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2018 WSD Homecoming Parade
Image of Liberty Band Marches in 2017 WSD HomecomingTomorrow, September 29th, is the 2018 WSD Homecoming Parade that includes all three high schools. This is an opportunity to bring our schools and our community together for a great event and we hope you will join us for the parade which will begin at 9:30 a.m. on Campus Drive and Pearce Boulevard, travel east on Pearce Boulevard and end at Luetkenhaus Boulevard near the American Legion and First Baptist Church. Visit the WSD Facebook Page to tell your friends you're going. See more details by checking out this flyer on the WSD Website.
 
WSD Students Named National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists and Commended Students
Image displaying three students who are semifinalists in the National Merit Scholarship ProgramThe 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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WSD CFO Earns Certification for Fiscal Credibility
Image of Pam Frazier, CFO of the WSDWSD Chief Financial Officer Pam Frazier has been awarded the Certified Administrator of School Finance and Operations® (SFO®) by the Association of School Business Officials International (ASBO). The SFO designation is granted to highly qualified school business professionals who fulfill multiple requirements, including demonstrating certification eligibility (through work experience and education); passing a comprehensive competency-based exam that covers tasks, knowledge, and skills in school business management; and adhering to the ASBO International Certification Code of Conduct. School business officials who have earned the SFO certification commit to ongoing professional development by undergoing recertification every three years.
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Students and Staff in the WSD Raise Over $126K for the American Heart Association
Group photo of American Heart Association liaisons from each participating school and AHA representatives  WSD schools raised over $126,000 last year for the American Heart Association (AHA), the third-most in the state, thanks to staff and students in 17 schools who held fundraisers over the course of the school year, including Jump Rope for Heart, Hoops for Heart, and Dodgeball for Heart. According to the AHA, this means the WSD helped save thousands of lives right in our own area. Funds raised for the AHA go toward research, education and medication to fight heart disease in Missouri. The participating schools also received over $9,350 in vouchers that they can use to purchase physical education equipment through the program. By participating in the various fundraisers, students learned how to take care of their own hearts, as well as how fulfilling it can be to show your heart in helping others in need.
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C-SPAN Bus Visits Liberty High
Image of the C-SPAN Bus parked in front of Liberty High SchoolThe C-SPAN Bus visited Liberty on September 20th as part of its 50-state tour to showcase the network’s various public service assets - both its television programming and educational resources for students and teachers. Liberty was one of the very few local schools to earn a visit, and was recommended by Spectrum, and social studies teacher Lindsey Holmes was also a factor, having participated in a C-SPAN teachers' workshop this past summer. Students had an opportunity to talk with State Rep. Justin HillState Rep. Justin Hill speaks to Liberty students on the C-SPAN Bus (108th District), as well as engage in the many interactive, high-tech multimedia modules on the bus. They also learned how to access C-SPAN’s various assets available to students to enrich their education. Liberty reporters were on-hand to get the scoop, too, so check out the Liberty High School journalism website, LHSToday for more about the C-SPAN visit to the WSD.
 
Timberland FACs Teacher Earns National Certification
Image of Cheri Boren (center in white) posing with her new certification and students from one of her classesCheri Boren, a Family and Consumer Sciences (FACs) teacher at Timberland High School, has been named a Certified Secondary Foodservice Educator by the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF). Cherie is the first WSD teacher to achieve this certification which was established to improve the content knowledge, technical and teaching skills of secondary restaurant and foodservice educators. The WSD adopted the Prostart Program sponsored by the National Restaurant Association four years ago. “The program has brought many authentic culinary experiences and learning opportunities to the students in the District,” shared Boren. As part of the certification, she attended the National Restaurant Association Summer Institute in Flagstaff, Arizona at the Northern Arizona University School of Hotel and Restaurant Management with other Prostart educators from across the U.S. Boren had the opportunity to learn from nationally recognized faculty, and spent the week working with Professor and Executive Chef Mark Molinaro. “I wanted to work towards this certificate to bring a stronger Prostart Program to the WSD, have hands on opportunities with current culinary industry practices, and provide authentic learning opportunities for my students at Timberland and across the District.” Boren has worked for the WSD since 2003 and currently teaches Culinary 1, Culinary 3 and FACS Internship classes at Timberland.
 
