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WSD Schools Celebrate Walk to School Day
 
 


  Heritage Primary and Green Tree Elementary joined schools from around the world last week to celebrate International Walk to School Day. More than 300 students from Green Tree walked to school from Boulevard Park along with parents, teachers, family pets and staff members on October 6th. Dozens of Heritage Primary students, parents and staff walked from Fireman’s Park to their school with an escort from the Wentzville Police Department on October 5th.


Discovery Ridge Elementary Celebrates Seventh Annual Discovery Days
 
 
 
  Students at Discovery Ridge Elementary participated in the seventh annual “Discovery Days” during the week of October 3-7. The event, conceived by faculty members in 2010 before construction of the new elementary school was even completed, focuses on discovery in the physical world. “Discovery Days is an opportunity for our students to learn, explore, discover and imagine about Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM), with a special focus on space and flight,” said Discovery Ridge Principal Laura Bates.
 
Holt Senior Named National Merit Scholarship Semifinalist and Three WSD Seniors Named 
National Merit Commended Students
 
     
  The Wentzville School District is proud to announce that Matthew Brawner from Holt High School has been selected as a semifinalist and Connor Monahan and Alexandra (“Ally”) Schulte from Timberland High School, as well as Cameron Dierks from Liberty High School, have been named Commended Students in the 62nd Annual National Merit Scholarship Program.

Semifinalists represent less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors, and have the opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $33 million. Merit Scholar designees are selected on the basis of their skills, accomplishments, and potential for success in rigorous college studies. Additionally, about 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise. Commended Students placed among the top five percent of more than 1.6 million students who entered the 2017 competition by taking the 2015 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. 
 
     
K-6 Plan for Growth: Boundary Committee Update
 
 
 
   Public Comments and New Enrollment Numbers Under Review  
  The Boundary Committee met on October 12th to review online comments left on the public forum and to examine the draft scenarios with updated 2016 enrollment numbers. The Committee decided to move ahead with one scenario (Scenario A) and make modifications based on both public feedback and updated enrollment. 

As a reminder, the current middle and high school boundaries will not be changing as a result of this redistricting. 
The result will be a split in some elementary schools with students going to different middle schools from the same elementary, but middle schools will remain in the same feeder pattern to the current high schools. For example, some students at Duello will go to South Middle, and some will go to Frontier, depending on where they live. But all South Middle students would move on to Timberland and all Frontier students would still go on to Liberty High School. In other words, if you currently live in the Wentzville Middle/Holt, South Middle/Timberland or Frontier Middle/Liberty boundaries, those will not change for you regardless of what elementary school boundaries you are in when we make the shift to K-6.

The committee is strictly addressing boundaries and any decisions on whether or not grandfathering will be considered will be up to the Board of Education. The new boundaries will go into effect at the start of the 2017-2018 school year.

The addition of two new elementary schools scheduled to open in August, 2017 enables the District to redraw the boundary lines to accommodate the shift to K-6 elementary buildings, which will relieve overcrowding at the District's three middle schools. The K-6 Plan for Growth is designed to accommodate continued growing enrollment without having to return to the voters in order to request a tax increase. The WSD has been the fastest growing school district in Missouri in the 21st Century and is now the 11th largest school district in the state.

"We understand this is potentially a very personal and significant change for many families," said Director of Community Relations Mary LaPak. "But we are confident that with the combination of the tools we have at our disposal, as well as the thoughtful input of the committee members, the result will be a final product that makes sense for WSD students." 

The next Boundary Committee meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, October 25th at 4:00pm in Central Office. All Boundary Committee meetings are open to the public to observe only. There is not an opportunity for the public to comment during the meetings, however stakeholders can continue to weigh in through email to the committee members, Board of Education members or speak at the public forum during monthly Board of Education meetings. The next BOE meeting is scheduled for October 20th at 7pm.

Boundary updates can always be found on the WSD website.

 
WSD Marching Bands All Win at Their Second Competition of the Marching Season
 
   

 
  Last weekend the Marching Wolves and the Marching Indians both participated in the Potosi Bi-State Marching Invitational where Timberland competed in both parade and field show competition and Holt competed in the field show competition. On October 1, the Liberty Eagle Regiment competed in the Washington Marching Festival.

