District News
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.

Information about the Literacy-Based Promotion Act
Governor Phil Bryant signed into law the Literacy Based Promotion Act in the 2013 legislative session.  According to this legislation third graders will be required to demonstrate “basic level” reading proficiency in order to be promoted to the fourth grade, starting with the 2014-2015 school year.  Third grade students in subsequent years will have to show basic level proficiency in reading on a literacy exam that will determine if they are promoted to fourth grade.  If the student does not show basic level reading proficiency on the literacy exam, the student will not promote to the fourth grade. In an effort to give the students in the WCSD the best advantage in achieving this reading proficiency we are identifying students in K-3 who are substantially deficient in reading proficiency so that we can provide intensive interventions and individualized extra help.  The law requires that notification to parents be sent home any time that a student exhibits a substantial deficiency in reading.  This act was established to ensure that every student completing third grade is able to read at or above grade level.  
WCHS Bands earns All-Superior Rating for the 8th Year in a Row

The WCHS band represented Wayne County High School and Wayne County with an outstanding performance at the MHSAA State Marching Contest at East Mississippi Community College in Scoob on Saturday, October 12th.

 

The Band received the highest rating of All-Superior and was one of only 12 5A Bands in the state to do so.  This was also the 8th year in a row for the Band to earn All-Superior Rating.

The Band is scheduled to complete at the West Harrison Classic in Gulfport on Saturday the 19th and the Deep South Marching Championship on October 26th at Theodore High School in Theodore, Ala.

1994-95 War Eagles To Be Recognized
On October 25, 2013 the 1994-95 War Eagle football team and cheerleaders will be recognized during the pre-game of the Wayne County-Laurel game. This was the first War Eagle playoff team in Wayne County history. There will be a "meet and greet" for the team players and cheerleaders in the cafeteria beginning at 5:30 and then they will walk over to the field for the pre-game ceremonies. We hope all the former team members and cheerleaders will be able to attend. 
Back to Back State Championship Teams to be Honored

The first state champions in school history, the 2002 football team and the 2003 football team will both be honored. The 2002 team is the only team in school history to be ranked first in the final high school football polls. The 2002 team knocked off South Panola in the championship game to become the Class 5-A state champs. The first Class 4-A state champs, the 2003 squad was also ranked second in the final high school football polls. An informal dinner will be hosted on Thursday night at 6:30 in the school cafeteria for all former players and coaches of the 2002 and 2003 squads. All former players on these teams are asked to report to the cafeteria at 6:15. Both teams will be honored before the War Eagles take on the Tigers at7 p.m. on Friday night. 

Important Information on Attendance
Parents  of students attending any public school in Wayne County or in the state of Mississippi should now be aware that state law requires students to attend school for 63%of  the instructional day at the individual school where  they are enrolled or they will be counted absent for the day.  Because of this new state legislation, it is imperative that parents do everything they can to make sure that their children are in school each day and  that they attend school all day.  When students are not in school for 63% of the instructional day, they will not only be counted absent, but they will also miss instruction that they need, and poor student attendance affects the amount of money that our local school district receives to support our schools.  Superintendent Ben Graves would like to encourage all parents of students in our district to help make sure that students attend school each day for the whole day.
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.
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. 

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.  

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/2G2PC3R

Advance Ticket for WC at West Jones Games on sale
Advance tickets are on sale at the Wayne County High School office Thursday and Friday from 8:00 and 3:00 at $5.00 each.  The Ticket price at the gate will be $7.00.
Daylight Savings Time to Change November 3rd
Daylight Savings Time is set to change Sunday Morning at 2:00 a.m. November 3rd.  Remember to set your clock back an hour Saturday night.
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

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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