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Audience: Homepage, Washington Middle School, Washington High School and Homepage

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




Audience: Homepage, Washington High School and Homepage

Jessica Frick and Emmy Hopkins, seniors at Washington High School, recently completed a DECA project that was months in the making with the Make-A-Wish Foundation involving a local 5-year old boy and his dream to go to Legoland California in Carlsbad, Calif.

Frick and Hopkins raised a total of $8,016.73. They will donate it to the Make-A-Wish Foundation, who will then fund the family’s trip to Legoland.

“We want to give a big thank you to our generous community that helped us reach our goal of $5,000. The community of Washington is truly amazing the way they are so willing to give to a family in need,” Frick said. “We had so many businesses and individuals come to us and ask if they could donate, which warmed our hearts. The community was a vital part in reaching our goal and we could not have done it without them.”

The Make-A-Wish Foundation helps grant wishes to kids with life-threatening medical conditions, giving them more than an amazing experience. A wish come true has the power to make kids feel stronger, more courageous, and more determined to overcome their illnesses. Many families and healthcare providers believe the wish experience is the turning point in a wish kid's battle against their illness.

The local boy was diagnosed with Rhabdomyosarcoma, cancer of the soft tissue, in December of 2016. He had surgery to remove the tumor and has had a number of tests and hospital visits.

Initial tests indicated that in addition to his tumor, there were spots in his lungs making his diagnosis Stage 4. He was facing an entire year of chemo, radiation and blood transfusions. A few weeks into his treatment, a new set of scans showed no concern about his lungs and he was downgraded to Stage 1.

Since his scans in February, no sign of cancer has been found. He completed chemo in June and is strong and healthy today.
The boy enjoys learning new songs and painting in Kindergarten. He loves Legos, cars and trucks, fire trucks, playing with friends and digging in the dirt.

The family is planning a trip to Legoland California. The boy wants to drive the cars and get his Legoland Driver’s License.
Frick and Hopkins held a number of fundraisers, such as a cupcake drive, a Miracle Minute, raffles, T-shirt sales and donation events.

They hosted a Make-A-Swish Night on January 16 at Washington High School during a girls and boys basketball double-header, where they raised money for their project. See the photos below, courtesy of the Washington Missourian.


The Washington Police Department donated approximately $1,000 from their No-Shave November fundraiser to a Make-A-Wish Foundation project, spearheaded by Washington High School DECA members Jessica Frick and Emmy Hopkins, who raised money to help send a local cancer patient and his family to Legoland California. Pictured from left are Hopkins, Frick and Washington Police Officers Doug Tollison and Mindy Schmelz.


Students collected money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation project during Washington High School's boys and girls basketball games on January 16.




(Washington Missourian Photos)

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 1/19/18




Audience: Homepage, Campbellton Elementary School and Homepage

Campbellton Elementary School held a “Shining Moment Lunch,” on Thursday, Jan. 18, where students were nominated by teachers and other staff members for displaying excellent behavior inside and outside of the classroom during school days.

The students may be nominated for having a “shining moment,” such as helping other students, exhibiting positive behavior, or just by displaying their overall actions in a positive manner. 

Six students were recognized for the month of January. They received a certificate, a call home to their parents on why they were recognized and a group lunch with the principal and the other recipients.

Campbellton Principal Jennifer Meyer was unable to make the January lunch. Filling in for her was Campbellton second-grade teacher Jennifer Volkerding.  

Lion’s Choice restaurant in Washington provided the lunch free of charge, and delivered it to Campbellton Elementary.

Students recognized at the “Shining Moment Lunch” on Thursday, Jan. 18, were Nathan Kuhn, Elaina Kimminau, Chloe Mueller, Toby Brant, Blake Voss and Jordan Bennick.


Pictured are students who participated in the Shining Moment Lunch at Campbellton Elementary in January. Front row, from left, are Nathan Kuhn, Elaina Kimminau and Chloe Mueller. Back row, from left, are Toby Brant, Blake Voss and Jordan Bennick.

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




Audience: Homepage, Marthasville Elementary School, Washington West Elementary School, Four Rivers Career Center, Labadie Elementary School, Campbellton Elementary School, Washington High School, Augusta Elementary School, South Point Elementary School, Early Learning Center, Washington Middle School, Clearview Elementary School and Homepage

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




Audience: Homepage and Homepage

Incumbents Kevin Blackburn and John Freitag were the only two individuals who filed for the School District of Washington’s Board of Education during the filing period December 12 to January 16.

The current three-year terms for Blackburn and Freitag are up in 2018, which created two open seats.

The fact that they were the only two to file means there will not be a school board election on the April 3 ballot.

Blackburn and Freitag will begin new three-year terms and will be sworn in during the Board of Education’s reorganization meeting April 12 at 7:30 a.m.

Blackburn, who was first elected to the Board in 2012, currently is serving as president.

Freitag, who was first elected to the Board in 2015, currently is serving as vice president.


Kevin Blackburn


John Freitag

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




Audience: Augusta Elementary School, South Point Elementary School, Homepage, Marthasville Elementary School, Washington West Elementary School, Four Rivers Career Center, Labadie Elementary School, Washington Middle School, Campbellton Elementary School, Clearview Elementary School, Washington High School and Homepage

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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Today (January 16) is the last day to file for the School District of Washington’s Board of Education.

Candidates can file at the Washington School District’s administration building at 220 Locust Street in Washington until 5 p.m.

There are two open seats. Terms for board members Kevin Blackburn and John Freitag will be up.

Blackburn, currently serving as Board President, and Freitag, currently serving as Board Vice President, both filed for school board on the opening day of filing. They are the only individuals who have filed to date.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 1/16/18




Audience: Homepage, Marthasville Elementary School, Washington West Elementary School, Four Rivers Career Center, Labadie Elementary School, Campbellton Elementary School, Washington High School, Augusta Elementary School, South Point Elementary School, Early Learning Center, Washington Middle School, Clearview Elementary School and Homepage

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




Audience: Augusta Elementary School, Homepage and Homepage

Augusta Elementary held its S.T.A.R.T. (Substance Tobacco Alcohol Resistance Training) Graduation ceremony on Thursday afternoon, Jan. 11.

Students in Lisa Nadler’s sixth-grade class completed the drug awareness program and were recognized for their accomplishments.

S.T.A.R.T is a comprehensive educational program developed by the St. Charles County Police Department that addresses drugs, violence, bullying, internet safety and other high risk circumstances.

Working with the sixth-grade class in the S.T.A.R.T. program was Officer Chad Thorpe from the St. Charles County Police Department. Also on hand for the ceremony was Sergeant Kurt Hey from the Warren County Sheriff’s Department.

Sixth-grade student Ella Lause was an essay winner, which she read to the crowd of parents, some staff members and some fourth- and fifth-grade students.

Each student received a S.T.A.R.T. certificate and T-shirt for completing the program.

Pictures from the S.T.A.R.T. graduation at Augusta Elementary are below.












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




Audience: Homepage, Washington High School and Homepage

Washington High School’s Winter Courtwarming is scheduled for Friday, Jan. 19. The boys basketball Blue Jays take on Liberty. The junior varsity game starts at 6 p.m. followed by the varsity contest at 7:30 p.m.

This year's Courtwarming theme is "Winter Wonderland.”

The Courtwarming Court will be introduced at halftime of the varsity boys game. The dance will be held following the varsity basketball game from 9-11 p.m. Coronation will take place at 10:15 p.m. Tickets to the dance are available for WHS students for $5 and will be sold before school Jan. 16-19  in the Northington Lobby.

January 16-19 will be spirit week at Washington High School. The themes for each day are as follows:

Tuesday, Jan. 16: USA Day

Wednesday, Jan. 17: Camo Day

Thursday, Jan. 18: Twins Day

Friday, Jan. 19: Blue and white day. Girls wear white. Boys wear blue.

The Courtwarming Court is:

The Advocate: Jake Hillermann and Bailey Bair

Student Council: Olivia Diederich and Brock Laughlin

No Excuses: Tyler Hughes and Angela Schmitz

Chamber Choir: Molly Eckelkamp and Nathan Neely

Orchestra: Zoe Sykes and Ezra Miles

Blue Jay Journal: Jaden Heien and Colton Souders

Basketball: Kailey Robinson and Conlan Jarvis​

Photos of the Washington High School Winter Courtwarming Court are below.

Pictured is the Washington High School Winter Courtwarming Court. Front row, from left, are Jake Hillermann, Bailey Bair, Angela Schmitz and Tyler Hughes. Middle row, from left, are Olivia Diederich, Molly Eckelkamp, Kailey Robinson, Zoe Sykes and Jaden Heien. Back row, from left, are Brock Laughlin, Nathan Neely, Conlan Jarvis, Ezra Miles and Colton Souders.


The Advocate: Jake Hillermann and Bailey Bair


Student Council: Brock Laughlin and Olivia Diederich


No Excuses: Tyler Hughes and Angela Schmitz


Chamber Choir: Nathan Neely and Molly Eckelkamp


Orchestra: Ezra Miles and Zoe Sykes


Blue Jay Journal: Colton Souders and Jaden Heien.


Basketball: Conlan Jarvis​ and Kailey Robinson.

 

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 1/12/18




Audience: Augusta Elementary School, South Point Elementary School, Homepage, Marthasville Elementary School, Washington West Elementary School, Early Learning Center, Labadie Elementary School, Campbellton Elementary School, Clearview Elementary School and Homepage

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

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

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

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




Audience: Homepage, Washington Middle School, Washington High School and Homepage

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




Audience: Homepage, Four Rivers Career Center, Washington High School and Homepage

CAPS Global Business students attended the Washington Area Chamber of Commerce Annual Business Breakfast meeting on Thursday morning, Jan. 11, at the Knights of Columbus Hall.

The CAPS students had the opportunity to learn more about what the organization does on an annual basis and meet with some of the individuals behind the operation.

Among the items on the agenda during the meeting were 2017 Town & Country Fair reports and awards, 2018 Fair Board introductions, economic development report, Chamber report and awards presentation, and Chamber board introductions.

See the photos below of the CAPS Global Business students at the Washington Area Chamber of Commerce Annual Business Breakfast.


CAPS Global Business students attended the Washington Area Chamber of Commerce Annual Business Breakfast meeting on Thursday morning, Jan. 11, at the Knights of Columbus Hall.

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




Audience: Homepage, Campbellton Elementary School and Homepage

Students in Candace Kluba’s third-grade class at Campbellton Elementary put together a Native American Museum to display to fellow students, staff and parents on Tuesday, Jan. 9.

The students put together information and the history of many Native American tribes and displayed them in a number of different exhibits scattered throughout the Campbellton Elementary cafeteria.

The third-grade students showed off their work to Campbellton Elementary staff and fellow students on Tuesday afternoon, Jan. 9. Parents then had a chance to walk through the museum on Tuesday evening, Jan. 9, where some of the students were dressed in Native American clothing.

Photos from the Native American Museum displayed by third-grade students at Campbellton Elementary are below.














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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 1/10/18




Audience: Augusta Elementary School, South Point Elementary School, Homepage, Marthasville Elementary School, Washington West Elementary School, Four Rivers Career Center, Labadie Elementary School, Washington Middle School, Campbellton Elementary School, Clearview Elementary School, Washington High School and Homepage

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




Audience: Homepage, Four Rivers Career Center and Homepage

The Washington School of Practical Nursing currently is accepting applications and conducting entrance testing for the 2018-19 class. Testing will continue through April of 2018. 

To schedule a test, contact the Washington School of Practical Nursing at 636-231-2141.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 1/9/18




Audience: Homepage, Four Rivers Career Center, Washington High School and Homepage

Phil King, an Air Force and Navy veteran and retired Boeing Engineer, visited Project Lead the Way Engineering classes at Washington High School to give engineering presentations on Friday, Jan. 5.

King spoke to students in his son’s classes, WHS PLTW Engineering instructor Philip King. The topics ranged from what it takes to be an engineer to the many tasks and obligations engineers face in today’s world.

Phil King, who now serves as Vice President of Boeing St. Louis Programs, brought in two high tech fighter pilot helmets from Boeing, which the students had the chance to get a close and personal look.

The Project Lead the Way program is open to high school students grades 9-12.

The Engineering course exposes students to design process, research and analysis, teamwork, communication methods, global and human impacts, engineering standards and technical documentation. Students explore topics using activity, project and problem-based learning (APPB). Students are challenged to continually hone their interpersonal skills, creative abilities and the understanding of the design process.

Click on the attached link below for a video about the helmets that were showcased to the PLTW students at WHS. King’s presentation to the WHS students also is attached below. Photos from the presentation are below.









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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 1/8/18




Audience: Homepage, Four Rivers Career Center, Washington High School and Homepage

Lydia Juengling and Mikayla Reed, seniors at Washington High School, recently were recognized as Washington Rotary Club’s students of the month for Washington High School and Four Rivers Career Center.

Lydia Juengling is the daughter of Michael and Stephanie Juengling.

At WHS, Juengling is involved with Junior Optimist Club, Renaissance, National Honor Society, is editor of the yearbook, Blue Jay Journal Television, runs on the cross country team, is a manager for the track and field team, Phi Mu Theta (math honor society) and is on the Worship team at her church.

Juengling also is ending her one-year term as student representative on the School District of Washington’s Board of Education.

Juengling, who holds a 4.0 grade-point average, is a student in the Graphic Communications program at Four Rivers Career Center. She plans to major in architecture in college. She is unsure on where she will attend.

Mikayla Reed is the daughter of Matthew and Lisa Reed.

At WHS, Reed is president of the Key Club and is a member of the National Honor Society. She’s an all-state runner on the WHS cross country and track and field teams, having won multiple state titles and medals. She’s also academic all-state, holding a 4.0 grade-point average. She’s also involved with the all-abilities athletic program.

Reed is a student in the Teaching Careers program at Four Rivers Career Center. She’s secretary of Educators Rising.

Reed will attend the University of Missouri and major in secondary education with dual certification in special education and biology. She also will run on the Mizzou cross country and track teams.

See photos below of Juengling and Reed with their Rotary Student of the Month plaques.


Lydia Juengling - Washington Rotary Club’s student of the month for Washington High School and Four Rivers Career Center.


Mikayla Reed - Washington Rotary Club’s student of the month for Washington High School and Four Rivers Career Center.

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




Audience: Augusta Elementary School, South Point Elementary School, Homepage, Marthasville Elementary School, Washington West Elementary School, Early Learning Center, Labadie Elementary School, Campbellton Elementary School, Clearview Elementary School and Homepage

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 1/4/18




Audience: Augusta Elementary School, South Point Elementary School, Homepage, Marthasville Elementary School, Washington West Elementary School, Four Rivers Career Center, Labadie Elementary School, Washington Middle School, Campbellton Elementary School, Clearview Elementary School, Washington High School and Homepage

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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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 1/3/18




Audience: Homepage, Marthasville Elementary School, Washington West Elementary School, Four Rivers Career Center, Labadie Elementary School, Campbellton Elementary School, Washington High School, Augusta Elementary School, South Point Elementary School, Early Learning Center, Washington Middle School, Clearview Elementary School and Homepage

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




Audience: Homepage, Marthasville Elementary School, Washington West Elementary School, Four Rivers Career Center, Labadie Elementary School, Campbellton Elementary School, Washington High School, Augusta Elementary School, South Point Elementary School, Early Learning Center, Washington Middle School, Clearview Elementary School and Homepage

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




Audience: Homepage, Washington Middle School and Homepage

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




Audience: Homepage, Clearview Elementary School and Homepage

Leadership students at Clearview Elementary organized a spirit week where kids were asked to wear different things to school each day and also do an act of kindness. The students also were asked to bring in holiday cards for nursing home residents and also canned goods for local food pantries.

The students collected over 300 holiday cards and over 250 canned goods from the Clearview Elementary student body.

The Leadership students, along with staff members Michelle Rice, Cheryl Spratt and Beth Smith, visited retirement centers to distribute Christmas cards on Wednesday, Dec. 20, after school.

The students paid visits to Grandview Healthcare Center and the Homestead at Hickory View. They passed out cards to residents who were available to visit with.

The Leadership students also visited the St. Francis Borgia food pantry to donate food items that students at Clearview Elementary collected.

Pictures from Clearview Elementary’s Leadership students’ visits to Grandview Healthcare Center, Homestead at Hickory View, and St. Francis Borgia food pantry are below.


Leadership students at Clearview Elementary visited local retirement centers and food pantries to distribute holiday cards and canned goods on Wednesday, Dec. 20. Front row, from left, are Taylor Klindworth, Elizabeth Tollison and Evan Haberberger. Back row, from left, are Zoey Ziegler, Mackenzie Helms and Kayla Rice.




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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 12/21/17




Audience: Homepage, Washington Middle School and Homepage

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




Audience: Homepage, Washington High School and Homepage

Washington High School’s student body donated over 2,200 food items to the Community Festival of Trees at St. Peter’s United Church of Christ in Washington on Monday, Dec. 18.

The collection was organized by the WHS student council. The group of STUCO students, along with advisors Allison Graves and Samantha Loepker, delivered the food to St. Peter’s. See the picture below.

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.

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.

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.


Washington High School’s student body donated over 2,200 food items to the Community Festival of Trees at St. Peter’s United Church of Christ. Pictured are student council members who organized the collection and made the delivery. Kneeling in the front, from left, are Brock Laughlin, Lauren Ancell, Lexi Hendrix, Madison Sprung, Olivia Diederich, Abbey Jinkerson and Lydia Lock. Standing in the middle, from left, are Cason Suggs, Jonathan Amlong, Zach Harms, Jessica Frick, Tess Marquart, Kamryn Mitchell, Holly Hoerstkamp, Colleen Kuchem, Anna Schneider and Kailey Robinson. Standing in the back, from left, are Bria Hasenjaeger and Morgan Riegel.

