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Todd Mangum will lead Mississippi Stars Todd Mangum will lead Mississippi Stars

Wayne County High School will be well represented in the 30th annual Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Football Classic set for Dec. 10 at the Cramton Bowl in Montgomery, Alabama.

WCHS head coach Todd Mangum has been named the head coach. Mangum led Wayne County to the Class 5-A state football championship in 2015.

Mississippi won the 2015 Classic 28-21 at the University of Southern Mississippi’s M.M. Roberts Stadium, the first time the all-star game had been played outside Alabama.The victory snapped a seven-game winning streak by Alabama.

The game will kick off at noon and will be televised.

Child Nutrition Managers Learn from the Best Child Nutrition Managers

The Wayne County School District Child Nutrition Managers from each of the area schools attended a Culinary Skills Training recently in Ridgeland. The training was hosted by the Mississippi Department of Child Nutrition and nationally renowned Chef Cyndie Story, K-12 Culinary Solution Team. The local managers of the WCSD were provided training in food production, recipe development, and food safety. The focus of the training was to improve schools' meal programs. Representing the WCSD were Sherrie Parnell (Beat 4), Meshell Lofton (WES), Maxine Blackwell (Buckatunna), Terri Shoemaker (Clara), Shawanna Sibley (WCHS), Chris Stevens (WMS).

U.S. Army All-American Band

Wayne County High School senior Juandarius Roberts has been selected to the U.S. Army All-American Band. Roberts will perform with the band made up of the best 125 high school band musicians on January 7, 2017, in San Antonio, Texas, at the U.S. Army All-American Football Bowl. Roberts and the All-American band will perform at halftime of the premier high school sporting event in America. Roberts is the War Eagles' Drum Major for 2016.

WCHS Football Events

Wayne County High School is planning several football related special events this coming football season.

The first WCHS band reunion is planned for the night of Homecoming on September 23 when Jackson Wingfield comes to War Eagle Stadium. Former band members are welcome to perform at the football game that night. Some instruments will be provided, but when you register online at www.waynecountyband.com please indicate your need for an instrument on the registration form. The cost is $10, which includes a T-Shirt. Time to meet: 5:00 p.m. Place to meet: WCHS Band Hall. What to wear: Jeans and T-Shirt (provided)

The undefeated Beat Four High School Tiger football team of 1976 will be honored on October 7 when the War Eagles play host to West Jones.

On Senior Night, October 21, the War Eagles will host Jackson Provine. The 1964 undefeated Waynesboro Central football team will be honored.

The 2006 WCHS state champs (15-0) will be honored on November 4 when the War Eagles host Laurel.

All players, coaches, and cheerleaders are welcome back for all the football team reunions. For all three of these games, there will be a meet-and-greet in the WCHS Library at 5:30 p.m. For more information on the any of these events, contact Dale McKee at WCHS (601-735-2851).

Please help us spread the word about these special events.

Cooley in Action Again Cooley in Action Again

The Mississippi High School Athletic Association released All-Star selections for the upcoming Bernard Blackwell All-Star Classic to be played in Gulfport on December 17 at 11:30 a.m.

Wayne County’s Chris Cooley, a 5-9, 215-lb senior running back, has been named to the South team for the 68th annual Blackwell contest.  Cooley is currently the leading rusher for the War Eagles. “Chris is a great young man and player who is very deserving of this honor," said WCHS head football coach Todd Mangum. “He is a hard-nosed, physical player who is very coachable. Every time we need a big play, he seems to make it,” added Mangum.

BJH Dance Team

Two members of Buckatunna Junior High's Dance Team recently performed during a halftime performance at the University of Southern Mississippi. Keyonia Singleton and Morgan Guy performed along with other dancers and cheerleaders from across the state as a part of the UCA/UDA Spirit Day. 

WCSD Food Service Director Honored

The School Nutrition Association in their national publication recently recognized Wayne County School District Food Service Director Jackie Henry.

Pink Out Game Pink Out Game

Pink Out Night at Wayne County High School was a success last Friday night when the War Eagles hosted the West Jones Mustangs. Shown are a WCHS War Eagle cheerleader and a couple of future WCHS cheerleaders getting ready for the ball game.

Quiz Bowl Team Quiz Bowl Team

The Wayne County High School Quiz Bowl team is taking part in the Jones County Junior College Math League. Pictured are (L-R) Stevonta Mayfield, Jared Powe, Layne Boykin, Lexi Sumrall, Mona Heng, Bryce Herring and Dakota Brewer.

