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Congratulations to the 2016
WSD Support Staff Employees of the Year!
 
 


The WSD 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 in May.
Congratulations to all of our building winners!


2016 WSD Support Staff Employees of the Year

  • Barfield ECSC/PAT…Laura Abegg, Nurse
  • Boone Trail…Debbie Apple, Custodian
  • Central Office/Technology/Harris/Pearce Hall…
    Melanie Willis, Administrative Secretary
  • Crossroads…Cindy Berry, Paraprofessional
  • Discovery Ridge…Jeanette Ventimiglia, Instructional Assistant
  • Duello…Takako Kekeisen, SPED Instructional Assistant
  • Frontier Middle…Linda Pupillo, Instructional Assistant
  • Green Tree…Leah Brandt, Custodian
  • Heritage Intermediate…Tracy Metzler, Paraprofessional
  • Heritage Primary…Robbin Robinson, Principal Secretary
  • Holt…Donna Paterson, Financial Secretary
  • Lakeview…Megan Malay, Instructional Assistant
  • Liberty…Luther Morris Jr., Custodian
  • Peine Ridge…Arje’ Crawford, Nurse
  • Prairie View…Larry Miller, Custodian Building Supervisor
  • South Middle…Ashley Fleece, Instructional Assistant
  • Support Services…Michael Heppermann, Sr., Delivery Specialist
  • Timberland…Janelle Weicht, Financial Secretary
  • Transportation…Clark Allers, Bus Driver
  • Wentzville Middle…Katie Buxton, Division 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. 

>>>SSEOY VIDEO

 
 
 
 2016 Board of Education Election Results
 
 


The WSD Board of Education had three open seats in the April 5th election (2 three-year seats and 1 one-year seat). Jennifer Simpson was elected to a three-year term with 3,548 votes, representing over 25% of the votes cast. Incumbent Board member Dale Schaper was re-elected to fill the second three-year seat with 3,170 votes, representing over 22% of the votes cast in the election. Kurtis Daniels, who was appointed by the Board of Education in November following a vacated seat, was elected to finish out that one-year term with 3,363 votes, representing nearly 46% of the votes cast. 


Voter turnout was light, with just over 14% of the registered voters in the District casting a ballot. The results are unofficial until certified by the St. Charles County Election Authority. The Board members will be sworn in at the next Board of Education meeting on April 19th.
   

     
WSD HOSA Students Advance
to International Competition
 
     
 

Students in the Holt, Liberty and Timberland High School HOSA (Future Healthcare Professionals) chapters competed in the Missouri State Convention in Rolla, Missouri on March 28 and 29. Thirty students brought home an award and qualified to move on to the International Leadership Conference which will be held in Nashville, Tennessee on June 22-25.

HOSA is sponsored by Holt teacher Nathan Jones, Liberty teacher Meghan Aydelott and Timberland teacher James Craghead, and students must be enrolled in one of the District’s Project Lead the Way biomedical classes in order to be a member of the chapter. Congratulations to the following students who placed and will be advancing to compete at the international level.

>>>Full list of winners

 
WSD Seniors Selected for State Academic Honor
 
  Holt High School seniors Robert Griesenauer and William Rackers, and Timberland High School seniors Alexander Beattie and Jamie Wise have been selected for the 2016 Missouri Scholars 100, a statewide program that honors 100 of Missouri’s top academic students in the graduating class of 2016.  

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. 

>>>FULL STORY
 
K-6 Plan for Growth: Boundary Committee Update
 
  The Boundary Committee held its second meeting on Tuesday, March 29th at Central Office. Committee members worked on three draft scenarios for new boundaries that would potentially go into effect for the 2017-18 school year. The next Boundary Committee meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, May 10th beginning at 4:00 P.m.
 
The Boundary Committee meetings are open to the public to observe only, there will be no opportunity for public comment during the work sessions. However, stakeholders are welcome to email committee members who represent a building with questions, comments or concerns. This summer, once the committee has landed on two draft boundary scenarios, stakeholders will also have an opportunity to weigh in via an online bulletin board set up specifically for parents, employees and community members to make comments, ask questions, or make suggestions about the draft scenarios. 

The committee will take that feedback, as well as updated enrollment numbers in the fall, and fine tune the boundaries as necessary before making a final recommendation to the Board of Education (planned for December). 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

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 9th. More than 50 seventh and eighth grade students participated in the festival and received ratings from judges based on their performances. Thirty two WSD students received the highest rating (Honor I) and 15 students received the second highest rating (Honor II).  >>FULL LIST OF PERFORMERS and RATINGS


WMS 8th Graders Place in State and National Essay Contests
 
 

Wentzville Middle School 8th grader Sharayu Shrinavas won first place in the 2015-16 MSHSAA Junior High Sportsmanship Essay Contest at the St. Louis district level and 5th place at the State level for her essay answering the question “How can you help your school or community battle negative examples of sportsmanship?” Sharayu’s essay was selected from submissions from around the across the State after winning her school competition. Essays were judged on writing style, overall content, flow, spelling, length, lead paragraph, summary paragraph and punctuation. Sharayu is a member of the WMS Writing Club.

>>>Sharayu's Winning Essay

 
   
 
     

Wentzville Middle School 8th grader Brian Faintich has been selected as the third-place winner of the 2016 Money Smart Kid Essay Contest. He won $500 prize for a 300-word essay on a hypothetical/fictitious situation about a medical emergency.  He also had to complete an interview with a panel of judges before his selection.

