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Three WSD Seniors Selected for
State Academic Honor
 
Holt senior Matthew Brawner and Timberland seniors Grace Cooper and Connor Monahan have been selected for the 2017 Missouri Scholars 100, a statewide program that honors 100 of Missouri’s top academic students in the graduating class of 2017.

Missouri Scholars 100 is a program sponsored by the Missouri Association of Secondary School Principals. Schools across Missouri are invited to nominate candidates for this state-wide recognition. The selection is based primarily on a formula using the student's grade point average and ACT or SAT score. Each student nominated had to first meet the criteria of an "Academic Decathlon," which included ten events, designed to test the academic strength of the student.
 
 
Timberland Students Make Custom Jacket for Fellow Student in PLTW Class
 
Ryan Dean shared a great story on KSDK last week about Timberland students in Crystal Green's Biomedical Innovations class who made a custom jacket for a fellow student. This is another real-world example of the value Project Lead the Way courses bring to our District, as well as the talent and compassion of our students. The students, along with their teacher Crystal Green and Instructional Assistant Sherry Miller (who submitted the idea) were all recognized before the Board of Education last week and KSDK aired a follow up story the next morning. #WSDproud
 
WSD Hosts Third Annual STEM Olympics
 
The WSD hosted its third annual Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Olympics at Liberty High School on March 1st and March 8th. Over 500 kindergarten through 8th grade students participated in small group design challenges, as well as hands-on activities and demonstrations by high school students and WSD staff members. The event has grown so large, it was split into two nights this year.

During the month of January, classrooms across the District participated in STEM competitions where students were asked to engineer a product with specific materials in a constrained amount of time. Winners from those competitions were invited to the STEM Olympics where students were provided an engineering challenge and materials to complete it. For a complete list of winners see the District website.
 
WSD Students Excel at State DECA Conference
 
Dozens of Holt, Liberty and Timberland High School marketing students joined 1,800 of their Missouri counterparts for the 69th Annual Missouri DECA State Career Development Conference at the Lodge of Four Seasons at the Lake of the Ozarks March 12-14. During the statewide conference, DECA members were evaluated by more than 100 business and industry professionals who served as competitive event judges. Students competed as individuals or in teams in a variety of categories, and were asked to solve realistic workplace problems through one-on-one interaction with an executive or community member. Twenty five WSD students qualified for the DECA International Career Development Conference/Competition in Anaheim, California April 26-29. For a complete list of those students winning at State Competition and qualifying for International Competition, please see the District website.
 
WSD Seniors Earn Distinguished Leader Award
 
Eight WSD seniors have earned the Distinguished Student Leader Award from the Missouri Association of Student Councils (MASC). Timberland’s Brooklyn Pfanstiel, Brandon Willard, Layne Konneman, Ryan Dawson and Kate Bomstad, Holt’s Eden Quinte and Liberty’s Katie Coyle and Caylin Fuller have all been named recipients. This honor recognizes students who demonstrate superior student council leadership skills and knowledge based on MASC criteria and evaluation procedures. This marks the first time in Liberty STUCO history that any student has received this honor. For the full story, visit the WSD website.
 
Ratchet Rockers Win STL Regional Event
 
The WSD Ratchet Rockers Robotics Team was part of an alliance that won the FIRST St. Louis Regional Competition at Chaifetz Arena March 9-11. FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology), is an innovative program that encourages young people to pursue STEM education and career opportunities. Each year, First Robotics Competition (FRC) teams participate in a six-week build season that leads them to compete at regional, state, and world competitions. At the St. Louis Regional Competition, the Ratchet Rockers competed in a pool of 52 teams from seven states and earned a ranking of 2nd after qualifiers, finishing the competition with a record of 13-3-0. With ingenuity, hard work and a competitive 1st seed alliance with FRC Team 1732 Hilltopper Robotics and FRC Team 537 Charger Robotics (both from Wisconsin), the Ratchet Rockers went undefeated in finals and earned a spot at the World Championship in April. The Ratchet Rockers Team also won the Innovation in Control Award for their vision programming and control, which was key in implementing their winning strategy.
 

