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Walker Early Learning Center Preschoolers and Kindergarteners enjoy Farm Days Farm Background was located in the main hallway at school

Farm Days are exciting for the youngest children on campus since they get a close up look at animals and sample hands-on activities. The children are exposed to everything from wildlife to livestock to farming practices. Special thanks to the Wayne County Extension Office, Soil Conservation Office, Wayne County FFA program, and Cobb Avian for helping with this annual event.   

Wayne County High School Fishing Team Qualifies for State Championship Jenna Morrow & Hannah Kempton

Wayne County was one of five high school fishing teams that competed recently from Region 3 to qualify for the KHSAA State Championship on Green River Lake in mid-April

Wayne County School Parents, your help is needed! KY Broadband Initiative graphic

The Kentucky Broadband Initiative is a network of public and private partners working to expand internet access and build a stronger digital infrastructure in rural communities across Kentucky. We are asking everyone to please go to this website and complete an internet speed test.  This data will help locate areas in the county that have slow internet speeds or none at all.  The Kentucky Broadband Initiative can provide funds to our community to build better internet access for students and families

Sign up for 21st Century Summer School Programming 21st Century Director Katherine Kidd

Wayne County's 21st Century Program will be providing summer camp from June 7-July 2. Parents, if your child wants to participate and needs transportation, you will have until this Friday, May 14th to get their application turned in. Student applications turned in after the 14th will not be eligible for transportation. Be sure and register for Summer Camp because slots are limited. Applications must be recovered by Friday, May 21st in order to be processed.  

High School Prom was a big success! Dancing at the prom

High School Prom Action at the Richardson's Party Barn. Students were shuttled to the event from school. They enjoyed a photo booth, voting for Senior King and Queen, plenty of snacks, and dancing into the night. The night was topped off with a beautiful fireworks display.

Tennis Season well underway while maintaining a winning season Returning the ball

The Wayne County Boys Tennis Team is excited to have a 9-2 winning record so far this season. Congratulations to Coach Allen Burchett and the Boys Team! You are maintaining the past five seasons winning record of 44-9. Go Cards!   

WCMS 7th Grade Language Arts class puts the narrator of "The Tell-Tale Heart" on trial Ms. Racheal Jones, Riley Rose, Brandon Barnhouse, and Ms. Erica Guffey

Erica Guffey's seventh graders put the narrator of "The Tell-Tale Heart" on trial to prove if he was legally sane or insane after reading Edgar Allen Poe's "The Tell-Tale Heart and studying the M'Nauten rule for legal insanity. During this unique classroom exercise, the students became the lawyers in a classroom court case to provide evidence from the text to present their case, as if the narrator of "The Tell-Tale Heart was legally sane or legally insane. Students followed mock proceedings including the presentation of opening arguments and counter arguments. "Court" was then adjourned for the day and students were provided the opportunity to further support their claims and develop their closing arguments. The students were completely engaged in the project.

Parents respond to Supplemental School Year Program Survey WC logo

Wayne County Schools have received 117 parent requests to participate in the Supplemental School Year Program (SSYP) created by Kentucky Senate Bill 128. This legislation was passed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and allows any K-12 students to use the 2021-2022 school year as a supplemental year to retake or supplement courses the student has already taken.

Cobb employees share the chick hatching process at the hatchery Cobb employee Jennifer Guffey let two of the students hold the baby chicks

Cobb employees presented assemblies to Bell Elementary students giving an overview of the local hatchery operations. The students were delighted with the program and could not wait to get a close up view of the baby chicks they brought to school. The Cobb employees never committed on which came first....the chicken or the egg.  

Child Plus Fair reaches 85 young children headed to Walker Early Learning Center in fall Monticello Elementary student Emily Gregory enjoyed hanging out with Clifford the Dog

Wayne County Schools were well represented at the annual Child Plus Fair on Saturday, May 1. Families learned about school opportunities, enrollment, and a variety of services available to youngsters in the community. Wayne County Schools Family Resource Center Directors Leslie Randall and Kendra Patton co-chaired the event which was held outdoors this year at Memorial Park. There were 73 families who brought incoming preschoolers and 12 incoming kindergarten students. During the previous Lil Cardinal Academy Drive-Through event, 38 students enrolled.  

Bell Elementary "Plant the Seeds of Learning" Drive Thru Family Learning Night was fun for students Cardinal at Bell Drive-Thru

Bell Elementary students were tickled to receive goodie bags filled with a book, seeds, math games/manipulatives, reading games/manipulatives, and a pizza kit from the food service program at the Drive-Thru literacy event. The local 4-H program also gave out goodies for the young children. It was a popular night on April 22 when families visited from their vehicles. 

