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WCHS TSA Shares Student-Written Children’s Book The team and the children

Wayne County’s Chapter of TSA created a children’s book, complete with hand-drawn illustrations and textile features, which they shared with Walker Early Learning Center’s students.

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
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.    

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. 

Wayne County Kindergartners look forward to working with their Middle School mentors Logo

At first glance, it looked like some kind of ‘sit in’ down the kindergarten hallway at Walker Early
Learning Center, which is part of Wayne County Schools. However, those involved were certainly not

Ag. Extension Specialist Teach Youngsters how to make Veggie Pizzas Nikki Prince's Afternoon Group Eli Webb and Ryder Dewitt

Wayne county Ag. Specialists brought fresh broccoli and cauliflower to teach them how to make veggie pizzas and brought them to Walker. The purpose was to encourage healthy eating habits starting at a young age.

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. 

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.

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.

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!

Walker Early Learning Center hosts Board of Ed November Meeting Woman discussing matters involving the meeting

The Family Resource Center was highlighted during the meeting, while the Born Learning Academy was underway.  

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."

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.

Walker Family Literacy Night is Fun Camp out Kindergarten Hudson Nartker at the Community Telecom Service booth

Preschoolers and kindergartners enjoyed the special reading night with teachers and classmates. Parents picked up valuable reading tips to practice with their children. Special thanks to the community volunteers who visited with families and handed out information and candy to students. Family Resource Center coordinated a pizza dinner to start off the festivities. 

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.

Contribution made to Imagination Library Books 'tis the Season Gift Shop" Representative Katherine Kidd presented Walker Early Learning Principal Angela Ballinger with a check for the Imagination Library

The Scarecrow Trail, which is sponsored by 'Tis the Season Gift Shop', Women in Agriculture, and the Wayne County Extension Office presented Walker Early Learning Center Principal Angela Ballinger with a total of $233.80 for the Imagination Library. This will sponsor eight children for a year to receive Imagination Library books

Parents with the youngest children are invited to workshop at Walker Early Learning Center bornlearning academy

 The BornLearning Academy at Walker Early Learning Center will continue this Tuesday, November 13th for parents with young children not yet enrolled in school. Each session teaches valuable parenting strategies that will help prepare children for school.

Walker Trike-a-Thon Raises Money for St. Jude's Hospital St. Jude Children's Hospital Trike-a-Thon Fundraiser

Walker Early Learning Center raised: $2,859.49 and Online Donations: $560 for a grand total of: $3,419.49. Walker is super proud of their students and the parents support they have shown to St. Jude's Hospital. Kindergarten students participated in Trike-a-Thon during their P.E. time throughout the week of October 15th. Preschoolers participated on October 18th.

Walker Family Literacy Night Camp Read S'more

     Preschool and Kindergarten students and their families are invited to attend a special Family Literacy Fun Night at Walker Early Learning Center this Thursday, November 8 th from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m.
     A pizza party will be held in the school cafeteria, followed by a hike to different Reading Adventure Sessions inside classrooms. Families will have an opportunity to visit with one another and participate in several fun Family Literacy activities. The event is sponsored by Title I, Family Resource and Youth Service Center and the Lake Cumberland Reading Council.

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).

Walker Safety Day Benefits Youngest Learners Safety Day

Wayne County Rescue Squad, EMTs, Monticello Fire Department, and law enforcement spent a big part of their day showing off their equipment and sharing safety tips to the youngest learners. 

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.  

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.

Over 400 preschool and Kindergarten students at Walker Early Learning center received a pumpkin bertram and pumpkins

Almost an acre of pumpkins were picked in the school garden located next to Walker Early Learning Center. The local Extension Service and FFA Agriculture students from WCHS sponsored the event.

St. Jude Trike-a-thon to be held this month at Walker Early Learning Center The flyer for the event

Kindergarten will participate in St. Judes Event during P.E. allotted time the week of October 15-19th PreSchool will be doing St. Judes Even t on October 18th

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 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.  

Walker Early Learning Center Students Enjoy Harvesting Veggies Emily Upchurch's class in garden

The youngest students are learning about the 4-acre school garden by picking grape tomatoes. The FFA/Agriculture students and local UK Extension Service work in the garden to produce food for the school cafeterias.

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. 

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.

Extension Service Teaches Young Learners about Broccoli and How to Plant Vegetables Students examining the plant.

The UK Agriculture Extension Office visited the young students to show them how to plant broccoli. They also taught the students basic needs for the broccoli and how to properly care for them.

Preschool and Kindergarten students enjoyed Grandparent Day At Walker Darrell Smith otherwise known as "Pap" with grandson Colton Dishman. Trey Lynch joins in on the fun.

Students enjoyed milk and cookies in the outdoor classroom where they welcomed their grandparents. They were anxious to show their grandparents the playground located behind the outdoor classroom.

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!
Parents and guardians check out Born Learning Academy BornLearning

Please join us for the 2018 BornLearning Academy at Walker Early Learning Center. The academy is for parents with children age 0-4. This series of family workshops is open to parents of children not yet enrolled in school. In each of the six sessions, parents will learn a parenting strategy that will help prepare their child for school. At each ession, dinner is at 5:30pm, followed by workshops at 6:00pm and a door prize drawing at 7:00pm/

Preschool Begins….Plus Cardinal Kids Campus Wrap-Around Program and Child Care Center Preschool Wrap-Around Certified Teacher Andrea Williams with student John Dodd

Wayne County preschool classes began Monday, August 27th for both PM and AM shifts at Walker Early Learning Center. Youngsters were eased into their new routine with an orientation event and phase-in visit to help them comfortably enter school. The staff go all out to welcome families and create a wonderful and magical learning environment.


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.

Youngest Learners attend Preschool Orientation with their families Preschool parents discuss starting school for their child with the teacher

Wayne County preschoolers can take advantage of a wrap-around program for 3 and 4-year-olds that provides daycare services at Cardinal Kids Campus. The five-star rated child care program has been moved to a newer facility just behind Walker Early Learning Center where the children can take advantage of special opportunities connected to the school building. The young students receive enrichment studies with a certified teacher that reinforces their preschool lessons, so it is a wonderful opportunity for students to get a 'leg up' on learning.

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. 

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.

Kindergarten Orientation big success Eli Floyd

Incoming Kindergarteners got to explore their school building and their parents completed paperwork covering everything from perks made avaliable like; art, music, family resource center, health, transportation, and library.

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.

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.

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.

