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August 1, 2018


 
Katie Zak Named Missouri Regional Teacher of the Year
Katie ZakKatherine “Katie” Zak, a first grade teacher at Lakeview Elementary School and the 2017-2018 Wentzville School District Teacher of the Year has been named a Missouri Regional Teacher of the Year. She was selected as one of 10 awardees for the St. Louis Region and one of 32 awardees across the state who are now eligible for selection as the Missouri State Teacher of the Year. Click Here to Read More
 
WSD Named Google for Education Reference District
The Wentzville School District has been named a Google for Education Reference District. According to Google, this distinction is reserved only for districts that demonstrate excellence and thought leadership through the innovative use of technology, including G Suite for Education (formerly known as Google Apps for Education) and Chromebooks, to drive impact and positive learning outcomes. School districts with this distinction are considered educational innovators and asked by the Google for Education program to share their experiences and best practices with others. The WSD is one of only six school districts in Missouri that have been recognized with this honor.

 
District Hosts 8th Annual Back to School Fair
Back to School FairThe WSD will host the eighth annual “Back to School Fair” for District families on Saturday, August 4th, from 8:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m., at Timberland High School. The event is free for WSD families and will feature over 100 vendors, free school supplies, free first aid kits (thanks to St. Charles County Ambulance District), free games and fun activities for children.
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District Awarded Walmart Community Grants
WSD Community Relations Team with Walmart Team at Check Presentation (7/12/18)The WSD has been awarded two Walmart Community Grants from both the Lake Saint Louis and Wentzville Walmart stores totaling $4,000 for this year’s Back to School Fair. The funds will be used to purchase school supplies that will be given away at the 8th annual event which will be held on Saturday, August 4th from 8am-11am at Timberland High School. “Our local Walmart stores have been an integral part of the Back to School Fair since it started in 2011,” said WSD Chief Communications Officer Mary LaPak. “We are extremely grateful for their support and partnership for an event that helps so many of our students and families.” As a result of the grants and the support of all the event sponsors and participants, the WSD is poised to give away over $11,000 in free school supplies at this year’s Fair. For more information on the Back to School Fair and how you can participate, visit this link on the WSD website. 
 
MASL Teacher - Librarian Award at WMS
WMS librarian Brooke Brockman and physical education teacher Marc Tiernan were the recipients of the Teacher-Librarian Collaboration Award given by the Missouri Association of School Librarians (MASL) at its annual conference. The $400 award honors a teacher and librarian who have exhibited excellence in working collaboratively. Brockman and Tiernan were selected based on their collaboration on several projects, including the utilization of 20Time, Genius Hour, and Makerspace to create projects in the library. These educational strategies offer students class time to explore a topic of their choice. By providing these opportunities to students, Brockman and Tiernan are giving them a chance to be self-starters and leaders. “Brooke and Marc teamed up on a project where they let the kids make decisions about what they were passionate about in regard to a lifetime sports activity and how it could pair with something that could help the community,” shared Kelly Mantz, WMS principal. “One project I remember vividly is a student who wanted to have an outside track installed behind a pet adoption center. People could then volunteer to walk animals from the shelter who were awaiting adoption while being engaged in physical activity.” Brockman has served at the WMS librarian for the last seven years. Before becoming a librarian, she taught communication arts at Timberland High School for seven years. She is an advocate of everything STEM and enjoys collaborating with the teachers at WMS. Tiernan has taught physical education and health at WMS for the last six years. Tiernan also serves on the Missouri Association of Health Physical Education Recreation and Dance (MOAHPERD) Representative Assembly as the Secondary Chair. #WSDlearns #WSDproud
 
Band Camps 2018 Sneak Peek Video
You know the first day of school is fast approaching when you start hearing the marching bands practicing! Band Camp started this week at all three high schools and marchers are learning formations while directors are learning new names. WSD Bands are the soundtrack of our community, and we couldn't wait to hear them. So click here for a sneak peek.
 
Ratchet Rockers Robotics Team Featured in CrossRoads Magazine
CrossRoads Magazine features our State Champion WSD Ratchet Rockers Robotics, Team 1706, in their July issue.  Click here to view the issue. Be sure to follow their progress on Facebook or Twitter. #Omgrobots #WSDproud
 
Communications Survey Results
Results are in! This spring we asked parents, employees and community members to fill out a Communications Survey designed to provide a snapshot of stakeholder opinion about our communication efforts at every level. Over 89% of the 3,200 people who responded said they would rate the communication between the District and parents as good or excellent. “I have had a child in the WSD for 18 years and feel that district communication is the best is has ever been. Thank you for your efforts to constantly improve,” shared one respondent. We are reviewing all 1,712 comments and identifying areas where we have opportunities to improve. Effective communication is a vital component of the relationship between our District, our schools, our parents, and our community, so we appreciate everyone who took the time to take the survey. You can view the results on our District website by clicking here.
#WSDlistens #WSDlearns
 
Fairy Tale STEM Camp Sparks Creativity, Collaboration, and Problem Solving
The District’s summer STEM Camps at Stone Creek Elementary took place from July 9 through July 19. Several engaging, interactive camp sessions were offered, but certainly one of the most adorable – and educationally stimulating – was the Fairy Tale Stem Camp for kindergartners and first graders. Using classic fairy tales, like “Goldilocks and the Three Bears” and “The Three Little Pigs,” camp facilitator Katie Krietemeyer helped students discover that STEM can be fun.
 
