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The School District of Washington’s website will be under construction beginning July 1 for at least a couple of weeks. If wanting to enroll for the 2018-19 school year after July 1 until the website is completed, or for any other information, please call 636-231-2005 (registration) or 636-231-2000 (general information).

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 6/20/18




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Karlene Hoch, who will be in eighth grade this fall at Washington Middle School, was honored by the Washington Elks Lodge for her Americanism Essay.
She won first place at local lodge level, first place at district level, and second place at the state level in her age group.

Hoch’s essay titled, "Why Our Veterans Are America's Heroes" focused on Veterans being the true heroes in our nation because of their willingness to sacrifice their lives for us.

Hoch’s English teacher at WMS is Kaylin Bade.


Karlene Hoch

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 6/19/18




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Washington High School Theatre Camp takes place Thursday, Aug. 9, at WHS from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

The camp is open to students entering grades 7-12. No theatre experience is required. The cost is $20 per student. Lunch will be provided. Payment can be mailed to WHS or paid on the day of camp.

Students will have a chance to work on acting and audition skills, vocal skills, choreography, and technical theatre (sound, lights, sets, props and makeup).

To register, click on the attached link below.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 6/1/18




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

The ceremony marked the end of the 2017-18 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 and Assistant Superintendents Dr. Brendan Mahon, Dr. Judy Straatmann and Dr. Rachael Franssen each addressed the staff.

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.

*Six finalists were named for the WINGS Educator of the Year, sponsored by the Missourian and two anonymous Washington High School alumni. The winner will be announced in the fall at the WINGS Hall of Honor Ceremony. Finalists are Cody Stapel (Special Education, Washington West Elementary), Dan Brinkmann (Automotive Technology, Four Rivers Career Center), Melissa Ziegler (Science, Washington Middle School), Tim Branson (No Excuses, Washington High School), Heather Clark (Counselor, South Point Elementary), and Jennifer Maune (Third grade, Augusta Elementary).

*Penny Wilmesherr, Secretary, Washington High School, was named the WINGS Support Staff of the Year. The six finalists were Wilmesherr, Dawn Beste (Special Education Para, Washington West Elementary), Dave Wells (Custodian, Washington High School), Paula Mueller (SDOW Network Technician), Nancy Shiels (Secretary, Washington Middle School), and Craig Vonder Haar (SDOW Communications Manager).

*Receiving the Dr. Jane and Doug Reed Scholarship for $1,000 apiece were Clearview Elementary second-grade teacher Bridget Phelps (certified staff) and Washington High School Special Services para Kim Voss (support staff).

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

*Retiring staff members are John McCarthy, Pattie Kreamalmeyer, Janet Hagedorn, Marchel Sulschi, Ileana Sulschi, Lisa Huxel, Julie McBride, Georgana Hagan, Karin Parks Wolking, Bob Pecka, Dan Heck, Tamara Milligan, Sara Barnett, Debbie Brueggen, Peggy Brinker, Jana Monzyk, Kurt Althage, Donna Frankenberg, Jeanette Marquart and Jose Gamez.

*Honored for 30 years of service were Kevin Hunewill and Margie Longseth.  

*Honored for 25 years of service were Karen Kassebaum, Barb Laramore, Julie McBride, Kate Montgomery, Stacey Siefken and Kelly Worstell.

*Honored for 20 years of service were Laura Bruckerhoff, Lisa Coffman, Donna Frankenberg, Ann Gaebe, Dr. Judy Straatmann, Dr. Dawn Hellebusch, Dr. Kelle McCallum, Cathy Hemmer, Sandy Knickmeyer, Gary Maune, Erin Monzyk, Laurie Reed, Ed Stahl, Tracy Straatmann, Greg Traffas, Julie Trentmann, Michelle Turner and Becky Zanin.

*Honored for 15 years of service were Dr. Lori VanLeer, Barbara Gansmann, Stephanie Juengling, Tom Mathews, Jaime Opfer, Melanie Trentmann, Dana Vogel and Robert York.  

*Honored for 10 years of service were Meghan Brueggemann, Jana Buchanan, Kaye Chisholm, Amanda Clark, Chris Dunard, Cristy Esparza, Jennifer Gamez, Dane Gough, Erin Gough, Julie Grafrath, Elizabeth Hobbs, Katie Hogenmiller, Tricia Holm, Kim Hunt, Maria Kakadiaris, Lindsay Kober, Rob Landers, Jenny Meers, Scott Morgan, Tracy Niccum, Kara Pate, Anita Rehmeier, Lorna Schulz, Debbie Shafferkoetter, Brian Stuesse, Cassandra Suggs, Danette Wood, Rebecca Young and Terry Zanin.  

*Completing the Teaching With Technology Leadership Academy were:

Professional Level (Year 1): Jenny Meers, Jessica Fitzgerald and Chris Becker.

Specialist Level (Year 2): Michelle Prewitt.

Master Level (Year 3): Ryan Brennan, Melissa Golder, Jill Griffin, Valerie Jankowski, Nicole Kottmann, Keshan Vogt and Kelly Worstell.

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


WINGS Educational Excellence Award

Finalists for the WINGS Educator of the Year, sponsored by the Missourian and two anonymous Washington High School alumni. From left are Jennifer Maune, Dan Brinkmann, Heather Clark, Tim Branson, Melissa Ziegler, Cody Stapel, Brad Mitchell (WINGS) and Bridget Phelps (WINGS).


WINGS Support Staff of Year

Penny Wilmesherr, Secretary, Washington High School, was named the WINGS Support Staff of the Year. Also shown is Brad Mitchell (WINGS).


Dr. Jane and Doug Reed Scholarship

Receiving the Dr. Jane and Doug Reed Scholarship for $1,000 was Clearview Elementary second-grade teacher Bridget Phelps. Also shown are Dr. Jane Reed, left, and Doug Reed, right.


Dr. Jane and Doug Reed Scholarship

Receiving the Dr. Jane and Doug Reed Scholarship for $1,000 was Washington High School Special Services para Kim Voss. Also shown are Dr. Jane Reed, left, and Doug Reed, right. (Washington Missourian Photo).


Retiring Staff Members

There are 20 School District of Washington staff members retiring, accumulating 352 years of service to the SDOW. Front row, from left, are Jose Gamez, Janet Hagedorn, Georgana Hagan and John McCarthy. Second row, from left, are Deborah Brueggen, Sara Barnett, Julie McBride and Lisa Huxel. Back row, from left, are Jeanette Marquart, Donna Frankenberg, Jana Monzyk, Kurt Althage and Dan Heck. Not pictured are Pattie Kreamalmeyer, Marcel Sulschi, Ileana Sulschi, Karin Wolking, Bob Pecka, Peggy Brinker and Tammy Milligan.



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), Brad Mitchell (WINGS), Jocelyn Schluss (Marthasville Principal), Jennifer Pecka (Labadie Principal), Mary Robertson (Augusta Principal) and Melanie Trentmann (South Point Assistant Principal). Back row, from left, are Aimee Harty (South Point Principal), Jennifer Meyer (Campbellton Principal) and Dr. Matt Busekrus (Clearview Principal). Not shown are Kim Hunt (Washington West Principal) and Ron Millheiser (Washington Middle School Principal).


Major Saver Program

Kelly Osborn of Major Saver presents a check to WINGS for $40,612.50 for the 2018 Major Saver Program. Brad Mitchell of WINGS accepts the check.


Service Awards: 30 years

Honored for 35 years of service was Kevin Hunewill. Not pictured is Margie Longseth.


Service Awards: 25 Years

Honored for 25 years of service. From left are Kelly Worstell, Stacey Siefken, Julie McBride and Kate Montgomery. Not pictured are Karen Kassebaum and Barb Laramore.


Service Awards: 20 Years

Honored for 20 years of service. Front row, from left, are Erin Monzyk, Sandra Knickmeyer, Laurie Reed, Lisa Coffman and Gary Maune. Second row, from left, are Dr. Judy Straatmann, Cathy Hemmer, Donna Frankenberg and Laura Bruckerhoff. Back row, from left, are Julie Trentmann, Tracy Straatmann, Michelle Turner, Ed Stahl, Dr. Dawn Hellebusch and Greg Traffas. Not pictured are Ann Gaebe, Dr. Kelle McCallum and Becky Zanin.


Service Awards: 15 Years

Honored for 15 years of service. Front row, from left, are Barb Gansmann, Stephanie Juengling and Jaime Opfer. Back row, from left, are Tom Mathews, Melanie Trentmann and Dana Vogel. Not pictured are Dr. Lori VanLeer and Robert York.


Service Awards: 10 Years

Honored for 10 years of service. Front row, from left, are Becky Young, Debbie Shafferkoetter, Jenny Meers, Elizabeth Hobbs, Julie Grafrath, Jana Buchanan and Meghan Brueggemann. Second row, from left, are Anita Rehmeier, Lindsay Kober, Jennifer Gamez, Kaye Chisholm and Amanda Clark. Third row, from left, are Brian Stuesse, Lorna Schulz, Tracy Niccum, Erin Gough, Dane Gough and Chris Dunard. Back row, from left, are Terry Zanin, Kara Pate, Kim Hunt, Cristy Esparza, Danette Wood and Scott Morgan. Not pictured are Katie Hogenmiller, Tricia Holm, Maria Kakadairis, Cassandra Suggs and Rob Landers.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 5/29/18




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Washington Middle School recently recognized its students of the week for the month of May.

The students were nominated by their team’s teachers as part of the #Blue Jay Way-Positive Behavior Program.