Noel Vaughn's JAG classes enjoy special speaker JAG classes benefit from speaker

The Jobs for America’s Graduates (JAG) classes, located at the new Wayne County Area Technical Center, appreciated information from guest speaker SFC Cody Worley with the Kentucky National Guard, recently.  SFC Worley talked about career possibilities within the Kentucky National Guard which include multiple areas that students did not realize existed. For example, besides the traditional military side that is generally thought of, they offer jobs in health care, carpentry, welding, and office clerical jobs. Plus, SFC Worley explained that the Guard can help pay for a college education.    

  

Baseball Player Jacob Jackson signs with Midway University Jackson surrounded by his family as he signed with Midway College

 The Wayne County Bat Cards certainly have a player to look up to who has a proven track record both on the baseball field and in the classroom. As a result of hard work and love for the game, Wayne County Senior Jacob Jackson recently signed to play baseball at the next level with the Midway University Eagles.

Wayne County High School FCCLA officers lead the way in supporting local social workers FCCLA students deliver gifts to social workers

The Wayne County High School Chapter of Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) has looked much different this year. However, the changes that COVID has brought about has not stopped two Wayne County High School students. Shaylie Dobbs (president) and Shelby Bell (vice president) have led FCCLA virtually. They recently completed a worthwhile service learning project related to Child Abuse Prevention month.

Second graders receive trees from WC Junior Conservation Board Members on Earth Day Free trees distributed to students

Wayne County's Junior Conservation Board provided Bell Elementary second graders with an interesting outdoor assembly to celebrate Earth Day. Six high school students that participate in the after school program opened to students 13-21-years-old distributed the ornamental Nuttall Oak trees to encourage the young people to plant trees. The students taught their younger peers how trees help the planet.  Those students who provided the educational give-away were: Riley Jones, Madelyn Frogge, Kathren Crabtree, Jenna Morrow, Brylee Chriswell, and Katie Jones (Not pictured were Arysona Hicks, Eli Stephens and Tanner Stephens who are also on the Junior Conservation Board). The Junior Board is a new organization and enrollment is open to young people who want to help conserve soil and water in the county. Their advisor, Diane Cushman, administrator secretary to the Wayne County Conservation District explained that the Junior Conservation Board is a new organization and enrollment is open to young people who want to help conserve soil and water in the county. The members already have a list of activities they are planning to initiate.

FFA President Gage Tucker earns scholarship PHoto of Gage Tucker

Wayne County High School Senior Gage Tucker has been selected to receive a $500 Johnnie Mathias Kentucky Association of Agriculture Educators (KAAE) Scholarship. He recently received word that the KAAE Scholarship Committee was impressed with his application and is excited to provide him with this financial support.

ATC students participate in SkillsUSA competition Three ATC SkillsUSA state medal winners

     Wayne County Area Technology Center SkillsUSA students recently competed in the SkillsUSA State Conference/Championship competition held April 9-15 with several local students taking top awards. Mark Burke, Joshua Parmley, Mark Smith, Alan Bell, and Chris Denney - ATC teachers who serve as SkillsUSA advisors, would like to congratulate Automotive Technology student Jaden Gibson, who advanced to national competition, as well as Industrial Maintenance Technology student Dawson Piercy and Machine Tool Technology student Nicholas Allen for medaling. These students worked hard preparing for the event.

Child Plus Fair will be Saturday, May 1 Child Plus Fair Flyer

Spread the word that the annual Child Plus Fair will be held outdoors at Memorial Park on May 1. Parents of school age children will receive information on enrolling their child in Preschool, Head Start or Kindergarten. Community partners will be passing out FREE items to those that attend. Parents can drive by each booth to receive information. Come out and enjoy the colorful Candyland theme. 

Walker Early Learning Center Principal chosen to participate in forum for Sesame Street in Communities website A page on the Sesame Street in Communities website

Principal Angela Ballinger was invited to participate in a national focus group forum for Sesame Street in Communities. Their website designers were seeking opinions to help make updates to their website at https://sesamestreetincommunities.org/ based on a survey she and others had responded to last October. She was pleased to participate in a recent zoom meeting with others across the country to provide them with valuable feedback on the updates they had made to the website that offers a wide variety of programs, activities and professional development available to parents and educators.  

