The Lion's Roar Newsletter

January 2020 Parent Newsletter-Volume 10, Issue 7

Happy New Year!

We hope that everyone had a restful and enjoyable holiday break. It's hard to believe that we have already reached the halfway mark for the 2019-2020 school year! First semester was one filled with hard work and accomplishments from all of our staff and students. We have much to be proud of at Lakeview, and we are looking forward to the growth that we will continue to make as we enter into a new semester.

Lost and Found Clean-Out

Our Lost and Found is overflowing with coats, hats, gloves, and other miscellaneous items. Please encourage your child to check the Lost and Found for any items he or she may be missing. Parents are also welcome to check the Lost and Found before or after school. Items that are not claimed by Friday, January 10 will be donated to Goodwill.

Science Fair Information

Lakeview is looking for future scientists to enter experiments in the 2019-2020 Lakeview Science Fair. This is a great opportunity for students to learn more about a topic they might be interested in. Plus, students will have the chance to advance to the Regional Science Fair, which will be located at Francis Howell North High School.


Student registration and judging will be on Monday, February 10, 2020. Parents may view the projects on Tuesday, February 11, 2020, starting at 4:30 PM. If you would like your child to participate in the Lakeview Science Fair, please complete this form. Return the form to your child’s classroom teacher. This year, the rule booklet and other information can be accessed on our Lakeview Science Fair web page. Please indicate on the form if you would prefer a paper copy of the rule booklet. If requested, a rule booklet will be sent home shortly after the form is returned.


For further information, please contact Brian Strokotter, Science Fair Coordinator (brianstrokotter@wsdr4.org).

LVE PTO Corner

The LVE PTO Board would like to extend a tremendous thank you to our families for supporting our first semester events. Each event has been an incredible success, thanks to all of you. We hope you will join us for our next PTO meeting, which will be held on Thursday, January 16 at 6:00 PM in the library. If you cannot join us in person, we hope you will consider joining us as we live stream on Facebook. We are looking forward to all that 2020 will bring for our LVE students, staff, and families!

Kindergarten Registration Information for 2020-2021

Dates have been set for the Wentzville School District’s registration/screening process. This event is for all children who will turn five before August 1, 2020. 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 online starting December 20, 2019. Screening appointments are filled on a first come, first served basis. While every effort will be made to accommodate you at your child’s school registration date, it is a possibility that you may have to complete a screening on one of the other dates. We will begin taking appointments starting Friday, December 20, 2019. Please be sure to check your address with our 2020-2021 boundary data so that you are registering your child for the correct elementary school.


Registration/Screening dates are as follows:

  • Wabash: January 22, 2020
  • Boone Trail: January 28, 2020
  • Discovery Ridge: January 30, 2020
  • Peine Ridge: February 4, 2020
  • Heritage: February 6, 2020
  • Duello: February 11, 2020
  • Crossroads: February 12, 2020
  • Lakeview: February 18, 2020
  • Stone Creek: February 20, 2020
  • Green Tree: February 25, 2020
  • Prairie View: February 26, 2020
  • NEW SCHOOL: March 3, 2020


All screening and registration appointments will be at Berrey-Place Center One Campus Drive, Wentzville, MO 63385.


If your child has already been screened, you will still need to register your child for Kindergarten on his/her school's registration date at the Parents as Teachers Office. However, you will NOT need to schedule a time, as it is only necessary for screening appointments. Registration is open from 9:00 AM-11:30 AM or 4:00 PM-6:00 PM. If your child does not need a screening you may come at any time between 9:00 AM-11:30 AM or 4:00 PM-6:00 PM to register.


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

Six Flags Read to Succeed

We are excited to announce we are once again offering students the opportunity to participate in the Six Flags Read to Succeed program. Students that successfully read for the required six hours will earn a Six Flags ticket that will be distributed in May 2020.


Six Flags has made some changes to the program this year, as they are now asking parents to log their child's reading using the eReading Logs on the website: sixflags.com/books. Teachers sent home a paper copy of the log with the website link and their unique class code. If your child is participating, please log in using the link and the teacher code and start logging your child's reading. All logs must be completed by Friday, April 3, 2020.


If you have questions, please contact your child's teacher or our school coordinator, Mrs. Cook, at jennifercook@wsdr4.org.

