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WSD Students Selected to Attend
American Legion Boys State
Twenty one high school juniors from the WSD have been selected to attend the American Legion Boys 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.

Those selected to attend from Holt are Benjamin Goldstein, Jonathan Henrich, Hunter Jurotich, Cameron Midyett, Nathan Schweiger, Austin Shocklee and Dylan Vermeire. Those selected from Liberty include Preecha Eamsaart, Johnathan Gruebbeling, Austyn Kloth, Benjamin Leach, Jonathan Leimbach, Jason Morrison, Colin Stuerman and Noah Willison. Those selected from Timberland include Cullen Barr, Quentin Borengasser, Hayden Mills, Brendan Nelson, Alex Thomason and Ryan Willson.

The 78th session of Missouri Boys State will be held on the campus of the University of Central Missouri (UCM) June 17-24. Local sponsors include the American Legion, the Wentzville Community Club, the Wentzville Rotary Club, and the Timberland Boosters Club.
WSD Students Selected to Attend
American Legion Auxiliary Girls State
Twelve high school juniors from the WSD have been selected to attend the American Legion Auxiliary Girls State of Missouri. 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.

Those selected from Holt include Alexis Garrett, Elizabeth May, Gillian Wagner and Emma Westerhold. Devyn Akowicz, Abigail Hunt and Olivia Malay were chosen as Alternates. Those attending from Liberty include Abigail Falgout, Danielle Kunz and Grace Merritt. Daryn Adler, Amy Do, Madeline Foeller, Alisha Grant, Kennedy Hennessy, Heather McClanahan, Madison McGuire and Sofie Winter were chosen as Alternates. Those selected from Timberland include Christine Crowell, Samantha Lammert, Kendall Riess, Julia Robinson and Amanda Vannierop. Madeline Est, Sophia Longwell, Danielle Magasano, Megan Spasenoski and Grace Thornton were chosen as Alternates.

The 77th session of Missouri Girls State will be held at the University of Central Missouri (UCM) in Warrensburg from June 25- July 1. Local sponsors include the American Legion Auxiliary, the Wentzville Community Club, the Wentzville Rotary Club, and the Timberland Boosters Club.
LHS Student Advances to 
National TSA Conference
Liberty High School junior Jacob Rhodes won first place at the Technology Student Association (TSA) State Conference held at Missouri University of Science & Technology in Rolla April 23-25. Eight members of the TSA academic club at Liberty joined over 700 of their Missouri counterparts from 20 school districts across the state for the three-day event, and seven of those students were finalists in their respective categories. Rhodes qualified with his first place award in STEM Careers to compete at the National TSA Conference held in Orlando, FL June 21-25. Additional Liberty students who won awards at the conference include:

Alex Vigor, Jacob Rhodes, Kyle Chastain, Mateusz Przdezski, Cole Chastain – 5th place in On Demand Video
Nick Beseda – 6th place in Music Production
Zainub Ahmed – 8th place in Essays on Technology
Holt Student Wins State SkillsUSA Contest
Six of the ten WSD students representing Lewis & Clark Career Center at the SkillsUSA Missouri State Leadership and Skills Conference medaled in their respective competitions during the three-day conference in Linn, Missouri from April 6-8th. Holt junior Casey Morgan will move on to the national competition in Louisville, Kentucky in June after earning a first place gold medal in the HVAC Sheet Metal competition. The other gold medal winner was Holt sophomore Andrew Cornett who finished first in the Auto Service Technology Information competition. Three-fourths of the Construction Teamworks competitors were WSD students, and they finished with a second place silver medal. They are: Brendon Kastner (Timberland), Jeremy Schindler (Timberland), and Ben Frederick (Holt). Frederick earned an additional silver medal for finishing second in Residential Wiring Technology Information. Austin Hays (Holt) earned a third place bronze medal in Power Equipment Technology.
THS Student Selected for

