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District News

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. 

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.

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.

 

 

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!

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!

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!

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!

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.

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. 

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.

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.

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

 

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.

 

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.

School Start and End Time Change for 2017-2018

On Monday, May 22nd, the WC Board of Education met and approved the following changes to the school day start and end times.

All elementary schools will begin at 7:40 a.m. and end at 2:40 p.m.
Early release will be at 12:40 p.m.

Middle and high school students will begin their day at 8:15 a.m.
and end at 3:15 p.m.

Early release for these students will be at 1:15 p.m.

Safe Harbor Academy will begin at 8:15 a.m. and end at 3:00 p.m.
Early release will be at 1:00 p.m.

The 2017-2018 School Calendar was also approved.
It can be seen by clicking here.

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!

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.

WCHS Future YellowJackets Basketball Camp

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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.

 

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%

 

May Calendar Events

IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER

WCMS Chromebook Collection
Thursday, May 11th

WCHS Chromebook Collection
Monday, May 15th

LAST DAY FOR STUDENTS
Monday, May 22nd

WCHS Baccalaureate Services
Thursday, May, 25th
6:30 p.m. at Journey Church

WCHS Graduation
Saturday, May 27th
6:00 p.m. at Frankfort Civic Center

 

 

Super Attendance Flag Awarded

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

The Wildcats average daily attendance was 97.47% last month.  This accomplishment earns them the right to fly the flag over their school throughout the month of May.  Way to go Huntertown!

The Most Improved Flag goes to Northside Elementary!
The Thoroughbreds improved their attendance last month by 3.6%.  Congratulations to Northside students and staff!

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

Huntertown 97.47%
Northside 97.16%
Southside 96.32%
WCMS 96.17%
Simmons 96.08%
WCHS 94.67%
Safe Harbor 85.86%
District 95.85%

 

Woodford READS...."The Mouse and the Motorcycle"

Stack of books
Earlier this week, Mr. Hawkins kicked off our
Woodford READS Program.
Click here to check out pictures of our of kids reading! 

Infinite Campus App Update

Infinite Campus LogoAttention Parents!

Recently there was an update to our Infinite Campus program, which in turn called for an update to the Infinite Campus App that many of you may use to monitor your students homework assignments and grades.  In the past, the app required an alpha code be entered to access your child's information.  With the update, users are now asked to enter the county and state of the school district their child is enrolled in currently.  This information should only need to entered with the initial download of the app.  However, you may be asked to log in with your username and password when using the app.  If you have any questions, please feel free to e-mail our District Student Information Systems Coordinator, Kathy Kurtz, at kathy.kurtz@woodford.kyschools.us.

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Super Attendance Flag Awarded for March

Congratulations to Simmons Elementary!!
They are the winner of the Super Attendance Flag for their March Attendance!

The Bulldogs ADA last month was 95.62% earning them the right to fly the flag over their school through the month of April.
Way to go, Simmons!

The Most Improved Flag goes to Northside Elementary!
They improved their attendance last month by 2.62%.
Great job, Thoroughbreds!

The district-wide average daily attendance can be seen in the table below.

Simmons 95.62%
Southside 95.39%
WCMS 94.63%
Huntertown 94.44%
Northside 93.56%
WCHS 93.51%
Safe Harbor 90.22%
District 94.35%

 

Woodford READS Kickoff!

Mr. Stack of booksHawkins kicks off Woodford READS!

Woodford READS (Read, Explore and Discover Success) launched on April 17th with Mr. Hawkins reading Chapter 1 of The Mouse and the Motorcycle to our kindergarten students at Simmons Elementary.  Please check out the video of our kickoff event.  Please take a few minutes to read one chapter a night from the book as a family.  If you want to take a picture or video of you reading with your child, feel free to send those to Liz Pitcher at liz.pitcher@woodford.kyschools.us.  We would love to put these on our website.

We are excited about Woodford READS and the benefits it can provide to our kids.
 

WCPS STLP goes to State!

Student Technology Leadership Program Logo#STLP17 State Championship

On Wednesday, April 12th, our elementary Student Technology Leadership Program students competed in the 2017 STLP State Championship.  The event was held in Heritage Hall and spilled over into Rupp Arena.  Imagine 9,000 students under one roof competing in events like Digital Photography, Website Design, Photo On Demand, Newscast, Sphero Hero (robotics), Bench Challenge, just to name a few. 

