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WSD 5th Graders Receive Fire Truck Rides to School for Outstanding Attendance
 
The WSD and the Wentzville Fire Protection District (WFPD) teamed up again this year to reward elementary students who have excellent attendance and have laid the groundwork for future success. During the last full week of school, one lucky fifth grader from each elementary school in the WSD got a ride to school on a WFPD fire truck as a reward for their K-5 attendance and achievement. As an annual event, this celebration is intended to inspire all elementary students to achieve perfect attendance if possible.
 
 
WSD Foundation Awards $10,000 in Grants
 
The Wentzville School District Foundation has announced the winners of the Foundation’s 2017 Teacher and Building Mini-Grants. On Friday, May 5th, Foundation Directors Dr. Curtis Cain and Mary LaPak handed out 12 checks totaling $6,000 to deserving teachers at ten different WSD buildings. In addition, Holt High, Timberland High, Heritage Elementary and Stone Creek Elementary received Foundation Building Grants totaling $4,000. The WSD Foundation has awarded over $73,000 to District teachers since 2004. Congratulations to these outstanding educators who are doing great things in our classrooms!
 
 
WSD Graduation Ceremonies
 
The WSD will hold high school graduation ceremonies for the Class of 2017 at the Family Arena in St. Charles tomorrow, May 20th. This marks the first graduating class from Liberty High School, which opened to freshman in the fall of 2013. More than 1,000 seniors from Holt, Liberty and Timberland will graduate and receive their diplomas during three separate ceremonies, and the 10,000 seat Family Arena will allow WSD graduates to bring as many guests as they like. Collectively, WSD seniors have been awarded over $19.2 million in scholarships from institutes of higher learning.

The graduation ceremony for Timberland will begin at 10:00 a.m., the ceremony for Holt will begin at 2:00 p.m. and the ceremony for Liberty will begin at 6:00 p.m. No admission ticket is required, and doors will open at 9:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. respectively to begin seating. Parking is free, and guests are asked to enter through Gates 1 and 2. The Family Arena is located 1½ miles south of the 5th Street Exit off Interstate 70, at 2002 Arena Parkway St. Charles, MO 63303.
 
WSD Seniors Receive Over $160,000 in Community Scholarships
 
The WSD Class of 2017 has been awarded over $160,000 worth of local scholarships during Senior Honors Convocation events. These deserving students from Holt, Liberty, and Timberland High Schools will be receiving their diplomas on May 20th before they continue on with their post-secondary education. Individual amounts of these awards range from $200 to $4,000. “We are very fortunate to live in a community that generously supports our seniors and their educational pursuits after high school,” said Superintendent Dr. Curtis Cain. “I’m proud of these students for working hard and achieving their goals and I’m proud to live in a place where so many good people are eager to help our youth reach their full potential.”
 
 
Timberland Student Named to MJEA All-State Journalism Team
 
Ethan Rodden, a senior from Timberland, has been named to the Missouri Journalism Education Association (MJEA) All-State Journalism Team. The All-State Journalism Team recognizes those students who have proven themselves to be indispensable to their respective school media, recognizing those students who are “most valuable players” — those whose leadership, energy, dedication, and expertise make their publications possible, but whose main contributions often occur behind the scenes.
 
 
WSD Students Selected for
Missouri Scholars Academy
 
Six WSD juniors have been selected to participate in the Missouri Scholars Academy (MSA), a three week residential program to be held June 11th through July 1st on the campus of the University of Missouri-Columbia. Jasper Pendino and Sarah Sargent from Holt, Zachary Myers and Rishi Kondapaneni from Liberty and Nathaniel Beattie and Sofia Angel from Timberland are among 330 high school juniors from across Missouri selected for the program.
 
