that will make meetings more accessible to board members and the community.

Staff prepares for upcoming school year

Multiple trainings, maintenence updates, and housekeeping activities have been underway this summer regarding Wayne County Schools. 

Healthy Kids Clinic will be new this school year

Wayne County Schools and Cumberland Family Medical Center, Inc. are pleased to offer a new system of expanded health care in our local schools for the 2015-2016 school year. Along with the regular school nurse program, the addition of a Family Nurse Practitioner will allow for a high level of care within the school setting.

Summer Feeding Program
Get Online Information from Wayne County Schools

In this digital age, Wayne County Schools is racing to keep up with various online services. Each school has taken on different online sites and programs to help keep the public informed on happenings at school.

Teacher leadership rings true at Bell Elementary

Derrick Harris might be the principal but he’s not the only one making decisions at Bell Elementary. Every teacher at the Wayne County school has a say in the policies and decisions that affect the nearly 500 students.

South Kentucky RECC People Fund Grants are awarded

South Kentucky RECC has awarded People Fund grants to 13 worthy community organizations, including WCHS Red Zone and the Bell Elementary Library.

Memorial Balloon release honored Karen Grinnell

The Wayne County Middle School staff honored the memory of Karen Grinnell, an outstanding teacher who was their friend and co-worker. She passed away recently as a result of injuries sustained in a tragic motorcycle accident. She had taught math and English locally, after having taught in Indiana and Colorado. 

Wayne County Schools creates the new golfers

Summer is a great season for golf, and Wayne County Schools is working to build up the next generation of golfers. Bell Elementary used “The First Tee” program to teach first and second graders golf basics and core values during the 2015 spring semester.

Bell Elementary awarded certificates to first and second graders

Families  enjoyed attending the end of year event.

Retirement reception honors 429.5 years of service to local students

Educators were honored at the June Board of Education Meeting.

High School Beta Members performed for elementary schools

The Beta Club motto is "Let us lead by serving others", and  a small group of Beta Members put on a skit to demonstrate that motto to younger students.

Summer Feeding Program
1st Graders venture to Memorial Park for Field Day

P.E. Teacher Lois Bradley coordinated the 18 stations of fun designed to enhance student fitness for a terrific field day for Bell Elementary students. The classes had matching tie-dyed shirts on in different colors customized by their teachers.

"Our Solar System" play is a hit at Bell Elementary

Second graders from Rhonda Bell and Brittany Carrender's classrooms did a great job performing for their peers and parents. The students had studied the Solar System in Lois Bradley's class and applied what they learned in Susan Helm's music class.

Wayne County Schools Recognize National School Nurse Day

The National Association of School Nurses (NASN) applauds the contributions school nurses make every day to improve the safety, health, and academic success of all students. Let our school nurses know we appreciate them this week. Wayne County R.N.'s include: Patty Burton-District Health Coordinator, Sandy Latham-Walker, Tonya Parnell-Bell, Melanie Sexton-Monticello, Amy Marcum-WCMS, Amy Edwards-WCHS, and Tammy Crabtree-Substitute.

The Sound of Music... helps youngsters learn musical elements and principles

Musician Jeff Robbins visited Walker Early Learning  Center and Bell Elementary, bearing  homemade Appalachian instruments.Students at both schools benefit from wonderful music education programs.

Registration Enrollment underway at Walker Early Learning Center

Open a World of Possible to the youngest learners who are eligible to enroll for fall preschool and kindergarten. Preschoolers must be 4-years-old by August 1st to enroll. Contact the folks at Walker Early Learning Center at 348-4251 for more information.

Kids care about kids at Wayne County Schools

If you have ever attended a class reunion, you have surely realized the importance of relationships formed in school with your classmates and what a blessing they can bring you years later. With that in mind, sometimes the small acts of kindness are what you remember the most from your days in school.

Lunch menus have gone digital with Nutrislice

School lunch menus can now be viewed digitally through Nutrislice, a website and mobile app that makes lunch menus more informatative than before.


Bell Elementary and Walker Early Learning Center students planted pinwheels in honor of Child Abuse Prevention Month

April is Child Abuse Prevention month and the Family Resource Centers at Bell and Walker are spreading awareness through pinwheels displayed outside of the schools.

Dr. Seuss Literacy night held at Bell Elementary and Walker Early Learning Center

Dr. Seuss' beloved stories were celebrated during two family literacy nights held at Walker Early Learning Center and Bell Elementary with a good turnout of close to 700 people in attendance.

WC Band Tenderloin Lunch Sale

Wayne County Band Boosters are hosting a tenderloin lunch sale on Friday, April 3 from 10:30 - 2:30 p.m. Click here for a pre-sale form.


Bell Elementary students enjoy learning Arts & Humanities in their classes

Susan Helms' students enjoy music appreciation lessons from local musicians. Each school year she invites artists to visit Bell Elementary and share their musical talents and acquaint elementary students with a variety of instruments and styles of music.

Help Wayne County GT students by spring cleaning

The Wayne County School Gifted/Talented students are hosting one more scrap metal recycling event for their Puerto Rico travel study tour. They will be glad to assist in your spring cleaning needs in their collection of everything from air conditioners to bikes to car parts. 

