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2018 WSD Homecoming Parade
Screenshot of and link to video about 2018 WSD Homecoming ParadeThank you to everyone who turned out for the fourth annual WSD Homecoming Parade on September 29th! A huge thank you to the three high school Student Councils for all their hard work organizing the community parade. Watch the  video on WSD YouTube for some of the sights and sounds.
 
National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists
Graphic announcing National Merit Scholarship SemifinalistsThe WSD is proud to announce that Jasper Pendino and Sarah Sargent from Holt High School, and Rishi Kondapaneni from Liberty High School have all been selected as Semifinalists in the 64th Annual National Merit Scholarship Program. In addition, Charles Stone from Holt High School, Zachary Myers from Liberty High School, and Nathaniel Beattie from Timberland High School have all been named Commended Students in the prestigious national program.
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The WSD Maintains Strong Financial Rating
Image of students and teachers in classroomMoody's Investors Service has released its Annual Issuer Comment Report for the Wentzville School District. In the report, Moody's maintains an Aa2 rating on the District's outstanding general obligation debt, one of the highest ratings for any school district in Missouri.

“The Aa2 rating released by Moody's Investors Service is a reflection of the District's sound fiscal position,” said Pam Frazier, District Chief Financial Officer. “It is also evidence of our staff’s commitment to fiscal responsibility and to remain good stewards of taxpayer dollars.”

According to the report, the favorable rating reflects the District's “robust financial position, a substantial tax base and a strong wealth and income profile.” The WSD has been the fastest growing school district in Missouri since 2001, averaging over 600 new students every year. As a result of the record growth, the WSD has built 11 new schools since 2001.

The report also cites the District’s fiscal management and governance as a reason for the strong rating. The District’s net cash balance as a percent of revenues sits at 39.38%, which is “far stronger than other school district’s nationwide,” according to the report. Continued population growth, and a median family income that is a healthy 126.8% of the national level, are also cited by Moody’s as reasons for the WSD’s high rating.
 
Important Letter to Parents
WSD LogoIn our efforts to be vigilant and proactive with regard to school safety, we will be providing Options-based Active Intruder Training for all employees in the Wentzville School District through the end of this semester. This is the first step in a new training timeline based on recommendations from our School Safety Committee. The letter was sent to parents via email today. You can also read the full letter on the WSD Website.
 
WSD Foundation Receives $10,000 Grant From GM
Group photo of representatives of GM Plant and WSD FoundationThe Wentzville School District Foundation has been awarded a $10,000 Community Impact Grant to support STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) from General Motors (GM). WSD Foundation board members were on hand at the GM Wentzville Assembly plant on October 5th, which was National Manufacturing Day, to accept the grant and disburse the first $1,500 to the 2018 State Champion WSD Robotics Team 1706, also known as the “Ratchet Rockers.”
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Wabash Receives $56,000 Incentive From Ameren Missouri
Group photo of WSD and Ameren UE representativesThe WSD has received a $56,000 incentive from Ameren Missouri for energy efficient lighting, as well as heating, air-conditioning and ventilation systems that were utilized in the construction of Wabash Elementary School. Wabash is a 101,034 square foot school that is designed to hold 900 students. The school opened in August 2017 and was designed as an energy efficient building by Hoener Associates Architects and McClure Engineering. The incentive was granted through Ameren Missouri’s BizSavers® program which provides incentives for building owners to upgrade to more energy-efficient equipment.
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Duello Elementary Growth Mindset Groups
Screenshot and link to video about Duello Growth Mindset Groups on WSD YouTubeDuello Elementary is hosting "Growth Mindset" groups with students this year in an effort to promote the power of positive thinking. Principal Laura Parn and Assistant Principal Dani Todd are meeting with groups of students over the course of the year to celebrate their learning and to encourage students to approach school with a growth mindset. Persistence and support for one another are examples of having a growth mindset, and as you can see in this video, the students are eagerly embracing the concept. Small groups of students are invited to the conference room for about 20 minutes, where they have a treat and take time to appreciate school and learning with their principals.
 
National School Principals Month
WSD Superintendent Dr. Curtis Cain shakes hands with Prairie View principal David Bates Dr. Curtis Cain, WSD Superintendent, and members of his Cabinet made special deliveries this week to principals, assistant principals and activities directors in honor of National Principal Month. WSD principals 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. 
 
Holt Broadcasting Students and Staff Featured on Television Show
Screenshot of and link to LUTV's "Millennial Media" featuring Holt High students and staff on WSD FacebookShout out to Lindenwood University and their "Millennial Media" crew for showcasing our Holt broadcasting students in September. Lindenwood has invited our District's broadcasting and journalism students to share their impressive work on the university's "Millennial Media" show throughout the school year. Broadcasting is one our course offerings this year available to students at all three WSD high schools, and this not only highlights work being done in the schools, but also gives students a chance to participate in a professional-quality broadcast in a higher education setting. "Millennial Media" and other LUTV shows can also be seen on Charter-Spectrum cable in St. Charles County (Channel 989), AT&T U-Verse (Channel 99) and on Lindenwood's website (http://www.lindenwood.edu/lutv/). Well done, Indians! Or Watch the video on WSD Facebook!
 
Lou Fusz Student Athletes of the Month
Holt August/September Student-Athlete of the Month
Liberty Student-Athlete of the Month for August/September
Timberland Student-Athlete of the Month for August/September
Lou Fusz Automotive Network, a District Marketing Partner, is sponsoring our Student-Athlete of the Month, aiming to recognize varsity student-athletes for their achievements in the classroom, commitment, sportsmanship, and teamwork. These student-athletes were honored for their performances during August/September. Read the full nominations for these student-athletes on the WSD Marketing Webpage.
 
