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

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

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

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

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.   

JROTC Raider Team enjoys hiking expedition since not able to participate in competitions Raiders practicing with heavy loads

This fall, some of the WC JROTC Raider Team members participated in an eight-mile road march. Since, they are not able to compete due to COVID-19, they are doing more of the fun activities to keep the cadets excited about their team activities. 1SG George Snyder took those participating on the hike - out and back from the Dicks Gap Overlook to the Devils Jump and Blue Heron Overlook. Cadets participating were: Cadet Captain Madison Johnson, Cadet Second Lieutenant Drew Buswell, Cadet Private Second Class Elijah Kidwell, and Cadet Privates Bryson Redman, Roscoe J. Stieber, Amelia Ramsey and Trail Beast Rowdy. 

New principal announced at Wayne County High School School District Seal

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

Walker Early Learning Center hosts Family Literacy Night Drive-Through event Principal reading a book logo

Now the youngest learners will get to go to the Drive-In...not the movie kind, but a fun family literacy night drive-through event at Walker Early Learning Center this Thursday from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. The teachers are missing seeing their students in-person and this will be a way for them to connect, from a distance. Families will be able to circle around the back parking lot of the school without getting out of their car.

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Healthy Kids Drive-Through Flu Shot Clinic flu shot graphic

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.... 

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

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

Families participate in FAFSA Workshop FAFSA opens October 1

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

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

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

First day for In-Person Red Group runs smoothly Lisa Roberts conducted a temperature check

Staff excited to welcome students back to the classroom. Both in-person and virtual learning are underway. New rotating Red/White schedule off to an impressive start!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Open House Tours at WCHS and new ATC Visitors Entrance

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

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

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

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

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

Wayne County defeated Harlan County on the road Braedon Sloan

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

Students participate in baseball program year around Baseball Sign

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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. 

High school provided a drive-through orientation Chromebook distribution station

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

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

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

School Nutrition Program refining meal distribution service meal graphic

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

WCMS Orientation held during first week of remote learning Carter Tucker shares important information to families on his whiteboard

All kinds of stations were set up in the middle school providing back to school information to families, as well as meeting with teachers.

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

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

Monticello Elementary Orientation welcomes families Teacher Katina Shearer works with a family

The staff at Monticello Elementary representing grades three, four and five were excited to visit with families just before the start of school.

Cardinal Newcomer Academy helps students learn English Cardinal Newcomer Academy Helps students learn English
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.

Gehrig Sexton wins Model Invitational Golf Tournament Gehrig Sexton wins tournament

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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.

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

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

Monticello Elementary fifth graders recognized during parade

The fifth graders and their families drove along Cave Street with the staff cheering them on. The fifth graders will now advance to sixth grade at the Wayne County Middle School. The Middle School houses sixth, seventh and eighth graders.

Monticello Elementary fifth graders recognized during parade

The fifth graders and their families drove along Cave Street with the staff cheering them on. The fifth graders will now advance to sixth grade at the Wayne County Middle School. The Middle School houses sixth, seventh and eighth graders.

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

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


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

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

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

Congratulations to the seniors who received various awards and scholarships!

Hometown Parade honors seniors Graduate Jacob Morgan

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Fifth graders check out Beginning Band for 2020-21 Sixth Grade Band Members 2019-20

The Wayne County Cardinal Band program is looking for fifth graders to join the fun and fellowship that makes this opportunity so special! Get a great start in music and learn to play an instrument of your choice. Check out all the information and links inside inviting new members...

Preschool and Kindergarten program builds strong foundation Bristol Morgan and her Dad

While the Little Cardinal Academy and Countdown to Kindergarten programs were abruptly halted in midstream during March due to the pandemic shutdown, Walker Early Learning Center preschool and kindergarten enrollment is now underway online.

Kindergarten and Preschool Registration at Walker Early Learning Center Cardinal Bird Logo

Check out the links to begin the enrollment process for preschool and kindergarten online. There are forms, information, and links to preview inside or on the school district home page on the left-hand column under Walker Early Learning Registration.  

Zoodles Animal Education Program "Hopping from State to State to Educate" Zoodles Animal Education Program "Hopping from State to State to Educate"

The children at Monticello Elementary had quite a memorable day when six different exotic animals joined them at school, prior to the pandemic.

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Schedule school entry physicals NOW! Schedule Healthy Kids Clinic school entry physicals

Wayne County Schools' Healthy Kids Clinic are currently offering physicals and up-to-date immunizations for incoming sixth graders. Fifth grade students' guardians may schedule an appointment so their student will be ready to move on to sixth grade in the fall.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Online Preschool Enrollment Underway Online Preschool Enrollment

Fall preschool enrollment information and forms for four and three-year-olds on home page of school district website on left-hand column. Check it out! 

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

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

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

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

Preschoolers and Kindergartners Plant Snap Peas WELC students enjoy planting snap peas in their school planting beds

Wayne County Extension specialists taught students to plant snap pea seeds in the outdoor classroom bed at Walker Early Learning Center. These were planted prior to the Pandemic and should be getting close to harvesting.

Walker Early Learning Center students see butterfly releases via technology Preschool Teacher Sharon Lowe capture a beautiful butterfly landing

   Admittedly, it was not quite the same for the preschool and kindergarten students to see their classroom butterflies released from their teachers’ yards on ClassDojo this semester. However, the teachers made it as special as possible for the annual event that the children look forward to each year. Usually the children gather in the outdoor classroom for the releases at school.

Bell Elementary finds unique ways to stress reading Sign in library recognizes reading accomplishment

First and second graders are exposed to all kinds of wonderful reading opportunities at Bell Elementary. On March 2nd they had met their goal and read 600 books total. In addition,they celebrated Dr. Seuss' birthday with an appearance by Cat in the Hat as one way to promote reading. During the NTI Days, students have been able to do their Accelerated Reading activities from home and increase their point averages by taking the online comprehension quiz matched to each AR book.

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

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

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

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


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

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

Wayne County Schools Healthy Kids Clinic Open Healthy Kids Clinic graphic

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



Wayne County School Mental Health and Counseling Hotline number being established

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

Talking to children about Coronavirus Disease

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Automotive Service Technology 1 – Michael Cooper 2nd Place

Automotive Service Technology 2 –

Dylan Powell 1st Place, Jaden Gibson 2nd Place

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

Carpentry Cabinetry – Zeth Denney 2nd Place

Carpentry Tool Identification – Nicili Goad 1st Place

Carpentry – Wesley Reynolds – 3rd Place

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

Job Demonstration O – Cole Crabtree 1st Place

Machine Tool – Ethan Perkins – 3rd Place

Thanks to Boys Basketball Team for all the great games this season and congratulations to all Tournament Players Senior Thomas Spencer

The Boys Basketball team ended their season 18-13 and advanced to Regional play. They were defeated 70-60 by Danville on March 5th.

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

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

Former Lady Cards Coach Wayne Ryan named to 12th Region Hall of Fame and Macey Blevins named to Regular Season all Region 1st Team Coach Wayne Ryan

Coach Ryan was honored at the 12th Region Tournament and put into the 12th Region Hall of Fame. Macey was honored with players from Mercer County, Southwestern, and Casey County.

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

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

4th grade science fair perks student interest Fourth Grade Science Fair Winners

Students applied their classroom learning to a more independent and advanced level. Students chose scientific content they were interested in to do further investigations.

Middle School Science Fair results in trip to Louisville Science Museum Field Trip Middle School Science Fair Winners

Sixth, seventh and eighth graders’ Science Fair winning team and runners-up exhibits were recently displayed in the atrium at the Wayne County Middle School. Students whose projects made it to the final competition were rewarded with a trip to the Louisville Science Museum.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Courier-Journal covers Wayne County Boys Basketball on March 4th Coach Woods

Newspaper Reporter Jason Frakes reports 'Old-School' Rodney Woods helped build Wayne County into 12th Region Power.

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

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

Boys Basketball beats Southwestern to win the 48th District Championship Boys Basketball Team Picture

The Boys Basketball team rallied to beat Southwestern 77-76 this past Friday, February 28th.Wayne County will head to Pulaski County Gym  Thursday, March 5th to play Danville in the first round of the 12th Regional Tournament. This game is scheduled to tipoff at 8:00

Lady Cards in action during Tournament play Senior Haleigh Criswell

The Lady Cardinals played two hard fought games this past week at the 48th District Tournament.The Lady Cards won in the first round of the 12th Region Tournament, upsetting the higher seeded Mercer County High School, winning 61-57. They will be back in action this Friday, March 6th against Rockcastle County and tipoff is scheduled to be at 8:00

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.

Wayne County Archery Teams competed in the NASP 11th Region Tournament High School Archer Chloe Kidd with her first place medal

The Wayne County High School and Monticello Elementary Teams both competed in the NASP 11th Region Tournament held at McCreary Central High School on Saturday, February 22nd. All three levels of Wayne County's Archery Teams will be competing at the NASP State Tournament on March 13-14 in Louisville at the Convention Center. The high school team will then compete at the KHSAA Archery competition which will be held in Jessamine County on March 21st.

Wayne County High School HOSA does a Toy Drive Members of HOSA

Members of HOSA have seen how people in the foster system are typically taken from their homes with nothing but what they can carry and they wanted to help provide something that could provide comfort and relieve a small amount of stress.

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

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

Second graders portray the Solar System Second graders portray the Solar System

Bell Elementary Teacher Melinda Burnett's class performed a musical program that illustrated the solar system for fellow second graders and their parents. They did a great job with the help of Music Teacher Susan Helms and PE Teacher Lois Bradley.

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

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

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

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

Seniors honored at Boys Basketball Game Seniors

Wayne County played Lexington Catholic on February 21st and many seniors were acknowledged. The seniors for the Boys Basketball team as well as the seniors for the Cheerleading team were acknowledged.

Monticello Elementary Fifth grade students experience concepts first hand at annual Science Fair 5th graders participate in Science Fair

Monticello Elementary fifth graders participated in an annual Science Fair to help them better understand and reinforce Next Generation Science Standards that are implemented in their classrooms on a daily basis. Students showed off Science experiments that they conducted and the art work they did to market their hypothesis. The hope is that events like this will spark further interest in STEM classes that could lead students to impressive career related options.     

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.

WCHS Senior Halen Pharis recognized at Board of Education Meeting KMEA All-State Concert Band

WCHS Senior Halen Pharis performed in the 2020 All-State Concert Band at the Kentucky Performing Arts Center during the Kentucky Music Educators Association Conference recently held in Louisville. He was the first Concert Band student at Wayne County in the past ten years to become an All-State KMEA student musician. Band Director Andy Critz estimated that his student ranked 15th out of over 1500 high school band members that play the clarinet across the state.     

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

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

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.

Lady Cardinals Soundly Defeat Clinton County at home Lady Cards

The Lady Cardinals beat the Lady Bulldogs 61-27 this past Tuesday, February 18th.

Wayne County Middle School Academic Team receives Hume Sportsmanship Award WCMS Team advances to region

The Wayne County Middle School Academic Team were pleased to receive the Kathryn Hume Sportsmanship Award by their peers in the Governor’s Cup Academic Competition.

Wayne County Middle School Placed 1st at NASP 3D Tournament Wayne County Middle School Archery Team

The Wayne County Archery Teams participated in the NASP 3D tournament at Lincoln County.

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

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

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!

The Wayne County Middle School Archery team participated in NASP Region 11 tournament Brayleigh Butcher

The Wayne County Middle School Archery team participated in the NASP Region 11 tournament Saturday at McCreary County Middle School. The team placed third in the region. This is the first Wayne County middle school team to ever place at a regional tournament. Congratulations to Brayleigh Butcher who placed third in the individual female category.

The Wayne County Wrestling team competed in the two-day State tournament this past weekend at the Horse Park in Lexington Senior Samuel Beckley


Congratulations to the Mat Cards two state placers: Kurtis Karr placed 3rd at 160 lb. weight class, and Colin Tucker placed 5th at 106 lb. weight class.

In addition, two wrestlers were one place out of the top eight medal round: 113 lb. Keelan Dick, and 195 lb. Andrew Sanders.

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

Boys Basketball defeated in double overtime by Briar Jumpers Boys Basketball defeated by Somerset

The Wayne County Boys Basketball Team was defeated by Somerset 68-64 this past Tuesday, February 11.


Lady Cardinals Defeat Somerset Macey Blevins

The Lady Cards beat Somerset 58-48 this past Monday, February 10th. Macey Blevins was honored for being the All-Time Leading Scorer in Lady Cardinals history.

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

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

WCHS Mat Cards headed to state tournament in Lexington Mat Cards at Region 7 Tournament at Danville

The Wayne County Wrestling Team placed third in the seventeen team Regional 7 Tournament at Danville High School on Feb. 8th enabling seven local wrestlers to qualify for state. Lafayette was first, Madison Central was second and Wayne County was third place at the recent tournament.

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

8th grade art/technology work recognized at the January Board of Education meeting 8th grade art/technology work recognized at the January Board of Ed. meeting

Wayne County Middle School students are not only learning to use advanced technology to function in today’s classrooms, but they are putting it to use to learn about great works of art in a creative way.

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

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

The Center for Rural Development is accepting online applications from eighth-grade middle school students for the 2020 Rogers Explorers until Feb 7th The Center for Rural Development is accepting online applications from eighth-grade middle school students for the 2020 Rogers Explorers through February 7th

Eighth-grade middle school students in Southern and Eastern Kentucky have until Feb. 7 to apply for The Center for Rural Development’s 2020 Rogers Explorers program.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wayne County Archery team competed in Various Tournament


The Wayne County Archery teams participated in a tournament at Burnside Elementary on Friday evening January 24, and they also competed at Taylor County Intermediate School on Saturday January 18.

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.

Inaugural Kenny Davis Basketball Classic Kenny Davis Classic

You’re invited to the Rodney C Woods gymnasium on the campus of Wayne County Schools this Saturday for the inaugural Kenny Davis Classic.  There will be two exciting boys and girls games that day.  Game times are set for 2:00 and 3:30. Admission is free.

