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K-6 Plan for Growth Update
Following the Board of Education approval of the K-6 Plan for Growth in the fall, Dr. Cain, members of the Board of Education and District administrators presented the plan to parents at PTA/PTO meetings across the District. From those meetings, the WSD has developed a Frequently Asked Questions document that can be located on the District website. The Board of Education and Dr. Cain are committed to this plan and openly welcome any additional questions stakeholders may have. The WSD has also established a timeline for the redistricting effort that will be necessary to implement the change to K-6 buildings.

 
 District Announces Pending Land Purchase
for New Elementary School

The WSD has announced the proposed purchase of 20.5 acres on West Meyer Road in Wentzville, where the District plans to construct a new elementary school. The land sits near the entrance of the Stonemoor development at Golden Gate Parkway. In September, the Board of Education voted to move ahead with a plan to add sixth grade to all elementary buildings beginning with the 2017-2018 school year. In order to facilitate that change, which will alleviate crowding at the District’s three middle schools, the WSD needs to build an 11th elementary school simultaneously with the 10th elementary planned on Highway Z. Initially, the plan was to utilize land the District already owns on Duenke road, but that proved to be cost-prohibitive due to a lack of access to public utilities. “We decided, with the support of the Board of Education, to examine a land purchase for the new elementary site.” said Superintendent Dr. Curtis Cain. “We are pleased with the location and the cost, which will both serve our District’s needs well.” The WSD continues to be the fastest growing district in the state, adding on average between 500 and 600 new students each year since 2001.

>>>Full Story

 
WSD Students Participate
in Valentine Service Learning Projects

Students across the District incorporated service learning projects into their Valentine celebrations last week. Students at all grade levels spent time doing everything from making blankets and super hero capes for cancer patients, to making cards and gifts for Veterans, nursing home patients and first responders. They also collected items and donations for charitable organizations like the Ronald McDonald House and Friends of Kids with Cancer.

Those are just a sample of service learning projects where our students and teachers were “showing the love” to members of our greater community. Happy Valentine’s Day indeed!

 
DECA Students Qualify for State Competition

 DECA's District Competitive Events Conference was held on February 3rd in St. Louis and as a result, 19 Holt students, one Liberty student and 27 Timberland students will advance to the s
tate competition! Fourteen schools in District Six (the largest district in the state) competed in written tests and role plays in hopes of advancing to the State Career Development Conference held March 13-15 at The Lodge of the Four Seasons in Lake Ozark. Students who place at state will then advance to the International Career Development Conference to be held April 23-26 in Nashville, TN. DECA prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality and management in high schools and colleges around the globe. >>>Full Story 
 
Two WSD Seniors Selected as
Candidates for U.S. Presidential Scholar Program
   


Holt senior Robert Griesenauer and Timberland senior Alexander Beattie have been selected as candidates for the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program. 
The program was established in 1964, by executive order of the President, to recognize and honor some of our nation's most distinguished graduating high school seniors. Scholars are chosen on the basis of their accomplishments in many areas; academic and artistic success, leadership, and involvement in school and the community, and represent excellence in education and the promise of greatness in America’s youth.  

For the full article, please visit the District Website>>>

 
Two WSD Classrooms Win
Sumdog.com Math Competition

Congratulations to students in both April Bushway’s 5th grade class at Prairie View and Amber Mathews’ 5th grade class at Duello Elementary for taking the top spots in the Sumdog.com St. Charles County Math Contest! The online math competition ran from January 29th through February 4th and Mrs. Bushway’s class took 1st Place and Mrs. Mathews’ class took 2nd Place out of all the competitors. Sixteen classrooms across the county entered the contest, twelve qualified, and the top two spots on the Leaderboard were captured by WSD classrooms. In addition to the class winners, individual winners were named for answering the most questions correctly throughout the contest and Duello’s Micah Odell took first place in the county.  


“The most exciting part was watching the students encourage and support each other throughout the contest,” said Mrs. Bushway. “It brought them together to meet a challenge and they are excited to tackle more.” Both teachers used the online tool as an incentive for students once their classwork was complete. Students could also log on and answer ability-based questions at home. The more questions a student answers correctly, the more difficult the questions become. Overall, 243 students answered nearly 72,000 math problems correctly in the week-long competition. “We are such a great District because of teachers like this who weave fun and engaging activities into the curriculum so that students have conceptual and content understanding that leads them to a love of math,” said WSD Curriculum Coordinator Dr. Karen Hill.
For a full list of winners, visit www.sumdog.com.

