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2016-17 Teachers of the Year
Congratulations to our WSD Teachers of the Year! District schools each announced their Teacher of the Year recipient for 2016-17 in conjunction with American Education Week November 13-20. Candidates are judged on the respect and admiration of students, parents and colleagues. Selection is also based on their ability to inspire and educate students of all backgrounds and abilities. On December 15th, the DISTRICT Teacher of the Year will be announced at the Board of Education meeting. American historian Henry Adams once said, “A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops.” How fortunate we are to have so many exceptional educators in the WSD!
 
 
Lakeview Receives $2,000 Library Grant
 
Lakeview Elementary has received a $2,000 grant from bestselling author James Patterson to support its school library. First grade teacher Amy Hoffman applied for the grant and Lakeview was selected from thousands of applicants. “I applied for this grant for our amazing Lakeview students and teachers,” said Hoffman. “Lakeview is still a relatively new school and our library continues to grow. I applied hoping to provide additional resources for guided, shared and independent reading and I was deeply moved when I found out we received it!” In addition, Scholastic Reading Club will match each dollar of Patterson’s donation with “bonus points” that teachers can use to acquire books and other materials for their classrooms.
 
 
WSD Participates in Annual Holiday Parade
 
On December 4th, the WSD and the holiday school bus took part in the annual Wentzville Holiday Tree Lighting and Parade to the delight of hundreds who lined the streets of the parade route. As a special treat this year, “Elf on a Shelf” (Christy Cameron) rode on the top of the bus distributing candy to families along the way. Thanks so much to David Wilson and the Transportation Department for such a great job of decorating the bus once again this year!

The event started with the Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony at the intersection of Pearce and Luetkenhaus Boulevard. There was live musical entertainment at Pete's Drive-In provided by the Heritage Harmonizers and Mayor Nick Guccione performed the official tree lighting across the boulevard. The Holt Drum line helped lead the parade, the Heritage PTA, Liberty Key Club, Duello Girl Scouts and Holt Key Club all participated along with other parents, students and staff as well. Walking along with the bus throwing candy to the crowd were Dr. Curtis Cain, Dr. Gregg Klinginsmith, Dr. Nathan Hoven, David Wilson and members of the Transportation Department, along with Mary LaPak and Kathy DeLaquil from Community Relations. The parade ended at the fire department with hot chocolate and cookies and a visit with Santa. It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!
 
WSD Students Participate in Hour of Code
 
Students across the District joined millions of other K-12 students learning computer code as part of Computer Science Education Week December 5-11. "Hour of Code" is a global campaign designed to get students interested in computer science.

Hour of Code offers web-based lessons in computer coding that are aimed at every age group. Schools held Hour of Code sessions, had guest speakers, and students have also been logging on at home. “This year, the Hour of Code website has some awesome new activities for high school students including a photo booth app development game and tutorial on how to create digital art,” said Kelly Oliva, Liberty High School librarian. “The hope is that more students will realize that coding isn’t just for geniuses and more young people will consider pursuing education in computer science.”

Computer science develops students' computational and critical thinking skills and shows them how to create, not simply use, new technologies. "These days there is no greater opportunity than to change the world through technology. Technology is about medicine, about energy, about space research," said Hadi Partovi, founder and CEO of Code.org, a Seattle-based national nonprofit that works to expand access to computer science and increase participation by women and minorities. For more information, or to help your child log on, visit Code.org.
 
LHS Scholar Team Wins Rookie of the Year at World Quest Competition
 
Four Liberty High School students in the Wentzville School District competed in the 15th annual WorldQuest Competition held on November 3rd at Webster University. Muhammad Alasgarli, Nicholas Raphael, Cameron Dierks and Adrian Przezdziecki made up the LHS team which finished ninth out of 29 schools and was named Rookie of the Year.

WorldQuest is a high school knowledge competition where dozens of high schools from the St. Louis and Metro East area compete for a chance to represent the St. Louis region in the national competition next April in Washington D.C. The competition consisted of 7 rounds of 10 questions each and the school that answered the most questions correctly after the 7 rounds was declared the winner.
 
WSD Launches New Corporate Mentor Program for Juniors & Seniors Beginning Next Year
The WSD is launching a new hands-on learning experience for high school students called Ignite! beginning in the fall of 2017. The new program will provide students with valuable off-campus opportunities to work with mentors, engage in real-world problem solving and make professional connections in the workplace in our community.

The new program will be available to about thirty WSD juniors and seniors who will go through an application process in order to participate. Ignite! will launch initially with two different strands: Health Care Academy (in partnership with BJC Healthcare) and Start Up/Business Solutions where students will work with mentors to create a start-up venture or work to solve a problem for a local business.