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

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

Junior Pro Basketball Season Ends with a tournament The Heat Team were the Champions

The season ended on Saturday, January 11 with the tournament after a full season of league games for young athletes at Monticello Elementary. Congratulations to the tournament champion Jr Pro Team - the Heat and the Runner-up - the Cavaliers. 


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

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

Bell Elementary students provide music program on healthy food Bell Elementary students provide music program on healthy food

Teacher Kristen Phillips' second grade classroom presented the "Five Fantastic Food Groups" under the direction of Music Teacher Susan  Helms, while PE Teacher Lois Bradley wrote the program. Bradley teaches proper nutrition habits in her health class instruction.

Family Dental of Kentucky helps Wayne County students maintain proper oral health Erika Burton, RDH for Family Dental of Kentucky school-based dental services provided services to a WCMS student in the Youth Services Center.

 Family Dental of Kentucky, a part of Cumberland Family Medical Center, Inc. (CFMC), is pleased to provide oral health services to Wayne County students. The program has grown to include over 750 Wayne County students in 2019, who received services provided by the Family Dental of Kentucky program.

Agriculture Color Contest Classroom winners from Bell Terry Bertram chatted with Agriculture Color Contest Classroom winners from Bell

UK Program Assistant for Agriculture Terry Bertram presented goodie bags to each classroom representative who did a good job on their coloring page, which related to their fall broccoli planting lesson in the school garden. Congratulations to the classroom representatives, and especially to Emrah Atkinson, Katie McCoy, and Amberly Vaughn whose work was judged to have the best artistic talent in regards to the agriculture lesson.

Gifted and Talented Students Participate in a Mock Trial Mock Trial Team

Several Wayne County High School Gifted and Talented students have been participating in "Mock Trial" at the local court house.Their true test will come on February 1st as they will travel to the regional championship tournament which is held in Lexington, Kentucky.

Wayne County Dance Wins Region Wayne County High School Varsity Team posed with their trophies

The Wayne County Dance Team performed well at the regional championship this past Saturday January 18, 2020. They were named Grand Champions at the local regional competition and will advance to state.

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.

Huge crowd attends Camp Read-A-Lot Huge crowd attends Camp Read-A-Lot

It was a fun night for kids pretending they were at a campground with tents and camping gear spread all over the school building. Students sang-a-long at the campfire reading event in the Monticello Elementary School as the lights went down and the students glow sticks lit up the gym. Teachers stressed reading aloud as their white boards showed a digital campfire scene inside classrooms. The third, fourth and fifth graders and their families made lanterns in the classrooms before receiving free books and goodie bags to take home on their way out the foyer.   

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.

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Middle School Pep Rally held to honor 7th and 8th grade Boys Basketball Teams Cheerleaders participate in Pep Rally

Wayne County Middle School hosted a Pep Rally to help send off the Sixth Grade Boys Basketball Team to the Kentucky Basketball Commission (KBC) state competition in Lexington on January 11th. The local team won 2 out of 4 games. The Seventh Grade Team goes to KBC state competition in Lexington on January 24-26th.

Lady Cardinals defeat the Southwestern Warriors Lady Cards

The Lady Cards beat the Warriors 55-49 in a hard fought battle.Their next games are on the road on January 18th at West Jessamine at 3:30 p.m. and January 21 at Rockcastle County at 6:00 p.m. Go Lady Cards!  

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

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

Monticello Elementary students recognized for their art work Winning Artists received gift bags and plaques for their work on the District Christmas card

Six students received plaques and gifts thanking them for their art which was used in the school district's email card. All of the drawings were exhibited in the Board of Education Conference Room in December.

Wayne County High School students show their support at Boys Basketball Game High School Game

The Wayne County Boys Basketball Team hosted South Laurel this past Monday, January 14th.

Wayne County School Board honored this month Board of Education Members

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

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

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

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

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

Interesting Art Demonstration held at Wayne County Middle School Jeanie Tate shares her paintings with students at WCMS

Local artists and craftsmen shared their talents with students at WCMS at an annual arts festival held in the gymnasium. The successful event was coordinated by Juliet Perkins, the Art/Drama Teacher and Tech Resource Teacher at Wayne County Middle School.  

The Wayne County Wrestling team won the Perry Central Ten Dual Tournament Mat Cards

Wayne County improved their dual record to 21-10.

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

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

Wayne County Band presents Christmas Concert Band presents Christmas Concert

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

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

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

Boys Basketball played well in McCreary tournament and in Destin, Florida Boys basketball team

The Boys Basketball team was busy over the winter break. They had two tournaments to go to, one of which was in Florida.

Lady Cards Destroy Danville Mallory Campbell

Wayne County Girls Basketball came to play when they beat Danville 66-41 on January 4th, 2020.

Lady Cards Demolish Jackson County to win the Best of the Lakes Holiday Classic Lady Cards winning big

The Lady Cards fought hard in the Best of the Lakes Holiday Classic Tournament to become the champions.

Mat Cards win Commodore Duals Wrestling Team

The Wayne County Wrestling team traveled to Tates Creek High School on Saturday December 21 for the Commodore  Duals.

The Mat Cards finished 5-0 on the day to win the dual tournament.

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

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


Monticello Elementary students did a great job performing A Christmas Carol Chrarles Dickens reading

Students who attend the 21st Century Drama Club preformed A Christmas Carol, adapted for a large cast of young performers by Kathryn Schultz Miller available through ArtReach Children's Theatre Plays. The third, fourth and fifth graders met after school for drama practice throughout the semester to perform Charles Dickens' holiday classic tale. The play took the audience on a journey to the past, present and future during a daytime school performance and evening public performance on December 16th. The audience applauded the casts' efforts in bringing the musical version of Ebenezer Scrooge's life and ultimate redemption in this traditional story to the Monticello Elementary stage. Dickens characters - Ebenezer Scrooge, Bob Cratchit, Tiny Tim, Marley's Ghost, Mr. Fezziwig, Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, Future - and a host of others brought the spirit of Christmas to the hearts of everyone involved young and old.   

WCHS Ugly Sweater Contest Students and Staff

The Wayne County Student Government held an ugly Christmas sweater contest on Wednesday, December 18th. Delany Lester was the student winner with her unique fireplace sweater while math Teacher Jamie Foster took top honors on behalf of the staff.

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.

Bell students share Littlest Christmas Tree Story Group Picture

Students in Savannah Wilson's class did a great job performing the musical for their families and peers at school at the monthly program. The monthly assemblies are part of the music and physical education classes.

First graders participate in Polar Express polar express

Dressed in their pajamas, the students boarded the Polar Express train after the principal punched their ticket. Chairs were lining the hallway to transport the students while a teacher read the book to them. When they returned to class the students found a bell at their desks left by Santa, just like in the book. They enjoyed hot chocolate and viewing the movie back in their classrooms.

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.   

Congrats to FFA members that brought home "Superior" rankings FFA Logo

FFA members traveled to Russell County High School on Saturday, December 7, and competed in the Regional FFA Winter Contests

Monticello Elementary won first place at the 3rd annual Wayne County Cardinal Classic archery tournament Shooting Line

The 3rd Annual Wayne County Cardinal Classic Archery Tournament was held Friday and Saturday this weekend at the Wayne County Middle School.

WCMS students provide art for yearbook WCMS students provide art for yearbook

The follow students participated in the final round of judging. Congratulations to Chloe Williams and Rebecca New for winning the spots for front and back cover of the yearbook.

Exploratory and preparatory Early Childhood Education pathway students visited Somerset Community College recently  Erica Anderson with students from WCHS

Local Early Childhood Education students learned helpful information about their future educational plans

Boys Basketball narrowly defeated by Lincoln County Patriots at the Jack Upchurch Classic Boys Basketball narrowly defeated by Lincoln County Patriots

Cardinals will play Southwestern Friday night, December 13th. Come out and support the Boys Team!

Wayne County Cheerleaders qualify for Nationals Cheerleaders

The Wayne County Cheer squad wrapped a successful 2019 portion of their schedule with a bid to the NHSCC Nationals, after receiving the bid for their performance in the Smoky Mountain Championships, held December 7th, in Sevierville, TN. The 19-member coed team has now qualified for Nationals, held at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida that will be held February 6 – 9.

Mat Cardinals win Luke Troxell Memorial Duals Team trophy

The Wayne County Wrestling team hosted the Luke Troxell Duals on Saturday, December 7th at the Rodney Woods Gymnasium. The Dual Tournament featured the following teams: Wayne County, Daviess County, Danville, Perry County Central and Livingston Academy. The Mat Cardinals finished 4-0 on the day to win the tournament.

GT Travel Program announced trips to LA/Grand Canyon and Japan GT Travel Program announced trips to LA/Grand Canyon and Japan

     The Wayne County Schools Gifted and Talented Travel Program is announcing two different
educational trips beginning to be planned to Los Angeles and the Grand Canyon, as well as

All Three Archery Teams win big at McCreary Central Tournament Archery

The Wayne County Archery teams participated in the first tournament of the season at McCreary Central High School on December 7th

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.

Bell Elementary staff go all out decorating their hallways Bell Elementary Snow Man

First and second graders are enjoying the magic of Christmas at school each day leading up to their Christmas Extravaganza on December 12 at 5:30 to 7 pm. Stations will be set up for children to make reindeer food, decorate ornaments, play games, do directed drawing, and enjoy hot chocolate and cookies in the cafeteria.

Rachel Bertram's reading classes enjoy Harry Potter Party Rachel Bertram's reading classes enjoy Harry Potter Party

A Harry Potter movie was shown in the high school library that was temporarily converted to the book setting after two of Rachel Bertram's classes read the book together in class.  The party was a culminating activity at the conclusion of the 305 page book read aloud in her Reading Development classes. Students were rewarded for their interest in the book with refreshments and an interesting atmosphere that matched the story.

Environmental Health Poster Contest recognizes talented artists at Wayne County Middle School Kentucky Public Health

Congratulations to Wayne County Middle School seventh grader Haley Tucker who won the statewide environmental poster contest recently. In addition, Wayne County Middle School sixth grader Chloye Williams was the sixth grade winner. Several Wayne County students submitted their artwork. Principal Melissa Gossage expressed her appreciation to the students who shared their wonderful artistic talent. All of the artwork was on display at the 2019 Children's Environmental Health Conference held October 10th in Somerset. Winners had a special spot where their posters were displayed to call attention to how the environment affects health. 

WCHS Freshmen and Sophomores benefit from KHEAA presentations WCHS Freshman and Sophomores benefits from KHEAA presentations

Besides studying subjects and learning skills to prepare for the workforce, Wayne County High School students have to learn their school’s language of GPA’s, transcripts, credits, dual credit, KEES awards, scholarships, and advanced placement. 

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.  

Eighth Graders get a wake up call at Reality Town Eighth Graders benefit from Reality Town

Seventeen stations were set up for students to learn how to manage their finances funded through their alleged employment.

FCA sponsored Thanksgiving meals for shut-ins FCA sponsored Thanksgiving meals for shut-ins

Wayne County students and other volunteers prepared turkey, mashed potatoes, peas, dressing, and brownies for those in need from the high school cafeteria. The volunteers managed to serve 750 meals to local residents who would not have had a Thanksgiving meal otherwise.

Wayne County High School Staff Narrowly defeats Students in annual Students vs Staff Basketball Game Students vs Staff Basketball

The Cardinal high school staff were victorious 51-49, during an action packed and entertaining game held just before Thanksgiving break. Students always look forward to this annual event.

Wayne County High School Learning Academy students and staff enjoy Thanksgiving meal together Learning Academy staff member Barbara Laws-Simpson enjoyed dining with student Trenton Neal

The Learning Academy was decorated for the occasion and welcomed students, family, and supporters. There are 50 students enrolled in the program both in-house and virtual. Students use the Odysseyware software program to complete assignments on a part time and full time basis.

Shakespeare actors bring "We the People" program to life Shakespeare actors bring "We the People" program to life

Kentucky Shakespeare professional actors used primary source documents to bring key events from United States history to life, focusing on citizens' rights and responsibilities as a democratic society today. "We the People" asks students to reflect on America’s formation, ask questions, and consider civic action in their own communities.

Ventriloquist provides interesting program for fifth graders Ventriloquist provides interesting program for fifth graders

First Southern Bank sponsored a wonderful "Smart with Money" program recently. Ventriloquist Lori Bruner traveled to Monticello Elementary School with her cast of characters to share an age-appropriate economics lesson on making wise decisions.

Advanced Placement Celebration helps honor students who enroll in these rigorous classes Advanced Placement Celebration helps honor students who enroll in these rigorous classes

A large group of students were honored at a luncheon held at the Old Glory Schoolhouse recently. Monetary awards from AdvanceKentucky were presented to students who passed the AP exam at the end of the school year.

Dance Team Region Runner-up's in KHSAA Competition Dance Team Region Runner-up's in KHSAA Competition

They will advance onto the State Championship on December 21st, 2019. Go Cards!

Meet the Cardinals Meet The Cardinals

Come out and see your Wayne County High School Basketball teams this Friday, November 29th. The Wayne County boys and girls basketball team, cheerleaders, and Dance Team will be introduced during this celebration.

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ATC students shared "The Juice Book Bully" book in classes at Monticello Elementary encouraging younger students to sign a poster against bullying. The younger students were excited to meet the teenagers and participate in the project.

WCHS Golfer Reese Sexton commits to Eastern Kentucky University 123456789

Congratulations to Wayne County High School Senior Reese Sexton who will play Division 1 Golf on an athletic scholarship for the Colonels of Eastern Kentucky University. Reese won region individually in 2017, and 2018. He would also make the All Region Team in 2017, 2018, and 2019.

