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An update on the situation with the inmate who escaped from the Franklin County Adult Detention Center. He has now been caught, so the Lockout in the School District of Washington’s Franklin County schools is over. Thank you to area law enforcement and for your cooperation as we keep student safety our top priority.

 

 

Previous Story: The Washington Police Department has issued a Code Red communication alert to the community at the recommendation of the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department regarding an inmate that escaped from the Franklin County Adult Detention Center that is on the run. 

As a result, we will be placing all school buildings within Franklin County on lockout as a precautionary measure until further notice from the police. 

Franklin County schools within the district, Campbellton, Clearview, Labadie, Washington West, South Point, Washington Middle School, Washington High School, Washington Early Learning Center, and Four Rivers Career Center will be on lockout, which means all exterior doors will remain locked. We will keep all students inside for recess and PE classes for the rest of the day or until further notice.  Activities inside the building will function as normal. 

We are not placing Marthasville or Augusta on lockout at this time as this appears to be a Franklin County issue. 

Thank you for your cooperation as we keep student safety our top priority. As we get more information from police, updates will be provided. 

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 4/25/18




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This is a reminder that Wednesday, April 25, is an early release day in the School District of Washington. All K-12 students will be released one hour early.

Click on the attached links below to see the early release day schedule and procedures, along with the 2017-18 academic calendar.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 4/25/18




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The School District of Washington’s art show took place Sunday, April 22, in the Little Blue Jay Gymnasium at Washington High School.

A large collection of art work was on display from students throughout the district in Kindergarten through 12th grade.

Photos from the art show are below.





















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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 4/23/18




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Nominations are being accepted for the School District of Washington and WINGS Support Staff of the Year.

The candidate must be a non-certified employee of the School District of Washington. Examples include, but are not limited to, paraprofessionals, technology staff, custodians, buildings and grounds, maintenance, administrative assistants, food service, and nurses.

Anyone may submit a nomination for the School District of Washington and WINGS Support Staff of the Year; however, if it’s someone other than the building principal or supervisor, a letter of support from the principal or supervisor is to be included with the nomination.

The principal and/or person submitting the nomination must include a statement in 300 words or less why they believe the support staff they are nominating should be selected.

Specific examples should be cited, such as how the individual goes the extra mile to positively impact the school and environment. Include the individual’s name, school or building, present position, years of experience in the School District of Washington, responsibilities and duties and examples of how the individual has mastered their job responsibilities.

Superintendent Dr. Lori VanLeer and a committee will review the nominations and submit up to 10 to the WINGS Board for final selection. The recipient will be announced at the staff closing ceremony.

The timeline on the attached flyer is not accurate for this year, but will be accurate in years to follow.

The nomination form is attached below. Please turn it in to the individual’s building principal or supervisor by May 9.

Click on the attached links below for a flyer detailing more information and a specific timeline (not accurate for this year, but for future years), as well as a School District of Washington and WINGS Support Staff nomination form.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 4/19/18




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This is a reminder that Wednesday, April 18, is an early release day in the School District of Washington. All K-12 students will be released one hour early.

Click on the attached links below to see the early release day schedule and procedures, along with the 2017-18 academic calendar.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 4/18/18




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WINGS Educational Foundation will put on its annual BBQ lunch delivery and Picnic in the Park on Friday, May 4.

Lunch Delivery

Members of WINGS will deliver BBQ lunch directly to your business in Washington, or the orders can be picked up at the Washington Fairgrounds.

Each box lunch is $7, which includes a choice of pulled pork, pork steak or pork burger, along with chips and a cookie. Bulk orders are available.

Click on the attached link below for the order form. Orders are due by Wednesday, April 25.   

Picnic in the Park

The WINGS Picnic in the Park will run from 4-7 p.m. at the Washington Fairgrounds.

There will be games and activities for children, along with musical entertainment and great food.

Adult dinners are a choice of pulled chicken, pork steak or nachos (chicken or pork). Dinners include bakes beans, potato salad, cookie and drink.

Children dinners are a choice of pork burger, hot dog or nachos. Dinners include chips, cookie and drink.

Click on the attached link below for the order form. Advanced tickets are $8 for adults and $4 for children. Tickets at the door are $10 for adults and $5 for children.


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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 4/16/18




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Due to a significant chance of storms around 6 p.m. this evening and after checking the local radar, we are postponing the Color the Campus Run/Walk to Friday May 11, at 6 pm.
We apologize for any inconvenience, however we want to keep our runners/walkers safe.
Anyone already registered will automatically be on the participant list on the May 11 race date.
Please contact Samantha Loepker via email at Samantha.Loepker@washington.k12.mo.us if you are registered but unable to make this rescheduled date.
If you have not registered and would like to participate on Friday, May 11, visit imathlete.com.

Follow us on twitter @ColorRunWHS or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/WHSColortheCampus
Thank you for your understanding.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 4/13/18




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As part of the Title I, Title III and Title IV program federal mandates, the School District of Washington is required to have a Parent Advisory Committee (PAC) who assists in the development and evaluation of the Title programs.

These programs are designed to help students achieve success in reading and math, to assist students in becoming proficient in speaking English, and to provide well-rounded education to unique groups of students.

The committee will be made up of parent representatives from throughout the District. 

The PAC also will include representatives from our teachers, administrators, specialized instructional support personnel, local government, and community based organizations.

The Spring TI & III-PAC meeting for the 2017-18 school year will be held on Tuesday, May 8, from 9:30 - 11:00 a.m. at the Technology and Learning Center, 4245 Highway 47, Washington, MO. We will be planning for the 2018-2019 school year. 

If you are interested in attending, please RSVP by calling Chris Marquart at the district office at 636-231-2005 or emailing at chris.marquart@washington.k12.mo.us

Your consideration of being part of this committee is greatly appreciated as parents are the greatest single indicator of a student's success in school.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 4/12/18




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This is a reminder that Wednesday, April 11, is an early release day in the School District of Washington. All K-12 students will be released one hour early.

Click on the attached links below to see the early release day schedule and procedures, along with the 2017-18 academic calendar.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 4/11/18




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The School District of Washington’s art show is scheduled for Sunday, April 22, in the Little Blue Jay Gymnasium at Washington High School from 12-4 p.m.

A large collection of art work will be on display from students throughout the district in Kindergarten through 12th grade.

 

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 4/9/18




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South Point Elementary School held a Jump Rope for Heart recognition assembly on Friday, April 6.

Students were recognized for their achievement in the Jump Rope for Heart program.

Special recognition was given to Hayden Elfrank, Nathan Francis and Tyler Francis, who raised the most money.

Elfrank, a fifth-grade student, raised $675. Nathan Francis, a kindergarten student, and Tyler Francis, a second-grade student, both raised $670.

The students received a gift basket for their efforts.

A total of $8,026 was raised by South Point Elementary for Jump Rope for Heart – American Heart Association.

There were 75 South Point Elementary students who participated.

The South Point staff raised money from their jeans and T-shirt days. Student T-shirt sales raised money.

On hand for the assembly was Jen Rogers from the American Heart Association.

Pictures below are of South Point Elementary’s Jump Rope for Heart recognition assembly.


The top sellers for South Point Elementary’s Jump Rope for Heart fundraiser were, front row from left, Nathan Francis, Tyler Francis  and Hayden Elfrank.

Back row, from left, are Jen Rogers from the American Heart Association and South Point Elementary staff members Georgana Hagan and Adam Meyer.


South Point Elementary nurse and Jump Rope for Heart Coordinator Georgana Hagan, middle, was recognized for her years of service to Jump Rope for Heart. She will be retiring following the school year. Also pictured are Jen Rogers from the American Heart Association, left, and South Point Elementary staff member Adam Meyer.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 4/9/18




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South Point Elementary School held its Curriculum Fair on Tuesday evening, April 3.

Students and their parents attended the festivities in the gymnasium, where a number of displays were set up by staff members for the students to participate in educational games and activities.

Photos of South Point Elementary’s Curriculum Fair are below.










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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 4/5/18




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A reminder that Wednesday, April 4, is a full day. It is not an early release day. All K-12 students will be released at normal times.

Click the link below for the 2017-18 academic calendar.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 4/3/18




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Nominations are being accepted for the School District of Washington and WINGS Teacher of the year award. All classroom teachers Pre-K through 12th grade are eligible.

Anyone may submit a nomination for the School District of Washington and WINGS Teacher of the Year; however, if it’s someone other than the building principal, a letter of support from the principal is to be included with the nomination.

The principal and/or person submitting the nomination must include a statement in 300 words or less why they believe the educator they are nominating should be selected as WINGS Teacher of the Year.

Specific examples should be cited, such as the educator’s methods for meeting student needs, desire for professional growth, community involvement, dedication to the teaching profession, and rapport with students, parents and staff. Include the educator’s name, school name, subject area, grade level and years of experience.

Superintendent Dr. Lori VanLeer and a committee will review the nominations and submit up to 10 to the WINGS Board for final selection. The nominees will be announced at the end of the year program. This will allow more individuals to be recognized. The recipient will be announced at the opening ceremonies for the 2018-19 school year.

Nominations should be sent to the building principal by April 25.

The WINGS Teacher of the Year will be eligible for the Missouri Regional Teacher of the Year.

Click on the attached links below for a flyer detailing more information and a specific timeline, as well as a School District of Washington and WINGS Teacher of the Year nomination form.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 4/3/18




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8:30 a.m. update – Traffic is now moving slowly across the Missouri River Bridge. There still is quite a bit of congestion, so please be patient.

 

Some of our buses will be delayed due to an automobile accident on the Highway 47 Missouri River Bridge.The accident does not involve any of our buses. However, some of our students and staff may be delayed going to school as a result of the accident and the reduction to one lane. Delays could be as long as one hour. We will update the situation on our website when we receive more information.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 4/2/18




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WINGS once again is providing an opportunity to recognizing a staff member in the School District of Washington.

Show your appreciation to a teacher or district employee who has made a difference in your child’s life or your own life, by sending them a flower and a card with a personal message from you or your child, and help fund the WINGS Teacher Grants Program.

These grants enable teachers to bring new and innovative programs to the classroom that cannot be funded by the school district.

Board members of the WINGS Foundation will hand deliver the flowers and cards to each honoree on Wednesday, May 9.

Here is how to honor a district employee through the WINGS Educational Foundation:

1. Select a teacher, support staff, or administrator to honor.

2. Complete the information sheet by clicking here or on the attached link below.

3. Make your tax-deductible donation payable to: WINGS Educational Foundation

4. Send your cash or check and completed information to:

WINGS Teacher Recognition

PO Box 203

Washington, MO 63090

Or

Drop off the information at the WINGS office located at Four Rivers Career Center in Washington

Or

Your child’s school can also send the information to the WINGS office through the district inner office mail. Ask the secretary at your child’s school for more information.

DEADLINE: Friday, April 27.

Deliveries will be on May 9.

We hope you will take this opportunity to honor a staff member or teacher. Your contributions will benefit all students. The WINGS Educational Foundation Board, along with the educators and students who will benefit from your support, thank you in advance. Please direct questions to: wings@washington.k12.mo.us or call 636-231-2100.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 4/2/18




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The Third Annual Battle of the Books took place at Washington Middle School on Thursday, March 22.

Battle of the Books is a reading incentive program for grades 4-6 in which teams are encouraged to read all 12 Missouri Mark Twain award nominees and then participate in the battle to see which team knows the most about the books.  

All of the questions in the competition began with the words “In which book” and the correct answer always was the title.

There were five rounds consisting of 10 questions in each round.

Students in grades 4-6 from all seven elementary buildings in the School District of Washington participated.

The first-place team was Book Wizards (Chloe Hawkins, Vincent Hoang, Lucas Brown and Jacob Schlag) from South Point Elementary.

The second-place team was The Awesome Opossums (Laney Kampschroeder, Ashlee Becker, Mia Mahon and Christa Galli) from Washington West Elementary.
The third-place team was Book Hunters (Peter Bush, Paul Briggs, Dean Missey, Cynthia Bade and Chloe Mueller)
​ from Campbellton Elementary.

Photos from Battle of the Books are below.














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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 3/23/18




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This is a reminder that Wednesday, March 21, is an early release day in the School District of Washington. All K-12 students will be released one hour early.

Click on the attached links below to see the early release day schedule and procedures, along with the 2017-18 academic calendar.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 3/21/18




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Fifth- and sixth-grade students in the School District of Washington participated in a Math Madness competition at Washington High School on Thursday evening, March 15,

Run by teachers and students from the WHS math department, the elementary students didved into small teams, representing their schools, and worked on a series of mathematical problems, equations and solutions.

Points were totaled following every round.

Photos from Math Madness are below.

The winners were as follows:

Sixth Grade

First place: The Calculator Gladiators - South Point Elementary - Lucas Brown, Vincent Hoang, Mason Rowe and Cooper Spaunhorst.

Second place: Math Pirates – Campbellton Elementary - Ashley Frick, Carter Hall and Jillian Huellinghoff.

Third place: Hershey's Cream PI - South Point Elementary - Elijah Gudmundson, Avery Imhoff and Brendan Smith.

Fifth Grade

First Place: Mathmagicians – Campbellton Elementary - McLaine Graham, Harvick Kleinheider, Luke Mauchenheimer and Wade Meyer.

Second Place: Algebrats - Washington West Elementary - Lilah Clements, Amber Glastetter and Sophie West.

Third Place: Math Cookies - Abby Brinkmann, Bryan Austin, Phinas Schneider and Taylor Scheible.



















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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 3/19/18




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This is a reminder that Wednesday, March 14, is an early release day in the School District of Washington. All K-12 students will be released one hour early.

Click on the attached links below to see the early release day schedule and procedures, along with the 2017-18 academic calendar.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 3/14/18




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KMOV News 4 is coming to Washington High School.

On Thursday, March 22, meteorologists from KMOV News 4 will be at Washington High School for Storm Mode Tour 2018. 

Doors open at 3:30 p.m. The Storm Mode Tour show starts at 6 p.m. in the Blue Jay Gymnasium. It's a free event. Everyone is welcome. There will be giveaways and autographs before the show. 

The show is entertaining and informative, and includes the opportunity to win prizes. All who attend will leave with a new appreciation for severe weather and a better understanding of how KMOV meteorologists can predict when a nice day could turn dangerous.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 3/13/18




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The final day of the 2017-18 school year in the School District of Washington currently stands at Tuesday, May 22.

The School District of Washington’s district calendar is designed to have students attend 177 school days of education. The SDOW made a request to the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to not make up the missed day on March 8, but instead change Wednesday, April 4, from an early out day to a full day, therefore keeping the district in compliance with the required 174 school days and 1,044 attendance hours.

While nine out of 10 of our schools have numerous hours over the required 1,044, the Four Rivers Career Center would have fallen 18 minutes short, therefore prompting the change of April 4 to a full day.

The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education approved the School District of Washington’s request.

Staff, students and parents should be advised that if any more time is missed this school year, it will have to be made up.

The make-up days going forward will be May 23-25 followed by March 26-27.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 3/13/18




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The School District of Washington will be participating in the Missouri Student Survey. The survey will be administered to students in grades 6, 8, 10 and 12.

The Missouri Student Survey helps decision makers at the state level, our community and our school understand the challenges our students face. The survey also helps our school and the Franklin County Community Resource Board determine the services needed for our students.

Click on the attached link below for the complete letter to parents and an option to opt out of the survey.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 3/12/18




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Washington High School Theater Department’s production of A Seussified Pride and Prejudice was canceled for Thursday, March 8. Tickets for the March 8 show will be honored for the March 9 or 10 shows.

Show dates are now March 9-10 at 7:30 p.m. at the C.J. Burger Theater at WHS.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 3/9/18




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Hello School District of Washington Parents, Students and Staff:

First, I would like to sincerely thank everyone for their understanding today. We take these types of situations very seriously and certainly work closely with the police department in instances such as this. The Washington Police Department has done an exceptional job investigating and communicating with the School District. With that said, allow me to summarize what has occurred.

A non-certified employee of the District was placed on administrative leave yesterday afternoon so District officials could investigate a reported concern. This concern was not indicative of a threat toward any school. We were contacted this morning by the police department that this individual was under arrest and was in custody for actions that occurred in O’Fallon. Due to the timing of this report and the need to conduct further investigations here in Franklin County, and subsequently in Washington, the decision to close schools was made. In these situations, it takes time to work through the process and thus determine the details surrounding the events, timeframes, question others, and reach some concluding decisions.

As for tomorrow (Friday, March 9), school will be in session. The individual remains in custody and the police continue to have the matter under control. We are grateful for their swift action and value for our schools.

My deepest gratitude,

Dr. Lori VanLeer
Superintendent of Schools
School District of Washington
220 Locust Street
Washington, MO 63090
636-231-2006
Lori.VanLeer@washington.k12.mo.us
@SDOWsupt – Twitter

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 3/8/18




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All scheduled events in the SDOW for today and tonight (March 8), including all athletic practices and games, Storm Mode, Band Night, and the play "A Seussified Pride and Prejudice" have been called off. Further updates will appear here when they become available.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 3/8/18




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Washington Middle School will host “Band Night” on Thursday, March 8, in the gymnasium from 6-7:30 p.m.

During Band Night, sixth- grade students will have the opportunity to play all of the instruments and get a better idea of which instrument they would like to play and enjoy to learn.

As they play, the middle school and high school band staff will observe the student’s physical characteristics of hands, teeth, face, and lip structure; in addition to how well they sound on the instrument.

If a student is interested in percussion, the same considerations will be made for their coordination, note recognition, and rhythmic pulse tests.

Parents are welcome to ask questions and witness the process taken in helping a student choose the best instrument they will obtain maximum success.

Click on the attached link below for a letter to sixth-grade students and parents concerning Band Night at Washington Middle School.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 3/7/18




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The School District of Washington will have modified day for students on Wednesday, March 7.

Dismissal times on modified days are as follows:

Four Rivers Career Center – Washington morning students will be dismissed at 10 a.m. and then return to the high school; Afternoon classes will not be held.

Elementary schools - 11:50 a.m.

Washington Middle School – 12:25 p.m.

Washington High School - 12:25 p.m.

A sack lunch will be available to students at the elementary schools, along with the middle school and high school.

The Early Learning Center schedule will not be affected on Wednesday.

The modified day will be used for a staff work day in the afternoon.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 3/7/18




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Family Reading Night, an annual free community celebration of reading, was held at Washington Middle School on Friday, March 2.
It was the 18th year for the reading event, sponsored by The School District of Washington, The Washington Missourian and Washington Optimist Club, with the support from the Washington Public Library, Pepsi-Cola Bottling Company of New Haven and Neighborhood Reads Bookstore.

The guest author/illustrator was Brian Biggs. He shared his book, “Tinyville Town Gets to Work,” about a happy town that finds it needs a new bridge and sets out to build one.

In addition to the opportunity to meet the author, children listened to stories read by community leaders and local high school students, participate in crafts based on books, and win books.

The guest readers were:

*Parents as Teachers Educators;

*Washington Mayor Sandy Lucy;

*Stories Matter Staff;

*Washington High School Concert Choir;

*Washington High School Wrestling Team;

*Washington High School Football Team;

*Washington High School Girls Swim Team;

*Washington High School Spanish 3 Students;

*Teaching Careers Students, Four Rivers Career Center

*Sandi Hillermann McDonald, Hillermann Nursery and Florist;

*WMS teacher Stefanie Virgen, Emerson Teacher of the Year
*WHS/WMS FFA;

*All Abilities;

*Borgia Football Team;

*Borgia Softball Team;

*Aaron Groff, MODOT

*Washington Fire Department;

*Sheba and Immanuel Lutheran Comfort Dog Team;

*John Nilges, Washington City Engineer;

*Darren Johnson, UPS;

(Washington Historical Society;

*Sign Language Readers;

The Washington Police Department performed, “Three Billy Goats Gruff.”

Music was provided by Steve Leslie.

More than 30 baskets of books were given away at the end of the event, following a readers’ theater performed by the Washington Police Department.

Links for The Washington Missourian’s photo galleries from Family Reading Night are below.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 3/6/18




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KMOV News 4 is coming to Washington High School.

On Thursday, March 8, meteorologists from KMOV News 4 will be at Washington High School for Storm Mode Tour 2018. 

Doors open at 4 p.m. Live shots will take place during the 4 p.m., 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. newscasts.

The Storm Mode Tour show starts at 6:30 p.m. in the Blue Jay Gymnasium. It's a free event. Everyone is welcome. There will be giveaways and autographs before the show. 

The show is entertaining and informative, and includes the opportunity to win prizes. All who attend will leave with a new appreciation for severe weather and a better understanding of how KMOV meteorologists can predict when a nice day could turn dangerous.


 

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 3/2/18




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Family Reading Night, an annual free community celebration of reading, will be held Friday, March 2, at Washington Middle School, from 5:30-8:30 p.m.

It’s the 18th year for the reading event, sponsored by The School District of Washington, The Washington Missourian and Washington Optimist Club, with the support from the Washington Public Library, Pepsi-Cola Bottling Company of New Haven and Neighborhood Reads bookstore.

This year’s guest author/illustrator is Brian Biggs. He will share his book, “Tinyville Town Gets to Work,” about a happy town that finds it needs a new bridge and sets out to build one.

Biggs will travel from Philadelphia to be a part of this year’s reading celebration. In addition to the opportunity to meet an author, children who attend can listen to stories read by community leaders and local high school students, participate in crafts based on books, and win books – lots of books.

More than 30 baskets of books will be given away at the end of the event, following a readers’ theater performed by the Washington Police Department.

Family Reading Logs are being distributed throughout the School District of Washington. Families who read together for at least 15 minutes each night for a week prior to Family Reading Night can log their time and bring their completed logs to the event to be part of a drawing for six months of Missourian Book Buzz Picks.

The Family Reading prizes are sponsored by the Washington High School football team and Washington NEA.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 3/2/18




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The WINGS Educational Foundation is offering Major Saver cards for sale through the elementary and middle schools in the School District of Washington.

Students will receive the sales packets on Tuesday, March 6, and continue selling the $15 discount cards until Monday, March 19. Proceeds from the sale of Major Saver cards directly support the participating schools and the WINGS Educational Foundation.

The 2018 participating restaurants/establishments include: Jiffy Lube, Sport Clips, Neighborhood Reads, Farm to You Market, Ernesto’s, Big Boy’s Grilled Subs & Wings, Tilted Skillet, Orange Leaf, Aldo’s Pizza, The Competitive Edge, Duck’s Bar & Grill, Fazoli’s, Lion’s Choice, Café Mosaic, The Washington Coffee Shop, Hawthorne Inn, Wimpy’s, Schulte’s Bakery, Miller’s Grill, and The Landing.

Major Saver cards can be purchased via cash, check or online at www.majorsaver.com. The online sale can be credited back to a particular student and school. All cards purchased online will be mailed directly to the customer.

Major Saver has a new feature making online sales easier. On its homepage, you are able to enter your student’s information to create a custom link for your child that can be shared via social media or email. This link will automatically credit the online sale to your student when friends and family use the link to make their purchase.

Major Saver cards can also be purchased, and credited to a student, through the Major Saver App. Once the free app is downloaded to an Android or iOS device, buyers can choose a Major Saver card through the “buy cards” tab on the app. Once the buyer completes the transaction the offers will be stored in the Major Saver App. Buyers can then redeem offers directly from the app and do not need a physical card.

Major Saver stresses safe selling and discourages door to door campaigning. The company encourages students to sell to family members, church patrons, neighbors, other adults the family may know; and to always make sure their parents are involved.



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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 2/28/18




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This is a reminder that Wednesday, February 28, is an early release day in the School District of Washington. All K-12 students will be released one hour early.

Click on the attached links below to see the early release day schedule and procedures, along with the 2017-18 academic calendar.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 2/28/18




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The Washington High School and Washington Middle School bands held a recruitment concert on Friday, Feb. 23.

The concert was held in the Blue Jay Gymnasium at the high school with all of the district’s sixth-grade students in attendance.

Band instructor Tricia Holm explained to the sixth-grade students all of the positive aspects of being involved with bans starting at the middle school level and continuing into high school.

Instructors Holm, Ryan Lovell and Jacob Bisaillon were there to direct the high school and middle school bands as an entire unit and also to showcase and explain each instrument.

Photos from the recruitment concert for sixth-grade students are below.










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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 2/27/18




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State Representative Justin Alferman visited South Point Elementary School to speak to third-grade students on Friday, Feb. 23.

Alferman spoke to students in Kaycie Schulte, Monica Nadler and Nancy Carriker’s classrooms about his job representing parts of Franklin, Gasconade and Osage Counties in the Missouri House of Representatives.

Many of the students had an opportunity ask Alferman questions about his job.

Photos from Alferman’s visit with third-grade students at South Point Elementary are below.





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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 2/26/18




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This is a reminder that Wednesday, February 21, is an early release day in the School District of Washington. All K-12 students will be released one hour early.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 2/21/18




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Tickets for the Washington High School Theater Department’s production of A Seussified Pride and Prejudice go on sale Wednesday, Feb. 21.
Tickets are $10 apiece. Show dates are March 8-10 at 7:30 p.m. at the C.J. Burger Theater at WHS. 

To purchase tickets, contact Washington High School at 636-231-2200 or visit the West Wing office during school hours.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 2/20/18




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This is a reminder that Friday, Feb. 16, is a modified day for students due to staff professional development in the afternoon.

Additionally, there is no school on Monday, February 19, in observance of Presidents’ Day.  

Dismissal times on modified days are as follows:

Four Rivers Career Center – Washington morning students will be dismissed at 10 a.m. and then return to the high school; Afternoon classes will not be held.

Elementary schools - 11:50 a.m.

Washington Middle School – 12:25 p.m.

Washington High School - 12:25 p.m.

A sack lunch will be available to students at the elementary schools, along with the middle school and high school.

The Early Learning Center will not have students on Friday or Monday.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 2/16/18




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Students in the Health Occupations program at the Four Rivers Career Center visited South Point Elementary school to speak to first-grade students about dental hygiene on Thursday, Feb. 15.

The Health Occupations students worked with students in the first-grade classrooms of Sara Barnett, Kim Johnson and Laurie Price.

There were presentations, tips and demonstrations given to the first-grade students on the proper ways for them to care for their teeth. Photos are below.









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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 2/15/18




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This is a reminder that Wednesday, February 14, is an early release day in the School District of Washington. All K-12 students will be released one hour early.

Click on the attached links below to see the early release day schedule and procedures, along with the 2017-18 academic calendar.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 2/14/18




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South Point Elementary School held a spelling bee for students in grades four through six on Friday, Feb. 9.

