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Future Cardinals Baseball Camp coming up Baseball and Bats

Wayne County High School Baseball team is hosting “Future Cardinals Baseball Camp”. This camp will focus on the basic fundamentals of hitting, fielding, pitching, and base running. Camp begins March 2nd from 11:00 am -1:00 pm.

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

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

Three Wayne County Students placed at the NASP Region Tournament Morgan Cross and Brody Shelton

Congratulations to Brody Shelton and Morgan Cross from Monticello Elementary Archery team who both placed at the NASP Region Tournament held at Lincoln County.

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
Monticello Elementary Student Leadership Team helped coordinate canned food drive in December Icon

A team of 21 students representing third, fourth, and fifth graders recently participated in their first service learning project. They asked the student body to donate canned food items to the House of Blessings. A few of the elementary members from the group helped box up the food items which were then delivered. 

WCHS Students may Compete in the 2019 Public Service Recognition Poster Contest Icon

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

Mat Cards improve overall record in Owensboro wrestling

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

Want to read to Winston? Winston

Each month a selected group of students from each grade at Monticello Elementary, who have shown achievement in their school's monthly reading challenge, will get to read to Winston! He REALLY LOVES it when kids read to him and he is excited to meet you! Work hard, enjoy reading, and maybe YOU can earn an appointment to read to Winston!!!

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

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

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

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

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

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

Archery Team Bring Home a Multitude of Awards at Burnside 7th Annual Archery Tournament Icon

WCHS placed first with both the Middle School and Monticello Elementary School placing second. Congrats to all of the individual winners and high placements at the neighboring tournament held January 26th. 

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. 

FRC Director Leslie Randall and Winston, the therapy dog, help launch a new Reading Initiative Leslie Randall and Winston the therapy dog

Monticello Elementary students can learn more about Winston and therapy dogs through a book Randall is reading to them via a video they can tap onto online.

Elementary Archer Brody Shelton and High School Archer Ragan Shelton brought home FIrst Place Awards Brody Shelton-1st place Individual Elementary Male and Ragan Shelton-1st place High School Female and top overall female shooter of the tournament

The Wayne Archery Teams participated in the Somerset Christian Tournament on January 19th. Both Monticello Elementary Team and WCHS placed second, with WCMS placing third amongst the teams. Congrats to Ragan Shelton for her 1st place female placement in the high school individual standings, as well as overall top female shooter award at the tournament.Brody Shelton also placed first in the elementary school individual category.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Go365/Vitality Biometric Checks Available to Staff Logo

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

Monticello Elementary School Archery Team placed first at Middle Tribal Tournament on January 5th. Archery

Several Wayne County students excelled in the individual competitions at the recent tournament. The WCMS Archery Team and WCHS Archery Team placed third.

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.

Monticello Elementary 21st Century Students Present Elf the Musical JR. santa and buddy

Elf The Musical JR. performed by Wayne County’s 21st Century program at Monticello Elementary was a real crowd pleaser, receiving excellent reviews from the audience.

2nd Annual Wayne County Archery Classic Archery

A huge turn out of archers attended the second annual Cardinal Classic Archery Competition on Dec. 14-15 held at the Wayne County Middle School's gymnasium. Congratulations to numerous local archers on the Elementary, Middle School, and High School teams won awards. 

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.

Wayne County Archery Team will be hosting the Second Annual Cardinal Classic Archery Competition on Dec. 14 and 15 Archery Team performs well at first competition

There are 72 Elementary, Middle and High School archers on the Wayne County Team this year. The Archery Team's first tournament of the season was held December 1st at McCreary County. Local archers brought home numerous awards they earned. They are looking forward to a large gathering of archers attending the upcoming Cardinal Classic at the Wayne County Middle School.

Study Abroad Trip to Greece offers discount due December 7th Greece trip

GREAT NEWS if your are still considering the Greece 2020 Travel Study Tour! The tour has exceeded its enrollment goal, but due to interest, ten more spots have been opened! Enroll by Friday, December 7th to receive the $200 discount. Contact GT Coordinator Jennifer Chaplin for more information.

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!

Monticello Elementary Students and Parents Enjoy Author's Visit Jill Frogge, Kinley Baker and Ronda Friend

 Monticello Elementary students were anxious to return to school for a family literacy night recently held, featuring children’s author Ronda Friend. They were even cast in part of her child-friendly performance...The students and staff clad in plaid and denim will most likely remember these fun teachable moments where educators went the extra mile to promote literacy.  

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.

Monticello Elementary students enjoyed NED and Mindset Mission NED

NED's Mindset Mission was an interactive school performance using story telling, puppetry, illusions and yo-yo tricks to take students on an entertaining journey with the character NED, NED taught the students valuable character education lessons.

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.

Veterans Tribute Program held at Monticello Elementary Vet's table

Monticello Elementary students benefited from a Veteran's Program featuring speaker Certified Social Worker Noah Rice. Rice is veteran who served seven years in the Army National Guard, including 16 months deployed overseas. The Waynetonian Choir provided patriotic music under the direction of Jared Duncan. Special guest during the program was Army Reserve SFC Tim Bertram who shared information in Katina Shearer's classroom after the ceremony.

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.

Monticello Elementary Family Literacy Night Features Children’s Author Presentation Family Literacy Night

Third, fourth, and fifth grade students and their families can look forward to Monday, November 19 when a terrific motivational storyteller will provide two exciting assemblies during the school day, topped off with an evening performance for the entire family at Monticello Elementary.

Monticello Elementary Hosts 'Mega Party' Fundraiser crowd

Monticello Elementary recently hosted a Mega Party fundraiser after school that students enjoyed attending. Funds will help pay for new playground equipment.

Author Mike Artell will be speaking at WCMS after school book

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

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

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

Elementary Cross Country Season Underway Cross Country Girls

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

Community readers visit top five Accelerated readers in third, fourth and fifth grade at Monticello Elementary School Literacy Night

Guest Readers read chapters to the students gathered around them from "Hats Off to Heroes" by Ronda Friend, The author will be visiting the school on November 19 during two upcoming assemblies. She will share her "Down on Friendly Acres" series. Check out htp://www.rondaFriend.com to learn about the author. Congratulations to the students who were the top readers at each grade level and got to meet the guest readers in person to preview the book. All students will get to be read to by the guest readers through digital means inside their classrooms.

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.

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.

Monticello Elementary Parent Teacher Conferences held for first nine weeks Parent Teacher Conference

The first round of Parent Teacher Conferences were well attended at Monticello Elementary. Upcoming Parent Teacher Conferences are scheduled at Bell Elementary on October 4th from 4 to 7 p.m. and Walker Elementary is October 16th and 23rd, from 4-7 p.m.

Wayne County Schools Celebrate High Attendance Day nice nice pic

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

Vitality Biometric Screenings Scheduled for staff during October

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

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

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

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

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

Relatives Raising Relatives to Meet September 25th family support flyer

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

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.

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!
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.

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

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

Enrollment up first day of classes Cardinal logo

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

Youth League Football Registration Football

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

Monticello Elementary Orientation program kicks off school year Teacher assists student with bookbag

Third graders and their families met administrators, teachers, and even Winston, a trained therapy dog that will be part of a reading incentive program. Fourth and fifth graders had their own orientations on another night at Monticello Elementary.

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.

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

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

Wayne County Board to add another Resource Officer great expectations

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

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

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

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

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

Wayne County 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.

Monticello Elementary Students Earn Trip to El Cazador for their Excellence in Spanish Studies el cazador pic

Monticello Elementary students are fortunate to be able to study the Spanish language in third, fourth and fifth grades

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

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


Register online here!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Gifted and Talented Program to host fundraising events Scrap Metal

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

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

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

Beauty and the Beast Jr. had two evening performances and a short daytime school performance Dancing with Beauty and the Beast

Monticello Elementary third, fourth and fifth graders did an outstanding job portraying characters in the wonderful musical. The students worked hard at drama practices after school through the 21st Century Program for a semester. The evening performances for the public received standing ovations.  

Monticello Elementary recognizes student achievements at Honors Programs Allison Perez smiles during the fourth grade awards ceremony

Third, fourth, and fifth graders were recognized in individual ceremonies.

District Competition Coming Up for Baseball and Softball Teams baseball

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

21st Century Gearing Up for Summer Program camp ad

21st Century has begun preparing for its 2018 summer camp program. Students need to sign up for the popular program ASAP!


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

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

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

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

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

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

K-PREP Testing Underway Across Campus Chalk Art

Students and staff were greeted with artistic and creative words of encouragement on the sidewalks at each entrance of the Wayne County Middle School. Go cards!!

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.

Wayne County Gifted and Talented is offering a variety of summer camps Gifted and Talented

Wayne County Gifted & Talented Program is offering a variety of summer camps. All GT and Honor Roll students who will be in grades 6-12 next fall are invited to apply by email to Jennifer.chaplin@wayne.kyschools.us. Camp information is provided below:

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 Participates in state STLP STLP

Students from the after school Robotics class participated in the competition.

Wayne County Schools K-PREP testing coming up Kentucky Department of Education

Students at Monticello Elementary, Wayne County Middle School, and Wayne County High School are preparing for the statewide K-Prep testing.

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

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

Monticello Elementary Students Participate in an Environmental Education Day fsdfs

Fourth graders enjoyed spending the day at Lake Cumberland 4-H camp in Jabez, KY. Students participated in sessions on mammals, rocks, and birds thanks to the extension service 4-H camp.

