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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.  

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!

1st and 2nd graders enjoy their honors day

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

Freshmen Academy students receive water safety training from Wayne County Graduate KY Department of Fish and WIldlife Officer Matthew Parmley

Wayne County High School graduate Matthew Parmley, who was named the Kentucky Department of Wildlife Boating Officer of the Year in 2014, along with a recent award from the Governor for being proactive in battling Boating Under the Influence situations, shared a program about water safety in order to prepare Freshmen Academy Students for summer vacation on Lake Cumberland. One of Wayne County’s largest attractions is the lake and activities surrounding it. Students were given information about how to be smart and safe on the water.

WAYNE COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL JROTC CADETS PERFORM WELL AT JUNIOR CADET LEADERSHIP CAMP 2017 Group photo

With school out for the summer many students were thinking of the lazy days ahead, sleeping late and just chilling out. “Not us,” almost in unison responded the 14 cadets from WCHS JROTC making preparations to attend annual Junior Cadet Leadership Camp (JCLC) at Blue Grass Army Depot in Richmond, KY, held May 27-31.

Incoming preschoolers and kindergartners enjoy Child Plus Fair Child Plus Fair

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

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.

It’s over! Kentucky’s All-Star boys defeat Indiana for the first time since 2008 Photo by Matt Goins

They didn’t make it easy on themselves, but Kentucky’s All-Star boys did what the last eight senior classes could not by defeating the Indiana All-Stars 111-110 in double overtime Sunday evening at the Frankfort Convention Center.

This story has been reprinted from its original appearance in the Herald Leader. It has been published by Wayne County Schools with the permission of Reporter Josh Moore, of the Herald Leader.

Two wayne county students represent district at prestigious craft academy Natalie Hutchinson and Ben Rose

Wayne County Schools are fortunate to have two students who are such strong academic achievers that they fall in a class of their own – in fact, they represent the Commonwealth of Kentucky’s best and brightest.

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.

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.

Wayne County Preschoolers eligible for new wrap-around enrichment program Walker logo

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

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.

Waynetonian Choir performs at local Cornbread Festival Waynetonians

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

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.

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.

Wayne County Middle School students named Rogers Explorers Rogers Explorers Logo

Six Wayne County Middle School students have been selected to attend The Center for Rural Development’s 2017 Rogers Explorers youth leadership program.

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.

Eighth Grade Class adopts a mountain Gorilla named Matabishi Ms. Honeycutt's eighth grade class

Kim Honeycutt's eighth grade class was inspired by a book they read about gorilla doctors to adopt a gorilla. Working together, the class raised enough money to adopt a gorilla in Africa. The money given in the adoption will serve to rehabilitate the gorilla, Matabishi, so he can be returned to the wild once he has grown and is healthy.

Wayne County students expand knowledge through travel trips across the globe Group in Washington DC

Wayne County students are being given more opportunities for greatness with the expansion of travel opportunities offered through the Wayne County School System’s Gifted and Talented Program. Travel Study tours are educational and fun for students. They allow students to experience learning about global culture in an interactive and immersive way.

Project Graduation was a big success Project Graduation Group Photo

Project Graduation began years ago as a way to provide students with a fun, safe, drug and alcohol free environment. Thanks to the efforts of a motivated group of senior parents, the event was resurrected in a big way, following the Wayne County High School Commencement Services on May12th. Project Graduation would especially like to thank local businesses and individuals who donated to the event.

Zachary West named Centre College "Founder's Scholar" Zachary West signs with Centre College

Wayne County High School Athlete Zachary West was recently awarded a prestigious academic scholarship from Centre College in Danville, Kentucky. Centre College is a NCAA Division 3 school. While maintaining his excellent academic standing, Zachary will also compete on the college’s Cross Country and Track & Field teams.

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

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

WCMS 8th Grade Honors Program Awards presented at eighth grade graduation

Eighth grade students and families celebrated the end of the school year at the annual honors program. Prinicpal Melissa Gossage praised the class for completing their middle school studies and wished them the best in their high school studies. As a result of their hard efforts, in 8th grade reading, students decreased their number of novice scores from 75 students down to 52 while increasing their number of Proficient and Distinguished by 22 students.

 

WCHS Baseball Cards make All District and All Regional Teams Final team meeting

Graduating Senior Jacob Bridgeman was honored by being name to the All Region and All District Baseball Team based on his athleticism. He was joined on the All District Team by fellow baseball players junior Walker Hancock and freshman Kameron Gehring. The WC Bat Cards made it to Region this season, but suffered a loss to host team Rockcastle County in the first round of competition.

 

WCMS Students John David Rains attends Kentucky State Duke Talent Identification Recognition Ceremony John David Rains at the ceremony

Congratulations to John David Rains for his academic acheivment by his participation in the Duke Talent Identification Program. John David was selected based off his ACT score that was received as a seventh grader. He attended an awards ceremony at Western Kentucky University. John is the son of Monticello Elementary Teacher Karie Rains and David Rains.

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.

Boys Baseball Team competes in district tournament Tito Ruiz up to bat

The WCHS Baseball Cards competed in the 48th District Tournament. The Cardinals defeated McCreary Central 10-2 in the first round of the tournament on May 22. The Cardinals were defeated in the second round of the tournament by Southwestern. Wayne County will continue to the regional tournament.

6th and 7th Grade students enjoy end of year awards ceremonies Kallie Powell reads a poem to start the program

WCMS sixth and seventh graders worked hard this school year to receive a variety of awards. Prinicpal Melissa Gossage commended the students and their families for their academic efforts. She and the counselors provided awards for citizenship, character education, honor roll, and attendance.

Two Wayne County Schools Tennis players finish season at state Corbin and Zach compete at state

Two of Wayne County High School’s Tennis Team players finished at the highest level of competition by advancing to state competition recently. They were also both named to the All Region Tennis Team based on their tennis accomplishments by the Kentucky High School Tennis Association.

Exciting 21st Century camp begins for Summer on May 30th Students used Read Theory software which individualizes their reading levels

Elementary students are reading the realistic fiction book "Sweet Home Alaska" which was set during the depression and involves a 12 year old girl and her activities. Students are already enjoying the 288 page book by Carole Estby Dagg. A wall was created with a vocabulary vine to match details in the book. The students will be making their own paper, planting seeds, and experiencing a taste of Alaska through their foods.

Congratulations to Wayne County HS Track Athlete Zachary Tucker at State Wayne County Track Team competes at State

Zachary Tucker placed 6th in the 1 mile KHSAA State Championships with a personal record time of 4:35. He also placed 3rd in the 2 mile State Championships with a personal record time of 10:05.

J.D. Criswell signs with the University of the Cumberlands with a wrestling scholarship J.D. Criswell signs with Cumberland

Wayne County High School graduating senior J.D. Criswell, the son of Amber and Jarrod Criswell, recently signed with the University of the Cumberlands for an academic/athletic four-year scholarship totaling $29,000 each year.

Senior Walker Hancock selected to attend South Kentucky RECC Washington Youth Tour Walker and SKRECC students

WCHS Senior Walker Hancock has been selected to participate in the 2017 Washington Youth Tour after representing himself and his cooperative well during the Frankfort Youth Tour. Students apply for the Frankfort Youth Tour as juniors and are selected based on an application they must complete that is then submitted to South Kentucky RECC for selection. Hundreds of students apply and only a handful are chosen. The co-op selects some of the best and brightest minds to take on the Youth Tour each year.

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.

Good luck to Special Olympians preparing for their state competition on June 2-3 Special Olympics Practice

The local Special Olympics Track and Field Team have been busy practicing for the state competition since March 1, under the direction of Coach Lucy Gleason and numerous volunteer coaches. The eight-member team will be competing in the Roy Kidd Stadium at EKU beginning at 8:00 a.m.and through out the day on June 3rd after the previous night's opening ceremony. The team meets after school in the Wayne County High School parking lot to practice every Monday. The Special Olympics state event includes competitions like: softball throw, tennis ball throw, running, walking, and wheel chair races. Administrative Coaches Nikki Dishman and Rebecca Alley handle the paper work each year for the team.     

Lieutenant Governor spoke to WCHS students during a visit to Wayne County  Lt. Governor Jenean Hampton spoke to the students about how she overcame adversity and earned her position

Students got to emulate a town hall situation during a Q and A session with Lt. Governor Jenean Hampton.

Senior Breakfast honors graduates seniors enjoying final breakfast at school

The cafeteria staff went all out to make the breakfast nice for the seniors at the annual event on the final day of school. The remodeled cafeteria was decorated especially for the seniors.

Wrestling coach Danny Upchurch recognized at spring sports assembly Mr. Kennett and Coach Upchurch

A variety of sports were recognized at the spring high school recognition program thanks to the efforts made by the student athletes. A special award was given to Wrestling Coach Danny Upchurch for his outstanding national coaching record.

College signing day held at WCHS Students participated in College Signing Day

Students from Wayne County High School will be attending colleges all over the state of Kentucky and across the nation. These colleges include Anderson University, Berea College, Centre College, Eastern Kentucky University, Georgetown College, Lindsey Wilson College, Midway College, Morehead State University, Pikeville University, Somerset Community College, Transylvania University, University of Alaska Anchorage, University of Kentucky, University of Louisville, University of Tennesse, University of the Cumberlands, and Western Kentucky University. Four students signed to serve in a branch of the United States Military, including the Marine Corp, the Army, and the Navy.

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

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

Wayne County High School Baseball Field named the Earl and Vannie Hatfield Baseball Field The Hatfield Family

The WCHS Baseball field was recently renamed in dedication to The Hatfield Family. They named the field in honor of the legacy that Mr. Earl Hatfield and his wife Vannie, as well as their family, has left behind in the WC Baseball Program. Their support has allowed the field to purchase stadium lights, an enhanced press box, improved sound system, and a wonderful and well kept field. The WCHS Baseball field will now be known as the Earl and Vannie Hatfield Complex, more simply known as "The Hat." The ceremony was held at the start of the Bat Cards home game with Garrard County on Saturday, May 13th. Wayne County stayed in the game until the end, but Garrard County pulled away late with a 6-3 victory.The Wayne County Baseball Team has earned the 2nd seed in the 48th district. They will host McCreary Central in the first round of the district tournament May 22nd at 7 p.m.

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:

Congratulations to WCHS Class of 2017 graduates Principal Justin Alley gave the Presentation of the Class of 2017

There were 243 graduates whose names were called at the Commencement Ceremony held May 12th in the Rodney Woods Gymnasium. Speakers from the senior class included: Natalie Humble, Chloe Massengale, Kelsay Marcum, Benjamin Rose, and Morgan Crabtree. Two seniors - Chyiann Sexton and Gabriele Gregory, both provided solos during the program. C/1SG Anthony Catron and C/2LT Brianna Bybee served as the honor guard to begin the processional of future graduates. The commencement ushers included: Caitlyn Baker, Jakson Baker, Jayla Baker, Taylor Davis, Kaitlyn Gardner, Walker Hancock, Barrett Hutchinson, Nina Ni, Kyle Skeese, and Tanner Thompson.  

Wayne County High School student Colton Morrow chosen as 2017 Rogers Scholar Rogers Scholars Logo

Wayne County student Colton Morrow has been selected by The Center for Rural Development to attend the 2017 Rogers Scholars program.

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.

