District News

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.

First Annual Attendance Madness!

Are you ready for March Madness?!?
Woodford County Schools has come up with our own madness...Attendance Madness!

This will be the first annual March Madness themed student attendance competition.  The teams are made up of each grade level at each school, including Safe Harbor Academy.  These teams will compete against each other every week for the next five weeks according to this bracket.  The winning team will receive a flag to hang proudly in their school.  Individual prizes will be given as well for perfect attendance throughout the compettion.  

We encourage your student(s) to help their team win by being in school every day!  This flyer will provide more details for you.
The competition begins on February 27th and runs through March 31st. 

Best of luck to everyone!  See you at school!  

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.

Attendance Flags Awarded

Congratulations to Huntertown Elementary School!
They have been awarded the Super Attendance Flag for their October attendance.
Their average daily attendance last month was 97.15% earning them the right to fly the Super Attendance Flag
over their school through the end of November.
Way to go, Wildcats!

The Most Improved Flag goes to Safe Harbor Academy!
They improved their attendance in October by 5.97% over the previous month.
Congratulations to Mr. Culbertson and his crew at Safe Harbor!

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High Attendance Day Winner

Congratulations to Northside Elementary School!
Among all the elementary schools in our region, the Thoroughbreds had the highest attendance on High Attendance Day back in September.
The counties included in our region are Anderson, Bourbon, Boyle, Franklin, Harrison, Jessamine, Mercer, Nicholas and Scott as well as
Burgin, Danville, Frankfort, and Paris Independent Schools.  Way to go, Northside!

Kids Voting 2016

The Woodford County Kids Voting Steering Committee invites you, the students of Woodford County Schools, to participate in the upcoming Presidential Election on Tuesday, November 8th.  Volunteers will be available to assist students with their paper ballots from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Election Day.  To learn more about this great opportunity to teach our students about the voting and election process,
see the attached flyer.

Daylight Savings Time Ends

Clock with hands going backwardIt's time to "fall back" one hour!

Daylight Savings Time will end on Sunday, November 6th.
Don't forget to set your clocks back 1 hour
before going to bed Saturday night.

Super Attendance Flag Awarded

Congratulations to Huntertown Elementary School!
They are the recipient of the Super Attendance Flag Award this month.  Their average daily attendance during September was 97.38%.
Congratulations to the Huntertown Wildcats!

The district-wide average daily attendance for September is found in the table below.

Huntertown 97.38%
Northside 97.34%
Simmons 96.47%
WCMS 96.22%
Southside 95.94%
WCHS 94.68%
Safe Harbor 87.88%
District 95.89%

 

Volunteers Needed for Local Planning Committee

Blue and green box with LPCWe Need You!

The Woodford County Board of Education is seeking volunteer community and business leaders as members of the Local Planning Committee.  The purpose of the Local Planning Committee is to develop a new District Facilities Plan.  Volunteer members must be residents of Woodford County.  The final selection of committee members will be made by the Woodford County Board of Education.  Committee members will participate in at least three Local Planning Committee meetings and at least three Local Public Forums.  Interested parties should send a “Letter of Interest” by September 30, 2016 to Scott Hawkins, Superintendent, Woodford County Board of Education, 330 Pisgah Pike, Versailles, KY  40383.

Resources for Student Reading Success!

Each month, our friends at Resources for Educators, make available wonderful resources for parents/guardians to become involved in their student's reading success.  These publications are called Reading Connection:  Tips for Reading Success and Early Years:  Working Together For A Great Start.  Included are fun activities and ideas designed to help your student learn to love to read.  The September release, available in English and Espanõl, can be found in the links found below.  In the months to come, these resources will be available on our Curriculum & Instruction page.  Please be sure to visit their page for new resources every month.  Let's make our kids great readers!

Reading Connection - September 2016 (Conexión de la lectura)
English Version
Version en espanõl

Early Years - September 2016 (Primeros años)
English Version
Version en espanõl

Superintendent's Flag Awarded

Congratulations to Huntertown Elementary!
They've been awarded the Superintendent's High Attendance Flag
for their outstanding attendance in August!

The Wildcats ADA last month was 97.94% earning them the right to proudly fly the flag over their school through the end of this month.
Way to go, Huntertown!

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

Huntertown 97.94%
Simmons 97.73%
Northside 97.72%
Southside 97.23%
WCMS 96.80%
WCHS 96.03%
Safe Harbor 90.90%
District 96.87%

 

Early Release Day, Wednesday, September 21st

Post-It Note with paper clipEarly Release Day!

