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WSD Receives $4 Million Early Childhood Grant to Purchase United Services Building
The Wentzville School District has received a $4 million grant to purchase the former United Services Building located at 2025 Hanley Road in O’Fallon, MO. The grant is through the Early Childhood Special Education Department of Missouri’s Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE), and was granted specifically for the purchase of a building to house the District’s growing Early Childhood special education population. The purchase price for the building was $4,000,000 and the grant will be disbursed by DESE over the next eight years. The WSD Board of Education decided to pay for the building up front, rather than take out an eight year loan, in order to save over $500,000 in interest which would have been the District’s responsibility.


The District’s Early Childhood Center is currently located at 5275 Quail Ridge Parkway in Wentzville in a 25,000 square-foot building where they serve over 460 children.
“This is a very exciting opportunity for the WSD to purchase an existing school with funds provided by the state,” said Chief Financial Officer Pamela Frazier. “At our current location we were turning children away because we did not have the space to keep up with the number of typically developing students who wished to enroll.”  The building on Hanley Road is over 36,600 square foot and will be the new location beginning this fall for the District’s Early Childhood program which is an integrated preschool where children with disabilities participate in classes with their typically developing peers. For more information about the program, visit the District website.

Two WSD Seniors Receive
National Merit Scholarships 

The WSD is proud to announce that Tyler Doering from Holt High School and Hayden Waid from Timberland High School have both received National Merit Scholarships. Officials of each sponsor college selected their scholarship winners from among the Finalists in the 2015 National Merit Scholarship Program who plan to attend their institution. Tyler received her scholarship to the University of Missouri – Columbia, and Hayden received his scholarship to the Missouri University of Science and Technology. These awards provide between $500 and $2,000 annually for up to four years of undergraduate study. Finalists represent less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors, and have the opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,600 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $34 million. Merit Scholar designees are selected on the basis of their skills, accomplishments, and potential for success in rigorous college studies. >>>FULL STORY

Board of Education Approves
Hiring of New Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum

The WSD Board of Education has approved the hiring of Dr. Gregg Klinginsmith as Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment for the 2015-2016 school year. Dr. Klinginsmith is a native of Missouri and a graduate of Carthage High School located in southwest Missouri. He holds a B.A. in Middle School Education from Westminster College, a Masters in Education Administration from William Woods University, and an Educational Doctorate from Maryville University. Dr. Klinginsmith is returning to the WSD where he was a Curriculum Coordinator for four years before taking a position as an Assistant Superintendent in the Warren County School District in 2011. Prior to his first position in the WSD, he taught middle school math in the Pattonville School District and worked as an Assistant Principal in the Joplin School District. “I am looking forward to being an active part of the community and continuing the tradition of academic excellence in the Wentzville School District,” said Dr. Klinginsmith.

Schools Out for the Summer!

What a great ending to another wonderful school year. When asked how she planned to spend the summer, Brielle, a kindergarten student at Discovery Ridge Elementary shared that she actually had a summer "bucket list" that included trips to the pool and to Build a Bear Workshop. Seventh graders in Team 7B took up a collection at South Middle School so their fellow students could enjoy a snow cone on their last day.  It was a fantastic end to another great year. A big shout out to all WSD staff and students who worked so hard to make it just that!


 Timberland Named to U.S. News & World Report
Best High Schools List
 

Timberland High School in the Wentzville School District has been named among the nation’s top high schools by U.S. News & World Report in their annual Best High School Rankings.  Timberland received a Bronze medal rating, and is among only 182 Missouri High Schools to be named to the prestigious list. More than 29,000 public high schools were reviewed for the rankings in 50 states and the District of Columbia. This is the second time in the past three years Timberland has made the list.

To determine the Best High Schools national rankings, schools were first analyzed at the state level in terms of student performance on reading and math assessments.  After the initial state analysis, high schools were then eligible to be ranked nationally as determined by student/teacher ratios and college readiness.  U.S. News determines the degree to which schools prepare students for college-level work by analyzing student success in Advanced Placement (AP) courses and/or the International Baccalaureate program.  The Wentzville School District is one of only six districts in the nation to appear on the AP Honor Roll for five consecutive years. The WSD has been honored for increasing the number of AP courses offered in high school while simultaneously improving student performance on the AP tests.

