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Teachers go extra mile for students on NTI Days Sixth Grade Social Studies Teacher Malissa Atkinson works on an NTI assignment

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

Young people enjoy receiving meals curbside boy picking up bag at bus door

Close to a thousand children have received meals daily through the efforts of the School's Nutrition Services Department, who were assisted by the Transportation Department. Check out the faces of the children being served along Mike Cooksey's in-town bus route. A fleet of six buses have been traveling the roads of Wayne County delivering meals during the school closure, as well as a school pick-up service. The buses will not be operating over spring break, but will resume services on a new schedule after April 3. The Middle School pick-up center will continue to be operating over spring break at lunchtime. 

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

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

Wayne County Schools closed until April 20th

Due to Governor Andy Beshear’s recommendation Friday evening, Wayne County Schools will remain closed until April 20th.

Wayne County Schools Healthy Kids Clinic Open during spring break Healthy Kids Clinic graphic

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

            

 

Wayne County School Mental Health and Counseling Hotline number being established

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

Talking to children about Coronavirus Disease

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Countdown to Kindergarten Parent Workshops important step in registering for kindergarten Countdown to Kindergarten Parent Workshops important step in registering for kindergarten

It is already time to prepare for kindergarten registration on the Wayne County School campus. Families who are enrolling children in kindergarten for the 2020-2021 school year are encouraged to participate in Countdown to Kindergarten. Families are assigned to one workshop scheduled for either March 5, 12, 19, and 26 from 5:30-7:00 p.m. Current preschool families have been assigned to a workshop during the first three dates. On March 26th, Head Start Program students and families, and any students and families enrolling in kindergarten who have not yet attended a workshop will be encouraged to attend.

Little Cardinal Academy classes acquaint youngest children with preschool Little Cardinal Academy classes acquaint youngest children with preschool

The Wayne County School preschool program based at Walker Early Learning Center is welcoming young children eligible to attend school next fall to three morning classes in March.

Tech students rally around real life cause to fight cancer green clover leaf pin produced by the students

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

Preschoolers learn proper dental hygiene Preschoolers learn proper dental hygiene

Dental hygienist Kathy Ellis, representing Dr. Philip Hardin's dentist office, shared a book and info on how to properly brush your teeth and develop good dental health habits.

Monticello Academic Team named Runner's-Up at District Monticello Academic Team named Runner's-Up at District

The Monticello Elementary Academic Team were named the KAAC 2020 Elementary District 55 Governor’s Cup competition runners-up on February 11th. Those students who advanced will compete at Region in Clinton County on February 24 and February 29.

Save The Date for Countdown To Kindergarten Countdown to Kindergarten

Families who want their children to be enrolled in kindergarten at Walker Early Learning Center should attend this important workshop!

District report cards available online District report cards available online

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

Upcoming alterations to the school day calendar

        Parent Teacher Conferences are set for Monday, February 10th from 12 noon to 6:00 p.m.  If parents or students are ill and unable to attend Monday’s Parent Teacher Conferences, they are welcome to phone the school or email their child’s teacher, so they do not miss this important opportunity. On the following Monday, February 17th, classes will be in session on Presidents Day. Also note that a districtwide bus evacuation drill will be held at 2:45 p.m. Wednesday, February 12th when classes are dismissed.   

100 days of school celebrated at the Elementary Schools Monticello students created 100 beaded necklaces during a 100 day activity

Many of the Elementary students customized their clothing to celebrate the 100th day of school. Learning activities included 100 days into their equations.

Walker students participate in second ABC sightword celebration Teachers and their students celebrate the 105 kindergarten students who knew all 26 of their ABC sightwords

Teachers and their students celebrated with the 105 kindergarten students who knew all 26 of their ABC sightwords last semester.

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

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

Senture provides pizza party for Alecia Parker's Kindergarten class to celebrate poster winner Senture provides pizza party for Alecia Parker's Kindergarten class to celebrate poster winner

Kindergarten student Lilly Bell's art won the anti-bullying poster contest at Walker Early Learning Center recently.

Reading Horizons program implemented this school year New Horizons Coach Heather Price teaches sound combinations

Wayne County students in kindergarten through eighth grade are benefitting from a new program being implemented called Reading Horizons. The software and teacher-led reading instruction prepares students with the strategies and skills they need to become proficient readers.

Youngest learners enjoy "Pete the Cat" literacy activities at Family Literacy Night Parents dined in the cafeteria while learning about the new Reading Horizons program

Walker Early Learning Center rolled out the red carpet for the youngest students and their families. Parents learned about the new Reading Horizon's Phonics program currently being implemented during dinner. Classroom activities were part of the fun at the event held this semester.

