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WSD Schools Honor Veterans

Elementary schools in the Wentzville School District held Veterans Day celebrations to salute the brave men and women who are currently serving or who have served in the U.S. armed forces. Boone Trail, Crossroads, Discovery Ridge, Duello, Green Tree, Heritage, Lakeview, Prairie View, and Peine Ridge Elementary all invited veterans to their special activities scheduled in honor of the holiday. Veterans were treated to breakfasts, student performances, slide shows honoring past and present members of the military and special guest speakers.
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Timberland STUCO Hosts Gateway Convention



The Timberland Student Council (STUCO) hosted the annual Missouri Association of Student Councils (MASC) Gateway Convention on Saturday, November 8th at Timberland High School. Nearly one thousand energized STUCO members from 33 schools around the greater St. Louis metro area participated in the conference which is an opportunity for student leaders to come together, exchange ideas, and elect officers. This is the third time in seven years Timberland’s STUCO has been elected President of the conference and hosted the convention. This year's convention theme was "Toy Story."

"It is a great honor to have since there are only seven district conventions throughout the entire state in a year," said Timberland STUCO Advisor Jim Andrzejewski. "It is a major undertaking to set up two meals, organize discussion groups and entertain around 950 students and advisors from around the St. Louis area." The Gateway District is open to all public and private middle, junior and senior high schools in St. Louis County, St. Louis City, St. Charles, and Jefferson County.

WSD Students Participate in STACK UP! to Attempt a New World Record for Speed Stacking
                        
Students at Boone Trail, Crossroads, Discovery Ridge, Duello, and Green Tree Elementary all participated in the ninth annual World Sport Stacking Association (WSSA) STACK UP! on November 13th. Thousands of students at nearly 3,000 schools in 35 different countries competed together to try to set a new Guinness World Record in the “World’s Largest Sport Stacking Event.” Last year 555,932 stackers participated to break the previous year’s STACK UP! record and this year’s goal is set at 600,000.
Sport stacking has been termed a “track meet for your hands at warp speed.” Competitors stack 12 specially designed cups called Speed Stacks in predetermined sequences as fast as they can. Stackers race against the clock, compete in relays and often combine sport stacking with fitness challenges as part of physical education classes. To see if students set a new World Record this year, visit the WSSA website.

Timberland Students Named Alternates for All-State Choir

Congratulations to Timberland seniors Mairyn Dodson and Eric Wuebbels who made school history by being selected as first alternate for their respective parts in the Missouri All-State Choir. Mairyn received First Alternate Soprano and Eric is First Alternate Tenor. If one of the four students selected from the St. Louis Suburban area are not able to fulfill their duties, Mairyn or Eric would step in to take their place. "This is a very high honor and includes extremely tough competition," said THS Choir Director Ronda Fields. "I am so excited for them!"

In addition to Mairyn and Eric, junior Amber Martin and senior Jacob Overton also qualified to audition for the All-State Choir by landing in the top 20 for their part in the St. Louis Suburban District Choirs. 
WSD Holiday Assistance Program Underway

Each year in December the Wentzville School District Holiday Assistance Program helps to provide gifts for needy students and their families. Last year over 460 families and more than 1,100 children received assistance in this charitable effort! The program, coordinated by the WSD Community Relations Department and the school counselors, works with businesses, community groups and individuals to help make the upcoming holidays more enjoyable for struggling families. In our schools, students and staff do a variety of things to raise money and collect gifts, and many families are adopted by their own caring school community. This year the need is as great as ever, and the District is seeking help to ensure that everyone has a few presents to enjoy. Families range in size from one child to eight children, and donors can request what size family they would like to adopt. Donors also have the option of contacting the family directly and arranging to deliver gifts, or dropping the gifts at the WSD Central Office which will coordinate getting the gifts to the donor’s adopted family.

If you would like to help out and share a little cheer by adopting a family in need, please contact your school counselor or call the WSD Community Relations Department at (636) 327-3800 ext. 20357 or email Mary LaPak for more information. You can make a difference, and you can make the holidays brighter for children who really need the help!

WSD Middle and High School Students Selected for Suburban All-District Honor Bands

Congratulations to South Middle 8th grader Drew Schulz (french horn) and Wentzville Middle 8th grader Lanae Beasley (percussion) for being selected to the St. Louis Suburban District Middle School Honors Band. Drew and Lanae were among over 600 students from across the region that auditioned on October 27th for a spot in the 100-member ensemble which consists of seventh and eighth graders. The band will have six rehearsals and then present a concert on January 11th at Ladue High School.