 
FBLA Students Qualify for State Competition 

WSD Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) students competed at the District Competition on Friday, February 5th and more than two dozen WSD students are moving on to the State Leadership Competition in Springfield, Missouri April 24th- April 26th. The District Competition was held in Chesterfield and over 20 local high schools participated in a variety of business categories and events. Students from Holt, Liberty and Timberland won multiple awards and at the end of the day, 26 WSD students qualified to move on to the State Competition.

FBLA is a professional association for students pursuing business careers. There are almost 60 different categories to compete in at competition. FBLA’s mission is to bring business and education together in a positive working relationship through innovative leadership and career development programs.
For a complete list of students who are advancing to the State Competition, visit the District website

 
Nineteen WSD Wrestlers Qualify for State


WSD high schools will send 19 wrestlers to the 86th Annual State Wrestling Championship at the University of Missouri-Columbia on February 18-20.  Holt won the GAC District Championship held last weekend at Francis Howell. Nine Holt wrestlers qualified for State with six District Champions; Sidney Oliver, Colby Smith, Gavin Londoff, Mike Brown, Austin Keller and Connor Urevich. Marty Brunnert qualified at second place, Emilio Monsivais at third place, and Sam Vining at fourth place. Five Liberty wrestlers qualified with District Champion Cameron Steinhoff, Ben Leach and Christian Zeik at second place, and Jacob Simpson and Drake Church at fourth place, and five Timberland wrestlers qualified with District Champion Cameron Spires, Anthony Pisciotta at second place, Sam Panietz at third place, and Caleb Conedera and Ben Daly at fourth place.  Congratulations, and good luck at State!

 
WSD Schools Announce Geography Bee Champs

Congratulations to the WSD students who won their school’s Geography Bee: Abby Shields, 7th grade at Frontier Middle, Stone Hill, 8th grade at South Middle, Bryan Besselman, 8th grade at Wentzville Middle, Peyton Kruger, 4th grade at Crossroads, Lane Harris, 5th grade at Discovery Ridge, and Will Gambell, 4th grade at Prairie View Elementary.

School bees were held in January with 4th-8th grade students throughout the state to determine each school’s winner. This is the first level of the National Geographic Bee competition, now in its 28th year. School-level winners take a qualifying test which will be submitted to the National Geographic Society for the chance to compete at the state level. 

 
WSD Students Compete
in Local Elementary Math Competition


WSD students competed at the Missouri Council of Teachers of Mathematics (MCTM) Elementary Competition held Saturday, January 30 at Boone Trail Elementary.  Students from grades 4 and 5 from Boone Trail, Crossroads, Green Tree and Prairie View Elementary schools competed by taking tests in a variety of categories.  The competition drew over 60 students from the four schools.  The following students qualified to advance to the MCTM 31st annual regional competition held at Parkway West High School on March 12: Boone Trail – Reed Corrigan, Jackson Dust, Neely Dutt, Celina Genta, Logan Herren, Gavin Leavit, Azea Lightbody; Crossroads – Peyton Kruger, Lakshmi Madala, Santosh Manikandan, Savannah Meyer, Conner Place, Allison Quirk, Mason Uelk; Green Tree - Spencer Albertson, Akshat Gupta, Sophia Niedringhaus, Evelyn Smith; Prairie View – Daniel Adams, Macy Bowles, Colin Doniff, Ellie Kraus, Reagan Nguyen.  

 
THS Senior Selected as Belcher Nominee

Timberland senior Sabrina Clements has been selected by the WSD Board of Education to represent the District in the running for the John T. Belcher Scholarship. The Missouri School Board Association (MSBA) and FutureBuilders established the state-wide scholarship program in the memory of Mr. Belcher who was instrumental in developing innovative financing programs for Missouri school districts. "The learning environment for thousands of Missouri’s public school students was improved as a result of his work," says the scholarship description. "Though Mr. Belcher lost his battle with cancer in 1989, his courage was an inspiration to all who knew him."