Woodford County, as always, was represented well!  Northside Elementary students Zoe Ratliff and Nolan Yost were state champions in their events.  Zoe won in Website Design and Nolan won in Photo On Demand (Reach for the Stars).  Simmons Elementary was represented by their awesome news crew.  Huntertown Elementary students won blue ribbons for their robotics projects. 

Be sure to click Read More below to view picture from the event!

First Annual Attendance Madness Final Results

Our Attendance Madness has drawn to a close and the

Northside Elementary Kindergarten Class
is our big winner!

Congratulations to Mr. Asher and his K kids!

The final bracket can be seen here.  

 

Local Planning Committee

Local Planning Committe Logo
Local Planning Committee Meeting – District Facilities Plan

The Woodford County Public Schools Local Facilities Planning Committee will meet at 5:20 p.m. on Tuesday, March 28, 2017 at Woodford Co. High School, 180 Frankfort St, in the library.

Public Forum – District Facilities Plan

The Woodford County Public Schools Local Facilities Planning Committee will be available to receive comments during the 3rd public forum at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 28, 2017 at Woodford Co. High School, 180 Frankfort St, in the library.

Public Hearing – District Facilities Plan

The Woodford County Board of Education will conduct a public hearing to receive comments on the District’s Facility Plan at 6:45 p.m. on
Monday, April 17, 2017
, at the Woodford Co Board of Education Central Office located at 330 Pisgah Pike, in the second floor conference room.

Woodford READS - Coming Soon!!

A picture of a stack of three booksLove reading books with your kids?  Woodford READS is for you!

To support the important foundation of early literacy, we are excited to launch Woodford READS (Read, Explore and Discover Success).  Soon after returning from spring break, a common chapter book will be given to every student in grades PK-5.  The book is the student’s to keep.  Mr. Hawkins will kick off the program by reading the first chapter from the book with a group of students from one of our elementary schools.  This will be videotaped and placed on our website.  What we will then ask is for each family to take a few minutes each night and read a chapter from the book together.  For our preschool and early primary students, a parent, another adult or an older sibling can read the chapter to the child.  This helps expand the student’s vocabulary and build important literacy skills.  For our intermediate students, we would like for the child to read to an adult or even to a younger sibling.  While the book might be below the normal reading level of the child, they can practice reading with fluency and expression.   Be sure to click Read More for additional information below.

WCHS YellowJacket Mulch Madness

WCHS Football YellowJacket LogoWCHS Football Mulch Madness!

You can support the Woodford County Football Team and beautify your landscape at the same time!  Black Platinum Premium Hardwood Mulch is available for purchase by the bag or scoop.  Each bag is $5.50 and will be delivered to your door.  For an additional $1.00 charge, the football team and coaches will spread the mulch for you.  If your landscape requires a larger order, scoops are available for $30.00 for pick up at WCHS.  Delivery is also available for an additional $10.00 as well as mulch spreading for $25.00.

For more information regarding Mulch Madness, please see the information on this flyerTo place your order now, please click here for the link.

Thank you for your support!

 

Super Attendance Flag Awarded

Congratulations to Huntertown Elementary School!
They've once again been awarded the Super Attendance Flag!
Their average daily attendance last month was 95.39%.  Way to go, Wildcats!

Kindergarten entry change to begin 2017-2018 school year!

Important information for incoming kindergarten students:  Per the Kentucky Department of Education, beginning with the 2017-2018 academic school, any student turning 5 years old by August 1st will be eligible to enter kindergarten.  This date was previously October 1st.  For more information regarding this change, please see the letter from our district here.

If your child will not be 5 years old by August 1st and you would like to be considered for early entry into kindergarten, please complete this Early Entry Application Form.

Important Information Regarding Wind Chill Delays and Closings

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.

When the National Weather Service issues a Wind Chill Warning for Woodford County for the time the school day begins, we will make a decision to close schools.  It is quite likely we will make this type of decision on the morning of the day in question as it is hard to predict what the wind chill will be the night before.  If there is a Wind Chill Advisory for the county, schools will likely be open unless there are operational problems with the bus fleet or mechanical problem in the school buildings.  Buildings and the bus fleet are assessed in the morning prior to school by 6:00 am.

