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November 15, 2023
Hello WCPS Families,
As we look forward to the upcoming holiday season, WCPS students and staff continue to experience a tidal wave of remarkable accomplishments and recognitions this fall. From Drakes Creek Middle School’s National Blue Ribbon Award to the groundbreaking ceremonies of our state-of-the-art IMPACT Center for Leadership & Innovation and new Warren Elementary School, success continues to be synonymous with WCPS!
Congratulations to Greenwood High School’s faculty and staff for being recognized with the Purple Star Award! The Purple Star Award recognizes schools that show a major commitment to serving military-connected students and families. There are only 72 Purple Star schools in Kentucky and WCPS is proud to join this esteemed group of schools/districts who demonstrate a sincere commitment with their actions to support military-connected students and families! It was truly an honor to celebrate this outstanding recognition with the faculty, staff and students during Greenwood High School’s annual Veterans Day ceremony!
More congratulations are in order for Jennings Creek Elementary’s Shane Baker who was recognized a few weeks ago as WCPS’ very first Milken Family Foundation National Educator Award winner! Mr. Baker is a dedicated educator and a quick glimpse into his classroom reflects his strong commitment to high expectations for not only his students, but himself as well. He models the importance of developing positive relationships with each and every student and he is committed to ensuring the success of every student. Perhaps even more impressive, Mr. Baker is a kind and caring individual who represents the very best of WCPS and our profession. Unlike most recognitions, The Milken Foundation does not permit nominations for the award as they choose to conduct their own research on educators across the country. Considered the “Oscars” of education, Mr. Baker received a $25,000 check and we are honored to have Warren County Public Schools’ first-ever recipient of this award!
Nominations are now being accepted for the 2025 Kentucky Teacher of the Year awards and any full-time, certified public school teacher in the state with at least 10 years of experience is eligible. Nominations may be submitted via this Kentucky Teacher of the Year Google Form. We have been fortunate to have two teachers in the last two years honored as KY Teacher Achievement Award winners: Ashley Buchanon from Rockfield Elementary and, most recently, Amber Dwyer from Alvaton Elementary! We have so many Team WCPS members who are more than qualified for this prestigious recognition and I encourage you to begin nominating them today! Also, this is an excellent opportunity to increase awareness of the great work being done by WCPS staff to serve our students each day!
I hope you have a happy and safe Thanksgiving and enjoy the time with your family and friends!
Mrs. Spears brings over 20 years of experience in education to DCMS, serving since 2021 as the principal at Chandler’s School in Logan County.
Kimber, who has been volunteering with Toys for Tots of Southern Kentucky since age five, was selected as a Youth Ambassador in 2021 and was promoted to Youth Ambassador Mentor in 2022 by the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation.
The Golden Apple Awards program is a Warren County Public Schools staff recognition initiative. The monthly awards are given to those who go above and beyond their job requirements, demonstrating a commitment to their job, district, students, and fellow employees.
Teachers may be nominated by students, parents, teaching peers, principals, superintendents or anyone in the community who has an interest in honoring an outstanding educator.
The Prichard Committee will channel nearly $1.5 million to the district over five years.
The Affordable Connectivity Program is an FCC benefit program that helps ensure that households can afford the broadband they need for work, school, healthcare and more.