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Athletic opportunities through Cal Ripken Baseball League coming up for kids Cal Ripken baseball logo

It’s that time of year again!! Time to register for the Cal Ripken Baseball League!!! There will be four registration dates at the Aspire Center from March 8th to March 15th. 

Gov. Andy Beshear announces executive order that expands in-person instruction in Kentucky Ky Department of Education logo

Gov. Andy Beshear announced an executive order during his Feb. 23 media briefing that recommends all public school districts offer or expand in-person instructional opportunities beginning March 1, or seven days after district personnel receive their second COVID-19 vaccination.  

Students, educators and staff will be required to wear face coverings while on school grounds and inside school district transportation at all times, subject to the exceptions listed in the face coverings order, Executive Order 2021-070, and any renewal orders.

Gov. Andy Beshear announces executive order that expands in-person instruction in Kentucky Ky Department of Education logo

Gov. Andy Beshear announced an executive order during his Feb. 23 media briefing that recommends all public school districts offer or expand in-person instructional opportunities beginning March 1, or seven days after district personnel receive their second COVID-19 vaccination.  

Students, educators and staff will be required to wear face coverings while on school grounds and inside school district transportation at all times, subject to the exceptions listed in the face coverings order, Executive Order 2021-070, and any renewal orders.

Retiring Board Member Donna Blevins contributes 16 years of service Donna Blevins at retiree reception

Donna Blevins was recognized during the January Board of Education Meeting for her 16 years of service to Wayne County Schools. She received a plaque from Superintendent Wayne Roberts for her years of working for the children of the county. She took a leadership role, serving as the chairperson for many of those years. #tellingourstoryky

Lady Cardinals hope to rebound following first two losses of entire season Forward Mallory Campbell scored during the game

Lady Cardinals are 10-2 on their season following a 66-47 loss to Southwestern on Monday, February 22nd in the final regular season district game at home. Over the weekend, the Lady Cards traveled to South Laurel for a tough game that ended with a score of 66-50. Their next game is Wednesday, February 24 with McCreary County for an away district game. Go Lady Cards! 

ATC 3D printing lab helps create uniquely designed equipment Deputy Tommy Spencer using his mobile data terminal in vehicle

  Wayne County Schools and local law enforcement continue to develop a strong bond through the school resource officer program. This winter, the Area Technology Center (ATC) has been able to provide a valuable service to the Sheriff’s Department by creating a custom designed piece of equipment for their cruisers.

Mat Cards named Runners-up in Small School Sectional Finals Sports Seal

The Mat Cards defeated Barbourville, McCreary Central, and Knox Central. Wayne County fell short 35 -30 to Boyle County in the Small School Sectional finals they hosted on February 12th. The dual changed leads back and forth several times. Wayne County had won eight consecutive Sectional Dual Championships. The Mat Cards record now stands at 21-3 on the season.

Resource Center promotes Healthy Choices for Healthy Families Healthy Choices for Healthy Families

The January/February 2021 Healthy Choices for Healthy Families English and Spanish Newsletter provides information on how to handle food cravings to making family meal times a priority, just to name a few of the articles. The Cooperative Extension Service supports this information and works within the schools to supplement nutrition, economics, and physical activity education. Check out the healthful tips!

Cover your Beak Campaign implemented on Cardinal campus Cover your Beak promotional

  Wayne County Schools are proud to promote a “Cover your Beak” campaign to help our students, staff, and community stay safe. Wearing a mask will help our students get back to in-person learning in their classrooms, so please join us in this worthwhile promotional campaign.#tellingourstoryky

Cover your Beak Campaign implemented on Cardinal campus Cover your Beak promotional

Wayne County Schools are proud to promote a “Cover your Beak” campaign to help our students, staff, and community stay safe. Wearing a mask will help our students get back to in-person learning in their classrooms. So join us in this worthwhile campaign.#tellingourstoryky 

New WCHS Virtual Book Club Virtual Reading Club graphic

During these long winter days living during a pandemic, it’s a perfect time to catch up on your reading. And, what is even better, is to join the Wayne County High School Virtual Teen Book Club, which is a partnership between the Wayne County High School Library and the Wayne County Public Library.

Check out the 4-H Written Communications Contest Writing Pen graphic

Students in grades 3-12 don't want to miss out on the Wayne County 4-H 2021 Written Communications Contest. Applicants must be 9-years-old by Jan. 1, 2021. The deadline for submission is February 23rd at 4:30 p.m. Categories include Junior and Senior Classes for each category. 

Wayne County Schools four day in-person learning kick off delayed until March 1st Wayne County School Seal

      Wayne County Schools have bumped the four-day a week in person instruction schedule up a week, to begin Monday, March 1st. In the meantime, virtual learning will be on Monday and Tuesday (Feb. 22 and Feb. 23) for all students. On Wednesday (Feb. 24) the red group students will be returning to campus and on Thursday (Feb. 25) the white group students will be attending in-person classes. Next Friday (Feb. 26) will be virtual learning for all students.

        The new four-day weeks will begin Monday, March 1st. All in-person students, will attend classes on Mondays through Thursdays with Fridays continuing to be a virtual day of learning for all students. Students who have chosen the virtual option may continue with full virtual instruction. The kick off had been planned for February 22, however, the date had to be pushed forward a week.

KDE releases latest COVID-19 guidance Latest KDE Covid-19 Guidelines

The Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) released three new COVID-19 guidance documents on Feb. 8, one on decisions regarding student promotion or retention, one on operating schools after staff vaccination and another on the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund Two (ESSER II).

Mat Cards increase their wins for the season to 16-2 at Border Wars Tournament Sports seal

Wayne County Wrestling team hosted their Annual Border Wars Tournament on 2/6/21 at the Rodney Woods Gymnasium. The Mat Cards finished 4 and 1 on the day with wins over Danville, Knox Central, Whitley County, and Madison Central.  The only loss was to the #2 ranked Ryle High School from Boone County. 

State mandated bus evacuation drill held during school Buses pull up to school for evacuation drill

The transportation department held their second bus evacuation safety drill for the red and white groups over a two-day period. Four drills are required each year and this week's drills were during the day so they reached all the students. Students who do not ride a regular bus route still need to be familiar with bus rules and safety tips because they normally participate in field trips. By breaking it down into red and white groups, there were fewer students on each bus and drivers were able to get their full attention to teach them to be good stewards of the buses and be able to help the drivers in an emergency. #tellingourstoryKY 

School employees thankful for Moderna Covid-19 Vaccine Healthy Kids Clinic workers were stationed at the front of the line

In order to help schools across Kentucky get back to consistent in-person learning, school staffs in the Lake Cumberland District have been receiving vaccines, as front line workers. Wayne County School employees received the first of two Covid-19 vaccines to prevent Coronavirus Disease 2019 caused by SARS-CoV-2 on Monday, February 1. The clinic provided a total of 290 shots to individuals and will follow-up with the next dose in 28 days. The Healthy Kids Clinic staff administered the vaccines to the Wayne County School employees following a specific schedule. Employees waited in chairs socially distanced after receiving the shot to make sure they did not experience any kind of an allergic reaction. They were given a vaccination card to show health workers when they return for their second dose of the Moderna Covid-19 vaccination. The Healthy Kids program provides health and medical services to the school students and staff on a daily basis.  

Mat Cards traveled to Martin County High School at Inez on Saturday January 30 to compete in the 8 team dual tournament KYWCA Hall of Fame Danny Upchurch

The Mat Cards finished first in  pool  A with wins over Martin County, Montgomery County and Letcher County Central. The Mat Cards will be back in action on Saturday February 9 at home. The team will host their annual Border Wars Tournament. Teams this year include: Wayne County, Ryle, Madison Central, Meade County, Knox Central, Danville, Whitley County , McCreary Central. Start time is 11:00 am at the Rodney Woods Gymnasium. Wayne County is currently 12-1 on the season.

Uncertainty still exists on state assessments, Kentucky school counselors told during virtual meeting School Counselors Advisory Council symbol

The Kentucky Department of Education’s (KDE) School Counselor Advisory Council (SCAC) met virtually Jan. 28 and members were asked to continue planning for state assessments, though department staff still are monitoring the situation with the U.S. Department of Education.“The jury is still out on if we’re going to be required to administer a test or not,” said Education Commissioner Jason E. Glass.

Nutrition Services Department continues mission to feed children in unique ways Curbside pick up lines at high school

With Wayne County School students back to in-person instruction with the Hybrid schedule and continuing to have students on virtual, the Wayne County Child Nutrition Department wanted to follow up in regard to their important mission to feed the children. Before, when students were going in-person, they were only being fed five days a week. Since they are now providing seven days of meals a week, they had to make some changes for those that are coming in-person.  The reason is they knew how difficult it would be for student to carry four days of meals home with them on the school bus. #tellingourstoryKY

Wrestling Team progresses on the season at Barbourville Wrestling Team photo at Luke Troxell Duals

The Wayne County Wrestling team traveled to Barbourville on Saturday January 26 to compete in the Barbourville Duals. Wayne County improved to 8-0 on the season. 

The team will travel to Martin County High School in Inez on Saturday January 30, to compete in the Martin County Duals.

Start time is 11 am.

