View in browser Link to Forward To A Friend

WSD Will Opt Out of National School Lunch Program
 
The Wentzville Board of Education has voted to opt out of the National School Lunch Program, beginning with the 2018-19 school year. Susan Raster, Director of Child Nutrition for the WSD, presented information to the Board at their February 15th meeting, outlining reasons why the District should step away from the program. According to Raster, despite the District’s continued enrollment growth, fewer students are purchasing school lunches and an increasing amount of food is going to waste because students are forced to take food they don’t want as a result of the program’s mandates.
 
 
Three WSD Seniors Named National Merit Finalists
 
The WSD is proud to announce that Emma Rose from Holt High School, and Emily Henman and Troy Roberts from Timberland High School have all been selected as Finalists in the 63rd Annual National Merit Scholarship Program. Finalists represent less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors, and have the opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $32 million. Merit Scholar designees are selected on the basis of their skills, accomplishments, and potential for success in rigorous college studies.
 
 
Liberty Senior Named U.S. Presidential Scholar Candidate
 
Liberty senior Alexis Guffey has been selected as a candidate for the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program in Career and Technical Education. The program was established in 1964, by executive order of the President, to recognize and honor some of our nation's most distinguished graduating high school seniors. In 2015, the program was extended to recognize students who demonstrate exceptional ability and accomplishment in career and technical education fields. Scholars are chosen on the basis of their accomplishments in many areas; academic and artistic success, leadership, and involvement in school and the community, and represent excellence in education and the promise of greatness in America’s youth.
 
 
Proposition E 2018
Proposition E 2018 is a no-tax-increase bond issue on the April 3rd ballot to accommodate the continued enrollment growth of the District. The WSD continues to be the fastest growing school district in Missouri, adding an average of 623 students per year since 2001. Prop E will allow the WSD to borrow funds for 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. The K-6 Plan for Growth provided the District time to pay down debt so that our next schools could be built without asking voters to approve a tax increase and Prop E 2018 is the next phase of that strategic plan. It will require 57.14% voter approval in order to pass on April 3rd. If you would like additional details about Proposition E 2018, please visit the WSD website to view a list of Frequently Asked Questions.
 
WSD Schools Announce Spelling Bee Champs
 
Schools across the District have named their Spelling Bee Champions for 2018. Each winner will advance to the semi-regional written competition of the Scripps National Spelling Bee held at McKendree University in Lebanon, Illinois on March 10, 2018. Finalists from this competition will be posted by 9:00 pm that evening on stltoday.com and will also be featured the week of March 12 in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Those winners will advance to the Spelling Bee Oral Finals on March 17th, also at McKendree University, and the Finals Champion will advance to the 91st annual Scripps National Spelling Bee held in Washington, D.C. May 29 – 31, 2018. Congratulations and good luck to all of our outstanding spellers! #WSDlearns #WSDproud

Crossroads Elementary: Abhiram Madala, 4th grade (2nd year in a row)
Discovery Ridge: Kayla Kroehnke, 4th grade
Duello Elementary: Kelsey Lynch, 6th grade
Green Tree Elementary: Yashitha Deshagani, 5th grade
Heritage Intermediate: Audrey O’Daniels, 6th grade
Lakeview Elementary: Rori Hamilton, 5th grade
Peine Ridge Elementary: Catherine Hunn, 5th grade
Prairie View Elementary: Russell Haynes, 5th grade
Wabash Elementary: Tanner Bollwerk, 6th grade
South Middle School: Morgan Puszkar, 7th grade
Wentzville Middle School: Graham George, 7th grade
 
Holt Senior Wins First Place in Regional "Poetry Out Loud" Competition
 
Congratulations to Holt senior Maggie Poronto who won 1st Place in the regional "Poetry Out Loud" competition held February 7th at the Foundry Arts Center in St. Charles. The three poems she recited were: "America" by Claude McKay, "The Children's Hour" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and "Abecedarian Requiring Further Examination of Anglikan Seraphym Subjugation of a Wild Indian Reservation" by Natalie Diaz. Poetry Out Loud is a competition sponsored by The National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation that encourages students to learn about great poetry through memorization and recitation. After successful pilot programs in Washington, D.C. and Chicago, Poetry Out Loud was launched in high schools nationwide in the spring of 2006 and has grown to involve millions of students across the country. Maggie will now represent the region at the Missouri State Finals held in Jefferson City on March 8th for a chance to win $1,000 and an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C. for the national competition. Good luck Maggie! #WSDproud #WSDlearns
 
