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Vendor Registration has Opened for the
2016 Back to School Fair

 Registration is now open for the Wentzville School District's 2016 Back to School Fair!
This year's Fair has been scheduled for
Saturday, August 6th
from 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. at Holt High School.


 

The event is open to businesses and community groups as a means to reach our families in one place at one time. It is also intended to help our lower income families as we distribute thousands of dollars worth of free school supplies at the event. Last year we had well over 3,000 people attend! The registration fee for businesses is only $60 ($85 if you need access to electricity). Those fees are used directly to purchase school supplies that are given to students in bags at the Fair. Provided with your registration is one table, two chairs and a sign. We ask that you bring your own skirting for your table. Additional tables are available for $30.

Registration for non-profit groups is only $10 ($35 if you need access to electricity) and we ask that you provide a free school supply to hand out to students at your booth. Provided with your registration is one table, two chairs and a sign. We ask that you bring your own skirting for your table.

The event is free for District families and will feature dozens of vendors (last year 100 vendors participated), free school supplies, games and fun activities for children. In addition, MoCHIP will be on hand to provide free child identification kits for children. Last year over $6,000 in school supplies were given away.

"The Back to School Fair is designed to bring together local businesses, community groups and our District families in one place to share valuable information, discounts and free school supplies in a fun and festive atmosphere," said Director of Community Relations Mary LaPak. "It is beneficial to our families and our community and it's a tremendous way to kick off the new school year."

Those attending, as well as event vendors, are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item to donate at the door to Operation Food Search which serves local families in need.


   
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 Schools Raise Over $80k for
American Heart Association
 
     
  WSD schools raised over $80,000 this year for the American Heart Association (AHA). Students in 12 of the District’s 17 schools held fundraisers over the course of the school year that included Jump Rope for Heart, Hoops for Heart, Wearing Red and Dodgeball for Heart. During the 2014-15 school year, WSD schools raised over $61,550, so this year's total represents an increase of 24%. According to the AHA, this equates to the WSD helping to save 1,611 lives right in our own area. The participating schools also received thousands of dollars in U.S. Game vouchers that they can use to purchase physical education equipment through the program. During the various fundraisers, students learned about the importance of heart health education and how to take care of their own hearts and the special hearts of others.  
 
 
Last Day of School
 
     
  Thankfully the rain held off and we had a flurry of activities across the District for the last day of school on May 25th. There were lots of tears, cheers and hugs as staff bid farewell to students for the summer. Community Relations put together a last day video that has reached over 25,000 people on social media. The WSD is grateful to all our staff, students and families for their hard work once again that led to another successful school year!  
WSD Names Dr. Jeri LaBrot as Principal of 
Frontier Middle School
 
 
The WSD Board of Education has approved the hiring of Dr. Jeri LaBrot as Principal of Frontier Middle School for the 2016-2017 school year. Dr. LaBrot will replace Kelly McClain, who has served in that role since 2012 and has accepted a new position outside of the District. Dr. LaBrot is currently the Assistant Principal of North High in the Fort Zumwalt School District. She holds a B.S. in Elementary Education from Mississippi State University, a Masters in Educational Administration from Lindenwood University, and an Educational Leadership Doctorate from Maryville University.
  Dr. LaBrot taught Spanish at West High for six years before taking a job as an Assistant Principal at North High in 2012. "I'm absolutely thrilled to work with the students, families, and staff at Frontier Middle School,” said LaBrot. “It's a wonderful school community with tons of positive energy and opportunities for students to grow and learn.” Dr. LaBrot is a native of Missouri and lives with her husband and two children in Lake Saint Louis. 

Personnel Update: New WSD Administrators 
 
 

Please join us in welcoming our latest administrative hires for the
2016-2017 School Year...

 
 
Greg Lawrence - Director of Technology

Emilie Vaughan 
- Director of
Accounting


 
Jason Green - Activities Director
at Holt High School

Ben Hebisen - Director of
Intervention Services
 
 
Laura Parn - Assistant Principal
at Boone Trail Elementary


Kelly Stratman - Assistant Principal at Discovery Ridge Elementary
 
 
 Lindsay Sutherlin - Assistant Principal at Liberty High School

Danielle Todd - Assistant Principal
at Duello Elementary
 
 
Matt Kiesel - Administrative Intern at Liberty High School

Megan Sutton - Administrative Intern at Discovery Ridge Elementary
 
 
 
WSD Summer Library Program
 
 
Each WSD elementary building has a summer library reading program to help facilitate summer reading. Students from grades K to 5th are encouraged to borrow up to ten picture books or five chapter books. There are even prize incentives like a free book and movie pairing. Additionally, one GoPro camera will be given away at each building. Help your child prevent "summer slide" by encouraging them to read! 