Those who were recognized showed positive behavior, citizenship, respect and kindness to themselves, to others, and to their school.

A photo of the students of the week from Washington Middle School is below.

Names and teams of the students of the week for May are below.

7 White Team

Megan Jones, Devon Deckelman, Whitley Merrymann and Emma McCary.

8 White Team

Wyatt Murrell, Chamber Gillette, Chris Buchanan and Leopoldo Gonzalez Cisneros.

Jay Team

Amber Christeson, Abby Sloan, Summer Felton and Drew Bunge.

Encore Team

Brenna Brandt, Ethan McNabb, Colin Soete, Reese Torres, Dante Cattinari, Sunni Martin, Ella Scott, Dezzi Branson, Tommy Stahl, Samantha Pyatt, Emma Briggs, Emma Coleman, Jack Mackin, Natalie Osterly, Owen Spreckelmeyer, Mackenzie Whelan and Olivia Warneke.

Washington Middle School May Students of the Week

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 5/24/18




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This is a reminder that Wednesday, May 16, 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: 5/16/18




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Washington Middle School students in Stefanie Virgen’s seventh-grade Challenge class raised nearly $400 for Jenny's Cause through original creative projects they made and marketed.

WMS custodian and Jenny’s Cause founder Theresa Jones accepted the check from the students. See the picture below provided by the Washington Missourian.

The seventh-grade Challenge students, as a part of their entrepreneurship unit, were challenged to develop their own original creations to market and sell in order to raise money for a good cause in the community.

Jones visited the class to accept the check and hear about their individual projects. She told the students how Jenny's Cause began and what the organization does in the community. ​

Jenny’s Cause was founded with one simple mission in mind: to help kids. The charity helps boys and girls at Washington Middle School and Washington High School who are unable to make ends meet. It is completely anonymous.

“I am proud of the kids as always, not only for their creativity, but for their touching enthusiasm for raising money to help make Washington a better place,” Virgen said.  

Washington Middle School students in Stefanie Virgen’s seventh-grade Challenge class raised nearly $400 for Jenny's Cause through original creative projects they made and marketed. WMS custodian and Jenny’s Cause founder Theresa Jones accepts the check from the students. (Washington Missourian Photo)

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 5/10/18




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Washington Middle School recently recognized its students of the week for the month of April.

The students were nominated by their team’s teachers as part of the #Blue Jay Way-Positive Behavior Program.

Those who were recognized showed positive behavior, citizenship, respect and kindness to themselves, to others, and to their school.

A photo of the students of the week from Washington Middle School is below.

Names and teams of the students of the week for April are below.

7 Blue Team

Christian Gudmundson, Julia Miller, Seth Frazier, Quinten Blackburn, Alexander Charles, Emma Kamp, Jacob Weidle and Gavin Poole.

7 White Team

Emma Briggs, Cooper Thiemann, Weston Meyer, Brooklyn Hunt, Raegan Thiemann, Brian Brinkman, Nora Danz, Emma Wheeler and Leah Wheeler.

8 Blue Team

Ella Scott, Nicole Ott, Maddie Brown, Ella Barton, Wyatt Sneed and Brendin Voss.

8 White Team

Oryan Ray, Abi Waters, Sophie Nieder, Jadyn Whittall, Cady Koch, Lindsey Titter, Raymond Dailey and Jacob Strubberg.

Jay Team

Seth Roewe, Lily Brickel, Amber Lesire, MJ Gehm, Mackenzie Lawyer, Eli Smith, Dezziray Branson and Isabella Parker.

Encore Team

Becca Davis, Cole Click, Wes Thierbach and Jagger Wood.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 5/9/18




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This is a reminder that Wednesday, May 9, 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: 5/9/18




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Nice weather meant a large turnout for the WINGS Educational Foundation Picnic in the Park on Friday, May 4, at the Washington Fairgrounds.

The event featured a BBQ dinner and plenty of family fun. There were bounce houses, a balloon-bending clown, face painting, hula-hoops, and other games and activities.  

Several of the School District of Washington’s musical ensembles performed, including the Washington High School and Middle School vocal and band groups.

The menu featured pulled-pork sandwiches, pork steaks, nachos, and hot dogs and pork burgers for children.

The WINGS Educational Foundation hosts the picnic and other events to raise money for our schools.

Earlier in the day, WINGS volunteers delivered BBQ lunches to local businesses as part of the fundraiser.

Photos from the WINGS Picnic in the Park are below.
















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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 5/8/18




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This is a reminder that Wednesday, May 2, 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: 5/2/18




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Washington High School’s Jordan Scheer Memorial Children’s Relay for Life took place Friday, April 27.

The event took place at Scanlan Stadium at Washington High School.

The event was put together by the WHS student council and leadership class.

The theme this year was, “Carnival for a Cure.”

There were approximately 450 elementary students in attendance and over 200 volunteers.

A total of $22,561 was raised as of Friday, April 27, surpassing the goal of $20,000. The total will increase as more checks are deposited and a percentage of the sales from the KONA ice truck comes in.

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 Lexi Hendricks, Tess Marquart, Jessica Frick and Jonathan Amlong and juniors Gracie Boeckman and Kamryn Mitchell.

On behalf of the Relay Chairs and the Leadership Class, I would like to thank everyone for their support of the Jordan Scheer Memorial Children's Relay for Life over the past several months,” Hendricks said. “We couldn't have done this without everyone's help, especially that of the elementary teachers, secretaries, and administration, the Middle School National Honor Society and Student Council, and the WHS administration, secretaries, clubs, and janitors. It is because of you that we are able to continue this rewarding event and honor the Scheer family.”

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.

Poster and essay winners are as follows:

Poster Third and Fourth Grade

3rd: Trista Fleer, St. Vincent

2nd: Eden Boehmer, Immaculate Conception

1st: MacKenzie Wolfe, St. Gertrude

Poster Fifth and Sixth Grade

3rd: Nicole Aprill, St. Gertrude

2nd: Brianna Hellmann St. Gertrude

1st: Ava Kauffield, St. Gertrude

Essay Third and Fourth Grade

3rd: Gabriella Riley, Labadie

2nd: Nolan Wieland

1st: Ashley Frick, Campbellton

Essay Fifth and Sixth Grade

3rd: Brendan Smith, South Point

2nd: Hunter Meyer, South Point

1st: Isabella Ameiss, Immanuel Lutheran 


Pictured are Washington High School Leadership and Student Council students who organized the Jordan Scheer Children's Relay for Life.
























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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 5/1/18




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

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.

The music schedule is as follows:

4:00-4:40 - Washington Middle School Jazz Band

4:50-5:10 -  Washington High School Jazz Band

5:10-5:20 - Washington High School His and Her Choirs

5:20-6:10 - Washington High School Orchestra.


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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 4/30/18




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Washington Middle School’s Environmental Club/Virgen Stream Team panned out across Busch Creek (located down the hill from Washington High School) to engage in stream team activities, including trash clean up and water quality testing.

Led by middle school teacher Stefanie Virgen, the students worked on the project following school on Wednesday, April 24.  

The project was organized through the Virgen Stream Team, which is a part of the Missouri Stream Team program. 

“This is a very cool way to focus the kids on giving back to the community and caring for their campus,” Virgen said.

Photos from the Busch Creek trash clean up and water quality testing by Washington Middle School’s Environmental Club/Virgen Stream Team are below.











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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 4/27/18




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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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Washington Middle School’s Environmental Club worked on a native planting and invasive species removal project on Wednesday, April 11, on the middle school campus.

Led by middle school teacher Stefanie Virgen, the students removed invasive species along the creek and did some ambitious native planting, partially funded by Hillermann Nursery and the Missouri Department of Conservation. The rest was made possible through fundraising and donations.

The invasives removal was funded through the Virgen Stream Team, which is a part of the Missouri Stream Team program. 

“This is a very cool way to focus the kids on giving back to the community, caring for their campus, and learning about the importance of natives and invasives,” Virgen said.

On hand working with the students were volunteers Mike Smith, Andy Virgen, Gus Raeker and Shanna Raeker. 

Photos from the project are below.














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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 4/17/18




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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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An eighth-grade career fair was held at Washington Middle School on Friday morning, April 6.

A number of different businesses, organizations and groups from Washington and the surrounding area set up booths and displays for the students to visit in the gymnasium during the event.

Students asks questions to the business representatives and were given information and collectables from the businesses.

Photos from Washington Middle School’s eighth-grade career fair are below.












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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 4/6/18




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Washington Middle School recently recognized its students of the week for the month of March.

The students were nominated by their team’s teachers as part of the #Blue Jay Way-Positive Behavior Program.

Those who were recognized showed positive behavior, citizenship, respect and kindness to themselves, to others, and to their school.

A photo of the students of the week from Washington Middle School is below.

Names and teams of the students of the week for March are below.

 

7 Blue Team

Madeline Grimes, Alena Nix, Emily Bruckerhoff, Madelyn Sheets, Caden Leesmann and Blake Dewert.

 

 

7 White Team

Peyton Dunn, Will Kelpe, Blair Blaylock, Cody Hamann, Courtney Crabtree and Eillie Williams.

 

 

8 Blue Team

Donece Brown, Emma Winger, Ava Kelly, Madison Coke and Sebastyn Winkler.

 

 

8 White Team

Chris Buchanan, Chris Irwin, John Lundak, Scott Gross, Jenna Holtmeyer and Connor Thomas.

