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Congratulations to the 2016
WSD Foundation Mini Grant Winners!
 

 
 


The Wentzville School District Foundation has announced the winners of the Foundation’s 2016 Teacher Mini-Grants. On Friday, April 29th, Foundation Directors Dr. Curtis Cain, Janet O’Brien, Martin Ghafoori, and Mary LaPak handed out 12 checks totaling $6,000 to deserving teachers at eight different WSD buildings. In addition, Liberty High, Wentzville Middle, Lakeview Elementary and Pearce Hall received Foundation Building Grants totaling $4,500. Congratulations to these educators who are doing great things in our classrooms!

  • Keri Skeeters, Greg Lawrence and Samantha Knoll – 1st Annual WSD Film Festival
  • Marc Tiernan, Wentzville Middle – Green Gym
  • Ed Picone, Wentzville Middle – Green Smart PLTW Room
  • Sally Schulte, Chelsea Kuhn and Stacy Outman, Heritage – Alternative Seating for K-5
  • Barb Stepp, Heritage Intermediate – Club Sphero
  • Kim Broadley, Boone Trail -  Full STEAM Ahead
  • Erica Wagner, Timberland - Community of Readers Program
  • Daniel Eads, Timberland -  Understanding Visual Impairments
  • Danielle Todd, Duello -  Play with a Purpose
  • Kelly Oliva & Sarah Genenbacher, Liberty - The Refashion Runway Camp
  • Constance Hallemeier, Liberty -  Wii Love Statistics
  • Laura Ives, Frontier Middle -  Building Reading Hype with Authors Using Skype
  • Wentzville Middle Building Grant, Edward Picone -  WMS Robot
  • Liberty Building Grant, Sarah Genebacher - Advanced Fashion Construction Equipment
  • Lakeview Building Grant, Doug Holler and Alexa Hanna - It's all about the Money, Money, Money
  • Pearce Hall Building Grant, Tricia Mahoney - Community Closet

 
District Receives Grant from MasterCard for STEM
 
  The WSD is pleased to announce that it has received a grant from MasterCard to support the District’s science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) initiatives. The $48,070 grant will fund a new K-5 coding curriculum and computers to support it, computer science and cybersecurity curriculum, and support the District’s existing International Telementor program and Girls Who Code clubs. “We anticipate over 2,500 WSD students and teachers will benefit directly from this grant,” said Curriculum Coordinator Dr. Karen Hill.

“We are extremely grateful to MasterCard for their continued support for STEM initiatives in the Wentzville School District,” said Superintendent Dr. Curtis Cain. “Their generosity enables us to provide a variety of world-class, innovative programs for our students that enhances their learning experience and equips them for future success.”
 
   
Liberty's Constance Hallemeier Receives CenturyLink Teachers and Technology Grant
 


 
Liberty Math Teacher Constance Hallemeier was surprised on April 28th with a check for nearly $5,000 to purchase technology for her classroom. Hallemeier was one of only 12 recipients in Missouri to receive a 2016 CenturyLink Clarke M. Williams Foundation Teachers and Technology grant. The award is designed to help fund projects that advance student success through the innovative use of technology.

Hallemeier will use the grant to purchase eight iPads, the Smart Notebook app and two Smart Document cameras to facilitate collaborative learning in her classroom. "Students in this generation need hands-on, real information to work with," wrote Hallemeier in her application. "They are used to immediate feedback and constantly changing environments. By allowing the math department to have iPads, our students will be able to work hands-on with materials, collect real-world data and present their data quickly. Helping students link the material we are learning to something concrete, helps them to grasp the concepts and hold on to their learning." Hallemeier has taught math in the WSD since 2003 and was selected as a finalist for the 2015 Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. “It is an honor to have my grant selected so we can put real-world learning into the hands of students through the use of technology,” said Hallemeier.
 
Technology Department Receives Tyler Technology Excellence Award
 
     
  Congratulations to Kim Farris, Tina Turley and Rich Wilson for receiving the Tyler Technology Excellence Award for the District's innovative use of Tyler SIS data and Tyler Pulse for automated weekly grade and attendance alerts. They received the award at the Tyler Technologies Missouri Users Conference on April 13th. >>>READ MORE  
Teacher Appreciation Week
 
 

   Thanks to all our teachers & staff
for their dedication to WSD Students!
 