>>>Summer Library Hours.
 
 
WSD Students Named Finalists at 
International DECA Competition
 


  Five WSD marketing students were named finalists at the International DECA Career Development Conference held in Nashville, TN, April 22-27. From Holt High School, Allie Barry and Hailey Barry were finalists in Sports and Entertainment Business Operations Research and Heather Petty was a finalist in Retail Merchandising. From Timberland High School, Collin Mason and Tyler Petty were finalists in Sports and Entertainment Management.


 
WMS Writing Club Students Win Missouri State
Youth Poetry Contest
 
     
 

Sharayu Shrinivas recently won 1st place in the junior division of the Missouri State Youth Poetry Contest. Sharayu just completed 8th grade at Wentzville Middle School and is an incoming freshman at Holt. Her winning poem is titled “Inner Quest” and will be published in the Missouri State Poetry Society Anthology “Grist.” This is the second consecutive year Sharayu has had a poem published after winning the 2015 7GP Foundation Poetry Contest as a 7th grader.

In addition, WMS 7th grader (and incoming 8th grader) Emily Teismann won 2nd place in the junior division of this year’s Missouri State Poetry Contest with her poem “Elizabeth Lavendar Rose.” Former 8th grader and incoming Holt freshman Brian Faintich won 2nd Honorable Mention in the junior division for his poem “Ode to Music” and incoming 8th grader Morgan Geithman won 3rd Honorable Mention in the junior division for her poem “Death.”

This poetry contest was open to all Missouri residents in 6th-8th grade. Poems could be on any topic and had a 30-line maximum and no lines no longer than 45 characters. Winners and honorable mentions automatically qualify as candidates for Missouri entries to the Manningham Student Poetry Award Contest, sponsored by the National Federation of State Poetry Societies. All four students were members of the WMS Writing Club which is under the advisement of English Language Arts Teacher Cathy McCandless.


K-6 Plan for Growth: Boundary Committee Update
 
  On May 10th, the Boundary Committee met for the third time to discuss the current draft boundary maps and the corresponding data presented by the demographer. The group discussed the strengths and weaknesses of the current boundary drafts and also asked clarifying questions.     
  The District also shared information with regard to the middle and high school boundaries. 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. Overall, the committee was pleased to hear that it would be possible to maintain those current middle and high school boundaries.

The Boundary Committee meeting scheduled for June 7th was postponed to allow for more time for administration to examine the draft scenarios with the Transportation Department based on the demographer's latest data. The next meeting date will be scheduled and communicated as soon as possible. This postponement will NOT affect the overall boundary timeline and the draft scenarios will still be posted for the public to review and provide input over the summer months, following the next public meeting. 

The committee will then reconvene in the fall, 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 later this year.

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.
 
Parents as Teachers has Developmental Screening Appointments Available over the Summer
 

The WSD’s Parents as Teachers Program has appointments available throughout the summer 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.    
McDonald's Academic Excellence 
High School Teacher Award
 
   
  For the first time ever, McDonald’s of Greater St. Louis and the Metro East owner/operators will award $1,000 to a top metropolitan St. Louis high school teacher! This award compliments our Academic Excellence Award Scholarship program which, each year for the last 10 years, has awarded one-time $3,000 scholarships to 24 college-bound high school seniors in St. Louis and the Metro East. This program is executed in partnership with the United Negro College Fund. McDonald’s values education and this year we want to honor a teacher who excels at their job. The winning teacher will receive $1,000 to spend in their classroom. 
 
     
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. 

Proposition E: PROGRESS AS PROMISED
 
 
 
 

Last year, voters approved Proposition E which generated approximately $50 million in construction projects to accommodate the WSD's continued enrollment growth. At the June 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 marylapak@wsdr4.org 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 WSDefficient@wsdr4.org 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.

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