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Holt's Glenda Robison Named District Support Staff Employee of the Year

Congratulations to custodial supervisor Glenda Robison from Holt High School for being selected as the 2015 District Support Staff Employee of the Year! The announcement was made at the annual District Awards Banquet at Timberland High School on Wednesday, May 13th. Holt Principal Shane Schlueter said "Glenda is proud not only of the work she does, but of her crew as well.  She is always busy, always moving and always looking for ways to improve the grounds. She praises her team members, and works closely and proactively to address problems, before they come to a head. Glenda takes great pride in her work and she does it all with a smile."  

The District Awards Banquet is held each year to honor our Teachers of the Year, Support Staff Employees of the Year, 20- and 30-Year Employees and our Retirees. Entertainment was provided by the Timberland Jazz Band, Liberty pianist Cameron Graham, and the Timberland Symphonic Band. Congratulations to those distinguished employees who received an award and best wishes to our retirees!
 
>>>Complete list of 2015 Award Recipients 

Teachers and Buildings Awarded
2015 WSDF Mini-Grants 

The Wentzville School District Foundation has announced the winners of the Foundation’s 2015 Teacher Mini-Grants. On Tuesday, May 5, Foundation Directors Dr. Curtis Cain, Carol Davis, Janet O’Brien, Martin Ghafoori, and Mary LaPak handed out 8 checks totaling $4,000 to deserving teachers at seven different WSD schools. In addition, Timberland High, Wentzville Middle and Crossroads Elementary each received a $1,000 Foundation Building Grant. Congratulations to these fine teachers who are doing great things in our classrooms!
>>>FULL STORY and List of Recipients


Board of Education Approves
Moving Discovery Ridge 5th Grade to Frontier Middle School for 2015-16

The WSD Board of Education has unanimously approved moving fifth grade from Discovery Ridge Elementary (DRE) to Frontier Middle School (FMS) for the 2015-16 school year due to enrollment growth. On Saturday, May 9th, during a special meeting, the board voted 7-0 to approve the recommendation of Superintendent Dr. Curtis Cain to utilize space at Frontier Middle for the fifth grade students. “This is a one year solution,” said Dr. Cain. “When Proposition E failed in November, we knew there would not be enough space for all DRE students in that building this fall.” Proposition E did ultimately pass in the April election, but the new elementary school will not be completed for at least another year, and the additional classrooms that will be added to DRE are not expected to be completed until the summer of 2016. “We spent months analyzing and considering a variety of options for housing these students, but ultimately we kept coming back to Frontier Middle as the best option.” Frontier Middle School is located on Highway DD, a half mile from Discovery Ridge Elementary, and it is where DRE students are slated to attend sixth grade as well. 

Discovery Ridge has experienced the highest enrollment growth of any school in the District over the last few years. The school opened in the fall of 2010 with just over 400 K-5 students. In 2012, with the passing of Proposition 3, eight additional classrooms were added to DRE. Since then, the school has enrolled 222 new students and currently has over 800 enrolled in grades K-5. Projections indicate there will be almost 900 students enrolled by the start of the new school year this August in a building designed to hold approximately 800 students.

The fifth graders will continue to follow an elementary school schedule at the middle school; they will have DRE teachers providing instruction, and they will still be considered Discovery Ridge students. “Living in the fastest growing school district in the state has its challenges,” said Dr. Cain in a message to parents of affected students. “But we are confident with the proper supports in place, this can and will be a positive transition for our students. Above all, we will continue our efforts to increase student learning and achievement, because one of the things that will not change is our commitment to our students and their success.”

 WSD FCCLA Student Advances to
National Competition
 

Students from Holt and Timberland High Schools competed at the 69th annual Missouri FCCLA (Family, Career and Community Leaders of America) State Leadership Conference held in Columbia March 22-24. Over 1,600 high school students from across Missouri attended the conference which is planned by student leaders and features speakers, workshops and competitions for FCCLA members.

