District eNews

January 14, 2021

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COVID-19 Updates

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.


Friendly Reminders

January 14

Early Release for grades 9-12 (no classes @ BEC)

January 15

Early Release K-12, last day of first semester (no classes @ BEC)

January 18

No school

January 19

No school

January 20

Classes resume, second semester begins


Kindergarten Registration

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Dates have been set for the Wentzville School District’s kindergarten screening process. This event is for all children who will turn five BEFORE August 1, 2021. Parents are asked to register online using the Quick Registration and Screening form. 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 when you register online. Screening appointments are available in the morning and evening and are filled on a first come, first served basis. Please note that due to social distancing and space limitations, it may be difficult to accommodate siblings at the screening appointment. Please be sure to check your address with the District’s Boundary Locator tool to determine which school your child will attend prior to registering your child for kindergarten. All screening appointments will take place at the Parents as Teachers Office at One Campus Drive, Wentzville, MO 63385. Screening dates are as follows:

· Thursday, January 14, 2021

· Thursday, January 21, 2021

· Wednesday, January 27, 2021

· Thursday, February 4, 2021

· Tuesday, February 9, 2021

· Thursday, February 11, 2021

· Wednesday, February 17, 2021

· Thursday, February 18, 2021

· Tuesday, February 23, 2021

· Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Your information will be sent to your child’s elementary school. The school will contact you to complete your child's kindergarten registration. 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.

If you do not have a Missouri birth certificate, you may obtain one at a cost of $15 from the St. Charles County Community Health/Environment-Vital Statistics Office, 1650 Boone’s Lick, St. Charles, MO 63301, or by calling (636) 949-7558 for more information.


Snow Days This Year

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There are six days built into the Academic Calendar this year in the event the District is closed due to inclement weather. What does that mean? If there are 1-6 snow days this year, it will not extend the school calendar and the last day of school will still be June 3, 2021. If there are MORE than six snow days this year, we will utilize At-Home Learning Days, which will avoid extending the end of the school year. Seniors' last day will be May 21, 2021.

Here's a fun historical fact: For this year’s senior class, there have only been two years when they had more than six snow days in the academic year: 2010-2011 and 2013-2014, which both had nine snow days. Remember, the first six snow days will NOT require at-home learning for students and will NOT result in days being added on to the end of the school year. For more information about At-home Learning Days, visit the WSD website.


WSD Students Earn AP Scholar Awards

The Wentzville School District is pleased to announce that a total of 130 students have earned Advanced Placement (AP) Scholar Awards based on their outstanding performance on Advanced Placement exams last year. Six of those AP Scholars have received the highest distinction, the National AP Scholar Award.

Mitchell Harbour and Katelyn Yoder from Liberty High School, as well as Ethan Dunsworth, Brian Faintich, Rodney Jenkins and Devanshi Patel from Holt High School earned the prestigious distinction of National AP Scholar. This award is granted to students across the United States who receive an average score of at least 4 on all AP exams taken, and scores 4 or higher on eight or more of these exams. This year, all six students scored an average of 4.1 or higher.


The Wentzville School District has been selected as one of three school districts in the State of Missouri that will participate in parenthood responsibility programs funded by two million-dollar grants awarded to the Missouri Department of Social Services. The grants, from the Department of Health and Human Services Administration of Children & Families, seek to develop curriculum and implement two new intervention programs: Parenthood Can Wait, and Future Leaders.

Students in the District’s Alternative Program will have the opportunity beginning next school year to participate in The Parenthood Can Wait program, which aims to increase youth understanding of the financial, legal, and emotional responsibilities of parenthood. It also gives access to resources that will help students achieve their life goals, build economic mobility and develop into responsible parents. The Future Leaders program is a mentorship program designed for 7th and 8th grade students, which will debut at Wentzville Middle School next fall. First year students of the program will participate in a 13-week curriculum, then mentor upcoming 7th graders during the following school year.