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




Audience: Augusta Elementary School, South Point Elementary School, Homepage, Marthasville Elementary School, Washington West Elementary School, Four Rivers Career Center, Labadie Elementary School, Washington Middle School, Campbellton Elementary School, Clearview Elementary School, Washington High School and Homepage

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

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

Dismissal times on Thursday, Dec. 21, are:

Elementary schools at 11:50 a.m.;

Washington High School at noon; and

Washington Middle School at 12:25 p.m.

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

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

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

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




Audience: Augusta Elementary School, Homepage and Homepage

Augusta Elementary will remain on lockout for the remainder of the week, or until the situation with the person at large is resolved.

A Lockout means the school is continuing daily school functions, but no one is allowed to enter or exit the building without proper authorization. No recess is allowed.

The Christmas Party at Augusta Elementary scheduled for Wednesday from 12:30-1:30 p.m. will continue as planned. Parents will need to check in at the front door. A police presence will continue to be at the school during the Lockout.

A reminder that Wednesday is an early release day at Augusta Elementary where students will be dismissed one hour early. Thursday is a modified day at Augusta where students will be dismissed at 11:50 a.m. The winter break begins on Friday, Dec. 22.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 12/19/17




Audience: Homepage and Homepage

The School District of Washington’s Board of Education will meet Wednesday, Dec. 20, at the district office. The meeting will start one hour earlier than normal at 6 p.m.

Among the items on the agenda are:

*School Board Filing - School board filing opened on Tuesday, Dec. 12, for two, three-year terms. Incumbents Kevin Blackburn and John Freitag both filed on opening day. To date, no additional candidates have filed. Board filing closes on Jan. 16 at 5 p.m.

*MSBA Belcher Scholarship Applicant - MSBA and FutureBuilders established the Belcher scholarship program in memory of John T. Belcher, who was instrumental in developing innovative financing programs for Missouri school districts. The learning environment for thousands of Missouri’s public school students was improved as a result of his work.

*Student Representative Report -  Lydia Juengling, Student Representative to the Board of Education, provides her report. This is Lydia's last month serving as student representative. She also will include a list of items she has learned while serving in this capacity.

*2016-17 Audit Report - Daniel Jones and Associates have completed their audit of the 2016-17 school year. The Audit Committee, consisting of Dr. Jane Reed, Bob Oreskovic and John Freitag, met on Dec. 6 with Jamie Bahr from Daniel Jones and Associates and reviewed the audit report.

*Biz & Build Jr. CAPS Concept Superintendent Dr. Lori VanLeer will share information with the Board of Education on the "Biz and Build" Jr. CAPS program concept to be offered at Washington West Elementary.

*2018-19 and 2019-20 Academic Calendars – Provided will be the proposed 2018-19 and 2019-20 academic calendars, along with information on the Calendar Committee process.

*AP Seminar and Capstone - Dr. Kelle McCallum would like to share information with the Board of Education on the opportunity through AP (Advanced Placement) to offer the AP Seminar and AP Research Capstone courses. If a student enrolls in both the AP Seminar and AP Research Capstone courses, achieves a 3 on the scored exam, and has completed 4 other AP courses, the student earns the designation of an AP Capstone Diploma. AP only allows certain schools to offer AP Seminar and AP Research Capstone classes.

*2017C MSBA Policies - 3rd Reading - The MSBA 2017C Policies are attached for a third reading. The policies contain revisions and new material based on the Every Student Succeeds Act, changes in state law affecting school board elections, changes in state law relating to construction projects and eligibility requirements for elected offices, and recent audits by the Missouri state auditor regarding technology, data governance, and security.

Click on the attached link below for the BoardDocs website to see the complete agenda for the Dec. 20 board of education meeting.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 12/19/17




Audience: Homepage, Four Rivers Career Center, CAPS and Homepage

The Washington CAPS Global Business and Entrepreneurship classes visited Neighborhood Reads, 401 Lafayette Street in Washington, on Thursday, Dec. 14.

The students took a tour of the bookstore. Owner Dawn Kitchell spoke to the class about starting a business, her vision for the business and her marketing plan.

The CAPS Global Business and Entrepreneurship class introduces students to the knowledge, attributes and skills entrepreneurs need to create and launch their own business concepts.

Students are taught the foundations of business needed to start companies while developing skills and talents necessary to invent their own careers.      

Photos from the CAPS Global Business and Entrepreneurship class at Neighborhood Reads are below.








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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 12/15/17




Audience: Augusta Elementary School, Homepage and Homepage

Due to high incidents of flu and flu like symptoms, and thus, poor attendance as a result, Augusta Elementary will not be in session Friday, December 15.

We are acting in the best interest of students and will take extra care in disinfecting the building in preparation of their return on Monday, December 18.

We are sorry about the inconvenience and truly appreciate your cooperation and understanding of this matter.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 12/14/17




Audience: Homepage, Campbellton Elementary School and Homepage

The Campbellton Elementary PTC (Parent Teacher Committee) put on an ornament making project on during school Monday and Tuesday, Dec. 11 and 12.

During Stephanie Albert’s art class, and with the help of parents, students made Christmas ornaments by designing them and then making them.

Students in grades K-2 made their ornaments on Monday, Dec. 11. Students in grades 3-6 worked on the project Tuesday, Dec. 12.

Photos from the PTC ornament making at Campbellton Elementary are below.










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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 12/14/17




Audience: Homepage, Clearview Elementary School and Homepage

Clearview Elementary held its first and second grade music program entitled, “Arf! On The Housetop,” before a packed gymnasium on Tuesday night, Dec. 12.

The students performed songs and many had reading parts while dressed in attire that followed the theme, which was asking Santa for a puppy for Christmas.

The program was directed and produced by Clearview Elementary music teacher Stephanie Holdmeyer.

The story of the performance was as follows:

Please, Santa, bring us a puppy this year! I know there’s one that needs me! The local pound is overcrowded and in an uproar. Someone ate Buster Bulldog’s supper, Harold Hound can’t get any sleep and there’s no room at all to run and play. It’s just the pits in the pound. Let’s see if one family’s trip to the pound on Christmas Eve can make dreams come true for these canine characters and children all around the world.

Photos from Clearview Elementary’s first and second grade music performance are below.























 

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




Audience: Augusta Elementary School, South Point Elementary School, Homepage, Marthasville Elementary School, Washington West Elementary School, Four Rivers Career Center, Labadie Elementary School, Washington Middle School, Campbellton Elementary School, Clearview Elementary School, Washington High School and Homepage

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




Audience: Homepage, Washington West Elementary School and Homepage

Celebrating the holiday season, staff and students at Washington West Elementary are having a door decorating contest during the month of December.

Each grade, Kindergarten through six, is teaming up to decorate their classroom doors and their specific area in the hallway with holiday décor.

The winning grade of the decorating contest will be announced on Friday, Dec. 15.

See the photos below of the classroom doors and hallways decorated for the holiday season at Washington West Elementary.

























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




Audience: Homepage and Homepage

The School District of Washington’s school board filing opened Tuesday, Dec. 12, at 8 a.m. It will remain open through Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018, at 5 p.m.

There are two open seats. Terms for board members Kevin Blackburn and John Freitag will be up.

Blackburn, currently serving as Board President, and Freitag, currently serving as Board Vice President, both filed for school board Tuesday morning. They were the only individuals who showed up as filing opened.

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 the winter break from the close of business Friday, Dec. 22, 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.


Incumbents Kevin Blackburn, background, and John Freitag, foreground, file for the School District of Washington's Board of Education on Tuesday morning, Dec. 12, at the District Office. There are two open seats to the Board of Education.

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




Audience: Homepage and Homepage

The School District of Washington’s historic Board of Education building on Locust Street was a part of Downtown Washington’s 36th annual Holiday House Tour on Sunday, Dec. 10.

Community members and families visited the historic building and took a tour, seeing all of the holiday lights and decorations throughout the building.

Volunteers gave their time and decorations for the building. No district funds were used for the decorations.

Photos from the Holiday House Tour at the School District of Washington’s Board of Education building on Locust Street are below.






















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




Audience: Homepage, Washington West Elementary School and Homepage

Life skills students at Washington West Elementary got a visit from Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus on Monday morning, Dec. 11.

The students were working on making candy trains that they distributed to various staff members throughout the school and district. They also made snowflakes to hang from ceilings and doors.

Santa and Mrs. Claus paid the students a visit while they were working on those projects. See the photos below.






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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 12/11/17




Audience: Homepage, Four Rivers Career Center and Homepage

Students in the Automotive Technology’s “Night Shift” class at Four Rivers Career Center took an industry tour to G.H. Tool & Mold on Thursday, Dec. 7.

Approximately 20 students, along with Auto Tech and Night Shift instructor Dan Brinkmann, went on the tour.

G.H. Tool and Mold, founded over 30 years ago, serves the die cast, aerospace, and general machining industries, and excels in 5 axis and high speed machining.

The students received a tour at both of G.H. Tool and Molds buildings; the corporate headquarters at 28 Chamber Drive and Plant 2 at 423 W-W Industrial Park Drive. They received an entailed description of the everyday happenings and various projects taking place at both sights.

The “Night Shift” class deals with anything to do with motors, particularly transportation – cars, trucks, tractors, motorcycles, boats, golf carts or whatever the case may be.

Students meet every Tuesday and Thursday during the school year at the Four Rivers Career Center from 3-7 p.m. Every session is different, and if it has a motor, the students are working on it as one of their projects.

There are approximately 23 students currently in the “Night Shift” class.

Photos from the Automotive Technology’s “Night Shift” tour at G.H. Tool & Mold are below.




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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 12/11/17




Audience: Homepage, Clearview Elementary School and Homepage

Kindergarten students and their third-grade buddies at Clearview Elementary worked together to make gingerbread houses in the cafeteria on Friday afternoon, Dec. 8.

Teachers, staff and parents also were on hand to help the students with the project.

Pictures from the gingerbread house making by Clearview Elementary Kindergarten and third-grade students are below.














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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 12/10/17




Audience: Homepage, Labadie Elementary School and Homepage

Staff and students at Labadie Elementary participated in a Loving Hearts program where they “adopted” two local families totaling seven children to help during the holiday season.

Staff and students, along with the Labadie community, donated a large amount of food and gifts for the families to help make their holiday season a bright one.

The Labadie Elementary Student Council, led by advisors Amanda Hoerstkamp and Mike Jinkerson, spearheaded the project. The students, along with their families and the community, responded in a major way.

See the photo below of Labadie Elementary students with their holiday donations to Loving Hearts, that will go to the two local families.


Staff and students at Labadie Elementary participated in a Loving Hearts program where they “adopted” two local families totaling seven children to help during the holiday season. Pictured are Labadie Elementary student council officers. From left are Claire Schmiedeskamp, Caroline Heimos, Will Amlong and Aryenne Hausermann.

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




Audience: Homepage, Marthasville Elementary School, Washington West Elementary School, Four Rivers Career Center, Labadie Elementary School, Campbellton Elementary School, Washington High School, Augusta Elementary School, South Point Elementary School, Early Learning Center, Washington Middle School, Clearview Elementary School and Homepage

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




Audience: Homepage, Washington Middle School and Homepage

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




Audience: Augusta Elementary School, Homepage and Homepage

Augusta Elementary held its Holiday Music Program entitled, “Jingle Bell Jukebox,” featuring students in Kindergarten through third grade, on Wednesday night, Dec. 6.

The students performed songs and scripts while dressed in holiday attire. The program was directed and produced by Augusta Elementary music teacher Maggie Butler.

Kindergarten students took the stage first and performed three songs.

Up next were students in grades first, second and third, who performed nine songs together and featured speaking skits.  

Photos from Augusta Elementary’s Holiday Music Program are below.


















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




Audience: Homepage, Washington Middle School and Homepage

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




Audience: Augusta Elementary School, South Point Elementary School, Homepage, Marthasville Elementary School, Washington West Elementary School, Four Rivers Career Center, Labadie Elementary School, Washington Middle School, Campbellton Elementary School, Clearview Elementary School, Washington High School and Homepage

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.

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: 12/6/17




Audience: Homepage, Washington Middle School and Homepage

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




Audience: Augusta Elementary School, South Point Elementary School, Homepage, Marthasville Elementary School, Washington West Elementary School, Early Learning Center, Labadie Elementary School, Washington Middle School, Campbellton Elementary School, Clearview Elementary School, Washington High School and Homepage

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

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

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

Board members are elected to three-year terms.

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

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

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

Board member qualifications include:

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

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

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

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

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

About the Board

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

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

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

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




Audience: Augusta Elementary School, South Point Elementary School, Homepage, Marthasville Elementary School, Washington West Elementary School, Labadie Elementary School, Washington Middle School, Campbellton Elementary School, Blue Jay Athletics, Clearview Elementary School, Washington High School and Homepage

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


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


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

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




Audience: Homepage, Washington High School and Homepage

The Washington Academic Booster Club and the Quiz Bowl Boosters will hold a trivia night on Saturday, Jan. 13, 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 $10 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: 11/30/17




Audience: Augusta Elementary School, South Point Elementary School, Homepage, Marthasville Elementary School, Washington West Elementary School, Four Rivers Career Center, Labadie Elementary School, Washington Middle School, Campbellton Elementary School, Clearview Elementary School, Washington High School and Homepage

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.

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

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




Audience: Homepage, Four Rivers Career Center and Homepage

The CAPS Teaching Careers program at Four Rivers Career Center held a Shadow Day on Tuesday, Nov. 21, to raise awareness of CTE (Career and Technical Education) and specifically its program in education.

The Teaching Careers program, instructed by Jenny Meers, is a one-year program designed to provide students with authentic teaching experiences while partnering with local schools to complete observation hours and assignments related to course work. The program is open to high school seniors.  

All sending schools underclassmen at the Career Center were invited to participate in the Shadow Day. A total of 37 students participated.

The event was held in the Confluence room at the Career Center.

Throughout the day, the shadow students participated in building tours, ice breakers and collaboration exercises.

They also listed to presentations and slideshows on the Teaching Careers program, had a question and answer session with current cadets in the program, and had the opportunity to discuss current issues in education.

Photos from the Teaching Careers’ Shadow Day at the Four Rivers Career Center are below.


 












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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 11/27/17




Audience: Homepage and Washington High School

Jessica Frick and Emmy Hopkins, seniors at Washington High School, are working hard on a DECA project with the Make-A-Wish Foundation involving a local 5-year old boy and his dream to go to Legoland California in Carlsbad, Calif.

The Make-A-Wish Foundation helps grant wishes to kids with life-threatening medical conditions, giving them more than an amazing experience. A wish come true has the power to make kids feel stronger, more courageous, and more determined to overcome their illnesses. Many families and healthcare providers believe the wish experience is the turning point in a wish kid's battle against their illness.

The boy was diagnosed with Rhabdomyosarcoma, cancer of the soft tissue, in December of 2016. He had surgery to remove the tumor and has had a number of tests and hospital visits.

Initial tests indicated that in addition to his tumor, there were spots in his lungs making his diagnosis Stage 4. He was facing an entire year of chemo, radiation and blood transfusions. A few weeks into his treatment, a new set of scans showed no concern about his lungs and he was downgraded to Stage 1.

Since his scans in February, no sign of cancer has been found. He completed chemo in June and is strong and healthy today.
The boy enjoys learning new songs and painting in Kindergarten. He loves Legos, cars and trucks, fire trucks, playing with friends and digging in the dirt.

The family is planning a trip to Legoland California. The boy wants to drive the cars and get his Legoland Driver’s License.
Frick and Hopkins have already held a number of fundraisers, such as a cupcake drive, a Miracle Minute, raffles, T-shirt sales and donation events.

A dine-to-donate will take place at Applebee’s in Washington December 6 from 4-9 p.m.

They will host a Make-A-Swish Night on January 16 at Washington High School during a girls and boys basketball double-header, where they will raise money and hope to meet the family for the first time.

The goal for Frick and Hopkins is to raise $5,000. They are almost halfway there with over $2,000 already raised. The latest donation was over $800 from the Washington Police Department from their No-Shave November fundraiser. See the photo below.


The Washington Police Department donated approximately $800 from their No-Shave November fundraiser to a Make-A-Wish Foundation project, spearheaded by Washington High School DECA students Jessica Frick and Emmy Hopkins, who are raising money to send a local cancer patient and his family to Legoland California. Frick, left, and Hopkins are pictured in the front row. Back row, from left, representing the Washington Police Department, are Detective Sergeant Steve Sitzes, Chief Ed Menefee, Assistant Chief Captain Jim Armstrong, Lieutenant Mark Lindgren and Officer Doug Tollison.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 11/21/17




Audience: Homepage, Four Rivers Career Center and Washington High School

Conlan Jarvis, Kailey Robinson and Olivia Robinson recently were recognized as Washington Rotary Club’s students of the month for Washington High School and Four Rivers Career Center.

Jarvis, a senior at WHS, is in the CAPS Business program at FRCC. He’s also a member of Rotary Interact, Junior Optimist and the National Honor Society. He holds a 4.0 grade-point average.

Jarvis is a three-sport athlete as a member of the WHS soccer, basketball and baseball teams.  

Jarvis plans on attending college, but hasn’t decided where. He’s the son of Craig and Tiffany Jarvis.

