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LPC Public Forum #2

The Webster County LPC will hold a Public Forum on Thursday, June 11th, at 5:30 in the WCHS Media Center and hold a regular LPC Committee thereafter. The LPC will convene a Public Forum to solicit public comment on the proposed District Facilities Plan. The Local Planning Committee and the Public Forum are scheduled in accordance with KRS 157.620 and regulated by KAR 1:001

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.

May 2015 (English)

May 2015 (Spanish)

New ATC Pathways for Fall 2015

ATTENTION JUNIORS—VERY IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT-- Webster County ATC and Madisonville Community College are offering a new Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) career pathway beginning fall 2015.  EMT’s are trained to respond quickly to emergency situations regarding medical issues, traumatic injuries and accident scenes.  If interested please see Mrs. Brown or Mr. Garrity at the technology center ASAP.  Applications are being accepted now. ATTENTION UNDERCLASSMEN—Webster County ATC and MCC are offering a new Medical Office career pathway beginning fall 2015.  The Medical Office field provides a student with training to obtain a position in a medical facility without direct patient care.  This pathway ties directly into MCC’s Medical Information Technology program.  Upon completing the MCC program, students could work as a Medical Office Manager, Medical Administrative Assistant, Medical Coder, Medical Scribe, or as an Electronic Medical Records Professional.  If interested please see Mrs. Baker or Mr. Garrity at the technology center ASAP.

Free Sports Physicals 
Saturday, May 9th, at 10:30 at Sports Med in Madisonville; 
May 21-23 and May 26-28 rom 3-5 pm at Madisonville Pediatrics

Any current 6th-11th grade student (next year’s 7th-12th grade students) who plan to participate in athletics (cross country, golf, soccer, football, volleyball, cheer, archery, basketball, baseball, softball, track and tennis) at the high school level must have a current physical. Physical must be on the new form. Contact Matt Bell, Athletic Director, for forms or more information.

Kindergarten Registration

Kindergarten registration will be March 23-27 from 9-2 at each school.

Kindergarten Roundup nights will be April 21 & May 12 from 6-7 at each school.

Kindergarten Jumpstart will be July 28 from 9-11:30 at each school.

 Click below for more kindergarten information:

Kaleb Byrum and Kaleigh Wood Selected for 2015 Governors' Scholar Program

Congratulations to Kaleb Byrum and Kaleigh Wood for being selected to participate in the 2015 Governors' Scholar Program. The pair were recognized at the April 27th Webster County Board of Education meeting. 

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Kaleb Byrum and Tim McCormick, BOE Member (Kayleigh Wood was not present at the meeting)

4-H Drama Club Presents the Wizard of Oz

The 4-H Drama Club sponsored by the UK Extension Office and under the direction of Beverly Martin and Heather Hensley is presenting its spring production, the Wizard of Oz, at all of our elementary schools on 4/23-24, and they will give a special performance at the Annex at 6:00 PM on 4/25/15. You don't want to miss this one. It is fantastic!! Congratulations to all of the Oz cast comprised of 3rd-6th grade students from all of our elementary schools and to the adults who worked on this production!!  Special thanks to the directors, Beverly Martin and Heather Hensley, and to Wade Raymer, UK Extension Office Director, and Kevin Ranes for their assistance with this production.  

Wizard of Oz Presented by 4-H Drama Club Slideshow 4/23/15

Supt2Community Photos

ATC Students Earn Awards at KY Skills USA Competition

Congratulations Track Team!!

The Track Team brought home four state championships at the Kentucky Indoor Class AA Track meet held at Mason County. Trevor Cole claimed the championship title in the 1600 meter run and set a new school record finishing first in the 800 meter. Mitchael Shelton won the state title in the 300 meter and the 4 X 800 meter relay team of Robert Daugherty, Trevor Cole, Mitchael Shelton and Ronin Periard also claimed the state title.

