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2014-2015 Academic Calendar is Approved

The revised 2014-2015 Academic Calendar was approved at the March Board of Education meeting and has been posted on the District Website. The Board of Education had originally approved a different 2014-15 calendar at their regular December meeting, but after multiple snow days this winter, the BOE asked the District's Calendar Committee to revise next year's calendar to include "built in" snow days rather than simply adding days on at the end of the school year. The revised calendar has the first day of school set at Wednesday, August 13, 2014 and the last day of school scheduled for Wednesday, May, 27, 2015. The calendar includes six weather make up dates in 2015, taken in the following order if necessary: 5/28, 5/29, 3/30, 3/31, 4/1 and 6/1. If additional days are necessary, they would be taken 6/2 through 6/5 with 6/5/15 being the last possible snow make up day.

The Calendar Committee is made up of parents and staff members, and works diligently every year to create an Academic Calendar that is balanced and as fair as possible to everyone involved.
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"Mr. Allen" Brings New Meaning to Volunteering at Boone Trail

On any given school day at Boone Trail Elementary, you can see him coming down the hall shortly after announcements. He looks like any other staff member heading to his classroom, smiling, greeting everyone with a cheerful good morning. He’s not any other staff member though. He’s not on the District payroll. He doesn’t have a required time to clock in or out, but he’s there every day, to help children learn.

Mr. Allen Loeffelman, referred to as “Mr. Allen” by all of the staff and students at Boone Trail Elementary is a volunteer – but again – he’s not just any volunteer. I guess you could say he’s a “super volunteer.” He comes to Boone Trail all day, every day, and helps in several classrooms. The classes he helps are the luckiest in the school. They have the benefit of his patience, wisdom, and persistence. There is no price tag for these gifts he gives – because they’re priceless.  >>>Full Story
Nichole Nolan Named MSDC President

WSD Instructional Coach and Professional Development Chair Nichole Nolan has been named the new President of the Missouri Staff Development Council (MSDC). The council is the largest affiliate of Learning Forward, an international organization dedicated to advancing professional learning. MSDC holds a two-day conference each spring for Missouri educators that features breakout sessions and keynote speakers. The goal of the MSDC is to ensure “every Missouri educator engages in professional learning every day so that every student achieves.”


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"Miss Isa" Thanked for Going Above and Beyond for Students

A WSD bus driver fondly known as “Miss Isa” was recognized with flowers and cards from students and parents on March 20th after she went above and beyond for the children on her bus. During her afternoon route the week prior in the Preston Woods subdivision in Lake Saint Louis, Isa spotted a suspicious vehicle with a man inside that fit the description of the vehicle involved in an attempted abduction in Lake Saint Louis on March 13th. Isa reported the suspicious vehicle with license number to dispatch and proceeded to take each child directly to their house and wait for them to safely go inside. “It was something we were told to look for, so at that point the safety of the children is paramount,” said Isa. “Every day I realize how blessed I am, and these kids are part of my blessing. I felt this was the right thing to do. I absolutely love these kids.” >>>View Story on Fox 2 News

Take a Moment and Let Your Voice Be Heard Regarding Communication in the WSD

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 taking part in this survey and providing your feedback!
 2014 WSD Communications Survey
Frontier 7th Grader Matt Jacobsen Named a Semifinalist in State Geography Bee
Matt Jacobsen, a 7th grader at Frontier Middle School, has been notified by the National Geographic Society that he is one of the semifinalists eligible to compete in the 2014 Missouri Geography Bee, sponsored by Google and Plum Creek. Matt is the son of Mitzi and Paul Jacobsen of O’Fallon.

This is the third level of the National Geography Bee competition, which is now in its 24th year. Bees were held in schools in January with fourth- through eighth-grade students throughout the state to determine each school's Bee winner. School-level winners then took a qualifying test, which they submitted to the National Geographic Society. Students with the top 100 scores in each state (and the District of Columbia) were then invited to compete at the state level. The 2014 Missouri Geography Bee will be held at Moberly Area Community College in Moberly on Friday, April 4.

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Board of Education has Three Open Seats Up for Election 


The Wentzville School District Board of Education will have three open seats in the April 8, 2014 election. School board members serve a three-year term. We encourage all of our District residents to get out and vote! For more information and candidate biographies, please visit the District website

Crossroads Elementary Rallies to Help Student Battling Cancer

Crossroads Elementary has completed a very successful fundraiser to assist one of its own students battling cancer. The Corgi Care Council led a coin drive called “Molly’s March Madness Penny War” which brought in over $9,200 for 5th grader Molly Harp who has endured multiple surgeries and treatments as she fights the disease. Mrs. Williams’ 4th grade class raised the most of any CRE class for Molly, and their reward was getting to toss pies in the faces of principal David Duckworth and assistant principal Damian Fay! The students were also challenged to raise $2,500 on the last day of the coin drive, which they exceeded! As their reward, Ms. Amy Barnett shaved her head to look more like Mr. Fay.

