The 2023 WCS Summer Exploration Camps have been great! We are thankful for our incredible staff who go above and beyond to make these camps exciting and engaging for their students. Learning and making memories is a great way to spend a summer day!
Dunlow Elementary Principal Kim Mills created an easy to navigate calendar for the 2023-2024 school year! Early release days, grading periods, spring break, etc. are all on this calendar. We hope everyone is enjoying summer break!
WCS Summer Exploration Camps are in full swing in several schools across the county. This week, students at Genoa Elementary are learning about our wonderful state! Students are exploring Mountain State Heritage, using KWL charts to share what they already know about West Virginia, and digging in the garden to plant flowers! The students are having a great time and learning along they way!
Wayne County teachers have returned to the classroom to be active learners! Over 190 Wayne County teachers participated in professional learning last week at the WCS Summer Academies. Teachers engaged in sessions on writing, foundational literacy, early number concepts, early geometric concepts, as well as statistics and probability. Thank you to all WCS teachers and staff for making last week's summer academy a success!
The West Virginia School Building Authority is awarding Wayne County Schools $1 million for the Wayne Elementary School PreK Classrooms addition project. The district is using local monies to fund the remaining $500,000. This project is going to move the existing Wayne Elementary PreK Classrooms from its current site to the main WES building. Having all WES staff and students in one building provides additional safety, allows all teachers to collaborate with each other, and ends the need to deliver meals from the main WES building to the Prek site. “I appreciate the SBA seeing the value and importance of this project,” said Wayne County Schools Superintendent Todd Alexander. “The SBA’s ongoing support of WCS projects has been vital to allow the district to complete a number of safety upgrades and building renovations at several schools in the district.” WCS is looking forward to having our youngest Pioneers join their counterparts at WES.
Starting TODAY, June 12th! The Wayne County/Valley Health School Base Centers are open two days a week at WHS and SVHS. The clinics are offering, child well visits, immunizations for upcoming 7th and 12th grade students, sports physicals, and other healthcare needs. The clinic is also providing a behavioral health therapist during their summer hours. The WVSSAC Sports Physical Form and Valley Health Consent Form are below, and they are also up on the WCS Website. Hours for both sites 👇👇 Clinical Hours Spring Valley High School: Tuesday, 7:30 -3:30 Wayne High School: Wednesday, 7:30 to 3:30 Behavioral Health Hours Wayne High: Monday and Wednesday, 7:30 to 3:30 Spring Valley High: Tuesday and Thursday, 7:30 – 3:30 To get in touch with the school health center, please call 304-429-1764.
We are looking forward to the return of the WCS Summer Feeding Program. The dates, times, and locations to all program sites are listed in the pictures below. You can also find these lists on our website by clicking on Menu then School Menus. See you this summer!
Check out this creative lesson at Dunlow Elementary. Students are working on the letter T by tie-dying shirts. Way to go, DES!
Three WCS Students earned statewide recognition for placing in the 2023 WV Young Writers Competition. Daylen Stuteville, LES - 1st Place, My Dog, My Best Friend (3-4 Grade category) Alissa Davis, SVHS - 2nd Place, Barn Rats (11-12 Grade category) Brimlee Preston, WES - 2nd Place, Down by the Creek (1-2 Grade category) Only 18 students place in the statewide contest and WCS has three students in the top 18. Congratulations Daylen, Alissa, and Brimlee! Students who placed first in the county level WV Young Writers Competition were also honored in Charleston on WV Young Writers Day. Brimlee Preston (WES) Daylen Stuteville (LES) Cole McComas (WMS) Kali Gilkerson (WMS) Sandra Dalton (WHS) Alissa Davis (SVHS). This is a wonderful honor for our students and schools. Well done and congratulations once again!
What subject do you think Mr. Decker teaches at CK Elementary and what made you say art? Mr. Decker is putting together this amazing backdrop for the school's 5th Grade Graduation Ceremony. Thank you for helping students create memories Mr. Decker! WCS is fortunate to have staff in every school who go above and beyond for their students.
