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Retirees honored at Board of Education reception Plaques given to honor retirees

The staff members retiring at the end of the school year logged 470.75 years of service to the children of Wayne County Schools. Thank you so much for your dedication and contributions to young people. 

Bell Elementary kids excited to hang out with WCHS Project Lead the Way students
Wayne County Board of Education  sets salaries for 2022-23 Wayne County Seal

The Wayne County Board of Education met in regular session for their June meeting following a reception honoring the retired staff who were each presented with a plaque for their years of service to Wayne County students.

Bell Elementary students enjoy cheering for Seniors during Walk Through Grads leaving the building at Bell

Bell Elementary first and second graders lined the halls with their teachers to pay tribute to the seniors walking through.

Summer Reading at the Public Library Summer Reading program for June

Make sure to join the Public Library for Summer Reading this June! Sign-ups for Ages 0-12 start on May 31st! They hope to see you there! Call (606) 348-8565 for more information.

Bell Elementary Math Bee shows off second graders' skills Winners of the quick recall portion of the math bee

Congratulations to Bell Elementary students who won in the quick recall portion that included:1st place Zander Burke, 2nd place Tralee Thompson, and 3rd place Zander Foust. 

Lifejacket giveaway event at Conley Bottom Resort Lifejacket giveaway

Help raise awareness of boating and life jacket awareness by attending a program for children at Conley Bottom Resort on Saturday, May 21 at 10 a.m.  Don't miss out on the entertainment!

WCHS Nurse Lindsey Sexton's moving story featured in Herald Leader Newspaper WCHS Nurse Lindsey Sexton runs 102-mile race
<p >Lexington Herald Leader publishes motivational story of Wayne County High School's Nurse Lindsey Sexton. Wayne County Schools are Cardinal Proud of Ms. Sexton! </p >
Child Plus Fair fun for young students Child Plus Fair Candy Land

The Child Fair was held Saturday, April 30th, on a beautiful day at Monticello-Wayne County Memorial Park. The youngest learners in the community enjoyed the Candy Land special event to get ready for fall enrollment. Their parents learned about valuable services available to them in the community at the different booths. Enrollment continues for preschool and kindergarten at Walker Early Learning Center. 

FBI Special Agent shares information about safety with counselors at recent training FBI visits counselors to discuss safety

Wayne County School counselors and administrators gathered recently for a meeting to learn more about “Crimes against Children and Human Trafficking on the Internet” to enlighten them in order to try and combat this increasing nationwide problem. Wayne County Schools Director of Pupil Personnel Stewart York introduced the group to Supervisory Special Agent Grant R. Blevins of the U.S. Department of Justice Federal Bureau of Investigation, who gave an informative presentation on this alarming issue in Kentucky. Blevins, whose family is from Wayne County and has ties to Wayne County Schools, provided the local educators with a professional view of what is happening in the 23 counties that the five FBI agents based in London and two FBI agents in Pikeville are encountering on a regular basis.

Bus Evacuation coming up on May 4th Buses ready to take students home after performing the Bus Evacuation drill.

  Wayne County Schools will be conducting their final bus evacuation drill on Wednesday, May 4th. This will be the fourth state mandated drill of the school year to help students remember proper emergency procedures to ensure safety on board school buses. The safety measures learned apply to regular bus routes, as well as extra-curricular transportation.

Walker Early Learning Center Enrollment Underway Walker Enrollment for the 2022-2023 School Year

WELC is now accepting Preschool and Kindergarten enrollment for the 2022-2023 school year. Enrollment packs are available in the front office on weekdays. Do you know the facts about how preschool will help your child succeed academically in the years to come?

The Child Plus Fair will be held Saturday Child Plus Fair

The Child Fair is scheduled for Saturday, April 30th, from 10:00 am - 2:00 pm at the Monticello-Wayne County Memorial Park. Young children and families are invited to attend the Candy Land special event to get ready for fall enrollment and learn about services available to them in the community.

Organizations generously donate funding for school supplies and backpack program Ashley Thompson and Leslie Randall with Jane Dalton

Wayne County Schools Backpack program currently serves over 50 students. Students receive non-perishable food items on Friday afternoons that they take home to be eaten over the weekends, when the district's free breakfast and lunch program is not operating. Family Resource Centers facilitate this program and fill students' backpacks with the food supplies. Thanks to local partners who support this program.

Congratulations to Migrant Recruiter Advocate Magdalena Coy on state award Magdalena Coy with her award

    Migrant Recruiter Advocate Magdalena Coy was recognized for her service to Wayne County Schools’ Migrant Program during the Board of Education’s April monthly meeting. In November, she was named the number one recruiter in the state.

Wayne County Board of Ed looks towards possibility of remodeling Walker Early Learning Center Seal

Due to the ever increasing construction costs for a new preschool-kindergarten facility, the Wayne County Board of Education paused the new building project plans and are directing the district’s Facility Planning Committee to meet and investigate other options. The committee will then share their findings during the May monthly board meeting.

