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 WSD Celebrates Patriot Day
Students across the Wentzville School District participated in the annual Patriot Day Celebration to remember the lives lost on 9/11 and to honor first responders and community service providers. Both Crossroads Elementary and Heritage Intermediate held large-scale events this year, while other schools observed a moment of silence and discussed the historic significance of the events on 9/11.  In addition, all past and present military personnel and first responders were eligible for free admission to football games at Holt, Liberty, and Timberland on 9/11. >>>READ MORE

 WSD Announces
Pending Land Purchase for New School

The WSD has announced the proposed purchase of 31.1 acres on Highway Z in Wentzville. The land sits near the northwest entrance of the Stone Meadows development at Perry Cate Boulevard. "We are very pleased that this purchase is moving forward," said Superintendent Dr. Curtis Can. "The location of the land serves our needs as that area is the fastest growing segment of our District." The WSD continues to be the fastest growing district in the state, adding on average between 500 and 600 new students each year since 2001. 

The pending purchase of the land is contingent on zoning and development approval through the City of Wentzville and access approval by the Missouri Department of Transportation. The District hopes to close on the land purchase in November or December and begin construction in the spring.
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 Board of Education Plans for Growth


The WSD Board of Education has examined year round school and a K-6 elementary model to accommodate our continued growth and to avoid returning to taxpayers for an additional tax increase in the next year or so. The BOE held two open work sessions in June and August to discuss ideas and have moved away from year-round school and cycles as a viable option at this point for the WSD. Board members have focused their discussions on the possibility of building an 11th elementary school on land the District already owns on Duenke Road in Wentzville and funding it primarily from our healthy reserves.

The idea is that the 11th elementary school would be built simultaneously with the 10th elementary planned on Highway Z. The passing of Proposition E last spring, along with revenue from higher assessments and the District's continued fiscal responsibility make this option possible. The WSD does not have enough funds available for a new middle school, but building two new elementary schools and going to a K-6 model would open up much needed space at our middle schools, providing the District time before having to go to the voters again to build a new school. The BOE will ultimately decide if curriculum and course offerings for 6th grade students would remain the same with this option. 

The WSD continues to be the fastest growing school District in the state, having added over 550 students from this time last year. The additional elementary school and the K-6 option are on the agenda for this week's BOE meeting on Thursday, September 17th at 7:00 p.m.
WSD Receives Grant from MasterCard
For Telementor Program

The Wentzville School District (WSD) has announced that it received a grant from MasterCard to support the International Telementor Program (ITP). The $27,400 grant will fund the opportunity for more than 350 students that are working on STEM and entrepreneurship projects with industry professionals, many of whom are MasterCard employee volunteers. 

“MasterCard continues to be a great partner for the Wentzville School District,” said Superintendent Dr. Curtis Cain. “Their generosity has enabled us to enhance a variety of business/marketing and STEM-related course offerings. The Telementor Program provides our students with real-world industry connections, while enhancing their learning experience and opening the door to endless opportunities.” >>>Read More

 District-Wide Homecoming Parade

On September 26th we will host our first ever WSD Homecoming Parade that includes all three high schools.  A variety of unusual circumstances led homecoming at Timberland and Holt to be scheduled on the same day and rather than have separate parades, the schools got together and decided to hold one large parade in Wentzville which will include Liberty High School as well. This is an opportunity to bring our schools and our community together for a great event and we hope you will join us for the parade that day which will begin at 9:30 a.m. on Campus Drive and Pearce Boulevard, travel east on Pearce Boulevard and end at Luekenhaus Boulevard near the American Legion. 

Have you Downloaded
the New WSD App?

Over 2,600 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.


 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 Begins Automated Attendance Calls
Beginning this week, the WSD is utilizing its new mass communication system to send automated attendance calls. Parents will receive the call in the morning if their child is absent and a parent has not called in to report the absence. An evening call will also go out if the school has still not heard from a parent to excuse the absence by the end of the school day. Parents will receive an email and text as well as the call. Studies show that good attendance is directly linked to high student performance and the WSD encourages all students to strive to be in school.

As with our negative lunch balance calls and general reminder calls, parents have the option of setting their message delivery preferences by contacting the Community Relations Department at 636/327-3800 ext. 20357 or kathleendelaquil@wsdr4.org.
WSD Has Been Named to the Niche.com
2015 Best Places to Teach in Missouri List

The WSD has been named to the Niche.com 2015 Best Places to Teach in Missouri list! WSD ranks 20th on the list out of over 500 school districts in the state. The Best Places to Teach ranking provides a comprehensive assessment of the quality, support, and compensation a district provides to its teachers. According to the website, a high ranking indicates that the District contains “great schools with exceptional teachers who are offered excellent support and compensation, is invested in its teachers and provides a good environment for teaching and learning, and that the teachers are invested in the district and the students, and work to ensure the best outcomes for students.” >>>READ MORE
Presenters Needed for PLTW Career Fair 

The WSD is seeking professionals to inspire young men and women to pursue engineering, computer science, and technical fields.  The need for workers with these skills has never been greater.  We are looking for presenters to give a 30-minute presentation four to five times to different groups of students.  The days starts at 9:00 a.m. with students arriving at 9:30 a.m.  The last session ends at 1:30 p.m.  If you are interested, please contact Dr. Karen Hill at:  karenhill@wsdr4.org or complete the online formThank you for you support!


Engineering, Computer Science and Technical Career Fair

DATE:  October 12, 2015

LOCATION:  St. Charles Community College, 4601 Mid Rivers Mall Dr., Cottleville, MO 63376

TIME:  9:00 a.m. to 1:45 p.m.  (five sessions of 30 minutes each) 

 High School Dance Squads
Hold Clinics for K-8 Students

WSD high school dance teams are holding clinics for our youngest students that include an opportunity to perform at a high school game. These clinics also serve as fundraisers for the squads to help with fees associated with their competitions.

Holt Little Pommer Dance Clinic - September 19th

Timberland Elite Dance Team Clinic - October 10th

20th Annual Holt Cross Country Turkey Trot
& 2015 Holt Cross Country Homecoming Race
The Holt High School Cross Country team is sponsoring the 20th Annual Holt Cross Country Turkey Trot race on Wednesday, October 21. This race is for elementary and middle school children in the community.   Last year, over 300 kids participated and we hope to reach 350-400 kids this year. For race sign-up forms, please visit:  
Race Entry Form>>


The Wentzville Holt Cross Country Homecoming Race will be Saturday, September 26th, to lead off the Homecoming Parade. The Race is open to all WSD boys and girls in grades 4-8 and the cost is $10. For race sign-up forms, please visit:
Race Entry Form>>
Read Across The Globe
Shine a light on literacy!
Join readers from around the world on October 19th to shine a light on literacy!  
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WSD Alumni Corner

Holt '14 grad Airman First Class Jonathan Plumb surprised his sister Addie who is in 5th grade at Green Tree Elementary last week.  Plumb serves as a Military Firefighter and is deployed with the U.S. Air Force at Lakenheath Air Base near London, U.K. He is a 2014 graduate of Holt High School, having attended WSD schools since kindergarten at Green Tree, Frontier Middle, and Holt. Jon and Addie's mom is Leslie Plumb, Special Education teacher at FMS.  Airman Plumb answered a few questions from Mrs. Hennessey's class before the family left to continue their reunion. Thanks for your service, Airman Plumb!


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

 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 

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