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WSD Partners with BJC HealthCare for
New Opportunity for Students
 
The WSD and BJC HealthCare have entered a partnership as part of a new, hands-on learning experience for high school students. The new program is called “Ignite” and it will provide students with valuable off-campus opportunities to work with mentors, engage in real-world problem solving and make professional connections in the workplace in our community.

Ignite will launch initially with two strands: HealthCare Academy and Start Up/Business Solutions. The HealthCare Academy is in partnership with BJC HealthCare and will provide students with a clinical rotation at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Peters or Progress West Hospital in O’Fallon.
 
 
WSD Students Participate in Valentines Service Learning Projects
Students across the District incorporated service learning projects into their Valentine celebrations this week. Students at all grade levels spent time doing everything from making blankets, super hero capes, and chemo care packages for cancer patients, to making cards and gifts for Veterans, nursing home patients and first responders. They also collected items and donations for charitable organizations like the Crisis Nursery and The Humane Society.

Those are just a sample of service learning projects where our students and teachers were “showing the love” to members of our greater community. Happy Valentine’s Day indeed!
 
Summer School Registration
The Board of Education has approved a new summer school program for WSD students entering grades K-8 in the fall. Beginning this summer, the WSD will be utilizing Catapult which will provide all instructional materials and incentives for students to attend (gift cards). In addition, all summer school (K-12) will only be in June. This will allow all buildings to receive a deep clean in July and provide adequate time to move classroom materials to new locations. For complete details, and to register your child, visit the WSD website.
 
WSD Wrestlers Compete at State
WSD high schools sent 22 wrestlers to the 87th Annual State Wrestling Championship at the University of Missouri-Columbia which started yesterday and goes through tomorrow. The latest update from Columbia is that the WSD has 11 wrestlers who have moved on to Quarterfinals (5 Holt, 4 THS, 2 LHS) and Holt has 3 in wrestlebacks.

Holt won the GAC District Championship held last weekend at Fort Zumwalt North High School. Nine Holt wrestlers qualified for State with three District Champions; Carter Smith, Jeff Farris, and Colton Hawks. Sam Vining, Nathan Undertajlo, and Cole Mueller qualified at second place, Joel Hagemeier, Max Worth at third place, and Kyle Tucker at fourth place. Five Liberty wrestlers qualified with two District Champions; Hunter Chaney and Christian Zeik. Jacob Simpson and Cameron Steinhoff qualified at second place, and Trentin Helton at third place, and eight Timberland wrestlers qualified with two District Champions; Anthony Pisciotta and Cameron Spires. Caleb Conedera qualified at second place, Justin Steffeny, Ben Holmes and Cody Brave at third place, and Brandon Khoury and Blake McCoy at fourth place.
 
DECA Students Qualify for State Competition
DECA's District Competitive Events Conference was held on February 8th in Chesterfield and as a result, 28 Holt students, 4 Liberty students and 23 Timberland students will advance to the State competition! Twelve schools in District Six (the largest district in the State) competed in written tests and role plays in hopes of advancing to the State Career Development Conference held March 12-14 at The Lodge of the Four Seasons in Lake Ozark. Students who place at State will then advance to the International Career Development Conference to be held April 25-30 in Anaheim, CA. DECA prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality and management in high schools and colleges around the globe.
 
 
WSD Schools Announce Spelling Bee Champs
Schools across the District have named their Spelling Bee Champions for 2017. Each winner will advance to the semi-regional written competition of the Scripps National Spelling Bee held at McKendree University in Lebanon, Illinois on March 11, 2017. Finalists from this competition will be published the week of March 13 in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Those winners will advance to the Spelling Bee Oral Finals on March 18th, also at McKendree University, and the Finals Champion will advance to the 90th annual Scripps National Spelling Bee held in Maryland May 28 – June 4, 2017. Congratulations and good luck to all of our outstanding spellers!

