"1WC" Employee of the Month Recognition Form
PGES Teacher Newsletter
Central Office Christmas Celebration
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.
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.
Dixon Elementary Celebrates Veteran's Day
Dixon Elementary honored veterans with a student-led assembly in which local veterans were presented with service appreciation pins.
Webster County High School Celebrates Veterans' Day
WC "All Day, Every Day" Attendance Initiative and Winner of the Month
Way to go Sebree Elementary, November Attendance Winner of the Month!!
District Attendance Rate: 93.72%
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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Program Review One Drive
WCHS College Application Week Nov. 17-21
Congratulations to Outstanding ATC Students
Area Technology Center Outstanding Students for the first quarter are:
"We Create Great Possibilities For Students"
WEBSTER COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD
To provide opportunities and accountable instruction so as to prepare students for productive careers and to foster practicable and responsible citizenship.
Wishing Everyone a "1WC" Holiday Season!!
"1WC" December 2014 Employees of the Month
Congratulations to Lindsey McCully, WCHS Science teacher, and Jennifer Stone, WCHS Instructional Assistant, for being selected Webster County's "1 WC" Employees of the Month!!
Tim McCormick, BOE Member
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.
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.
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.
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!!
Boys Cross Country is State Runner Up!!
Way to go Boys Cross Country Team for placing second in the state!! What an accomplishment!!
Girls Cross Country Team is region runner up!! We are proud of you!
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.
L to R: Dr. Yarbrough, Jay Crowley, Jarrod Hankins, Ag teacher
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.
(photo by Sebree Banner)
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!
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.
Mary Kate and Jeff Pettit, BOE Chairperson
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
WEBSTER COUNTY'S "READ 2 SUCCEED" INITIATIVE
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.
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.
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.
Kadi Ralston and Audrey Harper facilitate a Heady Larson facilitates a session with Sebree
session with WCHS and WCHS teachers and Clay teachers
Dixon and Providence teachers instruction to all K-2 teachers
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!!
WC is "Work Ready in Progress"
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
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.
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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WCHS Open Positions
As of December 2014, WCHS has several positions open. If you know anyone who would make a great addition to our staff, please encourage him/her to apply:
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Archery Team Competes in Tournament
Congratulations to the Archery Team for placing 4th at a tournament held at Castle North Middle School December 13th, 2014. 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.
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
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.
Jay Crowley and Jarrod Hankins, Ag Teacher
Annex Food Service Staff Donates Food for Needy Family
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.
Dixon Elementary Canned Food Drive a Big Success!!
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."
WAY TO GO FORMER WCHS STUDENT, KERI WRIGHT!
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.
MAROON 5 DAYS
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!
COUNTY COURT CLERK OFFICE SUPPORTS "1WC"!
Providence Food Bank is "1WC"!
DIXON CITY IS "1 WC"!
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