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Three WSD Teachers Named Missouri PE Teachers of the Year
Image showing the three PE Teachers of the Year with corresponding textThree WSD physical education teachers have earned the title of 2018 Missouri Physical Education Teacher of the Year, at the elementary, middle school and high school levels! Sally Schulte from Heritage Primary has been named the Missouri Elementary Physical Education Teacher of the Year, Marc Tiernan from Wentzville Middle School has been named the Missouri Middle School Physical Education Teacher of the Year, and Melanie Zerr from Timberland High School has been named the Missouri High School Physical Education Teacher of the Year; all by the Missouri Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (MOAHPERD). “It is unprecedented to have all three grade-level recipients from the same school district,” said Executive Director of MOAHPERD Dr. Thomas Loughrey. “It is also an indication of the quality seen in the teachers of the Wentzville School District.”
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WSD Schools Observe Patriot Day
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Students across the WSD participated in Patriot Day celebrations on Tuesday to remember the lives lost on 9/11 and to honor first responders and community service providers. Crossroads Elementary, Heritage Intermediate, and Wabash Elementary held large-scale events this year, while other schools observed a moment of silence and discussed the historic significance of the events on 9/11. Crossroads has held Patriot Day celebrations every year since the one-year anniversary of 9/11, and their event is intended to keep September 11th from being just another day that students read about in a history textbook. Wabash Elementary held an assembly, and students visited stations that also included presentations by local first responders and members of the military and then treated them all to lunch. The Patriot Day celebration at Heritage Intermediate included activities to honor emergency personnel, as well, while remembering those who lost their lives on 9/11.
 
 
Faces of the WSD Video - Rick Whitworth
Screenshot of Faces of the WSD video featuring Rick Whitworth. Image linked to video on YouTubeRick Whitworth, Lead Custodian at Discovery Ridge Elementary, is the WSD's first honoree in this new series, "Faces of the WSD." Rick embodies the leadership and teamwork that our support staff demonstrates across the District. Over the summer, when an employee became ill, Rick jumped into action. He comforted his co-worker, and was commended by first responders for his actions and manner during the event. He certainly deserves a "high five" for helping his fellow employee during a difficult situation. Thank you, Rick, for your commitment to excellence and for what you do every day that helps make the WSD a special place to learn, work and grow.
 
Students Treat Our First Responders
Students from Heritage Intermediate pose with members of the Wentzville Fire DepartmentThree friends from Heritage Intermediate decided to have a lemonade stand in their neighborhood a couple of weeks ago and raised close to $90 in their effort. Sixth graders Caitlin Middendorf and Abby Weigand, along with fifth grader Lily Perkins, decided they would like to use their proceeds to throw a pizza party for Wentzville first responders. They held the party at the Wentzville Fire Protection District headquarters, surrounded by Wentzville's finest, on August 26th after being treated to a VIP tour of the new facility. The Wentzville Papa John's donated six additional pizzas and the Travelling Pallet donated signs for the celebration as well. “A huge thanks to the Wentzville Missouri Police Department and the Wentzville Fire Protection District for making us feel welcome and mostly for your service,” said Caitlin’s mom in her social media post. “These girls are on cloud 9!”
 
Literacy Coach Publishes Article on Education Professional Learning Website
Photo of Amanda Brueggeman, WSD Literacy CoachEducators in the WSD are always seeking to improve their teaching skills … and not just their own. WSD Literacy Coach Amanda Brueggeman recently wrote an article for the Corwin Press, an education professional learning website, explaining the importance of teachers helping each other succeed to promote better achievement in students. Partner coaching cycles, according to the article, provide the support for mentors and mentees to build collective teacher efficacy, which in turn maximizes student achievement. Brueggeman details the benefits of such strategies, and even offers recommendations on how to more effectively implement them. This is another example of how teachers in the WSD aren’t only setting a good example for students, but for other teachers, as well. Read the full article on the Corwin Connect website.
 
2018 WSD Homecoming Parade
Image of Liberty Band Marches in 2017 WSD HomecomingOn Saturday, September 29th, we will host 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 9:15 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.
 
