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Jacinda Kirk Named District Support Staff Employee of the Year!
Congratulations to Jacinda Kirk from Heritage Primary, she has been selected as the 2014 District Support Staff Employee of the Year! The announcement was made at the annual District Awards Banquet at Timberland High School on Wednesday, May 21st. Heritage Principal Geri Buss said "Jacinda sees the bigger picture of how our school is run and really makes it her mission to be sure we have everything we need to get it there. Customer Service is her biggest strength and she considers the students, their parents, and our teachers and staff to be her customers. She wears so many hats, party planner, budget manager, yearbook proofreader, maintenance supervisor, work order requester, and so much more. She is truly the manager of our office and we could not do all that we do without her!"  

The District Awards Banquet is held each year to honor our Teachers of the Year, Support Staff Employees of the Year, 20- and 30-Year Employees and our Retirees. This year was our largest group of honorees ever - 90 recipients! Congratulations to those distinguished employees who received an award and best wishes to our retirees!  >>>Complete List of 2014 Award Recipients

Shane Schlueter Named New Principal of Holt High School

The WSD Board of Education has approved the hiring of Mr. Shane Schlueter as principal of Holt High School for the 2014-2015 school year. Schlueter will replace the retiring John Waters, who has been the principal of Holt since 2000.

Schlueter has been an assistant principal at Holt High School for the past year. He holds a B.A. in computer science and marketing from Missouri Valley College, and two Master’s Degrees from Lindenwood University, in teaching and educational administration.

Schlueter taught for ten years at Timberland High School in the Wentzville School District before becoming an administrator. “It is a great honor to be leading this amazing group of teachers and students. I look forward to carrying on the long standing tradition of success that Holt High school is known for,” he said. “Together, our team will prepare these students for life beyond high school.” Schlueter and his wife Amy have an eight year old son Blake, and six year old twins Lauren and Logan. He officially takes over as principal on July 1, 2014.
Students Say "Thank You" to John Waters

Retiring Holt principal John Waters was surprised by Holt students with a farewell assembly on Wednesday. The rally, attended by over 2,000 students, staff and alumni, was organized by students and featured a video of current and past students sharing the positive impact Mr. Waters has had on their lives. The call went out over social media for alum to share: "Mr. Waters has helped me become..." Responses came from across the globe and the images were shared with Mr. Waters via a heart-warming video

Surrounded by family, friends and co-workers, Mr. Waters was also serenaded with a moving rendition of "Bridge Over Troubled Waters" sung by the Holt Choir. The farewell assembly ended with Mr. Waters leading the students in a final "Do you love your Indians" chant.

Mr. Waters has been with the WSD for the last 14 years, but has been in education for 44 years. "Throughout his tenure at Holt High School, John worked diligently to make staff and students feel that they belonged to a family," said Holt teacher Anita Brothers. "John's focus has always been personal connections." Mr. Waters had this to share in his farewell interview with the Holt newspaper, Blue & Gold: "My career has taught me that relationships are the most important part of my job. Also, that you have to be there for people. You can't sit behind your desk with a closed door. You have to be accessible. Relationships are key, even the most complicated relationships. It's been extremely fulfilling, but I am only one piece of the puzzle. Our kids are phenomenal, our staff is remarkable, I've just been able to steer the ship in the right direction." Well done Captain will be dearly missed!

WSD Partners with Wentzville Fire Protection District to Reward Great Student Attendance

The Wentzville School District and the Wentzville Fire Protection District teamed up to reward elementary students who have perfect attendance and have laid the groundwork for future success. During the last week of May, one lucky fifth grader from each elementary school in the WSD got to ride to school on a WFPD fire truck as a reward for their attendance and achievement. As an annual event, this celebration is intended to inspire all elementary students to achieve perfect attendance if possible. Here is the list of District students who have been selected for the distinction this year:

Boone Trail - Max Longsdon
Crossroads – Halima Larhdiri
Discovery Ridge – Gracie Pupillo
Duello – Lindsey Schmidt
Green Tree – Julia Easley
Heritage – Megan Cluck
Lakeview – Wyatt McKinnis
Peine Ridge – Christine Logan
Prairie View – Kyle Bullock

Over 900 Seniors in the Class of 2014 Will Graduate on June 8th at the Family Arena

The Wentzville School District will hold high school graduation ceremonies for the Class of 2014 at the Family Arena in St. Charles. Over 900 seniors from Holt and Timberland will graduate and receive their diplomas, and the 10,000 seat Family Arena will allow WSD graduates to bring as many guests as they like.

