District News

2019-20 Webster County Schools Student Registration is Open

The registration link is located at the top of the Webster County Schools Homepage which can be found at:  www.webster.kyschools.us

All Webster County students will need to complete online registration.  Any students who are new to Webster County will need to contact their school to complete first time registration and receive Infinite Campus password access.

Parents who have more than one child attending WC Schools can register all children through ONE registration submission. For assistance– parents should contact their child’s school.

Thank You Baptist Health, Madisonville!

Big thank you to Baptist Health Foundation and Nursing Staff in Madisonville for donating approximately 400 new and gently used books to Webster County Schools. We appreciate your support and generosity!!

Baptist Health Book Donation

Pictured L to R: Cameron Edwards, Baptist Health Foundation Development Manager and WC Board of Education member; LaDon Mooney, RN and Baptist Health Nursing Staff representative; Dawn Forker, WC Elementary Ed Director; and Kim Saalwaechter, Early Childhood/Preschool/Special Ed Director

WCHS Renovation Update

Webster County High School is undergoing a renovation project which will include new offices for the nurse, resource officer and administrators. The projected completion date is January, 2020. Visitors to the high school are asked to enter the school through the Annex/Band Room lobby doors.

The location of the WCHS Guidance Office has not changed. During June and July, the Guidance Office will be open on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:00-2:00; Guidance Office phone number: 270-639-0133.

WCHS reno WCHS reno-6/19

Webster County Schools Welcomes Two New Administrators

Welcome to Samantha Tabor who was named the principal of Sebree Elementary. Mrs. Tabor recently served as Assistant Principal at Reidland Elementary and a teacher at Concord Elementary in McCracken County from 2014-18. She also served as an elementary teacher in Jefferson County and Hopkins County. 
Mrs. Tabor earned her Education Specialist School Principal at the University of the Cumberlands and her Masters of Science (Library Media Education) from Western Kentucky University, Masters of Arts in Education from Bellarmine and her Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Murray State University. 
Mrs. Tabor replaces Mrs. Dawn Forker who accepted a position as Director of Elementary Education and District Assessment Coordinator for Webster County Schools.

S. Tabor

Welcome to Ryan Scott who was named Assistant Principal at Webster County High School. Mr. Scott served as Morganfield Elementary Principal in Union County for the past two years. He has also served as an elementary teacher at East Heights and South Heights Elementary Schools in Henderson County.
Mr. Scott earned his Masters of P-12 Learning Behavior Disorders and his Educational Specialist Principal from the University of the Cumberlands. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Murray State University. 
Mr. Scott replaces Jarrod Hankins who was named Webster County High School Principal.

R. Scott

WCHS Renovation Day 1

The WCHS renovation project got underway on May 28th with the demolition of the covered walkthrough in front of the high school.

The projected completion date is January 2020.
In the meantime, WCHS and WCMS traffic will need to be rerouted. Starting Monday, May 27th, the Webster County High School Main Entrance and Bus lane in front of the school will be closed through January.

Visitors to the high school are asked to enter the school through the Annex/Band Room lobby doors.

The location of the WCHS Guidance Office has not changed. During June and July, the Guidance Office will be open on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:00-2:00; Guidance Office phone number: 270-639-0133.

Demo Day 1

WCHS renovation

Congratulations Mrs. Forker

Congratulations to Mrs. Dawn Forker for being named the school district's new Director of Elementary Curriculum and Instruction/District Assessment Coordinator.  

Dawn Forker

Congratulations Mr. Harrell!

Webster County Schools is pleased to announce that Aaron Harrell has been selected as the next Director of Secondary Instruction. Mr. Harrell will assume the position vacated by Mrs. Rhonda Callaway when she was named Webster County Superintendent.

Mr. Harrell

NOTICE:

***All Webster County Schools' campuses and athletic fields are tobacco and e-cig free zones.  No pets are allowed at any Webster County Schools' athletic fields/events.

Congratulations 2018-19 Webster County Retirees!

Congratulations to the following Webster County Schools' employees on your retirement! We will miss you!!

Gary Guinn--21 Years
Anita Hobgood--18.5 Years
Jennifer Stone--21 Years
Karen Weldon--22 Years
Debbie Stone--23 Years
Darla Vaughn--24 Years
Terry Lovan--24.5 Years
Shirley Tapp-- 25 Years
Nancy Hobgood--27 Years
Jim Christensen--27 Years
Carol Dyer--27 Years
Les Head--27 Years
Laurie Babbs--27.8 Years
Marti Chandler--28 Years
Nan Laughary--37.5 Years
Georgiann McCord--39.5 Years

Class of 2019 Graduates

Class of 2019

Congratulations 2019 WCHS Graduates on your well-deserved success!! We wish you the best in all future endeavors!!

New ATC Principal Named

Congratulations to Alaina Lancaster for being selected the new principal of the Webster County Area Technology Center. She replaces Larry Garrity who has accepted a job as an Administrative Consultant for the Office of Career and Technical Education and Student Transition.