ATC Carpentry students excel at Skills USA State Competition Skills USA members who competed at State

Congratulations to all of the Wayne County Skills USA State Competitors and Winners!  Skills USA (formerly VICA) helps students go above and beyond the classroom by providing opportunities to practice their skills abroad. 

Congrats to Regional Track Athlete Zachary Tucker Athlete Zachary Tucker

Congratulations to Wayne County Track Athlete Zachary Tucker. He was the Regional Champion in the 1 mile and 2 mile races this past Saturday, May 13th. He will compete on Friday, May 19th, in the State Championships at the University of Kentucky.

Softball seniors honored at game Senior

WCHS girls softball season is well underway. They will play at home on May 18th vs Corbin at 6 p.m. followed by a game on Saturday, May 20th when they face Monroe County at home at 2 p.m. On May 22nd, Wayne County plays McCreary Central at McCreary Central High School in the Girls 48th District Softball Tournament.

Boys Tennis team places at region Runners Up

The Wayne County Boy's Tennis Team placed second in the region as Runner-Up during regional play.

WCMS Art Show bigger and even better this year Art show

Artisans, craftsmen, dancers, and musicians provided beautiful displays of their work for everyone to enjoy. Impressive student art work was also exhibited in the gymnasium.

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

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

JROTC Awards Ceremony well attended Sophomore Adrian Martin was congratulated by his family

Cadets received numerous medals at the impressive ceremony held April 27.

WCHS Talent Show sponsored by BETA Club Courtney Dishman singing Miranda Lambert's "More Like Her"

Several student vocalists, musicians, and actors were featured.

Tennis teams compete at region Boys tennis

The Wayne County Tennis teams competed in region last week. Each team competed impressively and indicated the success of their season through their performances.

"Jump Start" program at Somerset Community College offers no cost classes "Jump Start" program at Somerset Community College offers no cost classes

Somerset, Ky. -- Students graduating from high school in 2017 and attending Somerset Community College (SCC) in the fall, as well as adults who have a high school diploma or GED, have the opportunity to brush up on reading skills and earn college credit for free this summer.

Honor Student Lauren Antoine Nominated for The Congress of Future Science and Technology Leaders in Boston, MA Congratulations, Lauren Antoine!

WAYNE CO. — Lauren Antoine, a Freshman at Wayne Co High School of Monticello, KY is a Delegate

of the Congress of Future Science and Technology Leaders in Lowell, MA on June 29th - July 1st, 2017.

WCHS Honors Night celebrates Seniors' accomplishments Justin Mann won an award for twelve years of perfect attendance

Scholarships and awards were presented to numerous seniors.

FBLA students attend state conference FBLA State Winners Bailey Wright, Brandon Catron, and Emma Turner

The local FBLA chapter recently sent 12 students to state conference in Louisville, KY. Three students placed in the top five of their division. Bailey Wright won "Most Entertaining" in the Talent Show. Brandon Catron placed second in Networking Concepts. Emma Turner placed fourth in Journalism. Each student who earned a state title has the opportunity to compete at nationals this summer in Anaheim, California.

WCHS Prom held April 29th at the Center for Rural Development WCHS Prom held April 29th at the Center for Rural Development

The Wayne County High School Prom was held on April 29, 2017 at the Center for Rural Developement in Somerset. The theme was Hollywood. Many students were very excited to attend. The Prom King and Queen were voted by the students who arrived. The Prom King was senior Isaac Dick and the Prom Queen was senior Jennifer Sawyer. All of the students danced the night away and as seen in the pictures, you can tell it was a marvelous time.

Wayne County High School Alumni Band Concert held May 21st Former Band Director Gerald Pickrell leads the band

Former band leaders were on hand to celebrate with current band members, staff, and alumni on April 21st. Following the concert, a dinner and alumni reception was hosted. Each alumni that attended the concert was recognized. The Master of Ceremonies was Jason Kennett with Guest Speaker Brian Dishman.

 

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!

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wayne County High School Hall of Fame recognizes 2016-17 top academic achievers Carol Ford with the banquet she decorated

Students at Wayne County High School who met rigorous standards were selected for the annual Academic Hall of Fame. A banquet was held in honor of the students and their accomplishments throughout their high school career.

Yearbooks hot off the presses Yearbook icon

Thanks to the following yearbook staff members who produced the WCHS Yearbook: Jayla Baker, Arin Edwards, Hannah Jackson, Cheyenne Upchurch, Najuk Patel, Gabby Gregory, Megan Timmerding, Olivia Timmerding, Megan Burchett, Sheralee Warriner, and a big thanks to Taylor Griggs for 3 years of yearbook service! It was exciting for students to get their first look at the pages as they were being distributed on April 27th.

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.

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

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

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

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

Middle School soccer underway for girls and boys MS soccer

This is the final week of the regular season for Wayne County Middle School Soccer. The teams are now entering district competition.

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.

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.

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

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

summer at Somerset Community College (SCC)?

Wayne County High School Runner recruited by Berea College Mountaineers for cross country/track team Zachary Tucker accepts his award

Wayne County High School Cross Country/Track star Zachary Tucker participated in a ceremony

at the high school recently with his family and fellow athletes and coaches, acknowledging his

acceptance to Berea College and recruitment on the cross country/track team for The Mountaineers.

Wayne County High School Bat Cards season underway with the field being named the Earl and Vannie Hatfield Field recently Pitcher Dalton Garner

Wayne County Bat Cards played Southwestern on April 20th in a close home game where they barely lost after 10 innings, followed by a game on April 21st at Casey County with a loss 4-8. The team is in a rebuilding year with an overall record currently 7-11. One of the highlights of the season has been playing in Panama City Beach on April 4-7. The Wayne County Board of Education recently approved naming the facility the Earl and Vannie Hatfield Field to recognize their generous support.   

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

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

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

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

FFA members compete at WKU Agriscience Day Westin Coffey

On Tuesday, April 18th, 15 FFA members went to Western Kentucky University to compete at the 50th WKU Agriscience Field Day. Since its beginning in 1967, the WKU Field Day has grown to attract students from Kentucky, Tennessee, and Indiana.This is a competition with a variety of different contests to compete in both as a team or individually.

WCMS teachers provide KPREP motivational displays to help focus on upcoming testing window The creation of first place winner Sherry Huckaby

The judging was difficult because there were 28 terrific displays created to support students in the state assessment coming up later this month.

WCMS hosted a very successful final Parent/Teacher conference night on April 18, 2017 Ridge Turpin and mother Amy Turpin speak with Social Studies teacher Carter Tucker

Parents discussed fifth term grade reports and sixth term mid-term grade reports. Spring MAP scores were also shared with parents. K-Prep testing set for April 24-28 preparations were another important topic. A total of 158 parents and 157 students attended the conferences just before the eighth grade students and parents met for the incoming Freshman orientation.

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.

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

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

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

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

Alumni band concert coming up Alumni band concert coming up

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Mr. Hip from Harlem Wizards shares motivational chat with high school students Harlem Wizard

The Harlem Wizards sponsored an assembly for high schoolers on Thursday, April 13. Mr. Hip is a motivational speaker who talked to students about his overcoming hip dysplasia. After having both hips replaced, he is finally able to play basketball professionally again. The Harlem Wizards will play the local Sloan's Ballers on Monday night, April 17, at 7 in the Rodney Woods Gymnasium.

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.

4H Communications night to be held on April 20 4H Clover
Sophomores participate in WCHS Operation Preparation Tiana Scott

WCHS World Civ classes benefitted from a KHEAA outreach program where they learned about pre-college opportunities like KEES money, scholarships, and making future plans.

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 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.

WCHS Juniors register for classes Justin Alley and Fount Godsey

All hands were on deck at the High School to help Juniors schedule classes for their senior year this coming fall. Students follow different career pathways, so they scheduled courses accordlingly.

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.

“SMART” ART TO BE THE FOCUS OF COMPETITION AT SOMERSET COMMUNITY COLLEGE EARTH DAY “SMART” ART TO BE THE FOCUS OF COMPETITION AT SOMERSET COMMUNITY COLLEGE EARTH DAY

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,

Somerset.

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.

Wayne County School Tennis Teams both defeated Clinton County on Tuesday, April 11 Tennis Racket

Congratulations to both the Girls and Boys Tennis Teams who defeated Clinton County Tennis Teams during a home meet on Tuesday, April 11th. The Boys Team won the overall match 5-0, while the Girls Team won the overall competition 8-1.

The 4-H Talent Show is coming up The 4-H Talent Show is coming up

Participants must pre-register by April 14, 2017.

WCHS student Hunter Davis completes Rogers Scholar service project through creative fundraiser for The Imagination Library Hunter Davis and Angela Ballinger

Hunter Davis, a junior at Wayne County High School, spent one week during the summer of 2016 in the Roger's Scholar Program, held on the campus of Lindsey Wilson College.  As part of the Roger's Scholar experience, participants are required to complete a community service project sometime during the year, following their involvement in the program.
 

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.

Wayne County FFA Officers compete at Lake Cumberland Regional FFA Paperwork Day FFA

On Thursday, March 30th, three Wayne County FFA Officers (Avery Fierros, Drew Phillips, & Kelci Pyles) traveled to Adair County High School to attend the Lake Cumberland Regional FFA Paperwork Day.

Wayne County High School celebrates Autism Awareness Month Trinity Fugate participated in the event

In the morning announcements on April 10, Principal Justin Alley encouraged Wayne County High School students and staff to wear blue on April 11 to show support for students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and their families during Autism Awareness Month.

Wayne County High School students attend KUNA Group photo with awards

Wayne County High School KUNA students recently attended the state conference in Louisville, Kentucky. KUNA is one of the many programs featured in the local Gifted and Talented program. The conference lasted 3 days and allowed students the opportunity to immerse themselves in different cultures. Each school that attended represented a country’s delegation and served as a legislature trying to pass a bill in the United Nations for that country. The Wayne County delegation represented the country of Belize.

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

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

Community and staff provide career guidance at WCMS Operation Preparation Week Joe Tipton with students

“Beat the odds, before they beat you!” was a valuable quote that kept popping up during the

annual Operation Preparation week at the Wayne County Middle School. The valuable message was

woven into a variety of speeches made by specially invited speakers willing to share their inspirational

stories with the eighth grade class.

WCMS Operation Preparation concluded with a series of career workshops WCMS Operation Preparation concluded with a series of career workshops

Eighth graders enjoyed rotating to workshops they were interested in learning more about. Community volunteers generously gave their time to share their occupations.

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.

Two Wayne County Middle school students win a competition at SCC Teen Theater Festival
WCHS Football Team honored at Banquet Senior Cardinals were honored

Seniors and individual awards were announced at the ceremony.

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."

Two WCMS Students won the Somerset Community College Teen Theater Festival's "Harold Fest" competition Teens on the stage practicing

On Saturday, March 11th, 22 students from WCMS participated in an intense, hands-on drama/ theater workshop and competition experience at the Teen Theater Festival. Two students: Ridge Turpin (grade 7) and Jordan McClellan (grade 6) won the Somerset Community College Teen Theater Festival's "Harold Fest" competition with their group's improvisation performance. WCMS Art/Drama Teacher Juliet Perkins commended Wayne County's wonderful actors, actresses, and technical and design/backstage crew for their efforts and the intense action they took part in at Somerset Community College.  