Wayne County School Board honored this month Board of Education Members

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

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

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

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

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

Preschoolers enjoy visiting with Santa on "Rudolph the Rednosed Reindeer" Day Santa

Walker Early Learning Center celebrated "Grinch" Day and "Twas the Night Before Christmas" the last couple of days before the holiday break.

Children have an amazing time creating gingerbread men in their preschool classes Class with the gingerbread man

The preschoolers were completely captivated on gingerbread day after reading books about Gingerbread people. They followed a recipe to make the gingerbread mix with each student taking part. The cafeteria cooks helped bake their creations and then the children had to hunt to find them.   

Wayne County Schools participated in local Christmas Parade Wayne County Schools participated in local Christmas Parade

The Wayne County JROTC Battalion carried the Christmas parade banner to lead the floats, cars, and horses. The WCHS FFA, JROTC Battalion, Casting Cardinals, WCMS Cheerleaders and Dance Team members did a great job representing the school district.

NTI packets sent home to elementary students NTI

Wayne County Schools will once again participate in Kentucky’s Non-Traditional Instruction (NTI) program, which allows school districts to conduct classes through virtual or other means on days that the district would normally have to cancel for inclement weather.  

Chamber of Commerce makes plans for Christmas parade and Decorating Contest Chamber of Commerce makes plans for Christmas parade and Dancing Contest
Look who received the new Golden Tray Award The Golden Tray Award

Walker Early Learning Center Little Cardinal Cafe staff got their entire school to join in the nostalgic musical fun during National School Lunch Week. They won the first-ever golden tray award for their efforts.

Wayne County's Veterans Day Parade provides wonderful history lesson Wayne County's Veterans Day Parade

Wayne County School students had a number of heroes to be inspired by at the recent Veterans Day celebrations. It was quite a day for teachable moments with opportunities for students to participate in and learn from individuals that know the real meaning of service.

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Classes will be dismissed on Monday, November 18 in order for the teaching staff to have a mandated planning work session day from 12:00 noon to 6:00 p.m.

GT Fundraiser for trip to Greece is all about pasta with personality Scene from Athens, Greece

Unique pasta, gourmet fun, gift boxes and sets, soups and chilis, and mac 'n cheese are available. The Greece Travel Study students are selling Fun Pasta through Wednesday, November 13. This a unique and very cool way to support Wayne County travel abroad students. 

Kentucky Living Magazine November 2019 Edition Features Local Educators Two teachers graduate from STEM training

South Kentucky RECC and Kentucky’s Touchstone Energy Cooperatives this summer celebrated the graduation of eight teachers from an innovative program to lay the groundwork for creating a Kentucky workforce trained in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). 

Students participated in St. Jude Trikeathon 1234567

Walker students had fun following an upbeat exercise video they were doing in physical education class as they took turns participating in the Trikeathon in a wide hallway outside the classroom. P.E. Teacher Amy Cross shared the software program she uses in her classes with a few high schoolers from Shannon Foster's early childhood class to teach them about instructional tools. The high school students enjoyed assisting the young students who were able to raise $2,289.92 at school and online for the St. Jude Hospital service learning event.

Page Turners Book Club inspire younger students Page Turners Book Club inspire younger students

That is certainly the goal for all Wayne County students, but there is a particular group of youngsters that may really be nailing that goal. They are known as the Page turners, thanks to an after school club they are attending.

Walker Early Learning Center staff and students Joined the Cooks in saluting the 80's during National School Lunch Week Walker Staff

The entire school dressed up including students and staff celebrating 80's tunes. Walker Early Learning Center went for the gold and won the fun in-house contest. Each of the schools did a great job creating a lot of excitement in the cafeterias and promoting healthy eating habits.  

Pumpkins harvested at Wayne County School Garden Pumpkins surrounding a tree

Pumpkins provide teachable moments for elementary students who picked out their very own Blanco or Field Trip pumpkins harvested by agricultural students. There was a record breaking 4,000 pumpkins grown in the school garden so every elementary student could receive their very own pumpkin.

Walker Early Learning Center Safety Day Preschoolers pretend to drive sheriff's jeep

Thanks to first responders, Safety Day was a hit for preschoolers and kindergarten students who learned basic safety tips from the experts. 