Kailey Robinson, a senior at WHS, is in the CAPS Business program at FRCC. She’s also a member of National Honor Society, Student Council, Leadership and Junior Optimist. She’s a Four Rivers Career Center Student Ambassador, the WHS senior class secretary, the captain of the Washington Police Explorers, and is a 10-year member of the Go Hog Wild 4H Club.

Kailey is a three-sport athlete as a member of the WHS cross country, basketball and track teams. She holds a 3.9 cumulative grade-point average. Kailey plans to attend Missouri State University and major in either criminology or agriculture. She’s the daughter of Andy and Shannon Robinson.

Olivia Robinson, a senior at WHS, is in the CAPS Business program at FRCC. She’s also a member of National Honor Society, Student Council, Mu Alpha Theta and is President of the Junior Optimist Club. She’s a Four Rivers Career Center Student Ambassador, the Editor-in-Chief of the Advocate (WHS student newspaper), and is a 10-year member of the Go Hog Wild 4H Club.

Olivia is a three-sport athlete as a member of the WHS cross country, basketball and track teams. She holds a 3.9 cumulative grade-point average. Olivia plans to major in journalism in college. She hasn’t decided where she will go. She’s the daughter of Andy and Shannon Robinson.

Jarvis, Kailey Robinson and Olivia Robinson were presented their student of the month plaques by Nicole Coleman, Washington Rotary Club President. See the photos below.


Conlan Jarvis is awarded his Rotary Student of the Month plaque by Rotary President Nicole Coleman.


Kailey Robinson is awarded her Rotary Student of the Month plaque by Rotary President Nicole Coleman.


Olivia Robinson is awarded her Rotary Student of the Month plaque by Rotary President Nicole Coleman.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 11/21/17




Audience: Homepage and Washington Middle School

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




Audience: Homepage, Augusta Elementary School, Campbellton Elementary School, Clearview Elementary School, Labadie Elementary School, Marthasville Elementary School, South Point Elementary School and Washington West Elementary School

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

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

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

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

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




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Four Rivers Career Center held a Student Professional Development Day on Thursday, Nov. 16.

Community business leaders and education professionals from the School District of Washington, St. Francis Borgia and East Central College gave presentations to the students covering a wide range of topics to help them prepare for their future.

Students were given a list of the presentations available and picked their top three choices to attend.

The 90-minute event for both the morning and afternoon students were broken down into three 30-minute sessions.

The presenters on hand and their presentations are as follows:

*Interviewing Skills – Laura Hengstenberg from Crawford Electric

*Keeping a Job and Moving Up – James Simmons from MERS Goodwill

*Keeping a Job and Moving Up – Julie Scannell from GH Tool

*Resume Writing Tips – Crawford Electric

*Maintaining Work Relationships – Dr. Rachael Franssen and Lindsey Jasper from the School District of Washington

*Military Life – Washington High School ROTC instructor Tim Gates

*Scholarships – St. Francis Borgia High School Counselor John Clark

*FAFSA Information – Nathaniel Mitchell and Lorrie Baird from East Central College

*Transferring College Credits – Russ Henderson and Stephani McCrary from East Central College

*Human Resources Panel – Mallory Williams from Manpower, Mark Maloney from Fricks and Dawn Williams from Arconic

*Human Resources Panel – Gretchen Homeyer from Homeyer Tool, Martina Eckstein from Fricks and Dr. Rachael Franssen from the School District of Washington.

Photos from the Four Rivers Career Center’s Student Professional Development Day are below.









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




Audience: Homepage and Labadie Elementary School

To celebrate the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday, Labadie Elementary School held its annual Fall Feast on Friday, Nov. 17.

Staff, students, parents and other family members packed the Labadie Elementary gymnasium and enjoyed a turkey dinner with all of the fixings.

Approximately 300 people, including staff and students, attended the Fall Feast.

Photos from Labadie Elementary’s Fall Feast are below.









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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 11/19/17




Audience: Homepage and Four Rivers Career Center

The Four Rivers Career Center handed out its Fall 2017 Director’s Award, given to students twice per school year at the end of each semester.

Students from each program at FRCC, one morning student and one afternoon student, are recognized during the Director’s Award luncheon.

The students are selected by instructors from each program. They are given a certificate of appreciation with comments from their respective instructor written on the back of the certificate on why they were chosen.

The honorees enjoy a group lunch with FRCC Director Andy Robinson and Career Services Coordinator Stephanie Juengling, where they share with each other what projects they are working on and how the school year has gone in their respective programs.

Recipients from the fall semester of the 2017-18 school year are:

Morning: Bryce Downey (Information Technology), Stormy Darby (Building Trades), Mikayla Reed (Teaching Careers), Abby Wilson (Building Trades), Deane Singleton-McDade (Collision Repair), Chris Nowak (Automotive Technology), Ben Meyer (Machine Tool), Lily Seago (Welding), Austin Ouellette (Information Technology), Alexis Musket (Automotive Technology), Kailey Robinson (CAPS Business), Lydia Juengling (Graphic Communications), Calista LeBrell (Health Occupations) and Austin Huddleston (Project Lead the Way).

Afternoon: Robert Johnson (Welding), Carlee Maune (Teaching Careers), Eli Davolt (Welding), Allen Shepard (Automotive Technology), Tyler Patton (Building Trades), Alex Curtis (Automotive Technology), Marcus Berariu (Collision Repair), Nathan Neely (Graphic Communications), Dominic Dolce (Health Occupations) and Jack Tyree (Machine Tool).


Director's Award Morning Recipients

Pictured are Four Rivers Career Center Director’s Award recipients for the morning session. Front row, from left, are Bryce Downey, Stormy Darby, Mikayla Reed and Abby Wilson. Back row, from left, are Deane Singleton-McDade, Chris Nowak, Ben Meyer, Lily Seago, Austin Ouellette and FRCC Director Andy Robinson. Not pictured are Alexis Musket, Kailey Robinson, Lydia Juengling, Calista LeBrell and Austin Huddleston.


Director's Award Afternoon Recipients

Pictured are Four Rivers Career Center Director’s Award recipients for the afternoon session. Front row, from left, are Robert Johnson and Carlee Maune. Back row, from left, are Eli Davolt, Allen Shepard, Tyler Patton, Alex Curtis and FRCC Director Andy Robinson. Not pictured are Marcus Berariu, Nathan Neely, Dominic Dolce and Jack Tyree.

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




Audience: Homepage and Washington Middle School

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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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 11/16/17




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The Early Learning Center held its Family Reading Night on Tuesday evening, Nov. 14.

Students and parents visited different classrooms throughout the building as guest readers were on hand to read children’s books.

School District of Washington staff members, community members and representatives from different clubs in the school district were among the guest readers.

Sheba the comfort dog also was there for students to visit. Refreshments were served.

Photos from the Early Learning Center’s Family Reading Night are below.












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




Audience: Homepage and Washington High School

Michelle Bobo and Jana Monzyk, School District of Washington Challenge Facilitators, gave a presentation titled, “Let’s Launch Into PLTW (Project Lead the Way) K-5 Curriculum” during the Missouri Project Lead the Way State Conference Monday, Nov. 6, at Blue Springs South High School.

The presentation provided some of Bobo and Monzyk’s tried and true suggestions when implementing Launch.

Participants learned about ideas for organization, record-keeping, resources and insights to successfully and effectively facilitate Launch in their respective classrooms.

Bobo and Monzyk gave the presentation twice, both times to a standing-room-only crowd.

The conference brought together Missouri teachers, administrators, counselors and business partners to collaborate and share effective practices to help students develop the skills to become the future generation of problem solvers.
The goal was to share, collaborate, recognize achievement and increase awareness for PLTW and STEM training throughout the state of Missouri.

During the PLTW State Conference, awards were given to “outstanding” teachers, counselors, and administrators, as nominated by their peers. 

Monzyk received the Outstanding Launch Teacher award on Sunday, Nov. 5 at the PLTW Awards and Recognition Banquet.

Each nominee was chose for their dedication and commitment.

"We appreciate all they do to inspire and engage students to be leaders of the future," said David Hosick, Project Lead the Way Senior Affiliate Director, Missouri S&T. "We applaud them for a job well done."

Jana Monzyk is a joy to have in the building and an inspiration to her students,” said Washington High School Principal Dr. Kelle McCallum. “She is intelligent, creative, kind, and above all else, student centered. You can count on her to bring the relevance to student experiences in her classroom.” 

Missouri Project Lead the Way, a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) based program, offers 736 programs that affect nearly 900,000 students, K-12. 


Jana Monzyk, left, and Michelle Bobo gave a presentation titled, “Let’s Launch Into PLTW (Project Lead the Way) K-5 Curriculum” during the Missouri Project Lead the Way State Conference Monday, Nov. 6, at Blue Springs South High School.

Monzyk also received the Outstanding Launch Teacher award during the conference.

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




Audience: Homepage, Augusta Elementary School, Campbellton Elementary School, Clearview Elementary School, Four Rivers Career Center, Labadie Elementary School, Marthasville Elementary School, South Point Elementary School, Washington High School, Washington Middle School and Washington West Elementary School

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.

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

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




Audience: Homepage and Labadie Elementary School

Officers from the Washington Police Department and the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office, along with members of the Boles Fire Protection District, visited Labadie Elementary for their “Open Doors” program on Tuesday morning, Nov. 14, to greet the students as they arrived for the start of the school day.

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

Photos of officers from the Washington Police Department and the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office, along with members of the Boles Fire Protection District, greeting students at Labadie Elementary are below.









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




Audience: Homepage, Blue Jay Athletics and Washington High School

Washington’s boys soccer season ended with a second-place finish at the MSHSAA Class 3 Championships.

And did the Blue Jays ever produce some incredible moments.

Washington (25-9) dropped a 1-0 decision to Parkway Central (21-8-1) in the Class 3 state championship game Saturday, Nov. 11, at World Wide Technology Soccer Park in Fenton.

“All and all, riding on the Mid-America bus, playing at this facility, getting to see the St. Louis FC locker room, the entire experience was very precious,” said Washington Head Soccer Coach Derek Schriewer. “We feel honored that we had the chance to be here. Not too many people get to experience what we experienced here. It’s been a great season, and we’re looking forward to another one.”

The only goal of the championship game came in the 54th minute when Parkway Central scored on a corner kick.  Adam Burnett booted in front of the net to Matthew Deay, who headed it in for a goal.

“In a lot of ways, we played our game plan. We just lost a mark in the corner kick situation that led to their one goal,” Schriewer said. “We found a little more rhythm in the second half. We figured out what our passing sequences should be based on their formation. We played pretty solid.”

The Blue Jays had scoring chances in the match, especially down the stretch, but couldn’t punch in the equalizer.

“Our guys made things very difficult for them toward the end of the game with our pressure. We fought until the end and created chances in the closing minutes,” Schriewer said. “We played a great defensive game, but just weren’t able to find the back of the net.”

Christian Longseth was in goal for the Blue Jays against Parkway Central, registering eight saves.

Conlan Jarvis fired four shots in the game. Gabe Lopez and Jake Fregalette both added two shots. Jared Lopez, Noah Bay and Jeremiah Collins each had one shot.

“Our seniors have been amazing. To watch them develop and the way they’ve handled themselves, they’re a special group. I’m sad to see them go,” Schriewer said.

“We had hundreds of students and hundreds of fans here supporting us in both games. We filled up two sections on the back side and we still had the student section behind us,” Schriewer added. “The school and the town really pulled together and rallied around this team. Kudos to our kids. They made things so special that we had so many people cheering for us.”

Semifinal Game Against Harrisonville

Washington’s semifinal game against Harrisonville on Friday, Nov. 10, was one for the ages.

Trailing 2-0 and playing a man down for 81 minutes due to a red card issued, the Blue Jays rallied for a thrilling 4-3 victory in double overtime.

Washington tied the game 2-2 on goals by Conlan Jarvis and Jeremiah Collins, but the Wildcats reclaimed the lead 3-2 in the 64th minute.

Putting on severe offensive pressure, the Blue Jays tied the game 3-3 on a goal by Collins with seven seconds remaining on the clock.

“I saw the kid on my back. I knew he thought I was going to cut right because I’d been going right down that line trying to cross it for the whole game. So I just cut left,” Collins said. “I was a little selfish and took the shot. I knew I could put it in. The state semifinals, to get to the finals, that’s probably the biggest goal I’ve ever scored. We kept fighting the entire time. We didn’t stop. It was incredible.”

“It’s absolutely insane. We literally fought to the final seconds,” Schriewer said. “You never know what scenarios you’re going to be in. That’s what we talked about all week leading up to the game. I tried to share my experiences of being at the Final Four in the past, and I think that helped them mentally.”

With all of the momentum, Washington won the game in the second sudden-death overtime session on a goal by Jarvis, assisted by Jake Fregalette, in the 100th minute.

“Jake Fregalette beat a couple of guys on the wing and then he slid it across,” Jarvis said. “The ball was bouncing around, the goalie came out and I tried to do anything I could to get my foot on it and ended up putting it in. It was an amazing feeling.”

The game-winning goal by Jarvis tied Joe Morgan’s school record for most goals in a single season with 30.

“What a way to tie the record, scoring the winning goal to get to the state championship game,” Schriewer said. “Conlan is an amazing player. He’s so crafty. He’s smooth on the ball and is a real asset to us.”

Ottmar Escalante was in goal for Washington in the semifinal game, registering five saves.

Collins and Jarvis both had nine shots in the game.

“Jeremiah is a dynamic player,” Schriewer said. “He plays center back for his club team. He really wants to win, so he wants to be on that back line all the time. But we knew we needed to do something, so we moved him up. Clearly, he created more than enough chances to make a difference.”

Washington controlled possession against Harrisonville, even with a player short.

“It’s just the fight we have in us. We knew it was going to be tough, but we did everything we could to fight back and we ended up getting the win,” Jarvis said.

“We knew if we kept fighting and played our game, things would work out for us in the end,” Collins said. “They were getting tired. You could tell that after we came back from that two-goal deficit. We knew we had them.”

“Even after one half, we saw some of their guys getting fatigued. We felt like that could be a factor in the second half and if we got it to overtime,” Schriewer said. “We’re down 3-2 and a lot of teams would’ve given up at that point. Half of our guys were hobbling around, but they had no give-up in sight. We created a few chances in the last five minutes to potentially tie it, and didn’t put those away. But we finally got it with seven seconds to play.

“Our kids won’t ever forget this one. I’ll never forget the four-overtime game I was a part of. This double overtime and late-game equalizer, what a way to get a chance to play for a state championship. The kids deserve it.”

See the photos below of Washington's semifinal and state championship soccer contests.













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




Audience: Homepage, Marthasville Elementary School, Washington West Elementary School, Four Rivers Career Center, Labadie Elementary School, Campbellton Elementary School, Washington High School, Augusta Elementary School, South Point Elementary School, Early Learning Center, Washington Middle School, Clearview Elementary School and Homepage

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




Audience: Homepage and Washington Middle School

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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Washington High School, Washington Chapter of the National Honor Society and Washington’s Navy Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (NJROTC) presented the annual Veterans Day Assembly on Friday, Nov. 10, in the Blue Jay Gym at WHS.

In attendance were the WHS student body and staff members, along with veterans, community leaders, school board members, district administrators, and other guests.

The featured speaker was Washington High School’s Naval Science instructor, Master Sergeant Tim Gates. He was introduced by WHS student Anna Sullentrup.

During the assembly, each veteran in attendance was individually recognized, which was read by WHS student Jessica Frick. Other student speakers were Destinee Tidwell, Lydia Juengling and Amber Cunningham.

Also recognized, as a group, were the NJROTC students at WHS.

The Washington High School choir, band and orchestra also performed.

WHS Principal Dr. Kelle McCallum gave closing comments, which was followed by a moment of silence, “Taps,” and the retiring of colors.

A reception with a catered breakfast for the veterans and other guests was held prior to the assembly.

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

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

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

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

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

















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




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Augusta Elementary School held its Veterans Day Program on Thursday, Nov. 9

Students, staff, parents and other guests welcomed veterans to the assembly in the Augusta Elementary gymnasium.

The program featured two veterans who were guest speakers, St. Charles County Police Officer Tom Ban, a retired United States Air Force Veteran, and School District of Washington technology staff member Steve Toland, a retired United States Marines Veteran.

Another veteran, Vic Kuchem, gave a reading from the American Legion Officer’s Guide.

Augusta Elementary students also gave readings and the students took turns with group singing performances, under the direction of Augusta Elementary music teacher Maggie Butler.

Photos from Augusta Elementary’s Veterans Day Program are below.



















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




Audience: Homepage, Campbellton Elementary School, Clearview Elementary School and Washington West Elementary School

Clearview Elementary sixth-grade student Caroline Lackman recently were recognized by the Washington Optimist Club as a November “Let Your Optimism Shine” award recipient.

The Washington Optimist Club recognizes students each month for the “Let Your Optimism Shine” award.

October award winners were sixth-grade student Elena Kampschroeder from Washington West Elementary and kindergarten student Payton Rode from Campbellton Elementary.

Principals and teachers nominate students for the award who exemplifies the Optimist’s creed.

Click on the attached link below for photos of Lackman receiving the award from the Optimist Club provided by Mark Trebacz.

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




Audience: Homepage and Washington West Elementary School

Officers from the Washington Police Department and the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office visited Washington West Elementary for their “Open Doors” program on Wednesday morning, Nov. 8, to greet the students as they arrived and were dropped off to school.

