WSD Board of Education Places "Proposition E" on the November Ballot
The Board of Education has voted to place “Proposition E” on the November 4, 2014 ballot for a proposed tax levy increase to accommodate the continued enrollment growth of the District and make payments on existing debt.
Proposition E is a 35 cent tax levy increase, and 18 cents of the levy would be used to generate approximately $40 million for the purpose of building a new elementary school, adding elementary classrooms onto Discovery Ridge, Lakeview, and Duello and completing phase two of Liberty High School. These funds would also pay for equipment and furniture for the new classrooms, security upgrades throughout the District, and science and FACS classroom updates at Wentzville Middle School. As a November bond issue in an even numbered year, Proposition E would require a 57.14% “yes” vote for passage. "The community has voiced support for these projects during our GPS community engagement meetings over the past year,” said Superintendent Dr. Curtis Cain. “Our increasing enrollment and demographic study projections also emphasize the need.”
The other 17 cents of the levy would be applied to the District’s current debt. The WSD has built nine new schools in the past 15 years, and continues to pay back the principal and interest on these loans. As a result of the decline in property tax values since 2008, current estimates are that the District’s debt service fund will run out of money in 2017 without additional revenue. This year the WSD transferred $2,775,000 out of financial reserves to help alleviate the debt, and plans to transfer more in the next fiscal year. >>>FULL STORY
|...for the 2014-2015 School Year:
LATE START DAYS FOR PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
The WSD Board of Education has approved a revised calendar for the 2014-2015 school year that includes two-hour “late start” days for middle and high school students which will be used to facilitate more staff collaboration time. The late start days will be the first and third Monday of each month, and supervision will be provided for students who need to be dropped off at school at the regular start time. All middle and high school buses will pick up students two hours later than normal on those days. Additionally, the calendar now reflects that the last day of each semester will be an early release day for all grades.
The WSD values professional development and this will provide time for teachers to analyze student work, make instructional decisions, target student needs and share best practices. It will also allow teachers to be out of the classroom less for collaboration and reduce the number of substitute teachers needed. This change also supports the District’s CSIP (Comprehensive School Improvement Plan) goal of “improve achievement for ALL students.”
ELECTRONIC FLYER DISTRIBUTION
Five years ago the WSD greatly reduced the number of paper flyers in the District, and now we are prepared to take the next step in 21st century flyer distribution! The majority of the paper flyers we have been sending home will now be sent electronically to your email inbox. These eflyers can also be viewed by clicking on the Peachjar button that has been placed on each school’s website. This “green” initiative will save our schools tons of paper and reduce copy costs by thousands of dollars. On top of that, paperless delivery of school flyers removes a significant administrative burden from teachers, office staff, and volunteers.
Parents should have received a welcome email from Peachjar that included a username and password. This is provided to give you the opportunity to manage your account and flyer delivery preferences. You do not need to login to receive or view eflyers. If you did not receive an email from Peachjar, you can always go online to register. To ensure smooth delivery of this communication, we suggest you add “firstname.lastname@example.org” to your email contacts. When you receive your first eflyer, be sure to click “always display images.”
This system is used exclusively for distribution of school-approved flyers. Your email address will not be shared or used for any other purpose. If at any time you wish to “opt-out”, simply click on the unsubscribe link. Thank you for helping the WSD save time, money, and lots of trees!
LATE START DAYS FOR INCLEMENT WEATHER
The WSD is adding a delayed start or “snow schedule day” option as an alternative to closing schools for the entire day. Under the right conditions, such as overnight snow accumulations or substantial wind chill readings, the District could delay the start time of all WSD schools by two hours at the discretion of the Superintendent. Parents and guardians will be notified of a delayed start with the same communication methods used to communicate school closing information. With the delayed start, all morning buses would pick-up students two hours later than usual, but dismissal would still be at the regular time. All students will have a breakfast option and a lunch period, and the Child Nutrition Department will be serving lunch on these days.
Quail Ridge Early Childhood Center would not have morning classes on delayed start days, but would still have afternoon classes. The Chautauqua before school program would start at the regular time, and parents of students who are not currently enrolled in the Chautauqua before school program can register online (in advance please!) to use this service on delayed start days.
Student safety is always a top priority of the Wentzville School District, and the delayed start option will be another way to keep children as safe as possible and still provide essential instruction time. Delayed start days will count as full attendance days and will not need to be made up like a “snow day” when school is closed.
SchoolReach TEXT OPTION
In the responses to our Communication Survey last spring, an increasing number of our parents have indicated a desire to receive school communications in the form of a text. We take the feedback from our surveys very seriously when plannning our communication efforts, so starting this year all SchoolReach calls sent out from the District and individual schools will also be sent out as a text. If you would prefer not to receive the texts, it’s easy to opt-out. Simply reply “stop” to any SchoolReach text from the District or any school, and you will no longer receive any text messages from the system.
|Back to School Fair is Scheduled for August 9th!
The WSD will host its fourth annual “Back to School Fair” for District families on Saturday, August 9th from 8:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. at Holt High School. The event is free for District families and will feature dozens of vendors, free school supplies, games and fun activities for children.