KY Dept of Agriculture official Tina Garland visited the school garden Myles Gregory, the student's manager of the garden chatted with the visitor and nutrition services menu planner Casey Holt and director Kathryn Tucker

Wayne County's school garden is regarded as the best in the state by agriculture officials. Harvesting the vegetables is a joint undertaking by students and the extension service. Administrative Branch Manager for the KY Department of Agriculture Tine Garland was very impressed with the local school garden and how student harvest and distribute the produce to the cafeterias

Learn about the new online school report card Learn about the new online school report card

New 5-star accountability system launches; little improvement shown overall.

Test scores released for schools across the state WC Seal

Wayne County Schools received their latest 2018-19 accountability scores, receiving three star ratings for the district’s three levels – elementary, middle and high school.

Why is the flu vaccine so important for your child? Syringe

Flu vaccines will be available at the Healthy Kids Clinic inside your child's school. Vaccines will be given beginning October 14th, through October 17th at announced locations. Check out the attached flyer to learn about the benefits of being vaccinated.

Are You One Throw From $1000? Are You One Throw From $1000?

The Healthy Kids Clinic is hosting a football throwing contest for $1000. Sign up the night of the game by visiting the Healthy Kids Clinic booth located at the football field.

Schools participating in the 4th annual Scarecrow Trail Schools participating in the 4tn annual Scarecrow Trail

Deadline for voting on the displays throughout town Monday, September 30th. The fall display with the most votes will be declared viewers choice.

Big turnout for second session of Born Learning Shannon and Aaron Foster with their son at Born Learning event

The next session for Born Learning will be held September 30th at Walker Early Learning Center. It is not too late for families with children ages 0 - School Age to sign up for these workshops that go through October 28th. The workshop begins with a free dinner at 5:30 p.m. followed by parenting classes, complete with childcare provided for children.  

High Attendance Day memorable for students Mitchell Gregory goes down in dunking tank

Each school offered students fun and exciting events on September 17th. Students enjoyed slushies, dunking machines, inflatables, kickball, and movies - just to name a few of the special activities. Congratulations to Monticello Elementary who won the local high attendance contest with 98.55% of students present. Wayne County Middle School was second with 97.62% present, closely followed by Bell Elementary with 97.31% present.The High Attendance Day contest is sponsored by the state Director of Pupil Personnel Association. The regional and state contest results will be determined later. 

Parents learned considerable information about their child's education at Parent Teacher Conferences Cydi Neal and Jamie Jones share a laugh at parent teacher conference

Parent Teacher Conferences were held for three of the Wayne County Schools on September 19 from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. Parents gained valuable information regarding their child's talents and data collected on their school work.

Summer Food Service Program Champion 2019 Named Monticello Elementary Food Service staffers and admirers surrounded Connie at the ceremony

Monticello Elementary/Summer Food Service Cook Connie Dishman was recently surprised with the announcement that she was named the local school disrict's Summer Food Service Program Champion 2019. She was recognized at the state level with fellow school district recipients during the recent School Food Service annual conference. She will be receiving a framed signed certificate in the mail from the state organization. 

First of the six series of BornLearning get togethers bl

Families appreciated the information they learned about early brain development and how everyday activities at home can nurture this in young children. Children received blocks and gifts to reinforce early learning skills at home. Families were served dinner in the cafeteria, followed by valuable parenting education tips, while childcare was provided. The next date for BornLearning will be September 23rd and families with babies to preschool age are encouraged to participate. Call 348-4251 for more information.

High Attendance Day set for Tuesday, September 17th Wayne County Director of Pupil Personnel Stewart York presented Wayne County Middle School Principal Melissa Gossage with a certificate as a regional winner

All kinds of special events are being planned at the local schools to highlight the importance of good attendance. Students need to make sure they are at school on Tuesday, September 17th in order to participate and benefit from unique and clever learning opportunities, not to mention some funny happenings. Last year the WCMS was honored after winning the regional award for highest attendance.  

Educators benefit from STEM Master’s Degree program geared towards workforce development improvement Board of Education pose for a photo with recipients and guest presenters

Wayne County Schools are part of a movement to pair education with economic development to create global success. Local educators want to provide students with skills to create new jobs for themselves and improve employment opportunities in the future.

Talk about Walking the Walk 5 miler

Wayne County’s 37th Annual Lake Cumberland 5 Miler – 5K – 1Mile Fun Run held August 31st included more than just the usual group of walking and running enthusiasts interested in logging a few miles with friends to start their fall running season and help raise a few dollars for the school Cross Country and Track Program in the meantime.  

