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The WSD First Day Slideshow

WELCOME BACK! We had a great first day of school on Thursday, and we are looking forward to another outstanding year for each and every one of our students! Thank you to everyone who shared photos with us!  #wsdfirstdayfun
 
Cheri Thurman Receives 2018 Spirit of Crazy Horse Award
Cheri Thurman, Assistant Superintendent of Student Services for the Wentzville School District, has been named the 2018 recipient of the Spirit of Crazy Horse Award by Reclaiming Youth at Risk. The prestigious award, which originated in 1994, is given each year to an individual whose distinguished contributions through practice, policy development or research, creates courage for discouraged children and helps reclaim our most vulnerable youth. Past recipients include Muhammad Ali, former United Nations Ambassador George McGovern, former United States Attorney General Janet Reno, and Peter Yarrow of folk music trio Peter, Paul and Mary. Thurman received the award during the 25th Annual Black Hills Seminar in Rapid City, South Dakota, held July 27-29.
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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. During the first two days of school, students were issued a personal Chromebook to use both at home and in school 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 assignments.            
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Politte Named Finalist for Presidential Award for Excellence in Teaching
Terri Politte, Assistant Principal at Boone Trail Elementary, has been selected as a Finalist for the 2018 Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST). The award is the highest recognition that a K-12 mathematics or science teacher can receive for outstanding teaching in the United States. Politte’s selection as a finalist is based on her classroom work as a sixth grade math teacher at Duello Elementary prior to her being named assistant principal at Boone Trail in June.

 
Timberland Student Attends Conference on National Affairs 
Timberland High School sophomore Abby McCallum became the first student from her school to attend the YMCA Youth Conference on National Affairs (CONA) in Black Mountain, North Carolina, June 30 to July 5. Only 25 students were chosen to represent the state of Missouri at the 51st annual conference which focuses on increasing awareness of the federal government and how it affects state and international politics. McCallum joined almost 700 students from around the country, debating student-written proposals on a variety of topics, in a forum designed to allow students to express their own opinions, while exploring and learning about ideals different from their own.


 
District Announces Free & Reduced Meal Guidelines for 2018-19 School Year
The WSD has announced its revised free and reduced meal price policy for school children unable to pay the full price based on family income. In February of this year, the WSD Board of Education voted unanimously to take the Child Nutrition Program out of the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) for the 2018 - 2019 school year in an effort to improve meal offerings and increase the number of students who eat breakfast and lunch in its school cafes. Click the Read More button to see what the WSD has adopted for this year.

 
Update - Partnerships to Support the WSD

The WSD Marketing Program continues to grow! Thank you to our partners for their support and commitment to the students of the District. For more information, visit the Marketing Department web page.             
 
LHS Student Graduates from UMSL STARS
Liberty High School senior Emily Ristevski has graduated with 81 other St. Louis area high school students from the 2018 Students and Teachers as Research Scientists (STARS) program at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. The annual six-week summer program is for academically talented high school juniors and seniors, and pairs them with top research mentors from Saint Louis University, Washington University, UMSL, Confluence Discovery Technologies and the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center. Experts from the five institutions take on student apprentices in laboratories and direct them in research projects. Emily worked with Dr. Angela Herbe, assistant professor at Washington University School of Medicine and an oncologist at Barnes-Jewish Hospital. Her research paper was titled “The TRIM Reaper; the role of TRIM23 in cell deaths of MPNSTs (malignant peripheral nerve sheath tumors).” For many of the participants, working in labs with top scientists is the most important event in their decision to pursue a career in science. Emily plans to major in biology (pre-med) at either Case Western Reserve University or Duke University.

 
Please Update Your Info in SISK12
As we begin a new school year, the WSD is asking that parents and guardians to log into the SISK12 Parent Portal and update information for existing families. This is a quick and efficient way to ensure that the District has the most current information for your student(s). Please follow these steps to complete the update process.

Log into the Parent Portal from a desktop computer or laptop*, Parent Portal Login. (If you need to sign up for the Parent Portal, complete the Parent Portal Registration Form and return it to your child's school office.)

Once you have logged into the Parent Portal, click the red tile for "Online Registration."


Click the Edit button next to the first form, “Welcome and Instructions for Existing Families,” and follow the instructions shown.

If you have any questions regarding the Online Registration process, please contact the school office.

*NOTE: Online registration is not available through the Student 360 mobile app.
 