Board approves revised 2014-15 annual calendar

The Wayne County Board of Education approved a revised version of the school calendar with the final day of classes set for May 28, during their monthly meeting on Monday. The calendar had to be amended due to the excessive number of snow days. Several days that had been scheduled for professional development are now being absorbed as school days, in order to schedule the end of school before June.

Wayne County School District Nutrition Services honored for progressive food service program

Wayne County Schools were recently represented on Capital Hill in Washington D.C. by two valuable employees who have helped lead the charge for improved child nutrition. Food Service Nutrition Director Karen Gibson and Nutrition Menu Specialist Casey Holt were amongst fellow school food service professionals from four Kentucky school districts, who were chosen as “Food Service Rock Stars” to represent the state.

Kentucky Literacy Celebration…. Families encouraged to attend Dr. Seuss Family Reading Nights

Wayne County Schools are focused on literacy, even more so during March when Kentucky celebrates literacy. The staffs at Walker Early Learning Center and Bell Elementary are joining this effort by providing Dr. Seuss Family Nights this month. Monticello Elementary is featuring a very special literacy event on March 26th when popular children’s author Angela Spady returns to their building for a wonderful storytelling session and book signing.

Bell Elementary receives Lifestyle grant through McDonald's

Wayne County Schools’ physical education department at Bell Elementary have been rewarded with a $500 donation to enhance their exceptional program offered to children in first and second grades.

Walker Early Learning Center to hold "Little Cardinal Academy" events

Walker Early Learning Center will be holding three Little Cardinal Academy events through the spring to give the parents of future preschoolers information about the school. These events are free to attend, though spaces are limited, so contact Walker Early Learning Center as soon as possible to sign up.

Wayne County Dance Teams perform well at State Competition

The varsity team placed first in the open category kick competition, third in pom, and seventh in hip hop routines in their division. The middle school team placed ninth in hip hop and tenth in pom out of 16 teams.

Sweetheart Breakfasts and Lunches held to encourage family participation

Parents, guardians, and/or grandparents visited their special students at Walker Early Learning Center and Bell Elementary recently to share some quality time together. The cafeterias served delicious menus, photos were snapped and families visited classrooms to see students' work.

WCHS Wrestling Team defeats Whitley County 72-6 on Senior Night

The Wayne County Wrestling program not only includes middle school and high school level students, but there is also an elementary team which was showcased at the recent meet with Whitley County which was broadcast on channel 8. The three seniors were highlighted during the last home match up of the season.  

Gifted and Talented program offers many exciting learning adventures

Wayne County students are participating in everything from Future City State Competition to Math Counts to Odyssey of the Mind to UK Engineers Day – just to name a few of the many opportunities available to students who are identified in the local gifted and talented pool.

Family Literacy Night and Imagination Library Kickoff at Walker Early Learning Center on January 27, 2015

Families are encouraged to attend this exciting event which will launch a wonderful new reading program for preschoolers. Don't miss seeing Ronald McDonald!

Imagination Library kickoff set for Tuesday, January 27th

Walker Early Learning Center will host their second Family Literacy Night for preschoolers on Tuesday, January 27 from 5:00-6:30 p.m. Ronald McDonald will be making an appearance and community members will be at the school to read to the students. This second Literacy Night will also be the launch of Walker’s new Imagination Library Program.

Increased presence of law enforcement deputies provides extra security

Local deputies will become more familiar with students and staff at local schools thanks to a new program launched this week, courtesy of the Wayne County Sheriff's Department.  

Dance Teams advance to state competition after hosting Region 12 and 13 competition

Wayne County High School’s 17-member team won first place in Hip Hop Large Category, Pom Large Category, and Open Large Category under the direction of Dance Team Coach Dani Pyles. Likewise, the Wayne County Middle School Dance Team won first place in two different categories - Middle School Pom and Middle School Hip Hop, under the direction of Coach Amanda Phillips.

Second grader receives Humanitarian Award for his generosity

Wayne County second grader Brady Kidd is like a lot of the other children and their families at Bell Elementary School who are conscientious about collecting Box Top labels that have been a popular fundraiser for the school.

Board of Education Members were recognized at January meeting

Wayne County Schools are joining the state’s 172 other public school systems to mark Kentucky’s 20th observation of January as School Board Member Recognition Month.

Wayne County Basketball program celebrates local history with Monticello Night Friday, January 16th and Retro Night Monday, January 19th

Former Monticello Trojan Basketball players welcomed to "Monticello Night" to celebrate the schools 1,276 wins, along with Wayne County's 1,339 wins history which totals 2,615 wins. Retro Night features Rockcastle County Rockets vs Wayne County Bovines.

Amendments to annual school calendar

The Wayne County Schools annual calendar has been amended, contingent upon board approval, with three dates being changed to regular school days, rather than students being out of school due to professional development days for teachers. So, classes will be in session on Friday, January 16th ,Monday, February 16th . and Friday, March 13th.  Also, classes will be dismissed on Monday, January 19th in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. 

WCHS Boys Basketball team wins Monticello Bank Holiday Classic on December 31st

Congratulations to the boys team for winning the 12th year of The Monticello Banking Company's Holiday Classic. Seven visiting teams participated in the annual event which was enjoyed by the community. The team is looking forward to the upcoming Indiana-Kentucky Hall of Fame Challenge Cup on January 10th.Tickets now on sale. Go Cards!