Students check out new Hotspot! HotSpot School bus access point

Wayne County School students have a new permanent access point located in the Wal-mart parking lot thanks to their community partners from South Creek Pharmacy. #tellingourstoryKY

Board of Education begins new year Board members being sworn in for four-year term

     Wayne County Board Member Larry Muse will serve as the chairperson for the Wayne County Board of Education as a result of action taken at the start of Thursday, January 21st school board meeting. Muse and Board Member Melissa Upchurch were both nominated for the position, with Muse being selected by a 3-2 written vote by board members. Upchurch was then selected to serve as vice-chairperson for the board.

Cardinal Basketball Boys defeat Somerset Christian Cards huddle

WCHS Cardinal Boys Basketball Team defeated Somerset Christian 75-50 on January 19th. Their next match up is an away game with Southwestern on Friday, January 22, followed by the Kenny Davis Classic, a double header home game for the girls and boys on Saturday, January 23. The Lady Cards play John Hardin at noon, followed by the boys game at 1:30 p.m. with Knox Central. Go Cards!   

Wayne County Board of Education recognized along with board members across the state 2020 Board of Education Members

     As Kentucky observes School Board Recognition Month in January, the Wayne County School District is joining in the celebration. Current board members Vice-Chairperson Melissa Upchurch, Larry Muse, Whitney Smith, Jarrod Criswell and incoming member Benton Sloan are among the more than 850 school board members in the state’s 171 local school districts being recognized this month for their service. Special thanks to recently retiring Board Chairperson Donna Blevins for her 16 years of service.  #LoveKySchoolBoards  #TellingOurStoryKy

In-Person learning resumes on January 25 and 26 back to school in-person resumes

    Wayne County Schools will be resuming in-person learning a bit earlier than expected, due to the rapid decrease of COVID numbers in Wayne County.  Students will be returning to school on Monday, January 25 and Tuesday, January 26 following the red/white every-other-day rotating schedule. Students who have previously chosen to study virtually, will continue to learn from home.

Archery Team participates in Pulaski County Meet Lilly Owens at a previous tournament where she received a 4th place trophy

All three of the Wayne County School Teams participated in the Pulaski County Archery NASP competition on January 16th. Congrats to Monticello Elementary Archery Team for bringing home a first place team award, along with first place female elementary individual winner Lilly Owens.

Mat Cards win at Knox Central Dual Tournament Team photo from previous Luke Troxell Duals

    The Wayne County Mat Cards traveled to Barbourville on Saturday, January 16th to compete in the Knox Central Dual Tournament. The Wayne County Wrestling Team was scheduled for three dual meets. Wayne County defeated Knox Central and Perry County Central, but did not get the chance to wrestle Tates Creek because they could not travel with the weather conditions.

Wayne County Cardinals defeated by McCreary Central Cards stand for national anthem

The Cardinal Basketball Team competed at home on January 14. They were defeated by McCreary Central 36-47 at home. They will face Somerset Christian on Tuesday, January 19 at 7:30 p.m. at home.

Basketball Double Header kicks off season in Rodney Woods Gymnasium Lady Cardinals stand at attention for National Anthem

The Lady Cardinals defeated Rockcastle County 57-30 on January 12th, after defeating Metcalfe County 71-37 in their opener held at the WCMS gymnasium. Unfortunately, due to a Covid exposure, their game with McCreary Central on January 14 and the MLK Jr. Classic on January 16th has been canceled. The Cardinal Boys Team were defeated by Rockcastle County 53-62 after being very competitive in the first three quarters. They will play a make-up game on January 14 with McCreary Central at home, then on January 15th they will be traveling to Adair County to play. 

Superintendents hear about $928 million in new funds, vaccine distribution plan KY Dept of Education logo

Kentucky will receive $928 million in the second round of Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) federal funding, superintendents heard during the Superintendents’ Webcast on Jan. 12.

Kentucky Teachers address state Senate on COVID-19 impact Senate State Capitol logo

Four Kentucky teachers addressed the Kentucky Senate Education Committee on Jan. 7 regarding the impact of remote learning during the COVID-19 pandemic. Sen. Max Wise, R-Campbellsville, the committee chair, said each teacher had been asked to speak about one success they’ve seen during the fall 2020 semester, one innovation they’re using in the classroom, and the primary struggle they expect to face in spring 2021.

Wayne County Schools name Tyler Guffey as its 11th Head Football Coach Tyler Guffey

Wayne County Schools didn’t have to look far to replace the most successful football coach in school history, as he was already on the sidelines and in the hallway.  Tyler Guffey, a 2014 graduate of Wayne County High School and an assistant coach the past six seasons was officially named the head football coach on January 12th.

Mat Cards hosted Luke Troxell Duals kicking off first wrestling competition of the season Team photo from Luke Troxell Duals

Wayne County Wrestling Team made a good showing 20-21 at home on Saturday, January 9th for the Luke Troxell Memorial Duals meet. The program is fortunate to have strong, experienced leadership through Wrestling Coach Danny Upchurch. He added to his list of awards last year by being inducted into the Kentucky Wrestling Hall of Fame. Check out the future dates the wrestling team will be competing inside. 

Health Department announces Vaccination for COVID-19 across the Lake Cumberland District Lake Cumberland District Health Department logo

Each of the ten Lake Cumberland District Health Departments received limited doses of the vaccine.  These doses were given to individuals identified by the Kentucky Department for Public Health Tier 1a. They have requested additional vaccine to continue vaccinating Tier 1a.  After all identified Tier 1a individuals have been vaccinated, they will begin vaccination for Tier 1b.  Tier 1b is identified as first responders, K-12 school employees and persons over 70 years of age.

Lady Cardinal Basketball season delayed with one senior already signed with college team Coach McKinley and Macey Blevins at local in-house signing

Lady Cardinal Number 20, Macey Blevins signed with Western Kentucky University, during this unusual basketball season that has been delayed due to the pandemic. While the gymnasium will be much quieter, with no general admission, each player from both teams will be allowed four vouchers to be used towards admission tickets for both the girls and boys basketball games this season. Temperature checks will be conducted at the door for the limited number of fans admitted. Home games will be broadcast through rotating coverage from local radio stations and video coverage will be streamed live on the school district website and on the cable stations through Community Telecom Services. The Girls had planned to kick off the local season on Thursday, January 7th, however, that game is now been CANCELLED due to COVID. Another game with Metcalfe County has recently been added to the schedule on Saturday, January 9th against Metcalfe County and be held at the Wayne County Middle School Gymnasium. JV will play at 2:00 with the varsity game scheduled for 3:30.      

"A December Delight Festival of Lights" brings joy to 21st Century Students Snowman scene at back of middle school

Some 100 Wayne County students turned out to see the lighting spectacular created to brighten their holiday season along the drive behind the middle school on December 17th. About 75 carloads of students drove-through the beautiful and thoughtful event hosted by the 21st Century Program. Goodie bags were handed out to each 21st Century student filled with books, pencils, erasers, toys, and packets of hot chocolate and candy canes. Plus, the bags included Christmas craft kits to make with their family that contained markers, crayons and all the needed supplies. It was a fun night to touch base with a very valuable after-school enrichment program that has been creatively operating virtually during the pandemic. 

Community helps add WiFi spots to facilitate student learning Cardinal School Bus Hot Spot

The Wayne County School Technology Department is providing WiFi service at several locations in the community, with the help of Community Telecom Services. It’s all about enabling students without home connections to easily find a neighborhood WiFi “hot spot” to connect their Chromebook to so they can complete daily assignments

Rising COVID-19 Cases locally will hamper Return to In-Person Classes School District Seal

  Wayne County students will not return to in-person classroom instruction until at least January 11, according to a discussion held during the school board meeting held December 17. Superintendent Wayne Roberts recommended that students return to school virtually following the Christmas holiday on January 4, after he reviewed COVID-19 case numbers for the counties included in the Lake Cumberland area which has remained in the red zone.

Register for Hooked on Science special virtual event for kids Hooked on Science Speaker Jason Lindsey

 Join The PocketLab and Jason Lindsey, aka "Mr. Science," with Hooked on Science, this Saturday, December 19th, at 12PM PT/3PM ET, for Holiday STEM Virtual Family Night! More than 150 have already registered for the FREE event. You'll discover the science secret behind how Santa gets down the chimney, watch as Jason use a human circuit to power a gigantic Christmas light, create a holiday fireball, and more.

Governor issues new public health guidance for schools Public Health color graph

The Governor announced new public health guidance for Kentucky schools. He said there would be no change in the way the incidence rate will be calculated for each county; instead, the recommendations and requirements for each color-coded zone from the Kentucky Department for Public Health are changing.

WCHS FFA members attend 93rd National FFA Convention virtually FFA National Convention logo

  Multiple members from the local Wayne County FFA Chapter attended the National FFA Convention and Expo through an online platform where they interacted with FFA members from across the country, experienced the FFA Blue Room (a platform that showcases groundbreaking technologies in agriculture), and viewed live convention sessions to hear the retiring addresses of the National Officer Team as well as celebrate the many accomplishments members have achieved throughout the past year.

Kids need to be watching for school buses delivering holiday meals along bus routes Thursday, December 10th Children get meals from Sherry Upchurch

  Instead of looking for Santa’s sleigh, children can be watching for a big yellow school bus along their bus route tomorrow, on Thursday, December 10th sometime after 3:00 p.m. The Wayne County School bus drivers will be delivering delicious hot turkey dinners near the bus stops, so all aged children need to be watching for them. If they are unable to be home after school hours, a pick-up distribution site will be conveniently located at the Wayne County Middle School from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m.

