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Holt Senior Named National Merit Scholarship Semifinalist, Two Timberland Seniors and One Liberty Senior Named
National Merit Commended Students
 
   
  The Wentzville School District is proud to announce that Matthew Brawner from Holt High School has been selected as a semifinalist and Connor Monahan and Alexandra (“Ally”) Schulte from Timberland High School, as well as Cameron Dierks from Liberty High School, have been named Commended Students in the 62nd Annual National Merit Scholarship Program.

Semifinalists represent less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors, and have the opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $33 million. Merit Scholar designees are selected on the basis of their skills, accomplishments, and potential for success in rigorous college studies. Additionally, about 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise. Commended Students placed among the top five percent of more than 1.6 million students who entered the 2017 competition by taking the 2015 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.


 
WSD Homecoming Parade is Tomorrow
 
     
  On October 1st we will host our 2nd Annual WSD Homecoming Parade that includes all three high schools. This is an opportunity to bring our schools and our community together for a great event and we hope you will join us for the parade that day which will begin at 9:30am on Campus Drive and Pearce Boulevard, travel east on Pearce Boulevard and end at Luetkenhaus Boulevard near the American Legion.

For full details about parade line-up, float staging, and parade route, please visit the WSD website.


HOMECOMING RACE: 

The annual Homecoming Race for WSD students in grades 4-8 will start at Wentzville Middle School and end at Pearce Hall (310 W Pearce Blvd.).

Distance of race: 1 mile

Times: Race day registration and pre-registered pickup from 8:30 – 9:15 am.

Divisions: 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th grade girls and boys

Awards: Medals will be given to the top five in each category

T-shirts are guaranteed to all runners who entered by September 21st. Extra shirts will be given on a first come, first served basis on race day. Separate T-shirts will be given at each race. Results will be available after each race and online at the Holt cross country booster’s website, www.holtxc.org. To register for the race, visit the WSD website.
 
     
WSD Schools Celebrate Patriot Day
 
 


  Students across the Wentzville School District participated in the annual Patriot Day Celebration to remember the lives lost on 9/11 and to honor first responders and community service providers. Both Crossroads Elementary and Heritage Intermediate held large-scale events this year, while other schools observed a moment of silence and discussed the historic significance of the events on 9/11.


K-6 Plan for Growth: Boundary Committee Update
 
 
 
   Public Comment Period will Close this Sunday, October 2nd  
  There's still time to comment on the two draft boundaries created by the WSD Boundary Committee for the 2017-18 school year and shift to all K-6 buildings. The committee has been working since March on the draft scenarios and they will meet again in a few weeks to review the latest official enrollment data as well as public feedback to make adjustments and determine a final scenario recommendation for the Board of Education.

Two draft boundary scenarios have been posted along with a locator tool so stakeholders can enter their address and see which elementary school their child could attend based on each scenario. To view the locator tool for Scenario A, click HERE. To view the locator tool for Scenario B, click HERE

Please remember these are still DRAFT scenarios and changes will likely be forthcoming based on both feedback and updated enrollment, but the committee would like to hear from you, our stakeholders, as to their progress on these two drafts. You can share your comments by visiting this forum site. You will need to create an account in order to log in and post a comment. 

As a reminder, the current middle and high school boundaries will not be changing as a result of this redistricting. 
The result will be a split in some elementary schools with students going to different middle schools from the same elementary, but middle schools will remain in the same feeder pattern to the current high schools. For example, some students at Duello will go to South Middle, and some will go to Frontier, depending on where they live. But all South Middle students would move on to Timberland and all Frontier students would still go on to Liberty High School. In other words, if you currently live in the Wentzville Middle/Holt, South Middle/Timberland or Frontier Middle/Liberty boundaries, those will not change for you regardless of what elementary school boundaries you are in when we make the shift to K-6.

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 will 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 order to request a tax increase. 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 complete timeline and updates can be found on the WSD website.
 
District Seeks Volunteers for Curriculum Review Committee 
 
     
 

The WSD is seeking individuals to serve on the Curriculum Review Committee. The purpose of the committee is to review draft course proposals, District curriculum and materials prior to submitting them to the Board of Education. The committee will meet a minimum of twice a year and meetings will be held in the evenings.

The committee is composed of parents, teachers, high school students, administrators, a technology representative, content leaders, the Director of Teaching and Learning, and the Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment.

The District is in particular need of parents from the following grade-spans and feeder patterns:

K-5: Peine, Heritage, Lakeview, Green Tree, Duello, Boone Trail
6-8: Frontier and Wentzville Middle
9-12: Timberland

Please email Billie DeFriese or Keri Skeeters if you are interested! #WSDlearns

 
Operation Warm Trivia is Tomorrow Evening
 
 
For the fourth consecutive year, the Wentzville Firefighters Community Outreach is sponsoring a Trivia Night to raise funds for Operation Warm which provides hundreds of free coats to WSD students in need.
 