High School Students enjoy making Hot Browns High School Students enjoy making Hot Brown's

Students in Shannon Foster's Foods and Nutrition class learned about the history of the famous Kentucky Hot Brown that was created in 1926 by Fred Schmidt at the historic Brown Hotel in Louisville. The majority of the students had never heard of a Hot Brown before. Students applied their knowledge in foods lab by making a KY Hot Brown. At first, students were a little reluctant but all of the students seemed surprised at how good it was.

WCHS Cheerleaders competed at Region 6 Sectionals Cheer Formation

The squad placed fourth on the coed division at the formerly called 12th Region Competition in Lexington.

Chamber of Commerce makes plans for Christmas parade and Decorating Contest Chamber of Commerce makes plans for Christmas parade and Dancing Contest
Good Luck Football Cards at Region after beating Redhounds in District Championship Senior Tito Ruiz hoist's District Champions trophy

Congratulations to the Wayne County Football Cards and Coach Shawn Thompson who defeated Corbin (63-49) to become District Champions. Their next game will be Friday November 22nd, 2019 at Johnson Central. This game coming up will be for the Regional Championship and punch the winning teams ticket to the State Semi-Finals. Go Cards!!!

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.

Canterbury Tales acted out by dual credit students Canterbury Tales acted out by advanced placement students

 Wayne County High School College English Teacher Jared Criswell engaged some 70 students in
his English Literature courses taking dual credit classes with a culminating extra credit event acting out
the characters in Geoffrey Chaucer’s, The Canterbury Tales.

Senture-sponsored anti-bullying poster contest at the Middle School Senture-sponsored anti-bullying poster contest at the Middle School

There were three winners at the middle school, they included: Riley Rose, Colin Barnes, and Ashley Smith

Career, and Community Leaders of America Participated in a special service learning project Career, and Community Leaders of America Participated in a special service learning project

Twenty-nine students enrolled in Mrs. Shannon Foster's Family and Consumer Science classes as well as Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America recently completed an awesome service-learning project. Students sold "find a cure" shirts and sponsored a faculty jean day to raise money to purchase donations for the American Cancer Society Hope Lodge and Ronald McDonald House. Students donated over $400 worth of needed items.  They visited both facilities on October 31st. Students helped to clean and organize the Hope Lodge and took a tour of the Ronald McDonald House after dropping off donations. 

GT Students receive community service hours on turkey meal days GT Students receive community service hours on turkey meal days

GT students recently volunteered to assist in the cafeterias with their busy Thanksgiving meal service. The students will be able to list this on applications for academic programs for colleges, showing their time with community service, especially helpful if they had little beforehand. This collaborative opportunity resulted in helping volunteers get in community service hours, and helping cafeteria staff with their busiest day of the year.

Wayne County Conservation Districts Annual Progressive Agriculture Safety Day RECC provided a booth at the 6th grade safety day

Thanks to the local Conservation District and many volunteers, eleven stations were set up for sixth graders to learn valuable safety tips for the outdoors in October. The annual event included the following booths: wildlife safety, roll over safety, ATV safety, first aid, animal safety, water safety, Liberty Nature Center, lawn mower safety, firearm safety, RECC, and tractor safety.

Wayne County Middle School students get unique lesson on veterans Veteran Stephen Racz speaking to students

Veteran and WCMS Teacher Stephen Racz, a new teacher at the school, gave an inspiring lesson on Veterans Day during the Social Studies classes throughout the day.

Wayne County School Board congratulates Bell Elementary principal for being recognized for national award Bell Elementary Principal Derrick Harris

The Wayne County Board of Education recognized Bell Elementary Principal Derrick Harris for being named a National Distinguished Principal after recently receiving the award in Washington D.C., during their monthly meeting. 

Wayne County Cross Country Team Wraps out Season at State Championship Group picture of the team at state

The Wayne County Cross Country Team traveled all the way to the Kentucky Horse Park on Saturday November the 2nd, to compete in the Cross Country State Championship. There were 32 teams that participated and Wayne County finished 17th overall as a team. 

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.

Parent Teacher Conferences 123456789

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.

Monticello Elementary Veterans Day Event 2019 Monticello Elementary Veterans Day Event 2019

Local Timber Businessman Tim Bertram shared highlights of his 18 years of military service and four deployments. He also shared his four years of WC JROTC training and his National Guard C Battery experience, noting he did not look at his service as a task, but instead as an honor. Comradery with other veterans was something he mentioned he appreciated along with being able to serve his community.

High School Veterans Assembly was held on Veterans Day CW4 Inman recognized his former teaching partner

CW4 (Retired) William Inman returned to Monticello to provide a great Veterans Day program along with the JROTC cadets. Local veterans attended the annual solemn program along with the high school students.

Wayne County Middle School Students awarded gift cards for anti-bullying poster contest Anti-bullying poster contest winners

Senture sponsored the anti-bullying poster contest with three students producing winning artwork.

Wayne is Triumphant over Lincoln 123456789

The Wayne County Cardinals hosted the first round of tournament play this past Friday, November 8th 2019, against the Patriots of Lincoln County. Final score of the game was Wayne County 56, Lincoln County 33. 

Two Wayne County Teams placed in the Kentucky Bass Federation State Tournament  Hannah Kempton, Jenna Morrow, Jonathan Gregory and Kason Stockton

Two Wayne County teams placed in the Kentucky Bass Federation State Tournament held October 19-20.The Kentucky Bass Federation held their state tournament on October 19-20 out of Conley Bottom and two teams from Wayne County placed. 

WCHS Art Students participate in Women’s Club 9th District Art Contest (T-B L-R) Jeanne Tate, Jacob Hill, Art Teacher Tim Withers, Andrea Huffer, Rylee Keith, Cainen Rice

Several Wayne County High School Art students entered the General Federation of Women’s Clubs of Kentucky annual art contest thanks to the Monticello Women’s Club sponsorship.


Family Learning Night was fun for kids dressed in costumes Family Learning Night was fun for kids dressed in costumes

Bell Elementary students and parents had fun with reading and craft activities after dinner.

Local FFA Students attend National Conference in Indianapolis Local FFA Students attend National Conference in Indianapolis

On October 30th- November 1st fifteen FFA members attended the National FFA convention in Indianapolis, Indiana. Students attended workshops and sessions along with 67,000 other members. 

Bell Elementary Patriotic Program featured Rhonda Ward's class 2nd grade class

The JROTC Color Guard presented the flags from the different branches of the military at the Salute to Veterans program, which featured second graders from Rhonda Ward's class at Bell Elementary. Each month, Bell Elementary Teachers Lois Bradley and Susan Helms work on a program for a class to present in front of an audience.

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. 

Wayne County High School Volleyball Team Members Honored Volleyball

Sarah Gregory, Annesa Roysdon, and Chloe Rice were selected to be on the 12th Region All Season 1st Team. Macey Blevins was selected to the 12th Region All Tournament Team. Annessa Roysdon was also selected by the KVCA as the 12th Region Player of the Year and was recognized at the Semi Finals of the State Tournament. She is the first player in program history to receive the Player of the Year award. She is only the second to receive All-State Honorable Mention. Head Coach Sandra Baker also won 12th Region Coach of the Year.

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). 

Wayne County Band Does Well at State 123456789123456

The Wayne County Marching Band performed at the Kentucky Music Educators Association state semi-finals on Saturday in Bowling Green at Warren Central High School. The students had their best performance of the year placing 12th in class 3A for the state. The band program is looking forward to next year and excited about the future musicians

Bell Elementary Principal Award Bell Elementary Derrick Harris attending National Awards Program

    Wayne County Schools are proud to congratulate Bell Elementary Principal Derrick Harris on being recognized as a National Distinguished Principal (NDP) recently in Washington D.C.

WCHS FFA students attend Women in Agriculture conference FFA members work with a calf at the women in ag

On October 14-16th, nine FFA members attended the annual Women in Agricultural conference where they benefitted from all kinds of business and agriculture information.

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“In a world where you can be anything…be Kind,” was the theme for the recent Lights on After School celebration held at the Wayne County Middle School.

Wayne County High School Cross Country Team named Class 2A Regional Runners Up Team photo after the race with runner-up trophy

The Wayne County High School Cross Country Team ran their hardest at the Super Regionals this past Saturday, October 26th. There were 43 High Schools  represented for regions 5 Class 2A, 6 Class 1A, 7 Class 3A. Going into the race, Wayne County was projected to finish 4th place team overall and ended up finishing as Regional Runner Up's. This great performance earned the team a spot to run in the State competition coming up at the Kentucky Horse Park on Saturday, November 2. Go Cards!

Excellent broccoli crop harvested in the school garden WCHS FFA Member Myles Gregory

WCHS Senior Myles Gregory is the student garden manager over the FFA garden. He works with the local extension service coordinating the harvests and distribution process. The broccoli crop did terrific this season and will be used in the school cafeterias across the campus.

Cardinals Beat Corbin Redhounds in dramatic game Cardinals Beat Corbin Redhounds in Dramatic Way

Wayne County traveled to Corbin, Kentucky to play one of the hardest games they had played all season. They were able to edge out the Redhounds by winning 18-16. It was a low scoring affair but a thrilling 4th quarter as Wayne would have to fight back to win the game. Quarter Back Brody Weaver had a great game throwing 10/21 and passing for 166 yards and a touchdown. Running Back Braedon Sloan ran hard, rushing for 207 yards and a touchdown. Tito Ruiz was able to recover a fumble from Corbin's special teams unit. Defensive Lineman Cody Roysdon lead the team in tackles with eight. The next game for the Wayne County Cardinals will be this Friday, November 1st, at North Laurel. 

Middle School Sixth Grade Girls Choir Participated in SKMA Children's and Junior High Honor Choruses 12345678

The Wayne County Middle School sixth grade choir rehearsed all day at the First Baptist Church in London before the evening concert on October 22nd.

Mega party held after school for Monticello Elementary students to raise funds for playground equipment Mega party held after school for Monticello Elementary students to raise funds for playground equipment

There was a big turn out of students playing on the 7 inflatables at the after school party. They also enjoyed a movie called Secret Life of Pets 2. The event will help fund the ongoing playground improvement project, along with special field trips.

Family and Consumer Science Students Earn the "KY Orientation for Early Care and Education Professionals" Certification Students who passed the test in the preparatory early childhood education pathway

22 students who are preparatory in the early childhood education pathway (offered by Mrs. Shannon Foster/ Family and Consumer Science) earned the "KY Orientation for Early Care and Education Professionals" on Tuesday, October 22. This is one of three stackable  industry certifications in the pathway to prepare the students to become transition ready. The students will hopefully also earn the Pediatric Head Trauma Prevention Training Certificate as well as the Commonwealth Child Care Credential Certificate of Eligibility to complete the series of industry certification in the field.

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.

WCHS Agriculture Students work on Service Learning Project Student Garden Manager Myles Gregory Plants Flowers at the Armory

Amir Ruiz, Micah Morrow, Abigail Huckaby, Myles Gregory, and Trevor Dishman planted chrysanthemums at the National Guard Armory for beautification around the American flag

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.

Monticello Elementary Cafeteria Celebrated the 50's Monticello Elementary Cooks

It looked like an old fashioned soda bar inside the two cafeterias. Healthy Snacks Activity Fun pamphlets were handed out at their event to promote proper nutrition.

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.  

Wayne County Middle School had a "Color Me" contest to survey students on their favorite menu choices Middle School Staff

The cooks dressed as their favorite singers, while students got a chocolate ice cream bar for turning in their favorite food choices. A few of the high school band students pitched in to help on the food line.

Bell Elementary Cafeteria Staff enjoy the 80's Bell Cafeteria Staff

Lunchroom Manager Rebecca Crabtree and her staff enjoyed being back in the 80's during National School Lunch Week activities.

Healthy Kids program providing flu shots to students and staff during October Ibby Hopper

This is the fifth year the Healthy Kids Clinic has helped conveniently provide
health services to Wayne County School students and staff. This has been a great
partnership and the district is grateful to Cumberland Family Medical Center’s Dr.
Loy for having the vision and including Wayne County Schools on the ground floor
of this program, based in Russell Springs. This health initiative has really taken off
and blossomed over the years.

Band Performs Very Well at Competitions and at the Football Game Color Guard shows off their flags

Congratulations to the Wayne County Marching Band. After a review of the scores from The South Laurel Cardinal Classic held on Oct.12, a mix up was found in the scores resulting in the Wayne County Marching Band being awarded Reserve Grand Champion. This weekend at state quarterfinal competition held at George Rogers Clark High School the marching band earned a distinguished rating while finishing sixth overall and advancing to the state semifinals to be held in Bowling Green on Oct. 26. Good luck to the marching Cardinals in state competition.


WCHS Volleyball played very well on Senior Night WCHS Volleyball played very well on Senior Night

The Wayne County High School Volleyball Team beat Whitley County 2-0 on October 15th 2019. It was also senior night and many of the seniors enjoyed playing their last regular season game together. A wonderful ceremony was held for the seniors that night, they got flowers, a picture, and a volleyball sign with their name on it. The Junior Varsity and Freshman teams also won their matches in a convincing manner.

Golf Team performs exceptionally at State Golf Team poses for a group photo at state

The Wayne County Golf Team played great at the Kentucky High School State Golf Tournament on October 10th through October 12th. Reese Sexton played really well, shooting a 72 and 73 which earned him a tie for 4th place overall individually. The team would finish 7th overall which is the best any Wayne County Golf Team has performed at state in school history.

ATC Carpentry students enjoy attending Construction Fair ATC Carpentry students enjoy attending Construction Fair

On September 25th, the Wayne County Carpentry students attended the annual K4C Construction Fair held in Shelbyville, Kentucky. This event connects technical education programs to the construction economy. Students got the opportunity to engage with exhibitors, sponsors, and use construction equipment. Employer and colleges were on hand to help spread the word about pathways to careers

Wayne County Girls Elementary Cross Country Team Win the Wayne County Invitational Elementary Cross Country

The Wayne County Girls Elementary Cross Country Team finishes 1st overall this past Saturday, 21st. The first 5 Girls that finished for Wayne County Included, Cheyenne Shoushe (4th), Jenna Sexton (5th), Gracie Shoushe (6th), Emily Shearer (11th), and Joyce Dominguez (18th).

