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 WSD Welcomes 94 New Teachers!
A very warm welcome to 94 new teachers that join us for the 2015-16 school year! New Teacher Orientation was held this week at Lakeview Elementary and this year's class of new teachers is the "cream of the crop" as the District received over 3,700 applications for those positions. Please join us in welcoming them and all our new employees to the WSD.
Constance Hallemeier Selected as a Finalist for Presidential Teaching Award

Constance Hallemeier, a math teacher at Liberty High School, has been selected as a finalist for the 2015 Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST). The award is the highest recognition that a K-12 mathematics or science teacher may receive for outstanding teaching in the United States. “It’s quite an honor to be recognized for something I am truly passionate about - helping students enjoy, be engaged in, and learn that math is an important part of their lives,” said Hallemeier, one of only five educators in Missouri to be chosen as a state finalist in mathematics.

The awards are given to mathematics and science teachers from each of the 50 states and four U.S. jurisdictions. It recognizes those teachers who develop and implement a high-quality instructional program that enhances student learning.

The White House will announce the winners next spring. Those selected for this Presidential honor will receive a $10,000 award from the National Science Foundation to be used at their discretion. They also are invited to Washington, DC, for an awards ceremony, educational events, and visits with members of Congress and the Administration.

The PAEMST award was established by Congress in 1983, and the program authorizes the President of the United States to bestow up to 108 awards each year. Awardees serve as models for their colleagues, inspiration to their communities, and leaders in the improvement of mathematics and science education. The National Science Foundation administers PAEMST on behalf of The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.


5th Annual Back to School Fair is Tomorrow!

The WSD will host its fifth annual “Back to School Fair” for District families tomorrow (Saturday, August 8th) from 8:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. at Holt High School. The event is free for District families and will feature dozens of vendors, free school supplies, games and fun activities for children. MoCHIP will also be there processing free child identification kits for families and the Kiwanis Club is hosting a free pancake breakfast.

Last year’s event drew over 3,000 people, and thousands of dollars’ worth of school supplies were given away to District students. The event is free, but families are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item to donate at the door to Operation Food Search which serves local families in need. 

A special thank you to our Corporate Sponsors for this year's Fair:

Wentzville Firefighters Community Outreach
Hapkido-USA
Mercy Kids
Farmers Insurance - Sue Jorens
PRORehab/Athletico
Promotions Pronto
First Bank, Lake Saint Louis
Stifel
Kona Ice
Advance Beauty College
Sylvan Learning
USA Mortgage/Blondin Group
Crider Health Center
Act on Dentistry
Walmart
Ranken Technical College
Borello Orthodontics
GOBANE.COM
Element Church
Coldwell Banker - Neal St. Onge
Sam's Club
...and a special thanks to Cuivre River Electrical Cooperative

Thank you also to Timberland National Honor Society students and the WSD employees who turned out this week to pack 1,700 bags of supplies to give away at the Fair! 

 WSD Receives $1500 Cuivre River Grant
The WSD has received a $1,500 Operation Round Up "Bright Future" grant for its fifth annual Back to School Fair from the Cuivre River Electric Community Trust. The grant will be used to purchase additional school supplies to be given away at the Fair which is free for WSD families, and is intended to assist students who need help with supplies. “The Fair has become a great community partnership with local businesses and organizations and a tremendous resource for our families,” said Community Relations Director Mary LaPak. “The event helps hundreds of students in a fun and festive way to kick off the new school year and it would not be possible without the support of generous community organizations like Cuivre River.”

Grant funds come from Cuivre River Electric Cooperative members who donate to the Community Trust through Operation Round Up. Members voluntarily pay the round up amount on their monthly electric bill and the funds are administered by seven volunteer trustees who represent areas within St. Charles, Lincoln, Warren and Pike counties where Cuivre River offers electric service.
 WSD Receives Moody's Investors Service Rating

Moody's Investors Service has assigned an enhanced Aa1 rating and an underlying Aa2 rating to the Wentzville School District's 2015 General Obligation Refunding Bonds. Moody's maintains an Aa2 rating on the District's outstanding general obligation debt, one of the highest ratings for any school district in Missouri. “The Aa1 and Aa2 ratings released by Moody's Investors Service is a reflection of the District's sound fiscal position,” said Pam Frazier, District CFO. “The rating is evidence of the District's solid financial strength and ability to pay its debt obligations.”

According to the report, the favorable rating reflects the District's “stable and growing residential tax base, growing enrollment, above average socioeconomic profile, and stable financial and reserve position.” Wentzville has been the fastest growing school district in Missouri over the past decade, averaging more than 600 new students every year. As a result of the record growth, the WSD has had to borrow money to build eight new schools since 2005.

According to Moody’s, the strengths of the District include “affordable housing, desirable schools, low crime rates and strategic location - all contributing to ongoing population growth and new home construction in the area.” The report went on to state that “Over the last several years, operating surpluses have contributed to a growing reserve position.”

New WSD  Community APP
is Now Available!

The WSD is proud to announce that we have launched a free community app for the 2015-16 school year. The app  features customization for parents who want up-to-date information from their child's school and the District. It allows users to view news stories, calendar information and receive important alerts - all on your smart phone. Our choice to go mobile ties into our CSIP goals to increase communication, improve our relationships with stakeholders and support student achievement," said Community Relations Director Mary LaPak. "We are excited to add this layer of real-time communication that will enhance transparency and parent engagement." 

