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 Boone Trail Celebrates 25 Years of Boone Trail Days

What was life like in 1800 when St. Charles County was the frontier? Students at Boone Trail Elementary found out as classroom lessons came to life this week as students and staff celebrated the 25th anniversary of “Boone Trail Days.” Students took part in hands-on activities like shelling corn, square dancing, and spinning wool. They also enjoyed demonstrations on blacksmithing and frontier life. “You get to do lots of different things,” said first grade student Jacob Strokotter. “We look forward to it because it’s a lot of fun.”

The annual tradition is a celebration of early American life that starts in the classroom, where teachers incorporate lessons about Native Americans and pioneer life into the curriculum. Ashley Ullery experienced Boone Trail Days as a fourth grader the first year it was celebrated, and was back this year as a parent volunteer. “It’s great to be able to share this experience with my daughter Lucy.”

Tonight is the culmination of the week when the PTA sponsors a chili supper with games and hayrides. The event brings families and the community together to celebrate a fall tradition that goes back to the opening of the school. “Boone Trail Days is a tradition our staff and students look forward to each year. This was our 25th year celebrating this event,” said Principal John Schulte. “It was exciting to have former students from the first year Boone Trail was open, back as parent volunteers enjoying the festivities with their own children.”


 THS Junior Lexie Maitland Participates in
St. Louis University's Teen Idea Dash

THS Junior Lexie Maitland was chosen to represent Prosper Youth & Collegiate at Saint Louis University’s STL Teen Idea Dash. Students participated in this scavenger-hunt style competition in which teens tackle innovation challenges, generate unique solutions to designated problems and decipher clues as they raced through the City Museum.

“My team received third place,” said Lexie. “It was a great opportunity that I am really thankful to have been a part of.”


Discovery Ridge Celebrates 
6th Annual Discovery Days

Students at Discovery Ridge Elementary participated in the sixth annual “Discovery Days” last week. The event, conceived by faculty members in 2010 before construction of the new elementary school was even completed, focuses on discovery in the physical world. “Discovery Days helps our students gain an appreciation for and interest in science through exciting and fun learning experiences,” said Discovery Ridge Principal Laura Bates. “The event was also a great opportunity for the school to connect with families as well as local businesses and organizations dedicated to science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).”

The week culminated with activities that included students climbing in the cockpit of an F4 Phantom jet built by McDonnell Douglas. Other activities included solar scope viewing with the Astronomical Society of Eastern Missouri, Monsanto’s MySci Investigation Station, and science demonstrations by Mad Science. During the Mad Science demonstration, the scientist asked students “What’s the difference between a magician and a scientist?” Fourth grader Leah Dunlap responded, “Magicians try to trick you, and a scientist tries to explain things to you.”

Additional events included Dino Odell’s science songs and the St. Louis Science Center Unisphere - a portable, inflatable mini-planetarium. The celebration concluded Friday night with the St. Louis Science Center’s Family Science Night and a pizza dinner.

 WSD School Naming Contest
The Board of Education has approved a naming contest for the new Early Childhood building on Hanley Road. WSD students of any age may enter the contest. Contest entries will be accepted through December 1, 2015 and may be turned in to your school office or dropped off at Central Office.

NAMING CONTEST FORM>>>
Wentzville Firefighters Partner with WSD 
To Provide Coats for Students in Need 

Firefighters from the Wentzville Fire Protection District (WFPD) and WSD employees distributed hundreds of coats to kids in need at an event held at Wentzville Fire Station #1 last week.  WFPD firefighters partnered with Operation Warm and the Wentzville School District to supply 474 brand new coats to elementary students identified by school district counselors. “This is a tremendous program and we are extremely grateful to all of the firefighters for their fundraising efforts and the countless hours that go into this endeavor for our students,” said Director of Community Relations Mary LaPak. “It’s another example of a great community partnership that ultimately benefits hundreds of WSD students and their families.” 

The coats were purchased by the firefighters with proceeds from their Trivia Night event held in September. Operation Warm and the Coats for Kids Foundation were founded in 1998 on a national level to assist local organizations with providing quality, American-made coats to kids in need. Over the past three years, the WFPD has supplied over 1,000 coats for WSD students through Operation Warm. Firefighter-Paramedic Nick Box helped organize this year’s effort. “It’s a passion of the firefighters to help children in need,” said Box. “The children of our community are our future. Providing children with safety and comfort is a necessity to us.”

Holt International Thespian Society & FCCLA
TOTS Eat Campaign



WSD to Host "Dealing with Digital Drama"

The WSD is pleased to announce it will be hosting two events for parents in October dealing with how to keep your child safe online. "Dealing with Digital Drama" is a free presentation by Ms. Jennifer Schiffman, Prevention Specialist for the Missouri Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. During the month of October Ms. Schiffman is doing age-appropriate presentations for students in grades 3-12 at all WSD schools. In addition, there are two parent presentations to assist parents in keeping their kids safe online and encourage healthy conversations to that end.

The presentation for parents of elementary students will be held Monday, October 19th from 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. at Holt High School in the auditorium.

The presentation for parents of middle and high school students will be held Tuesday, October 20th from 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. at Timberland High School in the auditorium.

