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Wayne County Strategic Plan Survey

The Wayne County School District is requesting that all parents, students, faculty, staff, and community and business leaders respond to the Wayne County Strategic Plan survey concerning the school(s) with which you and your child(ren) are associated.  The data collection will provide information needed in the development of a strategic plan to better serve the students of Wayne County.  

School Board Member Recognition Week
   February 15-21, 2015, has been designated by the State Mississippi School Boards Association as School Board Member Recognition Week.  We do appreciate our Wayne County School District Board Members, and all the support and leadership that they provide for the Wayne County School District.  The Board Members are as follows:
Mrs. Leah Parson, School Board President, District 1
Mr. Fred Andrews, District 2
Mr. George Alsworth, District 3
Mr. Alvin Smith, Secretary, District 4
Mr. Robert Dean, District 5
Marcus Evans, School Board Attorney
Student and Employee ID Cards and Lanyards

Dear Parents or Guardians,

     Beginning this week, student and employee ID Cards and lanyards will be issued and worn according to the following schedule:

Beat Four and Clara- Thursday, December 11

WES and WMS- Friday, December 12

WCHS and Buckatunna- Monday, December 15

     The purpose of the ID Card is to identify a person who is a student or employee of the Wayne County School District and to exclude those individuals who have no legitimate business on the grounds of the Wayne County Schools during school hours, including being on school district transportation.  The ID Cards will help to enhance security on all our school campuses.

Circle Survey 2014-15
It is once again time for certified staff to complete the Circle Survey.  The survey opened on December 1, 2014 and closes on January 31, 2015. Everyone will use the same website to access the survey. The website is http://classclimate.ires.msstate.edu/classclimate/indexstud.php.  The generic website password will be included with your letter that contains the codes for you to use to access the survey.  These letters will be sent to the secretaries at each school on December 5, 2014 and distributed the following week. 
Literacy Essentials for the Teachers of Reading and Spelling (LETRS)

Some of the WCSD Kindergarten and third grade teachers had the opportunity to participate in Literacy Essentials for the Teachers of Reading and Spelling (LETRS) training on October 30-31, 2014on the campus of USM.  LETRS training is offered to every K-3 teacher in Mississippi by the Mississippi Department of Education to ensure that all teachers are high quality literacy educators.  LETRS provides the deep foundational knowledge necessary to understand how students learn to read, write, and spell—and why some of them struggle.  Throughout the course of this year, WCSD is allowing all K-3 teachers to attend this training.

WCHS Treat Street Monday Oct. 27, 2014

Wayne County High School will host its annual Treat Street at the High School. The Treat Street event is a safe and child friendly trick or treat experience. The event will be held Monday Oct. 27, 2014 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm. Admission will be $5.00.


If you are interested in a booth, contact Ferdy Pippen or Tara Rigdon at 601-735-2851 or rigdont@wcsdms.com

WCSD Mandatory Information Meeting for Parents of Third Graders

Wayne County School District is hosting a district wide mandatory information meeting for all third grade students’ parents and/or guardians.  This meeting will explain the requirements of promotion to the next grade level contained in the Literacy Based Promotion Act (LBPA) and what is expected of all third graders to meet these requirements.  Parents will also receive information on the Third Grade Reading Gate Summative Assessment at this meeting. Click the link for more info.

Attendance Guide for Parents

Please see the following letter from the Mississippi Department of Education, Office of Compulsory School Attendance concerning the importance of school attendance for children. 

