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Super Attendance Flag Awarded for April

Congratulations to Huntertown Elementary!
The Super Attendance Flag goes to them for their outstanding April attendance!
Last month, their ADA was 96.98% earning them the right to fly the flag over their school through the end of this month.
Way to go, Wildcats!
 

Board Meeting Minutes Resolution

The attached resolution was approved at the May 3, 2018 special meeting of the Woodford County Board of Education.  This action was taken to correct a clerical error in the minutes from the January 18, 2018 tax rate hearing and special board meeting. 

Southside to Host Art Exhibit May 16-24 Sunset Over Blue by Nassir

Southside Elementary will host A Matter of Perspective, an exhibition of 31 pieces of artwork by students with disabilities. The exhibit will be on display May 16-24 before traveling to the next exhibition site. 

Kindergarten Kick-off Tuesday May 15 Kindergarten Kickoff

For kindergarten students & families beginning school in August 2018.  Students who are 5 years old on or before August 1, 2018 are eligible to register for kindergarten. This event will be held at EACH elementary school beginning at 6pm, Tuesday May 15.

Northside Wins Energy Award! Picture of Ryan Asher receiving Energy Star Award

The Kentucky School Boards Association recently held is annual Energy Summit in Lexington. 

Simmons Night at Bojangles! Bojangles meal

Eat dinner at Bojangles tonight (April 16) from 5-8pm and Simmons PTA will get 10% of what you spend!  No cooking + contribute to Simmons = Win win!

Super Attendance Flag Awarded Super Attendance Flag

Congratulations to Huntertown Elementary!
They've been awarded the Super Attendance Flag Award for their March attendance.

 

 

WCPS E-Mail Interruption email logo

Due to a conversion by the state, e-mail will be down for our district beginning at 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 15th through 6:00 a.m., Monday, March 19th.  If e-mail is sent during that time, it may or may not reach its intended destination.  We appreciate your cooperation and patience as we make this transition. 

Community School Safety Forum Scrabble pieces spelling out the word Scrabble

The Woodford County Schools will be hosting a community school safety information and listening forum on Tuesday, March 13th, at 6:00 in the Woodford County High School library.  District administrators will share current practices and we will have Jon Akers, executive director from the Kentucky Center for Safe Schools, and Versailles police chief Jim Fugate in attendance as well.  There will also be a time to hear suggestions for improvement from attendees.

Woodford STLP District Showcase Student Technology Leadership Program Logo

The WCPS Student Technology Leadership Program coordinators and students will be hosting the 2nd annual Woodford STLP District Showcase on Thursday, February 22nd from 6:00-7:00 PM in the WCMS gym and library.

 

 

 

Super Attendance Flag Awarded for January

Congratulations to Huntertown Elementary!  The Super Attendance Flag belongs to them this month!  Their ADA in January was 95.33% earning them the right to fly the flag over their school through the end of this month.  Way to go, Wildcats!

 

New Immunization Guidelines Immunization Picture

There are NEW IMMUNIZATION GUIDELINES for the 2018-2019 school year.  All students in preschool through 12th grade must show proof of having received two doses of Hepatitis A vaccine to attend school. 

November Super Attendance Flag Awarded

Congratulations to Huntertown Elementary!

They've been awarded the Super Attendance Flag for November!
The Wildcats' ADA last month was 96.56%.  This earns them the right to fly the flag over their school through the month of December.
Way to go, Huntertown!

The Most Improved Flag goes to Simmons Elementary.  They improved their attendance by .09% last month.
Congratulations to Ms. Cook and the students and staff at Simmons!

 

We Need Your Feedback!

Woodford County Schools District Improvement Plan Committee will meet on December 6, 2017 to finalize core activities for continuous improvement for the 2018 calendar year. The information and links below are available on the Curriculum and Instruction Page on the District Website 12 months per year and provide all stakeholders an opportunity to submit activity proposals
and/or concerns for review that can lead to improved student achievement.

Cyber Monday Sale on WCHS Yearbook

A picture of a yellowjacketCYBER MONDAY ONLY!

In the tradition of Cyber Monday sales, WCHS yearbook is reducing the price of the yearbook for one day only, today! Order your yearbook for $50 on Cyber Monday. Order at www.Balfour.com

WoodfordREADS Kickoff

WoodfordREADS Logo
On Monday, November 20th, Mr. Hawkins, along with Mayor Traugott, Mayor Vandegrift and Librarian Munoz, kicked off WoodfordREADS by reading the first chapter of "The Spray Paint Mystery" to our kindergarten students.  Students were encouraged to have someone read the book at home with them and send in a picture to be shared here on our website.  Thanks to Mayor Traugott, Mayor Vandegrift and Librarian Munoz for your support and encouraging our students to read!

