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Home-School Connection

Click below to access the current month's online Home-School Connection newsletter that includes tips and information for parents and educators to help improve student success.


OCTOBER 2014 (Spanish Edition)

Trojan Party--1 in 300 Chance to Win $5,000!!

Buy your $50 Trojan Party ticket for a 1 in 300 chance to win $5,000! The party will be November 8th at 6:00 PM at the WCHS Annex. See WCHS basketball players or call 270-635-3800 for tickets.

Click below for details:

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GPS Resources

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WC "All Day, Every Day" Attendance Initiative and Winner of the Month

A recent study shows that students who miss more school than their peers consistently score lower on standardized tests, regardless of their age, demographic group or where they live.

Improving student attendance is an essential, cost-effective but often overlooked strategy for school improvement, closing achievement gaps and ensuring all our students are on-track to learn and succeed.

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September, 2014

Way to go Sebree Elementary, September Attendance Winner of the Month for the second month in a row, with a 96.70% attendance rate!!! 

District Attendance Rate: 95.78%


1 WC Employee Recognition Form

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       Click to access nomination form

Career Development

Restraint and Seclusion Video Training

Click on "Enroll" to watch PBS Restraint and Seclusion Video.

After clicking on enroll you must register to watch video.


In an effort to make sure that all stakeholder groups have current and timely Webster County School District updates and information, we encourage you to join our 1WC text messaging group.

To receive 1WC news/information updates and alerts via text messaging simply text

@WebCo.1WC in the message box to the number 23559.  You will automatically start receiving 1WC district updates.

Program Review One Drive

PGES Resources



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"We Create Great Possibilities For Students"


To provide opportunities and accountable instruction so as to prepare students for productive careers and to foster practicable and responsible citizenship.


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     Happy Halloween My Pretty!!                                Peace Out Ghouls and Goblins!!

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                      Harley Dude Halloween!!  Now that's scary!

"1 WC" October 2014 Employees of the Month

Congratulations to Debra Ford, Central Office Administrative Secretary, and  Nancy Palmer, Providence Elementary Kindergarten Instructional Assistant, for being selected Webster County's "1 WC" Employees of the Month!!

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Left to right: Venita Murphy, BOE member, Nancy Palmer, Debra Ford, and Tim McCormick, BOE Member

Webster County Food Service #1 in State!

Webster County Food Service was awarded the 2014 USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) Best Practices Award on October 21st, 2014.  The USDA has been presenting this award for 21 years and Webster County is the first school district  from Kentucky to receive this award. Way to go Webster County Food Service!!! We are proud of you and your commitment of excellence to serve the students and staff of Webster County Schools!

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     From left: Sue Bartenfield, KDE; Deanna Tackett, KDE; Sean Manahan, USDA; Shane Bosaw, former Food Service Director;  Val Knight, current Food Service Director; and Kim Saalwaechter, WC Board Office.  (photo by Sebree Banner)

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Mary Kate Rakestraw Winner of State Poster Contest

Congratulations to Mary Kate Rakestraw, state winner in the Poster Contest for Public Service Recognition sponsored by the Kentucky Personnel Cabinet.!! Mary Kate was recognized at the Webster County Board of Education meeting on October 27th, 2014. This is the second year in a row that Mary Kate has won this contest!!  The posters were to be created around the theme, "Making a Difference Every Day in Every Way." There were 2,700 entries and three age groups (6-9, 10-13 and 14-18) with one winner chosen for each age group. Mary Kate was the 2014 winner in the 10-13 age group and the winner in the 6-9 year old age group last year.

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                             Mary Kate and Jeff Pettit, BOE Chairperson

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Supt. 2 Community Leadership Advisory Meeting

The second Supt2Community Leadership Advisory Meeting was held on October 15th, 2014 at the UK Extension Office with approximately 50 community and school leaders in attendance. The room was a sea of maroon with most people in attendance wearing their "maroon" to show support for the district's Maroon 5 initiative!

The agenda included a summary of the district's teaching and learning initiatives, a review of input from the July meeting, an identification of priority next steps and an introduction to the Webster County Kids to College scholarship opportunity. Community members and school leadership participated in a dialogue focused on continuous school/district improvement efforts.

Additionally, Dr. Yarbrough introduced Webster County's new READ 2 SUCCEED initiative. Dr. Yarbrough explained that improved reading scores are a major focus for our district. She encouraged those in attendance to sign up to volunteer at least one hour of their time per month to assist with literacy in a K-3 classroom. We are excited about the willingness of our community members to help us with this early literacy focus! Anyone interested in volunteering one hour per month in one of our elementary schools for the READ 2 SUCCEED, please contact Mary Powell, Community Educator at 270-667-7386  ext. 476 or e-mail her at: mary.powell@webster.kyschools.us

CHECK OUT KSBA'S 10-22-14 Webster County Supt2 Community NEWS ARTICLE 

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Webster County Schools is launching a new "Read2Succeed" initiative. We are committed to children exiting the 3rd grade reading at or above grade level. Currently, our children are not on track to meet this goal; therefore, we are shining a light on early literacy. Webster County Schools is encouraging community members to assist with volunteer hours in all of our elementary schools to help individual children in grades K-3 with reading skills. We would love for our community businesses/organizations to allow employees to volunteer one hour per month. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Mary Powell, Community Educator Liaison at 270-667-7386  ext. 476 or e-mail her at:


All volunteers must complete a volunteer Kentucky Crime Check and Ms. Powell can give you information on this.

