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The WSD Needs Your Input to Help Shape the Next Five-Year Plan
The WSD is seeking input from all stakeholders – students, parents, employees and community members – to help shape the District’s next five-year Comprehensive School Improvement Plan (CSIP). Take a moment to view Dr. Cain's invitation to participate in the CSIP process.

The District has scheduled three community engagement meetings called Guiding Principles for our Schools (GPS), to help inform stakeholders and provide a platform for feedback to set positive goals, define priorities and determine standards for the students and schools in the WSD. We are also asking that stakeholders take a few minutes to complete THIS SURVEY to assist us with those efforts.
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Two WSD PE Teachers Named Central District PE Teachers of the Year
Two WSD Physical Education teachers have been named Central District PE Teachers of the Year at the elementary and high school levels by the Society of Health and Physical Educators (SHAPE) America. Sally Schulte from Heritage Primary has been named the Central District Elementary Physical Education Teacher of the Year and Melanie Zerr from Timberland High School has been named the Central District High School PE Teacher of the Year. Both teachers qualified for the award after being named Missouri PE Teachers of the Year in the elementary and high school categories by the Missouri Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (MOAHPERD), which was announced in August. Schulte and Zerr were both selected among state teachers of the year to represent the Central District, which includes nine states: Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wyoming.
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Wentzville Firefighters Provide Coats for Kids
On November 17th, our friends in the Wentzville Fire Protection District distributed hundreds of coats to WSD students in need. This was the sixth annual coat distribution made possible by the WFPD's Community Outreach Program and Operation Warm. "We are so grateful for this partnership with our local firefighters to support our students," said WSD Chief Communications Officer Mary LaPak. "Wentzville firefighters work hard to not only protect and help educate our community, but their generous outreach efforts directly impact our students and we are extremely grateful for their kindness and support." Since 2013, the WFPD has supplied over 2,500 coats for WSD students through Operation Warm. Thank you also to the Frontier Middle School students who made the warm hats that were given away as well.         
 
Building Teachers of the Year Announced
Congratulations to our WSD Teachers of the Year! District schools each announced their Teacher of the Year recipient for 2018-19 in conjunction with American Education Week. Candidates are judged on the respect and admiration of students, parents, and colleagues. Selection is also based on their ability to inspire and educate students of all backgrounds and abilities. On December 20th, the DISTRICT Teacher of the Year - sponsored by Central Methodist University - will be announced at the Board of Education meeting. American historian Henry Adams once said, “A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops.” How fortunate we are to have so many exceptional educators in the WSD! #WSDproud
 
Holt Swimmer Wins State Title
 
Holt senior Noah Scheuermann won the Missouri Class 2 State Swimming Championship in the 200-yard freestyle event on November 9th with a time of 1:39.29 at the St. Peters Rec-Plex. Noah also took second place in the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 48.75. This is Noah’s first state championship, but he is a five-time medalist over the last three years. As a junior, he placed third in the 500 freestyle and sixth in the 200 IM, and as a sophomore, he placed eighth in the 100-yard butterfly. Noah has also been a qualifier for Winter Nationals and Summer Junior Nationals and placed 12th in the 200-yard butterfly at the National Club Swimming Summer Championships. Noah is also involved in DECA at Holt and swims year round for the Parkway Swim Club. He has verbally committed to swim for Arizona State University next year where he plans to major in business.

Liberty senior Ian Herling won his second state medal at the Missouri Class 1 Swimming Championship the following day on November 10th by taking fifth place in the 50 freestyle event. He took fifth in the same event as a junior last year.
 
Veterans Day 2018 Slideshow
Veterans Day 2018 Slideshow on WSD YouTube
Schools across the WSD held Veterans Day celebrations November 9-12 to salute the brave men and women who are currently serving or who have served in the U.S. armed forces. Boone Trail, Crossroads, Discovery Ridge, Duello, Green Tree, Heritage, Lakeview, Prairie View, Peine Ridge, Stone Creek and Wabash elementary schools, as well as Holt and Timberland high schools, all invited veterans to their special activities scheduled in honor of the holiday. Veterans were treated to meals, student performances, and slideshows honoring past and present members of the military, along with special guest speakers.
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Faces of the WSD Video - Clayvon Ambrose Wesley
Screenshot and link to Faces of the WSD -Clayvon Wesley video on WSD YouTubeClayvon Wesley, In-School Suspension Instructor at Wentzville Middle School, is the WSD's next honoree in this new series, "Faces of the WSD." Wesley, a veteran of the Vietnam conflict, is a man with a plethora of life experiences to share with students and staff. Born in Newark, NJ, Wesley moved to St. Louis at a young age, and grew up in Mill Creek. After serving his country in the Air Force in Vietnam, he then earned his degree in Art and Art History from St. Louis University. Wesley takes pride in his duties of Artist in Residence, and champions student artwork at Wentzville Middle. As an ISS instructor, his main focus is to get students who get behind on their work - due to various circumstances - back on a track toward success. Through his connections with the Missouri Historical Society, Wesley also supports overall student learning at Wentzville Middle by constructing displays with artifacts on loan from the Society. Without a doubt, the three minutes we could show merely scratch the surface of the positive effect this face of the WSD has on all of us.
 
