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WSD Announces
Support Staff Employees of the Year
 
The Wentzville School District is proud to recognize all of the hard working support staff employees who go above and beyond for our students and our District. It is the support staff employees who drive our buses, prepare the food, clean our schools, and do scores of other jobs that help support the educational efforts of the District. Our support staff employees often labor behind the scenes, but their hard work does not go unnoticed or unappreciated. Every year each building in the District selects their own “Support Staff Employee of the Year,” and the building winners are eligible for the District Support Staff Employee of the Year Award, announced during the annual District Awards Banquet in May.

2017 WSD Support Staff Employees of the Year

• Barfield ECSC/Parents as Teachers…Diane Witthaus, Instructional Assistant
• Boone Trail…Kathy Zytko, Principal Secretary
• Central Office/Technology/Harris…Laura Jurotich, Payroll Specialist
• Crossroads…Denise Clark, Library Assistant
• Discovery Ridge…Debbie Sethaler, Division Secretary
• Duello…Amy Corona, Nurse
• Frontier Middle…Tracy Cleveland, Library Assistant
• Green Tree…Julie Smith, Paraprofessional
• Heritage Intermediate…Jeanna O’Leary, Principal Secretary
• Heritage Primary…Kristin Roberts, Instructional Assistant
• Holt…Mary Sanzottera, Cafeteria Manager
• Lakeview…Cheryl Trembley, Paraprofessional
• Liberty…Deborah Wilke, Activities Secretary
• Mind Development Center…Marcilene Beale, Instructional Assistant
• Pearce Hall…Marie Huellewig, Administrative Secretary
• Peine Ridge…Lavonne Dairda, Custodian
• Prairie View…Wendy Reichle, Lead Cashier
• South Middle…Andrea Manley, Instructional Assistant
• Support Services…Randy Honkey, Skilled Maintenance
• Timberland…Judi Puder, Instructional Assistant
• Transportation…Ruth Christopher, Bus Aide
• Wentzville Middle…Kathy Hastie, Custodian

The eligible positions for Support Staff Employee of the Year include Bus Driver/Aide, Chautauqua Employee, Custodian, Food Service Employee, Instructional Assistant, Library Assistant, Maintenance Employee, Mechanic, Nurse, Nurse Assistant, Secretarial, Security Guard, Paraprofessional and Technology Employee.
 
WSD HOSA Students Advance to International Competition
 
Students in the Holt, Liberty and Timberland high school HOSA (Future Healthcare Professionals) chapters competed in the Missouri State Convention in Rolla, Missouri on March 27 and 28. Twenty five students brought home an award and qualified to move on to the International Leadership Conference which will be held in Orlando, Florida on June 20-24. Liberty junior Daryn Adler was named Missouri HOSA President and Liberty junior Alexis Guffey was named Missouri HOSA Historian for the 2017-18 school year. In addition, Holt seniors Ben Meyer and Triston Welch and Timberland sophomore Alexis Hohenshell received the Barbara James Service Award for completing over 100 hours of community service.

HOSA is sponsored by Holt teacher Nathan Jones, Liberty teacher Jennifer Strathman and Timberland teacher James Craghead, and students must be enrolled in one of the District’s Project Lead the Way biomedical classes in order to be a member of the chapter. For a full list of the students who placed and will be advancing to compete at the international level, please visit the District website.
 
Late Starts will Include Elementary Schools
in the 2017-2018 School Year
 
The Board of Education has approved “late starts” for all WSD K-12 schools for the 2017-18 school year. Since 2014, the WSD has been utilizing late start days at the middle and high schools to facilitate staff collaboration time and professional development for our teachers. Next year, the late starts (all on Mondays) will include our elementary schools as well. The late start days for 2017-18 will be as follows:

August 28, 2017
September 18, 2017
October 2, 2017
October 30, 2017
November 13, 2017
December 4, 2017
January 29, 2018
February 5, 2018
March 5, 2018
April 9, 2018
May 7, 2018

Supervision will be provided at the buildings for students who need to be dropped off at the regular start time. At our elementary buildings, the fee for this service will be $10 per child for each late start day. This service is separate from Chautauqua and only for students who are not enrolled in the Chautauqua Before School program. Additional details about how to sign up for late start supervision for the 2017-18 school year will be shared with parents in the coming weeks.
 
