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Principals Named for Two New Elementary Schools
 
 
 
  Superintendent Dr. Curtis Cain has named the two principals for the new WSD elementary schools opening next fall for the 2017-18 school year. Mr. Matthew Schulte, currently the Principal at Prairie View Elementary, has been selected to serve as Principal at the new school being constructed on Golden Gate Parkway off W. Meyer Road. "I am excited to open this new school from the ground up, step by step, hand in hand, with the community," said Schulte. "Together, we will ensure success for all students." 
Mr. Schulte has been with the District since 2004, and has over 15 years of teaching and administrative experience.

Dr. Melvin Bishop, the current Principal at Duello Elementary, has been chosen to run the new school being constructed on Perry Cate Boulevard and Highway Z. "I feel honored and humbled to be selected by the Wentzville School District to open the new school on Highway Z," said Bishop. "My time at Duello Elementary has made me love the Wentzville area and the great families here. I will miss my Duello family but I am extremely excited to take on the exciting task of opening a brand new building." 
Dr. Bishop came to the WSD in 2014 from the St. Charles School District and has over 24 years of classroom and administrative experience. 


The new elementary on Highway Z is the result of the passing of Proposition E in April, 2015 by WSD voters. The new elementary on Golden Gate Parkway is the result of the District’s K-6 Plan for Growth which calls for both elementary schools to open next fall and moving all sixth grade students from the District’s three middle schools to the eleven elementary buildings, freeing up space at the middle schools which are all presently at or over capacity. A Boundary Committee is currently working on elementary boundaries as part of the K-6 Plan for Growth and a recommendation for new boundaries is scheduled to be presented to the Board of Education at this year’s December meeting. Once the boundaries have been finalized, the new principals plan to begin communication with their families right away, providing opportunities for students and parents to connect and to begin to establish the new school community which will include choosing a mascot, school colors and the naming of each new school in accordance with Board of Education policy. 
 
       
   Mr. Matt Schulte Dr. Melvin Bishop   
Katherine Schack Wins Presidential Teaching Award
 
 


  Katherine Schack, the Math Content Leader for the Wentzville School District, has won the prestigious Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST). The awards (for the last two years) were announced at the White House, and are the highest recognition that a K-12 mathematics or science teacher can receive for outstanding teaching in the United States. Schack received the award for her classroom work at Lakeview Elementary, where she taught 2nd grade before her promotion to the District’s Math Instructional Leader in 2014.

"Working in the Wentzville School District with all of the extraordinary educators has taught me so much,” said Schack, one of only two educators in Missouri to be chosen for the award. “I am overwhelmed and honored to be chosen from such an amazing pool of applicants.” Schack is the fourth WSD educator to be nominated for this prestigious award and the second recipient of the award since 2012.
 


K-6 Plan for Growth: Boundary Committee Update
 
 
 
   DRAFT BOUNDARY SCENARIOS POSTED
FOR PUBLIC VIEWING
 
  Two draft boundary scenarios have been posted along with a locator tool so stakeholders can enter their address and see which elementary school their child could attend based on each scenario. To view the locator tool for Scenario A, click HERE. To view the locator tool for Scenario B, click HERE. The Boundary Committee has been working since March on these scenarios and they will reconvene in October to review the scenarios based on public input and the latest enrollment data. 

Please remember these are still DRAFT scenarios and changes will likely be forthcoming based on both feedback and updated enrollment, but the committee would like to hear from you, our stakeholders, as to their progress on these two drafts. You can share your comments by visiting this forum site. You will need to create an account in order to log in and post a comment. Links to both draft scenarios and the forum site are also available in the WSD app.

We are working to correct the middle and high school boundaries feature on the locator tool which had some discrepancies with our actual middle and high school boundaries. We believe at this point and time that it will be possible to maintain our middle and high school boundaries with the draft scenarios. 
The result would be a split in some elementary schools with students going to different middle schools from the same elementary, but middle schools would remain in the same feeder pattern to the current high schools. For example, some students at Duello would go to South Middle, and some would go to Frontier, depending on where they live. But all South Middle students would move on to Timberland and all Frontier students would still go on to Liberty High School. In other words, if you currently live in the Wentzville Middle/Holt, South Middle/Timberland or Frontier Middle/Liberty boundaries, those will not change for you regardless of what elementary school boundaries you are in when we make the shift to K-6.

The committee is strictly addressing boundaries and any decisions on whether or not grandfathering will be considered will be up to the Board of Education. The new boundaries would go into effect at the start of the 2017-2018 school year.

The addition of two new elementary schools scheduled to open in August, 2017 enables the District to redraw the boundary lines to accommodate the shift to K-6 elementary buildings, which will relieve overcrowding at the District's three middle schools. The K-6 Plan for Growth is designed to accommodate continued growing enrollment without having to return to the voters in order to request a tax increase. The WSD has been the fastest growing school district in Missouri in the 21st Century and is now the 11th largest school district in the state.

"We understand this is potentially a very personal and significant change for many families," said Director of Community Relations Mary LaPak. "But we are confident that with the combination of the tools we have at our disposal, as well as the thoughtful input of the committee members, the result will be a final product that makes sense for WSD students." The Boundary Committee is scheduled to make a recommendation to the Board of Education in December. The complete timeline and updates can be found on the WSD website.
 