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.

Monticello Elementary Know Your Facts Know Your Facts Drawing Winners

Third graders participated in a weekly drawing after they mastered their multiplication facts successfully. Students got to pick their favorite prize as their name was drawn. Teachers and students had a great time during the brief reward program that helped get their day off to a good start!

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

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

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

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

The DO's and DON'Ts of Recycling Recycling

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

Abraham Lincoln Impersonator Visits Students Across the District lincoln

Dennis Boggs traveled from Nashville, Tn., to share Lincoln's story and the Civil War with students. He shared interesting historical facts with a wonderful performance at Wayne County High School, Wayne County Middle School, and Monticello Elementary.

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.

Monticello Elementary Hosts Dr. Seuss Activities Girl dresses up as Thing 1

The three top readers read Green Eggs and Ham on the announcements in coordination with the green eggs and ham breakfast to all of the students and staff. Students celebrated Dr. Seuss' birthday by dressing as twin characters from his books. Inside the classrooms students worked on being the reader of the day. A map of the United States in a hallway was a place students congregated to mark where they had traveled in the books they were reading. Teachers focus on reading everyday, but on March 2nd, all kinds of extra reading events were held for students.

GO-365 by Humana Biometric Check vitality check calendar

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

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

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

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

Wayne County Project Graduation Tenderloin Lunch Sale!

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

FCA Prayer Walk was a Success Prayer Circle

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

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

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

WCHS Republicans Club holding 5K Freedom Run tars

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

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

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

Classes to be dismissed two days next week school seal

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

Wayne County Middle School Dance Clinic dance clinic

The WCMS Dance Team is hosting a clinic for Monticello Elementary students.

Monticello Elementary students recognized at February Board of Education meeting Monticello Kids

Tammye Sumpter has been an art/practical living/career studies instructor for many years, but two years ago, she was given the opportunity to instruct Project Launch, which is the elemtary version of Project Lead the Way. These are science modules that use computer science and engineering skills.

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! 

Elementary Governor's Cup Academic Team Competition at District level academic team group photo

The Monticello Elementary Academic Team represented their school well - academically and behaviorally - at the District Governor's Cup. Several students advanced in written assessment.

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Mat Cards headed to state after being named Regional Champions Mat Cards named Regional Champs

The Wayne County Wrestling team traveled to Williamsburg on February 9-10 for the KHSAA Region 7 Wrestling Championships. Congratulations to the Mat Cards who finished 1st in the 16 team field. Wayne County will advance to the KHSAA State Championships on Friday, February 16 and Saturday, February 17 at All Tech Arena in Lexington.

Elementary Academic Team Governor's Cup
Elementary Governor's Cup Academic Team Competition (wip) academic team group photo


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.

Tucker Brothers Represent Wayne County well at State Wrestling colin tucker

Colin Tucker finishes the 2017-2018 season with a record of 42-3. He will represent Wayne County Middle School at the AAU Spring Nationals on March 16th and 17th. Ian Tucker finished as state runer-up in the 2018 KY Youth Wrestling Championship. He finished the season with a record of 18-3.

Wayne County Special Olympic Cheerleaders Perform at Halftime February 2nd The Award Winning Special Olympic Cheerleaders

This was the first time that the Wayne County Special Olympics Cheerleading squad performed at a school event.

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.

National Reading Day celebrated at Monticello Elementary Retired Teacher Karen Burchett reads to students

Several guest readers visited Monticello Elementary on the official national reading day recently. The third through fifth graders especially enjoy being read to in class. Retired Teacher Karen Burchett hadn't lost her touch reading with students and enjoyed being back in the classroom, while rotating School Nurse Melissa Vickery represented the Healthy Kids Clinic and read to Karie Rains' class.   

Congrats to Monticello Elementary AR Point Club Members top ar students

Certificates were awarded to Accelerated Reader students who passed comprehension quizzes for various level point clubs for the second nine weeks. There were a total of 153 point club members. Currently, the top 2 AR members are Kassidy Simpson and Gabrielle McGinnis in the 300 point club.

Third Graders recognized for Go Cards Awards, Reading and Mathmatics Counselor Demetria Cooper presented a Wonderful Reader award to Kolton Marcum

Monticello Elementary third graders were recently recognized for mastering multiplication facts, Go Card awards and Wonderful Reader awards.

Monticello Elementary Awards Ceremony Celebrates Impressive KPREP Test Scores 4th graders

All of the proficient and distinguished students were recognized for their outstanding scores from the previous 2016-2017 school year.

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.

New Immunization Requirements for Kentucky School Children new immunization requirements

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

Hundreds Attend Wayne County Unity Breakfast Celebration mlkjr breakfast

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

Nominations Open for 2019 Kentucky Teacher Awards kde logo

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

Students at Monticello Elementary learned about wildlife during visit from RECC conservation agents Monticello students enjoyed learning about reptiles

Agents from the South Kentucky Rural Electric Cooperative Corporation brought wildlife into Monticello Elementary to show students what they can do to protect the environment.

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.

WCHS Computer Science Class Representatives Share with the Board of Education the Program's Success Marsha Bertram presenting a slide show on the computer classes

Computer Science instructor Marsha Bertram presented information on the new technology pathways offered at the High School. One pathway focuses on building and servicing the computers, with the third year computer students contributing to the IT Help Desk. The second pathway concretrated on how computer programs work and how to write computer code. Some of these students are enrolled in  Advanced Placement Computer Science Principles and may recieve college credit for the course.

Monticello Elementary art exhibit held at the administration buidling to share student work art displays

A Christmas Card art display was exhibited at the Administration Building courtesy of Monticello Elementary Teacher Samantha Cummings' students.

Gifted and Talented Program is creating world travelers Roman Coliseum

Wayne County students are traveling the world with the Gifted and Talented program. Students will be touring Australia and Italy in 2018. Jennifer Chaplin would like to invite all GT and Honor Roll students in grades 5-12 that are interested in attending the next Travel Study enrollment meeting for information on the summer 2019 D-Day 75th anniversary Tour that includes England and France. The meeting will be held on Wednesday, January 24, at 5 PM in the WCHS Auditorium. RSVP Jennifer Chaplin, via email at Jennifer.Chaplin@wayne.kyschools.us

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

Nuevo requisitos de vacunación para el año escolar 2018.

Monticello Elementary Academic Team practices for a semester of competitions in a new district The team ponders a questions. Left to right: Esther Prater, Braden Flynn, Pavel Villa, Tessa Wilson

District Governor's Cup Elementary Academic Competition is February 10 at Salem Elementary. Region will be held March 3.

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.  

Waynetonian Choir presented 2017 Christmas Concert Micah Burchett performs a solo

The choir performance was directed by Jared Duncan. Rileigh Strunk and Micah Burchett performed solos during the evening concert on December 18 at the Monticello Elementary School.

Students enjoyed Ugly Sweater contests across the school system Monticello elementary ugly sweater contest winners

Monticello Elementary and WCHS help ugly sweater contests to get kids into the holiday spirit.

Students Who Performed with SKMA Honored at December Board Meeting group performance

Wayne County recently had six students (Micah Burchett, McKenzie Gibson, Adeline Heatherly, Ester Prater, Contessa Wilson, and Carter Smith) selected to perform with the Southern Kentucky Music Association All Festival Children's Choir in London, Kentucky.

Santa Shop - a Busy Place at Monticello Elementary Jeremiah Mikel

Students purchases help fund school field trips and other opportunities for students. The shop has been a busy place for students to purchase gifts for their families.

Congrats to six Monticello Elementary students who performed with SKMA waynetonian choir

These students auditioned and were selected to perform with the Southern Kentucky Music Association All Festival Children's Choir in London. The students chosen were McKenzie Gibson, Micah Burchett, Esther Prater, Adeline Heatherly, Contessa Wilson, and Carter Smith.

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. 

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.

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.


Ventriloquist Lori Bruner Teaches Children how to Save Money ventriloquist

First Southern bank provided the unique children's program to teach basic economic lessons to young learners. Randy the puppet made a special appearance and delighted the children.

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.

Lights on After School is popular event Lights On

21st Century recently celebrated their after school program for Monticello Elementary and Wayne County Middle School students at a special event called Lights on After School. The theme of the event was based on the Harry Potter book series. It was an eventful night for students and parents to enjoy the attributes of the 21st Century After School Program. The Waynetonian Choir and WCMS Choir preformed. The gymnastics class and guitar class shared what they have been learning. Participants had fun dressing as characters from the book series. Teachers held demonstrations after the Harry Potter reception ranging from robotics to Minecraft to book crafts courtesy of the Public LIbrary. 

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!

FBLA Students Deliver an Important Anti-Bullying Message FBLA Group Pic

On October 24th, FBLA students from WCHS went to Monticello Elementary to speak to the fourth graders about bullying.

Top AR Readers recognized at Monticello Elementary Fifth Graders

Congratulations to Third grader Gabrielle McGinnis in Laura Crabtree's class and Fifth grader Sophia Beaudoin in Cyndi Neal's class, who were the very top readers and memebrs of the 100 point club. Lots of their students made the 20, 25, and 50 point clubs.

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.

Archery Season is Approaching fast! Archers

A districtwide coed sport is beginning to really take off at Wayne County Schools. In fact, just over a hundred Wayne County students in grades four through twelve initially signed up to try out for the archery team, this season. So, practices are underway on Tuesday and Thursday evenings at their indoor shooting range in the Turner Intermediate building.

