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District Could Add 5,000 Students According to New Study
The Wentzville School District could add more than 5,000 new students over the next decade according to projections in a new demographic study released by Business Information Services, LLC. The report’s key findings include calculations that indicate one third of the District’s schools are currently over capacity, and an estimate that the District could need an additional 2.5 million square feet of building space to handle the increasing enrollment over the next ten years. >>>FULL STORY      
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Wentzville Middle Student Wins State Geography Bee, Advances to National Bee

Evan Hensel, an eighth grade student with autism at Wentzville Middle School, has won the 2014 Missouri Geographic Bee held on April 4 in Moberly, MO. Evan won $100 and an all-expense paid trip to Washington D.C. where he will represent Missouri in the National Geographic Bee held May 19-21.

Evan won the WMS Geography Bee back in January and earned the opportunity to take a qualifying test along with other school winners from across the state. “Evan has been the Geography Bee winner at Wentzville Middle School for two years in a row,” said Principal Dr. Kelly Mantz. “We are continually impressed by his knowledge and so incredibly proud that he will be representing the state of Missouri in the National Geography Bee. His teachers and his team celebrated his win with him and fully support him as he moves forward in competition.” >>>FULL STORY
Support Staff Employees of the Year Announced

The Wentzville School District is proud to recognize all of the hard working support staff employees who go above and beyond for our students and our District. It is the support staff employees who drive our buses, prepare the food, clean our schools, and do a hundred other jobs that help support the educational efforts of the District. Our support staff employees often labor behind the scenes, but their hard work does not go unnoticed or unappreciated. Every year each building in the District selects their own “Support Staff Employee of the Year”, and the building winners are eligible for the District Support Staff Employee of the Year Award, announced during the annual District Awards Banquet in May. Congratulations to all of our building winners!

 
2014 WSD Support Staff Employees of the Year

Boone Trail…Kim Bruckerhoff, Library Assistant
Central Office…Katie Buxton, Human Resources Assistant
Crossroads…Cathi Graham, Instructional Assistant
Discovery Ridge…Carrie Douglas, Instructional Assistant
Duello…Lora Lillibridge, Paraprofessional
Frontier Middle…Bobbie Peters, Principal Secretary 
Green Tree…Jody Brown, Instructional Assistant
Harris Building/Pearce Hall…Jenny Abernathy, Administrative Assistant
Heritage Intermediate…Kellie Shumaker, Division Secretary
Heritage Primary…Jacinda Kirk, Principal Secretary
Holt…Kim Shields, Library Assistant 
Lakeview…Keith Gravemann, Custodian
Liberty…Sandy Reininger, Principal Secretary
Peine Ridge…Amy Adam, Instructional Assistant
Prairie View…Lauren Pressley, Library Assistant
Quail Ridge Early Childhood…Stacy Rakestraw, Instructional Assistant
South Middle…Tony Pearia, Custodian
Support Services…Linda Bagby, Administrative Secretary
Timberland…Jeanne Sivewright, Division Secretary
Transportation…Carrie Malensky, Bus Driver

Wentzville Middle…Jessica Smegner, Instructional Assistant


The eligible positions for Support Staff Employee of the Year include Bus Driver, Chautauqua Employee, Clerical Employee, Custodian, Food Service Employee, Instructional Assistant, Library Assistant, Maintenance Employee, Mechanic, Nurse, Nurse Assistant, Secretarial, Security Guard, Paraprofessional and Technology Employee. 
Governor Nixon Visits Timberland

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon visited Timberland High School to talk about the importance of fully funding K-12 schools. Governor Nixon discussed his “Good Schools, Good Jobs” plan, and reiterated his desire to fully fund the state’s K-12 foundation formula in the next two years. “We are the fastest growing school district in the state in large part because of our great schools and excellent teachers,” said Superintendent Dr. Curtis Cain.“Governor Nixon’s plan to fully fund Missouri’s schools is the best news educators have had in a long time, it will help our district keep up with our enrollment growth, and enable us to continue offering a high quality education to every student.” Governor Nixon’s budget proposal includes an increase of $278 million for public schools, which would move the state closer to fully funding the foundation formula by 2016. The K-12 foundation formula, passed into law in 2005, establishes the state’s funding level for public schools in Missouri. >>>FULL STORY
Board of Education Election Results

