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WSD Hosts 2nd Annual STEM Olympics
 
 


The WSD hosted its second annual Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Olympics at Liberty High School on March 2nd. Nearly 300 kindergarten through 8th grade students participated in small group design challenges, as well as hands-on activities and demonstrations by high school students and WSD staff members.

During the month of January, classrooms across the District participated in STEM competitions where students were asked to engineer a product given specific materials in a constrained amount of time. Winners from those competitions were invited to the STEM Olympics where students were provided an engineering challenge and materials to complete it. “It is very exciting to see students having so much fun as they learn, collaborate and create a product,” said WSD Curriculum Coordinator Dr. Karen Hill. “In the Wentzville School District, we are committed to incorporating hands-on activities to inspire creative thinking and problem solving.” 
>>>Complete list of 2016 STEM Olympic Champions


WSD Ranked the Best in St. Charles County and #16 in State 
 
 
According to a new report from Niche.com, the Wentzville School District is the best school district in St. Charles County and the 16th best school district (out of more than 500) in Missouri!  For the complete list, visit Niche.com

   
Three WSD Seniors Receive the DECA Emerging Leader Honor Award
 
 
 
 

Three WSD seniors have received the DECA Emerging Leader Honor Award. Megan Friend from Holt, and Laurel McCandless and Mackenzie Prewitt from Timberland are members of their school’s DECA chapter. The award recognizes DECA members for being academically prepared, community oriented, professionally responsible, and experienced leaders through their participation in DECA.

>>>FULL STORY
 
WSD Musicians Qualify for State Music Festival
 
     
  Congratulations to our high school musicians and singers who qualified for the MSHSAA State Music Festival by receiving an Honor I (highest possible) rating on their solos and ensembles at the MSHSAA District Music Festival the held at Ft. Zumwalt East High School on Saturday, March 5th These musicians will advance to perform at the State Festival at the University of Missouri - Columbia on April 30th.

>>> FULL STORY
   
K-6 Plan for Growth: Boundary Committee Update
 
  The Boundary Committee held its first meeting on Tuesday, March 8th at Central Office. Preston Smith, from Business Information Services, LLC. presented information from the draft demographic study commissioned by the Board of Education in December.
 
Following the presentation, Mr. Smith demonstrated the software that will be utilized by the committee to construct three draft boundary scenarios and a first draft scenario was initiated. The committee agreed to meet again on March 29th to work on two additional boundary scenarios.

The Boundary Committee meetings are open to the public to observe only, there will be no opportunity for public comment during the work sessions. However, stakeholders are welcome to email committee members who represent a building with questions, comments or concerns. This summer, once the committee has landed on three draft boundary scenarios, stakeholders will also have an opportunity to weigh in via an online bulletin board set up specifically for parents, employees and community members to make comments, ask questions, or make suggestions about the draft scenarios. 

The committee will take that feedback, as well as updated enrollment numbers in September, and fine tune the boundaries as necessary before making a final recommendation to the Board of Education. The new boundaries would go into effect at the start of the 2017-2018 school year. The addition of two new elementary schools scheduled to open in August, 2017 enables the District to redraw the boundary lines to accommodate the shift to K-6 elementary buildings, which will relieve overcrowding at the District's three middle schools. The K-6 Plan for Growth is designed to accommodate continued growing enrollment without having to return to the voters in the next three to five years. The WSD has been the fastest growing school district in Missouri in the 21st Century and is now the 11th largest school district in the state.

"We understand this is potentially a very personal and significant change for many families," said Director of Community Relations Mary LaPak. "But we are confident that with the combination of the tools we have at our disposal, as well as the thoughtful input of the committee members, the result will be a final product that makes sense for WSD students." The Boundary Committee timeline and updates can be found on the WSD website

Junior Achievement Brings "JA in a Day" to the WSD 
 
     
 

Financial literacy met career planning on March 3rd in the Wentzville School District as Junior Achievement teamed up with MasterCard to offer the “JA in a Day” program. “JA in a Day” helps to facilitate a partnership between companies and local schools to educate and inspire students about what it takes to succeed in the workplace. More than 200 volunteers from MasterCard spent the day in classrooms at Heritage Intermediate, Discovery Ridge Elementary, and Wentzville Middle School helping to instruct more than 2,500 students.