GPS Resources

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PGES Teacher Newsletter


**Flu Tips:

Complete information about the flu and how to contain and manage it is available at www.flu.gov and at www.cdc.gov/flu/. Additionally, district and school leaders, teachers, students, and others are reminded to:

·    Wash hands often with soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizer;

·     Avoid touching eyes, nose, or mouth;

·     Avoid close contact with those who are already sick;

·     Get plenty of sleep;

·     Eat healthy food and drink plenty of fluids;

·     Cover your nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing with a tissue or the crook of your arm; and

·     Stay home if ill for at least 24 hours after fever is gone.

*E-Cigarettes  Research

*Exercise and  Grades

*Brain Foods

*Music's Positive   Effect

Annex Stage Gets Fresh Look

The Webster County Maintenance Department replaced the worn Annex stage backdrop curtains. The Annex stage is used for many school and community functions and a fresh, clean appearance was badly needed.

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Thank You Celebrations 2014

District Administrators visited all Webster County Schools on November 24th and 25th to thank all employees for all they do for the students of Webster County. District administrators took a "thank you" cake to each school, the maintenance and technology department, central office and the bus garage and personally thanked all employees.

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Webster County Youth Leadership Council Attends Conference

The Webster County Youth Leadership Council was one of nine high schools to attend the 23rd annual Teen Leadership Conference held at  Mount Saint Joseph on November 21-22. The conference was hosted by the River Valley Behavioral Health and its Regional Prevention Center along with our Region's Local Agency for Substance Abuse Policy Boards. The training was focused on prescription drug abuse, underage drinking, tobacco and marijuana use.

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Dixon Elementary Celebrates Veteran's Day

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Webster County High School Celebrates Veterans' Day

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Chip Palmer. 1979 WCHS graduate, was the guest speaker at the WCHS Veterans' Day Assembly. He is a retired Army First Sergeant (E-8).  He is Gulf War Veteran who served for almost twenty-eight years in the US Army Reserves.  In April 2008, MSG Palmer finished a 2-year tour at Ft. Benning, Georgia.  He held numerous job specialties in the Army including service as a drill sergeant for seven (7) years and five years as the First Sergeant for Charlie Company 1st Battalion, 398th Infantry Regiment, Owensboro, KY.

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

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April 2015

Way to go Sebree Elementary, April Attendance 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.

Career Development

Career Tech Education

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

WCHS College Application Week Nov. 17-21

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"1WC" Employee Nomination Form

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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.

"1WC" Employees of the Year

Congratulations to Amy Hill and Kevin Ranes on being selected "1WC" Employees of the Year. They were recognized at our WC Red Carpet Closing Day on June 1st.

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Dr. Yarbrough Announces WCHS is Recipient of 21st Century Learning Center Grant

Dr. Yarbrough was notified on May 11th that our district received the 2015 21st Century Learning Center Grant for WCHS. This grant will support the new WCHS CAPSTONE LEARNING CENTER and will provide a total of $690,000.00 over a five year time period for enrichment, tutoring, STEM activities and other great learning experiences before and after school for our WCHS students. Written into this grant are opportunities like a Student Technology Leadership Program (STLP), Robotics Team, Aerospace Club, LEADERSHIP WCHS,  and other art/drama experiences.  We will also be able to provide transportation for students who participate in the afterschool opportunities once again!!!  KUDOS to Rhonda Callaway and Carolyn Sholar for working with me to write this important grant for WCHS students. The Webster County School District has been the recipient of 7 grants this school year totaling $1,710,600.00!!

​"1WC" May 2015 Employees of the Month

Congratulations to Nita Johnson, Dixon Instructional Coach, and Lori Gonzalez, Sebree teacher, for being selected Webster County's May 2015 "1 WC" Employees of the Month!!

L to R: Mickey Dunbar, BOE Member, Nita Johnson and Lori Gonzalez, Leland Steely, BOE Member


Mickey Dunbar has been serving as a Read2Succeed community volunteer at Sebree Elementary this school year. He leads and participates in instructional reading activities in Mrs. Morck's 1st grade class every Monday.


Mary Kate Rakestraw National Breakfast Week Art Contest Winner

Congratulations to Mary Kate Rakestraw for winning the National School Breakfast Week art contest.!! She was also the winner of the state contest. The National contest has a prize package and the State prize is $100. Way to go Mary Kate!!!  Mary Kate was recognized at the April 27th Webster County Board of Education Meeting.