Wednesday, September 21, 2016 will be an Early Release Day.
Elementary school students will be released at 12:45.  Middle and high school students will be released at 1:10.  Safe Harbor students will be released at 1:00.

The Run 4 DC 5K

The Run 4 DC 5K

Mark your calendars to run in this fun 5K to help Simmons Fifth Graders go to Washington DC!  The event will take place on Saturday, September 17th and will begin at 8:00 a.m.  To register, please visit www.run4dc.com or drop by Simmons Elementary for more information.

Hope to see you there!

Back-to-School 5k and Fun Run

On August 19, Southside Elementary School will host its Inaugural Back to School 5k and 1 Mile Fun Run/Walk to support the Fine Arts at Southside.  Students participate in Music, Art, Library, Physical Education and Chinese Classes, but funds are needed to update materials and equipment.   These improvements will advance the fine arts education of our students.

Click here to sign-up for this awesome event!  Back-to-School 5K and Fun Run 

 

Napa Prime Night

Napa Prime

Is a proud Sponsor of Safe Harbor Academy

Tuesday August 16th, NAPA PRIME will be donating, 10% of all sales WITH THIS FLYER to support our Safe Harbor Academy!!
4PM TO 10:00PM
 

Final WCPS 2016-17 Academic School Year Calendar

Recently the 2016-17 School Calendar was amended by adding August 5th as a flexible professional day for our faculty and staff.  To view the final approved calendar for the upcoming school year, please click here

WCPS Summer Feeding Program 2016

Come eat with us this summer!

You are invited to our Summer Feeding Program, June 13th - July 22nd.  Lunch will be served at two locations.  Simmons Elementary will serve breakfast from 8:30 - 9:30 and lunch from 11:30 - 12:30.  WCHS will serve lunch only from 11:30 - 12:30.  Meals will be served in the cafeteria, Monday through Friday.  No meals will be served on July 4th in observance of the holiday.  The cost is free to children 18 years and younger.  Adult cost is $2.00 for breakfast and $3.00 for lunch.  We look forward to seeing you this summer!

Let's Celebrate Our Country's Birthday!

Versailles - Woodford County - Midway
2016 Fourth of July Celebration


            Downtown Celebration

  • Streets will be shut down at 10:00 a.m. 
  • 11:00 a.m. - Parade on Main Street (bike and parade entry form on the website)
  • 12:30 p.m. - 'Salute to the Brave' (nomination form on the website)
  • 12:00-4:00 – Vendor Area (form on the website)
  • 12:00-4:00 - Photo Booth
  • 12:00-4:00 – Fun Zone (Kids Activities)
  • 12:00-4:00 - Car Cruise (Court Street Parking Lot)  

    Fireworks at County Park (Free Admission)
  • 6:00 - Park Admission (opens)
  • Food Vendors/Booths/Activities
  • Entertainment at Park
    Bands (7:00 - 10:00)
    10:00 – Fireworks
  • 10:45 - Park Closes

Visit our website at VERSAILLESFOURTHOFJULY.COM for more information and forms.

Immunization Certificate and Physical Exam Reminder

Attention Parents of Current 5th Grade Students

This is a reminder that KRS 158.035 requires a valid Kentucky Immunization Certificate and Physical Examination be submitted prior to entry into 6th grade.  If you have already completed this required step, you are more than welcome to submit those to your current elementary school at this time.  Those records will transfer to Woodford County Middle School with your child’s other records.  If you have not yet made your appointments, you are encouraged to do so soon to avoid any unnecessary complications such as a restriction from attending school which the above referenced law requires.  If you have any questions, please contact your school nurse.

Important End of Year Dates

Dates to Remember

Middle School Orientation Night for Incoming 6th Graders
Thursday, May 12th - 6:00 p.m.
WCMS Gym

No School
Tuesday, May 17th

Professional Development Day for Faculty and Staff

WCHS Senior Baccalaureate Services
Sunday, May 22nd - 6:00 p.m.

King's Way Assembly of God

Fifth Grade Celebration/Graduation
Monday, May 23rd

Huntertown Elementary and Southside Elementary

Fifth Grade Celebration/Graduation
Tuesday, May 24th

Northside Elementary and Simmons Elementary

8th Grade Promotion Celebration
Tuesday, May 24th - 10:00 a.m.

WCMS Gym

Last Day of Classes for Students
Tuesday, May 24th

WCHS Graduation
Saturday, May 28th - 6:00 p.m.