Wayne County Cardinal Softball Season Underway Ali Coffey catching

Coach Danny Upchurch's fast pitch softball Girl's Team has a record of 2-2 on the season so far. They won 21-6 against Casey County on Mon 21, followed by a loss to Oneida, TN (1-4) at home on March 24th. Then on the weekend, the girls played two teams in Jamestown, TN. They beat York Institute and were defeated by Oakridge in the 9th inning. Their next game will be March 30 at 6:30 pm at Garrard County. 

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. 
 

Winterguard concludes competition season on a good note Eighth grader Kitana Saunders performing

The Wayne County Winterguard competed in the Tri-State Marching Arts Championships on Saturday, March 25th at Connor High School. After an outstanding performance, the Guard placed 5th in the Yellow Division of Scholastic Regional A and 6th place overall of 24 teams competing from three states. The guard is coached by Emily Adams and Jessica Critz and their 2017 show is entitled "Stained Glass."

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.

Thanks to the community volunteers for their support and assistance in the Pancake Breakfast held the morning before the ACT Public officials serve pancakes to juniors

The volunteers cooked and served pancakes to the Junior Class as a way of encouraging them to do their best on the ACT. Lions Club members Linda and Frank Dishman and Phyllis and Lewis Turpin manned the pancake grill, while several public officials worked the serving line.

Tennis teams win girls and boys matches at away games on March 23rd Go Cards

The Wayne County Girls won 9-0 and the boys also won 9-0 against Madison Southern. Congratulations to both teams for being 5-0 on the season. Go Cards!

Board of Ed recognizes Mat Cards wrestling season, complete with a state champion! L-R): Wrestling team member Cagen Wallace, JD Criswell, Jacob Dodd, Jonathan Gregory, and Christian Denney

The Wayne County Wrestling team was recognized and the March Board Meeting for their success at 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 tournament and fell one match short of the top eight. Wayne County as a team placed 9th overall in the State Tournament.
 

Senior Sarah Sexton signs with Anderson University to play soccer Senior Sarah Sexton signs with Anderson University to play soccer

Senior Soccer Player Sarah Sexton recently signed with Anderson University, located in Anderson, Indiana. She will join the Raven’s Women’s Soccer Team for the 2017-18 season. Anderson University is Christian Liberal Arts College that offers 14 intercollegiate sports in the NCAA Division III.

Freshman McKenzie Bell attended a state awards ceremony for her success in the Jim Claypool Art and Conservation Writing Contest MacKenzie with Representative Ken Upchurch

Freshman McKenzie Bell recently represented Wayne County High School in Frankfort at an awards ceremony for her success in the Jim Claypool Art and Conservation Writing Contest. McKenzie’s essay was selected from approximately 120 essays written as an assignment in Agriculture Teacher Justin Horton’s class. Thirty were then selected at the local conservation office and her essay was named the Wayne County winner. Her essay then went onto the next level where she was named the Area 7 Winner at the state level.

Yearbook sales at Walker Elementary begin Yearbook

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

Senior Morgan Munsey chosen as DAR Scholarship Nominee Munsey receives scholarship

Wayne County High School Senior Morgan Munsey has been accepted for the Daughters of the American Revolution Scholarship. She submitted an essay to the scholarship selection comittee that specified her career aspirations and goals to continue her education. She received the scholarship at the local level. Next her application will now compete to earn the state level DAR scholarship against applicants from all over Kentucky.

Wayne County FBLA competes at regionals Group photo

The Wayne County FBLA recently competed in regional competition. Region was held at Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond, Kentucky. Thirteen students placed in the top three of their event and will compete at the state FBLA conference in Louisville April 17-19.

Congratulations to the Boy's and Girl's Tennis Teams for winning another match up at Home Tennis Racket

On March 21st, boy's and girl's tennis teams competed against Lincoln County. Both teams won overall 8-1. So far in the season both teams are doing terrific with a 4-0 record, Go Cards!

Two HOSA students eligible for international competition after competing in Louisville Brielee Neal

Fifteen HOSA students traveled to the Crown Plaza on Thursday. Mar 16 and competed during the two day event. Kaylee Julius from WCHS placed 2nd in extemporaneous writing. Brielee Neal from WCMS placed 1st in Health Career Exploration. They are both eligible for international competition in June, which will be held at Disney World in Florida.

Congratulations on another winning tennis meet on Monday, March 20 Tennis Racket

The boys won by a score of 4-1 and the girls won by a score of 8-1. They were hosting Berea. Both teams are now 3-0 on the season. Go Cards!

Congratulations to Archery Athletes Taylor Bell and Elliott Cross for qualifying for the KHSAA State Championship Two athletes advanced to state

In regional competition, Elliott Cross finished fourth and Taylor Bell was the Regional Runner-up over the weekend. Congratulations to both and good luck at the state championship, which will be held at NASP State Tournament in Louisville on March 31 at 4 PM. Go Cards!

"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.

FFA members competed on Regional Day at Lindsey Wilson College FFA members enjoyed a rest stop at scenic Lake Cumberland

On Thursday, March 16, 18 Wayne County FFA members participated in the Lake Cumberland Regional FFA Day.  Students participated in various speaking contests (Fair - Good - Excellent - Superior).  Congratulations to the students who brought home superior and excellent ratings.

12th Region Hall of Fame recognizes Wayne County Basketball enthusiasts 12th Region Hall of Fame former players and fans honored

The 2017 inductees into the 12th Region Hall of Fame were recognized during the 12th Region Tournament. Locally, Fred Frye, who played basketball at Monticello High School was inducted as a player, and Conley Gregory was inducted as a contributer.

Congrats to Wayne County Tennis Teams on 2-0 record for both girls and boys teams Tennis Ball

Both Wayne County Teams scored a winning 9-0 overall team score on March 16th bringing them both to a 2-0 winning season, starting their season off on a good note. They both played McCreary Central in their second match, which was hosted at home.Come out and support the girls and the boys teams as they play Berea at home on Monday, March 20th, followed by another home meet on Tuesday, March 21 with Lincoln County. Go Cards!

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.

The WCHS Wintergaurd made an excellent show at the Tri-State Marching Arts Contest at John Hardin High School on Mar. 11th 1

The Wintergaurd team placed second in Scholastic Class A Yellow Division and third overall. Their 2017 show is entitled "Stained Glass". They will be competing in the TRI-STATE Marching Championship on March 25th at Connor High School in Northern Kentucky.

Congratulations to Aubrey Weaver and Jakson Baker at 12th Region Tournament Wayne County Basketball Regional Hall of Famers

Aubrey Weaver and Jakson Baker from Wayne County were selected as members of the 12th Region All Tournament Team, following the championship game of the tournament on Tuesday, March 7.

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

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

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

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

Free DMV practice tests to Wayne County High School Library patrons Free DMV practice tests to Wayne County High School Library patrons

Wayne County High School Library Media Center announces a partnership with Driving-Tests.org, a company dedicated to driver safety and education, to offer free Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) practice tests to library patrons. The new service includes free tests specifically based on the state's DMV materials. It is the only site of its kind to include accessibility tools that let users hear selections read aloud, make them into MP3s, translate pages into other languages, magnify text, and mask portions of the screen for greater visibility on the practice tests.

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

WCMS students see the KPREP Countdown Clock every day at school as it changes each day WCMS students see the KPREP Countdown Clock every day at school as it changes each day

Students are being asked to take pride in themselves and do their best on KPREP testing coming up in April. Wayne County Middle School is conducting a promotional campaign to help students focus on the tests.

Colin Tucker AAU National Champion in AAU All-American Middle School wrestling Winners' podium

Middle Schooler Colin Tucker competed in the AAU Wrestling Spring Nationals. He competed in the 70 pound divison. He placed first and received the title of National Champion and an AAU All-American.

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

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

WCMS hosts Operation Preparation WCMS hosts Operation Preparation

Wayne County Middle School eighth graders are participating in Operation Preparation this week with all kinds of career readiness activities at their fingertips. Teachers are excited to be sharing “Oh the Places You Can Go” with their students through guest speakers, musical events, tours of the local Area Technology Center, and field trips to Somerset Community College/Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) to see what is just around the horizon.

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.

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

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

Seniors Honored at recent athetic events 1

Boys and Girls Varsity Basketball teams, Cheerleaders, and the Dance team Seniors have been recognized

Boys and Girls tennis teams triumph over Southwestern in season opener Tennis Ball

The Wayne County Tennis Teams competed in their first match on March 9. The girls and boys each dominated with an impressive 9-0 victory, winning every match.

WCMS Dance Team competed in state competition on February 18th at Frankfort Convention Center Dance Team competing

WCMS's 15 member dance team placed 4th in Jazz and 9th 9th on Hip Hop at the Kentucky Dance Coaches Organization. They are coached by Lindsey Aguilar

PRUITT TO HOST TOWN HALL MEETINGS ON SCHOOL ACCOUNTABILITY PRUITT TO HOST TOWN HALL MEETINGS ON SCHOOL ACCOUNTABILITY

(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.

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

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

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

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

Students taking World Language classes enjoy making piñatas Overall winning piñatas

Students taking World Language classes participated in making pinatas in Todd Barton's classroom. First,  students contructed the piñatas with newspaper and a paste mixture. After they dried, and were painted and decorated they were displayed in the classroom for judging.

College and career ready display new addition at WCHS The College and Career Ready display

Students at Wayne County High School have recently been drawn to a new College, Career Ready display in the school's lobby.  What started with three plain plywood boards being attached to the auditorium wall became a colorful two-layer display to recognize the near 200 seniors who are currently identified as College and/or Career Ready.

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

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

WCHS Winterguard performs at Tri-State Marching Arts Competition held at Bryan Station High School Winter Guard performs

The Winter Guard received 5th place in Scholastic Regional A. Their show entitled "Stained Glass" is beautifully choreographed.The next competition for WCHS Winter Guard is Saturday, March 11 at John Hardin High School.

Wayne County ATC students excelled at SKILLS USA regional competition Emily Coomer and Noah Dishman won first and second in Cabinetry

Congratulations to all of the Wayne County Area Technology Center students who competed in the Skills USA Regional Competition at the Pulaski County ATC on March 4th.  The future workforce is looking bright, after seeing so many of the local ATC students place high in the competition. Last year, the students placed first in Carpentry Introduction statewide and third in Cabinetry state wide.

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.

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.

Craft student Ben Rose speaks at 8th KAGE signing at the Capitol Rotunda Rose's speech was seen on television

Ben Rose spoke at the 8th KAGE Proclamation Signing on behalf of Craft Academy and the Wayne County School District. The ceremony took place at the Capitol Rotunda where Governor Matt Bevin signed the proclamation.

“Take the School Breakfast Challenge” Encourages Wayne County School District Families to Choose Breakfast at School t

“Take the School Breakfast Challenge” Encourages Wayne County School District Families to Choose Breakfast at School

Following an orientation meeting with SCC, close to 40 seniors met with SCC advisors to work on registration and scheduling Senior Amber Ritterbach with SCC CARE Academic Advisor/Coordinator Trent Pool and SCC Director of Admissions Crysty Adams. Ritterbach plans to study in the field of nursing.

The SCC advisors will return for another session to accomodate more seniors. Usually, Wayne County has about 80-90 students who are a part of SCC's freshman class.

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.

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.  