Bell Elementary Students take a ride on the Polar Express

“All aboard,” yelled the conductor, otherwise known as Bell Elementary Principal Derrick Harris, as he punched tiny passenger’s tickets to board the pretend train. First and second graders checked through a carefully crafted construction paper entrance to the train station.

English Second Language Program Open House held to better connect to families

Teachers incorporated literacy into a special event to assist parents who speak limited English. Families enjoyed dining together & working on a craft project with their child.

Monticello Elementary Waynetonian Choir shared their performance on stage with Ronnie McDowell during the monthly Board of Education meeting

Represenatives from the third, fourth, and fifth grade choir sang two songs and spoke about their exciting on stage performance at the Center of Rural Development with the Board of Education members during their monthly meeting. They were treated to holiday refreshments afterwards.

Don't Catch the Flu... Check out these tips from the Wayne County Schools Health Department

Remember to cover your cough and follow the following tips

Wayne County Schools will participate in third state mandated bus evacuation drill

Wayne County School’s third state mandated bus evacuation drill will be held Friday, December 19 at 2:45 p.m. prior to the holiday break.

Wayne County Schools were represented well at the Christmas Parade by various student groups

Wayne County students came out in force to the 44th Annual Christmas parade, on floats, to serve, and to watch. The opening banner was carried by the Cross Country team, followed closely by the High School JROTC Cadets. The Varsity Dance Team, Middle School Cheerleaders, High School Girls Softball team, Kid Crusaders, various 4-H members, and High School FFA all made appearances in the parade, while the High School Beta Club supported from the side lines and passed out hot chocolate to parade-goers.

Monticello Elementary Waynetonian Choir performed at Center for Rural Development Tree Lighting Ceremony

One of the largest crowds in history helped The Center for Rural Development usher in the holiday season Monday, December 1st at its annual Spirit of Giving Tree Lighting and Holiday Celebration.

Pizza Hut hosts a pizza party for winners of shoe drive contest

Heather Lewis' first grade class at Bell Elementary collected 80 pairs of shoes to help fill the shelves of the Family Resource Center. The entire school collected 373 pairs of shoes. Thanks to Pizza Hut for hosting a fun party for the winning class. During November the school conducted a food drive for the Hope Center, Once again Lewis' class collected the most cans and will receive another reward party on December 19th.

High School JROTC and FCA will be teaming up to serve Thanksgiving meals

The Wayne County High School JROTC and FCA are once again teaming up to feed the shut-ins and less fortunate of Wayne County on Thanksgiving Day.  The students will prepare a meal in the high school cafeteria consisting of turkey, mashed potatoes, peas, and dressing.  This year we encourage anyone who has transportation to  come to the high school to pick up their meals.  In addition, as in years past, the students will be delivering meals to those who cannot come to the high school. 

Monticello to host world unveiling of Kenny Davis Book

The historic Wayne Theater in Monticello will serve as the venue for the Nov. 20 world unveiling of a book that will likely get national attention in the weeks and months ahead.

Bell Elementary hosted November Family Literacy Night

The school experienced a good turnout with 380 in attendance including lots of pirates. Trenton Philpot won the iPad at the special event!

Wayne County Schools gave their best to the veterans at their annual parade/ceremony

WCHS JROTC, Band, and Monticello Elementary Waynetonian Chior performed admirably, along with a special solo by WCHS student Emily Bertram and a Keynote Address by Superintendent Wayne Roberts.

Veterans Day assembly coordinated by WC JROTC

Veterans attended the annual event enjoying a solo by WCHS Media Specialist Carol Ford and they Keynote address by former JROTC Cadet SFC Timothy Bertram.

JROTC and FCA team up for Thanksgiving meal preparation

If you or anyone you know would benefit from a hot meal and some Thanksgiving cheer, please contact Karen Campbell or Roxanne Stringer at the Wayne County High School by November 24th.  The phone number is 348-5575

First and second graders participate in Career Day at Bell Elementary

Students dressed in career costumes on Halloween Day and participated in a career parade.

Wayne County Schools Celebrate Food Day during School Lunch, October 24th

The Wayne County Food Service Nutrition Department pulled out all the stops recently to celebrate national Food Day to promote healthy, affordable, and sustainable food in their menu choices. They are all about getting their customers to try something new that is good for them.

Parents attend Bell after school walking awards ceremony

The final session of the kid's wellness program included playing a fun nutrition My Plate relay race where they competed with the nutrition knowledge they learned at the after school program from Extension Nutrition Specialist Gaye Hutchison. Coordinator Lois Bradley handed out 13.1 mileage certificates for the children's participation in the walking sessions around campus.  

Bell Elementary students enjoyed visiting the pumpkin patch

The High School Agriculture classes shared pumpkins grown in the school garden with the young students. The Wayne County Extension Service assisted the school district by supplementing extra pumpkins since the weather conditions caused a pumpkin poor harvest this year.

Check out some Halloween treat tips included in the read more.