Science Lab perks first and second graders' interest Angel Kilburn and Bela Cole work on Science Project

Bell Elementary students enjoy their specials rotation classes that they attend once a week which include: Science Lab, Computer Lab, Guidance, Library, and Physical Education. Marla Rice's Science Lab covers Life Science, Earth and Space Science, Properties of Matter, and Physical Science for both first and second graders. Recently, the second grade students enjoyed  investigating Properties of Matter. They worked on designing a glue with ingredients that would create sticky, and quick drying properties.

FFA students succeed in competitions FFA Senior Officer Team

Congratulations to Wayne County FFA students who competed in the Lake Cumberland Regional Competition and have advanced to state competition on May 25th. Those FFA members who competed at region include: Harley Hodge – Fruit/Vegetable Impromptu Speaking – Superior 1st, Kason Stockton – Goat/Sheep Impromptu Speaking – Superior 2nd, Jenna R. Morrow – Floral Impromptu Speaking – Superior 2nd  , Gage Tucker for Extemporaneous Public Speaking – Superior 1st  and Kathren Crabtree for Prepared Public Speaking – Superior 2nd

Students participate in "Kindness Lives Here" campaign at Wayne County Middle School You will never regret being kind sign

  As students came back to school in March, beginning with a four day in-person week that evolved into a five day in-person week, there was lots of excitement to welcome them back to school. The middle school launched a month-long project to rejoice in the return of in-person learning, even though some students remained virtual learners during the pandemic.

Open enrollment begins at Walker Early Learning Center with successful kick-off An instructional asst. hands an excited child their backpack of goodies

It's time to begin registering for preschool for the 2021-22 school year! The kick off began with the Little Cardinal Academy Drive-Thru on Friday, April 16. Thank you to the great turn out of families who started the process of signing up for preschool for the 2021-22 school year. If your family did not get to attend the recent drive-thru, you can still visit the school at your convenience to start the enrollment process or just check out the opportunities. The next exciting enrollment event is the Child Plus Fair coming Saturday, May 1st from 10:00 to 2:00 p.m. at Memorial Park.

Also, if you have a child or know of a family with a child that is planning on enrolling in Kindergarten @ WELC for the 2021-22 school year please complete this form https://forms.gle/PgiwUTjfJo36pR9t9. Any child that will be age 5 by August 1, 2021 will be eligible to enroll in Kindergarten. Feel free to contact the school Mon-Fri 7:30 a.m.- 4:00 p.m., if you have any questions.

 

 

Board of Education meeting discusses Supplemental School Year Program Wayne County School District Seal

The parents of Wayne County students will have the opportunity to voice their opinion on the Supplemental School Year Program during a survey period that is currently going on in the district. Superintendent Wayne Roberts talked about the program during a school board meeting held April 15th. Check out the left-hand column of this website to gain access to this important parent survey.  

Bell Elementary Kids Kamp educational and fun Kids Kamp group photo

About a hundred first and second graders participated in Kids Kamp, a spring break learning adventure held at Bell Elementary. The children were provided transportation and served breakfast and lunch inside their classrooms at the fun event. The schedule was filled with kid-friendly sessions including everything from Superhero Science where they built a boat out of clay and placed miniature superhero figures inside to see if it would float to looking for their site words on a safari hunt and writing them in shaving cream. Students were introduced to making 3D pictures on the computer while learning to use the mouse (since they normally tap on the screens of the white boards or ipads). They used legos, cubes and building pieces to make miniature birdhouses and structures in the engineer/architect math class. Frisbee golf, water balloons and basketball were part of the PE sessions. They proudly wore their tie dyed t-shirts on the final fourth day. 

Pre-K makes a Difference! Little Cardinal logo

It's an exciting time for youngsters who will be four-years-old by August 1, 2021. These children are eligible to attend preschool at Walker Early Learning Center. Pre-K students benefit from academic growth and social development by attending Wayne County's excellent program. Check out the data from the Urban Child Institute to see why your child should enroll in such a quality and best practice driven Pre-K education. Thanks to the parents who have already registered their children for preschool through the drive-through event held May 16th at school!