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

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
















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




Audience: Homepage, Augusta Elementary School, Campbellton Elementary School, Clearview Elementary School, Four Rivers Career Center, Labadie Elementary School, Marthasville Elementary School, South Point Elementary School, Washington High School, Washington Middle School and Washington West Elementary School

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

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

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




Audience: Homepage, Augusta Elementary School, Campbellton Elementary School, Clearview Elementary School, Early Learning Center, Labadie Elementary School, Marthasville Elementary School, South Point Elementary School, Washington High School, Washington Middle School and Washington West Elementary School

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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




Audience: Homepage, Augusta Elementary School, Campbellton Elementary School, Clearview Elementary School, Early Learning Center, Four Rivers Career Center, Labadie Elementary School, Marthasville Elementary School, South Point Elementary School, Washington High School, Washington Middle School and Washington West Elementary School

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

Washington High School

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

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

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

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

Washington Middle School

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

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

School District of Washington 2017 Veterans Day Programs

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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




Audience: Homepage and South Point Elementary School

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

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

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















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




Audience: Homepage and Blue Jay Athletics

Scoring a goal on each half proved to be enough for the Washington Blue Jays in their MSHSAA Class 3 quarterfinal boys soccer game against North County on Saturday, Nov. 4, at Scanlan Stadium on the WHS campus.

The Blue Jays advance to the state soccer tournament for the first team in the history of the boys soccer program with a 2-0 victory over North County (22-4).

“We’ve really pulled together to become a true collective unit. They get on each other at practice a little, but they really come together when it’s time to play. They support each other and believe in each other,” said Washington Head Coach Derek Schriewer. “We rotate a lot of guys in the game and everyone believes when another person rotates in, we’re not dropping off at all. We still have the high quality we expect from our starters. I think that’s really been a difference maker. The last two teams we’ve played subbed less than five times.”

Click here for a video of Washington players reacting to the quarterfinal win.

Washington (24-8) will play Harrisonville (25-3) in the Class 3 semifinals Friday, Nov. 10, at noon at the World Wide Technology Soccer Park in Fenton.

Harrisonville knocked off East (Kansas City) in its quarterfinal match, 2-1. The Wildcats defeated Marshall 1-0 in the sectional round. The three losses have come against Smith-Cotton 7-3, Rolla 2-1 and Excelsior Springs, 2-1. They also have defeated Excelsior Springs. Some of their other standout wins include Marshall (twice), Carthage, Staley, Blue Springs South, Pleasant Hill and Grain Valley.

“They’re good. The have a very good record and play a good schedule,” Schriewer said of Harrisonville. “It’s probably going to be game that can go either way.”

Washington enters the state tournament having won 19 of its last 21 games after starting the season with a 5-6 record.

The other Class 3 semifinal game features Parkway Central (19-8-1) versus Republic (23-4) Friday, Nov. 10, at 2 p.m.

The Class 3 state tournament concludes Saturday, Nov. 11, with the third-place game at 10 a.m. and the state championship contest at 2 p.m. Click here for the Class 3 bracket.

“The idea of getting a banner in the gym is crazy for these kids. They go to all of these sporting events and see all the names on the banners. They just want to be a part of that, and now they will,” Schriewer said. “I told our guys in the postgame conversation that we’re guaranteed a spot up there, but what’s it going to say? That’s what we have to think about going forward.”

Washington grabbed a 1-0 lead over North County in the 28th minute when Trent Lewis lobbed a free Kick in front of the net to Michael Andrews, who headed the ball into the net for a goal. It marked the third straight game Andrews has scored on a head ball.

“Three straight games, three straight headers,” Schriewer said. “I don’t think there are many teams who have somebody that can stop Michael in those situations. He’s just a monster.”

The score remained 1-0 at halftime.

The Blue Jays made the score 2-0 in the 53rd minute when Jeremiah Collins scored on a penalty kick after Conlan Jarvis was taken down in the goalie box.

Ottmar Escalante registered his second straight shutout in goal for Washington.

Washington’s midfielders and defenders were in shut down mode, allowing very little opportunities to North County’s offensive attack.

“Between Ottmar (Escalante), Miah (Jeremiah Collins), (Zach) Harms, Trent (Lewis) and Cody (Pilgram), they can really shut it down,” Schriewer said. “The fact that we can tune up our defense when we have to and slide Michael (Andrews) back there, it’s a luxury that not too many teams have. That’s what makes this team pretty special.”

Click here for a video of reaction from some of the Blue Jay players after the game.

Photos from the quarterfinal game are below. Click on the attached links below for player reaction after the game and the Class 3 soccer bracket.
































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




Audience: Homepage, Augusta Elementary School, Campbellton Elementary School, Clearview Elementary School, Labadie Elementary School, Marthasville Elementary School, South Point Elementary School, Washington Middle School and Washington West Elementary School

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

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

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

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

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

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

For more information, email Julie Bunkley by clicking here.

Click on the attached link below for the registration form.

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




Audience: Homepage and South Point Elementary School

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

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

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

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

Being physically active and participating in extracurricular activities and clubs;

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

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

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

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

Photos from the event at South Point Elementary are below.





















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




Audience: Homepage and Washington High School

The Washington High Choirs 2017 Madrigal Dinner, an evening of singing, food, raucous antics and holiday enjoyment.

The performances will take place at The Presbyterian Church, 4834 South Point Road in Washington.

Performances dates and times are Thursday and Friday, Dec. 7 and 8, at 7 p.m., and Saturday, Dec. 9, at 4 p.m.  

The cost is $20 per ticket, which includes a four-course meal and entertainment.  Bring spare change to purchase items from the townspeople.

Make checks payable to WHS Choir.

For more information and for ticket information, contact Jessie Patterson by email at Jessie.Patterson@washington.k12.mo.us.

Click on the attached link below for more information and to print the ticket order form.

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Published: 11/2/17




Audience: Homepage and Augusta Elementary School

Augusta Elementary held its Halloween Costume Parade on Tuesday, Oct. 31.

Staff and students dressed in their Halloween Costumes and with an escort from the St. Charles County Police Department, walked in a parade style on the streets of Augusta near the school.

See the photos below from the Augusta Elementary Halloween Costume Parade.
















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




Audience: Homepage, Augusta Elementary School, Campbellton Elementary School, Clearview Elementary School, Four Rivers Career Center, Labadie Elementary School, Marthasville Elementary School, South Point Elementary School, Washington High School, Washington Middle School and Washington West Elementary School

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

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

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




Audience: Homepage and Washington West Elementary School

Washington West Elementary held its Fall Halloween Costume Parade on Tuesday, Oct. 31.

Staff and students dressed in their Halloween Costumes and walked in a parade style all the way around the Early Learning Center for its staff and students to see, and then back to the school.

See the photos below from the Washington West Elementary Fall Halloween Costume Parade.


























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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 10/31/17




Audience: Homepage and Clearview Elementary School

Observing Red Ribbon Week, a national campaign focusing on drug awareness, Clearview Elementary School held an assembly on Monday, Oct. 30.

Buildings throughout the School District of Washington recognize Red Ribbon Week.

The Clearview Elementary student body heard from guest speakers about the importance of saying no to drugs. Speaking were:

Doug Tollison, Washington Police Officer and School Resource Officer;

Eric Dobelmann, representing the Washington Elks (sponsoring Red Ribbon Week). He works for Gateway Drug Screening and the Franklin County Narcotics Enforcement Unit;

Dan Vemmer, Franklin County Sheriff’s Office;

Representing the Washington High School Band were Drew Post, Abbie Dewert, Abbie Kipp and Abbie Vollmer.

Representing Washington High School NJROTC were Sarah Scurtu and Harley Vuocolo.

Photos from the assembly at Clearview Elementary are below.










 

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 10/31/17




Audience: Homepage and Four Rivers Career Center

The Project Lead the Way Engineering program at the Four Rivers Career Center recently received a $30,000 grant from the Arconic Foundation to help get it started.

The grant money will be used for equipment, technology, developing the classroom, and helping the program get started and continue to grow in the upcoming years.

With a location in Washington, Arconic Manufacturing Company develops and manufacture high performance, engineered products and solutions for the aerospace, industrial gas turbine, commercial transportation and oil and gas markets.

The PLTW Engineering program at the Four Rivers Career Center, led by instructor Joe Callahan, has a small number of Washington High School students this year, but plans to open it up to the FRCC’s sending schools beginning next year.

The Project Lead the Way program is open to high school students grades 9-12. The Introduction to Engineering Design course will expose students to design process, research and analysis, teamwork, communication methods, global and human impacts, engineering standards and technical documentation. 

Students will explore topics using activity, project and problem-based learning. They will be challenged to continually hone their interpersonal skills, creative abilities and the understanding of the design process.


The Project Lead the Way Engineering program at the Four Rivers Career Center recently accepted a $30,000 grant from the Arconic Foundation. Seated from left are PLTW students Graham Hoerstkamp, Megan Voelkerding, Cameron Briggs, Henry Knehans and Austin Huddleston. Standing, from left, are Andy Robinson (Four Rivers Career Center Director), Annie Wieland (FRCC College and Career Specialist), Susan Thatcher (School District of Washington Board of Education member), Kirk Grass (FRCC Machine Tool instructor), Joe Callahan (PLTW Engineering instructor), Arconic employees Jason Garner, Barb Thomas, Allie Faber, Katie Monzyk and JoAnn Smith, Curt Beers (FRCC Information Technology instructor) and Arconic employee Aaron Parker.


Project Lead the Way Engineering classroom at the Four Rivers Career Center.

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Published: 10/31/17




Audience: Homepage, Four Rivers Career Center and Washington High School

The School District of Washington and the Washington Area Chamber of Commerce hosted the grand opening open house and ribbon cutting of the Washington Center for Advanced Professional Studies (CAPS) program, housed at the new Confluence Room at the Four Rivers Career Center on Thursday, Oct. 26.

The event was open to the community for individuals and businesses to visit with students in the Global Business and Entrepreneurship class, who meet in the Confluence on a daily basis.

The open house allowed visitors to see projects the students have been working on so far during the school year.

The Confluence not only is the everyday space for the CAPS Business students, but also hosts meetings in the space. Other FRCC programs collaborate within the space and outside business professionals use the space for their professional learning and meetings. Last week alone, there were 156 people from outside the district visit or use the Confluence.  

The CAPS business students are aspiring professionals learning in the most authentic ways possible. Across the hall is a space the school district plan to label the Jr. Confluence, where elementary students will engage in design, growth mindset and thinking in the year to come. The space is currently being prepared for students as district officials work to determine the program delivery model. 

Photos from the CAPS Open House and ribbon cutting are below.











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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 10/27/17




Audience: Homepage, WINGS Educational Foundation, Augusta Elementary School, Campbellton Elementary School, Clearview Elementary School, Early Learning Center, Labadie Elementary School, Marthasville Elementary School, South Point Elementary School, Washington High School, Washington Middle School and Washington West Elementary School

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




Audience: Homepage and Clearview Elementary School

Students at Clearview Elementary School had quite a surprise when they arrived to school on Thursday morning, Oct. 26.

Officers from the Washington Police Department and the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office, along with Union Ambulance workers, were on hand to greet the students.

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

Photos of officers from the Washington Police Department, the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office, and Union Ambulance workers greeting students at Clearview Elementary are below.








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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 10/26/17




Audience: Homepage, Four Rivers Career Center and Washington High School

The Project Lead the Way Biomedical Science program held a Career Night at the Four Rivers Career Center on Tuesday, Oct. 24.

There were 16 science, law enforcement and medical professionals on hand to present to biomedical science students, explaining their job functions and answering questions.

The Project Lead the Way Biomedical Science Program is a nation-wide program that provides high school and their students the funding and resources to provide a strong learning foundation and a proven path to college and medical career success. 

Working with the same equipment and tools used by lab professionals, PLTW Biomedical Science students are empowered to explore and find solutions to some of today’s most pressing medical challenges.

Through scaffolded activities that connect learning to life, students step into the roles of biomedical science professionals and investigate topics including human medicine, physiology, genetics, microbiology, and public health.

Students work together in teams to find unique solutions, and in the process, learn in-demand, transferable skills like critical thinking and communication.

In the introductory course of the PLTW Biomedical Science program, students explore concepts of biology and medicine to determine factors that led to the death of a fictional person.

While investigating the case, students examine autopsy reports, investigate medical history, and explore medical treatments that might have prolonged the person’s life.

The activities and projects introduce students to human physiology, basic biology, medicine, and research processes while allowing them to design their own experiments to solve problems. 

Photos from the PLTW Biomedical Career Day at the Four Rivers career Center are below.











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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 10/26/17




Audience: Homepage and Campbellton Elementary School

Recognizing Red Ribbon Week, a national campaign focusing on drug awareness, Campbellton Elementary School held an assembly on Monday, Oct. 23.

Buildings throughout the School District of Washington recognize Red Ribbon Week.

Campbellton Elementary students heard from guest speakers about the importance of saying no to drugs. Speaking were:

Doug Tollison, Washington Police Officer and School Resource Officer.

Eric Dobelmann, representing the Washington Elks (sponsoring Red Ribbon Week). He works for Gateway Drug Screening and the Franklin County Narcotics Enforcement Unit;

Brandon Erisman and Brian Stevener from the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office;

Washington High School head volleyball coach Kym Blankenship and student athletes Conlan Jarvis, Zach Harms, Hannah Struckhoff, Bria Hasenjaeger and Nichole Brinker.

Representing the Washington High School NJROTC program was Cadet Alex Davis.

Photos from the assembly at Campbellton Elementary are below.












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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 10/26/17




Audience: Homepage, Four Rivers Career Center, Washington High School and Washington Middle School

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




Audience: Homepage and Augusta Elementary School

Augusta Elementary School held a Red Ribbon Week assembly on Tuesday morning, Oct. 24.

Red Ribbon Week is a national campaign focusing on drug awareness. Buildings throughout the School District of Washington are recognize Red Ribbon Week.

Augusta Elementary students heard from guest speakers about the importance of saying no to drugs. Speaking were:

Greg Garrett, Washington Police Officer.

Eric Dobelmann, representing the Washington Elks (sponsoring Red Ribbon Week). He works for Gateway Drug Screening and the Franklin County Narcotics Enforcement Unit.

Representing the Washington High School boys basketball team were head coach Grant Young and current players Cason Suggs, Conlan Jarvis, Zach Harms, Tommy Ruether and Aleksandr Buechter.

The basketball players spoke about the importance of not using drugs. They also showcased their basketball skills and gave away prizes.

Representing the Washington High School NJROTC program was Josh Adrian.

Photos from the Red Ribbon Week assembly at Augusta Elementary are below.











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




Audience: Homepage, Augusta Elementary School, Campbellton Elementary School, Clearview Elementary School, Four Rivers Career Center, Labadie Elementary School, Marthasville Elementary School, South Point Elementary School, Washington High School, Washington Middle School and Washington West Elementary School

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.

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: 10/25/17




Audience: Homepage and Campbellton Elementary School

Jessica Quick, meteorologist at KSDK Channel 5 in St. Louis, visited Campbellton Elementary School on Tuesday, Oct. 24, to speak to fifth- and sixth-grade students about weather.

Amber Sperry’s fifth-grade class and LuAnn Engelbrecht’s sixth-grade class currently are doing a PBL unit on weather. Sperry contacted the KSDK meteorologist team as part of their Super School month, where they travel to schools to talk about weather in St. Louis.

Quick showed the students a power point presentation about St. Louis weather, focusing on tornadoes, hail, clouds and lightning, and answered many questions from the students. She also signed autographs for the students.

Photos from Jessica Quick’s visit to Campbellton Elementary are below.





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Published: 10/24/17




Audience: Homepage and Marthasville Elementary School

Kicking off Red Ribbon Week, a national campaign focusing on drug awareness, Marthasville Elementary School held an assembly on Monday, Oct. 23.

Buildings throughout the School District of Washington are recognizing Red Ribbon Week.

Marthasville Elementary students heard from guest speakers about the importance of saying no to drugs. Speaking were:

Doug Tollison, Washington Police Officer and School Resource Officer.

Eric Dobelmann, representing the Washington Elks (sponsoring Red Ribbon Week). He works for Gateway Drug Screening and the Franklin County Narcotics Enforcement Unit;

Representing the Washington High School wrestling team were head coach Josh Ohm and current wrestlers Michael Boehlein (attended Marthasville), Chris Griesenauer (attended Marthasville), Tommy "Tom Tom the Ticking Time Bomb" Kelpe (attended Marthasville), Tate Hendricks and Jack Carico.

Representing the Washington High School NJROTC program were cadets Logan Edgington and Andrew Edgington.

Photos from the assembly at Marthasville Elementary are below.








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Published: 10/24/17




Audience: Homepage

The School District of Washington’s Board of Education will meet Wednesday, Oct. 25, at the district office at 7 p.m.

 

Among the items on the agenda are:

 

*MSBA Conference Highlights: The MSBA Fall Conference was held on October 5-8 at Tan-Tar-A. School board members and administrators from across the state attended. Our District presented during one of the breakout sessions on the subject of "Engaging Business Partners, Solidifying Staff Buy-in, and Improving Student Outcomes."

 

*Student Representative Report: Lydia Juengling, Student Representative to the Board of Education, will provide a report on Washington Middle School PBL.

 

*Budget Revision I: There are four or more budget revisions throughout the school year. Board approval is required for each budget revision. The manual summary for Budget Revision 1 will be provided, along with the rationale detailing the changes in revenue and expenses.

 

*SWOT Analysis/Strategic Planning: The Board of Education held a visioning session on September 13, 2017 to discuss the next Comprehensive School Improvement Plan (CSIP) for 2018-2023. The Board, and District administrators, participated in a SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats) analysis of our proposed focus areas for the 2018-2023 CSIP. The results of the analysis will be provided.

