Buckatunna School News
WCSD Community night

WCSD Community Night

Monday, August 31, 2015
Location: WCHS Commons
Door prizes will be given and light
refreshments will be served.
Sixth Graders get Interactive in Reading Literature

Students in Mrs. Maggie Kittrell’s 6th grade class worked in pairs to construct the first two activities in their interactive notebooks for reading literature. 

Back to School Luau

Students at Buckatunna School kicked off this school year with a Back to School Luau on Aug. 3. Students at Buckatunna School kicked off this school year with a Back to School Luau. 

LBPA 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.

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. 


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.

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!

Back to School

Buckatunna School Parents: The office will re-open on Monday, July 27. Any parent that needs to register a first time student may come by between the hours of 8-3. We will be mailing letters about our Back to School Bash the first of the week. Letters will be mailed to the address that we have on file. If this has changed, please notify the office on Monday.


Buckatunna's Homecoming will be held Thursday, September 24, 2015. The Homecoming Court will be introduced at 5:30 pm and the game will begin at 6:00. Please come out and support our Buccs!

Athletic Reunion to be Held

A Buckatunna High School and Middle School Alumni Reunion will be held on the evening of Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2015, during our halftime activities. A reception will be held in the storm shelter at 4:30 and the game begins at 5:00. This is for ALL past and present athletes, cheerleaders, dance team members, band members, and coaches. We are excited to be a Buccaneer and would love for you to join us on this day of remembrance. Please call us and let us know you can come and be a part of our special day. 

Pecan Festival Coloring Contest Winners

Two students from Buckatunna Elementary were selected as winners in the 2015 Pecan Festival Coloring Contest Winners. Congratulations to these students on a job well done!

Mr. and Miss BJH

Congratulations to our 2015 Mr. and Miss BJH!

2015 - 2016 Supply List

Click to see this year's class supply list for each grade. 

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.

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.

2015-2016 District Calendar

2015-2016 District Calendar

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. 

See You At the Pole

On Wednesday, September 23, many of Buckatunna's 5-8 grade students participated in "See You at the Pole". 

BJH Dancers Perform at MSU Game

Two Buckatunna Jr. High Dance Team members performed with UDA during halftime at the Mississippi State University football game on September 19. These students represented our school very well, and we are very proud of them!


WCSD Technology PD Day August 3, 2015 (Morning)

There will be 2 Technology training sessions for certified educators held on August 3, 2015.
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.
Third Graders Study Digestion

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

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.  

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. 

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.

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

4H Representative Visits 2nd Grade GAT

On Monday September 14, 2015 Mrs. Crocker with the Wayne County 4-H Mississippi State Extension Office visited the Buckatunna 2nd Grade STRETCH class.  

Firewise Program

Representatives from the Wayne County Extension Office visited with 4th and 5th grade students at Buckatunna. They presented the Firewise Program and taught students about preventing wildfires. 

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. 

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.  


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 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. 

Fourth Graders Study Plant Reproduction

Mrs. Beard's fourth grade science students have been learning about how plants grow and reproduce. Students planted lima beans to observe the germination process. 

Pre-Algebra Students Participate in Scavenger Hunt

Mrs. Griggs 8th grade pre-algebra students completed a scavenger hunt to reinforce multiple step equations. The 5th period winners are pictured. 

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. 

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. 

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).

4th Graders Use their Brains

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

Students Explore Labor Day

Mrs. Gandy's students explored the history of Labor Day and made connections from the historical viewpoints of others about the holiday to a selection in the PH Literature book.

4-H Representative Visits STRETCH Classes

4-H representative Lanette Crocker recently made her annual visit to the Buckatunna STRETCH program.  

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.  

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.

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.   

Second Graders Celebrate Grandparents' Day with Luncheon

Buckatunna's second graders recently hosted a special luncheon in honor or Grandparents Day.

Buckatunna Participates in Community Night

Buckatunna participated in the third annual Community Night at WCHS on Aug. 31.  The theme for the 2015-2016 is "Riding the Waves of Success".  

Students Rewarded

These students in Mrs. Gina Mills' class followed correct group procedures without being told. They were rewarded with a homework pass. Great job guys!

BJH Cheerleaders Attend Camp

Over the summer the BJH cheerleaders attended UCA camp in Gulf Shores, AL. 

Dance Team Attends Camp

The Buckatunna Jr. High Dance Team recently attended dance camp with American All-Star, Inc. 

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Buckatunna School
11 Mt. Zion Rd
Bucktunna, MS 39322  

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