 
Timberland Grad Wins mikeroweWORKS Scholarship
Recent Timberland (and Lewis & Clark) grad Jeffery Davis was honored with a mikeroweWORKS Foundation scholarship to attend the SkillsUSA 54th annual National Leadership and Skills Conference in Louisville, Kentucky, on June 25-30. Mike Rowe himself presented Jeffrey with the award, which covered his expenses to attend the conference. Davis earned a spot at the national competition after winning first place in the state competition in April. More than 15,000 students, teachers, education leaders and representatives from 600 national corporations, trade associations, businesses and labor unions participated in the national conference where the best career and technical students from across the country competed. Davis was one of six Lewis & Clark Career Center students who qualified for the national event. He finished 29th in the nation representing Missouri in the Electrical Construction Wiring competition. Davis currently works full-time for Tri-Tech Automation in Moscow Mills and will be taking night courses through the International Electrotechnical Commission to become an IEC Certified Professional Electrician.
 
Stone Creek Summer Reading Program
Teachers from Stone Creek and Duello elementary have mobilized their outreach efforts and have been reading to children through their “Soaring Summer Reading” program at a different park each week. About a dozen teachers from the two schools have volunteered their time to read and visit with students on Fridays throughout the summer, visiting Memorial Park, Broemmelsiek Park, Towne Park, Zachary’s Park and Quail Ridge Park. “Staff have been meeting with kids this summer to help foster relationships outside of the school year,” said Stone Creek Counselor Alexa Hanna. “We bring books, popsicles, games, and laughter with us each week to our students. It’s been a wonderful time getting to see our kids outside of the school day all while growing trusting and long lasting relationships!” #WSDlearns #WSDcommunity
 
Boone Trail Elementary Helps One of Their Own
Boone Trail Elementary third grade classes donated the proceeds of their annual Craft Fair to help one of their own. This year’s proceeds will help defray the cost of first grader Evynn Grubb’s cochlear implants. As part of their economics unit, the students produced items which included handmade stress balls, pet rocks, and bookmarks for the Craft Fair, and then used their math skills to give correct change. Through their craftsmanship and their kindness, they were able to donate over $1,000 to Evy’s family. #WSDcares #HEARToftheWSD
 
2018-19 School Supply Lists
Click the links below to see your school's or schools' supply list(s).

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..
 
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)
 
Partnerships to Support the WSD

The Marketing Department is actively seeking sponsorships to support extracurricular activities within the District. For more information, visit the Marketing web page.

Thank you to our first five sponsors, Lou Fusz Automotive Network, Mercy, First Bank, Cochran Engineering and Club Z! Tutoring.

 
Custody Issues
The WSD 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

 
Work for the WSD
It is the goal of the Human Resources department to attract, hire, and retain the best trained, most highly qualified, and effective staff to ensure high levels of achievement by all our students.

We are a service-oriented organization that strives to treat everyone with respect, honesty, and professional integrity and dedicate ourselves to the highest levels of service and support to all employees, administration, and the Board of Education.

If you are seeking employment with the District, click on the picture above for a list of current opportunities and application processes.

We are in particular need of substitute teachers and the rate of pay was just increased to $100/day for regular subs and $110/day for long-term subs. Visit the WSD website for more information.

Questions may be directed to humanresources@wsdr4.org
 
WSD Notice of Non-Discrimination
 



WHAT'S NEW FOR 2018-2019
National School Lunch Opt-Out FAQs
The WSD Child Nutrition Department has been hard at work planning new, delicious and nutritious options for school meals. The WSD Board of Education voted unanimously earlier this year to opt out of the National School Lunch Program in an effort to improve meal offerings and increase the number of students who eat breakfast and lunch in our school cafes. What can you expect with the changes? Elementary students will see more consistency with their menus with their top-selling favorites on each day as well as some new and exciting entrees that we can’t wait for you to try. Secondary students can look forward to a college-type cafeteria experience with specialty lines that have all of their favorites, as well as some brand new items that we think they will love. The District will still continue to offer free and reduced priced meals to those who qualify and the emphasis will continue to be to provide every student access to nutritious, well-balanced meals each day. By opting out, the Child Nutrition Department will not be bound by the excessive requirements around calories, sodium and whole grains which will result in many new, delicious (but still nutritious!) options for students. We can’t wait for you to see – and TASTE – the transformation to our school cafes! For a complete list of Frequently Asked Questions, visit the WSD website. #WSDleads


Expansion of Technology Initiative to Middle Schools

The WSD is expanding its 1:1 technology initiative to include seventh and eighth grade students beginning this school year. Students will be issued a personal Chromebook to use for the duration of their time in middle school. The WSD started issuing laptop computers to students in 2011 with one class, and by 2014 all high school students were equipped with a personal electronic device for school use.

