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WSD Students Earn Awards at State FCCLA Conference
 
Students from Holt, Liberty, and Timberland high schools competed at the 71st annual Missouri FCCLA (Family, Career and Community Leaders of America) State Leadership Conference held March 19-21 at Tan Tara Resort in Osage Beach, MO. Over 1,600 high school students from across Missouri attended the conference which is planned by student leaders and features speakers, workshops and competitions for FCCLA members. This year’s theme was “Channel Into Leadership.” The conference featured speakers and workshops on topics such as preparing for college and careers, leadership skills, anti-bullying programs, and technology’s impact in education, careers, and on the family.

In addition to leadership training, honors and recognition, more than 720 students participated in 30 competitive events, including Early Childhood Education, Entrepreneurship, Culinary Arts, Fashion Design, Career Investigation, Chapter Service Projects and Sports Nutrition. For a list of the winners visit the District website.
 
Board of Education Election Results
 
The WSD Board of Education had three open seats in Tuesday's election. Heather Reiter was elected with 3,901 votes (27.80%), Barbara Fine (incumbent) was re-elected with 3,631 votes (25.87%) and Betsy Bates was elected with 3,581 votes (25.52%). Voter turnout was significantly lower than the last April election, with 30,009 votes cast in St. Charles County versus 45.869 cast across the county in April 2016. The results are unofficial until certified by the St. Charles County Election Authority. The new Board members will be sworn in during a special Board of Education meeting on April 18th.
 
District Moves Administrative Offices
 
The WSD has relocated its administrative offices to a new location as a result of continued growth in the District. The Board of Education approved the move of the District’s Central Office to the former Quail Ridge Early Childhood Center located on Interstate Drive in Wentzville last year. Renovations to the building are nearing completion and most departments have already moved from the previous space located at One Campus Drive in Wentzville to the new Administrative Center located at 280 Interstate Drive. The move will be completed by mid-April and the first Board of Education meeting at the new location is scheduled to take place on May 18th.
 
 
First Annual WSD Film Festival Winners Announced
 
The District held its first ever Film Festival on March 30th at Timberland High School. It was a wonderful evening capping off over a year's worth of preparation. Students in grades kindergarten through 12 submitted over 100 video entries for the Festival which was completely student-led. The logo was designed by Lillian Kraft from Frontier Middle, the website was designed by Gabrielle Eckert from Timberland, and the poster was designed by Allison VanBooven, also from Timberland. Auditions were held for the roles of event host/emcee: Ryan Fredrick - THS, Kaia Fischer - HHS, and Sammie Lammert - THS, who also collectively wrote the evening's script. Alexis Pearson from Timberland was in charge of set design and students from all three high schools made up the press pool and production crew. A big shout out to our technology and curriculum departments for developing the idea and assisting students through the culminating event, as well as teachers and staff who also assisted students. We all look forward to it becoming an annual WSD tradition! For a complete list of winners and to view the videos, visit the WSD website.
 
WSD Students Qualify to Compete at National FBLA Conference
 
Students from Holt, Liberty and Timberland high schools competed at the Missouri Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) State Leadership Conference held in Springfield, MO on April 2-4. FBLA is a professional association for students pursuing business careers. Over 4,000 other high school students from across Missouri attended the conference. Fifteen WSD students brought home medals from the competition and nine of those students took top honors and qualified to advance to the National FBLA Leadership Conference in Anaheim, CA June 29–July 2 to compete against winners from each state.

Holt seniors Jake Deniszczuk and Zach Gmyr and junior Brett Coulon took 2nd place in Computer Game & Simulation Team, and Liberty senior Cameron Dierks took 2nd place in Accounting II. Timberland senior Andrew Nettler took 3rd place in Business Law. Additionally, Holt senior Evan Hatmaker and junior Ben Goldstein (Mobile Application Development Team), Liberty junior Tyler Melvin (Personal Finance) and Timberland senior Logan Renne (Accounting II) each took 4th place in their respective categories.
 