 

*Strategic Planning Team: Superintendent Dr. Lori VanLeer recently sent out invitation letters to District staff inviting them to participate on the Strategic Planning Team to help draft the 2018-2023 CSIP (Comprehensive School Improvement Plan). The team will include both certified and support staff from elementary and secondary, along with administrators and board members. The first meeting is scheduled for Monday, Oct. 30, from 4-5 p.m. at the Confluence at Four Rivers Career Center.

 

*Achievement Report: Assistant Superintendent Dr. Judy Straatmann will provide an achievement report, and will answer any questions.

 

MSBA 2017C Policies – First Reading: The MSBA 2017C Policies are attached for a first reading. The policies contain revisions and new material based on the Every Student Succeeds Act, changes in state law affecting school board elections, changes in state law relating to construction projects and eligibility requirements for elected offices, and recent audits by the Missouri state auditor regarding technology, data governance, and security.

 

*Policy KH – Public Gifts to Schools: A suggested revision has been made to Board Policy KH - Public Gifts to the Schools, to address donations made through Crowdfunding. The revised policy will be provided.

 

*Health Insurance Rates Update: The School District of Washington was made aware by Schroepfer Bauer of a health insurance rate decrease. These changes only impact employees electing dependent, spouse, or family coverage. The reductions to the insurance plan premiums are due to a decrease in risk to the insurance company and/or District.

 

Click on the attached link below for the BoardDocs website to see the complete agenda for the Oct. 25 board of education meeting.

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Audience: Homepage, Four Rivers Career Center, Labadie Elementary School and Marthasville Elementary School

Teaching Careers students in the (CAPS) Center for Advanced Professional Studies program at the Four Rivers Career Center competed in the national reading initiative, Read for the Record, on Thursday, Oct. 19.

Teaching Careers cadets visited kindergarten and first-grade classrooms at Labadie Elementary, Marthasville Elementary, Clearview Elementary, Campbellton Elementary and Immanuel Lutheran. They read the book, “Quackers” to the students and also lead classes in a project activity.

“We had so much fun reading to kindergarten and first-grade students,” said Teaching Careers instructor Jenny Meers. “Thanks to the teachers who invited us into their Teaching Career cadets read to 187 students between 8-11 a.m., and to another group of students at Sullivan Elementary in the afternoon.
classrooms. My students fell in love with the kids.”

“Our goal is to read to 200-250 students each year,” Meers said.

Photos of Teaching Careers cadets working on projects with students as part of the event on Oct. 19 at Marthasville Elementary and Labadie Elementary are below.



















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Published: 10/23/17




Audience: Homepage, Four Rivers Career Center and Washington High School

The Four Rivers Career Center hosted its Pathways to Construction Day (Construction Careers Day) outside of the Nix Cafeteria at Washington High School on Thursday, Oct. 19.

Representatives from St. Louis area construction companies and unions were on hand to give information and demonstrations about their industry.

WHS students visited the presentations during their respective math classes.

Part of the purpose was for the students to learn how math and other skills play an important role in the construction industry.

Photos from Pathways to Construction Day at Washington High School are below.






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Published: 10/23/17




Audience: Homepage and South Point Elementary School

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

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

Representing Washington VFW was Kathy Obermark.

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



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Published: 10/20/17




Audience: Homepage, Augusta Elementary School, Campbellton Elementary School, Clearview Elementary School, Early Learning Center, Four Rivers Career Center, Labadie Elementary School, Marthasville Elementary School, South Point Elementary School, Washington High School, Washington Middle School and Washington West Elementary School

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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Published: 10/19/17




Audience: Homepage

High school principals and administrators from the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education’s (DESE) South Central Region gathered for a meeting at the Four Rivers Career Center on Wednesday, Oct. 18.

The meeting took place in the Confluence room, the 21st Century workspace located at the FRCC designed for students to fast forward into their future and fully immerse in a professional culture, solve real world problems and use industry standard tools.

Washington High School Principal Dr. Kelle McCallum organized the meeting, which centered around the school district’s CAPS and Pathways programs.

Center for Advanced Professional Studies (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.

The Pathways program focuses on the concept of education and industry joining forces to create an economic engine for students to utilize to enhance their futures following high school graduation.

Students from the CAPS Culinary Arts program prepared and served lunch to those attending the meeting.

Additional information on the Pathways program can be obtained by clicking on the attached link below.

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Published: 10/18/17




Audience: Homepage and Clearview Elementary School

Members of the Union Fire Protection District visited Clearview Elementary School on Tuesday, Oct. 17, for a fire safety program.

Students in Kindergarten, first and second grades learned about fire prevention and safety tips by watching a video. The fire fighters also spoke to the students about their jobs. The students had the opportunity to see much of the fire equipment on a fire truck. They also got to climb inside a fire truck.

Photos from the fire safety program at Clearview Elementary are below.











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Published: 10/18/17




Audience: Homepage

Viola Brockfeld Teacher Tuition Grants recently were given to Washington NEA members.

Receiving the grants were Alicia Midkiff, Jill Griffin, Cody Stapel, Elizabeth Hobbs and Melissa Golder.

Washington NEA gives the grants to School District of Washington staff members each fall. Over $10,000 in grant money has been given by the Washington NEA over the years.


Receiving the Viola Brockfeld Teacher Tuition Grants from the Washington NEA, from left, were Alicia Midkiff, Jill Griffin, Cody Stapel and Elizabeth Hobbs. Not pictured is Melissa Golder.


Elizabeth Hobbs, second from left, and Alicia Midkiff, second from right, received the Viola Brockfeld Teacher Tuition Grants from the Washington NEA. Also pictured are Washington NEA members  Jessica Fitzgerald, far left, Suzanne Pelley, middle, and Joe Callahan, far right.

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Published: 10/17/17




Audience: Homepage and Campbellton Elementary School

Students at Campbellton Elementary School had quite a surprise when they arrived to school on Tuesday morning, Oct. 17.

Officers from the Washington Police Department and the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office were on hand to greet the students.

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

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











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Published: 10/17/17




Audience: Homepage, Augusta Elementary School, Campbellton Elementary School, Clearview Elementary School, Early Learning Center, Four Rivers Career Center, Labadie Elementary School, Marthasville Elementary School, South Point Elementary School, Washington High School, Washington Middle School and Washington West Elementary School

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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Published: 10/17/17




Audience: Homepage and Washington High School

The weight training program, run by physical education instructors at Washington High School, is growing by leaps and bounds.

With the inclusion of freshmen to the program last year, the number of high school students in the weight training program has increased significantly. Both athletes and non-athletes participate.

Weight training classes at Washington High School currently have over 200 students in grades 9-12, taught by Matt Kroeter, Kym Blankenship and Grant Young. Courses are split into sessions per class period.

Included in the program are a weight class, a fitness class, yoga, piyo, turbo kick and body pump.

The weight class features Rack Performance strength and conditioning software that helps make workouts more efficient, to improve workout dynamics, and to include more strength components in a short time frame while still allowing muscle recovery between sets.

Workouts are designed with a warmup, a SWOD (strength workout of the day), and a CWOD conditioning of the day. CWOD’s are cardo and crossfit based strength finishers.

Yoga is workout plan than can help achieve lasting results of better body strength and flexibility with workouts aimed at improving balance, strength and power. Yoga is famous for reducing stress with a quiet but targeted exercise program.

Piyo is a total-body fitness system. It combines the practices of Pilates and yoga to help build strength, lose weight and increase flexibility.

Body pump is a workout that challenges all of the muscle groups by using weight-room exercises such as squats, presses, lifts and curls. Body pump focuses on high repetition movements with low weight loads.

Turbo kick is a cardio workout that is a mix of kickboxing and simple dance grooves set to heart pounding dance music.

See photos below of the different classes offered in the weight training program at Washington High School.

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Piyo Workout








Body Pump Workout








Lady Jays Fitness Class



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




Audience: Homepage and Early Learning Center

The Early Learning Center hosted a Big Rigs and Book Fair family community event on Saturday, Oct. 14.

Many big truck and tractors filled the ELC parking lot, giving children of all ages an opportunity to climb in them to get a feel of what it’s like behind the wheel, as well as learn about them and explore all of the features.

There were police, fire, ambulance, construction, recycle, Pepsi, Ameren and many more trucks on the lot, as well as many tractors and other heavy operating equipment.

A children’s book fair took place inside the Early Learning Center.

See the pictures below of the Big Rigs and Book Fair event at the Early Learning Center.


















 

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 10/16/17




Audience: Homepage and Washington High School

Washington High School will host a Parent Speaker Series at the CJB Auditorium on Thursday, Oct. 19, from 6:30-8 p.m. The topic will be student driving.

Representatives from First Impact, a traffic safety program that educates parents about Missouri’s Graduated Driver License (GDL) law, will give a parent presentation. Parents and students are welcome to attend.

Registration for the free event is not necessary, despite what the attached flyer might suggest.

The goal of First Impact is to reduce the number of motor vehicle fatalities, injuries and crashes among teen drivers by increasing parental awareness and enforcement of Missouri’s GDL law.

First Impact will help parents understand teen driving risks, enforcement and monitoring of GDL law, and serving as a positive role model.

Click on the attached link below for more details.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 10/16/17




Audience: Homepage and South Point Elementary School

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

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

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

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

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

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





















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




Audience: Homepage, Augusta Elementary School, Campbellton Elementary School, Clearview Elementary School, Early Learning Center, Labadie Elementary School, Marthasville Elementary School, South Point Elementary School and Washington West Elementary School

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

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

A children’s book fair also will take place.

Families are invited to attend.

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




Audience: Homepage and Augusta Elementary School

Representatives from the Augusta Fire Department visited Augusta Elementary School for a fire safety presentation on Monday, Oct. 9.

Each class at Augusta took shifts visiting the fire fighters. The students learned how to prevent fires and what to do when fires take place. The fire fighters also spoke about smoke alarms and the duties they have as members of the fire department.

The students then went outside to get a tour of a fire truck. Each student also had the opportunity to spray a fire hose.

Photos from the fire safety presentation at Augusta Elementary are below.














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Published: 10/12/17




Audience: Homepage, Augusta Elementary School, Campbellton Elementary School, Clearview Elementary School, Four Rivers Career Center, Labadie Elementary School, Marthasville Elementary School, South Point Elementary School, Washington High School, Washington Middle School and Washington West Elementary School

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




Audience: Homepage and Washington High School

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

The festival featured a parade competition and a field competition.

As the hosts, the Washington High School Marching Blue Jays gave exhibition performances in both the parade and field competitions.

More than 2,000 students from 37 schools competed in the Band Festival.

Click on the attached links below for results from the Washington Marching Band Festival.

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




Audience: Homepage, Augusta Elementary School, Campbellton Elementary School, Clearview Elementary School, Early Learning Center, Labadie Elementary School, Marthasville Elementary School, South Point Elementary School, Washington High School, Washington Middle School and Washington West Elementary School

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




Audience: Homepage, Augusta Elementary School, Blue Jay Athletics, Campbellton Elementary School, Clearview Elementary School, Early Learning Center, Labadie Elementary School, Marthasville Elementary School, South Point Elementary School, Washington High School, Washington Middle School and Washington West Elementary School

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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Published: 10/6/17




Audience: Homepage and South Point Elementary School

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

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

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

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

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

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

Washington Public Library








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




Audience: Homepage and Early Learning Center

Parents as Teachers held a Play Group – “Truck and Trains” at the Early Learning Center on Wednesday, Oct. 4.

Lisa Ruth, Parent Educator, led the group.

The group of children read children’s books with a truck or train theme together with their parents or grand-parents and also played together with toy trains and trucks.  

Photos from the event can be seen below.

Click on the attached links below for more information on the Parents as Teachers program and a schedule of PAT Group Connections fall events.






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




Audience: Homepage, Augusta Elementary School, Campbellton Elementary School, Clearview Elementary School, Four Rivers Career Center, Labadie Elementary School, Marthasville Elementary School, South Point Elementary School, Washington High School, Washington Middle School and Washington West Elementary School

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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Published: 10/4/17




Audience: Homepage and Washington Middle School

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.

Photos from the students visiting with the field experts are below.






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




Audience: Homepage, WINGS Educational Foundation, Augusta Elementary School, Campbellton Elementary School, Clearview Elementary School, Early Learning Center, Labadie Elementary School, Marthasville Elementary School, South Point Elementary School, Washington High School, Washington Middle School and Washington West Elementary School

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




Audience: Homepage and Labadie Elementary School

Labadie Elementary School held its Fall Festival on Friday evening, Sept. 29.

Staff and students along with friends and family attended the event.

The students participated in a number of different games and activities in the gymnasium and outside on the playground. There was pumpkin and face painting, a chili cook-off, a table decorating contest, and a slush machine.

Photos from Labadie Elementary’s Fall Festival are below.












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




Audience: Homepage and Washington High School

Seven students from Washington High School made All-District Choir during the recent audition at Hillsboro High School.

WHS took 13 students to the audition and seven of them were selected for all-district honors, which is the most for the school in four years.

Additionally, three students scored in the top 20 percent and are eligible for All-State auditions.

Washington’s All-District Choir students are Madison Beaver (top 20 percent), Jordan Tullock (top 20 percent), Ethan Fields (top 20 percent), Molly Eckelkamp, Levi Weber, Ethan King and Ezra Miles.


Pictured are Washington High School All-District Choir students. Front row, from left, are Levi Weber, Jordan Tullock, Ethan King and Ethan Fields. Back row, from left, are Madison Beaver, Ezra Miles and Molly Eckelkamp.

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




Audience: Homepage

The St. Charles City-County Library District in O'Fallon will host a free screening of the documentary "The Empowerment Project” with a panel discussion to follow on Tuesday, Oct. 10, at 6 p.m.

The panel is composed of local women in STEM/STEAM. They will share their personal experiences in the industry with the attendees. The panelists vary from millennials still new in their careers to more established professionals.

The film inspires an important conversation about women’s empowerment and female leadership by following the lives of eight successful women in historically male-dominated industries. With a special focus on women in STEM, these women will inspire the next generation of leaders and dreamers to pursue their career ambitions.

Click here to RSVP for the event.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar
Published: 10/1/17




Audience: Homepage and Washington High School

Nine students from Washington High School were recognized by the School District of Washington’s Board of Education for attending Missouri Boys and Girls State last summer.

The recognition took place during the Board’s meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 27.

The 78th session of Missouri Boys State took place June 17-24 at the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg. Missouri Girls State also took place in June at the University of Central Missouri.

Missouri Boys and Girls State is a week-long hands on experience in the operation and fundamentals of government. It draws together the best and brightest high school juniors to help lead them down the path of individual success and leadership.

Representing WHS at Boys State were Cason Suggs, Ty Rinne, Zach Harms, Jonathan Amlong and Matt Ruth.

Representing WHS at Girls State were Olivia Robinson, Kailey Robinson, Emmy Hopkins and Lulu Lynch.

Each year, the backbone of Missouri Boys and Girls State comes from the elected officials.

Elections are held for city, county and state offices.

At Boys State, Suggs was elected Governor, which is the highest elected official for the event.

Suggs led the 2017 citizens of Missouri Boys State throughout the end of the week and will return next year to help start the event for the new group.

It is believed to be the first time in the 78-year history of Missouri Boys State that a student from Washington High School has been elected Governor.

At Girls State, Olivia Robinson was the editor-in-chief of the daily newspaper produced at the event.

At the Board of Education meeting, each student spoke about their experience and was given a certificate of recognition. See the photos below.


The School District of Washington’s Board of Education recognized Washington High School students who attended Missouri Boys and Girls State last summer. Front row is Board President Kevin Blackburn and Girls State attendees Emmy Hopkins, Kailey Robinson and Olivia Robinson. Middle row, from left, are Boys State attendees Cason Suggs, Jonathan Amlong and Ty Rinne. Back row, from left, are Board members John Freitag, Bob Oreskovic, Scott Byrne, Trish Mitchell and Susan Thatcher. Not shown are Board member Dan Contarini and State attendees Zach Harms, Matt Ruth and Lulu Lynch.


Cason Suggs with Superintendent Dr. Lori VanLeer and Board President Kevin Blackburn.


Jonathan Amlong with Superintendent Dr. Lori VanLeer and Board President Kevin Blackburn.


Ty Rinne with Superintendent Dr. Lori VanLeer and Board President Kevin Blackburn.


Kailey Robinson with Superintendent Dr. Lori VanLeer and Board President Kevin Blackburn.


Olivia Robinson with Superintendent Dr. Lori VanLeer and Board President Kevin Blackburn.


Emmy Hopkins with Superintendent Dr. Lori VanLeer and Board President Kevin Blackburn.








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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 9/29/17




Audience: Homepage and Washington West Elementary School

Two staff members from the School District of Washington were among 12 individuals named to the Washington Area Chamber of Commerce and Washington Missourian’s Outstanding Young Professionals Class of 2017.

SDOW staff members recognized were Elizabeth Mades, Director of Special Education, and Kelsey Scheer, kindergarten teacher at Washington West Elementary.

Awards were presented at the Washington Area Chamber of Commerce Member Luncheon on Sept. 25 at the Knights of Columbus Hall.

Joining Mades and Scheer as honorees are Jon Ballmann (Owner, Ballmann Earthworks), Stephanie Boland (Director of Marketing and Sales, NOA Medical Industries), Chris Eckelkamp (Assistant Vice president, Bank of Washington), Bill Hellebusch (Manager of Business Support, Mercy Hospital Washington), Robert Jasper (Band Director, Borgia High School), Gregg Jones (Assistant Managing Editor, Washington Missourian), Apryl Logan (Senior Accountant, WSFP/National Fire Suppression), Sal Maniaci (City Planner, City of Washington), Matt Riechers (Manager, Riechers Tire and Auto), and Savannah Wigger (Owner, Dreamtime Princess Events).


