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Three Holt Seniors Selected as National Merit Scholarship Finalists


The Wentzville School District is proud to announce that Rachel Neff, William Rackers, and Hannah Steber from Holt High School have been selected as finalists in the 61st annual National Merit Scholarship Program. Finalists represent less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors, and have the opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,400 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $32 million. Merit Scholar designees are selected on the basis of their skills, accomplishments, and potential for success in rigorous college studies.  
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U.S. Presidential Scholar Award Finalists

Holt senior Robert Griesenauer and Timberland senior Alexander Beattie have been selected as candidates for the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program. The program was established in 1964, by executive order of the President, to recognize and honor some of our nation's most distinguished graduating high school seniors. Scholars are chosen on the basis of their accomplishments in many areas; academic and artistic success, leadership, and involvement in school and the community, and represent excellence in education and the promise of greatness in America’s youth.  
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Seven Timberland Seniors Earn State Level Distinguished Student Leader Awards

Seven Timberland High School seniors have received the Distinguished Student Leader Award from the Missouri Association of Student Councils (MASC).  Ryan Hiatt, Clare Berry, Danielle Beeler, Becca Rooney, Cailey Patterson, Kenzie Young, and Brett Behlmann are all members of the THS Student Council (STUCO) and this marks only the second time in school history that THS students have received this distinguished honor.  The award recognizes Missouri students who demonstrate superior student council leadership skills and knowledge based on MASC criteria and evaluation procedures.

Holt's Colby Smith Wins Third State Wrestling Title
  Holt senior Colby Smith was crowned State Champion in his weight class (132) in Class 4 at the 86th Annual State Wrestling Championship at the Mizzou Arena in Columbia, Missouri February 20th, capping off his high school career as a three-time State Champion while helping the Holt team to a fourth place overall finish. He won by decision over Devin Schwartzkopf of Francis Howell Central. He is only the second wrestler in WSD history to become a three-time State Champion. Smith beat two nationally-ranked wrestlers at the State tournament.
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LHS Varsity Team and Timberland Senior Win
First Place at State Dance Competition

The Liberty High School Varsity Dance Team captured first place at the Missouri Dance Team Association (MDTA) State Competition held at the Kemper Arena in Kansas City, MO on Saturday, February 20th. The “Liberty Belles” earned first place with their “Pom” routine and first place with their “Mix” routine in Division 2 against 20 other schools, earning the most points combined to take the State Championship.
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K-6 Plan for Growth: Boundary Committee Update
  At the February Board of Education meeting, the Board approved the Boundary Committee composition and criteria for redistricting that will 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 will enable 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.

The Boundary Committee will have its first meeting on Tuesday, March 8th beginning at 4pm in the Board Room at Central Office, located at One Campus Drive, Wentzville. The Boundary Committee meetings will be 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 some 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 2016 WSD Boundary Committee is comprised of the following people:

Building Representatives:

Steve Brockman - Barfield EC -

Carla Wiese - Boone Trail -

Amy Schnell - Crossroads -

Jeff Deters - Discovery Ridge -

Heather Jones - Duello -

Angela Blake - Green Tree -

Cory Bristow - Heritage Primary -

Angie Ward - Heritage Intermediate -

Ray Hoelscher - Lakeview -

Rachel Ballard - Peine Ridge -

Kim Maronic - Prairie View -

Michele Moffett - Frontier Middle -

Heather Reiter - South Middle -

Mike McGhee - Wentzville Middle -

Marsha Sverdrup - Holt HS -

Jon Parmentier - Liberty HS -

Linda Gubera - Timberland -

  Employee Representatives:

Julia Leutkenhaus
Danny Brumley

Community Members:

Harry Corbett
Carol Davis
Roy Christell

Board of Education:

Barbara Fine

Dr. Curtis Cain, Superintendent
John Schulte, (Incoming) Assistant Superintendent of Administrative Services
Pam Frazier, Chief Financial Officer
David Wilson, Director of Transportation
Mary LaPak, Director of Community Relations 
Dr. Cain Receives New Superintendent Award

WSD Superintendent Dr. Curtis Cain has been recognized by the Missouri Association of School Administrators (MASA) for outstanding performance as a new superintendent.  The New Superintendent Award is given in recognition of outstanding performance in the demonstration of those skills that reflect the best in educational leadership.

Dr. Cain has served as superintendent in the WSD since July, 2013. During that time, the District has added over 1,100 students and continues to be the fastest growing school district in the state. Student assessment scores continue to be in the top 10% and the District has been recognized by St. Charles County as a leader in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education. As a result of the passing of Proposition E in April, 2015, as well as the District’s plan to build an additional elementary school and move all elementary buildings to K-6, the WSD is undertaking over $60 million in construction projects, the most at any given time in the history of the Wentzville School District.