 

 

Jay Team

Samantha Pyatt, Sam Stewart, Luke Kleekamp, Molly Bauer, Bryce Hahne, Mackenzie Walter and Oryan Ray.

 

Encore Team

Jack Schantz, Logan Monzyk, Madelyn Sheets, Rachel Derner, Ella Scott, Aaron Flynn, Cece Tornetto, Layna Farrell, Claire Hellebusch, Seth Roewe, Jacci Brinkmann, Jacob Brown, Deven Yeary, Aden Pecka and Scott Gross.

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




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The Washington High School Athletic Association will host its 25th Annual Dinner Auction, “25 Years of Supporting Student Athletes,” on Saturday, April 21, at St. Gertrude’s Parish Center.

The silent auction begins at 5 p.m. followed by dinner at 6:45 p.m. and the oral auction at 8 p.m.

The cost is $30 per person or $240 for a table of eight. Guests must be 21 years of age to attend. Sports attire is encouraged. All proceeds benefit Washington High School and Middle School athletics.

To make reservations, send payment and name to Stacy Schiermeier, 821 Scenic Ridge Drive, Washington, MO 63090.

For more information, contact Stacy Schiermeier at 636-358-2467 or Darrell Hasenjaeger at 314-550-5328.

Click on the attached link below to a see a flyer for the 25th Annual Washington High School Athletic Association Dinner Auction.

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




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Karlene Hoch, a seventh-grade student at Washington Middle School, won first place in her grade level in the Franklin County Soil and Water Conservation District poster contest.

Hoch’s teacher, Kaylin Bade, was her sponsor.

The 2018 theme was Watersheds: Our Water Our Home. This year's contest had 193 entries from seven schools in Franklin County. 


Karlene Hoch

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




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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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Amanda Nilges, Washington Middle School Language Arts teacher and student council co-advisor, has been voted the 2017-18 Middle/Junior High Level South Central Advisor of the Year for the Missouri Association of Student Councils.

Nilges has been with the School District of Washington for six years. She was nominated by a fellow STUCO advisor in the South Central District, one of six districts in Missouri.

From there, district members voted on the nominees by email, which Nilges won.

Now the six district winners are eligible for the Missouri STUCO advisor of the year award.

The Missouri Association of Student Councils has been the premier organization in creating and developing student leaders and advisors in Missouri, with currently over 215 Missouri junior high, middle and high schools registered as dues-paying members. MASC’s mission is to provide programs and resources that develop positive student leaders and advisors who will promote a quality school and community environment.

Click on the attached link below for more information on the Missouri Association of Student Councils.


Amanda Nilges, Washington Middle School Language Arts teacher and student council co-advisor, has been voted the 2017-18 Middle/Junior High Level South Central Advisor of the Year for the Missouri Association of Student Councils. Presenting her the award is Washington Middle School Principal Ron Millheiser.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 3/28/18




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Washington Middle School reading instructor Connie Groff has been named the South Central Region Missouri State Teachers Association Educator of the Year.

Groff has been in education for 29 years, 22 years in her current position.

School districts and individuals had the opportunity to nominate top educators for the award. They must submit the application with letters of recommendation from a fellow educator and an administrator.

Laura Bruckerhoff, WMS Associate Principal, and John McCarthy, WMS Language Arts instructor, both wrote letters of recommendation.

The South Central Region executive board reviewed the applications and voted unanimously for Groff.

Groff will be recognized at the MSTA Spring Celebration on April 12.

Groff is pictured below, left, with WMS science instructor Logan Schamerloh, right, the MSTA Preseident-Elect for the South Central Region.

 

Washington Middle School reading instructor Connie Groff, left, has been named the South Central Region Missouri State Teachers Association Educator of the Year. Also shown is MSTA South Central President-Elect and WMS science instructor Logan Schamerloh.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 3/27/18




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Washington Middle School sent four teams to the Third Annual Missouri Academic Coaches Association's Middle School State Championships on Saturday, March 17.

Washington was the two-time defending champion. There were 20 teams competing.  

The teams were placed into five groups of four teams and played a round robin. All bracket winners and the top three second-place teams reached the playoffs.  

Washington A went 3-0 with wins over West (Columbia) C, Hallsville B, and Osceola B to win their bracket. 

Washington B (2-1) beat Sparta and Pilot Grove B, but lost to Hallsville A, finishing second. They earned the last playoff spot due to points scored.

Washington C (2-1) beat St. Peter and Paul A and Lange, but lost to Columbia Independent (CIS) A.  They just missed the playoffs and were in consolation 1.

Washington D (0-3) lost to West A, Houston, and Pilot Grove A to finish in consolation 2. 

In Consolation 2, Washington D went 4-1 to finish with a .500 record and in 16th place. Team members were Adric Montgomery, Ryan Mueller and Owen Spreckelmeyer. 

In Consolation 1, Washington C went 4-1 to finish at 6-2 atop the bracket to finish in ninth place. Team members were Lydia Bush, Emma Coleman, Isabella Fitzgerald and Cameron Schenkel (fifth place prelim scoring at 70 points per game).

In the playoffs, the eight teams were placed into two groups of four teams. The top two advanced to the super playoffs (top four).  

Washington B lost to CIS A, West B, and West A. In the later rounds, they lost to West C and CIS B to finish in eighth place at 2-6. Team members were Rachel Derner (14th place medal at 45 PPG), Austin Gober, Grady Nuckolls (sixth place medal at 63.33 PPG) and Madelyn Sheets.

Washington A went 3-0 over Hallsville A, West C, and CIS B in playoffs to make the top four. In the super playoffs, they also beat West B, but dropped round 8 to CIS A, 325-420.  That set up an advantaged final - CIS had to win one game to take the title. Washington had to win twice.  

In Round 9, Washington forced a second game by winning, 470-250. However, in Round 10, tied 185-185 at the half, CIS A pulled away to win 405-320, giving Washington second place at state and a regular season record of 44-4.

Team members were Samantha Doepker (fourth place medal at 71.64 PPG), Hayden Thiemann, Silas Clements and Kyle Meyer (20th place medal at 36.67 PPG).


The Washington Middle School 'A' Scholar Bowl team finished second at the state championships. Team members were Samantha Doepker, Hayden Thiemann, Silas Clements and Kyle Meyer.


The Washington Middle School Scholar Bowl Team who competed at the Missouri Academic Coaches Association's Middle School State Championships.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 3/22/18




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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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Parent-Teacher conferences at Washington Middle School for tonight, Thursday, March 15, have been called off due to power issues at the school.

Rescheduled information will be announced at a later date.  

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 3/15/18




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Students at Washington High School and Washington Middle School participated in a memorial to remember and honor victims of shootings during school on Wednesday, March 14.

It was the students’ way of honoring and recognizing the victims of mass shootings at schools, most recently at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., on Feb. 14, where 17 people were killed.

“About 150 of our students participated in a peaceful memorial/reflection event on campus in response to victims of school violence,” said Washington High School Principal Dr. Kelle McCallum. “The students who participated went to the gym and sat quietly on the floor as each victim’s name was read. At no time was anything political or associated with gun control read. The event lasted about 17 minutes and all students went back to class. We thank all of our students for the way they conducted themselves.”

A similar event took place at the middle school in the cafeteria.

“The event was optional and 100 percent student led. The only role that Washington Middle School played was to make sure our students had a safe and secure place to meet,” said Washington Middle School Principal Ron Millheiser. “The event was simply respectful silence lasting for a peaceful 17 minutes. Following the gathering, the students returned to class. I’m very proud of the kindness shown by our entire student body.”

Pictures from the event at Washington High School are below.









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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 3/15/18




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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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Students, please check the LOST AND FOUND items that we have displayed in the cafeteria and in the lost and found cabinets in the hallway by the gym. Any items left unattended after this Thursday, March 15, will be donated to charity.

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Posted by: Chris Gauzy
Published: 3/14/18




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The School District of Washington hosted a Student Summit on Digital Citizenship at Washington High School’s Little Blue Jay Gymnasium on Monday, March 12.

The digital citizenship summit event is offered through EducationPlus, a school district cooperative. It is designed as a comprehensive approach to impact behaviors of the 21st century through decision making and personal goals

Serving as the hosts were Tami Bopp, Senior Program Consultant with Character Plus, and Stephanie Madlinger, Director of Educational Innovation with Education.

Middle school students from around the area, public and parochial, participated the event. Each school team included one staff member and six student leaders.

The interactive day provided school teams with a toolbox of strategies aligned to the three REPs; Respect, Educate and Protect. Each school team developed a plan to implement a broad approach to support digital citizenship through respect and education.

Student teams learned about the latest research in digital citizenship. Teams developed a plan that they launched simultaneously at each of their schools using the nine elements of Digital Citizenship: Access, Commerce, Communication, Literacy, Etiquette, Law, Responsibilities, Security and Wellness based on the research of Mike Ribble.

Students engaged in hands-on activities that support a process to develop personal and school wide procedures and etiquette for a positive transformation. Each team was tasked with developing a plan to implement an approach to support digital citizenship.

The students were shown how to take the information from the summit and implement it into their own schools.
Outcomes:

• Promote an environment of respect for self and others through proper etiquette, access and law.

• Empower staff and students to educate self and others through literacy, communication and commerce

• Provide resources to protect self and others through rights and responsibility, security and wellness.

• Foster student leadership skills and relationships through collaboration and networking.

• Inspire Peer to Peer change in behavior within their communities.

Photos from Digital Citizenship Summit are below.
























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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 recently recognized its students of the week for the month of February.