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

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

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

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

Wayne County Boys defeated Lincoln County in 12th Region Tournament on March 1 Freshman Kameron Gehring dribbles against a McCreary Central defender

Congratulations to the Cardinals who won in an exciting game with host team Lincoln County with a score of 48-45. The Cardinals will play Mercer County next on Monday, March 6th at 6:00 p.m. in the 12th Region Tournament Semi-Championship.The Championship will then be held on March 7th at 7:00 p.m. at Lincoln County. Prior to the 12th Region action, the Boys' Cardinal Basketball Team were named District Runners-up after a win with McCreary Central (69-56) followed by a loss to Southwestern (83-92) on February 24th on the final round.

Go Cards!

WC JROTC Military Ball was recently enjoyed by cadets military ball

The Wayne County JROTC Battalion enjoyed a formal evening of dining and dancing at Dale Hollow State Resort on Feruary 25th.

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.

FFA hosts Smooch the Swine contest among High School staff Smooch the Swine

National FFA Week was Feb. 21 through Feb. 24. To kick off the event FFA hosted an annual "Smooch the Swine" contest among High School staff. Buckets were placed in some of the teachers classroooms for students to put money in. The teacher who had the most money had to kiss the pig on Monday Feb. 27. The first place winner was Angela Morrow. 2nd place winner was Jamie Foster. 3rd place winner was Shane Shoemaker.

National FFA Week was held at the High School during Feb. 21- Feb. 24 FFA King and Queen

National FFA week was held all over the United States on the week of Feb. 21st through Feb. 24. Wayne County High School teachers and students both participated. Throughout the week FFA members hosted a "Smooch the Swine" Contest.

Lady Cardinals defeated Somerset 70-51 in First Round of 12th Region All District winners Ashtyn Bell, Taylor Bell, and Hannah Jackson

A balanced scoring attack from Meg Burchett, Taylor Bell and Macie Blevins helped the Lady Cards make a decisive victory. On Friday night, March 3rd at 8:00 p.m. the Lady Cards will participate in the Semi-Regional round with Lincoln County. Go Lady Cards!

Wayne County High School Sophomores enjoy a modern Shakespearean play Wayne County High School Sophomores enjoy a modern Shakespearean play

On Thursday, February 23, Wayne County High School Sophomore English classes enjoyed a guided remake of William Shakespeare’s comedy “Much Ado About Nothing” at the EKU Center for the Arts by Aquila Theatre.


 

Wayne County Basketball Programs to compete in 12th Regional Basketball Tournament Wayne County Basketball Programs to compete in 12th regional Basketball Tournament

The 48th District Lady Cardinals Basketball Team were named Runners-up after defeating McCreary Central (69-51) at Southwestern followed by a loss to Southwestern (43-57) with the final game on Feb 23. The boys Cardinal Basketball Team were also named District Runners-up after a win with McCreary Central (69-56) followed by a loss to Southwestern (83-92) on February 24th on the final round. Go Cards at the Regional Competition!

In addition, congratulations to the Boys JV Basketball Team on their Regional Championship win. The Cardinals defeated Danville, Lincoln County and Garrard County enroute to the Championship. Go Cards! 

Somerset Community College Dean's List announced Somerset Community College Dean's List announced

Somerset, Ky. -- Somerset Community College recently released the Fall 2016 dean’s List. The Fall 2016 semester concluded in December. In total, 607 students were named to the list.

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.

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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.

Wayne County Student Makes Healthy Kids Clinic Half-Court Shot Wayne County Student Makes Healthy Kids Clinic Half-Court Shot

On Tuesday, February 14 at the Wayne County vs Boyle County boys varsity game, Justin Curry, a Wayne County 7th

grader and middle school basketball player hit a shot from half court during a Healthy Kids Clinic (HKC) promotion. At

halftime, Justin made his way to the half-court line and made the shot of a lifetime to win $1,000.

"I said no, but someone signed my name," Curry said. "I really didn't care if I made it or not. Went in... I got the  I got the thousand. If I didn't... that's fine."

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

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

WCHS Teenage Republicans Club travel to Frankfort to get a first hand look at government Representative Ken Upchurch posed for a photo with the WCHS Teen Republicans

 The Wayne County High School’s Teenage Republican Club, known as TARS, recently toured the Kentucky Capital and the Kentucky Historical Society in Frankfort on a field trip.

THIS ARTICLE IS TRUE: “FAKE NEWS” TOPIC OF UPCOMING OPEN FORUM AT SOMERSET COMMUNITY COLLEGE THIS ARTICLE IS TRUE: “FAKE NEWS” TOPIC OF UPCOMING OPEN FORUM AT SOMERSET COMMUNITY COLLEGE

“The Fight Against Fake News in the 'Post-Truth' Era” will be held on Tuesday, February 28 at 2 p.m. in

the Harold Rogers Student Commons, Citizens National Bank Community Room, located on the SCC

Somerset Campus at 808 Monticello Street 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.

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

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

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.

Congratulations to both Girls and Boys Varsity Basketball Teams with wins in first round of District Tournament court shot

Come out and support the Lady Cards Thursday, February 23 when they face Southwestern at 7 p.m. In addition, cheer for the Boys team Friday, February 24 against Southwestern for District Championship. The girls won 69-51 and the boys won 69-56 on Monday night at the start of the tournament action.

FFA members attended the National Farm Machinery Show Febuary 15th Trevor Kennedy

FFA members attended the National Farm Machinery Show. The show included 850 exhibitors that covered 1.2 million square feet of floor space. The National Farm Machinery show is the largest indoor farm show in America.

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.

WCMS places fourth in Future Problem Solving at Regional Governor's Cup Academic Team, along with a first place finish in Social Studies John David Rains

The FPS team and John David Rains in Social Studies will be competing at state in March, after their performance at Region. Congratulations to the Middle School Academic Team standouts.

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.

Congratulations to the High School All-District band members All-District Concert Band

Congratulations to the following students for being selected to the Lake Cumberland Music Educators Association All-District clinic! This clinic was held Friday Feb. 3rd and all day Saturday Feb. 4th with a concert on Saturday night at 7:00 p.m. at the Somerset High School.

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. 

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.

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!

KPREP testing will be here before you know it, so WCMS is already gearing up for the event Students put the stars on the wall

Students at WCMS helped recognize their peers in 6, 7, and 8th grade who most recently scored proficient or distinguished with stars posted in the main hallway. KPREP testing will start April 24th at Wayne County Schools.

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

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

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

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

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.

WCHS Academic Team performs well at District Governor's Cup 21

The Wayne County High School Academic Team has been rewarded for their continual dedication and practice at District Governor’s Cup Academic competition. The team competed against other schools in the district earning second place overall. McCreary County, Southwestern, and Somerset Christian competed in the event as well.

Congrats to Boys and Lady Cardinals Basketball Teams who both won their games February 7 Ashtyn Bell is welcomed into the 1,000 Point Club

Senior Ashtyn Bell was welcomed into the Lady Cardinals 1,000 Point Club after the JROTC Garrison Flag was presented. The Lady Cards beat the West Jessamine Colts 53-35. In boys action, Cards beat Somerset away in an exciting game. Looking forward to the District Competiton on February 20 for a dobleheader in the first round with both our boys and girls' teams when they face McCreary Central. The championship games will be held at Southwestern High School on February 23 at 7 p.m. for the girls and February 24 at 7 p.m. for the boys.

Montgomery County Duals Mount Sterling February 4 JD Criswell

The Wayne County Wrestling Team traveled to Mount Sterling on Saturday February 4 to compete in THE Montgomery County Duals. The tournament featured 10 teams from across Eastern Kentucky. The Mat Cards finished 4-1 on the day with wins over Boyd County, Montgomery County, Belfry, and Sheldon Clark. The loss on the day was to Johnson Central. The following are dual meet scores and individual winners in each.

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.

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

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

Lady Cardinals win 72-36 on Feb 2 in varsity game with McCreary Central The JROTC presented the Garrison Flag

The varsity game reflected very balanced scoring, with a team high of assists for the year. Prior to the varsity game, the JV teamwon 39-23. Go Cards!

Students enjoy seeing rainforest animals at high school assembly -

It is not every day that animals from the rainforest are seen in Wayne County High School Pickrell Auditorium.

But, recently freshmen and sophomore students had the chance to meet some of the world’s most exciting and interesting rainforest animals through a program presented by The Bureau of Lectures and Mutual of Omaha which is based in Nebraska. Jillian Lenz, presented the program which left some of the students completely awe-struck, especially since it was quite a diversion from their normal seven-period day.

KSBA Banner illustrated by WCHS Art Students Working on the KSBA Banner in Art Class

The banner theme "Be a Superhero for Public Education!"  will be hung at the Galt House for the Kentucky School Board Association annual school board conference. The banner will be on display February 24-27. Special thanks to artists in Tim Wither's high school visual art class who illustrated the banner!

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.

Seniors honored at wrestling meet held February 1 Coach Upchurch and his team

The Wayne County Wrestling team hosted Whitley County on Wednesday February 1 for senior night at the Rodney Woods Gymnasium.  The Mat Cards improved to 39 - 5 with the 78 - 6 win.  Seniors Jacob Dodd, JD Criswell, Jose Miguel and Max Albrecht and their parents were honored.

Tremendous night for Wayne County Cardinal Girls and Boys Basketball teams' doubleheader on Tuesday, January 31! Jessie Allison sings the National Anthem

The Lady Cardinals defeated Adair County in a big win 79-41. The team exhibited balanced scoring with four girls - Ashtyn Bell, Taylor Bell, Meg Burchett, and Hannah Jackson - all scoring in double digits. The boys' team defeated Clay County 84-65. Jakson Baker was the high scorer at 18 points, followed by Clay Shelton with 17 points and three players - Logan Brett, Stetson Simpson, and Aubrey Weaver - scoring 14 points. WCHS Sophomore Jessie Allison did an awesome job singing the National Anthem.

Preschoolers enjoyed Teddy Bear Picnic Regina Parmley's afternoon class

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

Doubleheader Basketball at home scheduled for Tuesday, January 31st Cheerleaders cheer for the teams

Lady Cards face Adair County with a record of 6 wins and 8 losses. The Boys Cardinal Basketball team will face Clay County at 7:45 pm. Both teams had disappointing losses last Friday night with Garrard and Southwestern.

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.

Wayne County Mat Cards named Runner Ups in small school state Dual Championships at Lindsey Wilson College WCHS Wrestling Team named Runner-Up

The Wayne County Wrestling Team will be in action at home on Wednesday night February 1, when they host Whitley County for Senior night. The Wayne County Middle School will also wrestly Whitley County. Start Time in 7:00 pm at the Rodney Woods Gymnasium.

WCHS Winterguard competed in the Tri-State Marching Arts Competiton at Pulaski County High School on Saturday, January 28 Wayne County High School congratulates the Winterguard for their success

The team placed second in Scholastic Regional A with their show entitled "Stained Glass."

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.

The Wayne County Middle School hosted a Parent Teacher Conference on Jan 26 Mrs. Huckaby and Walline Stradtman

There were 130 parents and 134 students who attended to discuss progress on grades. Families received information about change to seventh period, which included information on Learning Labs, Electives, and Honor Classes.

Six WCMS wrestlers qualify for State 1

The WCMS Wrestling Team finished fifth with six members qualifying for the state tournament. Congrats to the indivdual placements of which: Devin Sander placed second, Colin Tucker third, Matthew Dunagan third, Kurtis Karr third, William Beckley fourth, and Ryan Jankue fourth. These six will wrestle in Louisville at Broadbent Arena on February 4th for the State Championship.

