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WSD Named to St. Louis Post-Dispatch Top Workplaces List for Third Consecutive Year!
The Wentzville School District has been named to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch Top Workplaces list for the third consecutive year. To create the list the Post-Dispatch teamed up with WorkplaceDynamics LLP, a leading research firm on organizational health and employee engagement. The list recognizes great companies based solely on employee feedback. Over the past year, more than 5,000 organizations and 1 in every 88 employees in the U.S. have participated in a WorkplaceDynamics survey to better understand employee opinions. More than 1,400 WSD staff members representing 75% of District employees responded to the survey in April, and took the time to provide valuable feedback. >>>Full Story
WSD Board of Education Approves Hiring of New Principal for Duello Elementary School

The Wentzville School District Board of Education has approved the hiring of Dr. Melvin Bishop as principal of Duello Elementary School for the 2014-2015 school year. Bishop will replace Dr. Kathy Fisher, who announced her resignation last month.

Bishop has been the principal at Stephen Blackhurst Elementary in St. Charles for the past three years. Prior to that, he served as the principal of Harris Elementary School in St. Charles from 2004 - 2011. He holds a Doctorate in Educational Administration as well as a Specialist and Master’s Degree from Lindenwood University, and a B.S. in Elementary Education from Murray State University. >>>READ MORE
Board of Education Revises 2014-15 School Calendar to Include Late Start Days

The WSD Board of Education has approved a revised calendar for the 2014-2015 academic year. The changes include two-hour “late start” days for middle and high school students which will be used to facilitate more staff collaboration time. The WSD values professional development and this will provide time for teachers to analyze student work, make instructional decisions, target student needs and share best practices. It will also allow teachers to be out of the classroom less for collaboration and reduce the number of substitute teachers needed. This change also supports the District’s CSIP (Comprehensive School Improvement Plan) goal of “improve achievement for ALL students.” The late start days will be the first and third Monday of each month, and supervision will be provided for students who need to be dropped off at school at the regular start time. All District buses will pick up students two hours later than normal on those days.

Additionally, the calendar now reflects that the last day of each semester will be an early release day for all grades. Also included in the revised calendar is the date for graduation, ceremonies for both Holt and Timberland will be held on Sunday, June 7th. Timberland’s Commencement will begin at 2:00 p.m. and Holt’s Commencement will begin at 6:30 p.m.

The revised calendar can be viewed on the District website
 
WSD Communication Survey 2014

Thanks to all of you that participated in our 2014 WSD communication survey! Almost 1,500 parents, staff, and community members have responded, making this the most complete and comprehensive communication survey ever undertaken by the District. The WSD strives to maintain an active, engaged, two-way relationship with our stake-holders, and community engagement projects like this survey help to ensure our community has a chance to provide feedback. District administrators and the Board of Education have had the opportunity to review these results. A summary of the survey results is also posted on the District website.
WSD to Begin Electronic Flyer Delivery with "Peachjar" for the 2014-15 School Year! 

Since the dawn of time, school Districts have been asked by internal and external organizations to send flyers home with students. Five years ago the WSD greatly reduced the number of paper flyers in the District, and now we are prepared to take the next step in 21st century flyer distribution! The majority of the paper flyers we have been sending home will now be sent electronically to your email inbox. These eflyers can also be viewed by clicking on the Peachjar button that has been placed on each school’s website. This “green” initiative will save our schools tons of paper and reduce copy costs by thousands of dollars. On top of that, paperless delivery of school flyers removes a significant administrative burden from teachers, office staff, and volunteers.

No action is required on your part. You will soon receive a welcome email from Peachjar that includes a username and password. This is provided to give you the opportunity to manage your account and flyer delivery preferences. You do not need to login to receive or view eflyers. To ensure smooth delivery of this communication, we suggest you add “school@peachjar.com” to your email contacts. Note: add “school@peachjar.com” to your contact list just as written; do not change it to the name of your school @peachjar.com. When you receive your first eflye
r, be sure to click “always display images.”