This year both the Holt and Timberland ceremonies will be held on the same day, Sunday June 8th. The graduation ceremony for Holt High School will begin at 2:00 p.m. and the ceremony for Timberland High School will begin at 7:00 p.m. No admission ticket is required, and doors will open at 1:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. respectively to begin seating. Parking is free, and guests are asked to enter through Gates 1 and 2. The Family Arena is located 1½ miles south of the 5th Street Exit off Interstate 70, at 2002 Arena Parkway St. Charles, MO 63303.
Camie's Literacy Group Donates Over 3,500 New Books to WSD Students

Over 3,500 elementary students in the Wentzville School District received a free book this month thanks to the efforts and vision of a grandmother and educator. Faith Gardner, who works as a diagnostician for the District, is the founder of Camie’s Literacy Group (CLG). She established the group almost five years ago after being inspired by her granddaughter Camie’s love of reading. Gardner says the idea that all children don’t have access to age-appropriate books at home was unacceptable to her, so she enlisted the help of her family, friends and coworkers in order to get CLG off the ground in 2009. That year, CLG provided a free book for every kindergarten, first and second grader enrolled at Heritage Primary. Since that time, the non-profit has donated over 15,000 books for District students to take home and keep as their own. >>>FULL STORY
Two WSD Teachers Win ABLE Awards

South Middle School science teacher Michelle Cherry and Duello kindergarten teacher Lauren Mulè have both been recognized with a 2014 ABLE Excellence in Education Award. The award is given annually to deserving teachers at the elementary, middle and high school levels in St. Charles County. The Wentzville School District is pleased to announce that two of the three recipients are WSD teachers. Both teachers found out in a surprise presentation in their classrooms on May 16th. Mulè was nominated by her co-worker, Danielle Roedl who is also a kindergarten teacher at Duello. “I admire Lauren’s innovative and highly successful model for teaching,” shared Roedl in her nomination letter. “Miss Mulè is able to engage her students in critical thinking and reasoning skills and her love of the curriculum is contagious. Lauren encompasses all the qualities of an exceptional educator.” >>>FULL STORY
Peine Ridge Father Reunites with Family
Matt Carney is a parent at Peine Ridge Elementary, and on May 21st he returned home from his second tour in Afghanistan…and surprised his three children at school! After a 10 month deployment, Army National Guard Sergeant Carney arrived in a limo with his wife Andrea and a full escort, including Wentzville police and Patriot Guard Riders. His three children, 3rd grader Randi, 1st grader Ian, and kindergartner Dylan were left speechless as they rushed in to hug their dad. The whole school turned out on the playground to celebrate with the Carney family and take part in the “Welcome Home!” Get your tissues handy before viewing the moment captured on video. Thanks for your service, Sergeant Carney!

District Lifesavers

We have several recent examples of our great employees going above and beyond for our students, and possibly saving lives in the process!

Last month Heritage Intermediate Instructional Assistant Mrs. Danielle Eichmeyer came to the aid of Heritage 4th grader Dyllan Weicht who was choking. Dyllan was having lunch with friends in the cafeteria when a piece of candy became stuck in his throat and he was unable to breathe.  After unsuccessfully trying himself to clear his throat, Dyllan urgently ran up to Mrs. Eichmeyer, and demonstrated through his gestures that he was in distress. While another staff member rushed to get the nurse, Mrs. Eichmeyer performed abdominal thrusts (the “Heimlich Maneuver”) and was able to dislodge the blockage, allowing Dyllan to breathe. “We commend Dyllan for having the presence of mind to get help for himself,” said principal Dr. Todd Kraft. “And we are very proud of Mrs. Eichmeyer for taking action that resulted in a positive outcome.” About Mrs. Eichmeyer, Dylan gratefully said “I am thankful that she helped me!”