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.
 
A Hero's Return - Holt Grad Returns from Deployment to Surprise Sister
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Holt High graduate and United States Marine Corps Corporal Alex Hudgens just returned from a deployment in the Middle East and surprised his sister at lunch last week. Hudgens is a member of the Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force, Crisis Response-Central Command (SPMAGTF-CR-CC). These Marines deploy anywhere Coalition forces are threatened. On November 14th, however, he and Holt Principal Dr. Shane Schlueter reconned the best way to infiltrate the cafeteria and surprise his little sister for the heartwarming reunion. Thanks to Special Purpose MAGTF - Crisis Response - Central Command for the action photos, and thank you Corporal Hudgens for your service!

 
WSD Schools Collect Turkeys for No Hunger Holiday
 
WSD students held turkey drives last week to benefit No Hunger Holiday and local families in need. For the eighth consecutive year, Holt students collected the most frozen birds in the District in what has become a friendly competition between local high schools. Wentzville Middle families assisted Holt and in the end, the Indians collected 434 turkeys! Liberty students collected enough money for 36 turkeys, and Timberland students, assisted by South Middle families, collected 237 birds in the effort.

The turkeys went to No Hunger Holiday, a non-profit program that works to put food on the tables of families in need. The program was started in 1990 for St. Charles County families and has expanded to include Lincoln, Warren, Montgomery and St. Louis County families as well. According to their website, the organization will help feed 3,000 families this Thanksgiving. Eight years ago, No Hunger Holiday started promoting the competition among area high schools to encourage young people to get involved in the effort. On November 14th over 2,000 turkeys were collected by students at eight county high schools. For more information about No Hunger Holiday, visit their website at http://www.nohungerholiday.com/ or search and like them on Facebook. #WSDcares #WSDcommunity
 
Pearce Hall College and Career Explo
Students speak with professionals in the science fieldPearce Hall hosted its College & Career Explo last week, where community organizations - colleges, business, and nonprofits - spoke with students to help them explore the opportunities and resources available to them right here in our community. Approximately 150 students participated and had an opportunity to speak with representatives from more than 40 organizations, who offered ideas and advice designed to assist students and help set them up for success. “Pearce Hall is dedicated to helping kids get prepared for life after high school," said Ben Hebisen, Director of Intervention Services. “The Explo this year focused on helping students look for several different options that may be available to them after they earn their diploma.”
 
Holt Seniors Selected to Present at PLTW Regional Summit
Four Holt students were invited to present during the general session at the Project Lead the Way Summit in Kansas City on November 16th about how their PLTW Aerospace Engineering course inspired them with the skills and knowledge they needed to enter the Boeing Glider Challenge, which they won in May. Michael Blunt, Joe Brickey, Ian Deal and Christian Gard were all selected by PLTW to present to over 800 educators, administrators and industry professionals from across the Mid-West. They also had the opportunity to meet and speak for an hour with Dr. Vince Bertram, PLTW CEO, and share more about their PLTW classes in the WSD.

The students were part of a team that came together as "Delta Force Six" to win the 10th Annual Boeing Engineering Challenge held on the campus of Washington University on May 2nd. Approximately 300 students from 21 schools across the St. Louis region competed by launching balsa wood gliders in the St. Louis Field House that they had worked on all year to design and perfect. The gliders are judged on flight distance, straightest path, longest hang time and highest quality of flight. Their teacher from last year, Ashley Gregory, nominated them to present at the summit and PLTW selected them based on their accomplishment. #WSDproud
 
Holt Senior Earns Girl Scouts' Highest Honor
Photo of Alexis MorganAlexis Morgan, a senior at Holt High School, and a member of Girl Scouts Troop 3409, recently earned the Girl Scouts' highest honor, the Gold Award, for creating a sensory garden for young children at the local Crisis Nursery center. Sensory gardens engage the five senses using elements like texture (touch), color (sight), and scent, fostering a therapeutic space for kids to discover and relax. The sensory areas included bright colors and aromatic herbs, as well as edible plants such as kale. Morgan also added a xylophone and a bell tower to the outdoor area to delight kids’ sense of sound. Crisis Nursery is an emergency assistance shelter for families in critical situations. So Morgan’s sensory garden offered a place for kids to get a little comfort in their stressful situation, which often times includes being temporarily separated from their parents. Well done, Alexis!
 