 
WSD Musicians and Vocalists Qualify for State Music Festival
 
Congratulations to our high school musicians and singers who qualified for the MSHSAA State Music Festival by receiving an Honor I (highest possible) rating on their solos and ensembles at the MSHSAA District Music Festival the held at Ft. Zumwalt East High School on Saturday, March 4th. These musicians will compete at the MSHSAA State Music Festival April 27-29. For a complete list, visit the WSD website.
 
Left WSD Students Qualify to Compete in SkillsUSA State Leadership & Skills Conference
 
Ten WSD students who attend Lewis & Clark Career Center are headed to the SkillsUSA Missouri State Leadership and Skills Conference in Linn, Missouri next month after winning at the District Competition. Students from five counties competed in February at the District event in a variety of technical, hands-on, written and oral competitions that related directly to their program of study at Lewis & Clark. See the District website for the list of winners.
 

 


March 20, 2017
Enjoy your Spring Break everyone! As a reminder, there is no school March 17-24th. We'll see you back on Monday, March 27th well rested and ready to learn! 

Holt's Kelsey Brown Named KMOX/SEMO Student of Achievement
Kelsey Brown, a junior at Holt High School, has been selected as a KMOX/Southeast Missouri State University Student of Achievement. The KMOX Student of Achievement program began 24 years ago when Hall of Fame broadcaster Jack Buck created the scholarship fund to recognize the positive accomplishments of area students. “I am super excited to have received the scholarship because it is allowing me to achieve my goal of becoming an orthopedic nurse so that I can help people,” said Brown.

WSD Students Advance to Regional Spelling Bee

Good luck to Abhiram Madala, a third grader at Crossroads Elementary, and Suliah Thomas, eighth grader at Wentzville Middle School, in the Spelling Bee finals! Abhiram and Suliah won the semi-regional written competition of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch Scripps National Spelling Bee held at McKendree University in Lebanon, Illinois on March 11th, and will compete at the Scripps National Spelling Bee Oral Finals on March 18th, also at McKendree University. The Finals Champion will advance to the 90th annual Scripps National Spelling Bee held in Maryland May 28-June 4, 2017. #WSDproud

Board of Education Candidates
Four candidates will be on the ballot for three open Board of Education seats in the April 4th election. The open seats are currently held by Courtney Tieman, Kurtis Daniels and Barbara Fine and each open seat is for a three-year term. Click on the candidate's name on the WSD website to view each of their biographies.

Crossroads Student to Compete at State
Math Competition
Rafay Cheema, a 4th grader from Crossroads Elementary, qualified to advance to the State level at the Missouri Council of Teachers of Mathematics (MCTM) Elementary Regional Competition held at Clayton High School on March 11. Rafay placed 1st in Target, 2nd in Sprint, and 2nd overall for 4th grade. This regional competition included students from all of St. Louis, St. Charles and Jefferson Counties. The State MCTM competition will be held May 6 at Columbia College in Columbia, Missouri. #WSDproud

WSD Students to Compete at State JSHS Symposium
Students from Holt, Liberty and Timberland traveled to the University of Missouri in Columbia to compete in the state level Junior Science, Engineering and Humanities Symposium (JSHS) this week. Timberland senior Connor Monahan was awarded first place in the Physical Science category and was also selected as the overall first place winner of the symposium for his project, “Predicting the Presence of Cancer in Medical Images using Convolutional Neural Networks.” Connor received a $2,000 scholarship from the Academy of Applied Science and will now advance to the national JSHS competition held in San Diego next month. Jennifer Mallery, Holt High School Science Department Chair, received the Outstanding Teacher Award at the competition for the second consecutive year.

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