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Former JROTC cadet promoted to highest Marine Corps enlisted rank Master Gunnery Sergeant Darry A. Cross

Master Gunnery Sergeant Darry A. Cross has been promoted to highest Marine Corps enlisted rank. He is originally from the Murl community and his parents are Al and Joyce Cross. He is a wonderful representative of the WC JROTC program!

Congrats to recent Wayne County Graduate Logo

This piece was circulating on social media from a UK Agriculture Education site about former Wayne County High School graduate Gage Tucker, who currently attends the University of Kentucky. Tucker was an excellent student in high school. He was in FFA and contributed greatly to the school garden when he was in high school. He continues to excel in college.

Woman's Club supports students' art projects Jeanne Tate and Tim Withers congratulate Kristina Famulyak

Monticello Woman's Club members congratulate Kristina Famulyak, a freshman at Wayne County High School, on winning first place for her painting at the GFWC-Kentucky state final student art contest.

Second Semester Employee Attendance Program provides incentive dollars to lucky recipients Second Semester Attendance Program provides incentive dollars

Congratulations to Lloyd Jones for winning the $2,000 Perfect Attendance all year and congratulations to Brian Dishman and Sky Cares for winning the $1,000 Perfect Attendance second semester for certified and classified categories.

Wayne County High School Junior Awards Ceremony held to reward student academics Junior Awards Ceremony

The Wayne County Junior Class received numerous awards for a variety of academic and attendance honors at the end of the school year. Parents were welcomed to watch their students receive awards.

Board of Education Special Call Meeting WC logo

The Wayne County Board of Education met for a special called meeting on Thursday, June 23 to discuss two items of business

8th Grade Honors Program is big event 8th graders at awards ceremony

Wayne County Middle School's 8th grade class was recognized for a variety of achievements and accomplishments during a ceremony at the end of the school year. Congratulations to the Class of 2026!

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

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

Senior Awards Night highlights academic achievement valadictorian receives senior awards

Seniors were honored for their academic success through scholarships from college, universities, and local businesses and civic clubs, just prior to the end of the school year. They also received awards for different subject areas. Students earned an impressive number of industry certifications in a variety of vocational fields. 

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

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

Wayne County Track Team performed at five meets this season, concluding at state Kent Guinn running

Wayne County was well represented at the different meets this season, as well as at state!

Wayne County students made it to state in track
Wayne County students made it to state in track
Walker Early Learning Center students and staff delighted to see the seniors Dad and his son at Walker Early Learning Center

There were lots of cheers and tears at Walker Early Learning Center where the seniors saw the youngest learners and the staff. The seniors had lots of fond memories of their days in preschool and kindergarten that didn't seem that long ago.

Walker Early Childhood Center celebrates their Reading Mentors Peri Guinn works with her student
Wayne County Middle School welcomes Seniors Walk-Through at middle school

The Wayne County Middle School did a great job of welcoming the seniors for their walk-through.

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

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

Commencement ceremony held for youth graduates at Lake Cumberland Youth Development Center Jim Daniels and Lt. Governor at commencement

Recently, Lt. Governor Jacqueline Coleman and the Kentucky Department of Juvenile Justice held a commencement ceremony at the Lake Cumberland Youth Development Center on Hwy 1546, to celebrate 48 youth receiving their high school diplomas for the 2021-2022 academic year and an additional 9 youth for earning their GED while in DJJ custody or care.

Monticello Elementary honored the graduating seniors Condreay Family

Monticello Elementary third, fourth and fifth graders were anxious to pay tribute to their older peers as they walked through their building on the last day of school. The sentimental journey was very touching.

Seniors spell "22" on football field Seniors spelled out the number 22 on the football field

Seniors had fun being honored in a variety of ways by the Wayne County High School. They even spelled out the number "22" in a drone aerial photograph taken by Mikki Simmons on the last day of school.

Wayne County Girls and Boys Tennis Team players make it to state Macy Weaver and Riley Hicks

 It has been a memorable season for both the girls and the boys tennis teams at Wayne County Schools. Players from both teams made it all the way to state, which was held in Lexington, Ky.

Commencement exercises held for Wayne County Seniors Celebrating

The Commencement Ceremony was back to everyone being together with lots of excitement on the last day of school, Friday, May 27th. The class of 2022 had 226 graduates. Twenty-seven seniors graduated with Distinction and eleven graduated with Honors. Check out the program to learn more details.

Summer Reading at the Public Library Summer Reading program for June

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

JROTC Cadets enjoyed Military Ball JROTC Cadets enjoying the Military Ball 2022

Wayne County High School JROTC cadets and their dates enjoyed a dinner and dance at their annual ball festivities at Dale Hollow State Park. The cadets look forward to this event every year. This year's special guest was WCHS Social Studies Teacher Dean Sumpter, a former WCJROTC Battalion Commander from 2007-08, who did a great job speaking to the crowd.  

Middle School and High School students selected for All District Band All-District High School Band

Wayne County Band members performed with other top musicians in the area at the Kentucky Music Education Association All District performance recently at Russell County. Congratulations to the local middle and high school students selected for this honor.

Seniors practice for special events honoring them Principal Steve Thompson

All kinds of opportunities have been held at the close of the school year for "Class of 2022".

FFA joins folks at Golden Years Nursing Home for a Field Day FFA students

FFA students recently provided a Farm Day for residents of Golden Years. Everyone had a good time at the event playing with the young animals.

Learn to play an instrument at Summer Music Academy Spring Concert 2022 Picture

Wayne County Schools is proud to sponsor their first annual Summer Music Academy. The academy will give any student in grades 6-8 an opportunity to learn to play a musical instrument that may have missed a previous opportunity. Parents please fill out the given QR Code provided.

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

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

Middle School Girls Soccer Team named District Champions and Regional Runners Up WCMS Girls Soccer Team wins District Championship

Congratulations to WCMS Girls Soccer Team on winning their District Championship. They defeated Russell County 3-1.Then they went on to become runners up at the Regional finals against Russell County at North Laurel. Going into Region the WCMS Girl Soccer Team had outscored their opponents 93-13, according to their Coach Jeff Keith. They have had a great season!  

Lifejacket giveaway event at Conley Bottom Resort Lifejacket giveaway

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

Wayne County Bat Cards win 48th District Championship and advancing to Semi-Finals at Region Seniors with gifts as they were honored at senior night

Eight WCHS Seniors were honored recently at The Hat Field. A few days later, the Bat Cards defeated Southwestern 10-0 in five innings on Wednesday, May 18th capturing the 48th District Championship. Both of those teams advance to the Regional Tournament. Bat Cards won the first game of regional tournament. The Wayne County Baseball Team advanced to the semi-finals of the regional tournament with a 2-1 win on Monday night, May 23 against Rockcastle County. The Cardinals will play Danville at 7pm on May 24 at Somerset.

Stockton and West place 15th in KHSAA State Tournament Alex West and Kason Stockton

    The KHSAA State Tournament was held recently at Kentucky Lake with Wayne County Casting Cards Kason Stockton and Alex West placing 15th out of 89 teams.

Stockton and West place 15th in KHSAA State Tournament Alex West and Kason Stockton

The KHSAA State Tournament was held recently at Kentucky Lake with Wayne County Casting Cards Kason Stockton and Alex West placing 15th out of 89 teams.

Seniors honored at softball game on May 16  Seniors honored at softball game

Seniors Mallory Campbell #13, Ashton Tucker #18, and Kenzie Upchurch #25 were honored at the start of the softball game on May 16th. Seniors from Casey County were also given flowers to recognize them. Wayne County lost to the visiting team. They are on the road on May 19 at an away game at Lincoln County. On May 23, they play McCreary Central at home at 7:00 p.m. for the 48th District Tournament.  