WSD Receives Clean Financial Audit

The Wentzville School District received a clean audit of its financial records, accounting practices and compliance with state and federal requirements during the fiscal year that ended June 30, 2020. The audit, which was conducted by the Daniel Jones & Associates accounting firm and approved by the WSD Board of Education, reported no findings or questioned costs.


WSD Nurses Begin Receiving COVID-19 Vaccinations

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Over the Winter Break, WSD nurses began to get vaccinated through the St. Charles County Department of Public Health. Currently, the available doses are being administered by the SCCDPH to those identified as being in Phase 1A:

  • St. Charles County affiliated staff and organizations who are conducting COVID-19 vaccine distribution/administration or testing operations.
  • Paramedics and EMTs working in St. Charles County.
  • Physicians, dentists, chiropractors, ophthalmologists, physician assistants, nurses, nurse practitioners, patient care coordinators, psychiatrists, medical technicians, social workers and other medical professionals directly interacting with patients.
  • School nurses.
  • Long-term care facility employees and residents who are not affiliated with the federal Pharmacy Partnership for Long-term Care Program.

If you are in the Phase 1A group, you can request an appointment to receive the vaccine by visiting the SCCDPH website. Additional information about the State's vaccination plan can be found HERE. We will continue to work closely with county health officials and as additional vaccinations are available, we will certainly communicate that with staff and families.


St. Charles City-County Library Partners with the WSD to Bring Resources to Students

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The WSD is pleased to announce a new partnership with St. Charles City-County Library (SCCCL) to provide greater access to online resources and programs offered by SCCCL. With the partnership, all WSD students, Kindergarten through 12th grade, will be provided virtual SCCCL library cards which will allow students access to nearly all of the library’s online resources, including databases, e-books, and e-media. The digital access provided through the partnership will be activated in February. All students will be enrolled in this virtual library card program automatically.

If you do not wish for your child(ren) to have access provided to the virtual SCCCL access program, please complete the opt-out form through Tyler Student360 eForms by January 19.


WSD Foundation Topgolf Fundraiser

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The WSD Foundation is hosting a fundraising event at Topgolf in Chesterfield on February 28 from 4-7pm to raise funds for teacher and building mini grants. Last year, the Foundation awarded $9,000 in grants to deserving teachers at 13 different WSD buildings and an additional $7,000 in GM STEM Grants to teachers at nine schools. All proceeds from this Topgolf event go to funding grants for WSD teachers who are implementing innovative and impactful strategies in their classrooms. Topgolf has implemented a number of safety measures, which include spacing out bays and utilizing bay dividers, as well as disinfecting between each group. Masks are required to be worn into the building and anytime you are outside of your team bay. Teams will be limited to six people and the cost to participate is $300/team or $55 per person, which includes three hours of gameplay, a buffet and soft drinks. There will be friendly competitions and prizes throughout the evening. If you would like to sign up individually or as a team, you can do so by visiting https://tinyurl.com/WSDfoundationGolfEvent2021.

The Foundation Board is also seeking sponsors for this event. Sponsorship levels can be found by visiting https://tinyurl.com/WSDfoundationEVENTsponsor.


Virtual Academy Registration

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One of the positive implications of the past year has been that some students and families have found that they prefer learning in a virtual environment. As a result, the WSD will continue to offer the Virtual Academy as an option for students next year. Registration has now opened for students who will be in high school during the 2021-22 school year. The Virtual Academy enrollment form is located in our Student Information System (Parent Portal) for you to complete for each high school student in your household. To access the Virtual Academy eForm, please select the 2021-2022 school year in the top, right once you are logged into Tyler SIS Parent Portal.

Students in grades PreK-8 will have a virtual learning option as well for the 2021-22 school year and more information will be coming out about that option later this winter. Please note: If we have continued global pandemic concerns leading into the 2021-22 school year, we will have an additional enrollment period for virtual learning closer to the start of the school year. The purpose of this enrollment is for those high school students who wish to learn virtually next year, regardless of the status of the pandemic. As soon as enrollment opens for the lower grades, we will let parents know.


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