Child Plus Fair introduces families to educational opportunities and community services Cara Gregory and her family explore the Child Plus Fair

Parents enrolled children in Head Start, preschool, and kindergarten during this informational fair. Children also had access to the Healthy Kids Clinic for school physicals and many won door prizes!

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).

Extension Service Helps Young Learners Harvest Pea Crop in Walker's Outdoor Classroom riflin through the peas

Kindergarten students learned to shell peas after pulling the pods from the plants they grew in raised beds.

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.

WCHS Technology Students Educate Walker Early Learning Center Students greg

The students of the high school computer science program spent two days working with the students of WELC.

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.

Preschoolers shine at End of Year Program Students appreciate their certificates at Preschool Awards

Walker Early Learning Center preschoolers were presented with awards at a musical program. Each color group was represented at both the morning and afternoon programs. The preschool program offers two sessions four days a week, as well as transportation and a wrap-around childcare enrichment program.

Kindergarten Awards Program fun for families Yvonne Morgan with students

After celebrating the academic strides they made this school year, each student received a packet with summer reading options so they can read on their independent level this summer.

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!

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.  

Preschool Field Day is Fun for Kids nichole koge

The FCCLA club members assisted the preschool staff at all kinds of booths on a beatiful and sunny day. Slushies were a big treat during these outdoor activities.

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.

Open House for Fall Preschool welc mascot

Star-studded Open House for Fall Preschool to be held May 17th from 4-6 p.m.

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.

WELC Teacher Requests guidelines Walker Early Learning Center Cardinal

Teacher requests will be accepted at Walker Early Learning Center from April 30, 2018 – June 15, 2018 regarding preschool and kindergarten classes. In order to place a request for a teacher, all paperwork must be completed and turned into the front office.

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.

Monticello Elementary 21st Century Program presents Disney's Beauty and the Beast Jr Beautty and the Beast Jr

       Get ready for wonderful entertainment by a cast of 39 local students presenting Disney’s Beauty and the Beast JR. The local version of the popular Broadway play will be held at the Monticello Elementary School gymnasium on May 1st and May 3rd at 6:00 p.m.

Bus Evacuation Drill set for Friday April 27th School Bus Evacuation Drill
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Coach Rodney Woods to be inducted into the National Hall of Fame Head Basketball Coach, Rodney Woods

It is with great pleasure that the National High School Athletic Coaches Association announces the upcoming induction of Wayne County High School Boys’ Basketball Coach Rodney Woods into the NHSACA National Hall of Fame. This year’s induction ceremony for the Class of 2018 will take place at the National High School Athletic Coaches Association’s national convention at the Ramkota Hotel in Sioux Falls, SD in June.  This year’s class includes thirty coaches from eighteen states across the nation. Coach Rodney Woods was selected for this national honor by his state’s high school coaches’ association. 

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.

2018 Child Plus Fair Takes Place on Friday April 27th Early Learning Center Logo

The Child Plus Fair will be held in the Rodney C. Woods Gymnasium. Upcoming preschool and kindergarten students may register for school.

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.

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.  

Young Children and Parents Visit Little Cardinal Academy Dale Gregory and teacher

Children played in a preschool room, getting used to school, while the parents were provided with enrollment information and what to expect once thier children are attending preschool and kindergarten.

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.

Guest Readers Visit Library at Walker Early Learning Center Dr. Seuss
Wayne County's Youngest Learners are Making Remarkable Progress in the Middle of their Kindergarten Year at Walker Early Learning Center teachers working together

The teachers at Walker have a passion for teaching their students to read at their early age.

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?

Community Boosts Literacy Efforts at Walker Early Learning Center group reading

Cuddling up with a group of young children reading stories that appeal to them is quite a privilege for adults. That was just the case, when volunteers were more than willing to share books with preschool and kindergarten aged children during the Read Across America campaign.

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.

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! 

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."

The Candy Bomber book Inspires Leah Turner's Language Arts Class to Give Back During the Holidays Leah Turner's students making a candy drop at Walker Early Learning Center

The middle school students were also inspired to create their own candy drop of sorts.  They put together bags of candy and visited nine classrooms at Walker Early Learning Center to share season cheer with the little ones.

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.

Walker Early Learning Center Receives Grant to put on Two Day Reading Event presenting grant

The Kentucky Education Association Read Across America campaign recently approved a grant of $400 for the Middle Cumberland Education Association which will be used to put on a two day reading event at Walker Early Learning Center this March. The Middle Cumberland Education Association-Retired, the Monticello Women's Club, and Walker Early Learning Center are partnering together to provide two days of educational activities for all 420 preschoolers and kindergartners. They will help provide guest readersSome of the readers may even come in costume to promote the theme of the books being read. The clubs participating contain 21 KEA-retired members who are very interested in improving literacy. The children will also be receiving books to take home and share, inside a Dr. Suess tote bag along with other helpful school items such as bookmarks, erasers, and notepads to celebrate the event.    

Teachers have a heart for the Imagination Library Walker Early Learning Center

Walker Early Learning Center Teachers raise money for 12 children to have one book a month come in the mail though the Imagination Library around Christmas Time 2017. Not only did local teachers realize the need but, the Middle Cumberland Education Association had already made an impressive contribution.

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.

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. 

'Twas the Night Before Christmas at Family Literacy Night activities

Families recently turned out for food, pictures with Santa, and a classroom story and craft activity at Walker Early Learning Center.

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.

Students and Staff at the Walker Early Learning Center Experience One of America's Most Popular School Assemblies The NED show

With credentials that include performing at the White House eleven times, All For KIDZ has been sharing their unique form of character education for more than two decades. The children at Walker enjoyed the Ned Show presented to them.

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.

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!

Walker Early Learning Center Students Experience Saftey Day Student with Fire Fighter

Emergency responders did a wonderful job talking to the youngest learners and sharing their equipment at a variety of stations. The students enjoyed the hands on lessons from the responders.

Odds N' Ends Homemaker Club contributes to Imagination Library Odds N' Ends Homemakers

The 25 member club donated $150 to the popular library which was part of their community service project. They raised the funds through their craft sales and a chili dinner at the Xmas Village. This year the Xmas Village will be on November 18th at the National Guard Armory. Many of the ladies in the club have been together for approximately fourty years.

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.

Walker Early Learning Center Preschoolers and Kindergarteners Enjoyed Participating in the Trike-a-Thon children enjoy riding in the event

Pledges from parents, friends, and neighbors amounted to close to $3,000 to be contributed to St. Jude Hospital.

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.