Timberland Junior Wins Cuivre River
Youth Tour Competition
 


  Timberland High School junior Kacie Francois has been selected as a winner in the Cuivre River Electric Cooperative’s 48th Annual Youth Tour Competition. Kacie and THS junior Richard Schneider were both honored at a reception on April 20th for having been selected as two of 12 finalists out of over 300 entrants from 22 area high schools in the annual contest that begins with an essay submission. The essays, all entitled “My Favorite Cooperative Principle,” were judged based on the student’s cooperative knowledge, composition, originality, grammar and neatness.
>>>FULL STORY
 
WSD Juniors Selected to Attend Missouri Girls State and Missouri Boys State
 

 
  Twenty five high school juniors from the WSD have been selected to attend the American Legion Boys State of Missouri and the American Legion Auxiliary Girls State of Missouri. The American Legion Boys State of Missouri is an eight-day “hands on” experience in the operation and fundamentals of government, and draws together the best and brightest high school juniors to help lead them down the path in individual success and leadership. Since its inception in 1938, Missouri Boys State has provided over 40,000 high school students with the privilege of attending this practical laboratory in citizenship and leadership training.

The American Legion Auxiliary Girls State program, founded in 1940 at William Woods College in Fulton, Missouri changes lives by bringing together dynamic young women for an intense week developing leadership skills, patriotism and a sense of community. The participants actively participate in all phases of creating and running a working government.

>>>FULL LIST OF STUDENTS SELECTED TO ATTEND
 
WSD Students Selected to Attend 2016
Missouri Fine Arts Academy
 


 
Three students from Timberland High School and two students from Holt High School have been selected to participate in the 2016 Missouri Fine Arts Academy (MFAA), a three week residential program to be held June 5 through 25 on the campus of Missouri State University (MSU). Joshua Mathews, Alexandra Schulte, and Amanda Vannierop from Timberland and Madison Steiner and Haley Weber from Holt are among the talented high school students from across Missouri who will represent a variety of artistic disciplines on the campus of MSU this summer.
>>>FULL STORY
 
K-6 Plan for Growth: Boundary Committee Update
 
  The Boundary Committee held its second meeting on Tuesday, March 29th at Central Office. Committee members worked on three draft scenarios for new boundaries that would potentially go into effect for the 2017-18 school year. The next Boundary Committee meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, May 10th beginning at 4:00 P.m.    
  The Boundary Committee meetings are open to the public to observe only, there will be no opportunity for public comment during the work sessions. However, stakeholders are welcome to email committee members who represent a building with questions, comments or concerns. This summer, once the committee has landed on two draft boundary scenarios, stakeholders will also have an opportunity to weigh in via an online bulletin board set up specifically for parents, employees and community members to make comments, ask questions, or make suggestions about the draft scenarios.

The committee will take that feedback, as well as updated enrollment numbers in the fall, and fine tune the boundaries as necessary before making a final recommendation to the Board of Education (planned for December). The committee is strictly addressing boundaries and any decisions on whether or not grandfathering will be considered will be up to the Board of Education. The new boundaries would go into effect at the start of the 2017-2018 school year. The addition of two new elementary schools scheduled to open in August, 2017 enables the District to redraw the boundary lines to accommodate the shift to K-6 elementary buildings, which will relieve overcrowding at the District's three middle schools. The K-6 Plan for Growth is designed to accommodate continued growing enrollment without having to return to the voters in the next three to five years. The WSD has been the fastest growing school district in Missouri in the 21st Century and is now the 11th largest school district in the state.

"We understand this is potentially a very personal and significant change for many families," said Director of Community Relations Mary LaPak. "But we are confident that with the combination of the tools we have at our disposal, as well as the thoughtful input of the committee members, the result will be a final product that makes sense for WSD students." The Boundary Committee timeline and updates can be found on the WSD website.
 
WSD Students Selected to Attend
Missouri Scholars Academy
 
 
Six WSD juniors have been selected to participate in the Missouri Scholars Academy (MSA), a three week residential program to be held June 12 through July 2 on the campus of the University of Missouri-Columbia. Holt students Emma Rose, Jordan Sanzottera, Tyler Sanzottera, and Emma Westerhold, Liberty student Madison McGuire, and Timberland student Hayden Mills are among 330 high school juniors from across Missouri selected for the program.

>>>FULL STORY

     
WSD FCCLA Students Earn Awards
at State Conference
 
 
 
 

Students from Holt, Liberty, and Timberland High Schools competed at the 70th annual Missouri FCCLA (Family, Career and Community Leaders of America) State Leadership Conference held March 29-31 at Tan Tara Resort. Over 1,600 high school students from across Missouri attended the conference which is planned by student leaders and features speakers, workshops and competitions for FCCLA members. This year’s theme was “LOL: Lead Out Loud.”  The conference featured speakers and workshops on topics such as preparing for college and careers, leadership skills, anti-bullying programs, and technology’s impact in education, careers, and on the family. In addition to leadership training, honors and recognition, more than 720 students participated in 30 competitive events, including early childhood education, entrepreneurship, culinary arts, fashion design, career investigation, chapter service learning projects and sports nutrition. 