This system is used exclusively for distribution of school-approved flyers. Your email address will not be shared or used for any other purpose. If at any time you wish to “opt-out”, simply click on the unsubscribe link. Thank you for helping the WSD save time, money, and lots of trees!
South Middle's Amanda Love "Takes Off" for Space Camp

Wentzville South Middle School teacher Amanda Love has been selected to attend the Honeywell Educators Space Academy in Huntsville, Alabama. Love was chosen from thousands of applicants to participate in the prestigious program at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center from June 18th-24th.
The program, founded in 2004, is designed to help teachers move beyond the standard math and science curriculum with supplemental teaching techniques developed through real-life astronaut training. “I feel very privileged to be given this opportunity and I can't wait to see how the experience enhances the level of rigor and STEM application in my classroom,” said the 7th grade science teacher. “I look forward to meeting other educators from around the world and anticipate learning a lot from them as well!”
>>>FULL STORY
School is Out but the Learning Continues for
WSD Staff


School may be out for WSD students, but not for our staff! Lots of learning is still going on throughout the District. June 9th was a day of Professional Development (PD) throughout the WSD. Timberland High School hosted over 500 support staff members; their morning focus was on an introduction to Life Space Crisis Interventions (LSCI), presented by Assistant Superintendent of Special Services Cheri Thurman. LSCI helps staff members learn why children cope differently with difficult situations. The afternoon was spent learning ways to apply LSCI strategies to every day situations. >>>FULL STORY
Back to School Fair is Scheduled for August 9th!
The WSD will host its fourth annual “Back to School Fair” for District families on Saturday, August 9th from 8:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. at Holt High School. The event is free for District families and will feature dozens of vendors, free school supplies, games and fun activities for children. MoCHIP will also be there processing free child identification kits for families.

Last year’s event drew over 3,000 people, and thousands of dollars’ worth of school supplies were given away to District students. "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 Matt Deichmann. "It’s beneficial to our students, their families and our community, and it’s a tremendous way to kick off the new school year."

The event is free, but families are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item to donate at the door to Operation Food Search which serves local families in need. If you are a business or community group interested in participating in the fair, you can find more information and register by visiting the District website.
Encouraging Kids to READ Over the Summer

Teachers from Duello Elementary have mobilized their summer reading efforts and will be reading to children at Memorial Park in Wentzville once a week this summer. “Mustangs on the Move” is an effort to bring summer reading to youngsters where they live. The program is free and open to school-aged children living in the Heights subdivision in Wentzville. About a dozen Duello teachers have volunteered their time to read to students on Tuesdays from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. The Caring and Sharing food pantry is also providing snacks and water for those who participate. "Mustangs on the Move provides us the opportunity to continue our love and enjoyment of reading across the summer,” said Duello Assistant Principal Kelly Stratman. “Meeting weekly at the park allows us the chance to remain connected and foster positive home-school relationships."

“Mustangs on the Move” is an extension of the Wentzville School District’s summer reading efforts that include opening it’s libraries for special hours over the summer for students. A schedule of those hours by building can be found on the District website.
Parents as Teachers Offers Summer Screening Appointments 

The Parents as Teachers Program in the Wentzville School District is offering summer appointment times for developmental screenings for children three months to age five. Any family who resides within the boundaries of the Wentzville School District may participate in the screening process. Evening appointments are also available. Please call the Parents as Teachers office at 327-3863 ext. 22281 to schedule an appointment time or for more information.
From the Technology Department
Online Registration for Families  

Watch for information in our next issue about updating your contact information in the Parent Portal prior to the start of school. This is a quick and efficient way to ensure that the District has the most current information for your student(s). Thank you!
WSD Honor Rolls

The WSD is very proud of our students and their accomplishments!

Honor Rolls can be viewed on our District website.

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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