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Jessica Karll Wins Prestigious
Milken Educator Award

Jessica Karll, a 3rd grade teacher at Discovery Ridge Elementary, was surprised on October 16th with a $25,000 Milken Educator Award during a school-wide assembly. In 2014 fewer than 40 of America’s most outstanding educators will receive this prestigious honor, and Mrs. Karll is the only teacher in Missouri to receive the award this year. “I’m literally in shock; I can’t believe this just happened,” said Mrs. Karll. “It’s all about teamwork here at Discovery Ridge, and we all work together for our students. I love building relationships with kids, helping them be successful, and helping them shine!”
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Timberland Student Named DECA State President

Timberland High School senior Sheridan Mate has been selected as the Missouri State DECA President for the 2014-15 school year. State officers were elected and installed during the Missouri DECA Fall Leadership and State Officer Election Conference held Oct. 19-20 in Lake Ozark, MO. The annual state conference was attended by more than 600 high school marketing students and their teachers.

The newly elected officers were determined on the basis of their written test, screening and nominating committee interview, and number of ballots cast by the voting delegates after delivering their campaign speech during the election session. Serving as a state officer provides DECA members the opportunity to develop their leadership skills and professionalism that is essential for a successful career. Sheridan has already been accepted to the University of Central Missouri where she plans to study business marketing. >>>FULL STORY
Holt Girls Softball Team Wins 2nd at State

The Lady Indians Softball Team played in the state championship game on Saturday, October 25th. It was only the second time in school history the team had reached that level. The Lady Indians fell to Lee's Summit by a score of 5-0, but finished the season 26-6. For additional details about the game and their quest for the championship, visit STLtoday.com.
The Difference Between Proposition E and Amendment 3 

There seems to be some confusion about Proposition E and Amendment 3, so we wanted to take this opportunity to clarify. Proposition E is our local Wentzville School District ballot issue and only registered voters in the WSD will decide its fate. Passage of Prop E would provide the necessary funds to build a new elementary school, add 20+ classrooms to existing elementary schools, and construct phase two of Liberty High School. Proposition E would also help alleviate the District’s current debt issue. It requires a 57.14% “Yes” vote for passage, and will be the last item on your November ballot.

Amendment 3 is a state-wide Missouri constitutional amendment that would implement teacher performance evaluations that would be used to determine whether a teacher should be dismissed, retained, demoted or promoted. In September the WSD Board of Education unanimously passed a resolution opposing Amendment 3. The constitutional amendment was sponsored by the “Teach Great” campaign, and in early September they called off their efforts, saying that support for the measure was not polling as well as members had hoped. For more information about the Wentzville School District’s Proposition E, please visit the District website.

 What Happens if Proposition E Doesn't Pass?

  

With the November election only days away, some community members have asked about what happens if Prop E doesn’t receive the 4/7ths or 57.14% “YES” vote needed for passage on Election Day. The WSD Board of Education has discussed several “plan B” options in open session meetings. As student enrollment continues to grow (and if the number of schools and classrooms remains the same) alternatives would include larger class sizes and bringing in more trailers to use as classrooms. The Board has also discussed a year-round attendance model, which would divide the student body into four groups. Each group would have a staggered schedule with nine weeks on and three weeks off, with no set summer break. The last option would be a split day schedule where half of the students would attend an early session, for example 6:00 a.m. until noon, and the other half would attend a late session, 1:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. The split schedule option was adopted by the WSD for a short time in 1970.

    

 

WHAT ABOUT THE TAXES ON THOSE NEW SUBDIVISIONS? - When the WSD asks our voters for approval of a bond issue or tax levy we are often asked about the sources of District revenue. The median value of a house in St. Charles County is $197,300 and the median property tax is $2,377. On average about 70% or $1,664 of that property tax goes to the Wentzville School District. The WSD spends $9,400 per year to educate a student, the lowest rate in St. Charles County. So a new subdivision in the WSD with 100 homes worth $200,000 each would generate approximately $168,000 per year in tax revenue for the District. The recent demographic report states that on average, each new house in the District results in 0.64 new students. That means those same 100 houses would add an average of 64 new students, and the District would spend over $600,000 per year to educate those additional students. And no, the District doesn’t have the authority to levy any sort of “impact tax” on the home builders.