Friends of Wentzville Parks Donates to
Mrs. Eckelkamp's Class for
Trash Can Art Contest
 
Friends of Wentzville Parks members Peggy Meyer and Joyce Schuette, along with representatives from the City of Wentzville, visited Kim Eckelkamp’s classroom this week at Wentzville Middle School to present a check for $500. “Our parks are the heart of the City,” said Joyce Schuette, Treasurer of Friends of Wentzville Parks. “We want to support your efforts to keep our parks clean and safe for wildlife and visitors.”

The money will be used for the Trash Can Artwork Contest being coordinated by WMS students, the City of Wentzville, and GM. The contest’s theme is “Nature” and a total of 11 trash can artwork designs will be selected and will be placed on cans in local parks this June.
 

 
Parent Resources
 
 
2017 Vaccination Clinics
 
Please fill out consent forms prior to visiting the Vaccination Clinic: 

Immunization Clinic 2017 Consent Form Hepatitis B, DTaP, MMR, MMRV, Polio, Varicella

Immunization Clinic 2017 Consent Form Tdap, Meningococcal

 
MAP Testing Reminders
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 19. The assessments are all being taken electronically on computers again this year, and will yield quicker results for both educators and parents. Attendance is crucial on testing dates. Have your child well rested. 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.
 

April 21, 2017

Parent Satisfaction Survey
 
It is the vision of the Wentzville School District to be a model of excellence that sets the standard and maximizes the potential of every student. In order to continuously improve on our commitment to provide a quality educational experience for your child(ren), we ask that you take the time to complete this short survey. If you have students at more than one school, you may fill out a survey for each school if you wish to provide more specific feedback. Thank you for your assistance!

WSD will Host the 2017 State Robotics Championship
The Wentzville School District Ratchet Rocker Robotics Team 1706 and Lutheran High School Roboteers Team 4329 will co-host the 2017 Missouri State Robotics Championship on May 13th at Liberty High School. This exciting event is open to the public, and everyone is invited to see what FIRST Robotics Competition is all about. Liberty High School is located at 2275 Sommers Rd, Lake St. Louis, MO 63367, with doors opening at 8:00 a.m. The event will begin at 9:00 a.m. with qualifying rounds starting at 9:30 a.m., play-offs/finals starting at 1:30 p.m. and awards at 4:30 p.m. 
 

WSD Buses Score
High on State
Inspection
 
The Wentzville School District Transportation bus fleet was inspected by the Missouri State Highway Patrol (MSHP) on March 22nd and 23rd and was found to have an approval rate of 97% for first time presentations. For reference, the statewide average last year was 89.9%.

Of the 153 buses presented for inspection, only four minor defects were identified and repairs, re-inspections and approvals were all received while the MSHP inspection team was still on site.
 
WSD High Schools Host Academic Signings
 
The WSD is very proud of our seniors who have received a scholarship for post-secondary education. District high schools have started hosting academic signings, as they do for athletes who sign National Letters of Intent. Liberty High School hosted their first academic signing for Madelyn Brown, who will attend Southeast Missouri State University and plans to major in historical preservation. Madelyn received a full tuition scholarship which is renewable for four years. The list of Academic Signings can be found on our District website.

Annual
Scott Swofford
Senior vs. Faculty Basketball Events Raise over $9,500
 
The annual Senior vs. Faculty Basketball events were held March 10 (HHS), March 31 (THS), and April 7 (LHS) in memory of former Wentzville teacher/coach Scott Swofford. The Scott Swofford Scholarship Fund was established in 2000 to honor the memory of Coach Scott Swofford, who taught and coached at both Holt and Timberland High Schools. The goal was to make at least $6,000 between Holt, Timberland and Liberty, and they far exceeded their goal! Over $9,500 was raised with over $4,600 at Holt, over $1,600 at Liberty, and over $3,200 at Timberland!
 

Have you Downloaded the WSD App?
 
Are you new to the WSD? Be sure to download the WSD app to have important information right at your fingertips.

Since the launch of the app last August, over 10,600 people have downloaded and customized it in order to follow their child's school, view news stories, reminders and important alerts - all from a smart phone.

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.

DonorsChoose.org
 
The District has established an approval process for teachers who would like to solicit materials from donors via DonorsChoose.org. 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. If you would like to support a classroom initiative in the WSD, visit DonorsChoose.org and search "Wentzville" or by zip code.


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