Juandarius Roberts of WCHS has been selected as a 2017 U.S. Army All-American

Juandarius Roberts of Wayne County High School has been selected as a 2017 U.S. Army All-American, joining an elite group who will perform during halftime at the U.S. Army All- American Bowl at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas.

“Being a successful band member not only requires great skill, but also a commitment to teamwork,” said Mark S. Davis, deputy assistant secretary of the Army for marketing. “And similar to all Army Soldiers, these students have proven to be incredibly versatile and mentally and physically nimble. We are proud to honor all of our talented 2017 U.S. Army All- American Marching Band members and commend each of them on their selection to this elite group.”

The U.S. Army All-American Marching Band recognizes the top 125 high school senior marching musicians and color guard members from across the country, showcasing their talents during the largest celebration of high school football in America, the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, televised live on NBC at noon (CST) on Saturday, Jan. 7, 2017.

For 17 years, the U.S. Army All-American Bowl has been the nation’s premier high school football game, serving as the preeminent launching pad for America’s future college and NFL stars. Former Wayne County player Jerrell Powe played in the 2005 game. Andrew Luck, Odell Beckham Jr., Patrick Peterson, Adrian Peterson and Christian McCaffrey made their national debuts as U.S. Army All-Americans. A total of 330 U.S. Army All-American Bowl alumni have been selected in NFL Drafts. The 2016 U.S. Army All-American Bowl drew a crowd of 39,121 to the Alamodome.

Each year the U.S. Army All-American Bowl Selection Tour visits the high school of each All-American player and band member to officially recognize and announce their selection to the Bowl. Roberts will be honored on Thursday, October 13, at WCHS.

Geographical Shortage in Area School Districts Incentives
New Bus Schedules for WCSD in 2016

In an effort to become more efficient with bus routing the Wayne County School District will re-route several buses within the Waynesboro city limits this school year.

Administrators are asking for pa­tience from the public, students and parents during this transition period as adjustments are made to fine-tune the schedules and the process of transport­ing students.

Two WC Students Win National Awards
Community Prayer Walk

Wayne County Schools opened their doors Wednesday night (August 3) for pray time. The community was able to come to each school in the community to walk through and pray for the safety and success of the students and faculty for the school year.

Wayne County School District Student Dress Code 2016 - 2017

This dress code outlines the only acceptable form of attire approved to be worn by students in this district.  Any deviations, however slight, are disallowed.

Click here to see the full 2016-17 student dress code.

Third Grade Parent Meeting

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.

The meeting will be held at Waynesboro Elementary School in the storm shelter on Tuesday, August 30, 2016, beginning at 5:30 P.M.  The meeting should not last more than an hour.  Parents will be presented the necessary information and then a question/answer session will be held.

The LBPA requires that all students perform on or above grade level on a summative (end of course) assessment at the end of the third grade year.  If a student does not perform on or above grade level, he/she will not promote to fourth grade.  The administrators of the Wayne County School District would like for our parents to be familiar with the LBPA and know how to help our students prepare for the Third Grade Reading Gate Summative Assessment.  Please make plans to attend this meeting so that you will understand the urgency the district faces as we ensure that every student can read on or above the third grade reading level by the end of the third grade year.  If parents are unable to attend this meeting, they will be required to meet with the school principal regarding this information at another time.

If you have any questions, contact your school principal or Belinda Walley, WCSD Literacy Coach at 601-735-4894 or walleyb@wcsdms.com.

Registration, packet pick-up at WCHS set for July 26 & 28


Wayne County High School has announced its registration schedule for the upcoming school year. Parents are asked to come to the high school and fill out all necessary registration forms at these times:


Tuesday,   July 26,  9 - 6 p.m. at WCHS Cafeteria

Thursday,  July 28,  9 - 3 p.m. at WCHS Cafeteria


Students must have a parent or guardian present to register for the upcoming school year. Students will not be able to register without either their guardian or parent. 

Teacher Professional Development Schedule
Awards Given at District Picnic

Awards were given to teacher with the highest scores, growth and for perfect attendance. Follow the link to see all of the awardees.

Teacher Appreciation Picnic

The first ever Wayne County Schools Teacher Appreciation Picnic was held at Maynor Creek Park last Wednesday. The Picnic was a way for the WCSD administration to show their appreciation for the fine job that the teachers and staff of the school district do throughout the school year.