Pearce Hall Receives Additional Phoenix Fund Grant
Photo of Jim Sporleder of Blue Mountain Foundation, WSD Assistant Superintendent of Student Services Cheri Thurman, and WSD Director of Intervention Services Ben HebisonBen Hebisen, Director of Intervention Services, has received a $1,000 Phoenix Fund Grant from Jim Sporleder and the Blue Mountain Foundation in Washington for his efforts to assist struggling students at Pearce Hall. On Aug. 31, Jim Sporleder visited the WSD to speak with teachers, counselors and administrators about what it means to be a trauma-informed or trauma-responsive school and district. Mr. Sporleder was the principal at Lincoln High, an alternative school in Walla Walla, Washington, which radically changed its approach to disciplining its students, becoming a promising trauma-informed model for how to break the cycles of poverty, violence and illness that affect families. The school, and Mr. Sporleder, were the subjects of the movie “Paper Tigers” which was released in 2016. While Mr. Sporleder was in town, he visited Pearce Hall and learned about a particular student who was in crisis and personally donated over $600 in grocery gift cards for the student and their family. This is the second $1,000 grant Hebisen has received this year from the Foundation thanks to Sporleder, who also facilitated the funding of a $1,500 scholarship for a Pearce Hall student who encountered difficult times and setbacks during high school but found a way to succeed and persevere. Sporleder was so impressed with this year’s recipient - Claudia Stafford - that he has pledged to match this year’s scholarship with an additional $1,500 for the 2019-20 school year if she completes her studies and continues her education. Mr. Sporleder now travels the country visiting and speaking with schools that are following a trauma informed approach and he continues to be impressed with the work being done here for students in the WSD. “Strive for intentional positive interactions with all kids,” he shared during his talk with WSD staff. “Every child deserves a caring adult who will check in on them; this is not only about the kids who we know have experienced trauma. Being trauma responsive leads to caring adult relationships … which brings hope and healing and resilience for all kids.”
 
The Young Americans Workshop Visits the WSD
Screenshot of "The Young Americans Come to the WSD" video on WSD YouTubeThe Young Americans brought their educational performing arts three-day workshop to Timberland High School last week, developing skills of energy, teamwork, and confidence, using music as the teaching tool. Specially-trained, college-aged teachers and performers worked with students of all grade levels from across the District, providing fun yet valuable lessons in a safe, inclusive environment. The workshop included everything from vocal and dance to full stage performance, the climax of which was an exciting Saturday night show held at Timberland. The Young Americans was founded in 1962 and is dedicated to the promotion of understanding and goodwill among people throughout the world through music, dance, performance, academic education, and cultural interaction. The outreach program visits 200 communities on an annual basis to inspire youth, empower teachers, and strengthen education systems across the globe. Over 260 WSD students from Timberland , Liberty, South Middle, Duello, Green Tree, Crossroads, Boone Trail, Stone Creek and Heritage Intermediate participated in the workshop and Saturday's performance.
 
'Rock Your School' Aims to Get Kids Excited about Learning
Screenshot of "The WSD Rocks Our Schools" video on WSD YoutubeTeachers and administrators are forever seeking ways to motivate their students in the classroom and, overall, persuade them that school is a place they want to be – not a place they have to be. "Rock Your School" is one of those ways that staff at Lakeview Elementary, Peine Ridge Elementary, and Stone Creek Elementary are trying to create a welcoming, engaging place to learn for students. Thousands of educators across the globe took part in "Rock Your School" on September 20th, to demonstrate that learning doesn’t have to be boring and school can be a place that kids can’t wait to get back to.
 
WSD Students Plant Pinwheels for Peace
Image of Pinwheels for PeaceMembers of the Timberland High School Art Club planted over 1,000 pinwheels around the exterior of their school in recognition of International Day of Peace on September 21st. The pinwheels were created by Timberland students, staff and families in conjunction with “Pinwheels for Peace,” a project that was initiated in 2005 by two art teachers in Florida as a way for students to express how they felt about what was going on in the world around them.

Image of students planting Pinwheels for PeaceTimberland art students have participated in the project for the past eleven years. Timberland Art Club students work under the instruction of Fine Arts Department Chair Crystal Wing. “Pinwheels instantly make me smile and take me back to childhood, running around and making them spin as fast as possible,” shared Wing. “The idea that we can spread ‘whirled’ peace with the fun toys of our childhood, reinvented with messages of peace in our lives and community, makes the work worthwhile.” The Wentzville Walmart donated the supplies for this project.

Last year, Pinwheels for Peace organizers estimate over 4.5 million pinwheels were displayed world-wide on the same day in multiple countries. “In today’s world, peace needs to be more than just a word,” is the motto shared on the project website, www.pinwheelsforpeace.com.
 
Wentzville Middle's Clayvon Wesley Featured in Book and Newspaper about Vets
Left picture: Clayvon Wesley; Right picture: Wesley, circa 1969 monitoring a woman's wounded husband after surgery Clayvon Wesley, Instructional Assistant at Wentzville Middle School, and a Vietnam veteran (Air Force), has recently been published in two publications – a book, “Proud to Be: Writing By American Warriors, Volume 7,” and in the St. Louis American Newspaper. Wesley’s Vietnam memoir featured in the book gives a firsthand account of his experiences while serving in the armed forces. The newspaper article chronicles how the Soldiers Memorial Military Museum’s latest collection of oral histories of St. Louis area veterans includes those of Wesley. Wesley cherishes the chance to give a voice to both his and his fellow veterans’ experiences. “We need to help each other heal,” Wesley said in the article. “We have an obligation to each other, to help the society that we live in understand that peace is better than war, and healing is better than not healing.”
 
