Buckatunna School News
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 whether or not parents or guardians have lived in the same residence for previous years. Click here for more info

Buckatunna to Hold Blood Drive

Buckatunna will hold its annual blood drive on Tuesday, April 14, 2015. The blood drive will be held from 2:00 pm - 6:15 pm in the storm shelter. Please help us save lives by taking a little time from your day to donate. You can be a hero, too!

Picture Day
Photos for 8th grade "Who's Who" will be taken on Friday, March 27, at 1:00 pm.
Photos for class favorites and class officers will be taken on Wednesday, April 1, at 8:30 am. All students involved should dress accordingly. 
Third Graders Explore the Exploreum

Third grade students visited the Exploreum and IMAX Theater in Mobile, Alabama on March 3rd before Spring Break.

BES Celebrates "Read Across America "

During the week of March 2-6, Buckatunna Elementary students celebrated "Read Across America".

Elementary STRETCH Students Visit Gulfport

STRETCH students in 2nd through 4th grade visited Gulfport on a recent field trip.

Junior HIgh STRETCH Students Enjoy Field Trip

Fifth through eighth grade STRETCH students recently enjoyed a field trip to Hattiesburg. 

Students Enjoy Valentine's Luncheon with Family

On Wednesday, February 11, students in the fourth grade invited their families to join them for a Valentine's Luncheon. 

The Dogs are Coming to School

Children’s book author David M. Sargent Jr. will be visiting BES on January 28 to speak about the importance of reading and writing. He will bring along some of his furry friends. Sargent's books will be available for purchase during the program. Click to read more. 

 

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

4H Representative Visits STRETCH

Every year the Wayne County 4-H representative, Mrs. Crocker, visits the STRETCH program at Buckatunna School.  She works with the kids to promote the 4-H program by teaching them a new craft or skill. Click to read more.

Looking for Past Homecoming Queens of WCHS
Looking for past Homecoming Queens of WCHS...
 
If you are a past HC Queen of WCHS and would like to take part in a special program at pregame on Friday night before Wingfield game contact
 
Amy Pruitt or Mrs. Nelson601-735-6332... 
The 1989 WCHS Football Team to be Honored.

Wayne County High School will honor the 1989 football team along with the 1990 and 1994 graduating classes on September 19.  The 1989 football team was the first in the school’s history. The 1990 class was the first graduating class in school history and will be celebrating its 25th reunion while the 1994 class was the first class to go all four years to WCHS and will be celebrating its 20th reunion.

 

A reception will be held in the WCHS Cafeteria from 5:30 p.m. to 6:40 p.m. before honorees head to the stadium to watch the War Eagles’ kickoff at 7 p.m. against Gulfport.

PTO Meeting and Parent Portal Training

Buckatunna School will hold its first PTO meeting in the cafeteria on Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014 at 6:00 pm. All parents are encouraged to attend this meeting and become an active member. 

Immediately following the meeting, training for the Parent Portal System will take place. Parent Portal is an internet based program through which parents can have up-to-date access on their childrens' grades and attendance records.

We hope to see you there!

Buckatunna School Receives Donations

Buckatunna School recently received donations from local companies and organizations. Click to read more. 

  

        $1,000 Walmart Grant                     School Supplies Donation

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

Back to School Bash

Buckatunna's annual Back to School Bash will be held Monday, Aug. 4, 2014, from 6:00 - 8:00 pm. Parents and students may visit the classrooms, meet teachers, drop off supplies, and enjoy family fun time. We hope to see you there!

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.
The faculty and staff at Buckatunna School would like to wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Fourth Grade Enjoys Tasty Activity

Students in Mrs. Beard's 4th grade science class have been learning about objects in outer space and how they move. After learning about the phases of the moon, students created models of the phases using sandwhich cookies. 

Yearbooks on Sale

Sales for the 2014-2015 Buckatunna Buccaneer yearbook are currently taking place. Students can order a copy of this treasured keepsake for only $35. This full-color yearbook is packed full of memories that your student will cherish. Orders can be returned to your child's teacher or placed online at www.jostens.com. The deadline to order is Friday, May 8. Don't miss your chance!

