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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.

Project Launch is popular program at Monticello Elementary
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.

Hundred of WCHS students sign up for college classes for second semester Hundreds of students take turn signing up for college classes

The newly implemented career Pathways Program is in full swing as students signed up to take more college courses for the second semester, while still attending Wayne County High School. The high school is transitioning from a traditional school with seven periods where students rotate from class to class to becoming an early college and career center where students graduate well on their way to their life’s work.

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 Pep band supports Lady Cards Basketball Team

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 The Lion King Kids Edition

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 1

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 One of the many groups of students with proficient or distinguished awards being recognized

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 Group Photo of past and present inductees

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 Gracie Shouse, Madelyn Jones, and Mariah Byrd

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 Students were dressed in Star Wars attire and paraded in front of the audience

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 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 Landscaping project underway

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 walk

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 college

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 middle school

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 coffey

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 trip

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 soccer

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.

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

High school and middle school students enjoy homecoming pep rally

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.

Groundbreaking ceremony kicks off construction project

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

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.

Employees benefit from vitality checks

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

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

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.

State mandated bus evacuations held recently

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 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

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 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

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.

School clerical staff benefits from training

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

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

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

Wayne County will be represented by four outstanding Juniors at the Governor's Scholars Program

The Governor’s Scholars Program is a summer residential program for outstanding high school students in Kentucky who are rising seniors. The Program originated in 1983 as a result of Kentucky leaders’ concern that the state’s “best and brightest” were leaving the Commonwealth to pursue educational and career opportunities elsewhere without fully understanding the potential of their talents at home. Students who are selected attend the Program without charge. In the spirit of partnership, the Office of the Governor, the Kentucky State Legislature, and private enterprise come together to provide the financial support for the Program.

Wayne County Boys Basketball hosts 2016 banquet

The high school basketball team reflected on the 2015-16 season at their annual banquet. The gathering celebrated individual and team accomplishments for Cardinal team members. Go Cards!

Bell Elementary celebrates students who exceeded AR goals

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

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

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

Kindergarten Classes honor students with end of year programs and awards

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

Wayne County Middle School hosts Art Show

Wayne County Middle School ended their 2015-2016 school year with a bang as they hosted a spectacular art show. This gave local artists the opportunity to show off their work to students and teachers.

UGN Sound Solutions for the Automotive Industry tests students' problem solving skills

The UGN Team explains their Pulaski County based business and check out students' job skills toward future employment.

Children enjoy Field Day at Monticello Elementary

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

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

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

Annual Summer Reading Program to begin registration at Public Library

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

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

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

WCHS students graduate in style

Over 200 students graduate during Commencement ceremonies on May 27

Wayne County High School Graduation student speakers

Gracie Sexton, Raegan Roberts, Davis McCracken, Rachel Bertram, and Jonathan Criswell gave speeches and participated in the commencement program. 

Wayne County Middle School students have been named 2016 Rogers Explorers

Wayne County Middle School students Aubry Holt, Rachel Rains, Nicole Hesse, and Nicholas Shearer have been selected to attend The Center for Rural Development’s 2016 Rogers Explorers youth leadership program.

JROTC Raider Cadets end season at 10th Annual George Rogers Clark Raider Invitational

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

WC Bass Bandits win Dude Wipes High School Open on Yatesville Lake

The Bass Bandits were the champions of the Dude Wipes High School Open fishing tournament. Students Tray and Bailey Hardwick won with a total weight of 13 pounds and 14 ounces and also won the big fish category with a 5 pound 8 ounce largemouth bass.

Free Meals provided to youth during summer

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

Bell Elementary students win Math Bee

The second grade math bee produced four winners.

Softball team declared district champs

The Cardinal Softball team competed in the final round of district tournament against rivals the Southwestern Warrior Softball Team. The Cardinals defeated the Warriors and will now host the regional tournament.

Seniors recognized at district baseball game

Seniors participated in their final baseball game on May 24. The five seniors celebrated a successful season as the game ended with Southwestern beating the Cardinals by 4 runs.

Colton Morrow among twenty-two high school students will build their business and entrepreneurial skills at the 2016 ELI at The Center

Wayne County High School Freshman Colton Morrow, the son of Wanetta and Wayne Morrow, is amongst 22 high school students from Southern and Eastern Kentucky to build their business and entrepreneurial skills at the 2016 Entrepreneurial Leadership Institute (ELI). Congrats to Colton Morrow for being selected.

