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 Three WSD Wrestlers are 2015
State Champs and Holt and Timberland Teams Finish in Top Five

Congratulations to all the WSD athletes who competed at the 85th Annual State Wrestling Championship in Columbia, February 19-21. The District has three new State Champions! Holt juniors Sidney Oliver (113 lbs.) and Colby Smith (126) both earned 1st Place and Timberland senior Chance Cooper (195) remained undefeated at 51-0 with his State Title. The Holt team finished 2nd overall and Timberland’s team rounded out the top five in the State. Holt sophomore Clayton Berry (120) took 2nd Place and Holt junior Gavin Londoff (132) took 3rd Place. Timberland sophomore Cameron Spires (106) and senior Drew Spires (152) both took 4th Place in their respective weight classes, while Holt junior Connor Urevich (145) and Timberland sophomore Anthony Pisciotta (113) both placed 5th. Timberland senior and two time state runner up  Dustin Gray was unable to compete after tearing his ACL the week before. Gray was ranked number one in the state all year and will be attending West Virginia to wrestle for U.S. Olympian Sammy Henson. Additionally, Liberty High School had their first wrestling state qualifier, sophomore Cameron Steinhoff who competed at 113 lbs.

 WSD Applies for Multi-Million Dollar
Early Childhood Grant

In light of recent information that has been circulating regarding our purchase of the United Services building in Dardenne Prairie, we would like to share the following:

The District is currently in the process of applying for a grant through the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to purchase the United Services building. This multi-million dollar grant would allow us to house our Early Childhood program in the new building as we have outgrown our current Quail Ridge facility. This was not information we were prepared to share as of yet because the grant and the purchase contract have not been finalized. We are excited about this endeavor and hope to be able to share in the near future that both the grant and the purchase are complete as it would be a tremendous benefit for the students of the Wentzville School District.  

 Liberty Receives National Certification for Project Lead the Way

Liberty High School has received national certification for their Engineering and Biomedical Project Lead The Way (PLTW) Programs. PLTW offers students a hands-on curriculum that incorporates science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) into real life projects. PLTW has been offered in the Wentzville School District since 2007, and Liberty joins Timberland and Holt, which were the first two high schools in the county to receive the national certification in 2011. “It’s a great honor, but the real winners here are our kids,” said Liberty Principal Phil Ragusky. “It is so important for our students to have access to these STEM classes so they can develop the critical thinking and problem solving skills that will enable them to be the leaders of tomorrow.”  >>>FULL STORY


  

DUELLO HALLWAYS -Teachers are making copies and storing chairs and other items in hallways at Duello Elementary because there simply is no other available space! Duello is not alone, and other schools around the District are also out of space because of our amazing enrollment growth. The recent demographic study says there’s no end in sight, and predicts another 5,000 students over the next decade. Passage of Proposition E in April would generate the funds needed to build a new elementary school, complete phase two of Liberty High School and add up to 26 classrooms around the District to help accommodate enrollment growth.

Because Prop E did not pass in November, the District is examining short term solutions to accommodate hundreds of new students this fall. Short term solutions could include increasing class sizes, using trailers for classrooms and annexing students to different schools. None of those options are ideal, nor are they long term remedies. If Prop E fails again in April, the Board of Education has discussed other long-term options which include increasing class sizes, split day (half of the students attend in the a.m. and half in the p.m.) and year round school.

For more information about Prop E, please see the PROP E FAQs and Informational Flyer, and to help share information about Prop E, email propevolunteer@gmail.com.

Five Timberland Seniors Earn State Level Distinguished Student Leader Awards 



Congratulations to
Timberland seniors Emma Berry, Andrew Jehle, Anna Perryman, Madison Rybak, and Ashton Shumaker who have earned the Distinguished Student Leader Award from the Missouri Association of Student Councils (MASC).  This honor recognizes students who demonstrate superior student council leadership skills and knowledge based on MASC criteria and evaluation procedures. This marks the first time in Timberland STUCO history that any student has received this honor.