WSD Schools Announce Geography Bee Champions
 
Congratulations to the WSD students who won their school’s Geography Bee: Tycen Reckker, a 5th grader at Crossroads Elementary, Owen Witte, a 5th grader at Discovery Ridge Elementary, Hunter Lewis, a 4th grader at Prairie View Elementary, Emma Wilke, a 5th grader at Wabash Elementary, Ethan Weiler, a 7th grader at Frontier Middle, Drew Chiodini, an 8th grader at South Middle, and Nolan Haag, an 8th grader at Wentzville Middle. School bees were held in January with 4th-8th grade students throughout the state to determine each school’s winner. This is the first level of the National Geographic Bee competition, now in its 30th year. School-level winners take a qualifying test which will be submitted to the National Geographic Society for the chance to compete at the state level. Congratulations, and good luck! #WSDproud
 
WSD Students Advance to FBLA State Competition
 
Congratulations to WSD Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) students who competed at the District Competition on February 2nd, and are moving on to the state competition in Springfield, Missouri on April 8th -10th. The FBLA District 8 Competition was held in Chesterfield and over 20 local high schools participated in a variety of business categories and events. Students from Holt, Liberty and Timberland won multiple awards and at the end of the day, 28 WSD students qualified to move on to the state competition.
 
 
WSD Students Advance to FCCLA State Competition
 
Holt, Liberty, and Timberland students in Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) competed at a regional event on January 29th at Montgomery County High School and came away with Top Gold awards. Holt’s Lily Gonzalez, Alex Gervais, and Rylie O’Hara (Culinary Arts), Cassie Nichols and Paige Eller (Illustrated Talk), and Liberty’s Emma Benesek and Katelyn Yoder (Focus on the Children) and Abbie Visconti and Daelyn Nilges (Chapter Service Project Display) received Top Gold for their projects, as did Timberland’s Sofia Angel (Food Innovations) and Pait King (Sports Nutrition). By receiving Top Gold (the highest score in their category) these students earned a chance to compete at the Missouri State FCCLA Leadership Conference held March 11-13 at Tan Tara Resort in Osage Beach, Missouri. Congratulations, and good luck at the State Leadership Conference! #WSDproud
 
DECA Students Qualify for State Competition
 
DECA's District Competitive Events Conference was held on February 7th in Chesterfield and as a result, 24 Holt students, 15 Liberty students and 32 Timberland students will advance to the state competition! Twelve schools in District Six (the largest district in the state) competed in written tests and role plays in hopes of advancing to the State Career Development Conference held March 11-13 in Kansas City, Missouri. Students who place at state will then advance to the International Career Development Conference to be held April 20-25 in Atlanta, GA. DECA prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality and management in high schools and colleges around the globe. For a list of the students who qualified for State, visit the WSD website
 
Stone Creek Elementary Students Participate in Amazing Shake
 
STUDENTS LEARN LESSONS ABOUT THE VALUE OF STRONG SOCIAL SKILLS... Channel 5 ran a story last week about how students at Stone Creek Elementary are learning the importance of eye contact, a strong handshake, and a polite greeting as part of a competition for fifth graders. Members of the community assisted in the #AmazingShake last week and this week, including Board of Education members, the chief of police, Wentzville's mayor and fire chief. Congratulations to the students who scored the highest in this week's first round: Malia Loos, Ishmael Glover, Austin Humphrey, Joe Martin, Evie Laspe, Blaise Heiney, Jaydyn Yates, and Kaleigh Summers. They will advance to round two with Timberland High School students. #WSDproud #WSDlearns #LoveMOschools
 
WSD Students Participate in Valentine Service Learning Projects
 
Students across the District incorporated service learning projects into their Valentine celebrations this week. Students at all grade levels spent time doing everything from making blankets, superhero capes, pillows and chemo care packages for cancer patients, to making cards and gifts for Veterans, nursing home patients and first responders. They also collected items and donations for charitable organizations like the Crisis Nursery and The Humane Society.

Those are just a sample of service learning projects where our students and teachers were “showing the love” to members of our greater community.
Happy Valentine’s Day indeed!
CharacterPlus #WSDcares #WSDcommunity
 
 
2018 Summer School Enrollment
 
Registration is now open for the 2018 Summer School program for WSD students entering grades K-12 in the fall. The WSD will be utilizing Catapult again this year for the K-8 program, which provides all instructional materials and incentives for students to attend (gift cards). WSD teachers will be teaching the courses and all summer school (K-12) will be held June 4-28, Monday – Thursday. (PLEASE NOTE: Summer STEM Camp, a 2-week program in July is separate and registration for that will begin after Spring Break.)

To register for Summer School for students entering grades K-8 in the 2018-19 school year, complete this online FORM.

To register for Summer School for students entering grades 9-12 in the fall, see the District website to print the forms. Completed forms need to be turned in to the school counselor.
 