The app can be downloaded from the Apple Store or the Google Play store. Simply search for "Wentzville School District."



Congratulations to Our New Administrators
for 2015-16 School Year
There are a number of new administrators for the 2015-16 school year. Many are familiar faces moving into new positions and some are new to the WSD altogether. Please join us in congratulating the following administrators on their new positions:

HOLT HIGH SCHOOL

Janell Mueller, Assistant Principal


Jake Adams, Assistant Principal 

TIMBERLAND HIGH SCHOOL

Kyle Lindquist, Principal 


Elizabeth Reckker, Assistant Principal 

LIBERTY HIGH SCHOOL

Ed Nelson, Principal 


Steven Pryor, Assistant Principal

WENTZVILLE MIDDLE SCHOOL

Justin Reynolds, Assistant Principal 

DISCOVERY RIDGE ELEMENTARY

Jessica Karll, Administrative Intern 

GREEN TREE ELEMENTARY

Jennifer Bagin, Assistant Principal 

HERITAGE PRIMARY

Jimmy Evrard, Assistant Principal 

HERITAGE INTERMEDIATE

David Straub, Assistant Principal 

PEINE RIDGE ELEMENTARY

Ryan Andrews, Assistant Principal 

CENTRAL OFFICE

Dr. Nathan Hoven, Assistant  Superintendent of Human Resources


Dr. Gregg Klinginsmith, Assistant  Superintendent of Curriculum,
Instruction & Assessment 

 High School Cheer and Dance Squads
Compete in Regional Competitions and Camps

WSD high school cheer squads and dance teams competed in regional competitions and cheer camps this summer and are ready for the 2015-16 school year.

Congratulations to the Holt Varsity cheerleaders who competed in the MCCA St. Louis Regional Cheer Competition on July 22nd at Washington High School, earning first place in the Super Large Division and Timberland Varsity Cheer who took first place in the Small Co-Ed Division at the competition. This earned both squads the honor of qualifying to compete in the MCCA State Cheerleading Championships on November 7-8 in Columbia Missouri.

The Holt Pommers Dance Team attended camp at the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg July 20-23 and received a national bid as a result of receiving 2nd Place for their Home Routine. The team also won the Super Spirit Stick for promoting the most spirit and three team members were named Universal Dance Association (UDA) All-Americans: Megan Friend, Jordan Deeken and Alyssa Wolfangel.

The Timberland Varsity Dance Team earned a Superior rating and qualified for nationals while at dance camp as well. The team attended camp at Southeast Missouri State June 18-22 and received a national bid as a result of each team member receiving Superior ratings on all three of their camp dances during evaluations. The team also won the "Full Out" spirit award and five members were named Universal Dance Association (UDA) All-Americans: Emily Tessereau, Emilee Long, Lauren Meyer, Madison Huelskoetter, and Terra Parker. 

Liberty Cheer squads attended their first camp at Fontbonne University and won the “top banana” spirit award. The Liberty Belles dance team attended Universal Dance Association (UDA) camp at St. Louis University July 23-26 and received a Superior team trophy as well as a Superior rating for their home routine, and were awarded the Super Spirit Stick the first night of camp. 

 Chautauqua Registration
All new and returning families must complete a registration form each year. If you would like your child to have before and/or after care on August 13, all registrations and payments must be completed by August 7. Everything is web-based this school year including registration forms for non-school days when the Chautauqua program is in session and delayed start days. Forms can be found on the WSD website under Schools, Chautauqua.
 Dana Griesinger Coaches Missouri Special Olympics Team to Second Place in World Games

Timberland math teacher Dana Griesinger coached the USA Softball team at the Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles to a 2nd Place victory! 

Team Missouri came in second in their division. They lost the final on August 1st to Team Arizona by a score of 22 to 5. 

 

Dana has volunteered for Special Olympics for 20 years, but this was the first time she has coached at the World Games where athletes from 177 countries competed July 26-August 2nd. 



Check out this great article about the team in the Post Dispatch

 

 DESE Releases Top 10 by 20 Video featuring WSD's very own Milken Award Winner Jessica Karll 

The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) has released its Top 10 by 20 video co-starring the WSD's very own Milken Award winner, Jessica Karll. You can view the video HERE.
WSD Announces its Revised
Free & Reduced Price Meal Policy 
The District has announced its revised free and reduced price policy for school children unable to pay the full price of meals served in schools under the National School Lunch Program and the School Breakfast Program. Federal education officials have adopted the family-size income criteria for deterĀ­mining eligibility. >>>FULL STORY
Updating Your Contact Information

Dear WSD Parent/Guardian,

In preparation for the new school year, we are asking that you log into the SISK12 Parent Portal to update your family's information and complete required annual forms.  This is an easy and convenient way to ensure that the District has the most current information for your student(s).  

To begin the process, log into the Parent Portal.  You can also access the Parent Portal from the District's website using the SISK12 Parent Portal link found in the Quick Links section.  Once you have logged into Parent Portal, click the red button for Online Registration.  Instructions for completing the process can be found in the form titled Welcome and Instructions.

If you have questions regarding the online registration process or you need to sign up for Parent Portal, please contact your school office.

 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@wsdr4.org with your ideas. 
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.
WSD Notice of Non-Discrimination 

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