Grandparents welcomed to Walker Early Learning Center Grandparents Day

Kindergartners and preschoolers are enjoying having their families come to school for snacks and a tour of the book fair in the library.     

Preschool Orientation helps the youngest learners and parents feel at home

Preschool families attended orientation where they visited the staff, found their classrooms, and completed paperwork. Phase-In days for the preschoolers are August 22 and 23 where students get comfortable in their classrooms with small groups of their classmates. Opening day for the preschoolers enrolled in morning or afternoon classes Monday through Thursdays will start Monday, August 26th.  

Students and staff encouraged to participate in 37th Annual Lake Cumberland 5 Miler - 5K - 1 Mile Fun Run Corporal Matthew Bradford competing

Wayne County Athletic Director Kevin Jones invites the community to support the event and run with celebrity visitor Corporal Matthew Bradford, the first blinded amputee in history to re-enlist in the Marine Corps. The retired marine spoke at Mill Springs Christian Church last Sunday and will be returning for the run at 8 a.m. Saturday, August 31st. Registration begins at 7:00 a.m. The Cross Country Program coordinates this run and is excited to welcome Corporal Bradford.

Kindergarten students work in their school garden Ag

Wayne County Agriculture Extension Service staff members showed youngsters how to plant cauliflower in their raised beds at Walker Early Learning Center

Scarecrow Trail 2019 Scarecrow Trail 2019

Support the imagination Library while adding beauty and positive attention to Wayne County? Here is what you can do; be apart of the Fourth Annual Scarecrow trail! As an individual, group or business you can design a scarecrow display and join the competition being sponsored by the Wayne County Homemakers, Women in Agriculture, and Tis the Season Gift Shot

$10 entrance fee, and all proceeds go to the Wayne County Public Library.

Wayne County Baseball School for Grades 1st-8th Baseball and bat

The Wayne County Baseball program will be having a training camp very soon!

Preschool Orientation helps the youngest learners and parents feel at home Preschool Instructional Assistant  with Parent Whitney Sullivan, whose son Grayson is in her classroom

Preschool families attended orientation where they visited the staff, found their classrooms, and completed paperwork. Phase-In days for the preschoolers are August 22 and 23 where students get comfortable in their classrooms with small groups of their classmates. Opening day for the preschoolers enrolled in morning or afternoon classes Monday through Thursdays will start Monday, August 26th.  

First Bus Evacuation Drill teaches safety rules to all students Bus Evacuation Drill

Bus drivers teach students guidelines for bus safety along regular routes, field trips and extra-curricular travels during this mandated training.

Kindergarten Orientation held at Walker Early Learning Center Teacher Jill Allen visits with a family

Kindergartens and their families were excited to meet their teachers and see their classrooms on August 5th during orientation. 

Check out #SeeRed BornLearning Check out #SeeRed BornLearning

Be a part of the 6 sessions for families with children that are 0-school age. The workshops provide parents with tools and resources to turn everyday activities into early learning moments. Learning starts long before school.

First Day starting Public Education at Walker Early Learning Center Teacher Yvonne Morgan enjoys her new class of kindergarteners.

The staff at Walker Early Learning Center rolled out the red carpet for children coming to kindergarten on opening day. The youngsters learned where to sit in their classroom, how to put their bunny tails on to walk in line quietly and how to go through the cafeteria serving line - just to mention a few of the hundreds of new things that teachers gently began implementing on the first day. The staff set the stage for exciting new learning opportunities ahead.

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

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

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

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

Wayne County Schools Orientation 2019-20 Wayne County Schools Orientation 2019-20

Wayne County Schools Orientation dates are posted. Check out the dates and times for each grade level to familiarize families with the new school year. 

Back to School Supply Lists Supplies

School is back in session starting August 14th. Supply list for Walker Early Learning Center, Monticello Elementary, Bell Elementary, and Middle School are posted for the new school year. 

The Wayne County Board of Education recognized 19 employees who retired during the June monthly meeting The Wayne County Board of Education recognized 19 employees who retired during the June monthly meeting

A reception was held for the retirees and their families, prior to the Board meeting. The retirees were thanked for a total of 434 years of valuable service to the Wayne County School students.

Back to School Supply Lists Back to School Supply List

School is back in session starting August 14th. Supply list for Walker Early Learning Center, Monticello Elementary, and Bell Elementary are posted for the new school year. 

Clerical Training updates staff's skills Clerical Training

The front line professionals who work in the principal's office at each school are very important employees. Like teachers, they serve students and families in a valuable way. So, they participate in summer trainings just like the certified staff.  

