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Eighth Grade Immunization Required for 2016-17

There are new immunization requirements that have been put in place for incoming 8th graders for the 2016-17 school year. Click here for more details.

Important Dates

Dec. 7 & 14
Early Release Days
dismiss @ 2:20 pm


Quarterly Assessments
Dec 14 & 15: Language Arts
Dec 16: Math
Dec 19: Science
Dec 20: Social Studies & IT
Dec 21: Make-Up Testing


December 21
Modified Day
dismiss @ 12:25 pm


December 22-January 2
No School - Winter Break

WMS News


This is a reminder that Wednesday, December 7, 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.


Filing for the Washington Board of Education will open at 8 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 13.

The filing period will close Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017, at 5 p.m.

There will be three open seats. Board members Scott Byrne, Susan Thatcher and Rebecca Voelkerding terms will all be up.

Byrne has been on the board since 2008. Thatcher and Voelkerding were both elected in 2014.

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 on weekdays from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The district will be closed for winter break from the close of business Thursday, Dec. 22, through Friday, Dec. 30. Offices will reopen at 7:30 a.m. Monday, Jan. 2.

Board member qualifications include:

All candidates must be at least 24 years of age, a U.S. citizen and a resident taxpayer 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.

No election for the school board was held this past April since only the two incumbents filed for the two open seats.

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.


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

Approximately 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. 23 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 local 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 Middle School Student Council, 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 five consecutive years.

Concert events are;

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

December 11 at 7 p.m. – Festival Concert Featuring Bells and Church Choirs

December 18 from 2-6 p.m. – Student Musical 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 with the name of the school below the photo.

Click on the attached link below for more information on the Community Festival of Trees.

WINGS Educational Foundation

Marthasville Elementary

South Point Elementary First and Second Grades

Washington West Elementary Third Grade

Washington Middle School Student Council

Washington High School

Washington High School Cheerleaders

Four Rivers Career Center


Washington Middle School Brain Bowl took four teams to compete at Sullivan Middle School on Saturday, Nov. 19.  

There were 18 teams in the field from Union, St. Clair, Sunrise (DeSoto), Orchard Farm and Columbia Independent.  

The teams were split into three groups of 6 and played a round robin.

The top two teams from each bracket would go into playoffs.  

In the morning, WMS A and WMS B were undefeated in their brackets, while WMS C and WMS D both finished second in their brackets with only one loss each. All four WMS teams made the playoffs, making WMS two-thirds of the entire playoff field.  

In the playoffs, WMS A went undefeated and then beat CIS A in the first game of the final to claim the championship. WMS B finished in third place ahead of Sullivan A. WMS D defeated WMS C for fifth place.  

The top 10 scorers from the five preliminary games also were recognized. 

This is the sixth week in a row that the School District of Washington has had a Scholar Bowl team come home with a first place trophy.  

On December 3rd, the School District of Washington will host the largest high school tournament in the state (48 teams). 

WMS A team members were Samantha Doepker (3rd in prelims), Zach Miesner (6th in prelims), Michael Lampe and Kaleb Burr (9th in prelims).

WMS B team members were Katlynn Miller, Max Grimes, Leo Bergin IV and Evan Courtaway (7th place in prelims).

WMS C team members were Harsh Patel, Silas Clements and Madison Godefroid.

WMS D team members were Owen Spreckelmeyer, Hayden Thiemann (2nd place in prelims) and Kyle Meyer (not pictured).

Washington Middle School Brain Bowl Team.


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Staff Spotlight: On The Spot SDOW

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. Click here for the November edition.

WMS 2016-17 Student Handbook

The Washington Middle School student handbook for the 2016-17 school year is available. The front page must be signed and returned to the office. Click here to view the handbook.

Service Fee Waived On Web Store

The School District of Washington has waived the $2 service fee on all transactions on the RevTrak Webstore. Click here to view the Web Store.


The safety of our students and staff is a top priority. Click here for district safety information.

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