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New WSD Club for Girls
Interested in Technology
Girls Who Code Made Possible with MasterCard Support

The WSD is proud to announce the launch of a new after-school program designed to increase girls’ interest in the fields of computer science and technology.

Through Girls Who Code, a non-profit organization that works to equip girls with computing skills, and MasterCard, the District began a year-long program that allows female students to learn computer science in an intensive manner.

“The demand for technology skills is high and will only continue to grow,” said Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment Dr. Jennifer Allen. “Women continue to be underrepresented in technology careers, but with the help of MasterCard and Girls Who Code, we’re working to the open the door to opportunities many young girls may not know exist.”

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The Board of Education voted unanimously at the December meeting to place Proposition E back on the ballot for the April 7th election. Prop E is a 25 cent tax levy increase to meet the needs of current and future growth and requires a simple majority to pass. The WSD has been the fastest growing school district in Missouri in the 21st Century. Enrollment has increased by more than 8,000 students since 2001, averaging well over 600 new students every year.  The passage of Prop E would generate an estimated $50 million for the following:

  • Construction of a new elementary school;
  • Completion of PHASE TWO of Liberty High School;
    • Auditorium 
    • Gymnasium 
    • Up to 20 additional classrooms 
  • Up to 26 additional classrooms constructed at four schools;
    • Discovery Ridge Elementary 
    • Duello Elementary 
    • Lakeview Elementary 
    • Holt High School 
  • Equipment and furniture for the new classrooms;
  • Updating science and FACS classrooms at Wentzville Middle;
  • Upgrading security throughout the District;
  • Land for future school sites
At the last Board of Education meeting, the BOE lowered the District's preliminary tax rate by five cents, agreeing to set it at $4.9388 per $100 of assessed valuation. The proposed levy would increase that rate to $5.1888 per $100 of assessed valuation.

In addition to Prop E, there are two open Board of Education seats on the April 7th ballot. Candidate biographies can be viewed on the District website.

For more information about Proposition E, including Frequently Asked Questions, please visit the District website. Remember, EVERY VOTE COUNTS!

 Duello Teacher Receives
Outstanding Teacher Award from MSDC
 
Duello kindergarten Teacher Hannah Davenport has received the Outstanding Teacher Award from the Missouri Staff Development Council (MSDC) for excellence in teaching. This is Mrs. Davenport’s third year of teaching (all of which have been at Duello). Her colleague, Dani Todd, was so impressed with Mrs. Davenport’s instructional methods that she nominated her for the award. “My colleague, Hannah Davenport, is an exceptional instructor,” wrote Todd. “She has something that the greatest teachers possess -the ability to make every student feel good about themselves. Her approach to teaching is to interweave their lives with the curriculum, giving them true purpose for their learning. She knows students individually and challenges them to high expectations. Her belief in them gives them the confidence to achieve their individualized goals. Hannah is a teacher who cries tears of happiness when talking about her students’ success and reflects on her own teaching when they do not.” 

Davenport received her award on March 15th at the 19th Annual Show Me Professional Development Conference in Columbia, MO. The MSDC is one of the largest state affiliates of international Learning Forward (formerly known as the National Staff Development Council) with over 350 members across Missouri. The group advocates for high quality professional learning, which it defines as a “comprehensive, sustained and intensive approach to improving teachers’ and principals’ effectiveness in raising student achievement.”

 Timberland Junior Named Winner of
Congressional Art Competition

Timberland junior Abigail Preckel has been chosen as the winner from the 3rd District in the Congressional Art Competition.  Abigail’s pastel painting on sandpaper titled “My Self” features a young girl’s portrait contrasted against a dark yellow background.  Her work will be displayed along with other winners from congressional districts around the country in the Cannon Tunnel at the U.S. Capitol.  Abigail, whose art teacher is Crystal Wing, will have the opportunity to attend a ceremony in Washington, D.C. this summer where all winning artwork from across the nation will be displayed.

Each spring, the Congressional Institute sponsors a nationwide high school visual art competition to recognize and encourage artistic talent in the nation and in each congressional district. Since the Artistic Discovery Competition began in 1982, more than 650,000 high school students have participated.  Students submit entries to their representative’s office, and panels of district artists select the winning entries. Winners are recognized both in their district and at an annual awards ceremony in Washington, DC. The winning works are displayed for one year at the U.S. Capitol.