Students experienced a day filled with hands-on learning concepts including work readiness, financial responsibility, and entrepreneurship. The program also offers business people the opportunity to share their experience and expertise with students. “I enjoy volunteering at Discovery Ridge anytime I get a chance.  My third grade students were eager to share their knowledge, learn and discuss the JA lessons,” said Sundari Daniels, MasterCard employee and Discovery Ridge parent. “As a JA volunteer, I had a busy, fun day in the class. My partner and I left knowing each student enjoyed the day and learned something new.” At the end of the school day, students that had completed all five grade level Junior Achievement lessons earned their Junior Achievement certificate. 

WSD Students Honored at Annual STEM Breakfast
 
 

On March 4th, WSD juniors Rajon Scott from Holt, Cameron Graham from Liberty, and Alicia Alexander from Timberland were honored at the Annual STEM Recognition Breakfast, hosted by Partners for Progress of Greater St. Charles. The breakfast was held at Old Hickory Golf Club in St. Peters where Rajon, Cameron and Alicia were recognized along with 16 other local high school students for their work in STEM related areas.

 
  STEM is a national and regional effort to better prepare the workforce of tomorrow by encouraging today’s students to engage in studies, events and careers involving science, technology, engineering and math. The breakfast is part of a local effort to encourage students to engage in STEM activities, and is held in conjunction with STEM Week each year.   
Four Timberland Students Have Work Chosen for 2016 Young Artists' Showcase 
 
 


Four Timberland students had their artwork chosen to be featured in the 2016 Young Artists’ Showcase at the St. Louis Artists’ Guild at their new location on Jackson Avenue in St. Louis. Alexis Pearson, Shauna Rainey, Anahi Anchondo-Sakoda, and Matthew Pancake will all be honored this week at the Artists’ Reception on Thursday, March 17th (from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.), which is also the opening of the exhibit. The Young Artists’ Showcase is a juried, all-media exhibition of artwork created by high school students from the greater St. Louis area. Admission is free and open to the public and gallery hours are Tuesday-Friday, 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. and Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. The exhibit runs through Saturday, April 9th. For more information about the showcase, visit the St. Louis Artists’ Guild website

WSD Winter Guard Units
Deliver Outstanding Performances
 
 

Congratulations to the WSD high school Winter Guard units on their performances at the MCCGA (Mid-Continent Color Guard Association) Regional held at Francis Howell North High School last weekend. The Timberland High School Winter Guard unit took first place at the event, and is ranked first in Regional A by the MCCGA, the Liberty High School Winter Guard unit took second place at the event, and is ranked third in Scholastic C by the MCCGA, and the Holt High School Winter Guard unit took second place at the event, and is ranked fourth in Scholastic A by the MCCGA. The Winter Guard units will travel to the MCCGA contest at O’Fallon Township High School in O’Fallon, Illinois on March 19.


WSD Students Excel at District Speech Contest 
 
 

WSD students from Holt, Liberty, and Timberland traveled to the MSHSAA St. Louis District Speech contest earlier this month. Finalists for Holt were Ellie Simms, 8th in Prose Reading, Maggie Poronto, 7th in Radio Speaking, Sarah Disney and Simon Osler, 5th in Duet Acting. The Holt one-act play entry placed second in the competition.   
  Finalists for Liberty were Alicia Detterman, 7th in Poetry, Jake DeNunzio, 6th in Storytelling, Abby Falgout and Julia Wolz, 6th in Duet Acting, and Zoe Fleshman, 2nd in Prose, which qualifies her to compete at the MSHSAA State Speech Championship on April 23 in Springfield, Missouri. Competitors came from high schools in St. Louis city, St. Louis County, St. Charles County and Jefferson City.   
WSD Hosts 16th Annual Swofford Senior/Faculty
Basketball Games
 
