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WMS Teacher Wins Grant for Drone
 
Wentzville Middle School has received a $500 Karen Battle Memorial Grant from the Gifted Support Network (GSN) out of St. Charles County. WMS Science and Project Lead the Way Teacher Dr. Edward Picone applied for the grant to help purchase multiple drones for use at his school. He says it is important to introduce drone technology to students as early as possible, as it is becoming a larger part of the business world. “Career readiness is our focus with this grant, and the generosity of Gifted Support Network is going to help a tremendous amount of students find their passion for technology and unmanned flight.” Dr. Picone plans to utilize the new drones in a number of his classes including Automation and Robotics and Magic of Electrons, a new course being offered at WMS this coming school year. “The drones will help illustrate how electrical engineering is changing the world of delivery, flight and soon human mobility.” Picone shared that the best part of the drones - other than the fact that students love them - is that the headset allows students to fly the drone by simply moving their head. “Being able to see exactly what the drone sees is going to be a wonderful learning experience for the students. We are very excited to have the opportunity to bring this innovation to Wentzville Middle School this coming year.”
 
 
WSD Athletes Medal at MSHSAA State Track
 
Congratulations to the seven WSD Track and Field athletes who received medals at last weekend’s State meet at Jefferson City High School. Holt senior Jason McCabe is the State Champion in Para shot put, setting a new state record of 18’ 10-1/2”, and is the State Champion in the Para 100 and Para 200. Jason took 2nd place in the Para 1600. Liberty junior Nolan Bone took 2nd place in pole vault and Liberty senior Wesley Hines placed 3rd in the 100. Timberland senior Christine Williams took 6th place in the 200, Timberland senior Brad Papez took 7th place in shot put, and Timberland freshman J’dyn Green took 8th place in discus. Holt senior Emily Griesenauer took 8th place in the 3200. Congratulations to these All-State athletes! #WSDproud
 
WSD Staff Members Come to Aid of Student
 
Last month, three WSD employees came to the aid of Discovery Ridge 2nd grader Mason Hoel who was choking on a piece of food. Mason urgently ran up to Chautauqua Lead Facilitator Tammy Doble who found him struggling to breathe and turning blue. She immediately stepped in to dislodge the item by performing the Heimlich maneuver while Chautauqua facilitator Sharon Stieben rushed to get the school nurse, Rosemarie Hamilton. Nurse Hamilton also performed the Heimlich maneuver, dislodging another piece of food that was further down his airway. "Their quick thinking and attentiveness saved my son's life," said Mason's mom Erin Hoel. "I honestly cannot put into words how thankful and grateful we are that they were there with our son." #WSDproud
 
WSD Seniors Receive Wentzville Water Department Scholarships
 
The Water Division of the Wentzville Public Works Department has awarded $3,000 worth of scholarships to three WSD artists. Emily Griesenauer, a senior at Holt High School, Juhaina Aarda, a senior at Liberty High School, and Cassidee Wakefield, a senior at Timberland High School, who each received a scholarship worth $1,000 for their artistic fire hydrants.

This is the 22nd year for the contest, held annually in conjunction with National Water Week. Each year, Wentzville students are asked to creatively interpret a theme for their painted hydrants. This year, dozens of students from each high school submitted “Marvel Characters” designs for consideration. The Art Department at each high school selected four worthy student entries, and these students were provided with a blank hydrant. Wentzville city employees from five different departments then judged the twelve finalists, with the top hydrant from each school earning a scholarship for its creator. Runners up from Holt High School were Hannah Westhoff, Halle Harris-Cogburn, and Lauren Demott. The runners up from Liberty High School were Noelle Wisdom, Bennett Outman, and Hannah Noles. The runners up from Timberland were Isabelle Stewart, Kara Reynolds, and Gabrielle Richards.
 