Walker Early Learning Center Experiences a Good Turnout of Families Attending Parent Teacher Conference teacher conference photo

Teachers reviewed a variety of assessment information with parents including the following: report cards, MAP scores, and Brigance.

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!

Second Session of Bornlearning Academy is Appreciated by Families Bornlearning Second Session

An evening dinner and program at Walker Early Learning Center welcomed families with infants to preschool-age children on October 3rd. The six monthly sessions help families prepare for school. Parents participated in a program called "Building Relationships: Test your Knowledge, are you Baby Smart?" with a childcare checklist geatured. WCHS Family Consumer Science helped with children during the session. A variety of books and games were given to children as door prizes.

Walker Early Learning Center Kindergarten Students Enjoyed a Field Trip to the New Public Library health lesson

Extension Specialist Gaye Hutchinson provided an interesting lesson on being healthy, complete with a fruit taste-testing event and free books for each student.

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.

Reese Sexton Wins 10th Region Tourney, Kameron Ghering Advances as Well Resse Sexton and Kameron Gehring

For the first time ever, Wayne County is home to the winner of the 10th Region individual champ. Reese Sexton came in first place overall with a score of 72. Kameron Ghering advances to state with a solid score of 75. Along with these successes, the middle school team advances to the state tournament! Congrats to all of our golfers!

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.

Born Learning Classes Launched September 19th for Parents and Young Children born learning

The topic for the dinner meeting was "translating early learning into easy to do activities." 

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.

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.

Preschoolers plant broccoli in raised beds at school Broccoli planting session

Orange Preschool A.M. students planted broccoli with Wayne County Agriculture Extension Agent Glen Roberts and
Agriculture Assistant Agent Ashley Debord. The extension agency provides students with hands on gardening experience to promote good nutrition by eating fresh vegetables.

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.

Preschool Wrap-Around program offers personalized education Cardinal

Wayne County Schools have launched a new wrap-around childcare program for the youngest learners on campus at Walker Early Learning Center. The enrichment program is offered to preschoolers who need either morning or afternoon childcare services, in conjunction with their half-day preschool schedule.

Imagination Library received donations from the Farm to Fork Banquet Cassie Munsey and Everly Martin read a book after dinner

Many thanks to those that contributed to the Imagination Library fund at the Farm to Fork banquet held on August 24th. Fresh vegetables from the school garden were served at the Wayne County Extension Office dinner after the farm tour.

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!

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.

First Day for Preschool held Monday, August 28th (l-r): Karissa Hill, Trista Hill, Blue Group Lead Teacher Pandora Keith, Avery Roberts, Trevet Daniels

Youngest learners got off to a great start both in the morning and afternoon groups. Some of the students are also benefitting from the new Wrap-Around class that offers childcare to parents with a certified teacher and childcare professionals that provide enrichment opportunities.

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).

Preschoolers participate in Phase In Days to learn school routine Child plays with train set

Preschool classes meet Monday through Thurdsay in an AM session and PM session with classes divided into different color groups. A rich curriculum is offered in a caring atmosphere to help the youngest learners become kindergarten ready.

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.

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.

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.

Walker Early Learning Center students attend orientation Walker Orientation

Incoming and returning Walker Early Learning Center students enjoyed an opportunity to explore the school and meet their teachers before classes begin on August 16.

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.

Walker Early Learning Center Imagination Library receives generous donation from Wayne County Extension Homemakers Homemakers Contribution

The Wayne County Extension Homemakers donated $520 to the Imagination Library. The donation will fund a membership with the Imagination Library for 26 children for a year.

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!

Waynetonian Choir performs at local Cornbread Festival Waynetonians

The Waynetonian Choir began their summer by performing at the annual Mill Springs Cornbread Festival. The Waynetonians are under the direction of Ms. Anita Peters and Ms. Tammye Sumpter.

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 Preschoolers eligible for new wrap-around enrichment program Walker logo

An enrichment wrap-around childcare program for Wayne County preschoolers is now available as a new benefit for the youngest learners.

Incoming preschoolers and kindergartners enjoy Child Plus Fair Child Plus Fair

Young children are excited to be starting their public education at Wayne County Schools. Numerous vendors regarding services that are geared towards young children were on hand for the festivities held in the cafeteria at Walker Early Learning 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.

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.

Three programs were held on May 5th for the kindergarten end of year ceremonies Patience Graham

Three programs were held on May 5th for the Kindergarten End of the Year Program at the Wayne County Middle School Gymnasium. Family 1 represented by Ms. Cynthia Bell, Ms. Beth Corder, and Ms. DeShay Dishman. Family 2 represented by Ms. Amanda Beck, Amy Gregory, and Ms. Becky Lewis. Family 3 was represented by Ms. Stacey Corder, Ms. Elizabeth Reichenbach, and Ms. Sandra Samuell.

Preschoolers have fun at Farm Day Preschoolers have fun at Farm Day

On April 20th, Walker Early Learning Center Preschoolers benefitted from an exciting day devoted to agriculture. WCHS FFA members helped facilitate the fun event. They brought livestock animals from their farms for the children to pet. The local Conservation Office also participated by providing a planting table for students to plant flowers. Safety lessons were also taught regarding farm equipment. The children enjoyed playing parachute and horse shoe games.

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.  

Preschool End of Year programs lots of fun for families Macy Dishman, Dakota Dishman, and Hunter Denney from the Purple Group

Each color group both in the am & pm classes were recognized along with perfect attendance.

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

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)?

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.

Walker Early Learning Center students Ring Literacy Bell for Reaching Level C Braylin Cox rings literacy bell

Walker Early Learning Center kindgergarten students strive to reach Level C Reading so they can get a chance to ring the literacy bell.

Kindergarten students enjoy egg hunt Kindergarten teacher DeShay Dishman checked out the eggs her students collected

Preschoolers and kindergarten students participated in egg hunts at Walker Early Learning Center.

Walker Open House draws incoming preschoolers to campus Sophia Morrow sitting on school bus

Wayne County Preschool staff welcomed incoming students and their families to a World of Possible celebration held on two days last week. Students enjoyed meeting teachers, seeing the classrooms, and playing on the playground. Registration is ongoing for the fall semester.

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.

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,


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.

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.

Guest readers join in Walker Early Learning Center's Seuss Week activities Superintendent reads book to kindergarten students

Guest readers volunteer to read books to the children during a fun literacy week for preschool and kindergarten students.

Yearbook sales at Walker Elementary begin Yearbook

Yearbook Sales at Walker Elementary have started. Yearbooks are $23 each. The window to order will end on April 10th.


