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Wayne School District Test Scores Rising

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The State of Utah Board of Education has released final SAGE testing results for 2016. The testing shows impressive gains at Wayne School District. Students throughout the state are tested each year in April and May in Language Arts, Math and Science. The comprehensive testing program was developed by the State of Utah. 

The testing results show positive gains for students and schools throughout the school district. Overall, the percentage of students scoring proficiency in Language Arts and Math grew by 6%. The Science proficiency scores grew by 5%. The most impressive gains at individual schools include a 15% gain in Science at Loa Elementary, a 10% gain in Language Arts at Wayne Middle School and a 15% gain in Math at Wayne High School. 

Overall Wayne School District is above the state average in Language Arts and at the state average in Math and Science. We are proud of the hard work our teachers and students are doing at all of our schools. Each year our schools work to improve our instruction and educational results so that our students are better prepared for their future. 

The SAGE testing program is in its fourth year. It has been under scrutiny, and there is legislative concern about the program. In a special legislative session in the spring of 2016, Governor Herbert suggested the state do away with the program. As a result, this may be the last year that the state uses the SAGE testing program. If SAGE testing ends other types of testing will replace it. This will ensure the quality of education continues to increase in our district.

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Wayne School District is ready for 2016-2017!

Wayne School District is ready for the upcoming school year with energy and excitement. Each of the district schools are continuing with their strong educational programs and adding exciting new elements that are designed to increase our educational excellence. 

At Loa Elementary Mrs. Blackburn stated that, “The teachers and staff at Loa Elementary school are determined to deliver outstanding instruction throughout the 2016-2017 school year. We will continue to create a school where safety, respect, accountability, support and excellence are highly evident. We are committed to providing foundational instruction in the core areas of language arts, math, and science, as well as using STEAM as an educational framework that can be used in all disciplines. STEAM is an approach the uses science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics as access points for guiding student inquiry, dialogue, and critical thinking. This year we will be implementing monthly school-wide STEAM projects in an effort to better prepare our students for the challenges of the future. We encourage parents and volunteers to get involved with these projects. We are extremely excited to work with the amazing students at Loa Elementary and look forward to seeing all of you as we begin a new school year! We invite you to join us as we make Loa Elementary a place where the Arts are used as a lever for explosive growth, social-emotional connections, and the foundation for the innovators of tomorrow….today!” 

There have been several staff changes at Wayne Middle School. "We are excited to get back to school this year! It is going to be great year!” Stated Mr. Peterson, “We hope you had a refreshing summer and are ready to come back to school, I know all of the teachers and staff at the middle school are. We have several new additions this year. We are welcoming some new faces to our WMS community. Corri Robinson will be teaching 7th and 8th grade English, and 6th grade Science. Nikki Stringham will also be with us for 2 hours to teach the 7th grade Utah Studies classes. We are excited to have them join us this year! We are also excited to have Lori Chappell back with us teaching our Band classes. Along with these new staff members we have some exciting new academic opportunities. We have added Spanish as an elective course and a program called Odyssey, which will allow us to offer some new and interesting elective course opportunities. Again we are excited to see all of you in a few weeks! We hope you are too!” 

The pinnacle of our district education system is Wayne High School. It continues to provide rigorous classes that are preparing our students for their future. They provide concurrent college classes in the high school as well as a host of career and technology classes. Mrs. Bray stated that, “I am excited to start this school year and am reminded that this process we call education is a journey for everyone involved. Students, teachers, parents and the whole community navigate this journey together and that each of us will emerge next spring with more wisdom, experience and character than we have today. May we all strive to understand and embrace our roles and do our very best to serve and support each other along the way. Bring on 2016-2017!!!” 

Our little school in Hanksville is also ready for the upcoming school year. We welcome Mrs. Wilkins as our new head teacher at Hanksville Elementary. “Excitement comes with each new school year as we look towards new beginnings: new classes, new faces, new expectations, new schedules, and new materials.” stated Mrs. Wilkins. “I am looking forward to a positive and upbeat year at Hanksville Elementary School. We have a few changes in our staff, bringing new ideas and new enthusiasm. With the help of teachers, staff, students and parents we will continue to be a school community in which every person feels respected, valued, and is challenged to achieve great things. Parents, please continue to help us by reinforcing school expectations at home. I look forward to working with you and the children throughout the school year to provide a productive and safe learning environment that supports student success. We can all improve and support each other when we carry with us the things I have asked the students to bring to school: a good attitude, a desire to learn, and a willing determination to work hard and not give up!” 