WCHS Nurse Lindsey Sexton's moving story featured in Herald Leader Newspaper WCHS Nurse Lindsey Sexton runs 102-mile race
<p >Lexington Herald Leader publishes motivational story of Wayne County High School's Nurse Lindsey Sexton. Wayne County Schools are Cardinal Proud of Ms. Sexton! </p >
WCMS Drama Club presents play 21st Century Drama Club presents "Box"

Students in each grade at the middle school enjoyed the 21st Century Drama Club’s performance of the play “Box” recently, as well as a live evening performance for the public. The program is now gearing up for a fun and inviting summer camp. There are just a limited number of slots remaining, so sign up today!

Child Plus Fair fun for young students Child Plus Fair Candy Land

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

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

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

Archery Banquet rewards students' achievements WCMS Academic Archers

Wayne County Archery had a good year.  All three teams competed in six tournaments.  The Wayne County High School team also competed in the KHSAA Regional tournament, which was hosted locally.

Five Wayne County students selected for The Center for Rural Development's youth programs The Center for Rural Development logo

The Center announced the following five students who will have the privilege of participating in summer youth learning adventures that include: Madelyn Frogge, Landyn Beck, Taylor Hicks, Emily Shearer, and Brayden Lowe.   



WC ATC students enjoyed the SCC Road Show ATC Instructor Dana Hurd in helicopter

Wayne County Area Technology students and Wayne County High School students got a thorough glimpse of all the interesting subject areas being taught nearby at Somerset KCTCS at the Road Show special event held at home. Students visited booths pertaining to all kinds of fields including everything from airplane mechanics to cosmetology and everything in between.

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

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

Boys Tennis Team experiencing positive season Team photo

The Boys Tennis Team is experiencing a positive season with an overall record of 11-3., especially considering that it is a small team this year. They started out the week on a high note defeating Lincoln County 7-2 and followed that up with a win over Southwestern 9-0. All six members of the team will qualify for regional competition beginning May 17th. Check out their schedule in May which includes several home games and support the team!  

WCHS Softball Team puts in time on field Girls Varsity Softball Team

The WCHS Softball Team players and coaches put in lots of time working on skills and playing a lot of games during their spring season. They have three remaining games at home on their schedule. Come out and support these Cardinal athletes! 

Enter The Final Stretch of the School Year Kentucky Derby final stretch

The final stretch promotions are geared towards encouraging high school students to do their best on upcoming testing. WCHS students are encouraged to wear their Derby hats in the media center demonstrating they were ready to tackle the final stretch of the school year on Friday, May 6th.

WCHS Girls Tennis program having terrific season Group Tennis Team Picture

     The Wayne County High School Girls Tennis Team is experiencing a terrific winning season with an overall win-loss record of 13-1 currently.  “It’s the best season the girls have had since I’ve been coaching the past 8 years. Our next best overall season was back in 2019 when the overall record was 12-3.

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

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

SkillsUSA students and WCHS/SCC seniors recently competed in the SkillsUSA STATE LEADERSHIP AND SKILLS CONFERENCE Wesley (Cole) Crabtree advances to National competition

     Wayne County Area Technology Center Automotive Technology student Wesley (Cole) Crabtree will have the honor of advancing to the national competition in Atlanta, Georgia, this June with his 1st Place finish in the Automotive MLR State Contest. Automotive contestants demonstrate competency and perform skills along with Job Interviews and Written Assessments used in the occupational area for which they are training.  In addition, Wayne County High School Senior/SCC Cosmetology student MackiLee Worley competed in the Kentucky State SkillsUSA winning a first place award, enabling her to qualify for nationals.

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

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

The Child Plus Fair will be held Saturday Child Plus Fair

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

4-H Workforce Preparation Curriculum important part of JAG class JAG students learn skills needed for an interview

Wayne County School’s Area Technology Center JAG (Job for America’s Graduates) students will have a “leg up” when it comes to employment after graduation, due to a variety of opportunities Instructor Brenda Hoover has given them this school year. The Wayne County Extension 4-H program shared their workforce preparation curriculum, which culminated in a mock job interview event. 

Prom 2022 back home after 25 years Prom KIng and Queen

Prom 2022 was a great night with over 450 in attendance at the beautifully decorated high school gym and cafeteria. It was a fun night for the upperclassmen to get dressed up for a special dance complete with dj, refreshments, photo booth, dancing, garter line, and fireworks show on the football field. Mallory Campbell was voted on as Prom Queen and Renan Dobbs was voted Prom King. Thanks to the principal and staff for their support for the special event.  

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

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

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

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

Bat Cards experiencing a very successful season Bat Cards group photo

Bat Cards are experiencing a winning season with a record of 12-6. They play McCreary Central Monday, April 25 at 6:00 p.m. at home.

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

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

Girls Fast Pitch Softball season underway Mallory Campbell at bat

The Wayne County Girls Fast Pitch Softball program is well underway with plenty of games scheduled throughout May. Currently the varsity team has a record of 7-6 up through April 21st. Most recently, the girls won back to back games on April 21 at Jellico, Tennessee.

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

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

WCMS Bat Cards unbeaten
Over 600 came to WELC Farm Family Literacy Fun Night Giggle, Giggle, Quack book from Family Literacy Fun Night

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

Austin Shearer named Wayne County Girls' Basketball Coach Coach Austin Shearer and family

Wayne County Schools are pleased to announce the hiring of Austin Shearer as its next Girls’ Head Basketball Coach. Austin is only the 7th different head coach in the history of the girl’s program.

Wayne County Agriculture students enjoy recent competitions Students enjoy themselves at FFA UK field day

Wayne County High School Agriculture students did well at the FFA Regional Paperwork Day and at the UK Field Day competitions. Activities they competed in ranged from essays to judging to interview skills.

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

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


WCMS Science Fair winners announced Middle School Science Fair finalists

Congratulations to all the middle school students who participated in the annual science fair. The finalists were recently announced in each grade level. Sixth grader Braylee Dennis was the Overall WCMS winner. Sixth grader Colten Dobbs was the WCMS Best Presentation winner. Eighth grader Ash Rose received the WCMS Most Original award.  

Wayne County Band receives distinguished ratings 2022 Wayne County Band at Russell County

The Wayne County Concert Band walked away from the Kentucky Music Education Association (KMEA) with the highest nod of approval possible for their performances, recently. “We performed before three judges and all three judges gave us a distinguished rating,” said Wayne County Band Director Andy Critz. “The KMEA Association Concert Assessment is our version of testing at the novice, apprentice, proficient or distinguished level.”

Sixth graders benefit from Progressive Agriculture Safety Day Wildlife Biologist gave out prizes to students who responded to questions

Even though it was cold outside, students still benefited from the mini-seminars marked with hay bale seating that dotted the field near the Turner Building. Just over 200 Wayne County Middle School sixth grade students, plus agriculture student from Wayne County High School participated in the special event.

Middle School Football Players Compete in the Battle of the Regions Two Middle School Football Players honored

Ryder Bell and Brice LaFevers represented Wayne County Middle School Football recently on the Region 4 football squad in the Battle of the Regions. 34-22 win over Region 2, to be the champions of this year's Battle of the Regions. Wayne County was represented very well by these two young men. #OneGoal GO CARDS

Also representing Wayne County being selected to play were Korbyn Edwards and Coach Jason Perkins, both who were out due to illness.

Transition Tuesdays bring employers into the high school to meet future workforce School employees welcomed Conley Bottom Dock representatives

Wayne County High School students don't have to leave the school building to find a job these days. That is because of a new program launched by Community Work Transition Program Employment Specialist Missy Jones called Transition Tuesdays.

