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WSD Named to St. Louis Post-Dispatch Top Workplaces List
 
The Wentzville School District has been named to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch Top Workplaces list for the fourth time in the past seven years. The list is based solely on employee feedback gathered through a third-party survey that measures several aspects of workplace culture, including how employees feel about pay, benefits, managers and leadership, just to name a few. The anonymous survey also measures employee engagement, retention, and motivation. More than 1,700 WSD staff members representing 71% of District employees responded to the survey in April, and took the time to provide valuable feedback.

“This distinction comes straight from our employees which sends a strong message to our parents, students, and the community that we have a first-class organization,” said Superintendent Dr. Curtis Cain. “This is confirmation that our employees feel inspired and respected, and that they are provided with the training and resources they need to do exceptional work for the benefit of our students.”
 
 
Vendor Registration has Opened for 8th Annual Back to School Fair
 
Vendor registration has opened for the 8th Annual WSD Back to School Fair. This year's event will be held at Timberland High School on Saturday, August 4th from 8:00 - 11:00 a.m.
 
 
WSD Graduation Ceremonies
 
The WSD held three separate high school graduation ceremonies for the Class of 2018 at the Family Arena in St. Charles on Sunday, June 3rd. More than 1,100 seniors from Holt, Liberty and Timberland walked across the stage to receive their diploma. This marks the second graduating class from Liberty High School, which opened to freshman in the fall of 2013. Collectively, WSD graduates have been awarded over $20.2 million in scholarships from institutes of higher learning. “We are extremely proud of our 2018 graduates and all they have accomplished,” said Superintendent Dr. Curtis Cain. “We are confident that they have the foundation and tools they need to prepare them for the next step in each of their individual journeys and that they will continue to excel and make their families, the Wentzville School District and their community proud.” #Classof2018 #WSDproud >>>WSD Class of 2018
 
DRE Named National School of Character
 
Discovery Ridge Elementary has been named a 2018 National School of Character by CharacterPlus, the regional affiliate for Character.org. Discovery Ridge Elementary is one of only 30 public elementary schools from around the country to receive the honor this year. A school holds the designation for five years and this marks the second time since Discovery Ridge opened in 2010 that it has received this distinction. National Schools of Character have demonstrated a focus on character development that has had a positive impact on academic achievement, student behavior, and school climate.
 
 
WSD Ratchet Rockers Win Robotics State Championship
 
The WSD Ratchet Rockers Robotics Team earned the title of 2018 Missouri State First Robotics Competition (FRC) Champion as part of a three-team alliance on Saturday, June 9th. The top 25 teams from across the state competed in a one-day tournament held at Liberty High School in Lake Saint Louis, MO which was co-hosted by the WSD Ratchet Rockers Team 1706 and Lutheran Roboteers Team 4329. The three-team alliances all competed with 120 pound, industrial grade robots that were designed, built, and operated by high school students. The Ratchet Rockers were also awarded the Robot of the Year Award. “Receiving this peer-based award signifies that the robotics community of Missouri recognizes the hard work and dedication that was put into making ‘Scorpion’ into a world-class robot,” said Team Mentor Teresa Clark.
 
 
WSD Grad Wins MoASBO Scholarship
 
Hunter Jurotich, a 2018 graduate from Holt High School, has been named the recipient of the Missouri Association of School Business Officials (MoASBO) annual scholarship. Each year, the association awards a scholarship in the school district of their sitting president. The $1,000 scholarship comes from funds provided by the business association members. This year, Pam Frazier, Wentzville School District Chief Financial Officer, is serving as President, so students from the WSD were able to submit applications to the MoASBO Recognition Committee for consideration.
 
