District eNews

May 28, 2021

WSD District eNews

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Last Week of School Reminders

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



May 31 - No School, Memorial 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 - WSD Graduation Ceremonies

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Student Technology End-of-Year Collection

As we approach the end of the school year, some district technology devices including Chromebooks and mobile hotspots should be returned for summer maintenance, cleaning, and storage. Students currently in grades K-5 and grade 12 must return District technology unless they will be attending summer school virtually.


Please return District technology devices to the front office of the school building assigned to your home address. Please be sure to include all devices and power chargers/cables, and label with your student's first and last name on the device. A fee will incur for devices that are not returned by the last day of school (Thursday, June 3) and the device will be disabled.


* Virtual Academy families, please return district technology between June 3-4 (once classes have ended).


Device Fees:

  • Chromebook, including Power Supply - $271

  • Chromebook Power Supply - $15

  • Mobile Hotspot - $50



PLEASE NOTE: If your student will be in grades 7-12 in the 2021-2022 school year, your student will not need to return their Chromebook. The Chromebook should be kept by the student as part of the District 1:1 Access Initiative, however, mobile hotspots and other devices should be returned to the front office of the school building assigned to your home address, labeled with your student’s name.

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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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Summer Meal Distribution Update

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The Child Nutrition Department is offering free meals to students who are enrolled in the Wentzville School District during the month of June. All WSD students are eligible to pick up meals regardless of whether or not they are enrolled in summer school.


All students in the WSD will not be charged for breakfast or lunch through July 1, 2021. The free meals can be picked up every Tuesday at Timberland High School from 12:00 pm - 12:45 pm. Meal pickup will be located in the commons area inside the front entrance of the school, you will need to park and check in with the front office before entering the building to pick up your meals.


A Google Form will be shared with you each week through the month of June. If you would like to pick up meals for your children that are enrolled in the WSD, please fill out the form each week.


Please contact the Child Nutrition Office for more information, (636) 327-3858 x21325.

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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 WSD has launched a Mental Health Resources Hub on the District website, which includes information regarding:


  • Counseling Resources and Hotline Numbers
  • Mindfulness Activities for Learners
  • Grief/Loss Resources
  • Suicide Prevention
  • Substance Abuse Resources

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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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Looking for summer reading resources? WSD reading interventionists have compiled an abundance of websites, videos, and activities to educate and provide your family with opportunities to bond over literacy this summer.

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Five WSD marketing students were named finalists at the International DECA Career Development Conference held virtually April 22-27 this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Arthi Kondapaneni from Liberty High School took second place in Principles of Marketing. From Timberland High School, Sydney Tucker and Nolan Tucker took eighth place in Business Services Operations Research, and Ashley Reiter and Regan Hilleman placed in the Top 20 in Buying and Merchandising Operations Research.

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Leslie Wagner, Administrative Secretary at Timberland High School, has been selected as the 2021 District Support Staff Employee of the Year.

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The Board of Education approved the hiring of Erin Gaebe for the position of Director of Elementary Learning, effective July 1, 2021. Ms. Gaebe is currently the K-6 Literacy & K-8 Science Curriculum Coordinator and Instructional Coach for the School District of Washington.

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The WSD Board of Education approved the hiring of Priscilla Frost for the position of Director of Secondary Learning, effective July 1, 2021. Ms. Frost is currently an Assistant Principal at Lindbergh High School.

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Timberland High School Industrial Technology students competed in The Annual T.E.A.M. State Awards Program and STEM Engineering Challenge. Timberland senior Jessica Judd was named Grand Champion in Desktop Woodworking for her hand-crafted Shut the Box Game. Additionally, a group consisting of Jessica Judd, Olivia Quinn, Brandon White, and Greg Trescott won Grand Champion in Consumer Electronics for their Arcade Box.

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Holt Senior Excels at International Science and Engineering Fair

Holt senior Ethan Dunsworth competed in the High School Honors Division of Regeneron’s International Science and Engineering Fair, which was held virtually, May 14-21. His project received third place in the Energy: Sustainable Materials and Design category of the fair.

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Seven Wentzville School District students competed in the Missouri Junior Academy of Science State Competition, held at Columbia College and available to students virtually on Friday, April 23. Holt High School Science Department Chair Jennifer Hess received two Teacher of the Year Awards.

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Sixty-three Wentzville School District students have earned Seals of Biliteracy this spring, a recognition of students’ commitment to world language studies and an advanced level of proficiency in English and one or more other world languages prior to high school graduation. The recognition of attaining biliteracy becomes part of the high school transcript for these students and serves to certify biliteracy for the community, employers, and universities.


All sixty-three students from Holt, Liberty, and Timberland high schools met rigorous criteria to earn both the Missouri Seal of Biliteracy and the Global Seal of Biliteracy, a credential which became available to WSD students just this year. The criteria included multiple assessments and completion of a sociocultural competence project. In addition to these achievements, Liberty graduate Matthew Long earned the Distinguished Seal of Biliteracy for Spanish based on his scores, and Timberland graduate Huy Nguyen earned the Dual Seal of Biliteracy in Vietnamese and German.

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The Wentzville School District Foundation has announced the winners of the 2021 Teacher and Building Mini Grants. On Monday, May 24 and Wednesday, May 26, members of the Foundation awarded grants ranging from $500 to $1,000 to 11 teachers at six schools, totaling $5,000. The surprise announcements were made during virtual meetings set up by building principals. In addition, the Foundation awarded seven teachers with grants totaling $4,500 thanks to a Community Grant from GM to fund Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) initiatives in WSD schools. GM has provided $30,000 over the last three years to the WSD Foundation to support STEM initiatives in the Wentzville School District.

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Four Holt High School students have been selected as finalists for the 2021 Genius Olympiad. Science research projects composed by Amelia Truong, Ethan Dunsworth, LaNita DeVine, and Hannah Christ are now in the running to earn a variety of awards, medals, and scholarships at the Genius Olympiad Award Ceremony, which will take place virtually on June 12.

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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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