“This award is a reflection of our hardworking students and exceptional staff we have here at Timberland,” Principal Dr. Nathan Hoven said. “I am confident THS will continue to be an example of excellence as we strive to prepare students for success after high school.”

Camie's Literacy Group Makes Annual Book Donation for WSD Students

Over 3,600 elementary students in the WSD received a free book this month thanks to the efforts and vision of a grandmother and educator. Faith Gardner, who works as a diagnostician for the District, is the founder of Camie’s Literacy Group (CLG). She established the group almost six years ago after being inspired by her granddaughter Camie’s love of reading. Gardner says the idea that all children don’t have access to age-appropriate books at home was unacceptable to her, so she enlisted the help of her family, friends and coworkers in order to get CLG off the ground in 2009. That year, CLG provided a free book for every kindergarten, first and second grader enrolled at Heritage Primary. Since that time, the non-profit has donated over 18,000 books for District students to take home and keep as their own. >>>FULL STORY

 Graduation Ceremonies are This Weekend
The WSD will hold high school graduation ceremonies for the Class of 2015 at the Family Arena in St. Charles on Sunday, June 7th. Nearly 900 seniors from Holt and Timberland will graduate and receive their diplomas, and the 10,000 seat Family Arena will allow WSD graduates to bring as many guests as they like. Collectively, WSD seniors have been awarded over $13.5 million in scholarships from institutes of higher learning.The graduation ceremony for Timberland High School will begin at 2:00 p.m. and the ceremony for Holt High School will begin at 6:30 p.m. No admission ticket is required, and doors will open at 1:00 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. respectively to begin seating. Parking is free, and guests are asked to enter through Gates 1 and 2. The Family Arena is located 1½ miles south of the 5th Street Exit off Interstate 70, at 2002 Arena Parkway St. Charles, MO 63303. Congratulations to all our graduating seniors!
 WSD Students Earn Fire Truck Rides to School
for Excellent Attendance

The WSD and the Wentzville Fire Protection District (WFPD) teamed up again this year to reward elementary students who have excellent attendance and have laid the groundwork for future success. During the last full week of school, one lucky fifth grader from each elementary school in the WSD got a ride to school on a WFPD fire truck as a reward for their K-5 attendance and achievement. As an annual event, this celebration is intended to inspire all elementary students to achieve perfect attendance if possible. Here is the list of District students who were selected for the distinction this year:

  • Boone Trail – Morgan Hovis
  • Crossroads – Jacob Smith
  • Discovery Ridge – Ella Mossman
  • Duello – Nathan MacArthur
  • Green Tree – Andrew Bontrager
  • Heritage – Hailey Spiekerman
  • Lakeview – Sydney Cowan
  • Peine Ridge – Emily Oakes
  • Prairie View – Allyson Schniepp

Ten-year old Hailey Spiekerman has missed only one day of school in the last six years and she was the lucky student who rode to Heritage Intermediate on a WFPD fire truck. “I think it was a really good experience to not miss school throughout my elementary years, because I didn’t have to miss any assignments and lessons,” shared Hailey. “This way I could improve my skills and I think it is why I was on “A” Honor Roll for 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade. It was also my goal because my brother hasn’t missed a day of school either and I was trying to keep up with him. My brother, Zane, inspires me because he set an example of how perfect attendance affects your ability to get good grades.”

In order to have comprehensive public safety, our community’s first responders have to be present, day in and day out. In order to have a comprehensive public education, students need to be present, day in and day out. “Multiple studies have indicated that there is a direct correlation between good student attendance and good student achievement,” said Mary LaPak, WSD Director of Community Relations.  “We are grateful to our friends and community partners in the WFPD for assisting us in rewarding our exceptional students in a very special way.”


