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The WSD Celebrates STEM
Students across the District have engaged in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) activities over the last two weeks that included STEM nights at our buildings, our first ever STEM Olympics, and multiple students receiving STEM-related awards. Corporate leaders across the nation agree that a STEM emphasis today helps to prepare students to be leaders of industry tomorrow.

District Holds First STEM Olympics 
  The WSD hosted its first ever Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Olympics at Timberland High School on March 4, 2015. Over 250 kindergarten through 8th grade students participated in small group design challenges. The event also included hands-on activities and demonstrations by high school students and volunteers from area corporations.

 WSD High School Students Excel at Regional Science and Engineering Fair
Students from the Wentzville School District competed in the high school portion of Missouri’s Tri-County Regional Science and Engineering Fair held at Francis Howell North High School on Saturday March 7th.  At the end of the day, eleven Holt and Timberland students received awards.  Holt senior Kailey King received an overall First Place for her project “Stability of EPSPS Gene Copy Number and Glyphosate Resistance in Palmer Amaranth” and will advance to the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania May 10-15.  King was also awarded a Naval Research Award.  Timberland senior Ryan Lappin received overall Second Place for his project “Metal Complexes with Amidinate Ligands” and received a Naval Research Award and a First Place award from the American Chemical Society.  Holt senior Kate Balfany qualified to compete at ISWEEEP, an international environmental science fair held in Houston, Texas May 7-10 with her project “Lattice Coherency in Mechanochemical Preparation of Magnesium and Titanium Metal Hydrides.”  Balfany also earned a Second Place award from the American Chemical Society.   <<<FULL LIST OF WINNERS
WSD Students Honored at STEM Breakfast
Congratulations to Holt senior Mackenzie Meyers and Timberland senior Andrew Powell for being honored at the Annual STEM Recognition Breakfast hosted by Partners for Progress of Greater St. Charles. The breakfast was held on March 6 at Old Hickory Golf Club in St. Peters where Mackenzie and Andrew were honored along with 15 other local high school students for their work in STEM related areas. STEM is a national and regional effort to better prepare the workforce of tomorrow by encouraging today’s students to engage in studies, events, and careers involving science, technology, engineering and math. The breakfast is part of a local effort to encourage students to engage in STEM activities, and is held in conjunction with STEM Week each year. Mackenzie has a 3.96 GPA and plans to major in Biology and Genetics at Missouri State University. Andrew has a 4.30 GPA and plans to study Aeronautical Engineering at either Purdue or Missouri S&T.
Robotics Team Finishes 5th at
Regional Competition
The WSD Robotics Team took 5th place out of 54 teams from 11 states and two countries at the Rock City Regional in Little Rock, Arkansas on March 6-7. This year's challenge is called "Recycle Rush" which is a recycling-themed game played by two Alliances of three robots each. Robots score points by stacking totes on scoring platforms, capping those stacks with recycling containers, and properly disposing of pool noodles, representing litter. The Ratchet Rockers Robotics team is comprised of students from Liberty, Holt and Timberland high schools. Their next competition is the St. Louis Regional event held at Chaifetz Arena beginning March 19th.
Holt Junior Receives Distinguished Achievement Award for Science Excellence
Holt junior Robert Griesenauer was honored at the Distinguished Achievement Award for Excellence in Science dinner presented by the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Missouri–St. Louis March 4. Robert was one of 62 high school juniors from public, private and parochial schools in the St. Louis region honored that evening for their academic achievement and outstanding capabilities in science.  Zoe Peterson, Associate Professor of Psychological Sciences, presented the keynote address and St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger also spoke to the students and guests.  Robert is currently taking four Honors courses; three Advanced Placement courses and one weighted engineering course.  He is active in band and has a 4.289 GPA and scored a 34 on his ACT. 
 Holt's Maya Bryant Wins Missouri
Poetry Out Loud Championship
Holt senior Maya Bryant has won the Missouri State Poetry Out Loud Championship held March 12 in Jefferson City. Maya (pictured with First Lady Georganne Nixon) recited the following poems during the three-round competition: "Self Help" by Michael Ryan, "The Ocean" by Nathaniel Hawthorne, and "The Mothering Blackness" by Maya Angelou. She earned the chance to compete at the state level when she won the regional competition held last month in St. Charles."It is so surreal," said Maya. "I'm really excited. This year is the first time I ever recited poetry, but I've always enjoyed writing it." Maya is active in the Holt Theater Department and also sings in multiple school choirs.

