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WSD Named to AP Honor Roll by College Board for Record Fifth Time

The Wentzville School District has been honored again by the College Board with placement on the 5th Annual Advanced Placement (AP) District Honor Roll. Wentzville is one of only eight districts to be recognized this year in Missouri, the only district in the state to achieve this distinction in each of the past five years, and one of only six school districts nationwide to appear on the Honor Roll for five consecutive years. The WSD was recognized for increasing the number of AP courses offered in high school while also improving student performance on the AP tests. Achieving both of these indicates that the District is successfully identifying motivated, academically prepared students who will benefit most from rigorous AP course work.
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WSD Partners with Wentzville Firefighters to Provide Coats for Kids 

Firefighters from the Wentzville Fire Protection District and employees of the Wentzville School District distributed over 300 coats to kids in need at an event held at Wentzville Fire Station #1 on Saturday, November 22nd. WFPD firefighters teamed up with Operation Warm and the Wentzville School District to supply the coats to elementary students identified by school district counselors. “This is a tremendous program and we are very grateful to all of the firefighters and school counselors who made this happen again this year,” said Director of Community Relations Matt Deichmann. “It’s another example of a great community partnership that ultimately benefits hundreds of WSD students.”
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Special Board Meeting to Discuss Proposition E

The Wentzville School District Board of Education will hold a special Board meeting on Tuesday, December 2nd. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss possible options for dealing with enrollment growth with the defeat of Proposition E in the November election. More than 50% of District voters approved the proposal, but because of Missouri election law a 4/7ths or 57.14% “YES” vote was required for passage. Because Prop E did not pass, the District will not be able to build a new elementary school, add 20 additional classrooms, or complete phase two of Liberty High School. Also without voter approval to increase the tax levy, the debt service fund is projected to run out of money in 2017.

The meeting will be held in the Board Room at Central Office at 6:00 p.m. and the public is invited to attend.


Charlotte Gray wins Outstanding Contributions Award at National ACTE Conference
                        
Holt Family and Consumer Science (FACS) teacher Charlotte Gray has received the Outstanding Contributions Award from the Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE). The announcement and presentation were made at the ACTE National Conference held November 19-22 in Nashville, TN. 

Gray has served as President, Awards Chair, History Chair and Secretary for the National Association for Teachers of Family and Consumer Sciences (NATFACS). She has also served on a number of national committees including the ACTE Nominating committee, and currently serves on the National ACTE Board of Directors as the Vice President for Family and Consumer Sciences. "Gray is supportive, an incredible listener and a visionary for FACS," shared Awards Chair Leslie Watkins. "We are extremely proud of her accomplishments and celebrate with the Wentzville School District in recognizing her great work in promoting Career and Technical Education and being a great ambassador for your school district, the state of Missouri and all those she represents across the nation."

Timberland Artists Win Awards at YATTE Exhibit
Congratulations to the following Timberland High School artists for winning awards for their pieces at the Young Artists and Their Teachers 2014 Exhibit (YATTE) at Lindenwood in the J. Scheidegger Center for the Arts: Jace Garcia (1st Place, Photography and 2nd Place, Computer Arts), Abigail Preckel (2nd Place, Painting) and Mckayla Oakley (3rd Place, Sculpture). The students are taught by Timberland Art Teacher and Department Chair Crystal Wing.

The exhibit, which runs through December 7th, showcases the best artwork created in the greater St. Louis region by high school students and their art teachers. 
WSD Holiday Assistance Program Underway

Each year in December the Wentzville School District Holiday Assistance Program helps to provide gifts for needy students and their families. Last year over 460 families and more than 1,100 children received assistance in this charitable effort! The program, coordinated by the WSD Community Relations Department and the school counselors, works with businesses, community groups and individuals to help make the upcoming holidays more enjoyable for struggling families. In our schools, students and staff do a variety of things to raise money and collect gifts, and many families are adopted by their own caring school community. This year the need is as great as ever, and the District is seeking help to ensure that everyone has a few presents to enjoy. Families range in size from one child to eight children, and donors can request what size family they would like to adopt. Donors also have the option of contacting the family directly and arranging to deliver gifts, or dropping the gifts at the WSD Central Office which will coordinate getting the gifts to the donor’s adopted family.

