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Duello's Andi Swantner Named 2016-17 WSD Teacher of the Year
Congratulations to Duello Elementary's Andi Swantner for being named the 2016-17 WSD Teacher of the Year! Andi teaches kindergarten at Duello and has been with the WSD since 2012.

“I feel very honored to be recognized in a sea of amazing teachers and educators,” Swantner shared following the announcement at the December Board of Education meeting. “I hope to continue to represent the Wentzville School District in a positive way.”
 
 
 
Holiday Message from our Superintendent
 
 
WSD Central Office Move
 
The Board of Education has approved the relocation of the District’s Central Office to the former Quail Ridge Early Childhood Center located on Interstate Drive in Wentzville. The WSD continues to be the fastest growing school district in the state, adding over 650 students in the past year. The current Central Office building located on Campus Drive in Wentzville is just under 11,500 square feet and a number of employees are sharing makeshift work areas. “We outgrew this space some time ago,” said Superintendent Dr. Curtis Cain. “We are fortunate to have the building available on Interstate Drive which will meet our present needs and allow room for some additional growth as well.” Earlier this year, the Board of Education approved up to $500,000 for renovations to the Quail Ridge building in order to accommodate office space for Central Office staff members. The project was awarded in November to ICS Construction for $297,500, well below the anticipated cost.
 
 
Assistant Principals Named for Two New Schools
The Board of Education has approved the hiring of Heather Price as the assistant principal at the new school on Golden Gate Parkway as well as the transfer of Melissa Armbruster from assistant principal at Lakeview Elementary to assistant principal at the new school on Highway Z. Heather is currently a 4th grade teacher at Prairie View and both positions are effective July 1, 2017.
 
Polar Express Makes a Stop at Barfield Early Childhood Special Education Center
 
The tradition of the Polar Express continues for its sixth year (2nd at its new location) at the Barfield Early Childhood Special Education Center. Last week, students boarded the Polar Express and after presenting their tickets to the conductor (Principal Kevin Garcia), they were served treats and hot chocolate. The conductor read the “Polar Express” to the students as they viewed projected images from the film and book and then Santa and his elves came aboard! The students sat on Santa's lap and shared with him what was on their holiday wish list. When the students exited the Polar Express, they marveled at a Lionel train display. You know the holidays are upon us when the Polar Express arrives for our youngest students! A special thank you to Timberland students in Brandy Coat's art classes who constructed a life size cardboard train for the Barfield Polar Express event. #WSDtraditions
 
Timberland Student Earns Second Chair in All-State Band

Renae Beasley, a junior at Timberland High School, has been selected as second in the state on baritone in the Missouri All-State Band. In December, over 1,200 students from across Missouri met at Hickman High School in Columbia to audition for the honor of participating in the top honor band in the state. Only 110 students are accepted into this elite ensemble. Renae is the first student in Timberland history to be selected to the Missouri All-State Band. “Being in the All-State Band is a huge honor,” said Beasley. “I wasn’t expecting to be selected since I didn’t make the All-District Honor Band, but it feels good to know that all the practicing has paid off.”
 
 
Kindergarten Registration Dates Set
 
Dates have been set for the WSD's kindergarten registration/screening process. This event is for all children who will turn five BEFORE August 1, 2017. If your child has not been screened at the Parents as Teachers office or his/her preschool this year, appointments are required and can be made by contacting the Parents as Teachers office at 327-3863, ext. 22281.

Screening appointments are filled on a first come, first served basis. While every effort will be made to accommodate you at your child’s school, it is a possibility that you may be required to have a screening at another elementary school in the district. With the new schools and the new elementary boundaries for the 2017-18 school year, your child’s completed records will ultimately be transferred to the school your child is slated to attend. For more information, please visit the District website.
 
 
Timberland Students Win Top Awards at Youth in Government Conference
 
Four students from Timberland High School won top awards at the Missouri Youth in Government (YIG) Convention held December 1-3 in Jefferson City. Seniors Andrew Nettler, Jack Willbrand, and Brooklyn Pfanstiel, and junior Ana Lindgren won top awards, and their advisor Ida Hoffman received the "Outstanding Advisor" award at the convention.
 
 
Two WSD Students Selected to Perform in the Tournament of Roses® Parade
Aaron Spiegel, a senior at Holt High School, and Ryan Duchinsky, a junior at Timberland High School, have been selected by Music for All to be members of the Bands of America (BOA) Honor Band in the 2017 Tournament of Roses® Parade! Spiegel and Duchinsky were selected from hundreds of applicants across the nation for membership in this prestigious 300-piece national honor band.