Bell Elementary celebrated their Dream Team where all students are winners Staff ready to participate in drive through literacy event

Bell Elementary went all out to welcome their students to a special All-Star literacy drive-through event recently. Athletes from the high school representing dance, soccer, cheer and basketball supported the effort by participating. Sherry Coffey, from the extension service passed out goodies for the students and Mayor Tracie Sexton donated some items, as well.     

Wayne County Schools focus on April's Child Abuse Prevention month Counselors and City/County Officials participated in a proclamation signing

County Judge Executive Mike Anderson welcomed a group of professionals who work hard to help children, to a proclamation signing during April’s child abuse prevention month, recently. He and Monticello Mayor Tracie Sexton spoke about the issue of child abuse and neglect, noting how important it is to prevent these situations. Check out the outside of the middle school - YSC has provided two metal figures of a boy and girl. They are blowing pinwheels. (This is to represent the innocence of a child playing with pinwheels to represent Child Abuse Awareness). Look for the pinwheels placed in the ground and four blue solar lights that illuminate the scene at night. Thank you middle school for showing the school district's support of April’s Child Abuse Prevention Campaign.

 

Wayne County Schools' digital banner shared at KSBA Conference Kelsey Patton working on graphic design for KSBA

Wayne County Schools were included in a recent publication called the “Commemorative Banner Book” at the Kentucky School Boards Association 2022 Annual Conference.

Wayne County well represented at technology conference Wayne County District Digital Learning Coaches attend professional development at KYSTE

  Wayne County Schools’ digital learning coaches and IT staffers attended their professional development at KySTE (Kentucky Society for Technology in Education) on March 9-11 in Louisville at the Galt House. There were several speakers featured at the 2 ½ day conference, while a big number of vendors offered exhibits. Spectators could check out their products and see which ones would best enhance student learning while fitting into their schools' existing technology.

Wayne County Board of Education approves annual calendars Wayne County Schools Logo

The Wayne County Board of Education approved the current and upcoming school year calendars during their monthly meeting on Thursday, March 17th.

Spring Volleyball Skills Academy Registration Day coming up Volleyball Skills Academy

Spring Volleyball Skills Academy registration day is set for March 26 at the Wayne County High School Gymnasium. Students in first through fifth grade are eligible to attend. 

Bell Elementary students dress up for Dr. Seuss' Birthday Lochlan Phillips

It was a great week at school for elementary students celebrating all kinds of activities celebrating Dr. Seuss' birthday. Bell Elementary students had fun portraying some of their favorite Dr. Seuss characters at school.

Elementary students and staff enjoyed Character Day office staff dressed up

During Read Across America, the elementary schools had fun dressing up in their favorite book character costumes. It was all part of a week-long literacy campaign.

Educators looking at Wayne County Schools' improvements to literacy instruction Bell students respond to teacher

Wayne County School Assistant Superintendent/Chief Academic Officer Brian Dishman was asked to compose an online article that was published on SmartBrief, an umbrella news site to Ed Tech News recently. Learn how the Wayne County School District has focused on their literacy instructional program and are making strides for students. Dishman shared how the local district is making improvements in literacy instruction through consistency, explicit phonics instruction, and a commitment to professional development.

Upcoming Read Across America events Dr. Seuss reading image

Read Across America Week is celebrated in each of Wayne County's Elementary Schools. Dr. Seuss' birthday is always an exciting day filled with colorful events related to reading. Guest readers will be coming to some of the classrooms. One of the reading highlights at Monticello Elementary will be a Family Literacy Night called "Fetch a Good Book" to be held Thursday, March 3rd. Don't miss the fun!  

Wayne County Board of Education updates previous masking policy Wayne County Seal

The Wayne County Board of Education unanimously agreed to drop the existing mask policy, currently based on health official’s weekly incidence rate of COVID in Wayne County. The action came during their February 17th meeting

Wayne County Board of Education updates previous masking policy Wayne County Seal

The Wayne County Board of Education unanimously agreed to drop the existing mask policy, currently based on health official’s weekly incidence rate of COVID in Wayne County. The action came during their February 17th meeting.

Families attend Parent Teacher Conferences for the youngest learners Freya Munsee helped interpret for a parent and teacher

Walker Early Learning Center parents attended their recent conferences for kindergarten and preschool students. The conferences help teachers and parents to communicate face to face in an effort to help the students progress.

Heritage Series Game held at Monticello Elementary Gymnasium Coach Rodney Woods accepting an award

 It was just like the old days. The Monticello Elementary Gymnasium was packed with spectators with seas of blue in the stands. The athletes were wearing Monticello uniforms and the cheerleaders were clad in Monticello blue.

COVID vaccines for children 5 and older available at Healthy Kids Clinic 5 and older flyer

COVID vaccines for children 5 and older meet the same rigorous standards as other routine vaccines you trust to protect your child from disease. Check out the facts to frequently asked questions by parents. 