Mary Kate and Jeff Pettit, BOE Chairperson   Mary Kate's winning art entry


Update: Our china travelers returned home from China on Friday, May 1st. We welcomed them back to work with a breakfast on Monday, May 4th. They shared many of their experiences and photos.  

Mrs. Georgiann McCord and Mrs. Rhonda Callaway received a send off at work on Friday, Apr. 17th, for their 12 day all expenses paid trip to China. The ladies travel to Lexington, KY Saturday, Apr. 18th, and their flight leaves Sunday, Apr. 19th, at 6:00 AM. They will travel from Lexington to Detroit, Detroit to Chicago and Chicago to Shanghai. While in China they will visit schools and historic sites in Shanghai, Xi'An and Beijing. We wish them good luck and safe travels. The pair will be traveling with a team organized by the Kentucky Department of Education to visit schools in China as part of our global competency initiative.

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Follow our China Travelers

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Click HERE to follow Mrs. McCord and Mrs. Callaway's daily travel blog.

China Travelers Slideshow (Wait a Minute for it to Load)

District Receives Utilities Rebate Check

The Webster County Board of Education partnered with Harshaw Trane three years ago to kick off a long-term project with energy service providers. The goal was to reduce the district's energy usage and maintain better day to day operating costs. Harshaw Trane representatives presented project information to the board at its April 27th Board of Education meeting. The project has been a success and David Huff, Kentucky Utilities Director of Energy Efficiency, presented the board with a commercial rebate check in the amount of $34,349 to help offset costs for making energy efficient improvements. 

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Council of Councils Meeting Provides Opportunity for Collaboration

The Webster County Board of Education hosted a Council of Councils meeting at their work session on April 13th. All district SBDM councils and student representatives from each school attended the meeting. Dr. Yarbrough and district administrators facilitated the session and provided a Year in Review update, discussed initiatives for the 2015-16 school year that includes a Digital Learning and Bring Your Own Technology Plan, and provided participants with an opportunity to identify positives as well as next steps for Webster County Schools.

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Webster County elementary schools and middle school received a Global Education/World Language grant in the fall of 2014. Each elementary and middle school received $15,000 to be used to implement global education curriculum in their schools. As part of the state's global education initiative, two district administrators were invited to participate in a free KDE sponsored educational trip to China in April 2015. Mrs. McCord and Mrs. Callaway will be traveling with a contingency of educators to Shanghai, Bejing and Xi'an, China. The purpose of the trip is to visit schools in China to receive and share ideas as well as to bring back ideas for our global education curriculum. The schools decided to use their trip to China as a way to officially "kick off" their global education initiatives. Students studied China and prepared Chinese travel tips, decorations, food, dance, music and powerpoints on Chinese facts and sites to see.

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Congratulations Sebree Academic Team!

The Board of Education recognized the Sebree Academic Team at the board meeting on March 23, 2015. The Sebree Elementary Academic Team competed in the District Governor's Cup in Calhoun, KY on February 28, 2015. The team placed 1st in Quick Recall and 2nd overall in the district. The team also won the district and region Sportsmanship Award.


Front row L to R: Jaxen Miller, Hunter Cates, Coleton Tompkins, Raygan Ranes, Neveah Jepsen.Back row L to R: Alex Buckman, Oscar Castro, Reid Davenport, Sebastion D'Orazi. (Not pictured Jairo Mateo, Matthew Dickens) Also pictured are Leland Steely, BOE Member, and Kevin Ranes.

Clay School Embraces Global Education and is Featured in the Kentucky Teacher Newsletter!!

Webster County was one of three districts in the state to receive a $75,000 Global Competency Grant. Clay is one of 14 elementary and middle schools across the state that have already taken steps to increase students' understanding of the world. Each school received a $15,000 grant to help implement global competency into their curriculum and these schools will become models for schools across the state as they prepare for the World Language and Global Competency Program Review. Webster County elementary schools and middle school are preparing for their global "kick offs" later this month. Click HERE to read the Kentucky Teacher article that features Clay School.