Record Number of WSD Students Qualify for AP Scholar Awards
The WSD is pleased to announce that a record number of students – 143 – from Holt, Liberty, and Timberland High Schools have qualified for Advanced Placement (AP) Scholar Awards. Three WSD students (one from Liberty and two from Holt) received the highest distinction - National AP Scholar Award. Madison McGuire from Liberty, as well as Benjamin Goldstein and Emma Rose from Holt, all 2018 graduates.

 
Back to School Fair Video

Our 8th annual Back to School Fair on August 4th drew the largest crowd ever! We gave away over 2,100 bags filled with over $11,000 worth of school supplies to WSD students. Thank you to the West St. Charles County Kiwanis Club for serving over 1,900 free pancake breakfasts, MoChip for processing over 125 free Child ID kits, St. Charles County Ambulance District for helping kids make over 1,500 first aid kits, our Corporate Sponsors, vendors and volunteers (a special shout out to Timberland NHS, Holt STUCO, Walmart employees, Red Tree Church, the Optimist Club and WSD staff!) who made the event such a great success. Thank you also to Walmart, Staples & Cuivre River Electric for the community grants and generous donation of supplies. We could not do it without you! Click the picture to watch the video recap.
 
Link Crew Mentors Freshmen Students
Members of Holt, Liberty, and Timberland’s freshmen classes teamed up with upperclassmen at Freshman Orientation the week before the start of school as part of Link Crew, a program aimed at helping students with their transition to high school. More than 300 upperclassmen from the schools’ junior and senior classes greeted freshmen and welcomed them to their new school as part of the program.

The purpose of Link Crew is to successfully transition students from the middle school setting into the high school setting through three fundamental needs: safety, information and connection. Link Crew creates a structure that connects every incoming freshman with an upperclassman from the first day of high school and continues throughout the whole year. These upperclassmen serve as mentors and encourage freshmen to participate in school events and activities, concentrate on the importance of academics and bonding with the whole student body. This, in return, creates a positive and spirited community culture that is driven by students themselves.

Over 1,300 freshmen from Holt, Liberty, and Timberland participated in this year's program. The mentors were selected from hundreds of juniors and seniors who applied at each school to be Link Crew Leaders, and they gave up four days over the summer to come in for training. #WSDlearns #WSDcommunity
 
A Precious Gift - Holt Senior Creates Special Art
Before school let out in May, Holt senior (now graduate) Kyle Markowski completed a very special art project. Kyle was looking for inspiration for his final project when his teacher, Sarah Catalano, shared with him a story about a former student, Jessica Singleton. Jessica graduated from Holt in 2006 and tragically passed away in a house fire the following year. Her mom, Marilyn Singleton, is a paraprofessional at Holt. Kyle created a beautiful portrait of Jessica which he presented to Marilyn before he graduated. “The moment he presented it was simply magical and there were many tears,” shared Catalano. “Kyle did a fabulous job capturing not only Jessica’s likeness, but her joyful spirit as well. It was one of those experiences that showcase how powerful and moving artwork can be.” #WSDcares #WSDproud
 
Backpack Donation from Community
Members of The Crossing multi-site church delivered 65 backpacks filled with school supplies to our Administrative Center today for WSD students. The church has locations in Chesterfield, Fenton, St. Louis and St. Peters which held supply drives that netted over 2,700 backpacks and more than enough supplies to fill them all. They delivered the backpacks and extra supplies to school districts across the St. Louis region for students who may need assistance. Thank you to everyone who contributed and for including WSD kids! #WSDcommunity #MOBacktoSchool
 
Immunizations
Is your child immunized? Missouri immunization requirements vary by grade level. Please refer to the chart(s) on the website to determine if your child is compliant for the start of the 2018-19 school year. State law and health regulations require students to be properly immunized and provide verification to attend school, unless they are exempt. Click here for more information about immunizations.
 
WSD Notice of Non-Discrimination
 

August 17, 2018
 

What's new in the WSD for 2018-19
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Upcoming Dates
Aug. 27
Late Start Grades K-12

Aug. 31
No Classes K-12
Professional Development Day

Sept. 3
Labor Day
No Classes K-12

Sept. 6, 5-7 p.m.
Curriculum & Classroom Procedure Orientation - Elementary Schools

Sept. 10
Late Start Grades K-12

Sept. 20, 7 p.m.
Board of Education Meeting
Administrative Center

Sept. 22
Liberty HS Homecoming

Sept. 27, 3:30-7 p.m.
Parent/Teacher Conferences
Grades 9-12

Sept. 28
No Classes K-12
Professional Development Day

Sept. 29
Holt High Homecoming

Sept. 29, 9-11 a.m.
WSD Homecoming Parade
 
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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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