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WSD Election Results
 
THANK YOU FOR VOTING! Proposition E PASSED on April 3rd: 5,584 votes (71.54 percent) were cast in favor of Prop E, and Natalie DeWeese and Brad Buchanan received the most votes for the two open Board of Education seats. We would like to thank everyone who helped spread the word about Prop E, and of course our stakeholders who took the time to vote. We look forward to working together as a team to move this great District forward! #WeAreTheWSD
 
WSD Hosts County-wide STEM Olympics
 
The WSD hosted the first County-wide STEM Olympics on April 12th at Wentzville Middle School. Over 100 students from Francis Howell, Fort Zumwalt, City of St. Charles, and Orchard Farm school districts joined WSD students in grades K-8 to compete in small group design challenges.

The WSD has held a District-wide STEM Olympics for the past four years, and this year, other county school districts followed suit and held their own district-wide events in preparation for the first County-wide STEM Olympics. During the district competitions, students who won at the building level were asked to engineer a product with specific materials in a constrained amount of time. Winners from those competitions were invited to the St. Charles County STEM Olympics where students were also provided an engineering challenge and materials to complete it. For a complete list of the teams who were named 2018 St. Charles County STEM Olympic Champions, visit the WSD website.
 
WSD Announces 2018 Support Staff Employees of the Year
 
The WSD is proud to recognize all of the hard working support staff employees who go above and beyond for our students and our District. It is the support staff employees who drive our buses, prepare the food, clean our schools, and do scores of other jobs that help support the educational efforts of the District. Our support staff employees often labor behind the scenes, but their hard work does not go unnoticed or unappreciated. Every year, each building in the District selects their own “Support Staff Employee of the Year,” and the building winners are eligible for the District Support Staff Employee of the Year Award, announced during the annual District Awards Banquet in May.

2018 WSD Support Staff Employees of the Year

• Admin Center/Berrey-Place Center/Harris…Katie Kruchowski, Student Data Technician Assistant
• Barfield ECSEC…Rylee Buchheit, Instructional Assistant
• Boone Trail…Kim Parker, Instructional Assistant
• Crossroads…Katie VanderPloeg, Instructional Assistant
• Discovery Ridge…Pam Tucker, Library Assistant
• Duello…Annquinetta Rogers, Instructional Assistant
• Frontier Middle…Sherry Mason, Division Secretary
• Green Tree…Nicole Farace, Instructional Assistant
• Heritage Intermediate…Tyler Douglas, Custodian
• Heritage Primary…Leslie Grimmer, Division Secretary
• Holt…Dianna Bigelow, Instructional Assistant
• Lakeview…Marsha Sverdrup, Instructional Assistant
• Liberty…Matthew Boswell, Custodian
• Mind Development Center…Melissa Ortbals, Instructional Assistant
• Pearce Hall…Denise Clark, Nurse
• Peine Ridge…Erica Way, Instructional Assistant
• Prairie View…Pam Foster, Paraprofessional
• South Middle…Marlin Berry, Custodian
• Stone Creek…Keri Manor, Principal’s Secretary
• Support Services…Pat Kain, Distribution Specialist
• Timberland…Kelly Hoven, Library Assistant
• Transportation…Titus Tubb, Bus Driver
• Wabash…Ray Tutterrow, Custodian
• Wentzville Middle…Donna McCutcheon, Instructional Assistant

The eligible positions for Support Staff Employee of the Year include Bus Driver/Aide, Café/Playground Supervisor, Chautauqua Employee, Custodian, Food Service Employee, Instructional Assistant, Library Assistant, Health Service Aide, Maintenance Employee, Mechanic/Router/Dispatcher/Fueler, Nurse, Nurse Assistant, Office Staff, Parent Educators, Security Guard, Paraprofessional and Technician.
 