Wayne County sets timeline to name the 11th Head Football Coach in program history Coach Thompson advising a player

Wayne County High School athletics announced the following timeline for the naming of a new head football coach.  The position will be officially posted the week of December 7th, with applications accepted until Christmas.  After applications are reviewed the hope is to schedule interviews and have a new head coach in by the first to second week of January. Wayne County is seeking to replace their longest tenured football coach in history as Shawn Thompson stepped down earlier last month.

Wayne County students volunteer at House of Blessings Students who volunteer at the House of Blessings
Free thermometers and disinfectant products
Lake Cumberland Community Action benefits help local families Healthy at Home Relief flyer

Check out how Lake Cumberland Community Action Partnerships provide assistance to local families ranging from water and sewer bill relief to medical coverage. Learn more information through the Lake Cumberland Community Action Virtual Resource Fair coming up December 7th.   

School Board endorses all classes shut down week of Thanksgiving WC Seal

Wayne County students and all school staff will get a little extra holiday break next week, taking a week away from classwork for Thanksgiving.(Also, check out the Wayne County Schools Recap and Governor's restrictions inside)

Masks donated to students and staff by caring individuals Marcia Carlton with some of the masks she has made to give away.

      Some people see a need and try their best to find a solution; rather than complain and worry about themselves. Ladies like Marcia Carlton and Donna Rose fit this description.  The Wayne County School District has benefitted from their willingness to help others during the on-going pandemic. When there was a reported lack of personal protective equipment, both these ladies got to work making masks to help protect local residents from the spread of COVID-19.

Hot Thanksgiving meals delivered to students' homes Fall decoration picture

Schools do not just deal with academics. They are a community that provides a wealth of services to children and their families. Even though all of the students are currently home studying remotely, the district did not want their students to miss an annual school event that everyone looks forward to in the fall.

Parent Skill Building Sessions help them navigate their child's virtual learning at home Jaxen and Jaslynn Dennis and their mom Sarah Dennis get helpful tips from Kathryn Kidd

   Wayne County Middle School is reaching out to parents by providing a series of Parent Skill Building Sessions to help them navigate their child’s virtual learning at home. They did not get any parent responses from the parent session to be held at Monticello Elementary on Thursday, November 19th at 4:00 p.m. so that event is cancelled. However, the second session for the middle school will have participants on Friday (November 20) at 10 a.m. in the media center. Google Classroom will be one of the topics to better familiarize parents with their childrens' work.

Don't miss out on some great food options for your child Pizza flyer

The Nutrition Service Department is providing food to youngsters with some creative ideas for recipes to make at home. They are excited to announce the addition of weekend meals, with a flyer on how to prepare popular options like pizza, for instance. The weekly Friday pick-up service offers curbside distribution behind the middle school from 10 to 4:30 p.m. In addition, food items are being sent home with students who have fallen behind that drop in for tutoring sessions during virtual days. The staff are constantly trying to make sure the children of Wayne County are not going hungry during the pandemic.   

COVID-19 Testing available TODAY! Drive-Thru Testing logo

The community is invited to take advantage of a Drive-Thru COVID-19 Testing pop-up site today, November 18th from 9:00 to 3:00 p.m. at the old Central Office Building at 1025 South Main Street. The Healthy Kids Clinic, which partners with the local school district, is providing the convenient service for the school staff, as well as the community. 

New principal announced at Wayne County High School School District Seal

The interview selection process to determine the next Wayne County High School principal has concluded. Steven Thompson has been appointed to the position, effective November 11th. 

Marsha Bertram named Chamber of Commerce Educator of the Year Marsha Bertram receives her award

       Wayne County Schools congratulates WC Area Technology Center Teacher Marsha Bertram on being named the Monticello Wayne County Chamber of Commerce Educator of the Year. She recently attended a luncheon ceremony held during the local Chamber of Commerce meeting. She was amongst several local individuals who were recognized by the Chamber of Commerce for their contributions.

Sessions to assist parents with virtual learning offered at WCMS Photo of parent trying to deal with child's virtual learning from home

Wayne County Middle School will be offering several sessions both in-person and through zoom to provide parents with basic skills related to their child's virtual studies. Parents will learn how to use the parent portal, infinite campus, and google classroom to better understand how to meet their child's academic needs during these unusual times. Don't miss the first session on Friday, November 13th.  

Senior Ethan Huffaker named Commended student in 2021 National Merit Scholarship Program Ethan Huffaker receives a Commended Student letter

Wayne County High School Senior Ethan Huffaker has been named a Commended Student in the 2021 National Merit Scholarship Program. A Letter of Commendation from Wayne County High School and National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC), which conducts the program, was presented by Wayne County High School Principal Justin Alley to this scholastically talented senior.
 

The Center for Rural Development is now accepting applications for 2021 Rogers Scholars program Wayne County High School Senior Emma Carter was a Rogers Scholar

Many Wayne County students have benefitted from the various youth programs at the Center for Rural Development. Applications are due in the upcoming months for Rogers Scholars, Rogers Explorers, and ELI. 

Wayne County Cardinal Football Team defeats North Laurel Fireworks at football game

Wayne County soundly defeated North Laurel County 43 to 8 on October 30th, during their final regular season home game. The Cards played hard in spite of missing the crowd, since no public ticket sales were allowed due to Covid cases. Next up, Cards travel to Barren County Friday (Nov. 6) to play at 8:00 p.m.   

Wayne County hosts another super regionals which lead to state Kaydynce Byrd

Congratulations to eighth grader Kaydynce Byrd for qualifing for state which was held in Paris, Kentucky on Friday, October 30th. She ran in the Class 2A State Girls Championship with a time of 26:15.76, placing her 178th at the Bourbon Cross Country Course. 

Healthy Kids Clinic offers another Drive-Thru Covid Testing site Covid-19 Testing graphic

Drive-Thru Covid-19 testing to be offered to the public on Friday, October 30th 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the old central office building.

Look for the Cardinal Hot Spot School Bus #209 Cardinal Hot Spot bus parked in Tradeway Shopping Center

Wayne County Schools are happy to announce a new Wi-Fi access point for Wayne County students called the Cardinal Hot Spot, courtesy of the school district's technology department. A traveling Wayne County School Bus #209 has been equipped with a Wi-Fi connection, which can be used by students who lack internet accessibility during virtual learning.

Food Service employees go the extra mile for kids with Friday curbside meal pickups Shaw family picking up food

Wayne County Schools' neighborhood food distribution sites recently ended. These sites and pickup services are made possible through the federally funded Summer Feeding Program, which the USDA has recently extended through the rest of the school year. Wayne County's Nutrition Department have done an awesome and inspiring job cooking and delivering meals since the pandemic started through a variety of customized programs. They continue to make sure children are fed breakfast and lunch through Friday curbside pickups at Wayne County Middle School. Meal pick up services are located behind the middle school from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. once a week, accommodating students 18-years-old or younger. Check out the fresh fruits and vegetables coming from the school garden.  

WCHS Teacher Jared Criswell among Valvoline Teacher Achievement Award recipients for 2021...watch virtual ceremony October 22! Valvoline Graphic

Congratulations to Jared Criswell on being one of the  2021 Kentucky Teacher Awards recipients, previously announced. The 24 honored teachers are being recognized during a virtual ceremony to be held at 10:30 a.m. ET, Thursday, October 22. Along with the 24 Valvoline Teacher Achievement Award winners, the Kentucky Department of Education and Valvoline Inc. will be announcing the 2021 Elementary, Middle School and High School Teachers of the Year, and the 2021 Kentucky Teacher of the Year at a virtual ceremony.

To watch Thursday’s ceremony or to share it with your students, staff, teachers and community, please go to the KDE Media Portal at: https://mediaportal.education.ky.gov/watch-live/ and click on the ceremony. You may share this link at any time, but it will not be live until 10:30 a.m. ET, Thursday, October 22.

 

Healthy Kids Drive-Through Flu Shot Clinic flu shot graphic

Flu shots have been scheduled throughout the Wayne County Schools campus October 19-22 for students and staff. Health officials strongly recommend that students and staff receive the shot during the COVID-19 pandemic, especially as the flu season gets underway. In addition, the Healthy Kids Clinic will be offering a Drive-Through shot clinic on October 21st and 22nd from 3:30 - 5:30 p.m. which will be open to students and the public. Vehicles can conveniently pull in the circle driveway at the old central office building located at 1025 South Main Street.  

Wayne County Middle School wins "Viewer's Choice" award in the 5th Annual Scarecrow Trail Wayne County Middle School winning display

Proceeds from the fun contest go to the Imagination Library. All families who sign up with the imagination library get a free book in the mail every month for children ranging from birth to 5 years old. The WCMS won two categories with their impressive display. Congrats on receiving most votes from the public in the "Viewed Choice" category, as well as top choice voted by committee for group/non-profit category.

Wayne County Schools temporarily returning to virtual learning schedule WC School logo seal

Wayne County Schools will be returning to virtual learning for the entire student body beginning Wednesday, October 21, since the county has fallen into the “red-range” of community-spread, according to the Kentucky Department of Public Health.