Good participation at the Blood drive at the high school

Kentucky Blood Center sends representatives to facilitate the second blood drive of the school year. The Beta Club sponsored the event.

Little Cardinal Academy helps future students transition into school

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

WCMS softball players honor their favorite teachers at the 2nd Annual Pay It Forward night

WCMS players invited their favorite teachers to escort them onto the field. The 8th graders played the 6-7th graders in a special match up on May 9.

WC Bass Bandits place second in competition on May 7th at Halcom's Landing on Lake Cumberland

Wayne County students Bradley Dunagan and Tray Hardwick placed second with their 10 pound 11 ounce catch amongst 32 top qualifiers from across the state. The duo received a $1,000 scholarship.

LEAF Students attend 2016 WeDay event in Louisville

Wayne County Middle School LEAF students ventured up to Louisville to attend the WeDay Event centered on teaching students how to chase goals and walking for compassion. The LEAF program is part of Wayne County's Gifted and Talented program.

Seniors get ready for commencement excercises during rehearsal

Congratulations to the class of 2016! Commencement exercises will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, May 27. Project Graduation will be held for the seniors and their guests immediately afterwards. They will be transported on school buses to Get Air Trampoline Park in Nicholasville.

WCHS Class of 2016 Academic Hall of Fame

38 Seniors have been inducted into the Academic Hall of Fame that requires students to have a 3.75 GPA through seven semesters.

2016 Hall of Fame booklet honors high achieving seniors

Wayne County High School students were featured in the 2016 Hall of Fame booklet.

Baseball and Sotball Teams beginning district play this week

WCHS Baseball will be beginning the postseason Monday at Cardinal Field in the 48th District Tournament against McCreary, it will also be Senior night for the Seniors. With a win they will advance on to play Southwestern for the Distcrict Championship on Tuesday. WCHS Softball will also begin postseason play this week playing at Southwestern on Monday against McCreary. Like the baseball team a win will put them in the District Championship against Southwestern on Tuesday.

Adult graduates with help from Homebound Instructor

Congratulations to Amanda Pennycuff for furthering her education and earning her high school diploma.

Advanced Placement English students wrap up year in challenging class

As the school year has drawn to a close, high school students have participated in state mandated standardized testing. Among the many groups of students testing, advanced placement students were also hard at work taking their own tests designed to meet the content of their grueling courses.

WCHS Lady Cardinal Basketball hosts banquet

On May 15th the WCHS Girls Basketball Team held their annual banquet to relive the memories of the 2015-2016 season and acknowledge the seniors.

Nominate Wayne County School staff for Go Cards Award

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

Special pre K-PREP event held to calm students' nerves and help them focus

The “We Got Skills” special event recently held at Wayne County Middle School looked like lots of fun as students raced back and forth between stations in the school gymnasium. But, besides calming some pre-test nerves at the ice-breaker event; underlying messages were planted in students’ minds that may have helped their performance on the K-PREP testing event that just concluded.

Local FFA Chapter celebrates school year with annual banquet

FFA members enjoyed celebrating the end of the FFA year with their family members at the annual FFA banquet. Various students were recognized for their accomplishments and promotions throughout the school year.

Over 100 Seniors shared their commitment plans at the Second Annual College Signing Day

Wayne County High School rolled out the red carpet for at least half of the senior class who have made plans to further their educations after graduation. Over 100 seniors committed to college, vocational training and/or enlisting in the armed services at Wayne County Schools during a special signing day event on May 17th.

WCHS Girls Softball Season in final week of regular season play

The team is preparing for district tournament.

FFA students succeed at WKU Agriscience Day

On April 19, 2016, 19 Wayne County FFA members attended the WKU Agriscience Day. This is a day where FFA members compete against other members in our region in individual and team contest. Wayne County has three teams and five individuals that participated in this event.

WCHS students create texting and driving PSAs for Bluegrass Cellular

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

Bell Elementary Mother/Daughter Fun Run held on campus

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

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

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

Kentucky Army National Guard honored College/Career Ready students with t-shirts seen at the spring pep rally honoring extra-curricular activities

The National Guard provided numerous high school seniors with College/Career Ready t-shirts. To acquire the shirt, seniors had to either meet benchmark on ACT and/or pass the COMPASS test in English, Math, and Reading.Or students were declared Career Ready if they met two components: college ready, or passed WorkKeys or ASVAB and earned an industry certificate or passed the KOSSA (Kentucky Occupational Skills Standards Assessment) test.