A select group of students participated in the spelling bee, which took place in the gymnasium with third-, fourth-, fifth- and sixth-grade students and teachers watching.

Kai Matau, a fifth-grade student, was the winner of the South Point Elementary spelling bee.

Vincent Hoang, a sixth-grade student and last year’s South Point Elementary winner, finished in second place.

Matau will represent South Point Elementary at the Washington Missourian Regional Spelling Bee Saturday, April 21, at East Central College.

A photo of South Point Elementary’s two spelling bee finalists are below.

Spelling Bee Finalists

Finalists for the South Point Elementary spelling bee, from left, were Kai Matau (winner) and Vincent Hoang (runner-up).

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 2/13/18




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Sherri Rinker, a New York Times Best Selling Children’s Author, visited South Point Elementary on Thursday, Feb. 8.

Rinker spoke to South Point students in grades second, third and fourth about her writing career and also promoted her new book, “Tiny and The Big Dig.”

Rinker, who was the special guest author at last year’s Family Reading Night, visited schools in Franklin County during the week with Dawn Kitchell, owner of Neighborhood Reads Bookstore in Washington.

Photos of Rinker’s visit to South Point Elementary are below.






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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 2/9/18




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Washington High School’s Jordan Scheer Memorial Children’s Relay for Life takes place Friday, April 27, from 4-7:30 p.m., at Scanlan Stadium on the WHS campus.

The event is put together by the WHS student council and leadership class. Proceeds are donated to the Franklin County Relay for Life and benefit the American Cancer Society and cancer awareness.

The theme this year is “Carnival for a Cure.”

This year’s event chairs are seniors Lexi Hendricks, Tess Marquart, Jonathan Amlong and Jessica Frick and juniors Kamryn Mitchell and Gracie Boeckman.

The event chairs recently have been visiting elementary schools to promote the event. See the photos below of them speaking to students at South Point Elementary and Marthasville Elementary.

The relay is named in honor of Jordan Scheer, a WHS graduate who lost his battle to cancer shortly after his graduation in 2005.

Third through sixth grade children from area schools will participate in the event. They must have already registered to attend.

Registration will be held at 3:30 p.m. on the high school track the day of the event. The opening ceremony begins at 4 p.m. Activities will run until approximately 7:15 p.m.

Students participating will be bused from their elementary school. There will be high school students that will meet them when they get off the bus to deliver them to their designated school area.

Students can bring some money as there will be booths and food available to purchase.

Pick up time is 7:20 p.m. by the gate at the entrance to the stadium. In the event of rain, students will be inside and can be picked up in front of the gymnasium.

Click on the attached link below for more information and to register for the Jordan Scheer Memorial Children’s Relay for Life.







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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 2/9/18




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As part of South Point Elementary’s Jump Rope for Heart fundraiser, candy grams are being sold at various locations in the building.

Each candy gram is 50 cents. Students can send them to anyone in the building. They will be delivered the week of Valentine’s Day.

Proceeds benefit the American Heart Association.

Photos from the candy gram sales at South Point Elementary are below.




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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 2/8/18




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This is a reminder that Wednesday, February 7, is an early release day in the School District of Washington. All K-12 students will be released one hour early.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 2/7/18




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Kindergarten registration for the 2018-19 school year has been scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 6, from 3-6 p.m. for students residing within the School District of Washington boundaries.

Registration will take place at the school the child will attend.

Registration will be for children who will be 5 years of age on or before July 31, 2018.

If there is no school on Feb. 6 due to inclement weather, registration will be held on Feb. 13 from 3-6 p.m.

To register, parents/guardians will need to contact the elementary school in which they reside to begin the online enrollment process.

Parents/guardians have the option of completing the entire online enrollment process at the school on the registration day when they arrive. To finalize registration, parents/guardians will need to bring the child's birth certificate, immunization record and proof of residency. Your child does not need to be present during this time of registration.

If you have any questions, please call Chris Marquart at the Board of Education Building at 636-231-2005.

For questions concerning elementary school boundary lines, please call First Student Bus Company at 636-239-1429.

Click on the link below for 2018 Helpful Hints for Kindergarten.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 2/6/18




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Due to a potential weather concern during the evening commute, mainly in our northern attendance area, and after conversations with First Student, we will dismiss a little early today, Monday, February 5. 

Elementary schools and the Early Learning Center will dismiss at 2:20 p.m. and Washington Middle School, Washington High and Four Rivers Career Center will dismiss at 3 p.m.

There also will be no YMCA care.

We appreciate your cooperation and understanding. The extra time will benefit our bus routes significantly in the event of bad road conditions.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 2/5/18




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South Point Elementary School held an assembly on Friday, Feb. 2, to kick off the Jump Rope for Heart week.

Money raised helps benefit the American Heart Association.

Some South Point teachers jumped rope to get the students excited and inspired to do the same, which helps raise money.

At the time of the kickoff event, South Point Elementary already had raised $1,560.

Tyler Francis, a second-grade student, and Nathan Francis, a kindergarten student, were recognized as South Point Elementary’s Kickoff Achievers.

Photos of the Jump Rope for Heart assembly at South Point Elementary are below.





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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 2/5/18




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Washington High School will hold its Second Annual Color the Campus 3.1K Run/Walk on Friday, April 13, on the WHS campus at 6 p.m.

Proceeds benefit the Al Matzes Memorial Scholarship. Over $1,000 was raised last year.

The start and finish line will be at Washington High School. The course for the timed run and untimed walk will be around the campus of the high school and middle school.

Packet pick up and race day registration takes place from 5:15-5:45 p.m. The run/walk begins at 6 p.m. Wear your best Blue Jay apparel to be eligible for prizes. There will be food and drinks at the finish line for the participants.

Awards and prizes will be given to the top male and female overall finisher, as well as the top three male and females in each age category: 9 and under, 10-13, 14-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59 and 60 and older.

Special prizes will be given to most spirited, most colorful and best Blue Jay pride.

The entry fee, if received by March 21, is $10 for children ages 10 and under, $15 for students ages 6-18, and $20 for adults. The fee is $25 if received after March 21. Participants who register before March 21 will receive a T-shirt.

Click the attached links below to register online, or click the link below to print the registration form and send it to WHS.

Send completed registration forms with payment to Washington High School, c/o Samantha Loepker, 600 Blue Jay Drive, Washington, MO 63090. Make checks payable to Washington High School.

For more information, contact Samantha Loepker via e-mail at samantha.loepker@washington.k12.mo.us.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 2/5/18




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Younger students at elementary schools throughout the School District of Washington celebrated the 100th day of the 2017-18 school year with activities and projects on Wednesday, Jan. 24.

Several students in grades K-2 also dressed up as 100-year old people to mark the occasion.

See photos below of the 100th day of the school year from Labadie Elementary, Clearview Elementary and South Point Elementary.

Labadie Elementary



Clearview Elementary



South Point Elementary


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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 1/24/18




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This is a reminder that Wednesday, January 24, is a modified day for students.

Dismissal times on modified days are as follows:

Four Rivers Career Center – Washington morning students will be dismissed at 10 a.m. and then return to the high school; Afternoon classes will not be held.

Elementary schools - 11:50 a.m.

Washington Middle School – 12:25 p.m.

Washington High School - 12:25 p.m.

A sack lunch will be available to students at the elementary schools, along with the middle school and high school.

The Early Learning Center schedule will not be affected on Wednesday.

The modified day will be used for a staff professional development day in the afternoon.

Click on the attached links below for modified day procedures and the 2017-18 academic calendar.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 1/24/18




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The Washington Police Department is holding a soda tab challenge where the School District of Washington Schools, along with St. Francis Borgia High School, St. Francis Borgia Elementary, Our Lady of Lourdes, and Immanuel Lutheran will be competing to see who can collect the most soda tabs.

The soda can tabs collection will go toward benefiting the Ronald McDonald House.

The winners will be decided by average pounds per student. Please help out your school or student by collecting tabs and letting the students turn them in.

Students can bring the tabs to school in zip lock bags. There are recycle tubs located at every school to put them in.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 1/23/18




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National School Board Appreciation Week is Jan. 21-27, 2018.

The School District of Washington recognizes and thanks our Board of Education for the time, sacrifice, dedication and commitment it puts in to serve our staff, students and community.

Members of the School District of Washington’s Board of Education are:

 

Kevin Blackburn, President;

 

John Freitag, Vice President

 

Trish Mitchell, Treasurer;

 

Dan Contarini, Director

 

Scott Byrne, Director;

 

Susan Thatcher, Director; and

 

Bob Oreskovic, Director.

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Published: 1/22/18




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With two missed days so far for the eclipse on August 21 and the snow day on January 16, the last day of the 2017-18 school year for the School District of Washington currently stands at Monday, May 21. That date will change if there are more missed days.

The schedule for make-up days is as follows:

Make-up days 1-6: May 18, 21-25;

Make-up days 7-8: March 26-27.

February 19 may be used as a make-up day if excessive weather occurs prior to February 9.

Click on the attached link below for the revised 2017-18 academic calendar.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 1/18/18




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This is a reminder that Wednesday, January 17, is an early release day in the School District of Washington. All K-12 students will be released one hour early.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 1/17/18




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Due to the conditions of several secondary roads throughout the district, coupled with the frigid temperatures and the windchill advisory, the School District of Washington will be closed Tuesday, January 16. Stay safe and warm. 

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 1/15/18




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Due to the forecasted impending weather moving into the area, there will be no YMCA After School Care today, Thursday, Jan. 11.

Parents will need to make arrangements to pick up their children after school or notify the school to put them on their bus home.

Additionally, the Early Learning Center will close at 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 11.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 1/11/18




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This is a reminder that Wednesday, January 10, is an early release day in the School District of Washington. All K-12 students will be released one hour early.

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Published: 1/10/18




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This is a reminder that Wednesday, January 3, is an early release day in the School District of Washington. All K-12 students will be released one hour early.

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Published: 1/3/18




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This is a reminder that students return for the second semester Wednesday, Jan. 3. It will be an early release day. All K-12 students will be released one hour early.

With the freezing temperatures we’re experiencing, it is important to make sure your child is warm while waiting for the school bus or while walking to school. Being exposed to extreme cold for long periods of time can cause fatigue and increase the risk of hypothermia and frostbite. Waiting in a vehicle for the bus is advised. Below are a few things to remember.

* Dress in layers. Layers of clothing trap warm air next to the body.

* Wear hats, mittens/gloves and boots to stay warm and dry. Up to half of your body heat can be lost when your head is not protected against the cold.

* During inclement weather, buses may run late. If the bus is 30 minutes late, students should return home and contact the school district’s transportation company, First Student, at 636-239-1429.

We welcome our students back for the second semester. Let’s make it a great one.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 1/2/18




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This is a reminder about the School District of Washington’s schedule for the week of Dec. 18-22 and into the New Year.

Monday and Tuesday, Dec. 18 and 19, are regular days.

Wednesday, Dec. 20, is an early release day for elementary schools and the middle school. All K-8 students will be released one hour early. It is a modified day for the high school. All 9-12 students will be dismissed at noon.

Thursday, Dec. 21, is a modified day for all K-12 students.

The winter break begins Friday, Dec. 22. Staff returns for a professional development day on Tuesday, Jan. 2. Students return on Wednesday, Jan. 3, which is an early release day. All K-12 students will be released one hour early.

The winter break for Early Learning Center students begins Dec. 21.

Click on the attached link below for the 2017-18 academic calendar.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 12/27/17




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Wednesday, Dec. 20, is an early release day for elementary schools and the middle school. All K-8 students will be released one hour early. It is a modified day for the high school. All 9-12 students will be dismissed at noon.

Thursday, Dec. 21, is a modified day for all K-12 students.

Dismissal times on Thursday, Dec. 21, are:

Elementary schools at 11:50 a.m.;

Washington High School at noon; and

Washington Middle School at 12:25 p.m.

The winter break begins Friday, Dec. 22. Staff returns for a professional development day on Tuesday, Jan. 2. Students return on Wednesday, Jan. 3, which is an early release day. All K-12 students will be released one hour early.

The winter break for Early Learning Center students begins Dec. 21.

Click on the attached link below for the 2017-18 academic calendar.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 12/20/17




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Shannon Banderman’s Kindergarten class at South Point Elementary prepared for their Polar Express Day by making cookies and decorations on Monday morning, Dec. 18.

The students shaped and decorated the cookies with their favorite toppings, and then passed them on to the cooks at South Point Elementary, who baked them.

Photos from the Kindergarten students prepping for the Polar Express Day are below.







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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 12/18/17




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This is a reminder that Wednesday, Dec. 13, is an early release day in the School District of Washington. All K-12 students will be released one hour early.

Wednesday, Dec. 20, is an early release day for elementary schools and the middle school. All K-8 students will be released one hour early. It is a modified day for the high school. All 9-12 students will be dismissed at noon.

Thursday, Dec. 21, is a modified day for all K-12 students. The winter break begins Friday, Dec. 22.

Click on the attached links below to see the early release day schedule and procedures, along with the 2017-18 academic calendar.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 12/13/17




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The Community Festival of Trees kicked off the first weekend in December.

Over 80 trees are decorated by various organizations and displayed at St. Peter’s United Church of Christ in Washington. Schools, churches, businesses and community groups in the area have trees represented.

A donation of one non-perishable food item under the tree is one vote for that organization’s tree. 

Food can be dropped off any time until Dec. 24 by placing it under the tree or trees you wish to support.

The times to drop off food items are Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., or during the weekend when the public is invited to view the trees. The weekend hours to see the Festival of Trees are Saturdays from 3 to 7 p.m. and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Groups may visit during the week by calling ahead and making an appointment at 636-239-6176.

The Festival of Trees will be open for the public to view every weekend in December through Christmas.

Each food item will help feed a community member and will count as a vote. All food collected will be distributed between three food pantries.

Representing the School District of Washington in the Festival of Trees are WINGS Educational Foundation, Washington High School, Washington High School Cheerleaders, Washington High School National Honor Society, Washington High School Boys Soccer Team, Washington Middle School Student Council, Washington Middle School FFA, Marthasville Elementary, Washington West Elementary third graders, South Point Elementary first-and second-graders, and Four Rivers Career Center.

Washington High School has been the winner for six consecutive years.

Concert events at St. Peter's are;

December 4 at 3 p.m. – Civic Chorus Concert

December 11 at 7 p.m. –Student Musical

December 18 from 2-6 p.m. – Festival Concert Featuring Bells and Church Choirs Recitals.

St. Peter’s United Church of Christ is located at the corner of Fifth and Market Streets in Washington. The address is 20 East 5th Street, Washington, MO 63090.

Come see the Festival of Trees and support local food pantries.

See the photos below of the School District of Washington’s trees.


WINGS Foundation


Four Rivers Career Center


Marthasville Elementary


South Point Elementary First and Second Grade


Washington West Elementary Third Grade


Washington Middle School


Washington Middle School Future Farmers of America


Washington High School


Washington High School National Honor Society


Washington High School Cheerleaders


Washington High School Boys Soccer

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 12/8/17




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This is a reminder that Wednesday, December 6, is an early release day in the School District of Washington. All K-12 students will be released one hour early.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 12/6/17




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Filing for the Washington School Board election this spring will open Tuesday, Dec. 12, at 8 a.m.

The filing period will close Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018, at 5 p.m.

There will be two open seats for the April election. Board members Kevin Blackburn (President) and John Freitag (Vice President) both have announced they plan to run for re-election. Blackburn was first elected to the Board in 2012. Freitag was elected in 2015.

Board members are elected to three-year terms.

Candidates should register in Julie Bell’s office on the second floor of the Washington School District administration building at 220 Locust St. in Washington.

Regular filing hours following the opening day will be from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The district office will be closed for winter break from the close of business Thursday, Dec. 21, through Monday, Jan. 1. It will reopen Tuesday, Jan. 2, at 7:30 a.m.

Board member qualifications include:

All candidates must be at least 24, U.S. citizens and resident taxpayers of the district, and have resided in Missouri for one year preceding their election.

Candidates cannot be delinquent in the payment of any state income taxes, personal property taxes, municipal taxes or real property taxes on stated residence.

They also cannot be a registered sex offender, or found guilty or pled guilty to a felony under Missouri law.

Additionally, candidates cannot be convicted or pled guilty to a felony or misdemeanor under federal law.

Candidates must file all required campaign disclosure reports with the Missouri Ethics Commission, when applicable, for all previous elections in which they were candidates.

About the Board

The seven-member board of education serves as the governing body for the school district.

The school board sets district policies, selects the superintendent of schools, adopts the annual budget and determines the tax rate.

The school board always holds a reorganization meeting in April following the election. New school board members are sworn in at that time for their new three-year terms.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 12/4/17




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It was a big night of special recognitions at the School District of Washington’s Board of Education meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 29.

The Board recognized the Washington High School boys soccer team along with staff members, Jana Monzyk, Elementary Gifted Facilitator, and Stefanie Virgen, Gifted and Language Arts Teacher.

The WHS boys soccer team finished their season with a second-place finish at the MSHSAA Class 3 State Championships on Saturday, Nov. 11. Click here for the story.

Jana Monzyk, Elementary Challenge Facilitator, was the recipient of the Outstanding Launch Teacher Award on Sunday, Nov. 5, at the Project Lead the Way (PLTW) Awards and Recognition Banquet during the PLTW State Conference. Awards were given to outstanding teachers, counselors, and administrators as nominated by their peers.

Monzyk and Michelle Bobo, also an Elementary Challenge Facilitator, gave two presentations at the conference titled, “Let’s Launch Into PLTW K-5 Curriculum.” Click here for the story.

Stefanie Virgen, Gifted and Language Arts teacher at Washington Middle School, was named the School District of Washington’s recipient of the Emerson Electric Excellence in Teaching Award. She was recognized at the awards program Sunday, Nov. 12, at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in St. Louis. Click here for the story.

Photos from the special recognitions at the Board of Education meeting are below.


The Washington High School boys soccer team finished their season with a second-place finish at the MSHSAA Class 3 State Championships. The players are pictured with members of the Board of Education.


Jana Monzyk, front row, second from left, Elementary Challenge Facilitator, was the recipient of the Outstanding Launch Teacher Award. She’s pictured with Board of Education members. Front row, from left, are Dan Contarini, Monzyk, Susan Thatcher and Trish Mitchell. Back row, from left, are Bob Oreskovic, Scott Byrne and John Freitag.


Stefanie Virgen, front row, second from right, Gifted and Language Arts teacher at Washington Middle School, was named the School District of Washington’s recipient of the Emerson Electric Excellence in Teaching Award. She’s pictured with Board of Education members. Front row, from left, are Susan Thatcher, Dan Contarini, Virgen and Trish Mitchell. Back row, from left, are Bob Oreskovic, Scott Byrne and John Freitag.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 12/1/17




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This is a reminder that Wednesday, November 29, is an early release day in the School District of Washington. All K-12 students will be released one hour early.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 11/29/17




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The Mars Rover Design Team from Missouri S&T (Missouri University of Science and Technology in Rolla) recently made a presentation to the School District of Washington’s Elementary Challenge students.

On hand from Missouri S&T were Dylan Yegge (Washington High School graduate), Megan Cash (Washington High School graduate), Jacob Huxol (Washington High School graduate) and Jake Mondschein. 

The group presented information on the team and what it takes to collaborate, design, develop and successfully have a product that fits the criteria for the project. 

They discussed successes and failures and what it takes to be on a team and be a team player.​The Mars Rover Design Team also presented to the Washington High School science classes.
Click on the attached link below for more information on Missouri S&T’s Mars Rover Design Team.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 11/20/17




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This is a reminder that Wednesday, November 15, is an early release day in the School District of Washington. All K-12 students will be released one hour early.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 11/15/17




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In the Aug. 2, 2016 election, voters passed a $15 million zero tax-rate increase bond issue proposed by the School District of Washington.

The majority of the issue was about moving and refinancing existing lease debt into bond debt. Voter approval meant revenue that was servicing the $13.66 million lease ($1.5 million in annual payments paid from the Capital Projects fund) could be shifted to the general fund for operations. Of the $15 million proposed in the bond issue, $13.66 million of it was not new debt at all, but simply moving of payments from one fund to another.

Then, additionally, the balance of the bond issue (approximately $1.34 million) would be used to finance roof replacements, safety and security upgrades, along with some minor classroom renovation. Simple, basic, and responsible.

“We sincerely appreciate the community’s support of the district,” said School District of Washington Superintendent Dr. Lori VanLeer.

With the election a little over a year ago, the School District of Washington already has delivered on many of those improvement projects.

Prioritized Captial Needs

Completed – Replace roof sections at Labadie Elementary.

Completed – Restore metal roof at Washington Middle School.

Completed – Outside building repairs (tuck point, caulk, water proof paint) at Augusta Elementary.

Completed – Restore roof section at Augusta Elementary.

Completed – Roof construction above boiler room at Washington West Elementary.

Completed- Replace rear doors and 11 original windows at Washington Middle School.

Completed – HVAC replacement and replaced air conditioning unit in the gymnasium at Washington Middle School.

Completed – Door replacement on the north side of the building, tuck point and seal coat at Marthasville Elementary.

Completed – Masonry repair, spot tuck point and chimney repair at the District Office on Locust Street.

Completed – Masonry tuck point and seal coating to the building and clean and seal concrete walls at Four Rivers Career Center.

Pending (scheduled for completion) – Lagoon renovations by 2021 at Campbellton Elementary.

Safety and Security

Access controls have been installed on approximately 50 doors throughout the School District of Washington.

A total of 79 security cameras have been upgraded throughout the School District of Washington, including the installation of 18 new cameras.

Academic Space Improvements

With East Central College vacating building space at Four Rivers Career Center, a new space, known as the Confluence room, was created to accommodate the Center for Advanced Professional Studies (CAPS) program.

The Confluence is a workspace assigned for students to fast forward into their future and fully immerse in a professional culture, solve real world problems and use industry standard tools.

Debt Restructuring

Also completed as promised is the converting of lease payments to the debt service fund by means of general obligation bonds to secure operational funding to maintain education services.

See the photos below of some of the completed projects within the School District of Washington as a result of voters passing the zero tax-rate bond issue in August of 2016.

Access Controls Added Throughout District








Security Cameras Upgraded, New Ones Installed













Middle School Metal Roof Restored





HVAC Replacement at Middle School





New Confluence Room at Four Rivers Career Center






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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 11/14/17




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South Point Elementary School held its annual Veterans Day Assembly on Thursday, Nov. 9.

Students and staff were joined by veterans from the area, who were treated to breakfast in the library prior to the program.

South Point students participated in the ceremony by reading essays, scripts and poems.

The guest speaker was Bob Oreskovic, a United States Army Veteran and a School District of Washington Board of Education member.

Photos from South Point Elementary’s Veterans Day Program are below.

















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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 11/9/17




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This is a reminder that Wednesday, Nov. 8, is an early release day in the School District of Washington. All K-12 students will be released one hour early.

Click on the attached links below to see the early release day schedule and procedures, along with the 2017-18 academic calendar.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 11/8/17




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As part of the Title I and Title III program federal mandates, the School District of Washington is required to have a Parent Advisory Committee (PAC) who assists in the development and evaluation of the Title I and III programs, which are designed to help students achieve success in reading and math and to assist students in becoming proficient in speaking English.

The committee will be made up of parent representatives from throughout the District. The TI & III-PAC will also include teacher and administrator representation.

With the signing of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) to replace No Child Left Behind (NCLB), schools have been allocated new federal funds, Title IV, Student Support and Academic Enrichment. These funds are to be utilized to provide well-rounded education to unique groups of students.

To enable the SDOW to allocate these funds, input is needed from a variety of stakeholders. The PAC will be charged with providing such input.

SDOW parents are invited to be a part of the PAC to assist the School District of Washington in creating a quality program for our children. We are working on reviewing programing data and making decisions for the 2017-2018 school year.

The Parent Advisory Committee meeting will be held on Thursday, Nov. 16, from 9-11 a.m. in the Board Office of the School District of Washington, 220 Locust Street, Washington.

For parents interested in being a member of the Parent Advisory Committee, Please RSVP to Chris Marquart at 636-231-2005 or chris.marquart@washington.k12.mo.us.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 11/8/17




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With Veterans Day on Saturday, Nov. 11,  buildings in the School District of Washington have scheduled Veterans Day programs Nov. 9, 10 and 13.

Washington High School

Washington High School’s annual Veterans Day Assembly will be Friday, Nov. 10, at 8:30 a.m. in the Blue Jay Gymnasium.

The featured speaker will be Washington High School's Naval Science instructor, Master Sergeant Tim Gates.

There will be a reception for all Veterans beginning at 7:30 a.m. in the band room (Northington Lobby Entrance). Breakfast will be served.

Veterans should RSVP to Mary Rehmeier at 636-231-2200 or mary.rehmeier@washington.k12.mo.us. Please include your branch of service.

Washington Middle School

Washington Middle School will host its Veterans Day Assembly on Monday, Nov. 13.
The program will begin at 9 a.m. and last approximately 45 minutes. The program will honor all Veterans who have served or are currently serving in the Armed Forces or Reserves. 

Refreshments will be served for Veterans before and after the assembly.

School District of Washington 2017 Veterans Day Programs

Nov. 9: Clearview Elementary; breakfast for Veterans at 7:20 a.m. The program begins at 8 a.m.

Nov. 9: South Point Elementary; breakfast for Veterans in the library at 7:30 a.m. The assembly begins at 8 a.m.

Nov. 9: Augusta Elementary; the program begins at 9 a.m.

Nov. 9: Washington West Elementary; the program begins at 6:30 p.m.

Nov. 10: Campbellton Elementary; breakfast for Veterans at 7:30 a.m. The program begins at 8 a.m.

Nov. 10: Labadie Elementary; refreshments for Veterans at 8 a.m. The program begins at 8:30 a.m.

Nov. 10: Washington High School; breakfast for Veterans in the Band Room at 7:30 a.m. The program begins in the Blue Jay Gymnasium at 8:30 a.m.

Nov. 10: Marthasville Elementary; the program begins at 2 p.m.

Nov. 13: Washington Middle School; the assembly begins at 9 a.m. Refreshments for Veterans before and after the assembly.  

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 11/8/17




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Officers from the Washington Police Department and the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office visited South Point Elementary for their “Open Doors” program on Monday morning, Nov. 6, to greet the students as they arrived and were dropped off.

The officers opened car doors for many of the students and gave the students hand-shakes and high-fives as they entered the building to start their day.