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Mary Fryer's 3rd Grade Students Working on Aboriginal Art

(Photos by Amy Wallot)

Congratulations Trojans and Lady Trojans, Region Runners-Up!!

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​The Webster County Archery Team Competed at the NASP State Tournament.

​The Webster County Archery Team competed at the NASP state tournament. The highest scoring middle school male was Clay Justice with a score of 269 and the highest scoring middle school females were Diana Cox and Emily Jarrell both with a score of 278. Two high school archers placed in the top 10: Jonathan Stevens with a score of 294 for 8th place out of all high school males and Briley Hearrin with a score of 283 for 7th place of all seniors. Briley also received a $1000 scholarship for being in the top 8 seniors.

The team now advances to the NASP nationals in May.  The team will also be in the KHSAA regionals held at Graves County.​

Congratulations to the Archery Team for qualifying for Nationals in their first year as a KHSAA team!!

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Green Dot Day

Friday, March 13th, is Green Dot Day in Webster County.  We ask WC residents to wear green, Friday, to show your support.  NO ONE HAS TO DO EVERYTHING, BUT EVERYONE CAN DO SOMETHING!  Hundreds of research studies have shown that thousands in the U.S. and around the world are victims of sexual assault, partner violence, stalking, bullying, and child abuse every year.  We CAN stop violence and you are a part of the solution.  A Green Dot is an action, behavior, or attitude that stops violence.  You can make a difference by supporting victims, and by taking action to stop others from being hurt. (photo: Members of WC Youth Council and JV Youth Council with Judge Townsend)

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L-R front row: Noah Duncan and Judge Townsend; 2nd row: Kaylee Duncan, Katie FloydHanna VanWinkle, Tiffany Meyers, Kaitlyn Mattingly, Jolie Busbey, Jolene Wahl; 3rd row: Mitchell Bumpus, Cody Meyers, and Anthony Meyers

WCHS Students Attended the National Migrant Conference in Seattle

WCHS students, Jose Martinez and Olga Valentin, as well as Sherrill Tanner, Migrant Coordinator and Ali Frailey, ESL Instructional Assistant, attended the National Migrant Conference in Seattle, Washington March 21-26.  The students spoke at the state migrant conference last fall and were invited to speak at the national conference. The national conference focuses on parents, students and educators learning methods and skills to teach the migrant student. Jose and Olga attended sessions and presented at two sessions. Their topics included how technology levels the playing field and the healing power of personal stories. The students also facilitated a link interview session with 14 classrooms in Webster County and the conference keynote speaker, Julie Chavez Rodriguez, Deputy Director of Public Engagement at the White House and the White House primary liaison to the Latino community. She is also the granddaughter of Cesar Chavez who was a labor leader, civil rights activist and co-founder of the the National Farm Workers Association. The group had the opportunity to see some of the Seattle sights to include the Pike Place Fish Market and the Space Needle. 

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Dr. Yarbrough and district administrators invited community partners to a luncheon on February 25th for the third Supt2Community advisory council meeting this school year. Georgiann McCord, Deputy Assistant Superintendent, gave a "1 WC" Year in Review summary that included all of the initiatives that have been implemented to date in Webster County Schools. Kim Saalwaechter, Special Education Director, shared information on grants the district has received. Dr. Yarbrough, Tom Glover, and Madisonville and Henderson Community College reps and shared information on the Webster County Kids to College scholarship program. Mary Powell gave an update on the district's Read2Succeed Program and invited community partners to be a part of this initiative. Donna Bumpus invited community volunteers to participate in Motivating Mentors which will be a renewed effort for the 2015-16 school year. 

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Share the Love Day

Dr. Yarbrough "shares the love" for the district and our employees by delivering heart-shaped donuts to the staff members of all schools and district departments.

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WCMS student, Rylei Roy, represented Webster County in Frankfort on February 11, 2015 at Legislative Page Day. Rylei served as a page to Senator Dorsey Ridley. 

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WCHS recognized the 1996-97 and 1997-98 Lady Trojan Basketball Teams at half time of the basketball game on 02-06-15. These Lady Trojan Teams had back to back state tournament appearances. WCHS invited players from these two teams to a reunion recognition.