Wayne County Boys' Tennis team finish up successful season

The Wayne County Boys Tennis team finished up their season with a postseason record of 13-2. The team's season ended with a 2-3 loss to Casey County in the Sem-finals of the team region. The team also had 4 members advance to the quarterfinals in the individual Regional Tournament held at Berea College.

National Guard provided lunch for High School Teachers during Teacher Appreciation Week

Thanks to the National Guard for all that they have done for our school system this year.

Monticello Elementary to produce Broadway Musical Annie

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

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

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

Teachers at Monticello Elementary were appreciated by their students

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

WCHS Band performs 2016 Spring Concert

The Wayne County Band performed their concluding spring concert for the school year on May 5. The middle and high school bands performed pieces rehearsed throughout their concert season. Specialized groups of student musicians also performed.

Wayne County Schools celebrate National School Nurse Day

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

Preschool enjoys Kentucky Derby in their very own horse race

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

Father/daughter event at the Aspire Center

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

Second grader saves pop tops for childhood cancer

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

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

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

Local students participate in K-PREP testing next two weeks

Wayne County School students in a variety of grade levels will be participating in the 2016 Kentucky Performance Rating for Educational Progress (K-PREP) assessment beginning this coming Monday, May 9th .

Colton Morrow Nominated for the Congress of Future Medical Leaders in Boston, MA

MONTICELLO, KY — Colton Morrow, a freshman at Wayne County High School of Monticello, KY is a Delegate to the Congress of Future Medical Leaders in Lowell, MA on June 25-27, 2016.

LEAF (Leaders Engaged in Affecting the Future) students engage in local service projects as they develop their servant leadership skills

WCMS LEAF students worked at three different local facilities where they visited local citizens and learned how to give back to their community. They enjoyed serving folks at the House of Blessings, Hope Center, and Senior Citizens Center.

Teacher Appreciation Events being held across district

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

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

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

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

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

Walker Early Learning Center Book Fair hosted by the Media Center

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

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

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

WCMS Media Center Book Fair underway

Buy one get one free when purchasing books at the WCMS library.

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

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

Three teams from Bass Bandits qualify for state tournament

Six Wayne County anglers will be participating at the state tournament on Kentucky Lake on May 13-14. Four local teams placed at the Region 3 Tournament with a total of 86 boats recently participating at Conley Bottom Boat Dock. There are 18 anglers on Wayne County's Bass Bandits program, making nine teams.

Wayne County Schools' summer feeding program participation deadline extended

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

Prom ticket discount for abiding students

  In an effort to make sure Wayne County students’ promise a safe drug free event, the Kentucky Agency for Substance Abuse Policies is offering to pay $10 off each prom ticket for the first seventy five students. They are making this effort to inform not only parents/guardians but the community at large of Kentucky’s Zero Tolerance Law and Wayne County’s Social Hosting Ordinance.

Walker Early Learning Center students enjoy dome theater

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

Rogers Scholars selects Hunter Davis to enter into program this summer

Sixty-two high school students from 45 Kentucky counties within its service area have been selected to attend this summer’s session of Rogers Scholars, including Wayne County High School Sophomore Hunter Davis.

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

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

Sage Knoll Band entertains Bell Elementary Students

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

Wayne County High School students visited Berea College to learn more about college options

Some 30 local students participated in the Latino Outreach program. They learned about college admission, toured the campus seeing dorms and classroom buildings, discussed their Boys' Soccer Program, visited a college art gallery, and dined in the Mountaineer Cafe for lunch.

Mary McLean's biology students enjoy genetics project

Mary McLean's biology class learned about genetics with a fun project.

Congratulations to state winners at Skills USA State Competiton

April 13-16, students from Wayne County Area Technology Center traveled to Louisville to compete in the Skills USA State Competition. Both the skills gap and skilled worker shortages are being adressed through the industry driven Skills USA competitions. The club's work contributes to America's future.

WCHS Bowling Team holds fifth annual Bowling Banquet

The WCHS Bowling Team celebrated a season of learning and improvement on Monday, April 18. Students received trophies and plaques in recognition of their accomplishments for the 2015-2016 season.

2016 WCHS JROTC Awards Ceremony

Numerous cadets received medals and awards for their service to Wayne County's JROTC program. Local veterans and Wayne County graduates assisted school officials with the presentations.