 
WSD Grad Wins Phoenix Scholarship
 
Congratulations to recent Holt graduate Claudia Stafford, who has been awarded a $1,500 Phoenix Scholarship. The Phoenix Scholarship is a one-time scholarship awarded to one student graduating from either Holt, Liberty, or Timberland high school who has also attended the Alternative Program at Pearce Hall for at least one session or is enrolled in the Missouri Options Program. The scholarship was given by Jim Sporleder and the Phoenix Foundation in conjunction with Lincoln High School in Walla Walla, Washington, and its purpose is to recognize and reward one student who has encountered difficult times and setbacks during high school but found a way to succeed and persevere. Claudia plans to attend St. Charles Community College or St. Louis University School of Nursing and intends to pursue a degree in psychiatric nursing. Mr. Sporleder was so impressed with Claudia’s application and letters of recommendation that he has pledged to match this year’s scholarship with an additional $1,500 scholarship for the 2019-20 school year if she completes the 2018-19 school year and continues her education. #WSDproud
 
WSD Creates Partnership Opportunities
 
The Wentzville School District has embarked on a new Marketing Program designed to build partnerships with local businesses that will ultimately benefit the District’s students and families. The program has been developed by Derrick Docket, the WSD Marketing Director, who started working for the District in January. He was hired to design and implement the new initiative from the ground up. “In five short months, I’ve learned so much about this District, and the things that the outstanding students and educators are doing on a regular basis. It’s helped me realize the positive impact that the program can have on the District moving forward,” said Docket. “Businesses have been very receptive and it has been a great learning experience in these early stages to understand how we can create strategic partnerships within the community that can benefit our students in the long run.”

The WSD has already signed its first partners: Cochran Engineering, Mercy, and Club Z! Tutoring. “I’ve been through the District with two boys and I believe in the WSD and its mission, vision and values,” said Cochran Principal-Vice President Kurt Daniels. “I view this as a valuable opportunity to partner with a still growing and well-respected District.”

Annual partnerships range in price from $1,000 to $20,000 and provide opportunities for businesses to have signs on athletic fields and in high school gymnasiums as well as naming rights for District events and awards, ads in event programs and District newsletters, and even a link to their business on the WSD mobile app. All proceeds will go directly back to students in athletics and co-curricular activities like band, theater and STEM initiatives.

“This is something we have been looking at doing for some time,” said Superintendent Dr. Curtis Cain. “Over the last few years we have been meeting with marketing consultants as well as other school districts who are doing this successfully and in a tasteful way. As the fastest growing school district in the state, we owe it to our taxpayers to examine alternative funding sources. Ultimately it is our hope that advertising will benefit not only our students, but all stakeholders, while also strengthening our partnerships within the community.”
 
THS Art Students Participate in Memory Project
 
Children in Haiti whose families were affected by the hurricane have received portraits of themselves painted by Timberland art students thanks to Fine Arts Department Chair Crystal Wing and art teacher Greg Holland who encourage students to participate each year through The Memory Project. The program was created by Ben Schumaker in 2004 after volunteering in Guatemala and speaking to a man who had grown up in an orphanage and had no personal items from his youth. The Memory Project connects art students with children around the world who have faced substantial challenges, such as violence, disasters, extreme poverty, neglect, and loss of parents, by supplying photographs to artists willing to take the time and paint a portrait for the child to keep. It is always an option for THS art students to participate because the students actually pay a small fee to cover the portrait delivery, yet each year students eagerly step up to participate. Since 2004, art students across the globe have created over 100,000 portraits for children in 43 countries. “For our students, it's perhaps the first time they've tried to paint a portrait, and it's always a joy to see how much they invest of themselves, and aim to achieve such a wonderful likeness of their chosen image,” shared Holland. “It really says something about a kid who wants to put that kind of attention to something like this. I think of it as, from selfie to selfless.” >>>Memory Project Video   
 
Last Day of School Slideshow
 
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT...There were cheers and tears during the last day of school as we wrapped up another school year in the WSD. Congratulations to students, staff, and parents on yet another successful year. We hope you are enjoying a wonderful, relaxing and safe summer! #WeAreTheWSD
 
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June 28, 2018

Custody Issues
The Wentzville School District encourages the participation of all parents in the education process. In an effort to clarify the District’s role as it relates to custody matters and parenting plans, the WSD has outlined our procedures when presented with custody issues. If you have any questions about how this will affect your specific child or situation, please speak with your building principal or contact John Schulte, Assistant Superintendent of Administrative Services.

