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WSD Celebrates Red Ribbon Week
Students across the WSD participated in Red Ribbon Week activities this week. The Red Ribbon Campaign is now the oldest and largest drug prevention program in the nation, reaching millions of young people during Red Ribbon Week each year. The campaign helps citizens come together to keep children, families and communities safe, healthy and drug-free. Red Ribbon Week activities included presentations from school counselors designed to encourage students to make healthy choices. Wentzville Middle School hosted The Awaken Project, an organization that visits local schools to talk to kids about the positive effects of music versus the negative effects of drugs like heroin. Students across the WSD participated in Spirit Week celebrations that included daily themes like dressing in red, dressing like twins with a friend, and dressing in retro or throwback style. The WSD is committed to educating students on how to be safe, healthy and happy!
 
District Enrollment Continues to Grow
Crowded hallway of THSThe official September enrollment count is in, and the Wentzville School District has added 429 new students since last year! In many districts, that is the size of an entire school. Enrollment now stands at 16,802 students, and we are still the fastest growing school district in Missouri in the 21st Century. We are also the 11th largest school district in the State. Do you know what's truly amazing? DESPITE OUR GROWTH, our students continue to excel in and out of the classroom AND we have the lowest ADA cost (per pupil spending) in the County. Kudos to our amazing teachers and students for keeping the focus on learning! 

 
National School Principals Month
Screenshot of and link to Principals Video on WSD YouTubeOctober was National Principals Month, which provided a great opportunity to highlight all the hardworking principals who keep our schools safe and welcoming places for students and staff alike. Principals like Michelle Cleve at Boone Trail Elementary serve as lighthouses in our District and in our community. Michelle is an example of all WSD principals who lead through their hard work and example, guided by their hearts and their love of kids and public education. We appreciate all they do, not just in October, but every day throughout the year. >>>WSD Video
 
Holt's Jacob Teater Elected Missouri DECA VP
Image of Jake TeaterHolt High School senior Jacob Teater has been elected as the Missouri DECA District 6 Vice President for the 2018-19 school year. State officers were elected and installed during the Missouri DECA Fall Leadership and State Officer Election Conference, held Oct. 14-15 in Lake Ozark, Missouri. The annual state conference was attended by more than 600 high school marketing students and their teachers.

 
Boone Trail Days
Photo of Boone Trail DaysLife has changed since the days Daniel Boone blazed a trail in St. Charles County, but one thing hasn’t changed – our love for the outdoors. Boone Trail Days is a chance for students at Boone Trail Elementary to learn what life was like for Americans who lived in the 1800s. The 28th annual celebration ran from October 8-12 and provided opportunities for students to take part in hands-on activities like making rope, churning butter, and spinning wool. They also enjoyed demonstrations on blacksmithing and frontier life, making classroom lessons come to life.
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WSD Wins Communication Awards
The Wentzville School District has been recognized by the Missouri School Public Relations Association (MOSPRA) for its efforts to inform its community across multiple channels. Each year, MOSPRA gives its members the opportunity to have their work evaluated by PR professionals and measured against industry standards. The WSD was awarded First Place for its District Facebook page in the Social Media category. “Wentzville went above and beyond,” commented one of the judges with regard to the District Facebook page. “They have clearly identified the needs of their audience and the quality of graphics and video is really well done.” The WSD also received Awards of Merit for the Proposition E 2018 communication campaign in the Golden Achievement category, as well as a video about the District’s annual Back to School Fair in the Video category.

“We are humbled and honored to accept this recognition on behalf of the WSD,” said Chief Communications Officer Mary LaPak. “It is not only an affirmation that our efforts to keep our stakeholders informed are effective, but also a reflection of the tremendous and inspiring work our staff and students are engaged in every day that we are fortunate to have an opportunity to share.”

 
MAP Data Update
Student Working on ComputerThe 2017-2018 MAP and EOC results are being released later than usual because of new tests in language arts and math. Any time there is a new test, there is a delay in the release of scores. According to DESE, the release date is yet to be determined. Additionally, there will be no MAP or EOC science scores released for 2017-18 because it was a field test year for those assessments. For more information about tests and assessment, please visit the WSD Assessment webpage.
 
