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Timberland's James Andrzejewski Named
District Teacher of the Year

James Andrzejewski, Timberland English teacher, has been selected as the Wentzville School District Teacher of the Year for 2015-16. The announcement was made at the Board of Education meeting on December 17th.

Candidates are judged on the respect and admiration of students, parents and colleagues. Selection is also based on their ability to inspire and educate students of all backgrounds and abilities. “I’m floored and flattered,” Andrzejeweski shared following the announcement. “Considering the caliber of teachers we have at Timberland and across the District, I’m honestly speechless. It is a tremendous honor.”
 

“Jim has been an influential part of the growth of Timberland High School,” said THS Principal Kyle Lindquist. “He continually puts smiles on the faces and impacts students and staff on a regular basis.” As the winner of the District Teacher of the Year, Mr. Andrzejewski is now eligible to compete at the regional and state level in the Missouri Teacher of the Year program, which is conducted annually by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education in conjunction with the National Teacher of the Year program. 

 
John Schulte Hired as New Assistant Superintendent of Administrative Services

The WSD Board of Education has approved the hiring of John Schulte as Assistant Superintendent of Administrative Services for the 2015-2016 school year. Mr. Schulte is currently the principal of Boone Trail Elementary and he will replace Dr. Melody Marcantonio who is retiring at the end of the school year.

Mr. Schulte is a native of St. Peters and a graduate of St. Dominic High School. He holds a Bachelor’s in Elementary Education from the University of Missouri, St. Louis, as well as both a Masters and Specialist in Educational Administration from Lindenwood University. He taught 5th grade at Twin Chimneys and Ostmann elementary schools (where he was named Teacher of the Year) in the Ft. Zuwalt School District before being named an Administrative Intern at Boone Trail Elementary in 2003. Mr. Schulte has served as principal at Boone Trail since 2005. “It’s been an honor to serve the Wentzville School District community for the past 13 years as principal at Boone Trail Elementary and I look forward to serving the entire community through this new position,” said Mr. Schulte. “The strong family and school connection our District has developed is what makes Wentzville such an exciting and caring place for our students to go to school. I consider the Wentzville School District my home, and the most amazing place to raise a family.” Mr. Schulte and his wife Kolleen, who teaches 2nd grade at Green Tree Elementary, have two children, Drew and Connor, who attend WSD schools.
 
Early Childhood Special Education Building
Named After Retired Custodian

 

The WSD Board of Education voted on December 17th to name the District's new early childhood building "Barfield Early Childhood Special Education Center" after retired WSD employee Kevin Barfield. Barfield retired this year after 32 years as a beloved custodian with the District. He was named "Support Staff Employee of the Year" twice in the last six years at the early childhood center. The entry was submitted by early childhood employee Michael Broch through a school naming contest held in October and November. "(Kevin) has an undying love for children," wrote Broch in his nomination. "Even after retirement, he still volunteers and comes back to read to the children."

The District's early childhood program moved from it's previous location at Quail Ridge to it's new location on Hanley Road in O'Fallon this past summer after the WSD received a $4 million special education grant from the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to purchase the building.

 
Timberland Students Attend Missouri
YMCA Youth in Government Convention

Nine students from Timberland High School (THS) in the Wentzville School District formed the inaugural THS Missouri Youth in Government (YIG) delegation, participating in the Clark Convention which was held December 3-5 in Jefferson City. Two THS students won top awards at the convention.

Timberland senior Rachel Hehr received the best hard news story award, along with her video news team, for their story, “Daily Life.”  This is one of the top awards given in the Press Division.

Senior Mitchel Spasenoski’s bill, which amended forms of capital punishment in Missouri, was signed into YIG law, following a rousing debate on the YIG House and Senate floors.  “This was a great honor as very few of the approximately 200 submitted bills reach this stage,” said THS journalism teacher and YIG alumna Ida Hoffmann. “It was a great honor for both of these students to receive these coveted spots since all (the THS delegates) were first year members at YIG.”
 