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Back row left to right: Courtney Melton Givens, Melissa Dunn Wint, Kelly Moser Manicke, Christina Dacy Whitsell, Stephanie Duncan Stallins, April Shelley Thompson, Lindsey McCully,Jennifer Flener Hibbs Kelly Pendleton DeVilder; Front row left to right: Jamie Yates Jones,Leslie Mooney, Kari Jo Edwards Riddle, Lindsey Boswell Major, Tara Boles Bowlds

Elementary Supt2Kids

Dr. Yarbrough led Supt2Kids student advisory meetings at each elementary school in January 2015. The purpose of these meetings was to provide students with an opportunity to provide input and feedback to the superintendent on the things they like about their schools as well as the things that would improve their learning experience.

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FCCLA Members to Compete at State

For the first time in more than 10 years, Webster County will be sending four FCCLA members to Louisville, KY from March 30th to April 1st to compete at state level in two FCCLA Star Events. WCHS Senior, Michaela Rushing won first place at the Regional STAR Event competition, in the category of "Recycle and Redesign."  WCHS Seniors Katlyn Mendoza, Shay Bradley, and Ashdyn Cardwell won first place at the Regional STAR Event competition, in the category of "Life Event Planning." 
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Left to right Marlena Starks, sponsor, students Michaela Rushing, Katlyn Mendoza, Shay Bradley, Ashdyn Cardwell and sponsor,Traci Mattingly

Congratulations Mason Roland and Trojans!!

Congratulations to the Trojan Basketball Team for being named Prep Hoops Kentucky Team of the week and to Mason Roland for being named Player of the Week!! Mason set the single season assist record vs Crittenden Co, set the career steals record vs Union Co, and joined the 1000 point club vs Union Co.

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Click HERE to read Prep Hoops article.

Principals Share School Improvement Plans with BOE

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The principals of all Webster County Schools shared their School Improvement Plans with the Board of Education at the meeting on January 12th. The principals discussed their schools' strategies, goals and plans for continuous improvement on behalf of Webster County students.

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Click HERE to read the KSBA article, "Webster County Board likes what it hears from school administrators on their school improvement plans." (article from Sebree Banner 01-14-15)

Special Education Staff Visits Hugh E. Sandefur Training Center

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The Webster County School District is hoping to partner with the Hugh E. Sandefur Training Center in Henderson to offer services for students with disabilities after high school.  Kim Saalwaechter, Webster County Special Education Director, took the WCMS and WCHS Special Education Staff to tour the center on their Professional Growth Day on January 12th.

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Trojans win Marlin Christmas Classic Tournament

Congratulations to the Trojans on winning the Marlin Christmas Tournament in Arnold, Florida during Christmas break. The team won three games to claim the championship.

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Supt2Kids Meeting

Dr. Yarbrough conducted her second Supt2Kids Advisory meetings on December 12, 2014. She met with a high school and middle school student advisory group. The purpose of the meetings is to provide students a voice in the learning process. Students provided input on strengths and suggestions for improvement to their current learning experiences. Their task now is to create a "grade level" Top Ten Commitments list for improving student learning in their schools prior to the February meeting.

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Dr. Yarbrough Attends KASS Winter Conference

The Kentucky Association of School Superintendents (KASS) held its annual winter conference this week in Louisville. Dr. Rachel Yarbrough serves as the Vice President of the KASS Executive Committee.

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Webster County Schools Superintendent Dr. Rachel Yarbrough and Corbin Independent Schools Superintendent Ed McNeel pore over documents about a proposed replacement for funding Kentucky schools Monday, December 8th, in Louisville.

WCMS Cheerleaders Place 1st at KAPOS

Congratulations to the WCMS Cheerleaders!!! They placed 1st at KAPOS competition on Saturday, November 15th and will compete at Eastern Kentucky University in January.

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Back- Lauren Mitchell, Lani Mitchell, Rylei Roy, Jaci Nall, Ashley Mitchell

Middle- Kailee Alsbrooks, Gracey Kelley, Natalie Austin, Sydney Fowler, Emma Eastwood, Olivia Utley

Front- Catelyn Wagoner, Caroline Bloodworth, Haley Duncan

Congratulations Trojan Pride Band!