             
Five WSD high school students have earned spots in the St. Louis Suburban All-District High School Honor Band and three have been selected as first alternates. Congratulations to Holt band members Suzanna Buckner (Clarinet), Katie Balfany (Alto Saxophone), Garry Alcorn (Trombone), and Kyle Knight (Tuba), as well as Timberland band member Alex Beattie (baritone saxophone) for being selected. Holt's Dana Whiting (alto saxophone), and Timberland's Tyson Stevenson (tenor saxophone) and Eric Wuebbels (trumpet) were selected as first alternates for the band. Almost four hundred band members from the St. Louis Suburban district auditioned for a spot in the 95-member honors band. The honors band will have five rehearsals and then present a concert on Sunday, January 11th at Ladue High School. All eight students are now eligible to audition for the Missouri All-State Band in December.

 

American Education Week is November 16 – 22. Please be sure to thank our great WSD teachers for all of their hard work!

Did you know that WSD teachers average 10.5 years of experience and 79% have an advanced degree? That’s a smart and experienced staff!

Ferguson Grand Jury Announcement 

Dear WSD Parents/Guardians,

The decision of the Ferguson grand jury will soon be announced to the public. At this time we don’t expect any issues this far west of Ferguson, but we are doing our due diligence to be prepared for any scenario. WSD administrators have been working with our local law enforcement officials to be prepared for any civil unrest that might occur in our community as a result of the verdict. All WSD schools have security measures and emergency operating procedures in place, and we have reviewed these safety and security measures with our District employees. We want to reassure our parents that the safety of our students and staff is always a top priority.


Sincerely,
Dr. Curtis Cain, Superintendent
WSD Inclement Weather/School Closing Information

Timely communication with our 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

The Wentzville School District utilizes SchoolReach, a telephone broadcast system that allows school administrators to notify all households by phone 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!

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 R-IV School District. Please be advised that individual schools will not be listed separately, closings will always be listed as the Wentzville R-IV School District.

Website

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

WSD eNews

The District publishes an electronic newsletter called the WSD eNews that is emailed to parents/guardians who have students in our schools. This newsletter gives patrons information about what’s happening in the District that affects our students, families, and community. The WSD eNews also sends out information regarding emergency school closings. Community members can also sign up to receive the eNews. You can stop delivery at any time simply by clicking on the unsubscribe tab.

Facebook and Twitter

The WSD has its own Facebook page (Wentzville School District) 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.

End of Semester Dismissal Times Set

The end of the semester end of school times are as follows:

 

December 18/ May 26

High schools: 12:05-same schedule as last spring with grab and go lunch/LHS with standard adjustment for buses

Middle schools: regular time

Elementary schools: regular time
QREC: AM classes only

December 19/ May 27

High schools: 12:05-same schedule as last spring with grab and go lunch/LHS with standard adjustment for buses

Middle schools: 12:15 (FMS with standard adjustment for buses)

Elementary schools: 3:20 schools at 1:15/3:35 schools at 1:35

QREC: AM classes only

WSD Honor Rolls

The Wentzville School District is very proud of our students and their accomplishments. In an effort to recognize their success, Honor Rolls can now be viewed on our 
District web site.
 
Holt FCCLA Students Host Career Fair 

Students at Holt High School had a chance to attend a Career Fair in their own gymnasium this week thanks to Holt’s Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) chapter. The event is planned and coordinated entirely by Holt FCCLA students. Over 45 local businesses, colleges and industries were represented. “These are real people in real jobs who can speak to students about what it’s like to be in their shoes for a day as well as other positions that may be available in their career field,” said Holt FCCLA Advisor Lori Krug. One of those professionals was Holt parent Jason McGraw, Executive Chef for Levy Restaurants which services the Edward Jones Dome, St. Louis Executive Conference Center and the Cervantes Convention Center here in St. Louis. McGraw also travels extensively with the company and has prepared food at the Grammy’s, the Superbowl, the Kentucky Derby and the G20 Summit. His message to students was about the variety of options they have in the culinary industry. “I’m letting them know if they want to work in this industry they have so many choices. It’s not just restaurants, hotels and cafeterias. They could be a scientist in a lab developing different types of foods and recipes for large chains, for example.” He also shared that sometimes the job itself is far more important than the pay. “I had one job making $15,000 a year and I was working 90-120 hours a week, seven days a week. But the experience I gained there was invaluable because the menu changed daily and I learned so many different techniques. The education I got there had a monetary value as well and really prepared me for that next level in my career.”

Additional participants included representatives from Monsanto, Boeing, SSM Health Care, Enterprise Fleet Management, General Motors and the U.S. Army and Navy.
From the TECHNOLOGY DEPARTMENT 

On Wednesday, November 26th the District's GroupWise email system will be upgraded. That day District emails will be unavailable.  
WSD Days at the Dome Benefits the Wentzville School District Foundation
            
Purchase tickets to see the Rams take on the Denver Broncos or the Arizona Cardinals and a portion of your ticket price will benefit the WSD Foundation which supports teacher grants and senior scholarships each year in the WSD. Don't miss this opportunity to see future Hall of Famer Peyton Manning and Timberland grad Montee Ball (hopefully!) in action as you help support the WSD Foundation and ultimately WSD students!  >>>ORDER FORM



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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