Walker Early Learning Center Enrollment Walker Early Learning

Enroll now for fall Preschool and Kindergarten. Call 348-4251 or stop by 1080 South Main Street to pick up a registration packet between 8 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

School Employees thanked for their service during Teacher Appreciation Week School Employees thanked for their service during Teacher Appreciation Week

Each school celebrated teacher appreciation week in different ways. Thanks to all the educators who worked hard for the students during the 2018-19 school year!

Taking a look back at Bell Elementary's successful Officer Appreciation Program during 2018-19 School Year! Bell Officer Appreciation Program Very Successful during 2018-19 School Year!

Check out this wonderful partnership with local law enforcement experienced at Bell Elementary thanks to a dedicated state trooper, two veteran teachers and a focus on student safety. Bell Elementary students learned not to be scared...but to be prepared this school year. 

"Oh the Places You'll Go!" Kindergarten End of Year Program Held May 20th "Oh the Places You'll Go!" Kindergarten End of Year Program Held May 20th

The morning program included children from Beth Corder's, DeShay Dishman, Pandora Jones', Becky Lewis, and Yvonne Morgan's class. The afternoon program featured students from Jill Allen's, Cynthia Bell's, Amy Gregory's, Alecia Parker's, and Emily Upchurch's classrooms.The kindergarten students made great strides this year to become ready for first grade. 

Wayne County Boys Basketball Camp for K-5th Grade Basketball Camp

Wayne County Boys Basketball Camp is free admission and will be conducted by Wayne County Boys Basketball Coaches featuring former player Peyton Woods. Registration will be completed by parent/guardian on the first day of camp. 

Lunchbox Express Summer Kick Off Lunchbox Express Summer Kick Off

Meals are being served both at WCMS and WCHS as well as 4 main routes and 4 special events. The summer feeding program was kicked off at Memorial Park on June 4th, complete with booths giving free gifts and inflatables. Children 18 years old or younger are encouraged to participate in the free program. 

Walker Early Learning Center Preschool End of Year Program on May 14th Preschool End of Year

Blue, Green, Purple, Orange, Red, Yellow groups from morning and afternoon sessions participated in the special event. Students began by doing the pledge to the flag, sang One Small Voice, received certificates, and sang the Good Bye Song. A large audience was present for both programs. 

Candyland Open House for Preschoolers and Families was lots of fun Future preschooler gives a thumbs up in a classroom

Walker Early Learning Center's Candyland Open House introduced future preschoolers, who had already signed up for fall classes, to their new school environment. The preschool and kindergarten programs are still accepting applications for fall registration, along with the Cardinal Kids Campus/Wrap-Around program, so it is not too late to enroll. Appointments can be made for Dial Screening set for July 17-18, by calling Walker Early Learning Center at 348-4251. The annual screening helps teachers determine where a child is developmentally, so they can better meet their needs in the fall.

Summer Food Program to Kick Off on June 4th summer feeding logo

Wayne County Schools will be kicking off the Summer Food Program at Memorial Park on June 4th from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Four Public Universities Commit to University Center of Southern Kentucky Congressman Rogers announces EKU, WKU, MSU & UK as partners of the new University Center of Southern Kentucky

The new University Center of Southern Kentucky (UCSK) will open with the fall semester of 2019 on the campus of Somerset Community College (SCC), allowing third and fourth-year students to continue pursuing their degrees close to home. 

Summer Meals Program Schedule Announced By Foods Service Department Kids Eat Logo

Wayne County Schools will be kicking off the Summer Food Program at Memorial Park on June
4th from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Kids 18 and under can receive a free breakfast and lunch. The Lunch Box
Express mobile feeding bus will be serving students at four stops from June 3 – July 25. Stops along the
route included: Memorial Park, Aspire Center, Worsham Place Apartments, and Mason Green
Apartments. Other locations where meals are being served at specific times are: Wayne County Middle
School, Wayne County High School, WC Public Library, and Cave Lake Event Park.
Attached is a complete schedule. No mobile routes will be served on June 4th.

Summer Food Program to Kick Off in Wayne County on June 4th summer feeding program

The Lunch Box Express mobile feeding bus will be serving students at four stops from June 3 - July 25. Stops along the route include: Memorial Park, Aspire Center, Worsham Place Apartments, and Mason Green Apartments.

