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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. 

Farm Day is a favorite for the kids at Walker Early Learning Center Cobb representative with Andrea Moreno from Red team

Wayne County preschoolers and kindergarten students from Walker Early Learning Center had a great time at their annual Farm Day. Special thanks to the Extension Office, Conservation Office, FFA, and Cobb who were among the many participants who worked hard to make it especially interesting for the youngest learners on campus.

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.

Over 600 came to WELC Farm Family Literacy Fun Night Giggle, Giggle, Quack book from Family Literacy Fun Night

It was a great night recently at Walker Early Learning Center where the staff celebrated literacy with the help of live animals and all kinds of give-a-ways to help the youngest learners on campus. They enjoyed seeing over 600 individuals that came.to be a part of the outdoor festivities.

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.

Mobile Science Activity Center captivates kid’s interest at Monticello Elementary and Walker Early Learning Center Mobile Science Unit teacher talks to a Monticello Elementary student

“We’re six for six today,” shrugged mobile unit teacher/driver Chris Coffman. All six classes of fourth graders had guessed that chocolate milk comes from a brown cow… “It happens every time,” he grinned.

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.

Guest Readers popular at Walker Early Learning Center Guest Readers popular at Walker Early Learning Center

Some 35 guest readers visited preschoolers and kindergarten students at Walker Early Learning Center. Guests were from the school district central office to community members from offices representing the county attorney, judge executive, mayor, county circuit clerk, sheriff, lawyer to retired educators to the Monticello Women's Club. The folks at Walker Early Learning Center had a great turn out and the guest readers were so appreciative to be invited.

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. 

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/.  

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.

Walker Early Learning Center students help trim the trees in the school foyer Whoville City Hall

The hallways at Walker Elementary have been fully decorated for the holidays. Parents were able to visit after school on December 14th so they could see the love and attention that the staff showered on their children. Lots of canned goods were collected in the food drive teaching the students the importance of giving.

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.

Walker Early Learning Center principal shares information with Early Childhood Institute Walker Early Learning Center Principal Angela Ballinger participated in a panel discussion at a recent conference in Louisville.

 Wayne County Schools were amongst schools in Kentucky to take advantage of the Imagination Library in the early stages. Now the local results of that program are in and revealing gains in literacy, while also helping bring about state contributions. Walker Early Learning Center's success was shared at a state conference recently, to help inspire other school districts to help advance literacy through the Imagination Library.  

Collaboration between a high school class and a group of preschoolers proved to be a priceless experience Student with his wild thing making a sandwich

Students in Mrs. Shannon Foster's Early Life Span class recently looked at how thematic units can be used within many different classroom settings. Students began by reading "Where the Wild Things Are." They then designed their own wild thing and wrote a short story about their experiences with it.

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

Kindergarten students got to learn about military service in Amy Gregory's classroom Amy Gregory and her Dad Larry Matthews

Walker Early Learning Center Teacher Amy Gregory's Dad, Larry Matthews, shared momentos from his service in the U.S. Army. He brought his purple heart medal and photos from his service in Vietnam so the children could understand more about Veteran's Day.

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.

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.

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.  

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.

Camp Read S'more was fun Family Literacy event Kindergarten teachers set up displays for the walk-through

Walker Early Learning Center rolled out the red carpet to their families with a camping theme to celebrate reading, recently. Each child received activity sheets, sight word booklets and "The Gruffalo" book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, as well as a S'more kit that the cafeteria put together. They enjoyed their teachers' displays at the pretend camp out as they participated in the walk-through which concluded with a book trail showcasing each page of the book. 

 

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.

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.

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

Little ones excited about first day of Kindergarten Teacher Yvonne Morgan assisted her students

Wayne County Kindergarten students filled the classrooms at Walker Early Learning Center on opening day, August 19th. The nearby Cardinal Kids Campus, the school district year-around daycare center, was also open for business. The preschoolers will join the kindergarten students on August 30 for half day sessions Mondays through Thursdays. Classrooms are named by color groups in the preschool hallway, accommodating morning and afternoon groups. Phase-In will be held on August 25 and 26 as the youngest learners transition onto 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.