The students were nominated by their team’s teachers as part of the #Blue Jay Way-Positive Behavior Program.

Those who were recognized showed positive behavior, citizenship, respect and kindness to themselves, to others, and to their school.

A photo of the students of the week from Washington Middle School is below.

Names and teams of the students of the week for February are below.

7 Blue Team

Marcus Graham, Nina Zimmerman, Bella Hartung, Audrey Schroeder, Ella Kroeter, Gavin Matchell, Cole Click and Lily Schmidt.

7 White Team

Kendal Warren, Grace Williams, Aaliyah Wirthwein, Austin Regan, Katie Young, Ellie Williams, Gabi Ziglin and Brittney Bowers.

8 Blue Team

Kaylee Fabrio, Nic James, Colton Moritz, Ashley Rothermel and Ava Kelly.

8 White Team

Grady Lamb, Hunter Barton, Rylee Eick, Kaelee O'Bryant, Ethan McNabb, Belle Wedge, Kaylee Karll and Jonathan Mateas.

Jay Team

Aidan Brinkmann, Morgan Bivens, Olivia Warnecke, Jagger Wood, Ryan Weidle, Natalie Oesterly, Amber Lesire and Kellen Schiermeier.

Encore Team

Seth Frazier, Cyrus Pfitzinger, Alena Nix, Joe Brinkmann, Izzy Parker, Isabella Hartung, Natalie Oesterly, Summer Felton, Ella Barton, Keith Althen, Zach Williams, Belle Zanin, Reese Gumpenberger, Abby Sloan, Ally Wilming, Raymond Daily, Drex Blackburn and Frank Emma.  

Cafeteria

Anthony Reisinger

Office/Counselor/SRO

Cooper Thiemann

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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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Washington Middle School hosted a total of 50 teams in the third annual Washington Invitational for Middle School and Elementary Youths (WIMSEY III).

The Elementary division had 18 teams, while the Middle School division had a record 32 teams.

In Elementary, the 18 teams were split into three groups of six and played a round robin. The top two teams from each bracket went into the playoffs, and again played a round robin, carrying over a game from the prelims.  

After nine rounds, West (Columbia) A took the title, followed by Columbia Independent Schools (CIS) B, and CIS A was third. Washington did not field a team.

In Middle School, the teams were placed into eight groups of four teams, and played a round robin. The top two teams from each bracket went on to a four-team playoff bracket, carrying over a result, and played another two matches before lunch. They did this process after round five (super playoffs) and round seven (mega playoffs), leading to the top four in one bracket. 

Washington fielded 4 teams.  

Washington D went 1-2 in prelims, and dropped rounds four and five to end their day in the bottom third of the field. They won their last four matches to end the day with a winning record at 5-4 in 25th place. Team members were Madison Godefroid, Adric Montgomery, Ryan Mueller and Owen Sprecklemeyer.

Washington C beat Hallsville B and St. Clair, but lost to Union B in prelims. That loss carried over to playoffs, where they lost to STL Patriots (a homeschool collective) and beat West C. That win carried over to super playoffs, where they beat West D and Washington B. In the final rounds, they beat Sullivan A  but lost to West A to finish 10th overall.Team members were Lydia Bush, Austin Gober, Isabella Fitzgerald, Madelyn Sheets and Cameron Schenkel.

Washington B beat Pilot Grove B and Moberly Blue, but lost to West B. That loss carried over to playoffs, where they lost to CIS A, but beat West D. That in carried over to supe rplayoffs, where they beat West C, but lost to Washington C. That loss carried over to the final rounds, where they beat Sullivan A and lost to West A to finish 11th overall. Team members were Lily Brickel, Emma Coleman, Rachel Derner and Grady Nuckolls, who took 10th in prelim scoring out of 132 players.  

Washington A beat South Callaway, Sullivan A, and Pilot Grove B in prelims, and beat Moberly Red and CIS B in playoffs.  After lunch, they beat Hallsville A and CIS C to make the top four.

In the top four, Washington and CIS A were both 7-0, where CIS B and STL Patriots were both 6-1. In round eight, Washington lost by 50 points to STL Patriots, and CIS B beat CIS A by over 300. In round nine, STL Patriots beat CIS B 460-265, and Washington A beat CIS A, 400-235. So STL Patriots and Washington A were both 8-1, forcing a winner-take-all tiebreaker game.  

Washington A went on to win the final, 470-215. Team members were Hayden Thiemann, Kyle Meyer, Silas Clements and Samantha Doepker, who took fifth place in prelim scoring. 


Washington A Middle School Scholar Bowl won the Washington Tournament title. Team members were Hayden Thiemann, Kyle Meyer, Silas Clements and Samantha Doepker, who took fifth place in prelim scoring. 

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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.

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: 2/21/18




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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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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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The PTO meeting scheduled for Thursday, February 15th, is postponed to a later date. We will announce the new meeting date soon.

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Published: 2/13/18




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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.

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: 2/7/18




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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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Washington Middle School recently recognized its students of the week for the month of January.

The students were nominated by their team’s teachers as part of the #Blue Jay Way-Positive Behavior Program.

Those who were recognized showed positive behavior, citizenship, respect and kindness to themselves, to others, and to their school.

A photo of the students of the week from Washington Middle School is below.

Names and teams of the students of the week for January are below.

 

7 Blue Team

Ryker Obermark, Katie Rice, Claire Nappier, Aiden McGee, Will Brand and Kaylie Rieger.  

 

7 White Team

Jack Trentmann, Elsie Kresse, Andrew Meyer, Elizabeth Scheperle, Jessie Tovo and Seth Taylor.

 

8 Blue Team

Dakoda Monroe, Madison Godefroid, Olivia Korte, Keith Althen, Sunni Martin, Gabby Kjellberg and Kyle Meyer.

 

8 White Team

Paige Cavenar, Reese Torres, Ty Sterling-Love, Elizabeth Brown, Destiny Stogsdill, Octavio Meza, Jonathan Mateas, Robby Noelker and Adrianna Balleydier.

 

Jay Team

McKenna Tracy, Glenn Sander, Faith Gardner, Sydney Struckhoff, Claire Glastetter and Lexi Lewis.

 

Encore Team

Sam Stewart, Drew Bunge, Julia Donnelly, Destiny Stogsdill, McKenzie Whelan, Ariel McCarty, Leah Wheeler, Quinn Blackburn, Claire Nappier, Marcus Graham, Austin Gober, Ben Tobben, Ryan Mueller and Micah Gargrave.

 

Cafeteria

Julia Petry, Katelyn Rice, Ryan Mueller and Tyler Winistoerfer.

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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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Eighth-grade science students at Washington Middle School have been learning about concepts in physical science. 

In Melissa Ziegler’s science class, students are applying their knowledge of momentum, energy, and Newton's Laws of Motion to design and build a crash worthy vehicle for a raw egg. 

Students have specific constraints like width, size, and mass for their vehicles. When the cars are tested, students will be required to calculate their speed and check the condition of their egg after each crash. This project combines both science and engineering standards.

Pictures below are of the students in the building and testing stage of the process.

Science teachers Travis Tompson and Madison Darnell are doing similar projects with their eighth-grade students, but slightly different.








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




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Eighth-grade Jay Team students at Washington Middle School have been working on a Bio-Med Thematic Unit in Language Arts and Algebra.​

On Wednesday, Jan. 31, the students completed a Writer's Workshop conference with professionals in the medical field.

Kaylin Bade shared her students' argumentative papers with Dr. Dave Wallace and Leslie Quint, RN and Health Occupations Instructor at FRCC, respectively.

After making notations on the medical concepts and terms that were the basis of the arguments in the papers,​ Wallace and Quint conferenced with the students on how they could make their papers more medically accurate, different sides of their arguments to think about, and overall technical improvements to their paper.

Photos are below.





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




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Seventh-grade students in Makenzie Ellis’ algebra class at Washington Middle School recently completed their angles, triangles, and quadrilaterals unit with a project they have been working on.

The students designed a geometric maze using properties of angles and two-dimensional figures, enlarged it using a scale factor, taped it to the floor, and then coded the Sphero robots to run their maze.

Student collaborated with middle school library media specialist Valerie Jankowski for their technology component. 

Pictures below are seventh-grade students directing and operating their robots around the mazes in the Jay hallway at Washington Middle School on Monday, January 29.














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




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Washington Middle School eighth-grade students were given tours of the Four Rivers Career Center on Thursday, Jan. 25.

Current students at the Four Rivers Career Center, representing each program, served as student ambassadors and gave the tours, answering any questions the middle school students may have had.

The WMS students were broken into groups of approximately 20 with each ambassador assigned to one group.

Approximately 280 eighth-grade students went on the tour.

Photos from the event are below.
















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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 1/31/18




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Washington High School will hold its Curriculum Night on Thursday, Feb. 1.

This evening will begin with a meet and greet for Parochial school families, followed by an enrollment meeting for Parochial and Public school families. 

In the Big Blue Jay Gymnasium, the Curriculum Fair will be set up so that families may explore the high school’s programs and courses.  There also will be several Parent Break Out Sessions. 

Enrollment paperwork is posted on the high school’s website for our parochial school families. Click here for the WHS webpage.

The Curriculum Night schedule is as follows:

5-5:30 p.m. - WHS welcomes Parochial School Families to come and meet with the Washington High School Guidance and Administrative staff.  This is an opportunity to discuss the enrollment process that is unique to students who have been attending local private schools. Parochial School Families may access and print enrollment paperwork from the Washington High School website. Click here for the webpage.