Audit report reveals no findings at monthly Board of Education meeting School logo WC Seal

  Board members were updated regarding in-person classes, with students attending on alternate days. Superintendent Wayne Roberts said that so far it was working out well and he had received a lot of positive feedback. Roberts told board members that they have seen a spike in COVID-19 cases recently, with three staff members testing positive this week. District officials will continue to monitor the numbers and if they move into the designated "red zone" there may have to be some changes made regarding in-person classes.  

Check out all the resources available to students during KY Safe School Week 2020 Safe School Graphic

 Wayne County Schools have all kinds of help for students’ medical and behavioral health, conveniently located on campus. It is an especially good place to turn to while living through a pandemic. Students also have resources at their fingertips like the Safety Tip Online Prevention button that appears on the school website, courtesy of the Kentucky Safe Schools website. In addition, flu shots are available to students and staff this week. 

Congrats to Wayne County Football Team on victory against Lincoln County Fireworks explode at each touchdown

Congratulations to Wayne County Football for the big win Friday night with a score of 52-36 over
Lincoln County. Braedon Sloan led the way with 291 yards rushing and five
touchdowns. Brody Weaver at quarterback was 6 of 10 for 89 yards and one touchdown. Thank you
to the contributions the senior band and senior football players have made to their programs, as they
were both honored at the game. The upcoming football game set for October 16th against Knox
Central has been postponed until later in the season.

Wayne County Schools report COVID-19 activity weekdays to state public health department Mask logo

Since September 28, as mandated by the state, Wayne County Schools have been reporting any COVID related activity every weekday to the state public health department when school is in session for both in-person classes or virtual. During fall break (last week) the school district was closed and no reports were filed.

Girls Golf Team finish 2020 season Girls Golf Team played at Lady Rocket Classic Tournament

Bright new WCHS Girls Golf Team competed this 2020 season under the direction of Coach Grant Clark and Kendra Catron-Walsh. The young ladies finished the season at the 10th Region Golf Tournament on September 29. It was not the finish to the season they were hoping for, however, the team has a lot of promise if they work hard during the off season. Looking forward to a bright future next season. 

Congrats to Gehrig Sexton and Gage Gregory on reaching state competition Gage Gregory headed to state

Wayne County Juniors Gehrig Sexton and Gage Gregory competed in the regional and state competitions this year in golf. Gehring Sexton finished 44th in the state and Gage Gregory just missed the second day cut by two strokes. This is the third straight year these young men have played golf at the state level. Both of these golfers are looking forward to play their senior year and are ready to compete for that regional championship.  

Transportation Department employees are valuable asset to district during pandemic Johnny Young unloading milk off his pick up

The Wayne County Bus Drivers/Monitors have been very busy during these recent times of non-transported classes. They have worked extra hard and gone above and beyond what they have been asked to do, while waiting for the return of in-person classes.

Cards Awards go to front line cooks and bus drivers who have fed children during pandemic Superintendent speaks to Go Cards winners at ceremony

Wayne County Schools recognized nutrition services and transportation employees who were quick to respond to the needs of students when the pandemic started last spring. They cooked meals, packed food, organized the distribution of food bags, loaded supplies, stocked school buses with food, greeted families outside their homes, drove routes, directed traffic in pick-up lines, and did the bookeeping for massive amounts of meals. They risked catching COVID-19 to make sure 200,000 meals were distributed to local children in an unselfish and determined manner. Monticello Bank partnered with the school district and provided monetary awards to these Wayne County School heroes!     

Parent requirement to report is key to school safety scales of justice illustrate the law

Parents are required by law to work with school officials to fight the spread of COVID-19. In accordance with KRS 158.160 and 902 KAR 2:220E, parents/guardians must notify their child’s school within 24 hours following a positive COVID-19 diagnosis. Check out the COVID-19 FAQ's for Parents information inside.... 

Wayne County Volleyball wins big on Senior Night followed up with a repeat 3-1 score against North Laurel Senior Night

 The Cardinal Volleyball Team is coming off of a two game winning streak having beaten McCreary Central at home on Sept. 24 by a score of 3-1 and a win at North Laurel on the road by a score of 3-1.  The series of games puts the Volleyball Cards at 4 - 5 on the season.

Families participate in FAFSA Workshop FAFSA opens October 1

The first of a host of FAFSA Workshops was recently held at WCHS Library. Parents and guardians stopped by the media center to assist their teenager's completion of their Financial Aid Application requirement. 

Healthy Kids Clinic provides COVID-19 Testing for staff Nurse Practitioner Rebecca Albright conducts COVID-19 Testing

Wayne County School system employees have been provided with two different COVID-19 testing opportunities on campus, prior to students returning to in-person instruction. All employees that have participated tested negative for the virus. The most recent station was set up just a few days prior to the start of in-person classes. Some 36 employees were negative, receiving their results just before students arrived. Flu shots will be offered beginning October 20th on campus.  

Wayne County Band students working individually to perfect skills Senior, Ethan Huffaker, at practice.

With the cancellation of a marching band competition season decided by the Kentucky Music Education Association during the summer, local band students are being educated in an entirely new way, which is proving to have some advantages. 

Superintendent shares message to parents about return to school plans Checklist for Parents

Every-other-day alternating schedule will begin Monday, September 28 for in-person learning. Parents or guardians must notify their child's school within 24 hours following a child's positive COVID-19 diagnosis. See letter inside...  

Wayne County Schools issue safety protocols for in-person attendance water fountains in schools

Wayne County Schools are anxious to welcome their students back to campus who have chosen an A/B Alternating Day schedule during the pandemic. The staff will also continue to provide online virtual education to those who have chosen to study full time remotely. Check out the expectations for returning to school... 

Food Service Program shifts gears with meal pick-ups and site distribution WCHS Cafeteria Staff pack up shelf stable meals to be distributed through pick-up service

Free meal plans are being customized to meet the needs of both A/B Alternating Schedules, as well as for full time virtual students. Plus, parents or guardians can sign up to receive pick-up meals on Fridays for children who do not attend school and are under the age of 18. Meal distribution sites concluded on September 22. 

FFA Officers create Care Packages for Golden Years Nursing Home residents FFA

The WCHS FFA Chapter recognized how isolated nursing home residents are due to the pandemic, so they worked to create care packages filled with numerous gifts for each resident and the nursing staff to lift their spirits and let them know they are still being thought of in the midst of COVID-19. Included in the care packages were items such as: puzzle books, socks, coloring pencils, and self-care items. 

Open House Tours at WCHS and new ATC Visitors Entrance

With in-person classes beginning next week, Wayne County High School and WC ATC will have a Self-Guided Open House – Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday this week from 9:00 am - 3:00 pm daily. Check out the photos inside...

Girls Soccer Team soundly defeated Russell County at home on September 21 Shelby Bell controlling the ball

The 10-0 victory brought the team's win-loss record to 3-3 on the season. The team's next home game is Sept. 24 with Knox Central. Go Cards!

COVID-19 Testing available to employees Drive-Thru testing for employees

Wayne County Healthy Kids Clinic will be providing Drive-Thru COVID-19 Testing for school employees on Thursday, September 24th. Tests available in the Wayne County High School Gym Parking Lot from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. No appointments are needed and the tests are an option for the staff, not required.

Wayne County defeated Harlan County on the road Braedon Sloan

Congratulations to the Football Cardinals on beating the Harlan Black Bears 42-0 on Friday, September 18. That evens up the win-loss record to 1-1, after only one point short in the first game of the season with Southwestern at home on September 11. 

Students participate in baseball program year around Baseball Sign

 Although it was a heartbreaking season for the Bat Cards this past spring/summer with no official games played due to the pandemic, small groups of players continue to work out year around and prepare for the next season. 

School garden produces vegetables despite obstacles Kason Stockton working in the garden

 Even though the Wayne County Agriculture Extension Service have faced considerable obstacles in regard to the school garden this summer, they have harvested everything from corn to tomatoes to banana peppers. They have planted potatoes, cucumbers, cantaloupes, watermelons, zucchini and several types of squash. 

New plan for in person instruction to begin September 28 Wayne County Seal

 Wayne County students will return to the classroom for in person instruction on September 28, on an alternating day schedule providing smaller class sizes. The school board met Thursday, September 17 and discussed how they would bring students back into the classroom as safely as possible, after several weeks of virtual instruction.

Boys Soccer wins on Senior night against Garrard County followed up with a victory over Casey County Wayne County Soccer player with the ball

The Boys Soccer team celebrated senior night on September 10th, against Garrard County. That game was followed up with a loss to Southwestern on September 14 and a win against Casey County the next night. The boys travel to North Laurel on September 17th. Their next home game is with Monroe County on Tuesday, September 22. Go Cards!

High school provided a drive-through orientation Chromebook distribution station

Chromebooks and necessary paperwork were distributed to high school students at the start of school. 

Broadband capabilities to improve across county due to school district's partnership WC Seal

Tax rates will not change at Wayne County Schools for 2020 - 2021, but broadband wireless is a step closer for everyone.

School Nutrition Program refining meal distribution service meal graphic

The first Tuesday (September 8th) of the Food Service Meal Distribution held this week launched another round of the Summer Free Meal Program for local children. The number of meals needed to accomodate the families picking up meals had increased, considerably. The normal pick up for meals had been around 1200 maximum districtwide, however, they served 2000 meals on Tuesday.