Lights on After School celebrates 5th year anniversary of 21st Century Program

Families enjoyed activities ranging from Hooked on Science to the RECC Electric Demonstration to a creative dinner menu on Thursday, October 23rd. It was a great  evening to celebrate the highly successful after school learning program that has made a big difference for students. 

Fields of Faith will hold final night of Revival at First Baptist

FCA has been sponsoring a youth rally for the past several nights at First Baptist Church. The community is invited to attend the final program Wednesday, October 29, which will feature an inspiring message and Christian praise and worship music. Program starts at 6:30 p.m. The event had been scheduled for Jewell Field, however, has been changed to First Baptist due to weather conditions.

Wayne County School Counselors call attention to Safe Schools Week with County and City Officials

Mayor Jeffrey Edwards and County Judge Executive Greg Rankin signed a proclamation designating October 19-25 Safe Schools week in Wayne County, as many other counties across the state have also done.  

Walker Early Learning Center welcomes Board of Education members for monthly meeting on October 20th
Arts and Humanities educational opportunities which are part of the Program Reviews were emphasized during the monthly board meeting. Walker Elementary students sang “My Country Tis of Thee” under the direction of Music Teacher Amy Cross. Art Teacher Tonya Marcum coordinated a student display of art work for viewing. During board business Architect Mike Sparkman reviewed plans for an addition to the WCMS. The board approved the initial schematic design.
Wayne County Schools endorse Kentucky School Safety Week

Wayne County Safe School’s Week will officially begin October 19th and will end on October 25th, but the spirit of the week should be carried throughout the school year.

Wayne County students participate in scrap metal recycling GT fundraiser

Wayne County students will hold a scrap metal recycling fundraiser for GT on Saturday, October 18th from 7 A.M. to 4 P.M. at the Wayne County School District Maintenance Garage(Across from WCHS)

Wayne County School District’s Unbridled Learning Assessments and Accountability results released for the 2013-2014 school year

The state mandated accountability profile revealed that the overall district score fell into the “Needs Improvement” category. The district’s overall score for last year was 66.3 placing them in the 60th percentile in Kentucky.

Chamber of Commerce members enjoy being 'PALS' at thank you luncheon

Wayne County Schools thanked local business representatives for the countless things to support  educational efforts on the Wayne County Schools campus at a luncheon on September 24th. The district appreciates the valuable support from the community and shared initiatives with them for the upcoming school year.

Flu vaccines available to Wayne County School Employees

                Kentucky Employees’ Health Plan will be offering free flu vaccines again this year for all health plan members. As part of Wayne County Schools Employee Wellness Program, flu shots will be conveniently given at the work place.

                Rite Aid Pharmacist Ashton Coffey will be providing the service to local employees. Flu vaccines will be available at each school on October 15 and 16 (See attached times on district calendar on front page of website in right hand column). Boys Camp, Otter Creek, Maintenance Department, and all other employees may attend any available session at their convenience. Employees seeking further information may contact District Health Coordinator Patty Burton at 348-8484. 

                A screening questionnaire and consent form is linked below so employees may complete any paper work at their convenience prior to receiving the vaccine. Employees will also need to have their insurance card number included on the completed form. A sign-up sheet will be posted at each school in the front office.    

WC Golf Team finishes fourth at 10th Region Tournament

Corbin Kirksey finishes as runner-up and qualifies for state tournament. Wayne County shot a team score of 324 and finished in 4th place at this year’s 10th region golf tournament. 

Wayne County Bus Evacuation this Friday, October 3rd

Wayne County Schools will conduct the second mandated bus evacuation training for students who ride regular routes, extra-curricular events, or field trips on school buses. The purpose of the drill is to familiarize students with proper saftey procedures. Classes will be dismissed at 2:45pm.

Wayne County Schools Endorses Kentucky School Safety Week

Wayne County schools proclaim October 19-25, 2014 as Safe School Week. This year's theme "LEAN On Me; Stop the Bullying!" focuses on the culture of the school.

Monticello Elementary School Wins High Attendance within the District

Assistance Principal Darran Vickery braved pie-wielding students and buckets of ice to celebrate High Attendance day with the Monticello Elementary students and staff. Thanks to each of the schools who were very creative planning special events to highlight High Attendance Day!

Children enjoyed attending Bell's Fall Festival after school

Cookie dough incentive special event delighted first and second graders. Jumbo inflatables such as: Tug o' War, Bouncy House, Obstacle Course, and the Wrecking Ball were located on the playground.

Scrap Metal Recycling GT Fundraiser to be Held October 18th

Wayne County students are being very creative in fundraising efforts for a spring school sponsored gifted and talented trip to Puerto Rico. They are providing a service to the community by providing a recycling scrap metal collection point where residents can get rid of used or broken scrap metal items, which they can redeem into funds for their trip.

WCHS Homecoming King and Queen Crowned

The homecoming court enjoyed riding in the parade Thursday night in celebration of the homecoming game. During halftime at Friday night's game, the homecoming 1st attendent, 2nd attendent, and king and queen were announced.

Elementary Students Enjoy Listening to a Wonderful Storyteller

Monticello and Bell Elementary students enjoyed a terrific storytelling session courtesy of teacher Faye Wooden, who was joined by Joel Warwick of the Big South Fork River and Recreational Area.

Wayne County School Board Endorses New Educational Initiatives

Community support need to maximize success of early literacy efforts.

