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Happy Holidays!
 
A holiday message from Superintendent Dr. Curtis Cain
 
Lakeview's Katherine Zak Named
2017-2018 WSD Teacher of the Year!
 
Lakeview's “Katie” Zak has been selected as the Wentzville School District Teacher of the Year for 2017-2018. Katie teaches first grade at Lakeview and has been with the WSD since 2005.

“I am very grateful,” Zak shared following the announcement. “There are so many teachers deserving of this distinction. I am the teacher I am because of all the amazing teachers I have had the benefit of working with and learning from.”

When asked about her philosophy of teaching, she shared that it is based on three precepts: All children are good, all children can learn, and all children can be successful. “My job is to ensure every student reaches their full potential.” Mrs. Zak’s principal at Lakeview, Mr. Doug Holler, shared that she is a team player who is committed to seeing her students grow. “Mrs. Zak meets each of her students at their own learning level and challenges them to learn and grow. She is patient, kind and compassionate and she makes learning fun and relevant.”

As the winner of the District Teacher of the Year, Mrs. Zak is now eligible to compete at the regional and state level in the Missouri Teacher of the Year program, which is conducted annually by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education in conjunction with the National Teacher of the Year program.
 
 
Board Approves No-Tax-Increase Bond Issue for April Ballot
 
The WSD Board of Education has unanimously voted to place a $125 million no-tax-increase bond issue on the April 3, 2018 ballot to accommodate the continued enrollment growth of the District. The “Proposition E” bond issue will include a new, comprehensive high school to be built on the recently acquired land at West Meyer and North Point Prairie in Wentzville, a new elementary school, classroom additions at Barfield Early Childhood Special Education Center, Peine Ridge Elementary, Pearce Hall and a new gymnasium at Holt High School.
 
 
WSD Hires Director of Marketing
 
The Wentzville School District Board of Education has approved the hiring of Derrick Docket as Director of Marketing. This is a new position created as part of a strategic plan to open advertising opportunities within the District. “This is something we have been looking at doing for some time,” said Superintendent Dr. Curtis Cain. “In the past, there has been a hesitation to allow advertising in our schools, but we believe that the time is right to partner with our local businesses who want to support our students and invest in our success as a growing and well-respected District. We have spent time over the last few years meeting with marketing consultants as well as other school districts who are doing this successfully and in a tasteful way. As the fastest growing school district in the state, we owe it to our taxpayers to examine alternative funding sources. Ultimately it is our hope that advertising will benefit not only our students, but all stakeholders, while also strengthening our partnerships within this fine community.”
Docket is currently serving as the Associate Commissioner of New Media & Technology for the Missouri Valley Conference where he has worked for the past seven years. He has a Bachelor of Arts in graphic design/digital imaging with a minor in advertising and promotion from Missouri State University. “I am very excited about the opportunity to develop a marketing and advertising plan for the Wentzville School District,” said Docket. “As the fastest growing district in Missouri, there is a lot of opportunity to position the WSD in the marketplace. I can already see the pride that the community has in the district and I look forward to working with everyone and developing lasting partnerships.” Docket will begin in his new role at the Wentzville School District in January and he will assist in developing the new marketing and advertising plan with a roll out to the community tentatively planned for spring.
 
Holiday Assistance Thank You!
 
Each year in December, the WSD Holiday Assistance Program helps to provide gifts for students whose families are in need. Most schools participated in the District’s traditional "Adopt-a-Family" program which matched families in need with caring donors in our schools and in our community. Six schools (Prairie View Elementary, Discovery Ridge Elementary, Duello Elementary, Frontier Middle, South Middle and Liberty High) all partnered with Morning Star Church and their Christmas Shoppe. Additionally, Heritage Elementary partnered with Calvary Church and their Christmas Store and Love in the Name of Christ (LINC), and Peine Ridge Elementary partnered with The Way Church to assist their families. In addition, countless other businesses, community organizations, student groups, staff and individuals generously donated in the heartwarming effort to ensure every WSD student had a little something to open for the holidays. Over 380 families - which includes 1,000 WSD students - received gifts in this year's effort. Thank you to everyone who donated their time and monetary gifts to make this program a success - we could not possibly do it without you! Thank you also to our caring school counselors who coordinate the effort each year at the building level. Special thanks to the following as well:
Wentzville Walmart
Morning Star Church
Wentzville NEA
Calvary Church
Wentzville United Methodist Church
The Way Church
Love in The Name of Christ (LINC)
Saints Joachim & Ann Care Services
 
THS Students Win Top Awards at 
Youth and Government Convention
 
Five students from THS won top awards at the Missouri Youth and Government (YAG) Convention held November 30 - December 1 in Jefferson City, Missouri.

