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Board of Education Votes to Move Three Candidates Forward to Fill Vacant Board Seat

The WSD Board of Education voted this evening to move three candidates forward for interviews to fill an open seat vacated last month by Board of Education (BOE) Director Kenneth Mayer. During a Special Meeting conducted this evening (November 3rd), the Board chose Kurtis Daniels, Sherry Cox and Donna Wadsworth Brown to move forward for interviews after reviewing 15 applications for the open seat.

According to District policy, when a vacancy occurs on the Board of Education, the remaining members will – by majority vote – select an individual to fill the vacant position until the next annual school election which is scheduled for April 5, 2016.


A special Board meeting will be held on November 10th at 5:00 p.m. to interview the finalists and select an individual to fill the vacancy. Interviews will be conducted in open session and the public is welcome to attend.

The Board voted to accept Mayer’s resignation at the October 15th meeting. In a letter addressed to Board President Dale Schaper, Mayer resigned effective November 1st “due to a move that will take my family outside the district boundaries."

All applications can be viewed in the November 3rd Board Packet and Addendum posted on the District website.

 WSD Scores 95.4% on
State Report Card

The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) has released the Annual Performance Report (APR) data for school districts around the state. The Wentzville School District scored 95.4% in the new evaluation system. Now in its third year, the new APR is part of the Missouri School Improvement Plan (MSIP 5), a more rigorous evaluation tool for rating the performance of Missouri school districts.  

The standard of MSIP 5 measures five areas: Academic Achievement, Subgroup Achievement, College and Career Readiness, Attendance, and Graduation Rate. MSIP 5 is used to distinguish the performance of schools and districts in valid, accurate and meaningful ways so that districts in need of improvement can receive appropriate support and interventions, and highperforming districts can be recognized as models of excellence. >>>READ MORE

Kim Eckelkamp Honored by City of Wentzville for Outstanding Contributions to the Community

Wentzville Middle School sixth grade teacher Kim Eckelkamp has received recognition from the City of Wentzville and the Wentzville Board of Aldermen for her outstanding contributions to the community. Wentzville Mayor Nick Guccione and Alderman Linda Wright surprised Eckelkamp last week and presented her with a Certificate of Recognition for her contributions to the community over the last decade. 


Eckelkamp has been a partner in the GM Global Rivers Environmental Education Network with General Motors Wentzville Assembly and the City of Wentzville since 2003.  She has been instrumental in coordinating stream investigations and her students have led civic action projects that increase understanding, appreciation, and stewardship of our natural resources.  "Mrs. Eckelkamp’s students have been inspired and challenged to become active citizens by tackling real-world water quality issues in our community," shared Mayor Guccione from the proclamation.

The Certificate of Recognition was presented in honor of “Make a Difference Day,” the largest national day of community service, which is celebrated the fourth Saturday of October each year.

 THS Senior Elected as DECA District VP

Timberland senior Laurel McCandless has been selected as the DECA District 6 Vice President for the 2015-16 school year.  State officers were elected and installed during the Missouri DECA Fall Leadership and State Officer Election Conference held Oct. 18-19 in Lake Ozark, MO. The annual state conference was attended by more than 780 high school marketing students and their teachers, including 62 from Holt, Liberty and Timberland.

The newly elected officers were determined on the basis of their written test, screening and nominating committee interview, and number of ballots cast by the voting delegates after delivering their campaign speech during the election session. Serving as a state officer provides DECA members the opportunity to develop their leadership skills and professionalism that is essential for a successful career. Laurel plans on attending the University of Missouri – Columbia to possibly study business marketing or public relations.

DECA is an international association of high school students studying marketing, finance, hospitality and management. Missouri DECA ranks eighth in the nation in membership with more than 8,500 members. There are 12 DECA districts and 155 DECA chapters in Missouri. For more information, please visit the DECA website at www.deca.org.

 K-6 Plan for Growth Presentations

WSD Administration and Board members are continuing presentations about the change to K-6 at school PTA/PTO meetings. The WSD Board of Education (BOE) has voted to move ahead with a plan to build an 11th elementary school partially using funds from reserves, and move all elementary buildings to K-6 for the school year beginning 2017-18. Here is a list of the remaining meeting dates and times if you would like to attend and hear the presentation:

November 4th - 6:00 p.m. at South Middle
November 5th - 6:30 p.m. at Discovery Ridge
November 9th - 2:45 p.m. at Frontier Middle
November 12th - 6:30 p.m. at Wentzville Middle

WSD Holds Project Lead the Way Career Fair at St. Charles Community College

Over 900 high school students in the Wentzville School District participated in a two-day Project Lead The Way (PLTW) Career Fair held October 12 and 13 at St. Charles Community College. The fair featured over 30 presenters from companies that included Boeing, Enterprise Holdings, Monsanto, Pfizer and National Information Solutions Cooperative (NISC).  PLTW offers students a hands-on curriculum that incorporates science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) into real life projects and includes a career exploration component which prompted the District’s first PLTW Career Fair in 2012.

“This was my third year attending the Career Fair,” shared Liberty junior Madison Armstrong. “I have learned so much about different jobs within the medical field and how there are so many different specialties within one career.  It is also a great opportunity to connect with many people which will enable me to possibly shadow them to see if that is the career I would like to pursue.”  Madison shared that she is considering a career in pharmacology.

Holt, Liberty and Timberland have all received national certification for their PLTW courses that include Biomedical Sciences, Human Body Systems, Principles of Engineering, Civil Engineering and Architecture, Aerospace, Computer Science, and Software Engineering. PLTW has been offered in the Wentzville School District since 2007. “The Career Fair is an excellent opportunity for our high school students to explore a variety of STEM-related professions all in one place,” said Curriculum Coordinator Dr. Karen Hill. “We appreciate the support of our local businesses and universities that bring their professions to life for our students.”