FCA and JROTC Thanksgiving Dinner turkey graphic

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

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

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


Softball Team Builds Haunted House for Special Fundraising Event haunted house

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

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

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

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

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

Wayne County School District Endorse Kentucky Safe Schools Week Proclamation Signing

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

Football Cards Claim the Title of District Champs Offensive Unit

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

WC Dance Team will hold Cards Dance Clinic WCHS Dance Team

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

WC Dance Team Clinic

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

Wayne County Blanks Rockcastle In District Matchup WCHS Wins game!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wayne County Cross Country Invitational Wayne XC

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

Congratulations to 4-H state placers and Class Champions- the highest award at State Mia Phillips and Kendall Phillips

Each year a "town" is built on the Kentucky State Fair Grounds in Louisville, Ky.  The citizens of Cloverville, a 4-H village, will put their skills on display in this unique fair exhibit.  Several 4-H members from Wayne County were showcased in Cloverville.

4-H youth projects from all over Kentucky were on display when Cloverville opened on August 18 during the opening day of the Kentucky State Fair.

Monticello Elementary Students Enjoy Storytelling Session group photo

Monticello Elementary was visited by KSA Storyteller Octavia Sexton and Ranger Dale Hicks from Big South Fork Park.

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!

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.

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!

Middel School Girls Basketball

The Wayne County Middle School 8th grade team defeated Meece Middle School for their home opener on August the 22nd. The Lady Cardinals came out on top with a score of 42-29. This year's 8th grade team consists of seven 8th graders, three 7th grader, and one 5th grader. So far in the season, the Lady Cards are 6-1.

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.

Good Luck to the Wayne County Golf Team at Home Match on August 29th Wayne County Schools Gold

The Boys and Girls Golf Team play McCreary Central at Monticello Country Club on Tuesday, August 29th. Good luck Cards!

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).

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.

21st Century Students Cook Off participants contribute to staff's opening day Students cook for reception

21st century students had a whole week over the summer concetrating on their culinary skills. The students came up with recipes and prepared those same recipes for the entire school district staff's opening day reception. These students spent hours of hard work putting together the recipes and cooking their delicious food.

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.

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

Monticello Elementary holds orientation activities for third, fourth, and fifth graders Monticello Elementary Orientation

Educators were happy to greet new and familiar faces at three seperate evening events to help students get acquainted with their new surroundings.

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

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

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

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

Suspense building towards new school year Back to School

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

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

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

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

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

Special Needs staff members benefit from training before school starts training

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

Brittany West received Grandparent of Year winner Grandparent Essay Contest Winner

She received a check and framed certificate for her essay in the 2016-17 "Why my Grandparent should be the AARP KY Grandparent of the Year" Essay Contest. She was in fifth grade at Monticello Elementary when she was named the county winner by the Kentucky Retired Teachers Association (KRTA). She resides with her grandparents Stanley and Dosha Tucker, whom inspired her and lead to her essay. She wrote the essay specifically about her grandmother Dosha.

Wayne County students participate in Student Technology Leadership Program State Competition STLP Group Photo

Monticello Elementary students had a unique opportunity to explore the field of robotics during the school year. Family Resource Center Director Leslie Randall facilitated an after school program where students learned how to build basic robots and learn entry level programming to control them.

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 students participate in Student Technology Leadership Program State Competition Elementary Team Picture

Monticello Elementary students had a unique opportunity to explore the field of robotics during the school year. Family Resource Center Director Leslie Randall facilitated an after school program where students learn to how to build basic robots and learn entry level programming.

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!

Monticello Elementary Waynetonian Choir students presented with awards for contributing to a variety of vocal performances Waynetonian Awards

64 Waynetonian students were given awards and an ice cream party at the last practice on May 2, 2017. These students participated in after school rehearsals and traveled to many events where they were featured.

Waynetonian Choir provided music to those in attendance at the annual Memorial Day Ceremony The Waynetonian Choir performs

The children sang a variety of patriotic songs to support the event, alongside the DAV Chapter. The event was held at the armory.

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

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

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

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

Monticello Elementary students honored in awards programs Teacher and student at awards program

Monticello Elementary third, fourth, and fifth graders celebrated the end of the school year with an awards program honoring their accomplishments and hard work. Students were recognized during the final week of school.

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.

Disney's Jungle Book is a big hit at Monticello Elementary Jungle Book

A cast of 45 Monticello Elementary students brought the Music Theater International Broadway junior Production of Disney's Jungle Book to life on May 4th. The musical drama was sponsored by the district's 21st Century After School program. Children in grades 3,4,and 5 auditioned and rehearsed after school under the direction of Music Teacher Jared Duncan and Choral Director Anita Peters. This was their third production after Annie and The Lion Kind. Special thanks to all the Monticello School staff who assisted with this production.

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.  

Monticello Elementary spanish students rewarded with trip to El Cazador Students enjoy the meal

Students at Monticello Elementary who actively participated in Spanish class through access to their Voces Spanish etextbook were rewarded with a field trip to local restaurant El Cazador. 11 students were recognized for their accuracy in with spanish phrases, letters, and vocabulary. Students enjoyed a meal for their success.

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!

Congratulations to three top child abuse prevention poster contest winners Poster contest winners Chloe Williams, Madelyn Frogge, and Leah Jones

Third grader Chloe Williams from Carolyn Brammer's class won first place. Fifth grader Madelyn Frogge from Panesia Humble's class won second place. Fourth grader Leah Jones from Lisa West's class won third place.

Disney's Jungle Book to be portrayed by students on the Monticello Elementary stage May 4 Disney's Jungle Book portrayed by students on the Monticello Elementary stage May 4

Once again, the Monticello Elementary 21 st Century After School program will present a

wonderful Disney story. A cast of 45 Monticello Elementary students will bring the Music Theatre

International Broadway Junior production of Disney’s Jungle Book to life Thursday, May 4th.

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)?

21st Century Program plans summer camps for both Elementary and Middle school students 1

Elementary Students are eligable to participate in Sweet Home Alaska Journey to the Land of the Midnight Sun, May 30th - July 7th. Middle School Students have the opprotunity to participate in Passports to Discovery with 6 weeks of fun-filled discovery activities, ranging from video production, culinary arts, drama camp, and technology and engineering. Contact Katherine Kidd at the Wayne County Middle School for more information regarding these programs at (606) 348-6691. Tap into the links below for further information and registration.

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.

Monticello Elementary Third Graders receive books by Nila J. Webster Children receive books from the famous author

As a children's author, Nila Webster has dedicated her career to children's literacy. Several years ago, she began donating her books to school children, and donated copies of her children's books for them to keep. Monticello Elementary Librarian Debra Bristow arranged for the third graders to receive her books.

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.

Monticello Elementary third graders win multiplication competition Winners

During the month of March, third grade students at Wayne County Monticello Elementary competed in a competition to see who could learn their multiplication facts from 0-9. They had all year to learn them. The students worked hard every day this year and each week in March were tested on a speed and accuracy test. Those students who successfully passed their multiplication test with 94% or better got their names put in a drawing for prizes. Those students also got to enjoy a movie with popcorn and a drink courtesy of Monticello Banking Company.

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

Participants must pre-register by April 14, 2017.

Monticello Elementary 4th graders attended a 4-H Environmental Educational Field Day Monticello Elementary 4th graders attended a 4-H Environmental Educational Field Day

The fourth graders enjoyed attending the Lake Cumberland 4-H Camp on March 29th. Students attended sessions on Kentucky mammals, birds, and streams. Students also enjoyed lunch at the 4-H Camp dining hall provided by the Wayne County Service Department. The event was sponsored by Wayne County 4-H.

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,


Lincoln impersonator shares unique history lesson for fifth graders at Monticello Elementary and Juniors at WCHS Dennis Boggs and Robert Breon with Aden Gomez, Natalie Lower, Abby Hicks, Kevin Rosales, and Jayzlin Flynn

Abraham Lincoln impersonator Dennis Boggs, of Nashville, TN, performed remarkable reenactments of the famous president and spoke of the important part of history around the Civil War. Boggs believes "nothing better prepares the future than the study of the past."

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. 

Relatives Raising Relatives meeting coming up Relatives Raising Relatives

The meeting will start at 12:30 pm. on Tuesday, March 28th. The discussion will revolve around the importance of having your child ready to participate in KPREP testing and tips you can use to make sure they are ready.

"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.


(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.

Wayne County Monticello Elementary Read Across America Week provided all kinds of reading activities Absorbed in reading

Reading is a primary focus at Wayne County Schools so all kinds of activities were part of this special week. Students shared book reviews during morning announcements, readers of the day were recognized for points and high compreshension rates through the Accelerated Reader program, a Reading Cafe was held, crafts were created to match the Cat in the Hat, and green eggs and ham were served for breakfast.

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.

WC Monticello Elementary Academic Team places 3rd overall out of 12 schools at Governor's Cup Regional Competiton WCME Academic Team wins third place overall for the Governor's Cup Competiton, which was held at Clinton County Middle School

The team had three first place winners: JJ Spencer in social studies, Myla Massengale in arts and humanities, and Wayne Holland in math. Jesse Stephens placed fourth in Social Studies and fifth in science. They won their awards at Clinton County Middle School on March 4.