Board of Education learns about the LEAF Program

Wayne County Schools Gifted and Talented Coordinator/K-12 GT Resource Teacher Jennifer Chaplin, who currently serves as the president of the Kentucky Association of Gifted Education, shared one of the many successful GT programs offered to students in the district. She highlighted the LEAF (Leaders Engaged in Affecting the Future) program which is being offered for the second year at the April board of education meeting.

Farm Day Fun for preschoolers

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

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

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

Music for Mamas benefit concert to be held at Wayne Theater

Tickets are now available for the concert which includes performances by local students who participate in 4-H activities. Proceeds will benefit the work and mission of the local HELP Pregnancy Center. Tickets are $5 each and the concert will be held April 23. Contact Natalie Humble, who is coordinating the event for her Rogers Scholar project, or the Wayne County Extension Service for more information.

Guest Speaker inspires Walker Early Learning Center students

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

Boys and Girls Tennis teams continue their successful seasons

The girls’ tennis team improved their record to 6-1 on the season with a sweeping win at home over Rockcastle County on April 11th. The boys brought their record to 7-0 with another sweeping win over Boyle County in the quarterfinals of the regional tournament. The boys will face Garrard County (Away) on Tuesday, April 19th. The girls’ next match will be against Somerset (Away) on Monday, April 25th.

Multiplication March Madness competitions held at Monticello Elementary

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

Wayne County Senior signs to play volleyball for Georgetown College

One of Wayne County High School’s top scholars, Senior Raeann Corder is receiving a scholarship to Georgetown College and will be playing volleyball for the Georgetown Tigers Women’s Volleyball program next fall.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Panama City Beach Bash re-cap for WCHS Bat Cards

Last week, the WCHS Bat cards traveled the long ride to Panama City where they competed in the Panama City Beach Bash at Arnold High School. While there they battled and defeated some very good teams with the likes of LaRue County, Bullitt Central, and Taylor County only falling to the host team, Arnold, giving them a very successful record of 3-1 on the week. The team wants to say thank you to all of those who made the trip possible.

Students enjoy using Chrome Books to enhance learning opportunities... Middle School students have a blast playing Kahoot!

It is not unusual to see Wayne County eighth graders in Deva Jones’ Language Arts class working at such a fast pace answering questions appearing on the classroom Smart Board that it makes you a bit dizzy, just watching. But, they were having a great time playing an educational game on their Google Chrome Books called Kahoot! tied to skills they had recently learned in the classroom.

Two Wayne County High School students win book challenge

Congratulations to Wayne County High School Junior Cheyenne Upchurch and Freshman Alexandra Piercy - winners of the Egg-cellent Book Challenge contest at the Wayne County High School library.

Somerset Community College Theatre and Film Presents an evening of short comedic plays alongside SCC Art Student Exhibit

Somerset, KY. (April 12, 2016) - The cast is set and rehearsals are underway for Somerset Community College (SCC) Theatre’s production of Sketches! The play will be presented in SCC’s Stoner Little Theatre on April 15 and 16 at 8 p.m. Tickets are only $4 when purchased in advance from SCC’s box office. They are $6 each at the door. The box office is open from noon to 3:00 p.m. daily.

VOCES students rewarded with a trip to El Cazador

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

Season underway for WCMS Volleyball

The Wayne County Middle School Volleyball season is off to a fast start and the school is competing with teams in the 6th, 7th and 8th grades.  The program has over 30 girls participating and the teams have a combined 16-5 record on the season.  The 8th grade has an impressive 7-0 mark on the season, while the 7th grade has a 4-3 mark, while the 6th grade continues to improve with a 5-2 mark, at the halfway point of the schedule.

Monticello Elementary conducted awards ceremonies for each grade to encourage students

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

Operation Preparation Speaker William Inman shares life’s lessons with eighth graders

Retired JROTC Senior Army Instructor William Inman delivered the Keynote address to the 8th grade class, along with several seniors and entertainment.

Romeo and Juliet performance at WCMS

Kentucky Shakespeare’s professional actors performed a 90-minute production of the play Romeo & Juliet. This production emphasized on the language and the relationship between the actors and the audience. Our arts educators used the play to create a rapport with students to form a modern connection between themselves and the timeless play.

