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Proposition E 2018
 
Proposition E is a no-tax increase bond issue on the April 3rd ballot to accommodate the continued growth in the WSD. Prop E needs 57.14% approval from voters to pass and it is for the following projects:
A new, comprehensive high school, a new elementary school, a new gym at Holt High School, and classroom additions at Peine Ridge Elementary, Pearce Hall and the Barfield Early Childhood Special Education Center. For more information about Prop E, visit the WSD website.
 
WSD Hires New Principals
The WSD Board of Education has approved the hiring of Katie Brettschneider as principal of Discovery Ridge Elementary School and Colin Hanna as principal of Heritage Primary for the 2018-2019 school year. Mrs. Brettschneider, who is currently serving as a principal at Murphy Elementary School in the Northwest School District, replaces Laura Bates who submitted her resignation last month, effective at the close of the school year. Hanna is currently serving as an assistant principal in the Parkway School District and will be replacing Geri Buss who is retiring effective June 30th.

This marks Katie Brettschneider’s 15th year in education. She was an instructional specialist and assistant principal in the Pattonville School District prior to being named principal at Murphy Elementary in 2013, Before that, she taught fifth and third grade, served on the District Leadership Team, was summer school reading program coordinator and an interim principal for the Central Unit School District outside of Chicago. She began her teaching career as a third grade teacher at Briar Crest Elementary school in the Pattonville School District before moving to Illinois in 2004. Mrs. Brettschneider holds a Masters in Educational Leadership from Aurora University, a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education and Special Education from Lindenwood University, and she is currently working on her Doctorate of Educational Leadership through Maryville University. "I am honored to continue my journey in education in the Wentzville School District,” said Brettschneider. “I am looking forward to becoming a part of the Discovery Ridge community and getting to know an amazing group of students, committed parents and dedicated staff. I am also excited to grow as a leader and learner in such a dynamic, dedicated and supportive community." Katie resides with her husband Jamie and their three children, Jack, Jacob and Grace, in St. Charles.

Colin Hanna is a native of Bridgeton and a graduate of Pattonville High School. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Physical Education and Health from the University of Central Missouri, a Masters in Education Administration from Southwest Baptist University, and is currently working towards a Doctorate in Educational Leadership through Maryville University. Mr. Hanna taught physical education and health at McKelvey Elementary in the Parkway School District, before being named assistant principal at Wren Hollow Elementary in July, 2016. "There are so many amazing things happening in the Wentzville School District. There are committed educators, great students, and outstanding families, and at the center of it all is Heritage Primary,” said Hanna. “I am honored and excited to continue the excellent traditions at Heritage Primary. My commitment as a leader is to ensure the best educational experience for all members of our team. I look forward to serving alongside and supporting the students, staff, and families of the Heritage Community." Colin and his wife Alexa, who is a counselor at Stone Creek Elementary, reside in Chesterfield.

Mrs. Brettschneider and Mr. Hanna officially take over as principal at their respective schools on July 1, 2018.
 
Three WSD Seniors Selected for State Academic Honor
 
Holt High School seniors Benjamin Goldstein and Emma Rose and Liberty High School senior Madison McGuire have been selected for the 2018 Missouri Scholars 100, a statewide program that honors 100 of Missouri’s top academic students in the graduating class of 2018. Liberty senior Daryn Adler and Timberland seniors Jack Glendinning and Hayden Mills each received an Honorable Mention.

Missouri Scholars 100 is a program sponsored by the Missouri Association of Secondary School Principals. Schools across Missouri are invited to nominate candidates for this state-wide recognition. The selection is based primarily on a formula using the student's grade point average and ACT or SAT score. Each student nominated had to first meet the criteria of an "Academic Decathlon," which included ten events, designed to test the academic strength of the student.
 
 
WSD Musicians and Vocalists Qualify for State Music Festival
 
Congratulations to our high school musicians and singers who qualified for the MSHSAA State Music Festival by receiving an Honor I (highest possible) rating on their solos and ensembles at the MSHSAA District Music Festival held at Fort Zumwalt East High School on Saturday, March 3rd. These musicians will advance to perform at the State Festival at the University of Missouri – Columbia on Thursday, April 26th. For a complete list, visit the WSD website.
 
WSD Students Excel at State DECA Conference
 
Dozens of Holt, Liberty and Timberland High School marketing students joined 1,800 of their Missouri counterparts for the 70th Annual Missouri DECA State Career Development Conference at the Crown Center in Kansas City, MO. 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 interactions with an executive or community member. Twenty-five WSD students qualified for the DECA International Career Development Conference/Competition in Atlanta, Georgia April 21-24. For a complete list of the students winning at state and qualifying for internationals, see the District website.
 
WSD Students Excel at Regional K-8 Science & Engineering Fair
 
Students in kindergarten through 8th grade from the
Wentzville School District competed in Missouri’s Tri-County Regional Science and Engineering Fair held at Francis Howell North High School on Saturday, March 3rd. This year there were 321 individual entries, 41 partner projects, and 15 classroom projects which qualified for the regional fair. At the end of the day, 22 individual projects, seven partner projects, and three classroom projects from the Wentzville School District received awards, including 24 First and Second Place awards.
 