Lunchbox Express Mobile Unit receives funding for updates Group Photo

With summer just around the corner, the Wayne County Nutrition Department is busy getting ready for the summer meals program that helps children keep from going hungry during the break when school is dismissed. With that effort in mind, the school nutrition folks could not have been happier to receive funding from the American Woodmark Foundation recently, to make some needed updates on their
mobile unit.

Recent WCHS Band Graduate Natalie Humble still Showing Cardinal Pride at the University of Louisville University of Louisville Marching Cards

Former WCHS student and band member Natalie Humble has continued her path as a Cardinal at the University of Louisville, where she and her bandmates will be performing at the upcoming Kentucky Derby. Watch for Natalie at the Run for the Roses!

Youngsters and their families enjoy Child Plus Fair Walker Early Learning Center Preschool Teacher Whitney Burks and daughter Daisey enjoying the festivities, while preparing for kindergarten next year

Over 450 people attended the recent Child Plus Fair to begin registering for preschool and kindergarten for the 2019-2020 school year. Over 30 vendors occupied booths to share helpful education and health information. Parents learned about early learning options regarding Preschool, Kindergarten, Head Start, and Cardinal Kids Campus while children collected balloons and promotional items and played in the Candyland toy area.

               

Candyland Open House welcomes preschoolers May 2 Candyland open house welcomes preschoolers

Wayne County Schools happy to welcome new young learners to begin the fall semester 2019. Families can pick up door prizes from the Child Plus Fair and turn in enrollment packets Thursday evening. The staff is looking forward to welcoming the youngsters to show off their colorful classrooms and to tour the building.   

Walker Early Learning Center students enjoy basketball antics courtesy of Harlem Wizards The Harlem Wizards Roadrunner gave a motivational speech to the students

The Harlem Wizards offered a motivational speech regarding good behavior to the young learners. Walker students had fun learning basic behavior goals from Roadrunner, one of the Harlem Wizards on April 23.

Check out Wayne County School's Booth at Child Plus Fair Materials in goodie bags to be given to students

Wayne County Schools “Where Learning is Sweet” booth is sure to please the youngsters and
those that are young at heart at the upcoming Child Plus Fair on April 26. Look for the trail of candy
canes and cupcake seats for the kids.

Discovering your World... Child Plus Fair Coming Up Child Plus Fair

Families may register for Head Start, Preschool, Kindergarten, and Cardinal Kids Campus at the informative fair set for April 26 from 10:30 to 1:30 p.m. at the Rodney Woods Gymnasium. All kinds of booths will be located there to entertain and inform young families. Don't miss the excellent selections of door prizes.

Walker Students enjoyed handling and learning about baby chicks Students enjoy holding baby chicks

Preschool and kindergarten students enjoyed learning about baby chicks locally hatched at Cobb facilities. Special thanks to Hatchery Manager Scott Ballinger who brought baby chicks for the children to hold during classroom rotations.  

Staff, parents and students encouraged to nominate Wayne county School staff for Go Cards Award MVP

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

Rock Your Socks on World Down Syndrome Day 3.21  Down Syndrome

Wayne County Schools will again participate in "Rock Your Socks" for World Down Syndrome Awareness Day this year on Thursday, March 21. To participate, simply wear "crazy" or mismatched socks

School District Report Card results for Previous School Year Now Available Kentucky Department of Education

Kentucky continues to offer tools to help parents understand and celebrate the performance of schools. Visit https://raisethebar.education.ky.gov for more information on the full suite of School Report Card tools available to help inform parents and communities. On the homepage, go to the left-hand column under Quick Links and scroll down to District Report Card to open up the profile reports for the district and each school.

Cardinal visits Schools for Breakfast during National School Breakfast Week Monticello Elementary students enjoyed seeing the Cardinal mascot

Students in every grade appreciate the Wayne County School Cardinal mascot! A variety of promotional activities were included during the March 4-8 celebration of the 30th anniversary of the National School Breakfast Week, including special appearances by the school mascot. 

Dr Seuss celebrated during Read Across America campaign Winston

Reading is an important focus at Wayne County Schools, particularly in the elementary grades. The schools used Dr. Seuss week to promote reading through his famous rhyming books. Representatives from Monticello Elementary's Student Leadership Team read a Dr. Seuss book with Winston, the students' favorite reading therapy dog, which was videoed and played for the students in each of their classrooms. Elementary teachers and librarians went all out decorating for the occasion and having special activities in their classrooms.    