“Although the technology has changed since we started issuing devices seven years ago, the premise of providing electronic tools so our students can explore, engage, create and dream has not changed,” said Director of Technology Greg Lawrence. “We are extremely excited to provide each of our students with this tool and to support their teachers in order to maximize its impact for students.”

The District’s parent/teacher organizations have traditionally supported the purchase of electronic devices at WSD schools, which has paved the way for the expansion of the 1:1 Access Initiative to include middle school students. Over the last two years, PTAs and PTOs have supplied over 2,000 Chromebooks for student use at the middle school level, leaving approximately 1,000 more for the District to purchase so all seventh and eighth grade students can be issued a personal device.

“Having access everywhere and all the time is essential for future success, and we are pleased to be able to provide that access for even more students,” said Superintendent Dr. Curtis Cain.



Ignite Expands to County CAPS
After year one of our highly successful Ignite! Program, high school juniors and seniors will now have the opportunity to participate in a countywide Center for Advanced Professional Studies (CAPS) program. The St. Charles County CAPS consortium provides for hands-on experiences during the school day where students can work with mentors in the healthcare, global business and information technology fields. Students had to apply and interview for selection into the program and this year, 47 WSD high school upperclassmen will have unique and valuable learning opportunities in the three fields alongside students from the Francis Howell, Fort Zumwalt, Orchard Farm and St. Charles school districts. Dr. Cain serves as President of the very first SCC CAPS Executive Board. “This partnership with our neighboring school districts and our local businesses will give our students a competitive advantage as they pursue higher education and a career,” said Dr. Cain. “It is a tremendous opportunity for them, but also for our community to impact tomorrow’s workforce, particularly for the high-skill and high-demand jobs.” #WSDlearns


New WSD Administrators

As our enrollment continues to grow, so does our staff! Please join us in welcoming several new members to our administrative team as they come together this week to plan for the start of the school year. We now have over 2,400 staff members serving the needs of over 16,700 students. Click here or on the picture above to view the short video. #WSDgrows #TeamWSD


Early College Program

New this year, the WSD and St. Charles Community College are partnering to offer the Early College Program. This gives juniors and seniors in high school the opportunity to earn college credit while also earning credits to meet high school graduation requirements. Interested students apply during enrollment if they can meet the GPA (3.0) and ACT (22 on Math) requirements, as outlined on the application. Students starting the program in their junior year will have the possibility of completing an associates degree while also completing their high school credits, if they choose to take additional summer classes. Better yet, students will pay a reduced rate on tuition for the college credits ($70 per credit plus the cost of books), which represents a significant savings for families. Held during the school day at Holt High School, students in the Early College program will be transported to Holt during the Early College block and attend classes at their assigned high school during the remainder of the day. More information about the Early College program can be found on the school website through the course guide link or by contacting your counselor. Currently, 14 students from all three high schools are enrolled in the new program. The opportunity is designed to enhance and extend the high school curriculum while avoiding duplication in coursework when moving from high school to college. It will also provide students with academic support services available to college students, including advising, library and tutoring services – all while saving on the cost of college tuition.



HOME WORKS! Program
Last year, the WSD began a partnership with St. Louis-based HOME WORKS!, the teacher home visit program, which was piloted in two schools: Heritage and Pearce Hall. This year, the program will expand to include Stone Creek Elementary and Prairie View Elementary. The core purpose of HOME WORKS! is to make home visits to establish trust and build relationships with parents to empower them as partners in their children’s education in order to improve academic achievement, attendance, and classroom behavior. This past year, teachers and counselors made over 120 meaningful home visits to families of students at Pearce Hall and Heritage Primary, resulting in better attendance and higher performance. “HOME WORKS! is a wonderful program that strengthens our relationships with students and their families and ultimately benefits our students and the whole school community,” said Assistant Principal Jimmy Evrard, who helped facilitate the program last year at Heritage and now will do the same as an Assistant Principal at Prairie View Elementary. “Parents appreciate the additional attention given to them and their students and everyone has a role to play to support students so they can be successful.” #WSDcares 

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Aug. 9, 7 p.m.
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