Elementary Schools: 
Crossroads: Abhiram Madala, 3rd grade
Discovery Ridge: Micah Rurack, 3rd grade
Duello: Riley Reynolds, 5th grade
Green Tree: Zahmya Robinson, 5th grade
Heritage Intermediate: Rachel Goldberg, 4th grade (2nd year in a row)
Lakeview: Spencer Phillips, 5th grade (2nd year in a row)
Peine Ridge: Lukas Carroll, 5th grade
Prairie View: Aiden Mayer, 5th grade

Middle Schools:
Frontier Middle: Jotham Daniels, 6th grade
South Middle: Sebastian Delgado, 7th grade
Wentzville Middle: Suliah Thomas, 8th grade
 
WSD Schools Announce
Geography Bee Champs
 
Congratulations to the WSD students who won their school’s Geography Bee: Meghan Coyle, an 8th grader at Frontier Middle, Lucas Roettger, a 7th grader at South Middle, Brennan Overmann, an 8th grader at Wentzville Middle, and Mason Putzler, a 5th grader at Crossroads, Colin Miller, a 5th grader at Discovery Ridge, and Aiden Mayer, a 5th grader at Prairie View Elementary. School bees were held in January with 4th-8th grade students throughout the state to determine each school’s winner. This is the first level of the National Geographic Bee competition, now in its 29th year. School-level winners take a qualifying test which will be submitted to the National Geographic Society for the chance to compete at the state level. Congratulations, and good luck! #WSDproud
 
WSD Notice of Non-Discrimination
 


The District is closed on Monday, February 20th for President's Day and Tuesday, February 21st is a Professional Development Day.
Enjoy the long weekend!

New Schools Named
 
The Board of Education chose the names of the two new schools last night. The school located on Highway Z has been named Stone Creek Elementary and the school located on Golden Gate Parkway has been named Wabash Elementary.
The principals will work with their new staff members to choose the school mascots.

WSD Foundation Trivia Night is February 25th
Tables are still available!
The WSD Foundation provides thousands of dollars in teacher mini grants and student scholarships each year. Over $72,000 has been raised to date through the annual Trivia Night fundraiser. All are invited to participate and put together a table for this fun-filled evening!

The entry fee is $160 table (maximum of eight players). To reserve your table, you must pay in advance. Make checks payable to Wentzville School District Foundation and drop off or mail to Mary LaPak, One Campus Drive, Wentzville, MO 63385. For more information call 636-327-3800, ext. 20352. (*Please note the new location: St. Gianna Parish Hall on Highway N)
>>>TRIVIA NIGHT FLYER
 

WSD Board of Education Candidates
 
The biographies from the Board of Education candidates have been posted on the WSD website. Four candidates will be on the ballot for three open seats in the April 4th election. The open seats are currently held by Courtney Tieman, Kurtis Daniels and Barbara Fine and each open seat is for a three-year term. Click on the candidate's name on the WSD website to view each of their biographies.

WSD Staff and Students Participate in LSL Polar Plunge
 
The annual Lake Saint Louis Polar Plunge benefits Special Olympics Missouri, and the WSD was well represented again this year by groups from Green Tree Elementary, Timberland HOSA, Liberty STUCO and Lakeview Elementary (whose team won BEST COSTUME!) It was a chilly 35 degrees on February 4th for the annual plunge into Lake Saint Louise. Over $112,000 was raised to benefit the athletes of Special Olympics in their year-round sports programs.#WSDcares

WSD Schools Excel in Sumdog.com Math Competition
Congratulations to students in Kim Rosenbloom’s 5th grade class, Russell Aydelott’s 5th grade class, and Megan Fiehler’s 5th grade class at Boone Trail Elementary for taking the top three spots in the Sumdog.com St. Charles County Math Contest! The online math competition ran from January 27th through February 2nd. Sixteen classrooms from across the county entered the contest, twelve qualified, and eight WSD classrooms from Boone Trail, Duello, and Prairie View elementary schools finished in the top ten on the Leaderboard. In addition to the class winners, individual winners were named for answering the most questions correctly throughout the contest and Boone Trail’s Layla Collier took second place in the county.

“I liked using Sumdog with my class because I saw in increase in my students’ motivation to learn math. The students enjoyed the competition between each other and other classes,” said Ms. Rosenbloom. “They even went home and played Sumdog in their free time.” Overall, 270 students answered over 128,000 math problems correctly in the week-long competition.

For a full list of winners, visit www.sumdog.com. #WSDproud

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