5:30 to 6 p.m – WHS welcomes the Class of 2022 Parochial and Public school families to the CJB Theatre to meet the Administration and Guidance staff, discuss grades, earning credits, planning for the next four years and the process of registering for classes.  

5:30-7:30 p.m. - The Curriculum Fair will be open in the Big Blue Jay Gym. This is a fantastic opportunity to visit with faculty about programs and courses, including programs offered at the Four Rivers Career Center.  

6:25-6:55 p.m. - Session I of the Parent Speaker Series

7-7:30 p.m. - Session II of the Parent Speaker Series 

Parents may choose to attend one or two sessions, the topics are as follows: 

Drug/Alcohol Awareness

AP (Advanced Placement) Courses/Exams

Credits Needed for Graduation

Pathways - High School Update 

Book Review - Raising an Adult 

Financial Aid

ACT/SAT/WorkKeys

Internet Safety  

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 1/31/18




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The Franklin County Health Department will be conducting an immunization clinic for current students in seventh grade and 11th grade on Wednesday, March 21, at Washington High School.

The health department will be offering Menactra and/or Tdap vaccines that are required by law. They also will offer Gardasil and flu vaccines.

In order to participate, pre-registration is required.

A letter and consent form will be sent home with seventh-grade students and 11th-grade students by Wednesday, Jan. 31. All consent forms must be returned to your school nurse by March 1. Without this piece of information, the health department will not be able to vaccinate your child.

There also will be forms available at the middle school and high school nurses offices.

Additionally, 12th-grade students who may have not received the required immunizations can also register.

Contact the nurses offices at the high school and middle school for more details.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 1/30/18




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Five students from Washington Middle School won an award in the 2018 Missouri Writing Region of the Scholastic Writing Awards Contest. 

Winners were selected from over 1,000 submissions from throughout Missouri and the Kansas City, Kansas, area.

Their pieces will be published in Missouri Youth Write, an online publication which will be available in June 2018. The students will be recognized at this year’s state Language Arts Write to Learn Conference at Tan-Tar-A.

The winners from Washington Middle School were:

Jade Ayers, Silver Key award for “Rainbows Form After Heavy Storms” in the short story category;

Jason Wood, Silver Key award for “War” in the short story category;

Lily Brickel, Honorable Mention for “Sector” in the science fiction category;

Dayton Hanneken, Honorable Mention for “Central Park Bombings” in the short story category;

Makayla Terrell, Honorable Mention for “Realistic Fiction” in the short story category.


Five Washington Middle School students won an award in the 2018 Missouri Writing Region of the Scholastic Writing Awards Contest. From left are Jason Wood, Jade Ayers, Dayton Hanneken, Lily Brickel and Makayla Terrell. Also shown is WMS Language Arts teacher Kaylin Bade, far right.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 1/29/18




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Washington Middle School held a spelling bee on Wednesday, Jan. 24.

The spelling bee was a qualifier through Scripps, which enables students to qualify for both the Missourian bee and the St. Louis Post Dispatch bee through McKendree University, and then for the National spelling bee.

The winner of the middle school spelling bee was seventh-grade student Anthony Dilly. The runner-up was eighth-grade student Ben Tobben. 

Photos of Washington Middle School’s spelling bee are below.


Anthony Dilly, left, was the winner of the Washington Middle School Spelling Bee. Ben Tobben, right, was the runner-up. Also shown is WMS Language Arts and Gifted Teacher Stefanie Virgen, who was the Spelling Bee Coordinator.








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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 1/26/18




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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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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 1/22/18




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Students in Makenzie Ellis’ seventh-grade algebra class at Washington Middle School visited Krista Williams’ second-year biomedical class at Washington High School on Thursday afternoon, Jan. 18.

The middle school students are working on a biomedical unit in their algebra class.

Students from the two classes collaborated to give the high school students a review on the subject and to allow the middle school students to add to what they are doing on their own in their classroom.

The students worked together on different projects during the visit, sharing thoughts and ideas on the biomedical topic.

Pictures from the collaboration between the two classes are below.











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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
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.

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: 1/17/18




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Due to poor secondary road conditions and frigid temperatures, the School District of Washington will be closed Tuesday, January 16. 

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Published: 1/16/18




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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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All WMS after school activities are cancelled for tonight, January 11, including the basketball game against St. Clair due to the impending weather.

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Posted by: Chris Gauzy
Published: 1/11/18




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Washington High School was the winner of the 2017 Community Festival of Trees at St. Peter’s United Church of Christ in Washington.

The Festival of Trees featured over 80 decorated trees with various themes from different schools, churches and community groups in the area.

During the month of December, members of the community had the opportunity to view the trees and vote for their favorite by placing canned goods and other food items under the tree.

Each food item counted as one vote and will help feed a community member. All food collected will be distributed between local food pantries.

While the School District of Washington was well-represented by many different buildings and clubs, Washington High School was the winner for the sixth straight year. Washington Middle School Student Council finished in second place.

Overall, there were 12,667 food items collected for the Festival of Trees.

Representing the School District of Washington in the Festival of Trees were 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.

See pictures below of Washington High School and Washington Middle School students with representatives from local food pantries and St. Peter’s United Church of Christ.


Washington High School and Washington Middle School Student Council were the first- and second-place winners, respectively, in the 2017 Community Festival of Trees at St. Peter’s United Church of Christ in Washington. Overall, there were 12,667 food items collected for local food panties. Representing WHS in the front row, from left, are Holly Hoerstkamp, Kamryn Mitchell, Hailey Howerton, Abbey Jinkerson and Jenna Loepker. Representing WMS in the second row, from left, are Maggie Figas and Lily Brickel. Also pictured are representatives from local food pantries and St. Peter's United Church of Christ.

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




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If interested in volleyball strength and conditioning training and tryouts, see details below: 

 

7th Grade Volleyball Information:

January 16 (optional): strength & conditioning 3:30-4:30 PM
                                    meet in FACS hallway by Room 119

January 18, 22 & 23 (tryouts): 7th grade volleyball tryouts from
                                                 4:00-6:00 PM in the WMS gym

 

8th Grade Volleyball Information:
January 16, 17 & 18 (optional): strength & conditioning 3:30-5:00 PM
                                                  meet in FACS hallway by Room 119
January 22, 23 & 24 (tryouts): 8th grade volleyball tryouts from
                                                 6:00-8:00 AM in the WMS gym

 

Sign-up sheets for tryouts are on the table by the office. Students will not be allowed to tryout unless they have a current, complete sports physical on the MSHSAA form. Turn physicals into Mrs. Feldmann in Room 143 or to the coaches the first day of tryouts.

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Published: 1/10/18




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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.

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: 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.

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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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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Washington Middle School held its annual talent show on Thursday, Dec. 21, which was the final day of classes before the winter break.

A number of students participated in the talent show, which consisted mostly of singing and dancing performances.

The WMS band also performed during the assembly. There was a brain bowl competition between WMS students and staff members.  A Christmas sweater contest also took place.

The WMS staff also performed its annual dance routine to close the show. See the Washington Missourian’s video by clicking the link below.

Photos from Washington Middle School’s talent show are below.

















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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 12/26/17




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Washington Middle School recently recognized its students of the week for the month of December.

The students were nominated by their team’s teachers as part of the #Blue Jay Way-Positive Behavior Program.

Those who were recognized showed positive behavior, citizenship, respect and kindness to themselves, to others, and to their school.

A photo of the students of the week from Washington Middle School are below.

Names and teams of the students of the week for December are below.

 

7 Blue Team

Connor Peterson, Kristin Monroig, Becca Davis, Bradley Poertner and Mackenzie Czeschin.

 

7 White Team

Calvin Kelpe, Mikaela Holtmeyer, Dylan Borgmann, Ian Junkin, Hannah Roady and Reece Gumpenberger.

 

8 Blue Team

Sean Barry, Anna McFarland, Izzy Baucom, Maddie Frankenberg, Evan Saller Freeman, Kaylee Heining and Jacob Neely.

 

8 White Team

Sadie Miller, Jack Sullentrup, Jadyn Whitall, Drex Blackburn, Taylor Pulliam, Jason Jennings, Kylie McDaniel and Hannah Mauchenheimer.

 

Jay Team

Dayton Hanneken, AmyJo Cunningham, Abby Watson, Seamus Zeh, Avery Johnson and Alex Bordak.

 

Encore Team

Nathan Smith, Collin Winistoerfer, Beau Evans, Izzy Parker, Cole Click, Eli Uffman, Dezziray Branson, Ceceila Heimos, Taylor Pulliam, Sunni Martin, Ryan Mueller, Zach Hill, Ella Scott, Ingrid Figas and Nora Kleinschmidt.

 

Office/Counselor/SRO

Leopoldo Gonzalez-Cisneros

 

Cafeteria

Aiden Farmer, Leah Wheeler, Emma Wheeler, Joe Brinkmann, Gavin Poole, Alex Selph and Nicolas Damian.

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Published: 12/20/17




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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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Published: 12/20/17




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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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Washington Middle School’s first semester seventh-grade computer class collected and created cards for the troops as part of the Spencer's Neighborhood (106.5 The Arch) collection. 

Pictured below are students Madison Busch and Madison Grimes, who both brought in over 20 cards each that they created during the Thanksgiving break.

WMS computer teacher Angel Young reprted the increase in the number of cards from 60 last year to 237 this year.​  

“I am so proud of all of my students,” Young said. “And how ironic that this gets to be reported on the anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor.” 

