District eNews

February 26, 2021

WSD District eNews

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Virtual Academy K-8 Registration Closes Today

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. The Virtual Academy enrollment form is located in our Student Information System (Parent Portal) for you to complete for each K-8 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. The deadline for K-8 student selection is today, Friday, February 26, 2021.


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 students who wish to learn virtually next year, regardless of the status of the pandemic.

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As we work through this unprecedented school year, we would like to share our plans with you to provide students with learning activities and assignments in the event we have to suddenly close school for a day. Beginning this school year, Missouri school districts with an approved plan for at-home learning may count those as days of student attendance. This could occur due to COVID, weather-related events, water main breaks, etc. On these days, students will participate in learning in a variety of ways. When an at-home learning day is utilized, we will contact families via our usual channels: phone call, text, push notification, email, social media, and website, and we will not have to make up the day at the end of the school year.


An important note about snow days: There are six days built into the school calendar for the 2020-21 school year to be utilized as snow days. We will not utilize at-home learning on those six built-in days. If we were to have additional snow days after the first six, we plan to utilize at-home learning days. By doing that, we avoid extending our calendar at the end of the school year, ensuring that the last day of school will still be June 3, 2021 and Seniors’ last day will be May 21, 2021. As of Friday, February 19, the WSD has used five snow days.



Please reference FAQs for PreK-5 students and 6-12 students. For additional information about At-Home Learning Days, 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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Late Start Reminder

This is a friendly reminder that Monday, March 8 is our next scheduled Late Start day.


Monday, March 1 is the deadline to register and pay for Late Start supervision.

The supervision fee for students in grades K-6 is $10 per child for each late start day.


This service is separate from Chautauqua and only for students

NOT already enrolled in the Chautauqua Before School Program.


Additional information about Late Start supervision for students in grades K-6,

as well as the link to pay via PayPal, can be found on the District website.

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Kindergarten Registration

Three dates remain 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:


· Tuesday, March 2, 2021

· Thursday, March 4, 2021

· Tuesday, March 9, 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.

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Summer STEM Camp Cancellation

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In an effort to support students’ academic needs while minimizing the spread of COVID-19, the WSD will only be holding our traditional K-12 Summer School this year. Summer STEM camps will not occur this summer. This will allow our school buildings adequate time to prepare for the 2021-2022 school year.

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Student-Athletes of the Month

The WSD/Lou Fusz Student-Athlete of the Month aims to recognize varsity student-athletes for their achievements in the classroom, commitment, sportsmanship, and teamwork. These student-athletes were honored for their performances during January 2021. For the full write-ups on these students, click here

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WSD Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) students competed at the District 8 Competition from mid-December through January and are moving onto the state competition. The FBLA District 8 Competition was held virtually this year, and over 20 local high schools participated in a variety of business categories and events. Students from Holt, Liberty and Timberland won multiple awards and 25 WSD students qualified to move on to the State competition, which will also be held virtually this year due to the pandemic, April 11-13.

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The Timberland High School Theatre Department will present Don Zolidis’ “Help Desk: A Stay-At-Home Play” on February 27 and 28. This comedy will be performed by an all-school cast and crew.


When you call the help desk, you’re looking for a solution – but your problems might just be

beginning. Whether you're getting shamed about your inability to log in, giving your credit

card information to a scammer, or having serious conversations with a clown, customer

service calls spiral into absurdity for the customers and employees alike. Cast members

include Cecil Bailes, Mikah Beck, Anna Kimball, Tabitha Schacht, Lucas Sweeney, Josh Talluto, Bella Volkman, Jacob Windham, and Carter Winston.


The play is under the stage management of Katelyn Rushing, assisted by Brittany Miller and

technical director Brenna Richards. “Help Desk: A Stay-At-Home Play” is produced by special

arrangement with Playscripts, Inc. Due to the pandemic, the performance will be available by

Video on Demand on February 27 and 28. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased online.

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Holt Theatre Presents "Frankenstein - The Radio Play"

The Holt High School Theatre Department will present Philip Grecian’s “Frankenstein - The Radio Play” on March 4 and 5 via a streamed video recording. The play is based on Philip Grecian’s stage play and on the novel by Mary Wollstencraft Shelley and will be performed by an all-school cast and crew.


Set in the sound studio of a radio station in the 1940’s, the story of Frankenstein comes to life

with music and old-fashioned live sound effects as the actors retell the famous tale. Cast

members include Greg Mose (Victor Frankenstein), Caleb Gee (Henry Clerval), Mitchell Reed

(Captain Robert Walton), Brandon Beames (Professor Waldman), Aleah Adams (Catherine

Frankenstein), Morgan Dunn (Baroness Frankenstein), Madison Kastner (Justine Moritz), Paris Heaver (Elizabeth Heaver), Zach Hinds (Creature), and Isabella Weiler (the Announcer).

The play is under the stage management of Grace Bancroft, assisted by Alison Robertson.


“Frankenstein - The Radio Play” is presented by special arrangement with The Dramatic

Publishing Company of Woodstock, Illinois. Due to the pandemic, the performance has been

recorded and will be accessible online for $3 to view each evening at 7:00 p.m.

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The Question Project

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. New videos are released bi-weekly to students of the WSD but are also wonderful resources for staff and parents. Episode 6 of The Question Project asks: How do I know if what I am reading or watching online is true?

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Regulation 2750 Wellness has been updated as part of the District Wellness Committee's work. The committee will continue to evaluate and improve the regulation throughout this year leading up to the triennial assessment in June.

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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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