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WSD Refinances Bonds and Saves $5.3 Million
 
 


The WSD Board of Education unanimously approved the sale of approximately $20.9 million General Obligation Bonds that will refinance the outstanding 2009A Bonds that were sold to finance a portion of the Proposition A projects approved by voters in 2008. The refinancing saves the taxpayers of the WSD over $5.3 million in interest expense over the next 13 years. This is the seventh time in the past seven years that the District has refinanced bonds for a total interest cost savings of over $18.2 million. These savings can only be applied to reducing the District’s debt service fund tax rate and are a direct benefit to the taxpayers of the District. “The Board overwhelmingly supports any opportunity to lock in savings for our tax payers when lower interest rates can be applied to our bonds used to provide the facilities needed for our ever-growing student population,” said Board of Education President Dale Schaper. The Wentzville School District continues to be the fastest growing district in the State in the 21st Century, adding between 500 and 600 new students each year since 2001. As a result, the District has built nine new schools during that period and two more are in the planning stages, scheduled to open for the 2017-18 school year. The WSD is now the 11th largest school district in Missouri.


WSD Purchases Land for New Elementary School
 
     
 

The Wentzville School District has announced the purchase of 20.5 acres on West Meyer Road in Wentzville, where the District will soon start construction on a new elementary school. The land sits near the entrance of the Stonemoor development at Golden Gate Parkway.    >>>Full Story


 
April 5th is Election Day
   
    The WSD Board of Education will have three open seats in the April 5th election. One open seat is a one-year term and two seats are three-year terms. We encourage all of our District residents to get out and vote!

For more information and candidate biographies, please visit the District website
 
WSD Board of Education Approves Artificial Turf at All Three High Schools 
 
  The WSD Board of Education voted unanimously to approve the installation of artificial turf fields at Holt, Liberty and Timberland High Schools during its regular board meeting on March 17th. The project is estimated to cost a total of $2.3 million for all three high school fields. The cost includes $355,000 for shock pads underneath the turf to help minimize the potential for injuries, particularly concussions and joint trauma.  >>>FULL STORY
   
WSD Students Excel at DECA State Conference
 
 
 
 

Dozens of Holt, Liberty and Timberland High School marketing students joined 1,800 of their Missouri counterparts for the 68th Annual Missouri DECA State Career Development Conference at the Lodge of Four Seasons at the Lake of the Ozarks March 13-15. During the statewide conference, DECA members were evaluated by more than 100 business and industry professionals who served as competitive event judges. Students competed as individuals or in teams in a variety of categories, and were asked to solve realistic workplace problems through one-on-one interaction with an executive or community member. Thirty seven WSD students qualified for the DECA International Career Development Conference/Competition in Nashville, Tennessee April 22-27. In addition, Holt senior and DECA Chapter President Megan Friend received the Lester B. Kesterson Scholarship funded by the Foundation of Missouri DECA. The $1,000 scholarship is awarded to students who demonstrate outstanding leadership 
ability and hold a strong academic record. 

>>>FULL STORY
 
WSD Journalism Awards
 
     
  Members of the Holt, Liberty and Timberland high school newspaper and yearbook staffs attended the Journalism STL Conference at Webster University on March 7th and returned with multiple awards. Area high school journalists from more than 30 schools attended the conference, where they participated in workshops and panel discussions with local journalists and professionals in the field.   
  In addition, student work was recognized in multiple categories, including art, pictures, stories and page designs. 

>>> 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 three 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 September, and fine tune the boundaries as necessary before making a final recommendation to the Board of Education. 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

Holt Student Earns Perfect SAT Score
 
 

Holt High School Senior William Rackers has earned the highest possible SAT score of 1600. Nationally, while the actual number of students earning the top score varies from year to year, on average, less than 0.2 % of students who take the SAT earn the top score. Among test takers in the high school graduating class of 2015, only 504 of more than 1.69 million students earned a perfect SAT score. 

  >>>Full Story

 
Holt Students Earn State Level STUCO Award
 
 

Three Holt High School seniors have received the Distinguished Student Leader Award from the Missouri Association of Student Councils (MASC).  

Lily Merz, Zoie Gibbs, and Madison Meier are all members of the Holt Student Council (STUCO).  The award recognizes Missouri students who demonstrate superior student council leadership skills and knowledge based on MASC criteria and evaluation procedures.  