Free child care will be provided, but you need to register your child ahead of time by contacting Terrie Boyet at 636.327.3800, ext. 20342 or terrieboyet@wsdr4.org.

As the student population continues to grow, we all share responsibility for working together to facilitate our students' personal and academic growth and help secure their safety in an ever changing world of technology. We hope you will mark your calendars and join us for these important presentations.

2015 Marching Season off to a Great Start

The Timberland Marching Wolves and the Holt Marching Indians both participated in the Potosi Bi-State Marching Invitational where Timberland competed in both parade and field show competition and Holt competed in the field show competition.

In parade, Timberland received Best Music, Best Marching, Best Drum Line, Best Drum Majors, placed 1st in their class, and were Overall Parade Champion. In the preliminary field competition, Holt placed first in their class and received Outstanding Music and Outstanding Visual awards and Timberland placed 2nd in their class and received Best Color Guard and Best Drum Majors. Both Holt and Timberland were among the 8 bands (out of 23) that were chosen to advance to the finals competition. Timberland placed 2nd overall and they were also named Grand Champions (highest combined score between both parade and field show competition) while Holt placed 3rd overall. Holt’s Dana Whiting also received the Best Soloist Award. Wow! Congratulations to both bands!

 Communication Reminders

PEACHJAR

WSD parents do not need an account with Peachjar to receive flyers electronically. However, if you would like to change your settings as to how often you receive flyers, you will need to register and set up a username and password in order to do so. If you choose not to receive the flyers at all, you can opt out at the bottom of any email you receive from Peachjar. In addition, you can always view the current flyers for your school on your school website by clicking on the Peachjar button. 


DISTRICT PHONE CALLS / EMAILS / TEXTS

The WSD utilizes Blackboard and MarketVolt to send messages to parents and staff members. If you would like to customize how you receive messages (for example, you only want to receive texts and not calls or vice versa) you can contact the Community Relations Department and we will be happy to set those preferences for you. Call 636-327-3800 and ask for Community Relations or email Mary LaPak or Kathy DeLaquil.

Have you Downloaded
the New WSD App?

Over 4,200 people have already 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 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 Days at the Dome Benefits WSD Foundation

Purchase tickets to see the Rams take on the San Francisco 49ers or the Arizona Cardinals and a portion of your ticket price will benefit the WSD Foundation which supports teacher grants and senior scholarships each year in the WSD.  Don't miss this opportunity to see the Rams in action as you help support the WSD Foundation and ultimately WSD students! 


 New WSD Videos Explain School Finances 
Thanks to our friends at Education Plus, the WSD is pleased to share two new videos explaining how tax revenue is used and how school financing works. The WSD is always working to make the most of every dollar by monitoring expenditures and examining ways to reduce costs.  The Average Daily Attendance (ADA) spending in the WSD is below the state average, and the lowest of any school district in the County. This year our student MAP scores are in the top 10% in Missouri for the sixth consecutive year, which means we spend less to achieve more, and that’s a lot of educational bang for the buck!
20th Annual Holt Cross Country Turkey Trot
The Holt High School Cross Country team is sponsoring the 20th Annual Holt Cross Country Turkey Trot race on Wednesday, October 21. This race is for elementary and middle school children in the community.   Last year, over 300 kids participated and we hope to reach 350-400 kids this year. For race sign-up forms, please visit:  
Race Entry Form>>

 Martin Luther King
Coloring, Drawing, and Essay Contest

Students in all grades are invited to enter a coloring, drawing and essay contest sponsored by the Wentzville Martin Luther King Jr. Committee this fall.  The 2016 theme is “The time is Always Right to do What is Right.” The committee organizes the parade and celebration each year at Holt High School on MLK day in January. Winners will be chosen and announced at the celebration.

For more information, visit the District website

Read Across The Globe
Shine a light on literacy!
Join readers from around the world on October 19th to shine a light on literacy!  
>>>Event flyer
 Camie's Literacy Group Trivia Night
Camie's Literacy Group (CLG) is a non-profit group that has donated over 18,000 new books for WSD K-2 students over the last six years. The organization was established in 2009 by WSD diagnostician Faith Gardner after being inspired by her granddaughter Camie's love of reading. CLG’s mission, according to Gardner, is to “encourage the love of reading books in young children. To this aim we dedicate ourselves to the goal of obtaining and distributing an appropriate new book to every kindergarten, first and second grade student in the district.”  Trivia Night is CLG's sole annual fundraiser used to purchase new books that will be distributed to WSD students in May. Please consider putting together a table for this great event. 
 
WSD Alumni Corner

Holt grads Kevin Blair (2004) and Stewart Alloway (2006) competed against their former teacher and mentor Jim Cunningham, Holt's Director of Bands, at the Potosi Bi-State Invitational.  Blair is the Director of Bands at Hillsboro High School and Alloway is the Assistant Director of Bands for Jefferson City High School. 

 If you would like to submit information about a WSD alumnus, please send photo and information to Kathy DeLaquil in Community Relations.
 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@wsdr4.org with your ideas. 

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.
WSD Notice of Non-Discrimination 

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