  Each year, students and staff at Holt and Timberland high schools gear up for their respective senior/faculty basketball game in honor of the late Coach Scott Swofford who taught and coached at both schools for more than 25 years before passing away unexpectedly in 2000. All funds raised at these events go directly toward four scholarships for the seniors of Holt and Timberland High Schools.    
  Holt held their annual game on March 11th with staff defeating the seniors 46-44. Everyone left a winner though as more than $4,000 was raised in the effort! Timberland's game is scheduled for April 15th.   
 
New Vaccine Requirement for 8th and 12th Grade Students
 
     
  Effective beginning the 2016-2017 school year, the Department of Health and Senior Services has mandated that the Meningococcal Conjugate Vaccine (MCV4) will be required for all eighth (8th) and twelfth (12th) grade students. MCV4 vaccine will be required if your child has not received a dose and is older than 11 years and entering 8th grade or older than 16 years and entering 12th grade. You may request a copy of your child’s immunization record by contacting the school office.

Your child’s medical provider can provide more information concerning the vaccine and requirements. The vaccine will also be available through the St. Charles County Health Departments. 

St. Charles County Department of Public Health Back-to-School Walk-in Clinic Schedule

St. Charles County Department of Public Health Immunization Program Information

For more information, visit the WSD website.
 
WSD Foundation Trivia - Thank You!
 
  The WSD Foundation would like to thank everyone who donated or participated in Trivia Night on March 5th! Thanks to you, the Foundation took in over $12,000 for mini grants and student scholarships.
   
  A special shout out to Prairie View Principal Matt Schulte for emceeing the evening's festivities. We would also like to thank the evening's sponsors for their support:

 • UPS • Stifel • Edward Jones - Jeff Wilson • First Bank of Lake Saint Louis • Buccaneer Blades • Thompson for Wentzville Schools • Matt Becker Team • Athletico • Office Essentials • Kona Ice 
• Simpson/Bates for Wentzville Schools • John Schneider • Carol Davis Homes • Sylvan Learning • En-Gravs• Kurtis Daniels  • B&B Theatres • 6th North Cafe • The Color Room • Old Hickory  • Playtime Party Center
 
Holt DECA Spring Fling
 
 

The Holt High School DECA Chapter will be hosting the 17th Annual Spring Fling on March 25 at Holt 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 12:00 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@wsdr4.org

>>> Coloring Contest Page

 
     
Child Nutrition Seeks Individuals to Serve on the School Wellness Committee
 
  The Child Nutrition Department is seeking individuals to serve on the School Wellness Committee. The purpose of the committee is to bring together representatives from the schools and community to identify and address issues facing the health and well-being of our children and District employees. District staff, teachers, administrators, students and parents are all invited to take part in discussing ways to positively affect the health of students and staff.  The next meeting is April 14, 2016 at the District Central Office at 3:00 p.m.  All are welcome to attend. If you have any questions, please contact Pamela Russell in Child Nutrition at ext. 21330.
Have you Downloaded the WSD App?
 
  Over 5,800 people have downloaded the new WSD app which features customization for parents to follow their child's school, view news stories, reminders and important alerts - all from a smart phone. Based on user feedback we are already tweaking the the information available and welcome your thoughts and suggestions. We've recently added lunch menus and sports information from our high schools thanks to your input. Feel free to contact Community Relations with additional ideas on how we can improve the app for all users.
Simply email marylapak@wsdr4.org or utilize the tip line in the app to send feedback. The app is available for both android devices and iPhones.
 
 
     
WSD Seeks Full-time Bus Drivers
 
   
Good Steward Committee
 
  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, and is currently looking for new committee members. 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, or would like to serve on the committee, you can email WSDefficient@wsdr4.org with your ideas.
 
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  Follow Administrators, Teachers, Coaches and Advisors on 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. 

complete list of WSD teams, principals and teachers you can follow can be found on the District website.
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