Golf team making progress during season Abby Reagan

The Wayne County Girls Golf Team participated in the Taylor County Cardinal Classic and finished 5th overall as a team, recently. On Saturday, August 7th they will participate in the Barren County Invitational at Barren River State Park. Go Cards!

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. 

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.

Wayne County Schools Job Fair coming up Sign in desk

The next Wayne County School Job Fair is scheduled for July 7 from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. at the District Services Office (formerly known as the ATC or Vocational School). Come and join our team!  Anyone seeking employment in a professional environment is encouraged to attend. Openings for full-time cooks, bus drivers, teachers, and special needs assistants; as well as substitute positions in a variety of areas.  Please bring names and contact information (address and phone numbers) for three references.   

Volleyball Camp held for youngest girls campers

The Wayne County High School Volleyball program held a three-day summer camp for girls in Kindergarten through Fifth Grade in the Rodney Woods Gymnasium, June 21-23. The high school girls assisted Volleyball Coach Sandra Baker teaching 20 young girls basic skills used in volleyball. The day campers were split into two groups so they got plenty of attention from the older players they looked up to. The campers became real volleyball fans and will hopefully continue to be interested in the sport.   

Blevins contributes 20 points to the Kentucky Team that defeated Indiana Macey Blevins had a great game on Kentucky Team

INDIANAPOLIS – The best laid plans of mice, men and All-Star coaches often go awry. That sums up the final nine seconds of Indiana’s agonizing loss to Kentucky in the series finale. Wayne County Cardinal Macey Blevins was a major contributor to the Kentucky Team beating rival Indiana in a dramatic game, recently. The fans in Indiana got to see a Wayne County player's talents! 

School garden work underway Laying plastic in the school garden

Wayne County Extension Service and FFA students volunteer to work in the school garden during the summer months to make sure there are plenty of vegetables to harvest in the fall for the students. The four-acre garden is split into two sections with pumpkins and corn to be planted in the front section and slicing tomatoes, grape tomatoes, cabbage, brocolli, brussell sprouts, cucumbers, cantaloupe, watermelons, and bell/banana peppers to be planted in the back section. Most recently the agriculture enthusiasts put wide strips of plastic down to keep weeds away and drip lines to irrigate the crops. In fact, they have had several plastic laying parties at the Wayne County FFA school garden, recently. With all the recent rain, they are behind like most gardeners. Extension Service Agent Glen Roberts and Specialist Terry Bertram really appreciate the students who come out and give of their time. They especially wished to thank Gage Tucker, Myles Gregory, Jenna Morrow. Matthew Bogucki and Jorden Watson for their support. Back in March they plowed the gardens.

Wayne County School Teachers honored in Campbellsville College Excellence in Teaching Awards Excellence in Education Awards

Wayne County Schools are proud to have three teachers selected to be included in the Excellence in Teaching Virtual Ceremony hosted by Campbellsville College. Walker Early Learning Center Teacher Becky Lewis, Wayne County Middle School Teacher Braxton Shearer, and Wayne County High School Teacher Liz McClain were recognized for their outstanding contributions to education. Check out the video link inside.

Summer School and 21st Century Summer Camp underway Transportation is provided during summer school

Wayne County's 21st Century Program started summer camp and activities for students who will be in grades three through eight when school starts in the fall on June 7th. Every summer, students have enriched their minds with creative activities including a wealth of topics to choose from like: competitive cook offs, literary events, drama productions. exciting field trips, and physical training. Besides 21st Century, Summer School is taking a front row seat to help students at every school level catch up.

Volleyball Camp for Wayne County elementary students coming up Returning the ball during a game last fall

Wayne County Volleyball Camp 2021 will be held June 21-23 in the WCHS Gym. K-second graders will meet from 9:00 -10:00 and 3rd-5th graders will meet from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. Please fill out the application form by June 14. 

Seniors proudly walked through all the school buildings on final day of school Children were excited to cheer for the grads at Bell

Seniors took a sentimental journey through all the schools on the final day of classes. The underclassmen all enjoyed seeing the seniors in their cap n' gowns and getting the chance to congratulate them on completing their public education. Several seniors got to hug their Moms and extended family as they walked through the hallways of the schools that brought back fond memories.  