>>>FULL STORY

 
Ratchet Rockers Robotics Team Competes at
FIRST Competition in Huntsville, AL
 
 


 Huntsville FIRST Competition 
in the News

The WSD Ratchet Rockers Robotics Team competed at the FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics Competition March 23-26 in Huntsville, Alabama, sponsored in part by NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center. 

Catch a glimpse of the Ratchet Rockers in this newscast from the Huntsville Competition!
 
 

The regional competition included 52 teams from eleven states. The Ratchet Rockers were the 7th pick of the draft and teamed up with The Engineers of Tomorrow, a team from Kentucky. The combined team was eliminated in the quarterfinals after a tough match against the second-seeded Alliance team. The Ratchet Rockers won the Team Spirit Award for showing how to support their team at the event. The FIRST Robotics Competition challenges teams of young people and their mentors to solve a common problem in a six-week time frame using a standard "kit of parts" and a common set of rules. The Ratchet Rockers Robotics team is comprised of students from Liberty, Holt and Timberland high schools, and they have been working hard to design and construct a robot to meet the demands of the FIRST Stronghold challenge.


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!
   
WSD Students Participate in Regional
Science, Engineering, and Humanities Symposium
 
     
 

Students from Holt and Timberland High Schools took part in the regional Junior Science, Engineering, and Humanities Symposium held at Maryville University on March 18. High School students from across the state participated in the symposium and presented papers that were judged by scientists on the quality and originality of research. One Timberland student was selected to present his work at the symposium; Connor Monahan in the category of engineering/math. Three Holt students were selected to present their work at the symposium; Aimee Aubuchon in the category of general biology; Hannah Berendzen in the category of environmental science, and Rachel Neff in the category of microbiology. Rachel won the microbiology category with her work titled Elucidation of the VP35 Protein in Myotis species,” earned second place overall in the competition, and a $2500 scholarship. She will now compete at the National Junior Science and Engineering Symposium in Dayton, OH April 27-30.   >>>Full Story


2016 Summer Programs
 
 

2016 Summer Program Handbook
 
 
WSD Hosts 16th Annual Swofford Senior/Faculty
Basketball Games
 
  Each year, students and staff at Holt and Timberland high schools gear up for their respective senior/faculty basketball game in honor of the late Coach Scott Swofford who taught and coached at both schools for more than 25 years before passing away unexpectedly in 2000. All funds raised at these events go directly toward four scholarships for the seniors of Holt and Timberland High Schools.    
  Holt held their annual game on March 11th with staff defeating the seniors 46-44. Everyone left a winner though as more than $4,000 was raised in the effort! Timberland's game is scheduled for April 15th.   
 
New Vaccination Requirement for
8th and 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.


Relay for Life Event at Timberland High School
 
 

 
Liberty Theater Presents
Trouble at the Talent Show
 
 

 Liberty High School Theater will present Eileen Moushey’s “Trouble at the Talent Show” on April 14 and 15. This mystery dinner theater will be performed each evening beginning at 6:30 p.m. 

An All-School Talent Show leads to fierce competition between the Emcees, the Tiffanys, the Jocks, the Grungies, and the Regular Kids. The Lunch Ladies and Maintenance Guys are also in the show despite their bitter rivalry. Show Choir Director Sheryl and Drama Teacher Mark keep the show moving. Before the judging is complete one contestant winds up out of contention. 

The cast includes Maria Hufford, Chloie Johnson, Marlee Donif, Sam Clynes, Evan Fuhremann, Levi Fuller, Jake DeNunzio, Zoe Clancy, Austyn Kloth, Hannah McCrary, Abby Hankins, Kaitlyn Sander, Madeline Linnemeyer, Braden McMakin, Abby Falgout, Julia Wolz, Alyssa Fay, Mykaela Reiland, Nick McClanahan, Cathleen Bearry, Cameron Jones, Taylour Moenster, Heather McClanahan, and Christian Tebeau. 

Dinner will be served throughout the show and desserts can be purchased for a donation to our Relay for Life team. The performance will be held in the Liberty High School Commons. Admission is $8.00 in advance and $10.00 at the door.




 
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 5,800 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 - Tim Melville
 
         
     
 

Holt High School grad Tim Melville signed this season to pitch for the Cincinnati Reds. Kansas City chose Melville in the fourth round of the 2008 draft. While at Holt, he took the team to the Class 4A State Finals in 2006 with a 10-1 record. Read the full story here:
http://www.mydaytondailynews.com/…/cincinnati-reds-t…/nqskx/

 
  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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