Prairie View Remembers Lynn
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Prairie View Elementary held a very special dedication Nov. 7 in honor of Lynn Ibos, a beloved teacher and friend to many, who passed away unexpectedly earlier this year. Over the course of the summer, an outdoor garden was constructed in her memory by Prairie View Principal David Bates, Assistant Principal Jimmy Evrard, and the Mertens Family - who attribute their daughters’ love for school to Mrs. Ibos. The garden consists of a memorial plaque, painted rocks made by students, staff, and parents with quotes from Lynn and positive sayings that represent who she was – a beacon of hope and kindness at the school who touched the lives of so many. The garden also includes two chess pieces: the knight and the pawn, which signify engaging the head and the heart in each action and utilizing the simplest interactions, one step at a time, always forward and never backward. The Prairie View community, as well as members of Lynn’s family who traveled from out of state, gathered together to dedicate the garden on what would have been Lynn’s 54th birthday. Bates shared that the account set up following Lynn’s death to purchase clothing and school supplies for students continues to receive donations and is up to over $7,000. At the conclusion of the dedication, a replica of the plaque in the garden was presented to Lynn’s husband Steve, who shared that he was certain Lynn was smiling down on all of them and that knowing her spirit and kindness would live on at Prairie View was a tremendous gift that meant so much to him and his family.
 
Peine Ridge Student Sworn in as STCC Police Chief for a Day
Photo of two chiefs - Chief for the Day, Luke Rever, and STCCPD Chief David ToddSt. Charles County Police’s Chief for the Day program highlights outstanding youths in the community like Peine Ridge Elementary student Luke Rever. The 10-year-old fifth grader was chosen by Chief David Todd because “he consistently sets the example of good citizenship for young residents to model.”

It was a busy day for Luke. After being sworn in by Chief Todd, the new Chief explored the police station on a private tour, got to sit in squad cars (yes, he got to turn on the lights!), and – in vintage Luke style – made a lot of new friends. His first order of duty was to join St. Charles County and Wentzville Police officers in a basketball game against teachers from Peine Ridge, but when they arrived, they found a pregame pep rally waiting for them. The whole fifth grade class cheered Chief Luke on while enjoying music, popcorn, and Bahama Buck’s (donated by the Mid Rivers location), and watched him score the winning point. After Chief Todd and Wentzville Police Chief Kurt Frisz presented the victor with a championship trophy, Chief Luke’s classroom got to enjoy some snacks donated by WSD Marketing partner, Chick-fil-A of Wentzville.

“It was an unbelievable day for him,” Chief Luke’s dad, Charles Rever, said. “He really loves people, so it was great getting to interact with the police department and the Peine Ridge teachers. These teachers are just his world.”

See a recap of Chief Luke’s day on KMOV-TV’s (Channel 4’s) YouTube Channel.
 
WSD/Lou Fusz Student-Athletes of the Month
Student athletes of the Month

The WSD/Lou Fusz Student-Athlete of the Month is a new feature aimed at recognizing varsity student-athletes for their achievements in the classroom, as well as their commitment, sportsmanship, and teamwork. Congratulations to this second group of student-athletes as they are honored for their performances during October. Read about these student-athletes on the WSD Marketing Website.
 
Timberland STUCO Hosts MASC Gateway Convention
MASC conference at Timberland HighThe Timberland Student Council (STUCO) hosted the annual Missouri Association of Student Councils (MASC) Gateway Convention on Saturday, November 3rd at Timberland High School. Nearly one thousand energized STUCO members from schools around the greater St. Louis metro area participated in the conference, which is an opportunity for student leaders to come together, exchange ideas, and elect officers. This year's convention theme was "Leadership is Timeless," and as the current Gateway District President, Timberland STUCO had the honor of hosting the event.

"It is an honor to host this convention. We had to create a campaign and run for the district presidency last year to host it,” said Timberland STUCO Advisor Jim Andrzejewski. “My students have been working hard for over a year to campaign and execute the conference. It was a great success, and I am extremely proud of my Student Council. We appreciate the support from our parents and the Student Councils at Holt High School, Liberty High School, and South Middle School."

The Gateway District is open to all public and private middle, junior and senior high schools in St. Louis County, St. Louis City, St. Charles, and Jefferson County.
 
WSD Cheer Squads are Regional Champions
 Timberland Varsity Cheer
 Liberty Varsity Cheer
REGIONAL CHAMPIONS! ….Congratulations to the Timberland Varsity Cheer squad for taking first place in the Large Coed division and Liberty Varsity Cheer squad for taking first place in the Superlarge division at the Missouri Cheerleading Coaches Association St. Louis Regional competition in Washington, Missouri on November 10 & 11! The Timberland Junior Varsity Cheer squad took second place in the Large Junior Varsity division at the competition. The squads will compete at the Missouri Cheerleading Coaches Association State Championship Competition to be held at Lindenwood University on December 1 & 2. Best of luck to all the squads! #WSDproud
 
WSD Seniors Sign Nationals Letters of Intent
 
Congratulations to all our senior student-athletes who have signed National Letters of Intent so far this year. The list can be viewed on the District website and you can see each photo by clicking on the student's name.