WSD Art and THS Chamber Choir Showcased at Foundry Art Centre
Student poses next to her art displayed at the Foundry Art Centre
WSD student artwork is currently on display in the Baue Family Children’s Gallery at the Foundry Art Centre in St. Charles. The artwork was selected by teachers to represent the best of their schools and was created by artists in grades K-12. “This was a wonderful opportunity to showcase the great artwork our students are producing,” shared Hester Menier, WSD Lead Art Teacher, who works at Stone Creek Elementary. The Baue Family Children’s Gallery hosts a different school district each month, and this is the second time the WSD has participated in the exhibit. Students whose artwork was chosen for the display were invited to a reception on October 28th, which included entertainment by the Timberland High School Chamber Choir. The artwork will be on display through November 10th. The Foundry Arts Centre is located at 520 N. Main Street in St. Charles and is open Tuesday-Thursday 10am-8pm; Saturday 10am-5pm and Sunday 12-4pm. #WSDproud #WSDcommunity

 
Join the WSD Finance Committee
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Would you like to learn more about District finances?
For instance, where does District revenue come from? How is the tax rate calculated? What is the largest District expenditure?

These are just a few of the items the Finance Committee will analyze. The committee will also work to answer any questions you may have about school finance. There will be two or three meetings throughout the school year.

If you are interested in being involved, please contact Pat Jolley in the WSD Finance Department.
 
International Walk to School Day
Image of Green Tree Elementary's Walk to School through Boulevard ParkStudents from Green Tree Elementary and Heritage Primary joined schools around the world to celebrate the 22nd annual International Walk to School Day. Escorted by the Lake St. Louis Police Department, Green Tree staff members, as well as parents and family pets, more than 300 students from Green Tree walked to school from Boulevard Park on October 11. On October 17th, over 100 Heritage Primary students, parents and staff walked safely from Fireman’s Park on West Pearce Boulevard to their school, escorted by officers from the Wentzville Police Department.
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Lou Fusz Donates Books to Duello Elementary
Screenshot of and link to video on WSD FacebookEmployees from Lou Fusz Subaru in St. Peters made a special delivery to Duello Elementary this month as part of the Subaru Loves Learning project. The dealership, with assistance from WSD Presenting Partner Lou Fusz Automotive Network and AAAS - The American Association for the Advancement of Science - donated $2800 worth of science-focused books appropriate for a variety of grade levels at Duello. “There is no substitute for engaging literature that gets our students excited about learning, and we are thrilled that multiple students will be able to simultaneously read and explore the science topics covered in these books,” said Duello Principal Laura Parn. “These texts support our focus on providing student experiences that get them excited about STEM, and enhance our goal to promote learning at high levels.” Thank you Lou Fusz Subaru for your generous donation and Lou Fusz Automotive for supporting WSD students through our new marketing partnerships!
 
Holt Grad Earns Girl Scouts' Highest Honor
Image of Sydney WiebergSydney Wieberg (Troop 3713), a 2018 graduate of Holt High School, recently achieved the highest honor in the Girl Scouts organization – the Gold Award. Sydney transformed an idea for change into an actionable plan when she saw a barren plot of land at the World Bird Sanctuary in Valley Park, Missouri; its dry, unused soil a stark contrast from the rest of the beauty in the park. Sydney restored the area by transforming it into two gardens with native plants, new dirt and mulch. She chose flowers and shrubs that could survive in the dim and arid environment, even consulting with a horticulturalist to find companion plants that attract pollinators – like bees – to foster new growth that would continue long after her help. Sydney added decorations such as bird fountains and houses, making it inviting to both people and wildlife. Thanks for making a difference, Sydney!

 
Fifth Grade Camp 2018
Image of Fifth Grade Camp Fifth Grade Camp experiences wrapped up in October for WSD students. More than 1,400 fifth graders visited Broemmelsiek Park and Quail Ridge Park in September and October to experience hands-on curriculum in the great outdoors. WSD teachers and camp counselors also provided social and character-building challenges where students gained valuable life skills. Overall, students had two full days of adventure and outdoor learning opportunities. Camp is more than just a fun couple of days at the park - all camp activities meet District and state curriculum objectives. "Naturally," it was truly a great time outdoors! Watch the video on WSD YouTube for some of the sights and sounds from this year's camp experience.