Congratulations to the Trojan Pride Band for placing 7th out of 16 bands in Class 2A State competition Saturday, November 1st, in Danville, KY.  We are proud of you!!

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Boys Cross Country is State Runner Up!!

Way to go Boys Cross Country Team for placing second in the state!! What an accomplishment!!

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 Girls Cross Country Team is region runner up!!  We are proud of you!

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Farm to School Art Contest

Congratulations to Jay Crowley, WCHS Sophomore, winner of the high school division of the Farm to School Art Contest sponsored by the US Department of Agriculture and to Addisyn Lam, 4th grader at Dixon Elementary, winner in the elementary division. Jay and Addisyn won art sets.



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Webster County Schools Receives $450,000 GRREC Grant

Webster County Schools is one of nine districts in the Green River Regional Educational Cooperative to be the recipient of a "Get the Picture?!" $450,000 four-year grant through the US Department of Education. The purpose of the grant is to improve the outcomes for high school students with disabilities. Teachers and leaders will help students set achievable, practical college/career readiness goals that meet the students' aspirations and aptitudes. Over 4 years, student graduation rates will increase and students will be better prepared for what comes after high school--the real world. 

Webster County Schools Receives $150,000 Instructional Transformation Grant

Webster County Schools was notified November 10th, 2014 that it is one of 18 Kentucky school districts that has been awarded an Instructional Transformation Grant. The grant awarded $50,000 per year for three years to support teacher leaders in professional learning and activities. This grant will enable Webster County Schools to strengthen many initiatives that have been implemented this school year as well as support the implementation of new initiatives to improve teaching and learning. This grant will provide support from effectiveness coaches to help build district/school/and teacher leadership capacity to implement professional learning, particularly in AdvanceKY Laying the Foundation training  in ELA, Math and Science as well as provide Literacy and Math Design Collaborative formative assessment tools to support teachers' incorporation of the Kentucky Core Academic Standards.

Webster County Schools Receives $25,000 Monsanto grant

Webster County Schools received a $25,000 check from Monsanto's "America's Farmers Grow Rural Education" program. The district was nominated for this award by local farmers. The money will be used in Agriculture and Science classes to enable the incorporation of more hands-on learning activities.

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Webster County Schools Receives $75,000 World Language/Global Competency Grant

The Webster County School District received notification that it is one of three counties (Webster, Campbell and McCracken) who are recipients of a Learn and Launch World Language and Global Competency Grant from the Kentucky Department of Education. Elementary and middle schools could apply for grants of $15,000 (per school site) for professional learning and planning of exemplary global competency and world language programs during the 2014-15 academic year. Webster County applied and received the grant for its middle school and each of its four elementary feeder schools for a total grant award of $75,000.

The next step for Kentucky’s commitment to college and career readiness is to ensure that global competency is a part of this 21st Century skills initiative. The World Language Program Review must be implemented by each Kentucky public elementary and middle school during the 2015-16 academic year in addition to Writing, Arts/Humanities and Practical Living/Career Studies as part of the state’s program review accountability requirements.  The purpose of the “Learn and Launch” grant is to provide elementary and middle schools with additional funds to access VIF International Education resources, which are proven to enable educators to effectively integrate global content into their core instruction, while also providing support for planning an effective implementation of a strong world language and global competency program.

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, 5th grader at Dixon Elementary and 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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          Judith, Anna, Jaelyn, Paige, Ella and Mary Kate Rakestraw                 


Supt2Community 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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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 recently featured in the December 2014, State Migrant Magazine. Click HERE to read article. The Sebree Latina Dancers were invited by Judy Littleton, KDE Migrant Director, to perform at the State Migrant Education Fall Academy 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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Click HERE to sign up for our electronic district newsletter, the "1WC Connection"

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Click above for ACT Test Prep

