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WSD to Host Sixth Annual Back to School Fair

The WSD will host the sixth annual “Back to School Fair” for Wentzville School District families on Saturday, August 6th from 8:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m.
at Holt High School. The event is free for District families and will feature over 100 vendors, free school supplies, free helmet fittings (thanks to SSM Healthcare), free games and fun activities for children.


Last year’s event drew over 3,000 people, and thousands of dollars’ worth of school supplies were given away to District students. "The Back to School Fair is a valuable partnership with our community organizations and businesses and a tremendous resource for our families," said Director of Community Relations Mary LaPak. "Every year it grows and helps to ensure all our students have the basic supplies they need to start off the new school year prepared to learn.”

As part of the Fair, the Kiwanis Club of West St. Charles County is sponsoring a free pancake breakfast in the Holt cafeteria, and any donations to help defray costs would be greatly appreciated. MoCHIP (Missouri Child Identification Program) representatives will be on hand providing free child ID kits that include a disk with the child’s information, digital photograph, digital fingerprints and vital information necessary for authorities in the event of abduction. Also included in the kit are a dental bite impression and two laminated ID cards. Parents are encouraged to fill out the MoCHIP paperwork prior to the fair to save time.

While the event is free, 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. If you are a business or community group interested in participating in the fair, you can find more information and register by visiting the District website.

This year’s WSD Back to School Fair is sponsored by: Element Church, Ranken Technical College, Promotions Pronto, Kona Ice, Our Urgent Care, Wentzville Firefighters Community Outreach, Edward Jones – Jeff Wilson, Advance Beauty College, The Hitting Zone, Stifel, Regional Eyecare, Sylvan Learning Center, Hapkido-USA, Farmers Insurance – Kyle Heywood Agency, Camie’s Literacy Group, First Bank – Lake St. Louis, Walmart, Master Y Kim’s World Class Tae Kwon Do, Girlology & Guyology, Red Tree Church, American Karate, Mercy Kids, Home State Health, ActOn Dentistry, Brunswick Zone XL, Athletico, Borello Orthodontics, and Sam’s Club.

School Supply Lists 2016-2017
  The School Supply Lists for the new school year have been posted on the WSD web page

If purchasing school supplies is a hardship for your family, please plan to attend the Back to School Fair at Holt High School on Saturday, August 6, 2016 where students of all ages will receive FREE school supplies.
Barfield Early Childhood Center
Elementary K-2
Elementary 3-5
Middle School
WSD Names Damian Fay as Principal of 
Peine Ridge Elementary School
The Wentzville School District Board of Education has approved the hiring of Damian Fay as principal of Peine Ridge Elementary School for the 2016-2017 school year. He is replacing Deanna Kitson who has accepted a new position outside of the District.

Fay started his career in the WSD in 1999 as a teacher at Green Tree Elementary for three years before teaching shortly at South Middle School and then moving to Arizona. He returned to the District in 2012 to take the job of assistant principal at Crossroads Elementary.

  Fay holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Missouri – St. Louis, a Masters in Educational Administration from Lindenwood University and he is currently working on his Doctorate in Educational Administration.
“I'm thrilled, excited, and proud to join the amazing staff, students, and community of Peine Ridge Elementary,” said Fay. “I look forward to working together to help our students learn and grow.” Fay lives with his wife Jennifer and his and son Lucas in O’Fallon, Missouri.

WSD Announces Free and Reduced Meal
Guidelines for 2016-17
  The Wentzville School 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. Please see the District Website for more information.
Heritage Intermediate Teacher Kasey Lann Named Finalist for 2016 Presidential Teaching Award
    Kasey Lann, a third grade math teacher in the Wentzville School District, has been selected as a finalist for the 2016 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.“When I learned that I was a finalist, I felt very proud of what my students and I had accomplished in the school year. I could not wait to share the news with family, friends/colleagues, and most of all my class,” said Lann, one of only five educators in Missouri to be chosen as a state finalist in mathematics. 
  “I am honored and blessed to represent Heritage Intermediate and the Wentzville School District and will continue to strive to grow as an educator.”

Introducing our New Administrators for the 2016-17 School Year 

WSD Communication Survey 2016 Results

  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 conduct a survey every year - a Parent Satisfaction Survey in odd years and a Communications Survey in even years. We appreciate stakeholder participation as we value your feedback!