Homecoming Carnival Sponsored by WC Marching Band After Parade

Come to Wayne County High School for a Homecoming Carnival Thursday, September 18th, directly following the Homecoming Parade. The event will be located in the parking lot directly behind the high school. All proceeds will support the Wayne County Marching Band. Admission is $1.00 and with game tickets costing $.50 each or 12 for $5.00.

Attendance is important and will be focused on during High Attendance Day

High Attendance Day is set for Thursday, September 18th. All kinds of special events will be held for students. Be sure and attend!

Students of the Month
Congratulations to the WCHS 2014 Homecoming Court

The Homecoming King and Queen will be announced at halftime at Friday night's football game when the Cardinals face Southwestern @ 7:30PM. The class of 1995 will be honored with a reception at the high school cafeteria during halftime and after the game. On Thursday there will be a parade showcasing the Homecoming Court, Football team, and School support groups. The band will also be holding a Homecoming Carnival Thursday night 7-9 PM featuring food, fun, and games for the whole family; along with a performance from the WCMS Dance team.

Box Top store opened Friday, September 12th

Box Top fundraiser is a huge success at Bell Elementary. Last year parents collected an amazing amount of coupons which helped the school fund extra projects that benefitted the children.

Media Centers holding book fairs and promotions

During September 15-19 the WCHS library media center will be hosting games of cards and checkers each morning except Wednesday (see link below). Students have been busy shopping at book fairs across the campus (see below).

Bell Elementary Students 'Walk the Walk'

First and second graders are developing good habits at a young age thanks to an after school Half-Marathon Club their energetic physical education teacher Lois Bradley has implemented.

Employees... It's Back To You Season

Don't miss the Weight Watchers Open House on Thursday, September 18, 2014 at 4:00 p.m. Walker Early Learning Center - Mobile Classroom Building. To date, Wayne County's Total weight loss is 385 pounds. Join your colleagues to see New Beginnings happen right here at work.

Wayne County School Nutrition Services Announces Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program for Bell Elementary

Wayne County School District announces participation in the USDA-FNS Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program.  Bell Elementary School has been awarded this grant during the School Year 2014-2015. 

Bell Elementary Celebrates Grandparents

Grandparents enjoyed visiting the classrooms, book fair, photo booth, and dining with their grandchildren and friends.

After School Supper Meals Now Available For Students

Wayne County School District announces participation in the USDA Child and Adult Care Food Program administered by the Kentucky Department of Education. 

Students Harvest Vegetables in Wayne County School Garden

Students of all ages are learning to grow vegetables in the two-acre school garden, while reaping the benefits.

Grandparent's Breakfast

Please click to view schedule. 

Bell Elementary Students Learn Compassionate Lesson Regarding Health Challenges Like ALS

Bell Elementary Principal Derrick Harris accepted the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge from Bell Elementary Teacher Rhonda Bell, who is an advocate towards research to find a cure for ALS.

Bus Evacuations Teach Valuable Safety Procedures to Keep Students Safe in Emergency

                Wayne County Schools first mandated bus evacuation drill was held this past week during the daytime at each school building. The drills were customized at each individual school to help meet their specific needs in an age-appropriate manner, as well as their schedules.

Bus Evacuation

Wayne County Schools first mandated bus evacuation drill will be underway this week during the school hours at each school building.

Youth Football League

Youth League Football's first practice will be at Jewell Field Monday night, August 18th,  at 6:00 pm.

Cardinal Kids Campus Offers Convenient Child Care

Not only does Wayne County Schools offer educational programs, but they also provide exceptional services to children outside the classroom experience. Family Resource Centers are another important niche in the school district where all kinds of student and family needs are addressed.

Picture Day

Bell Elementary picture day will be on August 27th. 

Youth League Soccer

Monticello-Wayne County Youth Soccer League Informational Meeting and Signups

Monday August 25th @ 5-6:30 pm

Thursday August 28th @ 5-6:30 pm  

(At Memorial Park Gazebo)

Boys and Girls Divisions Include:

* Ages 3-4 League Play

* Ages 5-6 League Play

* Ages 7-9 League Play

* Ages 10-12 League Play

Attend either meeting or signup your child for play, with opening day scheduled for Saturday September 6th

Player Fee: $25/$20 Siblings

For More Info: Call ASPIRE Center @ 606.340.9362 or Bradley Askins @606.307.2917

Please Note: This is not a school sponsored event. 

Teachers Welcome Students at Orientation Sessions

Students and their families were excited to learn what was in store for them in the upcoming school year. Individual orientation sessions were held throughout the district.

Wayne County Staff Welcomed Back to School at Reception

Over 500 certified & classified employees attended the opening day events. A reception kicked off the welcome back to school event.

Wayne County Schools were ready to Meet Students' Needs

The Wayne County Schools staff were anxious to meet the needs of over 3,000 students with the opening of school this week. An opening day kick off event was held for the staff on August 4th.

Medical Training Update & CPR Keep School Employees Up to Date On Emergency Care

The Wayne County School District is well equipped with informed employees in regard to safety & health emergency situations.

Back to School 2014

School employees prepare for the upcoming school year in many ways.

