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

Bell Elementary Principal Derrick Harris

Principal Derrick Harris shared what he learned with the Board of Education

Harris referred to a fellow principal he met at the symposium who had an inspiring story.

Casting Cardinal crew - (l-r:) Coach Anthony Reynolds, Jenna R. Morrow, Hannah Kempton, KY Bass Federation Youth Director Ricky Kempton, Kason Stockton, and Asst. Coach Jason Stockton 
 

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

    Superintendent Wayne Roberts congratulated Harris for the impressive award and being nominated for the honor. He praised Harris’ leadership abilities and the success his school has demonstrated, especially in the area of literacy. 

    Harris has focused on implementing best practices that increase student performance and learning, such as a differentiated literacy program that ensure each child’s specific instructional needs are being met. This highly successful program has resulted in a high percentage of students now reading at grade level. Educators from other schools frequently visit Bell Elementary to borrow ideas and strategies. Their mentoring program and classroom officers program at Bell Elementary is another successful model to emulate.  

    Also during the recognition segment, the 19-member Casting Cardinals program was recognized for their successes competing at different lakes throughout their fishing season. Most recently, four local Casting Cardinals placed in the Kentucky Bass Federation State Tournament at Conley Bottom. Representing this year’s anglers attending the meeting were: Sophomore Kason Stockton, Freshman Jenna R. Morrow, and eighth grader Hannah Kempton who were on high placing teams at the local state competition. There were over 30 schools across the state and over 150 teams that participated in the recent competition. Youth Director for the Kentucky Bass Federation Ricky Kempton, Coach Anthony Reynolds, and Assistant Coach Jason Stockton also offered information about the extra-curricular program.

    The local anglers will continue to collect points with the Region 3 Tournament to be held this spring, then the top 10-15 percent of the anglers move on to the KHSAA state competition in this unique sport.

    In other business:

    -Superintendent’s Report- The school calendar includes Veterans Day as an instructional day because a variety of programs are held on campus to teach students about the sacrifices veterans have made for them and to show respect for them. Veterans Day instruction/programs is mandated by the state.

      In addition, the procedure followed by staff members to determine if school will be in session on inclement weather days includes: the transportation department checks county roads between 4 and 5 a.m., a conference call with the weather forecasters in Jackson, KY at 5:00 a.m., consideration of the forecast for the rest of the day, communications with school administrators, and contacts with neighboring school districts before the final decision is made. 

    -Instructional Update- Chief Academic Officer Brian Dishman discussed enhancements being considered in the subject area of Math so students can be reached at deeper levels. The curriculum is being reviewed and new resources that have been recently developed are being considered. The state has not provided textbooks or math resource funding in the past 12 years to school districts.

 

   Wayne County School principal named National Distinguished Principal


    Wayne County Schools are proud to congratulate Bell Elementary Principal Derrick Harris on being recognized as a National Distinguished Principal (NDP) recently in Washington D.C.
    He was selected for the award by the National Association of Elementary Schools who represent 20,000 members and their NAESP Board of Directors. He traveled to Washington D.C. for the prestigious two-day event held October 10-11. He joined over 60 principals from across the nation from public and some private school districts, including some representatives from American Schools overseas from as far away as the Panama Canal and Ecuador.
    “Your leadership serves as a shining example of the importance of the school principal in meeting the challenging responsibility of educating children,” noted Executive Director L. Earl Franks, Ed.D., CAE in a letter to the NDP Class of 2019.
    Harris has served as a principal since 2006 starting at Walker Early Learning Center, while leading Bell Elementary in that capacity since 2013. He has focused on implementing best practices that increase student performance and learning, such as a differentiated literacy program that ensures each child’s specific instructional needs are being met. This highly successful program has resulted in a high percentage of the students now reading at grade level.

 

Wayne County Casting Cardinals placed in Kentucky Bass Federation State Tournament
 
                Four local Casting Cardinals placed in the Kentucky Bass Federation State Tournament recently held at Conley Bottom Marina. Sophomore Kason Stockton and recent graduate Jonathan Gregory won first place in the high school division and 8th grader Hannah Kempton and Freshman Jenna R. Morrow won second place in the Youth Division and also won the Points of the Year in the Youth Division. These students had to qualify in order to fish in this state tournament. There were over 30 schools across the state who participated and over 150 teams. There are 19 students on the Casting Cardinals Team which meet every other week. They are coached by Anthony Reynolds. We are also proud to have Ricky Kempton serving as the youth director for the Kentucky Bass Federation. 
The local anglers will continue to collect points with the Region Three Tournament to be held this spring. Then the top 10-15 percent of the anglers move on to the KHSAA state competition.
 





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