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WSD Announces 2017-2018
Teachers of the Year
 
Congratulations to our WSD Teachers of the Year! District schools each announced their Teacher of the Year recipient for 2017-18 in conjunction with American Education Week. Candidates are judged on the respect and admiration of students, parents and colleagues. Selection is also based on their ability to inspire and educate students of all backgrounds and abilities. On December 21st, the DISTRICT Teacher of the Year will be announced at the Board of Education meeting. American historian Henry Adams once said, “A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops.” How fortunate we are to have so many exceptional educators in the WSD! #WSDproud
 
WSD Teacher Recognized for Engaging Students in Coding
 
Heritage Primary Computer Teacher Amy Robb, who also serves as the Wentzville School District K-8 Lead Computer Teacher, was presented with a proclamation on November 27th at the St. Charles County Council meeting for being "a role model for helping prepare the workforce of tomorrow." Robb was accompanied by Superintendent Dr. Curtis Cain and Heritage Primary Principal Geri Buss when she was presented with the proclamation from County Executive Steve Ehlmann and Director of Workforce Development Scott Drachnik. Robb was recognized 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.
 
 
Holt Students Win WorldQuest Competition
 
A team of four students from Holt High School in the Wentzville School District won the World Affairs Council of St. Louis WorldQuest competition and has qualified to compete at the 2017-2018 Academic WorldQuest competition in Washington, D.C.

Seniors Christian Hunn, Noah Cella, Jonathan Gutierrez and junior Palmer Soberg competed against over 120 students from 38 schools from across the region, as well as one team of international students. The three-hour competition includes seven rounds of questions about world affairs, foreign policy, geography and current events. Following the seven rounds, the Holt team was in a tie for first with a team from Duchesne High School, but won by answering the first question correctly. The Holt team won an all-expense paid trip to the national competition in Washington, D.C. on April 28, 2018.
 
 
LHS Senior Nominated for John T. Belcher Scholarship
 
Congratulations to Liberty senior Alexis Kayser for being selected by the WSD Board of Education as the District nominee for the John T. Belcher Scholarship. The Missouri School Board Association (MSBA) and FutureBuilders established the state-wide scholarship program in the memory of Mr. Belcher who was instrumental in developing innovative financing programs for Missouri school districts. "The learning environment for thousands of Missouri’s public school students was improved as a result of his work," says the scholarship description. "Though Mr. Belcher lost his battle with cancer in 1989, his courage was an inspiration to all who knew him."

A $1,000 scholarship is awarded to a student in each of MSBA’s 17 regions. Each member school district can choose one student to represent them in their region. Following the selection of regional winners, a statewide winner is selected and will receive an additional $1,500 scholarship. Applicants are judged on the basis of academic performance, extracurricular activities and the quality of an essay.

“Being nominated for this scholarship is both an affirmation of the work I've done throughout my high school career, and an opportunity to represent a district that has given me the ability to learn and grow for the past twelve years,” said Kayser. “I am humbled and honored to be considered for this scholarship on Wentzville's behalf.”
 
WSD Middle School Students Attend Teen Drug Summit
 
Nearly 60 WSD middle school students attended the 4th annual Teen Drug Summit yesterday at Calvary Church on Mid Rivers Mall Drive. Student leaders were chosen from Frontier, South Middle and Wentzville Middle schools to attend the event along with over 300 other students from middle schools across the county. The Summit was hosted by CRUSH (Community Resources United to Stop Heroin) which has brought together community partners, educators, law enforcement, treatment providers and community leaders to address the heroin epidemic in our county. The goal of the summit was to educate and empower St. Charles County student leaders to return to their respective schools and spread the message about the dangers of heroin and equip students with the knowledge to stay drug free. The students were educated on addiction as well as legal ramifications of heroin use; hearing first-hand accounts from undercover drug enforcement detectives and from several individuals who are recovering from heroin addiction. The continuing message from prosecutors, drug task force officers, recovering addicts and community leaders is “Not Even Once.”
 