Youth Hitting/Pitching Camps

The Webster County Baseball Team will be hosting a Baseball Camp at the WCHS Baseball field on June 6th from 9:00 AM-12:00 PM for Grades 1-6. Cost is $25.00 per child.  Click HERE for Registration Form

Fundraising Opportunity for Clubs or Organizations

The Providence Tourism Board will once again be sponsoring the 4th of July event at the Providence Golf and Recreation Center from 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Any club, organization, or group that would like to set up a booth to sell items as a fundraiser is welcome. No booth fees and all profits go to your group. Groups must adhere to food vendor guidelines if selling food items. Groups must provide their own tables, chairs, and tent. Electrical spots are available on a first come, first serve basis. Call Kristi Higdon, 270-635-2797 or Carol Hill 270-667-7041 for more information or to reserve your spot.

District National Breakfast Week Art Contest Winners

Congratulations to Mary Kate Rakestraw and Katie Miller who were the district's Breakfast Week Art Contest Winners!! Mary Kate won for the K-5 division and Katie won for the 6-8 division.

CEDAR Coal Fair Winners

Webster County students compete yearly along with students from Henderson, Hopkins, Muhlenberg and Union counties in the CEDAR Coal Fair. Students submit entries (writings, projects, posters, songs, etc.) that have a coal topic in a subject area of their choice. Entries are awarded $100 for a Blue Ribbon, $50 for a Red Ribbon and $25 for a White Ribbon.  Blue Ribbons: James David (Music)Providence; Courtney Blackwell (Art) Dixon; Hyatt Kelley (Science) Clay; Carlee Drury (Technology) Providence; Red Ribbons: Paige Rakestraw (Music) Dixon; Ben Blanford (Art) Providence; Alli McElvain (Science) Clay; Natali Littlepage (Technology) Dixon; Chloe Papineau (Art) Clay
White Ribbons: Tallia D'Orazi (Science) Sebree; Hayden Clark (Art) Sebree. (See the school home pages for all school participants with individual names.)

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Providence Talent Show Winners

Providence Elementary hosted its Third Annual Talent Show on Thursday, April 23. Winners in the Grades 5 & 6 Division were fifth-grader Emalee Noffsinger, third place; sixth-grader Erik Sorrells, champion; and sixth-grader Kierstin Bandy, second place.  

Council of Councils Slideshow 04/13/15

Miss Kentucky Visits Elementary Schools

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Ramsey Carpenter, Miss Kentucky 2014, visited our elementary schools and spoke to students about setting goals, never giving up on your dreams, the KY state motto, and agriculture. Miss Carpenter also conducted a question and answer session with the students and entertained them by playing the fiddle.

Providence 6th Grade Hosted the Bulldog Blitz Fluorescent 5K

The sixth grade at Providence Elementary hosted the Second Annual Bulldog Blitz Fluorescent 5K on Friday night, March 27, at Westerfield Park in Providence. The 5K was a  glow run and fundraiser for their class trip.

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Overall winners:  Josie Laneve, 2nd place, 34:07; Chris Hall, 1st place, 33:46; Emily Kelley 3rd place, 38:00. Jose, Chris and Emily are 6th graders at Providence.

Men's division winners: Hayden Hunter 2nd Place; Matthew Purdy 1st place; Jarrett Ware 3rd place. Hayden, Matthew and Jarrett are 6th graders at Providence.

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Women's division winners:  Amy Gill 2nd place; Destiny Hall 1st place; and Alex Weaver, 3rd place.  Ms. Gill is a memberof the custodial staff at Providence Elementary, Destiny is a student at WCMS, and Alex is a student at WCHS. 

Jose and Olga Interview Julie Chavez Rodriguez in Seattle

Jose Martinez and Olga Valentin attended the National Migrant Conference in Seattle, Washington. The students attended sessions and presented at two sessions. Jose and Olga also facilitated a link interview session with 14 classrooms in Webster County and the conference keynote speaker, Julie Chavez Rodriguez, Deputy Director of Public Engagement at the White House and the White House primary liaison to the Latino community. She is also the granddaughter of Cesar Chavez who was a labor leader, civil rights activist and co-founder of the the National Farm Workers Association.