Bell Elementary second graders understand Olympic Competition on a first hand basis JJavelin Throw underway

Athletes from around the world are competing at the 2022 Beijing Olympics, but children at Bell Elementary have already studied the history behind the Olympics and actually competed in an age-appropriate manner in some mini-olympics eariler this school year. They competed in a variety of events in their gymnasium and earned medals in everything from jumping rope to shot put to ring toss. They had studied Ancient Greek Civilizations in their Core Knowledge Language Arts Reading curriculum and covered numerous Greek topics.

Healthy Kids Clinic continues to offer COVID vaccines Have you been exposed to or tested positive for COVID-19 form

Wayne County Schools are fortunate to offer the Healthy Kids Clinic and school nurses during these trying times during the pandemic. The clinic is currently offering the Moderna and Pfizer initial Covid vaccines and booster shots. The Pfizer vaccine for children ages 5 and up is also available. Vaccine clinics are held twice a week on Wednesdays and Fridays for the general public. They are welcome to make an appointment at the clinic located behind Monticello Elementary between 8:00-9:00 a.m. and 3:30-4:30 p.m. on these days. Just call 844-435-0900.     

 

Lady Cards decisively defeated Whitley Colonels 62-47 fist bump

Lady Cardinals were defeated by East Jessamine on Thursday, Jan. 27th at home. Their current win loss record is 7-12. Go Cards! Next they go on the road to play McCreary Central on Monday, January 31 at an away game.

JAG program helps students find future success JAG logo

During the January Board of Education Meeting, the Wayne County ATC Jobs for America’s Graduates (known as JAG) program was highlighted. There are 55 in-person and a few virtual students that make up the four classes that meet each school day. Veteran teacher Brenda Hoover took over the classes this year in the third year of the national non-profit based organization’s course cycle, offered locally. Noel Vaughn taught the classes for the first and second year, until he retired.

January School board meeting held board members voting

Wayne County Schools Board of Education met Thursday, January 20 to review a variety of business items, while taking care of some annual election posts to the board, during their monthly meeting.

School board members honored this month across the state Board Chairperson Larry Muse

As Kentucky observes School Board Recognition Month in January, the Wayne County School District is joining in the celebration.

Winners announced in $1,000 reward for attendance incentive program Gift bags that were made to look like money bags to be handed out to employees.

Congratulations to Mitchell Gregory and Aubra Branscum for both winning $1,000 in the employee attendance incentive contest! There were 67 certified staff employees eligible to win $1,000 in the employee attendance incentive drawing, that reflected perfect attendance for the first semester. There were 48 classified staff employees eligible to win $1,000 in the employee attendance incentive drawing. The $1,000 drawing will be held again at the end of the school year to see who wins $1,000 for both the certified and classified staff during the second semester, so more employees have a chance at winning. In addition, one employee with perfect attendance for both semesters in a combined random drawing will receive $2,000. Good Luck!  

School Time Theatre performances coming up photo of actor portraying Martin Luther King

The Center for Rural Development and Lake Cumberland Performing Arts invite the public and area schools to bring their students to experience a live School Time Theatre performance of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr's "I Have a Dream" on Feb. 2 at 10:00 a.m. and then an evening performance at 6:30 p.m. at The Center for Rural Development in Somerset. The Virginia Repertory Theatre, a professional touring company, will bring the performance to the stage in a compelling story of the life and times of one of our country's greatest leaders. Reservations are accepted online at https://centertech.com/arts-culture/school-time-theatre-3/.  

School Time Theatre performances coming up photo of actor portraying Martin Luther King

The Center for Rural Development and Lake Cumberland Performing Arts invite the public and area schools to bring their students to experience a live School Time Theatre performance of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr's "I Have a Dream" on Feb. 2 at 10:00 a.m. and then an evening performance at 6:30 p.m. at The Center for Rural Development in Somerset. The Virginia Repertory Theatre, a professional touring company, will bring the performance to the stage in a compelling story of the life and times of one of our country's greatest leaders. Reservations are accepted online at https://centertech.com/arts-culture/school-time-theatre-3/.  

The Polar Express train ran through Bell Elementary twice before the holidays The Polar Express train at Bell Elementary

Polar Express train conductor Derrick Harris (aka Principal) called the First and Second graders "All Aboard" after punching their tickets to board the pretend train. Media Specialist Ashley Thompson read the Polar Express book to Bell Elementary students dressed in their pajamas for a special day at school.

WCHS Health Class provides booths to share lessons with Bell Elementary students Health Fair held in Bell Elementary PE Class

Bell Elementary students gained all kinds of health information from high school students during a recent partnership with Health Teacher Megan Gehring's students. They created a health fair for first and second graders in PE Teacher Bradley Askins' class. WCHS Health Class students with the highest grades and best behavior in class were recruited to participate in the successful event, which will likely become an annual opportunity to make students more aware of their health at an earlier age. High school students are required to take one semester of health education, which is rotated with one semester of physical education.