(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.

Seuss Week at Walker Early Learning Center held Feb. 27- Mar. 3 Dr. Seuss Week

Walker celebrated with a variety of daily clothing ensembles coupled with guest readers. Seuss week included "Fox in Socks," "There's a Wocket in My Pocket," "Green Eggs and Ham," "Cat in the Hat," and  "Seussville."

Walker Early Learning Center accepting nominations for parent members of SBDM Council Walker Early Learning Center accepting nominations for parent members of SBDM Council

Parent representatives are being sought to serve on Walker Early Learning Center's Site Base Council for the upcoming term.

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.

Families had a great time at the Cat in the Hat Family Literacy Night Families had a great time at the Cat in the Hat Family Literacy Night

There were 230 students and parents who enjoyed dinner and reading activities in their classrooms on the evening of March 2. Children and teachers dressed in Dr. Seuss attire as they celebrated the literacy event sponsored by Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Medicaid.

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.

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.

Check out what has been going on at Walker Early Learning Center's exceptional programs this school year 1

Walker Early Learning Center is opening “a World of Possibilities” to their next classes of preschoolers and kindergarten students who will fill their classrooms next fall. The youngest students enjoy a wealth of activities to learn at an age-appropriate, high level. Preschoolers become kindergarten ready, as a result of the Five Star rated preschool, which features both AM and PM classes to pick from Mondays-Thursdays.

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.

Open enrollment is now underway for Preschool and Kindergarten at Wayne County Schools Preschoolers reading books

Walker Early Learning Center is opening “a World of Possibilities” to their next classes of preschoolers and kindergarten students who will fill their classrooms next fall. Preschool and kindergarten teachers take great pride in preparing another Wayne County High School’s future graduating class with the means to succeed academically.

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.

Silent Auction underway until 6:30 p.m. on Feb. 9th with great selection of gift baskets to help Imagination Library Families checked out the silent auction baskets

Walker Early Learning Center Preschoolers and Kindergarten students enjoyed inviting their families to a Valentine Sweetheart Snack special event. The cafeteria provided delicious homemade cookies and drinks after children and their parents visited the Book Fair in the library. Their parent teacher conferences are being held Thursday, Feb. 9th so the public is welcome to put in a bid on the baskets! Thank you to several local businesses who have donated items for the baskets which each classroom put together!

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.

Baskets to be auctioned off at Walker Early Learning Center Parent Teacher Conference Thursday, February 9 Baskets to be auctioned off at Walker Early Learning Center Parent Teacher Conference Thursday, February 9

Each classroom at Walker has created a themed basket to be auctioned off this week in order to raise funds to benefit the Imagination Library. The themed baskets range from baby showers to birthday party to car wash to camping – just to name a few.

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.

Preschoolers enjoyed Teddy Bear Picnic Regina Parmley's afternoon class

Walker's Early Learning Center Preschool, of which has a five star state ranking, celebrated with a teddy bear picnic at the conclusion of their studies on bears and hibernation.

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.

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.

Walker Early Learning Center Preschool earns top 5 Star Rating in the state Walker Early Learning Center Principal Angela Ballinger accepts a certificate for the state's highest 5 Star Rating for the school district's preschool program from Holly LaFevers, a consultant for the Kentucky Department of Education

Wayne County’s Walker Early Learning Center Preschool was publically recognized during the recent board of education meeting for achieving an impressive 5 Star Rating from state officials.

Frosty the Snowman and reindeer visits Walker Early Learning Center A class photo with the visitors

Preschoolers at Walker Early Learning Center received a wonderful surprise when they saw Frosty the Snowman and one of Santa's reindeer in their classroom.

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.

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.

South Kentucky RECC recently awarded two of their People Fund Grants to Wayne County Schools SKRECC Logo

Wayne County School students will reap the rewards of two South Kentucky RECC People Grants which totaled $700. South KY RECC representatives recently visited the local school district to award the helpful contributions.

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.

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.

Walker Early Learning Center students learn about emergency safety procedures Walker Students

Some 420 preschoolers and kindergartners learned basic safety tips from the School Resource Officer Adam Dodson, Wayne County Emergancy Medical service, Monticello Fire Department, and PHI air medic service by rotating from station to station.

Walker Early Learning students painted storybook characters on their pumpkins they picked in the school garden Pumkins on display

In addition to receiving their very own pumpkin and practicing their art skills, children had an opportunity to give to the Imagination Library by dropping in a dontation for their favorite pumpkin! The young children raised $290 while learning how to contribute to the schools favorite literacy project.

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.

Dollar General Literacy Foundation provides helpful grants to Wayne County Schools Dollar General Logo

The Dollar General Literacy Foundation recently awarded Wayne County Educational Foundation and Walker Early Learning Center a $2,000 grant to support youth literacy.  This local grant is part of $4.5 million in youth literacy grants awarded to approximately 1,000 organizations across the 43 states that Dollar General serves. Given at the beginning of the academic school year, these grants are aimed at supporting teachers, schools and organizations with resources to strengthen and enhance literacy instruction.

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.

Walker Elementary students pick a pumpkin at the FFA garden FFA Member

Over 400 preschoolers and kindergardeners from Walker Early Learning Center recieved a pumpkin from the school garden. FFA and Agriculture students facilited the pumpkin patch event with the help of the Extension office.

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.

"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.

Bornlearning event reaches out to families with children ages 0-4 through series of family workshops for parents of children not enrolled in school

Families of the youngest children enjoyed dinner and educational break out groups for both English and Spanish speaking parents on September 15 at Walker Early Learning Center. Teachers shared a program on translating Early Learning research into easy-to-do activities.

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.

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

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

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.

Preschoolers and grandparents ate cookies together in the Outdoor Classroom

The youngest readers enjoyed visiting the book fair in the school library with their grandparents after spending quality time together on the playground and enjoying snacks outdoors.

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.

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.

Walker Early Learning Center Kindergarten teachers deconstruct state standards to enhance learning

All Wayne County teachers use the state standards to drive their classroom studies. Like teachers across the district, kindergarten teachers for example, meet for professional development meetings to break down the required state standards, frequently. The teachers worked together to use the standards to create student friendly learning targets that are being communicated to students in the classroom. Teachers also developed quality questions and decided on effective discussion techniques and literacy ideas that will engage students' thinking processes throughout the lesson.


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.

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!

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.