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

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

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

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

Wayne County Basketball Alumni Players honored this season at games Monticello High School legend Fred Frye recognized at Monticello Night against Casey County

Bob Vickey and Fred Frye were honored during half time at Cardinal Basketball games during the season.

Modern Woodmen Youth Club donates items to Monticello Elementary Family Resource Center Thank you!

Monticello Elementary Family Resource Center received a donation from the Modern Woodmen Youth Club. Melissa Kempton presented the donation to a group of students representing the school. Essential items such as toothbrushes, toothpaste, chapstick and shoe strings were donated to help students in need.


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Coach Danny Upchurch featured in Progress Edition of Outlook 1

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

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

Monticello Elementary Lion King Cast Members enjoy educational drama trip play

Monticello Elementary Students who performed in the school’s recent production of “The Lion King” were rewarded with an educational trip to “Everybody’s Hero: The Jackie Robinson Story.” The play was performed at the EKU Center for the Arts in Richmond, Kentucky.

Congrats to Monticello Elementary Academic Team for winning overall Governor's Cup District Competition team

The quick recall team was undefeated and several students did extremely well in written assesment. The team will compete in region on March 4th in Clinton County.The team accumulated 52 overall points putting them in first place which was an improvement from last year's second place overall score at District with roughly 29 points. The team is coached by Sylvia Hicks and Tammye Sumpter with the assistance of Leslye Rice. Monticello Elementary could not be prouder of these students' academic accomplishment.

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.

Wayne County High School Archery Team places third at NASP Regional Tournament held at Lincoln County WCHS Archery Team places third

The WCHS Archery Team finished third at the February 10-11th NASP Regional Tournament. Individual male medal winners at the high school level were Taylor Bell (second place) and Elliott Cross (fourth place). The high school will compete on March 18th at the KHSAA competition at West Jessamine. The elementary and high school teams have qualified for state which is scheduled for Mar 3--April 1 in Louisville at the Kentucky State Fair Grounds in the South Wing. 

Congrats to Mat Cards 2017 Region 7 Runner-Up The Wrestling Team

The Wayne County Wrestling Team competed in the Region 7 Tournament  February 10th and  11th at Henry Clay High School in Lexington, Kentucky. The Region consisted of 14 teams which included: Madison Central, Madison Southern, Henry Clay, Bryan Station, Dunbar, Tates Creek, Lafayette, Danville, Boyle County, East Jessamine, West Jessamine, McCreary Central, Whitley County and Wayne County. The team finished runner-up and advanced 9 wrestlers to the state tournament!

Project Launch is popular program at Monticello Elementary 4th graders Aubree Sexton and Caitlyn Youngberg show the pendelums they made

All classes follow the Engineering Design Process when designing gliders, robots, or creative toys. They use the step by step process to make pendelums and cars.

Monticello Elementary Academic Team getting ready for District Governor's Cup on Saturday, February 11 Monticello Elementary Academic Team practice

The FPS and Composition students already completed their competition on February 6. Their Regional competiton is scheduled for March 4 at Clinton County Middle School. They are coached by Tammye Sumpter and Sylvia Hicks.

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

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

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

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

Congrats to Archery Team on overall first place win at Burnside Meet on January 28th 1

Wayne County High School Archery Team won first place overall with 3,347 hard earned points at the recent meet. In addition, Wayne County had several individual winners recognized in different categories at elementary, middle and high school levels. Wayne County was amongst 18 schools competing in the tournament.   

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.

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.

Special thanks to Monticello Elementary Holiday Card Art Contest winners Alexis West, Chloe Williams, Ivan Mateo, Brady Lair, and Braden Flynn take a photo with Contest Coordinator Samantha Cummings and Administrative Secretary Telene Hancock

Five students' artwork was featured on the school district Electronic Christmas Card. Those students are Braden Flynn, Brady Lair, Ivan Mateo, Chloe Williams, and Alexis West.

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.

KPREP Awards distributed to students in fourth and fifth grades at Monticello Elementary KPREP Awards distributed to students in fourth and fifth grades at Monticello Elementary

A huge number of Monticello Elementary 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders scored proficient and distinguished on accountability results for the 2015-2016 school year.

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.

Ugly Sweater Contest featured at popular Monticello Elementary holiday assembly Libby Hicks (Second Place), Rhonda Shepperd (First Place), and Carol Wells (Third Place)

The Waynetonian Choir performed, with each grade participating in a sing-a-long, followed by a reading of "Twas the Night Before Christmas."

Wayne County High School Drama Class performs “Alice” The cast

It was as if you had opened up a giant storybook with all kinds of fictitious characters. There were giant playing cards, a Cheshire Cat, the Mad Hatter, a white rabbit, and caterpillar acting out scenes against a checkerboard backdrop. Their dialogue floated in a rhyming kind of tone that caught your attention.

Behind the Scenes of the Lion King Production Thumbs up to go on stage

Kudos to the cast of The Lion King for a tremendous production. Congratulations to a professional staff of educators at Monticello Elementary who made the production possible.

The Lion King Kids production provides Monticello Elementary School students with great opportunity Group photo

You just couldn’t help humming along to the familiar tune with words like Hakuna Matata buzzing in your head after seeing the ambitious mini Broadway production of Disney’s, The Lion King performed by a 40-member cast of third, fourth and fifth graders who attend Monticello Elementary. The local musical production received great reviews amongst students and parents after the two evening showings, just before the holidays.

The Lions King Experience Kids Experience was a huge success
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.

Monticello Door Decorating Contest illustrates a wonderful holiday story Dontay Reynolds held one of the student's handmade snowflakes

Every classroom's door was beautifully decorated for the season making the entire building environment feel special for students and staff. The winners were as follows: Laura Crabtree's class - first place, Rhonda Shepperd's class - second place, and Cindy Patton's class - third place. Honorable mention went to the following teacher's classrooms: Amy Kidd, Angie Phillips, Katina Shearer and Cyndi Neal, and Carolyn Brammer.

21st Century After School Drama students get the chance to perform on stage at Wayne Theater A Wolfe's Tale Cast

A lively cast of middle school drama students did a wonderful job bringing to life a play called -  A Wolf’s Tale, written by Chris Perkins, at the downtown Wayne Theater on December 13th.

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.

Wayne County School students perform in three different play productions Wayne County School students perform in three different play productions

Art-education is alive and well on the Wayne County School campus thanks to some very enthusiastic educators willing to put forth extra efforts for kids. Local students are excited to get a chance to test their acting skills during several play productions underway this week.

Monticello Elementary Family Resource Center helps feed students interest in computer technology Students work on the computers

Elementary students are talking the tech talk after participating in the Hour of Code class offered through the Family Resource Center after school. Students are participating in more and more digital age learning opportunities at Monticello Elementary.

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.

Monticello Elementary Waynetonian Choir and WCHS Woodwinds performed at local Tree Lighting ceremony Anita Peters leads the Waynetonian Choir

The two school groups collaborated for the holiday event sponsored by local governments on Public Square.

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.

Monticello Elementary Parents attend Parent Teacher Conferences Monticello Elementary Parents attend Parent Teacher Conferences

Teachers shared Map, KPREP scores, and progress reports in regard to student performance. Monticello Elementary offered two different sessions for parents to attend.

Monticello Elementary students enjoy special visitor in Katina Shearer's class The students appreciated learning about his experience as a veteran

Staff Sergeant Eugene Roberts spoke to Katina Shearer's class on Veteran's Day. He answered questions about life as a veteran and about his time serving on the base at the Panama Canal. The class also created cards showing their appreciation for his service.

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.

Monticello Elementary students enjoyed learning about the election process The students were given the choice between current presidential candidates Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton

Angela Phillips' third graders held a mock election in their classroom, complete with voter registration cards.

WCHS BETA Club participates in community trick-or-treat Lil and Phil DeVille

The BETA Club recently volunteered in an event hosted at the park. The club passed out candy to trick-or-treaters in a large line of other community organizations and businesses.

Waynetonian Choir performs at Fall Festival at Memorial Park on October 29 The Waynetonian Choir performing at Memorial Park

That performance was followed up with 23 Waynetonians performing at New Salem Baptist Church.

Lights On After School Lights On After School

21st Century students and their families enjoyed the entertainment and activities at the special Star Wars themed event. The Waynetonian Choir performed and a Star Wars costume parade was held, followed by a Star Wars reception and demonstrations from various after school classes could be observed. 

Monticello Elementary celebrated their first Accelerated Reader celebration reader

131 students happily participated enjoying a Mini Blizzard from Dairy Queen and outdoor games during two recent beautiful fall days.

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.

Monticello Elementary 5th graders build Native American dioramas display

Social Studies classes are in the midst of studying the history of the Native American culture.

25 former Waynetonian choir members sang at the International Festival at SCC sing

Last year's chior members were featured in this special event under the direction of Anita Peters.

Monticello Elementary will host Red Ribbon Week starting October 24 Red Ribbon

Red Ribbon week will be held at Monticello Elementary starting on October 24 and lasting through the 28th. The week will raise awareness against the negative effects of drugs. Students will have the opportunity to participate in events throughout the week.

Awards Programs recognize third, fourth, and fifth graders high academic and good behavior efforts Awards

Monticello Elementary students in each classroom received various awards for everything from reading and top AR points to achievement in Math and Social Studies to outstanding character traits. An awards ceremony was held to honor each grade level for their extra efforts. Way to Go Cards!