Looking for something to do this summer? It is never too early to get started on your giant pumpkin! The Kenova Pumpkin House is calling all students (Pk-12) in West Virginia to start preparing for the 2023 Giant Pumpkin Contest. Submissions are due October 21st, 2023. The registration from is down below. For the official contest rules and more info on the contest --> https://gfsodafountain.com/pumpkinhouse/giant-pumpkin-contest/
Buffalo Elementary School Students took a trip to Charleston today to see the Dirty Birds in action. There were a few home runs, great in game entertainment, and of course delicious food. The home team came up one run short, but the students had a blast! Thank you Dirty Birds for having us, until next time!
This is the second school year The Wayne County Pledge Scholarship has been available for WCS 8th Graders. At last night's WCSBOE meeting, 25 8th grade students received the $1,000 scholarship. This money can be used to further their education after high school. Congratulations to this year's 8th grade recipients, you earned this scholarship. WCS would also like to thank the Michael and Katherine Lewis Foundation for funding The Wayne County Pledge!
It's graduation week! Tolsia High School kicks off graduation this Friday at 7:00 at the school. The Wayne High School Commencement begins this Saturday at 10:00 and Spring Valley High School Seniors finish out the weekend at 2:00. Both ceremonies on Saturday are being held at the Mountain Health Arena! We are looking forward to celebrating our seniors and their families this weekend. Congratulations 2023 WCS Graduates!
Wayne Middle School finished in 2nd Place in the West Virginia Learning.com Spring Keyboarding Contest! WMS students have been using keyboarding lessons on Learning.com to master the art of typing. WMS students averaged 37 words per minute and had a 92-percent accuracy rate! Being able to type proficiently is a skill students can use the rest of their lives! Congratulations on a job well done, WMS!
This past Thursday Spring Valley HS had the pleasure of hosting the first Wayne County Family Engagement Workshop since the pandemic. Topics included "The Importance of Family Engagement in Schools" and "Signs of Substance Abuse Informational Presentation". Thank you to our speakers Nancy Cline and Micki Irvin for sharing some of your expertise with the families of our students!
Wayne Middle School Update: This is a message from Wayne County Schools. This morning a staff member found bullets in one of the school’s toilets. WMS’ administration notified the School Resource Officer who placed the school in a precautionary lock down. The Wayne County Sheriff’s Department brought in additional officers to conduct a search of the premises and any individual who had access to the specific restroom. The investigation determined there was no threat to the school, students, or staff. The lockdown was lifted at 11:57 and school is back to normal operation. Wayne County Schools would like to thank the Wayne County Sheriff’s Department for their quick and thorough response to the matter. Original Message: This is a message from Wayne County Schools. Wayne Middle School is under a precautionary lockdown due to a law enforcement investigation at the school. All students are fine. This is being done as a precaution. We will notify you once the precautionary lockdown is lifted. Thank you.
3rd Grade Students from Wayne Elementary School were recently invited to the Governor’s Mansion for a picnic held by First Lady Cathy Justice. The WES students helped the First Lady kick off her “Paws” for Reading Campaign. This campaign helps students maintain their reading skills by encouraging them to continue reading books during the summer break. The First Lady read two books to the students while they ate “Pupperoni” Rolls for lunch. Afterwords, the students had a scavenger hunt at the Governor’s Mansion! The students had a fantastic time, thank you for the invite First Lady Justice! And yes, Winne, the WES therapy dog, made the trip as well.
The 6th Annual Wayne County Schools (WCS) Family Engagement Academy is tomorrow, May 18th, from 10:00-12:00 at Spring Valley High School! All parents/guardians with students in WCS are encouraged to attend. Speakers are going to talk about signs of substance abuse and the importance of family engagement. We hope to see you there!
226 8th grade students from all over West Virginia have earned the right to become a Knight of The Golden Horseshoe Society. Five of those students are from Wayne County! Their Knighting Ceremony is scheduled for 9:00 a.m. on June 13th at the WV Culture Center. Congratulations to Julia, Alexa, Isabella, Hunter, and Trenton on this tremendous honor!