Alaina Lancaster

Congratulations Sebree and Dixon Elementary Schools!

Sebree Elementary was recognized at the Webster County Closing Day Red Carpet event for being the 2019 1WC District Attendance winner of the year with 95.22% average attendance.
Dixon Elementary was recognized for receiving a High Attendance Award with 95.10% average attendance for the year. 
We are proud of you!

Sebree Attendance Winner  Dixon Att Winner

Congratulations 1WC 2019 Employees of the Year

Abby Ranes, WCHS teacher, and Carol Hill, Providence Elementary Secretary, were honored today at the Webster County annual Closing Day Red Carpet Event for being selected the 2019 1WC Employees of the Year. The employees of the year were chosen by their peers. We appreciate you!!

abby Ranes Emp of Year  Carol Hill Emp of Year

            L to R: Abby Ranes, 2019 Certified Employee of the Year     L to R:  Mike Stone, 2018 Support Staff Employee of the Year

and Nita Johnson, 2018 Certified Employee of the Year   Carol Hill, 2019 Support Staff Employee of the Year

New Minimum High School Graduation Requirements

On April 5, 2019, Kentucky’s new minimum high school graduation requirements became law. The changes add “graduation prerequisites” and “graduation qualifiers,” explained below, to ensure students have basic math and reading skills, as well as experiences that can help them be prepared to enter college or the workforce. The new graduation requirements give students the chance to take more classes geared toward their plans after graduation. Freshman in 2019-20 must complete 22 credits (revised list) to graduate as well as one of eight graduation qualifiers. Those entering their freshmen year in 2020-21 and beyond must also complete a graduation prerequisite. The prerequisite requires students to demonstrate basic competency in reading and math in one of three ways before graduation.
Here’s what the changes mean for Kentucky students:

New KY Minimum Graduation Requirements

Graduation Requirements part 2

WCHS Ranked in Top 21% of High Schools in Kentucky

Congratulations to Webster County High School for being ranked in the top 21% of high schools in the state according to US News & World Report.  Out of 383 high schools in Kentucky, US News & World Report honored 227 as the best in the state.  WCHS ranked 48 out of the 227.

Kentucky assesses high school students with end-of-course exams in English II, Algebra II and biology. It added U.S. History as of 2019. High school graduation requirements in Kentucky call for a minimum of 22 credits earned, including the completion of a course on the history and appreciation of visual and performing arts. Learn more from the Kentucky Department of Education. There are 227 Kentucky schools honored in the 2019 U.S. News Best High Schools rankings.   To see more WCHS statistics click HERE

Best high schools

Congratulations April 2019 1WC Employees!

Congratulations to Dawn Forker, Sebree Elementary Principal, and Val Knight, Webster County Schools Food Service Director, for being named our April 2019 1WC Employees of the Month!  We appreciate you!

April 1WC Emp 2019

L to R:  Venita Murphy, BOE member, Dawn Forker, Val Knight, and Tim McCormick, BOE Vice-Chair

Jarrod Hankins Selected WCHS Principal

Congratulations to Jarrod Hankins who was named Webster County High School Principal. Mr. Hankins has served as an assistant principal at the high school this school year and was an agriculture teacher and FFA advisor at WCHS for 12 years. Mr. Hankins and his wife, Natalie, and two sons, Reese and Asher, live on a farm in Little Dixie. Mr. Hankins replaces Aaron Harrell who accepted a position as the Webster County Schools Director of Personnel and Secondary Education.

Jarrod Hanking

Great Article on Sebree Elementary in the US Highbush Blueberry Council Blog

As the lucky grand prize winner of the National Farm to School Month sweepstakes, Sebree Elementary School kicked off the new year by hosting a “Highbush Blueberry Week. 

blueberry logo 

The US Highbush Blueberry Council featured the Sebree Elementary Blueberry Event in their national blog.  

WCK2C Receives Donation

The Webster County Kids2College Scholarship Program received a generous $5,000 donation from Townsend's Funeral Home on April 9th, 2019.  Present were Rhonda Callaway-Superintendent, Heather Austin-WCHS Program Specialist, Chad Townsend, and Raegina Scott-Madisonville Community College Director of Advancement. This donation made it possible for WCK2C to meet its goal and be eligible for matching funds.  Thank you Townsend's Funeral Home for supporting our youth of Webster County!

Townsend WCK2C check

L to R:  Heather Austin, Rhonda Callaway, Chad Townsend, Raegina Scott

Congratulations March 2019 1WC Employees!

Congratulations to Joanna Odum, Sebree Elementary teacher, and Jeana Sanchez, WCHS ELL Instructional Assistant, for being selected the March 2019 1WC Employees of the Month! We appreciate you!