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 students learn to use a 3D printer to create objects The program copies Keeton's features

Wayne County High School Art Teacher Tim Withers taught an exciting lesson on using a new 3D printer, courtesy of the GEAR UP program. Recently, the class got the opportunity to use it to make a model of a bust of a person for the first time. They had been practicing making plastic miniature creations that they could use in manufacturing product. Wayne County Middle School has also recently obtained a 3D printer and will be using it in the 21st Century After School program and during the school day.

WCMS Academic Team advances to Region WCMS Academic Team

WCMS Academic Team placed third overall at District Governor's Cup in Russell County on January 21. Future Problem Solving Team did an outstanding job placing first at district.

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.

KYWCA Small School 2017 State Dual Wrestling Bracket Matcard

The Wayne County Cardinal Wrestling Team will be in action on Satuday, January 28, at Lindsey Wilson College. The Mat Cardinals will wrestle Harrison County at 10:00 am eastern time in the first round of the 2017 KYWCA State Duals.

Pizza Taste Testing Party held at WCHS giving students a voice in menu selections Emmerson Van Nice and Courtney P. Dishman enjoyed the event

Wayne County Food Service and Wayne County High Student Government Association partnered together to collaborate on a student pizza taste testing event that would be utilized in the rating of the quote for this school year.

Fourth FAFSA workshop held on January 19 in WCHS Media Center scholarship applications

The final FAFSA workshop was recently held at Wayne County High School. Students were given assistance in completing the federal financial aid document and the opportunity to meet with Somerset Community College Financial Aid/Scholarship Coordinator J.R. Thompson. Thompson took the time to discuss applying for scholarships and the benefits of attending Somerset Community College.

WCHS Lady Card Basketball Team defeats Knox Central Panthers 78-62 WCHS Lady Card Basketball Team defeats Knox Central Panthers 78-62

The Lady Cards demonstrated balanced scoring through out the game on January 20th. Guards Taylor Bell, Ashtyn Bell, and Macey Blevins all finished the game in double figures. The team made six turnovers during the game.

Mat Cards finished Runner Up at the Rumble in the Mountains dual tournament The Mat Cards

The Mat Cards finished the 10 team touranment held at Heritage High School on Saturday, January 21 with a 4-1 record.

Lady Cards defeat Pulaski Maroons Garrison Flag

The Lady Cards played an exciting game on Thursday, Jan 19th. They won 51-47 and the JV Team won 29-25! Come out and support the Lady Cards on Friday, January 20 at 7:30 pm when they play Knox County!

WCMS Yearbook pre-orders available yearbook icon

Wayne County Middle School is taking pre-paid orders for their yearbooks. February 28th is the last day to order. Only a limited number of extras will be ordered and once they are gone there will be no more. Contact Angela Stinson at the Wayne County Middle School at 348-6691 for more infromation.

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.

Boys Varsity Basketball team plays Rockcastle County on January 16 Boys Varsity Basketball team plays Rockcastle County on January 16

Retro Night was celebrated with athletes dressed in Bovine uniforms. The Wayne County Middle School cheerleaders performed, as well as the varsity dance team, and varsity cheerleaders.

Mat Cards win Sectional 4 Duals and qualify for State Duals Wayne County Wrestling Team

Congratulations to the Wayne County Wrestling Team who won the  Sectional 4 Dual tournament on Saturday January 14 at McCreary Central, to qualify for the State Duals.

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.

Parent Night held for Boys' Basketball Team, Dance Team, and Cheerleaders Boys basketball team stands at attention

Wayne County Boys' Basketball falls to Taylor County in a competitive home game of 76-71 on January 10

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.

Honoring the Man and his Dream Unity Breakfast at SCC 2

Somerset Community College Unity Breakfast will be held Friday, January 13th, followed by a special celebration on Sunday, January 15th at 2:00 p.m. at the First Baptist Church. The featured speaker for the celebration is Reverend Richard N. Hughes, a college minister at Stephens College in Louisville, Kentucky.  

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

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

Wayne County Cardinals defeat McCreary Central Raiders 88-65 The scoreboard

On January 9, the Cardinals beat McCreary Central 88-65. Don't miss their January 10 home game against Taylor County at 7:30!

Retired educator donates book to WCMS library Author Joe Gibson donates his book to the library at Wayne County Middle School. The recently published book was accepted by Wayne County Middle School Librarian Sharon Hill.

Retired teacher Joe Gibson recently dropped by the Wayne County Middle School to share a self-help book he wrote to place on the shelves of the school library. He donated the Multiple Sclerosis Wars 116-page book in hopes that it might help a reader who is struggling with an illness.

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.

Mat Cards finish second in Rooster Duals on December 29th at William Blount High School Rooster Tournament team photo

The tournament featured 16 teams. The local team improved to 25-3 on the season and will be back in action on January 7th at home.

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.

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.

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.

Congrats to WCHS Girls & Boys Basketball Team on wins at Doubleheader 1

Monticello Night was held at the January 3rd ballgames. Fred Frye was honored for his outstanding record at Monticello Independent. Lady Cardinals won their fifth game out of the last six games played with a score of 55-47, beating Corbin. Boys team wob 86-68 against Casey County.

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

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

Wayne County Wrestling Hosts annual Border Wars Tournament Mat Cards Team

The annual event was held on December 27th at the Rodney Woods Gymnasium. The Mat Cards improved to 21-2 on the season.

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.

Mat Cards compete at Meade County Tsunami Duals The Mat Cards

The Mat Cards finished runner up in the two day 12 team dual tournament at Meade County on Tuesday, December 20th and Wednesday, the 21st.

Scavenger Hunt a hit at WCMS Scavenger Hunt a hit at WCMS

Teachers collaborated together working in groups to win a fun historical scavenger hunt prior to the beginning of school. Teacher Vincent Decker led a group to a first place finish. Teacher Leah Turner coordinated the clever event.

CARE Program guest speakers at Wayne County High School Seniors Bailey Prince and Jonathan Taylor receive financial tips for college and adult life

Attorneys Matt Garmon and Rhett Ramsey gave presentations to Wayne County High School seniors about financial responsibility as a part of the Credit Abuse Resistance Education Program.

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.

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

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

Ugly Sweater Contest 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."

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

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

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

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

Middle School Wrestling Team wins the championship at Anderson County Mustang Duals Wrestling Team

The middle school team wrestled at The Anderson County Mustang Duals on Saturday December 17th. They were 7 and 0 on the day winning the championship. They defeated the #1 ranked Larue County 58 to 27. They are now 17 and 1 this season. Go Cards!

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

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

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.

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.

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.

Aubrey Weaver selected as HOBY Ambassador 2016 Aubrey Weaver

   Wayne County High School will be well represented by Sophomore Aubrey Weaver at this summer’s Hugh O’Brian Youth program, known as HOBY. Weaver will be an ambassador in the special youth conference where he will receive unique leadership training, service-learning and motivation-building experiences.

Eighth graders may apply for Rogers Explorers program Eighth graders may apply for Rogers Explorers program

Eighth graders may now apply for the Rogers Explorers academic program. To be eligible to apply for the Rogers Explorers program, students must have a strong interest in developing skills in leadership, technology, math, science, and community service, and have a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 (on a 4 point scale).

The WCHS FBLA Food Drive results are in The WCHS FBLA Food Drive results are in

FBLA would like to thank every donor for the 315 items that were donated to the HOPE Center of Monticello. Congratulations to Jared Criswell's first period class, the winners of the challenge with 113 items donated. Their prize is a doughnut party, courtesy of FBLA.

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 Band presented "A Christmas Celebration" Percussion player

The Wayne County Sixth Grade Band, Seventh Grade Band, Fun Drum, Eighth Grade and High School Combined Band entertained a packed house with holiday music on December 8th following a very busy marching band, parade, pep, and performance schedule.  

Wayne County High School seniors support the community through WorkKeys testing Wayne County High School seniors support the community through WorkKeys testing

“I feel honored that I was able to help our community,” said Sarah Waddle, a Wayne County High School senior.

 

Mat Cards Runner up at Eagle Challenge in Seymour Tennessee wrestling team

     The Wayne County Wrestling team traveled to Seymour High School on December 10 to compete in the Eagle Challenge. The tournament featured four pools of teams, with winners of each pool advancing to the semi final round. Wayne County defeated Powell, Heritage, and Red Bank to advance to the semifinal round against Greenville Wayne County defeated Greenville 48 - 28 to advance onto the finals. The Mat Cards lost 42 -30 to no. 6 Knoxville Halls. The following are dual meet scores and individual winners in each dual.

Congratulations to the WCMS Wrestling Team for performance at Boyle County Big Brother Duals WCMS Wrestling Team

The Middle School Wrestling team wrestled at the Boyle County Big Brother Duals on Saturday, December 10.  They won 4 and lost 1 finishing 3rd.  They are now 10 and 1 on the season and will wrestle in the Mustang Duals in Anderson County on Saturday, December 17th.

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.

Zachary Tucker named Area 8 Male Runner of the Year zach

Congratulations to Wayne County Senior Cross Country Runner Zachary Tucker on being named the Area 8 Male Runner of the Year for the 2016 season. 

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

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

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

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

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.

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.

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.

Extracurriculars support Girls and Boys Basketball season Pep Band performs

Wayne County High School extracurricular programs support the school's athletic teams. The pep band, dance team and cheerleaders all participated in a recent doubleheader with Clay County, Tennessee.

Mat Cards finish 5-0 at Luke Troxell Memorial Duals The Wayne County High School Mat Cards

The Wayne County Wrestling team opened their season on Saturday December 3, at home in the Luke Troxell Memorial Duals. The dual tournament is in memory of wrestler Luke Troxell, who passed away two years ago due to a car accident. He is the only five time state placer for the Mat Cardinals in the program’s history.

In addition, the Wayne County Middle School were named champions of the Scott County Duals.

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.

“Life Happens….Learn How to Manage” classes to be offered to the community Life Happens... Learn How to Manage!

“Life Happens….Learn How to Manage”

Free Workshops

Classes are for high school students and their families through collaboration with the WC ESL and Latino Outreach Programs, FCCLA, and the Wayne County Extension Service.

Enjoy a free meal and child care will be provided as adults learn: money management, budgeting, and nutrition skills.

 Classes will be held Dec. 8, January 12, and February 9 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Extension Office. Contact Brian Ford at 348-8484 or Freya Munsee at 348-4251 for more information.

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. 

Students attend GSA Arts Workshop following a visit from Graduate Kinly Bertram who recruited local students GSA Logo

Wayne County High School students traveled to Centre College in Danville on November 12th to an Art Shop to learn more about Govenors School for the Arts and to share their talents with peers from other schools. The summer program offers experiences in; Architecture + Design, Creative Writing, Dance, Drama, Film + Photography, Instrumental Music, Musical Theatre, Visual Art, Vocal Music.

Winterguard Clinics and Auditions will be available to Wayne County Middle School girls Winterguard Clinics and Auditions will be available to Wayne County Middle School girls

Clinics will be held on December 5,6, and 7 from 3:30 to 6:00. Auditions will be held on December 9 from 3:30 to 5:30. These events will be held in the high school auditorium. The positions are open to all sixth, seventh, and eighth grade girls.

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.