The WSD Board of Education had three open seats in the April 8th election. Incumbent Board member Courtney Tieman was re-elected with 2,925 votes, representing over 17% of the votes cast in the election. Barbara Fine was elected with 2,585 votes, just over 15%, and Kenneth Mayer won the third seat with 2,545, 14.8% of votes cast. Voter turnout was higher than the last April election, with 17,192 votes cast in 2014 versus 9939 in last year’s election. The results are unofficial until certified by the St. Charles County Election Authority. The new Board members will be sworn in during the next board meeting at Central Office on April 17th.
DECA Students Advance to International Competition


Dozens of Holt and Timberland High School marketing students joined 1,700 of their Missouri counterparts for the 66th Missouri DECA State Career Development Conference at the Lake of the Ozarks on March 16-18. During the statewide conference DECA members were evaluated by more than 100 business and industry professionals who served as competitive event judges. Students competed as individuals or in teams in a variety of categories, and were asked to solve realistic workplace problems through one-on-one interaction with an executive or community member. Twenty seven WSD students qualified for the DECA International Career Development Conference/Competition in Atlanta, Georgia on May 3-6. In addition, Holt junior Sophia Choo will attend the international conference as a leadership delegate and Holt senior Paige Eisenhauer will attend and provide leadership as the Missouri DECA State Vice President of Community Service. <<<FULL STORY
Take a Moment and Let Your Voice Be Heard Regarding Communication in the WSD!

Effective communication is a vital component of the relationship between our District, our schools, our parents, and our community. As part of the continuing community engagement efforts of the WSD, the Community Relations Department is conducting a Communications Survey and asking our stake-holders to provide their input.

Please click on the link and help us by taking part in this survey and providing your feedback!
 2014 WSD Communications Survey
Timberland HOSA Students Excel at State Conference and Advance to Nationals

Students in the Timberland Health Occupation Student Association (HOSA) chapter competed in the Missouri State Convention in Union, Missouri on March 25th, and 29 students brought home an award and qualified to move on to the national competition. This is the second year of the extracurricular chapter at Timberland, which is designed for students interested health related careers. HOSA is sponsored by Timberland teacher Meghan Aydelott, and students must be enrolled in one of the District’s Project Lead the Way biomedical classes in order to be a member of the chapter. The national competition will be held in Orlando, FL on June 25-28th. >>>FULL LIST OF WINNERS
WSD Students Tally Up Awards at Regional Math Competitions
WSD students have tallied up the awards competing in the Missouri Council of Teachers of Mathematics (MCTM) 29th Annual Regional Math Competitions. The first group of WSD students competed at a regional contest held Saturday, March 29th at Rock Creek Elementary School in O’Fallon. Nearly 50 students in grades 4 and 5 from Boone Trail, Crossroads, Discovery Ridge, Green Tree and Prairie View Elementary Schools competed by taking tests in a variety of categories. The competition drew over 250 students from 29 area public and private schools. Four WSD students qualified to advance the MCTM State Math Finals held at the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg on April 26th.

On April 12, the Wentzville Middle School Math Team competed at an MCTM regional contest held at Hannibal Middle School. Four students placed in the top five at that competition and 8th grade student Emma Rose placed 2nd overall and will advance to the state competition as well. >>>FULL STORY           

Middle School and High School Bands Perform for Ratings

Congratulations to the Holt and Timberland concert and symphonic bands for their outstanding performances in the Missouri State High School Activities Association (MSHSAA) Large Ensemble Festival held at Holt on April 3rd. Both the Holt Concert Band and the Holt Symphonic Band each received an Honor I "Superior" rating from the judges for their performances. The Timberland Symphonic Band also received an Honor I "Superior" rating from the four judges and the Timberland Concert Band received an Honor II "Excellent" rating. The Holt Concert and Symphonic Bands are directed by Mr. Jim Cunningham and the Timberland Concert Band is directed by Mr. Matt Hayes and the Timberland Symphonic Band is directed by Miss Courtney Straine.