Youngest learners transition into preschool during two day Phase-In opportunity Youngest learners transition into preschool during two day Phase-In opportunity

Preschoolers got adjusted to their new school as they transitioned into public education. Literacy skills and much more will be amongst advantages for preschool this year. Preschool teachers provide their students with a rich child-friendly curriculum that follows the ECERS-3 Early Childhood Standards.

Preschool teachers engage in curriculum mapping

Preschool teachers work together prior to the start of school in preparation for the 2017 school year. Students are enrolled in preschool Monday-Thursdays in AM or PM shifts, with transportation provided.

Donation to Imagination Library Appreciated

Monticello Banking Company recently contributed $500 to the Imagination Library. Over 600 young students are enrolled in the local program. Each month, children receive a carefully selected book in the mail to build their home libraries. For more information, call (606) 348-4251. This is part of Wayne County's literacy drive for the future. 

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.

Walker Early Learning Center kicks off school year

 Kindergarten students were excited to be at school on the first day. They learned everything from how to walk down the hall to eating their meals in the cafeteria.

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.

Local Imagination Library receives donation from Wayne County Farm Bureau

Insurance Agent TJ Morgan presented a $1000 donation to the Walker Early Learning Center on behalf of Wayne County Farm Bureau Insurance. Approximately 600 of the county's children, ages from birth to five, are enrolled in the local Imagination Library Program. The program delivers books once a month to over half of the county's population of children who are too young to attend school. For more information about contributing to the Imagination Library call Walker Early Learning Center 348-4251.

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.

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.

Kindergarten Classes honor students with end of year programs and awards

Each of the three families had individual end of year programs which were held in the gymnasium at the Wayne County Middle School.

Preschool End of Year Program held May 19th for the littlest learners

Both the AM and PM color groups were honored in separate awards programs in front of a huge audience at the high school gymnasium. Preschoolers enjoyed all kinds of fun and educational perks this school year in their various classrooms. Preschool enrollment is already underway for the fall 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.

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.

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.

Preschool enjoys Kentucky Derby in their very own horse race

Each class was called to the post. The preschoolers rode stick horses and dressed in Derby attire.

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.

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.    

Walker Early Learning Center Book Fair hosted by the Media Center

Buy one, get one free at the week long event. Contact librarian Tracy Slagle for more information. Families can take advantage of the sale until 4 PM each weekday.

Little Cardinal Academy helps future students transition into school

This was part of a series of classes for parent and playtime for young children offering educational tips on different child development stages. Teacher Micah Hicks shared information on Kindergarten Readiness at the recent event, while the children played in preschool classrooms. The families also enjoyed eating lunch in the school cafateria.

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.

Child Plus Fair welcomed future preschool and kindergarten students April 22 at the Aspire Center

There were close to 30 booths featured at the special event with 108 children attending. This event is held primarily as a child find outreach mission.

Walker Early Learning Center students enjoy dome theater

Walker Early Learning Center students recently benefitted from a mobile digital theater that was brought to the school bringing a highly innovative educational program.

Born Learning Special event held at Walker Early Learning Center to help families transition in to preschool

Helpful information from First Steps Program was shared with parents while youngsters played in preschool classes. The topic was "How Children Learn: Brain Development, Ages & Stages," sharing how to meet their child's milestones. The final Bornlearning event will be held May 5th and focus on "Routines and Learning on the Go: Morning, After Work, and Bedtime."

Guest Speaker inspires Walker Early Learning Center students

On Friday April 1, 2 classrooms at Walker Early Learning Center hosted a guest speaker from our community. Rodger Keaton spoke to the classes about how he does not allow himself to be held back by his visual impairment.

Farm Day Fun for preschoolers

WCHA FFA students and volunteers helped man stations ranging from livestock to tractors to washing clothes. The preschool does a great job bringing this event to life each year.

Child Plus Fair to be held for incoming Pre-K students

Parents who would like more information on early education for their children are invited to attend the Child Plus Far that will be held at the ASPIRE Center on Friday, April 22. Door prizes and treasures will be available to parents and children who attend the event.

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!

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.

Bucklebear campaign effective way to stress car seat safety for children at Walker Early Learning Center

Students and parents of Walker Early Learning Center were encouraged to visit the Bucklebear promotional event held after school recently during parent teacher conferences. The program was used to promote seatbelt safety when operating and riding in a vehicle. Community members provided useful insight and advice to parents and students alike who attended the event. RSO Adam Dodson awarded prizes to winners of the coloring contest at school.

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.

Bornlearning Academy workshop at Walker Early Learning Center

A Bornlearning Academy workshop hosted by Walker Early Learning Center will be held March 17th for parents of children not enrolled in school yet. The focus of this month’s meeting is “Nutrition and Health: Healthcare, Nutrition and Sleep.”

Walker Early Learning Center Registration Enrollment Underway for Fall Preschool and Kindergarten

Registration enrollment is now available to parents and guardians interested in enrolling their children in class for the upcoming school year.

Students at Walker Early Learning Center meet Deputy Adam Dodson

Representatives from kindergarten classrooms who have displayed good character at Walker Early Learning Center received stuffed animals from Deputy Adam Dodson recently. They got to meet the new school resource officer on campus, who provides security to students.

Dandelion Outreach Program is wonderful opportunity for the children to visit school
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.

Walker Early Learning Center students enjoy guest readers

Media Specialist Tracy Slage organized opportunities for students to enjoy 19 guest readers' presentations. Numerous school employees enjoyed spending time with the young students by reading a Dr. Seuss book or sharing their favorite childhood book recently. 

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. 

WELC Site Based Council looking for parent representatives

Walker Early Learning Center Site Based Council is looking for parent representatives to participate in an election for the 2016-17 school year. There will be two parents elected to these positions. Nominations for these positions must be made in writing and delivered to the school by March 8th, Parents or legal guardians may nominate themselves or another parent for a one-year term, beginning in July and ending in June. Wayne County Schools appreciate parent support and involvement.

                Elections for the position are set for March 10 from 8:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

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.

Cat in the Hat visits youngest learners during week long celebration of Dr. Seuss

Reading matters at Wayne County Schools and the kids at Walker Early Learning Center had fun meeting the Cat and the Hat.

Thank you parents for huge turnout at Family Literacy Night

Walker Early Learning Center welcomed 276 parents to their second Family Literacy Night this school year. Preschoolers and Kindergarteners received a free book after enjoying story time and parent/child activities revolving around Dr. Seuss's ABC book.

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.

Walker Early Learning Center hosts Family Literacy Night

Walker Early Learning Center will be hosting Family Literacy Night on Tuesday (March 1) evening from 5:30-7:00 p.m. during the district’s emphasis on reading

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.