“This is a tremendous honor,” said Dr. Cain. “But it is more a reflection of the phenomenal work that occurs daily in the WSD. I’m extremely proud of the first class education we provide for our students, and it simply would not be possible without the first class staff we have at every level, in every building, ensuring that students are equipped to succeed.”

Dr. Cain was nominated for the honor by other area superintendents. The award is presented annually by MASA to superintendents in their second or third year and to those who have made a measurable contribution to the school district which they serve.

Michelle Cleve Hired as New Principal at
Boone Trail Elementary
  The WSD Board of Education has approved the hiring of Michelle Cleve as principal of Boone Trail Elementary School for the 2016-2017 school year. Cleve has worked for the WSD for 18 years and currently serves as assistant principal at Boone Trail. She is replacing John Schulte who has been hired as the new Assistant Superintendent of Administrative Services for the District.

Cleve started her career in the WSD in 1998 and spent four years as a teacher at what was then West Elementary (now Heritage Elementary). 
She served two years as an administrative intern at Green Tree Elementary, one year as an assistant principal at South Middle School, and has been the assistant principal at Boone Trail Elementary for the past eleven years. She holds a Specialist Degree in Educational Administration from Missouri Baptist University, and a Masters and Bachelor of Science in Education from Lindenwood University.

“I am very honored to have been given the opportunity to serve as the building principal within a community that I care so deeply about,” said Cleve. “I look forward to continuing to work with students, staff and parents to create the best learning environment for the students of Boone Trail.” Cleve officially takes over as principal on July 1, 2016.

Tables Are Still Available for Foundation Trivia this Saturday, March 5th
  The WSD Foundation provides thousands of dollars in teacher mini grants and student scholarships each year. Over $62,000 to date has been raised through the annual Trivia Night fundraiser. All are invited to participate and put together a table for this fun-filled evening! 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. 
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WSD S.T.E.M. Olympics 
Holt High School Students Excel at Regional Science and Engineering Fair
Students from the Wentzville School District competed in the high school portion of Missouri’s Tri-County Regional Science and Engineering Fair held at Holt High School on Saturday, February 27th.  Holt junior Aimee Aubuchon received overall first place for her project “Assessing the Suitability of C. elegans Mutant hum-7 as a Model for Celiac Disease” and will advance to the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) in Phoenix, Arizona May 8-13.  Aimee was also awarded the Air Force and Navy Research Awards, as well as the Society of InVitro Biology Award. Holt sophomore Hannah Berendzen was also invited to go to INTEL ISEF as a student observer. Holt senior Will Rackers will go on to compete at the International Sustainable World Energy, Engineering, and Environment Project Olympiad held in Houston, TX April 26-May1. Holt senior Rachel Neff won second place overall for her project “Elucidation of the VP35 Protein in Myotis sp.” Rachel was also awarded the Air Force and Navy Research Awards, and the second place American Chemical Society Award. Third place overall went to Holt senior Lily Merz for her project “The Effects of Breast Milk on Growth of Bacteria and Cancer Cells.” Lily earned the Air Force and Navy Research Awards as well. Holt senior Hannah Steber earned the third place American Chemical Society Award.
WSD Buses Qualify for Fleet Excellence Award Following State Inspection 
  The WSD Transportation bus fleet was inspected by the Missouri State Highway Patrol on February 18 and 19 and was found to have an approval rate of 94.66% for first time presentations. For reference, the statewide average last year was 88.3%.

Of the 150 buses presented for inspection, only eight minor defects were identified, and were quickly repaired, re-inspected and approved before the MSHP inspection team left, resulting in 100% of WSD buses passing the final inspection. 

The 94.6% first-time approval rate should qualify the WSD Transportation Department fleet for the Missouri State Highway Patrol ‘Certificate of Fleet Excellence’ award which is announced each summer following the conclusion of all state-wide school bus inspections. "Every year the Missouri State Highway Patrol conducts a thorough inspection of our fleet to ensure that our buses meet the state safety standards,” said David Wilson, Director of Transportation for the District. “Our Fleet Maintenance Manager Dan Duncan, along with our District mechanics and drivers are to be commended for their hard work and attention to detail. These results are a reflection of the professionalism of our entire department." Last year, WSD buses traveled over 1,840,000 miles and safely transported over 10,000 students every school day. 
HHS Drama Presents Witness for the Prosecution
16th Annual Swofford Senior/Faculty
Basketball Game
THS Drama Presents Star Witness
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

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New Vaccine Required for 8th & 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. 

For more information, visit the WSD website.

Town Hall Discussions 
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 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 with your ideas. 
Print Releaf Update
  Our new Print Releaf program started on October 1st and to date our paper consumption (19,370,604)  has generated the planting of more than 2,300 trees in Madagascar and the Dominican Republic. The program, provided at no cost to the WSD by Copying Concepts, tracks the District's paper usage and sends funds based on that usage to organizations committed to planting trees in areas in need of reforestation across the globe. For more information, visit
Twitter Accounts
  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. 
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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