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Lakeview's Megan Malay Named
WSD Support Staff Employee of the Year

 
 

Congratulations to Megan Malay, Instructional Assistant from Lakeview Elementary School, for having been selected as the 2016 District Support Staff Employee of the Year! The announcement was made at the annual District Awards Banquet at Timberland High School on Wednesday, May 11th. "Megan is a great role model," said Lakeview Principal Doug Holler. "She leads with her heart and always has the best interest of the students at the forefront of her mind.  We have all witnessed her go above and beyond to care for our Lakeview Lions and their families."



  The District Awards Banquet is held each year to honor our Teachers of the Year, Support Staff Employees of the Year, 20- and 30-Year Employees and our Retirees. Entertainment was provided by the Timberland Jazz Band, Liberty pianist Cameron Graham, and the Holt Symphonic Band. Congratulations to those distinguished employees who received an award and best wishes to our retirees! 

 
Holt's Rachel Neff Wins National Merit Scholarship
 
  Holt senior Rachel Neff has received a National Merit Scholarship from The Boeing Company. She is one of 19 high school seniors in the region who have been awarded corporate-sponsored National Merit Scholarship awards. Recipients are selected on the basis of their skills, accomplishments, and potential for success in rigorous college studies. About 250 companies nationwide finance the scholarships which are typically given to children of employees of that company, residents of the community where a company is located, or for Finalists who have career interests a sponsor wishes to encourage.  
  The Boeing Company supports Merit Scholarship awards annually for children of employees and Rachel’s father Michael works for Boeing. 

 
WSD Seniors Awarded Over $150,000
in Local Scholarships
 


 
The Wentzville School District Class of 2016 has been awarded over $150,000 worth of local scholarships during Senior Honors Convocation events. These deserving students from both Holt and Timberland High Schools will be receiving their diplomas on May 21st before they continue on with their post-secondary education. Individual amounts of these awards range from $200 to $4,000. “Community groups year in and year out provide thousands of dollars in scholarships for our high achieving students so they can further their education and continue their individual path of excellence founded in the WSD,” said Superintendent Dr. Curtis Cain. “Living in a community that generously supports its students and their future endeavors is what makes our area special.”

 
WSD Graduation Ceremonies This Weekend
 
     
 

The WSD will hold high school graduation ceremonies for the Class of 2016 at the Family Arena in St. Charles on Saturday, May 21st. Close to 1,000 seniors from Holt and Timberland will graduate and receive their diplomas, and the 10,000 seat Family Arena will allow WSD graduates to bring as many guests as they like. Collectively, WSD seniors have been awarded over $13.5 million in scholarships from institutes of higher learning. Curious as to where WSD seniors are headed for post-secondary education? See a sampling of the list of institutions on the WSD website.

The graduation ceremony for Holt High School will begin at 12:00 p.m. and the ceremony for Timberland High School will begin at 4:00 p.m. No admission ticket is required, and doors will open at 11:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. respectively to begin seating. Parking is free, and guests are asked to enter through Gates 1 and 2. The Family Arena is located 1½ miles south of the 5th Street Exit off Interstate 70, at 2002 Arena Parkway St. Charles, MO 63303. 

MODOT has issued a press release regarding Hwy 70 closures in that area this weekend, so if you are attending graduation, please plan accordingly for extra time and alternate routes.


Camie's Literacy Group Makes Annual Book Donation to WSD Students
 


  Over 3,700 elementary students in the Wentzville School District received a free book this month thanks to the efforts and vision of a grandmother and educator. Faith Gardner, who works as a diagnostician for the District, is the founder of Camie’s Literacy Group (CLG). She established the group almost seven years ago after being inspired by her granddaughter Camie’s love of reading. Gardner says the idea that all children don’t have access to age-appropriate books at home was unacceptable to her, so she enlisted the help of her family, friends and coworkers in order to get CLG off the ground in 2009. That year, CLG provided a free book for every kindergarten, first and second grader enrolled at Heritage Primary. Since that time, the non-profit has donated over 23,000 books for WSD students to take home and keep as their own.

 
Art Students Awarded Annual Fire Hydrant Scholarships
 
 

  The Water Division of the Wentzville Public Works Department has awarded $2,000 worth of scholarships to two WSD artists. Autumn Pinkley, a senior at Holt High School and Anahi Anchondo Sakoda, a senior at Timberland High School, both received a scholarship worth $1,000 for their artistic fire hydrants. This is the 20th year for the contest, held annually in conjunction with National Water Week. Each year Wentzville students are asked to creatively interpret a theme for their painted hydrants. This year, dozens of students from each high school submitted “Cereal Characters” designs for consideration. The Art Department at each high school selected five worthy student entries, and these students were provided with a blank hydrant. Wentzville city employees from five different departments then judged the ten finalists, with the top hydrant from each school earning a scholarship for its creator. Runners up from Holt High School were Melyk Taouil, Courtney Morgan, Chelsea Neudeck, and Kayla Morgan. The runners up from Timberland were Anya Kuhlman, Abbie Preckel, Karsyn Cloud, and Charisma Robinson.

Autumn will be attending the University of Missouri-St. Louis in the fall, and plans on studying art education. Anahi will attend St. Charles Community College next year, then she plans to transfer in order to major in architecture. All ten colorful hydrants will be on display this month outside the Wentzville water control building located at 802 East Pearce, under the old water tower.
 
     
WSD Students Excel at State Music Festival
 


  Congratulations to all the Holt, Liberty and Timberland band and choir members who participated in the MSHSAA State Music Festival on Saturday, April 30th at the University of Missouri, Columbia. Over 100 students qualified to perform either in solos or ensembles for a rating at the state level after receiving an Honor I (Superior) rating at the District Music Festival held in March. Many of those same students received an Honor I (Superior) or Honor II (Excellent) rating at the State Festival as well.


