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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).

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BES Donates to Flood Victims
Fun with Elements
BJH Dance Members Perform at USM
Grandparents' Day Luncheon

On Wednesday, September 7, Buckatunna's second grade students hosted their annual Grandparent's Day Luncheon. Second grade students invited their grandparents to share lunch and make memories. 

Classrooms Receive Donations Via "Donors Choose"
Geographical Shortage in Area School Districts Incentives
Back to School Bash

This year Buckatunna Elementary celebrated their Disney themed Back to School Bash on August 2, 2016 from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. with several Disney characters.

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.

Dance Team Attends Camp

The Buckatunna Junior High Dance Team recently attended camp with American All-Star. Team members learned the routines that they will perform throughout the year. 

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.

Back to School Bash

Buckatunna's annual Back to School Bash will be held on Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2016, from 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm. Parents and students are encouraged to attend. You and your child will be able to view the classroom list, schedule, and will be able to meet our faculty/staff and principals. Be sure to bring and drop off your child's school supplies. After meeting with teachers, please go by the storm shelter and hang out with the Disney characters. Our concession stand will be open if you'd like to purchase drinks and snacks.

Teacher Professional Development Schedule
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.



2016 - 2017 Registration for ALL Students

Buckatunna School will hold registration for ALL students in July.  Kindergarten students registering for the first time must attend with a parent. Parents of all students must bring two proofs of residency dated after July 1, 2016, as well as the names, addresses, and phone numbers for emergency contacts and checkouts. This registration is mandatory for all students who will attend Buckatunna School during the 2016-2017 school year, regardless of whether the student attended the previous year or not. Dates are as listed below (9 am - 3 pm):

July 18: Kindergarten - 2nd grade

July 19: 3rd - 5th grade

July 20: 6th - 8th grade


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.

Mrs. Gandy Attends Conference

Mrs. Gandy recently attended the Making Connections conference and is pictured with Dr. Harry and Rosemary Wong, the authors of the the book First Days of School.

Buckatunna Announces its Top Three Graduates

Congratulations to Buckatunna's Top Three Graduates for 2016. We are all very proud of these students and their accomplishments. Pictured left to right are the 2016 Valedictorian, Salutatorian, and Historian. 

Kindergarten Hosts Mother's Day Luncheon

The Kindergarten classes at Buckatunna Elementary celebrated Mother's Day with a luncheon on Wednesday, May 4, 2016. Both the students and the mothers enjoyed this special time together. 


Third Graders Meet Ella the Husky

Third grade students at Buckatunna recently read passages about Alaska and Alaskan Huskies, which are often used as sled dogs. Jut Jenkins, Mrs. Dawn Jenkin's son, brought his Alaskan Husky, Ella, to meet the third graders and to help them learn more about this unique dog breed. 

Seventh and Eighth Graders Attend Technology Fair

Buckatunna's 7th and 8th Grade students participated in a Technology Fair at The Wayne County Career and Technical Center.  The students pictured won in their specific division. 

Eighth Graders Visit Careers Expo

Buckatunna's 8th grade students attended the Passport to Careers Expo in Jackson, MS at the beginning of March.  Appropriately 1,400 students from across the state of Ms attended this event.  

GAT Students Visit the MS Coast

On Friday February 19, 2016 Buckatunna STRETCH 5th-8th Grade visited Ocean Springs and Biloxi, Mississippi for their field trip.  

"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.
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.

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.  

Buckatunna Hosts District Spelling Bee

Buckatunna School recently hosted the District Spelling Bee with a Mardi Gras theme. Several students from Buckatunna participated. The top three students were students from Waynesboro Middle School. Congratulations to all students who participated on a job well done!

Fourth Graders Study Phases of Moon

Students in Mrs. Beard's fourth grade science class recently completed their studies on the phases of the moon. Students created models of the phases using chocolate sandwich cookies.

Buckatunna Students Participate in District Reading Fair

Several Buckatunna students participated in the recent Wayne County District Reading Fair. Our school was very well represented, as many of those participating brought home first, second, and third place ribbons. Congratulations to all of those involved. 

Fifth Graders Visit Vo-Tech

Fifth grade students recently toured the Wayne County Vo-Tech and were able to see how math really matters in our everyday life. 

Fifth Graders Complete Area Study with Art Project

Students in Mrs. Gina Mills' fifth grade math class recently completed a study on area by creating art using rectangles.

Fourth Graders Study the Human Body

Students in Mrs. Beard's 4th grade science class have been learning about the different systems of the human body. The students participated in several activities to gain a more hands-on unerstanding of how the body works. 


On October 30, students in grades K-4 enjoyed dressing up and collecting treats during Buckatunna's annual Trunk-or-Treat. 

Students of the Month Recognized for August and September

Students of the Month for August and September were recently recognized and rewarded with medals and a pizza party. The students were chosen for demonstrating responsibility in August and respect in September. We are very proud of these students! Click to see a list of the students who received these awards.

Students Learn about Hunter Safety

The seventh grade class of Buckatunna School enjoyed participating in the Mississippi Hunters' Ed program. This course is offered every year to this age group of students at Buckatunna School in the requirement of state laws in preparing for Youth Hunting Day and their future hunting license. 

Spelling Bee

Buckatunna School held its annual Spelling Bee on October 23. The winners are pictured below.


Blood Drive

Buckatunna School will hold it's annual blood drive on Tuesday, October 27, from 2:30 - 6:30 pm. Please come out and be a hero!

Jr. High Baseball Tryouts 
Third Grade Hosts Christmas Breakfast

On Monday December 7, 2015  the 3rd grade students at Buckatunna had a Pajama breakfast with their parents.  The students and parents enjoyed breakfast along with hot cocoa, coffee, and other treats.  

Beta Brings Holiday Cheer

Buckatunna Beta members traveled to Brookwood Villa on December 1 to sing Christmas carols to the residents. 

Eighth Graders Graph Functions

Mrs. Griggs' 8th grade Pre-Algebra students completed a threading project where they had to graph a  function after studying linear and non-linear functions. 

Seventh Graders Demonstrate Knowledge in Unique Fashion

Buckatunna 7th Graders have been studying equations and inequalities.  To reinforce these skills, Mrs. Griggs assigned a project where students were to create a December calendar.  

Kindergartners Attend Field Trip

Mrs. Jaime Crager and Mrs. Lane Havard’s kindergarten classes traveled to Waynesboro on December 3, 2015.

Science Fair Winners

Buckatunna recently held it's annual science fair. Click to see photos of the winners.

Beta Students Stay Busy

Students in Buckatunna's Jr. Beta Club have been busy with many activities over the past few weeks.


Third Graders Enjoy Field Trip

Buckatunna’s third graders ventured to the Waynesboro Library on November 5, 2015. Students participated in a simulated theater experience by viewing “Muppets Most Wanted.”  Students ended their field trip with lunch at the park.