Wayne County Schools Tennis season underway Preston Reynolds putting a lot of force into his serve

Both the girls and the boys teams are doing well this season with mostly winning matches under their belt. They are led by Coach Allen Burchett on the boys team and Coach Ronnie Sexton with the girls team.

Monticello Woman's Club Art Awards WCHS students Kristina Famulyak and Jazzlyn Rigney with Monticello Woman's Club Art Contest Representative Jeannie Tate

Monticello Woman's Club proudly announces local art students with winning entries in the GFWC-Ky 9th District Student Art Contest. Kristina Famulyak won first place for her painting and second place for her watercolor. Jazzlyn Rigney placed second in the painting contest.

Cain Roberts is one of many successful new teachers at Wayne County Schools Teacher Cain Roberts works with a student during a classroom experiment

With in-person learning back in full swing, students are appreciative of being at school and able to participate in hands-on activities. Fourth graders in Cain Robert's class are motivated and well disciplined learners. They are learning the "why" in their studies each day.

Bat Cards continue their winning ways Number 21 at the plate

The Wayne County Middle School Bat Cards were back in action on Tuesday, March 22 at home against the Clinton County Bulldogs. The JV Bat Cards played 5 innings against the visiting Bulldogs.  Cayleb Rice pitched an outstanding 4 innings.  Rice was un-hittable on the mound.  Offensively, the JV picked up where the Varsity team left off.

Congratulations to two Casting Cards who qualified for Nationals Casting Cardinal team headed to Nationals

Kendall Neal and Dylan Southwood won first place Saturday, March 26 in the SAF KY High School State Championship Bass Tournament on Lake Cumberland. One hundred eighty five teams from all over Kentucky participated. Neal and Southwood won first place with their 15 pound 14 ounce catch and also qualified for the Nationals in June.

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

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

Students can follow a biomedical science career pathway at WCHS High school students dissecting in Project Lead the Way Science classes

You might think you are in a medical laboratory at a hospital when you step into Kelly Brown’s classroom at Wayne County High School. Students might be clad in white lab coats wearing gloves, using the same tools as the professionals doing precise work at their station.

Wayne County Middle School Baseball Cards now playing ball First Baseman Palmer Smith is ready for the pickoff against Farristown player

The Wayne County Middle School opened the baseball season on Thursday, March 17th defeated Southern Middle School in Somerset 7-1. On Friday, March 18th the Wayne County Middle School Bat Cards had their home opener against Farristown winning 2-0. 

Check out the Counselor's Office page under Quick Links on the WCHS website page Counselors' Page Newsletter Spring 2022

You'll find information on all kinds of scholarships, contests, Dual credit classes, FAFSA, and newsletters. There is a wealth of information to learn about every high school student thanks to our professional Counselors.

Spring Band Concert shows off student skill Band performing in Pickrell Auditorium

The program included pieces like Psalm 42, Incantation and Ritual, and the Mandalorian. Band Director Andy Critz told the audience that this group had worked really hard perfecting their musical talents which has been very rewarding for him.

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

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

Board of Education recognizes Monticello Elementary Academic Team for successful year Monticello Elementary Academic Team recognized for a successful year

       Monticello Elementary Academic Team were highlighted at the March Board of Education meeting for their dedication to attending their weekly meetings and desire to enhance their education by sharpening their academic skills. They have had quite a bit of success this school year.

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

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

March Madness was a "slam dunk" at WCMS Group of students who won the "Shoot to Win" prizes

There was a big turnout for a special March Madness Learning Night at the Wayne County Middle School on March 10. The March Madness event was a collaboration of planning and funding between GEAR Up, 21st Century, and the Family Resource Center. Many of the middle school teachers offered fun and informative classroom lessons in various subjects that caught students and their family’s attention.

Spring Volleyball Skills Academy Registration Day coming up Volleyball Skills Academy

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

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

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

Monticello Elementary Science Fair Winners Announced following two great exhibitions 4th grade Science Fair

Looking for an answer to some unique questions going through the minds of some very creative fifth and fourth graders at Monticello Elementary? Their annual Science Fairs were the place to find the answers as fellow students and teachers weaved through aisles and aisles of displays manned by their creators in two cafeterias. All those inquiring scientific minds were anxious to discuss their projects and show off their work.

Middle School Wrestling Team has honor of competing at state competition for the first time Jared Cornell and Ian Tucker with assistant coach Travis Sullivan

There were 300 wrestlers representing 66 teams at the State Middle School Wrestling competition held on a snowy day on March 12th at the Corbin Arena. Wayne County Middle School wrestlers finished 17th overall at the competition.

WCHS FFA students competed at the annual Regional Speech Day FFA students competed at Campbellsville University for annual regional speech day

A large group of Wayne County High School FFA students participated in the Lake Cumberland Regional FFA Day on Thursday, March 10, at Campbellsville University. Kathren Crabtree competed in Prepared Public Speaking and received a Superior 2nd place standing and Kason Stockton competed in Goat and Sheep securing a Superior 1st place award. 

Congrats to WCHS athletes named to All Tournament Basketball Teams Wayne County Sports Seal

Wayne County High School athletes were recognized at a high level, recently as the basketball seasons concluded. Junior Mason Burchett and Senior Mallory Campbell were both named to the Regional All Tournament Basketball Teams.

Middle School Wrestling wins region Middle School Wrestlers win region

Wayne County Middle School’s Wrestling Team had a great weekend March 5th winning their regional tournament hosted by Elkhorn Middle School in Frankfort, Kentucky. It was the first time in school history that the middle school wrestlers have taken the overall first place award at region.

Casting Cardinal Kason Stockton signs with Kentucky Christian University Casting Cardinal Kason Stockton signing with KCU Knights

Wayne County High School Senior Kason Stockton is headed to Kentucky Christian University in Grayson, Kentucky, to further his education with the help of a scholarship earned through his participation on the school’s bass fishing team. Kentucky Christian is a private Christian university where Stockton is one of less than a dozen high school seniors being recruited out of 122 prospects to the Knights Bass Fishing Coed Team.

Casting Cards Elijah Adkins and Austin Criswell qualify for Nationals Casting Cards Elijah Adkins and Austin Criswell with their biggest fish that they caught at Lake Guntersville in Alabama

     On Saturday, March 5,a couple of guys from the Wayne County Casting Cards high school fishing team scored big at the MLF at Lake Guntersville.  It was the first time Elijah Adkins and Austin Criswell had ever fished there and what a successful day.  

WCHS hosts pancake breakfast to support Junior class Juniors in line for pancakes

WCHS was able to host their annual pancake breakfast the day before the ACT exam was taken at school, with the help of some special volunteers. The pancake breakfast is held in support of the junior class who took the state mandated ACT test March 8th. The school provided a special lunch  for the juniors to give them a little extra support after the exam.

Monticello Elementary Family Literacy Night "Fetch a Good Book" was exciting Accelerated Reader station busy in the library computer lab

There were six stations set up inside the school building: Love on a Leash, Kentucky Author Leigh Anne Florence with dogs Woody and Chloe, Take your Picture with I Love to Read and dog props, Scholastic Book Fair preview, Read Books with your Family and take an AR quiz, and Pick up a Family Literacy Activities Take Home Packet. Reading is Paws-itively the Best at Monticello Elementary!

Seeds planted in raised beds and young students' minds Preschoolers posed for a photo with Terry Bertram

Thanks to the Wayne County Cooperative Extension Service, raised beds were built with 4" PVC pipe and dirt was moved and plastic provided to keep the weeds out at Walker Early Learning Center. The outdoor garden accommodated a planting spot for children from every classroom to learn about gardening. Wayne County High School FFA students assisted with the project. Close to 400 preschool and kindergarten students planted sugar snap pea seeds learning it is time to plant cool season crops that can be harvested once the weather turns hot. Hopefully, the project planted a seed in their minds to understand how the land can be used to raise nutritious foods.  

