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School Safety Message from Dr. Cain
 
The Wentzville School District is committed to providing a safe learning environment for our students and a safe working environment for our staff.

As I shared last week, we are vigilant and proactive here in the Wentzville School District in all areas – especially where the safety of our students and staff are concerned. We have multiple safety measures in place to help prevent and prepare for an emergency. Some parents have requested specifics about our crisis plans and have asked why they are not posted on the District website. We will not be sharing specifics about those plans because that would compromise the safety of our staff and students. However, I can share that they are based on best practices, designed with the assistance of law enforcement, and that we continually review these plans and update them as recommendations are shared with us by the experts.

Our school safety measures include:
~ All exterior doors remain locked during the school day;
~ Entrances are monitored by staff and visitors must be identified before allowing access into the building;
~ Phones in every classroom;
~ There are cameras in our buildings that can be accessed by law enforcement;
~ We have full-time school resource officers at every high school and shared SROs at our middle and elementary schools;
~ Our staff and students currently participate in two lock down drills every year and staff also participate in active shooter training a minimum of two times a year in the buildings;
~ We have a committee working to expand what we share with students with regard to intruder training in an age-appropriate way;
~ Each building has a “Go Bag” that contains maps, updated rosters and master keys and a designated person picks up the bag and takes it with them as part of every drill;
~ Last year we installed gun safes in our high schools so our SROs could securely store their rifles in the building, rather than in their vehicle, while they are on duty;
~ We met with administrators last week and asked that they review all safety procedures with staff to ensure they are being followed and that staff remain visible and alert to student and colleague needs.
~We met with the police chiefs from Wentzville, O'Fallon and Lake Saint Louis this week to review procedures and discuss safety measures and communication.

We understand what happened in Florida has our students, staff and families - all of us - apprehensive and concerned about what we are doing to keep kids safe at school. This is not limited to our school district. The same conversations are happening in homes and school districts across our nation. I do want to assure you that we are taking each report seriously and investigating each and every one that is brought to our attention. We consult with local law enforcement officials on a regular basis and if at any point in an investigation we feel there is a credible threat to student safety, we will notify parents.

We take our responsibility very seriously to do everything we can to keep our students and staff safe. Fortunately, we live in an exceptional community that cares deeply about kids and about each other. Please encourage your child to report anything out of the ordinary to you or someone at school so that we have an opportunity to look into it. At the same time, we need to emphasize with students that perpetuating rumors can have harmful and far-reaching consequences as we experienced this week at Timberland. Together, we can all work to provide school safety measures that are meaningful and effective, and also try to ensure that students who need intervention and help actually receive it.

Curtis Cain, Ph.D.
Superintendent of Schools

 
Candlelight Vigil Held for Prairie View's Lynn Ibos
 
A candlelight vigil was held Sunday, February 25th to honor and remember WSD teacher Lynn Ibos, who passed away February 23rd. It was a wonderful tribute to a very special teacher and friend. Lynn was a beloved sixth grade teacher at Prairie View Elementary who touched the lives of many students, staff and parents during her ten years there. She always had a smile and a positive perspective to share with everyone she came in contact with. She led by example, always putting students first. Lynn's family has requested that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the school that she loved. Lynn's friends and co-workers have established the Lynn Account at Prairie View to meet the needs of students. If you would like to contribute, visit the WSD website for more information.
 
WSD Schools Celebrate Read Across America Day
 
Schools across the WSD are celebrating the NEA's Read Across America this week. The annual event marks the birthday (March 2nd) of one of America’s most popular children’s authors, Dr. Seuss. Elementary students are enjoying visits from guest readers all week long, and schools are holding theme days encouraging kids to wear silly hats and crazy socks to celebrate reading. Child Nutrition added to the fun by decorating cafes and serving green eggs and ham, “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” – Dr. Seuss. #WSDlearns
 
WSD High School Students Excel at Regional Science & Engineering Fair
 
Students from the WSD competed in the high school portion of Missouri’s Tri-County Regional Science and Engineering Fair held at Holt High School on Saturday, February 24th. Timberland senior Nikolos Antonio received overall First Place in the Honors Division for his project “Using a Neural Network to Detect Threats Inside of TSA Images” and will advance to the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) in Pittsburgh, PA May 13-19. Nikolos was also awarded the Yale Science and Engineering Award, the Naval Research Award, the Mu Alpha Theta Award, and the Intel Excellence in Computing Award.
 