School District of Washington staff members Elizabeth Mades, left, and Kelsey Scheer were named Outstanding Young Professionals Class of 2017.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 9/29/17




Audience: Homepage and Washington Middle School

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.

Pictures from the Poetry Slam are below.












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




Audience: Homepage, CAPS, Community and Four Rivers Career Center

Students in the CAPS Business classes pitched business ideas for the community to members of Downtown Washington, Inc. in the Confluence Room at the Four Rivers Career Center on Monday, Sept. 25.

The topic was ways to increase foot traffic in Downtown Washington.

The students broke into groups and gave their business presentations, which were approximately two weeks in the making.

The business ideas by the students ranged from a corn cob pipe monument, a clothes retail shop targeting for teenagers, an art district, a beautification project, a walking and bicycle trail, a bicycle share, murals, a scavenger hunt and downtown tracks of walking and bicycle paths.

Following the presentations, members of Downtown Washington, Inc. met with each group of students, providing their feedback.

The Business course, instructed by Cathy Jinkerson, helps students learn foundational skills in the area of business when starting a company. Students will engage with real professionals in the field throughout the process.

Photos of the presentations are below.























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




Audience: Homepage, Augusta Elementary School, Campbellton Elementary School, Clearview Elementary School, Four Rivers Career Center, Labadie Elementary School, Marthasville Elementary School, South Point Elementary School, Washington High School, Washington Middle School and Washington West Elementary School

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




Audience: Homepage and Washington High School

Washington High School seniors Ryan Hill and Anna Sullentrup are among the approximately 16,000 Semifinalists nationwide in the 63rd Annual National Merit Scholarship Program.

Hill and Sullentrup have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $32 million that will be offered in the spring.

To be considered for the merit Scholarship, Semifinalists must fulfill several requirements to advance to the Finalist level of the competition.

The semifinalists were chosen based on their scores in last fall’s Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, taken by about 1.6 million high school juniors. They represent less than 1 percent of U.S. high school seniors.

About 90 percent of the semifinalists are expected to be named finalists, based on scores, academic and extracurricular records, recommendations and essays. Finalists will be notified in February.

About half the finalists will win a scholarship, either a $2,500 National Merit Scholarship or a merit scholarship sponsored by a college or corporation.

Hill will major in chemistry in college and plans to attend Maryville University next fall. Sullentrup will attend the University of Missouri and major in pre-med.

Washington High School seniors Ryan Hill and Anna Sullentrup are among the approximately 16,000 Semifinalists nationwide in the 63rd Annual National Merit Scholarship Program.

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




Audience: Homepage, Blue Jay Athletics and Washington High School

Homecoming festivities at Washington High School concluded with the football game and dance on Friday, Sept. 22.

In addition to the varsity football game between the Blue Jays and Ft. Zumwalt South, a number of activities took place during the evening:

The WHS Jaywalkers and Mini-Jaywalkers performed a dance routine;

The WHS Choir sang the national anthem with the NJROTC presenting the colors;

The WHS alumni band performed with the Marching Blue Jays;

The WINGS Hall of Honor inductees were recognized;

The Homecoming Court was introduced.

Washington lost the football game to Ft. Zumwalt South, 42-6.

Following the game at the homecoming dance, WHS seniors Cason Suggs and Nichole Brinker were crowned king and queen.

Photos below are from the Homecoming festivities on Friday, Sept. 22.































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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 9/26/17




Audience: Homepage

The School District of Washington’s Board of Education will meet Wednesday, Sept. 27, at the district office at 7 p.m.

Among the items on the agenda are:

*Special Recognition: Eight students were selected to represent Washington High School at Missouri Boys State and Missouri Girls State. WHS attendees included Cason Suggs, Ty Rinne, Zach Harms, Jonathan Amlong and Matt Ruth. Suggs was elected Governor, which is believed to be the first time in the 78 year history that a student from WHS was elected Governor. Missouri Girls State was attended by Olivia Robinson, Kailey Robinson and Emmy Hopkins.

*Student Representative Report: Lydia Juengling, Student Representative, provides a report on the English Language Learners (ELL) Department.

*Patron Insight Research Proposal: Superintendent Dr. Lori VanLeer recommends the Board of Education approve the proposal that will be presented.

*Assessment Plan: The Assessment Plan is a Department of Elementary and Secondary (DESE) required document needing Board of Education approval on an annual basis.

*Pathways for Teachers Team 3 Kickoff: The District's third team of faculty to participate in the Pathways for Teachers program will have their kick-off event on October 3, 2017. Mercy has offered to host the event in their conference room at Mercy South.

Click on the attached link below for the BoardDocs website to see the complete agenda for the Sept. 27 board of education meeting.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar
Published: 9/25/17




Audience: Homepage and Four Rivers Career Center

The Night Shift class at the Four Rivers Career Center recently had a 1966 tractor donated to them by KJ Unnerstall Construction in Washington.

The students in the class will work on restoring it. When completed, the Career Center will show it to younger students to help promote the program and the school. The tractor was delivered by Kurt Unnerstall and some of his staff members on Thursday, Sept. 21.

The Night Shift program, led by FRCC Automotive Technology Instructor Dan Brinkmann, deals with anything to do with motors, particularly transportation – cars, trucks, tractors, motorcycles, boats, golf carts or whatever the case may be.

Students who want to be involved meet every Tuesday and Thursday during the school year at the Four Rivers Career Center from 3-7 p.m. Every session is different, and if it has a motor, the students are working on it as one of their projects.

“I volunteer my time for the Night Shift program, so the students have to earn their way in,” Brinkmann said. “We meet Tuesday and Thursday nights and work on whatever needs to be worked on. It can range from weed eaters to trucks.”

The Night Shift program is something Brinkmann takes very seriously.

“It’s extremely important. The students learn how to be a good employee. We always have a good time, but take it very seriously. If one of the students in the program does something during the school day like aggravate a faculty member and I find out about it, I tell them to leave the program and do something else,” Brinkmann said.

“I also make each student in the Night Shift program cook dinner for the class. Ninety percent of them are going to go to college and have to learn how to fend for themselves. They need to learn how to do things like cook dinner. It’s never anything fancy. We just try to make it healthy and good to eat.”

See a picture of the tractor below with Brinkmann and his Night Shift students with Unnerstall and his staff members.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 9/25/17




Audience: Homepage, WINGS Educational Foundation, Augusta Elementary School, Campbellton Elementary School, Clearview Elementary School, Early Learning Center, Four Rivers Career Center, Labadie Elementary School, Marthasville Elementary School, South Point Elementary School, Washington High School, Washington Middle School and Washington West Elementary School

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




Audience: Homepage, Blue Jay Athletics and Washington High School

As part of Homecoming Week festivities at Washington High School, the annual powder puff football game between the senior and junior girls took place at Scanlan Stadium on Wednesday, Sept. 20.

The players dressed in pink and purple jerseys and had an enjoyable time playing in the flag-football contest.

Some of the WHS male students served as the coaches.

The seniors won the powder puff game over the juniors, 15-12.

The powder puff game was sponsored by No Excuses with proceeds going toward that program at WHS.

Photos from the game are below. The seniors are in pink jerseys and the juniors are in purple jerseys.






























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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 9/21/17




Audience: Homepage, Blue Jay Athletics and Washington High School

Washington High School’s Fall Homecoming Parade took place on Wednesday afternoon, Sept. 20.

Many different clubs, organizations and fall sports teams at WHS and the School District of Washington were represented in the parade, which began at Main and Cedar and ended at the high school.

The Homecoming football game between Washington and Ft. Zumwalt South is Friday, Sept. 22, at 7 p.m.

Pictures below are from the Washington High School Homecoming Parade.







































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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 9/21/17




Audience: Homepage, Augusta Elementary School, Campbellton Elementary School, Clearview Elementary School, Four Rivers Career Center, Labadie Elementary School, Marthasville Elementary School, South Point Elementary School, Washington High School, Washington Middle School and Washington West Elementary School

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.

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: 9/20/17




Audience: Homepage and Washington High School

Washington High School’s Leadership Class is busy planning and hosting various activities and events for the 2017-18 school year.

WHS Leadership students are Student Council members who serve as the committee chairs for STUCO events such as assemblies, Homecoming, Dig for a Difference, Courtwarming, Mr. WHS, the Jordan Scheer Children’s Relay for Life, and many more.

This year’s Leadership officers are:

Lexi Hendricks (President);

Jonathan Amlong (Vice President),

Abbey Jinkerson (Treasurer);

Bria Hasenjaeger (Secretary);

Kailey Robinson (Public Relations);

Lauren Ancell (Spirit Commissioner).

Other Leadership students are Olivia Diederich, Morgan Riegel, Lydia Lock, Madison Sprung, Anna Schneider, Holly Hoerstkamp, Tess Marquart, Jessica Frick, Gracie Boeckman, Cason Suggs, Colleen Kuchem, Kamryn Mitchell, Zach Harms and Brock Laughlin.

The Leadership advisors are Allison Graves and Samantha Loepker.

See the photo below of the 2017-18 WHS Leadership students.


WHS Leadership Students

Pictured are 2017-18 Washington High School Leadership students. Front row, from left, are Lexi Hendricks, Jonathan Amlong, Bria Hasenjaeger, Abbey Jinkerson, Lauren Ancell and Kailey Robinson. Middle row, from left, are Olivia Diederich, Morgan Riegel, Lydia Lock, Madison Sprung, Anna Schneider, Holly Hoerstkamp and Tess Marquart. Back row, from left, are Jessica Frick, Gracie Boeckman, Cason Suggs, Colleen Kuchem and Kamryn Mitchell. Not pictured are Zach Harms and Brock Laughlin.


WHS Leadership Officers

Pictured are 2017-18 Washington High School Leadership officers. Front row is Jonathan Amlong (Vice President). Back row, from left, are Kailey Robinson (Public Relations), Lexi Hendricks (President), Abbey Jinkerson (Treasurer), Bria Hasenjaeger (Secretary) and Lauren Ancell (Spirit Commissioner).


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




Audience: Homepage and South Point Elementary School

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

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

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

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

 

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




Audience: Four Rivers Career Center, Washington High School and Homepage

Cason Suggs (Washington High School) and Trevion Harvey (Four Rivers Career Center) recently were recognized as Washington Rotary Club’s students of the month.

Harvey, a senior at St. Clair High School, is in the automotive technology program at FRCC and is a student ambassador. He’s also a member of the St. Clair wrestling team.

Following graduation, Harvey plans to join the United States Marine Corps. He’s the son of Mary Richardson.

Suggs is the Senior Class President at Washington High School. He’s a member of National Honor Society, Principal’s Advisory Council, the Leadership class, and the CAPS Business program, which is for students who show a propensity for business, engineering and entrepreneurship.

Suggs was chosen to attend Missouri Boys State this past summer. During his time there, he was elected Governor, the Missouri Boys State top honor, which comes with a monetary scholarship to go toward the college of his choice.

​As Governor, is was confirmed that Suggs is the only young man chosen for that role from Franklin County in the 70 plus years of the existence of the program.

Cason also is a member of the WHS boys basketball team. He plans to attend college on a basketball scholarship. He’s the son of Ron and Cassandra Suggs.

Suggs and Harvey were presented their student of the month plaques by Nicole Coleman, Washington Rotary Club President. See the photos below.


Cason Suggs is presented his student of the month plaque by Nicole Coleman, Washington Rotary Club President.


Trevion Harvey is presented his student of the month plaque by Nicole Coleman, Washington Rotary Club President.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 9/18/17




Audience: Homepage, Augusta Elementary School, Blue Jay Athletics, Campbellton Elementary School, Clearview Elementary School, Labadie Elementary School, Marthasville Elementary School, South Point Elementary School, Washington High School, Washington Middle School and Washington West Elementary School

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




Audience: Augusta Elementary School, Campbellton Elementary School, Clearview Elementary School, Early Learning Center, Four Rivers Career Center, Labadie Elementary School, Marthasville Elementary School, South Point Elementary School, Washington High School, Washington Middle School, Washington West Elementary School and Homepage

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




Audience: Augusta Elementary School and Homepage

Augusta Elementary sixth-grade student Matthew Dilly recently was recognized by the Washington Optimist Club as the September “Let Your Optimism Shine” award recipients.

Grace Hendrickson from Immanuel Lutheran School also was recognized.

The Washington Optimist Club recognizes students each month for the “Let Your Optimism Shine” award.

Principals and teachers nominate students for the award who exemplifies the Optimist’s creed.

Click on the attached link below to Mark Trebacz's website for photos of Dilly receiving the award from the Optimist Club.

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




Audience: Clearview Elementary School, Four Rivers Career Center and Homepage

Work on building a new pavilion at Clearview Elementary School is continuing this fall.

The work is being done by students in the Building Construction Trades program at the Four Rivers Career Center, led by instructors Rob York and Garry Gerhart. The work began last spring.

It will be a 20x40 pavilion located next to the playground at Clearview, similar to the one currently at Campbellton Elementary.

Funds for the project are from the PTSO dinner auction at Clearview Elementary.

The goal is to have the concrete poured in the next few days and the entire project completed sometime during the spring of the 2017-18 school year.

Photos below are of York and Building Construction Trades students working on the project on Thursday, Sept. 7.







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




Audience: Homepage, Washington High School and Washington Middle School

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




Audience: Augusta Elementary School, Campbellton Elementary School, Clearview Elementary School, Early Learning Center, Four Rivers Career Center, Labadie Elementary School, Marthasville Elementary School, South Point Elementary School, Washington High School, Washington Middle School, Washington West Elementary School and Homepage

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

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

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




Audience: Homepage and Augusta Elementary School

Grandparents Day was held at Augusta Elementary School on Friday, Sept. 8.

Students had the opportunity to spend several hours with their grandparents eating lunch and participating in a number of different classroom activities.

A book fair also was held at the school.

Photos of Grandparents Day at Augusta Elementary School are below.












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




Audience: Homepage and South Point Elementary School

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

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

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

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

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






















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




Audience: Homepage and South Point Elementary School

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

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

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

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

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




Audience: Augusta Elementary School, Campbellton Elementary School, Clearview Elementary School, Four Rivers Career Center, Labadie Elementary School, Marthasville Elementary School, South Point Elementary School, Washington High School, Washington Middle School, Washington West Elementary School and Homepage

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.

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: 9/6/17




Audience: Washington Middle School and Homepage

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




Audience: Augusta Elementary School, Campbellton Elementary School, Clearview Elementary School, Four Rivers Career Center, Labadie Elementary School, Marthasville Elementary School, South Point Elementary School, Washington High School, Washington Middle School, Washington West Elementary School and Homepage

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.

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: 8/30/17




Audience: Homepage

The School District of Washington’s Board of Education will meet Wednesday, Aug. 30, at the district office at 7 p.m.

Among the items on the agenda are:

*Federal Programs – Assistant Superintendent Dr. Judy Straatmann will present an overview of Federal Programs guidelines, allocations, and expenditures for Title I, II.A, and IV.A.

*Student Representative Report - Lydia Juengling, Student Representative to the Board of Education, will present her report.

*Capital Projects Update - Assistant Superintendent  Dr. Brendan Mahon will provide facilities improvements update and will share additional information.

*WHS Scoreboards – WHS Activities Director Bill Deckelman researched adding two new scoreboards in the WHS Blue Jay Gymnasium. The current scoreboards would be moved to the Little Blue Jay Gym. Deckelman is recommending the Board of Education approve the bid of $18,478 from Daktronics. Funding for the scoreboards to come from the Athletic Department's budgeted Capital Project funds.

*Strategic Planning - The Strategic Planning Checklist and Timeline will be provided by Superintendent Dr. Lori VanLeer and will be discussed at the meeting.

*Pathways for Teachers Grant – The School District of Washington received word from the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) that it’s 2017-18 Pathways for Teachers Grant Proposal was approved. The proposal, the list of participants, and a resolution from the Chamber will be provided.

*Support Staff Performance Based Evaluation – Information provided will reflect the updated Support Staff Performance Based Evaluation (PBE).

*Summer School – A summer school update will be provided by Assistant Superintendent Dr. Judy Straatmann.

*Enrollment – Information on enrollment numbers and class sizes will be provided.

Click on the attached link below for the BoardDocs website to see the complete agenda for the Aug. 30 board of education meeting.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar
Published: 8/29/17




Audience: Four Rivers Career Center and Homepage

Students in the Building Construction Trades program at the Four Rivers Career Center completed a project which involved building a 15-foot tall ramp that was nearly 50 feet long, which was used for the Four Rivers YMCA Mud Run on Saturday, Aug. 26, at the Washington Fairgrounds.

The competitors in the Mud Run had to climb to the top of the ramp and then use a cargo net behind the ramp to get back to the ground.

Considering they were wet and muddy, it was not an easy obstacle for the competitors.

Building Construction instructors Rob York and Garry Gerhart supervised the project. York engineered the project from the beginning, which involved a lot of time and work on the part of the students covering the end of the 2016-17 school year and into the beginning of the 2017-18 school year.

Photos of Building Construction Trades students putting the finishing touches on the Mud Run ramp are below.















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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 8/28/17




Audience: Four Rivers Career Center and Homepage

Students in the CAPS Business classes at the Four Rivers Career Center worked on building their first prototype of the 2017-18 school year on Thursday, Aug. 24.

Morning and afternoon session students both worked on the project, which involved taking belongings from their vehicles and coming up with an innovation to introduce to the rest of the class.

The students did not know about the assignment prior to them arriving to the Career Center, so they had to make due with whatever items were in their vehicles.

