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District Schools Announce Their
Teacher of the Year Recipients for 2015-16
District schools each announced their Teacher of the Year recipient for 2015-16 in conjunction with American Education Week November 16-20. 
On December 17th, the DISTRICT Teacher of the Year will be announced at the Board of Education meeting.  Congratulations to all of our Teachers of the Year!
James Bruegenhemke
Boone Trail Elementary
4th Grade Teacher
Kris Weber
Crossroads Elementary
Speech & Language 
Rachel Fitzgibbon
Discovery Ridge Elementary SPED Teacher
Danielle Todd
Duello Elementary
Kindergarten Teacher
James Povich
Green Tree Elementary
3rd Grade Teacher
 
Megan Sutton
Heritage Primary
Kindergarten Teacher
 
 Stacey Bradshaw
Heritage Intermediate
3rd Grade Teacher
Julia Tevlin
Lakeview Elementary
3rd Grade Teacher
Erin Polman
Peine Ridge Elementary
3rd Grade Teacher
 
Rachel Hopkins
Prairie View Elementary
2nd Grade Teacher
Julie Post
Frontier Middle
SPED Teacher
 
Jessica Ballard
South Middle
SPED Teacher
 
 
 Christina Wilson-Smith Wentzville Middle
Music Teacher
Sonja Trower
Early Childhood Center
SPED Teacher
 
Stephanie Moss
Holt High
SPED Teacher 
 
 Deborah Braile
Liberty High
 Science Teacher
2015-2016  Jim Andrzejewski
Timberland High
English Teacher
 
WSD Purchases Land on Highway Z for New School



The WSD has announced the purchase of 31.1 acres on Highway Z near Perry Cate Boulevard, where the District will soon start construction on a new elementary school. “This is a great location for our next building,” said Superintendent Dr. Curtis Cain. “We have seen unprecedented growth in the southeast area of our District and this school will provide much needed space for our students.” The WSD continues to be the fastest growing district in the state, adding on average between 500 and 600 new students each year since 2000.

The purchase price of the property was $1,400,445 and was funded with revenue from Proposition E which was approved by voters in April. This will be the tenth elementary school in the Wentzville School District, and the tenth school built in the WSD since 2000. The land has an appraised value of $1,760,000 according to Real Estate Analysts, Limited. “We are very pleased with the purchase price, given the appraisal and the prime location of the property,” said WSD CFO Pam Frazier.

>>>FULL STORY
 
WSD Recognized for Leadership in STEM Education



The WSD was presented with a proclamation on November 30th at the St. Charles County Council meeting for the District's "leadership in STEM education." Superintendent Dr. Curtis Cain was presented with the proclamation from the County Executive by Director of Workforce Development Scott Drachnik (left) and County Council Chair Joe Brazil (right) in honor of Computer Science Education Week and Hour of Code, which encourages students to learn more about computer science and aims to demystify coding.

"We are very fortunate to live in a caring and generous community that supports our educational goals of providing top tier curriculum with career exposure and preparation in high demand, global fields along with the most up to date technology to use for that coursework," said Dr. Cain before accepting the award. "At every level, from our teacher and parent groups to our corporate partners like MasterCard, Boeing, Pfizer and Monsanto, our community supports STEM education so our students can develop the critical thinking and problem solving skills that will enable them to be tomorrow’s leaders." 

>>>FULL STORY

 
 WSD Holiday Assistance Program Underway
Each year in December the WSD Holiday Assistance Program helps to provide gifts for needy students and their families. Last year over 425 families and more than 1,100 children received assistance in this charitable effort! The program, coordinated by the WSD Community Relations Department and school counselors, works with businesses, community groups and individuals to help make the upcoming holidays more enjoyable for struggling families. In our schools, students and staff do a variety of things to raise money and collect gifts, and many families are adopted by their own caring school community. But there is always a need for additional community support. >>>FULL STORY

 
WSD Inclement Weather/School Closing Info

Timely communication with our employees and District families is always a priority, but especially important in emergency school closing situations. If WSD schools are forced to close due to inclement weather or other factors (i.e. power outages, water main breaks) parents/guardians and students will be notified in the following ways:

District Phone Call/Text/Email

The WSD utilizes Blackboard, a mass communication broadcast system that allows school administrators to notify all households by phone, text and email within minutes of an emergency or unplanned event that causes early dismissal or school cancellation. The service may also be used occasionally by individual schools to communicate general announcements or reminders. Please be sure to notify the school office about any change in your personal contact information. You always have the option of how you would like to receive notifications (you can turn off the call and only receive texts and/or emails for example). Simply contact the Community Relations office to change your delivery preferences by calling 636/327-3800, ext. 20357 or email kathleendelaquil@wsdr4.org.

TV/Radio

When inclement weather causes the District to cancel school or dismiss classes early, please check the following television and radio stations for school closing information.

KTVI - TV Channel 2            KMOX Radio   1120 AM

KMOV - TV Channel 4           KWRE Radio 730 AM            

KSDK - TV Channel 5            KFAV  Radio 99.9 FM

These TV and radio stations also have web sites with the same school closing information. Look for the Wentzville School District. Please be advised that individual schools will not be listed separately, closings will always be listed as the Wentzville School District.

