Wilder Blast

Volume 1 Issue 7


Wilder Family,

I hope this finds you warm and safe at home during this round of winter weather. My fingers were crossed that we wouldn't have any snow days this year, but mother nature had different plans.

This update of the Wilder Blast includes information about:

-Volunteer Process

-Magnet School Lottery Timeline

-Kindergarten Registration

-Tooth Truck

-Upcoming Explore Registration

-Transportation Expansion

-Upcoming Events

It is a great time to be a Wildcat!

I look forward to continuing to meet each of you in some way this school year. We are all a part of #TeamWilder!

Adam Bax


Volunteer Application

Due to the COVID-19 restrictions, many volunteer opportunities have been restricted this school year. As we look forward to the end of the school year, there may be several opportunities for families to volunteer at events.

We are working with our PTA to provide several end of the year events, while still providing a safe opportunity for our students and volunteers to participate. Again this year, you will have to complete the volunteer application process through SPS to be approved to volunteer.

If you are interested in volunteering this school year and haven't already completed the application, please complete the entire process found here.

We love our volunteers and are excited to be able to provide these opportunities. Thank you!

Field Day T-Shirt Form

PTA will again be providing a FREE t-shirt for all students this year. We are asking that parents complete the form here. This will help us order the right sized shirt for your child.

Again, this is FREE and all students will receive a t-shirt. Thank you PTA!

Magnet School Lottery Timeline

If any current 4th grade students are interested in possibly attending one of the district's magnet schools, the lottery window is currently open. The district's magnet schools for 5th grade students includes Academy of Exploration, Academy of Fine and Performing Arts, and WOLF. Please note: The application deadline has been extended to March 1st at 4:30. Here is the lottery application timeline.

  • Jan. 18, 2021 - Application Window Opens
  • March 1, 2021 at 4:30 – Application window closes
  • March 12, 2021 – Family notification of selection status (selected/not selected)
  • March 26, 2021 – Student acceptance deadline

Applications can be found for current 4th grade students at sps.org\choice. As a reminder, students are selected for magnet schools randomly. The time of application submission will not give anyone an advantage or disadvantage.

K Registration

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Do you know any incoming Kindergarten students? Wilder will be hosting our K Registration event on Wednesday, March 3 from 9-11. To help ensure social distancing, we are asking for families to register ahead of time using the link on the flyer or calling the office at 523-5300.

We will have opportunities for families to register and provide all necessary documents for enrollment; schedule a kindergarten screening with our PAT Educator, Cheryl Huffman; and ask any questions.

We encourage everyone to take advantage of this opportunity to get your child enrolled for school!

Tooth Truck Information

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Does Your Child Need Dental Care?

The Tooth Truck wants to help your child start the new year with a healthy smile! The Tooth Truck performs preventative cleanings and needed treatment for children qualifying for free/reduced school lunches to become cavity free (at no cost to the families).

A finalized date is not yet available but to register you simply complete the application form in the link below for your child to be seen while the Tooth Truck is on site at Wilder.


Upcoming Explore Registration

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Make Explore part of your summer plans

This summer, Explore will offer students exciting opportunities to pursue their unique interests and passions. Each day will be packed with engaging, relevant and personal learning opportunities, including free Artworks classes.

There will be two sessions of Explore. Session I is scheduled for June 7-30. Session II will be held July 7-July 30.

Students in grades 3 through 8 have the opportunity to enroll in free Artworks classes at two locations—Cowden Elementary School or Sequiota Elementary School.

Elementary students will attend Explore classes Monday through Friday from 8:50 a.m. to 3:20 p.m. (except Pershing, 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.). Wilder students will attend Explore at Pershing. Registration for elementary students begins March 4.

Middle school students will attend Explore classes Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Registration for middle school students begins March 3.

High school students may register for Explore classes beginning March 1.

Register for Explore classes at www.sps.org/Explore.

Transportation Expansion

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This week, the Board of Education approved the expansion of transportation for SPS students beginning next school year.

The Challenge

  • Currently, SPS has the most restrictive transportation eligibility criteria for high school of all regional and large districts in Missouri.
  • Nearly 72 percent of SPS high school students are not currently eligible to access district transportation services.
  • A 2.8% attendance deficit exists for students who are currently ineligible to ride.
  • Today, more than 3,000 high school students who live up to 3.5 miles from school must find their own transportation solution or walk.
  • In addition, students who do not secure their own transportation are unable to participate in SPS magnet schools and other related choice programming.
  • The current transportation barriers pose challenges for safety, attendance and academics.
  • The negative impact of transportation barriers correlates with a decline in academic performance and increased risk for dropping out.

The Solution

  • In the Fall of 2019, a transportation consultant was tasked with identifying sustainable solutions and delivered an initial report to the Board of Education in January, 2020.
  • The Transportation Expansion Workgroup, comprised of more than 30 SPS teachers, parents, principals, and other community representatives, met six times from October, 2020 to January 2021 to review multiple options outlined in the transportation consultant’s report.
  • The workgroup considered survey feedback from more than 6,000 respondents, including parents, students and other community members.
  • This extensive work culminated in a recommendation to administration on January 12, 2021 to add a third tier of bus service, beginning with the 2021-2022 school year.
  • The Board of Education voted unanimously to approve the proposed transportation expansion during its regularly-scheduled meeting on February 9, 2021.
  • SPS will continue communicating throughout the spring with staff, parents and the community, as additional details are confirmed.
  • For more information, visit www.sps.org.

Upcoming Events

Feb. 12 - Valentine Parties

Feb. 15 - NO SCHOOL - Presidents' Day

Feb. 18 - PTA Mtg. @ 9:30 via Zoom

March 3 - K Registration (by appt. only) @ 9-11

Wilder Staff Shoutout Board

I encourage you to give a virtual shoutout to a staff member at Wilder that you would like to recognize! You can sign in or do this anonymously.


In The News

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PTA Information

Community Information & Flyers

This information is provided to you as a community service. SPS does not endorse any of these activities as official school communications.
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