Holt Senior Earns Girl Scouts Gold Award
Image of Hannah Saunders reading to studentsAccording to the Girl Scouts, their Gold Award winners are true community leaders. Holt senior Hannah Saunders is one of those leaders. She recently earned the Girl Scouts Gold Award, bestowed to those who do not just show leadership, but also who can transform an idea for change into a real plan for impact. It is the highest achievement given by the Girl Scouts, and Saunders earned it by illustrating and publishing five different books inspired by classical ballets. She then visited several schools in the area (including Crossroads Elementary, Duello Elementary, Heritage Elementary, and Prairie View Elementary), presenting the stories to kids and sparking discussions about nonverbal communication. She even covered the cost of printing the books by organizing and hosting several dance workshops for fellow Scouts. After her visits, Saunders graciously donated the books to the school libraries to ensure that her love of dance and nonverbal communication could continue on through her books. Saunders was recognized with other Gold Award winners during a ceremony at Lindenwood University in St. Charles this summer. She is one of only one million Girl Scouts to achieve this prestigious award or its equivalent since 1916.
 
Walk to Stop Heroin on Sept. 15
Walk to Stop Heroin LogoMake plans to join the City of Wentzville and the Wentzville Police Department this Saturday, September 15th for the Walk to Stop Heroin, which begins at Holt High School. The WSD is proud to host this event designed to connect our community with the available resources in the hopes that individuals will not try heroin, not even once. The resources include valuable information on the signs and symptoms of use, counseling availability and emergency intervention for children during times of crisis. According to the St. Charles County Ambulance District, the total number of opiate/heroin overdoses county-wide in 2017 was 606, and 80 people lost their lives. Those numbers were up substantially from 2016 (552 overdoses and 54 deaths). View the full flyer on the WSD Facebook Page.
 
Plato's Closet Donates to WSD Pearce Hall Program
Teachers from Pearce Hall (back row) pose with Plato's Closet representatives in front of a car full of donations
Last year, Plato's Closet in Saint Peters donated clothing a number of times throughout the school year for students at Pearce Hall. This year, Plato's Closet took things to the next level. Over the summer, they held a huge storewide clearance on all their clothes and anything that didn't sell was set aside for Pearce Hall to have available for their students. At the beginning of the school year, over 100 bags of clothing were donated to Pearce Hall. Currently, staff and students at Pearce are working to organize a clothing closet that will be available not only to Pearce students, but hopefully students and families throughout the WSD who may be in need. A big thank you to the owners and staff at Plato's Closet for their generous contribution!
 
Liberty’s Edney Elected State Governor for Missouri Boys State
Image of Liberty High's Albert Edney being sworn in as Missouri Governor at Boys StateSummer is when most high school students spend time relaxing with friends and family. But one Liberty student spent it a different way than most – by getting elected governor. No, not the real state governor, but the governor of Missouri Boys State at University of Central Missouri. Albert Edney, a senior at Liberty, attended the statewide conference along with 22 other WSD students, where they learn first hand how government works. Edney ran as an independent, write-in candidate – one of the few write-in candidates to be elected governor in Missouri Boys State history. As governor, Edney will be part of many activities throughout 2018-19, including attending and presiding over next year’s session and delivering a State of the State address. For a full article written by Ledger co-editor-in-chief Olivia Holler, visit the Liberty Ledger Website.
 
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.

 
2018-2019 Late Start Supervision Deadline
Image of Student arriving at SchoolMonday, September 24th is the DEADLINE to register and pay for supervision for our Late Start 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.

In order to arrange for adequate staffing, you must register and pay by Monday, September 24th, for the October 1st date. (Please note: you may register for multiple dates by filling out the form one time - it is not necessary for you to wait and register before each late start date. If you chose the October 1st date previously, it is not necessary for you to register again). If you have already registered, but have not yet paid, payments can be made by cash or check to your child’s school or via PayPal.

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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September 14, 2018
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Sept. 15
Walk to Stop Heroin
Holt High School
Doors Open at 8 a.m.
Walk Begins at 10 a.m.


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 -
Professional Development Day

Sept. 29
Holt High Homecoming

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

Oct. 1
Late Start K-12

Oct. 6
Timberland HS Homecoming

Oct. 12
Early Release Day

Oct. 15
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Professional Development Day


Oct. 18, 7 p.m.
Board of Education Meeting
Administrative Center


Oct. 24
Parent Teacher Conferences
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Grades 7-8: 3:30-7 p.m.

Oct. 25-26
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New Lunch Program in WSD

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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 held a Special Meeting on September 12th to discuss enrollment and construction timelines. Board Meeting Reports can be found on the WSD website under About our District/Board of Education.