The winning entries were selected by Washington, Missouri artist Gary Lucy. Lucy is known for his paintings of nature and his commissioned piece done for the 175th anniversary of Washington, Missouri. "Seeing students' artwork from around the country in the halls of the Capitol is very special to me," said U.S. Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (MO-03). "Mr. Lucy's choice was very difficult this year because of the number of exceptional entries. I am looking forward to displaying Abigail's painting in the Capitol and featuring the runners-up paintings in my district offices."

More than 40 pieces of artwork were submitted from across the 3rd Congressional District.

Holt Students Receive Awards at Regional Junior Science, Engineering and Humanities Symposium 

Students from Holt High School took part in the regional Junior Science, Engineering, and Humanities Symposium held at Maryville University on March 12 and 13. High School students from across the state participated in the symposium and presented papers that were judged by scientists on the quality and originality of research. Four Holt students received awards for their projects and one advanced to the national competition.

Kari Leigh Brinkley and Ben Barr won 3rd place in the poster competition with their project titled “Establishment of a Suitable C. elegans Model for Schizophrenia using B0513.5 Mutants,” and Alexis Miller and April Li were both selected in the top six in the general biology category. April Li went on to win the category with her work titled "The Effect of Fish Oil Supplements on C. elegans nrx-1 Mutants" and she will now compete at the National Junior Science and Engineering Symposium in Bethesda, MD April 29 - May 2.

This annual event, supported through a grant from the U.S. Army Research Office and endorsed by the National Association of Secondary School Principals, celebrates science, student achievement and teachers who support both. Students had the opportunity to spend two days engaged in activities devoted to science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

 Orphans in India Receive Portraits
from Timberland Artists


Orphans in India have received self portraits painted by Timberland High School artists. The THS students had the opportunity to paint portraits from photographs through The Memory Project which connects art students with orphans around the world. The program was created by Ben Schumaker in 2004 after volunteering in Guatemala and speaking to a man who had grown up in an orphanage and had no personal items from his youth. THS Fine Arts Chair Crystal Wing gives her students the option each year to participate because the students actually pay a small fee to have the portraits delivered. Students from Mr. Holland's painting class also chose to participate. Each year THS students eagerly step up to create portraits for the program, and this year was no exception. The following THS artists created portraits for the children in India: Trent Bourland, Madison Coffman, Addison Grigsby, Claire Hendrickson, Kayla Keeven, Austin Lynch, Ellie Sexton, Hailey Snell, Mckayla Oakley, Kat Holmes, Greg Holland, Anahi Anchondo, Daria Black, Katie Akin, Chelsea Chapman, Jace Garcia, Alex Hallemeier, Jameson Hemsath, Erin Higgins, Abigail Preckel, Maggie Rodamaker, Elise Schillinger, Katie Schoenborn, Danielle Shackelford and Kelly Schubel. The fees paid by students also helped fund a collective donation of $3,500 to help support the orphans’ education. According to The Memory Project 
website
, art students across the globe have created over 60,000 portraits for children in 34 countries since 2004. 
Did you know that from 2011 to 2013 there were three new subdivisions platted within the boundaries of the Wentzville School District? Did you also know that since July 2013, there have been TWENTY SEVEN new subdivisions platted within the boundaries of the WSD? Our District is growth defined and they don't call us the "Fastest Growing School District in the State" for nothing! Proposition E will add the additional classrooms we need to meet the needs of current and future growth. For more information on Proposition E, which will be on the April 7th ballot, visit the District website


 Timberland Students Receive Journalism Awards for Newspaper and Yearbook

On Monday, March 9th, members of the Timberland High School newspaper and yearbook staffs attended the Sponsors of Student Publications Journalism Conference at Webster University where the school's yearbook (Wolf Tracks) received a "Superior" rating. Area high school journalists attended the conference where they participated in workshops and panel discussions with local journalists and professionals in the field. THS students work under the advisement of newspaper and yearbook sponsor Ida Hoffmann. For a complete list of winners, visit the WSD website. 
Opportunity to Provide Feedback Regarding
Traffic Signal at DD and Sommers Road


If you are concerned about the safety of the intersection at Sommers and Highway DD near Discovery Ridge and Frontier Middle School,  the city of O'Fallon has shared that there is a place where comments can be made regarding the need for the project.  To comment, individuals can visit the East-West Gateway Council of Governments siteThe comments need to be received no later than March 31st. "It is important that as many people as possible speak out regarding this project because communities are all competing for a limited amount of money," shared the O'Fallon Police Department on their Facebook page. If the link doesn't allow you to comment, then you can submit your comments directly to TIP@ewgateway.org In the "subject" field put: Comment on TIP#8206-16, MO DD.