 
PLTW Career Explo at St. Charles Community College
WSD students work on computer programming at the PLTW Career ExploIn early October, Project Lead The Way (PLTW) students in the WSD visited St. Charles Community College for the PLTW Career Explo. More than 60 community partners and area businesses, all professionals in the tech and/or health field, presented to students and fielded their questions. Students learned what classes to take now in order to succeed in these fields later and had the opportunity for some hands-on learning in a number of areas including computer programming and repair. PLTW offers a hands-on curriculum in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) that allows students to apply what they are learning in math and science class to real-life science and technology projects. PLTW has been offered in the Wentzville School District since 2007, and almost 3,000 students in grades 6-12 are currently enrolled in classes that include computer science, engineering, and biomedical.

 
Cross Country Athletes Qualify for State
Congratulations to WSD cross country athletes Gracyn Pietrusinski (Holt), Madilyn Moore, Emma Neal, Emily Leipold, Trevor Peimann, and Drew Schulte (Timberland), and Ally Kruger, Hannah Rossman, Megan Venturella, Oliva Guffey, Adrienne Rockette, Allana Guffey, and Abbigael Woods (Liberty) who will compete at the MSHSAA State Cross Country Championship November 3rd at Oak Hills Golf Course in Jefferson City. Good luck at State!
 
Timberland Volleyball District Champs
Timberland High School Volleyball team 2018
The Timberland High School Volleyball team won their third consecutive district championship in October, making it all the way to sectionals. Congratulations on another tremendous season, Wolves!
 
23rd Annual Turkey Trot
Runners line up in prep for the 23rd Annual Turkey TrotStudents from across the District ran in the 23rd Annual Turkey Trot at Holt High School on Thursday. The event is organized by the Holt Cross Country team and the Wentzville/Lake Saint Louis Optimist Club and is open to boys and girls in Grades 4 through 6 who are invited to compete in the one-mile race. Winners in each division were awarded a medal and a frozen turkey. Visit the WSD website for complete results. Congratulations to all our young runners! 

The champions in each division were:

4th grade Boys: Jonah Kaler from Crossroads with a time of 7:13

4th grade Girls: Mackenzie Eckelkamp from Wabash with a time of 7:02

5th grade Boys: Evan Kramer from Green Tree with a time of 6:17

5th grade Girls: Annie Swift from Crossroads with a time of 6:59

6th grade Boys: Cale Eldredge from Duello with a time of 5:56

6th grade Girls: Brooke Clark from Boone Trail with a time of 6:41
 
WSD Students Selected for St. Louis
All-Suburban Honor Choir
Congratulations to the 26 WSD students who were selected for the St. Louis All-Suburban Honors Choirs! The Mixed Honor Choir concert will be held at 3:30 p.m., and the Women’s Honor Choir will be held at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, November 3, 2018 at Pattonville High School. Selected for the Mixed Honor Choir are, from Holt; James Coogan, from Liberty; Alyssa Place, Dylan Taylor, and Wesley Nichols, and from Timberland; Clarissa Bruegenhemke, Emma Giltner, Candace Gerbig, Henry Gamber, Ashton Rogers, Harrison Mosby, Josh Stephens, Alyssa Young, Hannah Schubel, Katie Stewart, Kyle Rehme, and Ethan Zabenco. Selected for the Women’s Honor Choir are, from Holt; Halle King, Kaleigh Westerhold, and McKenzie May, from Liberty; Emily Gann, Emily Grant, Shaina Feinstein, and Michelle Yoder, and from Timberland; Camile Haten, Brianna Aarstad, and Myah Olson.