 
WSD Junior Carries Torch in Special Olympics Torch Run
 
On May 24th the Special Olympics Torch Run and the “Flame of Hope” came through downtown Wentzville. Holt High School junior and Special Olympic athlete Jude Coons carried the torch, walking beside several Wentzville police officers including Chief Kurt Frisz and D.A.R.E Officer Mary Wheeler. What began in 1986 as a 30-mile run is now a four-day relay covering more than 950 miles with 3,000 runners. It originates in more than 40 locations and culminates at the site of the State Summer Games in Springfield, MO. The Torch Run is more than a run; it is a campaign to raise awareness and funds for Special Olympics. Special Olympics is the largest sports organization with over four million athletes in more than 170 countries – nearly 16,500 of them here in Missouri. For 40 years, Special Olympics has been spreading the message: “People with intellectual disabilities can - and will - succeed when given the chance.” #WSDproud
 
WSD to Host State Robotics Championship
 
The WSD Ratchet Rocker Robotics Team 1706 and Lutheran High School Roboteers Team 4329 will co-host the 2018 Missouri State Robotics Championship on Saturday, June 9th at Liberty High School.

The championship event draws in the top 24 ranked teams from across Missouri competing on three-team alliances with 120 pound industrial grade robots that are designed, built, and operated by high school students. This year’s PowerUp arcade-themed game challenges students to build and program robots to perform tasks like picking up cubes from the floor, placing them on a switch and scale, and ascending to face the game boss. Students from across the state will display their real-world engineering skills, leadership abilities, and FIRST spirit.

This exciting event is open to the public, and everyone is invited to see what FIRST Robotics Competition is all about. Liberty High School is located at 2275 Sommers Rd, Lake St Louis, MO 63367, with doors opening at 8:00 a.m. The event will begin at 9:00 a.m., with qualifying rounds starting at 9:30, play-offs/finals starting at 1:30, and awards at 4:30 p.m. Concessions and MO State Championship t-shirts will be available for purchase and there will also be displays and demonstrations of the other FIRST programs for K-8 students.
 
 
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. More than 1,100 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 offered over $20 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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June 1, 2018

Pearce Hall Poetry Slam
Pearce Hall hosted the 2nd annual Spoken Word Poetry Slam on May 3rd. Twenty-two students presented their original poems to a group of about 100 students, staff, family and friends. “The students have named our class ‘From the Ashes of the Pearce Hall Poets’ and the class is made up of students from all of the Pearce Hall classrooms,” shared Andrea Crisp, Alternative Program teacher. “The students learn about spoken word (or free verse) poetry and study figurative language to enhance our expressions.” #WSDlearns

WMS Teacher Receives Tools for Teachers Award
Jerry Cannon, Wentzville Middle School 8th grade teacher, was on KPLR 11 on May 18th to accept his $500 "Tools for Teachers Award" sponsored by Weber Chevrolet. Mr. Cannon was chosen as this month's award winner following a nomination by parent Kelly Rowan, who was also on the show. Since 2015, KPLR 11 and Weber Chevrolet have teamed up to tell the local stories of teachers making a difference in the lives of young people all over the Metro Area. According to the KPLR website, they receive over 100 nominations monthly. In her nomination, Rowan shared "Mr. Cannon plans things that are meaningful to kids and reaches them on their level and teaches those things that cannot be learned in a textbook or an electronic device, like kindness, compassion, friendship, and caring for others." Congratulations Mr. Cannon! >>>KPLR story

WSD Students Named CYCLE Delegates
Congratulations to Olivia Riek (Timberland), and Karli Heimburger (Holt) on being named CYCLE delegates by Cuivre River Electric Cooperative. The CYCLE (Cooperative Youth Conference and Leadership Experience) Program is a three-day conference held in Jefferson City, MO each summer. The CYCLE Program brings together some of the brightest young leaders from across Missouri each year, and is open to high school sophomores who live and attend school in Cuivre River’s general service area, or who have Cuivre River electric service in their homes. Olivia and Karli will travel to Jefferson City on July 18-20 to learn more about politics, community service, today’s pressing issues, the cooperative form of business & being a leader. #WSDproud

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 for dates and times. #WSDlearns

WSD Back to School Fair 

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Heritage School Days Program
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