   
WSD Robotics Team Wins State Championship
 
 
The Wentzville School District Ratchet Rockers Robotics Team earned the title of Missouri State Robotics Champion in Sedalia, MO on Saturday, May 14th. The invitation-only event included the top 32 ranked Missouri teams and was hosted by Team SCREAM #4522 at Smith-cotton High School.


     
WSD Students Receive Fire Truck Rides to School as a Reward for Outstanding Attendance
 

 
  The WSD and the Wentzville Fire Protection District (WFPD) teamed up again this year to reward elementary students who have excellent attendance and have laid the groundwork for future success. During this last full week of school, one lucky fifth grader from each elementary school in the WSD is getting a ride to school on a fire truck as a reward for their K-5 attendance and achievement. In addition, at the request of the WFPD, the Lake Saint Louis and O’Fallon fire districts both provided rides for two WSD students who live outside the WFPD boundaries. As an annual event, this celebration is intended to inspire all elementary students to achieve perfect attendance if possible. Here is the list of District students who were selected for the distinction this year:

• Boone Trail – Isabella Waggoner
• Crossroads – Brett Mason
• Discovery Ridge – Shane Wolz
• Duello – Luke Wortmann
• Green Tree – Tabitha Schacht
• Heritage – Nicholas Dawson
• Lakeview – Jonathan Oliver
• Peine Ridge – Caleb Bryan
• Prairie View – Natalie Hoffman

In order to have comprehensive public safety, our community’s first responders have to be present, day in and day out. In order to have a comprehensive public education, students need to be present, day in and day out. “Multiple studies have indicated that there is a direct correlation between good student attendance and good student achievement,” said Mary LaPak, WSD Director of Community Relations. “We are grateful to our friends and community partners in the WFPD for assisting us in rewarding our exceptional students in a very special way.”

 
K-6 Plan for Growth: Boundary Committee Update
 
  On May 10th, the Boundary Committee met for the third time to discuss the current draft boundary maps and the corresponding data presented by the demographer. The group discussed the strengths and weaknesses of the current boundary drafts and also asked clarifying questions.     
  The District also shared information with regard to the middle and high school boundaries. The initial analysis of the latest data suggests it would be possible to maintain our current 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, 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. Overall, the committee was pleased to hear that it would be possible to maintain those current middle and high school boundaries.

The next Boundary Committee meeting is scheduled for June 7th where the committee will continue to examine the draft scenarios prior to publishing them for public input. The community will have an opportunity over the summer to make comments and suggestions with regard to the two draft scenarios. Community members will also have an opportunity to utilize an online tool to plug in their address and see where their child would go to school under both draft scenarios.

The committee will then reconvene in the fall, to take a fresh look at enrollment numbers and incorporate community input into additional tweaks to the scenarios before making a final recommendation to the Board of Education later this year.

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 the next three to five years. 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 timeline and updates can be found on the WSD website.
 
High School Project Lead the Way Students Present Their Capstone Projects
 
 

Students in WSD Project Lead the Way (PLTW) capstone courses - Engineering Design & Development and Biomedical Innovation - presented their capstone projects on May 11th to the Partnership Team and guests from Pfizer, Millapore Sigma, Ranken Technical College, Boeing, Monsanto, BJC, and WSD leaders including Dr. Cain, Dr. Klinginsmith, Dr. Hoven and Dr. Marcantonio. Engineering students utilized the design process and conferred with mentors to conduct surveys to clarify a need, create design options and prototypes, and overcome obstacles to create their projects. Biomedical students increased public awareness, raised funds, and shadowed careers of interest. “These students have really raised the bar for all of our PLTW students,” said Dr. Karen Hill, Curriculum Coordinator. “The projects have the potential to be patented and positively impact our community.” Examples of some of the projects presented included “Attachable Armrest” by Timberland students Hanna Garrison and Amado Medina, and “Ultrasonic Smart Cane” by Timberland senior Alexander Beattie, which was the subject of a recent news segment on KMOV. For a complete list of the projects, visit the WSD website


       
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. Check out THIS VIDEO to see the status of those projects, and remember, you can always visit the WSD website for updates as well! 

Last Week of School Update
 
 
Just a friendly reminder that due to our one snow day this year, our last day of school is now Wednesday, May 25th for K-11 students (senior's last day is May 13th). The early release day for grades 9-11 is now Tuesday, May 24th and Wednesday, May 25th is a early release for all K-11 students. For Barfield Early Childhood, AM students will attend on Monday, May 23rd and there will be no EARLY CHILDHOOD classes on May 24th and 25th.

Academic Signings at WSD High Schools
 


  NEW THIS YEAR! Our High Schools started hosting Academic Signings once a week during the spring semester to highlight our graduating seniors moving on to post-secondary education. Similar to our athletic signings, a running list of Academic Signings can be found on the District website.  
Take the 2016 Communication Survey
 
  Effective communication is a vital component of the relationship between our District, our schools, our parents, and our community. As part of the continuing community engagement efforts of the WSD, the Community Relations Department is conducting a Communications Survey and asking our stake-holders to provide their input. 

Please click on the link and help us by providing your feedback!
   
WSD Summer Library Program
 
 


>>>Library summer building hours.
Each Wentzville elementary building has a summer library reading program. Students from grades K to 5th are encouraged to borrow up to ten picture books or five chapter books. Students can win prizes such as a combination set consisting of a book and a movie pairing. One GoPro camera will be given away at each building. Details and permissions will be coming home soon.
 
2016 Summer Programs
 
 

2016 Summer Program Handbook
 
 
Have you Downloaded the WSD App?
 
  Over 6,000 people have downloaded the WSD app this year, 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. 
 
   
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.
 
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