FFA and friends donated to the tornado relief efforts FFA and friends donated supplies for tornado relief

After the tornadoes hit Western Kentucky, many citizens lost their lives or belongings. Like other organizations the local Wayne County High School FFA chapter wanted to do their part in helping those affected. They put together donations from a list sent in by Taylor County Extension Office on the agriculture related items needed to start the repair of farms lost or damaged in the storms.

Several local businesses like the CO-OP donated items, and other supporters like Mary Ruth Upchurch donated money that will be a major help in repairing our neighbors and strengthening their process of rebuilding. Donations were available for drop off on Wednesday through Friday last week at Agriculture Teacher Justin Horton’s gate at the Area Technology Center. All items were sent to Taylor County on December 20th.

FFA and friends donated to the tornado relief efforts FFA and friends donated supplies for tornado relief

After the tornadoes hit Western Kentucky, many citizens lost their lives or belongings. Like other organizations the local Wayne County High School FFA chapter wanted to do their part in helping those affected. They put together donations from a list sent in by Taylor County Extension Office on the agriculture related items needed to start the repair of farms lost or damaged in the storms.

Several local businesses like the CO-OP donated items, and other supporters like Mary Ruth Upchurch donated money that will be a major help in repairing our neighbors and strengthening their process of rebuilding. Donations were available for drop off on Wednesday through Friday last week at Agriculture Teacher Justin Horton’s gate at the Area Technology Center. All items were sent to Taylor County on December 20th.

Monticello Elementary students and families enjoyed Christmas Traditions Around the World Santa and Mrs. Clause with all the elves

Covid has limited the opportunity to travel, but the staff at Monticello Elementary provided a Christmas wonderland to transport their students around the world to explore the the many ways the holiday is celebrated. Students were told to try and spot some of their family traditions in the displays or perhaps discover a new tradition to add to their family's celebration.

Wayne County School District sent donations for tornado relief "stuff the bus" project Wayne County bus dropping off supplies

The Wayne County School District joined school systems across the state to help donate to Western Kentucky tornado relief efforts. Each of the local schools and district service offices collected specifically needed items that had been requested. It is likely another collection will be held in January with an updated list of needs.

Lock down lifted at Wayne County High School Wayne County Seal

By 11:00 a.m. on Friday, December 17th, a lockdown at the Wayne County High School and nearby Area Technology Center has been lifted, after law enforcement investigated a threatening message left inside the high school on a bathroom wall that was determined to be a prank. In addition, a threatening text was sent by a high school student that was determined to be non-credible.

Waste Connections of Eastern Kentucky donated six bicycles to Bell Elementary Bell Elementary students love their bicycles donated by Waste Connections of Eastern Kentucky

It was a great day for several students at Bell Elementary that received early Christmas gifts due to the generosity of Waste Connections which services part of Wayne County. The eastern Kentucky business donated bicycles to students in neighboring counties, as well. The Bell Elementary students were thrilled to get the unexpected gifts, that they got to take their first ride on in the Bell Elementary gymnasium. 

GEAR UP Program funded for the future Berea College Logo

Two new positions have been filled at Wayne County Schools for the latest round of Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP). It is a result of the Partners for Education at Berea College which has been awarded a GEAR UP grant that will serve students from Casey, Clinton, Cumberland, Letcher, Lincoln, McCreary and Wayne counties. The United States Department of Education grant will provide over 10,000 students in 14 districts with an array of services aligned to accomplish three overarching goals: lift educational aspirations, build academic skills and connect academics to college and career.

Students enjoy special Christmas activities going on this week Monticello Elementary events

Whether it is the Polar Express Train gearing up it's engine at Bell Elementary or a Monticello Elementary Christmas Traditions Around the World Drive-In Adventure or an after school tour of the beautifully decorated hallways at Walker Early Learning Center or the massive food drive at Wayne County Middle School or a festive spirit week at WCHS - that barely is the tip of the iceberg of magical and fun events educators have planned for their students just before the holidays. Here are a few of the events underway....  

Wayne County Coach Rodney Woods named recipient of NHSBCA John Wooden Legacy Award National Basketball Coaches Logo

The KABC would like to congratulate Rodney Woods (Wayne County) and Joey Thacker (Franklin County), who have been named Kentucky's inaugural recipients of the 2021 NHSBCA John Wooden Legacy Award.

Kindergarten students introduced to Science Concepts Amplify Science Graphic

How cool is it to learn Science concepts, while playing the role of a scientist or engineer?

      Kids as young as kindergarten age are taking on these new roles at school in order to investigate a real-world problem. The problems they are examining relevant to 21st century situations lead them to investigate different scientific phenomena.

Wayne County Schools' Backpack Program appreciates donations to help hungry children Monticello Lodge #431 members gave a generous donation to the backpack program

Wayne County Family Resource Centers are the heart of each school. They provide everything from clothing to assemblies to resources to all kinds of extra help to students in need. They are all about removing obstacles to learning for local students.