Board of Education Members learn about Bell Elementary's advancements in Reading Board of Education Members learn about Bell Elementary's advancements in Reading

During the February monthly Board of Education meeting, improvements in student literacy was highlighted through Bell's reading intervention program, as well as the mentee/mentor reading program at Walker Early Learning Center. The board members got a first hand look at the techniques being used to improve literacy at early levels.  

Over 350 People Attend Super Hero Family Literacy Night at Walker Early Learning Center Superwoman and Bat Girl

It was a great night at Walker Early Learning Center with a free pizza dinner, followed by Reading Adventure sessions and games. Batman and Wonder Woman were on hand to greet the children at a photo booth. The extension service helped with yogurt sundaes in the classrooms, along with door prize and book giveaways. Special thanks to FBLA and college class volunteers who assisted the staff with the Super Heroe special event!

WCHS Intramural Flag Football League being launched Flag Football Logo

Football is back! Starting Tuesday, March 12th at 5 PM, a mini season of flag football will start up. There will be three boys’ games and one girls’ game that evening. There will be concessions, halftime entertainment, music, and some spectacular plays being made on Jewel Field! Admission is only $2 and absolutely everyone is invited to come join the fun. Come on down, grab a coke and some popcorn, and enjoy the game!

Preliminary Plans for Child Plus Fair Underway CHILD PLUS FAIR

Come join the folks at the Child Plus Fair on April 26th from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Wayne County High School Gym! Contact Angela Ballinger or Audra Branscum at Walker Early Learning Center at 348-4251 to reserve a booth.

The Imperative of Achievement Gap Closure in Kentucky Kentucky Department of Education Icon

Kentucky’s public school system is fundamentally different from the system of the 1980s. Kentucky has been noted for reforms leading to greater equity in school funding, increased performance accountability, and higher academic standards. Today, by most accounts, Kentucky now sits ahead of 15 or more states in academic performance.

WCHS TSA Shares Student-Written Children’s Book The team and the children

Wayne County’s Chapter of TSA created a children’s book, complete with hand-drawn illustrations and textile features, which they shared with Walker Early Learning Center’s students.

WCHS Wrestling Team Tenderloin Sale Wayne County High School Mat Cards

Wayne County High School Wrestling Boosters will be having a tenderloin sale on Wednesday, February 13th, 2019. 

Mat Cards Home Meet Honors Seniors and Features Elementary Wrestlers on second mat Mat Cards and Families

The Wayne County Wrestling team hosted Whitley County on Tuesday February 5 at the Rodney Woods Gymnasium for Senior Night. Wayne County defeated Whitley County 78-6.

Mat Cards improve overall record in Owensboro wrestling

The Wayne County Wrestiling team traveled to Owensboro on Saturday, February 2nd to compete in the Daviess County Duals. the Mat Cards will be back in action on Tuesday, February 5, when they host Whitley County for senior night at the Rodney Woods Gymnasium.

Thanks to Wayne County School Counselors for their many contributions to students Thanks to Wayne County School Counselors for their many contributions to students
Wayne County Kindergartners look forward to working with their Middle School mentors Logo

At first glance, it looked like some kind of ‘sit in’ down the kindergarten hallway at Walker Early
Learning Center, which is part of Wayne County Schools. However, those involved were certainly not
protesting.

The District Coordinated School Health Council for Wayne County Schools recently met and established goals for the New Year Teacher Brian Jones, Nurse Patty Burton, and Teacher Lois Bradley

The council has been discussing tobacco free schools, the wellness policy, and nutrition and physical activity report. Lake Cumberland District Health Community Educator Shannon Beaty reported on recent state legislation activity concerning all schools being tobacco free by 2020-2021. School Nutritionist Kathryn Tucker shared her department's recent "I Got Milk" campaign at the schools. Monticello Elementary Teacher Brian Jones is conducting a weekly 'boot camp' exercise class for the staff. Most of the schools have walking programs after school to increase exercise. The council encourages a variety of healthy activities and wellness opportunities for students and staff.    

NTI Days Schedule for Wednesday and Thursday. CLASSES RESUME FRIDAY, FEB. 1 with buses traveling regular scheduled routes. Icon

Wayne County School classes have been cancelled Wednesday, Jan. 30 and
Thursday, Jan. 31, but students will be able to continue their studies on those days through Non-
Traditional Instruction, known as NTI days.Classes resume Friday, Feb. 1st.

Wayne County School District February Parent Teacher Conferences Scheduled Official WC Logo

With the second semester well underway, Wayne County Schools are preparing for the first parent-teacher conferences of 2019. 