Timberland junior Olivia Crowell has been selected along with 101 other St. Louis area high school students for the 2017 Students and Teachers as Research Scientists (STARS) program at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. The annual six-week summer program is for academically talented high school juniors, and pairs them with top research mentors from Saint Louis University, Washington University, UMSL, Donald Danforth Plant Science Center or Cortex Innovation Community. Olivia will be working with Dr. Elizabeth Kellogg, Ph.D., a Robert E. King Distinguished Investigator at Donald Danforth Plant Science Center on researching cereal crops and their wild relatives in the grass family. For many of the participants, working in labs with top scientists is the most important event in their decision to pursue a career in science. 
WMS Students Named National Finalists
in Bright Schools Competition
WMS eighth graders Heath Bana and Ethan Dunsworth, along with their science teacher Dr. Ed Picone, have been named National Finalists in the 2nd annual Bright Schools Competition™. The competition is a collaborative effort of the National Sleep Foundation and the National Science Teachers Association that encourages students in grades 6-8 to explore the correlation between light and sleep and how it influences student health and performance. Heath and Ethan’s team, “Exploiting Serotonin and Melatonin Cycles,” is one of 50 national finalist teams, chosen among 150 teams made up of nearly 500 students from 53 schools across the U.S. The top three national winning teams will be announced next month.
WSD to Host Robotics Championship at LHS


Parent Resources


May 3, 2017

Last Week of School
Just a friendly reminder that due to our one snow day this year, our last day of school is now Thursday, May 25th for grades K-8, and Wednesday, May 24th for grades 9-11 (senior's last day is May 12th). The early release days for grades 9-11 are now Tuesday, May 23rd and Wednesday, May 24th. Thursday, May 25th is an early release day for grades K-8. For Barfield Early Childhood, the last day for students will be Tuesday, May 23rd and there will be no EARLY CHILDHOOD classes on May 24th and 25th.

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!

2017-2018 Elementary Late Start
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

Late start times for elementary schools:

Boone Trail, Duello, Green Tree, Heritage, Lakeview and Peine Ridge: 10:20 a.m.

Crossroads, Discovery Ridge, Prairie View, Stone Creek, and Wabash: 10:35 a.m.

Late start day supervision will be provided at the buildings for students who need to be dropped off closer to 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.

Late start day supervision will be available beginning at the following times in the elementary buildings:

Boone Trail, Duello, Green Tree, Heritage, Lakeview and Peine Ridge: 8:05 a.m. (School start time 10:20 a.m.)

Stone Creek: 8:15 a.m. (School start time 10:35 a.m.)

Crossroads, Discovery Ridge, Prairie View, and Wabash: 8:20 a.m. (School start time 10:35 a.m.)

WSD Students Compete in Missouri Junior Academy of Science State Competition
Seven students from Holt and three from Timberland competed in the Missouri Junior Academy of Science state competition April 21, 2017 at Lindenwood University. Of the 7 Holt students, Hannah Berendzen received a red ribbon excellent rating, Mason McGee, Abby Hunt, Ben Meyer, Aimee Aubuchon, and Rajon Scott received blue ribbon superior ratings, and Abby Sondker received a purple ribbon rating. Abby Sondker was also the winner of the life sciences category. Ben Meyer was awarded the Paula Macy Memorial Award for the best high school project completed without the assistance of a university laboratory. From Timberland, Connor Monahan and Nikolas Antonio received blue ribbon superior ratings and Richard Schneider received a red ribbon excellent rating.

WMS Receives Monsanto Grant
WMS has received a $3,000 Dannette Ward Science Education Grant from Monsanto Company to purchase a robotic farming tool. WMS Science and Project Lead the Way (PLTW) teacher Dr. Ed Picone was invited to apply for the grant which is designed to help elevate science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education at schools in the greater St. Louis region.

Teachers who promote STEM in their classrooms are invited to apply and propose any science subject or program they are interested in adding to their classrooms. Dr. Picone applied for the grant to purchase a “FarmBot” that allows you to set up the layout of your garden on an app for a smartphone or tablet. Then the device plants the seed, monitors the plant size and soil conditions, waters the plant and will organically kill any weeds it detects in your garden.

“The FarmBot is a window into the future of agriculture,” said Dr. Picone. “It will bring everything together that we have been working on for five years: Project Lead the Way, STEM, and robotics. It will also help grow interest in our students and expose them to the science of agriculture.”

The FarmBot will be used to grow and maintain a large vegetable garden at WMS in Dr. Picone’s outdoor classroom. Picone said they have an existing raised bed of vegetables and fruits currently and they’ll construct another bed for the FarmBot. “That way, we can compare and contrast how our students do versus the robot.”


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