50th Christmas Parade enjoyed by local students JROTC leads the parade

The FFA Polar Express Float received second place in the annual parade organized by the Chamber of Commerce. The WC JROTC helped lead the parade with retired WCHS Teacher Calvin Kennett who was the Grand Marshall.

JASON E. GLASS: Now is the time for Kentuckians to work together to create a new future in education KY Dept of Ed logo

It’s been a little over a year now since I joined the Kentucky Department of Education as its commissioner. During that time, my focus has been on listening to the people of my home state telling us what is working in education in the Commonwealth and where we need to improve.Through the Keep, Stop, Start survey that took place shortly after I arrived to the virtual listening tour that took place earlier this year, we have heard from thousands of you telling us about the kind of education you want your children to have.

 
Cheers to 50 Years Christmas Parade on December 3rd Christmas Parade flyer

Wayne County School groups to look for at the parade will be the WC JROTC, WC Band, Baseball Team, WCMS/WCHS Dance Teams, and the Casting Cardinals. Retired WCHS Teacher Calvin Kennett will be the Grand Marshal.  

Wayne County School students, staff, and volunteers fed 800 meals to those in need on Thanksgiving. There were lots of workers in the kitchen helping.

Thanks to JROTC, FCA, and volunteers who helped cook the 38 lbs. of turkey, 13 large pans of dressing and all the side dishes to go with it. Plus, they delivered to homes for those in need or picked up at the cafeteria. This year, Shannon Foster's Foods and Nutrition class learned how to make homemade biscuits in a preliminary lab. They then made over 10 dozen biscuits to donate to the FCA Thanksgiving meal.  It took a village and lots of organization to pull this monumental event off. All involved did an awesome job! Wayne County Proud!

Food Drive at Wayne County Middle School Students brought all kinds of canned goods to school for food drive

Kim Winchester's class put together and worked on the WCMS food drive this year. They collected 2955 items (mostly cans). All of the items are piled up in the atrium right now.  They are requesting that any churches or other organizations that can use the items contact the school at 348-6691 and then send a representative to the Middle School to pick it up. 

Board of Education approves favorable audit report Wayne County school logo

Wayne County Board of Education approved the 2020-21 financial audit report that was presented by White and Associates, PSC, while also approving several payments for various renovation projects.

Congratulations to WCMS student's 5K Run finish Congratulations Maddison Turner for completing the Virtual 5K

 Local Wayne County Middle School student, Maddison Turner, participated in the White Cane Safety Day that the Kentucky School for the Blind Outreach hosted. Give Maddison a shout out for her 3.1 miles she logged in 67:33.74. She and her teacher, Pam Brown, participated in the 5K or 3.1 mile walk/run by completing 62 laps in the middle school gym, recently. Maddison was one of 165 students across the state who participated in the virtual 5K run

Bell Elementary students honored their favorite Veterans at school Veterans high fived Bell Elementary students and appreciated being recognized.

First and second graders lined the hallways of their school on Veterans Day and celebrated two of their favorite role models who were asked to stroll down the hallways so they could be cheered by students. They recognized Veterans Joseph Shepherd, a cook in the cafeteria and Justin Cole, a second grade teacher. Thank you Mr. Shepherd and Mr. Cole for your service!

Wayne County students participated in Veteran's Day Parade Veteran's Day program held at the Doughboy

 Wayne County School students played a big role in  "Honoring All Who Served" on Veteran's Day. The parade event was sponsored by the Wayne County Disabled American Veterans Chapter 105 with DAV Commander Jeff Morgan serving as master of ceremonies.The Wayne County Band's performance of Armed Forces Medley followed by "God Bless the USA" sung by the Waynetonian Choir was impressive. Special thanks to the WC JROTC Battalion who always rise to the occasion and make everyone proud. 

 

COVID Vaccines now available for ages 5-11 upon request Covid-19 flyer no appointments needed

Call Healthy Kids at 844-435-0900 to find out more information about Covid-19 vaccines or contact the school nurse at the student's school building. The clinic is open to the public and no appointment is required.

High Attendance Day at Bell Elementary
Schools combine career days with Halloween festivities  Spooky entrance to the career costume parade at Bell Elementary

Students at Walker, Bell and Monticello Elementary Schools enjoyed trick or treating at school recently. They were encouraged to dress up in a career costume they might become. Thanks to all those that gave out treats for the happy occasion.

Plans underway for Thanksgiving Dinner Thanksgiving Dinner Flyer that will take place on November 25

Save the Date for The Wayne County Schools Thanksgiving Dinner on November 25. Donations need to be left at the High School by Monday, November 22, for those that wish to contribute to this worthwhile cause. This event is sponsored by the Wayne County High School, JROTC, and FCA.

High Attendance Day at Bell Elementary
High Attendance Day at Bell Elementary
Masks optional for third week in a row due to decreased incidence rate of COVID WC Seal

Due to a decreased incidence rate of COVID, masks remain optional at Wayne County Schools for the week of 11/1 - 11/5. The incidence rate is 36.5, according to the Lake Cumberland District Health Department.  