 WSD School Naming Contest
The Board of Education has approved a naming contest for the new Early Childhood building on Hanley Road. WSD students of any age may enter the contest. Contest entries will be accepted through December 1, 2015 and may be turned in to your school office or dropped off at Central Office.
NAMING CONTEST FORM>>>
WSD Schools Recognized for Raising Over $61,500 for American Heart Association this Year

WSD schools were recognized before the Board of Education last month for having raised over $61,500 through Jump Rope for Heart, Hoops for Heart, and Dodge Ball for Heart fundraising activities in 2015!  Discovery Ridge Elementary was number ten in the state for Jump Rope for Heart, raising over $13,000 which makes their two-year total $22,500. Boone Trail Elementary was number ten in the state for Hoops for Heart, raising over $7,300. Through the fundraisers, the WSD earned a record number of US Game Vouchers ($5,250) for PE equipment for our schools. These fundraising efforts not only help keep our students fit, they also help teach them about giving and helping others in our community. 

 
 New WSD Videos Explain School Finances 
Thanks to our friends at Education Plus, the WSD is pleased to share two new videos explaining how tax revenue is used and how school financing works. The WSD is always working to make the most of every dollar by monitoring expenditures and examining ways to reduce costs.  The Average Daily Attendance (ADA) spending in the WSD is below the state average, and the lowest of any school district in the County. This year our student MAP scores are in the top 10% in Missouri for the sixth consecutive year, which means we spend less to achieve more, and that’s a lot of educational bang for the buck!
WSD Days at the Dome Benefits WSD Foundation

Purchase tickets to see the Rams take on the Arizona Cardinals and a portion of your ticket price will benefit the WSD Foundation which supports teacher grants and senior scholarships each year in the WSD.  Don't miss this opportunity to see the Rams in action as you help support the WSD Foundation and ultimately WSD students! 


 Communication Reminders

PEACHJAR

WSD parents do not need an account with Peachjar to receive flyers electronically. However, if you would like to change your settings as to how often you receive flyers, you will need to register and set up a username and password in order to do so. If you choose not to receive the flyers at all, you can opt out at the bottom of any email you receive from Peachjar. In addition, you can always view the current flyers for your school on your school website by clicking on the Peachjar button. 


DISTRICT PHONE CALLS / EMAILS / TEXTS

The WSD utilizes Blackboard and MarketVolt to send messages to parents and staff members. If you would like to customize how you receive messages (for example, you only want to receive texts and not calls or vice versa) you can contact the Community Relations Department and we will be happy to set those preferences for you. Call 636-327-3800 and ask for Community Relations or email Mary LaPak or Kathy DeLaquil.

WSD High Schools Finish the Competitive
Marching Season on a High Note

All three of our WSD high school marching bands finished the competition season on a high note. On October 24th, the Holt Marching Indians placed first in Class 3A and third overall at the Kansas City Championships Marching Festival at Blue Springs South High School in Blue Springs, Missouri. The Timberland Marching Wolves placed third in their class and sixth overall and received the Outstanding Drum Major Award at the Missouri State University Ozarko Marching Invitational in Springfield, Missouri. The Liberty Eagle Marching Band earned fourth place in Class 4A at the Champion of Champions Marching Competition at the University of Missouri - Columbia. 

Have you Downloaded
the New WSD App?

Over 4,700 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.



KMOV Channel 4 Highlights
WSD Farm to School Program
The WSD is all about serving fresh and healthy selections in our school cafes. KMOV aired a story last month about our Farm to School Program which enables the District to purchase fruits and vegetables from local farmers to serve to our students. You can view the story on the KMOV website.

 Martin Luther King
Coloring, Drawing, and Essay Contest

Students in all grades are invited to enter a coloring, drawing and essay contest sponsored by the Wentzville Martin Luther King Jr. Committee this fall.  The 2016 theme is “The time is Always Right to do What is Right.” The committee organizes the parade and celebration each year at Holt High School on MLK day in January. Winners will be chosen and announced at the celebration.

For more information, visit the District website
B&B Theatres Opens This Weekend - Free Popcorn and
All Donations will Benefit WSD Foundation!
 



 Camie's Literacy Group Trivia Night
Camie's Literacy Group (CLG) is a non-profit group that has donated over 18,000 new books for WSD K-2 students over the last six years. The organization was established in 2009 by WSD diagnostician Faith Gardner after being inspired by her granddaughter Camie's love of reading. CLG’s mission, according to Gardner, is to “encourage the love of reading books in young children. To this aim we dedicate ourselves to the goal of obtaining and distributing an appropriate new book to every kindergarten, first and second grade student in the district.”  Trivia Night is CLG's sole annual fundraiser used to purchase new books that will be distributed to WSD students in May. Please consider putting together a table for this great event. 
 
WSD Alumni Corner


The Marching Wolves had a chance to see Timberland Band Alum ('12) and Missouri State University Pride Band Head Drum Major, Ben Todd, at the Ozarko Marching Invitational on October 24. 

Ben is currently a senior music education major.
 

If you would like to submit information about a WSD alumnus, please send photo and information to Kathy DeLaquil in Community Relations.
 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@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.

WSD Notice of Non-Discrimination 
Print Releaf Update
Our new Print Releaf program started on October 1st and to date our paper consumption (4,173,210)  has generated the planting of 500 trees in the Dominican Republic. For more information, visit www.printreleaf.com




 

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