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Board of Education Approves
Nathan Hoven as New Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources

The WSD Board of Education has approved the hiring of Dr. Nathan Hoven as Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources for the 2015-2016 school year. Dr. Hoven is currently the principal of Timberland High School and he will replace Dr. Susan Hladky who is retiring at the end of the school year.

Dr. Hoven is a native of Maryland Heights and a graduate of Pattonville High School. He holds a B.S. in Applied Mathematics from the University of Missouri – Rolla (now Missouri University of Science and Technology), a Masters in Secondary Administration from the University of Missouri – St. Louis, and an Educational Doctorate from the University of Missouri – Columbia. He taught mathematics at Hazelwood Central and Pattonville High School before being named an Assistant Principal at Pattonville High. Dr. Hoven served as the principal of Rolla High School for four years prior to accepting his current position at Timberland in 2012. “I am extremely excited and grateful for this opportunity to serve the students and families of the Wentzville School District in this new capacity,” said Dr. Hoven. 

 WSD HOSA Students Advance to
National Competition
 

Students in the Holt, Liberty and Timberland High School HOSA (Future Healthcare Professionals) chapter competed in the Missouri State Convention in Rolla, Missouri on March 24th, and 53 students brought home an award and qualified to move on to the national competition. Timberland junior Alex Beattie was named Missouri HOSA Vice President and Timberland junior Danielle Friz was named Missouri HOSA Secretary/Treasurer for the 2015-16 school year. In addition, Holt senior Corrie McCarty created a HOSA scrapbook that helped Holt win an Outstanding HOSA Chapter Award.  >>>FULL STORY


 Ed Nelson Hired as Liberty High School Principal

The WSD Board of Education has approved the hiring of Edgar Nelson as Principal of Liberty High School for the 2015-2016 school year. Mr. Nelson currently serves as an assistant principal at Holt High School. He is a native of Florissant and a graduate of McCluer North High School. He holds a B.A. in Communications, Certification in Speech/Theatre Education, and a Masters in Educational Administration, all from the University of Missouri – St. Louis. He is currently working towards the completion of an Educational Doctorate from Maryville University. He taught special education at Francis Howell Union High and Hardin Middle School in St. Charles before being named an Assistant Principal at Fort Zumwalt North High School, and prior to taking the job at Holt last year. Nelson is also a Veteran of the United States Army where he served for ten years both on active duty and in the reserves. He is a recipient of the Army Commendation Medal, three Army Achievement Medals, the Southwest Asia Service Medal and the Kuwaiti Liberation Medal.

"I am excited about the opportunity to serve the students, parents, and staff of Liberty High School,” said Nelson. “Liberty already in just two years has an excellent reputation in the Wentzville community. I am looking forward to doing my part in continuing to establish traditions that provide an opportunity for students to achieve their full potential.” Mr. Nelson is married with four children and his wife Patty is a special education teacher at Timberland High School.
 FBLA Students Advance to National Competition

Students from Holt, Liberty and Timberland joined more than 4,000 other high school students for the Missouri Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) State Leadership Conference held in Springfield, MO on April 12-14. Seven Timberland students brought home medals from the competition and five of those students took top honors and qualified to advance to the National FBLA Leadership Conference in Chicago this summer to compete against the best winners in each state. >>>FULL STORY

 Liberty's Kelly Olivia Wins
METC Virtual Essay Contest

Congratulations to Liberty High School Librarian Kelly Olivia for winning the 2015 Midwest Education Technology Community (METC) Conference Virtual Essay Contest!

Education Plus sponsors the annual METC conference each February which draws over 2,200 leaders and educators from the Midwest and beyond. The event features regional and national experts who introduce participants to the latest trends and best practices in the area of education technology. It is estimated that over 400,000 students are impacted by this program each year, as teachers across all major disciplines return to classrooms and integrate new practices in education technology to deepen student learning.

The contest is held in conjunction with the conference and asks applicants to submit a virtual essay utilizing one of their favorite online tools while making a connection between their experience at METC and this year's conference theme "Motivate, Engage, Transform, Connect!" Mrs. Olivia won an iPad Air 2 for her creative submission which can be viewed on YouTube. 