Emma Berry is the President of Timberland’s Student Council (STUCO) and captain of the Varsity Dance Team.  Emma is a member of National Honor Society, DECA, and Link Crew and has served on various District level committees.  She will attend the University of Missouri Columbia where she plans to major in nursing.

Andrew Jehle is the Third Vice Officer of STUCO.  Besides maintaining a 4.2 grade point average, Andrew is the varsity quarterback for the Wolves’ football team, plays basketball, is a member of National Honor Society and DECA.

Anna Perryman serves as Second Vice President and has been in STUCO for three years.  Anna is involved in Health Occupations Students of America and National Honor Society and plans to major in biology at The University of Arkansas while pursuing a career in pediatrics.

Madison Rybak, Vice President of STUCO, is also the president of National Honor Society and the vice president of Health Occupations Students of America.  Madison will attend Westminster College on a Trustee’s Academic Scholarship and will major in biochemistry as a pre-med student.

Ashton Shumaker has been in STUCO for two years and currently serves as the STUCO Treasurer.  Ashton played varsity softball all four years of high school.  Her top two choices for college are the University of Mississippi and the University of Memphis, and he plans to get a degree in pharmacy.

The students have all been invited to attend the final general session of the MASC State Convention at Park Hill South High School on Saturday, March 21 where they will receive their leadership award.  
 WSD Students Spread Kindness through Valentine Party Service Learning Projects
Students across the District incorporated service learning projects into their Valentine celebrations this month.
  • Fourth graders at Boone Trail Elementary created over 150 super hero capes that will be delivered with books and handmade cards to patients and their siblings at St. Louis Children’s Hospital in St. Louis. 
  • First graders at Lakeview Elementary and 2nd and 4th graders at Peine Ridge Elementary collected hundreds of personal care items and made cards for family members who stay at one of three local Ronald McDonald houses when their loved one is hospitalized in the St. Louis area.
  • Students at all grade levels at Discovery Ridge Elementary made cards for patients at Children’s Hospital and third grade students at Heritage Intermediate made pillows for patients in the hospital's Cardiac Care unit. 
  • Green Tree Elementary students at all grade levels participated in "Quarters for Quilts," collecting quarters to raise money for material to make quilts to donate to children in local hospitals. 
  • Fifth graders at Peine Ridge Elementary collected food items for Operation Food Search and made pillows for patients at St. John's Cancer Center. 
  • Fourth graders at Heritage Intermediate collected goodies (life savers, mints and gum) to share with Wentzville Police Officers, along with hand made cards expressing their appreciation for our first responders. 
  • Heritage 5th graders made cards and paper machete flowers and delivered them to residents at Parklane Care Center. 
  • Third graders at Crossroads made 55 snuggle blankets and 150 Valentine cards to donate to Friends of Kids with Cancer.
Those were just a sample of service learning projects this month where our students and teachers were “showing the love” to members of our greater community. Happy Valentine’s Day indeed!
DECA Students Advance to State Competition

DECA's District Competitive Events Conference was held on February 5th in St. Louis and as a result, 20 Holt students and 31 Timberland students will advance to the state competition! Fourteen schools in District Six (the largest district in the state) competed in written tests and role plays in hopes of advancing to the State Career Development Conference held March 15-17 at the Lake of the Ozarks. Students who place at state will then advance to the International Career Development Conference to be held April 25-28 in Orlando, Florida. DECA prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality and management in high schools and colleges around the globe.
<<<FULL LIST OF WINNERS

 Kindergarten Registration and Screening Underway for 2015-2016 School Year
The WSD has begun its kindergarten registration and screening process for the 2015-16 school year. This event is for all children who will turn five years of age before August 1, 2015. If your child has not been screened by Parents as Teachers this year, appointments are required and can be made by contacting the Wentzville School District Parents as Teachers office at (636) 327-3863 ext. 22283. Screening appointments are filled on a first come, first served basis and fill up quickly. While every effort will be made to accommodate you at your child’s school, it is possible that your screening may need to be at another elementary school in the District.    >>>Full Story
High School FBLA Students Qualify
for State Competition 

Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) students competed at the District 8 Competition on Friday, February 6th and WSD students from all three high schools are moving on to the State competition in Springfield, Missouri on April 12th- April 14th. 