  The Trivia Night is scheduled for this Saturday, October 1st beginning at 7:00 p.m. (doors open at 6:00 p.m.) The theme is "Music, Movies and All Things STL." Please join us in supporting their efforts to provide a warm coat for WSD kids! For more information, visit the WSD website.  
WSD High School Students are Repairing Chromebooks for Credit
 
  High school students taking Chromebook Lab at WSD high schools are not only learning a hands-on skill, they are helping fellow classmates at the same time. All WSD students are issued a Chromebook device at the beginning of the school year and for the first time, technically inclined students have an opportunity to learn how to fix the devices as part of a class.

At Timberland High School, there are twelve students in Carrie Seilers class who applied last spring to be a part of the class. When they are not working on diagnosing and repairing broken devices, they are taking online certification courses to hone their skills. "This has been a wonderful experience for me and the students," shared Ms. Seilers. "They love the hands-on aspect of the class and I really enjoy working with these kids." #WSDlearns

 
     
District Seeks Good Steward Committee Members
 
  Do you have a cost saving ideas 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. The next meeting is scheduled for November 16th at 4pm at Central Office. If you have a suggestion to share, or would like to serve on the committee, you can email WSDefficient@wsdr4.org.
 
WSD Marching Bands All Win at Their First Competition of the Marching Season
 
  Congratulations to all three WSD marching bands for placing in each of their first competitions of the 2016 marching season!
 
    The Holt Marching Band took 1st Place in their class at the Farmington Black Knight Invitational in Farmington, MO on September 17th and also won four caption awards for Outstanding Visuals, Outstanding Music, Outstanding Percussion and Outstanding Color Guard.

This year's show is entitled "Prairie Voices" and the band is under the direction of Jim Cunningham. Holt's drum majors are Ross Kuemmel, Megan Bourland and Ale Anchondo.
 
  The Timberland Marching Band won 1st Place in their class at the Tiger Ambush Classic in Edwardsville, IL on September 17th. This year's show is entitled "Haunted" and the band is under the direction of Courtney Straine.

Drum majors are Kyle Keller, Justin Hackmann, and Drew Schulz.

The Timberland band will compete next at the Bi-State Marching Invitational in Potosi, MO on October 8th.
 
  The Liberty Marching Band won 2nd Place in their division at the 4th Annual Music on the Meramec competition held at Fox High School in Arnold, MO on September 24th. The Eagles also won a caption award for Best Color Guard. This year's show is entitled "The Lamp" and the band is under the direction of Sarita Magno-Parsons. Drum majors are Jenn Overton, Shelby Shields, and Kaitlyn Morehouse. The Liberty Band will compete next at the Washington Marching Band Festival on October 1st.  
   
Communication Reminders
 
  Student 360: UPDATE   
  Student grade history has been added to the updated Parent Portal. If you don't see the "Academic History" tile when you log in, click on the "select tiles" icon in the lower left side of your web screen to choose it to display. We appreciate the parent input!  
     
    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.    
Timberland Celebrates International Day of Peace
 
 
 
 

Members of the Timberland High School Art Club planted over 1,000 pinwheels around the exterior of their school on September 21st in recognition of International Day of Peace. The pinwheels were created by Timberland students and staff in conjunction with “Pinwheels for Peace,” a project that was initiated in 2005 by two art teachers in Florida as a way for students to express how they felt about what was going on in the world around them. Timberland art students have participated in the project for the past nine years. “Students from so many different grades and backgrounds in the district contributed pinwheels to make this project possible,” said Timberland Art Club Vice President Isabelle Stewart. “It really brings everyone together. We hope to add even more pinwheels, and continue celebrating the International Day of Peace for years to come.” Timberland Art Club students work under the instruction of Fine Arts Department Chair Crystal Wing.

Last year, Pinwheels for Peace organizers estimate over four million pinwheels were displayed world-wide on the same day in multiple countries. “In today’s world, peace needs to be more than just a word,” is the motto shared on the project webpage, www.pinwheelsforpeace.com.


Proposition E: PROGRESS AS PROMISED
 
 
 
 

In April, 2015, voters approved Proposition E which generated approximately $50 million in construction projects to accommodate the WSD's continued enrollment growth. Many of those projects have been completed and are highlighted in this video update. Remember, you can always visit the WSD website for the latest construction updates as well! 

Have you Downloaded the WSD App?
 
  Are you new to the WSD? Be sure to download the WSD app to have important information right at your fingertips. Since the launch of the app last August, over 8,900 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.  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. 
 
   
Camie's Literacy Group Trivia Night
 
 
 
WSD 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.

A complete list of WSD teams, principals and teachers you can follow can be found on the District website.

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