Full list of winners >>>

Last Week of School Update
 
 
Just a friendly reminder that due to our one snow day this year, our last day of school is now Wednesday, May 25th for K-11 students (senior's last day is May 13th). The early release day for grades 9-11 is now Tuesday, May 24th and Wednesday, May 25th is an early release for all K-11 students. For Barfield Early Childhood, AM students will attend on Monday, May 23rd and there will be no EARLY CHILDHOOD classes on May 24th and 25th.

WSD Students Excel at Regional Science Fair
 
 

Students in kindergarten through 8th grade from the WSD competed in Missouri’s Tri-County Regional Science and Engineering Fair held at Francis Howell North High School on Saturday, April 23rd. There were 440 entries in this year’s Fair from students in five school districts in St. Charles and Lincoln Counties which included 130 WSD entries.

At the end of the day, 30 Wentzville students and two classroom projects received awards, including 18 First and Second Place awards. Congratulations to our winners and all who participated! 


>>>FULL STORY

 
Academic Signings at WSD High Schools
 


  Our High Schools Have started hosting Academic Signings once a week to highlight our graduating seniors moving on to post-secondary education. Similar to our athletic signings, a running list of Academic Signings can be found on the District website.  
Timberland's  Amanda Moody Selected for
Expenses-paid Trip to Google Teacher Institute
 
 

Congratulations to Timberland Communication Arts teacher Amanda Moody for having been selected as the recipient of an all-expenses-paid trip to the Google Geo Teacher Institute at Google’s main headquarters in Mountain View, California July 25-26. Moody will be learning about using Google’s geo tools in the classroom from Google employees and experts from around the world. “Your efforts exemplify our mission to advance the use of technology to improve education and spread the use of Google tools in educational settings,” said Moody’s award letter from the Google Educator Group of Eastern Missouri.


       
Administrative News from HR
 
  The Board of Education has approved Laura Parn as the new Assistant Principal at Boone Trail Elementary for the 2016-2017 school year.
Laura is a familiar face as she used to teach at Peine Ridge Elementary and was an assistant principal at Green Tree Elementary before leaving the WSD for another position.

Welcome back Laura!


   
 
Kelly Stratman has accepted an offer to transfer to Discovery Ridge Elementary for the 2016-17 school year where she will serve as Assistant Principal. Kelly replaces Laurie Zaleuke who has accepted a position outside of the WSD.
Best wishes to both Kelly and Laurie in their new roles!


 
   
 
Congratulations to Lindsay Sutherlin and Matt Kiesel who are both presently teachers at Liberty High School. The Board has approved hiring Lindsay as a new Assistant Principal at Liberty for the 2016-2017 school year and Matt has been hired as an Administrative Intern at LHS, also for the 2016-2017 school year. Both positions were added this year based on the enrollment growth. Next year, Liberty will have it's very first senior class. Go Eagles!
 
Take the 2016 Communication Survey
 
  Effective communication is a vital component of the relationship between our District, our schools, our parents, and our community. As part of the continuing community engagement efforts of the WSD, the Community Relations Department is conducting a Communications Survey and asking our stake-holders to provide their input. 

Please click on the link and help us by providing your feedback!
   
WSD Summer Library Program
 
 
 
Each Wentzville elementary building has a summer library reading program. Students from grades K to 5th are encouraged to borrow up to ten picture books or five chapter books. Students can win prizes such as a combination set consisting of a book and a movie pairing. One GoPro camera will be given away at each building. Details and permissions will be coming home soon.
>>>Library summer building hours.
 
2016 Summer Programs
 
 

2016 Summer Program Handbook
 
 
April and May = MAP Testing for Students
 
  It's that time of year! Grade Level Assessment as part of the Missouri Assessment Program (MAP) for all WSD students in grades 3-8 runs April 4–May 24.All students in grades 3, 4, 6 and 7 take assessments in ELA (English Language Arts) and mathematics.Students in grades 5 and 8 take assessments in ELA, mathematics and science.High school (and some middle school) students will take End-of-Course (EOC) exams May 9-17. Students will take EOC exams in Algebra I, Algebra II (only those students that took Algebra I in middle school), English I, Biology and Government. The test window is longer this year to allow for all testing to be completed. MAP and EOC tests will again be provided in an online format. Parents should check with their child’s school for specific dates when their child is testing.
 
  Reminders for parents:

1. Attendance is crucial on testing dates. Please make every effort to avoid        scheduling appointments during the time your child may be testing.