 

Washington Middle School students Madison Busch and Madison Grimes brought in over 20 cards each for troops that they created during the Thanksgiving break.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 12/7/17




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Participating in the “Adopt-A-Child" Drive, staff and students at Washington Middle School “adopted” 29 children in the Division of Family Services system and after raising approximately $3,000, were able to meet the requests and needs of all 29 children.

The school had hundreds of gifts, well over 200, wrapped and ready to go when representatives from the Division of Family Services picked them up on Tuesday, Dec. 5.

“We are blown away by the amount of generosity we saw with our 'Adopt-A-Child' Drive, said Washington Middle School Language Arts teacher Amanda Nilges, who spearheaded the project along with Dana Brinker and Mindy Schmelz . “Some teams and classes had over $500 donated. It brings tears to my eyes and joy to my heart to be part of such an amazing group of staff and students.”

See the photos below of the gifts collected by staff and stduents at Washington Middle School for the “Adopt-A-Child" Drive.



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Published: 12/7/17




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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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Washington Middle School recently recognized its students of the week for the month of November.

The students were nominated by their team’s teachers as part of the #Blue Jay Way-Positive Behavior Program.

Those who were recognized showed positive behavior, citizenship, respect and kindness to themselves, to others, and to their school.

A photo of the students of the week from Washington Middle School are below.

Names and teams of the students of the week for November are below.

 

7 Blue Team

Isabella Fitzgerald, Luke Johnson, Mollie Ferguson, Owen Straatmann, Rachel Derner and Carter Mergelmeyer.

 

7 White Team

Addie Watch, Anthony Ditty, Adam Henderson, Carly Hamlyn, Isaac Burr, Emma Coleman, Evan Gaither and Reese Schulze.

 

8 Blue Team

Brenna Brandt, Emily Molitor, Chloe Thacker, Alex Kackley, Raena Carver, Joey Avitia and Ben Tobben.

 

8 White Team

Scott Gross, Lydia Martin, Micah Gargrave, Anthony Reisinger, Abby Raeker, Elijah Martyn, Jessica Voss, Evan Femmer, Ryan Kampschroeder and Jenna Holtmeyer.

 

Jay Team

Clyde Hendrix, Maggie Figas, Jason Wood, Aubree Hakenewerth, Eric Lubkeman, Chloe Kugel, Joe Brinkmann and Karen Khounborin

 

Encore Team

Marleigh Langford, Ryan King, Amber Christeson, Carly Hamlyn, Sebastyen Winkler, Joshua Kopp, Charli Jaycox, Riza Tedesco, Micah Gargrave, Matthew Freitag and Kyle Triplett.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 12/5/17




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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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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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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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Washington Middle School held a Mega Party for students on Monday morning, Nov. 20.

During the school’s recent Cherrydale fundraiser, students who sold at least 10 items or donated $40 were allowed to participate in the Mega Party, which featured a number of games and activities in the gymnasium, along with snacks in the cafeteria.

Proceeds from the fundraiser go toward student activities at the middle school, such as field trip transportation, library upgrades and smart boards in classrooms.

See the photos below from the Washington Middle School’s Mega Party.











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




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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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Published: 11/16/17




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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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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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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 11/13/17




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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.

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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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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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Published: 11/8/17




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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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Published: 11/6/17




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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.

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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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The School District of Washington and the Washington Area Chamber of Commerce will host the Washington CAPS (Center for Advanced Professional Studies) Open House on Thursday, Oct. 26, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the Confluence Room at the Four Rivers Career Center.

A ribbon cutting for the new CAPS Confluence room is scheduled for 5 p.m.

CAPS is a nationally recognized, innovative high school program. Students fast forward into their future and are fully immersed in a professional culture, solving real world problems, using industry standard tools and are mentored by actual employers, all while receiving high school and college credit.

CAPS is an example of how business, community and public education can partner to produce personalized learning experiences that educate the workforce of tomorrow, especially in high skill, high demand jobs.

Business professionals and the public are invited to attend and get an opportunity to:

*Explore incubator space

*View student pitches and displays

*Recruit interns and employees

*Identify student/business partnerships.

Click on the attached link below for information on the Washington CAPS program.

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Published: 10/26/17




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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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Published: 10/25/17




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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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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 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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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.

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: 10/4/17




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Seventh-grade students at Washington Middle School recently completed an engineering project in their respective science classes.

The students were assigned a city where they made an emergency preparedness plan and kit for a natural disaster in that given town.

Experts from the area visited the middle school on Monday, Oct. 2, and went over the projects with the groups of students, giving them ideas on how to make their project better, or things to think about that they had forgotten.

Students in the science classes of Logan Schamerloh, Gloria McDonnell and Melissa Ziegler participated in the project.

It went extremely well. The experts were impressed with how well our students did on their projects,” said Schamerloh.

Experts on hand to over their input on the projects were Mark Skornia with Washington EMA, Justen Hauser with the Franklin County Department of Health and Stephanie Norton with Franklin County EMA.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 10/3/17




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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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Eighth-grade students at Washington Middle School participated in a Poetry Slam called the Resilience Cafe on Monday, Sept. 25.

The students studied characteristics of resiliency and created posters to represent each characteristic. Then, they each completed research on a historical figure that had a story of resiliency, all of which were combined into a resource packet for the class to use. 

The students wrote about their own stories of resiliency, and interviewed a community member or a family member about their stories of resiliency. They combined these two stories with a historical figure they felt they could relate to from the resource packet to create their spoken word poem.

The students presented in groups to seventh-grade Language Arts classes. 

WMS Language Arts teacher Kaylin Bade attended the Buck Institute Training for Project Based Learning in May and June of 2017. 

One of the requirements after the training is incorporating PBL into two units during the following school year. This was her first PBL unit. The base of the unit came from the Buck Institute. Bade altered it to fit WMS’s standards and unit requirements for Poetry and Figurative Language.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 9/28/17




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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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The Rolla Cross County Invitational today, September 21st, is cancelled due to the heat.

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Published: 9/21/17




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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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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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The Washington Academic Booster Club and the Quiz Bowl Boosters will hold a trivia night on Saturday, Oct. 14, in the middle school gymnasium. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. The event begins at 7 p.m.

The fee at the door is $15 for adults and $8 for students. A table of eight adults making an advanced reservation is $100.

Water, soda and chips will be provided. Pizza and desserts will be for sale. A silent auction will include gift baskets, gift certificates and event tickets.

The first-place team receives $200. The second-place team receives $100. There also will be a prize for the first-place student table.

Donations are being accepted to the silent auction and the dessert table.

To reserve a table, call, text or email the boosters at 636-390-2908 or at abc600bluejay@gmail.com.

Click on the attached link below for a flyer for the Washington Academic Booster Club and the Quiz Bowl Boosters Trivia Night.

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Published: 9/12/17




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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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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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The Washington Middle School Student Council and the Honor Society have created a joint venture called "WMS Cares."

WMS staff and our students will work together to help the unfortunate, those in need, our community, and the school. 

With the recent events spawned by Hurricane Harvey, WMS Cares is asking students to bring in items (see list below) by Friday, Sept. 8, at the end of the day. The hope is to rally support and get items sent out as soon as possible. 

Items needed are:

*Diapers

*Personal care items

*Bottled water

*Canned goods

*Gently-used or new clothes

*Cleaning supplies

Students can drop off supplies downstairs at Washington Middle School in room 110.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 9/5/17




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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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Seventh- and eighth-grade students in Logan Schamerloh and Melissa Ziegler’s science classes at Washington Middle School were already hard at work on projects during the opening week of the 2017-18 school year.

The students made chairs and various other things out of newspapers and pipes during their science classes.

Working together in groups, the middle school students planned their projects and then worked on putting executing them in the classroom environment, sharing their ideas and results with their instructor.

Photos of the students working on their science projects at Washington Middle School are below.








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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 8/23/17




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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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Washington Middle School’s seventh-grade WEB (Where Everybody Belongs) orientation took place on Monday, Aug. 14.

There are approximately 320 seventh-grade students at WMS for the 2017-18 school year. Another 60 eighth-grade WEB leaders helped with the orientation, which was run by staff members Shelly Struckhoff Makenzie Ellis.

The students participated in educational games and activities to get them familiar with their new surroundings at the middle school.

Photos from Washington Middle School’s seventh-grade WEB orientation are below.















 

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




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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.

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: 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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It was an eventful summer of traveling and sightseeing for a family of four students and two employees in the School District of Washington.

Mitch and Molly (Soete) Figas, along with their four children; Ingrid, Margaret, Simon and Kathryn, hit the road and visited eight national parks and a national recreational area.

Mitch is a physical education teacher at Washington Middle School. Molly is a home bound instructor for the district. Ingrid (eighth grade) and Margaret (seventh grade) both attend Washington Middle School. Simon (fifth grade) and Kathryn (third grade) both attend Campbellton Elementary.

Simon’s fourth grade teacher last school year at Campbellton Elementary, Angie Hopkins, gave her students an opportunity to obtain a pass for free admission to national parks by completing a project, which Simon did.

As a result, Simon got the pass, which gave the entire Figas family free admission to the parks.

Over a three-week span during the summer, the Figas family drove 5,400 miles (Mitch drove every mile) to visit the national parks.

National parks that the Figas family visited were Arches, Capitol Reef, Canyonlands, Bryce Canyon and Zion in Utah, Grand Canyon and Petrified Forest in Arizona and Joshua Tree in California. They also visited Glen Canyon National Recreational Area on the Utah and Arizona border.