   WSD Communication Survey 2016 Results  
K-6 Plan for Growth: Boundary Committee Update
  The next Boundary Committee meeting will be held Tuesday, August 2nd at 4:00 p.m. at Central Office. The committee will review the 
work administration did with Transportation and the process that was used in the hope that two scenarios can be finalized and shared for public input. 
  The initial analysis of the latest data suggests it would be possible to maintain our current middle and high school boundaries with the draft scenarios. The result would be a split in some elementary schools with students going to different middle schools, but middle schools would remain in the same feeder pattern to the current high schools. For example, some students at Duello would go to South Middle, and some would go to Frontier, depending on where they live. But all South Middle students would move on to Timberland and all Frontier students would still go on to Liberty High School. 

The committee will reconvene after official enrollment numbers are released in September to take a fresh look at enrollment numbers and incorporate community input into additional tweaks to the scenarios before making a final recommendation to the Board of Education in December.

The committee is strictly addressing boundaries and any decisions on whether or not grandfathering will be considered will be up 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.
Parent Portal has Opened - Please Verify/Update Your Contact Information

As we prepare to begin a new school year, the WSD is asking that you log into the SISK12 Parent Portal and update information for existing families. This is a quick and efficient way to ensure that the District has the most current information for your student(s). Please follow these steps to complete the update process:

If you have the WSD App, you can log in via the app or visit the District website and log into the SISK12 Parent Portal, located on the left side of the home page.


(If you need to sign up for the SISK12 Parent Portal, complete the form and return it to your child's school office.) Once you have logged into the Parent Portal, click the red button for "Online Registration."

Click the Edit button next to the first form, “Welcome and Instructions for Existing Families” and follow the instructions shown.

If you have any questions regarding the Online Registration process, please contact the school office. 

Blackboard Parent Notifications
  BlackBoard calls, emails, and texts are a way for the school to record one message and send it out to the entire school, or to specific groups of parents and students. We will only use this system for important information and reminders. In addition, you can customize how you receive these messages by calling your school office or the Community Relations Office at 636-327-3800, ext. 20352. For example, if you don’t want to receive calls – only texts and emails, we can change those settings for you.
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. 

Timberland and Liberty Are Holding Dance Clinics
for K-8 Students
  The Timberland and Liberty Dance Teams are Holding Dance Clinics in September for students in grades K-8. Both clinics include a t-shirt and an opportunity to perform at a high school football game. Both clinics are fundraisers for the teams and a great opportunity for a young aspiring dancer. For more information, click on the links:
   >>> Liberty Dance Clinic - September 10th

>>>Timberland Dance Clinic - September 3rd
Parents as Teachers has Developmental Screening Appointments Available

The WSD’s Parents as Teachers Program has appointments available for developmental screenings for children 3 months to 4 years of age. Just as you take your child to the doctor periodically for a well check, a developmental screening offers you the opportunity to have your child’s development monitored. 
  A parent educator will administer the screening and then share the results with you. This screening is at no cost to families in the Wentzville School District. Please call 636-327-3863 ext. 22281 for more information or to schedule an appointment.    
2016-17 Meal Prices
  Child Nutrition Services prides itself in providing our students with delicious and nutritious meals while adhering to the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010. This law was passed to further ensure that children across the United States are being provided school meals of the highest nutritional standards. Provisions of this law require that students are offered more fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. While we are excited to be able to offer healthier choices to our students, the law also requires all school districts to increase meal prices to lessen the gap between the cost of the meal and the federal reimbursement rate. To this end, the Board of Education has approved a price increase on all elementary and secondary full paid lunch meals. We will continue to be diligent in looking for ways to keep costs down and make wise spending choices. It is our pleasure to serve the students of the Wentzville School District. For further information please call 636-327-3858 ext. 21325.  

Last year, voters approved Proposition E which generated approximately $50 million in construction projects to accommodate the WSD's continued enrollment growth. At the July Board of Education meeting, the following construction update was presented and remember, you can always visit the WSD website for updates as well! 

Have you Downloaded the WSD App?
  Are you new to the WSD? Be sure to download the WSD app to have important information right at your fingertips. Since the launch of the app last August, over 6,500 people have downloaded and customized it in order to follow their child's school, view news stories, reminders and important alerts - all from a smart phone.  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. 
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.
Twitter Accounts
  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.

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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