2015 Top Three Announced

Congratulations to Buckatunna's top three graduating 8th graders for 2015. We are very proud of these students' accomplishments!

Mr. and Miss BJH

Congratulations to our 2015 Mr. and Miss BJH!

Buckatunna Holds its Annual Christmas Program

Buckatunna held its annual Christmas program on Thursday, December 11. Students from every grade level entertained parents and other guests with a variety of Chirstmas classics, as well as a few new tunes. 

Wayne County Reading Fair

Buckatunna School recently hosted the Wayne County School District Reading Fair. Students representing each elementary and junior high school in the district entered their projects in the reading fair. Click to see the results. 

ICT Students Participate in "Hour of Code"

The students in Mrs. Thompson’s ICT I and II classes participated in an Hour of Code during Computer Science Education Week, December 8 – 14. Click to read more.

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.  

Cheer and Dance Fare Well at the Fair

Buckatunna's Tiny-Mite Cheerleaders, Pee Wee Cheerleaders, and Blue Angels Dance Team recently competed in a competition held at the Wayne County Fair. Each team represented the school well and brought home trophies to prove it! Click to read more.

First Graders Release Butterflies

Buckatunna's first graders have been studying the life cycle of a butterfly. The students were able to witness butterflies in the various stages of their life cycle. They have watched as five butterflies grew from caterpillars. On May 12, the students took their butterflies outside and released them. 

Fourth Graders Go Green

Students in Mrs. Beard's 4th grade science class have been learning all about plants. Students completed their studies by dissecting beans to examine the parts of the seed and then planting their own beans. They will continue to observe as their beans sprout and turn into plants.  

Third Graders Study Arachnids
After a study on spiders (Arachnids), third grade students in Mrs. Jenkin's science class completed several fun and creative activities. Click to read more.
 
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.
Third Graders Study Digestion

Mrs. Dawn Jenkins' 3rd grade class recently finished up a dynamic unit on the digestive system. Click to read more. 

First Grade Hosts Thanksgiving Luncheon

The first grade classes recently hosted a Thanksgiving luncheon in the school cafeteria. Parents and family were invited to enjoy a delicious Thanksgiving meal including turkey, dressing, sweet potatoes, and more. The students and parents had a wonderful time and made plenty of lasting memories.

Creepy, Crawly Science

Students in Mrs. Beard's 4th grade science class have been studying insects and metamorphosis. One of the insects the class studied was the mealworm, which is the larva form of the darkling beetle. The lesson turned hands-on as students conducted experiments to test the preferences of live mealworms. Many students put aside their fears as they got to know these tiny creatures better. 

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.  

 

Kindergartners Visit WC Learning Center

Kindergarten students in Mrs. J. Crager's and Mrs. D. Lassiter's classes recently visited the Wayne County Learning Center. Click to read more. 

Beta Club Hosts Spooky Event

Buckatunna Beta Club members jumped at the opportunity to "dress up" and give out candy to K-4 students at the annual Trunk-or-Treat. Click to read more. 

Math Team Wins Second Place in District Math Bowl

Congratulations to the Buckatunna Math Team! These students competed in the Wayne County Math Bowl on Tuesday, April 14. The team placed second in the district. We are very proud of their hard work and of their wonderful representation of our school. 

Beta Students Attend Convention

Several Buckatunna BETA Club students attended the state BETA convention this year. The trip was a successful one, with each student  participating in a competition of his/her own choice. 

Tiny-Mites Entertain WCHS Basketball Fans

Buckatunna's tiny-mite cheerleaders gave a stellar performance at the WCHS basketball game on Nov. 18. Click to see more photos. 

4th Graders Use their Brains

Students in Mrs. Beard's 4th grade science class are learning about the human body. Click to read more. 

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).

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.

A Peek into the Rainforest

Fourth grade students recently completed a science unit on the rainforest. Students created displays to show the types of plants and animals that live in a rainforest habitat. Click to read more.  

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.

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.   

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Buckatunna School
11 Mt. Zion Rd
Bucktunna, MS 39322  

Phone: (601) 648-2501 
Fax: (601) 648-2519
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