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 Holt Symphonic Band Selected to Perform at Music Educators State Conference
The Holt High School Symphonic Band has been chosen to perform at the 78th Annual Missouri Music Educators Association (MMEA) State Music Conference on January 30th at Tan-Tar-A Resort in Osage Beach, Missouri. Over 160 ensembles from across the state submitted recordings last spring, and Holt is one of only six high school bands selected to perform. “Being selected to perform at the Missouri Educators Conference is the highest honor that any high school band can receive,” said Holt Band Director Jim Cunningham. “I am incredibly proud of the students and their ability as musicians to continually perform at such a high level from year to year.” 
>>>FULL STORY
 
Crossroads Class Named Finalist in
National Writing Contest
Ms. Martha Langston’s 2nd grade class at Crossroads Elementary has been named one of five finalists in the 7th annual “Be a Famous Writer” national writing contest. “The Five Dogs and a Little Bit of Trouble” was a collaborative class project submitted by Ms. Langston for this year’s contest where K-4 classrooms across the country were invited to write about the theme of Pets. “We had 28 states submit entries, and the quality of the stories this year were amazing,” said Mrs. P (played by T.V. actress Kathy Kinney). “In fact, we even have an honorable mention to give out, because it was so hard to narrow it down to just five stories this year,” added Kinney. >>>FULL STORY
 
Kindergarten Registration Dates Set

Dates have been set for the Wentzville School District’s kindergarten registration and screening process.  This event is for all children who will turn five years of age before August 1, 2016.  If your child has not been screened by Parents as Teachers or his/her preschool this year, appointments are required and can be made by contacting the WSD Parents as Teachers office at (636) 327-3863, ext. 22281.  Screening appointments are filled on a first come, first served basis and fill up quickly.  While every effort will be made to accommodate you at your child’s school, it is possible that your screening may need to be at another elementary school in the District.
>>>FULL STORY INCLUDING REGISTRATION DATES

 
K-6 Update: WSD Accepting Applications for Boundary Committee

The Wentzville School District is accepting applications from parents and community members for the 2016 Boundary Committee which will tentatively meet five times between March and November. The Boundary Committee will work together with District administrators and a boundary consultant to determine draft boundary scenarios which will be shared publicly to solicit feedback and ultimately one boundary scenario which will be recommended to the Board of Education. If chosen as a committee member and representative of your school, you must be willing to share updates and answer questions about the committee's progress with other parents from your building. If you would like to be considered for the 2016 Boundary Committee, please submit your name, email address and telephone number to Mary LaPak, Director of Community Relations. 

 
 Post Dispatch Readers Name WSD
"Best Public School District in St. Charles County"

The WSD has been named the Best Public School District in St. Charles County by St. Louis Post Dispatch readers. The Best of St. Charles County 2015 Readers Choice Winners were published last month following a celebration held at the Foundry in St. Charles on December 15th.

For a complete list of winners, visit STLtoday.com.

 
Holt Team Wins St. Louis WorldQuest Competition and Qualifies to Compete in Washington, D.C.

A team of five students from Holt High School in the Wentzville School District won the World Affairs Council of St. Louis WorldQuest competition and has qualified to compete at the 2015-2016 Academic WorldQuest competition in Washington, D.C.

Seniors Wyatt Hensel, Kyle Mannisi, Noah McCarty, and juniors Matt Brawner and Carter Hult formed their team two weeks before the competition which was held at Webster University, and beat out a team from Edwardsville High School in a tie-breaker to qualify to compete at the national level.  The team won a $2000 prize and all all-expense paid trip to the national competition in Washington, D.C. on April 23. 
 
WSD Parents will Receive New Weekly Personalized Alerts Via Email 

In an effort to keep all parents informed about their child’s progress in school, the WSD will begin sending automated weekly emails with personalized attendance (K-12) and grade information (6-12) beginning Friday, January 28th.

Studies show that students are more likely to be successful when they have good attendance and support at home, so this initiative is designed to assist parents in that regard. 

To check on your student’s progress anytime, simply log in to the Parent Portal. If you don’t have a Parent Portal log in, fill out the Registration Form and take the completed form to your child’s school in person. You will be asked to show a photo ID when you register. Together, we can help maximize the potential for your child to be successful in school.

