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 Hester Menier Named National Elementary Art Educator of the Year

Duello Elementary art teacher Hester Menier has been named the 2015 National Art Education Association (NAEA) Western Region Elementary Art Educator of the Year. The award is presented annually to focus on exemplary art educators and to increase public awareness of the importance of quality art education. Key criteria for the award include commitment, activities involvement, honors and service, publications and/or exhibits, and outstanding teaching-related contributions and services.

Menier has taught in the Wentzville School District since 1999 and has been the art teacher at Duello since it opened in 2007. She has twice been selected as a building “Teacher of the Year” and in 2010 she was the first teacher in the District to achieve National Board Certification. Last year, Menier was named the Missouri Elementary Art Educator of the Year. “I am honored that the organization that has offered me so much support over the years would count me among the exemplary teachers in my region,” said Menier. “This honor lets me know that all of the time, effort and dedication I have put into my professional development, advocating for visual arts education and having high expectations for my students has been worth every minute!” Fellow teachers describe her as a role model, and an educator who is eager to continue learning and sharing for the benefit of her students. The award will be officially presented at the NAEA Conference which will be held March 26-28 in New Orleans, Louisiana.

  
“Proposition E” is a proposed
25 cent tax levy increase that will appear on the April 7th
 ballot to accommodate the continued enrollment growth of the Wentzville School District. For more information, see the
 
PROP E FAQs.

 District Moves Towards All Electronic
Delivery of Report Cards
In an effort to save costs and improve timely communication, the District will begin to send all report cards home electronically to parent email addresses on file. Lakeview Elementary will be the only exception and will continue to receive hard copies as they are participating in a pilot report card program. Parents of students in grades 6-12 will also receive progress reports electronically.

If a parent does not have an e-mail address on file, the report card will either be sent home with the child or it will be mailed home. If a parent does have an e-mail on file, but would still like a hard copy sent home, they need to contact their child's school office to make that request. Any requests to continue receiving hard copies must be made in writing (letter or email); no verbal requests will be accepted. 

Sending report cards home electronically is part of a larger District effort to save costs and be environmentally friendly at the same time. The WSD has saved tens of thousands of dollars (and hundreds of trees) by greatly reducing the amount of paper used around the District. Curriculum, handbooks, manuals, newsletters, pay stubs, leave requests, (and now report cards) that used to be printed are shared online or by email. Even the flyers that used to be sent home with students are now shared electronically with parents via Peachjar. The printing that is still done in our buildings is now double-sided by default, reducing those print needs by another 50%. It's good to BE GREEN and SAVE GREEN in the WSD!
 Kindergarten Registration and Screening Dates
Set for 2015-2016 School Year
Dates have been set for the Wentzville School District’s kindergarten registration/screening process. This event is for all children who will turn five years of age before August 1, 2015. If your child has not been screened by Parents as Teachers this year, appointments are required and can be made by contacting the Wentzville School District Parents as Teachers office at (636) 327-3863 ext. 22283. Screening appointments are filled on a first come, first served basis and fill up quickly. While every effort will be made to accommodate you at your child’s school, it is possible that your screening may need to be at another elementary school in the District.    >>>Full Story
 High School Teachers Work with Technology Coach to Transform Their Classrooms

Over 20 educators from Liberty, Holt and Timberland are participating in a unique professional development experience as they explore what a class transformed by technology looks like with the assistance of WSD Instructional Technology Coach Greg Lawrence.


Each teacher collaborates with Greg during their plan period once a month to discuss their past and/or future lessons.  They focus on a model called SAMR.  SAMR is an acronym for substitution, augmentation, modification, and redefinition.  Each level focuses on how technology is being used in the lesson to ensure that the technology is not simply just a transfer from the analog (paper copy) to the digital, but rather designing a lesson in a way that would not be possible without technology.   The teachers also participate in an online discussion each month through Google Classroom regarding education and technology in the classroom.


Teachers are transforming their classrooms through technology and creating memorable and relevant lessons for their students, here are some examples:

  • Students are using Google Maps (and Pegman) to look at perspective and then design/draw their own city that focuses on a culture of choice (Art);

  • Music Educators are working on assessments using Google Forms and Flubaroo to provide quick feedback for students (Music);

  • Teachers are utilizing Google Calendar for students to locate class homework assignments;

  • QR Codes are appearing around the schools and math students are using them for scavenger hunts;

  • AP Music Theory students are composing their own music on a Google Chromebook!

