District eNews

May 14, 2021

WSD District eNews

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Calendar Reminders

As the end of the 2020-2021 school year approaches, we would like to remind you of a few important upcoming dates:


May 21 - WSD Seniors' Last Day

June 1 - Last day of school for Barfield Early Childhood Special Education Center

June 2 - Finals / Early Release Day grades 9-11

June 3 - Last Day of School / Early Release Day, grades K-11

June 6 - Graduation Ceremonies

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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 then provide the updated addendum. 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 notarized letter.


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

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Graduation Ceremonies will take place at the Saint Charles Family Arena on June 6, 2021. Masks are required, and 8 guests are allowed per family.


  • 10 AM - Liberty Commencement
  • 2 PM - Timberland Commencement
  • 6 PM - Holt Commencement

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Updated Start and End Times

Please take a moment to review updates to daily start and end times which will go into effect at the beginning of the 2021-2022 academic year.


For future access to this information, please visit the District website.

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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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The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education is gathering public input on its American Rescue Plan for the use of federal Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief funds. Input is being gathered from a variety of education stakeholders to address the most important steps that can be taken to support unfinished learning and the social, emotional, and mental health needs of students and school staff. Please provide your responses on the Stakeholder Survey by Wednesday, May 19, 2021. The survey should take less than five minutes to complete.

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Summer Meal Distribution

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The Child Nutrition Department will continue to offer free meals to all WSD students as well as any child between the ages of 1-18 who resides in WSD boundaries and is not enrolled in a WSD school during the month of June.


ALL students in the WSD can receive breakfast and/or lunch free of charge through June 30, 2021. A Google Form will be sent out each Wednesday to sign up for the following week's meal pick-up. The first Google Form for summer meal distribution will be sent out on Wednesday, June 2.


The free meals can be picked up every Tuesday at Timberland High School in the front roundabout from 12:00 - 12:45 pm.


Please contact the Child Nutrition Office for more information, (636) 327 - 3858 x21331.

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District Wellness Committee

The District Wellness Committee met on April 6, 2021. The Triennial Assessment Summary has been completed which includes:



  • The extent to which schools under the jurisdiction of the District are in compliance with the wellness regulation.


  • A description of the progress made in attaining the goals of the District's wellness regulation.


  • A description of how well the local school wellness regulation compares to model wellness policies.


  • The position/person responsible for managing the Triennial Assessment and contact information with this wellness regulation.

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Each year in May, we look forward to paying special tribute to our employees at the District Awards Banquet. For the second time since its inception, the event has been canceled - like so many other special, end-of-the-school-year celebrations, due to the pandemic. We have featured different groups of employees over the past several weeks through virtual tributes to honor them and their work. Please take a moment to view our 2021 Wentzville School District Employee Awards Celebration. This tribute includes our:


Teachers of the Year: they inspire, comfort, applaud, coach, engage and lead our students to overcome challenges and be their best. We are so fortunate to have outstanding and committed educators at every level who welcome students with open arms and inspire them to greatness.


Support Staff Employees of the Year: our support staff employees often labor behind the scenes, but their hard work never goes unnoticed, and these individuals are truly the glue that holds our District together. It is our support staff employees who drive our buses, prepare our meals, clean our buildings, maintain our facilities, and do a hundred other jobs that help support our educational efforts.


20 and 30 Year Employees: one of the many reasons the WSD is a sought-after school district is because of the dedication and commitment of our employees. Many have found their home in the WSD, offering two and three decades of service to our students and our community.


Retirees: our retirees are a special and enviable group. Some of these individuals have only been with us a short time, while others have worked for the WSD for decades. As they start a new chapter in their lives, we want to sincerely thank them for everything they have done for the students, staff and families of the Wentzville School District.

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The Class of 2021 is being recognized with a special virtual honors celebration, which premiered this afternoon. Please visit the following links to watch the tributes:


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The Wentzville School District held its 5th Annual Film Festival, which was presented as an online premiere on April 28. The Festival, supported by grants from the Wentzville School District Foundation, highlights films written and produced by students in grades K-12. Winners were chosen in nine categories from over 140 submissions. “In an unprecedented school year, we have been absolutely blown away by the creativity and talent of our students,” said WSD Film Festival Committee Chair and Instructional Technology Coach Samantha Hardesty Knoll. “Although we were not in-person again this year, we are glad that we are able to celebrate our students’ work.” To view the list of winners by category, please visit the District website.

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Eight students from the Wentzville School District have been selected to attend the American Legion Boys State of Missouri. The American Legion Boys State of Missouri is an eight-day, hands-on experience in the operation and fundamentals of government, and draws together the best and brightest high school students to help lead them down the path in individual success and leadership. Since its inception in 1938, Missouri Boys State has provided over 40,000 high school students with the privilege of attending this practical laboratory in citizenship and leadership training.

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Wentzville School District teachers Jennifer Hancock and Justin Wilmes have both been selected as Finalists for the 2021 Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST). The award is the highest recognition that a K-12 mathematics or science teacher can receive for outstanding teaching in the United States. Hancock teaches seventh-grade mathematics at South Middle School and Wilmes teaches Advanced Algebra, Geometry, and Essentials of Math at Holt High School.

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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. Episode 11 of The Question Project asks: How can I put my best foot forward when creating my digital footprint?
Digital Footprint

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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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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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