Retirees recognized

Retirees (years of experience) Front Row: (L-R) Sandra Sullivan (36), Jana Pitts (30), Sandra Waller (40), and Kathy Kirkland (16). Back Row: (L-R) Dale Waller (28), Butch Davis (12), and Arlen Walker (25)  Not Pictured: Deana Burns (30).

Public Notice

The Wayne County School System solicits written contributions for program improvement for its FY 2016/2017 Federal Consolidated Projects Application (Title I, Title II, and Title VI) and 2016/2017 IDEA Part B and Preschool Budget (programs for children ages 3-21 with disabilities defined by P.L. 104-476) to be submitted for approval by the State Department of Education.


Parents and/or interested individuals living within the school district wishing to make suggestions or address needs concerning the programs should do so in writing by June 15, 2016.


Wayne County School District Registration Dates & Times

Wayne County School District student registration will begin Monday July,18th at Beat Four and Buckatunna Schools. Click the read more button to see all Schools registration dates and times.



The Lonny Wilson Memorial Scholarship
A new Wayne County High School scholarship will honor the late Lonny Wilson. The Lonny Wilson Memorial Scholarship has been created in honor of a man who was an avid supporter of Wayne County kids and their athletic endeavors.
 Wilson is a Collins native and graduated from Collins High School in 1968. He played football at Jones County Junior College, where he was a member of the 1968 National Championship team. Wilson also played football at Delta State, where he graduated in 1972.
If you would like to donate to this yearly scholarship donation, you can send your donation to Lonny Wilson Memorial Scholarship, P.O. Box 148, Waynesboro, MS 39367. All donations are tax deductible.
Waynesboro Middle School Career Day

Waynesboro Middle School recently hosted their annual Career Day. The purpose of the day is to educate students about various career choices. Several guests from the community presented information to the students on careers that may interest them as they continue through junior high, high school, and college. Each presenter focused on his or her specific career. They each informed students of preparations and educational requirements that may be necessary in order to pursue a certain career. The presenters shared with the students their regular daily schedule that are part of their profession. Pictured: Wayne County Sheriff Jody Ashley, WCSD Deputy Marsha Brewer Jordan, State Line Chief of Police Jessica Blakely, Courtney Clinton of the WPD, WPD assistant chief Kenny Meadors, WMS Principal Shronda Turner, Leo Turner of Turner Funeral Home, and Wal-Mart manager Jonathan Smith.

War Eagle Football Team Honored By Mississippi Legislature

Members of the Wayne County War Eagles football team were honored this week by the Mississippi Legislature. The War Eagles claimed the Class 5-A MHSAA State Football Championship back in December with a heart pumping 45-41 win over Oxford at Vaught-Hemmingway Stadium. The House of Representatives read a proclamation praising the team and their accomplishments. They were hosted by Shane Barnett of Waynesboro and Dennis DeBar, Jr of Leakesville.

Skills USA State Competition

The Skills USA classes from the Wayne County Career and Technical Education Center competed at the state level March 1-2.  The classes that represented the career center were Construction, Information Technology, Law & Public Safety, and Welding.  The following students competed and/or observed.  The first place winners will now advance to national competition in Louisville, Kentucky.

Culinary Arts Competition

The Wayne County Culinary Arts students competed in the Family, Career, Community Leaders of America Competition on March 2nd-4th. The students competed in several events and attended leadership classes while at the competition. The students brought home the following awards:

Montana Loper -1st place in cake decorating

Tyson Spencer -3rd place in restaurant service

Jadazia Land -short order

Barbara Harris, Kobresha Clarke, Breanna Taylor -2nd place in the Culinary Arts STAR event.

Congratulations students!

Al Smith Elected to State Wide Office

Long time school educator Alvin Smith was recently elected to the Mississippi School Board School Association as a member of their twelve-person board. Smith has been the representative since 2013 on the Wayne County School District School Board representing Beat Four.

