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WSD Seniors Receive Over $134,000 in Community Scholarships
 
The Wentzville School District Class of 2018 has been awarded over $134,000 worth of local scholarships during Senior Honors Convocation events. These deserving students from Holt, Liberty, and Timberland High Schools will be receiving their diplomas on June 3rd before they continue on with their post-secondary education. Individual amounts of these awards range from $250 to $4,000. "Our high school Honors Convocations are a tremendous source of pride not just for our families and the District, but for our entire community," said Superintendent Dr. Curtis Cain. "These students are exceptionally talented and have worked very hard to reach this point, and how fortunate we are to live in an area where so many people are eager to support them and their goals and dreams for the future." >>> Complete list of scholarship recipients
 
LHS Senior Named US Presidential Scholar Semifinalist
 
Liberty senior Alexis Guffey has been selected as a Semifinalist for the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program in Career and Technical Education, as announced by the office of U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos.

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. In 2015, the program was extended to recognize students who demonstrate exceptional ability and accomplishment in career and technical education fields. 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. Alexis is one of only 11 semifinalists chosen in Missouri and the only Career and Technical Semifinalist in the state.
 
 
WSD 5th Graders Receive Fire Truck Rides to School for Outstanding Attendance
 
The WSD and the Wentzville Fire Protection District (WFPD) teamed up again this year to reward elementary students who have excellent attendance and have laid the groundwork for future success. During the last full week of school, one lucky fifth grader from each elementary school in the WSD got a ride to school on a WFPD fire truck as a reward for their K-5 attendance and achievement. As an annual event, this celebration is intended to inspire all elementary students to achieve perfect attendance if possible.

Here is the list of District students who were selected for the distinction this year:

Boone Trail – Braden Godat
Crossroads – James Burkett
Discovery Ridge – Tyler Sethaler
Duello – Noah Hazen
Green Tree – Lucy Lowry
Heritage – Mariah Zeuschel
Lakeview – Braden Prenger
Peine Ridge – Benjamin Teismann
Prairie View – Alana Head
Stone Creek – Ishmael Glover
Wabash – Isabella Pritchett
 
LHS Students Win at TSA State Conference
 
LHS sophomore Cole Chastain won First Place at the Technology Student Association (TSA) State Conference held at Missouri University of Science & Technology in Rolla April 22-24. Thirteen members of the TSA academic club at Liberty joined over 700 of their Missouri counterparts from 20 school districts across the state for the three-day event, and nine of those students were finalists in their respective categories. Chastain qualified with his First Place award in Essays on Technology to compete at the National TSA Conference held in Atlanta, GA June 22-26. Tyler Schultz, Scott Brockman, Lauren Stumpf, Alex Vigor, and Kyle Chastain also qualified to compete at the National TSA Conference for their Second Place win in the On Demand Video category. Additional Liberty students who won awards at the conference include: Zainub Ahmed and Michael Coyle – 7th Place in Debating Technological Issues and Mateusz Przezdziecki – 10th Place in Photographic Technology. #WSDproud
 
 
THS Theatre Nominated for St. Louis High School Musical Theatre Awards
 
Timberland junior Meg Gorton and the Timberland High School Theatre Department were nominated for awards in the Second Annual St. Louis High School Musical Theatre Awards (SLHSMTA) for their production of Spamalot at the SLHSMTA Medallion Ceremony at the Fox Theatre on May 7th. Timberland Theatre was nominated for the Outstanding Production Award, and Meg Gorton was nominated for Outstanding Actress for her role as Lady of the Lake in Spamalot. The program is designed to celebrate outstanding achievement in high school musical theatre and the 32 participating area schools had their productions evaluated by a panel of theatre professionals. Thirty-nine THS students made up the cast of Spamalot, which was the school’s fall production. Additionally, 54 THS students made up the production crew.