High Attendance Day at Bell Elementary
Check out the Farm to Fork special menu and the vendors that supplied the food! Farm to Fork event flyer

Wayne County Schools are serving a special “farm to fork” menu on Wednesday, October 27th at each of the five schools in the district. Meet the vendors that helped bring it about.

Wayne County Schools receives literacy grant WC logo

A competitive second round Comprehensive Literacy grant awarded to the Wayne County School District was announced during the Board of Education’s monthly meeting on Thursday, October 21.  

Winter Clothing Drive sponsored by JAG Winter Clothing Drive sponsored by JAG poster

The ATC Jobs For America's Graduates Class taught by Brenda Hoover is launching a clothing drive at all Wayne County Schools beginning Monday, October 25th - Thanksgiving. This worthwhile project is Wesley Cares' Service Project for Rogers Scholar.

Wayne County High School students participate in Agriculture Conservation Field Day Junior Conservation Club members

    The annual Agriculture Conservation Field Day offered local students an opportunity to serve and be a part of an informative special community event.  Wayne County Junior Conservation Club members introduced the audience to several of the agriculture professionals who are very familiar with the soil, water, and farmland that makes Wayne County so beautiful. FFA/Agriculture students helped prepare and serve the dinner held under a tent, after the presentations and hayride tour.

COVID-19 Testing and Vaccines for Ages 12 & Up COVID-19 Testing & Vaccines for Ages 12 and Up

Drive-through COVID-19 testing and vaccines on October 20th and 27th 3:30 PM - 6:00 PM EST. Wayne County Park Michigan Avenue.

Monticello Elementary third graders learn the lifecycle of Monarchs Butterflies ready to be released

Ask any third grader at Monticello Elementary about the plight of the Monarch butterfly and they should be able to tell you how they are declining and what they have been trying to do about it in their classrooms. The project is a result of the Wayne County Conservation District’s efforts and recently formed Junior Conservation Club.

Surplus school and office items available for purchase surplus tables

      There are a variety of office and school furniture pieces available for sale at Wayne County Schools. The Wayne County Board of Education declared several items surplus during a previous meeting.  Some items sold, but some had no bids. The attached document gives items that received no bids and are open for bidding.

High Attendance Day at Bell Elementary Bell Elementary celebrates High Attendance Day

Bell Elementary students in first and second grade experienced a great day at school recently on High Attendance Day. Every student got to experience the inflatables on the playground. Many of the students had participated in cookie dough sales to help raise money for special projects at the school, in addition to all the well thought out instructional activities.  

Wayne County Schools participated in the 6th annual Scarecrow Trail Wayne County Middle School participates in the Scarecrow Trail with their scarecrow display.

Congratulations to Wayne County Middle School for winning the prize in the non-profit organization category & the Viewer's Choice category. 

State test scores released showing downward dip in learning as expected Kentucky Department of Education Logo

      The Kentucky Department of Education released the Kentucky Summative Assessment (KSA) results from last spring, which include Wayne County’s data. The impact of learning disruptions is evident in the results, both locally and statewide. The local district is aggressively working to make up for lost time and learning due to the pandemic.

Elementary students receive pumpkins from school garden Pumpkins harvested from the WC school pumpkin patch

Close to 5,000 pumpkins were harvested recently from the school garden thanks to WC Extension Service and FFA/Agriculture students. Blanco and orange Field Trip pumpkins were harvested so preschool - 5th graders could have their very own small pumpkin to take home. Students can participate in the pumpkin decorating contest if they would like. Pumpkins are to be decorated as book characters. Check out more information inside...

Wayne County Schools implement weekly updates regarding school masks Cover your beak logo

In order to lessen any confusion about the Wayne County School District’s policy regarding masks being worn inside the school buildings due to the Covid pandemic, a weekly average incidence rate will appear at the top of the front page of the school website and be posted on the school district Facebook page, indicating whether masks are required. The figure will be updated each Friday, so everyone will have a convenient resource regarding whether or not masks are required, in the upcoming school week.

WC Cross Country Teams compete at Wayne County Invitational Meet WCHS runner Seth Flynn running along the lake

The Wayne County Cross Country program has one of the finest courses in the state and runners appreciate the scenic Cave Lake Event Park that is spectator friendly. This school year, there are lots of elementary and several middle school runners participating from Wayne County in the outdoor sport. On Saturday, September 18th, the Wayne County Cross Country Invitational was held in the Mill Springs community with close to 20 schools participating.

Homecoming Parade travels down Main Street Principal Steve Thompson and his daughter led the parade

A pep rally was held at the conclusion of the parade. The high school students had fun preparing for homecoming activities. Spirit Week and the selection of the homecoming court were in support of the Cardinal Football Team. 

