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District Receives Anti-Bullying Award

The Wentzville School District has been recognized by the School Safety Advocacy Council (SSAC), a nationally-renowned school safety organization, for the District’s bullying prevention programs. The WSD was one of only four school districts nationwide to receive an Exemplary Bullying Prevention Program Award this year from the SSAC. Over 70 nominations were submitted to the SSAC awards committee, which honors schools and individuals who are making a difference in the field of bullying prevention.
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Prairie View Elementary Named State School of Character

The Character Education Partnership (CEP) has named Prairie View Elementary a Missouri State School of Character. Prairie View is one of only 14 schools in Missouri to receive this designation in 2014. State Schools of Character have demonstrated a focus on character development that has had a positive impact on academic achievement, student behavior, and school climate.
Lake Saint Louis Police Warn of Attempted Child Abduction 

Lake Saint Louis Police are warning residents about an attempted child abduction that happened early on Thursday morning this week.

Authorities say around 6:25 a.m. they received a report of a white male offering a child candy in the 100 block of Shire Drive in the Saratoga subdivision off Highway N. The intended target was an eight-year-old child who refused the candy and returned home, and the parents immediately called the police.

The suspect is described as a white male, late teens to early 20s, slender build, wearing a red baseball cap and blue t-shirt. Police say he was driving an older model bright red pick-up truck with a tonneau cover. Another man, a black male, balding, wearing a green shirt, was also inside the truck. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Lake St. Louis Police Department at (636) 625-8018.

Student safety is always a top priority in the Wentzville School District, and incidents like this are a reminder that we always need to remain vigilant and keep our children aware of “stranger danger” at all times.

STEM Week Activities Abound Across the District

The WSD celebrated STEM week March 3-7 with 
a variety of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math activities. At Heritage Intermediate, Wentzville Detective Mary
Wood helped the students understand the science involved in fingerprinting. At Prairie View, Carolyn Tichenor explained the science behind radiology. At many of the elementary and middle schools, students worked together to design, build, and program as part of LEGO robotics. At the Partners for Progress STEM recognition breakfast on March 7th, Emerson O’Hara from Holt and Alexus Hunnicutt from Timberland were honored as high school students who excel in STEM related fields. Lexi has helped with the implementation of the PLTW Biomedical Program at Timberland and is also a founding member of their HOSA team. Emerson is a key player on the WSD robotics team, the "Ratchet Rockers."
WSD Celebrates Read Across America

Many schools around the country took part in the NEA’s “Read Across America Day,” but here in the WSD we celebrated all week long! The annual event marks the birthday of one of America’s most popular children’s authors, Dr. Seuss. Elementary students enjoyed visits from guest readers, and many lucky classrooms were visited by the Cat in the Hat. Students celebrated by eating green eggs and ham, wearing wacky clothes, and enjoying some Dr. Seuss trivia. Anything that encourages children to read is a good thing, Sam I Am!

Holt Senior Anna Weeden Receives Full Scholarship to Columbia College

Holt senior Anna Weeden has been named the recipient of a Presidential Scholarship from Columbia College. The scholarship covers four years of tuition at the institution and is valued at $83, 744. Anna was surprised in class at Holt this week by representatives from Columbia College with the news. “I am so excited and unbelievably surprised,” Anna shared after the announcement. “I can’t believe this happened. I want to thank both of my parents, Mr. Waters and all my teachers for their support and guidance.”

Anna is the daughter of Cynthia and John Weeden of Lake Saint Louis. She was awarded the 4-year full tuition scholarship based on her application and interviews. Over 150 incoming freshmen applied for the scholarship and only five are awarded for full tuition. Anna is a member of the Holt Scholar Bowl team and high school thespians. She is currently taking five advanced placement (AP) courses and scored a 31 on her ACT. She plans to study forensic science at Columbia College.
Junior Achievement and MasterCard Bring "JA in a Day" to WSD

Nearly 200 volunteers from MasterCard in O’Fallon brought JA in a Day to students at Discovery Ridge Elementary, Heritage Intermediate and Wentzville Middle School on Monday, March 10th. JA in a Day is a program designed to teach Junior Achievement curriculum to hundreds of students one school at a time with the help of corporate volunteers. MasterCard employees spoke with students about economic concepts, entrepreneurship and the relationship between education and future success. “The MasterCard volunteers are wonderful role models,” said Heritage principal Dr. Todd Kraft. “They teach important business concepts that will assist our students as future members of the workforce.”
Orphans in Cambodia Receive Portraits from Timberland Artists
Orphans in Cambodia have received self portraits painted by Timberland High School artists. The THS students had the opportunity to paint portraits from photographs through The Memory Project which connects art students with orphans around the world. The program was created by Ben Schumaker in 2004 after volunteering in Guatemala and speaking to a man who had grown up in an orphanage and had no personal items from his youth. THS Fine Arts Chair Crystal Wing gives her students the option each year to participate because the students actually pay a small fee to have the portraits delivered. Each year THS students eagerly step up to participate in the program, and this year was not exception. The following THS artists created 14 portraits for the Cambodian children: Kelsey Allison, John Niendick, Mili McMinn, Monica Witzke, Megan Terry, Kat Holmes, Cat Miller, Brianna Huddleston, Maki Pearson, Daria Black, Keli Schubel, Morgan Davenport and Kelsey Schneirla. The fees paid by students also helped fund a collective donation of $2,400 to help support the orphans’ education. According to The Memory Project website, art students across the globe have created over 50,000 portraits for children in 34 countries since 2004.
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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