WMS Students Harbor Lights Community Service Project
 
For the ninth consecutive year, a group of 8th grade students from Wentzville Middle School took a trip to the Salvation Army’s Harbor Lights Shelter in St. Louis today to deliver personal care and clothing items for veterans that were collected in a drive held over the last month at their school. “I am extremely proud of our WMS students and staff for their generous giving,” said Jerry Canon, 8th grade teacher and project coordinator. "Every year it grows and we receive more and more donations." The 30 students involved were chosen on the basis of an application and essay. Students stayed to distribute the donated items to the residents and also take a tour of the Salvation Army facilities that include shelter, food, medical care, and job training for homeless vets. Kudos to the students and staff of WMS for helping to make a difference! #WSDcares
 
Holt Sophomore Saves
Eighth Grader from Choking
 
KSDK ran a story Monday night about Holt sophomore Austin Medlock who saved the life of Wentzville Middle School 8th grader Kelie Burk by performing the Heimlich Maneuver when she was choking on their school bus. Austin shared he learned how to do the Heimlich in health class at Holt last year. #WSDproud
 
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December 1, 2017

2018 WSD Film Festival
WHAT IS YOUR PASSION? The WSD is holding its second annual Film Festival in the spring for students in kindergarten through 12th grade. Students are encouraged to submit videos on topics they are passionate about.The deadline for for entries is February 21st and additional information can be found on the District website

THS Students Participate in
"Welcome Wagon"
Timberland students in Patricia Nelson’s On Campus Work Experience class are learning how to effectively manage a small business to the delight of staff members looking for a morning pick-me-up delivered directly to their classroom. They are participating in Timberland’s “Welcome Wagon” – a project based learning experience designed to teach and practice life skills under the supervision of Mrs. Nelson and Instructional Assistant Sherry Miller. “Students are learning hands-on skills like filling orders and making change, as well as social and life skills interacting with customers and members of the team,” said Miller. “It’s great to see how excited they are to come to class and how accomplished they feel once they fill and deliver all the orders.”

City of Wentzville Partners With
Test My Teen
The City of Wentzville has partnered with Test my Teen, a Missouri-based company run by parents who lost their son in 2016 to a heroin overdose. Through the partnership with Test My Teen, families facing drug abuse concerns may qualify to receive a free drug test kit. The goal of Test my Teen is to reduce the number of deaths caused by the opiod/heron epidemic. To learn more and access resources including FAQ's and a guide on how to talk to your teen, visit the Test My Teen website.

The WSD is Hiring Bus Drivers
The WSD is currently hiring bus drivers and aides. Starting pay is $15.00 per hour and drivers are guaranteed at least 25 hours per week.
The District offers a full benefit package and training is provided.
Apply online at wentzville.k12.mo.us

WSD Inclement Weather/School Closing Information
Timely communication with our District families is always a priority, but especially important in inclement weather/ emergency school closing situations. Please be sure to notify the school office about any change in your personal contact information. Visit the WSD website for complete Inclement Weather/School Closing Information.

Heritage Propane School Days Program
Through the School Days Program, Heritage Propane will give the WSD up to $2,000 per year to purchase items for any school-related need with funds earned from the School Days Program. Any WSD parent can send their Heritage Propane receipts to school with their child. Community members can drop off or mail their receipts to the WSD Administrative Center. We will submit the receipts and Heritage Propane will total the gallons on the deposited receipts and pay $0.02 per gallon, up to a maximum of $2,000 per year.

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 in 2015, over 12,000 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. The app is available for both android devices and iPhones.

DonorsChoose.org
PledgeCents.com
GoFundMe.com
The District has established an approval process for teachers who would like to solicit materials from donors via DonorsChoose.org,
PledgeCents.com, and GoFundMe.com. The WSD recognizes the potential resource this could prove to be for teachers and we appreciate innovative ideas that promote differentiated learning for our students. If you would like to support a classroom initiative in the WSD, visit DonorsChoose.org and search "Wentzville" or by zip code, or visit PledgeCents.com and click the "Classroom Needs" link, then filter the list by location and organization type, or visit GoFundMe.com and click the "Education" link, then search "Wentzville School."
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