Photos of officers from the Washington Police Department and the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office greeting students at South Point Elementary are below.















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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 11/7/17




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The Washington High School Color and Winter Guard will hold a Spin It, Toss It Guard Clinic for students currently in grades 2-8 on Saturday, Nov. 18.

The clinic will run from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Washington High School Gymnasium. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m.

A performance for parents will take place on the same day at 3 p.m.

The fee is $30 per student, which includes a T-shirt, lunch, snacks, drinks and a lot of fun.

WHS Winter Guard and Color Guard members will teach the clinic, along with instructors Julie Bunkley and Sara Barnett.

To pre-register, contact Tammy Clark or Amy Conard at South Point Elementary at 636-231-2700 or mail the attached registration form to South Point Elementary, Attention Julie Bunkley, 2300 South Bend Dr., Washington, MO 63090.

For more information, email Julie Bunkley by clicking here.

Click on the attached link below for the registration form.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 11/6/17




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The St. Louis Cardinals’ Fredbird & Friends Elementary School Program visited South Point Elementary School on Thursday, Nov. 2.

St. Louis native and former Cardinals pitcher Kyle McClellan and Fredbird were on hand to visit with South Point Elementary students in two different assemblies, which were divided up by grade levels.

McClellan and Fredbird where there to promote the program’s key messages: Be Active! Be Responsible! Be Yourself! Be a Good Teammate!

Fredbird & Friends was designed to be a fun, interactive way for students to better understand how they can be successful at school, at home, and in life. This includes:

Being physically active and participating in extracurricular activities and clubs;

Valuing what makes them unique as well as the contributions of others;

Working together with peers, teachers, and family members; and

Seeking out help from the adults in their lives who can help them achieve their goals.

Click on the attached link below for more information on the Fredbird & Friends Elementary School Program.

Photos from the event at South Point Elementary are below.





















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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 11/2/17




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This is a reminder that Wednesday, November 1, is an early release day in the School District of Washington. All K-12 students will be released one hour early.

Click on the attached links below to see the early release day schedule and procedures, along with the 2017-18 academic calendar.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 11/1/17




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The School District of Washington’s WINGS Foundation awarded 25 early bird teacher grants this fall (2017), totaling $3,187.

Since 1993, 1,023 teacher grants have been awarded by WINGS totaling $471,480.89.

The teachers receiving the grant, the school where they work and their program are as follows:

Carla Campbell and Derick Heflin, Washington High School, Therapeutic Supports

Lindsey Jasper and Adam Fischer, Washington High School, Therapeutic Supports

Stefanie Virgen, Washington Middle School, Pathways to Community; College and Career Readiness

Colin Flynn, Washington High School, Graphic Novels for Struggling Readers

Jenny Meers, Four Rivers Career Center, Literacy and learning With Felt Boards

Bridget Phelps, Clearview Elementary, Addition to Flexible Seating

Kimberly Fleer, Marthasville Elementary, Making Math Magical

Julia Young, Augusta Elementary, Sixth Grade Number Sense and Mental Math Skills

Maggie Butler, Marthasville and Augusta Elementary, Music Stands

Katie Fischer, South Point Elementary, Flexible Seating Balance Ball Chairs

Sara Bradshaw, Marthasville Elementary, Flexible Seating

Elizabeth Hobbs, Washington High School, Formative Assessment in Schoology

Suzanne Pelley, Washington High School, Pop Beads for Cell Division and Protein Synthesis

Lindsay Obermark, Washington West Elementary, Thinking Within, Beyond and About the Text-Guided Reading

Julie Grafrath and Molly Hanify, Washington West Elementary, Crigo Education Domino Resource Set

Jennifer Pecka, Labadie Elementary, Make Me a Makerspace

Trisha Ley, Washington West Elementary, Engaging Movers

Kaylin Bade, Washington Middle School, Theme and Literature With Traditional Texts

Ryan Leatherman, Washington High School, Biomedical Text Set

Keith Thacker, Washington Middle School, Wood Carts

Nicole Kottmann, Washington West Elementary, The 40 Book Challenge; Motivating Readers With Genre

Marie Dobson, Washington West Elementary, Guiding Readers to Comprehension

Chris Buenniger Washington Middle School, Therapeutic Supports

Leslie Ohse, Washington Middle School, Therapeutic Supports

Lori Mickelson, South Point Elementary, Measure for Measure

A photo of the WINGS early bird teacher grant recipients is below.

Click on the attached link below for the WINGS Foundation web page.

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Published: 10/27/17




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This is a reminder that Wednesday, Oct. 25, is an early release day in the School District of Washington. All K-12 students will be released one hour early.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 10/25/17




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Washington VFW Post 2661 donated a new American flag to South Point Elementary School on Thursday, Oct. 19.

The VFW often donates flags to schools that are in need of new ones.

Representing Washington VFW was Kathy Obermark.

Accepting the flag on behalf of South Point Elementary was Sonya Jones’ fourth-grade class, who raised the new flag to the top of the pole, with the help of Assistant Principal Melanie Trentmann. See the pictures below.



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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 10/20/17




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The School District of Washington will have a modified day for students on Thursday, Oct. 19, for parent teacher conferences in the afternoon and evening.

Dismissal times on modified days are as follows:

Four Rivers Career Center – Washington morning students will be dismissed at 10 a.m. and then return to the high school; Afternoon classes will not be held.

Elementary schools - 11:50 a.m.

Washington Middle School – 12:25 p.m.

Washington High School - 12:25 p.m.

A sack lunch will be available to students at the elementary schools, along with the middle school and high school.

There will be no school at the Early Learning Center on Thursday and Friday, Oct. 19 and 20.

There will be no school for the entire district on Friday, Oct. 20.  

The procedures for the parent-teacher conferences are as follows:

Elementary schools: Parent-teacher conferences will take place at their respective schools from 1-7 p.m. Parents must schedule an appointment with their child’s teacher.

Washington High School: Parent-teacher conferences will take place at the high school from 2:30-7 p.m. Teachers will be in their respective classrooms ready to meet with parents. Appointments are not necessary. If parents want to set up a specific time, they can contact the teacher. Also on Thursday, Oct. 19, a parent speaker series will be held in the CJB Auditorium from 6:30-8 p.m. The topic is student driving. All parents are invited to attend.

Washington Middle School: Parent-teacher conferences will take place in the middle school gymnasium from 2:30-6:30 p.m. Parents will have an opportunity to pick up their child's report card and visit with their teachers. All of the teachers will be stationed in the gymnasium. Appointments are not necessary.

Four Rivers Career Center: Parent-teacher conferences will take place at the Four Rivers Career Center from 4-7 p.m. Teachers will be in their respective classrooms ready to meet with parents. Appointments are not necessary.

Early Learning Center: Parent-teacher conferences will take place throughout the day at the Early Learning Center. Parents can sign up with their child’s teacher when they are at the building to drop off or pick up. There will be no school at the ELC on Thursday, Oct. 19, as well as Friday, Oct. 20.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 10/19/17




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Parent-teacher conferences in the School District of Washington are scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 19, which is a modified day for students.

The following day, Friday, Oct. 20, there will be no school for staff and students.

The procedures for the parent-teacher conferences are as follows:

Elementary schools: Parent-teacher conferences will take place at their respective schools from 1-7 p.m. Parents must schedule an appointment with their child’s teacher.

Washington High School: Parent-teacher conferences will take place at the high school from 2:30-7 p.m. Teachers will be in their respective classrooms ready to meet with parents. Appointments are not necessary. If parents want to set up a specific time, they can contact the teacher. Also on Thursday, Oct. 19, a parent speaker series will be held in the CJB Auditorium from 6:30-8 p.m. The topic is student driving. All parents are invited to attend.

Washington Middle School: Parent-teacher conferences will take place in the middle school gymnasium from 2:30-6:30 p.m. Parents will have an opportunity to pick up their child's report card and visit with their teachers. All of the teachers will be stationed in the gymnasium. Appointments are not necessary.

Four Rivers Career Center: Parent-teacher conferences will take place at the Four Rivers Career Center from 4-7 p.m. Teachers will be in their respective classrooms ready to meet with parents. Appointments are not necessary.

Early Learning Center: Parent-teacher conferences will take place throughout the day at the Early Learning Center. Parents can sign up with their child’s teacher when they are at the building to drop off or pick up. There will be no school at the ELC on Thursday, Oct. 19, as well as Friday, Oct. 20.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 10/17/17




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Students at South Point Elementary School were treated to the Zoodles program on Friday, Oct. 13.  

Zoodles is an educational program that gives students an up close and personal encounter with various animals.

South Point students had an opportunity to see and hold a python snake, a parrot, and a baby kangaroo.  

Students were given information about each animal and a very close look at each animal as the keeper walked among students during the program.  

Following the program and with their parents or guardians permission, students were allowed to hold an animal and get a picture with it, which was available for purchase.

Pictures from the Zoodles visit to South Point Elementary are below.





















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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 10/13/17




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The Early Learning Center will host a Big Rigs and Book Fair family event on Saturday, Oct. 14, from 9:30 a.m. to noon.

The community event will have many types of rigs on hand for children to enjoy, including police, fire, ambulance, construction, helicopter, recycle truck, Ameren truck, Pepsi truck and more.

A children’s book fair also will take place.

Families are invited to attend.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 10/13/17




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A reminder there will be a modified day for students on Wednesday, Oct. 11, for a staff professional work day in the afternoon.

Dismissal times on modified days are as follows:

Four Rivers Career Center – Washington morning students will be dismissed at 10 a.m. and then return to the high school for the remainder of the day. Afternoon classes will not be held.

Elementary schools - 11:50 a.m.

Washington Middle School – 12:25 p.m.

Washington High School - 12:25 p.m.

The Early Learning Center schedule will not be affected on Oct. 11.

A sack lunch will be available to students at the elementary schools, along with the middle school and high school.

Click on the links below for modified day procedures and the 2017-18 academic calendar.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 10/11/17




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The Washington High School Theatre Guild and ITS Troupe No. 4233 present Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, to be performed Nov. 9-11 at the CJB Auditorium on the WHS campus.

The times for Thursday, Nov. 9, and Friday, Nov. 10, are at 7:30 p.m. There are two performances on Saturday, Nov. 11, at 11:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Thirty minutes before each performance, Belle and her friends will be available for treats and pictures for a $5 admission, which does not include admission to the performance.

Tickets for the performance are $7 for ages 12 and under and $10 for ages 13 and older.

Tickets can be purchased in advance by calling Penny Wilmesherr at Washington High School at 636-231-2200 or by e-mail to Kerry Holtmeier at kerry.holtmeier@washington.k12.mo.us. Tickets also can be purchased at the door if the performance is not sold out.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 10/9/17




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The Washington Blue Jays select boys basketball program will hold tryouts for traveling competitive teams for the upcoming winter season for fourth-, fifth-, and sixth-grade boys.

The tryouts will be held on Monday, Oct. 23, and Wednesday, Oct. 25, at the Blue Jay Gymnasium at WHS. Times of the tryouts are fourth grade from 5-6 p.m., fifth grade from 6-7 p.m. and sixth grade from 7-8 p.m. Students trying out must attend both dates.

Each teach will keep 8-10 players. This is a select competitive team, so cuts will occur. There will be some cost involved, usually for uniforms and weekend tournaments.

The WHS boys basketball coaching staff will run the tryouts, along with each grade level coach.

Click on the attached link below for more details.

For more information, contact WHS Boys Basketball Coaches Grant Young at grant.young@washington.k12.mo.us or Adam Meyer at adam.meyer@washington.k12.mo.us.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 10/9/17




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The 49th annual Washington Marching Band Festival takes place Saturday, Oct. 7.

The festival features a parade competition and a field competition.

As the hosts, the Washington High School Marching Blue Jays will give exhibition performances in both the parade and field competitions. They are not eligible for awards.

The parade begins at 8:30 a.m. Washington will be the last entry in the parade and should step off at approximately 10:15 to 10:30 a.m. The parade will begin at Main and Cedar. It will continue on Main Street, turn on Jefferson Street to Eighth Street and end at Sunnyside.

The Washington Marching Blue Jays will perform on the field at approximately 9:05 p.m.

Click on the attached link below for more information, including a schedule, on the Washington Marching Band Festival.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 10/6/17




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Students in South Point Elementary’s three kindergarten classes, along with one fourth-grade class, visited the Washington Public Library and the Washington Police Department on Tuesday, Oct. 3, for a learning trip.

It was used as an exposure trip to kick off a unit about community jobs that South Point’s kindergarten team is taking.

Kindergarten students in Shannon Banderman, Robyn Busekrus and Jamie Scoles’ class, along with fourth-grade students in Jennifer Boyce’s class, made the trip.

At the library, the students walked around the facility and also enjoyed story time where library staff read them a children’s book.

The visit to the police department featured a tour of the facility by Detective Kevin Blackburn and Officers Casey Hill and Mindy Schmelz.

Photos from the visit to the Washington Public Library and the Washington Police Department by South Point Elementary kindergarten and fourth-grade students are below.

Washington Public Library








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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 10/5/17




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This is a reminder that Wednesday, Oct. 4, is an early release day in the School District of Washington. All K-12 students will be released one hour early.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 10/4/17




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The Washington School Districts’ WINGS Educational Foundation inducted its ninth class to the Hall of Honor on Saturday, Sept. 30, at the Washington Elks.

The WINGS Hall of Honor was formed to recognize alumni, community contributors and educators who have shown exceptional personal, community or professional achievement.

The 2017 honorees were the late Carolyn Shotwell, who received the Educator Award; Rodney (Rocky) Sickmann, who received the Alumni Award, and Andrea Rau, who received the Community Contributor Award.

A formal dinner to honor the recipients was held followed by a reception with the Steve Leslie Band performing.

ABC News Correspondent and Washington High School graduate Emily Rau, daughter of Hall of Honor inductee Andrea Rau, served as master of ceremonies.
WINGS members Carol Zanin and Brad Mitchell were recognized for their years of service.

It was also announced that the WINGS endowment fund has reached over $1 million.

See the bios of each honorary below.

Photos from the event are below.

Carolyn Shotwell – Educator Award

Carolyn (Veatch) Shotwell was born July 20, 1911, to Charles and Julia Veatch in Keytesville, MO. The oldest of three daughters, Carolyn grew up in Harrison, AR, and the St. Louis area.

A talented violinist as a youngster, Carolyn gave her first solo recital at age seven at a concert hall. During her childhood, she studied with violinists from the St. Louis Symphony. She completed Soldan high school at the age of 16 and attended Washington University, St. Louis.

Carolyn transferred to Central College in Fayette where she was a member of the orchestra and Phi Beta music fraternity. She completed her bachelor of arts degree in music in 1931 at the age of 19 and did graduate work at Juilliard/Columbia University, New York and Emporia State University, Emporia, KS.

In 1931, Carolyn moved to Washington to teach English, instrumental music and physical education at the public schools. Her new job also included National Honor Society sponsor, coaching volleyball and starting an orchestra at the “old” high school on Locust Street. The orchestra helped form the nucleus of the Washington Civic Orchestra in 1934.

In 1936 she married William C. Shotwell, a project manager and agronomist for the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Soil Conservation. They moved to Fulton in 1938 and Clinton in 1942 before returning to Washington in 1948. They had four daughters: Carolyn, Marilyn, Julianne and Annette.

Carolyn taught a total of 24 years in the Washington School District. From 1953 to 1971, she was a teacher of English I, II, and IV (English Literature), class sponsor,

student council sponsor, and AIFS English Foreign Travel Group Leader.

She was known for her love of teaching English literature, incorporating college prep skills and critiquing the great English writers.

Carolyn was an active member of the Presbyterian Church of Washington where she was an ordained elder and a member of the Women’s Association, Church Circle, and Craft Guild. She also received the Presbyterian Celebration of Aging Award.

Carolyn performed in the Washington Civic Orchestra as Concertmaster and Soloist, the Washington String Trio, the ECC Pit Orchestra and at other local events. She was a member of the ECC Foundation and the Patron of the Arts. She was also a member of Chapter CD of the P.E.O. Sisterhood, the Washington Historical Society, and the Fortnightly Reading Club, American Association of

University Women, and various other organizations.

In 2001 Carolyn was honored as a “Living Legend” at Washington High School’s 100th anniversary graduation. One month later, Carolyn passed away on June 15, 2001 at the age of 89.

Carolyn Shotwell’s family includes her four daughters and sons-in-law, Carolyn and John Wolff, Leawood, KS; Marilyn and Tom Miller, Webster Groves and

Washington; Julie and Jim Perry, Washington; Annette and Ken Bebermeyer, Washington; eleven grandchildren and seventeen great-grandchildren.

 

Rocky Sickmann, Alumni Award

Rodney “Rocky” Sickmann graduated from Washington High School in 1976 and immediately entered the U.S. Marine Corps.

In 1979, just 28 days into his tour of duty at the American Embassy in Tehran, Iran, Sickmann became a player in one of the most terrifying events in U.S. history.

On Nov. 4, 1979, after months of turmoil marked by the return of the exiled Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, the American Embassy in Tehran was overrun by militants and its employees taken captive. Sergeant Rocky Sickmann, then just 22, was one of 65 Americans taken hostage. Sickmann remained a hostage for 444 days before being released on Jan. 21, 1981 following 14 months of diplomacy by President Jimmy Carter.

Three months later, Sickmann was Honorably Discharged after 6 years in the U.S. Marine Corps and received several accolades during his service including the Prisoner of War Medal, The Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Award of Valor, and Good Conduct Medal.

Sickmann’s personal diary, “Iranian Hostage: A Personal Diary of 444 Days in Captivity” is also the only known diary to have been smuggled out of Iran and published. The diary is no longer in publication. Following the military, he began working in advertising for KMOX radio in St. Louis, Mo. and then entered the private sector for Anheuser-Busch InBev. He spent the next 34 years with the company, most recently as the U.S. National Director for Military and Industry Affairs, until his retirement in July 2016.

As the U.S. National Director for Military and Industry Affairs at Anheuser-Busch InBev, Sickmann oversaw all Military Special Events, Military and Industry Trade Media Publications, and National Industry Trade Shows. Throughout his career at Anheuser-Busch, Sickmann also played a key role in increasing Anheuser-Busch’s market penetration among the Military by training wholesalers, coordinating marketing and publicity, executing national sales promotions, and planning special military events. Sickmann helped coordinate the “Here’s to the Heroes Tour” which salutes the men and women of the armed forces, allowing Americans to show their support for the troops via recorded messages filmed on location at community events, celebrations, and festivals nationwide and shared with U.S. troops serving in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Personally and professionally, Sickmann has been fortunate to share his story on many different platforms, including ABC News, ESPN, Fox & Friends, Fox News, Los Angeles Times, MSNBC, NFL Time Line Series, The New York Times, to the cast of the Oscar award-winning film Argo (starring Ben Affleck), national and local Veteran and Military organizations, and educational institutions across the country.

In August 2016, Sickmann’s military and professional experience, coupled with his passion for our armed forces, led him to pursue an opportunity with his favorite non-profit organization: Folds of Honor. In this new role, Sickmann helps advance the Folds mission: To stand in the financial gap of the more than one million dependents adversely affected by war, providing educational scholarships to the children and spouses of those killed or disabled while serving our nation.

Sickmann and his wife (36 Years), Jill, have three children, Hannah (Hannah Wehrle, Granddaughter Lela, Grandson Rhett and husband Matt Wehrle), Chelsea (Chelsea Frese, Grandson Woodson and husband Kalen Frese) and Spencer, and three grandchildren.

 

 

Andrea Rau – Community Contributor Award

Andrea was raised in Jefferson City, graduating from Jefferson City High School in 1973.

She went on to graduate from the University of Missouri- Columbia in 1978, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing.

During and after graduation from nursing school, she worked in the Burn Intensive Care Unit from 1975-1980. She transferred to the Trauma Center in 1980 and worked there for three years. During that time, she was promoted to manager of the Emergency Department. She was key in developing and staffing the Trauma Helicopter program.

While working in the ER she met her future husband, Mike Rau. There were married in 1981. They had a whirlwind year in 1983 with the birth of their first child in April, Mike’s graduation from medical school in May, and a move to St. Louis in June. Mike completed his residency in Internal Medicine, and Andrea worked in the Burn Unit at what was then St. John’s Hospital.

Mike and Andrea moved to Washington and started a medical practice in 1986. Adam and Megan had joined the family by this time, followed by the birth of Emily two years later, and Matt in 1989. Andrea served as PTC president at South Point and Washington West schools. At one point, the Rau’s four children were attending four different schools. Volunteering in the schools laid the foundation to a greater understanding of teachers’ needs, so Andrea eagerly signed up for the chance to help create a foundation to support teachers and students: The School District of Washington’s Foundation for Educational Excellence, now known as WINGS.

Andrea was an instrumental part of establishing the WINGS Endowment Fund and currently serves on its board.

During that time, Andrea was also active in Academic Boosters, Band Boosters, the Athletic Association and Washington Swim Team. She served on the Washington Town and Country Fair Queen committee from 1987-1996, and helped revive the tradition of a Fair Parade in 1994.

For almost 30 years, Andrea has been an active member of P.E.O., a philanthropic education organization that promotes women’s education through scholarships, grants and loans.

Andrea also helped establish the Annual Melanoma Miles for Mike Walk/Run, raising funds to fight melanoma and giving talks about sun safety. Andrea shares her passion for honoring veterans by serving as a guardian for Franklin County Honor Flight. She also served on the board of Missouri Pathfinders, raising funds to build the Disabled American Veterans Memorial in Union.

Andrea is an avid gardener and recently completed the Master Gardener classes. She helped coordinate the renovation of the Heritage Railroad Park in Downtown Washington. She loves to spend time fishing on the family farm. She and her husband are members of Immanuel Lutheran Church.

The Raus have four, fourth-generation Mizzou graduates. Adam and wife Meagan recently welcomed their first child, Molly. Adam earned an MBA and works in property management and development and his wife, Meagan is a veterinarian. Megan Rau is a Geriatrics and Palliative Care physician and instructor at New York University. Emily is a broadcast journalist, currently working for ABC News. Matt is an officer in the Missouri National Guard and is working toward a Master’s Degree in Public Affairs.


Pictured are 2017 WINGS Educational Foundation Hall of Honor inductees, along with WINGS members and School District of Washington staff. Seated, from left, are Annette Bebermeyer, Carolyn Wolff, Julie Perry and Marilyn Miller (family members accepting in behalf of Carolyn Shotwell, Educator Award). Standing, from left, are WINGS members Teresa Brockman, Casey Zastrow, Amy Oesterly, Cindy Lohmeyer and Ruthann Smith, Hall of Honor inductee Rocky Sickmann (Alumni Award), School District of Washington Superintendent Dr. Lori VanLeer, Hall of Honor inductee Andrea Rau (Community Contributor Award), and WINGS members Janie Chalem, Carol Zanin, Brad Mitchell, Nancy Wood and Rich Buckman.


Rocky Sickmann, second from left, with his siblings.


Rocky Sickmann, seated right, with his family.


Andrea Rau, seated second from right, with her family.


Carolyn Shotwell’s family.


Past WINGS grant recipients from the School District of Washington.


Emily Rau, left, and Carol Zanin.


Susan Harms, left, and Carol Zanin.


Dr. Lori VanLeer recognizes Brad Mitchell for his years of service to WINGS.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 10/2/17




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This is a reminder that Wednesday, Sept. 27, is an early release day in the School District of Washington. All K-12 students will be released one hour early.

Click on the attached links below to see the early release day schedule and procedures, along with the 2017-18 academic calendar.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 9/27/17




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The School District of Washington’s WINGS Educational Foundation will holds its Hall of Honor and 25th Anniversary Celebration on Saturday, Sept. 30, at the Elks Lodge in Washington.

The WINGS Hall of Honor was formed to recognize alumni, community contributors and educators who have shown exceptional personal, community or professional achievement.

The 2017 honorees are Carolyn Shotwell, who will receive the Educator Award; Rodney (Rocky) Sickmann, who will receive the Alumni Award; and Andrea Rau, who will receive the Community Contributor Award.

Cocktails and appetizers will be served at 5 p.m. followed by dinner at 6 p.m. The program follows dinner. The cost is $50 per person.

News anchor and Washington High School graduate Emily Rau will serve as Master of Ceremonies.

For more information, contact Susan Harms 636-359-1452.

Click on the attached links below for the Washington’s WINGS Hall of Honor and 25th Anniversary Celebration invitation and RSVP form.

 

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 9/22/17




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This is a reminder that Wednesday, Sept. 20, is an early release day in the School District of Washington. All K-12 students will be released one hour early.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 9/20/17




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Third-grade students at South Point Elementary School completed a fundraising project to benefit hurricane victims.

The students raised money to benefit elementary schools in the Houston area that were affected by Hurricane Harvey. They sold lollipops in the third-grade classrooms for 50 cents apiece to fellow students and staff at South Point Elementary on September 8-15.

A total of $641.52 was raised by South Point Elementary third-grade students from the lollipop sales. The money will be sent to the Houston Independent School District, which is the largest school district in Texas and the seventh-largest in the United States.

The photo below is the third-grade students at South Point Elementary School.

 

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 9/19/17




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Washington High School’s Fall Homecoming Week is Sept. 18-22 with the football game and dance scheduled for Friday, Sept. 22. The football Blue Jays take on Ft. Zumwalt South at 7 p.m.

This year's Homecoming theme is "Out of This World.” 

The Homecoming Court will be introduced at halftime of the game with Coronation at the dance following the game.

Homecoming dance tickets for students will be on sale starting Monday, Sept. 18, through Friday, Sept. 22, in Northington Lobby before school.

The Homecoming Court is as follows:

Jonathan Amlong and Nichole Brinker;

Colton Bunkley and Emmy Hopkins;

Cameron Briggs and Olivia Jacquin;

Zach Harms and Lydia Juengling;

Brandon Repp and Emma Krajcir;

Ty Rinne and Colleen Kuchem;

Cason Suggs and Lydia Lock;

Griffin Tinkey and Olivia Robinson.

The Homecoming Parade is Wednesday, Sept. 20, at 3 p.m. It will begin on Main and Cedar. It will continue on Main Street, turn on Jefferson Street to Eighth Street to Sunnyside and to Washington High School.

Also as part of the Homecoming festivities, the annual WHS Powder Puff football game between the juniors and seniors, sponsored by No Excuses, takes place Wednesday, Sept. 20, starting at 6 p.m. A bonfire will follow at the 14th Street practice field at approximately 7:30 p.m.