Monticello Elementary students win art contest Monticello Elementary art winners

Students received their winning posters and awards for their participation in the school district's Christmas email card. The artists were informed that their work on the card was sent to over 600 people - including school employees, business partnerships, education contacts, and community partners. 

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

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

Elementary students and staff enjoyed Character Day office staff dressed up

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

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

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

Three Lady Cards named to All-Tournament Team at District All Tournament District Team

Lady Cardinal Basketball Team ended their season on March 1, when they were defeated by Danville in the 12th Regional Tournament, held at Lincoln County. They played Southwestern at McCreary Central in the 48th District Championship on Feb 24 when the All-Tournament Team players were named which included: Mallory Campbell, Adeline Heatherly, and Kenzie Upchurch.

WCHS Juniors taking ACT on March 8 ACT logo

Wayne County High School Juniors will join all Kentucky public school 11th graders taking the ACT on March 8th across the Commonwealth. WCHS Media Specialist Carol Ford has been reminding these students that they can practice for it online for FREE through the school library’s subscription to the Kentucky Virtual Library.

Two Wayne County Wrestlers had the honor of competing at the state tournament Opening ceremony for wrestlers

The Wayne County Wrestling team traveled to George Rogers Clark on Friday, February 25th and Saturday the 26th to compete in the State Wrestling Tournament at George Rogers Clark High School. Eighth Grader Coalton Kilburn at 138 lb. and Junior Colin Tucker at 126 lb. competed for Wayne County.

Skills USA students do well at competition Skills USA students that attended regional competition

Students from Wayne County Area Technology Center traveled to Lake Cumberland Area Technology Center on February 21st to compete at regionals. Students engaged in skilled and leadership competitions. Check out how many students participated and placed at regionals, while doing a great job representing WC ATC. 

Parent Teacher Conferences held at Wayne County Middle School GEAR UP Coordinators

Wayne County Middle School parents visited with their children's teachers recently after school to pick up their mid-term reports and discuss their current academic progress. GEAR UP  Academic Interventionist Jessica Thrasher and College Career Navigator Sky Cares had a booth to welcome families and introduce their new program which will follow sixth and seventh graders  for the next seven years, all the way through their high school years. GEAR UP is a valuable tool that helps students find future academic, college and career goals.

WCHS Senior John Rains advances to the state Governor’s Cup Academic competition Seniors recognized on Academic Team

Wayne County High School Senior John David Rains, son of Karen and David Rains, is once again headed to the state Governor’s Cup Academic Team competition. Rains placed first in Social Studies at the recent regional level of Governor’s Cup Academic competition which was held in Danville, KY, on February 19.

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

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

Monticello Elementary Academic Team enjoys learning at advanced levels Three of the players at practice

   There are some very conscientious students at Monticello Elementary that enjoy getting together after school each Monday to learn extra information in a variety of subjects. They worked hard all year and came very close to becoming Governor’s Cup District Academic champs. “Overall, we were less than two points away from a district championship,” said Monticello Elementary Assistant Principal Mitchell Gregory, who serves as the elementary academic team coach.

Upcoming Read Across America events Dr. Seuss reading image

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

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

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

Wayne County Advances Two Wrestlers in the State Tournament Colin Tucker advances to state

Congratulations to WCHS Junior Colin Tucker and Freshman Coalton Kilburn on their performances at the first round of the KHSAA State Wrestling Tournament on Saturday, February 19 at Georgetown. The 16 man bracket tournament was held at Great Crossing High School. The top eight wrestlers in each weight class advance to the State Finals this Friday and Saturday at George Rogers Clark High School at Winchester.

Congrats to Lady Basketball Cards on win at 48th District Competition over McCreary Central Four girls basketball seniors honored

Lady Cards defeated McCreary Central 56-35 on Monday, February 21 in 48th District competition. They will face Southwestern on Thursday, Feb. 24 at District. During their last home game, four Wayne County seniors and their families were recognized at the start of the Varsity Basketball game with Campbellsville on Thursday, February 17th.

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

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

The Wayne County High School Winter Guard competed in Ramsey, IN Winter Guard competition on Feb. 12

Wayne County’s Winter Guard turned a corner by having the privilege of competing once again. They traveled a long distance to compete at their first competition in several years.

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

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

Boys Basketball Senior Night ends in a win...Go Cards at District! Three seniors honored

Senior Basketball players (l-r:) Gage Gregory, Renan Dobbs, and Bryson Slone were recognized at their senior night on February 12 when they defeated Barbourville 78-52 at home. Since then they played two games on the road where they lost to Boyle County and Rockcastle County. On Friday, February 18th they played Lexington Catholic away. On Saturday, Feb. 19 they were back at home to play  in the State Farm Classic which was a make up event. The Boys District Game at McCreary Central is set for February 25 when the Cards face McCreary Central at 7:00 p.m. Go Cards!

Wayne County High School Academic Team are District Winners WCHS Quick Recall Team that won district

The Wayne County High School Academic Team is looking forward to competing at Governor’s Cup Regional Competition on Saturday, February 19 in Danville. After somewhat of a dry spell, the academic team is back on track, having won the Governor’s Cup District 48 meet recently. Wayne County High School placed first at district with a high score of 62, with Southwestern High School placing second scoring 44, followed by McCreary Central High School.

Wayne County High School students learn life skills in foods and nutrition class Heavenly Angel and Madison Blevins in foods & nutrition class

Students in Shannon Foster’s Foods and Nutrition class recently learned about the iconic Kentucky Hot Brown.

Wayne County Mat Cards Team placed fourth at Region 7 First place finisher Colin Tucker

Several Wayne County Wrestlers placed in the regional competition held at McCreary Central on Saturday, February 12. Three time Regional Champion Colin Tucker finished in first place. The top four wrestlers are now headed to the State Tournament on February 19th. 

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

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

Wayne County Mat Cards Team placed 2nd at Belfry Wayne County logo

The Mat Cards traveled to Belfry, Kentucky on Saturday February 5, for the Pirate Invitational 11 Team Tournament. Several local wrestlers placed individually.  The Mat Cards will be in action Saturday, February 12th at McCreary Central High School . They will compete in the KHSAA Region 7 Wrestling Tournament.

8th Grade Cardinals win State Basketball Championship 8th Grade Basketball Team State Champions

Congratulations to the 8th Grade Basketball Team on winning KBS state championship in Lexington. Cardinal Basketball player Kendall Phillips was named most valuable player.

Senior Night for Cheerleaders and Dance Team Members Cheerleader Zoe Stockton and parents being honored on Senior Night

Wayne County Boys Cardinal Basketball Team defeated the McCreary Central Raiders on Friday, February 4 with a score of 64 to 60. There was a big crowd on hand to support the Cards, as well as other highlights from the game. 

AP Biology/College Dual Credit students enjoy cell organelle speed dating Couple speed dating

  Dating comes to mind when you think of Valentine’s Day. Wayne County High School Advanced Placement Biology/College Dual Credit students in Kelly Brown’s class have already experienced the dating scene in their lab with tables set up for two, complete with centerpieces, earlier this school year.

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

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

Teenagers care about senior citizens Valentines to be sent to nursing home

JAG students took a break from financial goal presentations and team building exercises to make Valentines for Nursing Home residents. During their Thursday Team building activities they had to draw what they were told to draw by telling their partner without telling them the names of the shapes. Its a bit harder than it looks. Listening, communications, and giving directions are all part of TBT.