WCHS Sophomore Designs Projects on Mobile Makerspace while in Vanderbilt Children's Hospital

For two weeks each year, high school sophomore Daryann Pryor, goes to Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt for a tune-up. She started visiting the hospital when she was 6 after she was first diagnosed with cystic fibrosis, a chronic lung disease.

But this visit is different because Pryor has something new and exciting in her room. For the duration of her stay, she can design projects on something called a Mobile Makerspace — the first one to ever be in a children’s hospital.

Pryor, who is 16, is already taking nursing classes at Webster County High School in Kentucky. By the end of the year, she will be certified in CPR. She says eventually she would like to be a nurse at Vanderbilt because she has always been inspired by the people who have helped her.

Read more about Daryann Pryor

Children's Book Illustrator Visits Clay School

Mark Wayne Adams, award-winning children's book illustrator, talked to all Clay students and was a feature speaker at a family night event on October 14th. He gave away books and drawings to students as prizes for asking good questions and following behavioral expectations. Mr. Adams, originally from Dawson Springs, now lives in the Orlando, Florida area where he has worked at Disney and SeaWorld. Mr. Adams has illustrated 42 picture books, won numerous awards and now owns his own company.  His website is: markwayneadams.com.

Data Day at WCHS

Data Day was held at WCHS on September 11, 2014. The WCHS Data Team was comprised of school and district administrators, a board member, and community resource personnel. Sophomore students met individually with a data mentor to review data folders that included the student's transcript, ILP, and assessments. Students and mentors discussed the student's college and career goals as well as their preparations for the PLAN assessment. All sophomore students will take the PLAN (pre-ACT) test on September 16th, 2014. 

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Professional Learning Day for Teachers

Webster County Teachers participated in a professional learning day that was focused on PGES (Professional Growth and Evaluation System) and SGG (Student Growth Goals) on September 29th, 2014 facilitated by KDE content specialists and Journeys Reading Program specialist.

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Independence Bank Sponsors WCMS Shirts

Wayne Hughes, President of Independence Bank, and the Independence Bank Board of Directors presented maroon t-shirts to all Webster County Middle School students and staff to commemorate the 2014 opening of the middle school. Thank you Independence Bank for your support of WC students and staff!!! We appreciate you!!

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WC is "Work Ready in Progress"

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Left to right: Donna Bumpus, Tim Roy, Dr. Rachel Yarbrough, Jim Townsend, Mary Powell, Mickey Dunbar and Tony Felker (photo by Sebree Banner)

Webster County kicked off its annual Work Ready event on August 22, 2014. Webster County earned it's "Work Ready in Progress" designation last December. The "Work Ready" designation allows counties, regions and states to highlight the qualifications of their workforce to potential employers. This designation also indicates to employers that Webster County is focused on meeting their needs. To become work ready the community must raise the number of residents who have received the National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC). This certification can be earned by taking three WorkKeys assessments that measure real world skills that are "key" to job success:

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Locating Information

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To schedule a testing appointment, contact: MCC Assessment Center @ 270-824-1702

For more information, visit the Webster County Work Ready website @ www.websterwins.org

Webster County Council of Councils Meets with BOE

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Webster County Schools' Council of Councils met with the Board of Education on September 8, 2014 in the Annex. The meeting was an opportunity for board members, students, council members, and school and district leadership to discuss district and school initiatives. Ideas for continuous improvement were shared by all participants. The Council of Councils' meeting was a great example of our "1WC" collaboration effort.

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Sebree Elementary Latina Dancers Perform at State Migrant Conference

The Sebree Latina Dancers were invited by Judy Littleton, KDE Migrant Director, to perform at the State Migrant Conference in Bowling Green on September 18, 2014. The students were also asked to present what college and career readiness means to them at a Student Round Table session.

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Congratulations Trojan Pride Band!

Congratulations to the Trojan Pride Band who competed in Owensboro September 20th and placed 1st in 2A and Best in Class in Percussion and Color Guard!!

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All Day: Cross Country--Region AA

WCHS Open Positions

WCHS has several positions open. If you know anyone

who would make a great addition to our staff, please encourage them to apply:

  • 2 Americorp positions
  • Guidance Secretary position
  • English Teacher
  • Math Teacher

KDE Website


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Congratulations WCHS student, Gilberto Joaquin!

WCHS student, Gilberto Joaquin was recognized at the Webster County Board of Education Meeting on October 27th, 2014, for his successful completion of the Instructional Access "Digital Literacy Computer Training Seminar."

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Left to right: Jeff Pettit, BOE Chair, Gilberto Joaquin and Sherrill Tanner, ESL/Migrant Coordinator


Keri Wright, WCHS graduate and FFA member, is featured on Murray State University's website home page. Keri is currently a Senior at Murray State University where she is majoring in Agri Science/Ag Business with an emphasis in crop production.

Click to see/hear Keri's story.


Everyone in the county is encouraged to wear maroon on the 5th, 15th and 25th of each month to show support for Webster County Schools.  Go 1WC!!


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Providence Food Bank is "1WC"!

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Clay Elementary is Winner of High Attendance Day

Congratulations to Clay Elementary for winning High Attendance Day with 98.59% attendance for September 18, 2014. A close second was Providence with 98.02%.  Awesome!!! Thanks for all you do "All Day, Every Day."

Congratulations to Hannah Buchanan, Distinguished Young Woman Winner

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Left to right 1st runner up, Meredith Harley; Winner,Hannah Buchanan; 2nd runner up Christian Papineau