 Nearly 900 WSD Students Receive Gifts through the District Holiday Assistance Program

Each year in December the WSD Holiday Assistance Program helps to provide gifts for needy students and their families.This year’s WSD Holiday Assistance Program was a new hybrid effort to help WSD families. Most schools participated in the District’s traditional "Adopt-a-Family" program which matched families in need with caring donors in our schools and in our community. The remaining four schools (Prairie View Elementary, Discovery Ridge Elementary, Frontier Middle and Liberty High) all piloted a partnership with Morning Star Church and their Christmas Shoppe. Between the two programs, 350 families received assistance and nearly 900 WSD students received gifts for the holidays.

>>>FULL STORY


 
WSD Inclement Weather/School Closing Info

Timely communication with our employees and 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

The WSD utilizes Blackboard, a mass communication broadcast system that allows school administrators to notify all households by phone, text and email 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. 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 kathleendelaquil@wsdr4.org.

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

Website

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

Facebook and Twitter

The WSD has its own Facebook page 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.

WSD App Push Notification

New this year, the WSD has an app you can download and choose to follow your child's school. The app will be 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.

 
District Students Participate in Hour of Code



Students across the District joined millions of other K-12 students learning computer code as part of Computer Science Education Week December 7-13. "Hour of Code" is a global campaign designed to get students interested in computer science.

Hour of Code offers web-based lessons in computer coding that is aimed at every age group. Entire schools held Hour of Code sessions, and students have also been logging on at home. “This will be the 3rd year that our students have joined the movement to help nurture problem-solving skills, logic and creativity,” said Boone Trail Computer Teacher Katie Strokotter. “By starting early, our Wolf Pups will have a foundation for success in any 21st-century career path. It is their favorite time of the year and it is so fun to watch them!”

Computer science develops students' computational and critical thinking skills and shows them how to create, not simply use, new technologies. "In the 21st century, computer science is just as foundational as biology, chemistry," said Hadi Partovi, founder and CEO of Code.org, a Seattle-based national nonprofit that works to expand access to computer science and increase participation by women and minorities. For more information, or to help your child log on, visit Code.org.

 
Polar Express Visits Early Childhood Students
The tradition of the Polar Express continues for its fifth year at the new home of the District’s Early Childhood Special Education Center on Hanley Road. On December 9th and 10th, 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 told him what they wanted for the Holidays. When the students exited the Polar Express, they marveled at a Lionel train display. You know the holidays are fast approaching when the Polar Express arrives for our youngest students!


 
Holt Student Earns Second Chair 
in the Missouri All-State Band

Holt senior Garry Alcorn has been selected as second chair trombone in the Missouri All-State Band. On December 5th, over 1,350 students from across Missouri met at Hickman High School in Columbia to audition for the honor of participating in the top band in the state. Only 108 students are accepted into this elite ensemble and Alcorn was one of over 100 trombone players who auditioned for one of the nine spots in the trombone section. Holt senior Suzanna Buckner and Timberland junior Josh Mathews were two of almost two hundred clarinet players who auditioned and were selected to the Missouri Honorable Mention band as well. In addition, Liberty sophomore Connor Low was selected to the Missouri Honorable Mention Jazz Band.

The All-State Band will rehearse and give its only performance at the Missouri Music Educators Association Conference held in January at Tan-Tar-A Resort, Osage Beach, MO. The conductor and clinician for the 2015-2016 Missouri All-State Band is Col. Larry Lang, director of the United States Air Force Band in Washington, D.C.


 
Winners Named in WSD Doodle 4 Google Contest
The winners were announced last week in the District's version of the Doodle 4 Google competition. Congratulations to the following winners:

Maria Bono - Boone Trail - Grade 2 - Winner of the K-2 Category
Luke Sherman - Boone Trail - Grade 5 - Winner of the 3-5 Category
Janessa Hoffmann - Wentzville Middle - Grade 6 - Winner of the 6-8 Category
Chistopher Scott - Timberland High - Grade 12 - Winner of the 9-12 Category

All District submissions (nearly 100!) 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. 