Monticello Elementary Academic Team has remarkable season Monticello Elementary Academic Team

It has been difficult enough to master virtual, hybrid, limited in-person study schedules this past school year, so to have put together an extra-curricular academic team who saw considerable success is pretty amazing. Even though the odds were against it, a determined coach and five amazing fourth and fifth graders rallied to make impressive strides through the chain of mind boggling tests offered by the Kentucky Association for Academic Competition. Academic Team competition is a tough challenge for any student under normal conditions, so just to participate in the 2021 season is a tribute to these students

WC Area Technology Center Carpentry Class students define the skills gap Students working on assignments in ATC Carpentry classroom

Joshua Parmley’s carpentry students ‘nailed it’ on a recently completed one-page essay assignment on how to close the skills gap for potential employees applying to local businesses. The carpentry classes, as well as all the other practical vocational programs at the new Area Technology Center are bustling with activity again, since more of the students’ have returned to in-person learning and can participate in the hands-on learning labs that adjoin their classrooms. ATC students are benefiting from a wide range of state-of-the-art instruction which includes everything from high tech automotive to the latest trends in agriculture classes.

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month Local officials sign a proclamation regarding child abuse prevention

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month.  This month and throughout the year, Wayne County Schools, and the Department of Community Based Services along with Mayor Tracie Sexton and County Judge Executive Mike Anderson, encourage all individuals and organizations to play a role in making Monticello and Wayne County a better place for children and families.  By ensuring that parents have the knowledge, skills, and resources they need to care for their children, we can help promote children's social and emotional well-being and prevent child maltreatment within families and communities.

Coach Rodney Woods honored with Ralph Beard Lifetime Achievement Award Coach Woods accepts the Ralph Beard Lifetime Achievement Award

Congratulations to Wayne County Basketball Coach Rodney Woods who was recently presented with the impressive Ralph Beard Lifetime Achievement Award.

Players from 2020 throw out first pitch at Cardinal Baseball Game 2020 grads

After winning three games in a row at the start of the 2021 schedule, the Bat Cards lost by only one run, with a score of 9-10 to Garrard County on Saturday, April 3. It was a beautiful day to play ball and the Wayne County 2020 Seniors returned to the field for a bittersweet moment to throw out the first pitch. It was a nice opportunity to highlight those players after participating in baseball for years and then not being able to play a single game last year, due to Covid-19.     

Wayne County School Healthy Kids Clinic offers Covid-19 prevention vaccines to public vaccine graphic

Vaccines are available to the public for anyone over 18-years-old at the school clinic each Friday. In addition, temperature screening expectations have been changed to state that only symptomatic students or staff need to be screened for fever. So, Wayne County Schools are now following that updated guideline, as outlined by public health officials. However, masks are still being required inside the schools and buildings on campus.  

KDE releases guidance on Supplemental School Year Program Supplemental School Year Program

The Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) released a new guidance document on April 5 that details how the Supplemental School Year Program impacts public education in the Commonwealth.

Abbott, Pyles inducted into 12th Region Hall of Fame Region 12 Girls Basketball Coaches honored

    If you have followed girls basketball in this town over the past couple of decades, you already know who they are. Tim Pyles and Gary Abbott were among the best coaches in this region during their careers. And the two men were recognized for their accomplishments during the 2021 induction ceremony for the  12th Region Girls Basketball Hall of Fame.

March Madness Literacy Event extra special Basketball player Gage Gregory with Ariana Bolin

The kids at Walker Early Learning Center had fun at the recent March Madness Literacy Drive-Through event. The Walker Early Learning Center staff, Cardinal Basketball players, Cheerleaders and Dance Team members joined in on the fun. The preschoolers and kindergarten students were treated to a literacy bag full of learning activities and customized basketball.  

Two Wayne County Wrestlers compete at state competition State Tournament was held at George Rogers Clark High School

The Wayne County Mat Cards ended their season at the KHSAA state competition at George Rogers Clark High School in Winchester, Ky. on March 27th. Two of the local wrestlers placed at the championship event. Colin Tucker placed sixth in the 106 pound weight division. He is a two time state medal winner and will be returning next year. Devin Sanders placed eighth in the 220 weight class. He is a first time state medal winner and will be graduating this season. Wayne County Wrestling Team placed 23rd at the State Tournament.  

Students participating in Extended School Services program to regain in-person instruction lost during pandemic Bell Elementary students working during ESS hours

Wayne County Schools are making up lost ground that may have occurred during virtual learning this school year. The district is trying to close the achievement gap in all kinds of ways to compensate for any lost learning opportunities that happened during virtual or hybrid schedules. Teachers, support staff and bus drivers are working extra hours to accommodate the students.

  

 

Wayne County's Dolly Parton Imagination Library Program gets statewide attention Imagination Library logo from Louisville

State lawmakers and Louisville's WAVE TV have been quoting a success story from Wayne County Schools regarding data collected at Walker Early Learning Center, this month.The local children who have been enrolled in the Imagination Library have performed at least five percent better on average than children who were not enrolled in the program.   