 
WSD Juniors Selected for
Missouri Fine Arts Academy
 
Four students from Timberland and one student from Holt have been selected to participate in the 2017 Missouri Fine Arts Academy (MFAA), a three week residential program to be held June 4 through 24 on the campus of Missouri State University (MSU) in Springfield. Sydney Kissel, Diana Ovchar, Drew Schulz and Isabelle Stewart from Timberland and Simon Osler from Holt are among the 115 talented high school students from across Missouri who will represent a variety of artistic disciplines on the campus of MSU this summer.
 
 
Town Hall Meeting 
 
In cooperation with our community partners, the WSD has planned a Town Hall Meeting about the epidemic of heroin addiction and the connection with prescription pain killers. The Town Hall Meeting will be held May 23rd from 6:30-8:30 p.m. in the C. H. Jones Auditorium at Holt High School. Free childcare will be provided and the Wentzville Police Department will be providing collection bins that evening to dispose of any prescription medications.
 

May 19, 2017

WSD Hiring Bus Drivers
 
Do you know someone who is looking for work? The WSD Transportation Department is currently hiring and training bus drivers for the 2017-18 school year. This is a great opportunity for semi-retired, fully retired or someone who just needs a full-time consistent job. Full-time and substitute opportunities are available. The WSD will train you to get your CDL as well. Applicants should enjoy working with children and have a clean driving record. Apply today on the WSD website under "Work for WSD."
For more information, you can contact the Transportation Department at 636-327-3860 ext. 25343.


BJC HealthCare Donates Books to WSD Students
 
BJC HealthCare dropped off new books for every 2nd grader in the WSD this week. "Team members across BJC HealthCare are aware of the link between children reading at grade level by third grade and positive health outcomes," stated the letter that accompanied each school delivery. "With this knowledge, we came together as a health care system for a BJC Summer Book Brigade, with a goal to place a summer reading book in the hands of every second grader attending public school in districts where BJC has a hospital or significant presence." Thank you BJC! #WSDlearns

WSD Students Win Scholarships for Fire Hydrant Art
 
The Water Division of the Wentzville Public Works Department has awarded $2,250 worth of scholarships to three WSD artists. Katie Dains, a senior at Holt, Emilee Reed, a senior at Liberty, and Shauna Rainey, a senior at Timberland, who each received a scholarship worth $750 for their artistic fire hydrants.

This is the 21st year for the contest, held annually in conjunction with National Water Week. Each year, Wentzville students are asked to creatively interpret a theme for their painted hydrants. This year, dozens of students from each high school submitted “Looney Tunes” designs for consideration. The Art Department at each high school selected four worthy student entries, and these students were provided with a blank hydrant. Wentzville city employees from five different departments then judged the twelve finalists, with the top hydrant from each school earning a scholarship for its creator. Runners up from Holt were Cassandra Brown, Ellie Stahl, and Cecelia Peine. The runners up from Liberty were Caylin Fuller, Sarah Seger, and Shannon O’Guinn. The runners up from Timberland were Alexis Pearson, Jordan Lammert, and Alexandra Schulte.


2017 Vaccination Clinics

Please fill out consent forms prior to visiting the Vaccination Clinic:

Immunization Clinic 2017 Consent Form Hepatitis B, DTaP, MMR, MMRV, Polio, Varicella

Immunization Clinic 2017 Consent Form Tdap, Meningococcal


Parent Resources
 
NCADA-National Council on Alchoholism & Drug Abuse

Partnership for Drug-Free Kids

Have You Downloaded the WSD App?
 
Are you new to the WSD? Be sure to download the WSD app to have important information right at your fingertips.

Since the launch of the app last August, over 10,600 people have downloaded and customized it in order to follow their child's school, view news stories, reminders and important alerts - all from a smart phone.

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.

DonorsChoose.org
 
The District has established an approval process for teachers who would like to solicit materials from donors via DonorsChoose.org. The WSD recognizes the potential resource this could prove to be for teachers and we appreciate innovative ideas that promote differentiated learning for our students. If you would like to support a classroom initiative in the WSD, visit DonorsChoose.org and search "Wentzville" or by zip code.
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