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WSD Honors Our Veterans

Schools in the WSD held Veterans Day celebrations across the District November 10-12 to salute the brave men and women who are currently serving or who have served in the U.S. armed forces. Boone Trail, Crossroads, Discovery Ridge, Duello, Green Tree, Heritage, Lakeview, Prairie View, Peine Ridge Elementary as well as Holt, Liberty and Timberland High all invited veterans to their special activities scheduled in honor of Veterans Day. The special guests were treated to breakfasts, student performances, slide shows honoring past and present members of the military and guest speakers. >>>FULL STORY

 WSD Hosts Project Lead the Way State Conference



The WSD hosted over 1,000 educators for the Project Lead the Way (PLTW) State Conference held November 2
nd at Timberland High School.

Teachers, administrators and counselors from across Missouri attended sessions on PLTW teaching fundamentals and collaborated on ways to engage more students in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). In addition, educators learned strategic ways to promote PLTW and create corporate partnerships within their communities to ultimately benefit students. “This was a great opportunity for the WSD to showcase our facilities and our commitment to STEM initiatives,” said Superintendent Dr. Curtis Cain. “PLTW programs provide our students with career exposure and preparation in high demanding global fields as well as connections with mentors and community members.  It’s vital that our students have access to PLTW classes so they can develop the critical thinking and problem solving skills that will enable them to be tomorrow’s leaders.” >>>FULL STORY

Holt Remains on Top for Most Turkeys Collected
for No Hunger Holiday

WSD students held turkey drives this week to benefit No Hunger Holiday and local families in need. For the fifth consecutive year, Holt students collected the most frozen birds in what has become a friendly competition between local high schools. Wentzville Middle families assisted Holt and in the end, the Indians collected 397 turkeys! Timberland added 143 frozen birds in the effort.

The turkeys went to No Hunger Holiday, a non-profit program that works to put food on the tables of families in need. The program was started in 1990 for St. Charles County families and has expanded to include Lincoln, Warren, Montgomery and St. Louis County families as well. According to their Facebook page, the organization will help feed 2,700 families this Thanksgiving. Five years ago, No Hunger Holiday started promoting the competition among area high schools to encourage young people to get involved in the effort. On November 18th over 1,170 turkeys were collected by students at seven county high schools. For more information about No Hunger Holiday, visit their website at http://www.nohungerholiday.com/ or search and like them on Facebook.

 Kurt Daniels Selected as New
Board of Education Director

The Board of Education has approved Kurtis Daniels as a new Board member to fill the seat vacated last month by Kenny Mayer. In accordance with WSD policy, Daniels will serve on the Board until the next election in April, 2016. The Board voted 5-0 in favor of Daniels at a special meeting November 10th where three finalists were interviewed in open session. Mr. Daniels is a 15-year resident of the District, business owner and WSD parent who thanked the Board for the opportunity and said he is looking forward to being a contributing member of the BOE.


 WSD Students Receive
Glory of Missouri Awards



Eleven WSD students have been named recipients of the 2015 Glory of Missouri Award by State Representatives Bryan Spencer, Bart Korman and Justin Hill.

The Glory of Missouri Awards were created to recognize students who display virtuous qualities both as students and as citizens. Each student honored represents one of the virtues of good government engraved on the walls of the House Chamber. The virtues include knowledge, liberty, equality, law, justice, fraternity, education, progress, honor, truth, virtue, temperance, enterprise and charity. >>>FULL STORY

WSD Middle School Students Attend
County Drug Summit

Sixty WSD middle school students attended the 2nd annual Teen Drug Summit on November 12th at the St. Charles Convention Center. Student leaders were chosen from Frontier, South Middle and Wentzville Middle schools to attend the event along with over 300 other students from middle schools across the county. The Summit was hosted by CRUSH (Community Resources United to Stop Heroin) which has brought together community partners, educators, law enforcement, treatment providers and community leaders to address the heroin epidemic in our county. >>>FULL STORY


WSD Holiday Assistance Program Underway

Each year in December the WSD Holiday Assistance Program helps to provide gifts for needy students and their families. Last year over 425 families and more than 1,100 children received assistance in this charitable effort! The program, coordinated by the WSD Community Relations Department and school counselors, works with businesses, community groups and individuals to help make the upcoming holidays more enjoyable for struggling families. In our schools, students and staff do a variety of things to raise money and collect gifts, and many families are adopted by their own caring school community. But there is always a need for additional community support. >>>FULL STORY


WSD Students Experience 5th Grade Camp
WSD students participated in 5th Grade Camp over the last month at two new locations. Over 1,200 students visited Brommelsiek Park and Quail Ridge Park in November to experience hands on curriculum in the great outdoors. WSD teachers and camp counselors also provided social and character-building challenges where students could gain valuable life skills. Although one day was a rain out for two schools, camp was promptly moved indoors so 5th graders could still enjoy the scheduled presentations and activities. 


