District eNews

February 19, 2021

WSD District eNews

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As we work through this unprecedented school year, we would like to share our plans with you to provide students with learning activities and assignments in the event we have to suddenly close school for a day. Beginning this school year, Missouri school districts with an approved plan for at-home learning may count those as days of student attendance. This could occur due to COVID, weather-related events, water main breaks, etc. On these days, students will participate in learning in a variety of ways. When an at-home learning day is utilized, we will contact families via our usual channels: phone call, text, push notification, email, social media, and website, and we will not have to make up the day at the end of the school year.


An important note about snow days: There are six days built into the school calendar for the 2020-21 school year to be utilized as snow days. We will not utilize at-home learning on those six built-in days. If we were to have additional snow days after the first six, we plan to utilize at-home learning days. By doing that, we avoid extending our calendar at the end of the school year, ensuring that the last day of school will still be June 3, 2021 and Seniors’ last day will be May 21, 2021. As of Friday, February 19, the WSD has used five snow days.



Please reference FAQs for PreK-5 students and 6-12 students. For additional information about At-Home Learning Days, visit the District website.

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Virtual Academy Registration

One of the positive implications of the past year has been that some students and families have found that they prefer learning in a virtual environment. As a result, the WSD will continue to offer the Virtual Academy as an option for students next year. Registration has now opened for students who will be in grades K-8 during the 2021-22 school year. The Virtual Academy enrollment form is located in our Student Information System (Parent Portal) for you to complete for each K-8 student in your household. To access the Virtual Academy eForm, please select the 2021-2022 school year in the top, right once you are logged into Tyler SIS Parent Portal. The deadline for K-8 student selection is Friday, February 26, 2021.


PLEASE NOTE:


  • If we have continued global pandemic concerns leading into the 2021-22 school year, we will have an additional enrollment period for virtual learning closer to the start of the school year. The purpose of this enrollment is for those students who wish to learn virtually next year, regardless of the status of the pandemic.

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COVID-19 Updates

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The WSD is committed to the health and safety of our students, staff, and community. The COVID updates page on the WSD website has information related to the pandemic in our District and our community and it is updated regularly. Please note the number of staff quarantines include non-school exposures, but the number of student quarantines are only those who were exposed at school. In November, the St. Charles County Department of Public Health released updated guidelines for modified quarantines in schools. Here is the message that was sent to all WSD families and here is a link to the FAQs regarding modified quarantines.

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Friendly Reminders

Please stay home if:


- You are ill or have any symptoms

- You are in quarantine

- Any member of your household has been tested for COVID-19 and is awaiting results



If you are notified that your student is on a modified quarantine, please remember that that St. Charles County Department of Public Health only permits students to attend classes during school hours. These guidelines do not allow for students to attend extracurriculars or activities during the time of modified quarantine.

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Kindergarten Registration

Five dates remain for the Wentzville School District’s kindergarten screening process. This event is for all children who will turn five BEFORE August 1, 2021. Parents are asked to register online using the Quick Registration and Screening form. If your child has not been screened at the Parents as Teachers office or his/her preschool this year, appointments are required and can be made when you register online. Screening appointments are available in the morning and evening and are filled on a first come, first served basis. Please note that due to social distancing and space limitations, it may be difficult to accommodate siblings at the screening appointment. Please be sure to check your address with the District’s Boundary Locator tool to determine which school your child will attend prior to registering your child for kindergarten. All screening appointments will take place at the Parents as Teachers Office at One Campus Drive, Wentzville, MO 63385. Screening dates are as follows:


· Tuesday, February 23, 2021

· Wednesday, February 24, 2021

· Tuesday, March 2, 2021

· Thursday, March 4, 2021

· Tuesday, March 9, 2021


Your information will be sent to your child’s elementary school. The school will contact you to complete your child's kindergarten registration. To access a list of necessary materials and documents for registration, please see our Kindergarten Registration Procedures page. For additional information about kindergarten registration and screening, or to check if your child has a current screening on file, please contact the Parents as Teachers office at 636-327-3863, ext. 22281.


If you do not have a Missouri birth certificate, you may obtain one at a cost of $15 from the St. Charles County Community Health/Environment-Vital Statistics Office, 1650 Boone’s Lick, St. Charles, MO 63301, or by calling (636) 949-7558 for more information.

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WSD Foundation Topgolf Event

Don't miss your chance to reserve your team's spot in The WSD Foundation's fundraising event at Topgolf in Chesterfield on February 28 from 4-7 pm. The purpose of this event is to raise funds for teacher and building mini-grants. Last year, the Foundation awarded $9,000 in grants to deserving teachers at 13 different WSD buildings and an additional $7,000 in GM STEM Grants to teachers at nine schools. All proceeds from this Topgolf event go to funding grants for WSD teachers who are implementing innovative and impactful strategies in their classrooms. Topgolf has implemented a number of safety measures, which include spacing out bays and utilizing bay dividers, as well as disinfecting between each group. Masks are required to be worn into the building and anytime you are outside of your team bay. Teams will be limited to six people and the cost to participate is $300/team or $55 per person, which includes three hours of gameplay, a buffet and soft drinks. There will be friendly competitions and prizes throughout the evening. Limited spots are available, if you would like to sign up individually or as a team, visit https://tinyurl.com/WSDfoundationGolfEvent2021.

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Timberland High School freshman, Kaya McNurlen has been selected to the violin section of the Missouri All-State Orchestra. In January, over 230 string players across the state auditioned virtually for this honor and only 79 were selected. For her performance, McNurlen was appointed 12th violin out of 36 in the ensemble.