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

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

FBLA club members preparing for regional competition FBLA members at Fall Leadership Conference

Wayne County ATC’s Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) club has been very busy this school year. They are currently gearing up to compete in a variety of business related topics at their regional competition which will be held on February 25 in Bowling Green, Kentucky. Good luck to Wayne County's FBLA participants!

WCMS recognizes students with High Achiever Reward Day Inflatables in WCMS Gym from High Achiever Reward Day

Students rotated between a pizza party in the cafeteria to the gymnasium to enjoy inflatables in shifts of 6th, 7th, and 8th graders for a couple of hours in the afternoon on January 31st. The students were eligible to participate in the High Achiever Reward Day if they had A/B honor roll, had no unexcused absences, and no office referrals.

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

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


Wayne County Middle School Basketball season exciting for fans 7th Grade Gold Champions

Wayne County Middle School Basketball season is starting to wind down, but has been filled with lots of excitement and success for each team. The WCMS eighth grade team is looking forward to competing in the Kentucky Basketball Commission Eighth Grade State Tournament on February 4-6, with 76 other teams from across the state. Most recently, the seventh grade team won the Gold Bracket comprised of teams only from the final 16 at the KY Basketball Commission Seventh Grade State Tournament,  

Wayne County defeated Somerset Christian 58-42 in boys basketball on Retro Night Tim and Tom Pyles being recognized at game

Two former WC Basketball Hall of Famers that lead WC to 80 victories in their careers were recognized during Retro Night. The crowd welcomed back #14 Tom Pyles who had 632 career rebounds and 895 points.  He played college basketball at Lee’s College and went on to be the Head Coach at Monticello before finishing as an assistant for the Lady Cards. 

His brother, Tim Pyles, dished out 592 assists and scored 793 career points as one of Wayne County’s greatest point guards.  He was an assistant with the Cardinal boys for 7 years before becoming the Head Coach of the Lady Cards, leading them to numerous District and Regional Championships before retiring.


4-H Written Communication Contest coming up graphic of  a pen

Hey students ages 9-18, check out the 4-H Written Communication Contest whether it is poetry, songwriting, press releases, or public service announcements. There are a variety of categories. Deadline to enter is February 22nd! 

Monticello Elementary staff uses iReady program helping fill in gaps of learning for students iReady Store Banner

Monticello Elementary students have experienced success through a new tool they have been using to help nail Reading and Math concepts. Teachers have been excited to see 96 percent of their students accomplish 50 percent growth in Reading or Math, as well as 50 percent growth in BOTH Reading and Math from the fall iReady diagnostic to the winter iReady data. They created an iReady store where students could shop for reward items when they completed and passed the computerized lessons. The support program is designed to help fill in any gaps in learning that students may have experienced, especially when studying through a pandemic. 

Lady Cards decisively defeated Whitley Colonels 62-47 fist bump

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

Retro Night set for January 25th after Cards host Evangel Christian Eagles Kendall Phillips going for the basket

Somerset Christian Cougars face the Wayne County Bovines at Retro Night. Wayne County has been led by 12 different head coaches with current Head Coach Rodney Woods being the Dean of Coaches, not only at Wayne County, but also in the 12th Region. He is in his 36th season at Wayne County and has led the Cards to 731 victories, 20 District Championships and 9 Regional Championships (most of any coach in 12th Region history).  

JAG program helps students find future success JAG logo

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

January School board meeting held board members voting

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

Lady Cards JV and Varsity hosted Bowling Green and play Whitley County Jan. 24 at Home Heatherly with the ball

Varsity Lady Cards lost to Bowling Green and will be playing at Berea on Saturday, January 22 (AWAY) and then at home on January 24 with Whitley County. Go Cards!

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

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

Kentucky student-athlete agriculture scholarships open until January 31 Kentucky Students

Kentucky student-athletes who are involved in agriculture are invited to apply for one of six scholarships and recognition as a 2022 Kentucky Ag Athlete of the Year, a partnership of the Kentucky High School Athletic Association and the Kentucky Department of Agriculture.

Rogers Scholars Aaron Hesse and Wesley Cares benefit from program Wayne County Seal

Wayne County High School students like Aaron Hesse, Wesley Cares and Kali Powell know how to benefit from the Center for Developments summer academic programs. In fact, some of the programs carry over into the school year. Senior Aaron Hesse and Junior Wesley Cares are still involved in their Rogers Scholar programs. They are currently doing service projects to help their community.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Reality Town held at Middle School each school year Student crowd in the middle school gym

Eighth graders learned valuable hands-on lessons at the middle school's annual Reality Town exercise this past semester. Thanks to local businesses who provided employees to work at a variety of booths to give students' a glimpse into the adult world where budgeting is a monthly experience for most folks and taxes have to be paid. The WCMS Family Resource Center and 21st Century program coordinated and supported this worthwhile special event.  

Gage Gregory signs with Midway University to continue golf career Gage Gregory's awards

  Midway University Boys Golf program has gotten one of their top recruits with Wayne County High School Senior Gage Gregory. Gregory, the son of Amy and Stewart Gregory, recently signed to play at the college level for the Midway Eagles.

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

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

Casting Cardinals competed at Conley Bottom on December 8th Casting Cardinal competing

The Wayne County Casting Cards team participated in a tournament on Saturday, December 4th at Conley Bottom. Kason Stockton was the overall winner with Hannah Kempton and Jenna Morrow finishing 2nd. Elijah Adkins and Austin Criswell placed 3rd. Lots of other Casting Card team members caught fish during the tournament.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Lock down lifted at Wayne County High School Wayne County Seal

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

Middle School Christmas Decorations are awesome Hallways decorated at WCMS

Wayne County Middle School students enjoyed the staff's work decorating the hallways and building gingerbread houses. Some of the hallway decorations even included an actual STEM project when students made marshmallow snowmen. 

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

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

GEAR UP Program funded for the future Berea College Logo

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

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

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

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

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

Lady Cards defeat Casey County Coach with girls basketball team

Lady Cardinals picked up a win over Casey County on Saturday, December 11 with a score of 50-45. Unfortunately, they lost to Southwestern at home on Monday, December 13th 49-67. Next, on the schedule they play McCreary Central at home on Thursday, December 16th.

Lady Cards defeat Casey County number 10 with the ball

The Lady Cards defeated McCreary Central at home on December 16th in a hard fought battle 51-46. Previously they won over Casey County 50-45 on December 11. They played Southwestern on December 13, but unfortunately lost 49-67. The Lady Cards play away on Friday, December 17th at Danville. Go Lady Cards!

Cardinals win district game against Southwestern Number 22 coming out onto the court

The Boys Basketball Team defeated Southwestern 63-44 on Friday, December 10th. They play Pulaski County away on Dec. 14, followed by Metcalfe County on Friday, Dec. 17th at home. Their season record is 3-1 on Dec. 14.  The Pep Band, Cheerleaders and Dance Team were also there to support the Cardinals at their recent home game!

Backpack program addresses the needs of older students in the district backpack food for high school

Wayne County Family Resource Youth Service Centers gladly work hard at making the backpack program successful. FRYSC staff collaborate with the Hope Center and the local Wayne County Health Coalition to make this assistance available for our families. Donations for this program come from all directions in Wayne County -  churches, private donors, and organizations.

Backpack program addressed the needs of older students in the district backpack food for high school

Wayne County Family Resource Youth Service Centers gladly work hard at making the backpack program successful. FRYSC staff collaborate with the Hope Center and the local Wayne County Health Coalition to make this assistance available for our families. Donations for this program come from all directions in Wayne County -  churches, private donors, and organizations.