Courtney Hunter's 2nd Grade Class Performed Oct 4 at Bell Elementary Courtney Hunter's 2nd Grade Class

Bell Elementary students recently performed a unique anatomy program based on their health and music class called “Our Amazing Body” which was quite a hit with fellow students and their parents.

WCHS Students Benefit From Terrific Motivational Speaker Thanks to Local GEAR Up Program Clint Pulver played the drums

Motivational speaker Clint Pulver really connected with the upperclassmen at Wayne County High School, along with their instructors. It was an afternoon assembly held courtesy of the GEAR Up Program in connection with the recent College Night activities.

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.

Heroes Night Planned for Upcoming Football game America Flag

At this Friday's home football game, we'll be having a Heroes Night where we salute all Wayne County Heroes. The local DAV Chapter 105 will be providing a 21-gun salute to recognizing local veterans.

21st Century After School kids enjoy Wayne County Middle School Literacy Book Fair Event 21st Century students (L-R) Third grader Arianna Munsey, Fifth grader Peyton Ramsey, Media Specialist Sharon Hill, and 4th grader Bralynn Byrd

The Scholastic Book Fair was held in the WCMS library in conjunction with the 21st Century After School Program on October 2nd. Students had a huge variety of books to select from in the library.

College Night helps juniors and seniors plan their futures Kentucky Fame offers students unique work/college experience

Lots of families attended valuable break out sessions regarding FAFSA/paying for college and small group sessions with business people and college representatives after a dinner that was provided by the GEAR UP program. 

21st Century presents Light on After School Lights on After School

Please come and enjoy celebrating literacy and after school programming on Oct. 24th from 4-6:30 pm.  The food and activites for the evening will be centered around the character, Auggie from the novel Wonder,by R.J. Palacio.  The author introduces us to Auggie, a fifth-grade boy born with a facial deformity, and throughout the story delivers a powerful message about the importance of kindness, tolerance, and acceptance.

WCHS Nutrition Staff Launch National School Lunch Week WCHS lunchroom staff step beack into the fifties

The #NSLW19 theme in "School Lunch: What's on your playlist?"  spotlights the wide variety of flavors, dishes, delivery options and tastes that can be customized in today's school lunch. A local contest is heating up within the district at each cafeteria.

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. 

Wayne County Golf Team Wins Region for Second Year in a Row Regional

The Wayne County Golf Team came away with a big win at the Golf Regionals. Senior Reese Sexton shot a 72 on the day and his brother Gehrig Sexton shot a 71 on the day. Senior Kameron Gehring shot a score of 73. Gage Gregory shot a 76 and Aaron Hesse shot a 90, giving the team a total score of 292. It was a very impressive day for the Golfing Cardinals, as they were able to go back to back on Region Champions.

Ladys Soccer Team honors Seniors Senior Night

The Wayne County High School Girls Soccer Team honored their Seniors on Tuesday, October 1st. There are two Seniors that will graduate this year. Tori Vaughn and Andrea Napier were the two Seniors that were honored by the team. These two players have been with the program all throughout their high school years and have enjoyed every minute of it.

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

Farm to Fork lunch served within district recently High School Cafeteria Manager Michelle Lowe adds fresh cantaloupe to the serving line

Many of the vegetables served in the cafeteria were harvested and grown by agriculture students. All of the items on the serving line were fresh from the school garden, except the beef which was from Foothills, along with homemade cornmeal to top off the meal. 

Wayne County vs Danville Football Game Cancelled h

The Wayne County Cardinals were unable to finish the game against the Admirals of Danville on Friday September 27th. Wayne County came out on fire scoring two touchdowns within the first quarter. The Wayne County Football team felt pretty good going into the second quarter. Then about three minutes into the second quarter an official spotted lightning in the distance.

Middle School Girls Golfers did Great at Regional Golf Tournament h

Female Golfers Kelsay Collins and Melany Dobbs played very well at the Middle School Regional Golf Tournament. Both Golfers had an impressive day, Kelsay coming away with first place overall and Malainey finished second.These young ladies will be playing at the Middle School State Tournament at Quail Chase in Louisville.

"Eat Smart-Play Hard" Campaign held at elementary lunch room monticello elementary

The University of Kentucky and the Wayne County Cooperative Extension Services Office joined Wayne County Elementary Schools in promoting a special mascot recently. Wally Cat traveled to all the elementary schools with the message "Eat Smart - Play Hard" to improve nutrition.

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.

Gear up program takes juniors to college fair at SCC students visit college booths

WCHS juniors were able to speak to various college representatives, as well as touring the SCC campus and visiting classes.

Exciting STEM course ignited curiosity at the middle school this past school year Jolene Spears, Elijah Bolen, and David Terry work on their puzzle design

A new six-week rotation class using Project Lead the Way (PLTW) Gateway curriculum was successfully implemented at the Wayne County Middle School this past school year. It was so popular and stimulating that it was not uncommon to see students wanting to finish their work instead of go to lunch when the bell rang to switch classes. 

White Coat Ceremony held at the conclusion of the WCHS Project Lead the Way Classes White Coat Ceremony held at the conclusion of the WCHS Project Lead the Way Classes

An evening dinner and ceremony was held at the close of the school year to celebrate the students' accomplishments who participated in the biomedical science classes held at the high school. The event was somewhat sentimental, especially for the students who had been in the program for three years under the guidance of Emily Hopper, who was retiring from the program. This year, the program is continuing under the guidance of Biology Teacher Kelly Brown, who participated in specialized training this summer, to be able to provide the rigorous courses offered to local high school students enrolled in the program.  

Project Lead the Way captures student interest with STEM curriculum Project Lead the Way captures student interest with STEM curriculum

If you go upstairs in the Wayne County High School, don’t be surprised to find what looks like a
medical lab filled with budding doctors, researchers and forensic scientists. Likewise, at Wayne County
Middle School you might find a room full of young teenage designers sketching three-dimensional models of
future products at an engineering or architecture office. Head over to Monticello Elementary School and
they are either launching an airplane glider or building the chaise to a robotic vehicle in their lab.

Boys High School Soccer Celebrated Senior Night With a Big Win Boys High School Soccer Celebrated Senior Night With a Big Win

The Wayne County High School Boys Soccer Team was ready to play against Monroe County this past Tuesday on September 24th. All of the Seniors were ready and willing to do whatever needed to be done to win the match. After all was said and done, the Wayne County Cardinals would beat the fighting Falcons of Monroe County, the final score being 4-0. Their next game will be September 30th, and will be home against North Laurel.

College Night for Juniors and Seniors coming up tonight on October 1st Flyer for College Night

Don't miss this opportunity to participate in a local college and career fair in your own school. Get answers about different colleges, varying career paths right here at home and financial information Food and door prizes featured at this big event.

Boys Golf Team qualified to play in All State Championship golf

The Wayne County Golf Team qualified to play in the Kentucky Golf Coaches Association All State Championship on September 21-22. This was a two day tournament at the U Club in Lexington. The team finished fifth out of the top fifteen teams in the state. Congratulations to all these young men.

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.

Wayne County Board of Education receives USDA Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP) Grant (L-R) Bell nutrition services employees; Patricia Harmon, Amanda Vaughn, Teresa Hancock, JoE Shepperd, Paula Sutton, Linda Morris, Rebecca Crabtree (Manager)

Wayne County Board of Education is pleased to announce that one of their school’s, Bell Elementary, is once again a recipient of the federal Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP) funded and regulated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)

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.  

Wayne County High School Cross Country Team Ran hard at the Wayne County Invitational Cross Country

The Wayne County High School Cross Country Team ran at Cave Lake this past Saturday September 21st. The team would finish 6th place overall with a total score of 190. The next race will be this Saturday, September 28th at the Berea Community Invitational.

Same 450 Bell Elementary students enjoyed planting broccoli in the school garden Three Bell Elementary students planting broccoli

Extension Agriculture Specialists showed the first and second graders that “Brilliant Broccoli” which starts with the letter “B” looks like a tiny tree. Broccoli is a veggie from the cabbage family. Eat it raw and listen to it CRUNCH! Or steam if for a cozy dish to munch! Broccoli is full of vitamins K, B, and C. WCHS Agriculture students assisted the young students with the planting phase, while extension specialists shared brief Science lessons mentioning everything from drip irrigation to the parts of a plant. 

WCHS Pep Rally culminates at end of Spirit Week activities at the High School Spirit Week Winners

WCHS Spirit Week leads up to Pep Rally to salute the Cardinal Football Team prior to the annual Homecoming Game.

Craft and Gatton Academy offer STEM training Gatton Academy

The Craft Academy and The Gatton Academy are coming to Somerset for a visit Thursday, October 3, 2019 from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. EST. Southwestern High School will be hosting the event.

Bell Elementary Lab rotations nail Life Science skills First Grader Levi Vaughn examines his rock

Students benefits from lab work in Instructional Coach Sara Harris' Classroom first and second graders conduct investigation regarding plants and animals.

Wayne County Golf Team Plays Well at U Club Golf

The Wayne County Golf Team qualified to play in the Kentucky Golf Coaches Association All State Championship this past weekend September 21st-22nd 2019. This was a two day tournament at the U Club in Lexington. The team finished fifth out of the top fifteen teams in the state.

Homecoming 2019 celebrates with a winning game and lots of activities Homecoming 2019 celebrates with a winning game and lots of activities

Nicole Hesse and Tyler Lovett were named Homecoming Queen and King. Runner Ups were Monce Bravo and Nick Shearer and Second Runner Ups were Kara Taylor and Jacob Morgan. David Phillipy and Shane Shoemaker were honored for their many years of service to the Wayne County Football program.  

WKU Admissions Counselor Visits WCHS WKU Admissions Counselor Visits WCHS

It is that time of the year again for the senior class of Wayne County High School to sign up for colleges! With a plethora of options, one in particular just visited the school on September 12, Western Kentucky University (WKU). WKU had sent their Admissions Counselor Rachel Mergenthal to discuss with select WCHS seniors what they can expect from WKU itself and what it requires to be up for consideration in order to gain admission into the prestigious university. 

Homecoming Parade fun for students f

The Wayne County Homecoming Parade was on Thursday, the 19th and went very smoothly. Candidates were really able to show how much fun and exciting homecoming really is. This year's homecoming court absolutely enjoyed seeing family and friends as they rode down main street. The King and Queen will be announced this Friday, the 20th at the home football game against Harlan County.

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. 

"Holiday Appreciation" musical program highlighted talented children in Jan Lewis' second grade classroom Jan Lewis with two students

Most of us thought it was just a day when schools were closed and we don't have to do work and we all have a good time! So Teachers Susan Helms and Lois Bradley decided to talk about each month and the meaning of the special holidays it contains, to kick off the year's special programs. The parents and relatives enjoyed seeing their children perform.

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.

JROTC Raider Team earns second overall in One Rope Bridge category at Clarkrange, TN JROTC

The Wayne County Cardinal Raider team led by Cadet Captain Ziyon Deboer earned second overall among 17 different teams in the One Rope Bridge Category and a third overall in the Strength Category event at the Clarkrange High School JROTC Raider Meet on September 7th.

WCHS Band participated in Mark Twain Preseason Exhibition kicking off season Drum Major Amanda Harvey

On Saturday, Aug 24, the band traveled to Columbia, Ky where they performed their new program, "The Hand You're Dealt". Their unique marching band program can be seen at home football games this season during half time. They are also on the road for their competition season which officially begins on Saturday, September 21 at Pulaski County. Future band competitions are as follows: 9/28-Barren County, 10/12-South Laurel, 10/19-George Rogers Clark, and 10/26-Bowling Green (location to be determined).  

Wayne County Golf Team Wins Big at Boone's Trace Reese

The Wayne County Golf Team traveled just above Richmond Kentucky to play at Boone's Trace golf course this past Saturday, September 14th.

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.  

The Wayne County Cardinals Pummeled The Southwestern Warriors Vaughn

The Wayne County Cardinals continued their success after beating Southwestern 44-6 last Friday. Quarterback Brody Weaver did not miss a beat going 9/15 and throwing 160 yards and a touchdown. Running Back Braedon Sloan was running all over the place rushing for 127 yards and having three rushing touchdowns. Linebacker Lee Shelton was able to force a fumble and fellow Linebacker Noah Baker was able to recover the fumble. Defensive back Cauy Wallace would lead the team in tackles having 10 total tackles. Patrick Radilla also went 5/6 on PAT's and would go 1/1 on Field Goals.

Wayne County Golf Team wins big against neighboring Counties golf

The Wayne County Golf Team played well against McCreary County and Clinton County. In fact the boys team won the match and will continue their efforts to win this Saturday, September 14th as they will travel to Clay County to play at the London Country Club.

WCHS Spirit Week Nicoles Poster

The Wayne County High School will be hosting a Spirit Week on September the 16th and will be going through September the 20th. Students are encouraged to participate and there will be a King and Queen of spirit week announced at the end of the week. So dress up and show your support for your Wayne County Cardinals!

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.

Homecoming Candidates announced at Wayne County High School Homecoming Court

Homecoming candidates will ride in the Homecoming Parade at 5:30 pm on Thursday, Sep. 19th on Main Street. The king and queen will be crowned on the 50 yard line at half time at the WCHS  football game on Sept. 20th. In addition, the Monticello and WCHS Class of 2000 are invited to a reunion in conjunction with the homecoming festivities.

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.  

Wayne County High School Cross Country Team Participated in the Southern Harrier Classic Jacob Morgan

The Wayne Country High School Cross Country team ran against six competitive teams. Jacob Morgan finished 10th overall and was the first finisher for Wayne County. The next Cross Country meet is set for Saturday September 21st at Cave Lake.