Wayne County Schools announce spectator guidelines for fall sports across the campus WC Logo

Wayne County Schools athletic fan guidance and expectations for the fall 2020 sports seasons have been released. These guidelines will be followed beginning with the first home football game of the season when the Cards host Southwestern. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.

Community sites planned to distribute school meals on Tuesdays Buses head to distribution sites

USDA and the Kentucky Department of Education has approved utilization of the Summer Feeding Service Program for Wayne County Schools Child Nutrition Department 2020-21, starting on September 8th. Due to this change, the school district will be able to make meal distribution a bit easier for local families with children. The following are the changes you will see starting September 8th.

Schedule your Senior Portrait session Yearbook Coordinator Logan Anderson hands recent graduate his yearbook

Senior portraits will be taken at the high school September 8th and 14th. Seniors can have both their casual and formal pictures taken when they come. Check out the high school webpage to schedule your session or submit photos, as soon as possible.

Student Participation is important part of Virtual Learning WC Logo

Wayne County Schools along with all schools across the state who are observing NTI (Non-traditional instruction) days, are not recording daily attendance as usual. Instead, teachers are recording participation in their Infinite Campus software programs, with students working individually at different paces from home.

Wayne County students will benefit from Virtual Learning Leslye Rice's webpage for her class

The Wayne County Board of Education members were impressed with a sample of the virtual learning that is being kicked off for the new school year which began August 24. Students are responding to the virtual lessons that the teachers have worked hard on to present online.

Food Service Department encourages parents to participate in Curbside Pick Up meals at their child's schools Healthy Choice Logo

Wayne County School Virtual Student Curbside Meal Pick Up opportunities will be available each Tuesday, beginning August 25th to start the school year. Five days worth of free breakfast and lunch will be distributed each week on Tuesday. All Wayne County School students are encouraged to participate in this program. Because of regulations that are in place for now, parents must pick up the student’s meal at the school they are enrolled.    

 

   

Medication Trainings held for new teachers and instructional assistants Medication Training underway

District employees from all five schools participated in the Medical Administration Skill Competency training for unlicensed administrative personnel, recently. This group of employees give student medication following the district procedures and policies when school nurses are absent or perhaps accompanying students on field trips. The annual training covers the use of epi pens, policies and procedures related to medical skills and how to administer what a doctor has prescribed for a student during the school day.   

Orientations at schools revisited with new plans mask logo

  With Wayne County Schools delivering instruction virtually beginning August 24th, each of the five schools on campus has revised their orientation schedules and protocols coming up. CDC guidelines will be observed with each school making individualized plans.

Lifeline Program and Broadband Now help lower internet service costs for students Students Connect

 Lieutenant Governor shares home internet assistance options designed to make communication services affordable for low-income families. These two new programs are designed to offer robust internet access to underserved rural areas ensuring affordability.

Transportation/Medical Training held for Bus Drivers and Monitors as they play crucial role in re-opening Transportation employees practice medical skills

While keeping all the buses maintained and the drivers meeting all the CDL guidelines plus a Class B endorsement, this school year will be even more challenging because of extra precautions being taken due to Covid-19. The drivers will play an especially important part of a successful re-opening of school.

Gehrig Sexton wins Model Invitational Golf Tournament Gehrig Sexton wins tournament

Wayne County High School Junior Gehrig Sexton won the championship at the Model Invitational Golf Tournament on August 3rd, with an impressive score of six under par. Wayne County High School Junior Gage Gregory tied for sixth while the team finished sixth out of nineteen teams. Wayne County Golf members include Aaron Hesse and Cade Foster.

New teachers welcomed during annual summer training seminar Monticello Elementary Digital Learning Coaches share software programs virtual students can use at home

 Chief Academic Officer Brian Dishman led the annual new teacher support training where new teachers are familiarized with the district and curriculum specialists get acquainted with them so they can be of assistance to them at each of the school buildings. The intent of the local four-day teacher seminar, along with future trainings, is to make sure they have the resources and support they need to have a successful school year. They are being introduced to Wayne County’s curriculum instruction resources, classroom management, and local technology involving everything from: Infinite Campus to Smart Boards to Google Classroom. The curriculum coaches across the district assist teachers at each school and serve as consultants along with one other teacher mentor assigned  to each of the new teachers throughout the school year. They also benefit from digital learning coaches at the school levels that help enhance teachers' technology skills. In fact, each building has two teachers that have also taken on the duty as a digital learning specialist.   

KCHIP benefits students' health KCHIP Graphic

Staying healthy is an important part of education. If your child doesn’t have health insurance, you may qualify for KCHIP, Kentucky Children’s Health Insurance Program. It provides comprehensive coverage at no cost. There are many students across the district who qualify but are not signed up. To find out more, go to kidshealth.ky.gov or call toll free 1-877-524-4718 – because every child needs health insurance. This is a government program, run by the state.

Not too late for recent high school graduates to complete FAFSA FAFSA flyer

A FAFSA completion campaign is underway for recent high school graduates. COVID 19 has created a tremendous amount of anxiety within families in this region in many ways, not the least of which is the fact that fewer young people are making the decision to go off to college/post-secondary work. The Partners for Education at Berea College are asking students to move the needle forward on FAFSA completion in this area.

Wayne County Golfer Gage Gregory wins championship at Somerset Invitational Gage Gregory wins tournament

Congrats to Gage Gregory who won Championship at the Somerset Invitational Golf Tournament shooting one under par. The golf team is currently in the midst of their competitions.

Last call for preschoolers before final screening date August 5th Little Cardinal mascot

Incoming preschoolers who have not yet registered need to stop by Walker Early Learning Center or register online to meet the final screening deadline scheduled for August 5th. Parents can go to the school district website and check out the upper left-hand column for information or call the school at 606-348-4251. Make sure your child becomes kindergarten ready, by enrolling them in Wayne County's highly rated preschool.   

Wayne County School retirees honored Photo Booth set up at ceremony for retirees

Wayne County Schools honored their employees who retired during the past school year, at their June board meeting. The retirees attending received a plaque and were given a party to go bag to celebrate the occasion with their families (in order to observe Covid prevention guidelines).Thank you to the 19 retirees that logged a total of 492 years of service!

Summer Feeding Program serves almost 200,000 meals to local children Summer food service workers

Wayne County Schools’ Summer Feeding Program has been a tremendously valuable service to the children of Wayne County during the on-going pandemic. They have prepared close to 200,000 meals.The school program has been in full force since March 16, supported by a professional school staff, which has included a particularly dedicated ‘family’ of food service employees that have definitely gone the extra-mile.

2020-2021 Escuelas del Condado Wayne back to school bus logo

2020-2021 Escuelas del Condado Wayne Covid-19 Plan de Reentrada. Opcions eleccion de los padres per los estudiantes.

 

 

Schools anxious to receive results on which back to school options best for students Wayne County

    Wayne County Schools are anxious to nail down student preferences on back to school options. Schools are seeking parents’ decisions regarding which back to school option is best for their child regarding scheduling for the upcoming school year.

Kentucky’s newest commissioner found his calling, and his family, in education New Commissioner of Education

Coming from a family of Kentucky educators, Jason Glass had a passion for learning, community and democracy. Now, with an extensive and diverse array of educational and professional experiences, he has been able to turn those passions toward the work of being Kentucky’s next commissioner of education.

Wayne County Schools announce re-entry plan back to school bus logo

     The Wayne County Board of Education approved Wayne County Schools’ re-entry opening plan during a meeting on Thursday (July 9) evening, while continued public health restrictions make a “normal” opening of school impossible.

DAAD cancels Back to School Bash Back to School Bash graphic

The 17th annual Back to School Bash at the ASPIRE Center is cancelled due to COVID-19.

Ways for parents to practice prevention techniques with children Logo of a child wearing a mask

School nurses recommend ten tips to stress to young learners Parents can help educate their children on COVID-19 prevention techniques before they head back to school. 

P-EBT Food Benefits deadline extended til July 10 P-EBT flyer

Wayne County School families eligible for free/reduced-price meals up to $313.50 per child. The application deadline has been extended until July 10th.

Update concerning COVID-19 crisis for schools across the state Commissioner writes letter to parents

Interim Commissioner Kevin C. Brown provided an update to Kentucky families about the COVID-19 crisis and schools across the state on June 26, 2020.

Revised Summer Food Service Program WC LOGO Seal

Starting May 26, the Summer Feeding Program Schedule and changes are being made that families need to be aware of for the remainder of the summer.   

Kentucky issues COVID-19 guidance for upcoming school year Healthy at School graphic

The Kentucky Department for Public Health, in collaboration with the Kentucky Department of Education, on June 24 issued highly anticipated guidance for schools and districts on how to safely reopen for the upcoming school year amid the ongoing COVID-19 global pandemic

Parents and Staff Survey results being studied by the district Wayne County School District Seal

Thank you to the 1,214 local parent survey responses that represent over 2,000 students enrolled in the Wayne County School District. District administrators appreciate your input into starting the 2020-21 school year during this unusual time. Also appreciated was the survey results from the school district staff. These findings along with the Governor's/Kentucky Department of Education recommendations will be factored into future decisions being made about the reopening plans.