 
High School Bands Excel at State Festival
 
Congratulations to our Holt, Liberty, and Timberland concert and symphonic bands for their outstanding performances in the Missouri State High School Activities Association (MSHSAA) Large Ensemble Festival held at Holt last month.Both the Holt Concert Band and the Holt Symphonic Band each received an Honor I "Superior" rating by the judges for their performances. The Timberland Symphonic Band also received an Honor I "Superior" rating from the judges and the Timberland Concert Band received an Honor II "Excellent" rating. The Liberty Concert Band received an Honor II "Excellent" rating from the judges. The Holt Concert and Symphonic Bands are directed by Mr. Jim Cunningham, the Liberty Concert Band is directed by Sarita Magno-Parsons, the Timberland Concert Band is directed by Mr. Matt Hayes and the Timberland Symphonic Band is directed by Ms. Courtney Straine. #WSDproud
 
2017 Vaccination Clinics
 
Please fill out consent forms prior to visiting the Vaccination Clinic:
 
MAP Testing Reminders
 
It's that time of year! Grade Level Assessment as part of the Missouri Assessment Program (MAP) for all WSD students in grades 3-8 runs April 4-May 19. All students in grades 3, 4, 6 and 7 take assessments in ELA (English Language Arts) and mathematics. Students in grades 5 and 8 take assessments in ELA, mathematics and science. High school (and some middle school) students will take End-of-Course (EOC) exams May 8-16. Students will take EOC exams in Algebra I, Algebra II (only those students that took Algebra I in middle school), English II, Biology and Government. The assessments are all being taken electronically on computers again this year, and will yield quicker results for both educators and parents.

Reminders for parents:

Attendance is crucial on testing dates. Please make every effort to avoid scheduling appointments during the time your child may be testing.
If your child does not ride the bus, please make sure that they are at school on time.
Have your child well rested.
Feed your child a healthy breakfast- their brains need plenty of fuel!
Encourage your child to relax when taking the test. If your child is anxious please encourage them to see their counselor or a teacher to ask any questions.
 

April 7, 2017

Parent Satisfaction Survey
It is the vision of the Wentzville School District to be a model of excellence that sets the standard and maximizes the potential of every student. In order to continuously improve on our commitment to provide a quality educational experience for your child(ren), we ask that you take the time to complete this short survey. If you have students at more than one school, you may fill out a survey for each school if you wish to provide more specific feedback. Thank you for your assistance!

There is no school
Friday, April 14, and Monday, April 17 is a
Late Start Day for middle and high school students.


WSD is Still the Fastest Growing School District

Preliminary 2017 numbers from the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education confirm that the Wentzville School District is still the fastest growing school district in the state. From September 2015 through September 2016, the WSD added 648 new students - the largest enrollment increase of any other Missouri school district. Additionally, Discovery Ridge Elementary is the largest K-5 elementary school in the state with an official enrollment of 1070 (the school currently has 1084) and Boone Trail Elementary is the third largest K-5 elementary school in the state with an official enrollment of 970 (they are currently at 980). Wentzville Middle and South Middle are the second and third largest 6-8 middle schools in the state as well. Our two new schools can't open soon enough! To view charts and additional information, visit the WSD website. #WSDgrows



Peine Ridge Student Recognized by Wentzville Police Department

The Wentzville Police Department recognized Peine Ridge Elementary first grader Josephine Soberg for selflessly sharing her time with local homeless shelters as well as creating a special collection of 200 pairs of gloves during the 2015-2016 school year and for organizing a personal care items donation during 2016-2017 school year, both benefiting families at Peine Ridge Elementary. Officer Jason Horvath of the Wentzville Police Department made the recommendation after learning of the commitment that the Soberg family has to the community!

WSD Winter Guard Units Compete at MCCGA State Championships

Congratulations to the WSD high school Winter Guard Units on their outstanding performances in their final Mid Continent Color Guard Association (MCCGA) competitions of the season. Timberland and Liberty both competed in the Scholastic AA division at the MCCGA State Championships in Ozark. Timberland placed seventh in Round 1, and Liberty placed seventh in Round 2 of the competition.

Holt High School’s Winter Guard competed at the MCCGA State Championships in Willard. Holt's Winter Guard placed second in Round 1 of the Scholastic A, and finished the season ranked third overall in the state.

Holt's 2017 program is entitled "In Bloom" and is performed to the song “Luminous” by Max Richter. There are 14 performing members and they have competed with MCCGA and Winter Guard International (WGI) for ten seasons. The Holt guard is currently ranked in the top fifteen in the country in their division and they are competing this week at the Winter Guard International World Championships in Dayton, Ohio.

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 10,400 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 & 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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