WSD HOSA Students Advance to International Competition
 
Students in the Holt, Liberty and Timberland high school HOSA (Future Healthcare Professionals) chapters competed in the Missouri HOSA State Leadership Conference in Rolla, Missouri on March 26 and 27. Sixteen students brought home an award and qualified to move on to the International Leadership Conference which will be held in Dallas, Texas on June 20-23. Timberland junior Sofia Angel was named a Missouri HOSA State Officer for the 2018-19 school year. In addition, Timberland senior Caitlin Grubbs and Timberland juniors Sofia Angel, Kenna Vaughn, and Brooke Bzdawka received the Barbara James Service Award for completing over 75 hours of community service. Timberland HOSA also received the HOSA Service Project Recognition Award for raising $150 for the HOSA national service project, National Alliance for Mental Illness (NAMI).

HOSA is sponsored by Holt teacher Nathan Jones, Liberty teacher Jennifer Strathman and Timberland teacher James Craghead, and students must be enrolled in one of the District’s Project Lead the Way Biomedical classes in order to be a member of the chapter. For a list of students who placed and will be advancing to compete at the international level, visit the WSD website.
 
WSD Student Qualifies to Compete at National FBLA Conference
Students from Holt, Liberty and Timberland high schools competed at the Missouri Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) State Leadership Conference held at Missouri State University in Springfield, MO on April 8-10. FBLA is a professional association for students pursuing business careers. Over 4,000 other high school students from across Missouri attended the conference. Four WSD students brought home medals from the competition and one of those students took top honors and qualified to advance to the National FBLA Leadership Conference in Baltimore, MD June 23-26 to compete against winners from each state.

Liberty freshman Jonathan Blasingame qualified to advance to the national conference by taking 3rd place in Mobile Application Development.

Additional students who received medals in the competition included: Holt junior Jacob Teater (7th place, Hospitality Management), Timberland junior Sofia Angel (8th place, Sales Presentation), and Holt senior Rachel Smith (10th place, Business Plan). 
 
 
THS Student is SkillsUSA Champion
 
Five of the 17 WSD students representing Lewis & Clark Career Center at the SkillsUSA Missouri State Leadership and Skills Conference medaled in their respective competitions during the three-day conference in Linn, Missouri from April 5-7th. Timberland senior Jeffery Davis will move on to the national competition in Louisville, Kentucky in June after earning a first place gold medal in the Electrical Construction Wiring competition. Davis also won a gold medal for his performance on the Electrical Wiring Technical Information written examination. Additional WSD students earning medals at the state competition included: Liberty senior Molly Smart earned a second place silver medal in the Auto Collision Technical Information exam and a third place bronze medal, along with Liberty junior Kaylee Rowland and Timberland senior Natalie Rallo, as members of the Chapter Business Team. Holt senior Justin Smith earned third place bronze for Computer Programming.
 
 
WSD Seniors Win State Leadership Award

Thirteen WSD High School seniors have received the Distinguished Student Leader Award from the Missouri Association of Student Councils (MASC). The students received their awards at the MASC State Convention at Lebanon High School March 10, 2018. Holt seniors Madison Steiner, Allison Meyer, Kaitlynne Woodward, Megan Thornburgh, Emma Westerhold, and Jessica Rothenberger are all members of the Holt Student Council (STUCO), and Timberland seniors Alex Thomason, Caroline Lemen, Payton Campion, Carley Gubera, Sarah Browning, Chrissy Crowell, and Ashley Raines are all members of the Timberland Student Council (STUCO). The award recognizes Missouri students who demonstrate superior student council leadership skills and knowledge based on MASC criteria and evaluation procedures.
 
 
THS Students & Teachers Earn Top Honors at MAEA Art Show
   
   
Timberland art students and teachers earned top honors at the Missouri Art Education Association (MAEA) Art Show in Branson, MO April 5-7. The student and faculty art shows are held annually in conjunction with the MAEA Spring Conference and feature artwork by K-12 students and teachers from across the state. Junior Diana Ovchar (under the direction of Ms. Wing) earned 3rd Place with her artwork, and junior Savannah Hayton (under the direction of Mr. Holland) received Honorable Mention for her piece, both in the 11-12 Grade category. Mr. Holland earned 1st Place in two categories of the faculty exhibit: Drawing and Oil/Acrylic Painting.
 