>>>Letter Regarding Custody Issues

LVE Student Wins First Place in Writing Contest
Congratulations to Shravanya Shrinivas for winning 1st Place in the 2018 Write Outside Your Door Writing Contest sponsored by Missouri Botanical Gardens and Gateway Writing Project. Shravanya just finished 3rd grade at Lakeview Elementary where her teacher, Ms. Allyson Liefer, shared the contest with her. The winning essay was chosen out of over 160 entries and is called "Magical Natural" about Shravanya's fascination with nature. "I am so proud she won and she was very excited!" said Ms. Liefer. "She's an amazing kiddo." #WSDproud

WSD Student Artwork Chosen for Book
The artwork of incoming Holt High School freshman Janessa Hoffmann has been chosen for publication in Grannie Annie, Vol. 13, a collection of stories written by students across the globe about their families. The Grannie Annie Family Story Celebration is a nonprofit group based here in St. Louis that encourages 4th through 8th graders from around the world to discover, write, and share stories from their family history, and to submit them to The Grannie Annie for possible publication. Once the stories are chosen, local students are invited to submit artwork to illustrate those stories. Janessa made Grannie Annie history by becoming the first artist to have three illustrations published in one volume.
 

WSD is Hiring Bus Drivers
The WSD is now Hiring Bus Drivers!

Starting pay $15.05 per hour

Minimum guarantee 25 hours per week

Full benefit package

Paid training provided

Apply online at wentzville.k12.mo.us

Phone 636-327-3860 ext. 25343

WSD Schools Receive PBIS Recognition

Kudos to the eight WSD schools that were recognized for exemplary implementation of Schoolwide Positive Behavior Support (SW-PBS) last week at the 13th annual Missouri SW-PBS Summer Institute at Tan-Tar-A Resort in Osage Beach. Crossroads, Discovery Ridge, Green Tree, and Prairie View elementary schools received gold level recognition, Duello and Lakeview elementary schools, and South Middle and Wentzville Middle schools received silver level recognition, and Peine Ridge Elementary received bronze level recognition. SW-PBS is an evidence based, proactive approach to teaching and reinforcing behavioral expectations in order to improve student behavior, maximize instructional time, and increase student engagement. #WSDproud #WSDlearns

Need to Enroll Your Child? 
If you are new to the District and have a child that is not already enrolled for the 2018-19 school year, now is the time to enroll! This is especially true for any child who will turn five before August 1, 2018 and will start kindergarten this year. WSD schools are open Monday-Thursday from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. during June and July for you to register your child for school. Check the District website for the following important information:

2018-19 Enrollment Packet

Immunization Information

Locator Tool (find out which schools serve your address)

2018-2019 School Supply Lists
Barfield ECSEC 
Elementary K-3
Elementary 4-6
Middle School 7-8
High School - we do not have supply lists for students because course requirements vary. We suggest bringing a notebook and pen or pencil the first day to record specific teacher requests..

Summer Reading Programs
District schools will open their doors for students to check out and return books again this summer in order to promote literacy and encourage students to continue reading during the summer months. Summer reading is proven to maintain and possibly even advance reading levels of children and help prepare them for back to school in the fall. In addition to holding summer library hours, many District librarians are planning fun activities and coordinating summer reading challenges to encourage and reward young readers. Summer library hours vary by building; please check with your child's school for dates and times. #WSDlearns

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.

Heritage 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, employee, or community member who is a Heritage Propane customer can send their Heritage Propane receipts to school with their child, and the buildings will submit the receipts to Community Relations for processing. 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.

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