Senior Connor Niles was awarded “Outstanding Statesperson” for the House of Representatives based on his well thought-out speeches and his ability to speak strongly both for and against bills, as well as ask informed questions. “I felt really good, knowing I was one of only four people, out of over 130, to receive the award,” said Niles. “It was awesome that I worked so hard and it was actually noticed.”
 
 
WSD Students Participate in Hour of Code
 
Students across the WSD joined millions of other K-12 students learning computer code as part of Computer Science Education Week December 4-10. "Hour of Code" is a global campaign designed to get students interested in computer science.

Hour of Code offers web-based lessons in computer coding that are aimed at every age group. Schools held Hour of Code sessions, had guest speakers, and students have also been logging on at home. “Introducing students to code at a young age will help them conquer the fear of trying something new and enable them to persevere in solving problems,” said Heritage Primary Computer Teacher Amy Robb. She is also the K-8 Computer Lead for the District and was recognized in November by St. Charles County for her leadership in introducing our youngest learners to coding. “Coding and problem solving are both 21st century skills employers are looking for.”
 
 
WSD Assistant Superintendent Named New
Warren County Superintendent
 
The WSD would like to congratulate Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment Dr. Gregg Klinginsmith on his selection as the new Superintendent of the Warren County School District. Dr. Klinginsmith has submitted his resignation to the Wentzville Board of Education effective June 30, 2018, which will allow him to assist in the transition process once a new Assistant Superintendent of CIA is hired. “It has been an honor to work and serve the Wentzville School District over the past three years. The administrators, teachers and support staff make the WSD a wonderful place to work,” said Klinginsmith. “It was not an easy decision to leave, but I am excited about my opportunity to be the Superintendent for the Warren County R-III School District.”
 
 
Ignite! 
 
Ignite! is a hands-on learning experience for high school juniors and seniors that provides "Associates" (students) with valuable off-campus opportunities to work with mentors, engage in real-world problem solving and make professional connections in the workplace in our community.

For the 2018-19 school year, Ignite! will join the St. Charles County CAPS Consortium. Three strands will be offered: 1) HealthCare Academy, 2) Global Business / Entrepreneurship, and 3) the newest, Technology Solutions.

"Ignite! takes everything students have learned in the classroom and applies it to an authentic work environment," said Ignite! Director Dr. Karen Hill. "Students interact closely with local professionals in the field and are learning the 'soft skills' needed in the industry. These authentic experiences will propel students to the top of the list down the road for any organization looking for an excellent employee."

For more information, students and parents are invited to an informational meeting:

DATE: January 22, 2018
TIME: 6:30 to 8:00 pm
LOCATION: Wentzville Administration Center (280 Interstate Drive, Wentzville 63385 - by Quail Ridge Park)

We will also have field trips to our Ignite! Global Business / Entrepreneurship class for our interested students on January 8th and January 10th.

Please visit our website here.
Please register for the Information meeting here by 1/15/2018.
Please express your interest in the Global Business / Entrepreneurship field trip here.
 

December 22, 2017

2018 WSD Film Festival
 
WHAT IS YOUR PASSION? The WSD is holding its second annual Film Festival in the spring for students in kindergarten through 12th grade. Students are encouraged to submit videos on topics they are passionate about.The deadline for for entries is February 21st and additional information can be found on the District website.

WSD Inclement Weather/School Closing Information
 
Timely communication with our District families is always a priority, but especially important in inclement weather/ emergency school closing situations. Please be sure to notify the school office about any change in your personal contact information. Visit the WSD website for complete Inclement Weather/School Closing Information.

Board of Education Candidate Filing Open
 
Would you like to run for the WSD Board of Education? Filing is now open to run for an open WSD seat in the April 3, 2018 election. There will be two open seats in the election and each seat is for a 3-year term. Qualified candidates must file in person during business hours (Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.) at the WSD Administrative Center located at 280 Interstate Drive, Wentzville, MO.