WC Golf Team wins third team victory Golf Team

Wayne County Golf Team won its third team victory at London Country Club this past weekend, September 7, in London, Kentucky, riding its talented veterans to the ninth team title in the last two years.

High School students fine tune their computer skills in a practical assignment Computer Science

Students in Introduction to Computer Science had a little practical demonstration in how a computer will only do exactly what it is told to do in exactly the way it is told.

Farm to Fork Dinner raises funds for Imagination Library Extension bookkeeper Diana Cushman presented a $1,676 donation to Walker Early Learning Center principal Angela Ballinger 

The Farm to Fork showcase dinner and school garden tour was a huge success. Thanks to Extension employees and volunteers for helping prepare food, FFA students for their continuous hard work in the garden, Walker Early Learning Center for their partnership, and for all that attended and donated to the Wayne County Imagination Library. This event wouldn't be possible without the community coming together for a common goal!

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.     

Wayne County High School Football 50th Anniversary First Wayne County Football team

The Wayne County High School Football team of 1969 attended a 50th anniversary at a sideline tent party. They stood out in their matching tee shirts which said, "Cardinal Football 50 Year Reunion August 30th, 2019." At half time, the Football team and cheerleaders were recognized at the 50 yard line, returning to Jewel Field.

FFA students provided tour of school garden Agriculture students manned stations in the garden

The Farm to Fork showcase event was held in partnership with the Wayne County Extension Services office on August 27th. The school garden was opened to the public so the agriculture students could share the different vegetables that they've planted this summer. Each row was labeled with information about the plant. The fresh produce is used in the school cafeterias to feed the students. Visitors enjoyed meeting students and learning about their harvest.   

WCHS Varsity Volleyball Team beats McCreary Central 3-0 VB Team Pic

The Varsity girls won three sets in a row, defeating a district rival in McCreary Central. The WCHS Freshman Team win 2-0 and the JV Team won 2-0 prior to the varsity match on Thursday, August 29th.

Congrats Football Cards on beating Shelby County last weekend. Good Luck tonight at home meeting Pulaski County! Junior running back Braedon Sloan was selected as the MVP in last Friday's game.

The 50th Year Celebration for the WC Football Program will include the WC Football Team and Cheerleaders Class of 1969 recognition at halftime, as well as a performance by the Dance Team. A tent will be located on the home stands side near the parking lot where football players and cheerleader alumni will have a place to fellowship and renew their Wayne County School ties. Good Luck to the Cardinal Football Team's first district game of the season at home!

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.

The Wayne County Golf Team Played Well in the Franklin County Invitational Golf Team at Franklin County

The Wayne County Golf Team shot a total score of 302 at the Franklin County Invitational. That score got the team 2nd place and Gehrig Sexton was able to finish 1st individually. The team will play their next match in London on Saturday, August 31st.

Luke Vickery named UK Rising Scholar Rising Scholar Emblem

Wayne County High School is pleased to announce that Luke Vickery was selected as a University of Kentucky Rising Scholar. He represented Wayne County amongst 126 high school students this past summer.

Volleyball season starts off first home game with a win 2019 Wayne County High School Volleyball Team

Volleyball has started their 2019 season. They have played their first home game on Thursday, August 22nd and ended it with a win. Good luck to the Volleyball Team at their next game away at Somerset on Tuesday, August 27. Go Cards!!

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

Wayne County Boys Soccer beats the Campbellsville Eagles Wayne County Soccer big win

The Wayne County Boys Soccer Team came away with a 4-0 victory over the Eagles of Campbellsville. Will Wright had a hat trick, and Jordi Santiz had a goal as well. Ben Vickery was a real playmaker this game having three assists. Luis Balmori also would finish the game with an assist. Goalie Brandon McGinnis finished the game with four saves and a clean sheet.

Congrats to Cards at opening game of the season win Good luck to Cards at opening game of the seasom

The Cards won 40-12 in a preseason scrimmage game on August 16 against Metcalfe County.The football team beat Shelby County in Death Valley Bowl, Friday, August 23.  The home regular season football season begins Friday, August 30 when Wayne County hosts Pulaski County. Go Cards!

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 Middle School Orientation gets sixth, seventh and eighth graders ready for school Parents and students entering Middle School

Wayne County Middle School orientation provides students with academic information, transportation and Chromebook rentals. Wayne County Schools are proud to provide a one to one ratio for middle and high school students having their own Chromebooks to use during the school year. 

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.  

Wayne County High School Orientation provides mentors for freshmen and new students freshman orientation offers students options

All kinds of clubs and extra-curricular activities were promoted in the cafeteria, while teachers welcomed families to their classrooms to learn what is ahead for students this school year.

Students in 3th, 4th, 5th grades attended Monticello Elementary orientation at different times Monticello Orientation7th grader L'ton Crabtree, 4th grader Brianna Smith, and 4th grader Lavaya Crabtree looked at library books with Media Specialist Tracy Slagle

Families enjoyed meeting teachers and finding where classrooms were situated. Students found out about opportunities regarding membership in the Waynetonian Choir or the school's academic team.  Winston the therapy dog who assists with the reading program, greeted students in the foyer.

Bell Orientation acquaints first and second grade families with educational opportunities Librarian Neil Boils shared library books

Students and parents met with teachers at Bell Elementary during orientation night on August 5th and 6th.

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.

WCHS Girls Soccer Team beats Monroe County in a close game Girls Soccer Game vs Monroe

The Wayne County High School Girls Soccer team beat Monroe County 3-2 on Tuesday August 19th. Rylee Keith had a hat trick, scoring 3 goals. Jacklyn Crabtree and Shelby Bell both had an assist. The Lady Cards will be on the road Thursday night, August 22nd at Casey County.

Board of Education Recognizes JROTC Cadets for summer accomplishments Board of Education Recognizes JROTC Cadets for summer accomplishments

Ten cadets from WCHS JROTC performed well at Junior Cadet Leadership Camp at Blue Grass Army Depot in Richmond this summer. This marked the sixth time in seven years that a Wayne County cadet has earned a Leadership Award. Each summer 1 SG Snyder takes a group of cadets to the camp that, he works at each year. They teach students leadership skills in an unfamiliar environment with cadets from a variety of schools. 

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.

Impressive showing by the Golf Team Impressive showing by the Golf Team

On August 12th the Wayne County Golf Team won at the Model Invitational in Richmond, Kentucky, with an impressive team score of 300.

Monticello Lodge 431 donates bicycles and helmets to Monticello Elementary Monticello Lodge 431 donates bicycles and helmets to Monticello Elementary

Members of Monticello Lodge 431, along with the help of Walmart, donated bicycles and helmets to Monticello Elementary. the bikes and helmets will be used for an incentive drive to help with attendance, straight A's, and behavior. Students will be rewarded for their efforts by the drawing for the bikes and helmets. Walmart matched the Monticello Lodge donation to help provide for this program. Monticello Elementary staff and students appreciate their generosity.

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.

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

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

Girls Soccer Team Wins First Game of the Season Girls Soccer Team

The Wayne County Girls High School Soccer Team won their first game of the season against Clinton County Thursday August 15th.

WCHS Football Season coming up 2019

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

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

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

Elementary Students enjoy Magic Tree House books associated with weekly activities at 21st Century Summer Camp Elementary Students enjoy Magic Tree House books associated with weekly activities at 21st Century Summer Camp

The book themes provided the weekly schedules which were headlined: Tonight on the Titanic, Pirates Past Noon, Dingoes at Dinner Time, Civil War on Sunday, and Stallions by Starlight.

21st Century Summer Camp Extravaganza Open House held 21st Century Art

Both Elementary and Middle School students came to Open House along with their parents. Families enjoyed refreshments and learned what the campers had created and studied.

21st Century five week Summer Camp enjoyed by Middle School students 24st Century Summer Camp for Middle School

Middle school students participated n a variety of creative activities beginning with Survivor week, followed by Escape week, and Cupcake Wars with a field trip to Wild Thyme Cooking School. The final two weeks included art appreciation activities and virtual reality/drama camp. 

Golf Team starts season with a Win at Eagles Nest Golf

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

Wayne County High School student Emma Carter graduates from The Center for Rural Development’s 2019 Class of Rogers Scholars 2019 Rogers Scholars Emma Carter

Wayne County High School student Emma Carter graduated this summer from The Center for
Rural Development’s 2019 Rogers Scholars program.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wayne County Schools’ reading initiative yields Impressive gains Wayne County Schools’ reading initiative yields Impressive gains

The Wayne County Board of Education were pleased to learn the results of year-end data
regarding the dramatic gains in student reading levels. Congratulations to the staff and students for moving forward on reading!

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

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

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

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

WCHS FFA Members Attend State Leadership Training FFA Officers

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

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

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

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

With school out for the summer many students were thinking of the lazy days ahead,
sleeping late and just chilling out. “Not us,” almost in unison responded the 10 cadets from
WCHS JROTC making preparations to attend annual Junior Cadet Leadership Camp (JCLC) at
Blue Grass Army Depot in Richmond, KY, held May 25-29TH.

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

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

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

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

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. 

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

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

Cupcake Wars held at 21st Century Summer Camp Cupcake Wars held at 21st Century Summer Camp

Sixth to eighth graders have been enjoying playing survivor, going to an escape room, and getting cooking lessons from a real chef during the past three weeks. Next is art appreciation week, followed by stop motion animation, video production, virtual reality, and drama camp.

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

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

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

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

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. 

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

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

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.

Colton Morrow receives wrestling scholarship to Campbellsville University Colton Morrow receives wrestling scholarship to Campbellsville University

Recent graduate Colton Morrow had the honor of signing with Campbellsville University at the
end of the school year. He will continue his wrestling career at the collegiate level with the help of a
wrestling scholarship. He joined the high school team in the eighth grade and consistently competed for
the Wayne County High School Mat Cards.

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.  

Wayne County Cardinals Archery Camp Wayne County Cardinals Archery Camp

Wayne County Cardinals Archery Camp is underway for grades 4-12 on July 22, 23, and 25. 

Golf Scramble benefits Wayne County School Golf Team Golf Scramble benefits Wayne County School Golf Team

On June 22nd, the Wayne County Golf Team held their annual golf scramble to raise money for their upcoming season. Special thanks to those who helped organize and facilitate the scramble. 

2019 Archery Program made tremendous strides this school year Brody Shelton state S3DA Outdoor Target Tournament June 29 first place in Elem Male Traditional

All three archery teams were recognized along with the seniors and some individual high scores at the banquet. The program offered all kinds of experience for archers throughout the year. The program culminated with two high individual scorers at the 2019 KY NASP State Tournament. 

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!

Junior Awards Ceremony recognized students efforts Junior Awards Ceremony recognized students efforts

Members of the junior class received a variety of awards for their hard work for this 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. 

"Police Appreciation Program" is a hit at Bell Elementary "Appreciation of Our Officer Friends Program" is a Hit at Bell Elementary

Kim Lasley's 2nd grade classroom performed a program written by teacher Susan Helms to show the school's gratitude for the Police Appreciation Program on May 7th. That event was followed up by a parade of law enforcement that high-fived the children as they walked through their hallways. The first and second graders cheered for their officer friends who have been visiting them this school year. Bell Elementary Officer Friends Program was implemented this school year and was very successful. 

Check out the video on the left column of the front page.

Field Day popular event at Monticello Elementary School Field Day popular event at Monticello Elementary

Students in each grade participated in their own Field Days at the end of the school year. Counselor Noah Rice coordinated a variety of fun athletic team events for the students to enjoy ranging from tug of war to relay races. 

Bell Elementary Recognizes AR winner for 1st and 2nd grade Bell Elementary Recognizes AR winner for 1st and 2nd grade

Congrats to Kason Hicks for scoring in the 300 point club with a score of 326 AR points. Clark Phillips won a drawing based on family participation at the Book Fair held April 28th to May 3rd.

Third grade honors program held at Monticello Elementary School Third grade honors program held at Monticello Elementary School

Awards were given at each grade level recognizing student accomplishments. There were presented by Principal Virginia Cares and Assistant Principal Mitchell Gregory. 

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. 

Kentucky to expand school-based healthcare services for children Kentucky to expand school-based healthcare services for children

Gov. Matt Bevin announced June 3 that the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS), in partnership with the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE), will seek an amendment to Kentucky’s Medicaid state plan to provide greater healthcare access to students in schools across the Commonwealth by allowing for the payment of qualifying physical and mental health services.

Senior Honors Night 2019 WKU Scholarship recipients

Students received a multitude of scholarships and awards to further their future educational plans. A couple students received national awards, while one student received her college associates degree. A large variety of local scholarships were also given to an appreciative senor class. 

Lady Cards Summer Basketball Camp well attended Campers enjoying being with their athletic mentors

The Lady Cardinals and Junior Varsity basketball players assisted Head Coach Mark McKinley with a fun three-day camp for girls in grades 1-8. The campers learned basic skills and  basketball techniques from their athletic mentors at the Rodney Woods Gymnasium.  

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. 

Senior Breakfast held on last day of school Senior Breakfast held on last day of school

Seniors appreciated attending the annual senior breakfast hosted by the High School Foods Service Program. The lunchroom was decorated for the occasion complete with the senior slide show. Staff members were on hand to assist with the breakfast and congratulate the students. Seniors then attended practice for commencement exercises, followed by a sentimental walkthrough touring each school building on their last day. 

Wayne County High School 2019 Walkthrough Class of 2019

Class of 2019 walked through each Wayne County school building to tell classmates and teachers goodbye on the last day of school. The senior breakfast and graduation practice was held prior to the walkthrough. 

Wayne County High School 2019 Graduation Natalie Hutchinson, Valedictorian

Wayne County graduated 38 seniors with distinction meaning they had a GPA of 3.5 or higher, met college and career readiness criteria, completed pre-college curriculum, had an average score of proficient or above on all state assessments, and took a minimum of 8 rigorous courses. Approximately 200 students participated in the WCHS Commencement exercise on May 24th which was followed by Project Graduation. Good luck Graduates!