September 18-22 will be spirit week at Washington High School. The themes for each day are as follows:

Monday – Black Out
Tuesday – Tie Dye
Wednesday – Jersey Day
Thursday – Throwback to the 80s
Friday - Blue Jay Pride.

Photos of the Washington High School Fall Homecoming Court are below.


Pictured is the Washington High School Fall Homecoming Court. Front row, from left, are Cason Suggs, Lydia Lock, Lydia Juengling, Zach Harms, Emma Krajcir and Brandon Repp. Middle row, from left, are Colton Bunkley, Emmy Hopkins, Colleen Kuchem, Nichole Brinker, Olivia Robinson, Olivia Jacquin and Cameron Briggs. Back row, from left, are Ty Rinne, Jonathan Amlong and Griffin Tinkey.




Griffin Tinkey and Olivia Robinson


Brandon Repp and Emma Krajcir


Cameron Briggs and Olivia Jacquin


Jonathan Amlong and Nichole Brinker


Colton Bunkley and Emmy Hopkins


Zach Harms and Lydia Juengling


Ty Rinne and Colleen Kuchem

Cason Suggs and Lydia Lock

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 9/15/17




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Senate Bill 638 (2016) required the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) to create a website about the trauma-informed schools initiative that includes information for schools and parents regarding the trauma-informed approach and a guide for schools on how to become trauma-informed schools.

The implementation of a trauma-informed approach is an ongoing organizational change process. A “trauma-informed approach” is not a program model that can be implemented and then simply monitored by a fidelity checklist. Rather, it is a profound paradigm shift in knowledge, perspective, attitudes and skills that continues to deepen and unfold over time. Some leaders in the field are beginning to talk about a “continuum” of implementation, where organizations move through stages. The continuum begins with becoming trauma aware and moves to trauma sensitive to responsive to being fully trauma informed.

Purpose: To ensure that agencies do no harm; to assess the implementation of basic principle of trauma-informed approaches in various organizational settings; to develop a common language and framework for discussion; and to help increase the effectiveness of services, wherever and whatever they are, by increasing awareness of trauma.

Application: To a very wide range of settings, including but not limited to behavioral health services.

Use:

*Not for formal evaluation or certification, but for informational purposes

*To help anyone who is interested (clients, advocates, other agencies, etc.) determine whether a particular agency or setting is meeting basic criteria for integration of trauma principles

*To help agencies identify where they are on the continuum and where they want to be. Organizations can choose the appropriate place on the continuum based on their needs and setting.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 9/14/17




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There will be no school for students on Wednesday, Sept. 13, due to a staff professional development day.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 9/12/17




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South Point Elementary School observed the 9/11 Anniversary on Monday, Sept. 11.

Remembering the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, South Point staff and students circled around the flag pole in front of the building. They were joined by area emergency responders, including members of the Washington Police and Fire Departments, members of the Washington VFW, and School District of Washington officials.

The group recited the Pledge of Allegiance together and then sang the U.S. National Anthem, “The Star Spangled Banner.” A moment of silence was then held.

Following the ceremony outside, the emergency responders, veterans and other guests each were assigned to a classroom at South Point Elementary in the younger grades and spoke to the students about the 9/11 Anniversary and read them a children’s book.

Photos from the 9/11 festivities at South Point Elementary on Monday, Sept. 11, are below.






















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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 9/11/17




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Third-grade students at South Point Elementary School are working on a fundraising project to benefit hurricane victims.

The students will raise money to benefit elementary schools in the Houston area that have been affected by Hurricane Harvey. They will be selling lollipops in the third-grade classrooms  for 50 cents apiece to fellow students and staff at South Point beginning Friday, Sept. 8 and running through Friday, Sept. 15.

The third-grade students also will create positive notes to encourage students in the Houston area when they return to school.  

For more information on the fundraiser, click on the attached link below for a flyer.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 9/7/17




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This is a reminder that Wednesday, September 6, is an early release day in the School District of Washington. All K-12 students will be released one hour early.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 9/6/17




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This is a reminder that Wednesday, August 30, is an early release day in the School District of Washington. All K-12 students will be released one hour early.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 8/30/17




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Franklin County was in the path of a total solar eclipse on Monday, Aug. 21.

A total solar eclipse occurs when the Moon comes between the Sun and Earth and casts the darkest part of its shadow on Earth. A full solar eclipse, known as totality, is almost as dark as night.

During a total eclipse of the Sun, the Moon covers the entire disk of the Sun. In partial and annular solar eclipses, the Moon blocks only part of the Sun.

The next total solar eclipse in the United States will be on April 8, 2024.

Pictures from Monday’s total solar eclipse taken from the School District of Washington Office on Locust Street are below.






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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 8/22/17




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This is a reminder that Wednesday, August 23, is an early release day in the School District of Washington. All K-12 students will be released one hour early.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 8/22/17




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A reminder that the School District of Washington will be closed Monday, Aug. 21, for the total solar eclipse.

Each student will be coming home with eclipse glasses and an informational flyer on proper usage of the eye wear when viewing the eclipse. 

Should your student arrive home with only the glasses, the informational document can be found on the attached link below or by clicking here.

Please know that some sources are stating that taking a picture of the eclipse with a cell phone may damage the internal parts of the phone. 

Also, if your child is planning on attending the City of Washington's Total Solar Eclipse event at the fairgrounds, it is advisable for them to bring their own eclipse glasses, as the supply available at the event may be limited.  

More information about the City of Washington’s eclipse events can be be found on the attached link below or by clicking here.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 8/17/17




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This is a reminder that Wednesday, August 16, is an early release day in the School District of Washington. All students will be released one hour early.

Elementary schools will dismiss at 1:45 p.m. The middle school and high school will dismiss at 2:20 p.m.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 8/16/17




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The School District of Washington held its opening ceremony for all staff members Friday, Aug. 11, at the C.J. Burger Theater at Washington High School.

Students return to the classroom for the 2017-18 school year on Tuesday, Aug. 15.

The theme of the opening ceremony was, “Back in Rhythm,” emphasizing getting back in rhythm for the new school year.  

Following the theme, some staff members showed off their talents with singing and dancing performances during the ceremony.

Superintendent Dr. Lori VanLeer gave her annual back to school message to the staff. Board of Education Vice President John Freitag also addressed the staff. The district employs over 700 teachers and staff members.

Also speaking were Campbellton Elementary Principal Jennifer Meyer on behalf of WINGS Educational Foundation and South Point Elementary Principal Aimee Harty on behalf of the United Way.

Additionally, Dawn Martin, secretary at Augusta Elementary, was named the WINGS 2017 Support Staff Person of the Year. See the photo below.


Augusta Elementary Secretary Dawn Martin, holding plaque, was named the WINGS 2017 Support Staff Person of the Year. From left are Amy Oesterly (WINGS), Dawn Martin, Casey Zastrow (WINGS) and Teresa Brockman (WINGS).

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 8/15/17




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The Total Solar Eclipse will occur on Monday, August 21, 2017. 

Due to recent statements issued by MODOT and the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department, and after meeting with our local transportation provider and Washington emergency management personnel regarding the possible number of visitors making their way to Franklin county and surrounding counties on this day, the School District of Washington will be closed on Monday, August 21. 

The event is to conclude precisely during our elementary dismissal times and thus our buses could be significantly delayed. By law, kindergarten and first grade students must have an adult present at their bus stops upon drop off; traffic congestion could create an issue in that regard for parents, and such delays impact both our elementary and secondary routes. 

Due to the unknowns pertaining to this once in a lifetime event, it is impossible for us to predict what may happen; therefore, we agree with our local emergency management and transportation personnel regarding “erring on the side of caution.” 

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. We will continue using the Total Solar Eclipse as a learning opportunity in our classrooms with lessons and other activities leading up to and proceeding the event.

Safety solar eclipse glasses will still be available for students to take home for viewing the eclipse. We strongly encourage parents to go over the safety information with their kids. We apologize for any confusion on this matter and thank you for your cooperation. 

We will make up this missed school day on Friday, May 18.

Timing and Information for Washington, MO

Washington, MO Three-Day Eclipse Celebration

Video: What Is a Solar Eclipse?

Eclipse Resources

Eclipse Eye Safety

Great American Eclipse

University of Missouri - Eclipse 2017

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 8/10/17




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In preparation for the 2017-18 school year, open houses/device deployment have been scheduled throughout buildings in the School District of Washington.

The open houses provide students and parents a chance to meet faculty members of their respective school and tour the building.

The first day of the 2017-18 school year is Tuesday, Aug. 15.

See the list below for dates and times of the open houses in the School District of Washington.

Thursday, Aug. 10

South Point Elementary: Kindergarten from 5-6 p.m. Grades 1-6 from 6-7 p.m.

Washington West Elementary: Grades K-6 from 5-7 p.m.

Campbellton Elementary: Grades K-6 from 5:30-7 p.m.

Labadie Elementary: Grades K-6 from 5:30-7 p.m.

Marthasville Elementary: Grades K-6 from 5:30-7 p.m.

Clearview Elementary: Grades 5-6 from 5:30-6:30 p.m.

Monday, Aug. 14

Four Rivers Career Center: 4-7 p.m.

Augusta Elementary: Grades K-6 from 5-6:30 p.m.

Clearview Elementary: Grades K-4 from 5:30-6:30 p.m.

Early Learning Center: 5:30-6:30 p.m.

Washington Middle School: 5:30-7 p.m. Seventh-grade parent meeting in the gymnasium at 6 p.m.

Wednesday, Aug. 23

Washington High School: Grades 9-12 from 5:30-7:30 p.m.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 8/7/17




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New Teacher Orientation for 2017-18 in the School District of Washington took place Monday, July 31, to Wednesday, August 2, at the Technology and Learning Center.

The group of teachers had a full agenda for the three-day event. Assistant Superintendent Dr. Judy Straatmann ran the training session.

Rob Landers, Larissa Bray and Rekke Berges from the SDOW’s technology department helped with training.

See the photos below of the 2017-18 new teachers in the School District of Washington.


Washington High School and Washington Middle School

Pictured are 2017-18 Washington High School and Middle School new teachers. Front row, from left, are Amy Fecke, Katelyn Dery, Rebecca Ragle, Sarah Riley, Leslie Ohse and Theresa McGowan. Back row, from left, are Tim Gates, Jacob Bisaillon, Travis Tompson, Ben Hornback, Ben Strauser and Debi Miller.  


Elementary and Early Learning Center

Pictured are 2017-18 elementary and Early Learning Center new teachers. Front row, from left, Julie Thornton, Stefanie Combs, Katrina Siefert, Sarah Bayless, Kayla Keating, Terri Mruzik, Lisa Obermark, Mandy Eckelkamp and Sara Bradshaw. Middle row, from left, are Linda Jasper, Jennifer Boyce, Jamie Knight, Shauna Jackson, Amanda Rossini, Lisa Nadler, Jessica North and Kathryn Milberg. Back row, from left, are Jillian VanLeer, Amber Carroll, Kyle Woodsmall, Julia McDonald, Stephanie Friesz, Olivia Wiegmann and Kara Loucks.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 8/1/17




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New student registration in the School District of Washington, for the elementary schools, will be held at Washington West Elementary School on Tuesday, Aug. 1, from 12-6 p.m. You do not have to re-enroll your child if they attended the School District last year. Your child does not need to be present during the registration.

If you have any questions about the enrollment process, please call Chris Marquart at the Board of Education Office at 636-231-2005. If you have questions about which school your child will attend in the fall, call Kim at the First Student Bus Company (636-239-1429).

Please bring your child’s birth certificate, immunization record and proof of residency when you are enrolling them. Enrollment forms can also be found on our district Web site on the Registration/Enrollment page.

www.washington.k12.mo.us. Click here for the enrollment form.

The 2017-18 school year begins Tuesday, Aug. 15.

Doors at elementary schools open at 7:25 a.m. and classes begin at 7:50 a.m.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 7/26/17




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Summer school for 2017 in the School District of Washington has been completed with an encouraging amount of success to the newly implemented program.

The overall theme was SOAR! Elevate to New Heights, giving students an opportunity to “soar” this summer through hands-on learning and courses that delve into math, science and reading.

Elementary students had the opportunity to choose a morning or afternoon option, attend for one week or two, or any combination of scheduling.

“The response was good. The kids really liked it. The difference was they had projects where they got to explore their learning. They have a topic and they could go with it in whatever direction they wanted. It’s almost all-hands-on projects, which made things fun for them,” said Washington West Elementary Principal Kim Hunt. “The staff noticed a big difference in the kids. With the kids doing what they wanted to do, they were more excited about what they were doing.”  

Students could experience an area of their interest, whether science, fine arts or mixing and matching.

Some of the courses offered included Fantastic Five Senses, Calling All Superheroes, Under the Sea, Happy Habits, Community Helpers, Cultural Paradise, Inventing a Better Tomorrow, Mad Scientist, Health and Fitness Fanatic, Extra! Extra! and many more.

Clearview Elementary teacher Amy Crow offered the experience of her and her students from summer school.

“My students (4th-6th grade at Clearview) enjoyed summer school. I asked them what specifically they liked and this was their answer; ‘We like summer school because you get to do fun, hands-on projects every day. During the school year, you don't have time to do that.’ "

Crow said some of the favorites from summer school included making tar pit models while learning about preserved remains during the Digging Dinos unit, the Gummy Bear Lab in which they put gummy bears in different solutions to see what happens, and the Ant Restaurant during the Mad Scientist unit.

“That was a big hit with the students,” Crow said about the Ant Restaurant. “We recorded observations every 15 minutes and concluded ants are attracted to sugar and repelled by lemon juice. They were shocked how quickly the ants covered the food. Cheese was the most popular food at our ant restaurants and they didn't care for corn starch at all.”

Washington West Elementary teachers Molly Hanify and Marie Dobson had similar experiences in their classrooms, saying the students responded well to the new program.

“The students definitely were more engaging this summer compared to past summers. The students in my class had a good time working on their project and working together to create a town. They worked on different parts of the community and we brought it all together to build the community,” Hanify said. “In my room, we just did the one big project. But we did planning, which goes into the project, so it was kind of like a step-by-step process. Every day we worked to get to the final goal to put it all together.”

Hanify said the response from students and parents was good.

“The attendance was a lot better. It also was smaller class sizes, which helped with the projects we worked on, to keep everyone here and focus on our goal in the end,” Hanify said. “I’ve talked to some parents and they said nothing but great things about what happened in the classroom during the time from dropping their students off to picking them up.”

“I loved teaching the new SOAR summer school program,” Dobson said. “I made insects and slime with my third graders and Tsunami and earthquake proof structures with my fifth and sixth graders, along with much, much more.”

There were over 400 elementary students in summer school this year, which doubled the amount from last year.

“We offered some really exciting learning opportunities this summer,” said Assistant Superintendent Dr. Judy Straatmann. “The kids still learned specific skills, but because it was hands-on and with different themes, it was a lot of fun too.”

Summer school allowed students to make friends with students who share their interests, and use technology to learn and collaborate with others.

In some of the classes, students got the chance to create art, sing, act and even put on a show.

“Once word gets out about what we’re doing, I think our summer enrollment will get even better next year and beyond,” Hunt said. “I think it helped having it at four elementary buildings. I’ve had parents tell me that the kids really liked it and enjoyed coming to school. It wasn’t a fight to get them there.”

Washington Middle School

Washington Middle School had approximately 95 to 100 students attend this summer.

“We mostly had incoming seventh-graders attending, which gave them an opportunity to experience the building and get to know some of the teachers,” said Washington Middle School Associate Principal Laura Bruckerhoff. “The kids seemed to enjoy it. Most of them stayed enrolled and very few dropped out. They took a lot of science and reading courses and were involved in fun activities that kept their interest up. Hopefully our summer enrollment will continue to grow. It’s a challenge for us because there are vacations and camps going on at the same time, and those are things kids at this age want to do.”

Middle school students were allowed to choose one, two, or three sessions during the day where they could explore something outside of their box, focus on a college or career interest, or dive into content to further their knowledge.

Middle school students also had a wide variety of courses to choose from, including Mad Scientists, Novel Engineering, History Through Hollywood, Blogging and Historical Disasters, Take a Quest, Summer Music Jays, Lights…Camera…Learning, and many more.

Washington High School

The summer school session at Washington High School also made significant strides.

The high school had approximately 250 students from WHS and surrounding schools attend summer school. The students took classes covering many content areas for credit recovery and advancement.

“Our focus this summer was really to connect and communicate with the kids even if they were taking courses online and were not on campus. We wanted a high success rate for the kids who attended and the kids who chose to go online,” said WHS Assistant Principal Mary Kleekamp. “We offered a wide range of courses, including art appreciation and Spanish. We had almost 40 kids take drivers education. We had two teachers for drivers education, so we didn’t have to turn anyone away.

“Most everything was offered online, but we had teachers here on campus every day for those kids who wanted to be here. We made sure to communicate with parents and students to let them know what to be prepared for and how things were going to be run.”

Photos below are of elementary summer school students working on various projects.




















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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 7/17/17




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The Fighting Hunger and Fueling Minds summer sack lunch program offers a free lunch every Tuesday, to any child, during the summer.  

The Tuesday free lunch program begins June 6 and will continue through August 8. There will be no lunch available on July 4.  Lunch is served from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Washington Public Library. Games and activities will be provided. Please join us for food and fun.

Additionally, families can pick up their food boxes every Tuesday from June 6 through August 8 (with the exception of July 4) at two locations:

Life Stream Church, 551 Lewis & Clark in Washington; from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and from 4 to 6:30 p.m.

K&R Market, 15971 Highway 47 in Marthasville; from 2 to 7 p.m.

Click on the attached link below for more information on the Fighting Hunger and Fueling Minds summer sack lunch program.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 6/19/17




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The Franklin County Back to School Fair, serving under-resourced families in Franklin County, will take place July 28 and 29 at First Christian Church, 150 Joel Ave., Union, MO 63084.

There will be free backpacks and school supplies for students entering kindergarten through 12 in the 2017-18 school year.

Parents must pre-register by July 5.

Click on the attached link below for more information and the registration form for the Franklin County Back to School Fair.  

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 6/19/17




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The School District of Washington's bus provider, First Student, earned a 98 percent approval rating during its annual school bus inspection.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol, which conducts the inspections, released its findings.

Click on the attached link below for the Washington Missourian's story.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 6/13/17




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The School District of Washington’s Pathways Team was involved in a three-day Project Based Learning training seminar May 30-June 1 at the district’s Technology and Learning Center.

Project Based Learning is a teaching method in which students gain knowledge and skills by working for an extended period of time to investigate and respond to an authentic, engaging and complex question, problem, or challenge.

Teachers were involved in learning the components of Project Based Learning and how to implement rigor and relevance.

Academic rigor refers to learning in which students demonstrate a thorough in-depth mastery of challenging tasks to develop cognitive skills through reflective thought, analysis, problem solving, evaluation or creativity. It’s the quality of thinking, not the quantity, that defines academic rigor, and rigorous learning can occur at any school grade and in any subject.

Relevance refers to learning in which students apply core knowledge, concepts, or skills, to solve real-world problems. Relevant learning is interdisciplinary and contextual. It is created, for example, through authentic problems or tasks, simulations, service learning, connecting concepts to current issues and teaching others.

The SDOW Pathways Team, comprised of teachers and administrators, involved in the PBL training provided peer feedback as they developed projects for students in the classroom.

Photos from the PBL training are below.









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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 6/2/17




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The closing ceremony for the School District of Washington staff was held Tuesday morning, May 23, in the CJB Theater at Washington High School.

The ceremony marked the end of the 2016-17 school year and celebrated accomplishments, presented service awards, technology recognition, recognized and thanked retirees, announced staff scholarships, and announced WINGS/The Washington Missourian Educational Excellence Award. 

Superintendent Dr. Lori VanLeer addressed the staff for both the opening and closing remarks.

Board of Education Vice President John Freitag also spoke to the staff.

Prior to the ceremony, the Board of Education and administration honored the retirees over breakfast.

The WINGS Educator of the Year, sponsored by the Missourian and two anonymous Washington High School alumni, went to Washington High School Library Media Specialist Ann Loesing, who was awarded $1,000.

Receiving the Dr. Jane and Doug Reed Scholarship for $1,000 apiece were Augusta Elementary third-grade teacher Jennifer Maune (certified staff) and South Point Elementary Paraprofessional Heather Carey (support staff).

The top selling school of the WINGS discount cards was Campbellton Elementary.

Retiring staff members are Mike Smith, Mike Scheer, Pat Moore, Misty Thomas, Martina Roth, Jenise Thomas, June Marshall, Betsy Malloy Greer, Marianne Brueggemann, Debbie Aholt, Eyvonne Steinert, Maria Althen, Kim Siem, Jenny Potter, Brenda Peters, Cindy Speer, Christy Schmich and Aurie Meyer.

Honored for 35 years of service was Kim Siem.

Honored for 30 years of service was Brenda Peters.

Honored for 25 years of service were Mike Smith, Heike Sehrt, Ann Maerli, Victoria Kallmbah and Maureen Nelson. 

Honored for 20 years of service were Kathy Rogers, Ann Heinrich, Rebecca Burns, Georgana Hagan, Cindy Speer, Jana Monzyk, Kathleen Kimberlin, Gail Dickinson, Chris Marquart, Jeanne Lauchstaedt, Matt Kroeter, Mitch Figas, Betsy Malloy Greer and Jenise Thomas.

Honored for 15 years of service were Katie Sandoval, Tim Buschmann, Julie Bell, Chris Arnold, Leslie Quint, Josh Ohm, Kelly Wood, Mary Rehmeier, Kristen Perrimann, Ann Loesing, Melissa Hoerstkamp, Dena Douglas, Alisa Yaeger, Jill Warren, Rodney Whitener, Melissa Ziegler, Dean Venardos, Lenn Clemons, Dawn Martin, Martina Roth and Gina Ruether.

Honored for 10 years of service were Nicole Obermark, Kurt Noelker, Katie Fischer, Terry Conway, Megan Brinkmann, Lisa Ruth, Erin Gaebe, Catherine Hight, Chris Gauzy, Duane Wadlow, Lisa Moore, Sherri Schaefer, Nicole Jacquin, Michelle Jacquin, Valerie Jankowski, Margaret Jennerjohn, Andy Robinson, Terry Williams, Colleen Potter, Elizabeth Kloppe, Mary Kleekamp, Latasha Aholt, Kym Blankenship and Nancy Carriker.

Completing the Teaching With Technology Leadership Academy were (Specialist Level Year 2) Kerri Flynn, Elizabeth Hobbs, Keshan Moore, Penny Heisel, Kelly Worstell, Jessica Monroig, Nicole Kottmann, Colin Flynn, Ryan Brennan, Jill Griffin, Melissa Golder and Valarie Jankowski, and Professional Level (Year 1) Ginny Gilbertsen, Glenda Leslie, Jessica May-Nilsen, Jennifer Meyer, Samantha Mitchem, Michelle Prewitt, Melanie Trentmann and Amanda Truetken.

Photos from the closing ceremony for the School District of Washington staff are below.


WINGS Educational Excellence Award

Washington High School Library Media Specialist Ann Loesing, second from left, was awarded the WINGS Educator of the Year, sponsored by the Missourian and two anonymous Washington High School alumni. From left are Amy Oesterly (WINGS), Loesing, Susan Miller Warden (Washington Missourian) and Brad Mitchell (WINGS).


Dr. Jane and Doug Reed Scholarship

Receiving the Dr. Jane and Doug Reed Scholarship for $1,000 apiece were Augusta Elementary third-grade teacher Jennifer Maune, middle left, and South Point Elementary Paraprofessional Heather Carey, middle right. Also shown are Dr. Jane Reed, far right, and Doug Reed, far left.


Retiring Staff Members

There are 18 School District of Washington staff members, accumulating 383 years of experience, who are retiring. Front row, from left, are June Marshall, Betsy Malloy Greer, Marianne Brueggemann, Debbie Aholt, Eyvonne Steinert and Maria Althen. Second row, from left, are Kim Siem, Jenny Potter, Brenda Peters, Cindy Speer, Christy Schmich, Aurie Meyer and Misty Thomas. Back row, from left, are Mike Smith, Mike Scheer and Pat Moore. Not shown are Martina Roth and Jenise Thomas.



Campbellton Top Seller of WINGS Discount Cards

The top selling school of the WINGS discount cards was Campbellton Elementary. Pictured, from left, are WINGS representative Brad Mitchell and Campbellton Elementary Principal Jennifer Meyer.


WINGS Discount Cards Fundraiser

Elementary schools and the middle school in the School District of Washington received their payouts from the WINGS discount cards program. Front row, from left, are Amy Oesterly (WINGS), Aimee Harty (South Point Principal), Mary Robertson (Augusta Principal), Kim Hunt (Washington West Principal), Jennifer Pecka (Labadie Principal), Jennifer Meyer (Campbellton Principal) and Glenda Leslie (Washington West Assistant Principal). Back row, from left, are Melanie Trentmann (South Point Assistant Principal), Laura Bruckerhoff (Washington Middle School Associate Principal), Dr. Matt Busekrus (Clearview Principal), Jocelyn Schluss (Marthasville Principal) and Brad Mitchell (WINGS).


Major Saver Program

Stacy Hontz of Major Saver, far right, presents a check to WINGS for $39,780 for the 2017 Major Saver Program. Brad Mitchell, left, and Amy Oesterly, middle, of WINGS accepts the check.


Service Awards: 30, 35 years

Honored for 35 years of service was Kim Siem, left. Honored for 30 years of service was Brenda Peters, right.


Service Awards: 25 Years

Honored for 25 years of service. Front row, from left, are Ann Maerli and Victoria Kallmbah. Back row, from left, are Heike Sehrt, Mike Smith and Maureen Nelson. 


Service Awards: 20 Years

Honored for 20 years of service. Front row, from left, are Kathy Rogers, Ann Heinrich, Rebecca Burns and Georgana Hagan. Middle row, from left, are Cindy Speer, Jana Monzyk, Kathleen Kimberlin and Gail Dickinson. Back row, from left, are Chris Marquart, Jeanne Lauchstaedt and Matt Kroeter. Not pictured are Mitch Figas, Betsy Malloy Greer and Jenise Thomas.


Service Awards: 15 Years

Honored for 15 years of service. Front row, from left, are Katie Sandoval, Tim Buschmann, Julie Bell, Chris Arnold, Leslie Quint and Josh Ohm. Middle row, from left, are Kelly Wood, Mary Rehmeier, Kristen Perrimann, Ann Loesing, Melissa Hoerstkamp, Dena Douglas and Alisa Yaeger. Back row, from left, are Jill Warren, Rodney Whitener, Melissa Ziegler, Dean Venardos and Lenn Clemons. Not pictured are Dawn Martin, Martina Roth and Gina Ruether.