Cards defeat McCreary Central 34-6 on Homecoming Night Homecoming winners

On September 17th, the Homecoming Court was announced at half time, along with the King Owen Morrow and Queen Mallory Campbell. The Cards added a win on the season. They will play Warren East at home on this Friday, September 24th at 8:00 p.m. when the stadium is dedicated to former Football Coach Shawn Thompson at 7:30 p.m. All former players and teammates of Coach Thompson are encouraged to attend and participate in the ceremony. Tickets are free to those returning football players.

Majority of Kentucky school boards vote to keep mask requirement KY Dept of Ed

Wayne County was among school districts across the state that voted to continue mask requirements in schools as the coronavirus infections continue to mount. According to the Kentucky School Board Association map, 165 of the state's 171 public school systems decided to extend universal masking in schools.

Senior Gage Gregory recognized at Board of Ed Meeting Gage Gregory with his parents Amy and Stewart Gregory

The Wayne County Board of Education honored Wayne County High School Senior Gage Gregory during the special recognition segment of their monthly meeting on September 16th, for the integrity he exhibited this summer when he received the prestigious Cullan Brown award. He received the award honoring the former University of Kentucky golfer who lost his life to osteosarcoma when he was 20 years old. Gage celebrated the event with Brown's family and will return next year to present the awards.

Board of Ed votes to continue requiring masks based on COVID incidence rate WC Seal

The Wayne County Board of Education has voted to continue requiring masks for students, staff, and visitors so long as the local COVID incidence rate remains at 50 or above. With the current incidence rate at 125, masks will continue to be required for now.

State legislature passes new law regarding school districts' management of COVID related issues Commonwealth of KY seal

     Wayne County Schools have been following the Kentucky Department of Education state mandates to lessen the spread of COVID, like other districts across the Commonwealth. However, the Kentucky General Assembly passed a new bill addressing schools and COVID that takes effect towards the end of this school week.

Wayne County Runners do well at Southern Harrier Classic hosted by Southwestern Middle School Boys Team

Wayne County Cross Country season got underway with the Wayne County Middle School Team placing first overall at the 24th Annual Southern Harrier Classic on September 11th.

Lil Dribblers Camp teaches basic skills Lil Dribblers learn basic skills

The Lil Dribblers Camp was a hit for the younger girls on campus. They got to learn basic skills from the Lady Cardinal Coaches and players, just before school started. 

Schools work hard to protect students and staff Water station fill up logo

Wayne County Schools continue to work hard enforcing safety protocol, restrictions and guidelines to protect the students and staff from COVID-19. In spite of their best efforts, there has been a recent surge in reported cases, creating an increase in quarantines necessary to help lessen the spread.

Schools work hard to protect students and staff Water station fill up logo

Wayne County Schools continue to work hard enforcing safety protocol, restrictions and guidelines to protect the students and staff from COVID-19. In spite of their best efforts, there has been a recent surge in reported cases, creating an increase in quarantines necessary to help lessen the spread.

Check out KCHIP insurance coverage for anyone under 19 KCHIP Poster

Enroll your kids up to age 19 in no-cost health care coverage through the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Signing up is simple. Coverage is complete. And it’s the right thing to do. Go to kynect.ky.gov/kchip or call (877) 524-4718.

 

Kentucky Public Health Guidelines for exposure to COVID-19 Have you been exosed to or tested positive for COVID-19?

Wayne County Schools needs your help with something small to make a BIG impact. Please keep your child home from school if they are displaying any COVID-like symptoms, including: fever, chills, new cough (this includes cough that remains after a fever), shortness of breath, headache, sore throat, vomiting, diarrhea, and loss of taste or smell. If your child has any of these symptoms, we urge you to have them COVID tested before returning to school. This precaution can help prevent spread of the virus. Please study the graphics provided and follow all suggested guidelines. The actions you take as one person can affect many. Please help us keep all our children healthy and in school.

Congrats to Go Cards Award Winners for 2020-2021 Superintendent Wayne Roberts addressed the school staff

     Wayne County School staff members started the school year off strong with the acknowledgement of co-workers who were nominated for their exceptional work through the Go Cards Awards.

Wayne County America Rescue Plan (ARP)

The district has been busy planning and consulting with stakeholders the last few months on the best way to utilize these ARP funds to maximize benefits for students now and in the future.

WC Area Technology Center celebrates 50th Anniversary Ribbon cutting ceremony

      They were oohing and aahing at the ‘gem’ located on the Wayne County School campus. The ‘gem’ is not a precious stone nor an athletic gym. It is the newest school building facility on campus, located at 38 Academic Avenue just behind the Wayne County High School. The Wayne County Area Technology Center got to open their doors to the public for the first time on August 16, well over a year after the building was finished. 

Wayne County Football Starts the Season with a Win Coach Guffey speaks to players

Friday's season opener was a good night for new head Coach Tyler Guffey and the Wayne County Cardinals as they defeated Clinton County 42-6. Unfortunately, the upcoming game with Pulaski County on August 27 has been canceled. due to COVID. 