As part of Money Smart Week, cities and states across the country are holding a Money Smart essay contest for middle school youth in grades 6-8.  This particular contest was open for students in the St. Louis area. The top three winners will be recognized at a ceremony at the Money Smart Week Kick-Off Event on Saturday, April 23. Brian is a member of the WMS Writing Club.

 
Holt STUCO Sponsors Senior Citizen Prom
 
 

 


  Holt High School STUCO will host their annual Senior Citizen's Prom Friday, April 29 from 5:00-8:00 p.m. in the Holt cafeteria. Over 100 guests have RSVP'd for the event, which includes food, dancing and fun for senior citizens from our community. Pictures will be taken from 5:00-6:00 p.m. and the event is free.   
     
WSD Winter Guard Units Deliver Outstanding Performances to Wrap Up the Season
 
     
  Congratulations to the WSD high school Winter Guard units on their outstanding performances in their final competitions of the season. Timberland High School’s Winter Guard competed at the Mid Continent Color Guard Association (MCCGA) State Championships in Nixa and placed first in their round and received the Gold Medal.  Their score of 93.3 was the overall highest-scoring guard for Scholastic Regional A at the competition. Holt High School’s Winter Guard competed at the MCCGA State Championships in Willard and finished second in Round B of the Scholastic A competition, receiving a Silver Medal.  Holt finished the season ranked third overall in the state. Liberty High School’s Winter Guard took first place at the MCCGA State Championships in Ozark with the highest overall score in the Scholastic C Class.   
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!
   
Missouri Fine Arts Education Day
at the State Capitol
 
       
 

Holt students traveled to the Missouri State Capitol for Fine Arts Education Day. Brass Quintet members Abby Roe, Garry Alcorn, Aaron Spiegel, Katherine Durant and Kyle Weber performed in the Rotunda of the Capitol Building. Musical Theater Performers Madison Steiner, Preston Beene, Will Rackers, Gage Whitehurst, Leo DiFranco, Billy McCance and Bri Beames performed in the Governor’s Gardens. Students and teachers met with Rep. Bryan Spencer who introduced them on the floor of the House as guests, and treated the group to a dome tour and lunch. They also met with Senator Robert Onder in the Senate reception room.

 

Both groups applied to the Missouri Alliance for Arts Education for a slot on the program to represent students from across the state in exhibition performances. Fine Arts Education Day highlights the importance of fine arts education in Missouri schools. 


2016 Summer Programs
 
 

2016 Summer Program Handbook
 
 
April and May = MAP Testing for 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 4–May 24.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 9-17. 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. MAP and EOC tests will again be provided in an online format. 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.



Relay for Life Event at Timberland High School
 
 

 
Timberland High School Track Program
Hosts 1st Annual THS Junior Track and Field Meet
 
 

The Timberland track program will be hosting the first annual junior track and field meet on April 26th, from 5:00 - 8:00 pm at the THS track facility. This event is a fundraiser for the high school boys and girls track programs. The event is open to all Wentzville School District students in grades 5-7. Participants will be able to participate in up to 5 events. The top three participants in each event will receive a ribbon.

>>>Track and Field Meet Flyer


New Vaccine Required
For 8th & 12th Grade Students
 
     
  Effective beginning the 2016-2017 school year, the Department of Health and Senior Services has mandated that the Meningococcal Conjugate Vaccine (MCV4) will be required for all eighth (8th) and twelfth (12th) grade students. MCV4 vaccine will be required if your child has not received a dose and is older than 11 years and entering 8th grade or older than 16 years and entering 12th grade. You may request a copy of your child’s immunization record by contacting the school office.

Your child’s medical provider can provide more information concerning the vaccine and requirements. The vaccine will also be available through the St. Charles County Health Departments. 

St. Charles County Department of Public Health Back-to-School Walk-in Clinic Schedule

St. Charles County Department of Public Health Immunization Program Information


For more information, visit the WSD website.


Child Nutrition Seeks Individuals to Serve on the School Wellness Committee
 
  The Child Nutrition Department is seeking individuals to serve on the School Wellness Committee. The purpose of the committee is to bring together representatives from the schools and community to identify and address issues facing the health and well-being of our children and District employees. District staff, teachers, administrators, students and parents are all invited to take part in discussing ways to positively affect the health of students and staff.  The next meeting is April 14, 2016 at the District Central Office at 3:00 p.m.  All are welcome to attend. If you have any questions, please contact Pamela Russell in Child Nutrition at ext. 21330.
Have you Downloaded the WSD App?
 
  Over 6,000 people have downloaded the new WSD app 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 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.
 
 
     
WSD Alumni Corner - Galen Diggs
 
  Galen Diggs, a 2015 THS graduate and airman, was a guest speaker for the  THS German Club on Thursday, March 31.  He is studying Farsi at the Defense Language Institute in Monterey, California.  He talked about the benefits of studying language, how his program works and the requirements for becoming a military linguist.  

The meetings was attended by 
German and Spanish students from THS.
   
  If you would like to submit information about a WSD alumnus, please send photo and information to Kathy DeLaquil in Community Relations.  
WSD Seeks Full-time Bus Drivers
 
   
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.
 
Twitter Accounts
 
  Follow Administrators, Teachers, Coaches and Advisors on 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. 

complete list of WSD teams, principals and teachers you can follow can be found on the District website.
  WSD Notice of Non-Discrimination  

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