 
WSD Participates in Annual Holiday Parade

On December 6th, the WSD and the holiday school bus took part in the annual Wentzville Holiday Tree Lighting and Parade to the delight of hundreds who lined the streets of the parade route. As a special treat this year, the Grinch rode on the top of the bus distributing candy to families along the way. Thanks so much to David Wilson and the Transportation Department for such a great job of decorating the bus!

The event started with the Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony at the intersection of Pearce and Luetkenhaus Boulevard. There was live musical entertainment at Pete's Drive-In provided by the Heritage Harmonizers and Mayor Nick Guccione performed the official tree lighting with the assistance of Discovery Ridge girl scouts. Speaking of girl scouts, the Duello Girl Scouts won 1st Place for their float in the parade! In addition, the Holt Drum line helped lead the parade, Heritage PTA had a float, Liberty’s Key Club participated for the third consecutive year, and the Holt Key Club along with other parents, students and staff participated as well. Walking along with the bus throwing candy to the crowd were Dr. Curtis Cain, Dr. Gregg Klinginsmith, Dr. Nathan Hoven, David Wilson and Patsy Brockmeier from Transportation, and Mary LaPak and Kathy DeLaquil from Community Relations. The parade ended at the fire department with hot chocolate and cookies and a visit with Santa. 


 
KMOV Story Features Greg Lawrence Utilizing Google to Assist Timberland Student
On November 25th, KMOV ran a story on how WSD Technology Coach Greg Lawrence introduced some new Google technology to assist a THS student who is visually impaired. It was a great story and a reminder of the important role technology plays in education as well as how fortunate we are to have exceptional educators like Greg in the WSD. Google for Education (@GoogleforEdu) even shared the story via their social media circles. #WSDlearns

>>>KMOV STORY
 
Over 1,300 Trees Have Been Planted in Honor of the WSD Thanks to New Program
The WSD started utilizing PrintReleaf on October 1st and to date our paper consumption (11,216,228)  has generated the planting of 1,346 trees in the Dominican Republic and Madagascar. 

PrintReleaf is a program that tracks the District’s paper usage and arranges through verified organizations to plant trees for reforestation based on that usage. WSD employees strive to use as little paper as possible to save costs and items are shared electronically whenever feasible, however the paper that is used now generates trees in areas around the world where there is the greatest need of reforestation.  “This is an opportunity for the WSD to help neutralize paper waste while at the same time participate in sustaining forests across the globe,” said Superintendent Dr. Curtis Cain. “It’s also a great way to set an example for our students to be mindful of our consumption and its impact on the environment.” The program is provided at no cost through the District's current copier vendor, Copying Concepts of St. Louis.

For more information, visit www.printreleaf.com

Have you Downloaded
the WSD App?

Over 5,000 people have already downloaded the new WSD app which features customization for parents to follow their child's school, view news stories, reminders and important alerts - all from a smart phone. Based on user feedback, we are already tweaking the information available and welcome your thoughts and suggestions. We've recently added lunch menus and sports information from our high schools thanks to your input. Feel free to contact Community Relations with additional ideas on how we can improve the app for all users. Simply email marylapak@wsdr4.org or utilize the tip line in the app to send feedback. The app is available for both android devices and iPhones.


 Martin Luther King
Coloring, Drawing, and Essay Contest

Students in all grades are invited to enter a coloring, drawing and essay contest sponsored by the Wentzville Martin Luther King Jr. Committee this fall.  The 2016 theme is “The time is Always Right to do What is Right.” The committee organizes the parade and celebration each year at Holt High School on MLK day in January. Winners will be chosen and announced at the celebration.

For more information, visit the District website
            
 
WSD Alumni Corner



If you would like to submit information about a WSD alumnus, please send photo and details about their accomplishment(s) to Kathy DeLaquil in Community Relations.

 Do you have a cost saving idea you would like to share with the Good Steward Committee?
The Good Steward Committee is always seeking input on how the WSD can be more efficient, and is currently looking for new committee members. The committee is comprised of community members, parents and employees and meets once a month to discuss cost cutting suggestions. If you have a suggestion to share, or would like to serve on the committee, you can email WSDefficient@wsdr4.org with your ideas. 
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. 
complete list of WSD teams, principals and teachers you can follow can be found on the District website.
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