If you would like to help out and share a little cheer by adopting a family in need, please contact your school counselor or call the WSD Community Relations Department at (636) 327-3800 ext. 20357 or email Mary LaPak for more information. You can make a difference, and you can make the holidays brighter for children who really need the help!
Seniors Sign National Letters of Intent 

Congratulations to Timberland baseball players Ian Nelson, CJ Schaeffer, and Storme Cooper! All three signed National Letters of Intent to play Division I college baseball. The three have played together since little league and their story is so interesting that KSDK visited THS last month to cover it.

For a list of all WSD seniors who have signed an NLI, visit the District website.

According to a new report from Niche.com, the Wentzville School District is the best school district in St. Charles County and the 16th best school district (out of more than 500) in Missouri! Both Timberland and Holt are ranked in the top 50 high schools in the state as well. Visit Niche.com for all the details.



End of Semester Dismissal Times Set

The end of the semester/end of school times are as follows:

 

December 18/May 26

High schools: 12:05-same schedule as last spring with grab and go lunch/LHS with standard adjustment for buses

Middle schools: regular time

Elementary schools: regular time
QREC: AM classes dismiss early (11:30); no PM classes

December 19/May 27

High schools: 12:05-same schedule as last spring with grab and go lunch/LHS with standard adjustment for buses

Middle schools: 12:15 (FMS with standard adjustment for buses)

Elementary schools: 3:20 schools at 1:15/3:35 schools at 1:35

QREC: No AM or PM classes

WSD Inclement Weather/School Closing Information

Timely communication with our District families is always a priority, but especially important in emergency school closing situations. If WSD schools are forced to close due to inclement weather or other factors (i.e. power outages, water main breaks) parents/guardians and students will be notified in the following ways:

District Phone Call/Text

The Wentzville School District utilizes SchoolReach, a telephone broadcast system that allows school administrators to notify all households by phone within minutes of an emergency or unplanned event that causes early dismissal or school cancellation. The service may also be used occasionally by individual schools to communicate general announcements or reminders. Please be sure to notify the school office about any change in your personal contact information!

TV/Radio

When inclement weather causes the District to cancel school or dismiss classes early, please check the following television and radio stations for school closing information.

KTVI - TV Channel 2             KMOX Radio   1120 AM

KMOV - TV Channel 4           KWRE Radio 730 AM            

KSDK - TV Channel 5            KFAV  Radio 99.9 FM

These TV and radio stations also have web sites with the same school closing information. Look for the Wentzville R-IV School District. Please be advised that individual schools will not be listed separately, closings will always be listed as the Wentzville R-IV School District.

Website

The District website will be updated with any emergency school closing information. Please check on the homepage.

WSD eNews

The District publishes an electronic newsletter called the WSD eNews that is emailed to parents/guardians who have students in our schools. This newsletter gives patrons information about what’s happening in the District that affects our students, families, and community. The WSD eNews also sends out information regarding emergency school closings. Community members can also sign up to receive the eNews. You can stop delivery at any time simply by clicking on the unsubscribe tab.

Facebook and Twitter

The WSD has its own Facebook page (Wentzville School District) be sure to “like” us! It's a great way to keep up to date with the latest happenings in the District, complete with pictures. You can also follow the District on Twitter, just search for WSDinfo. Both social media sites will be used not only to keep community members informed about the latest news in the District, but in the event of a school closing or emergency, this will be yet another means of communicating quickly and efficiently.

WSD Days at the Dome Benefits the Wentzville School District Foundation
            
Purchase tickets to see the Rams take on the Arizona Cardinals and a portion of your ticket price will benefit the WSD Foundation which supports teacher grants and senior scholarships each year in the WSD. Don't miss this opportunity to see our unpredictable Rams in action as you help support the WSD Foundation and ultimately WSD students!  >>>ORDER FORM

WSD Honor Rolls

The Wentzville School District is very proud of our students and their accomplishments. In an effort to recognize their success, Honor Rolls can now be viewed on our 
District web site.
 
Do you know someone who would like to work for the WSD?
Do you have friends or family who would like to work for the fastest growing school district in Missouri, one that also happens to be a Post-Dispatch “Top Workplace” for the past three years? 
Be sure to share with them all of the current openings in the District by visiting our website.

In addition to a variety of openings for paraprofessionals, bus drivers and child nutrition workers, we're also looking for additional substitute teachers
. Encourage your family and friends to apply today!

WSD Coaches, Teachers and Principals Utilizing Twitter

The District is utilizing Twitter to communicate with athletes, students and parents! Twitter is a quick and easy social media tool that allows followers to receive notifications via email and/or text. 
A complete list of WSD teams, principals and teachers you can follow can be found on the District website.

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