The District Competition was held in Chesterfield and over 20 local high schools participated in a variety of business categories and events. Students from Holt, Liberty and Timberland won multiple awards and at the end of the day, 17 WSD students qualified to move on to the State competition.

FBLA is a professional association for students pursuing business careers.  There are almost 60 different categories to compete in at competition.  FBLA’s mission is to bring business and education together in a positive working relationship through innovative leadership and career development programs.  >>>Full List of Winners

WSD buildings are soaking up the sun! Last year, the District partnered with Brightergy of Missouri and placed 8 solar-powered systems on the roofs of schools and other buildings around the District. The new solar arrays enable the WSD to produce a portion of our energy from the sun and help to reduce carbon emissions, which means cleaner air and a reduced reliance on fossil fuels. Students are participating in lessons related to the panels allowing them to witness first-hand cost savings, energy production and environmental responsibility. The District is leasing the solar panels over a ten year period and estimates the program will save the WSD more than $200,000 during the term of the lease. One more example of the Wentzville School District BEING green and SAVING green at the same time!

 2015-16 Academic Calendar Approved
Last week the WSD Board of Education approved the Academic Calendar for the 2015-16 school year. The first day of school will be Thursday, August 13th and the last day is scheduled for May 24, 2016 (depending on snow days). The full calendar can be viewed on the District Website.
 Late Start and Before Care Chautauqua Options
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.

 WSD Inclement Weather/School
Closing Information

Timely communication with our 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

The Wentzville School District utilizes SchoolReach, a telephone broadcast system that allows school administrators to notify all households by phone 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!

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 R-IV School District. Please be advised that individual schools will not be listed separately, closings will always be listed as the Wentzville R-IV School District.

Website

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

WSD eNews

The District publishes an electronic newsletter called the WSD eNews that is emailed to parents/guardians who have students in our schools. This newsletter gives patrons information about what’s happening in the District that affects our students, families, and community. The WSD eNews also sends out information regarding emergency school closings. Community members can also sign up to receive the eNews. You can stop delivery at any time simply by clicking on the unsubscribe tab.

Facebook and Twitter

The WSD has its own Facebook page (Wentzville School District) 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.

 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@wentzville.k12.mo.us with your ideas. 
 Spring Break Chautauqua Options

As you know, classes will not be in session March 30 through April 6 for spring break. The Chautauqua Program is open to all students on these days with the exception of Friday, April 3 when the program will be closed.  All other days Chautauqua will be in session beginning at 6 a.m. and ending at 6 p.m. The cost for students currently enrolled in Chautauqua will be $15 per day and the 10% multiple student discount will apply. Students not enrolled in the program can utilize this service for a fee of $25 per day. If your child attends Green Tree, Crossroads, Prairie View or Discovery Ridge Elementary, the program will be held at Green Tree Elementary. If your child attends Duello, Peine Ridge, Boone Trail, Heritage or Lakeview Elementary, the program will take place at Duello Elementary.   

Students will be participating in enrichment activities on these days. If you would like your child to attend the program, please complete and return the registration form to the Chautauqua office by Friday, March 23, along with a check payable to the Wentzville School District. If an on-line payment is made, please attach a copy of your receipt to the registration form.  Students cannot be dropped off without prior payment and registration.  No registrations will be accepted after March 23. If you are a registered family, your account must be up to date in order to utilize this service. Your student must bring a sack lunch on these days since our District cafeterias will not be in operation. 

If you have any questions, please feel free to call me at 636-327-5090, ext. 23289. 

Thank you, 
 Tanya Kirkpatrick

Tanya Kirkpatrick

Chautauqua Coordinator  

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