Wear blue on Child Abuse Prevention Day April 1 Child Abuse Prevention Month logo

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. Take some time this month to learn how protective factors and adverse childhood experiences impact families and communities. #wcschools Wear blue this Thursday, 4/1, to promote awareness for Child Abuse Prevention Month.

Local High School Archers compete at Boyle County with Girls Team placing third WCHS Girls Archers placed third

The Wayne County High School Archery Team completed a very difficult season with the girls placing 3rd in the KHSAA Region 9 Tournament at Boyle County High School on Saturday, March 27. All the Archery Coaches want to congratulate the archers for their performances and dedication to their sport.

KDE Commissioner's Student Advisory Council discusses current education-related legislation KDE Commissioner Student Advisory graphic

 The Kentucky Department of Education’s (KDE’s) Commissioner’s Student Advisory Council (SAC) heard about recent education-related legislation in Kentucky during their meeting on March 23. One piece of legislation discussed among the council members was Senate Bill (SB) 128, which offers any Kentucky K-12 public or private school student the option to use the 2021-2022 school year as an opportunity to retake or supplement classes they already have completed.

Beekeepers share their hobby with second graders at Bell Elementary Bee Keeper explains how the bees make honey

Bell Elementary second graders enjoyed a very informative lesson from Bee Farmers Mike Brotzge and Boyd Foster of the Freedom community, recently. The beekeepers showed the students their protective gear, tools, beehives and honey that has been produced by the bees. The second graders had been studying insects in their Core Knowledge Language Arts (CKLA) lessons taught by their homeroom teachers. Both first and second graders benefit from CKLA curriculum, however, the subjects are customized to each grade level, so they are not learning the same material.  

Two local wrestlers advance to state competition Devin Sanders wrestling at a previous match up

Local wrestlers Colin Tucker and Devin Sanders will advance to the state finals on Saturday, March 27th at George Rogers Clark High School. The Mat Cards placed third at the Semi State 4 at Martin County on Saturday, March 20.  

Lady Cards defeat Pulaski County in first round of 12 Region Tournament Congrats to Macey Blevins and Coach Mark McKinley on 12th Region player and coach

Congratulations to the Lady Cardinals on defeating Pulaski County in the first game in the 12th Region on Sunday, March 21 at Pulaski County with a score of 58-54. The Lady Cards fought back after being down in double digits the first half of the game. The Lady Cards will play Mercer County next on Thursday night, March 25 at 7:00 p.m. The final championship is set for March 28 at 3:00 p.m. Prior to the Regional Tournament, they were named District Champion Runners-Up on March 18th after Southwestern defeated them in a hard fought game 67-52. Three of the Lady Cards made the 48th District Team which included: Mallory Campbell, Kenzi Upchurch, and Macey Blevins. Special congratulations to Macey Blevins and Coach Mark McKinley on being named 12th Region Player of the Year and 12th Region Coach of the Year!!!  

Life lessons and skills being taught in-person and at home during pandemic Hayden Ballinger preparing for a foods lab

Students in Wayne County High School Instructor Shannon Foster's Family and Consumer Science classes have continued to learn and gain life skills, in spite of the pandemic and limitations it has caused.

Lady Cardinals end exciting regular season with highlights from those around them Mallory Campbell became member of 500+ Rebound Club

Check out the highlights from the last season home game with the Lady Cardinals. The Lady Cards defeated Somerset 69-47 at a doubleheader game March 11th. There was lots to celebrate that night!

Cardinal Catch-Up will be offered to ATC students after spring break Cardinal Catch-Up graphic

Wayne County ATC will offering after school hours for students to work on improving grades for their ATC course(s) for this school year. Teachers will be available after school on selected weekdays and two Saturday's for students to come in and work on missing assignments and to practice and complete industry certification tests.

Wayne County High School in-person Seniors appreciated welcome back to school goodie bags FRC Director Audra Branscum handed out a senior bag

Wayne County High School Seniors were welcomed back to classes recently with goodie bags filled with all kinds of Cardinal themed gifts. Family Resource Center Director Audra Branscum packed the bags and handed them out to seniors. The staff have worried about the seniors since they have missed the majority of their in-person classes and events, due to the pandemic. They were especially sympathetic towards the students in their classes, since they know so many look forward to enjoying their senior year.