Ag. Extension Specialist Teach Youngsters how to make Veggie Pizzas Nikki Prince's Afternoon Group Eli Webb and Ryder Dewitt

Wayne county Ag. Specialists brought fresh broccoli and cauliflower to teach them how to make veggie pizzas and brought them to Walker. The purpose was to encourage healthy eating habits starting at a young age.

District Nutrition and Physical Activity Report shared at Public forum and Board of Education Meeting Isabella Dautrich eating veggie pizza

Nutrition service employees focus on optimum health and nutrition for students. They participate in specialized training at the start of each school year, as well as updates. They also participate in promotional activities and education opportunities to help students learn proper nutrition habits. The 2018-19 Nutrition Report shares a wealth of information reflecting the complexities of operating five cafeterias that served 448,184 school lunches and 388,010 school breakfasts in the 2016-17 school year. 

Board Members sworn in at January Meeting (Left to Right) Whitney Smith and Jarrod Criswell swore to uphold their duties

As Kentucky observes School Board Recognition Month in January, Wayne County is joining in the celebration by expressing appreciation to their board members. During the January meeting the board members were recognized for their service and dedication. In addition, the consolidated district improvement plan was discussed, an architect from Alt 32 shared information about the interior plans for the new career center, the nutrition/activity annual report was shared, along with discussions on instruction and other business. 

Looking for all aged students who are interested in playing with Rubik's Cube WCHS students Ridge Turpin, Shawna Brown, Laurie Abbott assisting Pulaski County students at the workshop

The Wayne County GT Program is searching for K-12 students who are interested in the Rubik's Cube. This opportunity is open to all students. Please submit the online form for referrals by Friday, January 18. You may submit the online form here: https://goo.gl/forms/t7PitEULtFYvKDO62. For more information, please email Jennifer.chaplin@wayne.kyschools.us

Go365/Vitality Biometric Checks Available to Staff Logo

The Biometric Check is a blood screening and biometric assessment that measures body mass index (BMI), blood pressure, blood glucose (sugar), and total cholesterol.

Child Plus Fair introduces families to educational opportunities and community services Cara Gregory and her family explore the Child Plus Fair

Parents enrolled children in Head Start, preschool, and kindergarten during this informational fair. Children also had access to the Healthy Kids Clinic for school physicals and many won door prizes!

School Staff uses summer trainings to continue professional growth Having a good time at the Social Studies training

Wayne County School employees will be attending close to 30 different trainings and workshops this summer to continue the progress already underway in providing the best practices available to help educate and care for students.

Wayne County School District's Wave of Literacy Walker teachers attend Share Fair

While trainings are underway this summer, professional development opportunities have already been in full speed the past year.  In fact, this past spring, a significant culmination for 31 local educators happened in a remarkable setting filled with conscientious teachers and para-educators. Wayne County teachers had participated in a yearlong professional development opportunity offered through the Collaborative Center for Literacy Development (CCLD).

Campbellsville University honors 169 teachers from 60 school districts in Excellence in Teaching Ceremony Campbellsvile University honors Wayne County school teachers

At the annual 32nd Excellence in Teaching Ceremony, Campbellsville University recognized 169 teachers from 60 school districts. Teachers honored for the Wayne County School System were Mindy Bell,Maria Miller, and Jared Criswell.

All students eligible for summer meals program / el Programa de Servicio de Alimentos de Verano Summer Food Program

Summer Kick-Off for the Lunch Box Mobile Express is June 8 at the Aspire Center. The Lunch Box Express brings free meals to kids in the community.

Gifted and Talented Program to host fundraising events Scrap Metal

Wayne County Schools Gifted and Talented Program is sponsoring two big events headed into this weekend.

Preschoolers shine at End of Year Program Students appreciate their certificates at Preschool Awards

Walker Early Learning Center preschoolers were presented with awards at a musical program. Each color group was represented at both the morning and afternoon programs. The preschool program offers two sessions four days a week, as well as transportation and a wrap-around childcare enrichment program.

Kindergarten Awards Program fun for families Yvonne Morgan with students

After celebrating the academic strides they made this school year, each student received a packet with summer reading options so they can read on their independent level this summer.

Senior Walk Through is touching event at Wayne County Schools Middle School students cheered on the upcoming graduates

Students of all ages had fun participating on a sentimental journey during the Senior Walk Through. Graduating seniors toured Wayne County Middle School, Monticello Elementary, Bell Elementary, and Walker Early Learning Center. They were cheered on by young Cardinals and former teachers along the way, not to mention some very proud Moms!