Local taxes make up the majority (56.8%) of District revenue, followed by 38% from the state and 3.6% from the federal government. The remaining 1.6% comes from St. Charles County. The majority of the assessed valuation in the district is residential property, and it makes up 65% of the total. Another 18% of the assessed valuation is commercial real estate, followed by personal property at 16%. The top five commercial properties in the WSD, General Motors, the Meadows, Walmart, the Shoppes at Hawk Ridge and Union Electric make up less than 5% of the total assessed valuation in the District.

WSD Inclement Weather/School Closing Information

Timely communication with our District families is always a priority, but especially important in emergency school closing situations. If WSD schools are forced to close due to inclement weather or other factors (i.e. power outages, water main breaks) parents/guardians and students will be notified in the following ways:

District Phone Call/Text

The Wentzville School District utilizes SchoolReach, a telephone broadcast system that allows school administrators to notify all households by phone within minutes of an emergency or unplanned event that causes early dismissal or school cancellation. The service may also be used occasionally by individual schools to communicate general announcements or reminders. Please be sure to notify the school office about any change in your personal contact information!

TV/Radio

When inclement weather causes the District to cancel school or dismiss classes early, please check the following television and radio stations for school closing information.

KTVI - TV Channel 2             KMOX Radio   1120 AM

KMOV - TV Channel 4           KWRE Radio 730 AM            

KSDK - TV Channel 5            KFAV  Radio 99.9 FM

These TV and radio stations also have web sites with the same school closing information. Look for the Wentzville R-IV School District. Please be advised that individual schools will not be listed separately, closings will always be listed as the Wentzville R-IV School District.

Website

The District website will be updated with any emergency school closing information. Please check on the homepage.

WSD eNews

The District publishes an electronic newsletter called the WSD eNews that is emailed to parents/guardians who have students in our schools. This newsletter gives patrons information about what’s happening in the District that affects our students, families, and community. The WSD eNews also sends out information regarding emergency school closings. Community members can also sign up to receive the eNews. You can stop delivery at any time simply by clicking on the unsubscribe tab.

Facebook and Twitter

The WSD has its own Facebook page (Wentzville School District) be sure to “like” us! It's a great way to keep up to date with the latest happenings in the District, complete with pictures. You can also follow the District on Twitter, just search for WSDinfo. Both social media sites will be used not only to keep community members informed about the latest news in the District, but in the event of a school closing or emergency, this will be yet another means of communicating quickly and efficiently.

Wentzville Fire Protection District Trivia Night Benefits Operation Warm in the WSD 

The Wentzville Fire Protection District is holding their 2nd Annual Operation Warm Trivia Night on Saturday, November 8th. The WFPD has teamed up again this year with Operation Warm to provide American-made coats to WSD students who need them this winter. Last year the WFPD raised enough money for over 400 coats for our students! Tables of eight are $200 ($50/couple) and there will be silent auction items and a 50/50 raffle.

For additional information, visit the Flyer Forum on the WSD website.
Holt & Timberland Marching Bands Conclude their Seasons together at UCM Festival of Champions

The Holt Marching Indians and the Timberland Marching Wolves both concluded their competitive seasons on October 25th at the University of Central Missouri Festival of Champions. The bands competed in different divisions, but both came away with awards after competing with 30 other bands from multiple states including Michigan, Kansas, and Illinois. The THS color guard took home a first place award, while their drum line came in second and the Marching Wolves placed third in their division during the preliminary show competition. The Marching Indians scored high enough to qualify for finals and placed 6th overall. Congratulations to both bands and their directors on another great marching season!


WSD Days at the Dome Benefits the Wentzville School District Foundation
            
Purchase tickets to see the Rams take on the Denver Broncos or the Arizona Cardinals and a portion of your ticket price will benefit the WSD Foundation which supports teacher grants and senior scholarships each year in the WSD. Don't miss this opportunity to see future Hall of Famer Peyton Manning and Timberland grad Montee Ball in action as you help support the WSD Foundation and ultimately WSD students!  >>>ORDER FORM

First Quarter Honor Rolls

The Wentzville School District is very proud of our students and their accomplishments. In an effort to recognize their success, Honor Rolls can now be viewed on our 
District web site.
 
Do you know someone who would like to work for the WSD?
Do you have friends or family who would like to work for the fastest growing school district in Missouri, one that also happens to be a Post-Dispatch “Top Workplace” for the past three years? 
Be sure to share with them all of the current openings in the District by visiting our website.

In addition to a variety of openings for paraprofessionals, bus drivers and child nutrition workers, we're also looking for additional substitute teachers
. Encourage your family and friends to apply today!

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.

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