WCHS Students rewarded with trip to Skyzone for passing EOC’s Skyzone Logo

Students at Wayne County High School were recently rewarded with two trip options for passing their End of Course Exams for the previous school year. Juniors, and Seniors were invited to travel to Lexington, Kentucky for a day at Skyzone.

WCHS FBLA sponsors their annual food drive The first period class that collects the most non-perishable food items that have not expired will receive a Donut Party prior to Christmas break courtesy of FBLA.

FBLA is sponsoring their annual food drive among first period classes beginning on November 30 and ending on December 9. The first period class that collects the most non-perishable food items that have not expired will receive a Donut Party prior to Christmas break courtesy of FBLA.

Doubleheader kicks off basketball season for girls and boys teams The Cards' victory

The Cardinals finished the night with a win 53-42 against the Pickett County Bobcats. The Lady Cardinals were defeated during the first game of the night.

WCHS Football Program Honored at Pep Rally High School students enjoy the pep rally

WCHS Football Team featured along with highlights from the fall sports Golf, Soccer, Cross Country, Volleyball Teams and Band at the school pep rally on Nov 22. Special congratulations to the senior football players as they go out as the all time winningest class and 3 region championships!

JROTC Raider team recognized at monthly board of education meeting JROTC Raider Team

The Raider team shared their recent strong finish at Campbell County High School at Jakesboro, Tennesse on Novermber 19th, as well as their successful fall season of competitions. Battalion Commander Andrew New, Cadet Captain Taylor Bell, and Cadet Private First Class Simone Mueller spoke about their affection for the raider team. 1SG George Snyder explained that the team finished second overall amongst 17 teams and will always represent Wayne County's high school well.

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.

WCMS Academic Team league play underway Wayne County Middle School versus Somerset Christian

On Nov. 10, the WCMS Academic Team hosted Somerset Christian in a close match.

Golf Banquet held at the conclusion of the season Group Photo

Wayne County Golf Team had an outstanding season of competition. They were named the 10th Region Boys Golf Champions for the first time in school history.

Congrats to the Wayne County Boys Cross Country Team led by Zachary Tucker at KHSAA State Championship Zach Tucker gets an award

The boys team placed 8th and Zachary Tucker placed 8th individually with a time of 16:40:57 on Saturday, November 5.

The Wayne County High School educators treated students who exhibited academic excellence on End of Course exams The Wayne County High School educators treated students who exhibited academic excellence on End of Course exams with a memorable and unique learning experience

WCHS students never dreamed they would get a chance to go spelunking in one of the most scenic natural jewels in exchange for their academic excellence.
 

Bell Elementary School promoting healthier school environment Pumpkins

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

 

 

JV and Freshman Football Teams finish their seasons undefeated JV football

Congratulations to Wayne County’s Junior Varsity and Freshman Football teams who both finished their seasons with undefeated scores. These remarkable teams not only had a streak of winning games, but they also gained valuable experience that will support the varsity level of play as they continue to compete at an even higher level of competition.

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.

WCHS JROTC provides Veteran's Day Assembly Veteran's Day

KY National Guard Staff Sgt. DeWayne Hoover gave a wonderful speech to the WCHS student body.

 

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

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

Two Wayne County Golfers receive scholarships to Midway College Two scholarship recipients

          Two very deserving and talented student golfers recently accepted four-year partial academic/athletic scholarships to Midway College, a liberal arts college located between Lexington and Frankfort, where they can continue their passion for the game of golf, while obtaining their college education.

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.

WC Volleyball named 2016 District Runner Up & three players made region all tournament team Back Row (L-R): Bailey Wright, Elizabeth Pennycuff, Sara Gregory, Gabby Gregory, Josie Jackson, Katie Chaplin, Emily Keith, Chloye Rice, and Samantha Jones

WCHS Senior Gabby Gregory made the All Tournament Team along with underclassmen Annessa Roysdon and Sara Gregory.

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

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

WCMS Student Recognized by Kentucky Governor Lowry and Jones with Bevin

Governor Matt Bevin recently recognized the heroic efforts of a Wayne County School teen who saved the lives of his father and a Wayne County Deputy Sheriff during a near drowning incident that occurred in September on Lake Cumberland.

WCHS Political Clubs count votes in recent mock election WCHS Political Clubs count votes in recent mock election

A mock election was held before the results of the actual election were released. Within the student body, Donald Trump won over Hillary Clinton 141-41. The event was organized by the recently implemented Young Democrats and Young Republicans Clubs in a bipartisan effort to unite the school.

Tickets avaliable for students for Second Round of State Playoffs Go Cards!

Congratulations to Wayne County Cardinal Football Team on advancing in the state playoffs after defeating Taylor County 38-21 on Friday, November 4th. Good luck this Friday night (November 11th) when they face East Jessamine at 7:30 a.m. Students will be admitted free, but they will need a ticket. 'Free tickets' will be available from Ms. Karen Campbell at the WCHS front office. Tickets are for students only and will not be accepted if an adult tries to use them. 

11th Annual Progressive Agriculture Farm Safety Day Safety Day

Wayne County Middle School 6th grade students benefitted from the 11th annual Progressive Farm Safety Day sponsored by Wayne County Conservation District.

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

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

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

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

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.

WC JROTC coordinates Veterans Day ceremony Veterans Day

WC JROTC, Wayne County Marching Band, Waynetonian Choir, and Monticello Elementary Teacher and Vocalist Jared Duncan will be representing the school district.

Good luck to the WCHS Cross Country runners competing at State Championship Zach Tucker named Regional Champion

The Wayne County High School Cross Country teams just completed the Region 5 meet with plenty of competition from numerous schools at their home course at Cave Lake. Hundreds and hundreds of spectators and fans traveled to the event on Saturday, October 29th.

JROTC Raider Team takes second overall at 2016 Eastern Kentucky University Mil-Stakes Competiton September 24 EKU Competitors

The Wayne County JROTC looked forward to the Mil-Stakes Competition and rightfully so, since they earned the overall second place title and much respect.

JROTC RAIDER TEAM WINS SECOND OVERALL AT CLAY COUNTY Callouses

Competing for the first time at Clay County High Schools, the Wayne County JROTC Raider Team participated in a meet on Saturday, October 22.  Wayne County High School Raiders earned second place overall among 17 different teams.

JROTC CADETS EARN TOP HONORS AT MONTGOMERY COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL JROTC INDIAN CHALLEGE 2016 Team photo

Competing in the Montgomery County High School annual JROTC Indian Challenge, Wayne County JROTC Cadets earned top finishes in seven different categories.

JROTC Raider Team competed at Fort Knox Eagle Challenge event Carrying a log

 

Competing in the Fort Knox Kentucky High School Eagle Challenge Raider Meet on October 1st, the WCHS Raiders went against 22 hard corps Raider teams from Kentucky, Indiana, and Ohio. Cadets competed in six different events including the Obstacle Course, Log Throw, 2 Mil-Run, One Rope Bridge, Relay Medley and Humvee Push.    

Student Government Association debates held recently SGA Candidate Group Photo

Students sharpened their public speaking skills as they shared their platforms during a candidates forum at school. The students are running for Student Body offices. The election will be held Friday, November 4 in first period classes.

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.

Student Government Association is back at Wayne County High School Kennett speaks with students

Student representatives recently met to begin their work as public servants in SGA. Their first order of business was to decide on the reward trips for students who scored distinguished and proficent on last years End of Course tests. Students will be able to sign up for a trip to Sky Zone or Mammoth Cave as a result of their work. An officers candidate forum will be held Wednesday, November 2nd at 9:15 a.m. for freshmen/seniors and 10:15 a.m for sophomores/juniors in the gymnasium. The following candidates will share their platforms: Tanner Thompson and Samantha Dixson are running for president, Gabby Gregory unopposed for vice-president, Jennifer Sawyer unopposed for secretary, and Patel Najuk, Aubrey Weaver and Keelan Rodriguez are running for treasurer. The student body election will be held this Friday. 

Band places 10th Overall in State Class AAA The marching band

The Wayne County Marching Cardnals competed in the KMEA State Semi-final competition on Saturday, October 29th at Eastern High School in Louisville, KY. The Band finished their season 10th overall with a 78.8 overall schore in State Class AAA with their 2016 prodution of "Emerge". The band is under the direction of Andy Critz. Assistant Band DIrector Logan Butler and Colour Guard instructors Jessica Critz and Emily Adams. 2016 Drum Major is Natalie Humble.

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.

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

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

Wayne County High School Agriculture class develops landscaping skills Wayne County High School Agriculture class develops landscaping skills

The Wayne County High School is getting some major curb appeal on the exterior with bushes, railroad ties and stone. Justin Horton's Agriculture classes have been busy preparing the beds on the front of the building for new bushes through a beautification project.

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. 

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.

Congratulations to WCHS Football Coach Shawn Thomspson on 100th win Coach Thomspon's 100th Win

Great way to finish Regular Season Football Cards by defeating Monroe County 48-0! This week's home play-off game with Taylor County will be blackout night.

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.

New Drug Education program being implemented at middle and high school level Officer Dodson lecturing on drugs

Student safety always comes first at Wayne County Schools, so a new drug prevention education opportunity for middle and high school students is a welcome opportunity that is already making an impression on students.

Wayne County Clubbing Cardinals finish 16th at State Tourney in Bowling Green golf

The Wayne County Golfing Cardinals recently wrapped up a record breaking season at the state tournament hosted at the Bowling Green Country Club, in Bowling Green, Kentucky.

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.

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.”  

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.

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

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

Congratulations to College Application Week door contest winners at WCHS Treba McFall's winning door

WCHS Counselor Elizabeth Miller wished to thank the teachers for decorating their doors for College Application Week to help promote the students' future possibilities! "We saw some awesome, creative doors; and the judges loved them all!" said Miller.

Wayne County High School Academic Team hosts home match Varsity Photo

The Academic Team hosted a league meet at home against Cumberland County, McCreary County, and Southwestern High School. Varsity and junior varsity teams competed on October 25. The teams are competing in preparation for Governor's Cup to be held this winter, which will host academic teams from around the state.

Wayne County Schools "Drop Back In" program gaining popularity Wayne County Schools "Drop Back In" program gaining popularity

Wayne County High School is definitely in the process of changing the format for students to obtain their diplomas and graduate from a broad range of opportunities.

County Extension Service hosts Truth and Consequences Students with judge

The Wayne County High School Freshmen Academy got to participate in a mock real life lesson regarding bad choices and the results. The annual event held on October 7th began at the National Guard Armory and concluded at Memorial Park with a dramatic mock accident scene. Many local volunteers worked the event to make an impression on the freshmen and hopefully keep them all safe in the future. Special thanks to Extension Agent Jody Paver and the entire cast of volunteers and professionals who orchestrated the huge event.  

Character Fitness Walk at Bell Elementary helps launch Family Reading Night walk

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

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

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

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!

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.

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

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

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

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

Seniors get free, professional help applying for financial aid at recent FAFSA workshops Seniors get free, professional help applying for financial aid at recent FAFSA workshops

College admissions counselors and the KHSAA representative have been conducting workshops to help students and parents complete the FAFSA online. Instead of waiting until January, the FAFSA application opened on October 1 this year. The next workshop will be held on December 5.

WCMS hosts second Parent Teacher Conference on October 20 WCMS hosts second Parent Teacher Conference on October 20

There were 270 parents and students that attended. They picked up their 2nd six weeks mid-term scores as well as the newly released K-PREP test scores from spring 2016, while conferencing with their teachers.

