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WSD Hires New Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources
 
The WSD Board of Education has approved the hiring of Dr. Jennifer Hecktor as Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources for the 2018-2019 school year. She is replacing Dr. Nathan Hoven who has been named the new Chief Academic Officer for the Francis Howell School District.

Dr. Hecktor is a native of St. Charles and a graduate of Francis Howell High School. She holds a Bachelor of Science in English Education and Special Education from Lindenwood University, a Masters in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis from the University of Missouri-Columbia, an Educational Specialists in Superintendency and Leadership, and an Educational Doctorate in Teacher Leadership from Maryville University.  Dr. Hecktor taught English/Language Arts and special education in middle and high schools in the Francis Howell, Pattonville, and Fort Zumwalt school districts. She also served as a Special Education Department Chairperson, dyslexia coordinator, ELA teacher, and ESOL general education liaison in Texas and Florida before returning to Missouri and being named administrative intern of Westhoff Elementary and the building principal of Fort Zumwalt West Middle School in the Fort Zumwalt School District. She presently serves as the Assistant Superintendent of the Wright City R-II School District and is an adjunct professor at Lindenwood University. “It is an honor to be joining the vibrant learning community of the Wentzville School District,” said Hecktor. “Our goal is to provide a high-quality, compassionate, vibrant adult role model in every position in our district for every child in our district; I am excited for the opportunity to sustain and increase the recruitment, retention, and development of high-quality administrators, educators, and classified staff who dedicate themselves each day to make a positive impact in the lives of children. I’m looking forward to developing strong, trusting relationships with staff and community members that will facilitate healthy, positive working environments, conducive to providing the best possible learning experiences for the students and adults of the district."
 
WSD Robotics Team Reaches Finals in World Competition
 
The WSD Ratchet Rockers Robotics Team was part of an alliance that reached the Finals at the FIRST World Championship in Houston, Texas April 19-21. FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology), is an innovative program that encourages young people to pursue STEM education and career opportunities by combining sports excitement with the rigors of science and technology. Each year, First Robotics Competition (FRC) teams participate in a six-week build season that leads them to compete at regional, state, and potentially, the world competition. Under strict rules, limited resources, and time limits, teams are challenged to fundraise, design a brand, exercise teamwork, and build and program robots to perform tasks against competitors. The World Championship is an invitation-only event that included 700 teams from 43 countries, including the United States, Israel, Mexico, Canada, Turkey, Brazil and China.

At the end of qualifying matches, the team’s record was 8-2-0 and they were ranked 8th out of 68 teams in their subdivision. WSD Team 1706 formed an alliance with BumbleB (Team 3339 out of Israel), Walton Robotics (Team 2974 from Georgia), and Swarm (Team 957 from Oregon). The alliance challenged their opponent with consistent, strategic cube placement and tough defense. The Ratchet Rockers finished the three-day event with a final record of 12-5-1, ultimately losing to the Houston World Championship winners, an alliance from California, Texas, and Washington. “The team’s impressive design, strategy, programming, and teamwork led them to earn the status of Finalist in the Hopper Subdivision,” shared team media/tech mentor Brandy Antonio.
 
 
THS DECA Students Place in Top 10 at International DECA Conference
 
Congratulations to Timberland’s Dani Magasano and Tristen Simpson, they placed in the Top 10 at the International DECA Conference in Atlanta, Georgia April 21-24. Dani and Tristen participated in the School Based Enterprise (SBE) event at the international conference, consisting of an oral presentation judged by business professionals. The topic of the competition is based on one of the ten business standards covered in the written SBE Chapter Certification project. Timberland DECA has earned Gold-level certification for their SBE (DECA store) for the last three years. The students and their advisor Michael Oliva will be recognized May 17th at the State Capitol in Jefferson City for their accomplishments. In addition, Tristen and Holt’s Jake Teater were selected to serve on the Atlanta Live Digital Social Media Team and were recognized for their social media involvement. Holt’s Julia Meyr, District 6 Vice President, served as a voting delegate for the election of incoming international officers, and Holt’s Hunter Jurotich and Kaylee Young each received a $750 J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott Travel Scholarship. Hunter was also a finalist in the Restaurant Full Service Role Play event, and competed for the Top 10. Holt’s DECA advisor is Jolene Wofford. #WSDproud
 
