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Welcome Back!
 
 
 
  We had a great first day of school last week in the WSD!
"I'm extremely proud of our staff in every building who worked feverishly behind the scenes to ensure all students had what they needed to successfully start off the new year," said Superintendent Dr. Curtis Cain. "We are very fortunate to have a team of employees who keep the focus on students as they maneuver through the challenges and obstacles associated with being the fastest growing school district in the state. Thanks to their efforts, as well as the support of our families and community, I'm confident we are poised to have another exceptional year in the WSD!"
 
   FIRST DAY VIDEO

Dr. Cain's Welcome Back Message
 
Welcome New Teachers!
 
 


  The WSD is proud to welcome 114 new teachers this year! We continue to enroll new students daily and they will be pleased to know our new class of teachers is the "cream of the crop" given we had over 4,100 applicants for their positions. These newest teachers join an elite group of award winning educators in the WSD. 

Back to School Fair - THANK YOU!
 
     
  The 6th Annual Back to School Fair on August 6th was a great success and attracted over 3,500 people. The District gave away over 1,900 bags filled with school supplies to our students. The West St. Charles County Kiwanis Club served over 960 free pancake breakfasts, MoChip processed over 200 free Child ID kits, SSM Healthcare fitted 200 children with free helmets, Timberland and Holt students assisted with greeting and managing games, while administrators, teachers and counselors were also greeting and helping out as well. It's a great event made possible by the Corporate Sponsors, vendors and volunteers. In addition to the supplies purchased with proceeds from the Fair, Walmart, National Information Solutions Cooperative (NISC) and CrossHaven Church all contributed donations of supplies as well. 

In the true spirit of giving back, those attending the Fair donated 1,468 pounds of food to Operation Food Search (OFS) valued at $2480 - enough to feed 367 people for one day according to OFS Director of Community Relations Judy Coyman. 

The Fair has become a Back to School tradition in the WSD and serves to ensure all students have the tools they need to have a successful school year.
 Thank you to everyone who contributed and participated!

 
  More BTS Fair Photos
 
 

2016 WSD Back to School Fair Corporate Sponsors

Element Church

Ranken Technical College

Promotions Pronto

Kona Ice

Our Urgent Care

Wentzville Firefighters Community Outreach

Edward Jones – Jeff Wilson

Advance Beauty College

The Hitting Zone

Stifel

Regional Eyecare

Sylvan Learning Center

Hapkido-USA

Farmers Insurance – Kyle Heywood Agency

Camie’s Literacy Group

First Bank - Lake Saint Louis

Walmart

Master Y Kim’s World Class Tae Kwon Do

Girlology & Guyology

Red Tree Church

American Karate

Mercy Kids

Home State Health

ActOn Dentistry

Brunswick Zone XL

Athletico

Borello Orthodontists

Sam’s Club
SSM Healthcare
 
 
Communication Reminders
 
    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.    
   
Please Update Your Contact Information in the Parent Portal
 
  As we begin the new school year, the WSD is asking that you log into the SISK12 Parent Portal and update your family information. This is a quick and efficient way to ensure that the District has the most current information for your student(s). Please follow these steps to complete the update process:

If you have the WSD App, you can log in via the app or visit the District website and log into the SISK12 Parent Portal, located on the left side of the home page. (If you need to sign up for the SISK12 Parent Portal, complete the form and return it to your child's school office.)

Once you have logged into the Parent Portal, click the red button for "Online Registration." 
Click the Edit button next to the first form, “Welcome and Instructions for Existing Families” and follow the instructions shown.

If you have any questions regarding the Online Registration process, please contact the school office.
 
K-6 Plan for Growth: Boundary Committee Update
 
 
 
  A Boundary Committee meeting was held on August 2nd where committee members reviewed the 
work administration did cleaning up boundary lines with our Transportation Department on the two draft scenarios. The committee is scheduled to review additional changes online before the draft scenarios are made public in the coming weeks.


Analysis of the latest data suggests it will be possible to maintain our current middle and high school boundaries with the draft scenarios. 
The result would be a split in some elementary schools with students going to different middle schools, but middle schools would remain in the same feeder pattern to the current high schools. For example, some students at Duello would go to South Middle, and some would 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. If your address is currently served by South Middle and Timberland, for example, your address would continue to be in the South Middle and Timberland boundaries REGARDLESS of what your new elementary may be.

The committee will then reconvene after official enrollment numbers are released in late September to take a fresh look at where enrollment numbers stand by school and incorporate community input into additional tweaks to the scenarios before making a final recommendation to the Board of Education in December.

The committee is strictly addressing elementary 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.
 
Personnel Update: WSD Administrators 
 
 

Please join us in welcoming our latest administrative hires for the
2016-2017 School Year...

 
 
 
Megan Sutton
Interim Assistant Principal
at Crossroads 


 
Ken Kasten
Administrative Intern
at Discovery Ridge
 


 
Operation Warm Trivia is October 1st
 
 
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 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.  
Late Start Days for Middle and High School Students
 
     
  The WSD values professional development for our teachers and will again incorporate "late start" days for our middle and high school students so our teachers can engage in collaborative learning of their own. Supervision will be provided for students who need to be dropped off at school at the regular start time. All middle and high school buses will pick up students two hours later than normal on those days. Our elementary schools are not affected by this schedule change. The following are the late start days for middle and high school students only for this school year:
 
   August 22, 2016
September 19, 2016
October 3, 2016
October 17, 2016
December 5, 2016
February 6, 2017
March 6, 2017
April 3, 2017
April 17, 2017
May 1, 2017
 
High School Cheer and Dance Squads
Hold Clinics for Elementary and Middle School Students
 
     
  WSD high school cheer squads and dance teams are holding clinics for our youngest cheerleaders and dancers that includes an opportunity to perform at a high school game. These clinics also serve as fundraisers for the squads to help with fees associated with their competitions.

Holt Little Cheerleader Clinic - September 3rd

Future Liberty Belles Dance Clinic - September 10th

Timberland Dance Mini Clinic - September 3rd
 
WSD Communication Survey 2016 Results
 





  It is the vision of the Wentzville School District to be a model of excellence that sets the standard and maximizes the potential of every student. In order to continuously improve on our commitment to provide a quality educational experience for your child(ren), we conduct a survey every year - a Parent Satisfaction Survey in odd years and a Communications Survey in even years. We appreciate stakeholder participation as we value your feedback!

   WSD Communication Survey 2016 Results  
Parents as Teachers has Developmental Screening Appointments Available
 

The WSD’s Parents as Teachers Program has appointments available for developmental screenings for children 3 months to 4 years of age. Just as you take your child to the doctor periodically for a well check, a developmental screening offers you the opportunity to have your child’s development monitored. 
  A parent educator will administer the screening and then share the results with you. This screening is at no cost to families in the Wentzville School District. Please call 636-327-3863 ext. 22281 for more information or to schedule an appointment.    
Proposition E: PROGRESS AS PROMISED
 
 
 
 

Last year, voters approved Proposition E which generated approximately $50 million in construction projects to accommodate the WSD's continued enrollment growth. At the July Board of Education meeting, the following construction update was presented and remember, you can always visit the WSD website for 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 6,500 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. 
 
   
WSD Robotics is Seeking New Team Members
 
 
 
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.
 
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.

  WSD Notice of Non-Discrimination  

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