Seniors recognized for contributions to Lady Cards and Cardinal Cheerleaders Parents escorted their daughters onto the court for senior night

The senior members of the Lady Cardinal Basketball Team and Cheerleaders were recognized at the March 8th game. The Cards defeated Somerset 47-33 at that game. 

Wayne County placed third at Region 7 Wrestling Championship Mat Card Colin Tucker wins the 7th Region Championship in 106 pound class

Wayne County placed third in the Region 7 Wrestling Championship in Richmond, recently out of seventeen teams competing. Congratulation to nine of the local wrestlers on the Mat Cards Team that placed in the two-day event. Check out some of the previous matches leading up to the Region 7 inside...

Job Fair coming this Friday job fair flyer

Wayne County Schools has full time openings for cooks, special needs assistants, and bus drivers. We also have openings for substitutes in all those classifications as well as substitute teachers. Find out how you can become part of our team by attending our job fair on Friday, March 19 from 11:00 – 2:00. The job fair will be held at the new central office (formerly the Wayne County Area Technology Center), located at 150 Cardinal Way in Monticello.

Wayne County Archers compete in NASP State Tournament Archers pose next to the sign

Head Coach Forrest Shelton and Assistant Coach Dallas Hoskins of the Wayne County Archery programs were especially proud of their archery teams following the NASP State Tournament on March 12 at the Kentucky Expo Center in Louisville, Kentucky.

 

Monticello Elementary observed Read Across America in unique ways Ann Marie Coffey and Bryce Morrow dressed for Crazy Sock Day

Monticello Elementary third, fourth, and fifth graders enjoyed the reading campaign both in-person and from home virtually. Media Specialist Tracy Slage designed a lesson about Dr. Seuss' life, his books and fun trivia. She also made a recording for the virtual students by reading some of the older Dr. Seuss books like: McElligot's Pool, The Sneeches, Yertle the Turtle, and Horton Hatches the Egg. Besides reading, Monticello students have been involved in several special event campaigns like: a virtual Science Fair, Superior Student Certificate for earning All A's, and Random Acts of Kindness Week. Extra-curricular activities like the Academic Team's recent successful competition has also been a highlight. Students can take advantage of all kinds of  exciting learning events at Monticello Elementary. 

Bell Elementary students had fun celebrating Read Across America Bryce Conley on crazy sock day at Bell

The first and second graders read a remarkable 500 books over the two days that school was in session during the Read Across America week. Wednesday was Crazy Sock Day based on the book "Fox in Socks" book. Green Day was special because the cooks created 'green' eggs and ham that the children enjoyed for breakfast inside their classrooms. In addition to special events, the Accelerated Reading Program is underway where children take computerized quizzes over each book they read. If they pass the comprehension quiz, they collect points towards future rewards. Teachers are working towards two special events - Kids Kamp over spring break and a Family Reading Night in April that will be based on Earth Day at Bell Elementary so stay tuned for information about that upcoming event!

Walker Early Learning Center students excited to participate in "A Tournament of Books" during March Madness Sharon Lowe AM Group on crazy sock day

Crazy Sock Day and Hat Day were fun dress up days for the youngest learners at Walker Early Learning Center as in-person learning came back.  That week kicked off "A Tournament of Books" at Walker where students vote on their favorite books that they read in their classrooms. The top  books will gradually fill the brackets in the main hallway during the youngest learners' take on March Madness. The preschool and kindergarten children are excited about this campaign leading up to March Madness Family Literacy Night Drive-Thru event on March 30th where the favorite book will be revealed. (Preschoolers and kindergarten students are not required to wear masks at school, even though the staff does wear mask at school.) 

Wayne County High School Juniors take mandated ACT Test Juniors were treated to a morning snack as they progressed through the ACT

Juniors had the high school to themselves on March 9th, while their peers in the other grades stayed home to study virtually. They were taking the mandated ACT which is a very important test, especially if the student is interested in going to college. The high school teachers facilitated the test in their classrooms. They took a short mid-morning break before heading back to the classroom to cover some more subjects.

Wayne County Staff are excited to be offering four-day in-person learning on campus March Covid Guidelines

Wayne County Schools are cautiously following the Kentucky Department of Education guidance for spring activities. Many school events are being planned for the students, while still observing the COVID-19 guidelines. Drive-Thru literacy, camps, prom, spring sports are in process now that there are more in-person opportunities for students. Mask mandates and all kinds of safety observances are  implemented daily on the local campus.

