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Proposition E Has Passed
On April 7th, WSD Voters Passed Proposition E

On April 7th, voters in the WSD passed Proposition E, a 25-cent tax levy increase to accommodate the continued enrollment growth of the District. With all precincts reporting, preliminary results are that Prop E passed with 5,376 votes in favor of the levy (55.30%) and 4,346 votes were cast against it (44.70%). "The real winners are the students of the Wentzville School District," said Superintendent Dr. Curtis Cain. "As the fastest growing school district in the state, we are now well positioned to provide the necessary classroom space for our students for the foreseeable future. This continues the great forward momentum of our District and will help to ensure that our students continue to achieve at the highest level. There is a great deal of work that lies ahead, but I'm confident our common goal of putting students first will bridge any differences and guide those efforts. The passage of Proposition E would not have been possible without the time, talent and tenacity of the WSD staff, parents, and community and it is my pleasure and privilege to lead this District moving forward."

Proposition E will generate approximately $50 million to construct a new elementary school, complete phase two of Liberty High School, construct additional classrooms at Discovery Ridge, Duello and Lakeview elementary schools, construct additional classrooms at Holt High School and provide the funds necessary to purchase land for future school sites. Proceeds from Proposition E will also be used to purchase equipment and furnishings for the new classrooms, upgrade security throughout the District, and upgrade science and FACS classrooms at Wentzville Middle School. The operating levy will expire no later than 2035.

The Wentzville School District is the only district in St. Charles County that has not raised its tax rate over the past four years. At the March 19, 2015 Board of Education meeting, the board set the overall preliminary tax rate at $4.9388 per $100 of assessed valuation, which is five cents lower than the District's current tax rate. Passage of Proposition E will increase that rate to $5.1888 per $100 of assessed value. 

 Two New Board Members Elected
to WSD Board of Education
The WSD Board of Education had two open seats in the April 7th election. Michael Feinstein was elected with 3,289 votes (21.30%) and Natalie DeWeese was elected with 3,241 votes (20.99%). Voter turnout was slightly higher than the last April election, with 38,895 votes cast in St. Charles County versus 34.418 cast across the county in April 2014. 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 21st.


 Support Staff Employees of the Year Announced
The Wentzville School District is proud to recognize all of the hard working support staff employees who go above and beyond for our students and our District. It is the support staff employees who drive our buses, prepare the food, clean our schools, and do scores of other jobs that help support the educational efforts of the District. Our support staff employees often labor behind the scenes, but their hard work does not go unnoticed or unappreciated. Every year each building in the District selects their own “Support Staff Employee of the Year,” and the building winners are eligible for the District Support Staff Employee of the Year Award, announced during the annual District Awards Banquet held in May. Congratulations to all of our building winners!


 2015 WSD Support Staff Employees of the Year

Boone Trail…Kimberly Parker, Paraprofessional
 Central Office…Marcia Moe, Executive Assistant
 Crossroads…Heather Gardner, Instructional Assistant
 Discovery Ridge…Rosemarie Hamilton, Nurse
 Duello…Shannon Susek, Instructional Assistant
 Frontier Middle…Tim Flickinger, IT Technician
 Green Tree…Laurie Castiaux, Nurse
 Harris Building/Pearce Hall…Janet Murphy, Administrative Secretary             
Heritage Intermediate…Denise Rogers, Cashier/Server
 Heritage Primary…Carolyn Murphy, Library Assistant
 Holt…Glenda Robison, Custodial Supervisor
 Lakeview…Tracy Burkes, Café Manager
Liberty…Mindy Webb, Administrative Secretary
Peine Ridge…Rebekah Tate, Instructional Assistant
Prairie View…Natalie Spatafora, Nurse
Quail Ridge Early Childhood…Kevin Barfield, Custodian
South Middle…Carol Armer, Instructional Assistant
Support Services…Andy Dwyer, Maintenance 
Timberland…Donna Davis, Nurse
Transportation…Fran Esker, Administrative Secretary
Wentzville Middle…Judy DeLuccia, Principal Secretary



The eligible positions for Support Staff Employee of the Year include Bus Driver, Chautauqua Employee, Clerical Employee, Custodian, Food Service Employee, Instructional Assistant, Library Assistant, Maintenance Employee, Mechanic, Nurse, Nurse Assistant, Secretarial, Security Guard, Paraprofessional and Technology Employee. 
 Duello Kindergarten Student Receives
President's Award for Artwork

Duello kindergarten student Weston Moellering was honored at the State Capitol in Jefferson City on March 12th for his exceptional artwork. Weston received the President’s Choice Award in the Lower Elementary Division which was presented by Missouri First Lady Georganne Nixon. Duello 3rd grader Dalton Langley, 4th grader Ella Woelfer, and 2nd grader Phoebe Roberts also had artwork chosen for the annual student art exhibit which is held in conjunction with Youth Art Month and showcases student pieces from across the state. “I am so thrilled to see the talented students of Duello being recognized for their hard work and craftsmanship. These students were selected from a large pool of entries from all over the Senate District 2 and the entire state of Missouri,” said Duello Art Teacher Hester Menier. “I am proud to have them represent the work of all Duello Elementary students, and the Wentzville School District, showing everyone the wonderful things that happen in art classrooms here everyday!” The annual exhibit was on display through the end of March in the Capitol Rotunda and is sponsored by the Missouri Art Education Association.