The funds raised by the students, staff and families were presented to Hope for Hannah, an organization started by a CRE parent for another child who battled cancer. The non-profit group added an additional $800 for a $10,000 total donation to the Harp family to help with Molly’s growing medical costs.
WSD High School Artists Collaborate with Elementary Artists on Projects with a Purpose

Crossroads Elementary kindergarten students had a special treat this semester when their artwork was reinterpreted by Timberland High School art students. Mr. Rohde from Crossroads and Crystal Wing from Timberland brought the groups together for the first time and the results were impressive! The project was called “Monsters” and students in Miss Wing’s Art Fundamentals, Studio Art and Sculpture classes created their own masterpieces based on the kindergartners’ work. “My high school students had a blast,” shared Wing. “We plan to do this again next year and possibly even make it better with a field trip for the high school students so they can work alongside the elementary students.”
     

Holt art students in Sarah Catalano’s Pre-AP and AP Studio Art classes worked with kindergarten students at Heritage Primary in Miss Bode’s class to create artwork and books based on reading they did together as partners. The high school artists first visited the kindergarten class in November and read together and created masks based on the story they read. Over the next two months, the high school students then created a special book for their kindergarten “buddy” based on the time they had spent together in November. Last week, the high school artists returned to Heritage to deliver their special books to their partners. After reading the books together, they worked on creating individualized hand print artwork too. “This opportunity was enriching and rewarding for all the students,” said Catalano. “Miss Bode and I look forward to being able to continue this learning opportunity with our classes for years to come.”
     
Timberland and Holt Winter Guard Units Finish Successful Competitive Seasons

The Timberland and Holt Winter Guard units finished their competitive seasons on a high note this past weekend. This is the first year that Timberland has fielded a Winter Guard unit, and they competed under the Mid-Continent Color Guard Association (MCCGA). On Saturday, March 29th, the THS Winter Guard took first place in Scholastic Regional A at the MCCGA Guard Championships held at Kickapoo High School in Springfield, MO. The championship included guard units from 36 schools and Timberland placed 2nd overall. This follows another first place finish at Francis Howell North on March 1st. The Timberland show is entitled “The Music Box” and is directed by Ms. Sarah Knue with assistance by Ms. Courtney Straine.

The Holt Winter Guard finished in fourth place at the MCCGA Championship held at Willard High School in Willard, MO on Saturday. This follows a sixth place overall finish at the WGI Regional contest held at Lee’s Summit West High on March 8th, second place at the WGI Regional competition held at Francis Howell on March 1st, and first place at the MCCGA Festival held at Eureka High School on January 15th. The Holt Winter Guard is currently ranked in the top twenty in the country in their division. Their program this year is entitled "Didn’t You" and is performed to the song “I Want You to Want Me” by Storm Large. Holt has competed with MCCGA and WGI for seven seasons. Their unit director is Christopher Grissom with additional assistance from LeaAnne Arata. Guard sponsors are Jim Cunningham and Nancy Buell.






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, STEM/Project Lead the Way camps, and Before and After Care, by visiting the District website.

Any questions can be directed to Tanya Kirkpatrick or by calling 636-327-5090, ext. 23287.

The Summer School Programs for 2014 have been approved and can be viewed on the District website under "WSD Info." 

Summer School registration forms are also available for those students entering 9th grade in the fall and for all high school students (9-12)
Camie's Literacy Group Seeks Trivia Players for April 12th

Camie's Literacy Group (CLG) is a non-profit group that has donated over 12,000 new books for WSD K-2 students over the last five 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. For details about Trivia Night and how to sign up, visit the District website, under Flyer Forum.

 

2014 Relay for Life is Friday, May 2 at Timberland


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elay For Life offers everyone in the community an opportunity to participate in the fight against cancer. Teams camp out at Swofford Stadium at Timberland and take turns walking or running around a track or path. Because cancer never sleeps, Relays are overnight events, and each team is asked to have a representative on the track at all times.

For more information or to sign up, visit the Relay for Life website or email event chair Amanda Moody.

*100% of items donated at the Wentzville and Lake St. Louis Walmart locations will go to WSD students in need*

Nominate an Educator for 2015 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 18, 2014 for the 2015 St. Louis Arts Awards.

Selected honorees will be announced early summer 2014. Click here for a list of past St. Louis Arts Awards honorees. 

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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