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

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

Backpack program addresses the needs of older students in the district backpack food for high school

Wayne County Family Resource Youth Service Centers gladly work hard at making the backpack program successful. FRYSC staff collaborate with the Hope Center and the local Wayne County Health Coalition to make this assistance available for our families. Donations for this program come from all directions in Wayne County -  churches, private donors, and organizations.

Kindergarten students introduced to Science Concepts Amplify Science Graphic

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

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

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

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

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

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

Waynetonian Choir sings at Tree Lighting Ceremony Waynetonian Choir ready to perform

The Monticello Elementary Choir helped bring in the holiday season at the downtown Tree Lighting Ceremony. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

Boys Basketball Team defeats Burgin at home season opener Cards huddle during time out

The Cardinals defeated Burgin 49-41 at their first home game of the season. The Wayne County High School JROTC presented the Garrison Flag, while the Pep Band provided music and the Dance Team shared a pom routine at halftime. The next home game is on Dec. 7th with Lincoln County at the Jack Upchurch Classic. Go Cards!  

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

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

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

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

FCCLA announces officers and first volunteer project New Officers for FCCLA

The Wayne County High School Chapter of Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) is off to a great start. On November 19, the 2021-22 chapter officer installation took place. Shaylie Dobbs was elected chapter president. Tori Walters and Delaney Lester will both serve in Vice President positions. On November 20, a group of FCCLA members/officers volunteered at Christmas Village. Members helped children shop for their family and friends in the Santa Shop. Advisor Shannon Foster said that she is very proud of this group and expects great things from them! 

Leslie Lester talks to Leslye Rice's class about their family business Lester answered students' questions

   Over the holidays and during Farm to Fork promotions, the Wayne County School cafeterias serve students special menus incorporating lots of fresh and locally grown products. So, Leslie Rice’s fourth grade students were very receptive to learning more about one of their students’ new family business'. Fourth grader Bo Lester’s mom, Leslie Lester, gave an informative presentation to her daughter’s classmates on where the meat being served on the school menu was actually coming from that day.

WCHS Dance Team do well at regional dance competition Pom squad stays together

The Wayne County High School Dance Team traveled to George Rogers Clark High School in Winchester to compete on November 20th in the KHSAA Dance Regionals. They finished as the top placing small school in the entire Region Three. They were thrilled to get a fourth place finish in the jazz category, as they were up against eight other teams which included some of the biggest schools in the state. In the pom category, they placed seventh out of 12. Both local teams qualified for the state finals scheduled for December 12 at George Rogers Clark High School. They are coached by Pam Campbell, who also operates Force Dance Academy in Monticello.

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

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

ATC students learn masonry techniques and block laying patterns ATC students learn masonry techniques and block laying patterns

Masonry week is always an eventful week in Carpentry. Carpentry students at the Wayne County ATC learned to mix mortar with the proper ratio of cement, sand, and water. Students also learned block laying patterns and engaged in a block laying competition at the end of the week. Students learned to work together in groups to explore strengths and weaknesses.

Think of the school garden harvest this season when being thankful! Charli Humble enjoyed the garden

FFA/agriculture students most recently have been finishing up the cold weather harvest and cleaning up the garden. But, at its peak this fall, the Farm Dinner Night was held where students did a good job informing visitors about this year's crop of vegetables. The garden was in perfect condition thanks to the Wayne County Extension Office and all the students' efforts to maintain it. Much of the harvest fed students' school lunches this fall.

Gehrig Sexton will play golf for the Eastern Kentucky University Colonels next season Gehrig and his family signing to play golf at EKU

     Wayne County High School Senior Gehrig Sexton, the son of Kendra Roark and Brent Sexton, has signed with the Eastern Kentucky University Colonels where he will continue his golf career after graduation. He and his friends and family got together for the special event to celebrate his golf scholarship to Eastern Kentucky University, recently.

Board of Education approves favorable audit report Wayne County school logo

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

Wayne County Volleyball Girls receive post season awards Volleyball Coaches proud of Mallory Campbell

Congratulations Mallory Campbell on being selected for 12th Region Player of the Year and for receiving the All-State Honorable Mention!

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

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

ATC Tech Design Class receives $500 ATC Teacher Marsha Bertram and several of her students accepted the $500 check to be used for supplies

McDonald's restaurants across Kentucky are supporting teachers by presenting a series of MAC Grants this fall. Each $500 MAC Grant is designed to help local teachers return to the classroom in a safe, engaging way. Recently, local McDonald’s Owner/Operators Randy and Bethany Baird presented a $500 check virtually to Marsha Bertram, a teacher at Wayne County Area Technology Center (ATC) in Monticello.

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

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

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

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

WC JROTC conducts WCHS Veteran's Assembly Garrison Flag at the High School Veteran's Assembly

The Wayne County JROTC conducted a Veteran's Day program for their classmates and local Veterans who attended the program held in the Rodney Woods Gymnasium. The JROTC cadets did a good job honoring Veterans.

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

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


Students had fun during Lights on After School Dinky Gowan and his assistant perform the disappearing act

Students and adults unlocked the magic within them at the Lights on After School recent special event, which was part of the 21st Century Program. Wayne County's 21st Century After School Program has provided excellent services to students for many years, enriching their education in a creative manner.

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

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

Local FCCLA participate in The Rae of Sunshine program FCCLA Group of students

The Wayne County Chapter of Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America recently participated in the statewide FCCLA initiative related to The Rae of Sunshine Foundation. Students in Shannon Foster's FCCLA Club participated in the SMILE week activities.

Upward Bound Program provides opportunities like tutoring and travel Upward Bound advisors with some student members
Schools combine career days with Halloween festivities  Spooky entrance to the career costume parade at Bell Elementary

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

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

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

WCHS Tech Design is selling 3D printed lamp shades WCHS Tech Design is designing 3D printed lamp shades

WCHS Tech Design is designing 3D printed lamp shades and selling them complete with lamps and bulbs for $20. Marsha Bertram's 3D Printing class makes all kinds of useful items. In fact, they have made masks to wear during the pandemic customized with the Wayne County logo.

Center for Rural Development is issuing a call for applications for the 2022 Rogers Scholars program, which just opened on November 1st. Rogers Scholar Rep. Allison Cross shares information about the program

Rogers Scholars -- The Center for Rural Development's flagship youth program -- is open to rising high school juniors in Southern and Eastern Kentucky who are seeking to build their skills in leadership, career exploration, entrepreneurship, technology, and community service. The program provides valuable leadership skills and exclusive college scholarship opportunities for young people throughout the region. Students apply during their sophomore year.

Masks optional for third week in a row due to decreased incidence rate of COVID WC Seal

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

Wayne County students benefit from Governor's Scholar program William Beckley

Wayne County High School students like William Beckley continue to build on their dreams by focusing on their local pathway of courses which include advanced placement, dual credit college, Project Lead the Way, coupled with acceptance to academic geared opportunities like the Governor Scholar’s Program.

Mobile Anti-Drug Unit helps educate students WCMS students learn about drugs on the Mobile Drug Unit

Trooper Scotty Pennington from State Police Post 11 talked with Wayne County Middle School students about destructive decisions. He talked about the importance of remaining drug free and making wise decisions because those decisions can impact the plans they have for their future. Students were able to tour the educational Mobile Substance Use Unit to learn about different types of drugs and the impact they may have on them. This event was a partnership between the Kentucky State Police and WCMS Youth Service Center.

Congratulations to Wayne County’s Mallory Campbell named the 12th Region Volleyball Player of the Year Volleyballs

Congratulations to Wayne County’s Mallory Campbell who has been named the 2021 12th Region Volleyball Player of the Year! The Lady Cardinals defeated Rockcastle County 3-0 on Tuesday, October 26 to advance to the region semi-finals where they were defeated by West Jessamine Wednesday evening at Rockcastle County High School. Thanks to the WCHS Volleyball Team for a hard fought and entertaining season.