Awards Programs recognize third, forth, and fifth graders for high academic and good behavior efforts

Monticello Elemntary students in each classroom received awards for everything from Reading, and top AR points to achievements in Math and Social Studies, as well as outstanding character traits.

Awards Programs recognize third , fourth, and fifth graders high academic and good behaviour efforts

Monticello Elementary students in every classroom received awards for everything from reading, and top Ar points to achievement in math and social studies as well as outstanding character traits.


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.

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.

Lights on After School special event to be held Tuesday, October 18 21st Century Logo

The 21st Century Program will host a series of events after school. Students will be able to enjoy fun Star Wars themed activities and parents can learn more about the program. Help the 21st Century Program and the force of learning be with you always.

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!

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.

First Southern Bank provides helpful lesson on economics with puppet show abc

Ventriloquist Lori Bruner shared an informative program called $mart with Money with her puppets Randy and Lacey recently at Monticello Elementary. Students enjoyed the comedy skit that taught them some valuable economic lessons at an early age.

Over 350 parents turned out for Monticello Elementary Parent Teacher Conference evenings

Teachers reviewed MAP scores and grades students had made during the recent grading period with parents. The teachers were happy to discuss their students' progress.

"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.

Over 350 parents turned out for Monticello Elementary Parent Teacher Conferences

Taechers reviewed MAP scores and grades students have made during the current grading period with parents. The teachers were happy to discuss their students' progress.

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

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

Students enjoy High Attendance Day activities at the elementary level

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

Family Reading Night robotics, choir, and academic team practices underway at Monticello Elementary

Family Reading Night welcomes families from 3:15 to 7:00 pm each Monday night in the school media center. In addition, robotics meet till 5:00 pm on Mondays. Waynetonian Choir meets on Tuesday from 3:15-4:30. Academic Team practice is on Monday and Thursday till 4:30 pm.

Monticello Elementary 4th and 5th graders and Freshman Academy enjoyed African Storyteller/Musician Madafo Lloyd Wilson's performances

Madafo's Reach Out program shared a cultural message out of the tradition of the Griot (a French word meaning African keeper of the principles and values of the people).

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

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

Monticello Elementary Book Club celebrates Roald Dahl's 100th birthday.

On Tuesday, September 13th, author Roald Dahl, one of the greatest storytellers of all time, was remembered on his 100th birthday for his famous books he had written for children.

Wipe Out Drugs service project being held in school district

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

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

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

Big South Fork hosting Reading Ranger Program book

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

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

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

Upcoming event to support district Gifted and Talented

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

High Attendance Day fast approaching on September 20th

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

Employees benefit from vitality checks Employees benefit from vitality checks

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

Parent Teacher Conferences Coming Up

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

Extension Service KY Proud Showcase Dinner features school garden veggies

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Thanks to Masonic Lodges that donated bicycles for good attendance during K-Prep

Promotional events helped motivate Monticello Elementary students to do their best during testing last spring. Students are already working hard towards the next testing window this school year.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Little League Football Program prepares youngest athletes for the future

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

Local community can support Wayne County Schools through Community Rewards Program

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

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

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

The 2016 Go Cards Award Winners

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

Wayne County students enjoy attending 21st Century Summer Camp

Wayne County Elementary and Middle School students had the privilege of attending the seventh local summer camp sponsored by the school district’s 21st Century program. They had an awesome time in the many thought provoking and interesting classes, hands-on activities, physical fitness training, and field trips that were tied to the book they read.

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.

Monticello Elementary students arrive on the first day of school

Third, fourth, and fifth grade students were happy to meet their teachers and classmates. Students at Monticello Elementary benefit from a wide range of opportunities in the arts and specialty classes.

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

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

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

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


WCMS to welcome incoming sixth graders with a transitional camp

Staff at Wayne County Middle School will host a transition camp Friday, August 5, from noon until 7 p.m. The camp will allow students to familiarize themselves with the building and get to know their teachers. The library will be open and the computer lab will have staff members available to teach parents about Parent Portal, which allows families to check their child's grade at home. Students and families are invited to attend anytime between the allotted hours. The camp is sponsored by the 21st Century Program.

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.

Monticello Elementary students recognized for outstanding AR achievements

Students at Monticello Elementary were celebrated for their accomplishments in Accelerated Reader. The schools top readers were recognized with a special breakfast and awards given by the school's media specialist, Deborah Bristow.

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.

Waynetonian Choir shows school spirit by performing at several community events

The Waynetonian Choir recently performed in several events across the county. The 4-H Carnival, March of Dimes Relay, and Cornbread Festival were among many of the events that the group was invited to perform in during the past school year. The Waynetonians are based at Monticello Elementary School and are under the direction of Anita Peters and Tammye Sumpter.

Cast members of Monticello Elementary Production of Annie recognized at May Board Meeting

Monticello Elementary School  presented a version of the wonderful Broadway musical Annie, based upon the popular Harold Gray comic strip Little Orphan Annie, with music by Charles Strouse, lyrics by Martin Charnin, and the book by Thomas Meehan. The Board of Education recognized the hard work and wonderful performance the students portrayed at their monthly meeting in May.

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

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

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

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

Converge training offers informative update

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

School clerical staff benefits from training

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

Retirement Reception 2015-2016 held to honor employees

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

Bell Elementary celebrates students who exceeded AR goals

The Bell Elementary Media Center recognized the acheivment of students who excelled beyond their reading goals for the year and accumulated 100 AR points. Students who earned 100 AR points or more were rewarded with a certificate for their acheivment and a trophy.

Monticello Elementary Awards Day Ceremony

Monticello Elementary congratulated their students for successfully completing the school year by hosting the Monticello Elementary Awards Day event.There was a huge audience of supporters on hand for the students.

Children enjoy Field Day at Monticello Elementary

Students at Monticello Elementary enjoyed field days packed with activities and fun. They enjoyed the morning outside playing in the sun and the afternoon in the gym bouncing on inflatables.

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.

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.

Monticello Elementary performs Annie

A talented group of students presented the community with a unique rendition of the Broadway Musical Annie. Students and staff participated in the musical. The performances by the white cast and red cast were outstanding after numerous rehearsals, prop designs, and choreography sessions.

Monticello Elementary art students participated in an organ donation awareness poster contest

Students competitively created posters for organ donation awareness. Congratulations to Jazz Lyon, Ryan Marcum, and Ashton Morrow for winning the contest.

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.

Monticello Elementary to produce Broadway Musical Annie

Monticello Elementary School is presenting a version of the wonderful Broadway musical Annie, based upon the popular Harold Gray comic strip Little Orphan Annie, with music by Charles Strouse, lyrics by Martin Charnin, and the book by Thomas Meehan.

Teachers at Monticello Elementary were appreciated by their students

Once a week every school year is labled as Teacher Appreciation Week and the students at Monticello Elementary took the time to thank their teachers for all the hard work they have put into them.

Father/daughter event at the Aspire Center

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

Wayne County Schools celebrate National School Nurse Day

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

Monticello Elementary students cheer each other on preparing for K-PREP Testing

All three grades participated in a pep rally Friday, May 6th to gear up for the state mandaited test.

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.    

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.

AARP/Retired Teachers' Association Grandparents' Essay Contest winner announced

Congratulations to Monticello Elementary fifth grader K’Nea Stephens who won the AARP/Retired Teachers’ Association Grandparents’ Essay Contest for the school and county competition.

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. 

Monticello Elementary conducted awards ceremonies for each grade to encourage students

Fourth graders received various awards on April 5th promoting positive behavior and recognizing their ability to learn.

4th and 5th graders delighted with Respectacular... The Magic of Respect Show

Monticello Elementary students got a wonderful character ed lesson from Louisville magician Steve Haffner, otherwise known as Steve-o-Magic. The school assembly entertainer shared the keys of respect which included: Respect Yourself, Golden Rule, Differences Rock, Understanding, The Power of Words, and Be Strong.   

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!

Recent Wayne County graduate Peyton Woods spoke to Monticello Elementary students

The basketball star spoke about God's love at a weekly FCA meeting early Friday morning, March 25, before classes began.

Multiplication March Madness competitions held at Monticello Elementary

The incentive program is geared towards third graders who have mastered their multiplication facts 0-9. They are eligible to participate in a weekly drawing.

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.

Fourth graders enjoy ecosystem projects in Bonnie Neal's class

Students were very creative in producing dioramas of grassland, forests, and rainforests they had studied.

Two Monticello Elementary students reach Regional Governor's Cup Academic Team Competition

Two Monticello Elementary students reach Regional Governor’s Cup Academic Team Competiton. Jacob Haynes, a 10-year-old fifth grader at Monticello Elementary, had the honor of finishing fourth at a recent regional elementary Governor’s Cup Academic competition held at Greensburg Intermediate School.

Congratulations to district Academic Teams on successful seasons

The Wayne County School Academic Team Governor’s Cup finalists were recognized during the March monthly board of education meeting at the conclusion of all three team’s seasons.

Wayne County Middle School launches new soccer program this spring

For the first time ever, Middle School boys and girls soccer season is beginning at Wayne County Schools. The boys are coached by Bradley Askins, the girls by Hallie Gillespie. So far there is considerable interest in the sport and the students are excited to have the opportunity to participate.

VOCES students rewarded with a trip to El Cazador

The top 10 students scoring on the Spanish VOCES program were rewarded with a field trip for their hard work. Students received a trip to El Cazador, a local mexican restaurant, as a tool of recognition for their accomplishment.

