District eNews

July 29, 2021

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WSD Back To School Fair

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The WSD plans to host the 11th Annual Back to School Fair for District families on Saturday, August 14, from 8:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. or while supplies last at Liberty High School. We will hold a drive-thru distribution event again this year. Please enter the Liberty High School parking lot from the North entrance off Sommers Road (closest to Highway N) and follow the signs and cones to the pickup area on the back side of the school near the theater entrance. School supply bags will be loaded into your car.


A huge thank you to the corporate sponsors of the Fair for making this distribution event possible for District families:

Peoples Savings Bank, Wentzville Fire Protection District, Humphrey Orthodontics, Ed Counsel, LLC, Seim Orthodontics, SERVPRO Western O'Fallon & Wentzville, i9 Sports, Stifel, Staples, Promotions Pronto, First Community, Walmart - Wentzville & Lake Saint Louis, Bridge Church, Chick-fil-A, Kona Ice, Family Church of Lake Saint Louis, Dierbergs Markets, Wentzville Christian Church, Connection Christian Church.


Last year, thanks to 24 Corporate Sponsors, we were able to give away over $12,000 in free school supplies to WSD students.


While the event is free, families are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item to donate to Operation Food Search, which serves local families in need. For more information, visit the WSD website.

2021-2022 Academic Calendar and Back to School Calendar

2021-2022 School Supply Lists

Barfield Early Childhood Special Education Center

Elementary K-3

Elementary 4-6

Middle School 7-8


High School - we do not have supply lists for high school students because course requirements vary. We suggest bringing a notebook and pen or pencil on the first day to record specific teacher requests.

2021-2022 WSD Virtual Academy Enrollment

The WSD plans to begin the 2021-2022 school year with masks being optional for all students and staff.


One final reminder: enrollment for the WSD Virtual Academy for PreK-12th grade students will be open for all students until 11:59 pm on August 1, 2021. To ensure we are able to complete the enrollment process, it is essential that we identify students who wish to learn virtually at this time.


If you do not plan to change your student(s) current enrollment status for the 2021-2022 school year, you do not need to take any action.


The Virtual Academy enrollment form is located in our Student Information System (Parent Portal) for you to complete for each student in your household.


WSD Enrollment is Now Open

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Do you have a new student to enroll for the fall? WSD schools are enrolling for the 2021-2022 school year. Please call the individual school office to receive a link by email to our online registration forms (we need basic information from the parent/guardian in order to activate the link) and to set up an enrollment appointment. Please see the District website for more information.


Not sure what school your child will attend? Use our Boundary Locator Tool and enter your address for the schools that serve your address.

Updated Proof of Residency Requirements

Starting with the 2021-2022 school year, our buildings will ask every current family to provide updated proof of residency to the school that serves the oldest child in the family. The documents will be collected August 1 through October 31. A list of the approved documents is provided below. Please contact your school's secretary or registrar for further information. New enrollments will be required to provide full proof of residency documentation.


Homeowners:

Provide current utility bill (water, sewer, electric, gas) within the last 30 days with matching mailing address and service address.


Leases:

Provide current lease with all occupant names and utility bill (water, sewer, electric, gas) within the last 30 days. Utility bill mailing address and service address must match. If a lease transitions to month-to-month it should be stated or noted in the lease. If it is a mobile home trailer and pad, then the lease for both should match. Leases should include all pages of the lease.


Residing with Someone Else:

Owner/Lessee should provide a lease, ALTA Settlement Statement, or Real Estate Tax

Statement. Owner/Lessee should also provide a utility bill, valid photo ID, and Affidavit of Residency for Owner/Lessee.


Parent/Guardian residing with someone else should provide a photo ID and Affidavit of

Residency for Parent(s)/Legal Guardian(s). Parent(s)/Legal Guardian(s) residing with someone else should also provide official mail from a federal/state agency, current bank statement/loan statement, or utility bill.


Guardianship:

All guardianship situations and documentation will need to be updated this year and annually.


Please contact your school's secretary or registrar for further information.

WSD Announces Free Meals for all WSD Students and Free & Reduced Meal Guidelines for 2021-2022

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The Wentzville School District is offering free meals to all WSD enrolled students under COVID-19: Child Nutrition Response #85 Nationwide Waiver to Allow the Seamless Summer Option through School Year 2021-2022. Households are still encouraged to complete and submit an application for free and reduced price meals to the district for processing. Free and reduced data is used to help maintain meal count system requirements, report to the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education for funding formulas, and establish eligibility for other benefits, particularly Pandemic Electronic Benefits Transfer (P-EBT) and Emergency Broadband Benefit. Visit the WSD website for full information on Free & Reduced Meal Guidelines.


For more information, visit the WSD website.