Service Awards: 10 Years

Honored for 10 years of service. Front row, from left, are Nicole Obermark, Kurt Noelker, Katie Fischer, Terry Conway and Megan Brinkmann. Second row, from left, are Lisa Ruth, Erin Gaebe, Catherine Hight, Chris Gauzy and Duane Wadlow. Third row, from left, are Lisa Moore, Sherri Schaefer, Nicole Jacquin, Michelle Jacquin, Valerie Jankowski and Margaret Jennerjohn. Fourth row, from left, are Andy Robinson, Terry Williams, Colleen Potter, Elizabeth Kloppe and Mary Kleekamp. Not pictured are Latasha Aholt, Kym Blankenship and Nancy Carriker.

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Published: 6/1/17




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South Point Elementary School held its Spring Fling on Monday, May 22.

Students participated in a number of games and activities during the all-day festivities.

Photos from South Point Elementary’s Spring Fling festivities are below.













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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 5/24/17




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The School District of Washington’s WINGS Educational Foundation awarded 22 teacher grants this spring (May of 2017), totaling over $28,000.

Since 1993, a total of 998 teacher grants have been awarded by WINGS totaling $468,098.89. WINGS also has awarded two STEAM grants totaling $20,515.23.

The teachers receiving the grant, their school and their program are as follows:

*Nicole Obermark, Clearview Elementary, Building the Mind: One Book at a Time

*Jenny Meers, Four Rivers Career Center Teaching Careers, Plan and Teach Cadet Lesson

*Bridget Phelps, Clearview Elementary, Flexible Seating

*Stefanie Virgen, Washington Middle School, Washington Warriors: Building Our Community

*Nicole Machelett, Clearview Elementary, Fourth Grade Flexible

*Keli Schneider and Amy Crow, Clearview Elementary, STEM – It’s Not Just for Big Kids

*Danielle Allerdissen, Washington West Elementary, Guided Math

*Keshan Moore, Danielle Burke and Mike Brusca, Washington West Elementary, Dream Box Learning

*Miranda Straatmann, Marthasville Elementary, Get Hands On

*Ann Loesing, Washington High School, Creating and Transforming With Glowforge

*Maggie Butler, Marthasville, Augusta and Washington West, Keyboard Lab for Music

*Kerri Flynn, Washington High School, Digging Deeper, into Why We Do What We Do Through Memoir

*Kelly Stone, Labadie Elementary, Regal Reading and Writing Center

*Amanda Schweissguth, Math Coordinator, Number Sense and Fact Fluency for All

*Valerie Jankowski, Washington Middle School, Break Out the Learning With Breakout EDU

*Samantha Mitchem, Washington West Elementary, Makin’ Movies Happen

*Katie Burleson, Marthasville Elementary, Sensory/Social Emotional Survivor Kit

*Stephanie Kliethermes, Dannette Wood and Amy O’Hanlon, Early Learning Center, Ready for Reading

*Keith Thacker, Washington Middle School, Social Thinking
*Keith Thacker, Washington Middle School, Sensory Room

*Danielle Romanus, Washington West Elementary, STEAM Bins

*Karen Stafford, South Point Elementary, Our Cool Off Center

A photo of the WINGS teacher grant recipients is below.

Click on the attached link below for the WINGS Foundation web page.


WINGS Spring 2017 Teacher Grant Recipients

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Published: 5/22/17




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This is a reminder that Wednesday, May 17, is an early release day in the School District of Washington. All students will be released one hour early.

Click on the attached links below to see the early release day schedule and procedures, along with the 2016-17 academic calendar.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 5/17/17




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For students who have been issued a 1:1 device, those devices will be collected at the end of the school year.  

Seniors will turn in their devices to the HelpDesk once they have finished their last final. Seniors will turn in their devices, chargers, and bags.

Elementary students will turn in their devices to their classroom teachers during the last week of school. Elementary students will keep their bags and chargers. They will need to bring the same bag and charger with them when classes resume next year, or they cannot be issued a device.

Seventh- and ninth- through eleventh-graders will turn in their devices to the teachers of their last hour final exam. These students will also keep their bags and chargers and will need to bring them back during registration next year in order to be issued their device.

Devices will be cleaned and checked for damages over the summer. If repairs are necessary, a claim will be filed through One2OneRisk.com, and parents will be notified via email of associated fees for repairs.  

If you know your child has missing or damaged items, please have them report this to the HelpDesk, or their homeroom teacher as soon as possible so this can be addressed before the last day.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 5/15/17




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Due to widespread flooding that compromised access to the buildings in the School District of Washington May 1-5, leading to five missed school days, the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education has forgiven all five of the missed days.

As a result, the end of the year schedule remains the same. The last day of the school remains Tuesday, May 23, which is a modified day. Washington High School graduation remains Friday, May 19.

Testing, activities and events all have been rescheduled at the building level. Contact your school or building for more information.

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Published: 5/10/17




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After school district officials communicated with MODOT regarding the Missouri River Bridge and conditions across the river, the School District of Washington will be closed Friday, May 5.

MODOT is hopeful about roadways being clear by the Monday morning commute.

South Point Elementary school, although sandbagged for precaution, has water on the playground, but the building is still dry.  

We should see conditions improve over the weekend. The School District of Washington is asking the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education for a waiver in order to be forgiven for these five days of missed school. We will put out a final schedule as soon as we hear back from the department. 

The WINGS BBQ Lunch Delivery and Picnic in the Park scheduled for Friday, May 5, has been postponed and rescheduled for next Friday, May 12.

The Washington High School Prom on Saturday, May 6, is on as scheduled at Busch Stadium’s Redbird Club in St. Louis from 6:30 to 11 p.m. Charter buses will leave WHS at 5:30 p.m.

We are rescheduling a variety of things, from activities to programs and testing. We appreciate everyone’s cooperation during the Spring Flood of 2017. Now bring on the sun!

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 5/4/17




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Kindergarten celebration programs have been scheduled for the School District of Washington's seven elementary buildings.

The programs recognize kindergarten students for completing the first year at their respective schools.

See the schedule below.

School District of Washington

2017 Kindergarten Programs

May 8 – Washington West Elementary, 6:30 p.m.

May 9 – Marthasville Elementary, 1 p.m.

May 11 – Augusta Elementary, 6:30 p.m.

May 11 – Clearview Elementary, 6:30 p.m.

May 15 – Labadie Elementary, 8:45 a.m.

May 15 – South Point Elementary, 6:30 p.m.

May 16 – Campbellton Elementary, 6:30 p.m.

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Published: 5/3/17




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Washington High School’s Jordan Scheer Memorial Children’s Relay for Life took place Friday, April 28. Because of the wet weather, the festivities were moved inside to the Blue Jay Gymnasium and the Little Blue Jay Gymnasium.

The event was put together by the WHS student council and leadership class.

The theme this year was, “Around the World.” The message was that as a united world, we will conquer the cure for cancer. 

Proceeds from the event are donated to the Franklin County Relay for Life and benefit the American Cancer Society and cancer awareness.

Students in grades three through six from the School District of Washington and neighboring parochial schools participated in the event.

This year’s event chairs were seniors Madison Straatmann, Libbie Harrison and Dylan Brocato and juniors Tess Marquart, Lexi Hendricks and Jonathan Amlong.

The relay is named in honor of Jordan Scheer, a WHS graduate who lost his battle to cancer shortly after his graduation in 2005.

Photos from the event are below.



















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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 4/30/17




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Due to closures of several low lying roads and the predicted closure of Highway 47 at some point during the day, the School District of Washington will be closed on Monday, May 1.

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Published: 4/30/17




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The School District of Washington’s art show took place Sunday, April 23, in the Little Blue Jay Gymnasium at Washington High School.

A large collection of art work was on display from students throughout the district in Kindergarten through 12th grade.

Photos from the art show are below.



















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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 4/26/17




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Washington High School’s Jordan Scheer Memorial Children’s Relay for Life takes place Friday, April 28, from 4-7:30 p.m., at Scanlan Stadium on the WHS campus.

The event is put together by the WHS student council and leadership class. Proceeds are donated to the Franklin County Relay for Life and benefit the American Cancer Society and cancer awareness.

The theme this year is “Around the World.”

The registration committee designed the name tags to resemble boarding passes. The bags will include a globe/airplane design and decorations will incorporate a global theme. The message is that as a united world, we will conquer the cure for cancer. 

This year’s event chairs are seniors Madison Straatmann, Libbie Harrison and Dylan Brocato and juniors Tess Marquart, Lexi Hendricks and Jonathan Amlong.

The relay is named in honor of Jordan Scheer, a WHS graduate who lost his battle to cancer shortly after his graduation in 2005.

Third through sixth grade children from area schools will participate in the event. They must have already registered to attend.

Check-in will be held at 3:30 p.m. on the high school track the day of the event. Activities will run until approximately 7:15 p.m.

Students participating will be bused from their elementary school. There will be high school students that will meet them when they get off the bus to deliver them to their designated school area.

Students can bring some money as there will be booths and food available to purchase.

Pick up time is 7:20 p.m. by the gate at the entrance to the stadium. In the event of rain, students will be inside and can be picked up in front of the gymnasium.

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Published: 4/25/17




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Nominates are being accepted for the WINGS Educational Foundation Class of 2017 Hall of Honor for the School District of Washington.

The WINGS Hall of Honor was formed to recognize alumni, community contributors and educators who have shown exceptional personal, community or professional achievement.

*Alumni: Persons who attended the School District of Washington and have shown exceptional personal, community and/or professional achievements.

*Community Contributor: Persons whose efforts have made significant contributions to the School District of Washington.

* Educator: Teachers or administrators who were outstanding educational leaders in the School District of Washington. Five years must have passed since full-time employment or affiliation with the School District.

Click on the attached link below for the Hall of Honor nomination form.

Submit nominations to WINGS Foundation, P.O. Box 203, Washington, MO 63090.

The deadline for nominations is June 1, 2017. The Hall of Honor ceremony is scheduled for Sept. 30, 2017.

For more information, contact Brad Mitchell at 636-221-3674 or Cindy Lohmeyer 636-221-2248.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 4/23/17




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On the Spot SDOW will highlight, at random, three employees a month from Certified Staff, Support Staff and Administration/Counseling. The purpose is to recognize and acknowledge the outstanding professionals we have in our District who are leading the way for our students.

The April 2017 On the Spot SDOW recipients are Bridget Phelps, Tracy Helm and Anthony James.

Phelps is a second-grade teacher at Clearview Elementary. Helm is a school counselor at Washington Middle School. James is a service worker for the School District of Washington.

See the profiles of each On the Spot SDOW recipient below.

 

Tracy Helm

Tracy Helm, school counselor at Washington Middle School, is wrapping up her fifth year with the School District of Washington. She’s been in the counseling field for over 20 years, previously working at Lindbergh High School, Jefferson College, Southwest Missouri State University (now Missouri State), East Central College and Washington University in St. Louis. She owns a Bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Missouri-Rolla (now Missouri S&T) and a Master’s degree in counseling at Missouri State. Helm was born and raised in Saskatchewan, Canada, and has dual citizenship between Canada and the United States.

 

*How would you describe yourself as a person?

“I am kind and generous. I have a lot of empathy toward people. And I think that carries over into what I do in the counseling field.”

 

*Describe your job duties

“I work in a school setting primarily with students. We work on their academic or their social and emotional needs. That can be anything from scheduling of classes to academic concerns, all the way into peer friendships, difficulties at home, and just really looking at the student as a whole person.”


*Best part about your job?

“There’s something new every day and being able to see the kids improve and mature during their time at the middle school.”

 

*What would you like other staff members and parents in the district to know about Washington Middle School?

“Well I feel that the middle school is the best building in the district. It’s a unique time for our students. They are transitioning from being children into preparing them to being young adults. It can be seen as a difficult time. I love to work with kids in this age because you really do see them mature.”

 

*Hobbies?

“I am a mother of three kids - one boy (Grayson, 15) and two girls (Gabbie, 13, and Izzy, 10) and they’re all very active. So a lot of my time is focused on getting them where they need to go.”

 

*Do you believe in ghosts?

“I’m a little scared to answer that.”

 

*Would you rather be rich or healthy?

“Healthy.”

 

*Favorite music to listen to? Favorite artist?

“Pop music. I listen to whatever the kids have on the radio. I will admit that I like it. I like Selena Gomez, Taylor Swift, and all of those pop artists. Those aren’t my son’s choices of music.”

 

I*f you could witness any event of the past, present or future, what would it be?

“To see the first woman cast their ballot in an election.”

 

*What did you want to be when you were growing up?

“I wanted to be a teacher.”

 

*If you could trade places with anyone in the school district for a week, who would it be?

“Someone in a classroom at the Early Learning Center with the youngest kiddos.”

 

*What’s your favorite time of the school year?

“The beginning. Everyone is rested from the summer. It’s exciting for the kids - new school supplies, new teachers. There’s a lot of hope.”

 

*How would you describe Washington, Mo., to someone who’s never been here?

“Washington today is so different than when I moved here 12 years ago. It’s really grown. The diversity is growing, which I really love. It has everything you need. It’s a very caring community. People really seem to ban together to help each other.”

 

*Who’s someone that you admire?

“My mom because she shows that you can be quietly strong.”

 

*Plans for the summer?

“Traveling back to Canada and also to the beach.”


Tracy Helm

 

 

Anthony James

Anthony “AJ” James, school based social service worker for the School District of Washington, has been with the district for three years. He previously worked for the Missouri Department of Social Services in the children’s division for seven years. AJ hails from Blue Eye, a small town south of Branson, and is a graduate of Blue Eye High School, which had 40 students in his graduating class. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in criminology from Southwest Missouri State University (now Missouri State) and currently is working on his Master’s degree in counseling from Missouri Baptist University, which he will complete in June.

 

*How would you describe yourself as a person?

“Hard working, energetic and a good listener. I handle my job duties by responding to wherever I’m needed and try to deal with whatever crisis is going on with as little stress as possible. If I go in stressed, it just amps the situation up even more.”

 

*Describe your job duties

“Part of my job duties are overseeing the ‘Fighting Hunger, Fueling Minds food program. I help get clothes to kids who need clothes. Recently I was able to work with other agencies to purchase beds for children who were in need. Just anything the kids might be in need of, I work with other agencies to obtain them.”


*Best part about your job?

“Working with the kids. I get to meet and interact with a lot of different kids in a lot of different situations.”

 

 

*What would you like other staff members and parents in the district to know about working in the social services field for the school district?

“There seems to be people who do not know that I am here or what I do. I enjoy working for the school district. The first year was tough because there were families who thought I still worked for the children’s division and not the school district. I had to build those relationships and show them what I was here for.”

 

*Hobbies?

“I like to play basketball, water ski and hang out with my family.”

 

*Do you believe in ghosts?

“Yes I do.”

 

*Would you rather be rich or healthy?

“That’s a tough one. I’m going to go with healthy.”

 

*Favorite music to listen to? Favorite artist?

“Recently I’ve been listening to the radio station 96.3. It’s kind of today’s music. It’s what the kids listen to. I like to stay current. I like a lot of different artists.”

 

*If you could witness any event of the past, present or future, what would it be?

“I’m a Kansas City Chiefs fan, so I’d like to see the Chiefs win the Super Bowl.”

 

*What did you want to be when you were growing up?

“I wanted to work for the FBI. That’s where my degree in criminology came from.”

 

*If you could trade places with anyone in the school district for a week, who would it be?

“Dr. (Lori) VanLeer. I’d like to see what goes on at the district office and walk in her shoes.”

 

*What’s your favorite time of the school year?

“October and November is a time where the kids really dive in and are engaged in what they are doing.”

 

*How would you describe Washington, Mo. to someone who’s never been here?

“I’ve been in the area for 10 years. It’s a really tight-knit community.”

 

*Who’s someone that you admire?

“My grandma. She’s one of the hardest workers I’ve known. She worked in public education for 43 years as a reading specialist. She taught a lot of kids how to read.”

 

*Plans for the summer?

“I’m going to finish my Master’s degree and spend time with my family at the lake. My parents live about a mile from Table Rock Lake.”


Anthony James

 

Bridget Phelps

Bridget (Brune) Phelps, a second-grade teacher at Clearview Elementary School, is a 2006 graduate of Washington High School. She attended the School District of Washington as a student all the way through K-12, including K-6 at Campbellton Elementary. Phelps owns a Bachelor’s degree in early childhood education from Central Methodist University. This is her fourth year as a teacher with the SDOW. Her first year was as a first-grade teacher at Clearview, then she spent two years at South Point Elementary as a kindergarten teacher before going back to Clearview as a second-grade teacher this school year. Bridget and her husband, Calab, have a 13-month old son, Wyatt.

 

*How would you describe yourself as a person and a teacher?

“I’m very energetic and outgoing. I try to get my kids excited in the morning about the day. I try to make sure everyone is involved. I’m not a paper-pencil teacher. I like to have them up and going throughout the day, otherwise it makes for a long day. The kids get a lot of choices – they get to choose where they sit. They get to choose where they want to go for station time. I feel like giving them the choice for some things, when it’s time for things they have to do, they’re more willing to do it.”

 

*Describe your job duties

“I teach 7- and 8-year olds.”

 

*Best part about your job?

“The kids and seeing their excitement, whether it’s getting something right or just coming in for the day.”

 

*What would you like other staff members and parents in the district to know about Clearview Elementary?

“It’s a very homey school. It’s very well connected. Everybody works with everybody. It might seem like a bigger school from the outside, but when you come in, it doesn’t feel like that. Everybody knows everybody. All of the kids know each other. They all play with each other. They all live by each other. The families all know each other. I went to Campbellton Elementary as a student and I feel like this is Campbellton, only a little bigger. You have the same country feel, only more kids.”

 

*Hobbies?

“Hunting and fishing. We’re an outdoors family. My parents had three girls and no boys. My dad is huge on the outdoors, so he made sure his girls were too.”

 

*Do you believe in ghosts?

“No.”

 

*Would you rather be rich or healthy?

“Healthy.”

 

*Favorite music to listen to? Favorite artist?

“Country. I don’t really have a favorite artist.”

 

*If you could witness any event of the past, present or future, what would it be?

“I would love to have witnessed the first man on the moon, Neil Armstrong. That would be really cool.”

 

*What did you want to be when you were growing up?

“A nurse when I was younger and then I grew into wanting to be a teacher. My mom is a nurse, so I just wanted to do what she was doing. I finally realized that I don’t like blood, so that probably wasn’t the best field to go in to.”

 

*If you could trade places with anyone in the school district for a week, who would it be?

“Dr. (Dawn) Hellebusch at the Early Learning Center. I would like to see how they do things with the younger children, especially having one of my own in that age group.”

 

*What’s your favorite time of the school year?

“Later in the fall before winter. The kids know what’s going on, so they’re not new, but they’re not tired of school yet, either. They’re very excited about everything, and that’s every grade level.”

 

*How would you describe Washington, Mo. to someone who’s never been here?

“Washington is such a good town. We welcome everybody. We all stick together. Even though we have our rivalry with Borgia, look what’s happening now with a girl from Borgia who has cancer and everybody is rallying around her. A couple of years ago when the big storm blew through at the fair and messed up a ton of things, there were so many people out there the next morning helping to put things back together. They didn’t call anybody, people just showed up to help. That just shows what Washington is like. We put everything aside to help somebody else.”

 

*Who’s someone that you admire?

“My parents, Paul and Gretchen. They’re both hard-working and are all about family. They would do anything for anybody.”

 

*Plans for the summer?

“Hanging out with Wyatt. I’m a nanny for a family, and Wyatt will be with me.”


Bridget Phelps with her second-grade students at Clearview Elementary.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 4/21/17




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The Second Annual Battle of the Books took place at Washington Middle School on Thursday, April 13.

Battle of the Books is a reading incentive program for grades 4-6 in which teams are encouraged to read all 12 Missouri Mark Twain award nominees and then participate in the battle to see which team knows the most about the books.  

All of the questions in the competition began with the words “In which book” and the correct answer  always was the title.

There were five rounds consisting of 10 questions in each round.

Students in grades 4-6 from all seven elementary buildings in the School District of Washington participated.

Overall, a total of 117 students participated, making up 26 teams.

South Point Elementary had six teams represented at the event. Washington West Elementary and Campbellton Elementary both had five teams. Marthasville Elementary had four teams. Clearview Elementary had three teams. Labadie Elementary had two teams. Augusta Elementary had one team.

The first-place team was SLAM (Lydia Bush, Alexandria Missey, Margaret Figas and Stella Secor) from Campbellton Elementary.

The second-place team was Pack Dorketts (Hanna Roady, Rachel Derner, Melaina Pellin and Mya Wardwell) from Washington West Elementary.
The third-place team was Hawaiian Readers (Claire Hellebusch, MacKenzie Walter, Brooklyn Hunt, Lily Schmitt and Kristen Meyer) from Marthasville Elementary​.

Click on the attached link below for photos from the Battle of the Books.


First-Place Team

The first-place team was SLAM (Lydia Bush, Alexandria Missey, Margaret Figas and Stella Secor) from Campbellton Elementary.


Second-Place Team

The second-place team was Pack Dorketts (Hanna Roady, Rachel Derner, Melaina Pellin and Mya Wardwell) from Washington West Elementary.


Third-Place Team

The third-place team was Hawaiian Readers (Claire Hellebusch, MacKenzie Walter, Brooklyn Hunt, Lily Schmitt and Kristen Meyer) from Marthasville Elementary​.

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Published: 4/18/17




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The WINGS Educational Foundation will host its annual Family Picnic in the Park Barbeque to raise money for teacher grants for the School District of Washington on Friday, May 5, from 4-7 p.m. at the Washington Fairgrounds.

There will be family-friendly activities in addition to great food. Two bounce houses along with balloon twisters, barrel train rides, face painting and alpacas will be on hand for the event.

There will be musical entertainment provided by Washington High School and Washington Middle School students.

The adult menu will be a choice of chicken, pork steak, pulled pork or pulled pork nachos. Dinners include baked beans, potato salad, cookie and drink.

The children menu will be a choice of pork burger, hot dog or nachos. Dinners include chips, cookie and drink.

Advance tickets are on sale at $8 for adults and $4 for children. Tickets also will be available at the event for $10 for adults and $5 for children.

Click on the attached link below for the picnic order form, which also are available at each school, the district office on Locust Street and the WINGS office at the Four Rivers Career Center.

Children can return the order forms to their teachers or building secretary. Order forms also can be returned to the WINGS office at the Four Rivers Career Center.

Children can return the order forms to their teachers or building secretary. Order forms also can be returned to the WINGS office at the Four Rivers Career Center. Orders are due by May 2.

WINGS BBQ Lunch

Businesses in the Washington area can order lunch from the WINGS BBQ lunch delivery on Friday, May 5.

Box lunches are $7, which includes a sandwich (pulled pork, pork steak or pork burger) chips and a cookie. WINGS volunteers will deliver the lunches. If your company has a tight lunch schedule, we suggest picking the lunches up at the fairgrounds.

Order forms can be sent to Becky Cox at the Four Rivers YMCA by e-mail at becky.cox@gwrymca.org, or by fax at 636-239-5759. Orders are due by April 27.

Click on the attached links below for the lunch order form and the picnic order form.



 

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Published: 4/17/17




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South Point Elementary School held a Jump Rope for Heart recognition assembly on Wednesday, April 12,

Students were recognized for their achievement in the Jump Rope for Heart program and special recognition was given to Tyler Francis, Hayden Elfrank and Lily McHugh, who raised the most money.

Francis, a first-grade student, raised $1,185. Elfrank, a fourth-grade student at South Point, raised $775. McHugh, a kindergarten student, raised $500. The students received a gift basket for their efforts.

A total of $7,110 was raised by South Point Elementary for Jump Rope for Heart – American Heart Association.

There were 87 South Point students who participated, and 17 of them raised more than $100.

The South Point staff raised money from their jeans and T-shirt days. Student T-shirt sales raised money.

On hand for the assembly was Jen Rogers from the American Heart Association.

Pictures below are of South Point Elementary’s Jump Rope for Heart recognition assembly.


The top sellers for South Point Elementary’s Jump Rope for Heart fundraiser were to Tyler Francis, front left, Hayden Elfrank, front center, and Lily McHugh, front right. Back row, from left, are South Point Elementary staff members Adam Meyer and Georgana Hagan and Jen Rogers from the American Heart Association.

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Published: 4/13/17




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WINGS is celebrating “25 Years Investing in Kids” this school year. To celebrate their 25th Anniversary on April 12, the day WINGS was established, they delivered flowers and cards to School District of Washington staff members who were recognized by a co-worker, student, parent, friend, family member or community member.

The registration process to recognize a staff member lasted over two months. Over 200 flowers were delivered by WINGS representatives throughout the SDOW on April 12.

Proceeds went toward teacher grants, which enable teachers to bring new and innovative programs to the classroom that cannot be funded by the school district.

Photos of staff members from South Point Elementary and the district office receiving flowers and cards are below.








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Published: 4/12/17




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The School District of Washington recently held its second World Cultural Night at Washington West Elementary.

Several of the students in the ELL (English Language Learners) program shared informational power points or projects on their culture. Some of students also demonstrated and played cultural games with the guests. 

Families had several local resources and services to visit with, including the Washington Public Library, Parents as Teachers, YMCA Adult Literacy Program, and the Human Rights Task Force for Franklin County.  

The ELL Department and Human Rights Task Force had several school related items that were raffled off. 

Each family brought a traditional food from their native country and recipe to share.  

The school district provided pizza and the cultural food was shared buffet style.

It was a lively event with students proudly sharing their traditional dress with one another. The message of the night was one of acceptance.

Photos from the School District of Washington’s World Cultural Night are below.











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Published: 4/6/17




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Musica Primaeva, South Point Elementary’s select after school music ensemble taught by Karen Stafford, will participate in Missouri's Fine Arts Education Day in Jefferson City on Wednesday, March 29.

The students will participate in a mass concert, visit with Rep. Justin Alferman, tour the Governor's Mansion, and perform on the Governor's Lawn. 

The group, consisting of 3-6 graders, is an Orff Ensemble and taught through an approach developed by composers and educators Carl Orff and Gunild Keetman. 

Click on the attached links below for more information on the event and more on the Orff approach.

Photos of South Point Elementary’s Musica Primaeva are below.