Wentzville Walk to Stop Heroin
Photo of attendees at Wentzville Walk to Stop Heroin 2018Hundreds of people turned out for Wentzville’s Walk to Stop Heroin on September 15th. The event started at Holt High School with a pancake breakfast sponsored by Kiwanis and speakers with messages that ranged from cautioning people to seek help when they need it, to messages of hope and sobriety. The group then walked a two-mile trek along Shroeder Creek Boulevard, William Dierberg Drive, Wentzville Parkway and Pearce Boulevard. This is the third annual Walk to Stop Heroin and the WSD is proud to host the event. “This is not a city, county or state problem,” shared Jennifer Bertlett, Assistant Prosecuting Attorney for the St. Charles County Drug Court. “This is an epidemic that touches everyone.” Last year the total number of opiate/heroin overdoses county-wide was 606, and 80 people lost their lives according to the St. Charles County Ambulance District. For a parent toolkit that includes resources about talking to your kids about the dangers of opioids and heroin, visit https://www.addictionisreal.org/.
 
Fifth Grade Camp Continues
Group photo of students at fifth grade camp It’s that time of year for fifth graders from all across the WSD to get out and experience what makes the outdoors great. Fifth Grade Camp started last week, and during the next few weeks over 1,400 students will visit Broemmelsiek Park and Quail Ridge Park to experience hands-on curriculum while being immersed in nature in our beautiful and engaging Wentzville parks. WSD teachers and camp counselors will also be providing social and character-building challenges where students can gain valuable life skills. Fifth Grade Camp extends beyond the typical school day hours to ensure that students have two full days of adventure and outdoor learning opportunities. Camp is more than just a fun couple of days at the park, however – all camp activities meet District and state curriculum objectives. It just happens to be a lot of fun too!
 
Wentzville Fire Donates Food to WSD Programs and Counselors
Image - Members of the Wentzville Fire Department donating boxes of foodMembers of the Wentzville Firefighters Community Outreach delivered a very generous supply of food to support our Operation Breakfast program for students at Pearce Hall this week. Food was also donated to our Operation Backpack partners, who provide a bag filled with nutritious, kid-friendly, easy-to-prepare foods each week throughout the school year, as well as to our counselors to use for students who visit their offices. Their generosity is sincerely appreciated!
 
WSD Bands Find Success at Recent Competitions
Collage of photos of all three WSD HS BandsThe Holt, Liberty, and Timberland marching bands performed exceptionally well at competitions on September 15th, which marked the opening of the competitive season for all three schools. The Timberland Marching Wolves took 3rd Place in their class, and the Liberty Eagle Regiment took 6th Place in their class at the Tiger Ambush Classic in Edwardsville, Illinois, which featured 26 bands from the bi-state area. The Holt Marching Indians took 4th Place in their class and won caption awards for Outstanding Percussion and Outstanding Guard at the Farmington Marching Invitational in Farmington, Missouri which featured 18 bands from across the region.

Members of the Holt Drumline in Kansas CityOn September 22nd, the Holt marching band competed at the Blue Springs South Kansas City Championships. The Marching Indians took First Place in Class AAA in the preliminary competition and received awards for Outstanding Music, Outstanding Effect and Outstanding Visual. In the finals competition, the Marching Indians placed 3rd overall out of the 13 participating bands.
 
The 23rd Annual Turkey Trot Race
Image of the Turkey Trot Race in 2017The 23rd Annual Turkey Trot Race for WSD students in grades 4-6 will be held Thursday, October 18th, beginning at 4:00 p.m. at the Holt High School soccer field. The one-mile race has separate divisions for 4th, 5th, and 6th grade girls and boys, with medals given to the top three finishers in each division. T-shirts are guaranteed to all runners who enter by October 5th. Extra shirts may be available on race day for late entries. The winner in each division will receive a frozen turkey. To register for the race, visit the WSD website.
 
2018-19 Late Start Supervision
Image of Student arriving at SchoolThe next Late Start is scheduled for Monday, October 1st. 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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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
The Board of Education Meeting on September 20th included a tax rate hearing, outlining how this year's tax rate was set. The public was invited to comment. Also, Katie Zak from Lakeview Elementary (Missouri Regional Teacher of the Year), Boone Trail Principal Terri Politte (Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching Finalist), and the American Heart Association fundraiser captains from each participating school were recognized by the Board. 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.