Thanks to the many volunteers who shared professions with eighth grade class during WCMS Operation Preparation final events

Topics for the sessions included: Auto Mechanics/Carpentry, Welding/Machine Tool Technology, Health Science/Business Technology, Military/Law Enforcement, The Big Picture, Medical, Agriculture, Early Childhood Education, Banking, Engineering, Entrepenuership, Nursing/Dental, Out of the Box, Financial Aid/College Prep, and Cosmetology

WCMS students enjoy weekly Survivor Challenge activities

Congratulations to the sixth grade class on winning two of the last three weeks of Survivor Challenge at Wayne County Middle School. The class was rewarded with an ice cream social party and their other win resulted in watching a movie with a complimentary candy bar. The seventh grade class was rewarded with candy bars and a movie, as well, on the week they won.

Wayne Theater April events

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

Recent Wayne County graduate Peyton Woods spoke to Monticello Elementary students

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

FFA Chapter Officers recognized for their work at Regional FFA Paperwork Day

On Thursday, March 31, Avery Fierros, Drew Phillips, and Kelci Pyles traveled to Adair County High School to attend the Regional FFA Paperwork Day.  While there, these students submitted their chapter officer books related to their office position.  Avery and Kelci served as regional voting delegates for selection of 2016-2017 Regional Officers for the Lake Cumberland Region.

WCHS student Seth McKinsey welds sculpture for WCHS Band office

Seth McKinsey, a member of the Wayne County High School Band, used the welding skills he has learned at the Area Technology Center to fabricate the band logo. Seth receives welding instruction from Teacher Greg Weaver.

zSpace is being offered to benefit Wayne County Schools
Dandelion Outreach Program is wonderful opportunity for the children to visit school
Kentucky Shakespeare Company brings Romeo and Juliet play to Bell Elementary

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

Districtwide Arts Showcase well attended Musical Arts

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

Districtwide Arts Showcase well attended Visual Arts

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

Berea Artist-In-Residence inspires Bell Elementary students

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

Wayne County High School Baseball off to great start in beginning of the season

Wayne County Baseball has begun the season and looks to create some waves in the 12th Region this year. The Bat Cards currently have a record of 4-2 with wins over top schools such as South Laurel, Somerset, and Pulaski. The Cards look to keep the winning attitude going into their game on Thursday against North Laurel at Cardinal Field and then throughout Spring Break as they travel to Panama to participate in the Panama City Beach Bash.

Operation Preparation at Wayne County Middle School

Operation Preparation, a state education initiative, is underway at Wayne County Middle School this week. The eighth grade class are participating in a variety of special activities to make them more aware of their future career goals and how to work towards them at Wayne County Schools.

Cardinal Tennis Team wins Team Region Match against Pulaski County on March 29th

Boys will play Boyle County at home on April 14th to continue the Region Tournament. The girls (who have a record of 4-1) will travel to Berea on April 21st for the first round of regional play.

Winter Guard and Percussion Ensemble compete at TriState Competition

The Winter activities of the WCHS Marching Band competed in competition over the weekend. The WCHS Winter Guard placed fifth in their class. The Percussion Ensemble finished third in their division. Leslie Daniels, Ben Duncan, Sarah Hill, and Te'koa Price made their final performances as seniors in the Wayne County Band Program.

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

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

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

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

Two Wayne County High School students participate in state Governor's Cup Academic Team competiton

Two Wayne County High School Academic Team students competed at the highest level of state competition recently, at the Galt House in Louisville.

Fourth graders enjoy ecosystem projects in Bonnie Neal's class

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

Congratulations to district Academic Teams on successful seasons

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

Flamenco Dancers share traditional dances from Southern Spain with student audiences

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

Wayne County Middle School launches new soccer program this spring

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

FFA Regional Speaking Day Results

On Thursday, March 17, 2016, 16 Wayne County FFA members participated in the Lake Cumberland Regional FFA Day.  Students participated in various speaking contests (Fair - Good - Excellent - Superior).  Congratulations & here are the results:

Bell Elementary students participate in a mock cultural experience

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

Wayne County Schools Arts Showcase to be held on March 24

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

Softball Cards get a win over Williamsburg on Friday the 18th

The Lady Bat Cards came up with an impressive win over Williamsburg this past Friday. The Cards seemed to come out hitting the ball well earning 6 runs to hold off the Jackets 6-4. Lady Cards will play again Tuesday the 22nd at Corbin. Go Cards!