 
WSD Wrestlers Medal at State
 
Congratulations to the following WSD wrestlers who medaled at the State Wrestling Tournament on Saturday, February 17th! From Holt: Colton Hawks finished 3rd (160), Jeff Farris took 4th place (152) and Carter Smith earned 5th place (120). From Timberland, Caleb Conedera placed 4th (132), and from Liberty, Christian Zeik came in 6th place (138). #WSDproud
 
WSD Dance Teams Win at State
 
Congratulations to WSD High School Dance Teams for placing at the Missouri Dance Team Association (MDTA) State Competition held at the Family Arena in St. Charles, MO on Saturday, February 24th. The Liberty Belles earned 1st place with their “Jazz” routine, 4th place with their “Pom” routine, and 4th place overall in Division 3. The Holt Indian Line took 3rd place with their “Hip Hop” routine in Division 5A, and the Timberland Wolf Line took 5th place with their “Pom” routine in Division 5A. Best of luck to the Holt Indian Line and the Liberty Belles, who are competing this week at the National Dance Alliance (NDA) National Championship in Orlando, FL! #WSDproud
 
Proposition E 2018
 
Proposition E is a no-tax increase bond issue on the April 3rd ballot to accommodate the continued growth in the WSD. Prop E needs 57.14% approval from voters to pass and it is for the following projects:
A new, comprehensive high school, a new elementary school, a new gym at Holt High School, and classroom additions at Peine Ridge Elementary, Pearce Hall and the Barfield Early Childhood Special Education Center. For more information about Prop E, visit the WSD website.
 
THS DECA Earns Gold-Level Certification for DECA Den
 
Congratulations to Timberland DECA for earning Gold-level certification for their DECA School-based Enterprise (SBE). THS DECA was among 391 SBE’s in the United States achieving Gold-level certification or Re-certification this year. DECA’s school store is open most school days and sells a variety of snack items. The award is given for outstanding achievement, and THS DECA is now eligible to participate in the SBE Academy and Competition, to be held at the International Career Development Conference April 21-24 in Atlanta, Georgia. For more information, visit the DECA website.
 
THS Theatre Presents The Girl in the Mirror

 
WSD Foundation Trivia
Thank you to everyone who came out to support the Annual WSD Foundation Trivia Night on February 24th. The event raised over $7,600 which will be used towards this year's teacher and building mini grants.

A special thank you to this year's sponsors:
Stifel (Event Sponsor), Athletico, Poage Chevrolet, Advance Beauty, EdCounsel, The Medicinne Shoppe, and Sylvan Learning (Corporate Sponsors), Country Financial, Promotions Pronto, Kona Ice, Bankhead Orthodontics, USA Mortgage, Blue Line Real Estate Team, Wentzville Firefighters Community Outreach, Wentzville Walmart, and Carstar (formerly I70 Auto Body) (Round Sponsors). Thank you also to Wentzville Walmart, Wentzville Chick-fil-A, En-Gravs, Playtime Party Center and The Color Room for their donations as well.
 
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March 2, 2018

Monday, March 5th is a Late Start Day for all students K-12, and Friday, March 16th is an Early Release Day for all students K-12. Spring Break is March 23-30!