Walker Elementary celebrates Valentines Day with Sweetheart Breakfast

Families enjoyed attending the Sweetheart Breakfast with their preschoolers. Preschoolers benefit from a fun and challenging curriculum helping to prepare them for kindergarten and their educational future. Preschoolers also benefit from the free breakfast or lunch (depending if they are an am group or pm group) they are served during their half-day at school on Monday through Thursday.

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.   

Walker Early Learning Center students get to see Puss in Boots play

An acting troupe from Lexington Children's Theater was invited to perform for Walker Early Learning Center students. The play was performed twice throughout the day for the preschool and kindergarten students to enjoy.

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.

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.

Art education insipires young learners

Art educators are always searching for venues to display their students’ work. For instance, Tonya Marcum has her Hall of Fame artists’ work randomly displayed in the hallway outside her classroom at Walker Early Learning Center. She also has a clever online art gallery where she regularly downloads her students’ work into a portfolio on a site called Artsonia. At Monticello Elementary, Samantha Cummings is taking students to an even higher level by helping them create graphic designs to be used for business cards and signage. 

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.

Young artists submit art for holiday greeting card

Art education starts at an early age and some very unique projects are produced at the various schools that go a long way to decorate the buildings. Just last month, some of the younger artists on campus were recognized for their contributions to brighten the holiday season. Students at Walker Early Learning Center and Monticello Elementary contributed to the superintendent’s electronic holiday card sent to the staff and community partners featuring students’ original art work.

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.

Little Cardinal Academy invites any child not currently enrolled in school that will be attending WELC next year to a Lunch and learn

Walker Early Learning Center will be hosting a Lunch and Learn for upcoming WELC students from 10:00 a.m - 11:15 a.m on the following dates: February 19th, March 25th, and April 22nd.

WELC and Monticello Elementary students create Christmas cards

Art education starts at an early age and some very unique projects are produced at the various schools that go a long way to decorate the buildings. Just last month, some of the younger artists on campus were recognized for their contributions to brighten the holiday season.

Walker Early Learning students collected 530 cans of food

Students helped put cans and boxes in groups of ten, which turned into a math lesson as they organized their donations to the House of Blessings.

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.

Grant provides new piece of equipment to help visually impaired

All types of learning strategies exist on the Wayne County School campus to meet the needs of a diverse student population. A new tool that will help improve visually impaired students’ ability to learn braille was a welcome addition recently in Pamela Brown’s classroom located at Walker Early Learning Center.

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.

Santa Claus visits children at Walker Early Learning Center

The youngest learners enjoyed meeting the man from the North Pole and letting him know what was on their wish list.

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.

Thanks to South KY RECC representatives who delivered a People Grant to Walker Early Learning Center

South Kentucky RECC recently awarded one of its ten People Fund grants for this cycle to Walker Early Learning Center’s Imagination Library: Preschool and Kindergarten Readiness Project. SKYRECC representatives recently visited the local school with a $500 check to be deposited in the Imagination Library account that provides books to students during their preschool years.

Preschoolers take their gingerbread people to cafeteria so they can be baked

Food Service Manager Lisa Kammer was pleased to accept the beautifully decorated gingerbread people to bake for each classroom. The preschoolers returned to the kitchen but could not find their gingerbread creation cooking and proceeded on a hunt for the delectable treat. To their surprise, their gingerbread people were magically waiting for them back in their classrooms.

zSpace is being offered to benefit Wayne County Schools
Monticello Woman's Club, GFWC wrapped presents for 200 preschoolers recently

The presents will be given out on Sharing Day on December 17th, just after a vist from Santa on December 16th. The Kindergarten students will bring gifts to school for their Sharing Day on December 18th.

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.

Walker Early Learning Center students harvest vegetables from their outdoor garden

On November 12, the students learned how to care for their vegetables with this fun activity. They are learning valuable nutrition lessons as they garden.

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!

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.

Walker Early Learning Center hosts their Family Reading Night

A pirate themed Family Literacy Night was held at Walker Early Learning Center. Families were served a delicious chicken nugget/mashed potato dinner through the after school nutrition program. Parents then broke off into a session regarding DIBELS, which stands for Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills. This helps schools monitor student scores to see if they are on track for reading success. Kindergarten teachers use specific methods of sounding out different letter sounds where students learn to blend them to make a word. The one on one technique is an integral part of learning to read. While the parents were being acquainted with literacy strategy, the children were enjoying story time in other classrooms.   

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.

Preschool and Kindergarten participates in Trike-a-Thon as they learn to stay fit

Walker Early Learning Center students raised $4,895.49 for St. Jude Hospital with their Trike-a-Thon.

Walker Early Learning Center Students Show Artistic talent

Walker Early learning Center shows off artistic pumpkins in foyer. The youngest students took pumpkins home from the school garden and decorated them to match a character in their favorite book.

Walker Early Learning Center children learn to make mini pizzas with what was harvested from their outdoor classroom beds

Kindergarteners in Amy Gregory's class enjoyed making veggie pizzas with broccoli, cauliflower, cheese, and ranch dressing. Extension Agricultural Specialist Ashley Debord spearheaded the nutrition lesson using the fresh produce from their outdoor garden beds.

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.

Family Literacy Fun Night to be celebrated at Walker Early Learning Center

You’re Invited!  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 fun Family Literacy activities.  All students that attend will receive a FREE book!!

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.

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.

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.

Walker Early Learning Center kindergarten students enjoy visiting with Moolah Moose Club

Kindergarten students were delighted by a visit from Moolah Moose, from Citizen’s National Bank, to encourage them to take learning seriously, hopefully instilling a good work ethic. The young students are able to earn money for each satisfactory grade they receive on their report card. The Moolah Moose Club allows students a way to start saving money.

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.

Book Fair underway at Walker Early Learning Center

Book Fair held during Grandparents Week.

Grandparents visit grandchildren at Walker Early Learning Center

Preschool orange and red afternoon groups enjoyed refreshments in the school garden, which was part of the festivities.

Parents encouraged to attend Bornlearning Academy at Walker Early Learning Center

The Bornlearning Academy is a series of family workshops for parents of children not enrolled in school. 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 Opportunities.

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.

High School Student Gabby Gregory shares safety project

As Girl Scouts, girls discover the fun, friendship, and power of girls together. Girls grow courageous and strong through a wide variety of enriching experiences, such as field trips, community service projects, and cultural exchanges. 