Holt junior Erin Ott earned first place in Interior Design and will now compete at the National FCCLA Leadership Conference in Washington, D.C. in July. This year’s theme was “Camp Leadership” and encouraged participants to work to cure problems in their family, career and community. In addition to leadership training, honors and recognition, 680 students participated in 30 competitive events, including entrepreneurship, culinary arts, job interview, career investigation, and chapter service projects. 
Additional WSD students who received awards at the state conference include:

  • Holt junior Jennah Garrett earned Bronze in Fashion Construction
  • Timberland seniors Alex Sesti and Kristianna Hitchcock received a Gold award for their National Program in Action presentation 
  • Timberland seniors Kathrine Gerhardt and Karen Caamano received a Gold award for their Illustrated Talk 
  • Timberland seniors Kayti Bruckerhoff and Cassidy Mundwiller received a Silver award for their Life Event Planning Project
Timberland FCCLA advisors include Teresa Durbala, Cherie Boren, and Jennifer Caimi. Holt students work with Lori Krug and Kim Voss. FCCLA is a national student organization that promotes personal growth and leadership development through family and consumer sciences education. Missouri FCCLA is the fourth largest in the nation with over 12,000 members in 373 chapters across the state. 


 WSD Juniors Chosen to Attend American Legion 
Boys State and Girls State

Twenty high school juniors from the Wentzville School District have been selected to attend the American Legion Boys State of Missouri and the American Legion Auxiliary Girls State of Missouri.  The American Legion Boys State of Missouri is an eight-day “hands on” experience in the operation and fundamentals of government, and draws together the best and brightest high school juniors to help lead them down the path in individual success and leadership. Since its inception in 1938, Missouri Boys State has provided over 40,000 high school students with the privilege of attending this practical laboratory in citizenship and leadership training.

The American Legion Auxiliary Girls State program, founded in 1940 at William Woods College in Fulton, Missouri changes lives by bringing together dynamic young women for an intense week developing leadership skills, patriotism and a sense of community. The participants actively participate in all phases of creating and running a working government.

Those selected to attend from Holt High School are Corey Brueggeman, David Bagley, Kyle Weber, and Bailee Gaswint.  Those selected from Timberland High School include Chad Adler, Marco Agudelo, Alex Beattie, Dustin Fuca, Keegan Good, Cody Kutter, Andrew Lind, Alexander Moxley, Eric Wilson, Imani Allen, Abigail Beckerdite, Polina Dennis, Nicole Gantner, Amanda Hansel, Taylor Harris, and Jacie Willison.

The 76th session of Missouri Boys State will be held on the campus of the University of Central Missouri (UCM) June 13-20, and the 75th session of Missouri Girls State will also be held at UCM in Warrensburg from June 21-27.  Local sponsors include The American Legion, The American Legion Auxiliary, The Wentzville Community Club, The Wentzville Rotary Club, and the Timberland Boosters Club.


High School Seniors Awarded
Community Scholarships



The Wentzville School District Class of 2015 has been awarded over $100,000 worth of local scholarships during Senior Honors Convocation events. These deserving students from both Holt and Timberland high schools will be receiving their diplomas on June 7th before they continue on with their post-secondary education. Individual amounts of these awards range from $200 to $4,000. “Community groups year in and year out provide thousands of dollars in scholarships for our high achieving students so they can further their education and continue their individual path of excellence founded in the WSD,” said Superintendent Dr. Curtis Cain. “Living in a community that generously supports its students and their future endeavors is what makes our area special.” >>>Complete List of Recipients

 Art Students Win Annual Fire Hydrant Scholarships

The Water Division of the Wentzville Public Works Department has awarded $3,000 worth of scholarships to two Wentzville School District artists. Christina Richardson, a senior at Holt High School and Erin Higgins a senior at Timberland High School, both received a scholarship worth $1,500 for their artistic fire hydrants.

This is the 19th year for the contest, held annually in conjunction with National Water Week. Each year Wentzville students are asked to creatively interpret a theme for their painted hydrants. This year, dozens of students from each high school submitted designs around the theme “National Monuments” for consideration. The Art Department at each high school selected five worthy student entries, and these students were provided with a blank hydrant for their design. Wentzville city employees from five different departments then judged the ten finalists, with the top hydrant from each school earning a scholarship for its creator. Runners up from Holt High School were Kaylin Hoag, Garrett Moody, Emma Mosley, and Clare Weisenberger. The runners up from Timberland were Karley Abe, Laney Foeller, Hannah Hill, and Allison Huber. 