 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/Email

The Wentzville School District 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 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.

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.

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.

 WSD School Naming Contest
The Board of Education has approved a naming contest for the new Early Childhood building on Hanley Road. WSD students of any age may enter the contest. Contest entries will be accepted through December 1, 2015 and may be turned in to your school office or dropped off at Central Office.
NAMING CONTEST FORM>>>
WSD Days at the Dome Benefits WSD Foundation

Purchase tickets to see the Rams take on the Arizona Cardinals and a portion of your ticket price will benefit the WSD Foundation which supports teacher grants and senior scholarships each year in the WSD.  Don't miss this opportunity to see the Rams in action as you help support the WSD Foundation and ultimately WSD students! 



WSD Middle and High School Students Selected for Suburban All-District Honor Bands

Ten WSD high school musicians have earned spots in the St. Louis Suburban All-District High School Honor Band, and one has been selected as a first alternate. Congratulations to Holt band members Suzanna Buckner (clarinet), Geoffrey Fegan (bass clarinet), Dana Whiting (alto saxophone), Aaron Spiegel (trumpet), Katherine Durant (french horn), and Garry Alcorn (trombone), as well as Timberland band members Alex Beattie (baritone saxophone), J.D. Estlund (bass clarinet), Josh Mathews (clarinet), and Connor Schultz (bassoon) for being selected. In addition, Abby Roe (trumpet) is first alternate in the honors band. One WSD high school musician was selected to the St. Louis Suburban All-District Jazz Band. Holt’s Geoffrey Fegan (tenor saxophone) was selected as second chair, Liberty’s Connor Low (guitar) was selected as first alternate, and Timberland’s Ryan Duchinsky (baritone saxophone) was selected as second alternate for the St. Louis Suburban All-District Jazz Band. Over five hundred band members from the St. Louis Suburban district auditioned for a spot in the 95-member honors band. The honors bands will have five rehearsals and present a concert on Sunday, January 11, 2016 at Ladue High School.  Eleven students are now eligible to audition for the Missouri All-State Band in December.




Congratulations to South Middle 8th grader Duncan Skinner (trombone), Wentzville Middle 8th graders Brian Faintich (french horn) and Katie Williams (flute) for being selected to the St. Louis Suburban All-District Middle School Honors Band. Frontier Middle 8th grader Ben Ptasienski (baritone saxophone) was named to the St. Louis All-District Middle School Jazz Band. Duncan, Brian and Katie were among over 600 students from across the region who auditioned on October 26 for a spot in the 100-member ensemble which consists of seventh and eighth graders. The band will have six rehearsals and then present a concert on January 10, 2016 at Ladue High School.


 Martin Luther King
Coloring, Drawing, and Essay Contest

Students in all grades are invited to enter a coloring, drawing and essay contest sponsored by the Wentzville Martin Luther King Jr. Committee this fall.  The 2016 theme is “The time is Always Right to do What is Right.” The committee organizes the parade and celebration each year at Holt High School on MLK day in January. Winners will be chosen and announced at the celebration.

For more information, visit the District website
Have you Downloaded
the New WSD App?

Over 4,700 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.


 
WSD Alumni Corner

Thespian students from Holt and Timberland had an opportunity to ask questions of Holt grad Andrew Tebo this month who is starring in “Mama Mia” at the fabulous Fox Theater in St. Louis. Tebo, a 2004 grad, shared the following on Instagram after their visit… “Wonderful Q&A with future theatre performers from Wentzville! Made my day talking about the journey/struggles of this amazing profession. Thanks Mr. Gleason for making it all happen!!!”

If you would like to submit information about a WSD alumnus, please send photo and information to Kathy DeLaquil in Community Relations.
 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. 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, 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.

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