Wayne County Band Winter Ensembles compete at John Hardin High School

The Wayne County Winter Perfromance Ensembles competed in Tri-State Marching Arts Competition over the weekend. The Wayne County Winter Guard received fifth place in class Scholastic A. The Indoor Percussion received first place in class Scholastic B category.

Wayne County Tennis sweeps McCreary Central in first match of the season

The Wayne County tennis season gets off to strong start with the boys and girls sweeping McCreary Central with team scores of 9-0 and 7-0, respectively. The team looks ahead to three more matches to be played this week.

Local talent performs in Good Neighbors Theater Production of A Midsummer Night's Dream

WCHS Senior Te'koa Price, WC Schools Substitute Teacher Montana Daniels, Otter Creek Teacher Angela Sloan, local Extension Service Arts Agent Seth Hart, and former WC graduates Emily Decker and Nicholas Kidd were all a part of the cast for the production. Remaining performances are:

Friday, March 18th 7:00 pm CST

Saturday, March 19th 7:00 pm CST

Sunday, March 20th 2:00 pm CST

 

Children 3-12 $8.00 plus tax

Adult 12-Older $12.00 plus tax

Good Neighbors Theatre is located on Hwy 111 in Byrdstown, TN. You may purchase tickets at the door when you arrive. For further information, please phone 931-864-4569 or message Angela Sloan at absloan2000@gmail.com931-864-4569

Middle School Dance Team banquet held at First Christian Church

A banquet was held on Sunday, March 13th for the members of the middle school dance team and their families at First Christain Church. Coach Amanda Phillips spoke at the banquet, followed by the dance team members receiving awards for their accomplishments this year.

Art students create poster to be displayed in Judicial Center foyer

The poster will promote organ donor awareness and has room to accomodate photos of local people who have become organ donors. The Circuit Court Clerk's office campaigns for this public service and denotes organ donor contributors as they print vehicle licenses. Organ donation is a true gift of life.  With over 124,000 on the national organ waiting list and nearly 1000 Kentuckians on the organ transplant waiting list, their Gift of Life will be brighter than a pot of gold at the end of a beautiful rainbow. All individuals, regardless of age or health conditions, have the ability to give HOPE to those waiting by simply saying "Yes? You can add your name to the confidential Registry!" (A state ID/driver's license # is needed) You may join at your local Circuit Court Clerk driver's license office, www.donatelife.org, www.trustforlike.org, or by calling 1-866-945-5433.

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

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

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

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

WCHS Football Banquet was recently held to acknowledge the team's success

Awards were given to individuals, seniors, and the All-District team. The cardinals finished the season with an impressive record of 11-3.

Bornlearning Academy workshop at Walker Early Learning Center

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

National Guard sponsors BMX bike show for high schoolers

The National Guard recently sponsored an assembly for high schoolers to watch professional BMX bike riders from North Carolina perform stunts in the gymnasium during their third period class. They shared motivational messages through their highly skilled stunts.

High School students encouraged to enter the Library Media Center's EGG-cellent book challenge

In the spirit of spring, the WCHS Media Center is sponsoring a new book challenge for the theme of the season. Students have the opportunity to explore new literature and compete for prizes.

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

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

Students at Walker Early Learning Center meet Deputy Adam Dodson

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

Mary Jo Young scholarship available to current WCHS sophomores and juniors interested in dual credit

Wayne County High School students that are considering taking college classes next year need to apply for the Mary Jo Young scholarship, according to the guidance counselor’s office.

Students and parents recently received assistance in completing their FAFSA online work

The WCHS Counselor's office was assisted by JR Thompson from Somerset Community College in helping college bound seniors complete their financial aid.

Bell Elementary exceeds reading goal

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

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

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

Recent graduate Devin Morrow presented with academic award

Devin Morrow, a 2014 Wayne County High School graduate/wrestling athlete, was recently presented the Academic All Mid-South Conference Award. 

Wayne County Area Technology Center Students Win Big at Regional Competition

On March 5, students from Wayne County ATC traveled to Pulaski County ATC to participate in the Southern Regional SkillsUSA contest. Students competed in both leadership and technical contests winning an impressive 16 medals.

Mat Cards compete in the Kentucky Wrestling Officials Association Spring Classic

Several members of the Mat Cards team traveled to Cecilia, KY on Saturday, March 5th to compete in the Kentucky Wrestling Officials Association Spring Classic. Several local wrestlers brought home medals.