Poetry Out Loud is a national competition sponsored by the Poetry Foundation and The National Endowment for the 
Arts that encourages students to learn about great poetry through memorization and recitation.The program helps high school students master public speaking skills, build self-confidence, learn about their literary heritage and compete for college scholarship funding. Over 5,000 students competed across the state in school and regional events leading up to the state finals. Maya will now travel to Washington, D.C. for a banquet, Congressional breakfast, tours and activities leading up to the National Competition on April 28 and 29, with a chance to win up to $20,000. 
 All WSD Cafeterias Receive Perfect Scores
from Health Inspector 

The St. Charles County Department of Community Health and the Environment completed inspections of WSD cafeterias recently and each one of our school café’s received a perfect score of 100% for both the fall and spring inspections!

The inspections are performed twice a year at each school and include a check of the overall cleanliness of the kitchen, the temperatures of the food, the temperature of the sanitizing equipment, any evidence of rodents or insects, whether food is stored properly, workers are washing their hands, wearing gloves and a hairnet or visor, and whether vents and fans are clean to ensure food does not come in contact with dust.

“We are committed to the health and well-being of our students as evidenced by these scores,” said Child Nutrition Director Susan Raster, “Everyone works together to ensure that our kitchens are kept clean and in tip top shape. I am very proud of my staff and the maintenance staff that keep our cafeterias clean and operating efficiently.”

As the enrollment at Liberty High School continues to grow, so do the plans for phase two of Liberty! Passage of Proposition E in April would raise the capital for this much needed expansion, including up to 20 new classrooms as shown in this architectural drawing. The expansion would also include an auditorium and a practice gym. For more information about phase two of Liberty High School and Proposition E, please visit the District website.

High School Musicians and Singers Advance to State Solo and Ensemble Festival 

Ninety eight WSD high school musicians and singers qualified for the MSHSAA State Music Festival by receiving an Honor I "Superior" (highest possible) rating on their solos and ensembles at the MSHSAA District Music Festival held at Ft. Zumwalt East High School on Saturday, March 7th. These musicians will compete at the MSHSAA State Solo and Ensemble Festival April 30 - May 2, 2015. 
>>>Full List of State Qualifiers

 Junior Achievement and MasterCard Bring
"JA in a Day" to WSD
Financial literacy met career planning on March 9 in the Wentzville School District as Junior Achievement teamed up with MasterCard to offer the “JA in a Day” program. “JA in a Day” helps to facilitate a partnership between companies and local schools to educate and inspire students about what it takes to succeed in the workplace. More than 200 volunteers from MasterCard spent the day in classrooms at Heritage Intermediate, Discovery Ridge Elementary, and Wentzville Middle School helping to instruct more than 2,500 students. Students experienced a day filled with hands-on learning concepts including work readiness, financial responsibility, and entrepreneurship. The program also offers business people the opportunity to share their experience and expertise with students. Corey Hively is a Discovery Ridge parent and MasterCard employee who has volunteered for the program for the last six years. "It's challenging, and gives me a new respect for teachers.  It's also very rewarding and great to see the kids get excited about a new face, new style of teaching in their classroom,” shared Hively. “The kids get excited and really absorb everything.” At the end of the school day, students that had completed all five grade level Junior Achievement lessons earned their JA certificate. “I liked learning about what it would be like to be older and in the business world,” said Wentzville Middle 8th grader Jake Teater. “They related everything to the real world and we learned what responsibilities and characteristics it would take to be successful."
The Wentzville School District Board of Education will have two open seats in the April 7, 2015 election. School board members serve a three-year term. We encourage all of our District residents to get out and vote! For more information and candidate biographies, please visit the District website
 Holt and Timberland will Host Annual
Swofford Games to Benefit WSD Seniors

Holt and Timberland High Schools are gearing up for the 15th Annual Scott Swofford Memorial Basketball Games. The Holt senior/faculty game is scheduled for Friday, March 20th at 7:00 p.m. and the Timberland senior/faculty game is scheduled for Friday, April 17th also at 7:00 p.m.  All funds raised at these events go directly toward four scholarships for the seniors of Holt and Timberland High Schools.

Scott Swofford taught in our District for more than twenty-five years, beginning his career at Holt High School. While at Holt, he was the 
voice you heard at every student event asking “Do you love your Indians, deep down in your heart?” and inspired school spirit just by walking onto the floor to begin the familiar chant!

When Timberland opened in August of 2000, Scott made the transition from Holt to Timberland, and continued to inspire students and staff by developing ‘The Spirit of the Wolf.’ Shortly after Timberland opened, Scott, doing what he loved best (coaching football), passed away unexpectedly.

Gone but certainly not forgotten, THS students were the driving force behind choosing Scott O. Swofford as the official name of the Timberland Stadium. Losing Scott left a void in the young school and the District, which prompted Dennis Baez, a math teacher at Holt High School and a good friend of Scott, to rally staff and students together forming this annual fund-raising event.

This is the evening we come together as a school, as a community, and as friends to pay tribute to a true Wentzville tradition, Scott O. Swofford. One of the most attended events at Holt and Timberland High Schools each year, this charity game of staff vs. students reflects the impact and memory this man left in the Wentzville School District. Scott, one of our most beloved teachers, continues to impact the lives of students and staff even years after his passing.