Practical Nursing program coming to SCC’s Clinton Center this Fall New nursing program flyer from Clinton Center

Wayne County students have another opportunity available to them as they further their educations, nearby. Somerset Community College’s Clinton Center will have a new program option this fall—Practical Nursing. The Kentucky Board of Nursing recently approved the expansion of the program to the center and classes are scheduled to begin Monday, August 17. Twenty-five students will be admitted to the one-year program each fall.

Cardinal Kids Campus now open Cardinal Kids Campus Flyer

The school child care facility re-opened Monday, June 15, to begin providing services from 7:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on weekdays. They are at limited capacity, but space is still available. Call 348-1591 for enrollment information. 

Survey provides voice for parents regarding re-opening of school WC Logo Seal

Wayne County Schools are seeking input from parents regarding the start of school this fall. Please fill out the parent survey link at https://forms.gle/faNkyAZTwyFKmsA56 by Monday, June 22.

KDE's Commissioner's Parent Advisory Committee provides insight on reopening schools Kentucky Department of Ed logo

The Kentucky Department of Education's (KDE) Commissioner's Parents Advisory Council (PAC) heard how schools are preparing for reopening this fall during its June 10 meeting.

Special song written for the Class of 2020 The three band members got together to play some tunes on campus

Facing a pandemic with seniors missing out on their final semester perks like the prom, awards, public graduation, walk throughs to the schools, and senior breakfast -  classes were converted to Non-Traditional Instruction Days. In the midst of all the change, a couple of Wayne County High School educators were inspired to write a song and perform it virtually.

All Wayne County School Students eligible for new P-EBT food benefit program Food Service Director Kathryn Tucker

Since Wayne County Schools are a Community Eligibility Provisions (CEP) school district, students receive free Breakfast and Lunch during the school year. This enables them to qualify for this helpful new program offered to offset food costs during the pandemic.  

 

Campbellsville University honors 217 teachers in 76 districts and/or private schools, including teachers in Wayne County Wayne County Seal

Campbellsville University’s 34th annual Excellence in Teaching Award Program Ceremony was canceled this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, 217 teachers received the Excellence in Teaching Award from 76 districts and/or private schools in the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Wayne County Schools is represented by Wayne Roberts, superintendent; along with the following instructors that were selected for this award:  Leslye Rice, Monticello Elementary School; Lisa Bell, Wayne County Middle School; and George Snyder, Wayne County High School.

WCHS Senior Awards are announced Adam Sawyer received the Perfect Attendance Award for grades 8-12

Congratulations to the seniors who received various awards and scholarships!

Hometown Parade honors seniors Graduate Jacob Morgan

Wayne County High School seniors wore their cap n' gowns as they drove their vehicles in a parade from the high school parking lot, onto Albany Road and down Main Street, proceeding to the stoplight in front of McDonalds. Many of the seniors decorated their cars for the special occasion held Friday, May 22nd. Special thanks to the City/County Government and Wayne County Emergency Management Services for supporting the event!

Senior yard signs displayed along Worsham Lane in front of the high school Yard signs lined Worsham Lane honoring seniors

The graduates were first greeted with a long row of yard signs with their photos and names on them in front of the high school on Worsham Lane. In addition, the Central Office had a nice display at the start of the parade route. The county courthouse had a huge display to honor the seniors downtown, while many folks along the route had signs up to cheer them on. Thanks to the businesses that were very supportive.  

Highlights from Graduation exercises Austin Bell showed his grandfather, former WCHS Principal George Horton is diploma

It was an unusual graduation that took three days to complete in stages. The pandemic prevented everyone from being together, however, the event became an intimate  event for each family who had a front row seat to see their child's graduation. The school staff went to great lengths to make it as authentic and special for each graduate, while maintaining safety guidelines. A video is being produced so everyone will be able to see the event in its entirety. 

Wayne County High School seniors make their mark through ACT scores and other measures College Ready wall in foyer of High School

 The class of 2020 proudly graduated with 231 seniors. There were many things to be celebrated regarding each of these students. Their academic success was honored through a variety of measures.

Virtual Graduation ceremony held for Class of 2020 Ben Vickery delivering Valedictorian speech

Wayne County High School Commencement was held in a unique way this year. Since the entire class could not meet together, seniors were welcomed to the gym for a private ceremony where their families had a front row seat to see them cross the stage and pick up their diploma. A schedule was set up so social distancing could be practiced with everyone wearing masks (except while on stage), stretched out over a three-day period.  A video will be coming out in the future for everyone to view and enjoy. Check out the 2020 Commencement program inside.   

WCHS students use drop-off and pick-up line to exchange school items in a creative way Kaitlyn Piercy picked up her cap n' gown

Students and parents used a drop-off line to bring back library books, chromeBooks, and JROTC gear along the front sidewalk of the high school. Seniors were excited to pick up their cap n' gowns. Students were also able to pick up their yearbooks, normally a popular day at school when students sign each others' pages.  

Local school nurses recognized on National School Nurse Day Healthy Kids graphic

National School Nurse Day, May 6, is a time to celebrate the specialty practice of school nursing. In 1972, the National Association of School Nurses (NASN) created National School Nurse Day to recognize school nurses and acknowledge their role in the educational setting. District School Health Coordinator Patty Burton would like to recognize the school nursing staff, as well as the contributions made by the Healthy Kids Clinic.

FCCLA Wayne County Chapter performs well at Region FCCLA students go extra mile at region

Wayne County High School FCCLA members Riley Hicks, Jasmine Boykin, and Andrea Napier competed in individual programs and earned state and national recognition for the Power of One at their Region 14 Meeting held at Lindsey Wilson College.

Wayne County Schools Non-Traditional classes will continue through May 11th

Wayne County Schools Non-Traditional Instruction (NTI) will continue through May 11, which will conclude the school year for local students. The district implemented NTI days due to the pandemic in mid-March. WCHS Seniors will learn more details about graduation when they pick up their cap and gown on May 4th

WCHS Senior produces helpful 3D printed bands for face shields from home Coy Reynolds preparing to work on 3D printing on the computer

   Instead of complaining about missing memories from his senior year in high school, Wayne County High School Senior Coy Reynolds has been very productive this last semester.  His non-traditional pathway has evolved into a full time construction job where he is learning to build everything from a house to a barn to a steel building. In between long hours at a site in Pulaski County, he has managed to sandwich in a way to give back to the community through a skill he learned at the high school earlier this school year.

Wayne County School Meal Service Pick-Up runs smooth as silk Food Service Director Kathryn Tucker communicated with her staff at the head of the line of motorists

The Wayne County School Nutrition Service Department has done an outstanding job feeding the youth of Wayne County during these trying times for the community.  Not only have they been there to make sure children are not going hungry during the pandemic, they are providing high quality meals on their menus.

New Wayne County ATC producing face shields to protect local medical workers Asst. EMS EM Director Dewayne Perkins carrying another box full of the headpieces donated to medical personnel in Wayne County

 Although students have not yet gotten to walk down the shiny new halls and benefit from the state-of-art classrooms/labs at the new Wayne County Area Technology Center (ATC), there is already work being produced. In fact, the school is already providing a valuable service to local medical personnel during the pandemic.

Teachers go extra mile for students on NTI Days which have been extended through May 1st Sixth Grade Social Studies Teacher Malissa Atkinson works on an NTI assignment

Some of the teachers have been at school isolated in their classrooms working on NTI assignments, while many others are working from their homes online. They have learned some new ways to communicate online and are contacting their students on a regular basis to keep in touch with them. They are providing valuable instruction during these difficult times. 

Wayne County School Curbside Meal Pick Up service adjusted beginning Tuesday, April 21st boy picking up bag at bus door

Due to the increased participation from the local community with the Wayne County School meal pick up option, the school has to adjust how they are doing their pick-ups. The number of meals grew dramatically last week with 941 meals picked up at school on Monday, April 13 and 4,890 meals delivered that week. All of the home deliveries transported by school buses are now on Mondays. Due to this, over half of the food service staff is out on delivery routes. Therefore, they will no longer be able to provide pick up meals on Monday.

 

District distributes meals to youth across county Driver Mike Cooksey gets ready to head out on his route

   Even though school is out, you may hear a big yellow Wayne County School bus honking outside your home no matter what corner of the county you reside. Nutrition service workers and bus drivers have become unsung heroes to almost a thousand children benefiting from a hot school lunch and shelf-safe breakfast for the next morning. Young people are being fed either along newly established routes or through a pick-up service at Wayne County Middle School.

Wayne County Schools Healthy Kids Clinic Open Healthy Kids Clinic graphic

Wayne County Schools Healthy Kids Clinic will continue to be open for business, while also providing Telehealth online service. Besides being available in person on weekdays, this new extra service is now available through the local clinic to be even more accommodating to patients.

            

 

Wayne County School Mental Health and Counseling Hotline number being established

The new Wayne County School Mental Health and Counseling Hotline number is 340-3696.  This number will be available from 8:00-4:00 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, and the caller can leave their name, number, and message with the expectation that someone will get back to them shortly.

Talking to children about Coronavirus Disease

Check out valuable information like this article inside from the CDC and others by clicking the Coronavirus link on the upper left-hand column on the front page of the school website. This CDC article shares information on talking with children about Coronavirus Disease  Messages for parents, school staff, and others working with children.

Child Nutrition Services outline plan for feeding children Middle School Cooks happy to provide meals through pick up service

Check out valuable information regarding meals pick up program at the middle school cafeteria, as well as delivery service which begins Thursday, March 19. There is no charge for the meals program and youth 18 and under are encouraged to participate.