Last year’s event drew over 3,300 people, and thousands of dollars’ worth of school supplies were given away to District students. "The Back to School Fair is designed to bring together local businesses, community groups and our District families in one place to share valuable information, discounts and free school supplies in a fun and festive atmosphere," said Director of Community Relations Matt Deichmann. "It’s beneficial to our students, their families and our community, and it’s a tremendous way to kick off the new school year."
As part of the Fair, the Kiwanis Club of West St. Charles County is sponsoring a free pancake breakfast in the Holt cafeteria, and any donations to help defray costs would be greatly appreciated. MoCHIP (Missouri Child Identification Program) representatives will be on hand providing free child ID kits that include a disk with the child’s information, digital photograph, digital fingerprints and vital information necessary for authorities in the event of abduction. Also included in the kit are a dental bite impression and two laminated ID cards. Parents are encouraged to fill out the MoCHIP paperwork prior to the fair to save time.
While the event is free, families are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item to donate at the door to Operation Food Search which serves local families in need.
|Free and Reduced Meals Guidelines for 2014-15
The Wentzville School District has announced its revised free and reduced price policy for school children unable to pay the full price of meals served in schools under the National School Lunch Program and the School Breakfast Program. Federal education officials have adopted the following family-size income criteria for determining eligibility:
Children from families whose current income is at or below these levels are eligible for free or reduced price meals. Applications are available at each school office in the District. To apply, fill out a Free and Reduced Price School Meals Family Application and return it to the school. The information provided on the application is confidential and will be used only for the purpose of determining eligibility. Applications may be submitted at any time during the school year. A complete application is required as a condition of eligibility. >>>FULL STORY
|Timberland HOSA Students Take 5th Place at National Leadership Conference
During the last week of June, 26 Timberland students attended the HOSA 37th Annual National Leadership Conference in Orlando, Florida. The conference brought together over 7,500 students from around the country who are planning a career in a health related field. For many HOSA members, the National Leadership Conference provides a showcase for their talents in the HOSA Competitive Events Program. The THS Creative Problem Solving Team of Kyle Adams, Hailey Fricker, Emma Zawlocki, and Noah Angeles finished 5th in this prestigious national competition. Congratulations to all of our future health care professionals who competed!
|Reminder to Update your Family Contact Information
As we begin a new school year, the Wentzville School District is asking that you log into the SISK12 Parent Portal and update information for existing families. This is a quick and efficient way to ensure that the District has the most current information for your student(s). Please follow these steps to complete the update process.
1. Visit the District website and log into the SISK12 Parent Portal, located on the left side of the home page. (If you need to sign up for the SISK12 Parent Portal, complete the form and return it to your child's school office.)
2. Click "Online Registration"
3. You will see a section of forms for your family and a separate section of forms for your high school student(s), when applicable.
4. Click the "Edit" button next to the first form, verify the information listed and make any necessary changes.
5. Click the box "I have completed this form" at the bottom of each page and click "Move to Next Form". At the completion of the last form, click "Return to List."
6. Once all forms in the list show "Complete," click the "Submit All Forms to School" button at the top of the page. You will see a message that says, "Congratulations! Your forms have been successfully submitted."
Any changes that you request will be reviewed by the appropriate school office. Some change requests, such as changes to a student's legal name or address, require additional documentation before being accepted; school personnel will contact the parent in these situations. If you have any questions regarding the Online Registration process, please contact the school office.
|Donate Supplies for At-Risk Students through MyPack or at Walmart Stores
Would you like to help a WSD student in need with school supplies? MyPack School Supplies is a non-profit organization committed to ensuring all students have the supplies they need for school. Visit their website to donate today.
Supplies will be distributed through school counselors to WSD students who need them.
Look for the purple bins located near the entrances of the Lake Saint Louis and Wentzville Walmart stores this week. Any supplies donated in those bins will go to WSD students who need them. The SIMPLE Giving Campaign for Back to School Snacks will also begin August 6th and run through August 20th. Any donated snacks will also go directly to WSD students. For more information visit the Champions for Kids website.
Parents as Teachers Offers Screening Appointments
The WSD Parents as Teachers Program is offering appointment times for developmental screenings for children three months to age five. Any family who resides within the boundaries of the Wentzville School District may participate in the screening process. Evening appointments are also available. Please call the Parents as Teachers office at 327-3863 ext. 22281 to schedule an appointment time or for more information.
Bus Drivers Needed
Are you looking for a job that is both rewarding and challenging? Do you enjoy working with children and having a positive impact on future generations? If so, the Wentzville Transportation Department is in the process of hiring and training both substitute and full time school bus drivers. Part time and full time bus aides are also needed to work closely with children who have special needs. Our district offers competitive salaries, excellent benefits, a professional work environment and flexible schedules to our transportation employees. If this sounds like the career path for you, or if you know someone who may be interested, individuals can apply via our website. There is one application for every job in the district, so under "Desired Positions" simply click "Bus Driver" or "Bus Aide" or "Substitute Bus Driver" or "Substitute Bus Aide." Please contact a member of our transportation team at 636-327-3860 if you have any questions.
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.