As a nominee for Outstanding Production, Timberland Theatre has been invited to perform “Knights of the Round Table” from Spamalot on the Fabulous Fox stage at the SLHSMTA Ceremony on June 10th. As a nominee for Outstanding Actress, Meg Gorton has also been invited to perform a medley with the other female nominees on June 10th. If selected as Outstanding Actress, Gorton will represent the St. Louis High School Musical Theatre Awards at the National High School Musical Theatre Awards (the Jimmy Awards) in New York City on June 25th.
 
 
THS Journalism Students Earn Top Awards
 
Students in the Timberland High School Journalism Department earned high honors in a variety of local and national contests this spring. The competitions all involve the 2016-17 yearbook as a whole, individual aspects of this year’s yearbook, and current year publications including online news and broadcasts.

Each spring, the staffs of each publication at Timberland discuss and choose what they feel are their strongest articles, news packages, photos, infographics and yearbook spreads to enter into national contests run by Herff Jones, the American Scholastic Press Association, Quill and Scroll and the National Scholastic Press Association, as well as local contests run by JournalismSTL, Missouri Journalism Educators Association and the Missouri Scholastic Press Association. Each of the organizations also offer recognition programs for academically successful high school journalists.

“I’m so proud of all my students have accomplished,” THS Journalism Teacher Ida Hoffmann said. “It’s important for students to see their hard work recognized amongst their peers and by advisers from across the state and nation.” Timberland High School produces an annual yearbook that is approximately 250 pages, runs WolfsHowl.com and produces bi-weekly newscasts. The content is almost entirely student created. 
 
 
WSD Hosts Food Expo
 
The WSD hosted a Food Expo that featured nearly 40 vendors and free samples for students and their families on Saturday, May 5th at Liberty High School. The WSD announced in February that it would be opting out of the National School Lunch Program beginning in the 2018-19 school year, which will result in less restrictions and expanded menu options for students. The Food Expo was held to introduce possible menu items to families so they could sample and weigh in on what foods they would like to see incorporated into next year’s school breakfast and lunch menus. “We are very excited about the upcoming school year and the variety of vendor options we’ll have to choose from and serve to our students,” shared Director of Child Nutrition Susan Raster. “It is important to us, and to the success of our new program, to have student input and buy-in with regard to the new menu options.”

Over 1,500 people attended the four-hour event and the District captured more than 350 survey responses to rate the food items attendees liked best. “The Asian and Mexican cuisine were huge hits with our guests, as well as a number of the chicken and pizza offerings,” said Assistant Director of Child Nutrition Gwen Doyle. “The event surpassed all of our expectations. We are thrilled that so many people came out to sample the food and weigh in on possible menu items. Parents left happy and grateful that they can finally stop making lunches and students are excited and can’t wait for next year.”
 
 
WSD Graduation Ceremonies
 
The WSD will hold high school graduation ceremonies for the Class of 2018 at the Family Arena in St. Charles Sunday, June 3rd. This marks the second graduating class from Liberty High School, which opened to freshman in the fall of 2013. More than 1,200 seniors from Holt, Liberty and Timberland will graduate and receive their diplomas during three separate ceremonies, and the 10,000 seat Family Arena will allow WSD graduates to bring as many guests as they like. Collectively, WSD seniors have been awarded over $29 million in scholarships from institutes of higher learning.

The graduation ceremony for Liberty will begin at 10:00 a.m., the ceremony for Timberland will begin at 2:00 p.m. and the ceremony for Holt will begin at 6:00 p.m. No admission ticket is required, and doors will open at 9:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. respectively to begin seating. Parking is free, and guests are asked to enter through Gates 1, 2, and 3. The Family Arena is located 1½ miles south of the 5th Street Exit off Interstate 70, at 2002 Arena Parkway St. Charles, MO 63303.
 
