District News
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.  

National School Counseling Week

 National School Counseling Week will be observed Feb 3-7.  This week calls attention to the unique contribution of professional school counselors within the U.S School systems.  This week honors school counselors for the unique role they play in helping students realize their talents, strengths, abilities, and interests.  School counselors work in professional partnerships with teachers and support personnel to provide an educational system where students can achieve their true potential.  Let's celebrate and support our school counselors during this special week.

MDE Weight Watchers

MDE is offering a discount on Weight Watchers for Teachers and School Employees. Click Here for the Flyer or contact Tina Harrison at Federal Programs.

Closing of Schools and Superintendent's Office

All Wayne County Schools will be dismissed early on Friday, December 20th  Students will return to school on Tuesday, January 7th.  The Superintendent's Office will be closed from Monday, December 23rd to Friday, January 3rd. Superintendent Ben Graves and his staff would like to wish everyone a very merry Christmas and a blessed new year.

Professional Development Day on January 6
     On Monday, January 6, all teachers and administrators will be involved in professional development. Click the title for more details.
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. 

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.
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.

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.

Strategic Plan Survey

Strategic Plan Survey

The Wayne County School District is requesting that all parents, students, faculty and staff 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.  The purpose of the survey is to obtain individual opinions of our local schools.  The questionnaire will ask your opinion concerning personnel, finances, facilities, and curriculum and instruction.   Data and information will be collected from students, teachers, parents, support staff members, school and district administrators, and business and community leaders. This data will be analyzed to determine needs and opinions of all stakeholders of the Wayne County School District.  This information will be presented to the Wayne County School District Administration and the Wayne County School Board to assist in the development of a strategic plan for the Wayne County School District.  The link to the survey can be found here.  


Wayne County School District Reading Fair 2013-2014

Waynesboro Elementary recently hosted the annual Wayne County School District Reading Fair.  Winners in the individual fiction categories (grades K-8) included Michael Jordan, Lily Cooley, Brylee Dumas, Jacob Singleton, Karolina Heathcock, and Brody Hebert.  Winners of the nonfiction categories (grades 3-8) were Kendorean Russell and Dalyn Stevens.  Winners of the Group and Family divisions (grades K-8) were Caleb Matthews, Hayden Hudson, Savannah Griffin and Laken Hancock.  Each of these winners will advance to the Regional Competition to be held at the Lake Terrace Convention Center in Hattiesburg

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 Awarded Environmental Stewardship Award

 The Wayne County School District has received an environmental stewardship award from Cenergistic, Inc., for saving enough energy in 13 months to effectively plant more then 24,730 trees and to take 135 cars off the road.  This Award recognizes our District's efforts, under the leadership of Mr. Prince Staten, the Energy Specialist for our district, to implement an innovative organizational behavior-based energy conservation and management program.  Mr. Staten works hard to motivate everyone in our district to use energy wisely, keep classrooms comfortable, and practice smart energy strategies.  Congratulations to Mr. Prince Staten and to the Wayne County School District on this award.

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.

School Board Recognition Week and Month
     The month of February is School Board Recognition Month.  February 17-21 is School Board Recognition Week.  We would like to recognize the following school board members for the Wayne County School District and express our appreciation for their leadership:
Mrs. Leah Parson, District 1
Mr. Fred Andrews, District 2
Mr. George Alsworth, District 3
Mr. Al Smith, District 4
Mr. Terry Graham, District 5, Board President
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Waynesboro, MS 39367