March Reading Madness at Walker Early Learning Center Basketball Literacy night

The staff at Walker Early Learning Center are hoping their families will celebrate March madness with them at a Drive-Thru Family Literacy Night for their preschool and kindergarten students on March 30 from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m. It should be a fun night behind the center to pull through and receive a book, mini basketball, learning activities and popcorn. Don't miss out! 

Extra-curricular programs support Cardinal Boys Basketball Senior Night game Saxophone players in pep band

WCHS Pep Band spread out and performed at the home football game where the Boys Cardinal Basketball Team defeated Russell County on March 5th. Band Director Andy Critz performed the national anthem to help start the ballgame. Senior Night was held celebrating Brody Weaver's accomplishments to the basketball team, as well as Senior Dance Team Members Alexis Howard and Kaylee Skeese. The Cards defeated Russell County 61-57. Wayne County will be hosting the 48th District Tournament. On March 15th the Cards play Southwestern at 7:00 p.m. in the tournament.  

Mat Cards honor seniors during final home meet Four seniors and their families are honored

Wayne County Wrestling held Senior Night on March 4 at the Rodney Woods Gymnasium celebrating four of their wrestlers. Wayne County then defeated Knox Central High School 48.0 to 18.0, followed by another round with Wayne County defeating Barbourville 60 to 0.

 

Bell Elementary Kids Kamp coming in April Bell Elementary Kids Kamp Flyer

Want to have some fun during spring break? The staff at Bell Elementary want to invite their students in grades one and two to participate in the four-day Kids Kamp specially designed to meet their needs. There will be all kinds of enrichment classes offered that kids will enjoy. Just turn in the flyer inside to the school by March 22nd to make your reservation. 

Students "score big" with school breakfast week high school pick up aisles

 To encourage more families to take advantage of the healthy choices available with school breakfast, Wayne County School District is celebrating National School Breakfast Week (NSBW) during March 8-12, 2021. This year has made the normal celebrations a little more difficult due to the pandemic.  However, the cafeterias continue to serve healthy breakfast for students of Wayne County Schools districtwide, whether it is in-person or through curbside service so virtual students are not left out. The good news is the local system is a Community Eligibility Provisions School which provides free meals to all students.

Juniors attend school March 9th for ACT testing sports seal

All high school grades will be studying virtually to allow the entire Junior Class to participate in ACT testing at the high school on March 9th. Attendance by the Junior Class is very important. The state-required test for all grade 11 students is the only test that assesses students' academic readiness and is a requirement for entrance to most colleges.

 

Wayne County Mat Cards perform well amongst teams competing at Ashland High School Team photo from previous Luke Troxell Duals

The Wayne County Wrestling team placed third after traveling to Ashland High School on Saturday, February 27, for the Tomcat Invitational. The tournament featured Simon Kenton, Covington Catholic, and Covington Holmes from Northern Kentucky, Ashland Paul Blazer, Madison Central, Danville, McCreary Central, and Wayne County.

Wayne County School Archery Teams place first, second and third in Campbellsville judges checking the scores

Wayne County's NASP team, which includes elementary, middle and high school archers, traveled to Campbellsville High School for their last regular season tournament. on February 27th. The Elementary Team won first place, while Wayne County Middle School was second, and Wayne County High School finished in third place at the Campbellsville tournament.

Upcoming 2021-22 Annual School Calendar approved for next school year calendar graphic

The Wayne County Board of Education approved the 2021-2022 Annual School Calendar during their February monthly meeting, following the recommendation of the calendar committee. The first day of school for students will be August 18th. The usual fall, winter, and spring breaks are built into the calendar. The last day for students is set for May 23. Of course, the schedule can change throughout the year dependant on the circumstances.  

Check out the Kentucky Broadband Speed Test to improve local internet service Commonwealth of KY seal

Kentucky Launches Free Statewide Wi-Fi Speed Test to Better Connect People to School, Business and Government Services. Go to http://ewdc.ky.gov/Initiatives/Pages/KBI.aspx to participate. The deadline to participate has been extended to March 1st, so take advantage of this opportunity NOW!

 

Table Talk Drive-Through at Wayne County Middle School Table Talk graphic of family at dinner table

The Wayne County 21st Century Program and Wayne County Youth Services are hosting a Table Talk Drive-Through where families can pick up a free lasagna meal kit to enjoy at home. The purpose is for students to spend quality time together with their families around the dinner table.