Local Planning Committee Meeting Scheduled

Local Planning Committee LogoMark your calendars!

The Woodford County Public Schools Local Facilities Planning Committee will meet at 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 22nd, Southside Elementary School at 1300 Troy Pike, Versailles, in the library. The Committee will be available to receive comments during the 2nd public forum at 5:45 p.m. immediately after the meeting.

School in Session, President's Day

Post-It Note with Remember...
Don't forget!

School will be in session on Monday, February 20th.
This will be the make-up day for our snow day back in January.

Super Attendance Flag Awarded

Congratulations to Huntertown Elementary!
They've been awarded the Super Attendance Flag again for November.
Their average daily attendance last month was 96.65%.
Way to go Huntertown Wildcats!

The district-wide attendance can be found below.

Huntertown 96.65%
Simmons 96.38%
Northside 95.25%
WCMS 94.86%
Southside 94.20%
WCHS 93.75%
Safe Harbor 90.94%
District 94.76%
Super Attendance Flag for December Awarded

Congratulations to Huntertown Elementary School!
They've been awarded the Super Attendance Flag Award for the month of December.  The Wildcats attendance last month was 96.14%.
Way to go Huntertown!

The Most Improved Flag goes to Woodford County High School!
According to our Director of Pupil of Personnel, the Yellowjackets had their highest attendance percentage in a December in at least the last seven years, if not more!
Congratulations WCHS!

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

Huntertown 96.14%
Southside 96.01%
Simmons 95.43%
WCHS 95.31%
WCMS 94.66%
Northside 93.84%
Safe Harbor 89.14%
District 95.19%

 

Two Hour Delay, Monday, January 30th

Woodford County Schools will be on a two hour delay, today, January 30th.  Schools will begin two hours after their normal start time.  There will be no morning preschool today.

2017-2018 School Calendar

Recently the Woodford County Board of Education approved the school calendar for the 2017-2018 academic year.  Please keep in mind this calendar is subject to change based upon any possible school calendar legistlation introduced and passed during the next session of the Kentucky General Assembly in 2017.  To view the approved calendar for 2017-2018, please click here.

Schools Closed, Friday, January 6th, NTI Day #1

Friday, January 6, NTI Day #1

Woodford County Public Schools are closed due to inclement weather; however, it is an NTI Day.  Students should complete the paper packets or online work as assigned by their teachers.  Teachers will be available via e-mail 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. to answer questions.

ETC will be held at Simmons Elementary School.  All other activities will be cancelled unless otherwise notified.

Schools Closed Today

Cartoon Penguin holding a Snow Day sign

 

Woodford County Public Schools are closed today, Thursday, January 5th.
ETC will be held at Simmons Elementary School.

 

Holiday Schedule

Important Dates to Remember

No School
Thanksgiving Holiday - Wednesday, November 23rd - Friday, November 25th
Central Office will be closed Thursday, November 24th and Friday, November 25th.
 

No School
Winter Break begins Wednesday, December 21st
Central Office will be closed Friday, December 23rd, Monday, December 26th, Friday,
December 30th and Monday, January 2nd.

Student return on Wednesday, January 4, 2017!

Important Information regarding NTI Days

WCPS Non-Traditional Instruction Day LogoWoodford County Public Schools will continue to utilize NTI Days or "Non-Traditional Instruction" Days for the 2016-2017 school year.  This is a great opportunity for our district to allow our students to be engaged in learning at home on days when the weather does not allow school to be in session.  For much more information on this matter, please click here for a letter from Superintendent Scott Hawkins.

Health/Wellness Public Hearing

Research confirms that breakfast is the most important meal of the day for children’s health, academic achievement, cognitive development and mental health.  All students attending a Woodford County Public School have the opportunity to eat breakfast at school. The WCPS food services department is committed to providing a healthy and nutritious breakfast that is made available to all students.  Each school serves breakfast daily and WCHS even offers a ‘second chance’ breakfast between 1st and 2nd block.

Please join us at the annual district Health/Wellness Public Hearing to hear more about how we are working to improve the health of our students and school environments.  This year’s hearing will be held in the Huntertown Elementary Library
on December 14th at 5:00pm.