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Proof of Residency

Dear Parents or Guardians,

 Our School District recently had a state audit through the Office of the State Auditor. One of the resulting requirements of this audit is that beginning the 2015-2016 school year all parents or guardians in the Wayne County School District must provide two current proofs of residency at the time of student registration each year regardless of wether or not parents or guardians have lived in the same residence for previous years. Click here for more info

WCHS Show Choir Dropout Prevention Remix
Area Schools’ Teacher of the Year Recognized by the WCSD School Board

In a recent meeting of the Wayne County School Board, teachers who were selected as Teacher of the Year from district schools were recognized for their accomplishment.  These teachers were chosen by the faculty and staff of each school to represent them in the selection of the Wayne County School District Teacher of the Year. Each nominee completed an extensive application in which his/her educational history, professional biography, community involvement, and the philosophy of education were detailed.  

 

WCSD Administrator of the Year Honored by the WCSD School Board

Robert (Bubba) Hathorn was recently honored by the WCSD School Board for being selected as the WCSD Administrator of the Year.  Mr. Hathorn is assistant principal at Wayne County High School.  He was selected from a group of nominees based on his educational philosophy, his ability to inspire teachers, and his contributions to the Wayne County community.  According to one of his colleagues, Mr. Hathorn exemplifies the qualities of an exceptional administrator by treating students and teachers with compassion, dignity, and respect.  He also shows a great commitment to making Wayne County High School successful in educating our youth.  

Mr. Hathorn has 27 years of total educational experience with 12 of those being in administration.  He is married to Cassie Hathorn, and they have one daughter, Taylor.

WCSD School Board Recognizes Parent of the Year

Doll Swindle was recognized at a recent school board meeting for being selected as the Wayne County School District Parent of the Year.  She was nominated by the faculty and staff of Waynesboro Middle School.  Mrs. Swindle was then selected as the WCSD Parent of the Year from a group of parents nominated by district schools.  She was chosen on the basis of her support and contributions to her children’s schools.  Mrs. Swindle is married to Christopher Swindle.  They have 3 daughters, Christian (Waynesboro Middle School), Gracie (Waynesboro Elementary School), and Trinity (Bridgeway Preschool).

Wayne County School Board Recognizes the Teacher of the Year

Stephanie Hodo was recently honored at a Wayne County School Board meeting for being selected as Wayne County’s Teacher of the Year.  Mrs. Hodo was chosen on the basis of her ability to inspire students, her leadership capabilities, and her contributions to the school and community.  

Mrs. Hodo has taught English II at Wayne County High School for 10 years. She is married to Alan Hodo, and they have two sons, David and Will.   

Baseball & Softball Reunion

The Wayne County High School baseball and softball teams will be hosting reunions for all former War Eagle players this month. 

 

The Lady War Eagles will host their reunion night on Friday, March 27, at 6 p.m. against Petal. The baseball guys will get together the next afternoon on Saturday, March 28, at  2 p.m. before the baseball team hosts Greene County. 

 

There will be a signup tent welcoming back all former players and coaches at each game. Former players and coaches are urged to contact their past teammates. For more information, contact Zack Bost or Dale McKee at the high school (601-735-2851). 

2015 Mississippi ProStart State Champions
2015 Mississippi ProStart State Champions
 
Kayvenna Hall
Constance Mashburn
Shelby Masburn
Corey Polite Jr.
Breanna Risen
 
These students will represent our state at national competition in California during April.
Wayne County High School 8th Grade Parent/Student Night

Several hundred parents and students attended a Wayne County High School 8th Grade Parent/Student Night last week at War Eagle Gym.  Parents were welcomed by ninth grade Principal Eric Smith who gave a short talk on the high school’s 9th grade Academy setup along with attendance and behavior requirements expected of all WCHS students. Supervising Principal of the High School Dr. Cathy Davis went over the graduation requirements that are mandated by the state department of education and the WCSD. Counselor Anna Mills went over the high school’s vast curriculum and freshman class offerings. She also went over iCAPs for each student’s individual success along with pathways to graduation. Colonel Alfred Donald spoke about the JRTOC program and its success rate. Wayne County head football coach Todd Mangum went over all the numerous sports and extracurricular activities offered at the high school. Mangum who is also associate Athletic Director also spoke on NCAA Eligibility Requirements expected of the 2019 graduates. For more information contact Anna Mills at 601-735-2851.

Black History Month
 
     Black History Month began on Sunday, February 1, 2015, and ends on Saturday, February 28, 2015.  Black History Month, also known as African-American History Month, is an annual observance in the United states, Canada, and the United Kingdom for remembrance of important people and events in the history of African-Americans.  This month will provide opportunities in the schools of Wayne County for special observances, events, and teaching about the positive contribution of African-Americans in our society.
The New Clara School Ribbon Cutting

After waiting for over two years, the faculty, staff, students and the Community of Clara opened the doors of the new Clara School.  The Ribbon Cutting Ceremony took place February 2, 2015 as member of the Wayne County Board of Education, Superintendent of Education Ben Graves along with many community leaders, elected officials, faculty members, staff, students, parents and former students and teachers looked on.  The Rev. Jesse Long opened the ceremonies with prayer followed by Principal Donna Hopkins who welcomed everyone and read a letter from the First Lady of Mississippi, Deborah Bryant.  Ben Graves and Robert Dean also spoke and thanked everyone for their patience and support over the last two years to make this day possible.  An Open House was held after the ceremony as hundreds toured the new Clara School.  Click on "Read More" to view the First Lady's Letter.

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.
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.

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!

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. 

2014 Homecoming Parade

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

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.  

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Waynesboro, MS 39367  

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