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.

Wayne County Marching Cardinals qualified to participate in the KMEA State Quarterfinal Competition Band advances

Congratulations to the Wayne County High School Band on their performance at the Barren Coounty Marching Invitational on Saturday, Oct. 15th!

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Seniors honored at recent football game football

WC Football Seniors were escorted by their families to the football field Saturday night when the Cardinals defeated Russell County.

Senior band members honored at recent football game band

The band program has won numerous awards for the season. Thank you to the Seniors for their contributions.

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.

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.

Senior Night celebrates volleyball players Gabby Gregory, Josie Jackson, and Manager Sebastian Logan Huddle

The Freshmen, JV, and Varsity Teams defeated Lincoln County on Monday, October 10, followed by Pulaski County on Tuesday, October 11 at home. District competition will begin tonight on Monday October 17th. Lady Cards play McCreary County at Southwestern. The winner of that game will play Southwestern at 7 pm on Tuesday, October 18th.

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!

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

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

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.

Wayne County High School celebrates College Application Week with a door decorating contest I DREW THIS IMAGE IT'S NOT COPYRIGHTED KIDS

College Application Week runs through October 17 to 21. To celebrate, Wayne County High School hosts a door decorating contest promoting college.

Wayne County Middle School eighth graders enjoy The History of Wayne County and Kentucky course Wayne County Middle School eighth graders enjoy The History of Wayne County and Kentucky course

Several classes of Wayne County Middle School students who are treated to a very interesting elective course for eighth graders under the direction of teacher Mitchell Gregory, are currently in the midst of touring the local museum in downtown Monticello.

LEAD and FBLA Students attend leadership conference at WKU Bus Picture

Two school organizations recently made a trip to a high school leadership conference held at Western Kentucky University (WKU) in Bowling Green, Kentucky. The conference was held on Friday September 30th and was sponsored by students and staff members of WKU.

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.

Wayne County Soccer Team met Clinton County October 4 at home with a 2-1 defeat Wayne County Soccer Team met Clinton County October 4 at home with a 2-1 defeat

Boys soccer will play North Laurel on Thursday, October 6 away, followed be a home game on Saturday, October 8 with Casey County spotlighting the seniors.

Extension helps with consumer science project at Bell Elementary zzz

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

Senior Night Honors Girls Soccer Players senior girls

Come out and support the Girls Soccer Team at home on Thursday, October 6th when they face Clinton County. Most recently the girls defeated McCreary County on Senior Night, September 29th 2-0. Their banquet followed at a nearby church afterwards. Seniors Megan Timmerding and Sarah Sexton scored in that game. On Monday, October 3rd the girls were defeated by Somerset's strong soccer team.

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.

Congratulations on performance at Cumberland Falls Invitational abc

The Wayne Co. Marching Band traveled to Corbin High School to compete in the Cumberland Falls Invitational on October 1st and received Best Color Guard in Class AAA, Best Percussion Class AAA, and First Place Class AAA. 

Wayne County Middle School Golf Team Earns Runner-Up in Glasgow Regional Gehrig Sexton Captures Individual Title golf

The Wayne County Middle School Golf team posted a round of 177 and finished in second place Saturday, September 24 at the Glasgow Regional. Taylor County Middle School captured the team championship with a round of 170.

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.

Congratulations to the WC Marching Band for performance at Pulaski County Invitational

 The band brought home numerous awards from the September 24th competition, which included at Prelims: Best Colorguard Class 3A, Best Colorguard Overall, Best Percussion Class 3A, Best Percussion Overall, 1st place Class 3A, Overall 1st place. After advancing to the finals competition, the band received Overall Grand Champion, Best Overall Colorguard, Best Overall Effect, and Percussion 3rd place Overall.

Sophomores meet for Roger Scholars Informational Session ABC

Hunter Davis shared information on his Roger Scholar experience over the summer. A representative from the program visited the students to answer questions and explain the application process.

WCMS & WCHS FCA met at the pole on Jewell Field prior to start of school day WCMS & WCHS FCA met at the pole on Jewell Field prior to start of school day

Wayne County FCA middle school and high school students attended See You At The Pole on September 28th, along with community supporters. See You At The Pole is a world wide event held every year to pray for communities, families, friends, governments, nations, and the world.

Cross Country in midst of successful season at Wayne County Invitational abc

Team member Nicole Hesse placed 15 out of 70 other runners at the recent Wayne County Invitational at Cave Lake on September 24. Boys team runner Zach Tucker finished the race first out of 134 runners. Wayne County District Athletic Director Kevin Jones said, "He beat some of the toughest competitors in Class AAA and AA. We are extremely proud."

WCMS Lady Cardinals celebrate 8th grade night 2016 basketball

The WCMS Lady Cardinals celebrated 8th Grade night on September 22 during their last home game against McCreary County during the 2016 season. Eighth grade cheerleaders were also recognized.

Local students share information on KY FAME at ATC abccc

KY FAME Instructor Chris Hall and students Toby Crabtree (WCHS2014) and MaLaya Koger (WCHS2016) came and presented information about KYFAME to Wayne County Area Technology Center students Welding and Machine Tool Classes recently.

Wayne County Golf Team wins Region abc

Congratulations to the Wayne County High School Golf Team for winning the school's first ever 10th Region golf championship yesterday at Eagle's Nest Country Club. The team shot a round 311, five strokes in front of Runner - Up Jackson County.

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.

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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.

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Parents visited on the evening of September 12th to learn more about the Parent Portal, how to apply for GEMS/G2-TECS for 8th graders and "Grit and Academic Resilience" during a workshop. The next parent night for 21st Century, Gear Up, and Gifted and Talented will be October 17 from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. Everything from hands-on activities to the Gatton Academy and Craft Academy information meeting to  "The Value of Creativity"  will be on the agenda. Parents are encouraged to attend. 

Move toward new accountability system gathering momentum education

Kentucky was given the opportunity to create a new accountability system with the passage of the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), which became the primary federal law governing P-12 education in the United States upon its adoption in December 2015. ESSA  allows states more flexibility and autonomy to redesign accountability systems to better reflect state values as long as certain federal requirements are met.

WCHS crowns its Homecoming King and Queen on September 23

Wayne County High School congratulates Chelsea Adams and Gabe Dick for winning Homecoming Queen and King. The school also congratulates everyone that made the Homecoming court and the football team for winning 0-53.

Junior Brandon Catron gains valuable experiences at Governor Scholars for Entrepreneurs

Brandon is the first WCHS student to apply and be accepted into this program since it was established two years ago. This program provided the student with once in a life time opportunities for a highschool student.

Spirit Week events held at the High School in honor of homecoming game Spirit Week

WCHS supported the football team with Spirit Week themed days in celebration of Homecoming. Good Luck Cardinals as they take on Clay County! 

Wayne County Middle School Students dressed as super heroes for High Attendance Day

A variety of attendance incentives are being offered to middle school students. Students enjoy dressing up on high attendance day and were also awarded gifts in hourly drawings on September 29th. Trophies are also being given to high attendance achievers in drawings periodically.

Wayne County High School students were recognized at the September Board of Ed meeting for participating in academic camps and endeavors

Board Chairperson Donna Blevins congratulated each student for their accomplishment in being selected. The students shared some of the things they learned during the summer academic-related experiences.

Wayne County High School hosts a parade for the Homecoming game tonight

All of the Homecoming candidates and the football team, cheerleaders, WCHS band, and more participated in the event. Go Cards!

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Wayne County High Schoolers and Middle Schoolers were treated to a pep rally in the high school gym in honor of the week's homecoming events. Members of the football team spoke, the homecoming court was recognized, and Spirit Week winners were announced. The homecoming game will be held tonight, September 23, at 7:30.

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

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

"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.

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).

Seniors participated in College Fair at Center for Rural Development

Over a dozen colleges and universities were represented at the KHEAA Outreach event to help students narrow down their college choice. Wayne County Guidance Counselors sponsored the trip. Colleges met with students to tell them about admissions process, programs/ degrees offered, and more.

Informational Night for Senior Parents benefits students

Audrey Fowler Price, KHEAA Outreach Counselor, discussed the college application process, paying for college, how to apply for financial aid, and changes in financial aid with parents on the evening of September 19th. She also shared a helpful presentation with seniors during the school day after they attended the college fair answering their questions.The October 1st opening date for the 2017/2018 FAFSA is fast approaching! Dig out those FSA ID's and get your 2015 tax info handy so that you are ready to complete your FAFSA online come opening day. Also, students may still sign up online for the October 22nd ACT locally administered test, however, a late fee will be added. The next deadline for signing up for the ACT (without a late fee) is November 4th, in order to take the ACT at school on December 10th.  

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.  

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.

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.

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.

High School Guidance Office sponsoring program to help adults earn college degrees

The Northern Kentucky Community Action Commision is offering a program to adults who are interested in attending or returning to college to earn a degree. The program will offer an Education program for Single Parents along with support services to help students manage school and their families.

Bell Elementary remember 9/11

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

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.

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

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

The Wayne Co. Marching Band successfully competed in the North Laurel Invitational on Saturday, September 17

The Band received 1st place in Class 3A-2, 1st place color guard Class 3A-2. The band also placede 2nd in Class 3A and 3rd place in over all of 16 bands. They will compete at Pulaski Co. High School on Saturday, September 24.

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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.

Cardinals defeat Mercer County Friday, September 17 at Jewell Field giving them 4 wins and 1 loss on the season

The cards defeated Mercer County 47-23. Their next game is Homecoming set for Friday night (September 23) with Clay County at 7:30 p.m. Go cards!

Kirksey Captures Title at Eagle's Nest Invitational

Wayne County senior Corbin Kirksey fired an even par round of 71 last Saturday, September 17th  on his way to winning the 2016 Eagle’s Nest Invitational.

Grandparents and volunteers enjoy breakfast with Bell Elementary students

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

Congratulations to the 2016 Homecoming Candidates

Voting will take place on Tuesday for the King and Queen from the court. They will be honored at the football game on Friday, September 23 when the Cardinals take on Clay County at home.

Preschoolers and grandparents ate cookies together in the Outdoor Classroom

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

US Service Academy Fairs announced

Congressman Hal Rogers would like to extend an invitation to Wayne County High School students to attend an upcoming U.S. Service Academy Information Fair.

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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.

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.

The Wayne County Marching Band had an excellent performance at the Warrior Marching Classic hosted by Southwestern High School on September 10th

The band received first place at Class AAA, first place auxillary Class AAA, and first place percussion class AAA. The 2016 show is entitled "Emerge". The band is under the direction of Andy Critz and assisted by Logan Butler.

Wayne County High School Guidance Office announcements

The Wayne County High School Guidance office has released ACT dates, FAFSA information, and more for high school students.

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.

Natalie Humble participated in the UK Opera Theatre Choir representing 120 Kentucky Counties at the UK football home opener vs Southern Mississippi

This was the second year in a row that Senior Natalie Humble was selected to sing the National Anthem with the honorary choir filled with students from across Kentucky.

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.

Informational session for WCHS seniors and parents of seniors

Wayne County High School's KHEAA Outreach Counselor, Audrey Price, will be in the WCHS Media Center...

Girls Middle School Basketball Program Underway

The Wayne County Middle School Lady Cardinals have begun their 2016 basketball season. The 8th grade team started their season off by competing in the North Laurel Tip-Off Tournament where they finished third overall.