2. If your child does not ride the bus, please make sure that they are at school on time.

3. Have your child well rested.

4. Feed your child a healthy breakfast- their brains need plenty of fuel!

Encourage your child to relax when taking the test. If your child is anxious please encourage them to see their counselor or a teacher to ask any questions.
 
New Vaccine Required
For 8th & 12th Grade Students
 
     
  Effective beginning the 2016-2017 school year, the Department of Health and Senior Services has mandated that the Meningococcal Conjugate Vaccine (MCV4) will be required for all eighth (8th) and twelfth (12th) grade students. MCV4 vaccine will be required if your child has not received a dose and is older than 11 years and entering 8th grade or older than 16 years and entering 12th grade. You may request a copy of your child’s immunization record by contacting the school office.

Your child’s medical provider can provide more information concerning the vaccine and requirements. The vaccine will also be available through the St. Charles County Health Departments.

St. Charles County Department of Public Health Back-to-School Walk-in Clinic Schedule

St. Charles County Department of Public Health Immunization Program Information

For more information, visit the WSD website.

 
2017 St. Louis Art Awards Nominations Open
 
   
 
 

The St. Louis Art Awards nominations are open for 2017. We’re sure you know plenty of remarkable art educators, leaders and innovators - celebrate these outstanding members of our region’s cultural community by nominating an individual or organization that makes a positive impact on the arts in our community for a 2017 St. Louis Arts Award!


School Lunch Hero Day 
     
  It’s more than just making and serving meals – school nutrition is a balancing act: strict nutrition guidelines, challenging budgets, making meals that students will love and navigating student allergies are just a few of the daily considerations for your “average” school nutrition employee.

Celebrating their hard work and commitment is the theme behind School Nutrition Employee Week May 2-6, 2016. The week culminates in the School Lunch Hero Day on May 6. This day, celebrated annually since 2013, was designated by The School Nutrition Association and Jarrett Krosoczka, author of the “Lunch Lady” graphic novel series. School Lunch Hero Day provides an opportunity for parents, students, school staff and communities to thank those who provide healthy meals to 30 million of America’s students each school day.

The Wentzville School District employs a total of 140 men and women at 16 schools. These dedicated employees serve over 7000 meals per day to our students. That is over 1.2 million meals per school year! And good nutrition is not the only thing served in the cafes – hugs, smiles, high fives and jokes are on the menu every day.

“School nutrition employees must balance many roles and follow numerous federal, state and local regulations to ensure safe and healthy meals are available in schools. School Lunch Hero Day provides the opportunity for the schools to thank these hardworking heroes,” said Susan Raster, Child Nutrition Director. Federal nutrition standards ensure that school cafeterias always offer low-fat or fat-free milk, fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean protein. School meals also meet limits on calories, sodium and unhealthy fats.
The importance and nutritional value of school meals are well documented. For many children, school breakfast and/or lunch is the most important and nutrient-rich meal of their day.

So the next time you are in the cafeteria, tell your School Lunch Hero “Thank You!”

School Lunch Hero Day details >>>

Have you Downloaded the WSD App?
 
  Over 6,000 people have downloaded the new WSD app which features customization for parents to follow their child's school, view news stories, reminders and important alerts - all from a smart phone. Based on user feedback we are already tweaking the the information available and welcome your thoughts and suggestions. We've recently added lunch menus and sports information from our high schools thanks to your input. Feel free to contact Community Relations with additional ideas on how we can improve the app for all users.
Simply email marylapak@wsdr4.org or utilize the tip line in the app to send feedback. The app is available for both android devices and iPhones.
 
 
     
Good Steward Committee
 
  Do you have a cost saving idea you would like to share with the Good Steward Committee?

The Good Steward Committee is always seeking input on how the WSD can be more efficient, and is currently looking for new committee members. The committee is comprised of community members, parents and employees and meets once a month to discuss cost cutting suggestions. If you have a suggestion to share, or would like to serve on the committee, you can email WSDefficient@wsdr4.org with your ideas.
 
DonorsChoose.org
 
  The District has established an approval process for teachers who would like to solicit materials from donors via DonorsChoose.org. Please submit THIS FORM to Community Relations and your project will be reviewed and returned in a timely manner. The WSD recognizes the potential resource this could prove to be for teachers and we appreciate innovative ideas that promote differentiated learning for our students. 

Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey surprised teachers across Missouri by fully funding all of the classroom and school projects they had registered on the DonorsChoose.org
website, including ALL WSD projects submitted to DonorsChoose.org!  Read the article here>>>
 
Twitter Accounts
 
  Follow Administrators,Teachers, Coaches and Advisors on 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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