Check out the Farm to Fork special menu and the vendors that supplied the food! Farm to Fork event flyer

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

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

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


Students learn about Governor's Scholars Program Students learned about the Governors Scholars Program from Counselor Elizabeth Miller

Wayne County Juniors learned how to apply for the Governor's Scholar Program, recently. They viewed a video and received helpful information and details from WCHS Counselor Elizabeth Miller who encouraged them to apply. Final applications should be turned in to the counselors’ office by 3:00 PM on Friday, December 10, 2021.

Wayne County Schools receives literacy grant WC logo

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

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

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

Wayne County Schools' 21st Century Program celebrates Lights on After School with special magic show. Dinky Gowen, Master of Illusion will be coming to WCMS!

Wayne County 21st Century Program will celebrate Lights on After School on Tuesday, October 26th. This year’s theme is Unlock the Magic within you. There will be special programming, with music from the Monticello Elementary Choir, games, and activities. Healthy Kids Coalition will be present to give flu shots, help with school physicals and give COVID vaccines. To end the evening, 21st Century participants will be treated to a magic show by Dinky Gowen: Master of Illusion. All 21st Century participants and their families in grades three through eight are welcome to attend this event from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the middle school.

Cardinal Casting Club participate in fishing tournament

Great Weekend for Fishing as the Casting Cards Competed

They had five teams fish the Bradley Roy Tournament on the October 9th weekend. Alex and Kason took 6th and Kendall and Dylan got 8th. Congratulations to all of Wayne County's fishing teams.

Several Wayne County runners place first at Cave Lake Fall Classic Middle School Cross Country runners at Cave Lake

Three Wayne County Cross Country runners set themselves apart by placing first in their age divisions at the local Cross Country course just off KY 90. Congratulations to WCMS eighth grader Emily Shearer, WCMS eighth grader Caleb Sargent, and Monticello Elementary fourth grader Zane Upchurch for leading the packs in their races during the annual Cave Lake Fall Classic on October 16.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Surplus school and office items available for purchase surplus tables

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

Girls Soccer Season Concludes Girls Soccer season concludes

Wayne County Girls Soccer season concluded on October 12 at the Regional Tournament, The Lady Cardinals were defeated by Somerset 5-1.

WCHS Counselors link students to future college opportunities Parent Night was held at the WCHS

Wayne County High School students recently attended a College Fair at The Center for Rural Development. In addition the counselor's office hosted Parent Night for students and parents to learn more about different colleges and trade schools to help determine seniors future educational plans. Planning starts early, as counselors share expectations for high school when students are still in middle school.

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

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

WCHS Senior Gage Gregory wins golf scholarship at Boys State Tournament Gage Gregory playing at state tournament

Wayne County Senior Gage Gregory was the sole golfer from Wayne County that qualified and played on to the second day of the Boys State Tournament, held in Bowling Green, Kentucky, recently. He did not place on the second day, however, he won the the Leachman Buick GMC Cadillac/KHSAA State Golf Scholarship for the Boys. He is believed to be the first recipient ever to obtain this prestigious scholarship while playing on the Wayne County Golf Team.  The scholarship was based on academics, golf, sportsmanship and Integrity. Gage had to be nominated for the award and it only applied to seniors.  It is only given to one senior girl and one senior boy who qualifies to play in the state tournament. Congratulations Gage! 

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

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

Center for Rural Development hosts Step-a-Thon for summer youth leadership programs The Center for Rural Development logo

It’s time to step up for our youth! Supporters of The Center for Rural Development’s youth leadership programs can help raise money for the programs one “step” at a time by joining in on The Center’s first ever Step-A-Thon fundraiser on October 16th.

Wayne County Golf Teams compete at Region 10 Tournaments Golf Team Picture

Both the boys and the girls golf teams will be represented at the state championship in Bowling Green during fall break. The boys golf team competed in the regional tournament on September 28 at Eagles Nest Country Club in Somerset.  They won the runner up trophy.  Gage Gregory tied for first runner up and Gehrig Sexton placed 6th.  These two golfers have represented Wayne County Schools well and will be missed in the upcoming seasons. 

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

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

Wayne County Cross Country Teams travel to North Laurel Invitational Cross Country Runners

Wayne County Middle School Cross Country team competed in the North Laurel Invitational, Saturday, September 25th. Emily Shearer was the overall girls champion finishing with a time of 14:04. The boys finished 2nd overall and were led by Taren Jones who finished 6th with a time of 12:33 and Collin Ramsey who finished 7th with a time of 12:37. 

Cards defeated 24-7 by Warren East Wayne County Band performs at ball game

The Wayne County High School Football stadium was officially named the Shawn Thompson stadium after the former football coach. Thompson and his family were recognized just prior to the game. The Wayne County Middle School football team was also recognized at a break later in the game.

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

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

Meet You at the Pole Meet You at the Pole

Wayne County High School held their own Meet You at the Pole on September 22nd before school started. Many of the FCA students participated in the annual event.

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

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

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

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

Girls Soccer Team traveled to Taylor County Wayne County Girls in action at Taylor County

Girls Soccer Team played Taylor County at an away game on September 21st. They've played 11 games in their season, to date.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wayne County Girls Soccer learns to play under adversity Goalie Xaivea “X” West stops a potential score

Wayne County High School Girls Soccer played short handed by 9 or 10 players verses eleven at the Monroe County game on Monday, September 13. Monroe County hosted the competition. The Monroe County Girls scores a total of three points winning the game!

Color Guard shines at first competition Band at first competition as they placed third overall

    The Wayne County High School Marching Band received a third place overall award on Saturday, September 11th at their first competition of the school year held at Somerset High School. Congratulations to the Wayne County Color Guard who received Best in Class and the Best Overall Award. They are coached by former WCHS Color Guard Member Shelby Gregory. 


Wayne County Golf team was named runner up in the South Laurel Invitational Team Picture

The Wayne County Boys Golf Team participated in the South Laurel Invitational on September 11th in London, Kentucky, bringing home the runner-up title. Gage Gregory was named the overall individual Champion. There were a total of fifteen teams and some individuals which made a combined total of 92 golfers. 

Lil Dribblers Camp teaches basic skills Lil Dribblers learn basic skills

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

Wayne County High School Homecoming Candidates 2021 Wayne County High School 2021 Homecoming Candidates

Wayne County High School Homecoming will be celebrated on September 17th when the Football Cardinals play McCreary County at home on Jewell Field. Leading up to the event, the annual Homecoming Parade will be held on Thursday, September 16th at 5:30 p.m. as the school football team, king and queen candidates, cheerleaders, dance team and marching band travel down Main Street.

Wayne Invitational held at local country club Wayne County Golfers

The annual Wayne County Invitational, sponsored by the Monticello Banking Company, was held at the Monticello Country Club on Sunday, August 29.  A total of 72 high school golfers competed. The event featured thirteen teams and other individual golfers. Wayne County placed fourth in the tournament with a team score of 306.

Dan Harris has been a steady contributor to Wayne County Band Program Dan Harris in Philharmonic

Since 1961, the Lexington Philharmonic Orchestra has been one of the premier musical organizations in the Bluegrass State, exposing generations of Central Kentuckians to some of the greatest concert music ever composed. Wayne County Band has been fortunate to have input into their program through a special philharmonic musician.

Band members work hard to perform Band members work hard to perform

Band gives first glimpse of their complex program during halftime at the Cardinal Football game on Friday, September 3, Good luck at the first band competition on Saturday, September 11th at Somerset High School, followed by North Laurel High School competition on September 18. 

