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District Receives STEM Education Grant from MasterCard
The Wentzville School District has received a grant to support STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) from MasterCard. The grant will help enhance the District’s STEM curriculum by providing professional development for teachers and administrators.

“MasterCard has been a great partner for the Wentzville School District,” said Superintendent Dr. Curtis Cain. “Their generosity has helped us bring Singapore Math instruction to the students of the District, and now more STEM-related professional development for our teachers and staff. STEM skills will play an important role in the jobs of the 21st century, so programs like this are critical to help students be prepared for these types of opportunities.” 
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WSD Foundation Awards Annual Teacher Grants

The Wentzville School District Foundation has announced the winners of the Foundation’s 2014 Teacher Mini-Grants. On Friday, April 18, Foundation Directors Dr. Curtis Cain, Frank Klaas, and Matt Deichmann handed out 11 checks totaling $6,000 to deserving teachers at seven different WSD schools. Wentzville Middle School also received the first ever $1,000 Foundation Building Grant. Congratulations to these teachers who are doing great things in our classrooms!

 Kim Broadley, Boone Trail…National Geographic ELA 
 Ellen Eikel, Lakeview…School Newspaper Online 
 Adam Estes, Wentzville Middle…Flipped Classroom 
 Cindy Farrar, Crossroads…Life Cycle Unit 
 Amy Hoffmann, Lakeview (pictured above)…Rebuilding Leveled Libraries 
 Chelsea Kuhn, Heritage Primary…SPED Current Events 
 Julia Luetkenhaus & Stacey Wade, Frontier Middle…STEM Integration 
 Kelly Oliva, Liberty…Makerspace 
 Ed Picone, Wentzville Middle…Engineering Intramural (Robotic Arm) 
 Marc Tiernan, Wentzville Middle…Movable Heart Rate Monitors 
 Building Grant Winner: Brooke Brockman & Wentzville Middle - Makerspace

High School Juniors Selected to Attend American Legion Boys State and Girls State

Twenty six 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 of individual success and leadership through "doing," not just learning. The American Legion Auxiliary Girls State program changes lives by bringing together dynamic young women for an intense week of leadership, patriotism and community, and is a proven leadership laboratory.
WSD Students Take Top Honors at FBLA State Conference and Advance to National Competition

Students from Holt, Liberty and Timberland High School joined more than 3,800 other high school students for the Missouri Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) State Leadership Conference held in Columbia on April 13-15. Fifteen WSD students brought home medals from the competition and five of those students took top honors and qualified to advance to the National FBLA Leadership Conference in Nashville, TN this summer. Holt senior Erik Nielsen took first place in Economics (and 10th place in Finance) and Timberland seniors Andrew Berg and Blake Woods took 1st place in Sports and Entertainment Management. Additionally, Timberland seniors Anna Eatherton and Lexy Meadows received 2nd place in Digital Design and Promotion. >>>FULL STORY
WSD Students Selected to Attend Missouri Fine Arts Academy

Five students from Timberland High School and two students from Holt High School have been selected to participate in the 2014 Missouri Fine Arts Academy (MFAA), a three week residential program to be held June 8th through the 28th on the campus of Missouri State University. Mairyn Dodson, Jordan Jacobs, Kayla Johnson, Shae Reeves, and Tyson Stevens from Timberland and Chris Geerling and Alexandra Hult from Holt are among the talented high school students from across Missouri who will represent a variety of artistic disciplines on the campus of MSU this summer. >>>FULL STORY
Students Win State Poetry and Essay Honors
Congratulations to the following WSD students who received an Honorable Mention for their submissions in the Missouri State Poetry Society's 2014 Winter Contest in the high school division:

Liberty freshman Courtney Bighorse, "Mono-Translucent"
Liberty freshman Ben Collins, "The Mystery of Science"
Liberty freshman Maya Jackson, "Crimson Comfort"
Liberty freshman Mackenzie Murphy, "Prejudice"
Holt freshman Hollynn St. Clair, "Sad Excuse for the Moon"

There were over 450 entries in the state-wide contest and the WSD had more winners than any other Missouri district! Winners will advance to represent the state in the Manningham Trust Student Poetry Contest, a national level contest sponsored by the National Federation of State Poetry Societies. Missouri has had eight students recognized nationally in the past ten years, which would make the likes of T.S. Eliot and Maya Angelou very proud!

WMS 8th grader Megan Costello has received two state-level awards for her poetry and prose. Megan received an Honorable Mention in the Missouri State Poetry Society's 2014 Winter Contest in the middle school division for her poem, "The Whispers of the World." She also received second place in the Missouri State High School Activities Association (MSHSAA) Junior High Sportsmanship Essay Contest. Well done Megan!

Timberland junior Caroline Newby has been selected as one of 12 finalists in the 2014 Youth Tour essay contest sponsored by Cuivre River Electric Cooperative! Her essay was selected out of 333 entries from 18 area high schools by a panel of judges based on her cooperative knowledge, composition, originality, grammar and neatness. Caroline recited her essay at the Cuivre River Youth Tour Banquet on April 16th. She will receive a $250 scholarship to the college or university of her choice. Congratulations Caroline!
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
May = MAP Testing for WSD Students

Grade Level testing as part of the Missouri Assessment Program (MAP) for all District students in grades 3-8 runs through Wednesday, May 21. The specific testing schedules vary by school, however all students in grades 3, 4, 6 and 7 take assessments in communication arts and mathematics. Students in grades 5 and 8 take assessments in communication arts, mathematics and science. High school (and some middle school) students will take End-of-Course (EOC) assessments as part of MAP from May 7 through May 30.

Reminders for parents:

  • Attendance is crucial on testing dates.
  • If your child does not ride the bus, please make sure that they are at school on time.
  • Have your child well rested.
  • Feed your child a healthy breakfast- their brains need plenty of fuel!
  • Encourage your child to relax when taking the test. If your child is anxious please encourage them to see their counselor or a teacher to ask any questions.
  • Your child will need #2 pencils for test taking. Mechanical pencils may not be used.
U.S. Navy Unit Visits WSD Schools

Sailors from the U.S. Navy’s explosive ordnance disposal mobile unit (EODMU) 3, stationed in San Diego, are visiting WSD schools this week as part of 2014 St. Louis Navy Week. The team members are demonstrating EOD robots, bomb suits, and dive gear that they use for their missions. The technology is also another way to get students interested in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM). Here's a video of the robots in action!
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Wentzville Fire Protection District Outreach Program Presents
$500 Donation to Holt DECA

The Wentzville Fire Protection District Community Outreach program presented a $500 donation to the Wentzville Holt High School DECA chapter. The donation was presented at the 15th annual “Spring Fling” fundraiser on March 28, which is organized by Holt DECA students. The Fire Protection Community Outreach program consists of individual fire fighters donating their own income and time in raising funds for other community based programs and fundraisers.

The “Spring Fling” featured a Circus de Spring theme, and consisted of booths set up with raffle baskets, games, face painting, bounce house and food. This year, Spring Fling was very successful with raising over $2500.00. Proceeds from the fundraiser will help the Holt DECA International Qualifiers with their expenses for the upcoming competition held in Atlanta, Georgia.

DECA prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality and management in high schools and colleges around the globe. Missouri DECA serves more than 8,500 students throughout the state.
2014 Relay for Life Begins Tomorrow at Timberland

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.

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)
*100% of items donated at the Wentzville and Lake St. Louis Walmart locations will go to WSD students in need*

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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