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WSD will Launch New
Community APP this Fall

The WSD is proud to announce that we are expanding our modes of communication to include a free community app for the 2015-16 school year. The app will feature customization for parents who want up-to-date information from their child's school and the District. It will allow users to view news stories, calendar information and receive important alerts - all on your smart phone. We are in the development stages of the app and hope to launch in time for the start of the new school year. "Our choice to go mobile ties into our CSIP goals to increase communication, improve our relationships with stakeholders and support student achievement," said Community Relations Director Mary LaPak. "We are excited to add this layer of real-time communication that will enhance transparency and parent engagement." 

Look for more information about the app launch closer to the start of the new school year.


Switch to Google for Education Email is Complete!

The WSD Technology Department has been hard at work converting our email platform from GroupWise to Google Apps for Education (also known as Gmail, designed for Education). With this switch, students and teachers will have a more seamless integration to Calendar, Google Drive, and more, which are already in use. All WSD emails will now be (firstandlastname)@wsdr4.org. Student emails will include their graduation year (for example: johndoe17@wsdr4.org).
2015-16 Schedules and Teacher Assignments will be Available Online August 3rd

This summer, the Wentzville School District is changing the way parents will receive their student's teacher assignment or schedule.  In years past, teacher assignments and schedules were mailed to your home address or picked up at locker days or registration.  Beginning this year, teacher assignments will be posted on the WSD Parent Portal and student portal. This is part of the District’s continued efforts to streamline communication and reduce paper and postage costs.

Parents must have access to the Parent Portal to review their student’s teacher assignment or schedule for the 2015-2016 school year.  If you need to update your email address, please log on to the Parent Portal and make these changes.  If you previously had access, but have lost or forgotten your password, please call the office to request that your password to be reset. Once the password is reset, you will receive an email with the Parent Portal login information. 

If you currently do NOT have access to the Parent Portal, click HERE and complete the form. In order to initiate access, you will need to bring the completed form and an ID to your child's school office.  You will then receive an email with detailed instructions on how to access your student’s information. 

All teacher assignments and schedules will be available to parents on the Parent Portal beginning on Monday, August 3, 2015.  Please log in to your portal and ensure that all of your contact information is up to date for the start of the school year!


Academic Calendar Updated to Include 2015-16 Late Start Days and Senior Schedule

The WSD Board of Education has approved a revised calendar for the 2015-2016 academic year that includes two-hour “late start” days for middle and high school students and a revised calendar for WSD seniors. This is the second year the WSD is utilizing late start days to facilitate more staff collaboration time. The WSD values professional development and this will provide time for teachers to analyze student work, make instructional decisions, target student needs and share best practices. It will also allow teachers to be out of the classroom less for collaboration and reduce the number of substitute teachers needed. This change also supports the District’s CSIP (Comprehensive School Improvement Plan) goal of “improve achievement for ALL students.” The late start days will typically be the first and third Monday of each month, and supervision will be provided for students who need to be dropped off at school at the regular start time. All District buses will pick up students two hours later than normal on those days.

Additionally, the calendar also reflects that the last day of each semester will be an early release day for all grades. Also included in the revised calendar is the date for graduation, ceremonies for both Holt and Timberland will be held on Saturday, May 21st. Holt's Commencement will begin at 12 Noon and Timberland's Commencement will begin at 4:00 p.m. Seniors last regular attendance day will be May 17th with a mandatory graduation practice and senior picnic on May 20th. The last day for all other grades (K-11) will be May 24th. 

The revised calendar can be viewed on the District website.  

Back to School Fair is Scheduled for August 8th

The WSD will host its fifth annual “Back to School Fair” for District families on Saturday, August 8th from 8:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. at Holt High School. The event is free for District families and will feature dozens of vendors, free school supplies, games and fun activities for children. MoCHIP will also be there processing free child identification kits for families.

Last year’s event drew over 3,000 people, and thousands of dollars’ worth of school supplies were given away to District students. "The Back to School Fair is designed to bring together local businesses, community groups and our District families in one place to share valuable information, discounts and free school supplies in a fun and festive atmosphere," said Director of Community Relations Mary LaPak. "It’s beneficial to our students, their families and our community, and it’s a tremendous way to kick off the new school year."

The event is free, but families are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item to donate at the door to Operation Food Search which serves local families in need. If you are a business or community group interested in participating in the fair, you can find more information and register by visiting the District website.

A special thank you to our sponsors (to date) for this year's Fair:

Wentzville Firefighters Community Outreach
Hapkido-USA
Mercy Kids
Farmers Insurance - Sue Jorens
Promotions Pronto
First Bank, Lake Saint Louis
Stifel
Kona Ice
Advance Beauty College
Sylvan Learning
USA Mortgage/Blondin Group
Crider
Act on Dentistry

 WSD Parent Satisfaction Survey Results 

Thanks to everyone who participated in our 2015 WSD Parent Satisfaction survey! The survey was a battery of 40 questions in six categories designed to provide a picture of parental opinion about our schools. During the month of May the survey was emailed to parents, posted on the District website, District Facebook page, Tweeted and included in the District eNews. We had over 3,000 responses (compared to 2,500 in 2013). The WSD will administer the Communications Survey in even numbered years, and the Parent Satisfaction Survey in odd numbered years to help us track and monitor the opinions of our District stakeholders. To view the survey results, visit the District website.

 Timberland Dance Team Earns
Superior Rating and National Bid

Congratulations to the Timberland Varsity Dance Team for earning a Superior rating and qualifying for nationals while at dance camp! The team attended camp at Southeast Missouri State June 18-22 and received a national bid as a result of each team member receiving Superior ratings on all three of their camp dances during evaluations. The team also won the "Full Out" spirit award and five members were named Universal Dance Association (UDA) All-Americans: Emily Tessereau, Emilee Long, Lauren Meyer, Madison Huelskoetter, and Terra Parker. The team is coached by Timberland PE teacher Ami Schulte. 
 Encouraging Kids to READ Over the Summer

Teachers and staff members from several WSD elementary schools are volunteering their time in an effort to bring summer reading to youngsters where they live. Outreach programs include Prairie View staff reading with students in Pin Oak Parc, Lakeview staff visiting students and providing snacks in Hidden Valley, Green Tree staff reading with students in O’Fallon Lakes and Duello staff reading to children at Memorial Park. In addition, Wentzville United Methodist Church is providing a bag of food for each of the students who participate in the Duello and Green Tree programs. The programs are free and open to school-aged children living in those neighborhoods. Dozens of teachers, counselors and other staff members have volunteered their time to participate in the effort. "Mustangs on the Move provides us the opportunity to continue our love and enjoyment of reading across the summer,” said Duello Assistant Principal Kelly Stratman. “Meeting weekly at the park allows us the chance to remain connected and foster positive home-school relationships."

All of the neighborhood programs are an extension of the Wentzville School District’s summer reading efforts that include opening it’s libraries for special hours over the summer for students. A schedule of those hours by building can be found on the District’s website.

 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. 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, you can email WSDefficient@wsdr4.org with your ideas. 
 Custodial Appreciation Luncheon 2015
Over 250 WSD custodians were treated to lunch last week at Holt High School. The annual Custodian Appreciation Luncheon is a chance to say "thank you" to these hard working employees. While our student are enjoying their summer break, our custodians are hard at work cleaning, scrubbing, and waxing to ensure all our schools are ready to shine on the first day of school. Thanks to Buckeye International for supplying and preparing the food and thanks to our custodians for everything you do!
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.
WSD Notice of Non-Discrimination 

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