8th Grade Honors Program 8th Grade Honors Program

The 6th, 7th, and 8th graders participated in individual honors programs at Wayne County Middle School. Awards were given for citizenship, academic excellence, Rogers Explorers, honor roll, and perfect attendance at the 8th grade ceremony. 

WCHS Senior Sierra Hagerman recognized at April Board of Education Meeting Sierra standing with two influential people in her life

Wayne County High School Senior Sierra Hagerman was recognized at the Board of Education monthly meeting.

FFA Alumni students and families enjoyed the annual Awards Banquet FFA Alumni students and families enjoyed the annual Awards Banquet

All kinds of agriculture education activities were highlighted from the school year. FFA Junior Sentinel Macilee Worley recited the FFA Creed. FFA Reporter McKenzie Bell produced the slide show, Lydia West served as president welcoming the large audience of supporters. Alumni worked the auction at the conclusion of the evening to raise funds for the program. 

8th Grade/High School Band, Percussion Ensemble, 7th Grade Band, and 6th Grade Band perform at Spring Concert 8th Grade/High School Band, Percussion Ensemble, 7th Grade Band, and 6th Grade Band perform at Spring Concert

The Stinkin' Garage percussion ensemble stole the show. Check out the video on the left-hand side of schools website home page to enjoy the music.

Wayne Public Library offers students all kinds of resources this summer Wayne Public Library offers students all kinds of resources this summer

Go to the Wayne County Public Library website (under weblinks) where students can access FREE
online ebooks, videos, audio and more! They only need a library card number from the WC Public
Library to sign up. These are GREAT resources. You can even download the Libby app to use with the
There are also FREE online classes in a wide variety of subjects through Universal Class. There are so
many topics that Wayne County students are interested in. These are FREE! Scroll below to see the
categories listing. (They do not count for school credit, but still are wonderful learning opportunities for
all ages!)
Also attached is their flyer about summer events in July. Call them at 348-8565 for specifics. Or
better yet, stop in and visit them.

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.

Bell Elementary Honors Program Jan Lewis's students receives certificates

First and second graders were happy to be recognized for their efforts at school this year. Each class received award from their teachers at Honors assemblies. 

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.

Lady Cards Basketball Camp set for May 29-31 Lady Cards Basketball Camp set for May 29-31

The Wayne County Lady Cardinals Basketball Camp will be held May 29-31 in the high school gym. The camp is for grades one through eight, determined by the end of the school year. The camp will be from 1 until 4 p.m. each day. The doors will open at 12:30 p.m. and all students must be picked up by 4:10 p.m.

The cost is $25 per student and each camper will receive a t-shirt. Registration will begin at 12:30 p.m. on May 19.


for more information contact Mark McKinley at (606) 875-2425 or by email at mark.mckinley@wayne.kyschools.us

Wayne County High School Salutes the 2018-2019 Cardinals at the Basketball Awards Ceremony Wayne County High School Salutes the 2018-2019 Cardinals at the Basketball Awards Ceremony

This season's Cardinal basketball players were honored at the 2019 Wayne County High School Basketball Awards on Friday, April 26th.

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. 

Southland Dairy Farmers Southland Dairy Farmers
Wayne County Senior Selected to Participate in PEPP Scholars Program  Colton Morrow PEPP

Colton Morrow is one of twenty Kentucky students chosen to participate in the University of Kentucky Professional Education Preparation Program (PEPP) Scholars this summer. 

Second Graders enjoy learning math facts through competition Second Graders enjoy learning math facts through competition

Students nail math skills and recruit medals and trophies for their quick thinking at Bell Elementary

Four Public Universities Commit to University Center of Southern Kentucky Four Public Universities Commit to 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.

Handprints are becoming a common tradition at WCHS for all freshmen students Handprints are becoming a common tradition at WCHS for all freshman students

Putting your handprints on wooden silhouette that represents your class in which you are graduating with, has become a tradition at WCHS. Each classes' handprint artwork is displayed at the High School. Josh Parmley's carpentry class created the wooden numbers and the students provided the handprints. Take a look at the Class of 2022!

KOSSA Rewards Day includes movie, lunch, and activities at the park KOSSA Travels

Students participated in a work readiness sharing session with County Judge-Executive Mike Anderson. Darrell Smith, Wendy’s restaurant owner, welcomed KOSSA students for a courtesy lunch rewarding them for becoming career and transition ready. Congrats to KOSSA students who passed the test to make them career ready. Students had to make a 70% or above on this test to be certified in career readiness. To be a transition ready, students had to also benchmark on the ACT and passed KOSSA. WCHS KOSSA teachers took their students to the Wayne Historic Theater and saw Creed 2 in the morning, followed by lunch at Wendy's, and a fun afternoon playing basketball, whiffle ball, and throwing the football at the park. 

First Southern National Bank Interview First Southern National Bank Interview

On Tuesday, April 23, Dana Hurd's Business Communications class took a field trip to First Southern National Bank for mock interviews with some of the banks employees. The students have been preparing for this moment by filling out resumes and applications beforehand to make the experience even more realistic. First Southern hosted a game of Jeopardy with questions about banking. The team that won received water bottles and the entire class were happy to receive gift bags.

WCHS enjoys SGA and FFA Events on a Friday Afternoon Girls play powder puff football game

On Friday, May 10th, WCHS students enjoyed a day of fun events after the week's testing. FFA sponsored a 'Kiss the Goat' contest with English Teacher Todd Viars winning it. The Student Government Association sponsored a flag football powder puff game, while broadcasting the plays from the press box at Jewell Field. 

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.

WCHS Boys Basketball Awards Banquet Recently Held Seniors receives 2019 48th District Championship Plaques

Wayne County High School saluted the 2018-2019 Cardinals District 48 Champions basketball season. They celebrated during an evening banquet supported by alumni players and community members and fans. The Wayne County Basketball program is 6th in the State for the most wins: 1,433, "Where Winning is a Habit!"

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.

Project graduation fast approaching Parents prepare for Project Graduation

Parents of seniors have been busy planning for Project Graduation. Seniors and their guests will be eligible to attend the all night event after commencement exercises, where they can play and earn gifts and prizes to help them get a start on their future. The evening will begin around 9:15-9:30 p.m. and provide a safe, drug-free zone for students to celebrate their graduation all night long.

Close to 90 people attended the Family Math Night at Bell Elementary Enhancing math through card games

On May 2nd, first and second graders were treated to an evening of Math games with their families. Students had fun playing Math Bingo and using playing cards to emphasize Math skills. Teacher Jamie Reagan hosted the event which was well attended.

Several Wayne County FFA Members Compete at WKU Agriscience Day FFA

Several students competed and placed at WKU's Agriscience Day.

2019 Wayne County High School Masquerade Prom Night 2019 WCHS Prom

WCHS Students enjoyed dancing the night away at the 2019 Masquerade prom held at the Rural Center for Development. Kori Guffey and Bryce Howard were titled prom Queen and King. Thank to the staff who supported the event. 

Academic Hall Of Fame honors high academic achievement group photo

The 2019 Wayne County High School Academic Hall of Fame recognized 51 inductees during an impressive ceremony and dinner on April 23. Over 200 family and friends attended the evening celebration in support of the top senior academic achievers meeting the criteria for induction.

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.

Monticello Elementary students enjoy "Life is Cool" anatomy workshop Students enjoy Life is Cool demonstrations

Fourth graders had the opportunity to learn through the Donate Life KY Coalition on-site traveling fair on April 11 at the Monticello Elementary School gym. The program was the final part of a six lesson study of human anatomy, healthy life choices and organ donation. Students completed five one-hour classroom lessons before experiencing the hands-on event that included 10 different learning stations staffed by healthcare personnel and volunteers from across Kentucky.    

JROTC 2019 Awards Ceremony honors local battalion C/MAJ Grayson Guffey received the Scholastic Excellence Award

Numerous cadets received medals and recognition during the local battalion's annual ceremony. For instance, C/1SG Elijah Decker was named the Cadet Non-Commissioned Officer of the Year. C/CPT Savannah Harmon was recognized for the Cadet Officer of the Year Award. C/LTC Adrian Martin was presented with the CW4 (R.) William Inman Cadet of the Year Award. Congratulations to all of the cadets who received honors at the ceremony on April 25th.

FBLA Members Win Several Events at State Conference Five FBLA members placed at State

 Rest assured, Wayne County Area Technology students have been equipped with skills that will help them contribute to the local business community in the future. Besides the daily curriculum students learn, extra-curricular clubs like the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) nourish their talents in competitions.

Baseball Season well under way for Wayne County Baseball Cards Tito Ruiz pitching the baseball

Cards defeated Southwestern in a dramatic win 6-5 on April 16th, followed by a loss to North Laurel on April 18th. Come out and support Wayne County High School Baseball Team on Saturday April 27th for a home game with Lincoln County at noon.

Ms. Kentucky visits students at Monticello and Bell Elementary through Family Resource Center Ms. Kentucky shared her crown with Raylynn Byrd

 Students at Bell and Monticello Elementary Schools were delighted to meet Katie Bouchard, the reigning Miss Kentucky 2018 recently.

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.

Seniors participated in College Signing Day College Signing Day Senior Group

Numerous colleges, technical schools, and the military, were represented at the annual College Signing Day for Wayne County students. Classmates, teachers, and families were happy to recognize these seniors who will be furthering their educations after graduation.

Integrated Health and Physical Education class learns important emergency procedures 6th grader Kensey Bowlin learned safety tips from her teacher

Sixth graders took turnabout leaning over training mannequins using all their strength-
performing compressions one after another. They were learning the safety practice procedure for
bystander CPR.

Casting Cardinals competed Saturday, April 13th Alex West, Kason Stockton, Jonathan Gregory, and Dylan Southwood

Four Wayne County students were competitive fishing on the lake at a tournament on the lake.   

WCHS Tennis Teams practice hard during their Season to achieve Faith Hicks hitting the ball

The Boy's Tennis Team has a current record of 7-2. The Girl's Tennis Team currently has a record of 8-3. The tennis teams have matches scheduled for Monday, April 22 at home against Garrard County, followed by Clinton County (away) on Tuesday, April 23, and then back home on Thursday, April 25 to play Casey County. The Regional Tournament for the Girl's Team is set for May 16 and the Boy's Team will compete at Region on May 17 in Danville. Go Cards! 

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.

WCMS Operation Preparation Activities were a Big Success this Year Local Pharmacist Joey Silvers spoke to students

Eighth graders explored options for their futures thorough classroom counseling sessions, tour of ATC school, motivational career speeches, and workshops. The dance team kicked off the state initiative on March 25 with a wonderful performance and inspirational talk by Coordinator Katherine Kidd. FCC Minister Joe Tipton shared an inspiring message later in the week that was appreciated by the students and staff. 

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.  

JROTC featured during Middle School Operation Preparation JROTC Cadets preparing to speak to the younger students

WCHS JROTC Cadets came and spoke to the middle school 8th graders, There were 57 students who signed up to tour the facility and learn more about the program. The battalion members answered questions and acquainted the students with the many positive attributes of the program and extra-curricular activities. 

Congratulations to McKenzie Bell for becoming a Lake Cumberland Regional FFA Officer McKenzie Bell

Congratulations to McKenzie Bell for becoming a Lake Cumberland Regional FFA Officer (Sentinel)! Also, special thanks to Kenzie Crabtree and Madison Butler for serving as voting delegates for the Wayne County chapter. 

Monticello Elementary students see the stars in dome theatre Planetarium

Students viewed constellations in Living Arts & Science Center visiting planetarium, Katherine Bullock, Discovery Education Director presented the interesting look at the night time sky.

Monticello Elementary Student Leadership Team Took Supplies to the Wayne County Animal Control Center Leadership Team students

Seventeen leadership Team students got a close up look at the dogs and cats waiting for new homes at the shelter located on Blevins Dr. next to the County Recycling Center. They took all kinds of food and treats that students donated in connection with a recent "Fetch a Good Book" literacy event.

WCME 2020 5th grade is going to Washington D.C. spring break 2020 WCME 2020 5th grade is going to Washington D.C. spring break 2020

Current fourth grade students and their parents are invited Wednesday, April 17, to the WCME library at 5 p.m. to learn about a travel study option for interested high-achieving students who have demonstrated good behavior, good attendance, and good grades. The limited spots available will be filled on a first-come, first serve basis. Learn more about the details, travel logistics, how it will enhance 5th grade curriculum, and affordable payment options.

Wayne County High School students benefit from SCC orientation session and advising/scheduling team events SCC

Representatives from Kentucky Community and Technology College System in Somerset
have been visiting seniors at Wayne County High School who are planning to continue their
studies in the neighboring county after graduation. Advising counselors have been assisting
them in making plans for their postsecondary education.

Sophomore Rylee Keith Won 2019 KY Jr. Duck Stamp Art Contest (L-R) Rylee Keith shows her work with her art instructor Tim Withers holding up her certificate

Visual arts student Rylee Keith received a $100 check for her 1st place finish in the annual art contest. She also received pastels, sketch pad, and trading card for her outstanding colored pencil artwork. She has produced acrylic pantings, grid drawings, linoluem block prints, and 3-D printed works in the elective class.

Wayne County Boy's and Girl's Tennis Teams performing well this Season WC Boys Tennis Team

Both the Boys and Girls Tennis Teams are excelling with strong records midway through their season. The Boys Team has an outstanding record of 7-1. They are coached by Allen Burchett. The Girl's Team has won six of the eight games they've played this season. They are coached by Ronnie Sexton. Way to go Cards!

WCHS Senior Elliott Cross receives archery scholarship Elliott Cross accompanied by his family signs to become an archer at University of Cumberlands

Wayne County High School is proud to announce that Senior Elliott Tucker signed with the University of the Cumberlands and will be receiving a partial athletic scholarship.