You may view the video or Mr. Hawkins reading the first chapter at Huntertown Elementary along with pictures from the other schools by clicking "Read More" in the bottom left corner.

Shared Responsibility Proposal Follow-Up

On Monday, November 14th, Superintendent Hawkins held an informational session to follow-up the recent release of the shared responsibility pension proposal.  If you were unable to attend, the video may be viewed on Facebook here.  Because of the size of the file, we were unable to upload it directly to our site.  We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. 

Superintendent's Holiday Card Winner

Picture of two adults and one child

Congratulations to Olivia Thompson!

Olivia's holiday card design was chosen to be used for the WCPS Superintendent's holiday cards this year.  Our elementary schools were well represented in the contest this year, but Olivia's creativity won her the top spot!  She is pictured here with WCPS Board Chair Ambrose Wilson
and Vice Chair Debby Edelen. 

WoodfordREADS Kickoff!

Woodford Reads LogoLet's read "The Spray Paint Mystery"!

The Woodford Educational Endowment Foundation is joining with the Woodford County Public Schools to encourage our students to read!  #WoodfordREADS (Read Explore And Discover Success)  The kickoff will be on Monday, November 20th.  The book for this year's initiative will be "The Spray Paint Mystery" by Angela Shelf Mandearis.  Mr. Hawkins, Superintendent of Woodford County Public Schools, will read the first chapter to some of our students along with WC Public Librarian, Becky Munoz, Versailles Mayor Brian Traugott and Midway Mayor Grayson Vandegrift.  Here's a flyer to tell you more about this exciting partnership to make reading fun!

Shared Responsibility Plan Press Conference

On Monday, November 6th, a press conference was held in the Woodford County High School Library to announce the Shared Responsibility Plan as an alternative to the governor's plan.  For those that were unable to attend, the video may be viewed below.

 

 

Night School Cancelled Thursday Oct. 12th

The WCPS Night School session for October 12th is cancelled due to district wide internet outrage for a bandwidth upgrade.  Safe Harbor and the district apologize for the inconvenice but look forward to utilizing the network after upgrade.

Safe Harbor - Power Outage Today

A Picture of the Safe Habor Academy LogoSafe Harbor Academy was impacted by a KU power outage today that began this morning and lasted until approximately 2:00.  This outage prevented the staff from making or receiving phones calls and accessing the district network for e-mail.  We apologize if this power outage prevented correspondence between the home and school.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the principal, Logan Culbertson at logan.culbertson@woodford.kyschools.us.

Safe Harbor Academy Needs You!

Picture of McDonald's LogoHave a meal and help Safe Harbor!

On Monday and Tuesday, September 25th and 26th, McDonald's will donate 25% or your total order to Safe Harbor Academy!  All you need to do is give this flyer to the cashier when placing your order.
Thank you for helping our students!

 

Local Planning Committee Public Forum

The Woodford County Board of Education is considering a six (6) cent facilities tax to address the facilities needs identified by the Local Planning Committee during the spring of 2017.

To hear more about the facilities tax,
please join us for one of our two remaining Tax Public Forums:

Thursday, 9/14/2017   6:30 PM — 8:30 PM - WCHS Library
Thursday, 9/21/2017   7:00 PM — 9:00 PM - Northside Elementary Library

 If you would like to share suggestions, ideas or concerns, please submit your comments to taxinfo@woodford.kyschools.us.

Super Attendance Flag Awarded

Congratulations to Simmons Elementary School!
They've been awarded the Super Attendance Flag
for their August Attendance!

The Bulldogs ADA was 97.85% last month earning them the right to fly the flag over their school through September.
Way to go, Simmons!

As a district, we had great overall attendance in August.  It was 97.1%.  That's up .24% higher than last August!
Please click "Read More" below to see how the rest of our schools did.

 

Football Game Day Change!

Picture of YellowjacketFriday's Home Football Game will be played on Thursday, August 31st!

Due to weather concerns, the home football game scheduled for Friday night against Franklin County has been moved to Thursday, August 31st.  The YellowJackets Varsity Soccer Team will play at 6:00 p.m.   The WCHS Football Jackets will take the field 30 minutes after the soccer game has ended.  See you at The Stadium!

No School - Monday, August 21st

Picture of solar eclipseSolar Eclipse Day - No School

Woodford County Schools ordered eclipse glasses for our students; however, they have not arrived yet.  Therefore, school will not be in session on Monday, August 21st.  ETC will also be closed on Monday.

Photo credit: Time

 

Back to School Activities

Back to School image
Our schools are busy gearing up for the new year!  Here's a schedule of the Back to School Activities. 

Huntertown Elementary School
Ice Cream Social
August 8 at 5:00

Simmons Elementary School
Back to School Night
August 3 - 5:00 to 7:30
Please see their Facebook page for details.