WSD Students and Staff Participate in Annual GO! St. Louis Marathon
 
Congratulations to Liberty English Teacher Jackie Pirtle-Hall for WINNING the GO! St. Louis Marathon on April 8th with an Olympic Trials qualifying time of 02:44:18! Jackie credits her family and her running coach, LHS AP History Teacher Sheldon Webster, for supporting her and helping her to get ready for the race, and next up, the Olympic Trials in 2020. "Honestly, this school district has supported me through all of my career and educational goals - and I will always give 100% to the students and community for such outstanding leadership and support - plus I love working here!" Also, over 100 elementary students from Crossroads, Discovery Ridge, Duello, Heritage, Green Tree, and Wabash elementary schools ran in the Go! St. Louis 1.2 mile student run on April 7th in Forest Park. By completing the run, most of those students also completed their Read, Right and Run pledge to read 26 books, perform 26 acts of kindness, and run 26.2 miles. Students ranging in grades from kindergarten through 6th grade have been hard at work on their pledge since the fall, meeting in after school clubs designed to promote fitness and healthy choices. In addition, several WSD staff members and Timberland students ran in the GO! St. Louis half marathon, marathon relay and full marathon the next day in downtown St. Louis. Way to stay healthy staff and students! #WSDproud
 
 
 
 

 
 
Trash Can Artwork Contest 2018
 
Wabash Elementary, GREEN Earth Force and the City of Wentzville are teaming up to tackle litter in our community parks. The art contest is open to students in grades K-12 and winning entries will be will be displayed on trash cans in parks throughout Wentzville this summer. The deadline to submit your artwork is April 30th. Visit bit.ly/wentzvillestormwater for more information. #WSDcares #WSDcommunity
 
SSM Catching Healthy Choices Fair
 
The Spring Training: Catching Healthy Choices Fair will be held from 11am-3pm on Saturday, April 28th at Timberland High School. The event was planned by several WSD Ignite Health Care Academy students and is sponsored by SSM St. Joseph Hospital – Lake Saint Louis. The Ignite Program provides students with valuable off-campus opportunities to work with mentors, engage in real-world problem solving and make professional connections in the workplace in our community. The Fair will promote healthy living choices and will feature activities for all age groups. RSVP and attend the event for the chance to win St. Louis Cardinals tickets: https://tinyurl.com/healthfairRSVP. #WSDcommunity
 
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April 18, 2018

WSD Student Advances to National JSHS Competition
Students from Holt, Liberty, and Timberland traveled to the University of Missouri-Columbia to compete in the state level Junior Science, Engineering and Humanities Symposium (JSHS) last month. High School students from across the state participated in the symposium and presented papers that were judged by scientists on the quality and originality of research. Two Holt students received awards for their projects and one advanced to the national competition. Holt senior Spencer Bogan was awarded First Place in the Behavioral Sciences category for his project, “Analysis of Quantitative Autistic Traits on Parental Risk of Having a Child with Autism Spectrum Disorder.” Holt junior Charles Stone was awarded Second Place in the Biology category for his project “Comparing Developmental Defects of Isolated Electronic Nicotine Delivery System’s Liquid Components and E-liquid on Drosophila.” Spencer will now advance to the national JSHS competition held May 2-5 in Hunt Valley, Maryland. This annual event, supported through a grant from the U.S. Army Research Office and endorsed by the National Association of Secondary School Principals, celebrates science, student achievement and teachers who support both. Students had the opportunity to spend two days engaged in activities devoted to science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). #WSDproud

WSD Students Create Videos for Wentzville Businesses
Timberland students in the District's new Broadcast Media class teamed up with the Wentzville Main Street Association to create promo videos for Main Street establishments. This is the video they created for Old Town Smokehouse, which is being shared on the restaurant's website and social media pages. The students have completed a video for Yo! Salsa and they are working on additional videos for Ellebee's General Store, Not Jaded Boutique and Sproutfitters, which we'll be sharing over the coming weeks. The WSD appreciates our community partnerships that help promote local businesses while highlighting the skills of our students. The Broadcast Media class at Timberland is taught by Kellie Trussell and Ida Hoffmann.