Christina Richardson will be attending St. Charles Community College in the fall, and plans on studying Technical Theatre and Arts. Erin Higgins will attend Southeast Missouri State University and plans on majoring in Graphic Design and Photography.  All ten colorful hydrants will be on display this month outside the Wentzville water control building located at 802 East Pearce, under the old water tower.


 WSD Musicians and Vocalists Excel at
2015 State Music Festival

Congratulations to our high school musicians and vocalists who participated in the MSHSAA State Music Festival on Saturday, May 2nd at the University of Missouri, Columbia. Over 100 students from Holt, Liberty and Timberland high schools qualified to perform either in solos or ensembles for a rating at the state level after receiving an Honor I (Superior) rating at the District Music Festival held in March. Many of those same students received an Honor I (Superior) or Honor II (Excellent) rating at the state festival as well. Congratulations and well done!
>>>WSD I and II Ratings

 WSD Juniors Selected for
Missouri Scholars Academy



Six WSD juniors have been selected to participate in the Missouri Scholars Academy (MSA), a three week residential program to be held June 7th through the 27th on the campus of the University of Missouri-Columbia. Liberty student Nicholas Raphael, Holt student Matthew Brawner, and Timberland students Grace Cooper, Connor Monahan, Brooklyn Pfanstiel and Evelyn Stone are among 330 high school juniors from across Missouri selected for the program.                             

Founded in 1985, the Missouri Scholars Academy (MSA) celebrates its 31st season this year. The goals of the Academy are to help gifted students achieve their full potential and motivate them to use their abilities to attain high standards of achievement, to encourage local schools to improve and expand gifted education programs, and to assist in providing the state with experienced faculty and specialized curriculum for such students. The 2015 Academy is supported in part by funds provided by the University of Missouri, by MSA alumni and friends, by Missouri corporations, and by a Student Activity Fee. All of the Wentzville students participating in MSA also received a partial scholarship from the Wentzville School District Foundation. 



Every public and private high school in the state is allowed to nominate at least one student for the Academy. Academically, students represent the top one-half of one percent of their class in the state of Missouri. No grades or credits are awarded through the program, but students attending MSA are exposed to a wide range of activities as well as intensive instruction in their chosen area of specialization. The faculty is composed of outstanding teachers from high schools throughout the state. Guest speakers, performers, discussions, and career education will be combined with extracurricular and social activities to round out the curriculum.  Almost 10,000 Missouri high school students and teachers have participated in MSA since its inception in 1985.

 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. 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, you can email WSDefficient@wentzville.k12.mo.us with your ideas. 
 Parent Satisfaction Survey
Are you a WSD parent? If so, please take a moment and complete the Parent Satisfaction SurveyIt is the vision of the Wentzville School District to be a model of excellence that sets the standard and maximizes the potential of every student. In order to continuously improve on our commitment to provide a quality educational experience for your child(ren), we ask that you take the time to complete this short survey

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 Program is available to students who reside in our District boundaries. You can view all the WSD has to offer, which includes enrichment programs and Before and After Care, by visiting the District website.

Any questions can be directed to Tanya Kirkpatrick: tanyakirkpatrick@wentzville.k12.mo.us or by calling 636-327-5090, ext. 23287. 

WSD is Switching to Google for Education Email

Beginning July 1st, the WSD will be switching their email and calendar system from GroupWise to Google Apps for Education (also known as Gmail, designed for Education). With this switch, teachers will have a more seamless integration to Calendar, Google Drive, and more, which are already in use. All staff emails will change to (first and last name)@wsdr4.org.
Do you know someone who would like to work for the WSD?
Do you have friends or family who would like to work for the fastest growing school district in Missouri, one that also happens to be a Post-Dispatch “Top Workplace” for the past three years? 
Be sure to share with them all of the current openings in the District by visiting our website.

In addition to a variety of openings for paraprofessionals, bus drivers and child nutrition workers, we're also looking for additional substitute teachers
. Encourage your family and friends to apply today!

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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