What a great first day of school we had around the Wentzville School District! Our staff worked hard over the summer on Professional Development, and our students came back ready to learn.
The WSD would like to welcome all our new faculty (the District hired more than 90 new teachers!), staff and administrators. We appreciate all the hard work our employees have done over the summer to ensure that we are well prepared for the new school year.
WSD enrollment continues to climb, more than 600 new students are enrolled around the District this year. We will certainly retain our title as the fastest growing school district in Missouri!
|WSD's Katherine Schack Selected as a Finalist for Presidential Teaching Award
Katherine Schack, who taught 1st grade last year at Lakeview Elementary, has been selected as a finalist for the 2014 Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST). The award is the highest recognition that a K-12 mathematics or science teacher may receive for outstanding teaching in the United States. "I feel so honored and blessed to have been selected as a state finalist. For as long as I can remember, I have always had a passion for math and an even greater desire to share that passion with others,” said Schack, one of only three educators in Missouri to be chosen as a state finalist in mathematics. “This recognition is not just about what I am doing in the classroom but about the amazing things we have going on all around our district.” >>>FULL STORY
|...for the 2014-2015 School Year:
LATE START DAYS FOR PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
Don't forget, this Monday, August 18th is our first late start day for WSD middle and high schools!
The 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. All afternoon buses will drop off students at the regular time. District elementary schools are not affected by the late start schedule.
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 “email@example.com” 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!
New Security Features at Building Entrances
The Wentzville school District is in the process of installing new security Aiphone systems in all District schools and buildings. Each school will have a camera monitoring system at the main entrance, and during school hours visitors will have to be “buzzed in” by the office staff. Visitors will be asked to identify themselves and show picture ID before being allowed into the building.
As soon as the Aiphone security system is operational in any WSD building, these new entry procedures will be in effect. The safety of our students and staff is always a top priority of the WSD, so please be patient as the implementation of these new security measures may increase the time it takes to enter a school during the instructional day.
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.
The WSD has built NINE new schools in the past 15 years and during that time, enrollment has grown by nearly 9,000 students!
|Fourth Annual Back to School Fair Helps Hundreds of Families with School Supplies
Thanks to everyone for another great Back to School Fair! We had thousands of people attend at Holt High School on Saturday, August 9th! The Fair has really grown in the four years since we started the event, and this year was another huge success. We gave away over 1,600 bags filled with school supplies to our students! In addition, MoCHIP processed over 230 free child ID kits for students, including their 200,000th kit.
The Back to School Fair has become a valuable resource for our families who need assistance with their back to school supplies, and the event would not be possible without the support of the community, WSD staff and volunteers.
Special thanks to our Corporate Sponsors of this year’s Back to School Fair:
Jin Jung Kwan Hapkido
Additional thanks to the following for their donations:
Purple Peg Learning Center
Farmers Insurance – Susan Jorens
Alternative Behavioral Care
Cover Missouri Coalition
Urgent Care for Kids
Ranken Technical College
National Information Solutions Cooperative (NISC)
Barb McCulloch and LSL Monday Night Ladies Golf League
Members of Crosshaven Church
Jim & Kathy Twellman
USA Mortgage/Blondin Group
|WSD "Teacher of the Year" Jeremy Boesch to Serve as Grand Marshal of Wabash Days Parade
Timberland High School English teacher Jeremy Boesch has been selected to serve as the Honorary Grand Marshal of the Wabash Days Community Club Parade on Saturday, August 23rd. Mr. Boesch was selected as the Wentzville School District “Teacher of the Year” for the 2013-14 school year. Mr. Boesch has taught at Timberland since 2005, and has served as the English Language Arts (ELA) department chair for the past six years. He has helped write the District ELA curriculum and aligned the Advanced Placement (AP) English curriculum with the AP Language and Composition and AP Literature and Composition curriculum.
Wabash Days, now in its 11th year, is a celebration of Wentzville’s history and railroad heritage. The parade starts at noon on Saturday, August 23rd, and the marching bands from Holt, Timberland, and now Liberty High School will also participate in the parade. The parade will start at the Wentzville Community Club and move east onto West Main and proceed to Linn where it will turn left, crossing the railroad tracks, turn right onto Pearce and then turn left onto Luetkenhaus Blvd. and end at the American Legion Hall.
|Freshmen at Holt and Timberland Welcomed by Link Crew to Help Ease Transition to High School
Members of Holt and Timberland’s freshmen classes teamed up with upperclassmen at Freshman Orientation August 7th as part of Link Crew, a program aimed at helping students with their transition to high school. More than 100 upperclassmen from both school’s junior and senior classes greeted freshmen and welcomed them to their new school as part of the program. “The purpose of Link Crew is to successfully transition students from the middle school setting into the high school setting through three fundamental needs: safety, information and connection,” explained Holt Activities Director Ben Hebisen. Link Crew creates a structure that connects every incoming freshman with an upperclassmen from the first day of high school and continues throughout the whole year. These upperclassmen serve as mentors and encourage freshmen to participate in school events and activities, concentrate on the importance of academics and bonding with the whole student body. This, in return, creates a positive and spirited community culture that is driven by students themselves. Almost 600 freshmen from Holt and Timberland participated in the program. The mentors were selected from hundreds of juniors and seniors who applied at each school to help with the program, and they gave up four days over the summer to come in for training.
|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 month. Any snacks donated in those bins will go to WSD students who need them. The SIMPLE Giving Campaign for Back to School Snacks will run through August 20th. For more information visit the Champions for Kids website.
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.