Walker Early Learning Center Kindergarten students plant broccoli, cauliflower, and zinnias in Outdoor Garden

Kindergarten kiddos were excited to plant vegetables for the first time in their new Outdoor Garden in the backyard of their school. Special thanks to the extension service for supplying the broccoli plants in regard to this helpful partnership.

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.

KY Race to the Top Bornlearing Academy Workshop Series coming up

The Bornlearing Academy is a series of family workshops for parents of children not enrolled in school. 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 Opportunities.

Preschoolers enjoy Phase-In activities prior to the start of school

On Monday August 17, Walker Early Learning Center welcomed 157 preschoolers on their first day.

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.

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.

Kindergarten students participate in orientation activities

The Brigance Screening process was used to determine each child's specific skill levels for learning so teachers can better meet their educational needs.

Ground Broken… Outdoor Classroom project underway at Walker Early Learning Center

Ground was broken in a new Outdoor Classroom this week behind Walker Early Learning Center by a mix of students, educators and community members anxious to create a new area for students to learn.

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. 

Preschoolers invited to a "World of Possible" at Walker Early Learning Center

    Preschool and kindergarten days provide fresh and first time experiences for children. Countless upperclassmen are sentimental about these first impressions of their school career, along with the teachers who were there with them. Nowhere is this experience more evident, than at the Walker Early Learning Center on the Wayne County School campus where local educators have delighted in making precious memories for their young learners for many years.

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.

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 Community Early Childhood Council Receives $9300.00 to Prepare Kentucky’s Youngest Students

Governor Steve Beshear announced on June 29, 2015 nearly $1 million in grants have been awarded to 55 Community Early Childhood Councils (CECCs) covering 84 Kentucky counties to promote school readiness for children. 

Parents enjoy Kindergarten Awards Program
Retirement reception honors 429.5 years of service to local students

Educators were honored at the June Board of Education Meeting.

Summer Feeding Program
Young learners enjoyed a butterfly release at Walker

The Walker Early Learning Center released butterflies for the students so that they could learn more about the environment.

Earth Day Conservation Lesson at Walker Early Learning Center

On April 22, Walker Early Learning Center held an Earth Day event to teach the students to take care of their planet by reducing, reusing, and recycling.

Preschool End of the Year Program

Each color group from the A.M. and P.M. color groups sang songs. Students received certificates from Principal Johnny Chaplin.

Preschoolers ventured 'down on the farm' for a special agriculture day recently

Local livestock enthusiasts assisted the preschool by bringing goats, kittens, rabbits, and a pony for the youngest learners to enjoy at Walker Early Learning Center recently. All kinds of stations were set up behind the school building with the help of several WCHS FFA members to man them ranging from sack races to clothes washing to sitting in a horse saddle to collecting pretend chicken eggs. Preschoolers and kindergarten students enjoyed the special event. 

Wayne County Schools participate in events like the Child Plus Fair to transition the youngest children into school

The Wayne County Child Plus Fair is one of several special events held to welcome future preschool and kindergarten students and their families to Wayne County Schools. The annual event was held at the start of May at the local Aspire Center featuring all kinds of booths geared to help the young children as they start their education.  

Waynetonian Choir featured several times this spring

The Waynetonians did a great job representing Monticello Elementary at the 4-H Carnival on May 1. They performed their 50s songs in poodle skirts on May 2 for The Voice of Wayne County - a church sponsored event to raise funds for Mission Uganda. The choir will also be performing on May 23 at 11:00 a.m. during the Cornbread Festival at Mill Springs. 

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.

Preschoolers rode stick horses in celebration of Derby Day

Preschoolers at Walker Early Learning Center saddled up their stick horses and tossed on their homemade hats for their Derby Day celebration.

Wayne County amongst Early Childhood Academies expanding throughout Kentucky

Governor Steve Beshear, Toyota and United Way today announced the expansion of innovative early childhood academies to 36 more schools across the state, which include Wayne County Schools. The initiative is funded by Kentucky’s Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge federal grant and Toyota’s manufacturing operations in Kentucky.

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.

The second Little Cardinal Academy welcomed future preschoolers and their parents to school

Parents and future students enjoyed the orientation services held at Walker Early Learning Center. Parents were exposed to parenting and preschool readiness skills by Extension Homemaker Specialist Jody Paver. Preschool teachers began earning their future students' trust in the classrooms. A delicious lunch was also served.

PRIDE Coordinator shares recycling message with preschoolers

Local PRIDE Coordinator Tim Bell shared important information with preschoolers trying to reach students at the youngest age possible to instill wise recycling habits.

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.

Walker Early Learning Center to Participate in Annual Child Plus Fair at ASPIRE Center

Future Preschoolers and Kindergarteners are encouraged to attened the even on May 1st from 10 AM - 2 PM at the ASPIRE Center. Door Prizes will be distributed to familes. There will be FREE treasures at booths for children.

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.


Walker Early Learning students enjoyed Egg Hunt

Preschoolers in Regina Parmley's Afternoon Blue Group had a great time hunting colored eggs last week.

Kindergarten students participate in School Breakfast Art

Walker Early Learning Center Kindergarten students participated in a modified version of SNA's Making the Grade by celebrating National School Breakfast Week last month with an art contest.


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.

Walker Early Learning Center students enjoyed watching baby chicks hatch

Preschoolers from the afternoon Red Group enjoyed seeing baby chicks hatch in the foyer of their school. They are also anticipating seeing butterflies when they return from spring break.

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.


Little Cardinal Academy Lunch and Learn Well Attended

The first of three preschool Lunch and Learn events were held at Walker Early Learning Center on Marth 13th. Future preschoolers got used to a new environment while parents learned valuable information. The next sessions for 3-year-olds will be held on April 17 and May 15 from 10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Walker Early Learning Center students celebrated Literacy Week

Through the week of March 16, Walker celebrated Dr. Suess' birthday and literacy week. Several fun events were held for the students that included Fox in Socks, Wacky Wednesday, The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins, Dress as Cat in the Hat, and Sleep Book Pajama Day. See what the kids in Becky Lewis' Kindergarten class came up with.... 

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 Heart Heroes

Students in first and second grades at Bell Elementary are learning how important heart health is during their physical education classes.  The school recently held a jump-rope for heart event where all students learned how to take care of their heart and how exercise is key to heart health.

Getting ready for school is an exciting time for families

Wayne County Schools are initiating two important opportunities for children before they even enroll in school. Important learning skills are developing before children even reach preschool, so educators are anxious to take advantage of that very special window for the very youngest children.

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.