The WSD Transportation bus fleet was inspected by the Missouri State Highway Patrol on March 30 and 31 and was found to have an approval rate of 96.4% for first time presentations. For reference, the statewide average last year was 84.7%.

Of the 139 buses presented for inspection, only five had minor issues, and were quickly repaired, re-inspected and approved before the MSHP inspection team left, so 100% of WSD buses presented passed the final inspection. 

"Every year the Missouri State Highway Patrol conducts a thorough inspection of our fleet to ensure that our buses meet the state safety standards,” said David Wilson, Director of Transportation for the District. “Our Fleet Maintenance Manager Dan Duncan, along with our District mechanics and drivers performed admirably in preparation for and during our school bus inspection. It takes hard work and dedication to achieve the results that we did and it’s a reflection of  the professionalism of our entire department." Last year WSD buses traveled over 1,700,000 miles and safely transported over 10,000 students every school day. 


 WSD Students Tally Up Awards
at Regional Math Competition 

WSD elementary students competed at the Missouri Council of Teachers of Mathematics (MCTM) 30th annual Regional Math Competition held Saturday, April 11 at Crossroads Elementary.  Students from grades 4 and 5 from Boone Trail, Crossroads, Green Tree and Prairie View Elementary Schools competed by taking tests in a variety of categories.  The competition drew over 240 students from 22 area schools.  Twenty two WSD students placed in the top 10 for their grade, and the seven students qualified to advance to the MCTM State Math Finals held at the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg on April 25.
>>>FULL STORY

Middle School Students Receive Top Ratings at Solo and Ensemble Festival

Middle School students traveled to the SLSMEA Middle School Solo and Ensemble Festival at Holman Middle School on Saturday, April 11th. Nearly 40 seventh and eighth grade students participated in the festival and received ratings from judges based on their performances. Twenty eight WSD students received the highest rating (Honor I) and 8 students received the second highest rating (Honor II). >>FULL LIST OF PERFORMERS and RATINGS


 Wentzville Middle Student Takes Second in State Sportsmanship Essay Contest

Wentzville Middle School 8th grader Naia Sverdrup won 1st place in the St. Louis District Level and 2nd place at the State Level in the 2014-15 Missouri State High School Activities Association (MSHSAA) Junior High Sportsmanship Essay Contest.

Naia's essay was selected from 40 other district-winning essays from around the state of Missouri. Students were asked to write about how they would use social media or technology to promote positive choices and decision making for their school and community.  

Essays were judged by writing style, overall content, flow, examples, spelling, length, lead paragraph and summary paragraph, and punctuation. 

The WSD is pleased to provide parents and guardians with a wide variety of high quality summer enrichment programs designed for students of all ages. The Summer Program is available to students who reside in our District boundaries. You can view all the WSD has to offer, which includes enrichment programs and Before and After Care, by visiting the District website.

Any questions can be directed to Tanya Kirkpatrick: tanyakirkpatrick@wentzville.k12.mo.us or by calling 636-327-5090, ext. 23287. 

 Artwork from Four Timberland Students Selected for 2015 Young Artists' Showcase 

Four Timberland students had their artwork chosen to be featured in the 2015 Young  Artists’ Showcase at the St. Louis Artists’ Guild in Clayton. THS seniors Jace Garcia, Tatiana Detherow, and Sam Dudley, as well as junior Abbie Preckel were all honored at the Artists’ Reception on April 12th, which was also the opening of the exhibit which runs through Saturday, April 25thThis year marks the 41st year that the St. Louis Artists’ Guild has held the annual showcase of artwork created by high school students between 15 and 19 years old residing within 150 miles of the St. Louis Artists’ Guild. The exhibit provides talented young artists with cash awards and scholarships as well as the opportunity to compete in a professionally juried show. Admission is free and open to the public. For more information about the showcase, visit the St. Louis Artists Guild website.

 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
 April and May = MAP Testing for WSD Students

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 7–May 22.  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 5-13.  Students will take EOC exams in Algebra I, Algebra II (only those students that took Algebra I in middle school), English I, Biology and Government. The test window is longer this year to allow for all testing to be completed.  The assessments are all being taken electronically on computers, which is new for our elementary and middle school students this year, and will yield quicker results for both educators and parents.  WSD should receive the results of the ELA and math tests from DESE (Department of Elementary and Secondary Education) within 10 days of the end of the MAP test window.  Parents should check with their child’s school for specific dates when their child is testing.

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.
 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@wentzville.k12.mo.us with your ideas. 
Nominate an Educator for 2016 St. Louis Arts Awards

Take part in celebrating an arts educator, leader or innovator in the bi-state area. Nominate an individual who you believe has achieved a legacy of artistic excellence, or a business or organization that enriches the arts and cultural community. Nominations are open now through April 27, 2015 for the 2016 St. Louis Arts Awards.

Selected honorees will be announced early summer 2015. Click here for a list of past St. Louis Arts Awards honorees. 

 Do you know someone who would like
to work for the WSD?

Do you have friends or family who would like to work for the fastest growing school district in Missouri, one that also happens to be a Post-Dispatch “Top Workplace” for the past three years? 
Be sure to share with them all of the current openings in the District by visiting our website.

In addition to a variety of openings for paraprofessionals, bus drivers and child nutrition workers, we're also looking for additional substitute teachers
. Encourage your family and friends to apply today!

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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