WSD Students Selected for American Legion Boys State
 
Twenty-three high school juniors from the WSD have been selected to attend the American Legion Boys State of Missouri. The American Legion Boys State of Missouri is an eight-day “hands on” experience in the operation and fundamentals of government, and draws together the best and brightest high school juniors to help lead them down the path in individual success and leadership. Since its inception in 1938, Missouri Boys State has provided over 40,000 high school students with the privilege of attending this practical laboratory in citizenship and leadership training.

Those selected to attend from Holt High School are Logan Arellanes, Kane Calvillo, Christian Gard, Caleb Hunn, Palmer Soberg, Justin Waller, Clayton Waple, Joey Williams, Dylan Hicks, Bryce McQuerrey, Jack Poulsen, and Hunter Richardson. Those selected from Liberty High School include Nolan Bone, Carson Brown, Albert Edney, Joshua Geisler, Rishi Kondapaneni, and Dominic Reyes. Those selected from Timberland High School include Nate Beattie, Kamden Brown, Henry Gamber, Derek Mitchell, and Jace Nielsen.

The 79th session of Missouri Boys State will be held on the campus of the University of Central Missouri (UCM) June 16-23. Local sponsors include the American Legion, the Wentzville Community Club, the Wentzville Rotary Club, and the Timberland All-Sports Boosters Club.
 
WSD Students Selected for American Legion Auxiliary Girls State
 
Fourteen high school juniors from the WSD have been selected to attend the American Legion Auxiliary Girls State of Missouri. The American Legion Auxiliary Girls State program, founded in 1940 at William Woods College in Fulton, Missouri, changes lives by bringing together dynamic young women for an intense week developing leadership skills, patriotism and a sense of community. The participants actively participate in all phases of creating and running a working government.

Missouri Girls State delegates are selected based on their leadership abilities, interest in government, service to others and academics. Those selected from Holt High School include Sarah Broughton, Kimberly Coulon, Paige Pieper, and Hailey Szuba. Those attending from Liberty High School include Zainub Ahmed, Maya Angeles, Marlee Doniff, Emily McPherron, and Khristian Mehu. Those selected from Timberland High School include Allison Allen, Cecilia Baker, Alexis Hohenshell, Makenna Jasper, and Drue Young. Timberland High School juniors Haley Gray, Shelby Barnett, Alexis Koch, and Sofia Angel were chosen as Alternates.

The 78th session of Missouri Girls State will be held at the University of Central Missouri (UCM) in Warrensburg from June 24-30. Local sponsors include the American Legion Auxiliary, the Wentzville Community Club, the Wentzville Rotary Club, and the Timberland All-Sports Booster Club.
 
WSD Juniors Selected for Missouri Scholars Academy
 
Six WSD juniors have been selected to participate in the Missouri Scholars Academy (MSA), a three-week residential program to be held June 10-30 on the campus of the University of Missouri-Columbia. Gavin Jenkins and Devanshi Patel from Holt, Megan Kruse, Mitchell Harbour, and Alexis Bentley from Liberty, and Logan Brenningmeyer from Timberland are among 330 high school juniors from across Missouri selected for the program.

Founded in 1985, the Missouri Scholars Academy (MSA) celebrates its 33rd season this year. The goals of the Academy are to help gifted students achieve their full potential and motivate them to use their abilities to attain high standards of achievement, to encourage local schools to improve and expand gifted education programs, and to assist in providing the state with experienced faculty and specialized curriculum for such students. The 2018 Academy is primarily supported by funds provided by the University of Missouri, MSA alumni and friends, and by Missouri corporations. WSD students participating also received a partial scholarship from the Wentzville School District Foundation.

Every public and private high school in the state is allowed to nominate at least one student for the Academy. Academically, students represent the top one-half of one percent of their class in the state of Missouri. No grades or credits are awarded through the program, but students attending MSA are exposed to a wide range of activities as well as intensive instruction in their chosen area of specialization. The faculty is composed of outstanding teachers from high schools throughout the state. Guest speakers, performers, discussions, and career education will be combined with extracurricular and social activities to round out the curriculum. More than 10,000 Missouri high school students and teachers have participated in MSA since its inception in 1985.
 