Families had front row seats as their Seniors were awarded diplomas Rylee Keith gave a thumbs up

There were 2,811 guests who were able to enjoy seeing their senior graduate in a customized ceremony, allowing many more family and friends to be a part of the final graduation ceremony in the gymnasium. COVID guidelines allowed for each senior to have four tickets to invite friends and family (based on capacity seating) so instead of a traditional commencement, the school focused on each senior being able to share their moment crossing the stage with all those they wished to invite. There were many highlights, hugs, and joyful moments to celebrate each senior at the family affair. An edited video of the entire three day senior event is being produced and will be featured on the school district website coming up this summer. 

Congratulations to WCHS graduates! Class of 2021

There were 222 seniors that graduated in the Class of 2021. The seniors participated in the annual walk through at the school buildings, while participating in Pomp and Circumstances together as a class on the last day of school to be together. The campus streets were lined with yard signs of each senior. They took a drone photo spelling out WC on the practice field. They stopped by the District Services building to receive their free ChromeBooks courtesy of the Gear-Up program, a one-time gift due to a regional Gear-Up grant. Participated in a parade down Main Street celebrating graduation, followed by a celebration on Jewell Field for Project Graduation, complete with prizes and fireworks.

KDE provides resources for summer learning Photo of a boy with a book

The Kentucky Department of Education has launched its Summer Boost: Reading and Mathematics Program, along with a series of Summer Support webpages, in partnership with The Children’s Reading Foundation, Scholastic and the Summer Food Service Program. The webpages also will feature a virtual read-aloud series that will allow children to listen to stories read by guests.

Time to nominate colleagues for Go Card Award Cardinal logo seal

Wayne County Schools will once again recognize outstanding individuals, both certified and classified on opening day 2021. You are encouraged to nominate extraordinary individuals who work in the Wayne County School System and deserve to be recognized. Please give precise examples of what makes that person a praiseworthy candidate. Suggested criteria are listed below. One certified and one classified staff member from each school and one classified person from the district staff will be recognized with a $100.00 dollar recognition. Each winner will then be eligible to be recognized as the district’s “MVP” and receive an additional $150.00 dollar recognition.

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.

Lights, Camera, Action... Teachers at Walker Early Learning Center captivate students' interests online Teachers use special lighting to enhance google classroom learning

It is hard enough for teachers to keep young students’ minds focused on curriculum for lengthy stretches of time in a controlled classroom setting, so you can imagine how difficult it is to keep their attention via a computer screen during remote learning from home when there are many more distractions. With that in mind, teachers at Walker Early Learning Center have become somewhat theatrical in the performances they are delivering each day, in order to make the most of their online instruction to the youngest learners.

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.... 

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.

Walker Early Learning Center Teachers getting results through virtual learning Yvonne Morgan chats with students

Teachers are busy communicating with their students through a variety of online techniques. Class DOJO is an important tool for parents at Walker, as well as Google Classroom and Zoom meetings.The youngest students are learning numbers and words online. 

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.

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.

Walker Early Learning Center Orientation split between kindergarten and preschool students Teacher Nicki Prince's white board showed off a virtual lesson for the start of school

The youngest learners were very excited to see their classrooms and meet their teachers. They will have all kinds of resources where they learn the basics through virtual means. Teachers were happy to show parents all their tools during orientation and will continue to build relationships with their families.

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.

Walker Early Learning Center gearing up for start of school Little Cardinal mascot

There is a lot going on at Walker Early Learning Center on the Wayne County Schools campus. On Wednesday (August 5), preschool teachers conducted the final DIAL 4 Screenings to help customize learning for each child’s introductory year to school. Parents of kindergarten students can expect to receive a phone call from the school as teachers begin calling their students’ homes to schedule appointments for kindergarten orientation set for August 17 and 18, from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. each day.

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.

Youngest learners enrolling in school participate in DIAL-4 Screening Instructor Whitney Burks works with an incoming preschooler during screening

The preschool staff conducted DIAL-4 Screening to help meet students' needs on an individual basis. The test results help teachers know where each child is at on their basic skills, so they know how to craft instruction and meet their social needs to help them progress in the classroom. The appointments were scattered out over a three-day period.

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.

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.