Middle School Band students traveled to the SLSMEA Middle School Solo and Ensemble Festival at Holman Middle School on Saturday, April 12th. Over 50 seventh and eighth grade students participated in the festival and received ratings from judges based on their performances. Twenty eight WSD students received the highest rating (Honor I) and 18 students received the second highest rating (Honor II). >>>FULL STORY
Artwork by WSD Artists on Display in "Best of the Best" Exhibit

Almost 50 WSD artists currently have their work on display in the “Best of the Best” St. Charles County High School Art Exhibition at the Foundry Art Centre in historic downtown St. Charles. The exhibit showcases work from students in 12 county high schools and runs through Sunday, April 27th. The artists were all honored during a reception at the Foundry on Sunday, April 13th.

For hours or operation or more information about the Foundry, visit their website.

>>>FULL STORY
Rotary Peace Fellows Visit WSD Classrooms

Holt, Liberty, and Frontier Middle School have all been visited in the past week by Rotary International Peace Fellows Juliana Amal-Obonyo and Arik Gulter-Ofir. Through academic training, study, and practice the Rotary Peace Centers program develops leaders like Juliana and Arik who are catalysts for peace and conflict resolution in their communities and around the globe. During the course of the classroom activities with the Peace Fellows students worked on how to bring people together, learned more about peace and how to obtain it, and discussed conflict resolution in their school and local community. >>>FULL STORY







The WSD is pleased to provide parents and guardians with a wide variety of high quality summer enrichment programs designed for students of all ages. The Summer Enrichment Program is available to students who reside in our District boundaries. You can view all the WSD has to offer, which includes enrichment programs, STEM/Project Lead the Way camps, and Before and After Care, by visiting the District website.

Any questions can be directed to Tanya Kirkpatrick or by calling 636-327-5090, ext. 23287.

The Summer School Classes for 2014 have been approved and can be viewed on the District website under "WSD Info." 

Summer School registration forms are also available for those students entering 9th grade in the fall and for all high school students (9-12)
Holt Students Host Senior Citizens Prom

The Holt Student Council (STUCO) is holding their 14th annual Senior Citizens Prom on Friday, May 2nd from 5:00-8:00 p.m. in the Holt cafeteria. This year’s theme is ‘The Great Gatsby’ and attendees can have their pictures taken as a souvenir to take home. This free event will feature great music, lively dancing, and a delicious buffet-style dinner. Formal dress is suggested but not required. Come dance the night away! Please call 636-327-3876 ext. 26297 or 636-542-0016 by April 25th to reserve your place.
 
 

Nominate an Educator for 2015 St. Louis Arts Awards

Take part in celebrating an arts educator, leader or innovator in the bi-state area. Nominate an individual who you believe has achieved a legacy of artistic excellence, or a business or organization that enriches the arts and cultural community. Nominations are open now through April 18, 2014 for the 2015 St. Louis Arts Awards.

Selected honorees will be announced early summer 2014. Click here for a list of past St. Louis Arts Awards honorees. 

Honor Rolls are Posted on WSD Website

The Wentzville School District is very proud of our students and their accomplishments. In an effort to recognize their success, Honor Rolls can be viewed on our District web site.
2014 Relay for Life is Friday, May 2 at Timberland


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elay For Life offers everyone in the community an opportunity to participate in the fight against cancer. Teams camp out at Swofford Stadium at Timberland and take turns walking or running around a track or path. Because cancer never sleeps, Relays are overnight events, and each team is asked to have a representative on the track at all times.

For more information or to sign up, visit the Relay for Life website or email event chair Amanda Moody.

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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