Wayne County Schools Nutrition Hands-on Food Production Workshop

Nationally recognized Chef Cyndie Story shared successful nutrition strategies in recipe designs. Taste testing luncheons were held to receive feedback on the specially prepared dishes.

Community Eligibility Program provides free meals to students, adult meal prices increase slightly

New student focused menus will be available at the start of the school year with a return to more prepared foods often referred to as speed scratch, according to the latest information from the Wayne County Nutrition Services department.

Wayne County Schools offer new student driven menus and healthy meals at no cost

There is lots of good news for Wayne County students. For starters, Wayne County Schools will continue to offer universal school meals regardless of income with year two of Community Eligibility. 

Students Will Return to School on Wednesday, August 6th Following Orientation Sessions

The schedule for student orientation programs varies from school to school. The orientations are a way for students to get their bearings on locations of classrooms, finalize enrollment, and learn expectations regarding the upcoming school year.  

Wayne County Summer Feeding Program Keeps Children Fed During the Summer

The Lunchbox Express made rounds in Monticello in June & July. Wayne County Schools sponsored the Lunchbox Express to provide free lunches to children regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability.

Orientation Dates set for Bell Elementary

First Grade- July 31st at 5:00

Second Grade- August 4th at 5:00

Wayne County Schools Honor Retiring Superintendent John T. Dalton

Students, staff, & friends were happy to recognize Mr. Dalton for his 18 years of service to them as Superintendent of Wayne County Schools.

Wayne County High School Volleyball Team Hosts 2014 Itty Bitty Camp
Roberts plans to continue keeping Wayne County Schools moving forward

The Wayne County School system will continue to move forward as the head leadership will transition into a new era on June 1. Wayne County Schools are nearing the end of a very successful school year, as well as the tenure of Superintendent John Dalton, who has steadily served the district as superintendent for 18 year

Fiesta Night/Arts Festival to be held during Parent-Teacher Conferences

Wayne County Schools will be holding their last Mid-Term Parent Teacher Conferences on May 1st and May 5th from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m.

Roberts named next Superintendent of Wayne County Schools

        Wayne Roberts will be the next superintendent of Wayne County 
Schools. He was hired Monday evening (April 28th) by the Wayne County Board of Education following an executive session that lasted approximately 45 


Wayne County Schools serving Summer Meals

Free meals will be available to all youth 18 years old and younger during June 2- July 10. All meals will be served at Wayne County Middle School, and a Mobile Feeding Service will be available to those without a way of transportation.

Spanish Fiesta and Art Showcase
"I am Healthy" Musical Program held at Bell Elementary

Second graders performed for students and parents in a delightful salute to healthy foods.

Full time volunteers thanked at Bell Elementary

      It is nice to see individuals go the extra mile in their careers, but it is really nice to see individuals go the extra mile on a voluntary basis. That is the case at Bell Elementary regarding a handful of folks that want nothing in return but to give up their own time for others.

Wayne County Schools on the move to reach full potential

Wayne County Schools are joining the statewide initiative to support the Let’s Move Active Schools comprehensive program that empowers school champions – physical education teachers, classroom teachers, principals and administrators and parents – to create active environments that enable all students to get moving and reach their full potential.

Wayne County students enjoy participating in second annual Spring Culinary Tasting event

The Wayne County Schools Nutrition Department was planning for next year’s menus and sought student and staff input regarding the healthy choices, at the conclusion of the National School Breakfast Week held in March.

Bell Elementary PRIDE Club builds bluebird boxes

Over 80 PRIDE Club members in first and second grade were delighted to be a part of the ecologically minded construction project held after school on March 24th.

Bell Elementary students participate in dental health musical

 The Arts and Humanities classes performed in a musical production to emphasize the importance of dental health at a young age.

Wayne County Cardinals Experience Great Support at State Tournament

Wayne County fans showed their support as the Cardinals made it to their 10th State Tournament. The Cards were defeated in the first round by the Mustangs of McCracken County 81-74.

School day hours amended starting Monday, March 24th

Wayne County Schools will be extending their school day for the remainder of the school year, effective Monday, March 24th.  Classes will be slightly moved back to begin at 8:00 a.m. and will dismiss at 3:35 p.m. This allows an additional 35 instructional minutes per day, while not exceeding seven hours per day.

Bell Elementary students take PRIDE in learning about the environment Read More

Bell Elementary launched their PRIDE Club recently with a great start in environmental education for the young learners. The extra-curricular activity for first and second graders stands for Personal Responsibility in a Desirable Environment.

Nominations Open for 2015 Kentucky Teacher Awards

Nominations are now open for the 2015 Kentucky Teacher Awards, sponsored by the Kentucky Department of Education and Ashland Inc. The deadline for nominations is May 15th.

KHSAA Sweet 16 ticket availability options

Tickets for this Thursday’s game at the Boys High School Basketball State Tournament game at noon are still available either online through Ticketmaster or can be purchased at the Rupp Arena box office on the day of the game. (Click to See Bracket)

Boys Basketball wil play first round against McCracken County in the State Tournament Thursday, March 20th

Classes at Wayne County Schools will be dismissed on Thursday, March 20th, enabling students to attend the Boys Basketball State Tournament where the Cardinals will play in the first round at 12 noon.