THS Student's Artwork Chosen for 2018 Young Artist's Showcase
Congratulations to Timberland student Ashley Collier whose work was chosen to be featured in the 2018 Young Artists’ Showcase at the St. Louis Artists’ Guild in Clayton. Collier will be honored at the Artists’ Reception on March 8th, which is also the opening of the exhibit. The Young Artists’ Showcase is a juried, all-media exhibition of artwork created by high school students from the greater St. Louis area. Admission is free and open to the public and gallery hours are Tuesday-Friday, 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. and Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. The exhibit runs March 8-31. For more information about the showcase, visit the St. Louis Artists’ Guild website.

Board of Education Candidates
The biographies from the Board of Education candidates have been posted on the WSD website. Four candidates will be on the ballot for two open seats in the April 3, 2018 election. The open seats are currently held by Natalie DeWeese and Michael Feinstein and each open seat is for a three-year term. Simply click on the candidate's name under their photo to view their submitted bio on the website.

WSD 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, 2018. 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 during your child’s elementary school date, it is a possibility that you may have to have a screening on another day. Your child’s completed records will ultimately be transferred to the school your child is slated to attend. All registration/screenings will take place at One Campus Drive, Wentzville, MO 63385. For a list of the registration/screening dates and more information, please visit the WSD website.

2018 Summer School Enrollment
Registration is open through March 23rd for the 2018 Summer School program for WSD students entering grades K-12 in the fall. The WSD will be utilizing Catapult again this year for the K-8 program, which provides all instructional materials and incentives for students to attend (gift cards). WSD teachers will be teaching the courses and all summer school (K-12) will be held June 4-28, Monday – Thursday. (PLEASE NOTE: Summer STEM Camp, a 2-week program in July is separate and registration for that will begin after Spring Break.)

To register for Summer School for students entering grades K-8 in the 2018-19 school year, complete this online FORM.

To register for Summer School for students entering grades 9-12 in the fall, see the District website to print the forms. Completed forms need to be turned in to the school counselor.

WSD Inclement Weather/School Closing Information
Timely communication with our District families is always a priority, but especially important in inclement weather/ emergency school closing situations. Please be sure to notify the school office about any change in your personal contact information. Visit the WSD website for complete Inclement Weather/School Closing Information.

VOTER REGISTRATION DEADLINE is March 7
If you are new to the WSD, recently moved within the district or changed your name, you need to register to vote with the St. Charles County Election Authority. In order to be eligible to vote in the April 3rd election, you must register by March 7th.

The WSD is Hiring Bus Drivers
The WSD is now Hiring Bus Drivers!

Starting pay $15.00 per hour

Minimum guarantee 25 hours per week

Full benefit package

Paid training provided

Apply online at wentzville.k12.mo.us

Phone 636-327-3860 ext. 25343

Have you Downloaded the WSD App?
Are you new to the WSD? Be sure to download the WSD app to have important information right at your fingertips.

Since the launch of the app in 2015, over 12,000 people have downloaded and customized it in order to follow their child's school, view news stories, reminders and important alerts - all from a smart phone. The app is available for both android devices and iPhones.

Heritage School Days Program
Through the School Days Program, Heritage Propane will give the WSD up to $2,000 per year to purchase items for any school-related need with funds earned from the School Days Program. Any WSD parent, employee, or community member who is a Heritage Propane customer can send their Heritage Propane receipts to school with their child, and the buildings will submit the receipts to Community Relations for processing. Heritage Propane will total the gallons on the deposited receipts and pay $0.02 per gallon, up to a maximum of $2,000 per year.

DonorsChoose.org
PledgeCents.com
GoFundMe.com
The District has established an approval process for teachers who would like to solicit materials from donors via DonorsChoose.org,
PledgeCents.com, and GoFundMe.com. The WSD recognizes the potential resource this could prove to be for teachers and we appreciate innovative ideas that promote differentiated learning for our students. If you would like to support a classroom initiative in the WSD, visit DonorsChoose.org and search "Wentzville" or by zip code, or visit PledgeCents.com and click the "Classroom Needs" link, then filter the list by location and organization type, or visit GoFundMe.com and click the "Education" link, then search "Wentzville School."

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