McNurlen comes from a family of musicians and started practicing the violin over six years ago. She shares the credit for this accomplishment with her teacher, Kirby Kay. “I have to thank Kirby for being the best teacher and one of my best friends in the time that I’ve known her,” McNurlen said, “I’ve been taking lessons with her for the last three years and we’ve moved very fast. I never would have been able to progress this far in my playing if it weren’t for her constant support.”

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WSD Assistant Principal Receives Military Award

Marc Tiernan, an assistant principal at Boone Trail Elementary, has been named the 131st Bomb Wing Outstanding Airman of the Year in the Junior Enlisted category for his service in the Missouri Air National Guard. He received the award during unit training on January 30 at Whiteman Air Force Base in Missouri.


Senior Airman Tiernan is an air transportation journeyman assigned to the 131st Logistics and Readiness Squadron, Missouri Air National Guard, and is based at Whiteman Air Force Base. Prior to being selected as the 131st Bomb Wing Outstanding Airman of the Year, Tiernan first had to clear competition at the squadron and group level. Tiernan will go on to compete at the state level in February. “It is an honor to be recognized, as this award represents the hard work of the entire 131st Bomb Wing,” shared Tiernan. “Serving our state and country is a true team effort. It is also representative of the support I have received from family, friends, and the Wentzville School District to allow me to pursue my goals with the Missouri Air National Guard.”

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THS Presents "Help Desk: A Stay at Home Play"

The Timberland High School Theatre Department will present Don Zolidis’ “Help Desk: A Stay-At-Home Play” on February 27 and 28. This comedy will be performed by an all-school cast and crew.


When you call the help desk, you’re looking for a solution – but your problems might just be

beginning. Whether you're getting shamed about your inability to log in, giving your credit

card information to a scammer, or having serious conversations with a clown, customer

service calls spiral into absurdity for the customers and employees alike. Cast members

include Cecil Bailes, Mikah Beck, Anna Kimball, Tabitha Schacht, Lucas Sweeney, Josh Talluto, Bella Volkman, Jacob Windham, and Carter Winston.


The play is under the stage management of Katelyn Rushing, assisted by Brittany Miller and

technical director Brenna Richards. “Help Desk: A Stay-At-Home Play” is produced by special

arrangement with Playscripts, Inc. Due to the pandemic, the performance will be available by

Video on Demand on February 27 and 28. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased online.

Holt Theatre Presents "Frankenstein - The Radio Play"

The Holt High School Theatre Department will present Philip Grecian’s “Frankenstein - The Radio Play” on March 4 and 5 via a streamed video recording. The play is based on Philip Grecian’s stage play and on the novel by Mary Wollstencraft Shelley and will be performed by an all-school cast and crew.


Set in the sound studio of a radio station in the 1940’s, the story of Frankenstein comes to life

with music and old-fashioned live sound effects as the actors retell the famous tale. Cast

members include Greg Mose (Victor Frankenstein), Caleb Gee (Henry Clerval), Mitchell Reed

(Captain Robert Walton), Brandon Beames (Professor Waldman), Aleah Adams (Catherine

Frankenstein), Morgan Dunn (Baroness Frankenstein), Madison Kastner (Justine Moritz), Paris Heaver (Elizabeth Heaver), Zach Hinds (Creature), and Isabella Weiler (the Announcer).

The play is under the stage management of Grace Bancroft, assisted by Alison Robertson.


“Frankenstein - The Radio Play” is presented by special arrangement with The Dramatic

Publishing Company of Woodstock, Illinois. Due to the pandemic, the performance has been

recorded and will be accessible online for $3 to view each evening at 7:00 p.m.

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The Question Project

The WSD Technology Department has launched "The Question Project", an online video forum that encourages its viewers to stay curious and ask questions about what makes us happy, healthy, awesome humans. New videos are released bi-weekly to students of the WSD, but are also wonderful resources for staff and parents. Episode 5 of The Question Project asks: Do our devices prevent us from getting enough sleep?

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Student Account Password Change Information

The Wentzville School District incorporates the use of many resources to provide both security and privacy to our students within the digital age of learning, though a strong password is the first line of defense. If a student/family would like to change their password, while logged into their Chromebook or Chrome browser with their WSD Google account, locate the Bookmarks Bar and navigate to “WSD Bookmarks”, select “SSPR” to change the password.


*At this time, this website is only available while in school buildings. Additionally, families may also contact the Technology office (636) 332-3751 to schedule a time to come up to change the password with their student.

Additional Tips:

  • When changing a password for a younger student, please ensure that families practice the new password with their student, so they do not forget the password when using technology at school. Teachers do not have access to changed passwords.
  • For older students who have access to a mobile device (ie - cell phone), please consider adding Google 2 Factor Authentication to their account. This provides additional security to their school account. This option is not recommended for students who do not have access to a mobile device, as a verification code is sent each time they log into a new device/website.
  • If a student forgets their password, please have the student contact their teacher and the teacher will submit a work order to HelpDesk to have the password reset. Please note, this may take up to 24 hours.

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Do you know someone looking for work? The WSD is hiring Bus Drivers & Bus Aides!


The WSD is proud to offer:


  • Competitive starting pay
  • Paid Training for drivers to obtain their CDL
  • Paid medical, dental, vision, and life insurance
  • Paid personal and sick leave
  • Participation in the PEERS Retirement System


Both full and part-time positions are available. For more information and to apply online, visit the District Website.

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Have You Downloaded the WSD App Yet?

Are you new to the WSD? Be sure to download the app to have important information right at your fingertips. The app is available for both android devices and iPhones. On the app, you can:
• View news stories
• View calendar info
• View lunch menus
• Access school and staff info
• Receive important alerts
• View sports scores
• Locate Directory Information

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