"Ignite takes everything students have learned in the classroom and applies it to an authentic work environment," said Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment Dr. Gregg Klinginsmith. "Students will interact closely with local professionals in the field and will learn the 'soft skills' needed in the industry. These authentic experiences will propel students to the top of the list down the road for any organization looking for an excellent employee."

Stay tuned for more information about this great opportunity for WSD students!
 
 
Kindergarten Registration Dates Set
 
Dates have been set for the WSD's kindergarten registration/screening process. This event is for all children who will turn five BEFORE August 1, 2017. If your child has not been screened at the Parents as Teachers office or his/her preschool this year, appointments are required and can be made by contacting the Parents as Teachers office at 327-3863, ext. 22281.

Screening appointments are filled on a first come, first served basis. While every effort will be made to accommodate you at your child’s school, it is a possibility that you may be required to have a screening at another elementary school in the district. Once the boundaries are finalized for the 2017-18 school year, your child’s completed records will be transferred to the school your child is slated to attend. For more information, please visit the District website.
 
 
Prop E Progress as Promised
PROGRESS AS PROMISED...In April, 2015, voters approved Proposition E which generated approximately $50 million in construction projects to accommodate the WSD's continued enrollment growth. To view the status of Prop E projects, visit the WSD website. #WSDcommunity  
 


Just a friendly reminder that December 21st is an early release day for grades K-12 and there is no school December 22nd through January 3rd. Classes resume on January 4th!
Holiday Assistance Program Still Seeking Donors
Each year in December, the WSD Holiday Assistance Program helps to provide gifts for students whose families are in need. Presently, we have 350 families and nearly 1,000 children in need of assistance and most of those families have been adopted by our generous WSD families, employees, student groups and community members. A few families still remain and we could use your help! For more information, please visit our WSD website or contact Kathy DeLaquil or Mary LaPak in Community Relations. #WSDcares
K-6 Plan for Growth Boundary Update
The Boundary Committee has completed its work on a K-6 Boundary Proposal for the Board of Education.

The Boundary Committee met twice in October to review public comments and updated enrollment numbers in relation to the two draft scenarios the Committee had developed for the 2017-18 school year to accommodate two new schools and the shift to K-6 elementary buildings. The Committee collectively decided to move ahead with one draft boundary scenario and made modifications based on both public feedback and the latest enrollment data.

The resulting Boundary recommendation will be made to the Board of Education at the December 15th meeting. Community members are permitted to speak during Open Forum at the beginning of the Board meeting. You must be a WSD resident or employee in order to speak and you will be limited to three minutes. The Open Forum session is 15 minutes, so if more than five people sign up to speak on the same topic, they will be asked to appoint a spokesperson in order to permit time for others to be heard on different topics. If you wish to speak, you must sign up in person beginning at 8am on the day of the board meeting up until the start of the meeting at 7:00 p.m.

A special thank you to each of the Boundary Committee members who worked countless hours since March drafting this Boundary Proposal and communicating with stakeholders. They did an exceptional job and we appreciate their time and talent in this important endeavor. Everyone involved in the process understands this is a very personal and significant change for some WSD families. We respect that, and we are confident that our caring staff will ensure a smooth transition for affected students and their families. “Each WSD school is exceptional,” said Superintendent Dr. Curtis Cain. “At the end of the day, all WSD students will be in a school where the bar is set high and where our phenomenal educators will ensure every child has the tools they need to be successful.”
Inclement Weather Reminders
Timely communication with our 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
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 Kathy DeLaquil.

TV/Radio
KTVI - TV Channel 2
KMOV - TV Channel 4
KSDK - TV Channel 5
KMOX Radio 1120 AM
KWRE Radio 730 AM 
KFAV Radio 99.9 FM


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


Facebook and Twitter


WSD App Push Notification
The WSD also has an app you can download and choose to follow your child's school. The app is 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.
Boone Trail Student Honored for CPR Advocacy
 
Boone Trail Elementary 5th grade student Kylie Smith recently received a Mission Impact Award for Advocacy from the American Heart Association. Kylie received the award for her work in helping get the CPR in high schools legislation passed by testifying before multiple Senate and House Committees and sharing firsthand accounts of why CPR is an essential life-skill for students to learn. Over 60,000 students will receive this life-saving training in the first year, thanks to Kylie's dedication and advocacy.
WSD Announces First Ever Film Festival
The WSD is holding its first ever Film Festival in the spring for students in kindergarten through 12th grade. Students are encouraged to submit videos on topics they are passionate about. The deadline for for entries is February 27th and additional information can be found at www.wentzvillefilmfestival.com. #WSDlearns
Do you have a cost saving suggestion?
The WSD welcomes stakeholder input on how the District can be more efficient. If you have a suggestion to share, please email WSDefficient@wsdr4.org with your idea(s). Thank you!
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