Each Figas child had their favorite park. Simon’s favorite was Glen Canyon National Recreational Area. Ingrid liked Bryce Canyon the best. Margaret enjoyed Canyonlands the most. Kathryn’s favorite was Grand Canyon.

The Figas kids are no strangers to traveling. Since 2011, they have been to 43 states and nine Canadian Provinces.


The Figas family displays the maps of the national parks they visited over the summer with the pass that allowed them access. Front row, from left, are Kathryn, Simon and Margaret. Back row, from left, are Ingrid, Mitch and Molly.


Simon Figas displays his national parks pass he obtained by completing a project in the fourth-grade class of Angie Hopkins, right, last school year at Campbellton Elementary.

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




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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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Washington Middle School’s Where Everyone Belongs (WEB) Leaders met as a group for WEB Leader Training on Monday and Tuesday, Aug. 7 and 8, to prepare for seventh-grade orientation, which takes place Monday, Aug. 14, from 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.

WEB is a program made up of eighth-grade students that welcomes the seventh-grade class on orientation and the first day of school, and continues to support them throughout the year.

WMS staff members Shelly Struckhoff and Makenzie Ellis are the WEB program advisors.

The WEB students went over various games and activities during the training sessions that they will share with seventh-grade students during orientation.

A group photo of the eighth-grade WEB Leaders is below.

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




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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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Preparing for the 2017-18 school year, registration for high school and middle school students in the School District of Washington took place July 31-August 3.

Students and parents finalized their enrollment for the upcoming school year during the process. They also were given their chromebooks by the District’s technology department.

There will be a make-up registration date for the high school on Tuesday, Aug. 8, from 5-7 p.m.

The middle school doesn’t have a specific make-up day for registration. The best thing to do is go to the middle school August 7-11 during normal school hours. Try to avoid the morning of August 9.

Photos of high school and middle school students receiving their chromebooks during registration are below.

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







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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 8/4/17




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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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Preparing for the 2017-18 school year, registration for high school and middle school students in the School District of Washington takes place July 31-Aug. 3.

Students will get the opportunity to finalize their enrollment for the upcoming school year and will be given their chromebooks by the District’s technology department.

High school registration takes place in the Nix cafeteria. Please enter through the lower level Nix entrance. The times for all four days are 8:30-11:30 a.m. for last names A-K and 12:30-3:30 p.m. for last names L-Z.

WHS registration dates are:

*Monday, July 31 - 10th Grade;

*Tuesday, Aug. 1 – 9th Grade;

*Wednesday, Aug. 2 – 12th Grade;

*Thursday, Aug. 3 – 11th Grade.

Students trying out for sports may register after practice. Parents with students in multiple grades may choose one date to attend.

The make-up registration day for all high school grades is Tuesday, Aug. 8, from 5-7 p.m.

Freshmen Orientation is scheduled for Monday, Aug. 14, from 8-11 a.m. at the high school. All freshmen should plan to attend.

Middle school registration takes place August 2 and 3.

*Wednesday, Aug. 2 – 8th Grade from 8:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.

*Thursday, Aug. 3 – 7th Grade from 8:30-11 a.m. (last names A-K) and 12:30-3 p.m. (last names L-Z).

Seventh-grade WEB (Where Everyone Belongs) Orientation is scheduled for Monday, Aug. 14, from 8 a.m.- 12 p.m. All seventh-grade students should plan to attend and meet in the middle school gymnasium.

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

Click the link below for the enrollment and registration page, which includes back to school information, open house dates and school supply lists.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 7/27/17




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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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The Washington Middle School Student Council raised money at its MAP Reward Party for Stephanie Lindemann, a Borgia High School student who is battling cancer.

Lindemann was diagnosed with stage four Ewing Sarcoma in November 2015. After 13 months of chemo and radiation to try and beat the bone cancer, doctors said she was in remission. But in January 2017, she relapsed.

A total of $500 was raised for Lindemann and her family from the WMS Student Council.

The money came from dunking booth donations along with pizza and soda sales from the MAP Reward party.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 5/26/17




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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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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 5/22/17




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Tricia Holm, Washington Middle School Band Director, and Tim Rinne, Washington High School History and Government teacher, both recently were awarded with the East Central College- National Education Association inaugural Inspires of Excellence Teacher Recognition Award.

As part of this recognition, Holm and Rinne were presented a certificate with the student’s nomination statement, an ECC T-shirt, and other items of thanks.

Holm and Rinne were recognized for making a positive impact on the student who nominated them, as well as other students.

See the pictures of Holm and Rinne receiving the award below.

Tricia Holm, left.


Tim Rinne, left.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 5/18/17




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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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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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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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On Saturday, April 1, Washington High School Scholar Bowl sent three teams to Ladue while Washington Middle School Brain Bowl sent four teams to Jefferson City.  It marked the final weekend of the regular season.

WHS A won at Ladue in a close final.  Their regular season record is 99-4 with 10 tournament wins.  WHS B finished fourth and the C team was 12th. WMS took the top four places at Jeff City.  

 

Washington High School

 

At Ladue, the 22 teams were placed into 4 groups - two groups of six, and two of five. The top two teams from each bracket moved to the playoffs.  

WHS A and B went undefeated in prelims and were in playoffs. 

WHS A had wins over Marquette A, Eureka, Orchard Farm B, Cuba, and Carbondale (IL) C.  

WHS B had wins over Helias, Priory A, Carbondale B, and Matoon (IL) C.  

WHS C had wins over Matoon A, Priory, and Oakville, but lost to MICDS and Louisiana to take third in their bracket and finish in the top tier of Consolation.  

WHS A swept through playoffs as well, with wins over Carbondale A, Louisiana, and Helias to end in Superplayoffs. 

WHS B defeated Orchard Farm A and Marquette A, but lost to MICDS to finish second in the playoffs, still in Superplayoffs. 

In Superplayoffs, WHS A beat WHS B and MICDS.  This was MICDS' only loss so far, setting up an advantaged final.  MICDS grabbed the first game of the final by 20 points - 375-355, but WHS  pulled out the win in the secnd game, 390-320.  

That game was WHS A's 11th of the tournament, setting their regular season record for the entire season at 99-4.  This was their 10th tournament win of the season.

WHS A team members were Joe Stitz (Sr.) (2nd place Individuals) , Matt Chalem (Sr.), Matt Dew (Sr.), and Cole Phinney (Sr.).

WHS B dropped the third-place game to Carbondale A to finish fourth overall.  

B Team members were Jonathan Amlong (Jr.) (5th place Individual), James Collier (So.), Carrie Derner (Jr.) and Spencer Johnson (Sr.)

WHS C finished the entire day at 5-5, earning additional wins over Marquette B and Priory A.  The entire C team is made of freshmen.

C Team members were Audrey Bush (finished the day as the 10th highest scorer out of 98 players), Marcy Lampe (who was 24th place herself), Ely Schulte, and Elise Thierbach.

WHS A team members were Joe Stitz (Sr.) (2nd place Individuals) , Matt Chalem (Sr.), Matt Dew (Sr.), and Cole Phinney (Sr.).

 

Washington Middle School

 

WMS finished first, second, third and fourth at Jefferson City. No WMS team lost to a team from a different school all day. Each team managed to beat at least one of the other WMS teams and in doing so completed a circle. WMS had 9 of the top 10 scoring players.  

 

The first-place team was WMS Las Puertes. They avenged their only loss in the final, and ended the day 9-1.  Team members were Max Grimes, Harsh Patel, Michael Lampe (6th) and Kaleb Burr (2nd).

 

The only team to beat Las Puertas during the day was WMS Omicron Fire, who placed second at 8-2. Team members were Evan Courtaway (7th) and Zach Miesner (1st)

 

The third-place team was WMS Ravenclaw, who also avenged a loss in the third-place game.  They also had a win over Omicron Fire during the day.  Team members were Samantha Doepker (2nd), Katlynn Miller (10th) and Madison Godefroid.

 

In fourth place was WMS Wayne Enterprises, who had beaten Ravenclaw in the first round, only to lose in the third-place game. Team members were Hayden Thiemann (5th), Silas Clements (8th) and Kyle Meyer (9th).  


WMS first-place team members were Max Grimes, Harsh Patel, Michael Lampe and Kaleb Burr.


WMS second-place team members were Evan Courtaway and Zach Miesner.


WMS third-place team members were Samantha Doepker, Katlynn Miller and Madison Godefroid.


WMS fourth-place team members were Hayden Thiemann, Silas Clements and Kyle Meyer.


Washington Middle School Scholar Bowl Team.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 4/3/17




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The Washington High School English Department hosted an English Expo on Thursday, March 30th, in the Little Blue Jay Gymnasium.

The expo ran all day, and all WHS English classes participated, as well as eighth-grade students from Washington Middle School.

WHS English teachers set up a booth to showcase student work and engage students in English activities.

It was a way to promote the WHS English Department and showcase the opportunities it provides to students.

Pictures from the English Expo at Washington High School are below.















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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 3/31/17




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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 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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Stefanie Virgen, Language Arts and Challenge teacher at Washington Middle School, along with her students, participated in “Read Across America” and “Missouri Read-In Day” on Friday, March 10.

Virgen turned her classroom into a jungle and engaged her students in reading activities and snacks throughout the day. The goal was for the students to associate reading with fun.

Photos of Virgen reading to her students, and dressing the part, are below.





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An eighth-grade career fair was held at Washington Middle School on Friday morning, March 10.

A number of different businesses from Washington and the surrounding area set up booths and displays for the students to visit in the gymnasium during the 2 1/2-hour event.