 Timberland Student Selected for
UMSL STARS Program

Timberland High School junior Noah Angeles has been selected along with 66 other St. Louis area high school students for the 2015 Students and Teachers as Research Scientists (STARS) program at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. The annual six-week summer program is for academically talented high school juniors and seniors, and pairs them with top research mentors from Saint Louis University, Washington University and UMSL. Noah will be working with Dr. Alexei Demchenko, Curators’ Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry at UMSL on researching synthetic carbohydrates as modern anti-cancer pharmaceuticals. For many of the participants, working in labs with top scientists is the most important event in their decision to pursue a career in science. >>>FULL STORY
 WMS Loud and Proud Choirs Win 
First Place at Six Flags Music Festival

Members of the Wentzville Middle School (WMS) “Loud and Proud” choirs brought home five trophies (including three First Place!) from the 2015 Six Flags St. Louis Music Festival where they performed on Saturday, May 2nd. More than 30 high school, middle school and elementary school bands and choirs competed in a variety of categories at the annual event which draws groups from schools across the Midwest. One hundred and seventy five WMS students, performed in three events under the direction of Christina Wilson Smith. The Men’s Choir, Women’s Choir and a Mixed Choir all received First Place. In addition, the choir as a whole won the Overall Vocal Trophy, and  the "Esprit De Corps" trophy which is given to a school choir, band or orchestra that displays team spirit and respect to every one they come into contact with. "Wentzville Middle School has a lot to be proud of," said Wilson Smith. "This was really a banner year for us!"

 WSD Summer Library Hours
District schools will open their doors for students to check out and return books again this summer in order to promote literacy and encourage students to continue reading during the summer months. Summer reading is proven to maintain and possibly even advance reading levels of children and help prepare them for back to school in the fall. In addition to holding summer library hours, many District librarians are planning fun activities and coordinating summer reading challenges to encourage and reward young readers. For a complete list of summer hours by school, visit the District website
 Two THS Students Win Cuivre River Scholarship

Timberland juniors Krista Krekeler and Alyssa Shields have been selected as two of 12 finalists in the 2015 Youth Tour essay contest sponsored by Cuivre River Electric Cooperative! Their essays were selected out of 387 entries from 20 area high schools by a panel of judges based on cooperative knowledge, composition, originality, grammar and neatness. Krista and Alyssa recited their essays at the Cuivre River Youth Tour Banquet last month. The local contest is now in its 47th year. “Our program’s success can be attributed to the overwhelming support we receive from our high school teachers,” said Cuivre River Communication Specialist Lonnie Tucker. Timberland’s Jeremy Boesch and Kevin Porter were among area teachers honored at the banquet as well. Krista and Alyssa will both receive a $250 scholarship to the college or university of their choice. 


 WSD 5th Grader Participates in 
Special Olympics Torch Run

On May 27 the Special Olympics Torch Run and the “Flame of Hope” came through downtown Wentzville. Boone Trail Elementary 5th Grade student and Special Olympic athlete Patrick Corcoran carried the torch, walking beside several Wentzville police officers including Acting Chief of Police Kevin Pyatt and D.A.R.E Officer Mary Wheeler.  What began in 1986 as a 30-mile run is now a four-day relay covering more than 950 miles with 1,000 runners.  It originates in more than 40 locations and culminates at the site of the State Summer Games in Springfield, MO. The Torch Run is more than a run; it is a campaign to raise awareness and funds for Special Olympics. Special Olympics transforms lives through the joy of sport, every day, everywhere.  Special Olympics is the largest sports organization: with nearly four million athletes in more than 170 countries – nearly 16,500 of them here in Missouri.  For 40 years, Special Olympics has been spreading the message:  “People with intellectual disabilities can - and will - succeed when given the chance.”

 Vendor Registration Has Opened for 2015
Back to School Fair

Registration is now open for the Wentzville School District's 2015 Back to School Fair! This year's Fair has been scheduled for Saturday, August 8th from 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. at Holt High School.

The event is open to businesses and community groups as a means to reach our families in one place at one time. It is also intended to help our lower income families as we distribute thousands of dollars worth of free school supplies at the event. Last year we had over 3,000 people attend! >>>MORE INFORMATION

 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 WSDefficient@wentzville.k12.mo.us with your ideas. 
WSD is Switching to Google for Education Email

Beginning July 1st, the WSD will be switching their email and calendar system from GroupWise to Google Apps for Education (also known as Gmail, designed for Education). With this switch, teachers will have a more seamless integration to Calendar, Google Drive, and more, which are already in use. All staff emails will change to (first and last name)@wsdr4.org.
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!

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.
WSD Notice of Non-Discrimination 

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