FFA harvest grapes over Labor Day Weekend Grapes that were harvested over Labor Day weekend

Another successful grape harvesting session was held recently with Wayne County FFA students. The Wayne County Extension Service appreciates the opportunity extended by the Garrett family to continue the tradition of growing and maintaining quality grapes to benefit young people in the community.. The grapes were for sale at The Wayne County Farmers Market on Saturday, September 4th. The profits go into the FFA Alumni Account, to be utilized to support FFA members' scholarships (enough grapes were sold to fund one $500 Glyncon Garrett scholarship for a 2022 graduating VoAg student) and activities. 

Wayne County Football defeats Adair County in dramatic style Cards ready to hike the ball

Wayne County defeated Adair County in a thriller Friday night.  The Cardinals got off to a good start and with the help of penalties against the Indians had the lead at halftime 13-6 as QB Wesley Cares scored both touchdowns.

The Wayne County Junior Conservation Board will host an Agriculture Conservation Field Day on September 10th Jenna R. Morrow and Madelyn Frogge worked in raised beds in the Monticello Elementary Courtyard

The Wayne County Junior Conservation Board will host an Agriculture Conservation Field Day on September 10th from 4:00 – 7:00 PM at Red Barn Farms, Monticello (3 Miles out highway East 92 on the right). This event will be free to the public.

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

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

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

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

Check out KCHIP insurance coverage for anyone under 19 KCHIP Poster

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


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

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

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

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

Wayne County America Rescue Plan (ARP)

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

Wayne County Golfer Gage Gregory wins prestigious Cullan Brown Award Gage Gregory showed off his plaque

Wayne County High School Golfer Gage Gregory won the prestigious Cullan Brown Award this summer. The Bluegrass Golf Tour event honors the late Lyon County and University of Kentucky golfer Cullan Brown. 

Wayne County Boys Golf Team experiencing success Wayne County Golf Team wins Dix River

The Wayne County Boys Golf Team has started their season with some impressive scores. The team consists of three seniors: Aaron Hesse, Gage Gregory and Gehrig Sexton; one sophomore Cade Foster, one freshman Hunter Bell along with Head Coach Stewart Gregory and Assistant Coach Allen Burchett. 

WC Area Technology Center celebrates 50th Anniversary Ribbon cutting ceremony

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wayne County High School Mentors assist freshmen at orientation WCHS freshmen mentors

When you are starting at a new school, it means a lot to have an upperclassman show you the ropes and ease the transition. That is exactly what the 16 volunteer mentors provided at the annual orientation just before classes began. Thank you for your kindness Mentors!  

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

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

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

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

WCMS welcomes students back at orientation sessions Nicholas Kidd at the 21st Century booth handed out information

Wayne County Middle School students and their families attended orientation sessions before the start of school. They visited their classrooms and visited booths with extra information.

WCMS welcomes students back at orientation sessions Nicholas Kidd at the 21st Century booth handed out information

Wayne County Middle School students and their families attended orientation sessions before the start of school. They visited their classrooms and visited booths with extra information.

Monticello Elementary held orientation days welcoming third graders A third grader excited to be at orientation

Third graders were excited to see their new school after attending Bell Elementary for first and second grades. A considerable amount of renovation work is ending at the school so teachers and students can enjoy the updates. The Junior Conservation Club is working on some of the court yard renovations building butterfly boxes. Besides visiting their classrooms, families learned about after school opportunities like 4-H, 21st Century, Girl Scouts, and Youth League Football.

Casting Lady Cards wind down season in the Nationals at Chickamauga Lake
Buses Ready to Roll Bus drivers and monitors at 8-hour update training

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

Casting Lady Cards wind down season in the Nationals at Chickamauga Lake 2021 Nationals

The Lady Card Casting Cardinals made their first visit to Nationals this summer making school history. Hannah Kempton and Jenna Morrow participated in the 2021 Mossy Oak Fishing Bassmaster High School National's recently.


Sexton Wins Rocket Invitational Gehrig Sexton

Wayne County's Gehrig Sexton with a score of one under par won the Rockets Invitational tournament on Tuesday August 3rd at the General Burnside Island Golf Course.

2021 Football Home Opener Wayne County Football Team

The Wayne County Cardinals look to take on the Clinton County Bulldogs on Friday, August the 20th for their home opener.

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

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

Golf team making progress during season Abby Reagan

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

Districtwide Carnival CANCELED Carnival Poster

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

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

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

Lady Card golfers will play as a team this season Asst. Coach Kendra Catron and Kelsay Collins and Caroline Chriswell

It's been a long row to hoe, but the light at the end of the tunnel is beginning to shine through for Wayne 

County School's lady golfers.  The 2021 season will be an entire new spectrum with a 'team' presence in 

place out on the green.  Twenty years ago - in the year 2000 - the girls golf team was noted as having their 

best regular season ever.  Since then, it's been individual play for lady golfers at Wayne County due to 

them being a team member short.

‘Hard Charging Cadet’ admired by JROTC classmates Hard Charging Cadet Jacinda Dykes

Most Wayne County High School JROTC Cadets are what we always call ‘Hard Charging’. They take the JROTC program seriously, apply themselves in all they do academically, emotionally, physically, and contribute many hours of time to JROTC, team practice,  community and school  events, and just about anytime they are called upon to fulfill any requirement.

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

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

Wayne County JROTC Cadets "On Rappel" Group Photo of the WC JROTC cadets

“On rappel” was heard many times as 18 hardy WCHS JROTC Cadets had the opportunity to conduct rappel training at the Richmond, KY, Fire Training Center on July 22.  Cadets departed Wayne County at 0700 hours, dressed in their Cadet ACU uniforms with the thought of high adventure and an event they rarely have the opportunity to perform. Rappel training is normally conducted during Junior Cadet Leadership Camp but the JROTC Cadet Corps has not had a JCLC for the past two years due to Covid 19.

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

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

COVID continues to be a concern child wearing a mask logo

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

COVID continues to be a concern child wearing a mask logo

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

Girls LIttle Dribblers Camp coming up Previous Girls Little Dribblers

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

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

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

Casting Cardinals perform at national level Kason Stockton and Alex West

Four 'Casting Cards' participated in the Annual Student Angler Federation World Finals and National Championship on Lake Hartwell in Anderson, South Carolina June 30th through July 2nd of last week. Wayne County Captain Jason Stockton said, "Three hundred ninety eight teams from all over the United States (including one team from Zimbabwe) participated in the competitions."

Monticello Elementary Summer Camp successful Monticello students enjoyed Zoom meeting with Science Center

Monticello's Summer Camp was held in conjunction with the 21st Century Summer Camp that has proven to help students maintain their knowledge base from school year to school year, rather than experiencing the 'summer slide'. Many students across the district participated in a unique summer school at their building to try and boost their grades forward, after having to deal without in-person learning for part of the past school year. The summer camp activities, as well as 21st Century Camp activities were in addition to catching up in their basic subject classes at Monticello Elementary for grades three, four and five.  

JROTC Raider Team starts summer physical training JROTC Raider Team

  As school year, 21/22 nears and everyone gets excited for what will hopefully be a normal school year, the Wayne County High School JROTC Raider Team will begin summer practice beginning on Monday, July 12.

Kids Enjoy Field Day at Monticello Elementary Third grade Tug of War contest is fun

Each grade experienced their own field days on the land across the street from the newly renovated front facade of the school building. The third grade tug of war winners were students in Hannah Parmley's classroom. It was a day students look forward to each school year. Special thanks to the teachers and especially School Social Worker Noah Rice for coordinating the event. 

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.   

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.   

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 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: 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.  

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. 

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.

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.

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 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.