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K-6 Plan for Growth Update
Following the Board of Education approval of the K-6 Plan for Growth in the fall, Dr. Cain, members of the Board of Education and District administrators presented the plan to parents at PTA/PTO meetings across the District. From those meetings, the WSD has developed a Frequently Asked Questions document that can be located on the District website. The Board of Education and Dr. Cain are committed to this plan and openly welcome any additional questions stakeholders may have. The WSD has also established a timeline for the redistricting effort that will be necessary to implement the change to K-6 buildings.

WSD Students Win Scholarships at
2016 Missouri Thespian Conference

Four WSD high school students won scholarships at the 2016 Missouri State Thespian Conference held January 7-9 in Kansas City. Students from all three WSD high schools traveled together to the three-day  event held at the Marriott Conference Center. Holt senior Sarah Disney won the Lana Hagen Theatre Education Scholarship ($1000), Timberland senior Danielle Beeler received the Missouri Thespians Theatre Education Award ($1000), and Timberland senior Rachel Seabaugh received the Theatre for Life Scholarship ($1000). Holt senior Mikaylin Padilla was a finalist for the Theater for Life Scholarship. In addition, Holt junior Hollynn St. Clair was selected to perform as part of the cast, and Timberland junior Alexis Pearson as part of the crew of the 2017 MO All-State Thespian cast of IPHIGENIA, which will be performed at next January's conference in St. Louis.

The Missouri State Thespian conference was attended by over 1800 students in 89 Thespian troupes. In addition to main session speakers, there were workshop sessions with professional performers, directors, writers and technicians. Close to 120 students applied for the scholarships by submitting an essay, online portfolio, and completing an interview process. 

   
 
Kindergarten Registration Dates Set

Dates have been set for the Wentzville School District’s kindergarten registration and screening process.  This event is for all children who will turn five years of age before August 1, 2016.  If your child has not been screened by Parents as Teachers or his/her preschool this year, appointments are required and can be made by contacting the WSD Parents as Teachers office at (636) 327-3863, ext. 22281.  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 INCLUDING REGISTRATION DATES

 
Board of Education Approves
 2016-2017 Academic Calendar

At the January Board of Education Meeting, the Board approved the
2016-17 Academic Calendar.

Graduation dates for 2017 will be announced before the end of the current school year. 

To view the calendar, visit the WSD website.
 
WSD High School Course Guide Now Online

The WSD is pleased to announce that our high school course guide is now online thanks to some innovative students! The new online resource was designed entirely by Timberland students in Mrs. Seiler's Advanced Business Technology class. Sebastian Morgan, Jessica Douglas, Tyler Englert, and Ashley Knehans worked together to accomplish this goal for the District. A link to the online course guide may be found on each high school’s website. Parents and students still have the option to print some or all of the course guide utilizing the new link.

 
WSD Parents will Receive New Weekly Personalized Alerts Via Email 

In an effort to keep all parents informed about their child’s progress in school, the WSD has started sending automated weekly emails with personalized attendance (K-12) and grade information (6-12).

Studies show that students are more likely to be successful when they have good attendance and support at home, so this initiative is designed to assist parents in that regard. 
Working together, we can help maximize the potential for every child to be successful in school.

 
WSD Will Implement Automated
Computer Shut Down Beginning February 15th

The WSD is implementing new software to shut down desktop computers on a daily basis at set times in an effort to save costs. The technology from Autonomic Software, Inc. is part of an energy-savings program from Ameren Electric which will cover the costs of the software for the first five years. After five years, Ameren may decide to extend the free program or offer it at a cost of $1 annually per desktop.

The automated shut down will begin on Monday, February 15th. Currently, there are approximately 2,800 desktop computers in the WSD. Director of Technology Richard Wilson says his conservative estimates put the District’s cost savings at about $3.00 - $5.00 per computer on an annual basis. “Through the years, the message to employees has been always been to shut down your computer at the end of the day and I believe that is widely followed,” said Wilson. “This is just a great opportunity to further capitalize on those energy savings.” 

 
New Vaccine Required
For 8th & 12th Grade Students
Effective beginning the 2016-2017 school year, the Department of Health and Senior Services has mandated that the Meningococcal Conjugate Vaccine (MCV4) will be required for all eighth (8th) and twelfth (12th) grade students. MCV4 vaccine will be required if your child has not received a dose and is older than 11 years and entering 8th grade or older than 16 years and entering 12th grade. You may request a copy of your child’s immunization record by contacting the school office.

Your child’s medical provider can provide more information concerning the vaccine and requirements. The vaccine will also be available through the St. Charles County Health Departments.

For more information, visit the WSD website.
 Pam Glidewell Named HR Director

The Board of Education has approved the hiring of Pam Glidewell as Director of Human Resources.

Mrs. Glidewell has worked for the WSD since 2001, initially as an Employee Benefits Specialist and has served as the HR Coordinator for the District for the past nine years. She is a native of Jacob, Illinois and received her Bachelors of Science in Business Administration from Murray State University in Kentucky. She holds a Certificate in Professional Human Resources (PHR) and lives in Wentzville with her husband Rick and three sons.

 
WSD Schools Announce Spelling Bee Champs

Schools across the District have named their Spelling Bee Champions for 2016. Each winner will advance to the semi-regional written competition of the Scripps National Spelling Bee held at McKendree University in Lebanon, Illinois on March 5, 2016. Finalists from this competition will be posted by 9:00 pm that evening on stltoday.com  and will also be featured in a full-page special section of the Post-Dispatch the week of March 7th. Those winners will advance to the Spelling Bee Oral Finals on March 12th, also at McKendree University, and the Finals Champion will advance to the Scripps National Spelling Bee held in Maryland May 24-26, 2016. Congratulations and good luck to all of our outstanding spellers!