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Published: 3/17/17




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Washington Middle School seventh-grade student Jack Sullentrup and South Point Elementary sixth-grade student Madison Hawkins were recognized by the Washington Optimist Club as the March “Let Your Optimism Shine” award recipients during its awards luncheon on Wednesday, March 15.

The Washington Optimist Club recognizes students each month for the “Let Your Optimism Shine” award.

Principals and teachers nominate students for the award who exemplifies the Optimist’s creed.

Click on the attached link below for photos of Sullentrup and Hawkins receiving the award from the Optimist Club.

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On the Spot SDOW will highlight, at random, three employees a month from Certified Staff, Support Staff and Administration/Counseling. The purpose is to recognize and acknowledge the outstanding professionals we have in our District who are leading the way for our students.

The March 2017 On the Spot SDOW recipients are Jennifer Maune, Chris Redd and Pat Moore.

Maune is a third-grade teacher at Augusta Elementary. Redd is the Practical Nursing Coordinator at Four Rivers Career Center and Health Services Administrator for the SDOW. Moore is an Administrative Assistant to the Assistant Superintendent of Personnel and Support Services.

See the profiles of each On the Spot SDOW recipient below.

 

Chris Redd

Chris Redd, Practical Nursing Coordinator and Health Services Administrator, is a graduate of Washington High School. She attended Lutheran School of Nursing in St. Louis and holds a Masters Degree in Nursing Education from Western Governors University. This is her 16th year with the School District of Washington. She’s been a nurse for 25 years.

 

*Describe your job duties

“I run the nursing program, so I’m in charge of day-to-day student life with them. I teach in the classroom. I do clinical with my students. I recruit and bring in new students. I test for students. On the health services side, I’m in charge of the 10 district nurses that we have. I schedule them. I do the day-to-day calls and evaluations, covering for their shifts and everything else involving them. So I kind of wear two hats.”

 

*Best part about your job?

“The teaching part. When I was a kid, I wanted to be either a teacher or a nurse. I went to nursing school. So now I get to teach nurses, which is the best part. I enjoy going out in the community and see my former students be nurses.”

 

*How would you describe yourself as a person and a teacher?

“Very detail-oriented, very organized, which I think is something all nurses have to be. I try to show that so my students see that. Once you get into nursing, if you’re not organized, it’s not going to work.”

 

*What would you like other staff members and parents in the district to know about the Four Rivers Career Center?

“It’s a whole different animal because we’re working with people who were teachers second, and worked in the industry first. It’s like working in an auto shop with some welders and carpenters running around. It’s not like a regular classroom or a regular school setting. We don’t have a lunch room. We have a bunch of talented people doing their thing. I can look out my window and see a forklift driving by dodging cars in the parking lot. You just never know what you’re going to see around here.”

 

*Why should students who are thinking about the Four Rivers Career Center give it a chance?

“It’s not your normal school environment. A lot of kids and adults aren’t cut out to go to a four-year college, so we give people an opportunity to get a good job and a good career after school. They can leave here and get a good job without that college setting.”

 

*Hobbies?

“I have two teenage kids, so I spend a lot of my time running them around. I used to play tennis a lot and I’d like to do that again eventually.”

 

*Do you have any long-range career goals?

“I will always be a teacher. When I retire, I still would like to stay in nursing - maybe work at the hospital for a couple of hours or be a substitute for the school nurses. I’d like to use my nursing license to go on one of those Honduras trips, and help the people there. That would be an incredible experience.”

 

*What’s your favorite time of the school year?

“We are all year long, so it would probably be that June and July time, when my students are starting to look for jobs and getting ready to take boards, and they’re getting ready to graduate. It’s a time where they’re stress is lifting a little. So probably those last couple of months of school for my students.”

 

*How long could you go without Internet access?

“Five minutes. When the computers go down here, I freak out. Personally or professionally, not long.”

 

*If you could sit down with your 15-year old self, what would you tell her?

“Don’t ever get a credit card. Study a little harder in school so there are more scholarship opportunities. Pay attention to what is going on around you.”

 

*What was your first job?

“I worked at Happy Apple putting lids on the four packs.”

 

*Mountain Hideaway or Beach House?

“I used to live in Colorado. How about a mountain hideaway during the summer and a beach house during the winter?”

 

*Scary Movie or Comedy?

“Definitely a comedy. I can’t watch scary movies.”

 

*Favorite holiday?

“Thanksgiving because I like to cook and eat.”


Chris Redd

 

Pat Moore

Pat Moore, Administrative Assistant to the Assistant Superintendent of Personnel and Support Services, is in her 17th and final year at the School District of Washington. She will retire at the end of July. Moore is a graduate of Montgomery County High School and earned a Secretarial Degree from Sanford-Brown College.

 

*Describe your job duties

“Supporting Dr. (Rachael) Franssen. (Assistant Superintendent). I schedule interviews, work on background checks, I’m in charge of required training. I help with Challenge, Section 504. I work on a number of different things.

 

*Best part about your job?

“I really like what I do. It was a hard decision to decide to retire. The best part is working with Rachael and helping her with different situations that come up. That’s what I like doing the best. I really like working with people and solving problems.”

 

*How would you describe yourself as a person?

“I’m a hard worker who is very organized. I like to stay very busy. I think I’m kind and generous and I really like helping people.”

 

*What would you like other staff members and parents in the district to know about working at the District Office at Locust Street?

“I work with a great group of people. We have really important things that we handle here.”

 

*Hobbies?

“I have a lot of hobbies. They’re all old, grandma kind of things. I am a basket weaver. I teach basket weaving classes, and I also quilt.”

 

*What are you most looking forward to about retirement?

“Having more time and being able to do my basket weaving teaching classes. I’m looking forward to spending more time with my grand-kids. I have five grand-kids.”

 

What’s your favorite time of the school year?

“Once we get past the beginning of the school year and everything is rolling like a well-oiled machine. I also like this time of the year, in the spring, when we start hiring. A lot of times when you give people a job, it’s a life-changing thing for them in a good way.”

 

*How long could you go without Internet access?

“I don’t have Internet at home, but I have it at work. Maybe half a day at work until I would really need it.”

 

*If you could sit down with your 15-year old self, what would you tell her?

“To think harder about going to college and becoming a teacher. I like being a secretary, but I should have been a teacher. That’s why I teach basket weaving.”

 

*What was your first job?

“I was a back-up cook at Nickerson Farms in High Hill, Missouri, close to wear I grew up in Bellflower. It’s about 15 miles north of Warrenton in Montgomery County. I grew up on a farm. My parents raised 10 kids (9 of them girls) on 200 acres. We were farm girls. My dad worked us like boys. We had to put up hay and do that kind of stuff. I still complain about that.”

 

*Mountain Hideaway or Beach House?

“Beach house. I love walking on the beach at night.”

 

*Scary Movie or Comedy?

“Comedy, but I’d rather watch a love story. I never watch scary movies.”

 

*Favorite holiday?

“Thanksgiving because I get to together with my family and visit without all of the hoopla.”

 

*How would you sum up your career with the School District of Washington?

“It’s been great. This is the best job I’ve ever had. I feel very fortunate that I’ve had the opportunity to work at Locust Street with the administrators. It’s been a wonderful 17 years. I really thought long and hard before I decided to retire. It was hard to make the decision to leave. I’m not leaving because I don’t like my job. I really love my job.”


Pat Moore

 

 

 

Jennifer Maune

Jennifer Maune, third-grade teacher at Augusta Elementary, is a graduate of St. Francis Borgia High School. She attended the University of Missouri and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management and also holds a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Central Methodist. From William Woods University, she holds a Master’s degree in Administration, a Specialist degree and is two classes away from a Doctorate. This is Maune’s fourth year with the SDOW, all at Augusta Elementary. She also taught elementary at the Union and Francis Howell school districts. She’s been in education for 13 years. She worked at Boeing for three years before going into teaching.

 

*Best part about your job?

“I get to make an impact with my students every day in different way. Trying to see what they need from me to be successful on that day is the best part.”

 

*How would you describe yourself as a person and a teacher?

“I would consider myself very multi-task oriented, high energy, friendly and passionate about my job and about what I do. I love education. I love teaching. I love being a mom (four children ages 4,6,8 and 10- two boys and two girls).”

 

 

*What would you like other staff members and parents in the district to know about Augusta Elementary?

“We’re a school of about 150 students. Every staff member knows every child’s name, and we know a little bit about them because we focus on building relationships. We are a small, rural, country school where we focus on doing things the right way and we focus on perseverance so the students are able to have that sense of success.”

 

*Do you have any long-range career goals?

“I really enjoy teaching, which I feel will make me an effective principal. I love making an impact with the students. Long-term goals are to be a principal within the district and eventually assistant superintendent sometime within my career. I would love to focus on curriculum instruction because I feel that’s what makes the biggest impact regarding students and staff. My philosophy is doing what makes sense for students and staff. If we’re all on the same page, then we’re always doing what’s best for the students.”

 

*What’s your favorite time of the school year?

“Right about now because we have spring training starting. Some of my favorite sports are starting up. The kids have been hunkered in the classroom for the past couple of months, so now they’re starting to go outside again. They’re starting to transform into students for their next grade level. It’s neat to see them make that transition into future fourth-graders. It’s awesome to see them have that level of independence, ownership and confidence.”

 

*Hobbies?

“Being with my family. I take my kids on field trips almost every day during the summer. I love being outside. I play competitive softball.”

 

*How long could you go without Internet access?

“I was one of the last people to make the transition to the iPhone. I was a flip phone girl. I didn’t think I needed it. I’m more of a people and relationships person. But I’m now on Twitter and Facebook and learning that. I teach with technology, and I can’t go back. So I need Internet in my classroom.”

 

*If you could sit down with your 15-year old self, what would you tell her?

“You have a great life ahead of you. Things do happen for a reason, even though I might be wondering now why I went to Mizzou and majored in business when I ended up not staying at Boeing. But I kind of operate my classroom from a business perspective. I have that real world connection that I bring to the classroom, and for that, I’ll forever be grateful.”

 

*What was your first job?

“I was a golf caddy at Boone Valley in Augusta. I was the first female to get the Evans Scholarship (given to golf caddys) in the state of Missouri. It was a full ride to Mizzou for a golf caddy. I was the first female at Mizzou to get it, so they didn’t know what to do with me because there were 40 guys and one female. So they put me up in a dorm the first semester, and then I told them that I need to be with the rest of the group, so I moved in with the boys. It was wonderful. I wouldn’t change a thing. I would recommend being a golf caddy to everyone. It’s good exercise and a great networking opportunity. The people you meet are amazing.”

 

*Mountain Hideaway or Beach House?

“Mountain hideaway.”

 

*Scary Movie or Comedy?

“Comedy. I hate scary movies.”

 

*Favorite holiday?

“Thanksgiving because we go to my Aunt Darla’s and we shoot clay birds, we have a hay ride, a giant bonfire, play poker, have a big meal, and we’re just all together. My second favorite holiday is Christmas  because of the break and the time I get to spend with my family. But I’m not a fan of snow and ice.”


Jennifer Maune


Jennifer Maune with her third-grade students at Augusta Elementary.

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Published: 3/17/17




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Washington High School Project Lead The Way Introduction to Biomedical Science high school teacher Krista Williams recently invited the Elementary Challenge first- and second-graders, taught by Michelle Bobo and Jana Monzyk, to the fifth-hour high school PLTW Biomed class to a learning lab on the study of the heart.  

The lab was set up with stations in which the high school students guided an activity involving the elementary students on the intricacies of how the heart works.

The stations gave the students the opportunity to listen to their heartbeat using stethoscopes, determine their blood pressure with the use of a sphygmomanometer (blood pressure cuff), and witness the electrical activity of their heart by performing an EKG.  

In addition, the students were given the opportunity to observe, sketch and hold a sheep’s heart.  

The elementary students also participated in activities testing the effect of exercise on heart rate.  

They also recreated the heart’s beating action by squeezing a tennis ball and recording the number of pulses, or work, their own heart does in one minute.  

At another station, the first- and second-graders were challenged with “pumping” as much blood as a human heart does in one minute by transferring water between buckets with cups.  

All of the students were involved and active. Both of the classes, high school and elementary students, are utilizing Project Lead The Way curriculum. The curriculum is designed using cross-disciplinary activities which promote problem-solving, critical and creative thinking, communication and collaboration.  

The first- and second-grade Challenge students are engaged in the module in which they explore the relationship between structure and function in the human body. The high school students are currently working through a unit on Cardiovascular function and disease.  

The first- and second-grade students enjoy the interaction with the older kids and came away with specifics about the heart by experiencing simulations, experiments and observations.

The high school students love working with the younger students and through their explanations of the labs and activities, develop a deeper understanding of the concepts that they are learning in class.

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Published: 3/15/17




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South Point Elementary held its third- and fourth-grade musical programs on Monday, March 13.

Under the direction of South Point music teacher Karen Stafford, the third-grade program took place first followed by the fourth-grade performance.

Students in both grades performed a number of songs and poems, and even dressed in their specific character, during the performances.

Pictures from the third-grade musical program are below.  









 

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Published: 3/14/17




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Family Reading Night, an annual free community celebration of reading, was held at Washington Middle School on Friday, March 3. It was the 17th year for the reading event, sponsored by The School District of Washington, The Washington Missourian and Washington Optimist Club.

The theme for the 2016 Family Reading Night was “Bedtime Stories.”

Children’s author Sherri Rinker was the featured author.

The guest readers were:

Junior Optimists International, WHS JOI Club;

State Rep. Justin Alferman;

WHS Girls Cross Country;

South Point Elementary Principals Aimee Harty and Melanie Trentmann;

Vocalist Cheryl Pecka;

Matt Coleman and Tom Dillon with the Washington Fire Department;

Sign Language Reading;

Washington Town & Country Fair Queen Court;

WHS Football Team;

WHS Wrestling Team;

EdRising, Teacher Cadet Program

St. Francis Borgia Starry Knights;

Officer Eric Saavadra, Washington Police Department;

Sheba & Immanuel Lutheran Comfort Dog Team;

Four Rivers Family YMCA;

Melissa Brinker, Our Lady of Lourdes School;

Parents as Teachers Educators;

Washington Mayor Sandy Lucy;

Cast of Shrek, East Central College;

Grace’s Place Crisis Nursery.

The Washington Police Department performed their annual skit, which involved Chief Ed Menefee, Detectives Kevin Blackburn and Betsy Schulze, and Officers Doug Tollison, Mindy Schmelz and Kyle Biesemann performing Goldilocks and the Three Bears.

Photos from Family Reading Night are below.















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Published: 3/7/17




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South Point Elementary School held a spelling bee for students in grades four through six on Friday, March 3.

A select group of students participated in the spelling bee, which took place in the gymnasium with third-, fourth-, fifth- and sixth-grade students and teachers watching.

Vincent Hoang, a fifth-grade student, was the winner of the spelling bee. Francisco Guerro, a sixth-grade student, was the second-place finisher.

Hoang will represent South Point Elementary at The Washington Missourian Regional Spelling Bee Saturday, April 22, at East Central College.

Photos of the South Elementary spelling bee competition and the two finalists are below.


Spelling Bee Finalists

Finalists for the South Point Elementary spelling bee, from left, were Francisco Guerro (runner-up) and Vincent Hoang (winner).








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Sixth-grade students from across the School District of Washington recently attended the second part of a Student Leadership Summit in St. Louis.

Topics included social media, avoiding negative relationships, and overcoming obstacles to be an agent of change.

See the photo below of sixth-grade students from the School District of Washington at the Student Leadership Summit.

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Published: 3/1/17




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Washington Middle School hosted a scholar bowl tournament for middle school and elementary teams on Saturday, Feb. 25.  

The Elementary division had 15 teams from seven districts. Teams were placed into two brackets, one of seven and one of eight.  

Washington A was second in their prelim bracket at 6-1, losing to eventual champ West C, and beat Hallsville for third overall.

Team members were Lily Brickel, Emma Coleman, Rachel Derner and Grady Nuckolls. 

Washington B was third in their prelim bracket and lost their final against West A to finish sixth overall.

Team members were Lydia Bush, Madelyn Sheets (No. 9 scorer) and Kendal Warren.

Washington C was eighth in their prelim bracket. They faced a bye in the final match.

Team members were Alex Bodak, Isaac Burr, Andru Hommes-Clarke, and Donovan McDaniel

Washington D was fourth in their prelim bracket and lost their final game against CIS B to finish eighth overall.

Team members were Ivy Jacquin, Addison Walch, Ally Willming, and Deven Yeary (No. 7 scorer in her first-ever tournament)

The Middle School Division had 24 teams. Teams were placed into four groups of six. The top two from each bracket went into two playoff pools, and the winners of those played in the final. 

WMS C went 3-5 to finish 12th overall. 

Team members were Silas Clements, Madison Godefroid, Kyle Meyer, Natalie Oesterly, Harsh Patel, Molly Schaedler, Owen Spreckelmeyer and Hayden Thiemann (No. 6 scorer in prelims).

WMS B was second in prelims, and second in their playoff bracket, but lost the final match against West A for fourth overall.
Team members were Leo Bergin IV, Evan Courtaway, Max Grimes (No. 6 scorer in prelims) and Katlynn Miller.

WMS A won their prelims and playoff pools, and beat Hallsville 440-240 (their closest match of the day) to win the tournament at 9-0.

Team members were Kaleb Burr (No. 10 scorer in prelims), Samantha Doepker, Zach Miesner (No. 6 scorer in prelims) and Michael Lampe.


WMS A team members were Kaleb Burr (No. 10 scorer in prelims), Samantha Doepker, Zach Miesner (No. 6 scorer in prelims) and Michael Lampe.

High School National Rankings

The national rankings for quiz bowl were updated Saturday, Feb. 25.

The Washington High School A team moved up from No. 26 to No. 15 in the country.

Also entering the top 200 was WHS B coming in at No. 190.

Eight teams from Missouri are ranked in the top 200 nationally, and two of them are from Washington High School.

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Published: 2/27/17




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On the Spot SDOW will highlight, at random, three employees a month from Certified Staff, Support Staff and Administration/Counseling. The purpose is to recognize and acknowledge the outstanding professionals we have in our District who are leading the way for our students.

The February 2017 On the Spot SDOW recipients are Lynne Kuchem, Joe Dierks and Julie McBride.

Dierks is an assistant principal at Washington High School. McBride is a third-grade teacher at Washington West Elementary. Kuchem is the secretary at Campbellton Elementary.

See the profiles of each On the Spot SDOW recipient below.

 

Lynne Kuchem

Lynne Kuchem, the secretary at Campbellton Elementary, is a graduate of St. Francis Borgia High School and attended East Central College. She has been with the SDOW for 13 years, all as the secretary at Campbellton Elementary.

 

*How would you describe yourself as a person?

“I’m very family oriented and I’m a fun-loving person.”

 

*Describe your job duties?

“Attendance, answering the door, answering the phone. Some days it’s helping with lunch aide, scanning in the lunch room, taking care of the lunch money. Basically anything anybody needs.”


*Best part about your job?

“The kids, and the people I work with. We’re like a big family here. I love my job.”

 

*What would you like other staff members and parents in the district to know about Campbellton Elementary?

“It’s a great place. It’s small and its very community and family oriented. Everybody really gets along.”

 

*Hobbies?

“I like to flower garden. I like to read. But above all, I like to spend time with my grand-kids, and my kids. I have five grand-kids ranging in age from 1 to 9.”

 

*What cheers you up?

“My grand-kids, and going to Los Cabos. And I love vacations at the beach. We go to the Fort Walton/Destin (Florida) area with the family pretty much every year. It’s great.”

 

 

*What’s your favorite time of the school year?

“The fall when school starts is stressful. It gets better after the first few weeks when things settle down. I like the holidays. Christmas here at Campbellton is really fun. Not that I’m looking for the school year to end, but I always enjoy the summer, and then I’m always ready to come back in the fall.”

 

*If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?

“Washington, Missouri. I love Washington. I’m lucky because all three of my kids live here. I grew up here. My parents grew up here. I drive along Front Street and see the flowers and the river. It’s a family oriented community. Some people don’t like that, but I do.”

 

*If you won it big in the lottery, what would be the first thing you’d buy?

“Our own house at the beach, not to live there, but a vacation home. My family would also like to have a lake house around here where they could fish at.”

 

*What do you miss most about being a kid?

“Not worrying about anything. You wake up and have a clean slate every day.”

 

*If you could learn to do anything, what would it be?

“Play the piano, and sing. Every time someone in my family has a birthday, I call them and sing, ‘Happy Birthday.’ They expect it now, and they’d be disappointed if I didn’t do it.”

 

*Who’s someone you really admire, and why do you admire them?

“My mother-in-law, Rita Kuchem. She’s awesome. She’s had a lot of hard knocks in her life. She’s amazing. She’s there for the great grand-kids and the grand-kids, and her kids. She’s the youngest great grand-mother I’ve ever known. I hope I can be as good of a great-grandma one day.”


Lynne Kuchem

Joe Dierks

Joe Dierks, assistant principal at Washington High School, is a graduate of Steeleville, Ill., High School and Southern Illinois University-Carbondale. He holds Master’s degrees from Southwest Baptist University in both curriculum and instruction and education administration. This is his second year with the SDOW and 17th year in education after previously teaching (social students and history) and coaching (basketball and cross country) at Valley Park and Crocker High Schools.

 

*How would you describe yourself as a person and educator?

“I’m a work-hard, play-hard guy. I like to be on the go and have a full schedule. My son, Drew, is a big part of my life and my wife’s life. If I’m not here doing something one night, I’m usually involved with one of his activities, and that’s how I like it.

“I knew early on that I wanted to be a teacher. I enjoyed every day in the classroom. I love working with kids. I have a real passion for history and social studies. It was my mission to spice up history and social studies and make them fun classes for the students. My favorite thing to do, as an administrator, is classroom observation and watching teachers do their thing.

“I didn’t always want to be an administrator. There was nine years between my two Master’s degrees. I got the first one to rise up on the salary schedule, and was very comfortable with that. At Valley Park, I began doing some things and helping the staff with new initiatives. We did some cool things and became a Blue Ribbon school. I helped the staff, who then helped the students, and we worked well together as a team, so I thought maybe this was something I could do. Valley Park was right around 290 to 300 kids, which was right on that threshold, do we need an assistant principal or not? So I became the free assistant principal. I enjoyed working with teachers and kids in that capacity. I subbed a lot for our first-year principal while he was out at leadership academies. So I didn’t even entertain the idea of being an administrator until my 14th or 15th year of teaching.”

 

*What’s been your impressions of Washington High School in your two years here?

“A little eye-opening. It was really tough in the beginning to transition to such a big school. I struggle with names because there’s so many kids. I like to call kids by their name, and I’m trying to get better, but there’s just so many. I went to a high school of 140, and then the two high schools I taught at were 180 and 280, so I knew every single kid in the school. Here, it’s tough to do that. There are also so many teachers. I really want to sit down with every teacher once a year and at least talk to them a little. Our whole team tries to do observations with every teacher at least once every school year. I’m awfully glad we have a four-person administration team here at the high school.”


*Best part about your job?

“Being able to go to the bathroom whenever you want. I think if done right, teaching is the most difficult job in the world. If not done right, that’s a different story. The best part is seeing our teachers doing their thing, and being able to help them a little bit. I love teacher observations because I get to see teachers and students in their element. I also enjoy supervision. I try to take as much supervision as I can if I can work around my son’s schedule because seeing kids succeed in what they’re doing is fun for me.

 

*What would you like other staff members and parents in the district to know about Washington High School?

“The kids we have at the high school are some of the best kids I’ve ever been around. There’s a lot of good parenting and strong core values going on here. A huge percentage of our students are really good kids and they are getting the opportunity to do some pretty cool things here. There are so many different things for them to get involved in, and that’s the advantage of a big school. Our teachers and our entire staff really support the students and what they want to do. And that starts at the top with Dr. VanLeer and filters all the way down.”

 

*Hobbies?

“I like to watch sports. I’m not sure I want to be involved with coaching again, but I like watching sports. I couldn’t imagine life without watching high school and college basketball. We even try to hit a couple NBA games every year. I like to read about history when I have the time. I have a stack of books a mile high that I want to read. I’m a movie and music buff. I love ‘80s music, pop, not rock. My wife is quite the heavy metal person. She’s into Tool, Rage Against the Machine, it’s crazy. I’m more of a Hall & Oates, Lionel Richie, Boy George, Duran Duran type of guy. If given the time and the money, I would be somewhere tropical a lot. I really like the beach. My wife and I have gone to Mexico every year for the last 13 years, and spend four or five days just not thinking and decompressing. We go with friends and we all leave our kids with grandma and grandpa.

 

*What cheers you up?

“My son Drew, and watching him do things that I’ve taught him. He’s going to be 8 next month. There’s nothing that makes me happier than to see him having fun. Being warm also cheers me up. I hate the cold. I struggle with the winter. That first 80 degree day of the year, I’m walking on sunshine.”

 

*What’s your favorite time of the school year?

“I like seeing the kids come back in at the beginning. I really like the end of the school year also, not because we’re getting out, but as a long time AP teacher, I really like pumping kids up to that AP national exam and that total focus I see in an AP classroom at the end of the year. That’s a lot of fun.”

 

*If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?

“Somewhere where it never gets below 70 degrees. Maybe Phoenix or Miami, because I would have to watch some college and professional basketball.”

 

*If you won it big in the lottery, what would be the first thing you’d buy?

“A small condo with a nice outdoor space somewhere warm. I don’t need anything big because I’m never going to be inside. Of course, that would be after I finished my signed contract with the School District of Washington. I would full fill my contractual obligations and then you would never see me again.”

 

*What do you miss most about being a kid?

“It seems like things were a lot easier back then. Every day during the summer, you could take off on your bike and play wiffle ball all day. The rule was when the street lights came on, you had 10 minutes to get home. It’s different these days. It’s really tough being a kid today.”

 

*If you could learn to do anything, what would it be?

“I wish I could sing. That would be great. Especially being able to hit the high notes, like a-ha.”

 

*Who’s someone you really admire, and why do you admire them?

“My grand-father Dierks was my best friend. They lived close to us. He was strict and I had to live by his rules, but I liked that. I liked the structure. We went fishing and hunting. I don’t know if I really enjoyed doing those things, but I enjoyed it because I was with him. He imparted a lot of knowledge. Here’s how you clean the fish, and he’d make me do it myself. If I screwed up, he’d make me do it right on the next one and he’d never take over and do it for me. He didn’t accept excuses. He was quick to criticize, but also quick to praise, and I think I took that into my teaching and coaching. He was a big influence with me. I’m a 40-year old who acts like a 60-year old because my role model grew up during the depression.”