4th Graders Enjoy Environmental Education Field Day 4-H

Fourth grade students from Monticello Elementary attended an Environmental Education Field Day at the Lake Cumberland 4-H Camp on March 25th and 26th. Students rotated stations throughout the day that included mammals, birds, and rocks. 4-H Agent Toni Humble coordinated the field day as a part of the ongoing 4-H school enrichment programs. 

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

WCMS Parent Teacher Conference Family Literacy & Summer Safety Night WC Seal

Join us and several community partners on April 16th, who will be here to provide information and answer questions about summertime activities/ opportunities for students as well as provide tips for keeping kids safe over the summer break!

Agriculture students planted potatoes in the school garden FFA plants potatoes

Thanks to the Wayne County Extension Service and volunteers who assisted WCHS Agriculture Teacher Justin Horton's students for their work in the school garden. They planted 300 lbs of Norland Red and 50 lbs of Russet Norkotah seed potatoes which will eventually be featured in the school cafeteria. Special thanks to volunteers Linda and Melanie Roberts for cutting the seed potatoes 

"Fetch a Good Book" Family Literacy Night Held at Monticello Elementary on March 28th Dog treats collected to go to pound

Guest author Leigh Anne Florence and her dog Woody, the Kentucky Weiner dog, captivated the children with her inspiring story. She provided daytime assemblies, writing workshops and an evening Family Literacy event following a hot dog dinner. A student service learning project was even tied to the event. 

Wayne County Middle School named 2018 Region 14-Large High Attendance Day Winner Stewart York and Melissa Gossage

Students enjoyed all kinds of special activities and perks on high attendance day which was held September 20, 2018. Schools across the district participated in all kinds of specially planned events that day to encourage high attendance. Congratulations to the folks at the Wayne County Middle School for all the extra efforts put forth to win their category amongst other middle schools in Region 14..

Monticello Elementary students love Winston, the therapy dog, who encourages Reading Group

Students enjoy reading with Winston, a specially trained Standard French Poodle that Family Resource Center Director Leslie Randall brings to schools on certain days. Winston was among the dogs who were featured during a recent canine themed Family Literacy Night at Monticello Elementary School. Therapy dogs like Winston are being used in schools across the country to relieve students' stress, help children to read, and even boost test scores and attendance. Therapy dogs are nonjudgmental and provide students with unconditional love. Educators focus on the comfort of the students and the dogs to get the best results.

Monticello Elementary Hosts "Life is Cool" Life is Cool Icon

Monticello Elementary will be hosting an on-site program called "Life is Cool" for all fourth grade students on April 11th, with one group going from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and the second from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. The onsite program will be held at Monticello Elementary and is the final part of a 6 lesson study of human anatomy, healthy life choices and organ donation.

HOSA Competition Yields Favorable results for WCHS participants Hannah Gregory, Katie Piercy, Jasmine Boykin 

HOSA competed at state competition March 23 and had several teams advance to the second round. Madison Smith placed top five in nutrition. Heather Abbott and Alex Piercy placed 3rd in Forensic Medicine and will be going to nationals at Disney.

Cadets enjoyed annual JROTC Ball Military Ball

Battalion Commander Adrian Martin and Cadet Captain Savannah Harmon were named King and Queen at the prestigious annual event held at Dale Hollow State Park.

21st Century Program announces exciting Summer Camp Program for Elementary and Middle School Students 21st Century 2019 Summer Camp

Don't miss out on this great opportunity! Registration forms are now available online below or at your child's school. Enjoy 5 weeks of arts, crafts, physical team building activities, and exciting field trips. 

Wayne County Fiscal Court supports student entrepreneurs at WCMS Store Mike Anderson with Micah

Micah Burchett attended a Fiscal Court meeting on Thursday, March 14 to discuss the progress of the Cardinal Spirit Store which is part the 21st Century After School program. Micah gave an overview of the store and how it is run by students. Further, he explained that Cardinal bucks are used throughout middle school classes as an incentive for students to work harder in class and exhibit good character traits. Cardinal bucks can be spent at the school store to purchase items including books, candy, and school supplies. Micah's presentation was followed up by a visit from County Judge Executive Mike Anderson who brought him a certificate and donation to the store.

Outreach Counselor meets with Sophomores to discuss future plans during Operation Preparation Bryson Bennett

Wayne County High School sophomores were introduced to what their future holds through an annual state initiative known as Operation Preparation

Bell Elementary Students and Families Enjoyed "Get Revved Up for Reading" Students participating in activities

Some 215 people attended the recent literacy night which included dinner, reading, activities, and special drawing for prizes. Community members graciously brought in some antique vehicles to park on the playground so the students could check them out and learn about the car enthusiasts' passions.

Fetch a good book Fetch a good book


Enjoy some “dog”licious refreshments, have your picture taken with Monticello Elementary’s very own Winston, and meet/greet author, Leigh Anne Florence.

WCHS students benefit from KHEAA College Info Roadshow WCHS students benefit from KHEAA college info roadshow

College Info Roadshow Counselor Kevin Wilson shared important information about financial planning for college with students on board. 

Numerous Wayne County FBLA Members Placed At KY FBLA Regional Conference FBLA winners posing with trophies

Congratulations to the Wayne County FBLA members who placed at the KY FBLA Region 2 Conference on Friday, March 15th at WKU. 

Bell Elementary staff excel in Reading initiatives Bell Elementary staff excel in Reading initiatives
Wayne County High School Teacher selected to Commissioner’s Teacher Advisory Council Carrie Walters assisting a student in the credit recovery class on Odysseyware

Wayne County High School Teacher Carrie Walters was selected last spring to serve on the
Kentucky Department of Education Commissioner’s Teacher Advisory Council (TAC). She has been
serving on the council since then by attending meetings in Frankfort and sharing feedback from the
community and the teachers.

Wayne County FFA students compete at Lake Cumberland regional FFA Day ffa

Local students practiced their speeches before traveling to Lindsey Wilson College to compete. Impromptu and prepared speeches were given by the students regarding a variety of agriculture topics.

ATC Accounting Class visits RECC Headquarters in Somerset Vocational Teacher Dana Hurd's Accounting and Finance Foundations Class touring RECC

The Accounting and Finance Foundations class at the Wayne County Area Technology
Center recently took a trip to the SKRECC to talk with their accounting staff and to take a tour of
the facilities.

Peer Writing Tutors Recognized at March Board Meeting Jared Criswell with his peer tutors

The Wayne County Board of Education were honored to recognize Wayne County
High School students for their participation in a newly formed Peer Writing Tutoring resource
for their classmates.

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.

Congrats to the Archers who did a great job at the NASP Tournament in Louisville! Target

Wayne County had 2 individuals place in the top 10. They did not receive a medal, but we would like to recognize them. Matthew Coy Reynolds placed 9th of 1221 in High School males, and Brody Shelton placed 9th of 1156 in Elementary males.

Team rankings were:
Monticello Elementary finished 7th out of 102 schools.
Wayne County Middle School placed 34th out of 107 schools.
Wayne County HIgh School placed 26th out of 107 schools.

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. 

Community Readers volunteer at Bell's Read Across America special events Community Readers volunteer as Bell's Read Across America special events

Shout Out to Bell Elementary students for reading 1,152 books on March 1 to kick off the Read Across America campaign. Bell Elementary Librarian Nell Boils said the student goal was to read 1,000 books with an 80 percent or higher score on their Accelerated Reader comprehension quiz. She appreciated the students' efforts along with the teachers' collaboration and support on the event. Following that success, the Cat in the Hat visited Bell, as well as local volunteers who kindly contributed to the literacy event. Students rotated between stations in the gymnasium and enjoyed a book read by community helpers.

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.    

JROTC Raiders earn first place overall at Pike County Central Raider meet JROTC Raiders earn first place overall at Pike County Central Raider meet

Wayne County JROTC Raiders earned first place overall competing against six other schools on Saturday, March 9. The Raiders won first place finishes in three different categories and a second place finish in one category which earned them the first overall trophy for the meet.

Congratulations to Ragan Shelton for placing third in the individual Female category at KHSAA Region 9 Tournament! Ragan Shelton

She placed 3rd Individual Female with a score of 293 out of 300 at the KHSAA Region 9 Tournament held at the Wayne County High School Gymnasium, March 9th. This score is a personal tournament best for her. She will advance to the KHSSA State Tournament on April 30th in Bowling Greene.  Ragan has been shooting archery since the 5th grade, Ragan's score this past weekend was the highest ever for a female archer at Wayne County Schools.

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!

ACT Prep classes help students prepare for the exam MasteryPrep

MasteryPrep boot camp was attended by the Junior class. They were split into  groups and had the opportunity to focus on test taking strategies held at the Aspire Center and Public Library. Students are also provided ACT Prep resources through the school library and extensive classroom bell ringer activities in English, Math, and Science on a daily basis.

SCC Scholarship Application Workshop Held JR Thompson helps Senior Jonathan Foster

As spring rapidly approaches, Somerset Community College (SCC) is eager to recruit new students for the upcoming fall semester. Thanks to SCC for coming to Wayne County High School to assist students applying for scholarships. 

Wayne County Middle School February Pep Rally Kennett brought out the boy's basketball team for recognition before their big game

Wayne County Middle School hosted a pep rally on February 8th to get everyone in the school spirit to encourage the students body's achievements so far, including the basketball team, cheerleaders, academic team, dance team, and wrestling team. 

Wayne TSA Awarded Third Place for Children’s Book at Regional Competitions Children's Storybook Winners

Wayne County’s Technology Student Association is proud to announce three of its students took third place in the Regional Conference.

Congrats to the Archery Team for qualifying state NASP Tournament! Target

The Wayne County Archery Team is pleased to announce that once again, all three Wayne County
NASP Archery Teams have qualified for the State NASP Tournament in Louisville, Kentucky.

The Center for Rural Development is proud to present The Warriors of AniKituhwa from the Museum of the Cherokee Indian on March 22 at 10 a.m. The Warriors of AniKituhwa

The Warriors of AniKituhwa are cultural ambassadors for the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, with the Museum of the Cherokee Indian as their sponsor. This dance group brings to life the Cherokee War Dance and Eagle Tail Dance as described by Lt. Henry Timberlake in 1762.

Young athletes gain tips at baseball camp Head Coach Josh Bartley rounding the team up

On March 2nd, the Wayne County High School Baseball team hosted “Future Cardinals Baseball Camp”, a one-day camp to help teach young athletes the basic fundamentals of hitting, fielding, pitching, and base running.

Bell Presents Dental Day Program In Honor of Dental Hygiene Month Dental Day Program Cast

Heather Lewis' class presented a Dental Day program in honor of Dental Hygiene Month. Teacher Lois Bradley portrayed the tooth fairy for the program. 

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!

Wayne County Schools update branding while honoring the past Jarrad Parmley

One of the great things about Wayne County Schools is the mindset to continue to improve and
provide the best educational practices for all students. It is a matter of pride as students and staff
continue to grow and add to their knowledge base and skill sets.

Monticello Elementary Receives Lowe’s Toolbox for Education Grant and support from American Woodmark Corp. toolbox for education logo

Monticello Elementary was awarded the Lowe’s Toolbox of Education Grant. The school was awarded $5,000. That grant was followed by a generous grant from American Woodmark. Their foundation team recently visited Monticello Elementary to share a check for the playground fund.

Wayne County JROTC Color Guard and Drill Team Cadets Compete at the University of Kentucky Pershing Rifles Drill Meet WCHS JROTC Drill Team

It was the first Drill meet of the 2019 school year for the JROTC Cardinal Color Guard and Drill Team Cadets as they traveled to the University of Kentucky on February 16th to compete in the annual UK Pershing Rifles meet. 

FFA Students Participate in Events Outside the Classroom FFA

The WCHS FFA club spent time with senior citizens on Valentines Day. Followed up with a trip to the Farm Machinery Show. 

Good Luck to Lady Cardinals at 48th Regional Tournament on Thursday, February 28th Lady Card Macey Blevins

Lady Cards play Casey County at 6:30 p.m. at Pulaski County High School. Congrats to Macey Blevins on being voted to Team 1 of the All 12th Region Team. Three Lady Cards named to 2019 All District Team. 

Parent Teacher Conferences have been Underway (L-R) Substitute Teacher Justin Cole talking to mother Brandi Rednour about her child Chandler Rednours work

Parent teacher conferences were held at each of the different school buildings during February. Thank you to the families who attended. 

"The Way to Bee" at Bell Elementary School The Way to Bee Musical

Savannah Wilson's second grade class had fun participating in the musical that stressed character education. Lois Bradley wrote the program and Susan Helms was the musical director.

Wayne County Career and Technical Education Students Participate in CTE Student Leadership Day in Frankfort FBLA Students posed for a photo in the House of Representatives

Participating in the 18th annual CTE Student Leadership Day in Frankfort on Tuesday, February 12th, 2019, were 23 members of the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) students organization from Wayne County ATC. Approximately 400 students and advisers from across Kentucky attended the day-long event.

Congratulations to Wayne County Basketball Team winning their first game at 12th Region Tournament! Wayne County Cardinals named 2019 District Champs, making it the school's 30th District Championship 

The Wayne County Cardinals Boys Basketball Team defeated Somerset 59-52 in the 12th Region Tournament on Tuesday, February 26th, at Lincoln County. Next the Cardinals play Friday, March 1 at 8:00 p.m. Go Cards!

WCMS Archery team placed first at Taylor County Tournament Middle School team placed 1st

The Wayne County Archery teams participated in the Taylor County High School getting them ready for state tournament on Saturday, February 23.

Making a Difference: Bell Elementary Student Collects Police Badges Tucker Kennedy

Lexington WKYT TV Channel 18 recently featured a Wayne County School 7-year-old student in regard to his collection of police badges and dreams of getting his own badge when he joins the police force one day. The feature story ran February 15th and is attached.

Nine Local Wrestlers Battle for Championship Standings Jonathan Gregory on the mat

The Wayne County Wrestling team had one state placer on Feb. 16th at the State Tournament in Lexington at Alltech Arena.Jonathan Gregory claimed his second state medal in three years, as he finished 5th in the 220
lb. weight class.