The WSD Administrative Center will be closed Saturdays, Sundays and the following days: December 25 and 26 as well as January 1 and 15, 2018. In addition, there will not be filing on days when school is not in session due to inclement weather with the exception of the first and last day. Candidate filing closes on January 16, 2018 at 5:00 p.m.

A lottery system for ballot order placement for first and last day filings will be utilized. The names of candidates filing on the first day will be listed in ascending order of the numbers drawn and ahead of the names of candidates filing on a later date. The names of the candidates filing on the last day will be listed in descending order after the names of all candidates who have previously filed on an earlier date. Please contact Jacinda Kirk at 636-327-3800, ext. 20323 for more information.

Timberland Student Makes All-State Band
 
JD Estlund, a senior at Timberland, has been selected as third in the state on bass clarinet in the Missouri All-State Band. On December 2nd, over 1,400 students from across Missouri met at Hickman High School in Columbia to audition for the honor of participating in the top honor band in the state. Only 109 students are accepted into this elite ensemble. For the second year consecutive year, a Timberland student has been selected to the Missouri All-State Band. “I am honored to be selected. I have working towards this since the beginning of my freshman year and it all paid off my senior year,” said Estlund. “I couldn’t be more excited to perform with 108 other students that have the same passion for music that I do.”
 

WSD Ratchet Rockers Host FIRST LEGO League Qualifiers
 
WSD’s Ratchet Rocker Robotics Club hosted FIRST LEGO League (FLL) Qualifiers last month at Wentzville Middle School. Forty FLL teams from eastern Missouri competed for a chance to go to the State Championship. Each year FLL teams are provided a challenge with a real world theme, and they have to present innovative solutions as well as effectively solve missions with their robot. Hosting an event like this not only supports the community and local teams, but continues to develop leadership skills in our students. As part of the mission of FIRST robotics to mentor and develop interest in STEM programs, high school team members are trained to become referees and provided support through queuing, keeping time, score keeping, and announcing. The Ratchet Rockers wish to thank the competing teams, the youth and adult volunteers, and the FLL partners for a successful event! #WSDproud

Polar Express Visits Barfield Early Childhood Special Education Center
 
The tradition of the Polar Express continues for its seventh year (3rd at its new location) at the Barfield Early Childhood Special Education Center, thanks to Principal Kevin Garcia. Last week, students had an opportunity to board the Polar Express, visit with Santa, and marvel at a very special Lionel train display, thanks to their principal and his helpers. Mr. Garcia's gift to his students each year reminds us all of the magic of the holidays and the value of remaining young at heart.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarship Opportunity
 
The Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration and Unity Walk will be held in January and in conjunction with those events, the MLK Committee has established a scholarship fund for WSD seniors through the Wentzville Schools Foundation. Save the dates for the Celebration (January 12th) and Unity Walk (January 15th) and visit the WSD website for scholarship details. Deadline to apply is January 5th.

Have you Downloaded the WSD App? 
 
Are you new to the WSD? Be sure to download the WSD app to have important information right at your fingertips.

Since the launch of the app in 2015, over 12,000 people have downloaded and customized it in order to follow their child's school, view news stories, reminders and important alerts - all from a smart phone. The app is available for both android devices and iPhones.

Heritage Propane School Days Program
 
Through the School Days Program, Heritage Propane will give the WSD up to $2,000 per year to purchase items for any school-related need with funds earned from the School Days Program. Any WSD parent can send their Heritage Propane receipts to school with their child. Community members can drop off or mail their receipts to the WSD Administrative Center. We will submit the receipts and Heritage Propane will total the gallons on the deposited receipts and pay $0.02 per gallon, up to a maximum of $2,000 per year.

DonorsChoose.org
PledgeCents.com
GoFundMe.com
 
 
 
The District has established an approval process for teachers who would like to solicit materials from donors via DonorsChoose.org,
PledgeCents.com, and GoFundMe.com. The WSD recognizes the potential resource this could prove to be for teachers and we appreciate innovative ideas that promote differentiated learning for our students. If you would like to support a classroom initiative in the WSD, visit DonorsChoose.org and search "Wentzville" or by zip code, or visit PledgeCents.com and click the "Classroom Needs" link, then filter the list by location and organization type, or visit GoFundMe.com and click the "Education" link, then search "Wentzville School."


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