WCMS
Sixth Grade Tiger Bash
August 7 - 5:30 - 6:30

Seventh & Eighth Grade Tiger Bash
August 9 - 5:30 - 6:30

WCHS
Freshmen Orientation
August 7 - 6:30

Didn't see your school event?  Check back for more updates!

Meal Prices for 2017-2018

The meals prices have been set and approved for the
upcoming 2017-2018 school year.  Please find them in the table below.

Level Breakfast Lunch
Elementary School $1.30 $2.65
Middle School $1.30 $2.80
High School and Alternative School $1.55 $3.00
Adult $2.50 $4.00
Reduced $0.30 $0.40

 

Join us at the Midway Branch of the Library on Wenesday, July 12th at 6:30 pm

Session will be a presentation on "Keeping our Children Safe on Social Media and the Internet."

(Adults) Parents, come learn how your children may be communicating online.  Representatives from the Woodford County School System's Department of Educational Technology will show you how to monitor your child's computer activity as well as set safety limits on their social media usage. 

Click Here for flyer on information.

Early Release Day

Early Release Day - Wednesday, October 18th

Elementary school students will be released at 12:40.  Middle and high school students will be released at 1:15.  Safe Harbor students will be released at 1:00.

Parent Fall Break Survey

We want to hear from you!

There are numerous implications with both keeping or not keeping fall break in the calendar.  The purpose of this survey is NOT to survey all of the different possible scenarios keeping or eliminating a fall break could potentially mean to the development of the 18-19 calendar recommendation.  Rather, the purpose is to get a general idea to what extent our parents want to keep or not keep fall break in the calendar.  Your individual responses will not be shared with the committee.  Only the overall results will be shared.  If you have already responded via the parent email that was sent, no need to complete survey again as your response has been recorded.  Thank you.

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdDICxCsu5az9J9UO_b84XE9jozMilkuJCPVVcPr_DsY28KeA/viewform?usp=sf_link

Daylight Savings Time Ends Soon!

Post-It-Note with the word remember on it.
Remember to "fall back" this weekend!

Daylight Savings Time will end on Sunday, November 5th.
Don't forget to set your clocks back one hour before going to bed Saturday night.

NTI Day Information Non-Traditional Day Logo

Cold weather is here....

That means school may be cancelled due to inclement weather over the next few months.  Our district has been approved to offer non-traditional instruction days for this 2017-2018 school year.  This will allow students to engage in meaningful classroom work, even when weather conditions prevent them from being in school.  Information regarding our NTI day plan was sent home with students earlier this month.  Included was this letter from Mr. Hawkins, our Superintendent.  If you have any questions, please free to contact your child's school.

Super Attendance Flag Awarded

Congratulations to Simmons Elementary!  They've been awarded the Super Attendnace Flag for their December Attendance.

Food Service Survey Mixed veggies

Parents and students!  Please take a minute or so to complete this survey from Woodford County Schools Food Service.  Your input is greatly appreciated and will help us continue to provide healthy, enjoyable meals for our students. Click "Read More" to take the survey.  Thank you!

 

WCHS Tour School Tours

There will be another guided tour of WCHS on Wednesday, May 30th from 11:30 - 1:00.  As with the previous tour, visitors will be able to see the facility and learn about the benefits of a new school.  As the tour is conducted, questions can be addressed so families and comunity members have the most accurate information available.

WCHS Future YellowJackets Basketball Camp

YellowJacket Logo
Sign Up Now!

WCHS Basketball Coach Ryan Wilson is offering a Future YellowJackets Basketball Camp this summer!  Sessions are available for ages Kindergarten through 8th Grade.  This will be the only camp offered this summer so don't miss out on this great opportunity!

 

June 12 - 15
Grade K - 5
8:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Grades 5 - 8
12:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

 

RAP Support Group Meetings

Are you raising a child of a relative?
If so, you are invited to join us for a monthly support group to learn about resources and ideas in your role as acting parent/guardian.  The next meeting will take place on Monday, November 13th from 6:30 - 7:30 at the Woodford County Public Library.  Please mark your calendars as this group will meet on the second Monday of every month through May of 2018.  This flyer will provide more information regarding this program.  We hope you can join us!