Foundation Mini Grant Winners Announced
 
The WSD Foundation has announced the winners of the Foundation’s 2018 Teacher and Building Mini-Grants. On Thursday, May 3rd, Foundation Treasurer Dan Schroeder and Dr. Curtis Cain and Mary LaPak handed out 13 checks totaling $6,500 to deserving teachers at 12 different WSD buildings. In addition, Liberty High School, Discovery Ridge Elementary, Duello Elementary and Wabash Elementary received Foundation Building Grants totaling $4,000. The WSD Foundation has awarded over $83,000 to District teachers since 2004. Congratulations to these outstanding educators who are doing great things in our classrooms!  
 
 
THS Student Wins Scholarship to Study in Germany
 
THS freshman Rachel Ferrell has been awarded the Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange (CBYX) Scholarship which covers a year of study and cultural immersion in Germany. Ferrell is one of only 50 students in the mid-west region to receive this prestigious scholarship and will be spending the 2018-2019 academic year living with a German host family and attending a local school.

The full scholarship, worth nearly $16,000, is awarded through Youth for Understanding (YFU) Intercultural Exchange Program and sponsored by the U.S. Department of State. Ferrell was selected based on her demonstrated academic qualifications, cultural open-mindedness and motivation. She will serve as a “youth ambassador” from the United States for the academic year, while participating in educational, cultural and political events, including receptions and meetings with both German and American government officials.

“I am so excited and proud that Rachel has been chosen to take part in this incredible exchange,” said Timberland German Teacher Christin Whitehead. “I cannot think of a more perfect candidate for this program! She works hard, cares for others, is open-minded and is always up for a challenge.” Whitehead added that she is hoping to do some Google Hangouts next year in her class so Ferrell can virtually share her experience with her classmates.

Introduced under a presidential initiative in 1983, the CBYX program aims to strengthen U.S.-German relations through citizen diplomacy and cultural understanding. “Our world is increasingly interdependent, and YFU’s programs promote intercultural connections which provide the character, courage and confidence that creates global citizens who make our world a better place,” said Scott J. Messing, President and CEO of YFU.
 
Holt Students Win Boeing Engineering Contest
 
A team of students from Holt won the 10th Annual Boeing Engineering Challenge held on the campus of Washington University on May 2nd. Senior Mason Smith and juniors Michael Blunt, Joe Brickey, Ian Deal and Christian Gard, made up team “Delta Force Six” and won the Division 2 Championship out of over 30 teams competing in the glider challenge.

Approximately 300 students from 21 schools across the St. Louis region competed by launching balsa wood gliders in the St. Louis Field House that they have worked on all year to design and perfect. “The students consulted with Boeing engineers during the design phase,” shared Holt Project Lead the Way Teacher Ashley Gregory. “In the process, they learned important concepts in physics and aerospace engineering.” The gliders are judged on flight distance, straightest path, longest hang time and highest quality of flight.

Six teams from the WSD competed in Division 2, the Flying Wing; three teams from Holt and three teams from Timberland High School. In this division, teams had to create a cargo bay to carry balls weighing 55 grams each. Teams were challenged to achieve a stable flight without the use of a horizontal stabilizer. Delta Force Six from Holt also won 2nd Place Overall in Creative Design, 2nd Place Overall in Quality of Flight, 2nd Place Overall in Longest Flight, and 1st Place in their division for Max Time Aloft. Team members are all in Ms. Gregory’s Project Lead the Way Aerospace Engineering class at Holt. Boing sponsors the annual Engineering Challenge with support from Washington University’s Institute for School Partnership and the School of Engineering & Applied Science.
 
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May 7, 2018

LHS Students Win Honorable Mention in C-SPAN Video Contest
Representatives from C-SPAN and Spectrum visited LHS on April 25th to award Honorable Mention and $250 to three students for their video entry in C-SPAN’s annual student video documentary competition, StudentCam. During the visit, C‑SPAN presented a StudentCam certificate of merit to junior Dominic Reyes, sophomore Andrew Chastain and junior Zainub Ahmed for their video documentary, “Gun Violence the Second Amendment” during a ceremony of classmates, teachers, family and community members, to recognize their winning achievements in the national competition.
 