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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.

Congratulations to Cardinal Football Team on home game win!

The Cardinals beat Bell County 41-15 on September 9. They will play Mercer County this Friday night, September 16 at Jewell Field. Go Cards!

Freshman Academy students visit the county judicial center and local museum cards

Students were very interested in learning about the history of their community as they got a first hand look at a previous way of life.

High School students participate in Biomedical Science "Crime Scene" cardinal

Room 218 at the High School was recently transformed into a crime scene for the Principles of Biomedical Science class. The class is being offered as a part of Project Lead the Way, an initiative that has created a new career pathway available to students.

Cross Country competes in North Laurel Invitational

The Wayne County Cross Country team competed in the Catbird Classic at North Laurel on August 27th.

Golf Team places second at Eagle Trace

Cards finished with a team score of 310, two strokes back from Lexington Christian Academy's 308. Scores for Wayne County were as follows: Corbin Kirksey - 73, Reese Sexton - 76, Isaac Dick- 78, Kameron Gehring- 83, and Gehrig Sexton- 86.

Cross Country looking forward to upcoming meet in Lexington

The Cross Country Team will compete in the Bluegrass Invitational on Satuday, September 10. The girls event will begin at 10:45 and the boys at 11:30. Good luck to all those competing! The team is coached by Kevin Jones.

Middle School kicks off first Parent Teacher Conference

   Parents learned about the middle school’s new Power Teaching Math program that is being implemented this school year. It is similar to the Reading Edge program started last school year that is a group and inquiry based program for students.

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.

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

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

 

Grandparents' celebrations scheduled for Walker and Bell

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

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.

Girls soccer team season in full swing

 The girls soccer team has been working hard this season. They have been practicing and competing against other teams. Good luck against Southwestern on September 8! Go Cards!

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.

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.

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.

Bell Elementary students work on a clever, colorful wall display

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

Wayne County High School held the first annual club day of the 2016-17 school year.

High School clubs were kicked off on Wednesday, August 31 throughout the day.

Lady Cards Soccer season underway

Wayne County Lady Cards Soccer Team were headed to Monroe County Thursday, September 1st; however, due to illnesses, the game has been canceled. The next game will take place at Southwestern on September 8th, away, followed by a game with Pulaski County at home on September 10.

WCMS has a new program during 7th period

There is a lot going on at the Wayne County Middle School on a daily basis. Thanks to a new program the staff is implementing, there are even more learning opportunities for students this school year.

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.

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.

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

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.

American Woodmark recently contributed to the WCMS wrestling program American Woodmark recently contributed to the WCMS wrestling program

American Woodmark Foundation board visited the school to bring the team a donation in support of their efforts which was very much appreciated!

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 Places third at Barren County Invitational

The Wayne County Golf team placed third over the weekend (August 27th) at the Barren County Invitational. The Cards posted a team score of 318, finishing two shots back of runner- up Franklin-Simpson and four shots behind tournament champs Glasgow.

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

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

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.

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.

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. 

Boys Soccer season underway

Congratulations to the Wayne County Boys Soccer team for defeating Clinton County on August 23rd with a score of 6-0! Stay tuned for their next home game against Whitley County on Thursday, September 1st.

Best of luck to Cards this Friday night August 26 as they face North Laurel Football Team

The first home game was a scrimmage with Pulaski County, followed by a close overtime game with Bryan Station Defenders in the Roy Kidd Bowl at Madison Central. Wayne County Cardinals made front page of Sunday's Herald-Leader sports page.

Local community can support Wayne County Schools through Community Rewards Program

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

WCMS online library catalog helps students

Wayne County Middle School encourages students to use the online library catalog to help them with their literary and educational pursuits.

Bell Elementary students enjoyed planting broccoli in the school garden

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

Deadline for Schools to Register for Poetry Out Loud is Sept. 15

The Kentucky Arts Council has opened registration for the 2016-17 season of Poetry Out Loud, a poetry recitation contest sponsored by the arts council, the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation.

Golf Cards place 2nd in Lexington

 The Wayne County golf team fired a round of 318 to finish as runner up in the August 20-21st  Tate's Creek Invitational. Congratulations!

Lady Cards Soccer Team traveled to Gatlinburg ,TN for tournament

The girls suffered several injuries in the competition but will be back in the game tonight, August 23rd when they travel to Estill County. Good luck Lady Cardinals!

District Nutrition and Agriculture Departments recognized at August board meeting

 Wayne County Schools Farm to School program received national recognition in June from the United States Department of Agriculture. Nutrition Services Director Karen Gibson accepted the USDA Best Practice Award 2016 on behalf of Wayne County Schools from the director of USDA Southeast Regional Office Nutritional Director and the Kentucky Dept. of Ed School and Community Nutrition Director.

21G² Parent Night getting ready to launch 21G² Parent Night getting ready to launch

All 21st Century, Gear-Up, and GT students and families are invited to monthly parent nights at Wayne County Middle School 5:30-7:00 p.m. The first meeting will be held on August 29.

6th Grade Transitional Camp Welcomes students to WCMS

Thanks to the 21st Century Program for hosting this event, which was held August the 5th. New students met their teachers and familiarized themselves with the building with the help of 21st Century guides. Incoming students learned about everything from the gifted and talented program to their bus numbers/routes from the transportation department. 

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.

Preschool teachers engage in curriculum mapping

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

WCHS students enjoy the remodeled cafeteria

High School students have been privileged with the opportunity to dine in the redesigned and revamped Cardinal Café. The lunchroom has been updated to include bar window dining, booth seating, and circular tables in the center of the room: each feature improving student’s ability to conveniently dine and socialize at the same time.

Donation to Imagination Library Appreciated

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

WCHS students begin adding more college level opportunities to their customized schedules

WCHS students have begun to register for college classes which is part of the Cardinal University that offers more scheduling flexibility and opportunities. About 60 students attended a lecture provided by EKU Outreach Agents who explained the online program during the school day on August 16th. EKU is one of several colleges that offer courses to local students.

Freshman Academy launched on first day of school

Over 250 Freshman benefited from a custom designed introduction to the rules and expectations of High School, complete with ice-breaker games in the auditorium. Freshman attend classes in the upstairs hallway of the High School and become a close knit group, thanks to the Freshman Academy. 

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.

Walker Early Learning Center kicks off school year

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

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.

First and Second Graders started their day at Bell Elementary

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

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.

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.

Class 101 offers ACT Score Improvement classes

Class 101 will be providing ACT prep courses at their Somerset location. The class is available to any student who wishes to improve their ACT score. The classes are offered each Monday afternoon, 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm.

Golf team members compete in and win Woodson Bend tournament

Members of the Wayne County High School Golf Team competed in a golf tournament hosted at Woodson Bend Golf Resort and Campbellsville Country Club. The team claimed the championship title at Woodson Bend.

Band students prepare for competition season with Summer Band Camp

The WCHS Marching Band prepared for the upcoming competition season by beginning to learn the music and formations of this years marching show.

Representatives from each school were trained in CPR/First Aid

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

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.

 

Local Imagination Library receives donation from Wayne County Farm Bureau

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

Initial meeting held to explain Cardinal University to families

Wayne County High School Principal Justin Alley conducted an informative meeting for guardians of students who are interested in participating in the Cardinal University program that will be offered to High School Students starting this year.

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.

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.

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.

WCHS Senior awards program honors students

Seniors received numerous scholarships and awards from colleges and supportive businesses and civic clubs. Local businesses have generously supported Wayne County students through field trips, providing speakers and programs, and a variety of other contributions. In addition, the Area Technology Center students earned eight NTHS members, six Gold and Silver Workkeys recipients, 41 nationally recognized industry certifications, 47 career pathway completers, and 25 KY Occupation Skill Standards Assessment certificates.   

Converge training offers informative update

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

WCHS Golf Scramble benefits girls' volleyball program

The Wayne County High School Volleyball and Golf teams united to support each other at this successful event.It was the Volleyball Boosters second annual fundraiser to help the WCHS Girls Volleyball Team. The proceeds will help them buy various supplies for the season.

BluegrassPreps.com ranks Wayne County Football Team in Bluegrasspreps' Eastern Kentucky Pre-Season Power Rankings

Returning for 2016, BluegrassPreps.com is excited to again roll out weekly football Power Rankings for each of the regions around the state. With each week's Power Rankings, we will be looking to rank the top ten teams in each region - regardless of class - against the other teams in their region. Throughout the season, we will be accounting for the results of all the games throughout the region, including the strength of each opponent played, points scored, points allowed, along with several other statistics on each side of the ball.

Wayne County High School JROTC Cadets perform well at Junior Cadet Leadership Camp 2016

With school out for the summer many students were thinking of the lazy days ahead, sleeping late and just chilling out. “Not us,” almost in unison responded the 12 cadets from WCHS JROTC making preparations to attend annual Junior Cadet Leadership Camp (JCLC) at Blue Grass Army Depot in Richmond, KY, held May 26-1 June. This year camp dates began the next day after most schools closed for the summer.

Cadets earn Silver Musket at JCLC 2016

The Wayne County High School JROTC Cardinal Battalion was proud to announce the following cadets have earned the Distinguished Silver Musket Award, presented to each cadet who successfully completed all phases of Cadet Training while at Annual Junior Cadet Leadership Camp held at Blue Grass Army Depot.

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.

JROTC RAIDER CADETS END SEASON AT 10TH ANNUAL GEORGE ROGERS CLARK RAIDER INVITATIONAL

Competing in their last meet of the school year, the WCHS JROTC Raider Team earned two third place finishes at the 10th annual George Rogers Clark Raider Invitational at Ft. Boonesborough State Park on Saturday, April 16th. 

High School student receives first prize at GFWC-KY art contest

Wayne County High School Senior Chloe Massengale was recognized for her outstanding artistic ability in an art contest sponsored by the local and state Women’s Club. Chloe submitted an art piece to a student art contest and her artwork received first prize in the state.

WCHS Orientation Open House benefits new students

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

Wayne County High School video project wins KET prize

Wayne County Schools Art Video department were pleased to win video green screen equipment through a Kentucky Educational Television promotional drawing this past semester.

Kentucky School Advocate features WCHS Virtual Learning program in June 2016 publication

Wayne County High School's Virtual Learning program was recognized for its success in a statewide publication. The article examined several schools using similar programs and the results they are achieving.

FFA Officers attend 87th State Convention

Wayne County High School was well represented at the 87th Kentucky Future Farmers of America (FFA) State Convention held during the week of June 7-9 in Lexington, Ky.

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.

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.

District Webmasters acheive great heights

Graduates Jonathan Criswell and Davis McCracken helped manage the content of the Wayne County High School website during their last year of school. Thank you for your service!

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.

Food Service staff enjoy training opportunity with Chef Chris

Cooks learned helpful tips in the school kitchens on how to prepare tasty, nutritious dishes.

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.

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.

Blevins will play for Kentucky All-Stars

Wayne County basketball standout Trey Blevins will be among players  from around the state participating in the Kentucky-Indiana High School All-Star Classic this month.

Wayne County High School Students Katie Carter and Emma Turner among 10 area students who participated in Washington Youth Tour

South Kentucky RECC recently took ten area students to Washington, D.C. for the 45th annual Washington Rural Electric Youth Tour on June 10-17.