Board of Education approves school calendar and endorses instructional plans to close the COVID learning gap New community learning center at Monticello Elementary

      The Wayne County School Board met February 23, approving the school calendar for the 2021-22 school year. Opening day for the next school year will be August 18, and the first day for students will be August 19. A plan was presented on how the district plans to keep students on track and catch up any lost learning that has occurred during the pandemic. Following the meeting a tour was held of the renovations that have almost been completed at Monticello Elementary. The old 1950 hallway was the focus of the interior of the project. 

Wayne County Middle School stays positive with student and staff recognitions Asst. Principal Chris Patton presents Terri Fairchild with her award

  Without daily in-person learning, staff and students have had to re-learn how they teach and learn. Overall, students and staff members have done a tremendous job acclimating to the COVID-19 guidelines. But, it has not been an easy road.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

New WCHS Virtual Book Club Virtual Reading Club graphic

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Check out the new Credit Recovery informational class for parents Credit Recovery Flyer

Wayne County Middle School offers Credit Recovery class for parents on Friday, February 5th in morning or afternoon. Parents can learn more about this valuable option. Call the middle school to sign up for the class at 348-6691.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Start time is 11 am.

Students check out new Hotspot! HotSpot School bus access point

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

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

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

Cardinal Basketball Boys defeat Somerset Christian Cards huddle

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Start applying for Rogers Explorers Program Youth Program for Center of Rural Development flyer

Wayne County Middle School Counselors Cindy Rose and Vicki Davis want local eighth graders to know it is time to start the application process to apply for the Center for Rural Development's Rogers Explorers. This program is for students with a strong interest in developing skills in leadership, technology, math, science, and community service. Students can gradually work on their applications through February 28th. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Kids enjoy Riding through a Winter Reading Wonderland Mr. and Mrs. Claus at school

    “Riding through a Winter Reading Wonderland” was quite a hit amongst the third, fourth and fifth graders who got to caravan through specially built sets filled with lights, while seeing some of their teachers dressed in winter character costumes to help illustrate their favorite books. Check out the magical scenes inside...

Monticello Elementary invites their students to "Riding Through a Reading Wonderland" Snowflakes

Join the staff at Monticello Elementary for a ride through a reading wonderland on Tuesday, December 15. Third, fourth and fifth graders will be greeted by Santa and Mrs. Clause. Students will receive a book, along with other goodies.

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

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

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

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

Parent Skill Building Sessions continue Braxton Shearer showed a grandparent how to navigate their students' virtual assignments

  Wayne County Middle School continues to reach out to parents by providing a series of Parent Skill Building Sessions to help them navigate their child’s virtual learning at home.  Most recently, a second session was held at the Wayne County Middle School where WCMS Teacher Braxton Shearer teamed up with 21st Century School Coordinator Katherine Kidd. Check out the custom designed cheat sheets below to help navigate.

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

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

21st Century After School Program features Festival of Lights festival of lights flyer

21st Century students in grades 3-8 are invited to attend "A December Delight Festival of Lights" drive-thru on Thursday, Dec. 17 from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m. Families may enter from the back of Walker Early Learning Center. Don't miss this fun event!

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

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

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

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

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

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

Walker Early Learning Center hosts safe Family Literacy Night A dad and daughter enjoying the event

Walker Early Learning staff welcomed families to the fun drive-through event held in the circular drive behind the middle school. The children received a bag of little acorn poems and characters, rhyming clip cards, alphabet match cards, beginning sound games, letter sound find and cover, and little acorn sequencing activity. It was a great night. 

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

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

Bell Elementary students participate in turkey art on ClassDojo Turkey art sample from Bell Elementary

Bell Elementary students provided Thanksgiving joy through their art work displayed on their school's ClassDojo communication tool over the holiday. The school mailed their students' grade card, plus a Thanksgiving activity for them to do over the break. Prinicipal Derrick Harris was delighted with the participation and unique responses that homeroom teachers collected digitally from students. Their theme for the project was "Save a Turkey" and created quite an art gallery of turkeys that are bringing joy during the pandemic.   
 

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.

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

New principal announced at Wayne County High School School District Seal

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Healthy Kids Drive-Through Flu Shot Clinic flu shot graphic

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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! 

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.

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.

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
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.

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.

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

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

District report cards available online District report cards available online

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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.

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

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

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

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

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.

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.

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 School Board honored this month Board of Education Members

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wayne County Band presents Christmas Concert Band presents Christmas Concert

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

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

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

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

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

 

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.   

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.

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

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

WCHS Football Season coming up 2019

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

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

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

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. 

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?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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