Joe Dierks

 

Julie McBride

Julie McBride, a third-grade teacher at Washington West Elementary, was a student in the Washington School District throughout her K-12 career. She attended South Point, Fifth Street and was in the last class at Locust Street as a sixth-grader, before going to the middle school and the high school. She is a graduate of the University of Missouri and received her Master’s degree from Southwest Baptist University. She’s been a teacher for 25 years, 24 years teaching third grade at South Point Elementary and then Washington West Elementary.

 

 

*How would you describe yourself as a person and a teacher?
“As a person, I would say I’m very organized. I don’t like having things to do on my desk. If there’s a task, I want to get it done. As a teacher, I like getting to know my students, and I like reaching the one who needs a little extra. I usually don’t give up on those hard cases. Usually by the end of the year I can reach almost all of them.”

 

*Best part about your job?
“Working with the students who need the extra attention; the ones who either don’t like school or have always failed. Getting to see that change is the best part.”

 

*What would you like other staff members and parents in the district to know about Washington West Elementary?

“From the custodians to the principal, everybody has the kids’ best interests at heart. There’s so much going on out there anti-education and anti-teaching, this is terrible and that’s terrible. I just think if they were in the classroom and really saw what everybody does every day, they would see a big difference from what they see on the news.”

 

*Hobbies?

“Scrapbooking and spending time with my family, I have three grandchildren (ages 4 years, 3 years and 8 months) who keep us busy. Also my husband and I go hiking, so I like to get out, go hiking and just get away from everything.”

 

*What cheers you up?

“Spending time with my grand-children.”

 

*What’s your favorite time of the school year?

“All teachers like the end of May, but at the end of the school year you can see how far your students have come since the beginning of the school year, and I always enjoy that part of it.”

 

*If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?

“I would live in the Northwest, in Oregon. It’s gorgeous. Perfect weather. Great hiking. Close to the ocean. I would move there in a heartbeat.

 

*If you won it big in the lottery, what would be the first thing you’d buy?

“I don’t know that I would buy anything. I would use the money to travel. And I would take care of my children and their families.”

 

*What do you miss most about being a kid?

“Sometimes I miss the no responsibility part of being a kid. I miss being a kid in the days back when I was a kid.”

 

*If you could learn to do anything, what would it be?

"Rock climbing."

 

*Who’s someone you really admire, and why do you admire them?

“The person who I taught with for 20 years, Janet Kleinheider. She was an amazing teacher and is still an amazing friend. As I get to the end of my teaching career, I want to go out the same way she did, which was still changing things up very year and still being a strong teacher and not phoning it in. She was really good at what she did.”


Julie McBride

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Published: 2/24/17




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U.S. Congressman Blaine Luetkemeyer visited South Point Elementary School to speak to third-grade students on Tuesday, Feb. 21.

Luetkemeyer spoke to students in Kaycie Brueggemann and Nancy Carriker’s classrooms about his job as the Congressman from the 3rd Congressional District of Missouri.

Many of the students had an opportunity ask Luetkemeyer a question about his job.

Joining Luetkemeyer during his visit to South Point Elementary were two of his staff members, Deputy Chief of Staff Jeremy Ketterer, and Jim McNichols, Washington’s District Office Director.

Also on hand were South Point Elementary Principal Aimee Harty and School District of Washington Superintendent Dr. Lori VanLeer.

Photos from Luetkemeyer’s visiting with third-grade students at South Point Elementary are below.






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Published: 2/22/17




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Students in Steve Kessel’s fourth-grade STEM class (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) at Augusta Elementary had the chance to hear from a guest speaker on Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2017, on the topic of the new Highway 47 Washington bridge currently being constructed.

Speaking to the students was Matt Jacobi, a 22-year old with Alberici Constructors, which is the construction company that won the bidding rights for the Highway 47 Washington bridge project. Jacobi is one of six project engineers for the construction of the new Highway 47 Washington bridge. Also on hand was Tammy Swyers of Alberici Constructors.

Jacobi is a graduate of the University of Missouri. He holds a degree in Industrial Engineering.

Alberici Constructors is the 31st largest construction company in the United States and does work throughout North America.

Jacobi spoke to the students about the design, construction and building of bridges and how the workers are tackling the Washington bridge project.

Jacobi said there are 40 to 50 workers from Alberici Constructors currently on the Washington bridge project, and that number will grow to 70 to 100 workers as the project develops. There also are five inspectors on site from the Missouri Department of Transportation.

The projected completion date for the new Washington bridge is November of 2018.

Following his presentation, Jacobi answered questions from nearly all of the 28 Augusta Elementary STEM students on hand.

Fourth-grade STEM students in the SDOW currently are engaged in a bridge building unit in their classes.

Jacobi’s presentation was recorded on video and will be shown to the other STEM fourth-grade classes throughout the School District of Washington. Photos are below.

Click on the attached links below for the video of the presentation and for more information from MoDOT on the Highway 47 Washington bridge project.

A camera is placed on the Washington side of the bridge. The MoDOT link below displays a new picture every 10 to 20 minutes, allowing citizens to see frequent updates on the progress of the new bridge.

 



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Published: 2/10/17




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Washington High School’s Jordan Scheer Memorial Children’s Relay for Life takes place Friday, April 28, from 4-7:30 p.m., at Scanlan Stadium on the WHS campus.

The event is put together by the WHS student council and leadership class. Proceeds are donated to the Franklin County Relay for Life and benefit the American Cancer Society and cancer awareness.

The theme this year is “Around the World.”

The registration committee is busy designing the names tags to resemble boarding passes. The bags will include a globe/airplane design and decorations will incorporate a global theme. The message is that as a united world, we will conquer the cure for cancer. 

This year’s event chairs are seniors Madison Straatmann, Libbie Harrison and Dylan Brocato and juniors Tess Marquart, Lexi Hendricks and Jonathan Amlong.

The relay is named in honor of Jordan Scheer, a WHS graduate who lost his battle to cancer shortly after his graduation in 2005.

Third through sixth grade children from area schools will participate in the event. They must have already registered to attend.

Check-in will be held at 3:30 p.m. on the high school track the day of the event. Activities will run until approximately 7:15 p.m.

Students participating will be bused from their elementary school. There will be high school students that will meet them when they get off the bus to deliver them to their designated school area.

Students can bring some money as there will be booths and food available to purchase.

Pick up time is 7:20 p.m. by the gate at the entrance to the stadium. In the event of rain, students will be inside and can be picked up in front of the gymnasium.

Click on the attached link below for more information and to register for the Jordan Scheer Memorial Children’s Relay for Life.

Registration is due by March 10. The poster/essay contest is due April 17.

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Published: 2/8/17




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South Point Elementary School held an assembly on Friday, Feb. 3, to kick off the Jump Rope for Heart week.

Money raised helps benefit the American Heart Association.

Some South Point teachers and staff jumped rope to get the students excited and inspired to do the same, which helps raise money.

At the time of the kickoff event, South Point Elementary already had raised $1,040 from T-shirt sells and teachers paying to wear jeans to work.

Hayden Elfrank, a fourth-grade student, was recognized as South Point Elementary’s Heart Ambassador. Tyler Francis, a first-grade student, raised $160 online during the first day of the fundraiser. 

Photos of the Jump Rope for Heart assembly at South Point Elementary are below.






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Published: 2/6/17




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Niche recently came out with its rankings of school districts in Missouri and the United States.

Niche combines rigorous analysis with authentic reviews to highlight the best places to live and go to school.

The School District of Washington ranked No. 29 in the 2017 best school districts in Missouri, and received an overall grade of “A-“.

An “A” grade was given in health and safety. An “A-“ grade was given in academics, and resources and facilities.

A “B+” grade was given in teachers, college readiness and food. A “B” grade was given in administration, sports, and clubs and activities.

Click on the link below for the complete Niche rankings.

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Published: 2/3/17




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Elementary schools in the School District of Washington are participating in a friendly competition with each other and parochial elementary schools in the area in a collection of tabs from soda cans.

The soda can tabs collection will go toward benefiting the Ronald McDonald House.

Also participating in the project is the Washington Police Department.

Tubs are located at each elementary school and the police department, where tabs can be placed. Please send the tabs with students or drop them off in a Ziploc bag.

Tabs will be collected through the end of April.

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Published: 1/29/17




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On the Spot SDOW will highlight, at random, three employees a month from Certified Staff, Support Staff and Administration/Counseling. The purpose is to recognize and acknowledge the outstanding professionals we have in our District who are leading the way for our students.

The January 2017 On the Spot SDOW recipients are Sandi Gildehaus, Stefanie Virgen and Scott Paulsen.

Gildehaus is the School District of Washington’s Parents as Teachers Coordinator. Virgen is a Language Arts and Challenge instructor at Washington Middle School. Paulsen is a Warehouse Manager at Central Warehouse.

See the profiles of each On the Spot SDOW recipient below.

 

Sandi Gildehaus

Sandi Gildehaus, the Parents as Teachers Coordinator for the School District of Washington, is a graduate of Washington High School. She has been with the SDOW for 12 years, all with the Parents as Teachers program. She's a graduate of East Central College.

 

* What is Parents as Teachers?

“It’s a free parent education program. We have four components to the program itself. There’s parent education, so there are personal visits we can do with families. We do developmental screenings. We do group connections. And then we have tons of resources that we can share with families.”

 

*Describe your job duties?

“I am the Parents as Teachers coordinator. I handle the day-to-day operations for the program. I’m the Parents as Teachers coordinator part-time and I am also a part-time parent educator.”

 

*Describe yourself as a person and an educator?

“Caring, compassionate, and always ready for change. I am not afraid of change.”

 

*Best part about your job?

“Flexibility. I love the flexibility of being able to schedule appointments for when it works with my schedule and the needs of my family.”

 

*What would you like other staff members and parents in the district to know about working at the Early Learning Center?

“It’s a hoot-and-a-half when you see the preschoolers, babies and toddlers who are in this building every day and we are lucky enough to see those families as well. With children under the age of 5, you just never know what’s going to come out of their mouths or how they’re going to react to something. It’s always entertaining.”

 

*Hobbies?

"I’m also the varsity cheer coach at St. Francis Borgia, so that occupies the other full-time position that I do. Past that, I really don’t have time for anything else.”

 

*Favorite Time of the School Year?

“The beginning of the school year. Everyone is so excited. Everything is fresh and new.”

 

*What other position in the School District of Washington would like you like to work for a week?

“I would like to follow Dr. (Lori) VanLeer around for a week. I’m sure she experiences many different things that would make things interesting for sure.”

 

*Do you root for snow days?

“What teacher doesn’t root for a snow day? But I don’t want too many of them.”

 

*If you could choose to stay a certain age forever, what would it be?

“I don’t know that I have a definite answer for that. You learn from your past, and you look forward to your future.”

 

*Where in the world would you like to get lost?

“Somewhere with a beach, and don’t send a search party looking for me. I’ll come back when I’m ready.”

 

*What currently can be found in your refrigerator?

“Yogurt and a lot of leftovers.”

 

*If you could be a superhero, what would you want your superpowers to be?

“I’d want to read minds. Of course, I would never abuse my power.”

 

*What were you doing and what was your reaction on Sept. 11, 2001?

“At the time, I was working for J.C. Penney on their management team. I was at work watching it all unfold on the computer, and not believing it was happening.”


Sandi Gildehaus


Sandi Gildehaus

 

 

Stefanie Virgen

Stefanie Virgen, a Washington High School graduate, is a Language Arts and Challenge instructor at Washington Middle School. She teaches eighth-grade college and career, eighth-grade gifted, seventh-grade language arts and seventh grade gifted. She’s been in education for nine years, including the last six years with the SDOW at the middle school. She’s owns a bachelor’s degree in education from Missouri State University, a master’s degree in education from Drury University and an education specialist degree from Arkansas State University.

 

*Describe your job duties?

I do everything. Then when I get bored, I see if there’s another committee I can join.”

 

*Describe yourself as a person and an educator?

Irrevocably tough, but immutably caring. Occasionally sardonic.”

 

*Best part about your job?

“That I would do it for free.”

 

*What would you like other staff members and parents in the district to know about working at the middle school?

We take the boisterous enthusiasm of the elementary, combine it with the pedagogical solemnity of the high school, mix in 600 pubescent adolescents, and out pops the magic.”

 

*Hobbies?

Living outside in spring and summer; lamenting that I can no longer live outside in the winter. Also other stuff, like reading everything, engaging in culinary arts, eating everything in sight, singing loudly even though my two littles decry this supposedly foul treatment, laughing with my husband, and trying to find a way to increase the amount of grading on my plate. Wait. Strike that last one.”

 

*Favorite Time of the School Year?
Replaced daily.”

 

*What other position in the School District of Washington would like you like to work for a week?

“I’d like to be a student.”

 

*Do you root for snow days?

The occasional snow day is merely a portal to have more time to do more, which includes eating.”

 

*If you could choose to stay a certain age forever, what would it be?

Thirty. Enough life experience to hopefully apply learning from youthful stupidity. Less uncomfortable medical tests. Win win!”

 

*Where in the world would you like to get lost?

The middle of the deepest woods I can find with the most creeks running through it. Maybe a mountain to climb in case I grow spoiled and tired of all the tranquil perfection.”

 

*What currently can be found in your refrigerator?

Ingredients to make food from almost any culture and a whole lot of caffeine.”

 

*If you could be a superhero, what would you want your superpowers to be?

I would be kind of like King Midas, except instead of turning everything to gold with my touch, I would turn everyone genial, loving, and full of compulsively logical thinking.”

 

*What were you doing and what was your reaction on Sept. 11, 2001?

I was in my dorm at MSU (Missouri State University). Someone called and told me something horrible had happened and to turn on the TV. I did so and the second tower came down. I remember thinking this was our generation’s ‘day that will live in infamy;’ 315 million people had just been rocked by the vitriol of a few and our national consciousness changed forever.”


Stefanie Virgen, front row center, with some of her middle school students.


Stefanie Virgen, behind the plant, with some of her middle school students.

 

 

Scott Paulsen

Scott Paulsen is Warehouse Manager at the central warehouse for the School District of Washington. He’s worked at the school district’s warehouse for 18 years. Paulsen is a graduate of Rolla High School and East Central College.

 

*Describe your job duties?

“I have a couple of guys who work with me and we take care of all of the custodial supplies and all of the food that the kitchens and buildings need throughout the week. We also take care of any stages, chairs, risers, and other equipment needed for programs to be taken out.”

 

*Describe yourself as a person?

“I can be quiet, but at the same time, I like a good practical joke, so a little grease under the door handle might not be out of line.”

 

*Best part about your job?

“I get to interact with several different people. The people I work with are great. You can’t be too sensitive around us.”

 

*What would you like other staff members and parents in the district to know about working at the central warehouse?

“We’re very busy. There are times when we have a hard time keeping up, especially on Veterans Day, Christmas programs, things that take place around the same time. We have to keep up with all of the chairs and tables, along with all of the food and custodial duties.”

 

Hobbies?

“I have my own side business. My wife just took over her parents’ canoe business. I have two not-so-young-anymore kids. I like to spend time with them and my wife, so there’s not a lot of time for hobbies. I do like to hunt and target shoot.”

 

* Favorite time of the school year?

“A couple of weeks after school starts. That’s when everything settles down and things get into a routine.”

 

*What other position in the School District of Washington would you like you like to work for a week?

“This might sound corny, but there isn’t one. I like my job. Maybe I’m afraid of change.”

 

*Do you root for snow days?

“No I don’t. We work snow days, and it can become a problem, especially when there are several in a row. The food that’s not used on the snow day is left in the freezers. If we get several snow days in a row, that can become an issue because I’ve already ordered another shipment of food and things get backed up in the freezer.”

 

*If you could choose to stay a certain age forever, what would it be?

“Everyone wants to be younger. I don’t want to be old and decrepit, but I like where I’m at. I’m not hurting all the time, and hopefully I’m not a foolish kid anymore.”

 

*Where in the world would you like to get lost?

“I don’t dream about world travel. I don’t like big cities. It would probably be the Ozark Mountains or Smoky Mountains. Just the middle of nowhere.”

 

*What currently can be found in your refrigerator?

“We’re in the process of butchering, so you’ll see lots of beef and pork. There’s also soda.”

 

*If you could be a superhero, what would you want your superpowers to be?

“Not sure. How about Mr. Incredible?”

 

*What were you doing and what was your reaction on Sept. 11, 2001?

“I was with a co-worker and we were going from one school to another to pick up some donated items when we heard about it over the radio. I didn’t think about a terrorist attack when it first happened. Hearing about it on the radio, I’m thinking it was a small, personal plane that hit the tower. As soon as the second one hit, I knew it was a terrorist attack.”


Scott Paulsen

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Published: 1/26/17




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School District of Washington buildings had the top three finishes in the annual Community Festival of Trees, which recently concluded at St. Peters United Church of Christ in Washington.

Over 80 trees were decorated by various organizations. Schools, churches, businesses and community groups in the area had trees represented.

A donation of one non-perishable food item under the tree was one vote for that organization’s tree. 

Overall, there were approximately 8,000 food items donated to the Festival of Trees.

For the sixth consecutive year, Washington High School was the winner, collecting the most items. Washington Middle School Student Council finished less than 100 items behind WHS to finish in second place. Finishing in third place was South Point Elementary first- and second-grade classes.

Also participating in the Festival of Trees from the School District of Washington were WINGS Educational Foundation, Washington High School Cheerleaders, Marthasville Elementary, Washington West Elementary third graders, and Four Rivers Career Center.

Each food item will help feed a community member. All food collected will be distributed between three food pantries.

A photo of the winners, along with volunteers from St. Peters United Church of Christ, is below. The photo is courtesy of the Washington Missourian.


Staff and students from the School District of Washington, along with volunteers from St. Peters United Church of Christ in Washington, pose with their food collection for the Festival of Trees.

                                                          (Washington Missourian Photo.)

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 1/6/17




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For the School District of Washington’s staff professional development day on Monday, Jan. 2, art instructors from the district paid a visit to Central Print in St. Louis. Click here for a photo gallery.

Central Print’s mission is to promote the art of printmaking by providing workshops, classes and programs, for people of all ages, focusing on the use and preservation of historic letterpress printing equipment.

We learned so much history behind printmaking and expanded our knowledge to bring that into our own classrooms,” said Washington West Elementary art teacher Chad Greife-Wetenhall. “Then we had a blast trying it out ourselves. Everyone kept saying that this was such a great PD day.”

Click on the attached links below for more information on Central Print and a photo gallery from the field trip.

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Published: 1/5/17




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Students in Ann Heinrich’s special education classes at South Point Elementary participated in a “Space Walk” project on Tuesday morning, Dec. 20.

Learning the ways of outer space, the students help construct a space ship out of a giant cardboard box, which they used for their project.

Students then climbed into their space ship and got an idea what that experience might be like. They even saw an alien or two during their adventure, played by South Point Elementary staff.

Photos of the “Space Walk” by Ann Heinrich’s special education classes at South Point Elementary are below.






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Published: 12/20/16




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A Christmas ornament decorating party took place at South Point Elementary School on Friday, Dec. 16.

Third-grade students paired up with kindergarten students to work together in the ornament making.

Photos from the ornament decorating at South Point Elementary are below.













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First- and second-grade students from South Point Elementary School visited St. Peters United Church of Christ in Washington to see the Community Festival of Trees on Monday morning, Dec. 19.

Approximately 80 trees are decorated by various organizations and displayed at St. Peters United Church of Christ, including first- and second-grade students at South Point Elementary. Schools, churches, businesses and community groups in the area have trees represented.

A donation of one non-perishable food item under the tree is one vote for that organization’s tree. The South Point Elementary students came with food items that they placed under their favorite trees, including their own.

Representing the School District of Washington in the Festival of Trees are WINGS Educational Foundation, Washington High School, Washington High School Cheerleaders, Washington Middle School Student Council, Marthasville Elementary, Washington West Elementary third graders, South Point Elementary first-and second-graders, and Four Rivers Career Center.

The Festival of Trees will be open for the public to view every weekend in December through Christmas. Click the link below for more information.

See the photos below of South Point Elementary first- and second-grade students at the Festival of Trees.










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On the Spot SDOW will highlight, at random, three employees a month from Certified Staff, Support Staff and Administration/Counseling. The purpose is to recognize and acknowledge the outstanding professionals we have in our District who are leading the way for our students.

The December 2016 On the Spot SDOW recipients are Jocelyn Schluss, Mike Jinkerson and Beth Beerman.

Schluss is the principal at Marthasville Elementary. Jinkerson is a sixth-grade teacher at Labadie Elementary. Beerman is the kitchen manager at Washington High School.

See the profiles of each On the Spot SDOW recipient below.

 

Jocelyn Schluss

Jocelyn Schluss is a graduate of Montgomery County High School and William Woods University (Bachelors and Masters). She currently is working on her PhD in Reading at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. This is her third year as the principal of Marthasville Elementary and her 17th year in education. She previously was the principal at Owensville Elementary and a teacher at Hermann Elementary and Daniel Boone Elementary in Warrenton.

 

* Describe yourself as a person and a principal

“I try to be a caring person. I try to give everyone the benefit of the doubt and try to understand where they’re coming from before I make decisions and enforce rules.”

 

* Best part about your job?

“Definitely working with the kids. We have a lot of great kids and a great staff. Our staff is fun to work with and I love their dedication. I admire how much they care about their students. The kids are definitely the reason I continue to come back every day.”

 

* What would you like other staff members and parents in the district to know about Marthasville Elementary?

“Even though we’re small and rural, we do have diversity in terms of what our kids are interested in and things they’re involved in outside of school. I’m always amazed at experiences they get outside of school and things their parents have them involved in and are taking them to do.”

 

* Hobbies

“I don’t have a lot of time for my hobbies. I just get to enjoy my children’s hobbies. We do a lot of soccer, camping and horseback riding. Camping is one of my hobbies. That’s something we enjoy as a family.”

 

* What was your first thought when you woke up this morning?

“Is it really 4:07?”

 

* What cheers you up?

“Going home to my kids. We have four kids, three girls and a boy, ranging from six months to 12 years old.”

 

* Do you want to live to be 100 years old?

“Absolutely.”

 

* What did you want to be when you were growing up?

“I wanted to be a teacher. I had awesome teachers. I went to a really small elementary school. We lived two houses down from the elementary school. I just felt like that was my home. We played on the playground. I got to walk to school. I could see our home from school.”

 

* If you could trade places with anyone for a week, who would it be?

“I should have a more profound answer, but I joke all the time that I would just like to be the dad for a few days. I think the dad has it a whole lot easier than the mom. I tell my husband all the time that I want to trade places with him for just a week.”

 

* How long could you go without having your cell phone?

“When we’re camping, I go two or three days without it because we don’t have service. Under normal conditions, an hour would be hard without it.”

 

* What’s your favorite time of the school year?

“I love August. I love how excited all the kids are with their new supplies and their new shiny shoes. Everyone is happy. The teachers are excited. They’ve put so much effort into their classrooms and getting everything ready. It’s just a happy time.”


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Jocelyn Schluss with Marthasville Elementary students.

 

Mike Jinkerson

Mike Jinkerson was a student in the School District of Washington growing up. He attended South Point Elementary in first and second grade, Fifth Street Elementary in third and fourth grade, and Locust Street in fifth and sixth grade. He’s a 1981 graduate of Washington High School. He went to college at Southwest Missouri State University in Springfield (now Missouri State) and received his teaching certificate at Central Methodist University. He served in the United States Marine Corps from 1982-88. This is Jinkerson’s 13th year in the School District of Washington. He spent his first year as a speech teacher at the high school and middle school before going to Labadie, where he now teachers science and social students to students in grades 4-6.

 

* Describe yourself as a person and a teacher

“I would describe myself as a jack of many trades and a master of none. I think I have a good sense of humor. I like to make teaching fun. I think I’m understanding and compassionate. I enjoy learning, so I enjoy teaching.”

 

* Best part about your job?

“The classroom time working with the kids. Helping them learn and seeing them get excited about what they’ve learned. The best part is being in the classroom on a daily basis.”

 

* What would you like other staff members and parents in the district to know about Labadie Elementary?

“It’s definitely a community school. There’s very strong parental support. They are very involved in their child’s education, which makes our job a whole lot easier. Having smaller class sizes really allows us to develop a good one-to-one relationship with the students. It’s kind of like a family. The parents are there to help out and are very supportive of us, which really helps in the children’s education.”

 

* Hobbies

“I like to fish, travel, read. We have a boat, so we like to be on the water.”

 

* What was your first thought when you woke up this morning?

“I’m tired, because I woke up at midnight and didn’t go back to sleep until 3.”

 

* What cheers you up?

“Going home to see my family and spending time with them.”

(Mike’s wife, Cathy Jinkerson, is a business teacher at Washington High School. They have two children, Abbey, 16, and Ben, 24).

 

* Do you want to live to be 100 years old?

“Yes, and I think I will.”

 

* What did you want to be when you were growing up?

“When I was a kid, I wanted to be an astronaut. I’ve always been fascinated with space and rockets. When I got a little older, I thought it would be cool to be a musician in a rock band. My idol was Kiss at the time. We see how those worked out.”

 

* If you could trade places with anyone for a week, who would it be?

“I’d like to trade places with a professional football player. I played football in high school for Coach (Jim) Scanlan, (Ray) Eickmeyer and (Jim) Gephardt, but I wasn’t that good.”

 

* How long could you go without having your cell phone?

“I could probably go a day, but it would be tough.”

 

* What’s your favorite time of the school year?

“The first part of the school year in the fall. No. 1, I like the fall weather the best. You can go outside and do things with the kids. It’s always fun getting to know the new kids and getting a new class. It’s an enjoyable time.”


Mike Jinkerson with his students at Labadie Elementary.

 

Beth Beerman

Beth Beerman is a graduate of Affton High School. This is her 13th year in the School District of Washington. She started here as a cook at the high school and then the middle school. She also has worked as the kitchen manager at Fifth Street Elementary and Marthasville Elementary and is now the kitchen manager at Washington High School.

 

* Describe yourself as a person and a manager.

“I’m an easy-going person and I’d like to believe I’m an easy-going manager, but you’d have to ask the ladies.”

 

* Describe your job duties

“I make sure everyone is doing their job. I take care of the money with the deposits. I make the schedules for the ladies. I don’t make the menu, that’s Jill Poepsel, but I order all of the food that we need for it. I make production sheets daily on how much food we need to make.”