Frankfort Civic Center

WCHS ranked in Top Ten Best High Schools in Kentucky

Congratulations to Woodford County High School!

Recently U.S. News reviewed 28,561 public schools in the United States.  Kentucky had 92 schools to make their rankings.  Of those 92, our very own Woodford County High School was ranked the 7th Best High School in the State! 

Hail Woodford!

For more information regarding the ranking of the U.S. News Best High Schools in Kentucky, click here.. 

Support WEEF!

The Woodford Education Endowment Foundation (WEEF) is participating in a national on-line giving day on Tuesday, May 24th.  WEEF has long supported our school district by providing wonderful arts experiences for our students and you can be a part of this through your on-line gift.  Again, this event takes place on Tuesday, May 24th and the link to their KYGives site is https://kygives.razoo.com/us/story/Weef.

Thank you for your support!

First Ever WCHS Yearbook Yard Sale!

Need an old yearbook?  Here's your chance!

The yearbook room is moving and can no longer store old yearbooks, so we're have a one time only yearbook yard sale. All old yearbooks, going back to 2012, will be sold for $10. Seniors who didn't order this year's book, can get it, plus 2015, 2014, and 2013 for $95. If you already bought a book, but didn't get your freshman through junior books, you can get the whole bundle for $30. Single books can also be purchased. Books can be purchased BEFORE or AFTER school Monday or Tuesday next week. Contact dan.ruff@woodford.kyschools.us if you have questions.

Super Attendance Flag Awarded

Congratulations to Southside Elementary School!
They've been awarded the Super Attendance Flag for their March Attendance.  Their ADA last month was 96.31%  The Southside Stallions will fly the flag over their
school through the month of April. 

The Most Improved Flag also goes to Southside Elementary School!
They improved their attendance by 1.52%!  Way to go, Stallions!

The district-wide ADA is listed in the table below.

Southside 96.31%
Huntertown 95.63%
WCMS 95.32%
Northside 95.06%
Simmons 94.79%
WCHS 93.11%
Safe Harbor 84.61%
District 94.68%

 

WCPS Career Fair

You are invited!

Woodford County Public Schools will hold a career fair on
Tuesday, April 26th, 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
The event will be held at Southside Elementary School,
1300 Troy Pike, Versailles, KY  40383
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SPARK Versailles


Mark your calendars to attend SPARK!

April 8th -  6 PM to 10 PM
April 9th - 11 AM to 10 PM
April 10th - 12 PM to 5 PM

The WCHS Community Activitism Class is hard at work preparing for this annual festival.  Spark is student run and will host a number of local vendors and entrepreneurs in downtown Versailles.  Spark was created with the goal to aid local businesses and help stimulate our economy.  It is a vision of what downtown Versailles could be with revived businesses:  a place to have food and fun, to listen to music and meet with friends, and to enjoy yourself.

Spark will feature the musical talents of Caleb Florence, Coralee and the Townies, Funkabilly and more!

Visit their website sparkversailles.com to learn more about the event.

 

 

Art Exhibit

Mark your calendars to visit the Midway Branch Library today, April 5th, to view artwork from the Woodford County Public Schools Art Teachers.  This exhibit will feature up to three pieces from each art teacher in our district.  The opening reception will take place this evening at 6:00.  If you have a chance, drop by and support our these talented artists!

Gallery Hours:
Monday - Thursday - 9:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Friday - 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Saturday - 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Sunday - 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Lights Out! Blindfold 5K - April 23rd

Safe Harbor Academy and Spark Versailles invite you to participate in the Lights Out! Blindfold 5K!

9:00 a.m., April 23, 2016
Simmons Elementary School

This event will benefit the Freeman Foundation.  The Foundation's mission is to raise awareness for the needs and potential of those with a disability by promoting the truth that disability does not equal inability!

For registration information and more, click here

WCHS Theater presents....

SHREK
THE MUSICAL

Don't miss the opportunity to see this great production!

Performance Dates & Times
Friday, March 11th - 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, March 12th - 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, March 13th - 2:00 p.m.

Friday, March 18th - 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, March 19th - 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, March 20th - 2:00 p.m.

Ticket prices:  Adults - $12, Students - $8

The WCHS Cafeteria doors wil open 30 minutes prior to curtain time.

To learn more about the production and the cast, please visit their website at
www.shrekthemusicalatwchs.weebly.com 

School In Session - Monday, March 7th


School will be in session on Monday, March 7th!

This day will be make up-day #2 according to our Board Approved School Calendar.