Preschoolers enjoy Imagination Library kickoff at Walker Early Learning Center

Preschoolers couldn’t have been happier with the entertainment and reading opportunities at Walker Early Learning Center’s second Family Literacy Night. It was a special night on January 27th, because it launched the Imagination Library, a new community based reading initiative for babies through four-years-old.

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Preschoolers couldn’t have been happier with the entertainment and reading opportunities at Walker Early Learning Center’s second Family Literacy Night. It was a special night on January 27th, because it launched the Imagination Library, a new community based reading initiative for babies through four-years-old.

Preschoolers enjoy Imagination Library kickoff at Walker Early Learning Center

Preschoolers couldn’t have been happier with the entertainment and reading opportunities at Walker Early Learning Center’s second Family Literacy Night. It was a special night on January 27th, because it launched the Imagination Library, a new community based reading initiative for babies through four-years-old.

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.  

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!

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.

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!

Wayne County Schools jingled on to Christmas break with various celebratory activities

Students districtwide celebrated the holidays with Ugly Christmas Sweaters. The middle school collected donations for the Gallilean Home. Monticello Elementary had a lovely Christmas program.

Santa Claus Came to Town...

Santa visited all of the students at Walker Early Learning Center to find out what they wanted for Christmas

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.

WCMS GT Students present "Live with Santa"

The Walker Early Learning Center Kindergarten students were captivated by the characters that visited with them during lunch. They enjoyed their skit and being able to interact with the Talent Troupe.

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.

Local Kindergarten Student was named runner-up winner in Scholastic Reading Club's All About Me! Art Contest

Jameson Wallen, a kindergarten student in Laura Crabtree's Kindergarten class, received a Book and Buddy Library for his classroom. He also received gifts after being selected from 9,000 entries from across the country.

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.

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

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.

Safety Day held at Walker Early Learning Center on October 29th

An emergency medical helicopter landed behind the school building in the morning, a real life detective handed out badges and firefighters provided children with their very own helmets during the special event as they spread important safety messages.

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 Reps meet in Berea to launch new GEAR UP Program

Representatives from Wayne County Schools met with superintendents and representatives from 13 other school districts, Partners for Education staff and Berea College President Dr. Lyle Roelofs at historic Boone Tavern last week to celebrate the launch of the newest GEAR UP program at Berea College.

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 Celebrates Family Literacy Nights

Walker Early Learning Center will be featuring Family Literacy Nights periodically this school year to reinforce reading skills for the youngest learners on campus.

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.

Walker Elementary students enjoyed learning all sorts of things about pumpkins and taking a pumpkin home

448 Walker Early Learning Center students received a pumpkin to take home and decorate as their favorite book character for family literacy night, coming up on Tuesday, October 21st from 5:00-6:30 PM. Pizza will be served from 5:00 to 5:30 and two different reading stations will be available for children to "Fall Into Reading". The UK Cooperative Extension Service and the Wayne County High School FFA grew the pumpkins in the school garden with the younger students in mind. Educators used the project as a teachable moment involving everything from agriculture to art to literature.

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)

Walker Early Learning Center will Celebrate National Red Ribbon Week

During the week of October 27th-31st, we will celebrate National Red Ribbon Week at Walker Early Learning Center.  Red Ribbon Week has come to symbolize a nationwide commitment to increase public awareness of drug abuse and to promote a healthy, drug-free lifestyle. Although drugs, alcohol, and violence continue to affect our families and our communities, we can fight back!

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!

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.

Wayne County School Board Endorses New Educational Initiatives

Community support need to maximize success of early literacy efforts.

Grandparents enjoy fall festivities during grandparent days at Walker Early Learning Center

Grandparents watched their grandchildren on the playground, as well as enjoying snacks in the outdoor classroom. They also got to visit the book fair in the media center.

McTeacher's Night
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!

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.

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.

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. 

Grandparent's Celebration

Please click to view schedule. 

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.

Preschoolers get comfortable in their new classrooms at Phase In.

Wayne County Walker Learning Center welcomed the youngest learners to four different sessions as a way of transitioning to school.

Bus Evacuation

Wayne County Schools first mandated bus evacuation drill will be underway this week during the school hours at each school building.

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.

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. 

Immunization and health updated records needed for students to enter school
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.  

Walker Early Learning Center sets Orientation times

Kindergarten orientation is on August 4th for students with last name starting with A-M at 4:00 and at 5:30 for students with last name starting with N-Z. Preschool orientation is on August 5th for AM Preschool students at 4:00 and at 5:30 for PM students.

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.

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
Registration enrollment underway for Walker Early Learning Center

Enrollment is underway for preschool and kindergarten students at Walker Early Learning Center. Sign up early because the birthday guidelines have changed. Call 348-4251 or stop by 1080 South Main Street to pick up a registration packet between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Preschool students perform at end of year program

Preschool students from the morning and afternoon groups enjoyed participating in a musical program performing their color group songs. Perfect attendance and near perfect attendance awards were given after each child received a certificate completing their first year of school.

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

Farm Day is popular event at preschool

FFA members assisted the preschool staff with the various learning stations.

Child Plus Fair draws a crowd of young families

Wayne County Schools showcased the many opportunites they offer students.

Kindergarten students enjoy participating in Governor’s Derby Celebration

Kindergarten students at Walker Early Learning Center probably won’t be attending the Governor’s Derby Celebration, but they got to contribute their talents to the event.

Walker Early Learning Center is hosting Silent Auction

As a part of the school's efforts, Walker Early Learning Center’s staff, students, and parents have assembled baskets with various themes.

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.

Walker Early Learning Center students celebrate the Derby in a big way

Students modeled their Derby bonnets April 30th and each student received a trophy. The students have been studying horses this week, leading up to the Kentucky Derby.

Wayne County Child Plus Fair about to kick off

The annual Wayne County Child Plus Fair will be held on Friday, May 2 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the local Aspire Center. The fair is geared towards the needs of the youngest children in the community

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's Youngest Learners Experience Science at Walker Early Learning Center

Walker Early Learning preschoolers and kindergartners have been completely captivated as they’ve witnessed butterflies emerge from their chrysalides in the netted butterfly habitat houses located in their classrooms indoors – not to mention the lift offs setting them free in their outdoor classroom.

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.

Ronald McDonald visits children at Walker Elementary

Ronald McDonald will be visiting the Child Plus Fair on Friday, May 2nd at the Aspire Center, along with other celebrity characters

Walker Early Learning Center students enjoy meeting Wizard player

Wayne County Schools host Wizards, which entertain community at evening performance.

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.

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.

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.

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.