 

* Best part about your job?

“I enjoy working with all of the ladies here. They’re a great bunch of gals. The kids are really great, too. We have good kids here. They are very polite and respectful.”

 

* What would you like other staff members and parents to know about working in the kitchen in the School District of Washington?

“It’s hard work. We’re on our feet all day. It’s fast paced. It’s important to know that we have a lot of healthy options. Everything has to be done according to the government guidelines. It’s a lot of food if the kids take what’s on the program. It’s good food. All of us in the kitchen eat it for our lunch.”

 

* Hobbies

“Cake decorating. That’s what I used to do before I came here. I worked in a bakery in St. Louis. I also enjoy biking.”

 

* What was your first thought when you woke up this morning?

“It’s Friday!”

 

* What cheers you up?

“My kids. I have three boys ages 27, 25 and 20.”

 

* Do you want to live to be 100 years old?

“If it means I’ll get to see grandkids, yes.”

 

* What did you want to be when you were growing up?

“A forest ranger or a chef.”

 

* If you could trade places with anyone for a week, who would it be?

“That’s a tough one. I guess it would be Colette Peters. She’s a world class cake decorator. I would love to learn some of her skills.”

 

* How long could you go without having your cell phone?

“Forever. It’s not a part of me. I have one, but it’s not a big deal.”

 

* What’s your favorite time of the school year?

“I like this time of the year during the holidays. Everyone seems to be in a good mood. Or the end of the school year. Everyone is really happy then.”


Beth Beerman, middle in green top, with her kitchen staff at Washington High School.

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Students in Stephanie Knight’s second-grade class at South Point Elementary had a writing celebration on Friday, Dec. 9.

Over the last month, each student in the class worked on writing a non-fictional book, which they recently completed.

During the writing celebration, the non-fictional books were displayed throughout the classroom. Students walked around and read the books on display, and also had the opportunity to fill out compliment cards about the books. Some parents of the students attended, as did South Point Elementary Principal Aimee Harty.

See the photos below of the writing celebration for Stephanie Knight’s second-grade class at South Point Elementary.














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South Point Elementary held its first- and second-grade music performances on Monday evening, Dec. 5.

First-grade students performed first followed by second-grade students.

The first-grade program was entitled, “A Christmas Extravaganza.” It featured a number of songs by the group, including solo performances.

The second-grade program was entitled, “Elfis Goes West with Lewis and Clark.” It also featured a number of songs with solo performances.

Both programs were directed by South Point Elementary music teacher Karen Stafford.

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Celebrating Farm Week, a couple of baby pigs, also called piglets, were brought to South Point Elementary School for students in the life skills program to play with in a fenced area outside of the school.

Drew Roehrig from Riverview Farms in Augusta brought in the baby pigs for the students to touch, hold, play with and get their pictures taken with.

The life skills program teaches the skills students will need to be as independent as possible in everyday life.  

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Published: 11/18/16




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On the Spot SDOW will highlight, at random, three employees a month from the School District of Washington from Certified Staff, Support Staff and Administration/Counseling. The purpose is to recognize and acknowledge the outstanding professionals we have in our District who are leading the way for our students.

The November 2016 On the Spot SDOW recipients are Kaycie Brueggemann, Katie Sandoval and Emmett Berry.

Brueggemann is a third-grade teacher at South Point Elementary School. Sandoval is a school counselor at Washington High School. Berry is a PC technician for the district, working out of the Technology and Learning Center.

See the profiles of each On the Spot SDOW recipient below.

 

Kaycie Brueggemann

Kaycie Brueggemann, a 2007 Washington High School graduate, is a third-grade teacher at South Point Elementary. This is her fifth year in education and third year at the St. School District of Washington. She was a sixth-grade teacher at South Point Elementary the previous two years. She’s a graduate of the University of Missouri.

 

* Describe yourself as a person and a teacher?

"I’m a person who takes pride in what I do. As a teacher, I’d like to think I provide a good environment and a fun, safe place for our students to be. I like to be encouraging."


* Best part about your job?

"The really funny things that third-graders come up with. The songs they start singing when you just say a couple of words in a row. The really hilarious comments that you get back when you ask a question sometimes."

 

* What would you like other staff members and parents in the district to know about working at South Point Elementary?

"There’s a lot of really awesome people who work in this building. The thing that makes me want to come to work every day is my co-workers."

 

* Hobbies

"I love to read. I’m in a book club with some of my friends. I enjoy watching Mizzou football. Go Tigers!"

 

* Favorite movie

"Remember the Titans."

 

* If you could have dinner with anyone, living or dead, who would it be?

"Morgan Freeman. He’d be really cool to hang out with and he could narrate our dinner."

 

* If you found a $100 bill on a public street, what would you do with it?

"I’d try to turn it in to someone. Of course, if I didn’t find the owner, I’d treat myself to a nice dinner."

 

* At what store would you like to max out your credit card?

"Crate & Barrel or Office Max. I love school supplies."

 

* What’s the No. 1 thing to do on your bucket list?

"To travel to Europe for two weeks. Never been. Is that the prize I get for being picked for this?"


Kaycie Brueggemann with her third-grade class at South Point Elementary.

 

Emmett Berry

Emmett Berry, a 2010 graduate of Washington High School, is a PC Technician with the School District of Washington, working from the Technology and Learning Center. This is his fourth year with the District after attending Vatterott College.

 

* Explain your job duties

"My main duty is supporting staff and students in whatever technology needs they have."

 

* Describe yourself as a person

"Fun-loving, easy-going. I’m all about keeping things positive and happy."


* Best part about your job?

"That’s easy. Being with the people I work with. I like getting out and talking to the staff at all of the buildings. The more interaction I get, the better."

 

* Describe what it’s like to work at the Technology and Learning Center

"It’s not all serious here. We joke around and laugh a lot. I think people get the idea that we’re just all business. Anyone who spends time over here knows that we’re just a bunch of goofballs. If we didn’t have that, we wouldn’t make it through the day. We’re a pretty tight crew."

 

* Hobbies

"Kayaking, playing golf, hiking, playing ultimate Frisbee."

 

* Favorite movie

"I’ve never had a favorite movie. I don’t pick favorites. Not The Notebook, that’s for sure."

 

* If you could have dinner with anyone, living or dead, who would it be?

"Chris Farley. It would be hilarious."

 

* If you found a $100 bill on a public street, what would you do with it?

"I’d be the good guy, unfortunately, and reluctantly take it to the police."

 

* At what store would you like to max out your credit card?

"Target. They have everything."

 

* What’s the No. 1 thing to do on your bucket list?

"Kayaking through the Grand Canyon area."


Emmett Berry

 

Katie Sandoval

Katie Sandoval, a graduate of Union High School, is a school counselor at Washington High School. This is her 14th year in education and 13th year at the School District of Washington. She spent her first year in education teaching Spanish at John F. Kennedy High School before coming to WHS. She spent her first two years at WHS teaching Spanish before becoming a counselor.

 

* Explain your job duties

"I work with students for career and college planning. I work with students who possibly are having mental health concerns or need support for emotional reasons. I collaborate with my peers; teachers, administrators and other counselors."

 

* Describe yourself as a person

"I like to see life through rose-colored glasses. I believe the best in human beings. I’m definitely a passionate person. I’m fun-loving, passionate, enjoy working with other people and enjoy hearing and learning other people’s perspectives."


* Best part about your job?

"There’s a lot of things I like about my job. I really like working with kids. I really enjoy supporting them through developing leadership, planning for college and career, mental health, those types of things. And I enjoy my peers. We have such a fantastic office. It’s a lot of fun."

 

* What would you like other staff members and parents in the district to know about working at Washington High School?

"We genuinely care about kids. We want to do our best to support them. We want to support the whole student, not just build the academic component, but build leadership and service skills. We also want to look at what’s going on with our students in the community and how we can support them if there is a circumstance where a student needs support."

 

* Hobbies

"Anything outdoors; biking, hiking, kayaking, fishing. I also enjoy photography."

 

* Favorite movie

"There’s so many to choose from. It depends on my mood."

 

* If you could have dinner with anyone, living or dead, who would it be?

"My great-grandmother Chaya. She was a migrant worker who went back-and-forth from Mexico. She reportedly rode with Pancho Villa and wore the bandoleros. I would love to talk to her about her experience."

 

* If you found a $100 bill on a public street, what would you do with it?

"I would look around to see if anybody was looking for something and try to give it back. And then I would go into the closest building to see if anyone had lost it. If nobody claimed it, I would love to keep it."

 

* At what store would you like to max out your credit card?

"I hate shopping."

 

* What’s the No. 1 thing to do on your bucket list?

"To go to Mexico, deep into Mexico."


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Published: 11/14/16




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South Point Elementary School held its annual Veterans Day Assembly on Friday, Nov. 11.

Students and staff were joined by veterans from the area, who were treated to refreshments in the library prior to the program.

South Point students participated in the ceremony by reading essays, scripts and poems. The veterans on hand also received thank you notes and cards that were made by the students themselves.

The students lined the hallways leading up to the gymnasium to greet the veterans and shake their hands as they entered.

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The School District of Washington’s Pathways for Teachers project had its kickoff event at the Technology and Learning Center on Friday, Nov. 4.

Pathways for Teachers is working together to expand the leadership capacity of teachers, counselors and principals.

Represented in the program are teachers, counselors and principals from each building in the School District of Washington.

The program allows educators to connect with business and community partners. By exposing the group of teachers to local industries, it will allow to expand the leadership capacity of teachers, counselors and principals in the school district.

In today’s world, students must be able to communicate in multiple ways, critically think and problem solve. This project will help teachers as they work to become creative lesson planners and facilitators.

The Pathways for Teachers project opens those doors, providing clarity for teachers as they make quality connections between school and the ever-changing world of work.

The kickoff event featured a morning session introducing the project to the staff members. Speaking to the group was Teresa Vineyard with DESE (Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education).

The group then made its first industry tour in the afternoon, visiting LMI Aerospace in Washington.

Photos from the Pathways for Teachers kickoff event are below.

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Published: 11/7/16




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South Point Elementary held its Halloween Costume Parade on Monday, Oct. 31.

Staff and students dressed in their Halloween Costumes and walked throughout the halls at South Point Elementary, allowing other students and parents to see all of the costumes.

See the photos below from the South Point Elementary Halloween Costume Parade.

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Published: 10/31/16




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The Ronald McDonald Care Mobile visited Washington High School on Thursday, Oct. 27.

The traveling vision care center was open to all students in the School District of Washington who signed up for it. A total of 57 students district wide registered.

Eye technicians and optometrists were on hand to meet with the students and give free eye exams, along with free frames to those who needed them.

All Ronald McDonald Care Mobile services are provided in a 40-foot long, 8-foot wide, state-of-the-art vehicle built specifically for delivering pediatric health care services. Each vehicle, which ultimately costs around $500,000 to get on the road, includes two patient examination rooms, a laboratory, and reception and medical records areas.

Photos from the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile are below.

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Published: 10/27/16




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Students in Shannon Banderman’s kindergarten class at South Point Elementary recently completed a catapult launch project where they were able to test their finished projects.

After making their launch devices, the students went outside and launched pieces of candy into the grass in a way to test their projects.

The students worked individually and together as a group of the project.

Photos of the students testing their catapult launch project are below.

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Published: 10/25/16




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Union Pacific's “Living Legend” No. 844 steam locomotive will travel more than 1,200 miles one-way to celebrate the Oct. 22 opening of Big River Crossing in Memphis, Tennessee. The trek is the first multi-state venture since the locomotive's three-year restoration.

No. 844 traversed Union Pacific's main line through Wyoming, Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Tennessee beginning Oct. 13. Brief stops were scheduled throughout the 19-day round trip journey.

The “Living Legend” made a 15-minute stop at the Washington train depot on Front Street on Tuesday morning, Oct. 18.

A large crowd of spectators was on hand to see the steam locomotive.

Photos of the “Living Legend” No. 844 in Washington are below.

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Click on the attached links below for videos, the schedule and more information on the Union Pacific's “Living Legend” No. 844 steam locomotive.

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Phyllis Steckel, an earthquake specialist who has done work of the State of Missouri and for the National Geological Survey, paid a visit to South Point Elementary School on Thursday, Oct. 13, to speak to fifth-grade students.

Fifth-grade students at South Point Elementary are in the process of reading, "Earthquake Terror.”

Steckel spoke to the students and showed a slide show about both earthquakes and Geology, which is the study of solid Earth, the rocks of which it is composed, and the processes by which they change.

Steckel also showed the students what to do and the proper steps to take if they’re ever involved in an earthquake.  

Some scientists predict that there is about a 10 percent chance of a magnitude 7-8 earthquake in the New Madrid Seismic Zone, which includes parts of southeast Missouri, in a 50-year time interval.

The most valuable lesson is that knowledge and preparation are key. Positive activities and awareness will help prepare for an actual earthquake risk associated with the New Madrid Seismic Zone.

The Missouri Geological Survey has worked with the U.S. Geological Survey for several decades to increase the knowledge base about earthquakes in the central United States.

Photos from Steckel’s visit to South Point Elementary are below.


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Published: 10/14/16




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The School District of Washington’s third grade challenge students, along with their facilitators, Michelle Bobo and Jana Monzyk, have been involved in the Project Lead The Way curriculum.  

In studying the variation of traits that offspring may express, the students have learned many new vocabulary words.They have worked in groups to plant seeds and then observe the different characteristics of those plants. The dominant and recessive genes that are inherited are predicted by the student by implementing the use of the Punnett Square.

Krista Williams, Washington High School biology teacher, invited the third grade challenge class to the high school’s Project Lead The Way Introduction to Biomedical Science fifth hour class.  

The high school students were assigned an activity involving DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid) extraction from a plant (strawberries).  

They were partnered with each of the third grade students to lead them in a guided experiment through the process of extracting DNA.  

The high school students were expected to explain the process and answer questions from the third graders. The third graders learned new science terms, were able to have a hands-on science experience and work with the very patient high school students.  

This activity/project/problem-based learning approach allowed the PLTW third grade challenge students and PLTW Introduction to Biomedical Science high school students to work collaboratively.  

In this activity, it was observed that all students were able to apply what they know, employ critical thinking and lead their own learning.

Photos of the students working together are below.

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Published: 10/13/16




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Fifth-grade students at South Point Elementary have put educational games purchased from a WINGS grant to good use.

Jessica Tollison, a fifth-grade teacher at South Point, was awarded a WINGS spring grant, “Small Group Stations - Activities Having Fun While Learning,” during the 2015-16 school year. She used the grant to purchase games that review synonyms and antonyms, wipeout vocabulary, reading for information, context clues and main idea.

The WINGS Educational Foundation promotes educational excellence by providing teacher grants, student scholarships for continued education, state-of-the-art equipment and recognition of outstanding faculty and staff achievement.

Since 1993, over 900 teacher grants have been awarded by WINGS totaling approximately $380,000.

Photos of fifth-grade students using the education games purchased from the WINGS teacher grant are below.

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Published: 10/7/16




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The School District of Washington’s WINGS Foundation awarded 17 early bird teacher grants this fall (2016), totaling $2,304.

Since 1993, over 900 teacher grants have been awarded by WINGS totaling approximately $380,000.

The teachers receiving the grant, the school where they work and their program are as follows:

Jeff Marquart, Four Rivers Career Center, Photo Studio

Christy Schmich, Early Learning Center, The Importance of Social-Emotional Wellness

Tricia Bartle, Campbellton Elementary, Sentence Writing Strategies

Allison Graves, Washington High School, Analyzing Child Labor Through Primary Sources

Kim Fleer, Marthasville Elementary, Building Minds Through Learning Stations

Michelle Prewitt, South Point, Augusta and Labadie Elementary, Battle of the Books

Maggie Butler, Augusta, Marthasville and Washington West Elementary, CD Players for Music Room

Melissa Golder, Labadie Elementary, Rocking Our Reading

Joe Callahan, Washington High School, Calculators for the Classroom

LuAnn Engelbrecht, Campbellton Elementary, Hands On Equations

Cindy Speer, Augusta and Marthasville Elementary, The Flag Project

Colin Flynn, Washington High School, Books for Engineers

Joselyn Hummel, Washington High School, Softening the Read 180 Room

Nichole Obermark, Clearview Elementary, Guided Reading-Real Books in Hand

Stefanie Virgen, Washington Middle School, Mark of Success: Markerboards in the Differentiated Classroom

Ryan Brennan, Washington High School, TPRS Novels

Stephanie Knight, South Point Elementary, Flexible Seating

A photo of the WINGS early bird teacher grant recipients is below.

Click on the attached link below for the WINGS Foundation web page.

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WINGS early bird teacher grant recipients.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 9/29/16




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South Point Elementary School observed the 15th Anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks on Friday, Sept. 9.

Remembering the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, South Point staff and students gathered in the gymnasium. They were joined by area emergency responders, including members of the Washington Police and Fire Departments, retired and current military veterans, and Washington Mayor Sandy Lucy.

The group recited the Pledge of Allegiance together and then sang the U.S. National Anthem, “The Star Spangled Banner.” A moment of silence also was held.

Following the ceremony, the emergency responders, veterans and other guests each were assigned to a classroom at South Point Elementary and spoke to the students about the 9/11 Anniversary and also read the younger grades children’s books.

Photos from the 9/11 festivities at South Point Elementary on Friday, Sept. 9, are below.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 9/9/16




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The School District of Washington held an opening ceremony for all staff members Friday, Aug. 12, at the C.J. Burger Theater at Washington High School.

Students returned to the classroom for the 2016-17 school year on Tuesday, Aug. 16.

The theme of the opening ceremony was, “Together We Rise,” emphasizing the ability of taking risks.
Following the theme, some staff members showed off their talents with various singing, dancing and musical performances during the ceremony. See the photos below.

Superintendent Dr. Lori VanLeer gave her annual back to school message to the staff. The district employs over 700 teachers and staff members.

A WINGS staff appreciation picnic was held following the program at the city park.

Additionally, Chris Arnold, instruction support paraprofessional at Washington Middle School, was named the WINGS 2016 Support Staff Person of the Year. See the photo below.

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Chris Arnold, middle, was named the WINGS 2016 Support Staff Person of the Year. Front row, from left, are Janie Chalem (WINGS), Arnold and Carol Zanin (WINGS). Back row, from left, are  Laura Bruckerhoff (Washington Middle School Associate Principal) and Lori Strubberg (WINGS).

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School District of Washington Faculty/Staff Choir

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Swing dancing by Assistant Superintendent Dr. Judy Straatmann and Four Rivers Career Center Automotive Technology instructor Dan Brinkmann.

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Orchestra instructor Meghan Brueggemann plays the violin

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School District of Washington Synchronized Swimming Team

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School District of Washington Synchronized Swimming Team

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 8/22/16




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Kicking off the 2016-17 school year, students swarmed to their respective buildings for the opening day on Tuesday, Aug. 16.

Staff and faculty greeted the students and parents and helped them to their classrooms to get the day started.

Click on the attached link below for the 2016-17 academic calendar.

Photos below are from the first day at Washington Middle School, Washington West Elementary School, South Point Elementary School, Marthasville Elementary School and Augusta Elementary School.

Photos of students from the other buildings will be posted in the coming days.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 8/17/16




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The closing ceremony for the School District of Washington staff was held Monday morning, May 23, in the CJB Theater at Washington High School.

The ceremony marked the end of the 2015-16 school year and celebrated accomplishments, presented service awards, recognized and thanked retirees, announced staff scholarships, and announced WINGS/The Washington Missourian Educational Excellence Award. 

Superintendent Dr. Lori VanLeer addressed the staff for both the opening and closing remarks.

Prior to the ceremony, the Board of Education and administration honored the retirees over breakfast.

WINGS Educational Excellence Award, sponsored by the Missourian and two anonymous Washington High School alumni, went to Washington West Elementary Instructional Coach Amy Gruber.

Receiving the Dr. Jane and Doug Reed Scholarship were Mary Kleekamp (Washington High School) and Melissa Kinney (South Point Elementary).

The top selling school of the WINGS discount cards was Campbellton Elementary.

Retiring staff members are Dr. Frank Wood, John Ragan, Connie Lutz, Troy Bunkley, Carol Wilka, Maria Brady-Smith, Tammy Watson, Chris Viviano, Amy Menard, Karla Bennett, Linda Wideman, Julia Brown, Sheila Bell, Becky Juergens, Jennifer Baker, Lori Peirick, Karen Parham, Gail Strubberg, Randy Kosark, Vicky Murphy, Jeanette Huth, Kevin Boyer and Janis Napier.

Honored for 30 years of service was Sheila Bell.

Honored for 25 years of service were Misty Thomas, Carol Rolwes, Jill Monzyk, Linda Hackmann and Durae Zweifel.

Honored for 20 years of service were Cheryl Spratt, Aurie Meyer, Sara Barnett, Kirk Grass and Derek Bailey.

Honored for 15 years of service were Theresa Jones, Bettina Hoeft, Rhonda Hoemann, Jose Gamez, Lisa Fortner, Mike Brusca, Amy Bruckerhoff,  Amy Crow, Karla Bennett, Michelle Quaethem, Mary Ann Kassebaum, Paula Kopmann, Becky Herbst, Dan Heck,  Karen Graham, Kelly Richard, Chris Redd, Brendan Mahon, Chester Livell, Mike Scheer, Zoe Callaway, Amy Dewert, Pattie Kreamalmeyer, Lisa Kreamalmeyer and Jeanette Marquart.

Honored for 10 years of service were Leslie Edwards, Liz Leach, Mary Dahl, Cathy Day, Jeanne Abbett, Cindy DeLargy, Whitney Kimminau, Kelly Stone, Rita Manzotti, Jennifer Kroeter, Angel Kuchem, Heidi Lenger, Diane Kottmann, Deborah Brueggen, Erin Simon, Amanda Hoerstkamp, Terri Peters, Diana Klepper, Julie Strubberg, Jennifer Volkerding, David Dennis, Wendy Wisdom, Mike Olszowka, Tim Branson, Kurt Althage, Gail Bonastia, Barbara Eckenfels, Nancy Huber, Christine Kelley, Paula Mueller, Zach Schneider and Krista Williams.

Completing the Teaching With Technology Program were Kerri Flynn, Elizabeth Hobbs, Keshan Moore, Emily Hardee, Penny Heisel, Kelly Worstell, Jessica Monroig, Nicole Kottmann, Colin Flynn, Ryan Brennan, Jill Griffin, Melissa Golder and Valarie Jankowski.

Photos from the closing ceremony for the School District of Washington staff are below.

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WINGS Educational Excellence Award

Amy Gruber, Washington West Elementary, received the WINGS Educational Excellence Award, sponsored by the Washington Missourian and two anonymous Washington High School alumni. From left are Brad Mitchell (WINGS), Kim Hunt (Washington West Principal), Amy Gruber, Glenda Leslie (Washington West Assistant Principal) and Susan Miller Warden (Washington Missourian).

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Dr. Jane and Doug Reed Scholarship

Receiving the Dr. Jane and Doug Reed Scholarship were Mary Kleekamp (Washington High School) and Melissa Kinney (South Point Elementary). From left are Kleekamp, Dr. Jane and Doug Reed and Kinney.

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2015-16 SDOW Retirees

Front row, from left: Carol Wilka, Tammy Watson, Amy Menard, Karen Parham, Sheila Bell and Jennifer Baker.

Second row, from left: Linda Wideman, Julia Brown, Karla Bennett, Lori Peirick, Maria Brady-Smith and Becky Juergens.

Back row, from left: Kevin Boyer, John Ragan, Connie Lutz, Frank Wood, Gail Strubberg, Vicky Murphy, Chris Viviano and Troy Bunkley.

Not shown: Janis Napier, Jeanette Huth and Randy Kosark.

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Dr. Frank Wood and Connie Lutz

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25 and 30 Years of Service

Front row, from left: Linda Hackmann (25 years), Sheila Bell (30 years) and Jill Monzyk (25 years).

Back row, from left: Misty Thomas, Carol Rolwes and Durae Zweifel, all 25 years.

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20 Years of Service

Front row, from left: Cheryl Spratt, Aurie Meyer and Sara Barnett.

Back row, from left: Kirk Grass and Derek Bailey.

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15 Years of Service

Front row, left to right: Theresa Jones, Bettina Hoeft, Rhonda Hoemann, Jose Gamez, Lisa Fortner, Mike Brusca, Amy Bruckerhoff and  Amy Crow.

Second row, from left: Karla Bennett, Michelle Quaethem, Mary Ann Kassebaum, Paula Kopmann, Becky Herbst, Dan Heck and Karen Graham.

Back row, from left: Kelly Richard, Chris Redd, Brendan Mahon, Chester Livell and Mike Scheer.

Not shown: Zoe Callaway, Amy Dewert, Pattie Kreamalmeyer, Lisa Kreamalmeyer and Jeanette Marquart.

 

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10 Years of Service

Front row, left to right: Leslie Edwards, Liz Leach, Mary Dahl, Cathy Day, Jeanne Abbett, Cindy DeLargy and Whitney Kimminau.

Second row, from left: Kelly Stone, Rita Manzotti, Jennifer Kroeter, Angel Kuchem, Heidi Lenger, Diane Kottmann and Deborah Brueggen.

Third row, from left: Erin Simon, Amanda Hoerstkamp, Terri Peters, Diana Klepper, Julie Strubberg, Jennifer Volkerding and David Dennis.

Back row, from left: Wendy Wisdom, Mike Olszowka, Tim Branson and Kurt Althage.

Not shown: Gail Bonastia, Barbara Eckenfels, Nancy Huber, Christine Kelley, Paula Mueller, Zach Schneider and Krista Williams.

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Teaching With Technology Program

Front row, from left: Kerri Flynn, Elizabeth Hobbs, Keshan Moore and Emily Hardee.

Second row, from left: Penny Heisel, Kelly Worstell, Jessica Monroig and Nicole Kottmann.

Back row, from left: Colin Flynn, Ryan Brennan, Jill Griffin, Melissa Golder and Valarie Jankowski.

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The top selling school of the WINGS discount cards was Campbellton Elementary.

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Elementary administrators accept their portions from the WINGS discount cards.

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Michael Konen of Major Saver presents a check to WINGS for $41,392.50 for the 2016 Major Saver Program. Brad Mitchell of WINGS accepts the check.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 5/24/16




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The annual Curriculum Night is scheduled for Monday, March 16. The event runs from 5:30 -7:00 p.m.
 


 
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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar
Published: 3/16/15