Students asks questions to the business representatives and were given information and collectables from the businesses.

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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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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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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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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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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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Eighth-grade students from Washington Middle School visited Washington High School to get acquainted with the building in preparation for the 2017-18 school year on Tuesday morning, Jan. 31.

The students first gathered in the CJB Auditorium and watched a power point presentation about topics such as registration, graduation requirements and day-to-day operations of the high school.

The students heard from and were introduced to WHS administrators and guidance counselors.

Following the presentation, the eighth-grade students split into several different groups and were given a tour of the high school by WHS student council and leadership students.

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Washington Middle School held its spelling bee on Wednesday, Jan. 25.

Language Arts and Challenge teacher Stefanie Virgen served as the moderator for the spelling bee, which took place in the gymnasium with the entire student body and faculty watching.

Max Grimes, an eighth-grade student, was the winner of the spelling bee. Maelana Baker, also an eighth-grade student, was the runner-up.

Grimes will represent Washington Middle School at the Regional Spelling Bee at East Central College this spring.

Photos of the Washington Middle School spelling bee competition, the entire group of participants, and the two finalists are below.


Pictured are the participants of the Washington Middle School spelling bee on Wednesday, January 25.

Pictured, from left, are Washington Middle School spelling bee winner Max Grimes, WMS teacher and spelling bee moderator Stefanie Virgen, and WMS spelling bee runner-up Maelana Baker.

















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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.”


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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 1/26/17




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The School District of Washington recently sent six teams from two schools to two different scholar bowl tournaments.  

WHS A and B went to Oakville, while WHS JV and WMS A, B, and C were in Tuscumbia.  

(* - medalist as a top scoring player in prelims). 

In Tuscumbia, the JV team took second in their division, only dropping a game to the winner Hallsville, finishing the day at 9-1. Team members were Marcy Lampe*, Elise Thierbach, Ely Schulte and Audrey Bush*.

​In Middle School, the field was split into a Standard and a Highly Competitive division. The HC division played on the same set of questions as the JV field.  

In Standard, the WMS C team placed second overall at 8-2.  Team members were Molly Schaedler, Hayden Thiemann*, Kyle Meyer and Silas Clements.

In the Highly Competitive division, WMS B went 3-6 to place fifth out of six teams. Team members were Max Grimes*, Evan Courtaway and Katlynn Miller.

WMS A placed second at 8-2, with both losses to champions Columbia Independent A. Team members were Zach Miesner*, Leo Bergin, Kaleb Burr* and Michael Lampe.

At Oakville, both WHS A and B ended up facing each other in the final, with WHS A staying undefeated on the year at 11-0.  The WHS B team's only losses at 9-2 were to the A team.  

WHS A team members were Matt Dew, Matt Chalem, Cole Phinney and Joe Stitz*.

WHS B team members were Jonathan Amlong*, Spencer Johnson and Carrie Derner*.


JV team members Marcy Lampe, Elise Thierbach, Ely Schulte and Audrey Bush.


WMS C team members were Molly Schaedler, Hayden Thiemann, Kyle Meyer and Silas Clements.


WMS A team members were Zach Miesner, Leo Bergin, Kaleb Burr and Michael Lampe.


WMS and JV team members were Zach Miesner, Leo Bergin, Kaleb Burr, Michael Lampe, Marcy Lampe, Elise Thierbach, Ely Schulte,  Audrey Bush, Molly Schaedler, Hayden Thiemann, Kyle Meyer, Silas Clements, Max Grimes, Evan Courtaway and Katlynn Miller.


WHS Team members were Matt Dew, Matt Chalem, Cole Phinney, Joe Stitz, Jonathan Amlong, Spencer Johnson and Carrie Derner.

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Published: 1/23/17




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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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Washington Middle School held a talent show and pep assembly on Wednesday, Dec. 21, which was the final day of classes before the winter break.

A number of students participated in the talent show, which consisted mostly of singing and dancing performances.

A group of WMS staff members also performed a dance routine and mannequin challenge. Click here for the video.

The WMS band also performed during the assembly. There was a brain bowl competition between WMS students and staff members, which was won by the students.  

There also were games and a “pie in a teacher’s face” (Logan Stapp and Tom Haddox) for two students wearing the best holiday sweaters.

Photos from Washington Middle School’s talent show and pep assembly are below. Click the attached link below for the staff’s dance performance.




















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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 12/21/16




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Madison Frankenberg, a seventh-grade student at Washington Middle School, raised over $500 for St Jude Children's Hospital by creating a pajama day event at WMS.

Frankenberg also invited other schools in the district to join in for the fundraiser.

Labadie Elementary Principal Jennifer Pecka and Marthasville Elementary Principal Jocelyn Schluss also encouraged their schools to join in on the event.

Washington Middle School students, staff, Principal Ron Millheiser and Associate Principal Laura Bruckerhoff supported Frankenberg in her fundraiser.

See the photos below.


Washington Middle School student Madison Frankenberg, right, with WMS teacher Angel Young.


Washington Middle School student Madison Frankenberg with WMS Associate Principal Laura Bruckerhoff, left, and Principal Ron Millheiser.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 12/21/16




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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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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 12/16/16




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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."


Katie Sandoval

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 11/14/16




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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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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.

Click here for a video.

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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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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 10/19/16




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Mia Reed, an eighth-grade student at Washington Middle School, recently capped a perfect middle school cross country career by winning every race in which she competed.

Reed competed in 16 middle school cross country races, and won all 16 of them. She even won a race with boys in it.

Middle school cross country races are 1.5 miles, compared to 3.1 miles in high school.

“My first race in seventh grade, I wasn’t sure how I would do. I was the fastest on my team, but I didn’t know if I was going to be the fast in the race. I guess my confidence grew from there,” Reed said. “The big one in seventh grade was Forest Park, where there was around 250 girls running. When I got first place there, I was like, ‘I’m pretty good.’”

Also in seventh grade, Reed won an event in Rolla with boys running in the same race.

“One boy was next to me the whole race and it was pretty intense. In the end, I won. This year they didn’t have the boys and girls run together because there were too many of us,” Reed said. “This year at St. James stands out because that course is pretty hilly compared to the other courses we run.”

“In seventh grade, Mia won all eight of her cross country races and had a very successful track season as well,” said Washington Middle School Cross Country Coach Rachael Eggert. “Over the summer, she put in a lot of miles with a few other middle schoolers to prepare for the upcoming cross country season. She definitely had her mind set on having another undefeated season, and it was fun to watch her hard work pay off. We went to the same eight meets, and Mia won all of them again.

“One of the biggest meets for Mia to win both years was the Forest Park Cross Country Festival, especially as a seventh grader. It was pretty cool to see her win even with all the other great teams there,” Eggert added. “It was always exciting to see the girls do well as a team. We won a few team awards last year. This year, we won three team championships at Rolla, Hermann, and our home meet.”

Reed has worked hard for her success.

“I started taking running seriously in fifth grade, so I had a bit of training before seventh grade,” she said. “I trained with the middle school team and even sometimes with the high school team. I did a lot of the YMCA races and things like that.”

Reed also is a standout runner during the spring track and field season, competing in the 400-meter dash and the 800- and 1,600-meter runs. As a seventh-grader, she won every race except for one 400-meter dash.

Mia’s older sister, Mikayla, currently is a junior on Washington High School’s cross country and track and field teams, and is a standout runner in her own right. Mikayla is a two-time all-state performer in both cross country and track and field, finishing in fifth place in the Class 4 girls cross country state race last season as a sophomore.

Mia and Mikayla will be on the WHS cross country and track and field teams together for one year with Mia being a freshman and Mikayla a senior.

“In high school, I know I’m not going to win every race, but maybe I can be the No. 1 freshman in the state. That’s something to work for,” Mia said. “I’d like to get to state and medal there. That would be pretty cool.”

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Published: 10/6/16




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The WINGS Educational Foundation awarded its second S.T.E.A.M. Collaborative WINGS Grant to Washington Middle School on Thursday, Sept. 15, during the annual WINGS Hall of Honor Dinner.

The $9,100 grant will be used to transform the school library into a “makerspace,” a flexible, creative, collaborative learning environment that allows students to create and self-direct their learning by making.

The improvements will not impact the book collection in the library, but will modernize the classroom space and provide resources including a 3D printer, animation studio tools, video display monitor, robotic ball, kits for building and programming circuits, and other components to build, capture, design and store.

"In the makerspace, students are encouraged to be innovative, collaborate, and problem solve," said WMS Library Media Specialist Valerie Jankowski. "Technology-based activities are the primary focus of makerspaces, but they can also include other activities, such as writing, origami, and knitting. If it can be 'made', it can be included in the makerspace."

WINGS is the educational foundation for the School District of Washington.
Washington Middle School staff accepting the award include were Valerie Jankowski, Danielle Snider, Melissa Ziegler, Emily Hardee and Logan Stapp.
WINGS members presenting the grant were Brad Mitchell, Dawn Kitchell, Casey Zastrow and Cindy Lohmeyer.

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Pictured are 2016 WINGS STEAM Grant winners from Washington Middle School. Front row, from left, representing Washington Middle School, are Melissa Ziegler, Logan Stapp, Valerie Jankowski, Emily Hardee and Danielle Snider, and Dawn Kitchell (WINGS). Back row, from left, are WINGS representatives Dr. Jane Reed, Casey Zastrow, Cindy Lohmeyer and Brad Mitchell, and School District of Washington Superintendent Dr. Lori VanLeer.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 9/20/16




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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