HOSA Competition

The Wayne County Career and Technical Education Health Science students competed in the 2016 Health Occupations Students of America, HOSA, State Leadership Conference March 21-23, 2016. The following students placed in the top 5 of their chosen competitive events

"Coffee with Cops"


The students at Buckatunna School held a special "Coffee with Cops" on Friday, February 26. It was the first time they had hosted this event, but they plan on holding the event every year to honor the brave men and women who serve as law enforcement officers. Representing the WCSD were Superintendent Bobby Jones and Buckatunna Principal Lynn Revette. Also pictured are Wayne County Sheriff Jody Ashley and Waynesboro Assistant Police Chief Kennedy Meaders. Officers from State Line, Biloxi and the Mississippi Highway patrol were in attendance, along with several Waynesboro City Police and Wayne County Sheriff officers.
Motivational Speaker Riney Jordan

Wayne County School District Superintendent Bobby Jones and nationally recognized motivational speaker Riney Jordan of Hamilton, Texas, shown after Jordan recently presented a two-hour program to the Wayne County School District employees. Jordan shared stories with staff and incorporated humor with a serious message to the teachers. “I believe to establish a caring and heartfelt relationship with your students is so important. Teaching is a gift, and for students to learn, they must know we care about them,” stated Jordan.

Wayne County School District Award Nominations

Tina Harrison Wayne County Administrator of the Year. Click below to see all of the nominations and winners.

Waynesboro Elementary Hosts Black History Program

Students and teachers at Waynesboro Elementary School recognized the month of February as Black History month.  The student body joined third and fourth grade students as dialogue of successful African Americans was recited.

Teacher Academy State Competition

In 2012, Teacher Academy was added to the curriculum at Wayne County Career and Technical Center to try and recruit high school students into the field of education.  As part of this program, and through our state organization Educator’s Rising, our students are given the opportunity to compete at a state level, and advance to national competition if they place at state.  This year, for the first time, three students from Wayne County Career and Technical Center placed on the state level.  We had a first place winner in Children’s Literature, Tamia Eiland; a third place winner in Science Lesson Plan and Delivery, Laken Freeman; and a fourth place winner in Social Studies Lesson Plan and Delivery, Ashton Bailey.  The students’ excitement could barely be contained when winners were announced.  Each of the young ladies who placed, qualified to advance on to the national competition which will be held in Boston, Massachusetts, in June.  “This is an accomplishment that we are proud to announce,” stated Instructor Tonda Farrior.  

Clark Oil Company of Waynesboro and Exxon Mobil $7000 donation

Clark Oil Company of Waynesboro made a $7,000 donation to the Wayne County Schools recently.  The monies will go to each of the Math and Science programs at the local schools as part of the Exxon Mobil’s Education Alliance Program.  

60% Schedule for Feb. 23

The Wayne County School District will run a 60 percent day schedule due to the predicted inclement weather. The buses will depart from Wayne County High School at 12:20 PM. Outlying schools will need to adjust their schedule accordingly.

Wayne County High School Sends Two Players to All-Star Games


Wayne County High School will be represented well in the 2015 – 2016 Mississippi North/South All Star Games. The Lady War Eagles will send 6’ 5” post player Jadona Davis and the War Eagles will be represented by David Gaines, Jr. Both players are juniors. The Games will be played Friday, March 25 at Mississippi College in Clinton, MS.

Notice of Special Called Board Meeting

The Wayne County Board of Education will meet in a Special Called meeting on February 9, 2016 at 10:00 AM.

Buy a DVD of the 2015 MHSAA 5A State Football Championship Game

Click on the Link below to purchase a DVD of the Wayne County War Eagle victory over Oxford HS for the 5A State Championship.




At this point click on "DVD get DVD"

Benito Jones Signs With Ole Miss

Wayne County High School All State Defensive Lineman, Benito Jones signed with the University of Mississippi earlier this month.  Benito becomes a “Rebel” after leading the War Eagles to the 5A State Championship and participating  in both the Mississippi/Alabama All Star game and the Under Armor High School All Star game in Orlando, Florida.  An earlier graduate, Benito is set the enroll at Ole Miss later this month.

Congressman Palazzo

Congratulations Wayne County War Eagles on winning the MHSAA 5A State Championship!  Attached is a clip of Congressman Palazzo congratulating the team on the House Floor in Washington DC. yesterday.

Ticket and Bus Information for The War Eagle 5A Championship Game

Tickets will go on sale at 8 a.m. Tuesday at Wayne County High School. Tickets are $12.00 each. Wayne County encourages football fans to buy tickets from the school. For more information call 601-735-2851.  Fans may also purchase a seat on a school bus to travel to the game.  Seats are $10, and the buses will leave WCHS at 11AM Saturday.  See Mrs. Stokley in the front office to reserve your seat.  

War Eagles are South State Champions

With a win of 55-27 over Laurel, the Wayne County War Eagles claim the South State Championship.  The War Eagles will travel to Vaught-Hemingway Stadium on  December 5 to play Oxford in the
5A State Championship.