WSD Once Again Named Best School District
in St. Charles County According to Niche.com
 
  According to a new report from Niche.com,
the Wentzville School District is once again
the best school district in St. Charles County and the 16th best school district (out of more than 500) in Missouri! Both Timberland and Holt are ranked in the top 50 high schools in the State as well.


 
 
     
Operation Warm Trivia is October 1st
 
 
For the fourth consecutive year, the Wentzville Firefighters Community Outreach is sponsoring a Trivia Night to raise funds for Operation Warm which provides hundreds of free coats to WSD students in need.
 
  The Trivia Night is scheduled for Saturday, October 1st beginning at 7:00 p.m. (doors open at 6:00 p.m.) The theme is "Music, Movies and All Things STL." Please join us in supporting their efforts to provide a warm coat for WSD kids! For more information, visit the WSD website.  
District Saves Millions in Bond Sale and Refinance
 
     
 

The WSD Board of Education unanimously approved the sale of approximately $54 million Lease Participation Certificates that will provide funds for construction across the District. The sale will also provide funds for refinancing a portion of the outstanding 2011 Lease Participation Certificates that were sold to finance a portion of the Proposition 3 projects approved by voters in 2011.  The refinancing saves the taxpayers of the WSD over $3.2 million in interest expense over the next 15 years.  This is the eighth time in the past seven years that the District has refinanced bonds for a total interest cost savings of over $21 million. 

 
Revised Report Cards Now Used at all WSD Elementary Schools 
 
    Beginning this year, all WSD elementary schools will be using a revised report card for students in grades K-5 at all elementary schools so parents can clearly identify their student's progress in a particular area.

Lakeview Elementary piloted the new report cards two years ago and last year Duello and Heritage (1st grade) joined the pilot before the roll out to all schools.
 
  Why revise?
The English Language Arts and Mathematics Curriculum have both been recently revised which caused the need for the WSD report card to be revised in these areas to match the revised curriculum. The new report card uses learning scales so that teachers are better able to communicate with parents about a child's progress in a particular area. The learning scales also provide parents with more detailed information about why a child was assigned a particular mark (1, 2, 3 or 4). In addition, the learning scales help make sure all teachers are assessing student achievement and growth the same way.
 
     
 
1st Quarter Report Cards Received at Parent Teacher Conferences
The schools who piloted the report card the past two years found it successful to hand out the report card to parents at the 1st quarter conferences. Many parents expressed this was helpful. This will allow teachers to talk through the report card with parents. During conferences, your child's teacher will be able to share with you how your child is progressing on the learning scales for reading, writing and math report card indicators.

If you are not able to attend parent teacher conferences, your child's report card will be mailed home after parent teacher conferences.

>>>More information about the new report cards
 
Communication Reminders
 
  Coming Soon: Student 360   
  Beginning September 12th, the Parent and Student Portal will have a new and updated look designed to improve functionality and ease of use. When you log in to the new Student 360, you will have a simple dashboard that is mobile friendly so you can find information or make meal payments quickly and easily. In addition, there is an app you can download to view this information on the go. To learn more, visit our WSD tutorial page.  
     
    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 Homecoming Parade is October 1st
 
     
  On October 1st we will host our 2nd Annual WSD Homecoming Parade that includes all three high schools. 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 9:30am on Campus Drive and Pearce Boulevard, travel east on Pearce Boulevard and end at Luekenhaus Boulevard near the American Legion.

If you are interested in having your group participate in the parade, contact erinchase@wsdr4.org.

HOMECOMING RACE: 

The annual Homecoming Race for WSD students in grades 4-8 will start at Wentzville Middle School and end at Pearce Hall (310 W Pearce Blvd.).

Distance of race: 1 mile

Times: Race day registration and pre-registered pickup from 8:30 – 9:15 am.

Divisions: 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th grade girls and boys

Awards: Medals will be given to the top five in each category

T-shirts are guaranteed to all runners who enter by September 21st. Extra shirts will be ordered and given on a first come first serve basis on race day. Separate T-shirts will be given at each race. Results will be available after each race and online at the Holt cross country booster’s website, www.holtxc.org. To register for the race, visit the WSD website.
 
     
WSD Hosts Job Fair for Bus Drivers and Before/After School Student Care Providers
 
     
WSD Educators Utilizing DonorsChoose.org to Raise Funds for Classroom Projects
 
     
  Teachers in the WSD are utilizing DonorsChoose.org as a means of raising funds for innovative and creative projects to enhance learning in their classrooms. To see a list of current WSD classroom teachers who are seeking funding for special projects:

Mrs. Hoffmann, Lakeview Elementary: "Help Us Become 21st Century Learners"

Mrs. Hanna, Lakeview Elementary: "Moving and Grooving in 5th Grade"


 
Proposition E: PROGRESS AS PROMISED
 
 
 
 

Last year, voters approved Proposition E which generated approximately $50 million in construction projects to accommodate the WSD's continued enrollment growth. At the August Board of Education meeting, the following construction update was presented and remember, you can always visit the WSD website for updates as well! 

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 in 2015, over 8,700 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. 
 
   
Good Steward Committee
 
  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, and is currently looking for new committee members. 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, or would like to serve on the committee, you can email WSDefficient@wsdr4.org with your ideas.
 
WSD Twitter Accounts
 
  Follow Administrators, Teachers, Coaches and Advisors on 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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