At the Potosi competition, Timberland received Best Drum Majors and placed 2nd in their class in parade. In the preliminary field competition, Holt placed 2nd in their class and received the Outstanding Percussion Award and Timberland placed 3rd in their class and received Best Drum Majors. Both Holt and Timberland were among the 9 bands (out of 23) that were chosen to advance to the finals competition. Holt placed 3rd overall while Timberland placed 5th overall. Liberty placed 4th in their division and the Color Guard placed 3rd overall out of 16 bands at the Washington competition.

 
       
21st Annual Holt Turkey Trot is October 19th
 
 
The Holt High School Cross Country Team is sponsoring the 21st Annual Turkey Trot Race on Wednesday, October 19th. The one mile race has separate divisions for 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students, with medals given to the top ten finishers in each division. The winner in each division will receive a frozen turkey! To register for the race, visit the WSD website.  
Communication Reminders
 
   District Phone Calls / Emails / Texts  
  The WSD utilizes Blackboard and MarketVolt to send messages to parents and staff members. If you would like to customize how you receive messages (for example, you only want to receive texts and not calls or vice versa), you can contact the Community Relations Department and we will be happy to set those preferences for you. Call ext. 20357 or email Mary LaPak or Kathy DeLaquil.    
Proposition E: PROGRESS AS PROMISED
 
 
 
 

In April, 2015, voters approved Proposition E which generated approximately $50 million in construction projects to accommodate the WSD's continued enrollment growth. Many of those projects have been completed and are highlighted in this video update. Remember, you can always visit the WSD website for the latest construction updates as well! 

LHS Theater Presents "Pure as the Driven Snow"
 
  Liberty High School Theater will present Paul Loomis’ “Pure as the Driven Snow” on November 3, 4 and 5. This dinner theater parody of a melodrama will be performed each evening beginning at 6:30 p.m.

The play follows the hero Leander Longfellow (Blake Phillips), foreman at the pickle factory owned by E.Z Pickens (Levi Fuller). Leander also helps his aunt and uncle Jonathan Logan (Isaiah Woodall) and Zamah Logan (Julia Wolz) run a small inn. The entire play takes place in the lobby area of the inn. There's a "terrible secret" that the heroine Purity Dean (Maria Hufford) has been hiding. The villain, Mortimer Frothington (Jake DeNunzio), of course, wants Purity. Purity wants Leander, and he wants her, but she can't let it happen because of her secret. Imogene (Abby Falgout) wants Leander also. Mortimer is up to no good, including swindling and having his sidekick, Jedd (Braden McMackin), an ex-con, kidnap a baby for ransom. Desire leads to deceit, jealousy leads to mistrust, and the whole thing is actually very funny.

Kennedy Hennessy leads the production as stage manager, guiding the technical team leads Andrea Detterman, Austyn Kloth, Dakota Barnett, August Ring, and Abby Klausen. Dinner will be served throughout the show. The performance will be held in the Liberty High School Commons. Admission is $8.00 in advance and $10.00 at the door.
 
 

 
Have you Downloaded the WSD App?
 
  Are you new to the WSD? Be sure to download the WSD app to have important information right at your fingertips. Since the launch of the app last August, over 9,200 people have downloaded and customized it in order to follow their child's school, view news stories, reminders and important alerts - all from a smart phone.  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. 
 
   
Camie's Literacy Group Trivia Night
 
 
 
Good Steward Committee
 
  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.
 
DonorsChoose.org
 
  The District has established an approval process for teachers who would like to solicit materials from donors via DonorsChoose.org. Please submit THIS FORM to Community Relations and your project will be reviewed and returned in a timely manner. The WSD recognizes the potential resource this could prove to be for teachers and we appreciate innovative ideas that promote differentiated learning for our students. 

Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey surprised teachers across Missouri by fully funding all of the classroom and school projects they had registered on the DonorsChoose.org 
website, including ALL WSD projects submitted to DonorsChoose.org!  Read the article here>>>
 
WSD Twitter Accounts
 
  Follow Teachers, Coaches, Administrators on 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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