1WC Employees march 2019

L to R:: James Nance, BOE Member, Joanna Odum, Jeana Sanchez, Venita Murphy, BOE Member

Supt2Community

Webster County Schools hosted a Supt2Community Luncheon on March 13, 2019, at the Extension Office. Supt. Rhonda Callaway greeted guests and provided an overview of Supt2Community.  Information was shared on district initiatives around Literacy, Enhanced Learning Opportunities, and Safety. Kim Saalwaechter, Early Childhood Director, provided an overview of the district's Striving Readers initiative and elementary principals shared information on how Striving Readers activities have been implemented in their schools. Michael Gooch, WCMS Principal, and Hillary Bumpus, APEX Coordinator, shared information highlighting success stories of the school's new APEX Learning Center. Aaron Harrell, WCHS Principal, shared information on the successes of the high school's new Personalized Learning  Center. Carolyn Sholar, Public Information Coord. and Donna Bumpus, True Blue Drug Free Communities Coord., shared information abouy the True Blue Drug Free Communities program.  Matt Bell, Safe Schools Coordinator, provided information around various district safety initiatives and resources. Community members were given an opportunity to provide input, feedback, and suggestions. 

R. Callaway Supt2Comm 3-13-19 

Congratulations Dawn Forker!

Congratulations to Dawn Forker, Sebree Elementary Principal, for being selected the state's 2019 School Breakfast Champion. Each year the Dairy Alliance and No Kid Hungry sponsor a Breakfast Champions Challenge during NSBW (National School Breakfast Week). Several Breakfast Champions across the state are selected, and then they interview each and present a statewide winner.  This year's statewide winner was Dawn Forker.  Along with the title, comes a prize package for Sebree Food Service from the Dairy Alliance of $2000.  Dawn also received a gift basket and will receive a gift card from NO KID HUNGRY.  Mrs. Forker has completed the KYONE Food Service training to qualify her to work the breakfast cart line. Mrs. Forker can be seen each morning greeting her students as she serves them on the breakfast cart line.

     Dawn Breakfast Champion

L to R:  Ashley Pitts Feeding KY rep., Mrs. Forker, Valerie Knight, and Alan Curtsinger, Dairy Alliance rep, 

 Dawn Forker Breakfast Cart    Dawn Forker Breakfast Champion

Congratulations Sebree Archery Team!

Sebree Archery takes 1st place in elementary teams at Webster Co. Classic! This team is in the top 10 elementary teams in the state. They will compete at state March 16th.Sebree Archery Team

Congratulations February 1WC Employees of the Month!

Congratulations to Lindsay Branson, WCMS Instructional Assistant, and Taylor Wilson Herzog, WCHS teacher, for being selected the February, 2019 1WC Employees of the Month! We appreciate you!

Feb. 2019 1WC Emp. of Month

 L to R: Tim McCormick, BOE Vice-Chair, Lindsay Branson, Taylor Herzog, and Venita Murphy, BOE member

Congratulations to January 2019 1WC Employees of the Month!

Congratulations to Brittany LaGrange, WCMS teacher, and Jami Busbey, Sebree Elementary Secretary, for being named January 1WC Employees of the Month! Thanks for all you do!

Jan 2019 Emp of Month

L to R:  Tim McCormick, BOE Vice-Chair, Brittany, Jamie, and James Nance, BOE Member

Webster County True Blue Proclamation

On December 10th, 2018, County Judge Executive, Steve Henry, with the approval of Webster County Fiscal Court, declared the first day of each month in 2019 to be "True Blue" Day in Webster County. All county residents are encouraged to wear blue on the 1st day of each month to promote and show support for the county's True Blue initiative which supports a drug free Webster County. Since its inception in 2017, True Blue has provided Character Counts training in Webster County Schools and organized faith-based and law enforcement groups around the True Blue initiative. True Blue has provided free anti-drug/alcohol/tobacco resources, training and speakers in the community. Webster County residents are encouraged to participate in drug prevention education activities. For more information, contact Donna Bumpus, Coordinator @ donna.bumpus@webster.kyschools.us or 270-639-0383.

True Blue Proc

District Magazine Vol. 3
Great 2018-19 "Together We Can...Let's Go" Opening Day for WC Staff!

Webster County district administrators, faculty, and staff members kicked off the 2018-19 school year at the WC Opening Day on August 13, 2018. The day's events included breakfast, remarks from Interim Superintendent, Georgiann McCord, reflections from past years' work as well as the instructional focus for this school year. The district received a $502,000 Striving Readers grant which will provide the district with additional resources to implement a more intentional focus on reading and literacy for children in Webster County from birth through 12th grade. 
Staff members also participated in a fun "break out" room teambuilding activity. Teams looked for clues and solved puzzles which ultimately led them to a puzzle piece which was their final clue. Each piece of the puzzle was part of a larger district puzzle which, when put together, represented all of the programs, activities, instructional resources, etc. which comprise the Graduate Profile.

District Adm. Opening Day 2018 Opening Day 2018