 Duello Student's Artwork Chosen
for Senate Art Exhibit

Duello 1st grader Hayley Clark's artwork has been chosen to be on display in the State Capitol in Jefferson City. Her work was chosen for the Senate Art Exhibit by Senator Dr. Bob Onder. Each senator chooses four winning works from their District to be displayed quarterly throughout the year. Hayley’s artwork is on display in the Senate hallway for the next three months. Established in 2014, the Senate Art Exhibit showcases fine arts programs in all 34 Senate Districts and is sponsored by Senator David Pearce, the Missouri Alliance for Arts Education and the Missouri Art Education Association (MAEA). The exhibit is located on the grounds of the Capitol in the hallway that leads from Senate parking to the Capitol ground floor entrance. Hayley was recognized at the MAEA State Conference in Kansas City April 9-11.

Rotarians from New Zealand Visit South Campus

On April 28th, four professionals from New Zealand who are visiting the United States through the Rotary Group Study Exchange, visited Central Office and then toured Boone Trail Elementary and South Middle School.

The visiting Rotarians included Carmel Stewart (middle school teacher), Chandra Kala Yogeswaran (resettlement caseworker), Preeti Walia (junior teacher/dean) and Austin Kim (strategic advisor). The Group Study Exchange (GSE) is a 
unique cultural and vocational exchange program sponsored by Rotary International since 1965.  GSE provides young professionals, age 25 – 40, an opportunity to experience the culture and institutions of another country while also learning how their profession is practiced in that country. GSE is an all-expense-paid personal and professional development opportunity. Team members stay with host Rotarians who provide housing, meals and transportation for the visitors during their four-week stay. Our Rotary District also has a 5-member team currently in New Zealand. The vocational focus of both teams is to observe how immigration and refugee services are provided in each country. All the team members are engaged professionals who provide those services as part of their vocation. The goal is that each team will return with new ideas about best practices in this field that can be applied to their workplaces.


 WSD Students Excel at Regional
Science and Engineering Fair 

Students in kindergarten through 8th grade from the Wentzville School District competed in Missouri’s Tri-County Regional Science and Engineering Fair held at Francis Howell North High School on Saturday, April 25th. This year there were 98 entries by Wentzville students and 8 WSD classroom projects which qualified for the regional fair.  At the end of the day, 20 Wentzville students and two classroom projects received awards, including 16 First and Second Place awards:
>>>FULL STORY

The WSD is pleased to provide parents and guardians with a wide variety of high quality summer enrichment programs designed for students of all ages. The Summer Program is available to students who reside in our District boundaries. You can view all the WSD has to offer, which includes enrichment programs and Before and After Care, by visiting the District website.

Any questions can be directed to Tanya Kirkpatrick: tanyakirkpatrick@wentzville.k12.mo.us or by calling 636-327-5090, ext. 23287. 

 Wentzville Middle Student Wins Essay Contest and Has Poem Published in Anthology

Wentzville Middle School 7th grader, Sharayu Shrinavas, was chosen as a 7GP Foundation Poetry winner and now is a published poet.  This year, about 8,700 students from 118 schools nationwide submitted poems for the 7th Grade Poetry Contest, which results in an anthology of about 120 poems that sells in bookstores.

7GP, a St. Louis-based nonprofit program run by Aaron Williams, gave the winners a free copy of the anthology and $25. It was the sixth year for the contest.

Wentzville Middle School ran a poetry contest in the fall semester and Sharayu was the overall winner of the contest.  Students could write on any topic in any style.  Her poem was then sent on to the 7GP contest.

On Saturday, April 25, winning students read their poems at The Book House and were there to sign copies for audience members.

 Parent Satisfaction Survey
Are you an employee AND a WSD parent? If so, please take a moment and complete the Parent Satisfaction SurveyIt 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 ask that you take the time to complete this short survey
 District Teacher of the Year Michelle McKinley Wins Gary K. Wright Scholarship Award 

District Teacher of the Year Michelle McKinley has received the Gary K. Wright Scholarship Award from Education Plus. The award is established to assist highly deserving teachers to continue their professional development. Michelle says she plans to use the $1,500 award to bring "The Leader in Me" character education program to Duello Elementary.

 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. 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, you can email WSDefficient@wentzville.k12.mo.us with your ideas. 
Do you know someone who would like to work for the WSD?
Do you have friends or family who would like to work for the fastest growing school district in Missouri, one that also happens to be a Post-Dispatch “Top Workplace” for the past three years? 
Be sure to share with them all of the current openings in the District by visiting our website.

In addition to a variety of openings for paraprofessionals, bus drivers and child nutrition workers, we're also looking for additional substitute teachers
. Encourage your family and friends to apply today!

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.

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