Website

The District website will be updated with any emergency school closing information. Please check on the homepage.

Facebook and Twitter

The WSD has its own Facebook page be sure to “like” us! It's a great way to keep up to date with the latest happenings in the District, complete with pictures. You can also follow the District on Twitter, just search for @WSDinfo. Both social media sites will be used not only to keep community members informed about the latest news in the District, but in the event of a school closing or emergency, this will be yet another means of communicating quickly and efficiently.

WSD App Push Notification

New this year, the WSD has an app you can download and choose to follow your child's school. The app will be an additional notification tool used in the event of a school closing or emergency to send followers a push notification directly to your phone. You can download the WSD app from iTunes or Google Play.

 
Chautauqua Available on Delayed Start Days
Would you like to utilize the WSD Before Care Program in the event school is delayed due to inclement weather? All families are welcome to utilize the Chautauqua Program on those days beginning at 6:00 a.m. If you think you would like to have that option, please register today by completing the Delayed Start Form. You may return the completed form to the Chautauqua Office located at 719 W Pearce Blvd. Wentzville, MO 63385 or send it electronically to Tanya Kirkpatrick.

If your child is not currently enrolled in the Before School Program, the cost is $10 per day. If your child is currently enrolled in the Before School Program, there is no charge and you do not need to complete the registration form. We encourage all parents who think they may want to take advantage of this program to register now. In the event of a delayed start, you will need to bring payment to the site in the form of a check made payable to the Wentzville School District. Students will not be allowed to stay without payment and prior registration.

Last year was the first year the District added a delayed start or "snow schedule day" option as an alternative to closing schools for the entire day. Under the right conditions, such as overnight snow accumulations, icy conditions, or substantial wind chill readings, the District could delay the start time of all WSD schools by two hours at the discretion of the Superintendent. The Early Childhood Center would not have morning classes on delayed start days, but would still have afternoon classes. Parents and guardians will be notified of a delayed start with the same communication methods used to communicate school closing information (call, text, email, website, TV/radio stations, Facebook, Twitter and app push notification). The delayed start option is another way to keep children as safe as possible and still provide essential instructional time. Delayed start days count as full attendance days and will not need to be made up like a "snow day" when school is closed for the entire day.
 
Timberland Student Named Alternate
to All-State Choir

Timberland senior Kaitlin LePage has been named the second alternate Soprano in the Missouri All-State Choir. This means that if one of the four selected from the St. Louis Suburban area are not able to fulfill their duties, Kaitlin would step in to take their place. "This is a very high honor and includes extremely tough competition," said THS Choir Director Ronda Fields. In addition, junior Amber Kluver and senior Tyler Chapman also qualified to audition for the All-State Choir by landing in the top 20 for their part in the St. Louis Suburban District Choirs.

LePage also tied for first place at the Missouri Choral Directors Association Sight-reading Bee. Several years ago the MCDA decided to select the top sight readers in each district to come to Missouri State Honor Choir to compete in a Sight-reading Bee.  Kaitlin LePage tied for first and will represent Timberland and the St. Louis Suburban District at the All-State Sight-reading Bee in January.  “I am so proud of her hard work,” said Fields. “She deserves this opportunity to demonstrate her achievements.”


 
WSD Seniors Accepted into UMSL Bridge Program
Two WSD high school seniors have been accepted into the University of Missouri-St. Louis (UMSL) Bridge Program. Mea Gray (THS) and Terriana Logan (HHS) have been accepted to participate in The Bridge Program Saturday Academy.  The 2015-2016 Saturday Academy is held on the first and second Saturday of each month through March 12, 2016 on the University of Missouri-St. Louis campus in various laboratories and academic classrooms.

The Academy provides an intensive 11-Saturday program for students in grades 9 through 12. Students are immersed in mathematics, science, written and oral communication, career research, personal and professional development and college planning.  For the last 30 years, UMSL’s Bridge Program has served St. Louis area students by removing barriers to college entry and paving the way for the leaders of tomorrow. The Bridge Program will provide college support services to over 600 

high school students during the 2015-2016 Saturday Academy.


Have you Downloaded
the New WSD App?

Over 4,700 people have already 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 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.


 Martin Luther King
Coloring, Drawing, and Essay Contest

Students in all grades are invited to enter a coloring, drawing and essay contest sponsored by the Wentzville Martin Luther King Jr. Committee this fall.  The 2016 theme is “The time is Always Right to do What is Right.” The committee organizes the parade and celebration each year at Holt High School on MLK day in January. Winners will be chosen and announced at the celebration.

For more information, visit the District website

 
WSD Alumni Corner

Timberland students in Christin Whitehead's Pre-AP and AP German classes skyped last week with Morgan LeBaige, a 2013 THS Graduate who is studying abroad in Munich, Germany. LeBaige answered questions from the students and talked about the cultural differences, homesickness, WWII history, her study abroad program, Oktoberfest and how she is seeing improvements in her German after just one month. LeBaige also said she would come visit Timberland's German Club in between her semesters to share more in person about her experiences abroad. Gut gemacht Wölfe!

If you would like to submit information about a WSD alumnus, please send photo and information to Kathy DeLaquil in Community Relations.



 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. 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, you can email WSDefficient@wsdr4.org with your ideas. 
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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