WSD Winter Guard Units Compete at MCCGA Championship
Congratulations to the WSD Winter Guard Units on their performances on April 7th! The Winter Guard units competed at the Mid-Continent Color Guard Association (MCCGA) Championship held in Springfield, MO. Timberland’s Winter Guard unit took 1st place in Scholastic Regional A, Round 5 at Nixa High School and received a Gold medal for placing 1st out of the 45 guard units in the Scholastic Regional A division. Holt’s Varsity Winter Guard unit took 2nd place in Scholastic A, Round 2 at Willard High School and placed 2nd overall out of the 21 guard units that compete in the Scholastic A division, earning a Silver medal. Liberty’s Winter Guard unit took 2nd place and earned a Silver medal in Scholastic Regional A, Round 2 at Nixa High School and Holt’s JV Winter Guard unit took 6th place in Scholastic AA, Round 1 at Ozark High School. #WSDproud

MAP Testing Reminders 
It's that time of year! Grade Level Assessment as part of the Missouri Assessment Program (MAP) for all WSD students in grades 3-8 runs April 9-May 15. All students in grades 3, 4, 6 and 7 take assessments in ELA (English Language Arts) and mathematics. Students in grades 5 and 8 take assessments in ELA, mathematics and science. High school (and some middle school) students will take End-of-Course (EOC) exams May 8-16. Students will take EOC exams in Algebra I, Algebra II (only those students that took Algebra I in middle school), English II, Biology and Government. The assessments are all being taken electronically on computers again this year. Attendance is crucial on testing dates. Have your child well rested. Feed your child a healthy breakfast- their brains need plenty of fuel! Encourage your child to relax when taking the test. If your child is anxious, please encourage them to see their counselor or a teacher to ask any questions.

Holt STUCO 18th Annual Senior Citizen Prom
The Holt Student Council (STUCO) is holding their 18th Annual Senior Citizens Prom on Saturday, April 21st from 5:00-8:00 p.m. at the Holt High School cafeteria. This year’s theme is ‘Hollywood’ and attendees can have their picture taken as a souvenir to take home. This free event will feature great music, lively dancing, and a delicious dinner and dessert. Formal dress is suggested but not required. Come dance the night away! Call 636-327-3876 ext. 26297 or email erinchase@wsdr4.org by April 6th to reserve your place. #WSDcommunity

WSD On-Campus Work Experience Class Participates in Service Project
Timberland and Holt students in the District’s On Campus Work Experience class are participating in a service project to provide a little comfort to the homeless in St. Charles County. The students are creating “plarn” (PLastic + yARN) mats made out of plastic bags that are crocheted together to form a light-weight, cushioned, weather-resistant and bug-resistant sleeping mat that is easy to clean. Kathy and Beverly Frecks from Vietnam Veterans of America in St. Peters visited students in Patricia Nelson’s class at Timberland earlier this year to demonstrate how to make the mats, which are 36” x 72” when completed. Making plarn involves folding bags, cutting off the tops and bottoms of the bags and cutting strips that make loops which are hooked together. In Mrs. Nelson’s class, everyone has an assigned role and it takes over 700 bags to make one mat. Mrs. Nelson shared the project idea with colleagues at Holt and the students at both schools have been working on the mats which will be distributed to homeless in our area. #WSDlearns #WSDcommunity

FMS Receives 2018 Athletics Grant from California Casualty
Congratulations to Frontier Middle School for receiving the California Casualty Thomas R. Brown Athletics Grant in a surprise presentation at the school on April 13th. Frontier Middle School is one of only two public schools in Missouri and 79 public schools in the nation to receive the grant this year.

The funds will be used to purchase conditioning tools for athletes on both the track and field and cross country teams. Tracy Cleveland, track and field co-coach, said, “This grant will allow access to training tools at the middle school that we don’t currently have.” The FMS track and field and cross country teams travel to Liberty High School for their training on most days. Head Coach Rob Rowe, added, “This grant will go a long way in supporting this growing program.” FMS track and field students have worked tirelessly to become a dominant force, and at their most recent track meet, the team set eight new school records.

The grant is named after California Casualty Chairman Emeritus Thomas R. Brown, who believes that teamwork, confidence and sportsmanship help develop high achievers in academics and life. Since its creation in 2011, more than $660,000 has been awarded to some 600 athletic programs across the nation. #WSDproud

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. For a full listing of the classes available and a registration form, visit the WSD website.

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 in 2015, over 12,000 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. The app is available for both android devices and iPhones.

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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