 
WSD Students Compete at State FCCLA Conference
 
Students from Holt, Liberty, and Timberland high schools competed at the 72nd annual Missouri FCCLA (Family, Career and Community Leaders of America) State Leadership Conference held March 11-13 at Tan Tara Resort in Osage Beach, MO. Over 1,100 high school students from across Missouri attended the conference which is planned by student leaders and features speakers, workshops and competitions for FCCLA members. This year’s theme was “Unmask Your Leadership Powers.” The conference featured speakers and workshops on topics such as preparing for college and careers, leadership skills, anti-bullying programs, and technology’s impact in education, careers, and on the family. For a full list of the students who received awards at the State Conference, visit the WSD website.
 
WSD 2018 Film Festival is March 19th

The WSD is holding its second annual Film Festival this year and over 100 student-produced films were submitted for consideration. The Film Festival Awards Night is Monday, March 19th at Liberty High School.  The event begins at 7:00 pm in the Liberty Performing Arts Center. Come on out to watch the winning films and awards being presented! #WSDproud #WSDlearns
 
WSD Students Advance to Regional Spelling Bee
 
Good luck to Abhiram Madala, fourth grader at Crossroads Elementary, Kayla Kroehnke, a fourth grader at Discovery Ridge Elementary, Kelsey Lynch, a sixth grader at Duello Elementary, and Russell Haynes, a fifth grader at Prairie View Elementary in the Spelling Bee finals! Abhiram, Kayla, Kelsey, and Russell won the semi-regional written competition of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch Scripps National Spelling Bee held at McKendree University in Lebanon, Illinois on March 10th, and will compete at the Scripps National Spelling Bee Oral Finals on March 17th, also at McKendree University. The Finals Champion will advance to the 91st annual Scripps National Spelling Bee held in Washington, D.C. May 29 – 31, 2018. #WSDproud
 
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March 16, 2018

As a reminder, there is no school March 23-30.

Discovery Ridge 5th Grade Student to Compete at State MCTM Competition
Rafay Cheema, a 5th grader from Discovery Ridge Elementary, qualified to advance to the State level at the Missouri Council of Teachers of Mathematics (MCTM) Elementary Regional Competition held at Parkway West High School on March 10. Rafay placed 2nd in Sprint, 7th in Number Sense, 26th in Target, and 6th overall for 5th grade. This regional competition included students from all of St. Louis, St. Charles and Jefferson Counties. The State MCTM competition will be held May 5 at Columbia College in Columbia, Missouri. #WSDproud

Board of Education Candidates
The biographies from the Board of Education candidates have been posted on the WSD website. Four candidates will be on the ballot for two open seats in the April 3, 2018 election. The open seats are currently held by Natalie DeWeese and Michael Feinstein and each open seat is for a three-year term. Simply click on the candidate's name under their photo to view their submitted bio on the website.

2018 Summer School Enrollment
Registration is open through March 23rd for the 2018 Summer School program for WSD students entering grades K-12 in the fall. The WSD will be utilizing Catapult again this year for the K-8 program, which provides all instructional materials and incentives for students to attend (gift cards). WSD teachers will be teaching the courses and all summer school (K-12) will be held June 4-28, Monday – Thursday. (PLEASE NOTE: Summer STEM Camp, a 2-week program in July is separate and registration for that will begin after Spring Break.)

To register for Summer School for students entering grades K-8 in the 2018-19 school year, complete this online FORM.

To register for Summer School for students entering grades 9-12 in the fall, see the District website to print the forms. Completed forms need to be turned in to the school counselor.


WSD Buses Score Outstanding on State Inspection
The Wentzville School District Transportation bus fleet was inspected by the Missouri State Highway Patrol on March 7th and 8th and was found to have an approval rate of 99.4% for first-time presentations. For reference, the statewide average last year was 90.2%.

Of the 170 buses presented for inspection, a single loose shock absorber was the only defect identified. The repair, re-inspection and approval were all received while the MSHP inspection team was still on site.

The 99.4% first-time approval rate qualifies the WSD Transportation Department fleet for the Missouri State Highway Patrol ‘Certificate of Fleet Excellence’ award which is announced each summer following the conclusion of all state-wide school bus inspections. "Every year the Missouri State Highway Patrol conducts a thorough inspection of our fleet to ensure that our buses meet the state safety standards,” said David Wilson, Director of Transportation for the District. “I am more than extremely proud of our Transportation Team. From our drivers performing pre-trip inspections, to our mechanics performing preventive maintenance and making repairs, it takes everyone working together to achieve these results. It is a testament to the Transportation staff's dedication and effort. " Last year, WSD buses traveled over 1,936,000 miles and safely transported over 10,500 students every school day.

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 in 2015, over 12,000 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. The app is available for both android devices and iPhones.

Heritage School Days Program
Through the School Days Program, Heritage Propane will give the WSD up to $2,000 per year to purchase items for any school-related need with funds earned from the School Days Program. Any WSD parent, employee, or community member who is a Heritage Propane customer can send their Heritage Propane receipts to school with their child, and the buildings will submit the receipts to Community Relations for processing. Heritage Propane will total the gallons on the deposited receipts and pay $0.02 per gallon, up to a maximum of $2,000 per year.

DonorsChoose.org
PledgeCents.com
GoFundMe.com
The District has established an approval process for teachers who would like to solicit materials from donors via DonorsChoose.org,
PledgeCents.com, and GoFundMe.com. 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. If you would like to support a classroom initiative in the WSD, visit DonorsChoose.org and search "Wentzville" or by zip code, or visit PledgeCents.com and click the "Classroom Needs" link, then filter the list by location and organization type, or visit GoFundMe.com and click the "Education" link, then search "Wentzville School."
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