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WSD Schools Celebrate International Walk to School Day

Green Tree, Heritage Primary, and Discovery Ridge joined schools from around the world to celebrate International Walk to School Day. More than 300 students from Green Tree walked to school from Boulevard Park October 8th along with parents, teachers, staff members, and Lake Saint Louis Police Officers. At Heritage Primary, students, parents and staff walked from Fireman’s Park to their school with an escort from the Wentzville Police Department, and Discovery Ridge families celebrated by walking from their neighborhoods.
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Discovery Ridge Celebrates Fifth Annual Discovery Days

Students at Discovery Ridge Elementary participated in the fifth annual “Discovery Days” during the week of October 6-10. The event, conceived by faculty members in 2010 before construction of the new elementary school was even completed, focuses on discovery in the physical world. “Discovery Days is week of hands-on learning about space and flight,” said Discovery Ridge Principal Laura Bates. “The annual event has developed our school’s sense of community, commitment to learning, and love of science.”  >>>FULL STORY

Proposition E - November 4th

When is a closet NOT a closet? When it has to be used as a classroom! Record enrollment in our elementary buildings means every square inch of available space is being used for instruction. Many students are being taught in spaces designed as closets or storage areas. At Discovery Ridge Elementary, where enrollment increased by more than 100 students over the summer, even computer classes are now being taught in a closet!

Proposition E would generate the funds needed to build a new elementary school and add over 40 classrooms around the District to help accommodate enrollment growth. For more information about Prop E, please visit the District website. If you would like to volunteer to help share information, please email propevolunteer@gmail.com


Do you know someone who needs to vote by absentee ballot? 
The deadline to request an absentee ballot to vote in the November 4th election is Wednesday, October 29th.


Did you know that you can vote via an absentee ballot by mail or in person at the St. Charles County Election Authority for the November 4th election? You can vote using an absentee ballot for a variety of reasons spelled out on the Election Authority website.

Written requests for an absentee ballot must be received in the Election Authority’s office no later than 5 p.m. on Wednesday, October 29th if you would like to use it to vote by mail in the November 4th election. The request for an absentee ballot form can be mailed, faxed or dropped off at the Election Authority.

To vote using an absentee ballot in person, you can vote Monday – Friday from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. right up until November 3rd as well as on Saturday, October 25th and Saturday, November 1st from 8:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m. at 397 Turner Blvd. in St. Peters.

Exercise your democratic right to vote!

For more information or downloadable forms, visit the St. Charles County website or the Missouri Secretary of State website. You may also contact the St. Charles County Election Authority at 636-949-7550.

 

The official September enrollment count is in, and the Wentzville School District has added 553 new students this year! That's more than enough students to fill an entire elementary school, and in fact more than the total enrollment of over 200 Missouri school DISTRICTS. Enrollment now stands at 14,781 students, and we are still the fastest growing school district in Missouri!
 
October is National Bully Prevention Month

October is National Bully Prevention Month, and the Wentzville School District is celebrating a reduction in the number of bullying incidents on District buses. One year ago this month the WSD and the CyberBully Hotline joined forces with a program that has reduced bus behavior referrals by 24%. “The bus tip line acts as a deterrent to bad behavior, just as cameras in school buildings do,” said Dr. Melody Marcantonio, Assistant Superintendent for Administrative Services. She adds that the tip line has helped prevent or quickly resolve many issues.

The CyberBully Hotline provides students and parents with the ability to anonymously report bullying, school violence, and other issues. Members of the school community can call or send a text message to the District’s CyberBully Hotline and begin a two-way anonymous dialogue with District administrators.

The partnership was designed to help the WSD prevent incidents of school bus bullying, and other school leaders around the country are now using the anonymous reporting service on their buses. “We’ve heard from many educators and transportation directors who say that having our school tip line program in place on their busses has helped reduce inappropriate behaviors and allows bus drivers to focus on getting kids to and from school safely,” said Margaret Schatz, national marketing director for the CyberBully Hotline.