Broken into groups, among the items presented by the students were a customized swings for children, an “Own the Floor” game, “a “Sports Dad on the Go” starter pack, a “T-Brand Stroke Counter” with a holder and Bluetooth speaker, and a “Baby Cover Set and Item Holder.”

Each group introduced their product, demonstrated it, and then made a 30-second video about it.

See the photos below of the CAPS Business innovation project.









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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 8/25/17




Audience: Clearview Elementary School and Homepage

Students at Clearview Elementary went through PBS (Positive Behavior Support) expectations for the school year during the opening week of the 2017-18 school year.

Staff members showed the students proper behavior habits in various environments, such as the hallway, cafeteria, gymnasium, bus, and other areas involving school functions.

Students in all grades participated. They were divided into groups and visited different stations, where staff members were waiting to show them proper behavior habits and expectations. 

Photos from the PBS training at  Clearview Elementary are below.






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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 8/24/17




Audience: Homepage and Washington Middle School

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




Audience: Augusta Elementary School, Campbellton Elementary School, Clearview Elementary School, Early Learning Center, Four Rivers Career Center, Labadie Elementary School, Marthasville Elementary School, South Point Elementary School, Washington High School, Washington Middle School, Washington West Elementary School and Homepage

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




Audience: Homepage, Augusta Elementary School, Campbellton Elementary School, Clearview Elementary School, Four Rivers Career Center, Labadie Elementary School, Marthasville Elementary School, South Point Elementary School, Washington High School, Washington Middle School and Washington West Elementary School

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.

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: 8/22/17




Audience: Labadie Elementary School and Homepage

Staff and students at Labadie Elementary School celebrated the total solar eclipse by participating in games and activities on Friday, Aug. 18.

Students in buildings throughout the School District of Washington learned about the eclipse during the course of the week leading up the event.

Staff and students all received eclipse glasses and a safety information sheet.

Photos of Labadie Elementary staff and students preparing for the eclipse are below.  



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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 8/21/17




Audience: Campbellton Elementary School and Homepage

Celebrating the arrival of the total solar eclipse, staff and students at Campbellton Elementary School participated in games and activities, and also enjoyed lunch outside on Friday, Aug. 18.

Students in buildings throughout the School District of Washington learned about the eclipse during the course of the week leading up the event.

Staff and students all received eclipse glasses and a safety information sheet.

Photos of Campbellton Elementary students enjoying activities and lunch outside on Friday, Aug. 18, are below.  










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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 8/21/17




Audience: Homepage and Washington High School

A theater boot camp for all interested Washington High School students will take place Tuesday, Aug. 22, from 3:30-5:30 p.m. at the CJB Auditorium.

The boot camp is an opportunity for students to audition or be tech for the fall musical, “Beauty and the beast.”

Auditions take place Thursday, Aug. 24, at 3:30 p.m. in the CJB.

Kerry Holtmeier, Theater Director at Washington High School, will run the boot camp. High school students interested in theater are encouraged to attend.

The boot camp will include:

*Learning and practicing the songs for auditions;

*Learning and practicing scenes for auditions;

*Learning and practicing choreography;

*Explore all the possibilities in technical theater, such as sound, lights, set and house.

Click on the attached links below for a flyer on the theater boot camp and audition application form.

For more information on the WHS Theater Boot Camp, contact Kerry Holtmeier at Kerry.Holtmeier@washington.k12.mo.us.

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




Audience: Augusta Elementary School, Campbellton Elementary School, Clearview Elementary School, Labadie Elementary School, Marthasville Elementary School, South Point Elementary School, Washington High School, Washington Middle School, Washington West Elementary School and Homepage

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




Audience: Homepage and Washington Middle School

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




Audience: Homepage and Washington High School

Freshman orientation took place at Washington High School on Monday, Aug. 14.

There are approximately 330 freshman students enrolled at WHS for the 2017-18 school year.

Katie Sandoval, guidance counselor at WHS, served as the master of ceremonies. Guidance staff members also helped with the orientation.

There also were approximately 60 Link Crew members on hand, who are juniors and seniors at WHS helping with the orientation.

The freshmen gathered in the Blue Jay Gymnasium for the introduction, games and activities before breaking off into groups to go through the school with Link Crew students.

Photos from the WHS freshman orientation are below.



















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




Audience: Homepage, Augusta Elementary School, Campbellton Elementary School, Clearview Elementary School, Four Rivers Career Center, Labadie Elementary School, Marthasville Elementary School, South Point Elementary School, Washington High School, Washington Middle School and Washington West Elementary School

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




Audience: Homepage, WINGS Educational Foundation, Augusta Elementary School, Campbellton Elementary School, Clearview Elementary School, Early Learning Center, Four Rivers Career Center, Labadie Elementary School, Marthasville Elementary School, South Point Elementary School, Washington High School, Washington Middle School and Washington West Elementary School

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




Audience: Washington West Elementary School and Homepage

Samantha Mitchem, Library Media Specialist at Washington West Elementary, recently received a $500 grant from the Missouri Retired Teachers Foundation.

She was presented with the check during Washington West’s back to school faculty meeting on Aug. 11.

Mitchem was chosen from a pool of 57 applicants by the MRTF to receive the grant.

Presenting the check to Mitchem from the MRTF were Nancy Craig and Ken Dillner.

Mitchem plans to use the grant money for Markerspace, which focuses on hands-on building design projects.


Samantha Mitchem, Library Media Specialist at Washington West Elementary, received a $500 grant  from the Missouri Retired Teachers Foundation. From left are MRTF representatives Ken Dillner and Nancy Craig, and Samantha Mitchem.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 8/14/17




Audience: Campbellton Elementary School, Washington Middle School and Homepage

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




Audience: Homepage, Augusta Elementary School, Campbellton Elementary School, Clearview Elementary School, Early Learning Center, Four Rivers Career Center, Labadie Elementary School, Marthasville Elementary School, South Point Elementary School, Washington High School, Washington Middle School and Washington West Elementary School

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




Audience: Washington Middle School and Homepage

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




Audience: Homepage and Washington High School

Washington High School Link Crew students met on Monday, Aug. 7, at the CJB Theater to prepare for freshman orientation.

There are approximately 60 Link crew students, made up of juniors and seniors at WHS, who play a major role in helping with freshman orientation and also welcoming new students during the course of the school year.

WHS counselors ran the Link crew meeting, going over with the students the different activities that will be a part of freshman orientation.

Following a session in the Blue Jay Gymnasium with the entire class, the freshmen students will then be divided into several smaller groups with the Link crew students, where they will head to various classrooms and participate in different games and activities.

WHS freshman orientation takes place Monday, Aug. 14, from 8-11 a.m.

Photos of the Link Crew meeting are below, where they worked on activities they will share with freshmen during orientation.  














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




Audience: Homepage, Augusta Elementary School, Campbellton Elementary School, Clearview Elementary School, Early Learning Center, Four Rivers Career Center, Labadie Elementary School, Marthasville Elementary School, South Point Elementary School, Washington High School, Washington Middle School and Washington West Elementary School

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




Audience: Homepage, Washington High School and Washington Middle School

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




Audience: Homepage, Augusta Elementary School, Campbellton Elementary School, Clearview Elementary School, Early Learning Center, Labadie Elementary School, Marthasville Elementary School, South Point Elementary School, Washington High School, Washington Middle School and Washington West Elementary School

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




Audience: Homepage and Washington High School

Washington High School students Olivia Robinson of the Advocate Newspaper, along with Jaden Heien and Molly Eckelkamp of Blue Jay Journal TV, recently attended the Missouri Urban Journalism Workshop at the Missouri School of Journalism.

Celebrating its 47th year, the Missouri Urban Journalism Workshop welcomed 40 students from 16 states and Costa Rica for a seminar that immerses them in the Missouri method.

Over the course of the seven-day workshop, the students learned and used multimedia reporting skills to cover innovation and technology.

“This is a huge honor for our school district to have these three young women represent us at this esteemed workshop,” said Michelle Turner, Blue Jay Journal TV advisor.

Learn more about the students’ work at the Missouri Urban Journalism Workshop at the by clicking the links below.

Main page and overall site the students created: https://mujw2017.wordpress.com/


The workshop's mission - what the kids did: https://mujw2017.wordpress.com/stories/mujw-students-cover-technology-with-multimedia-lens/

 

Molly's Bio with Link to what she worked on:  https://mujw2017.wordpress.com/workshoppers/molly-eckelkamp/


Olivia's Bio with Link to what she worked on: https://mujw2017.wordpress.com/workshoppers/olivia-robinson/

 

Jaden's Bio with Link to what she worked on: https://mujw2017.wordpress.com/workshoppers/jaden-heien/

 

Here's a storify about the workshop created by BJJTV: https://storify.com/BlueJayJournal/missouri-urban-journalism-workshop-2017


Washington High School students attending the Missouri Urban Journalism Workshop were, from left, Jaden Heien, Molly Eckelkamp and Olivia Robinson.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 7/31/17




Audience: Homepage and Washington High School

The Washington Town and Country Fair Parade took place on Sunday, July 30.

The parade kicked off the festivities for the 2017 Fair, which runs August 2-6.

Groups representing the School District of Washington in the parade included the Washington High School Marching Blue Jays, Jaywalkers dance team, cheerleaders, Future Farmers of America and WINGS.

Click on the link below for more information on the Washington Town and Country Fair.

Photos from the parade can be seen below.


































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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 7/31/17




Audience: Homepage, Washington High School and Washington Middle School

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




Audience: Homepage, Augusta Elementary School, Campbellton Elementary School, Clearview Elementary School, Labadie Elementary School, Marthasville Elementary School, South Point Elementary School and Washington West Elementary School

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

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

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

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

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

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

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




Audience: Homepage

The School District of Washington’s Board of Education received the Governance Team Award from the Missouri School Boards’ Association.

The award was given for promoting excellence in public school governance through professional development, leadership and advocacy.

MSBA’s Governance Team Award is awarded based on outstanding commitment to ongoing professional development, to regional and statewide leadership, and to active participation in legislative advocacy for public schools by the school board and superintendent.

The School District of Washington was one of 24 winning Boards.

Additionally, Board member Trish Mitchell was recognized by the Missouri School Boards’ Association for obtaining advanced board member certification status.

The School District of Washington’s Board of Education received the Governance Team Award from the Missouri School Boards’ Association. From left are Board members Dan Contarini, Kevin Blackburn, Trish Mitchell, Bob Oreskovic, John Freitag, Susan Thatcher, Scott Byrne and SDOW Superintendent Dr. Lori VanLeer.

SDOW Board member Trish Mitchell was recognized by the Missouri School Boards’ Association for obtaining advanced board member certification status.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar
Published: 7/26/17




Audience: Homepage and Washington High School

James Hellebusch, a senior-to-be at Washington High School, was one of 24 students representing 20 high schools who received hands-on lessons in the ever-changing world of precision agriculture technologies at the second annual AgriVision Equipment Precision Agriculture Summer Academy June 20-22 at Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville.

Northwest Missouri faculty and AgriVision staff lad the instruction as students explored the use of global positioning systems (GPS), auto-guidance technology, precision application, remote sensing, geographic information systems and data collection management.

Students are selected for the summer academy on the basis of an application and reference letters. Participating students are entering either their junior or senior years in high school and are active members of a 4-H club or FFA chapter.

Click on the attached link below for the complete press release on the Summer Precision Agriculture Academy.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 7/24/17




Audience: Homepage

The School District of Washington’s Board of Education will meet Wednesday, July 26, at the district office at 7 p.m.

Among the items on the agenda are:

*Student Representative Report: Lydia Juengling, Board of Education Student Representative, will provide her monthly report to the Board.

*Preliminary Assessed Value: The preliminary assessed values have been received from all three county assessors. A summary of these values will be provided and reported to the Board.

*Health Insurance: The Finance Committee of the Board met with Scott Schroepfer, from Schroepfer Bauer Insurance, to review health insurance plans, rates, and structures. The same information was shared with the Salary and Benefit Committee. A health insurance presentation is being prepared for the Board.

*Salary Schedules/Pay Structures: The 2017-18 proposed teacher salary schedule will be proposed to the Board.

Click on the attached link below for the BoardDocs website to see the complete agenda for the July 26 Board of Education meeting.

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Published: 7/24/17




Audience: Homepage and Four Rivers Career Center

Members of Downtown Washington, Inc, along with human resources professionals from the Washington and surrounding areas visited and toured the Confluence room at the Four Rivers Career Center on Wednesday, July 19, and Thursday, July 20, respectively.

The Confluence is a work space 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. Resources include ground-breaking technology, makers space tools, knowledgeable community members and students with a drive to change the world.

For both groups on both days, School District of Washington Superintendent Dr. Lori VanLeer gave a presentation about different programs going on within the district, such as CAPS (Center for Advanced Professional Studies), Project Lead the Way, Pathways, and more.

Also on hand to assist with the presentations were Four Rivers Career Center Director Andy Robinson.

Photos from the Downtown Washington, Inc. visit are below.



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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 7/19/17




Audience: Homepage and Four Rivers Career Center

Washington School of Practical Nursing held its graduation on Thursday, July 13, at the CJB Theatre at Washington High School.

A total of 27 students made up the 48th graduation class of the program.

The ceremony included the processional, welcome/introductions, awards, presentation of pins and diplomas, class speaker, nightingale pledge and the recessional.

Graduating in the Class of 2017 were Hannah Baehr, Brianna Bohannon, Amanda Brown, Jema Cantrell, Kayln Center, Skylar Center, Donna Gargus, Emily Gettinger, Ashley Gilliland, Heather Hale, Melanie Hardy, Abbea Henke, Jessica Kinder, Kerry Kling, Jeaneen Ladymon, Samantha Magarian, Taylor Mentz, Jordan Miesner, Kelly Murdock, Lisa Perry, Felecia Price, Samantha Riegel, Andrea Roberts, Kori Rodgers, Shyanne Thompson, Trista Valley and Alissa White.

The photos below are the members of the Washington School of Practical Nursing Class of 2017.


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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 7/18/17




Audience: Homepage and Blue Jay Athletics

The Washington High School Athletic Association will hold its 24th Annual Golf Tournament on Saturday, Aug. 12, at Wolf Hollow Golf Club.

The cost for the three-person scramble is $100 per person, which includes 18 holes of golf with a cart, lunch, dinner and drinks.

Proceeds benefit Washington High School and Middle School athletic teams and facilities.

Registration and lunch begins at 11 a.m. The shot gun start is 12:30 p.m.

Cash awards will be given to first-, second- and third-place teams in each flight. It will be flighted based on the number of participants.

There will be closest to the hole and longest drive contests along with skins, 50/50 and other games.

Sponsorships also are available. See the attached flyer below for more information.

Click on the attached link below for a registration form and for more information on the tournament.  

The registration deadline is July 29.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 7/18/17




Audience: Homepage, Augusta Elementary School, Campbellton Elementary School, Clearview Elementary School, Early Learning Center, Labadie Elementary School, Marthasville Elementary School, South Point Elementary School, Washington High School, Washington Middle School and Washington West Elementary School

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




Audience: Washington High School and Homepage

COLUMBIA, Mo. – Two students from Washington High School are among Missouri’s brightest high school students who attended the Missouri Scholars Academy (MSA) June 11 – July 1 at the University of Missouri. 

Sophia Hellebusch and Kristen Monzyk, both juniors at WHS from the Marthasville area, attended the summer academic program.

MSA began in 1985 and provides 300 rising high-school juniors the opportunity to expand their educational and social skills.

This year, scholars spent their time at Mizzou in intensive classroom settings, selecting a major and minor course of study from a range of subjects, including mathematics, science, social studies and the humanities. Students at the academy represented nearly every county in the state.

“All of the activities at the academy are designed to be broadening and enriching,” said co-director Steven Keller, an associate professor in the MU Department of Chemistry. “We want to encourage these talented students to own their intelligence and inspire them to put it to good use. In particular, we hope to get students to engage in activities that are outside their comfort zones.”

Outside the classroom, students participated in a series of activities, workshops and discussions led by guest speakers from around the country.  

Professor Marcia Chatelain of Georgetown University headlined the Academy’s Teacher Appreciation Day activities.

Angela Speck, professor of astrophysics and director of astronomy, discussed the 2017 total solar eclipse.

Other guests included David Wilson, co-founder of Columbia’s True/False documentary film festival, and Linda Godwin, former astronaut and current professor of physics at MU.

Scholars had the option to watch a dress rehearsal of the Missouri Symphony Society, listen to Grammy-nominated storyteller Milbre Burch, discuss topics ranging from climate change to medical ethics, stem cells and the African refugee crisis, and participate in a multitude of community service activities.

As the state’s largest and oldest public, land-grant university, Mizzou has more than 30,000 students, 13,000 full-time employees and 305,000 alumni. Mizzou is one of only 34 public universities invited to membership in the prestigious Association of American Universities.


Washington High School students Sophia Hellebusch, left, and Kristen Monzyk attended the Missouri Scholars Academy June 11-July 1 at the University of Missouri. 

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




Audience: Homepage

The School District of Washington’s Board of Education will meet Wednesday, June 28, at the district office at 7 p.m.

Among the items on the agenda are:

Student Representative Report: Student representative Lydia Juengling will give the report.

PBS Recognition: The District's implementation of school-wide Positive Behavior Support will be recognized.

Governance Award: The Board of Education was recently awarded the MSBA 2017 Governance Team Award. This recognition, achieved by only 24 of Missouri's 518 public school districts this year, is based on the outstanding commitment to ongoing professional development, to regional and statewide leadership, and to active participation in legislative advocacy for public schools by school boards and superintendents.