 
WSD Inclement Weather/School Closing Info

Timely communication with our employees and District families is always a priority, but especially important in emergency school closing situations. If WSD schools are forced to close due to inclement weather or other factors (i.e. power outages, water main breaks) parents/guardians and students will be notified in the following ways:

District Phone Call/Text/Email

The WSD utilizes Blackboard, a mass communication broadcast system that allows school administrators to notify all households by phone, text and email within minutes of an emergency or unplanned event that causes early dismissal or school cancellation. The service may also be used occasionally by individual schools to communicate general announcements or reminders. Please be sure to notify the school office about any change in your personal contact information. You always have the option of how you would like to receive notifications (you can turn off the call and only receive texts and/or emails for example). Simply contact the Community Relations office to change your delivery preferences by calling 636/327-3800, ext. 20357 or email kathleendelaquil@wsdr4.org.

TV/Radio

When inclement weather causes the District to cancel school or dismiss classes early, please check the following television and radio stations for school closing information.

KTVI - TV Channel 2            KMOX Radio   1120 AM

KMOV - TV Channel 4           KWRE Radio 730 AM            

KSDK - TV Channel 5            KFAV  Radio 99.9 FM

These TV and radio stations also have web sites with the same school closing information. Look for the Wentzville School District. Please be advised that individual schools will not be listed separately, closings will always be listed as the Wentzville School District.

Website

The District website will be updated with any emergency school closing information. Please check on the homepage.

Facebook and Twitter

The WSD has its own Facebook page be sure to “like” us! It's a great way to keep up to date with the latest happenings in the District, complete with pictures. You can also follow the District on Twitter, just search for @WSDinfo. Both social media sites will be used not only to keep community members informed about the latest news in the District, but in the event of a school closing or emergency, this will be yet another means of communicating quickly and efficiently.

WSD App Push Notification

New this year, the WSD has an app you can download and choose to follow your child's school. The app will be an additional notification tool used in the event of a school closing or emergency to send followers a push notification directly to your phone. You can download the WSD app from iTunes or Google Play.

 
WSD Students Sign National Letters of Intent



Congratulations to Holt senior Colby Smith who signed his National Letter of Intent to wrestle for Grand Canyon University. Colby was joined by his mother Jennifer, father Sean, as well as head coach Jason Moore and assistant coach Chris Kyle for the signing at Holt High School. Smith won the 2015 Missouri Wrestling Association District 2 Wrestler of the Year Award. He plans to study entrepreneurship at Grand Canyon. For a complete list of student athletes who have signed National Letters of Intent this school year, visit the WSD website

 


The Timberland Student Council (STUCO) is sponsoring a "Kid's Night Out" just in time for Valentine's Day. Kids ages 5-12 are invited to an evening of games, crafts and snacks with THS STUCO students on Saturday, February 13th at a cost of $10 per child. Reservations by February 10th are required by visiting https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1Ne-Ov5-5ctGKbqi0buJ7ouRwA7GucM8kIpuVMM7aOTw/viewform?c=0&w=1. Adult supervision will be on hand as well.
 
February is "National Heart Month"
 Remember to Wear Red on Friday, February 5th

The American Heart Association has designated February as “National Heart Month” and Friday, Feb 5, 2016 as “Go Red Day.”  Heart disease is our # 1 killer; yet it is 80% preventable by making good food choices, exercising regularly and not smoking.  Many of our schools will be participating in Jump Rope, Hoops, Dodgeball for Heart, Wear Red days and other activities to raise awareness and funds for The American Heart Association.  The WSD would like to Proclaim  Friday, Feb 5th as “Go Red Day."  Please encourage your fellow staff and students to wear red that day and donate to help save lives through their school campaigns.  Almost all donations stay in Missouri for research, treatments, medicine, prevention and awareness. Heartfelt thanks! 

 
WSD Foundation Trivia Night is 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. 
>>>2016 Trivia Night Flyer


 


The Wentzville School District is now the 11th largest school district in the State of Missouri! Of course, we continue to be the fastest growing as well, adding between 500-600 students each school year since 2001.



Have you Downloaded
the WSD App?

Over 5,000 people have already 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 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.


 

 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. 
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. 
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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