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Congratulations to Venita Murphy, BOE Member from Providence, who has been appointed to serve a three year term as a Second Region chairperson on the Kentucky School Board Association (KSBA) Board of Directors. 

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Congratulations to Matt Bell on being named Region 2 Athletic Director of the Year!  We appreciate you!!


Congratulations to Webster County on being selected a 2015 America’s Farmers Grow Communities winning organization!


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College Career Fair at WCHS 03/25/15

Donuts with Dads Day at Providence Elementary

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Scholarship Opportunity

Webster County Coal Presents $4,000 to Happy Feet

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Webster County Coal presented a $4,000 check to Happy Feet to be used to purchase shoes and coats for children and youth in our community.

Archery Team Competes in Tournaments

Congratulations to the Archery Team for placing 3rd at the Maroon Classic in January (pic 1) and 4th at a tournament held at Castle North Middle School December 13th, 2014. (pics 2-4) Jonathan Stevens placed 6th in the high school male division, Diana Cox placed 7th in the high school female division and Kolbi Alsbrooks placed 9th in the middle school female division.

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Emergency Management Team Meeting

Webster County Schools Emergency Management Team met on December 15, 2014. Agenda items included: Floor plans for all schools; AED's; STOP Tip Line; Safety Drills; Procedures for Drugs found at School; Use of Drug Dogs

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Left to right: Larry Garrity, Dr. Yarbrough, Todd Marshall, Clay Mattingly, Dennis Parrish, Greg Bowles, Angela Rhew, Matt Bell, Scott Starkey-Deputy Sheriff, Jeremy Moore-Webster County EMA Director, Justin Cardwell--EMS Coordinator.

Jay Crowley Placed 3rd in State Farm to School Art Contest

Congratulations to Jay Crowley, WCHS student, who placed 3rd in the state in the Kentucky Department of Agriculture Farm to School Art Contest!! Jay was presented with a $20 Visa card.

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Jay Crowley and Jarrod Hankins, Ag Teacher

Annex Food Service Staff Donates Food for Needy Family

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Val Knight, Food Serve Director and Donna Bumpus, YES Coordinator, collaborated to help a Webster County family. The Annex Food Service staff donated a food basket to a family for Thanksgiving.  Thank you Food Service!! "Good people helping good people!" 

Natalee Littlepage wins Hadi Shrine Circus Coloring Contest!

Natalee Littlepage, 3rd grader at Dixon Elementary, won the Hadi Shrine Circus coloring contest. She was awarded the opportunity to be Clown of the Day at the Circus on November 29th in Evansville. Natalee had the opportunity to ride in the parade with the other clowns, learn to make balloon animals and had her makeup done by Pokey the Clown. She also received an 81st Hadi Shrine Circus badge and a poster signed by all the clowns.

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Dixon Elementary Canned Food Drive a Big Success!!

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Dixon Elementary AmeriCorps teachers organized a "Let's CAN Hunger" Food Drive.  The food will go to local agencies in Webster County that service hungry families. Dixon Elementary School's goal was 1,000 pounds; but in nine days Dixon elementary students collected 3,440 pounds of food. 

Way to Go WCHS Digital Photography Students!!

Last year Mr. Harrell's digital photography students competed in a contest through Glogster where they created visual representations of their hometowns. The entries were 100% student driven and created. We just received word that one of our groups that included Sarah Steeley, Grace Moore and Maddie Nance (all class of 2014) received impressive recognition. Their project earned 4th place in the contest! That is 4th place out of 500 entries from all over the world! Click on the link below to check out their project:



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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!!

UK Extension Office is 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

Providence Talent Show Winners

Providence Elementary hosted its Third Annual Talent Show on Thursday, April 23. Winners in the Grades 5 & 6 Division were fifth-grader Emalee Noffsinger, third place; sixth-grader Erik Sorrells, champion; and sixth-grader Kierstin Bandy, second place.  

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Mary Kate Rakestraw and Katie Miller were district winners in the National School Breakfast Week art contest. Mary Kate won in the K-5 group and Katie won in the 6-8 group. The National School Breakfast Week pictures were featured in the KSNA “Challenger Magazine”. 

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