Crossroads Elementary:  Sydney Mohr, 5th grade

Discovery Ridge Elementary:  Jotham Daniels, 5th grade

Duello Elementary:  Morgan Puszkar, 5th grade

Heritage Intermediate:  Rachel Goldberg, 3rd grade

Lakeview Elementary:  Akshat Gupta, 5th grade

Peine Ridge Elementary:  Anna Budnik, 5th grade

Prairie View Elementary:  Advay Pandey, 5th grade

Frontier Middle School:  Suzie Altheimer, 8th grade

Wentzville Middle School:  Sharayu Shrinivas, 8th grade (3rd year in a row)

Wentzville South Middle School:  Cooper Schulz, 7th grade

 
THS Hosts
WSD Speech & Performance Tournament


Timberland High School hosted the WSD Speech and Performance Tournament on January 26. First place winners in each category are: Dramatic Interpretation, Jake DeNunzio (LHS); Duet Acting, Sarah Disney/Jami Steckel (HHS); Duet Improvisation, Zach Hill/Danielle Beeler (THS); Extemporaneous Speaking, Brooklyn Pfanstiel (THS); Humorous Interpretation, Julia Wolz (LHS); Poetry, Bella Rainey (THS); Prose, Katherine Durant (HHS); Radio, Maggie Poronto (HHS); Storytelling, Jake DeNunzio (LHS). Congrats to all the winners!  For a list of additional winners, see the WSD website.

 
February is "National Heart Month"
 Remember to Wear Red on Friday, February 5th

The American Heart Association has designated February as “National Heart Month” and Friday, Feb 5, 2016 as “Go Red Day.”  Heart disease is our # 1 killer; yet it is 80% preventable by making good food choices, exercising regularly and not smoking.  Many of our schools will be participating in Jump Rope, Hoops, Dodgeball for Heart, Wear Red days and other activities to raise awareness and funds for The American Heart Association.  The WSD would like to Proclaim  Friday, Feb 5th as “Go Red Day."  Please encourage your fellow staff and students to wear red that day and donate to help save lives through their school campaigns.  Almost all donations stay in Missouri for research, treatments, medicine, prevention and awareness. Heartfelt thanks! 

 
WSD Inclement Weather/School Closing Info

Timely communication with our employees and 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/Email

The WSD utilizes Blackboard, a mass communication broadcast system that allows school administrators to notify all households by phone, text and email 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. You always have the option of how you would like to receive notifications (you can turn off the call and only receive texts and/or emails for example). Simply contact the Community Relations office to change your delivery preferences by calling 636/327-3800, ext. 20357 or email kathleendelaquil@wsdr4.org.

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 School District. Please be advised that individual schools will not be listed separately, closings will always be listed as the Wentzville School District.

Website

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

Facebook and Twitter

The WSD has its own Facebook page 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.

WSD App Push Notification

New this year, the WSD has an app you can download and choose to follow your child's school. The app will be an additional notification tool used in the event of a school closing or emergency to send followers a push notification directly to your phone. You can download the WSD app from iTunes or Google Play.

 


The Timberland Student Council (STUCO) is sponsoring a "Kid's Night Out" just in time for Valentine's Day. Kids ages 5-12 are invited to an evening of games, crafts and snacks with THS STUCO students on Saturday, February 13th at a cost of $10 per child. Reservations by February 10th are required by visiting https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1Ne-Ov5-5ctGKbqi0buJ7ouRwA7GucM8kIpuVMM7aOTw/viewform?c=0&w=1. Adult supervision will be on hand as well.
 
WSD Foundation Trivia Night is March 5th

The WSD Foundation provides thousands of dollars in teacher mini grants and student scholarships each year. Over $62,000 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, you must pay in advance. 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 call 636-327-3800, ext. 20352. 
>>>2016 Trivia Night Flyer


 
Child Nutrition Seeks Individuals to Serve on the School Wellness Committee
The Child Nutrition Department is seeking individuals to serve on the School Wellness Committee. The purpose of the committee is to bring together representatives from the schools and community to identify and address issues facing the health and well-being of our children and District employees. District staff, teachers, administrators, students and parents are all invited to take part in discussing ways to positively affect the health of students and staff. The committee will meet approximately twice a year will hold its first meeting on February 11 at 3:30 pm in the Board Room at Central Office. All are welcome to attend. If you have any questions, please contact Pamela Russell in Child Nutrition at ext. 21330.
Have you Downloaded
the WSD App?

Over 5,000 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.


Free ACT for Juniors 2016

For the second consecutive year, the State of Missouri is funding the ACT® Plus Writing on one day for all Missouri high school juniors. The Wentzville School District (WSD) is inviting any non-public (private school, parochial school, or homeschooled) 11th grade students who reside in the boundaries of the WSD to take the free statewide test. 

The statewide administration of the ACT® Plus Writing is scheduled for Tuesday, April 19, 2016.  In order to be able to sit for the statewide administration, non-public students will be required to attend one Pre-Test Session to fill out any non-test portions of the answer document, to complete the Student Profile Section, and to complete the ACT Interest Survey.  The WSD has scheduled a Pre-Test Session for March 30, 2016 with a make-up session on April 6, 2016. 

Eligible non-public students will need to be able to provide proof of residency in the Wentzville School District and proof of grade 11 status during the 2015–2016 school year. 

Interested non-public students, parents or guardians should go to the following link to request to take the statewide free ACT in the WSD: http://goo.gl/forms/GIx8tqlOF7.  The deadline for applying is March 4, 2016. The WSD will not be able to offer ACT-approved accommodations during the statewide administration of the ACT. For additional information or questions, contact David Brothers, Assessment Coordinator, at 636-327-3800 extension 20358, or davidbrothers@wsdr4.org.


 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 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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