Kentucky Arts Council seeks schools to create Derby Celebration artwork

The Kentucky Arts Council invites schools to participate in the Governor's Derby Celebration by painting canvases to be used as unique art installations at the annual event.

Certified and Classified voting for Supertintendent Screening Committee

Ballot Boxes will be located in the front office of each school and at the Central Office. There will be a log in sheet on that table with the ballot boxes. Everyone is required to sign the log in sheet prior to voting.

The search for a new Superintendent continues

Parent Nominations for Screening Committee to start Monday, February 24 from 7:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Nominations will also be held February 25th & 28th , concluding with final nominations March 3rd. A list of nominees will be composed and posted.

100 Day Olympics Event held in phyical education classes at Bell Elementary

The boys and girls started the class with 100 exercises which included ten twists and ten toe touches under the direction of Teacher Lois Bradley. Students rotated from station to station climbing 100 steps to jumping 100 jumps on mini trampolines.

Bell Elementary celebrates the 100th day of school in big ways!

Every classroom participated in unique learning experiences related to the 100th day. Besides terrific math opportunities, teachers like Juliet Perkins introduced students to the unaging booth app where students go to see what their photo looked like at age 100. After seeing their surpise age enhanced photo, they got to sketch their self portrait. Also, a 100 day Olympic event was held in the P.E. classes.

Parent Teacher Conferences held Tuesday, February 18th and Thursday, February 20th from 4:00-7:00 p.m. Read more

Parent Teacher Conferences are held periodically throughout the school year to keep parents involved in their child's education.

Bell Elementary Invited Parents to a Sweetheart Breakfast

Parents & students enjoyed dining together in the Bell Elementary cafeteria. Parents received a coupon encouraging them to go to the school website for all kinds of helpful nutrition information.

Wayne County Schools Superintendent Search Committee

The Wayne County Board of Education is currently conducting a search for a new superintendent which requires a screening committee of one board member, one principal, two certified teachers, one classified staff member, and parent representatives.

Search process underway to fill upcoming superintendant position

Wayne County Schools will have a new superintendent in place by May
1, according to a timeline that has been set up for the search

Senior Night for the WC Wrestling Team recognized Devin Morrow and Casey Mink

The WC Wrestling Team Box Score for the dual was Wayne County (WACO) 72 and Whitley County (WHCO) 12 on February 5th at home. The Elementary Wrestlers got to compete on a mat next to the high school competition.

It's Retro Night at Rodney C. Woods Gymnasium!

The Cards will be wearing their "Bovine" uniforms tonight against the McCreary Central Raiders as a tribute to the 1947-1954 mascot for Wayne County High School.

WCHS Dance Team impresses students at Bell Elementary

The 19-member Wayne County Dance Team is on a roll this season, having just won the overall grand championship at the 12th and 13th regional contest

January Students of the Month (Attitude)
Art and Essay Contests available to students

Kentucky public, private and home school students are invited to submit original artwork and/or essays for a chance to win prizes.

Wayne County Youth Football League and Middle School teams enjoy awards program

Wayne County Schools experienced their best football season ever earning a trip to the state tournament for the varsity team. Some of the skills the players were introduced to began at a younger age for many of them, so their high school years were spent polishing and refining what they had learned previously.

Dreams Do Come True

Wayne County Middle School student gets lead role in movie. Granted attending classes at Wayne County Schools is primarily about learning at the highest levels possible, but who would have thought that a typical day at school would result in a lead role in a major motion picture for a student.

Superintendent Dalton to Retire at the End of 2013-2014 School Year

Wayne County Superintendent John Dalton announced his retirement as superintendent of Wayne County Schools effective May 31, 2014, at the conclusion of the January board of education meeting.

Wayne County Board of Education Approves Legal Requirement to Redefine Five Board Districts

The newly established lines were drawn based on an even distribution of the population and are not based on geographic size.

Young students enjoy The Polar Express train ride at Bell Elementary

Students at Wayne County Schools experienced all kinds of holiday themed activities that hopefully made the season bright. Teachers worked hard providing them with learning opportunities in a caring atmosphere.

Wayne County students learned the life lesson of compassion through canned food drives held in Wayne County Schools.

Wayne County students learned the life lesson of compassion recently through something as simple as canned food drives held in the Wayne County Schools.

Community Shows Their Support For Wayne County Football

Businesses, stores, & shoppers showed their support for Wayne County Football on Friday, December 6.

Headed For State Playoffs in Bowling Green

History making event for the Cardinal Football program at Wayne County Schools.

Wayne County Students Support Statebound Cardinal Football Team

Students were anxious to purchase their tickets ahead of time in WCHS Bookeeper Stephanie Robinette's office. Students will be boarding the pep buses at noon Friday, December 6th. Students across the campus offered support for the Cardinals. GO CARDS!

Students enjoyed celebrating Thanksgiving during school

Several Elementary Teachers used the holiday meal as a teachable moment. The JROTC had a wonderful pot luck dinner for each class throughout the day on Wednesday, November 26.

Wayne County School District prepares for Water Advisory on Tuesday, November 26th

Wayne County Schools would like to reassure parents that are concerned about their children’s welfare at school, in regard to the Monticello Utility Commission’s boiled water advisory for tomorrow.