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May 18, 2018

Timberland Seniors Clapped Out at Elementary Schools
Tuesday was our seniors' last day and Monday afternoon, Timberland seniors returned to their roots for clap outs at Boone Trail, Duello and Green Tree Elementary schools. Seniors visited with, and thanked, former teachers and celebrated with the K-6 students in their former elementary schools. Two seniors, Jacob Higby and Jack Glendinning, took the opportunity at Green Tree to personally deliver flowers to their former teachers (and principal). There were lots of smiles, hugs, and even a few tears. Congratulations to all 1,000+ WSD seniors - we are proud of all of you, what you have accomplished and where your dreams and hard work will take you. #WSDproud #Classof2018 
 

DRE Receives National Recognition
Discovery Ridge Elementary has received national recognition for a program aimed at providing students and families an opportunity to learn about different cultures within their school community. The Character Education Partnership (CEP) has recognized Discovery Ridge for Passport Night, naming it a 2018 Promising Practice. Passport Night is an annual event where approximately 30 school families have tables where they display cultural artifacts, food and crafts. Families attending the event are greeted with doors painted with how to say “hello” in each country’s language and students receive a “passport” on which to document how to say “hello” and receive a stamp as they visit each table. Entertainment has included dancing, martial arts, and singing. “As students learn more about the cultures of others, they gain empathy and a sense of belonging, value and respect,” said Discovery Ridge Principal Laura Bates.
 

DRE 5th Grader Advances to National Math Competition
Rafay Cheema, a fifth-grade student at DRE, earned 5th place overall at the Missouri Council of Teachers of Mathematics (MCTM) State Math Competition held at Columbia College on May 5th. The competition drew nearly 200 fourth, fifth and sixth graders from 75 schools across the state. Rafay is one of only twelve Missouri fifth graders who qualified to compete next at the mathleague.org National Elementary Championship held at Texas A&M University on June 16th. 
 

FMS Student Wins Smart Money Essay Contest
Janet Musangali, a seventh-grade student at FMS, was named the winner of the 2018 Money Smart St. Louis Essay Contest. She received a $2,000 scholarship sponsored by COUNTRY Financial at a special event on Monday, April 30, 2018 at the St. Louis Public Library. Junior high school students (6th – 8th grades) from across the St. Louis area submitted essays for the annual contest and students were also recommended by a teacher or guardian for demonstrating good money management.  
 

Summer Reading Programs
District schools will open their doors for students to check out and return books again this summer in order to promote literacy and encourage students to continue reading during the summer months. Summer reading is proven to maintain and possibly even advance reading levels of children and help prepare them for back to school in the fall. In addition to holding summer library hours, many District librarians are planning fun activities and coordinating summer reading challenges to encourage and reward young readers. Summer library hours vary by building; please check with your child's school or librarian for dates and times. #WSDlearns

Summer STEM Program 2018
The WSD is pleased to provide a variety of high quality summer STEM programs designed for students entering kindergarten through sixth grade during the second and third weeks of July. The two-week-long program is free and available for students who reside in our District boundaries. Registration is due by May 18th. The STEM classes will take place at Stone Creek Elementary and run Monday through Thursday from 8am until 12 noon July 9-19. There are still openings available for 3rd-6th grade classes; KDG-2nd grade classes are full. For a full listing of the classes available and a registration form, visit the WSD website.

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Heritage School Days Program
Through the School Days Program, Heritage Propane will give the WSD up to $2,000 per year to purchase items for any school-related need with funds earned from the School Days Program. Any WSD parent, employee, or community member who is a Heritage Propane customer can send their Heritage Propane receipts to school with their child, and the buildings will submit the receipts to Community Relations for processing. Heritage Propane will total the gallons on the deposited receipts and pay $0.02 per gallon, up to a maximum of $2,000 per year.

DonorsChoose.org
PledgeCents.com
GoFundMe.com
The District has established an approval process for teachers who would like to solicit materials from donors via DonorsChoose.org,
PledgeCents.com, and GoFundMe.com. The WSD recognizes the potential resource this could prove to be for teachers and we appreciate innovative ideas that promote differentiated learning for our students. If you would like to support a classroom initiative in the WSD, visit DonorsChoose.org and search "Wentzville" or by zip code, or visit PledgeCents.com and click the "Classroom Needs" link, then filter the list by location and organization type, or visit GoFundMe.com and click the "Education" link, then search "Wentzville School."

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