LHS Student Wins Annual Cuivre River Youth Tour Competition
LHS junior Rishi Kondapaneni has been selected as a winner in the Cuivre River Electric Cooperative’s 50th Annual Youth Tour Competition. Rishi, along with classmates Garrett Overton and Christian Tebeau, were honored at a reception on April 11th for having been selected as three of seven finalists out of over 100 entrants from 10 area high schools in the annual contest that begins with an essay submission. The essays, all entitled “What Do Cooperatives Mean to My Community,” were judged based on the student’s cooperative knowledge, composition, originality, grammar and neatness. The top 12 students won the opportunity to advance to the final competition where the students took a cooperative knowledge quiz and presented their essays orally.

WSD Musicians Medal at MSHSAA State Solo and Ensemble Festival
Holt, Liberty, and Timberland’s top musicians competed at the MSHSAA State Solo and Ensemble Festival in Columbia on April 26 and 27. WSD musicians, singers, and ensembles brought home numerous Gold, Silver Medals, and Bronze medals at the event. These students earned their spot at the state festival which was held on the campus of the University of Missouri by qualifying at the District competition last month.  
 

High School Bands Perform at Chicago and Gatlinburg Band Festivals
Congratulations to the Holt Symphonic and Concert bands on their performances at the National Adjudicators Invitational Dixie Classic Festival held in Chicago, IL on April 14th. The Symphonic Band received all Honor 1 ratings from the judges, and the Concert Band was awarded an Honor 2 rating from the judges. In addition, the French Horn section of the Symphonic Band was awarded the Outstanding Brass Award for the day.
Congratulations to the Timberland Symphonic, Concert, and Jazz bands on their performances at the Smoky Mountain Music Festival in Gatlinburg, TN on April 23rd. The Symphonic Band took Second Place in the 4A Concert Band Division, and received a Superior 1 rating. Soloist Troy Roberts (timpani) was awarded a Certificate of Excellence, and the flute, clarinet, and percussion sections were each awarded a Certificate of Excellence. The Concert Band took Third Place in the 3A Concert Band Division, and soloist Jacob Herrold (tambourine) was awarded a Certificate of Excellence. The Jazz Band took Third Place in the Intermediate Jazz Division and soloists Quentin Borengasser (clarinet), Chance Dunnagan (alto sax), Ryan Duchinsky (baritone sax), Drew Schulz (trumpet), and Isaac Brandhorst (trombone) were each awarded a Certificate of Excellence.  

WSD Recognized by Girl Scouts
The WSD has received the 2018 Gold Trefoil Award from the Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri (GSEM). The award was presented at a recognition ceremony held at the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center on April 14th. The Gold Trefoil Award is given to an outside individual or group for “superior contributions that create a pronounced Council-wide impact.”
The WSD was nominated for the award by Heather Hollis, GSEM District 14/Neighborhood 8 Troop Organizer (Boone Trail, Duello and Stone Creek) and #4819 Troop Leader, as well as Diane Turley, Neighborhood Manager for GSEM District 14/Neighborhood 8 and Troop Leader for #2515.
 

MAP Testing Reminders 
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 9-May 15. 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 8-16. Students will take EOC exams in Algebra I, Algebra II (only those students that took Algebra I in middle school), English II, Biology and Government. The assessments are all being taken electronically on computers again this year. Attendance is crucial on testing dates. 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.

Summer STEM Program 2018
The WSD is pleased to provide a variety of high quality summer STEM programs designed for students entering kindergarten through sixth grade during the second and third weeks of July. The two-week-long program is free and available for students who reside in our District boundaries. Registration is due by May 18th. The STEM classes will take place at Stone Creek Elementary and run Monday through Thursday from 8am until 12 noon July 9-19. There are still openings available for 3rd-6th grade classes; KDG-2nd grade classes are full. For a full listing of the classes available and a registration form, visit the WSD website.

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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."

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