Announcements

Pageant

The annual Queen and Princess of Hearts pageant will be held in the WCHS gym Saturday night, Feb. 28th, at 6:00 p.m. Doors will open at 5:00 p.m. General admission will be $5.00 per person.
There are a few reserved seats on the floor available for $10.00 each. See Dana Baker at WCHS to purchase these reserved seating tickets.

Chittlin' Supper

The Winston County Chittlin’ Eaters Association and the Meek High School Band Presents the Winston County’s 56th Annual Chittlin' Supper. Enjoy the Entertainment, Door Prizes, Buck Dancing, and Hog Calling Contest.
March 20th 4:30 P.M.–8:30 P.M. in the Meek Elementary Gym. $8.00 Admission, Children 5-12 $5.00, Under 4 Free. All proceeds go to “The Band of Champions” of Meek High School. (Printable flyer)

Career and Technical Education

February is Career and Technical Education Month in Alabama. According to the Labor Monthly Review, nearly one-third of America’s fastest-growing occupations and careers will require a postsecondary degree and specialized credential. Many of these credentials are offered in one of the 12 Career Tech programs within Winston County Schools. The skills that Alabama’s students are learning in career tech are a great start for their futures. For more information about CTE Month activities in our community, call 205 489-2121 or visit the Winston County Technical Center website.

No School

Friday, March 6th No School-Inservice Day for teachers.
March 30th-April 3rd is Spring Break.

Board Meeting

The Winston County Board of Education will meet in Regular Session Tuesday, March 10, 2015 at 5:30 p.m.

Arley Day

5K Run at 7:00 A.M. May 16, 2015 at Hickory Lane Arley, AL 35541.
Pre-registration:
• February 1-28 $20
• March 1-31 $25
• April 1-30 $30
• May 1-15 $35
• Checks or Money Orders made out to Meek High School
• Mail to: Meek High School Nancy Frith County Road 41 Arley, Al 35541
• Questions? Contact Nancy Frith 204-471-4075
• On-site Registration $40
Proceeds go to the Meek Band of Champions. (Printable flyer)

Job Postings

Use the Human Resources link, in the left column, to search for job openings, learn about our application process, and to apply for a job.

Year of the Nurse

Attached is a proclamation from Governor Robert Bentley declaring 2015 the Year of the Nurse in the state of Alabama. We appreciate Governor Bentley's recognition of all the contributions that Alabama nurses make to their communities on a daily basis and join him in thanking you for your service to our state.

Honor Rolls

Lynn Elementary School    Double Springs Elementary School
Double Springs Middle School    Meek Elementary School
Addison Elementary School    Lynn High School
Winston County High School    Addison High School
Meek High School

2015 Monthly Wellness Premium Waiver

Beginning in October 2015, eligible PEEHIP members will begin paying a $50 monthly wellness premium if they choose not to participate or fail to complete their requirements by the deadline of May 31, 2015.

This new premium applies to both eligible members and covered spouses, resulting in a potential combined $100 monthly additional premium. By completing the activities listed below by the specified deadline, members and covered spouses will earn a waiver of the upcoming monthly premium. To receive the waiver:
-Get a Wellness Screening between August 1, 2014, and May 31, 2015.
-Complete the Health Questionnaire (HQ) online at www.MyActiveHealth.com/PEEHIP or by phone at 855.294.6580 between January 1, 2015, and May 31, 2015.
-Enroll in Wellness Coaching or Disease Management if you get an invitation letter from ActiveHealth in January 2015. By May 31, 2015, you must complete at least 1 of these activities: -1 phone call with a coach or nurse (ActiveHealth will begin contacting candidates for coaching in January 2015. To initiate coaching, call 855.294.6580.)
OR
-"100 heartbeat units" of Online Health Coaching at www.MyActiveHealth.com/PEEHIP (completed over 4 weeks)

Peehip Wellness Screenings

Updated 1/16/15 - Make up screenings for Winston County - From January thru the month of April on the first and last Thursday of each month at the Winston County Health Department between the hours of 8 a.m. and 11 a.m.

Curriculum - Winston County Teaches the College and Career Readiness Standards

I am an Alabama Parent  - What do Alabama's College and Career Ready Standards mean for my child?
Frequently Asked Questions  about College and Career Ready Standards.
CCRS Myth & Facts - Facts about the Alabama College and Career Ready Standards
All information was taken from the Alabama Department of Education website.

IMPORTANT WEB RESOURCE In an effort to continually improve outcomes for students in grades K-12, the Alabama State Department of Education is asking for public feedback specifically related to the current Alabama College and Career Ready Standards for English/Language Arts and Mathematics. This review offers an opportunity for those who are genuinely interested in improving education to offer feedback related to each standard in each grade level. The public review will begin Monday, October 6, 2014 and will end the week of December 15, 2014. If you or members of your community are interested in providing feedback in the review of our standards, please visit www.alsde.edu.

Respiratory Viruses: What Can We Do To Prevent Them?

You might have seen in the news that there is currently a respiratory virus, Enterovirus, causing hospitalizations among some children . While many who contract the illness will suffer only mild cold-like symptoms, it is affecting some children more severely.

The Winston County School District health services team asked the Winston County Health Department whether there is anything special we should be doing to help prevent this virus in our district’s schools.

The Health Department said, while there is currently no vaccination to prevent the Enterovirus, there are other prevention techniques we can use.

Please help us control this virus in our School. Join us in practicing these basic preventative measures and encouraging your children to do the same:

• Use good, frequent hand-washing with soap and water.
• Avoid close contact with others who are sick.
• Stay home when you are sick with a fever.
• Cover your mouth and nose when you sneeze or cough.
• Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces.
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.

Together, let’s team up to do what we can to protect our children from this and other viruses headed our way this fall and winter. Thank you!

Meningococcal Information

The Jessica Elkins Act (SB0075, Act #2014-274) requires local school systems to provide meningococcal disease and vaccine information to parents of sixth through twelfth grade students. Download the ADPH Meningococcal Flyer for Schools.

Notice to Parents

Basic school funding depends on the free & reduced forms that the parents are asked to fill out. Whether the student does or does not eat in the cafeteria, it is very important to the Winston County School System that the forms are completed. Forms may be picked up in the school office or printed here. More information about the school lunch program can be found in the child nutrition section.

Accountability Reporting

Student Achievement Reports are available from the Alabama State Department of Education's Accountability Reporting System.

PayPams

PayPAMS was designed to provide parents with a safe and convenient way to prepay for student's meals online. Parents can set up automatic payment plans, view balances and account history, and receive automated notification on balance status.

Notice

The Winston County Schools report for the yearly update on the asbestos management program.

Public Notice

It is the official policy of the Winston County School System that no person in the system shall, on the grounds of race, color, disability, sex, religion, creed, national origin, or age, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program, activity, or employment. The following person(s) has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies: Sara Ritter , 504 Coordinator, P.O. Box 9, Double Springs, AL 35553, 205-489-5018.

Winston County Schools Mission

The Winston County School System will prepare students for the 21st Century by engaging all learners in meaningful learning experiences that meet the highest educational and ethical standards in a caring, collaborative learning community supported through partnerships with parents and families, businesses, civic organizations, and higher education.



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