Nine WSD students are eligible to audition for the All-State Choir: James Coogan (Holt), Clarissa Bruegenhemke, Emma Giltner, Candace Gerbig, Henry Gamber, Ashton Rogers, Harrison Mosby, and Josh Stephens (Timberland). and Wesley Nichols who makes school history as the first Liberty student to earn an audition for the All-State Choir. #WSDproud
 
Stone Creek Student Brings Awareness to Dyslexia
Aiden HarrAiden Harr, a fifth grade student at Stone Creek Elementary, created a display in his school library to highlight the accomplishments of authors and artists with dyslexia during Dyslexia Awareness Month. “Dyslexia is not a disability, it’s just a different way of learning,” shared Aiden. “I wanted to show that in my display.” Thanks for helping to bring awareness to your fellow students, Aiden! 

 
WSD Marching Bands Wrap up Their Competitive Season at Bands of America
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On Friday, October 26th, all three WSD bands performed at the Bands of America 2018 St. Louis Super Regional Championship at the Dome at America's Center for their last marching band competition of the season. The Holt Marching Indians placed 16th in Class AAA and 45th overall, the Timberland Marching Wolves placed 20th in Class AAA and 51st overall, and the Liberty Eagle Regiment placed 25th in Class AA and 71st overall at the event. The Bands of America marching band competitions are the premier events for marching band in the nation, and the St. Louis Super Regional Championship drew 74 bands from eleven states. 

 
Timberland Band Success at UCM Festival of Champions
THS BandCongratulations to the Timberland Marching Band for earning awards at the University of Central Missouri Festival of Champions in Warrensburg, Missouri, on October 20th. In the indoor competition, the Timberland Drumline took 1st Place and the Timberland Color Guard unit took 2nd Place, both in Class A. In the field show competition, the Marching Wolves earned 2nd Place in their division and was one of only twelve bands to advance to the finals competition where they finished seventh overall out of 32 bands from across Missouri and Kansas. The Holt Marching Indians also competed at the event, taking 5th Place in their division in the preliminary competition.

 
Bi-State Marching Invitational Results
Photo of HHS (top) and LHS (bottom) bands
The Holt Marching Indians took 2nd Place in their division and won awards for Outstanding Color Guard and Outstanding Soloist, and the Liberty Eagle Regiment took 4th place in their division at the Bi-State Marching Invitational in Potosi, Missouri on October 13th. Finals were canceled due to incoming inclement weather, so awards for finals were given based on all preliminary scores. Holt placed second overall at the contest. Congratulations to both bands!
 
2018-19 Late Start Supervision
Image of Student arriving at SchoolThe next Late Start is scheduled for Monday, November 5th. The supervision for students in grades K-6 is $10 per child for each late start day. This service is separate from Chautauqua and only for students NOT already enrolled in the Chautauqua Before School Program.
             
Late starts provide valuable collaboration time for our teachers across the District and yet we understand these days can be a challenge for working parents especially. The supervision option was established to assist those parents who need it. Additional information about late start supervision for students in grades K-6, as well as the link to pay via PayPal can be found on the District website
 
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The WSD Homecoming Parade 2018
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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.

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WSD Film Festival Flyer - April 3, 2019, 7-9 p.m.The WSD Film Festival date has been announced, and will take place on April 2, 2019, from 7 to 9 p.m., at Holt High School. This film contest is open to all grade levels, and is completely student-driven. Mark your calendars and support your local film makers! 

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Board Meeting Report
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The Board of Education on Oct. 18 featured recognition of the three MOAPHERD PE Teachers of the Year, all three levels coming from the WSD, Sally Schulte (Heritage Primary), Marc Tiernan (Wentzville Middle School) and Melanie Zerr (Timberland High School). The Human Resources and Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment Departments each reported to the Board, and Superintendent Dr. Curtis Cain gave an outline of the Comprehensive School Improvement Plan (CSIP) Committee. The Board also approved new sponsorship agreements with District marketing partners.
Read the full BOE Report for Oct. 18 BOE Meeting on the WSD Website

The Board of Education also held a special meeting on October 23, 2018, to discuss land appraisal and site assessment, as well as some new business on construction scenarios and timelines.
BOE Report for Oct. 23 on WSD Website

Read more by clicking the corresponding Board Meeting Report thumbnail above. Board Meeting Reports can be found on the WSD website under About our District/Board of Education.
Upcoming Plays
"Beauty and the Beast" flyer
Poster for THS performance of "The Addams Family"
LHS "Footloose" flyer
Little Mermaid play poster