Attendance Guide for Parents

August 4th Professional Development Schedule
Please view the roster (here) to see where you will be in training on Monday August 4, 2014.  Sessions are scheduled as follows:  Session A 8:00 - 9:30, Session B 10:00 - 11:30, and Session C 1:00 - 2:30. Please be prepared to change campuses between Session A and B if needed.  
District-Wide Technology PD Day to be held on August 4, 2014 for ALL Certified Personnel
All district personnel will be receiving an email regarding registration for the August 4th Technology PD Day.  All certified personnel will need to register for 3 sessions.  Click the title for more info.
Parent of The Year 2013-2014

The WCSD School Board presented Carmen Heathcock with the Parent of the Year Award for the 2013-2014 school year at the board meeting on April 7, 2014.  Carmen Heathcok is married to Kirby Heathcock.  They have two children, Kirby Lishman and Carolina.  Carmen has been very active in the school system for several years.  She is very active in the WES PTO where she has served as treasurer and president.  Since her son is now at Waynesboro Middle School, she is involved with those activities as well. Dr. Herring presented Carmen's accolades and achievements to the board and other members of the community that were in attendance at the board meeting.  

Administrator of the Year

The Wayne County School Board presented Mrs. Belinda Singleton the award for the Administrator of the Year for Wayne County School District at the board meeting on Monday, March 2, 2014.  Mr. Graves congratulated Mrs. Singleton on the growth her school has shown this past year.  The programs and procedures she has implemented have shown to have a great impact on student achievement and growth.  Mrs. Singleton graciously accepted the award and mentioned that it would not have been possible without her dedicated and caring faculty and staff.  Mrs. Leah Parson presented the plaque to Mrs. Singleton.  

Alan R. Barton Excellence in Teaching Award
Congratulations to Sara Waller!
Sara Waller, the Culinary Arts Teacher at the Wayne County Career and Technical Center, has received the Alan R. Barton Excellence in Teaching Award.  This prestigious state award is presented to a few outstanding teachers in grades K-12 from schools in the Mississippi Power service area.  The Wayne County School District is honored to have a teacher to receive this recognition.
School Board Appreciation

Mr. Ben Graves, Superintendent of the Wayne County School District, presented each WCSD School Board member and the School Board Attorney with a certificate of appreciation in honor of School Board Appreciation Month. 

Message from the Superintendent

 I, along with the staff of the the Superintendent's Office, would like to wish parents, teachers, students, all school employees, and all people of the community a very merry Christmas and a very blessed new year.  Remember that Jesus is the reason for the season!

IDEA Part B and PreSchool Application

The Wayne County School District has reviewed the performance captured on the State Performance captured the State Performance Plan (SPP)/Annual Performance Report (APR) for the Federal Fiscal Year 2012 as published in May 2014 (see attached SPP/APR District Performance Report, FFY 2012 (School Year 2012-2013)). Upon a careful review of the published data, areas have been identified of success and areas of need in the various results and compliance indicators. Click the link for more info.

2014 Homecoming Parade

To see more pictures of the 2014 Homecoming Parade, view the District Photo Gallery.

Wayne County School District Parent Center

The WCSD Parent Center is a resource center for families and schools provided by the Wayne County School District.  The main purpose of this resource center is to provide skills, resources, and knowledge that will enable families to support the student in his education. 

Common Core and SATP Conference

Ashley Phillips, a former instructor at Wayne County High School, returned to the campus last week to conduct a Common Core and SATP Training session for seventh through twelfth grade math teachers in the school district. Phillips covered various topics related to Common Core and SATP, and approximately 25 teachers were in attendance for the program.

Annual Community Night

On September 23, the Wayne County School District held their annual Community Night.   This year was a real success with 43 vendors and several community members and parents in attendance.  The Wayne County School District would like to thank each vendor for the door prizes they donated.  We would also like to thank Mrs. Sara Waller and her culinary students for providing the refreshments for this event.  Everything was decorated and beautiful and we look forward to making this event even bigger next year.  

WCSD Teachers of the Year

The Wayne County School Board honored the WCSD Teachers of the Year at the board meeting on Monday, February 3, 2014.  The WCSD Teacher of the Year was chosen from these nominees from each school.  

Black History Month

Black History Month, also known as African-American History Month, is observed annually during the month of February in the United States and Canada.  The schools of Wayne County are encouraged to join in this annual observance through education, recognition, and celebration.

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