Best-Selling Author Roland Smith Visits 7 WSD Schools
Image of author Roland Smith with students at Green Tree ElementaryStudents in several WSD elementary schools got to meet and speak with renowned and celebrated author Roland Smith last week. His New York Times best-selling books are full of mystery, adventure, and suspense, and the kind of books that elementary and middle school readers love, due in part to the incorporation of animals and nature into his stories. With over 50 books on the shelves, Smith has been a Mark Twain Award nominee multiple times and has won numerous other awards. He talked with students about his books and animals (he worked in a zoo for 20 years while writing his books), and signed copies of books for students. Mr. Smith made stops at Boone Trail, Discovery Ridge, Green Tree, Heritage Intermediate, Peine Ridge, Prairie View, and Wabash.
 
2018 Glory of Missouri Award Winners
Group photo of Glory of Missouri winnersTwenty-one WSD students have been named recipients of the 2018 Glory of Missouri Award by State Representatives Bryan Spencer, Bart Korman and Justin Hill. The Glory of Missouri Awards were created to recognize students who display virtuous qualities both as students and as citizens. Each student honored represents one of the virtues of good government engraved on the walls of the House Chamber. The virtues include knowledge, liberty, equality, law, justice, fraternity, education, progress, honor, truth, virtue, temperance, enterprise and charity. Read more about this story and see the list of honorees on the WSD Website.
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Timberland Band Named Music on the Meramac Grand Champion
Image of timberland Marching Band at the Music on the Meramec contestCongratulations to the Timberland Marching Band for being named Grand Champion of the 2018 Music on the Meramec at Fox High School in Arnold, Missouri, on Saturday, September 29th! The Marching Wolves also won First Place in their class, Outstanding Color Guard, Outstanding Percussion, and Outstanding Visual awards.
 
Liberty Band Earns 4th at Francis Howell Viking Invitational
Three members of the LHS Band holding their trophyThe Liberty Marching Band competed at the Francis Howell Viking Invitational on Saturday, October 6th. The Liberty Eagle Regiment placed third in preliminary competition and finished fourth overall in the finals competition.
 
Holt Theater Department Performs “Beauty and the Beast"
Flyer for Holt High's "Beauty and the Beast" Production

 
Frontier Middle School Performs "Aladdin"
Poster for Frontier Middle's Performance of "Aladdin"
 
WSD Teams are GAC Conference Champions
Group photo of Holt Softball team 2018
Group photo of Holt Cross Country team
Fall sports are winding down and last week was a busy week for WSD teams. Holt Varsity Softball won their 5th consecutive GAC Conference Championship, 4 years in the GAC Central Division and this year in the GAC South Division. All four Timberland Cross Country teams earned 1st Place in GAC Central Division Conference Championships. Varsity and JV Boys, as well as Varsity and JV Girls, all won the GAC Central Division Conference Championships last week, making it the school's first “clean sweep” of all four conference championships in Cross Country.
Members of the LHS Tennis team
Members of the LHS Golf Team
The Liberty Tennis team and the Liberty Golf team were both GAC North-Central Division Conference Champions. Congratulations to all the athletes!
 
Timberland Art Students and Alumni Dedicate Statue at Oktoberfest in St. Charles
Photo of students and volunteers in front of their Pegasus statue made of pumpkins at St. Charles Oktoberfest 2018For 10 years, Timberland art students and alumni have been gathering at Oktoberfest in St. Charles to create a pumpkin sculpture to the delight of visitors young and old. This year not only marked a milestone anniversary for the group, but the sculpture - a 10’6” tall Pegasus - was dedicated to 2007 Timberland grad and former art club president Sarah Dashley who tragically passed away in a fire in July. Sarah was well-loved and had come back almost every year to help with the pumpkin structure, which made this year’s process both a work of love and heartache. Her best friend and THS alum Beth Wiejaczka-Long, along with her husband Bill Long, were on hand to assist with the special Pegasus, which was completed with wings and splashes of blue, in honor of Sarah’s favorite hair color. “Sarah was such a tremendous artist and supporter of the arts and dance and she gave back to Timberland and the WSD until the end,” said Timberland art teacher and Fine Arts Chair Crystal Wing. “It’s so hard to understand that she’s gone.” Dan Foust with the Lion’s Club donated the pumpkins used in creating the sculpture and the corn husks used for the wings were donated by Jackson's General Store and Farm Goods in Silex.
 
Morning Star Church Donates $2,000 to Prairie View Elementary
Morning Star Church Video Screenshot and link to WSD YouTubeMembers of Morning Star Church surprised teachers and staff at Prairie View Elementary at the start of the school year with a special donation. They presented each K-6 grade level, as well as special education teachers, with $250 to cover the cost of items teachers sometimes pay for themselves to make their classroom extra special for their students. A total of $2,000 was donated to the school, which is located next door to the church, through a collection designed to impact the community. “We know that you each do work above and beyond and we pray that this gift will be a blessing that reaches further than we can imagine,” said Morning Star Church Mission and Outreach Pastor Jennifer Long when notifying Prairie View of the donation. The church interviewed teachers and principals following the surprise announcement for this video, which was shared this past weekend with their congregation. Thank you to everyone who donated, and thank you Morning Star Church, for supporting the staff, students and families of the WSD. Watch the video on WSD YouTube created by Morning Star Church.
 
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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October 12, 2018
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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 held a special meeting on October 8, 2018, to discuss Missouri House Bill 1413 and the role of Board of Education/Board Communication.

Read more by clicking the Board Meeting Report thumbnail above. Board Meeting Reports can be found on the WSD website under About our District/Board of Education.