Superintendent Dr. Lori VanLeer and Board President Kevin Blackburn were recognized for the Governance award at the MSBA Leadership Summit on June 3.

Budget Revision 5: There are four or more budget revisions throughout the school year. Board approval is required for each budget revision. Provided to the Board will be the draft  manual summary for Budget Revision 5, along with the rationale detailing the changes in revenue and expenses.

Budget 2017-18: The 2017-18 budget document will be provided to the Board.

Paving: A Request for Proposals (RFP) was released on May 24 for Paving and Base Reconstruction at Washington High School. The high school parking lot located on the south end of the campus is to have the existing asphalt and base excavated and reconstructed with new base and asphalt installed. The lot's current condition is a result of numerous applications of asphalt and concrete over the years.

A mandatory walk-through was held on June 5. Interested bidders addressed grade and drainage concerns, along with the removal of existing concrete sections. The perimeter of the area was confirmed, along with buried utility lines. New curbing and markings are also included in this project. All contractors in attendance recognized the necessary bid security and bond information required in this type of project, and included this in their submitted proposals. The project is to be completed by August 4.

Click on the attached link below for the BoardDocs website to see the complete agenda for the June 28 Board of Education meeting.

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Published: 6/27/17




Audience: Homepage and Washington High School

Five juniors from Washington High School represented the school at the 78th session of Missouri Boys State June 17-24 at the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg.

Representing Washington High School was Cason Suggs, Ty Rinne, Zach Harms, Jonathan Amlong and Matt Ruth.

Missouri Boys State is an eight-day hands on experience in the operation and fundamentals of government. Missouri Boys State draws together the best and brightest high school juniors to help lead them down the path of individual success and leadership.

Each year, the backbone of Missouri Boys State comes from the elected officials.

Elections are held for city, county and state offices.

Suggs was elected Governor, which is the highest elected official for the event.

Suggs led the 2017 citizens of Missouri Boys State throughout the end of the week and will return next year to help start the event for the new group.

It is believed to be the first time in the 78-year history of Missouri Boys State that a student from Washington High School has been elected Governor.

Attending Missouri Girls State June 25-July 1 from WHS were Olivia Robinson, Kailey Robinson and Emmy Hopkins.

Click on the attached links below for more information on Missouri Boys State and Missouri Girls State.


Cason Suggs: Elected Governor of 2017 Missouri Boys State.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 6/26/17




Audience: Homepage, Augusta Elementary School, Campbellton Elementary School, Clearview Elementary School, Marthasville Elementary School and Washington West Elementary School

Clearview Elementary received a silver level recognition for the 2016-17 school year during the PBS (Positive Behavior Support) State Conference at Tan-Tar-A Resort June 14-16.

It marked the second year in a row Clearview has received the PBS award.

Marthasville Elementary School also received silver level recognition. Augusta Elementary, Campbellton Elementary and Washington West Elementary all received bronze level recognition.

Pictured below is representatives from Clearview Elementary School receiving the award at the PBS State Conference.


Clearview Elementary Silver Recognition

Pictured, from left, are Cheryl Spratt (Clearview Counselor), Amy Crow (Clearview First Grade Teacher), Anne Stahl (Clearview ELL Teacher), and Mary Ann Burns (Director of the South Central RPDC).


Marthasville Elementary Silver Recognition

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 6/26/17




Audience: Homepage, Augusta Elementary School, Campbellton Elementary School, Clearview Elementary School, Early Learning Center, Labadie Elementary School, Marthasville Elementary School, South Point Elementary School, Washington High School, Washington Middle School and Washington West Elementary School

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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Published: 6/19/17




Audience: Homepage, Augusta Elementary School, Campbellton Elementary School, Clearview Elementary School, Early Learning Center, Labadie Elementary School, Marthasville Elementary School, South Point Elementary School, Washington High School, Washington Middle School and Washington West Elementary School

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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Published: 6/19/17




Audience: Homepage, Blue Jay Athletics and Washington High School

Washington High School junior Mikayla Reed has been named the Washington Missourian’s Female Athlete of the Year for the 2016-17 school year.

Union’s Deric Purnell was named the Missourian’s Male Athlete of the Year.

Reed had a junior year for the record books for the WHS cross country and track and field teams. In her junior year alone, she was a three-time state champion and a five-time all-state performer.

Competing at the MSHSAA Cross Country Championships at Oak Hills Golf Center in Jefferson City during the fall season, Reed dominated the Class 4 girls race, winning in a time of 18:02, 25 seconds ahead of second-place finisher Victoria Findley of Blue Springs South.

Reed led the Lady Jays to the podium by finishing in third place in the Class 4 team standings with a score of 142, one point ahead of fourth-place Park Hill South (143).

During the spring track and field season, Reed earned four state medals and captured two state titles at the Class 4 Championships at Jefferson City High School.

Reed was the Class 4 girls state champion in both the 1,600-meter run in a time of 5:02.52 and the 3,200-meter run in a time of 11:04.06.

Reed also claimed all-state honors in the 800-meter run, placing third in 2:18.22, and was a member of the Lady Jays’ 3,200-meter relay team that finished in fifth place in 9:41.88. Joining Reed were fellow juniors Anna Sullentrup, Morgan Holdmeyer and Colleen Kuchem.


Mikayla Reed

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Published: 6/14/17




Audience: Homepage, Augusta Elementary School, Campbellton Elementary School, Clearview Elementary School, Early Learning Center, Labadie Elementary School, Marthasville Elementary School, South Point Elementary School, Washington High School, Washington Middle School and Washington West Elementary School

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




Audience: Homepage

The exterior of the School District of Washington’s Board of Education building on Locust Street is getting a facelift this summer.

The historic building, formerly serving as Washington High School, was built in 1887.

Originally it was built to be a private high school. In 1900, the private Washington High School was no longer operational and the Washington Public School Board purchased the property for a public high school.

In the years of 1922-23, the school building was expanded with an addition including a gymnasium with a stage, four classrooms, a library room and restrooms.

The building continued as the high school until 1956 when the high school was moved to its present location after the members of the Board of Education purchased 60 acres on the south side of town and erected the original building of the present high school.  

This summer, work is being done by James G. Staat Tuckpointing and Waterproofing to improve the look of the building.

Among the work being performed is tuckpointing the entire building, power washing the entire building, water proofing the building, painting the exterior doors and frames, caulking all of the joints, and painting all of the fascia and gutters.

Photos of the work being performed are below.











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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar
Published: 6/12/17




Audience: Homepage, Blue Jay Athletics and Washington High School

Washington High School’s memorable, historic girls soccer season ended with a third-place finish at the MSHSAA Class 3 Soccer Championships June 2-3 at Swope Soccer Village in Kansas City.

The Lady Jays (22-5-1) played to a scoreless draw Saturday, June 3, in the Class 3 third-place game against Ft. Zumwalt South. No overtime was played. As a result, the two teams shared third-place honors.

Click here for a video on comments about the team’s experience at state from WHS Head Coach Adam Fischer along with players Megan Yenzer, Sam Winistoerfer, Morgan Riegel, Abbey Baldwin and Taylor Bauer.

Washington lost 3-0 in the semifinals to Notre Dame de Sion on Friday, June 2. At the time, Notre Dame de Sion was ranked No. 1 in the USA Today Super 25 National Poll.

Webster Groves, which defeated Ft. Zumwalt South on penalty kicks in the semifinals, upset Notre Dame de Sion to win the state championship, 2-1.

The Lady Jays were the first team in the history of the WHS girls soccer program to reach the state semifinals.

Photos from Washington’s third-place game against Ft. Zumwalt South are below.

Click on the attached links below for the team's quarterfinal victory and the send-off to the state tournament.









 













































































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




Audience: Homepage and WINGS Educational Foundation

The 12th Annual WINGS Golf Tournament is scheduled for Friday, June 16, at Wolf Hollow Golf Club.

All proceeds benefit the WINGS endowment fund.

The WINGS Educational Foundation promotes educational excellence in the School District of Washington by providing teacher grants, student scholarships for continued education, state-of-the-art equipment and recognition of faculty and staff achievement.

The golf tournament will be a four-person scramble with a shot-gun start at 12:30 p.m.

The fee of $100 per person or $400 per foursome includes range balls, 18 holes with a cart, skins game, pink team ball, lunch and a steak dinner.

Individuals or groups with less than four golfers are welcome.

There also will be contests such as closest to the pin on all par threes, longest drive, closest second shot, longest putt, skins, pink team ball and a 50/50 drawing.

Winners will be divided into flights based on number of participants.

The registration deadline is June 9. Make checks payable to WINGS Educational Foundation and send to P.O. Box 203, Washington, MO 63090.

Check-in and lunch are set for 11:30 a.m. Dinner follows golf at approximately 5 p.m.

Sponsorship opportunities also are available.

Click the attached link below for the registration form, contact information and for more details on the event.

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Published: 6/5/17




Audience: Homepage, Augusta Elementary School, Campbellton Elementary School, Clearview Elementary School, Early Learning Center, Four Rivers Career Center, Labadie Elementary School, Marthasville Elementary School, South Point Elementary School, Washington High School, Washington Middle School and Washington West Elementary School

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




Audience: Homepage, Blue Jay Athletics and Washington High School

A send-off for the Washington girls soccer team was held at the high school on Thursday afternoon, June 1.

Family members, faculty and students were on hand to see the team off as they headed to Kansas City for the MSHSAA Class 3 Soccer Championships.

Escorted by the Washington Police Department, the Lady Jays and the coaching staff climbed aboard their Mid-American Coaches bus and began their journey to Kansas City as the crowd cheered and held up signs of support.

Click here for more details on Washington’s quarterfinal win over Bolivar.

Washington (22-4) takes on Notre Dame de Sion (22-0) in the Class 3 semifinals Friday, June 2, at 4 p.m.

The other Class 3 semifinal contest features Washington’s fellow GAC Central school Ft. Zumwalt South (14-12-2) against Webster Groves (22-1) Friday, June 2, at 6 p.m.

On Saturday, June 3, the third-place contest will be played at noon and the championship game at 4 p.m.

Click here for the Class 3 bracket.

The state soccer tournament will be held at Swope Soccer Village in Kansas City. The address is 6310 Lewis Road, Kansas City, MO 64132.

Click here for details on the MSHSAA Soccer Championships.

Photos from the Washington soccer send-off are below.









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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 6/1/17




Audience: Homepage, Augusta Elementary School, Campbellton Elementary School, Clearview Elementary School, Early Learning Center, Four Rivers Career Center, Labadie Elementary School, Marthasville Elementary School, South Point Elementary School, Washington High School, Washington Middle School and Washington West Elementary School

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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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 6/1/17




Audience: Homepage and Blue Jay Athletics

Washington High School’s girls soccer journey through the Class 3 playoffs will continue this weekend in Kansas City.

The Lady Jays advanced to the MSHSAA Class 3 Championships with a 2-1 home victory over Bolivar Saturday, May 27, at Washington High School.

Click here for a video on comments about the game and reaching state from Washington Head Coach Adam Fischer and senior players Cassidy Nurnberger, Katie Baer and Emma Pabst.

Washington (22-4) moves on to the state semifinals and will take on two-time defending Class 3 state champion and unbeaten Notre Dame de Sion (22-0) Friday, June 2, at 4 p.m.

Notre Dame de Sion has not allowed a goal in the postseason, registering shutout wins in both of its district games along with the sectional and quarterfinal contests. The Storm have 17 shutouts in their 22 games and have not allowed more than one goal in any of their games.

The other Class 3 semifinal contest features Washington’s fellow GAC Central school Ft. Zumwalt South (14-12-2) against Webster Groves (22-1) Friday, June 2, at 6 p.m.

All four teams will play again Saturday, June 3, with the third-place contest at noon and the championship game at 4 p.m.

Click here for the Class 3 bracket.

The state soccer tournament will be held at Swope Soccer Village in Kansas City. The address is 6310 Lewis Road, Kansas City MO 64132.

In Washington’s quarterfinal win over Bolivar, the Lady Jays struck first in the 11th minute when Sam Winistoerfer rifled a shot that bounced off both sides of the goal post and into the net to make the score 1-0.

Bolivar (18-2) tied the game 1-1 in the 31st minute.

The game was knotted 1-1 at halftime.

Washington scored the go-ahead and game-winning goal in the 61st minute with 19 minutes remaining on a goal by Pabst.

Baer was in goal for Washington.
Washington's Taylor Bauer scored in the 55th minute that would've given the Lady Jays the lead, but it was disallowed.

Bolivar senior Brionna Halverson, who has signed to play soccer at Saint Louis University, entered the quarterfinal game with 54 goals on the season (including 10 hat tricks) and 162 goals for her career, which ranks eighth in state history, according to the Missouri State High School Activities Association website. She was held scoreless against Washington and didn’t have many scoring chances in the game.

Photos of Washington’s quarterfinal win over Bolivar are below.

Click on the attached links below for the video interviews and the Class 3 playoff bracket.













































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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 5/31/17




Audience: Homepage and Blue Jay Athletics

What a weekend it was for the Washington High School track and field team at the MSHSAA Track and Field Championships.

Competing at the Class 4 state track and field meet May 26-27 at Jefferson City High School, Washington earned all-state honors in all eight events it competed in, which included three individual state championships.

The top eight finishers in each event earned all-state honors.

Leading the way was junior Mikayla Reed, who earned four state medals and captured two state titles.

Reed was the Class 4 girls state champion in both the 1,600-meter run in a time of 5:02.52 and the 3,200-meter run in a time of 11:04.06.

Reed also claimed all-state honors in the 800-meter run, placing third in 2:18.22, and was a member of the Lady Jays’ 3,200-meter relay team that finished in fifth place in 9:41.88. Joining Reed were fellow juniors Anna Sullentrup, Morgan Holdmeyer and Colleen Kuchem.

Reed also won the Class 4 girls cross country state title in the fall, giving her three state crowns and five all-state medals during the 2016-17 school year.

Also claiming a state title was senior Adam Gauzy, who won the Class 4 boys 400-meter dash in a time of 49.18.

Gauzy, who is headed to Wichita State University to compete on the track and field team, also earned all-state honors in the 200-meter dash, finishing in seventh place in 22.48.

Washington senior Clayton Duchatschek also earned all-state honors in two events.

Duchatschek, who will continue his track and field career at Lindenwood University, finished sixth in the 1,600-meter run in a school record time of 4:20.41 and eighth in the 3,200-meter run in a school record time of 9:19.49.

Washington’s girls finished in a sixth-place tie with Warrensburg and Ft. Zumwalt South in the final Class 4 team standings with 30 points.


Mikayla Reed: Class 4 girls state champion in 1,600-meter run and 3,200-meter run. All-state in 800-meter run. All-state in the 3,200-meter relay with Anna Sullentrup, Morgan Holdmeyer and Colleen Kuchem.

(Washington Missourian Photo)


Mikayla Reed: Class 4 girls state champion in 1,600-meter run and 3,200-meter run. All-state in 800-meter run. All-state in the 3,200-meter relay with Anna Sullentrup, Morgan Holdmeyer and Colleen Kuchem.

(Washington Missourian Photo)

Adam Gauzy: Class 4 state champion in 400-meter dash. All-state in 200-meter dash.

(Washington Missourian Photo).


Adam Gauzy: Class 4 state champion in 400-meter dash. All-state in 200-meter dash.

(Washington Missourian Photo).


Clayton Duchatschek: All-state in the 1,600-meter run and the 3,200-meter run.

(Washington Missourian Photo).


Washington Lady Jays: All-state in the 3,200-meter relay. From left are Anna Sullentrup, Colleen Kuchem, Mikayla Reed and Morgan Holdmeyer.

(Washington Missourian Photo).

Washington Lady Jays: All-state in the 3,200-meter relay. From left are Brooke Robinson, Colleen Kuchem, Morgan Holdmeyer, Anna Sullentrup, Mikayla Reed and Olivia Robinson.

(Washington Missourian Photo).

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 5/30/17




Audience: Homepage and Labadie Elementary School

Labadie Elementary celebrated the final day of the 2016-17 school year with a number of different games and activities for the students in the classrooms, gymnasium and the playground.

Staff and parents helped organize the events taking place throughout the school.

The festivities continued for the sixth-grade students into the early afternoon, when a truck from the Boles Fire Protection District visited from its facility next door and sprayed a water house on to the playground where the students were.

The sixth-grade students enjoyed their soaking from the fire fighters as their time at Labadie Elementary came to an end.

Pictures from the sixth-grade students at Labadie Elementary being sprayed by the Boles fire fighters are below.











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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 5/29/17




Audience: Homepage and Campbellton Elementary School

Campbellton Elementary celebrated the last day of school with the traditional ringing of the bell by sixth-grade students as the school day came to an end on Tuesday, May 23.

The bell is located high above the front door, and can be rung by tugging the chord attached to it.

Students in grades kindergarten through fifth formed a giant tunnel the length of the main hallway, which sixth-grade students passed through, taking them to the front door.

The sixth-grade students ring the bell after passing through the tunnel, a way to mark an end of their time at Campbellton Elementary.

Also passing through the tunnel and ringing the bell was retiring teacher Brenda Peters and retiring custodian June Marshall.

The annual tug of war also took place. Participating were fifth- and sixth-grade students, staff and parents.

Pictures from the last day festivities at Campbellton Elementary are below.
















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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 5/29/17




Audience: Clearview Elementary School and Homepage

Students at Clearview Elementary School participated in field day on Monday, May 22.

There were a number of games and activities for the students, who  enjoyed the festivities on the playground and the area around the school.

Photos from the field day festivities at Clearview Elementary are below.