New District Boundaries Approved

The Board of Education has approved new boundaries for the District's elementary, middle and high schools as presented by the Boundary Committee and MGT Consulting to accommodate continued enrollment growth and the new elementary school and the new high school currently under construction. The committee, which met five times from May through November, was comprised of parents, community members, staff members and a Board member.


The new elementary boundaries will go into effect for the 2020-2021 school year when the new elementary school being built on Interstate Drive in Wentzville is scheduled to open. The new middle school and high school boundaries will go into effect beginning in the 2021-2022 school year when the new high school being built near West Meyer Road and North Point Prairie Road in Wentzville is scheduled to open.


Please know that everyone involved in this process appreciates how very personal and significant this change is for some students and families. We respect that and we are confident that our caring staff will ensure a smooth transition for affected students and their families. "Each WSD school is exceptional," said Dr. Cain. "At the end of the day, all WSD students will be in a school where the bar is set high and where our phenomenal educators will ensure every child has the tools they need to be successful."


For additional details about the new boundaries and the process of developing them, please visit the District website.


~WSD Community Relations

Board Votes Unanimously to Place Two Props on April Ballot

The Board of Education has voted unanimously to place two propositions on the April 7, 2020 ballot to accommodate the continued growth of the District, as well as the need for additional staff and wage increases to close the growing gap between the WSD and neighboring districts.

The first proposition will be a $105 million no-tax-increase bond issue to build a new middle school on the same site where the District is currently building a fourth high school, to expand and renovate the District's three existing middle schools, to address maintenance issues at existing buildings and to purchase items or systems related to school safety.

The second proposition is a $0.49 tax levy to address staffing needs; providing additional positions across the District to support students, improve salaries to help close the gap with neighboring districts and make the WSD competitive in an effort to attract and retain talented staff, and to also ensure the District stays up to date with the latest tools to ensure staff and student safety.

The WSD continues to be the fastest growing school district in the state and the latest demographic study suggests the District will add another 5,000 students over the next decade. "The community has supported our efforts to address the growth for many years," said Superintendent Dr. Curtis Cain. "While we absolutely need to continue to build classroom space, we also need to address the gaps we have in terms of the number of staff members who are supporting students as well as the compensation we provide for those staff members who continue to do more with less as a result of our growth."

There has not been an increase to the operating levy for salaries and staffing since 2004. "We have done as much as we can with the resources we have at our disposal," said Dr. Cain. "We have reached the point of where it is no longer working and the growing gap between us and other districts is problematic."


Watch the District website for additional information about both propositions beginning in January.

Lakeview Elementary's Title I Plan

Lakeview Elementary is a Title One school that receives Title One Schoolwide funding.


What does this mean for the students at Lakeview Elementary?


Title One Schoolwide Plan:


A schoolwide program is a comprehensive reform strategy designed to ensure that all students, particularly those who are low-achieving, demonstrate proficient and advanced levels of achievement on State academic achievement standards.


A schoolwide program uses its Title allocation to upgrade the entire educational program of the school in order to raise academic achievement for ALL students at the school. No longer are students or teachers labeled “Title I,” but instead all students and all the teachers at the school use Title I dollars to improve the school’s entire academic program.


A schoolwide program is built upon schoolwide reform strategies rather than separate, add-on services. This schoolwide reform strategy requires that a school –

  • Conducts a comprehensive needs assessment;

  • Identify and commit to specific goals and strategies that address those needs;

  • Create a comprehensive plan; and

  • Conduct an annual review of the effectiveness of the schoolwide program and revise the plan as necessary.


PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATIONS OF TEACHERS


Parents/guardians of each student attending a building that receives Title I funds may request and the district must provide in a timely manner, information regarding the professional qualifications of their child’s classroom teachers and any paraprofessionals providing services to their child. In addition, parents/guardians of students attending a building that receives Title I funds will be notified if their child has been assigned, or has been taught for four or more consecutive weeks, by a teacher or a person who is not appropriately certified. For more information, please refer to Board Policy and Regulation 1621 – Title 1.


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Upcoming Dates

Monday, January 6

School Resumes


Friday, January 10

Report Cards Sent Home


Monday, January 13

Late Start


Thursday, January 16

PTO Meeting @ 6:00 PM in the Library


Friday, January 17

No School - Professional Development Day


Monday, January 20

No School - MLK Day


Monday, January 27

Late Start