COVID-Relief Funding Survey

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the federal government is providing one-time funds to help school districts address needs arising from their response to the unique impacts of the pandemic. These funds - known as ESSER funds, or Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief - are meant to be used over the next several years.


It is important to remember that these are one-time funding allocations and there are stipulations on how the money may be used. Allowable uses of the ESSER funds may be reviewed on the Fact Sheet.


The feedback from this survey will be reviewed to develop a plan to submit to the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. The survey will close at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, August 4, 2021.

Summer Journey 2021

2021 Summer Journey
During the month of June, students participated in the Summer Journey program, an educational enrichment program for students entering grades K-6 in the fall. Students engaged in hands-on activities that gave them the opportunity to take their learning and skills to the next level while also engaging with their peers. We invite you to watch the video above for some sights and sounds of Summer Journey.

WSD High School Journalism Students Earn National Awards

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All three high schools in the Wentzville School District earned state and national journalism honors over the course of the year.


National recognition for the 2019-20 edition of Timberland’s “Wolf Tracks” yearbook included a first place finish in the American Scholastic Press Association Yearbook contest, and earning Perfect Performance, Meeting all Deadlines by Herff Jones. Timberland’s yearbook staff also received marks of distinction from the Missouri Interscholastic Press Association for Broadcasting: Overall Broadcast - WHTV, Honorable Mention, and Yearbook: Theme Package - Uncharted, Honorable mention. "I'm so proud of all my students accomplished this year,” shared Ida Hoffmann, Timberland High School Yearbook, Newspaper, & Broadcast Media Advisor. “Despite the challenges presented them as journalists in a pandemic, they persevered and were successful. I was so happy to see them earn these honors and recognitions; they were truly deserved."


For the third consecutive year, the student-run news website of Liberty High, LHS Today, was named a Distinguished Site by School Newspapers Online (SNO). Liberty was one of seven Missouri high schools to receive the honor this year. To achieve Distinguished Site status, student publication programs had to earn all of the following badges: Audience Engagement, Multimedia, Story Page Excellence, Continuous Coverage and Site Excellence.

At Holt High, the journalism program also earned several SNO awards - the Site Excellence Award, Story Excellence Award, Coverage Award, and Best of SNO Award for the school’s online news site, The Tribe.


For a complete list of this year’s top journalism awards, visit the WSD website.

Timberland Graduate Receives National FBLA Recognition

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Students from Timberland High School competed at the Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda (FBLA-PBL) National Leadership Conference held July 1-2 virtually this year due to the pandemic. Recent Timberland graduate Margret Pilkinton won seventh place in the Graphic Design event at the conference.


Students in this event were hired as graphic designers to create materials for a new professional sports team. Multiple designs were required as well as presenting the designs and strategies to multiple judges. Timberland had eight students compete in varying events. “The students had so much competition from the best in the country. This is truly an honor to win a place at the National Level in FBLA. We are very proud,” shared Kellie Trussell, Timberland FBLA sponsor.


Read the full story on the WSD website.

WSD Student Selected to Attend American Legion Boys Nation

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The Wentzville School District is proud to announce that Kamden Hill, rising senior at Timberland High School, has been selected to attend the American Legion Boys Nation. The American Legion Boys Nation is a week-long, hands-on experience where young leaders receive an education on the structure and function of federal government.


Hill was one of eight students from the WSD selected to attend the American Legion Boys State of Missouri, held earlier this month, where nearly 550 of Missouri’s brightest high school students worked together to create a democratic government. At Boys State, he was elected to the Missouri Boys State Senate, and elected President Pro Tempore, presiding over floor meetings of the Senate. Towards the conclusion of the program, Hill was one of two citizens selected to attend Boys Nation. “I had an absolute blast at Boys State, and I was blessed with much success,” shared Hill. “I am elated to have this amazing opportunity, and look forward to making connections with elected officials and meeting teens from across the nation who share my passion for government and politics.”


Read the full story on the WSD website.

STL High School Sports 2021-2021 Recap

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The WSD had several students recognized by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and STL High School Sports as all-metro athletes during the 2020-21 school year. These student-athletes stood out for their excellence and achievements throughout their seasons. Congratulations to these 21 high school student-athletes acknowledged for their talents! See the list of student athletes recognized on STL High School Sports.

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Did you know if you go to smile.amazon.com you can choose a charity and Amazon will donate $0.5% of what you purchase to that charity? You still have access to everything on Amazon at the same prices, but the charity of your choice will benefit from your purchase. Some WSD school PTAs have registered on smile.amazon.com and the WSD Foundation is a registered charity too. The WSD Foundation gives teachers and high school seniors over $30,000 annually in mini grants to support innovative teaching strategies and scholarships to seniors for college. Support your school or the WSD Foundation when do your shopping throughout the year. For the direct link to support the WSD Foundation, go to Amazon Smile.

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