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2018 WINGS HALL OF HONOR

Mark your calendar for the 2018 WINGS Hall of Honor Dinner and Dance: Saturday, September 29, 2018

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WINGS Hall of Honor Inductees 2017


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.

2017 Support Staff Person of the Year


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).

WINGS Educational Excellence Award 2016-17


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).

Major Saver Program 2016-17


Stacy Hontz of Major Saver presents a check to WINGS for $39,780 for the 2017 Major Saver Program. Brad Mitchell of WINGS accepts the check.

WINGS Scholarships 2016-17


Washington High School students received the 2016-2017 WINGS scholarship for $500 apiece. From left are Carol Zanin (WINGS), recipients Cole Phinney, Justine Huellinghoff, Gavin Novak and Kelley Siem, and Janie Chalem (WINGS).

2016 WINGS Hall of Honor Inductees

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Pictured are 2016 WINGS Educational Foundation Hall of Honor inductees. The inductees, holding the plaques, from left, are Jim Gephardt, Jim Jackson and Tim Elder, who was accepting on behalf of Steve Minning. Also pictured, from left, are Lynda McCoy (WINGS), School District of Washington Superintendent Dr. Lori VanLeer and Brad Mitchell (WINGS).

WINGS S.T.E.A.M. Grant Awarded to WMS

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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.

2016 Support Staff Person of Year

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Chris Arnold, middle, was named the WINGS 2016 Support Staff Person of the Year. Front row, from left, are Janie Chalem (WINGS), Arnold and Carol Zanin (WINGS). Back row, from left, are  Laura Bruckerhoff (Washington Middle School Associate Principal) and Lori Strubberg (WINGS).

(Washington Missourian Photo).

2016 WINGS New Directors

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WINGS New Directors for 2016

Front row, from left, are Janie Chalem, Amy Oesterly and Katelyn Riegel. Back row, from left, are Lori Strubberg and Becky Cox. Not pictured are Laurie Weber and Teresa Brockmann.

2015 Hall of Honor Inductees

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Pictured are 2015 Wings Educational Foundation Hall of Honor inductees. The inductees, front row from left holding the plaques, are Rick Rehmeier, Jean Van Der Kamp and Margaret Niemeyer, who was representing her late husband, Dr. Kenneth Niemeyer. Also pictured, from left, are Cindy Lohmeyer (WINGS), Lynda McCoy (WINGS), Dr. Jane Reed (WINGS), Lori Strubberg (WINGS), Brad Mitchell (WINGS), School District of Washington Superintendent Dr. Lori VanLeer and Dawn Kitchell (WINGS).

WINGS News

10/27/17

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.

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10/2/17

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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8/15/17

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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5/22/17

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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WINGS 2018 Teacher Grants

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to apply for the WINGS Educator Grant to fund innovation, technology or other opportunities to improve instruction for students in the District. The Maximum amount awarded is $5,000

  The application deadline is Thursday, April 5, 2018.  WINGS Educator Grant App 2018docx.pdf