A $750 scholarship is awarded to a student in each of MSBA’s 17 regions. Each member school district can choose one student to represent them in their region. Applicants are judged on the basis of academic performance, extracurricular activities and the quality of an essay. The statewide winner will be selected from the regional winners and announced in late May or early June.

"Thank you for the opportunity to move forward for this scholarship," said Clements. "It gives me the chance to go to college and begin pursuing my dream of becoming a doctor one day." 

 
Kindergarten Registration Dates Set

Dates have been set for the Wentzville School District’s kindergarten registration and screening process.  This event is for all children who will turn five years of age before August 1, 2016.  If your child has not been screened by Parents as Teachers or his/her preschool this year, appointments are required and can be made by contacting the WSD Parents as Teachers office at (636) 327-3863, ext. 22281.  Screening appointments are filled on a first come, first served basis and fill up quickly.  While every effort will be made to accommodate you at your child’s school, it is possible that your screening may need to be at another elementary school in the District.
>>>FULL STORY INCLUDING REGISTRATION DATES

 
WSD Inclement Weather/School Closing Info

Timely communication with our employees and District families is always a priority, but especially important in emergency school closing situations. If WSD schools are forced to close due to inclement weather or other factors (i.e. power outages, water main breaks) parents/guardians and students will be notified in the following ways:

District Phone Call/Text/Email

The WSD utilizes Blackboard, a mass communication broadcast system that allows school administrators to notify all households by phone, text and email within minutes of an emergency or unplanned event that causes early dismissal or school cancellation. The service may also be used occasionally by individual schools to communicate general announcements or reminders. Please be sure to notify the school office about any change in your personal contact information. You always have the option of how you would like to receive notifications (you can turn off the call and only receive texts and/or emails for example). Simply contact the Community Relations office to change your delivery preferences by calling 636/327-3800, ext. 20357 or email kathleendelaquil@wsdr4.org.

TV/Radio

When inclement weather causes the District to cancel school or dismiss classes early, please check the following television and radio stations for school closing information.

KTVI - TV Channel 2            KMOX Radio   1120 AM

KMOV - TV Channel 4           KWRE Radio 730 AM            

KSDK - TV Channel 5            KFAV  Radio 99.9 FM

These TV and radio stations also have web sites with the same school closing information. Look for the Wentzville School District. Please be advised that individual schools will not be listed separately, closings will always be listed as the Wentzville School District.

Website

The District website will be updated with any emergency school closing information. Please check on the homepage.

Facebook and Twitter

The WSD has its own Facebook page be sure to “like” us! It's a great way to keep up to date with the latest happenings in the District, complete with pictures. You can also follow the District on Twitter, just search for @WSDinfo. Both social media sites will be used not only to keep community members informed about the latest news in the District, but in the event of a school closing or emergency, this will be yet another means of communicating quickly and efficiently.

WSD App Push Notification

New this year, the WSD has an app you can download and choose to follow your child's school. The app will be an additional notification tool used in the event of a school closing or emergency to send followers a push notification directly to your phone. You can download the WSD app from iTunes or Google Play.

 
Ratchet Rockers Robotics Receives
$1000 Cuivre River Grant


The WSD Ratchet Rockers Robotics Team has been awarded a $1000 grant from the Cuivre River Electric Community Trust through their “Operation Round Up” Program.
Funds for the program are primarily donated by Cuivre River members who contribute from 1¢ to 99¢ each month by including the "Operation Round Up" amount with their electric bill payment. 

The Ratchet Rockers Robotics team is comprised of 9th-12th graders from Holt, Liberty, and Timberland high schools. The team meets once a week during the fall, when they prepare for the competition that begins in earnest after the winter break. During 'build season', the team meets five nights each week after school and all day on Saturdays. Ratchet Rockers pursues robotics in general, primarily by construction of a robot and then by competing in the FIRST Robotics Competition. During the build process, students learn how to design a robot, work with electronics, use computer vision and other engineering-related skills. The team will compete at the St. Louis Regional FIRST Competition March 10-12 at the Chaifetz Arena in St. Louis and at the Rocket City Regional FIRST Competition in Huntsville, Alabama on March 24-26.  Thank you, Cuivre River, and good luck Ratchet Rockers!