Wayne County Schools' Family Medical Center offers drive-through health services COVID-19 drive-through vaccine graphic

Beginning August 23, Family Medical Center started offering COVID-19 drive-through vaccinations, as well as testing on Mondays and Wednesdays at Wayne County Memorial Park. Wayne County Schools appreciate the Healthy Kids Clinic helping keep our students safe through this community outreach!

Board of Education hires architect for new elementary school Board Chairman Larry Muse reviewed the proposal with the representatives from DECO Architects

The Wayne County Board of Education approved a motion to hire DECO Architects to design the new elementary school that will eventually replace Walker Early Learning Center. The new facility is is being sparked by federal COVID Relief funding, and will be located somewhere on the main campus

Mask remain in place on Wayne County Schools campus Cover your beak logo

Wayne County Schools are looking forward to a successful school year, even though the pandemic continues with the new variant. District leadership have been monitoring the latest developments with the COVID-19 pandemic and continue to adjust their plans accordingly. The mask emergency regulation set by KDE will be observed for all students and staff. 

Buses Ready to Roll Bus drivers and monitors at 8-hour update training

        The Wayne County School Transportation Department is ready to roll with bus driver update training, summer maintenance checks, new and used buses recently purchased, and a newly designed route schedule planned for the opening of school. It all plays out seamlessly, even though it is a complex process behind the scenes to orchestrate. There are 45 regular route buses that travel approximately 2,385 miles per day. In addition there are three special need buses.

New Curriculum hot off the press New books that will be used this school year

Hallways have been jammed with pallets of boxes filled with new manuals and kits that will update and enrich student learning, courtesy of the American Recovery Act. The district is investing an extra $200 worth of instructional resources per student through this phase of the federal funds.

Districtwide Carnival CANCELED Carnival Poster

     Wayne County Schools regretfully announce the CANCELATION of the Districtwide School Carnival planned for Monday, August 16. Due to the increased COVID in the community it is necessary to cancel the planned back to school carnival.  The plan was to have a fun activity to kick off a new and hopefully normal school year.  However, the concern now is that the desired fun could contribute to a possible outbreak. Thank you to all who had planned and made preparations.  Everyone’s efforts have been appreciated. Students will report back to class on August 19 for the first day of school which will be in session for 8:15 to 3:15 p.m.  The staff will attend opening day on August 18th. Each school will be conducting their own orientation schedules this month.

Orientation Meetings welcome students and families back to each school School Seal

Wayne County Schools are excited to welcome students back to their school building orientations. There will be an exchange of information, while students get to meet their instructors for the coming school year. A schedule of each school's orientation meetings appear inside...

Save the Date for Wayne County Area Technology Center Grand Opening event Entrance to new ATC building

The Wayne County Area Technology Center will be rolling out the red carpet to the public to celebrate their 50th anniversary serving Wayne County’s Technical Education needs with a special Grand Opening event. The new center will have an open house on August 16th from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. at their new location at 38 Academic Avenue, directly behind the Wayne County High School.

Bell Elementary Teacher Jamie Reagan named KY Teacher Achievement Award recipient Math Intervention Teacher Jamie Reagan

The Kentucky Department of Education and Valvoline Inc. have selected 24 outstanding Kentucky educators as recipients of the 2022 Valvoline™ Teacher Achievement Awards (TAA) including Wayne County School Teacher Jamie Reagan. She and the other 23 recipients have qualified to compete for the 2022 Kentucky Teacher of the Year Award, which will be announced in September.

COVID continues to be a concern child wearing a mask logo

Wayne County Schools are eager to begin another school year and look forward to seeing students on August 19th.  COVID continues to be a concern for our community and our schools.  The district will continue to follow the advice of local, area, and state health department officials in making decisions with regard to student and staff safety. 

COVID continues to be a concern child wearing a mask logo

Wayne County Schools are eager to begin another school year and look forward to seeing students on August 19th.  COVID continues to be a concern for our community and our schools.  The district will continue to follow the advice of local, area, and state health department officials in making decisions with regard to student and staff safety. 

Girls LIttle Dribblers Camp coming up Previous Girls Little Dribblers

First and second grade girls at Bell Elementary are encouraged to register for this opportunity to pick up tips through drills and technique development in a fun way. There will be a series of three after school sessions. Call 606-348-8150 for more information.

Board of Education approves construction managerial company for new elementary school building project WC School Seal

 The Wayne County Board of Education met Thursday, July 15th, continuing to make plans for the construction of a new elementary building, with the help of federal COVID relief money.

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.   

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.  

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. 

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.

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.... 

Kids excited to return to in-person learning at Bell Elementary Bell Elem Educators welcome the white group to in-person learning

First and second graders in the white group could not wait to come to school for in-person learning on September 29th. The red and white groups are on a rotating schedule with Fridays set aside for virtual learning. 

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.  

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. 

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.

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.

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.

Bell Elementary students visit their school for orientation Lonnie Chaplin's family meets with one of the teachers

Teachers welcomed back second graders and met their new first grade students.

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.

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.

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.