High School Musicians and Vocalists Qualify for State Festival 

Congratulations to our high school musicians and singers who qualified for the MSHSAA State Music Festival by receiving an Honor I (highest possible) rating on their solos and ensembles at the District Music Festival held at Ft. Zumwalt East High School on Saturday, March 1st. For a complete list of those advancing to the state festival (which will be held at MIZZOU on May 3rd), visit the WSD website.
Four WSD Schools Collect Over $13, 700 in Pennies for Leukemia and Lymphoma Society
Four District schools have completed “Pennies for Patients” drives for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS), raising a total of over $13,700! Boone Trail Elementary, Lakeview Elementary, South Middle and Timberland High all held drives to benefit LLS last month. At Boone Trail, this is the third year they have raised over $6,000 for LLS. Counselors Lisa Wilson and Angie Garcia organize the drive each year in honor of the late husband of teacher Nancy Nill who died of leukemia in 2011 and in honor of a 3rd grade student named L.J. who is currently battling the disease.

Lakeview Elementary also rallied around one of their own to collect over $4400 for LLS. Izzy is a 2nd grader at LVE and her father spoke at the kick-off assembly on February 20th about Izzy, her illness and the great work LLS does as they procure better treatments and ultimately a cure for blood cancer patients. At South Middle, the drive was organized by the National Junior Honor Society and grade level teams competed to see who could bring in the most pennies. South Middle blew past their goal of raising $1,000 and collected over $2,700 for LLS. At Timberland the drive was coordinated by National Honor Society students and they contributed an additional $680.

“Thanks to research, nearly 91 percent of children with acute leukemia are survivors,” said Debbie Kersting, executive director, of LLS’ Gateway Chapter. “But there still is a long way to go. Leukemia causes more deaths than any other cancer among children under the age of 20 and it affects adults twelve times harder. Every penny really does make a difference.”

Duello Elementary Second Grader Collects Shoes for Children

Duello Elementary 2nd grader Aidyn Rose Marty celebrated her birthday in February, but this year in lieu of gifts, she requested gently used shoes that she could donate to a children’s home. She says she got the idea watching television one day and hearing about a young girl who did the same thing and it inspired her. Aidyn’s family and friends obliged and gave her shoes instead of birthday gifts and then her parents’ co-workers and friends of friends heard what she was up to and donated as well. At last count she had collected 114 pairs of shoes! “It made me happy that kids who don’t have shoes will now be getting shoes,” said Aidyn. “Maybe they will even get two pairs!” The shoes are being donated to the Missouri Baptist Children’s Home in Bridgeton, MO.
Child Nutrition Department Seeks Substitutes

Do you know someone who likes working with kids who may be looking for a part-time position that is fun, fulfilling and flexible? The WSD Child Nutrition Department is seeking men and woman to work as substitutes in the cafes. 

Apply online today!
WSD 8th Grade Bands Excel at Large Ensemble Festival

Congratulations to our three 8th grade bands for outstanding performances at the St. Louis Suburban Music Educators Association Middle School Large Ensemble Festival last week. The Wentzville Middle School 8th Grade Band, directed by James Cunningham, received an Honor I (highest) rating from all three judges. This is the twelfth consecutive year the band has received an Honor I rating at the festival which is held at Lindbergh High School. Both the South Middle School 8th grade band (directed by Matt Hayes and Courtney Straine) and Frontier Middle School 8th grade band (directed by Sarita Magno) received an Honor II rating. Thirty five bands participated in the two-day festival. An Honor I rating is termed “superior” while an Honor II rating is “excellent.” 

Wentzville Middle School Choirs Receive "Superior" Ratings Across the Board at State Music Festival

The Wentzville Middle School Loud and Proud Choir traveled to Union Missouri on Saturday, March 1st to compete in the Missouri State High School Activities Association (MSHSAA) 2014 Interscholastic Music Festival. Over 430 WMS students competed in three groups: 6th Grade Choir, 7th Grade Choir, and 8th Grade Choir. All three choirs received Superior I ratings - the highest you can receive - from all
three judges. Excerpts from the judges’ comments include “Great Discipline!
What an amazing choral program," and "(I) really enjoyed hearing your choir.” Over the last four years, WMS choirs, under the direction of Christine Wilson-Smith, have earned 19 Superior I trophies. Congratulations to all our talented vocalists!


Camie's Literacy Group Trivia Night is 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.
*100% of items donated at the Wentzville and Lake St. Louis Walmart locations will go to WSD students in need*

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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