Aaron, a trumpet player, and Ryan, a baritone saxophone player, will spend a week in southern California where they will have rehearsals, performances at the Tournament of Roses Bandfest and Disneyland, special activities and a featured appearance in the world-famous parade. The 5.5-mile parade (which is often referred to as the “Rose Bowl Parade”) will be broadcast in more than 200 international territories and countries. Magnificent floral floats, spirited marching bands and talented equestrian units anchor the traditional, two-hour spectacle along Pasadena’s famed Colorado Boulevard. The 128th Rose Parade begins at 10:00 am (Central Standard time) on Monday, January 2, 2017. We'll look for you on TV, Aaron and Ryan!
 
MLK Jr. Celebrations Planned at Holt HS

 


Just a friendly reminder that there is no school December 22nd through January 3rd. Classes resume on January 4th!

Holiday Assistance Thank you!
Each year in December, the WSD Holiday Assistance Program helps to provide gifts for students whose families are in need. Most schools participated in the District’s traditional "Adopt-a-Family" program while others partnered with area churches which held Christmas Shops for our families. Countless businesses, community organizations, student groups, staff and individuals generously donated in the heartwarming effort to ensure every WSD student had a little something to open for the holidays. Over 360 families - which includes nearly 1,000 WSD students - received gifts in this year's effort. Thank you to everyone who donated their time and monetary gifts to make this program a success - we could not possibly do it without you! #WSDcares
 

K-6 Boundaries Approved for 2017-18
The Board of Education has unanimously approved new boundaries for all elementary schools beginning next fall with the 2017-18 school year. 

The new boundaries were proposed by a Boundary Committee comprised of parents, community members and WSD staff that met during six public meetings between March and October this year. The committee was charged with redistricting the existing nine WSD elementary schools, as well as two new elementary schools currently under construction, as part of the District’s shift to K-6 elementary buildings. The K-6 Plan for Growth was formulated by the Board of Education following the passing of Proposition E in April of 2015 and moves sixth grade out of the three existing WSD middle schools into eleven elementary schools, in order to relieve overcrowding at the middle schools without having to request a tax increase from WSD residents.
 

Late Starts will Include Elementary Schools Next Year
 
The Board of Education has approved including elementary buildings in the "late start" days for next year. The late start days (currently used at WSD middle and high schools) provide an opportunity for our teachers, counselors and librarians to collaborate and learn from other certified staff across the WSD. The late start days will be planned by our Professional Development team and announced in the spring. 

Inclement Weather Reminders
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/Email
You always have the option of how you would like to receive notifications (you can turn off the call and only receive texts and/or emails for example). Simply contact the Community Relations office to change your delivery preferences by calling 636/327-3800, ext. 20357 or email Kathy DeLaquil.

TV/Radio
KTVI - TV Channel 2
KMOV - TV Channel 4
KSDK - TV Channel 5
KMOX Radio 1120 AM
KWRE Radio 730 AM 
KFAV Radio 99.9 FM


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


Facebook and Twitter


WSD App Push Notification
The WSD also has an app you can download and choose to follow your child's school. The app is an additional notification tool used in the event of a school closing or emergency to send followers a push notification directly to your phone. You can download the WSD app from iTunes or Google Play.

WSD Announces First Ever Film Festival
The WSD is holding its first ever Film Festival in the spring for students in kindergarten through 12th grade. Students are encouraged to submit videos on topics they are passionate about. The deadline to submit entries is February 27th. #WSDlearns
>>>Additional information 

Do you have a cost saving suggestion?
The WSD welcomes stakeholder input on how the District can be more efficient. If you have a suggestion to share, please email WSDefficient@wsdr4.org with your idea(s). Thank you!

Progress as Promised
 
PROGRESS AS PROMISED...In April, 2015, voters approved Proposition E which generated approximately $50 million in construction projects to accommodate the WSD's continued enrollment growth. To view the status of Prop E projects, visit the WSD website. #WSDcommunity

Winners Announced in WSD Doodle 4 Google Contest
The winners have been announced in the District's version of the Doodle 4 Google competition. This year's Doodle 4 Google competition theme is "What I see for the future…" Congratulations to the following winners:

K-2 Category 
Gabriella Clohessy
Peine Ridge, 1st Grade
 
3-5 Category
Riley Hartnagel
Boone Trail, 4th Grade
 
6-8 Category
Lillian Kraft
Frontier Middle, 7th Grade

9-12 Category 
Mel Horne
Holt High, 12th Grade 


All District submissions will be entered in the national Doodle 4 Google Competition which is designed to encourage eligible U.S. school students to use their creativity to create their own interpretation of the Google logo. Winners will be featured on the Google search site.
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