The WCMS Boys Basketball Team to host a Black Out Night to honor our troops

On Tuesday (Nov. 26th )the Wayne County Middle School Boys Basketball Team, will be hosting a Black Out Night to honor our troops, and especially our local Unit C-Battery 1/623rd National Guard Unit that just recent returned home from the Middle East. The Cardinal Boys Middle School Team will face Russell County.



Bell Elementary Second Graders perform Patriotic Musical

Clad in red-white-and-blue colored vests, three second grade classes performed a very special musical for their peers, parents, and visitors on November 8th at Bell Elementary School.

November Students of the Month
Bell Elementary and Walker Early Learning Center students Enjoy Picking Pumpkins from the Pumpkin Patch

Bell Elementary kids enjoyed adventuring through the the pumpkin patch to find their favorite pumpkin to take home with them. Walker Early Learning Center students used pumpkins to learn everything from math to artistic skills. They were  delighted to receive their very own pumpkin from the school garden.

Wayne County Schools Participate in Local Veterans Day Parade

Wayne County Superintendent John Dalton provided an interesting and moving tribute to Veterans during his keynote address. JROTC Cardinal Battalion helped coordinate the event, as well as participating, WCHS award winning band performed. Teachers Jared Duncan and Carol Ford offered wonderful vocal performances.

The Wayne County High School JROTC and FCA are once again teaming up to feed the shut-ins and less fortunate of Wayne County on Thanksgiving Day

The students will prepare a meal in the high school cafeteria consisting of turkey, mashed potatoes, peas, and dressing.

Students at Bell Elementary participated in a food drive during October for Make A Difference Day

14367 ounces (898lbs) of non-perishable food items were donated to the food drive! Mrs. Heather Lewis' class brought in the most and received a pizza party from Pizza Hut for their efforts!

Bell Elementary Celebrates Halloween with Career Day
First and Second graders dressed  in career costumes and paraded around the gymnasium so their peers and parents could see what they want to be when they grow up. Students have been provided with wonderful guest speakers and professionals who have visited classes this school year and shared their talents. Career Studies is part of the Practical Living and Arts/Humanities component of the Program Reviews that schools are required to offer.
Make a Difference Day
Thank you to all who particiapted in our recent food drive.  14367 ounces (898lbs) of non-perishable food items were donated to the food drive! Mrs. Heather Lewis' class brought in the most and will receive a pizza party for their efforts!!



Bell Elementary Children Enjoy Learning about Air Medical Transport
   The children at Bell Elementary were delighted with a recent visit from Air Methods medical transport that landed their helicopter behind their school building for an informative explanation of their services which are based on emergency medical needs.
Walker Early Learning Center and Bell Elementary Enjoyed Celebrating Grandparents Day Read more....
Students enjoyed reading to, eating with, and doing other fun activiteis with their grandparents.
The Community is Invited to Wayne County Schools Special Events on Thursday, October 24th
Wayne County Schools are the place to be this Thursday evening (October 24) with multiple open house events that the community are encouraged to attend. The school buildings are opening their doors after school for the Wayne County Middle School’s Lights On After School celebration.
Walker Early Learning Center and Monticello Elementary Enjoyed Celebrating Grandparents Day Read more....
Students enjoyed eating, reading, and other fun activities with their Grandparents.
Humana Vitality Checks "Keep Staff Healthy"
Humana has contracted with the local health department to provide Vitality Checks for state employees with Humana Insurance. Vitality Checks will be offered to the employees of the Wayne County School District
Come out and help support the fight against Breast Cancer!

Cardinals Pink Day Out

Friday, October 25th

DRINK OF CHOICE - (Water, Mt. Dew, Diet Mt. Dew, Pepsi, Diet Pepsi, Sprite)

All proceeds will go to help a faculty member at WCHS who is currently battling breast cancer.

Thank you for your support!

Bell Elementary Library Media Center Open House
Help us celebrate our district-wide American Library Association declaration by atending an open house.
Wayne County FCA hosts Fields of Faith on Cardinal Football Field
Over 250 youth and adults attended the interdenominational Christian event on October 9th.
October Students of the Month for the Character Education word Responsible
Bell Elementary Students show their School Spirit
Bell Elementary students showed their School Spirit Friday, October 4th.  This day kicked off our School Spirit Fridays.  Each Friday students are encouraged to wear their favorite Cardinal shirt.
The Wayne County Marching Band will be performing Pandora's Box in exhibition
Come out October 24th at 7:00 p.m. at Jewell Field and see the WCHS Marching Band perform Pandora's Box. The exhibition will be open to the public and the community is encouraged to come out and support the local musicians. Tenderloin meals will be for sale on that evening as well as a chance for fans to leave good luck messages for the marching band students as they gear up for the state semifinals.
The Homecoming Candidates were Featured Last Thursday Night, October 3rd, in the Annual Homecoming Parade
Each pair of candidates, along with a few WCHS Athletic teams, were Chauffeured down Main Street towards the Rodney C. Woods Gymnasium for the community to observe.
Wayne County Schools Participated in World School Milk Day
The Wayne County Schools Food Service Department recently participated in “World School Milk Day” promoting a unique social studies lesson, as well as emphasizing good nutrition habits.