|WSD Scores 96.1% on State Report Card
The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) has released the Annual Performance Report (APR) data for school districts around the state. The Wentzville School District scored 96.1% in the new evaluation system, one of the top ten scores in St. Louis and St. Charles Counties. Now in its second year, the new APR is part of the Missouri School Improvement Plan (MSIP 5), a more rigorous evaluation tool for rating the performance of Missouri school districts. >>>FULL STORY
Latest MAP Scores Put WSD in the Top 8% in the State!
Missouri Assessment Program (MAP) scores were also released by DESE last week, and the Wentzville School District scored in the top 8% in the state of Missouri! That's the 5th consecutive year the WSD has scored in the top 10% of all school districts in the state. At the same time, the District’s ADA spending remains the lowest in St. Charles County and below the state average, so the District continues to provide a high quality education at a low cost for stakeholders.
“Proposition E” is a proposed
35 cent tax levy increase that will appear on the November 4th ballot to accommodate the continued enrollment growth of the District and help alleviate the District's current debt issue. For more information, see the PROP E FAQs
|Timberland Teacher Jeremy Boesch Named Finalist for Missouri State Teacher of the Year
Timberland English teacher Jeremy Boesch was selected as one of seven finalists for the Missouri Teacher of the Year Award! Mr. Boesch was eligible for consideration after being selected as the Wentzville School District Teacher of the Year for 2013-14. The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education announced that Hazelwood Journalism teacher Chris Holmes has been selected as the Missouri Teacher of the Year, but Mr. Boesch says it was a great experience. “I can’t tell you how honored and lucky I am to be selected as a finalist. I have had the luxury to meet so many talented teachers in my career. I have had the luxury to meet so many talented students in my career, and I have been molded by both. I am truly humbled by this experience.” >>>FULL STORY
|Elementary Report Card Changes for 2014-15
Changes have been made to the Elementary Report Card for the 2014 – 2015 school year to reflect updates made to the English Language Arts and Mathematics curriculum over the past two years.
Teachers will now be using developed scales to assess whether a student will score a 1, 2, 3 or 4 on each of the curriculum marks in English Language Arts and Mathematics. This will help us make sure that each teacher across the District is assigning these marks in a consistent manner.
One of the changes with the use of our developed scales in grades 3 – 5, is that it is quite possible a student could score 3’s on each of the curriculum marks and earn a letter grade of “A” for the subject. Teachers at all elementary grade levels will only be assigning a 4 when a student has demonstrated in-depth application of a particular curriculum mark. This is a change in practice from previous school years.
If you have any questions, please contact our Curriculum Department at (636) 327-3800 ext. 20333.
>>>View Curriculum Marks and New Report Card Scales
|WSD Utilizing Enhanced Security Features at Building Entrances
The WSD is in the process of installing new security entry systems in all District schools and buildings. Each school will have an "Aiphone" camera monitoring system at the main entrance, and during school hours visitors will have to be “buzzed in” by the office staff. Visitors will be asked to identify themselves and show picture ID before being allowed into the building.
The Aiphone security system should be operational in all District buildings in the next few weeks. The safety of our students and staff is always a top priority of the WSD, so please be patient! The implementation of these new security measures may increase the time it takes to enter a school during the instructional day.
|Three WSD High School Bands March in Wabash Days Parade for the First Time
Holt, Liberty and Timberland High Schools were all represented for the first time in this year’s Wabash Days Parade held on August 23rd. Wabash Days, now in its 11th year, is a celebration of Wentzville’s history and railroad heritage. It has become an annual tradition for the Holt and Timberland bands to march in the parade and this year they were joined by the Liberty Marching Eagles as well. WSD Teacher of the Year and Missouri State Teacher of the Year finalist Jeremy Boesch served as the parade's Grand Marshal.
Administrators in the WSD work harder and are paid less than average when compared to other school district administrators in St. Louis and St. Charles counties. As a result, a smaller percentage of the District’s overall budget is spent on administrative costs. All of this information is from the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE), and was compiled from 2013, the most recent year with complete data. >>>FULL DETAILS
|Would You Utilize a WSD Community App?
In an effort to keep you informed and provide relevant content at your fingertips, the WSD is considering launching a community app for your mobile device.
The app would include access to lunch menus, athletic schedules, your parent portal, calendars and news, to name a few.
Please answer three survey questions with regard to the app to let us know what you think.
Thank you for your valuable input!
|WSD Named a Finalist in the "Help Kids Thrive" Contest - Be Sure to Cast your Vote!
The WSD has been named as a finalist in the Champions for Kids "Help Kids Thrive" contest for our community outreach efforts that benefit WSD students. Three winners will be chosen from the finalists based on the number of votes we receive. First place will receive $20,000, second place will receive $15,000 and third place will receive $5,000! The WSD would use any financial award to help our outreach efforts which include Holiday Assistance, Operation Backpack, Operation Warm and our annual Back to School Fair. You can vote for the WSD by first liking the Champions for Kids Facebook page, then click on the "More" tab and then "Help Kids Thrive" and check the box for the Wentzville School District. Once you like the page, you can use THIS LINK to vote once a day through September 19th, and please be sure to share on your own Facebook page. Thanks for helping us help our WSD students and their families!
Bus Drivers Needed
Are you looking for a job that is both rewarding and challenging? Do you enjoy working with children and having a positive impact on future generations? If so, the Wentzville Transportation Department is in the process of hiring and training both substitute and full time school bus drivers. Part time and full time bus aides are also needed to work closely with children who have special needs. Our district offers competitive salaries, excellent benefits, a professional work environment and flexible schedules to our transportation employees. If this sounds like the career path for you, or if you know someone who may be interested, individuals can apply via our website. There is one application for every job in the district, so under "Desired Positions" simply click "Bus Driver" or "Bus Aide" or "Substitute Bus Driver" or "Substitute Bus Aide." Please contact a member of our transportation team at 636-327-3860 if you have any questions.
Please UPDATE Your Contact Information in the Parent Portal
If you have not already done so, please log into the SISK12 Parent Portal before September 5th to update information for existing families. The process only takes a few minutes and will ensure that the District has the most current information for your student(s). Please follow these steps to complete the update process.
1. 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.)
2. Click the red "Online Registration" button.
3. You will see a section of forms for your family and a section of forms for each of your students.
4. Click the Edit button next to the first form, verify the information listed and make any necessary changes.
5. Click the box "I have completed this form" at the bottom of each page and click "Move to Next Form". At the completion of the last form, click "Return to List".
6. Once all forms in the list show "Complete", click the "Submit" button at the top of the page.
Any changes that you request will be reviewed by the appropriate school office. Some change requests, such as changes to a student's legal name or address, require additional documentation before being accepted; school personnel will contact the parent in these situations. If you have any questions regarding the Online Registration process, please contact the school office.
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.