Heritage Students Using Interactive Math Tool Thanks to a New Grant 

Students in Angie Pruett’s 2nd grade class are learning their basic math facts with the use of technology thanks to a grant Mrs. Pruett won from The learning tool is called Reflex Math and it helps students of all ability levels develop fluency with their basic facts in addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. The tool is game-based and provides instant feedback to Mrs. Pruett to monitor individual student progress. The $1,800 grant provided for the use of the tool for all students in Mrs. Pruett’s class and it includes the ability to access the math games from home as well. “I am so excited,” shared Mrs. Pruett. “This is an incredible, fun, research-based program that the kids love and will help all students reach fluency of basic math facts.”

 Camie's Literacy Group Trivia is April 11th
Camie's Literacy Group (CLG) is a non-profit group that has donated over 15,000 new books for WSD K-2 students over the last six years. The organization was established in 2009 by WSD diagnostician Faith Gardner after being inspired by her granddaughter Camie's love of reading. CLG’s mission, according to Gardner, is to “encourage the love of reading books in young children. To this aim we dedicate ourselves to the goal of obtaining and distributing an appropriate new book to every kindergarten, first and second grade student in the district.”  Trivia Night is CLG's sole annual fundraiser used to purchase new books that will be distributed to WSD students in May. Please consider putting together a table for this great event. For details about Trivia Night and how to sign up, visit the District website, under Flyer Forum
Holt DECA Students Host Annual Spring Fling

The Holt High School DECA Chapter will be hosting the 16th Annual Spring Fling on April 3rd at Holt High School from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. This year’s event will feature egg hunts, food, prizes, a coloring contest, a bounce house, games, and appearances from local mascots and the fire department.

Admission is free and game tickets are 5 for $1.00 with plenty of prizes available for the winners. There will also be a raffle for themed baskets, and tickets for the basket raffle are $1.00 each or six for $5.00. The free egg hunts will be broken down into two age groups; Preschool through first grade beginning at 11:00 a.m., and 2nd - 5th grade beginning at 12:15 p.m. The drawing for raffles will begin at 12:45 p.m.

All proceeds from the event will go towards the local scholarship fund for Holt DECA National Qualifiers to help with expenses at the International DECA competition. DECA is an international organization specifically designed to reinforce the occupational competencies of high school students who wish to pursue a career in marketing, entrepreneurship, or management. For more information, please contact the event coordinator Jolene Wofford at (636) 327-3876, extension 26422 or

 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 with your ideas. 
 WSD Foundation Thank You!
The WSD Foundation would like to thank everyone who donated or braved the weather to attend Trivia on February 28th! We had 19 tables despite the snow and made over $12,000 thanks to you!

 A special shout out to Liberty Principal Phil Ragusky for emceeing the evening's festivities, Justin Reynolds for preparing the trivia questions and answers, our judges: Don and Susan Hladky and Pam and Craig Frazier, as well as all our sponsors:

 • UPS • Stifel • Edward Jones - Jeff Wilson • First Bank - Lake Saint Louis • Master Y Kim's Tae Kwon Do • WaterWays Car Wash • CenturyLink • School Messenger • Office Essentials • Pro Rehab  • Borello Orthodontics • O'Fallon Brewery • Carol Davis Homes • Chill Yogurt • Back 2 Basics Bakery
 Spring Break Chautauqua Options

As you know, classes will not be in session March 30 through April 6 for spring break. The Chautauqua Program is open to all students on these days with the exception of Friday, April 3 when the program will be closed.  All other days Chautauqua will be in session beginning at 6 a.m. and ending at 6 p.m. The cost for students currently enrolled in Chautauqua will be $15 per day and the 10% multiple student discount will apply. Students not enrolled in the program can utilize this service for a fee of $25 per day. If your child attends Green Tree, Crossroads, Prairie View or Discovery Ridge Elementary, the program will be held at Green Tree Elementary. If your child attends Duello, Peine Ridge, Boone Trail, Heritage or Lakeview Elementary, the program will take place at Duello Elementary.   

Students will be participating in enrichment activities on these days. If you would like your child to attend the program, please complete and return the registration form to the Chautauqua office by Friday, March 23, along with a check payable to the Wentzville School District. If an on-line payment is made, please attach a copy of your receipt to the registration form.  Students cannot be dropped off without prior payment and registration.  No registrations will be accepted after March 23. If you are a registered family, your account must be up to date in order to utilize this service. Your student must bring a sack lunch on these days since our District cafeterias will not be in operation. 

If you have any questions, please feel free to call me at 636-327-5090, ext. 23289. 

Thank you, 

Tanya Kirkpatrick

Chautauqua Coordinator  

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.
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!

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