Flamenco Dancers share traditional dances from Southern Spain with student audiences

Las Flamencas Dance Company of Louisville performed at both Monticello Elementary and Wayne County High School on March 10th. They performed eight different rhythmic dances and started with the most popular Sevillanas dance. They explained different styles of Spanish dance during the cultural event that was part of the schools' program review activities.

Monticello Elementary students enjoy performances from Flamenco Dancers
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.

Monticello Elementary students celebrated reading in a big way during the recent Read Across America campaign

Monticello Elementary students had a great week of reading activities during Read Across America. They enjoyed their teacher's door decorating contest, eating green eggs and ham, dressing up as Dr. Seuss characters or their favorite book character, and reading tons of books as part of a ReadQuest promotional event through a computerized software program through Renaissance Place.  

Monticello Elementary celebrates Read Across America in unique ways after kicking the celebration off with the ReadQuest challenge

Everything from green scrambled eggs for breakfast to dressing up as Dr. Seuss characters to crazy sock day to reading tons of AR books as part of a ReadQuest national contest were part of the festivities during the annual Read Across America campaign at Monticello Elementary.

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

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

Thank you Cardinal Basketball Boys on a great season

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

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

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

Good Luck to the WCHS basketball team Thursday in Region

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

Latest 4-H opportunities for students

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

Parent Teacher Conferences held at Monticello Elementary

A large crowd of parents and students totallying 278 attended the event on Monday, Feb 29th. If parents did not get to visit their child's teacher, they are welcome to arrange a phone conference or in-person conference during the teacher's planning period or immediately after school.

Monticello Elementary Parent Teacher Conference

Parent-teacher conference night will be Monday, February 29th from 4:00-7:00 pm at Monticello Elementary School. The conferences will give parents the opportunity to pick up progress reports and have a brief discussion with the teacher.

Senture is hiring

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

Wayne County students meet Abraham Lincoln

Monticello Elementary students, Wayne County High School Juniors and U.S History/Kentucky Studies classes had a rare experience recently meeting a former famous president. Or at least, he looked like one of the most famous U.S. presidents.

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.

School Calendar amended due to excessive snow days

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

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

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

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.

Monticello Elementary students appreciate Accelerated Reader Celebration

Monticello Elementary students got a chance to enjoy themselves and relax in the school Media Center recently as part of their success in the Accelerated Reader Program.

Wayne County High School Archery Team is ranked number 26 in the state

Currently, Wayne County High School Archery Team is ranked number 26 in the state.  Wayne County’s Team has had two individual winners from the last tournament at Pulaski County High School on January 16th

Monticello Elementary Spanish class makes piñatas

Spanish Instructor Paron Creekmore took his students on a journey of the nine days leading to Christmas in Mexico as he blends the culture of Mexico while teaching verbal Spanish skills in the special language class. Students learned about the art work involved in creating the pinata which was a fun hands-on project while reinforcing Spanish verbal skills while they were working.    

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.

Third grader gets a taste of fame

Gracie Foster, a student in Cindy Patton’s third grade classroom at Monticello Elementary, was the talk
of her classroom recently, after appearing on national television on January 3rd in a short video featured on America’s Funniest Home Videos.

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.

Monticello Elementary students enjoyed learning about careers in the art world from gifted artist Samantha Cummings

Students made graphic designs and developed buisness cards illustrating a business they selected ranging from a cake decorator to an architect to a comic book artist.

Monticello Elementary students and staff celebrated the season in style

Students and staff provided wonderful musical performances just before the holiday, as well as lots of entertainment. The music department went all out with music classes participating, solos from students, and the Waynetonian Choir. The event included traditions like the Ugly Sweater Contest and the principal reading 'Twas the Night Before Christmas.

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.

Local educator's column featured in Kentucky Teacher

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

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

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

Educators and health care workers update district's wellness policy

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

Wayne County Jr. Pro Schedule for boys and girls

Games will be held at Monticello Elementary gymnasium. All start times for games on Monday are 6:30 p.m. All start times for games on Wednesday are at 5:00 p.m.

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.

Waynetonian Choir participates in the tree lighting ceremony on Public Square

Monticello Elementary Waynetonian Choir did a great job ushering the holiday season in both at the Rural Center for Development in Somerset and on Public Square in Monticello. Special thanks to Anita Peters and Tammye Sumpter, the directors of the children's choir, who provide so many opportunities and venues for the singers to perform in during the school year. 

Monticello Elementary Students Third and Fourth Grade students are recognized

Monticello Elementary School Third and Fourth Grade students who scored Proficient and Distinguished on the KPREP Assessment/Acocountability Results for 2014-2015 school year.

Congratulations to Monticello Elementary Third and Fourth Graders recognized for performance on KPREP assessment/accountability for 2014-15

Students who scored proficient and distinguished received trophies during assemblies held in their honor. Students were recognized for their academic acheivement on last year's KPREP testing in several subject areas. Principal Stewart York told the students that it is very important to do their best on the state assessment. Students will be taking the test again this spring and have a chance to be hopefully recognized next year for their efforts.

zSpace is being offered to benefit Wayne County Schools
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.

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.

WCME - Dance Clinic

There will be a dance workshop on December 8, at 3:45 to 5:15 for interested students.  Registration forms can be picked up in the office.  These forms need to be turned in with the fee of twenty dollars by December 7th, if interested in attending the clinic. 

First Southern National Bank Ventriloquist visits Monticello Elementary

First Southern National Bank sent Ventriloquist Lori Bruner to give a presentation called "Smart with Money." In her presentation, she teaches students how to save money. She also informs them that First Southern National Bank will give them a dollar for every A on their report cards.

FBLA students shared "The Juice Box Bully" book with Monticello Elementary students

ATC students visited with elementary students as they implemented an FBLA Unite to Serve Project.

Monticello Elementary School students participated in a Career Parade

Students dressed for success in their favorite career styles and parade through the school.

Monticello Elementary students enjoy Career Fair

All kinds of booths were featured representing a variety of careers thanks to local volunteers.Counselor Jill Frogge organized the event to help students learn about career opportunities.

The fifth grade Robotics Workshop presented at the November Board of Education meeting

Students have been building a basic trainer bot using the Lego Mindstorms EV3 kit.  After building the basic robot, they will learn to program their robot to accomplish certain tasks.  While working through these tasks, students use math and problem solving skills.  After students work through the necessary tasks in the Carnegie-Mellon Introduction to Programming software, they begin to write their own program.  When students show that they can write a program that will keep there robot in the sumobot arena, they can then begin to modify their robot and challenge other students who have completed the same tasks.  

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.

Monticello Elementary fifth grade Social Studies classes display Native American homes they constructed

Native American homes are currently on display at Monticello Elementary School. Students in Cindy Neal, Kristi Morrow, and Amy Kidd's 5th grade social studies classes created outstanding projects related to their studies.

First Southern bank ventriliquist shares "smart with money" program at Monticello Elementary

Elementary students enjoyed a visit from ventriliquist Laurie Bruner who gave the students an informative talk on saving money. the children especially enjoyed learning from Randy and her team of characters.

Monticello Elementary Book Fair a big success

Media Specialist Debra Bristow organized the book fair as a fundraiser for  AR celebrations. Parents and students enjoy taking advantage of Family Reading Nights after school til 7:00 p.m.on Monday nights when school is in session.

Kentucky Department of Agriculture Mobile Science Activity Center visits Monticello Elementary

Third and fourth grade students at Monticello Elementary were recently treated to some bonus Science experiments tied to agricultural products. Students had fun visiting the unique mobile laboratory.

Monticello Elementary features impressive Veteran's Day Program

Monticello Elementary celebrated Veteran's Day with a memorable program in which students performed musically. Students were excited to hear Sgt. Josh Meadors speak to them at the program.

Parent Teacher Support Group

There will be a Parent Teacher Support Group meeting in the Monticello Elementary Library, on November 18th, at 4:00 PM.

WCME Parent/Teacher Conference

It is time for the second nine weeks mid-term conferences.  Those evening conferences will be held this Thursday, November 19, during the hours of 4:00 to 7:00 PM.  The second evening will be Monday, November 23, from 4:00 to 7:00 PM.  KPREP/state testing scores will be released to parents of 4th and 5th grade students at that time.

Holiday Pictures

This Friday, November 20th, students may have their holiday pictures made at Monticello Elementary.  You may want to dress in Christmas attire.

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!

Monticello Elementary Fun Night Celebrated Drug Free Commitments

Students enjoyed Monticello Elementary Family Fun night in conjuction with the Drug Free Curriculum all made possible by KY-ASAP and American Woodmark. Students took home information that they read with their families on being drug free and returned a signed contract four times. The Monticello Family Resource Center hosted the event and also appreciated donations from Save-A-lot, Walmart, and Krogers who helped provide the meal.

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.

Members of the Waynetonian Choir participate in the Southeastern Kentucky Music Association All-Festival Choir

Nine Wayne County Schools fifth and sixth graders participated in the Southeastern Kentucky Music Association All-Festival Choir on October 23, in London, Kentucky. Students enjoyed a day filled with performing and musical activities.

Monticello Elementary Family Resource Center featured in online publication regarding STEM Learning through Summer Robotics Camp

The article discussed the center's summer Robotics Camp featured each year, where students are introduced to STEM learning through the use of Lego Mindstorm EV3 robots. Director Leslie Randall conducts the popular program for Monticello Elementary students.