 Timberland Hosts Annual 
Swofford Game to Benefit WSD Seniors

Timberland is gearing up for the 15th Annual Scott Swofford Memorial Basketball Game. Holt held its senior/faculty game on Friday, March 20th and the Timberland senior/faculty game is scheduled for Friday, April 17th beginning at 6:00 p.m. (which is a time change from what was originally published).  All funds raised at these events go directly toward four scholarships for the seniors of Holt and Timberland High Schools.


Scott Swofford taught in our District for more than twenty-five years, beginning his career at Holt High School. While at Holt, he was the 
voice you heard at every student event asking “Do you love your Indians, deep down in your heart?” and inspired school spirit just by walking onto the floor to begin the familiar chant!

When Timberland opened in August of 2000, Scott made the transition from Holt to Timberland, and continued to inspire students and staff by developing ‘The Spirit of the Wolf.’ Shortly after Timberland opened, Scott, doing what he loved best (coaching football), passed away unexpectedly.

Gone but certainly not forgotten, THS students were the driving force behind choosing Scott O. Swofford as the official name of the Timberland Stadium. Losing Scott left a void in the young school and the District, which prompted Dennis Baez, a math teacher at Holt High School and a good friend of Scott, to rally staff and students together forming this annual fund-raising event.

Holt DECA Students Host Annual Spring Fling

The Holt High School DECA Chapter will be hosting the 16th Annual Spring Fling on April 3rd at Holt High School from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. This year’s event will feature egg hunts, food, prizes, a coloring contest, a bounce house, games, and appearances from local mascots and the fire department.

Admission is free and game tickets are 5 for $1.00 with plenty of prizes available for the winners. There will also be a raffle for themed baskets, and tickets for the basket raffle are $1.00 each or six for $5.00. The free egg hunts will be broken down into two age groups; Preschool through first grade beginning at 11:00 a.m., and 2nd - 5th grade beginning at 12:15 p.m. The drawing for raffles will begin at 12:45 p.m.

All proceeds from the event will go towards the local scholarship fund for Holt DECA National Qualifiers to help with expenses at the International DECA competition. DECA is an international organization specifically designed to reinforce the occupational competencies of high school students who wish to pursue a career in marketing, entrepreneurship, or management. For more information, please contact the event coordinator Jolene Wofford at (636) 327-3876, extension 26422 or jolenewofford@wentzville.k12.mo.us

 Holt and Timberland Bands Receive Top Ratings

Congratulations to the Holt and Timberland concert and symphonic bands for their outstanding performances in the Missouri State High School Activities Association (MSHSAA) Large Ensemble Festival held at Holt on March 27th. Holt's Concert and Symphonic Bands, as well as Timberland's Concert and Symphonic Bands each received an Honor I "Superior" rating from the judges for their performances! The Holt Concert and Symphonic Bands are directed by Mr. Jim Cunningham and the Timberland Concert Band is directed by Mr. Matt Hayes and the Timberland Symphonic Band is directed by Miss Courtney Straine. "This is the ninth consecutive one rating for (Holt's) Concert Band and the 39th consecutive one rating for the (Holt) Symphonic Band," added Mr. Cunningham.
 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.

Thank you for your assistance!

 Camie's Literacy Group Trivia is April 11th
Camie's Literacy Group (CLG) is a non-profit group that has donated over 15,000 new books for WSD K-2 students over the last six years. The organization was established in 2009 by WSD diagnostician Faith Gardner after being inspired by her granddaughter Camie's love of reading. CLG’s mission, according to Gardner, is to “encourage the love of reading books in young children. To this aim we dedicate ourselves to the goal of obtaining and distributing an appropriate new book to every kindergarten, first and second grade student in the district.”  Trivia Night is CLG's sole annual fundraiser used to purchase new books that will be distributed to WSD students in May. Please consider putting together a table for this great event. For details about Trivia Night and how to sign up, visit the District website, under Flyer Forum
 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@wentzville.k12.mo.us with your ideas. 

The WSD is pleased to provide parents and guardians with a wide variety of high quality summer enrichment programs designed for students of all ages. The Summer Program is available to students who reside in our District boundaries. You can view all the WSD has to offer, which includes enrichment programs, STEM/Project Lead the Way camps, and Before and After Care, by visiting the District website.

Any questions can be directed to Tanya Kirkpatrick: tanyakirkpatrick@wentzville.k12.mo.us or by calling 636-327-5090, ext. 23287. 

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.
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!


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