District eNews

April 2, 2021

WSD District eNews

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Late Start Reminder

This is a friendly reminder that the next scheduled Late Start day will take place on: April 12. For more information and to register for Late Start Supervision, click here.


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.


The Wentzville School District Transportation bus fleet was inspected by the Missouri State Highway Patrol on March 15, 16, and 17 and was found to have an approval rate of 98.9% for first-time presentations. For reference, the statewide average in 2020 was 89.1%.

Of the 186 buses presented for inspection, only two minor defects were identified. The repairs, re-inspections and approvals were all received while the MSHP inspection team was still on site.

The 98.9% first-time approval rate qualified the WSD Transportation Department fleet for the Missouri Highway Patrol ‘Certificate of Fleet Excellence Award’ and ‘Total Fleet Excellence’ decals to display on District buses. "Every year the Missouri State Highway Patrol conducts a thorough inspection of our fleet to ensure that our buses meet the state safety standards,” said David Wilson, Director of Transportation. “Thanks to the commitment of Fleet Maintenance Supervisor Dan Duncan, District mechanics, drivers, and staff, the WSD Transportation Department can once again assure the community that our children are being transported on safe and well-maintained buses."


Five Wentzville School District students were selected for this year’s Missouri Scholars 100. Holt High School seniors Heath Bana and Ethan Dunsworth, Liberty senior Wyatt Haynes, as well as Timberland High School seniors Abby Manner and Michael Mischkot, were all named to the distinguished list. The statewide program, now in its 27th year, honors 100 of Missouri’s top academic students in each year’s graduating class. In addition, Liberty senior Kailey Cain was named as an honorable mention in the program. The 2021 recipients will be honored at a luncheon in Columbia, Missouri, on April 25.


Students from the Wentzville School District competed in the High School Honors Division of Missouri’s Tri-County Regional Science and Engineering Fair held virtually on March 6. Holt High School senior Ethan Dunsworth received first place for his project “Efficiency of Laser-Induced HB11 Fusion Reaction Under Varying Methods of Kilotesla Magnetic Confinement" and has qualified as a finalist for the International Science and Engineering Fair, which will be held in May. Dunsworth was awarded a $500 prize, the Army and Air Force Research Award, and the Mu Alpha Theta mathematics award.

Holt junior Hannah Christ won second place for her project "Lactuca sativa var. capitata’s Response to Hydroponically Introduced Mycorrhizae," and is now a finalist for the Genius Olympiad, which is an international fair for environmental science projects held in June. Additionally, Christ was awarded a $300 prize.


Seven high school sophomores from the Wentzville School District have been selected to participate in the Missouri Scholars Academy (MSA). Graham George and Heather Bana from Holt; Arthi Kondapaneni and Janet Musangali from Liberty; and Oyinloluwa Ganiyu, Celina Genta, and Lauren Straub from Timberland are among 330 high school sophomores from across Missouri selected for the program. This year, due to the pandemic, the program will consist of two weeks of virtual classes which will meet two hours each day and feature an all-academy speaker each afternoon.


Two Timberland High School seniors, Lindsey Schmidt and Sophie Warren have received the Distinguished Student Leader Award from the Missouri Association of Student Councils (MASC). This award recognizes Missouri students who demonstrate superior student council leadership skills and knowledge based on MASC criteria and evaluation procedures.

Lindsey Schmidt has been a member of Timberland student council for three years and currently serves as the second vice president of her council. In this position, she leads other students through student council operations, projects, and events. In addition to this role, Lindsey is also a member of Timberland National Honor Society, is a senior class officer and a Link Crew leader. She plans to attend the University of Kansas to study business administration.

Sophie Warren has also been a member of the Timberland student council for three years and currently holds the position of secretary. In addition to her participation in student council, Sophie is also involved in National Honor Society. She plans to attend Lindenwood University in the fall where she will pursue a major in elementary education and minor in dance.


Holt High School Family and Consumer Sciences (FACS) teacher Hali Hill has been selected to receive the 2021 Missouri Educators of Family and Consumer Sciences and Human Services (MoEFCS) New Teacher of the Year Award. This award is given annually to nominated educators in recognition of their contributions to Career and Technical Education.

Hill has been teaching FACS in the Wentzville School District since 2018. She also serves as an FCCLA advisor and ProStart educator at Holt, and serves on the MoEFCS Committee. Next year, Hill will transfer to the District’s newest high school, North Point; She is looking forward to creating new traditions on campus, especially through the Child Development Program, ‘The Cubs Den.’ “I am very thankful to win this award,” shared Hill, “I have been in the Wentzville School District since the fifth grade and have had incredible teachers and mentors, especially FACS teachers. I am glad that I now get to call them my coworkers.”

Hill will receive her award at the MoEFCS Awards and Recognition Luncheon and Awards Ceremony at Ozark High School on July 28, 2021.


Holt High School science teacher Jennifer Hess has been named an Advanced Science Research Teaching (ASRT) Program Semi-Finalist. The ASRT Program, funded by Regeneron and ZEISS, is an educational outreach program designed to equip high school teachers with knowledge, insight, and activities to increase science research opportunities for their students.

Hess has taught science at Holt High School for 21 years and currently serves as the department chair. She is the assistant National Honor Society sponsor and is also active in Science Coach, a program which helps high school teachers get students involved in science research.


Club Z! Tutoring Giveaway

Club Z!
Club Z! Tutoring is giving away FREE tutoring services to 5 families each month from now through May 31st. Learning a new subject always comes with its challenges, and Club Z! understands that the last couple of months haven't made that any easier. Whether your student is learning online or in person, their tutors are available to give them extra one-on-one attention that they need.

To enter, click here or visit the Club Z! Facebook page and click on the link in their pinned post. From there, just enter your information and submit.

Each winner will receive $500 worth of tutoring services at any Club Z! location. The credit can be used for any subject and must be used within (1) calendar year of being notified that you've won. Winner will be notified using the contact information provided.

*One submission per award period. Students can only win once per academic year.


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