Updated Make-Up Day Plan Snowy Road

The recent inclement weather has caused our calendar to move into the make up day schedule.  As of today, school will now be in session on May 24th

Kindergarten Early Entry Kindergarten Children in Class

Woodford County Schools works to serve the needs of students in the community beginning with ensuring students are provided the best foundation for success. To be eligible for Early Entry, with early entry being defined as a student who does not meet the age requirements as designated in KRS, a student must meet the following guidelines and follow the process described:

  1. Student must turn 5 on or before December 31 of the Kindergarten Entry Year.
  2. Application submitted expressing desire to be screened for Early Entry prior to June 1 preceding the year of entry.
  3. Demonstrate general academic readiness through meeting the criteria of “Kindergarten Ready” on academic measures using the BRIGANCE© kindergarten screen.
  4. Score in the 90th percentile or above on all 5 areas of the Developmental Indicators for the Assessment of Learning™, Fourth Edition. (DIAL™-4 five areas: Concepts; Motor; Language; Self-Help; Social-Emotional)
  5. Guardians complete a conference with district official to ensure full awareness of all known factors related to the guardian decision to pursue early entry.
FREE Event for Special Needs Individuals

The Woodford County Fair will have a FREE event for those with special needs on June 21st from 10:00 to noon.  This event is for both children and adults.  The flyer can be seen here.

Super Attendance Flag Awarded

Congratulations to Northside Elementary School!
The Thoroughbreds have been awarded the Super Attendance Flag for their May attendance!
The ADA at Northside last month was 97.32% earning them the right to fly the flag over their school throughout the summer.  Way to go Northside!

The Most Improved Flag goes to Safe Harbor Academy!
Congratulations to Mr. Culbertson, his students and his staff!

The district-wide attendance can be found in the table below.

Northside 97.32%
Huntertown 97.16%
Southside 96.77%
Simmons 95.98%
WCMS 95.5%
WCHS 91.34%
Safe Harbor 88.3%
District 94.71%

 

Safe Harbor Fundraiser

Picture of Napa Prime LogoWe need your help!

Here's your chance to have a great meal and help our students too!  Napa Prime wil donate 25% of their sales on Tuesday, November 14th to Safe Harbor Academy.  To make sure our kids get the help they need,
give this flyer to your server when you visit Napa Prime.

Thank you for helping our students!

Attendance March Madness Results Attendance list


Congratulations to the Huntertown Kindergarten team!  They are the big winners in our 2018 Attendance March Madness.  Each student on the winning team will receive a meal voucher for Bojangles.

The backet results for the entire competition can be seen here

Super Attendance Flag Awarded

Congratulations to Huntertown Elementary...again!
The Super Attendance Flag has been awarded to their school
for their outstanding October Attendance!

The Wildcats ADA last month was 97.16% earning them the right to fly the flag over their school through the end of this month.  Way to go, Huntertown!

To see the district-wide average daily attendance, please click Read More in the left corner below.

Talking to Children About Violence Picture of yellow lockers

In light of the recent tragedies across the nation, we have added some information for parents under the "Parent Resources" area of our website that you may find helpful.

You may click here to see an informational flyer or visit our Parent Resources page.

Pension Proposal Informational Meeting

Keeping the Promise LogoInformational Meeting with Mr. Hawkins

On Tuesday, October 24th, Mr. Hawkins met with several faculty and staff regarding the recent proposed changes to teacher retirement.  If you were unable to attend, you may view the video by click 'Read More' in the lower left hand corner of this article. 

There will be a rally in the Woodford County High School Library  beginning at 5:00 on Thursday, October 26th.  Several legislators have been invited to attend.  We hope to see you there!

Coming Soon: Kindergarten Registration Kindergarten Student Using an iPad

If your child will be 5 years old before August 1st, you may register  him/her for kindergarten at one of our elementary schools. 

High Attendance Day Regional Winner

A picture of a yellowjacket logoCongratulations to Woodford County High School!

The Yellowjackets attendance on High Attendance Day (September 20th) was the highest in Region 15!  This region includes 13 surrounding counties including Anderson, Franklin, Frankfort Independent, Harrison, Jessamine and Scott. 

Self-Advocacy Skills for Gifted Students Raised hands

Student workshops and parent information session, with guest speaker Deb Douglas.  March 8-10.

Board Considering Student Random Drug Testing Policy Policy

The Woodford County Board of Education is considering the adoption of a student random drug testing policy for students participating in certain voluntary activities. Please click "read more" to gain additional details and provide optional input.

Important Information Regarding Wind Chill Delays and Closings Snowy Fence

How Does the Wind Chill Affect School Being Delayed or Closed?

During the winter months several factors come into play that could delay the start of school or cause school to be  closed all together. One such factor is the wind chill on a given day. On particularly cold mornings we continuously monitor the National Weather Service and closely monitor the weather conditions. There are two possible scenarios that come from the National Weather Service: a Wind Chill Advisory and a Wind Chill Warning. The National Weather Service in Louisville, KY defines the two as the following:

  • Wind Chill Advisory: Wind Chills between -10 and -24 degrees and at least a wind of 10 MPH or more.
  • Wind Chill Warning: Wind Chills -25 degrees and below with at least a wind of 10 MPH or more.
Woodford County Public Schools

330 Pisgah Pike
Versailles, KY 40383

Phone: 859-879-4600
Fax: 859-879-3961