In 2009, the WSD began a recycling program with Republic Services in conjunction with the District's trash service. In those six years, the District recycled 173 tons of plastic, 90 tons of aluminum and 1401 tons of fiber/paper. Because we recycled over the last six years we have saved:

• $67,184 of trash removal costs 
• 6,587 cu./yd. of landfill space, which equals a football field stacked 6 yards high!
• 33,629 mature trees 
• 141,521 gallons of oil 
• 9,808,404 gallons of water 
• 8,296,288 kw-hr of electricity – enough to power 902 homes for a year!

All of our students, staff and parents should be proud of the huge environmental impact they created by recycling!


 WSD Foundation Trivia Night is February 28th
Proceeds Benefit Students and Teachers

The WSD Foundation provides thousands of dollars in teacher mini grants and student scholarships each year. Over $50,000 to date has been raised through the annual Trivia Night fundraiser. All are invited to participate and put together a table for this fun-filled evening! Entry fee is $160 table (maximum of eight players). To reserve your table, please pay in advance. For more information call 636-327-3800, ext. 20352.
>>>2015 Trivia Night Flyer

 Make checks payable to Wentzville School District Foundation 
and drop off or mail to: 

Mary LaPak 
One Campus Drive 
Wentzville, MO 63385
For more information, email marylapak@wentzville.k12.mo.us.


Liberty Students Win Video Competition

Congratulations to Liberty sophomores Jake DeNunzio and Ryan Sinkler for winning the 10th Annual Show-Me a Movie competition by EducationPlus. The digital story telling contest is for students in grades 2-12 in the the midwest. Jake and Ryan's video won in the "Distracted Driving" category and they will be honored at the Midwest Education Technology Community Conference on February 10th. Their winning video can be seen on YouTube

 WSD Inclement Weather/School
Closing Information

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

The Wentzville School District utilizes SchoolReach, a telephone broadcast system that allows school administrators to notify all households by phone within minutes of an emergency or unplanned event that causes early dismissal or school cancellation. The service may also be used occasionally by individual schools to communicate general announcements or reminders. Please be sure to notify the school office about any change in your personal contact information!

TV/Radio

When inclement weather causes the District to cancel school or dismiss classes early, please check the following television and radio stations for school closing information.

KTVI - TV Channel 2             KMOX Radio   1120 AM

KMOV - TV Channel 4           KWRE Radio 730 AM            

KSDK - TV Channel 5            KFAV  Radio 99.9 FM

These TV and radio stations also have web sites with the same school closing information. Look for the Wentzville R-IV School District. Please be advised that individual schools will not be listed separately, closings will always be listed as the Wentzville R-IV School District.

Website

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

WSD eNews

The District publishes an electronic newsletter called the WSD eNews that is emailed to parents/guardians who have students in our schools. This newsletter gives patrons information about what’s happening in the District that affects our students, families, and community. The WSD eNews also sends out information regarding emergency school closings. Community members can also sign up to receive the eNews. You can stop delivery at any time simply by clicking on the unsubscribe tab.

Facebook and Twitter

The WSD has its own Facebook page (Wentzville School District) be sure to “like” us! It's a great way to keep up to date with the latest happenings in the District, complete with pictures. You can also follow the District on Twitter, just search for WSDinfo. Both social media sites will be used not only to keep community members informed about the latest news in the District, but in the event of a school closing or emergency, this will be yet another means of communicating quickly and efficiently.

 Late Start and Before Care Chautauqua Options
Would you like to utilize the WSD Before Care Program in the event school is delayed due to inclement weather? All families are welcome to utilize the Chautauqua Program on those days beginning at 6:00 a.m. If you think you would like to have that option, please register today by completing the Delayed Start Form. You may return the completed form to the Chautauqua Office located at 719 W Pearce Blvd. Wentzville, MO 63385 or send it electronically to Tanya Kirkpatrick.

If your child is not currently enrolled in the Before School Program, the cost is $10 per day. If your child is currently enrolled in the Before School Program, there is no charge and you do not need to complete the registration form. We encourage all parents who think they may want to take advantage of this program to register now. In the event of a delayed start, you will need to bring payment to the site in the form of a check made payable to the Wentzville School District. Students will not be allowed to stay without payment and prior registration.

Last year was the first year the District added a delayed start or "snow schedule day" option as an alternative to closing schools for the entire day. Under the right conditions, such as overnight snow accumulations, icy conditions, or substantial wind chill readings, the District could delay the start time of all WSD schools by two hours at the discretion of the Superintendent. Quail Ridge Early Childhood Center would not have morning classes on delayed start days, but would still have afternoon classes. Parents and guardians will be notified of a delayed start with the same communication methods used to communicate school closing information (call, text, email, website, TV/radio stations, Facebook and Twitter). The delayed start option is another way to keep children as safe as possible and still provide essential instructional time. Delayed start days count as full attendance days and will not need to be made up like a "snow day" when school is closed for the entire day.

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.

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