JR PRO Basketball Organizational Meeting and Form

There will be an organizational meeting for Jr Pro Basketball on Monday, November 9th at 5:00 pm in the Monticello Elementary gymnasium.  This is open to all Monticello Elementary girls and boys.  Sign-up forms will be available at that time, so please bring pencil/pen. 

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.

Midterm Parent Conferences

Midterm is Thursday, November 12th.  Parent-Teacher conferences will be held on November 19th and 23rd from 4:00 - 7:00 pm at Monticello Elementary.  State testing (KPREP) results will be available on those dates.

Monticello Elementary Fall Party

Monticello Elementary will be hosting a fall party on Thursday, November 5th from 5:00 - 7:00 pm.  Students must be accompanied by an adult on their pickup list in order to attend.  Adults attending with a child will not be charged admission, but they must remain on school grounds with the child.  Admission is $1 per student, and then tickets will be sold for food and activities.  This will be a great time for some fun with friends.

Junior Pro Basketball

There will be an organizational meeting/sign-ups for Junior Pro Basketball at Monticello Elementary gym, at 5:00 pm on Monday, November 9th, for all interested girls and boys.  Mr. Noah Rice will be the director of the program this year.  We are exceptionally grateful to him, for his willingness to sacrifice so much time and effort to make such a wonderful opportunity availiable to our kids.

Monticello Elementary Awards Ceremony held for 5th graders

Several awards ceremonies have been held recognizing each grade at Monticello Elementary: Accelerated Reader, behavior, and character education are among the awards recently given to students in assemblies.

Monticello Elementary students enjoyed dressing up for their homeroom party held at the end of the school day

Students had a great day at school on Friday, Oct 30 as they celebrated the fall festivities.

"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.

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.

No School for Students November 2 - 3, 2015

School will be closed Monday, November 2nd for a staff professional development day and on Tuesday, November 3rd for Election Day.  Classes will resume on November 4th.

After School Events

Every Monday evening students and parents are invited to Family Reading night, where students may read and check-out books in the library.  Computers are available for students needing to complete research projects, read books on the myON program and take Accelerated Reader quizzes.  This is a great way for students to get ahead of his or her regular goal, and reach the 20 or 25 point goal for each nine weeks to attend the grade-wide AR celebration.

Monday through Thursday each week Monticello Elementary is hosting an after school tutoring program.  Students needing help with homework or wanting to work on other computer programs, such as Lexia, MobyMax, Study Island, etc. to improve academic skills should sign up.  The program dismisses students at  4:45 pm each day.  The 21st Century program at the middle school hosts tutoring as well for parents who need to regularly pick up their child before 4:45 pm.


WCME Fall Party

There will be a "Fall Party" at Monticello Elementary on Thursday, November 5th, from 5:00 - 7:00 pm.  Students must be accompanied by an adult on their pickup list, in order to attend the event.  Adults attending with a child will not be charged addmission, but they must remain on school grounds with the child.  More information will be sent home with students next week.

Healthy Kids Clinic scheduled to administer the flu vaccine

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

Don't Miss Lights on After School this Afternoon

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

45th Annual Chamber of Commerce Christmas Parade to be held

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

Kentucky School Safety Week


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

Monticello Elementary students celebrated with Accelerated Reader point club

Students who earned the required points for the AR Point Club were invited to a celebration that took place on the tennis courts. Students enjoyed a blizzard from Dairy Queen while being able to play various yard games such as corn hole, lawn darts, frisbees, jump rope, and basketball.

Youth Football Games

Youth football games will now be played at the high school practice field.  Pictures will be one hour before the game.  Games are not at the soccer field.

The Waynetonian Choir performed at the 10th annual International Festival at Somerset Community College

The choir had a great performance singing 9 songs from patriotic and 50's-60's music, to songs about taking care of our world. They enjoyed the lunch prepared by the SCC Culinary department with foods from Mexico, France, and Italy. There were many cultural exhibits and an opportunity to visit with Miss Somerset, Tyra Sengkhanyong. Just before leaving the campus, the students enjoyed a performance of African Drumming. It was a beautiful day for the outdoor event!

After School Art Class

WCME-Family Resource is sponsoring an after school art class on October 29th.  The cost is twenty dollars.  Please call Ms. Leslie Randall or Mrs. Lisa Roberts at 348-6211 with any questions.

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.

Reese Sexton wins KPGA Middle School State Golf Championship

Wayne County 8th grader Reese Sexton captured the 2015 KPGA Middle School State Golf Championship this past Sunday at Quail Chase Golf Course in Louisville Kentucky.  Sexton carded a round of 71 to win the championship by 1 stroke over John Butler. 

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.

WCME - Youth League Football Canceled Tonight

The Youth League Football is canceled for tonight.  The fifth and sixth grade teams will leave at 8:15 AM on Saturday morning. Third and fourth grade teams will leave at 10:45 AM on Saturday morning.

Open Gym at WCME for Girls

Open gym will be held from 3:45 to 5:00 on October 14, 21 and 28 for WCME girls interested in playing middle school basketball.

Third Grade Field Trip

The third grade field trip was postponed due to rain.  It has been rescheduled for October 15th, which is the Thursday after fall break.

District-Wide Bus Evacuation

School will dismiss thirty minutes early on Friday, October 2, for the bus evacuation drills.  Announcements at Wayne County Monticello Elementary will begin at 2:35 PM and dismissal will be at 2:45 PM. 

Fall Break Activities at Wayne Public Library

Join the fun at the Wayne Public Library where several fun events will be held during fall break.  The activities will begin at 1:00 on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, for our students. 

Storyteller shares multi-cultural folktales for Monticello Elementary

Monticello Elementary students enjoyed a visit from a park ranger from the Big South Fork who brought award-winning storyteller Carrie Sue Ayvar to school. Ayvar is from North Miami Beach, Florida, and shared Spanish and English translations through her tales.Visit her website at carriesueayvar.com to learn more about her unique and interesting programs.

High Attendance Day celebrated across the district

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

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

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

Wayne County Band Booster tenderloin lunch sale

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

Homecoming Carnival coming up Thursday, October 1st

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

Kentucky joins Career Readiness Initiative

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

South Kentucky RECC to celebrate Member Appreciation Day

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

Vitality checks help monitor health of employees

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

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

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

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

WCMS and WCHS FCA lead a service before school recently.

Pruitt Offered Education Statewide Commissioner Post

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


STEAM Learning Museum big success at Monticello Elementary

Third, fourth and fifth graders at Monticello Elementary were excited to get an idea of the skill sets needed to become everything from an architect to an engineer to a scientist recently at the traveling STEAM children’s museum.

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.

21st Century after school program begins Mondays - Thursdays

Close to 130 Elementary and Middle School students enjoy after school classes, which include Minecraft, art by Chloe Massengale, yoga, guitar, chess club, GT, movie making, open library, and reading.

High Attendance Celebration Day September 24, 2015

Exciting things will be happening at Monticello Elementary to celebrate High Attendance Day this Thursday, on the 24th.  All Students will get an opportunity to play on the Inflatables during the day.  The KONA Ice truck will also be on the playground during the afternoon.  Ice drinks will be available in the price range of two to five dollars.  Numerous other activities will be taking place throughout the building.

bus evacuation announcement

School will dismiss early at 2:45 pm on Friday October 2nd, 2015 due to bus evacuation drills.

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.

Monticello Elementary in midst of Parent Teacher Conferences

Parents met with teachers to discuss their child's academic progress at the first half of the midterm conferences. They focused on MAP and DIBELS test results and classroom grades. Conferences will continue on Tuesday, September 15th from 4-7 pm at Monticello Elementary.

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.

Monticello Elementary Monthly Awards Ceremony held to recognize student accomplishments

Students in third, fourth, and fifth grades received certificates for character ed for the month of August for the words responsibility and citizenship, and accomplishments in reading, math, and science.

Parent Teacher Conferences coming up

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

Wayne County Football got off to a great start at the first home regular season game

Wayne County Football defeated Perry County Central in no problem fashion last Friday, September 4th. The Cards scored an impressive 56 points to win the game decisively 56-8.

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.

Afterschool Tutoring offered at Monticello Elementary

Monticello Elementary Staff would like to remind students and families that tutoring is offered afterschool for any student.

Shoparoo funds benefit Monticello Elementary

Want to reach out to the local school system and help educate a child, so your future will be brighter. Keep in mind, today’s children will eventually be taking care of the adults in the community.

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

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

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

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

School time prompts safety reminders

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

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.

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.

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.

Monticello Elementary welcomes third, fourth and fifth grades to school on opening day

Students were excited to go to their classrooms and meet their classmates at the the start of the 2015-16 school year. The staff did a great job of welcoming the children!

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.

Monticello Elementary Students learn bus routes, meet teachers, and visit other services offered for school year at Orientation

Third graders excited to move up to a new school and have new learning adventures.

Minecraft Edu puts 'worlds' at Wayne County students' fingertips

Wayne County students now have the power to create their own worlds and explore ancient civilizations. Wayne County Schools is one of the first districts in Kentucky to begin using MinecraftEdu, an educational version of the award-winning video game Minecraft.

Wayne County Promotes 21st century technology with e-Meeting

The Wayne County Board of Education is now using an electronic program for meeting agendas and minutes. At July’s board meeting, Garrett Thurman of the Kentucky School Boards Association (KSBA) introduced e-Meeting, a convenient paper-saving program that will make meetings more accessible to board members and the community.