Wentzville Fire Protection District Trivia Night Benefits Operation Warm in the WSD 

The Wentzville Fire Protection District is holding their 2nd Annual Operation Warm Trivia Night on Saturday, November 8th. The WFPD has teamed up again this year with Operation Warm to provide American-made coats to WSD students who need them this winter. Last year the WFPD raised enough money for over 400 coats for our students! Tables of eight are $200 ($50/couple) and there will be silent auction items and a 50/50 raffle. For additional information, visit http://tinyurl.com/WFPDoperationWARM2014.
Annual Turkey Trot POSTPONED Due to Weather

The 19th Annual Holt Cross Country Turkey Trot that was supposed to be held this week at Holt High School has been postponed until Thursday, October 23rd. Race times and location are all the same. The race is for WSD students in 4th through 8th grade. Entry fee is $10 (cash please) and there is still time to register. >>>Registration Form
If you have any questions, please contact Ed Jurotich at (636) 327-3815 ext. 31525.
South Middle's Traci Kaibel Chosen to Attend George Washington Retreat

South Middle School 8th grade social studies teacher Traci Kaibel was selected as one of 13 Missouri teachers to attend the Weekend with George Washington in Mount Vernon, Virginia. The experience was a four-day retreat at George Washington’s estate where chosen educators participated in curriculum discussions led by noted Washington scholars. Mrs. Kaibel participated in discussions, tours, and projects designed to give educators a new and deeper understanding of the life of George Washington and his unique legacy in creating and shaping the principles of America’s democracy. Mrs. Kaibel will be sharing lesson plan ideas and providing an in-service for other WSD social studies teachers based on her experience.

WMS 6th Graders Continue "Stream Team" Tradition

Every year for the past decade over 400 Wentzville Middle School sixth graders participate in “Stream Team,” a program designed to monitor the water quality in Peruque Creek in Wentzville. Through this unique and ongoing field study, students gain a deep understanding of the impact of human activity on our watershed and environment. Students, teachers and volunteers conduct visual surveys, macro invertebrate sampling, and chemical analysis of the stream. This field study is fully funded from the Discover Nature School Grant provided by the Missouri Department of Conservation. In addition to MDC, the city of Wentzville, Master Naturalist, General Motors (Earth Force), and the Department of Natural Resources all support the program through funding and provide volunteers to work with the students. WMS teachers who have been instrumental in continuing the program and forging community partnerships include Kim Eckelkamp, Diane Brannon, Laura Weisacosky and Christine Franks.
WSD Student Has Wildcats Jersey Retired

Nathan Laws was honored by the Wentzville Wildcats this week when his football jersey was officially retired at a game. Nathan is an 8th grader at Frontier Middle who suffers from a rare disorder called mitochondrial disease. A former Wildcats coach invited Nathan to be an assistant coach on his team and Mike Bush and KSDK featured them both in a "Making a Difference" segment that aired this week. You can see the inspiring story by clicking the photo:

WSD Days at the Dome Benefits the Wentzville School District Foundation
            
Purchase tickets to see the Rams take on the Denver Broncos or the Arizona Cardinals and a portion of your ticket price will benefit the WSD Foundation which supports teacher grants and senior scholarships each year in the WSD. Don't miss this opportunity to see Timberland grad Montee Ball in action as you help support the WSD Foundation and ultimately WSD students!  >>>ORDER FORM

Holt Marching Band Takes Second Place Overall at Potosi Bi-State Marching Invitational

The Holt Marching Indians continue to bring home the awards this season. On October 11th the band traveled to Potosi to compete in the Bi-State Marching Invitational where they took First Place in their class in the preliminary competition, receiving awards for outstanding music, visual and percussion performance. They continued on to the finals competition where they finished Second Place overall. Rock on Indians!
*100% of items donated at the Wentzville and Lake St. Louis Walmart locations will go to WSD students in need*
High School Booster Club Fundraisers Planned
           
The All-Sports Booster Club at Timberland High School will hold it's first ever Parking Lot Sale to benefit THS teams and clubs on Saturday, October 18th from 8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Item donations are being accepted! Contact Linda Gubera for information.


Liberty High School Boos
ters are hosting their first ever
Red & Blue Fall Festival featuring games, food, and hay rides with former Crossroads Principal "Mr. B" to benefit LHS on October 18th from 4:00-8:00 p.m.
            
            
How would you like to work for the WSD?
Would you like to work for the fastest growing school district in Missouri, one that also happens to be a Post-Dispatch “Top Workplace” for the past three years? You can view all of the current openings in the District by visiting our website.

In addition to a variety of openings for paraprofessionals, bus drivers and child nutrition workers, we're also looking for additional substitute teachers
. Apply today!

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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