Follow the WSD
     
 

February 16, 2018

The District is closed on Monday, February 19th for President's Day. Enjoy the long weekend!

WSD Film Festival
WHAT IS YOUR PASSION? The WSD is holding its second annual Film Festival 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. Please note the new date for the WSD Film Festival Awards Night is March 19th at the Liberty High School Performing Arts Center. Additional information can be found on the District website.

Foundation Trivia is February 24th
The WSD Foundation provides thousands of dollars in teacher mini grants and student scholarships each year. Over $84,000 has been raised to date through the annual Trivia Night fundraiser. All are invited to participate and put together a table for this fun-filled evening!

The entry fee is $160 table (maximum of eight players). To reserve your table, you must pay in advance. Make checks payable to Wentzville School District Foundation and drop off or mail to Mary LaPak, 280 Interstate Drive, Wentzville, MO 63385. For more information call 636-327-3800, ext. 20352.

Sponsorship opportunities are also available!

Introducing NEW Interactive Lunch Menus
The WSD is very excited to announce the launch of our amazing new school menus!

When you access the breakfast and lunch menus via the website or the WSD app, you will see that they now include photos, descriptions, nutritional information, allergy and special diet filters, and carbohydrate counts for every food item, every day! This will be particularly helpful for our school nurses and students who need to closely monitor what they eat and drink to stay healthy. You can also rate menu items and provide detailed feedback about what we’re serving.

For those of you who prefer to print your menus, you can do that too! Now you can print menus in over 50 languages with allergy filters, carb counts, and special diet info.

Visit our school menus website directly by clicking HERE. If you haven’t downloaded the WSD app, do that today by going HERE for iphones and HERE for android devices.

WSD Staff and Students Participate in Lake Saint Louis Polar Plunge
The annual Lake Saint Louis Polar Plunge benefits Special Olympics Missouri, and the WSD was well represented again this year by groups from Green Tree Elementary, Stone Creek Elementary, Holt STUCO, Liberty STUCO, Timberland NHS, and Timberland HOSA. It was a chilly 41 degrees on February 3rd for the annual plunge into Lake Saint Louise. Over $91,000 was raised to benefit the athletes of Special Olympics in their year-round sports programs. #WSDcares

WSD Winter Guard Units Compete at MCCGA Regional Contest
Congratulations to the WSD Winter Guard Units on their performances last weekend! The Winter Guard units competed at the Mid-Continent Color Guard Association (MCCGA) contest held at Edwardsville High School. Timberland’s Winter Guard unit placed 1st overall in Scholastic A, Holt’s Winter Guard unit took 2nd place in Scholastic A, and Liberty’s Winter Guard took 3rd place in Scholastic A, Round 2. #WSDproud

Board of Education Candidates
The biographies from the Board of Education candidates have been posted on the WSD website. Four candidates will be on the ballot for two open seats in the April 3, 2018 election. The open seats are currently held by Natalie DeWeese and Michael Feinstein and each open seat is for a three-year term. Simply click on the candidate's name under their photo to view their submitted bio on the website.

WSD Seniors Sign National Letters of Intent
Students across the District signed National Letters of Intent on National Signing Day February 7th, the first day that a high school senior could sign a binding National Letter of Intent for college football and soccer. Liberty High School senior Claire Roberts signed a letter of intent to play soccer for Central Methodist University. Claire was joined by her mother Lisa Princivalli, father Chad Roberts, and coach Heidi Kleekamp for the signing. Claire plans to study business and criminal justice at the Division I school. Liberty had seven athletes sign NLIs last week, Holt had six athletes sign NLIs last week, and Timberland High School had five athletes sign NLIs last week. For a complete list of student athletes who have signed National Letters of Intent so far this year, visit the WSD website

WSD Kindergarten Registration Dates Set
Dates have been set for the WSD’s kindergarten registration/screening process. This event is for all children who will turn five BEFORE August 1, 2018. If your child has not been screened at the Parents as Teachers office or his/her preschool this year, appointments are required and can be made by contacting the Parents as Teachers office at 327-3863, ext. 22281. Screening appointments are filled on a first come, first served basis. While every effort will be made to accommodate you during your child’s elementary school date, it is a possibility that you may have to have a screening on another day. Your child’s completed records will ultimately be transferred to the school your child is slated to attend. All registration/screenings will take place at One Campus Drive, Wentzville, MO 63385. For a list of the registration/screening dates and more information, please visit the WSD 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.

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 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, employee, or community member who is a Heritage Propane customer can send their Heritage Propane receipts to school with their child, and the buildings will submit the receipts to Community Relations for processing. 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."
WSD NOTICE OF 
NON-DISCRIMINATION
Use this space for custom footer information.