I am looking forward to meeting each parent and student as we work together to provide a high quality educational experience for each student and family. If you ever have any questions or concerns you can always call me at the District Office (435-425-3806). I also have an anonymous text service if you feel that you need anonymity (435-574-1543

Respectfully 

Dr. John M. Fahey 
Superintendent of Schools 
Wayne School District 

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Welcome Back to Wayne School District!

Welcome Back! This promises to be a year filled with opportunities for all of our students as we strive to find ways that we can be even better than we have been before. For generations, the Wayne County Schools have been the educational home to students across our community, as well as a critical part of what makes our county such a great place to live. As superintendent, I am thrilled to be part of a district where traditions are held in such high regard, and where keeping current with best teaching and learning practices is valued.  

Our vision is . . . Educational Excellence for Each Child

We embark on this journey with a pledge to you, our students and parents, that this will be a year of engaging, meaningful and rigorous work in our classrooms. Though we are a small school district we will strive to provide a rigorous education that will match and exceed the quality found in any district in the state.

Our staff of highly qualified professional educators and support personnel is committed to providing our students opportunities both inside and outside of the classroom. We look forward to a very positive and productive year together. We extend a special, yearlong invitation to our families to join us at school activities and events whenever possible.  We want, need and value your involvement in your child’s education. Your active participation is key to the success of each student. 

At the beginning of every school year, we know that we will face unanticipated challenges and opportunities as the year progresses. Please know that we always work to address critical issues transparently, involving community members in the difficult decisions that must be made about our classrooms, schools, students, and district.  If you have any issues or concerns that your principal cannot resolve please contact me directly. My contact information is below. Please also feel free to come by the district office so I can have a chance to meet you. 

On behalf of Wayne County School District, please accept my thanks for your support of our schools and our students and, on a personal level, for the opportunity to work with you as your superintendent.

Sincerely,

Dr. John M. Fahey
Superintendent
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College and Careers

There are few activities in our community and state that are more important than supporting and improving the quality of public education. A quality education is the surest strategy for improving our quality of life and advancing our chances for a sound and robust economy.

Wayne School District is committed to help the Governor reach the state goal of 66% of adults completing a degree or certificated post secondary program by 2020. The District is focusing its resources from Pre-School to Graduation on programs to help prepare our students to be college and career ready when they graduate. Some of these programs include:

  • Pre-school and Upstart
  • A full day Kindergarten option
  • Substantial investment in the One-to-One technology initiative
  • A significant increase in concurrent enrollment offerings and enrollment
  • A music program offering in the Elementary School
  • A greater focus on educator professional development and instructional improvement

The business community throughout the state is also placing greater emphasis on the importance of Education, and is working in collaboration with the Governor’s initiative and state school officials to improve education in Utah. Business non-profit partnerships such as “Prosperity 2020,” “Education Now,” and “Education First,” are aggressively championing the importance of investment in public education.

Over the next few weeks, articles in the Insider will focus more specifically on some of these programs and our goal to have our students prepared and ready for College and Careers. Please be informed.

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Future Facilities Planning


Wayne School District passed a tax increase through the Truth-In-Taxation process to prepare for future critical building needs in the District.  This increased tax funding can only be used for Capital improvements or new construction in the District.  Facilities in the District are beginning to reach a critical point at which serious decisions must be made in order to keep them safe and viable for students and district personnel. The remodels that have been done in the past have continually added more stress, and increased work loads on the buildings, and they are showing serious signs of needed repair and improvement.

Wayne District School Board has completed an initial “Facilities Needs Assessment,” and are now ready to begin developing a comprehensive facilities improvement plan.  The objective of this planning will be to develop short and long term priorities and goals in order to provide careful and strategic use of resources as the District moves forward.

The “Facilities Needs Assessment,” includes several comprehensive District proposals as a starting point to this future planning.  This assessment can be found here.  We are encouraging public input and participation in the development of these strategic building plans.  If you would like to help or make suggestions on this project, we encourage you to contact the Wayne School District office or discuss your interests with a school board member.  We look forward to your positive input as we plan ahead.  Please be informed.  

Facilities Needs Assessment

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