Staff prepares for upcoming school year

Multiple trainings, maintenence updates, and housekeeping activities have been underway this summer regarding Wayne County Schools. 

Healthy Kids Clinic will be new this school year

Wayne County Schools and Cumberland Family Medical Center, Inc. are pleased to offer a new system of expanded health care in our local schools for the 2015-2016 school year. Along with the regular school nurse program, the addition of a Family Nurse Practitioner will allow for a high level of care within the school setting.

Summer Feeding Program
Students are building confidence through the 21st Century program

The 21st Century program is working to help middle and elementary school kids build self-esteem and explore their talents this summer.

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.

Literacy strides being made… Book author makes lasting impression at Monticello Elementary School

Literacy is an on-going focus for students at Wayne County Schools, so when a famous children’s author establishes a long term link with one of the schools, it is an exciting step in the right direction.

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. 

Monticello Elementary Students Beat the Summer Slide

Monticello Elementary Library Media Specialist Debra Bristow is working hard to prevent the “summer slide” in her students. Monticello Elementary is using the myON and BookIt programs to keep children reading this summer. 

Retirement reception honors 429.5 years of service to local students

Educators were honored at the June Board of Education Meeting.

Summer Feeding Program
2015 Summer Camp programming provides interesting opportunities for Wayne County students

Wayne County Schools will once again offer a wealth of learning opportunities for students in grades three through eight at the 21st Century C.A.R.E. Center. The camp begins on Monday, June 8th and conclude on July 10th. Students may participate in specific weeks of the camp or the entire program and 50 students will be accepted on a first come basis.

Poetry is popular across the school district

From Monticello Elementary classrooms to the Middle School Poetry House to the High School Library, poetry swept across Wayne County Schools during National Poetry Month.


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.

Monticello Elementary Waynetonian Choir performs at SCC

The local children's choir were delighted to perform at the 10 year anniversary of the Earth Day Celebration at Somerset Community College. The choir sang songs from their patriotic and 50s and 60s performances, as well some that centered around Earth Day.The college noted its 50th anniversary of serving south-central Kentucky. KET's Dave Shuffett, host of "Kentucky Life" joined in the special event.

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.

Waynetonian Choir to Perform at Earth Day Celebration

Monticello's Waynetonian Choir will perform at Somerset Community College's Earth Day Celebration on Sunday, Apr. 20, from 3:45 - 4:20.

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.

Jaedynn Crabtree named Wayne County Winner in 2014 Jim Claypool Conservation Art Contest

Jaedynn Crabtree was named the Wayne County winner in the 2014 Jim Claypool Conservation Art Contest. This contest was produced as a partnership between Kentucky Farm Bureau and the Kentucky Association of Conservation Districts. The theme of the contest was soil conservation.

newsletter 4/13

Monday, April 13th, 2015


Monticello Elementary students benefit from online programs that address individual skills

A contest was held for students who logged the most time working on Moby Max and Lexia/Reading Plus programs.  The Moby Max winner was Molly Dishman, who logged 809 minutes, and the Lexia/Reading Plus winner was Jacinda Dykes, who logged 1,575 minutes.  They each were presented with a new iPad mini and case by their principal, Stewart York. 

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.


Monticello Elementary students enjoy cabbage patch lesson

Monticello Elementary third graders were excited to learn a mini agriculture lesson courtesy of the Kentucky Soil Conservation District who gave each student their very own cabbage plant to take home and grow.

4-H Poetry Contest winners

Congratulations to the Monticello Elementary 2015 4-H poetry contest winners:

Savannah Ramsey

Brody Dick

Kady Latham

We are proud of you!

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.


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.

newsletter 3/16/15

Newsletter 3/16/15

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.

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.

Monticello Elementary News

There is a newsletter going home today with a copy of the Sweetheart Breakfast schedule on the back.  In the event that weather causes us to be on a delay or out of school on your scheduled date, we will reschedule and notify you as soon as possible.

Monticello Elementary Student Madelyn Frogge wins the KY Saves Piggy Bank Contest

Third grader Madelyn Frogge,daughter of Frank and Jill Frogge, was one of the two winners for this year's 4-H Extension Service Youth Piggy Bank design contest. 

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.

Students are learning STEM skills in Monticello Elementary Robotics Class

The Monticello Elementary Family Resource Center is once again sponsoring an afterschool robotics class. The students, who have named themselves the RoboBoys, work with programming and engineering on their sumo bots. 

Monticello Elementary to host Scholastic Book Fair

At the Book Fair you will find the latest and finest titles for kids, as well as books of interest to parents.
Mark Feb. 2 - Feb. 6 on your calendar for Monticello Elementary's Family Event where the whole family can join in the fun. You can also contribute books to your child's classroom library. 

Family Literacy Night and Imagination Library Kickoff at Walker Early Learning Center on January 27, 2015

Families are encouraged to attend this exciting event which will launch a wonderful new reading program for preschoolers. Don't miss seeing Ronald McDonald!

Imagination Library kickoff set for Tuesday, January 27th

Walker Early Learning Center will host their second Family Literacy Night for preschoolers on Tuesday, January 27 from 5:00-6:30 p.m. Ronald McDonald will be making an appearance and community members will be at the school to read to the students. This second Literacy Night will also be the launch of Walker’s new Imagination Library Program.

Increased presence of law enforcement deputies provides extra security

Local deputies will become more familiar with students and staff at local schools thanks to a new program launched this week, courtesy of the Wayne County Sheriff's Department.  

Dance Teams advance to state competition after hosting Region 12 and 13 competition

Wayne County High School’s 17-member team won first place in Hip Hop Large Category, Pom Large Category, and Open Large Category under the direction of Dance Team Coach Dani Pyles. Likewise, the Wayne County Middle School Dance Team won first place in two different categories - Middle School Pom and Middle School Hip Hop, under the direction of Coach Amanda Phillips.

Second grader receives Humanitarian Award for his generosity

Wayne County second grader Brady Kidd is like a lot of the other children and their families at Bell Elementary School who are conscientious about collecting Box Top labels that have been a popular fundraiser for the school.

Board of Education Members were recognized at January meeting

Wayne County Schools are joining the state’s 172 other public school systems to mark Kentucky’s 20th observation of January as School Board Member Recognition Month.

Wayne County Basketball program celebrates local history with Monticello Night Friday, January 16th and Retro Night Monday, January 19th

Former Monticello Trojan Basketball players welcomed to "Monticello Night" to celebrate the schools 1,276 wins, along with Wayne County's 1,339 wins history which totals 2,615 wins. Retro Night features Rockcastle County Rockets vs Wayne County Bovines.

Amendments to annual school calendar

The Wayne County Schools annual calendar has been amended, contingent upon board approval, with three dates being changed to regular school days, rather than students being out of school due to professional development days for teachers. So, classes will be in session on Friday, January 16th ,Monday, February 16th . and Friday, March 13th.  Also, classes will be dismissed on Monday, January 19th in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. 

Monticello Elementary Students recognized for high achievement on K-PREP Assessment

Students received trophies and were recognized for their performance on last year's test scores, which were recently received and analyzed by the school district. The scores help teachers meet individual student needs and direct their focus on various aspects of instruction. Students worked hard to reach distinguished and proficient scores in various subjects and were rewarded for their efforts. A list of individual students (in alphabetical order by last name) who achieved at these high levels appears below.

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!

Choir announcement 01/05/15

Choir practice has been cancelled today.  The next practice is planned for Monday, January 12th. 

Thanks to RECC for $750.00 grant for GT's Puerto Rico trip

The Gifted and Talented program are currently raising money through various fundraisers. A recycling project is still underway to help fund a spring trip set for April 12-18 to Puerto Rico.

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.

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.

21st Century Announcement 12/15

There will be a special 21st Century program opportunity on Thursday, December 18th at the middle school from 3:45-5:30.  There will be a "make and take" Christmas craft opportunity, and parents are invited to attend.  There will be no other program activities that day.

Choir announcement 12/15

There will be no choir practice today, 12/15.  Congratulations to all choir members for an impressive performance with Ronnie McDowell.

Ronnie McDowell works with the Waynetonian Choir on stage at Center for Rural Development

Monticello Elementary's Waynetonian Choir did a great job singing with country music celebrity Rodney McDowell on Sunday, December 14th.

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.

Waynetonian Choir to share the stage with Country Singer Ronnie McDowell

The Monticello Elementary School Waynetonian Choir will have the honor of performing this Sunday, December 14th with country music entertainer Ronnie McDowell on the stage of the Center for Rural Development in Somerset. McDowell is best known for his 1977 song, "The King is Gone," a tribute to Elvis.

Monticello Elementary Waynetonian Choir to sing at tree-lighting ceremonies

Students at Monticello Elementary in grades three, four, and five are taking advantage of a wonderful after school activity to learn musical skills and have fun fine tuning their vocal chords. They are the newly formed Waynetonian Choir, formerly known as the Bell Tones, which perform at school functions and for area community events. 

Parent/Teacher Conference Announcement 11/19/14

Monticello Elementary will be conducting parent-teacher conferences on Thursday, November 20th, and again on Monday, November 24th, from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm both days.  Individual 2013-2014 KPREP results will be available for 4th and 5th grade students.

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. 

21st Century Cancellation Announcement 11/17/14

All 21st Century programs at the middle school are cancelled today.  Additionally, 21st Century programs are cancelled Thursday and next Monday because of parent/teacher conferences.