Walker Early Learning Center students enjoy guest readers

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

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

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

23rd Annual Wayne County High School JROTC Military Ball was held on Saturday, February 27th

Cadets enjoyed wearing formal attire and dining and dancing at Dale Hollow State Park. CW4(R) William Inman was the guest speaker and did a wonderful job speaking from the heart. Battalion Comamander Casey Cash and his date Presley De-Hay were joined by speaker William Inman and his wife Donna in the receiving line. Cadets presented the colors and recited the Cadet Creed prior to the toasts. It was a memorable event for the cadets and their guests.

Thank you Cardinal Basketball Boys on a great season

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

SOMERSET COMMUNITY COLLEGE OPEN HOUSE HELD IN SOMERSET AND LONDON SATURDAY; FREE TUITION TO BE GIVEN AWAY TO TWO ATTENDEES

Somerset, Ky. (March 1, 2016) –Somerset Community College (SCC) will host the fourth annual SCC Open House on Saturday, March 5, 2016 from 1 to 4 p.m. on both the SCC Somerset and SCC Laurel Campuses.

FAFSA Workshop to be held

Wayne County High School will host a third financial aid workshop to help students apply for financial aid.  The workshop will be held in the WCHS Media Center from 9AM – 12PM on Tuesday, March 8th.

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

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

WELC Site Based Council looking for parent representatives

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

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

WCMS student Cole Bell receives third place in Math Counts Competition and advances to state

Cole Bell received third place in qualifying competition for state. He is advancing as an individual to the State Math Counts Competition. He will compete at state on March 11-12 in Lexington.

High School Archery Team qualifies for NASP State Tournament

The WCHS Archery team will compete in state tournament on March 21. Elliot Cross qualified as an individual archer from Wayne County and will compete on March 26 in Midway, Kentucky. The team collectively shot a qualifying score of 3,272, ranking the team high enough to continue to state. Elliot Cross shot an individual score of 284 at NASP region, qualifying himself for individual state tournament.

Thank you parents for huge turnout at Family Literacy Night

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

Wayne County's Juniors participated in the mandated ACT

Wayne County’s 250-member junior class took an important step towards their futures by taking the ACT assessment, along with students across the state on March 1.

Parent Teacher Conferences held at Monticello Elementary

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

Latest 4-H opportunities for students

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

WCMS and WCHS GT students participated in the UK E-Day event

The event was sponsored by the College of Engineering and offers over 150 STEM activities for K-12 students. Students explored many of the research and computer labs to see what University of Kentucky students do. There were demonstrations, exhibits, and contests hosted by UK students and Departments, government organizations, and industries.

Good Luck to the WCHS basketball team Thursday in Region

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

WCHS Agriculture Students celebrate national FFA week

Members of the WCHS FFA celebrated National FFA Week with several different days sponsored by the club. Days such as Tidy Truck Day and Official FFA Attire Day were among many other concepts used to promote the organization.Green Hand Celebration is an important event signigfying knowledge members have gained to recite the club's standards.

FFA Concludes festivities with "kiss the pig" contest

The FFA sponsored a final event for National FFA Week. The event raised money for the club and teachers who volunteered competed to raise the most money. The teacher who ended the week with the highest amount of money in their jar from students, was required to kiss a pig.

Thank you Lady Cards for an enjoyable season!

The WCHS Lady Cards Basketball Team finished runner-up in the district after playing McCreary Central and Southwestern, which qualified them for regional play. They fought a competitive game with Pulaski but were defeated 70-64 on Monday night (Feb. 29) at Lincoln County, ending the 2015-16 season.

Professional Learning Communitites meetings for Walker and Bell
Ballet Magnificat "Hiding Place" Hope in the Midst of Suffering coming soon

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

WCMS student advances to state academic competition

Sixth grader John David Rains has advanced to the state Social Studies competition on March 19 after placing third at the regional level.

Monticello Elementary Parent Teacher Conference

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

Congratulations to WCHS student Brandon Southwood on winning the naming of high school cafeteria

The new name now for the WCHS cafeteria is "The Cardinal Cafe". The cafe is in the midst of a renovation project which will be completed in the fall.

Walker Early Learning Center hosts Family Literacy Night

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

Congratulations Boys Cardinal Basketball Team at District

The boys basketball team advanced to the first round of the regional tournament. The boys defeated the Southwestern Warriors in an exciting district tournament to become district champions. Go Cards!