 
WSD Staff and Students Participate in
Lake Saint Louis Polar Plunge 
The annual Lake Saint Louis Polar Plunge benefits Special Olympics Missouri, and the WSD was well represented again this year by groups from Green Tree Elementary, Timberland HOSA, and Lakeview Elementary (whose team won BEST COSTUME). Participants had a gift from Mother Nature as temperatures reached 50 degrees on February 6th for the annual plunge into Lake Saint Louise. Over $98,000 was raised to benefit the athletes of Special Olympics in their year-round sports programs.
 
New Vaccine Required
For 8th & 12th Grade Students
Effective beginning the 2016-2017 school year, the Department of Health and Senior Services has mandated that the Meningococcal Conjugate Vaccine (MCV4) will be required for all eighth (8th) and twelfth (12th) grade students. MCV4 vaccine will be required if your child has not received a dose and is older than 11 years and entering 8th grade or older than 16 years and entering 12th grade. You may request a copy of your child’s immunization record by contacting the school office.

Your child’s medical provider can provide more information concerning the vaccine and requirements. The vaccine will also be available through the St. Charles County Health Departments.

For more information, visit the WSD website.
 
WSD Foundation Trivia Night is March 5th

The WSD Foundation provides thousands of dollars in teacher mini grants and student scholarships each year. Over $62,000 to date has been raised through the annual Trivia Night fundraiser. All are invited to participate and put together a table for this fun-filled evening! Entry fee is $160 table (maximum of eight players). To reserve your table, you must pay in advance. Make checks payable to Wentzville School District Foundation and drop off or mail to Mary LaPak, One Campus Drive, Wentzville, MO 63385. For more information call 636-327-3800, ext. 20352. 
>>>2016 Trivia Night Flyer


              From the Child Nutrition Department
Child Nutrition Seeks Individuals to Serve on the School Wellness Committee
The Child Nutrition Department is seeking individuals to serve on the School Wellness Committee. The purpose of the committee is to bring together representatives from the schools and community to identify and address issues facing the health and well-being of our children and District employees. District staff, teachers, administrators, students and parents are all invited to take part in discussing ways to positively affect the health of students and staff.  The next meeting is April 14, 2016 at the District Central Office at 3:00 p.m.  All are welcome to attend. If you have any questions, please contact Pamela Russell in Child Nutrition at ext. 21330.
National School Breakfast Week

Busy weekday mornings make it a challenge for families to find time for a healthy breakfast. However, research has reported that eating a nutritious breakfast can improve student behavior, academic performance and result in less trips to the nurse’s office. To encourage more families to take advantage of the healthy choices available with school breakfast, Wentzville schools will recognize National School Breakfast Week during March 7-11, 2016. 

The National School Breakfast Week (NSBW) campaign theme, “Wake Up to School Breakfast”, reminds the entire school community that school breakfast provides a healthy, energizing start to the day for students. Students will be encouraged to “Wake Up” their minds and bodies during March 7-11. 

“A healthy breakfast at the start of the day is one way to ensure students are getting the best education they can,” said Susan Raster, Foodservice Director.  “National School Breakfast Week helps us educate parents and students about all the healthy and appealing choices we offer.”  School nutrition professionals in the Wentzville school district prepare breakfast and lunches every day that meet federal nutrition standards – limiting fat, calories and sodium – and encourage students to choose from the fruits, vegetables and whole grains offered with school meals. 

Did you know? School breakfast is also included when a student is participating in the free or reduced school meal program.  Breakfast prices are as follows for all grades: Full pay = $1.65, Reduced = $.30 

National School Breakfast Week was launched in 1989 to raise awareness of the availability of the School Breakfast Program to all children and to promote the links between eating a good breakfast, academic achievement and healthy lifestyles. The “Wake Up to School Breakfast” campaign is made possible by the nonprofit School Nutrition Association and Kellogg’s Specialty Channels. Parents and students can follow the fun on Facebook.com/TrayTalk. 

 
Have you Downloaded
the WSD App?

Over 5,000 people have already downloaded the new WSD app which features customization for parents to follow their child's school, view news stories, reminders and important alerts - all from a smart phone. Based on user feedback, we are already tweaking the information available and welcome your thoughts and suggestions. We've recently added lunch menus and sports information from our high schools thanks to your input. 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.



 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. 
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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