The staff at Green Tree Elementary came to the aid of second grader Layne Davis who suffered a seizure in May. Layne's mother Jacie says the staff was phenomenal that day informing of her of the seizure as it happened and helping to document subsequent seizures to aid in his diagnosis. A special shout out to Mrs. Grey, Mrs. Browning, Mrs. Kassel and school nurse Laurie Castiaux who have been instrumental in helping Layne and his family. "The entire staff has been amazing through all of this," wrote Layne's mom. "The staff notified me as it was happening and made sure he was safe. Then his teacher Mrs. Kassel and classmates made him get well cards which helped him to go from being embarrassed to feeling loved. Since the incident the staff has helped document issues to report to the doctor to assist in a quick diagnosis. I am so grateful for the fantastic staff of Green Tree!"
Summer Library Hours 

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, for a complete list visit the District website.
Holt and Timberland Combine Efforts and Sponsor Golf Outing to Benefit Programs
Holt and Timberland are hosting a four-person scramble on June 16th at Lake Forest Country Club which will benefit both golf programs.

For more information or to register, see their flyer
High School Seniors Sign National Letters of Intent

The Wentzville School District is very proud of all of our senior student-athletes who will start competing at the college level and earning their degrees! For a complete list of WSD students who have signed a National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) or National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Letter of Intent this school year, visit the WSD website.
Did You Know? Student Perception Survey 
The WSD will be conducting teacher perception surveys with a sampling of WSD students through June 4. The surveys are online, and no student information is needed. Teachers will receive a summary of their data, but individual students will not be identifiable. The surveys will ask students about their perception of classroom teachers and will be used to improve the quality of instruction in our District.

The surveys will be administered to 40% of students in grades 3-5. In grades 6-12, surveys will be administered to one random section of students by 20% of our teachers. Survey results will be reported to district administration and will be used to help establish our professional development agenda for next year.

If you have any questions about the surveys, please contact Jennifer Allen, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment at 636-327-3800 extension 20335.

From the Curriculum Department
Parents Sought for Committee Posts 

The WSD is looking for parents and patrons who are interested in serving on the Good Steward Committee or the Curriculum Review Committee.

The Good Steward Committee will begin meeting during the first quarter of the 2014-15 school year. The committee will consist of parents, patrons, and employees, and will be updated on various efficiency measures initiated by the District and any budgetary issues. The committee’s role will be to introduce new concepts and ideas that could be implemented to save money and help the District continue to be a good steward of taxpayer dollars. All areas/departments in the District will be evaluated. The exact number of meetings will be determined by the committee.

The Curriculum Review Committee will be formed in the spring of 2014. The purpose of the Curriculum Review Committee will be to review draft course proposals, District curriculum, and materials prior to submitting them for approval by the Board of Education. The committee will meet a minimum of twice per year and will consist of parents, students, teachers, and members of the curriculum department.

If you are interested in serving on either committee, please complete this online Google form by June 6th.

Thanks you for your interest in helping our students and our District!

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Bus Drivers Needed 
Are you looking for a job that is both rewarding and challenging? Do you enjoy working with children and having a positive impact on future generations? If so, the Wentzville Transportation Department is in the process of hiring and training both substitute and full time school bus drivers. Part time and full time bus aides are also needed to work closely with children who have special needs. Our district offers competitive salaries, excellent benefits, a professional work environment and flexible schedules to our transportation employees. If this sounds like the career path for you, or if you know someone who may be interested, individuals can apply via our website. There is one application for every job in the district, so under "Desired Positions" simply click "Bus Driver" or "Bus Aide" or "Substitute Bus Driver" or "Substitute Bus Aide." Please contact a member of our transportation team at 636-327-3860 if you have any questions.
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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