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11/16/17

Stefanie Virgen, Gifted and Language Arts teacher at Washington Middle School, has been named the School District of Washington’s recipient of the Emerson Electric Excellence in Teaching Award.

The Emerson Excellence in Teaching Awards program annually recognizes more than 100 educators in the St. Louis metropolitan area – from kindergarten teachers to college professors – who are examples of excellence in their field.

Recipients are selected by the chief administrators of their school districts or educational institutions. The employing educational institution must be located in the St. Louis metropolitan area, which is defined to include: (in Missouri) Franklin County, Jefferson County, St. Charles County, St. Louis City, St. Louis County; and (in Illinois) Jersey County, Madison County, Monroe County, and St. Clair County.

“I was stunned to receive this award and feel greatly humbled. The bright professionals I work with reflect their light on everyone around them, and I'm the recipient of that shared vision and enthusiasm,” Virgen said. “It's all the more poignant that this is my hometown, my own school district, the place where I received so much from the teachers and staff members who nurtured me so long ago. I look out my classroom window at the woods cosseting the creek that I crossed when my own path as a young student carried me from Washington Junior High and on to Washington High School, and I'm struck by the circular nature of that life metaphor.”

Virgen has been in education for 10 years. She began her career with the Spokane/Highlandville district in Missouri to teach and administrate their gifted program - elementary through high school.

Teaching so many varied grades on different days of the week gave me great perspective of the diverse work each teacher does, and my appreciation for them all deepened,” Virgen said.

Virgen has been with the School District of Washington for seven years. She was hired at Washington Middle School to teach English and the Gifted program - the same Gifted program in which she was once a student. She currently teaches 7th English, 8th College/Career Explo, 8th Gifted, and 7th Gifted. 

Virgen’s other roles in the district include Environmental Club sponsor, Honor Society co-sponsor, PBS Leadership team chairperson, WMS Building Level Team, District Strategic Planning committee, Cohort workshop facilitator, PLC facilitator, Pathways for Teachers, District Grammar committee​, and District English Language Arts curriculum committee.

Virgen was recognized at the awards program Sunday, Nov. 12, at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in St. Louis.

"Stefanie is one of the most dynamic teachers I have had the pleasure of working with in my 28 years with the Washington School District,” said Washington Middle School Principal Ron Millheiser. “She does nothing halfway. Her lessons are always well thought out and engaging to our kids. She takes her passion for what she is teaching and often will make the learning experiences come alive in her classroom. She has been known to turn her classroom into a wilderness setting, veterinary learning center, courtroom, photography studio or whatever the topic she may be teaching within her gifted, exploratory or language arts classes.

"Stefanie is a well-respected leader among her professional peers. She often leads breakout sessions for district staff on professional development days and is also one of the building leaders on the WMS PBS leadership team. Additionally, she sponsors both the environmental club and the honor society at WMS." 


Stefanie Virgen is the School District of Washington’s recipient of the Emerson Electric Excellence in Teaching Award.


Stefanie Virgen and Washington Middle School Principal Ron Millheiser.

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11/14/17

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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11/13/17

Washington Middle School held its Veterans Day Assembly on Monday morning, Nov. 13.

The assembly honored veterans who have served or are currently serving in the Armed Forces or Reserves. 

Middle school students participating were:

Presentation of the colors – WMS Color Guard

Pledge of Allegiance – Caitlyn Seyer

Welcome – Sunni Martin

“Star-Spangled Banner” – WMS Band

History of Veterans Day – Emma Winger and Cam Millheiser

“Heroes” – Octavio Meza

Introduction and recognition of guests – Sunni Martin and Caitlyn Seyer

“A Patriotic Day” – WMS Band

“They Did Their Share” – Maggie Figas

“When Peace Shall Come” – 8th Notes

Moment of Silence – WMS Associate Principal Laura Bruckerhoff

“Taps” – Ashley Stratton and Quin Blackburn

Photos from Washington Middle School’s Veterans Day Assembly are below.


















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11/8/17

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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