Fundraising Effort Underway for New LED Baseball Scoreboard LED baseball scoreboard

Wayne County High School is proud to announce that they are fundraising for a new LED baseball scoreboard. 

Monticello Elementary Academic Team named Quick Recall and Future Problem Solving District Governor’s Cup Runners Up Monticello Elementary Academic team with coaches (L-R) Denise Phipps, Sylvia Hicks, Taymme Sumpter, Katina Shearer

Late afternoon practices tucked deep inside a classroom at Monticello Elementary
School resembled some sort of mini ‘think tank’ as the youngsters tried to cram interesting facts into
their brains. They studied, swapped information, and learned all kinds of academic tips as a
result of this mental exercise as they prepared for their Governor's Cup competition.

DECA Chapter Competed at Regional Competition deca team

Seven WCHS students placed at the competition in entrepreneurship and marketing categories. 

ATC students place high at Regional Skills USA competition Carpentry Students

Many of the Wayne County Area Technology Center students brought home first, second and third place medals from the Regional Skills USA competition on February 18th.

Future Cardinals Baseball Camp coming up Baseball and Bats

Wayne County High School Baseball team is hosting “Future Cardinals Baseball Camp”. This camp will focus on the basic fundamentals of hitting, fielding, pitching, and base running. Camp begins March 2nd from 11:00 am -1:00 pm.

Wayne County Schools will be Participating in local Job Fair on Friday, February 22nd Wayne County School logo

You don’t have to be a teacher to join the Wayne County Cardinal proud school system. The District currently host jobs for 485 full time employees. All full time employees are eligible for state funded health and life insurance and contribute to a retirement system. Each full time employee receives 10 sick days, 2 personal days, and 4 paid holidays per school year.

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.

Cards Beat Boyle County on Senior Night recently Wayne County Coach Rodney Woods won his 900th career game on Tuesday, February 8 at Somerset High School. The win also marked the 20th of the season for this year's team. The team and coaching staff celebrated with Woods for the following the win  

Four seniors basketball players and five dance team seniors were honored at the last home Cardinal game of the season. 48th District Tourney begins at McCreary Central on Monday, Feb. 18 at McCreary Central. District runs from Feb. 18 - Feb. 22 and the 12th Region Tourney will be held at Lincoln County on Feb. 25 - Mar. 2. 

WCHS Introduces Peer Tutor Writing Program The 2018-2019 Student Mentors

With the success of this year's program, the hope for the future is to create a permanent peer writing center for WCHS students. 

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.

Wayne County High School Library offers new Destiny Collection destiny

The Wayne County High School Media Center now has a new feature on Destiny to help students with research projects.

It is DESTINY Discover with Destiny Collections!

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 named Runner Up in 7th Region Wrestling

Wayne County placed 2nd amongst a 16 team field. The top 5 teams were Madison Central 273, Wayne County 191.0, Lafayette 156.5, Boyle County 153, Bryan Station 153. The top four will advance to the state tournament February 15th and 16th at Alltech Arena in Lexington 

Wayne County Graduate placed 2nd at The Vegas Shoot Bowhunter Flight Taylor Bell

Congratulations to Lindsey Wilson College student and recent Wayne County High School graduate Taylor Bell for taking 2nd place overall in The Vegas Shoot Bowhunter Flight #2 with a 883/900 with 50Xs and $600!

Three Wayne County Students placed at the NASP Region Tournament Morgan Cross and Brody Shelton

Congratulations to Brody Shelton and Morgan Cross from Monticello Elementary Archery team who both placed at the NASP Region Tournament held at Lincoln County.

FCCLA Promotes their Organization through a proclamation signing and activities Mayor and Students

Wayne County’s Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) high school chapter is promoting their student organization during National FCCLA Week, February 11-17. Wayne County FCCLA President Callie Foster, Vice-President Abby Marcum, and Member Alexie Baker met with the mayor and discussed the leadership opportunities that FCCLA provides them.

Tech Design Class Selling Valentine's Day Prints 3D Printed Rose

The Wayne County High School Tech Design class is taking preorders for Valentines Day 3D printed items. The course is a practical approach to not only learn tech skills, but to become entrepreneurs and future business leaders.  

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.

Jacob Haynes advances to state Academic Team Competition Jacob Haynes

The WCMS Academic Team ranked 8th overall in the region, recently. Special shout out to eighth grader Jacob Haynes who has the honor of advancing to the state competition .

Juniors and Seniors are Eligible for No-Cost STEM Project Global Discovery Lab flyer

Strengthen your resume for future college applications. Deadline to apply is February 24th. 

Monticello Elementary Student Leadership Team helped coordinate canned food drive in December Icon

A team of 21 students representing third, fourth, and fifth graders recently participated in their first service learning project. They asked the student body to donate canned food items to the House of Blessings. A few of the elementary members from the group helped box up the food items which were then delivered. 

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
WCHS Students may Compete in the 2019 Public Service Recognition Poster Contest Icon

Students are invited to participate in the 2019 Public Service Recognition Poster Contest. This year's theme, "Making A Difference" should be expressed through the artwork.

Want to read to Winston? Winston

Each month a selected group of students from each grade at Monticello Elementary, who have shown achievement in their school's monthly reading challenge, will get to read to Winston! He REALLY LOVES it when kids read to him and he is excited to meet you! Work hard, enjoy reading, and maybe YOU can earn an appointment to read to Winston!!!

Lady Cardinals Defeat McCreary Central Raiders 57-41 macey blevins

Xaivea West sang the National Anthem to start the game on January 31st. The next home game will be on Thursday, Feb 7th when they play Whitley County at 7:30 pm. 

Cards defeat Casey County Rebels 86-74 Icon

Home game held January 29th featured salute to two WCHS students honored as new U.S. Army Recruits. The team wore T-Shirts in appreciation of the U.S. Military 

Class 101 Somerset Location! Improve your ACT Score! Class

Class 101 ACT prep courses help you to find common trends in your incorrect answers and will
help you address particular areas of need. In over 21 years, more than 6000 students have
participated in Class 101 ACT prep courses and improved on average 3.1 points on their total
ACT score.

Archery Team Bring Home a Multitude of Awards at Burnside 7th Annual Archery Tournament Icon

WCHS placed first with both the Middle School and Monticello Elementary School placing second. Congrats to all of the individual winners and high placements at the neighboring tournament held January 26th. 

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

Students learned the Sevillanas dance in Todd Barton's Spanish class Dancing

The dance is called the Sevillanas. It is a form of the flamenco dance that is very popular in southern Spain in Andalucia. The students are learning the first Sevillana that is composed of three parts. the paseillo is the first part and that is what she is teaching them. The project will culminate with a full dance for all classes and a celebration with traditional Spanish food from Pili's region of Spain. Pili is from Jerez de la Frontera in Southern Spain in the province of Cadiz. She has been performing the dance for nearly 45 years and loves to teach it and demonstrate it. When she receives her residency in the United States, she wants to teach and work with the people of Kentucky. If anyone is interested in having her demonstrate the dance to their students or group, they can reach her at 606-515-3905 or Mr. Barton at the High School.

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.

Cards Beat Southwestern 66-55 in Double Header Game, While Lady Cardinals Beat Garrard County 49-40 1989 WCHS Basketball Team honored

Cardinal Boys next home game is Tuesday, January 29th at 7:30 when they face Casey County. Girls went on to beat Mansion County and Clinton County in the road leading to McCreary Central. Lady Cards play Thursday, January 31st at home against McCreary Central at 7:30. 

WCMS Academic Team participated in the the Governor’s Cup Tournament team photo

Three Wayne County Middle School students placed in the individual subject categories while the quick recall team placed third at the district tournament held at Russell County Middle School on January 19th. WCMS placed third overall with a total of 22 points. Casey County Middle School was first with 56 points, Russell County Middle School was second with 24 points, and Somerset Christian School was fourth with 18 points. 

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. 

Clubs at the ATC Gearing up for 2018-2019 Competitions logos

Students attending WCHS have the opportunity to take classes at the Area Technology Center, headed by Principal John Kinnett. These classes pertain more to trade skills and business. Just like WCHS, the ATC participates in club day with three clubs of their own that can be found in the building.

Mat Cards finish fifth overall on Saturday, January 26th at the KYWCA State Dual Tournament at Lindsey Wilson College in Columbia Wrestling

The Mat Cards defeated John Hardin in pool action, then lost to Louisville Desales in a close match to miss the semi finals. Wayne County then defeated Ashland and Larue County to finish fifth overall. Wayne County Wrestling will be back in action on Tuesday, Feb. 5 when they host Whitley County at home for Senior night. The Elementary Team will also be participating on a second mat. Starting time is 7:00 pm at the Rodney Woods Gymnasium.

Christmas Card Artists Recognized Icon

Special thanks to students from Bell Elementary for their festive artwork. in December. Their artwork was featured on the district's digital holiday card. They received a gift from Cental Office for their winning entry out of hundreds of submissions. 

FRC Director Leslie Randall and Winston, the therapy dog, help launch a new Reading Initiative Leslie Randall and Winston the therapy dog

Monticello Elementary students can learn more about Winston and therapy dogs through a book Randall is reading to them via a video they can tap onto online.

Elementary Archer Brody Shelton and High School Archer Ragan Shelton brought home FIrst Place Awards Brody Shelton-1st place Individual Elementary Male and Ragan Shelton-1st place High School Female and top overall female shooter of the tournament

The Wayne Archery Teams participated in the Somerset Christian Tournament on January 19th. Both Monticello Elementary Team and WCHS placed second, with WCMS placing third amongst the teams. Congrats to Ragan Shelton for her 1st place female placement in the high school individual standings, as well as overall top female shooter award at the tournament.Brody Shelton also placed first in the elementary school individual category.

Students Participated in Wayne County Unity Breakfast Featured Speaker Mrs. Jo Ann Pugh

On Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, a local planning committee associated with Somerset Community College held a Unity Breakfast in celebration of MLK. Featured speaker Nurse Jo Ann Pugh, a Wayne County High School graduate, spoke about her journey and influences that have impacted her life. She is the founder of 50-Yard Line Mom, a movement dedicated to helping families of athletes pursuing professional sports. 

WC GT Introduces Rubik's Cube Team rubik's cube team

The Wayne County GT Coordinator Jennifer Chaplin has introduced a competitive Rubik's Cube Team to WCHS.

Student Travelers Recognized at January Board of Education Meeting Student Travelers Recognized at January Board of Education Meeting

Students and chaperones from the study abroad Gifted and Talented program shared their latest adventure to Italy.

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.

WCHS Art Students Building Tower with 3-D Pens Logo

Students trying to break Guinness Book of World Records with their multi-colored sculpture.

Mat Cards finish 4-1 in Aubrey Ward Classic at Eastside High School Va. Wrestling

The Mat Cards will be back in action on Saturday January 2. They will travel to Lindsey Wilson college for the KYWCA State Duals. Starting time is 11 am in Columbia.

Wayne County High School Band Adding to Staff This Coming Fall Logo

The Wayne County High School Band wants to introduce you to the new member of the guard and visual staff. He comes with a tremendous resume! Plans for the fall are well underway. Please help the band welcome Mr. Justin Clark!

WCHS Dance Team Participated in 12th Regional Competition on Jan. 12 Logo

The Dance Team competed at Somerset High School bringing home first place trophies in the categories Prop and Hip Hop.

WCHS Peer Writing Tutoring starts January 22 Lauren Hughes, Shanna Rice, Maggie Stinson, Callista Mann

The English Department is proud to begin offering peer writing tutoring during the school day starting on Tuesday, January 22. Any student interested in receiving writing assistance can visit a tutor in the library during 1st, 4th, or 6th periods. 

The 2018-2019 School Year at WCHS features New Clubs stem officers

Among this year's additions are Book Club, STEM, and Country Line Dancing.

Girls & Boys played Rockcastle Doubleheader Basketball game on Jan 14 "Retro Night" Cheeleaders performed in uniforms from the past

Cardinals beat Rockcastle County boys, while Lady Cards were defeated. Athletes wore Bovine uniforms beating the Rockets 83-43. The cheerleaders also wore uniforms from the past.

Cards Crush McCreary Central 75-42 in 48 District Action Icon

During the "Monticello" Night game on January 11th, the 1987 Monticello Trojan 12th Region Champions were honored as well as members of the Phillips basketball family. WCHS honored the traditions of Monticello Basketball by wearing Monticello uniforms recognizing all the great Trojan teams since the early 1900's.Monticello's last trip to the Sweet 16 was in 1987 under the direction of Coach Wade Upchurch led by sharp shooter Shane Blevins and outstanding forward Gary Campbell. Since 1989 the Wayne County Cardinals have made nine trips to the Sweet 16 under Coach Rodney Woods. These two programs are currently 6th and 9th all-time in wins for Kentucky.These two proud programs are now one and the future is exciting!

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. 

Congratulations to Monticello Elementary Archery Team for placing first in the team competitions at the Boyle County Rebel Classic Boyle County Rebel Classic

On January 12 th The Wayne County Archery Team traveled to Boyle County to participate in The Fifth
Annual Boyle County Rebel Classic.

Wayne County Band Students had the honor of participating in the junior and senior LCMEA All-District Band on January 11-12 LCMEA All-District Band

Wayne County band program wishes to thank guest conductors Joni Farmer and Tim Allen, plus the Lindsey Wilson College Band for hosting this special event.. Congratulations to local musicians who were selected to attend through an audition process.

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. 

Wayne County Mat Cards win Small School Sectional 4 Duals for the seventh consecutive year Wrestling

Jared Phillips 160 lb. wrestler for Wayne County was selected most outstanding wrestler of the Duals.The Mat Cards will be back in action on Saturday
December 15 when they travel to Lexington for the Tates Creek Duals.

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

Grant Writing 101 Workshop at The Center for Rural Development Logo

The Center for Rural Development is hosting a grant writing workshop on January 17th.