Parents can provide their child's latest contact information if needed school logo

In order to have the very latest contact information on students during these days of remote communication during NTI days, parents need to make sure they have supplied their child's school with updated information. In the few cases where this information is not up to date, parents can go to the link inside.

Wayne County Schools offer services to meet student needs Wayne County Schools offer services to students

Although, Wayne County School classes have been dismissed, several services that the district normally offers will continue to meet student needs.

Students from Wayne County Area Technology Center participated in the SkillsUSA Leadership and Regional Competitions held at Pulaski County ATC Students from Wayne County Area Technology Center participated in the SkillsUSA Leadership and Regional Competitions held at Pulaski County ATC

Student winners from the Wayne County Area Technology Center are as follows:

Automotive Service Technology 1 – Michael Cooper 2nd Place

Automotive Service Technology 2 –

Dylan Powell 1st Place, Jaden Gibson 2nd Place

Automotive Transportation Tool Identification – Breonna Kennedy 1st Place, Ethan Prince 2nd Place

Carpentry Cabinetry – Zeth Denney 2nd Place

Carpentry Tool Identification – Nicili Goad 1st Place

Carpentry – Wesley Reynolds – 3rd Place

Job Demonstration A – T.J. Bradford Higgins 1st Place

Job Demonstration O – Cole Crabtree 1st Place

Machine Tool – Ethan Perkins – 3rd Place

Biology students learn how body systems work together to maintain homeostasis Biology students learn how body systems work together to maintain homeostasis

Biology l students in Mary Mclean’s class enjoyed working in the lab recently dissecting fetal pigs as they compared the organs to parts of the human body in order to better understand some scientific concepts.

KHMI is Accepting Applications for Seven $1,000 Scholarship Awards KHMI is Accepting Applications for Seven $1,000 Scholarship Awards

The Kentucky Manufactured Housing Institute (KMHI) is currently accepting applications for five (5) $1,000 scholarships will be awarded to individuals who are currently attending or that will be attending a technical center, trade school, or enrolling in an apprenticeship program centered around the construction industry.

Representative from Monticello Bank speaks with FBLA students Representative from Monticello Bank speaks with FBLA students

Thanks to Jamie Jones from Monticello Banking Company and former Wayne Co FBLA Chapter President for talking to FBLA this morning about her duties and responsibilities at Monticello Bank and her career path moving up from within the organization starting as a Co-Op student her senior year in high school to currently Trainer in the Human Resources Dept.

Gear Up Program brings SCC Representatives to campus to assist seniors Gear Up Program brings SCC Representatives to campus to assist seniors

The Wayne County Schools GEAR UP program recently brought Somerset Community College (SCC) representatives to campus to assist students interested in college opportunities close to home. There are more and more classes and perks for local graduates to take advantage of nearby.

Congratulations to Wayne County ATC FBLA Region 2 Winners Congratulations to Wayne County ATC FBLA Region 2 Winners

Wayne County Schools ATC was well represented by the local Future Business Leaders of America on February 28th at Western Kentucky University. The competition was impressive with a total of 21 FBLA Chapters competing at Region 2.

FFA students had fun during FFA week FFA students had fun during FFA week

They ended on Monday March 2 with their degree recipient party, held for members that received their Green Hand degrees or Chapter degrees! 

WCHS student to attend state Academic Team competition WCHS student to attend state Academic Team competition

                Congratulations to John David Rains for medaling at 12th Region Academic Team Governor’s Cup competition in Berea, Kentucky, on Saturday, February 15th. That impressive finish enables him to compete at state amongst the very brightest students in early March.  

FFA students host local Speech Contest FFA members host local speech contest

FFA students hosted a local Speech Contest gaining valuable practice time in before their regional speech competition coming up March 12 at Lindsey Wilson College. The local FFA event was a great way to kick off  National FFA week.  

The Center for Rural Development is accepting applications for 2020 Entrepreneurial Leadership Institute (ELI) through March 6th The Center for Rural Development is accepting applications for 2020 Entrepreneurial Leadership Institute (ELI) through March 6th
Tech students rally around real life cause to fight cancer green clover leaf pin produced by the students

Wayne County High School students have produced some unique items this year in Marsha Bertram's Tech Design/Help Desk entrepreneurial class. However, their latest project designing cloverleaf pins comes from the heart. Their mission is to sell 500 pins to help in the fight against cancer.

Wayne County JROTC Color Guard Team Impressive at North Bullitt High School Drill Meet Wayne County JROTC Color Guard Team Impressive at North Bullitt High School Drill Meet

Cadet Corporal Emily Carter, Cadets Private Second Class Hailey Foster and Rachael Nevels and Second Lieutenant Liliana Zanahua earned a third place finish out of eighteen teams competing in the Color Guard Category at the North Bullitt High School Eagle Drill Meet on January 25.

KSBA Banner representing Wayne County being displayed at Galt House Girls holding banner they worked on at school

WCHS Junior Riley Keith designed this years banner for the school board conference held in Louisville. She did a tremendous job creating an image for the theme: Kentucky School Boards; education on focus - Vision 20/20

District report cards available online District report cards available online

Kentucky's 2018-2019 School Report Card is now final, except for finance data, which is scheduled for release in May

Congratulations to the 2019-2020 Cheerleading Squad for getting the chance to compete at the national level Cheerleaders performing at national competition

The 19-member squad competed in the UCA National High School Cheerleading Championships finishing 11th in their division on Saturday, February 8th.  They were amongst 15 teams in the Large Co-ed Non-Tumbling Division at the ESPN World Wide of Sports facility at Walt Disney World Resort.

Congrats to the WCHS FPS Team for their first place win at District Competition Congrats to the WCHS FPS Team for their first place  win at District Competition

Good luck to the high school team members advancing to Region on Saturday, February 15th in Berea. Congratulations to the Wayne County High School Academic Team for placing second overall during District Competition on Saturday, January 25th at Somerset Christian School.

Monticello Women's Club recognizes Wayne County Graduate Crystal Lair The Wayne County Women's Club with Lair (middle), holding the cookbook she had a major part in the making of

The Monticello Federated Women’s Club recognized recent Wayne County High School 2019 graduate Crystal Lair with a cookbook and a gift for her assistance in producing their book. She typed the entire recipe collections for “A Collection of Favorite Recipes 55th Anniversary of Mill Springs Gift Shop” edition while working in the Wayne County High School computer help desk services lab in Marsha Bertram’s classroom. Chairman of the Gift Shop Committee Mary Boland, Vice-President Charlotte Johnson, and Cookbook Committee Member Melodie Smith thanked Lair for providing such a great service to them. 

Eight high school students receive awards at DECA Regional Competition Eight high school students receive awards at DECA Regional competition

On Tuesday January 28 the Wayne Co. DECA Chapter competed in Regional Competition at EKU.

The First Annual Kenny Davis Classic was Successful Olympian Kenny Davis being interviewed by Shannon Hutchinson

The first annual Kenny Davis Classic was held at Wayne County High School on February 1, 2020. The Monticello Bank sponsored the doubleheader event and Bank Representative Perry Elam presented awards to the players on the teams at the conclusion.

Hagan Scholarship has benefited two Wayne County High school graduates Alex Piercy and Justin Alley with her certificate from the Hagan Foundation

Wayne County High School 2019 graduate Alex Piercy is the second Wayne County High School student to receive the prestigious Hagan Scholarship. 

Wayne County High School Wrestling Team honors Seniors at home meet Wayne County High School Wrestling Team honors Seniors at home meet

The Wayne County High School Wrestling Team honored their seniors at the recent home meet where they defeated Knox Central on January 29.

Mat Cards Traveled to Daviess County Mat Cards Traveled to Daviess County

The Wayne County Wrestling Team won the Daviess County Duals Saturday, February 1st in Owensboro. Kentucky.

Local Principal inducted into Kentucky Women in Education Leadership program Local Principal inducted into Kentucky Women in Education Leadership program

Wayne County Schools is proud to announce that Walker Early Learning Center Principal Angela Ballinger recently attended the Kentucky Association of School Administrators (KASA) 2020 cohort of the Kentucky Women in Education Leadership (KWEL) program. Ballinger was one of 33 exceptional women educators that were chosen through a competitive application process based on specific leadership criteria.

Ragan Shelton signs with the University of the Cumberlands for Archery Ragan Shelton signs with the University of the Cumberlands for Archery

Wayne County High School Archer Ragan Shelton signs with University of the Cumberlands

Mat Cards finish 4th at Small School State Duals  Wrestlers placed 4th in the state for Small School State Duals

Wayne County Wrestling team travelled to Columbia on January 25 .They competed at Lindsey Wilson College in the KYWCA Small School State Duals. The Mat Cards defeated Ashland Paul Blazer and No. 4 Louisville DeSales in pool action to advance to the semi finals. The Cardinal Team fell to No.1 Union County. The Mat Cards wrestled No.3 Walton Verona for third place losing 39-37 to take fourth overall in the state duals, The Mat Cards finished the day 28-13 overall on the season.