The WSD is proud of our students' accomplishments in the classroom and on the playing field and we wish them well next year when they will compete at the collegiate level while earning their degrees! #WSDproud
 
WSD Holiday Assistance Program Underway
Each year in December, the WSD Holiday Assistance Program helps to provide gifts for needy students and their families. Last year, over 380 families and 1,000 children received assistance in this charitable effort! The program, coordinated by the WSD Community Relations Department and the school counselors, relies on staff and community support to help make the upcoming holidays more enjoyable for struggling families. In our schools, students and staff do a variety of things to raise money and collect gifts, and many families are adopted by their own caring school community. But there is always a need for additional community assistance.

If you, your family and friends, or your company would like to provide gifts for a family in need through our WSD Holiday Assistance Program, families range in size from one child to six children and donors can request what size family they would like to adopt. Donors also have the option of contacting the family directly and arranging to drop gifts, or dropping the gifts at the WSD Administrative Center and we will arrange for the family to pick them up or have them delivered.
If you would like to help out and share a little cheer by adopting a family, please contact the WSD Community Relations Department at (636) 327-3800 ext. 20357 or email kathleendelaquil@wsdr4.org for more information. #WSDcares
 
WSD Notice of Non-Discrimination
 

November 21, 2018

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Upcoming Dates
Nov. 21-23
Thanksgiving Break
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Nov. 27, 7 p.m.
Guiding Principles
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Dec. 3

Late Start Day

Dec. 20
Finals - Early Release 9-12

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

Dec. 21
Early Release Day K-12

Dec. 24 - Jan. 2
No Classes - Winter Break

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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
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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 meeting on Nov. 15 featured recognition of National Merit Scholar Semifinalist students Jasper Pendino and Sarah Sargent from Holt High School (a third, Rishi Kondapaneni from Liberty High School was unable to attend). The Board approved the hiring of Shaunte Kilgore as the new Human Resources Coordinator, replacing Julie Wagner. New Marketing Partnerships with Wentzville Chick-fil-A and Papa Johns Pizza were approved, as well. For more info, such as Superintendent Reports and old and new business, click the 
Board Meeting Report thumbnail above. Board Meeting Reports can also be found on the WSD website under About our District/Board of Education.

2018-19 Late Start Supervision
The next Late Start is scheduled for Monday, December 3rd. 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.

WSD Early College Program
Attention, sophomore parents! The WSD Early College Program allows students to begin work toward or to fully complete an associate’s degree through St. Charles Community College at a discounted tuition rate. Courses are specifically sequenced and students must enroll in all courses within a sequence. All fall and spring courses take place on campus within the WSD and are taught by District teachers. Summer classes are taken on campus at St. Charles Community College. There are two remaining informational meetings for parents:

•Monday, Nov. 26, at Holt High School
•Monday, Dec. 3, at Liberty High School

The meetings start at 6:30pm and will all include the same information, so feel free to attend the one most convenient for you. For more information about our Early College Program, please visit the Early College section of our District website.

CAPS Prospective Student/Parent Nights
The WSD will host evenings where students and parents can learn more about CAPS from current CAPS associates. St. Charles County CAPS provides high school students in St. Charles County with a pre-professional, innovative and entrepreneurial education through career-oriented experiences that are both hands-on and real-world. St. Charles County CAPS students are immersed in professional environments engaging in curriculum developed by industry professionals and program instructors - ensuring that what is taught in the classroom is relevant to the workforce. Learning is enhanced by project work direct from industry partners who engage to mentor students and ensure timely, accurate and real project results. RSVP on this google form.

DATES:
•Nov. 26 - Global Business/Entrepreneurship
•Nov. 27 - Health Care
•Dec. 3 - Technology Solutions (IT or Creative Media)
LOCATION:
Spencer Road Library (Rooms 240/243)
TIME:
6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Hour of Code Evening
World Wide Technology is hosting their annual Hour of Code event on Dec. 8, at their headquarters in Westport. This event is for any students from kindergarten to grade 12. Please view the flyer for additional info, as well as a link for kids to register. Register before Dec. 1, 2018.

WSD Inclement Weather/School Closing Information
Photo of snow next to Wentzville School District Sign and link to inclement weather info on WSD websiteTimely communication with our District families is always a priority, but especially important in inclement weather/ emergency school closing situations. Please be sure to notify the school office about any change in your personal contact information. Visit the WSD website for complete Inclement Weather/School Closing Information.