Wayne County Wrestlers win Sectional 4 Small School Championship at Freedom Hall Mat Cards

Mat Cards now qualify them to compete at the State Duals at Lindsey Wilson College on January 25th

Wayne County School Board honored this month Board of Education Members

Wayne County Board Members Donna Blevins, Melissa Upchurch, Larry Muse, Whitney Smith, and
Jarrod Criswell are among the more than 850 school board members in the state’s 173 local school
districts being recognized this month for their service.

The Center for Rural Development hosts wildlife and landscape visual arts exhibiting by Wayne County artists Jay Perkins and David Coffey Artist David Coffey Below the Mill painting

The exhibit includes more than 40 oil and acrylic paintings from wildlife artist James “Jay” Perkins and landscape artist David Coffey. Both are self-taught artists and the best of friends. David Coffey recently participated in the arts festival at Wayne County Middle School

Deadlines quickly approaching for applications to The Center of Rural Development's Youth Program Grades 8-12 Emma Carter graduates for the Roger's Scholar program

Youth Summer programs have greatly benefitted Wayne County School students over the years and Rogers Scholars six day program deadline for sophomores is January 24. Rogers Scholars—The Center for Rural Development’s flagship youth program—is an intensive, one-week summer camp that provides valuable leadership experience and exclusive college scholarship opportunities to help rising high school juniors in Southern and Eastern Kentucky seize their full potential as the region’s next generation of leaders and entrepreneurs. The Center for Rural Development is now offering a new program for Rogers Scholars Alumni who wish to attend the program in a mentoring role. Alumni can apply during their junior and senior years for the Alumni Mentoring Program. Application deadlines for 8th graders Rogers Explorers is Feb. 7 and 9th, 10, and 11th graders Entrepreneurial Leadership Institute deadline is March 6.   

Families had fun at Bell's Christmas Extravaganza Bell Elementary Christmas Extravaganza

Students and families enjoyed attending the Christmas Extravaganza where they painted ornaments, made reindeer food, sipped hot chocolate, and participated in Christmas games and directed drawing activities. Santa was the guest of honor in the media center.

Wayne County Band presents Christmas Concert Band presents Christmas Concert

The 8th Grade and High School Combined Band provided a festive holiday concert on the evening of December 17 at the Pickrell Auditorium. Band Director Andy Critz and Associate Director Tyler Cook were proud of their students' efforts wishing the crowd a Merry Christmas just before the holiday. 

Congrats to the Monticello Elementary Archery Team for placing first place at Boyle County and Pulaski Northern Congrats to the WCHS Archery Team for placing first at Pulaski Northern Middle School and 2nd at Boyle County

Most recently, Monticello Elementary Archery team placed 1st, WCMS placed 2nd, and the WCHS team placed first at the Northern Pulaski Middle School on January 4th, and at Boyle County on December 21st Monticello Elementary placed 1st, and the WCHS team placed 2nd.

Wayne County High School Senior Halen Pharis received All State Student honor  Halen Pharis

Wayne County Senior Clarinet musician Halen Pharis has distinguished himself in the concert band field as an All State student.

 

Band Camp marching band students show off the beginning of their 2019 program Band Camp marching band students show off the beginning of their 2019 program

This years show is entitled "The Hand You're Dealt". It's about how life is different for everyone, almost as if you are playing a different hand in a game of cards, Life is literally relatable to a game of cards as the chances of having a good hand are equal to having a bad hand, but it is not in what you're dealt but how you play it. The Band performed for their families after summer band camp in Pickrell Auditorium. The band students and their parents also enjoyed watching the DCI World Championship Finals on August 10th at the Wayne Theater.

WCHS Football Season coming up 2019

Cardinals will scrimmage Metcalfe County on Friday, August 16 at 6:30 p.m. at Jewell Field. Come out and support another great fall season of football. Go Cards!

Wayne County Schools welcome students back to school Wayne County Schools welcome students back to school

Approximately 3,000 students will be welcomed back to the Wayne County Schools
campus on the first day of classes on Wednesday, August 14.
Orientation activities are underway at each of the five school buildings. Kindergarteners
through seniors and their families are learning everything from codes of conduct to bus routes
to meal plans as general expectations are shared for the 2019-2020 school year.

Golf Team starts season with a Win at Eagles Nest Golf

This season the boys team is already competing against some tough teams. In addition to the boys team, a middle school girls team has been formed at Wayne County. 

Summer Archery Camp helps student perfect skills Summer Archery Camp helps student perfect skills

Camp was held for elementary archers, as well as for middle and high school students.

Jessie Allison headed to WKU after becoming first Wayne County student to receive associate's degree in high school Jessie Allison with president of SCC

Wayne County High School 2019 graduate Jessie Allison will go down in school history for being Wayne County Schools’ first student to receive a college associate’s degree, at the same time she obtained her recent high school diploma.

Wayne County students benefit from RECC annual trip to Washington D.C. Wayne County students benefit from RECC annual trip to Washington D.C.

Two Wayne County High School students were fortunate to represent South Kentucky RECC in
Washington, D.C. this summer.

Wayne County High School Class of 2019 members Rachael and Renee Allen recently attended the FBLA National Leadership Conference in San Antonio Wayne County High School Class of 2019 members Rachael and Renee Allen recently attended the FBLA National Leadership Conference in San Antonio

Wayne County High School Class of 2019 members Rachael and Renee Allen recently
attended the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) National Leadership Conference (NLC)
in San Antonio, Texas. Rachael and Renee both participated in the NLC as competitors
representing Kentucky FBLA.

Agriculture students getting firsthand experience working in school garden Agriculture students getting firsthand experience working in school garden

Wayne County High School Future Farmers of America (FFA) students are not afraid to get out in the heat and work in the Wayne County School garden. In fact, they understand the obligation they have to help produce the vegetables that are served on local tables.

2019 Graduate Sierra Hagerman headed to Murray on Horatio Alger Scholarship Horatio Alger National Scholarship

Wayne County High School 2019 graduate Sierra Hagerman has the honor of being one
of the first Wayne County students to receive the prestigious Horatio Alger National Scholarship.
She will be using the $25,000 scholarship from the Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished
Americans, Inc., a non-profit educational organization, to attend Murray State University this fall.

WCHS FFA Members Attend State Leadership Training FFA Officers

On July 15-19th the Wayne County High School FFA chapter attended the annual Kentucky FFA Leadership Training Center Camp at Hardinsburg, Kentucky. There were a total of 15 members that attended officer and committee classes, athletic games, and many team-bonding activities. They were amongst 24 schools attending with 269 student campers.

Cadet Corporal Brett Herbig earns the Distinguished Junior Cadet Company Leadership Award at Camp Bluegrass JCLC 2019 Cadet Corporal Brett Herbig earns the Distinguished Junior Cadet Company Leadership Award at Camp Bluegrass JCLC 2019

Representing Wayne County JROTC at Junior Cadet Leadership Camp 2019, Cadet Corporal Brett
Herbig earned the Alpha Company Leadership Award. This marks the second year in a row that a Wayne
County Cadet has earned this very prestigious award and is a testament to the exceptional academic and
personal character Wayne County Cadets exemplify.

Wayne County High School JROTC Cadets perform well at Junior Cadet Leadership Camp 2019 Wayne County High School JROTC Cadets perform well at Junior Cadet Leadership Camp 2019

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 10 cadets from
WCHS JROTC making preparations to attend annual Junior Cadet Leadership Camp (JCLC) at
Blue Grass Army Depot in Richmond, KY, held May 25-29TH.

Cadet Lieutenant Colonel Ethan Morrow attends U. S. Naval Academy Summer Seminar Cadet Lieutenant Colonel Ethan Morrow attends U. S. Naval academy Summer Seminar

JROTC Battalion Commander, Cadet Lieutenant Colonel Ethan Morrow was recently selected to
attend the very prestigious United States Naval Academy Summer Seminar. This activity is for
perspective students who have a desire to attend the Naval Academy and it gives high school juniors a
weeklong preview of what they can expect if they are selected to attend the Naval Academy.

Win a houseboat vacation and help support educational programs at the Center for Rural Development Houseboat Raffle

Have you purchased your ticket for a chance to win a Houseboat Vacation on Lake Cumberland and support The Center for Rural Development's youth programs?

Eighth Graders and Seniors were highlighters at the end of the softball season Softball

Eighth grade girls from the junior varsity softball team, as well as seniors from the varsity softball team were honored at the end of the softball season. Girls were recognized by their coaches with gifts after being escorted by their parents or family members. 

Kallie Powell graduate from The Center for Rural Development’s 2019 Rogers Explorers program at Lindsey Wilson College Kallie Powell

Wayne County High School Freshman Kallie Powell was among thirty students from Southern and Eastern Kentucky that graduated from the third class of The Center for Rural Development’s 2019 Rogers Explorers program held June 16-18 on the campus of Lindsey Wilson College.

Wes Cares graduated from The Center for Rural Development’s 2019 Rogers Explorers program at the University of the Cumberlands Wesley Cares

Wayne County High School Freshman Wes Cares was amongst thirty students from Southern and Eastern Kentucky graduated from the fourth class of The Center for Rural Development’s 2019 Rogers Explorers program held June 19-21 on the campus of the University of the Cumberlands.

D'Angelo Dixson and Braedon Sloan compete in state track meet D'Angelo Dixson and Braedon Sloan compete in state track meet

Two members of the Wayne County Track Team recently competed at the state track and field
championships held at the University of Kentucky Outdoor Track Facility.